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Free Hero Rotation (Aug 18): Try Joule, Fortress, Taka & More!

Free Hero Rotation (Aug 18): Try Joule, Fortress, Taka & More!

  • ReadyPlayer1
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  • Aug 18, 2015

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In this week’s free hero rotation, put together some deadly jungle duos with Taka, Fortress, Adagio and others. Plus, try your hand at Joule — the surprise pick by both World Champion Invincible Armada and European rival Unknown during the ongoing VIPL group stages. If you missed that phenomenal International Premier League match, watch it here, and check out this preview of the next set of LIVE VIPL games. The free rotation changes every Tuesday and applies only to the Casual queue.


FORTRESS (JUNGLE/PROTECTOR)

This Halcyon Well guardian is a snarling, frightening sight in the jungle. He stalks prey, closes in with teammates, flanks targets and creates challenging, multi-front confrontations. Stay near your allies and bite and claw your way to kills.


JOULE (JUNGLE/WARRIOR)

Joule is a hardened front-line fighter with built-in defensive plating. Joule’s abilities require proper aim to hit the target, but they have a devastating effect if you can aim properly.


TAKA (JUNGLE/ASSASSIN)

Taka is a stealthy assassin who weaves in and out of battle, eliminating targets with his switchblades. With proper timing and combat awareness, Taka can pick off an enemy and escape — only to reappear again for another kill.


ADAGIO (ROAM/PROTECTOR)

The master manipulator of large-scale battles, Adagio brings incredible teamfight presence with huge area-of-effect damage and team-saving abilities. He almost seems too good: He can heal. He can amplify damage. He can stun and nuke the entire enemy team … but none of these can be achieved easily without team-wide coordination. Adagio is extremely flexible and can start as laner, jungler or roamer.


SKAARF (LANE/MAGE)

Skaarf is a cute little flamethrower who thrives at dealing long-range and area-of-effect damage, especially during teamfights. However, his abilities are aimed, meaning you’ll need quick reflexes and good prediction to land those fireballs. Skaarf is often in lane but can also be effectively played out of the jungle. Go burn your way to glory!


RINGO (LANE/SNIPER)

Ringo is often played as the primary damage dealer for his team. He can shoot at blinding speeds and finish off fleeing enemies with an epic fireball that follows foes across the battlefield. Incredibly weak in the early game, Ringo players should focus on earning as much gold as possible in the lane before picking big fights.


ABOUT THE FREE HERO ROTATION

The free hero rotation unlocks six heroes each week to play as long and as much as you want in the Casual queue. It’s an opportunity to test drive heroes before using ICE or Glory to unlock them. The free rotation changes every Tuesday and heroes in the rotation usually won’t return for a few weeks or months afterward, so unlocking heroes is always worthwhile. The free rotation does not apply to Ranked play to ensure players are already very familiar with the heroes they play in that try-hard environment with skill tiers at stake.