Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s new MOBA, was announced quite awhile back. At first, I wasn’t excited or impressed by it. Every major franchise of anything ever has its own MOBA. Lord of the Rings has one, DC has one. It’s only natural that Blizzard has one.
I’m really not a fan of MOBAs and sometimes I feel like the only person in the world that doesn’t play them. I did try to play League of Legends, but I don’t get it and I suck. I guess when I pick a champion, for instance Teemo, I don’t really understand the lore behind it, if there even is any. I guess I need a context for what I’m doing so I can understand how to use my powers.
Anyway, back to Heroes of the Storm before I ramble further. The premise of this game is basically just a MOBA based on all kinds of Blizzard characters throughout Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo universes. This is where it gets interesting for me. I now have a context for what the hell I’m doing in this game because I have familiarity with the champions.
I was never originally going to write about this game until I found out the differences between Heroes of the Storm and other similar games like League of Legends and DOTA 2. First of all, my boyfriend plays DOTA 2 and I swear his matches last 2 hours. I could be bleeding out in the floor, and he would say, “I’ll take you to the ER in 45 minutes when this match is over.” Thank God he doesn’t play DOTA 2 very often. The great thing about Heroes of the Storm is that matches will last an average of 20 minutes. Just like with Hearthstone, Blizzard wants you to be able to play quick matches. My short attention span apprectiates this.
Another great thing about this game is the maps. It’s not the typical lanes and towers maps on most MOBAs. There will be some typical elements like that, but there will be towns between bases, not just towers. Matches might take place on a pirate ship or the map might have a dungeon in it.
Characters are going to be customizable, of course. Skins will be available as well as mounts. The character classes include Assassin, Warrior, Support, and Specialist. Your character will get three special attacks, a passive ability, and perks you can choose when you level up.
Blizzard is trying to make Heroes of the Storm a good alternative to DOTA 2 and League of Legends by making a simpler MOBA with a friendlier atmosphere. With short matches and NO ITEMS, it seems like Heroes of the Storm will be a good game for people who don’t have much experience with MOBAs, or people like me who just don’t get the appeal. You can currently sign up for the beta, but I haven’t read anything about when the first run of invites will be given out. I’m thinking of signing up and maybe I’ll have a good chance to get in the beta and try it out.