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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.

Official Heroes Forums
by Published on 2018-04-30 06:39 PM

Rise of the Raven Lord
Announced at PAX East earlier this year, the first original lore chapter for Heroes of the Storm is finally here! The Rise of the Raven Lord comic provides a first look at some of the forces at work in the Nexus. Be sure to check it out!



The Lore Behind The Nexus
In addition to releasing this first comic, Creative Content Lead Kevin Johnson sat down with Game Director Alan Dabiri to talk about further lore updates coming this year. This includes the Dark Nexus event that we datamined recently.








Weekly Hero Rotation
Note that this will be the first week that Fenix is on the free rotation. Make sure to check him out!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: May 1, 2018
Malfurion
Valla
Gazlowe
Johanna
Thrall
Dehaka
Lunara
Zarya
Rehgar
Tyrael
Falstad (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
Ana (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
Nova (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
Fenix (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heroic Deals: May 1 – 7, 2018

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Xul — Sale Price: 375 gems
  • Genji — 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
  • Copper Serpent King Xul
  • Warden Lunara
  • Crimson King Stitches
  • Sequel Lost Vikings
  • Hellhammer Thrall
  • Clown Big Top Gazlowe
  • Shadow Oni Genji
  • Neutron Space Lord Leoric

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Grey Horse
  • Spectre Phantom

Fenix Montage
HawkrayTV posted a highlight video of some of his Fenix plays, but with a bit of a twist to it.

by Published on 2018-04-29 05:46 PM

Heroes Of The Dorm - Heroic Four "Pick 'em" Challenge
As this year's Heroes of the Dorm is nearing its conclusion, four teams have made it to the semi-finals. And you get to bet on the outcome and have a chance to win some loot boxes! Here's how it works:

  • Log in on on the Heroes of the Dorm website with your Battle.net account
  • Select which of the four qualified teams you believe will win the Grand Finals
  • Watch the action unfold live on May 12th
  • ???
  • Profit with 1 loot box for participating, and an additional 5 loot boxes if your selected team wins!

For more information on Heroes of the Dorm, click the banner below:



Heroes Brawl of the Week, April 27, 2018: Temple Arena
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
This week’s brawl is the Temple Arena! Harness the power of the Alligator, Cobra, and Jackal Temples to destroy the enemy Core!



Rules:

  • Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the Arena. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose!
  • Everyone will begin the round at level 10 and will be asked to choose a Heroic Ability. No other talents will be available.
  • During each round, slay the enemy team’s Heroes and capture the Temple Shrines to take shots at their Core!
    • The Core for each team will have set amounts of health based on the number of active Shrines.
    • Each round can have 1-3 active Shrines.
    • The first team whose Core reaches 0 health will lose the round.
  • Be the first team to win 2 rounds and claim victory!

Rewards:
  • Complete three matches of the Temple 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.

HGC 2018 - Top 5 Plays - Phase 1 Week 10
While the play-offs for the Mid-Season Brawl continue later today, Blizzard put together at few clips showing the top plays from last week's games:


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