What is Heroes of the Storm?

Don't know much about Blizzard's new arena game? Time to find out!

Note: Our most detailed info on Heroes of the Storm is available on Wowhead.

This year's BlizzCon, like any other, was a tidal wave of information from Blizzard on their latest projects. One of this year's biggest blowouts was Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's new brawler with franchise-favorite characters from World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

Drawing from the worlds of Azeroth, Sanctuary, and the Koprulu Sector, the game currently features 18 heroes. From what we've gathered, the 18 are Abathur, Arthas, Diablo, Elite Tauren Chieftain, Falstad, Gazlowe, Illidan, Kerrigan, Malfurion, Naziba, Nova, Raynor, Sonya, Stitches, Tassadar, Tyrael, Uther, and Valla.

Three of HotS' defining characteristics thus far:

  • Multiple (4+) interactive battlegrounds, each with an element that can sway the battle.
  • Team leveling instead of individual leveling, encouraging teams to have an equal skill level.
  • Customizable ability sets where you can choose which abilities fit your desired role.

The customizable ability sets could allow Blizzard to have fewer playable characters while still maintaining gameplay diversity – both a smart and intriguing move. Team leveling strikes us as potentially controversial; we'll have to see the response during the beta in the first half of 2014.

For an extensive recap on everything we know, check out Wowhead's detailed coverage.

Colt "ShdwFlm" Casey
Deputy Editor


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# Nov 11 2013 at 5:21 PM Rating: Excellent
20 posts
Super excited. I hate item shops in MMOs, as they add a layer of complexity I can't really keep up with. That and awesome map variety makes this the only MOBA in recent memory I am excited about!
Interesting Concept
# Nov 11 2013 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
18 posts
Loving the unique take on the MOBA genre. Will play this after I learn Hearthstone :)
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