I really like the idea of MOBA games; they let me play something I really love, a support character or glass cannon in an RPG battleground, without having to dedicate all of my free time to grinding levels or gear just to stay current. It's great fun, pop in a few hours a week, heal a group, get points, have fun. It's the whole reason I enjoyed League of Legends, until I hit summoner level 15 or so. Once I started getting cursed out before a match began based on my preference for support characters, I quickly decided it was time to move on.
I'd gotten my Heroes invite a while back, but only just recently decided to give it a chance. I was expecting the usual F2P MOBA experience and to be tired of it quick enough once I played a few rounds. That's the problem though; I'm not.
I'm absolutely in love with this game. It feels like it was designed specifically to deal with the problems I had with League; with experience being the only resource and the entire team leveling as a unit, infighting among teams over stealing kills and leaving mobs for other players was quickly replaced with frequent celebration over good teamwork. Players here care way less about killing blows and feeding, and way more about enjoying the game and working together. The talents allow you to keep the customization without having to worry about people's critiques of your build as much. I'm fact, overall, I've seen a low more unique builds among the same character than I ever did in league, since some builds even tweak core abilities and cool downs. Then there's the community. Thanks in part to the game's stronger emphasis on teamwork over individual performance, and the fact that LoL's community is pretty famous for what it is, the difference is night and day. The game is still in beta, so a lot of the players as of now are hardcore blizzard fans, the most offensive thing I've heard thus far is a painfully outdated "Leroy Jenkins!" joke.
Speaking of Blizz, the game is packed with fun nostalgia from Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and to my surprise, even the Lost Vikings made it in! There's something fun and exciting about hearing that old "Nuclear Launch Detected." Mid match.
Overall, I think I'm hooked. I'll need to start fresh with my actual battle.net account now, but I think I'm going to stick with this longer than I expected. Anyone else give it a try yet, or thinking if doing the same?