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Heroes At BlizzCon: A Quick Reference

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Only officially released 4 months ago, Heroes of the Storm is now making its first BlizzCon appearance as a full-fledged franchise. Alpha versions of the game had been presented in 2013 and 2014. Here is a brief writeup of the things you should prepare for.

 

Panels

 

Just as in 2014, three Heroes of the Storm-related panels will be presented this year.

 

The Hero Deep Dive panel is making a comeback on Friday, starting at 2:15pm, aiming to "take a closer look at all of the new Heroes coming to the Nexus". A mistranslated post from the EU Blizzard team hinted at the presentation of 4 or more new Heroes. Although it is uncommon for the team to release more than a single Hero every 3 week, it is still entirely plausible for the panel to discuss those coming over the next 3 months. Cho'gal, Kel'thuzad, Samuro, and Vol'jin, models of all of which have been sighted in different videos and images released by Blizzard over the years, are pretty good guesses as to what we may be seeing in the presentation.

 

The Overview and Sounds of the Nexus panels will not be coming back this year, being replaced by the   Battlegrounds and the State of the Game panels. Presented on Sunday at at 4pm, State of the Game will discuss the game's evolution and upcoming design and balance changes for Heroes, battlegrounds, and talents. This panel will be a good test to see how well our developers team is acquainted with the current meta-game state.

 

As for Battlegrounds, presented on the same day at 4pm, the panel will allow players to have a "look at the new locations and objectives [they'll] conquer in Heroes of the Storm". Although entirely speculative, players believe that a Starcraft-themed battleground may find its way into the Nexus, as a way of celebrating Legacy of the Void's impending release.

 

pZnhTHo.jpgThe Nexus Battle Beast mount is a reward for those who attend BlizzCon 2015 (including Virtual Pass owners)

 

Tournament

 

For those craving some competitive play, the World Championship group play will begin on Friday at 4pm, and go on for a planned 6 hours thereafter. Although crowd-favourite Cloud 9 and Na`Vi have already qualified for the semifinals happening on Saturday, these BO3s are sure to innerve the teams that did not qualify during last month's group stage. Dignitas, DK, and Tempo Storm are considered the top teams in this bracket, and the matches between DK and Tempo Storm should be especially ferocious, given that only one of the two wrecking balls can make it to the semifinals.

 

The semifinals and grand final are both happening on Saturday, starting at 8:45pm, and will feature Cloud 9, Na`Vi, and whichever teams claw their way out of the group play.

 

We will keep you updated on the outcomes of these games as the tournament progresses, and we will also provide some post-match analysis.

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