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StarCraft II 2.1.1 Patch Izmene

Blizzard je objavio izmene koje su došle uz novi Patch 2.1.1 koji je pušten ove nedelje u svim regionima.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
StarCraft II 2.1.1 Patch Notes

StarCraft II Patch 2.1.1 is being distributed to all regions throughout the week, and may not be live in your region yet. Please read on to check out the full patch notes.

 

StarCraft II 2.1.1 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • The Follow Unit shortcut (CTRL + SHIFT + F) is now working properly.
  • The game should no longer return an error when you create a lobby with Extension Mods under certain conditions.
  • Games created with private Extension Mods can no longer be opened to the public.
  • A Viper can no longer be prevented from Abducting a unit by another Viper queuing Abduct on the target unit.
  • Custom icons for Groups and Clans should now update properly after they are changed.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a discrepancy in the displayed number of members in a Group.
  • Fixed a bug preventing player and map attributes from publishing properly in multiple regions.
  • Fixed a bug causing the game to crash when Take Command was activated on a replay.
  • The UI overlay can no longer be activated while a new or saved campaign mission is being loaded.
  • Fixed a bug preventing some achievements from correctly counting certain actions.
  • Achievements are now being properly awarded on StarCraft Master.

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Starcraft i Diablo Heroes Preview

Blizzard je objavio dva bloga, gde nam predstavljaju heroje Diablo i Starcraft univerzuma!

Diablo Heroes Preview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
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"How tastes your fear, Nephalem?"

- Diablo, The Lord of Terror

Are you eager to wield the might of the fabled Sword of Justice, El'druin? Or perhaps you crave the feel of sowing fear into the hearts of your enemies as the Lord of Terror? Whether you wish to wield a sword, crossbow, mojo, or your bare claws, some of Sanctuary's finest will be available to take the fight to all who would oppose you in the Nexus!

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Which Diablo Hero are you most excited about?  Which others would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!
 
Starcraft Heroes Preview
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
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"Let's kick this revolution into overdrive!"

- James Raynor, Renegade Commander

Do you fancy yourself the sharpest shooter this side of Korhal? Or do you covet the opportunity to improve the genetics of not only the Zerg swarm, but your allies as well? Well, there’s always room for one more at Joeyray’s Bar, so take a load off and find out which of your favorite Terran, Protoss, and Zerg Heroes will be at the ready to fight for you—or against you—in the Nexus!

 

 

 

Which StarCraft Heroes are you raring to brawl with? Which other StarCraft Heroes would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reaper of Souls Prvi Pogled: Istraživanje Blood Marsha, Blue Teme

Reaper of Souls Prvi Pogled: Istraživanje Blood Marsha
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
Reaper of Souls™ First Look: Exploring the Blood Marsh

The rot of organic life assaults the senses as fetid earth gives way beneath each step. Murky water bubbles along the sunken trails and strange, violent creatures lurk just beyond light's reach. Below the layers of silt and grime of this unwelcoming marshland lays an ancient ruin of great power. . .and even greater mystery.

Welcome to the Blood Marsh, the second locale to take the spotlight in the upcoming Reaper of Souls™ expansion. Just as we've covered the founding of Westmarch in our previous First Look series, let's take some time to peer beyond the marsh's veil of uninviting squalor and dig in to the lore and design of the wondrous treasures hidden within. 

The History of the Blood Marsh

Enveloping a large portion of the western reaches of Khanduras, the Blood Marsh is a massive, swampy stretch of land, split by rivers and tributaries often utilized for passage and trade. Despite its current inhospitable nature, it was not always a dread-inducing locale and in fact was once the home of one of Sanctuary's greatest civilizations.

The City of Corvus & Rakkis' Claim:

Long before King Rakkis ever touched foot on the land that would become Westmarch, the Blood Marsh was the site of untold glory—the city of Corvus. 

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A curious adventurer cautiously explores some mysterious structures.

In ancient days, when the world was still teeming with the children of Inarius and Lilith, Corvus became one of the first cities ever founded on Sanctuary. A community entirely composed of nephalem was certainly a site to behold, and for many years, it thrived. After the events of the Purge (as covered in The Book of Cain), Inarius attuned the Worldstone to diminish the power of the nephalem. As this power waned and the years passed, the nephalem grew mortal and ignorant of their past. So did the glory of Corvus come to pass, and through the years, it, too, was lost to history.

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The Crusader holds off a vicious enemy in one of many Blood Marsh caverns.

Glorious finds have a habit of attracting attention, and when Rakkis swept across the West, one of his greatest draws were the ruins of this ancient city. The king was fascinated by the nephalem and the ancient power they held, and it became his greatest desire to unlock their potential. He founded the city of Westmarch nearby, likely to feed his curiosity and obsession. The lure of potential immortality convinced Rakkis that he might even be nephalem himself, though after many fruitless years of wandering the crumbling remnants of the city, his only consolation was to have his remains entombed within.

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Left: The Ruins of Corvus lay waiting to be explored. Right: An early concept for the Blood Marsh.

In time, the Blood Marsh’s ancient secrets were forgotten, and the powerful defenses left behind by the nephalem have deterred most adventurers from plumbing the ancient (and undoubtedly lucrative) depths. 

Corruption Spreads:

As noted, the Blood Marsh wasn't always as dangerous as it is today. While the land itself has always been marsh, recent events (including, but not limited to the return of Malthael) have brought out the worst in the local flora and fauna.

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The bogans, for example, tribal creatures that have inhabited the area for as long as anyone can remember, have recently grown more aggressive, defending their territory with increasingly insidious traps and fortifying their hovels with crudely constructed watch towers and palisades. What was once a verdant wetland has quickly evolved into a repugnant quagmire that grows less habitable by the day.

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Bogans and their Boggit offspring viciously attack unsuspecting tresspassers.

The corruption isn't unwelcome by all, however. Shortly after the defense of Bastion's Keep, whispers began to circulate of a powerful force arriving in the area. The marsh itself, renowned for the lost nephalem city of Corvus, is a hotbed for Blood Magic and surely one could only have nefarious deeds in mind when looking to exploit such terrible, primal power. . . 

Blood Essence: Bringing the Blood Marsh to Life

Crafting a treacherous bog to explore as a bridge between two fantastic locations (Westmarch and Pandemonium, the final stage for Act V) could have been a relatively simple, straightforward task. Our designers, however, rose to an unspoken challenge and took the creation of the Blood Marsh a step further, delving into this location both physically and thematically.

Creating the Theme:

The first step in exploring any area's design is nailing down the ultimate fantasy of the environment, or its theme. In the case of the Blood Marsh and Ruins of Corvus that rest within it, the central theme happens to be one that's integral to the story of Diablo itself: blood.

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A lost civilization peeks out from the primordial overgrowth.

When thinking of a sinking, festering marshland, the idea of exploring ruins of an ancient civilization hidden beneath the grime and muck became too tantalizing to pass up. Not only did this setting pair well with the physical representation of blood (in terms of palette and textures), but it also allowed the designers to touch on the environment's theme in perhaps a less obvious way—blood in terms of lineage.

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The flora reflects the Blood Marsh theme while the remaining ruins are consumed by it.

Of Bloodlines and Birthrights:

In addition to affecting the visual look of the Blood Marsh and Ruins of Corvus, the blood theme also plays an important part in determining how the environment interacts with your heroes. Specifically, with their heritage, or bloodline. 

At this junction of their journey, each hero has fully embraced their birthright and shown but a glimpse of their powerful potential. This power has a long history, and though it was once thought to be lost to the passage of time, it's certainly not been forgotten. As you explore the Blood Marsh and surrounding areas, distant remnants of the past will reach forward in time, resonating and responding to your very presence. In fact, don't be too surprised if you find the ancient relics and defenses that lie within coming to your aid.

Building on the Past:

The theme of blood and bloodlines even stretches into Diablo's own history when it comes to inspiration. For example, one of the main quests you'll complete in Act V involves finding the correct entrance to the Ruins of Corvus. Long-time players of Diablo II might experience a pang of familiarity for an oft-remembered tomb search from Act II.

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The Crusader valiantly defends the entrance to one of many lost ruins.

Speaking with Senior Game Designer Michael Chu, he shared some of the many ways in which this blood theme is explored in nearly every facet of the location:

"From the standpoint of the visuals, you can see how the marsh, the water, the mud, seems to evoke that feeling of blood. There are also the blood golems, enemies created through blood magic rituals. If you really take a step back to think about the various storylines in the area, you can definitely also see the influence of the idea of blood, in the concept of lineages, relations, and in the more traditional sense."

The Blood Marshes are, both literally and figuratively, steeped in blood. Be it the blood spilt by the conquest that swept across the land or the distant lineage of Sanctuary's first inhabitants, you'll find remnants and reminders under every rotten log or crumbled passageway. 

The Journey Continues...

The Ruins of Corvus provide a glimpse into the past while the Blood Marsh itself represents the arduous journey that lies ahead for our nephalem heroes. Blood, sweat, and tears have been shed on this journey, and the losses continue to mount. How many more must fall before the world can be at peace? What will it take to stop Malthael’s slaughter, and more importantly, to what lengths will you go to end it?

Are you prepared to take on the challenges ahead? Tell us what excites you the most about exploring the Blood Marsh in the comments below, but be warned: This journey leaves no room for faltering hearts.

 
Blue Teme
Originally Posted by Blizzard 
Paragon Levels Aren't Affected By Character Deletion
Hey all, at the beginning of the year I ended up playing through a demon hunter and switched over to another one for various reasons. Now I'm wondering, before the patch my first DH only had a paragon level of 4 or so. I do not need this DH anymore as I have another, however with all characters sharing paragon levels now, will my overall paragon level decrease once I delete this DH? Thanks everybody!
I see someone has already answered this for you, but it's a good question that I'm sure other players have wondered about as well, especially when it comes to Hardcore characters. The short answer is no, deleting characters or dying in Hardcore will not decrease your Paragon level in any way. This is because Paragon experience is tied to the account rather than individual characters. So feel free to battle the monsters of Sanctuary with the ease of mind that comes from knowing your maximum level characters are all contributing to your Paragon level, regardless of their uncertain future. (Source)
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Clarification On Additional Stash Space
With BoA in full swing it would be nice to have more stash space seeing as the pool of items you've collected pretty much defines what builds you can run.
Players who upgrade to Reaper of Souls will be able to purchase another bank tab for gold. As someone who plays every class I definitely sympathize with the need for a little more inventory space, especially when we add a Crusader to the roster! (Source)
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Difference Between Crusader and Templar
In short, the difference is that they are not part of the same order. The Templars, in particular, are not explicitly a branch of the Zakarum faith as Crusaders and Paladins are.

The Templars are based out of Westmarch and a relatively new group compared to the Crusaders. I recommend speaking with Kormac throughout each Act as he'll eagerly tell you about his order. In Reaper of Souls, he'll have even more to share as he delves into his suspicions that all is not as well with his brothers and the Grand Maester. 

Crusaders and Paladins, on the other hand, are different branches of warriors of the Zakarum faith, originating in Kehjistan, the largest of which came from Travincal. There's a ton of history behind them both, and we may possibly be working on some things to share soon that go even more in depth, so do keep an eye out on our upcoming blogs.
Will there be unique dialogue between the followers and the crusader? I might keep Kormac if he swoons enough.
The Crusader has been fully implemented in Acts I-IV, including appropriate (new) Follower dialogue.  (Source)

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Patch 2.0.2 Postavljen na Live Serverima

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
GENERAL
  • Experience requirements for Paragon 500 and above have been increased
  • Disabled sound notifications for Clan and Community chat
  • Bug Fixes
    • Gold can once again be purchased and sold on the Real Money Auction House
    • Items with the highest rank of "Critical Hits grant Arcane Power" affix no longer require level 61
    • Level 60 Crafted Amulets now properly require Fiery Brimstone to craft
    • Sokahr the Keywarden now reflects a more reasonable amount of damage with his whirlwind attack
    • The portal leading from the second Hell Rift to the Gardens of Hope 2nd Tier now functions properly
    • The experience bar has been removed from the Followers UI
    • The Siegebreaker Assault Beast no longer performs other actions during his grab attack animation

[UPDATE] HOTFIXES

[UPCOMING HOTFIXES]

  • Followers and Heroes play their "Level Up" voice over upon receiving experience.*
  • Resolving a crash that can occur if too many projectiles are caught in a Missile Dampening affix*
  • Reducing the frequency of certain monster Meteor spells*

[LIVE HOTFIXES]
General:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from selling items that were equipped on their character prior to the 2.0.1 update.*
  • Reduced the amount of experience granted by rescuing Caldeum Refugees.*
  • Reduced the amount of experience granted by subsequent completions of the quest associated with killing Mira Eamon.*
  • The game should once again automatically log you out after extended idling.*
  • Reduced the frequency of chest spawns in areas that were previously a little too generous.*

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Uskoro Kraj Hearthstone Bete, Odgovori Zeriyaha

Uskoro Kraj Hearthstone Bete
Rynundu, član EU Community tima, objavio je podsetnik na nemačkom Hearthstone forumu da svi igrači imaju još šanse da dobiju svoj golden Gelbin Mekkatorque pre nego što se beta završi. Nema još nagoveštaja kad je kraj Hearthstone bete, ali to će definitivno biti uskoro.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

We’re drawing near to the end of the beta test of Hearthstone! We wanted to remind you that Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque, illustrious gnomish engineer and reward for helping us test our in-game shop, will no longer be available once the game is released. 

In order to get your hands on this card for your Hearthstone collection, simply purchase an Arena entry or pack of cards from our in-game shop during the beta, and Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque will automatically be added to your collection. It’s that easy! 

Once Hearthstone is released, you can still craft the non-Gold version of Gelbin Mekkatorque using Arcane Dust.
Grab this gilded gnome today, before he’s gone for good!
 
Odgovori Zeriyaha
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

How close to the end of the beta are we? Don't need an exact date, because I know that would be horrendous, but is this a matter of days or weeks or months?
I can't say exactly, but it is soon. Not months. 

Does this achievement double for the Hearthsteed too? any word on the WOW mount?
We have not made any announcements regarding the Hearthsteed. This only affects Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque.

If launch is on the horizon, does that mean all the bugs that've been around for months will finally be fixed?
We plan on a large patch with the release of the game that addresses many of the bugs players have been experiencing.

That means that [Gelbin Mekkatorque] will dissappear from my collection? Because i have it..Or i will keep it?
Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque is only available to acquire during the beta testing phase of Hearthstone by making a real money purchase from the in-game shop. Once you get him, he is yours forever. Non-golden Gelbin Mekkatorque will be available to craft with Arcane Dust. 

Oh, any word on whether or not this means the iPad version will also be "not months" away, or is that a completely separate release?
iPad is considered a separate release.

Will the patch that you mentioned in this thread earlier also contain balancing of cards? 
We'll have a full write-up of what is contained within the patch on patch day, but we're also planning on posting something up here on the forums that'll spark some discussion in the community before that. Stay tuned.


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Warlords of Draenor Racial Osobine, Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe Edition Odlazi u Arhivu

Warlords of Draenor Racial Osobine
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
We’re planning some changes to racial traits for Warlords of Draenor. We recently posted a Dev Watercooler (Pruning the Garden of War) that dives deeper into the philosophy behind these changes, and now we wanted to give you the full details of what’s coming.

In order to keep racials more in line with one another, we’ve decided to bring down a couple of high outliers, then establish a fair baseline and bring the other racials up to that. We’re accomplishing this by improving old passives, replacing obsolete ones, and adding a few new ones where necessary. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve much better parity among races.

There aren’t any current plans to change Pandaren or Worgen racials.

Blood Elf
  • Arcane Acuity is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike chance by 1%.
  • Arcane Torrent now restores 20 Runic Power for Death Knights (up from 15 Runic Power), 1 Holy Power for Paladins, or 3% of Mana for Mage, Priest, Warlocks (up from 2% of Mana). Other aspects of the ability remain unchanged.

Draenei
  • Heroic Presence has been redesigned. It no longer increases Hit by 1%, and instead increases Strength, Agility, and Intellect, scaling with character level.
  • Gift of the Naaru now heals for the same amount over 5 seconds (down from 15 seconds).

Dwarf
  • Crack Shot has been removed (was 1% Expertise with ranged weapons).
  • Mace Specialization (was 1% Expertise with maces) has been replaced with Might of the Mountain.
    • Might of the Mountain is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike bonus damage and healing dealt by 2%.
  • Stoneform now also removes magic and curse effects in addition to poison, disease, and bleed effects, along with reducing damage taken by 10% for 8 seconds. It remains unusable while CC'd.

Gnome
  • Expansive Mind now increases maximum Mana, Energy, Rage, and Runic Power by 5% instead of only increasing maximum Mana.
  • Escape Artist’s cooldown has been reduced to 1 minute (down from 1.5 minutes).
  • Shortblade Specialization (was 1% Expertise with one-handed swords and daggers) has been replaced with Nimble Fingers.
    • Nimble Fingers is a new racial passive ability that increases Haste by 1%.

Goblin
  • Time is Money now grants a 1% increase to Haste (up from only attack speed and spell haste).

Human
  • Mace Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with maces).
  • Sword Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with swords).
  • The Human Spirit has been redesigned. It no longer increases Spirit by 3%, and instead now increases two secondary stats by an amount scaling with character level. You can choose which two secondary stats it increases. This has not yet been implemented.

Night Elf
  • Quickness now also increases movement speed by 2% in addition to increasing Dodge chance by 2%.
  • Touch of Elune is a new passive ability which increases Haste by 1% at night, and Critical Strike Chance by 1% during the day.

Orc
  • Axe Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with axes).
  • Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by 10% (down from 15%).

Tauren
  • Brawn is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike bonus damage and healing done by 2%.
  • Endurance now increases Stamina by an amount scaling with character level, instead of increasing Base Health by 5%.

Troll
  • Berserking now increases Haste by 15% (down from 20%).
  • Beast Slaying now increases XP earned from killing Beasts by 20% instead of increasing damage dealt versus Beasts by 5%.
  • Dead Eye has been removed (was 1% Expertise with ranged weapons).

Undead
  • Will of the Forsaken’s cooldown has been increased to 3 minutes (up from 2 minutes).

Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe Edition Odlazi u Blizzard Arhivu
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
In approximately one week (no sooner than March 10), the Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe edition will be earning a bit of much-deserved rest in the Blizzard Archive. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your standard edition for the in-game extras or contemplating coming back to the game to check out the latest content, you might want to consider snagging the Digital Deluxe Edition now before it heads into the vaults.

If you already own the standard edition of Mists of Pandaria and are interested in upgrading, you can head over to your account management page to do so now. The Digital Deluxe edition might come back out of the archive in the future, but even the jinyu waterspeakers don’t know if or when.


The Digital Deluxe edition of Mists of Pandaria includes the Imperial Quilen Mount, the Lucky Quilen Cub pet, a Mists of Pandaria–themed Diablo III banner sigil and accent, and Horde- and Alliance-themed StarCraft II portraits. Learn more about the Digital Deluxe Edition here.

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Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha

Blizzard je najavio Alpha test Heroes of the Storm, gde će biti pozvan limitiran broj igrača da se pridruži tehničkom alpha testu.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

We’ve been hard at work on Heroes of the Storm since you last got your hands on the game at BlizzCon 2013 and we’re gearing up to invite a very limited number of players to join us in an initial phase of infrastructure and technology testing that we’re calling the Technical Alpha. In the meantime, there are a few important details that everyone may want to keep in mind as we prepare to enter this very early Alpha testing stage. 


What does Technical Alpha mean, anyway?

While Heroes of the Storm is playable and much of the core experience is present, it’s still very much in the early stages of development. Work is ongoing and we’re far from considering the game in a polished or finalized state, but after a period of extensive internal testing, we’re ready to crack open the Nexus for the very first time and invite some players to step inside.

This initial testing phase is intended to help us better examine how our infrastructure and tech will function across a much broader spectrum of machines and connection types. What’s more, inviting external Alpha testers will allow us to take a closer look at our hardware needs so that we can be absolutely sure we’re able to support the entire Heroes population as the community grows.

Since we’re focusing on our support systems for Heroes of the Storm right now, we’ve dubbed this testing phase the “Technical Alpha” or Tech Alpha, for short.

Once again, we’d like to remind you that Heroes is still a work in progress. Please keep in mind that invitees may encounter bugs and game features that are not yet implemented, as well as temporary sounds, user interface elements, and graphics.  We will continue to iterate on Heroes of the Storm throughout each testing phase, so don’t be surprised if you see many aspects of the game start to level-up in the weeks and months that lie ahead.


Who’s invited?

We’re going to kick off this initial Tech Alpha phase with a very limited number of  participants and continue to expand the pool of invited players as our testing needs evolve and grow over time.

Since our current focus is set on determining how we can further develop our tech to serve a growing population, Alpha access will be limited to players in the United States. While we’re not quite sure when we’ll be ready to extend access to the rest of the world, we are going to invite a few international press sites and Blizzard community contributors so that players from all of our global communities can keep up with the latest Heroes developments. Please know that we’re working hard to ensure the Heroes experience will be great for all of our players before we expand access to additional regions in the future. 


So, how do I get in?

Contrary to popular belief, surrounding yourself with lit candles and shouting “Tech Alpha” into the mirror three times will not grant Alpha access, but it may amuse your family members. No, the only way into the Nexus is through an official email invitation from Blizzard Entertainment.

In order to give yourself the best chance at gaining access to testing in the future, you’ll want to make sure you’ve opted in to Heroes of the Storm testing using the Beta Profile page found within your Battle.net Account. When prompted, you’ll need to download and run the System Check tool in order to attach your computer’s specifications to your profile and then check the Heroes of the Storm opt-in box, as pictured below. 

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As always, be extra mindful of shady characters who wish to steal your login credentials through phishing attempts, which are often disguised by falsified emails and websites. What’s more, Alpha keys are not necessary and are not being given out during this testing phase. Please be warned that any key generators or other offers for a Tech Alpha key are most certainly suspicious.

The best way to ensure an invite is the real deal is to avoid clicking any links. Instead, log in to your Battle.net account and check the Summary section to see if a Heroes of the Storm license has been added to your account.

As mentioned previously, however, this initial testing phase will include a very limited pool of players. While a few participants may be selected from opt-ins during this time, we will likely wait until the closed beta phase before we begin granting access to a larger number of players who have opted in via Battle.net.


When can I share Tech Alpha content?

As mentioned previously, we’ve been testing Heroes of the Storm internally for some time now and, over the past few days, you may have seen a few forum threads and conversations spring up from players who managed to access an early version of this client through various means. While you should feel free to discuss the content you’ve seen thus far, we’d like to remind you that accessing and posting these files is a violation of the Battle.net End User License. As such, we’re kindly requesting that you refrain from streaming or posting videos of the Heroes of the Storm client until we begin sending out Tech Alpha invites.

Once the Tech Alpha arrives, there will be no NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), which means that you’ll likely begin to see many new Heroes of the Storm streams, screenshots, blogs, and more once we start sending out invitations. If you do receive an invitation to the Tech Alpha, we want you to know that it’s totally fine to share your thoughts about the game with others through any medium you please at that time. 


We’ll be adding a ton of content to Heroes of the Storm in the coming months and hope you’re as excited as we are to embark on this journey together. Stay tuned, because we’ll have plenty more details about Heroes to share with you soon! In the meantime, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions blog  if you’d like more information.

 
Technical Alpha Public FAQ
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
Q: What is a Technical Alpha?
A: The main goal of the Technical Alpha is to test stability and improve the game service, which will allow us to handle more players online. This phase of testing is necessary for us before we move into wider scale testing with more players. Feedback from this phase will also help us fine-tune the game’s features and balance prior to releasing it for larger scale testing.

Q: How can I get access?
A: Currently, the Technical Alpha will only be offered to a small number of players in the United States who have opted in for testing, as well as a select group of international journalists and community contributors, with the goal of expanding that player base as testing goes on. If you are interested in testing Heroes of the Storm or other unreleased Blizzard games, log in to your Battle.net account at www.battle.net, go to account management, click on Beta Profile Settings, and select which game universes you want to be opted in for. You will be entered into a pool of players that we select from as we open up game testing for any of the game universes you selected.

Q: Why is this test restricted to US players only?
A: The main goal for this phase of testing is to test stability and improve the game service. In order to make this process as fast and efficient as possible, we need to keep the scale of the testing relatively small and restricted. We're very eager to get players from many regions testing and giving feedback on Heroes of the Storm, but in order to do that we need to start small first and then expand once it makes sense from a development perspective.
Tech Alpha testing will take place on servers based in the United States and in-game purchases can only be made using USD (United States Dollar) during this phase. As such, we will primarily be including players from the U.S. so that we can observe the environment and gather relevant data before we include players from other regions. We want all of our global players to have the best experience possible, and in order to do that, we need more time to improve features, such as being able to purchase items in more than one currency, as well as other in-game experiences.

Q: If the Alpha is US-only, then why are all these foreign press sites and personalities playing the game?
A: While we’re not quite sure when we’ll be ready to extend access to the rest of the world, we are going to invite a few international press sites and Blizzard community contributors so that players from all of our global communities can keep up with the latest Heroes developments.  Please know that we’re working hard to ensure the Heroes experience will be great for all of our players before we expand access to additional regions in the future. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding during this early testing phase.

Q: I’m in the United States. How do I know if I’ve been chosen?
A: If you are selected to participate in the alpha, you will receive an invite via email. Opt-in invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.
To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you've received an invite, it's best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. If you received an opt-in invite, you can verify that your account has been granted a technical alpha license in Battle.net Account Management.

Q: I opted-in for testing. Why wasn’t I chosen?
A: Testers are chosen based on many factors, including your Battle.net region, when you signed up, your computer hardware specifications, and an element of luck. Our goal is to have a good variety of player types to test the game. As mentioned previously, however, this initial testing phase will include a very limited pool of players. While a few participants may be selected from opt-ins during this time, we will likely wait until the closed beta phase before we begin granting access to a larger number of players who have opted in via Battle.net.

Q: I’ve seen sites offering alpha and beta keys. Should I sign up?
A: No! As of now, we have not released any keys to websites to offer to their readers, so any alpha/beta-key offers on these sites are fake and could be attempts at phishing for your account information.

Q: Will there be any other ways to get into the alpha besides the opt-in?
A: Not at the moment. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.

Q: How many players do you plan to invite to the Technical Alpha?
A: The number of players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we'll continue to invite more players from the opt-in pool.

Q: What game content will be available in the alpha?
A: The Technical Alpha will start with a matchmaker, an assortment of heroes, a small selection of skins and mounts, a basic tutorial, and a progression system that players can use to unlock more content and features. Remember, the goal of this phase is to test stability of the service, so the content we have here is just the beginning. Our plan is to add more content and features over time as we expand testing, until we're ready to launch the game. We may even remove certain content and features as we enter different phases, and then reintroduce them later.
Heroes of the Storm will be a constantly evolving game, and you're getting a front row seat into the development process as we grow the service. Your input along the way will be valuable in making sure the game gets better and better as more of the community gets in to the game.

Q: Will testers be able to purchase items using real money?
A: Yes; however, testers must use USD (United States Dollar) payments to purchase items in the game. Purchases are capped at $325 for this phase of testing. Once the Technical Alpha comes to an end, accounts will be wiped, and testers will receive a Battle.net Balance credit for the amount spent. As mentioned previously, real money purchases are enabled only for players in the North America region using USD as their currency at this time.

Q: How longwill the Technical Alpha last?
A: We’re not sure yet, but we’ll provide testers with advance notice before it ends.

Q: What’s the difference between alpha, beta, and the final game?
A: Alphas and betas are still considered “work in progress” versions of the game. This means all the content included is subject to change and might not be representative of the final game.

Q: Do I have to participate in the alpha in order to get access to the beta?
A: No, we will continue to pull players who opted-in as we progress into closed and open beta testing.

Q: How long until the closed beta test starts? How long until other regions can participate?
A: This timing has not been determined yet. A lot will depend on the results of the Technical Alpha and the progress we make during this phase of testing. Stay tuned for more details as we get further along in development.

Q: When will the game be released?
A: We have not announced a release date.

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