Posts Tagged ‘Heroes of the Storm’

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 massive burst damage) but let’s see how that’s been translated into skills.

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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 up to 48 different characters, by my count [49 by mine! -unhelpful ed.].

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Heroes Of The Storm: How Spring Esports Is Shaping Up

Blizzard has announced the full details of its Heroes of the Storm [official site] Spring Global Championship with eight regional shindigs culminating in a Global Championship event in April. The various prize pools for all of this top $1m and the company will be rinsing and repeating for a Summer and Fall season as well.

I’ll put their more detailed breakdown below with prizes and regional partners and dates and things. I suspect that when the full details for the Spring Global Championship are announced it’ll explain more about how this all feeds into the next World Championship.

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Heroes Of The Storm Snubs Shakira With New Hero

Look, Blizzard, you claim you’re serious about digital sports yet here you are, missing out on montage opportunities. Yes, sure, tournaments and pageantry and a good game and all that are nice, but mostly you need good frag montage videos. Adding a werewolf character to Heroes of the Storm [official site] should have hundreds of fans making videos set to one of the all-time greats, Shakira’s She Wolf [workplace warning: video shows Shakira dancing inside glitterguts], winning billions of views, but- oh, it’s a He Wolf. Shakira didn’t sing He Wolf, Blizzard. Don’t you even know that? But sure, you enjoy Greymane, the Lord of the Worgen. Whatever.

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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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