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During the reveal ceremony, Game Director Alan Dabiri talked about the Master of the Cold Dark and premiered his spotlight.
For more information about Kel'thuzad, check out our preview and Kendric's hands-on impressions. Kel'thuzad is hitting test realms next week, following release one week after.
The Lich Lord of The Plaguelands, Commander of The Dread Necropolis, Master of the Cold Dark, Founder of the Cult of The Damned, Former Member of the Council of Six, Creator of the Abominations, Betrayer of Humanity, Summoner of Archimonde, and Majordomo to The Lich King has finally made his way to the Nexus… Get all the necessary information and gameplay tips on our newest Assassin Hero, Kel’Thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas, in this spotlight video!
Call of Kel'thuzad Event Skins
Here's a look at upcoming skins Dreadlord Jaina, Death Knight Sonya and Crypt Queen Zagara.
A new video series by Blizzard, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the development process that brought Kel'thuzad to Heroes of the Storm will be released soon. For now, the trailer will do! Thank you to @Valhalen for the link.
PCGamesN talked to Kyle Dates and Game Director Alan Dabiri at Gamescom. They talk about Kel'thuzad, the upcoming event and improvements to quest tracking and Hanamura.
Archlich of Naxxramas is a ranged Assassin and the first among new Heroes they've added with a baseline trait quest. Once Kel'thuzad unlocks it, he gains a massively spike in burst damage. He starts off as a crowd-control character and ends up as a burst damage Assassin. His ability "Chains of Kel'thuzad" is a double skillshot used to tie Heroes together or chain a Hero to a Structure. Another ability is Frost Nova that roots enemy in its center. You can set up epic combos by chaining Heroes and setting up a Frost Nova to root them. One of his best partners is Arthas. Kel'thuzad is weak to dive Heroes. All of his abilities are delayed, so he doesn't have the ability get Heroes like Illidan or Genji off of him. Arthas on the other hand, has this ability with his slow and Howling Blast or Kel'thuzad can follow up on Arthas's combos. The Call of Kel'thuzad Event
The patch is coming next week to test realms with a release later during the week of September 5. It brings major reworks for Chromie, Jaina, Leoric & Lt. Morales. We posted about upcoming changes here. It turns out Kel'thuzad has been in the Nexus a long time, bending Heroes to his will. We're getting new skins, mainly Crypt Queen Zagara, Death Knight Sonya and the fan-favorite Dreadlord Jaina. During the event you complete quests, unlock new portraits, sprays and ultimately, you can unlock a special Naxxramas banner. In order to complete quests, you need to have takedowns with Kel'thuzad on your team. Quest Tracking
Improvements are coming to quest tracking. In the tab screen you will see Hero quests and if a Hero has completed a quest. It makes easier to keep track of questing. Hanamura
Based on community feedback, Hanamura got disabled recently and the battleground will get the Haunted Mines treatment. It all boils down to analyzing specifics that do not work out for the map and change them. It'll take time to redesign Hanamura and there's no ETA for bringing it back now. There's too much going on during the battleground, payloads, mercenaries giving objects, not allowing players to focus on what was the best thing to do at any given time. Destiny 2
No plans to introduce Heroes from Destiny 2, they have a lot of heroes and villains from the Blizzard universe and they don't know if it would be appropriate for Heroes.
Garrosh's price was reduced to 10,000 Gold / 750 Gems and so were Shard prices of skins introduced in his patch.
If you waited for the prices to drop, now's a good time to buy Garrosh and various skins introduced in the patch. Don't forget to visit our Garrosh Build Guide to find out more about various ways of building up the former Warchief of the Horde.
Prices of Legendary skins (Mad Axe Garrosh, Templar Li-Ming, D.Va skin variations etc.) are down to 1,600 Shards per skin (down from 2,400).
L800 ETC Skins, Anub'alisk and other skins cost 400 Shards. Below is a list of full skins added in Garrosh's patch.
Garrosh Shattered Hand Garrosh Blackrock Garrosh Glorious Garrosh Deadly Garrosh Mad Axe Garrosh Biohazard Mad Axe Garrosh Frozen Mad Axe Garrosh Mutant Mad Axe Garrosh Horde Axe Garrosh Alarak Amethyst Highlord Alarak Anub'arak Anub'alisk Kaldir Anub'alisk Omega Anub'alisk Venomous Anub'alisk Enraged Anub'alisk Li-Ming Templar Li-Ming First Ascendant Li-Ming Dark Templar Li-Ming Onyx Templar Li-Ming Void Templar Li-Ming E.T.C. L800 E.T.C. Spectre L800 E.T.C. Jungle L800 E.T.C. Shock L800 E.T.C. Horde L800 E.T.C. Angelic L800 E.T.C. The Butcher Grendel Butcherlisk Valeera Ivory Demon Hunter Valeera Crimson Demon Hunter Valeera Zul'jin Arcane Emberlord Zul'jin D.Va Devil Dogs Goliath D.Va Spectre Goliath D.Va Abathur Feral Swarm Abathur Dehaka Savage Pack Leader Dehaka Varian Deadly Lo'Gosh Varian Samuro Warsong Hellblade Samuro Rehgar Saronite Ironclaw Rehgar Probius Solarite Probius Prime Sargas Probius Prime
Kendric got a chance to play the Archlich of Naxxramas at Gamescom 2017 and shared his thoughts and impressions in our latest review.
Role & Playstyle
Kel’thuzad has been a fan favorite for a long time now and Blizzard has finally answered the call of thousands of Heroes of the Storm community members by introducing him at Gamescom 2017. The Archlich of Naxxramas is a ranged Assassin who is capable of dishing out a respectable amount of burst damage from long distance range. He also excels at dealing large amounts of AoE damage to clear Minion Waves very efficiently.
Trait, Abilities & Talents
First and foremost it is worth mentioning that Kel’thuzad feels like a very skill-based Hero who relies greatly on the player’s skill to time, predict, and aim his abilities carefully in order to be rewarded.
That reflects itself especially well in Kel’thuzad’s Trait called Master of the Cold Dark, which requires the player to land crowd control effects - provided by Frost Nova and Chains of Kel’thuzad - on enemy Heroes in order to gain so-called Blight stacks. After acquiring 15 Blight, all the cooldowns of Kel’thuzad’s Basic Abilities are lowered by 2 seconds, after reaching 30 Blight, his Spell Power is increased by 75% which causes all of his abilities, Heroic Abilities included, to deal significantly more damage.
Kel’thuzad’s bread and butter damage ability is Death and Decay, which is a relatively easy to land projectile, that expands into a circular damage zone upon impact on the first enemy hit. The impact itself deals a considerable amount of damage, while it also leaves behind a void zone that deals damage over time to enemy Heroes staying inside.
Frost Nova, on the other hand, is a little bit trickier to get value from. Similar to Chromie’s Sand Blast or Dragon's Breath, Frost Nova comes with a 1-second delay, which makes predicting your target’s movement path very important. After the delay, Kel’thuzad unleashes a large circle of Frost, which deals heavy damage and slows all enemies inside. Enemies in the center of the ability also find themselves rooted for 1 second, which makes this ability extremely powerful if aimed properly.
Last but not least, Chains of Kel’thuzad introduces a new mechanic to Heroes of the Storm, which allows the Lich to chain two enemy Heroes together, pulling them both closer to each other and stunning them for 0.5 seconds. What’s particularly interesting about this ability is the fact that it can also be landed on Structures, which makes it quite sneaky for enemy Heroes who think themselves safe behind a Wall or a Keep for instance. Both Frost Nova’s root effect and Chains of Kel’thuzad’s stun effects count towards his Trait Master of the Cold Dark, which makes them very important for his overall combat performance.
Both of Kel’thuzad’s Heroic Abilities looked quite powerful without feeling broken or overpowered. While Frost Blast is targeted at one enemy Hero, it unleashes a huge amount of AoE damage and crowd control around the target upon impact making it a deadly ability for team fighting. However, it felt like dodging Frost Blast was fairly simple to do and as such, the true strength of this Heroic Ability remains yet to be seen after his release.
Shadow Fissure, on the other hand, can be described as a very safe Heroic Ability, as there are hardly any drawbacks when picking it. After a short delay, Kel’thuzad summons a large fissure on the targeted location from anywhere on the map (making it a global Heroic Ability similar to Nova’s Precision Strike), which deals a respectable amount of damage to any enemy Hero standing inside. Keep in mind, however, that it does not deal any damage to non-Heroic sources, which means it can neither be used to clear Minion Waves (and soak experience), nor to siege enemy Structures from afar. A bonus especially for newer Kel’thuzad players is its 15-second cooldown, which makes missing the ability quite forgiving.