Alterac Pass is Heroes of the Storm’s new map. Blizzard fans will no doubt remember this iconic location from various titles in the Warcraft canon, including World of Warcraft. As the valley dividing the kingdom of Alterac from Arathor, this large, three-lane battleground will open up new opportunities for experienced and casual players alike.
Unlike other battlegrounds, Alterac Pass does not feature a structural core outside The Hall of Storm. In its place stand the respective faction leaders for each side of Alterac’s bitter conflict - the Alliance and the Horde. The two sides must fight their way through traditional forts and keeps to reach the faction leader. Bring down this boss and your side wins the match. This may sound daunting, but remember - the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
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Adding some extra challenge to proceedings, the faction leaders will fight back, using whirlwind attacks to fend off attackers. If you retreat to regroup, the faction leader will do the same, regenerating their own health in the process. For every keep you manage to destroy, the enemy’s leader will suffer a loss in armour, like some kind of high-fantasy strip poker game.
You should also watch out for prison camps that will spring up above, and below the middle lane of this battleground. Adding a little more tactical spice to the action, prisoners will periodically spawn within these capture cages. Lead an attack to free them to gain a significant tactical advantage.