New Heroes and More Announced at BlizzCon 2016!
The Opening Ceremony at BlizzCon 2016 just wrapped up, and this year’s community celebration is now well under way! We announced two new Heroes, a new Brawl unlike any other, and a brand new giveaway that we’ve dubbed the Nexus Challenge. You’ll be able to get your hands on most of this new content by the end of this month, but in the meantime, we’ve got more details to share about everything we revealed this morning.
There’s still a whole lot more to come from BlizzCon 2016, so if you haven’t already, be sure to pick up your BlizzCon Virtual Ticket —you won’t want to miss a single moment of the action this weekend!
High King of the Alliance
Never one to back down from a difficult task or shy away from the front lines, King Varian Wrynn has always sought to do what he believes is best for his people. Without question, he is eager pick up a sword and shield in defense of the Alliance, Azeroth, and now. . . The Nexus. There is no opponent too great nor battlefield too harsh to stop Varian from leading those around him toward victory.
Great leaders know that a successful conquest requires the flexibility to adapt to any new challenges that may arise on the field of battle. Through talents, Varian can be built to fit several different disciplines and is the first multi-class hero to enter the Nexus. Be the shield your team needs by taunting enemies and soaking tons of damage, or split Shalamayne into its component swords and lead with your blades to cut down any who stand in your way.
From deep within Sulfuron Keep in the Firelands, Ragnaros has turned his fiery gaze toward the Nexus in his conquest to bring about the end of days by purging all life in flame and ash.
Harness the volcanic wrath of The Firelord to call down flaming meteors, crush foes with the explosive might of Sulfuras, and summon lava waves that will incinerate an entire lane's worth of enemy minions. When faced with a counter-attack, Ragnaros can empower a Fort or Keep, becoming a towering inferno over the structure and gaining a second set of abilities that will help you engulf assailants in the fires of doom. Ally yourself with Ragnaros to bring about a new era of destruction in the Nexus and show your opponents the true meaning of the words "raid boss".
Avast, ye, hearties! The ol' sea dog Captain Blackheart has shoved off in his ghost ship and taken to the high seas on a mission to blow the docks to smithereens. Will you aid him in turning the docks into a cloud of splinters, or will you fill his ship full of holes until it sinks into the briny deep?
This Brawl is the first battleground to feature attack/defend style mechanics and introduces asymmetrical gameplay to Heroes of the Storm. On Blackheart’s Revenge, only one team has a Core. They must gather cannonballs, load them into the cannons located around the docks, and fire on the ship in hopes of sending Blackheart to a watery grave. Defenders must assist the ghost pirate in his siege by stopping the attacking team from collecting enough cannonballs to sink the ship before it reaches its destination.
Kill Enemy Heroes
Prevent enemy Heroes from collecting Cannonballs and firing the Cannons at Blackheart’s Ship.
Protect Blackheart’s Ship
Defend the Ship until it destroys the enemy Core at the docks.
The Nexus Challenge
We just announced our biggest giveaway in Heroes of the Storm history to date: The Nexus Challenge! Starting November 15* until January 4*, you and your friends will be able to unlock an epic set of in-game loot in both Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch just by playing Heroes together.
Complete 15 Heroes games in Ranked, Unranked Draft, Quick Match, or Co-op vs. A.I. before time runs out, and you’ll unlock the Oni Genji skin, spray, and player icon in Overwatch, as well as Zarya and the Oni Genji Portrait in Heroes of the Storm. The rewards only get sweeter when you play more games. Finish 30 matches and you'll pick up even more Heroes, the slick new Orochi Hovercycle mount, and a 30-Day Stimpack. Make sure you're prepared to embark on this daunting quest with your allies later this month by reading our blog post, which contains all the details you'll need to conquer the Nexus Challenge.
*Exact start and end dates may vary slightly by region.
2016 Fall Championship
The Opening Ceremony may be over, but there’s still plenty of frenzied Heroes of the Storm tournament action yet to play out at BlizzCon 2015! As always, esports events at BlizzCon are free to watch, so be sure to tune in LIVE as eight top teams from around the globe compete for a share in the $500,000 prize pool—and the right to call themselves Heroes of the Storm World Champions.
Fall Championship Live Broadcast Schedule
|Group Play||Friday, November 4||4:00 p.m. PDT|
|Semifinals||Saturday, November 5||12:00 p.m. PDT|
|Grand Finals||Saturday, November 5||4:00 p.m. PDT|
Additionally, we recently announced details about the structure and schedule for the 2017 Heroes Global Championship. Head over to our 2017 Overview page on the Heroes of the Storm esports site to learn much, much more.