Posts Tagged ‘Heroes Of The Storm’

HOTS stuff: Here’s 1000 Heroes Of The Storm Beta Keys

By RPS on April 23rd, 2015.

Blizzard’s free-to-play Doter Heroes of the Storm [official site] will enter open beta on May 20th, but that’s still one full month where your dreams of frolicking and fighting as Kerrigan, Diablo or the Lost Vikings will go unrealised.

Unless, of course, you get into the closed beta using one of the 1000 keys we’re giving away below.

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Heroes Of The Storm Release Date Open Beta

By Alice O'Connor on April 20th, 2015.

Crystal Maiden and Windrunner are, of course, the most delightful characters anyone could ever hope to play on the Doting fields. Who could ask for more? I suppose lots of folks are quite attached to Blizzard characters, though.

If you want to lock and lord as Kerrigan, Diablo, Nova, Illidan, and other Blizzard chappies without paying £30 to access the Heroes of the Storm [official site] beta, good news! Blizzard today announced that their free-to-play Dote ‘em up will enter open beta on May 20th, then officially launch on June 2nd.

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Big HotS: Heroes Of The Storm’s Big Head Mode

By Philippa Warr on April 1st, 2015.

It's like I'm back on Goldeneye 64 again

Purveyors of April Foolery, Blizzard, have temporarily added a giant head mode to Heroes of the Storm.

“Variety is the spice of life in Heroes of the Storm, and we’re always looking for new ways to allow players to customize their Heroes and infuse their personalities into the denizens of the Nexus,” they say. “Big Head Mode is just another step in that direction.”

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Heroes of the Storm Adds Spiders And Sylvanas

By Philippa Warr on March 25th, 2015.

Not going to be a problem for arachnophobes at all, no sir

The most recent Heroes of the Storm patch has arrived, bringing with it a new hero (Sylvanas) and new map, Tomb of the Spider Queen. Let’s take a gander at the patch notes, shall we?

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Heroes Of The Storm Could Net You $75k College Tuition

By Philippa Warr on March 9th, 2015.

We see what you did there

Heroes of the Storm [official site] developer Blizzard is hosting a student eSports tournament called Heroes of the Dorm. The grand prize: up to $75,000-worth of college tuition* for each member for the winning team.

eSports developers and third parties setting up initiatives for student players is not a new thing, but it has been generating more interest in the last year or two as the prizes on offer have increased. If you’re part of a great team you could earn a sizeable chunk of your university tuition. This isn’t about scouting for talented young players to recruit and put on the pro scene where eSports is a full time job. This is about eSports existing in tandem with compulsory and further education and how companies are approaching that. I don’t think I’ve talked about that on RPS so here are a few cool examples:

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Sylvanas Heroes Of The Storm Trailer, Ability Info

By Philippa Warr on March 6th, 2015.

QUEEN OF THE ABS

Blizzard have ruined my “I’ll only post about Heroes of the Storm [official site] once today” plan by releasing the official trailer for upcoming character, Sylvanas Windrunner.

Sylvanas Windrunner, Queen of ALL ABS ALL THE TIME the Forsaken, was a known quantity in that she’s been a confirmed HotS character since BlizzCon 2014 – I thought she’d been mentioned at a previous Blizzcon too, back when it was called Blizzard DOTA (I’m trying to find the bit in the panel video at the moment) – but there hadn’t been any detail on how she plays until the developer’s 2015 PAX East panel.

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Heroes Of The Storm Producer On Handling Toxic Players

By Philippa Warr on March 6th, 2015.

Just saying hi to my teamies...

Heroes of the Storm‘s [official site] lead game producer, Kaéo Milker, has gone into detail on how Blizzard are hoping to tackle toxicity in their fledgling MOBA. It’s a three-pronged approach looking at communication, incentivisation and punishment.

Milker was talking about the subject as part of a longer interview with Red Bull but this particular subject is one about which I feel strongly. It’s the worst aspect of actually playing MOBAs and gives the scene a bad name.

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The Lost Vikings Roll Out In Heroes Of The Storm

By Alice O'Connor on February 11th, 2015.

Sail away.

Blizzard are continuing to bounce merrily around their history with crossover throwdown MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site], this time digging up a new character from before their 16-year stretch of Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft. Or characters, I should say. Sorta. But not. Kinda. The latest addition, see, is The Lost Vikings from ye olde puzzle-platformer of the same name, and they’re technically one single ‘hero’ but you can control all three independently.

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Beta Buy-In: Heroes Of The Storm Selling Founder’s Pack

By Alice O'Connor on January 21st, 2015.

A wizard did it.

For the low, low price of £29.99, you too can become a wizard this very day! Simple Paypal me £29.99 and I will send you detailed instructions on how to turn curtains into robes, coloured card into a pointy hat, chopsticks into wands, and socks into familiars, along with helpful tips on how to remove glitter from carpets.

I mean, you could take that 30 quid and buy a Founder’s Pack for Heroes of the Storm, getting instant access to the beta and some wizards and a special mount and jazz, but that won’t help me.

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Impressions: Heroes Of The Storm Closed Beta

By Rich Stanton on January 16th, 2015.

Among my many professional failings is the inability to comprehend MOBAs. I understand the basic mechanics and have tried to enjoy both of the major players: gave LoL a real go for a few weeks then got bored, gave up Dota 2 after seven bewildering hours I’ll never get back. My regret is never reaching or understanding the fun part that must be there. Then I played Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm.

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Heroes Of The Storm Enters Closed Beta, Brings Thrall

By Philippa Warr on January 15th, 2015.

Thrall

Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard’s Blizzard-em-up) have moved from to closed beta. We’ll have a more detailed impressions piece up tomorrow evening but until then, here’s the basic update info.

Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s take on the MOBA genre – although they’d rather you called it a hero brawler. It features characters from all reaches of the Blizzardiverse doing battle on various maps. Each map has a unique objective which can be completed in order to earn a boost for your side.

To coincide with the move to beta, Blizzard has added a new map, a new hero (Thrall) and a ranked play mode. There’s also a draft mode which lets you try to create particular team compositions or try to counter-pick your opponents. For more on any/all of the above, read on:

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Heroes Of The Storm Enters Beta In January

By Ben Barrett on November 8th, 2014.

“Blizzard: The Game” as Mike Morhaime named it marches ever on toward release. Heroes of the Storm will be entering closed beta on January 13th. The difference between this and their current technical alpha, which is also invite only, will be a ramping up of frequency of invites and more polish in various areas. This was the most major of Blizzard’s announcements for the game during Blizzcon, but they detailed some other upcoming changes.

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Dote Night: 2014 – The Year Of The Noob

By Philippa Warr on July 25th, 2014.

[I'll try to think of witty captions for Pip's pictures -ed]

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.

Dota, League of Legends, Smite – these are complex games to get your head around and thus a good first impression is key.

Until this point the introductions tended to come via excited friends. People who popped up online or at the pub to announce, “Hey, I’ve found this awesome game which I think you’ll love and which we can play together. Won’t that be great?”

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