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Varian and Ragnaros are coming to Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA will soon add a pair of new heroes to its lineup, each one a distinct departure from anything we've seen previously: The Warcraft hero Varian Wrynn, and the mighty World of Warcraft raid boss Ragnaros the Firelord. 

Varian is Heroes of the Storm's first multiclass hero, an "adaptable fighter" who can take on a variety of roles, soaking damage or dishing it out, through his talents. Ragnaros, meanwhile, has the ability to empower a Fort or Keep on defense, "becoming a towering inferno" with a second set of abilities. Both characters are Warcraft legends, but they're also among Hearthstone's best legendaries—an interesting sort of two-for-one. 

Blizzard also announced a unique new Brawl on the way, called Blackheart's Revenge, which will be the first battleground to feature asymmetrical attack/defend gameplay. One team has a Core, and must gather cannonballs and load cannons to defend the docks from an assault by Blackheart's ship; the other must help him reach port by preventing the first team from sinking it.   

Also on the way is the Nexus Challenge, the "biggest giveaway in Heroes of the Storm to date." Beginning November 15 and running until January 4, players who team up to complete 15 Ranked, Unranked Draft, Quick Match, or Co-op vs. AI games will unlock the Oni Genji skin, spray, and icon in Overwatch, as well as Zarya and the Oni Genji portrait in HotS. Finishing 30 games will unlock even more Heroes, plus the new Orochi Hovercycle mount, and a 30-day stimpack. 

Back to the two new heroes: Varian will appear on the Heroes of the Storm PTR next week, and will go live to all players on November 15. Ragnaros is set to follow sometime in December.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.