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We had no balance update this week, but we are getting a small one next week (on March 1) along with the new patch. Here are the details.

 

Nova's Snipe ability is getting a small buff, while Rehgar is receiving further nerfs that will make him more on the same level as the other Support characters.

 

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We are planning to release a new patch for Heroes of the Storm next week on Tuesday, March 1. In addition to the game content this patch will contain, it will also include a few balance changes for Nova and Rehgar. Check out the upcoming adjustments and developer comments below:

Nova


Snipe (Q)
  • Damage increased from 295 (+4% per level) to 310 (+4% per level)
  • Snipe Master (Talent)
    • Damage bonus per stack increased from 12% to 15%. This effect can still stack up to 5 times

Developer Comment: We are continuing to tune Snipe Master to make it a more attractive choice, assuming you are consistently landing your Snipes.

Rehgar


Lightning Shield (W)

  • Electric Charge (Talent)
    • Bonus to Lightning Shield radius decreased from 33% to 25%
    • Stormcaller (Talent)
      • No longer increases Lightning Shield duration
    • Earthshield (Talent)
      • Shield amount reduced from 15% to 12% of the target’s maximum Health

Ancestral Healing ( R )

  • Cooldown increased from 80 to 100 seconds

Bloodlust ( R )

  • Mana cost reduced from 125 to 75

Developer Comment: The initial round of Rehgar nerfs weren’t quite enough to bring his winrate down to a level that we think is healthy. We like that his base kit feels powerful, so we are aiming to reduce the synergy between his Lightning Shield Talents. We are also increasing Ancestral Healing’s cooldown to better reflect the healing power it brings to a teamfight. The Bloodlust Mana change is simply a quality of life improvement. Overall, we enjoy how Rehgar plays right now, and are excited to see him bring other Heroes, such as Illidan, back into prominence. With that in mind, we’re aiming to cautiously nerf Rehgar over time as we bring this Shaman in line with other Healers.

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"we’re aiming to cautiously nerf Rehgar"

You gotta be kidding me, they buff a hero to a point where it is a 100% pick in ranked with a high win rate (like rehgar), and then they start nerfing it to the GROUND where the hero drops out of the meta!! 

Now next stop is Illidan, illidan gets buffs, jumps into team fights, kills all, win rates starts to increase, then they realize that they buffed him too much, now is the time to nerf illidan and kick him out of meta again. LOL

There is no stability in this game like this, you can't fall for any hero. just like World of Warcraft, when you try and learn Monk and do great in raids, they nerf it and your guild asks you to play something else. 

Blizz can't beat League of Legends, to get their most played game of the month back, if they keep this constant change of meta. People start to hate the game when they can't win with Nova or Gazlowe. Then they change to Illidan and now he's at the bottom without a good comp. Then people buy Raynor because it's op and easy, one nerf and he's out too. It's just frustrating.

Even in the last night's game, Could 9 couldn't do anything with illidan on their side. 

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