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heroes Zarya and Warhead Junction Now Available on the PTR

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The Machines of War event continues and we have yet another huge patch waiting to be tested on the PTR. This time, you can try Zarya, the new battleground Warhead Junction, three reworked heroes and more.

The StarCraft event in Heroes of the Storm has been received with enthusiasm by the community and now it's time for the second and final round of updates. The most exciting additions are the new hero Zarya and the new battleground Warhead Junction. Moreover, three heroes are getting a rework this time: Nazeebo, Chen and E.T.C. Other heroes that received balance changes are Li-Ming, Malfurion, Tychus and Kharazim.

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New Map Rotation

  • Starting September 27, the pool of Battlegrounds available in all modes, except Custom Games, will be temporarily limited to the following:
    • Warhead Junction
    • Braxis Holdout
    • Towers of Doom
    • Dragon Shire
    • Battlefield of Eternity
    • Cursed Hollow
  • During this time, players can still select and play on any Battleground they wish using Custom Games.
  • The reduced Battleground pool will remain in effect until the Machines of War event concludes during the week of October 17.


Tutorial Improvements

  • The second tutorial mission has received significant changes to gameplay, user interface, and instruction flow. This mission should now better serve to introduce players to some of Heroes of the Storm’s unique mechanics.


New Hero: Zarya

Aleksandra Zaryanova is one of the world's strongest women and was a promising athlete, but all that changed when the Siberian omnium reawakened. As a soldier in the Russian Defense Force, she now proudly uses her strength to protect the ones she loves.


  • Energy
    • Each time Zarya’s Personal Barrier or Shield Ally absorbs 10 damage, her Energy is increased by 1. Each point of Energy increases Zarya’s damage by 2%. After 0.5 seconds, Energy decays by 3 per second.

Basic Abilities

  • Particle Grenade (Q)
    • Launch a Particle Grenade that deals damage to enemies within a small area. Deals 50% damage to Structures.
  • Personal Barrier (W)
    • Gain a Shield that absorbs damage for 3 seconds.
  • Shield Ally (E)
    • Grants an allied Hero a Shield that absorbs damage for 3 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

  • Graviton Surge (R)
    • Launch a gravity bomb that detonates after 1 second and draws enemy Heroes toward the center for 2.5 seconds.
  • Expulsion Zone (R)
    • Launch a gravity bomb that deals light damage and creates an expulsion zone for 3.5 seconds. Enemies who enter the affected area are knocked back and have their Movement Speed reduced by 50% for 1 second.


New Battleground: Warhead Junction

Once a testing facility for nuclear weapons, Warhead Junction has since fallen into ruin. However, the site's abandonment hasn't stopped its glitchy adjutant from continuing to produce and hand out nuclear weapons. Join the arms race of Warhead Junction, build up your stockpile, and rain hell on your enemies!

Warhead Deployment

  • Multiple Warheads will spawn periodically across the battleground.

Collect Warheads

  • Pick up a Warhead to activate your Nuke. Use it or you will drop it when you die!

Call Down the Thunder

  • Launch Nukes to devastate the enemy team's fortifications.



Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Chen and Nazeebo have received updated visual effects to coincide with their Talent reworks. 




  • New Bundles
    • Thunder Guard Zarya Bundle – Available until October 11, 2016.
    • Raider Rexxar Bundle – Available until October 11, 2016.
    • Undying Legends Bundle – Available until October 18, 2016.
    • Ultimate Undying Legends Bundle – Available until October 18, 2016.

New Hero

  • Zarya has been added to the in-game Shop.


  • Returning Mounts
    • Judgement Charger
  • Removed Mounts
    • Lunar Dragon
    • Spectre Phantom
    • Dire Wolf


  • Raider Rexxar
  • Thunder Guard Zarya
  • Master Zarya

Price Changes

  • Diablo’s prices have been reduced to $3.49 USD and 2,000 Gold.
  • Muradin’s prices have been increased to $6.49 USD and 4,000 Gold.




  • The second Tutorial mission has received updated sound effects to coincide with its overhaul.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Chen has received updated sound effects for his Elusive Brawler Talent and Storm, Earth, Fire Heroic Ability.
  • The Seasoned Marksman Talent has received a new sound effect heard when the active ability awarded by the quest is used.

User Interface

  • Voiceover will now play on the MVP and Commendation screen when a player receives enough votes to reach Epic or Legendary status.



    Assassin Specialist Support Warrior
    Li-Ming Nazeebo Kharazim Chen
    Tychus   Malfurion E.T.C.






    • Arcane Orb (W)
      • Beginning size reduced by roughly 33%
      • Maximum size reduced by roughly 33%
      • Explosion radius reduced by roughly 15%


    • Level 4
      • Triumvirate (W)
        • Now reduces the cooldown of Arcane Orb by 50%, instead of 5 seconds
        • Travel distance required reduced from 65 to 50%
    • Level 7
      • Zei's Vengeance (W)
        • Added functionality:
          • Now also reduces the cooldown of Arcane Orb by 25%
    Developer Comments:  Arcane Orb and the Talents affecting it have been slightly underperforming over the past couple months. We are also unhappy with the unpredictably large explosion radius that occurs at close range detonations. To address these concerns, we have made some base size adjustments to the Orb missile while also buffing Zei’s Vengeance to help round out the full build. While the size changes definitely look like a nerf on paper, in actual testing we felt like they gave players tighter control with a lot less early-detonations on unintended targets.




    • Base Maximum Health increased from 1836 to 1925
    • Base Health Regeneration increased from 3.8 to 4


    • Level 1
      • Press the Advantage (E)
        • Basic Attack Range bonus increased from 25 to 35%
      • Combat Tactician (E)
        • Cooldown reduction increased from .75 to .8 seconds per Basic Attack.
      • Shrug It Off (E)
        • Removed
    Developer Comments: After the change the Relentless Soldier in a previous patch, Tychus had 2 different ways to gain Resistant. While we like that Tychus is a “tanky Assassin”, we felt that him having more ways to mitigate damage than some melee Assassins to be too much. We decided to remove Shrug It Off because it felt misplaced on a tier that was primarily about Utility and Mobility. To compensate for the loss of Shrug It Off, we’ve decided to buff his baseline Health and Regeneration and the other Talent options at level 1.






    • Corpse Spiders (Q)
      • Spiders will now fixate on whatever enemies are hit with the jar, dividing their focus among all available targets. Prefers Heroic targets.
      • Spiders will now only spawn if you hit an enemy with the jar
      • Reduced the travel speed of the jar, mostly at close range
      • Increased the impact radius by 50%
      • Spiders now move significantly faster toward their target 
      • Impact damage reduced from 91 to 50
      • Spider Attack's damage increased from 13 to 35 per attack
      • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50
    • Zombie Wall (W)
      • Zombie Health increased from 183 to 225 
    • Plague of Toads (E)
      • Number of Toads spawned reduced from 5 to 3
      • Now has 2 charges
      • Damage changed from 87 damage on impact to 126 over 6 seconds
        • Multiple instances of this damage effect can affect the same enemy
      • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
      • Mana cost reduced from 55 to 30
    • Voodoo Ritual (Trait)
      • Damage over time effect is now only applied to non-Heroes
      • Duration increased from 4 to 6 seconds
      • Killing an enemy affected by Voodoo Ritual no longer restores Health and Mana
      • New Functionality:
        • You now permanently gain 4 Maximum Health and 1 Maximum Mana if an enemy Minion dies while affected by Voodoo Ritual
    • Gargantuan (R)
      • Gargantuan now stays near the area where cast and attempts to attack any enemies that come nearby. Prefers Heroic targets.
      • Initial impact damage reduced from 151 to 100
      • Stomp damage increased from 219 to 240
      • Attack range increased by 50%
      • Cooldown increased from 60 to 70 seconds


    • Level 1
      • Demolitionist (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Death Ritual (Trait)
        • Removed
      • Bribe (Active)
        • Removed
      • Blood Ritual (Trait)
        • Moved to level 4
        • New Functionality:
          • If an enemy dies while affected by Voodoo Ritual, heal for 2% of your Maximum Health and Mana.
      • New Talent: Widowmakers (Q)
        • Quest: After hitting Heroes 100 times with Corpse Spider attacks, their damage is increased by 30%.
      • New Talent: Pandemic (E)
        • Quest: After hitting 40 Heroes with Plague of Toads, it spawns 2 additional toads.
    • Level 4
      • Spider Cluster (Q)
        • Removed
      • Gathering Power (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Mercenary Lord (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Envenom (Active)
        • Removed
      • Promote (Active)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Hexed Crawlers (Q)
        • Corpse Spiders restore 0.75% of your maximum Health and Mana each time they attack an enemy Hero.
      • New Talent: Big Voodoo (Trait)
        • Increases the Health and Mana bonuses from Voodoo Ritual by 100%.
    • Level 7
      • Gidbinn (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Fresh Corpses (W)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Spirit of Arachyr (Q)
        • If your jar of Corpse Spiders hits only 1 enemy, spawn an additional spider.
    • Level 13
      • Dead Rush (W)
        • Moved to level 7
        • Increased zombie damage bonus from 50 to 100%.
      • Toads of Hugeness (E)
        • Moved to level 7
        • Bonus reduced from 20 to 15% per hop, and now caps at 60% bonus.
      • Thing of the Deep (Passive)
        • Moved to level 1
        • Range bonus reduced from 25 to 20%
      • New Talent: Guardian Toads (E)
        • If your Plague of Toads explodes on an enemy Hero gain Resistant for 2 seconds, reducing damage taken by 25%
      • New Talent: Superstition (Passive)
        • You take 50% less damage from Abilities, but 30% more damage from Basic Attacks
    • Level 16
      • Specialized Toxin (Trait)
        • Removed
      • Leaping Spiders (Q)
        • Removed
      • Infested Toads (E)
        • Removed
      • Hardened Focus (Passive)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Spider Colony (Q)
        • Corpse Spiders recharges twice as fast while you are above 850 (+4% per level) Health.
      • New Talent: Ring of Poison (W)
        • Increases the duration of Wall of Zombies by 1 second, and now deals 375 damage over 4 seconds.  Damage starts small and increases over the duration.
      • New Talent: Soul Harvest (Active)
        • Activate to gain 3% Ability Power and maximum Health for every nearby enemy, up to 15%. Health and Ability Power bonuses last 15 seconds. 15 second cooldown.
    • Level 20
      • Humongoid (R)
        • No longer makes the Gargantuan last indefinitely or increases its Basic Attack damage to non-Heroic enemies
        • New Functionality:
          • Reduces the cooldown of Gargantuan by 50 seconds, and the Mana cost by 50%
      • Bolt of the Storm (Active)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Vile Infection (Trait)
        • Quest:  After reaching 150 stacks of Voodoo Ritual, increase Voodoo Ritual's damage by 200% and cause it to also apply to Heroes.
    Developer Comments:  Nazeebo is one of the oldest Heroes in the game, and his Talent tree was in dire need of an upgrade. The goal of the revamp was to increase the reward of mastering the Hero’s Abilities, maintain his identity as a zone control and damage over time character, embrace the fun mini-game that was Death Ritual, and provide interesting synergies between Abilities and Talents. We wanted to be sure to reinforce the designed weaknesses of the Hero that are lack of burst and lack of mobility, while still making him viable in the current metagame of Heroes of the Storm. Overall, a lot of his old Talents had to be revamped or replaced, but we find that he still feels a lot like the old Nazeebo, just more interesting!
    Level (Tier)   Nazeebo Talents    
    1 (1) (!) Widowmakers (Q) (!) Pandemic (E) Thing of the Deep (Passive)
    4 (2) Hexed Crawlers (Q) Big Voodoo (Trait) Blood Ritual (Trait)
    7 (3) Spirit of Arachyr (Q) Dead Rush (W) Toads of Hugeness (E)
    10 (4) Gargantuan (R) Ravenous Spirit (R)
    13 (5) Guardian Toads (E) Superstition (Passive) Ice Block (Active)
    16 (6) Spider Colony (Q) Ring of Poison (W) Soul Harvest (Active)
    20 (7) Humongoid (R) Annihilating Spirit (R) Fury of the Storm (Passive) (!) Vile Infection (Trait))



    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.






    • Level 13
      • Sixth Sense (Passive)
        • Block amount increased from 50 to 75% after being stunned or rooted.




    • Regrowth (Q)
      • Cooldown reduced from 7 to 5 seconds
      • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 35
      • Duration increased from 10 to 15 seconds
      • Periodic heal reduced from 75 to 60
    • Entangling Roots (E)
      • Increased range by roughly 12%
      • Delay before initial root reduced from .5 seconds to .25 seconds
    • Innervate (Trait)
      • Added Functionality:
        • Now causes the target’s Basic Abilities to cooldown 50% faster for the duration of Innervate 


    • Level 1
      • Harmony (Q)
        • Removed
    • Level 4
      • Rampant Growth (Q)
        • Healing bonus reduced from 50 to 40%
    • Level 7
      • Enduring Growth (Q)
        • Removed
    Developer Comments:  While we realize that Malfurion’s talent tree could use some work, and we want to do a deeper dive in the future, we wanted to give him a better niche among our other Support heroes in the meantime. His throughput healing should be higher, and a bigger part of his gameplay should now be rolling his heal-over-time effects among multiple allies to keep them alive. He now also has the unique ability to give allies cooldown reduction in addition to Mana, which should give him a new reason to be considered being added to a team. We’ve also buffed the initial root search for his Entangling Roots, which will enable him to more reliably root enemy Heroes instead of relying on his teammates to secure crowd control.






    • Storm, Earth, Fire (R)
      • New Functionality:
        • If all 3 Spirits die, Chen is killed
        • Spirit Health increased from 50 to 75% of Chen’s maximum Health
        • Each Spirit grants Chen a special ability:
          • Storm (Q): Increases the Movement Speed of your Spirits by 50% for 5 seconds
          • Earth (W): Fire and Earth Spirits leap at the target, slowing enemies in a large area by 70% for 1.5 seconds
          • Fire (E): Increase the Basic Attack speed of your Spirits by 100% for 5 seconds



    • Level 1
      • Regeneration Master (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Keg Toss (W)
        • Moved to Level 4
        • New Functionality:
          • Quest: Hitting a Hero with Keg Smash increases its damage by 3, up to a maximum of 60.
          • Reward: After gaining 60 bonus damage, Keg Toss’s range is increased by 125% and gains a second charge.
      • Grounding Brew (Trait)
        • Ability damage reduction amount increased from 25 to 30%
      • Consuming Flame (E)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Accumulating Flame (E)
        • Quest: Setting a Hero on Fire increases the damage over time of Breath of Fire by 2%, up to a max of 60%.
        • Reward: After gaining 60% bonus damage, Breath of Fire grants 1 second of Resistant per Hero set on fire, reducing damage taken by 25%
      • New Talent: Freshest Ingredients (Trait)
        • Quest: Gathering a Regen Globe increases Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to a maximum of 30.
        • Reward: After gaining 30 bonus Health Regeneration, 50% of Shields gained from Fortifying Brew are retained indefinitely after drinking.
      • New Talent: Elusive Brawler (Active)
        • Activate to avoid all enemy Basic Attacks for 2 seconds. Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Elusive Brawler by 3 seconds. 20 second cooldown.
    • Level 4
      • Swift Reflexes (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Deadly Strike (Q)
        • New Functionality:
          • Flying Kick now deals 100% more damage if Chen has Fortifying Brew shields.
      • Amplified Healing (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Deep Breath (E)
        • Removed
    • Level 7
      • Full Keg (W)
        • Removed
      • Combat Stance (Trait)
        • Removed
      • Ring of Fire (E)
        • Moved to Level 4
        • Periodic damage increased from 30 to 50
      • New Talent: Refreshing Elixir (Passive)
        • All regeneration and healing effects are increased by 20%. This bonus is increased to 60% while channeling Fortifying Brew.
    • Level 13
      • Brew Strike (Q)
        • Removed
      • Enough to Share (Trait)
        • Moved to Level 16
      • Relentless (Passive)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Withering Flames (E)
        • Setting an enemy Hero on fire reduces their Ability Power by 25% for 3 seconds.
    • Level 16
      • Bottomless Mug (Trait)
        • Removed
      • Bolder Flavor (Trait)
        • Moved to Level 7
        • New Functionality:
          • Grants 50% of your full Shield instantly when you use Fortifying Brew, and causes Shields to persist for 1 second after drinking.
      • Pressure Point (Q)
        • Moved to Level 13
        • New Functionality:
          • Flying Kick slows enemy Movement Speed by 40% for 1 second. This effect is doubled if the target is affected by Keg Smash.
      • Combination Attack (Q)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Flying Leap (Q)
        • Increases the range of Flying Kick by 20%
      • New Talent: Another Round (W)
        • After hitting an enemy Hero with Keg Smash, the cooldown of the next Basic Ability you cast will be reduced by 3 seconds.
    • Level 20
      • Untapped Potential (R)
        • New Functionality:
          • Increases Movement Speed of Wandering Keg by 25%
          • Chen gains 50% damage reduction while in Wandering Keg
      • Elemental Conduit (R)
        • New Functionality:
          • Your Sprits now have 100% of Chen’s Maximum Health.
          • Storm (Q): Also grants Unstoppable to your Spirits for the duration of the Movement Speed boost
          • Earth (W): Also reduces the cooldown of Leap by 3 seconds
          • Fire (E): No longer an Active ability. Spirits now attack 100% faster while the Fire Spirit is alive
      • Hardened Shield (Active)
        • Removed
      • Bolt of the Storm (Active)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Purifying Brew (Trait)
        • Passively reduce the duration of the next Stun or Silence effect by 75% and reset the cooldown of Fortifying Brew. This can only happen once every 10 seconds.
      • New Talent: Stormstout Secret Recipe (Passive)
        • Heal for 1.5% of your Maximum Health every time your Basic Abilities hit an enemy Hero.
    Developer Comments:  We know how much passion our players have for Chen and spent months upgrading his Talent Tree to our newest philosophies. To give you an idea of what we were looking to improve, here were a couple of our goals with this update: Chen should be able to be a solo-tank for your team and not be afraid to constantly soak enemy skill-shots. Chen should be a constant threat to the enemy’s backline damage dealers. Chen should deal low amounts of burst damage while continually applying sustained damage at pointed targets. Chen should be extremely resilient in the absence of enemy stuns. As always, we are listening to your feedback and appreciate everyone taking the time to send it to us. Enjoy the new Talent Tree, and as Chen has said many times before- “It is important to master the Brew and not let it master you!”
    Level (Tier)   Chen Talents    
    1 (1) (!) Accumulating Flame (Q) Grounding Brew (Trait) (!) Freshest Ingredients (Trait) Elusive Brawler (Active)
    4 (2) Deadly Strike (Q) (!) Keg Toss (W) Ring of Fire (E)
    7 (3) Brewmaster's Balance (Trait) Bolder Flavor (Trait) Refreshing Elixir (Passive)
    10 (4) Wandering Keg (R) Storm, Earth, Fire (R)
    13 (5) Pressure Point (Q) A Touch of Honey (W) Withering Flames (E)
    16 (6) Flying Leap (Q) Another Round (W) Enough to Share (Trait)
    20 (7) Untapped Potential (R) Elemental Conduit (R) Purifying Brew (Trait) Stormstout Secret Recipe (Passive)



    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.




    • Powerslide (Q)
      • Range increased by 25%
    • Rockstar (Trait)
      • Radius increased by 10%


    • Level 1
      • Rolling Like a Stone (Q)
        • Removed
      • Block (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Prog Rock (E)
        • New Functionality:
          • Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe permanently increases the healing per second of Guitar Solo by 5, up to a maximum of 100. 
          • Reward: After reaching 100 increased healing, Guitar Solo also heals nearby allied Heroes for 53 Health every second while active.
      • Pwn Shop Guitar (E)
        • Moved to Level 16
        • Renamed to Aggressive Shredding
        • New Functionality:
          • Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Guitar Solo by 1 second.
      • New Talent: Block Party (Trait)
        • Rockstar also grants Allies a stack of Block, reducing the damage from the next Basic Attack by 50% for 8 seconds.  Stacks up to 2 times.
    • Level 4
      • Double-Necked Guitar (Q)
        • Removed
      • Mic Check (W)
        • Moved to Level 13
        • Number of targets hit required to reduce Face Melt’s cooldown decreased from 3 to 2
      • Pinball Wizard (W)
        • Moved to Level 7
        • Bonus damage increased from 50 to 150%
      • New Talent: Crowd Surfer (Q)
        • Powerslide can now travel over walls and unpathable areas.
    • Level 7
      • Just Keep Rockin’ (E)
        • Removed
      • Guitar Hero (E)
        • Moved to Level 1
        • New Functionality:
          • While Guitar Solo is active, you heal for 30% of the damage dealt by Basic Attacks.  Also increases the Attack Speed bonus from Rockstar from 20% to 25%.
      • Loud Speakers (W)
        • Moved to Level 4
      • Follow Through (Passive)
        • Renamed to Hammer-on
        • New Functionality:
          • After using an Ability, your next 2 Basic Attacks deal 30% more damage.
    • Level 13
      • Groupies (E)
        • Removed
      • Spell Shield (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Show Stopper (Q)
        • Moved to Level 16
      • Face Smelt (W)
        • Slow amount reduced from 80 to 60%
    • Level 16
      • Speed Metal (Trait)
        • Moved to Level 4
        • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 20 to 10%
      • Echo Pedal (Passive)
        • Moved to Level 7
        • Damage decreased from 59 to 32. 
        • Added Functionality:
          • Now deals double damage vs. Minions and Mercenaries.
      • Encore (W)
        • Moved to Level 13
    Developer Comments:  We like E.T.C.’s core gameplay, but wanted to improve his talent diversity. Many E.T.C. players end up picking the same talents in most games, especially at Levels 1 and 4, due to the importance of buffing Powerslide. We’ve streamlined that power, and have given him more options to play up the bard aspect of his kit, which should make him more of a team player.
    Level (Tier)     E.T.C. Talents    
    1 (1) Guitar Hero (E) (!) Prog Rock (E) Block Party (Trait)
    4 (2) Crowd Surfer (Q) Loud Speakers (W) Speed Metal (Trait)
    7 (3) Pinball Wizard (W) Echo Pedal (Passive) Hammer-on (Passive)
    10 (4) Mosh Pit (R) Stage Dive (R)
    13 (5) Mic Check (W) Encore (W) Face Smelt (W)
    16 (6) Show Stopper (Q) Aggressive Shredding (E) Imposing Presence (Active)
    20 (7) Tour Bus (R) Crowd Pleaser (R) Death Metal (Passive) Storm Shield (Active) Bolt of the Storm (Active)



    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.


    Bug Fixes


    • Fixed an issue that prevented players from placing Healing Totems near destructible objects and unpathable terrain.

    Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

    • Abathur: Fixed an issue causing Abathur’s Ultimate Evolution clones to deal damage to nearby enemies on expiration without learning the Volatile Mutation talent.
    • Anub’arak: It is no longer possible to cast Cocoon on Heroic Vehicles, such as the Garden Terror or Dragon Knight.
    • Auriel and Lunara: Fixed an issue causing Lunara’s camera to behave strangely after being resurrected by Auriel’s Resurrect.
    • Diablo: It is no longer possible to cast Overpower on Heroic Vehicles, such as the Garden Terror or Dragon Knight.
    • Nova: It is no longer possible for Nova to target Invulnerable Heroes with Triple Tap.

    User Interface

    • Greymane: Fixed an issue causing Greymane’s “Eager Wolf” talent to fail to display in the shop when viewing talents for Greymane’s Worgen form.
    • Illidan: Fixed an issue causing the tooltip for Illidan’s Friend or Foe talent to display incorrect data.

    Another notable change is the first ever price increase: Muradin's gold price has been increased to 4,000 gold and $6.49 USD. To compensate, Diablo's prices have been reduced to 2,000 Gold and $3.49 respectively. Spyrian talked a bit about this change on Reddit:

    Blizzard LogoSpyrian

    While we will be increasing Muradin's price a bit once the patch hits the live game next week, it's worth mentioning that we're also reducing Diablo's price from 7k to 2k so that we still have 2 warriors at that level.

    We've done a couple of price increases in the past, though that was quite a while ago (during Tech Alpha, if memory serves). We've also given a bit of advanced notice so that you still have a little over a week to drum up the 2,000 gold needed to buy Muradin if you don't have him already.


    We're not increasing the price on the Starter Bundle. It'll have a slightly higher overall discount amount because Muradin's base price is increasing, but we plan to keep the bundle's price the same. (source)

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    Spyrian acknowledges the price increase for Muradin, but doesn't say why.  I mean I know its their product and they can dictate what they do with it, but I'm curious why they are suddenly increasing his price.  TBH it doesn't effect me as I already own him, but I just don't see what changed all of a sudden.  Anyone here know why Blizz decided this?

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    32 minutes ago, ghostdeini said:

    Spyrian acknowledges the price increase for Muradin, but doesn't say why.  I mean I know its their product and they can dictate what they do with it, but I'm curious why they are suddenly increasing his price.  TBH it doesn't effect me as I already own him, but I just don't see what changed all of a sudden.  Anyone here know why Blizz decided this?

    Perhaps due to heroes changing in difficulty or value to a team? Not sure though.

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        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.