The Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update has finally gone live after a month aboard the hype train. The largest update the game has ever seen, patch 2.0 brings tons of new cosmetic items, revamps player progression, uncapping hero and account leveling, and finally introduces the next hero in the game: Overwatch‘s D.Va.
As any Overwatch player knows, D.Va is a popular character who drives a flying pink mech equipped with shields and dual cannons. She used to be a pro StarCraft player in the Overwatch universe and now, she officially makes her Heroes debut in the trailer below. As seen in the footage, D.Va fights Diablo alongside fellow Overwatch character Genji.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been disclosed yet when exactly she will arrive in Heroes, but it will more likely than not to be soon. In the meantime, fans can start playing Genji who has officially been added alongside the Hanamura map in the game.
As for the rest of the features, we listed them below.
Patch 2.0 introduces the Loot Chests, a system extremely similar to the one found in Overwatch. Every time you level up a hero, the game will reward you with Loot Chest filled with cosmetic items. Earning these cosmetics is reportedly random, but the items that were previously only available behind real money paywalls are now open to everybody.
The new cosmetics include the following:
- Battleground Announcer voice packs which change all but the unique map announcements to the voice of a specific hero.
- Hero voice lines that can be equipped and used Overwatch-style in mid-match.
- Sprays which similarly works like the ones in Overwatch and can be placed on the ground anywhere on the map.
- Hero-specific Emojis which players can use anywhere in the game, including mid-match. Every hero has their own complete set and standard text emoticons will automatically be replaced once you get the Emojis for the hero you are playing.
- Banners that will automatically be planted on the map whenever you destroy a fort or take an objective.
There will be special loot chests and hero-specific ones as well. The former is guaranteed to have higher rarity items at certain leveling milestones while the latter assures players get skins or items for the heroes they are playing more often than others. Prime Evil Diablo skin is among the items you’ll get from the hero-specific chests.
Blizzard has also decided to uncap hero and account leveling, which previously stopped at 20 and 40 respectively. Now, PC Gamer reports both numbers can just keep going up, and one’s account level is simply the total of all your hero levels combined.
The hero leveling has also been massively scaled down. Heroes of the Storm production director Kaeo Milker told the outlet it will now take only two or three hours at most to get a single level up with a hero between levels 10 and 20, which is significantly faster than the nearly 15 hours before.
Here are all the changes coming to Heroes of the Storm courtesy of PVP Live once Patch 2.0 hits the game.
- 73 new skins
- A new map: Hanamura
- A free Mega Hero Bundle (detailed below)
- Two new heroes Genji and D.Va from Overwatch
- A completely updated store/collection UI
- Loadouts for ease of use in saving different skin/voice line/banner/spray/emoji combinations.
- Hero voice lines
- Nexus Challenge 2.0 – an event likely crossing over with Overwatch once again, since Hanamura and Genji were just added.
- Up to 70 loot boxes for free
- A completely revamped progression system
- Mastery taunts unlocked by hitting level 10 with a character
- Brand new portraits
- In-game win/loss statistics
- Emojis to use in chat
- New Currency System – Eliminates the usage of real money, instead allowing you to purchase gems. This gives Blizzard the option to award in-game currency occasionally, whereas with real money they couldn’t.
- In the works: in-game voice chat, API, visible MMR
20 Free Mega Hero Bundles
In celebration of the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update launch, Blizzard announced it will be giving away ‘mega-bundles’ of 20 heroes for free to those who log in between April 25 and May 22. The game will reward each player with a selection of Mega Bundles of heroes from Assassins, Flex, Support/Specialists, and Tanks/Bruisers. Check out the full rundown of heroes included in each set below:
- Assassins: Alarak, Chromie, Falstad, Greymane, Gul’dan, Kael’thas, Kerrigan, Li-Ming, Lunara, Nazeebo, Nova, Raynor, Sylvanas, The Butcher, Tracer, Tychus, Valeera, Valla, Zeratul, Zul’jin
- Flex: Abathur, Arthus, Azmodan, Brightwing, Diablo, E.T.C., Greymane, Johanna, Kerrigan, Li LI, Li-Ming, Lt. Morales, Nazeebo, Rehgar, Rexxar, Sylvanas, The Lost Vikings, Tychus, Varian, Zul’jin
- Support: Abathur, Auriel, Brightwing, Chen, Dehaka, E.T.C., Johanna, Kharazim, Li Li, Lt. Morales, Lucio, Malfurion, MEfivh, Murdadin, Reghar, Stitches, Tassadar, Tyrael, Uther, Zarya
- Tanks/Bruisers: Alarak, Anub’arak, Artanis, Arthas, Chen, Diablo, Dehaka, Illidan, Kharazim, Leoric, Muradin, Ragnaros, Rexxar, Samuro, Sonya, Stitches, Thrall, Varian, Xul, Zarya
Upon logging in between the said dates, players will get 100 gems, allowing them to purchase the bundle. Once one of the bundles has been unlocked, the other three will become unavailable.
For those who have never played Heroes of the Storm and aren’t sure which bundle to choose, Blizzard came up with a short quiz on its website to give newbies an idea of which bundle might be best for them. For instance, if you prefer to rush into battle and slay enemy heroes, it suggests you go with the tanks. If you would rather spend your time on the battlefield giving support and healing allies, the support bundle should suit you.
Again, the offer will only last until May 22, so log in now to claim your free gems.
Mega Bundles are now available in the Americas! Log in to Heroes 2.0 and unlock your TWENTY FREE HEROES!
— Heroes of the Storm (@BlizzHeroes) April 25, 2017
Patch 2.0 Release
The Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update is now live in the NA region. After taking down the servers for weekly maintenance earlier in the day, the game publisher just brought Heroes of the Storm back up. For those players in Europe, however, you’ll have to wait for the patch to go live which should be around 8 a.m. CEST.
Has the update arrived in your region? What do you think of Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update so far? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!