Blizzplanet Review: Chromie in Heroes of the Storm

Chromie in Heroes of the Storm is an excellent long-range assassin hitting targets far from their normal view range. She is tiny, but packs a heavy punch with the appropriate Talent spec. Sadly, her main ability does no damage to minions, but she’s a force to be reckoned with against Heroes. Casting Sand Blast can be tricky and requires practice due to its 1 sec delay. Sometimes the enemy player moves away before the Sand Blast cast goes through. So it’s bit of luck and timing, and guessing the direction where the enemy might go. These are her main abilities.

sand-blastSand BlastAfter 1 second, fire a missile that deals 855 damage to the first enemy Hero hit. Mana: 20. Cooldown: 3 sec.
dragons-breathDragon's BreathFire a blast into the air that lands after 1.5 sec, dealing 965 damage to eenmies in an area. Enemies cannot see where the blast will land. Mana: 70. Cooldown: 14 sec.
time-trapTime TrapPlace a Time Trap that arms and Stealths after 2 sec. The first enemy Hero to touch it will be put into Stasis for 2 sec. Only 1 trap can exist at once. Mana: 50. Cooldown: 18 sec.
timewalkerTimewalker (Passive)You've traveled to the future, and as such, will learn your Talents 1 level earlier than your teammates!

 

Chromie: Assassin DPS Talent Build

My favorite build can do a lot of damage if Chromie is unattended by enemy players.

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Strategies

chromieOne of my favorite strategies in the Towers of Doom map after level 10 can be seen below. When we are attempting to claim the bottom tribute, I immediately seal the wider enemy entrance with Slowing Sands. Any enemy attempting to go through there will get slowed down, and my team can do serious damage. If someone manages to get through, he has to deal with slow sands again in order to escape. Placing a Slowing Sands there forces the enemy to go through the narrower, more dangerous entrance. That’s a bottleneck, and only one player at a time can go through it.

I also place a Time Trap at the narrow entrance. It’s likely you can win that tribute as it discourages the enemy from trying once an enemy player dies to this setup.

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Here is another setup in the Battlefield of Eternity using Slowing Sands and Time Trap to control the flow, and prevent ambushes.

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There is a variation of this build where instead of Slowing Sands, you pick Temporal Loop as a Ultimate talent. Basically, the enemy player affected by it will get teleported back to the spot where you first applied the debuff. In that case you press R + W + Q combo, which applies Temporal Loop to the target, followed by a Dragon’s Breath and a Sand Blast.

I am having a great time playing as Chromie, and have marked her as a favorite. Give her a try, and practice.

 

 

Heroes of the Storm Patch 18: Chromie enters the Nexus

Chromie has officially joined the Nexus in live realms. This patch also includes many balance updates to various heroes. Full patch notes here.

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At first glance, Chromie is a charismatic but somewhat forgetful gnome, constantly distracted and intrigued by the world around her. But don’t let her appearance fool you. This seemingly precocious gnome’s true form is that of Chronormu, a powerful Bronze Dragon capable of bending time to its will, eternally tasked with maintaining the balance of infinite timelines by any means necessary. Sensing a disturbance of the greatest proportion in a brand new world, Chromie now makes her first foray into the Nexus… or is it her second foray? Or third? There’s really no telling. It’s so hard to keep track!

Check out the rest of the Hero Week blog for a breakdown of Chromie’s playstyle, info on her greatest friends and foes, as well as a brief rundown on a few of the bronze dragon’s most interesting talent choices.

 

Heroes of the Storm Patch 17.5 – Tracer Balance

Blizzard Entertainment deployed today patch 17.5 to address some balance issues with Tracer. As you may have already experienced when Tracer is in the enemy team, she’s simply too overpowered to counter one-on-one. She keeps attacking even walking away or backwards, attempts to click her is hard, skillshots are nigh impossible, and she heals by teleporting.

Blizzard has listened to the feedback and this patch decreased her damage, health and health-regeneration.

We’ve just released a new patch for Heroes of the Storm in order to apply a few balance changes. Check out the patch notes below.

Tracer

  • Health decreased from 1270 (+4% per level) to 1206 (+4% per level).
  • Health Regeneration decreased from 5.25 (+4% per level) to approximately 5.02 (+4% per level) Health per second.
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 29 (+4% per level) to 27 (+4% per level).
  • Focus Fire (Talent)
    • Final shot damage bonus increased from 30% to 35% of the total magazine’s damage.
  • Locked and Loaded (Talent)
    • Damage bonus increased from 35% to 40%.
  • Melee (W)
    • Pulse Strike (Talent)
      • Pulse Bomb charge bonus increased from 15% to 20%.
  • Recall (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 24 to 26 seconds.
    • Slipstream (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 4 to 2 seconds.

Developer Comments: As we’re sure many of you have noticed, Tracer is performing just a little too well on all fronts. While we are excited to bring her to the Nexus, we understand that in the right hands, she can be an absolute terror to the enemy team. We’re lowering her Health, Basic Attack damage, and increasing Recall’s cooldown to make her less universally powerful. We’re going to be giving back some of that Basic Attack damage on her Level 16 Talent tier to further separate Sleight of Hand from the other options, which should help the choice between more Pulse Bomb charges vs. stronger Basic Attacks feel like a more meaningful decision.

We also saw an opportunity to help improve her Talent pick rates, so we’re making minor adjustments to Pulse Strike and Slipstream.

We’ll continue to keep a close eye on her, as we believe she is similar to Illidan, where the right place from a balance perspective is more narrow than most of our other Heroes.

Bug Fixes

Heroes and Talents

  • Bonus damage from the Sun King’s Fury Talent will no longer be applied when Kael’thas’ Basic Attacks miss due to Blind or Evasion effects.

 

New Dragon Hero coming to Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard Entertainment posted today a video teaser rallying fans to stay tuned for the announcement of a new hero. The tweet merely stated: “Keep your eyes on the skies, Heroes.” followed by a video showing the shadow of a passing dragon.

The most common sense dragon to show up is Deathwing. Not long ago, there was fan discussion about Deathwing in his human form with a ultimate talent to attack in dragon form. Hopefully, Blizzard picked up on that feedback.

However, there are many dragons to pick other than Deathwing: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos, Kalecgos, Onyxia, Nefarian, and the list goes on and on on each dragonflight. Still my money is on Deathwing.

 

Blizzplanet: 2016 Heroes of the Dorm Press Coverage

Dperschonok traveled to Seattle to witness the Heroes of the Dorm tournament, and brought back audio of the Heroes of the Dorm champions press conference held at the end of the tournament.

Blizzplanet: 2016 Heroes of the Dorm Press Coverage

Arizona State’s Real Dream Team crowned themselves as the winners of Heroes of the Dorm.

 

Watch the Heroes of the Dorm Preview Show with Kevin Johnson (Cloaken), Tim Fraizer (Trikslyr), and Jake Kulinski (SolidJake):

 

Listen to the Champions Press Conference (audio):

 

Press Release

IRVINE, Calif. — Thousands of student gamers from hundreds of schools across the U.S. and Canada took part in the second season of Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Dorm®—a no-holds-barred collegiate tournament of epic proportions held in partnership with Tespa and featuring Blizzard’s online team brawler, Heroes of the Storm™.

After fighting their way through a formidable pool of challengers, four teams of college students—the ‘Real Dream Team’ from Arizona State University , the runner-up from last year’s tournament; the University of Connecticut ‘Tricky Turtles’; ‘Dark Blaze’ representing the University of Texas , Arlington ; and ‘We Volin’ from the University of Tennessee—took to the stage at the CenturyLink Event Center in Seattle on a quest to become the 2016 Heroes of the Storm collegiate champions.

After defeating UConn in the semifinals, Arizona State continued its unbeaten streak by going 3-0 against UT Arlington . ASU claimed the first two games of the best-of-five series in decisive fashion, but game three quickly turned into a thrilling tug-of-war—and while UT Arlington appeared to rally in the closing moments, ASU ultimately emerged victorious, earning the title of this year’s Heroes of the Dorm.

Each member of Arizona State University’s Real Dream Team will be receiving the tournament grand prize—tuition to cover the remainder of their college careers.

“The future of collegiate esports is only going up from here,” said Arizona State University player Austin ‘Shot’ Lonsert. “This was huge. [Heroes of the Dorm] was big last year, and it only got bigger. We’d like to thank everyone who made this happen. It wouldn’t have happened without the support of our moms—including @Momma_Shot_HOTS on Twitter—Bill Kennedy and the ASU Athletics Department , and all of our fans.”

Viewers watching the nonstop action were treated to expert play-by-play and commentary from the announcing team of Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski, Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott, Jaycie ‘Gillyweed’ Gluck, and Tim ‘Trikslyr’ Frazier.

The “Heroic Four” championship match and closing ceremony aired in prime time on ESPN2. The Heroic Four was televised live on ESPNU and streamed live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN, and streamed outside of the United States on YouTube and Twitch.tv.

“Congratulations to our 2016 Heroes of the Dorm, the Real Dream Team from Arizona State University , on an awesome tournament run and for going undefeated in the grand finals,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “The teams competing in Heroes of the Dorm represent the future of competitive gaming, and it’s been a thrill to watch these collegiate athletes in action. We appreciate all the students and college sports fans who took part in this year’s competition, and we hope they’ll join us for even more exciting esports action leading up to BlizzCon this November.”

 

2016 Heroes of the Dorm Programming

heroes-of-the-dorm-logoBlizzard Entertainment reached out to us to inform of some Heroes of the Dorm schedule changes announced by ESPN.

Tune in to ESPNU and ESPN2 to watch the 2016 Heroes of the Dorm Heroic Four and the Grand Finals. It will also be available on WatchESPN.

Teams clashing in the Heroic Four: Arizona State University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas (Arlington), and University of Tennessee.

 

Tickets

Premium tickets are sold out, but plenty of general admission seating is still available. General admission available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP here.

WHERE:
CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134

 

Telecast Schedule

Saturday, April 9: HEROIC FOUR
4 p.m. – Doors Open at CenturyLink Field Event Center
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Heroic Four on ESPNU

  • Match 1: (1) University of Texas, Arlington vs. (2) University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Match 2: (1) University of Connecticut vs. (1) Arizona State University

 

Sunday, April 10: GRAND FINALS

4 p.m. – Doors Open at CenturyLink Field Event Center
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Grand Finals on ESPN2.

  • Match 1: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2

 

2016 Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship

heroes-of-the-storm-spring-championship-logo-transpChampions are coming from every corner to clash in Seoul, South Korea. Watch the Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship livestream through Thursday, March 31 to April 2 on March 31 – April 2.

Twelve teams from China, North America, Europe, Korea, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand and Taiwan have advanced to participate in the tournament.

**Don’t forget to tune in on Saturday, April 2 at 7pm PDT to watch the premier of the first Tracer gameplay footage.

 

Livestream Schedule

Thursday, March 31: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Friday, April 1: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Saturday, April 2: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT

 

Group A

  • TNL (Korea)
  • mYinsanity (Europe)
  • GIA (Taiwan)
  • Big Gods (Latin America)

 

Group B

  • EDward Gaming (China)
  • Team Naventic (North America)
  • Renovatio I (Southeast Asia)
  • Negative Synergy (Australia/New Zealand)

 

Tournament Format

  • First group stage: double elimination – eight teams battle it out in two groups of four, with four teams
    advancing to second group stage.
  • Second group stage: double elimination – the four winning teams from the first group stage challenge the
    four teams who placed highest in the China, Korea, Europe and North America regions. Four teams
    advance to playoffs.
  • Playoffs: single elimination – the four winning teams from the second group stage play to find out who
    will become the 2016 Spring Champion. Semi -finals are best-of-three with finals being a best-of-five.

 

Prize Pool

Total $500,000

  • 1st – $150,000
  • 2nd – $75,000
  • 3rd-4th – $50,000
  • 5th-6th – $37,500
  • 7th-8th – $25,000
  • 9th-12th -$12,500

 

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