When I first tried it, Heroes of the Storm was a big disappointment. When I came back to it upon the game’s release, I realized that I was wrong and the game was quite good. After some time spent logging in everyday just to do dailies and not really to play the game at all, I think it’s status as a game I am looking to play has mostly expired.
It still isn’t a bad game, but it falls victim to the same problems that afflict all MOBAs and competitive PvP games. It isn’t that much fun with friends, it isn’t that much fun by yourself, and it typically ends in frustration if you ever want to move up in the game’s rankings. Now that I have reached max level and had a chance to level most heroes to level 5 for bonus gold, there’s not much of a thrill to try someone fresh anymore, as I likely have already put in a game or two and figured the basics out.
Heroes of the Storm became a chore I was doing for the gratification of fake currency. When that gold lost its luster, the game’s went with it.
I had planned to write about the game more. I intended to do some microblogging where I wrote some very rudimentary impressions of each hero after spending some time with them. They weren’t meant to be particularly informative or very in depth. The idea was to simply take a cursory look at each to encourage discussion.
Since my interest in the game has waned, I thought I’d publish those feelings all at once here today.
Nazeebo (DATE UNKNOWN): I am not sure when I bought Nazeebo. One of my favorite themes are witch doctors and voodoo, so it was only a matter of time, but I actually really enjoyed Nazeebo. In every game I play with him, I do fairly well.
I love him for his versatility. Over the course of the game, he can get pretty tanky, but he also has great support, and pumps out damage. He likely won’t kill many people outright, but he will whittle everyone down if he can.
I love him. He’s my first purchased character and the one I love playing as the most.
Tyrael (6/10/15): Fuck this guy.
This hero is the first to make me hate leveling to 5 for bonus gold. For the most part, he reminds me of Kayle in League, who is a champion I never hoped to see again. Melee? Check. Abilities are ranged? Check. Everything is strangely support-y? Check.
Add in Kog’Maw’s passive and a bunch of talents based on upping your health regen and this is easily the worse version of the Kayle archetype.
Fuck him and the wings he flew in with.
Muradin (6/12/15): I had a Warrior daily quest today and didn’t want to play that asshat Tyrael again. Muradin is much preferred and one of the few characters thus far in Heroes that I think stands alone.
I love his versatility. Not only can he initiate with his leap, but he has solid CC and straight tanking potential. He also packs a bit of a wallop when necessary. His attack speed debuff via talents can also be a game changer against some of the game’s faster heroes.
Thank you Muradin for giving Warrior-types a reason to exist.
Rehgar (6/15/15): I absolutely love playing this guy. The spirit wolf mount is the first one that justifies having the mechanic for me. I love how it perfectly captures a lot of the feel of playing a Shaman in PvP in World of Warcraft, but on a character that is actually good. His heals are amazing and he can talent into a huge array of game-turning utility. Will purchase soon.
Chen (6/16/15): Well, I thought I’d hate this guy, but he turns out to be a ton of fun. Instead of mana/rage/energy, he has a mechanic called Brew which has to be actively regenerated using his activateable passive. Other than, he flies all over the place initiating and being fairly tanky. Heaven!
Malfurion (6/17/15): Malfurion isn’t bad, but hardly the ‘saves the day’ support of Rehgar. He feels okay for recovering a team, but I am not a big fan of his during a push. Entangling Roots can force a solid initiation, but it seems a bit clunky.
I don’t hate Malfurion, but I don’t love him either. I won’t be purchasing this one.
Kael’thas (6/17/15): I felt like a legend when I got a server first on Kael’thas in The Burning Crusade. I feel even more legendary as I am chaining kills one after the other with this hero’s incredible kit.
Kael feels like Brand, but with Karma’s ability to modify casts with additional effects. Initially, he packs some punch, but due to mana constraints, you can’t really do a whole lot. As the game goes on, his potency increases, and the little mana he does get to work with turns him into a team killing machine.
Brightwing (6/18/15): While Brightwing may never be my primary Support, I was really impressed with the character. Back in the day, League of Legends had global ultimates, and they could be pretty game-changing. After people complained, they got nerfed pretty hard.
Brightwing can teleport to an ally anywhere on the map every 45 seconds. It’s an incredible ability, especially since there is no way to teleport to other towers in Heroes of the Storms. Generally, maps are fairly small, but being able to change the numbers in a skirmish almost instantly is a big deal.
Brightwing also has solid healing potential, a ton of utility through talents, and a seriously good CC in polymorph. You only have to trade away your mount to do these things, which can be a bit annoying, even if it is fair.
Overall, I enjoyed Brightwing. I won’t be buying him, but I wouldn’t complain if I had to play him again either.
Zagara (6/23/15): In all my times playing against Zagara, the character didn’t once make any sense to me. Always, I was inundated with these random minions that she summons. I have no familiarity with the character, so nothing about her communicates what she may be able to do to me.
After playing her, I now get the character, and think she’s pretty cool. She reminds me a bit of Yorick with her temporary summons, only fun to play. She also had a passive which corrupts the ground and gives you bonuses – in a sense like Trundle’s ability to buff himself in a specific area.
Overall, the character seemed quite good. Survivablity seemed low, but her damage was very high. Not something I really want to own, but she was fun.
Thrall (6/29/15): Thrall’s kit feels really nice. He packs a ton of punch and can sustain, but his cooldowns are long enough that his burst potential gives way to little else. He also lacks real mobility since his Windfury is likely used to chase down or provide extra attack, so he feels really well balanced to me.
I also can’t think of anyone to compare him too. His kit isn’t anything unique, but the combination feels fresh somehow. I also really love Sunder, especially if you get it upgraded, as its initiation and team fight potential is very strong.
I may buy him one day.
Tyrande (7/2/15): First, who the hell is Tyrande? I have no clue who this person is. Second, is Tyrande an assassin or a support? I can’t tell that either.
I think I liked Tyrande, but her kit is a bit strange. She has nods to League’s Ashe, but she works a lot differently and has more abilities to use. She also has a heal, but it isn’t very special.
Honestly, the most fun thing for me to do as Tyrande is talent her global skillshot and her global ult. Neither will win you a game, but it is fun catching people unaware from a world away.
Sonya (7/4/15): I don’t usually do well with warriors, but Sonya combines the right level of “I have to hit stuff to live” and “I hit stuff until it dies.” In my hands, she felt powerful and I felt like I had some skill at the game.
Needless to say, after hitting level five on her and having nothing but great success, I instantly bought her. Sonya is officially my second purchased hero beyond Nazeebo.
Arthas (7/22/15): I have never been as enamored with the character of The Lich King as so many others have been. That said, the Heroes of the Storm version of the character is a lot of fun.
I’ve only had a few games, but I love the characters potential for sustain, as well as his distance utility and light burst. I also appreciate that he uses every button possible in his arsenal at a fairly frequent pace.
His usefulness seems a bit limited with certain comps, but I kind of want Arthas permanently. I enjoy his kit, especially when it really works, but even when it doesn’t. He is just fun to play.
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