Blizzard Entertainment teased today the next Heroes of the Storm Hero with a simple video clip showing the Dark Portal. But that’s no common Dark Portal. Here is a clue: the Red Dark Portal was added in the Warlords of Draenor expansion. But this is a GREEN Dark Portal… originally added in World of Warcraft vanilla, but it was opened for access to Outland in the Burning Crusade expansion (2007).
So either we are getting a red herring, and the hero is based on Warlords of Draenor (cough, Garrosh), or the BlizzHeroes Team is signaling a Burning Crusade expansion hero.
We know from Overwatch that the Fighters of the Storm 2.0 shows Garrosh. Even D.va says she is a Garrosh main player. However, if we are looking at a Burning Crusade expansion hero, then there are some peculiar candidates: The most notorious one is Khadgar.
However, there were several dungeons and many bosses. Karazhan, Zul’Aman, and Caverns of Time should be ignored, I assume. But Blizzard might surprise us. Among the most notorious candidates I can think of from the Burning Crusade expansion:
Auchindoun (Nexus Prince Shaffar, Exarch Maladaar, Talon King Ikiss, and Murmur were the top bosses)
Black Temple (We already have Illidan, but Teron Gorefiend sounds appealing)
Caverns of Time (Archimonde, Mal’Ganis, Mannoroth)
Coilfang Reservoir (the most notorious one is Lady Vashj)
Gruul’s Lair (Gruul as a giant hero sounds interesting.)
Hellfire Citadel (Magtheridon and Kargath)
Isle of Quel’Danas (Kil’jaeden)
Karazhan (We already have Medivh)
Tempest Keep (We already have Kael’thas. None of the bosses feel right for Heroes of the Storm)
Stukov is a Melee Support hero in Heroes of the Storm. His kit offers AOE Healing, a linear projectile, and a AOE on selected location that deals damage per second and silences while channeling until canceled or interrupted. Stukov’s trait allows the player to detonate all viruses, affecting allies and enemies simultaneously. Allies get healed for 585 Health, and enemies explode for 117 damage and get slowed by 70% for 2 sec.
Infest an allied Hero with a Healing Pathogen that heals the target for 240 Health over 4.5 sec. Healing Pathogens can spread to a nearby allied Hero every 0.75 sec, and a single Healing Pathogen can spread to each allied Hero 1 time.
Mana: 30 Cooldown: 10 sec.
Weighted Pustule (W)
Hurl a pustule that impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing 20 damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 sec. Deals an additional 80 damage upon expiring or being removed.
Mana: 50 Cooldown: 10 sec.
Channel at a target location, creating an area that Silences enemies inside and deals 144 damage per sec to them. Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes.
Does not cost Mana while Channeling, and lasts until canceled or interrupted.
Mana: 60 Cooldown: 8 sec.
Bio-Kill Switch (Trait)
Activate to detonate all of Stukov's Viruses. Each Healing Pathogen heals its target for 500 health, and each Weighted Pustule does 100 damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 sec.
Can be cast while Channeling Lurking Arm.
Cooldown: 16 sec.
There is no need for formality.
I am a master of unconventional warfare.
Everything about what I have become disgusts me. But that does not mean I intend to stop fighting.
I would be more nihilistic if I wasn't so fatalistic.
Da. When my arm grows it is very painful. Thank you for reminding me.
On the plus side, I have gotten very good at arm wrestling lately.
Is it hot to anyone else? Ohh, I wish I could take off this jacket.
While Duran was experimenting on me, I used to tell myself it could always get worse. Then, it got worse.
A virus is neither alive, nor dead. It is... other. Existing only to plague and control the living. I know the feeling.
Who put this "I'm with Stukov" sign on my back? Was it you? Not funny!
Don't click there! It sends shivers down what used to be my spine.
Come to think of it. The last time I went to the gym I did skip leg day. Oh, and other arm day.
Kaneda? Who is that? And why do I want to crush him?
For my enemy, the day Stukov infested their team was the most horrifying experience of their lives. To me, it was a Tuesday.
Blizzard Entertainment announced the upcoming Summer 2017 Heroes of the Storm Brawl Event where players spawn as Stitches and pull other players with their hooks. There are new skins, portraits, emoji, and sprays.
Here is a video I recorded today showing this brawl. It is fun!
New Brawl: Pull Party (5v5 Bikini Stitches)
Stitches made some summer friends—nine other Stitcheses! (Stitchi?) Pull your five opponents across the pool without getting snagged yourself. Hooking an ally or enemy who is already being pulled will kill them instantly—in the case of an ally, denying the enemy team a kill!
The first team to 20 kills wins.
Complete three Pull Party matches to earn a Sun’s Out, Guns Out Loot Chest. In fact, though the Pull Party Brawl will only be available between June 30 and July 6, all Brawls will award Sun’s Out, Guns Out Loot Chests until July 28.
Sun’s Out, Guns Out!
Get Swole this Summer
Tychus Findlay’s Bust Your %&# Workout is all the rage in the Nexus this summer. The greatest heroes in the Blizzard universe are pumping iron and slathering on sunscreen to hit the beach and bare their bulging muscles. Get in on the action with limited-time Skins and Mounts, a fantastic Brawl, and an unprecedented sweepstakes with prizes including tickets to BlizzCon!
What are you waiting for? Get out there and Bust Your %&#!
Uncover New Skins, Mounts and More
Bedazzle your enemies with Tychus’s indomitable beach bod, lighten up with Tracer’s squirt gun-toting Slip ‘N Stream skin, or make an impression all your own with new Bikini Stitches tints. Plus, explore new Surfboard mounts and a treasure trove of Sprays and Portraits!
During the summer event, all Loot Chests you earn through progression, Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gems will be Sun’s Out, Guns Out Loot Chests. (The one exception is Hero-Specific Chests, which will remain unchanged.)
The limited-time Skins, Mounts, Sprays and Portraits shown above have a chance to drop from Sun’s Out, Guns Out Loot Chests.
On June 19, Fnatic and Team Dignitas clashed to decide the victor in the 2017 HGC Mid-Season Brawl Grand Finals. Fnatic claimed victory in Sky Temple. Check out the hero build used by Fnatic during the last match (below the video embed). Download the replay here into this path:
C:\Users\YourComputerName\Documents\Heroes of the Storm\Accounts\NumbersHere\Account-numbers\Replays
The latest Heroes of the Storm Special Event is Malthael’s Bargain, where you must play 15 games with a friend to get two cross-game promotional rewards. There is a catch: you must play those 15 games with a Diablo hero. The first reward is Leoric’s Phantom mount for your Heroes of the Storm loadout, and an epic loot box. In addition, you will get the Ghost Kerrigan wings in Diablo III (hopefully, next server maintenance).
Yesterday, the Blizzard Launcher’s Heroes of the Storm tab mysteriously showed only one image instead of the usual slideshow of news, depicting three candles. Today we know it was a teaser. The candles were reminiscent of the Diablo III cinematic intro’s candle cluing us in that the next hero came from the Diablo universe.
The new animated GIF image reveals Malthael.
In addition, new skins, mounts, and sprays are coming along with Malthael. The patch will introduce Summer-themed skins and Diablo III-themed skins for multiple heroes.
Speculation: There is one particular mount skin that feels out of place: a widow on a web graphic on a surfboard. Is Blizzard hinting Widowmaker coming soon to the Nexus?
The music theme for D.va in Heroes of the Storm has a very peculiar rhythm that my latino-upbringing recognized right off the bat. It is not Korean music at all. It is some sort of Merengue-HipHop fusion music. Some of the trumpet rhythm-markers resemble the piano beats in Merengue music, and after the transition, it sounds like a singer’s voice modulation of Puerto Rican Rap (HipHop). The genre has changed a lot since the 90s, and even crossed the Caribbean pond into Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, and other latino countries; and has evolved since then — but this is definitely Merengue-HipHop fusion.
I asked Michael Chu if this means Dva is Half-Korean/Dominican. I’ll update if I get a response. Below I posted the Heroes of the Storm Dva music theme, and two Merengue-HipHop samples. They aren’t exactly the same, but hopefully, you can identify some of the elements listened in Dva’s music theme.
Blizzard Entertainment revamped Tyrande’s abilities and talents. Her new changes were put on PTR on Mon, May 8, 2017.
Tyrande Whisperwind strikes fear into all who wish ill of the Kaldorei. As the highest ranking Sentinel and High Priestess of Elune, she is not only the night elves’ most deadly warrior, but also their most cunning leader.
Type: Ranged Support
Cost: 500 | 4000
Light of Elune (Q)
Heal target ally for 592 Health. Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of this Ability by 2 sec.
Mana: 30 Cooldown: 12 sec.
Send an owl that travels across the battleground revealing its path. Deals 379 damage to the first enemy Hero hit and reveals them for 5 sec.
Mana: 70 Cooldown: 18 sec.
Lunar Flare (E)
After 0.75 sec, deal 450 damage and Stun enemies in the target area for 0.75 sec.
Mana: 60 Cooldown: 12 sec.
Reveal a target enemy and lower their Armor by 25 for 4 sec, increasing all damage taken by 25%. Cannot be used on Structures.
Tyrande Whisperwind strikes fear into all who wish ill of the Kaldorei. As the highest ranking Sentinel and High Priestess of Elune, she is not only the Night Elves' most deadly warrior, but also their most cunning leader.
Marks enemy targets by attacking and heals allies that attack them. Summons owls to scout out enemy positions.
Tyrande Whisperwind debuted in the Night Elves campaign playable in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
Tyrande ventured into the Emerald Dream to reach the Nightmare in order to rescue Malfurion Stormrage's dreamform in the pages of World of Warcraft: Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak.
A peerless hunter by moonlight and the chosen of the goddess Elune, Tyrande has led the night elves in war for ages.
Tyrande was born thousands of years ago and grew up in the company of Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage. She answered the call of the Sisters of Elune, followers of the night elves' Goddess of the Moon, and became a novice priestess, while the Stormrage brothers followed different paths. Their destinies merged anew when the Burning Legion arrived on Azeroth.
Tyrande and Malfurion grew close and battled against the invading demons together, but Illidan pursued a darker path, feigning allegiance to the Burning Legion and succumbing to the temptations of power. After the defeat of the Legion and the Sundering, Tyrande and Malfurion helped rebuild elven society; Illidan was imprisoned beneath Mount Hyjal.
The couple could not remain together for long; soon after the night elves settled near Mount Hyjal, Malfurion and the other night elf druids were needed in the Emerald Dream. While Malfurion slept in the Dream, Tyrande commanded her people, forming the Sentinels – the night elven army – to guard their lands and allies.
During the Third War, Tyrande sent her Sentinels to deter the advances of the Horde in Kalimdor, but ultimately ended up working with them to battle the armies of the Burning Legion, an effort that also forced her to awaken the druids, including Malfurion, from the Emerald Dream. Their time together was cut short when the elder Stormrage suffered from the corruption of the Dream, but Tyrande joined her lover to defeat the menace, and they both returned to Azeroth, where they protected their people (and the other races of the Alliance) from the destruction caused by Deathwing and the advances of Garrosh Hellscream in Kalimdor.
These are the voice over quotes repeated by Tyrande Whisperwind when the player clicks on her multiple times. Here is a transcript courtesy of Cemotucu.
"The Goddess calls."
"Anu therador mali. Do not presume that just because I'm a priestess my fury has been checked."
"Here, hold this apple for a moment... Alright, now put it on your head. Perfect."
"It's been a while since I used this bow. Would you hold this apple for a moment? I'm a little out of practice."
"This is my owl. There are many like it, but this one reveals foes."
"I'm celebrating my 29th birthday next week... for the 8th thousand time."
"You know, when women run things in Kalimdor we experienced an era of peace, THEN the men woke up and now we face a new war every other year."
"[Doorbell rings] Greetings, my name is Tyrande and this is Shandris. Do you have some spare time to talk about Elune?"
"What the...? How long have this leaves being in my hear?"
"I am High Priestess Tyrande, Champion of Justice. In the name of Elune, I'll punish you!"
"Goddess, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true, and if today you call me home. Let me die with an empty quiver. I could use another millennium or two of guild time."
"Malfurion and I have one rule that defines our relationship: NO shapeshifting. I'm not into that."
Blizzard Entertainment is introducing D.va into the Heroes of the Storm PTR today May 8, 2017, in the afternoon. Check out her video spotlight.
Hana Song, also known as “D.Va,” is both a world champion professional gamer and a burgeoning global icon. As a member of South Korea’s elite MEKA unit, she fights to protect her homeland from the colossal omnic threat lurking within the East China Sea.
Increases D.va's movement speed by 125% for 2 sec. Enemies that are hit take 135 damage and are knocked away.
D.va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active. Cooldown: 10 sec.
Defense Matrix (W)
Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 sec, reducing the damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn.
Damage dealt to the Mech from enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge. Cooldown: 10 sec.
Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 sec. Deals 400 to 1200 damage in a large area, depending on distance from center. Only deals 50% damage against Structures.
Gain 1% Charge for every 2 sec spent Basic Attacking, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost.
Mech Mode (Trait)
When D.va's Mech dies, she is ejected out after 0.75 sec and can continue to fight. D.va's Mech only awards 50% of a normal Heroe's experience upon dying.