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The next Hearthstone update details warp the game

The next Hearthstone update details warp the game

When the next Hearthstone update is released, it'll change the whole game - for real. For the first time in Hearthstone's history, said Blizzard, there'll be a new "continuous story told across all three expansions." These expansions will be released over the course of the next Hearthstone "year" - that being the Year of the Dragon. This update will start in May of this year with the first replayable "Solo Adventure" - new to Hearthstone in its entirety.

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Here’s what Overwatch’s newest healer Baptiste can do

Here’s what Overwatch’s newest healer Baptiste can do

Well that didn't take very long: shortly after revealing Overwatch's 30th hero, Baptiste, with an origin trailer, Blizzard has revealed what he's actually capable of. As his origin story suggested, Baptiste is a support hero and will be joining the likes of Mercy, Ana, Brigette, and Moira. He isn't all about healing, however, as he can enable his team when it comes to dishing out damage.

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Overwatch’s next hero, Baptiste, revealed as a combat medic

Overwatch’s next hero, Baptiste, revealed as a combat medic

You Overwatch support mains have reason to be excited today, as Blizzard has revealed that the next hero joining the Overwatch roster is a combat medic named Baptiste. At the moment, we've only got a lore trailer for Baptiste, which means that information about his abilities isn't available just yet. Still, the arrival of this trailer means those important details can't be very far off.

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Blizzard will make more WarCraft, Diablo games in the face of layoffs

Blizzard will make more WarCraft, Diablo games in the face of layoffs

If Activision Blizzard manages to pull off this near-impossible challenge, it will be a miracle. Not that it will do anything to repair the company's tarnished image. After announcing a record-breaking 2018 revenue, the game developer announced it would be laying off around 800 people. That's because it expects Blizzard to have disappointing sales this year due to the lack of new major content for existing games. And its strategy to make ends meet? Make new games instead.

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Activision Blizzard lays off 800 employees after record revenue in 2018

Activision Blizzard lays off 800 employees after record revenue in 2018

In a call with investors today, Activision Blizzard revealed that it has laid off 8-percent of its employees, which works out to around 800 jobs. Company president Collister Johnson cited "weaker than anticipated retail demand," and it was also revealed that Blizzard doesn't have any major game releases planned for this year fiscal year. The business decision is despite a record net revenue in 2018.

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Overwatch Paris map goes live for PC players in PTR program

Overwatch Paris map goes live for PC players in PTR program

Blizzard has released the newest map for Overwatch, though it's not available for all players yet. Called "Paris," the map features the iconic city and follows the most recent map up until this point, "Busan," which was released late last year. The map is currently live for PC players who are part of the PTR program, but everyone will get access to it soon.

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Overwatch gets a permanent price cut beginning today

Overwatch gets a permanent price cut beginning today

Overwatch's Year of the Pig in-game event kicks off today, and to go along with it, Blizzard has apparently decided to drop the game's price. This isn't some kind of sale to promote Year of the Pig either, as Blizzard says in today's announcement that these price cuts are permanent. If you've held out on buying Overwatch this long, it looks like your patience is finally paying off.

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Overwatch Lunar New Year event returns next week for Year of the Pig

Overwatch Lunar New Year event returns next week for Year of the Pig

It's nearly that time of the year: Blizzard has announced that Overwatch's Lunar New Year event will be kicking off soon once again. This will be the event's third year running, and of course, this time around, we're celebrating the Year of the Pig. Details are still pretty slim, but Blizzard has revealed when the event will kick off, which is arugably the most important detail of the bunch.

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Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Those who visit Twitch regularly know that Twitch chat is an interesting entity that can turn from rather subdued into toxic insanity at the drop of a hat. Most streamers keep their own chats relatively free of toxicity through things like moderation, bans, and word filters, but as the viewer count of a particular channel grows, it gets harder and harder to keep Twitch chat from spiraling into madness. Blizzard is looking to test a new method of channel moderation for Overwatch pro matches, but Overwatch fans might not like what it's doing.

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Blizzard creates ‘discipline tracker’ to catalog Overwatch cheaters

Blizzard creates ‘discipline tracker’ to catalog Overwatch cheaters

Blizzard has launched a new "discipline tracker" website that catalogs professional Overwatch players who have broken the rules. The tracker will run throughout the 2019 season and include pertinent details, including the player's name, the date of the discipline, their team, what they did to get in trouble, and the penalty that was issued.

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Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19

Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19

This week Hearthstone is getting a few balance changes to cards that've become a bit too powerful for their own good. Some of these cards are new, but some are surprisingly old. Like Saronite Chain Gang, which now only copies Saronite Chain Game specifically - instead of whatever creature is copying the abilities of this creature. Other changes are slightly more obvious.

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Blizzard moves developers off Heroes of the Storm, cans 2019 pro league

Blizzard moves developers off Heroes of the Storm, cans 2019 pro league

It looks like development is beginning to wind down on Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm. The company has announced that it has moved some developers away from the game and over to other projects. Though development on HotS will continue with new heroes and events, the company says that the "cadence will change".

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