Celebrate your Independence with Overwatch’s Competitive Play!

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Overwatch now has Competitive Mode and Heroes is getting new heroes added!

Have the day off to celebrate the July Fourth holiday? Make sure that you also take a few minutes today to try out some of the newest changes that have come to the various Blizzard games!

Diablo 3 – The return of Play Your Way Thursday saw a One Kick Monk build that focuses on a more oddball equipment assortment, yet it appears that it works quite well together! Also if you are a fan of the Heavenly Host make sure to check out the post below about Auriel being a new character in Heroes of the Storm!

HearthStone – The new cardback for July 2016 Ranked Play Season is Murloc themed so I may actually go for Rank 20 this month to get it!  Get to know more about players Amnesiac and deerjason

Heroes of the Storm – New heroes Gul’dan and Auriel are coming to the Nexus!!  Team League has received a buff in terms of gold and XP as a reward for fielding a full team! A small Balance Patch came out this week affecting a few heroes in minor ways but Medivh had a lot of changes, and last week a larger Balance Patch was released focus on bringing some heroes more in line with expectations plus a few bug fixes were included too! Don’t forget about the Weekly Sale either, featuring Dehaka and E.T.C.!

OverwatchCompetitive Play Mode has come to Overwatch which brings with it changes to the format and a cosmetic makeover for your weapons, with a special portrait and spray for getting through the placement games! With this comes a Public Test Realm as well so future changes to all Play Modes can get pounded out by the players before they go live.

StarCraft 2 -There is a major Ladder Revamp coming with Patch 3.4 and several changes are going through some Balance Testing on a dedicated map!  Season 3 for 2016 is short and has just started so get playing! Speaking of playing, ever wonder what it would be like to be trained by experienced pros?  Check out this video which chronicles a few lucky people to enjoy this! Then we have the Korean Proleague which is about halfway through the tournament so tune in next weekend for the next games!

World of Warcraft – There are only a few days left in Midsummer Fire Festival and now is a perfect time to find out what other events are going on in July! While you are at it, did you know that Challenge Mode dungeons are leaving the game once the Legion pre-patch goes live? I was also surprised to find out that former king Magni returns in a new digital comic! What other surprises are coming our way? How about Un’Goro Crater having a new resident to start a new questline for you! You can also go to Twitch to find the latest Developer Q&A about the upcoming Legion expansion and check in next week for the next one!

Enjoying the Blitz?  Want to ask some questions or give me ideas for future articles?  Reach out to me on Twitter @rusty_schmidt!

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Rusty Schmidt

Rusty Schmidt has been into gaming since the family had to get a second Atari 2600 so everybody could play at once and interested in computer gaming since playing Math Blaster and The Oregon Trail all the way back in 5th grade. Later he found the original Diablo and StarCraft games to get hooked on Blizzard games and eventually stopped playing SNES games trading them for PC games because of the online persistence of worlds like SWG and WoW. Currently a Blizzard Correspondent, he looks forward to becoming a Senior Blizzard Correspondent for Nerdvana some day.