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Heroes of the Storm spotlight shines on The Butcher

The Butcher

I don't remember the first time I heard the words "Fresh meat!" but I recall very well my reaction: Running like a terrified fool through the catacombs beneath Tristram, trying desperately to get away from the hulking goon with a cleaver called The Butcher. Even now, hearing it gives me the chills. And they are multiplying.

The Butcher as he appears in Heroes of the Storm is quite a bit more dynamic than he is in Diablo. He's still a "brutal melee assassin," but as befits the game, his hack-and-slash ways have been refined with three primary abilities—Hamstring, Ruthless Onslaught, and Butcher's Brand—and two heroic abilities: Furnace Blast. a devastating eruption of fire centered on the demon, and Lamb to the Slaughter, which briefly chains the nearest opposing hero to a post.

The Butcher's attack damage is boosted permanently (or at least, until he dies) by "fresh meat" dropped by dead enemies. Because of this, acquiring as much fresh meat as possible during the early stages of the game is a top priority, but it can also leave him seriously disadvantaged if he goes down at an inopportune time.

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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.