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Interview With 2ARC Gaming Heroes of the Storm Team

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To help players of all skill levels learn more about some of the ins and outs of playing Heroes of the Storm effectively as a team, Kevin 'Odinn' Hovdestad of Icy Veins sat down with 2ARC Gaming, a top tier competitive Heroes team. In the interview, they share their insights on designing team compositions, map strategy development, talent build planning, target priorities, and more.

 

2ARC finished second in the late 2014 Heroes Premier League NA Season 1, and recently placed third in the ESL Heroes Major League - Americas Season 1.

 

 

The team, players, and team members in this interview are as follows:

 

2ARC Gaming (Facebook, Twitter)

 

Management:

Alexi "MrNyxis" Barth (Twitter)

JT "Phakz" Rogers (Twitter)

 

Players:

Brendan "FuriousD" Oakley (Twitter)
Jacob "QuibsY" Martisek (Twitter)
Kevin "ChubbsZ" Yepez (Twitter)
Stuart "Traitorr" Dameri  (Twitter)
Stone "Pannucci" May (Twitter)

 

 

 

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Designing Team Compositions

 

Odinn – When you’re picking Heroes to build a team composition, whether it’s draft format or not, how do you design your team compositions? Do you tailor them based on the individual strengths of players? Do you worry about the requirements of the maps? Do you give any thought to the selections your opponents are making, or are there other variables that go in to designing a team composition?

 

FuriousD – Usually, in a casual setting, most of the time you’re going to want at least one tank and one healer. That doesn’t necessarily mean Warriors and Support – Tassadar usually doesn’t cut it on his own, neither does Tyrande as a healer. Certain Warriors don’t really cut it as a tank – Sonya doesn’t, Anub’arak is questionable. Most of the time, when you’re playing with a group, you want one tank and one healer. You can have more than that – you can have two healers or two tanks, but the baseline should be one tank and one healer most of the time.

 

QuibsY – I would agree with that. Blizzard even agreed with that – they released stats saying if your team doesn’t have a healer and the other team does, your win rate goes down from 50% to 42%*. I would say healer is more important than tank – you can get away with not having a tank more so than not having a designated healer.

 

* Per Blizzard, these numbers were 48.7%/52.62% for 1v2 or 1v3 supports, respectively, vs. 44.86%/43.43% for 0v1 or 0v2 supports.

 

Pannucci – Another thing is when you build a team composition, you want to have a general idea of, “Okay, we want to aim for this goal, and then we’ll expand from this goal to other, smaller goals, but this is our main focus.” Then you pick characters because they do something well. You create a central goal, and then build from that.

 

Odinn – When you say ‘goal’, what does that entail in the Heroes setting? In other Blizzard games, you’ll go into a StarCraft game with a ‘build order’, planning on working towards something, and adjust based on what counter-composition your opponent brings. You’ll go into a Hearthstone match with an explicit ‘win condition’ built into your deck. What does that look like in Heroes?

 

QuibsY – When you’re drafting your team, especially in a competitive setting, your first two to three picks are power picks, and then after that, you look at what you’re doing, what your opponents are doing, and the map. By that, I mean on certain maps you want two healers, or on certain maps you want two tanks, and if your opponents haven’t picked a tank and you want two of them, you want to put a higher priority on it, so you can get the higher priority tanks.

 

I also think that when Pannucci said ‘with a goal in mind’, he meant: Are we catering to the early game? Are we picking Heroes like Kerrigan that excel in the early game? Are we picking Heroes that excel once they hit 10, and we get our level 10 ultimates? Are we looking to team fight? Are we looking to split up and push? Are we looking for global presence? These are all things that you’re answering when you’re looking at the map, when you’re looking at what the enemy has and what you’re trying to put together. As an example, if we picked Zeratul here, Void Prison is awesome, but you probably need something to go with it – a Diablo Apocalypse, or something to couple with it, otherwise it’s kind of underwhelming.

 

FuriousD – Most games of Heroes come down to who has the better team fight. There are occasionally going to be games where you can win through other means, but that’s pretty rare. Usually the better team fight is going to win the game. You need to think about that when you’re picking your team – how is every team fight going to go? How do the fights start? Are we going to engage a certain way? Are we going to combo our ultimates in a certain way? If you’re in a draft, and it looks like your opponents have a better team fight, or they can blow one of you up really quick, are you going to try and kite and run away? Do you have an escape plan? That’s a very important part of picking a team – what does your team fight look like, and what is the ideal fight going to be with the Heroes you have?

 

A second thing is map objectives. A perfect example is Sky Temple – you just need to stand on the temples, and you will win the game that way. You don’t ever need to push into the base, which means Heroes that are good in team fights but don’t do lots of damage are perfectly fine. That would be a map where double support is good, because they’re not great at pushing bases, but they can stand on a temple just like anyone else. Team fighting is the main goal, and if you can build around map objectives, that’s good too.

 

Pannucci – Where you want to fight and what the map caters to – where are you going to fight on that map – and what’s the objective of the map, that’s how you win the game. You’re going to win the game off of the map objective, more likely than not. You probably win 9 out of 10 games off of map objectives. Team fights set up the map objective, but you need the objective to win.

 

 

 

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Map Specific Strategies

 

Odinn – How do strategies vary by map? There aren’t a huge number of maps yet, but on the existing map pool, do you plan on specific timings or styles of play – whether it’s playing to objectives, laning, or skipping objectives to go all in – specifically by map?

 

Pannucci – Yes, I’ll give a good example. On Sky Temple, the first spawn is middle and top. Generally speaking, every professional team tries to grab their Knights top around a minute and a half until the next spawn, because it’s a two minute timer, and the next spawn is always bottom. The Knights going top put a lot of extra pressure on the map. There’s downtime and uptime for these map objectives. We do the map objective, and then in the in-between time, we do merc camps, rotate to prevent pressure, etc. – you play for the map objective, and then when the map objective is down, you play the map. It’s a balancing act of playing two different styles, and figuring out what’s the most optimal way to deal with both of them. Winning one thing doesn’t win the game.

 

QuibsY – As the shot caller, I make a lot of those calls where an objective isn’t worth it anymore, and here’s why. I usually don’t give the why until after the fact with my team, because I don’t have time, but an example is when the curse spawns on Cursed Hollow, generally you want all five people there, because they’re valuable. However, there are many instances – they’re about to hit 10 and we’re not, our team fight is awful until we hit 10, etc. – so give up the first two team fights on the tribute, let them have it, just stall it as much as you can. Delay them so we can get to level 10 as fast as humanly possible. That way, when the third tribute comes around, we should be 10, and we should be able to force and win a fight, take the tribute, and possibly a boss or a fort.

 

The key to Heroes that a lot of newer players won’t understand is that it’s very similar to StarCraft, in that it’s a game of trades. Just because you’re not trading one to one doesn’t mean it’s not a good trade. An example of that is if you’re behind, a one to one trade is always good, but if you’re ahead, you need to keep grabbing ground on them, otherwise you’re going to let them catch up due to how Blizzard has experience set up. One kill if you’re two levels behind is worth almost triple, if not triple, what it is for the team that is ahead.

 

When you’re doing this give and take, e.g. if their team is doing the Grave Golem on Cursed Hollow, that means the entire bottom side of the map is completely exposed. We can take an experience lead if we take a fort and then transition. You have to make these trades based on the game state, which changes drastically based on the map and compositions. There are certain Heroes that are very good at making trades, such as Lost Vikings, or Abathur – you’ll never lose lane soak with them on your team. You can make more condensed plays and have more people show up to the same play with those characters on your team, because you’re not giving up as much. If you can get the objective without sacrificing that much, it’s always better to get the objective.

 

Traitorr – There are certain objectives that are very specific. Pannucci mentioned Sky Temple shrines, which spawn two minutes after the previous final shots of the prior shrines. There are other map objectives like the curse on Cursed Hollow, where it’s not an exact time and the locations can be variable. You want to be able to get mercs pressuring a certain part of the map where you know the enemy team won’t be at because of the map objective, but at the same time, you can’t just take 20 seconds to run from the top side of the map to the bottom side of the map to get a siege camp if people aren’t in the general area. If you can get the stuff at the right time, perfect – other times, you just can’t, because it’s a game where people need to be together doing things together.

 

 

 

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Talent Builds & Game Progression

 

Odinn – Do you go in as each Hero with a planned build order, based on individual preference, the team comp, or otherwise? Or do you make those choices based on the progression of the individual matchup?

 

Pannucci – This game is kind-of a hybrid between League, where you always go the same build, and DotA, where you almost always go with something different. You have a set tree that you’re going to go at 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 20 – but, generally speaking, there are multiple talents you can take at every tier that are good. There is no character that you can’t deviate and have it be good. Here’s a good example – ETC has a talent on 13 that makes Debut slow enemies by 80% for 2s. The ‘standard’ talent is whenever you use the ability, he gains 20% movement speed. In certain comps, where you’re trying to keep people spread out, you’re going to take that ability instead of the movement speed one, instead of a game plan where you’re going to chase after a Hero and blow them up where you’d take the movement speed.

 

FuriousD – It’s never 100% you’re always going to go the same thing. There are certain Heroes where you will, at the beginning of the game – or at least at the end of the draft – know what you’re going to do. Valla is one of those Heroes where there’s different things you can do, but you’re probably going to know which one you’re going to do at level 1. You can either go auto-attack Valla, you can go Q-build Valla, or you can go W-build Valla. You don’t want talents from the three different builds all at the same time, because you’re just not going to be effective.

 

Something else is, if you’re a tank – Imposing Presence, which is a level 16 talent and it means that attackers that hit you get slowed by 50% – at level 1 you’ll know how many of their Heroes are good at auto-attacking and whether or not you want Imposing Presence or a different defensive talent, or maybe an offensive talent.

 

Also, the team that you’re playing with and which Heroes you have can also be a factor in choosing your talents. Slows in this game don’t stack – it’s always the highest percentage slow that will be on them. If someone hits with a 20% slow and then Valla comes with her Frost Shot, which is a 40% slow, they do not get slowed by 60%, they only get slowed by 40%. I wouldn’t say it’s a hard and fast rule that you should never have two slows, but if you’re choosing between two talents, that might hedge you one way or the other.

 

QuibsY – I know exactly what I’m going to build during the game, because I figure out when we’re drafting. I feel like it’s the same way for most high-end players, because there are certain builds that you want to go, and certain builds that are more viable given what team you’re against and what team you’re with. Imposing Presence is probably the best example of a swing talent, where it’s really good when it’s good, but it’s awful if it’s not what you need.

 

I feel like the only thing that you might have to discuss with your team, depending on how the game’s going, is some of the swing ultimates, like Brightwing, Diablo, or Valla – Strafe is pretty typical, and you almost never go Rain, but there are certain situations where the Valla player makes the judgement call and says, “I’m not going to get a Strafe off – I need to take Rain of Vengeance, otherwise I’m not going to have an ultimate.” That’s a Valla player, and he’ll probably figure it out before 10, because he’s going to feel it out before then. For the most part, unless they have a swing ultimate, you’ll know which ultimate you’re going before the game, and you’ll know which build you want to go if the game goes well.

 

The last thing I’ll touch upon about talents is that there have been times and there will always be times when you ding a level that’s a talent and it can either save your life, or kill somebody. Let’s say you ding 4, and you don’t want to take Envenom, but it’ll get the kill – generally, that’s bad to do, because you don’t want it and that’s an early talent, but a talent like that will solidify a kill and maybe you get a map objective because of that, and then it’s good to take. Maybe you’re playing Brightwing and you want Phase Shield, but you can take Sprint or Ice Block and it’ll save your life right then and there, and it’s key to save your life. Sometimes you knee-jerk to those things, and I don’t think that’s necessarily wrong, because those talents are still strong talents. You don’t pigeon-hole yourself into a build prior to the game, unless you absolutely know it is the absolute talent that you need to make the comp work.

 

Odinn – That makes a lot of sense. Is that something that you decide individually, and then announce to your team after the fact so they know?

 

QuibsY – Yes. Generally, it’s like, “I had to take Sprint because of this.” It almost never should be an ultimate. If there’s an ultimate and you’re going to gimp your entire team because you needed to save yourself or kill somebody, that’s almost always wrong. The talents that are really knee-jerk that can swing a fight instantly, those are the talents that after the fight’s over, after the shot’s been called and you’re doing what you’re doing, then you just say, “Oh, by the way, I took this talent.” You don’t even have to justify why, because you should trust your teammates. Most of the time, people are like, “I took this talent, and it got this kill.” If it’s an ultimate, you’re probably wrong, unless it’s an acceptable ultimate like Strafe or Rain. It’s okay to instantly pick Rain of Vengeance and land a four man Rain of Vengeance, I’ll never be mad at you for that.

 

Pannucci – Also Lightning Breath on Diablo.

 

QuibsY – Yeah, the swing ultimates.

 

FuriousD – The last thing, which I remembered, is sometimes you can choose talents in reaction to what your opponents choose. A good example is if you’re playing Nazeebo, and there’s a Diablo on the enemy team. If he picks Apocalypse, he’s going to stun your Ravenous Spirit every single time you cast it, so you don’t want to take Ravenous Spirit – it’s not even an option for you any more, you just go Gargantuan. If he gets level 10 first and you see he takes Lightning Breath, and they don’t have a lot of good ways to stun you, now Ravenous Spirit is an option. There are certain situations where you’ll see your enemy team’s talents, and that will open up builds to you later in the game.

 

 

 

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Target Prioritization & Objective Assignments

 

Odinn – Once you actually know what map you’re playing on – for sake of argument, let’s say Sky Temple – how do you choose prioritization of targets on the fly on those maps? How do you handle making those decisions and assignments happen in real time?

 

QuibsY – That’s a good question. *laughs*

 

FuriousD – I have some input on this, but QuibsY is probably the best to answer, because he’s the shot caller.

 

QuibsY – I know the initial game plan. Literally every game, before the draft, I’m trying to analyze how the team fights are going down, because as FuriousD said in the prior question, it’s probably one of the biggest things about this game, so I’m trying to figure out the team fights. Once the game loads, I realize it’s time to tell people where they’re going in lane, so I hit tab and think, “Where is the enemy going with their lanes? Where can I subject the enemy to a loss in a lane?” If I know they’re going to put ETC in the top lane, and I know Nazeebo beats ETC 90% of the time, I’m going to put my Nazeebo in that lane with him.

 

With the specific example of Sky Temple – and I’m willing to reveal this strategy, because we do it time and time again, and it’s in replays – I like to stack three in the middle lane, and one and one on top and bottom. It’s pretty much universally accepted. The reason why is that the middle temple shoots four more times, and kills a tower instead of a moon well on the first shots if you get them all, so it’s actually more experience if you get the middle one than the top one. You’ll find more teams competing over that one and then competing over the top one. The alternative to that is if I hit tab and their lane phase is way better than ours – we’re probably going to lose the lane phase – I’ll put three in top lane and try to get away from them as far as possible.

 

The section of, “Where do I put the people and why?” is really game to game, but generally I’ll go into it with at least one strategy of how I want to go in. As far as taking mercenary camps – Pannucci brought up the point that Knights push top, and second temple is bottom, so a lot of teams will go with the knight camp. That’s one of the calls I’ll make. I’ll also make the call to get Siege Giants early so that maybe we can contest theirs if I know they’re at Knights.

 

I would say in general, it’s just exposure to the map – where were we when we team fought, who won the team fight, and what are they taking? If we’re in top lane and we kill everybody and we can do the boss, the travel time between us going top lane to the boss is very high, so that becomes less of a great play, because we’re wasting the 10 seconds to get down there. However, if we fought in the bottom lane, and we won in the bottom lane, then we can get the boss, the Siege Giants, and a fort, because we’re there already and we’re ready to do it, and the boss is going to push a lane we’re already in. It’s by proximity and by priority. I will always take a keep over taking a fort. I will always take a core over taking a second keep. Things that end the game are what I am interested in taking.

 

Odinn – So how do you handle giving out those assignments? You said you’re going to send three people mid on Sky Temple. Are you sending your tank, healer, and a specialist? How are you making sure that the right people get the right jobs when you make those calls?

 

QuibsY – When you tri-lane, you want three people, one of them being a healer – it doesn’t really matter what the other two are, as long as they can do some sort of damage. You either tri-lane to defend their tri-line, or you can tri-lane to actually aggress. If you’re trying to aggress and put structure damage on, you want as many ranged as you can get, while still having a healer. For the solo lane people, it’s just people who aren’t susceptible to being ganked – a good example being a tank player like ETC, or a support like Rehgar, but not necessarily all supports or all tanks. If they have an escape, they become a better person to put in a solo lane. It also matters if they’re good at dueling in their solo lane – examples being Valla, Sylvanas, or Tychus are exceptional duelists. They’ll win the lane just based on doing more damage than the other person and out-trading them.

 

As far as who I put where, I tell them specifically – you’re going to this lane, you’re leaving that lane when this happens. If I don’t tell them, it’s generally already known – an example being on Cursed Hollow, my general rule of thumb is everyone is coming to the tribute unless I tell you not to. That way there’s no hesitation – when that happens, as a team, everyone knows what they’re doing unless I say otherwise. It’s also true for Sky Temple – the people in the top and bottom lane, I’ll tell them specifically when to come if we’re going to fight on the mid temple, or whatever the case may be. I’m looking at the mini-map constantly. That’s how I make those calls.

 

FuriousD – Everything he said is spot on. The only thing I would say is generally each map you know how the beginning of the game is going to go, and based on how the beginning goes is how you have to play the rest of it. Either you press your advantage, or you play from behind, especially when you’re a talent tier above or below the enemy. Besides that, each map, as Pannucci said, a lot of the times you’re going to win with the objective, and on certain maps you’ll often win through a certain lane.

 

Dragon Shire, for example, you used to always win through bottom, because there were so many Giants there – now it’s bottom or mid, but you still pretty much never win through top. I would say 98 or 99 games out of 100 on Dragon Shire, the top keep is still alive when you win. That’s the kind of thing you want to have in mind all game – later on, when we need to win, where are we going to go through? Let’s set that up now, so that when we want to team fight late, we’ll have that option when we need it.

 

QuibsY – Yeah, that’s a good point. That’s one thing I didn’t bring up – pressing the same lane is really strong. Having catapults in lane will definitely give you a push.

 

FuriousD – …and Haunted Mines, everyone understands your golem lane is where you should push, because your golem’s going to help you hit the core eventually. That’s true to a lesser degree on every map.

 

 

 

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Self-Improvement In Heroes

 

Odinn – As an individual player, what are the best things that someone can do to improve at playing Heroes? How do you get better at the game on your own time?

 

ChubbsZ – As a support player, my main thing that I have to focus on is always keeping a good eye on your position. If you’re out of position, you could get caught and damaged, and if you get damaged your heal will have to go to yourself instead of your allies. What I do to practice and become better as an individual player is I watch my team’s position – for example, QuibsY is a very aggressive player, so I’m always near him, making sure he has the heals when he needs them. The team is very aggressive, so with their aggressive playstyle, I always have to be as aggressive with them. I’m like a shadow – you have to shadow your teammates and always have to be near them.

 

To improve myself I always watch my allies positioning and their playstyles, and I also improve my timing. As a support player, that split second that you have to walk to your ally is the split second he’s dead, and you could have saved him. Timing, for me, is everything.

 

FuriousD – Things that I’ve done, and what’s helped me make the biggest jumps in getting better the fastest, are noticing certain interactions and memorizing them. I remember one time – this must have been nine months ago – I was playing Valla, and Stitches hooks me, gorges me, and walks into the team, and this was post level 20. I was like, “Man, I’m screwed, I’m just going to die and we’re going to lose the team fight and the game.” As I pop out, I’m mashing all my buttons, trying to get away, and what I did was even though I was almost dead, I Blood For Blood-ed the Stitches, got a big chunk of my life back, and vaulted away. Back then I wasn’t so good, and I was like, “Wow, that worked perfectly.” From then on, I know any time I get gorged I have Blood For Blood ready.

 

If Sylvanas throws out her Banshees and you try to stun where she is, and she teleports to her Banshees and you miss, memorize that. Every time you make a mistake or make a good play, memorize it and do it again – or, just as importantly, if someone does it to you.

 

Pannucci – The thing I would say help me improve the most is learning to position. There are three things I have to keep in mind in every team fight – how do I get out if I get collapsed on and a team fight goes badly? Where is my support in relation to me so that if I need heals, I can get heals? And how do I cause the most disruption between their team and prevent people from getting away or getting to where they want to go?

 

Every team fight, I go in with that mentality of, “Okay, I need to think of these three things.” Those are the most important things. There are other things, like when am I going to ult, but that’s more from experience. I think to actually improve, though, the most important thing is just knowing where to position and how to be in relation to your team and their team.

 

QuibsY – I would like to add for me personally, the biggest way I got better, by far, is when I’m playing by myself and I’m not playing with a team, and I’m just practicing and trying to get better at the game, I try to make these really greedy, really garbage plays. The reason I say they’re garbage is because they’re so greedy that they shouldn’t work. Depending on how close it was to working, or whether it did or did not work, I know later that I can make that play again and again and again, because I’m pushing the limit in a place that I’m not caring whether or not it actually succeeds.

 

A lot of players get stuck in this mindset where they purely just need to rank up. Well, if you get better, you’ll probably rank up by proxy. I just make these really greedy, really aggressive plays, and hope it works, and if it works, I’ll do it again time and time again. If it doesn’t work, I know I can’t do that anymore – like FuriousD said, remember what you did and what did and didn’t work, that’s really key.

 

The second thing that I really just want to stress is there are replays. StarCraft players know this, it’s one of the best ways to get better quickly – just watch the replay. If you get crushed in a team fight, and you think you should have won, you should probably watch the replay and figure out exactly what happened. Sometimes it’s unpreventable – maybe they just landed a really good Falstad laser, and you just lost the fight because of that. If you don’t know why you lost, you’re not going to get better.

 

Traitorr – Generally, really simple – play the game as much as possible. If you know the ins and outs of the game, you’ll be amazingly better a month after playing than the first couple of days. Know your cooldowns, know your matchups in lane, and know the timings of map mechanics so you can go push your lane and you’re going to be there before your opponent. Small little things really add up a lot.

 

QuibsY – Yeah, it’s a game of inches.

 

FuriousD – The last thing I would say, and it goes in perfectly with what Traitorr was saying, is if you want to get good at a Hero that takes a little bit more skill – Kerrigan is a good example, because she’s fantastic when she can land all of her skills, and so sub-par if you miss everything, so if you want to be good at Kerrigan you have to play a lot of Kerrigan. You have to be good at landing your combo, and then you have to be good at reading your opponents and when they’re going to try to dodge your combo. On certain high-skill Heroes you just have to play it over and over again.

 

 

 

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Favourite Heroes

 

Odinn – What is everybody’s current favourite Hero in the game?

 

Pannucci – I think it’s pretty well known, but I love Tyrael. I’m currently writing a guide on him as well. He’s my favourite because of his versatility. He can engage well, he’s tanky, he’s mobile. His laning is his downside, but I still enjoy his laning, because if you actually do well in lane with him, he just snowballs that much harder. Going into most matchups expecting to try to hit even, it’s more rewarding when you do really well with him. I think his kit’s really well designed. The only flaw I really see to his kit is his Q can be unresponsive, but I think he’s one of the better designed characters in Heroes at the moment.

 

QuibsY – My favourite, by far, is Jaina. I’m pretty not soft-spoken about that, either. She fits my playstyle, she can be hyper-aggressive, and the reason I find her enjoyable is that positionally, she can be punished easily, but if you play her right, she’s just devastating.

 

Traitorr – My favourite Hero is Abathur, with Lost Vikings taking a very close second, mostly because I like the uniqueness to them. There’s no other Heroes in the game anywhere close to their mechanics and playstyle. That’s why I like them.

 

FuriousD – I actually also have the most fun playing Tyrael. I think the way he moves around, it’s just a lot of fun to play him. He does everything you want him to do, and there’s always a play to make with him – you always have options, and I love that. Also lately I’ve really been liking Kerrigan a lot – she just feels really strong, and when you land that combo on a bunch of people at once, it just feels so good.

 

ChubbsZ – My favourite Hero is Lili, mainly because I can play her to her max potential. She’s not a very easy Hero to play – her and Rehgar are probably the hardest supports to play – but I can play her to her max potential, so that’s why I really enjoy her.

 

 

 

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Final Thoughts

 

Pannucci – I know this is more geared towards newer players, but the biggest thing I’ve noticed between a good player improving and not is how they respond to when stuff goes badly. If you’re down three levels or something, this game allows you to come back from that. It’s not like League of Legends or DotA where if you’re just that far behind you can’t come back. I think it’s really rewarding to come back, and being able to bounce back when you’re in the deep end and being able to weather through the storm is something to not take lightly and strive to be able to do so.

 

MrNyxis – As a member of the team that is not in the higher MMR ranks, one of the biggest obstacles as a casual player of the game is the toxicity and just the general approach that some of the players have to the game, which is if in the first five minutes we’re losing by a level and we’re four kills down, or whatever, a lot of people are very quick to give up. It can really negatively affect your overall experience with the game. This game is infamous for the fact that the very last team fight 20 minutes into the game can decide which direction it takes, even if you’re three levels apart. Don’t give up – the comebacks are real all across Heroes eSports. Encouraging people to realize that matches don’t last 45 minutes to an hour and it’s worth putting in 20 minutes of constant encouragement with teammates and working hard rather than just giving up 5 minutes in and just being negative overall.

 

Pannucci – I just want to add to that, there can be that toxicity, especially in things like quick match where things aren’t going well or someone’s mad at another person, and they may refuse to play or still play but spend more of their time complaining about said player than actually playing. It can be helpful if you just take it upon yourself to maybe mediate. Half the time, you can win the next team fight if they just stop being toxic, and then you win the game with just one quick switch. Be helpful with your teammates, and don’t give up.

 

QuibsY – You mean, “Get good, scrub!” isn’t good advice?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading the interview! We wish 2ARC continued success in their competitive endeavours.

 

Let us know what you thought of the interview, and what kinds of additional content you would like to see in this vein in the future.

 

Pro Heroes of the Storm team 2ARC Gaming chats with Odinn about how to, in their words, "Get good, scrub!" ;)

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Phase Prism [E] Fixed an issue that caused Phase Prism to not properly detect structures after the target becomes Time Stopped. Auriel Detainment Strike [E] Terrain impact will now always display as a crit. Level 7 Empathic Link [D] Fixed an issue that caused Empathic Link to grant Hope when an ally deals damage to themselves. Level 13 Piercing Lash [E] Fixed an issue that caused Piercing Lash to not hit multiple Heroes with Detainment Strike. Azmodan Fixed an issue that caused Azmodan's abilities to not interact with map and physics objects. Summon Demon Warrior [W] Fixed an issue that caused Demon Warriors to leave permanent burning visuals if killed at the moment they spawn. Level 1 Wrath [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Wrath to increase damage of Wrath's marker. Level 7 Bombardment [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Bombardment to increase damage of Wrath's marker. Brightwing Level 4 Unstable Anomaly [W] Fixed an issue that caused Unstable Anomaly to leave behind a permanent visual. Level 10 Emerald Wind [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Emerald Wind to not interact with map objects. Level 20 Invisible Friends [R1] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Cassia Level 7 Surge of Light [D] Fixed an issue that caused Surge of Light to not destroy map objects. Level 13 War Traveler [D] Instant mount is now more responsive. Chen Level 10 Wandering Keg [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Wandering Keg to cease targeting the mouse cursor if another Chen's Wandering Keg expires. Will now actively target the mouse cursor instead of targeting the mouse cursor only when its position has changed. Storm, Earth, Fire [R2] Earth's damage is now Physical. ChoGall Fixed Gall's damage not gaining all benefits from Cho's buffs. Level 4 Rising Dread [W] No longer causes the third bounce of Dread Orb display as a crit. Level 7 Double Trouble [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Double Trouble's quest completion to not stack with Twilight Frenzy. Fixed an issue that caused Gall to lose the benefits of Double Trouble's completion after Twilight Frenzy expires. Chromie Level 7 Bronze Talons [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Bronze Talons visuals to persist after Chromie's death. Level 11 Here and There [Active] No longer dismounts or decloaks when used. Level 16 Quantum Overdrive [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Quantum Overdrive visuals to persist after death. Deathwing Fixed an issue that caused Deathwing to be a valid ping target in the party frame while Dragonflight is active. Fixed an issue that caused Deathwing to enter an invalid state if the target of his landing becomes invalid. Level 7 Death Drop [Z] Fixed an issue that caused Death Drop to not reduce all forms of Spell Armor. Deckard Fixed an issue that allowed Deckard to dance without incurring movement restriction. Level 13 Ancient Blessings [D] Fixed an issue that caused Ancient Blessings to not heal the attacker when dealing damage to enemy Heroes that are immune to friendly abilities. Level 20 Morenados! [R2] Fixed an issue that caused the cooldown reduction to be prevented when Lorenado hits a non-Hero. Diablo Shadow Charge [Q] Terrain impact will now always display as a crit. Fire Stomp [W] Now combines damage text. D.Va Fixed an issue that caused some of D.Va's abilities to not interact with map and physics objects. Self-Destruct [E] Fixed an issue that caused D.Va's Mech to continue moving if it was Rooted when Self-Destruct was cast. Fixed an issue that caused Self-Destruct to not feature a pulse animation when fully charged. Starts decaying in damage after 4 range. Big Shot [R] Fixed an issue that caused Big Shot to hit Invulnerable enemies. Level 20 Ablative Armor [D] Now includes damage dealt to D.Va's Shields. Fenix Level 13 Dampening Field [D] Fixed an issue that caused Dampening Field to not grant Spell Armor against all sources. Garrosh Into the Fray [1] Fixed an issue that caused Into the Fray to display as Lok-tar Ogar! in Quickcast menu. Level 7 Lok-tar Ogar! [1] Now display as an active upgrade instead of a passive. Genji Swift Strike [E] Adjusted color display for Swift Strike refund timer on the button. Fixed an issue that caused Swift Strike's mana refund to be displayed for the killed enemy player. Level 4 Strike At The Heart [E] Fixed an issue with Genji's Strike At The Heart text. Level 13 Way of The Shimada [E] Now only causes Genji's attacks to display as a crit at 10+ stacks. Level 16 Final Cut [E] Fixed an issue that caused Final Cut's damage to not be modified by any damage modifiers. Gul'dan Level 1 Chaotic Energy [W] Fixed an issue that caused Chaotic Energy to not increase the healing of Regeneration Globes by the correct value in ARAM. Level 13 Healthstone [Active] No longer dismounts or decloaks Gul'dan. Level 16 Ruinous Affliction [E] Third strike damage now displays as a crit. Hanzo Fixed an issue that caused weapons to fire multiple times when used in conjunction with select abilities. Scatter Arrow [W] Now combines damage text. Level 16 Giant Slayer [Passive] Bonus damage from Scatter Arrow will now combine damage text. Hogger Rage has been added to the Hero page. Staggering Blows [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Staggering Blows to not interact with map objects. Ez-Thro Dynamite [W] Will always display as a crit on direct hit damage. Level 4 Brute Force [Q] No longer causes Loot Hoard to display as a crit. Imperius Level 10 Angelic Armaments [R1] Will combine damage text with Heavenly Host. Junkrat Level 10 RIP-Tire [R1] Starts decaying in damage after 1.5 range. Leoric Level 7 Willing Vessel [W] Now displays as a crit. Li Li Fast Feet [Trait] Adjusted color display for duration indicator. Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Jug of 1,000 Cups' cooldown to be increased while in Stasis. Level 13 Gale Force [E] Fixed an issue that caused Gale Force to not properly increase Blinding Wind's duration. Lt. Morales Level 13 Bedside Manner [E] Proc bonus now displays as a crit. Lunara Nature's Toxin [Trait] Now acts similarly to other heals. Level 13 Abolish Magic [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Abolish Magic to not reduce the duration of Silences, Fears, and Taunts. Maiev Level 1 Bonds of Justice [W] No longer causes attacks to display as crits when using Umbral Bind. Level 4 Blade Dance [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Blade Dance to not grant stacks of Vengeful Knives. Level 10 Containment Disc [R1] Removed Silence display while Time Stopped. Mal'Ganis Level 13 Blood Rush [D] Fixed an issue that caused Blood Rush to activate from Healing Fountains and Regeneration Globes. Malthael Level 13 Shroud of Wisdom [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Shroud of Wisdom to not grant Spell Armor against all sources. Level 20 Angel of Death [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Angel of Death to be affected by Spellpower modifiers. Mei Level 20 Cascade [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Cascade's Snow Blinds to Blind for less duration than untalented Snow Blinds. Nazeebo Zombie Wall [W] Updated zombies to face inside the Zombie Wall when created. Level 20 Annihilating Spirits [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Annihilating Spirits healing reduction to display floating text multiple times. Nova Holo Decoys [E] Will now move towards uncollected Experience Globes if they are idle. Orphea Fixed an issue that caused weapons to fire multiple times when used in conjunction with select abilities. Level 4 Chaotic Assault [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Chaotic Assault to not apply while Orphea has 3 stacks of Chaos. Level 13 Invasive Miasma [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Invasive Miasma to hit dead Heroes. Level 20 Eldritch Conduit [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Eldritch Conduit's visuals to persist after death. Probius Disruption Pulse [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Disruption Pulse to hit targets hit by previous Disruption Pulses. Level 4 Photon Barrier [D] Fixed an issue that caused Photon Barrier to display while Probius is dead. Level 10 Pylon Overcharge [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Pylon Overcharge to not properly grant Pylons Invulnerability. Qhira Grappling Hook [Trait] Adjusted Grappling Hook guide and terrain indicator to match its cast range. Level 13 The Hunted [Passive] Fixed an issue that caused The Hunted to lose stacks when hitting a non-Hero. Raynor Level 20 Sergeant Pepper [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Sergeant Pepper to not properly apply if selected while at 0 stacks of Give Em' Some Pepper. Rehgar Fixed an issue that caused duplicate entries in the Death Recap. Level 13 Wellspring [E] Fixed an issue that caused Wellspring's beam to not appear when the heal occurs. Rexxar Fixed an issue that caused Rexxar and Misha to not share their Healing Fountain healing with each other. Samuro Level 4 One With The Wind [E] Fixed an issue that caused One With The Wind to display a duration while Wind Walk is active. Level 7 Crushing Blows [W] Fixed an issue that caused Crushing Blows to be located in the wrong location in the Buff Bar. Sgt. Hammer Level 16 Giant Killer [Passive] Fixed an issue that caused Giant Killer to damage Invulnerable targets. Sonya Fury [Trait] Adjusted the color display for remaining duration on the button. Stitches Level 16 Digestive Juices [E] Fixed an issue that caused Digestive Juices to not display a damage preview. Stukov Level 1 Fetid Touch [W] Fetid Touch's ranged attack no longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Tassadar Level 7 Psionic Echo [W] Adjusted color display for Psionic Echo indicator on Shock Ray button. The Butcher Fixed an issue that caused Butcher's charge to be cancelled prematurely. Level 13 Cleaver [Passive] Can now trigger while Blinded. Now heals if the cleaved-to-target has The Butcher's Brand. Level 20 Fires of Hell [R1] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Thrall Feral Spirit [E] Fixed an issue that caused Feral Spirit to hit Invulnerable non-Heroes. Level 13 Frostwolf's Grace [D] No longer dismounts Thrall. Tracer Level 20 Composition B [R] Fixed an issue that caused Composition B's outer radius to not gain the benefit of Quantum Spike. Tyrande Sentinel [E] Fixed an issue that caused Sentinel to pierce incorrectly. Uther Holy Radiance [W] Displays as a crit when Uther has Spellpower bonuses. Level 16 Beacon of Light [Q] Only causes Holy Light to display as a crit when under 50% health. Valeera Deep Shadows duration indicator will now fill, rather than empty. Level 4 Wound Poison [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Wound Poison to display floating text multiple times. Valla Multishot [W] Fixed an issue that caused Multishot to not apply all hit effects when hitting enemies inside Valla's space. Level 13 Gloom [Active] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Varian Level 13 Mortal Strike [D] Fixed an issue that caused Mortal Strike to display floating text multiple times. Whitemane Zeal [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Zeal's active visuals to persist after death. Searing Lash [E] The second strike always displays as a crit. Xul Level 20 Mortal Wounds [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Mortal Wounds to display floating text multiple times. Yrel Fixed an issue with abilities causing all players to highlight enemies. Avenging Wrath [E] Fixed an issue that caused Avenging Wrath's VFX to display incorrectly. Level 10 Ardent Defender [R1] Increases Yrel's Self Healing when it prevents damage to her. Zarya Fixed an issue that caused Basic Attacks to not damage enemies in the cleave area if the primary target dies to the attack. Level 7 Deep Burn [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Deep Burn to display the incorrect floating text value. Zul'jin Fixed an issue that caused duplicate entries in the Death Recap. Level 1 Recklessness [Passive] Adjusted position in the Buff Bar. Return to Top
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      Blizzard has released a new Heroes of the Storm patch for testing on the PTR and here are the official patch notes.
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      ARAM Balance Update Hero Updates Bug Fixes ARAM
      General
      Varian is now classified as a Tank. Same Hero Mode
      Artanis has been added. Hogger has been added. Leoric has been added. (Leoric is still disabled for Normal Mode). Whitemane has been added. Zarya has been added. Nova has been removed. Probius has been removed. Return to Top
      Balance Updates
      Heroes
      Arthas
      Base
      Health Regeneration increased from 5.957 to 6.375. Maximum Health increased from 2860 to 2980. Death Coil [Q] Healing increased from 262 to 285. Frozen Tempest [E] Mana cost per second reduced from 13 to 11. Talents
      Level 13 Biting Cold [E] Damage increase is now additive. Level 16 Embrace Death [Q] Now grants an additive bonus to Death Coil's damage. Hogger
      Base
      Rage decay rate increased from 10 per second to 13 per second. Talents
      Level 1 On the Prowl [Active] Activating On the Prowl now prevents Rage decay instantly. Cooldown increased from 40 seconds to 45 seconds. Healing per second reduced from 8 to 7. Level 4 Brute Force [Q] Damage bonus when enemy Heroes hit terrain reduced from 8 to 6. Level 13 Dust Devil [E] Duration increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds. Sub-50 rage Armor increased from 20 to 25. Pummel [E] Spellpower reduction reduced from 50% to 30%. Junkrat
      Base
      Steel Trap [E] Cooldown increased from 12 seconds to 15 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Extra-Wound Timers [Q] Damage bonus reduced from 120% to 100%. Level 7 Dirty Trickster [D] Cooldown increased from 12 seconds to 20 seconds. Rehgar
      Base
      Basic Attack Damage reduced from 115 to 110. Ghost Wolf Basic Attack bonus decreased from 75% to 60%. Lightning Shield [W] Mana restored per enemy hit reduced from 2 to 1. Talents
      Level 1 Stormcaller [W] Maximum stacks reduced from 300 to 200. Level 7 Blood and Thunder [D] Mana restoration reduced from 5% of max mana to 4% of max mana. Grounded Totem [E] Attack speed slow reduced from 25% to 15%. Level 16 Earthgrasp Totem [E] Damage reduced from 115 to 90. Yrel
      Talents
      Level 1 Maraad's Insight [Passive] Healing increased from 140 to 160. Level 4 Aegis of Light [E] Armor bonus increased from 30 to 50. Duration increased from 4 seconds to 6 seconds. Level 10 Sacred Ground [R2] Cooldown reduced from 40 seconds to 25 seconds. Mana cost removed. Level 16 Templar's Verdict [W] Armor reduction reduced from 20 to 15. Percent damage reduced from 7% to 6%. Return to Top
      Hero Updates
      Alarak
      Talents
      Level 1 Ruthless Momentum [Passive] Added a health threshold indicator. Level 10 Deadly Charge [R1] Added cast and channel bars. Counter-Strike [R2] Added cast and channel bars. Ana
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Rapid Reload to shares Quickcast settings with Healing Dart. Removed Cancel Eye of Horus. Anduin
      Talents
      Level 1 Lightwell [Active] Added a button indicator for remaining activations. Level 16 Renew [Q] Added a duration indicator. Artanis
      Talents
      Level 4 Shield Surge [D] Added to the Buff Bar. Trait is now highlighted when below 25%. Level 7 Final Cut [Passive] Conditional part of the ability has been added to the Buff Bar. Arthas
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Sacrifice Ghoul. Talents
      Level 4 Icy Talons [E] Added to the Buff Bar. Auriel
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed self-cast Resurrect. Blaze
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Added the Bunker's abilities. Talents
      Level 1 Adrenaline Stimpack [Active] Added a health threshold indicator. Chromie
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Slowing Sands. Removed Detonate Time Trap. Talents
      Level 14 Quantum Overdrive [Active] Added a duration indicator. Level 20 Blessing of the Bronze [Passive] Added a duration indicator. Deathwing
      Talents
      Level 4 Heat Wave [W] Added to the Buff Bar. Deckard
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Stay Awhile and Listen. Dehaka
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Burrow. D.Va
      Base
      Quickcast Settings D.Va Mech's Attack now shares Quickcast settings with other Attack Quickcast settings. Removed Cancel Defense Matrix. Retarget Defense Matrix now inherits Quickcast settings from Defense Matrix. E.T.C.
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Rockstar. Guitar Solo [E] Added a duration indicator. Gall
      Talents
      Level 7 Ogre Rampage [D] Added to the Buff Bar. Garrosh
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Double Up. Removed Seasoned Soldier. Gul'dan
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed duplicate Life Tap and Cancel Drain Life. Hanzo
      Talents
      Level 13 Fleet of Foot [Q] Added to the Buff Bar. Hogger
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel abilities. Johanna
      Talents
      Level 13 Holy Fury [Passive] Added to the Buff Bar. Junkrat
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Detonate Mine. Removed RIP-Tire abilities. Frag Launcher [Q] Added a pulsing red/blue indicator to grenades empowered by Extra-Wound Timers. Talents
      Level 10 RIP-Tire [R1] Added a range indicator for full damage. Li-Ming
      Talents
      Level 10 Disintegrate [R1] Can now be cancelled by pressing Stop or Hold Fire. Lucio
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Attack now shares Quickcast settings with other Attack Quickcast settings. Lunara
      Talents
      Level 1 Hippity Hop [Z] Will now show on the Buff Bar while active. Level 7 Splintered Spear [Q] Added to the Buff Bar. Wild Vigor [W] Added to the Buff Bar. Level 13 Endless Spores [W] Now causes the Crippling Spores button to pulse when activating it would grant reduced cooldown. Level 16 Accelerated Contamination [Q] Now causes the Noxious Blossom button to glow when the cooldown is recharging faster. Invigorating Spores [W] Added to the Buff Bar. Star Wood Spear [W] Added to the Buff Bar. Mal'Ganis
      Talents
      Level 20 Seeker Swarm [R1] Added a range indicator. Malfurion
      Talents
      Level 16 Ysera's Gift [Q] Added a health indicator. Level 20 Lunar Shower [W] Added to the Buff Bar. Medivh
      Base
      Portal [E] Added remaining duration to button. Muradin
      Talents
      Level 1 Third Wind [D] Added a health threshold indicator. Murky
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel March of the Murlocs. Talents
      Level 1 Fish Eye [D] Added a range indicator for Fish Eye once the Respawn Egg has been placed. Orphea
      Talents
      Level 16 Lurking Terror [Active] Added an activation timer. Qhira
      Base
      Talents are now sorted in tier order in the Buff Bar. Blood Rage [W] Added UI indicator for Blood Rage's heal value. Talents
      Level 13 Chainsaw [Q] Added to the Buff Bar. The Hunted [Passive] Added to the Buff Bar. Ragnaros
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Molten Core's Sulfuras Smash now shares Quickcast settings with Ragnaros' Sulfuras Smash. Talents
      Level 20 Submerge [Active] Added a healing preview. Samuro
      Base
      Added a sound indicator to Dance of Death. Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Bladestorm. Removed duplicate Critical Strike. Image Transmission [Trait] Disabled while there are no Mirror Images active. Now removes targeting when there is only one active Mirror Image. Mirror Image [Q] Added guide indicators to their targeting. Wind Walk [E] Added Healing over Time preview. Talents
      Level 4 Deflection [D] Updated to display its remaining duration while active. Level 16 Press the Attack [D] Added to the Buff Bar. Stitches
      Base
      Shambling Horror [Trait] Added a duration indicator. Stukov
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Lurking Arm. Talents
      Level 1 Reactive Ballistospores [W] Added a health indicator. The Butcher
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Fresh Meat. Butcher's Brand [W] Added a duration indicator to the button. Talents
      Level 16 Enraged [Passive] Added a health indicator. The Lost Vikings
      Base
      Slowing Charge [Olaf] Cooldown now displays a circular indicator around his shield in The Lost Viking's Hero status. Tracer
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Attack now shares Quickcast settings with other Attack Quickcast setting. Removed Locked and Loaded. Run and Gun while Overkill is active shares Quickcast settings with Run and Gun. Tyrande
      Talents
      Level 16 Darnassian Archery [Passive] Added a duration indicator. Uther
      Talents
      Level 4 Holy Fire [Passive] Added to the Buff Bar. Level 16 Beacon of Light [Q] Added a health threshold indicator. Valeera
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Vanish. Talents
      Level 10 Smoke Bomb [R1] Button now has a duration indicator. Varian
      Talents
      Level 7 Second Wind [Passive] Added a health threshold indicator. Whitemane
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Cancel Inquisition. Zeal [Trait] Now has a duration indicator while active. Xul
      Talents
      Level 13 Rapid Harvest [W] Added to the Buff Bar. Zeratul
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed Seeker in the Dark. Talents
      Level 4 Psionic Strength [Passive] Added the stack count to the Buff Bar. Zul'jin
      Base
      Quickcast Settings Removed duplicate Cancel Berserker. Removed duplicate Regeneration. Talents
      Level 1 Recklessness [Passive] Added health threshold indicators. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Added XP Value to Death Recap. Fixed an issue that caused location targeted abilities to be cancelled by conveyor belts. Fixed an issue that caused talent text to be truncated on hero select screens. Talents Quests updated to display quest progress at the caster if the triggering enemy is out of vision. Updated Homescreen and Startup Music. Updated Time Stop to display above all other effects in the health plate. Fixed display issues with some Block talents. Fixed an issue that caused Heroes with non standard height to cause target-facing effects to face the incorrect location. Maps
      Blackheart's Bay Updated coin warning indicator to be consistently colored. Cursed Hollow Fixed an issue that caused Cursed Hallow Call for Help ability warning to display incorrectly. Warhead Junction Sewers are now clickable while they are in the fog of war. Warheads now interact with physics objects. Heroes
      Abathur Level 10 Ultimate Evolution [R1] No longer plays quest progress visual effects. Level 16 Volatile Mutation [R] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Alarak Telekinesis [W] Fixed an issue that caused Telekinesis to not interact with map objects. Alexstrasza Level 10 Cleansing Flame [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Cleansing Flame to cast at the incorrect location. Anduin Can once again hold his sword high and proud. Anubarak Fixed an issue where the AI was not using Locust Swarm. Fixed an issue that caused Anub'arak's abilities to not interact with map objects. Burrow Charge [E] Impoved the visibility of the erupt location indicator. Level 10 Cocoon [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Cocoon to not properly hide things attached to the target. Artanis Fixed an issue that caused some of Artanis' abilities to not interact with map objects. Fixed an issue that caused Arthas' abilities to not interact with map objects. Phase Prism [E] Fixed an issue that caused Phase Prism to not properly detect structures after the target becomes Time Stopped. Auriel Detainment Strike [E] Terrain impact will now always display as a crit. Level 7 Empathic Link [D] Fixed an issue that caused Empathic Link to grant Hope when an ally deals damage to themselves. Level 13 Piercing Lash [E] Fixed an issue that caused Piercing Lash to not hit multiple Heroes with Detainment Strike. Azmodan Fixed an issue that caused Azmodan's abilities to not interact with map and physics objects. Summon Demon Warrior [W] Fixed an issue that caused Demon Warriors to leave permanent burning visuals if killed at the moment they spawn. Level 1 Wrath [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Wrath to increase damage of Wrath's marker. Level 7 Bombardment [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Bombardment to increase damage of Wrath's marker. Brightwing Level 4 Unstable Anomaly [W] Fixed an issue that caused Unstable Anomaly to leave behind a permanent visual. Level 10 Emerald Wind [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Emerald Wind to not interact with map objects. Level 20 Invisible Friends [R1] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Cassia Level 7 Surge of Light [D] Fixed an issue that caused Surge of Light to not destroy map objects. Level 13 War Traveler [D] Instant mount is now more responsive. Chen Level 10 Wandering Keg [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Wandering Keg to cease targeting the mouse cursor if another Chen's Wandering Keg expires. Will now actively target the mouse cursor instead of targeting the mouse cursor only when its position has changed. Storm, Earth, Fire [R2] Earth's damage is now Physical. ChoGall Fixed Gall's damage not gaining all benefits from Cho's buffs. Level 4 Rising Dread [W] No longer causes the third bounce of Dread Orb display as a crit. Level 7 Double Trouble [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Double Trouble's quest completion to not stack with Twilight Frenzy. Fixed an issue that caused Gall to lose the benefits of Double Trouble's completion after Twilight Frenzy expires. Chromie Level 7 Bronze Talons [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Bronze Talons visuals to persist after Chromie's death. Level 11 Here and There [Active] No longer dismounts or decloaks when used. Level 16 Quantum Overdrive [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Quantum Overdrive visuals to persist after death. Deathwing Fixed an issue that caused Deathwing to be a valid ping target in the party frame while Dragonflight is active. Fixed an issue that caused Deathwing to enter an invalid state if the target of his landing becomes invalid. Level 7 Death Drop [Z] Fixed an issue that caused Death Drop to not reduce all forms of Spell Armor. Deckard Fixed an issue that allowed Deckard to dance without incurring movement restriction. Level 13 Ancient Blessings [D] Fixed an issue that caused Ancient Blessings to not heal the attacker when dealing damage to enemy Heroes that are immune to friendly abilities. Level 20 Morenados! [R2] Fixed an issue that caused the cooldown reduction to be prevented when Lorenado hits a non-Hero. Diablo Shadow Charge [Q] Terrain impact will now always display as a crit. Fire Stomp [W] Now combines damage text. D.Va Fixed an issue that caused some of D.Va's abilities to not interact with map and physics objects. Self-Destruct [E] Fixed an issue that caused D.Va's Mech to continue moving if it was Rooted when Self-Destruct was cast. Fixed an issue that caused Self-Destruct to not feature a pulse animation when fully charged. Starts decaying in damage after 4 range. Big Shot [R] Fixed an issue that caused Big Shot to hit Invulnerable enemies. Level 20 Ablative Armor [D] Now includes damage dealt to D.Va's Shields. Fenix Level 13 Dampening Field [D] Fixed an issue that caused Dampening Field to not grant Spell Armor against all sources. Garrosh Into the Fray [1] Fixed an issue that caused Into the Fray to display as Lok-tar Ogar! in Quickcast menu. Level 7 Lok-tar Ogar! [1] Now display as an active upgrade instead of a passive. Genji Swift Strike [E] Adjusted color display for Swift Strike refund timer on the button. Fixed an issue that caused Swift Strike's mana refund to be displayed for the killed enemy player. Level 4 Strike At The Heart [E] Fixed an issue with Genji's Strike At The Heart text. Level 13 Way of The Shimada [E] Now only causes Genji's attacks to display as a crit at 10+ stacks. Level 16 Final Cut [E] Fixed an issue that caused Final Cut's damage to not be modified by any damage modifiers. Gul'dan Level 1 Chaotic Energy [W] Fixed an issue that caused Chaotic Energy to not increase the healing of Regeneration Globes by the correct value in ARAM. Level 13 Healthstone [Active] No longer dismounts or decloaks Gul'dan. Level 16 Ruinous Affliction [E] Third strike damage now displays as a crit. Hanzo Fixed an issue that caused weapons to fire multiple times when used in conjunction with select abilities. Scatter Arrow [W] Now combines damage text. Level 16 Giant Slayer [Passive] Bonus damage from Scatter Arrow will now combine damage text. Hogger Rage has been added to the Hero page. Staggering Blows [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Staggering Blows to not interact with map objects. Ez-Thro Dynamite [W] Will always display as a crit on direct hit damage. Level 4 Brute Force [Q] No longer causes Loot Hoard to display as a crit. Imperius Level 10 Angelic Armaments [R1] Will combine damage text with Heavenly Host. Junkrat Level 10 RIP-Tire [R1] Starts decaying in damage after 1.5 range. Leoric Level 7 Willing Vessel [W] Now displays as a crit. Li Li Fast Feet [Trait] Adjusted color display for duration indicator. Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Jug of 1,000 Cups' cooldown to be increased while in Stasis. Level 13 Gale Force [E] Fixed an issue that caused Gale Force to not properly increase Blinding Wind's duration. Lt. Morales Level 13 Bedside Manner [E] Proc bonus now displays as a crit. Lunara Nature's Toxin [Trait] Now acts similarly to other heals. Level 13 Abolish Magic [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Abolish Magic to not reduce the duration of Silences, Fears, and Taunts. Maiev Level 1 Bonds of Justice [W] No longer causes attacks to display as crits when using Umbral Bind. Level 4 Blade Dance [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Blade Dance to not grant stacks of Vengeful Knives. Level 10 Containment Disc [R1] Removed Silence display while Time Stopped. Mal'Ganis Level 13 Blood Rush [D] Fixed an issue that caused Blood Rush to activate from Healing Fountains and Regeneration Globes. Malthael Level 13 Shroud of Wisdom [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Shroud of Wisdom to not grant Spell Armor against all sources. Level 20 Angel of Death [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Angel of Death to be affected by Spellpower modifiers. Mei Level 20 Cascade [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Cascade's Snow Blinds to Blind for less duration than untalented Snow Blinds. Nazeebo Zombie Wall [W] Updated zombies to face inside the Zombie Wall when created. Level 20 Annihilating Spirits [R2] Fixed an issue that caused Annihilating Spirits healing reduction to display floating text multiple times. Nova Holo Decoys [E] Will now move towards uncollected Experience Globes if they are idle. Orphea Fixed an issue that caused weapons to fire multiple times when used in conjunction with select abilities. Level 4 Chaotic Assault [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Chaotic Assault to not apply while Orphea has 3 stacks of Chaos. Level 13 Invasive Miasma [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Invasive Miasma to hit dead Heroes. Level 20 Eldritch Conduit [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Eldritch Conduit's visuals to persist after death. Probius Disruption Pulse [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Disruption Pulse to hit targets hit by previous Disruption Pulses. Level 4 Photon Barrier [D] Fixed an issue that caused Photon Barrier to display while Probius is dead. Level 10 Pylon Overcharge [R1] Fixed an issue that caused Pylon Overcharge to not properly grant Pylons Invulnerability. Qhira Grappling Hook [Trait] Adjusted Grappling Hook guide and terrain indicator to match its cast range. Level 13 The Hunted [Passive] Fixed an issue that caused The Hunted to lose stacks when hitting a non-Hero. Raynor Level 20 Sergeant Pepper [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Sergeant Pepper to not properly apply if selected while at 0 stacks of Give Em' Someo. Rehgar Fixed an issue that caused duplicate entries in the Death Recap. Level 13 Wellspring [E] Fixed an issue that caused Wellspring's beam to not appear when the heal occurs. Rexxar Fixed an issue that caused Rexxar and Misha to not share their Healing Fountain healing with each other. Samuro Level 4 One With The Wind [E] Fixed an issue that caused One With The Wind to display a duration while Wind Walk is active. Level 7 Crushing Blows [W] Fixed an issue that caused Crushing Blows to be located in the wrong location in the Buff Bar. Sgt. Hammer Level 16 Giant Killer [Passive] Fixed an issue that caused Giant Killer to damage Invulnerable targets. Sonya Fury [Trait] Adjusted the color display for remaining duration on the button. Stitches Level 16 Digestive Juices [E] Fixed an issue that caused Digestive Juices to not display a damage preview. Stukov Level 1 Fetid Touch [W] Fetid Touch's ranged attack no longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Tassadar Level 7 Psionic Echo [W] Adjusted color display for Psionic Echo indicator on Shock Ray button. The Butcher Fixed an issue that caused Butcher's charge to be cancelled prematurely. Level 13 Cleaver [Passive] Can now trigger while Blinded. Now heals if the cleaved-to-target has The Butcher's Brand. Level 20 Fires of Hell [R1] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Thrall Feral Spirit [E] Fixed an issue that caused Feral Spirit to hit Invulnerable non-Heroes. Level 13 Frostwolf's Grace [D] No longer dismounts Thrall. Tracer Level 20 Composition B [R] Fixed an issue that caused Composition B's outer radius to not gain the benefit of Quantum Spike. Tyrande Sentinel [E] Fixed an issue that caused Sentinel to pierce incorrectly. Uther Holy Radiance [W] Displays as a crit when Uther has Spellpower bonuses. Level 16 Beacon of Light [Q] Only causes Holy Light to display as a crit when under 50% health. Valeera Deep Shadows duration indicator will now fill, rather than empty. Level 4 Wound Poison [Active] Fixed an issue that caused Wound Poison to display floating text multiple times. Valla Multishot [W] Fixed an issue that caused Multishot to not apply all hit effects when hitting enemies inside Valla's space. Level 13 Gloom [Active] No longer displays an empty icon in the Death Recap. Varian Level 13 Mortal Strike [D] Fixed an issue that caused Mortal Strike to display floating text multiple times. Whitemane Zeal [Trait] Fixed an issue that caused Zeal's active visuals to persist after death. Searing Lash [E] The second strike always displays as a crit. Xul Level 20 Mortal Wounds [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Mortal Wounds to display floating text multiple times. Yrel Fixed an issue with abilities causing all players to highlight enemies. Avenging Wrath [E] Fixed an issue that caused Avenging Wrath's VFX to display incorrectly. Level 10 Ardent Defender [R1] Increases Yrel's Self Healing when it prevents damage to her. Zarya Fixed an issue that caused Basic Attacks to not damage enemies in the cleave area if the primary target dies to the attack. Level 7 Deep Burn [Q] Fixed an issue that caused Deep Burn to display the incorrect floating text value. Zul'jin Fixed an issue that caused duplicate entries in the Death Recap. Level 1 Recklessness [Passive] Adjusted position in the Buff Bar. Return to Top
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    • By Stan
      The Heroes of the Storm Collection just got a fresh update with the latest content update. Check out what's new!
      Corrupted Archangel Diablo returns along with the Hopeful Spirit Healer Auriel skin. For mounts, the Golden Lunar Skyrocket and Sleepy Cloud have made a return. You can explore the updated Collection at The Nexus Compendium.
    • By Staff
      A new Heroes of the Storm patch went live today and here are the official patch notes for the update.
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      The next Heroes of the Storm patch has arrived! Dive on in for more information.
      NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between PTR and Live notes.
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      General Balance Update Bug Fixes General
      Added XP given to enemy display. This will show up as purple floating text for the player that had their Hero slain. Return to Top
      Balance Update
      Heroes
      Li Li Jug of 1,000 Cups healing increased from 66 to 75. Medivh Mage Armor duration increased from 4 seconds to 5 seconds. Mage Armor increased from 30 to 40 Armor. Nova Advanced Cloaking bonus mana regen increased from 3 to 6. Anti-Armor Shells duration increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed an anchor offset on Hero Select display. Fixed an issue that caused Shielding to not be displayed correctly in the Death Recap. Fixed an issue that caused Hellbats and Gnolls to reduce the Armor of enemies before damage was dealt. Fixed an issue that caused Heroes that use non-standard attack abilities to display the incorrect confirmation visuals. Certain Heroes would show a red confirmation arrow instead of a green arrow when moving. Fixed an issue that caused place of death to reveal into nearby shrubs. Fixed an issue that caused player-located cooldowns to continue refreshing after a Core is destroyed. Fixed an issue that caused Sapper Mercenaries' area warning indicator to persist after the attack has landed. Fixed an issue that caused the event count in the Death Recap to update for all players when a new death recap is created for any player. Maps
      Blackheart's Bay Chests now feature a warning indicator for the coin land location. The display happens once the coin has been launched and not prior to the coin launching. Lost Cavern Fixed an issue that caused minions to grant 1 XP for being in range of them dying. Heroes
      Abathur Evolve Monstrosity Stacks are now a Heroic Quest. Players will now be able to see how many stacks the Monstrosity has on the scoreboard, and when it has full stacks, it will display a quest complete indicator. Toxic Nest is no longer triggered by Invulnerable enemies. Alarak Fixed an issue that caused Alarak's Lightning Surge to display incorrectly at long range. Fixed an issue that caused Last Laugh to heal when they have been granted Spell leech. (Example: Nano Infusion from Ana) Ana Fixed an issue that caused Eye of Horus to hit Invulnerable Heroes. Anduin Divine Star Sword will no longer be destroyed when leaving the base during the game start period. Fixed an issue that caused Piercing Light to treat the first hit as the second. Anubarak Anubarak's Burning Beetle damage is now affected by all forms of damage modification. No longer able to use Locust Swarm while riding on the Toy Train. Updating cancel animations of Hardened Shields to be like similar visuals. Artanis Fixed an issue that caused Target Purified to deal double damage. Fixed an issue that caused Titan Killer being capable of damaging Invulnerable targets when activated from Twin Blades. Updated visuals of Spell Armor. Arthas Legion of Northrend's bonus healing is now additive. Rime now has a Block visual. Auriel Fixed an issue that caused Searing Light to not grant energy when hitting a Protected enemy. Azmodan Bombardment will no longer attack inactive Mercenaries unless the attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Fixed an issue that caused Azmodan's Demon Warriors to leave permanent burning visuals if killed at the same moment they spawn. Fixed an issue that caused Tide of Sin to leave visual markers at place of death. Fixed Globe of Annihilation no longer stacking off of Possessed minions. No longer possible to cast Tide of Sin when it is already active. Blaze Fixed an issue that caused Blaze to deal bonus damage to enemies hit by another Blaze's Flame Streams. Brightwing Fixed an issue that caused Phase Shift to activate on the previous target. Butcher Fixed an issue that caused Butcher's Fresh Meat spawning meat off of Possessed minions. Cassia Updating cancel animations of Hardened Shields to be like similar visuals. Chen Fixed an issue that caused Stagger to heal when they have been granted Spell leech. (Example: Nano Infusion from Ana) ChoGall Fixed an issue that caused Enraged Regeneration to display incorrectly in the Death Recap. Deathwing Added Bellowing Roar Camera Lock. Deckard Fixed an issue that caused Ancient Blessings damage to not scale on targets if they level up while it is active. Included Potion to search text for Deckard. Dehaka Updated visuals of Spell Armor. D.Va Fixed an issue that caused Liquid Cooling to reset the fountain in ARAM incorrectly. Fixed an issue that caused Nuclear Option to trigger on an already exploded Mech. Micro Missiles no longer hits Invulnerable targets. Pilot Mode can now see the Self-Destruct charge. E.T.C. Crowd Surfer now displays floating text for mana refund. Falstad Fixed an issue that caused Falstad's Flight warning indicator to no longer display after selecting Epic Mount. Fixed an issue that caused Sustained Winds to damage invulnerable targets. Garrosh Unrivaled Strength bonus is now additive. Gazlowe Fixed an issue that caused Xplodium Bomb to not be affected by allied cooldown reduction. Genji Fixed an issue that caused Strike at the Heart to not display a damage preview. Swift Strike now displays floating text for mana refund. Updated visuals of Spell Armor. Hanzo Ignore All Distractions will now display MISSED! text in the case of Blinds. Hogger Fixed an issue that caused Hogger's Hogg Wild visual to be visible when Hogger is visible. Imperius Fixed an issue that caused Brightwing and Falstad to be at the incorrect height after Celestial Charge Stuns them and a least one other Hero. Jaina Water Elemental Frostbolts will now behave consistently with Jaina's Frostbolts. Junkrat Chattering Teeth will now chase (but not trap) Invulnerable targets. Fixed an issued that caused Chattering Teeth to apply to Arming Steel Traps when selected. Kerrigan Fixed an issue that caused Sharpened Blades to stack off of Possessed minions. Included Infested to search text for Kerrigan. Leoric Skeletal Swing mana refund now displays as a crit. Li-Ming Fixed an issue if Seeker is slected while Magic Missiles are in flight while Force Armor was selected. Fixed an issue that caused Force Armor to grant multiple stacks from the same Magic Missiles cast. Lucio Fixed an issue that caused Sound Barrier shields to not decay if Bossa Nova was slected while the target was shielded. Lunara Fixed an issue that caused Splintered Spear to not display correctly while Blinded or against an Evading enemy. Splintered Spear will no longer attack inactive Mercenaries unless the triggering attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Maiev Naisha's Memento first bounce can now bounce to inactive Mercenaries if the triggering attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Mal'Ganis Included Vampire to search text for Mal'Ganis. Medivh Medivh's Portal is now an invalid target for allied abilities. (Example: Brightwing's Blink Heal) Mei Fixed an issue where The Big One was not gaining the full benefit of Slushball. Mephisto Fixed an issue that caused Unspeakable Horror being temporarily disabled when the target is knocked back. Murky Egg Hunt Egg is no longer killed in one hit by Structures. Fixed an issue that caused Fishy Deal to stack off of Possessed minions. Nazeebo Fixed an issue that caused Voodoo Ritual to stack off of Possessed minions. Nova Fixed an issue that caused Holo Decoy's health bars to display incorrectly after losing Protected. Orphea Fixed an issue that caused Ravenous Hunger to stack off of Possessed minions. Fixed an issue that caused Shadow Waltz to refund mana multiple times per cast. Probius Fixed an issue that caused Spawning Minerals off of Possessed minions. Included Builder to search text for Probius. Qhira Updated visuals of Spell Armor. Ragnaros Fixed an issue that caused Sulfuras Hungers to stack off of Possessed minions. Updated visuals of Spell Armor. Raynor Execute Orders now displays in the Death Recap for its Hyperion cast. Rehgar Improved Death Recap for Hunger of the Wolf. Samuro Mirage now functions like other Spell Armor Blocks. Sgt. Hammer Fixed an issue that caused Orbital BFG to not be affected by damage reduction. Pulse Detonation Core will replace Spider Mines in the recap if chosen. Spider Mines damage is now modified by Defense Matrix and Ultimate Evolution damage modifications. Spider Mines duration will continue while they are chasing. Spider Mines will no longer detonate on Invulnerable targets but will continue to chase them. Spider Mines will now display their damage when clicked in the Target Info Panel. Stitches Fixed an issue that caused Putrefaction to display floating text multiple times at once. Stukov Fixed an issue that caused Weighted Pustule to not display a damage preview. Sylvanas Fixed an issue that caused Withering Fire to display incorrectly. Tassadar Fixed an issue where Twilight Archon could use Toy Train. Khaydarin Amulet will cancel itself if the target is an inactive Mercenary. Thrall Fixed an issue that caused Echo of the Elements activating off of Possessed Minions and Hallucinations. Fixed an issue that caused Rolling Thunder to not activate from Tempest Fury's attacks. Fixed an issue that caused Wolf Pack to reset Feral Spirit on talent reset incorrectly. The Lost Vikings Fixed an issue that caused Nordic Attack Squad to be able to damage invulnerable targets. Fixed an issue where there health was not set to full on death. Tracer Fixed an issue that caused Get Stuffed to be capable of knocking back a target multiple times when Melee was cast in quick succession. Fixed an issue that caused Get Stuffed to knock back targets with other Heroes' Pulse Bombs placed on them. Locked and Loaded will now cause Tracer's Basic Attacks to display as Criticals when active. Ricochet can now bounce to inactive Mercenaries if the attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Whitemane Included Chapeau to search text for Whitemane. Zagara Medusa Blades will no longer attack inactive Mercenaries unless the triggering attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Mutalisk first bounce can now bounce to inactive Mercenaries if the attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Zarya Fixed an issue that caused Basic Attacks not being affected properly by attack speed modifiers. Zeratul Fixed an issue that caused Might of the Nerazim abilities to heal for more damage than intended with Shadow Mending. Zul'jin A Surprise For Ya! can now bounce to inactive Mercenaries if the attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Return to Top
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