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by Published on 2018-05-08 08:38 PM

May 8th Teaser
The official Heroes twitter account has posted a follow-up to yesterday's teaser:



HGC Digest: The Old Guard Holds in the Crucible
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

The HGC Crucible serves as the entry point for up-and-coming Heroes of the Storm players, hungry for a spot among the pros. Over the weekend six of the top Open Division teams from Korea, Europe, and North America challenged the bottom two HGC teams from their respective regions to determine which teams would be competing in Phase 2.

Of the six Open Division teams, only one emerged victorious: Master Theater out of Korea. However, sparks flew in every Crucible match, highlighting differences between the HGC teams and the challengers.


The Pro Mentality

The No Tomorrow and King’s Gambit match started with a bang, with bold plays from King’s Gambit allowing them to catch up after a shaky early game. The map culminated in a great Core rush, with excellent stalling tools from both Diablo and Falstad.


However, King’s Gambit was sometimes too bold for their own good. They quickly lost Game 2 on Cursed Hollow in less than 11 minutes after attempting to fight around the Boss. They were two levels behind No Tomorrow and lacked Heroic abilities, a choice that seasoned HGC players would likely avoid.

“Most players that transition from the amateur to pro scene get punished for the smallest mistakes,” said Jared “Kubie” Roberts, No Tomorrow’s coach. “As pro players, we are conditioned to capitalize on small mistakes and push maximum value from those mistakes.”

After Game 4 on Braxis Holdout, King’s Gambit led the series 3-1 and was one win away from becoming the newest member of the HGC. No Tomorrow needed to win the next three games to keep their HGC spot, and to do so, they needed to focus solely on the future.

“Every game I went in, asking where we were going next, and discussing draft,” Kubie said. “You can't change the past, only shape your future. In that situation, the best thing that I can do as a coach is to keep them focused on winning, not thinking about being behind.”

This mentality worked, as No Tomorrow’s cool demeanor outlasted King’s Gambit. The Open Division team took fewer and fewer risks during the final three games and their coordination on team fights looked to be scattered.


Adapting During a Long Series


An additional aspect that seemed to separate the Open Division teams from their HGC counterparts was the ability to adapt in their drafting style. This consistently hurt Worst Positioning in EU as they allowed Robert "robadobah" Purling to devastate on Garrosh for the first four games of the series before finally electing to ban the hero in Game 5.

In a similar vein, King’s Gambit had found success with Maiev early on in the series, and No Tomorrow knew their opponents would love to pick The Warden again. This time they had the perfect counterpick in mind: Sonya. Jon "Equinox" Peterson cleaned up with Sonya during the final two games of the series. In both instances, King’s Gambit struggled to defeat the Barbarian.

“Maiev has no kill pressure on Sonya. If she doesn't have a way to constantly reset her Q, she cannot kill Sonya, and has no way to step up to her,” Kubie explained. “If you ban out or pick dps that are good against Sonya when you see a Maiev, it will be extremely difficult for the enemy team to step up to you.”

Had King’s Gambit adapted to the strong Sonya play or chose to deny Shawn “Jin” Boyle’s excellent Garrosh throughout the series, we could be watching them play in Phase 2 instead of No Tomorrow.


Master Theater Joins HGC Korea


By defeating Team Ace 4-2, Master Theater has become the newest member of HGC Korea. With stronger team fighting coordination and faster rotations, they honed in on Team Ace’s weakness: the macro game. By consistently claiming map objectives, Master Theater showed they were the stronger team on Sunday.



Other Notable Highlights from HGC Crucible

  • Both EU teams defended their spots in the HGC, winning 4-1. Leftovers defeated Granit Gaming while Diamond Skin won against Worst Positioning.
  • Despite internet issues, LFM Esports finished off XD 4-2 in North America. Additionally, Feliz held their place in HGC Korea by defeating ILLLLL 4-1.

Deckard Cain Fanart
Alarak of the storm made a short comic to celebrate the launch of Deckard Cain, with special focus on his bundled "mount":

by Published on 2018-05-07 06:02 PM

New Content Teaser
Something new was just teased on the official Heroes twitter account:



Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: May 8, 2017
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael'thas
  • Artanis
  • Azmodan
  • Cassia
  • Zul'jin
  • Tassadar
  • Brightwing (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Anub'arak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Greymane (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Garrosh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, May 8! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Tyrande — Sale Price: 250 gems
  • Zarya — Sale Price: 375 Gems
  • Zul’jin — Sale Price: 375 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
  • Bloodsail Pirate Queen Cassia
  • Camo Prisoner Tychus
  • Desert Warbringer Zul'jin
  • Iron Butcher
  • Cobalt Stormbot Kael'thas
  • Midnight Love Goddess Tyrande
  • Kinoko Hanzo
  • Restored Cyberdemon Zarya
  • Exiled Zerg Hunter Zeratul
  • Frozen Mad Axe Garrosh

* First time featured item.

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Saddled Horse
  • Illidan's Nightmare
  • Platinum Tyrael's Charger

Gold Mounts
The following Gold Mount changes will take place once this week’s round of Heroic Deals begins:
  • Diablo’s Doubloon — Will become purchasable for 7,000 gold until the week of May 21.
  • Orange Treasure Goblin — Will no longer be purchasable in the Collection.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The Report Sytem
So for a long time we just kept silencing player with larger durations for repeated actions. We're going to be changing that in the future. We'll still silence initially, but then we are going to escalate punishments to suspensions and ultimately outright bans if players continue to be a negative force on the game.

We've also greatly increased the rate of taking actions on reports due to some changes we've made to validate reports internally. Between these two changes, I hope that you'll see some improvements here. (u/BlizzAlan)

Diablo terrain collision lines
Like Alex said, it's actually coming in the next major patch along with a few more changes to our friendly lord of terror. (u/BlizzAlan)

Balance update frequency
Good evening friends,

I just wanted to pop-in and say that the live design team is always very actively working on the overall balance of the game. We are reading, processing, and reacting as much as we possibly can - I promise.

While it does occasionally take us longer than we would want to get the changes to you, please know that we are constantly working on them. Take solace in knowing that our entire team is actively monitoring both our own forums and Reddit daily. Your posts matter and your feedback is being heard.

Next week brings a bunch of exciting changes that I hope you will all enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend! (u/Blizz_Daybringer)

For those that may not know, on the Overwatch PTR Ana just got an update to her healing shot so that it automatically passes through teammates with full health. Would this be too big of a buff to be a baseline change to our Ana? I just want her to be viable
I just spoke with a couple of our tech guys and we will be testing this internally (u/Blizz_Daybringer)

HeroStorm Episode 40 - Go Go Nexus Heroes
Carbot Animations has released a new HeroStorm episode.

by Published on 2018-05-06 03:37 AM

Heroes Global Championship - Crucible
It's that time of the year again. Hopeful teams from the HGC Open Division are looking to take spots in the Heroes Global Championship proper for Phase 2 of HGC 2018. Read on below for all the details on this weekend's exciting games!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Everything You Need to Know About the Crucible

For the teams skilled enough to advance through the Open Division Playoffs in Europe and North America—Granit Gaming, Worst Positioning, King’s Gambit, and XD—the Crucible is the final proving ground to see if they have what it takes to compete in premier league play. These four promising challengers will face off against the bottom two teams from HGC Europe and North America in tense best-of-seven battles that will determine who enters (or remains) in the HGC.

Here are the rosters of Open Division Playoff winners:

North America Open Division - 1st place - King's Gambit
  • Zergling
  • EToby
  • EKevin
  • Droplets
  • Diesel

North America Open Division - 2nd place - XD
  • TalkingTrees
  • Cover
  • Homi
  • Nintorii
  • TigerJK

Europe Open Division - 1st place - Worst Positioning
  • Dreamy
  • Noonia
  • SonicLeBeast
  • zhiku
  • Earth

Europe Open Division - 2nd place - Granit Gaming
  • Olf
  • Gnappe
  • Kirwa
  • Meinkraft
  • RaiDbawZ


As the winners of the North America Open Division Playoffs, King’s Gambit have chosen to play HGC North America eighth-place finishers No Tomorrow. This means Open Division runner-up XD will play LFM Esports, who finished seventh in HGC NA.

In Europe, HGC Open Division Playoff winner Worst Positioning have chosen to play seventh-place finishers Diamond Skin. This leaves Open Division runner-up Granit Gaming against HGC Europe's last-place team, Leftovers.

The winners of each of those four series will be in HGC North America or HGC Europe for the second half of the season.


You can find the start times for these matches below:

Saturday, May 5th
  • 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CEST - Granit Gaming vs. Leftovers
  • 12:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. CEST - XD vs. LFM Esports


Sunday, May 6th
  • 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CEST - Worst Positioning vs. Diamond Skin
  • 12:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. CEST - King's Gambit vs. No Tomorrow

The Crucible will take place on the tournament realm (patch 2.31.3). Don’t miss the mayhem when the games go live here on playheroes.com/esports.

Brawl: Pool Party
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Some of our Heroes are taking a break from the battlefield to catch some serious R&R by the pool, and Stitches is throwing a party—a pull party! Hook enemy Stitches to pull them over to your side of the pool and then take them down to claim victory.


Rules:
  • All players spawn as Stitches —Bikini Stitches!
  • Use Stitches' Hook to pull enemies over to your side of the pool so that your team can kill them.
  • Hook’s cooldown is greatly reduced. It also travels much slower and farther than usual.
  • There's no XP, no leveling, and no talents.
  • Helping Hand is always active, allowing you to Hook allies as well as enemies.
  • Hooking an ally or enemy who is already being pulled will kill them instantly.
  • Doing this to one of your teammates denies the enemy team a kill.
  • The first team to 20 kills wins!

Rewards:
  • Complete three Pull Party matches 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.

HGC Minute - Episode 10
Developer Lana Bachynski returns for this week's Heroes Global Championship recap and provides updates on how last weekend's playoff games for the Mid-Season Brawl went!



HGC 2018 - Top 5 Plays - Phase 1 Playoffs
Blizzard put together a few exciting clips showing the top plays from last weekend's games:

by Published on 2018-05-02 05:26 AM

Behold the Power of the Dark Nexus!
The previously datamined Dark Nexus event is here!



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
An ancient evil has emerged from the forgotten darkness, manifesting itself in forms that are familiar, and yet… twisted. What you see before you are reflections of the heroes and villains they seek to emulate—avatars who know only contempt and wield utter chaos. Behold the power of the Dark Nexus!

Dark Nexus Skins and Mounts

New Dark Nexus skins and mounts have surfaced in Heroes of the Storm! Avatars of Alarak and Gul’dan stand ready to bring unrelenting destruction to all who stand before them. Preview each of the new skins and mounts below, and then head in-game to bring their primordial power into your collection.

Dark Nexus Alarak Skins (Epic)


Dark Nexus Gul'dan Skins (Epic)


Dark Nexus Hound Mount (Legendary)




Dark Nexus Manta Mount (Epic)




Dark Nexus Bundle
Embrace the promises of the Dark Nexus by adding this massive limited-time bundle to your collection. Be warned: this dark bargain is fleeting, and the bundle will return to the shadows on May 14.

Heroes
  • Gul'dan
  • Alarak

Skins
  • Dark Nexus Alarak
  • Forgotten Dark Nexus Alarak
  • Shattered Dark Nexus Alarak
  • Dark Nexus Gul’dan
  • Cataclysmic Dark Nexus Gul’dan
  • Eldritch Dark Nexus Gul’dan

Mounts
  • Dark Nexus Hound
  • Sadistic Dark Nexus Hound
  • Ancient Dark Nexus Hound
  • Dark Nexus Manta
  • Corrosive Dark Nexus Manta
  • Entropic Dark Nexus Manta

We recently released our first Heroes of the Storm comic, Rise of the Raven Lord. Click here to follow along with the Raven Lord's quest for power.

May 1 Hotfixes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’ve just released a new hotfix for Heroes of the Storm to apply a few bug fixes.

Bug Fixes

General
  • A “Preparing Game Data” window will no longer briefly appear when launching Heroes of the Storm after downloading the latest patch.

Battlegrounds
  • Objectives: Channeling is now correctly paused if a Hero is hit by a Time Stop effect, like Zeratul’s Void Prison, while attempting to capture the following Battleground Objectives:
    • Dragon Shire: Dragon Knight
    • Towers of Doom: Altars
    • Warhead Junction: Warhead collection

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Deckard: Rejuvenation Potion no longer restores resources other than Mana, such as Zarya’s Energy and Sonya’s Fury.
  • Deckard: Heroes who are Unstoppable can now correctly consume Lesser Healing Potions.
  • Garrosh: Enemies within line of sight blockers who are hit by Groundbreaker at maximum range are now correctly revealed.
  • Ice Block: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities remained castable during Ice Block.
  • Thrall: Learning Crash Lightning no longer causes Chain Lightning to prioritize Heroes prior to earning 30 Crash Lightning stacks.

Sound
  • Deckard: Replaced an outdated voiceover line that could play after repeatedly clicking Deckard in the Taiwanese game client.

User Interface
  • Loot Chests: Fixed an issue in which players could not access their Legendary Loot Chests on the Loot screen.
  • Voice: Addressed an issue that could cause the game client to crash while using Voice.

Head to the official Heroes of the Storm forums to discuss this post with other players.

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