Popular Decks of the Week, Mekkatorque's Workshop: Zul'Gurub Wrap-Up + Cardback
Flying Feedback, Archimonde Preview, 6.2 Class Balance, Tweets, Overwatch Gameplay
Rotation for May 26, 2015
The hero rotation has been updated!
The hero rotation has been updated!
Mr. J Pickles started a new series of videos over at Heroes Live where he recaps recent Heroes of the Storm Major League games talking about which teams won, which strategies were used and highlighting important match points. On the episode below he goes over the events from week 6 of the North America ESL. Check it out!
As a reminder, now that Heroes of the Storm is in open beta Global Play has been actived, meaning that players can jump from one region to another without any restrictions. The only downside being that progress does not transition when you play in another region. Read more below.
Now that Open Beta testing has officially begun, we’re pleased to announce the addition of Global Play to Heroes of the Storm! Players in all regions outside of China are now able to access game servers around the world, with separate profile data for each region. Read on to pick up a few tips about how to use Global Play, and learn about what you may experience when logging in to regions other than your own.
GLOBAL PLAY QUICK TIPS:
- Players can freely switch between regions via the Battle.net application, the Main Menu (F10), and the Heroes of the Storm login screen.
- Your Friends List, account progress, rewards, and any purchases you’ve made will not transfer across regions.
- Your game language and user interface will not change when you change regions.
- However, you can manually change your text and speech language using the dropdown lists found on the Language Options tab in the Main Menu (F10).
- Players using Global Play will be subject to the in-game policies of their selected play region.
- When a region’s game servers are undergoing maintenance, you may be able to play in a different region that is not down for maintenance.
To learn more, take a look at our Global Play FAQ.
GLOBAL PLAY AND PATCH DAY
When a region’s game servers are undergoing maintenance, you may use the Global Play feature to log in to a different region that is not down for maintenance. However, when doing this on patch days, it’s very important to keep in mind that different regions may be running different versions of the game -- which can lead to some confusion.
The time your Heroes client patches is determined by the region currently selected in the dropdown menu found above the blue Play button in your Battle.net App. Once your client downloads and installs the new patch, you will be locked out of any other regions that have not yet received that patch.
- For example, let’s imagine that the Americas region of Battle.net has received a new Heroes patch, and you're a European player who swaps regions to the Americas. Your Heroes client will then be updated according to the Americas' schedule. Since you've patched with the Americas’ game servers, and the Europe region has not been updated yet, you will be locked out from playing in Europe until the European servers undergo maintenance and patch as well. This applies to all regions.
PROFILE INFORMATION AND PURCHASES
As mentioned above, please keep in mind that when playing on another region, your friends list, account and hero progress, as well as any purchases you’ve made using real money or gold (including Heroes, Skins, Mounts, Bundles, and Stimpacks), will not carry over from your home region. Rest assured that all of your account information, purchases, and friends will still be waiting for you upon switching back to your home region.
What’s more, if you decide to make a real-money purchase while playing Heroes in regions other than your own, the experience should work just like it does on your home region. This means that you will use the same payment information, pay the same prices, and spend the same currency as you do when buying items in your home region. Once again, however, it’s important to remember that any items bought while using Global Play will be tied to the region in which you made the purchase.
2.2.1 Hotfixes and Carnevil Bug, Iceblink Guide
Deck Spotlight: Beatings Available, Deck Spotlight: Midrange Pally, Card Design #18: Femme Fetale
Dev Interview - No More Flying, May 22 Hotfixes, Blue Tweets, WoW Marathon Record
On the May 12 Patch Blizzard implemented an extra item for players who purchase a Starter Bundle Pack, a 7-day Stimpack, which boosts the player's experience and gold gain. An issue prevented players who had purchased this pack prior to the patch from receiving the Stimpacks, but they will begin receiving it next Tuesday, May 26. Bear in mind they will be activated as soon as granted - read more below.
We will soon be granting a free 7-Day Stimpack to players who purchased the Starter Bundle Pack prior to our patch on May 12, 2015. These players will start receiving the Stimpack on Tuesday, May 26, and it will activate as soon as it is granted, independent of the next time you log in to Heroes. Thank you for your patience, and we hope you’ll be able to bolster your account progress and gold collection over the next week.
The Squadron has started a series of tutorial videos with MFPallytime for new Heroes of the Storm players, in order to teach them the absolute basics of how Heroes of the Storm works. For all those just getting into the game, and veterans looking to refresh their memories on the underlying mechanics and maybe learn a few new tips - check it out!
Tychus received revamps to his in-game model a while ago, with improved animations and textures. Players have noticed he lost his cigar in the transition and have been requesting it back since then. A developer replied on Reddit explaining why that change was made, and why it's likely to not be reverted. Read below.
Heroes of the Storm is a multi-region game with a teen rating. There are a magnitude of guidelines we have to be aware of. From a development standpoint we prioritize making Heroes and Skins as utilitarian as possible, if a single model can be used in all regions, that's a huge win for development.
In the case of Tychus' cigar there were regions where he wouldn't be allowed to smoke. We have two options:
- Make 2 versions, one smoking, one non-smoking
- Remove the Cigar
Making 2 versions means more data management, multiple duplicates of the asset (if we update an animation, it has to propagate to all versions) such as the the death ragdoll model, The facial animations, his morph into the Odin, and apply that process to every skin as well. This mountain of work affects multiple departments and has to be addressed every time we'd adjust Tychus.
Remove the cigar. Put the development time into more content instead of bloating the management of one character. This is a decision based on productivity. The appeal of Tychus should not hinge on a cigar anyways, and we have no issue with that aspect of his character.
These scenarios emerge frequently, and the cigar-removal was a impulsive fix because we want as many people as possible to experience the same content. Here are some other adventures:
- Skelethur doesn't even show up in some regions because of guidelines about the depiction of human remains
- There was a desire to localize Gazlowe's license plate to every region. That is a ton of time spent on a small detail that you become very disenchanted with. We got off the hook for that one, but I'd rather remove the plate and start work on the next hero instead of spending days on license plate management (his name is spelled differently in some countries, and he even has a completely different name in some regions).
- Skulls and Blood. We have to do 'alternate' versions for anything with these elements. We have different versions of grave golems, Blackheart, etc.
It is a full time job managing those exceptions, and the less we have to manage, the more time we can spend making more game!
Whether you're eager to looking to Whirlwind enemies with some extra flare, or have dreamt of owning powerful Rock-It! Turrets that are out of this world – we've got you covered.
NEW SKINS AND BUNDLES
The following items are available now in the Heroes Shop!
Super Sonya -- $9.99 USD
Mad Martian Gazlowe -- $9.99 USD
Mad and Mighty Bundles
Join in the madness with brand new Bundle Packs! Check out the limited-time Bundles listed below, and be sure to pick them up before they're removed from the Shop at a later date.
Mad and Mighty Skin Bundle -- Now $14.98 USD
Mad and Mighty Complete Bundle -- Now $24.72 USD
KendricSwissh is back with another Epic Plays of the Week. Epic Plays of the Week is a video series which highlights viewer submitted clips. This week's episode featured clips from stlp, Delanor, Bodziowy, Azmodan, AppolloNik and Saber.
A user asked around at the Australian forums if their region would be getting the Retail Starter Pack as other regions, and he got confirmation that starter packs will be available.
I'm looking to buy a bunch of heroes and this one interests me more than the nexus bundle.
Will this be available for our region? or just US/Europe?
Yes, we can confirm that starter parks will be available in Australia and New Zealand. More details will be on hand closer to the launch.
The official Heroes of the Storm youtube started a new series talking a bit more about hero's lore and background, and showcasing their skills. The first is focused on Kael'thas Sunstrider, the Sun King. Bear in mind this is slightly different than the hero trailers. Check it out!
As an initiative to reduce toxicity in HotS, Blizzard has started a campaign called Play Nice, Play Fair meant to bring light to the issue as well as inform players of a few tools at their disposal to deal with it. Check the screenshots and tweets below!
With Heroes now in Open Beta and heading to release on June 2nd, players trying the game for the first time may encounter performance or connection issues. Blizzard's support has recently put up a huge thread with a list of possible solutions and initial troubleshooting. Worth checking out if you're having any issues!
Hail and well met, Heroes!
If you should experience any kind of performance issues or stuttering within the Nexus, there may be some useful tools to help analyze and troubleshoot what disruptions may be occurring. This guide should help identify what may be happening, what steps to try, and what to include should you require further assistance from Technical Support!
When troubleshooting an issue, please make sure to create your own thread, unless an ongoing issue has been stickied. Many issues will appear to be related, but are instead tied to individual system components or settings. By isolating each issue, it helps Technical Support provide better assistance and connect like issues together more quickly.