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Heroes of the Storm

4 months ago

Feature: After three years, what state is HOTS esports in?

The rise and fall and rise again of Heroes of the Storm esports

James “Bakery” Baker no longer plays Heroes of the Storm competitively. Before retiring through injury, the 21-year old Brit was the captain and support player for Team Dignitas, widely regarded as one of the best teams in Europe – and even the world. From 2015 to 2017 he played a major role in many of the squad’s biggest tournament successes, collected more than a hundred…

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2 years ago

Valeera slashes her way into Heroes of the Storm

It is time for my semi-regular check in with Heroes of the Storm [official site]. That game has reached the point where I'll boot it up when a character I've heard of or who sounds mechanically interesting turns up, but nothing keeps me actually playing beyond that. Valeera Sanguinar is the hero who has brought me back this time. She's an assassin and... well, Heroes…

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3 years ago

Feature: How games fit into relationships

Love And Games: Long Distance Wizard-Killing

I was in a long distance relationship for over two years and gaming was incredibly useful for keeping in touch with my partner*. But not every game was a good fit, either because of relative game experience or temperament or any number of other things. So here are some of the games which worked and some of the games which didn't. I'm going to explain…

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4 years ago

Feature: We get up-close and personal with Blizzard's eSports strategy

What Heroes of the Dorm Means For Blizzard And Esports

Blizzard's upcoming Heroes of the Storm [official site] is, in my humble opinion, a belter of a game. Such praise is small beer to the Californian mega-developer, however, which with HotS and the upcoming Overwatch intends to reclaim a leading role in the eSports industry it helped to create. HotS is still in beta but the long road began this weekend with Heroes of the…

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

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 Could Net You $75k College Tuition

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…

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Heroes Of The Storm Producer On Handling Toxic Players

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…

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Feature: Looking for some HOTS Stuff?

Impressions: Heroes Of The Storm Closed Beta

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…

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Feature: Reflecting on Dota 2's Newcomer Stream

Dote Night: 2014 – The Year Of The Noob

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…

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5 years ago

Feature: HotS Stuff

Hands On: Heroes Of The Storm

'Hero brawler'. That's what Blizzard would like you to call their all-star lane pushing videogame, Heroes of the Storm. In marketing terms it's better than referencing your competitors by saying Dota-like or LoL-a-like (sidenote: no-one says LoL-a-like and this is a crying shame). More importantly, it's better than the emotionally dead and uselessly expansive MOBA. It gives you the flavour of the game you're about…

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Feature: People, Not Politics

RE: That Heroes Of The Storm Interview

Well, my Heroes of the Storm interview ended on a strange note, didn't it? You don't know the half of it, either. You weren't actually there. As I attempted to explain why designing female characters that look as empowered as their male counterparts is absolutely not about political correctness for political correctness' sake, the room's atmosphere seemed to me to become extremely curt. Browder seemed highly…

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Feature: Mo' MOBAs, Mo' Problems?

Blizzard On Heroes Of The Storm, Female Designs In MOBAs

Papa Blizzard, Papa Blizzard! Why are Aunt Kerrigan and Uncle Diablo fighting? No, seriously, why? I didn't even know they were from the same side of the family. Or the same dimension. And yet, for all the "because why not"-ness of the game's premise, Heroes of the Storm plays quite nicely, taking MOBA mechanics and sanding down the rough edges to a point of real…

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Feature: I Can Be Your Hero

Impressions: Heroes Of The Storm Steals BlizzCon

After Blizzard's own community invented what is now considered the MOBA genre, the lumbering blue giant finally has one of its own. Again. Heroes of the Storm was originally conceived as a StarCraft II map editor showcase, then reinvented as a slightly more robust standalone, then renamed, then consigned to more than a year of worrisomely silent obscurity. But now, at last, it's slowly but…

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