Blizzard’s media briefing at gamescom 2015 wrapped up a short time ago, so let’s dig right into it.
- Artanis, a new warrior from Starcraft, has been officially revealed.
- Kharazim the Monk, the first support from Diablo, is on deck, along with a full cinematic trailer.
- Rexxar, a ranged warrior hailing from Warcraft, is also in the offing.
In addition, there’s a video preview of a new Diablo-themed battleground called Infernal Shrines, which will strongly emphasize neutral objectives and their impact on team fights.
We’ll have more analysis coming on these announcements soon, but for right now, check out Blizzard’s official reveal.
The action is underway at gamescom 2015, and we’ve got all the latest news from the Nexus. Today, we announced three new Heroes and an exciting new Battleground—so let’s get to the details!
As the Eternal Conflict rages on, a new defender of Sanctuary prepares to enter the fray. Kharazim, Monk of Ivgorod, the first support character from the Diablo universe, will bring inner peace to his allies—and pain to his enemies. He’s a mobile melee Hero who can specialize in different paths by choosing one of three traits via his talents. Kharazim can select Iron Fists to gain bonus attack damage, Transcendence to heal himself through melee combat, or Insight to restore mana and find a balance between both offensive and defensive roles.
Kharazim won’t be the only new addition coming from Sanctuary. Infernal Shrines is a three-lane Diablo-themed Battleground featuring three shrines that will periodically gather power. Teams can unleash this power by activating a shrine, defeating its guardians, and summoning a devastating Punisher to fight for them. These powerful bosses will spawn with one of three deadly affixes—Arcane, Frozen, or Mortar— and will hunt down nearby enemy Heroes as well as pushing the lane closest to their shrine.
Charging into the brawl from Azeroth is the legendary beastmaster, Rexxar, and his loyal bear, Misha. He’s a unique ranged warrior, who calls on his ferocious companion to follow him around the battlefield and attack his foes. Misha is integral to Rexxar’s gameplay, harassing enemies, absorbing damage, and stunning enemy characters with a targeted charge ability.
If you’re the kind of player who prefers warriors that get up close and personal with their enemies, Artanis may be just the Hero for you. The leader of the Protoss will soon join the fight as the first StarCraft warrior, and he’ll be bringing some heavy hitting abilities with him.
Don’t miss our gamescom live-streamed show on www.blizzgc.com this Friday, August 7 from 9:00 a.m. PDT (18:00 CEST) for more on the new Heroes and Battleground, as well as a first look at some exclusive new content.