Day One of BlizzCon came to end just a few hours ago and there were major announcements made during the Opening Ceremony and the deep dive panels throughout the day. This was arguably one of the most successful Day One’s of the annual event in terms of big game reveals. Five out of six Blizzard games will have new content coming in the next few months. Sorry to all the Diablo fans; we’re just going to have to wait a little while longer.

Here’s a recap of the Heroes of the Storm news.

New Hero: Alexstrasza

Warcraft’s Alexstrasza, The Life-Binder, is a ranged support who can manipulate energy to heal her allies. She also has a fire spell and can turn into a dragon using her Dragonqueen trait. With the Cleansing Flame Heroic, Alexstrasza can turn into a dragon and rain down fire from above. Enemies caught in the fire will be dealt damage, while allies will be healed. She also has a Flame Buffet spell which deals damage over time and slows enemies.

New Hero: Hanzo

Overwatch’s Hanzo is a ranged Assassin who can do a great deal of damage from a distance.  With his Natural Agility trait, he can jump over terrain, making him an ideal scout of his team. His Sonic Arrow also allows him to spot hidden enemies. He has two heroics: Dragonstrike, which is his ultimate from Overwatch, and Dragon’s Arrow which is a powerful snipe shot.

2018 Game Updates

In 2018, Heroes of the Storm will be getting a few significant updates to gameplay mechanics including:

  • New Camera Perspective: This will allow players to get a better view of the map which will be especially useful during teamfights,
  • Updated Stealth Mechanics: This update will affect the way characters go into stealth and maneuver while in stealth. Character kits will also be updated to reflect this change.
  • Early Game Changes: There will be some changes made to the early game which will allow individual players to shine. These changes should not change the overall length of the matches.
  • Mercenary Camps: The different mercenary camps will also be revamped to be more strategically valuable.
  • Infinite Tower Ammo: Instead of the towers running out of ammo after a set number of shots, the towers will now have an unlimited supply of ammo. This will require teams to be a little more strategic about their assaults. 
  • Voice Chat: Blizzard Voice Chat will be integrated into the game and players in a party will automatically have Voice Chat enabled (they will have the option to opt out).
  • Performance-Based Matchmaking: Instead of just relying on victories, the matchmaking system will also take a player’s performance and contributions into account.

They did not announce a release date for the 2018 changes nor did they say when Alexstrasza and Hanzo would be made available, but we can assume it will be soon. You can watch the announcement trailer below and see some in-game screenshots in the Gallery.

Gallery

2018 Update – New Camera Angle

2018 Update – Infinite Ammo Towers

2018 Update – Mercenary Siege Giants

2018 Update – Mercenary Spell Aura

2018 Update – Mercenary Armor Debuff

2018 Update – Neutral Regen Globe

2018 Update – New Map Timer

2018 Update – New Stealth Shader

2018 Update – Standalone Tower Removed

2018 Update – Voice Chat

 

 

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