Four New Battleground Heroes Found in Game Files – Released Next Week?

Blizzard has announced that they plan to release more Battlegrounds Heroes in the future. According to a reddit post by Mike Donais (check it out by the way – he’s encouraging community to create new, fun, custom Heroes!), the first batch of four new Heroes is supposed to come out next week. My guess is that they did not want to make another patch, so they decided to put them into in-game files already.

Keep in mind that they’re just datamined – there’s no way to tell whether there won’t be some changes to them. Or maybe a new patch will be released after all and new Heroes will be completely different. Either way, here are their current versions:

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Update: It might seem weird why 3/4 of the new Heroes are from League of Explorers, and Reno is missing… But Mike Donais actually posted an explanation.

Reno had design and visual effects issues so he was sent packing. (Source)

They probably have planned to add all four at the same time. It also suggests that we should see Reno in the future after the issues are resolved 🙂

Brann Bronzebeard


Elise Starseeker


Recruitment Map most likely has a dynamic text – it probably changes in-game. My guess would be that it Discovers a minion from the Tier you upgrade into – e.g. when you upgrade to T4, it lets you Discover a T4 minion. It might be a lower or higher Tier too, or maybe it’s not dynamic after all and there’s a specific pool of minions Elise can give. But I think that the first option is most likely.

Sir Finley Mrrgglton





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  3. RoNiN2X
    November 16, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Elise, Sindragosa, Brann, then Finley.

    I really like discovering from a certain tier pool. If you upgrade on 4 gold like a lot of people do, then you get a guaranteed 2 drop next turn with discover so easier time finding the one you want. Then you’re also set up to upgrade on gold 7, where you can also discover and play a 3 drop.

    Sindragosa is interesting. Already I’ve seen a lot of streamers try and freeze triple minions over and over so they can get the bonus for the tier they want. This rewards that strategy pretty nicely. Also, I assume if you freeze a minion, and don’t eventually buy it, it would retain the buffs for other players yeah? Kinda scary.

    I really don’t like buffing minions at random. I like it even less when they want me to pay 1 gold for it to not hit the correct card.

  4. OldManSanns
    November 13, 2019 at 10:13 am

    My Way-Too-Early evaluations: Elise and Brann sound both powerful and fun to play. Finley sounds extremely weak–basically like a more-random version of first-gen Mukla, and first-gen Mukla was already pretty bad. Making it either passive, targeted, or even just +1/+2 might change this, but as-is I think you’ll always rather reroll than HP. Sindragosa is interesting. If she gets some way to easily freeze minions, that’s insane! You can either freeze taunts just to bulk them up or a Khadgar / Baron / Mama Bear / etc to prevent them from attacking while simultaneously giving them more health… On the other hand, if she’s relying on buying certain minions to do the freeze as a battlecry, this HP becomes a lot worse. Also–given how buffs currently work: if you freeze a minion during your tavern phase, it would keep that for all subsequent rounds, so the tradeoff would be it gets to constantly grow yet never able to initiate an attack? Very intriguing…

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

      I think that many people are misunderstanding Freeze mechanic. It’s already in game. You Freeze minions in Tavern to lock them until your next visit. THOSE minions will get +1/+1.

      So she will give you another incentive to freeze more often. Early you might freeze a board with no minion that you REALLY want just to get something okay with +1/+1 (which will often be worth it).

      • OldManSanns
        November 13, 2019 at 11:40 am

        Ah. That sounds like the perfect champion for me then! Not because she’ll be good, but because I’m constantly freezing the tavern when I shouldn’t be. I actually think that’s not very good at all. You’ll get some AFK-grade value early on–e.g., you can freeze on the first round after you buy your first minion, then upgrade and re-freeze on your second turn, then sell (hopefully a token) to upgrade/freeze again on the third round, then on your fourth turn you can either buy two minions with +3/+3 or press your luck and upgrade to four stars and wait until your fifth turn to get two minions with as much as +4/+4… After that, though, you’ll fall off hard. +1/+1 on (usually) 1 new minion a turn later just isn’t that good. And where AFK gets mid-star minions that she might be able to build a strategy around, the above plan will net you 1-2 star minions which you’ll probably want to sell off before too long.

  5. LegendaryBot
    November 13, 2019 at 7:11 am

    They all seem pretty good

  6. RoNiN2X
    November 13, 2019 at 4:46 am

    he is a weird omission from this squad. And sindragosa in his stead? they must have something planned for him

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 13, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Mike Donais actually replied as to why Reno isn’t one of those Heroes!

      “Reno had design and visual effects issues so he was sent packing.”


  7. Nidnam1252
    November 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Reno Jackson gets left out… how sad

    • Goblinninja
      November 13, 2019 at 7:17 am

      They wanted hiw to join, but he wouldn’t spend any gold.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 13, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Mike Donais actually replied as to why Reno isn’t one of those Heroes!

      “Reno had design and visual effects issues so he was sent packing.”