CraftWars

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CraftWars
CraftWars.jpg
Season SeasonIcon Hallow's End.png Fall
Dates Septenber 08 - ? (2020)
Duration unknown
Theme StarCraft StarCraft / Warcraft Warcraft
Highlights

CraftWars is a StarCraft and Warcraft-themed event in Heroes of the Storm that began on Septenber 08.

Background[edit | edit source]

The reemergence of the Dark Nexus has led to fiercer competition for Singularities than ever before — but a small group of Heroes is transforming the conflict. The Realm Crafter they’ve developed doesn’t just bring Heroes from multiple dimensions together in the Nexus — it actually fuses them, along with their friendships, rivalries, and powers.

Does Mei have it in her to be a Death Knight? What are the odds that Gazlowe will excel as a pro SCV pilot? Who’s the biggest heartthrob: Anduin Wrynn, Valerian Mengsk, or a combination of their wonderfully symmetrical faces?

While some body-melded Heroes take the time to learn from one another and their new circumstances, others are double-mindedly focused on the war to become MVP. The CraftWars are spiraling throughout the realms, and you’ll need to choose a side carefully — the King of Blades waits to absorb stragglers from every corner of the battlefield.

Prove you’re more than the sum of your parts as mash-ups of your favorite Heroes in the wildest matchup the Nexus has ever seen.

Content[edit | edit source]

Skins[edit | edit source]

CraftWars Skins
 
Backstory: Corrupted by the Zerg's insatiable bloodlust, Arthas turns battlefields to burial grounds as the King of Blades.
Features: Themed animations.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Arthas King of Blades.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Arthas King of Blades Venomous.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Venomous
Arthas King of Blades Lavawrought.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Lavawrought
Backstory: In the rear, with the gear... and a whole lot of explosives, ha!
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Gazlowe Mineral Harvester.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Gazlowe Mineral Harvester Firebat.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Firebat
Gazlowe Mineral Harvester Rich.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Rich
Backstory: Long-exiled by his adopted Nerazim brethren, Artanis has finally found a new unity.
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Warcraft skins.
Artanis Draenei Executor.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Artanis Draenei Executor Royal.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Royal
Artanis Draenei Executor Darksteel.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Darksteel
Backstory: Mei has dedicated her life's work in climate science to saving her world for future generations. But if she can solve death, she can save everything.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Warcraft skins.
Mei Necrotopologist.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Mei Necrotopologist Frostbitten.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Frostbitten
Mei Necrotopologist Devilish.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Devilish
Backstory: "The path to peace is through our children," Anduin remarked, explaining the hereditary dynasty he'd made of the Pan-Terran Alliance.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Anduin Emperor of the Dominion.jpg
Gem.png240 / Shard.png150
Anduin Emperor of the Dominion Glorious.jpg
Gem.png240 / Shard.png150
Glorious
Anduin Emperor of the Dominion Studious.jpg
Gem.png240 / Shard.png150
Studious
Backstory: After much experimentation, mo'arg engineers have succeeded in miniaturizing the fel reaver's design and fusing it with a captive sentient soul. The results are quite promising.
Features: Altered voice-over.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Warcraft skins.
Blaze Fel Reaver Galvanic.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Galvanic
Backstory: It is said any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Medical Corps officer Uther Lightbringer tends to agree.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Uther Medic Angelic.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Angelic
Backstory: The terrans are descended from Earth's exiled prisoners, mutants, and degenerates. Some, like the military ursine-handler Cpl. Rex Arkk, are more genetically aberrant than others.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Rexxar Raider Angelic.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Angelic
Backstory: The Royal Apothecary Society's experiments have resulted in many alchemical discoveries, which Apothecary Morales administers to soldiers in the field. Some side effects may occur.
Features: Altered voice-over.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Warcraft skins.
Lt. Morales Apothecary Acid.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Acid
Backstory: Alright, fess up... Who put the murloc in that power armor? Sammy? We talked about this... Guys, this is real cute and all, but how the heck are we supposed to get him out of there?
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Murky Grunty Earthy.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Earthy
Backstory: As the terrazine haze cleared from his mind, Illidan saw what he had become. His body had mutated, grown irreversibly addicted... But the power was worth any price.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Illidan Spectre Scorch.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Scorch
Backstory: Hana Song, also known as "D.Va," is both a world champion professional gamer and a burgeoning global icon. As a member of South Korea’s elite MEKA unit, she fights to protect her homeland from the colossal omnic threat lurking within the East China Sea.
D.Va Shining.jpg
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Shining

Mounts[edit | edit source]

CraftWars Mounts
 
Epic Invincilisk
Backstory: Corrupted by the Zerg's insatiable bloodlust, Arthas turns battlefields to burial grounds as the King of Blades.
Invincilisk.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Invincilisk Slimeheart.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Slimeheart
Invincilisk Sulphurous.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Sulphurous
Epic Iron Kite
Backstory: Are you driving it into battle, or are you just an accessory to its rampage?
Iron Kite.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Iron Kite Stromgarde.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Stromgarde
Iron Kite Kul Tiras.jpg
Gem.png525 / Shard.png600
Kul Tiras

Portraits[edit | edit source]

CraftWars Portraits
 
Angery Zergatul Portrait.png
Angery Zergatul
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Cyb'arak Portrait.png
Cyb'arak
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Gotcha! Portrait.png
Gotcha!
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Illuminated Draenei Executor Artanis Portrait.png
Illuminated Draenei Executor Artanis
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Invincilisk Portrait.png
Invincilisk
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
King of Blades Arthas Portrait.png
King of Blades Arthas
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Natural Selection Portrait.png
Natural Selection
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Queen of Death Portrait.png
Queen of Death
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Scheming Mineral Harvester Gazlowe Portrait.png
Scheming Mineral Harvester Gazlowe
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Shadow Warchief Portrait.png
Shadow Warchief
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Swarm Coil Portrait.png
Swarm Coil
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Target Sighted! Portrait.png
Target Sighted!
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Thoughtful Emperor of the Dominion Anduin Portrait.png
Thoughtful Emperor of the Dominion Anduin
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Tinker'd Portrait.png
Tinker'd
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Zerg'jin Portrait.png
Zerg'jin
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Sprays[edit | edit source]

CraftWars Sprays
 
Deepmine Spray.gif
Deepmine
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Draenei Executor Artanis Spray.png
Draenei Executor Artanis
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Frostmourne Spray.gif
Frostmourne
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Goblin SCV Spray.png
Goblin SCV
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Low Battery Spray.gif
Low Battery
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Mineral Cluster Spray.png
Mineral Cluster
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Nuclear Launch Detected Spray.png
Nuclear Launch Detected
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Protoss Chicken Spray.png
Protoss Chicken
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Rearing Invincilisk Spray.png
Rearing Invincilisk
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Shadowmeld Spray.gif
Shadowmeld
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Shalamayne Spray.gif
Shalamayne
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Sunken Burrow Spray.png
Sunken Burrow
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Vespene Geyser Spray.png
Vespene Geyser
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Warcraft Food Spray.png
Warcraft Food
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Zerg Throne Spray.png
Zerg Throne
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Craft Wars Pack Emoji Craft Wars Pack Craft Wars Artanis.gif
Emoji Name Shortcuts
Emoji Craft Wars Pack Craft Wars Artanis.gif Craft Wars Artanis :craftarta:
Emoji Craft Wars Pack Craft Wars Arthas.gif Craft Wars Arthas :craftarth:
Emoji Craft Wars Pack Craft Wars Anduin.gif Craft Wars Anduin :craftandu:
Emoji Craft Wars Pack Craft Wars Gazlowe.gif Craft Wars Gazlowe :craftgaz:
Emoji Craft Wars Pack Craft Wars Turret.gif Craft Wars Turret :craftturr:

Development[edit | edit source]

In Assistant Art Director Trevor Jacobs’ point of view, Arthas—Warcraft’s Crown Prince of the Alliance turned Lich King—was the key actor that unraveled the worlds of possibility in CraftWars. “We were thinking that Arthas—Lord of the Dead, Lich King—would somehow take Kerrigan’s throne,” Jacobs says, slowly, his eyes growing wide. “But is Arthas conquering all the worlds? Or is he just after StarCraft?” the artist muses to himself.

Jacobs and Senior Artist Andrew Kinabrew admit Mei—a climatologist fighting for world peace in the Overwatch universe—isn’t exactly “cross-craft”, but interpreting her as an icy, evil Death Knight was simply too irresistible. “We thought this skin just had to happen,” says Jacobs. “We were seeing it pop up in the community, and we were like ‘dude, we’re doing it,’ and were stoked to be riding the wave.” Kinabrew made the skin quite some time before CraftWars was put on the production schedule and seized the opportunity to make her the perfect accomplice for the King of Blades in his coldhearted plot.

Based on the StarCraft SCV, Gazlowe’s newest skin drops with this pack just in time for his rework. “I think my favorite is the Gazlowe skin,” says Kinabrew. “I was really proud we could finally get that one in. We’ve been mulling it over for a long time.” Jacobs tells us in hushed tones that he wasn’t sure about the idea in the beginning, but that he was willing to be convinced by Kinabrew. “So, Gazlowe fans, you have Brew to thank,” says Jacobs. “Now he’s one of my favorite skins in the pack, too.”

Artanis, the Executor of the Protoss army in StarCraft, appears in CraftWars as a Draenei, an ancient spacefaring race uncorrupted by Kil’Jaeden’s dark power. In their vision of the clash, the artists say Artanis would be a key player in the opposition force to the King of Blades’ invasion. “We’ve worked on all these games,” says Jacobs. “This is a team that helped spawn characters like Artanis. So, this was a fun history of us just throwing things together and seeing what stuck.”

In CraftWars, Anduin has crossed over from being a prince in Warcraft to being… a prince in StarCraft. When asked about Anduin’s new look, Jacobs and Kinabrew take turns interrupting each other’s responses with punctuated laughter. “It’s the funniest one to me,” says Jacobs. “I feel bad even saying it… but Anduin, Valerian… they’re just so close. To me there’s so much humor here in this skin.” Being long-time fans of both Warcraft and StarCraft, Jacobs and Kinabrew say working on Heroes is a unique opportunity to poke fun at the characters they love from time to time, and they hope the players get a good laugh, too.

So, who WOULD win? “By just combining the power of the Lich King with the Primal Zerg power, in addition to the never-ending forces he would summon… Arthas should win,” says Jacobs. Here he pauses. “But that would never happen,” he says. “I am sure we would have Gazlowe invent an off-switch for the undead Zerg. Mei would fall in love with Anduin and turn against Arthas. And Artanis would sacrifice himself and become the King of Blades, but nice.” Kinabrew mulls that over. “I imagine they would probably grow flowers, or something,” he says thoughtfully.[1]

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Teaser[edit | edit source]

Concept Art[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

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Events
 
Seasonal__ SeasonIcon Lunar Festival.png Spring__ Lunar Festival (2015–2018) • Caldeum Complex (2019) • Fragments of the Dark Nexus (2020)
SeasonIcon Sun's Out, Guns Out.png Summer__ Sun's Out, Guns Out (2017) • Nexomania (2018) • MechaStorm II (2019) • Nexomania II (2020)
SeasonIcon Hallow's End.png Fall__ Hallow's End (2015–2017) • Fall of King's Crest (2018) • The Scarlet Heist (2019) • Worlds Collide (2020)
SeasonIcon Winter Veil.png Winter__ Winter Veil (2015–2017) • It's Time for Toys! (2018) • Toys II (2019)
Unique__ __2015__ Nexus 15.png Love is in the AirWarcraft NoblegardenDiablo (franchise) Eternal Conflict
__2016__ Nexus 15.png Love is in the AirStarCraft Machines of WarNexus 15.png Nexus Challenge
__2017__ Nexus 15.png Love is in the AirWarcraft For Azeroth!Nexus 15.png Nexus Challenge 2.0Nexus 15.png Second AnniversaryDiablo (franchise) Malthael's BargainWarcraft Call of Kel'ThuzadOverwatch Assault on Volskaya FoundryNexus 15.png Dragons of the Nexus
__2018 StarCraft StarCraft 20th AnniversaryNexus 15.png Behold the Power of the Dark Nexus!Nexus 15.png 3-Year AnniversaryWarcraft Echoes of AlteracNexus 15.png Raiders of WarchromeNexus 15.png Viper Ascendant
__2019 Nexus 15.png Viper ResistanceNexus 15.png 4-Year AnniversaryNexus 15.png Return to Warchrome Wastes
__2020 Nexus 15.png 5-Year AnniversaryNexus 15.png Greek GodsWarcraftDiablo (franchise) Altered Fates
Notes: Events that featured a quest line are bolded. Events that featured login rewards are italicized.