Category: Heroes of the Storm

The opening ceremony for blizzcon has concluded, here’s a summary of everything new that was announced:

  • Brightpaw the Mana Kitty, will be this year’s charity ingame WoW pet on the blizzard store
  • Diablo will get a patch 2.4
  • Starcraft 2 will get mission packs, they will provide new stories and missions for the players to play.
    • The first is “Nova Covert Ops”
    • It will have 3 new missions
  • The trailer for the Warcraft movie was shown

  • Heroes of the Storm will get a new game mode next year: The Arena
    • The heroes you play will be randomly chosen (you can choose from 3 random heroes)
    • You could have 5 of the same hero on your team (e.g. 5 illidans)
    • It’s a small, single objective battleground
  • Heroes of the storm new heroes: Genn Greymane, Lunara, Cho’gall (played by 2 players)
    • Cho’gall will be given to blizzcon attendees, those with virtual tickets and a few players on battle.net
    • The rest will have to earn Cho’gall through a quest.
      • You will have to play 2 games with someone who does have cho’gall to get him.
      • If you as cho’gall owner play 4 games with someone who doesn’t have him, you’ll get gold in Heroes.
  • Heroes of the storm new battleground: Towers of Doom
  • Hearthstone is going to get a new adventure: The League of Explorers
    • You will have to defeat challenges for every wing. Completing each wing will give you a legendary card.
    • A new mechanic will be introduced “Discover”. This will present you 3 random cards from which you get to choose 1. It will be appropriate for your deck.
    • It will release later this month! Infact, it starts on Thursday!
  • Overwatch gains 3 new heroes: D.VA, Mei and Genji
  • Overwatch gains 1 new map: Hollywood
  • Overwatch will need to be bought. You’ll get all heroes and maps with it.
  • There will be a special edition: Overwatch Origins
    • This will have 5 different hero skins.
    • This will lprovide ingame bonuses like other collector’s edition games. WoW ingame pet, HS cardback, etc. (Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm)
  • Origins edition will also be brought to XBOX One and PS4.
  • You can buy at buyoverwatch.com it will give you a pre-purchase widowmaker skin.
  • Overwatch will launch in the spring of 2016.
  • WoW Legion:
    • Gul’dan’s mission was to tear a hole in reality
    • Illidan will help the Alliance and Horde to defeat The Burning Legion
    • The intro cinematic for Legion was shown
    • Will launch summer 2016
    • You can pre-order it now.

Gamescom brought a lot of new content previews for most of the Blizzard games! Here’s an overview of all the announcements:
Hearthstone – More cards, the joust mechanic and more rewards for ranked play
Heroes of the Storm – 3 new heroes and 1 battleground
Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void – Allied Commanders preview
Overwatch – New hero Lúcio

In the next 4 days there are going to be livestream previews/announcements each day on http://www.blizzgc.com/

Here’s an overview of the biggest ones:
Thurs 17:45 WoW
Fri 17:00 HotS
Fri 18:00 HS
Sat 18:00 SC2
Sun 17:00 WoW

WoW Token Coming April 21 in Europe

Quote from: Blizzard
WoW Token Coming April 21 in Europe

The WoW Token will be going live in the Europe game region on April 21 at approximately 5 p.m. CEST. The WoW Token will be available for 20 EUR (15 GBP) from the in-game Shop, and will be set at a starting price of 35,000 gold in the Auction House across the Europe region. From that point forward, the gold price will automatically fluctuate based on player supply and demand. To start we’ll be limiting the number of Token purchases from the Shop to 10 within a 30-day period, and the limit on Tokens purchased for gold will be set higher—though keep in mind these limits may be adjusted over time. While Tokens will be available immediately from the Shop, please note that there may be a delay before Tokens put up for sale on the Auction House become available for purchase with gold.

Using WoW Token Game Time with a Recurring Subscription

You can redeem WoW Tokens while you have an active recurring subscription—there’s no need to suspend your subscription or resubscribe. Your recurring subscription will automatically pause when your currently paid-for subscription period ends (e.g. for monthly subscribers, at the end of your current 30-day period), and all redeemed WoW Token game time will be applied next. Note that you can have multiple WoW Tokens redeemed on your account at any given time. Once any accumulated WoW Token game time expires, your recurring subscription will automatically pick up where it left off.

Region-wide Exchange
As discussed in our original announcement, each game region (Americas, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China) will have its own shared WoW Token exchange.

Once purchased, a Token can then be put up for sale in a region-wide exchange via a new Game Time tab in the Auction House. While the rest of the Auction House will remain realm-based, a region-wide WoW Token exchange will provide the largest possible pool of prospective buyers and ensures everyone has access to a vibrant, active Token marketplace. In the Americas, Europe, Korea, and Taiwan, players who purchase a WoW Token from the Auction House will be able to redeem it for 30 days of game time.

Going for Gold
Because the Token exchange has to start somewhere, we will be setting the initial gold value of the WoW Token ourselves. The starting gold value in each region will be based on several factors, including regional in-game economies, but ultimately our goal is to select a fair and reasonable starting price. After that, the Token’s gold value will be determined dynamically based primarily on player supply and demand. Simply put, if more WoW Tokens are being listed than are being purchased, the price will automatically drift downward over time. If people are purchasing Tokens from the Auction House faster than they’re being put up for sale, then prices will go up accordingly. As a reminder, to help make sure players can trade WoW Tokens confidently, once a Token sells, the seller will receive the amount of gold they were quoted at the time they listed their Token.

Heroes of the Storm Launches June 2

Quote from: Blizzard

It’s been a jam-packed year for Heroes of the Storm, and now it’s time to rally your fellow heroes and get ready for battle, because the portal to the Nexus is about to burst wide open! We’ve just announced that Blizzard’s worlds will collide when Heroes of the Storm™ officially launches on June 2, following an open beta testing period that begins on May 19.

Heroes of the Storm will launch with more than 30 playable Heroes, over 130 Skins, 14 steadfast mounts, and 7 dynamic Battlegrounds, each with unique challenges to overcome—and even more Heroes, Skins, Mounts, and Battlegrounds are on the way! Over the last year we’ve also implemented over 430 different color Tints across our Heroes, Skins, and Mounts to help you customize your look so you can brawl in style. These color options will continue to be unlockable for free as you play your Heroes and seek to master them on field of battle. Rest assured that we’ll have even more exciting Heroes developments in the coming months.

Upcoming Launch Event

To celebrate the launch of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard will be holding a live-streamed event on June 1 in London. Further information will be made available as the event draws near.

Heroes of the Dorm Championship

The Heroes of the Storm open beta test will follow on the heels of the epic finale of the Heroes of the Dorm™ collegiate eSports tournament. Students from more than 400 schools across the U.S. and Canada have bashed and brawled their way through the brackets, with more than $450,000 in tuition and other prizes up for grabs. On April 26, the final teams will face off at the Heroes of the Dorm championship match, which will be hosted at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles and televised live in prime time on an ESPN network and also accessible via WatchESPN—further details on the telecast will be announced at a later date.

For more information on this live event and how you can attend in person, please dive into our Heroes of the Dorm blog.

No Further Wipes

We will not be performing any further wipes, so any current progress or purchases you’ve made thus far during closed beta will carry through to open beta as well as post-launch.

Thank You for Your Continued Feedback

We’ve enjoyed sharing the Technical Alpha and Closed Beta with you, and your feedback has helped us make Heroes even more epic. Thank you, as always, to everyone who has shared their thoughts on the game with us thus far. We can’t wait to hear more from all of you as we move toward open beta testing in May, and the official launch in June.

Stay tuned for more updates, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

It’s time to catch up on a couple of things!

Beta Key Contest Ended

Our heroes of the storm beta key giveaway contest has ended! Tommorow we will contact the winners via Direct Message on twitter!

If you did not win, have no fear! There are other give aways going on in the community, as well as by blizzard themselves! Here are a few of them:

Podcast Episode 57

Tweetin’ While WoWin’

Blizzard has released a new preview of the twitter functionality coming to WoW in 6.1.

Quote from: Blizzard
We have a new feature coming in Patch 6.1 that’ll allow you to send out Tweets directly to your Twitter feed while playing World of Warcraft. It includes the ability to send out text-only Tweets; easily take, crop, and Tweet out in-game screenshots; and let your friends know about your recent accomplishments.

It’s easy to get started; all you need is a Twitter account! Under the Social section of the in-game Interface options, just check the Enable Twitter Functionality option, and then the Sign In button. You’ll be taken to a standard app approval page that will allow you to send out Tweets using the in-game UI.

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Once you’ve authenticated the app, you can initiate a new Tweet by typing /share into chat, or by clicking the small share icon  that’ll appear in-chat next to Achievement and item drop notifications. You can also add an Achievement or item directly to a Tweet with the Twitter UI open by shift+clicking the Achievement or item.

Tweets from within World of Warcraft are only ever initiated by you, and we will never automatically send out Tweets on your behalf—we’ve disabled Addons from sending them too. Our goal is to make it easier for you to Tweet while playing World of Warcraft, and more convenient to share fun moments with friends.

Of course if you don’t use Twitter or don’t want to see any of this stuff, just don’t check the ‘Enable Twitter Functionality’ box and it’ll stay out of your way.

We’re excited to see how people enjoy this new feature, and encourage everyone to jump on the 6.1 PTR to test it and provide feedback.

FAQ

Q: When authorizing the World of Warcraft app it says authorizing it will let you see who follows me, allow you to change my profile, and some other things; why do you need access to do all that?
A: The Twitter app authorization system only has a few tiers of access that we as app developers can choose from, and the one we chose was the most basic with the least access required. It will list out a bunch of features this integration does not use, and have no plans to use, like those mentioned. The World of Warcraft Twitter app only exists to allow you to Tweet while playing WoW if you want to, and only you can initiate and send out a Tweet.

Q: So I’m going to see a bunch of Tweets in-game now?
A: No, there’s no in-game Twitter feed; this feature just sends Tweets outside of the game.

Q: What if I don’t want to see anything related to Twitter in-game?
A: If you don’t authorize a Twitter account through the Interface option you won’t see anything related to the feature.

Q: Are you going to start requiring Twitter use for in-game activities?
A: No, we just think it’s a cool convenience feature for those who do like sharing their gaming activity on social media—if you don’t like doing that, no problem.

Q: Isn’t this going to cause a lot of spam, or issues with people sending out inappropriate content from the game?
A: This doesn’t add any functionality that isn’t already achievable through Twitter. This simply makes it more convenient to link items and share achievements and screenshots while playing.

Q: Is there a separate login per-character, or is this account-wide?
A: Your Twitter authorization is Battle.net account-wide. Any WoW license (as well as any characters) within the same Battle.net account will be able to Tweet from an authorized Twitter account. You’d want to sign out of Twitter through the Interface options before logging out of the game if you don’t want the authorization to persist between logins.

Q: My child uses my WoW account sometimes; will they have access to Tweet from my Twitter account?
A: The Twitter authorization will remain active until you log out of it through the Interface options.

Q: I don’t use Twitter, but I do use some other social platforms, when could this be implemented for those?
A: We’re starting with Twitter, but the /share functionality certainly could be expanded to other social platforms if you would find it useful. We’d appreciate your feedback and ideas on where we could go next.

Q: This seems cool but I haven’t tried Twitter yet, how can I get started?
A: Twitter has a helpful guide to get you started, and we maintain a list of official and employee accounts right here that you can follow to start building your list.

Q: How moddable is this by Addons?
A: The UI is fairly locked down to keep access to sending Tweets secure, and ensure that you—and only you—are choosing when to send them. Addons may still perform some light functions, such as helping to populate the chat field in customizable formats.

6.0.3 Hotfixes: February 10

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This contest ended on the 11th of february! Luckily there are a lot of other contests going on within the community!

We’re very excited to announce our very first beta key giveaway! Blizzard has provided us with 20 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away, and as such we’re going to do so via a contest! Check out the full details in the video below on how you can win.