Blizzard’s colorful team-shooter Overwatch is getting a big update today. That includes a new map, the theme-park inspired “Blizzard World,” which was first announced at Blizzcon back in November. The new level is essentially an amusement park based on all of the developer’s properties, with everything from a Hearthstone tavern to a Diablo crypt to do battle in. “Blizzard World” is available for all players now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Perhaps even more exciting is a massive new cosmetic update, which introduces over 100 new items into the game, including a number of very impressive-looking character skins. Mech-equipped tank D.Va is getting a new look that turns her into a giant robotic cat, while Pharah has a new ancient Egypt-themed…
The Overwatch League's honeymoon is over. Dallas Fuel player Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been suspended by both the League and Fuel after hurling a homophobic insult at the Houston Outlaws' openly gay player Austin "Muma" Wilmot. After Wilmot used one… Engadget RSS Feed
The Overwatch League is a pretty big deal. It’s an attempt to really push eSports into the mainstream, by turning them into, well, regular sports. But slightly less sweaty. It’s a lavish affair with teams from all around the world, and more fanfare than your average LAN party.
On Wednesday, Overwatch League (OWL) had its first-ever matches, drawing a huge crowd online. Six teams came to play the debut matches in Blizzard's Los Angeles eSports arena, but they were also streamed on Twitch to record numbers, peaking at over 3… Engadget RSS Feed
In the world of esports, few things are as fascinating to me as The Overwatch League. I’m pretty big into the competitive League of Legends scene, but it’s always been a little weird to me how team allegiances are formed. In the “real” sports world, chances are you just prefer your local sports teams. When it comes to baseball, I’m a fan of the Chicago White Sox, just because they’re my local team. When it comes to esports, things get weird. You might have a streamer you prefer and just sort of gravitate towards the team they’re on, or maybe you just like their logo, or a million other reasons.
The Overwatch League approaches things a bit differently, in that they have regional teams with team names and logos that are more in line with what you’d expect with “real” sports teams. So, for instance, instead of “OpTic Gaming” in The Overwatch League they’re the Houston Outlaws. The theory is that each of these teams will have regional followings, so if you’re from Boston, you end up being a Boston Uprising fan. Many other elements in The Overwatch League is mirrored directly from the “real” sports world, like a season schedule, home and away games, player salaries, and all sorts of other things.
If nothing else, it’s a fascinating experiment, as Overwatch is a massively popular game and I think Blizzard is solving some unique problems facing the world of esports. Additionally, if you’d like to follow along with the development of The Overwatch league, stream games, and everything else you would ever need to be a professional Overwatch fan, go ahead and grab the app. Hopefully as the league expands we’ll get a team in Chicago, as it’s a little lame how there’s two Los Angeles teams and the closest thing to a Midwestern team is the two teams in Texas?
The first official season kicks off on January 10th, and to see the schedule you can either check the app or view their schedule over on the Overwatch web site.
Some of you may not know that we have an Overwatch team here at Android Police. Well, by “team,” I mean three of us play Overwatch together sometimes. And, by “play,” I mean that two of us flail against a keyboard and get carried by Corbin. Anyway, Blizzard has just released the official Overwatch League app for following the competitive esport’s inaugural league season, giving you yet another avenue to not watch us play.
While Overwatch is still in its seventh competitive season, Blizzard has already tipped its hand about a couple of changes due in season eight. With these matches focused on creating even pairings to rate skill, next season the plan is to tighten the… Engadget RSS Feed
Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best news stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. As you would expect, last week was all about the upcoming Kobolds & Catacombs expansion, so we’ve got plenty of stories and videos about the latest card reveals and what they might mean for the game. There’s also more talk about Dungeon Runs and the Recruit mechanic, a story on possibly the most powerful card ever, and plenty of video reviews. And, just to break from the expansion monotony, we have a story about all the Overwatch heroes turned into Deathknight cards. Enjoy.
TouchArcade and Value City Reveal Three Shaman Cards
If you want to see some cool Shaman cards that are all about Totems, check out our reveal of three Kobolds & Catacombs cards. The reveal took place in a video podcast alongside Value City. The cards themselves are great for those stubborn enough to build totem decks, so check out the story here and the video below.
If you’re still unsure about Recruit, the new mechanic coming in the upcoming expansion, read this story. The writer talked to Peter Whalen and Dave Kosak about Recruit and got some interesting information out of that chat. The story talks about Recruit and deckbuilding, how it plays out in different classes, and more. The story also has an exclusive video on Dungeon Run that’s also worth watching.
Silver Vanguard Reveal
Would you like an expensive, low-stat minion with a strong Deathrattle? If yes, Silver Vanguard is for you. This 7-cost 3/3 minion Recruits an 8-cost minion once it perishes. This reveal article goes into a lot of detail about Silver Vanguard’s potential and how Recruit might play out. What do you think of Silver Vanguard?
Paladin Legendary Unveiled
Each class will receive a Legendary minion and a Legendary weapon, and Lynessa Sunsorrow is the Legendary Paladin minion. This 7-cost 1/1 minion has a Battlecry “Cast each spell you cast on your minions this game on this one.” As you can imagine, it’s very easy to boost this Legendary to crazy heights if you have played the right spells before casting it. Read more about this Legendary here.
Some of the New Legendary Weapons Have Voice Lines
In this article, Ben Thompson, Hearthstone Lead Artist, reveals that some of the Weapons we are getting in the next expansion have things to say once played. Those weapons have death lines, lines for when they come into the game, and lines when they are used. Not all weapons have those lines, but those who do will be fun to play with. Read the whole story here.
Is This 3/3 Dragon One of the Most Powerful Cards Ever?
Duskbreaker is a 4-mana 3/3 Priest Dragon that deals 3 damage to all other minions if you’re holding a Dragon, and many players think this card is one of the most powerful cards in the game ever. It can clear up the board and give you a free 3/3 body on the board, a combination that can put you in the driving seat. The writer goes into more details about why many are fearing Duskbreaker, and you can read all that here.
As is usually the case, each new expansion brings along some cards with crazy RNG, and Grand Archivist is one of those cards. This 8-mana 4/7 card casts a spell from deck on random targets at the end of your turn. While it’s a very expensive card for the stats, it can bring all kinds of crazy RNG to the game, and that’s always fun. Read more about Grand Archivist here.
Paladin and Mage Spellstones Unveiled
Spellstones are a new kind of card coming to the game, and this week we got to see the Paladin and Mage ones. The Mage Spellstone adds a random Mage spell to your hand and gets upgraded when you play two Elementals. The Paladin one summons one 2/2 minion with Taunt and gets upgraded when you restore 3 Health. The writer thinks the Paladin one has more potential. Are you sold on the Spellstones?
Shaman Legendary Grumble, Worldshaker Makes Minions Cheap
Grumble, Worldshaker, the new Shaman Legendary, sounds like a fun card to play because it returns all your minions to your hand when played and drops their cost to 1. The writer of this article sees this card as having massive possibilities. While it’s early to know it’s power, I do like the art on it. Check out the whole story here.
New Priest Legendary Gives Two Turns to Everyone
Now, this is a fun idea. Temporus, the new Priest Legendary, lets your opponent have two turns in a row and then you take two turns. Isn’t that fun? Whether it will be strong or not remains to be seen, and you could easily lose before you get a chance to play those two turns. But still, this is a fun Legendary. Head here to read the whole story.
Check Out These Overwatch Deathknights
If you ever wondered how Overatch heroes would look as Deathknights, look no further than this reddit post. You can see Mercy and her Caduceus Staff, Ana, and all the other Overwatch heroes as Deathknights here, and it’s definitely worth checking it out if you like Overwatch.
At Blizzcon earlier this month, the studio behind Overwatch announced a new playable character for the hero shooter: Moira, a healer with evasive and damage-dealing abilities. Last night, she became available to play on PC and consoles — and wouldn'… Engadget RSS Feed
An executable which appears destined for a macOS version of shooter "Overwatch" has been discovered — but after completing an install process, the binary delivered appears to be for Windows. AppleInsider – Frontpage News