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[Preview] Heroes of the Storm: Heroes of the Storm Refines the MOBA

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,900MMORPG.COM Staff Rare

Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm recently entered a small "technical alpha", and I managed to somehow luck out and snag a key. I've been playing the game pretty much any chance I get since Friday, quite possible because it seems Blizzard's done it once again. They've taken what makes the MOBA genre work, extracted the good and left out what some might consider the bad. Read on to find out why it's eating up all my free time.

Bill Murphy's Heroes of the Storm Refines the MOBA

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  • I love it. I'm watching streams like 2 days now and god finally a moba with some new features. I want to play this game so bad...
  • mcrippinsmcrippins Dallas, TXPosts: 1,170Member Uncommon
    Hook me up with a key please, Bill! I will praise thee for many lifetimes!
  • wee21pwee21p boisbrian, TXPosts: 3Member
    look fun as hell 
  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,208Member Uncommon
    It's a MOBA so I hate it... but it's BLIZZARD so I love it... but it's a MOBA.... but it's......
  • ZeGermanZeGerman Andover, MAPosts: 209Member Uncommon
    Its a very smart decision by blizzard rather than competing with LoL and Dota2, which they probably couldnt do anyways, they are going into the casual MOBA market like smite.  The decisions they have made around team leveling and gold mean that they will likely never have a pro circut, then again most blizzard game esports suck anyways, but they will get alot of people just looking to have a bit of fun.
  • KidonKidon SesimbraPosts: 399Member Uncommon

    when will have an open beta?

     

  • HorusraHorusra maryland, MDPosts: 3,124Member Rare
    Originally posted by ZeGerman
    Its a very smart decision by blizzard rather than competing with LoL and Dota2, which they probably couldnt do anyways, they are going into the casual MOBA market like smite.  The decisions they have made around team leveling and gold mean that they will likely never have a pro circut, then again most blizzard game esports suck anyways, but they will get alot of people just looking to have a bit of fun.

    Yeah Blizzard esports suck....SC2 is only ranked number one on most esport sites and with combined game viewship Blizzard is only #1 by a hugh number.  But hey they suck right.....image

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,900MMORPG.COM Staff Rare
    Originally posted by Kidon

    when will have an open beta?

     

    No one knows yet, Kidon, but I'd bet by the end of the year. It's very polished as it is right now.

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  • Soki123Soki123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 1,860Member Uncommon
    One game I m really looking forward to. With WoD, D3 ROS, and this, Blizz is getting a lot of my attention this year.
  • ThanosxpThanosxp floripaPosts: 176Member Uncommon
    I like the game too. Slower than the other 3 big MOBAs, but  it's a great game. I just find weird that you talk bad about itemization, and talk well about talents: It's almost the same thing, in a different pack. You had builds (with items) in dota, lol and hon, now you have builds (from talents) here. Kinda weird to hype something here, and talk ill about something so close in other games. A bias, maybe?
  • DilweedDilweed EindhovenPosts: 222Member
    Originally posted by Thanosxp
    I like the game too. Slower than the other 3 big MOBAs, but  it's a great game. I just find weird that you talk bad about itemization, and talk well about talents: It's almost the same thing, in a different pack. You had builds (with items) in dota, lol and hon, now you have builds (from talents) here. Kinda weird to hype something here, and talk ill about something so close in other games. A bias, maybe?

    The difference is that you now only need to know the talents of your hero instead of all items in the game.

     
  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,900MMORPG.COM Staff Rare
    Originally posted by Dilweed
    Originally posted by Thanosxp
    I like the game too. Slower than the other 3 big MOBAs, but  it's a great game. I just find weird that you talk bad about itemization, and talk well about talents: It's almost the same thing, in a different pack. You had builds (with items) in dota, lol and hon, now you have builds (from talents) here. Kinda weird to hype something here, and talk ill about something so close in other games. A bias, maybe?

    The difference is that you now only need to know the talents of your hero instead of all items in the game.

     

    You also don't have to waste time going back to Base to purchase. Another small plus to having character specific builds, as opposed to crazy itemization.

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  • kertinkertin StraznicePosts: 92Member Uncommon
    Well HotS wont compete with LoL nor Dota 2 I am quite sure, I watched stream and I was really dissapointed. To be honest, even Smite and HoN seems to be more fun than HotS
  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaPosts: 10,785Member Rare

    I see Blizzard is really jumping on the cash shop bandwagon.7.99...7.99...7.99 that can really add up FAST.What is there well over 20..geesh that is like asking for 200 bucks to attain all the present content,let alone anymore or other items that come along.

    I believe this is the TRUE meaning behind streamlining the leveling effect,they WANT you to level up fast and buy more heroes.Basically the same gimmick as selling a new xpac in WOW and offering a 90 player because they know they wouldn't sell it otherwise.

    Even more incredible is they rehash all the same models from their other games,so cheap effort 101.Should just call the game HEROES of BLIZZARD !.

    As to the question of weather the streamline idea is good,i say yes of course but still the game overall is just a cheap browser looking game,low end models low end game world.I am not about to pop out 200 bucks to attain all content in a 1990's game.

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  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,208Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Wizardry

    I see Blizzard is really jumping on the cash shop bandwagon.7.99...7.99...7.99 that can really add up FAST.What is there well over 20..geesh that is like asking for 200 bucks to attain all the present content,let alone anymore or other items that come along.

    I believe this is the TRUE meaning behind streamlining the leveling effect,they WANT you to level up fast and buy more heroes.Basically the same gimmick as selling a new xpac in WOW and offering a 90 player because they know they wouldn't sell it otherwise.

    Even more incredible is they rehash all the same models from their other games,so cheap effort 101.Should just call the game HEROES of BLIZZARD !.

    As to the question of weather the streamline idea is good,i say yes of course but still the game overall is just a cheap browser looking game,low end models low end game world.I am not about to pop out 200 bucks to attain all content in a 1990's game.

    • All MOBA's are about encouraging players to spend money, their F2P model makes that essential to keeping the game running 
    • Heroes can be bought with ingame gold earned form playing the game, no need to spend money if you have the time
    • Skins and mounts can only be bought with real money but they're only cosmetic so meh.
    • They're all new models created specifically for the game and look fine to me
  • GoldenArrowGoldenArrow TurkuPosts: 1,182Member Uncommon

    I think blizzard managed to create a MOBA that is very light on toxicity.

    Can't wait for them to get it released, seems like a MOBA that would be a _pleasure_ to play :j

     

     

  • KostKost Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,975Member Common

    Luck had nothing to do with it, Blizzard is the most biased company on the planet when it comes to deciding who get's first wave invites.

    Always streamers and press, ALWAYS. As evidenced further by the fact that every single streamer who is big in Hearthstone was invited to HoTS.

     
  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,900MMORPG.COM Staff Rare
    Originally posted by Kost

    Luck had nothing to do with it, Blizzard is the most biased company on the planet when it comes to deciding who get's first wave invites.

    Always streamers and press, ALWAYS. As evidenced further by the fact that every single streamer who is big in Hearthstone was invited to HoTS.

     

    Hey Kost, I think it's actually luck for me. I got an email from PR saying that I wouldn't be included on the first wave because we don't cover MOBAs as much as MMOs and RPGs. I was cool with that. But then received an invite 2 hours later anyway. No one else on our team did get in, except some streamers (who are volunteers and not official staff).

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  • unclemounclemo ColoradoPosts: 454Member Uncommon
    I for one hope they don't use a F2P model as it leads to bad communities and players who constantly disconnect. Vote for box price discounted for owning another battle.net game plus cash shop. World of Tanks and LOL's F2P models attract a bad element and I don't play those games anymore because of the players they draw, which includes tons of botters and AFKers.
  • unclemounclemo ColoradoPosts: 454Member Uncommon
    Double post. Sorry.
  • sketocafesketocafe StoupaPosts: 889Member Uncommon
    I'm still waiting to hear how Blizzard's balancing skills combined with the lack of gold/items and shared xp don't mean that more games are won or lost in champ select than in any other MOBA.
  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,593Member Uncommon

    Looks like Blizzard took a genre, which is already pretty simple, and dumbed it down even further to make it more "fun".

    Im glad I haven't bought a Blizzard game since WoW was released, almost a decade ago.

  • JuaksJuaks Posts: 271Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Soki123
    One game I m really looking forward to. With WoD, D3 ROS, and this, Blizz is getting a lot of my attention this year.

    I agree. I am still not sure about WoD, but D3 RoS, Heartstone and HotS are getting a lot of my attention.

    I am eager to play Heroes of the Storm.

    Blizzard did it again.

  • InnkwellInnkwell Reno, NVPosts: 59Member

    This games features are definitely appealing and cosmetically its top notch. My real hope though is that League of Legends will see this as a real threat and FINALLY upgrade some of their awful character models and the summoners rift map. :P

    On a side note, Abathur looks awesome and  like an incredibly creative mechanic to play.

  • zellmerzellmer Fakesville, WIPosts: 442Member

    It's a really half assed LoL clone, much like that stupid DC one NOBODY talks about.

    I think everybody realizes that if you're going to play a Dota like game, it's either going to be Dota 2 or LoL while the cash ins/clones pretend they matter...

     

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