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With the new patch hitting the live servers this week, there were some pretty important blue posts in the official forums and in social media.

 

Today, we have some clarifications on crucial issues, that were already known to the team from the previous week already.

 

Haunted Mines are gone for good

The controversial battleground has been retired for a while now. It seems that it won't be coming back at all, until it has been reworked completely - which isn't in the team's immediate plans. To reflect this change, we will be removing the hero-specific tips on this battleground from our guides; once the new Haunted Mines go live, we will update the guides with the strategies for the reworked map.

 

 

On banning new heroes in Ranked play

 

 

Potential balance changes

Dustin Browder finally acknowledged that Tyrande is overpowered and promised once again that the team is working on her.

 

 

Nova is also under scrutiny.

 

 

Dustin gave a glimpse of the changes in store for Lunara. As you know, she is a bit weak at the moment.

 

 

Lastly, Dustin gave a vague response to a player's matchmaking concerns.

 

 

Relentless and similar talents not reducing Octo-Grab duration is intended

In a Reddit topic, people were wondering if Relentless and similar talents not reducing Murky's Octo-Grab duration is a bug or not. Community Manager trikslyr clarified that this is intended, but he didn't elaborate on the reason behind that.

 

Blizzard Icon trikslyr

This might be a bit late on the response, but I have an answer for you!

Octo-grab's duration not being reduced by Relentless is intended.

(source)

 

Before we finish, there were also some mentions on MMR especially. A lot of members of the community have weighed in on the MMR issue, with most asking for a complete reset. Dustin Browder tweeted that he still doesn't think this is the best solution, but the team is working on it. No specifics yet, but in his own words: "[they] will do something".

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      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.