Blizzard announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft was officially announced at PAX East. The title is a digital collectible card game that was developed by fifteen developers, a new team part of Blizzard Entertainment. The free-to-play card game will allow players to play as a mage or warrior like in World of Warcraft.

Additionally, players will be able to complete in-game purchases to expand their card decks. Also you may craft cards by disenchanting unwanted cards in order to receive one that would better suit your deck.

The game has been announced for PC, Mac, and iPad. It might come to Android as well. The beta is slated for the summer and you can sign up at HearthStone’s site.

More details from WoW Insider:

Cards and Decks

  • Initial launch will contain 300 cards.
  • You’ll be able earn booster packs (just like MT:G booster packs). You can also buy them.
  • The price Blizzard is throwing around for the booster packs right now is $1/pack.
  • Each pack comes with five random cards. Guaranteed to get a rare or better in each pack.
  • Chance also to upgrade to a “golden” version of the same card (like MT:G foil cards).
  • You’ll be able to build your own decks, but also can let the game build it for you.
  • Two classifications of cards: basic and expert.
  • Multiple rarity levels of expert cards: common, rare, epic, and legendary.
  • Anything buy in the beta will be credited back to your live version of the game at equal value in the form of an unopened pack.

Playing the Game

  • The game is built around 1v1 match.
  • Battle.net is used to set up the matches, you also can play against an AI (normal and expert mode).
  • You earn medals every week for winning matches.
  • You play the game as one of nine “heroes” of the Warcraft universe. Like a mage, druid, rogue, warlock, etc…
  • Anyone who is familiar with MT:G or the WoW TCG should be able to pick this up pretty quickly, it looks like.
  • Some cards demonstrated had AoE damage.
  • Play field looks pretty standard: your hand, discard pile, health, mana, draw pile, battle field.
  • In the screenshots and gameplay footage you start off with 30 health.

Other Notes

  • We don’t know yet if cards are going to be tradeable.

World of Warcraft 5.0.4 patch now live


Blizzard’s latest expansion is drawing closer as the latest patch 5.0.4 implements many new features and changes to each and every class as well as to the game itself. These new features include, but not limited to account-wide achievements, new talent system that mimics Diablo, cross-realm zones, and BattleTag support. In addition, Valor Points have been converted to Justice Points, while Conquest Points have been converted to Honor Points. Also there are brand new glyphs and the daily quest cap has been removed. For more information, check out the patch notes below.

General
Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts

  •         In Patch 5.0.4 and beyond, the majority of your character’s Achievements, pets, and mounts will be shared with your other characters.
    Please read: Bringing Achievements to the Account Level, by Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street

World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle

  •         Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plans…
  •         This Scenario will become available in the weeks leading up to the launch of Mists of Pandaria on September 25.

AOE Looting

  •         Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.

BattleTag support in World of Warcraft

Players who have enabled their BattleTag will now be able to:

  •             See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
  •             Add and remove BattleTag friends.
  •             Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.

Cross-Realm Zones

  •         In some zones, players are now able to form a group with other players from a select pool of realms.
  •         When a player is in a zone that is set as a “cross-realm zone”, in addition to seeing other players from their native realm, they’ll also seamlessly see (and be able to play with) players from other realms.
  •         Players will always be able to group and quest as they normally would with players from their native realm.
  •         This functionality will be enabled for a limited number of realms at first, and will be granted to additional realms as we near the release of Mists of Pandaria.

Classes: General

All classes have been updated with a new talent system, improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character’s talents have been reset.

  •         Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
  •         Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
  •         New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
  •         All characters now take 40% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion

  •     Valor points have been converted to Justice points, and Conquest points have been converted to Honor points.
  •     Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) have an enforced hard-cap at this time.
  •     Players are no longer able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses drop Justice, and arenas are closed).
  •     Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest are available for Justice/Honor.

Items

Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
Head enchants removed

  •         Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.

Relics, ranged, and thrown items

  •         The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
  •         Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
  •         Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.

Professions

  •     The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
  •     Prime glyphs have been removed.
  •     Chef’s Award and Dalaran Cooking Award have been removed. Existing awards have been converted to Epicurean’s Award.

Quests

  •     The cap for daily quests has been removed.
  •     There is no longer a displayed count of daily quests completed.

User Interface

  •     There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
  •     Character creation screens have been updated.
  •     Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
  •     New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word “[Loot]” in chat, or by typing “/loot”.
  •     The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
  •     Vendors now offer item filtering.
  •     Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
  •     The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
  •     A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the “i” button in the upper left corner of the frame.

Mac

  •     Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
  •     Added full support for Retina displays.
  •     Added support for game resolutions that match Mac screen aspect ratios.
  •     Switching between Windowed and Fullscreen display modes should be faster.
  •     A “Help” menu has been added, so that players can quickly navigate to support pages.
  •     A menu item that allows players to copy system information to the Clipboard has been added.
  •     A menu item that reveals various game files and folders in Finder has been added.

Charles Leavitt to write World of Warcraft film


Sam Raimi left the World of Warcraft film to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful. Now Charles Leavitt is reported as the new screenwriter. Leavitt previously had worked on the Blood Diamond script. Even more recently, World of Warcraft‘s upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria now has a release date that is slated for September 25th. The new title will be the second game released by Blizzard Entertainment this year.

 

Mists of Pandaria release date announced


Blizzard Entertainment has finally announced a date for its upcoming expansion to the World of Warcraft universe. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 25th as that will be the date when the new race and monk class will be available. This time there will be three versions you can purchase: the Standard Edition, the Digital Deluxe Edition, and the Collector’s Edition. The Standard Edition will run you $39.99, whereas the Digital Deluxe Version will be $59.99 and includes all the digital goodies from the Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition will set you back just $79.99 rather than the preposterous amount of $150 which I’ve been seeing for some Collector’s Editions lately. Check out the details below.

The Digital Deluxe Edition and Collector’s Edition includes:

  • an Imperial Quilen flying mount
  • a Lucky Quilen Cub pet
  • Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar StarCraft 2 Battle.net portraits
  • Pandaren markings for Diablo 3 Banner Sigils and Accents

The rest of the Collector’s Edition features:

  • Mists of Pandaria on disc
  • a behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray (over an hour long)
  • a 20-track soundtrack CD
  • a 208-page hardback artbook (never before seen art)
  • a Chen Stormshout panda person mouse pad

Lucky Quilen Cub pet

Imperial Quilen flying mount

World of Warcraft film in the works


I don’t know if anyone else knows this, but apparently there’s a World of Warcraft film in development. I’ve been playing since 2009 and this slipped by me. However, there’s been a bit of a change. Sam Raimi is no longer going to be directing the film due to him taking a job for Oz: The Great And Powerful.

Considering Raimi’s statement to CraveOnline, it is likely that the production has actually begun. “Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job [Oz: The Great And Powerful], they had to move on to another director. They had to start making it.”

Give me loot! Diablo III receives loot hotfix


You can now have a better chance of finding high-end gear levels 61 through 63 in Diablo III’s Act III and VI on Hell difficulty and in all the Inferno difficult Acts.

Hell – Act III and Act IV

  • iLvl 61: 9% to 13.9% (old drop rate to new drop rate)
  • iLvl 62: 1.9% to 3.45%
  • iLvl 63: 0% (no change)

Inferno – Act I

  • iLvl 61: 17.7% to 23.9%
  • iLvl 62: 7.9% to 12.6%
  • iLvl 63: 2.0% to 4.8%

Inferno – Act II

  • iLvl 61: 18.6% to 23.3%
  • iLvl 62: 12.4% to 18.6%
  • iLvl 63: 4.1% to 9.3%

Inferno – Act III and Act IV

  • iLvl 61: 24.1% to 27.1%
  • iLvl 62: 16.1% to 21.7%
  • iLvl 63: 8.0% to 16.3%

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is “99% done”


There is no launch date for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion, but supposedly the game is 99% complete. According to lead designer, Dustin Browder in an interview with Kotaku, “‘that last one percent is a bitch’. Like we could do a play-through next week that we’re like, ‘Wow this is really great.’ Or we could do a play-through and we still have 250 items we wanna fix. You know, historically speaking we’re doing pretty well. We’re getting there. But I don’t know for sure yet when we’ll be done'”(Eurogamer).

Let’s just hope they figure out all the bugs and glitches before the launch date so StarCraft II gamers won’t have to experience the diabolical that surrounded Blizzard’s Diablo III last month which has consequently allowed Korean gamers to receive a full refund.

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