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When not writing for WoW.com or his personal projects, Alex is most often found playing WoW Alliance-side on the Cenarion Circle server.

Last Week on Massively: The Elder Scrolls Online's pre-launch is here

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post.

What do you get when The Elder Scrolls Online launches its early access period, Landmark moves into closed beta, and WildStar hosts another beta weekend, all competing with the behemoth known as Diablo III: Reaper of Souls? MMO drama! If you're not quite in ESO's early access just yet, make sure to check out our ESO columnist Larry Everett's livestream from earlier today, and then read on for a look at all of this week's top MMO stories.

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

The Queue: Monday potpourri

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Happy Monday morning, everyone!

@rlloyd3 asked:

Do we know of any potential changes to Azeroth in WoD? (Stormwind's Park District, for example.)

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Filed under: The Queue, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Does Hearthstone still have you in its grasp?

Quite a few of you were playing Hearthstone upon its launch -- many were playing even earlier, in Hearthstone's beta. Some played out of genuine interest, others to get their hands on the Hearthsteed. The game officially released nearly three weeks ago and I'm curious how many of you are still playing.

Personally, I love Hearthstone, but I can't find the time to fit it into my schedule. It's no secret I'm in the Heroes of the Storm technical alpha, then there's World of Warcraft and the newly released Reaper of Souls thrown into the mix. There simply aren't enough hours in the day to play every Blizzard title. Despite my love for Hearthstone, it has a low position on the totem pole. Are you still playing? Did you never play to begin with? Did you only intend to earn your Hearthsteed, but the siren call of card draws lured you in for good? If you stopped playing, why?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Hearthstone Insider

Heroes of the Storm: Stitches

At the end of our look at the Support hero Tassadar, I said we would likely look at Muradin next. I lied. Stitches came up in the Heroes of the Storm free-to-play rotation and I learned the meaning of true love. Stitches is a beefy member of the Warrior class, heroes that are typically low damage, high survivability. In many cases, the threat a Warrior poses is not in his or her ability to kill you -- but the fact that they're a nuisance, unkillable things that make a slow push into your territory and you must struggle to stop them.

While Stitches does have those qualities, I also like to think of him as something of an offensive Support character. Where most Support characters help your Heroes survive a battle, Stitches helps his allies murder the other team. He picks your enemies apart and holds them still while your assassins go to work.

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Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Last Week in WoW: The long wait

Much like last week, this week has been a long wait for any news of Warlords of Draenor. There has been plenty happening in the worlds of Diablo, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, but all's been quiet on the Warcraft front. Still, we've had some goodies in the past 7 days. The most exciting, perhaps, is the fact that the female dwarf model's skull is no longer attempting to escape through her mouth.

Most popular posts of the week Follow along for all of the other news, features, machinima, and editorials here on WoW Insider.

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Filed under: News items

Heroes of the Storm: Tassadar

So far in this series we've looked at an Assassin and a Specialist, Falstad and Abathur respectively. Today we look at a member of the Support class, StarCraft's high templar Tassadar. The Support class is, effectively, Heroes of the Storm's equivalent of a healer. In Tassadar's case, you could draw a comparison to the Discipline Priest. Rather than directly healing his allies, he places protective bubbles on them to absorb damage. Other varieties of bubbles exert some control over the flow of battle.

Tassadar is a character that doesn't perform well on his own. He shines when attached to an ally. When partnered up with a beefy tank character, he can make his lane partner nigh unkillable.

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Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Last Week on Massively: WildStar's pre-ESO deluge

This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar's been busy this week, opening up pre-orders along with a brand-new website and yet another weekend beta test. Massively celebrated with a look at character creation tricks, a hands-on with the game's PvP matches, and a list of reasons to look forward to the game's launch in June.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

The Queue: Blast of Baja

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Forgive me for being a stereotype but holy crap Baja Blast is probably being released in bottles this year. Taco Bell's decade of tyranny is coming to an end.

HemttTanker asked:

Are they having a Blizcon this year? And if so, might the delay in releasing any new WoW content be so they have stuff to talk about during the event?

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Filed under: The Queue

Heroes of the Storm: Abathur

If Falstad is one of the easier characters to master in Heroes of the Storm, Abathur is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Playing Abathur well is quite difficult and he's unlike any other hero in the game. He relies on knowledge of the maps themselves as well as every other hero in the game. Abathur's personal presence on the battlefield is minimal. He stays as far away from the fight as possible. He fights through your allies, empowering them and protecting them with his Symbiote ability and maintaining control of the map through laying Toxic Nests (landmines) from a distance.

Abathur falls into the category of "Specialist." The Specialist designation is given to those characters that aren't easily categorized. They aren't nimble, deadly Assassins. They aren't beefy, tanky warriors. Support is closer to what Abathur does, but support characters tend to have a physical battlefield presence. In short, Specialists are weird.

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Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Breakfast Topic: Do you have any lucky charms?

Or, as the grummles would call them, do you have a luckydo? Is there an item you own in WoW that drips with superstition, something that you're absolutely sure makes you perform better, even if it only sits in your bags?

In years past, we've discussed this once or twice before, and my lucky charm has remained the same despite it being locked away on a character I don't often play anymore. The Shard of the Fallen Star saw me through many boss battles throughout the years. During progression raiding, when we'd get stuck on a rough boss, I'd equip that trinket -- despite the stat loss as a result of wearing it -- and drop a big ol' meteor on the boss's head. Voice chat would erupt in giggles, and despite the distraction, somehow we'd win. There was no power in the world that could withstand the Shard. It reached the point where my raidmates would ask me to equip it when the going got tough. And it worked. Every time.

Do you have such a charm? Any raiding rituals that just seem to work even when they shouldn't?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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