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This one’s a bit odd. You have to promise not to give me a weird look when I tell you what Party Hard is about, okay? Here we go. Party Hard is a stealth puzzle game about going to a party and killing everyone there in creative ways, while eluding […]

Party Hard

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Guild of Dungeoneering is a unique hybrid game that mashes up cards, puzzles, deck building, roleplaying, strategy, and tower defense into one tiny, wonderful bundle. You grow your base, train recruits, and power them up by leading them through dungeons for that holiest of holies in gaming: loot. Battles are […]

Guild of Dungeoneering

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We reviewed The Grand Tournament’s netural cards on last show, and this week we tackle all of the class cards in Hearthstone’s latest expansion! Scott and I pick our favorite, and least favorite, cards for each class — and lay down some verdicts about which classes got the best cards […]

Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament Review (Class Cards)

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The Grand Tournament is out, and we’re ready to pick the best cards and the worst cards of the set! We start this week by evaluating the neutral cards — picking the best to draft, the best to craft, and the best to dust at every rarity level. EDIT: Our […]

Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament Review (Neutral Cards)

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We were all noobs once. Heck, in a lot of ways, we’re still noobs now. Hearthstone is a fun game that does a lot to make card games accessible, but there’s still a lot to learn at the start! Community hero Jim joins us on this week’s show with his […]

Hearthstone: How to Get Better, a New Player’s Guide

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Hippies had it right all along, my Hex friends. Flower power is the best way to build a quick and cheap PVE deck to start crushing dungeons and amassing loot. I’ve had a lot of fun with this plant-heavy deck in Hex’s Frost Ring Arena dungeon, and I hope it’ll […]

Hex PVE Wild Deck: The Power Plant

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Allow me to be honest: Sylvanas is absolutely disgusting. The undead banshee hero in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm is insanely flexible, with a plethora of strong build options. She’s my most-played hero, by far — and I want to help you take advantage of her potentially devastating power. Over […]

Heroes of the Storm: Sylvanas Best Talents Guide

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Kill all the things. Kill them with dragons! Our latest battle deck is all about dishing out damage with giant, scaly monsters — and bringing in the broodmothers to seal the deal late game. You can hear us talk about this deck, and watch us duel with it in episode […]

Hearthstone: The Priest Dragon Deck List

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Dragon decks are typically slow, control-heavy decks that take their sweet, sweet time killing their opponents. But Ben’s surprisingly aggro Dragon Priest deck goes straight for the throat, with some big fat dragons wading in late as backup if things stall out. Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes […]

Hearthstone: The Priest Dragon Deck

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Arena can be intimidating at first. It has totally different rules than normal play, and knowing which cards are the best to pick can be tough, even for veteran players. But we’re here to help! Ryan and Josh lay out their advice for picking the right cards and winning Arena, […]

Hearthstone: How To Win Arena

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You don’t need to spend money to build a massive collection of cards in Hex. With some patience and a taste for the hunt, you can use the in-game Auction House to pick up cards on the cheap for gold. That means no real-money currency, just the free coins you […]

Hex Auction House Guide: How to Build Decks For Cheap

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Sonya is my kind of crazy. She’s a hulking warrior from Diablo III that loves to grab enemies by the throat, smash their face into the ground, and then get angry that the fight was too easy. I’ve been playing her a ton in Heroes of the Storm lately, and […]

Heroes of the Storm: Sonya Best Talents Guide

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What do you get when you merge the spontaneous chaos of a Grim Patron deck with the stability and early pressure of a mech deck? Pissed robots looking for a fight! Jayme is the mad scientist behind the latest deck featured on the show! You can see how this deck […]

Hearthstone: The Warrior Mech Grim Patron Deck List

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The Grim Patron combo is crazy. One moment your board is empty, the next its filled with drunken dwarves begging for a brawl. But it’s late-game and inconsistent. Our guest this week has built a deck that tries to supplement the Grim Patron Warrior deck with some classic mech robots […]

Hearthstone: The Warrior Mech Grim Patron Deck

Happy Hearthstone turns 50 today! We invited all of our classic guest hosts back on for one uber long, uber silly show all about Hearthstone and the fun strategies, tips, and advice we learned over our years of playing. Sit back, pull out your beverage of choice, and join us […]

Hearthstone: 50th Episode Potluck Party!

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Demonlock and Warlock Zoo decks have been dominating constructed Warlock play for awhile now. But what if there was someone mad enough to combine them into one single monstrosity?!?! Andrew is that man. You can see how this deck performed in its deck battle against the current Happy Hearthstone deck […]

Hearthstone: The Warlock Demon Zoo Deck List

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Another challenger steps into the Hearthstone Deck Battle arena! This week, a new hybrid Warlock Demon Zoo deck challenges the uber-fast Mech Shaman deck. Who will reign supreme? Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes or via RSS!

Hearthstone: The Warlock Demon Zoo Deck

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Which class got the best cards in the Blackrock Mountain Adventure set? Which class got totally hosed? Scott and I dive into every single class card in the set to give your opinions and render verdicts! Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes or via RSS!

Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain Best Class Cards Review

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Blackrock Mountain Adventure set is out and it’s brought a bunch of new cards to play with in Hearthstone! But what cards are worth using and which should you let gather dust in the collection box? Scott and I review every single neutral card in the set and tell you […]

Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain Best Neutral Cards Review

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Robots, totems, and the occasional frog dish out the damage in Frid’s Mech Shaman deck. It brings the classic body-centric rush damage that defines mech decks, but adds its own flair to provide big burst potential in the mid-game. You can see how this deck performed in its deck battle […]

Hearthstone: The Mech Shaman Deck List

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We’ve got a new co-host on the show this week, and he comes with a top-notch reputation after beating pro players in a tournament this weekend! Frid is showing off his new mech shaman deck this week, which packs huge burst damage and some neat tricks that Mech Mages just […]

Hearthstone: The Mech Shaman Deck

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We’re kicking off the first ever Happy Hearthstone Strategy Potluck this week! We bring short topics to talk about, ranging from advice to random thoughts about a specific type of deck. The first one’s free, so Scott and I provided all of the tips this time, but we want your […]

Hearthstone: Strategy, Tips, and Advice Potluck

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The Mech Mage has been the bane of my existence in Hearthstone lately — rushing down my health before I can even get a stable footing with my late-game decks. That’s why I’m so happy that someone from the Happy Hearthstone community stepped up to share their own fun Mech […]

Hearthstone: The Mage Mech Deck List

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Another challenger rises from the community to claim ownership of the Happy Hearthstone Reigning Deck Battle Champion Throne of Incredible Awesomeness and Gilded Wings. (We really gotta come up with a shorter name for that). This week, Dan brings a powerful Mech Mage deck, which uses all of those fun […]

Hearthstone: The Mage Mech Deck

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Goblins vs Gnomes has been out for awhile and we’re finally ready to pick the best and worst cards of the set! Whether you’re trying to dominate Arena, climb the ladder with constructed decks, or just looking for a card to dust that won’t be missed — we’ve got the […]

Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes Review

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Our robot overlords have arrived, and they’re surprisingly Paladins! A community champion rose up to challenge The Happy Hearthstone Deck Champion on this week’s show. Adam also took the time to put together his full list of cards and commentary to help you play his deck too! Find out more […]

Hearthstone: The Paladin Tech Deck List

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We smash open the mechs that are so populaer in decks at the moment and just go for their juicy technology innards in this week’s deck battle! Community listener Adam explains how his Paladin Tech deck relies on Spare Parts and a few key tricks to secure mid-game victories. Even […]

Hearthstone: The Paladin Tech Deck

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2014 has been a wonderful year. Jenna and I had our first son (who’s interrupted my writing of this blog post about 79 times with his adorable crying), I moved over to the dev team for Landmark and EverQuest Next at Sony Online Entertainment, and I was able to play […]

My Favorite Things of 2014

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Two of the brilliant brains behind the cards you love — senior game designers Ben Brode and Mike Donais from Blizzard — stop by the Happy Hearthstone this week to chat about the new Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion cards, the process of making the game, and the future of Hearthstone. […]

Hearthstone: Dev Interview with Ben Brode and Mike Donais

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Miss. Crit. Crit. Miss. Miss. The “Go Big or Go Home” team has led us through a painful 6-month lesson in RNG humility. Let’s take a look at what this random-loving team did well, and where it misstepped. If You Enjoy This Episode, Please Consider Donating Subscribe to The WoW […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Bonkers and Jademist Dancer

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Late game Paladin gets redefined with this week’s deck! Heals, minions, Divine Shield, resurrections — if you don’t stop this Paladin deck before turn 7, he’s got a freight train of pain heading directly to your face. But Scott’s Survival Paladin deck is famous for surviving in a different way. […]

Hearthstone: The Last Standin Paladin Deck

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Many of the cards revealed at BlizzCon for Hearthstone’s “Goblin vs. Gnomes” expansion had random effects on them, and I saw a portion of the community get bummed out and complain that random effects ruin the competitiveness of Hearthstone. That is simply not true, my friends! I’ll admit that I […]

Hearthstone: Why Random Cards Raise the Skill Cap in Goblins ...

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World of Warcraft’s new expansion, Warlords of Draenor launches tonight, and that means there are an absurd number of new pets out there for us to collect! I read up on all 114 new pets added in the new expansion, to find the ones with the best synergies and most […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: Best Warlord of Draenor Pets

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Esports. Professional Gaming. Videogame Athletics. Whatever you want to call it, there are people out there making money by playing Hearthstone. Lucky jerks. The best part is that most pro gamers are making their living in public, letting the rest of us interact with them, get to know them, and […]

Hearthstone: What is Esports? Livestreams, Tournaments, and More!

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Which cards do you keep when you look at your opening hand? Most people just think about what their own strategy is, but Adam guides us through the process of basing your card selection on what your opponent wants to do instead. It’s a subtle mindshift that has already proven […]

Hearthstone: Climb Ranked By Mastering Your Opening Hand

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We review the best and worst of the new cards in Curse of Naxxramas in this week’s show! Everything from crazy Kel’thuzad to overcosted treants is on the table, so let’s not waste time chatting. This is an epic 3-hour show, and our first-ever card review. Let us know what […]

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Best Cards Review

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WoW taught us that Paladins are exceptionally good at one thing: surviving to see another day. Whether it’s by bubble-hearthing back to mama or healing themselves 10 times in a single fight, Paladins will frustrate anyone trying to kill them. And that’s the goal of the Survival Paladin deck in […]

Hearthstone: The Survival Paladin Deck List

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While Josh is taking a short break to welcome his family’s latest cardslinger into this world, guest-hosts Scott Lantz and Redbeard take over the show and run wild! Scott whips out his obnoxious Survival Paladin deck to challenge Redbeard’s claim on the Deck King throne! Who will win? I don’t […]

Hearthstone: The Survival Paladin Deck

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Orcs can fly. And trust me when I tell you that there’s nothing more terrifying than an 8-foot-tall ball of muscle and rage screaming as it flies directly at your face with its axe. My previous Hex decks — Human Inspire, Orc Rage, Shin’hare Swarm, Mine’s Bigger — were built […]

Hex Blood Sapphire Deck: Flying Orc Circus

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The Hearthstone community is awesome. We’ve got player-run friendly tournaments, sponsored tournaments for the pros, strategy groups that get together to talk about the latest decks and how to play them, social clubs, and everything in between. This week, we bring on a listener of the show who’s hosted professional-quality […]

Hearthstone: Host Your Own Tournament!

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Scott Lantz came on the show a month ago to show us how to pick the best cards in Hearthstone. It was easily our most-heralded episode, bringing in more positive feedback and reviews than any episode of the show so far. So we rushed Scott back onto the show to […]

Hearthstone: How To Build A Good Deck

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The moon is a powerful ball of dust, especially when wielded by the right hands/claws. This week, we look at a spell power Druid deck in Hearthstone, designed to use big spells like Swipe and Moonfire to clear the board and secure a safe kill in the late game. Find […]

Hearthstone: The Arcane Druid Deck List

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Redbeard launched a revolution in our last deck battle episode when he finally toppled the 6-month reigning deck to claim the throne for his Barbarian Warrior deck. This week, the first challenger approaches: a Spell Power-heavy Druid deck designed to stall to the late-game and nuke you down in one, […]

Hearthstone: The Arcane Druid Deck

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Go big or go home. That’s our philosophy this week, so we’re grabbing all of the heavy-hitting pets that trade accuracy for more damage! We’re swinging for the proverbial pet battle fence, and we’re not going to be playing cautious in any sense of the word. This may not be […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Bonkers and Jademist Dancer

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Knowing how to use your cards effectively is only half the battle. Knowing how to pick the best cards in Arena, and how to build the best decks in standard play, is an essential part of victory! Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest things to learn early on. This […]

Hearthstone: How To Pick The Best Cards

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We’re building more free decks this week! Hearthstone gives you a lot of fun ways to earn card packs for free, but new players will want to build some reliable decks early on to make sure they can get the wins they need to complete those daily quests! Last time, […]

Hearthstone: The Best Free Warlock and Rogue Decks

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This episode’s tardiness is actually a metaphor for how long it takes for this tank-centric team to finish fights! The slow lifesteal strategy of this Ruby Dropley and Death Adder Hatchling team tested our patience, but did it reward it with wins? Subscribe to The WoW Pet Battle Crew on […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Death Adder Hatchling and Ruby Droplet

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We welcome Redbeard, the winner of Happy Hearthstone’s first-ever community tournament, on this week’s show! After defeating scores of listeners in the tournament, he rises to challenge Dan’s almighty, unbeatable Beastmaster Hunter deck! Will Redbeard’s aggro Warrior deck be the one to finally end the Hunter’s reign of terror? Subscribe […]

Hearthstone: The Barbarian Warrior Deck

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Sometimes you just need to grab a big axe and punch a face! This Warrior deck is all about sending troops behind enemy lines to cut down the hero’s health total and then close it out with a few hefty swings of your own weapon. It’s aggressive when it’s allowed […]

Hearthstone: The Barbarian Warrior Deck List

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Powerlevelers unite for another how-to guide on boosting your pets’ levels while earning fat reward bags. We’ve looked at powerleveling our battle pets through a few Tamer battles and the Bests of Fable pets in the past, and this week we add the Pandaria Spirits to “oh so farmable, aren’t […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: How to Beat Every Pandaren Spirit ...

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Think you’ve got what it takes to beat Dan’s unstoppable Beastmaster deck? We’re holding a tournament, open to all listeners of the show, to decide who gets to come onto the show next to challenge Dan’s deck next episode! Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes or via RSS!

Hearthstone: The Challenger Tournament

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Living is better than dying. I think we can all pretty much agree on that, which is why this week’s team is all about stayin’ alive. Heals, blocks, blinds, and lifesteals — this team’s got everything it needs to live forever! UPDATE: The review for this team is out! Read […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Death Adder Hatchling and Ruby Droplet

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Diversity brings power with Derrick’s Paladin deck that has a ton of different minions. All of them provide an innate threat, which can be made even stronger by the plentiful buff cards that come in this roster. Find out more about this deck and watch it in action in the […]

Hearthstone: The Power Paladin Deck List

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Derrick enters the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Arena ™ high off the rush of winning a 12-game Arena run. But can his Power Paladin deck finally bring an end to the legendary win streak of Dan’s Beastmaster Hunter deck? Let’s find out! Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes […]

Hearthstone: The Power Paladin Deck

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The smartest person in the entire world of Runeterra is also one of its goofiest. We take a look at Heimerdinger, the crazy eccentric inventor of League of Legends. Subscribe to League of Legends Library on iTunes or via RSS!

League of Legends: Heimerdinger Lore

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We’re doing a community contest this week! All of the hosts are creating their favorite Wild ramp decks, and we’re asking the community to post their favorites as well. We’re going to look through all of them, pick our favorites, and spend an entire podcast episode talking about this deck […]

Hex Wild Deck: Mine’s Bigger

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We can’t all stuff our decks with Legendaries. Sometimes, especially when just starting out and trying to figure out if you like Hearthstone enough to pay for packs, you just need to do your best with the free cards. This week, we’re kicking off a new series that aims to […]

Hearthstone: The Best Free Druid and Priest Decks

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Warlords of Draenor is on its way, and we’re dying to know what new pets and pet battling content it’ll bring! Blizzard has been tight-lipped on official channels, but they’ve been leaking news and tidbits on various personal accounts. Luckily, one of our own has been tracking all of the […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: Warlords of Draenor Pets

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Hex wisdom #452: A demoralized army is easily crushed the field of battle, but an inspired army will fight with unnatural strength. This week, I want to show you my Ruby/Diamond Inspire deck, which uses a cool mechanic in Hex that allows weaker troops to apply permanent buffs to stronger […]

Hex Ruby Diamond Deck: The Inspire Army

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Arena is the true test of a Hearthstone player’s creativity. You have to be constantly thinking, evaluating, and taking risks as you choose cards to build your deck and then battle someone else who’s done the same. This week, we look at the best Arena cards for Paladin and Shaman! […]

Hearthstone: How to Win Arena with Paladin and Shaman

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The Unborn Val’kyr has been the unofficial mascot of WoW pet battling for months now, as most tamers have been trying to abuse her powerful two-ability start that sends teams reeling. This week we go all out with the combo theme, building an easy-to-use team that executes powerful combos to […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Unborn Val’kyr and Nexus Whelpling

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Lightning bolts, frogs, and plenty of axes. This Shaman deck uses strong spells and weapons to delete threats early on, and then keep the board clear in the mid-game with AoE. Even better, it uses ZERO Legendaries, so new players can build it pretty quickly. Then, learn to control your […]

Hearthstone Shaman Deck: The Muhammad Ali Shaman Card List

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We enter the battle arena once again! This time, Adam brings his sturdy Shaman deck that took him all the way to Rank 6 in constructed play. Can Dan’s two-time champion Hunter deck withstand the onslaught? Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes or via RSS!

Hearthstone: The Muhammad Ali Shaman Deck

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Open beta is here! Everyone in the world can play Hearthstone now, and we’re eager to help the new players have fun and find the perfect class for them in game. My wife — who is not a gamer — joins me on this week’s show to talk about Hearthstone […]

Hearthstone: Picking Your First Class

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We’re looking out for the little guy today. Usually, we focus on fairly advanced team strategies here, but we were all noobs at one point. Raiding season is over in WoW, and a lot of players are starting to dabble in pet battles for the first time. So this week, […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: New Tamer’s Handbook

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One of my favorite parts of working at PC Gamer was coming up with our Games of the Year awards. The whole edit team would lock ourselves in a conference room and argue for our picks until consensus was reached or someone passed out. I tried to do a similar […]

My Favorite Things of 2013

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Shin’hare are Hex’s race of bunny warriors that breed like crazy and march all over the bodies of humans, undead, and pretty much anything else in their way. They may not be as ugly as the orcs, but they’re just as deadly! I put together this deck list, not because […]

Hex Wild Blood Deck: The Shin’hare Swarm (that almost crashed ...

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Thank you for spending 2013 with me on the site and in the podcasts! I recorded a quick holiday greeting to share with you. I’ll be taking a short break from podcasting over the holidays, but we’ll be back in January with new episodes for all of the shows! “Deck […]

Happy Holidays!

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Christmas is a magical time of year, when snow falls in the northern hemisphere and Santa sails from the North Pole in his sled to bring hearty battle pets to all the good little boys and girls around the World… of Warcraft. In honor of the season and the wonderful […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Rotten Little Helper and Tiny Snowman

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The Arena can be a scary place: 30 choices, random opponents, big Legendary cards! Last month we helped you pick the best cards for Warlock, Mage, Priest, and Druid! Now, we walk you through the best cards to pick in Arena for Hunter, Warrior, and Rogue! Part 1: The best […]

Hearthstone: How to Win Arena with Hunter, Warrior, and Rogue

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Orcs like to kill things. That is a universal truth that we can all agree on. That’s why, when I was looking to build my first all-out aggressive deck in Hex: Shards of Fate, I went straight for the trusty green-skinned, blood-loving rage-facers that are orcs. I’ve had great success […]

Hex Blood Ruby Deck: The Rage of the Orcs

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For our 30th episode and our 10th pet battle team, we wanted to do something special. We set out to build a team that took the best of all the pets we’ve used so far, and combine them into some sort of giant robot-monster of awesomeness that would wipe out […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: The Best Pets

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We’re down to our final batch of Hearthstone beta keys to give away! We’re giving away 35 codes this time. I’ll also be giving out codes over Twitter and Google+ every day this week. Follow me on Twitter and on Google+ to get notified when each of those giveaways begin. […]

Hearthstone Beta Key Giveaway (The last one!)

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On this week’s episode of Happy Hearthstone, guest host David brings his challenger deck against Dan’s defending-champion deck (The Beastmaster Hunter deck), for a battle of deck-building supremacy. You can watch and listen to us discuss the decks, then battle with them, and discuss how it went, but if you […]

Hearthstone Mage Deck: The Secret Mage Card List

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Another challenger approaches! This week, David brings on his own special Mage deck–built on lies and secrets–to challenge Dan’s claim to the Happy Hearthstone throne! Can Dan’s Hunter Beastmaster deck withhold David’s onslaught, or will his reign as the Happy Hearthstone Champion Deck be short-lived? Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone […]

Hearthstone: The Secret Mage Deck

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The Celestial Tournament has made every pet battler rage-quit at least once. That’s why when one of our longtime listeners, Skruffy Zookeeper, wrote in asking for help beating two of its bosses–Xufu the tiger spirit and Zao the ox spirit–I knew we had to stick together and solve this puzzle. […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: How To Beat Xufu and Zao ...

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We’ve been playing a ton of Arena lately, and it’s time to pass along the wisdom learned through a hundred beatdowns. This week we tackle the best cards in Arena for Warlock, Mage, Priest, and Druid! Part 2: The best Arena cards for Hunter, Rogue, and Warrior Part 3: The […]

Hearthstone: How to Win Arena with Warlock, Mage, Priest, and ...

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We’ve got more Hearthstone beta keys to giveaway! It’s just as easy to enter, and we’re giving away 25 keys this time! To enter, just leave a comment on this post. (Make sure that you enter a valid email address, since that is how we’ll be contacting you if you […]

Hearthstone Beta Key Giveaway (Part 2)

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We’re building our 10th pet battle team on the show this week! We’ve fought with a lot of great pets along the way, and I think it’s time we return to our roots and build a team without some fancy aesthetic theme. It’s time to build a team that wins, […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: The Best Pets

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Building a Hunter deck isn’t always easy, but we focused on a basic starter deck in last week’s Happy Hearthstone episode, which introduced our new deck-battling format. The new format challenges the show’s guests to bring a personal favorite deck and play a best-of-3 series against the host’s deck. Dan […]

Hearthstone Hunter Deck: The Beastmaster Card List

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A little over two years ago, DC Comics rebooted their entire universe in a shift dubbed “The New 52” (named after the 52 comic book titles they relaunched with). Character personalities shifted, history was rewritten as storylines were erased or amended, and everyone was eligible for the chopping block. I […]

The Best of DC Comic’s New 52: Two Years Later

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We launch a new series this week, designed to help us find new decks to try out in Hearthstone! Dan brings on his current favorite deck, a Hunter set centered on beasts, beasts, and more beasts. Can his aggressive deck topple Josh’s favorite Warlock deck to become the first-ever, Happy […]

Hearthstone: The Beastmaster Deck

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In a world obsessed with zombies, pet battlers cried out for a hero–a team that could rise up and defend the world against the undead threat in the way that only chlorophyll-powered turrets can. The people demanded a plants pet battle team, and we built one for them. But did […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Terrible Turnip and Singing Sunflower

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Building design docs is one of my favorites things I’ve gotten to do as a game designer. Design docs are written before a feature or piece of content is implemented, and is used as a blueprint for building it. They describe exactly how the designer wants a particular feature or […]

Dev Inspiration: Steampunk Orc by Vasylina

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Update: We have a new beta key giveaway going right now! Beta keys for everyone! Well, actually, only 9 of you. But, hey, that’s better than none. We’ve got 9 beta keys to give away to you, our faithful friends, listeners, and random Googlers that stumbled across the site. To […]

Hearthstone beta key giveaway!

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The Happy Hearthstone re-opens its doors after a brief hiatus (vacations are fun!), and finds that everything has changed! We take a look at the big patch that hit the beta servers last week, bringing sweeping changes to specific cards and the game in general. Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone […]

Hearthstone Podcast: The Big Patch

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One errant wave of magic is all it took to transform a peaceful tree into a massive, murderous wooden gladiator. We kick off the Lore Library podcast by taking a look at the awesome story and weird motivations of Maokai, the treant champion in League of Legends. I love his […]

League of Legends: Maokai Lore

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I love the stories we can tell, and help create, in video games. Nothing grabs my mind quite like a super creative backstory for a hero, or a moving relationship between characters that we get to see evolve. So many games have created wonderful worlds filled with interesting characters, but […]

League of Legends Podcast: Lore Library

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We all know Garrosh is about to get what’s coming to him. That big, brutish jerk of an orc tried to kill my hero, Vol’jin, and for that alone, I’m going to make sure all my Troll characters are in the Orgrimmar raid that comes with patch 5.4 next Tuesday […]

WoW Pet Battle News: Patch 5.4

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We’ve been playing the Hearthstone beta non-stop for a couple weeks now, and it’s time to talk about what we think. Love, hate, jealousy, and creepy goo falling on my fingers–we talk about it all! We got some of you into it alongside us with last week’s giveaway, and we’re […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Beta Impressions

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Life can be hard. We had a painful round of layoffs at SOE today, and I helped some good friends pack up their things and leave. I’m not a big fan of the term “escapism” because I think it makes games sound irresponsible, like we’re trying to steal people away […]

Dev Inspiration: Magic Kingdom by Ivany86

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We’re giving away Hearthstone beta keys this week! Like I mentioned this morning, we’re currently in the beta and we’re absolutely blown away by how much fun we’re having! We stopped playing just long enough to record a special episode to talk about the cool things we’ve seen and done […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Beta Key Giveaway

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Update: The Beta Key Giveaway is happening right now! Check out our latest episode for all the details of how you can win a beta key! Blizzard just launched the Hearthstone beta! It’s been a long time coming, but some lucky few are finally able to throw down cards and […]

Hearthstone Beta Details

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There are a lot of Undead pets roaming out there in PvP right now. It’s not really surprising: their passive is one of the best in the game, and they’ve got a lot of cool attacks. But it’s still a problem, because these undead zombies are killing me. And that […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Terrible Turnip and Singing Sunflower

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My original WoW love and Dan’s current infatuation collide in this episode, where we break down the cards for the Hunter and the Rogue heroes. Who will top the DPS charts, and who will get benched? Dan also brings more than his wonderful voice to this week’s episode–he brings a […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Rogue and Hunter Cards

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I went to Disneyland with my family this weekend. I grew up near it, so I’ve been to the park many times, but this was my first time visiting it after becoming a game designer. I felt like I was viewing it through a whole new lens, constantly trying to […]

Dev Inspiration: Disneyland

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If Calvin and Hobbes comic strips and museums are to be believed, dinosaurs were ferocious, terrifying monsters that once ruled our wonderful globe (and, if Jurassic Park is to believed, they would also easily crush our feeble human machinations if allowed to return today). But can the dinosaur pet battle […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Zandalari Kneebiter and Diemetradon Hatchling

I attended Comic-Con in San Diego on Sunday–my second time going. I wasn’t able to get into any panels or teaching sessions like I did last year, when I learned a ton from the awesome lectures of Maxwell Alexander Drake. But I walked the entire show floor, browsed thousands of […]

Dev Inspiration: Comic-Con

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Last week, we interrupted our regular broadcasting schedule to bring you hands-on reports from people that played Hearthstone at Blizzard’s Irvine campus. This week, we jump back on the class dissection train and take a look at three core abilities for the Druid and Shaman decks: Windfury, Overload, and Choose […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Windfury, Overload, Choose One

Every major piece of content that I’ve produced in EverQuest so far has been linked with a particular song or album in my mind. Players should never see a connection in the game, but I find that binging on a particular album or song helps me channel a particular story, […]

Dev Inspiration: The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe

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When the epic Beasts of Fable pets stepped onto the scene back in March, they ruled pet-battledom. Their huge health pools and crazy-hard-hitting abilities mopped the floor with our pathetic pets and made us look like level 1 noobs. That is, until we figured out how to beat them all […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: How to beat the new epic ...

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I’ve played Hearthstone! Sorry for the outburst. More importantly, five fan site got to play the game at Blizzard’s HQ last week, and I gathered four of them on this week’s podcast to tell you everything we learned and talk about what we thought about the game after actually playing […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Hands-on Impressions Roundtable

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As a designer, it’s easy to conjure up settings in the typical medieval style: a life of stoney grays, muddy browns, and bloody reds. The whimsical and truly fantastical is often harder to conceive and create. But, when done right, it can be very effective: I love the contrast of […]

Dev Inspiration: Village by Alex Shatohin

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Druids and Shamans. The two crazy nature-loving, storm-wielding hybrid-tastic heroes ready to duke it out in Hearthstone, and we’re ready to look at every card in their deck! This week, Erik and I look at all the class-specific cards for Druid and Shaman and tell you what we think of […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Druid and Shaman Cards

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Dinosaurs once ruled the earth, and it’s about time they started ruling pet battles too. I’m doing my part to help our new oversized, scaly overlords by building an all-dinosaur pet team this week. If it’s large, prehistoric, and ready to bite face, I’m considering for my team this week. […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Zandalari Kneebiter and Diemetradon Hatchling

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Last week we started a new series, reviewing the best and worst cards in the Warrior and Priest decks. The review train keeps on rolling as we take a look at the four most Warrioriest abilities in all of Hearthstone: Battlecry, Charge, Taunt, and Enrage. We talk about what each […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Battlecry, Charge, Taunt, Enrage

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If I look tired, it’s because I’ve been physically lifting pets and throwing them to the back row for three weeks now. We’ve been testing the listener-submitted Pet Swap team for awhile, and there are a lot of opinions floating around the community already. It’s time to hear what fellow […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Enchanted Broom and Clockwork Rocket Bot

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We’re kicking off a new series this week, wherein we’ll review every class in Hearthstone, look at all their class-specific cards and tell you what we think of them. We list our favorite and least favorite cards, and debate what the absolute best card in the whole class pile is. […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Warrior and Priest Cards

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It’s the 21st episode of WoW Pet Battle Crew, so crack open your favorite adult beverage and let’s have a chat about addons. Specifically, the one pet battle addon I’m confident is doing some black magic voodoo on its end to give you information about the pets you’re fighting against […]

WoW Pet Battle Addon: Pet Tracker

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There are a lot of unanswered questions about the technical side of Hearthstone, such as: Will there be cross-platform play? How long will we have to wait for an Android version? Of course, we could patiently wait for Blizzard to give us the official answers, but we’re not the patient […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Technical Speculation

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I am the happiest I’ve been in months–possibly years–all thanks to one man. Or what I presume to be a man. Maybe it’s better said as all thanks to one internet stranger who uses the handle Ebon. How did Ebon make me so happy? He sent me a team comp […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Enchanted Broom and Clockwork Rocket Bot

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Hearthstone’s a brand new game, but it’s built on top of a rich heritage of tabletop card games, especially the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game that’s been running since 2006. Matt from the Outlandish podcast joins me this week as we talk about how Hearthstone is borrowing mechanics from […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Tabletop Roots

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Patch 5.3 is just around the corner, bringing a pile of new pets to capture, harder challenges for our little brawlers to overcome, and plenty of PvP incentives to keep us fighting. Blizzard’s Lead Content Designer, Cory “Mumper” Stockton joins me on the show this week to talk about all […]

WoW Pet Battle Interview: Patch 5.3 with Cory Stockton

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What do Hunters, Warriors, Druids, Shamans, and Warlocks have in common? They’re all being featured on this week’s podcast! Last week we looked at the hero abilities for the Rogue, Mage, Paladin, and Priest heroes in Hearthstone. Now the other five launch-day heroes get their turn in the spotlight. Half-geek-half-jock […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Hero Abilities (part 2)

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When the pain train roars into the pet battle station, can a lone rabbit avoid an untimely death with a well-timed hop? That oddly specific hypothetical question, and so much more is answered in this week’s episode, when I review the fabled Dodge team. Subscribe to The WoW Pet Battle […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Rabbit and Darkmoon Zeppelin

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Today we embark on an epic two-part journey! This week, we start exploring the 9 unique hero and class abilities in Hearthstone, and talking about what we think of them. We kick it off this week by taking a look at four classes: Rogue, Mage, Paladin, and Priest. We picked […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Hero Abilities (part 1)

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One of the most common questions my friends ask me when they start getting into pet battling is how they can powerlevel their pets to level 25. In general, I’m not a fan of powerleveling your pets or grinding XP to get them to max level asap. I really enjoy […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: Powerlevel Your Pets

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We’ve talked about the basics, we’ve talked about the game modes, we’ve talked about hands-on impressions, and we’ve talked about the casual gamer interest. Today, we talk about everything else! Lucas Sullivan joins me for this week’s episode, and we take a scatter shot approach, talking about all the little […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Leftover Questions

When dragons build mazes, mortals cower in fear. But not the brave guilds of Ravnica! Here in the city of guilds, where Magic: The Gathering’s latest set is based in, we sprint into the maze and fight to the death. But what can we expect as we charge into this […]

Magic Podcast: Dragon’s Maze Preview

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It’s time you and I to have a serious discuss about the perils of burst DPS pets and how you can avoid getting hit in the face for 10 million damage. The solution is simple: don’t let the enemy pets hit you. UPDATE: The review for this team is out! […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Rabbit and Darkmoon Zeppelin

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Free to play is still a pretty controversial business model, stirring up specters of the money-grubbing games of yesteryear in some gamers. But a ton of games have proven the business model can work wonders, ensuring players get what they want and have fun without being nickel-and-dimed to death. This […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Free to Play

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I return to you a humbler, more anxious and paranoid man than I was almost a month ago when I introduced the Area of Effect pet battle team. I had dreams of killing pets by the truckload with a few simple button presses, but how did it work outside of […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Lil’ XT and Kirin Tor Familiar

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This week, we take a look at the 4 game modes that Hearthstone is launching with. How do they work? Who are they designed for? And how fun do we think each will be? Download The Happy Hearthstone #4: The Game Modes Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast on iTunes […]

Hearthstone Podcast: The Game Modes

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I’ve lived a good life. I’ve had wonderful family, amazing jobs, and food on my plate. But I haven’t played Hearthstone, and sometimes jealousy still gets the better of me. This week, Chris Perry, MMO Reporter‘s head honcho, joins me on the show this week to brag about playing the […]

Hearthstone Podcast: People Who Played It

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I come bearing terrible news. A new patch has landed on WoW’s Public Test Servers, and that means it’s time to be rotatingly excited, anxious, fearful, bitter, and happy about all the changes coming to your favorite battle pets. But which of those emotions should you feel most with patch […]

WoW Pet Battle News: Patch 5.3

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Can Hearthstone really appeal to the casual gamers we want to play with? My wife, Jenna, is not a gamer, but she joins me on this episode to talk about what she thinks of the game so far and whether or not she’s interested in playing it. Along the way, […]

Hearthstone Podcast: Friends and Family

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It’s a new week following the review of our Double Damage pet battle team, and that means it’s time to kick off a new squad of killers! My first real inspiration for a team when I started playing with pet battles was simple: I wanted to try all AoE damage. […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Lil’ XT and Kirin Tor Familiar

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I love collectible card games, and we don’t get nearly enough of them on the PC, where we can find infinite friends to play with and not arouse our spouse’s anger by cluttering up the living room floor with deck piles. That’s why I was so excited when Hearthstone, an […]

The Happy Hearthstone Podcast: What is Hearthstone?

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Confession time: I’ve exploded so many cuddly critters into spouts of gore this week that it’s not even funny. Okay, it is a little funny. And awesome. Land mines, sticky grenades, sonic booms, and waves of fire — I’ve used them all to throw out insane burst damage with my […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Chrominius and Mini Thor

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We got a lot of new pet battle content in patch 5.2, and we’re doing our best to test the new balance changes with our current pet battle team, the double damage dealers. But one of the most exciting additions to pet battles in patch 5.2 are 10 epic pets, […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: How to beat every epic pet ...

Can you make money playing Magic? Can anyone make playing Magic? Adam and I take a look at the two biggest events in the Magic: The Gathering world, the Pro Tour and the Grand Prix (which is coming to San Diego this week!). We talk about why we love them, […]

Magic Podcast: Pro Tours and Grand Prix

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Patch 5.2 launched this week, and I’m celebrating a little oddly: playing the nerfed burst damage pet strategy! Now hear me out before you toss this podcast in the trash. A lot of pet tamers have spent a lot of time leveling up their burst damage pets—trust me, I’ve been […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Chrominius and Mini Thor

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I’ve been throwing fire, stealing health, and cauterizing wounds for the last two weeks with the Life Leech team, and now it’s time to cast down my judgment on them. Will they ascend to cute critter heaven or roast in the flames of failed pet hell? If You Enjoy This […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Corefire Imp and Molten Hatchling

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While our fire healers team continues to duke it out (and doing quite well so far!), we’re going to take a break this week and look at the different pet families available to our furry fighters. Every pet falls into a family, which gives him/her/it a unique bonus ability. The […]

WoW Pet Battle Guide: Pet Family Perks

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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to launch a new pet battle team. The last two teams we’ve tested have been focused on weather effects, but this time, I’m going weather-free! I didn’t say their wouldn’t be a theme though. This team is all about big self-heals on […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Corefire Imp and Molten Hatchling

Gatecrash is out. It’s fast, it’s terrifying, and it’s ready to be judged by Adam and Josh on their new podcast, Mana Screwed. We talk about our impressions of the Gatecrash set for Magic: The Gathering, how we did at the pre-release tournament, and review the set as a whole. […]

Magic Podcast: Gatecrash Review

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I was extremely excited when I built the Batman pet battle team to vanquish my foes. But, two weeks later, did these darkness-mongers live up to the hype or fall flat? Here’s my review. Download WoW Pet Battle Crew #6 — Review: Pandaren Monk and Gilnean Raven Subscribe to The […]

WoW Pet Battle Review: Pandaren Monk and Gilnean Raven

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We look into our very first add-on this week, Pet Battle Teams. There are a lot of great battle pet addons out there, and we’ll be looking through them one at a time in between our team reviews. I’m still testing my recent Night Assassins pet battle team, built on […]

WoW Pet Battle Addon: Pet Battle Teams

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Magic: The Gathering and I have an odd relationship. I only began playing it a year and a half ago, when Lucas started setting up weekly draft tournaments in PC Gamer’s offices. When I moved to SOE, I met a friend, Adam Clegg, who has a much longer history with […]

Magic Podcast: Gatecrash Preview

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I’ve been trying to win WoW’s weekly fishing contest on and off for eight years. It’s a race to collect special Speckled Fish from fishing pools in Stranglethorn faster than anyone else on your server and, as you might expect, it’s crazy hard. I finally won it this past weekend […]

Six Things I Learned While (Finally) Winning WoW’s Fishing Contest

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I’m looking for vengeance with this week’s pet battle team. My first team, the Mechanical Monsters, reached a bittersweet ending in my review. They were fun but way too unreliable to be a true success. So my goal for this week’s team is simple: pick pets that can stick with […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Pandaren Monk and Gilnean Raven

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Patch 5.2 just hit the PTR, along with a lot of exciting announcements about changes coming to our beloved pet battles. I’ll break down each update to see what it all really means for us and our teams.

WoW Pet Battle News: Patch 5.2

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With 2013 now here, which games (either that are out now or coming soon) that you don’t play are you looking to get more into? For me that’s The Old Republic, I loved KOTOR and have always wanted to give an MMO a try. Also League of Legends, I’ve played […]

“What games will you play in 2013?”

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A lot of gaming sites are putting out their “best games of 2012” award lists right now and, quite frankly, I miss sitting in a room for hours straight arguing over what games we should give award to at PC Gamer. So I decided to put together my own list […]

My 2012 “I Like You” Awards

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Pet Battles in World of Warcraft are my latest obsession. I love experimenting with new abilities and team lineups to find unexpected combos that surprise my opponents. Whenever I find something particularly interesting, I’ll share it with you here and tell you how to get the pets so you can […]

WoW Pet Battle Team: Clockwork Gnome and Tranquil Mechanical Yeti

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It gets lonely farming by yourself in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (and slow-talkin Yoon isn’t much help!), but there’s a way to add a pet dog to your plot of land in Valley of the Four Winds if you know where to look.

How to add a pet dog to your WoW farm

Having devoted the last 30 days to helping noobs improve in AOE, Josh and Greg want to find out if they’ve actually succeeded in building a guide to help new players. So they grab their friend Gavin Townsley who has only dabbled in AOEO and walk him through the beginner […]

Rush Tactics #11 — Noob November: A Noob in its ...

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How did that funky panda bear climb to the top of the leveling ladder and join your raiding group so quickly? It wasn’t ungodly sleep deprivation, it’s a simple two-minute daily quest hidden in the mountains of Pandaria, in the Monk refuge on the Peak of Serenity.

Enlightenment: The secret to leveling your WoW Monk quickly

Josh and Greg put their friendship to the test by tackling the quests that require a co-op partner in this week’s episode. While battling the unwavering onslaught of warriors attacking their base, they talk about what it takes to be a good co-op partner, how new players can make friends […]

Rush Tactics #10 — Noob November: How to Win Co-op ...

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Josh and Greg continue the Noob November celebration by sending countless soldiers to their deaths in an attempt to discern the exact importance of gear. They also give their tips for new players gearing up their civilizations and weigh in on the all-important question: what stat is the best for […]

RushTactics #9 — Noob November: How to Gear Your Civ

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New players unite! Josh and Greg lead the community in compiling their best tips for new players jumping into Age of Empires Online. This week, we start with the basics: picking your civilization, setting up your capital city, and starting your first quests. Download Rush Tactics #8 — Noob November: […]

Rush Tactics #8 — Noob November: Picking the right civ

It’s the spookiest time of the year, when patches pop out of nowhere to ambush us with tons of new in-game content. Josh and Greg jump into the new quest pack, civilization, vanity items, and features and quickly pick sides in the what-part-should-you-buy-first holy war. Which side will prevail when […]

Rush Tactics #7 — Spooky Puppies

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When Crete is in peril, King Minos sends out a call for the greatest warriors in all the land. Josh and Greg pack up their picnic and head to the mediterranean sea to protect the boy wonder from thousands of soldiers conveniently marching in isolated and progressively larger packs. Download […]

Rush Tactics #6 — Defense of Crete

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Why did you decide to focus this site on Age of Empires Online? I mean I love the game and everything, but what else can I found in here or when will you cover other kind of topics? Do you have any particular civilization you like? —KazMx Thanks for the […]

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Its time to make it rain coins, and not just the sweet chocolaty kind, I am talking cold hard cash. Josh and Greg are joined this week by our first-ever guest host, Andy Pierce. Andy has broken it down to hard calculations and lists of the best ways to make […]

Rush Tactics #5 — Questing and crafting for profit

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Josh and Greg don their pharoah garb to tackle the Alliance Wars quest Palace Race: Egypt. Their goal: ensure their faction gets a new resort built before the other jerk, and pick up a few sweet reward chests along the way. Download Rush Tactics #4 — Palace Race: Egypt

Rush Tactics #4 — Palace Race: Egypt

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For the first time in a WoW expansion pack, I’m spending my first hours in Mists of Pandaria not questing, not making new friends, not running dungeons. Instead, I’m leveling my gathering skills as fast as I can to make a mint off the impatient profession-levelers that are buying mats […]

Herbalism guide for Mists of Pandaria

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Break the build-grow-kill mold with Auggie and his wacky friends on the Alpine Adventure quest. Greg walks us through his favorite quest in the entire game, and shows us how to make it worth our time. Download Rush Tactics #3 — Alpine Adventure

Rush Tactics #3 — Alpine Adventure

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Tijsacc1 wrote a comment asking Greg and I to dedicate an episode of Rush Tactics to breaking down how to beat a Greek quest he’s having particular trouble with: “Size Matters.” What quests, game mods, or civilizations do you want to see us cover in a future episode?

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Efficiency isn’t everything. Sometimes we want our build orders to entertain us with copious minion death before our inevitable victory. Josh details his cruel death march in his favorite Babylonian strategy: The Dwarf Swarm. Download Rush Tactics #2 — The Dwarf Swarm

Rush Tactics #2 — The Dwarf Swarm

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What’s a Skirmish Rush and why is everyone in Age of Empires Online doing it? Josh and Greg jump into the fray and learn to torch Town Centers to bring you the inside strategies and covert tactics used to succeed in this new gameplay trend. Join us as we uncover […]

Rush Tactics #1 — Skirmish Rush

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This is absolutely surreal. I just played a quest in an MMO that I conceived, built, and troubleshooted from scratch. It’s going to be on live servers and played by thousands and thousands of players.

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Hello, friends. If you don’t know me, I’m Josh Augustine. I wrote about video games professionally for four years and recently decided to hop onto the development side. I launched this site because I like you and want to talk with you about fun and games. I’ll also host a […]

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