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The recap features highlights of the latest Balance Q/A from reddit. Balance Designers have been answering your questions.
Anub'arak is a great tank who can counter mages and there are no changes planned for him right now. Arthas
Arthas has some talents in the works that are internally tested that might help him. Azmodan
There are plans to allow Azmodan to walk with basic movement speed while casting his laser. Dehaka
The team wants to change the "D" overwrite. The infamous Level 1 agility talent is on the radar. Diablo
Diablo being able to activate his "D" was tested, but lead to weird behavior (players not resurrecting, because of losing power from stacks), so it wasn't implemented. Falstad
Hinterland Blast will be revisited in the future to make it a more desirable pick. Greymane
Drastic changes are coming to "Marked for the Kill" to make it an opening skillshot. Damage reduction in Worgen Form is considered. Li-Ming
She will get some buffs to compensate for the "Calamity" nerf if needed. Lunara
A change for Skybound to reveal Stealth is planned. Medivh
The team is satisfied how Medivh turned out, but they don't want to design Heroes that are useless to most of the audience. Murky
He's being tested internally and we should expect a rework in the next 2 or 3 months. Nova
No Nova changes are planned for now. Raynor
The team is happy with Raynor's simplicity and don't want to change him, but at some point in the future they'd like to update his talent tree. Tassadar
There are plans to rework "Archon" to its former glory. Thrall
They're satisfied with Thrall's current spot, but he lacks talent diversity that will be looked into in the middle of next year. Uther
The rework is on the radar (around March). He will be reworked to fit the "tanky support fantasy". Valla
She's fine now, both her "Q" and "W" builds are doing fine. If the "Q" build isn't doing well, they consider buffing it or nerfing the "W" build. Miscellaneous
The mount speed nerf is doing well, but it made globals more popular, which is why they are changing their effectiveness. The team doesn't want to spend time redesigning Heroes that are fine for 99% of the player base, but aren't picked in Competitive. There are no current plans to rework existing Heroes to be "multiclass". There are discussions to expand the Hero role system, but far more important things to do for now. The team is not a fan of hard counters, e.g. Murky vs Tracer. Health Globe talents are being looked into. The team wants to make them more interesting. One idea is split quest rewards, Part for gathering 20 globes and the rest for gathering 40. Patches released two weeks after a Hero release are the best and they want to continue this trend. Four-lane maps are hard to balance, but they want to make a brawl with one for testing. Three talent picks per Tier are best for Heroes in terms of win rate and it allows to focus on more powerful options. (Source)
Ballistix claimed the title of Fall Champions and the $300,000 grand prize at BlizzCon. Blizzard is adding their mount to the game with the next patch.
Twelve of the world’s top Heroes of the Storm teams clashed at the Fall Championship at BlizzCon last month, but after days of frenzied competition, it was Ballistix who rose victorious to claim the title of Fall Champions and the $300,000 USD grand prize. In honor of their achievement, we’re adding the 2016 Fall Champion’s Mount to the in-game shop with our next patch!
Celebrate Ballistix as our freshly crowned World Champions by picking up the Fall Champion’s Mount, which has been emblazoned with the Ballistix team logo. When you purchase the 2016 Fall Champion’s Mount, you’ll also be directly supporting Ballistix, as a portion of each sale will be shared with the team. If you’d like to add the 2016 Fall Champion’s Mount to your collection, it will be available for purchase until February 28, 2017.
Join us once more in congratulating the members of Ballistix for their epic accomplishment this season:
Jeong Ha "Jeongha" Lee, Jin Su "NacHoJin" Park, Do Joon "Noblesse" Chae, Seung-Chul "sCsC" Kim, Seung Won "Swoy" Kim.
In case you missed the thrilling Fall Championship Grand Finals, you can watch Ballistix and Fnatic square off in an action-packed best-of-five series on the official Heroes of the Storm YouTube channel. Additionally, be sure to head to HeroesoftheStorm.com/esports for a complete event recap.
Brawl with the Blues returns with a special edition on Thursday, December 15. Join Trisklyr and some prominent community members to explore some of the upcoming changes.
The Ragnaros patch will go live on December 13. After the stream comes to an end, Alan Dabiri and Travis McGeathy will join them in a 30-minute Q/A.
Join us next week, as we tip toe around the flames of our newest hero – Ragnaros! Help us explore some of the upcoming changes to the game alongside some prominent Heroes of the Storm community members. Just head over to Twitch.tv/blizzheroes on Thursday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. PST to catch a few matches played live on stream, and stick around until the end for a chance to join in on the fun!
Joining us for this Brawl:
The community members listed above will be joining our very own Trikslyr in-game to battle it out on the ladder. During the matches, Spyrian will be on hand to collect your questions from Twitter and the Twitch chat, then field them to the players to get their answers live on the air.
As always, we love playing a few Custom Games with viewers, and this time we’ll be mixing in some Heroes Brawl. So jump in the in-game chat lobby “BRAWL” to be eligible to participate in the matches. Be sure to comment below if there are any cool combinations you’d like us to try with Varian.
After the show, we're in for a treat as newly announced Game Director, Alan Dabiri, and new Lead Game Designer, Travis McGeathy, will join us for a 30 minute Q&A to discuss their new roles. Feel free to join us on stream and ask questions about Heroes of the Storm and more. It'll be a blast.
We look forward to seeing you there!