We've Moved :(

HoN Blog will no longer be updated. We've moved to http://gamingpoint.org and we will no longer be writing about HoN

The new website: Gaming Point is a blog for game developers. We teach concepts rather than the technical things like coding so go have a look, because there's plenty of awesome guides there.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Heroes of Newerth Vol.14 Newsletter

Friday, October 28, 2011

Patch 2.2.5 Review by Nigma

Patch 2.2.6 Changelog - Gemini and 2 Alt.Avt

Version 2.2.6
- Fixed some missing icons
- Fixed Devourer and Vindicator gaining too many stats from Gemini
- Fixed Gemini pick sound
- Fixed Gemini's split form getting double area gold from a hero death
- Fixed Harkon's Blade dealing 0 damage on a magic-immune target while the toggle was active

Version 2.2.5
- The current Free Heroes have changed. The current available list is:

* Monkey King
* Blood Hunter
* Andromeda
* Arachna
* Night Hound
* Silhouette

* Aluna
* Chipper
* Wretched Hag
* Plague Rider

* Pharaoh
* Tundra
* Balphagore
* Devourer
* Rampage

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Alt Avatar Contest #2 Voting!


It goes without saying that our most recent alt avatar contest was a massive success. We had hoped the community would answer the call and were delighted to see so many passionate HoN players that wanted to see their own work make it into the game. There were so many suggestions in fact that after much deliberation, screaming, and trash talking in the office, we almost couldn't come to a consensus over who would make the cut and who would live to fight another day on the hero concept battlefield.

In the end however, we had to condense thousands of submissions into a mere 5 for voting purposes. There were plenty of great ideas, including a few that we had already been working on internally for months. Keep in mind that just because you don't see your idea in the running to win, that doesn't mean you wont see it in the game in the near future.

The show must go on however, so here are the contestants:

Father Time Chronos

Brophelia Ophelia

Fallen Angel Valkyrie

Kangamonium Pandamonium (Kung Fu Kangaroo)

Sexy Angel Martyr

As of this post the voting will commence and continue until November 9, so show your fellow community members some love and cast your vote.

And btw, to those of you who took this contest seriously and submitted your own original concept, artwork, and backstory, your work did not go unnoticed, so don’t get discouraged. In the end we read through EVERYTHING and enjoyed every minute of it.

Thanks again to all who have participated thus far, now LET’S GET IT ON!

S2 Staff Member

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gemini Hero Spotlight with New Creeps and Trees

Lion King theme Spotlight

Friday, October 21, 2011

OFF TOPIC - Blizzard DotA Official Trailer

Patch 2.2.4 Review by Nigma

Patch Changelogs - Ronin Swiftblade and Haloween Patch


- Fixed a crash in replays when jumping into a player


- Fixed the new Alt Avatar when spinning

Version 2.2.4
- The current Free Heroes have changed. The current available list is:
* Swiftblade
* Soulstealer
* Wildsoul
* Moon Queen
* Slither

* Thunderbringer
* Tempest
* Succubus
* Rhapsody
* Voodoo Jester
* Glacius

* Predator
* Kraken
* Electrician
* Moraxus

Newerth has been haunted...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hero Schedule Adjustment and Hero Preview!


I have seen a few threads asking about the Spotlight video and the hero for this week. I would like to clarify by saying we will not be releasing a hero until next Friday (October 28th). After careful consideration, we have decided to slightly slow down the release of heroes, based on the input of our community. We have seen requests from both our competitive players and public players to scale back our hero production and have decided that this would be a positive move for the game. The increased duration between releases will allow players to adjust to the changes before another new hero is added.

You can continue to count on weekly updates and increased efforts to improve the game through balance patches, well-designed and tested heroes, and new items.

We appreciate all of the comments from the community and are anxious to keep improving the game we all love.

To tide you over until his Hero Spotlight, here's your first look at the upcoming form-changing wolf hero!

S2 Staff Member

Legion by S2Los

Planned server maintenance on 2011/10/21 @ 02:30 EST (06:30 GMT)

Old Concept of Midas (Better than the Alt.Avt IMO)

On October 21st at 2:30AM EST (6:30AM GMT) we will be taking some of our systems offline to perform some required maintenance on them. During this time the Chat Server, Login Server, Database and other HoN services may or may not be functional so connectivity will be limited. We anticipate this maintenance will take up to three hours. We will update this post with periodic updates in case of any delays. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wallpaper by S2Los

Hellbringer, Fayde, and Predator with Terror

Saturday, October 15, 2011

NigmaHon's Blog : It Only Does Everything™

Whenever S2Games releases a new Hero, the Community is skeptic to say the least. This isn't a new phenomenon, and can be viewed empirically by quickly glancing at YouTube or Forum posts left by disgruntled members of the Community when the Hero is first announced. When this first started happening, I was somewhat confused, because it seemed like no matter what Hero came out, no matter what skills or weaknesses it possessed, it would be quickly dismissed as the newest overpowered garbage to grace the game.

If you read my last article, you might be scratching your head asking yourself if you are about to read the same article twice- but there is a distinct difference here. A hero like Emerald Warden or Tremble didn't just carry the illusion of lower-bracket chaos, they literally delivered it. No matter what the highest tier competitive player says, these Heroes dominated the lower game brackets and left players frustrated. Players who claimed they saw this coming a mile away were quick to remind everybody that "they told you so".

Friday, October 14, 2011

Patch 2.2.3 Changelog - Gladius Beardicus

Version 2.2.3
- The current Free Heroes have changed. The current available list is:

* Chronos
* Corrupted Disciple
* Swiftblade
* Dampeer

* Defiler
* Blacksmith
* Witch Slayer
* Martyr
* Ophelia

* Gladiator
* Legionnaire
* Accursed
* Keeper of the Forest
* Behemoth
* Hammerstorm

We've Moved :(

HoN Blog will no longer be updated. We've moved to http://gamingpoint.org and we will no longer be writing about HoN

Gaming Point is a blog for game developers. We teach concepts rather than the technical things like coding, so go have a look at the site, because there's plenty of awesome guides there.