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Heroes of the Storm Patch - No More Random AFK Heroes in Hero League

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The Artanis pre-release patch went live today in Heroes of the Storm, and includes a minor buff to Lt. Morales and a handful of matchmaking system changes - including a Hero League draft AFK penalty!

 

You can learn more about Artanis in this Hero Spotlight:

 

 

The patch notes are included below. Eliminating the functionality where AFK players were assigned a random Hero is an immense step forward in how ranked play will work, and players are going to see an improvement in the quality of their Hero League experience as a result.

 

Blizzard Icon Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes -- October 20, 2015

 

ARTANIS PRE-RELEASE

 

Artanis, our newest StarCraft warrior hero, is now available to players that pre-purchased StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Read on for a brief overview of this hero’s abilities.

  • Artanis will be available for purchase from the in-game Shop for all players starting on Tuesday, October 27.

Trait

  • Shield Overload
    • If you take damage while below 50% Health, gain a Shield for 5 seconds. Your Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Shield Overload by 4 seconds.

Basic Abilities

  • Blade Dash (Q)
    • Dash forward to deal damage to enemies, then return to deal significantly more damage.
  • Twin Blades (W)
    • Your next Basic Attack immediately strikes the enemy twice.
  • Phase Prism (E)
    • Fire a Phase Prism that deals damage to a Hero and swaps your position with theirs.

Heroic Abilities

  • Purifier Beam ®
    • Target an enemy with an orbital beam from the Spear of Adun, dealing damage every second for 8 seconds. The beam will chase the target as they move. Unlimited range.
  • Suppression Pulse ®
    • Fire a large area pulse from the Spear of Adun, dealing damage and Blinding enemies for 4 seconds. Unlimited range.

 

HEROES

 

LT. MORALES

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  • Health increased from 700 (+110 per level) to 840 (+130 per level)
  • Base Health Regeneration increased from 1.46 per second to 1.75

 

SHOP

 

Bundles

  • The following bundles have been removed from the in-game Shop:
    • Apothecary Lt. Morales Bundle
    • Marshal Raynor Bundle
    • Altered Fates Bundle
    • Altered Fates Ultimate Bundle

Price Changes

  • Lt. Morales’ price has been reduced from 15,000 to 10,000 Gold

 

SYSTEM CHANGES

 

Ranked Draft Lobbies

  • Draft Mode AFK Penalty
    • Players failing to select a Hero in Hero League draft lobbies will no longer be granted a random Hero. Instead, the AFK player will now receive leaver penalties and the game lobby will disband, placing all remaining players back at the queue screen.
      • NOTE: Players who pre-select a Hero but do not lock in will not be punished under this new system. Using that time to communicate with your team is expected. Players will be locked in with their selected hero, if it is still available, once their selection timer runs out.
  • Increased Selection Time
    • The time allotted to select your hero in Hero League and Team League draft lobbies has been increased from 30 to 45 seconds.

Matchmaking

  • Maximum queue time has been increased from 360 to 600 seconds.
  • Queue times have been improved for new players.

 

BUG FIXES

 

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused abnormal Hero movement when a Dragon Knight or Garden Terror was killed or expired nearby.

Heroes and Talents

  • Fixed an issue preventing Abathur’s Toxic Nests from dealing splash damage.
  • Nazeebo’s Corpse Spiders and Zombie Wall Abilities will now deal damage to Immortals on the Battlefield of Eternity battleground.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the player’s camera to remain locked on Lt. Morales’ Medivac Dropship after exiting it with Camera Lock enabled.

 

If you have feedback on the new ranked draft mode experience, we'd love to hear it! Please provide comments on this thread.

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      - ANARCHY: We just turn all the Quick Match rules off and hope the problem solves itself!
      As us Brits like to say: Answers on a Postcard addressed to the Nexus and I'll collate the responses.
      Arams are amazing is there a plan to add a ranked version of it? This might add some sort of strategy to the mode.
      While that sounds like a nifty idea, we don't have any plans to add a ranked mode for ARAM at this time.
      I'd have a few concerns with doing it - primarily that ARAM is intended to be a fun, wacky mode where you can kind of wind down and relax. If we turn it into a competitive thing, a lot of that spirit can easily be lost in the name of created a better ranked experience.
    • By positiv2
      This thread is for comments about our Anomalies guide for Heroes of the Storm.
    • By Stan
      Sleepy Cloud is still on sale this week for 1,000 Gems, but you can no longer buy the 360 Day Boost.
      Don't forget to check out this week's Free Hero Rotation and Deathwing Patch Notes!
      Deathwing is free for all Virtual Ticket holders, but if you're buying the Hero with Gems/Gold, you may have noticed an increased price.

      Hero Sales
      The following Heroes are available for purchase at a reduced Gem cost:
      Heroes Old Price New Price Hanzo 750 Gems 375 Gems Imperius 750 Gems 375 Gems Muradin 500 Gems 250 Gems
    • By Stan
      This week's brawl is Industrial District! The single-lane Overwatch-themed map comes with standard play and shuffle pick and the goal is to destroy the enemy Core to claim victory. Complete three games to receive a Loot Chest.
      Blizzard (Source)
      This week’s Heroes Brawl is Industrial District! Slide around and slug it out in the heart of Volskaya in this Overwatch-themed, single-lane Battleground featuring lots of conveyor belts and tons of action.
      Rules:
      Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
      Complete three matches of the Industrial District Brawl to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
    • By Stan
      Due to some unexpected issues, Blizzard's delaying the Deathwing patch in Europe and the update should go live at around 5 PM PST (2:00 AM CET).
      Meanwhile, the patch has hit other regions and you can read the full patch notes for details.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Hello,
      Due to an unexpected issue found, we’re delaying the Heroes of the Storm live patch release in EU region to 5pm, tomorrow, December 4, PST.
      Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding. We’ll get it ready as soon as we can!
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