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Fans of Heroes and StarCraft 2 have a chance to earn in-game loot by tuning in to Twitch during BlizzCon Opening Week and BlizzCon.
Twitch Drops are back and you can earn various rewards just by watching the stream on Twitch.
Fans who watch Heroes or StarCraft 2 for four hours during BlizzCon Opening Week (October 25-28) and/or BlizzCon (November 2-3) will get 1 Rare Loot Chest in Heroes and the Alarak Portrait in StarCraft 2. Watching the HGC for eight hours will net you a Cheery Viking Portrait. Tune in for twelve hours to receive a Cheery Viking Spray. StarCraft fans who watch eight hours of the WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon Opening Week and/or BlizzCon will receive a James "Sirius" Sykes Portrait in StarCraft 2. Tune in for twelve hours to receive the 2018 WCS Finals Emoji Pack and the Heaven's Devils Spray. Blizzard's also giving away 3 Heroic Account Unlock codes each broadcast day and 500 Common Loot Chests each hour. Don't forget to link your Battle.net account with Twitch here. Blizzard (Source)
Fans of Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft II have the chance to earn in-game loot simply by tuning in to Twitch for championship esports tournaments during BlizzCon Opening Week and BlizzCon.
Guaranteed Drops for four hours of viewing either Heroes of the Storm or StarCraft II:
Fans who watch Heroes of the Storm or StarCraft II for a total of four hours during BlizzCon Opening Week from Oct. 25–28 and/or BlizzCon on Nov. 2–3 will receive one Rare Loot Chest in Heroes of the Storm and the Alarak Portrait in StarCraft II. Guaranteed Drops for eight and 12 hours of viewing Heroes of the Storm:
Fans who watch eight hours of the HGC Finals at BlizzCon Opening Week and/or BlizzCon also will receive a Cheery Vikings Portrait in Heroes of the Storm. Tuning in for 12 hours will add a Cheery Vikings Spray. Guaranteed Drops for eight and 12 hours of viewing StarCraft II:
Fans who watch eight hours of the WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon Opening Week and/or BlizzCon also will receive a James "Sirius" Sykes Portrait in StarCraft II. Tuning in for 12 hours will add the 2018 WCS Finals Emoji Pack, as well as the Heaven’s Devils Spray. Random Drops for Heroes of the Storm
During live broadcasts of the HGC Finals at BlizzCon Opening Week and BlizzCon, 500 Common Loot Chests will be awarded randomly to viewers each hour. On top of that, Heroic Account Unlock codes—which unlock every Hero up to Mal’Ganis—will be granted to three lucky viewers each broadcast day. To win a Heroic Account Unlock, tune in for at least one hour during eligible broadcast times.
Random Drops for StarCraft II
During live broadcasts of the WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon Opening Week and BlizzCon, 2000 new race Banners—exclusive for a limited time—will be awarded randomly to viewers each hour. For a chance at a Banner, tune in for at least one hour during eligible broadcast times.
Eligible Channels for Heroes of the Storm:
English - http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroes French - http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroesfr German - http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroesde Russian - http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroesru Turkish - https://www.twitch.tv/akfon Polish - https://www.twitch.tv/thewilq EU Spanish - https://www.twitch.tv/hotseaoficial Italian - https://www.twitch.tv/piudidue Korean - http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroeskr Traditional Chinese - www.twitch.tv/blizzardzhtw Spanish (LatAm) - www.twitch.tv/zodaklatino Portuguese (LatAm) - www.twitch.tv/playingalot Eligible Broadcast Times for Heroes of the Storm:
Oct. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT Oct. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT Oct. 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT Oct. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT Nov. 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT For more details, read the official rules here.
Eligible Channels for StarCraft II:
English - https://www.twitch.tv/starcraft Korean - https://www.twitch.tv/starcraft_kr Korean - https://www.twitch.tv/tvcrank Korean - https://www.twitch.tv/lucia94 German - https://www.twitch.tv/taketv French - https://www.twitch.tv/ogamingsc2 Polish - https://www.twitch.tv/emstarcraft Polish - https://www.twitch.tv/esl_sc2_pl Russian - https://www.twitch.tv/starladder_sc2_ru Spanish (LatAm) - https://www.twitch.tv/horusstv Portuguese (LatAm) - https://www.twitch.tv/deathzone_tv Traditional Chinese - https://www.twitch.tv/starcraftzhtw Traditional Chinese - https://www.twitch.tv/blizzardzhtw Eligible Broadcast Times for StarCraft II:
Oct. 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT Oct. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT Oct. 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT Nov. 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT Nov. 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT For more details, read the official rules here.
How to Link Your Account
Before you can receive rewards, you must link your Twitch.tv and Blizzard accounts. Here’s how:
Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv. Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen. Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu. Find the Battle.net section, then follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect. When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive your rewards. Click here to go straight to the Twitch settings page.
Blizzard has updated the Free Hero rotation for the week of October 23.
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: October 23, 2018
Li Li ETC Zagara Butcher Kael’thas Artanis Lt. Morales Deckard Cain Xul Blaze Azmodan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Whitemane (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Maiev (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Samuro (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
Deckard, Illidan, and Varian will be on sale next week together with the Crimson Hare and Magic Carpet mounts. Check out the full list of items that will enter the featured item rotation on October 23.
Heroic Deals: October 23 – October 30, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, October 23! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.
Upcoming Hero Sales
Deckard— Sale Price: 375 gems Varian — Sale Price: 375 Gems Illidan — Sale Price: 250 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
Upcoming Featured Skins
Wastewalker Deckard Skin Pack Expedition Vanndar Muradin Genius Monkey King Samuro Azure Big Top Gazlowe Medic Uther Heavenly Grunty Murky Upcoming Featured Mounts
Crimson Hare Magic Carpet
Blackheart seeks revenge against the Commodore in this week's attack/defend battleground! Everyone starts at level 10, no other talents besides that are available. There's a small chance of all players being the same Hero. Play two games to earn a Loot Chest.
Assist a salty revenge-fueled pirate in his other-worldly quest to destroy the docks, or send him to a watery grave with the aid of some spectral cannonballs. This week’s Heroes Brawl is Blackheart’s Revenge, and no matter which side you take, it’s sure to be an explosive match!
Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the Docks. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose! Everyone will begin the round at level 10 and will be asked to choose a Heroic Ability. No other talents will be available. You will either be placed on the Attacking or Defending team and will be responsible for aiding Blackheart in his quest for revenge, or preventing the destruction of the Docks Attackers will be responsible for preventing Defenders from firing Cannons at Blackheart’s ship Defenders will gather Cannonballs and fire them at Blackheart’s ship via Cannons placed around the Battleground After the first round, teams will switch sides and the displayed health on Blackheart’s Ship will be adjusted to show the amount of Cannonballs the defending team must fire to beat their opponent’s score and win the round. The team to fire the most shots at the enemy ship will be victorious, unless both teams fire zero or the maximum of 5 Cannonballs, which will result in ties. Rewards:
Complete two matches of the Blackheart's Revenge to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the new 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.
The latest Heroes of the Storm content patch is now live with Mal'Ganis, disabled Haunted Mines, and changes to certain Support abilities to only work on Heroes.
Mal'Ganis is now live and you can check out our build guide here. The Hero is also available in the talent calculator. The game no longer supports DirectX9 and the 32-bit version of the client. Haunted Mines have been removed from all gameplay modes. Ana's Healing Dart now pierces targets at full Health. Multiple Support abilities have been reworked to only work on Heroes. Blizzard (Source)
Heroes of the Storm no longer supports DirectX 9 and the 32-bit version of the client. Battlegrounds
Unranked Battleground Rotation:
The Battleground Rotation for all Unranked modes has been adjusted to the following: Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction Haunted Mines: Haunted Mines has been removed from all gameplay modes. It will still be available to be played in Custom Games. Mercenaries: Sappers can no longer have their charge attack interrupted by a Silence effect. Silencing Sappers will still prevent them from starting to channel this ability New Hero: Mal'Ganis (Warrior)
Cunning and intelligent, Mal'Ganis was chosen to bring Arthas Menthil into the Lich King's service. After manipulating the prince into purging Stratholme of life, he finally fell to Frostmourne as Arthas's first act as the Lich King's champion... yet a demon does not die so easily.
Vampiric Touch Mal'Ganis heals for 45% of damage dealt to enemy Heroes and 15% of damage dealt to non-Heroes. Basic Abilities
Fel Claws (Q) Violently slash in the chosen direction, dealing 78 damage to enemies. Reactivate to slash up to 2 more times. The third slash Stuns enemies for 0.75 seconds. Necrotic Embrace (W) Desecrate the air, dealing 119 damage to nearby enemies and gaining 25 Armor for 3 seconds. Night Rush (E) After 0.75 seconds, gain 50% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. While active, Mal'Ganis can move through enemy Heroes and put them to Sleep for 2.5 seconds. Heroic Abilities
Carrion Swarm (R) After 1 second, disperse into an Invulnerable swarm of bats for 3 seconds, dealing 74 damage per second to enemies. Vampiric Touch heals for 100% of Carrion Swarm's damage to Heroes. Dark Conversion (R) Channel on an enemy Hero for 0.75 seconds, then swap Health percentages with the target over 3 seconds. Design
We've unified certain Support abilities to only work on Heroes (not minions or Mercenaries): Alexstrasza
Gift of Life (Q) Breath of Life (Q-Dragon Form) Brightwing
Pixie Dust (E) Li Li Healing Brew (Q) Rehgar
Healing Totem (Active - Level 4) Earth Shield (W - Level 13) Tyrande
Light of Elune (Q) Uther
Holy Light (Q) Heroes
Healing Dart (Q) Healing Dart will now pierce targets at full Health. Collection
The following new bundles are available for a limited time! Mal'Ganis Heroic Bundle Death & Undeath Bundle Meat Wagon Bundle New Announcer
Mal'Ganis New Mount
Meat Wagon Northrend Meat Wagon Blackrock Meat Wagon Deathguard Meat Wagon New Skins
Mal'Ganis Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis Neocarbon Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis Master Deadmachine Mal'Ganis Infernal Mal'Ganis Northrend Mal'Ganis New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the game. Bug Fixes
AI Heroes: Fixed multiple cases of AI-controlled Heroes incorrectly using their abilities. Spell Power: Fixed an issue where Spell Power would no longer affect a Hero’s abilities after they died. (For example: Jaina’s Blizzard will now continue to deal bonus damage if she received increased Spell Power but died before the second and third waves.) Statis/Time Stop: Fixed an issue where player created terrain could move Heroes affected by Stasis or Time Stop. Battlegrounds
Garden of Terror: Fixed an issue where all three Garden Terrors could spawn in a single lane. Minions/Mercenaries: Fixed an issue where Heroes could block the movement of Catapults, preventing them from passing through intact gates. User Interface
Fixed an issue where a space would appear before the player’s name in a Whisper. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Ana: Fixed an issue where Ana’s Shrike healing was not accurately reflecting her damage done (via Spell Power or her target’s Armor). Chromie: Fixed an issue where Temporal Loop’s return location would appear incorrect if a movement ability was used by the target. Diablo: Fixed an issue where Diablo would not be displaced by knockback and similar effects while casting Overpower. Gall: Fixed an issue where not all cases of Damage Reduction would work on Gall. Gul’dan: Fixed an issue where Darkness Within’s bonus Spell Power would not increase the healing of Drain Life. Kharazim: Can now Radiant Dash to all allied units, including Mercenaries, Creep Tumors, and Toxic Nests. Li-Ming: Fixed an issue where Tal Rasha's Elements would grant bonus damage to Calamity after being twice in a row. Murky: Egg Hunt’s Slime no longer benefits from Slime talents. Sylvanas: Targets of Mind Control will now clear their move orders when affected by the ability. Uther: Fixed an issue where Holy Fire’s damage was affected by Spell Power. Mal'Ganis is now live and it's time to check out our build guide and the official patch notes.