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Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm

Genre: MOBA
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Official Site: http://www.blizzard.com
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment Classification: PG
Release Date:
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
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Described as "a deadly Iresian Bounty Hunter", the latest Nexus Hero is now playable via the Heroes of the Storm Public Test Realm (PTR). The new Melee Assassin hails from the Nexus region of Iresia, and wields both a formidable blade and a pretty sweet grappling hook.

As seen in the following character spotlight video.

And here's a breakdown of her abilities.
Basic Abilities
    Carnage (Q)
    • Unleash your sword in a targeted direction, continuously dealing 31 damage to enemies caught in its path.
      • Cost: 40 Mana
      • Cooldown: 6 seconds

    Blood Rage (W)
    • Passive: Basic Attack and Ability damage cause enemies to bleed for 46 damage over 4 seconds. Stacks 5 times.
    • Active: Qhira deals 33 damage and heals for 88 health per enemy Hero affected. Damage and healing is increased by 50% per each additional stack on that Hero.
      • Cost: 35 Mana
      • Cooldown: 8 seconds

    Revolving Sweep (E)
    • Attach your sword to the first enemy Hero hit, Stunning them for .25 seconds. Once attached, Qhira avoids Basic Attacks and becomes immune to all effects, rotating around the target for 2.75 seconds, and dealing 109 damage to any enemies between you and the target. Reactivate to send you to the target’s location, knocking them back, dealing 112 damage and Stunning them for .75 seconds.
      • Cost: 70 Mana
      • Cooldown: 16 Seconds

    Grappling Hook (D)
    • Qhira fires a Grappling Hook that pulls her to any terrain it contacts. If an enemy Hero is hit, they take 36 damage and Qhira launches at them, dealing an additional 112 damage on impact. Can be used while Revolving Sweep is active.
      • Cooldown: 25 Seconds

Heroic Abilities
    Unrelenting Strikes (R1)
    • Deal 46 damage to all nearby enemies every .5 seconds for 2.5 seconds as your sword grows outward. Upon expiring, deal 86 damage to all nearby enemy Heroes and Stun them for .75 seconds.
      • Cost: 60 Mana
      • Cooldown: 75 Seconds

    Final Strike (R2)
    • After 1 second, strike your sword in a line to deal 432 damage to all enemies in its path. This damage is increased by 25% to any enemy below 50% Health.
      • Cost: 45 Mana
      • Cooldown: 40 Seconds

The new hero arrives alongside details of the updated Storm League - Season 1, 2019 as highlighted in the latest Patch Notes.
Friday, 14 December 2018
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Which means no Heroes Global Championship or Heroes of the Dorm in 2019. The announcement was made earlier today via a statement released on the main Blizzard site by J. Allen Brack and Ray Gresko. Which also confirms, "we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams".

This doesn't mean that the end is nigh for Heroes of the Storm, even though it certainly feels like it. Blizzard has pledged that it will continue to support the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content. Albeit in smaller capacity, in what Blizzard is calling setting up the game for "long-term sustainability". The scaling back of development is something that has probably been on the cards for a while as Heroes of the Storm failed to gain the same audience or traction as other Blizzard properties or MOBAs like DOTA 2 and League of Legends since it first launched in 2015.

The statement closes with, "While we don’t make these decisions lightly, we do look to the future excited about what the decisions will mean for our other live games and all the projects we have in the works." A reference to the nature of Blizzard's games as a service model for its current library. And with more titles in development the decision to move the talented team around makes sense. We're happy that we can still play Heroes though - it's still fun to play and a love letter to Blizzard's many characters and universes.
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
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Currently playable in the Heroes of the Storm PTR, Mal’Ganis is a new Warrior to join the line-up whose most notable trait is being able to leech life off of enemy heroes and creeps. For those familiar with the character Mal’Ganis dates back to both Warcraft III and World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

Here's a breakdown of Mal’Ganis's backstory, and abilities in the Nexus.

Basic Abilities
    Fel Claws (Q) - Violently slash in the chosen direction, dealing 72 damage to enemies. Reactivate to slash up to 2 more times. The third slash stuns enemies for 0.75 seconds.
    Necrotic Embrace (W) - Desecrate the air, dealing 110 damage to nearby enemies and gaining 25 Armour for 3 seconds.
    Night Rush (E) - After 0.75 seconds, gain 50% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. While active, Mal’Ganis can move through enemy Heroes and put them to Sleep for 2.5 seconds.

    Vampiric Touch - Mal’Ganis heals for 45% of damage dealt to enemy Heroes and 15% of damage dealt to non-heroes.

Heroic Abilities
    Carrion Swarm (R1) - After 1 second, disperse into an Invulnerable swarm of bats for 3 seconds, dealing 132 damage per second to enemies. Vampiric Touch heals for 100% of Carrion Swarm’s damage to Heroes.

    Dark Conversion (R2) - Channel on an enemy Hero for .75 seconds, then swap Health percentages with the target over 3 seconds.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
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Described as the most extensive quest line to date for the Nexus, The Fall of King’s Crest event for Heroes of the Storm continues the Raven Lord's quest for power. With a theme that ties in perfectly with Halloween, the event also introduces a number of legendary and epic skins, mounts, sprays, and announcers.

Check it out.

Dive behind enemy lines to defeat the Raven Lord’s generals and stage a last-ditch defense of King’s Crest. Complete four Questlines (with four Quests each) to unlock themed rewards. Once all four generals are defeated, choose between two Quests in a final act of resistance against the Raven Lord. Unlock a different Tombstone Mount depending on the final Quest you choose.

The tombstone mount looks awesome in motion. As does Cursed Witch Whitemane riding a broom as a mount. For full details on the event, quests, and upcoming cosmetic items - head here.
Monday, 17 September 2018
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In a move that has somewhat confused several Heroes of the Storm fans, comes word that classic map Garden of Terror is getting an overhaul. One that as per feedback from the community alters its unique style of play to bring it more in line with the recent Warcraft-themed Alterac Pass. Now, in terms of map design the new look Garden of Terror looks good. But yeah, more different to the existing version than an improvement.

Here's the new breakdown.

Which has cause a number of fans to respond with the video now hosting more down-votes than up-votes. Again, this seems to be born more from confusion as last time we checked Garden of Terror was fun and fine as is. With one of its strengths being how different it plays to other maps - a feature that many have come to expect with Heroes of the Storm.

In less controversial Heroes news, the new Kerrigan re-work is definitely a welcome buff for the Queen of Blades.

And then there's Brightwing. We'll be keeping an eye on Blizzard's response to the whole Garden of Terror feedback and see what, if any, changes are made.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
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Diablo II’s Lord of Hatred and one of the Prime Evils, Mephisto, has joined the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm as a new Ranged Assassin. Compared to the other Prime Evils already part of the Nexus, Mephisto represents a lighter touch in that his abilities are based around keeping his distance and attacking groups of other Heroes. This month also sees the return of the absent Overwatch-themed Hanamura map, which has been given a hefty and long overdue rework.

Here’s a closer look at Mephisto with a rundown of his abilities.

Hanamura, although fun in its original Heroes of the Storm version – received some criticism for splitting up the action with too many competing objectives and no real way to directly attack an opposing team’s core. Well, that changes in Hanamura 2.0 which keeps all action centred around the movement of a single payload with direct access to each team’s core in addition to giving the various Mercernary groups an overhaul. Check it out.

Friday, 29 June 2018
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Space cowboy and StarCraft veteran Jimmy Raynor was one of the very first heroes to join the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm, which means his rework is very welcome news for Heroes fans. Same goes for Azmodan, or Azmodunk, which thanks to not really being all that powerful end-game wise has seen the Diablo villain missing from most competitive play.

Well, not anymore. As the reworked Azmodan looks to rectify things by making his abilities and strength grow over time, kind of like his Diablo cohort The Butcher - where the more he hits enemy minions and other heroes his damage gets buffed. Which is only fitting for one of the Lords of Hell.

Check out the below preview that goes over the major changes coming.

As for ol' James Raynor, the rework is more streamlining to suit as auto-attack style of play. As detailed in the video below, the changes to self-healing and bonus damage shots should make Raynor a go-to hero once again.

The reworks for both Azmodan and Raynor don't have a specific release date as of yet, but are both expected to drop sometime in July.
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
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Celebrating its third anniversary this year, Heroes of the Storm finally brings the Warcraft universe into the Nexus with Alterac Pass. During a recent preview, we talk to the Heroes of the Storm team about bringing the iconic Warcraft location into the Nexus.

“We knew we wanted to bring Warcraft into the Nexus with a Battleground,” Matthew Cooper, Lead Content Designer on the Heroes of the Storm team, tells me. “Around the time the team was wrapping up our two Overwatch Battlegrounds we were already starting to talk about it - we had to do Warcraft. The question then became which Battleground? What look and feel do we want. Alterac Valley was an obvious one because it's such an iconic Warcraft moment where you have the Horde and Alliance fighting against this visual backdrop of snow, mountains, and everything else. Stuff we don't have in Heroes of the Storm, so that became the starting point last year.”

Click Here to Read Horde vs. Alliance: Heroes of the Storm, Warcraft, and Alterac Valley
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During our recent preview of the new Warcraft-themed Battleground Alterac Pass, we kind of forgot that Warcraft had yet to receive its own epic lore-heavy arena. Well, that's about to change with the introduction of Alterac Pass. Fans of WoW will know the name well as it served as the backdrop for epic Horde versus Alliance battles.

Coming as part of the new Echoes of Alterac event, in addition to the new Battleground there's also a new hero - the Draenei paladin Yrel - several new cosmetic items, and cool new quests and rewards.

New Map – Alterac Pass: A snow-covered, three-lane Battleground that is the first to bring a piece of the World of Warcraft’s Alterac Valley to the Nexus. Raze keeps, gather forces, and defeat your opponent’s legendary General: Drek’Thar for the Horde, and Vanndar Stormpike for the Alliance.

New Map Mechanic – Cavalry: Your Cavalry units have been captured by the enemy! Your goal is to break them out of Cages on the map while preventing the enemy team from doing so. Channel on the enemy Cage to gain control of it, then maintain control until your prisoner is freed. After a short delay, the winning team will spawn a Cavalry unit in each lane, boosting the movement speed and
damage of nearby allies.

Lay Siege to your Opponents: Standard cores have been replaced by Generals who will fight back when attacked! Generals can be attacked after one keep is destroyed, but they gain 20 armour from each keep that’s still intact—destroy all three enemy keeps to diminish their defenses.

Destroy Keeps to Spawn Reavers: When a keep is destroyed, the enemy team will begin to spawn melee Reaver minions instead of catapults. Reavers lead your other minions into combat, and serve to tank the brunt of the enemy General’s attacks.

New Hero – Yrel: This Draenei paladin is a deliberate melee warrior with heavyweight abilities and a unique gameplay style that rewards premeditation and commitment.

New Event – Echoes of Alterac: It’s time to pick a side! Declare your allegiance to the Horde or the Alliance, then complete the following questline and unlock your faction’s Warcraft themed rewards, including a portrait, banner, and mount.

Raid the Nexus for Epic Loot: Get your hands on new Warcraft-themed skins, mounts, sprays, and more via Echoes of Alterac loot chests and three event-exclusive bundles, or craft them with Shards!

One of the quest rewards is a Warcraft Reinforcements Chest that in addition to the standard four random items also includes a guaranteed Warcraft Hero from a pool of 28. Alterac Pass is currently playable in the Heroes of the Storm PTR.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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And best of all it includes the announcer featured in the trailer (which you've got to watch and is embedded after the jump) who is a famous luchador from Latin America. As part of the event a number of Heroes are getting wrestling-themed makeovers that include brightly coloured outfits, or tights.

Check it out.

Alongside the event both Diablo and Lunara are getting reworks, with Diablo in particular seeing an almost complete overhaul to abilities and skills. Which you can read about in full here.
Thursday, 10 May 2018
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We take five with Heroes of the Storm Game Director Alan Dabiri to talk about the recent Dark Nexus content drop. Where it turns out that the mythical place where heroes, villains, and champions from all walks of Blizzard-verse life, be they from Overwatch, Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, or even Lost Vikings, has its own stories to tell.

On the decision to delve deeper into the lore of the Nexus.
“While we continue to look forward to bringing Blizzard heroes into the Nexus, we also wanted to explain a little more about what the Nexus is all about. Until now, we’ve mostly waved our hands as we brought in existing Blizzard characters and didn’t do much to address the Nexus. We feel now is a great time to dive deeper into the lore of Heroes of the Storm to provide better connections between everything coming into the game, and to allow us to explore entirely new ideas.”

Click Here for Take 5: Exploring Heroes of the Storm’s Dark Nexus
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
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When Heroes of the Storm launched a few years ago the first battlegrounds like Cursed Hollow where unique to the Nexus. And not tied to any specific Blizzard property. In a step to create a more cohesive universe, that has access to all Blizzard universes, the new Rise of the Raven Lord comic sets the tone for new lore and a suite of Dark Nexus skins and mounts.

The first issue of the comic is online now and you can check it out here. You can see twisted Dark Nexus versions of Alarak and Gul’dan below.

More avatars than versions, as lore-wise they've been summoned by the Raven Lord. In execution you can expect these to be more than simple re-skins as all abilities and UI elements have been updated to reflect the new threat to the Nexus.
Monday, 19 March 2018
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Whose background is that of a Protoss hero that died during the Zerg invasion of Aiur and was then implanted into the body/shell of a dragoon. To continue the fight. Whatever the case, the addition of a StarCraft dragoon unit as a playable hero in Heroes of the Storm is, well, very cool.

As per the Fenix spotlight video below, he's a high damage assassin character with some impressive abilities. Of the laser cannon variety.

Available soon, to find out more about Fenix and his abilities head to official character page.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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Today Blizzard unleashed a batch of new skins for its popular Blizzard-verse MOBA Heroes of the Storm. With the update called Mecha Storm you can probably guess where the team drew its inspiration from. The original Transformers cartoon series from the 1980s, the entire robo-anime genre, figurines with bulky and movable parts.

Turning iconic Blizzard heroes into anime inspired robots isn't as easy as it sounds. As Michael Cuevas, Senior 3D Animator on the Heroes of the Storm team explains.

Transforming a character like Tyrael, the angelic force of power from the Diablo franchise was not as simple turning his wings into shiny pieces of metal. “[Tyrael] was actually more challenging and his look was one of the things that wasn’t a one-to-one transition,” Michael tells me. “The wings on Tyrael are programmatically animated in the engine (via ribbon FX) and there are only two organic wings on Seraphim which behaved completely different. On top of that, there’s a total of six wings on Mecha Tyrael that had to be considered. Iterations ranged from “did absolutely nothing” to “always in the way”. In the end I think we found a good balance.”

Click Here to Read Our Full Heroes of the Storm Mecha Interview
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Seriously, some of the coolest skins we've seen come in the form of Mecha Rehgar, Xenotech Abathur, and Mecha Tyrael. Now live in Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm. Taking inspiration from the sort of '80s robo-anime vibe that many of us grew up watching, these new skins raise the bar for reinterpreting classic characters. Check out the awesome cinematic after the jump.

Very cool.

The update to Heroes of the Storm also comes alongside a re-vamp to Tyrael which re-balances the hero with buffs to both health and health regen and lowering the mana cost of his angelic abilities.

Bonus points for nailing the music too. Check back later today as we bring you our interview with Blizzard where we talk about the Mecha Storm update and go behind the scenes with the studio.
Monday, 18 September 2017
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Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's free-to-play MOBA, is one of those go-to titles that you can always fire-up for a few quick rounds of fun. But beneath the easy pick-up and play aspect lies a pretty deep experience, once with a huge stable of Blizzard characters and locations. And now we can add more Overwatch love, with the introduction of the Volskaya Foundry battleground and two new heroes!

Ana and Junkrat!

For those that play Heroes you'll know that one of the aspects that keeps the title from being fun from round to round is how different each Battleground is. Offering up new objectives and ways to score that you don't see in standard three-lane MOBAs.

For example the first Overwatch Battleground to join the game, Hanamura, featured the Payload mechanics from Overwatch.

So the introduction of Volskaya Foundry might be another three-lane control Battleground, but the Overwatch-style capture points and giant mech rewards make it another stand-out and unique location to battle in. Here's a taste, filled with awesome new skins and a glimpse at the next two heroes to join the ranks - Overwatch's Ana and Junkrat!

With Ana being a burst Healer, and Junkrat a ranged Assassin.

The new Battleground also means new Brawl, with Bash ‘Em Smash ‘Em Robots - where "each team starts with a mech and they keep on spawning for non-stop giant robot smashing action". Very cool.

Friday, 11 August 2017
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Powerful warrior and tactician of the Horde, Garrosh is the latest hero to join the fight in the Heroes of the Storm Nexus. After a few characters from the Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch universes Blizzard has returned to its Warcraft roots with this latest addition. Hit the jump for to check out Garrosh's Hero Spotlight.

Throughout the history of Azeroth, there are few mortals of greater notoriety than Garrosh Hellscream. A powerful warrior and tactician of the Horde, Garrosh was heralded as a hero of his people after having successfully countered the armies of the Lich King during the Warsong Offensive in Northrend.

Now, this proud and fearsome warrior has crossed over into the Nexus, seeking to champion his cause by challenging all who would stand in his way. For Garrosh Hellscream, there can be no peace. There is only victory… or death.

As a Melee Warrior with low health, high armour, and CC abilities Garrosh continues the trend of interesting and fun new heroes joining the Nexus this year. For more info on his abilities and strengths and weaknesses, head here.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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Thanks in part to D.Va joining the ranks as a new hero, but mainly the latest quest that rewards players upon completion with -- get this, 10 x Loot Chests for Heroes of the Storm and 10 x Loot Boxes for Overwatch. Yeah, a pretty tasty deal. Having only recently garnered enough courage to face off against humans as opposed to AI, I've been having a blast with Heroes of the Storm of late. And I can't wait to hop into D.Va's mech and... maybe come out victorious.

Because hey, I'm a realist.

The fourth and final week of the Nexus Challenge 2.0 event is now available! Players who completed last week’s quest earned an Overwatch Nexagon mount, a D.Va spray, portrait and banner in Heroes of the Storm, and a D.Va spray and player portrait in Overwatch. This week, players who complete five games with friends will be rewarded with 10 Loot Chests in Heroes of the Storm, and 10 Loot Boxes in Overwatch! This is the last chance to complete the Nexus Challenge 2.0 quests, so jump in with a friend and earn exclusive loot before it’s gone! As a reminder, all previous quests will remain active, and can be completed, until the event end on 23 May.

If you plan on getting all that sweet loot, be sure to add toadosvky#1791 and hit me up for a game or two. Be warned though, like with all things in life outside of quoting Seinfeld, my skills are somewhat limited.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
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Available to play now on the Heroes of the Storm PTR, the next hero to enter the nexus is Hana Song, better known as D.Va. In a new video highlighting all her abilities its safe to say that her transition from Overwatch to Heroes has been a fairly seamless one. From boost to self-destruct, D.Va will also be playable outside of her Mech in Pilot Mode dealing single target damage.

D.Va has two modes: Mech Mode and Pilot Mode. When her Mech is destroyed, she is ejected after 0.75 seconds and can continue to fight out of her Mech. In Pilot Mode, each Basic Attack she deals reduces the cooldown of Call Mech by 0.5 seconds. While on foot she can use a mount to get around the map quickly. In Mech Mode, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her movement speed is reduced by 15%. Her Mech Mode Basic Abilities include: Defence Matrix, which channels a defensive field for 3 seconds, reducing the damage dealt by enemy heroes inside it by 75%. Damage dealt to the Mech by enemies within the Defence Matrix still grants Self-Destruct charge. D.Va also has Booster, which increases her movement speed by 125% for 2 seconds; enemies that are hit while boosting take damage and are knocked away. When D.Va is in Mech Mode and her Self-Destruct has charged, she can eject from her Mech which will explode after a 4 second delay, dealing medium to massive damage in a large area, radiating from the centre of the blast.

It's great to see a non-assassin hero join the ranks, not to mention the fact that its D.Va. Oh, and if your an Overwatch fan make sure that you log into Heroes today, as the very cool Officer D.Va skin for Overwatch is still up for grabs.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
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Sometimes you don't know what you want until you're taken by surprise. The latest cinematic trailer that has launched alongside the release of Heroes of the Storm 2.0 to showcase the arrival of Overwatch's Genji into the Nexus alongside the serene battleground of Hanamura has done just that. In it we get to see Genji face-off against Diablo. Yeah, ol' Deebsy himself. And just when things couldn't get any cooler, in comes D.Va to lend a helping hand. This is the best sort of illogical fan fiction come to life in stunning detail.

Check it out.

Very cool. But perhaps even cooler is the amount of stuff up for grabs if you log into Heroes of the Storm and bask in its shiny new coat of paint. Which means one of the most popular events we've seen for the game is coming back, the Nexus Challenge 2.0. And thanks to the new reward and progression system... this time it's personal. And by that I mean, I love it. Teaming up with friends will not only unlock a number of cosmetic items and special mounts to use in Heroes of the Storm, but also new skins and stuff for use in Overwatch too. Including a very cool Officer D.Va outfit.

As the unlocked stuff is all centred around playing games with friends, Blizzard has also launched a new Looking For Group site so you can find local players to team up with -- www.heroeslfm.com.

Oh, and let's not forget that if you log in to play Heroes between now and May 23 you also get access to a free Mega Bundle containing 20 Heroes.

Plus, Loot Chests to open.