Blizzard Entertainment invited Blizzplanet to the Heroes of the Storm Virtual Press Tour, held on Wed Sept 13. We are grateful to the Community Managers for allowing us to view this content. Other media outlets invited to our virtual presentation session were Destructoid and Red Bull eSports.
I will cover here a few highlights of what Blizzard Entertainment showed us at the virtual press event. The upcoming major content for Heroes of the Storm will take players to the new Battleground map: Assault on Volskaya Foundry; plus two new Heroes: The Overwatch healer, Ana Amari and the defense trap-laying and lob-throwing nightmare Junkrat.
Today, all 42 Heroes in the website will be updated and completed: including abilities, and talents, plus added the most recent talent builds played at HGC winning matches in August-September. During the next couple of weeks, I will add the other missing 28 Heroes to finish updating the website.
Moving forward, I’ll update the talent builds when a big eSport event comes up.
Most of the site has been mostly outdated since the Alpha/Beta days, and I apologize. I am actively changing that. Not with words, but with action.
I have spent several hours the past 3 days updating 10 Heroes’ abilities and talents. Everything done manually in Photoshop and using widget tools. No datamining. In addition, I have added hero builds straight from the winning matches of the most recent 2017 HGC NA, HGC Europe and the HGC Eastern Clash (spanning July-August).
Name of team player who used it
Event Name, Phase, Part, and Match number
YouTube link to the VOD
I think an important aspect of a Heroes build site should be to know who the build comes from, and that it has been used by someone with experience in winning matches professionally in our Heroes of the Storm eSports scene. So I hope these updates help your gameplay experience and knowledge, and that you start to trust and rely on Blizzplanet’s Heroes of the Storm in the future. Trust is earned slowly and progressively.
Once I am done updating all 70 Heroes, I will add the newest Heroes as Blizzard releases them, and update the builds again for the BlizzCon Worldwide Championship, and future big eSports events to keep the builds fresh and updated to the current meta.
As you might have noticed, the top navigation has been changed. You can now browse Heroes in 4 role categories: Tank, Assassin, Support, and Specialist. Updated Heroes have an asterik. You can completely ignore the ones without an asterik until I get to update them.
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Recently, a Reddit user pointed out that the Blizzplanet’s Heroes of the Storm website is very outdated, and he is correct. All pre-launch hero pages are as old as Alpha/Beta. I have only been updating the heroes talents since Auriel, and spent most of two years focused on building content and videos for other Blizzard games’ Betas and PTRs. I have been a bad procrastinator.
One thing I should point out is that I am not a programmer, and everything you see in all Blizzplanet sub-sites are manually done. There is no datamining involved, except when I link to WoWhead in the World of Warcraft website.
That means it is a lot of hours of work taking screenshots in-game, editing talent icons in photoshop, and formatting text, adding voice over quote videos, hero music theme videos, and other stuff. Nevertheless, I am listening. The Reddit user woke me up to take the challenge of updating all heroes. It won’t be easy. It won’t be comfortable to spend so many hours (I estimate a minimum of 150 hours to update all 70 Heroes, except the last few that are already updated).
In addition, very few of the heroes have an actual build example. So this is going to be an opportunity for me to add build suggestions to each hero. It would be easy to copy each build from the internet, but I don’t know who wrote the guide, or how good they are. So I want to add an extra layer of difficulty to the challenge of updating this website’s heroes. Each build will be referenced to eSports players with a link to the HGC video.
That will, of course, add up extra hours watching videos, and searching for a specific hero build across hundreds of eSports videos. That won’t be easy, I tell you.
I will start with updating 2 heroes a day. At that rate, I might be able to finish all 70 heroes in a bit over a month.
With Patch 7.3 already live (and video content finished), I was planning to move on to building content for the StarCraft: Remastered, but decided the Heroes of the Storm website update is long overdue.
I am physically disable, which means I have plenty of spare time to play video games and build website content. However, that also means that I can’t afford the website hosting on my own. The website hosting is sustained with the ads on this website, and with the YouTube revenue.
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UPDATE #1: Retired the huge navigation images and replaced the navigation with a new menu located at the top-left (beneath the Blizzplanet logo). It is now divided by role: Tank, Assassin, Support, and Specialist. Almost all Tanks are updated plus added match winner builds straight from the recent HGC 2017 North America and Europe (w/ link to the YouTube VODs). Will slowly update the Assassins throughout Sept 3-8.
Kel’Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad remains Arthas’ most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark.
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).