HoN 2.0 Sneak Peek
Kalamazoo, Michigan - Heroes of Newerth, an online video game known for it's hardcore and competitive community is introducing changes to help casual players improve their HoN experience. The changes will also provide ways for players who are new to the Dota genre to learn the basics of the game before jumping into standard play.
Casual Mode will be aimed at the multitudes of League of Legends players who have converted to Heroes of Newerth. This mode aims to help in the transition by eliminating the gold penalty on death and and by tinkering with the creep deny mechanics. Stats for casual mode will be separated from Standard mode.
-Elimination of Gold Penalty on Death
If you die, you don't lose gold.
-Creeps and Experience
Denies by enemy players will still give you full experience.
New Map (Grimms Crossing)
Grimms Crossing is a 3v3 map aimed at encouraging players to have quick fights. The map is designed to be small and narrow to offer little incentive to turtle and grind. Data from the internal beta testing of Grimms Crossing has shown that the new map has been averaging double the kill rate of the standard 5v5 Forests of Caldavar map over the same period of time.
Match Making Overhaul
Solo Matchmaking and Team Matchmaking are now available. The improved matchmaking aims to not only match the overall performance of the teams, but also the relative performance of the players within a single HoN team. Overall, the goal of the new Heroes of Newerth matching system is to ensure skill balance within a team as well as between the two opposing teams.
Improved User Interface
The classic HoN interface which has won the approval of a number of Starcraft 2 players discontented with BattleNet 2.0 has gotten a facelift. All the important functions have remained but improvements were done to meet S2's Goal of reducing the number of clicks needed to perform a given function.
You may now hover over a dot on the minimap to see the unit's name, life points and mana points. If it's a hero, the inventory slot will also be displayed.
In-game Shop for Customization
Unlike in League of Legends, all items sold in the shop will not affect the gameplay in any way. It will be purely cosmetic. There will be no items to boost in-game hero and item stats and all the champions will be available for free.
-Basic tags (country flags, hero icons, name color)
-Alternate hero skins
-Custom Announcer pack
Transactions for the in-game shop are done via coins. Coins can either be purchased by real money or earned in-game. It is entirely possible to purchase every item in the store without laying out a single cent of real cash.
HoN will be releasing a map editor for the HoN modding community. A lot of players will be expecting popular Warcraft 3 custom maps like Tower Defense, Fufu Ninja, RPGs and other Dota-type maps.
Heroes of Newerth 2.0 is a free update for all HoN players.