Posts Tagged ‘Heroes of the Storm’

Overwatch’s D.Va stomps into Heroes of the Storm

Mech-piloting, Dorito-munching pro gamer D.Va has joined the cast of Blizzard’s free-to-play crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site], arriving just a few weeks after Genji. If you know her from Overwatch, you largely know how she works in HotS, because abilities translate fairly directly between the two class-based games. She stomps around in a mech which has shields and boosters and which she can set to self-destruct as a bomb, and she can scamper about on foot popping people with her pistol. Here, have a look in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Heroes of the Storm gets Overwatchier in v2.0

Overwatch cyberninja Genji has arrived in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm [official site] and the mech-piloting digital sports superstar D.Va is soon to follow. To give them somewhere familiar to scrap, the free-to-play crossover MOBA’s update 2.0 has added a map based on Overwatch’s Hanamura level. HotS 2.0 also reworks the player progression and loot system, and brings an event with crossover rewards in both HotS and Overwatch (including, oddly, a D.Va cop outfit for Overwatch). Oh, and all players are receiving enough virtuacash to unlock a bundle of twenty characters for free. Those busy Blizzees! Here, watch what Genji is all about: Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzard due $8.5 million in legal battle with botmakers

A company who make and sell cheats for Blizzard games including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft must pay Blizzard over $8.5 million, a US court has ruled. This is the latest development in Blizzard’s battle with cheaty botters Bossland, which has so far spanned five years, the courts of several countries, and even more cases. This latest ruling says that, along with paying up, Bossland are ordered to stop selling their software in the US as it “circumvents technological measures that control access to Blizzard’s games”. Other cases are still ongoing, mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzard phasing out Windows XP & Vista this year

World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm are all to stop working on Windows XP and Windows Vista as Blizzard start phasing out support for ye olde operatinge systemes later this year. Other, older games will still work fine, but folks will need to upgrade to keep playing those newer ones. Windows XP is now fifteen years old and Vista ten, Microsoft have long since stopped updating either, and Blizzard say “the vast majority” of players have upgraded, so they’re knocking old Windows out and smashing ’em in a big skip. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch’s Lúcio brings wheeling and healing to HotS

Lucio

It’s time for my “they added a hero I know from another game so I’ll check back in on Heroes of the Storm [official site]” check-in as Lúcio from that “Overwatch” game I’ve heard so much about hits the public test realm.

I’m feigning Overwatch ignorance for vaguely comedic effect but actually Lúcio is one of the few characters in that game I love playing as so I’m legit interested to see how he manifests in HotS. Especially so since his skillset in Overwatch involves things like being abole to skate on the side of buildings to cross gaps and exploit verticality which… is less of a thing in HotS. Read the rest of this entry »

Valeera slashes her way into Heroes of the Storm

Valeera Sanguinar

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 of the Storm needs more assassins like the NFL needs more commercial breaks. It has 25 assassins and 38 characters split over the other three classes.

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All Heroes of the Storm wizards playable this weekend

Hey, you! You there in the Blizzard-branded t-shirt, with the Blizzard flat cap, the Blizzard denim vest, the Blizzard cashmere scarf, the Blizard pocketwatch, and the Blizzard gardening gloves: fancy seeing your favourite Blizzardmen in a new way? Blizzard are making all characters in their crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] free to play with this weekend. What would Zarya out Overwatch say if she met a Murloc? What do the Lost Vikings make of Zergmen? And for god’s sake, will you push mid and win? Find out from Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Zul’jin going wild in Heroes of the Storm

Continuing the merry romp across the Blizzard Entertainment Transmedia Franchise Expanded Universe, Zul’jin–no, you’re thinking of Vol’jin; this one is the Warcraft II fella, the Zul’Aman WoW boss–has arrived in Heroes of the Storm [official site]. No, you’re thinking of Hearthstone or Heart of the Swarm; this one is the MOBA. With the confusion cleared up, yup, the forest troll warlord is now flinging axes with gay abandon around… ah, Summoner’s Rift? The Nexus. warworld is called the Nexus in HotS. Heroes of the Storm, that is, not Heart of… ah, nuts to this. Just watch this video of ZJ getting angry: Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzcon Roundup: World Of Warcraft, StarCraft II And Heroes Of The Storm

There’s a lot going on at Blizzcon 2016 – new Diablo classes, Hearthstone cards and long-rumoured Overwatch characters for a start. If Blizzard keeps making games, how large could Blizzcon become in the future? Could it grow too large for Anaheim, California, perhaps? At this rate it’s only a matter of time before it engulfs the whole of the US West Coast. But for now: more announcements.

Between all of the show’s marquee announcements, and all its eAthletes competing for big cash money prizes, there’s also been the usual bevvy of updates unveiled for StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm. Time for a roundup!

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Heroes Of The Storm: Heroes Brawl Mode Kicks Off With Punisher Arena

Punisher Arena

Heroes of the Storm’s [official site] Heroes Brawl mode is out now marking a victory for consistent brand experiences across a multi-franchise media landscape. It’s a rotating game mode where Blizzard switch up how you play and what heroes you can use and the like. They have similar modes in Hearthstone and Overwatch so you might be familiar with the concept from there.

I’ve tried it a grand total of one times and at the moment I think I’d rather just play normal HotS. Whether that’s just because of the current flavour of Brawl or the mode itself I’m not sure. Read the rest of this entry »

Heroes Of The Storm Swaps Arena For Brawl

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm [official site] is one of those games that I enjoy when I do boot it up but I tend to forget it even exists until I get an email about it. For me it’s fun to dip into, but it doesn’t stick beyond that. Today’s reminder was the info that the game is getting Heroes Brawl mode as a kind of evolution of the arena mode which I… don’t remember playing.

So what is Heroes Brawl, other than a reminder of how HotS is definitely a hero brawler and not a MOBA?

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Heroes Of The Storm Welcomes Overwatch’s Zarya

A second Overwatch character (class? Hero? Overwatcher? Omniumumumanaut? wizard?) has arrived in Blizzard’s free-to-play crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] as a new hero (Champion? Summoner? Lord? wizard?). Zarya, the pink-haired Russian with a honking great gun, arrives in this week’s update with her usual Overwatching abilities.

A StarCraft-themed new map is in too, with nuclear warheads to gather and launch. What a merry dance across the Blizziverse this update is.

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Diablo’s Auriel Coming To Heroes Of The Storm In August

Auriel’s time has come, as she officially makes her debut in Heroes of the Storm [official site] in early August.

The archangel from Diablo III will join the public test realm next week before entering the Nexus the week of August 8th. Auriel’s a Support character, and possesses a number of healing and damage-dealing abilities. Here’s a video introducing her:

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Blizzard Take Another Legal Crack At Cheat Makers

I miss the days when cheats for multiplayer games were quaint little things which didn’t quite work – wallhacks which turned levels into confusing glass mazes, aimbots which mostly missed unless you had a really low ping. I almost felt sorry for people using them. Now cheats are everywhere, they’re horrible, and they’re difficult to stop. Blizzard are going straight to the source, recently filing a lawsuit against a company who make and sell hacks for WoW, Hearthstone, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and, most recently, Overwatch [official site]. Well, they’re going after them again.

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Gul’Dan & Diablo’s Auriel Joining Heroes Of The Storm

Angels are an easy Halloween costume – rub a little flour into your Slanket [other wearable blankets are available -ed.] and tape an Aerobie Sprint [other objects can be thrown -ed.] onto your head – but they’re rarely cool, are they? However, I have always quite liked the radiant cheesecake murdergirls of Magic: The Gathering and the eerie archangels of Diablo. I’m always glad to see more of Diablangels. Tyrael is already in Blizzard’s supergroup MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site], and soon he’ll be joined by the supercool Auriel. Oh, and Warcraft’s naughty orc magician Gul’dan is coming too.

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Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator Goes One-Button

Blizzard’s Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app is now less of a faff, simply showing “Approve” and “Deny” buttons for authorising logins. Previously, it’d generate a code folks would need to type out while logging in to play Overwatch, StarCraft II, and whatnot. It’s a tiny change but removing any faff from security procedures is always good. If you already use the authenticator, hooray for less faff! If you don’t use it because you don’t like faffing about, mate, come on, how much simpler can it get?

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That’s So Raven: Heroes Of The Storm Adding Medivh

Medivh, the conflicted wizard from recent documentary Warcraft:The Beginning, will be turning up in the Nexus soon bringing his magical mcgubbins to the Heroes of the Storm [official site] roster.

I feel like you could use his treacherous nature to really interesting effect in a MOBA – like, maybe a random chance for Sargeras to show up mid-game and mess with the character, converting him to fight on the enemy side. I have no idea how you would even begin to go about balancing that or making the player invest in one team’s victory when they might defect at any moment but it would be an interesting challenge.

As it is Medivh in HotS is all portals and ravens and ranged mystical shenanigans. Here’s a basic rundown:

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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 them from my point-of-view because I don’t want to presume to know exactly what his experience was!

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Heroes Of The Storm Unlocks All Heroes This Weekend

WIZARDS!

Every character in Blizzard’s free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] will be available to play free of charge this weekend. Normally HotS has the usual MOBA deal of only making a small, rotating lineup of ten wizards free at any one time, wanting people to pay up (real or fake money) to unlock wizards permanently. But with the grand finals of their Heroes of the Dorm college team tournament this weekend, Blizzard are celebrating and welcoming folks in with an unlocked roster and bonus XP.

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