Generous F2P rotation this week? Garrosh only launched last month, is it not selling well?
For me, the juicy catch was an old hero, Abathur; having only read about it, I still didn’t know exactly what to expect, because why would I spoil the surprise by watching videos? Talk about a formative experience.
*Guess it’s 'splainy time for the one reader who’s a non-player: Abathur does not have attacks of its own, it does not have a mount either, so it moves slowly, although it does have a teleport of sort, with a 30s cooldown. To do damage, it relies mainly on putting a Symbiote (lovingly referred to as a hat) on top of other heroes. The Symbiote has two fast-firing offensive abilities, one ranged, called Stab, and the other is an AoE around the hero, Spike, plus one more for shielding and possibly healing.
So basically, you look at the map and decide who to help: Symbiote having a relatively short cooldown of two seconds, you can almost be in different places at once. Stab is useful in securing take-downs when the enemy is retreating: actually I had to convince myself that I was not stealing away kills from my mates, but rather helping them collect. Set up a fruitful collaboration with a Dehaka in particular, and brought home a satisfying number of take-downs.
My last match with it, it was tough getting any same action going, partly because of team comp; with Symbiote, you really need someone who can get up close and personal, prep the kill, dive into minions, otherwise Stab and Spike burst just sit there unused. Depending on how they play, even melee heroes can hardly make for a good result (though I have had a good time helping a Tracer), in fact I kind of regretted not going with a healer build from the get go, though I don’t know that I could avoided that many deaths.
The game was dragging, and I couldn’t find any way to feel truly helpful, but I had taken Monstrosity as my Heroic Ability (the more powerful skills that are unlocked at levels 10 and 20), so I could turn a minion on the other side of the map into this relatively powerful unit, that I can put a hat on and control myself.
The Monstrosity feeds on minions, so it both heals itself and gets stronger. After clearing some waves, I proceeded to take out fortifications, pushing all the way through the core, and ending the game, while the rest of the team was still busy defending against some powerful Mercenary and, I don’t know, probably thinking they were going to lose and cursing my name, my assumption, as they communicated in absolutely no way at all (party, suppose they were on voice chat and ignored my pings to take cleared up merc camps, sigh)
That was really something different: not just an exercise in map awareness, but also you get to watch what your team mates are doing, without even having to look at the replay.