Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.
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I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)
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Probius warps into Heroes of the Storm! Blizzard Entertainment revealed the next specialist hero during the HGC 2017 Katowice Western Clash livestream. It is not phase-smith Karax as I predicted, nor any known StarCraft hero. Instead, it is a wildcard (like ETC, Brightwing, or Murky who didn’t exist in-game or in written media before).
Probius is a StarCraft protoss probe which builds pylons and warps cannons onto the battlefield. The hero should be in the PTR on Tuesday.
Blizzard Entertainment teased via Twitter to expect a new Hero announcement during the 2017 HGC Western Clash livestream on March 3 (3am EST/New York) (12am PST). The tweet offers two clues as to what the hero might be: the key animation of a protoss warp gate as it teleports units, and the expression “warp drive.”
Spin up your warp drives, Heroes, and tune in tomorrow for an exciting announcement during the #HGC Western Clash!
Personally, I have a feeling it is Phase-smith Karax. Currently, there are three StarCraft II units represented in Heroes of the Storm:
Tassadar (high templar)
Zeratul (dark templar)
The only StarCraft II protoss hero that is not based in an actual unit coming from the warp gate is Alarak (Highlord of the Tal’darim). So there are three possibilities here: either the next hero is a unit that comes from the warp gate, a Hero Commander, or a wildcard (like Murky, ETC, & Brightwing who were originally not real Warcraft characters). So that only leaves us with phase-smith Karax, a stalker, immortal, probe, dragoon, archon, or a dark archon.
Wildcard heroes never seen in StarCraft could be a probe, stalker, or immortal. Known dragoon: Fenix. Now an archon or dark archon would be interesting. Either a standalone Archon hero, or Blizzard could play around with a two-player unit like Cho’gal. That would be very interesting. However, my money is on Karax.
UPDATE: On March 3, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Probius, a specialist hero. A wildcard, as it is a character created from scratch with no previous lore or appearance in-game.
A new PTR patch has been deployed in this balance update, nerfing several heroes: Tychus, Murky, Varian, Rexxar, Tassadar, Malfurion, and Lucio. By nerfs I mean, well, there is a lot of Reduced and Decreased keywords across the board.
Check out the patch notes below to find out how your favorite heroes were affected with this wave of nerfs. Ahem… balance updates.
NECA unveiled the next NECA Heroes of the Storm Thrall Action Figure, and it is awesome. The action figure is 7 inches tall scale, deluxe, with 25 points of articulation. Expect it to ship on June 2017.
NECA is proud to present the Thrall action figure from Heroes of the Storm™, the online team brawler filled with favorite characters from Blizzard Entertainment’s vast video game universes!
Created in collaboration with Blizzard, orc leader Thrall (World of Warcraft™) features a game-authentic sculpt with extra-detailed armor and 25+ points of articulation. The Warchief of the Horde is 6.5” tall and appropriately meaty, and comes with a hammer accessory.
Blizzard Entertainment dropped a surprise today announcing that the Overwatch hero Lucio is coming to the Heroes of the Storm PTR very soon for testing. At the time of this posting, Lucio hasn’t been deployed to the PTR. He’s possibly coming on Tuesday.
Below you can watch the video teaser, and 12 gameplay screenshots from Blizzard’s press gallery.
Valeera Sanguinar is a melee assassin hailing from World of Warcraft. Originally, she was created for the DC Unlimited action figures line up. Shortly after, she was introduced for the first time in the Wildstorm/DC World of Warcraft Comics as an adventure companion of Lo’gosh, later discovered to be an amnesiac King Varian Wrynn. Valeera appeared in the World of Warcraft MMORPG later on during the Siege of Undercity storyline (Wrath of the Lich King expansion). Now Valeera enters the Nexus slaying her opponents with stealthy tactics and brutal Sinister Strikes and Evicerations upon unsuspecting enemies.
Shadow of the Uncrowned
For a time, the gladiator Valeera Sanguinar served dutifully as one of Varian Wrynn’s personal bodyguards. Now, her shadowy skills find her a natural fit within the secretive rogue order, the Uncrowned, in their fight against the Legion.
Blizzard Entertainment posted via Twitter a teaser video announcing Valeera Sanguinar is coming to the Nexus. Valeera is a rogue hailing from the pages of the Wildstorm/DC Comics World of Warcraft and originally concepted as a DC Unlimited action figure.
Some time later, she was introduced in the World of Warcraft MMORPG during the Siege of Undercity storyline in Wrath of the Lich King. She is also in Hearthstone. So far, no abilities have been revealed, but one can guess she might have stealth, backstab, and fan of knives.
With the arrival of Ragnaros upon the Nexus, Blizzard Entertainment shipped a box of cereal to several fansites and livestreamers. Our staff member @dperschonok got the gift, and shared photos. The Ragnar’Os Molten Core cereal box has funny Nutrition Facts.
For example: Serving Size: 1 Progression Level. Serving Per Container: 20. This one is funny because there are 20 levels of progression for Heroes.
Potassium is named Pro-tassium 10g. Sodium has 5,000g (1,000,000% DV), Total Carbs 1000g, Fire Resistance 150 (100% DV), Vitamin R, Iron (molten) 80%, Lead -100%.
*Percent Daily Values are based on strict Ranked Play diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on Hero, rank, and quest requirements.
Ingredients: Core Fragments, Corehound Leather, High Fructose Core Syrup, Heavy Stone, Elemental Fire, Obsidian Oats, Red 13, Orange 37 (… 1337 aka Leet), Alchemically Modified Flavors.
Blizzard also sent a Noobz Marine with the Ragnaros skin.
Inside the Cereal Box there is a trivia game named Games for INSECTS! asking:
Why won’t Tychus go drinking with Raynor?
What did Nova dress up as for Hallow’s End?
What is Erik, Baleog, and Olaf’s favorite TV Show?
Because he took the last shot
In addition, the Cereal Box included a scratch-code card to redeem the Ragnaros hero and its Lil’ Rag skin.
For posterity, after you eat your spicy cereal, you keep a Ragnar’Os keychain. Careful not to set your jeans pocket ablaze. Handle with care.