Heroes of the Storm begins Johanna's crusade today

Heroes of the Storm has officially launched, but there's still another Hero about to step into the Nexus. It's Diablo 3's Johanna the Crusader.

5

She was originally revealed during yesterday's launch stream, but Heroes of the Storm is officially launching today with a brand-new character. Fans of Diablo 3 will be ecstatic to see that Johanna the Crusader is stepping into the Nexus.

As discussed during yesterday's stream, Johanna will be one of Heroes of the Storm's most durable tank warriors. Her unique trait allows her to absorb all sorts of punish, while moves like her Condemn will pull nearby opponents towards her, setting them up for a powerful attack from teammates. Her Falling Sword skill can also launch her towards foes.

Look for Johanna to join the Heroes of the Storm roster later today. In the meantime, check out that trailer one more time.

Update: Blizzard is going into more detail on Johanna's skills and talents with a new Hero Spotlight video, which can be seen below.

Senior Editor

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

From The Chatty
  • reply
    June 2, 2015 11:15 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Heroes of the Storm begins Johanna's crusade today

    • reply
      June 2, 2015 11:33 AM

      Fyi for starter pack purchasers (extra Zeratul code for friends if you unlock the Ronin skin first):
      https://us.battle.net/support/en/blog/19698646/
      p.s. SM me one if you got an extra ;)

    • reply
      June 2, 2015 11:47 AM

      Still wishing they would put out a few more StarCraft heroes. There's no SC warrior and just 1 melee. I'd love to see the firebat as a hero. Can't think if there was named firebat though.

      The boomerang shield looks fun, but unless it's a kind of chain stun I assume it won't do a ton of dmg.

      • reply
        June 2, 2015 11:55 AM

        I think it's a 2 sec stun on the first hero it hits and a 1 sec stun and half damage on the next two.

    • reply
      June 2, 2015 11:54 AM

      I'm kind of disappointed with the creativity of Johanna's abilities. Another leap? That's, what, four warriors now who have a leap ult? Why not give her that awesome charger ability from D3 that leaves a blazing path behind her?

      At least she looks pretty cool, and a really tanky warrior is good. Her damage mitigation trait is just nuts. Trying not to focus her while she's pulling, slowing and blinding your whole team is going to make some really interesting team fights.

      Cool that they used in-game footage where the warrior was beating up everyone while the assassins and specialists sit in the back and don't help.

      • reply
        June 2, 2015 11:58 AM

        A directional aura of protection would have been interesting. Not just a generic radial, but you have to set the direction and the aura would provide a dmg reduction for your team. I have not idea if that's a good idea or not. But, it something different and requires a bit more skill to use effectively than just standing still.

        • reply
          June 2, 2015 11:59 AM

          Also gives a reason to kill the tank vs always just focusing on the healer/assassin.

        • reply
          June 2, 2015 12:00 PM

          hmmm. Either the aura would have to last like 10-15 second to really make the team want to kill the tank, or the dmg reduction has to be really high. But, I think a long aura would have the affect of wanting to kill the tank to get that off. Could be cancelled by a stun, but then you blew your stun.

      • reply
        June 2, 2015 12:02 PM

        They gotta lift more stuff from dota.
        That game has like 40 different ways to blink

    • reply
      June 2, 2015 12:48 PM

      Ooooooh, these moves look pretty sweet.

      https://youtu.be/rz0owFn1Vq0

Hello, Meet Lola