#122 - Into the Nexus: “Title”

• Garrett • Kyle 


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Intro:  Welcome to Into the Nexus! The Heroes of the Storm podcast!

Season 1 Finale Stream Night

Next Friday, August 26th at 9pm ET we’ll be streaming all of our placement matches for Team League (which we have neglected). We’ll be queueing with three other ITN Patrons. We will also be encouraging our community to create their own 5-man teams to go storm TL and earn the Elemental Lizard Mount for all Nexians.

Make sure to type /join Amovetv while in Heroes of the Storm to join the Amove In-Game Chat Channel. That’s where teams will be forming!


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Machines of War

New Season Starts September 13th

New Heroes

New Maps


Xel'Naga artifacts have begun to appear all across the Nexus, and SCVs are being deployed to collect them. Terminate the interlopers with extreme prejudice and collect artifact pieces!

To participate, log into the game and play. You'll get a daily quest to collect artifacts. At the start of a match, artifact pieces and SCVs may appear. Collect pieces to restore the artifact, but watch out for SCVs trying to interfere!



(The bonus is shown as an additional resource above the health bar. There are multiple talents which affect the bonus.)

Interesting Talents:



Figure we’ll go pretty light on Zarya, just the interesting parts. We’ll talk about her again as she comes out.

No mana, just a energy starting at 0%

Auto attack is a line splash with Tychus speed.

Interesting Talents:

Lvl 16 - Cleansing Shield: Shield Ally cleanses

Lvl 20 - Grenadier (Q) All Particle Grenade charges are returned at once.


MVP System

Via Chu8’s Gamescom stream

Individual performance is being addressed. End of match rewards to be given out from MVP System. It will select 5 different players that had the most impact from the match and you can choose MVP, and there's a upvote system similar to OW (with a secret reward with enough upvotes).

Apparently internal testing is spread evenly from assassins/tanks/supports/specs (MVP isn't just assassins killing).

With the release of the Season 2.


Valla Changes

I’ll be asking you what is most interesting here.

Basic attack damage: Valla's Basic Attack got a huge nerf! Looks like she now deals ~62 damage at level 1, compared to ~98 before. That is around ~37% less damage.

With full Hatred stacks, she now deals ~111 damage on level 1, compared to ~127 damage with 10 stacks before. So around ~13% less Basic Attack damage with full stacks.

Updated trait: Basic attacks grant a stack of Hatred. Each Hatred stack increases her basic attack damage by 8% (up from 3%), 10 stacks max. Also increases movespeed by 1% per stack (same as before).

New Vault: Dash is unchanged. Now also increases the damage of your next Basic Attack by 5% for each Hatred stack. Mana cost reduced from 75 to 50.

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Level 20


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Patron Thanks


ITN Patron Shilas

Hey guys,

Long time listener, first time emailer (that's a word right?). First just want to say I think you guys do a fantastic job. Love the show and enthusiasm on every episode. Keep it up!

I consider myself a decent player, currently sitting at Plat 2 after placements. I am very much a player that needs to practice a lot with a hero to get a feel for their abilities such as range, how much damage they do, how much damage I can take etc... With not as much time to play as often as I have in the past and the meta seems to constantly change with balance patches and such, how would I go about adapting? The skill level in my league is pretty good so generally just being good at a hero doesn't make up for counters as it used to. Thanks for taking the time to read my question and while I'm currently taking a midterm (night school sucks!!!) I appreciate all the content you guys provide!

I think you’re already on the right path since you’re being honest with yourself about how much you need to play a hero to be competent with them. Utilize that knowledge.


So I was watching some streams from Gamescom featuring the new maps and heroes. I love what they have done to make the new maps feel very unique to the Nexus but I was kinda hoping they would be thematically closer to the eternal conflict maps (i.e. good v evil) but with the starcraft races.

This lead me to the idea of have a 3 team map with each core being represented by each race. Do you think this would be a viable new way to play the game without it being some arcade-mode-style game in Arena? Would you need smaller teams say 4v4v4 or 3v3v3 or would u want just a giant map of mayhem?

Your thoughts?


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