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Blizzard reveals four new Heroes of the Storm characters

Li Li, Brightwing, Murky, and Zagara coming soon

Blizzard revealed four new heroes and other upcoming features for its franchise-crossing MOBA Heroes of the Storm at PAX East Friday.

Three of the new challengers hail from World of Warcraft: Pandaren Li Li Stormstout, sprite dragon Brightwing, and Murloc mascot Murky. Zerg broodmother Zagara from StarCraft completes the quartet.

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The developers also confirmed that Pandaren brewmaster Chen, Blood Elf prince Kael'thas, and Forsaken ranger Sylvanas will also join the roster at some point in the future.

All of Heroes of the Storm's units currently hail from Blizzard's three main franchises: Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. However, the team acknowledged that they would like to bring in heroes from older Blizzard titles like The Lost Vikings and Rock N' Roll Racing at a Q&A session.

The game is currently in technical alpha, and Blizzard does not yet have a date for open beta. It is rolling weekly out invites to those who opt-in on their Battle.net beta profile settings.

Here are Blizzard's panel notes on the four new heroes:

New heroes

LiLi

  • Lili is a new support hero with an ability set that helps her to very effectively aid her teammates throughout the game.
  • She has lots of ways to protect herself and allies, and she doesn't need to be babysat.

Brightwing

  • Brightwing has the ability to passively heal any allies nearby.
    She can also transform enemies into animals.
  • Brightwing is a versatile support hero capable of teleporting from ally to ally, healing them and providing them with the help they need to succeed in battle.

Zagara

  • Zagara has map-wide components to her design.
  • She can drop Creep Tumors to spread Zerg Creep, which helps speed up her movement speed, as well as the speed of her summons.
  • What's more, Zagara can use her Nydus Worms to hop back and forth around the map, giving her plenty of opportunity to Creep up and siege multiple lanes at once.

Murky

  • When we talked about putting Murky in the game, we initially struggled with what to do with him. Making him a really powerful hero just didn't seem to fit quite right (he is a Murloc, you know.) Instead, we chose to make him very, very weak, but incredibly persistent.
  • Murky can lay an egg which he can use to respawn near instantly upon being killed. If his egg is destroyed, Murky will face the same respawn timers as other heroes do, so be sure to hide it well!
  • Murky is going to die A LOT, but he's a hero who eventually overwhelms enemies across multiple battles. He doesn't need to win every fight; he just needs to win once.

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