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Anub’arak Guide: Un-Beetle-ble

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Anub’arak once rose from the dead to rule over Azjol-Nerub and the Icy Depths beneath the Crusader’s Coliseum. Now he has risen once again and this time he has claimed the Nexus as his kingdom. Since being reworked in the Probius patch, Anub’arak has gone from being an occasional anti-mage counter to the strongest Warrior in the game. While he may not be picked as often as some other Warriors, he currently boasts the highest win rate of any Hero, Warrior or otherwise, on HOTSLogs. Anub’arak still does well against spell damage heavy compositions, but he is no longer limited to that role. He is a capable tank regardless of the enemy comp and he can be an effective bruiser as well. Anub’arak has everything in his kit that you would want from a Warrior. He has solid self-sustain, good tools to engage, and two different ways to Stun enemy

Korea has long been considered the best region in the game and based on the results of the Eastern Clash that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Much like the Western Clash, one region was clearly favored going into the event. Although eStar from China was considered a threat to break into the Top 3, L5 and MVP Black from Korea were thought to be a clear step above the other teams. Early play was dominated by the favorites. The first seven matches were all sweeps, putting a quick end to any hopes of a Cinderella story. While L5 comfortably advanced to the Winners Final, eStar and MVP Black battled in an epic five-game series with a spot in the Winner’s Final on the line. eStar jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but MVP Black was able to pull off a thrilling reverse sweep and steal the win

 

For Azeroth Event Extended

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It turns out that the “For Azeroth!” event ended a few hours earlier than originally intended. As a result of this abrupt ending, some players were left unable to complete the event. In typical Blizzard fashion, they are making this right by bringing back the event quest so that everyone has additional time to complete their games and claim the associated rewards. The quest is active now and will run until Sunday, March 26. Any progress towards completion that players had made prior to the original end of the event will carry over, so players can pick up where they left off.   In case you missed it, “For Azeroth” is a quest to play 15 games as a Warcraft Hero while in a group with someone on your Battlenet friends list. As a reward, players receive the Flames of Judgement Charger in Heroes of the Storm and the Primal

Several members of the design team took to Reddit today to answer questions from the community. As you can imagine the topics were wide-ranging and the thread is already over 600 posts at the time of this writing. Don’t worry if you don’t have the time or the patience to wade thru a 600 post Reddit thread, we did it for you. Here are some of the more interesting takeaways from this highly informative Q&A: Probius It was a conscious design to not have Photon Cannon prioritize Heroes. They did not want Probius to be a lane bully able to zone out enemy Heroes with aggressive Photon Cannon placement. Probius is meant to be more of a defensive Hero. Having the Cannon auto-target minions first forces players to decide between forward placement to help clear minion waves or rear placement to defend against diving Heroes. Builder Heroes have traditionally been difficult to

 

Countdown to the Eastern Clash

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The Eastern Clash begins this weekend with some of the best teams in the world squaring off for a share of the $100,000 prize pool and the right to call themselves the first ever Eastern Clash Champion. Eight teams from Korea, China, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan have gathered in Shanghai, China for an intense weekend of Heroes action. While teams from North American and Europe may be more well known to the casual fan, there is no denying the fact that the best teams in the world play in the east. Any debate otherwise was disproven last year when every single global event was won by a Korean team. L5, formerly known as Ballistix is clearly the team to beat going into this event. Since their victory at Blizzcon last year, they have gone on to win the Gold Club World Championship and are undefeated in the Korean HGC. MVP

 

Known as “Wacky Match” by some, Quick Match has always been a mode of play where almost anything goes. This is the natural by-product of creating a team from five random people who are playing whichever Heroes strike their fancy. Blizzard has traditionally embraced this style of play and avoided making hard and fast matchmaking rules for QM as a result. However, they do understand that not every combination of five Heroes is viable and over time they have added more and more matchmaking parameters to improve the overall QM experiences. Community Manager Ravinix took to the forums recently to detail a new set of guidelines that have been implemented into matchmaking for QM. Greetings, Heroes! If you’ve been playing Quick Match in the past week, you may have noticed some differences in your recent team compositions. We’ve implemented some changes to the matchmaker to further define some of the role-flexing Heroes

 

Patch Notes For March 14, 2017

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A new patch has been released on the live servers bringing with it several major additions. Probius is the latest Hero to enter the Nexus. This brave little Probe was the star of the Legacy of the Void cinematic specializes in zone control thru the use of Pylons. He does high damage but requires a certain amount of setup time to be at his most effective. A new season of Ranked Play has also begun. Dubbed 2017 Season 1 this new season is expected to last until the week of June 13th. Players can earn the usual portraits, gold, and a unique mount based on their highest ranked achieved. Rewards for the previous season have also been awarded out so be sure to log in to collect that booty. Several Heroes have also been reworked in this patch. Check out the Patch Notes below to read all about the changes

 

Playing Around Patches

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Heroes of the Storm is an ever evolving game due to the introduction of new Heroes and regular balance updates. While this can sometimes make it hard to keep up with the Meta, it also provides a valuable information that you can use to your advantage. Even if you don’t play draft modes you can still use your knowledge of how the game is evolving to improve your chances for success. In this case, success refers not only to your chances of winning, but also your chances of having an enjoyable experience. There is an element of randomness to Quick Match which can at times lead to some… interesting… compositions. Taking a few moments to consider recent changes and how they affect which Heroes people choose to play can go a long way to improving your odds of avoiding a less than ideal comp. Most people intuitively understand that Heroes who have

Heroes of the Dorm is back for 2017 and so is the Bracket Challenge. Hundreds of teams registered all with the dream of being crowned HotD Champions and winning free college tuition. Now only 64 teams remain and they will fight it out in a single elimination bracket that will culminate in the Heroic Four at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. Bracket play will begin on March 18th with all of the action being shown on Facebook Live. The Heroic Four will be April 8th in front of what is sure to be a standing room only crowd in fabulous Las Vegas. Everyone who attends the Heroic Four will receive a Cheerleader Kerrigan Bundle and will be treated to one of the best atmospheres in Heroes eSports. If you aren’t able to attend live, you can still watch all of the action from home on Facebook

 

New Ranked Play Details Announced

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As we near the end of Season 3 it is time to look to the future of Ranked Play. The new Ranked Play Season will begin next week with the release of the Probius patch. The first change is that seasons will now be categorized by year so we won’t be talking about Ranked Play Season 23 five years from now. The new season will be called 2017 Season 1 and it is scheduled to run until the week of June 13. The format of Ranked Play will remain the same, with Hero League being solo queue only and Team League being for groups of 2, 3 or 5. According to the official Ranked Play announcement, which you can find here, the solo queue format of HL has been a huge success. Team League numbers have also risen with more people playing TL games than ever before. They do plan to continue

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