News and Guides for Heroes of the Storm

2019 Year in Review 2019 Year in Review 2019 brought four Hero releases, four Seasonal events, and various improvements to the game, including Hero role expansion, Mastery Rings, Nexus Anomalies, and XP Globes. Join the Heroes team as they look back at 2019 in retrospect! Heroes of the Storm Heroes 4 comments Yesterday at 20:03 by Stan
Heroes of the Storm Balance Update Patch Notes: January 22nd Heroes of the Storm Balance Update Patch Notes: January 22nd The latest Heroes of the Storm balance update comes with the much needed nerfs to Auriel's Resurrect and Deathwing is now live. The Toys 2 Winter Event has been extended to April 7. Read the official patch notes for more information! Heroes of the Storm Heroes 5 comments Jan 22, 2020 at 23:17 by Stan
Heroic Deals: January 21st Heroic Deals: January 21st Wonder Billie and Lucky Red Envelope have returned this week and you can purchase both mounts with Gold. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 2 comments Jan 22, 2020 at 21:10 by Stan
Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser We've already talked about the fan-made Diablo 2 AI upscale project run by redditor zomprd and took a look at some still images and creature models, but today we have his finished demo to check out! His second and final version of the browser-based sample shows off the Rogue Encampment with an Assassin walking around the place. You can also switch back and forth from the original game look and the new upscale, just to see what exactly has changed. Also, if you've ever really waned to walk around in the stream in the encampment, you can! Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Jan 21, 2020 at 19:59 by Starym
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 21st Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 21st The free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of January 21. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Jan 21, 2020 at 12:47 by Stan
Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics There's more AI upscales incoming, with one pretty cool one and another weird one as well. MoP got the much-deserved higher res version, especially appropriate since 8.3 has us going back to Pandaria, while the Reforged video is doubly weird as it's already a remaster of the original so we're 3 layers deep here. Both also have an additional upgrade to the originals: they're running at 60 fps. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 19, 2020 at 08:00 by Starym
Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released We've recently talked about the Path of Diablo mod that improves the game by adding and tuning some skills items and features, but still keeps things as close as possible to the original (LoD) version of the game (and the new season that's come out for it recently). Today we have a new and huge patch for probably the best, biggest and most popular mod for D2 out there, Median XL (or Median XL: Sigma as the more recent versions have been called).

Calling it a mod might be a bit of an understatement, however, as it's basically a complete overhaul and rework, with massive amounts of new skills (35 new ones PER CLASS), items (thousands, crafting), mechanics, content (40 endgame quests, new zones like Heaven and one quest actually has you traveling back in time and playing as Diablo while trying to defeat the Bear Tribe in order to break into the Worldstone Chamber. No, seriously.)
Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 18, 2020 at 07:43 by Starym
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 14th Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 14th This week's Hero rotation includes BlazeGenjiNazeeboXulZeratul, and more. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Jan 15, 2020 at 11:11 by Stan
Path of Diablo (2) Season 9 Brings a New Skill, Widescreen Support, Trade 2.0 and More Path of Diablo (2) Season 9 Brings a New Skill, Widescreen Support, Trade 2.0 and More The Path of Diablo mod and server for Diablo 2 is entering its 9th season this month which will bring many new improvements to the game. If you're not familiar with the mod, its main goal is to keep the game as close to the original D2 as possible, while actively balancing weaker skills and items and adding a few new ones here and there. The mod already featured many QoL improvements like a larger stash and a charm-specific inventory, a new endgame system of relics that open portals to harder dungeons, as well as a whole lot of balancing and tweaking for the less used skills of each class - for example Fist of the Heavens has had its cooldown removed. You can ready more about the mod in their official FAQ as well. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 12, 2020 at 05:15 by Starym
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 7th (Delayed) Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 7th (Delayed) This week's free Hero rotation has been slightly delayed, but Deathwing and the Lost Vikings are available for play to make up for it! Heroes of the Storm Heroes 2 comments Jan 10, 2020 at 15:02 by Stan
Deathwing Nerfs Coming in the Next Balance Patch Deathwing Nerfs Coming in the Next Balance Patch Deathwing will be nerfed in a future balance patch. We're looking at more general nerfs across the board, mainly to Destroyer form, overall talent tuning, and some World Breaker buffs. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 5 comments Jan 10, 2020 at 10:09 by Stan
Heroic Deals: January 7th Heroic Deals: January 7th We're back to regular Hero sale this week, but the Mellow Snowlake mount remains on sale for 15,000 Gold. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Jan 09, 2020 at 01:23 by Stan
Warcraft 3: Reforged and StarCraft 2 Join the ESL Warcraft 3: Reforged and StarCraft 2 Join the ESL Some Blizzard esports news today, of the RTS variety. Warcraft 3: Reforged (releasing this month) and StarCraft 2 have signed 3-year deals to be featured in the ESL (Electronic Sports League) Pro Tour Series and Dreamhack events, which also host the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league. For StarCraft 2 the ESL will replace the current, Blizzard-run World Championship Series, including the Grand Finals previously held at BlizzCon, while the deal marks the first esports commitment for Reforged. Blizzard Blizzard 6 comments Jan 08, 2020 at 04:43 by Starym
Diablo 2 Fan Remaster / Upscale Project Diablo 2 Fan Remaster / Upscale Project As we've recently found out that an official Diablo 2 Remaster is very unlikely/almost impossible, this fan-made project is all the more relevant, despite the very early stages of development. Redditor zomprd has taken several steps in the long road to remastering the classic, with some impressive images and animations so far. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 05, 2020 at 06:27 by Starym
The Listening Game Podcast: Cloaken Interviews Lana Bachynski The Listening Game Podcast: Cloaken Interviews Lana Bachynski It's been a while since we last heard of Kevin Johnson aka Cloaken. After leaving Blizzard, he briefly returned to narrate the Deathwing Spotlight, and recently, launched his own company called Harken Interactive. On YouTube, Kevin recently started The Listening Game Podcast, and in the first episode, he interviewed Lana Bachynski, a former Heroes Animator who now works on League of Legends at Riot Games. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 1 comment Jan 03, 2020 at 20:10 by Stan
Weekly Brawl - Industrial District: January 3rd Weekly Brawl - Industrial District: January 3rd This week's brawl is Industrial District! The single-lane Overwatch-themed map comes with standard play and shuffle pick and the goal is to destroy the enemy Core to claim victory. Complete three games to receive a New Toy Chest which contains at least one item from the ongoing Toys 2 and previous winter events. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Jan 03, 2020 at 11:36 by Stan
Warcraft 3 E3 Trailer, Diablo 2 LoD Final Cinematic and Overwatch 2 4 and 8K Remasters Warcraft 3 E3 Trailer, Diablo 2 LoD Final Cinematic and Overwatch 2 4 and 8K Remasters We have quite a few more Blizzard upscales, with the most interesting one being the official Warcraft 3 E3 trailer from 2001, showing off the biggest improvement of the bunch, even at "only" 4k. Then we have another Diablo 2 cinematic, this time with the Lord of Destruction expansion's finale, and finally another weird choice with the very recent Overwatch 2 announcement video. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 02, 2020 at 23:37 by Starym
Heroic Deals: December 31st Heroic Deals: December 31st We have 9 Heroes on sale this week along with skins like Dreadlord Jaina, Janitor Leoric, Maraudin' Muradin, Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan, and more. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Jan 01, 2020 at 13:48 by Stan
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 31st Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 31st The weekly free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of December 31. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Dec 31, 2019 at 13:54 by Stan
Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Some server blades that were put on sale to support Pencils of Promise back in September have started arriving broken to buyers according to recent reports. Blizzard Blizzard 14 comments Dec 30, 2019 at 20:40 by Stan
Weekly Brawl - Lost Cavern: December 27th Weekly Brawl - Lost Cavern: December 27th This week's brawl is Lost Cavern and comes with standard ARAM rules including shuffle pick, standard play, and no Hearthstones at spawn. Your team claims victory after destroying the enemy Core. Play three games to receive a New Toy Chest, which has a chance to contain at least one item from the new Toys 2 event! Heroes of the Storm Heroes Dec 30, 2019 at 00:09 by Stan
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 24th Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 24th The weekly free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of December 24. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Dec 24, 2019 at 11:17 by Stan
Creating the Nexuss First Multi-Hero Mount Creating the Nexus's First Multi-Hero Mount Hero Designer Kyle Dates shares with the community how the first multi-Hero mount came to be. The Toy Train first revealed at BlizzCon is now available for purchase during the Toys 2 Event. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 6 comments Dec 23, 2019 at 00:13 by Stan
Deathwing Community Roundup Deathwing Community Roundup Deathwing has been in the game for a while now and Blizzard has posted a recap of memes and art created by various community members, including the latest CarBot video. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Dec 21, 2019 at 19:46 by Stan
Deathwing Down to 15,000 Gold Deathwing Down to 15,000 Gold Deathwing's price has been reduced to 15,000 Gold this week. When Deathwing was first added to the game, the Hero price was 20,000 Gold, and we initially thought Blizzard would increase the cost of new Heroes due to the slowdown going forward, but it was confirmed that Deathwing was the first-ever Mythic Hero added to the Nexus which is why he costs more than other Heroes. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 6 comments Dec 21, 2019 at 15:34 by Stan
Weekly Brawl - Silver City: December 20th Weekly Brawl - Silver City: December 20th Silver City is a single-lane map with Shuffle Pick, standard play, and disabled Hearthstones. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins. Complete three matches to receive a New Toy Chest, which has a chance to contain items from the new Toys 2 and previous winter events. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Dec 21, 2019 at 15:13 by Stan
Heroic Deals: December 17th Heroic Deals: December 17th It's time for a Christmas Sale in Heroes of the Storm! We have 9 Heroes, 6 skins, and 3 mounts on sale this week. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 1 comment Dec 18, 2019 at 16:58 by Stan
Warcraft 3: Reforged Release Date Is Januay 28th 2020 Warcraft 3: Reforged Release Date Is Januay 28th 2020 We finally have the Warcraf 3: Reforged release date and it actually won't be coming this year, as was previously announced. We won't have to wait that much longer, however, as we'll be replaying the classic at the end of January, on the 28th, to be precise. We also have the global release times listed, so you know when exactly it will unlock. The header image of a pre-tragedy Stratholme is also a very nice touch for the announcement. Blizzard Blizzard 21 comments Dec 17, 2019 at 21:42 by Starym
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 17th Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 17th This week's Hero rotation includes AzmodanBrightwingMedivhVarian, and more. Heroes of the Storm Heroes Dec 17, 2019 at 16:52 by Stan
Toys 2 Winter Event (December 16th - March 3rd) Toys 2 Winter Event (December 16th - March 3rd) The winter event titled Toys 2 has now hit the Nexus. It comes with the first ever interactive mount, new skins for Mephisto, Qhira, and more. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 4 comments Dec 16, 2019 at 20:53 by Stan
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