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Cassia, Amazon Warmatron, will soon be entering the Nexus. This high damage ranged Assassin will be at her best when on the move. Her Trait, Avoidance (D), gives her 65 Physical Armor while moving, making a well played Cassia the bane of auto-attack Heroes. Her Trait, combined with the fact that she has a shorter range than most other ranged Assassins should keep Cassia constantly on the move. Lightning Fury (Q) is her primary poke ability. Cassia hurls a javelin that damages the first enemy hit and then splits into two lightning bolts that deal damage to targets on either side of the primary target. Blinding Light (W) is an AOE Blind with a slight delay. It also gives Cassia a 15% passive damage bonus to Blinded targets. Fend (E) allows Cassia to charge an enemy and then channel a flurry of javelin strikes for 1.5 seconds. For Heroics, Cassia has

The 2017 Spring Heroes Summit brought us a big amount of news coming our way in Heroes of the Storm starting with the revamped progression system, reward system, loot chests and an updated currency system. While many of these systems were hinted at during various panels at BlizzCon 2016, it’s great to see them come to fruition and how much of it is being released all at once. There was a ton of content to look at during the summit, so let’s break it down and dig into what impact this has on the Heroes scene. Progression System Blizzard came out of the gate at the summit initially announcing the progression system showing an understanding of how important it was to the community putting it out front and center first. Level caps for both accounts and heroes are essentially gone and “players shouldn’t reach the technical caps in my lifetime”.

 

Hands on First Impression on Cassia!

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At the 2017 Spring Heroes Summit Blizzard gave us the opportunity to check out the newest Hero to enter the Nexus, the Amazon Cassia! A new ranged assassin being brought to the field of battle she provides some big damaging abilities alongside some series blinding abilities and a passive that, when played correctly, makes her very difficult to take down. Cassia’s passive will be bringing stutter stepping to the forefront as avoidance will be active when she is moving while not mounted and bring her an 65 armor against heroes basic attacks, a great counter to high burst auto attackers like Tracer, Valla, and Raynor. To maximize its value players will want to constantly be moving while getting attacks in during movements. Her Q ability, Lightning Surge harkens to the lightning Javelin so fondly remembered by Diablo 2 players. This hits the first target in its path and then splits

 

Valeera Talent Tree on the PTR

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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

 

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

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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

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