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Heroes of the Storm at BlizzCon 2017

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BlizzCon 2017 is soon upon us and Blizzard posted all important Heroes of the Storm panels that you should keep an eye on!

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The most important is the "What's Next" panel. Last year, Blizzard introduced Varian and Ragnaros.

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BlizzCon 2017 is just around the corner, and attendees from all over the globe will soon flood into the Anaheim Convention Center for two days filled with gaming, tournament play, epic loot, and much, much more! We also have a ton of exciting content in store for Heroes of the Storm players, including panels featuring members of the dev team, as well as the epic conclusion to the 2017 Heroes Global Championship!

BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket

Get the best seat in the house at this year’s BlizzCon—your own! You can tune into Blizzard’s annual two-day community celebration live, November 3 - 4, by purchasing a BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket. We also give out a stash of in-game goodies to attendees and Virtual Ticket holders to say “thanks!” to the most epic gaming community in the world. Click here to check out the bonus items up for grabs this year, and then head to BlizzCon.com to purchase your Virtual Ticket.

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket

Friday, November 3

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BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony

Attention attendees! If you’re joining us in person in Anaheim, this year’s opening ceremony will be spread across more than one stage throughout the show. The live presentation will be jumping between stages as our developers show you what we’ve been working on from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT. And of course, everything will be broadcast on screens and stages throughout the convention hall.

For those of you who can't make it to Anaheim this year, don't worry! You can catch the BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony live—for free!—at BlizzCon.com.

Watch Live!

Heroes of the Storm Community Gauntlet

Get ready to compete for the glory of becoming the first Nexus MVP! Facing off alongside developers and streamers, contestants from the audience will compete in a series of challenges designed to test their wit, agility, and Heroes game knowledge.

  • 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. PDT
  • Epic Stage – North Hall Level 2

Heroes Panel – What's Next

Take a look into the eye of the storm as we unveil some of the exciting new updates and gameplay changes brewing in the Nexus.

  • 5:00 P.M. – 5:45 P.M. PDT
  • Mythic Stage – Level 1, Hall D

Heroes Esports – HGC Quarterfinal Bracket

Top HGC teams from around the globe will clash in group competition during Opening Week, October 26 - 29, and the eight teams left standing will square off at BlizzCon! The Heroes Global Championship will take over its own stage at BlizzCon this year, where the single-elimination, quarterfinal bracket will unfold live, beginning November 3. Each quarterfinal match will be a best-of-3 and the games begin right after the Opening Ceremony.

Check out the schedule page to keep track of the Opening Week groups and the playoff bracket, and head here for details about the HGC Finals, teams, casters, and more!

Saturday, November 4

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Heroes Panel – Hero Deep Dive

Join the Heroes of the Storm team as they take an even closer look at the new content coming to the Nexus. Get behind-the-scenes insight, and stick around for a Q&A with the audience.

  • 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. PDT
  • Mythic Stage – Level 1, Hall D

Heroes Esports – HGC 2017 Semifinals and Grand Final

The four top-performing teams from Friday’s quarterfinal matches will advance to the Semifinals on Saturday, where they’ll duke it out in single-elimination, best-of-5 bracket play until a victor is crowned at the Heroes Global Championship Finals!

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I wonder if they will showcase the new Heroes with a brand new CGI movie like they did with Varian and Ragnaros.

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If the leak, that has been 100% accurate so far, is anything to go by, the next three heroes should be Franko Tildon (Firebat), Aidan (The Dark Wander) and the Life-Binder herself, Alexstraza.

And the latter, at the very least, would totally deserve a cool CGI movie as an introduction, I find, so I wouldn't be surprised at all. ^-^

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I really wish they show at least some of following heroes:

warcraft:

 yrel: did you even notice that there's at least one hero from every wow's main races except draenei?! They should add first the first draenei hero and who's better than yrel?

alextrasza: i dont care about which dragon will be added first (from deathwing or ysera or alextrasza or Onyxia or etc.) But I think alextrasza will be first... I hope to see on of them by the way.

leeroy Jenkins: I think he has low chance on entering nexus for now but I know all wish to see him there ^^

( I just liked to see some other characters from warcraft like or cthun or alakair or anduin or lord jaraxxus/archimonde or malganis or maiev  .. but I think they will be added to game lately..)

diablo:

Belial: I think they should add lord of lies to complete diablo 3* lords of hell* characters!

I hope to see thsee interesting characters too: Maghda,Zoltun kulle,Adria,Cydea

starcraft:

Franko Tildon,Gabriel Tosh

Overwatch: I think they won't show any ow characters since they already added Ana and junkrat but I would like to see the first specialist hero from ow universe.

Blizzard classic:

You know long time they didn't add any (after releasing lost vikings in 2014) but I wish to see another character from blizzard classic games which be unique enough like how vikings are!

 

 

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5 hours ago, MZLICH said:

leeroy Jenkins: I think he has low chance on entering nexus for now but I know all wish to see him there ^^

( I just liked to see some other characters from warcraft like or cthun or alakair or anduin or lord jaraxxus/archimonde or malganis or maiev  .. but I think they will be added to game lately..)

 

Man, I would totally LOVE Leeroy or C'Thun as new heroes!

It is kind of difficult to imagine how a character like C'Thun could be implemented, but if they somehow manage to do so, I'd be a happy camper for sure. Perhaps he could be the "core-replacement-hero" that Ragnaros was supposed to be at one point in his development. That would be epic for sure and worthy of an old God. ^-^

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5 hours ago, MZLICH said:

They should add first the first draenei hero and who's better than yrel?

Velen. Plus there is no Priest representation in HotS, so would be killing two stones with one bird.

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52 minutes ago, MZLICH said:

yup he's good too sorry i forgot him haha. (By the way we've already got tyrande as first priest in nexus)

Tyrande may be the "Priestess of Elune", but her kit doesn't reflect anything remotely similar to the Priest from WoW. So she is a Priest just in title, hahaha.

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1 hour ago, Valhalen said:

Velen. Plus there is no Priest representation in HotS, so would be killing two stones with one bird.

If Varian was still to be released, I would expect Anduin to release with him, but I think Velen becomes more and more likely each month.

Wasn't Hanzo mentioned somewhere as an expected character?

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7 minutes ago, Blainie said:

Wasn't Hanzo mentioned somewhere as an expected character?

His name leaked alongside Alexstrasza in one of the making off videos of Kel'Thuzad.

I really hope it takes a long time before we get another OW hero. I want a new Diablo hero. We haven't got a new one since Cassia.

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3 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

His name leaked alongside Alexstrasza in one of the making off videos of Kel'Thuzad. 

I'd be pretty excited for him, but not sure how unique he'd be, honestly. He'd just be Genji + Sylvanas, one would assume.

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3 minutes ago, Blainie said:

I'd be pretty excited for him, but not sure how unique he'd be, honestly. He'd just be Genji + Sylvanas, one would assume.

Probably bit a bit of Valla, plus being able to charge his abilities for increase damage and range akin to Gazlowe's Lazor.

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2 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Probably bit a bit of Valla, plus being able to charge his abilities for increase damage and range akin to Gazlowe's Lazor.

Scatter Shot will be interesting too, I'm sure. Wonder if it will be a skill shot that one shots :p

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Would be awesome to see Vol'jin as hero in HotS. Similar to Varian death, he could join us at least in that game. Remember to love trolls or they will be gone too fast :(

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15 minutes ago, Erialis said:

Would be awesome to see Vol'jin as hero in HotS. Similar to Varian death, he could join us at least in that game. Remember to love trolls or they will be gone too fast :(

Sadly Vol'jin is not as iconic as Varian, plus I wonder how would Shadow Hunters work in HotS since their kit is pretty much scattered around other characters, except for Serpent Ward:

- Brightwing has PolymorphPolymorph, which works like Shadow Hunter's Hex.

- Rehgar has Chain HealChain Heal, which works like Shadow Hunter's Healing Wave.

- Tyrael has SanctificationSanctification, which works like Shadow Hunter's Big Bad Voodoo.

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I think Sen'jin was more typical witch doctor, tbh we don't see alot of Vol'jin abillities when he fight. Most of time he used just physcial attacks, same like Rokhan. They could invent some new skills and powers thanks to that.

Also how Varian can be more iconic from troll that led revolution against Garrosh as first, helped us defend continents against own kind, have nearly own book and story, was with us since vanilla wow. He is one of original Horde trio (Thrall, Cairne, Vol'jin). Varian was introduced in WotLK and pretty much was unknown to many players before it. Not to mention he didn't do anything special to the last moments in MoP.

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On 10/27/2017 at 7:13 PM, Valhalen said:

Sadly Vol'jin is not as iconic as Varian, plus I wonder how would Shadow Hunters work in HotS since their kit is pretty much scattered around other characters, except for Serpent Ward:

I'd expect something similar to the Shadow Shaman from DOTA but with some Melee thrown in too

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On 10/27/2017 at 7:15 PM, Erialis said:

Also how Varian can be more iconic from troll that led revolution against Garrosh as first, helped us defend continents against own kind, have nearly own book and story, was with us since vanilla wow. He is one of original Horde trio (Thrall, Cairne, Vol'jin). Varian was introduced in WotLK and pretty much was unknown to many players before it. Not to mention he didn't do anything special to the last moments in MoP.

I mean, if we're listing reasons to remember them:

  • Varian was best friends with one of the most popular characters to ever grace WoW, Arthas, and was constantly referenced in the start of Arthas' book.
  • After the death of his father, he became King of Stormwind, but was only crowned officially at 18 (still very young).
  • He was one of the founding members of the Alliance, since he led his people into that union with the elves of QT, Terenas' people etc.
  • After being abducted, his personality was split (which an entire book was written about, Lionheart).
  • He became one of the fiercest Gladiators ever to have existed under the name Lo'Gosh (named after Goldrinn, the wild god), alongside Broll Bearmantle and Valeera Sanguinar (two very well known characters), trained by Rehgar Earthfury.
  • He became close friends with Jaina Proudmoore, another incredibly important figure in WoW lore.
  • He wields one of the most famous swords to date, Shalamayne, and used it to kill Onyxia. 

I can obviously continue with this, but it'll take a while. He led the Alliance through Wrath, was constantly present there, snuck into Ironforge in Cata and nearly assassinated the Dark Iron Dwarfs leader, held the entire existence of the Horde in his hands at the end of MoP and, by his will, allowed it to exist, led the Alliance forces on the Broken Shore which, for the Horde, Sylvanas did.

He's definitely more iconic than Vol. If you need more proof, just compare the size of their Wiki pages. 

http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Varian_Wrynn

http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Vol'jin

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2 hours ago, Blainie said:

I can obviously continue with this, but it'll take a while.

He's definitely more iconic than Vol.

Aind he is attributed to one of the best (if not the best) theme songs even conceived in WoW, which in my opinion became the new theme song for WoW itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWH1KKOsoY

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26 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Aind he is attributed to one of the best (if not the best) theme songs even conceived in WoW, which in my opinion became the new theme song for WoW itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWH1KKOsoY

Can't agree more. I absolutely love this. When it released, I added it to my playlists and use it for work, playing, everything.

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      Fighting for the objective is often the most straightforward path to victory, but when you’re trying to come from behind you want to minimize your exposure to the enemy team. "On Infernal Shrines, it is very common for the experience levels to be 13-12 when the second Shrine spawns,” POILK said. “For whatever reason the losing team always makes the mistake of forcing a fight during this. If the second Shrine spawns top, you want to hide from the map before pushing bottom lane with your minion wave. This forces the enemy team to choose between pushing with the Punisher and defending, which usually gives you enough time to catch up in levels.”
      Never Give Up; Never Surrender!
      Team Dignitas mounted a comeback of their own against Gen.G Esports in the grand finals of the Mid-Season Brawl. POILK recently played a pretty major role in a great example of running back a game that looked all but over. “Our shot calling is very good—we are always looking for a way back into any game we might be losing,” he said.
      In their match against Gen.G Esports on Towers of Doom, Team Dignitas did just that—patiently waiting for their Storm Tier Talents to even the playing field before wiping their Korean rivals. “I don't really remember what the coms were, but I know we weren't totally sure we could end. I said I could take bottom Fort, Wubby said he could do the Sappers, Zaelia said he could take mid Fort and Snitch was already on his way to top lane. It was like, everyone saw a thing they could do on their own. Everyone just knew exactly what they needed to do.”
      While you shouldn’t expect to have the same coordination as one of the best teams in the world, that’s inspiring nonetheless—and acts as a great segue into tomorrow’s Midgame Moves article on pushing your advantage to the max, featuring Francisco "Goku" Avalos from North America’s Team Octalysis!