Heroes of the Storm overhauls game, adds Overwatch’s Genji, and gives away 20 free heroes

    
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It is an absolutely massive week for Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, so let’s dig into all of the news. Yesterday, the game launched its Patch 2.0 overhaul, which contains an improved progression and rewards system, the Hanamura battleground, a collections page, the introduction of gems as the premium currency of the game, and a brand-new hero: Overwatch’s Genji.

As part of the patch fun, Heroes also kicked off a multi-week quest chain called Nexus Challenge 2.0. By completing each of the four quests (which conclude on May 22nd), players can earn rewards in both Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, such as a new D.Va officer skin, loot boxes, and motorcycle mounts. D.Va will most likely be the next hero to come to the game, according to a new cinematic.

If those aren’t enough freebies for you, Blizzard is giving away two score of free heroes to anyone who logs in: “All players who log in between April 25 and May 22 will receive 100 gems, which can be used to permanently unlock one Mega Bundle of their choice. Each Mega Bundle contains 20 Heroes and has its own theme: Assassin, Flex, Support & Specialist, and Tanks & Bruisers.”

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chriskovo .

They monetized the hell out of everything with this. With all the promotions and stuff they have been doing for this I think this moba is failing. I mean how many can people support? Im burnt out on them completely now.

Its nice that they gave out these bundles of heros but they underlying system is still to expensive. Your still paying 14 to 15 bucks per hero, they just hide it behind the gems now but the prices have not changed.

Also they bizarrely removed the color lvling system for skins. If you wanna skin then you have to pay for it… with a sub currency that you get from opening boxes. The price of any interesting items in the shop for this scrap are bizarrely high for a lot of it and the scrap you get from boxes is so minimal that it makes no sense. Some of the skins are a 100 scrap other stuff is like 1600.

This is just a new coat of paint over a nearly failing moba. Don’t think it will work but guess they have to try something.

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Slaasher

I’m not sure what youre talking about. I currently own 47 classes in HOTS. I only bought 2 of them with real money because I wanted them as soon as they launched. All of the rest I got through regular game mechanics.
I played the game. I got the classes. I’m not sure where your monetization argument comes in. If anything I am paying less because now I can get all kinds of cool skins that I had to pay money for before. I’m paying less to play this game than I was before.

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Dystopiq

I chose the support pack. Great stuff!

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Estranged

They treated Veteran players so well. We had so many free loot boxes, it was tiresome. A free 30 day stim. Lots of currency.

I had about $75 worth of loot boxes waiting for me to open at launch. Best I have been treated as a veteran player in any online game.

New players receive a massive package of free characters and the regular FTP rotation.

Blizzard did the right thing this time. Kudos.

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Pedge Jameson

Can you straight out buy the other 3 mega bundles with store bought gems?

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Estranged

No. One time decision.

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Pedge Jameson

thx

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Estranged

Makes sense though. It is one heck of a deal, regardless.

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Pedge Jameson

They had it at first for only two days didn’t day? I was mad I missed it, then I guess they brought it back. Or am I confused?

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Estranged

Launched Tuesday at around 2pm cst. Have no clue on how long it lasts. Would just do it!

The weekly rewards are also very good.

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Pedge Jameson

What weekly rewards?
And yeah did it, got assassins, nothing like a team with 2 asses in it.

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Estranged

Each week, for the next month, there will be different rewards for playing with friends. Several mounts and skins this week. Also rewards for Overwatch are included. Just check your quests.

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James Crow

if they add some pve story with coop mode.
and also change the gameplay to be more H&S Combat and less Moba.

this could have been the best H&S game with all those character.
yes i would pay for diablo clone with alot of blizzard characters

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Dystopiq

Dude a Diablo clone with Blizzard characters would be awesome

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Dug From The Earth

Gameplay remains the same

However I get more free stuff as I play

Win (for me, not me winning in games, im still horrible at the game :P )

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Greaterdivinity

Logged in and got a ton of free stuff last night, so that was nice.

Can’t say I like them bringing gambling into HOTS now, especially given that they’ve filled the game with tons of pointless shit in lockboxes to keep drop rates for anything people want low. I mean, you can still buy stuff outright with gold/cash for the most part, but they’re definitely pushing lockboxes pretty hard with this update.

I continue to not like it at all, and will continue to not buy any. I was really hoping Blizzard wouldn’t continue down this path, though between HS (which kinda requires RNG in its monetization by design, that’s how card games work), OW, and now HOTS, it seems like Blizzard really wants make gambling a major part of their monetization strategy. Which is pretty fucking gross for a AAA company, especially of their pedigree.

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BDJ

Thats why i ts a great option :)

You can earn the boxes in game and also buy them.
You can do the same in Overwatch.
You can do the same in League.

I don’t see the problem at all.

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Greaterdivinity

Do you want that one skin you used to be able to buy for $10? Welp, better hope RNG favors you and you get a drop/enough of that other currency (shards?) to buy it from lockboxes (which will take a long time), because your only other option now is spending money on the RNG lockboxes.

OH JOY.

I hate the OW monetization system and find the RNG lockboxes to be extremely shitty. I’m not too familiar with how League has changed its monetization over the years as I barely play it anymore, so can’t comment on that.

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Dug From The Earth

Games at their core are about playing them, not some fluff cosmetic skin. I remember the days when your video game character didnt have more than the 1 skin that it was designed with. That never kept me from enjoying those games though because the game was designed around playing it, not some sort of virtual fashion show.

If so much displeasure comes to you because you dont have monetary control over an aspect of a game that completely doesnt matter, then perhaps you should ask why you are even playing in the first place.

I play because the game play is fun for me. Skins were never game play. They still arent. It doesnt keep me from enjoying the game.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s more about my continued dislike of RNG gambling lockboxes, than anything else. You’re looking too deeply into this though, dude.

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James Crow

i also remember the old days and the first time skins become a thing – but it wasnt RNG, it was level unlock and i love it.

most of the game now have those RNG box, even Gears of War4.

i’m glad Doom didnt use it but as i said most of the game not.

that one of the things i didnt like about OW.
why B2P game need to have those things – give us the option to unlock by level or if some one really want than let himher buy the skin they want.

i also love when you was at max level and got some skin for that or to do achievement.

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Estranged

You earn mats to purchase these skins. Any double rewards are converted to the mats.

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Sally Bowls

I like that it is now “You can earn the boxes in a game.” So you can go pick weeds or make bracers in WoW and use just the resulting gold (no RL$) to buy HotS or Overwatch items that are also sold for RL$.

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Greaterdivinity

Pretty sure the first bit was talking specifically about HOTS, in that you can earn them in-game by leveling your account (or getting characters to level 5/10) or purchasing them. It’s a valid point, but not one that makes the system much more palatable IMO.

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Emiliano Lozada

Actually, you can’t buy things outright anymore. Only those that are “featured” can be purchased with gems. For example, if I want to buy say Frost Wyrm Arthas I’d have to get RNG boxes and either 1] get dupes or 2] pray to RNG.

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Greaterdivinity

You can still buy heroes with gems (which you can purchase for money in a window that looks straight outta a mobile game) and gold. Beyond that though, you’re correct, the skins and the like are all locked behind lockboxes.

It’s cosmetic and all so it’s not too terrible, but I continue to dislike it very, very strongly.

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Slaasher

I don’t know I look at it like this:
Before, I couldn’t get many skins unless I doled out $10 per outfit to buy them
Now I am getting all kinds of cool looking skins for free by playing the game.
This is a total win for players

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Sally Bowls

There are two issues: randomness and whether you can spend $ for said randomness.

From the MOP article two days ago

A lot of research shows that fixed rewards are not as effective for getting people to change behaviors, learn a new behavior, or form a habit as random rewards are. Our brains are wired to try to make sense of unexpected things. When you have a random number determining what loot you get, by definition, you’re going to get an unexpected result, or an unexpected predictable result every time.
Whether you get that by playing the game for so many hours or winning so many matches, or whether you get a roll of that random number generator from spending five dollars to buy a pack of cards or a loot chest, it’s still the same rush, the same experience, the same hopeful anticipation to try and figure out, ‘Well, did I figure it out this time?’

Regardless of how the Skinner boxes are acquired, the customers are going to be more engaged if the rewards are doled out randomly. I am not saying Bliz is not going to profit on lootboxes, just that even if there was no monetization involved, due to gamer’s brains (unfortunately IMO), random seems to be the optimal algorithm.

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mike foster

This is my complaint with Overwatch. JUST LET ME BUY MERCY SKINS PLEAAAAASE

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Danny Smith

That D.Va skin is really cool, but you couldn’t pay me to play HotS again.