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A new patch just hit PTR and is available for playtesting until July 11, so it's likely we will see it go live after next week's maintenance. If you find any bugs, feel free to report them in the PTR Bug Report forum.

PTR Patch Notes - July 5, 2016

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PUBLIC TEST REALM

Free-to-Play Hero Roster

  • The free-to-play Hero Roster during PTR playtesting has been expanded to include all but the five most recent additions to the Nexus.

GENERAL

Auto-Select Bonus XP

  • Playing as Auto-Select in Quick Match will now award 100% bonus XP when the matchmaking system detects lengthy queue times for one or more Heroes.
    • A new icon will display over the Auto-Select portrait during Hero Select when bonus XP is available.

New portrait rewards have been added!

  • Terran Front-Line Portrait – Awarded for reaching level 10 with Nova, Lt. Morales, and Sgt. Hammer.
  • Legacy of the Void Portrait – Awarded for owning a copy of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

NEW HERO: GUL'DAN

Gul’dan, Darkness Incarnate, has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play! Read on for a brief overview of his Abilities.

Trait

  • Life Tap (D)
    • Gul’dan does not regenerate Mana.
    • Activate to sacrifice a portion of your Health, restoring 25% of your maximum Mana.

Basic Abilities

  • Fel Flame (Q)
    • Release a wave of flame that damages each enemy it passes through.
  • Drain Life (W)
    • Drain the life from an enemy over 3 seconds, dealing damage to the target and healing Gul’dan each second while channeling.
  • Corruption (E)
    • Call forth three bursts of shadow energy in a line, which deal damage to each enemy they strike over 6 seconds. Stacks up to 3 times.

Heroic Abilities

  • Horrify (R)
    • After a short delay, deal damage and Fear all enemy Heroes in the area for 2 seconds.
  • Rain of Destruction (R)
    • Summon a rain of meteors in a large area for 7 seconds. Each meteor deals a damage in a small area.

PERFORMANCE AND GRAPHICS

General

  • Various performance improvements have been made which should positively affect overall framerates.
  • Heroes of the Storm now supports DirectX 11
    • This should help to reduce memory usage, increase performance while the game is not the primary focus window, and allows for further optimization improvements in the future.

Battlegrounds

  • Cursed Hollow
    • Various environmental objects have been optimized to use less processor time. These changes will benefit processor constrained systems.
  • Towers of Doom
    • Fixed an issue in which environmental sounds could be over-created, causing drops in processor performance.

Processor Performance Notification

  • A new performance icon (pictured below) has been added that will display in the upper-left corner of the screen when Heroes of the Storm detects that the computer’s processor is not performing optimally.

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Click here to learn more.

ART

General

  • Visual effects for Movement Speed buffs have received additional polish, and will better indicate whether a Movement Speed buff is greater or less than 25%.
  • Visual effects for Movement Speed Slows have received additional polish, and will better indicate whether a Slow is greater or less than 40%.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Murky has received a delicious new Hearthstone (B) animation!
  • New button art has been added for the Bribe Talent.
  • Many Basic Attacks and skillshot Abilities will now display impact effects on Shields when striking Shielded targets.
  • The indicator that displays at Falstad’s landing location while using Flight has received additional visual polish.
  • The following Hero Abilities and Talents have received additional visual polish
    • Chromie – Temporal Loop (R)
    • Stitches – Vile Gas (Trait)

SHOP

Bundles

  • New Bundles 
    • Balespider Gul’dan Bundle – Available until July 26, 2016.

New Hero

  • Gul’dan has been added to the in-game Shop.

Skins

  • Master Gul’dan
  • Balespider Gul’dan

USER INTERFACE

General

  • A Breaking News icon has been added to the top navigation bar in the game menus, and will activate whenever important announcements about Heroes of the Storm are posted, including details about scheduled maintenance, game updates, and more.
    • Hover the cursor over the Breaking News icon to display details about these announcements.
  • A notification will also be displayed on the Home Screen whenever a Breaking News post is active.

In-Game UI

  • General
    • Left-clicks can now be issued through all in-game UI elements while the cursor is in targeting mode.
  • Minimap
    • Healing Wells will now display on the minimap in the form of plus “+” icons, until they are destroyed.

Loading Screens

  • Gameplay tips will now display on loading screens when entering a match.

Rejoin

  • Rejoin is now optional for Training, Single Player Versus AI, and Custom Games. Simply hit the “Nope!” button when prompted to Rejoin.

Social

  • Thai language chat messages received from other players will now display appropriately in Heroes of the Storm.

DESIGN AND GAMEPLAY

AFK Detection

  • The in-game AFK detection system has received adjustments that will help prevent cases in which Medivh in Raven Form, as well as Nova and Zeratul in Stealth, could receive AFK notifications despite actively participating in the game.

A.I. Improvements

  • Elite A.I. players will now attempt to seek out and take down lone enemy Heroes who venture too far from safety.

Core

  • Victory determination is now much more precise in situations where both Cores are destroyed within fractions of a second. As a result, Victory will no longer be decided at random in cases where it appears that both Cores are destroyed at the same moment.

Regeneration Globes

  • Health Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 6.24% of maximum Health over 4 seconds
    • Now: Restore 12% of maximum Health over 5 seconds
  • Mana Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 32 Mana over 4 seconds.
    • Now: Restore 8% of maximum Mana over 5 seconds
Developer Comments: Thank you for all your discussion and feedback on our recent Health sustain post! We are still heavily evaluating a lot of it but wanted to get the first round of changes in. Internally, we enjoyed the increased importance on Regeneration Globes and have cleaned up the system a bit. With a larger importance, denying enemies their Globes in lane has a much larger impact.

Healing Wells

  • Cooldown increased from 100 to 120 seconds
  • Health Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 41% of maximum Health over 20 seconds.
    • Now: Restore 40% of maximum Health over 20 seconds.
  • Mana Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 20% of maximum Mana over 20 seconds.
    • Now: Restore 30% of maximum Mana over 20 seconds.
Developer Comments: Much like the changes to Regeneration Globes, we wanted to add a larger impact to the moment you click a Healing Well. Again, we cleaned up the system a fair bit (hence the ~41% to 40% Health change) and added a larger impact for heavy Mana users. The increased cooldown should make the decision of when to tap the Healing Well slightly more interesting.

Minions

  • Ranged, Melee, and Wizard Minions
    • Now deal double damage to Structures.
Developer Comments: Our goal with this change is to make escorting Minions to Towns to be more impactful, such that they can really start to do some damage if left unattended. Before this change, Minions were primarily XP carriers that absorbed some Ammo shots from Towers. Now the armies of the Nexus are a bit scarier when they march down a lane.
  • Catapult Minions
    • Attack range increased by 20%.
    • Sight range increased by 17%.
    • Will now fixate on Structures. Catapults will not acquire a new target after fixating until the target is destroyed or the Catapult is killed.
Developer Comments: Catapults would often reach the Core, but have a Minion wave spawn on them, distract them, and allow them to be killed off before doing any significant damage. With increased range and fixation on a Structure once they’ve started attacking, even one Catapult will more consistently punch through a Core’s Shield and do actual damage.

BATTLEGROUNDS

Garden of Terror

  • Increased Overgrowth's damage bonus against Structures from 100% to 200%.
Developer Comments: In an effort to reduce the game length on Garden of Terror, we’re increasing the bonus damage that Garden Terrors deal to Structures. We’re not quite happy with the way that Garden of Terror is playing at the moment, and will likely be making larger changes if the current tuning adjustments don’t make it more enjoyable.

TALENTS

Bribe

  • New Functionality:
    • Nearby Minion kills grant 1 stack of Bribe. Spend 20 charges to instantly defeat a non-Boss Mercenary. 100 Charges maximum.
      • Raynor’s Raiders' Recruitment Talent also increased to 100 maximum charges.
      • Viking Bribery Talent increased to 200 charges maximum, but each use costs 40 charges.
    • If a Mercenary Camp is completely captured using Bribe, the camp respawns 50% faster.

Executioner

  • The Executioner Talent effect will now only trigger after attacking disabled Heroes. The bonus damage gained through this talent will still apply to anything attacked after the effect is triggered.

Relentless

  • Relentless and similar Hero-specific Talents will now only reduce the duration of Slows, Stuns and Roots. Silence effects will no longer be reduced by this talent.
Developer Comments: With an increasing number of CC effects entering the Nexus we found ourselves constantly asking ourselves “Should Relentless work against this?” which quickly turned into a rabbit hole of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘how comes’. We agreed that the talent was going to continue to become stronger as we moved forward and decided to limit the number of effects that it can reduce.

HEROES

Developer Comments: As part of our ongoing process to improve our talent system, we are doing a pass on all heroes in the game to increase the health of their talent trees. We know that there are a fair number of talents that feel like they are either mandatory or insignificant, and this is our first pass on putting in fixes. These fixes take many forms, and can range from simply buffing or nerfing numbers to changing functionality. We’re excited to keep our heroes feeling fresh, and you can look forward to additional changes to more of our heroes in upcoming patches.
ASSASSIN SPECIALIST SUPPORT WARRIOR
Gall Abathur Brightwing Arthas
Greymane Azmodan Kharazim Chen
Jaina Gazlowe Uther Cho
Kael'thas Sylvanas   Dehaka
Kerrigan The Lost Vikings   Leoric
Lunara Xul   Muradin
Tracer Zagara   Sonya
      Stitches
      Tyrael

ASSASSIN

GALL

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Abilities

  • Twisting Nether (R)
    • Reduced cooldown from 100 to 80 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Shove (Active)
      • Reduced cooldown from 40 to 30 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Speed of Twilight (W)
      • Increased Movement Speed bonus from 20% to 30%

GREYMANE

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Stats

  • Human form Basic Attack damage reduced from 145 to 140.

Abilities

  • Curse of the Worgen (Trait)
    • Increased Worgen form’s damage bonus from 40% to 50%
  • Gilnean Cocktail (Q)
    • Secondary explosion damage increased from 177 to 236
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
  • Go for the Throat (R)
    • Increased cooldown from 60 to 80 seconds
    • Increased damage from 125 to 140
  • Marked for the Kill (R)
    • New Functionality
      • When Greymane deals damage to the Marked target, the duration of the Vulnerable effect is refreshed.  This can happen indefinitely
      • No longer allows you to reactivate to leap to the opponent
    • Reduced cooldown from 60 to 50 seconds
    • Range reduced by 40%

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Insatiable (W)
      • Mana return increased from 5 to 10 per Basic Attack
  • Level 7
    • Incendiary Elixir (Q)
      • Increased cooldown reduction from quest completion from 2 to 4 seconds
      • Removed the impact damage increase from the Talent
      • Increased the explosion damage gained per Hero hit from 6 to 10
      • Reduced the cap of Incendiary Elixir from 160 to 150
  • Level 16
    • Concentrated Blast (Q)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Eager Wolf (W)
      • Increases the Attack Speed bonus of Inner Beast by an additional 40% after it has been active for 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Unleashed (R)
      • In addition to its current effect, killing an enemy with Go for the Throat increases the damage of Go for the Throat by 25% for 10 seconds, up to 100%.
    • Gilnean Roulette (R)
      • New Functionality:
        • All allied Hero damage done to the target will refresh the Vulnerable effect duration.
Developer Comments: Greymane is doing really well right now at all levels of play. That said, we do feel that Gilnean Cocktail should be more satisfying when used correctly. We’re increasing the cooldown in order to justify also increasing the damage of the explosion so that it is very noticeable when you chunk enemies with the Ability. We’ve also tuned up Incendiary Elixir, while simplifying its design. We’ve increased the damage bonus of Worgen form so that closing into melee range is more often worth the risk as well.

JAINA

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Abilities

  • Blizzard (W)
    • Increased the number of waves from 2 to 3
    • Reduced damage from 167 to 142
    • Increased Mana cost from 75 to 90
  • Cone of Cold (E)
    • Increased damage from 200 to 230
    • Reduced Mana cost from 50 to 40

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Snowstorm (W)
      • Moved to level 16
    • Arcane Intellect (Passive)
      • Reduced the Mana returned from Abilities from 25 to 20
    • Envenom (Active)
      • Removed
  • Level 7
    • Ice Lance (Q)
      • Now also restores 10 Mana when a Chilled target is hit by Frostbolt in addition to its current functionality
    • Frost Armor (Passive)
      • Moved to level 4
      • Reduced Block amount from 75% to 50%
      • Increased Block cooldown from 8 to 10 seconds
    • Ice Floes (E)
      • Increased cooldown reduction from .5 to 1 second, up to a maximum of 5 seconds per cast
  • Level 13
    • Ice Barrier (Trait)
      • Shield duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Snow Crash (W)
      • Removed
Developer Comments: A lot of these changes are designed to further emphasize what we see as Jaina’s unique role: battlefield control. We want to play up her ability to deny areas of the battlefield with Blizzard, and really punish enemies who get stuck inside it. The biggest change in that regard is that she now spawns 3 waves of Blizzard baseline. To go along with these core kit changes, we’ve also changed or moved around a few of her Talents. One of the biggest changes was Snowstorm, which increased the radius of Blizzard, as we found that it lowered the difficulty of landing consecutive Blizzard waves on enemies too much for a Talent in such an early tier.

KAEL'THAS

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Abilities

  • Gravity Lapse (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 14 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 80 to 90

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Convection (Q)
      • Damage bonus on Quest completion increased from 75 to 100
  • Level 4
    • Energy Roil (E)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 7 to 9 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Sunfire Enchantment (Trait)
      • Damage reduced from 183 to 165
    • Gravity Crush (E)
      • Bonus damage reduced from 30% to 25%
  • Level 20
    • Rebirth (R)
      • The Rebirth casting range will now center on the Phoenix itself instead of on Kael'thas
      • This can now be re-positioned globally

KERRIGAN

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Stats

  • Base Health increased from 1680 to 1848
  • Health Regen increased from 3.5 to 3.8 per second
  • Base Attack damage increased from 109 to 120

Abilities

  • Ravage (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Siphoning Impact (Q)
      • Now only applies if the target is killed by Ravage
    • Sharpened Blades (W)
      • Damage increased from 20% to 30%
  • Level 4
    • Clean Kill (Q)
      • Mana refund reduced from 100% to 75%
      • Damage bonus increased from 20% to 25%
    • Fury of the Swarm (Passive)
      • Splash damage increased from 50% to 60%
    • Psionic Pulse (E)
      • Damage increased from 17 to 24
  • Level 7
    • Impaling Swarm (W)
      • Removed
    • Adaptation (Q)
      • Mana refund increased from 50% to 100%
    • Assimilation Mastery (Trait)
      • Now increases the duration of Assimilation Shields by 100% in addition to its current functionality
  • Level 13
    • Queen’s Rush (Active)
      • Movement Speed increased from 25% to 30%
      • Cooldown reduced from 75 to 50 seconds
    • Lingering Essence (Trait)
      • Removed
  • Level 16
    • Blade Torrent (W)
      • Moved to Level 7
Developer Comments: Kerrigan definitely has her place as a niche pick on a few Battlegrounds. While her win-rate is fairly healthy, she has become a bit of a one-trick-pony. We feel this is okay for some Heroes and makes for interesting draft implications, but we knew we wanted to make some tweaks to help even her out. We increased her base stats in order to offset the added restrictions we applied to her Ravage, and overall did a large number of tweaks to help level out her whole Talent Tree.

LUNARA

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Abilities

  • Leaping Strike (R)
    • Damage increased from 246 to 271

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Photosynthesis (W)
      • Mana restoration increased from 8 to 10 Mana per target
  • Level 4
    • Skybound Wisp (E)
      • Revealed area size increased by 10%
    • Timelost Wisp (E)
      • Cooldown recharge increased from 100% to 125%
  • Level 7
    • Splintered Spear (Q)
      • Number of attack targets increased from 3 to 4
    • Nature’s Culling (Passive)
      • Damage to non-Heroes decreased from 200% to 150%
  • Level 13
    • Pestering Blossom (Q)
      • Range increase increased from 40% to 50%
  • Level 16
    • Choking Pollen (Q)
      • Bonus damage increased from 100% to 125%
  • Level 20
    • Abolish Magic (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 45 from 35 seconds

TRACER

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  • Abilities
    • Pulse Bomb (R)
      • The size of the “Stuck!” text that displays on-screen when Stuck by Pulse Bomb has been reduced in order to increase visibility during gameplay

SPECIALIST

ABATHUR

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Abilities

  • Symbiote (Q)
    • Symbiote will now be paused if the allied target enters a Stasis effect or if Tracer uses her Recall ability
    • Symbiote can still be cancelled in these situations, but no Symbiote Abilities can be used

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Regenerative Microbes (E)
      • Heal changed to “over 4 seconds” instead of the full duration of Carapace
      • Heal amount changed from 31 to 68 Health per Second
  • Level 4
    • Ballistospores (W)
      • Toxic Nest duration increased from 20% to 25%
    • Sustained Carapace (E)
      • Now increases the Carapace Shield amount by 40% instead of increasing the duration by 50%
  • Level 7
    • Networked Carapace (E)
      • Now also applies an untalented Carapace Shield to all nearby allied Heroes
    • Vile Nest (W)
      • Decreased the slow duration from 3 to 2.5 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Assault Strain (Trait)
      • Increased explosion damage from 68 to 102
    • Spatial Efficiency (Q)
      • Now also lowers the cooldown of Stab from 3 to 2.5 seconds in addition to its current functionality
  • Level 16
    • Adrenaline Boost (E)
      • Movement Speed boost duration increased from 3 to 3.5 seconds
    • Volatile Mutation (R)
      • Increased pulse damage from 114 to 137
  • Level 20
    • Evolution Complete (R)
      • Monstrosity Deep Tunnel cooldown reduced to 25 seconds from 30
    • Evolutionary Link (R)
      • Ultimate Evolution Shield increased from 20% of maximum Health to 25%

AZMODAN

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Abilities

  • Demonic Invasion (R)
    • No longer deals half damage to Heroes

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Sieging Wrath (Q)
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Gain 4 damage per enemy hero hit, up to a maximum of 100 damage
        • Reward: Gain an additional 100 damage and increases maximum range by 33%
    • Taste for Blood (Q)
      • Time window where Minion deaths grant additional damage reduced from 1.5 second to 1 second
    • Master of Destruction (E)
      • New Functionality:
        • No longer grants bonus damage to Structures
        • Now grants 10% range after each level of damage ramp up
  • Level 4
    • Gluttony (E)
      • Healing increased from 15% to 20%
    • Sin’s Grasp (Active)
      • Damage increased from 224 to 248
      • Total duration increased from 6 to 8 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Infernal Globe (Q)
      • No longer applies a damage over time effect to enemies hit
    • Infused Power (E)
      • Damage bonus increased from 25% to 40%
      • Moved to level 13
    • Gluttonous Ward (Active)
      • Restoration per tick increased from 2.457% to 3%
  • Level 13
    • March of Sin (E)
      • Moved to level 7
  • Level 16
    • Blood for Blood (Active)
      • Talent renamed to Sin for Sin
      • Sin for Sin works identically to Blood for Blood, but can be cast while channeling All Shall Burn
Developer Comments: Many of these changes focus on allowing Azmodan to use different Talent builds successfully. We have improved the All Shall Burn build quite a bit. The redesign of Sieging Wrath provides an alternate build for those situations where you want to focus on Globe of Annihilation but find yourself without an ideal team composition or battleground.

GAZLOWE

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Abilities

  • Salvage (Trait)
    • Will no longer dismount Gazlowe if used while mounted
  • Robo-Goblin (R)
    • Damage increased from 150% to 200%

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Rock-It! Turret XL (Q)
      • Damage increased from 50% to 60%
  • Level 13
    • Xtra Large Bombs (E)
      • Radius increased from 25% to 30%
  • Level 20
    • Mecha-Lord (R)
      • Damage increased from 150% to 200%

SYLVANAS

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Talents

  • Level 13
    • Windrunner (E)
      • A 0.5 second cooldown time has been added to prevent accidental casting of the second Haunting Wave

THE LOST VIKINGS

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  • Each of The Lost Vikings will now display individual messages in chat when using Hearthstone.

XUL

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Talents

  • Level 20
    • Mortal Wound (Active)
      • This Talent's effect will now only reduce Healing received by the target while the Mortal Wound effect is active. Healing effects that continue after the Mortal Wounds effect ends will no longer be reduced
      • Will no longer reduce Healing received by Healing Wells or reduce the duration of Heal over Time effects

ZAGARA

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Zagara has undergone significant changes.

Stats

  • Attack Damage Decreased from 95 to 86

Abilities

  • Creep Tumor (Trait)
    • New functionality
      • Now grants Zagara 20% bonus attack range while on Creep
    • Health increased from 111 to 150
    • No longer costs Mana
    • Increased cast range from 0 to 2.5
    • No longer grants additional Health regeneration while on Creep
    • Charge cooldown increased from 15 to 20 seconds
    • Base Creep spread distance increased by 33%
  • Baneling Barrage (Q)
    • Now fires a single Baneling at a time (4 charges) at a cost of 10 Mana per Baneling. Banelings have a 3 second charge cooldown
    • Damage per Baneling increased from 75 to 91
    • Banelings no longer have Health, and can no longer be targeted
  • Hunter Killer (W)
    • Damage decreased from 89 to 68
  • Devouring Maw (R)
    • No longer deals damage on impact
    • Damage per second increased from 43 to 80
    • Cooldown reduced from 120 to 100 seconds
  • Nydus Network (R)
    • New functionality:
      • Passively increases your Creep spread by 25%
      • Passively causes all Basic Attacks to lower cooldowns by 1 second while on Creep
    • Nydus Canals can now only be placed on Creep
    • Entering Nydus Canals is now cancelled by taking damage
    • The channel time to enter Nydus Canal decreased from 2 to 1.5 seconds
    • Health regeneration while in the Network increased from 8 to 10%
    • Mana regeneration while in the Network increased from 8 to 10%
    • Max amount of Nydus Canal’s on the map increased from 4 to 10

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Centrifugal Hooks (Q)
      • Removed
    • Corpse Feeders (E)
      • Damage reduction from non-Heroes increased from 30% to 40%
      • Now reduces the cooldown of Infested Drop by 3 seconds in addition to its current functionality
    • Reconstitution (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Demolitionist (Passive)
      • Removed
  • Level 4
    • Envenomed Spines (Active)
      • No longer adds Basic Attack range
      • Activate to have your next Basic Attack deal 230 damage over 5 seconds. 30 second cooldown
    • Medusa Blades (Passive)
      • Damage increased from 25 to 33%
    • Tumor Clutch (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Envenom (Active)
      • Removed
    • Infest (Passive)
      • Moved to Level 1
      • New functionality added:
        • Nearby ranged minions passively deal 200% more damage.
        • Quest: For every 1000 siege damage dealt, increase the damage bonus by 1%
    • New Talent – Serrated Spines (Passive)
      • Quest: Every Basic Attack against enemy Heroes increases Basic Attack damage by 0.3
  • Level 7
    • Swarm Momentum (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Volatile Acid (Q)
      • Moved to Level 1
      • New functionality added:
        • Also increases the range of Banelings by 50%
    • Ventral Sacs (Q)
      • Removed
    • Endless Creep (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Rapid Incubation (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Viscous Acid (Q)
      • Banelings also slow targets by 25% for 1.5 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Mutalisk (W)
      • Moved to level 16
      • No longer has a timed life. Mutalisks will now last until killed
    • Grooved Spines (W)
      • Removed
    • Bile Drop (E)
      • Moved to Level 7
      • Bonus damage decreased from 100% to 50%
      • Quest: Every Hero hit by Infested Drop increases this bonus by 10%
      • Reward: Upon reaching 150% bonus damage, increase the impact radius of Infested Drop by 20%
    • Giant Killer (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Hydralisk Transfusion (W)
      • Zagara is Healed for 75% of the primary damage dealt by Hunter Killers
    • New Talent – Protective Coating (Passive)
      • While on Creep, Zagara takes 20% reduced damage from all sources
  • Level 16
    • Baneling Massacre (Q)
      • Moved to Level 7
      • New functionality
      • Zagara gains 2 more charges of Banelings
    • Brood Expansion (W)
      • New functionality
      • Now reduces the cooldown of Hunter Killer by 6 seconds
    • Metabolic Boost (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Stoneskin (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Corrosive Saliva (W)
      • Attacks from Hunter Killers deal an additional 2% of the targets max Health
  • Level 20
    • Broodling Nest (R)
      • Removed
    • New Talent– Endless Creep (Trait)
      • Increases Creep Tumor cast range by 2000%
      • Creep Tumor duration increased from 240 to 600 seconds
      • While on Creep Zagara gains an additional 20% move speed
Developer Comments: We are excited to bring you a fresh take on our Brood Queen. She had, by far, the unhealthiest Talent Tree in Heroes and we spent months going through multiple iterations of her Design. We knew exactly what we wanted to keep in her play-style: Lane Bully, Summoner, and Scout, and we aimed all of our decisions at those three characteristics. We also decided to upgrade her talent tree to better embrace our new design philosophies. Overall, we hope you enjoy her new tools while continuing to feel like you’re playing the old Zagara that we know and love.

Zagara Talents

LEVEL (TIER)        
1 (1) Volatile Acide (Q) Corpse Feeders (E) Infest
4 (2) Envenomed Spines Medusa Blades New: (!) Serrated Spines
7 (3) Baneling Massacre (Q) New: Viscous Acid (Q) (!) Bile Drop (E)
10 (4) Devouring Maw (R) Nydus Network (R)
13 (5) New: Hydralisk Transfusion (W) Protective Coating (Trait) Spell Shield
16 (6) Brood Expansion (W) New: Corrosive Saliva (W) Mutalisk (W)
20 (7) Tyrant Maw (R) New: Endless Creep (R) Fury of the Storm
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

SUPPORT

BRIGHTWING

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Abilities

  • Soothing Mist (Trait)
    • Heal amount increased from 96 to 120
  • Blink Heal (R)
    • Range reduced by approximately 15%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Hyper Shift (Trait)
      • Will no longer reduce the cooldown of Phase Shift when Brightwing heals herself
  • Level 7
    • Dream Shot (Q)
      • Moved to Level 1
    • Phase Shield (Z)
      • Reduced Shield duration from 20 to 10 seconds
      • Reduced Shield amount from 548 to 400
    • Mistified (Passive)
      • Cooldown Reduction reduced from 1 to .75 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Continuous Winds (R)
      • Also increases the bonus healing of Soothing Mist (granted by Emerald Wind) from 8 to 15%
    • Rewind (Active)
      • Removed
Developer Comments: Phase Shift builds have been a lot of fun and we enjoy the gameplay behind them but we really want to open up other potential playstyles for Brightwing. Her burst healing output is locked behind Blink Heal and although we realize that having a two-charge Blink is an incredible asset, we want to continue incentivize using disengage tools like Emerald Wind.

KHARAZIM

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Insight (Trait)
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Every 3rd Basic Attack restores 14 Mana. After this effect triggers 100 times, every 3rd attack will also reduce the cooldown of all Basic Abilities by 1 second
Developer Comments: Insight was seeing very little play, mainly because it wasn’t distinct enough. In order to both buff it and make it different, we’re making it a Quest Talent/Trait. We felt the cooldown reduction fits well with the increased Mana, as Insight is about using all your Abilities (both offensive and defensive) more frequently.

UTHER

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Abilities

  • Divine Shield (R)
    • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80
  • Divine Storm (R)
    • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Block (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Reach (Q)
      • Removed
  • Level 4
    • Hammer of the Lightbringer (Passive)
      • Moved to Level 1
    • Amplified Healing (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Beacon of Light (Passive)
      • Uther Heals himself for 30% of all Healing done to allied Heroes
  • Level 7
    • Wave of Light (W)
      • Moved to Level 1
      • Mana returned reduced from 10 to 8 per target hit
      • Maximum Mana returned reduced from 50 to 40
    • Holy Fire (Passive)
      • New functionality:
        • Deal 18 damage per second to nearby enemies.  Auto-attacking an enemy Hero increases this damage by 20% for 3 seconds.  This effect stacks up to 3 times
    • Clairvoyance (Active)
      • Removed  
  • Level 13
    • Holy Shock (Q)
      • Cooldown reduction when using Holy Light against enemies increased from 4 to 6 seconds.
      • New functionality:
        • After hitting an enemy, the next Holy Light Heals for an additional 50%
    • Blessed Champion (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • After casting Holy Light, all Basic Attacks for 5 seconds will Heal Uther and all nearby allies for 20% of the amount Healed by Holy Light.
  • Level 16
    • Gathering Radiance (W)
      • Each Hero that Holy Radiance passes through increases the Healing and damage of your next Holy Radiance by 8%, up to a maximum increase of 80%.
    • Imposing Presence (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Righteous Defense (Q)
      • Heroes healed by Holy Light take 50% less damage for 2 seconds
Developer Comments: The famous “Piano Uther” build (Uther with all Activated talents) has dominated his talent choices for a long time. While we understand that many players love this kind of a Support, we also want to give him more viable options for people who don’t like so many activated abilities. We didn’t touch the old build, but we have given him more options to choose from on various talent tiers.

WARRIOR

ARTHAS

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Frozen Wastes (E)
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 3 to 4 Mana Per Second
  • Level 7
    • Rune Tap (Passive)
      • Heal amount increased from 3% to 4% of Maximum Health
    • Icebound Fortitude (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 50 to 40 seconds

CHEN

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Abilities

  • Fortifying Brew (Trait)
    • Can no longer be cancelled by reactivating the hotkey (default D)

CHO

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Abilities

  • Upheaval (R)
    • Increased damage from 50 to 100

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Surging Dash (Q)
      • Increased speed and range bonuses from 25% to 50%

DEHAKA

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Abilities

  • Adaptation (R)
    • Time before Heal activates reduced from 5 to 4 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Enduring Swarm (W)
      • Increased Spell Resistance from 25 to 50%
    • Primal Aggression (W)
      • Also increases the duration of Dark Swarm by 0.5 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Essence Devourer (Trait)
      • Added Quest:
        • Quest: Every Regen Globe collected increases maximum Essence by 1
        • Reward: Upon collecting 10 Regen Globes, increase the amount of Essence gained from Regen Globes from 10 to 15
  • Level 16
    • Rapid Regeneration (E)
      • Increased Heal amount from 76 to 90
  • Level 20
    • Change is Survival (R)
      • Also lowers the cooldown of Adaptation by 30 seconds in addition to its current functionality
    • Apex Predator (Z)
      • Decreased cooldown reduction from 30 to 25 seconds
Developer Comments: It took a lot of pressure to get the balance team to make some adjustments to Dehaka. With absolutely no changes since launch, we finally have a few tweaks to help bring up some struggling talents.

LEORIC

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Mana Thirst (Q)
      • Removed the cap to Mana earned from targets hit by Skeletal Swing
  • Level 7
    • Lingering Apparition (E)
      • Increases Wraith Walk duration from 60% to 80%
  • Level 13
    • Drain Momentum (W)
      • Now increases Leoric’s Movement Speed by 10% while Drain Hope is active
  • Level 20
    • Buried Alive (R)
      • Increased damage from 34 to 45

MURADIN

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Abilities

  • Second Wind (Trait)
    • Base Heal effect increased from 1.5% to 2% maximum Health per second.
    • Critical Health effect increased from 3% to 4% maximum Health per second.
  • Dwarf Toss (E)
    • No longer grants Unstoppable while leaping.
    • Now grants Muradin Resistant (25% reduced damage taken) for 2 seconds.
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 70 to 55.

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Third Wind (Trait)
      • Base Heal effect increased from 2% to 3% maximum Health per second
      • Critical Heal effect increased from 4% to 6% maximum Health per second
Developer Comments: The Dwarf Toss changes are very likely going to spur a lot of conversation, Uther knows it did in our bullpen! The logic behind this change is as follows – We want to buff Muradin for all ranges of play EXCEPT our pro-scene. Of course this is where the Unstoppable leap is abused the most, and even though there is some great skill-cap behind knowing when and how to use it, it gives him an incredible amount of power and definitely hurts the pick-rates of our other Warriors. By replacing this with a 2 second Resistant buff, it should help the vast majority of players feel more tanky when they use Dwarf Toss, which has always been the intention.

SONYA

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Endless Fury (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Shot of Fury (Trait)
      • Now also passively increases maximum Fury from 100 to 150 in addition to its current functionality
  • Level 4
    • Hurricane (E)
      • Now also reduces the cooldown of Whirlwind by 1 seconds in addition to its current functionality
  • Level 7
    • Composite Spear (Q)
      • Now also increases the Fury gained from Ancient Spear from 40 to 60 in addition to its current functionality
    • Poisoned Spear (Q)
      • Damage increased from 75% to 100% of Ancient Spear’s damage
  • Level 13
    • Mystical Spear (Q)
      • Reduced the cooldown reduction from 4 to 3 seconds
    • Life Funnel (E)
      • Whirlwind Healing bonus increased from 5% to 10%
      • The tooltip has been clarified to state that this bonus is also tripled against Heroes
  • Level 16
    • Nerves of Steel (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 60 to 70 seconds
    • Furious Blow (W)
      • Seismic Slam damage bonus increased from 40% to 50%
      • Fury cost increased from 35 to 40
  • Level 20
    • Arreat Crater (R)
      • Now also reduces the cooldown of Leap by 20 seconds in addition to its current functionality
    • Anger Management (R)
      • The increase to Stun, Slow, Root, and Polymorph duration reduction has been removed
      • Increased Fury gain bonus from 50% to 100%

STITCHES

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Abilities

  • Vile Gas (Trait)
    • New Functionality:
      • When damaged, Stitches emits a gas cloud that poisons nearby enemies over 3 seconds (no longer leaves Vile Gas on the ground)
    • Cooldown reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Hook (Q)
    • Hook can now target allied Heroes by default. This functionality can be toggled on and off through a new “Helping Hand” button. (Default hotkey: 1)

Talents

  • Level 4
    • New Talent: Restorative Fumes (Trait)
      • Each time an enemy Hero takes damage from Vile Gas, Stitches heals for 27 Health
    • Vile Cleaver (W)
      • Removed
    • Mercenary Lord (Passive)
      • Removed
  • Level 7
    • Toxic Gas (Trait)
      • Radius increase reduced from 50% to 25%
      • No longer increases the duration of Vile Gas
      • Now increases the damage of Vile Gas by 50%
  • Level 13
    • Helping Hand (Q)
      • Removed
Developer Comments: We decided to do a quick clean-up for Stitches. This consisted of getting rid of the lingering gas-cloud which hurt our visual playfield more than the enemy team. Oh, and we made Helping Hand baseline; nothing to see here, move along.

TYRAEL

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Abilities

  • Archangel’s Wrath (Trait)
    • Increased damage from 456 to 550

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Protection in Death (Trait)
      • Increased the Shield duration from 5 to 10 seconds
    • Horadric Reforging (Q)
      • Moved to level 4
    • Purge Evil (E)
      • Damage increased from 25% to 30%
  • Level 4
    • Even in Death (Trait)
      • Now also increases the damage of Archangel’s Wrath by 25% in addition to its current functionality
      • Moved to level 1
    • Retribution (E)
      • New functionality
        • Increases the Movement Speed bonus of Smite from 25% to 35%, and increase the duration from 2 to 3 seconds
      • Name changed to: Swift Retribution

 

  • Level 7
    • Angelic Momentum (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Angel’s Grace (Q)
      • Increased Movement Speed bonus from 25% to 30%.
    • Reciprocate (W)
      • Increased damage from 151 to 200
    • Zealotry (W)
      • Also reduces Righteousness’ cooldown by 2 seconds in addition to its current functionality
      • Bonus duration reduced from 100% to 50%
  • Level 13
    • Angelic Might (E)
      • This bonus now only applies when hitting Heroes with Smite
      • Increased damage bonus from 25% to 75%
    • Angelic Absorption (W)
      • Increased heal amount from 46 to 52
  • Level 16
    • Blade of Justice (Q)
      • Instead of increasing Basic Attack damage, now increases Attack Speed by 50% for 5 seconds
    • Salvation (W)
      • Increased Shield value from 25% to 35% for each ally Hero shielded
  • Level 20
    • Angel of Justice (R)
      • Increased cooldown reduction from 30 to 40 seconds
Developer Comments: Tyrael’s Talents have been stagnant for some time, and we saw an opportunity to spruce them up. We’ve added some power to his lesser-used Talents, and given him some new ways to bring more utility to his team. While we understand that many players will miss Angelic Momentum, we felt that it was best to remove it from Tyrael in order to have more design space to add other Talents that manipulate the cooldowns and durations of his abilities.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Corrected a number of typos and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. 

Art

  • Artanis: Purifier Artanis’ blades have been slightly scaled down to better fit within his armor.
  • Cho’gall: Fixed an issue causing the Corruptor Cho’gall skin and variations to appear at a lower resolution than intended while using High graphic settings.
  • Chromie: Cancelling Chromie’s dance animation and then restarting it will no longer cause one of her clones to dissipate too early.
  • Nova: The Novazon skin will now properly throw a Javelin when casting Snipe.
  • Rexxar: Will now animate properly while riding Mounts that hover. 

Battlegrounds

  • Battlefield of Eternity: AI Heroes can now halt their attacks on Immortals at the center of the Battleground in order to gank an enemy Sgt. Hammer that is attacking inner-Towers and Keeps.
  • Infernal Shrines: Punishers will no longer prefer to attack non-Heroic enemies that are affected by Abathur’s Symbiote over enemy Heroes.
  • Dragon Shire: The Dragon Knight’s Savage Charge can no longer be cast on neutral Siege and Bruiser Mercenaries.
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen: The Top-lane Keep on the left side of the Battleground can no longer attack enemies who are standing next to the Gate.
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen: The number of Spider Gems held by each team will now always display, even if zero Gems are currently being carried.
  • Try Mode: The Mana bonus applied by Arthas’ Eternal Hunger Talent will no longer persist after clicking Reset Talents.
  • Try Mode: The effects of Li’Ming’s Aether Walker Talent will now be properly reset after clicking Reset Talents.
  • Try Mode: Brightwing’s Phase Shift cooldown is now properly reset after clicking Toggle Cooldowns. 

Heroes and Talents

  • Anub'arak: Bed of Barbs will now properly apply damage over time effects to enemy Immortals on Battlefield of Eternity.
  • Artanis: Fixed a rare issue in which an enemy who is killed in the same moment as they are struck by Phase Prism could cause Artanis to fly to the target’s death location.
  • Cho’gall: Runic Blast’s traveling and end-point area of effect indicators will now display appropriately for Gall, and will no longer display for Cho.
  • Dehaka: Drag will now properly interrupt Tychus if he is struck while attempting to cast Grenade.
  • Executioner: This Talent will no longer deal bonus damage to Structures affected by Sylvanas’ Black Arrow.
  • Falstad: Will no longer be struck by ground-level objects, such as Abathur’s Toxic Nests, while using Flight.
  • Illidan: Issuing an attack command on an enemy while using Sweeping Strike in the opposite direction will now always cause Illidan to travel the full Sweeping Strike distance, both before and after learning the Unbound Talent.
  • Jaina: Casting Blizzard while hidden within a Shrub will no longer prevent players who are outside that shrub from seeing its visual effects.
  • Kael’thas: Fixed an issue which prevented Phoenix from being self-cast using ALT + R.
    Kael’thas: AI Kael'thas will now properly receive a reduced cooldown timer after cancelling Pyroblast.
  • Kharazim: Fixed a rare issue in which movement commands could persist after casting Radiant Dash.
  • Leoric: Fixed a visual issue in which the Reanimation Talent’s Quest could appear incomplete despite satisfying all requirements for completion.
  • Lunara: Leaping Strike can now properly damage enemy Structures after learning the Boundless Stride Talent.
  • Lunara: Landing against the terrain after casting Leaping Strike will no longer occasionally cause Lunara to run back to her original location.
  • Lunara: Forts and Keeps will now properly fire on a Wisp that it is just inside attack range.
  • Medivh: Fixed an issue which caused allies to see Portal’s range indicator after learning the Portal Mastery Talent.
  • Nova: The buff icon for the Snipe Master Talent will now properly display in the buff bar.
  • Nova: Holo Decoys can now use Basic Attacks against enemy Monsters and Mercenaries. After taking the Lethal Decoy Talent, Holo Decoys will also be able to use Basic Attacks against enemy Minions.
  • Nova: Will no longer receive an Invulnerability overlay on-screen if a Holo Decoy is affected by Tyrael’s Sanctification, but Nova herself is outside its area of effect.
  • Nova: Triple Tap’s visual effects will no longer persist during an enemy Hero’s post-death effect, such as Tyrael’s Archangel’s Wrath.
  • Rehgar: Ancestral Healing will now properly restore Health to Artanis and Johanna if the target takes lethal damage in the same moment that Shield Overload or Indestructible is triggered. 
  • Sgt. Hammer: The targeting reticule for Blunt Force Gun will no longer highlight targets that are outside its area of effect.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Enemy AI players will no longer immediately dive Sgt. Hammer if she enters Siege Mode while hidden in a Shrub or Vent.
  • Stitches: Hook will now properly pull its target over unpathable areas of terrain, even if the enemy it strikes had been launched by another Ability.
  • Tracer: Fixed an issue that could cause Pulse Bomb to launch in an unintended direction when casting Blink while Pulse Bomb is firing.
  • Tracer: The Reload bar will now be properly displayed during Recall after learning the Locked and Loaded Talent.
  • Tracer: Will no longer continually face her Basic Attack target while Polymorphed.
  • Tracer: The Composition B Talent can no longer be triggered by sticking non-Heroic targets.
  • Tracer: The “Lock On” icon next to Tracer’s status bar will now appear to the left of icons for Battleground Mechanics that can be held, such as Spider Gems and Doubloons.
  • Tychus: After learning the Sizzlin’ Attacks Talent, Basic Attacks will now properly deal 3% of the target’s maximum Health as damage while Minigun is active.
  • Tyrael: Casting Judgement on an enemy just as the target is killed will no longer teleport Tyrael to the enemy safe zone.
  • Tyrael:  The duration bar for El’Druin’s Might can no longer display during Archangel’s Wrath.
  • Tyrande: Picking the Celestial Wrath Talent will no longer prevent Starfall’s cooldown timer from displaying appropriately on the in-game Score Screen’s Talent pane.
  • Uther: Can no longer use Healing Wells while in Eternal Devotion form.
  • Valla: Using Rain of Vengeance to score a killing blow on Tyrael or Uther will no longer cause an extraordinarily long respawn timer to appear while in Eternal Devotion or Archangel’s Wrath form.
  • Zagara: Enemy Heroes who are not caught by Devouring Maw can no longer walk through the Maw while it is emerging from the terrain.
  • Zagara: Fixed an issue that could allow Creep Tumors to be placed in unintended areas with Quick Cast or On Release settings enabled.
  • Zeratul: Casting Blink and Rewind in rapid succession will no longer place Blink on a 2 second cooldown while Wormhole is active.
  • Zeratul: Void Prison will now properly interrupt Flying Kick if the target moves too far out of range while Chen is in Stasis. 

Sound

  • Fixed an issue which prevented Heroes from playing their “Pissed” voiceover lines after being repeatedly clicked.
  • Anub’arak: Voiceover will now play properly while idling on Anub’arak’s Hero page in the Shop.
  • Azmodan/Kharazim: Fixed an issue that prevented Azmodan and Kharazim from playing certain voiceover lines after killing an enemy Hero.
  • Gazlowe: The music associated with Big Top Gazlowe’s dance animation will play appropriately while in Robo-Goblin form.
  • Tracer: The Blink recharge sound effect will now only play for the Tracer player. 

User Interface

  • Selecting unowned Heroes, Skins, or Mounts during Hero Select will no longer disable the ready button for other players in the party, nor remove those players from the queue.
  • Rebinding a Hotkey to the Left Mouse Button will no longer cause a Primary Hotkey Unbound message to display.
  • The time displayed by the clock on the Home Screen will now properly match the operating system’s clock when using the RTZ 4 timezone. 
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      Base Maximum Health increased from 2775 to 2900 Health Regeneration increased from 5.78 to 6.04 Abilities
      Flame Stream (Q) Mana cost increased from 25 to 30 Oil Spill (W) Mana cost increased from 40 to 50 Jet Propulsion (E) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds Bunker Drop (R) Flamethrower damage reduced from 179 to 170 Cooldown increased from 60 to 80 seconds Mana cost increased from 40 to 80 Combustion (R) Damage increased from 52 to 55 Self-Slow amount decreased from 50 to 40% Talents
      Level 1 Endurance Stimpack (Active) Shield amount increased from 450 to 480 Neural Stimpack (Active) Mana restoration reduced from 50 to 30 New Habits (Trait) Regeneration Globe collection cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 8 seconds Level 13 Nanomachine Coating (W) Attack Speed slow increased from 40 to 50% Level 16 Thermal Protection (E) Cooldown reduction decreased from 2 to 1.5 seconds
      E.T.C

      Stats
      Base Maximum Health increased from 2180 to 2250 Health Regeneration increased from 4.54 to 4.69   Tyrael

      Stats
      Health increased from 2468 to 2517 Health Regeneration increased from 5.14 to 5.24 Abilities
      Righteousness (W) Cooldown decreased from 10 to 9 seconds Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45
      Yrel

      Abilities
      Vindication (Q) Mana cost increased from 50 to 65 Righteous Hammer (W) Mana cost increased from 50 to 65 Avenging Wrath (E) Mana cost increased from 50 to 65 Bug Fixes
      General
      Tyrande: Fixed an issue preventing the cooldown for the Ranger talent from appearing in the tooltip. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Li Ming: Fixed an issue that could cause Disintegrate to cast immediately and become uncontrollable if Li Ming’s abilities were reset with specific quick cast settings. Tyrande: Fixed an issue preventing damage dealt to targets with Hunter's Mark from splashing to Laning Mercenaries after learning the Huntress' Fury talent. Tyrande: Fixed an issue allowing Shadowstalk to affect players in vehicles. (Garden Terror, Dragon Knight, etc)
    • By Stan
      Fall of the King's Crest is a new event available starting next week. Here's an overview of new quests, rewards, skins, and various cosmetic items that can be collected through October 25.
      Fall of the King's Crest revolves around the conflict between the Raven Lord and Lady of Thorns. A new comic will be available on September 24. 5 new skins will be added to the game. Two Legendary Skins: Alexstrasza & Whitemane Two Epic Skins: Maiev & Zarya Standard Loot Chests will be replaced with Fall of King’s Crest Loot Chests for the duration of the event. The new Loot Chests have a chance to contain skins from previous fall events in addition to new Skins. Players must complete four quest lines to gain access to the final quest and claim the Tombstone Mount (two different quests are available). The official event spotlight can be found here. Blizzard (Source)
      THE FALL OF KING’S CREST
      After the battle for Alterac Pass, the Raven Lord sets his sights on the kingdom of Dragon Shire. Catch up on the first two comics, and keep an eye out for Issue #3 when it becomes available on September 24!
      RAVENOUS REWARDS OF CONQUEST
      Behold the Raven Lord’s fearsome generals: Cursed Witch Whitemane, Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza, Spider Warden Maiev, and Phantom Knight Zarya. Also check out haunting new Mounts, Banners, Sprays, and Portraits.
      LEGENDARY SKINS

      Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza, Phantom Wyrm Alexstrasza, Infernal Wyrm Alexstrasza

      Cursed Witch Whitemane, Court Witch Whitemane, Forgotten Witch Whitemane (Includes special mounting animation)
      EPIC SKINS
      Spider Warden Maiev, Forgotten Spider Warden Maiev, Night Spider Warden Maiev

      Phantom Knight Zarya, Geist Knight Zarya, Infernal Knight Zarya
      NEW MOUNT
      Pumpkin Eye Pad Mount, Sunny Side Eye Pad Mount
      BANNERS

      Raven Army Warcrests, Witches & Warden Warcrest, Spectres & Phantoms Warcrests
      PORTRAITS

      New Portraits to freshen up your profile
      SPRAYS
      A sprawling collection of sharp new Sprays
      NEW MOUNT
      Copper Pig\
      ANNOUNCER PACKS

      Queen Nightshade, Blackheart, Lady of Thorns
      NEW SKIN TINTS
      Spectral Bewitching Brightwing, Spectral Countess Kerrigan
      OTHER SEASONAL EVENT LOOT
      Awesome rewards from previous fall events will also be available in Fall of King’s Crest Loot Chests. If you missed something last year, it’s not too late to get in on the action!

      NEW QUESTLINES
      LAST STAND AGAINST THE RAVEN LORD
      Dive behind enemy lines to defeat the Raven Lord’s generals and stage a last-ditch defense of King’s Crest. Complete four Questlines (with four Quests each) to unlock themed rewards. Once all four generals are defeated, choose between two Quests in a final act of resistance against the Raven Lord. Unlock a different Tombstone Mount depending on the final Quest you choose.
      DEFEAT ALL FOUR GENERALS
      PHANTOM KNIGHT ZARYA QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis

      WITCH OF THE HOLLOWS WHITEMANE QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis

      SPIDER WARDEN MAIEV QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis

      SPECTRAL WYRM ALEXSTRASZA QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis
      FINAL QUEST (CHOOSE ONE)
      FINAL QUEST REWARDS
      Redeemed Tombstone Mount OR Cursed Tombstone Mount
    • By Stan
      The latest Heroes of the Storm content patch is available for playtesting until September 24. Check out the official patch notes for details!
      Fall of the King's Crest Event
      Fall of the King's Crest is a new event available next week where players can complete up to four different quests to earn themed rewards. We have a new type of Loot Chests that will have a chance to contain new skins.
      Fall of the King's Crest Event Trailer Event Overview & Comic TBA Garden of Terror Revamp
      Blizzard also decided to change the objective on Garden of Terror to make a Cursed Hollow & Tomb of the Spider Queen hybrid out of it by removing the day/night cycle and the Garden Terror vehicle.
      Garden of Terror Battleground Rework Hero Reworks
      The patch will hit live servers next week and it's time for two Hero reworks as Brightwing and Kerrigan both received talent overhauls. The patch notes contain detailed information about all new, updated, and removed talents.
      Brightwing Hero Rework Spotlight Kerrigan Hero Rework Spotlight Blizzard (Source)
      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until September 24. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
      NOTE: This patch also includes balance changes for an update that will be hitting the live servers later this week. You can find those notes here.
      General
      New Event: Fall of King’s Crest
      The Fall of Kings Questline is now available for players. The hunt is on for the generals of the Raven Lord! Loot Chests have been replaced with Seasonal Loot chests for the duration of this event. Battlegrounds
      Garden of Terror
      Garden of Terror has received significant gameplay and layout changes. Find out more in the Garden of Terror Spotlight video or on the updated Garden of Terror Battleground site. Art
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Kerrigan and Brightwing have received some new and updated art to coincide with their gameplay updates. User Interface
      Mercenary Camp and Banner floating text has received readability improvements. Heroes
      Assassin

      Kerrigan

      Abilities
      Ravage (Q) Charges increased from 1 to 2 Range reduced from 8 to 6 Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20 Damage reduced from 210 to 130 Added functionality: Now also refunds 20 Mana when used on an enemy that dies within 1.5 seconds Impaling Blades (W) Damage reduced from 261 to 180 Primal Grasp (E) Pull damage reduced from 114 to 25 Added functionality: 2.5 seconds after using Primal Grasp, Kerrigan damages all nearby enemies for 180 damage Summon Ultralisk (R) Splash radius increased from 1.5 to 2 The initial cast of Ultralisk is now directional skill shot that causes the Ultralisk to charge in the targeted direction until impacting an enemy Hero. It deals 250 damage and stuns for .5 seconds to the first Hero it hits. Assimilation (Trait) Shield amount increased from 10 to 15% of damage dealt Talents
      Level 1 Siphoning Impact (Q) New functionality: Using Ravage on an enemy Hero grants an additional 90 Assimilation Shield Assimilation Mastery (Trait) Moved from level 7 No longer increases the duration of Assimilation Shield In addition to increasing Kerrigan’s Health and Mana Regeneration by 100% while Assimilation is active, now also causes Regeneration Globes to grant 40 Assimilation Shield per second while active Fury of the Swarm (Passive) Moved from level 4 New functionality: Kerrigan gains 10% more Assimilation Shields from Basic Attacks. Casting Ravage causes Kerrigan’s next 2 Basic Attacks within 3 seconds to splash for 100% damage around the target Sharpened Blades (W) Removed Block (Passive) Removed Level 4 New Talent - Sharpened Blades (Q) !Quest: Every time an enemy Minion or Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of being damaged by Ravage, increase Ravage's damage by .5 (5 for Heroes), up to 50 !Reward: After reaching 50 damage, gain an additional 50 damage New Talent - Kinetic Fulmination (W) Damaging an enemy increases the damage of Kerrigan's next Impaling Blades by 15%. Stacks up to 150%. Lasts 10 seconds. Psionic Pulse (E) New functionality: Primal Grasp deals damage a second time 2.5 seconds after the initial burst Clean Kill (Q) Removed Envenom (Active) Removed Level 7 New Talent - Queen of Blades (Q) Every time Primal Grasp's pull or explosion hits an enemy Hero, reduce the cooldown of Ravage by 4 seconds New Talent - Boundless Fury (Q) Casting Ravage on an enemy Hero grants a charge of Ravage. Can only occur on each Hero once every 10 seconds Bladed Momentum (Passive) Now only triggers when attacking enemy Heroes Now works with splash damage from Fury of the Swarm Blade Torrent (W) Removed Level 13 New Talent - Psionic Barrier (E) Kerrigan gains 15 Spell Armor for 4 seconds for every enemy Hero she hits with Primal Grasp's pull or explosion New Talent - Volatile Power (Trait) Increase the base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 15%, but reduce the duration of Assimilation Shields from 6 to 3 seconds New Talent - Chrysalis (Active) Activate to place Kerrigan in a chrysalis with 550 Health for 5 seconds. Kerrigan regenerates 5% Health per second while inside the chrysalis. 90 second cooldown. Eviscerate (Q) Removed Double Strike (Q) Removed Queen's Rush (Active) Removed Level 16 New Talent - Mounting Potency (Q) Casting Ravage on an enemy increases Kerrigan's Spell Power by 5% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 40% New Talent - Painful Spikes (W) After stunning an enemy with Impale, Kerrigan deals an additional 75 damage the next 6 times she damages them within the next 5 seconds New Talent - Unbridled Energy (R) When Kerrigan damages a Hero with a Heroic Ability she gains 30% Spell Power for 4 seconds Aggressive Defense (Trait) Removed Essence for Essence (Active) Removed Overdrive (Active) Removed Level 20 Omegastorm (R) New Functionality: Maelstrom's duration is increased by .125 seconds every time it damages an enemy Hero New Talent - Assimilation Blades (Trait) Damaging an enemy increases Kerrigan's Basic Attack damage by 4%, up to 40%, for 5 seconds Psionic Shift (Active) Shield amount is now doubled when damaging enemy Heroes Nexus Blades (Passive) Removed Support

      Brightwing

      Abilities
      Arcane Flare (Q) Outer damage from 87 to 75 Inner damage from 260 to 180 Missile speed increased ~30% Added functionality: If an enemy Hero is hit by the center of Arcane Flare, instantly pulse a free Soothing Mist Polymorph (W) Duration from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds Cooldown from 10 to 12 seconds Pixie Dust (E) Range from 8 to 7 Phase Shift (Z) Cooldown from 55 to 60 seconds Added functionality: Heals the target for 20% of their maximum health Soothing Mist (D) Heal amount reduced from 115 to 105 Added functionality: Activate to instantly pulse a calming wave, clearing all Stun, Root, Slow, and Silence effects from nearby allies 120 second cooldown Emerald Wind (R) No longer grants passive healing to Soothing Mist Damage reduced from 303 to 225 Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds Talents
      Level 1 Greater Polymorph (W) Moved from Level 16 New functionality: Increase the cast range of Polymorph by 30%. Anytime a nearby enemy Hero is killed, reset the Cooldown of Polymorph Hyper Shift (Z) New functionality: Increase the heal amount of Phase Shift to 30% of targets max Health Every Minion killed near you lowers the cooldown of Phase Shift by 2 seconds Pixie Charm (1) New functionality: Every Minion killed near you grants you a Bribe Stack. Hitting an enemy with the center portion of Arcane Flare grants you 5 Bribe Stacks Level 4 Manic Pixie (E) Removed Unstable Anomaly (W) New functionality: Increase the slow amount of Polymorph to 40%. When it expires, it explodes dealing 2% of all nearby enemy Heroes max Health in damage Dream Shot (Q) Moved from Level 1 New functionality: Increase the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. If it hits an enemy Hero, lower the cooldown to 2 seconds. New Talent – Magic Spit (D) Increase your Basic Attack range by 20%. Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist’s active by 5 seconds Level 7 Mistified (D) Removed Cleanse (Active) Removed Phase Shield (Z) Removed Sticky Flare (Q) Moved from Level 13 New functionality: Arcane Flare slows Heroes by 20% for 3 seconds, or 40% if hit by the center of Arcane Flare Peekaboo! (Z) Moved from Level 4 Added functionality: Also grants the you and your target a temporary health Shield New Talent – Critical Mist (D) If Calming Mist removes a status effect from an ally, instantly heal them for 200 Level 13 Ice Block (Active) Removed Shield Dust (E) Removed Pixie Boost (E) Movement Speed decay duration increased from 1.5 to 3 seconds Movement Speed bonus reduced to 40% New Talent – Safety Dust (E) Increase the duration of Pixie Dust by 1 second. Healing dealt by Brightwing is increased by 25% on targets with Pixie Dust New Talent – Pixie Power (E) Lower the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor it grants to 50 Level 16 Bouncy Dust (E) Removed Hardened Focus (Passive) Removed New Talent – Phase Out (Active) Activate to phase out and become invulnerable for .5 seconds 20 second cooldown New Talent – Hush (Q) Enemy Heroes hit with the center of Arcane Flare are Silenced for 1 second and deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds. Level 20 Double Wyrmhole (R) Removed Continuous Winds (R) Removed Revitalizing Mist (D) Removed Storm Shield (Active) Removed New Talent – Invisible Friends (R) Blink Heal grants you and the target stealth. They are unrevealable for .5 seconds. While under this effect, they regenerate 20 Health Per Second New Talent – Intensive Winds (R) Lower the cooldown of Emerald Wind to 3 seconds. It now costs 200 Mana New Talent – Faerie Protector (Active) Activate to instantly cast Pixie Dust on all nearby allied Heroes 60 second cooldown New Talent – Speedy Dragon (Passive) Gain 20% permanent movement speed Collection
      New Bundles
      The following new bundles are available for a limited time: Fall of King’s Crest Bundle Spectral Wyrm Alextrasza Skin Pack Spider Warden Maiev Skin Pack Cursed Witch Whitemane Skin Pack Phantom Knight Zarya Skin Pack New Announcers
      Queen Nightshade Blackheart Lady of Thorns New Skins
      Alexstrasza Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza Infernal Wyrm Alexstrasza Phantom Wyrm Alexstrasza Brightwing Spectral Bewitching Brightwing Kerrigan Spectral Countess Kerrigan Maiev Spider Warden Maiev Forgotten Spider Warden Maiev Night Spider Warden Maiev Whitemane Cursed Witch Whitemane Forgotten Witch Whitemane Court Witch Whitemane Zarya Phantom Knight Zarya Infernal Knight Zarya Geist Knight Zarya New Mounts
      Redeemed Tombstone Corrupted Tombstone Copper Money Pig Pumpkin Eye Pad Sunny Side Eye Pad New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
      Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the Heroes of the Storm Collection tab. Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed several confusing or incorrect tooltips across all parts of the game. Drag Scroll: Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause the camera to jump in the direction of the cursor when using the drag scroll feature. Reconnect: Fixed an issue that could cause players to lose control of their Hero if they reconnect while piloting a vehicle. AI: A number of improvements have been made to AI Hero behavior. Art
      Chromie: Fixed an issue that caused Chromie’s hourglass to go missing during her Hearthstone animation. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Abathur: Fixed an issue preventing Monstrosity from gaining damage when nearby enemy minions die. Alarak & Gazlowe: Fixed an issue that allowed Gazlowe and Alarak to cast charged abilities while time stopped. Ana: Fixed an issue that allowed Ana to used Eye of Horus shots between mine levels on Haunted Mines. Lúcio: Fixed an issue preventing Lúcio from issuing attack commands while silenced. Mephisto: Fixed an issue preventing the Static Barrier talent from granting Mephisto shields if damage was dealt to Shields or Protected Heroes. Raynor: Raynor's Raider will now clear attack or move order when entering or exiting the mines on Haunted Mines. Stealth: Fixed an issue that prevented Ping markers from being visible on clones if the clones were created after the ping was initiated. User Interface
      Fixed an issue that caused Garrosh’s Groundbreaker splat to appear under the wrong team color in observer mode. Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to fail to play stun animations and effects if stunned twice in quick succession. Lúcio: Fixed an issue causing the UI displaying the number of allies in range of crossfade to stop working after Lúcio exits a vehicle. Brightwing & Kerrigan talent updates, Garden of Terror battleground revamp, and the Fall of King's Crest event are coming to the Nexus soon!