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by Published on 2018-04-04 08:34 PM

PAX East Clarification
Blizzard posted a clarification on the time of tomorrow's developer panel. It takes place 3 hours earlier than originally announced. We will of course still be covering the panel live, right here on MMOC-Champion.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hey all,

The PAX event site is correct. The panel starts at 9:30AM PDT / 12:30PM EDT / 6:30 PM CEST. We have corrected the blog and will be posting a reminder that specifies time zones more clearly today.
There are also still a few hours left to submit questions for our developer interview. So if you have burning questions that you would love to hear an answer to, feel free to follow the link!

Support Ending for DX9 and the 32-bit Heroes Client
DirectX9 and the 32-bit Heroes client will no longer be supported from July of this year. If you're still running an older system, now might be a good time to look for an upgrade.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In the coming months, we’re planning to end support for DirectX9 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.

Once support ends, Heroes of the Storm will no longer run for players who are attempting to use the 32-bit game client or DirectX9. 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 apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you‘re not already using the 64-bit Heroes of the Storm client and DX11 or higher, we encourage you to consider making the switch prior to July of this year, which is when we aim to go live with the planned changes.
by Published on 2018-04-03 03:39 PM

New Rewards for Twitch Prime Members
Owners of Twitch Prime will once again be getting Heroes of the Storm goodies over the next few month! These rewards include a legendary loot chest and a new unique mount.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Over the coming months, all Twitch Prime members will be able to claim some incredible Heroes of the Storm loot in the form of Loot Chests and a new mount*!

When the event kicks off in April, all members who claim this offer will receive a Legendary Loot Chest**, which is guaranteed to contain at least one legendary Hero, skin, mount, or announcer. Throughout May, Twitch Prime members will be able to claim the new Glitch-steed mount and 5 Rare Loot Chests. Then in June, members will get another five Rare Loot Chests. Each Rare Loot Chest contains at least one rare item, along with a random assortment of Heroes, sprays, voice lines, skins, mounts, banners, emojis, and announcers.

Mark your calendars with the start and end dates for each offer listed below, and read on to learn how you can snatch up these rewards as a Twitch Prime member.

*Offer valid only in regions where Twitch Prime is available. Loot Chests do not include seasonal event items. Contents of Loot Chests are random. Each Blizzard account may only claim these offers once.

**Note: The contents of Legendary Loot Chests can be rerolled up to three times in-game using gold, with a starting reroll cost of 750g.

Dates and Rewards

April 2, 2018 May 1, 2018 One (1) Legendary Loot Chest containing at least one guaranteed Legendary item.
May 1, 2018 May 31, 2018* Glitchsteed mount and Five (5) Rare Loot Chests containing at least one guaranteed rare item
May 31, 2018* July 1, 2018 Five (5) Rare Loot Chests containing at least one guaranteed Rare item

* Second offer end date and third offer start date subject to change.

Link Your Accounts

In order to claim these rewards, you’ll need an active Twitch Prime account, and you’ll also need to ensure your Twitch and Blizzard accounts are properly linked. Here’s how:

  1. If you don’t have a Twitch Prime account, you can create one here.
  2. Log in to your Twitch account.
  3. Navigate to the Connections tab in the Settings menu.
  4. Find the Blizzard Battle.net section, and then follow the given instructions after selecting your region and clicking Connect.
  5. When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive Twitch Prime rewards.

After linking your accounts, keep an eye on the Twitch Prime Loot button in the Crown Icon on Twitch.tv, where you’ll be notified as soon as new rewards are available. Once a Heroes of the Storm reward appears, follow the Learn More link to the Heroes of the Storm loot page, log in with your Twitch Prime account, and click the Claim button. Once you click Claim, Twitch Prime will automatically notify Blizzard to apply the reward to your linked Blizzard account.

Please note that as soon as you claim a Heroes of the Storm reward, all future rewards in the campaign will be automatically applied to the same Blizzard account and cannot be transferred. Be sure that your preferred Blizzard account is connected to your Twitch account at the time of enrolling!

To redeem your Heroes of the Storm rewards in-game, launch the Blizzard Battle.net app and log into your linked Blizzard account. Click on the Gift icon located in the upper-right hand corner of the app, located to the right of your BattleTag. Find your Heroes of the Storm reward and click Claim, and then select your desired gameplay region and click Claim again. Your rewards are now waiting for you in Heroes of the Storm!

Twitch Prime features in-game benefits available to Amazon Prime and Prime Video members worldwide. For more information visit https://twitch.amazon.com/prime.

Free Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: April 3, 2018

  • Raynor
  • Muradin
  • Sonya
  • Nazeebo
  • Uther
  • Jaina
  • Kharazim
  • Lunara
  • Auriel
  • Tychus
  • Xul (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Junkrat (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Stitches (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Genji (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)
by Published on 2018-04-03 02:01 AM

PAX East Developer Interview
PAX East is coming up this week, and we've been given the opportunity for a developer interview! If you have any burning questions that you've been aching for an answer to, now is the time to submit them in the comments below.

Check out our recent news for information of how you can catch the official panel live.

Weekly 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: Apr 3 – 9, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, April 3! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Probius — Sale Price: 375 gems
  • Tassadar — Sale Price: 250 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
  • Terran Probius Red One
  • Kaldir Zagara
  • Arcane Grimskull Nazeebo
  • Commander Raynor
  • Golden Fel Queen Chromie
  • Hellblade Samuro
  • Flying Monkey Brightwing
  • Mega Love Doctor Morales
  • Void Demonic Tyrael
  • Vermillion Mecha Tassadar

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Magic Carpet
  • Fel Butcher’s Beast
  • Tyrael’s Charger

March 28 Account Suspensions
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Latest Suspension & Ban Wave: March 28, 2018

We’ve just issued a new round of account suspensions and bans for players who regularly go AFK, refuse to participate, or intentionally and repeatedly die during their Heroes of the Storm matches.

These actions were targeted at players whose in-game performance data, combined with high report volume, clearly shows a consistent lack of contribution to the majority of their matches. In this way, we’re able to take regular and confident action against those who are intentionally harming the in-game experience for others.

Going AFK, refusing to participate, and intentionally dying are behaviors that ruin the experience for everyone else in a match and undermine the spirit of competition that’s essential to Heroes of the Storm. Taking part in these actions will not be tolerated, and we will continue to suspend and ban players who do. We’d like to thank those of you who use the relevant in-game reporting options when you spot these negative behaviors in your matches, and encourage you to continue doing so.

Thank you!

Fanmade April Fools
Punishment Sin, the creator behind last year's famous fanmade Heroes joke video, made another one this year! In it we see the actual truth of the Nexus revealed.

by Published on 2018-03-30 05:31 PM

March 30 Hotfix Notes
A small hotfix update was just deployed to fix a few outstanding issues, primarly regarding the Nexus' newest hero, Fenix.
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

  • Structures: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities could be used to move Structures.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Diablo: Fixed a visual issue affecting Fenix’s walk animations after being hit by Overpower.
  • Fenix: Fixed an issue that could cause Fenix’s model to visually disjoint from his actual position in-game.
  • Fenix: Issuing a movement command during Purification Salvo will no longer cancel Fenix’s firing animation for the duration of the Ability.
  • Fenix: Purification Salvo’s visual and sound effects will no longer continue to play if the Ability is cancelled due to its target becoming invalid, such as when Gul’dan casts Demonic Circle to teleport far beyond Purification Salvo’s range.
  • Fenix: Unconquered Spirit’s icon in the Activated Talent hotbar is now visually consistent with other passive Talents, and no longer appears activatable.
  • Hanzo: The Target Practice Talent will now correctly grant 30% increased Storm Bow range upon completing its first quest requirement.

  • Announcers: Fixed a processing issue affecting one of the Mira Han Announcer’s voiceover lines in the Chinese game client.

Brawl Disabled
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
[Incoming Transmission]
We have temporarily disabled Deadman's Stand due to an overwhelming amount of zerg activity in the area. Please standby for further instruction, heroes.
[End Transmission]

Heroes at PAX East 2018
The Heroes team will be at PAX East to reveal some exciting new things! We will be covering the panel right here on MMO-Champion, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

The Heroes of the Storm team is bringing some exciting things to show fans at PAX East, but you're invited to watch it from home too on PAX's own Twitch channel!

Panel Information

What: Heroes of the Storm PAX East Panel: Inside the Forge

Where: PAX East, Albatross Theatre

Where Will It Be Streamed: http://www.twitch.tv/pax2

When: April 5, 12:30PM PDT / 8:30PM CET [9:30 CEST]


  • Jeff Cannata [Moderator]
  • Matt Villers [Lead Hero Designer]
  • Kevin Johnson [Creative Content Lead]
  • Kaeo Milker [Production Director]

Panel Details

Be the first to learn how the lore of Heroes of the Storm will add to the larger Blizzard universe! Join the Heroes of the Storm development team to discuss the magic behind creating characters that leave a lasting impression and get a front row seat for the introduction of one of the most unlikely Heroes from Blizzard’s history to join the Nexus yet.

Towers of Doom Concept Art
David Harrington, Blizzard artist, occasionally uploads concept art to his personal page on Deviant Art. Today's highlight is of a few Towers of Doom structures and props.

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