Try all Heroes of the Storm characters for free this weekend from January 13-16

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In celebration of Heroes of the Storm's "incredible" 2016, Blizzard is opening up the game's Hero roster for free this weekend.

"To kick off 2017, celebrate everything that has happened in the past year, as well as everything we have planned for the year to come, we’re inviting everyone to enjoy three days of a completely full Hero roster from January 13–16," Blizzard wrote on the game's official site.

Specifically, Heroes of the Storm's full roster will be open from January 13 at 10am PT / 1pm ET until the same time next Monday, January 16.

Heroes of the Storm features a deep cast of characters from all Blizzard properties, from contemporary IPs like Diablo and StarCraft to ancient brands like The Lost Vikings. Normally, players get access to six free characters that Blizzard rotates weekly. Heroes can be purchased using real money or in-game currency.

Fans of Heroes have a lot to celebrate. Blizzard recently added Zul'jin, an Orc hero who made his debut in 1995's WarCraft II. Other events themed after Blizzard games and characters include a Diablo-themed portrait commemorating the hellishly addictive action-RPG's 20th anniversary.

To boot, veteran Blizzard designer Alan Dabiri stepped in to fill the role of Heroes of the Storm director for Dustin Browder, who announced in early December that he would be moving to another internal project.

[Source: Blizzard Entertainment]

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    January 9, 2017 2:48 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Try all Heroes of the Storm characters for free this weekend from January 13-16

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      January 9, 2017 3:17 PM


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      January 9, 2017 3:29 PM

      If you haven't played in a while, they've been consistently pumping out new characters:

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        January 9, 2017 4:15 PM

        HOTS has some of the most unique and interesting hero design I've seen in any MOBA. I like that they experiment so much with unusual characters, even if it makes them hard to balance.

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          January 10, 2017 5:24 AM

          There really is a lot to love about the game. I really enjoy how even at level 1 you could find yourself in a teamfight and the objectives open up just a minute or two into the game. No boring laning phases here!

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          January 10, 2017 5:26 AM

          I guess that is true. I find the actual game way too dry compared to juicy richness of dota. But it is far and away a bit step up over league of legends terrible characters.

          They have some interesting character and ability designs

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        January 9, 2017 4:30 PM

        is that you? that's an impressive amount of master skins there. I've only got maybe 6-7 and I feel like I play a lot!

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          January 10, 2017 5:20 AM

          Yep! I've been playing since the Alpha version. There was period where I quit for quite a while but I've been playing again lately.

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          January 10, 2017 5:51 AM

          I've only got three or four. The last two levels take for fucking ever

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        January 10, 2017 7:04 AM

        Lots of new faces there. I haven't played since Dehaka came out.

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        January 10, 2017 8:15 AM

        That better be a tier set for Demon Hunter soon! Cool as shit

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      January 10, 2017 8:03 AM

      Time to get the rest of the level 5s! :D

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