Heroes of the Storm’s latest update includes Qhira, as well as new bundles, Storm League updates, and changes to the Braxis Holdout map.
First up, Qhira is a bounty hunter from a realm called Iresia. She is a Melee Assassin whose strengths include burst damage, initiation, and mobility. Her weaknesses are crowd control and poke.
Her abilities include Carnage (Q), which unleashes her weapon at a target to deal damage. Blood Rage (W), which can be stacked, causes her foes to bleed and helps her sustain herself in battle. As for Revolving Sweep (E), once Qhira hits an enemy hero with it, she stuns and rotates around them.
Qhira first Heoric ability is Unrelenting Strikes (R), and it unleashes swords to deal damage to her enemies. As for the other Heroic, Final Strike (R), Qhira hits her ground with her sword to deal damage to her enemies in the weapon’s path.
Grappling Hook (D). is her Trait, and and can be used to pull her to targeted terrain, as well as help launch herself at an enemy Hero. Grappling Hook can be used while Revolving Sweep (E) is active as well.
Along with the arrival of Qhira, there are new bundles available for purchase in Heroes of the Storm. These include the Qhira Heroic Bundle, Warchrome Commanders Bundle, and the Deathranger Nova Bundle.
As for new skins, they include Fearless Qhira, Jade Qhira, and variations of Scrapper Queen Qhira. Meanwhile, Starcraft and Diablo characters get new skins in the form of Daredevil Roadraider Raynor and Molten Diesel Speaker Nazeebo.
For Heroes of the Storm players who wants to add new mounts to their collection, the Daredevil Helldorado, Scavenger’s Ripper, Outrider’s Ripper, and Soldier’s Ripper mounts are now available.
Heroes of the Storm players who participate in Storm League also get updates in terms of Ranked Points, which are now mapped to their Storm League MMR and no longer considered by the matchmaker. Players who leave the lobby for a ranked match or a ranked game itself receive a penalty of 500 Rank Points.
Another change in Storm League is that placement matches have been reduced from 10 to three, and the removal of promotion and demotion games would now let players move through different divisions.
Leaders of each opposing team in Storm League are also now selected based on either their placement and MMR. As for Rank Decay, Heroes of the Storm players who have completed their placement matches and are Diamond 5 or higher are subjected to it.
As for the Braxis Holdout map, multiple changes have been made to the Zerg in order to even out the map’s power curve. Zerglings, Banelings, Hydralisks, Guardians, and Ultralisks.
“By causing reinforcements of Zerg to periodically appear via Drop Pods, it makes some effects like Planet Cracker and Lava Wave a little less powerful against them,” the developer’s note explained. “It also provides a stronger focus for single target characters, as removing Ultralisks and Guardians earlier will cause fewer Drop Pods to spawn, thereby indirectly helping against the massive Zerg onslaught.”
Heroes of the Storm players can experience all these new updates and changes when they login to the Nexus.