Blizzard's giving out free characters in celebration of Heroes of the Storm's next update

You can choose one of three characters to unlock, and it's yours forever.

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Blizzard is gearing up for Heroes of the Storm's big StarCraft-themed event; to celebrate, you'll get the chance to unlock one of three characters, permanently, when the game's next patch hits on September 13 (via GameSpot).

To claim your character, all you have to do is download the patch next month and log in. You'll be greeted by a pop-up asking you to choose between Thrall, Tyrande, or Anub'arak. Should you have all of those, you can choose from three others.

According to Blizzard, all three characters cost the same, so you can choose based on personal preference or gameplay strategies instead of which character would cost you the most to buy. In the event you own all six characters, Blizzard will gift you 4,000 gold, the amount any one of them would cost.

 

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      August 30, 2016 12:41 PM

      Sweet! I will probably grab Tyrande. Anub is boring and I'm a bad Thrall.

      Also saving up for Morales right now.

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      August 30, 2016 12:42 PM

      I think I have all of these characters, but hey, free gold!

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      August 30, 2016 12:45 PM

      looks like free gold for me!

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      August 30, 2016 1:15 PM

      Which would you guys recommend for someone who has none but is thinking of maybe playing the game at some point in future?

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        August 30, 2016 1:27 PM

        They're offering a support (healer), an assassin (DPS) and a bruiser (tank but not really). They're all pretty useful and it really depends on which role you want to try. Tyrande has always been very strong in the meta and she's also a pretty good one to learn the game with. If you want to be more in-your-face, Thrall and Anub both do that pretty well, though I'd recommend Thrall over Anub for a newer player. It can take some experience to know when to dive with Anub and not just get killed.

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          August 30, 2016 1:33 PM

          I wouldn't classify her as a healer. Ya, she can heal, but it's a minor heal. She's a great utility role though. Scouting with the owl and tagging heroes so they can't hide can really help a team (that's working together). But, I never pick her for heals.

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            August 30, 2016 1:47 PM

            hmm I'm sort of leaning towards Tyrande regardless of difficulty; I play mostly support and I do like vision abilities.

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            August 30, 2016 1:48 PM

            I said healer in parenthesis to give the closest analog that a non-MOBA player might be familiar with, but yes, it's important to know why they're called supports in this, because many of them don't heal or that's not their primary purpose. Tyrande supports by making it easier for assassins to get a kill.

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        August 30, 2016 1:31 PM

        I might say Anub. Tyrande can be hard to play since she doesn't have a lot of dmg, doesn't do a ton of healing, but does have a good escape move with her stun. She's very versatile, but unless you now a lot of tactics she can get over whelmed easily.

        Anub at least can take some hits, has a decent escape and a stun move. Plays a tank role, so you gotta get up close to hit things, but can soak up dmg vs Tyrande.

        I can't remember if they say Thrall is med or hard diff. I don't think he's hard to play, but timing on 2 of his abilities can make you good or bad with him. Feels like he can't take many hits either.

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        August 30, 2016 1:56 PM

        Probably Thrall, but they're all very different.

        Thrall's a bruiser. Anub'arak's either an anti-mage tank or a stunbot bruiser. Tyrande's a damage oriented healing support.

        Thrall and Tyrande are probably the strongest right now, but that stuff changes quite frequently. Of the two, Thrall's probably easier in quick match than Tyrande, but Tyrande can do work once you get good at landing her stun.