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Beta Key Giveaway Week 2: Winners have been selected!

by Published on 2018-06-19 10:39 PM

Echoes of Alterac - Second Phase
Second part of the Echoes of Alterac event is now live in all regions! Let's take a look at what is included in this round of additions:


  • Alterac Pass
    • 3-lane battleground
    • Control prison camps to unleash cavalry in your lanes
    • 2 sieges camps and 2 boss camps
    • Mud Pit hazards; Slows units up to 60% the longer they stay in them
    • Boss cores; Standard cores replaced by Vanndar Stormpike and Drek'thar
  • Alliance/Horde-themed Skins
    • Warsong Johanna
    • Vanndar Muradin
    • Spirit Healer Auriel
    • Sapper Junkrat
    • Nightslayer Valeera
    • High Warlord Garrosh
    • Grand Marshal Varian
  • Mounts
    • Swift Stormpike Ram/Swift Dark Iron Ram
    • Raging Night Wolf/Raging Timber Wolf

Alterac Pass is currently only available in Versus AI, Quick Match, Unranked, and Custom game types. The battleground will enter Hero League and Team League rotations during the week of July 10th.

And remember: The 50% bonus XP event for playing with friends is still ongoing! Pass by our thread on the forums if you're looking for people to team up with.


Echoes of Alterac: Call to Arms Streamer Event
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

With the Echoes of Alterac ringing through the Nexus, battle lines have been drawn and warriors have chosen their sides. To celebrate the event, 10 of your favorite Heroes of the Storm streamers have answered the Call to Arms and pledged their loyalty to the Alliance or Horde. From June 19th through June 24th, they'll be streaming for their faction, completing challenges and earning points along the way. At the end of the first week of competition, the winning team will be given Heroes bundle codes to raffle off to their viewers!

But the battle doesn't end there. On June 27th, we'll be holding a best-of-five tournament between both factions’ teams, with the legendary Derek "DunkTrain" Arabian and Kurt "Kaeyoh" Ocher sharing casting duties during the main event!


Horde Team:



Alliance Team:



The Challenges

Players from each faction will battle it out for points during their streams when Call to Arms kicks off.

How does the points system work, you ask? Call to Arms features a variety of challenges, which range from "Get MVP 3 Times" to "Win 3 Games in a Row." Each faction can only earn points for completing an individual challenge once, so you can bet your favorite streamers will be hustling to get them done during their timeslots. At the end of the first week, the faction with the most points wins. In order to guarantee the most even playing field possible for each player, these challenges must be completed in Hero League.

Here is the complete list of challenges and how many points they are worth:

  • Earn MVP 3 Times (Win Or Lose) - 5 Points
  • Become "Hero of the Storm" (20 Takedown Streak) In 2 Games - 5 Points
  • Get A Triple Kill (Must be your last hits in the event feed) - 5 Points
  • Get a Quad Kill (Must be your last hits in the event feed) - 10 Points
  • Win 1 Game With A Warcraft Hero of Each Class (Warrior, Assassin, Support) - 5 Points
  • Win 1 Game With 0 Team Deaths - 10 Points
  • Win 2 Games Without Dying - 5 Points
  • Win 3 Games As a Hero of Your Faction - 5 Points
  • Win 3 Games As a Warcraft Hero - 5 Points
  • Win 3 Games In A Row - 5 Points
  • Win 5 Games - 10 Points
  • Win 5 Games In A Row - 15 Points
  • Win 8 Games - 15 Points

The Schedule

Tune in to support your favorite streamers as they work towards each challenge, earning points for their team as they race towards the Showdown.

Tuesday 6/19

  • MFPallytime: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
  • Kiyeberries: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM PDT

Wednesday 6/20

  • VipersWorld: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM PDT

Thursday 6/21

  • TrikSlyr: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
  • AliciaWins: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

Friday 6/22

  • SolidJake: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
  • Kala: 8:00 PM - 2:00AM PDT

Saturday 6/23

  • Selenityy: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

Sunday 6/24

  • Kendric: 5:00 AM - 1:00PM PDT
  • ggMarche: 6:00 PM - 12:00AM PDT

The Showdown

After the dust has settled, both factions’ teams will take their grudge to Alterac Pass itself!

The teams will face off in a best-of-five tournament taking place solely on Alterac Pass. The team who takes the victory will earn even more rewards for their fans, so be sure to support your faction!

When & Where:


Twitch Drops

As you watch each of these streamers, remember that Twitch Drops are active for Heroes of the Storm! You can earn Loot Chests and exclusive portraits simply by tuning in. Click here to read more about Twitch Drops.

Will the fearsome Horde crush their enemies, or will the noble Alliance take victory? You'll have to wait and see!

Volskaya Foundry Temporarily Out Of Ranked Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Due to a recently discovered bug, we are temporarily disabling the Volskaya Foundry Battleground from Ranked play modes until the issue can be fixed in an upcoming patch. This is currently in effect in all regions.

We will keep this thread updated with details if anything changes.

Thanks!
- Dylan (Community Manager Ravinix)
by Published on 2018-06-17 11:38 PM



HGC Mid-Season Brawl - Grand Finals
We are almost done with the playoffs, and we saw some incredible plays! Sadly, given that this is the knockout round, we've had to say goodbye to some great teams. HeroesHearth Esports and Method both fought valiantly on Saturday, but at the end of the day both teams were bested by Ballistic and Fnatic respectively. In the upper bracket, there was no real contest. Both Korean teams were wrecking things and came out on top with a 3-0. However, if you are only able to catch a single VOD from that round of matches, be sure to catch up on Method v Fantic. It was a nailbiter to the very end.


Sunday started off with NA's last hope, Tempo Storm, facing off against Ballistix. While Tempo Storm bested Ballistix easily during the group stage, it took them a bit more effort this time. Ballistix started out hard with 2-0, but Tempo Storm came back with 3 wins in a row to snag the series.

We also had to say goodbye to another EU team before the end of Sunday, one way or another. Fnatic appeared to have pulled themselves togethers in the past few games, while Dignitas still needed to find their sweet spot. Fnatic started out well indeed, but then Team Dignitas finally seemed to get into their groove and took the series 3-1.

In the upper bracket, Gen.G and Tempest, geared up for what was predicted to be a powder keg of a series. But that was not to be. Gen.G absolutely obliterated Tempest in what can only be described as a bloodbath. Tempest fought valiantly but never stood a chance against Rich and his team. Gen.G has carved their way through this entire tournament undefeated, sitting at an incredible 16-0 record!

Dignitas then welcomed Tempo Storm in the last lower bracket game of the day in the last showdown between NA and EU for the Mid-Season Brawl. And Tempo Storm got rolled, never being able to take a game off of Dignitas.

So with three teams left, we have two games remaining for Monday. First we have the Lower Bracket Finals, with Team Dignitas and Tempest facing off to determine who gets the last spot in the Grand Finals. And then the winner gets to face Gen.G and a steep challenge in taking even one game off of the Korean all-stars team.

So in short, here's how it's looking before Monday's last few games:



Monday, June 18
Start Time: 3:30 PM CEST / 6:30 AM PDT
  • Best of 5 matches
  • (Lower Finals) Tempest - KR vs. Team Dignitas - EU

Start Time: 8:00 PM CEST / 11:00 AM PDT
  • Best of 7 matches
  • (Grand Finals) Gen.G - KR vs. (Winner of Lower Finals)

Want to check out the entire schedule? Take a look at the HGC Mid-Season Brawl Survival Guide.


Talent and Casters

Alternative Language Streams

Official HGC Website: https://esports.heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/
by Published on 2018-06-16 07:06 PM

HGC Mid-Season Brawl Playoffs - Saturday
Almost a week of games is done, and we've now reached the playoffs! It's time to determine who gets to go on to the finals, and who gets knocked out after a stint in the lower bracket. Let's take a look at the final group standings:


Not the biggest surprise in terms of which teams get to continue on. Tempo Storm and Ballistix ended up with the same point total after Wednesday's games, and thus had to enter into a Best-of-1 to determine who got the upper bracket spot; a victory that went to TS. In general, the Korean teams dominated the group stage, especially with Gen.G (formerly KSV Black) going completely undefeated! Can they keep the streak going? Be sure to tune in and watch!

Saturday, June 16
Start Time: 10:00 AM CEST / 1:00 AM PDT
  • Best of 5 matches
  • (Lower) Ballistix - KR vs. HeroesHearth Esports - NA
  • (Lower) Method - EU vs. Fnatic - EU
  • (Upper) Gen.G - KR vs. Team Dignitas - EU
  • (Upper) Tempest - KR vs. Tempo Storm - NA

Want to check out the entire schedule? Take a look at the HGC Mid-Season Brawl Survival Guide.


Talent and Casters

Alternative Language Streams

Official HGC Website: https://esports.heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/


Heroes of the Storm Twitch Drops
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Beginning June 12, tuning into Heroes of the Storm on Twitch with a linked Battle.net account could earn you some truly Heroic rewards! For more info - including what you could win, where to win it, how to link your accounts, eligibility requirements and more - read on!


Rewards & Requirements

  • Heroic Account Unlock:

  • Rare Loot Chests:
    • Tuning into any Heroes of the Storm stream anytime between 9:00 AM PDT June 12 – 11:59 PM PDT July 9 for a combined 3 hours will earn you a Rare Loot Chest!
      • Watch your favorite Heroes streamer or look around for some new entertainment! You don’t need to stay on one specific channel for the entire 3-hour requirement.

  • Echoes of Alterac Portraits:


  • Tuning into any Heroes of the Storm stream for a combined 6 hours from anytime between 9:00 AM PDT June 12 – 11:59 PM PDT July 9 will earn you two exclusive Echoes of Alterac-themed portraits inspired by the Alterac Pass Generals, Vann’dar Stormpike and Drek’thar!
    • Just like the 3-hour reward, you don’t need to tune into one stream for the combined 6 hours, so feel free to find some new favorite streams!

  • Tons of Loot Chests:
    • We’ll also be giving out 1,000s of loot chests every day for the length of this promotion. Just tune into any Heroes of the Storm channel anytime between 5:00 PM PDT June 14 – 11:59 PM PDT July 12 for a chance to win!

For more details, read the official rules here [pdf], and here [pdf].

Link Your Accounts

In order to receive these legendary rewards, you’ll need to be sure that your Twitch.tv and Blizzard accounts are properly linked. Here’s how:
  • Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
  • Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu.
  • Find the Battle.net section then follow the given instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect.
  • When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive your rewards.



Heroes of the Storm Hotfixes – June 15, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

We’ve just released a new hotfix for Heroes of the Storm in order to apply a few bug fixes.

Bug Fixes

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • E.T.C.: Mosh Pit’s sound effects will no longer continue to play if casting is interrupted after learning the Tour Bus Talent.
  • Garrosh: Can no longer use Into the Fray to throw an allied Boss.
  • Ragnaros: Fixed an issue that could allow allied displacement Abilities to move Ragnaros while he was in Molten Core form.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
In Brawls where you can only choose your level 10 talent, you can only choose between Shield Wall and Warbringer with Varian.
Will fix. (u/BlizzNeyman)

What if characters did the taunt animation and showed the mastery taunt when locking them in in draft modes?
Hmm. (u/Blizz_Joe)

Get Your Tickets to the Western Clash
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

When the top four teams each from HGC North America and HGC Europe lock horns at the Western Clash this August, we want you to be there, in person, at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. Tickets for the next Western Clash are now on sale.

You can purchase tickets for any or all of the Western Clash dates:

Date Price
Friday, August 10 $15.00 USD + fees
Saturday, August 11 $15.00 USD + fees
Sunday, August 12 $15.00 USD + fees

Europe and North America’s best will be on hand for the Western Clash and they’ll be looking to the Blizzard Arena crowd to bring the passion and keep the hype going all weekend. Remember, the winning team at the Western Clash will score a “buddy pass” to the HGC Finals for another team in their region.

More details on the Western Clash event itself are coming soon.
by Published on 2018-06-13 04:58 AM

Stepping-Up Abusive Chat Penalties, Echoes of Alterac - Phase One, Jun 12 Patch Notes

HGC Mid-Season Brawl Group Stage - Wednesday
We're almost done with the group stage, and the groups are more or less decided at this point. Still, a few matches remain, and they're no less important if you want a better seed for the play-offs! We have included Tuesday's below for easy perusal below.


Wednesday, June 13
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM CEST / 5:00 AM PDT
  • Best of 2 matches
  • Tempest - KR vs. Luna Meow - TW/SEA
  • Gen.G - KR vs. Ballistix - KR
  • CE - CN vs. HeroesHearth Esports - NA
  • The One - CN vs. Mindfreak - ANZ

Want to check out the entire schedule? Take a look at the HGC Mid-Season Brawl Survival Guide.


Talent and Casters

Alternative Language Streams

Official HGC Website: https://esports.heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/


Group Stage Results - Tuesday
  • Gen.G vs. Mindfreak - 2:0
  • Tempest vs. CE - 2:0
  • Ballistix vs. Fnatic - 2:0
  • Team Dignitas vs. Luna Meow - 2:0
  • The One vs. Tempo Storm - 0:2
  • Method vs. HeroesHearth Esports - 1:1

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