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Hearthstone's Formerly Garbage 'Hungry Crab' Is Making a Comeback

Can a crab become a hero? In both Hearthstone and in the animal kingdom at large, the answer has long been a resounding “no.” But now the answer is: maybe. Advertisement Crabs are small creatures with pincers unsuited for serious combat, whose prime virtues include a hard shell and innards that taste good when cooked and dipped in melted butter. To our feeble human eyes, crabs are capable of only a few things, like carrying knives, eating cherries, or smoking cigarettes. But in the world of Hearthstone, a crab can become a hero, and now, a full three years after its release, the game is finally starting to own up to that responsibility. Let me tell you, dear reader, about the Hearthstone card called “Hungry Crab.” It might not get as much attention as Ragnaros or Dr. Boom or that Rogue Quest card, but Hungry Crab is quite likely the finest Hearthstone card ever conceived, and it’s been around since the game first launched. Hungry Crab is special because it’s so unassuming. Unlike other beasts in the game, it doesn’t come with some fancy made-up modifier like “Stonetusk Boar” or “Infested READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Overwatch Surpasses 30 Million Players

Overwatch is a big deal. And today it followed Rocket League to the fancy 30 million player club. That’s right, today Blizzard announced via Twitter, that its team-based multiplayer first-person shooter, Overwatch, has surpassed 30 million players. …Read More The post Overwatch Surpasses 30 Million Players by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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According to Overwatch World Cup Rankings China is the Best in the World; United States Third

If you play Overwatch then there is likely a 100% chance that someone from China is better than you. And according to the Overwatch World Cup 2017 rankings, not only do some of the best players in …Read More The post According to Overwatch World Cup Rankings China is the Best in the World; United States Third by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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Buggy D.Va Is Temporarily Unplayable In Overwatch

[Image: Blizzard Entertainment] Blizzard announced that due to an Overwatch bug, D.Va has been removed from the game for the time being. Advertisement This message popped up in Overwatch, surprising players. [Photo: Riley MacLeod | Kotaku] A short tweet also appeared on Blizzard Entertainment’s official Twitter: Over on Battle.net, Blizzard provided more details, explaining why D.Va has been temporarily disabled. You can read the official statement below: Advertisement Following the release of today’s 1.10.1 patch, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of reported client crashes. Based on our investigation, we’ve determined these crashes are very likely connected to D.Va’s presence within a game. Due to the impact of this issue, we have temporarily disabled D.Va in all regions on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as a precaution while we continue to troubleshoot. We don’t have an ETA to share right now for when D.Va will again be playable, but this is currently our top priority and we will be sure to provide updates in this thread as they become available. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you so much READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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I Can't Stand Overwatch's Quick Play Anymore

Overwatch I have a confession: I have become an Overwatch meta slave. I rarely pick heroes other players think are “bad.” I won’t take risks with our tank-healer balance. And, most important, I will seethe when my team doesn’t reflect the holy comp du jour. Advertisement Did you pick Hanzo on an attack map? I probably scoffed at you. Did you, Genji, really think we could defend Eichenwalde without Reinhardt? Apparently, I type in team chat, you could care less about winning. I see you switched from our only healer to Widowmaker on a control point. Are you serious, I grunt into my headset. In the grand scheme of toxic Overwatch players, I rank low. For heaven’s sake, I’m not telling any Genji players to “kill yourself.” I’m not reporting all Widowmakers for “griefing.” But I do admit that, over the last few months, I crossed into “taking Overwatch comp too seriously” territory. It’s a sad place over here, verging on mean-spirited, but at least it’s not lonely. In Competitive Mode, inevitably, there are others who loudly police hero picks before I even have the chance. I tend to let them do the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Teen Overwatch Player Goes Pro Despite Parents Taking Away His Internet

Stefano “Verbo” Disalvo plays Lucio for Immortals, one of the best Overwatch teams in the world. He’s a shot-caller, which means he plays a huge role in leading the team. He’s also 17 years-old. Before he could become a pro, he had to overcome one very big obstacle: his parents. Advertisement When Disalvo started high school, he had no idea what he wanted to do. People around him assumed that he’d graduate, go to college and major in something, and then work a nine-to-five until his soul withered into a depleted pile of dust with a little sad face on it. But that’s not what he wanted to do. First with League of Legends, then with Overwatch, he found something to be passionate about. He decided to he wanted to go pro, even if that meant leaving his educational future in limbo. His parents didn’t love that idea. “My parents were completely against it,” Disalvo told me in an interview. “They would take away my modem and cut me off from the internet. I was told to quit many times, because they thought I was wasting my time.” Image credit: Immortals. Some friends, too, told Disalvo he should just give…

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Beloved World Of Warcraft YouTuber Dies At Age 26

Hayven wasn’t like other World of Warcraft YouTubers. As he himself was quick to point out, his videos couldn’t teach people how to dole out DPS in raids or make rivals rage-weep in PVP. He was interested in the history of the 13-year-old MMO, and he did his best to chronicle it, even after he contracted a rare form of cancer. Advertisement Yesterday, the bad news hit in the form of a new video on Hayven’s channel after a month-long absence. Hayven passed on March 18, explained the video’s description. He was only 26. The video was a brief musical piece, accompanied by a tribute. “He was an inspiration to many and someone who cared immensely about his fans and community,” it read (via PVP Live). “Hayven had fought epithelioid sarcoma, a rare and severe form of cancer that usually affects teenagers and young adults. You will always be missed Hayven, and although you lost to cancer, you have forever won our hearts.” One of Hayven’s historical videos, in which he chronicles the evolution of Dalaran from Warcraft II all the way up to WoW’s Legion expansion. Many of Hayven’s videos READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Pro Overwatch Team Can’t Shake Controversy, Loses Two More Players

Lunatic Hai is far and away one of the best Overwatch teams in the world right now. Despite (or perhaps, because of) that, they’ve recently become a lightning rod for controversy. Advertisement Mere days after Lunatic Hai added two new alternate players, DPS Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-Beom and flex Lee “claris” Keon-Ho, both have stepped down due to recently unearthed controversies. This comes in the wake of a February incident in which two other Lunatic Hai alternate players left the team due to relationships with female fans that were deemed inappropriate. According to Dot Esports, Claris has been accused of, among other things, using cheat software, boosting, and poor sportsmanship. He says those things aren’t true, but he’s felt a lot of pressure in the wake of the controversy, so he’s taking a break from professional Overwatch. Advertisement The situation with Munchkin is messier. Shortly after announcing that Munchkin would join the team, Lunatic Hai acknowledged that Munchkin previously had an alternate account he used for the purposes of basically, well, being an asshole. He’d also effectively lied about his identity, as the account was registered READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Overwatch Game Director: Three Standard Maps “Looking Likely” to Release This Year

[embedded content] Posting in a forum thread asking if two maps a year was enough, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan revealed that Blizzard has three standard maps in development right now, and all three could be out by the end of 2017. Additionally, they have three non-standard maps in development, but a release window wasn’t given for them. Here’s Kaplan’s full comment: We currently have 3 maps in development, all past the initial playtesting phase that are “standard” maps (QP/Comp). While something could always change, all 3 of those are looking likely for a release this year. We also have 3 non-standard maps in development (these won’t go in QP/Comp). We also have a few other experiments going on. Hopefully this will satisfy some of what you’re looking for. We want to play on these maps as badly as you guys do. We’ll work as fast as we can! In the above video, Kaplan responds to some of the comments from IGN readers. About halfway through, he reveals that he’s bought “at least three copies” with his own money. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the Uprising event in Overwatch is only available for one more week. What do you READ FULL…

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Honorable Overwatch Pro Spares Apparently Lagging Opponent

Robert “shadder2k” Mocanu is one of the best Genji players in professional Overwatch. This weekend, he proved that he was not just a great player but also a pretty nice dude. Advertisement shadder2k and his cohorts in Team Liquid faced off against EnVyUs on Watchpoint Gibraltar during this weekend’s HND Overwatch Invitational. The most remarkable thing about the match is what he didn’t do. After Liquid manages to push the payload to the first checkpoint, shadder2k climbed to the top level and began to harass the enemy team. Here, he runs into Lui “Lui” Olivares’s Soldier 76. Pegging him a few times with throwing stars, shadder2k backs off when he realizes that Lui isn’t responding. It’s unclear why he is frozen. The moment seems lost on the announcers but chat was more enthusiastic, painting shadder2k as a good-sporting chap deciding to spare a lagging opponent. Advertisement “Nice guy shadder stopped shooting,” one commenter said. “Shadder being a gentleman,” another said. This display of battlefield chivalry comes shortly after a shake up in EnVyUs’ roster. Earlier that day, Dennis “HULK” Hawelka left the team to join READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Guy Tracks His Eyeballs While Playing Overwatch

Picture somebody playing a first-person shooter. You probably imagine them sitting stock still, staring ahead with an almost blank expression on their face, one that denotes quiet focus. You might, however, be missing one key detail: their eyes are moving all over the dang place. Advertisement Human eyes move fast, especially when we’re doing something spatial reasoning-intensive like playing a game. Jon Matthis decided to put this to the test, hooking up an eye tracker to an Overwatch session. It’s fascinating to watch exactly where his eyes go, even when playing as a relatively straightforward character like Roadhog: “Humans are very visual animals, but we only really get high quality visual information from a fairly small area of our retina (called the fovea, roughly the width of your thumb at arm’s length),” Matthis explained in a Reddit post. “This area takes up roughly 1% of your visual field, but roughly 50% of your visual cortex is devoted to processing information from this area. That means that a huge part of the human strategy for surviving in the world revolves around our ability to quickly and accurately directing our fovea to the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Heroes of the Storm Players Will Get A Free Bundle of Heroes For Logging in Next Week

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After receiving a “tremendous amount of feedback,” Blizzard changed the way Overwatch does ties in i

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South Korean Presidential Candidate Releases A Free StarCraft Map

Of course! If you are trying to win votes in South Korea, StarCraft is always one way to appeal to the masses. Advertisement Presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, who appears to be the front runner, has released two versions of a custom map called “Moonters” (geddit?) to mark StarCraft going free. The maps are available on the politician’s official blog.  As tipster Sang points out, the map is just an existing one with a big pile of minerals in the middle that reads “1 Moon Jae-in.” (The other version of the same map has “1″ in the top right corner.) Advertisement Here’s a time lapse clip of the map on Moon’s official YouTube account. This is not a joke. This is real.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!