Blizzard Entertainment published the Rise of the Raven Lord comics, the first step to introducing the Nexus’ lore, as described at the PAX East 2018 panel.
What I learned is that there are other realms beyond Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. Some of the minions seen in the Nexus, each come from other worlds as well. The Raven Lord has been in the Nexus thousands of years, and has peeked into each of the other universes from his lair. He is in search of something that could help stop a upcoming threat to the Nexus.
It is also revealed there is a Dark Nexus, and to coincide with that revelation, Blizzard has announced the Dark Nexus skins for Alarak and Gul’dan.
There are new characters: Neeve (who seems to serve Lord Raven), and Orphea (who is mentioned, but not seen in the comic).
The comic ended with a cliffhanger, so it’s a bet we will continue to see more of the Rise of the Raven comics in upcoming weeks.
PAX East 2018 introduced us to Deckard Cain as the next hero come into the Nexus. In Blizzplanet’s interview with Heroes of the Storm production director Kaeo Milker, and senior game designer Matt Villens, the developers discussed details of the new hero Deckard Cain — his basic abilities, heroic abilities, and a few of his talents. Watch the video interview after the break.
I also forwarded some of our followers and Reddit’s questions including when Deckard Cain is coming to the PTR, what to expect with the lore content coming later this month, and what the future holds. You can check out Deckard Cain’s talents in our page here.
Deckard Cain is a new support hero with access denial abilities like Horadic Cube (slow) and Scroll of Sealing (root). During our interview, the developer said Deckard Cain is coming to PTR within the next couple of weeks. Follow us on Twitter @blizzplanetcom for the video interview (once it’s ready).
During the PAX East 2018 press event, I had the opportunity to play as Deckard Cain vs AI for 28 minutes. Deckard Cain is super fun to play as providing healing potions every 3 seconds. You can have 5 potions on the battlefield at a time, and later you can make the healing potions give a huge heal if the player waits a few seconds before picking it up. The healing potion looks visually bigger when it’s ready for that huge heal. In addition, a level 20 talent: Bottomless Flask, refills the healing potion every 5 seconds — imagine dropping five Healing Potions at Sgt. Hammer. He is sitting there wrecking from afar, and getting healed every 5 sec just by standing on the Bottomless Flask.
I played in the Cursed Hollow map, and that gave me plenty of chokepoints to use Horadric Cube to slow enemies long enough to cast Scroll of Sealing to root them in place.
The hero ability Lorenado is the best ever. It is vector targeting, which means I can push enemies away or I can pull them toward my team — in any direction wished. Is that low health Zeratul running away into his enemy base? Lorenado him out of his base for that extra hit to kill that Zeratul.
How about a team fight where many are low health and running away at the tribute? Horadric Cube to slow them, Scroll of Sealing to root them — which allows Jaina to Ring of Frost, or Kel’Thuzad to Shadow Fissure, or better yet… D.va to land her Self-Destruct in its full damage radius for giggles, and if anyone is still alive at that point… throw the lorenado to push the enemies back to your team… come-to-papa-style. Respect your elderly, dudes! Deckard Cain rocks.
Check out Deckard Cain’s Abilities and level 1-20 Talents below. Afterwards watch our PAX East 2018 interview with Kaeo Milker & Matt Villers about Deckard Cain.
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.
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.
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.
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%.).
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.
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
Leap into the air, becoming immune to all hostile effects for 0.75 sec.
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.