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by Published on 2018-09-13 05:22 PM

Garden of Terror Update
Garden of Terror is getting a rework in the near future! Here's what we know about the updated map so far:

  • No day/night cycle
  • No player-controlled Garden Terror
  • Neutral seed camps/bosses are gone
  • Seed points (think tributes on Cursed Hollow) spawn in occasionally
    • Can be capped be either team, and is guarded by neutral monsters
  • After a team gathers 3 seeds, three NPC Garden Terrors spawn in the lanes, akin to the Webweavers on Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • NPC Garden Terrors can use Overgrowth (disables buildings) and an area stomp



Weekly Hero Rotation
Note: This is Whitemane's first free rotation, so be sure to dish out all that divine punishment while you can!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: September 11, 2018
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael'thas
  • Artanis
  • Diablo
  • Hanzo
  • Tychus
  • Rehgar
  • Tracer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Azmodan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Stitches (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Whitemane (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Heroic Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye.

Heroic Deals: September 11 – September 18, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, September 11! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Valeera— Sale Price: 375 gems
  • Thrall — 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
  • Crimson Demon Hunter Valeera
  • Soulbreaker Thrall
  • Immortal Space Lord Leoric
  • Ronin Zeratul
  • Dominion Marshal Raynor
  • Satyr Betrayer Malfurion

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Nimbus Cloud
  • Dominion Marshal’s Outrider

HGC Insider Episode 2
HGC Insider takes a step back and looks at the players of the HGC outside the games. This episode goes fishing with Quackniix of Roll20 esports!

by Published on 2018-09-08 05:01 PM

Role Rework Teaser
A new Heroes shirt went up on the Blizzard Store recently, named the Role Icon Long Sleeve Shirt. It has a total of six role icons on it, suggesting that the development team has settled on the six roles teased (tank, bruiser, healer, support, melee, and ranged) in interviews and AMAs over the past few months. We will likely see an official reveal of the reworked role system coming in the near future.



Upcoming Balance & Design AMA with Heroes Developers - September 19, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Greetings, Heroes!

As mentioned in our recent blog post, we’re going to host a Balance & Design AMA right here on /r/heroesofthestorm on Wednesday, September 19! The Heroes devs will join the thread and answer your questions starting around 10:00 a.m. PDT (7:00 p.m. CEST) until 12:00 p.m. PDT (9:00 p.m. CEST).

NOTE: We've moved this AMA back from the original date stated in the linked blog post in order to give players more time to experience the current live content before preparing developer questions.

Developers from the live design, hero design, and productions teams will be on hand to answer your questions.

When posting multiple AMA questions: Please make an effort to post one question per comment. This will make it easier for others to read through the thread, and will help the devs focus on one question at a time. However, please feel free comment as many times as you'd like in order to get your questions posted.

You might also see Blizzard Community Managers posting questions on behalf of players in our non-English speaking communities during the AMA. Feel free to upvote those questions if you’d like to see answers to them.

We will be starting a new thread on the morning of the AMA, so please hold your questions until then.

Heroes Brawl of the Week, September 7, 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!
by Published on 2018-09-07 04:40 PM

Intercontinental Clash Details
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

The Heroes of the Storm Intercontinental Clash returns—this time, in the idyllic city of Sydney, Australia. The two best HGC teams from the Oceanic and Latin American regions will compete for the title of HGC Intercontinental Clash champions, and a coveted spot at the HGC Finals.

Structure and Format
Day 1
  • The top two Australia/New Zealand teams will play each other in a single elimination, best-of-five series. The winner of that series will advance to championship Sunday to compete against the best Latin American team.
  • Following the Australia/New Zealand series, the best two Latin American teams will play each other in a single elimination, best-of-five series, with the winner advancing to championship Sunday.

Day 2
  • The best Australia/New Zealand team and the best Latin American team will play each other in a single elimination, best-of-seven series. The winner of this series will be crowned as the Intercontinental Clash champion and earn a spot to compete at BlizzCon.

Schedule and Broadcast
Interested in watching the Intercontinental Clash? You can find the start dates and broadcast times below.

  • Sept. 15 at 10:00 a.m. AEST / 5:00 p.m. PDT / 2:00 a.m. CEST
  • Sept. 16 at 11:00 a.m. AEST / 6:00 p.m. PDT / 3:00 a.m. CEST

The HGC Intercontinental Clash will be streamed on the official Australia and New Zealand Blizzard Twitch channel, make sure you tune in for the great moments.


Australia and New Zealand Teams

MindFreak
  • FAT94
  • John
  • Ryoo
  • Vanilla
  • Madhax

Crimson Gaming
  • Azure
  • KVA
  • SHADOW
  • JEZMEZ
  • HACKY
  • GENRICH


Latin American Teams

Encore Esports
  • Tulin
  • Derenash
  • Thunder
  • Betogg
  • Corgan

Thunder Predator
  • ET0MyX
  • DBlank
  • Sleepybear
  • LaBarbi
  • Rokblin
  • Genre


Talent

Broadcast Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

English Talent: Andre "Skimmy" Allchin, Kori "Vandie" Bassi, Micheal “Disconcur” Roberts, Matthew “GLPhoenix” Hunter

Portuguese Talent: Guilherme “Demo” Ono, Rafael “Mewtwo” Ponciano, Priscila “Trevah” Meschiatti

Spanish Talent: Enrique “Horuss” Palomino, Sergio “Zodak” Morán, Aurelio “Aulox” Zuñiga

Alarak Price Reduction
Alarak's price was sneakily reduced this week. Purchasing access to the Highlord of the Tal'darim will now only set you back 7000 gold or 625 gems.



Alexstrasza Update
An update was added to this week's patch notes to shine some light on a recent change to Alexstrasza's Lifebinder heroic.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Support

Alexstrasza


Abilities
  • Lifebinder (R)
    • Heal over Time base Heal amount reduced from 75 to 60
    • Lifebinder is now affected by healing reduction and amplification effects (Mortal Strike, Biotic Grenade, etc.)
      • NOTE: This has been active in the live client for a few patches, but was not clearly documented.

Developer Comment: We’ve seen amazing results since adding a front-loaded heal-over-time to Lifebinder in the Warchrome Wastes patch. In fact, this addition has brought Lifebinder’s win-rate up to be neck-and-neck and the popular Cleansing Flame Heroic. However, after adding this, we noticed some inconsistencies with how the ability functioned compared to other healing abilities in the game. While we think that ‘setting’ a Hero’s Health to a given percent was cool and unique, at its core it was still using a heal effect that was being uniquely handled to ignore Mortal Strike/Amplification effects. At the end of the day we decided to unify this heal and have the end effect take into account any of these debuffs/buffs.
by Published on 2018-09-04 06:29 PM

Heroes Of The Storm Patch Notes - September 4, 2018
It is Tuesday, and Mephisto is now live in the US! The patch notes are identical to those of the PTR last week, so you can find them right here.

And fret not if you are in the EU. Mephisto will make you unleash all your hatred for a release between 0200 and 0400 tonight.


Paid Loot Boxes And Loot Chests Disabled For Players In Belgium
Blizzard posted a quick update last week to let everyone know that players in Belgium will no longer be able to buy loot boxes due to recent changes in local gambling laws.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission published a report that was endorsed by the Belgian Ministry of Justice in which they concluded that paid loot boxes in Overwatch are considered gambling under local law. While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law. As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.

No matter what, we want to make sure that our players around the world have the best entertainment experience possible. While players in Belgium will no longer be able to purchase paid loot boxes in Overwatch and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm, they’ll still be able to earn them by playing the games, and they’ll still have access to all in-game content.

These measures will be implemented shortly. We also remain open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on this topic.

Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: September 4, 2018
  • Malfurion
  • Valla
  • Gazlowe
  • Johanna
  • Thrall
  • Dehaka
  • Li-Ming
  • Blaze
  • Falstad
  • Xul
  • Ana (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Tyrande (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Kel'Thuzad (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Alarak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Heroic Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye.

Heroic Deals: September 4 – September 11, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, September 4! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Ragnaros— Sale Price: 375 gems
  • Nazeebo — 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
  • Lil’ Ragnaros
  • Harlequin Nazeebo
  • Cataclysmic Dark Nexus Gul’dan
  • Saronite Crypt Queen Zagara
  • Mahogany Blood Elf Tyrande
  • Maraudin’ Muradin
  • Shadow Sgt. Doomhammer

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Lucky Rainbow Unicorn
  • Leather Armored War Steed

HeroStorm Episode 46 - Knives To See You
Carbot Animations returns with HeroStorm, clearly having been given inside information to be able to release a Mephisto episode so soon after the announcement! This episode has a bonus focus on Alarak, so followers of the Highlord will not want to miss this one.


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