The closed beta testing is officially starting in the Americas and Europe regions for Heroes of the Storm, a free-to-play, online team brawler featuring iconic heroes from more than 20 years of Blizzard gaming history.

Today’s launch brings a new Battleground, a new Hero, Ranked Play, and much, much more. The closed beta test is expected to launch in all other regions on January 14. Players can opt-in for a chance to join the beta test at or the Beta Profile Settings page in account management.

The latest features introduced to Heroes of the Storm include:

  • New Battleground—Sky Temple, a new desert-themed Battleground, challenges players to fight for control of ancient Temples. Once captured, these Temples fire devastating beams of energy toward enemy structures.
  • New Hero—Thrall, Warchief of the Horde, is the newest melee assassin to join the Nexus, bringing fearsome abilities, including Chain Lightning, Windfury, and Earthquake.
  • Hero League—This new Ranked Play mode enables players (who are level 30 and own at least 10 Heroes) to queue up alone or in a party of up to five for ranked, competitive matches against other players of similar skill and party size.
  • Draft Mode—Utilize this mode to build a competitive team composition, counter your opponent’s picks, and dominate the Battleground objectives.

A complete list of our latest game updates can be found in this week’s patch notes here.

In Heroes of the Storm, players take on the role of some of their favorite characters from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes, and team up with friends to battle other teams online. Set in the far reaches of the Nexus, a dimensional storm where worlds from across space and time collide, teams of mighty heroes and ruthless villains compete in a never-ending fight for glory.

The game currently features six unique battlegrounds with multiple strategy-changing objectives and 32 customizable heroes with a variety of skins and mounts—with many more on the way!