As with all things, sometimes Heroes of the Storm doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes you build a hero wrong, or the map is just unfavourable to your hero. Maybe your team mates just aren’t carrying their weight, or the other team is just more in tune with each other, and you end up crushed in a few minutes. Sometimes, Blizzard just glitches out, and forgets all the hard work you’ve just done.
Thankfully, this has never happened to me, but for some reason, my boyfriend seems to be the lucky winner of this error. For whatever reason, once night, he went on a streak, where no matter the map or the hero, he would complete the game with no gold or experience. We’re all playing on the same connection, and the game alerts you if a fellow player has dropped (which, we’ve learned, you can think you’re still playing, but the game recognizes you as dropped), so we know he was there. It was thankfully a particularly quick round the first time it happened, and Anna and I didn’t get too much experience anyways, so we laughed it off and moved on.
This round however, was not short, or quick, or easy. This one was a grueling back and forth, and ‘Punchy’ is not an easy hero to master. There was a lot of yelling, and cursing and so many deaths for all of us, but we scraped out a victory, and, whoops, Blizzard didn’t really care. It was even telling him that he had gained experience, but Kharazim’s experience bar didn’t budge. Experienced gained was enough to get him to level 5, but alas, not this time.
We played another round, and he played again as Kharazim to try to get his level. I’ll let you guess what happened next.
Needless to say, Punchy did not get to level 5 that night, and many whiskey gingers were made. When things like this happen, they’re completely out of your control. He could have gotten upset, and just quit for the night, but instead, took it well, and just laughed it off with us, and pushed through. While I’m grateful that it’s never happened to me, I’m also grateful of his attitude towards the whole thing. I’m for sure the least level headed of the three of us when we play, so I definitely have a thing or two to learn from him!
As a side note, we didn’t report the ‘bug’ to Blizzard, though looking back, we arguably should have. He likely would have been given the experience and gold lost, and then some. Always contact Blizzard Support, and be nice! They’re all pretty swell over there, and work tirelessly to help us gamers out when we have issues – trust me, I game on a Mac, I’m too comfortable and familiar with them!