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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. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. 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) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

PAX East 2018 Blizzard Entertainment Schedule

The PAX East 2018 website has revealed its programming schedule. Blizzard Entertainment will be there to hold a Heroes of the Storm panel, and a StarCraft 20th Anniversary panel. Check out the schedule below.

I will be attending PAX East 2018, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @blizzplanetcom and Facebook.com/blizzplanetcom for updates. Support my travel arrangements via Patreon or PayPal.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Demo
Booth #18019
April 5-8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT
Inside the Forge: Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm in 2018
Thursday, April 5 -- 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Albatross Theatre

Do you remember the moment when you first experienced a Blizzard game? Can you remember the character you played that cemented your love for Blizzard? Join the Heroes of the Storm development team to discuss the magic behind creating characters that leave a lasting impression. Get a front row seat for the introduction of one of the most unlikely Heroes from Blizzard’s history to join the Nexus yet and learn how the lore of Heroes of the Storm will add the larger Blizzard universe.
StarCraft 20th Anniversary
Thursday, April 5 -- 5PM - 6PM
Albatross Theatre

Blizzard Entertainment invites you to join them as they revisit the impact that StarCraft has had on the gaming and esports community. Special guests will be in attendance to share their stories and hear yours.

 

Heroes of the Storm Patch 30.2

Another wave of bugfixes have been deployed for the Maiev patch 30.2 for various heroes.

BUG FIXES

  • Genji: Fixed an issue preventing certain cleave attacks, such as Malthael’s Basic Attacks and Xul’s Cursed Strikes, from removing stacks of Genji’s Dodge.
  • Ice Block: Fixed an issue allowing certain Abilities to be cast during Ice Block, including Jaina’s Ice Blink, Brightwing’s Storm Shield, and Malfurion’s Astran Communion.
  • Jaina: The Wintermute Talent now correctly causes Jaina’s Water Elemental to mimic her Basic Abilities.
  • Lunara: The Galloping Gait Talent no longer grants a permanent Movement Speed bonus.
  • Tyrael: The Stalwart Angel Talent’s tooltip now displays the correct values for its duration and Armor.
  • Maiev: Casting Spirit of Vengeance just as a Core is destroyed will no longer cause the Spirit to cease animating.
  • Nova: Fixed an issue causing Holo Decoys to deal slightly more damage than intended after learning Lethal Decoy.
  • Rehgar: The Rising Storm Talent will no longer increase Lightning Shield’s damage versus non-Heroic enemies.

Maiev Goes Live in Heroes of the Storm

The latest Heroes of the Storm patch introduced the new hero Maiev, and the return of the Lunar Festival special event with new rewards: Cute Lunar Skyrocket Spray, Lunar Warcrest Banner, Cute Lunar Guardian Portrait, and the Lunar Skyrocket Mount.

Those who pre-purchased World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will also notice the mount reward is now available as soon as you login into Heroes of the Storm.

Maiev only had two changes done compared to her PTR version. Her trait, Vault of the Wardens, now provides 10 Armor instead of 15. Her level 16 talent Armored Assault was adjusted as well to reflect her trait change (When Maiev has more than 15 10 Armor of any kind, all Physical Damage dealt is increased by 35%.).

Read the Patch Notes below:

Maiev Build

Maiev Shadowsong stood watch over the imprisoned Betrayer for ten thousand years, and hunted him relentlessly after he was released. Some say she’s determined; others say she’s obsessed. Either way, she will stop at nothing to ensure the security of her world.

Fan of Knives (Q)

Deal 187 damage to enemies in a crescent area.

Hitting at least 2 enemy Heroes with Fan of Knives reduces its cooldown to 0.5 sec, and refunds its Mana cost.

Mana: 30
Cooldown: 4 sec

Umbral Bind (W)

Maiev's next Basic Attack cleaves and applies a tether to enemy Heroes hit for 2.5 sec. If a tethered Hero moves too far from Maiev, they are pulled toward her, dealing 114 damage and breaking the tether.

Mana: 55
Cooldown: 12 sec

Spirit of Vengeance (E)

Send a shadow of Maiev outward that will return to its cast location, dealing 104 damage to enemies along both paths. Deals 100% more damage to enemy Heroes.

Reactivate to Blink to the shadow's location.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 sec

(Trait)

Leap into the air, becoming immune to all hostile effects for 0.75 sec.

Passive Maiev has 15 Armor.

Cooldown: 8 sec

Bonds of JusticeQuest: Each tether applied to a secondary target of Umbral Bind permanently increases Umbral Bind's pull damage by 15.

Reward: After applying 5 tethers to secondary targets, increase Umbral Bind's pull damage by 75.

Reward: After applying 10 tethers to secondary targets, increase Umbral Bind's cleave damage by 30%.
Pursuit of VengeanceEach Hero tethered by Umbral Bind reduces the cooldown of Spirit of Vengeance by 1.5 sec.
Naisha's MementoActivate to make primary Basic Attacks bounce between nearby enemies by up to 2 times, dealing 30% more damage to bounce targets. Lasts 8 sec.

Recharge Naisha's Memento by hitting at least 2 Heroes with a single Fan of Knives.
Pin DownQuest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with a single Fan of Knives.

Reward: Increase Fan of Knives damage by 15%.

Reward: Each additional time 3 enemy Heroes are hit by a single Fan of Knives, gain an additional 5% damage, up to 30%.

Reward: Hit 4 enemy Heroes with a single Fan of Knives to instantly gain all Rewards.
Blade DanceUsing Fan of Knives deals 63 Physical Damage to enemies around Maiev.
Sudden VengeanceUsing Blink within 0.35 sec of Spirit of Vengeance hitting an enemy Hero causes the shadow to explode, damaging all nearby enemy Heroes for 5% of their max Health.
Elune's WrathHitting at least 2 Heroes with a single Fan of Knives causes the next Fan of Knives to drop a star on targets that deals 101 damage when it impacts.
Bonds of CorruptionEnemy Heroes pulled by Umbral Bind have their Physical Armor reduced by 25 for 3 sec.
Ruthless SpiritSpirit of Vengeance's damage is increased by 3% per Minion, Mercenary, or enemy Summon hit, and 24% per enemy Hero hit.
Containment DiscThrow a glaive in the target direction. If an enemy Hero is hit, Containment Disc can be reactivated to remove their vision and Time Stop them for 4 sec.

Containment Disc automatically activates 6 sec after hitting a Hero.

Mana: 60
Cooldown: 65 sec.
Warden's CageSummon 8 Warden Avatars as a cage around Maiev. After 1.5 sec, enemy Heroes that come in contact with an Avatar consume it and are knocked to the center of the cage. Warden Avatars last 7 sec.

Mana: 80
Cooldown: 80 sec.
Bladed ArmorEach enemy Hero hit by Fan of Knives grants 5 Armor for 5 sec, up to 20 Armor.
Chain GangTethering at least 2 enemy Heroes with Umbral Bind grants 35 Armor for 4 sec.
Shadow ArmorBlink grants 25 Armor for 2.5 sec. Maiev's Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes refresh this duration.
Cruel ChainUmbral Bind grants 25% Movement Speed for 2.5 sec. In addition, each time Maiev deals damage to tethered targets, Umbral Bind's pull damage to all targets is increased by 40%, up to 200%.
Vengeful KnivesFor each enemy Hero Spirit of Vengeance hits, Maiev's next Fan of Knives deals 1% max Health as bonus damage to enemy Heroes.
Armored AssaultWhile Maiev has more than 10 Armor of any kind, all Physical Damage dealt is increased by 35%.
Shadow Orb: VengeanceActivate to reset the cooldown of Spirit of Vengeance.

Recharge Shadow Orb by damaging enemy Heroes with Spirit of Vengeance 5 times.
Shadow Orb: HuntressActivate to increase Movement Speed and Attack Speed by 40% for 5 sec.

Recharge Shadow Orb by dealing Physical Damage to enemy Heroes 10 times.
Shadow Orb: Shadow StrikeActivate to deal 164 damage to an enemy Hero, Slowing them by 30% and reducing their Armor by 20 for 4 sec.

Recharge Shadow Orb by dealing Spell Damage to enemy Heroes 10 times.

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Heroes Mecha Storm Trailer

Blizzard Entertainment released the Heroes Mecha Storm trailer, and let me tell you — this is one of the most awesome trailers I have seen so far for Heroes of the Storm. It doesn’t use the game engine or any of the assets. Instead, it goes all-out Gundam Anime style.

The new skins feature Xenotech Abathur, Mecha Rehgar, and Mecha Tyrael. Each of them have two extra variations (for a total of 9 skins), plus the V.haka skin (Dehaka).

This kind of trailer really hypes me up, because I really wish to see either a cartoon TV series or Netflix/Hulu 13-episodes series based on StarCraft, Warcraft, and Overwatch. This video has potential for that, and Activision Blizzard Studios already has a Skylanders Series and an upcoming Call of Duty series in the pipeline.

So it’s just a matter of when for Blizzard’s properties to have the same treatment.

Claim 5 Loot Chests with Amazon Prime til Jan 10

Those with Amazon Prime and a Twitch account may claim 5 Heroes of the Storm Loot Boxes for Free by login into their Amazon Prime account through the following Twitch page.

If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can signup to the Amazon Prime Trial for Free, and it will count.

This offer expires on January 10th. You must first link your Twitch account to your Battle.net Account, and to your Amazon Prime account.

 

Blaze Build

Blaze build used in HGC eSports | Heroes of the Storm abilities, talents, skins, and voice over quotes.

Corporal Miles “Blaze” Lewis has always been drawn to the flame, but it wasn’t until he joined up with Raynor’s Raiders that he put his pyromania to good use. He’s seen his fair share of battles since then, and has never failed to bring the heat.

Firebat Blaze coming to the Nexus on January 2018

Blizzard Entertainment dropped a nice Xmas present via Twitter a few hours ago with a video teaser featuring Firebat Blaze who is coming to Heroes of the Storm on January 2018. That means he is coming to PTR really soon.

Technically, I don’t see this coming to the PTR in the middle of holiday vacations, but if you take a look at the calendar the earliest the hero can enter the PTR is likely January 9 taking in consideration that heroes are cooked on PTR for about 3 weeks before going Live.

 

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