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Alan Dabiri Gamescom Interview with PCGamesN

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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.

Kel'thuzad

  • 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 BlastHowling 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.

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18 hours ago, Stan said:

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.

OBJECTION! I have evidence that proves a contradiction in your statement!

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2 hours ago, Fliits said:

OBJECTION! I have evidence that proves a contradiction in your statement!

Good point, completely forgot about Butcher. Maybe he was thinking purely in terms of ranged heroes? Not sure.

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

Good point, completely forgot about Butcher. Maybe he was thinking purely in terms of ranged heroes? Not sure.

I know what it is. He was overhyping it. 

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@Fliits, you might have missed the last part of the sentence.

23 hours ago, Stan said:

Archlich of Naxxramas is a ranged Assassin and the first among new Heroes they've added with a baseline trait quest.

Butcher was not added with a baseline trait quest. The quest was added about 15 months after his release.

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14 hours ago, positiv2 said:

@Fliits, you might have missed the last part of the sentence.

Butcher was not added with a baseline trait quest. The quest was added about 15 months after his release.

Did not know that. What was his talent before that?

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2 hours ago, Fliits said:

Did not know that. What was his talent before that?

The patch notes say "Nearby Minions and Heroes drop meat when they die. Pick up meat to gain a 1% bonus to Basic Attack damage, up to a maximum 25%. All meat is lost upon death." It stayed that way until the quest was added

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21 minutes ago, positiv2 said:

The patch notes say "Nearby Minions and Heroes drop meat when they die. Pick up meat to gain a 1% bonus to Basic Attack damage, up to a maximum 25%. All meat is lost upon death." It stayed that way until the quest was added

"How utterly droll." You basically get a passive 25 % attack damage boost. I hope that he's base stats were a lot higher before, otherwise he'd just be a low dps melee assassin with close to no CC.

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On 8/25/2017 at 10:14 AM, Fliits said:

"How utterly droll." You basically get a passive 25 % attack damage boost. I hope that he's base stats were a lot higher before, otherwise he'd just be a low dps melee assassin with close to no CC.

He definitely didn't feel that way when I first played against him :p

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