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Blizzard is celebrating the one year anniversary of Heroes of the Storm, their free-to-play MOBA title that launched last year to compete with Riot Games' League of Legends and Valve's Dota 2.
Gamespot is reporting that starting June 2nd, Blizzard will be celebrating the first anniversary for Heroes of the Storm with various bonuses for the gaming community. The main bonus will be the 50% bonus XP for every game played. This is in addition to the 50% bonus XP gained from playing with Battle.net friends. Gamespot notes that stacking these bonuses can make for some quick leveling sessions.
The bonus XP in Heroes of the Storm will only be available between June 2nd and June 14th. So you'll have to budget your time between playing Blizzard's MOBA and soaking in all the big news dropping the week of E3. Perfect timing, Blizzard!
Additionally players will receive a free anniversary portrait just for logging in during the anniversary period. Discounts will also be let loose across various bundle packs, including a pack that contains eight new and old characters alike, such as The Butcher, Sgt. Hammer, Xul, Lt. Morales, Uther, Kerrigan, Artanis, and Arthas. There will also be a discount on Tyrael's Charger mount. Included in the pack is a seven-day stimpack to also help boost XP, so technically you could get three times the XP boost if you use the stimpack with the 50% bonus from the one year anniversary, and the bonus from playing with Battle.net friends. Leveling would be a real breeze at that point.
Gamespot notes that they haven't priced these deep discounts yet, but expect the pricing to go live soon ahead of the June 2nd celebration and bonuses for Heroes of the Storm.
The game has been part of Blizzard's new wave of games and content that they've been putting out onto the marketplace to help with the waning popularity of World of Warcraft. They easily managed to hit a jackpoint with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which is a free-to-play, deck-building CCG that makes them tens of millions of dollars a month. The card-battling title has hooked an all new generation of gamer onto Blizzard's property as their MMO continues to consistently lose subscribers each quarter.
The company has also leveraged their characters and brands within Heroes of the Storm to rival the likes of League of Legends and Dota 2. Blizzard has been praised for their take on the MOBA genre because it facilitates a much stronger reliance on teamwork as opposed to the egocentric methodology of rewarding individual heroes for their contributions. It creates a more relaxed atmosphere within Heroes of the Storm as opposed to what you might find from the other two aforementioned MOBAs.
The one year anniversary celebration comes about as Tracer, from Overwatch, joins the cast of characters in the MOBA, along with prep work being put into the upcoming release of Medivh, who is due to launch in June. And remember, you can look to get in on the discounts and the XP bonuses starting June 2 next week.