I couldn’t possibly be the only one here who’s still playing Heroes of the Storm, right? I’m sure I’m not. Which is great, because it looks like HOTS is about to get a hell of a lot more fun.

That’s right, folks, it’s Brawl time! Overwatch has it, Hearthstone‘s got it, and now it looks like Blizzard will finally bring Brawl mode to HOTS. The mode, officially called Heroes Brawl, will see players battling each other in crazy maps with even crazier rules, and at the end of it all awaits some sweet rewards. Full details and teaser trailer below.

On the mode’s official announcement page, Blizzard saw fit to explain some of what players can expect from Heroes Brawl.

In a nutshell, Heroes Brawl is Heroes of the Storm, seen through the lens of delightful madness. Play on unique maps with surreal twists and with custom rulesets that turn everything you thought you knew about the game on its head.

Heroes Brawl will be focussed around single-lane battles in maps such as Punisher Arena, where players will attempt to kill enemy team members as well as try to take out the opposing Punishers to earn points, and first to 100 wins. Two other arenas have also been revealed, including Sky Temple Arena, which will basically be your standard king-of-the-hill thing, and Garden Arena which will play more or less like the Punisher Arena.

What makes all of this a whole lot more interesting is the inclusion of “mutators,” which are “gameplay modifiers to add completely new and unexpected quirks to drastically change how you play Heroes of the Storm.” In hopes of keeping them a surprise, Blizzard hasn’t delved into the specifics of what these modifiers will be. The post also states that a new way to select heroes will be coming “soon.”

Lastly, the blurb explains that players will be able to grab “large sums of gold” as well as other “unique rewards” for taking part in three Brawls each week.

The update will officially go live on 17 October, but the PTR will be out a week earlier on 10 October.


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