Blizzplanet’s Heroes Website Update Progress # 1

Most of the site has been mostly outdated since the Alpha/Beta days, and I apologize.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
  • Team name
  • 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.

At the moment, only 10 Heroes are updated:



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Blizzplanet’s Heroes of the Storm Website to be updated

Recently, a Reddit user pointed out that the Blizzplanet’s Heroes of the Storm website is very outdated, and he is correct.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.

The first two heroes I finished updating today: Abathur and Alarak (work in progress). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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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 Build

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.

Role: Ranged Assassin
Difficulty: Hard


Barbed Chains

Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad

Glacial Spike

Shadow Fissure

Chains of Ice

Power of Icecrown

Might of the Scourge


GamesCom 2017 Kel’Thuzad coming to Heroes of the Storm

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.



  • Crypt-Queen Zagara
  • Deathknight Sonya
  • Dreadlord Jaina
  • 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!



    Garrosh Build

    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 Build

    Fury - Tempo Storm - HGC Finals 2017 - Quarter Finals - Fnatic vs. Tempo Storm - Game 1 - Mighty v Tempest | | Nov 3

    Unrivaled Strength


    Into the Fray

    Warlord's Challenge

    Double Up


    Titanic Might
    TPsign - Tempest - HGC Korea 2017 -- Phase 2 Part 1 - Game 1 - Mighty v Tempest | | Aug 25

    Unrivaled Strength

    Thirst for Battle

    Into the Fray

    Warlord's Challenge

    Double Up


    Death Wish


    Garrosh and New Skins in Development

    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 (2)

    Garrosh also has a variant skin named Mad Axe Garrosh (donning some goblin gizmos), and a new bike mount (Road Roar).

    Burning Crusade Hero coming to the Nexus?

    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 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)
    • Zul’Aman (We already have Zul’jin)

    Stukov Build

    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.

    Stukov build – eSports

    Splendour - Team Liquid HGC EU - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 2 - Team Liquid v Playing Ducks -- Sept 10

    Growing Infestation

    One Good Spread...

    Within My Reach

    Flailing Swipe

    Lingering Spines

    Pox Populi

    Controlled Chaos
    buds - Roll20 HGC NA - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 1 – Roll20® esports v Even in Death -- Sept 9

    Fetid Touch

    One Good Spread...

    Targeted Excision

    Flailing Swipe

    Reactive Ballistospores

    eye Infection

    Controlled Chaos
    Stukov Build by BSRambles

    Fetid Touch

    Top Off

    Targeted Excision

    Flailing Swipe

    Reactive Ballistospores

    Eye Infection

    Controlled Chaos


    Sun’s Out, Guns Out! Summer 2017 Brawl Event

    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.



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