Heroes of the Storm is an online team brawler starring your favorite Blizzard characters. Though Blizzard doesn't call HotS a "MOBA", that's definitely the sort of gameplay it mimics. You'll build and customize heroes from across every Blizzard universe to suit your play style and then team up with your friends and engage in fast-paced matches across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play the game. There are going to be towers and lanes and meta, but from what we know so far it's going to be far more diverse than what we've come to expect from the genre DotA and League of Legends built.
The Heroes of the Storm PTR has been updated with the latest build that includes a new hero, Zarya from Overwatch as well as a new Starcraft-themed battleground called Warhead Junction. Chen and Nazeebo have been spiffed up both visually and in Talent overhauls. Other characters have had a bit of fine-tuning applied as well.
Heroes of the Storm has been updated with the Machines of War patch that brings a distinctively Starcraft feel into the game. In addition, a new hero, Alarak, has been added to the roster. Alarak is a melee Assassin and brings with him a number of new mechanics and concepts. You can check out his spotlight video below.
The Heroes of the Storm site has been updated with the news that the competitive Season 2 will begin the week of September 12th and run through the week of December 12th. A number of Grand Master League changes have been implemented including reducing the number of Grand Master players allowed to participate in Hero League.
Heroes of the Storm will soon be getting an Overwatch-style system of commendations and MVP notice at the end of every match. All HotS matches with the exception of Custom Matches will see players able to promote others (or themselves!) to MVP no matter which team won. In addition, other rewards will be handed out based on specific criteria.
Top EU teams have secured a position at the Heroes of the Storm Fall Global Championships to be held during this year's Blizzcon in November. Team Dignitas took home $25,000 while Misfits and Fnatic duked it out for the second slot with Fnatic ultimately prevailing in a best-of-three fight to the finish.
Heroes of the Storm will be getting a new Starcraft-themed event called Machines of War that will see two new Heroes enter the Nexus, new skins, mounts and more. Two new maps, both Starcraft oriented, will be the centerpiece of Machines, one called Warhead Junction and one called Braxis Holdout.
The first North American regional Heroes of the Storm champion has been crowned after last weekend's tournament action. Murloc Geniuses will be heading to the Fall Global Championship at Blizzcon.
Blizzard has announced that Diablo 3's Auriel has arrived on the Heroes of the Storm PTR. Auriel will have an ability to resurrect other players, a handy tool for the end of the match when resurrection is long and frustrating. Check out her Spotlight trailer that reveals her skills and background.
The next character to enter the Heroes of the Storm nexus will be none other than Diablo 3's Archangel Auriel, the harbinger of hope. Blizzard has released a cinematic look at Auriel that previews a few of her skills and what she promises to bring to the team as what appears to be a support character. Check it out!
Heroes of the Storm will be sending legendary villain Gul'Dan to the Nexus soon and he's sure to wreak havoc on the other heroes already there. We had the opportunity to talk to Blizzard Game Designer Jade Martin to find out more about Gul'Dan and how he came to be the next Hero in the Storm.