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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

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Heroes of the Storm logo

Heroes of the Storm[1] (formerly titled Blizzard DotA, and Blizzard All-Stars)[2] is an upcoming hero brawler.[3] It will be free-to-play[4] and it is expected that the game will be released digitally.[5] Formerly a mod for StarCraft II, it has since become an independent product.[6]

Overview

"In a tiny, trans-dimensional pocket universe sit two dark and terrible gods. One red. One blue. To amuse themselves, they kidnap great heroes from across time and space! And those heroes come from one company: BLIZZARD! These heroes are forced to fight to the death in an endless battle with no purpose... other than ladder points.
This is Blizzard DOTA! Coming soon(ish)™. Seriously!"

- Original mod summary(src)

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The game's original Blizzard DotA logo

Heroes of the Storm made its first appearance at BlizzCon 2010. The idea at the time was to used it as a showcase for the abilities of the Galaxy Map Editor.[7] In this build, heroes could use currency earned in battle to purchase upgrades in shops. They then fought alongside allied creeps for maximum efficiency and crush enemy towers and their bases.[8] Two factions existed in the game—the Guardium and the Scourge. Each hero had a "good" (Guardium) and "evil" (Scourge) version.[8] The evil incarnation usually wore some zerg armor.[9]

As of July, 2011, the game had entered playtesting.[10] By August of the same year, the game has undergone a complete reboot, the original version "flattened." According to Frank Pearce, the original version bore too much resemblance to its Warcraft III counterpart, where novice players were at a disadvantage. Blizzard seeks to redesign the game to make it "easy to learn, difficult to master.[11] After another positive showing at BlizzCon 2011, the game had more passion inside Blizzard, and they began to discuss what they could do with the MOBA (or "hero brawler" as it was called internally) genre. It was decided to make the game easy to get into with a focus on team gameplay.[7]

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The game's original Blizzard All-Stars logo

The game was originally expected to launch concurrently with Heart of the Swarm but has since been delayed, and will be released separately.[5]

During development, a number of employees who had worked on Blizzard's Project Titan were shifted to work on All-Stars. As of August 2013, the game's development has reached "a significant internal milestone," and has entered wider internal playtesting. Blizzard will have more information on the game later in the year.[12]

Blizzard DotA (as it was originally called) was the subject of some controversy, in light of Valve's Dota 2. Blizzard has taken steps to prevent any trademarking of "DotA" or any other acronymn of "Defense of the Ancients," maintaining that it should remain with the Warcraft modding community, from which the concept sprung.[13] In May of 2012, both Valve and Blizzard reached an agreement—Valve would be able to use the term "DotA" commercially while Blizzard could use it in a non-commercial sense. The name of the Blizzard version was changed to "Blizzard All-Stars," which Rob Pardo stated "ultimately better reflects the design of our game."[2] It was later changed to "Heroes of the Storm."[14]

StarCraft Elements

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Various heroes

The following StarCraft elements exist in the game:

Heroes

The following StarCraft heroes are/will be playable:

Proposed

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StarCraft vs. Warcraft

The following StarCraft heroes have been proposed for the game:

Units

Removed

The following StarCraft elements were present in early builds but have since been removed/altered:

Heroes

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Who has the advantage?

Structures

Units

References

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. 2013-10-17. The Game Formerly Known as "Blizzard All-Stars". Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2013-10-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2012-05-11, Valve and Blizzard Settle DotA Dispute. IGN, accessed on 2012-05-11
  3. 2013-11-08, BlizzCon 2013 - Heroes of the Storm - Building the Nexus. YouTube, accessed on 2013-12-04
  4. 2013-08-01, Titan: "Unlikely to be a Subscription Based MMORPG". Titan Focus, accessed on 2013-09-16
  5. 5.0 5.1 2012-06-15, Dustin Browder Interview - MLG Anaheim 2012. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2012-07-19
  6. 2013-01-22, Blizzard "actively working" on Blizzard All-Stars, so what's the hold up?. Eurogamer.net, accessed on 2013-09-16
  7. 7.0 7.1 2013-11-08, Heroes of the Storm™ Developer Interview. YouTube, accessed on 2013-12-09
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
  9. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-24. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Art Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-26.
  10. 2011-07-27, Happy Birthday, StarCraft II!. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2011-07-29
  11. 2011-08-22, Blizzard DOTA "completely rebooted". Eurogamer, accessed on 2011-08-27
  12. 2013-08-01, Diablo III Announcement Coming at Gamescom. Diablo Somepage, accessed on 2013-09-16
  13. 2012-02-10, Blizzard v. Valve Over DotA Trademark Before Trademark Trial & Appeal Board. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2012-02-18
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. 2013-10-17. The Game Formerly Known as "Blizzard All-Stars". Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2013-10-18.
  15. 15.0 15.1 2013-11-11, Heroes of the Storm: Sixen Interviews Dustin Browder. YouTube, accessed on 2013-12-01
  16. 2014-05-20, MURKY HERO WEEK. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-05-25

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