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Blizzard Unveils the #PAXPack2014 Giveaway

Blizzard Entertainment will be handing out an exclusive Heroes of the Storm PAX East Pack containing some juicy swag to PAX East attendees. However, they are giving away 25 packs. You can participate here.

Among the items provided in this swag pack are:

  • (1) Signed Heroes of the Storm Poster
  • (1) Heroes of the Storm Lanyard
  • (1) Heroes of the Storm T-shirt
  • (1) Blizzard Funko POP! Vinyl Figure





Zeratul build

Zeratul build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Zeratul build – eSports

Glaurung - Roll20 HGC NA - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 1 - Roll20 esports v Lag Force Gaming -- Sept 1

Vorpal Blade

Combo Slash

Seeker in the Dark

Void Prison

Mending Strikes

Sentenced to Death

sCsC - L5 HGC Eastern Clash - Day 3 Game 5 - Tempest v L5 -- Aug 13

Vorpal Blade

Combo Slash

Seeker in the Dark

Void Prison

Mending Strikes

Sentenced to Death



Zeratul Features


Deal 208 damage to nearby enemies.

Mana: 40
Cooldown: 6 sec

Singularity Spike

Flings a Singularity Spike that sticks to the first enemy hit. Deals 237 damage after 1 sec and slows the enemy by 40% for 3 sec.

Mana: 80
Cooldown: 12 sec


Teleport to the target location. Using this Ability does not break cloak.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 sec

Permanent Cloak

Gain Stealth when out of combat for 3 sec.

Taking damage, attacking, using Abilities, or channeling ends Permanent Cloak.

The enigmatic Dark Templar Zeratul faithfully serves the Xel'Naga. While he expertly wields the powers of the Void, it is his wisdom that earns him the respect of the Koprulu sector's greatest leaders - despite his penchant for dramatic entrances.


Automatically cloaks while out of combat. Can Blink in and out of combat and harass with Sustained Anomaly.

Role: Melee Assassin

Difficulty: Hard



Zeratul debuted in StarCraft: Brood War (1999), appeared in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty during the Tidings of Doom cinematic, as well as a few bonus missions accessed at the Lab Room's Ihan crystal -- which collected the memories of Zeratul's quest for ancient prophecies in Xel'Naga temples.

Zeratul appeared also in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm mentoring Kerrigan to lead her into the path to her destiny as the prophesied savior of the universe against Amon and his hybrids.


Zeratul is a renowned psionic warrior who has been instrumental in healing the rift between the dark templar and the Aiur protoss. Although his heroic actions have saved countless lives, he bears the weight of many terrible burdens.

Zeratul is a dark templar, a renowned psionic warrior and assassin whose forbears were exiled from the protoss homeworld of Aiur over a thousand years ago.

The dark templar refused to submerge themselves in the communal protoss mind link, the Khala, preferring instead to strive as individuals. Zeratul holds the rank of prelate and is probably best known for his role in ensuring the survival of the protoss since the zerg threat first became apparent.

“I have journeyed through the darkness between the most distant stars. I have beheld the births of negative-suns and borne witness to the entropy of entire realities….”

It was Zeratul who overcame the prejudices of Executor Tassadar when they met on Char, and thus began to heal the rift between the Aiur protoss and the dark templar. It was Zeratul who was the first to slay a zerg cerebrate although the cerebrates had been thought immortal. Most of all it was Zeratul who returned to Aiur with Tassadar and set into motion the events that would rejoin the sundered halves of the protoss race and overthrow the oppressive rulership of the Conclave.

Zeratul went on to fight alongside Tassadar to bring about the destruction of the zerg Overmind during the invasion of Aiur, and then helped the protoss evacuate the planet as it continued to be overrun by the zerg. When the Swarm followed the refugees to the dark templar world of Shakuras, Zeratul helped recover the Khalis and Uraj crystals, which allowed the protoss to activate the xel’naga temple there and wipe out the invaders. Later, when the dark archon Ulrezaj threatened to destroy the Aiur protoss “violating” Shakuras, Zeratul was instrumental in thwarting Ulrezaj’s schemes.

But Zeratul also carries many terrible burdens. In the act of slaying the cerebrate Zasz, Zeratul became temporarily linked with the Overmind. Zeratul came to know much about the Overmind’s plans, but the zerg leader gleaned the location of Aiur itself from Zeratul’s mind, and so the seeds of the planet’s devastation were sown. Furthermore, Zeratul has a long and bitter history with the Queen of Blades, having been manipulated and betrayed by her more than once as she destroyed the remaining zerg cerebrates in order to secure her control over the Swarm after the Overmind’s death.

As part of her schemes, the Queen of Blades took control of the beloved protoss matriarch Raszagal. Zeratul later rescued the matriarch, but he found her to be irrevocably corrupted. Sorrowfully he took the matriarch’s life to spare her from continuing as the plaything of the Queen of Blades. With her mind freed by the deathblow, Raszagal thanked him and named him as leader of the dark templar. Such an honor Zeratul felt unfit to take, his soul too scarred by his experiences.

Well spoken, Concubine of the Zerg. But though we strike at you from the shadows, do not think that we lack the courage to stand in the light.

For the moment he focused on a more immediate concern: contacting any other nearby protoss who had survived the Queen of Blades’ treachery. Tracking protoss power signatures to an obscure moon, he hoped to reunite with his comrades and return to Shakuras with them in order to plan for the future. Instead of comrades, however, he found a former agent of the Queen of Blades – the enigmatic Samir Duran – engaged in breeding protoss/zerg hybrid creatures. Although Zeratul destroyed the facility, Duran claimed that it was merely one of many. Duran also revealed that he had been known by many names over the millennia and that he was not serving the Queen of Blades, but rather a “far greater power.” Deeply troubled by what he had seen, Zeratul went into self-imposed exile with only a handful of followers at his side. He continued to seek answers for what manner of being Duran truly was, and what dark future he was working toward.

"Yes, Executor?"

"I serve the Xel'Naga."

"Scythes are nice, but I prefer cloak and dagger."

"You'd be surprised how easy it is to sneak aboard a spaceship."

"Blink and you'll miss me. Get it, because that's the power I have, is blink? Humans - you know, never mind."

"(sneezing) Wait, what just happened? How did I do that?"

"Speak slowly and carry a large warp blade."

"I should use my abilities to attack enemy heroes. Also, I should investigate why I talk to myself so much."

"I bear grave tidings. Not really, I just like saying that."

"Darkness is my ally... but we keep it casual. The Void is a jealous mistress."

"The prophecy foretells of the chosen one, one who will bring balance to the fo-oh, ho, woah, this is the wrong prophecy. That was a close one, we almost got sued there."

"Human anatomy is so perplexing. I mean, with only one opposable digit, how would you even hold your thylar?"

"The shadows writhe around me. Ugh, it's kind of disgusting actually. Does anyone know how to get them to stop?"

Zeratul Talents

Greater CleaveIncreases the radius of Cleave by 33%.
Vorpal BladeActivate to teleport to Zeratul's lasst non-structure Basic Attack target within 3 sec. The target is revealed during these 3 sec.

Cooldown: 15 sec
Shadow HunterQuest: Gather Regeneration Globes to lower the Mana cost of Blink by 2.

Reward: Upon gathering 20 Regeneration Globes, Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Blink by 1 sec.
Grim TaskQuest: Hero Takedowns increase Spell Power by 5% up to 50%. This bonus Spell Power is lost on death.
Rendering CleaveCleave deals an additional 40% damage over 3 sec.
Combo SlashAfter using an Ability, Zeratul's next Basic Attack within 6 sec deals 40% additional damage.
WormholeFor 2 sec, reactivate Blink to return to the point where it was cast from.
Slip into ShadowBlink gains an additional charge, but its cooldown is increased by 8 sec.
Seeker in the DarkSingularity Spike takes 50% longer to explode. It can be reactivated to teleport to the target, granting 30% increased Move Speed for 3 sec.
Shadow Assault (R)Basic Attacks cause Zeratul to charge at enemies and have 20% increased Attack Speed. Lasts for 4 sec.

Mana: 50 seconds
Cooldown: 45 seconds
Void Prison (R)Slows time in an area to a near standstill, placing allies and enemies in Time Stop for 5 sec. Zeratul is not affected.

Mana: 100 Mana
Cooldown: 100 sec
Shroud of AdunZeratul gains a shield equal to 15% of his Max Health over 5 sec while under Permanent Cloak.
Spell ShieldEvery 30 sec, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 3 sec, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.
Mending StrikesBasic Attacks heal for 35% of the damage dealt.
Master Warp-BladeEvery third consecutive Basic Attack against the same target deals 125% bonus damage.
Void SlashIf Cleave hits more than one enemy Hero, it deals 40% increased damage and its cooldown is reduced by 3 sec.
Sentenced to DeathDeal 40% increased damage to enemies while they have a Singularity Spike attached to them.
Nerazim Fury (R)Shadow Assault grants 30% Life Steal, and the duration is increased by 50%.
Gift of the Xel'NagaAllies are no longer affected by Void Prison, and enemies are slowed by 50% for 3 sec once Void Prison ends.
Nexus BladesBasic Attacks deal 20% more damage and Slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 sec.
Rewind (R)Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Cooldown: 60 sec


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Sgt. Hammer build

Sgt. Hammer build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Sgt. Hammer build – eSports

sake - MVP Black HGC Eastern Clash - Day 3 Game 1 - L5 v MVP Black -- Aug 13

Regeneration Master

Focused Assault

Hyper-Cooling Engines

Napalm Strike

Giant Killer


Nexus Frenzy
Lockdown - Tempest HGC KR - Phase 2 Part 1 - Game 2 - MVP Miracle v Tempest -- Jul 1


Focused Assault

First Aid

Blunt Force Gun

Giant Killer


Orbital BFG

Heroes of the Storm – Dev Q&A Part 4 Transcript

I have added the transcript of the Heroes of the Storm Developer Q&A Part 4 which took place on March 19, 2014. Hope you have fun finding out details straight from the developers: Dustin Browder, Matt Cooper and Richard Khoo.


Tychus: I was told this suit would be my prison. Suits me just fine. I have been called a lot of things, a renegade. An outlaw. Guilty as charged. Makes life exciting. You never know who or — err what — will be on your side. So when the Nexus team called it, there was only one thing to say: “Hell, it’s about time!”

Kevin: What is up guys? My name is Kevin Johnson, and we are here at Blizzard Entertainment for our fourth live Dev Q&A. What you just saw was the Tychus trailer from our #TychusWeek focus last week. Welcome to Blizzard. We are very excited for our fourth show with you today. We are going to be talking about the talent system in Heroes of the Storm. Where it came from, where it is now and possibly where it is headed in the future.

Free Hero Rotation – Mar 25 – Apr 1, 2014

Spyrian posted the new weekly free-to-play Hero rotation for the week of March 25 through April 1. I added in parenthesis below their role.

We’re currently in the process of updating the free-to-play hero rotation with a set of six fresh heroes, who will stand ready to start smashing towers at a moment’s notice once Heroes is back online. We’ll bring in a new set of free-to-play heroes every Tuesday, and you can check out your free heroes for this week below.

Week of Tuesday, Mar. 25 – April 1, 2014

  • Tyrande (Ranged Support)
  • Stitches (Melee Warrior)
  • Diablo (Melee Warrior)
  • Tychus (Ranged Assassin)
  • Kerrigan (Melee Assassin)
  • Nova (Ranged Assassin)

In addition to refreshing the hero rotation, today’s update also brings a number balance changes to Heroes of the Storm. Find out what’s changed in our Balance Update thread.

This post will be updated each week during the Tech Alpha whenever we refresh the free hero rotation, and you can expect the next set of free heroes on Tuesday, April 1 (and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke!) Make sure to do some brawling with this week’s roster before they rotate out of the pool!

If you’d like to see hero rotations from previous weeks, we’ll be posting them as replies to this thread.


Heroes of the Storm – Tyrael Week Spotlight Trailer

If you thought that last week’s #TychusWeek was a one-time thing, you were wrong. It seems Blizzard Entertainment is planning to release a weekly spotlight video of each hero, and that’s kinda awesome upon itself considering there are 23 heroes in Tech Alpha, and many more yet to be revealed.

This week the spotlight falls upon Tyrael, in celebration of the release date of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.

Heroes of the Storm Tech Alpha Balance Update #1 – Mar. 25, 2014

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new Weekly Hero Rotation along with balance fixes across several Heroes.


We’ve brought the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha down today in order to refresh the weekly free hero rotation and make the balance changes listed below. Thank you for all the great feedback you’ve provided during alpha testing thus far. We hope you’ll try out these changes in-game and share your input with us soon!




  • Knight Health reduced by 20%
  • Time between Knight and Sorcerer attacks increased from 1.0 to 1.25



  • Focused Attack talent bonus to Basic Attack damage increased from +30% to +50%


  • Symbiote no longer persists during a killed Hero’s post-death state (Uther/Tyrael)
  • Fixed a bug which granted Hero clones created by Ultimate Evolution more Health and damage than intended.


  • Fixed a bug which unintentionally granted increased damage for all abilities while in Robo-Goblin form.


  • Hyperion duration reduced from 15 to 12 seconds
  • Hyperion volley damage gain per level decreased from 24 to 20

Sgt. Hammer

  • Base vision radius increased by 2


  • Divine Storm cooldown increased from 45 to 70 seconds
  • Hurricane talent
    • Bonus stun duration removed
    • Now decreases Divine Storm cooldown from 70 to 50 seconds
  • Eternal Devotion
    • Base duration increased from 7 to 10 seconds
    • Holy Devotion talent no longer increases Eternal Devotion duration
  • Hammer of Justice damage gain per level decreased from 14 to 10
  • The Regeneration Master talent has been replaced with Path of the Wizard
    • Witch Doctor

      • Voodoo Ritual changed from 20 +1 Health per level and 5 Mana restored to 1% Health and Mana restored.
      • Gargantuan Health increased from 1000 + 100 per level to 1400 +140 per level


Malfurion build

Malfurion build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Malfurion build – eSports

iakona - SuperStars HGC NA - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 1 – Even in Death v Superstars -- Sept 2

Scouting Drone

Elune's Grace

Hindering Moonfire

Twilight Dream

Ice Block

Tenacious Roots

jun - Tempo Storm HGC NA - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 2 - Gale Force eSports v Tempo Storm -- Sept 1


Full Moonfire

Lunar Shower

Twilight Dream

Ice Block

Tenacious Roots

Astral Communion
jun - Tempo Storm HGC 2017 Europe Open Division Cup 13 Finals - Leftovers vs Bushido e-Sports -- Aug 29


Full Moonfire

Lunar Shower

Twilight Dream

Ice Block

Tenacious Roots

Astral Communion

Tychus build

Tychus build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Tychus build – eSports

Prismaticism - Roll20 HGC NA - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 3 – Superstars v Roll20 eSports -- Sept 3

Press the Advantage

In the Rhythm


Commandeer Odin

Neosteel Coating

Armor Piercing Rounds

Big Red Button
mora - BlossoM HGC KR - Phase 2 Part 1 - Game 4 - BlossoM v MVP Miracle -- Jul 22

Press the Advantage

The bigger they are...

Relentless Soldier

Commandeer Odin

Spray 'n' Pray

Armor Piercing Rounds

Big Red Button

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