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Blizzard posted a new video on Twitter with previews of the recently leaked Viper skins.

New Ana, Genji & Stukov Skins

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Sidewinder Ana

As Viper's deadliest sniper, Sidewinder is personally responsible for killing the organization's most prominent enemies. Were it not for her, Viper may never have risen to power... a fact that she uses to her advantage whenever she is contested.

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Deathfang Genji

No one knows who Deathfang used to be. Some say he was a high-ranking Viper general; others that he was a common soldier. Whoever he was, his old identity has been permanently wiped from Viper's records. All that remains of him now is his kill count.

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Imperator Stukov

Thanks to sound military tactics and the fierce loyalty of Viper's soldiers, the Imperator has crushed his enemies and established a new world order. It is only a matter of time before his robotic fist snuffs out the dying embers of rebellion.

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New Mount?

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At the end of the video, we can see a photo of what appears to be a young Sombra.

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The skins were probably announced in advance due to the leaks from the official website. We might see them go live with the Whitemane patch soon.

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31 minutes ago, Teufel said:

M.Bison vibe from Stukov intensifies. 

Yeah, even more so that before, as he already had "dictator" variation of his skin. Also, they look a lot like Brotherhood of Nod from C&C and Talon from Overwatch. I wonder who was the person who punched the screen (if it wasn't Stukov?).

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I'm not sure why they have Genji out in front. From the names and look of the skins I would think Imperator Stukov should be the one in front leading them all at this rally of Viper forces. In fact I assumed he is the leader of the whole thing from the description of the skin.

Now the real question everyone wants to know; Who is the girl in the picture? And who's fist it is shattering the screen at the end of the video? Clearly it's implied that there's a connection there between the two.

I was guessing in the previous post about these new skins that they weren't going to be revealed until either the next rework(s) or next new hero reveal. It looks like with the end teaser/hint to a new hero this likely wouldn't have been released till about a month from now before some reworks and starting a new 'event' of sorts. So it would be hinting at whoever the next new hero  would be as well a few weeks after the skins release. If it had not been for the error of someone putting up the new skin names on the official site that is.

I'd guess with the error/leak they said 'Fuck it! Put out the trailer early...'. Hopefully this won't mess up any time table they had for plans of upcoming events and such. 

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Can you really call them terrorists if they take over the world?

That's like calling rebels rebels after they defeat an empire and establish a new republic.

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What about the person smashing the TV in the end and the Photo? New Skin? New Hero? The girl in the pic does really look a lot like young Sombra going on facial features. Hair is kinda off but I don't that could've changed easily when growing up.

There's the best screen I could find on Reddit.

https://imgur.com/a/T7CuIdO

TBH it could be anything...

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Just now, Evincare said:

What about the person smashing the TV in the end and the Photo? New Skin? New Hero? The girl in the pic does really look a lot like young Sombra going on facial features. Hair is kinda off but I don't that could've changed easily when growing up.

There's the best screen I could find on Reddit.

https://imgur.com/a/T7CuIdO

TBH it could be anything...

I've seen a Youtube video with the analysis suggesting that person is Soldier 76 (and the girl on the photo is young Pharah). The guy's logic does make sense, though I wouldn't consider it set-in-stone.

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Yeah I've seen that been put out there. And I agree - logics-wise it's not that far off. Although Pharah's never shown with that kind of hair and we know how she looked when she was young from several official Artworks. Adding Soldier? I don't know... Wouldn't he be just Raynor 2.0 with Fenix' Ult? With mobility of course, since he's an Overwatch Character…

I guess we'll see; it's far too eraly for such things - Whitmane's not even on the PTR yet.

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Just now, Evincare said:

Yeah I've seen that been put out there. And I agree - logics-wise it's not that far off. Although Pharah's never shown with that kind of hair and we know how she looked when she was young from several official Artworks. Adding Soldier? I don't know... Wouldn't he be just Raynor 2.0 with Fenix' Ult? With mobility of course, since he's an Overwatch Character…

 

I guess we'll see; it's far too eraly for such things - Whitmane's not even on the PTR yet.

Agreed. TBH, they've already killed a few good OW character ports. I mean, if you re-theme Yrel's abilities and make her Sacred Ground into a large damage absorbtion zone (absorbs X damage from each damage source for Y seconds), you're just switching Ardent Defender with Primal Rage away from getting Winston. Alas.

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2 hours ago, Teufel said:

Agreed. TBH, they've already killed a few good OW character ports. I mean, if you re-theme Yrel's abilities and make her Sacred Ground into a large damage absorbtion zone (absorbs X damage from each damage source for Y seconds), you're just switching Ardent Defender with Primal Rage away from getting Winston. Alas.

Eh, I don't think so. We managed to get three World of Warcraft representatives of the Warrior class (Muradin, Varian and Garrosh) and they're all unique in their own way.

I don't think that one Yrel's Heroic Abilities is enough to justify barring Winston from joining the roster. He would definitely be played differently than Yrel, in my opinion.

On the other hand, I don't think we'll ever get Roadhog in Heroes of the Storm because he would play exactly as Stitches. I could see him becoming a skin from Stitches, though.

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3 hours ago, Teufel said:

Agreed. TBH, they've already killed a few good OW character ports. I mean, if you re-theme Yrel's abilities and make her Sacred Ground into a large damage absorbtion zone (absorbs X damage from each damage source for Y seconds), you're just switching Ardent Defender with Primal Rage away from getting Winston. Alas.

I think the only OW characters we can 100% rule out getting into this game are Roadhog and Widowmaker. Roadhog would be way too similar to stitches and Nova already has a Widowmaker skin so telling the two apart when they're on the same team would be difficult and make what skins you have impact the game. 

76 I would imagine is hard to translate into this game as his kit is pretty striaghtforward but in a pinch they could probably do it.

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Just now, Valhalen said:

Eh, I don't think so. We managed to get three World of Warcraft representatives of the Warrior class (Muradin, Varian and Garrosh) and they're all unique in their own way.

I don't think that one Yrel's Heroic Abilities is enough to justify barring Winston from joining the roster. He would definitely be played differently than Yrel, in my opinion.

On the other hand, I don't think we'll ever get Roadhog in Heroes of the Storm because he would play exactly as Stitches. I could see him becoming a skin from Stitches, though.

I'd say Garrosh mostly represents himself with all the abilities unique to him, and Muradin represents Mountain Kings of WC3, rather than WoW Warriors. Varian is a good face for those, though.

For the Winston's part, I mostly meant Yrel's basics. I mean if you re-theme those, E is basically the rocket pack, and W is a swipe he uses in Primal Rage. Re-fashion Holy Ground into Barrier Projector, get actual Primal Rage (disruption power enhancements, maybe basic attacks W, but attack speed is majorly slowed, or straight-up cooldown where his abilities are cast at max charge for a short time) and you're basically done, it is only to redesign the Q.
I maybe a little biased here, because I despise Yrel as a character, both WoW and HotS, but at least I hoped she'll be representing Ret Paladins. Yet her only nod to those is Avenging Wrath and it hardly similar to the original ability. That's why I think her kit should've been given to Winston, if he was planned for the HotS.

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2 minutes ago, Teufel said:

I maybe a little biased here, because I despise Yrel as a character, both WoW and HotS, but at least I hoped she'll be representing Ret Paladins. Yet her only nod to those is Avenging Wrath and it hardly similar to the original ability. That's why I think her kit should've been given to Winston, if he was planned for the HotS.

Yeah, I was a bit disappointed by her kit as well. Not that she is not fun to play, though (her voice is a bit annoying though).

Supposed "leaks" say that Winston is planned for HotS, but after Blaze's leak we haven't got a single concrete leak that turned out to be true. Either they were fake or Blizzard is now hiding their stuff better to avoid those potential leaks.

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

On the other hand, I don't think we'll ever get Roadhog in Heroes of the Storm because he would play exactly as Stitches. I could see him becoming a skin from Stitches, though.

Doesn't fit, since Roadhog has a gun, would be rather silly for him to only bash enemies in melee range. There are ways to bring him, like making his hook have a differnt range and cd, maybe paired with instant shot from his gun. One of his abilities could have been his right-click attack from OW (longer range spread). In the end, hero is just a skin for kit. It seemed unlikely to have Butcher, since he also had a hook like Stitches, yet they've made his kit and role completely different from Stitches.

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The fist that shattered the TV seeem to be from the new Stukov skin itself, specially since it's the right arm.

If we have a hint about new content I would bet more on the girl's picture.

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On 7/29/2018 at 5:56 PM, Arcling said:

 Yeah, even more so that before, as he already had "dictator" variation of his skin. Also, they look a lot like Brotherhood of Nod from C&C and Talon from Overwatch. I wonder who was the person who punched the screen (if it wasn't Stukov?).

Think G.I. Joe.

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On 7/30/2018 at 9:01 AM, Teufel said:

That's why I think her kit should've been given to Winston

The only thing remotely similar in Kit abilities is the Leap. She has no bubble shield, she doesn't rage out or does her primary attack auto-target multiple enemies.

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I think the hand at the end of the vid looks like Roadhog's. The little girl on the photo is holding a piggy plushie, and might be a reference to "Roadhog's daughter" fanfic. All things add up, my hype is real!

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