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HotS: PTR Patch Notes - May 9, 2016

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A new patch has hit Public Test Realms. It adds Chromie and brings a lot of class changes, namely the highly-anticipated revamp of Arthas & Anub'arak.

 

Following the revelation of both Chromie and Medivh we've got a new patch up on Public Test Realms. You can check the full Patch Notes below.

 

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NEW HERO: CHROMIE

Chromie, Keeper of Time, has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play! Read on for a brief overview of her Abilities.

Trait

  • Timewalker
    • You’ve traveled into the future, and as such, will learn your Talents 1 level earlier than your teammates.

Basic Abilities

  • Sand Blast (Q)
    • After 1 second, fire a long-range blast that damages the first enemy Hero it hits.
  • Dragon’s Breath (W)
    • Fire a blast into the air that lands after 1.5 seconds, dealing damage to enemies in an area. Enemies cannot see where the blast will land.
  • Time Trap (E)
    • Place a Time Trap that arms and Stealths after 2 seconds. The first enemy Hero to touch it will be placed into Stasis for 2 seconds. Only 1 Trap can exist at once.

Heroic Abilities

  • Slowing Sands [R]
    • Create a swirling vortex of sand which greatly slows enemies caught within its area of effect. The longer Slowing Sands is active, the greater its slow becomes.
  • Temporal Loop [R]
    • Target enemy Hero will be teleported 3 seconds back in time to the position they were in when you initially cast Temporal Loop.

SYSTEM CHANGES

Hero League Matchmaking

The top few hundred players in the world have extremely high matchmaking ratings (MMR), and the MMR gap between these players and the general population can be dramatic. At times, only a few of these extremely talented players are in the queue waiting for a match. In these cases, a highly-skilled player could previously be matched with several of the best available allies in queue, along with one lower-rated player in order to help balance out the team’s average MMR and find a match more quickly.

A new change has been implemented with today’s patch in which the matchmaking system will prefer to create a game that’s a little less even, using the highest-rated players available, rather than create an even game that includes lesser-skilled players.

In the overwhelming majority of the games it creates, the matchmaking system prefers very even matches. However, in cases like those described above, the matchmaking system will prefer to create games where the high-level player has a slight advantage, but all players are closer in skill, rather than set up a match where the high-level player has to work harder to “carry” a lesser-skilled teammate. In essence, today’s change will help to maintain the overall fairness and integrity of the league over the fairness of that specific match. Additionally, this should only occur after a relatively lengthy wait in the Hero League queue.

 

ART

General

  • The Specialist role icon has received updated artwork to better reflect Specialists as masters of unconventional warfare.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Many Heroes have received updated Ability and Talent button art.
  • The Dragon Knight and Garden Terror have received updated Ability button art.
  • Heroes with unique Mount Abilities have received updated Mount button art.
    • Abathur – Deep Tunnel
    • Brightwing – Phase Shift
    • Dehaka – Brushstalker
    • Falstad – Flight
    • Gall – Hurry Up, Oaf!
    • Lunara – Dryad’s Swiftness
    • Rehgar – Ghost Wolf
    • Sgt. Hammer – Thrusters
    • The Lost Vikings – Go, go, go!
  • A new visual overlay has been added to better indicate when the player is affected by Stasis.
    • Ice Block (Talent)
    • Cho — Molten Block (Talent)
    • Chromie — Time Trap (E), Time Out (Talent)
    • Jaina — Improved Ice Block (Talent)
    • Rexxar — Feign Death (Talent)
    • Zagara — Devouring Maw [R]
    • Zeratul — Void Prison [R]
  • Arthas
    • Arthas has received updated visual effects to coincide with his Talent rework.
    • Visual effects for Arthas’ Rune Tap Talent will now display closer to the center of his model rather than appear overhead.

SHOP

Bundles

  • New Bundles have been added!
    • Fel Queen Chromie Bundle - Available until May 31, 2016.
    • Battle Beasts Bundle - Available until June 7, 2016.
    • Ultimate Battle Beasts Bundle - Available until June 7, 2016.
    • Triumph Bundle
  • The Storm Bundle has been removed from the in-game Shop.

New Hero

  • Chromie has been added to the in-game Shop.

Skins

  • Master Chromie
  • Fel Queen Chromie

Price Reductions

  • Nazeebo’s prices have been reduced to $6.49 USD and 4,000 Gold.
  • Nova’s prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.

SOUND

Questing Talents

  • New sound effects have been added that will play when making progress with a Questing Talent.

USER INTERFACE

General

  • After a match is found for an unranked game, a new “Connecting…” message will appear if there is delay in connecting to the server, and a new “Waiting for Players…” message will appear when waiting for other players to connect.

Draft Mode

  • Hero Bans
    • The first round Ban timer has been increased from 45 to 60 seconds.

In-Game UI

  • Questing Talents
    • Questing Talents have received visual polish that should help players better distinguish them from other Talents, and more easily track progress toward quest completion.
      • Questing Talent progress will now be more clearly indicated in Ability tooltips, Talent tooltips, and on the Buff bar.
      • Questing Talent icons on the in-game Score Screen (TAB) will now display progress toward completion for all players in a game.
      • A Quest icon will briefly appear and float next to the Hero or the Hero’s target when making progress toward an unfinished Questing Talent.
      • Visual effects will briefly appear around a Hero when they complete a Questing Talent.
  • Ability Buttons
    • Ability button borders will now be greyed out borders when the associated Ability cannot be used.
  • Floating Combat Text
    • Many additional Hero Abilities have received the new critical strike floating combat text style to better inform players when critical strikes are triggered from Ability and Talent effects.

Hero Select

  • Role description tooltips have been added to Role sorting buttons on Hero Select.
  • Queue Time Estimates
    • A “High Estimated Wait Time” notification will now display above the Ready button during times when the selected Hero is a very popular choice in matchmaking queues.
      • This will most often occur on days when a new Hero is released.
      • This notification will prompt players to try another Hero while wait times are very high, but will not prevent them from queuing with the high-traffic Hero.

BATTLEGROUNDS

Healing Well

  • 25% of a Healing Well’s maximum Health has been converted into a Shield. Shield Regeneration delay of 8 seconds.

Developer Comments: We’ve noticed some rather un-fun behavior in the form of sniping Healing Wells over time using very long range Abilities. While we’re okay with players doing this to a degree, we found it was too effective given how little counterplay there was. To help solve this, turned a sizable portion of Healing Well Health into a Shield. This means that if you offer your Healing Well some respite from enemy attacks by chasing opponents away every now and then, it will start to regenerate some of that Shield. Only you can protect Healing Wells from those pesky Arcane Orbs!

 

TALENTS

Battle Momentum

  • Battle Momentum has been made Hero-specific, and now only applies to Basic Ability cooldowns.
  • Diablo
    • Diabolical Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Johanna
    • Blessed Momentum
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Kerrigan
    • Bladed Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Tyrael
    • Angelic Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Tyrande
    • Lunar Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.6 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Zagara
    • Swarm Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability or Trait cooldowns.

Developer Comments: Our intention for Battle Momentum was to create more active gameplay by using your Basic Abilities more often, but we found that a lot of this Talent’s power lied in its ability to reduce your Heroic cooldowns. We wanted to increase the cooldown reduction granted by the Talent, but didn’t want Heroic Ability cooldowns to drop to absurdly low levels. By making it only reduce the cooldowns of Basic Abilities (Q, W, E), it allowed us to increase this cooldown reduction without making it overpowered. We’ve also made Battle Momentum Hero-specific, so that we can tune each one without affecting all the rest, since Attack Speed, melee versus range, and the nature of your Basic Abilities can all drastically change what is balanced.

 

Conjurer's Pursuit

  • A reward has been added to this Questing Talent.
    • Quest: Gather Regeneration Globes to permanently increase Mana Regeneration by 0.10 per second, up to a maximum of 2.5 per second.
    • Reward: After gathering 25 Regeneration Globes, also increases maximum Mana by 100.

Developer Comments: We’ve added a completion point to this Talent. Upon completing its quest, players will be provided with some additional power. This allows us to offer spikes of power in-between Talent levels, or even for a single player on a team. Now, simply picking the Talent and only partially completing it is worse, but finishing the quest will return a larger reward. Choosing the right Talents on the right Battleground or with the right team composition has always been an important goal for us, and this change pushes this Talent to closer align with that goal.

 

Executioner

  • This Talent has been reworked.
    • Increases Basic Attack damage by 30% for 3 seconds after hitting a Stunned, Slowed, or Rooted target with a Basic Attack. Using Basic Attacks against a Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned target during this time will refresh the buff duration.

Developer Comments: We like the punishing nature of Executioner, but have found over time that its benefit to the player is too narrowly scoped. We’re changing the Talent to be more consistently useful by giving the player a temporary Attack Damage buff that procs when they first hit a crowd controlled target.

 

Hardened Focus

  • The Health bar next to the Hero Portrait will now display a marker that indicates whether the Hero is above or below 80% Health.
  • Will now display an icon in the Buff bar next to the Hero Portrait while its effects are active.

Regeneration Master

  • A reward has been added to this Questing Talent.
    • Quest: Regeneration Globes now grant 1.0 Health per second, stacking up to 30
    • Reward: Upon gathering 30 Globes, also increases Health by 500

Developer CommentsPlease see the Developer Comment for Conjurer’s Pursuit.

Seasoned Marksman

  • A reward has been added to this Questing Talent.
    • Quest: Increases Attack Damage by 0.2 for each enemy Minion killed nearby, and 0.5 for each Hero Takedown, up to a maximum of 40.
    • Reward: After gaining 40 bonus Attack Damage, Seasoned Marksman can be activated to increase Attack Speed by 30% for 3 seconds. 60 second cooldown. 

Developer CommentsPlease see the Developer Comment for Conjurer’s Pursuit.

 

ASSASSIN

FALSTAD

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  • Battle Momentum (Talent) removed.
  • First Aid (Talent) removed.
  • Overdrive (Talent) removed.
  • Vigorous Assault (Talent) renamed to Hammer Gains
    • This is now a Falstad-specific version of Vigorous Assault.
    • Health restored per Basic Attack increased from 15% to 20% of damage dealt to the primary target.
  • Tailwind (Trait)
    • Flow Rider (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 13.
  • Hammerang (Q)
    • Power Throw (Talent) removed.
    • Hammer Time (Talent) removed.
    • Crippling Hammer (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 16.
    • Secret Weapon (Talent)
      • Now also increases Hammerang range by 30%.
      • Basic Attack damage bonus reduced from 80% to 60%
  • Lightning Rod (W)
    • Charged Up (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 7.
      • Now also increases Lightning Rod’s range by 15%.
      • Number of bonus strikes reduced from 3 to 2.
    • Static Shield (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 4.
      • Shield amount per strike reduced from 5% to 4% of maximum Health.
  • Barrel Roll (E)
    • Shield duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • Free Roll (Talent) removed.
    • Updraft (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 4.
      • Now also increases Barrel Roll’s Shield amount by 40%.

Developer Comments: We have been trying our best to support and balance the ‘mage’ versus ‘auto-attack’ builds that Falstad has access to, but continue to teeter-totter as small changes to popular Talents tend to dictate full build-paths. The changes Falstad is receiving may seem massive (and to an extent they are), but we tried our best to keep his current builds intact while opening some new and exciting combinations. Overall, we are not hoping for a huge swing in power in one direction or the other, but to open up more compelling choices at each Talent tier.

 

KERRIGAN

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  • Summon Ultralisk [R]
    • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 70 seconds.
  • Maelstrom [R]
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 90 seconds.

Developer Comments: We are hearing your feedback about Kerrigan. Although the changes this patch are very minor, we are full aware of the community’s support and enthusiasm for revitalizing the Queen of Blades. Although we don’t currently have any extensive changes planned for her, she is definitely on our radar and you can expect to see some more tweaks coming soon™.

 

LI-MING

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  • Cannoneer (Talent)
    • Cannoneer stacks will now be displayed in the Buff bar next to the Hero Portrait.
  • Tal Rasha's Elements (Talent) has been reworked, and now reads as follows:
    • Using Abilities grants 5% Ability Power to a maximum of 20%. This bonus is reset when the same Ability is used within a chain.
  • Disintegrate [R]
    • Temporal Flux (Talent)
      • Now gradually Slows enemies caught in its beam, up to maximum of 60%.

Developer Comments: After our last round of changes, Li-Ming’s win rate and overall balance has leveled into a great spot. However, we felt that there were a couple of changes to her level 20 Talents that would help them better fit her intended design goals. Both Tal Rasha’s Elements and Disintegrate will now take a bit more planning and finesse to execute to their max potential.

 

RAYNOR

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  • Berserk (Talent) removed.

ZERATUL

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  • Berserk (Talent) removed.

SUPPORT

LI LI

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  • Cleanse (Talent) added at Level 7
  • Shake It Off (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 16.
    • Cooldown reduced from 15 to 10 seconds.
  • Fast Feet (Trait)
    • Safety Sprint (Talent)
      • Now provides the Movement Speed bonus regardless of Li Li’s remaining Health.
  • Healing Brew (Q)
    • Herbal Cleanse (Talent) removed.

Developer Comments: While one of the core components of Li Li’s design has been that she does not target her Abilities, we were not happy with Herbal Cleanse and its odd usability. In addition to some other minor Talent adjustments, we’ve decided to give Cleanse to Li Li to help her compete with other Supports in this area.

 

LT. MORALES

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  • Advanced Block (Talent) renamed to Automated Block.

MALFURION

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  • Tranquility [R]
    • Will no longer Heal non-Heroic units.

REHGAR

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  • Lightning Shield (W)
    • Stormcaller (Talent) has been reworked.
      • Now restores 3 Mana when Lightning Shield damages an enemy Hero, up to a maximum of 30.
  • Earthbind Totem (E)
    • Earthgrasp Totem (Talent)
      • Empowered Slow duration reduced from 1.5 to 1 second.

Developer Comments: Stormcaller has been changed so that it offers a little different gameplay than Spiritwalker’s Grace. While they both restore Mana, Stormcaller will offer a higher reward but not have the same guarantee as Spiritwalker’s Grace. Each also has different synergies with other Talents. Earthgrasp Totem’s slow duration was nerfed slightly because we found the duration of such a powerful slow on a short cooldown was pretty frustrating to play against.

 

WARRIOR

ANUB'ARAK

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  • Health increased from 1926 (+4% per level) to 2026 (+4% per level)
  • Health Regeneration increased from 4.01 (+4% per level) to 4.22 (+4% per level) Health per second
  • Dampen Magic (Talent) added at Level 1.
  • Mercenary Lord (Talent) removed.
  • Spell Shield (Talent) removed.
  • Imposing Presence (Talent) removed.
  • Locust Needles (Talent)
    • Area damage increased from 50% to 60% of Basic Attack damage.
  • Scarab Host (Trait)
    • Assault Scarab (Talent)
      • Beetle Basic Attack damage bonus increased from 25% to 30%.
    • Beetle, Juiced (Talent)
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed, and now reads as follows:
      • Every third Basic Attack against enemy Heroes spawns a Beetle.
  • Impale (Q)
    • Bed of Barbs (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 13.
      • Damage increased from 26 (+4% per level) to 46 (+4% per level) per second.
    • Extended Spikes (Talent)
      • Now also increases Impale damage by 25%.
  • Harden Carapace (W)
    • Shield amount increased from 260 (+4% per level) to 300 (+4% per level)
    • Cooldown decreased from 8 to 7 seconds
    • Mana cost decreased from 35 to 30
    • Persistent Carapace (Talent) removed.
    • Symbiotic Armor (Talent) removed.
    • Urticating Spines (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 13.
      • Area damage reduced from 105 (+4% per level) to 80 (+4% per level), and deals double damage to enemy Heroes.
    • Chitinous Plating (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 7.
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed, and now reads as follows:
        • While Hardened Carapace is active, taking damage from enemy Abilities decreases its cooldown by 0.75 seconds, up to 3 seconds maximum.
    • Shed Exoskeleton (Talent)
      • Movement Speed bonus increased from 25% to 30%.
  • Burrow Charge (E)
    • Underking (Talent)
      • No longer reduces the cooldown of Burrow Charge, but still increases range by 20%.
      • Now also increases Burrow Charge damage by 100%.
    • Epicenter (Talent)
      • No longer increases Burrow Charge damage, but still increases its impact area by 85%.
      • Now also decreases the cooldown of Burrow Charge by 4 seconds per enemy Hero hit.
  • Locust Swarm [R]
    • Mana cost decreased from 100 to 75
  • Cocoon [R]
    • Cryptweave (Talent)
      • Channeling will now occur automatically while Anub’arak remains near the Cocooned enemy.

Developer Comments: We want Anub’arak to be a Warrior who is good against enemy spell casters, so we gave him some Talents that point him in that direction. We also saw an opportunity to improve his Talent tree, as many of his Talents are outdated. He should feel much better at diving squishy backline Heroes, and his Talent choices should be more compelling.

 

ARTHAS

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  • Health increased from 2382 (+4% per level) to 2582 (+4% per level)
  • Health regeneration increased from 4.96 (+4% per level) to 5.37 (+4% per level)
  • Regeneration Master (Talent) removed
  • Mercenary Lord (Talent) removed
  • Spell Shield (Talent) removed
  • Relentless (Talent) removed
  • Stoneskin (Talent) removed
  • Rewind (Talent) removed
  • New Talent (Level 7): Icebound Fortitude
    • Activate to reduce damage taken by 25% and reduce the duration of silences, stuns, slows, roots, and polymorphs by 75% for 3 seconds. 50 second cooldown.
  • New Talent (Level 20): Death's Advance
    • Passively increases Arthas’ Movement Speed by 10%. Activate to increase this bonus to 30% for 3 seconds.  50 second cooldown.
  • New Talent (Level 20): Anti-Magic Shell
    • Activate to reduce Ability damage taken by 100% for 3 seconds, and heal for 25% of the damage prevented.  60 second cooldown.
  • Frostmourne Hungers (Trait) (D)
    • Destruction (Talent) removed.
    • Obliterate (Talent) removed.
    • Eternal Hunger (Talent) has been reworked as a Questing Talent.
      • Quest: Using Frostmourne Hungers on an enemy Hero permanently increases the Mana it restores by 4, up to a maximum of 40.
      • Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes with Frostmourne Hungers, its damage bonus is increased to 125%.
    • Frost Strike (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 13
      • Now also reduces the cooldown of Frostmourne Hungers by 2 seconds.
  • Death Coil (Q)
    • Death Touch (Talent) removed.
    • Immortal Coil (Talent) moved from Level 16 to Level 7
      • Casting Death Coil on an enemy Hero now restores Health equal to 100% of the damage dealt.
    • New Talent (Level 4): Deathlord
      • Reduces Death Coil’s cooldown by 2 seconds and increases its range by 25%.
  • Howling Blast (W)
    • Frost Presence (Talent)
      • Now reduces Howling Blast’s cooldown by 6 seconds if it hits an enemy Hero.
    • Trail of Frost (Talent)
      • Now also increases the range of Howling Blast by 30%.
  • Frozen Tempest (E)
    • Damage per second increased from 48 (+4% per level) to 52 (+4% per level)
    • Biting Cold (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 4
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 30%
    • New Talent (Level 13): Frigid Winds
      • Frozen Tempest reduces enemy Attack Speed by 8% per second, up to 40% maximum.
    • New Talent (Level 16): Remorseless Winter
      • Enemies that remain in Frozen Tempest’s area of effect for 3 seconds are rooted for 2 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 10 seconds.
  • Army of the Dead [R]
    • Ghoul Health increased from 799 (+4% per level) to 960 (+4% per level).
    • Legion of Northrend (Talent)
      • Ghoul bonus Heal amount increased from 25% to 50%.
  • Summon Sindragosa [R]
    • Damage reduced from 255 (+4% per level) to 230 (+4% per level).
    • Slow duration increased from 2 to 3.5 seconds.
    • Disable duration against non-Heroic enemies increased from 10 to 20 seconds.
    • Absolute Zero (Talent).
      • Slow duration increased from 2 to 3.5 seconds.

Developer Comments: As one of the very first heroes that we created, and one who hasn’t had many changes since his release, Arthas has been on our radar for some time as a Hero whose Talents needed some sprucing up. In addition to giving him some powerful new Talents befitting of the Lich King, we also moved around and modified many of his options so that he has multiple build paths with different playstyles.

 

Arthas Talents

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  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

DIABLO

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  • Shadow Charge (Q)
    • The implementation for this Ability has been reworked.
      • No longer automatically Stuns the target at the end of the knockback phase, and instead applies a Daze for the duration of the knockback.
        • Targets that collide with terrain will still be stunned for 1 second.
      • Diablo will now continue travelling toward the enemy target for the duration of the knockback phase.

Developer Comments: Shadow Charge seems like a really simple Ability, but on the backend there were a lot of technical manipulations to make everything work the way they were intended. These were starting to create odd gameplay and bugs, so we’ve simplified the design of the Ability so that Diablo travels right alongside his victim as they are knocked back, instead of walking really fast toward them.

 

JOHANNA

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  • Iron Skin (Trait) (D)
    • Shield amount increased from 613 (+4% per level) to 674 (+4% per level).

Developer Comments: We originally tuned Iron Skin to hold a large portion of the power in Johanna’s base-kit. The scaling changes we did in November hurt the strength of the Ability, so we are tuning it up in order to help bring back that original feeling.

 

LEORIC

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  • Reanimation (Talent) has been changed to match Regeneration Master’s new functionality.
    • Upon gathering 30 Health Regeneration Globes, Leoric will respawn 10 seconds faster. 

MURADIN

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  • Give ‘em the Axe! (Talent)
    • After hitting a slowed, rooted, or stunned target with a Basic Attack, increase your Basic Attack damage by 60% for 3 seconds
  • Second Wind (Trait)
    • Third Wind (Talent)
      • Bonus Health Regeneration threshold increased from 50% to 60% of maximum Health.
    • Stoneform (Talent)
      • Heal amount decreased from 50% to 40% of maximum Health.
      • Heal duration increased from 8 to 10 seconds.
  • Storm Bolt (Q)
    • Infused Hammer (Talent) removed.
    • Perfect Storm (Talent)
      • Now also reduces Storm Bolt’s Mana cost by 25%.
  • Thunder Clap (W)
    • Healing Static (Talent)
      • Now only Heals Muradin when Thunder Clap strikes enemy Heroes.
      • Heal amount per Hero hit increased from 1.5% to 5% of maximum Health.
  • Dwarf Toss (E)
    • Landing Momentum (Talent)
      • Movement Speed bonus increased from 20% to 25%.
      • Movement Speed bonus duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds.

Developer Comments: The changes to Muradin were done to help balance out his Talent tree. A few Talents were a bit over or under-tuned, and he kindly offered us his hammer in order to forge some better options.

 

REXXAR

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  • Hunter-Gatherer (Talent) has been changed to match Regeneration Master’s new functionality.
    • Both Rexxar and Misha gain Health Regeneration bonuses up to 30 Health per second, but only Rexxar will gain the 600 Health bonus on Quest completion.
  • Misha, Follow! (Trait) (D)
    • Misha will now follow enemies to their last known location, even into bushes or vents, much like Zagara’s Hunter Killer.

STITCHES

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  • Hungry for More (Talent) has been reworked as a Questing Talent.
    • Quest: Collecting Regeneration Globes permanently increases maximum Health by 30, up to a maximum of 900.
    • Reward: Upon reaching 900 bonus Health, Stitches’ Movement Speed is increased by 10%.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue in which typing certain characters using Traditional Chinese Quick IME could cause the Taiwanese client to crash.
  • Corrected several typos and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. 

Art

  • Tychus will no longer appear to stand while Mounted.
  • Fixed an issue in which several Hero Abilities and Talents were using outdated button art.
  • Gall’s Giant Scorcher and Shadowflame Talents now properly use different color variations for their button art.
  • The visual effects Infested Tychus Skin’s Overkill will now properly appear centered on the primary target.
  • The visual effects for Tassadar’s Plasma Shield will now properly appear centered on Nazeebo.
  • Adjusted the positioning of a spike at the base of Master E.T.C.’s guitar.
  • The back of Ranger-General Sylvanas’ leaf earring now appears more leaf-like.
  • The armor under Judgement Uther’s left armpit has been patched to offer better protection during his adventures in the Nexus. 

Battlegrounds

  • Immortals on Battlefield of Eternity are now consistently flagged as Bosses.
  • Cores on Towers of Doom will no longer appear to lose their Invulnerability Shields after a Fort is destroyed.
  • Corrected the positioning of several houses near the southernmost Altar on Towers of Doom.
  • Reset Talents in Try Mode will no longer cause Archangel Diablo’s Fire Stomp flames to change color from blue to red.
  • Fixed an issue in which attacking enemy Walls at certain angles would cause the Hero’s Basic Attack animation to play, but deal no damage. 

Heroes and Talents

  • Gall can now properly cast Hurry Up, Oaf! while channeling Shadowbolt Volley.
  • Gall’s Shadowbolt Volley will no longer be interrupted by Silence and Polymorph effects.
  • Gall’s Shove can no longer be used while Cho’gall is Rooted.
  • The Hardened Focus Talent will no longer affect Malfurion's Innervate cooldown.
  • The Rewind Talent will no longer affect Rehgar's Ghost Wolf cooldown.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Abathur and Gall players to be flagged as AFK if they did not move from the starting area, despite issuing commands to their Heroes.
  • Casting Dehaka’s Isolation on a summoned unit or Heroic pet, such as Misha, Gargantuan, or a Holo Decoy, will no longer also cause the Hero who owns that unit to lose allied vision.
    • Additionally, if one of The Lost Vikings or Chen’s Storm, Earth, Fire Spirits are hit by Isolation, only the affected unit will have reduced personal vision, but the player should retain allied vision.
    • Alternatively, if the only living Viking or Spirit is hit by Isolation, the player will have reduced personal vision and lose allied vision for Isolation’s full duration. 
  • Enemy Heroes hit by the outer edge of an Xplodium Charge will now properly refill Gazlowe’s Rock It! Turret charges after learning the X-Tra Large Bombs and ARK Reaktor Talents.
  • Johanna’s Falling Sword will now properly cancel enemy Heroic Abilities when its Stun is applied during those Abilities’ casting times.
  • Self-casting Cloud Serpent as Li Li after learning the Mending Serpent Talent will no longer cause duplicate Healing combat text to appear.
  • Lt. Morales' Safeguard will now use the new floating combat text style, rather than the old one.
  • When Murky’s Pufferfish is cast in a Bush or Vent, its explosion radius will now briefly appear to enemies with its area of effect before the Pufferfish explodes.
  • Murky’s Egg will no longer be destroyed if Murky is Stuck by Tracer’s Pulse Bomb, but killed before the Pulse Bomb explodes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cancel Nova’s Triple Tap when attempting to cast it on an enemy Nova who is already channeling Triple Tap on a different target.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Nova’s Holo Decoys to deal more damage than intended after learning the Anti-Armor Shells Talent.
  • Enemies will now be able to more easily distinguish Nova's Holo Decoys from the real Nova when the Decoys are revealed.
  • Attempting to cast Nova’s Pinning Shot or Tyrande’s Hunter’s Mark on an enemy just as the target enters a Bush or Vent will no longer cause the Ability’s sound effects and animations to play as though it were successfully cast.
  • Casting Teleport just as Tyrael’s Judgment is about to hit Li-Ming will no longer cause her to slide a long distance.
  • Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause Sonya to stutter and fail to issue a Basic Attack.
  • Angelic Flash will no longer allow Tyrael to teleport out of Root effects.
  • Tyrael’s Status bar will no longer persist on-screen during Archangel’s Wrath if he is killed by Zagara’s Devouring Maw.
  • Holy Radiance will no longer return Mana or have its cooldown reduced when cast on non-Heroic units after learning the Wave of Light Talent.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Hardened Focus Talent to reduce cooldowns for Uther’s Holy Light and Holy Shock more quickly than intended.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Uther’s Holy Shock from revealing the target if it was cast just as they entered a Bush or Vent.
  • Right-clicking an enemy Structure while channeling Zagara’s Baneling Barrage will no longer cause her to move to that Structure without attacking it.
  • Zeratul’s Wormhole Talent will no longer allow him to Blink out of Root effects. 

User Interface

  • Resolved an issue that could cause players to become disconnected from draft lobbies when rapidly clicking among Hero Skin Variations.
  • A.I. difficulty preferences will no longer be reset to Adept after restarting the game client.
  • Mount preferences will now be properly saved across Hero League and Custom Game draft lobbies.
  • Queuing as the Auto-Select Hero will no longer grant players access to Skin and Mount Variations they do not own in the next game.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Trait hotkey (Default: “D”) from being rebound to the “F” key.
  • Parties searching for a match will now be properly removed from the matchmaking queue if the leader leaves the party or cancels searching. 

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      We are working currently on hardening the rules for roles in Quick Match. We are implementing ways in which we can make sure that people who are picking roles with low demand are more effectively informed that there are roles in demand right now that they could fill.
      Question about matchmaking in master hl. How matchmaking works currently in master? Because i have feelings that before grandmasters are up, it was different. In 2 first weeks of season I was matched with 5-9k players having 3k and then when grandmasters were announced i was started getting 0-1,5k master players having 5k points. And quality of matches were much lower. Does this work on purpose because of lower playerbase in master and harsher requirements for grandmaster players?
      Hi Ynous, thank you for your question. Whenever Master players are considered, the matchmaker will first try to make a game with players from one division, before expanding the search to the adjacent ones. It won’t let Master players be in a game that has more than one division spread (e.g. Diamond 1 and Masters are OK, Diamond 2 and Masters are not OK). This spread will only be allowed if all players to be put into a match have waited in the queue for at least 4 minutes. From matchmaker’s perspective Masters and GMs are considered to be different divisions, so when GMs were formed that player pool became separated from Masters by a wait time barrier in addition to all the other rules. In any case, for both Masters and GMs matchmaker is looking to not only make a fair game but to keep player’s MMRs as close as possible – with allowed MMR spread growing slowly over the first 15 minutes of wait time. Currently, the amount of rank points a player has inside a single division are not taken into account by HL matchmaker, so the games you have described were formed based on the MMR of the players involved. In your case, my guess is you probably were a lower MMR player in the matches before GMs were up, and now you’re probably a higher MMR player in those matches as there are fewer high-MMR players (as in, they are more likely to be in GMs now, which is a separate division).
      Would it be possible to steal the ear-destroying Dota2 ready sound? I get tired of losing 600 points and having to play low-priority. ?
      I’m not sure Valve would be too happy with that, but we are in discussions about a form of ready check. Personally, I would go with Murky’s March of the Murlocs horn or Whitemane’s laugh as a ready sound!
      1. Why is Hero League seeded from Quickmatch, when they are fundamentally different game modes?
      This has led to all kinds of abuse over the years with people purposefully cheesing QM for a higher HL rank, as well as being basically the sole reason for the common complaints of a feeling of inconsistency in the "game knowledge" of teammates at any given rank in HL.
      QM is a fundamentally randomized and unpredictable environment. As such, it gives players a warped sense of what balance is, how to form a team comp, and the meta. What makes that a good seed for HL?
      Is it unreasonable to just make Unranked Draft the only seed? UD is fundamentally much closer to HL in terms of the skillset and game knowledge required for success, so it is an infinitely better predictor of how someone will perform in the HL environment.
      2. What is the current form of decay supposed to accomplish?
      For one, it doesn't kick in until you've finished your placements, so people can just wait and do their 10 matches at the end of the season to avoid decay entirely.
      And two, It's not aggressive enough for how short our seasons are. Playing one extra match every 20 days is nothing when the seasons are only a few months long to begin with.
      One of HL's biggest issues over the years has been that the "bare minimum" of matches you can play to keep your rank is just too low, and this doesn't really solve that problem.
      Thank you for your question. Generally when you begin playing HL in a new season, there are 2 cases. In the first scenario, a player has played HL in previous season, in which case we will use your rating from that season. In the second scenario, the player has not played in the last season. Previously when confronted with the second situation, the game would look at other queues to try and use more recent information to estimate the player’s skill. The order in which we would look at the queues is: TL is seeded from HL, HL is seeded from UD, UD is seeded from QM. We changed the algorithm with the last season roll. Going forward, we will only use another queue’s information to seed a player in new season if they have never played enough HL games in any of the previous seasons to place into a definitive rank, and if they did - we will ignore other queues for seeding purposes. In other words, the issue described in the post you have linked should be resolved.
      Do you plan to make the term of MMR & RANK Decay shorter? The decay standard now seems to be a bit long.
      Hello! We are always looking to iterate on changes we make to Rating and Ranked Decay. We are monitoring the impact Ranked Decay is having on Hero League. The decay timers may be adjusted as a result. However, we won't be making any changes to the decay timers in the middle of a season as we want to ensure all players are aware of such changes before they play their placement matches (which is when the decay timers get initialized).
      Are there any plans to add a an AFK check to the start of drafts like many other MOBAs? Losing a game because one player is AFK and gets randomly assigned a hero that’s bad in the map/team comp is incredibly frustrating and honestly it feels like it could be easily avoidable.
      Hello Ankoria! This suggestion is actually something we have been considering for some time now. You can find an answer to a similar question here: 
      Have You guys considered to cover the AMA online in the future? Like Ion & Josh from WoW?
      Hi, ErothTV! We’ve approached answering questions about Heroes development many different ways over the years – from livestream or video Q&A’s with our team leaders, to reddit, forum, and social media posts by individual team members - and we will continue to try different things moving forward. We’re currently focusing our reddit AMAs on this format where we pick a specific area of the game and bring in the developers who work on that area to answer questions directly. I’ve been enjoying the way these have been going and think the individual developers being involved leads to more in-depth discussion, but please let us know if you have feedback on it or ideas on other ways we can continue improving our communication with the Heroes community. Thanks!!
      The biggest problems that occur with matchmaking seem the be around the "failure mode"s, where the matchmaker fails to find an appropriate match in the required time, and makes a wildly inappropriate match right now. Is there work on the way in degrading that more gracefully?
      Previously, the matchmaker search criteria would degrade gracefully to a cutoff point (for the party/player with the longest wait time), and then make the best match it can at that cutoff point. This would result in sometimes you being pulled into these matches being made at another players cutoff point. That is probably what you were experiencing, and we agree that this wasn't the best experience for the player. As a result we have made some improvements to it this season for Hero League. Each player now has their own search criteria. The players search criteria will degrade gracefully and only when players fit each others search criteria will they be placed together into a game—whereas previously it was based purely on the party/player search criteria who had the longest wait time. However, there is still a maximum cutoff of 15 minutes before the matchmaker makes the best possible match it can. This is currently live in Hero League and we are monitoring the experience.
      1. Replay system is so uncomfortable. Advance of replay system will make Ranked players more skillful. I heard in past interviews that the system is being improved, how long has it been?
      2.And the reconnecting system so! The reconnecting time so boring. ? 
      Hi 6igbear, thank you for your question. We think improving actual gameplay experience is higher priority than upgrading replay system. We have talked about these issues before: 
      Since then, we’ve been doing research in how networking model implementation affects player experience. While some of the improvements stemming from this research are still in progress, we have made a few fixes which are already live. Most recently, with the Whitemane patch, we were able to improve efficiency of how the game is sending user input over the network. This resulted in ~2x-3x reduction of bandwidth consumption, improving gameplay experience for players with challenging network conditions as well as speeding up ‘rejoin in progress’ for cases when network was a limiting factor. A nice by-product of that is that replay files are smaller in size as well.
      With voice comms it feels like the main disadvantage of duo queue has been eliminated. Have you considered adding duo queue back to HL?
      This is something we've discussed internally. We think there is value in ensuring players can play with friends and make new ones in Hero League. There are complications, and many differing opinions, but it's something we're considering for next year.
      Why are new heroes allowed in ranked as soon as they come out? When Alterac Pass was introduced it was delayed from rank for a week or two so people could get used to it. Shouldn't heroes be treated the same?
      Allowing new heroes in day of forces people to misuse bans because they might think someone is OP or they are afraid they're UP and a teammate with instalock them. Theres also people who go straight into ranked and mandate they have to play a hero regardless of skill/team comp. Seems like waiting a little bit is a good fix.
      Hi AlexRain1, There’s two main reasons that we allow new heroes into ranked modes immediately.
      1. It’s actually really critical for our team to collect lots of data and make meaningful balance decisions quickly. We believe that our balance patches that come two weeks following a new hero release provides a really good update cadence for the game. For those balance patches, we are able to use about a week of data from live matches to inform our decisions internally, implement and validate our changes, etc. While we absolutely do look at QM and all data available, being able to utilize data from higher level HL matches is much more meaningful. Even the fact that ranked matches require a player to be level 5 on a character first helps to validate this data further, and of course seeing pick and ban rates, is useful data in itself.
      2. The other angle is from a perspective that new and updated content is the lifeblood of this game. From reworks and significant balance changes, to of course new heroes – these are all opportunities to shake up the meta and create new strategies. The game is constantly evolving, and this can help to even resurface older heroes that may now present new synergies or counters.
      For Alterac Pass specifically, we discussed it quite a bit, but felt that having this new battleground enter ranked modes right at the end of the ranked season wasn’t the best experience. We instead wanted to create an interesting moment where the next ladder season would utilize this battleground for its entirety.
      Why Matchmaking changes are taking forever to be done ? We see new events and skins very often, are you investing more resources to make the game "prettier" instead of better ?
      We do have separate, dedicated teams focusing on each area of the game, so releasing a new Hero or a new skin does not take away attention from matchmaking or other feature work. It's critical that we continue making content while also making the game better - these things are equally important to us, and our team structure reflects that. The sensation that we move faster on content is really speaking to a different thing - content changes are more visible and tangible.
      Matchmaking is an area of game development that is incredibly challenging and perpetually evolving, not just for Heroes of the Storm, but for all games. There is no perfect matchmaking; it's always a series of trade-offs where we're striving to get the highest quality matches for the largest percentage of players in the most reasonable timeframes, all while attempting to balance an ever-increasing number of extremely impactful variables.
      Over the past 5 years, we've invested heavily in the ongoing quest to improve the Heroes matchmaking experience across the game and have made great strides along the way with changes that have been behind the scenes as well as public-facing. We've also developed tools that strengthen our ability to predict and understand the far-reaching implications of the changes that we want to make. Through all of this, we've been able to consistently improve the matchmaking experience for the vast majority of Heroes players. And while we've had setbacks, bugs, and fringe cases negatively impact some players as we've evolved the system, we believe matchmaking is one of the cornerstones of our game and will continue to dedicate a significant amount of time and resources to improving it forevermore. Speaking of which - we're always looking to hire talented Server Engineers to join the Heroes team and help support matchmaking as well as other feature development. Please apply!
      Hi, when can we expect some “balance” changes for Tassadar? He has been dangling at the bottom for months, and he is in a really akward and near unplayable spot. In Quickmatch you get matched against Global healing and splitpushing Slugs 99% of the time (why is this seen as a fair match up?). In draft you get reported for even hovering him, or if you are luckily you are not reported.. but solo supporting. I would love to play some Tassadar without trolling my team or getting split push stomped ❤️ Thanks for your time
      Hi IAreNoMonkey,
      Tassadar is someone the balance team has talked about. He could likely use some balance changes to address some of your concerns, but he may also need a larger update to better position him into a definitive role for the team. We do find that his role as an enabler for specific characters is pretty unique and can have a significant impact when paired with someone like Tracer. Whether he stays in this ‘enabler’ role or shifts to a more pure Assassin or Support is still up for debate.
      As far as matching Tassadar in QM games, we do have some changes to QM coming this fall that will help ensure games have a Tank, Healer & Ranged Assassin. This means you may still run into Tassadar vs. Abathur scenarios, but each team should also have a healer to minimize any disadvantage Tassadar may have in this specific matchup.
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      Twitch drops are back! Blizzard's giving away a Rare Loot Chest to all viewers who watch one of the clashes for a total of three or more hours. They're also randomly awarding 500 Common Loot Chests per hour and Heroic Account Unlock codes, which unlock every Hero exluding Whitemane on each broadcast day! Don't forget to link your Battle.net & Twitch accounts!
      Blizzard (Source)
      After your outpouring of enthusiasm during the Mid-Season Brawl for the ability to earn loot in Heroes of the Storm by watching HGC, we're bringing it back for the upcoming Western and Eastern Clashes!
      Guaranteed Drops
      All viewers who watch the Western Clash from Aug. 10 through 12 and/or the Eastern Clash from Aug. 16 through 19 on Twitch for a total of three or more hours will receive one Rare Loot Chest in Heroes of the Storm.
      Random Drops
      While the broadcast is live for both events, we’ll be randomly awarding 500 Common Loot Chests per hour. On top of that, three Heroic Account Unlock codes—which unlock every Hero excluding Whitemane—will be given away on each broadcast day. Tune in for at least one hour of the Western or Eastern Clash competition every day on any of the following channels to be entered to win one of these Heroic Account Unlocks at the end of each day.
      Eligible Channels:
      http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroes http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroesfr http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroesde http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroesru http://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroeskr Eligible Broadcast Times (PDT):
      Aug. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Aug. 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Aug. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. From 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 16 to 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 17 From 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 17 to 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 18 From 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 18 to 4:00 a.m. on Aug. 19 For more details, read the official rules here.
      Link Your Account
      To receive these legendary rewards, you must link your Twitch.tv and Blizzard accounts. Here’s how:
      Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv. Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen. Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu. Find the Battle.net section, then follow the given instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect. When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive your rewards. Click here to go straight to the Twitch settings page