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Brawl with the Blues: Ragnaros (Special Edition)

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Brawl with the Blues returns with a special edition on Thursday, December 15. Join Trisklyr and some prominent community members to explore some of the upcoming changes.

The Ragnaros patch will go live on December 13. After the stream comes to an end, Alan Dabiri and Travis McGeathy will join them in a 30-minute Q/A.

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Join us next week, as we tip toe around the flames of our newest hero – Ragnaros! Help us explore some of the upcoming changes to the game alongside some prominent Heroes of the Storm community members. Just head over to Twitch.tv/blizzheroes on Thursday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. PST to catch a few matches played live on stream, and stick around until the end for a chance to join in on the fun!  

Joining us for this Brawl:

MFPallytime

MichaelUdall

Yunalescka

Heccu

The community members listed above will be joining our very own Trikslyr in-game to battle it out on the ladder. During the matches, Spyrian will be on hand to collect your questions from Twitter and the Twitch chat, then field them to the players to get their answers live on the air.

As always, we love playing a few Custom Games with viewers, and this time we’ll be mixing in some Heroes Brawl. So jump in the in-game chat lobby “BRAWL” to be eligible to participate in the matches. Be sure to comment below if there are any cool combinations you’d like us to try with Varian.

After the show, we're in for a treat as newly announced Game Director, Alan Dabiri, and new Lead Game Designer, Travis McGeathy, will join us for a 30 minute Q&A to discuss their new roles. Feel free to join us on stream and ask questions about Heroes of the Storm and more. It'll be a blast.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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