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Heroes of the Storm News - The Heroes of the Storm team is preparing to unleash the "2.0" version of the game and what better way to celebrate such a momentous event than by giving away free stuff? In this case, players can score TWENTY HotS Heroes just by logging in. Heroes are grouped together in any one of four bundles, each with a theme attached. The event will begin on April 25th and run through May 22nd. Once in game, you'll receive 100 gems, enough to purchase one of the bundles.

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  • ysn888ysn888 istanbulMember UncommonPosts: 21
    edited April 21
    Cool move Blizz ! Looking forward to get back for some games .. ( When i ragequit dota2 ofc )
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  • NycteliosNyctelios Novo Hamburgo - RS - BrazilMember EpicPosts: 2,054
    Of course, loot boxes, that's what every single HoTs player asked for; loot boxes.

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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 16,079
    One game where Blizzard continues to struggle hard, LoL and Dota2 are still 95% of the MOBA pie.

  • Soki123Soki123 Kelowna, BCMember RarePosts: 2,283
    As popular as those 2 no, struggle not even close.
  • YaevinduskYaevindusk Ul''dah, CAMember UncommonPosts: 1,904
    I'd say it's one of the most updated MOBAs in the market; the rate in which they release quality new maps, heroes, updates is impressive. Actually puts WoW -- a game people paid some $415 (Box+ subs) during WoD for a selfie patch and "new" area that was announced to be a 6.0 release -- to shame in a lot of ways. They picked up the pace with WoD, but it's still relatively inferior to other MMOs; it only appears okay since a lot of people are comparing to to WoD.

    Always a sad reminder that the industry is based on popularity rather than quality; once you're the "big guy" of a genre, you can slack off for years on end and people will still throw money at you while others update thrice as frequently (each with higher quality) and work their ass off without being given proper chances or having to fight tooth and claw to obtain such.

    Not that Blizzard needs more money... They are already the "big guy" of Arena Shooters, RTS, MMOs, Card Games and Hack 'N Slash. The latter also being somewhat depressing as there are amazing hack and slash games out there in the same predicament.

    WoW has been doing this to new MMOs for years; the only one that has really broken through it all was Final Fantasy XIV. Not only did it acquire a strong subscription base after its remake, but their budget was doubled for Heavensward and then Tripled beyond that for Stormblood. As an annoyed side note, I've been trying to get FFXIV's lorebook for about a year now (it seems), but it's always sold out the moment it gets in stock. :(
  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHMember RarePosts: 3,557
    I enjoyed it for what it was and played casually for about a year doing dailies. What is wasn't was a compelling MOBA to compete with DOTA2 and LoL. I never believed it would surpass those games as it seemed like they made a huge misstep in removing items. But I didn't think they'd be so far behind.


    They would need to overhaul their core design and create some well paying tournaments to make a dent in the two juggernauts at the top.
  • Lyuke13Lyuke13 Member CommonPosts: 5
    I can't understand why a lot of you guys think that giving away 20 heroes (that u buy within the game, with game gold, made while playing) as HoTS is losing against two other MOBA that are completely different from the way you play HoTS.

    Yes it can be that the user base was stagnant (still i had to wait like max 30 seconds for the most played hero to find a match), but saying it is failing compared to DOTA2 and LoL is like saying FF XIV is failing compared WoW because WoW has more subscriber (and even there, i'm not so sure).

    People have different things they like and different way to play. For me HoTS is the best MOBA because it make u play with the team, it spur the team to move together for the same objective more then farming gold for buying item and become stronger (alone, usually).

    Sorry for the rant, but recently so many people online are going around saying "oh, hots it's dieing, they are giving free heroes and chaning so much other things, they really must be dieing", actually no, even talking about the PRO world, i think HoTS has is niche players and viewers. Surely nothing compared to LoL PRO world but as most said, when you become the most popular, people play/view your game just because, while not even giving a chance to a game that keep innovate himself with new maps, new heroes with different mechanics etc.
  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News Manager The CitadelMMORPG.COM Staff EpicPosts: 24,468
    Agreed @Lyuke13!

    I love HotS and have never enjoyed or gotten into LoL or SMITE. It's a great deal and I'm looking forward to it. :) 


  • yonpachiyonpachi SurabayaMember UncommonPosts: 65
    It's been always like that. When you are already on the top, the only thing that is going to happen is you are going to tumble and fall down. Remember Altavista days, no one gave a damn to Google back then. Same with Facebook, back in my day no one had FB account, in my country it was Friendster who was in the top, in your case it might be Myspace.

    People need to stop being mindless drone following trends around, and just play games that you really enjoy.
  • XingbairongXingbairong SofiaMember UncommonPosts: 271
    Well said @Lyuke13

    I used to play LoL a lot and was even close to challenger, but honestly farming the first 15-20-30 minutes just so you can oneshot later when you have all the items wasn't that fun for me after I saw the idea that HotS brought.

    I like HotS because things happen faster(games are shorter), you need to play with the team. Even if 1 person is goofing it's almost impossible to win(of course that's sometime a minus when that guy is doing it on purpose). But definitely what I like the most is the objectives each map have. Really looking forward to Hanamura.

    Also 1 big thing that people tend to forget to mention is the community. While HotS have quite a few jackasses(most aren't rude, but would throw game on purpose), that's all they are... it's not like in LoL where I don't want to even use the words I have in my mind to describe part of the community. Someone throwing a game is the least of your issues in LoL. There are usually families and death involved in the chat. It's a horrid thing :P
  • josko9josko9 asdsa, CTMember RarePosts: 526
    edited April 21
    I mean we get it that Blizzard tried to compete with LoL and failed miserably, but for those of us that had realistic expectations that was kinda expected. You just don't compete with LoL, it's share of the Moba market is likely at 85-90% (yes even Dota is far far behind). LoL actually made $2 billion of revenue last year, which is more than all of Blizzard's games combined. With 100mil active monthly players, it's without a single doubt by far the most popular game on the planet (of all time).



    I actually still prefer HotS though. It's just way more relaxing game in my opinion, easy to learn, hard to master I guess. I don't really find it that competitive as LoL. Mind you, I'm not a pro player, currently at Gold Rank in Team League after just playing 10 placement matches, but boy does it start to get toxic at that rank. What people don't understand is, that in 90% of the cases the match is already lost at the draft.
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  • DakeruDakeru Member EpicPosts: 3,096
    I wonder if they will give a discount if you have parts of the bundle (like they do with the current shop) or if this is purely to lure in new players.

    Also.. does someone know if gold will keep the same value as it does right now?
  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILMember EpicPosts: 3,767
    You play HotS if you want to you enjoy yourself and relax. You play LoL if you want to rage, drown in waste or feed your god complex.

    I played HotS in spurts, for me its the perfect game to chill with friends in. I'm also looking at MXM, PvE co-op looks surprisingly fun. I didn't care much for its moba arena the tiny bit I tried it. I'll put more time into it when it launches.
  • chanmingchanming Member UncommonPosts: 52
    edited April 21
    I played dota 2 for 300 hours and lol for 30 hours. In my opinion, hots is the most fun moba both for character design and gameplay wise. It is just amazing to see all those warcraft, diablo and starcraft characters in the game. I hate OW characters though. They are always out of place, god damn it...
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  • lahnmirlahnmir UtrechtMember RarePosts: 688
    The usual anti Blizzard crap over here, they haven't taken the number 1 spot so they failed? Amazing deal and will reinstall just for that. Grinding out 20 heroes (or less when you own a couple) takes some serious time. Great deal for a great game, big thumbs up.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 16,079

    lahnmir said:

    The usual anti Blizzard crap over here, they haven't taken the number 1 spot so they failed? Amazing deal and will reinstall just for that. Grinding out 20 heroes (or less when you own a couple) takes some serious time. Great deal for a great game, big thumbs up.



    /Cheers,

    Lahnmir



    Who said that they failed for not taking #1 spot?

    That is pure conjecture.

    Blizzard as any game company wants to have the highest playerbase possible and make as much money as possible.

    It is no secret that Blizzard wants to have a #1 game in terms of revenue and playerbase - this was their vision with HotS - it nevet happened, which is why I said "they continue to struggle" - as they have been able to dominate the market with other products.

    So HotS being a fun game, and having enough playerbase to make it work - all of that is true, I was not talking about that at all.

    In Blizzards eyes HotS never got to the spot in terms of playerbase that they wanted, they see HotS as the #1 underpwrformer internally as well as the most atruggling product in terms of not taking a significant % of the MOBA market, which is what Blzzard wants.


    That was my point.

    Not sure why people took it to personal level how HotS is not fun etc... i wasnt talking about that at all
  • PonkuPonku PiasecznoMember UncommonPosts: 6

    DMKano said:

    One game where Blizzard continues to struggle hard, LoL and Dota2 are still 95% of the MOBA pie.






    I played a lot of LoL and enjoyed it very much,played some Dota2, some Smite. And then played HotS. Dont think i would ever want or need to go back to any other. The quality and content of those game are so far behind HotS for me that i doubt if thosee 3 were released in the same time there would be any competition between them. The only reason LoL or Dota2 are more popular is because they were relesed earlier and gathered already a huge playerbases.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 16,079

    Ponku said:



    DMKano said:


    One game where Blizzard continues to struggle hard, LoL and Dota2 are still 95% of the MOBA pie.











    I played a lot of LoL and enjoyed it very much,played some Dota2, some Smite. And then played HotS. Dont think i would ever want or need to go back to any other. The quality and content of those game are so far behind HotS for me that i doubt if thosee 3 were released in the same time there would be any competition between them. The only reason LoL or Dota2 are more popular is because they were relesed earlier and gathered already a huge playerbases.




    Nothing wrong with liking HotS more.

    The reason why Dota2 anf LoL are far more popular is as far as esports level of play they are FAR better games than HotS.

    HotS is moba-lite, its like a bike with training wheels on. Its great for casuals and there is nothing wrong with that.

    But HotS has no serious esport potential which is why it doesnt have 10s of million of players
  • BruceYeeBruceYee Member UncommonPosts: 838
    The last time they gave away heroes I think it was 8 and now it's 20. Will it be all heroes next?

    I understand giving away 20 free may entice players to continue playing because it's free stuff but it is a little unfair to those who paid money for those same heroes. If you think about how much hero tuning they do in the first two months after one is released the paying players are almost testing them out until they get to the place where they no longer need to be adjusted and then they just end up giving them away for free with promotions like this.
  • Asch126Asch126 BayamonMember UncommonPosts: 139
    The Assassin bundle has Specialists, the "Support and Specialists" bundle has tanks and the Tanks and Bruisers [wut] has Assassins.

    Those bundles are so strange. The Assassin bundle has Sylvanas, one of the best Specialists in the game, yet the Specialist bundle doesn't have her? Chen, Dehaka and ETC, with Dehaka and ETC being some of the best tanks in the game, are in the Specialist and Support bundle, yet not in the Tank and Bruiser bundle?
  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDMember EpicPosts: 21,093

    DMKano said:



    Ponku said:





    DMKano said:



    One game where Blizzard continues to struggle hard, LoL and Dota2 are still 95% of the MOBA pie.
















    I played a lot of LoL and enjoyed it very much,played some Dota2, some Smite. And then played HotS. Dont think i would ever want or need to go back to any other. The quality and content of those game are so far behind HotS for me that i doubt if thosee 3 were released in the same time there would be any competition between them. The only reason LoL or Dota2 are more popular is because they were relesed earlier and gathered already a huge playerbases.






    Nothing wrong with liking HotS more.

    The reason why Dota2 anf LoL are far more popular is as far as esports level of play they are FAR better games than HotS.

    HotS is moba-lite, its like a bike with training wheels on. Its great for casuals and there is nothing wrong with that.

    But HotS has no serious esport potential which is why it doesnt have 10s of million of players


    I'd say it has much more to do with how long each has been around. LOL and DOTA2 are what spawned the mainstream craze of the mods that came before them. Each has a steady lock on many mainstream Esports, as well as players. When there is advancement as well as collection involved people tend to stick with the game they've gained the most in, (for better or worst). It's hard to step in late in the game in such markets, just like it has been in MMOS competing against Blizz..

    They wouldn't have done half as well in the team shooter arena if TF2 wasn't so dated at this point. That genre was ripe for the picking it seems, the MOBA on the other hand is a different story. 

    For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson


  • PonkuPonku PiasecznoMember UncommonPosts: 6

    BruceYee said:

    The last time they gave away heroes I think it was 8 and now it's 20. Will it be all heroes next?



    I understand giving away 20 free may entice players to continue playing because it's free stuff but it is a little unfair to those who paid money for those same heroes. If you think about how much hero tuning they do in the first two months after one is released the paying players are almost testing them out until they get to the place where they no longer need to be adjusted and then they just end up giving them away for free with promotions like this.



    There were a lot less heroes to choose from when last time the gave away free ones, so right now the give away more. And it is probably the most important update to the game since release, so a special bigger award is totaly understandable.

    And about it being unfair - its not. Its like buying games for example. Do you think it is not fair that you buy a game at release for full price and a year later it us at big discount? Or some even older games given away free with bundless and such? When you buy anything, its totally understandable that the price of it may change. What you are paying more for, is the possibility of using it sooner. You payed for those heroes some time ago and you could have playwd them for a long time before all those other players that will get them now for free. That was the privilege you paid for.
  • kitaradkitarad RomeMember EpicPosts: 3,528
    I played League of Legends but I am not terribly good at clicking on skills fast and was soundly beaten by the AI. Then people start to abuse you for playing poorly without explaining what I was doing poorly. I watched some videos and tried to improve and even tried out support classes which pissed off the person I was supporting even more. I decided I am not cut out for this genre and point click movement works in JRPG but for a game that requires me to act quickly I found it hampered me a lot. I tried Smite and discovered I sucked at that too even though the movement was WASD. The conclusion was I suck and not the game.

  • KanethKaneth Member UncommonPosts: 2,254

    Dakeru said:

    I wonder if they will give a discount if you have parts of the bundle (like they do with the current shop) or if this is purely to lure in new players.

    Also.. does someone know if gold will keep the same value as it does right now?


    The bundles are something special for HotS 2.0 launch. Log in, get 100 gems, pick a bundle. That amount of gems is like a couple of bucks. If you check the HotS reddit, there's a spreadsheet where you can plug in which heroes you own and it'll show you which bundle has the most value for you. Unless there's just a hero you want really bad. Pick a bundle first, and then open your vet loot chests you get. Any duplicate will result in shards and you can use those to buy stuff like skins, mounts, etc.

    Gold will be used to buying new heroes and rerolling loot boxes. So the value stays relatively the same. Can't buy master skins with them, since they are no long master skins.


    Asch126 said:

    The Assassin bundle has Specialists, the "Support and Specialists" bundle has tanks and the Tanks and Bruisers [wut] has Assassins.



    Those bundles are so strange. The Assassin bundle has Sylvanas, one of the best Specialists in the game, yet the Specialist bundle doesn't have her? Chen, Dehaka and ETC, with Dehaka and ETC being some of the best tanks in the game, are in the Specialist and Support bundle, yet not in the Tank and Bruiser bundle?


    The bundles all have themes to them. The assassin bundle is for heroes with a more aggressive playstyle. Sylvanas is also in the flex bundle, which gives a wide variety of different roles. The support and specialist bundle is more of a mix of warriors and supports, those warriors can have fairly supportive roles, like ETC can go prog rock build and off-heal the team, chen can provide shields to his team, zarya is the same. Like how Alarak, Thrall and Kharazim are in the tanks and bruisers bundle, as each of them can take a decent beating and can act as pseudo-front line if played well.

    Looking at the bundles, there's a good variety of a lot of different roles. I wouldn't get hung up on the names too much.
  • AeanderAeander Walker, LAMember RarePosts: 1,332

    DMKano said:



    Ponku said:





    DMKano said:



    One game where Blizzard continues to struggle hard, LoL and Dota2 are still 95% of the MOBA pie.
















    I played a lot of LoL and enjoyed it very much,played some Dota2, some Smite. And then played HotS. Dont think i would ever want or need to go back to any other. The quality and content of those game are so far behind HotS for me that i doubt if thosee 3 were released in the same time there would be any competition between them. The only reason LoL or Dota2 are more popular is because they were relesed earlier and gathered already a huge playerbases.






    Nothing wrong with liking HotS more.

    The reason why Dota2 anf LoL are far more popular is as far as esports level of play they are FAR better games than HotS.

    HotS is moba-lite, its like a bike with training wheels on. Its great for casuals and there is nothing wrong with that.

    But HotS has no serious esport potential which is why it doesnt have 10s of million of players


    It's funny, because at the level that most players (even ranked players) play at, HotS is by far the best experience. It just doesn't have the high-end level of play that the others have. 

    If I had to levy a complaint against HotS, it would be that it is overly repetitive. This, unfortunately, is an issue with most of the genre. League of Legends has hosted a largely stagnant, oppressive metagame in all levels of play for years - causing me to long since abandon a game that I once enjoyed and spent way more money and time in than I'd like to admit. This same boring lane setup has infected almost the entire genre. Smite works almost identically to League in this. Paragon works almost identically to League in this. And so on and so forth. For a different experience, one essentially has to play DotA2 - and that game certainly isn't without issues of its own.
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