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Varian Wrynn or Varian Win?

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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

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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

 

Gul’Dan Horrifc Warlock

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Gul’Dan has now been in the nexus for a number of weeks now and people are finally getting a good taste of what the Orc Warlock’s power can bring to a team in the nexus. Today I will cover a build that I’ve been working with that I think will serve you well in laying everything to waste in the nexus. Abilities D Trait Life Tap Despite his overwhelming fel powers, Gul’Dan does not regenerate mana in any way. This lack of innate regen is made up by Life Tap, where Guldan will sacrifice a bit of his health in order to recover 25% of his maximum mana. Be very careful of mashing this as you don’t want to lose up to 50-75% of your life on accident. Q Fel Flame With an amazing cool down of 1.5 seconds and dealing a base 209 damage, fel flame is spamable and

A new Balance Patch was released today, one day earlier than expect thanks to a bug involving Tracer and her Pulse Bomb. While the list of changes is short, one of the most popular Heroes in the game is once again on the hit list. Kael’thas has received yet another nerf, this time centered on the damage over time component of his Living Bomb (W) ability. The explosion damage has been increased however, so at the lower levels, where players are less apt to spread out and avoid bomb damage, this might actually be a bit of a sideways buff. Despite many changes, Kael’thas always seems to rise from the ashes so there is no reason to expect this time to be any different. Next up is Chromie, with a slight buff to her Time Trap (E) ability. The last Hero on the list is another staple of these Balance

 

Give Her Time

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It has been just over two weeks since Chromie’s release. Since that time she has had by far the lowest win rate in the game according to HOTSLogs. This has led many people to conclude that Chromie’s is a bad Hero, but I would disagree. Her problem isn’t poor design, it is that unlike other mages she isn’t a Hero that you can just plug into any team comp. In the right situation Chromie can shine, but in the wrong situation she is a liability. Being able to tell the difference is the key Chromie’s success. Let’s look at a few of the reasons why Chromie is struggling and what we can do to avoid those issues. All Skill Shots For many players, the most obvious obstacle to playing Chromie is the fact that both of her offensive abilities are skill shots. As if that doesn’t make her difficult enough, there

Chromie has now been in the nexus for a few weeks now, and today now we’re going to take a look at this long range, heavy damage diminutive siege wizard and come up with a nice build that will take advantage of her range and high damage potential. Trait Timewalker Chromie gets her talents 1 level earlier than all other heroes. Pretty handy as you power spike earlier than everyone else in the field. Abilities Q Sand Blast After a second charge up, Chromie fires a ball of sand that deals heavy damage, a base 405 at level 1, to the first enemy hero it hits. This does not hit structures so save it for when you have a nice shot lined up. W Dragon’s Breath Send a dragon into the sky that comes crashing down onto your opponents heads after a 1.5 second delay. This also deals incredible damage,

Brawl with the Blues returns and invited on this episode of the show will be our very own DJTyrant from the Heroes Powerhour. The show starts May 18th at 11AM PDT on the BlizzHeroes Twitch channel and DJTyrant’s personal channel including gameplay with the community showing off the new WarCraft hero Chromie! Make sure to check out DJTyrant on the show where he will be joined by Blizzard community manager Trikslyr and other community members: Kyle Fergusson GarrettArt McIntyre The community members listed above will be joining our very own Trikslyr in-game to battle it out on the ladder. During the matches, Spyrian will be on hand to collect your questions from Twitter and the Twitch chat, then field them to the players to get their answers live on the air. As we mentioned, we’ll also be playing a few Custom Games with viewers, so jump in the in-game chat

 

Tracer, Recalling for Fun and Profit!

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Tracer has finally blinked her way into the Nexus. Bringing insane mobility and many tools at her disposal to keep her safe. We’re going to cover a build that I think will take advantage of her incredible talent. She also has the best character trailer ever. Seriously. Watch this. Abilities Trait Reload This refills Tracers current ammo clip entirely. Unlike other heroes Tracer can move while auto attacking. Think of it like stutter stepping without the effort of stuttering. Q Blink She teleports to an area. It’s like Li-Ming’s teleport, but much more annoying. Tracer gets 3 charges of Blink. They refill somewhat quickly being on a 6 second cooldown. But don’t get greedy with them. Tracer has a catastrophically low HP pool. To put it in perspective it’s less than Raynor’s by a wide margin but, not worse than Murky. W Melee This is simply a melee attack when you

 

The Cavalry’s Almost Here

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The cavalry’s hasn’t arrived yet, but we now know when to expect them. Tracer will officially blink into the Nexus on April 26th, but those who preorder a digital copy of Overwatch: Origins Edition for PC will get exclusive access to her a week early, on April 19th. Players who purchase the Origins Edition for other platforms will still receive Tracer for free, they will just have to wait until they pick up their copy of Overwatch once it releases on May 24th. It would appear that the Heroes team has done a great job of capturing the essence of Tracer’s Overwatch playstyle. Check out this video to see Tracer in action: As you can see, she is a highly mobile ranged assassin capable of attacking while moving. In what may end up being a trend for Overwatch Heroes, she only has one ultimate which she can modify in different

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