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Heroes of the StormJun 8, 2017 6:00 pm CT

Heroes of the Storm releases unofficial soundtrack for its Warriors

Last week, Heroes of the Storm made its official soundtrack available for streaming. This week, Heroes of the Storm has taken us into the realm of unofficial. In a new series of blog posts, they’ve begun listing their choice in theme song for all of their characters, starting with the Warrior role. Their unofficial tracklist includes:

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Anub’arak

Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan

Once king of the underground Nerubian kingdom, Anub’arak was resurrected by the Lich King and forced to slaughter his former subjects, earning the nickname of “Traitor King.” He still longs for the subterranean home he once knew, knowing that he can never come back.

Artanis

King Without A Crown by Matisyahu

The ad hoc leader of a race forced into diaspora after the destruction of their homeland, who took it upon himself to unite a vast network of bickering nomadic tribes—none of whom respect his leadership, at least initially—Artanis is the quintessential king without a crown. But unlike the one in Matisyahu’s reggae anthem, Artanis will not keep falling down . . . except maybe on Brutal difficulty.

Arthas

Blue Veins by The Raconteurs

We interpret Blue Veins as Arthas’ ballad to Frostmourne, the sword he traded everything for, and the mysterious blue energy that courses through the runes etched along the blade, like blood flowing through icy veins.

Chen

Chug-A-Lug by Roger Miller

As the Legendary Brewmaster, Chen knows the fortifying powers of drink better than anyone. It might burn his tummy from time to time, but Chen’s brew keeps him alive and on the front line of battle at times when any other warrior would fall. So Chug-a-Lug, Chen, you’ve earned it!

Cho’gall

Just The Two of Us by Bill Withers, performed by Grover Washington Jr.

Cho: “Just the two of us—“
Gall : “—we can make it if we try!”
Cho: “Just the two of us—“
Gall: “—all our enemies will die!”
Cho: “Just the two of us—”
Gall: “—you and I!”

D.Va

I’m The Best by 2NE1

What better way for D.Va to get pumped up for a match than to remind herself that she’s number one?

Dehaka

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

There’s only one thing in the world that’s more important to Dehaka than gathering Essence, and that’s surviving by any means necessary. Dehaka will never just lay down and die—as long as there’s more essence to be gathered, more ways for him to adapt and stay alive.

Diablo

The Devil Ain’t Lazy by Bob Wills

Say what you want about Diablo, but at this point we all know that the big red demon is most definitely NOT lazy. He’s come back from the dead twice so far on our watch, saying nothing about all the destruction and mayhem he’s caused. Working 24 hours a day? We know overtime isn’t a consideration for the Lord of Hell—no siree!

E.T.C.

Party Hard by Andrew W.K.

E.T.C. brings the party to every battle he’s part of with his Mosh Pit—among other things. Nobody knows how to party hard in the real world like Andrew W.K.

Johanna

Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Johanna likes to use her Shield Glare ability to blind her enemies before going in for the kill. Plus, she likes a sick guitar riff.

Leoric

Clap Hands by Tom Waits

Tom Waits has been known to embody many fantastical beings in his songs. He may not have been going for “Spooky Skeleton King” in Clap Hands, but you can practically hear King Leoric cast out his ghost hand for Drain Hope in the background of this eerie, wispy track. The bony percussion in the background bolsters the skeletal vibe as well.

Muradin

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Muradin is the kind of dwarf who’s into classic rock. Seeing as he leaves his enemies thunderstruck—literally—could there be any better theme song for the Mountain King? (With apologies to Edvard Grieg, of course.)

Rexxar

Leaning On A Bear by Purson

This swirling and hypnotic single takes us on a psychedelic patrol through the wilderness of Azeroth and transports us to the carnival-esque fairgrounds of the Nexus. Rexxar does not fear these strange new worlds—he’ll lean on Misha for support and the beastmaster’s foes will take the bait like fish tonight.

Sonya

Raise Your Horns by Amon Amarth

“Victory we fought hard and prevailed/Brutally we were fighting//Eagerly we filled the waves with enemies/hungrily ravens cawing” …Just picture Sonya blasting this into her headphones as she whirls around mightily with her two giant steely blades.

Stitches

Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede

STITCHES LIKE HOOK. HOOK MAKE STITCHES FEEL HAPPY. STITCHES HOOKS EVERYONE WITH FEELINGS.

Tyrael

Send Me An Angel by Real Life

Every time the mortal denizens of Sanctuary have called out for help, Tyrael has flown down—or sometimes rocketed down—to come help. What a guy. 

Varian

One Shot at Glory by Judas Priest

A righteous king willing to sacrifice everything for his people, Varian Wrynn never shied away from a fight. One Shot at Glory reminds us of the Alliance’s initial raid on the Broken Shore, when Varian made the ultimate sacrifice to save his allies. Though he fell in battle that day, his spirit lives on in the Nexus.

Zarya

Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme from “Rocky”) by Bill Conti

Zarya trains hard for every fight, and Ivan Drago’s got nothing on this Unstoppable Competitor. Pain is Temporary, but her strength might just help you win the battle.

I admit, I may be taking this sort of thing far too seriously. While some of these choices are truly inspired, others are a serious stretch — or lean too hard into a joke. These are theme songs! Their job is to embody the essence of a character. They not only need to be on-topic, but thematic. Just because Leaning on a Bear has “bear” on the title doesn’t make it a Rexxar song. And Johanna is way too hard-as-nails for Blinded by the Light to do anything for me. Leaning into joke territory certainly does work for characters with sillier characterization, however. Stitches and Cho’gall work just fine with their choices.

While I do quite enjoy Matisyahu’s King Without a Crown, it’s perhaps presumptuous to use a strongly spiritual track as Artanis’s theme. High five to the Heroes team for Sonya’s viking metal, though. And if they didn’t choose K-Pop for D.Va, I might have slightly lost my mind. As for Claps Hands for Leoric… well, it’s a good song, so I’ll allow it. They seem to be accepting suggestions for the game’s other roles, so through the power of crowdsourcing, maybe we’ll end up with an actually awesome soundtrack as opposed to a string of eh, it kinda works.

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