Those fortunate enough to be invited to the closed beta of Heroes of the Storm have a new hero to try. World of Warcraft‘s banshee queen, Sylvanas, is now available for players to purchase with either in-game gold or real money. Blizzard Entertainment announced her as an addition to the hero roster on the official Heroes of the Storm website today.
As the leader of the Forsaken in World of Warcraft, Sylvanas has a history with many of the other Warcraft characters available in Heroes of the Storm. Player familiar with her background are likely to hear some interesting exchanges between her and Arthas, for example. Considering Sylvanas was denied a normal death by Arthas and forced to rise as a banshee, the Horde commander might be a little hostile.
“In life, the high elf Sylvanas Windrunner was the renowned Ranger-General of Silvermoon, leader of the Farstrider rangers. During the Third War, she was slain by the death knight Arthas Menethil, who tore her soul from her body and converted it into a banshee. In time Sylvanas reclaimed her free will, gathering rogue undead into her Forsaken army. With Arthas finally destroyed, Sylvanas will do whatever is necessary to maintain her position, extend her existence, and perpetuate the Forsaken.”
In Heroes of the Storm, Sylvanas is a well-rounded character, classified as a specialist. Her abilities include Withering Fire, Shadow Dagger, Haunting Wave, and her trait, Black Arrows. Withering Fire does moderate damage to nearby enemies and holds five charges. Minion and mercenary deaths replenish these charges. Shadow Dagger deals damage on impact with a severe bleed soon thereafter. Haunting Wave lets the World of Warcraft hero send out banshees to damage enemies in an area, and Sylvanas can switch places with the banshees. Her passive trait, Black Arrows, lets her stun minions, mercenaries, and towers for one second when dealing damage with basic attacks and abilities.
Finally, at level 10 in a match, players can choose from two heroic abilities when playing Sylvanas, just like every hero in Heroes of the Storm. Wailing Arrow lets the hero shoot a silencing arrow that can be detonated at the player’s discretion. The Possession ability lets the World of Warcraft icon mind control an enemy minion while buffing it for the duration.
Of course, if a new hero is available, so too are new patch notes. In addition to World of Warcraft‘s Sylvanas, Heroes of the Storm also patched with a new battleground today called “Tomb of the Spider Queen.” Players collect gems on this map to summon webweaver creatures to decimate the other team. Many hero changes and bug fixes are also included.
Both Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft updated today. As the Inquisitr reported, World of Warcraft updated with the framework to add WoW tokens to the game in the coming weeks. These tokens will let players sell game time for gold in a legitimate way.
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