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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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Thunder guard Zarya

Heroes of the Storm: Zarya

New Hero – Zarya

Zarya HOTS

Good morning! let me tell you about new hero in Nexus, that arrived to us from Russia – Alexandra Zaryanova! In my opinion you must take this hero when you can not decide what will be better to your team – Another tank or Healer? Well, at this moment that hero is not that good as you can thinks, and i suppose that Blizzard will enhance her. So lets look at her.

Zarya is a second tank with a range attack (first was Rexar). And her ability – Energy, well i think it is not neccessary to tell about it to Overwatch players, but to all others – More damage absorbed by your shields, more damage you will deal with your attacks. Every time your Shield Barrier or Range Barrier absorb 10 point of damage, energy of Zarya increased by 1 point. Every point of energy increase damage dealt by Zarya by 2%. After 0.5 sec energy draw down with 1.5 point per second.

Abilities of Zarya in HotS

Energy Grenade (Q)

She throws an energy grenade, that deal damage to all enemies in a small radius. Structures receive 50% of that damage.

Shield Barrier (W)

Zarya cover herself by a shield barrier that absorb damage for 3 seconds.

Range Barrier (E)

Zarya cover any ally with a shield for a 3 second, this ability has a great radius.

Graviton Impulse (R)

She throw a gravi grenade to a point, where it blew after 1 second delay and pull all enemies to epicenter for a 2.5 second. Heroes can use escape abilities to run out that ability.

Exclusion Zone (R)

Zarya throw a gravi bomb, that deal a small damage and knock out enemies for 3.5 sec. Enemies that were hitted by this ability slows down by 50% at 1 sec.

Just like the previous one, but this pull enemies out from epicenter.

Recap of Zarya

Thunder guard Zarya

By gameplay Zarya looks like Tassadar, but she have much more attacking potential. But in general this damage will be useless. This is not a bad hero, but this is not that tank that we used to see. You need to stay out of combat as a healer.


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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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Kerrigan

Art of Combination – Kerrigan guide

Set of Kerrigan’s abilities based on the use of mass control combinations for the killings. This combination makes a serious damage. Along with the Kerrigans ability, Absorption, proper execution of the combination has the advantage: you will get the maximum shield for all our abilities. And to get the most out of hero in a league or quick game, you should be able to make combos for Kerrigan.

Kerrigan – Mother of the Hive

Kerrigan Hots

Piercing blades [W] and the initial grip [E] – the two abilities, forming the basis of its combination. The basic idea – to put it in front Piercing blades and pull enemies to stun with the Initial grip. Order is important: you need to use a W before you press E. If all works, you neutralize the enemy for 1.5 seconds (0.5 pulling and 1 second stun.).

This combo is not too complicated, you will understand that, when you learn how to perform it. The main problem is the players with lack of logic of their actions. Most of the players on the Kerriga use her Initial grip to pull the enemy, and only then try to predict its trajectory in the hope that the Piercing blades will stun him. And although it sometimes works, it is not as easy and reliable as the usual order combos.

Another common mistake is that how people place these abilities. It is better to concentrate on placing the Piercing blades. Grasp always work in the direction of the cursor to the hero, and the blades need to be taken into account more accurately in the situation. This means that during the rapid use of the grip, the aim should be guaranteed to get caught in the Piercing blades.

Advices and Tricks

Kerrigan

Practice practice and more practice

The best way to get used to the capabilities of Kerrigan – to practice in trial mode. Switch to mode of rapid cooldown of abilities. The first task – it is used to delay before tripping W and E. I recommend practicing on the waves of minions, among which is the bot Arthas. This way you can see how far operates initial grip, depending on how far the enemy is from Kerrigan.

Do not bother that you train too much in trial mode. Once you get used to abilities, the next task, which we have to deal – is the choice of the place where you want to place the Piercing blades. Bots can not dodge our combo as a real player, so, after you get used to the timing, you will need to play some real games to try out the combination.

The advantage of the view.

There is nothing more frustrating for the opponent team than Kerrigan, attacking from the bushes. This is one of those situations that could decide the outcome of the game. Hide in the bushes during the phase of standing on the line and wait until the enemy will not dare to push the line. When the victim is on the middle of the line – it’s time to attack.

You can also entice the enemy to the observation deck. Those are on Blackheart Bay and the Temple of Heaven, and perfect for the execution of the plan. At the beginning of the game characters of both teams run to the observation deck at the risk of their own lives. As Kerrigan, you have to lurk in the bushes near the lookout, waiting for opponents trying to capture the area. As soon as they will be on the point, you quickly get to the the battle, and do your combo. This relatively safe maneuver will provide you with an early experience, review and lines control.

Conclusion.

You should always reliably perform a combination of Kerrigan, if you want to play in the League heroes.

It is not hard on your part you need only a little training. If you have long wanted to try Kerrigan, now is the time. She is extremely powerful in competent hands, and performing well on any map.

Kerrigan human

Finally I will say that you will not need to use abilities always together. Sometimes you just need to extend the control with Piercing blades or crush the enemy the Initial grip. When you have the opportunity – use it. Do not waste mana on full combo, if this is not necessary.

Do not forget to come back to my guide Kerrigan. I painted a lot of details, how to get the maximum benefit from this combination.



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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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Butcher Concept art

Butcher From PTR review

Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Today I present to you our old friend, to which the developers have given a second life, meet – the Butcher!

All the gameplay boils down to two things – accumulate meat and begin to kill everything that moves. Abilities are not really changed, but developers changed talents and passive skills (accumulation of meat) it is necessary to carefully considered in order to fully appreciate the new Butcher in Hots.

The Butcher

Butchers Abilities in Heroes of the Storm

The first, and most importantly developers changed passive ability. Now, to accumulate a critical mass of meat more difficult, but also it is not easy to lose it.

Quest: After the death of the creeps nearby appear 1 piece of fresh meat, and after heroes – 5. For each picked piece of meat damage from the auto-attack of Butcher increased by 1 unit. The maximum you can collect is 125 pieces of meat. After the death Butcher loses 10 pieces of meat.

Award: When Butcher collect 125 pieces of fresh meat, his auto attack damage increase by 100 units , and the speed of the auto attacks – by 25%.. Butcher in HotS no longer loses pieces of meat after his death.

Butcher Concept art


The next change that need to be noted – “Good hunting!” At the seventh level. The effectiveness of additional healing rises to 100% of the damage from the auto attack and if the enemy is affected by the ability to “Brand Butcher” then Butcher moves 20% faster. Previously, Butchers heal in Hots was depended on the speed of movement of the hero, which was aimed at capacity. But now, with this improvement, it is easier to catch up and kill the enemy hero, incidentally restoring your health.


Then there is a difficult choice. Sixteenth level makes it possible to increase the slowdown to 75% from the ability of “Hamstring”, or take one of the two passive abilities – “Frenzy” and “Blood Frenzy” (the original name). “Frenzy” works as follows: if you after enemy attack you have less than 50% health, Butcher runs mad for 10 seconds and gets 40% bonus to attack speed (well with “Brand Butcher”) and receives a shield which blocks 25 % of incoming damage. Once the frenzy passed, inner cd of this passive is 20 seconds, after which Butcher could again fall into a rage.

“Blood Frenzy” operates quite differently – auto attacks against enemy characters increases auto attack speed and movement for 5% for 3 seconds. This effect stacks up to 5 times.


Recap of Butcher

Butcher

What can we said to summarize? Butcher was, and remains the most “diving” character of the game. If you dive, then you can not leave the fight: you either kill or die, taking as many enemies with you as possible. But even without the support of allies, he is able to single murders players all over the map. Zagara pushes one line? “The ruthless rush” and she could not go away. I hope that this review will help you when you play for or against this character.

 


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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.


Dehaka and Kerrigan

Dehaka: Clever hunter

How to gang, and how to avoid them

Dehaka Smart Hunter


Dehaka – unique tank that has teleport as his base ability. What makes Dehakas ability even more unique thats it is can teleport only in the bushes. This element makes it more powerful on maps with shrubs in strategic locations. Unfortunately, every ability have a negative elements. He does not have usual mount, and if he wants to go anywhere without digging, then he would have to go all the way on foot.

Without further ranting let’s get straight to the point!


Smart Hunter

Dehaka is the best ganker of all heroes with the global teleport. Gank – is the transition from his line at the other, the one where there is an enemy hero, which will be easy to kill. The actual gameplay of this zerg will push you to make a gank.

Firstly, he has a great stun. The one who you catch with your tongue and pull to your team mates will be definitely dead, especially if your allies are aware of the impending attack.

Second, the “bush” Mechanics (Z) of Dehaka just made for ganks. Due to the fact that you can only move in the bushes, you will be initially invisible to the opponents. This ability can be used to engage in unusual positions, such strategy helps to catch the enemy off guard. In addition, it will be much harder to hide behind the creeps, which will increase the percentage of accuracy of your tongue.

DehakaMecha

Dehaka is incredibly strong against Abathur and Lost Vikings. When all team mates fight for the map objective, Abathur usually soak exp with his unarmored body. He just sit in the bushes near creeps. And right here Dehaka can easily kill him, if he can hit him with his tongue. Same story with Lost Vikings, but unfortunately Dehaka can kill only one of them.


Escape

 

Some people may look at Dehaka and think that he, with his standart movement speed, just can not escape from anyone. Let me say that this is a BIG mistake.

Dehaka

Digging may be used as escape in any situation.

Just imagine: You stay in the middle of a fight, when you realize that it turnes not on your side. Your support is dead, mages already retreated and you stand all alone against whole enemy team. In this moment you must as fast as possible use your digging ability to run at the opposite point on the map. Any bushes will be ok. You may even dig right to the enemy base, and then leave with teleport (b). These tactic will be useful almost in every fight. But firstly, be sure that enemies set cd on all theirs stuns.

In all other cases try to dig  into some profitable places. Line where you can soak exp, or map objective. Just ask yourself: Where i will be useful right now?


Dehaka HotS

Dehaka: Deep review

Dehaka – Digging Tips

 

This article provides tips on improving skills of Digging. He is one of the Star Craft II characters, that possessing the ability to quickly move around the map. Other examples of heroes with about the same capacity can be called Falstad, Brightwing and Abathur.


Experience Soak

The ability to gather experience from the free line is one of the main advantages of the characters with a global presence. This advice does not apply only to Dehaka. Experience is very important in HotS, especially when you go out on a high level of play. Each pack creeps can be decisive, if you soak experience from it, and enemies do not. It is important to remember this, because if you are overtaking enemies by 1 level, then it could turn into an advantage in talent, and it allows you to completely control the game.

The best way to use a global presence on the map for the sake of collecting experience will be a simple delay before sending it to the map point. The farther away the object from the line at which you stand, the greater the benefits will derive. When you stay on the lane you are forcing the enemy to choose between staying with you and collect the same amount of EXP, or go away and give you opportunity to go ahead on the level. It is in any case a losing situation for your opponents.

Dehaka and Kerrigan

If the enemy decides to just leave the line and go to the site, you will collect a minimum of one free pack of creeps. This already gives a slight advantage to your team. Also it will help your creeps and they can do a little more siege damage. If the enemy decides to stay and collect the Exp, then you can use the digging for the rapid withdrawal from the line and fight for the object. This will allow your team to battle to the numerical advantage, make a couple Kills and pick up the object.


Digging

With such a strong ability to dig at any point on the map, some may think that they should use it on cd. Especially given the fact that Dehaka very slow. When you run on line, sometimes it seems that you are watching the game in spectator mode. But believe me, digging should be reserved.

Dehaka HotS

Going on line without digging will allow you to save your allies from the first minute of the match. If you use your (Z) on the cd it will be difficult to use it on right situations. If your team does not need you right now, then save your (Z) and continue to collect the Exp.

Another important point that should know is that the digging can not be undone. Once you have chosen a place where to “teleport” your character is no longer obey your commands and starts digging.



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