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Heroes of the Storm Tech Alpha Came Back with New Heroes, Mounts, etc

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After more than a week wait, the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha is finally back online for North America, Latin America, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand today. And it will be live in Europe on October 9. Besides, Korea, Taiwan, and China will be available again for play in the weeks thereafter. Those of you who had access to the game before the downtime can jump straight back into the Nexus and continue battling.

And what’s more, Heroes of the Storm have now moved to Blizzard’s production hardware. This means that you’ll be connected to your home region and your existing regional Battle.net friend list. And there are no more planned wipes, so any XP and gold you earn from this point on will remain in your account for good.

With the return of technical alpha, new patch has been deployed. Check out the higlights:

New Heroes:

Anub'arak and Azmodan have been added to Heroes of the Storm and are now available for play.

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New Mounts:

The biggest surprise of the new patch is Blizzard released a lot of new mounts in the new patch.
  • Wonder Billie
    • Players will receive the Wonder Billie Mount for making any real-money purchase during Alpha and Closed Beta testing.
    • Players who receive the Wonder Billie Mount will also receive an exclusive Wonder Billie portrait.
    • The Wonder Billie Mount will no longer be awarded for purchases made once Open Beta testing begins.Heroes of the StormHeroes of the Storm
  • Armored War Steed
    • Available only with purchase of the Starter Bundle.Heroes of the Storm
  • Battle Beast
    • Freely available to all players when using Heroes that can ride Mounts.
    • Several Heroes, such as Stitches, Diablo, (and Murky!) will now use the Battle Beast by default.
  • Golden Cyber Wolf
    • Available only with purchase of the Battle Bundle.Heroes of the Storm
  • Nazeebra
    • Available only with purchase of the Nexus Bundle.Heroes of the Storm
  • Nexus Charger
    • Available only to BlizzCon 2014 attendees and Virtual Ticket holders.Heroes of the Storm
  • Piggy Bank
    • Available for Gold purchase only.Heroes of the Storm
USER INTERFACE

Custom Games
  • Early implementation for Custom Games mode has been re-enabled, and can be accessed from the Play screen.
    • Click “Change Mode” on the Play screen, select Custom, and then choose a Battleground to open a Custom Game lobby.
    • Up to 10 player slots, and two observer slots, can be filled by human players. Click the plus icons to invite players to join the Custom Game lobby.
    • A.I. players can be added to fill empty player slots by pressing the Fill A.I. button on the right side of the lobby screen.
    • As the Lobby Host, click the wrench icon below an allied player’s Hero model, or right click an enemy player’s portrait on the right, to access a variety of options for that player.
      • These options include: Swap Team, Kick from Lobby, Set A.I. difficulty, and Promote to Host.
    • The lobby host can click Start Game to begin the match on the selected Battleground once all players have pressed the Ready button.
  • Please note that even though Custom Games have been re-enabled, this feature is not final and work is ongoing. Additional improvements and polish will be added with future game updates.
  • For more details, head over to our recent blog on Custom Games, Observer UI, and Replays.
Observer UI
  • Initial implementation for Observer UI has been added to both Custom Games and Replays.
    • Each team’s selected Heroes, number of Forts remaining, and total Takedowns earned are displayed in the upper-right and left corners of the screen.
    • The in-game timer, Core Health, team levels, and each team’s progress toward the next level are displayed at the top-center of the screen.
  • Please note that this initial iteration of the Observer UI is not final and work is ongoing. Additional improvements and polish will be added with future game updates.
  • For more details, head over to our recent blog on Custom Games, Observer UI, and Replays.
Replay System
  • Initial implementation for the Heroes of the Storm Replay System has been added.
    • Replays can be access by clicking the Watch button, which is now enabled on the menu navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
    • Select a Replay from the list, and then click Watch Solo in the bottom left corner of the screen to launch the Replay.
    • After launching a Replay, use the controls in the lower left corner of the screen to Pause or Resume (P), speed up (=), or slow down (-) playback. Click anywhere on the Replay Timeline (T) to navigate to that point in the Replay.
  • Once again, please note that this iteration of the Replay System is not final and work is ongoing. Additional improvements and polish will be added with future game updates.
  • For more details, head over to our recent blog on Custom Games, Observer UI, and Replays.
BATTLEGROUNDS

General
  • Minimap icons for the underground Grave Golem on the Haunted Mines, and neutral Garden Terrors on the Garden of Terror, no longer blink when they are in combat
  • Minion damage dealt to opposing Minions has been reduced, allowing for stronger pushes with Minions in unattended lanes
Garden of Terror
  • Ready text on a summoned Garden Terror will now start blinking when the Terror is about to expire.
Mercenary Camps
  • Knight Mercenary Camp
    • The Healer Mercenary no longer heals other Mercenaries or Minions, and now casts a damaging Arcane Bolt on enemies instead.
Structures
  • The Core now regenerates Shields after it has not taken damage for 8 seconds, rather than 10 seconds.
  • Towers, Forts, and Keeps now regenerate Ammunition once every 15 seconds, rather than once every 10 seconds.
About the changes of each hero, we have update to their information page. Check them out from our Heroes Hub.

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