SuperData’s Van Dreunen on tomorrow’s Heroes of the Storm launch

    
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Tomorrow’s the big day for Blizzard’s entry into the crowded and uber-competitive MOBA market. Heroes of the Storm officially launches on June 2nd, and SuperData CEO Joost Van Dreunen has penned an editorial at GamesIndustry.biz that asks whether or not the new title can measure up to genre titans like League of Legends and Dota 2.

Van Dreunen predicts that HotS will capture a larger monthly active audience than Heroes of Newerth and SMITE, though he has nice things to say about the former, including the fact that its recent world championship featured a prize pool larger than LoL’s 2014 championship purse.

“During the initial marketing blitz and the June 2nd release it is likely that there will be a drop in monthly active users for all titles in the space,” Van Dreunen writes. “It’s possible that MOBA players will briefly indulge in the newcomer’s offering, only to return to the game they’re most familiar with and where their social connections are strongest,” he concludes.

Source: GI.biz
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Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

I’ve played it and while its fun in a casual way its also extremely shallow. I think they are late to the party and want some slice of the moba pie while assuming theres a casual audience for it. Honestly i dont think this is another Hearthstone here. I think people will play each map a few times, get bored very quickly and go back to whatever games they have time and money invested in already.

I think of all the blizzard titles this could be the one that performs badly.

goldstariv
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goldstariv

Armsbend Estranged And since there’s currently no way to “surrend”, you can actually earn the victory or defeat instead of having it given to you by a team that has given up after the first few kills..

goldstariv
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goldstariv

Armsbend goldstariv I like their chances with Overwatch better than Heroes of the Storm simply because of the untapped potential of that genre, it’s only competition is basically TF2 seeing as Monday Night Combat has been long forgotten at this point.

Perhaps we’ll see them release their “cute” kart racer with chibi Warcraft characters eventually.. lol..

Sorenthaz
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Sythalin Cosmic Cleric Sorenthaz  Not to mention the random matchmaking can be stupidly wonky.
I.e. it’s not uncommon to have a team of 3 assassins and 2 specialists VS a more balanced team with a tank and support, for example.

tonymcs
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SoMuchMass 
I sneered at Pokémon until I tried Battle Pets, saw no purpose in card games until I tried Hearthstone nor any point in Facebook style games until I tried garrisons.  I’ve tried DOTA before, but found it a little unforgiving for the novice.  Since WoW is in a bit of a lull, I tried HoTS and found I liked it.  While I play a lot of classes in WoW my main is a druid healer and since the druid hero is support with my familiar regrowth and tranquillity, I felt quite at home playing him.  Just playing AI enemies with an AI team, but with the dailies and the rank rewards, I’ve already purchased 3 heroes with gold and while I don’t rule out actually paying for something in the future, I see no need at present.
As an old TF2 player I’m also looking forward to Overwatch.  If Blizzard is trying to cover the most popular gaming types, I hope they add a space sim to WoW so we can actually try out some Draenei spaceships ;-)

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BKone Armsbend Estranged I got roflstomped today in 11 minutes and have been part of a few delivering stomps that fast.   Its fun to be on the giving end and its so absurd on the losing side you can only laugh.  Most of my matches are 20-25 mins like your experiences.

I’m sending you guys PMs we should totes hook up in game and fite others

magstheblue
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Sythalin magstheblue Cosmic Cleric Sorenthaz Ranks are the end result / reward / carrot on a stick. Same with Profile level. Just a progression system to make you feel like you are moving forward and earning something.
Matching you up to your team mates and opponents does not factor these things in as they are the end result.

Matchmaking : http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17345415/coming-soon-hero-league-and-draft-mode-1-9-2015
http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/15145471/matchmaking-design-in-heroes-of-the-storm-8-8-2014
http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/18543837/conversations-around-the-community-matchmaking-4-3-2015

magstheblue
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magstheblue

Sythalin Cosmic Cleric Sorenthaz Posts like this drill home that you do not understand how the match making in this game works, and its blizzards fault. Your ranking is not used in matching making at all. No bearing what so ever. There is a blizzard article that explains that Match Making Ranking is what it is all about and you never see this.

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Armsbend Estranged 10 is a stomp, and pretty unrealistic. It’s mostly 20+ with this many noobs but I had a few 37 min matches.
Anyway, DOTA-clones are not my genre, but it will be interesting to see this clash of titans.

Armsbend
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Sythalin Maybe but having sunk 100s of hours into MOBAs I could not care any less if I were playing a ranked 50 as a 5.  Most people have played MOBAs at this point and even though this one is different, level mean all of jack and shit.