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The Murloc Strikes Back

by leg0lamb on

With the release of the Lucio patch to Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard has seemingly resurrected a much-loved Hero. A former glorified character that once upon a time arguably took down Team DK, the Korean giants, for Cloud9 at the very first Global Championship. That’s right, Murky the Baby Murloc! For some time now, Murky has not been favoured in the Meta for multiple reasons; mostly because recent Hero releases allow his style of play to be easily countered. Developer Comment: Mrrgrgrlgrl! Rise my brother murlocs! Mrrrgrgrlrlgrl! Vengeance will be ours! In examining Murky, his original health and egg timers are vestiges of a different time, created before even Jaina entered the Nexus. It seems the Developers realized that post Murky, Hero releases have not been favourable to him and have decided to buff up a few things to compensate. Murky has been a niche pick for quite some time

 

Lucio: Party Rocking Healing

by Alebeard on

Lucio has arrived in the Nexus and he is ready to get the party started. Whether you need a body moving bass line or a spirit soothing melody, this freedom fighting DJ knows just what song to play. Lucio is a mobile Support Hero who provides sustained AOE healing. What he lacks in damage he more than makes up for in utility. In this guide will go over Lucio’s kit as well as a solid all around Lucio Build that will put your enemies into a trance and have your teammates cheering your name. Basic Abilities Soundwave (Q): Deal moderate damage to enemies in a cone shaped area and knock them back. Crossfade (W): Play either a Healing Boost track (yellow circle) to heal nearby Heroes or a Speed Boost track (green circle) to increase the movement of nearby Heroes. Amp It Up (E): Increase the volume of Lucio’s Crossfade track and increase its benefit

 

Lucio Ready to Amp It Up in The Nexus

by Malon on

Despite speculation that Alexei Stukov would be the next hero coming to the Nexus – after infested Terran eggs were spotted in the ‘Where’s Valeera’ image shared at the end of January – the HotS team has confirmed that we will instead be receiving the first Support hero from the Overwatch universe: Lucio, the Brazilian DJ and resistance icon. We see Lucio wall-riding (what advantage will it give?), buffing allies with his shielding ultimate and an AoE heal centered around himself, and duelling a Thrall with his knock-back alternate fire. Interestingly, it seems that – like Tracer – he’ll be able to move and shoot at the same time. The addition of Lucio completes the triumvirate of DPS, tank and healer. Will we get an Overwatch Specialist next (oh god, please be Junkrat)?

 

Valeera Talent Tree on the PTR

by balrogfanbp on

The Talents For Valeera are now Live on the PTR and Blizzpro has all the information you need! Level 1  Vigor – Quest. Valeera regenerates an additional 2 energy per second. Reward: After gathering 20 regen globes Valeera’s maximum energy is increased to 120 Subtlety – After remaining vanished for 4 seconds, using Ambush, Cheap Shot, or Garrote causes Valeera to regenerate an additional 10 energy per second for 5 seconds. Combat Readiness –  Each combo point spent grants 50 physical armor against the next enemy hero basic attack reducing its damage by 50%. Stacks up to 3 times. Crippling Poison –  Cooldown 15 seconds. Activate to cause Valeera’s next instance of spell damage to slow enemy movement speed by 25% for 3 seconds. Activating Crippling Poison does not break Vanish. Level 4 Relentless Strike – Reduces the energy cost of Sinister Strike by 10. Hemorrhage – Valeera deals 25% increased basic

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

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: pic.twitter.com/KFHCdBWhEV — 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: pic.twitter.com/WZFqzfl8Y7 — 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

 

Tweet Teases New Hero

by Alebeard on

If you aren’t on Twitter you may have missed the latest of Team 1’s awesome Hero teases. They have really stepped up their creative game in the last year to the point that there is almost as much anticipation for the next Hero reveal as there is for the actual Hero release. Sometimes the clues are quite cryptic, other times they are fairly straightforward (as seems to be the case this time around) but either way they do a great job for building hype. Join us tomorrow for more: https://t.co/4ca0bXW05p pic.twitter.com/VSR1Fs0Si2 — Heroes of the Storm (@BlizzHeroes) December 20, 2016 Clearly it is someone who has an axe to grind with Arthas…

 

Varian Wrynn or Varian Win?

by Alebeard on

Varian Wrynn is coming to the Nexus whether you are ready or not. While it remains to be seen how good of a main tank he will be, early indications are that Assassin Varian is quite strong. Regardless of what his initial win rate ends up being, you can expect to see Varian in every game you play for at least the next week so you better know how to play against him. Let’s take a look at some of what makes Varian so strong and how to counter it. Cleanse is Your Friend A big part of what makes Varian so powerful is Warbringer at Level 4. This Talent reduces the cooldown of Charge and adds a stun to it, which means Varian players will have a targetable stun with a one second duration available every six seconds. The chain stun potential that Charge can set up is going

 

Ragnaros Preview and First Impressions

by Alebeard on

Prepare to be purged by fire; Ragnaros will soon be entering the Nexus. Whether you want to live out your dreams of being a raid boss, or to get pay back for all those times he didn’t drop your Tier 2 helm, you can expect to see Ragnaros added to the game sometime in December. Abilities Q – Empowered Sulfuras: Your next basic attack is instant, does area damage, and heals you for 20% of the damage dealt W – Living Meteor: Call down a meteor nearby that deals minor damage upon impact, and then rolls in the direction you’ve targeted, dealing moderate damage to foes in its path E – Blast Wave: Ignite yourself or an ally, boosting movement speed by 25% for 1.5 seconds and then explode into flames dealing moderate damage to nearby enemies D – Molten Core: Claim an allied or destroyed fort as your new Molten Core Talents Level 1

 

Varian Wrynn may have died on Azeroth (spoiler alert!), but as of November 15th he will forever live on in the Nexus. Varian is an interesting Hero for several reasons. For starters, Varian was the last of the original batch of Hero concepts that the team developed back in 2010-2012 when their focus was on rapidly creating as many Hero designs as possible. Work on the second iteration of Varian began back in February of this year. Varian is also the first multi-class Hero in the game. He is classified as both a warrior and an assassin. Not only does this mean tremendous build diversity, but it also provides the added bonus of being able to complete both warrior and assassin dailies at the same time. He is also the first Hero to have three different Heroic options. Abilities Q – Lion’s Fang unleashes a shockwave in a straight line that does damage and slows

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