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Adam enjoys all the different aspects of the World of Warcraft, although he mainly plays his Shaman, Priest, and Warrior. You can find more information about Adam at his personal blog: www.holisky.com

The Queue: Professions, BlizzCon, and Asking Questions


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

I'm back from BlizzCon and fully rested.

Let's do this, Warlords!

Magruun asked:

I don't quite understand the small plots in your garrison. I have Alchemy and Inscription on my character. should I build the buildings for those 2 professions or is it better to pick 2 buildings for professions I don't have? What are the advantages/disadvantages for picking one way or another exactly?

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Filed under: BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2014: Heroes of the Storm Panel


At BlizzCon 2014 Blizzard held a Heroes of the Storm panel that went over where the game is now and where it's going in the future. Instead of a live blog I'm going to give the bullet points of each segment.

What's happened since BlizzCon 2013
  • Talk-home alpha started immediately after BlizzCon 2013. Internally only, just employees, who played from home.
  • Blizzard used the take-home alpha to "find the fun" of the game, and make sure that the designers could play the game, as well as work on it.
  • Technical alpha started in March 2014. It's a very small test group. They're using this group to learn how to refine their team and learn about the development of this particular game.
  • Patches every 4 – 6 weeks, constant evolution. Lots of smaller chunks, much more often.
  • Everything is fair game for improvements.
  • Technical alpha is the core gameplay, a lot more will come in the future
  • Added Garden of Terror battleground
  • Added a lot of heroes. Murkey, Brightwing, Zagara, Rehgar, Azmodan.
  • Invites
  • Currently adding 15x the number of players than were initially invited to the alpha
  • Closed beta starts on January 13, 2015

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Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard announces new franchise: "Overwatch"


Blizzard has just announced Overwatch, an entirely new game. This will be their first new franchise in 17 years.

Details are scarce right now, but this is what we know:
  • Team based, multiplayer shooter.
  • Very approachable, not hard for new players to get into the game.
  • The game will be playable in Hall C at BlizzCon. 600 machines loaded with OverWatch.
  • Release "nearer than you think." Beta starts in 2015. Sign up at playoverwatch.com.



More information incoming.

Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Announced


Today at BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard announced Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes. This will be the game's first expansion -- the previously release Curse of Naxxramas was just an adventure pack.

Goblins vs. Gnomes will launch next month. It is playable from the floor at BlizzCon today.

Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

The WoW Insider Show Episode 366

Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth.

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Filed under: Podcasts, WoW Insider Show

The WoW Insider Show's pre-BlizzCon coverage goes live

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Filed under: WoW Insider Show

The Queue: A wild trademark appears! It's super effective!


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Let's just cover this here, because I think this constant monitoring of the trademark databases is kinda silly.

Luminous asked:

New Blizzard Trademark registered : "Eye Of Azshara". A new Hearthstone expansion? The next WoW expansion? Blizzard releasing a shooter -- "Call of Duty : Eye Of Azshara"?

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Filed under: The Queue

Your server should kill level 103 Moonfang or you're doing it wrong


When Warlords of Draenor releases a week from Thursday, killing a level 103 world boss isn't going to be that big of a deal. But Warlords hasn't released yet, and killing Moonfang on the Darkmoon Faire Island while she's level 103 and you're level 90 will make you a big deal right now.

Several realms at this point have done just that -- and I have to be honest, I'm impressed. It seems Moonfang is going down in 15 to 30 minutes, and is relatively simple in terms of mechanics. The only problem is the mechanics necessitate she hits you for so much that you die quite often. Add on to death the problem of your hits missing constantly, and that equals up to a very long fight.

But you know what? That's cool. Kudos to everyone that's killed her so far.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: Random Hodor


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Today's Queue doesn't feature anything about the Horde or the Alliance.

It does, however, have a picture of Hodor.

Senusenu asked:

I just returned (just in time to NOT have enough time to get that $&%#ing cloak). I started doing Sunreavers on my rogue again, got revered, and got the commendation for rep boost. I did this for the cloud serpent rep and it effected all of my characters, both factions and all servers. I just logged into my Ally shaman and saw she has the Kirin Tor boost from my rogue's Sunreaver Onslaught commendation. Is this new, or has it always mirrored the factions? Cloud Serpents made sense as it was a neutral faction, but this was surprising.

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Filed under: The Queue

Blizzard wants you to update your payment information


Blizzard made a good point today -- you should probably check and make sure all your payment information is updated. If it's not and something goes wrong, now is the time to deal with it, rather than when the assist queues are busy with all the stuff that happens during an expansion release.

This probably isn't some evil conspiracy. But for those of you that want to don your tin foil hat and think that Blizzard wants to collect new payment info so that they can do nefarious things with the money, bravo. I salute your conspiracy-ness.

To check your payment info, Blizzard has outlined the following steps:
Blizzard Entertainment
1. Log in to your Battle.net account at https://battle.net/

2. From the Settings dropdown, select Contact & Shipping Addresses.

3. Make sure you're seeing your current Contact Address and phone number, and then click Shipping Address to make sure that's up-to-date as well.

4. Return to the Settings dropdown and select My Payment Options.

5. Select Edit next to each payment method, and make sure you're seeing your current information.

Filed under: Blizzard

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