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Greymane is one of the upcoming assassin-class Heroes for Heroes of the Storm. Check out his abilities, talents, and our first impressions from the BlizzCon build.

 

We've already briefly gone over the major reveals from Day One of BlizzCon. In this article, we'll take a deeper look at one of the new heroes, Genn Greymane, including our impressions after having gotten some hands-on time with the hero.

 

Abilities and Talents

 

Before we go over our impressions of the hero, we are listing its talent tree in this section. We've hidden it so it does not clutter the article, but feel free to expand it if you want to check the talents out (including our current preferred picks).

 

Human abilities

 

  • Gilnean Cocktail (Q) - Hurl a flask in a line that deals X damage to the first enemy hit and explodes for 3X damage to enemies in a cone behind them. 70 mana, 9s cooldown.
  • Inner Beast (W) - Gain 50% Attack Speed for 3 seconds. Basic Attacks refresh this duration. 60 mana, 16s cooldown.
  • Darkflight (E) - Shapeshift into a Worgen and leap at an enemy dealing X damage. 10 mana, 6s cooldown.

 

Worgen abilities

 

  • Razor Swipe (Q) - Swipe forward and damage enemies you pass through. No mana cost, 4s cooldown.
  • Inner Beast (W) - Same as the human form.
  • Disengage (E) - Dash towards the targeted location and shapeshift into a Human. No mana cost, 6s cooldown.

Talents - personal favourite picks are underlined

 

Level 1

  • Wolfheart – While Inner Beast is active, each Basic Attack lowers its cooldown by 1 second.
  • Perfect Aim – Increases Gilnean Cocktail’s range by 15% and refunds 35 Mana if it hits an enemy Hero.
  • Scented Tincture – Gilnean Cocktail reveals enemy Heroes for 10 seconds.
  • Viciousness – Increases Inner Beast’s duration to 4 seconds, and causes Ability damage to also refresh its duration.

Level 4

  • Thick Skin – Using Darkflight reduces the damage of the next 2 Heroic Basic Attacks made against you by 50%.
  • Eyes in the Dark – Disengage grants Stealth for 4 seconds.
  • Insatiable – Inner Beast causes Basic Attacks to restore 5 Mana, up to 100.

Level 7

  • Quicksilver Bullets – Increases Human Basic Attack range by 20%
  • Incendiary Elixir – Gilnean Cocktail deals 200% more damage to the enemy it impacts and explodes even if it misses.
  • Drought Overflow – Doubles Gilnean Cocktail explosion length.
  • Wizened Duelist – Takedowns increase Basic Attack damage by 3% each, up to 15%.

Level 10

  • Go For the Throat – Leap at an enemy Hero and shapeshift into a Worgen, slashing 3 times for X total damage. If this kills them, the Ability can be used a second time within 10 seconds for free. 90 mana, 120 cooldown.

 

  • Marked for the Kill – Shapeshift into a Human and fire a shot hitting the first enemy Hero for X damage. For 5 seconds, they are Vulnerable, taking 25% more damage, and you can re-activate this to leap at them and shapeshift into a Worgen. 75 mana, 60 cooldown.

Level 13

  • Running Wild – Increases Darkflight and Disengage’s range by 35%
  • Visceral Attacks – Worgen Basic Attacks reduce Razor Swipe’s cooldown by 1 second.
  • On The Prowl – Inner Beast increases your movement speed by 30% once it has been active for 3 seconds.
  • Unfettered Assault – Doubles the range of Razor Swipe, but increases the cooldown by 2 seconds.

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Level 16

  • Concentrated Blast – Increases Gilnean Cocktail’s damage by 50% while Inner Beast is active.
  • Relentless Predator – Reduces the duration of silences, stuns, slows, roots, and polymorphs against you by 75% for 5 seconds after transforming into Worgen form.
  • Executioner – Basic Attacks deal 40% more damage against slowed, rooted, or stunned targets.
  • Alpha Killer – Worgen Basic Attacks against Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 3% of the Hero’s maximum Health.

Level 20

  • Unleashed – If the free cast of Go for the Throat kills its target, another free cast is provided.
  • Gilnean Roulette – Marked for the Kill passes through enemy Heroes, making all of them Vulnerable and allowing Leap to be used on each marked target once. The closest target is preferred.
  • Hunter’s Blunderbuss – Human Basic Attacks splash for 100% damage behind the target.
  • Tooth and Claw – Worgen Basic Attacks cleave for 100% damage.

 

Hero Design

 

Greymane is one of the 4 upcoming assassins announced at BlizzCon. Specifically, he is the first "hybrid" assassin, in that he has the ability to shapeshift, or transform himself, in order to completely change his ability set and heavily influence his short-term playstyle. In his basic "human" form, he fulfills the role of a typical ranged assassin, whittling down enemies with a barrage of relatively strong ranged attacks and abilities. In his alternate "Worgen" form, he fulfills the role of a melee assassin, dealing extreme levels of damage and rapidly closing gaps between himself and foes - at the cost of attack range, and, as a result, personal safety.

 

Unlike what I initially expected, shapeshifting is tied to his E-key ability, as opposed to being merely tied to his trait (D-key). Specifically, while in human form, the Darkflight ability (described in the spoiler above) causes Greymane to rapidly dash to a targeted enemy from a very respectable range, forcing him into his Worgen form. The trait itself includes a clause that makes the Worgen deal a hefty 40% more basic attack damage than the human one, at the cost of turning his once-safe ranged attack into a melee one. The Darkflight ability, as a Worgen, is replaced by Disengage, a long-ranged dash which, expectedly, allows one to disengage (or more recklessly, catch up to someone) and brings you back to that weaker but oh-so-reliable ranged human form.

 

The purpose of this design is twofold: first, it forces players to make use of both forms in order to play the hero optimally and, as such, exploit not only an limited facet of the hero. Second, it gives a very clear sense of direction to the hero's design, in that, without ever reading a single tooltip, you can very easily understand that the Worgen's purpose is to be in the thick of things (well, not so much, unless you do not value your own life) whereas the human form is meant to be played from range. This design is further emphasised by the fact that each respective form's abilities are appropriately ranged or melee, depending on the current form.

 

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Gamplay and Impressions

 

If you have played Nidalee from League of Legends, you may be well on your way to understanding the mindset that comes with playing shapeshifting heroes. In a best case scenario, you want to be in your most powerful form, and that is the melee one. However, as a frail assassin, this is hardly recommendable. As such, you must learn to appreciate each situation that is presented to you and respond accordingly by knowing when to go in for the kill, or simply relax from the back... at the cost of much potential damage.

 

The fact that the Worgen form feels so powerful and relentless makes the Darkflight ability very rewarding to use appropriately, but also, dangerously addicting. Against better judgement, I have more often than I would like to admit found myself dying in situations where I could have entirely lived simply because I wanted to embrace my inner beast and turn opponents into tiny red ribbons. As a side effect of his trait's potency (especially when combined with Inner Beast, described above), however, Greymane is a potent jungler, despite very limited self-sustain.

 

Gameplay-wise, his ranged form felt a bit like Valla, with the ability to deal a decent bit of area of effect damage and improve your own attack speed through attacks, and incentivising a constant use of basic attacks with Inner Beast. His melee form felt close to The Butcher, if simply not for the outrageous amount of damage that he could output, though also with the low cooldown, small area of effect Q-key ability that served to improve your uptime. If you happen to like either of these heroes (or even better, both!), which I do, then you may very much enjoy Greymane.

 

The hero's major downside is, as with most assassins, an appalling lack of any sort of crowd control. Not even his Heroic abilities offer him such options, something that is seldom seen in other heroes. I suppose that flexibility must come at a cost, must it not?

 

An Unfavourable Meta

 

With no crowd control nor any self-sustain (even through talents!), and an ability set that promotes an aggressive and frankly predictable in-your-face kind of playstyle, I can not currently foresee Greymane becoming a highly contested pick unless there is a drastic shift in a meta-game that is so punishing to melee heroes. Having the potential of dealing large amounts of damage is one thing, but if we are to learn anything from Friday's BlizzCon games, it is that team synergy and drafting is an overwhelming deciding factor for otherwise fair matches. And unfortunately for Greymane, he synergises very poorly with the vast majority of the hero pool and fails to bring new, meta-shaking tools to the field.

 

Some may argue that his "flexibility" is part of his strengths, but when we really get down to it, damage is damage. I must concede that he may see play as a finishing touch to well-drafted pick compositions that could use that bit of ranged damage, but that is nothing that other existing heroes may not provide.

 

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Genn Greymane in his ferocious Worgen form.

 

Conclusion

 

Greymane is a well-designed hero that is wildly satisfying to play. The majority of his talents complement an aggressive playstyle with more aggressive choices, which, unfortunately, may lock the hero away from seeing much serious play. I had a hard time gauging how much damage he actually dealt in comparison to other heroes, due to the fact that the BlizzCon build uses the new normalised hero stats, but his melee Worgen form is probably up there with The Butcher and Sonya. Both of his Heroic abilities involve dashing to something, meaning that if you fall behind, your team will have a difficult time to recover against well-coordinated teams.

 

For the more common of mortals, however, he will make a generalist pick that should work with and against most team compositions. Even when shifting to Worgen is hardly viable in some team fights, the form has an interesting PvE niche that will at least give it a purpose.

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Great write-up! Thanks for taking the time to put it all down.

This side of the scaling changes, the meta does seem to favor hard-hitting, self-sustaining heroes (since everyone is a little squishier). I agree that the lack of CC will hurt Greymane, and it leaves me wondering what niche he will fill. Perhaps a finisher, like the "new" Zeratul: stays safe until a hero is weak enough and jumps in for the kill. His ultimates certainly favor that kind of play style, and he has an incredible escape mechanic.

I wonder if you have any additional thoughts on him now that the new scaling is live and we've seen different assassin rise to compete for the coveted damage-dealing spot (Nova, Thrall)?

 

PS: One mechanics question, as I haven't been able to determine from the videos I've seen: does the cool down on Inner Beast start after casting, or after buff expires? e.g. will Inner Beast be able to attain full uptime like Sonya's Wrath if you keep swinging?

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PS: One mechanics question, as I haven't been able to determine from the videos I've seen: does the cool down on Inner Beast start after casting, or after buff expires? e.g. will Inner Beast be able to attain full uptime like Sonya's Wrath if you keep swinging?

 

Pretty sure you can keep it up permanently, though that's pretty hard to do outside of during the laning phase.

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      Skin Variations, Mount Variations, and Master Skins have been reclassified as individual items. Players can receive these items as Loot Chest drops, or Forge them using Shards, but they are no longer unlocked via Hero progression. Players who owned any Skins, Master Skins, and Mounts prior to Heroes of the Storm 2.0 will still be able to use them after release. In addition to the base version of those Skins and Mounts, players will also permanently receive both of those items’ variations —whether or not they had previously unlocked them through progression. Featured and New Items In addition to Forging Skins and Mounts using Shards, or finding them in Loot Chests, a number of Featured Skins and Mounts will be available for Gem purchase in the Collection. To keep things fresh, the list of Featured Skins and Mounts will rotate on a regular basis. Many newly released Skins and Mounts will also be purchasable using Gems for several weeks following their arrival to the Nexus. Much like new Heroes receive a Gold price reduction once they’ve been in the Nexus for a few weeks, new Skins and Mounts that are unlockable using Gems start at a higher than normal Shard price. These items will receive a Shard price reduction a few weeks after they are added to the game. New items that are only unlockable via Loot Chests and Forging (such as a new version of an existing Skin) will not start at a higher Shard price, or receive a Shard price reduction. Seasonal Items Some existing holiday-themed Skins and Mounts, including Winter Veil, Hallow’s End, Lunar Festival, and other seasonal items, will only be unlockable during in-game events for those holidays. Unlock seasonal and holiday-themed items during their associated in-game events via Loot Chest drops, or by forging them with Shards.   User Interface
      General
      Keep track of Gem, Gold, and Shard totals using the counters that have been added next to the Party Panel at the top of the screen. The Stimpack, First Win of the Day, and XP Bonus indicators have been moved beneath the Player Portrait in the upper-right corner of the screen. Attack Move Target Point Attack Move Target Point has been added to the Gameplay Options menu. If enabled, attack move (default: A + Left-Click) concentrates on the closest enemy to the target point. If disabled, attack move concentrates on the closest enemy to your Hero. Quest Log A Progression section has been added to the bottom of the Quest Log, which will display upcoming progression system rewards. Clicking the Progression section of the Quest Log will open the Progression tab or Hero Detail page in the Player Profile, depending on which type of reward was displayed. Loadouts
      Loadouts offer the ability to customize which Skins, Mounts, Banners, Sprays, Voice Lines, and Announcers each Hero will use in-game. A new “Loadout” button has replaced the “Skins” and “Mounts” buttons in the lower left corner of the Hero Select screen and Draft Lobbies. Click the Loadout button to bring up the customization window, and then use the row of item category buttons at the top to choose which gear to equip in the selected loadout. Use the dropdown menu beneath the row of category buttons to filter by owned and unowned items, or enter keywords in the Search bar to find specific items. Items that have not yet been unlocked can be Forged directly from the Loadout window using Shards. The items that are currently equipped in the selected Loadout will be displayed at the center of the screen above the Ready button. Up to 3 Loadouts can be set per Hero, and they are automatically saved whenever a change is made. Switch among a Hero’s Loadouts using the dropdown menu in the upper-left corner of the customization window. Enter a name for each loadout using the text bar at the top of the customization window. Player Profile
      The Player Profile has been reworked and received additional visual polish. Profile navigation has moved to the top of the window, and each Profile tab has changed in the following ways: Summary The number of Most Played Heroes displayed has increased from 3 to 4. A number of new statistics, as well as award and reward information, will now be displayed in the bottom half of the window. Current player level, and Ranked play badges have moved to the right side of the window. The chart detailing the number of games played per Hero role can be found in the lower-right corner. Progression Current player level, and the 3 Heroes who are closest to leveling-up, will now be displayed at the center of the Progression tab. Upcoming progression rewards will populate along the left-side of the window. Roster (Formerly: “Hero Collection”) All available Heroes, and their current Hero level progress, are visible on this tab. Click a Hero to view additional statistics and upcoming Hero progression rewards. Buttons have also been added for the Collection and Try Mode. Favorite Heroes and a number of new statistics can now be found on the right side of the window. Match History Has received additional visual polish. Statistics Use this tab to view a number of new Hero statistics, Battleground win-rates, and a variety of other performance data. Portrait This tab has been removed from the Profile. Players can now select their Portraits and Portrait Borders using the Portraits category in the Collection. Mastery Taunts
      Issuing an in-game Taunt using a Hero who has reached level 15 or higher will now display unique “mastery” visual effects. The Hero will also play its taunt animation and voiceover. Issue an in-game Taunt using the radial emote menu (default: X), by pressing the Taunt hotkey (default: J), or by typing “/Taunt” into chat. Additional Hero Mastery Taunts will be added to the game in future patches, unlocking at levels 25, 50, 75, and 100. Read our recent blog on Mastery Taunts for more information. Heroes Brawl
      Completing matches in Heroes Brawl will now award Hero XP. In cases where multiple Heroes are used during the same Heroes Brawl, the total XP earned will be divided evenly among them. Completing the weekly Heroes Brawl quest will now award a Loot Chest, rather than a Portrait and Gold. In-Game U.I.
      The in-game Chat box has been slightly lowered to provide more visibility in the center of the screen. Expression Wheel An Expression Wheel has been added, which can be used to quickly drop a Spray, play a Voice Line, as well as issue Dance and Taunt commands, in-game. Press “X” to bring up the Expression Wheel, and then drag the cursor in the direction of the desired expression. The Voice Line and Spray that are available in-game can be set using the Loadout button during Hero Select, as detailed above. Art
      General
      The Loading Screen displayed upon launching the game client has received new art! Visual effects that indicate Movement Speed bonuses have received updates. Sprays have received additional polish that should help them feel more integrated with battleground environments. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Tassadar: Nullification (Talent) has received updated visual effects. Battlegrounds
      Layout Adjustments
      The following Battlegrounds have each received a number of minor layout improvements in order to alleviate certain areas that could create awkward gameplay moments. Sky Temple Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror These changes generally consist of small adjustments to the terrain, and some areas of brush have been pruned or removed. Battleground art has been updated to match the areas where these changes were made. Heroes
      Assassin
      Valeera

      Abilities
      Eviscerate (E) Damage reduced from 100 to 85 per combo point Talents
      Level 13 Death from Above (Q) Teleport range reduced from 7 to 6 Level 20 Coldblood (E) Removed Specialist
      Probius

      Abilities
      Photon Cannon (E) Can now be self-cast Support
      Auriel

      Abilities
      Resurrect (R) New Functionality Increased cooldown from 70 to 120 seconds Reduced channel time from 3 to 0.5 seconds Added a 5 second delay between finishing the cast and the Hero coming back to life Talents
      Level 20 Light Speed (R) New Functionality Removed the increased Health upon reviving Now causes the cooldown of Resurrect to recharge 100% faster while previous target is alive Brightwing

      Abilities
      Soothing Mist (Trait) Now displays a range ring around Brightwing that conveys the radius of her heal. This is only visible to Brightwing. Uther

      Stats
      Removed passive Armor Base maximum Health increased from 2054 to 2156 Health Regeneration increased from 4.28 to 4.49 Abilities
      Holy Light (Q) Healing amount reduced from 427 to 380 Now also heals Uther for 190 if cast on an ally Holy Radiance (W) Healing amount reduced from 219 to 160 (now matches damage) Mana cost reduced from 65 to 60 Eternal Devotion (Trait) Added Functionality: When Uther heals anyone with a Basic Ability, they gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds.  This effect does not stack with itself. Talents
      Level 1 Conjurer’s Pursuit (Passive) Removed Wave of Light (W) No longer has a cap on the Mana return and Cooldown Reduction amounts Now grants the benefits when enemy Heroes are damaged Increased the amount of Mana returned from 8 to 10 Added a quest component: !Quest: Heal or damage 60 Heroes with Holy Radiance !Reward: Increase the duration of Eternal Devotion’s Armor effect to 3 seconds Hammer of the Lightbringer (E) New functionality: Uther’s Basic Attacks restore 1.5% of his maximum Mana !Quest: Hit 75 enemy Heroes with Basic Attacks !Reward: Basic Attacks also reduce the cooldown of Hammer of Justice by 1 second Fist of Justice (E) Removed (New) Silver Touch (Q) !Quest:  Reduce damage taken from Heroes using Eternal Devotion's Armor effect !Reward:  After reducing 40 sources of Hero damage, reduce the Mana cost of Holy Light by 20 !Reward:  After reducing 80 sources of Hero damage, reduce the Mana cost of Holy Light by an additional 20 and increase the cast range by 50% Level 4 Beacon of Light (Q) Moved to level 16 New functionality: While below 50% Health, Uther receives 200% more self-healing when healing others with Holy Light Boundless Conviction (W) Removed Protective Shield (Active) Removed (New) Pursuit of Justice (E) Casting Hammer of Justice increases Uther's Movement Speed by 20% for 3 seconds Level 7 Burden of Guilt (E) Removed Holy Fire (Passive) Moved to level 4 Damage reduced from 18 to 16 per second Cleanse (Active) Removed (New) Armor of Faith (Trait) Holy Light recharges 100% faster for 6 seconds when Uther is Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced (New) Guardian of Ancient Kings (Trait) Healing a Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced Hero with a Basic Ability increases the Armor bonus of Eternal Devotion from 25 to 75 (New) Hand of Protection (Active) Activate to make target ally Unstoppable for 1 second.  Cannot be cast on yourself.  90 second cooldown.  Basic Attack reduce this cooldown by 5 seconds. Level 13 Blessed Champion (Q) Healing from Basic Attacks reduced from 20% to 15% of Holy Light, but is calculated from the combined total of Holy Light’s Ally and self heal Holy Shock (Q) Moved to level 4 No longer increases the value of Uther’s next Holy Light, but instead refunds 45 Mana when cast on an enemy Holy Shock still heals Uther for 200 if cast on an enemy Shrink Ray (Active) Removed (New) Well Met (E) Hammer of Justice also reduces enemy Hero Movement Speed by 25% and damage by 25% for 3 seconds Level 16 Hardened Focus (Passive) Removed Righteous Defense (Q) Removed Gathering Radiance (W) Removed (New) Tyr's Deliverance (W) Hitting an allied Hero with Holy Radiance increases their healing received by 40% for 6 seconds Level 20 (New) Divine Protection (Trait) Eternal Devotion's Armor can now stack twice. Each new application will refresh the duration of both armor effects LEVEL (TIER)   UTHER TALENTS     1 (1) (!) Silver Touch (Q) (!) Wave of Light (W) (!) Hammer of the Lightbringer (E)   4 (2) Holy Shock (Q) Pursuit of Justice (E) Holy Fire (Passive)   7 (3) Armor of Faith (Q) Guardian of Ancient Kings (Trait) Hand of Protection (Active)   10 (4) Divine Shield Divine Storm — — 13 (5) Blessed Champion (Q) Well Met (E) Spell Shield (Passive)   16 (6) Beacon of Light (Q) Tyr's Deliverance (W) Benediction (Active)   20 (7) Bulwark of Light (R) Divine Hurricane (R) Redemption (Passive) Divine Protection (Passive) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent. Warrior
      Anub'arak

      Abilities
      Burrow Charge (E) Hovering over this ability will now show the range indicator for distance traveled, as well as the area affected when he emerges from burrow Locust Swarm (R) A range indicator will now appear to Anub’arak while Locust Swarm is active Talents
      Level 13 Urticating Spines (W) Hovering over the ability button after selecting this talent will now show a range indicator Bug Fixes
      General
      Mac: Launching Heroes of the Storm using the Mac 10.12 OS will no longer adjust the player’s mouse acceleration setting. Battlegrounds
      Battlefield of Eternity: Fixed a rare issue in which an Immortal could be awarded to the wrong team if both Immortals were killed at nearly the same time. Haunted Mines: The terrain surrounding Sapper Merc Camps will now correctly block vision of the camp. Haunted Mines: Leoric will no longer fail to respawn properly after being killed via damage dealt by a nearby spawning Grave Golem. Tomb of the Spider Queen: Webweavers will no longer become distracted by Summoned units. Try Mode: The Complete Quests button will now correctly set Zul’jin’s You Want Axe quest to 120 attacks, rather than 500. Try Mode: The Reset Talents button will now correctly remove bonus Hungering Arrow strikes earned by previously completing the Puncturing Arrow quest. Try Mode: Tassadar’s Oracle cooldown will now be correctly reduced by 15 seconds when completing the Mental Acuity quest via the Complete Quests button. Art
      Cyber Ram: Fixed an issue in which the Cyber Ram’s hind legs appeared slanted. Gazlowe: Restored missing visual effects during Gazlowe’s transformation into Robo-Goblin form. Greymane: Restored missing visual effects during Go for the Throat. Rexxar: Misha, Focus! now uses the same Ability icon in-game as it does on Rexxar’s detail page in the Collection. Valla: Strafe visual effects will no longer continue to play after the Ability expires. Varian: Will no longer appear scaled-down on the Ranked Play screen. Xul: Will no longer appear offset on the Ranked Play screen. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Quest Talents: Fixed a bug that caused quest talents that track every second to ping continuously. They will now only ping every 5 seconds as intended. Regeneration Globes: Will now play an animation upon expiration rather than suddenly disappearing. Spell Shield: Toggling Spell Shield will no longer cancel an active Hearthstone channel. Abathur: Heroes can no longer push a player-controlled Monstrosity by walking into it. Auriel: Detainment Strike will now correctly stun enemies who collide with corners of terrain. Auriel: Fixed an issue that could cause Resurrect’s revive message to appear on the MVP screen. Chen: Freshest Ingredients will no longer grant 3 Health Regeneration stacks for Regeneration Globes collected during Storm, Earth Fire. Diablo: Fixed an issue preventing Diablo from using Basic Attacks against his Overpower target if Overpower was interrupted by Zeratul’s Void Prison. Cho: Twilight Hammer will now deal damage to Murky’s Pufferfish. Gall: Fixed an issue that could cause Gall to use his base skin on the MVP screen despite using an alternate skin during the match. Gazlowe: Can now correctly issue commands to active Rock-It! Turrets while dead. Illidan: Fixed an issue that could cause Illidan to respawn at his death location if he cast Sweeping Strikes in the same moment that he was killed. Murky: Can no longer call down a Nuke during Safety Bubble on Warhead Junction.
      Nazeebo: Corpse Spiders will no longer prioritize Kharazim’s Air Ally or Lúcio’s Boombox over enemy Heroes. Probius: Pylons and Photon Cannons will no longer be affected by Power Overflowing when Probius is not inside a Pylon’s Power Field. Samuro: Way of Illusion will no longer continue to generate quest progress icons after its quest is complete. Tassadar: Prismatic Link will no longer cause Basic Attacks to continue to hit the tertiary target if the primary and secondary targets move out of range of one another. The Butcher: Victuals will no longer stop functioning after completing Fresh Meat’s quest. The Butcher: Butcher’s Brand visual effects will no longer persist on a Punisher until it is killed. The Butcher: Will now properly receive Healing for Basic Attack damage dealt to a Punisher affected by Butcher’s Brand. The Lost Vikings: Fixed an issue causing Olaf to begin attacking the nearest enemy after using Charge, rather than the intended target. Tracer: After using Blink, Tracer will now correctly continue to walk in the direction she was originally moving prior to the cast. Tyrael: Fixed an issue that could cause Archangel’s Wrath to immediately explode on death, and prevent Tyrael from respawning. Varian: After learning Second Wind, Varian will now correctly earn bonus Healing for bonus damage dealt by Shattering Throw against a Shielded target. Zagara: Damage dealt by Hunter Killer and Roach summons will no longer be reduced by Armor. Zeratul: A revealed icon will no longer appear above enemies hit by Rending Cleave. Zul’jin: Taz'dingo! Will now correctly prevent Zul’jin from dying when cast at the same moment that he would have taken fatal damage. Sound
      E.T.C.: Enemies affected by a Mosh Pit that was cast from inside of a bush or vent will now correctly hear the Ability’s sound effects. User Interface
      Hotkeys: Control group hotkeys in the default Standard for Lefties profile now correctly mirror the Standard profile, with the first slot bound to the 7 key. Heroes Brawl: Brawls that only require completion of 2 matches will no longer state that 3 matches are needed in order to earn rewards. Kill Feed: The Kill Feed will no longer display blank portraits for Heroes who are killed by an Immortal while the Immortals are dueling on Battlefield of Eternity.
    • By Stan

      Blizzard unveiled D.Va as the next Hero to join the roster in their Hanamura Showdown trailer.
      Hana "D.Va" Song will be a Warrior in the Nexus. Skills and abilities Tba.
      You do not have to fight alone! Battle over Hanamura, ancient home of the Shimada clan, with Genji and D.Va while you experience a world of new content in our game-redefining update we’re calling Heroes of the Storm 2.0. It’s a whole new era for Heroes, and we can’t wait to see you in the Nexus!
    • By Stan

      To celebrate Heroes 2.0 release, every player that logs in between April 25 and May 22 is entitled to a bundle with 20 free Heroes. Redditor Soulless2k4 has put up a useful tool that helps to determine the best Gold value of Mega Bundles. It requires basic input, just select Heroes you own and you'll quickly get results with Gold value of all the bundles.
      Bundle Value Calculator
      Visit this website Please keep in mind that the website receives a lot of traffic and @Soulless2k4 is working around the clock to minimize its downtime! Select Heroes you own and click on "Ready" The website will provide the total Gold value of Heroes you don't own for every bundle
    • By Stan

      The latest Reddit Q/A dealt with Genji and the new Hanamura battleground. We bring you a summary of the most relevant questions that received blue responses.
      Reddit Genji & Hanamura Q/A Roundup: Apr 25
      Most important information
      Alarak, Tyrande, Lt. Morales reworks are coming soon Map rotation is in the works Loot Chests Reroll Pricing Normal: 250/500/750 Gold Epic: 500/1,000/1,500 Gold Future Reworks
      While there is no ETA, the following Heroes will receive updates in near future
      Alarak Tyrande Lt. Morales Genji
      Blizzard started working on the Hero in August The team approached the idea of allowing Deflect to work like it does in Overwatch (where it reflects most abilities/projectiles). In Heroes, there were a lot of odd scenarios (e.g. deflecting a Flamestrike / Blizzard). They tried to fix it by having Genji constantly aim the deflection, but that felt bad given its short duration and the fact you constantly had to bash "W" Deflect is seen as aurvival skill for reversing sticky situations that Genji often finds himself in Due to Genji's nature of being a high mobility, high damage Assassin, devs didn't want to add many talents that ventured outside of that defined role Swift Strike (aside from globals) is the longest movement ability in the game Allowing his Swift Strike [E] to collide with walls would cause plenty of issues - it would make securing kills difficult, clipping the side of a building or a bush could feel frustrating. Secondly, they wanted Genji to be played very aggressively, appearing in the middle of team fights at any given moment Reviewing his kit from Overwatch, they learned that pulling out the sword is a huge deal and sometimes it's deliberate for Genji. Because of this, they didn't decide to go with a melee-centric Q for Genji Heroes with lots of mobility are taxed highly in other areas to ensure that they are balanced and fun to play against Creating an alternative sword-based attack (Genji's second Heroic ability - Dragonblade) was more interesting than giving him the Tracer treatment. Hanamura
      The first version of healing pulse had an AoE cleanse built into it Blizzard's still eager to create maps with "unique conditions" (like Hanamura & Towers of Doom) in the future Internal testing showed that an 8 HP core constantly pushed the game to a 24 minute range, which is longer than ideal Dehaka was an initial concern, since there's a lack of bushes/scrubs on the map. More were added to favor his travel mechanic The art team came up with Hanamura and when they were brainstorming their approach to building the first Overwatch Battleground they wanted to do Payloads - because it gives Heroes something never done before - a mobile objective. They were concerned with potential complexity of the battleground It's a constant struggle between developing new ideas versus becoming the game with too many ideas Misc
      Combating toxic behavior is ongoing, but they want to avoid accidentally taking action against players (something like intentional feeding can be harder to pick out) Some sort of forgiveness for players affected by toxic behavior and disconnects is planned At some point, the Heroes eSports webpage and HoTS Tournaments will be accessible (read) via an in-game tab, no ETA They will keep adding new content to loot boxes No brawl-themed portraits are considered for now, existing brawl portraits will be achievements Map rotation will be added relatively soon and the team wants to get more aggressive with updating battlegrounds, similar to what they do for Heroes There is no set formula to determine camp despawns during objectives; On Infernal Shrines, they learned that active mercenary camps end up supporting the team more than a lost objective No changes to requirements to play Ranked with 2.0 are planned Prices for rerolling Loot Chsts: Normal: 250/500/750 Gold Epic: 500/1,000/1,500 Gold No loading screen complexity is planned, they want the information to stay simple Heroes devs work very closely with the Overwatch team to make sure that Heroes are genuine. Animations are done from scratch Blizzard Mantra - "The game needs to be easy to learn, but difficult to master" End-game screen Macros to congratulate the enemy team are considered There are much more AA Heroes than casters and it's something they want to balance out