Heroes of the Storm Video Shows Off Ragnaros in His Awesome Giant Form

Both of the new Heroes of the Storm characters revealed at BlizzCon were exciting ones. Varian is the game’s first multi-class character, able to serve as either as an Assassin or Warrior. But to me, Ragnaros is the far more exciting one, thanks to his ability to turn into an immobile giant–one who even towers over things like the Dragon Knight.

Blizzard today released a new video (solitaire yukon) showcasing Ragnaros in-depth, and he continues to look incredibly intriguing. A lot of this stems from the aforementioned ability, which comes from his trait, Molten Core. Activating this allows him to take over any friendly or destroyed fort, turning him into a larger version of himself with modified abilities. Any damage done to him while Molten Core is activated prevents it from being done to the fort–allowing it to be used for offensive or defensive purposes. He’s not able to do this indefinitely: His health drains while in this form, and when he runs out, he returns to his previous state.

Empower Sulfuras is his first ability, causing his next attack to be instant, do area damage, and heal him for 20 percent of the damage dealt. While in Molten Core, this becomes Molten Swing, which does a wide swing that damages and stuns everyone hit.

Living Meteor summons a meteor that moves in a selected direction, dealing damage. Molten Core turns this into Meteor Shower, which summons multiple meteors that land in a specified direction, doing damage and slowing enemies.

Blast Wave is a buff that can be placed on either Ragnaros or one of his teammates. This increases the target’s movement speed for a brief time and then, after wearing off, explodes for damage in an area. Molten Core turns this into Explosive Rune, which causes damage in a designated area after a brief delay.

Finally, there are his two Heroic abilities. Sulfuras Smash launches Sulfuras into the air and then comes down at a selected area, dealing damage; targets in the middle take three times as much and are stunned. While in Molten Core, its range increases greatly.

What’s much cooler-looking is Lava Wave. This takes some time to take effect, presumably due to the sheer amount of damage it does. Activating it causes a huge wave of lava to move through an entire lane, starting at your core, killing all enemy minions and doing heavy damage to players. Molten Core apparently doesn’t buff this any further.

While still without an official release date, Ragnaros launches on the game’s public test realm later today. That indicates a full launch is not far away.

For more, check out our interview with Blizzard about seeing how far it can go with character design.

Heroes of the Storm designer invites the community to help design a Deckard Cain character

A new balance update is out, too.

Deckard Cain of Diablo fame is known primarily for exhorting would-be heroes of the realm to hang out and shoot the breeze during spots of downtime. He’s also really old. Whipping a character like that into shape for inclusion in the Heroes of the Storm MOBA is not, as hero designer Nathan LaMusga told Polygon, an easy task. So he’s looking for some ideas from the community.

“He is one of the hardest heroes to think of design,” LaMusga said. “When you really sit down and think about it, he’s a guy who loves to read books. What is he doing? Not to say it’s not possible, but it is one of the harder ones. Maybe he plays Hearthstone or something like that.”

“I love reading hero pitches on our main Heroes of the Storm forums and on Reddit,” he said. “If you’re a community member reading this right now: Send me your Deckard Cain pitches. Make a Deckard Cain. I’d love to see our community’s pitches on that one.”

His overture is obviously more community engagement than an official call for pitches, but who knows? If a good idea should come along, Blizzard may well run with it: Heroes of the Storm is a bit light on Diablo, after all, and aside from the Big Red Man himself, Cain is probably the most iconic character in the franchise. He even has his own rap song.

Separately, Blizzard rolled out a Heroes of the Storm balance update that makes changes to a number of heroes, including nerfs to Samuro, Malfurion, and Zarya, a slight buff to Murky, and a single, very specific bug fix that corrects an issue “that could cause Tyrael’s Sanctification ability to fail if Zarya cast Expulsion Zone at the same location.” The full patch notes are available at battle.net.

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