Despite the existence of more toxic popular MOBAs like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, I’ve quite fallen for Blizzard’s more approachable, less time-consuming little MOBA that could. Which is why when new things are added to Heroes of the Storm, I practically quiver with excitement.
Speaking of new things coming to the game, Blizzard will be adding two World of Warcraft heroes to HOTS that should play unlike anything we’ve seen before. We’re also in for a swanky new Brawl mode, and we’ll get the chance to earn some free stuff for HOTS and Overwatch just by playing the former.
Let’s just jump right in. The two new heroes coming to the Nexus are Varian Wrynn (king and stand up fellow), and Ragnaros The Firelord (bad-ass). Here’s the accompanying cinematic trailer from BlizzCon.
A post on Battle.net gives us a closer look at the two characters.
Firstly, let’s examine melee warrior King Varian Wrynn (available on 15 November). Lauded as the game’s first “multi-class” hero, “Varian can be built to fit several different disciplines,” explains the blurb. “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.” You can see all of that in action right here.
Arguably even more exciting than Varian is old WOW favourite Ragnaros, expected to drop sometime in December. The melee assassin I’d argue could also be considered a kind of multi-class hero thanks to his apparent ability to take down heroes, as well as hordes of minions. Or as the post puts it: “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.” Sounds pretty hot, but Ragnaros’ destructive power doesn’t end there. According to the article, The Firelord also has the ability to “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.” Sounds great, looks amazing.
Blizzard also took the time to detail the game’s upcoming Heroes Brawl called Blackheart’s Revenge, a mode that will feature “attack/defend style mechanics” as well as “asymmetrical gameplay.” Here’s a trailer.
The last bit of HOTS news to come out of BlizzCon is the announcement of something called The Nexus Challenge which kicks off on 15 November and lasts through to 4 January.
The challenge requires players to complete a set number of matches before 4 January while partnering up with at least one other player. Upon completion, players will earn a sweet new skin, spray, and portrait for Genji in Overwatch, as well as heroes, portraits, a new mount, and a 30-Day Stimpack in Heroes. Full details here.