Why Wait? Mekkatorque in Heroes of the Storm

We know that Blizzard has planned to put Mekkatorque in Heroes of the Storm for a long time (Since 2011 at least) so why wait?  My first thought was that they wanted to wait until the HotS meta was in a certain place for some reason.

But does it make sense to hold a hero until either a counter hero, or until a certain map has been released first?  Any new hero that is added needs to function on all the existing maps without breaking them, and will need to be countered by multiple heroes that already exist.

It could be they are waiting for Mekkatorque to do something in World of Warcraft.  We’ve seen Mekkatorque in his new battle suit.  I wonder if he has some kind of upcoming scene where they will show him doing things that they want to bring in to HotS, but they don’t want to spoil what’s going to happen for World of Warcraft players.  Admittedly, that’s a reach, and might be 100% wishful thinking, but the idea of it makes me excited for BOTH games.

Maybe they want to make him a multi-class character, but that he got too complicated.  Now they are watching how Varian does.  Working kinks out of the multi-class concept with a straight forward character before trying a more complicated one.  As a bonus, they get to test the waters for how multi-class characters are received, and get us the player familiar with the basics of how the system work before adding a layer of complexity on top of it.

Of course, this is all assuming that Mekkatorque hasn’t been scrapped in favor of Chromie.  I highly suspect that the HotS team would like a character that represents each race and class from WoW and that Chromie ticks the ‘gnome’ box.  Datamining had shown Mekkatorque with a ‘tar barrel’ attack that might have turned in to Chromie’s Slowing Sands.  Chromie also has the Gnomeregan score as her theme music instead of the Caverns of Time music.  Doesn’t leave a lot for future gnomes.

The worst part is I can’t just say “we’ll see” because if Mekkatorque is never released, we could speculate forever.  On top of that he could get scrapped, and then picked back up later for a completely different concept.  HotS is so random I am completely unable to guess what character might be coming next.

The bet with @Arakkoa

I actually hope I lose, lol.  I do WANT to see Mekkatorque added to the game (It makes it for more likely that I will be added!).  And the fervent fandom that has grown around Pepe has stopped making sense to me.

Plus, with a real life, work and kids, I have not drawn anything in a while.  It’s be nice to HAVE TO draw something so that I actually do it.

ArakoaI’ve asked @Arakkoa before what distinguishing characteristics Verroak has, but I all remember him saying was “He’s real old”

Come on Verroak!  Lets have it!  Beak shape?  Plumage style?  Plumage pattern/color?  Moles frekles?  A feather that breaks the pattern? Cracked beak? eye color? Extra hunch, Light Hunch?

When other Arakkoa describe Verroak, what do they say?  “Oh you know Verroak, he the one with the __________.”

The Bet is ON!

I have a bet now with @Arakkoa of https://arakkoa.wordpress.com/ fame.

He thinks that Mekkatorque will be added to Heroes of the Storm BEFORE Pepe is added to HotS.

I think that Pepe will make it in to HotS ((either as a Skin, Mount or some kind of new cosmetic accessory any character can wear on their head)) BEFORE Mekkatorque makes it in.

the wager?  Who ever loses has to draw a picture of the other persons character exercising their craft.  I’ll draw a picture of Verroak mixing potions, OR he will draw a picture of ME piloting a giant mech!  This all hinges on what they announce before the end of the year. *Edit: 01/01/2017

With Blizzcon coming up, surly the roster for HotS will be expanded.  Who will it be?  The racial leader of the ever overlooked gnomes?  Of the bird that is a bird, that sits on you head and wears funny hats!?

It’s time to get Violent!

I’m bored and want to get violent!  Being added to Hearthstone was entertaining for a while, but honestly getting randomly sucked through Unstable Portals all the time is starting to get tiresome.  Trying to get ready for a shower, BAM battlefield.

At least the Nexus comes with interesting outfits.  I just KNOW they are going to pick Mekkatorque first.  That ALWAYS happens, BUT you can be sure as fel that I will be right on his heels!

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