It's been quite sometime since we last checked in on Blizzard's other "eSports" title, Heroes of the Storm. The game just relaunched on Tuesday as "Heroes 2.0" and some of the changes may seem familiar to all you Overwatch fans out there.
The necromancer, Xul, from Diablo 2 and the wizard, Li Ming, from Diablo 3 are the latest characters to be added to the Heroes of the Storm roster. Unlike the cooperative play-based Cho'Gall, you can unlock these heroes through the usual acquisition methods, i.e., in-game gold or paying real life money.
All you fans of Heroes of the Storm have further cause to celebrate the game's (albeit limited) co-op mode. A new hero - the ogre mage Cho-Gall - has been added to the roster from the depths of the Warcraft franchise and he offers a unique twist; two players must control him and work together to utilize all of his abilities.
We've all been there. You're testing out a new hero in your MOBA of choice, and it's not going so hot. You "Q" when you meant to "E", you fired your ultimate ability in the exact wrong direction, and the team's taking note. Normally, your comrades would voice their frustrations to themselves or their friends, but the MOBA community... well, sometimes they take a different approach. That's why Blizzard took the chance to revamp Heroes of the Storm's reporting toolset, which will allow players more robust options when determining just why their teammates said all those things, or why they are now hurling their hero face-first into the onslaught.
Good news for all you Heroes of the Storm fans out there. A new map and two new characters will be added to the game some time in the next few months. These are in addition to the new monk character, Kharazim, that was announced during E3 in June.
The wait is finally over! Everyone can now participate in the Heroes of the Storm Open Beta as of yesterday! Check out one of Blizzard's anticipated titles to hit the MOBA scene this summer.
In case you haven't caught wind of the News Thunder, Heroes of the Storm is launching for realsies June 2nd. Pretty soon, everybody can attempt to beat the summer heat by lining up to play as Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, The Actual Devil, or one of 20 million Warcraft characters in Blizzard's new, ostensibly friendlier MOBA. If June is just a bit too far away, you could always get your HoTS fix during the full-on Open Beta, kicking off May 19th. Being a Free To Play game, I'd figure pretty much everything is "Open Beta," but whatever. I'm not a marketing guy.