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World of Warcraft Classic gets three new realms as servers choke

World of Warcraft Classic gets three new realms as servers choke

It's been a pretty intense initial 24 hours for World of Warcraft Classic. A ton of players have been looking to log into the game and relive WoW as it existed in 2004, and because of that, the servers are having a difficult time keeping up. On many realms, players have been greeted by hours-long queues when they attempt to log in, and while that emulates the experience of launch-day World of Warcraft pretty darn well, it isn't exactly ideal.

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Here’s how to play World of Warcraft Classic

Here’s how to play World of Warcraft Classic

Today is a big day for World of Warcraft fans, as Blizzard is launching WoW Classic. WoW Classic is Blizzard's official attempt at (and answer to) vanilla servers that have proven to be popular with WoW fans. With it, fans will be able to play World of Warcraft as it more or less existed shortly after it released in 2004, with no expansions and none of the major modern improvements.

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WoW Classic eases character creation limits, adds realms pre-launch

WoW Classic eases character creation limits, adds realms pre-launch

After a lot of build up, we're quickly approaching the launch of World of Warcraft Classic. The game is set to release later today, and in anticipation of this launch, Blizzard has added new realms and eased restrictions on character creation. If you've got a ton of different characters you'd like to try once WoW Classic releases but you don't want to spread them out across realms, now is your chance to create them.

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You can now play the original Diablo game on web browsers

You can now play the original Diablo game on web browsers

The gaming industry is pretty terrible at preserving its rich history. The hard and thankless work of making sure classic games are still available to future generations is done by third-parties, some of whom even risk lawsuits from companies that are not at all interested in doing that but continue to close off these games to protect their IPs decades after their day in the market. Fortunately, through odd twists in history, the code for the original Diablo has more or less become available to the public, leading to one of the oddest ports of the game: Diablo on the Web.

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Overwatch’s Sigma now live on PTR, abilities detailed

Overwatch’s Sigma now live on PTR, abilities detailed

Yesterday, Blizzard revealed Sigma, the next hero on the way to Overwatch. With that reveal, we only got a trailer showing Sigma's origin story, and it was quite a disturbing look at a man who has had his mind shattered by his scientific pursuits. We figured we wouldn't have to wait long to learn more about Sigma, and we were right, as Blizzard today revealed just what he'll be capable of on the battlefield.

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Blizzard gives us a disturbing look at Sigma, Overwatch’s next hero

Blizzard gives us a disturbing look at Sigma, Overwatch’s next hero

After making something of a bombshell announcement just a few days ago, it's back to business as usual this week for Overwatch. Blizzard has revealed the next character for its team-based shooter, and the company did so in one of the most unsettling ways possible. The new character's name is Sigma, and he's a scientist who can manipulate gravity.

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Overwatch’s incoming Role Queue will be a massive change

Overwatch’s incoming Role Queue will be a massive change

Overwatch turned three years old back in May, and over the past three years, the metagame has shifted a few times. It won't be long, however, before Blizzard begins forcing team compositions on In Quick Play and Competitive, today announcing that both game modes will soon be subject to a Role Queue. In these new queues, players will be asked to pick one of three roles before they queue up and then they'll be placed onto teams with two tanks, two damage dealers, and two supports.

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Overwatch Summer Games 2019 is here with new weekly challenges

Overwatch Summer Games 2019 is here with new weekly challenges

Shortly after Overwatch launched in 2017, Summer Games became the title's first seasonal event. Overwatch Summer Games is returning for its third year in a row, and just as with every other annually recurring event, players will have a chance to earn previously-released cosmetics alongside entirely new ones. This time around, however, the Overwatch Summer Games have a bit of twist to them.

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Overwatch will automatically end matches when it detects cheaters

Overwatch will automatically end matches when it detects cheaters

Blizzard plans to take its anti-cheating efforts to a new level and will start automatically ending matches where a cheater is detected. The change was revealed in Blizzard's July 2019 developer update, where the game's director Jeff Kaplan explained how the new anti-cheating effort will work. Though game matches will automatically end, regular players who weren't cheating won't be penalized.

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StarCraft: Cartooned puts an animated twist on an RTS classic

StarCraft: Cartooned puts an animated twist on an RTS classic

If you're a Blizzard fan, then there's a good chance you're already familiar with CarBot Animations. The company, founded by animator Jonathan Burton, has made a number of animated video series about many of Blizzard's properties, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft. Now, Blizzard is putting Burton's animations front and center with an overhaul add-on for StarCraft Remastered called StarCraft: Cartooned.

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Overwatch LEGO sets with Junkrat, Wrecking Ball, and Roadhog announced

Overwatch LEGO sets with Junkrat, Wrecking Ball, and Roadhog announced

Given Overwatch's popularity, it isn't really a shock to see Blizzard strike various merchandising deals with other companies. We've seen Overwatch NERF blasters and cereal, along with Overwatch-themed LEGO sets. Today, LEGO revealed two more incoming Overwatch sets - one featuring Junkrat and Roadhog and the other featuring Wrecking Ball.

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Hearthstone nixing two cards we’ve taken for granted too long

Hearthstone nixing two cards we’ve taken for granted too long

Two of Hearthstone's most powerful cards, Vanish and Mind Blast, will soon head for the Hall of Fame. These cards have been abnormally powerful in the most basic sense of the phrase since I started playing the game - they're so good, they'd be in almost every deck against which I played, regardless of intent. They were so powerful, it would seem, that the creators of Hearthstone have decided they needed to be retired.

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