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Deathwing finally comes to Heroes of the Storm – abilities, release date, more

Published: 22/Oct/2019 21:08 Updated: 22/Oct/2019 23:30

by Dustin Steiner


World of Warcraft’s Deathwing is finally coming to Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm. He hails from Warcraft lore and is perhaps best known for his role in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which remade the face of the game as we know it. 

The dragon has been a long-requested hero and now fans are getting their wish as a reveal trailer dropped on October 22 hyping up the mammoth beast. 

The trailer opens with numerous HOTS characters running for their lives before the dragon makes his appearance and proclaims, “The Nexus shall tremble”. 

Blizzard EntertainmentDeathwing’s model is huge.

Soon thereafter, we get our first look at Deathwing on the battlefield and his model is shown to be gigantic, towering over others.

Blizzard could very well have pulled a similar Nintendo did by resizing the giant Metroid character of Ridley to fit the confines of Super Smash Bros, but instead decided to keep The Worldbreaker at a size fitting of his lore.

Deathwing Abilities in Heroes of the Storm

According to an announcement on the Heroes of the Storm website, Deathwing will have two forms of battle, which he can switch between by taking flight with his mount ability (Z) Dragonflight. The first being Destroyer, which grants him abilities such as Incinerate and Onslaught.

Deathwing Destroyer form (Melee)

  • Incinerate – W: Deathwing will flap his wings dealing damage to nearby enemies. With Onslaught, the dragon will lunge forward, damage enemies, slow them, and then bite them at the end of the lunge for extra damage. 
  • Onslaught – E: Deathwing will lunge in a direction dealing damage and slowing enemies, biting enemies at the end of the charge and dealing additional damage.

Blizzard EntertainmentDeathwing’s Earth Shatter is very similar to an Overwatch move of the same name.

Deathwing – World Breaker form (long-range)

The other form, World Breaker, lets him use Lava Burst and Earth Shatter. You can activate World Breaker by hitting W while airborne using Dragonflight.

  • Lava Burst – W: After a short delay, deal damage to all enemies in the area and create a pool of magma that persists for a short time, damaging and slowing enemies. 
  • Earth Shatter – E: Creates a fissure that deals damage to enemies and stuns them.

Shared abilities between forms

  • Molten Flame – Q (both forms): : creates a flame that damages enemies and drains energy each second.
  • HEROIC ABILITY: Cataclysm – R (Ultimate): Deathwing flies across the target path, dealing damage on impact and leaving scorched ground that deals damage for a short period. 

When is Deathwing coming out?

So far, no release date has been announced, but the Heroes of the Storm team will be hosting a panel about the dragon at BlizzCon, where he will also be playable. A release date is expected to be revealed at that time. 

BlizzCon begins November 1 and it will be interesting to see what other changes or characters could be making their way to HOTS and other Blizzard games.


Shroud impressed with Sykkuno’s “amazing” Rust skills: “You destroyed me!”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 17:57

by Georgina Smith


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was left in awe after Sykkuno managed to shoot him dead on the OTV Rust server, and it was safe to say he was impressed by the streamer’s aim, saying “you killed me, you’re amazing!”

The Offline TV Rust sever has been a huge talking point since the start of this year, as with the enormous host of streamers participating there are endless amounts of content for fans to consume on the daily.

The server even ended up needing to be split into two after people’s varying playstyles caused some tension and calls for a need to separate PVP-focused players and roleplay-focused players.

Rust promotional image with the logo on top
Facepunch Studios
While it was originally released in 2013, Rust has experienced a surge in popularity thanks to the OTV server.

However, that’s not to say that there haven’t been plenty of iconic moments between streamers, as even though the game can get pretty violent, the vast range of streamer interactions has led to some great scenes for fans.

That was the case for Sykkuno fans when he managed to kill shroud, leaving everyone impressed with his skills.

While they were competing for the Oil Rig, Sykkuno managed to get shroud with his gun as he jumped, and it didn’t seem like shroud expected it at all, dying with a bewildered “no, Sykkuno!”

Sykkuno’s hand immediately flew to his mouth, laughing and apologizing for the abrupt kill.

Michael sounded equally as impressed as he did betrayed, after a few seconds of silence saying “Sykkuno you killed me, you’re amazing!” But the compliments didn’t end there, with Micheal adding, “you destroyed me!” and even “you’re the better gamer, man” to which Sykkuno replied, “no, no, most definitely not.”

Sykkuno has talked previously about how he’s a “humongous fan of shroud” in the past, so this interaction definitely proved to be a positive one for the rising streamer.

One fan on Twitter said, “Sykkuno downed shroud and even shroud is proud of him,” another saying “that Sykkuno/shroud friendly PVP was beautiful to watch… what in the wholesome rivalry.”

The PVP moment was definitely an entertaining one all round, and while the results were unexpected, no one was more impressed than shroud himself.