Japan enters Heroes of the Storm as its latest minor region, with its recently announced inclusion to the next Horizon Clash.

Japan, despite its lack of language localization, stands out for its high-spirited community and local tournaments. It now joins Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region. Japanese teams can register for the Clash starting now until July 25, with qualifiers starting July 28.

Interestingly, Lead Hero Designer, Matt Villers, replied to a post on Reddit concerning Japan’s inclusion. Villers often publicly posts in Japanese on Twitter and frequently responds directly to the Japanese Heroes community. So, his positive support for this announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Japan upgraded to minor region from blizztracker_heroes

However, some might say Villers possibly showed undue bias in his strong support for the Japanese community. Villers might have realized this as well, as he later deleted this post.

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Butch Cross
Butch “Eo” Cross is a Blizzard enthusiast through and through. A US Navy veteran, he spends his free time engrossed in Heroes of the Storm, as well as World of Warcraft. He currently serves the Heroes community as a free-lance writer, community competition commentator, and coach.

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