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HotS: Balance Update - February 17, 2016

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The usual weekly balance update is now live. As it was expected, Li-Ming received some nerfs.

 

Only four Heroes got balance changes this week: Li-Ming, Rehgar, Stitches and Anub'arak. Here are the official patch notes:

 

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Li-Ming

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  • Astral Presence (Talent)
    • Mana Regeneration bonus now only triggers while below 25% Mana, rather than 50%
  • Diamond Skin (Talent)
    • Shield amount decreased from 25% to 20% of maximum Health
  • Tal Rasha’s Elements (Talent)
    • Ability Power bonus decreased from 20% to 10%
  • Magic Missiles (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 147 (+3.5% per level) to 147 (+3% per level)
  • Arcane Orb (W)
    • Ess of Johan (Talent) removed
    • Triumvirate (Talent)
      • Distance traveled requirement reduced from 80% to 65% of maximum distance

 

Developer Comments: Li-Ming is a little too strong right now. Her ability to deal incredible damage is awesome, it was just happening too often, too easily. We’ve nerfed Astral Presence and Diamond Skin to preserve a couple of her core weaknesses: Mana tension and fragility. We’ve also removed Ess of Johan, because we found that it made landing Magic Missiles too easy. While we know that a lot of players really enjoy Ess of Johan, we think that it will be better for Li-Ming in the long run to preserve her high skill cap.

 

Support

 

Rehgar

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  • Lightning Shield (W)
    • Rising Storm (Talent)
      • Damage bonus reduced from  20% to 10% per stack
      • Maximum stacks increased from 10 to 20

 

Developer Comments: Rehgar is still doing too much damage with his Lightning Shield. We like the high potential for damage output in this Talent, as chasing the dream is fun! However, we found that Rehgar players were reaching high damage values too fast, and reaching maximum stacks early became the rule rather than the exception.

 

Warrior

 

Anub'arak

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  • Hardened Carapace (W)
    • Shield amount increased from 242 (+4% per level) to 260 (+4% per level)

Developer Comments:
Anub’arak’s survivability is a little low right now, though not by much. We think that increasing it by buffing his low cooldown Shield helps him feel unique, and will give him a slight nudge toward becoming another enticing Warrior option at all levels of play.

 

Stitches

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  • Devour (E)
    • Last Bite (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction on kill decreased from 15 to 12 seconds

Developer Comments:
We started to notice a few situations where Stitches, after selecting Last Bite, would feel nigh unkillable when fighting near Minion waves or around Battleground Events that featured lots of small Monsters, like Infernal Shrines. We think this smaller nerf will embrace those situations without allowing them get out of control.

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wow they've hit Li-Ming so hard. That should do the trick :D

They've nerfed every possible talent build, Glass Canon build, Teleport Shield Build, Q Build.

 

But the teleport shield build still works, the reason it's op is that 25% heal at takedowns is op. You think you killed her but now she has 75% more hp because she killed Vikings with 1 combo. or 25% for murky. And that should put some gap between skilled players and normal ones.

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