Posts Tagged ‘Heroes Of The Storm’

Cho’Gall (Two-) Heads To Heroes of the Storm

Cho'Gall in Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard have added a new character to the Heroes of the Storm [official site] roster. Er…two new characters? One and a half?

It’s Cho’Gall, the two-headed ogre magi of Warcraft fame. First announced at BlizzCon earlier this month, Cho’Gall’s either “zany and innovative” or “a stupid gimmick” depending on who you talk to. Why? Because each of his heads is controlled by a different player—one for Cho, one for Gall.

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Heroes Of The Storm Gets A Pro Tournament Next Year

BlizzCon 2015 has been good to Heroes Of The Storm [official site], it seems. Not only will it soon receive three brand new characters, an Arena mode and a new battleground, the Heroes Of The Storm Global Championship Circuit will run in 2016 playing host to three competitive events throughout the year. Oh, and Blizzard are also working to replace the game’s matchmaking system in response to recent player criticism. Trailers and deets after the drop.

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Activision Blizzard And Their New Team Of Esports

So Activision Blizzard’s creating a new division “devoted to esports” within the company. It’s going to be chairman-ed by the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, Steve Bornstein, and senior vice presidente-ed by a co-founder of Major League Gaming, Mike Sepso. There’s a press release and everything.

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Heroes Of The Storm: Grubby On How To Watch Pro Matches

The finals of the Heroes of the Storm [official site] European Championships were mere hours away as I huddled on a sofa with match caster Manuel ‘Grubby’ Schenkhuizen. He’s a former Warcraft 3 World Champion and StarCraft 2 pro player but this weekend he was dispensing wisdom on the subject of Blizzard’s all-star hero brawler. Meanwhile I was stealing his expertise and putting it in my game journalist pouch so I could feed it to you later.

What I wanted to know was this: how to make the jump from playing HotS with more enthusiasm than expertise in a pool of friends and strangers to watching a competitive HotS match and knowing what on earth is going on.

You need to be more like an anxious parent at a music recital. Read on to find out why!

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Winners Of The Road To Blizzcon EU Regionals

This weekend, Prague was flooded with Blizzard fans for the Road to Blizzcon EU regionals. Players in the Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and World of WarCraft tournaments competed for a slice of the $300,000 USD prize pool, as well as the chance to play in the World Championships at BlizzCon in November. Pip was at the tournament and will have more in-depth coverage later, but check out the winners below.

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Healing Hands: Lt. Morales Heads To Heroes Of The Storm

Heroes of the Storm [official site], perhaps detecting that I had headed off for a few days, deployed a new patch for public testing and included a new character as well as a bunch of other twiddles and tweaks. At the time I was too busy working out how to say different ice cream flavours in Italian (and occasionally lapsing into Spanish, English and French) but now there is no ice cream, only scoops of Lt. Morales.

I guess that’s probably a good thing because Lt. Morales (in theory) increases your chances of survival what with being a medic and a support character. Ice cream wouldn’t care if you were being ganked.

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Battle For Two: Heroes Of The Storm Shrinks Ranked Party Size

So here’s an interesting development. Heroes of the Storm’s ranked play option is limiting party size to two people.

In a mid-August patch the party size for Hero League was set at a maximum of four (you could actually play as a full five stack but it would put you into the Team League queue to play exclusively against other groups of five instead of mixed opponent parties). After listening to the feedback and seeing how the patch played for a little while, the maximum party size has been shrunk again. Here’s why:

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Diablo Too’d: Heroes Of The Storm Gets A New Champ

Blizzard continue to add to their bubbling amalgam of SuperBrands by introducing the Monk character from Diablo III – a new playable dude for the company’s MOBA offering Heroes of the Storm [official site] in a big patch this week.

Sexy, topless MuscleMonk Kharazim was detailed earlier on in the year – He’s the first support-class character to be added to HotS from the Diablo series. He’s a healer with offensive fighting potential and some nice mana restoration abilities.

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Blizzard Are Considering An RTS Return For Warcraft

A pair of recent interviews with Blizzard employees, conducted by IGN at Gamescom, have hinted at the future of the Warcraft franchise beyond the MMO’s vice-like embrace. It’s not only movies; there might be a new strategy game on the cards.

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Heroes Of The Storm Update Brings Early Access To New Skins And Heroes

At Gamescom last week Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm [official site] would get a host of updates including new heroes, a map and skins. Some of this content is now out on the Public Test Realm, Blizzard’s publicly available testing environment where players can help shake out bugs and preview what’s coming next. There’s one very interesting change: you must now buy any paid-for items before you can test them. It’s a strange combo of Early Access and pre-ordering, where these items – in this case new hero Kharazim, aka the Monk from Diablo 3 – will transfer to your main account only when they’re fully released.

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