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Free Hero Rotation (Jan. 5): Melee New Year!

Free Hero Rotation (Jan. 5): Melee New Year!

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  • Jan 07, 2016

This week’s free hero rotation features six melee heroes. Some team compositions consist entirely of melee heroes, based on the lane presence of Rona, Glaive or Phinn. We’ve seen Taka excel at every role on the Fold after roam Taka was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ in the VIPL! 

Each of these melee heroes must put themselves in harm’s way to be fully effective. It’s an exciting tradeoff of risk and reward for these heroes to reach their full potential. However, some of the most satisfying combos are achieved by melee heroes, like when Glaive throws himself into the enemy team and manages to Afterburn the enemy carry back to his team! Feel the rush of putting yourself in harm’s way for a chance at clinching victory!


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.


Rona is a deadly berserker who is always ready to leap into battle. She holds her own in melee combat, unleashing enormous damage on everyone who stands and fights. Rona is most often played in the jungle, pairs well with protectors and works well with both weapon and crystal builds.


Ardan is a powerful protector who dramatically changes the landscape of teamfights. Able to rescue friends from certain death and turn lost battles around with his powerful terrain-changing ultimate, Ardan brings immense utility to the team. Start Ardan in either the lane or jungle, depending on which ally you want to protect most.


Phinn is an unstoppable tank who brings the fight to him. He pairs incredibly well with other heroes who don’t back down from battle. Phinn is strongest with defense and utility items, and he’s able to absorb immense amounts of punishment, protecting teammates while they dish out damage.


Glaive has one of the most feared abilities in the game: a jet-powered Afterburn strike that will slice through you and blast you back into a tactically fatal position. In teamfights, Glaive’s area-of-effect cleave and Bloodsong lifesteal makes him incredibly hard to bring down.


Krul is a jungle nightmare who dominates in 1v1 duels. Able to absorb massive amounts of damage and recover large portions of his own health mid-battle, Krul can bring the pain and survive a beating as long as he can stick to his target.


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.

Experience the risk and reward with six melee heroes available this week!