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3 new Heroes of the Storm Heroes and one new Battleground have been announced at Gamescom 2015.


A midday press conference at Gamescom was the venue Blizzard used to reveal a selection of new Heroes of the Storm content. The most important announcements were for 3 new Heroes (Kharazim, Rexxar, and Artanis) and a new Battleground (Infernal Shrines), but a large number of new skins were also presented.


 
We have summarised all the relevant information about the upcoming content below.
 

Kharazim


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Kharazim is a Diablo III-themed Monk. He is part of the Eternal Conflict, which focuses on various Diablo III elements.
  • Kharazim will be the first new Hero to be released.
  • He is a Melee Support Hero.
  • This is the first Hero for which you will be able to choose the trait. At level 1, you get a choice of 3 different traits, and this choice will determine how Kharazim will evolve throughout the match. One trait increases his melee damage, another causes him to restore some health if performing melee attacks, and the third allows him to occasionally restore Mana.
  • This is intended to be a high skill-cap Hero that rewards precise timing of abilities.
  • Kharazim will be extremely mobile over short distances, being able to move  freely during team battles, seeking the optimal positioning.
Here is a video of Kharazim in action, released by Blizzard on their YouTube channel:


Rexxar


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Rexxar is legendary Hunter from the Warcraft universe.
  • Rexxar will be introduced some time after Kharazim.
  • He is the first Ranged Warrior in the game.
  • He is also the first Hero to have a permanent pet. Rexxar will always be accompanied by Misha. If Misha is killed, she will automatically revive next to Rexxar after a few seconds.
  • Misha always assists Rexxar by attacking his target, and he cannot direct her to do otherwise.
  • Misha can stun enemies, and she will also be able to body-block them.
  • Without Misha, Rexxar is at a great disadvantage.

Artanis


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Artanis is a new Hero which is still in development. He belongs to the Starcraft universe, and Blizzard has just announced that he will be the central character of the Legacy of the Void Starcraft II expansion (which will be released later this year).
  • Artanis is the first Starcraft-based Warrior.
  • He will play as a Melee Warrior that can choose to either focus on tanking, or on dealing high amounts of damage.
  • He is still at an early stage in his development cycle, so not much is yet known about how he will work. He will not be released for some time.

Infernal Shrines Battleground


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Blizzard also announced a new Diablo III-themed Battleground, further building on the Eternal Conflict theme.
  • It is a 3-lane Battleground of a moderate size.
  • The main Map Objective consists of 3 shrines. These will initially spawn waves of monsters that must be defeated, and after that, teams must fight to gain control of the shrines.
  • When a shrine has been captured, The Punisher will spawn for the team that captured the respective shrine.
  • The Punisher works similarly to the Golems on Haunted Mines, except that it also (possibly predominantly) targets players. The Punisher will push a lane, attacking the structures, but it will also charge and attack any enemy Heroes around it.
  • The Punisher will distract the enemy team, allowing the Punisher's team to perform other tasks (such as pushing or working on other Map Objectives).
Here is a video of the Infernal Shrines, released by Blizzard on their YouTube channel:

 

New Artwork


In addition to all of the new content, Blizzard also showed a large selection of new Hero skins. Our friends over at JudgeHype have put together a gallery showcasing all the new skins, which also includes models for the new Heroes.

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