Skill Plateaus

Skill Plateaus

It has been said that when men compete, only three results really matter for bragging rights – who won first, who won the most, and who won the final game. The 1998 movie Rounders talks about winning and losing in poker thusly: “Few players recall big pots they...
Ranking Systems

Ranking Systems

In many competitive online games, players are matched up according to presumed skill and familiarity; it’s generally no fun for either side to have a team composed of semi-professional gamers vie against opponents who have just started to try online play for the...
Success by Mistake

Success by Mistake

When it comes to competitive online play, most of the Heroes of the Storm online community focuses on one or two specific builds or talent choices for each hero, depending on the team composition and map choice. While there are on average over 1900 possible...
Full Throttle

Full Throttle

It can be argued that the core of any lane-defense or MOBA game is the “teamfight,” where two titanic waves of human-controlled heroes crash together, leaving only the strong, the skilled, and the prepared standing. Almost every map, whether based around...
Playing with Power (Mages)

Playing with Power (Mages)

Some characters are designed to take a lot of punishment, others to support and bolster defenses. Some wade into melee with wild abandon to assassinate unprotected targets. And then there are those select few who pull at the threads of magic, weave them into a blanket...
Where a Tank Shines

Where a Tank Shines

While some characters in Heroes of the Storm are built to deal damage and others to protect or support teammates, some stalwart heroes are designed to be able to take punishment far in excess of their more frail compatriots. So-called “tanks” play a...