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A new patch has hit the Heroes of the Storm PTR, including Lt. Morales and several map changes! Some of these are pretty significant (like Overgrowth disabling the Core on Garden of Terror!), so take a look at the complete notes for more information.


Here are the notes Blizzard provided - note that these aren't final, and more changes may be coming!


Blizzard Icon Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes -- September 24, 2015


Our next major Heroes of the Storm patch has just arrived to the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until October 5. During this time, we kindly request your assistance in trying out some of the new content and balance changes it contains before we officially release the patch to the live version of Heroes next week. Just like last time, if you encounter any bugs or other issues during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.


Patch notes for our impending Heroes of the Storm update can be found below.






New Maximum Graphic Settings for 32-bit Operating Systems

  • Players who do not have sufficient addressable memory to effectively run Heroes of the Storm using High or Ultra graphic settings will have their settings redetected and reset to Medium or lower upon logging in to Heroes of the Storm after downloading today’s patch.
    • These players will no longer be able to select graphic settings above Medium
    • This will primarily affect players who use 32-bit operating systems. 
  • Please read our recent support article to learn more about this change.  




Lt. Morales has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play! Read on for a brief overview of this new Support Hero’s Abilities.



  • Caduceus Reactor
    • Regenerate 3% of your maximum Health per second after not taking any damage for 4 seconds 

Basic Abilities

  • Healing Beam (Q)
    • Heal an ally for 20 Health per second as long as they are in range. Reactivate to switch targets, or activate your Trait to cancel channeling 
  • Safeguard (W)
    • Grant target ally Resistant, reducing damage taken by 25% for 3 seconds 
  • Displacement Grenade (E)
    • Fire a grenade that explodes on the first enemy hit, dealing damage, and knocking enemies away 

Heroic Abilities

  • Stim Drone ®
    • Grant an allied Hero 75% Attack Speed and 25% Movement Speed for 10 seconds 
  • Medivac Dropship ®
    • Target a location for a Medivac transport. For up to 10 seconds before takeoff, allies can right-click to enter the Medivac 





  • New visual effects have been added which will better alert players when they are targeted by an enemy structure.
  • Range indicators have received visual improvements across the board and should now be much easier to distinguish across all Battleground tilesets.
  • Various Try Mode Battleground assets have received additional optimization to help improve load times.
  • A number of Mercenaries have received additional animation and effect polish.


  • A unique new Egg overlay has been added for Murky. This overlay will be displayed for Murky players when they receive a reduced death timer as a result of respawning from a living Egg.
  • Kharazim has received various animation updates.
  • Uther has received updated cloth physics.

Hero Abilities

  • The following Hero Abilities and Talents have received additional visual polish:
    • Jaina – Water Elemental ®
    • Kael’thas – Living Bomb (W), Gravity Lapse (E)
    • Murky – Slime (Q) debuff
    • The Butcher – Ruthless Onslaught (E), Lamb to the Slaughter ®
    • Tyrael and all Tyrael Skins – Archangel’s Wrath form (Trait)
    • Uther and all Uther Skins – Eternal Devotion form (Trait)
    • Rexxar – Misha’s model has received updates 


  • Centurion Johanna has received updated cloth physics 
  • The following Hero Skins have received additional visual polish for certain Abilities and Talents, which more closely match that Skin’s theme:
    • Angelic Valla – Multishot (W), Vault (E)
    • Betrayer Malfurion – Moonfire (W), Entangling Roots (E)
    • Chef Stitches – Hook (Q), Slam (W)
    • Magni Muradin – Storm Bolt (Q), Thunder Clap (W), Dwarf Toss (E), Avatar ®
    • Spectre Nova – Basic Attack, Snipe (Q), Pinning Shot (W), Triple Tap ®, Precision Strike (R 





  • New Bundles
    • Apothecary Morales Bundle – Available for a limited time.
    • Marshal Raynor Bundle – Available for a limited time.
    • Altered Fates Bundle – Available for a limited time.
    • Altered Fates Ultimate Bundle – Available for a limited time 


  • New Hero
    • Lt. Morales has been added to the in-game Shop.


  • New Mounts
    • Marshal’s Outrider
    • Void Speeder – Available exclusively by purchasing the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Collector’s Edition.

Price Changes

  • Chen’s prices have been reduced to 7,000 Gold and $8.49 USD.
  • Tyrael’s prices have been reduced to 4,000 Gold and $6.49 USD.


  • New Skins
    • Apothecary Morales
    • Lt. Morales Master Skin
    • Marshal Raynor




End of Game Surveys

  • Players now have a chance to receive a one-question survey following Hero League, Team League, and Quick Match games.
  • Survey questions will ask players to give a rating from one to five stars on a variety of game-related topics.
  • These surveys will help us to continue making improvements to Heroes of the Storm with future updates.

In-Game UI

  • Buffs & Debuffs
    • A new Healing Fountain icon has been added to the right of the Hero portrait to indicate whether Healing Fountains are available for use, or on cooldown.
    • Buffs granted via Talents have been reworked, and now appear underneath the player’s Health and resource bars, to the right of the Healing Fountain icon.
      • Buff icons for Talents such as Seasoned Marksman, Focused Attack, Regeneration Master, etc., will also indicate the number of stacks earned  

Loading Screens

  • Loading Screens will now display the players on each team along the left and right edges of the screen, and include the following information:
    • Player name, portrait, and portrait border
    • Loading progress
    • Selected Hero for that game 
  • Objective descriptions on Battleground Loading Screens have received visual improvements, and can now be found near the bottom-center of the screen.

Looking for Party

  • The Looking for Party panel will no longer list players who are marked as Away.


  • A new Watch with Others button has been added to the Watch tab, which will allow multiple players to view Replays together.
    • Clicking Watch with Others will open a replay lobby. The replay host can then invite up to 11 other players to view that replay simultaneously.
    • Only the host will have access to replay controls, which will determine playback for all viewers.
      • If the host exits the replay, another player will become host and gain access to playback controls.


  • The Featured Item pane in the Shop will now only be displayed on the first page of items under each Shop category.
  • Additionally, the mouse wheel can now be used to scroll through item pages in the Shop while the cursor is hovering over the Featured Item pane.




A.I. Talent Selection

  • A.I. controlled Heroes will now select their Talents from a group of preset Talent builds.

Developer Comments: A.I. players will now choose from predetermined Talent builds instead of randomly selecting Talents. This is especially important for players who disconnect as the A.I. will now no longer randomly choose Talents, but instead try to pick builds that are closer to what players would expect. In addition, A.I. controlled Heroes in Versus A.I. games will also have their own Talent builds to choose from.


Vehicles and Regeneration Globe Interaction

  • Regeneration Globes will no longer heal Dragon Knights and Garden Terrors.
    • Instead, Regeneration Globe effects will now be applied directly to the Hero inside the Dragon Knight or Garden Terror 
  • Players within a Dragon Knight or Garden Terror can now also accumulate stacks for Talents such as Seasoned Marksman, Gathering Power, Regeneration Master, etc.

Summoned Unit Attacks

  • Summoned unit Basic Attacks will now miss if that Summon is Blinded or the target is Evading.
  • Summoned unit Basic Attacks will no longer consume Block Talent stacks.





  • The Dragon Shire and Sky Temple Battlegrounds have received several A.I. improvements.
    • A.I. controlled Heroes can now travel long distances more effectively, and will travel to take part in objectives from anywhere on the Battleground.
    • A.I. controlled Heroes will now wait near an objective until enough allies have arrived that they can commit to a team fight at that objective 

Try Mode Updates

  • The allied Hall of Storms has been moved much closer to the Gate.
  • The size of the Try Mode Battleground has been increased to accommodate a new playable area below the lane.
    • Siege and Bruiser Mercenary Camps have been added.
    • A Target Dummy has been added.
      • When attacking the Target Dummy, a new panel will display on-screen that will track damage per second and total damage dealt to the Dummy  
  • The Try Mode in-game controls have been reworked and moved to the left-hand side of the screen. Additionally, several new Try Mode controls have been added, and others have been updated:
    • Toggle Ally – Enable or disable Malfurion in-lane
    • Toggle Cooldowns – Enable to remove Ability cooldowns
    • Set Level – Drag the slider to select the desired level, up to 30.
    • Reset Talents – Click to reselect all Talent 
  • Try Mode will now remember which settings were selected during the previous game, and will apply them when entering a new Try Mode game.

Battlefield of Eternity

  • Immortal
    • Basic Attack damage increased from 360 (+22 per minute) to 360 (+25 per minute) after 11 minutes have passed, and 360 (+30 per level) after 16 minutes

Developer Comments: Matches on Battlefield could occasionally go quite long as the Immortals weren’t scaling high enough into the late game. With this slight damage increase they’ll be more of a threat as the game progresses.


Garden of Terror

  • Garden Terror
    • Overgrowth (W)
      • Now also disables the enemy Core
      • Health now increases the longer the game progresses

Developer Comments: We didn’t like the gameplay of Garden Terrors being used defensively to slow down an enemy Garden Terror push. Now that the Overgrowth can disable the Core, it will be much less effective to defend as a Garden Terror, encouraging teams to be more offensive with their Garden Terrors.


Infernal Shrines

  • Punisher
    • Starting and scaling Health decreased by 10%
    • Now leap to the nearest enemy Hero within range, rather than selecting one at rando 
  • Skeletal Defenders
    • The amount of Skeletal Defenders required to summon a Punisher has been increased from 30 to 40.
    • Skeletal Defenders will no longer take increased damage from abilities and talents that deal bonus damage to minions.
    • The range at which Skeletal Defenders will detect and attack players has been decreased by 25%

Developer Comments: Player feedback has been centered around how hard it is to comeback when falling behind on Infernal Shrines. We agree that the Punishers are overly punishing, so we’re nerfing their Health slightly. Teams that successfully bait the Punishers deep within their base will be able to put an end to this threat sooner.


Sky Temple

  • Events in which all three Temples activate simultaneously will no longer occur.

Developer Comments: While the three temple event could be fun, it didn’t leave the defending team with many options. It almost always meant whoever had the advantage at that point in time could secure the majority of the temples and win the match with little for the other team to do.


Thoughts on these updates? Are the map changes positive in your opinion?



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Blizzard Icon Heroes PTR Patch Notes





  • Ruthless Onslaught (E)
    • Savage Charge (Talent)
      • Bonus damage changed from 15% of the target’s current Health to 10% of the target’s maximum Health
  • Lamb to the Slaughter ®
    • New art has been added that will better indicate which players are affected by Lamb to the Slaughter
Developer Comments: We’d like to avoid ‘current Health’ for the Savage Charge Talent, as what players get out of this can vary wildly. Using Savage Charge against a low Health target could net less than a Basic Attack, so the damage will be much more consistent with this change.




  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 47 (+13 per level) to 47 (+12 per level)
  • Blink (E)
    • Wormhole (Talent)
      • Blink reactivation time reduced from 3 to 2 seconds
  • Void Prison ®
    • Casting range reduced by 50%
Developer Comments: Zeratul is a little bit too strong, especially at competitive and tournament level play. Wormhole remains extremely powerful, but decreasing this timer from 3 to 2 seconds will give increased counter play options to the enemy team, primarily if they can disable Zeratul during this shorter time window. Void Prison remains one of the most powerful Heroics in the game, but with the decreased range, Zeratul will now likely have to use Blink or aggressive positioning to get into place for the perfect Void Prison.







  • Locust Strain (Trait)
    • Locusts will no longer spawn as soon as the game begins, and will now wait until the first Minion wave spawns

Developer Comments: Abathur’s initial Locust would previously sit idle until Minions spawned. This change will allow Abathur to get in position before the first Locust spawns at the start of a game.




  • Corpse Spiders (Q)
    • Spiders attack damage decreased from 10 (+1 per level) to 9.5 (+0.95 per level)
    • Leaping Spiders (Talent)
      • Spider attack damage bonus decreased from 25% to 15%
  • Ravenous Spirit ®
    • Vision radius granted by the Spirit increased by approximately 66%
Developer Comments: Nazeebo was dealing a little more damage than we’d like, specifically when looking at his spiders. We’ve tuned his base spiders and their leaping talent down to bring him more in line.







  • Plasma Shield (Q)
    • Shield amount decreased from 200 (+40 per level) to 150 (+30 per level)
    • Shield amount is now increased by 50% when cast on allied Heroes
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40
    • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 5 seconds
    • Leeching Plasma (Talent)
      • Basic Attack damage returned as Health increased from 20% to 30%
    • Evasive Shielding (Talent)
      • Movement Speed bonus duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
  • Archon ®
    • Damage bonus decreased from 100% to 60%
    • Twilight Archon (Talent)
      • Damage bonus decreased from 200% to 140%
Developer Comments: It’s important that Tassadar players can queue for Quick Match and not be worried that they are going to cause a negative experience for their team. A Tassadar player who chooses the Support Talents will be much more viable as a Support character. We still expect Tassadar to put out smaller numbers when compared to the highest healing Supports, but with the huge amount of utility Tassadar brings, we think this is an okay trade off. The second change here targets Archon providing a little too much power; we’ve reduced some numbers to tune him appropriately. Internally, we’ve seen more Force Wall play as a result, which has been exciting.





  • Searing Arrows (Talent)
    • Basic Attack damage bonus increased from 40% to 50%
  • Shadowstalk ®
    • No longer reveals enemies.
    • Instead, allied Heroes are now healed over 8 seconds, and then receive a large burst of healing when Shadowstalk expires
    • Hunter’s Prey (Talent) has been renamed to Hunter’s Swiftness
      • Allied Heroes no longer gain a Basic Attack damage bonus, and instead receive a 40% Movement Speed bonus for 8 seconds
Developer Comments: We think that it’s important that Tyrande has the capability to be a viable solo healer, as she might be the only Support on your team in Quick Match. Shadowstalk is generally an under-picked Heroic, so we decided to focus it more toward healing so that it can become a “support” option. Tyrande still brings less healing than some of our other Supports due to the rest of her kit, but we hope that the Shadowstalk change will bring her closer to what players expect when fulfilling the primary Support role.







  • Fortifying Brew (Trait) (D)
    • Shield amount changed from 20 (+12 per level) to 33 (+10 per level)
    • Brew will now regenerate in increments of 5 while channeling Fortifying Brew
    • Keg Toss (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 1
    • Bottomless Mug (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 16
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed
      • Now decreases the cooldown of Fortifying Brew from 5 to 3 seconds
    • Combat Stance (Talent)
      • Shield duration after Fortifying Brew channeling ends increased from 2 to 3 seconds
    • New Talent (Level 1): Grounding Brew
      • Now decreases all incoming Ability damage by 25% while channeling Fortifying Brew
  • Flying Kick (Q)
    • Flying Kick speed increased by approximately 20%
    • Brew Strike (Talent)
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed
      • Now reduces Flying Kick’s cooldown by 1 second for every Hero hit by Keg Smash
  • Keg Smash (W)
    • Slow duration increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds
    • Full Keg (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 7
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed
      • Now increases Keg Smash damage and area of effect by 50%
  • Breath of Fire (E)
    • Deep Breath (Talent)
      • Now also reduces Breath of Fire’s Brew cost from 30 to 20
    • Ring of Fire (Talent)
      • Damage increased from 10 (+2.5 per level) to 11 (+2.75 per level)
  • Storm, Earth, Fire ®
    • Brew cost removed
  • Wandering Keg ®
    • Brew cost removed
    • Cooldown decreased from 90 to 70 seconds
Developer Comments: While we see a fair amount of Talent diversity within Chen players, we found that some of these Talents were traps, so these changes will help. We also added a bit of power into Chen’s core playstyle to help him at competitive levels.





  • Black Soulstone (Trait)
    • Maximum Health gained per Soul increased from 0.15% to 0.2%
    • Essence of the Slain (Talent)
      • Now also grants 10 Health for each enemy slain nearby
  • Shadow Charge (Q)
    • Range increased by approximately 15%
    • Stun duration after knocking an enemy into a wall increased from 0.75 to 1 second
    • Devastating Charge (Talent)
      • Now reduces movement impairing effects for 6 seconds, up from 3 seconds
  • Fire Stomp (W)
    • Damage increased from 30 (+9 per level) to 33 (+10 per level)
    • Mana cost decreased from 50 to 40
  • Overpower (E)
    • Domination (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction for Shadow Charge increased from 8 to 10 seconds
Developer Comments: The buffs to Shadow Charge should help to reinforce Diablo as the premier gank Warrior. The rest of his kit gets a little bit of love to help his overall play.





  • Health increased from 1040 (+240 per level) to 1050 (+250 per level)
  • Power Slide (Q)
    • Stun duration increased from 1 to 1.25 seconds
  • Face Melt (W)
    • Mana cost decreased from 60 to 50
    • Cooldown decreased from 12 to 10 seconds
    • Mic Check (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 5 seconds
  • Guitar Solo (E)
    • Heal amount increased from 25 (+6 per level)  to 27 (+6.5 per level)
    • Pwn Shop Guitar (Talent)
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 40% to 60%
    • Prog Rock (Talent)
      • Bonus healing granted per Regeneration Globe increased from 2 to 3 Health per second.
Developer Comments: We wanted to further emphasize E.T.C.’s ability to disrupt enemies with his Face Melt and Power Slide Abilities. With these buffs, we feel he’ll fall in line as a viable main Warrior.





  • Condemn (W)
    • Knight Takes Pawn (Talent)
      • Damage bonus against Minions and Mercenaries decreased from 400% to 300%
      • Stun duration against Minions and Mercenaries decreased from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Blessed Shield ®
    • Stun duration decreased from 2 to 1.5 seconds for the first target struck, and decreased from 1 to 0.75 seconds for additional targets.
    • Radiating Faith (Talent)
      • No longer increases Blessed Shield range.
      • Now increases the stun duration to 2 seconds for the first target struck, and 1 second for additional targets
Developer Comments: Johanna is powerful right now, and we think a large part of her strength is due to her ability to quickly clear large Minion waves. We also felt that the stun duration on her Blessed Shield could be frustrating to play against during the mid-game. Players who are looking to get that extra stun duration back can elect to build into it at level 20.





  • Ossein Renewal (Talent)
    • Now dismounts Leoric upon activation
    • No longer causes Leoric to pause briefly when activated while moving
  • Skeletal Swing (Q)
    • Damage decreased from 100 (+10 per level) to 85 (+8.5 per level)
Developer Comments: Leoric is too powerful right now. We’re targeting his Skeletal Swing, as we believe it does everything a little too well. The damage output for this Ability has been decreased overall, and we’ve reduced its strength at clearing Minion waves significantly.





  • Haymaker ®
    • Haymaker has received improvements which should help it feel more responsive to cast




  • New Ability: Misha, Fixate! (1)
    • “Misha, Fixate!” will have two functions, depending on its target:
      • If “Misha, Fixate!” is used on an enemy, Misha will move to attack the target until the target dies, a new order is issued, Misha leashes, or Misha dies
      • If “Misha, Fixate!” is used on the ground, Misha will move to that area and hold  position until a new order is issued, Misha leashes, or Misha dies
        • Using "Misha, Fixate!" will automatically place Rexxar's passive into the "Misha, Follow!" state
        • Misha retains her current behavior when issuing commands using “Misha, Follow!” (D) and “Misha, Attack!” (D)
  • Misha (Trait)
    • Misha’s leash range has been significantly increased
    • Misha will now hide when Rexxar is hidden in a Bush
  • Spirit Swoop (Q)
    • Bird of Prey (Talent)
      • Bonus damage to non-Heroic targets has been reduced from 300% to 200%.
Developer Comments: We’ve received a lot of both positive and negative feedback about Misha’s controls and wanted to offer a little more to our players without completely overhauling her current control scheme. We will continue to monitor this and may make future adjustments to Rexxar and Misha if necessary to balance for this increased level of control.





  • Health increased from 1060 (+230  per level) to 1060 (+260 per level)
  • Block (Talent) removed
  • Regeneration Master (Talent) removed
  • Imposing Presence (Talent) removed
  • Stoneskin (Talent) added at Level 16
  • New Talent (Level 1): Dampen Magic
    • Every 8 seconds, gain a charge that reduces damage taken from the next incoming enemy Ability by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
  • New Talent (Level 1): Hungry for More
    • Collecting Regeneration Globes permanently increases maximum Health by 30
  • Hook (Q)
    • Helping Hand (Talent)
      • Now also reduces Hook’s cooldown by 8 seconds when pulling an ally
  • Slam (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 45 to 40
  • Devour (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 65 to 55
    • Cooldown reduced from 24 to 20 seconds
    • Last Bite (Talent)
      • Now grants cooldown reduction for enemies that are killed within 3 seconds after being damaged by Devour
    • Indigestion (Talent)
      • Retchlings now apply the effects of Vile Gas to the targets they attack
  • Gorge ®
    • Duration increased from 3.5 to 4 seconds
    • Stitches’ Movement Speed is no longer reduced while using Gorge
    • Targets under the effect of Stitches’ Gorge will now be instantly expelled if Stitches enters Stasis (Divine Palm, Devouring Maw, Cocoon, Medivac)
    • Hungry Hungry Stitches (Talent)
      • No longer increases Gorge duration
      • Now increases Gorge damage by 40%
Developer Comments: We wanted to buff Stitches and position him to be more powerful against Mages. His regeneration build has been nerfed, due to the removal of Regeneration Master, but instead he now has a high Health build which also increases Devour’s effectiveness. His core kit was improved at a basic level, which will help bring him back into competitive play. Finally, we wanted to clean up the rules associated with Gorge and the level 20 upgrade, so we cut the unnecessary components of those two Abilities.






  • Corrected a variety of typos and tooltip errors.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a number of Heroes to fly back to their death locations after respawning if they were killed while using certain Abilities.
  • Players using Macs with system configurations at or below Heroes of the Storm’s minimum specifications will no longer experience excessive loading times.
  • During Practice Mode games, Abilities with delayed AOE damage effects will no longer continue to fire after the match is paused by accessing the Talent pane.


  • The visual effects for Grave Golem and Sky Temple Boss Slam Abilities now more closely matches their area of effect indicators.


  • Skeletal Defender Health will now properly scale over time on the Infernal Shrines Battleground.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Punishers to attack structures while enraged on the Infernal Shrines Battleground.
  • Corrected an issue that could cause Punishers to prioritize attacking enemy Structures after initially targeting a Hero.
  • Fixed an issue that could allow skulls to spawn outside the playable area in the Haunted Mines.
  • Fixed an issue that could allow A.I. controlled Garden Terrors to briefly continue casting their Abilities after death.

Heroes and Talents

  • The Focused Attack Talent now properly uses a 10 second cooldown between bonuses to Basic Attack damage.
  • The Battle Momentum Talent will now properly reduce Tyrael's Sanctification cooldown.
  • Abathur will now properly receive Takedown credit after dealing the killing blow to Leoric.
  • Abathur will no longer receive Takedown credit after casting Symbiote on an allied Leoric that is then killed by the enemy team.
  • Abathur's Hivemind Symbiote will no longer persist on Leoric after he enters Undying form.
  • A Sgt. Hammer clone created by Abathur’s Ultimate Evolution will no longer be granted the Napalm Strike Heroic Ability after entering Siege Mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could allow Arthas’ Summon Sindragosa to be placed on reduced cooldown despite being successfully cast.
  • Azmodan’s movement commands are now properly interrupted when casting All Shall Burn after learning the March of Sin Talent.
  • Chen will no longer earn three extra Brew after casting another Ability during Fortifying Brew.
  • Falstad’s Hinterland Blast will no longer be placed on reduced cooldown when it is successfully cast at the same moment that Falstad is stunned by The Butcher’s Ruthless Onslaught.
  • Illidan's Sweeping Strike will now properly deal damage when the Immolation Talent damages the target at the same moment.
  • The visual effects for Johanna's Shield Glare are no longer visible through the Fog of War.
  • Kerrigan will no longer receive multiplicative bonuses to Shield generation after learning the Aggressive Defense and Omegastorm Talents.
  • Kharazim’s Overtake Talent will now properly last for its full duration.
  • Camera Follow will no longer cease functioning if Leoric enters Undying form in mid-air.
  • Leoric’s Reanimation Talent will no longer allow him to regenerate Health after picking up a Regeneration Globe while controlling a Dragon Knight or Garden Terror.
  • The visual and sound effects for Murky’s Octo-Grab will no longer persist if the target is killed at the same moment that the Ability is cast.
  • Nazeebo's Gargantuan will no longer continue to follow an enemy Leoric that has entered Undying form.
  • Rehgar’s Feral Lunge will no longer be reset if he is knocked back while lunging.
  • Sonya’s Seismic Slam, Tyrande’s Light of Elune, and Zeratul’s Cleave will no longer place the Hero’s Basic Attack on cooldown.
  • Stitches will no longer become briefly unresponsive after casting Hook on a target that has just died.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Tassadar's Plasma Shield with the Khala’s Embrace Talent from providing bonus Shields to Structures.
  • The Butcher will no longer stop his Ruthless Onslaught charge if Abathur's Ultimate Evolution clone charges the target first.
  • The Lost Vikings are no longer teleported back to their Hall of Storms if they would have been killed by Zagara’s Devouring Maw while in Longboat Raid! form.
  • Tychus's Drakken Laser Drill will no longer target Heroes while they are hidden in bushes.
  • Tychus’s Overkill will no longer track enemies while he is trapped by Void Prison.
  • Uther will no longer be teleported back to the Hall of Storms if his Redemption Talent cooldown expires while he is in Eternal Devotion form.


  • The voiceover for Johanna's Falling Sword can no longer be heard globally.
  • The sound effects for Murky’s March of the Murlocs will no longer continue to play if casting is interrupted.
  • Allied Heroes will no longer tell Leoric to use a Healing Fountain while he is in Undying form.

User Interface

  • Fixed an issue affecting chat spacing and readability.
  • Ability and Talent icons will no longer experience clipping with button frames.
  • Holo Decoy status bar frames are now more visually consistent with Nova’s.
  • The targeting icon for Drakken Laser Drill will no longer persist on Tychus’ Ability hotbar after the drill has been destroyed.
  • The targeting icon for Raynor's Raiders will no longer persist on Raynor’s Ability hotbar after the Banshees have been destroyed.
  • Leoric’s in-game portrait will no longer switch to his Wraith Walk portrait if an enemy Leoric is killed nearby.
  • Changing the screenshot file format no longer causes screenshots to exhibit rendering issues.

These are big changes!

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Oh wow, I didn't expect to see Tassador get nerfs. I mean he was already kinda out of meta, why hurt him more? But instead Tyrande buffs help her get even better.

I always picture the dev team of MOBA games like one guy comes one day and buffs all the heroes and the other day some other guy comes and says omg what the hell is this! nerf them all!! It's like those 2 guys never see eachother to talk this through! I mean back and forth with the buffs and nerfs, srsly who really test these games? can't they realize they are ruining one hero and buffing another one too much? I mean it's not like it's league of legends with hundreds of different item and mastery builds! It's much more obvious!! You almost never expect weird stuff happen to a hero when there are no items and stuff. You nerf a hero which is in a very difficult position, you hurt the hero so bad, simple as that. You can't expect that to come out strong!

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    • By Stan
      A balance update has been deployed dealing with Samuro and various hotfixes.
      Samuro nerfs are finally here and some changes have been made to bring down his obnoxious win rate. Aside from that, today's balance update fixes some gameplay bugs, but there are no changes for other Heroes.
      Blizzard Entertainment

      Base Maximum Health decreased from 1750 to 1650 Base Health Regen decreased from 3.64 to 3.44 Abilities
      Mirror Images (Q) Cooldown increased from 16 to 18 seconds Mirror Image timed life increased from 16 to 18 seconds Windwalk (E) Movement speed bonus reduced from 30 to 25% Illusion Master (R) Illusion damage bonus reduced from 20 to 15% Talents
      Level 20 Three Blade Style (R) Mirror Image timed life increased from 32 to 36 seconds BUG FIXES
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Chen – Fixed an issue causing Fortifying Brew shields to not persist indefinitely after completing the Freshest Ingredients quest talent. Samuro – Fixed an issue causing Mirror Images to deal an extra swing of Samuro’s full damage if their attacks landed just as the Mirror Images expired. Samuro – Fixed an issue causing Samuro to deselect himself after entering Lt. Morales' Medivac Dropship. User Interface
      Fixed an issue causing an "Unmet Requirements" message to pop up when in a party queued for Heroes Brawl. Removed an inaccurate line from the Punisher Arena's Info Panel at the queue screen. Fixed an issue causing Heroes Brawl score screens to incorrectly display Hero level ups and gold grants when certain conditions were met. Miscellaneous
      Fixed an issue where players could receive an "Installation Damaged" error message when launching the 64-bit client. (Source)
    • By Stan
      Hallow's End is coming to the Nexus. There's a 50% XP bonus, new portrait and bundles.
      Hallow's End Event (Oct 25 - Nov 8)
      The event is here and with it come a few perks to enjoy!
      +50% XP Bonus
      Granted in all game modes during the event except Training and Custom Games. New Event Quest & Portrait
      Playing 15 games in any mode except Training, Custom Games & Heroes Brawl during the Hallow's End event will award the Deputy Valla portrait.
      Spooktakular New Bundles

      Two new bundles have been added, but keep in mind they will be removed when the event ends on November 8.
      Hallow's End 2016 Bundle
      Valla & Deputy Valla Skin Xul & Scarecrow Xul Skin Eye Pad mount The mount may return as an individual item in the future. Hallow's End 2016 Ultimate Bundle
      Arthas & Crimson Count Arthas Skin Falstad & Buccaneer Falstad Skin Tychus & Infested Tychus Skin Valla & Deputy Valla Skin Xul & Scarecrow Xul Skin Headless Horseman's Charger & Eye Pad mount (Source)
    • By Stan
      Ten new Heroes await in this week's Free-to-Play Hero Rotation. Weekly Sales contain new Hallow's End bundles and prepare for some Samuro nerfs!
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: October 25 - November 1, 2016
      The following Heroes have been added to this week's rotation:
      Raynor Muradin Xul Uther Kharazim Johanna Jaina (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Greymane (Slot unlocked at Player Level 7) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 12) Nova (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) (Source)
      Weekly Sales Reminder
      Weekly Sales include new Hallow's End bundles, click to explore.
    • By Stan
      The hype is real and Samuro enters the Nexus! Hallow's End will start on October 25.
      Blademaster Samuro brings a lot of nostalgia. Heroes Brawl, on the other hand, pure madness! The following content is brought with the latest patch:
      Blizzard Entertainment
      Hallow’s End Arrives October 25!
      50% XP Bonus! The Nexus will be haunted by a 50% XP bonus from October 25 until Hallow’s End concludes during the week of November 8! Hallow’s End Event Quest Quest: Play 15 games during Hallow’s End in any mode except Custom Games, Training, or Heroes Brawl. Reward: Deputy Valla Portrait NEW HERO: SAMURO
      Samuro, the last remaining blademaster to wear the banner of the Burning Blade, is on a warrior’s pilgrimage in search of vengeance and redemption for this fallen clan. It will be a long journey, but he has sworn an oath to restore his clan’s honor.
      Advancing Strike Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase your Movement Speed by 25% for 2 seconds. Basic Abilities
      Mirror Image (Q) Create 2 Mirror Images that deal 30% of your damage and have 50% of your current Health. Images last up to 16 seconds, and only 2 can be active at once. Critical Strike (W) Your next Basic Attack within 8 seconds will be a Critical Strike, dealing 50% increased damage. This also applies to Mirror Images and does not break Wind Walk. Passive: You and your Mirror Images deal a Critical Strike every 4th Basic Attack. Wind Walk (E) Enter Stealth for up to 8 seconds or until you attack, use an Ability, or take damage. While Stealthed, your Movement Speed is increased by 30% and you can pass through other units. Damage taken during the first 1 second will not break Wind Walk. Heroic Abilities
      Bladestorm (R) Become an unstoppable whirlwind, dealing moderate damage to nearby enemies every second for 4 seconds. Illusion Master (R) Switch places with the target Mirror Image. Passive: You can control Mirror Images separately or as a group, and they deal an additional 20% of your damage. NEW GAME MODE: HEROES BRAWL
      Heroes Brawl is an action-packed new game mode that breaks all the rules and offers a fresh take on Heroes of the Storm's gameplay each week. Learn more by visiting the Heroes Brawl website.
      The Basics Heroes Brawl offers three distinct match types, with endless possibilities for twisted rulesets and wild mechanics each week: Arenas: Pick one of three randomly selected Heroes, and then duke it out against the enemy team to complete objectives. The first team to complete the objective twice will claim victory. Mutators: Wild rulesets and unique mechanics change the way you play on Battlegrounds you’re already familiar with. Single-Lanes: One-lane Battlegrounds with no objectives, Mercenaries, or Hearthstone to distract you from destroying the enemy Core. Click the Brawl Info button in the lower-left corner of the screen to learn detailed information about the currently active Brawl. How to Brawl
      Find Heroes Brawl in-game by heading to the Play screen, click Brawl on the far left side of the navigation bar, then queue up and have a blast! Anyone can dive into the action! Heroes Brawl is not restricted by account level or the number of Heroes owned, and you can queue up alone or in a party of any size. The current weekly Brawl will also be available through Custom Games - though replays, observer mode, and score screens may not function as expected for some of the unique Brawl types. Heroes Brawl custom games will also discard Hero drafts and pre-selections once players enter the match. Reap the Rewards
      Participate in three Brawls each week to receive in-game rewards! Hover the cursor over the Weekly Rewards icon in the lower-left corner of the Brawl screen for a breakdown of the available rewards each week. ART
      The following Heroes have received additional facial animation polish: E.T.C. Illidan Valla Diablo has received additional idle animation polish. Battlegrounds
      Core attacks have received update visual effects in order to better visually indicate that they deal splash damage. Cannonballs that fire on the minimap for Blackheart’s Bay have received visual effects polish. Sky Temple has received additional optimization polish. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      The following Heroes have received custom Hearthstone animations: Diablo E.T.C. The following Heroes, Abilities, and Talents have received updated visual effects: Cleanse (Talent) Gul’dan: Fel Flame (Q), Corruption (E) Illidan: Evasion (E) Lunar Illidan: The Hunt (R) SHOP
      New Bundles Hellblade Samuro Bundle – Available until November 1, 2016 Hallow’s End 2016 Bundle – Available from October 25 until November 8, 2016 Hallow’s End 2016 Ultimate Bundle – Available from October 25 until November 8, 2016 The following Bundles will be added to the in-game Shop on October 18 and have no planned end-date: Nexus Challenger Bundle Nexus Conqueror Bundle Removed Bundles The following bundles will be removed from the in-game Shop on October 18: Starter Bundle Triumph Bundle New Hero 
      Samuro has been added to the in-game Shop. Mounts
      New Mounts Hellboar Eye Pad – Available exclusively with purchase of either Hallow’s End 2016 bundle. This mount may return to the game as an individual item at a later date. Returning Mounts Marshal’s Outrider Removed Mounts Crimson Hare Skins
      Hellblade Samuro Master Samuro Scarecrow Xul – Available starting October 25 Deputy Valla – Available starting October 25 Price Reductions
      Greymane’s prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold. Rexxar’s prices have been reduced to $6.49 USD and 4,000 Gold. SOUND
      New voiceover lines have been added that will play when a player is promoted into a new League Tier. Draft Mode
      Sound effects and voiceover will now play when entering Lost Cavern Draft Mode via Custom Games. USER INTERFACE
      A “New Player Chat” channel has been added. New players will automatically join this channel upon logging into Heroes of the Storm until they reach account level 20. Daily Win Bonus
      The first game that players win each day will now award 50% bonus XP and Gold for that match. This bonus applies to all game modes except Brawl, Custom Games, and Training. A First Win of the Day icon has been added to the top navigation bar, which will activate whenever a First Win of the Day bonus is available. In-Game UI
      Hover the cursor over the VS icon found in the top-center of the screen to display the amount of XP earned by each team from various sources, including: Takedowns, Mercenaries, Structures, and more.  XP Bonuses
      Friend Bonus Playing Heroes with a friend will now award 25% bonus XP. Party Bonus  The XP bonus earned by playing in a party now scales based on the number of party members: 2 Players: +25% 3 Players: +33% 4 Players: +42% 5 Players: +50% Game Mode Bonus Playing ranked games will now award an XP bonus: Hero League: +25% XP Team League: +50% XP XP Bonuses Stack Additively Playing in a party with one friend will still award a total of 50% bonus XP, just as it did before, but playing with additional party members will now award even more XP. Playing Team League in a full party with at least one friend and an active Stimpack will now award a total of 225% bonus XP. The “Available XP Bonuses” icon in the top navigation bar will activate when players are receiving any of the bonuses mentioned above. Hover the cursor over this icon to display a tooltip that offers a full breakdown of all active and inactive XP bonuses. Play Screen
      Hovering the cursor over each game mode on the Play Screen navigation bar will now display a tooltip that briefly describes that mode. Versus A.I. Training mode has been moved into Versus AI on the Play screen. A “Versus A.I. Options” interface has been added to the left side of the Versus A.I. screen. Use the buttons to switch between Training, A.I. Teammates, or Co-op modes. Use the Difficulty Slider to select the desired skill level of A.I. allies and opponents in A.I. Teammates and Co-op modes. Training mode A.I. difficulty is set to beginner, and cannot be changed. Suggested Play Mode The Play Screen navigation bar will now suggest a game mode to new players. Level 1 – 10: Versus A.I. Level 11 – 20: Quick Match Level 20+: Heroes Brawl (If the weekly rewards have not yet been earned.) Hover the cursor over the suggested mode icon to display a tooltip that explains why a mode is suggested. Profile
      Match History The Match History tab can now be filtered by Heroes Brawl matches using the dropdown menu in the upper-right corner. Each game in the Match History list will now display Hero names and portraits for each Hero selected during that game. Profile Summary Heroes Brawl stats have been added to the Profile Summary screen that will track the number of Brawls won and weekly rewards earned. Statistics The Statistics tab can now be filtered by Heroes Brawl stats using the dropdown menu in the upper-right corner. MVP and Commendations
      MVP and Commendations can now be skipped using the new Exit button added to the lower-left corner of the screen. The duration of the MVP and Commendations screen now lasts 50 seconds. A timer has been added to the lower-right corner of the screen that will count down the final 10 seconds of the MVP and Commendations screen. Commendations Bulwark will now take the number of deaths into account in order to focus this Commendation on the efficiency of damage soaked, rather than total damage taken. The tooltip for Bulwark will now display the player’s total deaths during the match in addition to damage soaked. Slight adjustments have been made in order to better balance the Dominator and Painbringer Commendations. Abathur was previously a little too likely to receive the MVP award. Slight adjustments have been made to bring him in line with other Heroes. BUG FIXES
      Corrected a number of typos and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. A.I.
      Medivh: Enemy AI players will now avoid teammates that are under the effects of Medivh’s Polybomb. Lt. Morales: Can now properly detonate Displacement Grenade near enemies. Art
      Chen: Keg models that appear when casting Storm, Earth, Fire using any of Chen’s Skins are no longer missing certain visual effects. Illidan: The visual effects for The Hunt will now properly display on the Ability’s target during replays. Greymane: The Worgen model will no longer remain on screen while viewing end-of-game Stats and Talents pages. Battlegrounds
      Braxis Holdout: Neutral Raven Mercenaries will no longer clip into the terrain after being knocked back. Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue in which Zagara’s Mutalisk could cause a captured Archangel to exhibit pathing issues. Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue in which a captured Archangel could target enemy Heroes with its Bullet Storm Ability. Garden of Terror: Shielding a Structure will no longer prevent a Garden Terror's bonus siege damage from being applied. Infernal Shrines: Fallen Shaman Mercenaries will now prioritize attacking enemy Structures over Walls. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Damage Reduction: When two damage reduction effects, such as Resistant (25%) and Hardened Shield (75%), are simultaneously applied to a Hero, the larger effect will no longer be overridden by the lesser effect. Anub'arak: The Cocoon overlay will now display correctly for enemies affected by Cocoon. Auriel: The Piercing Lash Talent tooltip now correctly states that Detainment Strike will only pierce Heroes, rather than all enemies. Auriel: Enemy Heroes will no longer occasionally be Stunned by Detainment Strike when knocked away from terrain. Auriel: Quest progress for the Repeated Offense Talent will now be correctly tracked in the Stats panel. Azmodan: Globe of Annihilation’s range indicator is now visually consistent with indicators used by other long-range Abilities. Greymane: The Go for the Throat indicator will no longer visually persist above Heroes who have post-death forms, such as Uther or Leoric, after they are killed. Illidan: Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause Illidan to fly back to his death location if he was killed while using Dive. Kharazim: Will no longer automatically resume attacking enemies after using Radiant Dash to dive to an ally. This fix also applies to Illidan’s Friend or Foe and Kerrigan’s Adaptation Talents. Leoric: Minions will no longer path around Leoric when he is in Undying form. Medivh: The damage over time effect from Xul’s Poison Nova will no longer be visually removed from Medivh’s Health bar after traveling through a Portal with the Mage Armor Talent. Rexxar: A delay will no longer occur between repeated Misha, Focus! casts. Sgt. Hammer: Re-casting Orbital BFG just as the first missile re-enters the Battleground will no longer cause the new missile to follow the previous path. Sylvanas: The Death Recap tooltip for Wailing Arrow now correctly displays the Ability’s description. The Butcher: Hamstring will now correctly deal bonus damage to non-Heroic targets after learning the Cheap Shot Talent. Zagara: The Stasis overlay will no longer appear on the screen when Zagara’s Mutalisk enters Zeratul's Void Prison. Sound
      Illidan: Voiceover that plays while casting The Hunt is now only audible for Illidan and his target. Illidan: High pitched ambient sounds that play while casting The Hunt are no longer audible for the target’s allies. Lower-pitched ambient sounds will still play for all players and observers. User Interface
      Death Recap: Fixed an issue in which a Heal effect could occasionally appear to be the killing blow in Death Recap notifications. Replay: Selecting a Hero during a Replay will no longer prevent the Hero Portrait and Status Bars from switching correctly when attempting to view a different Hero’s perspective using hotkeys. Observer: Warhead counters will now update properly in the Observer interface on Warhead Junction. (Source)
      Let me know how you like Samuro & Heroes Brawl so far!
    • By Stan
      Remember the European Nexus Games 2016 Infographic from a week ago? Tempo Storm created one for North America.
      Astral Authority are the winning team and there are some interesting facts about the tournament, such as shortest match duration, Hero popularity, ban rate and maps played.