It’s the end of an era for Blizzard, as the company announced today plans to say farewell to the name Battle.net, which they’ve used to refer to their internet platform since 1996.
The latest update to Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher allows players to stream games like Overwatch, Hearthstone and World of Warcraft directly to Facebook.
Blizzard’s up-and-coming MOBA Heroes of the Storm has finally come out. Better yet, it’s really fun! But like all MOBAs, it can be pretty overwhelming at times. Don’t panic. I’m here to help.
The good news is that it sounds like Blizzard is changing most everything for the better. The frustrating news is that everyone’s current ranking is going to be reset.
Lore. It’s always the tricky part.
In its quest to make Heroes of the Storm as approachable as possible, Blizzard has made one grievous error: they only offered players one competitive gameplay mode before become eligible for ranked “Hero League” matches. This hurts the game in a number of ways. Thankfully, it’s also easily fixable.
“Well, that wasn’t good,” I said. My team had just been defeated in a game of Heroes of the Storm. “Eh,” my friend Alex replied as the colorful mush of the on-screen battle faded into a dark red “DEFEAT” screen. “It doesn’t feel any different if you win or lose in this game.”
Heroes of the Storm is finally coming out at the beginning of June. I’ve been playing Blizzard’s up-and-coming MOBA pretty much nonstop for the past few weeks, and have developed a lot of feelings about the game during its extended beta as a result. Let’s start with the positive ones.
Lots of big changes are coming to Heroes of the Storm today. Blizzard's list of patch notes detail dramatic gameplay adjustments alongside the addition of a new hero, map, and ranked mode known as "Team League." The hero tweaks seem particularly interesting—Uther is basically being rebuilt with five new talents.
I recently added Heroes of the Storm to the growing pile of MOBAs that I've become hopelessly addicted to. And while I find the characters in Blizzard's new game lacking in some ways (like their skins), one thing really impresses me about it in comparison to League of Legends: the way the heroes talk to one another.
Gaining 1,000 Paragon levels in Diablo III is no small feat and it's only accomplished by a very few amount of players. But doing it on Hardcore difficulty, where your character's death is permanent, that's some next level insanity. Ukranian player Nokieka is the first in the world to do it.
Last week, a group calling themselves DERP launched DDoS attacks on the servers of a number of the world's biggest games (and games companies). It seemed like an awfully big list of victims for such a simple and ancient form of attack, but as Ars Technica explain, there was a bit more to it than that.
A group of hackers going by the name DERP has launched DDoS attacks on a number of big games and websites today, bringing a number of them down, including the homepage of Electronic Arts.
The next WoW expansion, Warlords of Draenor will focus on orcs, but most importantly time travel. As if the lore wasn't already confusing enough, WoD will make sure we get lost in the history of orcs and humans. But thanks to Redditor trytech, we might have a saviour, none other than Doc Brown from Back to the Future.
Hearthstone, Blizzard's online trading card game, will get an iPhone and Android port next year, Blizzard just announced. The open beta for the game starts next month.
Further proving that eSports is all grown up and should be recognized as a real sport, Blizzard created a deck of StarCraft II trading cards. Baseball and basketball players have trading cards—why shouldn't these guys have at least a few?
BlizzCon starts Friday, and the hype around what could be a brand new World of Warcraft expansion is already out of hand. What will it be this time? Nagas? More Burning Legion? YouTuber iabeckman671, famous for his WoW Machinima, has his own (very fake) take: a trailer for every fan's dream WoW expansion.
Blizzard's mobile Battle.net Authenticator is a handy way to secure your StarCraft, World of Warcraft and Diablo accounts from rampant hackers, unless a major iOS upgrade screws it up. Then you're in for a headache.
Given the popularity of World of Warcraft, StarCraft and...Diablo III(?), millions of people spend a lot of time using Blizzard's Battle.net launcher. If you're one of them, you might want to check out this video, showing the new, updated version of it.
Battle.net had hinted at plans for a name-changing service—for a fee—in StarCraft II some time ago but it never materialized. With the paid name-change option deprioritized and unlikely to happen anytime soon, Battle.net is saying sorry by giving everyone a free name-change.