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#11124152 Jun 02, 2015 at 01:40 PM · Edited 3 years ago
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Heroes of the Storm launches today! Alas, without Gnome representation. :(

Blizz has cross-promotional awards with HotS, WoW, and Hearthstone:

Also, Blizz had previewed, back in March, a cool Mechanospider mount, which it turns out is available for unlocking now for free! Unfortunately, it requires some sort of Facebook shenanigans. I've never felt I was popular enough to have, nor need, a social network, but I suppose I'll endeavor to jump through the hoops, since the mount is pretty cool, and should make a nifty Gnome mount. 8) Information is at http://teambuilder.heroesofthestorm.com/

Mechanospider & Dire Wolf mounts at 51 seconds: https://youtu.be/0DAYNIC1VTg?t=51s





Edit: There is an option for inclusion of video from YouTube, but it didn't seem to work for me, so just inserted the link. However, with checking the BB Code info (http://help.shivtr.com/customer/portal/articles/381334-bbcode) and persistence, got it to work.
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#11124461 Jun 02, 2015 at 03:18 PM
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I've been saying for ages that Blizzard needed to add a spider mount, or more mechanical mounts... and they did both!

...just in the wrong game.
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#11181534 Jun 17, 2015 at 11:47 AM
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Skeleton King Leoric and Diablo 3β€˜s monk both look cool in the cinematic, but where are the Gnomes?!?!!

"New Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft 2 content and trailers"

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#11183580 Jun 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM
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#11181534 Folkston wrote:


Skeleton King Leoric and Diablo 3β€˜s monk both look cool in the cinematic, but where are the Gnomes?!?!!



This was modeled quite early on and I believe is still in the game files...

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#12354060 May 05, 2016 at 12:28 PM
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Big doings at Blizz headquarters, invited a bunch of streamers and such for a "secret" HotS meeting this week, and they've been releasing teasers about new heroe(s) and such to be announced this Friday in conjunction with DreamHack Austin. Those who were invited can't talk about it until Friday, at which time we should find out what the changes are for HotS.

Some folks think that one of the new heroes is likely a dragon, based on Blizz teasers, and some think possibly Chromie. While not a "real" Gnome, I'm a big Chromie fan and am hoping that's the case. 😎

Shadowpaw Li Li skin was released this week:


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#12354584 May 05, 2016 at 03:29 PM
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There is also speculation that based on some of the abilities announced (or leaked) that Millhouse Manastorm may be involved too.

I love Chromie - s/he is my favourite NPC in game so I'm totally down with that, and while not a fan of Millhouse having an actual Gnome can only be a good thing.
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#12354753 May 05, 2016 at 04:44 PM · Edited 2 years ago
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Alas, no actual gnome, just someone who plays one on TV as a quest giver...

http://blizzardwatch.com/2016/05/05/chromie-medivh-coming-heroes-storm/

At least we can see what a gnome would look like with the Heroes art style, which is, to say, pretty cool.

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#12356394 May 06, 2016 at 09:50 AM
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Official reveal is out, although I'm perplexed they refer to Chromie as a Gnome, even though the main skins are as a Gnome (Chromie skins at Gamepedia):

Chromie – The first representative of the Azeroth Dragonflights to join the Nexus, Chromie is a long-range artillery mage with the ability to bend time to her will. With some of the highest kill-potential in the game, this Gnome packs a very powerful punch. Chromie will be joining the Nexus during the week of May 17.

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/20111018/in-development-chromie-medivh-and-more-5-6-2016





The video animation showing the model, animation, and spell effects has me excited, but I fear that the skill floor may be too high for me, in other words looks like a Hard difficulty level hero that will require high player skill to contribute effectively. However, since I pretty much only play team co-op HotS against the A.I., I'm still excited since I'll be able to enjoy Chromie in team co-op. 😎


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#12356752 May 06, 2016 at 12:04 PM
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Nice "Chromie Hero Spotlight" video by KendricSwissh:

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#12358372 May 07, 2016 at 04:42 AM
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Real Gnome or not, that's so damn cute. I .. might just have to play now.
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#12364425 May 09, 2016 at 10:56 AM
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The official Heroes of the Storm "Chromie Spotlight" video from Blizzard: 😎

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#12365157 May 09, 2016 at 04:02 PM
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Chromie up on the PTR, watched some Grubby twitch stream, can't wait for May 17th! 😎
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#12368233 May 10, 2016 at 06:54 PM
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I'd never downloaded the Heroes PTR before, but I did just to try out Chromie. She's pretty fun, at least in the "try before you buy" mode. Her abilities really do hit extremely hard, and are fairly straightforward; she's listed as a "hard" character on the select screen, but I think that'll be less difficulty of use and more having to play ahead of the opposing team at all times, since so many of her abilities involve a wind-up. Chromie has a LOT of lines, even for a game like Heroes where they've put in a decent amount for repeatedly clicking every character. She also has two hearthing animations: a normal one which is when she pulls out that big hourglass you see in her spotlight video, and a fast one for when she has the Bye-Bye talent, where she quickly manifests dragon wings and zips into the air.

Also, while the PTR's home screen always has Gazlowe with a "welcome to the PTR" message, it's playing the song that'll be playing when Chromie occupies the home screen next week, and it sounds to me like a new version of the Gnomeregan theme.
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#12369897 May 11, 2016 at 10:25 AM
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I gather that on certain maps, where Chromie can hide in bushes, and heroes gather up, such as Cursed Hollow where heroes cluster to claim tributes, she'll be great. Other maps, where minions or structures are primary targets, like Infernal Shrines for minion killing to activate "Punishers", maybe not so much. In addition to poor lane/wave clear or push, mercenary and boss captures or defense against, I gather.

May be more niche than I would prefer, but still an automatic buy and I anticipate having a lot of fun with Chromie on my low-stress, easy victory, team co-op matches vs. the A.I. 😎
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#12387482 May 17, 2016 at 04:23 PM · Edited 2 years ago
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Today's the day, ladies and gentlegnomes! Today's the day when you can log into a Blizzard game and see a gnome right there on the title screen! And you know what, let's give her a break that she's not a "real" gnome; Blizzard's calling her a gnome pretty much everywhere, like in this article, and her presentation in Heroes of the Storm is pretty much 99% gnome.

Chromie also got a release trailer. They haven't been doing these for every hero they release; Tracer had been the first one in a while, and she was special, being the first character from a new franchise. Chromie's trailer was both written and directed by our number one supporter at Blizzard, Terran Gregory, and it is super meta.



My goal in Heroes of the Storm was once to eventually get the Lost Vikings to level 10 and purchase their Master Skin, simply because I am a huge fan of the Lost Vikings series and their Master Skin is based on their appearances in The Lost Vikings 2. I had sort of abandoned that goal due to the Lost Vikings being incredibly hard to play as, and now with Chromie around, she supplants it. She will be the first hero I level up to 10 and buy the Master Skin for, this I promise.
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#12389190 May 18, 2016 at 08:13 AM
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... her presentation in Heroes of the Storm is pretty much 99% gnome.

I agree! The team responsible for character design, modelling, and animation went Gnome on Heroes of the Storm! The HotS devs responsible for abilities are the ones who took advantage of the option to draw from Chromie's bronze dragonflight toolkit to cook up some unique abilities for different gameplay.

Folks who pick up Chromie from the shop are going to be playing a Gnome "Hero", as far as character models & animation. 😎

Terran Gregory hit it out of the park with that trailer, love the "past you, future you, and future super creepy you", with the "don't worry, that's gonna get nerfed" dialogue! πŸ˜€ Definitely worth a visit to YouTube to give it a thumbs-up/like from me!

I almost have Raynor to level 10, but due to my relaxed playstyle with HotS, I don't have any Master Skins unlocked. With Chromie, I'll definitely make plans to get to level 10 and unlock her Master Skin. My team co-op versus the A.I. casual approach to HotS means it will take a long while since I've mainly been doing the quests.

I gather from some of the discussion I've heard after the "secret" HotS meeting with streamers and such that there are a lot of folks like myself who don't play HotS as a PvP game against other people, just as a PvE team co-op game against the A.I. 😎
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#12463066 Jun 14, 2016 at 04:03 PM
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Every hero eventually has to make way for the next, even our beloved Chromie. Medivh now stands stoically on the title screen, Karazhan in the background. Hmm, I wonder what his screen's Easter egg will be... probably something involving Gul'dan, since he was so prominent in Medivh's trailer. Maybe if I click that summoning stone...



Aha, that was it! As we all know, now we have to click the summoning portal...



Yep, here comes Gul'dan, probably just in the background there, looking all ominous.



Whoa, wait a second!



You can't keep a good gnome down!
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#12464965 Jun 15, 2016 at 09:09 AM
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I love it! She's the best!
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#12646932 Aug 22, 2016 at 06:13 PM
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So I have decided to take the plunge am currently downloading the game for Graves pet. Does anyone have any helpful advice on the least painful way to achieve this?

- I don't want to /afk through anything (I googled Graves grinding advice before posting here) and i liked playing the AI matches in WOW3 alot back in the day so i'm hoping i'll like this somewhat. I don't mind grinding through something if it's somewhat engaging to play.

- Does anyone play here play with noobs like me (i have no idea how the game works pvp exp or friends exp stuff)? I am willing to put in the effort to get as good as i can to contribute toward wins but i just prolly won't go farther than lvl 20. No worries seriously if no one does that sort of thing i understand people have limited time everyday to unwind and play video games after a hard day out in Real life land <3.

-Any good recommendations for what to play PvE or PvP? In my WOW3 days i loved playing the goblin engineer and the other one with the other goblin on top of the hobgoblin. DPS or Support classes are my favorite. I'm no good tanking or healing.

Thanks in advance for any advice or links to any helpful guides ya'll might know of or something like that I'm having no luck other than reading other forums of people QQ'ing about how hard and lame it is to grind to 20 lol
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#12648824 Aug 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM
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So i'm almost Lvl 4 now and having fun! It def reminds me of old WOW3 kind of. Still getting used to the controls and stuff. Hopefully the grind won't be so bad after all?!? O.o Does anyone recommend what kind of matches i should be doing for the most exp?
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