Heroes of the Storm kicks off final 'Technical Alpha' phase with double XP

Blizzard is marching forward with Heroes of the Storm, kicking off a final 'Technical Alpha' phase that adds new game modes, new characters, and more.

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Blizzard has concluded its period of extended maintenance for its upcoming MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. The game is now back online and has begun the final phase of its technical alpha, kicking off with a double XP week.

The final phase will see Heroes of the Storm moved onto Blizzard's production hardware, meaning Battle.net friends lists are now fully accessible. The game is also adding replays and a new Observer Mode, for anyone looking to spectate directly from in-game. Custom games are also making a return and should be available from the Play screen.

New Heroes are also making their debut. The fallen king Anub'arak will make the jump from World of Warcraft and join the roster. So, too, will Azmodan, the Lord of Sin from Diablo. He won't be the only Diablo presence joining the fight, as Valla the Demon Hunter will now be available for anyone that pre-ordered Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls.

Accounts have been fully wiped, meaning any real money purchases made prior to this wipe are being fully refunded to the user's Battle.net balance. Blizzard notes that this will be the final account wipe, so any purchases made with real-money or Gold from here on out are for keeps.

To learn more about everything that's changed, check out the full patch notes.

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