HotS: Developers to Foster Talent Diversity

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According to a reddit post of a player sharing his feedback and insight on the current design of Chen, we got a blue response from Technical Designer BlizzJohnzee.


Balance-wise, Chen seems to be alright in terms of gameplay. Where flaws kick in are his talents. They will be reworked sometime in the future, similar to the Nova & Rehgar treatments in the latest patch.


Interesting Facts

  • More Heroes are going to receive total talent changes, fostering more talent diversity, such as we've seen done with Nova or Rehgar.
  • Kael'thas and other range assassins are subject to incoming talent changes in a forthcoming patch.


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Hey - I love your post. You seem very well-researched and extremely passionate about a hero who is very close to my heart. Reading through the rest of the comments in this thread, I think there's a lot of neat ideas, too. I led the design of Chen while he was under development, way back before the Tech Alpha - maybe I can help a little bit with the insight you're looking for.
We hear the feedback. We've been watching Chen the same way we're watching all the other heroes in the game, and balance-wise he seems to be in a pretty good spot (it's true that we're not seeing him in competitive play right now, but his general winrate is near-even). The Fortifying Brew gameplay is certainly the core of playing Chen, and when it's disrupted by a stun it can potentially shut him down. There are balance "tuning knobs" there that we can adjust so it's not so feast-or-famine when you're immediately stunned, but in general we want to keep the tactical gameplay of choosing a good time to drink (and enemies being able to disrupt that if they play well).
The place where Chen is not as well-off is in Talents. One of the things we've been focusing on right now as a part of Hero balance is to change Talents to foster more pick diversity. Heroes with really bad Talent pick rates are our current targets - we've made changes to Rehgar and Nova in the last patch, and we're looking at heroes like Kael'thas next. Chen is certainly on that list - in particular, (as you alluded to) Brewmaster's Balance is a big sticking point that dominates Level 7. Moving that Talent baseline may be a potential solve, but we want to explore a lot more options, too. Moving or changing one Talent often has repercussions for the rest of the Talent tree, and we want to make sure we get it right.
I don't have any details on what potential changes might be (or when they will happen), but I did want to let you know that it's on our minds. Keep the feedback coming - we are listening. We love to play these heroes too! smile.png



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