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by Published on 2018-10-06 05:15 PM

October 6th Teaser
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Support Ending for DX9 and the 32-Bit Client This Month
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In the next release for Heroes of the Storm, we will be ending support for DX9 and the 32-bit version of the Heroes of the Storm client. DirectX has had several major releases since DX9, and the vast majority of players in the Heroes community are now running the 64-bit version of the game, along with DirectX11 or higher.

This means that the Heroes of the Storm client will no longer run for 32-bit users this month. Please also note that while the 64-bit Heroes client might still be playable on some machines using DirectX10, this may not be the case for all configurations, which is why we recommend that all our players upgrade to at least DirectX11.

We encourage our players to switch to the 64-bit client ASAP, as this update will be rolling out to our PTR servers soon.

HeroStorm Episode 48 - Triple Bypass
Carbot Animations has another Heroes animation up for consumption.

by Published on 2018-10-05 05:21 PM

October 5th Teaser
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
by Published on 2018-10-04 06:57 PM

Everything You Need to Know About the Crucible
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

As the 2018 Heroes Global Championship season nears completion, one more battle must take place before a winner is crowned at the HGC Finals. This weekend, the Crucible will pit the top two Open Division teams against the bottom two HGC teams in a best-of-seven series with a spot in the professional league on the line.

The best amateur teams in Europe and North America blend new faces with familiar faces. Some of these players have previously been a part of HGC teams, others competed on an Open Division team in the Phase 1 Crucible in May.

Here’s who will be challenging for a spot in the HGC:

Europe Open Division - 1st place - Holy Bananas
  • RzuF
  • GURU
  • Olf
  • Googosh
  • Earth

Europe Open Division - 2nd place - ePunks
  • GranPkt
  • Lauber
  • RoskMeg
  • Cas
  • SonicLeBeast

North America Open Division - 1st place - Scythe Esports
  • Zanehyde
  • Nessper
  • Nintorii
  • TalkingTrees
  • Zergling

North America Open Division - 2nd place - PSISTORM Gaming
  • Enavir
  • Stronger
  • Hyskoa
  • Nsj
  • ElhayM

ePunks vs. Monkey Menagerie - Saturday October 6 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. CEST

ePunks only lost two series throughout their Open Division run in Europe, and both of those were to Holy Bananas. Winning six of the seven Open Division cups, ePunks enters the Crucible with poise and plenty of prior HGC experience. Francisco “GranPkt” Núñez Sorribas played for TRICKED Esport in Phase 1 while Johan "Lauber" Lauber was a part of Leftovers earlier this year. Additionally, Rodney Anyani "SonicLeBeast" Kwaku was on the Worst Positioning squad for the Phase 1 Crucible.

“Our goal since we made the team was to qualify for HGC,” said ePunks Support player GranPkt. “We played every scrim with that idea, to improve our synergy, improve at the game as individuals and as a team. We are confident facing Monkey Menagerie at the Crucible, it won't be easy, but we have what it takes to win and join the HGC.”

Holy Bananas vs Roll20 Esports - Sunday October 7 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. CEST

Holy Bananas stunned ePunks in the Grand Finals of the Open Division Playoffs, earning the #1 seed and the choice for their Crucible opponent. They picked Roll20 Esports, who ended Phase 2 with only two wins. Both Olf and Earth played in the Crucible back in May, but neither team broke into the HGC.

When asked about how the team felt preparing for this Crucible, Holy Bananas’ Warrior player Mehdi “Earth” Lakhiari was direct. “This month of preparation was pretty good,” Earth said. “We feel super good and confident.”

PSISTORM Gaming vs No Tomorrow - Saturday October 6 at 12:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. CEST

PSISTORM Gaming began competing in the Open Division during Cup 4, eeking out enough points to enter the playoffs as the #6 seed. While they haven’t been around the Open Division long, they made a splash with raw individual skill, momentum, and a fascinating origin story. PSISTORM is comfortable running unique off-meta team compositions and enjoy utilizing Greymane in their drafts.

Their opponent, No Tomorrow, participated in the Crucible during Phase 1 and narrowly defended their spot against King’s Gambit, winning the series 4-3. Something clicked for No Tomorrow in their last Crucible appearance, and they will need to tap into that experience to overcome a bumpy Phase 2 filled with role changes and inconsistency.

PSISTORM’s Warrior player Ronel "Stronger" Tan“ shed some light on their team’s preparation. “We decided to analyze the meta from each region and apply that knowledge to improve our playstyle. We have focused on watching HGC Korea and Europe matches and practiced these strategies against NA HGC Teams.”

“We all feel this is going to be an exciting but heartbreaking match for both teams,” he added. “For us, this is the last obstacle to accomplishing our goal since arriving in the US and it means everything to us.”

Scythe Esports vs Simplicity - Sunday October 7 at 12:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. CEST

Scythe Esports enters the Crucible as the top Open Division team from North America. They won five of the seven Open Division tournaments and placed second in the two they didn’t win. They’ll be put to the test against Simplicity, a squad full of seasoned veterans that can show up to play when their backs are against the wall.

This matchup is truly a story of new blood challenging the old guard as Nintorii and TalkingTrees competed in the Phase 1 Crucible as part of XD, while Zergling was a part of King’s Gambit.

“The last month has been a little stressful for us just since the meta has been rapidly involving,” Coby “Nintorii” Colson explained. “Trying to find compositions that are powerful themselves but also work with our team's play style can be difficult.”

The exciting conclusion to Phase 2 can be watched live at playheroes.com/esports. The Crucible begins with ePunks vs Monkey Menagerie on Saturday October 6 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 a.m. CEST.

Heroes Brawl of the Week, October 5, 2018: Punisher Arena
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

This week’s brawl is the Punisher Arena! A no-holds-barred battle between Heroes and Punishers. Be the first team to win two rounds and claim victory!

  • Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the Arena. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose!
  • During each round, slay enemy Heroes and the enemy Punisher to earn points for your team. The first team to reach 100 points takes the round.
    • Heroes are worth 4 points
    • Punishers are worth 10 points
  • Be the first team to win 2 rounds and claim victory!

  • Complete three matches of Punisher Arena to earn a Loot Chest!

Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
by Published on 2018-10-03 01:18 PM

BlizzCon 2018 Schedule
The schedule for this year's BlizzCon was revealed last night, and we have three Heroes panels coming up. We will be covering the panels live right here on MMO-Champion! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the main event.

If you're interested in the full schedule, you can find it right here.

Destination: BlizzCon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Destination: BlizzCon

Every Heroes of the Storm professional player shares the same dream of lifting the HGC Finals trophy onstage at BlizzCon to thunderous applause. The time has come for this dream to be realized for one team and one team only.

The HGC Finals are here.

Hundreds of league matches have taken place across the globe this year. Team Dignitas demolished the competition at both Western Clashes, while Gen.G raised the trophy at the Mid-Season Brawl and on home turf at the Eastern Clash. These two titans will travel to North America, the territory where HeroesHearth have risen from the Open Division to claim the top spot in the standings. Challengers such as BTG and TheOne have bested the rest of China with the goal of bringing home the title while underdogs from Taiwan and Australia & New Zealand remain eager for an international upset.

Just 12 of the world’s best Heroes of the Storm teams now are still standing, with the final home stretch before them. We will crown the new best team in the world—or, if Gen.G has it their way, our first back-to-back HGC Finals Champions.

These are the teams competing at BlizzCon and their rosters:

Team Dignitas - Europe #1 Seed
  • Vilhelm “POILK” Flennmark
  • Jerome “JayPL” Trinh
  • Jonathan “Wubby” Gunnarsson
  • Joshua “Snitch” Bennet
  • Kenn “Zaelia” Oster Rasmussen

Team Liquid - Europe #2 Seed
  • Liam “Arcaner” Blake Simpson
  • Ivan “SportBilly” Koturic
  • Dennis “HasuObs” Schneider
  • Aleksandar “ethernal” Milanov
  • Nils “Nurok” Gebhardt

Leftovers - Europe #3 Seed
  • Mark “Linked” Šepec
  • Arkadiusz “Bl3kitny” Czarnecki
  • Mateusz “Deeaybe” Michalski
  • Mikołaj “PotiBoss” Potera
  • Maksym “Mopsio” Szczypa

Gen.G Esports - Korea #1 Seed
  • Wonho “KyoCha” Jeong
  • Junghyuk “Sake” Lee
  • Jaewon “Rich” Lee
  • Jinwoo “Reset” Im
  • Oonsung “Ttsst” Kang

Tempest - Korea #2 Seed
  • Jihoon “Sign” Yoon
  • Judalm “dami” Park
  • Sunghun “Good” Moon
  • Gyeonghwan “Hide” Chin
  • Jaehun “Lockdown” Chin

TBD - Korea #3 Seed
  • The third seed from Korea will be decided through the HGC Korea Playoffs on October 7.

HeroesHearth - North America #1 Seed
  • Chase “BBJ” Dixon
  • Chris “Ishb00” Martin
  • Stafford “McIntyre” McIntyre
  • Khalif “Khroen” Hashim
  • Cesar "Homi" Peterson

Tempo Storm - North America #2 Seed
  • Ben "cattlepillar" Bunk
  • Mike "Glaurung" Fisk
  • Fan “Fan” Yang
  • Vi "ViN" Nguyen
  • Jun "Jun" Jang

Beyond The Game - China #1 Seed
  • Jin “Dancing” Yu Wang
  • Qun “Druid” Ni Peng
  • Qi “LLK” Ren Hu
  • Jing “Loktar” Yang
  • Kaixiang “619” Zhuang

TheOne - China #2 Seed
  • Yi “hehe” Shen
  • Zhijian “Hugo” Liu
  • Tianqi “Meng” Zhang
  • Jinze “Zjz” Zhou
  • Hao “KeXi” Yu Wang

Mindfreak - Australia & New Zealand
  • Benjamin “FAT94” Vinante-Davies
  • Jack “John” Rees
  • Matthew “Vanilla” Dang
  • Ryoo “Ryoo” Tae Hyung
  • Geoffrey “Madhax” Li

Luna Meow - Taiwan
  • Li “Booy005” Chia-Lin
  • Tu “Virgil” Meng-Chien
  • Wong “Kim” Kim Fung
  • Wei-Hao “IMmORTaL” Wang
  • Ming-Hsuan “BakeCheese” Tsai

The HGC Finals group stage, which will be played at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles starting October 25, will split the field of 12 teams into two groups of six. Each group will play for points in a round-robin two-game series to determine playoff seeding. Winning both Battlegrounds in the series will grant three points, while winning just one Battleground will grant one point. At the end of the group stage, the fifth- and sixth-place teams from both groups will be eliminated, while the first- through fourth-place teams will be seeded into a single-elimination bracket.

Group A

Group B

At BlizzCon proper, the HGC will take over its own stage at the Anaheim Convention Center, where the final single-elimination bracket will unfold live in front of thousands of fans beginning November 2. The quarterfinals on day one of BlizzCon will be best-of-three and begin following the opening ceremony, with the best-of-five semifinals and grand finals on day two of BlizzCon, starting at 10 a.m. PDT / 7 p.m. CEST.

The following casters and commentators will be on hand for both the group stage and the main event:

For the first time ever, BlizzCon Opening Week will be open to the public! You can snag your tickets to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles below. Tune in right here at playheroes.com/esports when the broadcast goes live after BlizzCon’s opening ceremony!

Buy Opening Week Tickets

Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: October 2, 2018
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael’thas
  • Artanis
  • Ragnaros
  • Arthas
  • Anub’arak
  • Auriel
  • Leoric (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Cassia (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Probius (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Medivh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Heroic Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heroic Deals: October 2 – October 9, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, October 2! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Chromie— Sale Price: 375 gems
  • Greymane — Sale Price: 312 Gems

The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:

Upcoming Featured Skins
  • Crimson Fel Queen Chromie
  • Thunder Star Princess Li-Ming
  • Admiral Krakenov
  • Spectre Goliath D.Va
  • Exiled Crypt King Tassadar
  • Deathbringer Sonya

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Zergling
  • Neutron Space Lord’s Starbreaker

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