Not that there was much doubt, but Valeera has officially stepped out of the shadows and into the bright lights of the Nexus. The latest In Development video provides the first look at her abilities as well as her various skins and tints. I really like her Master Skin, but I don’t know that I would ever use it after seeing the amazing Demon Hunter Valeera skin. The video also provides a sneak peak at several new Lunar Festival skins as well as a mount. The video does leave me with one question. Does Vanish include a silence? When Valeera uses it to attack Jaina is puts the Silence icon over her head. Now this might be a Talent, it could be part of another Ability, or it could just be a mistake, but it doesn’t show up anywhere else in the Valeera footage. The good news is we won’t

Taaaaz’Dingo! A battle cry that strikes fear into enemies and teammates alike. Used properly, this mighty exclamation heralds a potential mega kill. Used improperly, it is the opening note in a Zul’jin funeral dirge. What determines which type of Taz’Dingo you get? Commitment and timing. Here is what the great Troll warrior Ale’jin had to say about how to Taz’Dingo. “Proper Taz’Dingo requires courage. To truly be one with Taz’Dingo you must embrace death. If you wish to live you must be willing to die. It is only thru conquering your fear of death that you can cause your enemies to fear theirs. To show fear in the face of Taz’Dingo is to invite death. Once Taz’Dingo has been declared you must stand your ground and bravely strike down your enemies. Running away after proclaiming Taz’Dingo will not only earn the scorn of your Troll ancestors, but it will also

Technically Team 1 hasn’t come out and officially announced that Valeera Sanguinar will be the next Hero added to the game, but all signs certainly seem to point to it. First, there was what appeared to be premature posting of Valeera information on the Blizzard Press Site last week. Then we had this ominous tweet earlier in the week: — Heroes of the Storm (@BlizzHeroes) January 12, 2017 As if that wasn’t enough proof, earlier today we received this tweet from the official Heroes Twitter account: — Heroes of the Storm (@BlizzHeroes) January 13, 2017 For many people, Valeera is best known as the face of the Rogue class in Hearthstone, but she is a recurring NPC in World of Warcraft and her origin story was revealed in the World of Warcraft comic. Although she is a blood elf, her story is closely connected to the Alliance. Like

The Heroes Global Championship series has been completely revamped for 2017 and one of the more interesting changes is the addition of the Open Division. For those not familiar, the Open Division is meant to provide the opportunity for non-HGC teams to compete regularly and potentially even win their way into the next phase of the HGC. Whether you are someone with dreams of playing professionally, or simply someone who enjoys Heroes eSports, the Open Division will be a great addition to the competitive scene. Today we learned more about how the Open Division will work, and when play will begin, thanks to a new post on the Heroes eSports page. The Open Division will consist of a series of seven weekend tournaments. Points will be awarded to the top 16 teams in each tournament and at the conclusion of the seven weekend tournaments the 16 teams will the most

Mark your calendars and set aside some time this weekend to play Heroes of the Storm because the entire Hero roster will be available to play for free! This event will officially run from 10 a.m. on January 13 until 10 a.m. on January 16. During this time the Free to Play roster will expand to include all Heroes, including the newest Hero, Zul’jin. This will be a great time to try out a potential new Hero or to earn some extra gold by getting more Heroes to Level 5. HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH A FULL HERO ROSTER! BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT 1/9/20179 2016 was an incredible year for Heroes of the Storm. We introduced of tons of new Heroes, features, events, mounts, skins, and even more to the Nexus, but just in case you missed it, you can check out the video below that recaps all the epic content

Easily lost in all of the hype surrounding Zul’jin’s release and the Raynor bug fix earlier this week was a subtle change to the Resistance/Vulnerability mechanic. Here is what the patch notes had to say: Design & Gameplay Armor & Vulnerability Developer Comments:  With today’s patch you will notice that a lot of our tooltips that used to reference the Resistant/Vulnerable system have been changed. Matthew Cooper detailed the changes on our forums last month explaining a bit about the new system. While the tooltips may have changed, the actual functionality for the system has been in since the Varian patch hit during the week of November 14, so the game itself should not feel any different than what you are currently used to. You will also notice that we have added baseline Armor to three Heroes – Arthas, Anub’arak, and Greymane’s Worgen Form. These are the first of a


Balance Update For January 6, 2017

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A relatively sizable Balance Update was released earlier today and it includes changes to some of the more dominant Heroes in the current Meta such as Thrall, Rehgar, and Diablo. Other Heroes receiving changes include Ragnaros, Varian, Lt. Morales, Dehaka, and our newest Hero, Zul’jin. It may be worth noting that Zeratul is listed in the tags at the bottom of the Patch Notes. This could be a clue that a change is coming for him that did not making it into the actual Patch, or it could simply be a typo. Read the full details of the changes in the Patch Notes below.


It Be Patch Day, Mon

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The latest Heroes of the Storm patch it out and it brings with it among other things a troll Hero, an in-game Tournament Draft feature, a buff to Grave Golem scaling on Haunted Mines, and a fix to the Raynor bug. Zul’Jin, Warlord of the Amani, is a ranged Assassin whose damage increases the more injured he becomes. His first Heroic, Taz’dingo, makes it so that he cannot be killed or reduced below 1 health for the next four seconds. His second Heroic, Guillotine, launches a massive blade into the sky that does damage in the target area. This damage is increased the lower Zul’Jin’s Health becomes. Other Heroes seeing changes this patch include Nova, Azmodan, Sylvanas, and Anub’arak. As usual the patch also includes a variety of changes to the Shop inventory, UI and Art improvements, and assorted bug fixes. If you would like to read the full Patch


Alebeard’s Best Of 2016

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2016 was an amazing year for Heroes of the Storm. While almost everyone would agree that the game is in the best place it has ever been, it is still easy to overlook just how much the game has improved over the last twelve months. The amount of content that has been added to the game is staggering. Don’t believe me? Check out this Year in Review video the Heroes team put together that highlights just some of what 2016 brought to Heroes of the Storm. What a great reminder of how far the game has come since this time last year! With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to do a sort of “Best of” list for 2016, but with the understanding that this is by no means a definitive ranking. This is just an excuse to reminisce back over the year that was and highlight a


A new In Development video was released earlier today which provides a more in depth look at Zul’jin, his skins, and his abilities. It also includes a sneak peek at some cool upcoming skins for Chromie and Kharazim, as well as the Amani War Bear mount. Check out all of the future goodness for yourself here: Which of the items in this video are you the most excited about?

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