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When I first heard Blizzard was making their own MOBA, I couldn't help but roll my eyes and imagine what a toxic cesspool of a game it would be.
Well, from what I've seen, I was wrong.
If I had to compare this game to any other game, I would have to compare it to.... Team Fortress 2. Stick with me as I explain why.
Many of the top FPS games were games like Counterstrike where the game play was super hardcore and VERY unfriendly to new players. Then comes along Team Fortress 2, where Valve takes the first person shooter genre, simplifies the core game play enough to where most anyone can play it, but it's still a very high level competitive game, especially since the classes items are specific to that class and team composition is key.
This game is like that in many ways
Blizzard may have removed things that are MOBA staples like items, last hits, individual levels, and such, but this doesn't water down the game. You still have talents to choose, which lets you focus on different aspects of your hero. Given that you never have to return to your base and spend time purchasing items, it keeps you in the battle more.
Some people may think, "Well, that removes a layer of the game, therefore, it is watered down!" Not really. HotS is a more aggressive game than most MOBAs. Also, each level has objectives to complete. If you ignore the objectives, you will most likely lose and lose big.
For instance, if you try to ignore the objectives in Blackheart's Bay, you're going to be crushed because your opponent is going to scoop up the coins, turn them in, and Blackheart is going to pave the way to victory for your enemy by tearing your defenses down. The odds of you overpowering your opponent and plowing through to their core and destroying it while ignoring the objective is pretty much nil, unless your opponents are very, very bad players.
On top of that, you have the camps. You beat down (or bribe) the enemies to take control of them. If you ignore them and your opponent doesn't, you're going to have a bad time, especially once they send the boss after you.
If you're wondering if this game is for you, just ask 3 questions.
1. Do you enjoy pvp?
2. Are you willing to accept the fact that you're going to lose about as much as you win?
3. Are you patient enough to study a hero and play it long enough to master it?
If you answered no to any of them, then no, this game isn't for you. I suppose you could stick with the vs ai mode, but that mode is super easy to win and only for learning the basics of using a hero and learning to play the game.
Is this game perfect? No game is perfect, but it is standard Blizzard. Take a genre, make it more accessible.