Heroes of the Storm 2.0 was released yesterday, introducing a new progression system and method of unlocking cosmetic items without spending real money (you can read more about it on my other post here).
With the release of Heroes 2.0, a new hero and battleground were release: Genji and Hanamura respectively.
Genji is the newest Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. He’s a Cybernetic Ninja from the Overwatch universe who’s very quick and mobile, with the ability to jump over obstacles and Swift Strike a moderate distance. Check out the Hero Spotlight:
I’ve played a little Genji now, and I find that he is a really fun hero to play, he reminds me a lot of Illidan. He jumps in and is very mobile and can chase down enemies very effectively but he also needs a team to back him up. If Genji jumps in by himself his health can just melt, but with a team to back him up, he can just keep going with resets. I definitely recommend giving him a try.
Hanamura is the battleground released with Heroes of the Storm 2.0. It is a two-lane map that is focused on split attack and defense, and requires a team to be able to hold and push different objectives at the same time.
This map requires a lot of coordination to simultaneously push lanes, push payloads and hold enemy payloads. It makes for a rather chaotic and fun Battleground.
A new cinematic was also released with Heroes of the Storm 2.0, featuring the new battleground, Genji and a new hero.
Besides just being an awesome Cinematic featuring Genji and Diablo, it also introduced the next hero to be released: D. Va.
D. Va is going to be the next hero release in Heroes of the Storm. She is a tank class character from the Overwatch universe. In the Overwatch universe, D. Va is a world Starcraft 2 champion, so she should have some very interesting interactions with Starcraft Heroes.
Last week, Blizzard announced Heroes of the Storm 2.0! Don’t let the name fool you, it is still the same game… Kind of. Heroes of the Storm now is very different from Heroes of the Storm back in 2015, and Heroes of the Storm is just another step in the ladder of progression for Heroes of the Storm.
Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is changing the Player and Hero progress. The level 20 cap for heroes is being removed, and will now be uncapped. The Player level is almost completely being removed and is now going to be based on the total level of all the Heroes the Player has. There are also some changes to cosmetic items, that will now be unlockable without “real money” with Loot Chests.
Check out Blizzards Video about Heroes of the Storm 2.0
Heroes of the Storm 2.0
Announcers, loadouts, gems and coins, and other cosmetic items are being introduced as well. All-in-all it is a major change to progression and cosmetic, with little to no change to actual gameplay.
I am excited for this change, especially for the ability to get skins using in-game currency.
Probius is the newest hero coming to Heroes of the Storm. He is a ranged specialist who uses his Pylons and other abilities to control areas of the map and defeat his opponents. Although he is quite weak to an attack, he can be devastating if given the time to set up, and when used with a good team composition.
Check out his Hero’s Spotlight
So that’s Probius for you, coming out this Tuesday along with the new UI update as well. Head on into the Nexus this Tuesday to check them both out!
This weeks Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) matches concluded Sunday evening, and will resume again Friday morning. This weeks set of matches were full of surprises, upsets, and awesome gameplay!! I would definitely recommend watching these games. Here are the current standings:
Right now, I am actually cheering for Team Misfits, and I love watching Europe play, even more than North America. They usually have more unique drafts, and I feel like their skill level is also higher than in North America. I still enjoy watching NA, but I just really enjoy watching Europe.
Tyrande Whisperwind is one of the main protagonists in the Warcraft Universe. She is a nearly 14,000 year old Night Elf (Kaldorei), who first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, in the first Night Elf mission in the campaign (If you haven’t played Warcraft III, it is worth playing and you can buy it here).
Tyrande Whisperwind, along with her husband Malfurion Stormrage, is the leader of the Night Elf race, and has been for the last 10,000 years, since the fall of Queen Azshara. She is also the High Priestess of Elune (the Moon Goddess in Warcraft), to whom Tyrande is highly favored and touched with the Goddess’s power. She is the former general of the Night Elf Sentinels (the primary military arm of the Night Elf race) and the current head of the Sisterhood of Elune (an order of priestesses dedicated to the worship of Elune), the oldest and primary religious and magical order of the Night Elves.
Since her husband, Malfurion, is the Archdruid, he often has to enter what is called the Emerald Dream, in order to fulfill his duties as a druid. This leaves Tyrande alone to lead the Night Elf people, a task she often feels inadequate to fulfill by herself. Malfurion, even when in the Emerald Dream, gives her strength and the ability to keep going, and to keep fighting.
As Elune’s High Priestess, Tyrande embodies many of the characteristics as the Goddess. Tyrande is kind and caring, compassionate and loving. She cares for those close to her, and for her people as a whole. But, she is also not afraid to act! She will do anything to save and protect her home those she loves, which now includes all of her people, even if others disagree with her actions.
Tyrande is a fearsome warrior and enemies are smart to fear her. She attacks from the back of her mighty Frostsaber, Ash’alah, with her owl companion, Dori’thur. Tyrande fights with a bow, using stealth and cunning, but she also has great power that she can call upon when she needs, by channeling the power of Elune.
Tyrande is naturally suspicious of outsiders, but in recent years has developed more of an open-mind and willingness to work with other, most likely resulting from the recent interaction and alliance with the Alliance. She also grows to respect those who fight alongside her, even if she doesn’t always show it.
Tyrande is not to be underestimated, or messed with, and whoever threatens her people will feel her power!
A Brief History
Tyrande Whisperwind grew up in the Keldorei city of Suramar, with the Stormrage twins, Malfurion (her future husband) and Illidan, who both loved Tyrande dearly. The three of them spent all their time together, playing and hunting, and encouraging each other to seek their destinies. While Malfurion joined the druids, and Illidan dabbled in the arcane, Tyrande found peace in the Temple of Elune, and decided to join the Sisterhood of Elune.
War of the Ancients
When Queen Azshara (the queen of the Night Elves) and her followers, the Highborne, summoned the Burning Legion (An army of demons) Malfurion and Tyrande fought against them to save the world. It was at this time that the current High Priestess, Dejahna, died, and named Tyrande as her successor, and Illidan betrayed the Night Elves. Tyrande, Malfurion and the Night Elf army infiltrated Azshara’s palace, and after a long and bloody battle were able to destroy the portal the demons were using to invade. The portal, contained within the Well of Eternity (the source of the Night Elves power and immortality), collapsed with such force that the world was torn and sundered.
Post-War of the Ancients
After The Sundering, Illidan created a new Well of Eternity, and was imprisoned, Malfurion entered the Emerald Dream, and Tyrande was left to lead the Night Elves. She reformed the Sentinels, and maintained peace throughout her land.
The Invasion of Ashenvale
(The following takes place in Warcraft III)
Ten-thousand years after the War of the Ancients, the Burning Legion returned, and invaded the Night Elves homeland once again. In order to fight back, Tyrande awakened the druids from the Emerald dream, freed Illidan (who again betrayed Tyrande and Malfurion’s trust and was then subsequently banished) and allied with the Orcs and Humans in order to fight back the demons and their leader, Archimonde. Malfurion called upon the Ancestral Guardians, and was able to destroy Archimonde, but the World Tree was sundered in the process, making the Night Elves weaker and mortal.
World of Warcraft
Before the coming of Deathwing, Tyrande lead alone while Malfurion was in the Emerald Dream once again. With the coming of Deathwing, Tyrande aided the inhabitants of Gilneas and gave them protection from Undead. Malfurion also returned from the Emerald Dream. They now lead the Night Elves together.
With the coming of the Legion, Tyrande rushed to Val’sharah to rescue Malfurion and stop Xavius, who had kidnapped Malfurion. Xavius makes Tyrande choose between saving Malfurion or the Temple of Elune, which was being attacked by a corrupted Ysera (the green Dragon Aspect, charged with the protection of the Emerald Dream and the world as well). Tyrande chooses her duty and with the help of friends and a champion, was forced to kill Ysera in order to protect the temple. Tyrande goes on to say that day will be known as one of the darkest days. Malfurion is later saved by champions.
“Raw power is no substitute for true strength, Illidan. That is why I chose your brother over you.”
“Long ago, I swore to protect this land, Malfurion. I never had the luxury of sleeping through times of great peril.”
“No words could do justice to those who would so unselfishly lay down their lives for the good of all. Suffice it to say that I am honored to have fought beside each and every one of you.”
“Goddess, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true, and if today is truly the day you call me home, let me die with an empty quiver.”