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Heroes of the Storm Locks Up Maiev Shadowsong

None of them seem to understand. Maiev isn't locked in the Nexus with them. They're locked in there with HER!


Maiev Shadowsong is a widely recognized figure from World of Warcraft. Then she joined the card-slinging shenanigans of Hearthstone. Now it's time for her to join the Nexus, as she joins the growing roster of Heroes of the Storm.

The Warden enters as a new Assassin character. She comes with the Hero Trait called Vault of the Wardens. This allows Maiev to leap into the air and become invulerable to all hostile effects for 0.75 seconds. As a Passive ability, this grants Maiev 15 Armor. Here are her moves:

  • (Q) Fan of Knives: This will dole out knives in a semi-circle, hitting enemies for 180 damage. Hitting at least two enemy Heroes will reduce its cooldown to 0.5 seconds and refund its Mana cost, potentiallt allowing Maiev to keep coming with repeated damage.
  • (W) Umbral Bind: This allows Maiev to tether herself to her foe and pull them in when they stray too far. Look for this to primarily be used for team attacks, luring in enemies for group beatdowns.
  • (E) Spirit of Vengeance: This is a versatile new move that allows Maiev to send out a shadow, which deals 100 damage to any enemies is passes through and 200 damage to any enemy Heroes. After reaching its destination, the shadow will come back, dealing the same level of damage along the way. Maiev can also cast the spell a second time while the shadow is deployed to teleport to its location, allowing for some quick movement.
  • (R1) Containment Disc: Maiev tosses a glaive at any enemy Hero. If a Hero is hit, Maiev can immediately whammy them for 4 seconds of Time Stop and remove their vision. The glaive can also go off automatically after 6 seconds.
  • (R2) Warden's Cage: Maiev will summon eight Warden Avatars. The Wardens are bombs that go off on contact, sending enemy Heroes into the center of the circle.

No word on when Maiev is set to reach the Nexus, but look for her to hit the Heroes of the Storm Public Test Server soon.

Those who are looking for some more immediate fun should check out this week's Heroes Brawl, which sees teams do battle on Checkpoint: Hanamura. This is an Overwatch-inspired battleground with a distinct characteristic: there's only one lane! Learn more about this Brawl on the Heroes of the Storm website.

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    January 26, 2018 4:35 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Heroes of the Storm Locks Up Maiev Shadowsong

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      January 26, 2018 6:28 PM

      Does anyone still play? Man, heroes are just too expensive

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        January 26, 2018 7:04 PM

        I've unlocked all my heroes without spending any money. I've gotten some nice epics from chests too. There are only a few things you can't get from chests. And, I think those are mounts.

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          January 27, 2018 12:49 AM

          Yeah, I have plenty of free ones. Maybe around half, which is really enough... But it still takes way too much time to unlock the new ones.

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            January 27, 2018 6:56 AM

            It can feel like that if you're focused on that. I have like 70k just sitting around. If you do dailies you avg like 500 gold a day, or 3.5k a week. With what you get from matches you can get a new hero about one per month if you play actively. That's not really that bad. (very rough numbers)

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        January 27, 2018 1:44 AM

        Do my daily every day and play pretty often. Got most of my heroes from gold / chest pulls but I've been playing since the alpha

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          January 27, 2018 1:57 AM

          Very cool! I wish I was better at the game. There isn't even 1 dps I can play well. Maybe butcher. I'm like... Bronze something, so really low and shitty.

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            January 27, 2018 6:58 AM

            What style of play do you usually like? I'm always down for some quick match. Lmk your b.net

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              January 27, 2018 10:18 AM

              I play on the EU server, Guypz0r#2597.
              tanks mostly and some support!

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        January 27, 2018 4:32 AM

        Naw, it's easy to buy heroes with gold gained from the daily quests. Try out the free heroes in the weekly rotation to find out which ones you really like, and don't buy them when they are brand new, because brand new ones are priced highly at 15k. They always drop to 10k after a few months.

        I bought a few heroes and skins at the beginning for like €20 in form of a starter pack, but that wasn't really necessary. You get tons of loot for free in this game all of the stuff, besides the heroes themselves, is purely cosmetic. Spending RL currency doesn't give you an advantage.

        This game's free to play model is perfect, in my opinion, because you can fully participate* in the game without spending anything, and if you want some of the cool skins immediately, you can get them for a fair price. In Hearthstone, you have to buy really expensive additional card packs if you want a competitive deck, and whether you actually end up getting useful cards is a gamble, so you might spend a lot of money and still end up with crap.

        * OK, I think you need to own 10 heroes to be able to take part in draft and competitive modes, but it doesn't take that long to get enough gold for that.

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          January 27, 2018 7:03 AM

          Heroes drop to 10k after two weeks. Any heroes in the free rotation you don't own always level them to 5 to get the 500 gold reward. Do dailies every day and you'll have a bunch of heroes crazy fast. Wish I could of had every shacker just log in during the 2.0 launch for the mega bundle they gave away for nothing. That's how I got a lot of heroes I didn't want to pay gold for.

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      January 27, 2018 1:56 AM

      I play almost every day and have almost every hero unlocked, mostly through gold. If you play frequently you can easily unlock each hero when they go for 10k. And there are definitely going to be some heroes you don't even want to play so that saves you some gold.

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        January 27, 2018 3:42 AM

        Do you play in EU by any chance?

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        January 27, 2018 6:56 AM

        The newer ones have been moved up to 15k. :(

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          January 27, 2018 7:01 AM

          15k for the first two weeks. Been common with every new release

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          January 27, 2018 9:33 AM

          You gotta wait a few weeks and they drop to 10k

          Usually when one hero is released, the previous new hero drops to 10k

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      January 27, 2018 1:56 AM

      New hero looks great I love the new abilities. Blaze was a good release too. Going to be another great year for HOTS hopefully

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        January 27, 2018 6:57 AM

        Love Blaze. Still not quite the abilities I was expecting. I was expecting a melee specialist with nice AE, decent armor, but poor mobility and no escape. Blaze can really dish out the dps, soak dmg, and has an escape. Sooo much fun.

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          January 27, 2018 6:59 AM

          I really enjoy him a lot. Who's your favorite hero?

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            January 27, 2018 10:06 AM

            Valla, KT and Abathur. I've been playing since early technical alpha. So, I don't play quite as much as I used to. Hated to give up all three levels I earned.

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      January 27, 2018 4:36 AM

      I wonder what her difficulty rating is. Her kit sounds quite complex, and being able to pull off her jump ability probably requires very good timing. So probably hard, maybe even very hard?

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        January 27, 2018 7:00 AM

        I don't think they really matter. Just like the roles don't really matter now a days in the game. If you dig the character pick them up level them to 5 and find out where they're at in your own skill pool