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Heroes of the Storm Overview
You can find more Heroes information on the Heroes of the Storm wiki.
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Heroes of the Storm
  • The game is about involving the Blizzard Heroes and playing with friends.
  • Warcraft 3 was when things really took off.
  • The WC3 editor and the new game mechanics were important in allowing players to create MOBA style games.
  • WC3 added lots of new art for players to use in the editor.
  • Blizzard originally made the feature rich tools for themselves, but players took them and made some awesome content.
  • The SC2 editor was a powerful tool, so the team took it and made a game with it. The feedback was positive and the team wanted to work on it some more.
  • The art made for Blizzcon was the basis for involving all of the different Blizzard universes.
  • Hearthstone is important to Heroes of the Storm because it captures the fun and essence of Warcraft in a card game. The Heroes team wants to do the same kind of thing with all the Blizzard universes in Heroes of the Storm.
  • Making Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft all fit together in the same game isn't too hard, Orcs have been standing next to demons for a long time.
  • Playing Arthas has to feel like you are in control of one of the most deadly heroes ever to exist. He can steal the souls of enemies he kills and have them follow him into battle.
  • You can choose your own Heroic Ability currently in Heroes.
  • Heroes lets the team go back and use characters from the past before they were changed, like Arthas.
  • Elite Tauren Chieftain also appears in Heroes. He can move quickly and heal himself. Stage Dive is his heroic ability, allowing him to jump on the enemy from out of nowhere. He also can force everyone to stop and dance briefly.
  • Abathur from SC2 also appears in Heroes. He can jump inside any friendly hero from far away, allowing him to shoot abilities from inside them. On his own he isn't dangerous at all.
  • Heroes have different skins that are as simple as color variations or entirely different models. (Diablo + Murloc, Starcraft Uther, Judgement Armor Uther)
  • Games last twenty minutes.
  • There are team levels rather than hero levels. This makes support heroes and specialist heroes viable options.
  • Battlegrounds provide opportunities to play with friends and a variety of gameplay settings. Maps can be taken out of the matchmade game rotation and new maps added.
  • Blackheart's Bay requires you to find chests, attack them, collect the coins. You take the coins to Blackheart. Other players are treasure goblins, carrying coins and trying to avoid you.
  • The Haunted Mines requires you to kill the undead underground and collect their skulls in a PvP/PvE dungeon. There is a boss that has a lot of skulls, so there is a big teamfight around him usually. Once all the skulls are collected, a golem appears for each team. The size of the golem depends on how many skulls you collect. They move across the map and smash things, so you have to choose to defend your or go and attack the oncoming golem. Wherever the golem dies is where it respawns next time it comes to life. Your team wants to keep it far away from your base.

Q&A
  • Two or three teamfights doesn't usually make the game unless the teams are very unbalanced.
  • Communication is important with how much of an impact strategy will have on the game outcome. Playing with friends is going to provide a better experience than playing with PuGs. The devs are going to try and make communication as easy as possible though.
  • The mounts in the game allow a team to group up quickly and move quickly out of combat.
  • Individual skill is nice, but you won't be able to make your hero much more powerful than anyone else. This game is about playing with a team, not an individual.
  • More customization beyond talents or powers will be looked at in the future.
  • Heroes will have competitive play, but becoming an e-sport will be up to the community.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Heroes of the Storm Overview started by chaud View original post
Comments 51 Comments
  1. holstein's Avatar
    I've never been a fan of MOBA, but I will play this.
  1. Tolgrim's Avatar
    What an awesome group of people on stage... gotta love them.
  1. HardlyWaken's Avatar
    Either people are watching closely, or this isn't a very popular topic... o.O
  1. Majad's Avatar
    Looks good so far.

    Small article here with some info: http://www.ongamers.com/articles/ini...storm/1100-69/
  1. Pandragon's Avatar
    lol at the Q&A. Obv they have never played a MOBA and only watch pro players. Talking about communication and team work. If there is a soloq, there wont be any of that cause all ppl in MOBAs want to do is have the most kills. Win or lose.
  1. Mkgego's Avatar
    And no one asked if this will be a free to play,like Hearthstone ?
    Only skins that costs money ?

    Like other MOBA I believe so :S
  1. ButterToast's Avatar
    The Red Shirt dude sure put alooooot of effort in his presentation today, good job dude!
  1. Majad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pandragon View Post
    lol at the Q&A. Obv they have never played a MOBA and only watch pro players. Talking about communication and team work. If there is a soloq, there wont be any of that cause all ppl in MOBAs want to do is have the most kills. Win or lose.
    The game seems quite good and its differences to say dota 2 or LoL are actually really appealing from what I've seen. I'd say Blizzard did a good job for a first moba game.

    As for soloq. People go there to win, whether they have X or Y kills is irrelevant to the game since it's not how you win it, not necessarily.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mkgego View Post
    And no one asked if this will be a free to play,like Hearthstone ?
    Only skins that costs money ?

    Like other MOBA I believe so :S
    True lol.
  1. DrMcNinja's Avatar
    Apparently it is free to play
  1. iceberg265's Avatar
    This looks incredibly cheesy.
  1. Mkgego's Avatar
    Ok, it´s free to play, only question remains for me is skins, I read in blizzcon you can choose skins but no one asked//have been said if the skins will be able to pick for free // pay // achievable through achievements etc etc etc ...

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrr
  1. Majad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mkgego View Post
    Ok, it´s free to play, only question remains for me is skins, I read in blizzcon you can choose skins but no one asked//have been said if the skins will be able to pick for free // pay // achievable through achievements etc etc etc ...

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrr
    If Blizz plans on making money through this game, skins will be obtainable through money methods only for sure.
  1. gwynnith's Avatar
    I'm not a huge MOBA fan but the setting and characters in this game could actually get me into the genre. Never thought I would be excited for a MOBA.
  1. Kaleredar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Majad View Post
    If Blizz plans on making money through this game, skins will be obtainable through money methods only for sure.
    That's pretty much how it works for other MOBA games.
  1. MrM3tod's Avatar
    wow i just want to play this game... any clues about when they will giving out beta or something like that? i really looking forward to 20 min fast phased games full of heros you like that you will always hesitate what to pick because they are all awesome
  1. Majad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleredar View Post
    That's pretty much how it works for other MOBA games.
    Yup. I don't why it would be different here.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrM3tod View Post
    wow i just want to play this game... any clues about when they will giving out beta or something like that? i really looking forward to 20 min fast phased games full of heros you like that you will always hesitate what to pick because they are all awesome
    The beta sign up is already up but no idea if you can get in now since it's still being talked about on BlizzCon.
  1. Arbs's Avatar
    So Chaud, Are we gunna get a Heroes of the Storm thread like Heathstone has ??
  1. Agartha's Avatar
    Everyone missing the 20 minute time limit. Not a serious moba. what a joke.
  1. Majad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Agartha View Post
    Everyone missing the 20 minute time limit. Not a serious moba. what a joke.
    LoL's Howling Abyss generally lasts around that time either and it's quite popular.

    20 minutes limit doesn't seem to be a determinant factor to label the game as bad or a joke.

    Won't know until we actually play it.
  1. MrM3tod's Avatar
    i didnt think they said there will be 20 min time limit. they said that the average time lenght of game is 20 min or am i wrong?

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