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Heroes Of The Storm – Blaze Starts A Fire In The Nexus

Defends of The Nexus beware, for a new Hero – Blaze – has arrived, and he’s turning up the heat

Heroes of the Storm players, a new hero has joined The Nexus. For those unaware, new hero – Blaze, Veteran Firebat from the StarCraft universe – is a ranged tank who specialises in initiating fights and dealing area damage with his spreading flames. Take a look at his hero spotlight below to learn more:

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In regard to his basic abilities, they are laid out as follows:

Flame Stream (Q)

  • Fire two streams that deal 83 damage to enemies hit.
    • Flame Stream Ignites Oil Spills it comes in contact with.
      • Cost: 25
      • Cooldown: 4

Oil Spill (W)

  • Vector targeted ability. Dispense a slick of oil that lasts for 5 seconds and Slows enemies that come in contact with it by 40%. Oil Spills are Ignited for 2.4 seconds when hit by Flame Stream. Ignited Oil Spills no longer Slow enemies, but instead deal 18 damage to them every 0.3 seconds. Additionally, Blaze is healed for 49 Health every 0.3 seconds while standing in Ignited Oil Spills. Stores up to 2 Charges.
    • Cost: 40
    • Charges: 2
    • Cooldown: 12

Jet Propulsion (E)

  • After 0.5 seconds, charge forward. Colliding with an enemy Hero deals 53 damage and Stuns them and nearby enemy Heroes for 1.25 seconds.
    • Cost: 50
    • Cooldown: 12

As for his traits, he has an ability known as Pyromania in which, upon activation, he is able to gain 25 Armour and deal 40 damage to nearby enemies every 0.5 seconds for 4 seconds. Each Hero hit by Flame Stream reduces Pyromania’s cooldown by 5 seconds. This trait has an initial cooldown of 90.

In regard to Heroic Abilities, Blaze’s are as follows:

Bunker Drop (R1)

  • After 0.5 seconds, deploy and enter a Bunker with 1300 Health. Blaze and his allies can enter and exit the Bunker at will. While in the Bunker, occupants gain access to Flamethrower, dealing 179 damage to enemies in a line. Exiting the Bunker grants 25 Armour for 2 seconds. Bunkers last 10 seconds or until destroyed.
    • Cost: 40
    • Cooldown: 40

Combustion (R2)

  • Channel for up to 2.6 seconds. Upon ending, Slow nearby enemies by 60% and deal 48 damage to them every 0.5 seconds. Combustion’s Slow and damage over time duration is extended the longer Blaze Channels, from 1 second up to 5 seconds. Blaze’s Movement Speed is reduced by 50% while Channelling.
    • Cost: 70
    • Cooldown: 80

To learn more about Blaze and his kit, head over to his hero page.

Now, Blaze isn’t the only thing that stirring up The Nexus, take a look below for a bunch of updates:

A Malfurion character rework featuring:

  • New Regrowth and Moonfire Synergistic Healing Mechanics
  • New Talent Tree

Live Balance changes to:

  • Nova
  • Hanzo
  • Battleground scaling
  • Mercenary Camps, Regeneration Globes, and town/keep damage

So HOTS fans, what are your initial thoughts on this new hero? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Written By

Tegan began gaming with her father when they would play Street Fighter together on her Nan’s PlayStation. Since then she has fallen in love with indie games, AAA games (I’m looking at you Tekken) and everything in between. Starting off as a console player, and more specifically an Xbox player, Tegan has now recently begun her new gaming ventures on PC. You can find her playing dating sims on Steam @carrotphernelia if you so wish.


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