See also New Player Guide

Heroes of the Storm[2] (formerly titled Blizzard DotA, and Blizzard All-Stars)[3] is a hero brawler.[4] It is free-to-play[5] and is released digitally.[6] Formerly a mod for StarCraft II, it has since become an independent product.[7] Blizzard is intent on pushing the game as an e-sport, and has a team dedicated to building e-sports and making deals with third-party sponsors.

The technical alpha began in March, 2014, and ended temporarily on September 22, 2014.[8] A closed beta began on January 13, 2015.[9] The game entered open beta on May 19, and received final release on June 2,[1] with physical release through its starter pack.[10]

Overview Edit

Also see the FAQ.

Premise Edit

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The Heroes of the Storm

Heroes from Azeroth, Sanctuary, and the Koprulu sector have been sucked into the Nexus, a transdimensional storm. Stranded in a strange limbo of clashing universes, these combatants are joined by the same fate—to engage in pulse-pounding combat, to team up in a deadly struggle for survival, and to answer the age-old question...who would win?[11]

Monetization Edit

Heroes of the Storm is free-to-play. Players can unlock heroes and other content just by playing the game. Cosmetic upgrades like skins, equipment, and mounts will be available. New heroes will also be released over time, along with new battlegrounds, though battlegrounds will probably be freely available to all players. It’s also possible that additional talent options for existing heroes could be available as unlockable content.[12]

Gameplay Edit

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The heroes do battle

Blizzard intends that Heroes of the Storm will have multiple maps.[13] Many of these battlegrounds share environmental features, like forts, which are sprinkled along the pathways between each team’s base. Each fort includes structures such as gates to prevent enemy movement and healing fountains for health and mana regeneration, in addition to a protective guard tower. Capturable watchtowers also mark important positions on many battlegrounds, offering vision on key areas.[11]

The game will feature an automated matchmaker, based on player skill.[14] It will have its own ladder.[15] Friends can be added which is useful for the party function, which can start a shared match based on those on the list.[16]

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Who has the advantage?

The average Heroes of the Storm game is designed to last approximately 20 minutes. The layout of the game encourages early team-based aggression. If all five members of a team go for the neutral boss early enough, or capture their jungle camps, there is no way that the enemy will be able to counter-push their lanes.[17] The game lacks a traditional laning phase, and is designed for non-stop action. As long as a hero is in each lane, their team will benefit.[18]

Each player is assigned a hero. During the match, waves of computer-controlled minions spawn from towers and advance along each lane. Heroes fight alongside their minions to destroy enemy towers and advance toward the enemy base while protecting their own. During their battles, the heroes gain experience, enabling them to become stronger.[13] A rejoin function exists for players who leave matches.[18]

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Thanksgiving, Nexus style

In addition to lane fighting, heroes can traverse the jungle and take advantageous objectives such as power nodes for different kinds of bonuses. These bonuses are guarded by mercenary camps.[13]

The gameplay will provoke aggression more than in DotA, where camping by a tower and last hitting the creeps was the best, but not intuitive or heroic-feeling strategy.[19] Heroes share experience and the game, and last hitting is absent.[20] The game displays how much experience each team has. This is intended to reinforce the team-oriented feel of the game.[17]

The game will have a map editor similar to the Galaxy Map Editor,[21] and a replay feature similar to that in StarCraft II.[16]

Camps Edit

There are mercenary camps in the jungle that, when defeated, will provide mercs in addition to lane minions to the winning player's side. The mercs will be more powerful.[22]

Mods Edit

Blizzard hopes to provide support for mods. However, there are potential issues with this due to Heroes being a free-to-play game.[23]

Mounts Edit

Heroes will be able to ride into battle on a mount, allowing quick returns to a fight and great mobility from one lane to another.[19] Mounts replace boots. They have a two second channel time and allow heroes to move around faster on their respective summoned mounts.[22] Each hero had their own mount in earlier builds. For instance, Kerrigan had a zergling.[24]

Structures Edit

Friendly and enemy towns dot the pathways between each base, and each town includes structures such as gates to prevent enemy movement and healing fountains for health and mana regeneration, in addition to a protective guard tower. Capturable watchtowers also mark important positions on many battlegrounds, offering vision on key areas.

Features Edit

Blizzard intends to add ranked play, especially social features (clans, groups, etc.)[18] A singpelayer mode akin to that found in Warcraft III may be added in the future.[25]

Development Edit

Main article: Heroes of the Storm/Development

Media Edit

Images Edit

Videos Edit

Defense of the Ancients

Reception Edit

As of May, 2015, the game has had 11 million beta sign-ups.[26]

Ratings Edit

  • Destructoid: 9.5/10[27]
  • Escapist: 4/5[28]
  • Gameinformer: 9.25/10[29]
  • IGN: 6.5/10[30]
  • PC Gamer: 84%[31]
  • Polygon: 7.5/10[32]

Trivia Edit

  • Heroes of the Storm is referred to by Blizzard as a "hero brawler," rather than the usual label of "MOBA" (multiplayer online battle arena). According to Dustin Browder, "one of the things we wanted to emphasise in the game was a lot of action. We felt like it captured the essence of what we're trying to create, a game where you jump in with your friends and battle it out with enemy heroes." Blizzard previously considered labeling the game as an "action real-time strategy" (ARTS, similar to DotA 2), or to modify the term to "fast-action real time strategy."[23]
  • Mike Morhaime refers to the game as "Blizzard: The Game," due to its use of Blizzard's franchises.[33]

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch December 12, 2017Note: In-game Camera height has been significantly increased in order to provide more visibility of the battlefield.; Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.
  • IconHotS (Patch November 29, 2017Note: Fixed an issue that caused game crashes on Mac clients.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 5, 2017Note: Heroes of the Storm has received new loading screen art to celebrate Kel’Thuzad’s arrival to the Nexus.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 11, 2017Note: If the Heroes of the Storm client is minimized, or not the current focus window, it will now retake focus.
  • IconHotS (Patch June 28, 2017Note: Fixed several issues that could cause the game client to crash.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 14, 2017Note: If a matchmaking queue is interrupted while the Heroes of the Storm client is minimized, or not the focus window, the player will now be notified in the task bar.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 14, 2017Note: Mac: Launching the Heroes of the Storm client on a Mac will no longer automatically increase mouse acceleration.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 27, 2016Note: Additional improvements have been made to Heroes of the Storm’s overall framerate, affecting all game modes and Battlegrounds.
  • IconHotS (Patch August 9, 2016Note: Significant improvements have been made to Heroes of the Storm’s overall framerate, affecting all game modes and Battlegrounds.

References Edit

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  20. 2014-05-21, Blizzard set out to make a StarCraft mod, and instead reinvented gaming's most popular genre. Polygon, accessed on 2014-05-22
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  24. Mike Fahey. 2011-10-24. The Queen of Blades is No Match for the New and Improved Blizzard DOTA. Kotaku. Accessed 2012-05-13.
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