Heroes of the Storm™ is a raucous online team brawler starring your favorite Blizzard characters. Build and customize heroes from across every Blizzard universe to suit your play style. Team up with your friends and engage in fast-paced mayhem across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play the game.Alternate Definition:
Heroes is a MOBA-lite Team Brawler game in which you play as many characters from different Blizzard universes in 5v5 objective based team combat. The emphasis is on "objective based." There are currently 7 maps with more to come. Each features a unique map objective that is typically the key to victory. The team that manages to win the objectives is usually
the team that wins. Heroes shares many gameplay elements in the MOBA genre with popular games like DotA2 and League of Legends, but it also drops a lot of the common trappings of the genre and has simplified down to a core game of action and fun.Resources:Official Site
- Here you will find lots of basic material regarding the battlegrounds, heroes, news, and official events such as eSports events.Heroes Nexus
- A site dedicated to news, patch notes, and has a talent calculator and tons of images of hero skins and skin tintsHeroes Fire
- A site with tons of good hero stats and a very good talent calculator. This is what most of us use when linking talent builds on the forum.HotsLogs
- A replay and ranking site. Uses player-uploaded replays to calculate MMR ratings. Note: Not entirely accurate, but still a decent source of info.
What is Eternal Conflict
Eternal Conflict is an ongoing "expansion event" that will run for an undetermined amount of time. It is a celebration of the Diablo universe in Heroes of the Storm, and over the course of the event Blizzard will be releasing new Diablo Heroes, Maps, Mounts, and Skins.
Eternal Conflict Phase 1:
- New Hero: The Butcher
- Master Butcher Skin
- Iron Butcher Skin
- New Hero: Leoric
- Master Leoric Skin
- Vrykul Leoric Skin
- Archangel Diablo Skin & Themed Abilities
- Novazon Nova Skin & Themed Abilities
- Tyrael’s Charger Mount
- Butcher's Battle Beast
- New Map: Battlefield of Eternity
Eternal Conflict Phase 2:
- New Hero: Kharazim the Monk
- Master Kharazim Skin
- Jade Dragon Kharazim Skin
- Treasure Goblin Mount
- Valla-Themed Mount
- New Map: Infernal Shrines
As you play games in Heroes, you will level up two different things: your Player Level and a Hero Level. Experience you earn from playing game is applied to both accounts. Blizzard recently added "Stimpacks" to the game store. These Stimpacks are a limited time boost which grant extra Gold and XP while they are active. During holidays and special events Blizzard sometimes gives a bonus XP boost, which does stack with the Stimpacks. Also, there's a cap on experience gained from bot matches: roughly 2.25 Million experience a day.
Player Level is just an account rank. You get various features and goodies unlocked as you play. These are as follows:
- Level2: 1,000 Gold
- Level 4: 1,000 Gold
- Level 6: Unlocks Daily Quests
- Levels 8: 2,000 Gold
- Level 10: A Seven-Day Stim Pack (+100% XP and Gold from games); 2,000 Gold
- Level 12: Unlocks an additional slot in the free hero rotation
- Level 15: Unlocks an additional slot in the free hero rotation
- Level 20: 2,000 Gold
- Level 25: Disables Hero Talent-Gating; 2,000 Gold
- Level 30: Unlocked Ranked Mode; 2,000 Gold
- Level 35: 2,000 Gold
- Level 40: Unlocks Team League; 2,000 Gold
Daily Quests are small tasks the game gives you each day, and upon completion you get 200-800 gold (depending on the quest) for your effort (as an aside, you also get 30 gold for each win, and 20 for each loss). There are currently 4 categories of Daily Quests (Play 2 games with a specific franchise hero, Play 3 games as a specific role, Win 3 games, and Play 8 games in any mode).
Hero Level is a series of unlocks for specific heroes. Each hero has their own level, and playing games with them will increase their level (alongside your player level). Here are hero unlocks:
Tutorial Videos - EXTREMELY Useful for new players
- Level 2: Unlocks your second Heroic Ability
- Level 3: Unlocks Advanced Talents
- Level 4: Unlocks Expert Talents
- Level 5: 500 Gold
- Level 6: Hero Portrait; Mount Tint #1
- Level 7: Hero Tint #1
- Level 8: Hero Tint #2
- Level 9: Hero Master Portrait; Mount Tint #2; 750 Gold
- Level 10: Allows purchase of Master Skin (10,000 gold)
- Level 15: 1,000 Gold
- Level 20: 2,000 Gold
What are some good newbie heroes?
Assassin: Raynor, Warrior: ETC, Support: Li Li, and Specialist: Nazeebo. Avoid Abathur, Murky, and the Lost Vikings as they have very atypical designs that are best played when you have more experience with the game.
What's the best way to get experience?
Quick Match. Practice has an experience penalty, and cooperative games are (on average) shorter than Quick Match games. This means you spend more time in queues when doing co-op whereas QM you are in the game earning XP (it's time-based for xp earned per game). There's also the 50,000 xp win bonus you get from QM that you can't from co-op. Hero and Team League are probably worse xp because you have to spend time picking heroes. The only reason to play co-op is because you just can't win in QM for a daily.
What is the fastest way to get gold?
There is none. First, do the tutorials. They don't net you a ton of gold, but it's a decent amount and worth spending ~30-45 minutes to get. From there, the least slow way is to do your daily quest (the game saves up to three quests so you can miss a day or two) and then play with friends on heroes you have not gotten to level five or nine with yet. Start with heroes you don't own yet, and then switch to owned heroes if you manage to get all seven free rotation heroes to level 5 or 9 within a week. That right there is about 5000 gold a week for the next month or so, not counting gold from account levels and games played. Once you hit 40 and have all heroes to level nine you can then do dailies (about 250 gold a day) and grind heroes to 15 and 20 for more gold, but the latter is a significantly longer process than getting a hero to level five or nine.
Do not buy stimpacks. They are not worth the money unless you can play around 10+ games a day for a month straight. The seven-day stimpacks are even worse.
Also, each week a hero is on sale for 50% off real-world money prices, so that's another option if you're willing to lay down hard cash on the game.
When is the next patch?
No idea. They tend to do monthly patches until they trip up and go two months without anything. You will generally know a patch is coming because they will advertise a livestream heavily hinting at a patch the week prior.
How does the new hero pricing model work?
All new heroes are released at a starting cost of 15k. This price will be in place for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, the price drops to 10k. Beyond that, there is no set rule or guideline for when a hero will further drop in price. Blizzard has occasionally gone through and updated hero pricing on multiple heroes at once, (i.e. when they made Li Li a 2k hero and Arthas a 7k hero), but there's no hard rule for when older heroes get price drops.
New Player Laning Tips!
--In Heroes, "laning" just means soaking XP. Laning also includes gathering the green Health Orbs for certain specs that take Regen Master or Conjurer's Pursuit. Laning also means trying to get the enemy towers to drain their ammo as fast as possible. Some heroes actually have a talent called "Demolitionist" which actively drains ammo. Other heroes can spawn extra units, which absorb extra shots, and contribute to draining towers faster.
--The most important thing while "laning" is just to remain close enough to the minion kills to soak XP. You do not need to last hit, and in fact you do not need to do any damage at all. All you need is proximity.
--During the opening minutes of the game (usually leading up till the first objective) is the laning phase. The laning phase in Heroes is quite short, and depending on the map, sometimes players never go back to full laning after the first objective spawn. This point is very map dependent. I'll cover general map laning guidelines lower in my post.
--In the early stages of the game, the XP gained through minion kills outweighs the XP gained from player kills. It is a waste of time and effort to "first blood" an enemey just for an XP payout. That's not to say there isn't benefit to killing them. Making them respawn and run back certainly is helpful since it reduces their own XP gains and puts them at a disadvantage for defending gates and towers. But don't over extend, and don't make level 1 hero murder a priority, because it's better to just chill and soak XP from minions.
--One last comment on laning before I dive into map specific details. Do not blow your entire mana-bar or get super beat up during the early-game laning phase. You will need that health and mana for the first objective on every map. If you show up to an objective with 2/3 health and 1/3 mana, you are hurting your team before the fight even starts. And there will be a fight.
Ok. Map Specifics.
--First Objective spawns in a random range of time between the 2:15 minute mark and 2:45. There's a 30 second spawn window for the first Tribute.
--Laning phase on this map typically resets for the first 3 tributes. Even if one team doesn't earn all 3 tributes, by the time the 3rd tribute occurs, you want to start breaking out of lanes, capturing mercs, and playing more "globally" than lane-centric.
--If you're playing with a coordinated team, the best lane distribution is 1-3-1. The reason for this is because the tribute spawns are randomized, and putting 3 in middle lane gives you the best reaction time to wherever the tribute spawns. If you're in a pug, generally people go the 2-1-2, which is actually quite terrible because it puts 2 dudes way out of position on the first tribute spawn.
--A "good practice" on this map is to try to cap a merc camp right before a tribute spawns. Usually not the first tribute, since players are weak at that point and will get torn up by the mercs. But on the 2nd or 3rd tribute, you can put some pressure on a lane by snagging a camp just before the tribute spawns. That will force a decision by the enemy team. Do they send all 5 to the tribute, or do they hold one back to defend? Either way, it's a win for you. If they send all 5 to the tribute, you get free damage on a wall. If they hold one back, you have an easier team fight.
--First objective is set, I believe at the 2 minute mark, but it might be 2:30. I can't remember exactly off the top of my head.
--Lane distribution you want 2-1-2 generally. I've seen some very successful plays where a team will go 3-1-1 when the shrines open, so they can secure one shrine and hopefully get a kill.
--Don't feel rushed to immediately get the DK. The power of the DK scales with the duration of the game. The longer the game runs, the more powerful the DK gets. If you snag a DK at the 4 minute mark, It will be super weak. Sometimes it's better to intentionally stalemate until the 6-7 mark so that the first DK is more powerful.
--I've also seen organized teams go 4-1-0 when the shrines activate, or 0-1-4. This allows them to completely consume a shrine and wipe the entire enemy force defending it. Then the 4 move to the opposite side and do the same thing.
--Generally speaking, you want a ranged character or someone with a ton of staying power in the middle lane. Your goal in middle is simply to soak XP, grab the shrine if your team activates, and prevent an enemy capture if they activate.
--One other strategy that is effective on this map for coordinated teams is a "middle wipe." Send several people to mid, kill their solo middle laner, and force the enemy team to redistribute, which weakens their position overall.
--Lastly, a well timed giant camp can help you secure a DK capture. At around the 5-6 minute mark, if a couple people break off and grab their friendly-side giants on bottom, that extra pressure on the lane will force the enemy to react and weaken their position on the shrines.
--Lane setup should be 1-3-1, or 1-2-2. You want your team by the chests. On this map, top lane is the least significant lane for the first 10 minutes of the game. All you need is 1 person up there soaking XP. Everyone else should concern themselves with coins.
--Due to the nature of the coin placement, and scattered coin camps around the map, this map is the least lane-centric of them all. You will find yourself barely in lane at all. You should be doing three things on this map at all times. 1) Defending captain against enemy turn ins. A great way to get coins is to steal them from the enemy. 2) Capturing coin camps. 3) Capturing mercenaries (which also give coins). The lanes will handle themselves on this map.
--A common rookie mistake is to focus too much on laning on this map. Despite its relative size, this map is very combat heavy. Lots of action centers around the captain and you need to try to maintain vision on captain. Vision is extremely important on this map. It's always important, in general, but to a greater degree on this map. Heroes such as Tyrande, Tassadar, Zagara, and anyone else with Clairvoyance are of huge benefit on this map. You NEED to know where your enemy is, how many coins they have, and when they are attempting a turn in.
--For pickup games, 3-2 or 2-3 is preferred. In a team game, you want 4-1 or 1-4. Generally you want to put your 4 or your 3 on the lane in which the golem will spawn.
--You can look at your base and see which lane your golem will take. He exists as a pile of bones at the base of your core at the start of the match. Top of the core is top lane, bottom of the core is bottom. Simple. Plan accordingly.
--This map is the most "snowballish" map of them all. Even after the most recent patch, where they nerfed the relative strength of the first golem spawns, and closed the gap between golems of various sizes, the golem is still amazingly potent map objective.
--Assuming you win the mines and your golem is stronger than your opponent's, you want 3 pushing with golem and 2 defending. Or 4 pushing, 1 defending, depending on the number of skulls collected.
--Grabbing knights right after a golem spawns is also a good practice. They will put extra pressure on a lane and force your opponent to split defend. I'm fairly certain that the knights will always path to the lane opposite of your golem.
Garden of Terror
--Lane like normal til the first night cycle, which happens pretty fast. It's at like 1:30 that the warning is given and 2:00 that the seedlings spawn.
--Generally 1-3-1 is best player distribution, for the same reason as on Cursed Hollow. This gives you the best mobility. You can move to top seeds or bottom seeds much easier with 3 in the middle. Your outside lanes will just soak XP.
--Merc camps despawn when the plant terror is activated. However, the mercs don't despawn if they are actively engaged in combat. One of the best practices on this map (and other maps too) is to engage a merc camp or two right as your team is spawning a terror. That way you can split push multiple lanes.
--Teams should move to support their plant terror for maximum objective pushing. However, it's also a common practice to leave 1 player in another lane to continue to soak and split push. If if you can get a merc camp plus a strong laning character like Zagara in a lane opposite your plant terror, you can do some really great damage to the enemy.
--The first temple activations are ALWAYS the top and middle points. Always.
--The second temple activation is always the bottom.
--Additional temple activations after the first two are random
--Starting lane configuration should be 2-2-1 or 1-3-1
--After the first activation has run it's full duration, you should grab some camps and then reconfigure your lane distribution.
--Second phase lane distribution should be 1-1-3 in anticipation of the bottom temple
--If possible, try to secure a top lane bruiser camp right before the bottom temple activation. This bruiser camp will almost certainly go uncontested while the teams fight over bottom temple.
--Middle lane is most important since it puts your players in range of both turn-in points
--Top lane is least important at the start of the match since there are no mercenary camps up there (except boss, which won't come into play until later)
--A good setup is 1-3-1 or 1-2-2.
--Just like on other maps, grabbing a merc camp right before a turn-in is highly advisable. For the first turn-in, when players are still relatively weak, the bottom giant camp is the best choice. Throw some extra giants in with your webspinners and make a strong push on bottom.
--The spider minions in each wave drop gems. During laning phase, your goal is to collect gems while denying your opponent their gems. Characters with area denial spells, such as Tassadar, Jaina, and Sgt Hammer are good for this. Also, tanks with strong knockback abilities such as ETC and Diablo are great on this map, as they can really help with denying enemy gem collection.
Unlike similar games, Heroes has a variety of maps with different layouts and objectives. Certain things remain the same (each lane has two towns then your core), but don't get complacent.
Haunted Mines features two layers: the top layer is your typically lanes and bases, and the bottom layer contains the mines. Every so often the mines populate with a boss golem and lesser minions. Killing these award skulls, and once they're all dead both teams summon a golem. The more skulls you get, the bigger your golem will be. The general strategy here puts less emphasis on the golem in the early game, as you instead grab merc camps. Because the golems spawn where they last died, getting skulls becomes more and more of a priority as the game drags on.
Blackheart Bay is a map that features pirates because it's 2014 and pirates are still a thing. The important thing is the pirate in the center of the map: killing mercs or randomly spawning chests will net you coins that you can pay Mr. Pirate to fire off cannons at the enemy town. The cost rises with each firing, making it a bit easier for the losing team to make a comeback. Carrying coins is risky because a player drops all of their coins when dead, so turn that shit in. Also, the pirates will start firing on your core if there are no other buildings left, so don't ignore the coins. This map is a bit weird since the objective is basically "on", so you have to constantly be watching the enemy. You can keep tabs on how many coins the enemy is carrying by hitting tab. You are typically safe if they need like 5+ coins for a turn-in and there aren't a lot of mercs/chests for them to bum off of.
Dragonshire has two shrines: a northern and southern one. The game will eventually yell at you to go grab them, at which point they will become active. By standing on one, a bar will fill to your team until you control it. Unsurprisingly, enemy players would rather you not do this, and can cancel you out by standing on the shrine alongside you. The bar, however, will keep filling so long as one side has more team members present, so the best option is to typically bringing two players to each shrine. Once you take over each shrine, a player clicks the dragon statue in the center, and so long as they aren't interrupted they will transform into a Ren-Faire Godzilla that can put the hurt on towns. The dragon has two skills: breath fire that does AoE damage on the ground for a duration, and boot an enemy far away. Use the former to wreck minions and burn down buildings while the latter will get players off your back. Attack towns. Attacks towns. ATTACK TOWNS. Only go for players if your intervention WILL save or kill someone. The dragon dies fairly quickly and at best will automatically die after a minute, so you need to get that damage in.
You also don't have to kill yourself to get the dragon. If your push is strong and you can hold at least one shrine, then let the enemy keep throwing themselves against you. At some point enough enemy heroes will be dead and you can grab Mr. Dragon unopposed. I've seen too many games where people feel like they have to get the dragon RIGHT FUCKING NOW and their impulsiveness puts the group in really bad teamfights.
Cursed Hollow features perhaps one of the most important objectives on the map. The upside is that it's one of the most lenient objectives in terms of not condemning you all for one botched teamfight. Basically you have a little bird skull placed in a random spot in the jungle. If you channel without being hit for a few seconds, then you get the skull. Get three and the enemy team will be cursed: their lane minions are reduced to 1 HP and their towers will not fire. As you can see, this is really devastating because even lanes without heroes will naturally push and chip away at your towns. It's very important that your team shows up to contest these skulls, and you should basically be frantically pinging the spot where the skull is incoming. HOWEVER, if you have a really strong push going and the enemy team has 0-1 skulls (and you also have 0-1), then don't be afraid to commit to the push. If they send away someone to grab the skull, then they're going to be outnumbered when defending your push which can allow you to wipe them and win off that.
Garden of Terror is kinda like Haunted Mines and Dragonshire had a baby. Every so often, night will fall on the garden, reducing everyone's vision radius and spawning a bunch of plant monsters. Damaging (not just killing) these will cause seeds to drop, and once your team has 100 seeds a player can go to base and transform into a giant plant monster. You can't dilly dally, because the monster has about a minute before it wilts and can no longer be used by a player. So if nobody is grabbing that thing, then get inside it ASAP. Besides being really good at trashing buildings, they can shut down towers by spawning a destructible flower pot next to them and turn unwitting enemy players into weaker plant zombies.
Sky Temple has three temples, and every so often two will become active and the first team to go up to their activation point will turn them on for their side. These basically fire mercilessly at enemy towns, dealing tons of damage until they burn out and go dormant for a bit. The twist is that while you hold the temple, you will have to fend off waves of special creeps until the temple runs out of juice. This can lead you to be vulnerable to the enemy team, so watch out. Honestly the strategy is GET TEMPLES because they are overtuned right now and this map easily has the shortest games.
Tomb of the Spider Queen
Instead of normal lane minions, Tomb has these metallic spiders sprinkled in that drop gems upon death for you to collect. There are two areas where you can deposit these gems, and upon depositing 50 gems for your team (doesn't matter into which area you deposit) you spawn a boss spider in each lane that will cast devastating shadow waves and spawn lesser spiders to eat up tower ammo. This map is fairly cramped with lots of vents blocking vision, so heroes that have good vision like Zagara or Tassadar are useful. Also, the spiders spawned by gems will travel down a lane until they encounter enemies units, so the further you push the closer they'll start to forts or keeps.
Battlefield of Eternity
This map features two immortals fighting for each team. By beating the enemy immortal, your immortal will push the strongest of your opponent's lanes. Depending on how much HP they had when they won the fight, they will gain a shield that enables them to attack buildings at ranged until the shield is depleted. This map also features variants on standard mercs: replacing bruisers are two hellhounds and a fallen shaman that, while weaker, the hounds can be resurrected by the shaman, and three Khazra that, while having no splash damage and less HP than Siege Giants, deal more damage to buildings and attack faster.
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I think the tidbit about johanna's condemn being affected by the stun/knock back changes has been retracted--it's nowhere in the patch notes. Plus, condemn always had it right in the tooltip that it stuns, it was never a bug in her case.
at least i can take solace in knowing this is the last week where meta is totally fuckinsane hopefully.
So Condemn still interrupts, then? One of my favorite things to do as Johanna was troll ETCs who got a little too trigger happy with Mosh Pit. Anticipate the Powerslide in, pop Condemn before hand. Mosh Pit starts and is immediately interrupted.
Or maybe just an oversight. Hmm.
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Blizzard clarified that this is a mistake, like condemn
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It would interrupt mosh still even if it didn't stun, since mosh is a stationary channel.
i wasn't paying attention and posted in the old thread about this. although it is a buff, i liked that there were varying ranges for dps. not a huge deal but a little disappointing.
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The short attack range on Tychus specifically was really annoying because of his complete inability to move and shoot at the same time. AA Tychus just couldn't work before because even if you attack someone they just walk away. Even if you grenade them back you're not going to kill them before they walk away again unless you pop overkill and at that point why didn't you just build for overkill? Now you might actually be able to keep his gun on someone for a meaningful amount of time.
Anyways, I can't wait to see pro teams adopt the new 5-specialist meta :P
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And then the counter, 4 assassins and Anub. The 4 assassins are always roaming and killing whoever is pushing the hardest while Anub just stands there constantly stunning whoever is solo in a lane. Force teamfights early when Specialists don't have their big teamfight ults or damage talents and make it so they can't safely push, or at least stall their push in other lanes.
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Ugh. I really, really hate QM sometimes. It's weird, I almost never run into that kind of nonsense in HL anymore, but in QM, it's rampant. Pretty sad Dragon Shire won't be in the reduced rotation, but whatever, it's cool. I do wonder though, as the number of maps increases, will we start to see "map rotations" like we do with the free heroes and sales?
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I did what now?
All I said was that a group of PA folk (myself included) beat an all specialist team in Hero League.
Don't forget that I have also participated in a couple of your all specialist comp games. I was in the original one we did way back when on Blackheart's where we pushed bot lane with Zag, Azmo, Gaz, Naz, and Hammer and won in like 12 minutes.
I like having map overviews in the OP... a lot of new players have trouble with the concept of objectives.
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K. I have copy/pasted the map breakdowns from the old thread and added them into the second post of this thread. I put them behind a spoiler tag to reduce page 1 clutter.
I think he was just making a joke about Kime's specialist victory being posted on the old thread and then you reminding them that there's a new thread.
Our team got absolutely rolled... had a Johanna(me)/nova/thrall/naz/valla and our valla and naz just roamed solo the whole game. They just would not group up and we lost in like 14 minutes on B-bay. So rank 50 HL with zero points earned lol.
That said I played maybe the best Johanna match I've played yet. Solo'd mid lane against their ETC/Thrall and they were zoned the entire time. Any time they decided to try and kill some minions they'd get a condemn, blinded and nova would roam in for some snipes and they'd flee.... and I'd still be just about max health.
If the team had been able to capitalize on some of the setups I'd made instead of wandering off away from a teamfight it might have gone a little better.
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Honestly, I think Blizzard needs to make it a bit harder to get into HL. I'm not saying this as a slight against you, or anyone on these boards. I just think that it's way too easy to level to 30, especially with all the bonus XP they have been throwing around.
People are getting to HL and they are simply not prepared for the spike in the level of competition. Especially since so many new people are playing AI matches.
I'm not trying to be elitist or anything. I just think that new players need to spend more time in Quick Match than is currently required. Situations like the one you described could be avoided with a better filtering system.
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I feel like if allowing solo-queuing (or queuing in groups of <5) QM makes sense, then having a ranked version of that style of competition strikes me as reasonable.
Yes, there is a place for solo players in Hero League. Many people feel that the preferred group queue method is to queue with 4 and let fates determine their 5th.
I think you will find that solo queue rank is much more volatile than queuing with a group of consistent people. But it's doable. I'd say playing solo, my win-rate in HL is right around 50%. When I queue with PA folk (Ubel, Fizzy, Invictus, Ketbra, Weasel, and a few others) my win-rate is closer to 85%. Those are the people I play HL with the most often.
Your team has no support which is pretty much the only good thing you can usually guarantee in HL is that someone will take a support if asked. If no one did that sucks, 9/10 your going to lose. Nova in HL is also very hit or miss - teams are better about grouping so it's harder for her to pick ppl off, better about dealing with her and knowing how to spot her, and if you get down a level or 2 she isn't going to help at all at coming back. Keep at it, find PAers to group with and start drafts off by saying hello and seeing if anyone is willing to tank/support.
Which basically meant we absolutely could not win any form of a fight AND could not do anything to a lane. I think I got 2 towers down at the end by running into the back and capping them while my team was down because defending the base was not even remotely in my power as nova.
Then get matched into a game where we have no initiate / warrior and they get... muradin. Which would be a complete flop but after we got dominated in the first half they just started becoming overconfident (or stupid) and solo pushing lanes WAY deep into our territory. When you are 3 or even 2 levels behind, a single kill of the opposing team is worth a shitload of exp. They do that 3 or 4 times and all the sudden its an equal game. Then whoops, they all lose a really really bad teamfight and its temples so down goes the core in a huge comeback.
Then I played my final assassin game as Illidan and it was a 11 minute stomp.
I have not been around for the groups as of late. Plus you are all doing HL and I still don't have 10 heroes.
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So no, IMO, own 10 heroes isn't restrictive enough. It's only a time-sink restriction for people who are strictly F2P.
This doesn't explain why it exists, though; you just re-affirm that it does. Which is true! I'm also not saying it should not exist, I'm asking what the intent behind it's inclusion is. What is the design philosophy for a solo ranking based on win/loss ratio of games played with a set of random strangers with no controls on level of communication or coordination?
Is the answer "because we feel that it provides an objective measure of individual player skill over a long enough game sample"? Is it "because the other mobas do it and it's expected"?
I'm just curious. It's never made sense to me, on it's face, in any moba.
Another thing that bugs me is when I'm a melee warrior and my team pushes into an engagement and the ranged/support decides to retreat without calling for a retreat and I'm stuck in the middle of a pile-on and die. I try to call for a retreat whenever I want to retreat. Sometimes my teammates listen.
Because there's a lot of people who don't have friends to queue with.
That's pretty much it. Soloq exists because there are people for whom team queuing isn't an option.
Don't worry, no slight perceived... I know I'm not a top tier player, but I definitely think I'm "good"... at least with a handful of heroes (need some work with assassins). That match in particular I played really well and our Nova (who wasn't counterpicked?!) was doing great... but two players who decided to not participate was unreal. They didn't even ping or chat. They just ran around doing their own thing.
Gamertag - Khraul
PSN - Razide6
You are probably running into new players. QM especially is full of newbies these days, as you'd expect. Unfortunately, a small but vocal chunk of those newbies are people who have no idea wtf they are doing in HOTS but, because of generally gooseyness or because they are MOBA veterans from other games, they really feel like they know what they are talking about when they just don't.
QM's been stupider lately basically.