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    Garden of Terror Update, Weekly Hero Rotation & Sales, HGC Insider Ep 2

    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!


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    So, they removed an original mechanic to make instead a mix between Cursed hollow & Tomb on the spider queen ?

    Not sure that this is the right way to boost the game ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nykhret View Post
    So, they removed an original mechanic to make instead a mix between Cursed hollow & Tomb on the spider queen ?

    Not sure that this is the right way to boost the game ...
    Pretty much this. There were so many other ways to fix garden of terror and not take away its originality.

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    I don't understand why they're trying to homogenize things. The Garden Terror concept was like a mix between Spiders and Dragon Knight, now it's very much Spiders only.

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    It's an odd change - however I hate this map so much that I welcome any change at this point even odd ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerraw View Post
    • No player-controlled Garden Terror
    And there goes the last meaningful niche for TLV.

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    I don't get it. Were there complaints about this map? I actually like it and if anything, Towers of Doom is the worst and needs rework. We really need to be able to ban maps before q.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollycakes View Post
    I don't get it. Were there complaints about this map? I actually like it and if anything, Towers of Doom is the worst and needs rework. We really need to be able to ban maps before q.
    You have that backwards, at least as far as the majority opinion goes. It has consistently been listed as the worst map in the game for years, bar none, while Towers is always among the best.

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    Kerrigan and Brightwing rework will come with this too.

    We’ve trimmed the hedges, mended the fences, and planted a whole host of new gameplay changes in Garden of Terror! Hitting the Nexus with our Kerrigan and Brightwing rework patch, you can look forward to inflicting ferocious floral terror on your opponents in the Nexus soon!
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    from the video description

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    It's definitly a mechanic that's used a lot, considering TotSQ, AP, HM and BoE all have a similar objective. That said, I'm not sad to see the old one go. It was always one of my least favorite maps and I'm not too big on controlable vehicles either, GoT was probably the worst one in that regard aswell.

    Pretty happy that they're updating it like this, though. Rather than having them pull a map for a whole year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabray View Post
    You have that backwards, at least as far as the majority opinion goes. It has consistently been listed as the worst map in the game for years, bar none, while Towers is always among the best.
    Forgive me. All you did was state that other people have opinions that differ from mine. That goes without saying for anything ever created that some will like/some will not. Subjective fun and all.

    The question is more to do with why, how etc. A capture point is a capture point. It's all relative. If I'm waiting for alters @ towers or waiting on point @Volskaya, it's still a capture point. So not sure why waiting on capture point for dragon is any worse than the volsk bot. Still doing the exact same act. So subjective opinion on fun aside, Is there a general consensus that the volk bot is no fun? is it vehicle combat altogether? I don't get it really still and liked its uniqueness as well.

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    For me, the big problem was that the night cycle had mirrored minons to attack. This resulted in almost every game I played there as a trade, one team gets top then other bottom.

    This meant both teams got terrors at the same time, which resulted in all out defence or attack from both sides. The overall feeling was that you were doing non-stop PvE the whole game, not very fun!

    I think a single, localised boss to kill for seeds was all that was needed. It was force teamfights and the "growing" mechanic would limit how snowbally it could become.
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    It feels that blizzard is backing up on all original ideas that made this game stand out from other mobas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrashi View Post
    It feels that blizzard is backing up on all original ideas that made this game stand out from other mobas.
    I feel they just realize what worked well and what did not work so well. I stopped playing any mode but HL just because the old maps were horrible to play on. It’s the same for the specialist rework, I hated split pushing heroes in my team... To me the game gets better with each decision they make.

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    I like those reworks and I'm surprised

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    Quote Originally Posted by skorpio View Post
    [video=youtube;_pQNkqueMIE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pQNkqueMIE
    [video=youtube;7LJ7HqH4sNk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LJ7HqH4sNk

    I like those reworks and I'm surprised
    Those are some solid buffs, I definitely approve of those improvements! Looks like I might be giving Kerrigan and Brightwing a try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nykhret View Post
    So, they removed an original mechanic to make instead a mix between Cursed hollow & Tomb on the spider queen ?

    Not sure that this is the right way to boost the game ...
    Indeed, this has been one of my fav maps since alpha and now they're dumbing down/running it /cry

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