I have been playing this game for around two months, after receiving a beta key from Blizzard.
The game is very different from the classic DotA map and even compared to LoL or DotA 2.
The gameplay is more focused on teamplay, you can’t really gank like we did in the old DotA or play solo on lanes, your main focus is to get XP for your team and also to win the mini-games from the map that you’re playing.
The best things about HoS are the heroes. We can play the famous Warcraft characters like Uther, Muradin, Arthas. However, most of the heroes are just not fun.
You can find a Muradin gameplay video to understand how this game works.
Heroes of the Storm is still in beta. Blizzard needs to fix a lot of stuff and make the game more fun.
Right now, the games are not very balanced, meaning that a team can easily win and a player can’t do anything, which is very frustrating.
It looks like the developers that have worked to the previous DotA AI maps have retired. You can check this topic from the official playdota.com forums (you need an account to access the page).
Taken from that topic:
“The 6.78 AI farewell, will be the last map for the next 3 years I guess. Someone should re-code it because I tried looking at the code, I have no idea of the declared variables and without the knowledge of the makers of “farewell”. I think it will be really farewell as for now.”
There has been a few months since the last AI map was released (January), the initial developers haven’t said a word since then. There are a few raw maps posted on the official 6.78c AI forum thread that should be used for further development.
You might find some 6.79 AI maps on the web but those are not recognized officially by the community and they might be full of bugs.
The latest AI map is DotA 6.78c AI v1.4e, you can download it from here.
Step 1: Install Steam client from here: http://store.steampowered.com/about/ (free).
Step 2: Run Steam. From the “Store” tab, write “DotA” in the search bar. Click on “DotA 2″.
Step 3: From the DotA 2 page, click on “play game” > choose where you want to install the game on your PC > next > wait for the game to download. Close that window if you see a button called “finish”. Click on “Library” > all games. Notice DotA 2 downloading in the left side. The game has around 2 gigabytes so be patient.
Step 4: Once the game was downloaded and installed, click the “play” button in order to start the game.
Step 5: Once the game was launched, click on the “play” tab > click on “find a match” from the left panel > click on “Find Match” from the center of the UI.
During the last months, Blizzard has tried to obtain the DotA brand. Their dispute was against Valve, the company that is currently developing DotA 2.
The final decision was that Blizzard will keep their “DotA” name for the non-commercial DotA map that is developed by Icefrog (Warcraft 3), while Valve will keep their brand for DotA 2.
Those who follow Blizzard’s news are familiar with the fact that they are developing their own MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) video game. Their new game will be named “Blizzard AllStars” and will feature most of the well known characters from the Blizzard’s games, Starcraft, Diablo and the Warcraft universe.