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Competive Three versus Three mode is coming to Overwatch!

Blizzard has decided to from nowhere upgrade the game using a new aggressive manner. The manner is known as 3v3 Competitive Elimination also it includes CP benefits plus a spray that we’ll feature below and describe all you want to know.

All You Want To Know About the 3v3 Competitive Elimination

Season 1 of 3v3 Competitive Elimination is live on the servers!

Unlike 6v6 removal style, this one needs you to be at a bunch before queueing up. But, there is a group finder which can allow you to find a group. This isn’t correct.

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3v3 Elimination are located beneath the Arcade menu, to be exact, it is called 3v3 Lockout Elimination. The same as the title says, once you win a round at a game, you can’t select that hero for the rest of the game! Meaning your hero pool gets smaller with every round making the sport more extreme.

To be able to win you want to conquer the enemy group three times, exactly like from the 6v6 aggressive elimination manner.

How Can Competitive Play Work?

You begin with 10 positioning games like in ordinary and 6v6 competitive manner and you’re put somewhere in the assortment of 1-5000. Your concealed matchmaking-rating is taken in the typical competitive manner. If you want to succeed in competive games then you can use services of overwatch boosters.

The style comprises a Top 500 ladder that will probably significantly differ than the typical competitive one. End of year benefits are in types of sprays and Competitive Factors rewards which pile with the CP benefits you get from regular aggressive manner, that is double the quantity of CP now you can get to buy your precious Golden firearms!

Just remember about the 6000 CP cap, which means, if you conserve 6000 CPs, then you won’t get more CPs for winning matches, however you’ll still get an end of year CPs.

Rewards

In the close of the year, you’ll obtain the following quantity of CP based upon your SR tier.
You’ll also obtain a spray along with a participant icon for engaging. For the very best of the best, there is a Best 500 ladder which will benefit you a Best 500 spray plus a participant icon.

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Alexstrasza Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm | New Heroes Leaked

The Reddit’s user with the KTisALMOSThere nickname tells us, that he has a list of heroes that will be added in Heroes of the Storm in the nearest future. Firstly nobody believed in this insider’s information, but right now we almost have the Garrosh Hellscream in our ranks, so now this list looks a bit more trustful.

Heroes of the Storm | New possible heroes

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The Full list of new heroes:

  • Garrosh Hellscream (WarCraft) – former Chief of the Horde and the son of the legendary Grommash Hellscream.
  • Kel’Thuzad (WarCraft) – High Leach, one of the most loyal servants of the Lich-King and the ruler of the Naxxramas – the flying fortress.
  • Flamethrower (StarCraft) – special Terrain’s unit, that armored with a hand flamethrowers to fight against large groups of enemies.
  • Anna (Overwatch) – Healer from the Overwatch, the right hand of the Commander Morrison (Soldier 76), one of the founders of the Overwatch organization.
  • Junkrat (Overwatch) – Another psycho from overwatch. This time psycho that freaking loves explosions.
  • Alexstrasza (WarCraft) – Former Keeper of the Life in Azeroth, Queen of the Red Dragons, and as KTisALMOSThere said, Blizzard have something special for Alexstrasza.

Most of these heroes are in the testing stage, and nobody knows when they will appear in the game. If this list is correct then I think that Flamethrower will appear in Nexus with the StarCraft Remastered, while Anna and Junkrat will appear in the BlizzCon 2017.


Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Heroes of the Storm – balance patch 05.10.17

The Heroes of the Storm game server has a new update from May 10, which made a number of corrections to the balance of the characters. The changes were: Cassius, Varian, Probius, Auriel, Anub’arak, Genji, Li Li, Sonia, Illidan, Lucio, Nova, and Uther.

So let’s look at the changes of these characters closer and see what Blizard has prepared for us.

Assassins

Most of Blizzard nerfed all assassins and now they do not represent such a terrible threat as it was in the early patches. Now I will talk about all the affected characters.

Cassia

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Damage from the Fireball and Valkyrie has been reduced from 200 to 180 and from 190 to 225, respectively. The passive effect of increased attacks was reduced from 25% to 20%.

This will reduce the total burst damage and the support heroes will not suffer from the attacks of these heroes as before.

Genji

Although it’s a new hero, Blizzard also got to him. Thank God they almost did not nerf this friend, only slightly increasing the recharging time his passive talent – evasion.

The dragon’s talon now requires reflecting only 375 damage for activation, and the duration of the cyber shield has been increased to 2.5 sec.

Illidan

Illidan was a pretty weak hero, and Blizzard decided to bring him back, or at least try to do so. The passive increasing damage from the each of the warriors (From the Eternal Hatred talent) in now 0.2 damage points, and not 0.1 as it was before.

Zul’Jin

This fella was nerfed in the least way possible, damage from the auto attacks was reduced from 110 to 106. I don’t even know who will notice this tiny change. But his Voodoo evasion recharge time was greatly reduced, from 30 to 10 seconds, and this makes this talent best in the row.

Universals

Only Varian Wrynn is represented in this category. Damage from AA was increased from 87 to 91, and some talents were reworked too.

Varian Wrynn

Overpower – Bonus damage after a parry was decreased from 25% to 20%, and if you choose King’s Duty then the bonus damage to the auto attacks was increased from 30 to 45.

E – button skill now have a new passive effect. Now the mana cost of this skill is reduced by 50% after a Charge.

Other fixes

Panda patchnotes

Heroes, abilities, and talents

  • Abathur: the problem is fixed, as a result of which the “Distributed Shell” created a shield of smaller volume than planned.
  • Abathur: additional shields, created by the “Distributed Shell”, are no longer enhanced by the talent of “Durable Shell”.
  • Azmodan: now that the “Demon Invasion” is applied over an impassable territory, demoniacs will be properly called and placed as close as possible to the point of use.
  • Azmodan: now using the move command during the preparation of the “All-consuming flame” will not incorrectly interrupt the ability.
  • Gazlowe: The problem is fixed, as a result of which the Rocket Turret could not be applied to itself or placed under the model of a fighter or a hero.
  • Kerrigan: “Sharp excitement” no longer reduces the recovery time for secondary targets hit by auto attacks, after studying the “Anger of the storm.”
  • Leoric: the problem is fixed, as a result of which “Reverse Wave” caused more damage than planned.

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Genji dragon

HotS – Meet the Genji

As we suppose before, another hero that blizzard will add into the Nexus will be Genji – assassin from the Overwatch’s universe.

Another Assassin in HotS – Genji

Genji ultimate

Genji is the youngest son of the head of the Shimada clan, that nearly be killed by his brother, but was saved with the help of the Mercy from Overwatch. She recreated his body and young Omnic Zenyatta put together all his shattered pieces of mind, and teach him ways of peace. And now Genji is following his new path, fighting for the right things.

Genji’s abilities

Cyber agility – after using, Genji will dash in the place you pointed.

Shurikens (Q) – Genji throws 3 shurikens, each of them deals 65 points of damage to the first target they hit. Maximum charges – 3 (three). After recharging of ability, all charges are restored to the maximum.

Deflect (W) – Genji receives an immunity to all incoming damage for 1.25 sec. Each time when Genji deflected an attack, he throws a kunai at the nearest enemy, that deal 55 damage.

Swift strike (E) – Rush forward, dealing 215 damage to all enemies in the line. If an enemy that was hit by Swift strike dies in 2 seconds, this ability will recharge immediately, and mana that was consumed to cast it will return.

Genji Ultimates

Dragon blade (R) – Genji drew up his dragon blade for 8 seconds, while this effect is active you can use this ability again, and then Genji will rush forward, and deal a wide strike that deals 240 damage points. If an enemy that was hit with Dragon blade dies in 2 seconds, then the Swift Strike will be available immediately.

Cross Strike (R) – Genji deal two cross strikes, that deals 135 damage, and after 1.25 sec delay an explosion appears, that deals 270 damage in AoE.

Genji’s Outfits

Genji has the same outfits as in the Overwatch, but they have various color schemes. Only 1 outfit is unique, and he looks kinda like Pharah.

Genji outfits


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Braxis Holdout map

Braxis Holdout – new battlefield

Braxis Holdout – Starcraft II Map for Heroes of the Storm

Braxis Holdout map

Braxis Holdout” is a new battlefield in the Heroes of the Storm that has 2 lines. Objective of this map – fill cage of your team with Zergs and then release them to attack enemy’s fortress. To fill this cage you need to reclaim two energy beacons. Army of Zergs that you contains consists from Zerglings, Giblings, Gidralisks and 2 Ultralisks. Ultralisks appear when you will your cell with 50% and 100%. They are powerful siege monsters with a great hp pool and devastating damage. When one of the team fill their cell, both of them wil open and release a waves of monsters.

Braxis Holdout – strategy

Zerg Braxis Holdout

To win that map you need to cotrol 2 beacons, and that mean that you need to move all the time. Army of Zergs contains from a numerous monsters, and that makes heroes that can clear lines a superb on that map. Although ability to clean lines allows you to move betwen beacons without exp lose.

By those 2 aspects i will choose a few heroes that can be seriously strong on that map, ignoring the fact of their place at the current meta. And the main hero that comes in mind – Sylvanna. Her Black Arrows will allow you to clean lines increadibly fast, also they will disable towers and structers and due to this Zergs will not lose their numbers. At maps like Braxis Holdout Sylvana is incredibly strong.

Falstad can earn exp from lines and then appear on the fight for the beacon in a blink of an eye, that makes him a perfect exp soaker. His Ultimate ability Gust of Wind will allow you to push enemies from beacon or to divide enemies that attack your constructions with Zergs to deal with them one by one.

Rexar – one of the strongest solo liners at this map. He always can control one beacon with bear and soak exp on line by himself. It will be hard to knock back the bear from the beacon.

Aslo at this map heroes with AoE abilities like Gul’dan or Kel’thas will be great.

Recap of Braxis Holdout

You always need hero with ability of global movement like Falstad. One strong hero that can push back waves of creeps, if you lose your advantage in the beacons. Always hire mercenaries to push lines.

So this map looks qiute balanced, if both teams knew what they need to do. In other cases game will go out of control. I hope that this article will rise your Winrate on that map, and Good Luck on Nexus, fellows!


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Oni Genji

New Nexus Challenge – Overwatch skin for Genji and Zarya for HotS

Soon Blizzard will add some new challenges in the world of Nexus. So take your friends with you, becouse you will need theirs help to get new, awesome skin for Genji in Overwatch – Oni-Genji, for 15 games with your friends, and Zarya in Heroes in the Storm for 30 games.

Assemble the team and fight in Nexus

Heroes of the storm

At BlizzCon 2016 director of Heroes of the Strom Kaeo Milker announced, that soon in nexus will appear a nice rewards for game with friends. Forewarned is forearmed! Start preparing your friends to the Nexus Challenge.

From 15 november to 4 january unite with 1 or more friends and fight for at least 15 matches in Heroes of the Storm against AI or in Quick Matches, Draft without rating, and Rating games.

After that you will acquire flawless in-game rewards in Overwatch and in Heroes of the Storm. For those who love achievements and always ready to move further, can continue their fights in Nexus for 30 matches, and make theirs rewards in Heroes of the Storm even richer!

Also if you play in Overwatch by consoles you can unite your Xbox Live or Playstation Network with you Battle.net account. That easy action will allow you to take your rewards in Overwatch without any issues on Playstation 4 or Xbox One. Article about uniting your Battle.net and consoles you can find at Blizzard support site.

Rewards in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm

While Nexus Challenge active for 15 games in Heroes of the Storm you will gain an alternative skin for Overwatch – Oni Genji.

Oni Genji

Awards for 15 games

Overwatch rewards:

  • Skin Oni Genji
  • Portrait of Oni Genji
  • Graffity Oni Genji

Heroes of the Storm rewards:

  • Hero – Zarya
  • Portrait Oni Genji

Awards for 30 games

Heroes of the Storm rewards:

  • Auriel
  • Graymane
  • Kerrigan
  • Li-Ming
  • Mount – hovercycle “Dragon”
  • Stimulator for 30 days

HotS Zarya

Where you can find friends to play with?

If you do not have any friends that play in Heroes of the Strom, then try to find some comrades at some LFG forums like Ofiicial LFG Forum. But if you playing in consoles then be sure that you united your Battle net account with your PS4 or Xbox 1.

Oni Genji need some grinding, but it looks flawless and it certainly worth the effort. And HotS is quite fun, and this is a good way for Blizzard to expand their player base.


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Heroes og the storm

Interview with Kent-Erik Hagman, the chief designer of HotS

Most important games for Blizzard are Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo. They continue to support these games, but there is new trio now – Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch.

How new heroes for Nexus are selected

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Until now, there was only Tracer in HotS, but there still are many heroes of the Overwatch who can transfer to Moba and we all want to know and who joins the Nexus as playable characters. And here is an interview with Kent-Erik Hagman, the chief designer of HotS, he did not spoil the future heroes, but talk about how the developers team selects the next character.

Paul Tassi: Blizzard recently released first-person shooter, the characters of which are equipped with a set of skills entirely appropriate for the MOBA that fits perfectly into the Heroes of the Storm. Until now, you have added only Tracer. I believe that you will definitely add more characters from Overwatch. So, when?

Kent-Erik Hagman: Soon! We really like Overwatch and we definitely transfer a greater number of agents from the game.

Paul Tassi: How do you decide how much exactly the characters of Overwatch you need to transfer? How do you decide on what of the characters from Overwatch you need to work in the first place, because they all fit perfectly in MOBA genre?

Kent-Erik Hagman: As with the creation of all the other characters, first we focus on the key details: silhouette, art direction, design direction, the timing’s Event, industrial realities and so on.

For example, the silhouette is an incredibly important part of the character, it helps the player to instantly determine the appearance of the hero in sight, especially if it’s a new hero, silhouette also must comply with the supposed expectations (for example, a small character should have a smaller hp). Then you need to consider all the available skins in the game, at this stage creation of the silhouette becomes a real challenge.

Throughout the year, we look for the game and try to do the important notes. We would like to provide a wide variety of playable characters. I mean not only the artistic point of view, but also the game point. Very soon we will add new support hero, because the community makes it clear that this role requires innovation.

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Paul Tassi: Any plans about Overwatch maps?

Kent-Erik Hagman: I’d love to see maps from every our universe.

Paul Tassi: There were situations when you realize that you have run out of the good characters of a particular universe? For example Warcraft obviously has a lot more variety than Starcraft and Diablo. How do you determine that the character is “too little” and is not suitable for the role of the hero?

Kent-Erik Hagman: As I said earlier, before deciding what character we will add to the Nexus we parse a bunch of options. In addition, players create their own characters, which they would like to see in the game.

What about “minor”, I would say that we are very well manage to take less famous characters and endow them with new properties. For example, one of our standard units was siege tank, Sledgehammer became Sergeant, Lieutenant Morales became a doctor, and the most common wood nymph into a Lunar. They all applauded by the community of players. And my personal favorite for the title of Hero of the most “insignificant” unit is Murka! He shows how variability can be this game. Due to it is really hard to call anyone a minor.

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Paul Tassi: Do you satisfied with place that HotS takes in MOBA sphere?

Kent-Erik Hagman: Oh yeah, of course we are! But we are open for any new ideas. In my opinion, we need to do a lot of work to achieve a better version of Heroes of the Storm.


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Chen PTR

Enhanced Chen, PTR client

Welcome the better Brewmaster

Stormstout hots

New, enhanced Chen is available at the PTR. He became stronger, much fatter and still can destroy Forts better than specialists, due to his ability to tank towers while drinking his brew. But will these changes go on Live servers?

Level 1

At the first level, we suggested to choose one option of basics Chens abilities. Each of these options is needed in different situations.

Grounding brew

We need protection from the Zagara, Jaina or any other burst? Grounding brew now offers 30% protection from spells instead of 25%.

Accumulation Flame

Need a waveclear at the Sanctuary or Braxis? Accumulation Flame allows to increase the power of fire, and upon completion of the quest Chen will start to get resistance for each of the affected hero.

Freshest ingredients

Almost the same as the Regeneration Master, only this time upon completion the quest, your shield strength will be 50% of obtained during drinking.

Elusive Brawler

By activating this ability, Chen will start avoid all the auto attacks of the enemy within 2 seconds.

Stormstout hots

Level 4

Deadly Strike

Now it no longer requires the brew and deals 100% more damage if you have shield on you. This is twice better than it was before! Now you can Crit someone in the face, then start drinking and after that crit again. The lack of cost of this spell will synergy perfectly with  Levels 7 ability Brewmasters Harmony.

Rising of fire

They just increase damage from this ability from 30 to 50, and this will give a huge advantage in team fights where every amount of damage can be lethal.

Level 7

Refreshing Elixir

This is a special version of the Empowered Healing accessible only by Chen. Bonus heal can be increased to 60% if you receive healing while drinking. Now, no one can kill a panda if he drink under Lt. Morales healing ray.

Bolder Flavor

Now our brew will momently apply a shield on us, that will absorb 697 damage and lasts only 1 second. Super usefull skill in team fight, will allow us to absorb even more damage then before!

Chen PTR

Level 13

Withering Flames

Reduces magic damage done by your enemies by 25% for 3 seconds. It looks like a small spell shield that will protect the rest of my team, not just me. Wait, but it is generally legitimate?

Pressure Point

Vulnerable point received an upgrade. What upgrade? Now, you can take it by 3 level earlier! Now the target is slowed down by 40% if you just use a skill, and by 80% if you use it on the targets that drenched with your brew.

Level 16

Flying Leap

Flying leap increases the range of the attack by 20%, which will be usefull in the game against range heroes, also these 20% may be salutary in the escape.

Another Round

Another Round reduces the cooldown of your abilities for 3 seconds after using Barrel Strike. Also (probably a bug) your barrel becomes huge. You can hit the entire enemy team immediately.

Level 20

Untapped Potential

Now it will give an additional speed and damage reduce to your barrel, and now you can roll under towers. Cool.

Elemental Conduit

Increase health pool of your spirits by 100%, and they will have additional abilities. Storm makes you unstopable, Earth get faster recharge of Leap, and Fire starts to strike faster.

Purifying Brew

Make Chen an unstopable and reduce cc time of next spell by 75% and refresh your shield recharge immediately.

Stormstout Secret Recipe

Now you will heal yourself by 1.5% of your max health with every strike.


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Support issue

Why Blizzard never reduce amount of heal in HotS?

LiLi healer

Many people believe that until the healers do so large values of healing in Heroes of the Storm, the role of support will never get a large number of skills that are able to turn the game and allow players of this role to shine in a new light. This has caused “a certain number” of players start to avoid positions of healer. So why Blizzard does not want to cut healing and compensate that by giving to the supporters some really important spells?

Why this game have so much healing?

Morales Healer

To answer this question we need to ask ourselves what makes Heroes of the Storm – the game as we know it. We will tell you that this is a common lvl of characters, talents instead of gold and items, short matches time and the presence of unique objects on a map – all this is the main difference from the other MOBA games. Reducing healing abilities and adding gamechanging abilities threatens several of the components above.

Amount of Damage

I think nobody will be surprised that the assassin and specialists are able to put a ton of damage, due to the fact that the healer classes have much greater potential to preserve the life of an ally. If damage dealer has slightly less damage, at the present healing level, the probability of death of one of the teammates would be greatly diminished. On the other hand, a decrease in healing abilities will lead to an increased number of deaths, most players will have to return to base in order to restore health and teamfightes will become much shorter.

Malfurion healer

All this makes the fight for the map object much more complex. And this is one of the biggest distinguishing features of Heroes of the Storm. But what if you reduce the damage of assassins and specialists in proportion to heal? Reduction of damage will lead to increased average time of the match, because it will be more difficult to break the enemy’s throne.

Conclusion

But none of this means that Blizzard will not make a support more fun for the players. I’m sure they are going to release the new healers that will be significantly different from those that already available in the game, and maybe they will affect the Meta so much as none of us expect.


Activision Blizzard

HotS Fate Could be Unfortunate

The Fate of Heroes of the Storm Could determine Activision’s

Activisions Difficult choice

Activision Blizzard

Four months have passed since the contender for Activision for the MOBA market, Heroes of the Storm was released.  And in June, we talked to: “Can Blizzard’s Storm handle the MOBA market which is highly saturated?”  More accurate, as this exclusive and rapidly growing market begun to indicate some signs of saturation, we wondered as to whether Heroes was going to survive on the market or not, as the Activision team said that during E3, will be able to bring new players into the market?

Indeed, Heroes has become a crucial element for Activision, but not in the really to increased is amount of subscriber from the World of Warcraft franchise. At the moment, the major publishers are working hard to explore new channels of revenue as well as distribution models, having an active functioning digital topic is very imperative to keep not only the confidence of audiences but also financial analysts. After Hearthstone registered a massive success, some analyst in Wall are positive that Heroes will grow to that stature, hoping to earn revenues of around $200 million by an end of next year.


Here’s what the information tells us.

 

Since we last talked about MOBAs, there are many things that have changed. Firstly, the general market has increased by a small percentage since April, giving more evidence of our earlier claims that the market us at a plateau level. Following some years of incredible expansion, its audience has settled, compelling publishers to compete more and more over the share that is on the market. Also, each of the major bigwigs has managed to surpass the market growth rate. From April to August 2016, the monthly active user base off League of Legends by 8 percent, SMITE by 14 percent and Dota 2 by 11 percent.

Being at the saturation level, the MOBA market is beginning to consolidate. In mid-2014, the major 4 MOBA games accounted for about 59 percent of the universal market. Today that share is 67. Perhaps noticing the indications, Electronic Arts had canceled development of its MOBA Dawngate, and in January of 2016, Turbine/Warner Bros. closed Infinite Crisis. At the moment, the major titles are gradually draining the life out of the petite titles trying to survive in the market.

Activision HotS fate

In spite of an increase in problems with entry, Activision clearly indicated its confidence by releasing Heroes. Also, it was likely psych that came from having at least at least 9 million registered users for the beta version in February that escalated such a decision. As our ability to record traffic numbers is still at infant stages, it appears as if the current count has doubled, having achieved a whopping 22 million registered players in a short period. The 800-pound of Activation marketing machine has so far has carried Heroes forward. In fact, regarding active users per month, it has already left two of the major titles in the MOBA market, that is Heroes as well as SMITE. However, this was to be anticipated.


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