In the middle of the night, a Portuguese Heroes of the Storm Twitter account leaked the newest hero set to join the nexus next week.
The often requested and short-tempered Archangel of Valor, Imperius, is slated to go live on the Public Test Realm (PTR) starting on Wednesday, according to the tweet.
While his role in the nexus is currently unknown, his backstory and attitude are all too familiar to fans of the Diablo franchise.
For everyone else who isn’t aware of Imperius’ storyline, here’s a little information to catch you up to speed.
Imperius is one of the five members of the Angiris Council and an angel of the High Heavens.
Once he goes live, he will become the fourth member of the Council to enter the nexus alongside Tyrael, Auriel, and Mathael (Itherael is the odd man out, currently.)
Due to his hatred for demons and distaste for humans, his actions in the past have led to the Council not seeing eye-to-eye with one another, or, just him. Even the smallest rift within the Council is seen as a big deal as their unification is paramount to stopping the Prime Evils.
At one point, Imperius’ actions --along with the rest of the angels-- cause Tyrael, the Archangel of Justice, to step down from the Council and co-exist with the mortals.
From the numerous cinematics Blizzard developed over the years that portrays Imperius and interactions with him in-game, his personality resembles that of StarCraft’s Alarak, who is already in the nexus and notoriously crude.
Due to his strength when facing adversity, Imperius’ ego and pride have been known to get the best of him, including bouts of recklessness.
As far as what his abilities may be within the nexus, he is known for teleportation and telekinesis. Time will tell how the development team plans on implementing those in-game or if they went in another direction for the presumed assassin.*
What is known for sure is that the nexus just got a little edgier.
*Edit: After this story went live, Heroes of the Storm Live Designer, Alex Neyman, stated on Reddit that Imperius will be a Bruiser.
Tim Rizzo is the editor and a reporter for Inven Global. He joined the company back in 2017.
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HotS is "dead" to the overly vocal minority that is the eSports crowd, not the majority of the casual player base that consists of Blizzard fans enjoy this format to celebrate the different universes and characters they love. It's not dead - just no longer a vehicle for toxic attitudes like this one.