New Overwatch 2 Hero Sojourn Has Been in Development for Years

New Overwatch 2 Hero Sojourn Has Been in Development for Years

Overwatch fans are excited about Sojourn being unveiled as the first new hero for Overwatch 2. But she was in development long before Overwatch was even released in 2016.

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Rumors and Leaks Confirmed at Blizzcon 2019 Day 1

Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, Hearthstone and World of Warcraft Shadowlands have all been confirmed on the first day.

For weeks, people have leaking rumors about Blizzard Entertainment’s popular games and franchises. Well, there are a few that turned out to be true and announced the very first day of Blizzcon.

Overwatch Gets a Sequel: Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 follows the Overwatch Archives timeline in succession: The Omnic Crisis, Establishment of Overwatch, The Fall of Overwatch, Recall, then Overwatch 2.

Key takeaways from the Overwatch 2 reveal:

  • All of your accomplishments and loot from Overwatch carry over to Overwatch 2

  • Overwatch players will be able to play with their friends on Overwatch 2 on PvP multiplayer mode

  • New heroes. FINALLY! An unambiguous Black femme hero, Sojourn joins the team. We’ve been waiting for this day for years.

  • Story missions and co-op are coming. While the original Ovewatch has co-op missions, they are reserved for their seasonal events. These co-op modes in Overwatch 2 will be attuned to Overwatch’s overall story.

  • Hero customization

  • New maps

We don’t know much else about the new Overwatch game except it will be released in 2020. Given that it follows the Overwatch anniversary event timeline, it’s possible it will be released on Overwatch’s anniversary in April. What we do know is that Overwatch 2 will be released on all gaming platforms: PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Diablo IV is Official

Diablo IV looks amazing. It’s always been dark, but Blizzard devs really put their heels and all their toes into this project with the realism and grittiness. The popular RPG series usually leaned more toward a bit of a cartoonish look. Diablo 4 was designed using a brand new engine to release simultaneously on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

This latest installment of the Diablo franchise will focus on the evil brought on by Mephisto’s daughter, Lilith and will take place after Reaper of Souls. Techradar reports from Blizzcon that Diablo 4 “will feature an open world map with five regions, day and night cycles, and a non linear campaign.” The first 3 champions are Barbarian, Sorceress, and Druid.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands

The Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner, returns to Icecrown Citadel to dethrone Lich King Bolvar Fordragon. In the cinematic trailer, Sylvanas and Bolvar battle, with the powerful Banshee defeating him, taking his helm and ripping it apart. And with the destruction of the crown, she declares she will set us all free. The destruction of the crown tears open the eternal veil that separates the living from the Shadowlands.

What we know about Shadowlands:

  • New zones: Rivendreth, Bastion, Maldraxxus, The Maw, and Ardenweald

  • Choose a covenant: This looks to work similar to The Burning Crusade’s choosing Aldor or Scryers combined with Legion’s Class Halls.

  • New Main Player Hub: Oribos, The Undying City

  • New raids and dungeons. Obviously.

  • Torghast, Tower of the Damned: This dungeon allows you to complete solo or in a group. The dungeon also changes with each run.

  • Players will be capped at level 60 to enter Shadowlands.

Hearthstone’s Descent of Dragons

This latest Hearthstone expansion pack centers on Galakrond, the father of all dragons. The League of Explorers take to the skies to battle the League of E.V.I.L. with these new goodies:

  • New keyword: Invoke

  • New mechanic: Sidequests

  • New hero cards: Galakrond

Protests at Blizzcon 2019

Blizzard head, J. Allen Beck issued an apology as protestors gathered outside of Blizzcon, CNN reports.

"We moved too quickly in our decision and then to make matters worse, we were too slow to talk with all of you." I am sorry and I accept accountability."

"We will do better going forward. But our actions are going to matter more than any of these words. As you walk around this weekend, I hope it's clear how committed we are to people expressing themselves."

It seems as if Blizzard Entertainment covered all the fan-favorite bases within the first day of Blizzcon. There’s no telling what they have in store for the remainder of the convention. Are you properly excited?

Overwatch Halloween Terror Event is Finally Live

Overwatch Halloween Terror Event is Finally Live

Overwatch Halloween Terror is this year’s Overwatch Halloween event.

With Overatch Patch 1.41 comes the Halloween even that gives us emotes, voice lines, and of course, skins. The event release was a tad bit delayed, but Blizzard made it worth the wait, giving us probably the best set of Halloween skins ever.

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Do You Recognize These Scenic Places in World of Warcraft?

Do You Recognize These Scenic Places in World of Warcraft?

Regardless of which World of Warcraft expansion is your favorite, there’s no denying that each and every expansion created was full of picturesque scenery. WoW is, hands down, one of the most visually stunning games ever created.

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Patch 8.2.5 Ends the Battle for Azeroth War Campaign Predictably

Patch 8.2.5 Ends the Battle for Azeroth War Campaign Predictably

WoW 8.2.5 patch went live September 24, and addresses several things like WoW’s 15th Anniversary event, announcing the return of Recruit a Friend, updating the character models for Goblins and Worgens, and the addition of Firelands as a Timewalking raid. But have other concerns: Sylvanas.

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Updated Crash Course to Playing World of Warcraft

Updated Crash Course to Playing World of Warcraft

There are dozens of forums, websites and Youtube videos dedicated to World of Warcraft. And yet, most of them don't answer some very simple questions. Oftentimes, you're forced to sift through tons of data not relevant to what you're looking for, having to listen to someone explain something horribly.

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Overwatch's The Queen of Junkertown Fan Concept by Chamachine is Spot On

Fan-made concept art, Junker Queen makes us want Blizzard to make this happen now!

Poster in Junkertown of the Queen

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch is one of the most popular and influential FPS games to date. They’ve created dynamic, interesting, and fun characters with rich back stories that draw you into the game even more.

Chamachine, a talented graphic designer, created a Developer Update introducing The Queen of Junkertown inspired by Overwatch concept art of Junkertown. Chamachine worked with Leslie Van den Broeck to help with rendering. Van den Broeck has created remarkable Heroes of the Storm art. The sheer talent has me in awe!

He shows how he went through to create the concept, taking inspiration from Hammond’s Junkertown skin with the mohawk, Roadhog’s spiked shoulders. Her tee shirt is also a bit reminiscent of Roadhog’s belly. We’ll be following Chamachine to see if he comes up with more Overwatch skins for The Queen.

Too bad this isn’t a real Overwatch developer update. The Queen looks as if she would be a dps hero. The Queen has grenades strapped to her arm and armor made from, what looks to be Zenyatta-like Omnic scraps. She would no doubt be bad ass. While it would be highly likely that she would be a dps class, The Queen of Junkertown could also be an off-tank similar to Roadhog.

Either way, this concept art is a masterpiece, introducing us to an Overwatch hero we didn’t know we needed but now we really need this to happen. What do you think about this concept art?

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth - Sylvanas Windrunner is the Leader Horde Has Needed for a Long Time

Cinematic still from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Cinematic still from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

People just don’t understand what war actually is. They think war is all about treaties, peace, and being honorable. It’s not. It’s about much more.

The way Sylvanas Windrunner has been written in the Battle for Azeroth expansion has been murky at best. But the evidence of her greatness, whether people want to see it or not, is there for all to see. How Sylvanas has been treated, her past experiences shape her controversial decision-making in war today. Let’s explore.

The Many Tastes of Betrayal

Ever since she regained her freedom from Ner’Zhul, she has been betrayed by those she trusted.

  • Betrayal by Humans and subsequently, The Alliance. Though the Undead, under Sylvanas’ leadership, did not attempt to join the join the Alliance, they were met with much hostility after they were freed from The Lich King’s control. They were seen as abominations and “untrustworthy” and their lands constantly being encroached on. They were “foresaken” by the living.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: So, it is done.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: I had not dared to trust my senses - too many times has the Lich King made me to be a fool.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Finally, he has been made to pay for the atrocities he imposed upon my people.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: May Azeroth never fail to remember the terrible price we paid for our weakness... for our pride.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: But what now, hero? What of those freed from his grasp, but still shackled to their mortal coils?
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Leave me.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: I have much to ponder.
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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Now the Lich King is dead and we have returned.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: The people who called this land their home in life, do so in death as well.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: But the Alliance does not recognize our rights. They claim this land as their own while attempting to invalidate the claims of the founders of this kingdom.
  • Betrayal by Varimathras and Putress. Though Sylvanas and Varimathras were begrudgingly allies, Varimathras recruited Foresaken in Undercity, driving a wedge between Sylvanas and those loyal to her. And at Wrathgate, likely acting on Varimathras’ orders, Apothecary Putress unleashes the blight onto both Horde and Alliance, killing Bolvar Fordragon in the process.

  • Betrayal by her sister, Vereesa Windrunner. During the trial of Garrosh Hellscream at The Temple of the White Tiger, Vereesa noticed how much her sister, Sylvanas, loathed Garrosh. She set up a meeting with Sylvanas and they plotted to poison Garrosh. But at the last minute, Vereesa chickened out and confessed their plans to Prince Anduin Wrynn.

  • Betrayal by Godfrey. After committing suicide because he’d rather die than have a worgen for a king (Genn Greymane), Sylvanas had her valkyr resurrect him as one of her Foresaken. Sylvanas commanded him to kidnap Lorna Crowley to hold her for ransom in hopes for a cease fire between the Gilneas Liberation Front and the Forsaken. But Godfrey wanted to kill Lorna and bring her back as a Forsaken to exact revenge on her father, Darius Crowley, one of King Genn Greymane’s right-hand men and leader of the Gilneas Liberation Front. When Darius surrendered to Sylvannas, Godfrey shot and killed her (Sylvanas). Her valkyr were quick to resurrect her.

Reasoning Behind Questionable Actions

While it many will argue that Sylvanas is self-serving, one thing that has remained constant throughout the lore is that Sylvanas is a protector—the protector of the Forsaken. And now, the Horde.

In Edge of Night, Sylvanas threw herself off of the icy cliffs of Icecrown Citadel after the defeat of The Lich King. Lingering in purgatory, she saw a vision of her peoples' future. Without her, then Warchief Garrosh Hellscream would sacrifice the Forsaken, Sylvanas’ people, in a failed assault on Gilneas.

“But you can’t just send them right into the central breach in the wall,” Lydon continued. “It’s a… a chokepoint. Well fortified, closely watched. Heavy armored troops on horseback couldn’t maneuver through the breach: they’d be mown down by musketfire from the debris. Surely you can see—“

”Of course I see!” Garrosh answered. “The door is wedged open; now it must be kicked down. This is what your kind is good for.”

Where is the Dark Lady, Sylvanas? [Lydon] wondered, turning his empty eye sockets toward the gray heavens. Why isn’t she here to counter this beast?
— Edge of Night

She stood up to Garrosh Hellscream when others couldn’t. And she put fear in him.

At that moment, nobody dared look Sylvanas Windrunner in the eye. Nobody but Garrosh Hellscream.

…there was fear in those eyes, but also something else. Something that terrified even the great warchief. His wolf began to edge away instinctively.

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Sylvanas is a brilliant and patient war tactician.

She knows that peace between the Horde and Alliance is always short-lived. Her exchange with High Overlord, Varok Saurfang in A Good War offers the explanation of why she burned The World Tree. People like to think that she threw a tantrum, but this was part of her plan that she mapped out with Saurfang.

“If I dedicated myself to peace with the Alliance, would it last a year?”

“Yes,” Saurfang said curtly.

“How about two years? Five? Ten? Fifty?”

Saurfang felt the trap closing in on him, and he did not like it. “We fought side‐by‐side against the Burning Legion. That creates bonds that are not easily broken.”

“Time breaks every bond.” Sylvanas leaned across the table. Her words flew like arrows. “What do you believe? Will peace last five years or fifty?

Both the Horde and Alliance navies were at minimum capacity. Sylvanas effectively divided the Alliance forces and Horde now controls all of Kalimdor, something that has never been achieved. With the razing of Teldrasil, the Alliance is in a political crisis, orchestrated by Sylvanas.

What happens when Genn Greymane, Malfurion Stormrage, and Tyrande Whisperwind all demand differing actions? He is not a high king like his father. The respect the others give him is a courtesy, not an obligation. Anduin Wrynn will rapidly become a leader who cannot act. If the Alliance will not march as one, each nation will act in its own interest. Each army will return home to protect their lands from us.”

“And that is how you defeat Stormwind.” Saurfang was in awe. It was brilliant.”

“We need to frighten them before we arrive here. If they decide to fight instead of run, the final step of this battle will be messier than all the rest,” she said. “What can we do to make the civilians of Teldrassil so afraid they can think of nothing but running?”
— A Good War

Sylvanas has never been naive about what the Horde and others think about her, ever since she was turned into the Undead Banshee Queen, no one has trusted her and that’s largely due in part to those who have betrayed her. She has sacrificed herself time and time again for her people, but critics cannot grasp the complexity of her character or decisions. They don’t understand that Warchief Sylvanas is playing the long game to secure the future of the Horde and peace will be on her terms, not Alliance because peace on the Alliance’s terms has always been flimsy and fragile. Horde has needed a leader who will let the Alliance know that Horde isn’t playing the same game they’ve been playing for hundreds of years.

What if…

Since Sylvanas predicted the behaviors of the Alliance leaders, what if Saurfang, Baine Bloodhoof, and Lore’thmar’s betrayal were also calculated? What if their betrayals were planned for? It’s not that far-fetched. Remember, Sylvanas and Saurfang had already planted the seeds of "Horde dissent" among the Alliance spies. We know she’s using Mathias Shaw and his spies to play Anduin. What if they played King Anduin, allowing Saurfang to be captured, knowing Anduin would release Saurfang? While it’s highly unlikely that Saurfang was in on it, it’s incredibly likely that Sylvanas planned for their betrayal.

Whatever your thoughts on Sylvanas Windrunner — love her, hate her, or you’re on the fence — the story surrounding her in Battle for Azeroth is far from over. We don’t know what Blizzard has planned for her, but we’re excited nonetheless.

Special shout out to my favorite World of Warcraft historian and queen of WarcraftMemes, Katalyst Evrmeme for always being up for talking World of Warcraft lore with me.

There's So Much Beauty in the World of Warcraft

We’re in World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary. World of Warcraft Classic release date is Tuesday, August 27, 2019, and players who quit WoW are coming back just for Classic WoW. People who have played WoW since Vanilla are on the World of Warcraft forums reminiscing about the good ‘ol days of being brutally murdered by Murlocs in Elwynn Forest, among other things.

Those Murlocs, at the lake… That have like a 2 sec respawn and aggro with a mob of like 5-6 at a time…Died so many times to them…

Old school Azeroth can be a pretty scary and intimidating place. But There are so many beautiful places in Azeroth. All it takes is some exploring.

Just be careful. Unlike later expansions, there is no flying in Classic WoW. The best tip for surviving Classic Azeroth is to do your best to stick to the roads when traveling. This is especially helpful if you will be playing a Night Elf and decide to make the journey from Teldrasil on Kalimdor to Stormwind City in Eastern Kingdoms. For some reason, many, if not most Alliance players who choose Night Elf characters, prefer to quest in Eastern Kingdoms. So, keep in mind that there are there are no portals and there is no boat that goes directly from Darkshore to Stormwind. The Darkshore boat takes you to Wetlands in Eastern Kingdoms. Then, you have to walk on foot, to Ironforge. Be sure to learn the flight paths of each town you visit on your way. Once you get to Ironforge, you’ll take the tram to Stormwind. Yes, this is how you get from the Night Elf starting area to the Stormwind.

But yes, there are so many beautifully scenic places to explore in World of Warcraft. With each of the World of Warcraft expansions, Blizzard Entertainment’s talented team created some of the eeriest, creepiest and beautiful places in all of gaming.

The latest WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth, also boasts some gorgeous scenery. Whether you have warmode on or not, exploring some of these places is an absolute must. From the Zandalari troll home of Zulduzar to Queen Azshara’s underwater domain of Nazjatar, these places are stunning. There are very few games like World of Warcraft that would be able to compare visually.

Whether you will be playing World of Warcraft Classic, sticking to Battle for Azeroth, or will be playing both, don’t forget to appreciate the scenery. Do you have a favorite place to chill in Azeroth? Tell us your favorite places in the comments or on Facebook.

Update: New Overwatch Archives: Storm Rising Skin - Scientist Moira

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Science will reveal the truth!

Moira is a brilliant scientist, but all of her skins look the same, just different colors, with the exception of Blackwatch and the Halloween Banshee skin. I was hoping for something a bit more imaginative.

The Play Overwatch site also shows that there are 7, (6 now that Moira’s skin has been revealed) more skins to be unlocked. Who could they be for?

From original article.

We know that Overwatch skins help to tell the story of the heroes (and villains) we play. And Baptiste was one of Talon’s best combat medics until he went AWOL. He had originally joined Talon as a means to an end, but soon grew tired of being witness to and participating in their evil deeds. So he chucked the deuces and disappeared, until he was tracked down in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by his former team.

So, I’m hoping Orisa gets a new skin. She recently received a new skin, but compared to her counterparts, she’s lacking in the skins department. I’d also like to see a kind of sexy Mei skin. Thick girls are sexy too, dammit! And no, sexy does NOT have to equal revealing. But something less frumpy.

We’ll keep you updated on the new skin reveals as the come. Who else do you think will get a new skin this event?