Yes! Make sense.
No! I have my doubts.
I'm not sure. Maybe.
Unless something has changed since you made the op I still don't see how any of this rules out any of blizzard's games. You'd want to cover your bases and you can make a mobile stats app for anything that tracks them. I'd assume a competitive anything would have stats recorded, or a character sheet, or whatever. Not saying it can't be WoW related of course, I'm just saying we don't actually have evidence to go on at all.
I apologize if these are coming off as attacks, because that's not my intent.
"A man chooses, a slave obeys."
As far as we know, there is nothing for All-Stars which will be done through mobile. As in, a major feature. This is key.
Now, I'm not saying my evidence is conclusive, but I am saying it makes it reasonable to believe that HotS is for WoW, not All-Stars or Hearthstone.
I don't see any of this as misinformation. I see it as rational deductions based on the available information. It is, in my view, far more reasonable to believe HotS is for WoW than for Hearthstone or All-Stars.
The name fits.
The trademarking date fits.
The Goods and Services text fits.
Heroes of the Storm doesn't yet appear on the Canadian trademark database (although it was last updated September 24th). I think this would be the most conclusive because you have to pay the 250 dollar fee at the time of the application in Canada. Making it 100% troll proof.
It's laughable at best. They can be fun when the OP isn't defensive and adamant that they alone hold the key. Alas, this thread is an example of the worst of them.
They applied for the MoP trademark 8/22 2011. Which is over 2 weeks later than the US application.
They applied for the TM for World of Warcraft on August 31st 2001.
So anybody who followed the Canadian Trademark database avidly would have known about World of Warcraft almost a year before Warcraft 3 even came out.
EDIT: ^ If anything that shows just how long an R&D cycle Blizzard has. Chances are the next xpac was already storyboarded by the time burning crusade came out.
EDIT 2: Also, it appears that you can't search the canadian database via registrant name. So any applications that are under their registrant's name will be difficult to find.
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Some things they have said directly, like knowing about WotLK when vanilla was out. Basically the thematic elements and concepts are already established. It's the particulars that they hammer out over time. TBC was probably 'finished' planning wise very soon after original WoW launched.
If you think about it, it has to be that way in any case. Voice actors, composer, cinematics team, quest designers...all these people need ample time for writing, recording, etc. We like to think that they can just whip these things up overnight, but it's a pretty involved process. One of the reasons intial MMO production lasts 5+ years and takes millions of dollars.
Frankly, I think you're over-analyzing a bit on the whole name thing. The whole "Heroes of the Storm" name seems very vague and doesn't give any implication as to what we could be doing. It's very unlike Blizzard to designate a name to an expansion, where the name doesn't give the least idea as to what the expansion is about. Compare this to the other expansion names:
"Wrath of the Lich King" The Lich King was implying his wrath upon us and we went to kill him
"Cataclysm" The Cataclysm was an event that happened as a direct consequence of Deathwing's uprising
"Mists of Pandaria" We went to Pandaria.
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It was probably along the lines of "Hey, let's make Warcraft into an MMO". "Sure, and we can have some players be horde, some players be alliance, and they can fight each other." "But what if somebody wants to be Horde, and be a good guy?" "I know, let's make another Warcraft game where it turns out the horde was under a magical spell...no... demonic influence!" and that's probably where Warcraft 3 came from.
EDIT:^ Hence also why Thrall was "Hyper good" and the Alliance was full of morally ambiguous douchebags up until the end of Wrath of the Lich King. Because the Horde and Alliance had to be morally equalized.
What if they are planning on combining the speculated names?
"The Dark Storm"
"The Storm Below"
Blizzard is really trying to ruin the series, I don't understand why. I started playing when Wotlk was the new and exciting expansion. I miss it!
Heroes of the Storm is showing on the Canadian TM site now, I'm certain it's a legit TM but I am skeptical it will be X5.
But, didn't Blizzard All-Stars get canned? Also they are 1 month away from the X5 reveal so they have to have registered the trademark by now or risk it being stolen.
So unless there is another TM out there filed recently I guess this must be it.