Hearthstone Exploit Lets You Skip Your Opponent’s Turn

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Roping other players in

During one of his Hearthstone streams, Disguised Toast stumbled upon an exploit allowing him to skip his Opponent’s turns.

The streamer orchestrated a situation in which the in-game animations caused by the cards he was playing effectively locked the other player out of their turn.  This is possible because the countdown timer starts as soon as an opponents turn is over, however, all animations must finish before an opposing player can make any moves.

In this case, Disguised Toast was using a combination of the cards, Shadow Vision to make copies of itself, and Radiant Elemental to make this process free of mana.  This created a loop, which, when done quickly enough, allowed him to spam cards until the animations built up to the point he could deny the other player a turn.

This exploit was made possible by cards released with the latest expansion, Journey to Un’Goro, just a few days ago. There are two more Hearthstone expansions to come this year.

We have reached out to Blizzard for comment on the exploit.

Hope Corrigan is a freelancer for IGN who plays mostly Mage and Priest. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Twitch.

EL Gaming Stomps Team Efficiency To Win WGL APAC S2 Finals And $50,000

A major World of Tanks professional gaming event, the WGL APAC Season II Finals, was held today in Taipei, Taiwan. EL Gaming beat Team Efficiency convincingly in the finals, winning by a score of 7-1, and claiming a big prize of $50,000 USD.

EL Gaming started off strong, winning games 1 and 2 easily, but Team Efficiency came back with more decisive and spirited play in Game 3 to make it 2-1. EL Gaming stormed back in Game 4, losing just one tank in another victory. Game 5 was the most competitive. The match came down to the last minute, with EL Gaming claiming victory to make it 4-1. This felt like a turning point in the match, as EL Gaming stormed through the next three games to win overall 7-1.

EL Gaming Stomps Team Efficiency To Win WGL APAC S2 Finals And $50,000
A victorious EL Gaming holding their trophies

EL Gaming beat Horsemen 7-1 in the Semifinals yesterday, while Team Efficiency took down Caren Tiger in its own Semifinal round by a score of 7-4.

The WGL APAC Season II Finals had a prize pool of $100,000 USD, with $50,000 going to EL Gaming. EL Gaming and Team Efficiency move on to the Grand Finals in Moscow later this year.

In an interview following the match, EL Gaming players discussed their victory. Here is a rundown of what they said, as relayed through a translator:

  • They prepared hard for Team Efficiency.
  • They are now preparing for their match at the Grand Finals in Moscow
  • They grade themselves an 8/10 for their performance this weekend.
  • How do they plan to celebrate? By eating and sleeping well.

And here is the moment that EL Gaming captured victory today, securing back-to-back wins at the event:

EL Gaming are your #WGLAPAC Season II Champions!

A decisive 7-1 victory against @Team_Efficiency, will secure Back to Back championships! pic.twitter.com/lWITD0qDP7

— WGLAPAC (@WGLAPAC) April 9, 2017

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    Overwatch For Nintendo Switch Sounds Unlikely, But Not Ruled Out

    Earlier this year, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan talked about the unlikely possibility of the hero shooter coming to Nintendo Switch. Now, Kaplan has said Blizzard would need to “revisit performance” to have Overwatch run the way Blizzard would want it to on Nintendo’s hybrid console.

    “I think the problem is, we’ve really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform,” he told Express Online (via NeoGAF).

    Overwatch For Nintendo Switch Sounds Unlikely, But Not Ruled Out

    In addition to that, Kaplan said it’s already no small task to support Overwatch on three platforms–PC, Xbox One, and PS4–so adding a fourth isn’t something Blizzard could necessarily do right now.

    The game director also talked about how he’s happy that his team has been able to patch Overwatch on all systems at around the same time. Bringing on a new platform in the Nintendo Switch “would make that difficult,” Express Online reported.

    Overall, however, Kaplan doubled down on his earlier comment, saying Nintendo Switch remains a possibility for Overwatch sometime down the road.

    “Just because we’re not on a platform right now, it doesn’t mean we won’t reconsider it in the future, so we stay aware of all these things,” he explained.

    You can read the full interview with Kaplan here at Express Online.

    In other Overwatch news, Blizzard is teasing some kind of reveal for the game to come on April 11. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

    Additionally, you can read GameSpot’s interview own interview with Kaplan below.

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    Spider-Man’s Costume: Even More Tech Secrets Revealed

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    Tony Stark has totally hooked up Peter Parker for his first MCU solo movie.

    Some spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming follow.

    I visited the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming last summer, and while there the film’s co-producer Eric Carroll dropped some pretty cool — and some fans might say controversial — info. Read no further if you want to stay completely spoiler free, however. And head here for 17 more things we learned on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

    Carroll explained that in Homecoming, Spidey’s costume will have a JARVIS-type AI system not unlike Tony Stark/Iron Man’s own suits of armor do.

    Of course, this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since Robert Downey, Jr.’s Stark designed and built the suit for the Tom Holland Spider-Man. But still, it certainly is a new direction for the wallcrawler to take on the big screen.

    Carroll explained to the visiting press that the AI (unnamed at the time of our visit) is a voice “inside” Peter Parker’s head (or his helmet, or actually his mask for that matter). This surprises Peter at first, since he isn’t fully aware of all of the functions of the suit. Humorously, he starts asking the AI for help, but he’s not used to working with an artificial intelligence the way Tony Stark is, so when Peter asks for directions on how to get somewhere, for example, the AI responds by wanting to know if he’ll be driving, or walking. (No word yet on who will play the voice of the AI.)

    The Stark Spider suit was inspired by the comics, which have often featured Peter using a variety of tools and gizmos. The trailers have already established that it has a bunch of gadgets built into it, but Homecoming will reveal that Stark actually has something called the “training wheels” protocol installed in it which keeps Peter from accessing all the features. This is not something that Peter is too happy about, and as the film progresses he’ll do his best to crack that protocol.

    We’ve already seen the web wings and the holographic map emitter and the roaming spider symbol (which transmits surveillance data back to Peter) in those trailers, but some other options that the costume offers include a parachute, a tracking device (so Iron Man can find Peter at all times), a heater (!), an airbag (!!), and its ability to light up for some reason. “We tried to go through the comics and pull out all the sort of fun and wacky things the suit did,” Carroll said. “Which is even harder to explain when he built it in his own bedroom.” Not so much when it’s built by a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.

    The holographic interface for Peter’s webshooters that was first seen in the Civil War end-credits stinger will also be fleshed out in Homecoming. Spidey can just manipulate it with a squeeze of his fingers or a rotation of his wrist to scroll through different settings for the webs he generates, adjusting the spread and type like the swinging web, web ball, ricochet web, a web that functions like a Taser, one that shoots multiple webs at the same time, and so on.

    Holland also talked about one of his favorite aspects of the costume.

    “My favorite gizmo that the suit has — there’s a very funny sequence in the movie because of something that he can do with his vision in the suit,” said the actor. “He can sort of alter what he sees and how he sees things, and it’s really funny to see. It’s almost like the first time that you play a video game and the controls are all funny, and it’s really funny seeing him look like a bada$$, but inside panic and really … not know what to do.”

    Basically, the Homecoming Spider-Man costume is seriously tricked out.

    Talk to Senior Editor Scott Collura on Twitter at @ScottCollura.

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