It’s time once again to reveal how our competitive mode separates itself from other games in the genre. This week, we’re going in-depth with a feature we’re really excited about -- persistent hero leveling.
In our competitive mode, heroes are leveled up individually. Your Man and Machine can be level 15 while your Huntress can be level 7. Cooperative and competitive levels for a hero are separate.
After every match, your hero will earn XP. Some matches will award additional XP, such as the first matches of the day. Eventually, your hero will level up. Each time you level up, you will receive a random reward (loot, gems and more), and you will be able to put a point into a stat of your choice. Some of these stats include your hero’s health, mana, and armor. These stats are currently balanced around giving players a slight edge and sense of progression, but not an un-balanced advantage. There will be respec potions if you wish to change the way a hero was specialized.
When you reach level 10, you will unlock that hero’s Hero Spell. Hero Spells are an additional ability to complement your original suite of four abilities. These unlockable Hero Spells can be used with any hero, so the Apprentice’s Mana Infusion Hero Spell can be used with the Squire. There are currently six Hero Spells that are unlocked from the beginning, so you will always have a Hero Spell to use throughout your competitive mode experience.
There will be boosts that can be found in the game. The idea behind the system is that people playing for free and people who are paying for boosts should both be able to reach level 10 at a reasonable pace, so the Hero Spells are not locked behind a time/pay wall.
As you level up, you will be able to equip your hero’s gear with higher-quality gems. Gems are what give your gear stats. Lower-level heroes will not be able to equip high-tier gems. This is to ensure that new players cannot trade/buy their way to a powerful hero. They will need to put in the time to level up the hero in order to use those stats. We’ll have more details on the gem system in full in a later blog.
How do you feel about the persistent hero leveling? Let us know in the comments section below. The most constructive comments will receive DD2 beta codes! Winners will be chosen on May 29.