The ‘Overwatch’ winter event kicks off on Dec. 13 (probably)

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Here’s hoping one of Reaper’s holiday-themed voice lines is “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Overwatch will seemingly kick off its first (and hopefully annual) winter/holiday event on Tuesday, Dec. 13. There aren’t any details to share yet, but a tweet from the game’s official account seems pretty clear.

You’re invited! pic.twitter.com/MQZPZOW4Y1

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 6, 2016

The tweet is just cryptic enough to leave an element of uncertainty hanging — does the event start on Dec. 13 or is it just an announcement? We’d bet on the former.

Tuesday is the day that Overwatch weekly updates launch. What’s more, multi-week Overwatch events for the 2016 Olympics and Halloween occurred earlier in the year, so there’s precedent. Blizzard likes to extend real world celebrations into its hit game. Read more…

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10 best new cards in ‘Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’

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Hearthstone just introduced 132 new cards with Mean Streets of Gadgetzan‘s release Thursday, and some of them look pretty amazing.

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan brings with it a few game-changing features like tri-class cards and potions, but with everything out in the open now, we are taking a look at which of the new cards will probably be coming out on top as the meta unfolds. You’ll definitely want to shuffle these into your decks.

If you want to peruse all 132 cards that came out with Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, you can check them out here. Read more…

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Here are all 132 new cards in ‘Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’

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Hearthstone just got a whole lot meaner.

The latest Hearthstone expansion — Mean Streets of Gadgetzan — released on Thursday, bringing 132 brand new cards to Blizzard’s competitive card game. With all-new powerful pirates, menacing Murlocs and crooked criminals entering the fray, the Hearthstone meta is sure to be shaken up.

Below, we’ve gathered all the new cards from Hearthstone‘s fourth card expansion for your perusal.

Some of them have a brand new symbol on the left side under the card’s mana cost, signifying that they are a tri-class card and can be used by three different class decks. Cards with crossed cudgels are part of the Grimy Goons crime family — Hunters, Warriors, and Paladins; cards with potions are part of the Kabal — Mages, Priests, and Warlocks; and cards with a lotus are part of the Jade Lotus — Druids, Rogues, and Shamans. Read more…

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Play the new ‘Overwatch’ map Oasis right now

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Blizzard Entertainment is full of surprises.

Overwatch‘s upcoming map Oasis was released on the public test region Tuesday, a week before the map was expected to hit the PTR as promised at BlizzCon.

Oasis is the fourth control map in Overwatch and it’s set in a futuristic city in the Middle East. Not only is this the first map to introduce jump pads to the game, but early testers found out that the environment can kill unsuspecting and clumsy players as well.

Watch out for the traffic on the Oasis map! pic.twitter.com/aajBrQcCoQ

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‘Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ is coming Dec. 1

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Mark your calendars — the latest Hearthstone expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, is coming very soon.

Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is releasing Dec. 1, Blizzard revealed during a live stream showing off a ton of new cards from the expansion and how eight of the nine classes are looking in the new meta.

The stream below begins at 9:44. The Warrior vs. Priest match starts at 11:50, the Priest vs. Hunter match starts at 30:32, the Druid vs. Paladin match starts at 42:05 and the Warlock vs. Rogue match starts at 57:21. 

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Be your best edge lord with this $150 ‘Overwatch’ Reaper statue

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Blizzard Entertainment knows what its fans want: more edge lord.

Reaper, the edgiest dual-shotgun-wielding badass in the Overwatch hero roster, is getting his very own collectible statue. The 12-inch figurine captures the the Reap-man at his edgiest: midway through a Death Blossom ult, with both arms extended out for maximum killing and posing power.

The $150 collectible is up for pre-order now in Blizzard’s online store. The first wave is expected to ship in Q1 2017 and the second wave will follow in Q3 2017.

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There will probably be an ‘Overwatch’ winter event

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Can’t wait to see that inevitable Torbjörn-dressed-as-pint-sized-Santa skin.

It looks like Blizzard is planning a winter- or holiday-themed event in Overwatch. It’s not a surprise after similar events around the Summer Olympics and Halloween, but informed speculation leveled up to “this is probably happening” with the release of the latest PTR update.

Much of the attention around the update has been focused on the changes to Symmetra, but tech-savvy fans dug through the data and found some other surprises. Along with new character interactions and sound effects, there’s a snippet of music with a distinctly Christmas-y feel. Read more…

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