Heroes of the Storm – Alpha Access & Keys

Heroes of the Storm Community Manager Vaeflare has posted more information regarding Alpha Access & Keys.

REQUESTS FOR ALPHA ACCESS & KEYS – PLEASE READ! Source

The Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha is upon us!

At this time, there are no keys for Heroes of the Storm. So please be wary of any phishing sites or emails that claim to be offering alpha/beta keys, or access to the Technical Alpha. You can learn more about phishing here in this Battle.net support article.

If you are selected to participate in the Technical Alpha, you will receive an invite via email. Opt-in invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you’ve received an invite, it’s best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. If you received an opt-in invite, you can verify that your account has been granted a Technical Alpha license in your Battle.net Account Management.

While this is an exciting time, please note that we will be locking or removing any threads related to requesting access to the Technical Alpha or key requests.

Topics eligible for moderation include (but are not limited to):

  • I want access to the Technical Alpha!
  • I want an alpha key!
  • [Player A] should get a key!
  • I’ve played for [X] hours. Why didn’t I get a key?
  • [Player B] is awesome! Why didn’t [he/she] get a key?
  • [Player C] sucks! Why did [he/she] get a key?
  • I want to buy an alpha key.

If you’re interested in participating in the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha, make sure you’ve opted-in for testing by opting in on your Battle.net account’s Beta Profile Settings page. By doing so, you’ll give yourself the best chance at gaining testing access as our needs evolve and we expand the pool of invited players in the weeks and months to come.

Please note that opting in to the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha will not guarantee you access (especially since invites to our Technical Alpha will be extremely limited), but it will at least give you a chance at joining our upcoming testing phases.

If you’d like to know more about the Technical Alpha, our goals during this very early stage of testing, or how we’ll be rolling out invites, you can head here or check out our FAQ to get all the details.

 

Heroes of the Storm – FREE HERO ROTATION – WEEK OF MAR. 14, 2014

Heroes of the Storm Community Manager Spyrian has posted this week’s Free Hero Rotation.

Hello everyone!

With the advent of Heroes Technical Alpha testing, we’re also kicking off our weekly free hero rotation. This means that six heroes have been made free-to-play in any game mode (Practice, Co-op, Versus), and we’ll refresh the pool with a new set of free heroes each week.  Source

You’ll start with five free hero slots. Upon reaching level seven with the experience and progression system, you’ll unlock a sixth free-to-play hero slot. Now that we’ve covered the essentials, let’s take a look at your free hero rotation for this week!

Week of Mar. 14, 2014:

  • Falstad
  • Gazlowe
  • Raynor
  • Tyrael
  • Uther
  • Abathur

Kindly note that because we launched the Tech Alpha on Thursday, March 14, and the free rotation will be updated on Tuesdays, this week’s rotation will be a little shorter than those to come. Starting Tuesday, March 18, you can look forward to a full week to try out the heroes in each free rotation.

This post will be updated each week during the Tech Alpha whenever we update the free hero rotation — so be sure to check back here often! If you’d like to see hero rotations from previous weeks, we’ll be posting them as replies to this thread.

 

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!

 

Heroes of the Storm – Stitches – Talents

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Backstory

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

Skins

At the shop, Stitches can be purchased for 10,000 gold (In-game currency) or $9.99 (real-money). The Skins and Tints can be unlocked by completing quests.

Note: Click all the skins below to see all the tint variations.

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Talents

(In progress)

Voice Over Quotes

These are the voice over quotes repeated by Stitches when the player clicks on him multiple times. Transcript courtesy of Egrem. (Thank you)

”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!”

 

Hero Quests

Basic Hero Quests

Basic Hero Quests are unique to each Hero. Usually they are focused on using a spell/ability “X” amount of times against any enemy Hero; and the last one asks you to play 10 games with your Hero.

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Epic Hero Quests

The Epic Hero Quests are not available until you reach level 10, and until your Hero has completed the 3 Basic Hero Quests. These are not unique for each hero. All Heroes must complete the same Epic Hero Quests.

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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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Heroes of the Storm – Gazlowe – Talents

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Backstory

Few would consider the diminutive Gazlowe a fighter, but waht he lacks in height, he more than makes up in mechanical know-how. Besides, you don’t get to be boss of a “boom”-town like Ratchet just because you have a charming personality, if you know what I mean.

Role

Specializes in zoning out his enemies and securing areas with Turrets and Xplodium Charges. Can supercharge his Deth Lazor for increased area of effect damage.

Cost: heroes-of-the-storm-gold-icon 5,500 | $7.49
Role: Melee Specialist
Difficulty: Medium

Origins

gazlowe-store-thumbnailGazlowe was originally conceived as a new character for the video-game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. That game was cancelled by Blizzard Entertainment.

Gazlowe was the chief-engineer in charge of building Orgrimmar — as seen in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (orc campaign).

Later, Gazlowe remained in Ratchet, a goblin town on the eastern coast of The Barrens where he oversees the transportation and cargo operations of ships sailing from Booty Bay.

Gazlowe helped rebuild Orgrimmar after the Undead Scourge invasion (the pre-Wrath of the Lich King world event) where Orgrimmar was attacked by Frostwyrms, and later the remodeling of Orgrimmar with Saronite and other metals when Garrosh was appointed as Warchief after Orgrimmar was set ablaze during the elemental invasion (the pre-Cataclysm expansion world event).

 

Abilities

Rock-It! Turret (Q)Create a turret that shoots at nearby enemies.

Mana: 70
Cooldown: 2 seconds
Deth Lazor (W)Charge and shoot a laser. Damage and range increases the longer it is charged.

Mana: 75
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Xplodium Charge (E)Throw a timed bomb which stuns and damages enemies in an area.
SalvagerTurrets and enemy structures drops scrap. Collect to restore mana and reduce cooldowns. Activate to dismantle a turret, turning it into scrap.

 

Talents

Level 1

Regeneration MasterGather 3 Regeneration Globes to permanently grant you +1 Health per second. Stacks.
DemolisionistBasic Attacks against enemy structures destroy 2 ammo.
Scrap-o-Matic Smelter (Trait)Increases the amount of mana restored by scrap to 60.
Break it Down! (Trait)Increases the cooldown reduction granted by scrap to 9 over 3 seconds.

Level 4

Minion KillerYou deal 25% increased damage to Minions and Mercenaries.
Reduce Reuse Recycle (Trait)Enemy minions that die near you have a 15% chance to drop scrap.
Clockwerk Steam FistsBasic Attacks increase the duration of your active Rock-It! Turrets
PromoteGive target allied lane minion +200% permanent health and +100% permanent damage.

Level 7

Rock-It! Turret XL (Q)Turrets can hit up to 2 additional targets for 50% of normal Turret damage.
Mercenary LordMercenary camps you capture gain the following bonuses:

Siege Giants: 50% increased damage.

Knights: 50% increased health.
Sapping Turret (Q)Rock-It! Turrets also slow their target by 25% for 2 seconds.
First AidActivate to heal 20% of your max Health over 4 seconds.

Level 10

Grav-O-Bomb 3000 (R)Pulls enemies towards its center. Deals 150 damage.

Cooldown: 110 seconds
Robo-Goblin (R)Reduces the duration of Crowd Control effects by 50% and Basic Attacks deal an additional 250% damage to minions, mercenaries, and structures.

Level 13

Burning RageDeals 10 damage per second to nearby enemies.
Kwik Release Charge (E)Xplodium Charge can now be cast twice in rapid succession.
EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper (W)Deth Lazor slows Heroes by 35% and freezes minions or structures for 3 seconds.
SprintActivate to increase Movement Speed by 75% for 3 seconds.

Level 16

Long-Ranged Turrets (Q)Increases Rock-It! Turret attack range by 25%.
Turret Storage (Q)Increases the maximum number of Rock-It! Turret charges you can hold to 4.
Hyperfocus Coils (W)Your Deth Lazor charges twice as fast.
StoneskinActivate to gain 30% of your max Health in Shields for 5 seconds.

Level 20

Resurgence of the StormUpon dying, revive back at your Altar after 5 seconds. This can occur once every 120 seconds.
Swift StormReduces the cast time of Hearthstone to 2 seconds.

Increases mount speed to +60% move speed.
Miniature Black Hole (R)Increases the radius of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 by 25% and its damage by 50%.
Mecha-Lord (R)Basic attacks deal an additional 130% damage to heroes and increase the duration of Robo-Goblin by .5 seconds per hit.

 

Voice Over Quotes

These are the voice over quotes repeated by Gazlowe when the player clicks on him multiple times. Here is a transcript courtesy of Mutterscrawl. (thank you)

“Hey time is money friend … and you’re out of both!”

“Wazzup!”

“Lets show em what you’re made of! Thorium!”

“You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? … Well have ya?”

“This thing’s a miracle of goblin engineering *breaking machine noises* Oh snap! Oh, hey buddy! Did you see where that went? *more breaking noises* Oh great there goes binky.”

“The Samophlange’s connected to the Gizmo, and the Gizmo’s connected to the dealybob’s, and the dealybob’s … ARGH! *explosion* … no longer connected to the thingamagig…”

“Ohhh, what’s this button do again – DOH! Oh, right-right. I gotta remember not to mess with that… shiny … sparkly… blinky red button AUGH”

“Ah geez this contraption is so crazy I can clearly see it’s nuts… and bolts. I said bolts. I said bolts! I SAID BOLTS ALRIGHT I’M KEEPING IT T FOR TEEN HERE GOD YOU’RE SO FILTHY.”

“My Friends Call Me: The Mastah Blastah”

“You know what the best part of being boss of Ratchet is? Because I’d love to know, I mean seriously … it’s so boring.”

 

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