Heroes of the Storm update adds Jaina and Christmas skins

The newest technical alpha update for Heroes of the Storm is adding a new heroine, along with a few new extra additions.

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Heroes of the Storm is preparing to ring in the holidays, so Blizzard is briefly taking the technical alpha offline. When it returns, expect a new patch and a new playable hero. Jaina Proudmoore is making the jump from World of Warcraft and Hearthstone and will bring along all of her magical abilities.

Jaina can use her Frostbolt, Blizzard, and Cone of Cold attacks to ice her enemies and slow them down, thanks, in part, to her Frost Bite trait. Her Heroic Abilities will allow her to summon a Water Elemental or use the chilling RIng of Frost to take out numerous foes at once. Let's see what Jaina can do in her new trailer.

The new patch will also pave the way for Stimpacks. Those looking to earn greater end-of-game rewards and gold will be able to purchase these Stimpacks for a helpful boost. These items will otherwise not affect the game, but will simply amplify the rewards earned at the end of each session. More information on Stimpacks can be found here.

Also, Christmas skins are coming and should be available by patch time. You can see some of those skins in the video below. There are also plenty of tweaks and balance changes to be found, so check out the full patch notes here.

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    December 2, 2014 10:05 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Heroes of the Storm update adds Jaina and Christmas skins

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      December 2, 2014 10:53 AM

      If nothing else, the skins in this game are top notch quality.

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        December 2, 2014 11:20 AM

        I'm having a lot of fun with it, but I was never a big DotA or LoL player.

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        December 2, 2014 2:04 PM

        Betrayer Malfurion is making me seriously consider spending money on this game.

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      December 2, 2014 11:23 AM

      yes more!

      Roll call for HotS Alpha players!

      geedeck#1988

      Might be looking to play tonight, 7-8pm-ish? (9 if I see a friend for drinks?)

      I've been playing the barbarian lady (who is awesome and reminds me of the bad ass woman from Akira's graphic novel) and he is awesome. All the lifedrain. More life drain. AND HOOKS! She's a better Leona. :3

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      December 2, 2014 11:26 AM

      also, can we talk about Rehgar wearing a reign-deer head? That's... that's hardcore. You're celebrating "winter fest" while wearing the skin of one of the bearers of winter fest. That's tough.

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      December 2, 2014 11:26 AM

      Nice, Jaina seemed pretty cool, but I didn't get a chance to try her at Blizzcon. Can't wait for the new maps, either.

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      December 2, 2014 11:48 AM

      Does this game have a meepo?

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        December 2, 2014 12:09 PM

        It will when they add The Lost Vikings. I got to try them at BlizzCon and they're really hard, but pretty cool if you can get the micro. You can control them individually or select them all as a group with hotkeys or click+drag. They don't have any active abilities, but you can talent them to have passives, like Olaf getting a charge when he gets in range of a target. They also have different stats, so Eric will run faster than the others, but be really squishy, so if you just try to run them all down a lane, you're going to get picked off. You have to either micro them so that Olaf can block guys from getting past him while the others gank or siege, or you can split them up into separate lanes and keep the enemy distracted by being all over the place.

        Chen also has an ultimate where he splits into three characters, but it's very short and isn't nearly as complicated. Each gets a full health bar and does full damage, but you can only use abilities that make them spread out or group together. It's great for ganking, though, because you can easily surround a guy, blocking him in and burn him down with 3 Chens.

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          December 2, 2014 2:18 PM

          okay so chen is brew but who is chen?

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            December 2, 2014 2:32 PM

            Hmm. I don't think there is one yet. Sylvannus will be the first hero to be able to capture enemy or neutral creeps. I don't think anyone has a global heal or friendly teleport yet.

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              December 2, 2014 6:24 PM

              Brightwing can teleport to heroes unless you mean something else.

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                December 2, 2014 6:52 PM

                I mean a hero that teleports other heroes.

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      December 2, 2014 2:16 PM

      how about adding me to the alpha then, blizzard?

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      December 2, 2014 7:36 PM

      Jaina is really fun! Unfortunately, they haven't removed Murky from the game yet. Looking forward to Draft Mode...

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