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Major updates to the Technical Alpha for Heroes of the Storm were released in today’s patch, including the introduction of Chen Stormstout as the newest hero and a significant overhaul of the Haunted Mines map. Chen will play very similarly to how those of you who used the Pandaren Brewmaster hero in Warcraft III remember him. The Haunted Mines underground area was decreased in size and number of skulls required, and there are also less mercenary camps. You can see the new version on the updated Battleground page online. The 64-bit client is still being deployed, but streaming downloader functionality, UI updates, and balance tweaks to many heroes were included in the significant list of changes. Read on for a full list: GENERAL 64-Bit Client Now Available A 64-bit version of the Technical Alpha Client is now available on 64-bit systems. The 64-bit version of the Heroes client allows the ...

Blizzard unveiled today that the next update to the Technical Alpha client will include an option for players running the Windows version of the Battle.net App to launch the new Heroes 64-bit client. Under the Settings -> Game Settings menu, simply uncheck the ‘Launch 32-bit client (instead of 64-bit)’ option, just as you would for World of Warcraft. The complete announcement was as follows: We’ll be releasing a 64-bit version of the Technical Alpha client with our next patch, which players on 64-bit Windows systems will be able to start using just as soon as maintenance concludes on patch day. If you’ve got more than 4GB of RAM installed in your machine, the 64-bit client will allow the game to utilize this extra memory, reducing the risk that you might run into an Out-of-Memory error while playing Heroes of the Storm. We’ll make further improvements to the 64-bit client with ...

 

New Chen Trailer!

by DannieRay23 on

With Chen Week upon us, Blizzard has released a brand new Trailer for Chen Stormstout. Honor, Tradition, Good Brews, and Family is some of what Chen stands for. Soon enough we will able to embody those values as we take our burly Pandaren friend to battle in the Nexus. How hyped are you for the latest new Hero of the Storm being released? Let us know in the comments below!...

 

Is Chen week incoming (confirmed!)?

by djtyrant on

We’ve heard some rumblings over on the Heroes subreddit from ESVDiamond that we might be in for a Chen week alongside a new patch. The post links to a purported image of a whited out figure of Chen being used as a promotion on a Russian social network that (again reportedly) is used by Blizzard for promotion in that region. While we couldn’t find the exact posting, I believe if the posting had hit the network it would have been quickly removed as this would most likely show up tomorrow if there is some merit to this rumor. UPDATE: Blizzard confirmed through their social media channels that Chen week is happening this week! Look for a video/blog post tomorrow highlighting this hero! Here’s the image of Chen linked, which looks very similar to what they have done for hero weeks in the past. Check out the full post and discussion over ...

 

Sneak peak of new master skins!

by djtyrant on

Blizzard released a new preview video Friday showcasing a sneak peak at new master skins for a bunch of heroes. Included in this update is a look at Zeratul, Tyrael, Tychus, Raynor, Brightwing, and Nova. Master skins are unlocked to be purchasable for 10,000 gold by hitting level 10 with that hero. Here’s the video release by Blizzard showing off the new skins! Let us know what you think of them in the comments below, who is your favorite master skin from this video? Check out Blizzard’s post showcasing all of the current master skins over on the official site....

djWheat (Marcus Graham) had the opportunity to interview Heroes of the Storm game developer Dustin Browder, as well as sit in on gameplay by senior 3D artist Phill Gonzales....

A new Developer Insights focuses on the Queen of Blades, featuring a talk with game designer Kent-Erik Hagman on her design and mechanics....

The Heroes of the Storm now offers battleground pages, with interactive maps, objectives, and more, according to a blog post posted today....

 

Kerrigan Highlighted for Hero Week

by Magistrate on

The Starcraft universe villain (or hero, depending on how you look at it) Sarah Kerrigan is being highlighted this week for Hero Week. Blizzard’s blog post features a lore summary, a neat trailer, tips, fan and concept art, and an overview of her abilities. For more on this hero, we encourage you to read up on our Kerrigan hero page, where you can find her statistics, abilities, talents, and skins, as well as a bit of lore. “SOMETIMES I MISS BEING HUMAN… …UNTIL I SEE HOW EASILY THEY DIE.” - KERRIGAN, QUEEN OF BLADES Once a terran ghost with formidable psionic abilities, Kerrigan was betrayed by her allies and transformed by the zerg into the Queen of Blades. Now freed of the dark one’s corruption, Kerrigan faces a threat that could destroy the galaxy itself, but in the meantime, the Nexus calls! Sarah Kerrigan hails from the depths of the StarCraft universe, and ...

 

Kaeo Milker: Ranked Play Mode Is Coming

by Crow on

In an interview at gamescom with ingame.de, Producer Kaeo Milker talked about the long-awaited Ranked Play options that will be coming up in Heroes… though he was also quick to mention that ranked play doesn’t make sense with a small pool of players, and the number of players in the technical alpha is still too small for these mechanics to work fairly. Milker first discussed the Draft Mode, where opposing (and pre-made) teams of players will be able to ban each other from selecting up to three certain heroes, and then take turns picking heroes in order to fill out the team. Players can’t select a random hero in this mode. Looking at this from an e-sports angle, I like the idea from a competitive standpoint: if you’re well-schooled enough with the game to predict what kind of strategies your opposition will use from their character selection, and tailor your team ...

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