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Blizzard has just announced a new patch that will go live next week, on March 1st. Two of the new features will be more observer slots and ability cooldown announcements.

 

Dustin Browder has teased numerous times on Twitter that additional observer slots would be arriving soon. It turns out that soon means next week! Moreover, the Heroes team is adding a quality-of-life feature in the game: a system that will notify you and your teammates of availability, cooldowns, mana restrictions, charge counts, and other useful ability and talent info. Here's the official post:

 

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We’re constantly looking to up our game by adding features that make both playing and watching Heroes of the Storm a better experience. Below are a couple of examples of features hitting the Nexus in our next update. 

 

Expanded Observer Slots

 

In our upcoming patch the number of available observer slots in custom game lobbies will be expanding from two to six! With the option to include four additional observers, games will now be able to support multiple-language casts, utilize a dedicated stats observer, track action all over the map simultaneously, and potentially much more! Check out the screenshot below to get an idea of what custom game lobbies will look like in the near future.

 

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Ability Cooldown Announcements

 

In the fast-paced, team-brawling world of the Nexus, information is key. To help players communicate vital info quickly, our next patch will introduce a system that notifies your teammates of availability, cooldowns, mana restrictions, charge counts, and other useful ability and talent info using a simple Alt+Click system. On your way to a team-fight and your Heroic Ability just came off cooldown? Alt+Click the ability icon and a message will pop up in chat letting your team know the ability is ready, and it’s a great time to engage! A few examples of the types of information you are able to communicate and how the messages are displayed can be seen below:

 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at some of our upcoming features. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

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From the way the post is worded, these two features may not be the only ones included in next week's patch. The patch will also contain balance changes for Nova and Rehgar, which we will address in a different article.

 

Lastly, don't forget that Xul will also arrive next week (specifically on March 2nd) in the Nexus!

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