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Ana is now live in Americas. The latest update for Heroes of the Storm brings a lot of balance changes to the Nexus.
Note: * Orange Text and an Asterisk indicate a change or addition between PTR and live patch notes.
New Special Event: Pachimari Mania
Open Loot Boxes and be the first team to find the Golden Pachimari! At the beginning of a match, Loot Boxes will spawn around your starting area. Open as many as you can, and try to find the legendary Golden Pachimari! Opening a Loot Box will grant you a movement speed boost, enabling you to open even more boxes. The player to open the most Loot Boxes on each team will be announced when the event ends, so be sure to always try your best! The first team to find the Golden Pachimari will win the event and earn credit toward their Pachimari Mania quest progress! Quests and Rewards Pachimari Mania is a four-part quest chain. All quests must be completed in order, and only one quest will be active at a time. Part 1: Find 2 Golden Pachimaris to earn a set of Pachimari in-game Emojis Part 2: Find 5 Golden Pachimaris to earn a Pachimari-themed Banner Part 3: Finding 8 Golden Pachimaris will unlock the Golden Pachimari spray Part 4: Finding 10 Golden Pachimaris will unlock the Pachimari Portrait New Hero: Ana
As a founding member of Overwatch and one of the world's best snipers, Ana Amari uses her skills to protect the innocent. Though she went MIA after losing her eye, Ana's sense of duty and responsibility has brought her back to the fight.
Shrike Basic Attacks apply a Dose to non-Structure enemies, dealing an additional 44 damage over 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Basic Abilities
Healing Dart (Q) Fire a dart which heals the first allied Hero hit for 250 Health. Biotic Grenade (W) Toss a Grenade at the target area. Allied Heroes hit are healed for 175 Health and receive 25% increased healing for 3 seconds. Enemies hit take 60 damage and receive 100% less healing for 2 seconds. Sleep Dart (E) Fire a dart that Sleeps the first enemy Hero hit, rendering them unable to act for 3 seconds. Sleep’s effects end instantly if the target takes damage after the first 0.5 seconds. Cannot be used on Vehicles. Heroic Abilities
Nano Boost (R) Instantly boost an allied Hero, restoring 200 Mana. For the next 8 seconds, they gain 30% Spell Power and their Basic Ability cooldowns recharge 150% faster. Cannot be used on Ana. Eye of Horus (R) Assume a sniping position, gaining the ability to fire up to 8 specialized rounds with unlimited range. Rounds hit the first allied or enemy Hero or enemy Structure in their path. Allies are healed for 300 and enemies are damaged for 175. Deals 50% damage to Structures. Ana is unable to move while Eye of Horus is active. Battlegrounds
Impaler and Trooper Camps (Siege Mercenaries found on Volskaya Foundry, Battlefield of Eternity, and Infernal Shrines) Early game health has been slightly decreased. Base damage and scaling values have been increased by roughly 50% Defender Mercenaries can no longer be affected by displacements effects. Hanamura and Volskaya Foundry
Mercenary item drops no longer require a short channel time to be picked up. Support Camps can no longer be captured with "Bribe" talents. New Battleground: Volskaya Foundry
Objective Control Points Throughout the match a Control Point will activate at one of three locations, beginning in a neutral capture state. Once a player stands on the control point without any enemies, they gain control progress for their team at a steady rate. If an enemy enters the point, the point becomes contested and will not gain or lose control progress. When a team's control progress hits 100, they gain control of the point. As long as a team has control of the point, they gain victory progress at a steady rate. Victory progress does not decay for any reason. Overtime: When a point is at 99% victory progress about to tick over to 100%, it will stay at 99% and enter the overtime state if there are any enemy heroes on the point or the point just flipped from the enemy's control. When a team's victory progress hits 100%, they win the event. The control point deactivates and a two-person Triglav Protector spawns on the point for the winning team after a short delay. Triglav Protector Pilot Abilities Charge (Q) After .5 seconds, charge to the target unit's current location and deal damage in an area. Deals double damage to structures and minions. 8 second cooldown Rocket Fist (W) Launch a Rocket Fist that impacts the first Hero or Structure hit. Roots Heroes for 1 second. Disables Structures for 2 seconds. Destroys all minions in its path. 14 second cooldown. Shield Emitter (E) Grants 25 armor to vehicle and grants a Shield to all nearby allies equal to 25% of their maximum health. 16 second cooldown. Gunner Abilities Particle Cannon (Q) Enables the Particle Cannon ability and increases its range over 3 seconds. Reactivate to launch an orb dealing damage in an area. 5 sec cooldown. Gatling Cannon (W) Fires a barrage of cannon fire at the location of your cursor for 4 seconds. 11 second cooldown. Scorching Laser (E) A laser quickly cuts a line across the terrain dealing light damage. A secondary explosion triggers 0.75 seconds later for heavy damage. 10 second cooldown. New Sandbox Custom Game: Volskaya Foundry
A sandbox version of Volskaya Foundry has been added to Custom Games. Much like Sandbox version of Cursed Hollow, this Battleground allows up to 10 players at once to use a variety of “cheats” to test the limits of their Heroes, and the Battleground. Sandbox Volskaya Foundry also features a “Triglav Protector” button, which allows a player to immediately spawn a Protector at their Hero’s location. Vehicles
All vehicles, including the Dragon Knight, Garden Terror, and Triglav Protector are now Unstoppable. Ranked Battleground Rotation Update
Added to Rotation Volskaya Foundry Haunted Mines Towers of Doom Warhead Junction Removed from Rotation Blackheart’s Bay Braxis Holdout Sky Temple The full Ranked Battleground Rotation is now as follows: Battlefield of Eternity Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Haunted Mines Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction AI
AI Heroes will now perform more dynamic strategies. Many Heroes have received tactical AI improvements, including: Anubarak Arthas Azmodan Brightwing The Butcher Falstad Illidan Kael’Thas Kerrigan E.T.C. Li Li The Lost Vikings Malfurion Muradin Nazeebo Raynor Stitches Sylvanas Thrall Uther Valla Xul Zul’jin Read our recent blog, “Under the Hood: AI” for an in-depth look at these and upcoming AI improvements. Sound
Voice lines that have been selected for use in players’ Loadouts have had their volume increased in-game. Now have a larger 3D falloff, increased sound exclusivity, and can interrupt other voice lines. User Interface
Banners Banners that are placed after completing an objective, capturing Mercenaries, etc., will now display the name of the player who owns that Banner. Healing Indicators Increased and Decreased Healing indicators have been added and will now appear next to Heroes’ healthbars when they are affected by healing modifier effects, such as Ana’s Biotic Grenade. Minimap Hero icons on the Minimap now indicate which direction that Hero is facing. Daily Quests
A new “Play 2 Games as an Overwatch Hero” Daily Quest has been added. Social
Players under level 5 can no longer whisper non-friends using chat channel player lists. However, players under level 5 who receive a whisper from a non-friend can whisper that player back. Collection
It should now be easier to differentiate between Owned and Unowned Items in your Collection. Additionally, item prices are now always displayed on unowned items. Item backgrounds and borders have received visual improvements and rarity coloring to help players more easily distinguish between items of different rarities. Heroes
Time Trap (E) Now has a unique minimap icon. Falstad
Flight (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities, including self-cancelling. Flight (Z) now has an allied chat announcement upon activation.
Holo Decoy (E) Sight range increased from 6 to 12 (now matches Heroes) Talents
Level 4 Remote Delivery (E) Removed Holo Stability (E) New functionality: Increases the cast range, sight range, and duration of Holo Decoy by 100% Level 7 Anti-Armor Shells (Passive) Added functionality: Basic Attacks also decrease the physical Armor of your target by 10 for 3 seconds Level 13 Psionic Efficiency (Q) Range increase from 10 to 15% Specialist
Deep Tunnel (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities, including self-cancelling. Deep Tunnel (Z) now has an allied chat announcement upon activation. Support
Phase Shift (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities. Phase Shift (Z) now has an allied chat announcement upon activation. Kharazim
Breath of Heaven (W) Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds Mana cost increased from 60 to 65 Talents
Level 1 Transcendence (Passive) Healing increased from 73 to 96 per 3 Basic Attacks Insight (Passive) Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds per 3 Basic Attacks Level 16 Dash of Light (Q + W) Increased bonus healing from 50% to 75% for dashing to an ally Rehgar
Chain Heal (Q) Cast range reduced from 8 to 6 Bounce range reduced from 8 to 7 Primary target healing reduced from 334 to 250 Secondary bounce healing increased from 167 to 250 Warrior
Brushstalker (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities.
Falling Sword (R) Mana cost reduced from 100 to 90 Damage reduced from 365 to 183 Added functionality: Now applies a 50% slow for 2.5 seconds after enemies are knocked into the air. Talents
Level 1 Laws of Hope (Active) Moved from Level 4 Health Regeneration reduced from 10 > 1.5 Heal increased from 20% > 30% Maximum Health Cooldown reduced from 60 > 40 seconds Regeneration Master (Passive) Removed Righteous Smash (Q) Removed Hold Your Ground (D) Moved from Level 13 No longer requires Iron Skin’s shield to be broken for the 4-second cooldown reduction Level 4 Conviction (W) Moved from Level 7 Sins Exposed (E) Moved from Level 7 Damage increased from 68 > 90 Eternal Retaliation (W) Cooldown reduction decreased from .75 seconds to .5 seconds Level 7 The Crusade Marches On (D) Removed (New Talent) Zealous Glare (E) Increases the Blind duration of Shield Glare by .5 seconds. Your auto-attacks against Blinded heroes increases their Blind duration by 1 second, up to a maximum of 3 seconds Subdue (Q) Moved from Level 13 New functionality: Hitting 2 enemy Heroes with Punish causes the slow to be increased to 80% and no longer decay. !Quest: Hit 4 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Punish. !Reward: Punish now always slows enemies by 80% and no longer decays. Level 13 Roar (Q) Moved from Level 4 Damage bonus reduced from 50% > 25% Additional Functionality: Punish deals 125% increased damage if it hits 2 or more enemy Heroes Burning Rage (Passive) Removed Blessed Hammer (Active) Moved from Level 16 New Functionality: Activate to create 2 hammers that spiral around Johanna. Hitting enemy Heroes with Shield Glare reduces the cooldown of this ability by 8 seconds. 30-second cooldown Damage increased from 41 to 80 (New Talent) Holy Fury (W) Deal damage to enemies around you. Each enemy Hero hit by Condemn increases the damage by 40% for 5 seconds Level 16 Fanaticism (D) Additional Functionality: Now also increases the duration of Iron Skin by 2 seconds Level 20 Heaven’s Fury (R) Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 3 seconds Indestructible (Passive) Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds Storm Shield (Active) Removed (New Talent) Blinded by the Light (Active) Activate to grant nearby allies a shield equal to 25% of their maximum Health for 3 seconds. Hitting enemy Heroes with Shield Glare reduces this cooldown by 8 seconds. 60-second cooldown Collection
Loot Chests Loot Chests purchased via the Loot tab will now only grant Rare Loot Chests, rather than Normal Loot Chests. Please note: This only applies to Loot Chests purchased after this patch is applied to the live version of the game in each region. Normal Loot Chests the player already owns will not convert to Rare Loot Chests. Rewards The Celestial Steed Mount has been removed and replaced by the Celestial Raptor as a reward for purchasing Gems. The 1,000 Gem reward for reaching level 5 has been removed. Please note: Veteran players who have not logged in following the release of Heroes 2.0 earlier this year will no longer be able to claim this reward once this patch is applied to the live version of the game in each region. Bundles The Welcome Bundle has been removed from the Collection. New Bundles – The following new Bundles and Skin Packs are available for a limited time!
Ana Heroic Bundle Shrike Skin Pack Armed and Ready Bundle Play of the Game Bundle New Skins
Ana Midnight Ana Burnished Ana Sunset Ana Twilight Ana Medic Ana Shrike Agent Shrike Aquamarine Shrike Rescue Shrike Stealth Shrike Varian Commandant Varian Grand Commandant Varian Recon Commandant Varian Stealth Commandant Varian Tundra Commandant Varian Anub’arak Deatholme Underking Anub’arak Auriel Kuroi Sakura Auriel Sora Sakura Auriel Azmodan Lucky Azmodunk Cassia Aranoch Warmatron Cassia Askari Warmatron Cassia Dehaka D.Haka D.Va Camo D.Va Global Pro D.Va Perfect Pro D.Va X-Treme D.Va Lúcio Prime Ribbit Lúcio Rosa Ribbit Lúcio Nova Moonlight Widowmaker Nova Tracer Hot Rod Turbo Tracer Valeera Emerald Bloodfang Valeera Moonstone Bloodfang Valeera Zarya Golden Cyberdemon Zarya Restored Cyberdemon Zarya Mounts
Illidan’s Nightmare Wretched Illidan’s Nightmare Crimson Illidan’s Nightmare Invisible Horse Celestial Raptor – As mentioned above, this Mount is awarded upon purchasing Gems. Bug Fixes
Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. Art
Zeratul: Zeratul’s mask will no longer stretch and bend oddly during Hero Select or in the Collection on low graphic settings. Battlegrounds
Blackheart’s Bay: Fixed an issue that could allow Medivh and Falstad to enter and stand in certain areas inside the enemy Hall of Storms. Haunted Mines: The right-side team’s top Keep can no longer hit enemy Heroes who path into the Gate. Try Mode: The You Want Axe? Talent will now correctly grant bonus Basic Attack range after using the Complete Quest button. Try Mode: Garrosh will no longer continue to benefit from the Warbreaker Talent after clicking Reset Talents. Try Mode: Toggling off Minion spawns will no longer cause AI Heroes to wait at their Fort Gates indefinitely. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Alarak: Rite of Rak’shir will no longer be placed on a dead target if it was cast just as that target took fatal damage. Auriel: Fixed an issue causing the Energized Cord talent to grant slightly too much Hope with Auriel's Basic Attacks. Diablo: Fixed an issue that could prevent Diablo from traveling with his Shadow Charge target if another Hero stood between Diablo and his target. D.Va: Using Boosters to smash destructible barrels on Blackheart’s Bay will no longer place the Ability on full cooldown. D.Va: Fixed an issue that could cause D.Va to inconsistently activate Healing Wells while using Boosters. D.Va: Dying while casting Call Mech will no longer create an untargetable Mech that persists until D.Va respawns. D.Va: Mech deaths that occur while no enemy Heroes are nearby will now correctly grant XP and update D.Va’s death count on the in-game score screen. D.Va: A Nuke’s area of effect indicator will no longer disappear if D.Va finishes channeling Nuke in the same moment that her Mech is destroyed. Garrosh: Wrecking Ball will no longer end Rehgar’s Ghost Wolf. Garrosh: Using Body Check with the Brute Force Talent on a Boss no longer causes the Healing debuff icon to appear next its Health bar. Garrosh: Bloodthirst will no longer cause Garrosh to automatically retarget his Basic Attacks to the closest enemy. Garrosh: Into the Fray will no longer place targeting indicators on attacking Hydralisks on Braxis Holdout. Genji: Fixed an issue that could prevent Fort attacks from Slowing Genji if he has Dodge charges remaining, and there is another Genji on the opposing team. Genji: Fixed an issue that could cause Dodge to behave inconsistently against Sylvanas’ and Lunara’s Basic Attacks. Genji: Dragon Blade will no longer benefit from cooldown reduction abilities such as Innervate and Nano-boost. Illidan: Abilities that can interrupt Dive, like Li-Ming’s Wave of Force, will no longer cause Illidan to become briefly unresponsive. Jaina: Fixed an issue that prevented Jaina from casting Water Elemental if unpathable terrain existed between Jaina and the desired casting location. Jaina: Fixed a typo in the Icy Veins tooltip which incorrectly stated that the Talent provided a 300% cooldown recharge rate , rather than 200%. This only affected the tooltip, and the Talent's functionality has not changed. Johanna: Abilities that block pathing, such as Sonya’s Arreat Crater and Tassadar’s Force Wall, will no longer block Johanna’s movement during Falling Sword. Leoric: Fixed an issue that could prevent the Mithril Mace Talent from granting bonus Attack Speed for Minion and Hero kills. Leoric: Percentage damage dealt by the Spectral Leech Talent will now properly count as Ability damage rather than Basic Attack damage. Probius: Floating Combat Text will now indicate the amount of Shields granted to Probius by a Pylon after learning Shield Battery, rather than displaying zero for each tick. Stukov: Abilities that move Heroes, like Alarak’s Telekinesis and Stiches’ Hook, no longer remove Weighted Pustule from the affected Hero. Sylvanas: Withering Fire can no longer target destructible barrels on Blackheart’s Bay. The Lost Vikings: Can no longer clip into Gates on Braxis Holdout during the pre-game countdown. The Lost Vikings: Casting Longboat Raid immediately after one of the Vikings is killed will no longer prevent the player from using Mortar during the Heroic Ability’s duration. Tychus: The That’s the Stuff! Talent’s Heal indicator will no longer disappear if Tychus stops attacking before Minigun expires. Tyrande: Sentinel can no longer leave the starting zone during the pre-game countdown. Valla: Enemy Heroes who were broken out of Stealth by Hungering Arrow can now correctly be hit by subsequent Hungering Arrow strikes. Valla: Caltrops dropped by the Vault Talent will no longer display Health bars, and are no longer selectable. Zagara: Creep Tumors no longer exhibit a short delay before granting vision of the area affected by Creep. Sound
Li-Ming: Templar Li-Ming will now correctly play death sounds when killed. Valeera: Enemy Heroes will no longer hear when Valeera primes her activated Talents, like Crippling Poison, when she is Stealthed. User Interface
Hotkeys: The Dragon Knight and Garden Terror will now correctly follow Force Move commands.
The free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of September 26.
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: September 26, 2017
The following Heroes are on rotation this week:
Raynor Muradin Sonya Nazeebo Uther Jaina Tychus Brightwing Ragnaros Tyrande Gul'dan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) D.Va (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Rexxar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
It's time for a new Heroes Brawl and this week it's Silver City - a single-lane battleground straight out of the High Heavens. Shuffle pick and standard play with no talent restrictions apply. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins. Play two games to earn a Loot Chest.
Update #2: The issue has been fixed.
Update: There seems to be a bug with this week's brawl and credit toward earning a Loot Chest is tagged as completed from last week. Relogging does not solve the issue and playing a brawl does not count toward the credit or fix the problem either.
This week’s Heroes Brawl is Silver City! Battle against the enemy team on this single-lane Battleground featuring a familiar design straight out of the High Heavens, Mercenary Camps ready to be swayed to your team’s favor, and tons of action. Queue up, choose your hero, and try your best to send the enemy team to the Burning Hells!
Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
Complete two matches of the Silver City Brawl to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the new Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
Weekly sales have been updated for the week of September 26. Get Cassia, Zeratul and other skins & mounts at a reduced price.
Weekly Collection Update: Sept 26 – Oct 3, 2017
Next week's Collection Update will begin on Tuesday, September 26! Check out the new list of featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
Cassia — Sale Price: 375 Gems Zeratul — Sale Price: 375 Gems The following Skins and Mounts will enter the Featured Item Rotation, and will be unlockable using Gems until next week's Collection Update:
Upcoming Featured Skins
Pirate Queen Cassia Golden Unraveler Zeratul Azure Grimskull Nazeebo Techno Super Sonya Lurkablo Amber Ghost Tracer Pajamathur Abathur Storm Wolf Rehgar Upcoming Featured Mounts
Marshal's Outrider Verdant Magic Carpet Weekly Sale Bundle
If you’d rather pick up everything at once, we’re also going to add a new Weekly Sale Bundle to the Featured tab in your Collection. This limited-time bundle contains all of the items above at a discounted Gem price, but will only be available until next week’s Collection Update takes place.