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Hey, guys!

I’m Elitsparkle, one of two editors of the

Icy Veins when they admitted last year that they had recycled their content. For those who don’t know me as a player: I am a master player from Europe who usually plays in the tank. Today I want to talk about my work at Icy Veins and what goes on behind the scenes.

The purpose of this post is to show everyone why and how Icy Veins is not what it used to be. Many positive changes have been made to the content, following a different strategy than the previous one. In case you missed it, check out the official announcement from three months ago here: Icy Veins 2.0 – build updates, new author, overlay app and more! You can also read how to contact us with your comments.

My past

Heroes of the Storm is my favorite game, a mix of strategy and fast-paced action. In fact, I’ve been playing it on and off for 4 or 5 years now. I like that each player can approach the game with a different micro/macro ratio to suit their own needs and abilities, and easily switch between heroes, especially if someone helps them choose good builds.

In my case, my microphone is definitely not the best, so I need to back it up with a solid macro. I am constantly improving my knowledge of the game by reading guides and discussing builds and talents with streamers and other knowledgeable players (mostly on the Wind Striders Discord server, but not exclusively). I like to play devil’s advocate for controversial talent, just to discuss it.

Talents meeting

When in doubt, ask. As soon as you ask, you can rest assured. If you’re sure, doubt again.

Although I am very familiar with the metagame, I still discuss it with others to gather different opinions. I keep checking the information because the metagame changes every month and there are always new builds available (not necessarily after the new patch).

Don’t automatically dismiss the opinions of others. When I talk to or listen to top players (including former pro players), I’ve found that even they disagree with some of the talent because they have a different style of play and therefore see the same hero from a different perspective (not wrong).

With that in mind, I think it’s important to make a clear distinction between what is objectively good and what is subjectively good, keeping in mind that some talents can be better or worse depending on context and skill level (see the recently added beginner builds for many Heroes).


To maintain the high quality of our content, even though each author handles his or her own guides, I periodically review all builds to see if anything is outdated, inaccurate, misleading or wrong. Sometimes I check the rest, but constructions are a higher priority. If I find something suspicious, I discuss it with other skilled players and/or bring it to the attention of the responsible author (all Master or Grandmaster players):

  • Derenache (34 heroes);
  • Oxygen (9 heroes, general list for low-middle ranks) ;
  • OutOfMilk (12 Heroes);
  • Elitesparkle (35 heroes, master level list for intermediate to high ranks, ARAM level list, and Stukov’s guide for advanced players on YouTube since I became a grandmaster, mostly using Stukov).

When Blizzard releases a new patch, our team provides us with data about new heroes and talents, so we can update the guides as soon as possible. Sometimes we need a few days to make sure the information provided is up to date. However, fast updates are always further tested after a few days.

Before being published, our content undergoes a proofreading carried out by a dedicated member of our team. This process is important to avoid spelling errors and reduce inaccuracies in our content. Sometimes that’s not enough. Your feedback helps us ensure that our content is well written, informative and relevant.


Thanks to all the players who contacted us when they noticed something strange, to all the experienced players who were happy to help us improve our content by discussing certain parts with us, and to our team for making all this possible!

Finally, I appreciate that Kyle Fergusson of
at Interconnect literally recommended (among other options) the now reborn Icy Veins as a reliable source for builds when we were asked in the last thread how we liked the talent…; a clear sign that our hard work has not gone unnoticed.

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