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Illidan Stormrage, the first Demon Hunter, betrayed his people by creating a new well of eternity after the demonic invasion of Azeroth. Now Illidan lords over the realm of Outland slaughtering unsuitably prepared Heroes who venture in to his domain.
Marks his targets by using his abilities. Attacks against marked targets to reduce his cooldowns. Moves quickly to pursue his foes.
Store Cost: 5,500 | $7.49
Role: Melee Assassin
Difficulty: Very Hard
Illidan Stormrage is the twin brother of Malfurion Stormrage. While his brother learned the ways of the Druid with the demi-god Cenarius, Illidan delved into the arcane magics taught by Queen Azshara’s Highborne.
During the Aftermath of the War of the Ancients, ten-thousand-years-ago, Illidan took samples of the Well of Eternity before it imploded. Two of the seven vials were dropped into the lake at the top of Mount Hyjal. Malfurion and his people caught Illidan in the act, and punished him severely by imprisoning him in the depths of Mount Hyjal guarded by Warden Maiev.
His hatred, ambition and addiction for arcane magic was not quenched in ten milennia. Tyrande freed Illidan from his prison in order to save what remained of the Night Elf civilization and all of Azeroth. Illidan defeated Tichondrius the Dreadlord and consumed the Skull of Guldan to empower himself with Fel Magic, transforming into a demon-hybrid. Runes, Horns, hoofs and bat-winged limbs marked his body.
Illidan nearly toppled the Lich King with the earthquake assault upon Northrend with the use of the Eye of Sargeras, and ultimately lost before Arthas the Death Knight. Leaking his wounds, Illidan rallied his new allies: Lady Vashj and her naga forces, and Kael’Thas Sunstrider and his blood elves. They traveled to Outland where they decimated the Burning Legion agents with the help of the Draenei; and sealed the seven portals throughout Outland.
As lord of Outland, Illidan ruled with an iron fist, but ultimately got defeated by heroes from Azeroth with the assistance of their allies: the Naaru, the Aldor, the Scryers, Akama and Maiev.
In Heroes of the Storm, Illidan is a force to be reckoned with. His skills in battle make him one of the most feared contenders to fight against with.
Illidan's next Basic Attack does 97 damage and applies Mark of Azzinoth to the target.
Deals 66 damage to enemies in target area.
Enemies with the Mark of Azzinoth take an extra 25% damage and are silenced for 1.5 seconds.
Lunges towards the target location, dealing 59 damage to the first enemy Hero in his path.
Lunging into an enemy with the Mark of Azzinoth reduces its cooldown by 50% and roots them as Illidan flips behind them.
Mark of Azzinoth
Basic Attacks against targets with Mark of Azzinoth reduce Illidan's ability cooldown by 0.5 seconds, using Betrayer's Strike and Heroic Abilities will apply Mark of Azzinoth to the target for 8 seconds.
Gather 3 Regeneration Globes to permanently grant you +3 health per second. Stacks.
Path of the Assassin
Your Hero gains an extra 2 attack damage for every level gained.
Betrayer's Mark (Trait)
Increases the cooldown reduction per attack to 1 second.
Lethal Thrust (E)
Lunge deals 30% more damage.
Every 5 seconds, your next Basic Attack deals 50% additional damage.
Basic Attacks heal you for 15% of the damage done.
Thrill of the Chase (Trait)
Each nearby enemy with Mark of Azzinoth gives Illidan 10% Movement Speed. This effect stacks up to 3 times.
Both Blades (Q)
Lowers the cooldown of Betrayer's Strike to 6 seconds.
Betrayer's Fury (Q)
Betrayer's Strike also increases Illidan's Attack Speed by 30% for 4 seconds.
After lunging, dodge up to 2 Basic Attacks in the next 3 seconds.
Activate to heal 20% of your max health over 4 seconds.
The Hunt (R)
Become unstoppable and after 1 second, launch yourself at the enemy. Deals 85 damage, stuns target for 1 second and applies Mark of Azzinoth.
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Transforms into demon form and leaps to target location upon impact, deals 210 damage in a small area and applies Mark of Azzinoth to targets in a larger area. For each Hero struck, gain 228 temporary max health. Also grants 30% increased attack speed.
Cooldown: 100 seconds
Duration: 18 seconds
Periodically reduces the damage received from Hero Abilities by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal an additional 1.5% of the target's max Health in damage.
Cursed Strike (W)
Increases the damage bonus from hitting a marked target to 50%, increases the silence to 2 seconds.
Crescent Sweep spouts flames, dealing damage all around Illidan. Its cooldown is also reduced by 2 seconds.
Blood for Blood
Activate to steal 15% of target enemy's max Health and slow its Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.
Activate to gain 30% of your max health in Shields for 5 seconds.
Activate to increase your Attack Speed by 50% and Movement Speed by 10% for 4 seconds.
Fury of the Storm
Basic Attacks bounce twice to nearby enemies for 50% damage.
Resurgence of the Storm
Upon dying, revive back at your altar after 5 seconds. This can occur once every 120 seconds.
Bolt of the Storm
Activate to teleport to the target location.
Voice Over Quotes
These are the voice over quotes repeated by Illidan when the player clicks on him multiple times:
“I grow impatient.”
“Who dares address me?”
“I’m blind. Not deaf.”
“(Text message/cell vibration sounds) Hold on. Darkness just texted me.”
“Does anyone else miss chaos damage?”
“No, I did not just see that. Or anything else for that matter.”
“Remember when wings, hooves and horns were strange for Warcraft? Ahh, the good old days.”
“Alas, poor Gul’dan … I never knew him at all, actually.”
“What did you mean Blizzard added monks before demon hunters?”
“Monks aren’t even a real hero class!”
“You know, for ten thousand years old Tyrande still looks pretty good. — At least that’s what they tell me.”
“Ahh, my brother is such a tree hugger.”
“Is Maiev behind me? She is totally behind me, isn’t she?”
Today, community manager Kevin “Cloaken” Johnson interviewed Dustin Browder and Kaeo Milker to talk more about Heroes of the Storm.
The team is happy with the current four maps shown at BlizzCon. Dragonshire is back in the pipe for some polishing. The next few weeks will be focused on working intensely on the Heroes and their user experience. Afterwards, the team will explore about making more maps.
However, they won’t go too crazy with the number of maps, and prefer to have some of the core battlegrounds and maps they have shown so far ready for an upcoming alpha and beta testing.
Dustin Browder, Kaeo Milker and Kevin Johnson will be live on Wednesday, January 22 at 11am PST answering questions from the community. Folow the links below, and submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #HeroesQA
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It’s been a few weeks since our first Live Q&A session and the Heroes of the Storm development team is eager to get back on stream to share more information about the game with you. Whether you’ve had the chance to check out last month’s episode or not, we’re sure you’ve still got a ton of questions about Heroes — and we’ve got a ton of answers.
Join us at Twitch.tv/BlizzHeroes for our second live Heroes of the Storm Q&A panel on Wednesday, January 22 to get your questions answered. The show will kick off at 11:00 a.m. PST and features the following members of the Heroes development team:
Dustin Browder, Game Director
Kaeo Milker, Senior Game Producer
Kevin Johnson, Senior Manager, Community Development
But wait, there’s more! Immediately following the conclusion of the Q&A session, Dustin Browder will be joined by none other than Sean ‘Day’ Plott in order to commentate a Heroes of the Storm showmatch played live on-stream.
We’d love to hear all of your most burning questions about Heroes, so be sure to tweet them to @BlizzHeroes now using #HeroesQA and we’ll get to as many as possible during the broadcast. We hope you’ll tune in, because this week’s show is going to be an absolute blast.
Dustin Browder and HuskyStarcraft present a new Heroes of the Storm alpha gameplay video as a December 24 Xmas gift to fans. This video shows the Cursed Hollow map where players need to collect three Raven Lord tributes to curse the enemy. The curse causes the enemy base to cancel out Tower damage, and units get lowered health.
In this match we have Naziba the witch doctor, Tyrael, Falstad, Stitches and Tyrande on the red team and Uther, Nova, Gazlowe the Tinker, Zeratul and Muradin on the blue team. Right at the beginning of the video you can see each unit has its own /dance animation.
Welcome to the Heroes of the Storm Overview panel. Your panelists are: Dustin Browder (game director), Alan Dabiri (lead software engineer), Sam Didier (art director), and Chris Sigaty (production director).
Browder: Hello BlizzCon. This is kind of a dream panel for me here. These are all the guys that I hang out in the office with all the time. We play board games together, we play “Dungeons and Dragons” together, so I get a chance to come up on the stage and talk about the game we have been working on for the last couple of the years is an absolute blast. We got Alan Dabiri, lead software engineer, we have got, Samwise Didier here art director, and we got Chris Sigaty, production director.
Alright, we are gonna talk to a little bit about what we are working on for “Heroes of the Storm”. So Heroes of the Storm is a lot of different things. It is a big game, we have been working on for a long time, but I am gonna try to boil it down to some sort of key points for you guys.
It’s about getting these Blizzard heroes into the game. It’s about trying to create an environment, where we can bring all of the heroes from all of our worlds, into one single amazing game.
It’s about fun with friends, and this seems kind of obvious, I guess; but it’s about playing with your buddies. This is a team game. We want to focus it on team work, and working together as a group and it’s about these battlegrounds, these new ways to play games of this genre. New challenges, new strategies and new tactics. And of course, for us it’s about paying homage to the amazing Blizzard community.
They really helped to create and to invent this entire genre of games. So I don’t know what you guys think, like for me it really seemed like everything really exploded when Warcraft III, came on the scene.
We had some really great stuff of course in Brood Wars, and even before, but Warcraft III is, it seemed like everything just really took off.
Dustin Browder (game director), Sam Didier (senior art director), and Kaeo Milker (senior game producer) discuss the development of Heroes of the Storm over the years and several iterations through past BlizzCons and fan feedback.
Many heroes can be seen in action including: Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, Nova, Thrall, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Diablo, Uther Lightbringer (healer), Zerg Queen, Abathur, Illidan, Arthas, Lili Stormstout, Chen Stormstout, Elite Tauren Chieftain, Anub’arak, Tyrael, Stitches, Tyrande Whisperwind (healer), and more for a total of 18 heroes. Watch the videos after the break.
Heroes of the Storm has some wicked cool character customizations and these model screenshots are testament to that. For the most part, the game is Free-to-Play, but some of these customizations give us a glimpse into one of the possible venues for Blizzard Entertainment to add a virtual store to Heroes of the Storm. More after the break …
Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play online team brawler, starring your favorite Blizzard characters. Build and customize heroes from across every Blizzard universe to suit your play style. Team up with your friends and engage in fast-paced mayhem across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play the game.
In each match you can select from an array of Blizzard heroes and join a team to battle against enemy players, with the ultimate goal of destroying the enemy base. You’ll have the opportunity to stage classic showdowns such as Raynor vs. Kerrigan, or mix and match heroes from different games to fight together and against each other.
Each hero starts the game with a set of powerful abilities and traits, and over the course of the battle you’ll have the ability to customize your hero with unique talents and heroic abilities. While each hero has certain core strengths, the talents you select can greatly change the way your hero fights. Support heroes like Uther for example, can be played as almost a pure healer, or can take on more of a damage dealing role.
Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play online team brawler starring your favorite Blizzard characters. In Heroes, the epic battles between the champions and villains of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo aren’t settled with last hits and kill-stealing—players are distinguished through the accomplishments of their team.
Whether you’re a hardcore WoW raider, a demon-slaying Barbarian, or a Bronze league Terran, you’ll find a customizable hero from across the Blizzard multiverse to suit your play style. Grab your buddies and engage in fast-paced mayhem across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play every match. When the mightiest characters in gaming history clash, only you can decide who’ll come out on top!