Heroes of the Storm Open Beta Begins

Answer the call of the nexus, and download the Heroes of the Storm client to start playing right away. Open Beta has begun.

Get ready to unleash the Burning Hells with Diablo, kick up a revolution with Raynor, and seek vengeance with Sylvanas, because Heroes of the Storm Open Beta testing has officially begun! If you didn’t get the chance to leap into the fray during our Technical Alpha or Closed Beta phases, right now is a great opportunity for you and your pals to dive headlong into our raucous online team brawler before the game launches on June 2. That’s right—no more keys, codes, or opt-ins; you can click here to start downloading Heroes and embark on your conquest in the Nexus, for free, today.

If you’re brand-new to Heroes of the Storm, you might like to check out our video below for a quick crash course on the Nexus while waiting for your download to complete.

Kindly keep in mind that Open Beta is still not final release, and we will be closely monitoring the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Should one-too-many brawlers try to cram through the Nexus Portal at once, you may encounter a queue when attempting to log in to the client. Not to worry, however, as the wait should be brief, and you’ll be back to crushing opponents in no time.

Additionally, feedback from players just like you will continue to help us shape Heroes into the best game it can be through Open Beta, launch, and beyond. If you’d like to share your thoughts on the game with us, be sure to head over to the official Heroes forums and join in the conversations there.

While we’re thrilled to open the floodgates for this final phase of beta testing, we’re also rapidly approaching Heroes of the Storm’s official release, and we’ve got some exciting plans in store! We’ll be celebrating the Heroes launch with a spectacular event in London, UK, featuring developer interviews, live musical entertainment, and much more. If you can’t make it to the launch event in-person, don’t worry. You can still answer the call of the Nexus from home by tuning in to the live broadcast, and be sure to join in the mayhem using #NexusCalling on Twitter and Facebook.

Download, play, and enjoy Heroes of the Storm today—we’ll see you in the Nexus! — source

 

Heroes of the Storm World Championship Tournament coming to BlizzCon 2015

Blizzard Entertainment announced the first Heroes of the Storm World Championship Tournament will be held at BlizzCon 2015 with over $1.2 million in cash and prizes.

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Nexus portal will soon be transporting the greatest Heroes of the Storm™ players in the world to a new battleground—BlizzCon®! Blizzard Entertainment today announced the first-ever global tournament series for its brand-new free-to-play online team brawler. The competition will feature regional championship tournaments for the Americas , Europe , China , Korea , and Taiwan regions, with the top eight teams duking it out at the Heroes of the Storm World Championship at BlizzCon on November 6-7 in Anaheim.

The stakes are high, with a total prize pool of over $1.2 million in cash and prizes—including $500,000 at BlizzCon. The world champion team will walk away with $200 ,000—and bragging rights as the best Heroes of the Storm players in the world.

The Road to BlizzCon kicks off later this month with a tournament in China , and similar events will be taking place in the Americas (including North America , Latin America , Southeast Asia , as well as Australia and New Zealand ), Europe , Korea , and Taiwan regions in the weeks ahead. Everyone is encouraged to gather a team and compete in their local tournament. Details on how to sign up, as well as further event-related news, will be posted on www.heroesofthestorm.com

“We’re excited to kick off the inaugural Heroes of the Storm tournament series, and we can’t wait to see the best teams start to distinguish themselves in battle,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “With the world championships for StarCraft II, World of Warcraft Arena, Hearthstone, and now Heroes of the Storm underway, 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for eSports fans.”

Officially launching June 2 , Heroes of the Storm brings together a diverse cast of iconic characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo® universes, and challenges them to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles. Players can choose from more than 35 Blizzard heroes and customize them to suit their play style, and then team up with friends to fight across 7 dynamic Battlegrounds—with more heroes and Battlegrounds on the way. The game features a variety of gameplay modes for players of every skill level, including a Versus A.I. mode, in which players face computer-controlled opponents, and highly competitive draft-style ranked play.

Stay tuned to www.heroesofthestorm.com for further news on the Heroes of the Storm World Championship tournament series, including details on how to sign up. You can also watch the tournament action unfold live on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/blizzheroes).

 

Kael’thas


Description

Like all Blood Elves, Prince Kael’thas was transformed by the fall of Quel’thalas. Desperate to save his people from being consumed by their magical addiction, he joined forces with the Burning Legion and now lords over Tempest Keep.

Store Cost: heroes-of-the-storm-gold-icon 15,000 | $9.99
Role: Ranged Assassin
Difficulty: Easy

 

 

Abilities

flamestrikeFlamestrikeAfter a short delay, deal 74 damage in an area.

Verdant Spheres increases the radius by 50% and deals 111 damage.

Mana: 70
Area of Effect
Cooldown: 7 seconds
living-bombLiving BombDeal 60 damage over 3 seconds to an enemy, then they explode dealing 30 damage to all nearby enemies. Casting a second Living Bomb on an enemy causes the previous Living Bomb to explode immediately.

Verdant Spheres makes this Ability cost no Mana and have no cooldown.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 sec
gravity-lapseGravity LapseStun the first enemy hit for 1.5 seconds.

Verdant Spheres causes Gravity Lapse to stun the first 3 enemies hit.

Mana: 85
Skillshot
Cooldown: 13 seconds
verdant-spheresVerdant SpheresActivate to make your next Basic Ability more powerful.

Trait
Cooldown: 6 sec

 

Talents

  • mana-addictMana AddictIncrease your maximum Mana by 15 when you pick up a Regeneration Globe.
    flamestrikeConvectionFlamestrike deals 20% bonus damage to enemies stunned by Gravity Lapse.
    gravity-lapseEnergy RoilGravity Lapse's cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds for each enemy hit.
    verdant-spheresFel InfusionHeal for 26 Health when you activate Verdant Spheres.
  • flamestrikeMana TapFlamestrike restores Mana per enemy killed.
    gravity-lapseNether WindIncreases Gravity Lapse's range and speed by 30%.
    gathering-powerGathering PowerPassively grants 5% Ability Power. Each Hero takedown increases this bonus by 2% to a maximum of 15%. This bonus Ability Power is reset to 5% on death.
    envenomEnvenomActivate to deal damage over time.
  • living-bombFission BombIncreases Living Bomb explosion damage.
    verdant-spheresSunfire EnchantmentSpecial attack on Verdant Spheres activation.
    gravity-lapseTri-OptimalGravity Lapse reduces Verdant Spheres' cooldown.
    clairboyanceClairvoyanceActivate to reveal an area for 10 seconds. Enemies in the area are revealed for 4 seconds.

    Cooldown: 45 sec
  • phoenixPhoenixLaunch a Phoenix to an area, dealing 10 damage to enemies along the way. The Phoenix persists for 7 seconds, attacking enemies for 10 damage and splashing for 50%.

    Cooldown: 40 sec
    pyroblastPyroblastAfter 2 seconds, cast a slow-moving fireball that deals 300 damage to an enemy and 150 damage to enemies nearby.

    Cooldown: 50 sec
  • flamestrikeFlamethrowerIncreases the cast range of Flamestrike by 50%.
    living-bombChain BombLiving Bomb's explosion applies Living Bomb to enemies.
    living-bombPyromaniacEvery tick of Living Bomb's damage over time effect reduces Basic Ability cooldowns by 1 second.
    spell-shieldSpell ShieldUpon taking Ability Damage, reduce that damage and further Ability Damage by 50% for 2 seconds. Can only trigger once every 30 seconds.
  • flamestrikeIgniteFlamestrike also applies Living Bomb to Heroes.
    living-bombBackdraftLiving Bomb's explosion slows enemies Movement Speed by 40% for 2.5 seconds.
    gravity-lapseGravity ThrowIncreases the duration of Gravity Lapse's stun by 33% and causes it to instantly destroy Minions.
    arcane-barrierArcane BarrierActivate to gain a Shield equal to 200% of your maximum Mana for 3 seconds.

    Cooldown: 45 sec
  • phoenixRebirthIncreases Phoenix duration by 100%. You may order the Phoenix to move to a different location once while the Phoenix is alive.
    pyroblastPresence of MindIncreases Pyroblast's explosion radius by 50% and reduces its cooldown by 10 seconds per enemy Hero hit.
    bolt-of-the-stormBolt of the StormActivate to teleport to a nearby location.

    Cooldown: 40 sec
    arcane-powerArcane PowerActivate to instantly restore 400 Mana and increase Ability Power by 15% for 5 seconds.

    Cooldown: 60 sec

 

Skins

  • kaelthas-the-sun-king-skin
  • kaelthas-master-skin
  • kaelthas-stormpunk-skin

 

More heroes, skins and mounts are coming!

Amazing surprise for the next update of Heroes of the Storm, although Kael’thas was recently announced as the new hero it’s seems that he’s not the only one, Johanna will be playable as the Crusader from Reaper of Souls, as well as many frames as the Hearthstone card back (perhaps a bonus linked to the game?) and new skins for characters already present.

Whether you’re drawn to take up the mantle of a steadfast Crusader, master the inticricies of technology and magic, or ride into the fray atop a fel-infused stallion, we have some diverse new additions coming soon to Heroes of the Storm that are sure to capture your interest!

We have many colorful new Skins and fearsome new Mounts in development, and today we’re offering you a sneak peek at StormPunk Kael’thas, Johanna the Crusader, Bikini Stitches, Super Sonya, Mad Martian Gazlowe, and more! While these Skins and Mounts are not yet available in our in-game shop, they’ll be invading the Nexus soon. In the meantime, you can jump in and take a closer look at these upcoming additions and their Tints in the turn-around video below:

  • Kael’thas
  • Master Kael’thas
  • StormPunk Kael’thas
  • Johanna
  • Master Johanna
  • Centurion Johanna
  • Super Sonya
  • Mad Martian Gazlowe
  • Bikini Stitches
  • Golden Tiger Mount
  • Hearthstone Card Mount
  • Illidan’s Nightmare Mount
  • Billie the Kid Mount

What are your favorite new Skins, Mounts, and Tints from the video above, and what others would you like to see added to Heroes of the Storm? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Developer Insights: Patch Preview 5/5/2015

Game Designer Matthew Cooper discusses some hero changes in the latest patch to adjust the win-ratio of Diablo, Illidan, Murky, Sylvanas, Chen, Abathur, ETC, Anub’arak and the Lost Vikings.

With this episode of Developer Insights, game designer Matthew Cooper is here to chat about a few of the changes you’ll be seeing to balance and hero functionality in the near-future. Let’s dive right in and see what’s coming to the Nexus.

Hero and Talent Reworks

Healing Ward is one of the most commonly picked talents, and rightfully so. The Ward can provide a significant amount of healing to an entire team, and players can position themselves to prevent their enemies from destroying it in order to squeeze a little more time out of it. In this next patch, you can be on the lookout for a few alterations coming to the Ward:

  • It will no longer always take 2 auto-attacks to destroy the Healing Ward; instead it will have a scaling health value and can be damaged by area-of-effect abilities. This means placing a healing ward in the center of a massive team fight might not be the best decision, as it’s likely to be destroyed quickly.
  • Healing Ward will have a higher targeting priority, so players won’t be able to protect the ward by standing on top of it.

We will see how these changes pan out and continue to evaluate this talent.

We have a number of talent changes incoming for both ETC and Diablo, alongside some buffs and nerfs to help tune their status in the Warrior role. These talent changes were primarily designed to create more build diversity and also to sharpen their roles as unique Warriors in the Nexus. We provided a quick glance at two of the new Storm Powers coming into the game below, and the rest of the talents and changes will be available for viewing with the upcoming patch notes.

Diablo will have his Storm Shield replaced with a Storm Power called “Lord of Terror.” The ability will be an activated area-of-effect life steal that can hit multiple enemy heroes near Diablo. We want Diablo in the middle of team fights, and this new talent allows him to do so effectively.

ETC has a new Storm Power called Death Metal, in which, upon death, a ghost of ETC will unleash an uninterruptible Mosh Pit. Do note; this Storm Power can be selected with either of ETC’s Heroics.

Balance Changes

We’ve noticed increased use of a particular strategy that allows Abathur players to backdoor their opponents with the use of clever Bombard Locust placement. While we encourage Abathur players to be aggressive and attempt risky play for higher rewards, we do feel that this strategy does not offer enough counter-play for the opposing team. We’ll aim to tune the strategy into a more manageable state for the opposition, but keep Abathur standard play in a solid state with the following changes:

  • Locust range: Bombard Strain Locust will no longer outrange turrets.
  • Less overall health for the Bombard Locusts: We’ve repaired a bug, with the Bombard Locust, that gave the Locusts more health than originally intended.
  • Stronger Stab damage: We’re hoping to give Abathur a little more bite in damage, so we’ll be increasing Stab damage by a small margin.

Anub’arak’s win rate was discussed at PAX East and we’ve made some quality of life adjustments and other changes with community feedback and internal data in mind. Those changes include:

  • AI changes to how the Beetles prioritize their targets.
  • Reduce some pre-cast delays on a couple of Anub’arak’s abilities.

Chen buffs have been requested by the community since we mentioned his lower win rate at PAX East. Since then, we’ve seen Chen trend upwards, and he is no longer one of our lowest win rate characters—or even lowest warrior. As we look at higher MMR matches, we see Chen trend towards a solid win rate and we believe he’s in a good spot in competitive play.

As we factor in Chen’s win rate and the various builds we see players utilizing, we’re able to come to the conclusion that we don’t need any major changes to Chen in the next patch. In the future, however, as we continue to adjust characters each patch, we may make slight changes to Chen and his talents.

We’ve seen feedback calling out Illidan as an over-powered hero. When looking at internal data, we do see Illidan trending towards the top of the Assassin category in terms of win rate, but he is still well within our threshold. Statistically, Illidan is not an outlier. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the aggressive Assassin but, for now, we have no major changes in store for him.

With the last Patch Preview, we mentioned some quality of life changes for everyone’s favorite Murloc—Murky. We’re happy to report that the changes have made a much larger impact than we anticipated. The changes have increased his playability and win rate drastically. While monitoring Murky’s win rate increase, we have noticed the use of his Living the Dream talent has increased. We’ll continue to examine the strength of the talent and make changes if necessary. But, for now, we believe Murky to be in a pretty good spot.

The Vikings continue to trend towards the top of our win rates. We believe the high win rate can be attributed to the Vikings ability to soak a massive amount of experience and the strength of their Longboat Raid! Heroic ability. For our next patch, we’ll be altering both of the Vikings’ Heroics to include:

  • If the Lost Vikings’ Longboat is destroyed, all the Vikings will be stunned for 1.5 seconds. This should allow for coordinated teams to pick off the Vikings.
  • For Play Again, we’re adding a full heal to all live Vikings in addition to the current functionality.

We imagine we’ll see the Heroic pick rate and overall win rate shift slightly, which is our intended goal. We’re not looking to make any big sweeping changes with the Lost Vikings in this upcoming patch. As a side note, we’ll address the Vikings and their talent pick rates if we need to shift their win percentage closer to 50%.

 The Banshee Queen

Sylvanas is in a fantastic spot when it comes to her win rate. Currently, she sits close to a 50% win/loss ratio—the benchmark we aim for with our heroes. When looking at her talents, we’re happy to report that we’re seeing a number of diverse builds. However, we have noticed that Wailing Arrow is the clear winner when it comes to her Heroic abilities. We are looking at possible changes and community feedback to make Possession more viable. We’ll be leaving Sylvanas in her current state until we have a better answer.

And that about does it for this Patch Preview. Thanks to Matt Cooper and the design team for chatting with us about the content coming in the next update. Let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

 

Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack Announced

Blizzard Entertainment announced the Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack which includes five heroes, one skin and an exclusive mount for $19.99.

heroes-of-the-storm-starter-pack-with-golden-tiger-mount


Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack Announced

With the official launch date now confirmed for June 2, players across the world are preparing to answer the call of the Nexus. The Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack, exclusively available at retail once the game has launched, will get you off to a flying start with some epic content at a hefty discount.

Priced at $19.99, the Starter Pack includes:

  • Five Heroes – Zagara, Sonya, Li Li, Jaina, Zeratul
  • The Ronin Zeratul skin
  • The Golden Tiger – a unique mount only available with the Starter Pack

Already got some of this stuff? No problem. Each of the seven items is included as a separate code, so you can simply gift that spare Zeratul to a friend or team-mate.

Heroes of the Storm will be available to play for free by anyone with a Battle.net account. As you play, you’ll keep earning gold that you can use to buy any hero in the game. The Starter Pack is just a great way to start your collection of Heroes, skins, and mounts. Other discounted bundles are available through the game client, so be on the lookout for other bargains.

At launch, you’ll also be able to purchase Heroes of the Storm-branded Battle.net gift cards at selected retailers. Use these to charge up your Battle.net Balance and be ready to snap up the Hero, skin, or mount of your choice. Find out where to buy a Battle.net gift card here.

 

The BANG! Heroes of the Storm game by USAopoly is shipping now

The BANG! Heroes of the Storm game by USAopoly is shipping now. FREE shipping with Shipping above $35+ orders.

The innovative card game gets a Heroes of the Storm twist! A fun combination of the card game and the hero brawler video game from Blizzard, Heroes of the Storm Bang! Game features fast and exciting game play based on the Bang! game system that keeps most games at around 15 to 30 minutes each. Included with the game are a card place mat, tokens, character cards, role cards, and rulebook. For 4 to 7 players. Ages 8 and up.

  • Immersive game play for fans of World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft
  • Rich strategic gaming experience based on the global hit card game BANG!
  • A different game every time you play
  • Easy to learn and quick to play

 

The BANG! Heroes of the Storm game by USAopoly is shipping now

 

FUNKO Heroes of the Storm Mystery Minis Shipping May 2015

Pre-order your pack while supplies last. The FUNKO Heroes of the Storm Mystery Minis Shipping May 2015. They go really fast like hot bread just off the oven. They are cute. They are deadly. They are mean. But they are cute. Gotta have them all!

FUNKO Heroes of the Storm Mystery Minis Shipping May 2015

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