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A Public Test Realm for the upcoming Eternal Conflict update to Heroes of the Storm is available for the next seven days prior to its release. Included in this post are its complete patch notes, as well as the Developer Insights to go with them from Matthew Cooper.

 

Blizzard Icon Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes - June 23, 2015

 

The PTR has arrived!

 

We’ve enabled the Public Test Realm for the next seven days so that we can ensure the stability of our next Heroes of the Storm patch, as well as offer you a chance to test some of the new content and changes it contains before the update is released next week. There are several things you’ll want to understand about the PTR before you dive headlong into testing, so we kindly ask that you take a moment to review the items listed below:

  • Important Notes about the PTR
    • This iteration of the PTR is largely intended to make sure everything in the next Heroes patch is working correctly before it is released. While we continue to welcome player feedback during this PTR phase, we are largely focused on uncovering bugs, and changes based on feedback will likely not be incorporated  until future patches are released.
    • Any purchases you’ve made in the live version of the game will be available for use on the PTR, including your Heroes, Mounts, and Skins.
      • The same free-to-play Hero Rotation that’s available in the current version of the game will be available on the PTR.
      • However, please note that the in-game Shop has been disabled on the PTR, and no purchases can be made using real money or Gold.
      • The Butcher is not available for play or purchase during this PTR phase.
    • Your Hero and Player Levels, Gold, progression rewards, and any other content you’ve unlocked in Heroes of the Storm thus far will not transfer over to the PTR.
      • Additionally, Hero and Player Levels, Gold, rewards, and other content unlocks earned on the PTR will not transfer over to the current version of the game when the PTR is closed.
  • How to access the PTR
    • Players who wish to log in to the PTR can do so using the region selector found just above the big blue Play button on the Battle.net application.
      • Click the region selector to pull up the region list.
      • Select “PTR: Heroes of the Storm” from the region list, and then click Install.
      • Once your installation completes, simply click play to log in to the PTR.
    • Please note: Players must have installed Heroes of the Storm and logged in to the game at least once in order to gain access to the PTR. If the PTR is not available using the steps above, try logging in to Heroes, then close the game client, and attempt to launch the PTR again.
  • If you encounter any bugs while playing on the PTR, please head to the PTR Bug Report forum to share your experiences with us.
  • Complete patch notes, listing everything that’s available for testing right now on the Heroes of the Storm PTR, can be found below.

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GENERAL

 

Kill the Treasure Goblins!

 

It seems that mischievous Treasure Goblins have snuck into the Nexus alongside the arrival of the Burning Hells. These devious creatures are intent on pilfering as much gold as they can carry, and while their numbers are yet unknown, the fortunes they've scavenged must be returned! Adventurers that manage to slay any Treasure Goblins they encounter during the Eternal Conflict will be handsomely rewarded. A Treasure Goblin will do anything in its power to evade those it deems hostile, so dispose of these timid beings swiftly, lest they open a portal and slip away!

  • Players will receive a Special Event Quest titled: “Kill a Treasure Goblin!” each day during the Eternal Conflict event.
    • Before the start of a match, any players with an active Special Event Quest will cause a Treasure Goblin to spawn at a random location near their team’s Core.
    • Kill the Treasure Goblin before the pregame timer reaches 0, or it will open a portal and escape the Battleground.
    • Any players with an active Special Event Quest that manage to kill a Treasure Goblin before it escapes will receive 100 Gold for their efforts at the end of the match.
    • Treasure Goblins may spawn on any Battleground, in any matchmaking game mode (Versus A.I., Quick Match, Hero League, Team League).
    • This Special Event Quest is available to all players, whether or not they’ve unlocked Daily Quests by reaching Player Level 6.
    • While players are invited to kill as many Treasure Goblins as they can, this Special Event Quest can only be completed once per day. Incomplete Quests do not stack.

New Portrait Rewards

  • Facebook Portrait
    • The Heroes of the Storm Facebook Page has reached 1 Million Likes! To help celebrate this social media milestone, all players who log in to the game before our next major patch arrives will receive a new, Facebook-themed portrait. Thank you for your support!
  • Golden Tiger Portrait
    • Any players that redeem the Golden Tiger Mount key found in the Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack will receive an exclusive new Golden Tiger portrait.
      • This portrait will also be retroactively granted to players who redeemed their Golden Tiger Mount key prior to today’s patch.

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NEW BATTLEGROUND

 

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The conflict between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells has spilled into the Nexus, breeding a new Battleground that is equal parts righteous and wicked. Angels, Demons, and now Heroes clash in ceaseless combat in their struggle for dominance over the Battlefield of Eternity.

  • Battlefield of Eternity is a two-lane Battleground featuring two massive Immortals that battle endlessly at its center, and teams must compete to defeat the opposing Immortal.
  • Once its foe has been toppled, the victorious Immortal will be restored to full Health, and proceed to seek out enemy Structures, attacking down the lane with the most remaining defenses.
  • An attacking Immortal will also gain a Shield, proportionate to the amount of Health it had remaining at the end of the battle.
    • The Immortal will perform ranged attacks, which each consume a portion of its Shield. Taking damage will also drain the Immortal’s Shield.
    • Once its Shield has been expended, the Immortal will only attack at melee range.

New Mercenaries

  • Fallen Shaman
    • These malformed demons never stray too far from a pack of Fallen Hounds, and will quickly resurrect any Hounds that are killed in combat. Those who value their souls would be wise to first destroy the Shaman before targeting its Hound companions.
  • Khazra
    • The half human, half goat creatures that inhabit Battlefield of Eternity are tough, ranged attackers that won’t hesitate to rain spears on their foes. Defeat the Khazra at their camps to harness their destructive appetite before the enemy team.

New Battleground, More Often

  • Starting today, the pool of Battlegrounds available in all modes, except Custom Games, will be temporarily limited to the following:
    • Battlefield of Eternity
    • Sky Temple
    • Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • Cursed Hollow
  • This has been done to increase the frequency with which players encounter the new Battleground, Battlefield of Eternity.
  • During this time, players can still select and play on any Battleground they wish using Custom Games.
  • All Battlegrounds, including Battlefield of Eternity, will once again be made available for play in all matchmaking game modes on Tuesday, July 7.

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ART

 

General

  • Many Hero and Mount preview panels in the Shop have received updated camera angles, as well as additional lighting polish.
  • AOE Cursors have received additional polish.

Battlegrounds

  • Various Battleground assets have received additional visual polish.
  • Various Battleground assets have received additional optimization to help improve performance.
  • Lighting during the map event on Garden of Terror has been changed to improve overall visual quality and clarity.
  • The range indicator for the Dragon Knight’s Savage Charge has received visual polish.

Heroes, Abilities, Mounts, and Skins

  • Heroes
    • Brightwing’s in-game Hero portrait has received animation polish.
  • Hero Abilities
    • Various Hero Abilities have received additional optimization.
    • Brightwing has received updated art and visual effects to coincide with her Talent rework.
    • The range indicator art for several Hero Abilities and Talents have received visual polish:
      • Azmodan – March of Sin (Talent)
      • Falstad – Lightning Rod (W)
      • Rehgar – Earthbind Totem (E)
      • Tychus – Drakken Laser Drill ®
      • Uther – Blessed Champion (Talent)
      • Valla – Strafe ®

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SOUND

 

General

  • Even the music that plays while viewing the out of game menus has taken a foreboding turn with the Eternal Conflict’s fierce arrival to Heroes of the Storm.
    • Enable music in the Sound Options menu (or press CTRL+M) to listen as the sounds of Sanctuary clash with those of the Nexus.

Battlegrounds

  • New music has been added for the Battlefield of Eternity Battleground.
  • In-game music for the Sky Temple, Tomb of the Spider Queen, and Garden of Terror Battlegrounds has been updated.

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USER INTERFACE

 

General

  • Notifications that appear near the top-right corner of the out-of-game menus, such as party invitations and promotional rewards, have received updated art.

Hero Progression

  • Several Hero Level rewards have been slightly altered:
    • Hero Level 9 -- A new 750 Gold reward has been added.
      • This Gold reward will also be retroactively granted to players for each Hero that reached level 9 prior to today’s patch.
    • Hero Level 15 -- Reward reduced from 1,250 to 1,000 Gold
    • Hero Level 20 -- Reward reduced from 2,500 to 2,000 Gold
      • Players will not lose any Gold that had already been earned by reaching Hero Levels 15 or 20 prior to today’s patch.

In-Game UI

  • Tab Score Screen
    • The Healing column on the in-game Stats Screen (TAB) has been reworked, and renamed to the Role column.
      • The Role column will track healing done by Support Heroes, as well the total amount of damage taken by Warriors during a game.
    • The Siege Damage column will no longer track damage dealt to uncaptured Mercenaries or other neutral units.

Quest Log

  • A Special Event Quests section has been added to the Quest Log.
    • When a Special Event is taking place, any available Special Event Quests will appear in this section of the Quest Log.
    • Special Event Quests will display any requirements needed to complete them in the Quest Log.
    • Much like a normal Daily Quest, players will be notified when they complete a Special Event Quest on the end-of-game Score Screen.
  • In order to better support Special Event Quests, the Quest Log has been enabled for all Heroes of the Storm players, whether or not they’ve unlocked Daily Quests by reaching Player Level 6.
    • Daily Quests will remain disabled for players that have not reached level 6, but they can still click the Quest Log to view an active Special Event Quest, or their player progress.

Rejoin System

  • Players will no longer receive notifications via chat messages or announcer voiceover when an enemy disconnects from, or rejoins a game in any matchmaking mode.
    • However, players in Custom Games will still be notified when enemies disconnect or rejoin.
    • Players will still be notified when an ally leaves or rejoins a game, though notification frequency has been reduced in situations where a teammate repeatedly disconnects and rejoins a game.

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DESIGN & GAMEPLAY

 

General

  • The difficulty ratings for many Heroes have been updated to better reflect their ease of play.
  • The rings found under Heroes in-game have been scaled to more closely match their hitboxes.
  • Skillshots and Abilities that use an arc pattern will now display their range when hovering the cursor over the associated button on the Ability hotbar.
  • Several Abilities were unintentionally providing brief moments of Unstoppable behavior during use. The following Abilities no longer provide Unstoppable:
    • Chen -- Flying Kick (Q)
    • Falstad -- Barrel Roll (E)
    • Illidan -- Dive (Q)
    • Illidan -- Sweeping Strikes (with the Unbound talent) (W)
    • Kerrigan -- Ravage (Q)
  • A number of Hero Abilities were not intended to completely Stun enemy targets. In these cases, Stuns have been converted to Dazes, which act similarly, but will no longer interrupt Abilities that can be channeled while the Hero is moving.
    • For example: Dazing Valla will not stop her from channeling Strafe.
    • The following abilities will now Daze, rather than Stun, enemy Heroes:
      • Brightwing -- Emerald Wind ®
      • Chen -- Wandering Keg ®
      • Johanna -- Condemn (W)
      • Diablo -- Shadow Charge (Q)
      • E.T.C. -- Face Melt (W)
      • Falstad -- Mighty Gust ®
      • Kerrigan -- Primal Grasp (E)
      • Raynor -- Penetrating Round (Q)
      • Sgt. Hammer -- Concussive Blast (W)
      • Thrall -- Sundering ®
      • Tychus -- Frag Grenade (W)

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TALENTS

 

New Talent: Vampiric Strike

  • This is a new version of Vampiric Assault
    • Basic Attacks heal for 25% of the damage dealt to the primary target
    • Vampiric Assault has not been changed

Blood for Blood

  • No longer slows the target
  • Damage decreased from 15% to 10% of the target’s maximum Health
  • Heal amount increased from 100% to 200% of damage dealt

Conjurer’s Pursuit

  • Initial +0.5 Mana Regeneration removed
  • Each Health Globe now grants +0.1 Mana Regeneration

Envenom

  • Duration increased from 5 to 10 seconds, but damage has not been changed

Promote

  • Minions no longer gain 300% increased Health and 100% increased damage
    • Instead, the targeted Minion now takes 75% reduced damage from non-Heroic targets, and deals 100% bonus damage to non-Heroic targets

Protective Shield

  • Now Shields for 15% of the target’s maximum Health

Regeneration Master

  • Initial +4.0 Health Regeneration removed
  • Each Health Globe now grants +1.5 Health Regeneration

Spell Shield

  • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds

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HEROES

 

ASSASSIN

 

ILLIDAN

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  • Metamorphosis ®
    • Radius decreased by 25%
    • Damage decreased from 200 (+10 per level) to 20 (+4 per level)

 

JAINA

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  • Sprint (Talent) removed
  • Water Elemental ®
    • Can now be re-targeted after Jaina is killed

 

KERRIGAN

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  • Ultralisk ®
    • Can now be re-targeted after Kerrigan is killed

 

NOVA

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  • Holo Decoy (E)
    • Nova’s allies will now see Minion-sized Health bars for her Holo Decoys

 

RAYNOR

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  • Raynor’s Raiders ®
    • Can now be re-targeted after Raynor is killed

 

TYCHUS

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  • Basic Attack range increased to match that of other ranged Heroes
  • Frag Grenade (W)
    • Melting Point (Talent)
      • Damage changed from 120 (+50 per level) to 200 (+30 per level)
  • Drakken Laser Drill ®
    • Can now be re-targeted after Tychus is killed

 

ZERATUL

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  • Vampiric Strike (Talent) added at Level 4
  • Vampiric Assault (Talent) removed

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SPECIALIST

 

ABATHUR

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  • Symbiote (Q)
    • Carapace (E)
      • Networked Carapace (Talent)
        • Carapace now always Shields nearby Minions and Mercenaries, regardless of Symbiote’s target

 

AZMODAN

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  • General of Hell (Trait)
    • Bound Minion (Talent)
      • The targeted Minion no longer gains 300% increased Health and 100% increased damage
      • Instead, the Minion now takes 75% reduced damage from non-Heroic targets, and deals 100% bonus damage to non-Heroic targets   

 

MURKY

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  • Living the Dream (Talent)
    • Initial Ability Power bonus decreased from 10% to 5%
  • Slime (Q)
    • Damage increased from 55 (+6 per level) to 56 (+6.2 per level)
  • Pufferfish (W)
    • Damage increased from 130 (+35 per level) to 134 (+36 per level)

 

NAZEEBO

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  • Corpse Spiders (Q)
    • Leaping Spiders (Talent)
      • Improvements have been made which will help Corpse Spiders better leap to their targets, as well as stick to their targets more effectively

 

SYLVANAS

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  • Black Arrows (Trait)
    • Unstable Poison (Talent)
      • Players can no longer be damaged by multiple instances of Unstable Affliction that are inflicted at the same time
  • Possession ®
    • Possession’s functionality has been reworked
    • Possession now has 7 charges, with a 12 second recharge time
    • Converting a normal Minion consumes 1 charge, and Catapults consume 5 charges
    • Minions affected by Possession no longer gain bonus Health
    • Dark Lady’s Call (Talent) has been reworked
      • Now increases the maximum number of charges by 3, and decreases the recharge time by 4 seconds
      • Converting enemy Mercenaries costs 5 charges
  • Wailing Arrow ®
    • Damage decreased from 200 (+20 per level) to 140 (+18 per level)

 

THE LOST VIKINGS

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  • The Lost Vikings have received significant Talent changes.
  • Olaf’s out of combat healing reduced from 10% to 5% of his Health per tick.
  • Erik’s Movement Speed reduced by approximately 5%
  • Fast Restart (Trait) removed
  • New Trait: Viking Hoard
    • Gather Regeneration Globes to permanently increase The Lost Vikings' Health Regeneration by 0.5 per second
  • Go Go Go! (Z)
    • Movement Speed reduced from 40% to 30%
  • Longboat Raid ®
    • Duration increased from 12 to 15 seconds
    • Damage per second reduced from 30 (+14 per level) to 25 (+11 per level)
    • Mortar (Q)
      • Will no longer instantly explode when self-cast, or when cast very close to the Longboat
  • Talents
    • Level 1
      • Viking Hoard has been removed and repurposed as The Lost Vikings’ new Trait.
      • Spy Games
        • Time needed to enter Stealth reduced from 5 to 3 seconds
      • New Talent (Level 1): Explosive Attacks
        • Baleog’s Basic Attacks deal 100% splash damage to non-Heroic targets
      • New Talent (Level 1): Viking Bribery (E)
        • The Lost Vikings earn Viking Bribery charges from nearby Minion deaths, up to a maximum of 100
        • Use 40 charges to order the nearest Viking to bribe a Mercenary
        • All Vikings can earn charges, but each Minion death only grants 1 charge
    • Level 4
      • Hardheaded Redhead removed
      • Pain Don’t Hurt
        • Healing received is now doubled for damage dealt against Heroes
      • It’ a Sabotage!
        • Erik’s Basic Attacks also deal 100 (+10 per level) damage over 10 seconds against Structures; this effect does not stack
      • Spin to Win! (Q) moved from Level 4 to Level 7
        • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
        • Damage reduced from 50 (+10 per level) to 42 (+9 per level)
    • Level 7
      • Erik the Swift moved from Level 7 to Level 4
        • Now also increases Erik’s base Movement Speed by 10%.
      • Jump! (W) moved from Level 7 to Level 13
    • Level 13
      • Speedrun! removed
      • Impatience Is a Virtue moved from Level 13 to Level 16
      • New Talent (Level 13): Nordic Attack Squad (W)
        • Activate to cause each Basic Attack to deal 1% of an enemy Hero’s Health as damage for 5 seconds. 30 second cooldown
    • Level 16
      • Executioner added at level 16
      • 64 KB Marathon
        • No longer causes The Lost Vikings to become Unstoppable during Go Go Go!, and instead removes Slows and Roots
        • Movement Speed bonus decay rate reduced from 10% to 5% per second for 4 seconds.
      • Norse Force! (Q) moved from Level 16 to Level 7
        • The Hotkey for this Ability has been changed from E to Q
        • Duration reduced from 7 to 4 seconds
        • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds
        • Shield amount reduced from 100 (+20 per level) to 40 (+10 per level)
    • Level 20
      • The Sequel
        • Now reduces The Lost Vikings' death timers by 50%

 

ZAGARA

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  • Infest (Talent)
    • The 400% damage bonus now only applies to the targeted Minion’s attacks against non-Heroic targets

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SUPPORT

 

BRIGHTWING

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  • Brightwing has received significant updates.
  • Scouting Drone (Talent) removed
  • Envenom (Talent) removed
  • Promote (Talent) removed
  • Protective Shield (Talent) removed
  • Calldown: Mule (Talent) removed
  • Sprint (Talent) removed
  • Soothing Mist (Trait)
    • Regenerative Rains (Talent) has been removed
    • Gust of Healing (Talent) has been removed
    • New Talent (Level 1):  Unfurling Spray
      • Increases Soothing Mist's range by 33%
    • New Talent (Level 7):  Mistified
      • Each Basic Ability cast reduces Soothing Mist’s cooldown by 1 second
    • New Talent (Level 20):  Revitalizing Mist
      • Healing with Soothing Mist increases the Healing from the next Soothing Mist by 25% for 6 seconds; stacks up to 3 times
  • Phase Shift (Z)
    • Phase Shield (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 7
      • Duration increased from 3 to 20 seconds
    • New Talent (Level 1):  Hyper Shift
      • Every time Soothing Mist Heals an allied Hero, Phase Shift’s cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.
    • New Talent (Level 4):  Peekaboo!
      • Teleporting to an ally using Phase Shift grants vision and reveals Stealth in a large area for 6 seconds.
  • Arcane Flare (Q)
    • Range reduced from 9 to 8
    • Inner area damage changed from 70 (+16.5 per level) to 80 (+11 per level)
    • Outer area damage changed from 35 (+10.75 per level) to 40 (+8 per level)
    • Arcane Precision (Talent)
      • Inner area damage bonus increased from 33% to 50%
    • Sticky Flare (Talent)
      • Slow amount increased from 30% to 40%
    • New Talent (Level 4):  Arcane Barrage
      • Increases Arcane Flare’s range by 50%
    • New Talent (Level 7):  Dream Shot
      • Reduces Arcane Flare’s cooldown by 1 second for each enemy Hero hit by the outer radius, and 3 seconds for each hit by the inner radius
  • Polymorph (W)
    • Duration reduced from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
    • Damage removed from the base Ability
    • Now also slows the target’s Movement Speed by 20%
    • Sticky Powder (Talent) has been removed
    • New Talent (Level 4):   Unstable Anomaly
      • When Polymorph ends, deal 60 (+10 per level) damage to the target and all nearby enemies
    • New Talent (Level 16):  Greater Polymorph
      • Increases Polymorph’s duration by 1 second
  • Pixie Dust (E)
    • Anti-Magic Powder (Talent) has been removed
    • Shield Dust (Talent) has been redesigned
      • Moved from Level 1 to Level 13
      • Pixie Dust now reduces incoming Ability damage by 50%
    • New Talent (Level 4):  Manic Pixie
      • When Soothing Mist heals an ally that is affected by Pixie Dust, that ally is healed for an additional 30 (+10 per level) Health over 4 seconds
    • New Talent (Level 13):  Pixie Boost
      • Pixie Dust now grants a 50% bonus to Movement Speed, decaying to 20% over 1.5 seconds
    • New Talent (Level 16):  Bouncy Dust
      • Pixie Dust bounces to another nearby ally upon impact
  • Blink Heal ®
    • Ysera's Blessing (Talent) removed
    • New Talent (Level 20):  Double Wyrmhole
      • Blink Heal can be cast a second time on a different target within 2 seconds without consuming a charge

 

LI LI

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  • Kung Fu Hustle (Talent)
    • Cooldown reduction lowered from 200% to 150%
  • Blinding Wind (E)
    • Affected targets now miss all Basic Attacks throughout Blinding Wind’s duration.
    • Duration reduced from 4 to 2 seconds
    • Lingering Blind (Talent)
      • Now increases Blinding Wind's duration by 50%

 

MALFURION

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  • Malfurion has received significant updates
  • Conjurers Pursuit (Talent) removed
  • Protective Shield (Talent) removed
  • Healing Ward (Talent) removed
  • Battle Momentum (Talent) removed
  • Cleanse (Talent) added at Level 7
  • Elune’s Grace (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 4
    • Now increases the range of each Basic Ability by a flat 30%
  • Innervate (D)
    • Time during which Mana Regenerates reduced from 10 to 5 seconds
    • Now Regenerates 15% of the target’s maximum Mana, rather than a flat amount
    • Shan’do’s Clarity (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 1
      • No longer increases the target’s Mana Regeneration rate
    • Versatile (Talent) functionality reworked
      • No longer increases the target’s Attack Speed
      • Increases Innervate’s Mana return from 15% to 25%
  • Regrowth (Q)
    • Mana cost decreased from 75 to 60
    • Healing increased by 5%
    • Harmony (Talent) has been redesigned
      • If Moonfire hits a target, Regrowth's Mana cost is reduced by 10. This effect stacks, but cannot reduce Regrowth's Mana cost below 0
    • Life Seed (Talent)
      • Cooldown for passive Healing increased from 15 to 20 seconds
    • New Talent (Level 4): Rampant Growth
      • Increases Regrowth’s initial Heal amount by 20%
  • Moonfire (W)
    • Moonburn (Talent)
      • Bonus damage against non-Heroic targets increased from 30% to 100%
      • No longer affects Structures
    • Full Moonfire (Talent)
      • Area of effect bonus increased from 50% to 60%
    • Hindering Moonfire (Talent)
      • Slow amount increased from 20% to 25%
    • Lunar Shower (Talent)
      • Bonus damage per stack increased from 10% to 15%
  • Entangling Roots (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 65

 

REHGAR

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  • Rehgar has received significant updates
  • Battle Momentum (Talent) removed
  • Focused Attack (Talent) removed
  • Searing Attacks (Talent) removed
  • Berserk (Talent) removed
  • Cleanse (Talent) added at level 7
  • Farsight (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 7
  • New Talent (Level 7): Forward Momentum
    • Basic Attacks reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 1 second.
  • Ghost Wolf (Trait)
    • Feral Heart (Talent)
      • Health and Mana Regeneration bonuses reduced from 100% to 75%
    • Shadow Wolf (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 4
      • Stealth duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds
  • Chain Heal (Q)
    • New Talent (Level 16): Tidal Waves
      • Reduces Chain Heal’s cooldown by 3 seconds if 3 Heroes are healed
      • Can now bounce to full Health allies, but will always prefer Allies that are missing Health
  • Lightning Shield (W)
    • Empowering Charge (Talent)
      • Basic Attack damage bonus increased from 25% to 30%
    • Reactive Spark (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 13
      • Now also reduces Lightning Shield’s cooldown by 3 seconds
    • Earth Shield (Talent)
      • Shield amount reduced from 100 (+21 per level) to 75 (+18 per level)
    • Stormcaller (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 4
      • No longer reduces Lightning Shield’s cooldown
      • Now increases Lightning Shield’s duration by 2 seconds
      • Mana cost reduction lowered from 50% to 40%
  • Earthbind Totem (E)
    • Slow now applies and fades faster, which should help it feel more responsive to players in the Totem’s area of effect
    • Lightning Totem (Talent) removed
    • Colossal Totem (Talent)
      • No longer increases Earthbind Totem’s Health
      • Now also increases cast range by 50%
    • Earthgrasp Totem (Talent)
      • No longer increases cast range
  • Ancestral Healing ®
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 70 seconds

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WARRIOR

 

ANUB'ARAK

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  • Scarab Host (Trait)
    • Beetle Movement Speed reduced by approximately 16%
    • Beetle damage reduced from 8 (+2 per level) to 7 (+1.8 per level)
  • Locust Swarm ®
    • Damage reduced from 20 (+8 per level) to 16 (+6.4 per level)

 

JOHANNA

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  • Shield Glare (E)
    • Affected targets now miss all Basic Attacks throughout Shield Glare’s duration.
    • Blind duration reduced from 4 to 1.5 seconds

 

STITCHES

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  • Slam (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 55 to 45
  • Devour (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 65
    • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 24 seconds

 

TYRAEL

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  • Vampiric Assault (Talent) removed
  • Vampiric Strike (Talent) added at Level 4
  • Judgment ®
    • Can no longer be cast on non-Heroic targets

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BUG FIXES

 

General

  • Fixed a bug in which certain ranged attacks were not dealing damage to Heroes that entered Stealth after the projectile was already in flight. In these cases, damage will now be properly dealt, and the Hero will be revealed, thus resetting the time needed to re-enter Stealth.
  • Heroes will now cancel movement commands much more quickly if they are unable to reach the final destination.
  • Mounted and non-mounted Heroes will no longer experience sudden slowdowns or hang-ups in movement when pathing around Structures or terrain obstacles.
  • The Countess Kerrigan and Mecha Tassadar Skins will now default to their unique Mounts in regular games after they are purchased.
    • Please note: Players may still choose another Mount for these Skins during Hero Select.
  • Graphic settings for the Mac Mini using an ATI 6630M graphics card will now default to Medium, with a 1280x720 resolution.
  • Several typos and tooltip errors have been corrected.

Art

  • Visual effects for Abathur’s Spike Burst Ability have been appropriately scaled up when cast while using Symbiote on a mechanical spider Minion.
  • Structures disabled by Arthas’ Summon Sindragosa will now properly retain frozen visual effects for the full duration.
  • Fixed a visual issue that could occur when Mecha Tassadar self-casts Plasma Shield while in Mecha Mount form.
  • Corrected a texture issue on the Spectre Illidan Skin.

Battlegrounds

  • Tornadoes cast by the Boss on Sky Temple can no longer push trapped Heroes out of Zagara’s Devouring Maw.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Mercenary Camps from respawning appropriately after turning in enough Gems to summon Webweavers on Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Heroes and Talents

  • Abathur's Toxic Nests once again display activation and expiration timers.
  • Brightwing Soothing Mist will no longer heal her for double the intended amount.
  • Fixed several issues affecting Diablo’s Overpower Ability that could cause Heroes to fly out of the Battleground's playable area.
  • Corrected an issue that could cause Heroes to fly back to their death location upon respawning.
  • Brightwing's Polymorph now properly interrupts Gazlowe's Deth Lazor.
  • Using Brightwing’s Phase Shift just as a Core is destroyed will no longer cause the game camera to become stuck at Brightwing's intended destination.
  • Diablo’s Fire Stomp can now properly damage and reveal Zagara’s Creep Tumors.
  • Using Diablo’s Shadow Charge on Raynor’s Banshees near the edge of a Battleground will no longer cause Diablo to leave the playable area.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Murky’s Egg from being placed on diagonal paths.
  • Erik will no longer enter Stealth immediately upon respawning after learning the Spy Games talent.
  • Lost Vikings that die while casting Longboat Raid will no longer respawn at their death locations.
  • Fixed an issue that could allow Rehgar to repeatedly cast Feral Lunge.
  • Sgt. Hammer’s Blunt Force Gun will no longer be placed on reduced cooldown when coming under the effects of Anub’arak Web Blast during Blunt Force Gun’s casting time.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Sylvanas’ Wailing Arrow to unintentionally be placed on reduced cooldown under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Mana costs for Uther’s Basic Abilities to permanently increase under certain circumstances.
  • Uther’s Holy Radiance will now properly damage Abathur’s Toxic Nests and Zagara’s Creep Tumors.

Sound

  • Abathur once again plays a digging sound when using his Deep Tunnel.
  • Allies will no longer hear Mad Martian Gazlowe’s voiceover globally.
  • Johanna's death audio will no longer play globally.

User Interface

  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to search for a match in a game mode other than the one they selected.
  • Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause Mount models to appear in a game lobby.
  • Players that attempt to purchase a Hero while searching for a match in Hero League will now be warned prior to finalizing the transaction that the purchased Hero will not be usable during the upcoming match.
  • Players that are already in a game can no longer be invited to join a party until that game concludes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Ability hotkeys to temporarily stop functioning under certain circumstances with Quick Cast set to “On Release”.
  • Clicking near a Hero’s in-game portrait will no longer center the game camera on the Hero.
  • The end of game Score Screen will now display an accurate game time if a match lasts longer than an hour.

In addition, Matthew Cooper today provided some information as to why these changes are being made in the newest Developer Insights:

 

Blizzard Icon Developer Insights: Patch Preview 6/23/2015

 

With this episode of Developer Insights, game designer Matthew Cooper is here to chat about a few of the changes you’ll be seeing to balance and hero functionality in the near-future. Let’s dive right in and see what’s coming to the Nexus.

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HERO AND TALENT REWORKS

 

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We have a number of Talent reworks coming to Heroes of the Storm with our next patch. Malfurion, Brightwing, Rehgar, and the Lost Vikings will be receiving significant changes. These changes coincide with our trend of diversifying our characters and offering new talent builds. Do note that the Lost Vikings have a high win rate, so their incoming changes are intended to result in a lower win rate, alongside the goal of greater talent diversity.

 

Promote

 

We’ve heard a strong amount of feedback, specifically from the competitive scene, about the Promote talent. We like that Promote offers an early game lane advantage, but it can be a problem as players start spending an exceedingly long time killing a Promoted enemy Minion. We’re changing Promote to affect PvE only, meaning a promoted Minion will do increased damage to enemy Minions and structures, and take reduced damage from these same sources. However, their new combat abilities will have no impact on other Heroes, allowing for players to quickly clean up a Promoted Minion wave.

 

Daze Tech

 

We are changing the way many of the knockbacks in Heroes of the Storm currently work. Previously, the majority of abilities that moved an enemy character also applied a stun during the movement. This means abilities like Tychus’ grenade or Raynor’s Penetrating Round would double as a Stun for channeled abilities. With this new tech, many of these knockback abilities will no longer stun mobile channeling abilities including Tychus’ Overkill, Li Li’s Jug of 1000 cups, Sonya’s Whirlwind, and Valla’s Strafe. Knockback effects that we’d like to apply a stun, Muradin’s Haymaker for example, will keep the stun, but it will be explicitly part of the ability and called out in the tooltip. As an added note, stationary channels such as Mosh Pit and Ravenous Spirit will still be interrupted by a knockback effect.

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Simply put, Possession is the least-picked Heroic ability in the game right now, and we’re excited to try out some changes to make the Heroic an enticing choice. There have been a number of great suggestions from the community on how to give this ability a makeover, and we’ve elected to run with a player-suggested alteration. Possession will now be a charge-based Heroic ability. Players will have 7 charges of Possession, allowing them to take control of an entire enemy Minion wave.

 

At level 20, you’ll have the option to receive charges more frequently, have a higher maximum charge count, and also be able to spend several charges on an enemy Mercenary. We’re excited to see what you guys think of these changes, and hope to see continued feedback after you’ve had a chance to try it out. We expect that Wailing Arrow will still be the primary Heroic as it is highly impactful in team fights, but anticipate that some split push builds will be able to utilize Possession effectively.

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BALANCE CHANGES

 

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Before our latest patch, Anub’arak wasn’t seeing a lot of play and there were complaints surrounding his Beetle AI logic. While improving the Beetle AI, we also removed some small pre-cast delays making Anub’arak more responsive and fun to play. We expected the alterations to increase Anub’arak’s win rate but we were not expecting him to shoot to the top of our win charts. To bring Anub’arak’s balance back in line, we are tweaking his Beetles and reducing damage from Locust Swarm. The beetles will keep the improved AI functionality, but they will have reduced damage and move slower. We like how Anub’arak is playing now, so we are taking a conservative approach to these changes. We will continue to make further changes if more tuning is needed.

 

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Illidan has been a popular balance topic for a while, but we’ve held off on making changes as Illidan’s win rate isn’t exceedingly high. Across all matches, Illidan is near the middle of the pack but starts to rise as we look at higher-skilled matches. In these particular matches we commonly see Illidan paired with a Rehgar or Abathur, helping to unlock his maximum potential. At these higher-skilled matches we also see a significant increase in Metamorphosis play.

 

To address these balance issues while also increasing Heroic Ability diversity, we’re looking to make some changes to Metamorphosis. Right now, it’s simply doing too many things too well. Metamorphosis damage is similar to The Hunt at level 20 and is often hitting multiple targets, so we’re reducing its damage significantly. Metamorphosis will keep a trivial amount of damage so it’ll continue to reveal cloaked heroes, dismount characters, etc. Along with the reduced damage, we’re also decreasing the impact area size, making it more difficult to hit an entire enemy team. With these changes, The Hunt becomes the better Heroic for isolating a single enemy hero, and Metamorphosis becomes primarily about repositioning and survival.

 

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With the new Daze Tech described above, Li Li’s Jug of 1000 Cups will become more powerful as fewer abilities will be able interrupt the Heroic. We are also changing the way blinds, or blinding attacks, work. Currently, being blinded prevents your next X attacks, and a secondary Y duration before falling off is enforced in case you don’t auto-attack for a long period of time. With this patch, we are removing the X hits and going purely with the Y duration, although these blind abilities will be tuned to have much shorter durations than the current iteration. Overall, the changes will be a solid buff to blind abilities against rapid auto-attackers like Illidan or Valla, but a nerf against enemies with slower attacks. For this reason, characters with blinds should become a more significant auto-attack counter.

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LATEST HERO: KAEL’THAS

 

Balance wise, Kael’thas has a win rate near the middle of our Assassins and has an appropriate impact on the game. In the future we’d like to provide Kael’thas players with more diverse talent options instead of the single build most players are selecting now. There will be no Kael’thas changes in this patch, but adjustments to address talent diversity will probably hit in the near future.

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And that about does it for this Patch Preview. Thanks to Matt Cooper and the design team for chatting with us about the content coming in the next update. Let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

 

Are these changes going to improve the game in your opinion? Let us know what you think.

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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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    • By Staff
      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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      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
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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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      A new Heroes patch is now available for playtesting on the PTR!
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      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting. We would like to take a moment to thank the community for providing insight and feedback for these changes. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
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      Lili Jug of 1,000 Cups healing increased from 66 to 80. Medivh Mage Armor duration increased from 4 seconds to 6 seconds. Mage Armor increased from 30 to 50 Armor. Nova Advanced Cloaking bonus mana regen increased from 3 to 6. Anti-Armor Shells duration increased from 3 seconds to 5 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. 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. Heroes
      Abathur Evolve Monstrosity Stacks are now a Heroic Quest. Toxic Nest is no longer triggered by Invulnerable enemies. Alarak Fixed an issue that caused Last Laugh to heal when they have been granted Spell leech. (Example: Nano Infusion from Ana) Anduin 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. Azmodan Bombardment will no longer attack inactive Mercenaries unless the attack is against an inactive Mercenary. Fixed Globe of Annihilation no longer stacking off of Possessed minions. 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. 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. 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. Junkrat 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 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. Rehgar Improved Death Recap for Hunger of the Wolf. Samuro Mirage now functions like other Spell Armor Blocks. 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 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. 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