Blizzplanet | Heroes of the Storm First Impressions

Heroes of the Storm is extremely fun and addictive. I-know-I-know … it is no surprise, it is a no-brainer, and it’s not rocket-science. It’s a Blizzard Entertainment video game.

I have never played a MOBA video game in my life. The Warcraft III DOTA doesn’t count, right? I think I played that about 10 times a decade ago. I thought I wouldn’t enjoy Heroes of the Storm as much as I have enjoyed other beta testings, but I find myself playing more than 5 hours straight.

What makes me queue again after finishing a game? Well, It’s possibly the fun factor, but it may also be that I want to try another Hero. Then another hero. This game is easy to play and difficult to master. I have won many battlegrounds and I still don’t know why my team hasn’t lost having a noob tagging along. Which means anyone can play this game.

You don’t need to be an Elitist jerk (not the guild, the real deal) to win a battleground match against other players for as long as other players and yourself are sticking to the objectives of the battleground.

I have met defeat, nevertheless. Usually playing a different role or when playing in the Cursed Hollow battleground — which is bonkers hard.

Even so, following the objectives of the battleground do not guarantee victory. It is difficult to comprehend how one can win without completely following the battleground objectives. There are specific elements that might turn the tide in a unexpected direction.

For example, I am still wondering how my team won after the enemy team kept taking most of the skulls in the Haunted Mines and attacked our base constantly with epic golems. Something unique happened here that drove us to victory at the edge of nigh defeat with zero communication and no organization.

This is the painful 34 minute match that I am still wondering how we won. I summoned a battlecruiser and it happened to go into the enemy altar’s trajectory to hammer the final nail on its coffin. How that altar was nigh destroyed is beyond me. Was it the creeps we defeated and joined our cause? Did they keep attacking the enemy base unattended and the enemy party didn’t defend their own base? That might be a unexpected factor. Every single time the enemy would summon a bigger golem than ours — as the scoreboard can confirm. The 34-minute match video can be found at the bottom of this page.

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So far I find Jim Raynor and Abathur my favorites. Abathur is difficult, but fun. The hardest for me so far has been Illidan and Tyrael. Their talents can be a bit confusing. Just requires me to play them more often in Practice or Cooperative Mode to master — which is fine by me. As a noob into the MOBA scene, so far Blizzard has sold Heroes of the Storm to me as a fun and addictive game I want to play.

The hardest problem for me at the moment is to find time to play Warlords of Draenor, Hearthstone, Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm. Can someone please stretch a day to be longer than 24-hours? Please?!

You Say Tomatoe, I say Tomato

So there is the term used often to describe League of Legends and DOTA 2: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). Blizzard Entertainment has decided to stray away from calling Heroes of the Storm a MOBA video game. Blizzard calls Heroes of the Storm a Team Hero Brawler. I am going to offer my humble opinion on that.

Both, League of Legends and DOTA 2 are Free-to-Play games. I have heard wonders for years about both. I can care less. Not even for free. They have a missing ingredient, that Blizzard Entertainment focuses on. I have an emotional investment on the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo lore (in terms of in-game quests, novels, short stories, mangas), their characters, races and locations.

When I set foot upon the Nexus, I was welcomed by freaking Uther the Lightbringer, and I was Jim Raynor. I could listen to Robert Clotworthy’s voice through [MY] Jim Raynor character.

As I shot my way through mobs, Jim Raynor made fun comments and references to things I have heard in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Uther even made a joke reference to Kael’thas’ “Death was just a setback.”

Whenever the Hero I play walks near a friendly Hero, the voice interacts with the random Hero standing next to me. When I am fighting an enemy Hero or kill that Hero, I get another voice over response to that.

It is fun. It is immersive. It is Awesome. It goes beyond a battle arena. I know these Heroes. I identify with them. DOTA 2 and League of Legends can be all what people on the internet say it to be, but I don’t know who those characters are, and I never cared to play them for Free.

If Blizzard asked me to pay $49.99 for Heroes of the Storm after playing Technical Alpha, I would gladly pay it. All they needed to convince me was the Developer Q&As and the gameplay videos at Twitch.tv/blizzheroes

That’s all it took long before Technical Alpha launched.

Heroes of the Storm – Gameplay Modes UI

After finishing the tutorial missions, you will find the Gameplay Modes option at the top-left corner on your screen … (Play).

There are three Gameplay Modes: Practice, Cooperative and Versus.

The Practice Mode is a single player (plus 3 AI allies) versus the AI. The Cooperative Mode queues the player to play with other players against the AI. The Versus Mode allows players to battle against other players.

The Cooperative Mode becomes unlocked after reaching level 2. Versus Mode is unlocked at level 3.

Note: I have never played a MOBA before, and make mistakes. Go easy on me. Simply enjoy the content. All you get to see in these videos are from the Technical Alpha and in no way represent what you will see in the final product. Graphic Settings’ Texture quality is set to Ultra on an EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST at 1920×1080. However, recorded using Xsplit at 1280×720. Choose 720HD after launching the videos. In addition, I have played all Blizzard betas beyond 2001. It’s possible Ultra settings’ art might be a placeholder in Technical Alpha.

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Gameplay Mode UI

Practice Mode

After the tutorial, the player begins his first Practice Mode. It is basically a single-player with 3 AI allies versus 4 AI enemies. This video shows the Blackheart’s Bay battleground.

Heroes of the Storm – Tutorial Mission

When launching Heroes of the Storm for the first time, a tutorial kicks off right away to teach the player how to move and how to attack.

To move you right-click on the ground. To attack press A and left-click the target or the ground. Feels a lot like playing Warcraft III.

The tutorial can be pretty hilarious with the voice overs of Jim Raynor, Uther and Diablo. Raynor isn’t very impressed with Diablo’s lines about tasting his fear and tasting terror. Uther also throws another reference: “Death is merely a setback.”

Progress UI

Heroes of the Storm – Store Prices List

The Heroes of the Storm store displays how much gold each hero can be purchased with, and that is a very clever way to display the pricing. By listing the heroes as purchasable with gold, the player doesn’t get slapped in the face with a real-money price tag as if it is an obligation.

Buying with real-money is optional. You decide to skip the time-consuming gold farming and pay cash. It’s a commodity. In the practical way, however, amassing large quantities of gold might take quite a while — like it does in Hearthstone, but more the challenging and rewarding the gameplay experience.

$9.99


Abathur
Kerrigan
Nova
Stitches
Witch Doctor

$7.49


Arthas
Barbarian
Diablo
ETC
Falstad
Gazlowe
Illidan
Sgt. Hammer
Tassadar
Tychus
Tyrael
Tyrande
Uther
Zeratul

$3.99


Demon Hunter
Malfurion
Muradin
Raynor

Note that these prices are merely Alpha prices and do not reflect what the final product’s prices might be. All Technical Alpha testers will get their real-money investment reimbursed into their Battle.net Account after Alpha and Beta come to an end.

Gold Cost

View the images below to see what each heroe’s gold price is.

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Heroes of the Storm Installation Issues

If you are one of the lucky few who received an invitation to take part in Tech Alpha and have trouble installing. Please read:

We’ve identified some possible issues you may run into when trying to play Heroes, and some workarounds that can help. by Velnrak Source

Error: “Something went wrong while opening a file. If your internet connection is fine, you may need to download this game from Battle.net”:

  • Restart the Battle.net Desktop App
  • Click on Heroes of the Storm.
  • Click on “Install”.

Failed to install or patching issues:

  • Close your Battle.net App completely.
  • Wait for about 1 minute.
  • Start up the Battle.net App again.
  • Try to Install or Play Heroes.

If it continues to fail after the restart:

  • Collect your Battle.net Logs using the process listed here.
  • Please make a post summarizing your issue and email your zip file to[email protected].
  • Please use the following subject line for the thread [Username] [Thread Title] [Thread ID].

Good Luck, Have Fun, and see you in game!

 

Stitches Build

Take care when traversing the shadowed trails of Duskwood… Ever since Abercrombie the Embalmer unleashed his vile abomination upon Darkshire, Stitches has wandered the road aimlessly, hungering for the flesh of low level Alliance players.

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Gorge

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Pulverize

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Hardened Shield

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Stitches Features

ABILITIES

Hook (Q)

Pull the first enemy hit towards Stitches and deal 95 damage.

Mana: 75
Cooldown: 16 sec

Slam (W)

Deal 108 damage to enemies within the target area.

Mana: 40
Cooldown: 8sec

Devour (E)

Deal 332 damage to non-Heroic units, or 119 damage to Heroes. Restores 20% of Stitches' s max Health.

Mana: 55
Cooldown: 20 sec

Vile Gas (Trait)

When damaged, Stitches emits a gas cloud that poisons nearby enemies for 71 damage over 3 sec.

Cooldown: 3sec

Stitches hails from World of Warcraft (2004) as the first high level elite equivalent of the Fel Reaver. He used to roam the road of Duskwood sneaking behind unsuspecting low level Alliance players. The Terror of Duskwood, was created by Abercrombie the Embalmer.

Store cost: 625 | 7000



Role: Melee Warior

Difficulty: Medium

"What we do?"

"Can Stitches play now?"

"Abercrombie & Stitch, my favorite clothes!"

"Me gift for Darkshire! Huh? Where Darkshire go?"

"Me from best nation on Azeroth: abomination!"

"Hahaha... oh! Sides split!"

"Not fat! Big boned!"

"Me got more guts than anyone! There's this one, and this one... oh, me not know what this one is."

"Get in my belly!"

"Looky looky, me got hooky!"

 

Stitches Talents

Chew Your FoodUsing Devour also heals Stitches for 10% of his max Health over 3 sec.
Dampen MagicEvery 8 sec, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 sec, reducing the damage taken by 50%.
Hungry for MoreQuest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Stitche's max Health by 30, up to 900.

Reward: Upon gathering 30 Globes, increase Movement Speed by 10%.
Heavy SlamSlam damage increased by 40%.
Amplified HealingIncreases regeneration effects and all healing received by 30%.
Restorative FumesWhenever Vile Gas damages an enemy Hero, Stitches is healed for 32 Health.
Putrid GroundEnemies hit by Slam are infected with Vile Gas.
Savor the FlavorQuest: Using Devour on an enemy Hero permanently increases Stitches's Health Regeneration by 2 per sec.
Last BiteIf an enemy dies within 3 sec of being damaged by Devour, its cooldown is reduced by 12 sec.
TenderizerBasic Attacks slow enemy Movement Speed by 25% for 1.5 sec.
Toxic GasIncrease Vile Gas' radius by 25% and its damage by 50%.
Putrid VileEmit Bile that deals 55 damage per sec to enemies within, slowing them by 35%. Stitches gains 20% Movement Speed while emitting bile. Lasts 8 sec.

Mana: 75
Cooldown: 60
GorgeConsume an enemy Hero, trapping them for 4 sec. When Gorge ends, the enemy Hero takes 406 damage. The trapped Hero cannot move or act and doesn't take damage from other sources.

Cannot be used on massive Heroes.

Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60
Flea BagWhenever Stitches is stunned or rooted, his Basic Ability cooldowns are reduced by 6 sec.
Mega SmashRange and arc of Slam increased by 25%.
IndigestionUsing Devour also creates a Retchling that applies Vile Gas Poison when it attacks.
PulverizeDecreases Slam's cooldown by 2 sec and it also slows enemies by 75% for 1 sec.
Fishing HookHook has an additional 40% range.
Shish KabobHook can pull up to 2 targets.
StoneskinActivate to gain 30% of your max Health as a Shield for 5 sec.

Cooldown: 60 sec
Potent BilePutrid Bile lasts 6 sec longer and its slow amount is increased from 35% to 45%.
Hungry Hungry StitchesFor 4 sec after using Gorge, Stitches can teleport a short distance to additional targets and Gorge them.
Hardened ShieldActivate to gain 75 Armor for 4 sec, taking 75% less damage.

Cooldown: 60 sec
CannibalizeBasic Attacks against Heroes heal Stitches for 5% of his max Health.

 


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Blizzplanet Joins Heroes of the Storm

Many thanks to the Heroes of the Storm community managers for extending an invitation to Blizzplanet. Some staff member will join in upcoming technical alpha waves, so keep an eye for articles as time progresses.

I began to download the client, and hope to start gathering visuals, info and videos soon. Follow Blizzplanet on Facebook and on Twitter @Blizzplanetcom

If you haven’t yet, follow the Heroes of the Storm community managers on Twitter: Kevin (Cloaken) Johnson @kmicj and Brandon Christenson @BCintheOC
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Heroes of the Storm Preview: Unlocking the Hero Within

The massive info on Heroes of the Storm has been rolled down like an avalanche with the latest preview posted by community manager Vaeflare. We learn how gold is acquired, and features we hadn’t heard of before.

As Blizzard prepares to launch Technical Alpha, fans around the world who got an invite are anxious and spamming F5 to find out if their account has been flagged. Blizzplanet is among those awaiting, but there have been reports that some influencers have already gotten access, which means Technical Alpha is imminent within the next few hours.

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Gazlowe build

Gazlowe build used in HGC and other Heroes of the Storm eSports events by the top pro gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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