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Heroes of the Storm

3 years ago

All Heroes of the Storm wizards playable this weekend

Hey, you! You there in the Blizzard-branded t-shirt, with the Blizzard flat cap, the Blizzard denim vest, the Blizzard cashmere scarf, the Blizard pocketwatch, and the Blizzard gardening gloves: fancy seeing your favourite Blizzardmen in a new way? Blizzard are making all characters in their crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] free to play with this weekend. What would Zarya out Overwatch say…

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Blizzcon Roundup: World Of Warcraft, StarCraft II And Heroes Of The Storm

There’s a lot going on at Blizzcon 2016 – new Diablo classes, Hearthstone cards and long-rumoured Overwatch characters for a start. If Blizzard keeps making games, how large could Blizzcon become in the future? Could it grow too large for Anaheim, California, perhaps? At this rate it’s only a matter of time before it engulfs the whole of the US West Coast. But for now:…

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Heroes Of The Storm: Heroes Brawl Mode Kicks Off With Punisher Arena

Heroes of the Storm's [official site] Heroes Brawl mode is out now marking a victory for consistent brand experiences across a multi-franchise media landscape. It's a rotating game mode where Blizzard switch up how you play and what heroes you can use and the like. They have similar modes in Hearthstone and Overwatch so you might be familiar with the concept from there. I've tried…

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Heroes Of The Storm Welcomes Overwatch’s Zarya

A second Overwatch character (class? Hero? Overwatcher? Omniumumumanaut? wizard?) has arrived in Blizzard's free-to-play crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] as a new hero (Champion? Summoner? Lord? wizard?). Zarya, the pink-haired Russian with a honking great gun, arrives in this week's update with her usual Overwatching abilities. A StarCraft-themed new map is in too, with nuclear warheads to gather and launch. What a…

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4 years ago

Diablo’s Auriel Coming To Heroes Of The Storm In August

Auriel's time has come, as she officially makes her debut in Heroes of the Storm [official site] in early August. The archangel from Diablo III will join the public test realm next week before entering the Nexus the week of August 8th. Auriel's a Support character, and possesses a number of healing and damage-dealing abilities. Here's a video introducing her:

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Blizzard Take Another Legal Crack At Cheat Makers

I miss the days when cheats for multiplayer games were quaint little things which didn't quite work - wallhacks which turned levels into confusing glass mazes, aimbots which mostly missed unless you had a really low ping. I almost felt sorry for people using them. Now cheats are everywhere, they're horrible, and they're difficult to stop. Blizzard are going straight to the source, recently filing…

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Gul’Dan & Diablo’s Auriel Joining Heroes Of The Storm

Angels are an easy Halloween costume - rub a little flour into your Slanket [other wearable blankets are available -ed.] and tape an Aerobie Sprint [other objects can be thrown -ed.] onto your head - but they're rarely cool, are they? However, I have always quite liked the radiant cheesecake murdergirls of Magic: The Gathering and the eerie archangels of Diablo. I'm always glad to…

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Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator Goes One-Button

Blizzard's Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app is now less of a faff, simply showing "Approve" and "Deny" buttons for authorising logins. Previously, it'd generate a code folks would need to type out while logging in to play Overwatch, StarCraft II, and whatnot. It's a tiny change but removing any faff from security procedures is always good. If you already use the authenticator, hooray for less faff!…

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That’s So Raven: Heroes Of The Storm Adding Medivh

Medivh, the conflicted wizard from recent documentary Warcraft:The Beginning, will be turning up in the Nexus soon bringing his magical mcgubbins to the Heroes of the Storm [official site] roster. I feel like you could use his treacherous nature to really interesting effect in a MOBA - like, maybe a random chance for Sargeras to show up mid-game and mess with the character, converting him…

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Feature: How games fit into relationships

Love And Games: Long Distance Wizard-Killing

I was in a long distance relationship for over two years and gaming was incredibly useful for keeping in touch with my partner*. But not every game was a good fit, either because of relative game experience or temperament or any number of other things. So here are some of the games which worked and some of the games which didn't. I'm going to explain…

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Heroes Of The Storm Unlocks All Heroes This Weekend

Every character in Blizzard's free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] will be available to play free of charge this weekend. Normally HotS has the usual MOBA deal of only making a small, rotating lineup of ten wizards free at any one time, wanting people to pay up (real or fake money) to unlock wizards permanently. But with the grand finals of their Heroes…

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Watch Overwatch’s Tracer Show Off Her Heroes Of The Storm Moves

I'm starting to feel like your accidental official Blizzard correspondent at the moment. I think it's because I've been playing a lot of Heroes of the Storm [official site] and Overwatch [official site] so both are in my brain when I'm scouting for news. When I have time I should really update my thoughts on both games, actually. I'll add that to the To Do…

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Heroes Of The Storm: Primal Zerg Dehaka Burrows In

Primal Zerg hero Dehaka is burrowing his way into Heroes of the Storm [official site] from the StarCraft-iverse to become the game's fiftieth playable character. My knowledge of StarCraft lore is perhaps best described as "minimal" but there's a short Hotline Bling reference in the Dehaka introduction video so now I have "You used to call me through the Overmind..." stuck in my head as…

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10 Heroes, 1 Lane In Heroes Of The Storm’s Latest Map

Blizzard's take on the lane-pusher genre had maps of various shapes and sizes, but it was missing a one-laner until now. With their latest, the Lost Cavern, Heroes of the Storm [official site] wants to give the community something they were apparently already trying to make on their own: a map with no objectives, no lane pushing, and just one unending teamfight in the middle.…

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StarCraft’s Dehaka Will Be The 50th Hero Of The Storm

Prepare the cake and light up the candles, because Heroes of the Storm [official site] has announced its next hero, bringing the roster up to 50 characters! What do you say? We don't do candles and cake anymore? We just give them an achievement? Anyway, as reported by Destructoid, it's Dehaka's turn to join Blizzard's MOBA. He comes from Starcraft, and among his abilities it…

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Heroes Of The Storm: Li-Ming, Rebellious Wizard

I've not checked in with Heroes of the Storm [official site] in a while so the appearance of a spotlight video for upcoming hero, Li-Ming seems like a good excuse. She's just been added to the test realm so she should be added to the regular HotS roster soon. We know she was being set up as a glass cannon (fragile but capable of inflicting…

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Heroes Of The Storm Adding Two Diablo Spellcasters

At some point, one has to wonder how many heroes could possibly be hidden inside a single tempest. I'm no meteorologist, but my suspension of disbelief is starting to strain here. Case in point: Blizzard announced two new characters for Heroes of the Storm [official site] this week, both lifted from the Diablo universe—Li-Ming the Wizard and Xul the Necromancer. They'll bring the Heroes roster…

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