The Heroes of the Storm Twitter seems to be teasing the next hero with a new image posted yesterday. One of the most widely rumored heroes players have been expecting is Anduin Wrynn from World of Warcraft. The image seems to show Shalamayne, once the sword of Anduin’s father, Varian. After Varian’s death in WoW, the sword passed to Anduin. During a cinematic video for Battle for Azeroth, the light at the center of the sword changed from red to a golden one.
A Heroes of the Storm player named Michael Mickowski, 26, has been arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada on charges of terrorism and is currently being held on a $150,000 bail in place. Mickowski was arrested after Blizzard Entertainment reported comments he made while playing HotS where he threatened a mass shooting at a school when he “had enough money to buy a gun and some ammunition”. At first, Mickowski threatened a high school, but changed to threatening an elementary school.
The Heroes of the Storm team will be taking part in a special Reddit AMA starting at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern today. Eight members of the development team will be on hand to answer questions from the community. This could be an interesting and informative event in light of the big changes the game has undergone in the past several months, including the elimination of Blizzard-sponsored tournaments, the corporate layoffs and interesting changes to the game itself.
The Heroes of the Storm PTR has been updated with a large patch that lays out big changes coming to several heroes, including Chromie. In addition, the game’s next event, Caldeum Complex, is revealed and devs announce the merger of both the Hero League and Team League. The new competitive play is called “Storm League” and is available to players with at least 16 heroes and an account level of 50+.
Heroes of the Storm has been updated with the Resistance patch that brings new themed skins into the game. Players can check out the military appearances for Cain as Deckard Pain, Hanzo as Delta Hanzo, Blaze (in human form!) as Cpl. Miles Lewis and, of course, D.E.R.P.A. the new themed mount. We’ve got the video after the jump!
Heroes of the Storm Production Director Kaeo Milker published a lengthy post on the game’s official site to give the community a forward look at what it can expect to see from the game in the coming months. He begins with an apology for the silence of late, “We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes to regroup as a team and align on our goals for 2019 and beyond.”
Diablo 3’s archangel, Imperius, is the next hero coming to the Heroes of the Storm Nexus. Imperius will be available on the public test realm on January 2nd. The announcement isn’t unexpected since the community was told in a recent producer’s letter that the next hero would be coming along right after the start of the new year. What is surprising is that the announcement came without an accompanying video or explanation of Imperius’s abilities.
Heroes of the Storm Production Manager Kaeo Milker has posted a new thread on the official forums to inform the community about forthcoming development of the game. Most notable, he indicates that the “next few months will unfold much like we’d originally planned” and that the game’s 85th hero would be announced and arriving on the PTR in early January. He goes on to say that, while the team is smaller, it’s “functional” and can make “the features and content we want”.
One of J. Allen Brack’s first major acts as president of Blizzard is a new & worrisome post on the Heroes of the Storm site. The letter begins with the ominous tone that states, “We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from HotS to other teams.” The letter goes on to attempt to reassure fans that “HotS remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters” but then announces two esports events will canceled going forward.