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Update: We've gotten such awesome submissions, we'd love you guys and gals (and everything in-between) to keep 'em coming! We're extending the contest duration two more weeks, so you now have until the 11:59PM CST on Monday, March 19 to get your entry in! All contest rules still apply.


2018 is going to be a big year for Heroes of the Storm and we have big plans for HeroesFire, too! We thought we'd start things off with a guide contest! You can win awesome prizes by writing a guide for one of the classes, or by commenting or voting on one!

What's a Contest Without PRIZES? (9 Winners)
We're separating the guide contest into the five different categories, picking our two favorite guides for Heroes from each in-game role and one "overall" winner. Contestants will have 4 weeks to enter. Winners will receive...

Best Overall Guide ("Hero of the Storm"):

  • BlizzCon 2017 Goodie Bag
  • $20 Blizzard Balance Card
  • 25 Loot Chests

Best in Role Winners:

  • $20 Blizzard Balance Card
  • 25 Loot Chests

Participation Winners:

  • 5 Loot Chests

Winners will also receive a sweet forum badge for their respective winning role!

How do you enter?

Simply create or update a guide during the contest dates (February 5 - March 19) and you're automatically entered!



To qualify for the guide contest your guide must have at least 2500 characters (characters, not words, includes BBcode) and a properly filled out talent build. Guides and builds must be competitive in the current meta.

Note: For the sake of this contest, guide entries for Varian will be considered for either the Assassin or Warrior Best in Role category, depending on the focus of the guide. If it focuses on both, that's cool, too, but it can only win in one category.

If you want feedback for your guide simply leave a comment in this post! The HeroesFire community will be happy to help by giving your guide feedback. :)



Contest Categories
Our team will select two (2) Best in Role guides for each role (8 guides total) and one (1) "Hero of the Storm" guide for the Best Overall Guide (any Hero). Guides will be judged based on many features, including (but not limited to) quality of information, formatting, competitive relevance, etc. You may enter multiple times (by writing multiple guides) but can win only once across all categories! The categories are:
  • Best Overall Guide: "Hero of the Storm" - (1 winner)
  • Best in Role: Assassin - (2 winners)
  • Best in Role: Warrior - (2 winners)
  • Best in Role: Support - (2 winners)
  • Best in Role: Specialist - (2 winners)
Best Overall Guide: "Hero of the Storm" (1 Winner)
Our Grand Prize goes to the guide which we think is the absolute best of the best. There's no role restrictions on this one; any guide entered into the contest has a chance of being our Grand Prize winner. Put your all into your submission and show us a thorough, well-written and well-formatted guide for any Hero for your chance to win. Best of luck to everyone!
Best in Role: Assassin (2 Winners)
2 Winners for Best Assassin Hero Guide
Heroes of the Storm's Assassin role features some of the most well-known, powerful Heroes in Blizzard history, so we have some pretty high expectations! We're looking for detailed guides to effectively taking on the role of primary damage dealer for a team, whether as a ranged auto-attacker, powerful mage or in-your-face melee all-star. We realize that some Assassins have more flexible build options than others, so don't worry about including more than one build in your guide just for the sake of it -- go with which builds you think are best, and tell us (and everyone else) why!
Best in Role: Warrior (2 Winners)
2 Winners for Best Warrior Hero Guide
Who doesn't love a good meat shield? Heroes of the Storm's Warriors role includes both tanks and bruisers, so feel free to pick your favorite build(s) and share them with the world! Got a seriously powerful damage build for Varian? Go for it! Want to share your sick strategies for split-push Leoric? We'd love to see it! Warriors are just awesome like that, after all.
Best in Role: Specialist (2 Winners)
2 Winners for Best Specialist Hero Guide
Specialists are known for their waveclear and siege, but we're open-minded! Show us your team-crushing Azmodan All Shall Burn builds, your pro Hivemind: Symbiote Abathur strats and throw as many frogs and spiders as you've got at us with your favorite Nazeebo build! Specialist guides will benefit greatly from details on handling mercernary objectives and on maximizing your efficiency in role as a split-push all-star or damage-dealing jack-of-all-trades! Let's see some Gazlowe love, while we're at it!
Best in Role: Support (2 Winners)
2 Winners for Best Support Hero Guide
Hey, we get it -- not every support can be as easy as Li Li (sorry, Li Li mains). Since the still fairly recent Support balancing, we'd love to see your advanced survivability strategies stressing the benefit of great positioning and map awareness. Supports are about more than just healing, so we'll be looking for some outstanding guides that focus on overall teamplay. Don't forget to include details on making the most of your damage capabilities, too. Share your favorite techniques for maximizing healing output on Heroes such as Lt. Morales and Auriel while giving great tips on setting everything on fire (while keeping your own team alive) as Alexstrasza!

What Will the Guides Be Judged On?

Talent Build Quality

What would a good guide be without a good talent build? You can enter as many different talent builds as you want into a single guide, but make sure to explain your choices to help new players out!

Depth of Information

Don't just pick which talents you think are best and call it a day -- we want to know WHY you made those choices. We're looking for guides other players can learn from and not just play "match the icons." Is there a best order for executing skill combos? Any conditionals (map, Hero, etc.) that would justify a different talent selection? Potential Hero counters? All these little details should not only teach beginners the basics, but teach experienced players little tips and tricks they may not have known before. We've jotted down a list of common topics to touch on in a guide below.
  • Talent selection
  • How to use your skills effectively (combos, timing, execution, etc.)
  • Tips and tricks
  • Matchups, counters and synergy
  • Map-specific strategies
  • Other game concepts such as team fighting, Mercenaries, pushing, map objectives, etc

Formatting and Readability

If your guide has typos everywhere and all the text is in bright blue, it might be a little hard to read. Take some time to proofread and add some formatting to your guide to help readers quickly find important information. Below are some coding help threads, and please feel free to PM us or leave a comment if you want any more help! Don't hesitate to style it up!
Now, all you have to do is get started!

What Are the Rules?
  • You must create or update your guide by March 19th
  • To qualify for the guide contest your guide must fulfill the following:
    • 2500 characters - not words, characters, includes BBcode.
    • Guide text is completely up to date and reflects current patch changes.
    • You're allowed to make changes to your guide at any time, as long as it meets requirements at time of contest close.
    • Guide must be YOUR OWN. Plagiarized content will be disqualified and removed.
Any rule breaking or funny business (vote cheating, spamming the same comment on every guide, etc) will get you disqualified -- we will check, so save us both the trouble!

And if you happen to win... (Yay! Congrats!)
  • You will be contacted via the email associated with your HeroesFire account if you win.
  • Winners will have 7 days to claim their prize, after which their prize will be forfeit.

Participation Winners (10 Total)

Another way to win prizes is simply by participating in our guide community! Earn raffle tickets by voting, leaving constructive comments on guides, or creating your own guide (even if your guide isn’t selected as a winner)! Each ticket is counted as a single entry in a draw for your chance at winning 5 Loot Chests!

Here is the breakdown of how many tickets you can earn for different kinds of engagement:
Vote on a guide
1 ticket
Earned for voting on a HeroesFire guide.
Constructive comment on a guide
2 tickets
Leave a helpful comment on a member's guide. No spamming!
Create or update your own guide
25 tickets
Create a new guide or update an existing guide. Guide must be up-to-date to the latest patch in order to be considered updated!
Quality guide contribution
50 tickets
A guide you created or updated during the contest earns an 80% or greater score.

Participation winners will each receive 5 Loot Chests!

Fine Print
  • Guides must be crafted to reflect the current state of the game.
  • Open to registered HeroesFire members only. Not a member? Register now and craft your guide!
  • Contest is worldwide.
  • Contest will be closed 4 weeks from the start.
  • After contest is closed there will be a 1 week judging period.
  • Winners will be notified by email after the judging period and will have 7 days to claim their prize.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Dash » February 5, 2018 7:58pm | Report
This is awesome good luck to all those who enter!

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Zodaklatino » February 7, 2018 7:35am | Report
Amazing <3 if my guides are in spanish are able to enter the contest? D:

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Zodaklatino wrote:

Amazing <3 if my guides are in spanish are able to enter the contest? D:


We're thrilled to hear that you're interested in participating in our contest! We welcome guides in all languages on HeroesFire, but unfortunately we will not be able to judge contest entries in Spanish at this time. You can certainly submit any guides you'd like and you will still be entered to win our participation awards (Loot Chests)! Thanks for asking. :)

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Quote | PM | +Rep by APlasticBag » March 11, 2018 4:55pm | Report
I would love some feedback on my guide:

https://www.heroesfire.com/hots/guide/undying-despair-16098

And also some feedback on the video that goes with it, made for this contest.
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Quote | PM | +Rep by Zodaklatino » March 14, 2018 11:57am | Report
miyari wrote:



We're thrilled to hear that you're interested in participating in our contest! We welcome guides in all languages on HeroesFire, but unfortunately we will not be able to judge contest entries in Spanish at this time. You can certainly submit any guides you'd like and you will still be entered to win our participation awards (Loot Chests)! Thanks for asking. :)


If I translate my guides to english, then are they available to enter the contest? even if the english is not perfect?

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Quote | PM | +Rep by miyari » March 15, 2018 11:44pm | Report
Zodaklatino wrote:



If I translate my guides to english, then are they available to enter the contest? even if the english is not perfect?


Absolutely! :) We're just not able to judge non-English guides, so if you're able to translate into English and they're still able to be read and understood, they'll certainly be considered as valid entries! We wish you the best of luck!

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Quote | PM | +Rep by miyari » March 21, 2018 5:31am | Report
A BIG THANKS to everyone who entered our Guide Contest! We'll be announcing the winners real soon, so stay tuned! :D

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Slombeeper » March 21, 2018 11:35am | Report
miyari wrote:

A BIG THANKS to everyone who entered our Guide Contest! We'll be announcing the winners real soon, so stay tuned! :D


Nice! Excited to see the best guides!

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