Blizzcon Heroes of the Storm Overview

Here’s a summary of the Heroes of the Storm panel!

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  • A lot of people are getting invites now
  • Closed beta starts on january 13th
  • Draft mode is coming soon
  • Works like standard MOBAs
    • No duplicate heroes
    • Battleground known before heroes are selected
    • All ranked modes will use draft
    • Coinflip to start picking
    • Picking order goes
      • team 1 picks 1 hero
      • team 2 picks 2 heroes
      • team 1 picks 2  heroes
      • team 2 picks 2 heroes
      • team 1 picks 2 heroes
      • team 2 picks 1 hero
    • No hero bans
      • To keep games shorter
      • To keep amount of heroes you need to own low
  • Ranked play
    • 5-man premades will be high-end ranked
    • Two ranked leagues, one for groups under 5 (Hero league) and the other for 5-man premades (Team League)
    • Ranking system based on Hearthstone
    • Win to get points, losing loses you points
    • 50 ranks, 50 to 1 (top)
    • MMR affects point gain, playing against better opponents gives more points
    • Season based
    • Like HS, you gain points for the next season based on rank
    • Personal skill rating used for MMR, carries over from season to season
    • Hero league fills team based on skill rating
    • Will try to match you based on premade size. A 3-man premade will be matched against another 3-man premade
    • Will only use person skill ranking
    • Player level 30 needed to queue in hero league
    • Team league requires you to make a team with a team name, akin to Arena
    • Up to 9 players on each team
    • Can join 3 teams per account
    • Uses team skill rating, not personal
    • Must be hero level 40 to queue for team league
    • Tons of stats available for teams
  • On the subject of leavers
    • Stripping people of game rewards didn’t motivate people to stay
    • Leavers will get flagged if they leave too often
    • Flagged leavers will be matched with other flagged leavers
    • Flag will be removed if you play enough games without leaving
    • Might not be final implementation
  • New heroes
    • Jaina
      • Ice mage, looks a lot like War3
      • Water Elemental – Ultimate
      • Frost ring
      • Blizzard
    • Thrall
      • Bursty DPS
      • chain lightning
    • Sylvanas announced
      • Curses, can shut down enemy minions and towers
      • Ultimate, mind control
    • The Lost Vikings
      • Fans demanded them every time they talked to blizzard
      • 3 heroes at once
      • Can be controlled at the same time or seperately
      • Each hero can complete objectives by himself
      • Very difficult character
      • Ultimate is a ship
  • New Battlegrounds
    • Sky temple
      • Capture the 3 temples
      • Fight temple guardians to capture them
      • They shoot beams of death at your enemies
      • A desesrt in the sky, lots of water and trees as well
      • It’s all about the magic
      • Egyptian themed buildings, mercs and minions
    • Tomb of the spider queen
      • Collect gems to summon queen
      • Underworld
    • Diablo stage
    • Heaven, good vs evil
    • Half map angelic, half diabolic

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