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Heroes of Newearth for Free!

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Heroes of Newearth for Free!

Version 2.1.0

Heroes of Newerth is now Free to Play!

Account Type Explanation

Basic: The standard, free account new players will receive upon sign up.
* Access to the weekly 15 free heroes
* Matchmaking restricted to All Pick
* Can purchase access to additional Heroes through the in-game store

- Verified: Basic accounts that have been upgraded through a show of commitment to their account, by either purchasing Goblin Coins or surpassing a certain threshold of play time
* Access to everything a basic player has, plus the ability to participate in Verified Only Matchmaking, to guarantee separation from Basic players if desired
* Can choose to play all matchmaking modes, however the use of Tokens or Passes are required (some tokens are awarded once a Basic account upgrades to Verified)

- Legacy: anyone with a paid HoN account before the F2P switch has automatically been upgraded to a "Legacy" account
* Access to Verified Only matchmaking
* Can continue to play all game modes without the need for Tokens or Passes
* Will continue to enjoy free access to the general hero pool

HoN Store

- NEW ANNOUNCER: British Gentleman Announcer
- Alt Avatars are now in a big list and can be sorted by Hero Name, Price Low to High, Price High to Low, or Avatar Name
- Previews for Alt Avatars changed to be much larger and more detailed
- Alt Avatars are no longer in the vault, if you own them there is a checkbox next to them in the list

- Early Access
* New heroes may be released as part of the Early Access Program
* Early Access is a new system that allows Legacy players to purchase the ability to play these heroes prior to being available for FREE in the general hero pool
* Early Access Heroes are disabled in Tournament Mode
* For Basic/Verified ("Free to Play" accounts), purchasing a hero that is in the Early Access period will unlock access to that hero for all time

General HoN Changes

- Matchmaking
* Improved matchmaking algorithms to result in slightly faster match times, with potentially more well-balanced teams
* Significantly improved matchmaking algorithms for how they pertain to 3v3 solo matching. Queue times for Grimm's Crossing should be significantly faster for solo players.

- Social Bonus for Matchmaking added
* Social Bonus is a replacement for Quick Victory
* If you play with 1-2 friends (total of 2-3 people in the party), you get 1 additional coin
* If you play with 3-4 friends (total of 4-5 people in the party), you get 2 additional coins

- Compendium removed, replaced with the Herodex
* Now contains detailed information about Heroes, including usage stats and Guides

- General Interface Changes
* A lot of the Interface has changed and been updated for ease of use
* Midbar redesigned to be more clear and catchy to both new and veterans
* Status Bar has players online moved from right to left side and now displays your current coins, tokens, and passes
* Friends List is now limited to 100 max and shows how many you have online

- Tutorial Fixes
* Fixed music warning spam in console (slightly improves performance)
* Fixed an issue that was preventing the confirmation button on the "you have died" message from allowing the player to continue

- Randoming in All Pick no longer gives bonus Gold
- A few small updates for stat submissions
- Group chat channels will no longer show the "Auto-Connect" checkbox and accompanying tooltip next to it
* Clicking the "X" in a group chat channel will now remove you from that group
- Fixed a few typos in the Matchmaking window
- All Random is no longer a checkbox. It is now a Game Mode similar to All Pick, Random Draft, or Banning Pick
- Practice mode can now only be All Pick
- Can now spawn Alt Avatars in Practice mode if you own them
- Added new tooltips for when players hover over the voice chat button in the game lobby.
- If a player is ignored then the player who has ignored them will no longer receive messages about them when the ignored player silences them from a channel or bans/unbans them from a channel
* This also fixes people spamming you with clan invites while under the effects of /dnd

- Editor now has the Water Tool added!

General Gameplay Changes

- When attacking from the fog, the amount of time you are revealed to the enemy has been lowered from 3 seconds to 1.25 seconds
- All neutral creeps abilities have had their cast times lowered from 500ms cast time to 250ms
- Removed a rock in the west Legion large neutral camp that blocked movement
- Removed the statue on top of the hill to the west of the Legion Ancient Camp
- Water on Caldavar replaced with dynamic better water
- Added new tooltips to the in game buttons for sharing units with allies, enabling/disabling no-help, and toggling voice chat.
- Fix to Homecoming Stone and Dr Repulsor's Electric Frenzy
- Fix to Homecoming Stone and Steamboots causing a visual Max HP/MP desync
- Teleport (like BooBoo) will now clear fog vision reveal
* This should fix the infamous Booboo Cross-map Creep Pull
- You can no longer swap an item in your stash with an item on the courier if you do not own the second item

- New Selection System
* Heroes and units are highlighted with outlines instead of circles
* White is your selection, Green are allies, Red are enemies
* By Default, your hero is NOT highlighted. This option can be enabled in the options menu by selecting "Self Hero Outline"
* Can switch between circles and outlines in the options menu

- Hero Guides Fixes
* Plugged some cases where guides wouldn't work
* Should better handle the case where two timeouts occur before the guide is opened (fixes no guide bug)
* Featured guides prompted because of a timeout in the second part of the retrieval should now show items and abilities every time (fixes text only bug)
* Should recheck the hero every time the guide is opened, in case the ui hasnt loaded when the hero spawn trigger fires (fixes wrong hero bug)

- Spectator Interface reworked
* Showmatch between MSI and OK using the new Interface
* Now has three major adjustable pieces: Information Panel (Bottom Middle), Pushbars (Top Middle), Hero Panes (Top Left and Top Right)
* Spectators can now zoom out much farther
- Can now free look with the \ key while a Spectator
* Spectator Options menu is accessable in the bottom right of the Information Panel (Gear)
* Pushbars at the top now easily show which team has more Gold and Experience
* A hero taking damage sets off the Gank Alert at the top of the screen
* Any item bought that is more expensive than 700 gold pops up next to a hero portrait and plays a gold noise so you know they bought something and what it is easily. The value that triggers this event is adjustable in the Spectator Options.

- Replay Controls
* Based off the Small Replay mod by Duker
* Can now free look with the \ key
* All buttons are now bindable
* Now features a hold to fast forward key (Default F)
* Jump to PoV (R) temporarily changes your perspective to that of the unit you have selected until you release the key

- Friend / Foe Health Coloring
* Optional feature to aid newer players, available in the Mods option tab.
* Your team is always green, enemies are always red

Neutral Creeps

- Wild Hunter (The Magic Immune ones)
* Now have the ability to stealth for 15 seconds with 50 bonus attack damage on attack out of stealth and 20% movement speed

- Ice Ogre armor
* Increase cooldown from 5 to 10 seconds
* Remove Melee Slow part
* Duration from 45 to 30 seconds


- Removed the Winged Courier recipe!
* The Upgrade ability on a Ground Courier will now take 200 gold from whoever uses the ability and upgrade the courier
* Can be done anywhere on the map

- Basic Ground Courier cooldown increased to 10 seconds
- Fixed Stormspirit to work with new channeling state for Homcoming Stones
- Nullfire Blade moved to Combative shop from Morph Attack
- Energizer manacost lowered by 50 and movespeed buff increased to 75

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hon free to play?! omg!!! go go go.

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Something to consider; If you buy any amount of gold coins ($10) your account will be verified and receives all the legacy benefits. Heroes can cost around 200-600 silver coins to buy, much like how much their alt avatars cost, and you can get around 30 per game, if not more depending on how many kills and wards you have placed.
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