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Upcoming Changes to Shards & Loot Boxes in Heroes of the Storm

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An overview of a few changes to the game's monetization model in the upcoming patch.

Gold

You can now convert Gold into Shards and purchase Rare Loot Chests with Gold.

Shards

Shards are used to forge cosmetic items for your Collection. You can acquire Shards by purchasing them with Gold or opening Loot Chests. Starting next week, you will be able to purchase Shards with Gold.

  • 100 Shards cost 2,000 Gold.
  • 500 Shards cost 10,000 Gold.

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Loot Chests

Loot Chests can no longer be purchased using Gems / real money, so the gambling aspect is virtually gone in Heroes.

  • Rare Loot Chests cost 3,000 Gold each.

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Do you like the changes? Let us know in the comments!

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Thank the EU for making loot chests and gambling part of gaming past.

This will happen in/to other games.  Just a matter of when.

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Doesn't seem like a bad idea although for me personally, I think the Gold prices for the shard conversion and loot chest could be a bit cheaper as some of us aren't swimming in gold as others...takes me long enough to get 10k just to buy a new Hero and RNG for dailies aren't kind to me 😛

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55 minutes ago, Huntatsukage said:

Doesn't seem like a bad idea although for me personally, I think the Gold prices for the shard conversion and loot chest could be a bit cheaper as some of us aren't swimming in gold as others...takes me long enough to get 10k just to buy a new Hero and RNG for dailies aren't kind to me 😛

it gets easier once you have all heroes unlocked, took me about 3 years. and now with the slower releases for heroes i need some goldsink or it just keeps piling up

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500 shards for 10.000 gold seems like a bad deal to me. You're definitely better off saving the gold for new heroes (for free!), limited time mounts or rerolls. I rerolled for about 7-8k gold during the Winterveil event on all the chests I got (50+ chests) and definitely got A LOT more worth than 500 shards out of those rerolls (multiple legendaries, quite a few epics). So I'm fine with saving up the gold for such events again. Probably only useful if you're a few hunderd shards away from a specific event legendary and the event is about to end.

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47 minutes ago, Pandabuffel said:

500 shards for 10.000 gold seems like a bad deal to me. You're definitely better off saving the gold for new heroes (for free!), limited time mounts or rerolls. 

Or buying chests with gold seems like a better idea, as you are getting rare ones, instead of rerolling a common one from levelling. Overall I like these changes, prices are high, but with slower hero releases, unlocking them will become trivial, so having some alternative gold sink seems like a pretty clever move (that and avoiding anti-gambling regulations in some coutries).

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Took long enough. I don't really like these rates, but the most important thing IMO is having the option to convert currencies.

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6 hours ago, lChronosl said:

Took long enough. I don't really like these rates, but the most important thing IMO is having the option to convert currencies.

The conversion rates aren't final, though 🙂.

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I think you should ale be thank full for this tbh. Alor of kids these days waste serious money on this and are a most definetly a cause for future gambling addictions. 

Even if the currency swaps are pricey socially speaking its progressive and alot of games should follow this lead

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To be honest I think they should get rid of Shards and make all content avaliable through Gold, and increase the amount of Gold you gain per match/quest, etc. Having more than two currencies is too much of a headache.

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22 hours ago, Valhalen said:

To be honest I think they should get rid of Shards and make all content avaliable through Gold, and increase the amount of Gold you gain per match/quest, etc. Having more than two currencies is too much of a headache.

They're just getting rid of the gambling part of the game. They still want to try and push you at least a little bit into buying skins and mounts and such with real money/gems to help support the game. And if they put more wanted stuff on the weekly 50%off sale items thanks to these changes then I'm more willing to spend that real money too. Like I was before the whole loot chests were introduced in HotS 2.0. 🙂

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