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The free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of January 28.
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation (Week of January 28)
Abathur Anub'arak Artanis ETC Gul'dan Hanzo Kael'thas Kel'Thuzad Kharazim Li Li Ragnaros The Butcher Tyrande Zagara Latest Heroes of the Storm News
Balance Update Patch Notes: January 22nd The Listening Game Podcast Interview with Senior Designer Kyle Dates Weekly Brawl: Lost Cavern - January 24th Heroic Deals: Week of January 21st 2019 Year in Review
Kevin "Cloaken" Johnson is back with a brand new episode of the Listening Game Podcast and this time, he talked to Senior Designer Kyle Dates who is responsible for many innovative Hero designs on the roster (Kel'thuzad, Deathwing, Orphea).
They talk about Kyle's career from his start as a Warcraft/StarCraft modder, to raiding in vanilla WoW, design on StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm.
In the first episode of the podcast, Kevin sat down with Senior Animator Lana Bachynski who now works at Riot.
This week's brawl is Lost Cavern and comes with the shuffle pick, standard play, and no Hearthstones at spawn. You can win the game by destroying the enemy Core. Play three games to earn a New Toy Chest.
This week’s brawl is Lost Cavern! It’s all-out mayhem on our single-lane battleground – Lost Cavern. Queue up, choose your Hero, and try to best to bring down the enemy Core!
Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
Complete three matches of Lost Cavern to earn a New Toy Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
Latest Heroes of the Storm News
Balance Update Patch Notes: January 22nd Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: Week of January 21st Heroic Deals: Week of January 21st 2019 Year in Review
2019 brought four Hero releases, four Seasonal events, and various improvements to the game, including Hero role expansion, Mastery Rings, Nexus Anomalies, and XP Globes. Join the Heroes team as they look back at 2019 in retrospect!
2019 was a year full of radical new approaches in Heroes—we experimented with our biggest Hero ever, Deathwing, a new slice of the Nexus’ lore in Qhira, and our very first Nexus Anomaly, Experience Globes, among others. We added game-changing Heroes to the roster—including Imperius and Anduin—and seasonal events offered quests and skins that allowed us to pummel our enemies in style. To top it off, we added both innovative and quality-of-life features to the game, including more accurate roles and descriptions, mastery rings, and the very first multi-hero mount.
Here’s a deeper look at some of our favorite moments from the year.
Starting the year off with a power move, the leader of the Angiris Council and Aspect of Valor Imperius arrived to purge darkness from the Nexus. Imperius valiantly led armies of the High Heavens against the forces of hell, and as a Bruiser, there’s no shaking his resolve nor his constitution. This Archangel was one of the most highly requested Heroes, and his entrance was a beacon of hope to all.
The High King of the Alliance, Anduin, made his royal Heroes debut in early 2019. After his father fell to the Burning Legion, he learned that peace must be fought for wherever it is challenged—even in the Nexus.
“Justice didn’t come for you—I did.” The Iresian Bounty Hunter Qhira, a Melee Assassin, came for her enemies in the Nexus in summer 2019. Qhira is the second Hero, after Orphea, who is exclusive to Heroes of the Storm. After the Iresian people tore their realm apart in a struggle for power, Qhira escaped with a Chainblade and began her search for survivors. However, if she finds an enemy Hero instead, she’s sure to make quick work of them before escaping with her Grappling Hook.
Announced just before BlizzCon, the dragon of many names shocked the world when he staked his claim on the Nexus at the tail end of 2019. By far the most requested Hero, Deathwing is the first on the roster to be permanently unstoppable and immune to both Crowd Control and allied abilities. He has two forms, Destroyer and World Breaker, which give him access to different abilities—whichever he uses, he rains terror on his foes.
The Heroes 2019 spring event took place in Caldeum Acropolis, a city where all struggle to find their place in a cyberpunk dystopia. In this event, the Azure Dragons and Onyx Turtles gangs, led by Chromie and Kharazim respectively, clash against the Jigoku Cybernetics Corporation and their elite agents over systemic oppression. Caldeum Complex featured a quest chain loaded with rewards, and players had the chance to earn unique skins such as Street Cyborg Kharazim and Techno Vandal Chromie.
The evil forces of Xenotech returned in summer 2019 with new skins like Mecha Yrel and Mecha Valla, special event quests, and bundles. This year Xenotech Malthael was at the head of the invasion, but a new generation of young pilots stood valiantly against the mecha Archangel of Death’s chaos and destruction.
The Scarlet Heist
2019’s fall event took place in New Tirisfal City, where the largest criminal empire in the city, headed by Whitemane, was finally set to receive some payback. Players had the chance to go through with Baby-Face Orphea’s, Wiseguy Junkrat’s, and Bama “The Hammer’s” plan to infiltrate Whitemane’s Scarlet Mafia and abscond with their biggest haul yet. With all the drops during this event, it was practically a steal.
2019 reminded us to appreciate the smaller things in life—like fun-sized Heroes, for example. The Toys event returned in the winter with an array of themed collectibles, such as the new skins Tickle Mephisto, Cosmonaut Qhira, Galactic Force Valeera, and more. The event also included Heroes of the Storm’s very first multi-hero mount, the Toy Train.
Hero Role Expansion
As the roster and breadth of mechanics steadily increased, new roles and descriptions were created in the first quarter of 2019 to more closely represent Heroes currently in and coming to the Nexus. The new Hero Roles were: Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, and Ranged Assassin. (Tag yourself.)
As of 2019, reaching level 15 with a Hero means you can unlock the ability to use a Mastery Ring! Mastery Rings came to the game late in the year as a bit of extra flair that displays on a Hero in-game. They are purchasable with gold and upgradable with additional purchases, so the humble-brag progression is ever-present.
Nexus Anomalies and Experience Globes
At the end of 2019 we introduced Experience Globes, our first Nexus Anomaly. Nexus Anomalies are seasonal, major game updates intended to put a spin on the way you play Heroes. Experience Globes are a drop that grant in-game experience. Collecting experience has never been so intuitive and fun!
Toy Train Multi-Hero Mount
The little engine that almost didn’t, really did! The Nexus’ very first multi-hero mount made its arrival at the end of 2019 along with the Toys event. All aboard!
Thank you for being part of another great year of Heroes of the Storm. See you in the Nexus for another year of fun!
Latest Heroes of the Storm News
Balance Update Patch Notes: January 22nd Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: Week of January 21st Heroic Deals: Week of January 21st
The winter event titled Toys 2 has now hit the Nexus. It comes with the first ever interactive mount, new skins for Mephisto, Qhira, and more.
UPDATE: The event has been extended to April 7.
Check out the full patch notes for more information about this week's balance changes!
It’s not always sunshine, stuffing, and rainbows between the Funtime Pals. It seems Tickle Mephisto has a posable plastic bone to pick with Cuddle Bear Stitches ever since the adorable abomination played a bit too rough during last year’s celebration. Now, the precocious host of last year’s event has settled into slumber and Mephisto has invited you over for another round of games… though he may have a more sinister goal in mind. Event Dates and Details:
Dust off your dice and round up your friends--the Toys event kicks off at 10:00 am PT on December 16 and will run until the week of March 3, PT.
You’ll embark on the following set of unique quests with the onset of the Toys event, granting awesome 2019 event rewards as you wind your way around the game board for the first time:
Have Spacesuit—Will Hunt--Achieve 50 Takedowns in winning games. Rewards: Cute Qhira Spray, Cute Cosmonaut Qhira Portrait Green Tactical Superiority—Kill 200 enemy minions in winning games Rewards: Cute Green Army Raynor Spray, Green Army Team Portrait Thinly Sliced, Please!—Deal 150,000 Hero damage in winning games Rewards: Rampaging Lil’ Butcher Sticker Spray, Cute Lil’ Butcher Portrait More Friends to Have Fun With—Capture 8 Mercenary camps in winning games Rewards: Toy Train Animated Spray, Lil’ Toy Train Portrait Claws Full of Plush—Win 3 games as an Assassin Hero Rewards: Cute Mephisto Spray, Cute Tickle Mephisto Portrait Tickle Mephisto also has an emoji pack and his favorite green plastic palamino for you to add to your collection after your first time crossing the finish line. Check it out:
This noble steed will be by your side in battle no matter what… unless the base snaps off or it melts in the sun, or something As with last year’s Toys event, the fun never stops on the Nexus game board. Once you’ve completed the first set of unique quests, you can continue to loop your way around the board, picking up quests and earning additional Loot Chests to your heart’s content.
Peek Inside the Toy Chest:
During this event, all Loot Chests you earn or purchase (except for Hero-specific chests) will be event themed and may contain some Toys-themed loot! Look at what you could unlock in your chests or pick up in the shop:
Mephisto: Tickle Mephisto: Hey everybody, it's your favorite buddy Tickle Mephisto! This funtime friend comes with a voice box that plays 5 pre-recorded messages from the hit cartoon! Awesome! WARNING: May develop an insatiable thirst for revenge if exposed to electricity. Grumpy Tickle Mephisto Crazed Tickle Mephisto Shocking Tickle Mephisto Cuddly Tickle Mephisto Unlucky Tickle Mephisto Qhira: Cosmonaut Qhira: While The Cosmonauts franchise is often criticized for not even having a popular TV show based around it, these complaints generally fall on deaf ears to the fans who are too busy actually playing with the toys to care. Commander Cosmonaut Qhira Blazing Cosmonaut Qhira Explorer Cosmonaut Qhira Eternal Cosmonaut Qhira Super Cosmonaut Qhira Deckard Cain: Green Army Deckard Pain Varian: Green Army Commandant Varian Raynor: Green Army Raynor Stitches: Bitter Bear Stitches: There's a monster on the loose, kids... a CUDDLE MONSTER! This fuzzy friend is desperate to prove he's the sweetest snuggle pumpkin in the Funland Pals. Shucks, he'd do just about anything to be the #1 in your heart... Shabby Bear Stitches Fuzzy Bear Stitches Valeera: Galactic Force Valeera: Featuring the actual voice from the hit show, this advanced action figure has brand new space-age joints that allow for fully articulated kung-fu action. Plus, all Valeera's signature jagged metal weapons are included in the box! Proto Force Valeera Dehaka: Ferocious Dehakasaurus Rex: From this summer's blockbuster, Dehakasaurus Rex is on the hunt! With spring-loaded chomping action and patented dino-grasper technology, this beast will tear through playtime like razor-sharp teeth through its prey. X-Treme Dehakasaurus Rex New Mounts:
Toy Train: Choo-choo! This toy train, featured in a popular board game, always has a can-do attitude! Except when it doesn’t. Click on your teammate’s train mount in a game for a fun surprise! Speedy Toy Train Blazing Toy Train Cosmic Toy Train Royal Toy Train Grimrail Toy Train Galactic Lion: Every member of the Cosmic Force forms a permanent and powerful bond with their Force-Beast and never, ever, strays from their battle partner's side. (All figures sold separately. CHOKING HAZARD: contains small parts.) Proto Lion Plush Unicorn: Hooves the Unicorn is the most steadfast friend in the Funtime Pals! Nothing makes her happier than helping out her buddies: Mephisto, Lil' Butcher, Porkchop, Snugglor, Wackie the Wumple, and even sometimes Stitches! Gloomy Plush Unicorn Shabby Plush Unicorn Snowflake: All snowflakes are unique, but not all of them are special. If they were, then none of them would be. Mellow Snowflake Periwinkle Snowflake And More!
This event is also adding a ton of new skins, sprays, emojis, and portraits to the shop. Choo, choo! All aboard the fun train, kids. Next stop… the Nexus!