Fnatic wins 2017 HGC Mid-Season Brawl Grand Finals

On June 19, Fnatic and Team Dignitas clashed to decide the victor in the 2017 HGC Mid-Season Brawl Grand Finals. Fnatic claimed victory in Sky Temple. Check out the hero build used by Fnatic during the last match (below the video embed). Download the replay here into this path:

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Malthael’s Bargain Special Event

The latest Heroes of the Storm Special Event is Malthael’s Bargain, where you must play 15 games with a friend to get two cross-game promotional rewards. There is a catch: you must play those 15 games with a Diablo hero. The first reward is Leoric’s Phantom mount for your Heroes of the Storm loadout, and an epic loot box. In addition, you will get the Ghost Kerrigan wings in Diablo III (hopefully, next server maintenance).

Malthael's Bargain

 

Malthael is Coming to the Nexus

Yesterday, the Blizzard Launcher’s Heroes of the Storm tab mysteriously showed only one image instead of the usual slideshow of news, depicting three candles. Today we know it was a teaser. The candles were reminiscent of the Diablo III cinematic intro’s candle cluing us in that the next hero came from the Diablo universe.

The new animated GIF image reveals Malthael.

 

In addition, new skins, mounts, and sprays are coming along with Malthael. The patch will introduce Summer-themed skins and Diablo III-themed skins for multiple heroes.

Speculation: There is one particular mount skin that feels out of place: a widow on a web graphic on a surfboard. Is Blizzard hinting Widowmaker coming soon to the Nexus?

 

This video shows all the new content.

 

Dva Music Theme in Heroes of the Storm

The music theme for D.va in Heroes of the Storm has a very peculiar rhythm that my latino-upbringing recognized right off the bat. It is not Korean music at all. It is some sort of Merengue-HipHop fusion music. Some of the trumpet rhythm-markers resemble the piano beats in Merengue music, and after the transition, it sounds like a singer’s voice modulation of Puerto Rican Rap (HipHop). The genre has changed a lot since the 90s, and even crossed the Caribbean pond into Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, and other latino countries; and has evolved since then — but this is definitely Merengue-HipHop fusion.

I asked Michael Chu if this means Dva is Half-Korean/Dominican. I’ll update if I get a response. Below I posted the Heroes of the Storm Dva music theme, and two Merengue-HipHop samples. They aren’t exactly the same, but hopefully, you can identify some of the elements listened in Dva’s music theme.

Tyrande Whisperwind (Revamped)

Blizzard Entertainment revamped Tyrande’s abilities and talents. Her new changes were put on PTR on Mon, May 8, 2017.

Tyrande Whisperwind strikes fear into all who wish ill of the Kaldorei. As the highest ranking Sentinel and High Priestess of Elune, she is not only the night elves’ most deadly warrior, but also their most cunning leader.

Type: Ranged Support
Cost: 500 | 4000

Light of Elune (Q)

Heal target ally for 592 Health. Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of this Ability by 2 sec.

Mana: 30
Cooldown: 12 sec.

Sentinel (W)

Send an owl that travels across the battleground revealing its path. Deals 379 damage to the first enemy Hero hit and reveals them for 5 sec.

Mana: 70
Cooldown: 18 sec.

Lunar Flare (E)

After 0.75 sec, deal 450 damage and Stun enemies in the target area for 0.75 sec.

Mana: 60
Cooldown: 12 sec.

Hunter's Mark

Reveal a target enemy and lower their Armor by 25 for 4 sec, increasing all damage taken by 25%. Cannot be used on Structures.

Cooldown: 20 sec.

Tyrande Talents

RangerSentinel deals more damage based on the distance traveled, up to 75%.

Repeatable Quest: Hitting enemy Heroes with Sentinel increases the max damage bonus by 3%.
Lunar BlazeRepeatable Quest: Hitting Heroes with Lunar Flare increases its damage by 3%..

Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes, Lunar Flare no longer has a Mana cost..

Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase the range of Lunar Flare by 40%.
Ranger's MarkBasic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Hunter's Mark by 1 sec.

Repeatable Quest: Every 60 Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase the duration of Hunter's Mark by 1 sec.
Moonlit ArrowsBasic Attacks decrease the cooldown of Light of Elune by an additional 0.75 sec.
Celestial AttunementLight of Elune removes Stuns from its target. When a Stun is removed this way, Light of Elune may be used for free within 3 sec. This free cast cannot benefit from Celestial Attunement.
Kaldorei ResistanceLight of Elune grants the target 15 Spell Armor for 6 sec. This effect stacks up to 4 times.
Huntress' FuryTyrande's Basic Attacks against targets with Hunter's Mark splash to nearby enemies.
Darnassian ArcheryBasic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant a stacking 5% increased Attack Damage bonus for 4 sec. This bonus is lost when Basic Attacking non-Heroes.
Trueshot AuraPassively grant 10% increased Attack Damage to nearby allied Heroes. Activate to double this bonus for 5 sec.

Cooldown: 60 sec.
Shadowstalk (R)Stealth and gain 30% Movement Speed. When Shadowstalk's Stealth is broken, gain 50% Attack Speed and retain its Movement Speed bonus for 5 sec.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Starfall (R)Deal 200 damage per sec and slow enemies by 20% in an area. Lasts 6 sec.

Mana: 75
Cooldown: 80 seconds
Quickening BlessingLight of Elune increases the target's Movement Speed by 25% for 3 sec.
EmpowerReduce Sentinel's cooldown by 4 sec each time it hits a Hero.
Harsh MoonlightSentinel Slows the target by 30% and reduces their damage dealt by 30% for 4 sec.
Overflowing LightWhile Tyrande is above 60% Health, Light of Elune's healing is increased by 30%.
Mark of MendingTyrande's Basic Attacks heal her for 2% of her max Health. Basic Attacks against targets with Hunter's Mark heal the attacker for 3% of their max Health.
Elune's ChosenActivate to make Tyrande's Basic Attacks heal the target ally for 200% of the damage dealt. Lasts for 5 sec.

Cooldown: 40 sec.
Eyes of the HuntressAfter casting Shadowstalk, reveal all enemy Heroes for 2 sec.
Celestial WrathStarfall applies Hunter's Mark to enemy Heroes hit.
Shooting StarIncrease Basic Attack range by 1.1. Every 10th Basic Attack against Heroes casts a free Lunar Flare at a random Hero near Tyrande's position.
Iceblade ArrowsIncrease Attack Speed by 25%. Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce their damage dealt by 8% for 2 sec. This effect stacks up to 5 times.

Tyrande Profile

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Tyrande Whisperwind strikes fear into all who wish ill of the Kaldorei. As the highest ranking Sentinel and High Priestess of Elune, she is not only the Night Elves' most deadly warrior, but also their most cunning leader.

 

Description

Marks enemy targets by attacking and heals allies that attack them. Summons owls to scout out enemy positions.

 

Origin

Tyrande Whisperwind debuted in the Night Elves campaign playable in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

Her story can be read in the WarCraft War of the Ancients novel by Richard A. Knaak.

Tyrande ventured into the Emerald Dream to reach the Nightmare in order to rescue Malfurion Stormrage's dreamform in the pages of World of Warcraft: Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak.

History

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A peerless hunter by moonlight and the chosen of the goddess Elune, Tyrande has led the night elves in war for ages. Tyrande was born thousands of years ago and grew up in the company of Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage. She answered the call of the Sisters of Elune, followers of the night elves' Goddess of the Moon, and became a novice priestess, while the Stormrage brothers followed different paths. Their destinies merged anew when the Burning Legion arrived on Azeroth.

Tyrande and Malfurion grew close and battled against the invading demons together, but Illidan pursued a darker path, feigning allegiance to the Burning Legion and succumbing to the temptations of power. After the defeat of the Legion and the Sundering, Tyrande and Malfurion helped rebuild elven society; Illidan was imprisoned beneath Mount Hyjal.

The couple could not remain together for long; soon after the night elves settled near Mount Hyjal, Malfurion and the other night elf druids were needed in the Emerald Dream. While Malfurion slept in the Dream, Tyrande commanded her people, forming the Sentinels – the night elven army – to guard their lands and allies.

During the Third War, Tyrande sent her Sentinels to deter the advances of the Horde in Kalimdor, but ultimately ended up working with them to battle the armies of the Burning Legion, an effort that also forced her to awaken the druids, including Malfurion, from the Emerald Dream. Their time together was cut short when the elder Stormrage suffered from the corruption of the Dream, but Tyrande joined her lover to defeat the menace, and they both returned to Azeroth, where they protected their people (and the other races of the Alliance) from the destruction caused by Deathwing and the advances of Garrosh Hellscream in Kalimdor.

These are the voice over quotes repeated by Tyrande Whisperwind when the player clicks on her multiple times. Here is a transcript courtesy of Cemotucu.

"The Goddess calls."

"Anu therador mali. Do not presume that just because I'm a priestess my fury has been checked."

"Here, hold this apple for a moment... Alright, now put it on your head. Perfect."

"It's been a while since I used this bow. Would you hold this apple for a moment? I'm a little out of practice."

"This is my owl. There are many like it, but this one reveals foes."

"I'm celebrating my 29th birthday next week... for the 8th thousand time."

"You know, when women run things in Kalimdor we experienced an era of peace, THEN the men woke up and now we face a new war every other year."

"[Doorbell rings] Greetings, my name is Tyrande and this is Shandris. Do you have some spare time to talk about Elune?"

"What the...? How long have this leaves being in my hear?"

"I am High Priestess Tyrande, Champion of Justice. In the name of Elune, I'll punish you!"

"Goddess, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true, and if today you call me home. Let me die with an empty quiver. I could use another millennium or two of guild time."

"Malfurion and I have one rule that defines our relationship: NO shapeshifting. I'm not into that."

Dva joins the Nexus

Blizzard Entertainment is introducing D.va into the Heroes of the Storm PTR today May 8, 2017, in the afternoon. Check out her video spotlight.

Hana Song, also known as “D.Va,” is both a world champion professional gamer and a burgeoning global icon. As a member of South Korea’s elite MEKA unit, she fights to protect her homeland from the colossal omnic threat lurking within the East China Sea.

Boosters (Q)

Increases D.va's movement speed by 125% for 2 sec. Enemies that are hit take 135 damage and are knocked away.

D.va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active.
Cooldown: 10 sec.

Defense Matrix (W)

Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 sec, reducing the damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn.

Damage dealt to the Mech from enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge.
Cooldown: 10 sec.

Self-Destruct (E)

Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 sec. Deals 400 to 1200 damage in a large area, depending on distance from center. Only deals 50% damage against Structures.

Gain 1% Charge for every 2 sec spent Basic Attacking, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost.

Mech Mode (Trait)

When D.va's Mech dies, she is ejected out after 0.75 sec and can continue to fight. D.va's Mech only awards 50% of a normal Heroe's experience upon dying.

Dva Talents

Rush-downIf D.va neither takes nor deals damage during Boosters, its cooldown is lowered by 5 sec.
Hit the NitrousInitial speed of Boosters is increased to 475%, then decays to normal boost speed over 0.5 sec. During this time, Boosters deals 100% extra damage.
Crash CourseQuest: Damage enemy Heroes with Boosters.

Reward: After damaging 25 Heroes, each use of Boosters lowers its cooldown by 1 sec per Hero hit.
Pro MovesD.va's Mech gains 2% Movement Speed for 1 sec every time it takes damage, up to 30%.
Diverting PowerThe are of Defense Matrix is 100% wider and 25% longer, but D.va cannot move for the duration.
Get Through This!Increase the duration of Defense Matrix by 3 sec.
Fusion GeneratorEvery time an enemy Hero deals damage while inside Defense Matrix, D.va's Self-Destruct Charge increases by 1%.

Max of 15% Charge gained per use.
Bring it OnSelf-Destruct's Charge amount gained from losing Mech Health is increased by 30%.
Coming ThroughKnockback distance of Boosters is increased by 100%.
Dazer ZoneEnemy Heroes affected by Defense Matrix are Slowed by 20%.
Aggression MatrixBasuc Attacks in Mech Mode against Heroes lower the cooldown of Defense Matrix by 0.25 sec.
Nuclear OptionIncrease Self Destruct's detonation timer by 3 sec. Detonation damage increased by 50%.

A new Mech can still be called after 4 sec.
Bunny HopD.va's Mech becomes Unstoppable and stomps every 0.5 sec, dealing 132 damage and Slowing enemies by 40%. Lasts 4 sec.

Requires Mech Mode.
Cooldown: 90 sec.
Big ShotDeal 548 damage to all enemies in a line. The cooldown of Call Mech is reduced by 8 sec for each enemy Hero hit.

Requires Pilot Mode.
Cooldown: 4 sec.
Expensive PlatingIncrease Mech Health by 20%, but also increase the cooldown of Call Mech by 15 sec.

This does not decrease the amount of Self-Destruct Charge gained.
Emergency ShieldingWhen D.va's Mech would be destroyed, it instead gains a Shield that absorbs 459 damage over 6 sec.

This effect has a 15 sec cooldown.
Ablative ArmorDamage against D.va's Mech that would deal 5% or less of its max Health are reduced by 50%.

This does not decrease the amount of Self-Destruct Charge gained.
Torpedo DashD.va gains the Torpedo Dash ability, allowing her to dash forward and pass through enemies.

Requires Pilot Mode.
Cooldown: 12 sec.
GG, WPIncrease Pilot Mode Basic Attack damage by 75%. Participating in a Takedown while in Pilot Mode instantly refreshes the cooldown of Call Mech.
Nanoweave SuitFor 4 sec after ejecting from her Mech, D.va gains 50 Armor and her Basic Attacks grant 50% more cooldown reduction towards Call Mech.
Suppresing FirePilot Mode Basic Attacks have 20% increased range and Slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 2.5 sec.
Stop and PopBunny Hop deals 150% more damage if D.va isn't moving at the moment of impact.
Pew! Pew! Pew!Instead of a single shot, Big Shot fires 3 shots over 0.5 sec. Each shot deals 50% damage.
Concussive PulseD.va gains the Concussive Pulse ability, allowing her to deal 309 damage to enemies in a cone and knock them back.

Requires Pilot Mode.
Cooldown: 8 sec.
MEKAfallCall Mech is instant and can target a location. Upon landing, the Mech deals 443 damage to enemies in the impact area.

Cooldown: 45 sec.

Dva Profile

 

Hanamura Showdown Cinematic: D.Va coming to the Nexus

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the new Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Cinematic: Hanamura Showdown, where the new hero D.Va makes her debut into Heroes of the Storm as a new warrior hero.

 

In addition, the Nexus Challenge 2.0 playing with friends brings new rewards like:

  • Week 1: Genji’s Oni skin, spray, portrait, banner, Orochi Hovercycle mount.
  • Week 2: D.Va’s new Officer D.va skin and its Busan Police Hovercycle mount.
  • Week 3: D.va Icon and Spray (unlocked in Overwatch) and an Overwatch logo Nexagon mount and banner (unlocked in Heroes of the Storm)
  • Week 4: Earn 10 Overwatch Loot Boxes (in Overwatch), and 10 Heroes of the Storm Loot Boxes.

 

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 now live: Opened 65 Loot Chests

Blizzard Entertainment launched Heroes of the Storm 2.0 today and it is now live. When you launch the game, you will be welcomed by the progression conversion summing and rounding up all your heroes’ levels into a single progression level. In my case, level 595 converted into level 97.

I was surprised to get 65 Loot Chests in total: 5 loot chests, 55 epic loot chests, and 5 veteran loot chests. In addition, one Veteran hero portrait, 30-day Stimpack, and a plethora of collection portraits for reaching level 15 with various heroes of the same universe.

It took me about 30 minutes to open all 65 loot boxes, and checking out the rewards which varied between hero portraits, voice lines, announcers, emojis, skins, and much more. I even got the legendary skin for Diablo: the Prime Evil skin!!! So excited!

 

 

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Launch Event on April 25

Tomorrow, April 25th, Blizzard Entertainment celebrates the launch of Heroes of the Storm 2.0, and promise to reveal a new hero cinematic. This is not Genji, so keep your eyes open. Whatever hero this is, this was not revealed to us at the Fansite Summit (back in March 27th).

The livestream will kick off with FNATIC and Team Dignitas playing a Hanamura Exhibition Match. To learn more about 2.0 and its highlighted features, Game Director Alan Dabiri and Lead Hero Designer Kent-Erik Hagman will discuss details. Read more here.

Tune in on April 25 at 11:00 a.m. PDT to watch the livestream at twitch.tv/blizzheroes

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Summit: Genji and Hanamura Map Preview

On March 28, during my attendance at the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Summit (held in Laguna Beach, CA), I had the opportunity to see Genji (the new hero coming to the Nexus), and played the revamped Uther in the new Hanamura map. Blizzard Entertainment was kind to send me a recording of my Uther hands-on gameplay to share with you for this preview. We have the Genji abilities & talents, upcoming skin concept art, Genji gameplay screenshots and video showing Genji in action, but also the new Uther revamp gameplay video.

 

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