The The Rouge et Au of Laval University won the Heroes of the Dorm 2018 North America Championship, receiving full tuition for their collegiate expenses. The Rouge et Au became the uncontested champions after a streak of wins with no defeats during the Heroic Four and Grand Finals.
Our own event correspondent attended Heroes of the Dorm, and took behind-the-scenes photos.
Blizzard Entertainment put the new Nexomania skins in the Heroes of the Storm PTR, along with new changes to Diablo, and Lunara; as well as visual changes for Garrosh, Diablo, and Malfurion abilities. Read more about gameplay updates.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Heroes of the Storm 32.2 on Wednesday, May 9th to make Hero Balance changes to multiple heroes: Fenix, Guldan, Hanzo, Kael’thas, Maiev, Thrall, Tracer, Tychus, Medivh, Ana, Auriel, Deckard, Li Li, Lt. Morales, Malfurions, Stukov, Garrosh and Sonya.
Nexusmania and the wrestling mask reminds me of the Wrestlemania (professional wrestling event). As a child in the early 80s, I remember watching a lot of Lucha Libre in Puerto Rico with wrestlers from Mexico, USA, and other latino countries. This teaser gives me a strong lucha libre vibe. Either way you look at this teaser, it is alluding to México.
There is nothing in the Blizzard portfolio that hints the most to México than El Dorado and Sombra.
Blizzard is possibly signaling two or more things here:
1. Lucha Libre (Wresting) skins.
2. The introduction of Sombra as the newest Overwatch hero joining the Nexus.
3. El Dorado map.
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.