Ragnaros Hearthstone

% All Stuffed with Fluff

Apple McKee of LiLy’s Revenge crafted an adorable and intricate plushie based on the Pandaren Water Spirit, Shu.

& Rumor Has It

“Sources familiar with the pact,” or probably some guy’s brother’s cousin’s BFF, says that YouTube has reached a deal to acquire Twitch for more than $1 billion. “The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.” So far, PR for both YouTube and Twitch have declined to comment on rumors. Until then, you may continue to prep for the sky to fall.

" Gear Changes are Coming

WoW CM Crithto reveals upcoming gear changes in patch 5.4.8. “All upgradable epic items introduced to the game in Patch 5.4 will be given the option to upgrade 2 more times for a grand total of 16 item levels,” he says. What about our Garrosh heirlooms? Soon after the initial announcement, Bashiok confirmed that they’ll be auto-upgraded when the patch drops.

+ Unfortunately, legendary cloaks will not be auto-upgraded, but will receive the ability to be upgraded twice.

! Tank and Spank

“We just want to skew toward tanks needing more external healing than they do today.” Celestalon tweets about active mitigation in WoD.


' Superneutral

“The stakes are high — especially for new and thriving industries like professional gaming, usually referred to as esports, that have been built and maintained by startups and grassroots groups that rely on an equal Internet. Without a past of net neutrality, esports would probably not exist. Without a future of net neutrality, experts say, pro gaming’s next era looks stagnant and bleak.” Patrick Howell O’Neill discusses what the future of eSports and gaming would look like without net neutrality. Spoilers: It sucks.

% Huntress of Teldrassil

“The female Night Elf was actually one of the first models we started, but as we began to develop our other character models, we also wound up refining the overall look we were going for with the models and our processes for creating them. Ultimately, we felt that in order to do the female Night Elf justice, we needed to revisit her model with fresh eyes and continue iterating based on what we’d learned from working on the other models. The Night Elves have such a distinct but subtle character, and we spent a lot of effort in trying to help that come through.” Blizzard reveals the new female Night Elf model for WoD. And – like it or not – she still has fangs.

" Please, Sir, I Want Some More

The Diablo III anniversary buff will end on May 22, and our 100% bonus chance at legendary drops goes with it. But what if we could keep the buff somehow? The Reddit Diablo community brainstorms different ways to keep the buff around. Although I didn’t see too many legendary drops this weekend, the rate felt a bit more in line with what it should be. Should Blizzard keep the buffed drop rate or would a buff rotating every weekend (100% to bounty rewards, 100% bonus xp, etc.) work? Beats me, I just want more loots.

' Squishy

The Great Stat Squish is coming in WoD. With the removal of a few stats and a transition to newly squished stats, it can all seem a bit overwhelming at times. Perculia summarizes the squish, item enhancement changes, and other gear changes coming to the next expansion in this helpful guide.

% BY FIRE BE PURGED!

“I found out about the contest 2 days before its deadline, so I frantically resorted to taking a ‘selfie’ with my cell phone camera, and using that as reference to paint from. I am now a gnome. In real life, my eyebrows are NOT this magnificent, nor do I have a legendary Ragnaros card in my deck (yet).” KrisCooper created this week’s whimsical featured header.

' Days Go By

Did you pre-order WoD? Whether you boosted a toon to level 90 or you’re just getting into the game, Alt:ernative Chat chats about what to do with the time we have until the next expansion. Her guide on Blizzard’s Raid Finder tool and how to get decent gear without stepping foot into LFR is quite handy.