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Master skins were a type of skins that could be obtained only after a player reached level 10 with the respective hero. They had a price of Money.png10,000 and could not be bought in other way. Every Hero released prior to Genji had one Master skin, with three tints per skin.

Getting Master skins through progression was removed with Heroes 2.0 and replaced with Hero Mastery Taunts. All Master skins at that moment became regular Rare Rare skins, and every skin received its unique name: For example Master Alarak is now called Highlord Alarak and Master Chromie is now called Timewalker Chromie. They can now be obtained in regular way, i.e. be bought for Gem.png120 / Shard.png75 at any level or won by Loot Chests. On October 15, 2019, Mastery Rings were added as another way for players to show off their mastery of individual Heroes.

Blizzard on removing Master skins[edit | edit source]

When we originally added master skins to Heroes of the Storm, they were intended to help you flaunt your depth of experience and time investment with your favorite heroes. However, when we re-evaluated master skins, we realized that there were several places where we could make improvements.

Master skins created situations where players had to choose between unlocking a hero or unlocking a master skin, which was a battle that heroes won far more often. Additionally, once players purchased a master skin, they'd then have to choose whether to use it or another skin in-game. This meant they couldn’t visually display their prowess with a hero in-game if there was a non-master skin they liked better.

These issues combined resulted in far fewer players unlocking and using master skins in-game than we had expected. Most players who had access to master skins did not unlock them, and most players who did unlock them would not primarily use that skin during their matches.

In Heroes 2.0, we decided to move to a new system that highlights your prowess with your favorite heroes so that you don't have to make those difficult decisions.

With Heroes of the Storm 2.0 on the horizon, we're excited to bring you a new method to flaunt your dedication to the Heroes you own: Hero Mastery Taunts![1]

Assassins[edit | edit source]

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  • Alarak
    • Backstory: The Highlord's armor serves as both ceremonial adornment and as a conduit of raw power. Adorned with blood shards and fueled by terrazine, it channels Alarak's fury directly into his blades.
  • Cassia
    • Backstory: After her victory against the Prime Evils, Cassia ascended through the ranks of the Askari to become their most legendary commander. The Warmatron's battle armor is a gift from Queen Xaera herself.
  • Chromie
    • Backstory: The vestments of a Bronze Dragon are blessed by a power that exists beyond time and space. They are a fragment of both who Chromie was and who she is still yet to be.
  • Falstad
    • Backstory: Much like other clans and races will don warpaint as they head into battle, the Wildhammer Dwarves will adorn themselves with their gryphon's feathers.
  • Gall
    • Backstory: Some Heroes choose to protect themselves with thick plates of armor, others wear intricate magical robes to boost their power. Cho'gall says, "Why not do both?"
  • Greymane
    • Backstory: Finery befitting a Gilnean king comes at great cost within the Nexus. Some days it's tooth and nail, others it's an eye for an eye.
  • Gul'dan
    • Backstory: With his deception complete, Gul’dan need no longer hide his face beneath a cowl. He is Darkness Incarnate, and all of the Nexus shall behold his true power in the war between shadow and light.
  • Illidan
    • Backstory: The Blades of Azzinoth had served Illidan as dutiful companions while he tracked his prey across the Nexus... perhaps these Man'ari warplates would as well, in time.
  • Jaina
    • Backstory: First worn by the great champions who ventured into the Molten Core to defeat Ragnaros, the Arcanist Regalia has become a symbol of mages who have mastered the Arcane.
  • Kael'thas
  • Backstory: Only the finest of robes and armor may adorn the Sun King. His majesty and brilliance must shine forth like the sun itself.
  • Kerrigan
    • Backstory: The primal zerg essences within Kerrigan cannot remain static for too long. With every kill, they incorporate their foe's strengths, becoming increasingly deadly... and spikey.
  • Li-Ming
    • Backstory: Once, only wizards who had spent countless hours braving the inferno were able to attain the fabled archon armor. Those who adorned it were both respected and feared. Then came transmog...
  • Lunara
    • Backstory: As her power grew, Lunara began to hear the wilds of the Nexus crying out for a champion. They granted her untold power, and she granted them ruthless protection.
  • Nova
    • Backstory: The Crius Stealthsuit was the ultimate hostile environment suit developed by the Terran Dominion for its ghost. Unfortunately, due to its immense cost, few were ever deployed.
  • Ragnaros
    • Backstory: Ragnaros is at his strongest within the smoldering halls of Sulfuron Keep. Adorned in the primal metals that comprise his seat of power, he now carries that strength with him at all times.
  • Raynor
    • Backstory: A small yellow note stuck to the inside says, "Hey, cowboy. Thought that suit of yours could use an upgrade or two, you can thank me later. -Swann"
  • Samuro
    • Backstory: There are no clans in the New Horde, but Samuro will not abandon the Burning Blade. Adorned in his family's ancestral armor, he will fight under both banners until his clan's honor is restored.
  • The Butcher
    • Backstory: An executioner's hood hides their identity and discourages offended parties from seeking revenge. Of course, that won't be a problem for the Butcher.
  • Thrall
    • Backstory: The vestments of a shaman should be as simple as the elements themselves. Although, there's no rule about what you wear beneath them.
  • Tracer
    • Backstory: Tracer's teleporting fighter, the Slipstream, disappeared during its initial test flight. The unexpected discovery of its engine within the Nexus has allowed her to significantly bolster her weaponry.
  • Tychus
    • Backstory: Sure, that suit may be his prison... But you and I both know that's not going to stop him from sprucing the thing up... Now, is it?
  • Valeera
    • Backstory: There's no actual proof Valeera infiltrated Blackwing Lair and slew its master at the bequest of her king... But, I mean, there wouldn't be, would there?
  • Valla
    • Backstory: Demon hunters share few traditions as each walks their own unique path... but a master passing on their armor, is an honor few refuse. Valla would wear Josen's mantle with pride.
  • Zeratul
    • Backstory: Upon selection, each Dark Prelate is presented with a unique armor reflecting their beliefs and personality. Zeratul rarely dons the Shadow's Embrace, as he prefers less formal attire.
  • Zul'jin
    • Backstory: Prior to the Troll Wars, the Amani Empire was a great and powerful civilization. Zul'jin has rekindled the flames of its former warlords, and has donned their ceremonial battle armor as a sign of respect.

Warriors[edit | edit source]

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  • Anub'arak
    • Backstory: A Spider Lord's carapace has been known to deflect blades, arrows, and even siege weaponry all on its own. When fitted with armor, it is all but unstoppable.
  • Artanis
    • Backstory: As Hierarch, Artanis strives for unity among his people. Drawing inspiration from the cultures of both Aiur and Shakuras, his ceremonial armor is a symbol of their combined strength.
  • Arthas
    • Backstory: As Frostmourne devoured more and more souls, the Lich King's dominion over the damned grew ever stronger. It wasn't long before his armor began to manifest changes.
  • Chen
    • Backstory: The limitless realms of the Nexus are the perfect place for a world-wanderer like Chen Stormstout. Who knows what secret ingredients and lost tales are waiting to be discovered!
  • Cho
    • Backstory: Some Heroes choose to protect themselves with thick plates of armor, others wear intricate magical robes to boost their power. Cho'gall says, "Why not do both?"
  • Dehaka
    • Backstory: To the primal zerg, form and function are one. With each change comes greater strength, and thus survival. Few have undergone as much change as Dehaka... and he intends to keep it that way.
  • Diablo
    • Backstory: The heroes thought shattering his soulstone on the Hellforge would end his reign. Now, adorned with the forge's remnants, he would shatter every bone in their bodies in return.
  • E.T.C.
    • Backstory: Some bands paint their faces and play death metal. E.T.C. however, IS death metal.
  • Johanna
    • Backstory: The crusader's armor is an emblem of their identity. Over the centuries it is constantly molded and reshaped to fit the needs and personality of its current master.
  • Leoric
    • Backstory: These ornamental warplates were once a symbol of the holy Zakarum faith. Now, they serve only as a stark reminder of its demonic corruption.
  • Muradin
    • Backstory: To siege Icecrown, the Ashen Verdict forged the most powerful armors crafted by man... Meanwhile, Muradin stole a Ymirjar Lord's armor, and kicked everyone's arse.
  • Rexxar
    • Backstory: A beastmaster is at one with the wilds. When they kill, they ensure every part of the animal is made use of.
  • Sonya
    • Backstory: The Valor of Harrogath is not opulent armor... It is simple, direct... and a perfect fit for warrior like Sonya.
  • Stitches
    • Backstory: Stitches no bozo... Stitches king!
  • Tyrael
    • Backstory: Each archangel's armor is a manifestation of their spirit. While his appearance had changed during his battles within the Nexus, his dedication to justice remained steadfast.
  • Zarya
    • Backstory: The Tobelstein Reactor is an emergent technology, and its full potential has yet to be tapped. Rumor has it that the Gravitic Harness is the next great advancement in energy projection.

Supports[edit | edit source]

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  • Auriel
    • Backstory: It is said that the power of the Nexus amplifies what lies within a warrior's heart. While Auriel's countenance has changed, the light of Hope within her is more resplendent than ever.
  • Brightwing
    • Backstory: The fey magic from which Brightwing draws her power is wild and chaotic. Her very form reflects its unstable nature, ever shifting, like an image from a dream.
  • Kharazim
    • Backstory: To the Veradani, the distinction between armor and weaponry is open to interpretation. What can provide defense, can provide offense, if the application is right.
  • Li Li
    • Backstory: When you've wandered as much of the world as Li Li has you learn many things... but perhaps the most important is that it's always wise to carry an umbrella.
  • Lt. Morales
    • Backstory: The UED outfits its best soldiers with the finest in experimental ordnance, and its medics are no exception. As such, Lt. Morales’s gear has been upgraded in accordance with her service record.
  • Lúcio
    • Backstory: Vishkar's sonic technology was a good starting point, but the pursuit of perfection in sound quality demands keeping up to date with the latest in audio equipment.
  • Malfurion
    • Backstory: Malorne the Waywatcher's power transcends death itself. Those who dedicate their lives to fighting for nature carry on his great work.
  • Rehgar
    • Backstory: Long ago the spirit of Lo'gosh revealed itself to the orc clans of Draenor. To this day his ferocity and feral instincts still serve as a guide to the shaman of the Earthen Ring.
  • Tassadar
    • Backstory: Executors rarely command from the field of battle, but their Regalia is fitted with meticulously crafted khaydarin crystals to amplify their psionic powers should the need arise.
  • Tyrande
    • Backstory: The vestments of the Sentinel General were blessed by Elune herself. Like the night elves before the World Tree's fall, they do not age and remain as pristine as when they were blessed.
  • Uther
    • Backstory: It's common for the longest serving paladins in the Alliance to still wear their Grand Marshall's Aegis with pride. After all, it takes a lot of honorable kills to purchase that thing.

Specialists[edit | edit source]

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  • Abathur
    • Backstory: Evolution is a process that's unending. Survival requires adaptation. Even Abathur, a master of manipulating evolution itself, is no exception to this cardinal rule of nature.
  • Azmodan
    • Backstory: The Demon Lord Azmodan is no stranger to opulence and grandeur. In fact, greed and pride are among his favorite sins.
  • Gazlowe
    • Backstory: A wise man once said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Gazlowe has never heard of this man... and if he had, he might punch him in the gut for saying stuff like that.
  • Medivh
    • Backstory: For ages, Atiesh has been passed down from one Guardian of Tirisfal to the next. With the power of the Nexus, Medivh has attuned himself to the staff like none before him.
  • Murky
    • Backstory: Do you live on land? Would you be more comfortable in water? Well now, with Murky's new conch-filtration device, you can stay wet, AND smell like crustaceans! Win win!
  • Nazeebo
    • Backstory: The Hellflame Mask was created in honor of Nazeebo's victory over the Prime Evil. Trusting no one else to guard the black soulstone, he kept it close... Perhaps, too close.
  • Probius
    • Backstory: Though the probe's basic design has remained unchanged for many cycles, inventive phase-smiths are always experimenting with ways to improve its operational efficiency.
  • Sgt. Hammer
    • Backstory: With as many kills as she'd racked up on the battlegrounds of the Nexus, Sgt. Hammer deserved her promotion to Master Sergeant... even if she promoted herself.
  • Sylvanas
    • The guise of a Dark Ranger strikes fear into the hearts of their enemies. The guise of the Dark Ranger Queen will send them running for reinforcements...
  • The Lost Vikings
    • Backstory: Now sporting the finest equipment a Viking can illegally procure from an evil alien overlord's robot army.
  • Xul
    • Backstory: Cloaked in foreign garb, Xul returned from his fight against the Prime Evils as a Master Necromancer. He chose to mentor only a single apprentice, a promising student named Mehtan.
  • Zagara
    • Backstory: As his Queen ordered, Abathur augmented Zagara, allowing her more flexible thinking and a stronger control over her brood... but there's always room for more improvement.

Multiclass[edit | edit source]

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  • Varian
    • Backstory: The Lion has long been associated with the nation of Stormwind and the House of Wrynn. It is a symbol of courage, dignity and ferocity; truly befitting for the High King.

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