Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm alpha: characters cost between $3.99 and $9.99

Blizzard points out that its current pricing for the Heroes of the Storm technical alpha is subject to change in the future.

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Blizzard has launched the technical alpha for its upcoming MOBA Heroes of the Storm, and invited the first wave of people to play the game in its early development stages. Did you get in?

The game follows a purchase model similar to League of Legends, in that the game rotates through a pool of free heroes but players can permanently add the character to their roster by spending real money or in-game gold. BlizzPro collated the prices.

23 heroes, plucked from StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo, are available in the current version of the beta, and Blizzard has opted for three tiers of pricing--the cheapest heroes cost $3.99/2000 gold, whereas the most expensive heroes go for $9.99/10,000 gold.

Blizzard has mentioned a couple of important caveats: the pricing right now is being experimented with, so they are subject to change between now and the game's eventual release. The other thing is that players in the alpha will have their accounts wiped in the future, losing their purchases and in-game gold. If you spend real money during the alpha, the money will be credited back into your Battle.net account when the servers are wiped.

But, out of curiosity, just how much would it cost to buy all 23 heroes right now? You're looking at $160.78, or 135,000 gold. Best get playing.

League of Legends, meanwhile, currently has 118 champions, with pricing tiers set at 260/585/790/880/975 Riot Points or 450/1350/3150/4800/6300 in-game currency. Riot sells its Riot Points currency in fixed bundles, with the cheapest (650RP) costing $5, so at that rate its champions range from roughly $2.00 to $7.50 when buying with real money. Valve's Dota 2, on the other hand, does not charge for access to characters--it makes its money purely by selling cosmetic items.

The hero pricing tiers for the Heroes of the Storm technical alpha:

$3.99/2000 gold

  • Demon Hunter
  • Malfurion
  • Muradin
  • Raynor

$7.49/5500 gold

  • Arthas
  • Barbarian
  • Diablo
  • ETC
  • Falstad
  • Gazlowe
  • Illidan
  • Sgt. Hammer
  • Tassadar
  • Tychus
  • Tyrael
  • Tyrande
  • Uther
  • Zeratul

$9.99/10,000 gold

  • Abathur
  • Kerrigan
  • Nova
  • Stitches
  • Witch Doctor

Discussion

93 comments
al_is_here
al_is_here

blizzard is already off to a bad start with their shit moba.If anyone wants to play a great moba game then just get dota 2, it costs nothing is literally the best moba out right now.

rantingfoamy
rantingfoamy

I'd be completely fine with it if the haters who are threatening to not play this game because it's not exactly the same as their favored moba actually did just stay away.  They are likely the same crowd who are ruining LoL and Dota2 anyways.  Those games are full of hateful jerks and that kind of community makes the games not fun.  Don't ruin HotS for the rest of us, this game can make new moba fans on it's own who won't ruin it for everyone else.

ioshilee
ioshilee

WTF some stupid witch doctor is more expensive than Arthas, Illidan and Diablo?! O_o

s3l1n4
s3l1n4

dont mind paying $160 for it really, problem is most of my friends have left  for other games like guild wars, and nobody in school plays starcraft that much or diablo nowadays, me myself have gone back playing dragon nest until kingdom hearts 3 is available...=^,^= 

tiamut_88
tiamut_88

{Slow Clap....} wow only idiots would to think to buy this crap. The morons think that by buying and supporting this game are also thinking that Warcraft 4 is being developed HAHAHAHA!!!!.... {Wiping my tears off} looking the faces of this boneheads the greatest disappointment on their faces just priceless. :) 

Dsolow5
Dsolow5

Play DOTA2. It's free, you get all the heroes for free, and the balance is likely better than this.

retsmot
retsmot

some of you obviously didn't bother to read the full article...


"If you spend real money during the alpha, the money will be credited back into your Battle.net account when the servers are wiped."


that being said, this game doesn't look that impressive to be honest. only reason i am somewhat interested is because there's playable diablo lol. that and i have a free bonus hero from buying reaper of souls. 

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

Seams like another pay to win game, very much the route blizzard is going these days, lost touch with their roots... good game play bringing in the masses, one word comes to mind reading this... greed

JustSignedUp
JustSignedUp

these people truly are fucking stupid. I would be interested in this game if they had diablo characters such as: warrior, rogue, amazon, griswold, the butcher, skeleton king, etc.


WHY DIABLO 3 CHARACTERS? ARE YOU FUCKING INSANE!? LMFAO. These people truly are fucking stupid when it comes to creativity and uniqueness. Thats why you dont have 35+ year old men in charge. You get gamers like myself who have been playing for along time and like thinking outside of the fucking box or having things that made the game 5/5 in the past.

dani_i89
dani_i89

Fuck you Blizzard, you are the greediest of them all. You created some of the best franchises of all time, and sold well. You have since ruined Diablo (WHY THE AUCTION HOUSE?????) and Warcraft (dirty MMO rubbish), though are yet to fuck up StarCraft. After Legacy of the Void, I don't think I will buy another of your games.

enoslives7
enoslives7

World of Greedcraft. Go to hell Acti-Blizzard

vickyvk86
vickyvk86

heroes of storm best character auction lists..lol..

megakick
megakick

Well I guess it is smart to copy the model that the largest MOBA is using.

The Diablo champions are underwhelming. DEMON HUNTER, BARBARIAN, WITCH DOCTOR? Where is LADY SYLVANAS?

Is Olaf of the Lost Vikings going to be in this game to?

vadagar1
vadagar1

anyone that pays for this shit should have his balls cut off so they cant bring retarded offspring

vadagar1
vadagar1

hahahaah

omg u greedy little fuckers 

i will be over there playing dota 2 for free so u can go and FUCK URSELF BLIZZARD 

priapus10101
priapus10101

I am disappointed that Blizzard decided to use a business model similar to League of Legends. Valve's business model with Dota 2 is infinitely better and will no doubt also be the better game. 

Kismayaz
Kismayaz

I'm quite enjoying Strife lately. Very little toxicity, (it's still there) all heroes are free, fun progression system through crafting and pets, and I can pick any character I want BEFORE I start matchmaking. It has a lot of other fun design choices like shared last hits, personal couriers, no need for wards, etc. It's pretty cool.

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

Pay on alpha stage?


Players better keep what they bought on the alpha stage when the game releases.

brochettte
brochettte

Another P2W from Blizzard, first Hearthstone now this. No, thanks.

psycho_chan13
psycho_chan13

I personally am really glad Blizzard has the gold system to buy new heroes. It gives me something to do unlike DOTA 2 where everything is unlocked. I liked the progression system in LoL it's what kept me playing (I don't play it anymore due to the community) I am excited for Heroes of the Storm.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

No game company should EVER have microtransactions in an alpha or beta.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Good job idiots, paying for this crap and getting scammed.

keviac
keviac

no necromancer= no purchase from me.

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

So i'll just stick with DOTA2 for my bi-monthly MOBA fix.  Thanks for making that easy Blizzard.  Make new cards for Hearthstone please.

wexorian
wexorian

Question si how much gold layer generate each game

bj91x
bj91x

$160?

Sigh... I was looking forward to this, but this alone can kill it. I'd rather just pay $60 once and be done with it. Guess I'll have to see if buying all characters with gold is realistic. If not, then I'm not going to get into this game.

Evanduil
Evanduil

The most expensive characters are the least interesting ones? How's that work?

Hurvl
Hurvl

I'll buy Malfurion Nerdrage and I'll pay you with angry, inchoherent rants. People buying these with real money are massive Zeratools, lol.

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

Play Dota 2. All heroes free unlocked. Blizzard sucks and are cheap. They charge for things that should be free.


I hope this Blizzard game fails. Once again the game developers only shows they care about money.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

"Valve's Dota 2, on the other hand, does not charge for access to characters--it makes its money purely by selling cosmetic items."
If I were playing a MOBA it would be the free one.  That being said, any MOBA community seems to be incredibly toxic, so I just stay away.

Paulf001
Paulf001

They should charge $60 like a normal game company, none of this F2P crap which isn't free at all has you paying over 150+ for the full game.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

if you smellllllaaaa what the scamsters at Blizzard are cooking, like 120 million a month in revenue from WOW and they wanna charge over 160 dollars for a few characters in this game.


muahaha I know which game I won't be playing anytime soon.

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

Aaaaannnndddd... all my interest is lost.  After DOTA2 (which I admittedly hate), what in the flying f*** makes them think people are still willing to pay money for characters?

Bowser05
Bowser05

@kovaras1984  That's funny, because Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, WoW and Hearthstone are NOT pay to win. This seems like the only game that has that model...even though you can actually buy the characters with in-game money which still debunks your statement.

Realmjumper
Realmjumper

@dani_i89 Well I don't like this system but plenty of better games like DOTA 2 with all the heroes available. Diablo 3 is getting rid of the auction house by the way :).

ZanderDF
ZanderDF

@bj91x  they have free rotations similiar to league of legends. and trust me . when it comes to almost any moba . being great with one charecter can take alot of practice and experience. just when you think you are good with your favorite charecter in reality you are not LOL. alot of players favor a specific role and will likely not play with every charecter. And as more charecters are released it becomes a very comfortable business model where you only pay for what you want and as you play you get points that can be used to get charecters for free. To me its an easy free to play market that has been working extreemely well with other games.

ZanderDF
ZanderDF

@Evanduil  in league of legends the most expensive champs are either one of two things, the newest champs or the champs that are very hard to master but very rewarding when you do. the cheaper you go generally the more noob freindly they become. LOOK AT MASTER YI . cheapest champ with cheapest skins with cheapest killing sprees <_<

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@Xatsuna Yeah, play Dota 2 with a bunch of self righteous douchebags who throw their toys out of the pram when somthing doesn't go their way. 

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@SerOlmy  You don't have to pay, it's just like LoL where it is an option. Paying is a lot faster obvisouly

al_is_here
al_is_here

@Bowser05 @kovaras1984  actually hearthstone is a pay to win game but putting that aside what do you mean by this?

"even though you can actually buy the characters with in-game money which still debunks your statement"

the only way to obtain in game currency is by buying currency..its possible that blizzard might plan on rewarding players with currency but lets be honest..they will make it where the only way to earn enough currency to unlock certain heroes is buy investing a few months into the game.They did that same bullshit with hearthstone..if you think about it, this is just a copy cat pay tactic that blizzard adopted from league of legends.

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

@ZanderDF In HOTS there is no individual progression and the game revolves around team fighting so the emphesis is on what kind of abilities you bring to the team more so then how good you are with a specific champ.


The general rules of MOBAS shouldnt apply to this game.


---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@Hayasmez and that's different from Hots how? or LoL? It's a problem with Mobas in general, not just one specific one.

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

@COLDFIRE25 @SerOlmy Regardless, in DOTA2 (again, which I hate due to the community) all heroes are available when you start playing.  Why should I have to work/pay for heroes that I may or may not enjoy once I have them?

Bowser05
Bowser05

@al_is_here @Bowser05 @kovaras1984  Considering I haven't spent a dime on Hearthstone and I win just fine...your statement is clearly FALSE.


That being said...I merely assumed that they would provide in-game currency for winning and stuff (like Hearthstone) and that you could spend real money too if you like...which is how most of these games work. Do they FORCE you to buy in-game currency with real money only? If so than that is stupid.

reishid
reishid

@MateykoSlam  A skin that is part of the random loot drop. A skin that you can trade off for other items or sell on the Steam Marketplace for Steam credit once you get tired of it. An optional  cosmetic item that has no effect on gameplay. Can you say the same thing for LOL and this game?

ZanderDF
ZanderDF

@SerOlmy  ussually being an expert at ONE charecter takes ALOT of time and really tho with the mixture of what you will pay for or what you will earn for free over time isnt that bad. The moba genre is extreemely competitive so you will likely do very well with just a few champs.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@MateykoSlam $35 for a skin is a lot different from paying for an entire character. As long as the skin doesn't boost any stats or anything, let them charge $150 for the skin if they want.

Ombus
Ombus

@SerOlmy you can try them before actually paying for them so.. yeah.. oh and you can only play a diablo on hots :D

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

@SerOlmy  and valve aslo charges you $35 for a skin