[Speculation] GamesCom 2018 Declare Your Allegiance

Recently, Blizzard teased a new hero and according to a fan the German BlizzHeroes Twitter leaked in the HTML code’s Image Alt the words: “teaser for Mephisto.” At least a second fan confirmed to have seen that too.

In addition, the official GamesCom 2018 Blizzard App (Android/iOS) shows a peculiar AR Guided Tour under the Heroes of the Storm icon titled “Declare Your Allegiance” – Find and scan the Heroes of the Storm wall to pick your side and swear Allegiance.


Blizzplanet interview with HeroesHearth eSports Khroen & BBJ

Blizzard Entertainment reached me to interview Khroen and BBJ (from the North American team: HeroesHearth eSports) to discuss their upcoming performance at the Heroes of the Storm HGC Western Clash tournament. BBJ plays as the healer of the team, and Khroen is the ranged assassin.

Barely a year since the HeroesHearth eSports team launched, they have become the #1 seed team and expect to perform at BlizzCon for the world championship. Khroen is known already in the eSports scene since 2015, bringing a lot of experience as an asset to his team.

The Western Clash tournament will take place through August 10-12 at 9am PDT (12pm EDT).

Their first match will be on Friday, August 10 at 1pm PDT (4pm EDT) against LEFTOVERS (a Europe team).

Raiders of Warchrome

Blizzard Entertainment announced the Raiders of Warchrome skin bundle coming to Heroes of the Storm soon. This skin bundle has a Mad Max-esque vibe. The Roadraider Raynor, though, has Ghost Rider written all over him.

  • Dominus Vile Azmodan
  • Diesel Speaker Nazeebo
  • Roadraider Raynor

The engines are revving, the dust is flying, and you can smell diesel in the air. Welcome to the Warchrome Wastes, Heroes! Hitting the Nexus with our next patch, the Raiders of Warchrome skins give Raynor, Azmodan, and Nazeebo an apocalyptic spin. You can also get your hands on the brand new Helldorado mount. Pedal to the Metal!

Heroes of the Storm Comic #2: Secrets of the Storm

Blizzard Entertainment has released the second Heroes of the Storm digital comic titled Secrets of the Storm. In this issue, Deckard Cain and Orphea team up to find a solution for the Dark Nexus threat. They come to Raena the Lady of Thorns, for help.

This issue, we learn the Dragon Knight was formerly the king of Dragon Shire. Raena is likely to become the realm lord of Garden of Terror if we go by the subtle hint of her curse. Raena is slowly being affected by a curse that entangles her skin with thorn vines.

Tickets on Sale now for HGC Western Clash in LA Aug 10-12

Blizzard Entertainment’s PR Coordinator of eSports, Cassandra Reynoso, informs that tickets for the HGC Western Clash are now on sale (Get the tickets). The HGC Western Clash will take place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, California. Doors open at 8:00am, but the event starts at 9:00am

3000 W. Alameda Ave Studio 1
Burbank, CA 91523

Set at the halfway point of Phase 2, the HGC Western Clash will pit the top four teams from North America and Europe against each other in a spectacular live showcase that will display both the style and tactics of both regions.

At the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, the double-elimination format will ensure every team has ample opportunity to grab hemispheric bragging rights for themselves and their HGC region. A $100,000 prize pool is up for grabs at the HGC Western Clash. In addition to cash and glory, the winner of the clash will earn one additional spot for its region at the HGC Finals.

The HGC Western Clash follows a double-elimination bracket format. Matches are best-of-three, except for the semifinals and finals, which are best-of-five.

Invitations to the HGC Western Clash are determined by standings in league play.

More information can be found online at https://esports.heroesofthestorm.com



Yrel is a melee protection paladin with crowd control and sustain abilities. Her abilities can be charged for a short period of time to increase the damage. Pressing the button once to begin charging, then press again to unleash it upon the enemy. However, Yrel moves slower while charging an ability. Only one ability can be charged at a time.

After traveling to an Alternate Draenor, the forces of Azeroth saved the acolyte Yrel from the Iron Horde. With their aid, she rose to the rank of Exarch and fought back the demonic invasion of her world. Now, she finds herself where time, space, and dimensions converge: the Nexus.

Vindication (Q)

Unleash holy energy around Yrel, dealing 39 damage to nearby enemies and healing her for 100.

Charging up this Ability increases its damage up to 130, and healing up to 333.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 6 sec

Righteous Hammer (W)

Swing Yrel's hammer, dealing 39 damage to enemies in front of her and knocking them away.

Charging up this Ability increases its knockback distance, and damage up to 130. Enemies hit at maximum charge are Stunned for 0.75 seconds.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 6 sec

Avenging Wrath (E)

Leap to a location, dealing 156 damage to enemies in an area and Slowing them by 50% for 1 second.

Charging up this Ability increases its range.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 6 sec

Divine Purpose

Activate to instantly charge Yrel's next Basic Ability at no mana cost.

Passive: Yrel's Basic Abilities charge up over 1.5 seconds, increasing in effectiveness, but reducing Yrel's Movement Speed by 25%.

Cooldown: 10 sec

Yrel and Alterac Pass Battleground Coming to Heroes of the Storm

DannyPerchonok had the opportunity to join the web media event where Matt Villers, Matthew Cooper and Kaeo Milker revealed details of the upcoming hero: Yrel, and the Alterac Pass battleground.

Yrel is a melee protection paladin with crowd control and sustain abilities. Her abilities can be charged for a short period of time to increase the damage. Pressing the button once to begin charging, then press again to unleash it upon the enemy. However, Yrel moves slower while charging an ability. Only one ability can be charged at a time.

Yrel is weak against enemies with crowd control and high mobility like Tracer and Genji. In addition, when Yrel charges an ability, it can be interrupted by Stun and Silence effects.



Vindication (Q): Unleashes holy energy that heals Yrel and damages nearby enemies. Charging this ability increases its healing and damage.

Righteous Hammer (W): Deals damage in front of Yrel and knocks back. At maximum charge, enemies hit are also stunned for a short time, and knocked back farther.

Avenging Wrath (E): Leap to a target location, then damage and Slow nearby enemies. Charging this ability increases its range.

Divine Purpose (Trait): After activating Divine Purpose, Yrel's next Basic Attack is instantly cast at maximum charge. Allows Yrel to react quicly and execute powerful ability combos.



Ardent Defender (R): Prevent all incoming damage for a short time. Yrel is healed for a portion of the damage prevented.

Sacred Ground (R): Sanctify the ground around Yrel, greatly increasing her Armor until she leaves the area. (No time limit. Ends when Yrel leaves or is forced out)

Alterac Pass is a new snow-covered three-lane Battleground with brand-new mechanics. Instead of a core, the goal of the team is to defeat the opposite team's General. In this case the Generals are Drek'thar and Vanndar Stormpike. Both have a whirlwind attack to cleave minion waves. They regenerate health when out in combat, and they can move around.

When you destroy a keep, a Reaver minion spawns on your team's base instead of the traditional catapult unit. There is a difference, though. Catapults usually attack from behind. Reavers take the brunt of the fight against the General while minions attack from the back.

It is imperative to destroy all three Keeps, as each of these add +20 Armor to the general.

There is a new mechanic named Cavalry, where players must take control of the Cavalry which is held in a cage. Players channel the cage for a set timer until the cage opens wide to unleash the Cavalry. Players must fight to channel theirs, while preventing the enemy from channeling theirs. Once unleashed, three Cavalry units (one per lane) starts marching toward the enemy base destroying everything on its path. The team must push with the Cavalry, which grants an aura that boosts movement speed and damage to nearby allies.

Mountain Giants are a variant of the Golem bosses with similar abilities.


Echoes of Alterac is a new Quest Event with two sets of rewards, in the same fashion as Nexomania where the player choose one side or the other. In this case, the player pledges to the Alliance or the Horde. Each with their unique rewards: Spray, Banner, Emoji, Portrait and Gold rewards. However, be wise which side you pick. You can only choose once. Some of the opposite faction rewards might be available to forge, but not in the foreseeable future.

Step 1: Play 4 games as a Warcraft Hero. The reward is a chest that has a chance to drop one of the Warcraft heroes.

Step 2: Achieve 50 Takedowns in winning games. Portrait Reward: Ram or Wolf.

Step 3: Play 6 games with friends. Reward: Banner: Horde or Alliance crest.

Step 4: Win 8 games as a Warcraft hero. Reward: Ram or Wolf Mount.


Laval University Won Heroes of the Dorm 2018 North America Championship

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.


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