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Heroes Of The Storm Receives New Hero, Ranked Play Updates

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In a press release today, Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm’s newest hero Qhira, is live now on the Public Test Realm. Updates to Ranked Play are also incoming.

Qhira is a deadly Iresian Bounty Hunter who has recently arrived from the Nexus realm, Iresia. According to the press release, Qhira is armed primarily with an Iresian Chainblade and is unmatched in battle.

Blizzard provided some additional lore behind Qhira, “Qhira’s battle prowess is unmatched on the battlefield. With Iresia destroyed, Qhira has become a Bounty Hunter with an array of abilities adept at both beginning fights, and more importantly, ending them.”

Qhira is equipped with multiple abilities, including:

Basic Abilities

  • Carnage (Q)

    • Unleash your sword in a targeted direction, continuously dealing 31 damage to enemies caught in its path.

      • Cost: 40 Mana

      • Cooldown: 6 seconds

  • Blood Rage (W)

    • Passive: Basic Attack and Ability damage cause enemies to bleed for 46 damage over 4 seconds. Stacks 5 times.

    • Active: Qhira deals 33 damage and heals for 88 health per enemy Hero affected. Damage and healing is increased by 50% per each additional stack on that Hero.

      • Cost: 35 Mana

      • Cooldown: 8 seconds

  • Revolving Sweep (E)

    • Attach your sword to the first enemy Hero hit, Stunning them for .25 seconds. Once attached, Qhira avoids Basic Attacks and becomes immune to all effects, rotating around the target for 2.75 seconds, and dealing 109 damage to any enemies between you and the target. Reactivate to send you to the target’s location, knocking them back, dealing 112 damage and Stunning them for .75 seconds.

      • Cost: 70 Mana

      • Cooldown: 16 Seconds


  • Grappling Hook (D)

    • Qhira fires a Grappling Hook that pulls her to any terrain it contacts. If an enemy Hero is hit, they take 36 damage and Qhira launches at them, dealing an additional 112 damage on impact. Can be used while Revolving Sweep is active.

      • Cooldown: 25 Seconds

 Heroic Abilities

  • Unrelenting Strikes (R1)

    • Deal 46 damage to all nearby enemies every .5 seconds for 2.5 seconds as your sword grows outward. Upon expiring, deal 86 damage to all nearby enemy Heroes and Stun them for .75 seconds.

      • Cost: 60 Mana

      • Cooldown: 75 Seconds

Finally, ranked play is receiving an update. These improvements, available on PTR, will coincide with the start of Storm League Season 1, 2019. This update brings with it some must requested features such as Ranked Points mapping directly to a player’s Storm League MMR, reduction in number of Placement Matches, and a new ranked Seasonal Questline.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.