Heroes of the Storm Guide

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Blizzard Entertainment has been around for almost three decades now. It has produced a lot of the most popular gaming franchises that are revered by gamers, especially in the online gaming community.

Their first breakout success was in 1994 with the real-time strategy game Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, where a broader gaming audience got hooked on its multiplayer component. It was followed by their other games that gained a massive following of online gamers. Titles like the World of Warcraft or WoW series based on the Warcraft universe, Diablo, Starcraft, and Overwatch. These games can be enjoyed online on Blizzard’s in-house gaming battle network called Battle.net.

Heroes of the Storm

Not only did those successful franchises leave their mark in the gaming industry, but they also introduced a whole slew of memorable characters along the way.

There’s Tyrael, an archangel who intervened on behalf of humanity in Diablo II and III. How about the Lord of Terror himself? There’s Jim Raynor the Terran and Sarah Kerrigan the Zerg, or Nova Terra, the Dominion Ghost, all from Starcraft. For Overwatch, there’s D’Va, Ana, and Hanzo. How about Muradin Bronzebeard, Jaina, Mal’Ganis, and Alexstrasza from the World of Warcraft universe? They are just a few of the notable characters that are on top of my head right now.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all those characters where to meet each other face-to-face? What if you could select your personal favorites and have them fight for you?

That’s precisely the premise that awaits you in Heroes of the Storm or HOTS, released by Blizzard in 2014. It’s their first foray into MOBA or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena gaming, and you can play it for free. In this game, you can select from a gathering of some of the best heroes they’ve created from different universes and have them slug it out in 15 arenas.

In this guide, we’ll show you what you need to do, and all you need to know to get up and running, and slicing and dicing your way to victory.

Free to Play on Battle.net

If you haven’t got one yet, just signup for a free account on Battle.net. It’s easy to do, and all you’ll need is a valid email address. Once you get your email verified, you’re good to go.

On the main Battle.net menu screen, you can select from several games on the left. Other games can be bought or offer a free trial.

Heroes of the Storm is a Free To Play MOBA, so you can click on it and select play. You’ll then be able to download their installer. As soon as downloading is over, run it, and it will install about more than 13 GB of the game. After that, you can fire up the game from the same screen.

In-game Tutorial

The Nexus

As the game starts, it will treat you to a very well produced cutscene that serves as the intro to whet your appetite even more.

You’ll learn from the opening text that you’re right in the middle of a cosmic storm where worlds have collided. It’s called the Nexus and is a crossover multiverse (one or more game universes combined) of Blizzard’s most popular game franchises. It’s their “logic” behind the idea of bringing all of those different characters together in one game.

After that, the game will ask you if you’re a New or Veteran player. Pick New to get into their tutorial games. There you will be taught basic gameplay mechanics and controls. We recommend that you finish them, and they will quickly run you through all you need to know to get started playing matches.

Battlegrounds

Select one of three characters to play in the tutorial, and it will transport you immediately into one of the 15 arenas called Battlegrounds, which are maps where matches play out.

Once within a battleground, you’ll learn that you and your opponent’s primary objective is to destroy each other’s main fortress or core. Think of it as you and your enemy’s home base. The first one to destroy the other’s core achieves victory. Gameplay for each match takes an average of 20 minutes to finish depending on the size and features of the battleground you’re in. Some are simpler, but some are more complex and take more time to complete.

You make your way towards the enemy’s core along three possible routes called Lanes. There’s one in the middle that’s the shortest route connecting the cores at opposite ends of the map. Then there are the other lanes — one at the top and one at the bottom. Depending on the map design, each of these lanes can contain enemy structures to impede your progress. Destroying them would weaken your opponent’s defenses so you can advance further on the map.

Typically the first thing you’ll encounter is enemy walls protected by gun towers. It is where the early skirmishes occur. If you succeed in getting past this wall, there will be a fort right behind it that you need to destroy. Another wave of enemy defenders will vigorously try to defend it.

After that, there would be another barrier you need to break this time with a keep behind it, also well defended by another wave of enemies. The last one is the wall of your enemy’s core. Once you’ve gotten past everything else thrown at you and destroyed the core, then you’ve achieved victory.

There could also be mercenary camps and siege boss camps in the battleground. Sometimes the designers would throw in an objective that you need to deal with. These objectives, when accomplished, reward you with an additional advantage over your enemy. So taking care of those objectives is one of your top priorities because if they complete them before you do, then it will be harder for you to win.

There are also some healing wells you can drink from the restores about 50% of your health. They have a cooldown timer when used but do come in handy in a pinch. If you’re desperate for healing, you could go back to your core, and there you can recover fully.

You can’t die in the Nexus, but if an enemy manages to kill you, there’s a timer that counts down to zero, after which you instantly respawn from your core at full health. You can then get back into the action.

5 vs. 5 Team Gameplay Mechanics

To help you achieve victory, other Heroes join you to form a 5-man team. These other teammates are also among those Heroes from the other universes that Blizzard included in this game. In an actual online match, the other four heroes could be other players like your friends, but here they’re all AI or Artificial Intelligence.

Your AI opponent will also have a team of 5 heroes to fight yours.

Other NPCs

Other non-hero characters can exist on the map, and they form part of the gameplay.

  • Minions

Minions are tiny soldiers that spawn at regular close intervals from your core to help you fight the enemy. They’re like your foot soldiers that go straight to where the action is just like moths to a flame. Your minions fight like mindless drones and die fighting, and then get replaced quickly.

They work tirelessly in the background, and you can’t control them, but they do help take a lot of heat off you and also help your team gain experience points while they’re doing their job, which is to die for you.

They also attract projectiles from nearby towers, so only attempt to destroy those structures if you have minions near you that can serve as cannon fodder to the enemy. Otherwise, you’ll get the brunt of the damage if you go at it alone.

  • Mercenaries

You can recruit mercenaries to join your cause if you defeat them at their camps. More numbers mean a more significant advantage against your opponent.

  • Siege Bosses

They can help you destroy enemy structures like gun towers, forts, and keeps if you can find them and subdue them. They’re great during the final push to the enemy’s Core.

  • Characters from objectives

The game, at some point, introduces Objectives that have these characters. You will need to interact with them, more often in a violent way, to be able to meet conditions that complete the objective.

Shared XP and Leveling Up

Unlike in other MOBAs, you and your teammates share the same XP or Experience Points as a group. The team gains XP by destroying the various enemy structures in the map like forts, keeps, and gun towers. You can get XP from killing enemies, including enemy heroes and minions. Once your team reaches a certain amount of XPs, then you all level up at the same time.

At the end of the second tutorial, the game will ask you if you want to keep the hero. If you don’t, you will have to keep repeating the tutorials until you pick one from the same three heroes that are made available to you.

The Main Menu Screen

Once you’re done with the tutorials and have basics down, it’s now time to get your hands dirty with the actual game. The game takes you to its Main Menu with the hero that you picked standing in the middle of the screen. There are four tab selections available. These include Play, Collection, Loot, and Watch.

Play

Here’s where you can pick your character, customize their loadout, select a playing mode, and start playing a match.

You’re allowed to pick from a selection of 87 heroes (2 are original to the game), but only the ones included in a rotation of free characters that’s different every week. If you have a favorite hero that’s not free to play, you’ll have to buy it with real money or with in-game currency like gold.

The hero that you finished the tutorials with is now yours and is the current one selected. Clicking on this hero will bring up the character selection screen where you’ll see icons of all the other heroes that are in the game. Clicking on one of these icons will replace your current hero with the one you picked.

The only heroes you’re allowed to play are those that are currently free. You can try out the others, but without gaining XP on non-bearing matches. You would have to buy these other characters to own them, and there’s more about that later on. Each of these characters has specific abilities unique to them that determine what role they play.

6 Hero Archetypes

  • Bruiser

There are 14 Bruisers available that can dish out substantial amounts of damage at medium range. Some can deliver sustained attack damage, while others have devastating burst damage. Their role is to attack enemy heroes with the biggest health and pare them down to size. They’re excellent at stopping an enemy advance against your Forts or Keeps.

  • Tank

There are currently 12 Tank heroes that can go upfront to get into the enemies’ faces in combat. They are low-damage heroes, though, but they are the strongest in terms of survivability and absorb most of the damage taken by the team. A tanky hero can also make it difficult for the enemy to retreat with its ability to hold them in place. This is sometimes referred to as crowd control.

  • Ranged Assassin

Ranged Assassins have the most number to choose from with 29. They are weaker but can attack from a safe distance shooting at enemies that are busy dealing with your buddies and can pick them off one by one.

  • Melee Assassin

The 11 Melee assassins are capable of dealing out high-speed close-quarters damage but they’re not as survivable as Tanks. They’re more agile movers, though, and are better at evading attacks.

  • Healer

Currently, there are 16 healers you can choose from that can help heal up your team. They’re essential in any battle and often crucial in the endgame when you need that last burst of healing to destroy your enemy’s core.

  • Support

Only five support heroes are available, and they provide temporary buffs and boosts make the team stronger or help shield it from damage. They are vital for sustaining your team’s advance into enemy territory.

6 Modes of Play

Under the Play tab, six other tabs allow you to choose different types of playing modes.

  • Versus A.I

Under this tab, you can set the difficulty setting of the enemy AI. This is where you can refine your skills before you take on other players online who most likely have more experience than you.

You can play solo where you can pick AI teammates to fight against another AI team. There’s the option to play in Co-op mode with your friends and their teams through a matchmaking system. You can earn XP and gold playing in either of those modes, and you can also make progress with the daily quests.

If you’re still trying to get the hang of it, there’s a Training mode that sets you up for practice matches with 4 AI teammates against an AI team. They brief you with an in-game cutscene when training starts and provides some info and assistance during the match, just like in the tutorials. Just remember that you can’t earn any XP or gold in this mode.

  • Quick Match

The matchmaking system would pair you with an opponent with the same skill level. It advances your daily progress with quests, and it’s where you can gain a lot of XP points that in turn, can earn you more gold. Pick a free character or one that you own and get ready for some frenetic gameplay against other human competition.

  • Unranked

Up to 5 players can queue up for a match regardless of player rank unless they get banned from the queue for being too overpowered for the others. Teams take turns picking their teammates from this queue, but no duplication of heroes is allowed. A coin toss decides which team gets to pick first. This mode enables a less random and more refined selection of participants in a match.

  • Ranked

It’s the most challenging mode to play that’s waiting for you in the Nexus. In this mode, players can join queues for 2 Leagues.

Hero League is for solo players against other players with similar levels of skill. Team League lets players join games that are ranked no matter the size of their team.

Each player is ranked according to tiers starting from Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master up to the highest, which is Grand Master. Each tier from Bronze up to Diamond rank is divided further into five divisions, with division 1 being the highest in those tiers.

You can tell by their rank what tier a player belongs to and how far he has to go to advance to a higher tier by looking at the division he’s in within that tier. For example, a Bronze 1 player belongs to the uppermost Bronze division and is only a step away from advancing to the Silver 5 rank.

A new player is given his initial rank after playing ten placement matches. As you progress through the daily matches, you are awarded points for winning and deducted points if you lose.

  • Brawl

It is an action-packed mode where all hell can break loose. It messes with the rules and mechanics, resulting in some crazy but fun gameplay. They come up with a couple of different new offerings each week so that you’ll never know what to expect. It could be mutators that change the battleground, some wacky new rules, or team selection. You’re rewarded with a loot chest if you manage to play in at least two brawls.

  • Custom Games

This mode allows players more flexibility in fine-tuning a match that’s more to their liking. They can choose the battleground, invite other players, mix it up with enemy heroes, or teammate AIs. There’s also a setting that prohibits duplications when drafting heroes for either side. Players can agree on who gets to choose with a coin toss or give that privilege to the match creator who will manually select who gets to play with whom.

Loadout Button

A Loadout button sits near the bottom left corner of the Play tab and appears during drafting screens in other modes. Clicking it brings up a customization window where you will see various categories of unlocked items that you can equip your hero. You can also preview locked skins and see how they would look on your hero.

Ready Button

Clicking this button would start the match.

Collection

These are items up for sale under different categories, including Featured items, Hero Bundles, single Heroes, Boosts, Skins, Mounts, Voice Lines, and others.

You can see all the different heroes and how much they cost. For example, Jaina costs $10, or you can buy her for10,000 gold. Even if a character costs more, that doesn’t always mean that they’re going to be better. That’s one weird thing about these characters in HOTS. You can have some of them that are cheap, but they’re pretty good. Yet you can have heroes that cost $15 that suck and that people don’t want to play. It is fantastic news if you’re a beginner because you have access to some of these great characters for only 2,000 gold early on.

Loot

You can open any loot chests here that you’ve obtained, and it could contain a mixed bag of any four random rewards. If you’re lucky, it might even include a Hero! The items are similar to those sold under the Collection tab such as new skins, voice lines, sprays, etc. If you’re not satisfied with what you got, then you can reroll the dice so to speak as much as three times. You have to pay with gold to do that, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get better items with each roll. Also, the price of each succeeding roll increases.

Once you finish the tutorial, the game gives you a loot crate for starters. That, however, can’t be rerolled. You can also buy a rare loot crate for 3,000 gold.

Watch

It allows you to view replays of your matches, which is an excellent way to review your performance and see what you did right and what mistakes you can correct.

Gameplay

Once you’ve picked your hero and given him a loadout, Select the Versus A.I. mode, and then you can click the Ready button located at the bottom of your hero to start the match against the computer. Your entire party of 5 heroes is taken to a battleground starting at your core structure. The other heroes are raring to go and leave you there alone on your mount.

Mounts

A mount is usually a horse that’s ridden by a hero and is a faster way to move around the map. The mounts could also be magical, mechanical, or beasts. Some heroes have their exclusive mounts. Heroes can’t cast abilities or attack while they’re riding their mounts, though. If during combat, heroes get hit, they automatically get thrown off their mounts, and there’s a short-timed delay before they can ride them again. You can ride your mount with the “Z” key.

User Interface

As you look around the screen, you’ll notice all the elements that make up the UI or User Interface.

  • Health and Manna Bars

On the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, you can find a hexagonal frame with an animated image of your hero. On the right side of that is the Health bar in green and the Manna bar below it in red. It shows you how much health you’ve lost and how much manna is left that you can use. There’s also a handy plus sign indicator that tells you if it’s okay for you to drink from any nearby well to replenish your health.

Left-clicking on the hero’s image brings up the Talent selection pane where you can pick the talent you want to enhance a hero’s ability.

  • Minimap

On the lower right-hand corner of the screen is a very useful minimap. It’s an accurate representation of the battleground and tells you exactly where you are standing. It also highlights points of interest like your team and the enemy’s positions, mercenary camps, objectives, and more. You should always consult your minimap to get a good grasp of what’s happening on the battleground.

  • Level meters

At the top center of the screen are the level meters for you and your opponent. It shows the current level numbers that you and your opponent are in and the progress bars showing how much XP both of you need to reach your next level.

  • Ability Meters

At the bottom center of the screen is a row of hexagonal icons that show the abilities that are currently available to you. There’s a cooldown timer for each showing you how much time is left before you can start using the ability again. On the bottom left corner of each of these ability icons is the corresponding keypress to activate them.

Movement Controls

You control your hero by right-clicking the mouse anywhere on the ground that’s visible on the screen. There’s a green marker on the ground indicating where your hero would stop. You can cancel the move by right-clicking on another location, and it will immediately change direction to go to the new spot.

A great habit to adopt is holding the right-click button to move around. This way, you’ll have more precise control of where your hero goes, especially in the middle of a fight.

You should practice that until you get the hang of it. Being shifty and able to control precisely where you want your hero to go is going to be crucial in a fight. During a battle, you can’t stand still, and you have to remain a moving target if you want to stay alive, more so if your hero’s class isn’t known for their survivability.

Your hero will move a lot slower without your mount. The downside of riding a mount is a delay of a few seconds that freezes your hero in place before he can hop on it. If you’re being chased down and the enemy is right on your tail, then this becomes a problem.

It leaves you vulnerable for a few moments, and you can’t do anything, or it will get canceled, and you’d have to start over again. It’s worse when you’re running very low on health, and one hit from an enemy could be your last.

Attacking Controls

You make a simple skill attack on an enemy by pressing the “A” button and left-clicking on your target, and sometimes you can hold the left-click button for continuous fire. A skill attack means that the player is required to aim and hit the mark.

Abilities

When you begin a match, you have access to 3 basic abilities that you can use and a trait, all of which are inherent and unique to your hero. An ability can be anything such as healing, a buff that can increase damage or is a protective shield, a type of offensive spell, the list goes on.

These abilities can be enhanced with talents you gain as your team’s experience level increases. It happens at 3-level intervals when players are given a choice of talents that they can use to augment an ability. They can choose the talent that they think would help their current situation in a match.

It will be different for every match, and it’s the players’ job to pick what talent they think is more suited to handle the battleground situations they’re facing. In other words, you can play it by ear and not be stuck with a single plan of attack. You have to learn to adapt to your given situation.

You can bring up the Talent pane by clicking on the hero’s image on the lower left of the screen, pressing “N,” or pressing “Ctrl.” If the ability is a buff of some sort, then the hero can self-cast with the “Alt” key together with the corresponding key of the ability that’s either the “Q,” “W,” or “E” keys.

If you want to auto-attack one target or a bunch of them with your unique ability, then you would press the “Q” key and left-click on the general area you want it to land. A corresponding icon from a row of hexagonal icons would indicate it’s cooling down before you can use it again.

If you want to use the Inspire ability, then press the “W” key, and so forth, and so on. To quickly activate talents for a particular ability, press “Ctrl” plus the number (1-6) corresponding to the talent that you want to use.

You can switch to any ready ability, but you have to mind your manna use to make sure you don’t run out of it too fast during intense combat. The damage you inflict on an enemy shows as a reduction on a tiny red health bar above its head. It shows the enemy’s health condition, and you’ll know exactly how close you are to dying.

It’s essential to soak up XP to reach level 10 as fast as possible. That’s the time your five heroes can each unlock 1 of their 2 Heroic Abilities that can prove devastating to your opponent. Whichever team that can use their heroic ability first has a significant advantage in a battle that would be hard for their opponents to overcome.

Experience Points and Leveling UP

Your team has to gather more Experience Points (XP) to level up. Leveling up your team is crucial in a match. The higher the level, the stronger your team becomes. That means whoever levels up faster would hold a very significant advantage over opponents that can pave the way to victory.

A number indicates the current team level of your team on a scale at the top of the screen. The progress bar shows how far your XP needs to go to reach the next level. You can also see your opponent’s level number and progress bar next to yours on the right. That way, you’ll always be aware of who’s got the advantage.

Ways of gaining XP

You can earn XP in any of these three ways.

  • Damaging and killing your enemy’s minions

Minions spawn in any of the three lanes across the map. You must have a hero in each one of those lanes for a more efficient gathering of XP for your team.

  • Destroying your enemy’s structures

Destroying enemy structures like towers, forts, and keeps will earn you XP. Other structures such as healing wells or the walls that protect forts and keeps don’t count for any XP.

  • Damaging and killing your enemy’s heroes

A significant chunk of the experience that your team earns in a match would come from killing enemy heroes.

XP Soaking Range

The critical thing to point out here is that you are earning XP while your target is losing its health, not only by delivering the killing blow like in other MOBAs. But you have to be within a certain distance away from that target to capitalize on those XPs. You’ll know you’re in range when you see small XP text dropping on any target that gets hit or dies. If you’re too far away from the battle, then those XPs are wasted.

You’ll also notice that there are no individual XPs in HOTS and that we’re talking about a collective experience by the whole team. It’s the team that levels up and not individual heroes, which is another thing about HOTS that makes it unique from other MOBAs.

Tips that will give you an edge

We’ve covered most of what you need to know to be able to play competently and more confidently. It’s now time to give you some tips that we think would help you get the drop on the majority of the opponents you’ll encounter in the Nexus.

  • Mount your mounts

Some beginners just completely forget about or ignore them altogether, but this is something that must come naturally to you as you continue to play competitively against increasingly better opponents. You can’t just go walking around all the time while your opponent is running circles around your team and being nimbler on their steeds. Always ride your horse or whatever your mount is whenever you’re not engaged in combat. It makes going from point A to point B that much quicker.

It pays off dividends in large battlegrounds where time is of the essence. You may need to cover a lot of areas in the map, particularly during times you’re trying to accomplish an objective ahead of your opponent. But even in ordinary situations, you should get used to riding your steed early on in HOTS.

  • Master stutter steps

It’s simply moving and repeatedly firing in short rapid bursts and presents your opponent with a constantly moving and more difficult target to hit. It always pays to be agile on your feet in HOTS or any MOBA for that matter. It’s like you’re making crossover moves in basketball to catch your opponent on the wrong foot. Stutter stepping does mess up the timing of your opponents, especially beginners, and they’ll find you frustrating to hit.

It’s an excellent technique to practice on AI enemies, and before long, you’ll be stutter-stepping your way to victory like a seasoned pro.

  • Use Quickcast settings

Press escape and go into the Hotkeys menu. It’s got a Quickcast Settings option. Go in there and start customizing your Ability hotkeys for any hero character that you’re going to use in the game. It is something that the game never even tries to explain, so most beginners aren’t even aware it exists at all.

It gives you the benefit of casting a hero ability faster than you ever could with their default setting. Sure, you could probably get away casting at a normal speed. Still, the added advantage to reflex reactions does make a difference, especially when you’re dealing with opponents at higher levels.

Some spells, though, may require more precise aiming, so leave those setting to their defaults. It’s up to you to figure out which spells most benefit you with this feature as you continue playing.

  • The Ctrl hotkey is your pal

We’ve touched on this before, but we must point out here why you can’t take this feature for granted. Use the Ctrl hotkey rather than clicking on your hero’s image on the bottom left, or by pressing “N” to access the Talent pane, like what the tutorial teaches you.

Press Ctrl instead plus a number from 1-6. You must remember which number corresponds to the talent you want to use. It makes it possible for you to switch to any particular talent on the fly without having to go through layers of UI. You must keep repeating this until it becomes second nature to you.

  • Learn to queue commands

The Shift hotkey lets you string commands together on a queue that your hero can execute one by one. It is an especially useful tool to have, let’s say if you need your hero to go to another area fast the second he’s through doing something else. You can leave him to do his thing while you go to the next point of interest on the map. It allows you to input commands faster than your hero can process to accomplish the task. It gives you more time to think about your next move while your hands are free of the controls.

It takes a little time getting used to, but once you’ve got this technique down pat, you’ll be quicker to react to situations and will always be a step ahead of the action.

  • Don’t neglect self-casting

The Alt key plus any ability keypress will cast it on yourself. It’s essential if you’re playing a support or health hero, and you suddenly find your life in danger when enemies lock on to you and attack you. It could be a massive heal or a divine shield that would help stave off any damage and give you time to get right back into gear to help your buddies out.

  • Start lane soaking early

We’ve explained what soaking XP means, but we can’t stress often enough how vital it is to reach level 10 to unlock your team’s Hero Abilities. A lot of enemy minions spawn in the other two lanes, and you can’t ignore the other structures there for their XP. You need at least one hero in each of the three lanes to soak up more XP.

If your opponent gets there first, it will be more difficult for you, so don’t fight level 10 enemy heroes when you’re behind and don’t have your godlike powers yet. Your opponent’s heroes already have theirs, and you would end up being toast. It will be a complete mismatch or even a massacre, and the other player can get more XP out of your defeat as well.

  • Do the unique battleground objectives

It was already evident as early as the 2nd tutorial where you gained the upper hand after finishing all three tributes that were required by the Lord of the Cursed Hollow battleground before he can release a curse on your opponent. All the enemy’s structures suddenly cannot fire back at you, and they became vulnerable to attack. You could pretty much obliterate your opponent’s defenses before the timer on that curse expired.

Typically, those side objectives give you a significant edge with the destruction that can have a considerable impact on the game. If somehow your opponent was able to accomplish it first, then you should be worried. Instead of dishing out the pain, you’ll be on the receiving end once your opponent gets a hold of it. In some situations where enemy heroes are decimating your team, and you’re far behind, capping an objective gives you a chance for a late comeback. When all the dust has settled, you might even come out on top

Whatever it is, whether it’s capturing a Punisher from a shrine, or granting the favor of a ghost pirate so he can bombard your opponent’s structures with his ship, you have to do it. Or at least capture one of the conditions. There’s even one objective in Towers of Doom map that you can’t ignore and is necessary for you to win.

Parting Shots

One thing that separates HOTS from other multiplayer online battle arena games is how less complicated and how quickly you can jump right into it. But looks can be deceiving, especially at first glance. That might put off some veteran gamers, especially those that already had a taste of other MOBAs like Death of the Ancients. That doesn’t mean this game can’t be loads of fun too.

It so easy to learn the ropes here, but as you continue playing it, you’ll discover a wealth of surprisingly intricate gameplay lying underneath that even pro players can enjoy mastering. This game wasn’t received well in the beginning by snotty game critics because of how basic the messy the gameplay seemed at the time. That’s just a lack of understanding to be able to appreciate what the developers were trying to pull off.

Eventually, a lot of people got it. Blizzard managed to make those critics eat their own words, by not being afraid to be original in defining their own niche in MOBA. This game has prospered and gained a large following over the years, and it continues to be updated and improved upon even as I speak.

It has got a lot of redeeming qualities and unique gameplay mechanics that we believe are worth your precious time discovering. We hope this guide will help you with the adventures that await you inside the Nexus.

 

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