StarCraft fans have long known Terran (read: human) hero Tychus Findlay as a cigar-chomping loveable grump. Sadly, Heroes of the Storm players will only get to know him as a loveable grump. That's right: they put out the guy's smoke.
Heroes of the Storm fans first discovered this glaring omission last night when Blizzard released a new trailer for its up-and-coming MOBA to commemorate the game's entrance into open beta. It ended with a few premium character skin showcases, one of them being for "Prisoner Tychus" — a version of Tychus as he appears in his incarcerated getup, much like his role in the famous first teaser trailer for StarCraft 2:
Only one thing was missing all of a sudden:
Adding insult to injury was the fact that the Prisoner Tychus skin originally had cigar:
Fans of the space marine haven't been very happy with the new cigar-less Tychus:
— Rick America (@UnCoolBear) May 20, 2015
And why would they be? Tychus' cigar is practically canon! "Cigar" is even an entry in the StarCraft Wikia. Isn't Heroes of the Storm supposed to be a piece of Blizzard fan-fiction?
Some disaffected Heroes players have speculated that the cigar's removal has something to do with the game's ESRB rating — which is currently T for Teen. The game's ESRB page doesn't mention any references to tobacco or tobacco usage — both of which are official "content descriptors" used by the ESRB when rating games, so they may very well be right. A Blizzard representative wasn't available to comment on the cigar controversy this morning.
All I can say is: the removal of the cigar doesn't bode well for diehard StarCraft fans curious about giving Heroes of the Storm a try.
"Gotta check SCII intro if Raynor is still drinking in bar," one Heroes player said on a Reddit thread about the cigar removal. "I have a bad feeling about this."