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The Heroes team is hosting another AMA about Qhira and Storm League Season 1 this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and you can submit your questions over on Reddit.

Qhira will go live tomorrow in North America. You can check out the official patch notes and Qhira's full abilities and talents in the meantime. Stay tuned for our summary of the AMA!

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Greetings, Heroes!

We’re going to host an AMA about the new Hero Qhira and Storm League Season 1 right here on /r/heroesofthestorm on Thursday, August 8, 2019! The Heroes devs will join the thread and answer your questions, starting around 10:00 a.m. PDT (7:00 p.m. CEST) until 12:00 p.m. PDT (9:00 p.m. CEST).

We will have the following developers on hand answering questions:

When posting multiple AMA questions: Please make an effort to post one question per comment. This will make it easier for others to read through the thread, and will help the devs focus on one question at a time. However, please feel free comment as many times as you'd like in order to get your questions posted.

You can start posting your questions right now, and we'll see you on Thursday!

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4 hours ago, Valhalen said:

I really hope Reddit doesn't roast Qhira.

Same. That community has been even more negative than usual lately.

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No reason not to roast Qhira. It's a poor decision and needs some roasting so the devs pay attention.

Orphea worked to a degree when we had a constant stream of heroes from the franchises, not this new wait time.

Not that people choose her for her character at all or that the nexus storyline will be at all remembered.

Whatever that storyline is... I still don't know it. Or care about it.

Despite Orphea's base mechanics being OP, she's still one of my lowest levels.

Just feels like a capcom vs marvel game scenario, but only 1 or 2 characters can be chosen from one franchise. :/

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4 hours ago, Morcalivan said:

No reason not to roast Qhira. It's a poor decision and needs some roasting so the devs pay attention.

Orphea worked to a degree when we had a constant stream of heroes from the franchises, not this new wait time.

Not that people choose her for her character at all or that the nexus storyline will be at all remembered.

Whatever that storyline is... I still don't know it. Or care about it.

Despite Orphea's base mechanics being OP, she's still one of my lowest levels.

Just feels like a capcom vs marvel game scenario, but only 1 or 2 characters can be chosen from one franchise. 😕

Roasting is never a good option no matter how you feel. Negativity causes only more negativity. You will be surprised by the results of pointing out positive things and good ideas for the future and maybe respectfully compare why its better than what we got. No developer wants to waste their budget on creating something customers wouldn't like. So there were reasons why such a successful company thought it was the best decision at that point of time. Talking as somebody who works in one of the 100 biggest IT-companies and UX designer.

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I would actually ask if Ragnaros could get some skins. When Blizzard asked for suggestions four years ago they made my Bikini Stitches.

Now an Archon Ragnaros would be cool. By Aiur be purged.

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18 hours ago, Morcalivan said:

No reason not to roast Qhira. It's a poor decision and needs some roasting so the devs pay attention.

Orphea worked to a degree when we had a constant stream of heroes from the franchises, not this new wait time.

Not that people choose her for her character at all or that the nexus storyline will be at all remembered.

Whatever that storyline is... I still don't know it. Or care about it.

Despite Orphea's base mechanics being OP, she's still one of my lowest levels.

Just feels like a capcom vs marvel game scenario, but only 1 or 2 characters can be chosen from one franchise. 😕

Qhira was created to accomodate a concept. The team really wanted to add a character with a chainblade and that unique kit, which wouldn't work on any other existing character.

Not only her inclusion allows the team to go wild with ideas rather than being chained to an existing character or franchise, but she can expand the lore of the Nexus, which could in turn result in new themed skins and even new battlegrounds. Since the vast majority of maps are based on the lore of the Nexus (with the Raven Court, Blackheart's Bay and King's Crest), we could easily see a new map taking place on Iresia, Qhira's homeworld.

Qhira's inclusion will not prevent Deathwing and Grom and whatever from being added. So please be a little more positive about this character. Plus now we have a another black character other than Nazeebo, Blaze and Lúcio, which is always nice for people that care about race representation (I'm still bitter we haven't got another Gnome or Tauren).

Regarding Marvel VS Capcom, MVC2 had Amingo, Ruby Heart (who was originally pitched as a Darkstalkers character), Sonson and Abyss as original characters, which were all AWESOME. Heck, Ruby Heart herself was the protagonist of MVC2 alongside Cable, in the story.

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Forgot about Lúcio. Thanks Serrated.
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4 hours ago, Alkasar said:

I would actually ask if Ragnaros could get some skins. When Blizzard asked for suggestions four years ago they made my Bikini Stitches.

Now an Archon Ragnaros would be cool. By Aiur be purged.

Unfortunately they came on record saying Rag's character model and D mechanic mean making skins for him are extremely taxing and likely to never happen. He has the densest polygons of any character model in the game to get his dripping fire. Even "shrinking" it to make the baby rag was extremely challenging for them.

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9 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Qhira was created to accomodate a concept. The team really wanted to add a character with a chainblade and that unique kit, which wouldn't work on any other existing character.

Not only her inclusion allows the team to go wild with ideas rather than being chained to an existing character or franchise, but she can expand the lore of the Nexus, which could in turn result in new themed skins and even new battlegrounds. Since the vast majority of maps are based on the lore of the Nexus (with the Raven Court, Blackheart's Bay and King's Crest), we could easily see a new map taking place on Iresia, Qhira's homeworld.

Qhira's inclusion will not prevent Deathwing and Grom and whatever from being added. So please be a little more positive about this character. Plus now we have a another black character other than Nazeebo and Blaze, which is always nice for people that care about race representation (I'm still bitter we haven't got another Gnome or Tauren).

Regarding Marvel VS Capcom, MVC2 had Amingo, Ruby Heart (who was originally pitched as a Darkstalkers character), Sonson and Abyss as original characters, which were all AWESOME. Heck, Ruby Heart herself was the protagonist of MVC2 alongside Cable, in the story.

Don't forget Lucio dude lol. Literally THEE black guy.

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5 minutes ago, Serrated said:

Don't forget Lucio dude lol. Literally THEE black guy.

AHHH I KNEW I WAS FORGETTING SOMEONE!

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Neither race, or game mechanic prevents them from making it in one of the franchises people played this game for.

Not sure why you keep talking about other characters not getting pushed back. If people don't argue over this one, then they will. The few characters they now release will be a mix of nexus and non-nexus characters, pushing back what few spaces there are for new characters of those franchises even further.

I started playing LoL this week. Figured, might as well now. Of course both nexus characters have broken mobility and damage, because, why not?

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Qhira is a great character. The spotlight was weak and her lore is non-existent but she is really fun to play and adds a lot of uniqueness to a battle. People just wanna lose their minds over nothing which in turn is going to cause the game to die faster because majority now is going to complain to the remaining devs who are there just to maintain the game, demotivating them. We all know Blackthorne is coming. Besides him, there is not really anybody else needed in HOTS from other Blizz games. Let the devs have fun with what they are doing. People hated this char before they even tried her.

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