Zarya build

Zarya build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Zarya build – eSports

Rich - MVP Black BlizzCon 2017 Finals - Semi Finals Game 1 | MVP Black vs. Team expert - Game 1 -- Nov 4

Demolitions Expert

Spell Barrier

Pinpoint Accuracy

Expulsion Zone

Pain is Temporary

Gain Train

NoCHAT - BlossoM HGC KR - Phase 2 Part 2 - Game 3 - L5 v BlossoM -- Sept 3

Feel the Heat

Spell Barrier

Hit Me

Expulsion Zone

Pain is Temporary

Gain Train

Unyielding Defender

Alarak Build

Alarak build used in HGC winning matches in USA, Europe, and Asia. Alarak is a Melee Assassin hailing from StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. An aberrant melee assassin who can manipulate enemy’s position and punish poor enemy positioning.

Alarak build – eSports

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

Extended Lightning

Chaos Reigns

Applied Force


Rite of Rak'Shir

Lethal Onslaught

Hasty Bargain
This Alarak build was used by Harrison 'psalm' Chang (Tempo Storm). In a Blizzard eSports article, psalm is described as a undefeated Alarak in the 2017 HGC North America tournament. Alarak has a 58% Win Rate in Battlefield of Eternity.

Extended Lightning

Chaos Reigns

Hindered Motion


Rite of Rak'Shir

Lethal Onslaught

Hasty Bargain


GamesCom 2016 – Chu8 chats w/ Travis McGeathy & Machines of War Gameplay

During GamesCom 2016, Streamer Chu8 interviewed Heroes of the Storm lead systems designer Travis McGeathy to talk about the new Machines of War expansion. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Braxis Hold will be in the PTR at the end of August.
  • MVP of the Game will be introduced, and improved over the next few months.
  • Healers and Tanks have a chance to be MVP
  • Travis would like to see clans and social support in the future, but no announcements

In the Warhead Junction map, the nuke tooltip says the following:

NUKE: After channeling for 1.5 sec, launches a nuke dealing 2750 damage in a large area (30% max Health to Heroes). Damage is doubled to targets inside the center ring. If interrupted, nuke goes on a 10 sec cooldown. Max 1 per Hero.

Chu8 also played Machines of War during the 4.5-hour long stream. Below you can watch the VOD.

The interview takes place in the timeline at 03:30:00.

Watch live video from chu8 on


GamesCom 2016 – Heroes of the Storm: Machines of War Roundup

Blizzard Entertainment announced the new Heroes of the Storm: Machines of War expansion introducing StarCraft-themed Battlegrounds (Warhead Junction & Braxis Holdout), new skins: Kerrigan skin (Queen of Ghosts), the Butcherlisk, Raider Rexxar, and two new Heroes: Overwatch’s Zarya and StarCraft II’s Alarak (Tal’darim Highlord).

New Heroe


New Skins & Mounts


Taiwan Li-Ming Striker (Olympics)


Toy Fair NY 2016 – NECA Heroes of the Storm Series 2 Action Figures

During the weekend, I attended the Toy Fair NY 2016 as press to scout some of the known Blizzard Licensed Partners. My first stop was the NECA booth which each year shows something new.

NECA Heroes of the Storm


NECA displayed at their booth the 7″ scale Arthas, Stitches, and Tyrael action figures inside the unopened packages. You can order them now:


This year NECA didn’t display prototype samples of upcoming Heroes of the Storm action figures — at least not physically, but they did have a few images on cardboard showing the Heroes of the Storm Diablo prototype, as well as some of the Heroes that might be coming soon from NECA: Raynor, Brightwing, Murky, Sylvanas, Thrall and Diablo.

Keep an eye on future announcements.


2016 Heroes Rising – Winners and Replays

Heroes Rising had the presence of various known and new Heroes of the Storm esports teams clashing for the tournament prize. These are the ten teams that joined the tournament bracket:

Bob Ross Fan Club
COGnitive Gaming
King of Blades
Murloc Geniuses
oVo Gaming
Panda Global
SK Gaming
Team Blaze



Taking a look at the brackets image below — Cloud9 dominated the Winners Bracket, and Bob Ross Fan Club dominated the Losers Bracket. However for the Grand Finals (Best of 5), surprisingly, Bob Ross Fan Club won 3-2 versus Cloud9 in Round 5, and 3-0 in Round 6 — crowning themselves the victor in the Heroes Rising tournament.



Grand Finals Round 5: Videos and Talents Used

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Grand Finals Round 6: Videos and Talents Used

Heroes Rising hasn’t posted the Round 6 replays. I’ll update this page once the replays are available. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


BlizzCon 2015 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript

This is a full transcript of the Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel held at BlizzCon 2015 in the Anaheim Convention Center. Among the panelists were Hugh Shelton (lead hero designer), Kent-Erik Hagman (senior game designer) and Phill Gonzales (lead character artist).


Deep Dive Panel: Intro

Presentator: Welcome to the Heroes of the Storm- Hero Deep Dive Panel



Hugh: Good afternoon BlizzCon, it’s pretty cool. Who saw the opening ceremony and is excited to hear more about Lunara, Greymane and Cho’Gall? We are really happy to have this opportunity to share this information with you. My name is Hugh Shelton. I’m the lead Hero Designer and I’m joined by Phill Gonzáles (lead character artist), and Kent-Erik Hagman (senior game designer).



BlizzCon 2015 – Heroes of the Storm Concept Art

Blizzard Entertainment announced the next three characters from the Warcraft universe to join Heroes of the Storm.


Concept Art


Arena Cover Art


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