Hearthstone adding new Classic cards, putting in-game tournaments development on hold
- Hearthstone revealed info about its future, both with things that Blizzard will add (including new Classic cards) and a previously announced feature that is now on hold (Tournaments).
- Updates keep its large player-base engaged (and increases the likelihood that people will spend money on digital card packs).
- For the first time since its launch in 2014, Hearthstone is adding new Classic cards.
- But some Classic cards have been so powerful that Blizzard has moved them to a Hall of Fame category, making them ineligible for Standard.
- Blizzard is releasing these new Classic cards to help fill in the gap left by moving others to the Hall of Fame.
- Along with this announcement, Blizzard also revealed that it is stopping development on in-game tournaments.
- Fans have long requested some kind of Tournament Mode, and Blizzard finally announced it was working on something earlier this year.
Your state's taxes could determine whether your NFL team makes it to playoffs
- For example, teams from California, which taxed top earners more than any other state — at a rate of 14.1% during the 23-year period spanning from 1994 to 2016 which the study examined — won 2.75 fewer games per year than teams from states with no personal income tax, such as Florida, Texas, Tennessee, or Washington.
- One reason taxes have such a big effect: Unlike other pro sports, the NFL operates with a strict salary cap, meaning that its 32 teams must spend the same amount each season on player salaries.
- Normally teams in high income tax states, like New York or California, could offset that disadvantage by paying players more.
- In fact, over the entire sample period from 1994-2016, teams in high-tax states on average won 0.23 fewer games for each percentage point of tax differential, according to the report.
World of Warships: Das Boot — submarines will launch in 2019
- Wargaming is about to introduce submarines in World of Warships, the multiplayer World War II naval ship shooter that has more than 1.5 million monthly active players.
- The developers will also redo aircraft carriers in a way that makes planes and ship combat more accessible to players, according to a briefing by Alexander Nikolaev, publishing director for North America for World of Warships.
- Nikolaev said at a briefing in San Francisco, near the USS Pampanito, a World War II-era Balao-class submarine turned into a floating museum on Fisherman’s Wharf.
- The aircraft carrier player will control a single squadron of bombers or torpedo planes, dropping payloads on ships.
- If players really don’t like the changes that Wargaming makes to the carriers and submarines, then they will be eligible for refunds.
Why Wargaming is disrupting World of Warships with submarines and revamped aircraft carriers
- The 300 dedicated World of Warships developers have been busy creating submarines, and they’re also completely redoing the role of aircraft carriers.
- The World of Warships community is vocal and dedicated, and the introduction of these new ships will completely revamp the strategy of the free-to-play game, which relies on revenues from existing players buying 280 or so ships introduced so far on a regular basis.
- GamesBeat: How long have you been thinking about submarines, as opposed to executing on the concept, getting it in the game?
- At this point we decided that if we don’t introduce submarines, if we don’t come up with a creative solution to the problem of fun and diverse gameplay, we’ll just run out of content.
- GamesBeat: When you’re testing and getting that feedback, what proved most helpful for both submarines and carriers?
Why Roku isn’t afraid of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon
- One of the challenges with Roku going public was this perception that we’re a hardware company, which I think that’s largely gone away.
- And so, the long story short is that they decided, “Well, we don’t need to build our own box because this licensing strategy is working well.” And so we struck a new deal where that team I had incubated inside Netflix spun out and became part of Roku, which was ongoing on the side, and that’s how we got ...
- Was this the model you had in mind when you came back from Netflix with a team you’d built up there, you said, “We are going to start putting out hardware and then over time we’re going to transition into a services company”?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 500th goal on unreal roundhouse kick that was so good even opposing fans were cheering
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been one of the most thrilling players to watch in American soccer since he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this year.
- As he made clear by scoring two wondrous goals in his Galaxy debut, Ibrahimovic was not coming over to MLS just to play out the twilight of his professional years — he was still playing to dominate.
- Over the weekend, Ibrahimovic scored what may be his most impressive goal yet, knocking in a goal against Toronto F.C. with a roundhouse kick.
- The goal — the 500th of Ibrahimovic's career for club and country — was so good that even the Toronto fans had to stand and applaud.
- Ibrahimovic is just the third active player to have 500 career goals, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Top 11 waiver-wire pickups for Week 3 in your fantasy football league
- Thankfully, there's still plenty of talent to be found on the waiver wire in Week 2 — it's early enough in the season that jobs and depth charts are still changing, meaning there's still plenty of plays to be made, even if your team is off to a rough start.
- One thing to know: Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first player mentioned in our Week 1 waiver wire pickups, but after another impressive performance against an Eagles defense expected to be one of the best in the league, he's worth another mention as he's owned in just 30.9% of leagues.
- One thing to know: Julio Jones will always be Matt Ryan's first look in Atlanta, but rookie Calvin Ridley had himself quite a day on Sunday, and with the Falcons offense capable of putting up big numbers, there's value up and down the depth chart.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout beta extends to noon Pacific, increases to 100 players
- Treyarch announced today that it is extending the beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode on all platforms to noon Pacific today.
- The studio is also increasing the player count for the mode to 100.
- Blackout is Call of Duty’s first take on a battle royale mode, which has a large group of players drop into a large map and fight to be the last person standing.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have popularized battle royale, and now the kind of shooters is capitalizing.
- Blackout is not just a clone of PUBG or Fortnite.
- Its map includes locations based on past Treyarch Call of Duty games.
- Treyarch has slowly increased the maximum number of players for Blackout since the beta started.
- That number went up to 88 midway through the beta, and now the studio is experimenting with 100-player matches.
The Xbox 360 controller’s Xbox button masterfully solved the wireless multiplayer problem
- There are many baffling design decisions on the Duke, the original Xbox controller.
- Microsoft eventually fixed the Xbox button on the next generation of the controller for the Xbox 360, featuring it as a central part of its design: a 3D button emblazoned with the Xbox logo in all its neon green-glowing glory.
- Enter Microsoft with a clever solution: a ring of LED lights around the Xbox button that was mirrored on the front of the console, lighting up a slice of the wheel for each controller that was connected.
- When Hyperkin resurrected the original Duke controller for the Xbox One and PC earlier this year, it finally realized what had been imagined all those years ago: the Xbox logo in the middle of the controller is now a fully functioning button, complete with an animated OLED display.
Green Berets are using flamethrowers to help the NFL build strong teams this football season
- This strict belief in a humans-first mentality is why some NFL coaches are turning to former Green Beret Jason Van Camp and his team of Special Operations veterans from Mission 6 Zero, a management consulting company that combines Special Forces with science.
- In the process of driving Mission 6 Zero to an elite level, Jason and his team decided to create Warrior Rising, a non-profit organization that helps veterans start or accelerate their own businesses.
- The veterans with Warrior Rising know that a lack of trust is what can lead a convoy into an ambush — or a turnover in the Redzone — but before Jason, a former West Point football player himself, and his team can help the NFL, they start their work by listening.