Blizzard Entertainment officially announced Kel’Thuzad is coming to the Nexus. During the GamesCom 2017 livestream, they released the Call of Kel’Thuzad animated cartoon — a collaboration between Titmouse Animation, Peter Kunshik Chung (Diablo III: Wrath director), and Blizzard’s Kevin M. Johnson (Creative Content Lead). Talents will be revealed this Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter for updates.
Kel’Thuzad’s abilities are: Death and Decay, Frost Nova, and Chains of Kel’Thuzad. His Heroic Abilities are: Frost Blast and Shadow Fissure.
The spotlight video will be revealed on Wed August 23 during the GamesCom 2017 Blizzard livestream.
All shall feel the touch of despair as the darkest secrets of the Nexus are revealed… Drawn to the immeasurable power found within the Nexus, Kel’thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas, has turned several of the noblest Heroes against their allies, and he will not stop until all become minions of the cold dark!
As the new warchief of the Horde, Garrosh is a proud and vicious warrior who rules with an iron fist. His hatred for the Alliance burns like wildfire, and he will stop at nothing to destroy them. By his axe, the orcs will reclaim their rightful glory.
Garrosh will soon join Heroes of the Storm along with what looks like a celebration of the StarCraft: Remastered launch with new StarCraft-themed skins: Templar Li-Ming, L800 ETC (Marine skin), and Anu’balisk.
There is new color variations for existing skins:
Demon Hunter Valeera (2)
Lo’gosh Varian (1)
Swarm Abathur (1)
Pack Leader Dehaka (1)
The Butcherlisk (1)
Hellblade Samuro (1)
Emberlord Zul’jin (2)
Highlord Alarak (1)
Goliath D.va (2)
Garrosh also has a variant skin named Mad Axe Garrosh (donning some goblin gizmos), and a new bike mount (Road Roar).
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.
Stukov build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
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.