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Heroes of the Storm Echoes of Alterac Event - Yrel and Alterac Valley
04.06.2018 um 13:02
Blizzard has announced that Yrel, a character originally from Warlords of Draenor in World of Warcraft, is the next playable hero in the special Heroes of the Storm event, Echoes of Alterac! The event will start on
and continue until July 9! The Alterac Pass Battleground and new skins will be releasing later on
Keep our sister site
bookmarked if you'd like to see how Yrel stacks up against the other heroes when she makes her debut!
Part 2 of this event is now live:
Yrel is playable -
for our hero overview and giveaway for 150 Yrel codes!
Alterac Pass is now playable -
for our map overview and giveaway for 200 Horde and Alliance skin codes!
Echoes of Alterac Guide
is filled with new player tips if you're a beginner Heroes player coming from WoW.
Echoes of Alterac
Yrel will be released at the start of the Echoes of Alterac event starting on
and continuing until July 9! The Alterac Pass Battleground, new skins and mounts will be releasing later on
By participating in the Echoes of Alterac event, you'll get some rewards including Banners, Portraits, Mounts and 50% Bonus EXP!
Play 4 games as a Warcraft Hero - Warcraft Reinforcements Chest
Achieve 50 Takesdowns in winning games - Portrait
Play 6 games with friends - Banner
Win 8 games as a Warcraft Hero - Mount
You can also play with friends during Echoes of Alterac to earn a 50% XP boost.
Faction Themed Skins and Mounts
As part of the Echoes of Alterac event, Blizzard will be releasing some Alliance and Horde Themed skins and mounts on
to show your faction pride!
For the Alliance
Spirit Healer Auriel
Grand Marshal Varian
For the Horde!
High Warlord Garrosh
You'll be able to ride into battle on a Swift Stormpike Ram or Raging War Wolf.
You can now have Yrel, Vanndar Stormpike or Drek'thar commentate your Heroes of the Storm games.
Click here to listen to the new Announcer Packs in our post on Twitter
Emotes and Icons
New Emotes and Icons were added for this event!
New Hero: Yrel
Yrel will be available on
along with her Mad Jester skin! Unlocking the Hero will cost 750 Gems or 15,000 Gold. The Gold price will drop after a couple of weeks.
Skins and Tints
You can see the rarity of the skins below.
Yrel is a deliberate melee tank, whose heavyweight abilities reward investment and careful timing.
Each of her abilities is channeled, and gain strength as it charges up to maximum. Upon activating an ability, its target indicator begins to light up. Pressing the ability hotkey a second time activates the ability. This can be done at any time, but doing it at maximum charge gives Yrel the maximum benefit possible for the ability. Yrel cannot attack and moves at reduced speed while channeling an ability.
Trait - Divine Purpose - Activable trait that makes Yrel's next basic ability cast instantly at maximum channel effectiveness. Resembles
Q - Vindication - Yrel acts as a conduit of light. Upon releasing her channel, she releases an explosion of light that damages enemies and heals allies. Channeling this ability further increases the damage and healing.
W - Righteous Hammer - After readying herself, she swings her Hammer of the Naaru at enemies and knocks them back. Channeling this ability increases damage and knockback. At max channel, it also stuns enemies. Resembles
Hammer der Rechtschaffenen
E - Avenging Wrath - Divine wings manifest and she's able to leap to enemies, damaging and slowing them down on landing. Channeling increases the distance she can travel. Resembles
R1 - Ardent Defender - Upon activation, a barrier appears around Yrel, and she absorbs incoming damage around her, healing for a percentage of damage dealt. Can be cast while channeling basic abilities. Resembles
R2 - Sacred Ground - Purifies the ground around her, granting Armor to Yrel while she stands in it. Resembles
Many of Yrel's talents include references to abilities from World of Warcraft:
Gabe der Naaru
Hand der Freiheit
Attacking While Invisible
and even a Bubble Hearth talent!
Light of Karabor - Increase Vindication's radius by 15%. Vindication's healing is increased by 20% per enemy Hero hit.
Dauntless - Casting a Basic Ability grants Yrel 35 Physical Armor for 2 seconds.
Maraad’s Insight - After casting a Basic Ability, Yrel's next Basic Attack heals her for 148.
Aegis of Light - Upon landing, Avenging Wrath grants other nearby allied Heroes 25 Armor for 5 seconds.
Gift of the Naaru - Divine Purpose heals the lowest Health nearby allied Hero other than Yrel for 400.
Hand of Freedom - Grant an allied Hero 35% Movement Speed for 3 seconds and remove all Slows and Roots from them. Cannot be used on Yrel.
Righteous Momentum - While Channeling Righteous Hammer at maximum charge, gain 45% Movement Speed.
Holy Avenger - Hitting an enemy Hero with Avenging Wrath at maximum charge reduces its cooldown to 1 second.
Divine Steed - Mounting is instant and grants 80% Movement Speed that decays over 3 seconds.
Samaara’s Light - While above 50% Health, gain 15% Movement Speed.
Ardent Defender - Surround Yrel in a barrier for 3 seconds, absorbing all damage taken and healing her for 50% of the damage received.
Sacred Ground - Yrel sanctifies the ground around her, gaining 40 Armor until she leaves the area.
Aldor Peacekeeper - Enemy Heroes hit by Vindication at maximum charge deal 30% less damage for 3 seconds.
Repentance - Increase Avenging Wrath's Slow by 25% and duration by 0.5 seconds.
Velen’s Chosen - Hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability at maximum charge grants 10% Spell Power for 10 seconds, up to 30%.
Templar’s Verdict - Righteous Hammer reduces the Armor of enemy Heroes hit by 20 for 2 seconds.
Divine Favor - Casting a Basic Ability reduces the cooldown of Divine Purpose by 2 seconds.
Holy Wrath - After casting a Basic Ability, Yrel's next Basic Attack splashes for 30% increased damage around the target.
Word of Glory - Ardent Defender heals nearby allied Heroes for 100% of the healing received by Yrel.
Hallowed Ground - Casting Avenging Wrath while inside Sacred Ground moves Sacred Ground to Yrel's location upon landing.
Bubble Hearth - After 1 second, Yrel becomes Invulnerable and casts Hearthstone. Cannot be canceled.
Seraphim - Activate to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds.
Perhaps one of the most important and least talked about characters in Warlords of Draenor lore,
is a major figure of the Draenei inhabiting Draenor. Yrel starts off in the Warlords of Draenor storyline as a priestess of Karabor (the
Der Schwarze Tempel
's arrival in the true storyline) where she is freed by heroes of the Alliance and Horde. Following the events of the WoD intro and
questlines, Yrel rises up to lead the Draenei people on Draenor where she works with the Alliance to overcome the Iron Horde and eventually the Burning Legion. You can learn more about the expansion in our
Warlords of Draenor Guide
Yrel has been in the news recently for her datamined appearance in the Mag'har Orc Recruitment scenario. We've put the summary under the spoiler tag:
Eitrigg suggests to Sylvanas that they should collect upon a debt from Draenor, and we then take a fragment of the shard Garrosh used in Warlords of Draenor to travel back in time. But first, we must seek the assistance of the Bronze Dragonflight again and defeat Echoes of Garrosh and Gul'dan.
Once back in Draenor, we find that Mag'har Orcs are being hunted by the Lightbound and forced to worship the Light. The Lightbound are a group of fanatical Draenei and converted Orcs that appear to be the AU version of the Lightforged Draenei. Even though at the end of Warlords of Draenor, the Draenei and Orcs pledged to work side-by-side, after the defeat of the demons, the Draenei is trying to bend the will of everyone to worship the Light. Their battle cries have parallels to the fanaticism of Xe'ra in Patch 7.3.
In this scenario, we meet Geya'rah, the AU daughter of Durotan and Draka. Durotan has been killed by the Lightbound while Draka runs a Garrison. It is alluded that the son of Warchief Grommash in this timeline, has joined the Lightbound as well. Throughout the scenario, we receive hints that the Light, when unchecked, can destroy the land and lead to destructive fanaticism. It is implied that the destruction of Draenor, visible in a damaged map of Draenor, is caused by the Light.
The scenario ends when the Lightbound, led by High Exarch Yrel, attack Grommash's forces directly. Grommash sacrifices himself, buying time for the remaining Mag'har to escape through the portal to our main timeline.
Now it is worth remembering that Grommash was originally the
of the Iron Horde, the enemy of the Draenei, whose actions led to Yrel's imprisonment in Tanaan Jungle and death of her sister in Shadowmoon Valley. It does make sense why Yrel would not trust Grommash completely, especially if she learned what happened to the Draenei at the hands of the Orcs in the main timeline.
If you want to see the exact dialogue in the scenario, check out the links in our
Battle for Azeroth Lore Roundup
If you prefer your lore in video form,
is covering the story of Yrel:
New Map: Alterac Pass
Alterac Pass is an 3 lane Battleground modeled after the Alterac Valley battleground in World of Warcraft which will release on
. Players will side with the Alliance or Horde and must take down the enemy General,
to win the Battleground!
In the middle of the center lane, there's a tribute to the classic "Bridge of Death!" In addition, the minions are even Alliance and Horde flavored.
in World of Warcraft, they will start off with bonus armor (Damage Reduction) while more structures are active. As you take down the Keep in each lane, the Commander's will start taking more damage and be easier to take down. And of course, if you take the General outside of his Keep circle, he will leash and begin to heal.
Blizzard has released some other screenshots of the map.
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