Community Leader Kevin Johnson of Blizzard Entertainment gave us a sneak peak at the anticipated Heroes of the Storm, narrating a short and basic Tech Walkthrough for the games Alpha stage.

Alpha testers will begin with a short player tutorial on the basic functions of the game, such as character movement and a slight intro to tactics. A list of both obtained and daily quests can be found in the quest log, which grant experience points that advance your level and power. Some quests can even unlock special features and modes. Following the format established by games such as League of Legends, HoTS will have players purchasing heroes with either in-game gold or real world currency. Players can however, elect to try out each hero in a solo practice match before making a purchase, during which they have complete control over such things as ability cooldowns and enemy spawns.

Players will begin battle in Practice Mode, which pits them with 4 AI teammates against a full team of AI enemies. This provides the an initial opportunity to get used to the games mechanics without the pressure of competing live although it may annoy some of the more veteran MOBA players. Ranked play was mentioned, however it will not be available during the tech alpha.

A talents tab was briefly mentioned, and seems to allude to players being able to change what traits their hero gains at each level, however like much of Heroes of the Storm, this is expected to change quite a bit through development.

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  1. Trenix on March 15, 2014

    I personally like the hero limitation, getting way too many heroes from the start is just way too much for newcomers.

  2. ryuzaky77 on March 15, 2014

    OK cool game i love blizzard games and i love moba games but i hate thatk i need to pay for other characters look at dota 2 it has alot of players because u can play with all heroes but i will give this one a try because i love the heroes 🙂

  3. Jjlakas on March 14, 2014

    Blizzard is gonna make one pay to win game again nothing new nobody cares about p2w anymore

    • extasist on March 14, 2014

      people like you should just shut the f up, you like to speak out of your asses. The only problem i see is they are inviting twitchers and other noobs that can stream game but not play with decent skill.

  4. Boody on March 14, 2014

    It looks quite good actually, I watched sunsfan stream, and I love the warcraft stuff in it, which reminds me of warcraft3 and the good old days:D. I also like that it’s casual so I can play without really concentrating. Dota2 will always be the best though.

  5. ao on March 14, 2014

    coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool skins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. ZhaoYun on March 14, 2014

    ah it looks really good cant wait to play this

    • ioulios on March 15, 2014

      ase tis malakies kseroume oti se plhrwnoun k oti exeis symferon na les tetoies mpoyrdes

      • ZhaoYun on March 17, 2014

        makari na me plironan ala p tetoia tixi kai to enoo auto to game pistevo oti tha eine gamato otan vgi an tora esi pistevis oti leo mpourdes provlima su

  7. Mystika on March 14, 2014

    Man after being spoiled by Dota 2 where all heroes are unlocked from the get go, I can’t find it in myself to go back to a pay per character system anymore.

    Oh well…maybe I’ll try it out a few times for the gameplay, but I’ll stick to Dota 2 for the long haul.

    • Kaino on March 16, 2014

      I agree. I’m not sure if i can handle another pudge either. lolol

  8. LOL@ROFL on March 13, 2014

    Im the alpha and the omega