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Patch Notes For September 27th, 2016

by Alebeard on

Welcome to the gun show! Zarya is officially live in the Nexus and she would like to hug you like a big, fuzzy Siberian bear. Along with our newest Hero, this patch also heralds the second, and final phase, of the Machines of War event. If you somehow aren’t familiar with her, Zarya is a ranged warrior. Much like Tracer, her kit is very reminiscent of how she plays in Overwatch. Her Trait involves boosting her damage thru the use of shields that generate energy based on the amount of damage they absorb. She has two different types of shields at her disposal, Personal Barrier (W) and Shield Ally (E). Her primary damage ability is Particle Grenade (Q) and it’s damage is directly tied to how well she is able to build up energy with her shields. Both of her Heroics involve a gravity bomb. The first, Graviton Surge (R), ...

The Zarya patch, which is currently up for testing on the PTR, is expected to hit the live servers early this week. In addition to a new Hero, a new map, and a variety of Hero changes, this patch will also include several changes to the Shop inventory that you might want to plan ahead for. For starters, several mounts are being removed from the Shop. While these mounts will return eventually, there is no timeline for when this might happen so if you have been considering buying these mounts you might want to do it now. The mounts in question are the Lunar Dragon, the Spectre Phantom, and the Dire Wolf. On a related note, the Judgement Charger will return to the Shop with the new patch. In a rare move, there is a Hero who’s price will be increasing in the next patch. We often see price reductions, but this is ...

 

Things The Joes Do: Defend

by Alebeard on

If there is one thing that I have learned during my years playing Heroes of the Storm it is that people like to defend. I mean, they really like to defend. For many average players, defending is their go to action regardless of the situation. Capture an Objective, go defend. Win a team fight, go defend. Take a Boss, better go defend! Haunted Mines used to be the perfect example of this. It was a common sight to see a team get an 80 skull Golem and end up with multiple people on their team who would decide to hearth back and defend against the other team’s 20 skull Golem. The fact that this Golem posed no threat, and would likely be half dead by the time they reached it, didn’t prevent players from making this same mistake over and over, game after game. It also doesn’t prevent them from doing ...

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The PTR is back and this time around it is the phase two of the Machines of War event that is being tested. This patch will introduce a second ranged tank to the game with Zarya, as well as a new Starcraft map in Warhead Junction. Much like Tracer, Zarya’s kit is almost identical to how she plays in Overwatch. The main difference is the addition of a second Heroic, Expulsion Zone, which is essentially a Graviton Surge in reverse. On Warhead Junction players will fight for control of nuclear warheads which are still being produced at this abandoned test facility. These nukes pack quite the punch and can be used on Heroes, Structures, or Mercenaries. If you are killed while carrying a nuke the enemy team can pick it up and claim it as their own, so proceed with caution. As you would expect, it wouldn’t be a proper ...

 

Tyrael: Angelic Justice

by zexerous on

Tyrael has seen a great deal of play recently inside the Nexus in both casual and competitive settings. So we’ll take a look at a build that I like that should give you and your team a good leg up in your games. Abilities Trait Archangel’s Wrath Upon death, you turn into a spooky ghost who will then explode for a massive amount of damage, starting at a base 572 after 3.5 seconds. Granted, this isn’t the best trait in the Nexus, but you can even the score by either getting that post death kill or forcing someone out of a fight by exploding in their face. Q El’Druin’s Might Tyrael decides its in his best interest to throw his sword at you dealing 114 base damage and slowing you for 25% for 2.5 seconds. Its not a bad slow for its length. However the main benefit of this skill ...

 

Patch Notes For September 13th, 2016

by Alebeard on

A new patch has hit the live servers and it heralds the official start of the Machines of War event. This is one of the largest patches we have seen for Heroes of the Storm so set aside a few minutes to digest the wealth of information contained in the patch notes. Here are a few of the highlights to get you started, but this is by no means a complete list of everything contained in the patch. New Hero: Alarak, Highlord of the Tal’darim, is a melee assassin who also has decent poke thanks to his Lightning Surge (Q) ability. His trait allows him to deal 100% bonus damage to enemy Heroes, and he has a very interesting kit thanks to multiple Talents that allow him to manipulate the amount of damage his various abilities do. New Battleground: Braxis Holdout is a two lane map with a Starcraft 2 theme. ...

 

Setting Goals For Season 2

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Season 2 is fast approaching and players from around the Nexus are convinced that this will be the season when they finally claim their rightful place in the hierarchy of Ranked Play. Everyone is an optimist when it comes to what they think they can accomplish, but they often fail to plot out what steps they need to take to turn their nebulous hopes and dreams into reality. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a try hard pushing for Master, your results will improve if you take the time to set defined goals. This is how you turn what you hope to accomplish into what you plan to accomplish. There are countless books and articles out there that go in depth into goal setting. That is not what this article is about. If you would like to learn more about goal setting, by all means, seek out those other resources, ...

 

Season 2 Details Revealed

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Some might say it’s the end of an era. The first official season of Ranked Play is coming to a close soon, which means its time to start looking forward to Season 2. With that in mind, Blizzard recently released a post detailing what to expect in the upcoming season. Here is what you need to know: Season 2 will run the week of September 12th thru the week of December 12th. Just like Season 1, players will need to complete ten placement games in order to be ranked. Each player’s certainty level is also being loosen to allow players to more easily move up or down in Rank for their first few games. Players will once again earn unique portraits based on their highest Rank achieved in both Hero and Team League. Players who reach Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League will be awarded with the Elemental ...

When you are the defending Fall Regional Champions it is hard to say that you shocked the world, but in many ways that is exactly what Murloc Geniuses did this weekend at PAX West. Despite the fact that they won the first Fall Regional at Burbank, most of the hype coming into the second NA qualifier centered around Gale Force eSports, Team Naventic, and Denial eSports. While many people had Murlocs making it to the playoffs, few people were predicting them to win. These questions remained after an up and down Day One. They were taken to a Game Three by Team Name Change in their opening match before pulling out a victory. Next they were swept in the Winner’s Finals by Denial, although the games were closer than the score would indicate. They ended up facing TNC once again in the Decider Match, and this time they were able to ...

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