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by Published on 2018-04-21 08:51 PM

Brawl with the Blues: Deckard!
With Deckard launching early next week, Brawl with the Blues returns for another livestream!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Those who have adventured deep into Sanctuary will no doubt have fond memories of Deckard's stories about the Horadrim, Prime Evils, and other things that go bump in the night. When it comes to the Nexus, Deckard will find himself on the battleground itself, far away from the streets of Tristram. We're bringing HGC caster Josh "JHow" Howard in to talk with Heroes of the Storm Game Designer Kyle Dates about how Deckard's skillset translates to the Nexus, putting their skills to the test alongside notable streamers!


Joining us for this Brawl:



When & Where:

  • When: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. CEST on Wednesday, April 25th
  • Where: twitch.tv/blizzheroes

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo terrain hit lines? Why not?
We debated adding the collision lines to Diablo when we added them to Lucio and Hanzo, but when we add functionality like this we are always cautious. It’s pretty easy to see the benefits it provides, but if we continually add more options and UI to the game, eventually we’ll have a game covered in “features” that can drown out the rest of the game (and actually the “read-ability” starts to cannabilize itself). Just look at some of the “show me everything” custom WoW UIs back in the Molten Core days, and you’ll see what I mean.

That being said, we’ve decided to add it to Diablo, since understanding terrain edges is core to the use of Shadow Charge, Diablo’s key tanking ability. You’ll see it in the next major patch (non-balance/non-bug fix) after Deckard. (u/BlizzNeyman)

[On the topic of combining the Hero and Team League queues]
Separate ranking and MMR for each league while the matches themselves are formed in the same queue could be interesting, but I’d suspect that it would result in a net negative experience for the very reason you cite above. Despite the addition of voice chat to the game I don’t believe pugs will see themselves as equal to premades. There’s more that would need to be done to bridge that gap in players minds.

The perception of fairness is as important as fairness itself, particularly in competitive play. (u/Blizz_Joe)

HGC Week 9 Top 5 Plays
While this week's games are in full swing, Blizzard gives us a look at some of the best plays from last week.

by Published on 2018-04-19 05:54 PM

Upcoming Event - Dark Nexus
The Deckard Cain PTR build that went out earlier this week contained a few extra goodies hinting at an upcoming Dark Nexus event. The gamefiles contain new skins, new mounts, and a couple of Carbot sprays. Additionally, a few textures and references for other content were added as well.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
New Skins
New Dark Nexus Alarak and Dark Nexus Gul'dan skins have been added.




Variants:
  • Dark Nexus Alarak
  • Shattered Dark Nexus Alarak
  • Forgotten Dark Nexus Alarak

Description: In the forgotten darkness beyond reality, a new avatar of primordial power has been forged. This dark mirror of Alarak's malice and sadism seethes with contempt toward all of existence... including it's own.





Variants:
  • Dark Nexus Gul'dan
  • Cataclysmic Dark Nexus Gul'dan
  • Eldritch Dark Nexus Gul'dan

Description: The avatars of the Dark Nexus are twisted reflections of heroes and villains. While they may wear familiar guises, they are, in truth, chaos and hatred incarnate... an ancient evil that can only be bargained with: never controlled.


New Mounts
A Dark Nexus Manta and Dark Nexus Hound have been added.




Variants:
  • Dark Nexus Manta
  • Corrosive Dark Nexus Manta
  • Entropic Dark Nexus Manta

Description: Some creatures of the Dark Nexus defy both the laws of physics and the laws of biology. Some are also unexpectedly docile.





Variants:
  • Dark Nexus Hound
  • Sadistic Dark Nexus Hound
  • Ancient Dark Nexus Hound

Description: An amalgamation of bestial rage, the hounds of the Dark Nexus embody the most primal of predatory instincts. They are both savage and unrelenting.


New Bundle - Dark Nexus Bundle
This bundle is currently flagged as going live on 4/24/2018, but that may just be a date for the PTR.



New Carbot Sprays

  • Tall, Dark, and Sadistic
  • Making It Rain




Additional Content
Following last week's development update, the first signs of the upcoming loss forgiveness system were added to this PTR build. Textures for new Heroes Global Championship team banners were also added. No official information on how to obtain these has been released as of yet.

References to new Nexus Lord announcers also got added to the gamefiles.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Loss Forgiveness Icons



Nexus Lord Announcers:

  • Ilarian Announcer
  • Blackheart Announcer
  • Beleth Announcer
  • Nightshade Announcer
  • Spore Queen Announcer
  • Lady of Thorns Announcer


Heroes Global Championship Team Banners


by Published on 2018-04-18 08:18 PM

Stutter Stepping 101
Tempo Storm's Kala, known in the Heroes community for his guides and coaching videos, has teamed up with Blizzard to provide an easy-to-follow tutorial on the concept of stutter stepping, which is one of the most important skills to learn early on in the game if you want to succeed and move up the ranks.



Warhead Junction PTR Boss Update
Some big changes for Warhead Junction made it onto the PTR server last night, as the Slime Boss is now a lot less slimey! Following a lot of critical feedback from casual and pro players alike, the developers have decided to make some drastic changes to the two boss camps on Warhead. Full reasoning behind the changes will be provided when the update moves to live servers early next week.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
PSA: Changes were made to the Warhead Junction boss on PTR, go check them out:

-Defending
Removed Banelings
Removed Burrow
Increased number of Pods launched
Added Pod impact warning splats

-Laning
All of the above
Removed Slime Trail
Pods will now target Structures

HGC Minute - Episode 8
Developer Lana Bachynski returns for this week's Heroes Global Championship recap and provides updates on how the various regions have progressed. What was this week's upset? Who is crowned MVP? Which team has qualified directly for the Mid-Season Brawl? Find out right here!

by Published on 2018-04-17 08:11 PM

Account Suspensions
Following last week's development blog, Blizzard is now implementing the first part of the game improvements mentioned, starting out with improved account suspension tools. This should result in a vast increase of actions taken against accounts in violation of the terms of service.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Starting today, we’re implementing new technology that enhances our ability to validate the accuracy of reports. This will allow us to increase the rate that we issue account silences and ranked suspensions to players who are frequently and consistently reported for using offensive language. These actions are aimed at those who regularly use offensive language to harass, antagonize, and abuse one or more of their teammates. This type of behavior not only ruins the experience for those who are targeted, but also damages team morale, effectively degrading the fun for everyone in a match.

We will continue to issue weekly suspension and ban waves for non-participation and intentionally dying. You can check that forum thread regularly to keep up with our latest round of account actions. Additionally, if you’ve recently reported another player for going AFK, refusing to participate, or intentionally dying, be sure to keep an eye on the email inbox associated with your account for any updates regarding actions we’ve taken against that player as a result of your report.

We’d like to thank those of you who use the relevant in-game reporting options when you spot negative behavior in your matches and encourage you to continue doing so. Your actions have the largest positive impact on the health of the community.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
You’re trying your best and I truly respect you guys for it. I mean, you can’t ban someone for being bad, but if the deaths impact the game that much, say... 10 deaths within 15 minutes. Does that warrant the intentional feeding report?
Absolutely! If we find that the reported player is intentionally feeding in a lot of their games, we will take action on their account. (@BlizzHeroes)

Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: April 17, 2018
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael'thas
  • Artanis
  • Varian
  • Li-Ming
  • Malthael
  • Stukov
  • D.Va (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Alarak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Gall (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Cho (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heroic Deals: Apr 17 – 23, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, April 17! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Abathur — Sale Price: 375 gems
  • E.T.C. — Sale Price: 150 Gems
  • Illidan — Sale Price: 250 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
  • Frozen Valorous Sonya
  • Blightlord Kel’thuzad*
  • Industrial Zarya
  • San’layn Dark Lady Sylvanas
  • Scarlet Sakura Auriel
  • Grunty Murky
  • Shadowblade Li Li
  • Doombringer L800 E.T.C.
  • Azmodunk
  • Planey Pajamathur Abathur

* First time featured item.

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Dire Wolf
  • Vespene Ghost Speeder
  • Pale Horse

Alarak Fanart
Artist Joseph Kim is a creator of fanmade concept art for several hero skin suggestions. His latest creation, a concept for a Kel'thuzad-related skin for Alarak, can be found below. Be sure to check out his portfolio for additional highly detailed concept artwork.


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