Uther Revamp Preview | Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Summit

Uther has been revamped in Heroes 2.0 to heal himself when he heals another player, and various of his revamped talents have Quests and Rewards. You can view his abilities and talents; and watch my gameplay video below. I was able to play as Uther in the Hanamura map.

NOTE: As Uther is still in development, some of the talents are tagged in-game as PH (Placeholder). The released product might differ from what you watch here. Level 16 and 20 talents are missing in this article.

 

Heroes of the Dorm 2017 Champions Press Conference

On Saturday, April 18th, at the University of Nevada’s Las Vegas Cox Pavilion Arena, the four best collegiate Heroes of the Storm teams clashed to win the Heroes of the Dorm National Championship and its full College Tuition grand prize. Among the teams in the Heroic Four were:

 

The Heroic Four Matchups started at 1pm PT with Lousiana State University (LSU) vs University of Kentucky, and University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) vs University of California Irvine (UCI).

The Grand Finals were fought between UTA and LSU, with Blizzard Entertainment crowning UTA as the Heroes of the Dorm National Champions. You can check out the brackets, and the team bios for: LSU, UCI, Kentucky, and UTA.

Our correspondent, dperschonok (Naka) attended the event in Las Vegas and brought audio of each team’s press conference, plus another press conference after the champions were crowned. Watch the video below to listen to the audio. Check also the photos and the official press release after the video.

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Summit Q&A

Last week, our staff member Naka attended the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Summit in Laguna Beach (CA), where Blizzard Entertainment revealed details of its new features and the new hero Cassia.

After the presentation, both Kaeo Milker and Alan Dabiri answered questions from those who attended the event. Note: Usually, publishing recording is forbidden, sometimes there is crosstalk and interruptions, or those asking questions do so in very complex ways, so there may be some editing in this transcript. Here is a transcript of the Q&A:

Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Stukov to join the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the next hero to join the Nexus, Stukov, will be on PTR tomorrow. An avid fan of the original StarCraft, president Trump was escorted by the secret service to the Irvine headquarters to voice the hero.

I am a fan of Blizzard games since 1996. It’s true. It’s true. I am a strategist. I never liked Everquest. Sad! I like deals. I like rushing for the kill. Love my business. I’m like a smart person. That’s why I love the zerg. Mike is a good friend of mine. V is a friend of mine, too. So I had to voice Stukov for Heroes of the Storm. My favorite hero. It’s a win. I know about wins. Massive electoral votes in history. 306. Stukov coming to PTR tomorrow, they said. I didn’t say it.” — president Trump

Don approached us when one of our QA guys told him we were working on Stukov, and we were delighted to invite him to the VO studio. He got Stukov’s accent right away, and we liked his performance.” — CEO Mike Morhaime

Happy April’s Fool!

 

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Preview: Feature Highlights

Big changes are coming to the Nexus for Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard invited me to a Summit where they revealed that Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is the next evolution of the game. With these updates comes a massive change to the progression system, loot chests, social features, new announcers, a collection manager, and an updated currency system.

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Preview: Cassia the Amazon

On March 28, Blizzard Entertainment held a press event to reveal the new hero coming to the Nexus. Blizzplanet was invited to this event to share with you the plethora of content that Heroes of the Storm 2.0 will introduce for players.

The new hero, Cassia, hails from the world of Sanctuary… the original Diablo II Amazon. After shattering the Worldstone, the young Amazon Cassia had changed. She had seen hatred, terror, and destruction firsthand. If the Askari were to survive the coming darkness, they needed an army. She would begin their training immediately.

 

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Diablo® franchise, Cassia is a “Javazon” war-matron who pays homage to the Diablo II Amazon. Wielding the power of lightning and a sturdy shield, Cassia asserts her will over any Battleground as a highly aggressive ranged Assassin whose Avoidance trait allows her to mitigate even the strongest physical attacks.

Continue reading to learn about her abilities and talents, and afterwards the full Heroes of the Storm 2.0 feature highlights.

 

Will Fenix join Heroes of the Storm?

Celebrating 20-years of StarCraft, Blizzard Entertainment announced the StarCraft: Remastered with support for 4K will be released this summer.

The BlizzHeroes Team has released new heroes at certain times coinciding with cross-game promotions in the past. Here are some notorious examples:

  • Artanis joined the Nexus on October 27, 2015. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void was released on November 10, 2015.
  • Tracer joined the Nexus on April 26, 2016. Overwatch was released on May 24, 2016.
  • The Warcraft film hit theaters in the United States on June 10, 2016. It was no coincidence that Medivh was released on June 14th, followed by Gul’dan (July 12, 2016).
  • World of Warcraft: Legion came out on August 30, 2016. King Varian perished at the Broken Shore, and 3 months later, Varian joined the Nexus (Nov 15, 2016).
  • Alarak joined the Nexus on September 13, 2016. The next day, StarCraft II Patch 3.6 introduced a new Co-op Commander: Alarak.

With the precedents listed above, referencing heroes coming to the Nexus with other Blizzard games’ promotionals, it is not hard to make predictions. With StarCraft: Remastered just around the corner, coming this Summer, the question has to cross your mind: Is Praetor Fenix coming to the Nexus? Only time will tell.

 

Praetor Fenix was a close friend of Tassadar, Jim Raynor and Artanis; and played an important role in the original StarCraft and the Brood War expansion. The video below captures his first death, his return as a dragoon, and a bit of spoilers from StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

 

Probius enters the Nexus

The Curious Probe

Who is Probius: Probius is a special probe who was first featured in the Legacy of the Void opening cinematic. He was responsible for assisting in the retaking of the Protoss homeworld of Aiur. The pylon Probius summoned was instrumental to their efforts and resulted in a last minute warping in of reinforcements. As the old saying goes, big things come in small packages.

Why should I care: Probius is an interesting addition to the Nexus because he’s a mix of a few different heroes. He’s capable of delivering a large burst of damage akin to Chromie through the combination of Warp Rift and Disruption Pulse. He has considerable lane sustain as long as he is within range of a pylon. As long as he’s conscious of his health he can stay sustain a lane as long as Gul’dan. He can effectively zone the enemy team, much like Gazlowe, through the use of a Null Gate, Photon Cannon or by laying down Warp Rifts which could potentially give your team the edge on a map like Infernal Shrines.

“Beep boop, you’re dead.”

But is Probius for me: Well, I can certainly say he wasn’t for me. Part of the problem with Probius, as far as I can tell, is that he’s not necessarily rewarded for his set up which is the core mechanic to his kit. It’s easy for the enemy team to just avoid his tricks and if they’re smart or you’re careless with your pylon placement – and your pylon is destroyed – you’re effectively placed on time out as your abilities cost too much mana to be spammed and your cooldowns are very high. If you’re at a low level of play, Probius might be a solid pub stomper, as he’s reliant on the enemy team “standing in the bad”, which they will likely do. However, if this isn’t their first time seeing what you do, they will probably avoid it. Or worse, if they are a high mobility assassin they will likely just charge you and kill you. Your best bet, from what I have experienced, would be to push as far as the enemy team will let you get away with, and then simply retreat. If you lose too much health you will lose your lane. And unfortunately for Probius, he doesn’t have much to spare.

For now, I would say this hero is a pass. He will likely be tuned in the comings week, and if they knee jerk buff him enough he may become a hotly contested pick. But in the mean time his cannons are a dud, and his combo is too easily avoided. I would steer clear of Probius unless you simply want some Quick Match fun. At least he’s cute.

Until next time, the Nexus calls.

Probius coming to the Nexus

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.

 

New StarCraft Hero to be Announced at 2017 HGC Katowice Western Clash

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.”

Personally, I have a feeling it is Phase-smith Karax. Currently, there are three StarCraft II units represented in Heroes of the Storm:

  • Artanis (zealot)
  • 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.

 

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