The Heroes of the Storm roster is getting a whack of StarCraft II loving lately thanks to the imminent release of Legacy of the Void (which is out in just three week time… HYPE). Fans of Blizzard’s MOBA have already received Lieutenant Morales – a Terran medic, and now, they’re about to get somebody a little more… offensive. Just this morning, the Spear of Adun pulled up to the Nexus, and dropped off none other than the Protoss protagonist, Artanis.
Thing is, he isn’t available to everybody just yet, or at least, he won’t be until next week, the 27th of October. No, he is only available to those who have pre-purchased Legacy of the Void. Those who have can look forward to playing around with the following abilities this week…
Shield Overload (trait)
If you take damage while below 50% Health, gain a Shield for 5 seconds. Your Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Shield Overload by 4 seconds.
Blade Dash (Q)
Dash forward to deal damage to enemies, then return to deal significantly more damage.
Twin Blades (W)
Your next Basic Attack immediately strikes the enemy twice.
Phase Prism (E)
Fire a Phase Prism that deals damage to a Hero and swaps your position with theirs.
Purifier Beam (R)
Target an enemy with an orbital beam from the Spear of Adun, dealing damage every second for 8 seconds. The beam will chase the target as they move. Unlimited range.
Suppression Pulse (R)
Fire a large area pulse from the Spear of Adun, dealing damage and Blinding enemies for 4 seconds. Unlimited range.
I like the heroic abilities Artanis possesses. The fact that he has a global presence is pretty damn valuable, especially on those maps where there are multiple objectives to capture simultaneously. He can hold his own on one part of the map, while sending in some support from the Spear of Adun on another. I’m quite fond of the purifier beam in particular – it will sync nicely with other heroes who have long disables.
With a few short weeks to go until the release of Legacy of the Void, I wonder if Blizzard have any other StarCraft heroes up their sleeves waiting for a surprise release? Perhaps Blizzcon holds that answer…
Last Updated: October 21, 2015