Major updates to Diablo and Heroes of the Storm!

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A new Patch and Season in D3, plus a new hero and plans on the horizon for Heroes!

While I said that the Blitz would return every week after the holidays, there really wasn’t a whole lot going on at the end of last week that I thought was worthy of putting up an article!  Hopefully we will continue to see news and updates every week that are worth a Blitz!

Did you see the Warcraft spot during the football games today!?!  How cool is that?!?  If you want more cool stuff make sure you check out the Weta Workshop page for Warcraft movie prop gear!!  (Thanks for the tip, Bob!)

Diablo 3 – While we covered it in our last article, Patch 2.4.0 has finally arrived, closely followed by Season 5 and let me tell you it rocks!!  If you haven’t completed the first four parts of your Journey, you NEED to because the sets for each class are really overpowered and with the friends in the Nerdvana clan I’m already up to Paragon level 100 while they are 200+ just a week in!  Want to read a thought provoking article on numbers, localizations, and user experience!?!  In playing the past week I have really noticed how the numbers are rolling and popping differently than before and it is neat to peek behind the curtain to see how they came to design the system!

HearthStone – Did you visit the eSports arena in Santa Ana, CA for the kick off of the tournament season?  Do you follow the top Ranked Players from month to month and have you seen Fibonacci a bunch at the top of the lists?!  Check out the spotlight on him and see how easy it is to get engaged in the game!  This week entrants were requested for a contest to see who can cast (short for broadcast) Hearthstone and from those people several were invited to cast AND Blizzard still wants more people to send in videos for the potential at casting at other Blizzard events!!

Heroes of the StormGenn Graymane has been released!!  A few weeks ago Cho’gall was made available for purchase and bundles came in and were retired as the only real changes in the patch but the patch this week was a major Balance Update patch changing the mechanics for the Cleanse talent and several heroes received some love!!  If that isn’t enough there was a trailer that came out with what is currently in development including new heroes, skins, and mounts like Space Lord Leoric in this Star Wars inspired poster!!  One of the new heroes might even change the game and Dustin Browder talks about them too!

See who made the top of the MMR listing for December in both Hero and Team Leagues!  Ever want to make a living playing video games??  This might be a good time to start looking into it with Blizzard putting $4 MILLION into the Global Championship Circuit!!  Looking to add to your hero and skins collection?  Make sure that you check out the Weekly Sale for Gazlowe and Sonya PLUS read my Twitter question of the week below for more sales (and why you don’t know about them)!!

Overwatch – Don’t miss out on your chance at this Tracer statue from a Blizzard giveaway!

StarCraft 2 – If you voted during the Rock the Cabinet feature don’t miss out on what games came in the top 10!  Of course if you are a college student in either the US or Canada you will want to look at the Archon tournament for the chance at winning up to $12,000 with a special portrait if you participate as well!!  Also don’t miss the Balance Testing you can participate in too with another new map and then give the developers feedback on the changes!

World of Warcraft – A new bonus has been added to the Digital Deluxe Edition for the Legion expansion!!  The Alpha testing of said expansion has returned and there is an awesome infographic covering what is available to test!  Can you believe it has been nine years since the very first expansion Burning Crusade came out!?!

Twitter Question of the Week – Q: @DustinBrowder Where is the announcement of the Healer/Ultimate Healer @BlizzHeroes bundles?! SO excited to stumble across them in the shop!  A: No answer but COME ON!!  Healer bundle finally and NO announcement!?!  What the heck Blizzard!!

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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About the author

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.

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