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Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today

The Heroes of Newerth Website announces a new patch is going live today to add an all-new "Core Pool" gameplay mode that uses 40 "carefully selected" heroes from the MOBA game. This page has further details and a trailer showing off Core Pool features. Here's word:

Exciting changes are afoot as we aim to implement a "less is more" philosophy in HoN with our new game mode called Core Pool. Core Pool will feature 40 iconic HoN heroes and encourage players to focus on their game and take their skills to the next level in a controlled environment. As Core Pool is an optional game mode, any player can choose the mode at any time to hone their skills, develop strategy, or just have fun playing a classic game of HoN. With well over 100 characters to choose from in normal mode play, even experienced players can have difficulty keeping up with frequent new character releases. The difficulty associated with getting into HoN or any MOBA for that matter and staying current is well known and frequently lamented by gamers everywhere.

Core Pool directly addresses the steep learning curve prevalent in all MOBAs. No other MOBA offers a controlled environment like this, and we hope to help players who are struggling with learning new characters all the time by providing them a game mode option that will help them learn the basic conventions of HoN. Core Pool, and the concept behind it, is something the MOBA genre was missing and we’re really excited to bring it to our players. Core Pool is great for both experienced players, new players, and anyone looking to play HoN, as it offers a place to improve your skills and try out new techniques by yourself or with your team in a more controlled environment.

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8. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 18, 2012, 07:41 Ozmodan
 
My experience with all these MOBAs is that it is truely the worst playerbase I have ever met. So many rude spoiled children, all yelling at you.  
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7. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 21:28 Stormsinger
 
Yakubs wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 16:35:
The community is the same as any other community in gaming, really. It's just that LoL/DotA/HoN are 5-man team games where all players on the team have a huge impact on the game's result and each person's performance is clear to the rest of the team during the game. It's not exactly surprising that tempers flare.
Not even close...if all the online communities were like HoN, I'd have ripped the internet out by its roots years ago.
 
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6. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 18:30 bhcompy
 
As much as I like the genre, sadly, this is a representation of most of the people that play it.  
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5. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 16:35 Yakubs
 
The community is the same as any other community in gaming, really. It's just that LoL/DotA/HoN are 5-man team games where all players on the team have a huge impact on the game's result and each person's performance is clear to the rest of the team during the game. It's not exactly surprising that tempers flare.  
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4. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 16:03 Wallshadows
 
Every time I get the urge to try a MOBA such as LoL, I often find ten reasons not to when I check out resource sites or take a side step to the LoL forums at MMO-C.

Sounds like the worst community in all of gaming.
 
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3. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 13:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I played a bit of LoL, and it was a mixed bag for sure. Probably about 30% of the time there was at least one guy being a complete dick. Luckily there were also some helpful people giving pointers and such, rather than just screaming at you for feeding.  
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell (I think...)
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2. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 13:12 Frijoles
 
Dota2 didn't seem as bad as HoN (community wise), but I've only played that one a few times.  
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1. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 12:50 Stormsinger
 
If they ever get around to releasing a version with a carefully selected set of players, such that the community is less...assholish, then maybe I'll give it another try. Til then, I'd rather swim in raw sewage...it'd be more pleasant.  
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