Esports competitors are looking at the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 patch to see what it offers and how it will change the balance of the game. The changes to the game include features like 73 new skins and a variety of special interface changes. But there are a few features that will directly impact a number of professional eSports competitions.
A New Map
One key part of the update is the inclusion of a new map. The Hanamura map is based off of a map of the same name in Overwatch. The cherry blossoms that make up much of the surroundings are especially noticeable on this map. The map is especially made for the benefit of Overwatch players and could be reflective of the increasing popularity of the game.
The game map will entail opposing teams competing with each other as they transport payloads around the map. The arrangement is made with Heroes of the Storm in mind but some qualities of the map may be noticeable to Overwatch players familiar with the map.
A few new heroes have been introduced. Genji from Overwatch was the first hero introduced in the game. D.Va from Overwatch was announced as another new hero just a few days later. The two characters will have qualities and attack features similar to what they already feature on Overwatch. This could make for a big change for eSports teams that are familiar with the original game.
Specific Hero Changes
Some changes have been added on some of the individual heroes in the game. There are a few highlights worth looking at:
- Valeera only has 85 points of damage on her Eviscerate ability. This is a decline from the original 100.
- The Photon Cannon ability from Probius can be self-cast.
- Auriel can use the Resurrection function with a cooldown going from 70 to 120 seconds. A five-second delay has also been added between when the cast is finished and when the hero can come back to life.
- Uther no longer has any passive armor. His maximum health base total has gone from 2054 to 2156. His health regeneration rate has also increased from 4.28 to 4.49.
- Anub’arak can still use the Burrowing Charge power. The range indicator for the power will now be shown to reveal how the impact of the power works. This includes a look at the area that will be impacted when he emerges after burrowing into the ground. A range indicator is also used when the Locust Swarm is active.
- Brightwing has a range ring on the Soothing Mist trait. This shows the radius in which her healing power works at. It can only be seen by whoever is playing as Brightwing.
Loot Chests Offered
When practicing, players can get Loot Chests while playing Heroes of the Storm. This occurs when a player levels up. These chests offer random rewards to players. Skins are typically included in many of them although some coins for use for ordering other items may be found in these chests. These are offered for casual gameplay although they can be used by professionals when they are practicing for their next competitions.