Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is rolling out a big new event
UPDATE ONE: Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is getting a new release event from Blizzard, who recently confirmed that Genji will be slicing his way onto the battleground very soon.
Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is set to launch on April 25 and will be the first update to add a Overwatch map to the game. It will also be getting a big event launch show, kicking off at 7pm BST on Tuesday, April 25.
This will include a walkthrough of everything coming with Heroes of the Storm 2.0, live interviews with members of the development team, an exhibition match between two of our top HGC teams, as well as a brand new cinematic, which will reveal the next Hero coming to the Nexus.
Event hosts, Anna Prosser Robinson and Kevin Johnson will be joined on-stage by Game Director Alan Dabiri and Lead Hero Designer Kent-Erik Hagman for an in-depth discussion about all of the new features and changes coming to the Nexus with Heroes of the Storm 2.0, as well as their thoughts on Hanamura and Genji.
eSports stars FNATIC and Team Dignitas, two of the top European HGC teams, will duke it out on the new Hanamura map during the launch event, competing in a five-game exhibition match.
There will also be a big reveal following the exhibition, with Blizzard revealing the next Heroes of the Storm character being added to the roster in the near future.
“Stay tuned after the first Hanamura exhibition game to catch the worldwide debut of our brand new cinematic, which will unveil the next Hero who will be joining the Nexus in the weeks to come.
“Once you’ve watched the cinematic, we’ll head back to Anna, Kevin, and the Heroes devs to discuss the new Hero, as well as share details about the rewards you’ll earn by completing the Nexus Challenge 2.0.
“The party doesn’t end there! We’re keeping the launch celebration going with the four remaining games from our Hanamura Exhibition Match between Team Dignitas and FNATIC.
“If you haven’t had the chance to check out Hanamura during the Heroes 2.0 Open Beta, or you simply love high-level Heroes play, then this is an exhibition match you’ll want to stick around for.”
Genji part of Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update
Genji is now playable in the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 beta, a part of the big new update being released by Blizzard.
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There are now four Overwatch characters that can be controlled in Heroes of the Storm, with Tracer, Lucio, and Zarya added at earlier dates.
A reimagined version of the Hanamura map has also been unveiled for Battlegrounds, and is a big part of the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update.
A breakdown of Genji’s Heroes of the Storm abilities can be found below:
SHURIKEN: Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern, each dealing 65 damage to the first enemy hit. Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken's cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
DEFLECT: Become Protected for 1.25 seconds. Any damage blocked during this period causes Genji to throw a Kunai toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing Heroes and dealing 55 damage. Damage Deflected: 0.
SWIFT STRIKE: Dash forward, dealing 215 damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes that die within 2 seconds of being hit with Swift Strike causes the cooldown and mana cost to be refunded.
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DRAGONBLADE: Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc, dealing 240 damage. If enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds of being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike's cooldown is reset.
X-STRIKE: Perform two slashes dealing 135 damage. The slashes detonate after 1.25 seconds causing an additional 270 damage to enemies in their area.
It has been revealed that Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Journey to Un’Goro, could set players back a lot if they want to fully complete it.
Redditor Seaserpent02 has projected that the new Hearthstone expansion could cost around $400 to unlock all the cards.
That includes unlocking all 135 cards, as well as duplicates from dust, while buying in bundles of 50.
Here’s how Seaserpent02 got to his conclusion using a pack opening simulator: “With all this talk about the rising cost of playing Hearthstone, I wanted to quantify just how much it would actually cost to purchase the entire expansion through a pack opening simulation.
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“I used the data from Kripparian’s opening of 1101 Journey to Un’Goro packs and assumed these probabilities to be representative. There are 49 commons, 36 rares, 27 epics, and 23 legendaries to be collected from the expansion, along with a second of the common, rare, and epic cards.
“I wrote a Python code to do a Monte Carlo simulation in which packs were opened, 5 cards were randomly generated in accordance with their rates, and the number of cards collected were tallied. Repeats and all goldens are dusted, and 2 of each common, rare, and epic card are collected.
“Once the simulation had a sizable collection and enough dust to craft the missing cards, the number of packs opened was recorded. This process was repeated for 10,000 trials.
“I found that one must open an average of 316 packs (with a standard deviation of 32 packs) to collect every card in the expansion. The minimum number of packs to achieve a full collection was 214, and the maximum was 437.
“Without Blizzard disclosing the actual rates, the best we can do is an approximation. However, this analysis should be a good estimate of the number of packs it would take to gain the full collection.
“Buying 316 packs at standard rates (not Amazon coins) would require 8 bundles of 40 packs at $49.99 each, or $399.92 in total.”