Inspired by the release of the official Heroes of the Storm soundtrack, we’ve begun to compile an “unofficial playlist” of songs that inspire us to play every character in the Nexus. “What’s the best song for each hero?” we like to ask. Or: “How many times do you think Muradin plays AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” in the shower before he puts his armor on and heads into battle?”
We started these playlists with the game’s mighty Warriors
; now we’re onto Supports. Ah, Supports. They’re the glue holding together any Heroes of the Storm team, healing reckless Assassins who’ve dived too deep into the enemies’ back line and keeping the Warriors on the front line alive through thick and thin. They help make the plays and they keep everyone else patched up, but what do they make us want to listen
to? Let’s find out.
It is through the archangel Auriel that the power of hope flows into the fabric of creation. Even when other celestial bodies up in the High Heavens were ready to give up on the mortals of Sanctuary and leave them to their gloomy fates, Auriel refused to give up—seeing in man the potential to finally create lasting peace. You may say she’s a dreamer. But she’s not the only one.
Gabby La La is the closest one can come to being a Faerie Dragon IRL—except for maybe the very best cosplayers out there. The sitar and ukulele whiz and longtime associate of Primus’s lead weirdo Les Claypool brings the same mixture of sickly sweet idiosyncrasies and thinly-veiled threats of malice to her music that Brightwing brings to the Nexus.
“I’ll be doing all I can / If I die an honest man.” Above all else, Kharazim remains true and devoted to his faith, embodying the will of the one thousand and one gods of Ivgorod in all of his actions. He’s also known to get down to a killer bassline.
Li Li is the Taylor Swift of the Nexus. She carries herself with the same youthful optimism that’s so relentless it can, at times, seem endearingly naïve. She always tries to see the best in herself and others, and if some giant ogre is trying to get her down? She just shakes it off. And just like Taylor Swift, Li Li can summon a giant spirit dragon to take down her most powerful enemies—even Katy Perry.
Editor’s Note: There was originally a lot of heated discussion around what would be a good alternative theme song for Li Li since Taylor Swift had deliberately kept her music off Spotify and other streaming services—a decision Swift reversed just as we were drafting this playlist. While we can’t speak for Taylor Swift’s intentions in lining up perfectly for our schedule, we’d like to thank her for her support of Li Li and all the denizens of the Nexus.
Lt. Morales is the epitome of the dutiful pocket healer. No matter the danger posed by your foes, she’ll follow you into battle, keeping you alive through the most intense moments of any fight. Just like Rihanna says to Drake, she can tell “by the way you carry yourself” that “you’ve been hurt by someone else.” And if you’ll let her, she’ll take care of you.
The walking boombox of the Nexus, Lúcio can always pump up the jam no matter what the situation. Plus he can put up a massive barrier for all those moments when the jam session gets too intense.
Though Malfurion is always happy to throw down in the Nexus, he still heeds the call of the wild he’s sworn to protect—hungering for the “freedom of an eagle as she flies,” mountains “callin’ to him like a mother calls her child,” just like the star of this classic country tune by Chris LeDoux. Luckily some of the Battlegrounds have ample space for a jungle.
Rehgar might seem like a friendly pooch when he bounds around the battlefield in wolf form, healing his allies and slowing any enemies in pursuit. But the shaman has just as much of a taste for battle as his fellow orcs in the Nexus. As Simon Le Bon sang in this classic eighties hit: “I'm on the hunt down I'm after you / Mouth is alive with juices like wine / And I'm hungry like the wolf.”
“I have sacrificed all, that our world may live. I have sullied my honor. I have discarded my rank and standing. I have even broken our most ancient traditions. But never think that I would, for one moment, regret my actions. For I am Templar, and above all else, I have sworn to protect our homeworld until the end.”
Tyrande is Massive Attack’s best song personified: mysterious yet staid, vulnerable yet fearless, ornate and beautiful all at the same time. Plus she’s the only character here who can take credit for adding a teardrop as an item to World of Warcraft. And her owl would totally make for a great mascot for Massive Attack.
Uther the Lightbringer tried his best to save Prince Arthas from the forces that were fast corrupting him . . . but in the end, he didn’t succeed. Arthas, in turn, got something he wanted (Frostmourne), but not what he needed (a mentor who could help him become a nice person instead of turning into an undead Lich King). Do you think Uther still travels around the Nexus as an act of penance—trying to guide others home by his light, as Chris Martin promises he’ll do in one of Coldplay’s earliest hits?
Give the Support playlist a listen! Do you agree with our choices, or do you have some other epic bangers to suggest? Let us know what you think of the songs so far, and what you’d pick for the Specialist and Assassin Heroes coming in the weeks ahead!
Rock on, heroes. We’ll see you all in the Nexus!