The Lich Lord of The Plaguelands, Commander of The Dread Necropolis, Master of the Cold Dark, Founder of the Cult of The Damned, Former Member of the Council of Six, Creator of the Abominations, Betrayer of Humanity, Summoner of Archimonde, and Majordomo to The Lich King… that’s quite the mouthful and, of course, can only refer to World of Warcraft’s Kel’Thuzad himself. After teasing his inclusion in Heroes of the Storm at gamescom 2017 in an animated short, Blizzard has released the Kel’Thuzad Spotlight video (above) to introduce his abilities. In case you missed the short, you can check it out below.
Now on to Kel’Thuzad as a playable Hero in the Nexus. A ranged mage, good ol’ KT’s abilities focus on damage, control, and siege. His primary abilities include Death and Decay, Frost Nova, and Chains of Kel’Thuzad, while his heroic abilities include Frost Blast and Shadow Fissure. The abilities focus on stunning, chaining, and slowing enemy minions and heroes. His trait, Master of the Cold Dark, builds with successful hits over time and decrease cooldowns and, later, increase damage.
New skins, emojis, banners, and sprays will be available as well, including Dreadlord Jaina, Crypt Queen Zagara, and Death Knight Sonya skins.
With the arrival of Kel’Thuzad in the Nexus, a new quest series will be launching as well: Obey the Call. Starting on September 5th, presumably the date KT goes live, a four part quest with portrait, spray, and banner rewards goes live. The quests must be completed in order and will be available until September 25th.
- Part 1: Ghoul – Play a game with Kel’Thuzad present on either team (portrait reward)
- Part 2: Acolyte – Achieve 30 takedowns in winning games (portrait reward)
- Part 3: Necromancer – Achieve 60 takedowns in winning games (portrait & spray reward)
- Part 4: The Lich Lord – Achieve 90 takedowns in winning games (portrait & banner reward)
Versus AI, Quick Match, Unranked, and Ranked games all count towards the quest goals. It’s uncertain if the takedowns in parts 2, 3, and 4 stack, but in any case, I can see a lot of beginner AI comp stomping focusing on takedowns taking place.
Last Updated on August 25, 2017.