heroes of the storm

Official Site: Heroes of the Storm
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Fantasy MOBA
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac

Toxicity roundup: Overwatch troll, Fortnite pro fired, Division modder ban, HOTS’s voice chat, and Twitch’s new anti-hate rules

When the toxicity topics just keep piling up in the news room and nobody wants to cover them, you get the Toxicity Roundup, your weekly report on who’s being a jerk in gaming this week! (We’re kidding. This is not really a thing. We don’t really want this to be a thing. Please don’t make this a thing.)

Let’s start with Overwatch. Kotaku has a report out on a stream sniper who was hassling popular streamer TimTheTatMan. The troll would show up in the streamer’s matches, refuse to play anything but Symmetra, and proceed to suck – meaning the team always lost. Apparently, TimTheTatMan wasn’t the only person this jerk had griefed. “To be clear this player is being banned, not for their hero choice, but rather for systematically ruining Overwatch games for thousands of players,” Blizzard wrote on Reddit. “We recognize that not finding this player faster is an unfortunate failure of our ever-developing reporting system and we’ve already taken steps to quickly eliminate outliers like this in the future.” So one down, how many more to go?

What else have we got here…

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Warcraft’s Maiev leaps into Heroes of the Storm

Warcraft III or World of Warcraft players should know well the name of Maiev Shadowsong. This Warden — best known as Illidan’s jailor — has built up a following across the two games she’s fought, and now Maiev brings her war to a new front in Heroes of the Storm.

The MOBA version of the character attempts to stay true to her roots as a fast-moving fighter who strikes out all around her. With her blink ability, she can dart into the fray and lash out with a fan of knives before anyone can react. Blizzard is obviously positioning her as a multi-target fighter who can get in and get out before taking too much damage herself.

Perhaps her most interesting ability is Vault of the Wardens, which allows Maiev to do a little flip in the air that dodges attacks and can cause an enemy to waste a move. If you like frustrating your opponents, this could be the class for you!

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Heroes Mecha Storm Episode 1 – Mecha skins arrive in Heroes of the Storm! Heralds of the Great Battle!

It is time to begin the great battle for the eternal fate of the Nexus! Hero Rehgar, Orc Shaman from beyond the Dark Portal, has come to seek true battle against the vile Abathur! Abathur’s unholy Xenotech Armor has made him an emperor of destruction, but Rehgar will not allow such unpleasant behavior to persist! Yet Rehgar’s sense of burning justice has blinded him to the aid of his companion, the noble Archangel Tyrael, also possessed of a mighty mecha suit able to cut a path of honor through Abathur’s hopeless soldiers!

Within the Nexus you may bring these powerful warriors beneath your command to create your own battles of endless warriors! Brave Rehgar, noble Tyrael, and scheming Abathur all posses multiple skins you may wear! Will you bring these powerful robots of battle into the fields of glory with you, or will you cower forgotten in the land of wind and ghosts? Demonstrate the spirit of a true warrior!

Below, you may see the oncoming Heroes Mecha Storm! For the forever brave Heroes of the Storm!

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Heroes of the Storm previews the upcoming hero Blaze

Considering the pedigree of StarCraft II and the MOBA genre in general, you would think that Heroes of the Storm would have featured heroes based on its iconic units in about four seconds. But it’s taken us this long to get Blaze in the game. What’s Blaze’s story? He’s a Firebat. His interests include fire, standing in fire, causing fires, and being a Firebat. His relationship status? Fire. You get the idea.

He may have a rich inner life.

Fortunately, Blaze doesn’t have to be an interesting person to be an interesting character, and if your idea of being an interesting character is setting fire to everything with concentrated abilities, Blaze is very interesting indeed. He bursts flame to nearby targets, sets fire to oil slicks he drops that also heal him whilst he’s in the flames, charges to targets, and unleashes fire even faster the more he burns his enemies. And one of his ultimate abilities lets you call down a bunker to fill with your allies to shoot flames everywhere, so he keeps that thematic connection strong. Check out the firebug’s full rundown just below in video format.

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Heroes of the Storm gets into a snowball fight and teases Blaze while Overwatch breaks out the comics

Enjoying your yeti hunts in Overwatch this holiday season? You can get a little more of the “backstory” of this event, such as it is, by reading a new animated comic book starring Mei and Mr. Yeti. Even without any spoken words, it’s seven kinds of adorable.

Over at Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard has teased the launch of Blaze next year and instigated a snowball fight among players. With both fluffy and heavy snowballs, each fight is sure to end in a hilarious mess. And when players complete three snowball fights, they will be treated to a loot chest.

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Blizzard throws a holiday sale for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, and more

Have a few extra bucks that Santa and his corporate elves haven’t pried from your wallet this month? Blizzard would like to tempt you to pick up one of its titles that are on sale from now through the beginning of January.

World of Warcraft’s base game is just $10, Legion is down to $25, and many of the MMO’s cash shop items are marked down. You can get Overwatch for $20 or the Game of the Year edition for ten bucks more. StarCraft II’s campaign collection is $30, and StarCraft: Remastered is $10.

Over in happy Diablo land, the base game and expansion are going for $20, while its Rise of the Necromancer DLC is down to $10. Finally, Heroes of the Storm’s Foundation bundle is being offered for 2,000 gems.

Source: Press release

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Massively OP’s Winter Holiday 2017 guide!

It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.

So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.

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The MOP Up: Wakfu climbs the Mineral Tower (December 17, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Outer Stories of WulinArcheAge Begins, The Black Death, WakfuDark Age of CamelotRuneScape, Pokemon Go, SMITEHeroes of the StormOverwatchBattleriteRagnarok Rush, Wild BustersFinal Fantasy XI, and Twin Saga, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm get into the seasonal spirit

‘Tis the season for so many Christmas events that you’ll have to forsake all family and tins of popcorn to get around to them all. Blizzard isn’t making it any easier on you, since pretty much all of its games are currently in the throes of holiday events.

World of Warcraft’s Feast of Winter Veil kicks off tomorrow with the traditional quests (say hi to the Abominable Greench for us!) and new holiday hats that can be found in dungeons. Overwatch is running its Winter Wonderland and challenging players to the new and ridiculous Yeti Hunt brawl.

Over at Heroes of the Storm, Winter Veil brings a quest chain with a special spray and mount as rewards. Then there’s Hearthstone, which is reskinning some of its game boards, tossing in seasonal emotes, and inviting players to a “Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil” tavern brawl.

In non-event news, World of Warcraft had to delay an announcement of its 2018 plans but said that this info should be coming soon. And if you are deep into the new Hearthstone expansion, check out the following behind-the-scenes video of its making!

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The MOP Up: Heroes of the Storm mains Hanzo (December 10, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Crossout, Ultima Online, Monster Hunter World, HellionEverQuest II, WakfuRuneScapeStar Wars: The Old RepublicElsword OnlineRagnarok ZeroLord of the Rings OnlineDreadnought, Sword Art Online Integral Factor, and Heroes of the Storm, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively Overthinking: The best and worst of BlizzCon 2017

Last weekend, even Massively OP was obsessing over BlizzCon, and we thought it would be fun to poll the writers, including those who watched from the sideliness rather than diving into the liveblogging, on their assessments of the event, particularly as they pertain to the MMORPG industry. What were the highlights and lowpoints? Where do we stand on World of Warcraft’s new expansion and classic servers? Let’s dig in!

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BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth expansion live Q&A liveblog

Ah, here we go again. It’s time for our final liveblog of BlizzCon 2017, and it’s the World of Warcraft Q&A. And they’re live questions, which means that there are going to be several questions about the new expansion (that will not be answered because all of the information that can be shared right now has been shared), several questions about lore (that will be laughed at), and several questions about when we’ll get Jaina’s hair (it does look nice).

At this point, who knows what could happen? They announced World of Warcraft: Classic. They could do anything. Blizzard badger don’t care, apparently. Of course, if you don’t want to watch all of that, why not just watch our liveblog down below? It’s still speeding along at a fair clip, and it’s what we’re doing here. You can catch up past the break if you missed the start.

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