Blizzard Devs Play Heroes of the Storm, Shoutcasted by Husky!

Husky and Dustin Browder Shoutcasting Heroes of the Storm Gameplay
A very Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

This year Santa has brought us two gifts early!  The Blizzard Devs sat down and ran two Heroes of the Storm games, one in Blackheart’s Bay and one in Cursed Hollow, and wrapped them in a Husky Starcraft and Dustin Browder Shoutcasted ribbon and placed them under the trees of all the good boys and girls in the world… namely – US!

Hit the break for the embedded videos of BOTH matches!

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Heroes of the Storm Holiday Updates

Heroes Q&ARecently, Blizzard put out a neat Q&A video that gave us a ton of new info regarding the development for Heroes of the Storm, just in time for the holiday season. The video is pretty long, but it’s well worth the watch for anyone writhing in anticipation for this game…

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Episode 4 – Heroes Is LFTM, Looking For Team Members (Audio)

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This week the your HotSCast hosts dive back into the universe of Heroes of the Storm.  Sadly there wasn’t much information to talk about as of the time of recording other than a job posting Blizzard put up on LinkedIn for a Senior Software Engineer for both the Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft 2 teams.

More after the break!

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Waiting For Heroes

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When rumors of a game cycling between the names “Blizzard DotA” and “Blizzard All-Stars” were surfacing around 2010-2011, I was just about done with the whole MOBA genre of games. For me, personally, the days of classic DotA All-Stars were more or less over with. The new generation consisting of Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends and Dota 2 was on the rise and I did not intend to spend more time on MOBAs. I just started playing a lot of competitive StarCraft II so there was virtually no time for me to simultaneously juggle school, my social life, a few games, and most importantly, sleep.

However, prior to the growing hype of a standalone Blizzard DotA-like game, I played DotA All-Stars religiously. I never really jumped into professional DotA tournaments or fixed team games since I enjoyed playing with random people every single game. (To be honest, I just liked carrying pubbies). I believed that was a very essential element in making DotA All-Stars, a WarCraft III map made by fans for fans, a fun experience.

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Episode 3 – We Got Ourselves A Genius Mechanic (Audio)

HotSCast Audio ThumbnailIn this episode we welcome Kali, aka Charlissa to the team full time!  (Hence the genius mechanic reference from Firefly, unquestionably the greatest TV show ever made!)

We also talk about our upcoming plans to stream some Leauge of Legends matches in the time from now until anything new is released from Heroes of the Storm, how we are moving to an every-other-week schedule to avoid burnout (and frankly to avoid having shows with nothing to talk about as Heroes hasn’t even gone into alpha yet) and we discuss a fantastic article written by Olivia Grace at WoW Insider on the in’s and out’s of Heroes.

Links to the article and the podcast download after the break!

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Carbot Animations – Heroes of the Storm, the Tribute Shown at BlizzCon 2013

Carbot HotSIf you are a StarCraft 2 player and a fan of excellent comedic animation than chances are you know of Car Bot Animations.

If you are reading this blog post, then you are a fan of Heroes of the Storm.

 

How do these two things cross paths?  Well at BlizzCon 2013 we were privileged enough to be shown a tribute video to Heroes finely crafted by Car Bot Animations and it was, in a word, sublime!

Watch the video after there break!

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Episode 2 – A Little LoL’ing Goes a Long Way (Audio)

HotSCast Audio ThumbnailEpisode 2 of HotSCast, Heart of the Storm – The show bringing you all the Heroes of the Storm coverage you can handle!

 

 

Get the show download, player, and more info after the break!

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Heroes of the Storm NOT to be shown or playable at Dreamhack 2013

Dreamhack Winter 2013, the gamers mecca of Europe which takes place in Sweden, began yesterday – 28th November – and runs through 1st December.

Blizzard will have a decided presence at the convention, with confirmed showings of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor (the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion) and Reaper of Souls (the upcoming Diablo 3 expansion).

To our surprise, however, there is no announcement or seemingly any plan to show Heroes of the Storm.  This seems a bit odd considering just how polished the game is, and how well it played even in it’s alpha stage on the Blizzcon 2013 show floor.  Particularly because Heroes is poised to go up against MOBA giants like DotA 2, League of Legends, and Heroes of Newerth – which all have major placement at Dreamhack, including structured tournaments.

I can understand that Blizzard doesn’t want to have a tournament for Heroes just yet.  I can also understand that they do not want to release too much information about the game just yet.  But at a convention like Dreamhack, Heroes could easily fire a shot across the bow of the MOBA competition even with the trailer being shown and the alpha being playable that we had access to at Blizzcon.

Hopefully this doesn’t show that the timeline for Heroes of the Storm is longer than we have hoped, and that the game will not reach beta, let alone release, until well into 2014.

We shall see.

~Vincent // Rilandune

Heroes of the Storm – Cinematic Trailer

arthasHave you not yet watched the cinematic trailer to the upcoming MOBA game Heroes of the Storm to be launched by Blizzard Entertainment?  Are you ready have chills from the geek-out-factor you’ll have watching some of the most beloved characters in gaming history battling it out to a badass rock score?

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