Blizzard at Gamescom 2015: Day One

Blizzard Entertainment has already had a strong presence at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany with their famed titles like Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm,  and their latest attention to their line up Overwatch.,

Since Hearthstone just announced “The Grand Tournament” on July 22nd, 2015, players weren’t sure if there would be much to announce. But Hearthstone did have a presence at Gamescom, where they revealed 11 new cards and a new “jousting” gameplay mechanic. Jousting gives specific cards an ability to reveal a minion in each deck and which ever player’s revealed minion has a higher mana cost  will give them a special advantage over their opponent.

Within the StarCraft universe, Blizzard had a few tricks up their sleeves. At Gamescom, they revealed the first details for a brand-new cooperative game mode coming to Legacy of the Void called Allied Commanders. This game mode will give players the ability to take control over the legendary commanders where they will team up to defeat a series of missions against a host of enemies. As these objective-based missions are completed, the commanders will level up as they progress along the way. As of right now, there have only been three commanders revealed: Raynor, Kerrigan and Artanis.

Jim Raynor, the commander of the Terran Dominion,where he will be  leading an army of infantry and war machines. But no commander is complete without the flagship of his fleet, the Hyperion Battlecruiser.

Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, will fight alongside some of the most iconic Zerg units inside the StarCraft universe.

Artanis, commander of the Protoss, will quickly reinforce allies from anywhere on the map by calling down orbital strikes.

Even though Heroes of the Storm just launched on June 2nd, 2015, Blizzard is not slowly down with its production of heroes inside the Nexus. At Gamescom they gave more information about the upcoming melee support from the Diablo universe Kharazim! As part of their Internal Conflict theme, they also announced a new a three lane Battleground called Infernal Shrines where teams will be able to call forth a massive Punisher demon when they gain control inside the battleground.

But that wasn’t all we got from the Blizzard in regards of upcoming content from within the Nexus. They also revealed two new heroes: Rexxar and Artanis.

Rexxar is the half-ogre, half-orc beastmaster from Warcraft universe. Inside the Nexus, he is labeled as a ranged warrior fighting alongside his bear companion, Misha.

Artanis is the first warrior to come out of the StarCraft universe. He will be made available to  via purchase or pre-purchase StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

Blizzard announced Overwatch at BlizzCon 2014 and it has quickly become a fan favorite. Overwatch is Blizzard’s first attempt at the first person shooter (FPS) genre, but this is not their first rodeo. Having already announced three new heroes this year, players weren’t sure what to expect coming out of the Gamescom announcements. But at Gamescom, they announced one new hero and two new maps coming to the game.

The acclaimed Brazilian musician, Lúcio, is a support class that uses his musical talents to heal his teammates as well as boosting their speed.

The first new map that has been added is Numbani, which is an African city where players will either escort Doom Fist’s gauntlet to the Numbani Heritage Museum or prevent the enemy team from escorting it.

The second map is located in Russia at Volskaya Industries where teams will battle over control of the map by either capturing or defending important objectives.

But that’s not all Blizzard has to offer the players at Gamescom 2015, they are going to be announcing the next World of Warcraft expansion here shortly over at BlizzGC.com! Tune into the livestream, or check out Episode 73 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast for an in-depth discussion about everything that was announced at Gamescom!

 

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