Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is now live, and with it comes the reveal that Blizzard will add yet another Overwatch character to the HotS roster with D.Va. While no date was revealed, she will likely fly into the Nexus fights sometime in the near future.
The 2.0 launch, which is altering the game's free-to-play format, is definitely the largest update the game has seen since it launched two years ago. It switches to an in-game currency of gems, while adding tons of cosmetic items, like sprays and emojis. Loot chests have been added, with players receiving one every time they level up, with Blizzard also removing the cap on level and account progression, and scaling back the XP needed severely.
Genji joins the roster today, along with the new Hanamura map, based on the popular Overwatch setting. The Nexus Challenge has also returned, where over the next month players can get bonuses in both Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm when they play HotS with a friend:
- Week 1: 5 games with a friend gets you both the Oni Genji skin in Overwatch and the Orochi Hovercycle Mount in Heroes, plus sprays, banners and a portrait.
- Week 2: 5 Quick Match games with a friend gets you both the Police D.Va skin in Overwatch and the Police D.Va Hoverbike mount in Heroes.
- Week 3: 5 Quick Match games with a friend gets you both D.Va sprays and portraits in each game, plus the Overwatch coin mount in Heroes.
- Week 4: 5 Quick Match games with a friend gets you 10 loot boxes in each game (20).
As part of the launch, players that log into Heroes of the Storm will get 100 free gems, which is enough to get a new hero class bundle of 20 characters.
We usually try to post patch notes when an update goes live, but the 2.0 update is so massive it would be like running a 38,000-word Doom novella by David Craddock. So just read the launch notes on the official site for the extra details.
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Also, 5 games of any type in the first week, will net you the Oni skin. lots of people in the n00b chat are looking for groups to farm it.
we did 5 vs Ai co-op on easy mode and got credit.
There is literally nothing they could do to the game to make me re-install it. Played about 2500 games pre-season, people back then seemed to possess higher IQ's because now in every game it seems like there are at least 2 people in every game who remind me of toddlers trying to put a square wooden shape into a round hole.
Seriously though, the skill ceiling is so slow, the game is so easy, its hard to NOT be good at it!
It's easy to have this perspective if you are a MOBA veteran since HOTS sure is simpler than DOTA/LOL, but even HOTS can be rather confusing for someone who is not familiar with the genre.
That said, I don't play the entire genre for this exact reason. Asking me to spend an hour of my time trying to win a game where half my team is uncapable of playing even remotely sensibly is just too much for an adult person with time restraints. A good game of DOTA2 is a thing to behold, but the bad games are just too much to handle.