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Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Oct 17th 2013 at 11:30:17 AM

As of today, Blizzard All-Stars is now Heroes of the Storm. We've known they've trademarked the title but the rumors have been it was for the next World Of Warcraft expansion.

What do we know about the game anymore? Last I recall it was a heavily customized Starcraft 2 map. I've been hoping they would make it a stand-alone game if they were spending years working on it. Only characters I remembered for the roster:

Thrall
the Lich King
Kerrigan
Diablo?

I wonder what Blizzard intends to bring to the table to compete with the others. Warcraft III is better known as the game that DOTA was made in than a Warcraft title. I think most of its sales at some point was for DOTA, like Arma 2 for the Day Z mod.

Very late first post edit to link to our page for the game.

edited 8th May '15 9:23:44 PM by Rotpar

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Oct 17th 2013 at 3:13:59 PM

Well, on one hand Blizzard has a history of going into new genres and thinking "we can do that better", and whatever you feel about the end product their financial success speaks for itself. On the other hand, I can't really imagine this working out very well for them if they're trying to sell it as a full product. It seemed more charming as an SC 2 mod.

VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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Oct 17th 2013 at 3:36:53 PM

[up] Where did you hear it would be sold? I was still under the belief it would be free-to-play as earlier stated.

Recon5 Avvie-free for life! from Southeast Asia
Avvie-free for life!
Oct 17th 2013 at 3:41:49 PM

It might be F 2 P for people who own SC 2, which would still bring in sales albeit for SC 2. That would have happened for WC 3 if players didn't have a multitude of ways to share that game for free.

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Oct 17th 2013 at 4:02:05 PM

All I know about this is that there's a Warcraft abomination stitched together from Starcraft Zerg and that that's awesome.

He'd want you do be doing something awesome right now.
Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Oct 18th 2013 at 8:16:31 PM

Wow, I had no idea there was that much known for the game.

"But don't give up hope. Everyone is cured sooner or later. In the end we shall shoot you." - O'Brien, 1984
tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
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Nov 8th 2013 at 11:20:07 AM

The cinematic of the game is being played right now at Blizzcon.

Someone is probably gonna put it up sometime soon.

Logo.

Pictures of the Cinematic.

Bah screw it, Go here for the pictures. It will probably include other games as the Opening Ceremonies go on, but you can see gameplay pictures as of this writing.

One last thing, BETA OPT-IN BEGINS TODAY!

edited 8th Nov '13 11:29:20 AM by tclittle

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Nov 8th 2013 at 12:42:55 PM

And here's the cinematic trailer:

Also, have a gameplay sneak peek and a developer interview.

disruptorfe404 from New Zealand
Nov 8th 2013 at 2:52:09 PM

Ah, Blizzard cinematics, how much do I love thee?

VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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Nov 8th 2013 at 3:10:13 PM

I hope "Legends speak... etc" doesn't stay the background.

A blue and red god kidnapping Blizzard characters to fight in battles to the death "For no purpose other than ladder points!" was great.

Also, the official website in general has been significantly updated, showing some tidbits of the characters, maps, and skins in addition to the videos above.

edited 8th Nov '13 3:58:15 PM by VutherA

Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Nov 8th 2013 at 7:53:35 PM

Wow, looks like they're doing some crazy stuff. Hope it works out in a genre dominated by "three lanes, jungler, carry goes top".

edited 8th Nov '13 7:54:25 PM by Rotpar

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Sabbo from Australia Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
Nov 9th 2013 at 7:45:44 PM

I'm really curious to see who all the characters are. I've played all three of the series, but only most of the way for Diablo (finished D2 expansion) and Warcraft (finished W3 expansion), so anything from Diablo 3 or World of Warcraft alone will be unfamiliar to me.

It did amuse me though that the dev video thing called it the "hero brawler genre". Of course, it's not like they could refer directly to DOTA... >_>

Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Nov 9th 2013 at 7:53:40 PM

Well, DOTA isn't the genre. [lol] That did surprise me too.

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Nov 10th 2013 at 10:00:53 AM

I feel like that term was a fair bit more revealing that Multiplayer Online Battle Arena though.

Amusingly there were other custom maps on Warcraft 3 that also would fit the term "hero brawler" pretty damn well too.

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the Prodigal
Nov 10th 2013 at 10:30:20 AM

[up]Memory serves me right, MOBA was coined by League when they were tired of being called a Dot A-clone.

Some info:

  • Experience is shared between all players on your team. If you kill a creep, a player, or a tower everyone on your team gets the experience.
  • There is no gold and there are no purchasable items.
  • You start with all of your skills, and with each level they increase in strength. It is not like Dota 2 or League of Legends where you choose between skills to level as the game proceeds.
  • Every few levels you can choose between a few talents. This, in a way, makes up for the lack of items in the game. This is where players make reactive decisions based on how the game is playing out. In some cases it's better to have one talent than it would be to another. On the character I played all my talents, save for my ultimate, were passive.
  • You get your ultimate at level ten.
  • You get experience while you're dead.
  • At the moment there is no benefit to last hitting. You get no extra experience.
  • Aimed abilities have a League of Legends like crosshair to indicate where your skill will go.
  • On the map I played it was possible to collect items on the map that give buffs to your team or debuffs for the other team.
  • Jungle creeps can be captured and used to push your lanes.
  • You have a spell that sends you back to spawn similar to the mechanic you see in League of Legends.
  • There are no teleportation scrolls. You use a mount to travel around the map quickly.
  • Both my character and my mount had a variety of custom skins to choose from.

Interesting....

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disruptorfe404 from New Zealand
Nov 10th 2013 at 10:44:24 AM

Team experience will definitely make it easier for terribad players like me to not suck (as badly).

disruptorfe404 from New Zealand
Nov 10th 2013 at 5:15:52 PM

Double pooooooooooost...

I haven't watched any interviews, but what's the revenue model going to be for this game? Skins for sale? Heroes for sale?

Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Nov 10th 2013 at 5:29:34 PM

Not sure.

I am so hoping this finds its niche. I enjoy MOBA games but it's hard to have a good time when the games have a razor-thin margin of error. I want to just have a good time, smash the enemy with a character I like, and let the best team win. Not worry that my first mistake cripples my team and costs us the match but still takes half an hour to resolve.

"But don't give up hope. Everyone is cured sooner or later. In the end we shall shoot you." - O'Brien, 1984
disruptorfe404 from New Zealand
Nov 10th 2013 at 7:36:42 PM

[up] Agreed, actually. I keep wanting to get into a MOBA, but all this business with needing to last-hit and so on just makes me feel really blase about.

Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Dec 18th 2013 at 4:01:30 PM

New info is front page on MMO Champion. Among other things, the Lost Vikings are in development for the game.

Interesting statement: one of the reasons for the shorter matches is so that new players spend less time getting upset in a losing game. Also, strangely naive comment about the toxic community, basically "we'll see and react if toxic players come". I'd assume the assholes are coming and take a stance against it from the get-go.

"But don't give up hope. Everyone is cured sooner or later. In the end we shall shoot you." - O'Brien, 1984
MetaSkipper the Prodigal from right behind you... Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
the Prodigal
Dec 24th 2013 at 12:52:48 PM

We got gameplay vods.

edited 24th Dec '13 12:53:08 PM by MetaSkipper

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MetaSkipper the Prodigal from right behind you... Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
the Prodigal
Dec 24th 2013 at 12:53:19 PM

One Vo D per post only?

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tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
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Feb 13th 2014 at 9:34:18 AM So I'll make a resolution That I'll never make another one Just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun Until it's done
Rotpar FUCKING COUCH BARD! from California Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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Feb 23rd 2014 at 9:18:45 PM

Looks like a solid site for more info: Heroes Nexus.

"But don't give up hope. Everyone is cured sooner or later. In the end we shall shoot you." - O'Brien, 1984

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