So I wrote this up not that long ago regarding my first impressions of HOTS. If you have never played a MOBA or were just curious what the game has then take a look of what i wrote up here. BTW sorry for all the grammar and such. I wrote it at 2 am during a game
First a little story about fixing my account because I feel like it.
I got the email recently to enter into Heroes of the Storm (HOTS) Technical Alpha. I have always had high expectations from Blizzard and after being disappointed from the 2013 PAX East announcement of a “New IP” that wasn’t aka Hearthstone. Which by the way is an alright game to help pass the time. So when I say some info at this previous PAX East last month I was excited for a change of pace compared to League of Legends one of the most popular games right now. Which is also a good game but I needed a change of pace.
Let me start of that when I recieved my invite and attempted to log into battle.net my keychain authenticator was not working. Well the keychain itself worked fine, codes loaded up however it was out of sync with my account. I can say that fixing it took a bit of time but was made easy with the chat feature from Blizzards customer support. I was even able to update my name on my account since I had been so lazy to do so after five years of being married with a new name. The support technician was not only helpful but had a good sense of humor too. Even when the chat window itself was being kinda broken they were very nice. Here is the email they sent me when they fixed my account.
“This is Izzgigglet from Blizzard Entertainment’s Customer Services. :) Thank you for reaching out to us today and giving me the chance to help! I am sending you this message as a follow-up to our earlier conversation.
During our support chat, we were able to get you merrily logged back into your account with full and complete access. HUZZAH!
We were also able to update the name on your account to your legal name.
If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us again. We’re more than happy to help, seriously, it is why we are here! Thank you for your time, your patience, and, mostly, thank you for contacting Blizzard.
( . . )
C(“)(“) I hope you have a great day!!”
Once I was able to get that all fixed I started my game download overnight and didn’t get to it till the weekend.
Here is what you see if you are in the Technical Alpha right now. The battle.net application just has an icon for it just like everything else. Which if you have not done so already go to your battle.net account online and opt into this beta. Your account will not do this automatically for you. So if you want to play take a minute and update that mmk?
Now I already went through and played the tutorial which I wish I could of skipped to jump right in but its a detailed one that for new players of any MOBA will help them understand what to do.
So here is what you see when you are at the main menu. Look at that screenshot yo ain’t it awesome?
Ain’t it pretty? Its all purpley and pretty. This is actually updated from before so I can tell you the main menu has changed slightly on the right side. There appears to be more options for finding a party with people so you are not waiting forever in a queue.
As you can see there are daily quests and hero quests. I have not unlocked hero quests yet on my account. But with quests you can get gold. Which you will need to unlock characters (or pay real money but who does that heh heh)
As you can see daily quests are pretty simple. Win a game, play with a certain hero and you earn gold. Easy peasy. Save up that gold when you can as it will costs you quite a bit to unlock heroes. The price ranged from 2000 all the way up to 10k. Now remember this is an alpha so the prices from the currency may change until the games full release but I have a feeling the pricing structure will be similar to League of Legends in that stronger champions will cost more money than weaker ones.
There are quite a few heroes to choose from. Right now there are 26 heroes which is a good number to start out with. And the customization of those heroes graphically is pretty awesome. Think about it you can play as a Murky (a murloc of course!) and dress him up as a space marine from starcraft. Dont like the suit being blue, the more you play the more stuff you unlock such as skins and color variations. So If i play enough I can buy Murky, unlock his costume and unlock different color variations on him.
I mean who wouldn’t want a crazy undead chef to pull you around and kill you?
See look at that crazy monster there! Definitely a chef I want in my kitchen err.. team. All those dangling sausages and a spiked ham to impale your enemies with.
So far there are three modes to choose from in the alpha. Practice if you’re a total nooblet, Coperative for those who want to play on easy mode against bots and Versus for those who want to play with other human beings.
No matter which you choose you will be sent to the character selection screen.
Its pretty straight forward. Select the hero you want and hit ready when you are ready to play. The only annoying thing about this is you can hit cancel at anytime. Which is good and bad. I played with my husband in a party and I could spam cancel whenever I wanted backing out of the game queue. So hopefully by the time of release they can adjust this so if you are in a party only the party leader can cancel. (look at all the purpley goodness ITS EVERYWHERE)
There is also a free hero rotation each week so you will be able to try out new heroes until you are ready to buy them.
There are three maps to play on right now and they are actually quite fun. Each one is unique and has areas to help give you team an upper hand.
For this post I will be looking at the Haunted Mines. A map where after sometime you can enter the mines and kill minions for skulls. After you gather enough you spawn a super minion for your team.
Instead of you leveling up individually your team collectively gains levels when you get experience. This actually makes gameplay quite smooth as you don’t have to worry about a teammate being underleveled and dragging down the team. Every few levels you get to choose a talent which can help increase stats on skills and choose what ultimate you want as all heroes can choose between two ultimates. This make gameplay very diverse so you can customize how you play depending on the team you are up against. I choose Kerrigan as she is free this week to try her out.
Here is a look at the mines where you go to collect those skulls. Depending on how your team is doing on this map you could push a lane while your opposing team is gathering skulls. So it makes for very dynamic gameplay as you have to choose do I go get skulls or dive at a lane to get closer to the base. I will let you know that towers do run out of ammo which means you have to time out when and how quickly you will move in the game.
Here I am winning. I played a cooperative game simply so I could get screenshots during the game without hurting my teams overall performance. After playing with Kerrigan I learned that she is very powerful and can be very useful in a team fight. I got several triple kills by dragging in my enemies so my team to add damage and finishing off heroes quickly.
After each game you get to see you level progress and experience gained. As you can tell I have not played all that much but I do like how if i play with friends there is a bonus. That encourages people to play with others to level up faster.
You can also review your stats after a game too see who did what. Pretty straight forward as usual.
Again I would like to remind everyone that still is still a Technical Alpha and the game can change up until release. They have already modified the UI in the game itself which made things a little smoother for leveling and choosing talents as well as the look and feel of navigating during gameplay. I am excited to see what else Blizzard has in store for this game. I do feel this game will be successful as long as it keeps going on this path to be creative on how to play a MOBA. So if you are looking for something different than DOTA, HON or LOL this game will certainly be a good change of pace. Best part of all is that this game will be free to play.
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