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Which Blizzard Characters Should Appear in Heroes of the Storm?

Heroes, assemble!

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The worlds in Blizzard's universes collide chaotically and without logic in the developer's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game, Heroes of the Storm. The game features a varied cast composed of characters from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, with a possible nod to The Lost Vikings on its way.

Although Blizzard has teased several possible future additions to the playable cast of characters, several established figures remain in the shadows. Delving into each universe's storied past reveals a number of characters who are capable of being called to arms in Heroes of the Storm. Who do you think deserves to be fighting alongside the chosen ones?

Medivh in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

Medivh

The events of 1994's Warcraft: Orcs & Humans were initiated by a powerful human mage who opened a portal which brought the orcish race to Azeroth, sparking a confrontation that would serve as a focal point for future conflict in the Warcraft series. His name was Medivh, and although he was eventually killed for his acts, the mage returned from the dead in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos to save Azeroth as a means of atoning for his grave deeds against humanity.

Medivh's history saw him consorting with demons, granting this mage access to a repertoire of dark magic that would be put to good use should he make another ghostly return to the battlefield in Heroes of the Storm. Additionally, his ability to transform into a large crow could double as a mounted form, allowing him to traverse between fights by taking to the air.

Mannoroth as he appears in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

Mannoroth

Pit lords stood out among the demonic races of Warcraft largely due to their immense equine bodies and flightless wings. As the demon king of pit lords, the ruthless Mannoroth clashed with players in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and showcased his ability to summon destructive minions and cast earthquake-based spells, in addition to wielding a large two-bladed sword.

Even in death he was formidable; his body exploded into fiery flames upon his demise, killing his opponent. Possessing an arsenal of fiery talents and the ability to call upon minions to do his bidding, Mannoroth has the potential to wreak chaos in battles with a skill set as disruptive as it is destructive. Thanks to his sheer body mass, the pit lord could serve in a damage-absorbing role while summoning minions and breaking through enemy lines with his array of spells.

"Mmmrrrggglll!"

Mmmrrrggglll

To the uninitiated, murlocs in Warcraft are described as a race of humanoid creatures who sport reptilian features and reside in environments close to water. Mmmrrrggglll can be interpreted as the sound murlocs are known to make upon attacking enemies, and is also the name of this infamous murloc chieftan.

Mmmrrrggglll wielded a spear and was able to cast multiple damaging shaman spells, most of which you would have encountered in the launch of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade. These same abilities would potentially serve to make Mmmrrrggglll a pure damage dealer in Heroes of the Storm. With his vibrant appearance and unique vocal cries, the murloc Mmmrrrggglll would brighten up the battlefield and fit in with the humour exhibited in Heroes of the Storm.

The hybrid.

Hybrid

The hybrid was the result of experiments which combined zerg and protoss DNA, producing units that had both psionic abilities and strong physical attacks. It has been hinted that hybrids will have a critical role to play in the future of the StarCraft universe, particularly in the upcoming expansion.

Perhaps the most notable were the hybrid dominators, who fought protagonist Kerrigan in Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Although mostly zerg-like in appearance, the hybrids have displayed access to a repertoire of protoss-exclusive skills in addition to possessing a strong physical defense. These traits mark the hybrid as potentially suitable for the position of a carry in Heroes of the Storm, dishing out damage and soaking attacks with its zerg-carapace armour.

Alexei Stukov, post-infestation.

Alexei Stukov

Loyal to his commander until death, vice admiral Alexei Stukov exhibited proficient combat and leadership skills throughout the events of StarCraft: Brood War and more recently in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

With a backstory that cycled through his demise, his resurrection, a zerg infestation, being cured of infestation, and enduring a second zerg infestation, Stukov demonstrated himself to be capable of throwing out skills enhanced by the results of his zerg infestation while retaining human-level intelligence.

Stukov showed his enhanced abilities in Heart of the Swarm, which, if carried over to Heroes of the Storm, would allow him to deal massive amounts of damage in short bursts. The health regeneration granted by his zerg DNA could perhaps help to sustain health during battles, giving him more survivability.

Belial, Lord of Lies.

Belial

One of the Lesser Evils in the Diablo series, Belial is no less formidable. As the Lord of Lies, Belial was capable of taking on different forms to deceive his enemies, an ability he employed to great effect in Diablo III. Add the massive claws and ability to spout flames and the Lord of Lies would bring a frightening amount of damaging skills onto the battlefield.

Belial's crafty nature could serve well to cause confusion in Heroes of the Storm; he can take on a variety of disguises to confuse the opposing team. If he's positioned correctly behind enemy ranks, his affinity for summoning fire could be useful. This Lesser Evil would need to tread carefully, however, lest he be discovered and slain once again.

Auriel, the archangel of hope.

Auriel

The archangel of hope, Auriel is one of the angels who voted in favour of saving humanity. Her vote eventually resulted in her continued existence as she was rescued by players during the events of Diablo III.

Auriel handles a whip-like weapon with multiple functions. Named Al'maiesh, the Cord of Hope, the weapon is able to burn opponents and can be used to bind enemies. Auriel also uses the weapon to heal allies and grant clarity of thought by wrapping it around them, exhibiting her affinity for healing as much as destruction. These same abilities would be useful in providing utility support to allies in Heroes of the Storm, be it in the form of buffs or powerful heals.

Heroes of the Storm brings with it the chance to draw upon a wealth of lore and bring old characters into a new age. With the game currently in technical alpha, there still remains an opportunity for old favourites to make a triumphant return.

Discussion

45 comments
claybiscuit
claybiscuit

Hmm... who do I want?

Admiral Proudmore

Kael'Thas Sunstrider

Lady Vashj

Kel'Thuzad (prior to his WoW appearance)

A Hozen & Jinyu character of some description... All other MOBA games use a Wukong like character :\ Blizz would really be missing out on an easy char build if they ignored a monkey char... just saying :)


ravenkitr
ravenkitr

One I want to see is Alexstrasza the Life-Binder and Ysera the Dreamer

Henhen420
Henhen420

They're obviously going to put in all 7 he'll lords from diablo eventually. Andariels, duriel, Mephisto, Baal, azmodan and belial

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

I wanna see Broxigar, Grom Hellscream, Varok Saurfang, Varian Wrynn, Anduin Lothar, Orgrim Doomhammer.


Deckard Cain would also be badass if they implemented him. ^^

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

Arcturus Mengsk, Valerian Mengsk, Matt Horner, Gabriel Tosh, Rory Swann and last but not least.....LEEEEEEEEEERRRRROOOOYYYYYYYYYY JENKINSSSS!!!!!

SiNoNaX
SiNoNaX

Easy picks. Grom Hellscream and Nihlathak.

soldierofAthens
soldierofAthens

Blood Raven would be great to see. She could focus in on increased movement speed, Elemental arrows dealing in flame, ice, and poison, summon skeletons or summon fellow corrupted Rouge sisters of the Sightless eye.

the_dude526
the_dude526

I think Grom or Doomhammer would be phenomenal additions, since there's only one Orc represented on the current roster. I'd also take Tychus over General Warfield any day.


Also, no Diablo 2 characters? Barbarian counts, I guess, but I think someone like the Amazon or Necromancer would be better than the Witch Doctor.

ferna1234
ferna1234

graphically this could totally be a SC2 mod

hitboy806
hitboy806

The Cow King from the secret cow level in diablo 2.


mobywv
mobywv

Grom Bloodscream.

alvacj
alvacj

Erik, Baleog and Olaf, the LOST VIKINGS! Childhood game, would be nice to see them here, they'd fit perfectly!

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Maiev, Illidan, Arthas, Jaina, Rexxar, Thrall, Carine, Kel'Thuzard, Kerrigan, Raynor, a Ghost, Mephesto, Baal, Diablo... to name a few.

hastati4
hastati4

Make sure to get Jaina Proudmoore in there somewhere.

Every MOBA's gotta have some serious titties in it, right?

feared4power
feared4power

deathwing in his human form and Jaina proudmoore

Chumanyrow
Chumanyrow

What about Kyle and Sarlac from Blackthorne?

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Hogger...Who doesnt remember 100's of Level 1 Raiders in an attempt to take him on?  It used to bring the servers to it's knees!

TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

Who would choose Belial over Mephisto?

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

Never going to happen, but my vote is for Lillian Voss. Crazy powerful sorcerer/deathknight in WoW and one of the few well written/interesting characters in the Warcraft universe.

Aelfredus
Aelfredus

They ought to include a Hybrid.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ GIVE CAIRNE BLOODHOOF  ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

Arthas045
Arthas045

I would be surprised if they don't put in a Murloc...

feleas
feleas

Who do I want in Heroes of the Storm? Gamon? Why? He's been eating Death Knights since their release, haha.

csward
csward

Interesting less obvious choices then I would have guessed. 

Vexov
Vexov

@J4m3sR4n0r72  Thats the Lich King. They can still put him in, they did Paladin Arthas. I just wish they would call the Lich King as such and not Arthas.

ferna1234
ferna1234

@hitboy806 till now, every time i see a pack of cows i thinki "moo moo, moo moo moo, mooo"

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@Yuusha09  

Most of those you named are already in the game!

Dullgarian
Dullgarian

@Chumanyrow  I couldn't suggest anything better than this! Anything related to Blackthorne need a return asap!

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@Bowser05

Can you imagine what kind of skills he'd have in HoTS? Haha.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@SerOlmy  Few well written/interesting characters? I beg to differ and strongly disagree. Then again...it is an opinion...so good job.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

@Vexov @J4m3sR4n0r72 The original Lich King. Arthas became the second Lich King at the end of WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne. When I suggested Ner'Zhul, I meant when he was an Orc shaman, not the Lich King.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@Zorine @Bowser05  It's quite a horrifying thought. Faking death would clearly have to be one. Maybe a mob of 'characters' attacks him and he fakes death. What's it called? Feint? Feign? I'm sure you know what I mean. Don't know how that would be useful though. XD