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Blizzard’s massive 2.0 update for Heroes of the Storm is now available for testing.

The update adds Cassia to the game alongside a brand new progression system that removes the level 40 cap and makes it so player level is now a combination of all hero levels. A player’s progression badge art will receive new decorations every 25 levels, and every 100 levels it will be reset, similar to Overwatch’s progression system.

This new progression system is accompanied by the introduction of Loot Chests. Similar to how they work in Overwatch, Loot Chests will be rewarded for each level gained and contain four random items that include Heroes, Mounts, Skins, Stimpacks, and more. There’s also a few new items being introduced in version 2.0, including:

  • New Legendary Skin: Prime Evil Diablo
  • Announcers
    • Replace many in-game announcements with voiceover from one of a variety of Heroes.
    • Hero Announcers will call out takedowns, kill streaks, destroyed structures, and much more.
  • Voice Lines
    • Equip a line of dialogue from the selected Hero and play it in-game for all nearby players in a match to hear.
    • Voice lines can be played at any time while alive. Default hotkey: I
    • All Heroes will start with one “Nexus” Voice Line unlocked and automatically selected for use in-game.
  • Banners
    • Automatically plant a stylized flag upon destroying Keeps and Forts, capturing Merc Camps, or completing Battleground Objectives.
    • All Heroes will start with one “Nexus” Banner unlocked and automatically selected for use in-game.
  • Sprays
    • Tag the terrain with unique icons and artwork that are visible to all players in a match.
    • One Spray per Hero can exist on the terrain at any given time, and will last approximately 8 seconds. Default hotkey: T
    • All Heroes will start with one “Nexus” Spray unlocked and automatically selected for use in-game.
  • Emoji Packs
    • A massive collection of stylized and Hero-specific chat icons have been added, and can be used during in and out-of-game messages.
    • Each Emoji Pack contains 5 Emojis.
    • View all available Emojis by clicking the new Emoji button added to the out-of-game Chat bar.
      • Up to 10 Emojis can be set as Favorites. Right-click Emojis to add or remove them from Favorites.
      • Use Favorites during a match by clicking the heart button added to the right side of the in-game Chat bar.
    • Players’ Emojis will automatically convert to match the Heroes they are currently using, so long as they own that Hero’s Emoji Packs.
      • This will occur in-game, as well as after choosing a Hero during Hero Select or in Draft Lobbies.
  • Portraits
    • Many new Portraits, featuring unique artwork and a variety of art styles, have been added to the game.
  • Shards
    • Shards are a new crafting material that can be used to Forge unowned cosmetic items.
      • All cosmetic items that can be found in Loot Chests can be Forged, and all Forgeable items can be found in your Collection.
    • Varying amounts of Shards can appear as Loot Chest drops.
    • Any duplicate items received in a Loot Chest will automatically fragment into Shards.

However, unlike in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm players can use in-game gold to reroll a Loot Chest up to three times to get a new set of four items. Each reroll will cost an increasing amount of gold up to 750.

Read the full patch notes and find out how you can get involved in the game here.

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Heroes of the Storm’s 2.0 update adds a new hero, loot boxes, more

Blizzard has launched an open beta test for Heroes of the Storm's massive 2.0 update.

By Matthew Bennett | 03/30/2017 10:10 AM PT

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Blizzard’s massive 2.0 update for Heroes of the Storm is now available for testing.

The update adds Cassia to the game alongside a brand new progression system that removes the level 40 cap and makes it so player level is now a combination of all hero levels. A player’s progression badge art will receive new decorations every 25 levels, and every 100 levels it will be reset, similar to Overwatch’s progression system.

This new progression system is accompanied by the introduction of Loot Chests. Similar to how they work in Overwatch, Loot Chests will be rewarded for each level gained and contain four random items that include Heroes, Mounts, Skins, Stimpacks, and more. There’s also a few new items being introduced in version 2.0, including:

  • New Legendary Skin: Prime Evil Diablo
  • Announcers
    • Replace many in-game announcements with voiceover from one of a variety of Heroes.
    • Hero Announcers will call out takedowns, kill streaks, destroyed structures, and much more.
  • Voice Lines
    • Equip a line of dialogue from the selected Hero and play it in-game for all nearby players in a match to hear.
    • Voice lines can be played at any time while alive. Default hotkey: I
    • All Heroes will start with one “Nexus” Voice Line unlocked and automatically selected for use in-game.
  • Banners
    • Automatically plant a stylized flag upon destroying Keeps and Forts, capturing Merc Camps, or completing Battleground Objectives.
    • All Heroes will start with one “Nexus” Banner unlocked and automatically selected for use in-game.
  • Sprays
    • Tag the terrain with unique icons and artwork that are visible to all players in a match.
    • One Spray per Hero can exist on the terrain at any given time, and will last approximately 8 seconds. Default hotkey: T
    • All Heroes will start with one “Nexus” Spray unlocked and automatically selected for use in-game.
  • Emoji Packs
    • A massive collection of stylized and Hero-specific chat icons have been added, and can be used during in and out-of-game messages.
    • Each Emoji Pack contains 5 Emojis.
    • View all available Emojis by clicking the new Emoji button added to the out-of-game Chat bar.
      • Up to 10 Emojis can be set as Favorites. Right-click Emojis to add or remove them from Favorites.
      • Use Favorites during a match by clicking the heart button added to the right side of the in-game Chat bar.
    • Players’ Emojis will automatically convert to match the Heroes they are currently using, so long as they own that Hero’s Emoji Packs.
      • This will occur in-game, as well as after choosing a Hero during Hero Select or in Draft Lobbies.
  • Portraits
    • Many new Portraits, featuring unique artwork and a variety of art styles, have been added to the game.
  • Shards
    • Shards are a new crafting material that can be used to Forge unowned cosmetic items.
      • All cosmetic items that can be found in Loot Chests can be Forged, and all Forgeable items can be found in your Collection.
    • Varying amounts of Shards can appear as Loot Chest drops.
    • Any duplicate items received in a Loot Chest will automatically fragment into Shards.

However, unlike in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm players can use in-game gold to reroll a Loot Chest up to three times to get a new set of four items. Each reroll will cost an increasing amount of gold up to 750.

Read the full patch notes and find out how you can get involved in the game here.

Read More


About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89