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Is Becoming A Heroes Of The Storm Founder Worthwhile?
A few weeks ago I wrote a piece here on Leviathyn praising Blizzard’s new MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, as the paramour that would steal me away from DOTA 2. Blizzard’s release of the $40 buy-in “Founder’s Pack” raises the question of whether or not it is worth shelling out that much cash to play the game. My short answer to this: no.
Let me give some context here. Many gamers have been anxiously awaiting their access to the Heroes of the Storm closed beta. Myself, and thousands of others were lucky enough to make their way in for free, but that doesn’t much help those who have been on the edge of their seats waiting to play. For both a game and a company of this caliber, something along the lines of a founder’s pack was to be expected, my issue with this one in particular is the fact that even though the game is quite good, you are more paying for the cosmetic items than you are the game itself.
Consider this, games like DOTA 2 or Smite are currently allowing you access to the game (Smite of course tacking on some limitations that are passible with money) for free. You get to play the games before deciding if you are willing to pour cash into them. DOTA 2 in particular has sullied my “anti-cosmetic purchases” attitude, but this only happened after I was able to sink over 1,000 hours into it without dropping a dime. In the case of Heroes of the Storm, however, you are either waiting to be randomly selected to play, or you are buying in with shiny baubles and cosmetic items tacked on to your purchase.
The pack that is being offered includes the following: immediate access to the game, 2,500 in-game gold, permanent unlocks of the heroes Raynor, Diablo and Tyrande, a cosmetic skin for each of the prior listed heroes and the Golden Cyberwolf mount. If you already had access to HotS, you’d be able to buy all these items in the “Battle Bundle” that costs (and here’s the kicker) $40, at the moment.
All of this said, I can fully understand why many will part (or have parted) with the cash to gain access to the game. In my prior piece, I spoke highly of it because it is worth the praise, but I still don’t consider it fair nor a good idea to be sticking new recruits with items and heroes before they even get to determine if it is worth it. Plus, aside from the gamble of enjoyment that is the random hero rotation, the 2,500 gold you are provided will do little to ease the burdens of the limited character options as many heroes cost upward of 7,000 gold.
Whether you are a chronic early adopter of games, a devout Blizzard fan or even just someone who is poking around for a new game to play I recommend that you assess your options before buying here. Keep in mind that opting in for the closed beta on Blizzard’s website is still an option, and there are many websites hosting key giveaways. At the very least, keep your eyes and ears open, and if you can’t stand waiting to be randomly pulled into the Nexus, then by all means, drop the $40.