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The latest patch is now live with Orphea, visual updates to Dragon Shire, and new Hero bundles!
Orphea received additional tweaks today in the live version of the patch. The new Hero is available to all BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders free of charge. Don't forget to check out our Orphea build guide (will be up soon). Alextrasza’s Life-Binder (R) and Rehgar’s Ancestral Healing (R) abilities are no longer cancelled under any conditions other than enemy abilities that remove the target from play. Stimpacks are now called Boosts and the 360 Day Boost is available at a 33% reduced price for the next two weeks along with new Hero Bundles. Blizzard released a new digital comic about Orphea yesterday. Blizzard (Source)
Our newest patch, featuring Orphea, is now live! Read on for a detailed breakdown of what’s new in the Nexus.
NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between the PTR and Live notes.
Boost What was once called a Stimpack is now a Boost, and in addition to buffing your own experience and Gold gains at the end of a match, all players will receive 5% bump in experience for each player in their match who had an active Boost. That mean players can receive up to a 45% XP bonus if all 10 players in game have a Boost active! In addition to stacking Boost XP buffs, you’ll now be able to retroactively Boost your Gold and XP gains at the end of a match by applying a Boost from the Score Screen. Design
Channeled Healing Abilities Alextrasza’s Life-Binder (R) and Rehgar’s Ancestral Healing (R) abilities are no longer cancelled under any conditions other than enemy abilities that remove the target from play (Devouring Maw, Gorge, Cocoon.) Spell Power Modifiers The following abilities and talents have been updated to have any percentage-based spell power modifiers stack additively when calculating damage: (This is the default behavior for all other abilities and talents unless otherwise stated in the tooltip) Zul’jin’s Buzzsaw (R) talent Hanzo’s Dragonstrike (R) center damage effect Gul’dan’s Rampant Hellfire (Q) talent The following abilities have had their tooltips updated to reflect that percentage-based spell power modifiers will stack multiplicatively when calculating damage: Kael’thas’ Phoenix (R) ability Nazeebo’s Vile Infection (Passive) talent Li Li’s Lightning Serpent (W) talent Li-Ming’s Arcane Orbit (W) talent Battlegrounds
Experience gains from Mercenary Camp captures have been unified. All Mercenary Camps now grant all Experience on capture. Dragon Shire: Dragon Shire has received updated Battleground art (including an updated Dragon Knight) New Hero: Orphea (Assassin)
Rejecting the dark power her father had begun to consort with, Orphea tried to run away from the Raven Lord's influence. But after witnessing King's Crest fall to his machinations, she was convinced she needed to stand and fight. She now vows to protect the innocent – as a Hero of the Nexus.
Overflowing Chaos (Trait) Hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability grants 1 Chaos. Chaos can stack up to 3 times. While Orphea has Chaos, her Basic Attacks against Heroes consumes all Chaos, dealing 50% increased damage per stack, and healing for 100% of the damage dealt. Basic Abilities
Shadow Waltz (Q) After 0.5 seconds, deal 150 damage to enemies in a line. Hitting a Hero with Shadow Waltz sets its cooldown to 2 seconds and causes Orphea to dash a short distance upon moving. Chomp (W) After 0.6 seconds, deal 285 damage to nearby enemies in front of Orphea. Dread (E) Release a wave of dread that deals 85 damage to enemies hit. Dread erupts 0.75 seconds after reaching the end of its path, dealing 175 damage and Slowing enemies in the area by 25% for 2 seconds. Heroic Abilities
Eternal Feast (R) After 1.5 seconds, deal 210 damage in an area. Eternal Feast repeats every 1 second as long as it hits an enemy Hero. Crushing Jaws (R) After 1.25 seconds, pulls enemies in an area towards the center, dealing 275 damage and Stunning them for 0.75 seconds. User Interface
Additional space for Heroes has been added to the Hero select screen. Battlegrounds with mechanics that add additional (default hotkey: F) buttons (Warhead Junction, Snow Brawl, etc.) have had the appearances of their panels unified. A new “Bundles” page has been added to the Collection tab. Heroes
Talents Level 16 Rampant Hellfire (Q) Damage bonus increased from 8 to 10%
Maximum Base Health reduced from 1750 to 1662 Health Regen reduced from 4.09 to 3.46 Abilities
Shadow Waltz (Q) Base cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds Mana cost increased from 25 to 40 Mana refund on hit increased from 25 to 40 Talents
Level 7 Ravenous Hunger (W) Damage per Minion kill reduced from 3 to 2 Damage per Hero kill reduced from 60 to 40 Level 20 Eldritch Conduit (Trait) Spell Power per stack reduced from 5 to 3% Spell power max stack bonus reduced from 50 to 30%
NOTE: Many of the new items announced at BlizzCon 2018 will not be immediately available with this patch but will be added to the game in the coming weeks. New Bundles
The following new bundles are only available for a limited time! Orphea Heroic Bundle The following bundles have been added to the collection: Welcome to the Nexus Bundle Heroic Reinforcement Bundle New Announcers
Orphea Ka Neithis New Mount
Raven Runner Haunted Raven Runner Bloodmoon Raven Runner New Skins
Orphea Hallowed Orphea Verdant Orphea Slacker Orphea RCHS Slacker Orphea Spoiled Slacker Orphea New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
Several new emoji packs, sprays, and portraits have also been added to the game. Bug Fixes
Fixed an issue that caused some Shielding and Healing values to track improperly on the score/stats screen. Fixed an issue allowing some summoned units to grant vision of Heroes inside brush if placed at the edge of the brush. Fixed an issue causing new item counts to appear over the wrong category. Art
Fixed an issue causing some spell effects associated with taunt animations to appear after the animation was canceled. Whitemane: Fixed an issue causing Witch Whitemane’s custom mount animation to cease playing after she died once in a match. User Interface
Fixed a number of tooltip issues and inaccuracies across the game. Fixed an issue with the Boost button being one pixel lower than the adjacent end-of-match buttons. We gathered the team, pooled resources, and after a lot of squinting at our monitors and a brief search for a magnifying glass, we’ve located the issue and boosted up the boost button to be in line with its neighbors. Thanks for paying such close attention! Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Kerrigan: Fixed an issue that disabled Health and Mana regeneration during Chrysalis. Stukov: Fixed an issue preventing Lurking Arm from revealing damaged targets if they were at the edge of its area of effect. Tyrande: Fixed an issue preventing Elune's Chosen from healing allies if damage was dealt to Shielded/Protected targets. Heir of the Raven Court is ready to descend upon the Nexus! Check out the official patch notes and our Orphea build guide to learn more.
Cho'gall and Jaina are on sale this week and for the next two weeks, the 360 Day Boost will be available for a massive discount along with new Hero bundles!
Our latest round of Heroic Deals offers 50% off select Heroes, and brings a fresh set of skins and mounts into the featured item rotation. Check out the Hero sales and featured items listed below, and then head in-game to add them to your collection before this offer expires on November 20.
HEROES DISCOUNT PRICE Cho'gall 750 375 Gems Jaina 500 250 Gems Featured Skins and Mounts
The skins and mounts that we’ve added to the featured item rotation are available for gem purchase for a limited time. Don’t worry if you miss out, you’ll still be able to forge these items using shards after they leave the featured rotation.
SKINS MOUNTS Corruptor Cho'gall Abyssal Dreadlord Jaina Magical Star Chariot Star Queen Li-Ming Chaos AzGul'dan Vespene Ghost Speeder Stormgarde Prince Arthas Nameless Roadraider Raynor Special Promotions
For the next two weeks (November 13 – 27*) the 360 Day Boost will be available for a massive discount! Find out more about Boosts in our Gameplay Update Blog Here!
*These dates may very slightly by region.
We’re also adding the following new Hero bundle promotions to fill out your Hero rosters at a massive discount!
WELCOME TO THE NEXUS BUNDLE Muradin Johanna Dehaka Thrall Lucio Tyrande Valla Raynor Jaina Xul HEROIC REINFORCEMENT BUNDLE Anub'arak Tyrael Blaze Garrosh Diablo Sonya Varian Rexxar Artanis Malthael Whitemane Rehgar Deckard Lt. Morales Uther Abathur The Lost Vikings Medivh Tassadar Zarya The Butcher Kerrigan Maiev Valeera Gazlowe Falstad Li-Ming Kael'thas Nova Hanzo We hope you enjoy your new Heroes, skins, and mounts as you conquer your next challenge in the Nexus! Be sure to head to the Heroes of the Storm website every week to check out our latest round of Heroic Deals.
The fourth Heroes of the Storm comic coincides with the release of Orphea, Heir of the Raven Court.
We find out that Orphea's mother abandonded them when she was a child. The Raven Lord told Orphea that only he can contain the Dark Nexus, but she has her doubts.
"Why build a prison when no one is to be freed?"
Orphea always tries to solve problems in a destructive manner, but she's told to try thinking like her mother for once. She confronts her father who calls her an ungrateful brat.
"Just like your mother you fail to recognize that sacrifices must be made to save this impermanent world."
The Raven Lord
Orphea defeats the Raven Lord at the end of the comic, but she knows it's not over yet.
If you missed any previous Heroes of the Storm comics, you can check them out below.
Rise of the Raven Lord Comic (Issue #1) Secrets of the Storm Comic (Issue #2) The Fall of King's Crest Comic (Issue #3) Orphea (Issue #4)
Our Meta Tier List has been updated for the latest patch!
Welcome to Icy Veins's once-again-belated Meta Tier List for the October 16 patch, which also takes the latest October 31 patch into account. The goal of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list—including this very one—should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.
Using the list
Current ranked mode map rotation
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Mal'Ganis (new) (ban) — — Genji (ban) — — — Tyrande (ban)
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Diablo+ (ban) Sonya Varian(ban) Zeratul↑ Cassia Jaina — Ana Garrosh (ban) Fenix (ban) Kael'thas- Malfurion Raynor↓ (ban) Whitemane
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Anub'arak+ Artanis Alarak Tracer (ban) Greymane Azmodan↓↓ Abathur Alexstrasza Arthas↓ Dehaka↓ (ban) Kerrigan↑* Hanzo (ban) Gul'dan Zarya** Auriel Blaze Yrel Maiev Lunara Junkrat Brightwing↑ E.T.C. (ban) Malthael Sgt.Hammer (ban) Kel'Thuzad Deckard Johanna↓ Ragnaros Tychus Li-Ming Kharazim Muradin↓ Thrall Zul'jin Mephisto Li Li↓ Stitches (ban) Varian Nazeebo↓ Rehgar↓ Varian Orphea*** Stukov Sylvanas Zagara *Moved from situational to generalist.
**Moved from Fighter to Support
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer — Chen Gazlowe Valeera Falstad Chromie Medivh (ban)+ Lt. Morales D.Va Murky Valla Probius Lúcio+ The Butcher
Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Cho'gall (ban) Leoric Illidan Nova — Cho'gall (ban) Tassadar Uther (ban) Tyrael Rexxar Xul Samuro The Lost Vikings (ban)* *Moved from Marksman to Support
Meta heroes define the metagame. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most drafts and matches.
Generalists form the core of your team and are generally picked after Meta picks have been distributed. They tend to work on most maps, and as part of and against most team compositions. Since this group includes most heroes, I elected to split it into three tiers. High-tier rankings are a result of performance (i.e. win rates) and popularity (i.e. pick and ban rates). This means that heroes with high win rates can be set in low tier; the opposite may also be true.
Situational picks shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions.
Our twenty-fourth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of November is here!