StarCraft II now Free-to-Play, Alexstrasza enters the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm, and more

At BlizzCon 2017 earlier this month, Blizzard unveiled a ton of updates coming to their games—and starting today, several of these are now live!

  • StarCraft II is now free-to-play
  • Heroes of the Storm welcomes a Dragon Aspect to the Nexus: Alexstrasza
  • Go behind-the-scenes of “Honor and Glory,” the latest Overwatch animated short

StarCraft II Now Free-to-Play

As we announced at BlizzCon, StarCraft II is free-to-play starting today! Players around the world now have access to the best of what the ultimate real-time strategy game has to offer, including:

  • The full, award-winning Wings of Liberty single-player campaign
  • Immediate access to all multiplayer units in Unranked Multiplayer and Custom game modes
  • Free access to the Ranked Multiplayer ladder by completing 10 “First Wins of the Day” in Unranked Multiplayer or Versus AI modes
  • All Co-op Commanders free up to level 5, including the brand new Terran commander combo Mira Han and Matt Horner, who also debut today
  • Between November 8 and December 8, players who already have Wings of Liberty (as of October 31, 2017) can get a free digital copy of Heart of the Swarm

Dragons Enter the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm
November 14–December 12

The first-ever Dragon Aspect to enter the Nexus arrives today in Heroes of the Storm, along with the Dragons of the Nexus quest, which rewards players with three new portraits!

Warcraft’s Alexstrasza has swooped into the fray. She’s a powerful support Hero who can transform into her massive Dragon Aspect form to rain fire down on friends and foes alike.

Here are some of the rewards Heroes of the Storm players can acquire with the arrival of Alextrasza and the Dragons of the Nexus event:

  • New Skins: Dark Queen Alexstrasza, Dragon Aspect Alexstrasza
  • Alexstrasza Emoji Packs
  • New Skin Variations for Cho’gall, Varian, Kharazim, Samuro, Kael’Thas, Medivh, and Chromie
  • Dragons of the Nexus Quest: Play five games to earn the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza Portrait, 10 games to unlock the Dragonstrike Portrait, and achieve 90 takedowns in winning games to receive the Stained-Glass Dragon Knight Portrait

Overwatch: “Honor and Glory” Animated Short Director’s Commentary

Enjoy an insider’s look at our latest animated short, “Honor and Glory,” featuring director’s commentary by Ben Dai from Blizzard’s animation team.

You can watch it here.

And don’t forget, you can check out the next Overwatch hero—Moira, the brilliant geneticist support hero—right now on the PTR before she arrives in-game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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