PAX East had a lot of great things to see all over the huge show floor at the Boston Convention Center – enough to confuse a person about which booths to hit first and which games to demo. Luckily for me, we’re spoiled with shiny media badges, which gave us an extra hour before general admission to roam peacefully and make that decision. As a dude that has played Warcraft and Diablo games for over a decade, I decided to hit up Blizzard first. Last year’s PAX East being their launch platform for Hearthstone, I was excited to see what they had in store for us this year – and as far as I’m concerned, they didn’t disappoint. While Blizzard crew was still setting up the last of the demo stations, I settled in to try out World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor, and their upcoming free-to-play mashup barn burner of a title, Heroes of the Storm.
|Warlords of Draenor @ PAX East 2014|
|Heroes of the Storm Alpha Character Select|
|Hero – Baby Murloc Murky|
… and then there’s Murky. Yes Murky the Murloc is a hero because as the developers put it, “we decided to make a hero that was awful” and one to consider the “Wile E Coyote” of the game. Murky has almost no health and no attack, but lays an egg before charging in. When he dies, in a few seconds he will just respawn from the egg – over and over again. It was absolutely hilarious to see Murky use this method against Diablo and ultimately run him off with a Murloc army. So how’s that for varied play style? Each hero has his or her own signature attacks to customize it that much further.
|Arthas calling in an air strike from Sapphiron|