Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament expansion coming next month

By on 6-28-2015 in guides

Blizzard have revealed the Grand Tournament, a new expansion coming to Hearthstone very soon.

The Grand Tournament will offer over 130 new cards, most of which will have a pretty major effect on your decks. Most of the focus in the initial reveal was on how many of these cards can affect or boost your hero power. For instance: a new keyword, Inspire, triggers an effect when you play your hero power. An example of this is the Lowly Squire card, a 1/2 that costs 1, but has an Inspire effect where he gains +1 attack every time you use your hero power.

Others have more synergy. The Maiden of the Lake makes your hero power cost 1 mana, while the Mage-specific Coldarra Drake lets you cast your hero power as many times as you like each turn. So, uh, yeah. You can imagine the effect that might have.

It’s not all hero powers, though. Another card displayed was the Hunter card Lock and Load, which gets you a random Hunter card every time you play a spell for that turn.

Hearthstone‘s Grand Tournament will launch next month. Packs of cards can be pre-purchased for a discount (and a new card back) from next week.


Daybreak’s CEO John Smedley steps down

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Daybreak’s John Smedley has decided it’s time to step down as the company CEO. Smedley has played an integral part in communicating with the SOE and Daybreak community over the years, helping drive the popularity of games such as Planetside 2 and the upcoming (presently Early Access) H1Z1.

Smedley responded publicly to recent DDOS attacks aimed at the Daybreak servers by the group known as Lizard Squad. The DDOS attacks persisted for several days.

The former Daybreak CEO had previously been the primary target of a bomb threat incident last year, perpetrated by (at the time) Lizard Squad member Julius Kivimaki.

Kivimaki was charged in Finland for his involvement in computer fraud and security breaches, crimes unrelated to the prior Lizard Squad DDOS attacks and bomb threat incidents. Cases (and possible sentencing) relating to the latter incidents are still pending.

The two year suspended sentence given to Kivimaki for the fraud charges wasn’t enough for Smedley’s liking, who posted on Twitter that he was “coming for” him.

Smedley’s position is now being taken over by Daybreak CCO Russell Shanks who confirmed the news to Venturebeat:

“I can confirm that John Smedley will be taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role to be determined. Upon finalization of his plans, further communication will be provided.”

John Smedley will remain at Daybreak but his new position has yet to be revealed by the company.



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In one respect, Diablo III is fairly littered with powerful treasures. That’s the core of its gameplay. You are assaulted by a rain of powerful treasures from the heavens that you then equip and use to kill more powerful foes, who drop still more powerful treasures. But the sort of mystical artifact found deep within the Ruins of Sescheron that players will be able to explore in patch 2.3… that’s a different sort of powerful treasure. That’s something that has story importance right there.

Yes, the game’s next patch is offering a new zone to players that which serves as a trip down memory lane into the ruins of the once-proud home of the barbarians. Of course, there are plenty of powerful artifacts with non-narrative importance to be found in the hands (and claws and such) of the beasts residing in the ruins, so that’s a bit of added motivation. Check out the preview trailer just below; you can try out the patch on the game’s test server now.



By on 6-28-2015 in guides

Crowfall has been sporting a pretty distinctive art style from the word go, which is to its credit. The past few big updates on the game have been all about the combat, and that’s all well and good, but it has meant that stuff like art has been shuffled off to one side. But the most recent update from the studio is all about, well, art, which you probably guessed from the headline.

Two new videos from the team are available down below – a flythrough of the greybox model for the game’s castle structures and an interview with one of the members of the art team, Allison Theus. Even if you’re not sure if you’d like the game itself very much, you should go ahead and watch them if you’ve got any interest in the elaborate and lovely concept paintings the game has put forth thus far.

Earlier this week, Crowfall also published a founder’s update discussing its plans for licensing overseas, its upcoming rules of conduct update, and its finances, its new $80,000 stretch goal to make permanent its video contractor,.



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How many times do you usually tolerate a full group wipe before calling it a night? Three? Four? Now imagine if your guild has endured a whopping 472 wipes — probably not on the same night, but even so — during the toughest World of Warcraft raid currently in the game. And what if, after those 472 wipes, your guild managed to down the 13th and final boss. It would be a good reason to celebrate, is what we’re saying.

Method, a top World of Warcraft raiding guild, finally announced that it had beaten the game’s new Hellfire Citadel dungeon on mythic difficulty after nearly 500 full wipes. This puts Method once again in the spot of a world first for beating WoW’s hardest endgame content.

Meanwhile, Blizzard has posted a new dev diary highlighting the Utgarde Pinnacle timewalking dungeon. This special version of the instance appears on Wrath of the Lich King weekends, scaling munchkins down to level 81 for the attempt.


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Would you like to have a large patch to the nascent Black Desert? “No,” you said, “I’d like to have an idea about when and if it’s coming out in the US.” Well, the large patch is what you’re getting, complete with trailers helpfully provided by the fine folks at Steparu. And it actually adds the desert, which you think would be one of the first things you put into a game with deserts right in the title.

The new region in the game will include several new things for players to see and do, along with a new female ninja character for players to use. Players in Korea (or muddling through the untranslated game) are hoping this update will contain some group content and PvE activities, things the game is currently light on. You can check out the trailer just below.


Skyforge’s Final Closed Beta Begins Today

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The fourth and final closed beta for the Obsidian Entertainment and Allods Team scifi-fantasy MMORPG, Skyforge, is now live!

This final round of closed beta kicks off today, June 23 and will run through June 29 giving all players instant access to the high-tier Knight and Alchemist classes. Thousands of additional players have been invited to join Closed Beta 4 to enjoy a brand new build of the game based on player feedback that includes improvements to the client UI and chat, the addition of Pantheon guilds, new types of equipment slots and much more.

To join CBT4 players can sign up for a chance to be invited on the official Skyforge website, or get one of the Founder’s Packs that grant various bonuses along with CBT4 access and Early Access to Open Beta:http://sf.my.com/us/founders-packs