Heroes of the Storm's Cho'gall will be controlled by two players at once


The two-headed ogre Cho'gall, a World of Warcraft mainstay, is finally making his way to Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard announced today at BlizzCon. And he will be a very unique character in a couple of different ways.

For one, reflecting the fact that he has two heads, Cho'gall will be controlled by two players simultaneously, only one of whom actually needs to own him. Even more interesting is how he'll be distributed to players: He won't be available for purchase, but will instead be given to all BlizzCon attendees and those who purchased Virtual Tickets. From there, he'll spread virally: If you play at least two games on a team with someone who owns Cho'gall, then you'll get him for free as well. Playing four games with Cho'gall will net you some in-game gold as well.

The Cho'gall news came alongside the announcement of a new Arena mode, which is meant to be "quick and easy to jump into" but will demand significant flexibility from players. Hero selection will be randomized and taken from the entire Heroes of the Storm lineup, including players you don't own, and after you've spawned you'll have to choose a single heroic for your character. Fights will take place on small maps built around a single objective, with layouts changing slightly with every new round.

Blizzard will no doubt have more to say about what's coming in Heroes of the Storm during the "Hero Deep Dive" panel scheduled for later today. We'll keep you posted!

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.