Diablo Build

Known in the ancient tongue as Al’Diabolos, the Prime Evil of Terror, the Demon Lord Diablo seeks to claim the world of Sanctuary for the Burning Hells. His victims are innumerable, his schemes unknowable, and his gender… malleable.

 

Diablo Build

This Diablo build was used by Breez (Fnatic) during the HGC EU 2017 Phase 2 Part 1 Game 1 Fnatic vs Team Liquid on June 30, 2017.

DIABLO BUILD (BY BREEZ - FNATIC)

Devil's Due

From the Shadows

Diabolical Momentum

Apocalypse

Devastating Charge

Domination

Hellgate

 

 

Diablo Features

ABILITIES

Shadow Charge (Q)

Charge an enemy, knocking them back, dealing 78 damage and gaining 25 Armor for 2 sec, reducing damage taken by 25%. If the enemy collides with terrain, they are stunned for 1 sec and take an additional 156 damage.

Mana: 60
Cooldown: 12 sec

Fire Stomp (W)

Unleashes fire waves in all directions that deal 56 damage each. Once they reach max range they return, dealing an additional 84 damage.

Mana: 40
Cooldown: 6 sec

Overpower (E)

Grabs the target and slams it behind Diablo, dealing 76 damage and stunning for 0.25 sec.

Mana: 60
Cooldown: 12 sec

Black Soulstone (Trait)

Gain 10 Souls per Hero killed and 1 Soul per Minion, up to 100. For each Soul, gain 0.4% max Health. If Diablo has 100 Souls upon dying, he will resurrect in 5 sec but lose 100 Souls.
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Known in the ancient tongue as Al'Diabolos, the Prime Evil of Terror, the Demon Lord Diablo seeks to claim the world of Sanctuary for the Burning Hells. His victims are innumerable, his schemes unknowable, and his gender ... malleable.

Store Cost: 300 | 2000Role: Melee Warrior Difficulty: Medium



Origins

Diablo debuted in the acclaimed RPG game of all times Diablo (1996) by Blizzard Entertainment. During the Darkening of Tristram, Diablo influenced the hearts of men, focusing on King Leoric the most and driving him insane. Archbishop Lazarus served Diablo in secrecy and attempted to use King Leoric's youngest son Albrecht as the vessel for Diablo. In the events of the video game, a brave warrior fought his way through the lower depths of the Cathedral of Tristram to face the Lord of Terror. The Warrior drove the soulstone housing Diablo's spirit into his forehead to contain his spirit. However, Diablo possessed him body and soul becoming his vessel. In Diablo III, it is revealed that the young Warrior was named Aidan -- eldest son of King Leoric. In the days following the Darkening of Tristram, Aidan was known as The Dark Wanderer. Always traveling east to free Diablo's brothers from their soulstone prisons: Baal and Mephisto. In the end, Diablo was defeated in the Burning Hells. Ever since his spirit remained trapped within the Black Soulstone. It is revealed in Diablo III, that Adria the Witch was in communion with the Lord of Terror as his servant all along. She marked his soul to be dragged into the Black Soulstone. His long-term plan was to one day rise as the Prime Evil with the spirits of the Great and Lesser evils and Leah the Nephalem empowering him. Several novels are based on the Diablo universe: Some of them are contained in a collection of four novels in the Diablo Archive (which contains: Legacy of Blood, The Black Road, The Kingdom of Shadow and Demonsbane).



 

Talents

Diablo Talents

BulwarkIncreases the duration of Armor granted by Shadow Charge from 2 sec to 4 sec.
Devil's DueBlack Soulstone increases the effects of Regen Globes and Healing Fountains by 2% per Soul.
Life LeechBasic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1% of the Hero's max Health and heal Diablo for the same amount.
From the ShadowsIncreases the cast range of Shadow Charge by 40%.
Speed DemonBeing Stunned or Rooted increases Diablo's Movement Speed by 30% for 5 sec.
Demonic StrengthOnce Overpower's stun expires, the target is slowed by 30% for 3 sec.
Soul FeastBlack Soulstone increases Diablo's Health Regeneration by 0.4 per sec per Soul.
Soul ShieldBlack Soulstone grants Diablo 0.25 Spell Armor per soul, reducing Ability Damage taken by 0.25% per Soul.
Diabolical MomentumBasic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Overpower and Shadow Charge by 1.5 sec.
ApocalypseCreate a demonic rune under each enemy Hero on the battleground. After 1.75 sec the rune explodes dealing 203 damage and stunning them for 1.75 sec.

Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 sec
Lightning BreathBecome Unstoppable while channeling lightning that deals 1185 damage over 4 sec. The direction of the Lightning changes with your mouse cursor position.

Mana: 80
Cooldown: 60 sec
Devastating ChargeShadow Charge's terrain collision against Heroes deals an additional 5% of the target's max life.

Quest: Each time an enemy Hero takes terrain collision damage, increase the max life damage by 2% to a max of 10% bonus.
Fire DevilFire Sstomp increases Diablo's Basic Attack damage by 20% and surrounds Diablo in flames that deal 33 damage every sec. Lasts 6 sec.
HellfireEach enemy Hero hit by Fire Stomp increases the damage of the next Fire Stomp by 12%, up to 120%.
Debilitating FlamesEnemy Heroes hit by Fire Stomp are slowed by 15% for 2 sec, up to 30%.
DominationCasting Overpower resets the cooldown of Shadow Charge.
Fearful PresenceActivate to reduce the damage dealt by nearby enemy Heroes by 30% for 3 sec.

Domination: Heroes and Summons that attack Diablo have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 sec.

Cooldown: 30 sec
Dying BreathApocalypse's cooldown is reduced by 20 sec and is cast for free when Diablo dies.
HellstormLightning Breath lasts and reaches 50% longer.
Lord of TerrorActivate to steal 10% of the max Health of nearby enemy Heroes.

Cooldown: 60 sec
HellgateTeleport and place a demonic rune at target location. After 1.75 sec the rune explodes dealing 300 damage and stunning enemies for 1.75 sec.

Cooldown: 100 sec

 

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Arthas Build

Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protégé of Uther the Lightbringer, Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.

 

Arthas Build – 2017 eSports

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Frost Presence

Frozen Wastes

Icebound Fortitude

Army of the Dead

Shattered Armor

Remorseless Winter

Anti-Magic Shell

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ARTHAS BUILD (BY ZAELIA - TEAM DIGNITAS) HGC EU - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 2 - Playing Ducks v Team Dignitas

Frost Presence

Frozen Wastes

Icebound Fortitude

Army of the Dead

Shattered Armor

Embrace Death

Legion of Northrend

 

Arthas Features

ABILITIES

Death Coil (Q)

Deals 164 damage to target enemy.

Can be self-cast to heal for 262 Health.
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 9 sec

Howling Blast (W)

Root enemies within the target area for 1.25 sec and deals 68 damage.

Mana: 60
Cooldown: 10

Frozen Tempest (E)

Deal 40 damage per sec to nearby enemies and Slow their Movement Speed by 10% per sec, stacking up to 40%. Heroes hit also have their Attack Speed Slowed by 10% per sec, stacking up to 40%. Frozen Tempest's effects last for 1.5 sec.

Mana: 15
Cooldown: 1 sec

Frostmourne Hungers (Trait)

Activate to make Arthas's next Basic Attack strike immediately, do 99 increased damage, and restore 30 Mana.

Cooldown: 12 sec
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Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protege of Uther the Lightbringer, Prince Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a desperate bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.

Store Cost: 625 | 7000

Role: Melee Warrior



Origins

Prince Arthas debuted in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and became the Lich King in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (both included in the Warcraft III Battle Chest). The Lich King was the main villain in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King where he met his demise before heroes of the Alliance and the Horde with the assistance of Tirion Fordring and his Argent Crusade.

Arthas made a cameo as a child in the pages of World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness, when Sir Anduin Lothar and a young Prince Varian Wrynn arrived to the throne of Lordaeron to seek shelter for the refugees of Stormwind shortly after the old Horde decimated the Kingdom. This novel was reprinted in the World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War which collects 4 novels.

In addition, you can learn more about Arthas in the Warcraft III novelization titled World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by New York Times best selling author Christie Golden.

Arthas the Lich King made a cameo in the Tokyopop manga Warcraft: Legends Volume 4 (the final story of Trag Highmountain, the tauren death knight). Another flashback cameo as Arthas the Death Knight and as the Lich King in World of Warcraft: The Essential Sunwell Collection by New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak.



History

Through demonic punishment, the Lich King was born with a singular objective: controlling the massive throng of undead known as the Scourge.

Ner'zhul was an elder orc shaman who rose as high as warchief of the orc clans of Draenor... and fell low enough to become a slave of the Burning Legion. After the Second War drew to a close, Ner'zhul -- guided by visions of death -- frantically opened new portals to worlds that the orcish hordes might invade, but the magical stress of creating so many portals at once tore Draenor apart. Ner'zhul escaped the death of his homeworld by fleeing into the nearest rift, only to find the demon Kil'jaeden lying in wait for him. Kil'jaeden had long manipulated Ner'zhul's visions to guide the orcs down a dark path, and now the demon punished his puppet by destroying Ner'zhul's body and encasing his spirit in an icy cask that would come to be called the Frozen Throne. This act birthed the Lich King, a spectral presence made to command the Scourge, an army of undead that would serve as the Burning Legion's advance weapon against Azeroth.

Despite his orders, the Lich King plotted to break free of the Legion's influence. During the Third War, he summoned Arthas Menethil, the fallen prince of Lordaeron, to serve as his most loyal death knight. When the Lich King was threatened by the forces of Illidan the Betrayer, Arthas traveled to the Frozen Throne of Northrend and broke the ice surrounding his master, donning the Lich King's helm and merging with him. Years later, the Alliance and Horde would march to destroy the Lich King, but they discovered that the Scourge, now loosed upon Azeroth, would always need a leader. The brave highlord Bolvar Fordragon volunteered to become the new jailor of the damned, dedicating his existence to containing the ravages of the undead.

"Frostmourne yearns."

"You will all serve me."

"I rule."

"Hail to the King, baby!"

"I am one cold brother."

"Darkness, stop calling. It's alright, though. We are still friends through Real ID."

"I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy."

"No man can defeat me. Although, 10 to 25 might do the trick."

"If you think I'm powerful now, you should see my abilities in Heroic mode."

"I'm looking for a few dead men with the cursed meddle to be death knights."

"It's Lich King, not Lick King. The two are very very different jobs."

"All I want is to settle down with a Lich Queen of my own, and have some little Lichlings. Is that too much to ask?"

"Ever get the feeling you are hearing voices in your helmet?"

"You'd make an adequate ghoul. Mindless, and proficient at repetitive tasks."

"The thing no one tells you about sitting on a Frozen Throne is how much of your flesh ends up stuck to it."

 

Arthas Talents

Eternal HungerQuest: Use Frostmourne Hungers on an enemy Hero.

Reward: Increases the Mana it restores by 4, to a max of 40, and its damage by 4.
Frost PresenceQuest: Root enemy Heroes with Howling Blast.

Reward: After rooting 5 Heroes, Howling Blast's cooldown is reduced by 2 sec.

Reward: After rooting 10 Heroes, Howling Blast's range is increased by 30%.

Reward: After rooting 20 Heroes, Howling Blast also roots enemies in its path.
RimeEvery 5 sec, gain 60 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 60%. Stores up to 3 charges.
Frozen WastesFrozen Tempest Mana cost reduced by 4 per sec.

Quest: Damage enemy Heroes with Frozen Tempest.

Reward: After damaging enemy Heroes 150 times with Frozen Tempest, the Movement and Attack Speed slows of Frozen Tempest last an extra 1.5 sec against enemy Heroes.
Icy TalonsGain 3% Attack Speed for 1.5 sec every time a Hero is damaged by Frozen Tempest, to a max of 60%.
DeathlordReduces Death Coil's cooldown by 3 sec and increase its range by 30%.
Rune TapEvery 3rd Basic Attack heals Arthas for 4% of his max Health.
Immortal CoilGain the healing effect of Death Coil even when used on enemies. If Death Coil is used on Arthas, it heals for an additional 50% bonus healing.
Icebound FortitudeActivate to gain 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%, and reduce the duration of Stuns, Slows, and Roots against Arthas by 75% for 3 sec.

Cooldown: 35 sec
Army of the DeadSummons Ghouls that last 15 sec. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 395 Health.

Mana: 80
Cooldown: 80 sec
Summon SindragosaDeals 341 damage and slows enemies by 60% for 4 sec. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 sec.

Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 sec
Shattered ArmorEnemy Heroes hit by Howling Blast have their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 sec.
Frost StrikeReduces Frostmourne Hunger's cooldown by 2 sec. Frostmourne Hungers also slows the enemy by 50% for 1.5 sec.
Biting ColdEach second an enemy is damaged by Frozen Tempest, it deals 12.5% bonus damage, up to a 50% bonus.
Remorseless WinterEnemy Heroes that remain within Frozen Tempest for 3 sec are rooted for 1.25 sec. This effect can only happen once every 10 sec.
Frostmourne FeedsIncreases the amount of Basic Attacks empowered by Frostmourne Hungers to 2.
Embrace DeathDeath Coil deals more damage and heals more the lower Arthas's current health is, to a max of 100% bonus damage and healing.
Legion of Northrend3 additional Ghouls are created. Ghouls heal for an additional 50% and last 5 seconds longer.
Absolute ZeroSindragosa flies twice as far. Enemy Heroes are rooted for 2 sec, and then slowed by 60% for 3.5 sec.
Death's AdvanceActivate to increase Movement Speed by 30% for 3 sec.

Passive: Increases Movement Speed by 10%.
cooldown: 50 sec
Anti-Magic ShellActivate to make Arthas immune to Spell Damage for 3 sec and heal Arthas for 25% of the damage prevented.

cooldown: 60 sec

 

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Blizzard at PAX EAST 2014!

Blizzard Entertainment announced their schedule and plans for their exhibition at PAX East, an event celebrated in Boston.

Blizzard will be at Booth #848 showcasing a World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor demo, a hands-on playable version of the Hearthstone on iPad, a brand-new demo of Heroes of the Storm with new heroes not available yet in the Technical Alpha, and a panel to be presented at the Albatross Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 10:30a.m.

Calling all Heroes, we’ve got something new to show you, and we’re bringing it to PAX East! If you’re attending, be sure to grab your shield and sword and join us at BOOTH #848! Head over for your chance to play an all-new Heroes demo featuring brand-new Heroes (playable for the very first time only at PAX), live in-booth shoutcasts, and more! And don’t forget to arrive early and join Blizzard developers at the Albatross Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. EDT for Heroes of the Storm: The Ultimate Blizzard Mashup. If you’re not attending PAX East this year (or you’re already overloaded from all the epicness on display at the show), fear not— the entire panel will be streamed live on the official PAX Twitch channel. Source

For those who prefer their information in bullet format, here’s a big list of what all you can expect at this year’s Blizzard booth:

  • Warlords of Draenor hands-on demo featuring updated character models and the intro experience for the upcoming expansion.
  • Hands-on time with the in-development Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition™, playable on PlayStation 4.
  • A chance to find out what’s in the cards for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and play the mobile version on iPad.
  • A brand-new demo for Heroes of the Storm, featuring new Heroes playable for the first time anywhere outside of Blizzard.
  • Blizzard developers will be on-hand to chat about your favorite games.
  • Blizzard developers will also be giving a presentation at the Albatross Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. EDT titled Heroes of the Storm: The Ultimate Blizzard Mashup (streamed live on one of the official PAX Twitch channels for those not in attendance).
  • And did we mention there will be giveaways, prizes, and more? If not . . . there will be giveaways, prizes, and more!

 

Head on over to east.paxsite.com for panel schedules and hotel and travel information.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Blizzplanet | Heroes of the Storm First Impressions

Heroes of the Storm is extremely fun and addictive. I-know-I-know … it is no surprise, it is a no-brainer, and it’s not rocket-science. It’s a Blizzard Entertainment video game.

I have never played a MOBA video game in my life. The Warcraft III DOTA doesn’t count, right? I think I played that about 10 times a decade ago. I thought I wouldn’t enjoy Heroes of the Storm as much as I have enjoyed other beta testings, but I find myself playing more than 5 hours straight.

What makes me queue again after finishing a game? Well, It’s possibly the fun factor, but it may also be that I want to try another Hero. Then another hero. This game is easy to play and difficult to master. I have won many battlegrounds and I still don’t know why my team hasn’t lost having a noob tagging along. Which means anyone can play this game.

You don’t need to be an Elitist jerk (not the guild, the real deal) to win a battleground match against other players for as long as other players and yourself are sticking to the objectives of the battleground.

I have met defeat, nevertheless. Usually playing a different role or when playing in the Cursed Hollow battleground — which is bonkers hard.

Even so, following the objectives of the battleground do not guarantee victory. It is difficult to comprehend how one can win without completely following the battleground objectives. There are specific elements that might turn the tide in a unexpected direction.

For example, I am still wondering how my team won after the enemy team kept taking most of the skulls in the Haunted Mines and attacked our base constantly with epic golems. Something unique happened here that drove us to victory at the edge of nigh defeat with zero communication and no organization.

This is the painful 34 minute match that I am still wondering how we won. I summoned a battlecruiser and it happened to go into the enemy altar’s trajectory to hammer the final nail on its coffin. How that altar was nigh destroyed is beyond me. Was it the creeps we defeated and joined our cause? Did they keep attacking the enemy base unattended and the enemy party didn’t defend their own base? That might be a unexpected factor. Every single time the enemy would summon a bigger golem than ours — as the scoreboard can confirm. The 34-minute match video can be found at the bottom of this page.

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So far I find Jim Raynor and Abathur my favorites. Abathur is difficult, but fun. The hardest for me so far has been Illidan and Tyrael. Their talents can be a bit confusing. Just requires me to play them more often in Practice or Cooperative Mode to master — which is fine by me. As a noob into the MOBA scene, so far Blizzard has sold Heroes of the Storm to me as a fun and addictive game I want to play.

The hardest problem for me at the moment is to find time to play Warlords of Draenor, Hearthstone, Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm. Can someone please stretch a day to be longer than 24-hours? Please?!

You Say Tomatoe, I say Tomato

So there is the term used often to describe League of Legends and DOTA 2: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). Blizzard Entertainment has decided to stray away from calling Heroes of the Storm a MOBA video game. Blizzard calls Heroes of the Storm a Team Hero Brawler. I am going to offer my humble opinion on that.

Both, League of Legends and DOTA 2 are Free-to-Play games. I have heard wonders for years about both. I can care less. Not even for free. They have a missing ingredient, that Blizzard Entertainment focuses on. I have an emotional investment on the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo lore (in terms of in-game quests, novels, short stories, mangas), their characters, races and locations.

When I set foot upon the Nexus, I was welcomed by freaking Uther the Lightbringer, and I was Jim Raynor. I could listen to Robert Clotworthy’s voice through [MY] Jim Raynor character.

As I shot my way through mobs, Jim Raynor made fun comments and references to things I have heard in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Uther even made a joke reference to Kael’thas’ “Death was just a setback.”

Whenever the Hero I play walks near a friendly Hero, the voice interacts with the random Hero standing next to me. When I am fighting an enemy Hero or kill that Hero, I get another voice over response to that.

It is fun. It is immersive. It is Awesome. It goes beyond a battle arena. I know these Heroes. I identify with them. DOTA 2 and League of Legends can be all what people on the internet say it to be, but I don’t know who those characters are, and I never cared to play them for Free.

If Blizzard asked me to pay $49.99 for Heroes of the Storm after playing Technical Alpha, I would gladly pay it. All they needed to convince me was the Developer Q&As and the gameplay videos at Twitch.tv/blizzheroes

That’s all it took long before Technical Alpha launched.

Heroes of the Storm – Gameplay Modes UI

After finishing the tutorial missions, you will find the Gameplay Modes option at the top-left corner on your screen … (Play).

There are three Gameplay Modes: Practice, Cooperative and Versus.

The Practice Mode is a single player (plus 3 AI allies) versus the AI. The Cooperative Mode queues the player to play with other players against the AI. The Versus Mode allows players to battle against other players.

The Cooperative Mode becomes unlocked after reaching level 2. Versus Mode is unlocked at level 3.

Note: I have never played a MOBA before, and make mistakes. Go easy on me. Simply enjoy the content. All you get to see in these videos are from the Technical Alpha and in no way represent what you will see in the final product. Graphic Settings’ Texture quality is set to Ultra on an EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST at 1920×1080. However, recorded using Xsplit at 1280×720. Choose 720HD after launching the videos. In addition, I have played all Blizzard betas beyond 2001. It’s possible Ultra settings’ art might be a placeholder in Technical Alpha.

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Gameplay Mode UI

Practice Mode

After the tutorial, the player begins his first Practice Mode. It is basically a single-player with 3 AI allies versus 4 AI enemies. This video shows the Blackheart’s Bay battleground.

Heroes of the Storm – Tutorial Mission

When launching Heroes of the Storm for the first time, a tutorial kicks off right away to teach the player how to move and how to attack.

To move you right-click on the ground. To attack press A and left-click the target or the ground. Feels a lot like playing Warcraft III.

The tutorial can be pretty hilarious with the voice overs of Jim Raynor, Uther and Diablo. Raynor isn’t very impressed with Diablo’s lines about tasting his fear and tasting terror. Uther also throws another reference: “Death is merely a setback.”

Progress UI

Heroes of the Storm – Designer insights: Talkin’ ’bout Tychus

Heroes of the Storm Community Manager Trikslyr gave us more information on how they designed Tychus.

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Designing a hero from the ground up is a fascinating subject, particularly with Blizzard characters that have a rich history in games, novels, and other media. To explore the subject, we invited Senior Game Designer Richard Khoo to chat about Tychus and how he came to fruition. Source

Trikslyr: Let’s talk about the design of Tychus; how was it decided to make him an assassin, and what makes him different from other heroes?

Richard: When we’re deciding what role a hero falls into and what makes them unique, we first think about the fantasy of the character and what they did in their universes. In Wings of Liberty, Tychus was a take-no-prisoners badass who rode around in a stolen Odin, used a chain gun and grenades to mow down the Zerg, and started a bar fight with Jimmy on the Hyperion. He’s clearly a rebel that let his fists do the talking. In this case, a hard hitting assassin just made sense.

T: Tychus’ Combat trait forces the marine to “Wind-up” his chain gun before attacking. In a game where constant fast action/battles are the focus of gameplay, why does a mechanic like Wind-up seem like a good fit?

Richard: We view the wind-up as a small cost to pay for the rapid attacks and higher overall damage. The sound and anticipation of Tychus about to gun something down also felt thematically appropriate. But, as you said, the game is very fast, so maybe it doesn’t work and we’d change the Combat trait in the future.

T: Heroes of the Storm supports a robust talent system that allows players to customize the feel and playstyles of their favorite heroes. What aspects of Tychus did the design team feel were a core part of his playstyle, and in what ways does your team intend for his talents and abilities to further flex what Tychus is capable of in-game?

Richard: Our goal with talents is to enhance the core hero’s design and sometimes offer new ways to play which feels like an extension of that hero. At his core, Tychus is designed to deal a great deal of burst damage with his Minigun, Overkill, and Frag Grenade combo. We have talents which make him deadly against other heroes with early talents like Dash (Increased Run and Gun Range) and Quarterback (Increased Grenade Range). Tychus is also very good at fighting minions in the lanes, and if you want to accentuate that part of Tychus, we have talents like Melting Point (Grenade deals extra DoT to minions) and Rapid Fire (After attacking three seconds, Tychus attacks faster).

T: When approaching hero powers, does the design team consider lore first or just create a concept and hope to find something in the lore that fits?

Richard: We always approach hero design with lore and fantasy first and foremost. We draw inspiration from our games if the hero was playable, and base their powers off of that. Generally speaking, there are too many powers and/or they don’t really work for Heroes, so we have to aggressively edit. An example of this – Tychus originally had a trait where when he would melee an enemy, and then stun them. Combined with a shoulder charge attack that could be targeted on an enemy, the same ability would give Tychus a shield if he targeted a minion. So you had to choose between targeting a hero and stunning them or a minion to get shield. We thought this created an interesting choice for gameplay purposes.

But, that kit didn’t quite work out. The gameplay was too complicated and didn’t make sense for a ranged assassin who had a massive chain gun that was most of his profile. So, we designed his kit around the mini-gun and we now have what you see today.

T: Here’s a fun question for you, Richard – if you were to pick four heroes to surround Tychus with, who would you pick?

I would play Tychus with Muradin, Illidan, Gazlowe, and Tassadar. We would all pick the heroes who have an ability to transform into something different.

A huge thank you to Richard for taking time out of his day and giving us some insight into what goes into designing a hero in Heroes of the Storm. We look forward to working with the design team more in the future as new content hits the public eye for Heroes of the storm.

Let us know what heroes you would pick to team up with Tychus, in the comment section below. If you have any questions for our design team, please feel free to ask in the comments below and we might pick yours to ask next time. As always, keep checking Heroesofthestorm.com for more content!

 

 

Heroes of the Storm – Alpha Access & Keys

Heroes of the Storm Community Manager Vaeflare has posted more information regarding Alpha Access & Keys.

REQUESTS FOR ALPHA ACCESS & KEYS – PLEASE READ! Source

The Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha is upon us!

At this time, there are no keys for Heroes of the Storm. So please be wary of any phishing sites or emails that claim to be offering alpha/beta keys, or access to the Technical Alpha. You can learn more about phishing here in this Battle.net support article.

If you are selected to participate in the Technical Alpha, you will receive an invite via email. Opt-in invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you’ve received an invite, it’s best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. If you received an opt-in invite, you can verify that your account has been granted a Technical Alpha license in your Battle.net Account Management.

While this is an exciting time, please note that we will be locking or removing any threads related to requesting access to the Technical Alpha or key requests.

Topics eligible for moderation include (but are not limited to):

  • I want access to the Technical Alpha!
  • I want an alpha key!
  • [Player A] should get a key!
  • I’ve played for [X] hours. Why didn’t I get a key?
  • [Player B] is awesome! Why didn’t [he/she] get a key?
  • [Player C] sucks! Why did [he/she] get a key?
  • I want to buy an alpha key.

If you’re interested in participating in the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha, make sure you’ve opted-in for testing by opting in on your Battle.net account’s Beta Profile Settings page. By doing so, you’ll give yourself the best chance at gaining testing access as our needs evolve and we expand the pool of invited players in the weeks and months to come.

Please note that opting in to the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha will not guarantee you access (especially since invites to our Technical Alpha will be extremely limited), but it will at least give you a chance at joining our upcoming testing phases.

If you’d like to know more about the Technical Alpha, our goals during this very early stage of testing, or how we’ll be rolling out invites, you can head here or check out our FAQ to get all the details.

 

Heroes of the Storm – FREE HERO ROTATION – WEEK OF MAR. 14, 2014

Heroes of the Storm Community Manager Spyrian has posted this week’s Free Hero Rotation.

Hello everyone!

With the advent of Heroes Technical Alpha testing, we’re also kicking off our weekly free hero rotation. This means that six heroes have been made free-to-play in any game mode (Practice, Co-op, Versus), and we’ll refresh the pool with a new set of free heroes each week.  Source

You’ll start with five free hero slots. Upon reaching level seven with the experience and progression system, you’ll unlock a sixth free-to-play hero slot. Now that we’ve covered the essentials, let’s take a look at your free hero rotation for this week!

Week of Mar. 14, 2014:

  • Falstad
  • Gazlowe
  • Raynor
  • Tyrael
  • Uther
  • Abathur

Kindly note that because we launched the Tech Alpha on Thursday, March 14, and the free rotation will be updated on Tuesdays, this week’s rotation will be a little shorter than those to come. Starting Tuesday, March 18, you can look forward to a full week to try out the heroes in each free rotation.

This post will be updated each week during the Tech Alpha whenever we update the free hero rotation — so be sure to check back here often! If you’d like to see hero rotations from previous weeks, we’ll be posting them as replies to this thread.

 
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