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BlizzCon 2017 - Alexstrasza Abilities and Talents

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Alexstrasza's abilities and talents have been revealed (and we have them all for you!). The hero is slated to be available to players on November 13.

 

Abilities

[D] (Trait) Dragonqueen (150-second cooldown): After 1.25 seconds, transform into a dragon and gain 500 Health. While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Abilities are empowered, and her Basic Attacks deal 143 damage and heal allied Heroes for 43 in an arc in front of her. Additionally, the duration of incoming Stuns, Roots, Slows, and Blinds is reduced by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.

[Q] Gift of Life (8-second cooldown): Sacrifice 15% of Alexstrasza's current Health, healing an ally for 150% of that amount. Dragonqueen: Breath of Life Cooldown greatly reduced and does not cost Health.

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[W] Abundance (16-second cooldown): Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 20% of their maximum Health. Dragonqueen: Preservation Heal area and amount greatly increased.

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[E] Flame Buffet (2-second cooldown): Launch a fireball, Burning enemies hit for 75 damage over 5.5 seconds. Hitting enemies that are already Burning deals 125 bonus damage upon impact, Slows them by 40% decaying over 2 seconds, and refunds the Mana cost. Dragonqueen: Wing Buffet Damage and Knockback enemies in an arc.

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[R1] Life-Binder (80-second cooldown): Bind Alexstrasa's life force with an allied Hero. After 2 seconds, the Hero with a lower percentage of Health is set to the same Health percentage as the other Hero.

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[R2] Cleansing Flame (80-second cooldown): After 1.25 seconds, take to the sky and drop 5 fireballs over 6 seconds at the position of the mouse cursor. Fireballs deal 150 damage to enemies and heal allied Heroes for 300 Health. 2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of the mouse cursor.

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Talents

Level 1

  • Live and Let Live: While Alexstrasza is above 75% health, Gift of Life's cooldown recharges 100% faster.
  • Circle of Life (Quest): Collect Regeneration Globes. Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, Abudance heals for an additonal 5% maximum health. Reward: After collecting 25, Abudence's healing burst creates a Regeneration Globe.
  • Flames of Fury (Quest): Hit 20 burning heroes with Flame Buffet. Reward: Hitting a burning hero with Flame Buffet reduces Dragonqueen's cooldown by 5 seconds.

Level 4

  • Surge of Vitality: Abundance also grants allied Heroes 30% movement speed for 3 seconds. Increase Flame Buffet's initial slow from 40% to 60%.
  • Exuberance: While Alexstrasza is above 75% health, gain 15% movement speed.
  • Life Blossom: While Alexstrasza is above 75% health, Gift of Life creates a Life Blossom at target's location. She can collect the Life Blossom to make her next Gift of Life cost no health.

Level 7

  • Burdened Flourish: Alexstrasza received 30% more healing from Abundance and 100% more healing from Regeneration Globes. Hitting a burning hero with Flame Buffet heals Alexstrasza for 10% of maximum health.
  • [Name Unknown] (60-second cooldown): Activate to reduce an enemy hero's damage by 50% for 3 seconds. Healing a stunned, rooted or silenced allied hero reduces the cooldown of this ability by 30 seconds.
  • Life Unbound (Active, 90-second cooldown): Activate to heal an allied hero for 15% of their maximum health and deal X damage to nearby enemies. Healing a stunned, rooted or silenced ally reduces the cooldown of this ability by 30 seconds. Cannot be used on self.

Level 10

  • [R1] Life-Binder (80-second cooldown): Bind Alexstrasa's life force with an allied Hero. After 2 seconds, the Hero with a lower percentage of Health is set to the same Health percentage as the other Hero.
  • [R2] Cleansing Flame (80-second cooldown): After 1.25 seconds, take to the sky and drop 5 fireballs over 6 seconds at the position of the mouse cursor. Fireballs deal 150 damage to enemies and heal allied Heroes for 300 Health. 2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of the mouse cursor.

Level 13

  • Dragon Scales: Gain 30 armor while stunned, silenced or rooted, and for 2 seconds afterwards.
  • Tough Love: While Alexstrasza is above 75% health, Gift of Life grants its target 20 armor for 2 seconds.
  • [Name Unknown]: Heroes healed by Abundance gain a shield that is equal to 60% of the amount healed.

Level 16

  • Draconic Discipline: Increase Dragonqueen's duration by 9 seconds.
  • Ritual of Life: Life Binder activates 3 times over 6 seconds.
  • [Unknown]

Level 20

  • Ruby Wings: Healing or damaging heroes 8 or more times with Cleansing Flame activates Dragonqueen upon landing.
  • [Name Unknown]: While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's basic attacks apply Flame Buffet, but her attack speed is reduced by 25%.
  • Blessing of the Red (Active, 40-second cooldown): Grant an allied hero 500 health until they die. Cannot be used on self, or on a hero who already has Blessing of the Red.

 

Stay tuned for my hands-on Alextrasza impression article, which should be published later today.

 

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Man, I'd say her E Talent build looks the best, although the Q looks good as well (although too dependent on her being above 75% health)..

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Wow... seems she needs to have another healer support to help her about having more than 75% health.. as you see:

her Q's heal is based on her current health and many talents says if she has more than 75% health blah blah.. so she always should have at least 75% and better to have full health and of course about her ult too.. she can fill health of a hero if she got 100% hp... so it's better to always have 100% health!

So it's better to have 2sup team... and I think tyrande is best choice for having 2sup in team and provide enough damage... and she got good Q ability to heal 1target and looks alextrasza got some damage too so 

Tyrande can heal Alex(main sup of team) and she will heal much much much more while she has full health and team won't feel that they have not enough damage and I think this team works well with tanks and assassins with huge amount of maximum health like Diablo(for tank)or butcher(for assassin) (because she can easily fill this much health and heal more heroes with much maximum health with all of her abilities and mostly her R1 ult)

by the way I don't know how she will be in quick matches because she may get a low health team and this may hurt team because her Q and mostly E and R1 will be useless (example for bad heros in qm: what we saw about Ana in qms ...she couldn't shoots healing darts well  when she got much speedy or dashing ally heroes like genji or tracer or...)

 

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Hands down one of the most versatile healers in the game. Got a lot of team fights where you need to heal multiple heroes at once? Go for an Abundance build. Another healer in your team, but she can't heal enough on her own? Take the Gift Of Life build. Not enough damage in your team? Take the Flame Buffet build. So many different ways to build her. I hope Blizzard keeps making all heroes this versatile in the future. The problem is just, when is she not good? Seems a little overpowered, much like Hanzo. Neither of them have any obvious weaknesses. Alex doesn't have many escape methods, but that can be overcome with clever positioning. Hanzo's only weakness is a high learning curve, which can also be overcome with practice.

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1 hour ago, Fliits said:

Hands down one of the most versatile healers in the game. Got a lot of team fights where you need to heal multiple heroes at once? Go for an Abundance build. Another healer in your team, but she can't heal enough on her own? Take the Gift Of Life build. Not enough damage in your team? Take the Flame Buffet build. So many different ways to build her. I hope Blizzard keeps making all heroes this versatile in the future. The problem is just, when is she not good? Seems a little overpowered, much like Hanzo. Neither of them have any obvious weaknesses. Alex doesn't have many escape methods, but that can be overcome with clever positioning. Hanzo's only weakness is a high learning curve, which can also be overcome with practice.

She doesn't seem that universally powerful to me.  Gift of Life both hurts her (making her easier to kill) and depends a fair bit on being high health (talent wise).  Abundance has a long delay and set area it heals meaning it can be played around by the enemy team (Ana would be a nightmare).  Flame Buffet doesn't do all that much damage and requires consecutive hits to apply slow.  And as you mentioned she has little escape herself.  Positioning can only do so much when a Tracer or Greymane jumps on you.  Not to say I dislike her, far from it, I like her a lot.  But I think it's a bit early to ask when is she not good or if she is overpowered just yet.

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38 minutes ago, TSRD said:

She doesn't seem that universally powerful to me.  Gift of Life both hurts her (making her easier to kill) and depends a fair bit on being high health (talent wise).  Abundance has a long delay and set area it heals meaning it can be played around by the enemy team (Ana would be a nightmare).  Flame Buffet doesn't do all that much damage and requires consecutive hits to apply slow.  And as you mentioned she has little escape herself.  Positioning can only do so much when a Tracer or Greymane jumps on you.  Not to say I dislike her, far from it, I like her a lot.  But I think it's a bit early to ask when is she not good or if she is overpowered just yet.

Maybe I'm just overrating her since Junkrat had such a bad launch and none of the healers in the current meta have so much healing.

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18 hours ago, Oxygen said:

Level 16

  • Draconic Discipline: Increase Dragonqueen's duration by 9 seconds.
  • Ritual of Life: Life Binder activates 3 times over 6 seconds.
  • [Unknown]

Level 20

  • Ruby Wings: Healing or damaging heroes 8 or more times with Cleansing Flame activates Dragonqueen upon landing.
  • [Name Unknown]: While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's basic attacks apply Flame Buffet, but her attack speed is reduced by 25%.
  • Blessing of the Red (Active, 40-second cooldown): Grant an allied hero 500 health until they die. Cannot be used on self, or on a hero who already has Blessing of the Red.

 

Stay tuned for my hands-on Alextrasza impression article, which should be published later today.

 

I think the Ritual of Life part from Lvl 16 belongs to Lvl 20, doesn't it?

 

Anyway, she seems very versatile, I love it!

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Seems like she's very focused on healing and not much damage/cc/peel. Kinda disappointed (she's supposed to be really powerful lore-wise, right? Dragonflight and all)

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6 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Seems like she's very focused on healing and not much damage/cc/peel. Kinda disappointed (she's supposed to be really powerful lore-wise, right? Dragonflight and all)

Well I mean if we're arguing lore power levels, yeah but she should also really be in dragon form all the time.  Chromie should be able to time travel back to the start of the match (oh and she has a dragon form too), Ragnaros should always be in his Molten Core form, ect...  When you're dealing with characters like this you can't exactly balance them via lore.  If you want an excuse via lore, think of Alex like the champion video showed her.  She is testing and training Hanzo, she isn't really going all out after him after all.

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I have a question: since Alexstrasza heal is % based, does that means her abilities aren not affected by the healing buff from Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade, for example? Or have increased effect on Amplified HealingAmplified Healing?

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51 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I have a question: since Alexstrasza heal is % based, does that means her abilities aren not affected by the healing buff from Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade, for example? Or have increased effect on Amplified HealingAmplified Healing?

Stitches Devour is a 20% self heal yet supposedly Amplify Healing (and the like) work on it.

I didn't test it or anything but that's what his talent build article says.  So I guess they do affect it?

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7 hours ago, TSRD said:

Well I mean if we're arguing lore power levels, yeah but she should also really be in dragon form all the time.  Chromie should be able to time travel back to the start of the match (oh and she has a dragon form too), Ragnaros should always be in his Molten Core form, ect...  When you're dealing with characters like this you can't exactly balance them via lore.  If you want an excuse via lore, think of Alex like the champion video showed her.  She is testing and training Hanzo, she isn't really going all out after him after all.

Of course I'm not saying "make this type of characters 100% reflect how powerful they are in lore in game too" like one hit-KO everything or insta-win the game; just show a small sign that they're on a completely different level. Ragnaros you mentioned for example was beyond broken on release because of his design, perma picked/banned in competitive play and took a lot of time and many nerfs (a lot of them insignificant) to finally "dethrone" him. I didn't mean for her to be like that ofc, just not so one-sided apparently. I may have underestimated her trait and its enhancing talents (tho it will be hard for you to get up close and personal in today's meta) or the damaging build/abilities but still.

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7 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Of course I'm not saying "make this type of characters 100% reflect how powerful they are in lore in game too" like one hit-KO everything or insta-win the game; just show a small sign that they're on a completely different level. Ragnaros you mentioned for example was beyond broken on release because of his design, perma picked/banned in competitive play and took a lot of time and many nerfs (a lot of them insignificant) to finally "dethrone" him. I didn't mean for her to be like that ofc, just not so one-sided apparently. I may have underestimated her trait and its enhancing talents (tho it will be hard for you to get up close and personal in today's meta) or the damaging build/abilities but still.

Going with this talk is like arguing how can Master Roshi beat Vegetto in the Dragon Ball fighting games. It doesn't really matter because "power levels" shouldn't be taken in account in this.

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18 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Going with this talk is like arguing how can Master Roshi beat Vegetto in the Dragon Ball fighting games. It doesn't really matter because "power levels" shouldn't be taken in account in this.

Well, Dragonball has many instances where it says that power levels are merely a joke and not to be taken seriously. Don't think that's the case elsewhere :v

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On 11/5/2017 at 2:14 PM, Opactor said:

Finally, a true form of dragon, in my opinion, will be tier 1 snapshot.

Wishful thinking! :p

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      Abilities Shadow Charge (Q) Range increased from 7 to 8.5. Mana cost increased from 60 to 70. Damage reduced from 75 to 40. Terrain collision damage reduced from 150 to 120. No longer grants Armor. Now also increases Movement Speed by 15% for 2 seconds. Fire Stomp (W) Now unleashes fire waves in a large cone in the chosen direction, rather than a 360° area around Diablo. Number of fire waves reduced from 8 to 5. Multiple fire waves can now hit the same target. Cooldown increased from 6 to 8 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 40 to 30. Outgoing fire wave damage reduced from 54 to 12. Returning fire wave damage reduced from 81 to 36. Damage dealt by returning fire waves now counts as critical damage. Now Heals Diablo for 125% of the damage dealt to Heroes. Overpower (E) Mana cost reduced from 60 to 40. Lightning Breath (R) Range increased from 10.5 to 12. Each tick of Lightning Breath damage now also Slows enemies hit by 5% for 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 50%. Talents Level 1 New Talent: Feast on Fear (Passive) Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow Charge or Overpower Heals Diablo for 15% of his maximum Health over 4 seconds. Soul Shield (Active) Moved from Level 7. New functionality: Activate to gain Spell Armor equal to 25 plus 50% of Diablo's current Souls for 4 seconds. 60 second cooldown. Every time Diablo damages an enemy Hero, reduce this cooldown by 1 second. Bulwark (Q) Removed. Level 4 New Talent: Sacrificial Soul (Q) Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow Charge grants 5 Souls and 15 Armor for 4 seconds. While at 100 Souls, increase this Armor to 30. New Talent: Souls to the Flame (W) Fire Stomp grants 1 Soul every 3 times it damages an enemy Hero and Heals for an additional 1.25% of its damage dealt per Soul. Life Leech (Passive) Moved from Level 1. New functionality: Diablo gains 1 Soul and Heals for 1.5% of his maximum Health for every Basic Attack against an enemy Hero. While at 100 Souls, increase this Healing to 3% of his maximum Health. From the Shadows (Q) Removed. Speed Demon (Passive) Removed. Demonic Strength (E) Removed. Level 7 New Talent: Eternal Flames (W) When Diablo Stuns an enemy Hero with Overpower or Shadow Charge, Fire Stomp’s cooldown is reset. Malevolence (Passive) Using Basic Abilities causes Diablo’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal an additional 100 Spell Damage. Stores up to 2 charges. Soul Feast (Trait) Removed. Diabolical Momentum (Passive) Basic Attacks now also reduce Fire Stomp’s cooldown. Cooldown reduction granted per Basic Attack decreased from 1.5 to 0.75 seconds. Level 13 Devastating Charge (Q) Adjusted functionality: Now increases Shadow Charge’s terrain collision damage by 100%, rather than a percentage of the target’s maximum Health. Quest: Each time an enemy Hero takes terrain collision damage, increase this bonus by 15%, to a maximum of 75%. New Talent: Cruelty (Passive) Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow Charge or Overpower increases Diablo's Attack Speed by 50% for 5 seconds, up to 100%. Hellfire (W) New functionality: Each enemy Hero hit by Fire Stomp grants 2% Spell Power for 10 seconds, up to 30%. Fire Devil (W) Removed. Level 16 Debilitating Flames (W) New functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by Fire Stomp are Slowed by 5% for 4 seconds, up to 50%. Heroes Slowed 25% or more by Debilitating Flames deal 50% less damage. New Talent: Overpowering Nightmare (E) Gain 2 additional charges of Overpower, with a 2 second cooldown between uses. Fearful Presence (Active) Removed. Level 20 Dying Breath (R) Now reduces Apocalypse’s cooldown by 20 seconds per enemy Hero hit (to a minimum total cooldown of 5 seconds), rather than reducing its cooldown by a static amount. Hellstorm (R) No longer increases Lightning Breath’s range. Bonus duration increased from 50% to 200%. Lord of Terror (Active) Now also grants 5 Souls per enemy Hero hit. LEVEL (TIER) DIABLO TALENTS 1 (1) Feast on Fear (Passive) Devil’s Due (Trait) Soul Shield (Trait) — 4 (2) Sacrificial Soul (Q) Souls to the Flame (W) Life Leech (Passive) — 7 (3) Eternal Flames (W) Malevolence (Passive) Diabolical Momentum (Passive) — 10 (4) Apocalypse (R) Lightning Breath (R) — — 13 (5) Devastating Charge (Q) Cruelty (Passive) Hellfire (W) — 16 (6) Domination (E) Debilitating Flames (W) Overpowering Nightmare (E) — 20 (7) Dying Breath (R) Hellstorm (R) Lord of Terror (Active) Hellgate (Active) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent. Collection
      New Bundles Sun’s Out, Guns Out event items have returned for the duration of the Nexomania event! Add them to your collection by opening Nexomania Loot Chests or purchasing the Sun’s Out 2017 Bundle. The following new bundles are available for a limited time! Hell’s Screamers Bundle Match of the Century Bundle Sun’s Out 2017 Bundle New Announcer El Guapo New Skins
      Diablo El Chamuco Diablo Underworld Chamuco Diablo Hell’s Screamer Diablo E.T.C. El Mariachi E.T.C. Underworld Mariachi E.T.C. Festival Mariachi E.T.C. Garrosh El Jefe Garrosh El Fuego Garrosh Underworld Jefe Garrosh Kharazim Dropkick Kharazim Champion Dropkick Kharazim Dropdead Kharazim Lunara La Parca Lunara La Catrina Lunara Los Muertos Lunara Sonya La Pantera Sonya La Pantera Dorada Sonya Underworld Pantera Sonya New Mounts
      Luchihuahua Hell's Screamer Luchihuahua Underworld Luchihuahua Pigñata Hell's Screamer Pigñata Lucha Pigñata Bug Fixes
      General Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. A.I. General: After casting Hearthstone, A.I. Heroes will now wait in the Hall of Storms to restore most of their Health and Mana before leaving. D.Va: Fixed an issue that prevented A.I. D.Va from casting Boosters. Deckard: Learning Bottomless Flask no longer causes Allied A.I. Heroes to remain near a Healing Potion’s location indefinitely. Sgt. Hammer: A.I. Sgt. Hammer will no longer become stuck in a Vent behind the opposing bottom-lane Fort on Battlefield of Eternity. The Butcher: Fixed an issue in which A.I. Butcher would repeatedly cast and then cancel Ruthless Onslaught. The Butcher: Fixed an issue that prevented A.I. Butcher from casting Butcher’s Brand. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Artanis: The Target Purified Talent no longer causes Purifier Beam to acquire Invulnerable targets after its initial target dies. Chromie: Time Traps revealed by Abilities like Tassadar’s Oracle can now be correctly auto-acquired as Basic Attack targets. Fenix: The Talent tooltips for Singularity Charge and Mobile Offense now correctly append to the Ability tooltip for Weapon Mode: Phase Bomb. Garrosh: Casting Into the Fray on Abathur now correctly interrupts Symbiote Channeling. Genji: A damage over time preview now correctly appears in Genji’s Health bar when affected by Lunara’s Nature’s Toxin. Johanna: Can no longer escape Zagara’s Devouring Maw early if Iron Skin expires while inside the Maw. Junkrat: Can now move himself while he is Unstoppable by detonating a nearby Concussion Mine. Malfurion: Reduced Healing applied by Strangling Vines now correctly lasts for its full 3 second duration, even if Entangling Roots expires or its Root effect is removed. Medivh: Dying while attempting to redirect Ley Line Seal after learning Medivh Cheats! no longer causes its targeting indicator to visually persist on the terrain. Nova: Fixed an issue that could cause Holo Decoys to stop attacking nearby targets. Nova: Fixed an issue in which Holo Decoys would not Basic Attack enemy Heroes if Nova did not have enough Mana to cast any of her Abilities. Nova: Armor reductions granted by Anti-Armor Shells and Crippling Shot now stack correctly when applied to the same target. Sonya: Battle Rage no longer grants bonus damage versus Monsters. Tassadar: Plasma Shield Healing done after completing the Khaydarin Resonance quest is now correctly tracked on the in-game stats screen (TAB). Tassadar: The Talent tooltip for Khala’s Light now correctly states that only Heroes will gain Armor when Plasma Shield expires or breaks. This was only a tooltip correction; functionality has not been changed. Thrall: Invulnerable Heroes who are within bounce range after casting Chain Lightning on a nearby target will no longer grant Crash Lightning quest progress. The Lost Vikings: Casting Spin to Win! no longer causes offscreen Vikings to play false “under attack” voice lines. Zul’jin: Using Guillotine with the Buzzsaw Talent to kill Nova’s Holo Decoys or Samuro’s Mirror Images no longer grants Healing. Sound
      Lt. Morales: Replaced incorrect voice processing for voice lines used by the base Lt. Morales and First Lt. Morales skins. Volskaya Foundry: Achieving victory will now correctly cause Overwatch-themed music to play. User Interface
      Loadouts: The Hero’s name at the top of the Loadout pane will now update correctly when switching among Heroes during Hero Select. Collection: Fenix now correctly appears when using the terms “Protoss” and “Dragoon” to filter the Hero roster.  
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      The free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of May 22.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: May 22, 2018
      Malfurion Valla Gazlowe Johanna Thrall Dehaka Blaze Lt. Morales Li-Ming Gul'dan Tyrande (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Sylvanas (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Junkrat (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)