It’s been long, strange road for Heroes of the Storm. Well, maybe not that strange. A few months ago, Blizzard realized that they couldn’t simply dump money into a MOBA project and have it top the charts, esports or another wise. So they pulled some of the people from Heroes of the Storm.

“Maintenance mode,” people said. “A development team worthy of the game’s success while still offering new content on a semi-regular basis,” I say.

Still, though, there were changes to be made. First, they allowed you to buy any skin you wanted with money, curtailing the whole loot box thing in the first place, and now, they’re removing the ability to spend real money on those loot boxes in the first place. It makes sense, really. Why allow people to pay for something with the chance of getting it at random when they can just buy it directly.

This PTR patch also includes nifty updates like role expansion. The new Hero Roles are Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, and Ranged Assassin. There’s also a new event, with plenty of quests and loot to claim.

Check out the patch notes for the full scoop.

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