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Battlegrounds are the various arenas of Heroes of the Storm.


Each battleground match is designed to last roughly 20 minutes. This is to cut down on 'losing times' (as in, to minimize the time that a team is fighting a losing battle before being defeated if one side holds a clear advantage) and to allow shorter games to be played when a player only has a limited amount of time for one. Each battleground is set within the Nexus, and has mechanics and individuals unique to it.[1] It is intended that battlegrounds feel more akin to a "World of Warcraft experience" rather than a StarCraft one.[2] A rotation system is intended for battlegrounds, and some maps may be retired. It is intended that there be Diablo and StarCraft-themed maps.[3] 6-8 maps are intended for a ladder pool, and the current intention for ranked games are that a battleground is known beforehand before heroes are picked.[4] Seasonal battlegrounds may be rotated.[5] Maps based on the battlegrounds of World of Warcraft have not been ruled out.[6] There is no cap on the no. of battlegrounds that will be present in the game.[7] Some may be removed if player dislike is great enough.[8]

Some heroes are more effective on certain battlegrounds than others.[9]

List of BattlegroundsEdit




  • The idea for battlegrounds came from the singleplayer of StarCraft II, where many missions had a unique mechanic to them that affected gameplay (e.g. rising lava). These mechanics were not present in multiplayer (bar some custom or unique maps) due to balance reasons. For Heroes of the Storm, the team looked back at these mechanics, and the feedback for them. Thus it was decided to take the StarCraft II concept and put it in a multiplayer-orientated game.[1]
  • The intent moving forward is to provide more battlegrounds that relate to the other Blizzard franchises, including those already included in World of Warcraft.[10]

Patch changesEdit

  • IconHotS (Patch February 8, 2017Note: Targeting indicators will no longer disappear after minimizing the client during Battleground loading while also running the game using DirectX9 in Fullscreen mode.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 13, 2016Note: Several Battlegrounds have received additional optimization to help improve performance.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: Try Mode: The Mana bonus applied by Arthas’ Eternal Hunger Talent will no longer persist after clicking Reset Talents. The effects of Li’Ming’s Aether Walker Talent will now be properly reset after clicking Reset Talents. Brightwing’s Phase Shift cooldown is now properly reset after clicking Toggle Cooldowns.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 19, 2016Note: Fixed an issue in which the Reset Talents button in Try Mode would not remove existing stacks of Dehaka’s Essence or Nova’s Snipe Master.; Re-issuing an attack order on a Structure in the Fog of War will no longer cause Basic Attack animations to repeat without applying damage.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 10, 2016Note: Dying will no longer cause the player’s Healing Well cooldown to reset.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 2, 2016Note: Battleground-specific creatures are now universally defined as Monsters (ex: Neutral Garden Terrors, Sky Temple Guardians, etc.).
  • IconHotS (Patch June 30, 2015Note: Various Battleground assets have received additional visual polish.; Various Battleground assets have received additional optimization to help improve performance.


  1. 1.0 1.1 2013-12-11, BlizzCon 2013 – Heroes of the Storm Overview Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-04-27
  2. 2014-05-30, Blizzard Says Heroes of the Storm Is "Much Closer to a World of Warcraft Experience". Gamespot, accessed on 2014-05-31
  3. 2014-07-01, Dustin Browder Confirms Lost Vikings!. Stormcraft, accessed on 2014-07-08
  4. 2014-30-08, PAX Prime 2014 Day 1, ESV Championship Series Week 1, Into the Nexus #18. Heroes Nexus, accessed on 2014-09-01
  5. 2014-09-01, PAX Prime 2014 – Heroes of the Storm Interview. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-09-14
  6. 2014-12-05, HEROES OF THE STORM AMA TRANSCRIPT. Blizzpro, accessed on 2014-12-07
  7. 2015-01-30, Blizzard will add Heroes of the Storm characters 'forever until we get sick of it'. Polygon, accessed on 2015-02-01
  8. 2015-06-07, Press Event Q&A Recap, Eternal Conflicts Concept Art. Heroes Nexus, accessed on 2015-06-22
  9. 2015-03-06, PAX East 2015 Blizzard Panel | Blizzplanet (1/2). YouTube, accessed on 2015-03-22
  10. BlizzCon 2015 Battlegrounds Panel

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