We are about to have some new additions to Heroes of the Storm, with Artanis and Medic hitting the Nexus pretty soon. But what is more interesting is that the game will be polished for some competitive edge. We will be talking about death timers and snowball prevention, two very important details that the game seemed to lack, but nobody could put their finger on them.
Starting off with death timers, Blizzard saw hit to increase them by approximately 6 seconds (in between level 1 and level 10). There are some minor tweaks like level 10, which only has a one extra second increased death timer compared to the previous one. The idea behind this is simple: death timers were extremely forgiving and you could come back to contest an objective even if you died, but not anymore.
Then we are tackling snowball prevention. If you are or were a Heroes of the Storm player, it is impossible for you to not have noticed how snowballish some of the games were. You would have 1 guy who gave away 3 or 4 deaths in the beginning, everybody else would die at least once and then you’d have the lebel 8 -10 discrepancy, allowing the enemy team to completely dominate yours.
It is now a little bit different, especially because of the death timers. People that could usually get away with a death or two by level 10 can no longer afford the same risks or mistakes. If you are dead in Heroes you practically force your team to adopt a totally different stance because a lane is not gaining any experience. So if Valla really needs Uther, she will want to play safe because Uther needs to go and soak up the experience on the lane you died on.
At the same time, teams must learn how to take advantage of the others’ weaknesses. If you can find the man who is a liability to the enemy team and bombard him, that’s great. If you have a Zeratul and Nova combination, you can organize well and try to get all the possible kills that would ensure your advantage. It looks more competitive even by talking about it.
So even though Blizzard is taking its time to implement fixes, it finally looks like they are trying to tackle some features that really need attention. Hopefully, this will bring Heroes to the top and it might just be able to compete with league of Legends and DotA 2.
Photo Credits deviantart.net