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This thread is for comments about our Gul'dan guide for Heroes of the Storm.

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Rampant Hellfire stacks with the amount of heroes you hit. If you hit 3 at once you get instantly 3 stacks.

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On 8/13/2016 at 11:08 AM, Guest Rampant Hellfire said:

Rampant Hellfire stacks with the amount of heroes you hit. If you hit 3 at once you get instantly 3 stacks.

Great point! I completely overlooked that when I made my initial write up. I went ahead and fixed the error as well as made some changes to the talents page for the balance update on August 24th. Thanks for the heads up!

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In my experience, a more Fel Flame oriented build has worked better. That is to say, Pursuit of Flame level 1, Hunger for Power (or conceivably Bound by Shadow) level 7, Fel Armor if necessary at level 13 (otherwise Healthstone), and Rampant Hellfire level 16. 

I think the build you posted here is probably more powerful for very good Gul'Dan players, but you should maybe include the above build as an "intro to Gul'Dan" build for those newer to the hero. Not only it is waaaaaaay easier (getting the Pursuit of Flame quest to activate is much easier than Corruption since it's on such a short cd), but it also focuses on what should be Gul'Dan's most important spell (Fel Flame) and can still output good damage. It also helps with one of Gul'Dan's biggest weaknesses: range. A 10% bonus isn't anything to write home about, but it does allow Gul'Dan to play just a little safer, which seems paramount for a hero that essentially casts spells with his health, especially for those new to playing him. I wouldn't use it at higher level play, but I also wouldn't use Gul'Dan at higher level play. 

Just some food for thought.

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3 hours ago, Guest JIM said:

This site has really fallen behind as of late. Does this reflect a waning interest in the game?

What do you mean? Could you perhaps elaborate on why you believe we have fallen behind?

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4 hours ago, Guest JIM said:

This site has really fallen behind as of late. Does this reflect a waning interest in the game?

HotS section is currently being worked on and you should see a revamp soon™ [src]. Make sure to check back every once in a while to see when the revamp is done!

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Hey Jim,

Would truly love to hear more specific feedback on your thoughts. In regards to the currently available content for Gul'dan, all of it should be up to date. Like Positiv has already mentioned, all of the guides are being updated to the most recent patches alongside being transferred over to an entirely new format. Although I will be out of town away from my computer for a few days (11/10-11/13), Gul'dan is next on my list to transfer and should be good to go shortly! 

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Is there a reason why there's no Life Drain build at all?
I see each talent upgrade has notes on Life Drain talents, but I see nothing concrete on how well or bad focusing on Life Drain is. I'm very curious on the matter.

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On 12/24/2016 at 6:50 AM, Guest Vilecat said:

Is there a reason why there's no Life Drain build at all?
I see each talent upgrade has notes on Life Drain talents, but I see nothing concrete on how well or bad focusing on Life Drain is. I'm very curious on the matter.

Hey VileCat!

In short, the reason there is currently no Drain Life build is that (at the time of this writing) it would be much weaker and easily outclassed by both other build paths, given Gul'dan's role in the meta. With the exception of Devour the Frail, all other Talent options surrounding Drain Life only provide Gul'dan additional utility, not raw damage output. Although there are some very specific situations where the utility provided by one or two of these Talents may benefit Gul'dan, it is often times not worth sacrificing his damage for these talents, especially since his greatest strength lies in his ability to quickly tear apart enemy teams from a distance. Also, Drain Life can be very easily mitigated by the targeted enemy via movement/positioning, stuns, or reliable heals. Putting too much weight into this ability can heavily cripple Gul'dan's overall performance. I'm always open to discussion, so feel free to let me know your thoughts!

Happy Holidays!

-MK

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Thank you for the answer!

I never went full Life Drain since it's indeed easy to interrupt, but the few talents I'd grab for it would allow me more sustainability, or that's what I feel. I've never been able to constantly harrass with a Fel Flame build with Varian or Butcher ready to jump at me. I have yet to give the Corruption build enough plays to really say how I feel about it. In terms of talents, the build I went for looks like 2, 2, 4, 1, 2, 3, 1.  I guess it's more of an all-around build than Life-drain focused. 

 

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On 12/26/2016 at 10:33 PM, Micekrispies said:

Hey VileCat!

In short, the reason there is currently no Drain Life build is that (at the time of this writing) it would be much weaker and easily outclassed by both other build paths, given Gul'dan's role in the meta. With the exception of Devour the Frail, all other Talent options surrounding Drain Life only provide Gul'dan additional utility, not raw damage output. Although there are some very specific situations where the utility provided by one or two of these Talents may benefit Gul'dan, it is often times not worth sacrificing his damage for these talents, especially since his greatest strength lies in his ability to quickly tear apart enemy teams from a distance. Also, Drain Life can be very easily mitigated by the targeted enemy via movement/positioning, stuns, or reliable heals. Putting too much weight into this ability can heavily cripple Gul'dan's overall performance. I'm always open to discussion, so feel free to let me know your thoughts!

Happy Holidays!

-MK

Hello,

New to the game, but mostly because of Gul'dan during the "play every hero" weekend. The first build I made, and have been sticking with, is the Drain Life build. Admittedly, I'm a newb, but with focus on Drain Life and Darkness Within. 

My reasoning, and strategy, is to utilize minions to keep health/mana as full as possible at all times. Using LIfe Tap to do extra damage, and against Heroes specifically, it heals more due to Harvest Life, allowing you the advantage in a heads up fight, especially if you get them below half for Devour the Frail to kick in. Yes, Heroes can and do walk away from you, but ambushing half-health or lower heroes (even if Gul'dan's health is getting low) works pretty well. Even if they're not quite to half, most don't realize how quickly that ramped up damge from Devour the Frail hits. 

This is just my experience and I've only been playing this weekend. I came here to learn how to use him better, not pretend I know how. That said, I've had better luck with my strategy than the Corruption build, but I think it's a combination of 1) My playstyle and 2) Not enough practice with Corruption. 

I did just want to point out my experience for anyone considering a Drain LIfe build, but unsure how to make it work. My number one advice is to not ignore enemy Minions. They're great fodder to keep Drain Life off CD (resets every time it kills someone), and keeping your health and mana fairly topped off as you go for the heroes/structures to win the game.

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I find that the drain life build is most effective versus enemy compositions that mostly contain divers such as Illidan who can easily dodge your other abilities.  Talenting for drain life allows you undodgeable survivability and damage that can allow you to stall for your team and it is also very effective at baiting enemies who think they have enough dps to kill you.  That said, drain life undoubtedly does less damage than Gul'Dan's other builds, and you don't really want to pick him into a dive comp in the first place.  

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On 1/17/2017 at 7:07 PM, Guest TomahawkNT said:

This is just my experience and I've only been playing this weekend. I came here to learn how to use him better, not pretend I know how. That said, I've had better luck with my strategy than the Corruption build, but I think it's a combination of 1) My playstyle and 2) Not enough practice with Corruption. 

I do think Drain Life is much more forgiving, especially with the ability to reset on minions as you said. You are basically a walking fountain of mana and HP, so there is much more room for error/sustainability, which I'm sure appeals to many.

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On 1/18/2017 at 2:21 AM, Guest Ferrcrux said:

I find that the drain life build is most effective versus enemy compositions that mostly contain divers such as Illidan who can easily dodge your other abilities.  Talenting for drain life allows you undodgeable survivability and damage that can allow you to stall for your team and it is also very effective at baiting enemies who think they have enough dps to kill you.  That said, drain life undoubtedly does less damage than Gul'Dan's other builds, and you don't really want to pick him into a dive comp in the first place.  

As you've said, it's basically just there to serve as a sustain build. You sit there as a big green pool of mana and health, acting as an irritating wall for the enemy team to overcome. 

If you're looking for pure damage though, it's definitely better to go for one of the other builds.

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I made an account, but used the same name as my Guest TomahawkNT. 

Thanks for the responses. I can definitely see what you're saying. Even without talenting, I've noticed Corruption doing decent damage compared to Drain Life. There definitely seems to be a split between his talent choices. As a beginner I'm definitely more inclined to Drain LIfe because it's easier, but after playing more I see how you guys mean that Corruption does TONS more damage. So while I might be living longer with DL, I'm definitely not helping my team as much.

 

Thanks all.

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1 hour ago, tomahawknt said:

I made an account, but used the same name as my Guest TomahawkNT. 

Welcome to the forums! :D

1 hour ago, tomahawknt said:

As a beginner I'm definitely more inclined to Drain LIfe because it's easier, but after playing more I see how you guys mean that Corruption does TONS more damage. 

This is pretty much the key difference. Drain Life is far more forgiving, so people default towards that build. Anyway, glad to see that you've come around and joined the Corruption builders! 

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I've been playing Gul'dan recently and he seems really strong, isnt he a bit op?

Anyway he is like an overkill mix of an assassin and specialist, providing tons of damage, waveclear and some CC. I always got to be the top or 2nd Siege and Hero Damage dealer.

I've been going solely with the Fel Flame Build, the corruption build seems like such a waste, I mean, its basically the same playstyle and roughly the same damage numbers untill you pick the level 16 talent but getting those corruption stacks seem so hard.

The level 4 talent Improved Life Tap is amazing, I wouldnt drop that for nothing as beside the health that you use to get mana, Life Tap also has a short cooldown so you cant double tap it.

I think Blizzard knew how much damage he can do so they didnt even want to give him Bolt of the Storm at level 20, they instead gave him a shitter version of it :)))

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14 hours ago, Fransoa said:

I've been playing Gul'dan recently and he seems really strong, isnt he a bit op?

Anyway he is like an overkill mix of an assassin and specialist, providing tons of damage, waveclear and some CC. I always got to be the top or 2nd Siege and Hero Damage dealer.

I've been going solely with the Fel Flame Build, the corruption build seems like such a waste, I mean, its basically the same playstyle and roughly the same damage numbers untill you pick the level 16 talent but getting those corruption stacks seem so hard.

The level 4 talent Improved Life Tap is amazing, I wouldnt drop that for nothing as beside the health that you use to get mana, Life Tap also has a short cooldown so you cant double tap it.

I think Blizzard knew how much damage he can do so they didnt even want to give him Bolt of the Storm at level 20, they instead gave him a shitter version of it :)))

I love Gul'dan as well, though I feel like I'm a bit too trigger happy when it comes to Life TapLife Tap. Have you got any tips about when (not) to tap? I'm never quite able to strike the balance.

CorruptionCorruption build is more reliant on positioning, but is very powerful as well. Try to pay more attention to your position and you will find yourself dealing huge amounts of damage in teamfights.

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21 hours ago, positiv2 said:

I love Gul'dan as well, though I feel like I'm a bit too trigger happy when it comes to Life TapLife Tap. Have you got any tips about when (not) to tap? I'm never quite able to strike the balance.

CorruptionCorruption build is more reliant on positioning, but is very powerful as well. Try to pay more attention to your position and you will find yourself dealing huge amounts of damage in teamfights.

Well it's basically not when to tap but when to use spells, I tend to spam Fel Flame a lot but if it won't hit anyone it's better not to use it, same goes for E, I try and hit it on at least 2 targets in extended team fights. If you aren't getting value out of your spells it means you'll consume life for nothing.

Also I'd take Health stone unless they have extremely scary bursters like li-ming, nova. Against Zagara, enemy tanks and supports it's a battle of attrition, who can last longer. 

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11 hours ago, Fransoa said:

Well it's basically not when to tap but when to use spells, I tend to spam Fel Flame a lot but if it won't hit anyone it's better not to use it, same goes for E, I try and hit it on at least 2 targets in extended team fights. If you aren't getting value out of your spells it means you'll consume life for nothing.

Also I'd take Health stone unless they have extremely scary bursters like li-ming, nova. Against Zagara, enemy tanks and supports it's a battle of attrition, who can last longer. 

To complement, I'd like to note that Gul'dan really shines when he has a pocket healer, particularly Malfurion; their synergy is amazing, as Malfurion sustained healing keeps Gul'dan on his toes, and Innervate means less Life Taps. Also, Entangling Roots makes very easy to hit all of Gul'dan's abilities.

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Malfurion is always a nice healer to have as Gul'dan.  Auriel is absolutely my favorite though.  You compliment each other so well.  Also, corruption build is focused more on burst damage while Fel Flame is more sustained damage.  Drain Life builds might work at lower ranks if enemies can't interrupt you or lack focus but I'd generally advise against it.

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18 hours ago, hammadroppa said:

Malfurion is always a nice healer to have as Gul'dan.  Auriel is absolutely my favorite though.  You compliment each other so well.  Also, corruption build is focused more on burst damage while Fel Flame is more sustained damage.  Drain Life builds might work at lower ranks if enemies can't interrupt you or lack focus but I'd generally advise against it.

I main Auriel, and they indeed work well. Gul'dan provides quick energy under the effects of Bestow Hope. But I still think Malfurion and Gul'dan are a BFF pair. Auriel works better with bursty heroes with high spike damage, like Jaina, Li-Ming and Kael'thas.

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I'm using this build and I'd like to have some feedback, I'm trying to balance it and have a bit of everything, but the idea is more about sustained damage.
Is the increased area of Pursuit of Flame really worth it? It seems really small and maybe a damage bonus on Corruption is better?

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5 hours ago, Farbas said:

I'm using this build and I'd like to have some feedback, I'm trying to balance it and have a bit of everything, but the idea is more about sustained damage.
Is the increased area of Pursuit of Flame really worth it? It seems really small and maybe a damage bonus on Corruption is better?

Even though 10% radius increase is somewhat small, it means a 21% area increase, which is not that small anymore.

Fel FlameFel Flame can eat through your mana quite easily, and sometimes getting a CorruptionCorruption in there can be difficult without having to tap. This makes the quest rather hard to complete, so it is better to take a 21% area increase over a quest talent that you might not be able to complete. However, if your playstyle allows getting a few CorruptionCorruption casts, feel free to take Echoed CorruptionEchoed Corruption.

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      The following new cheats have been added to Sandbox Custom Games: Spawn Camps Respawn all Mercenary Camps. Spawn Dummy Creates a dialog allowing players to choose a type of dummy to spawn. Player can then click in the game world to create a dummy of the selected dummy type at mouse cursor position. One player cannot spawn more than 20 dummies. When a player deals damage or heals a target dummy the Target Dummy Panel will pop up displaying the damage or healing dealt. If player deals damage to multiple dummies with an AOE ability, the number will be the combination of damage done to all dummies. If the team hasn't dealt damage or healing to any of the dummies for 8 seconds, the Target Dummy Panel will disappear for that team. If a player hasn't dealt damage or healing to any of the dummies for 8 seconds, their damage and DPS will be reset to 0. Clear Dummies If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, remove all the dummies created by all players. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, remove all the dummies created by that player. Toggle Fog of War Disabling Fog of War for a team will remove Fog of War, revealing the whole map for that team. Reset HP/MP If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, reset all players' Health and Mana to full. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, reset the player's Health and Mana to full. Complete Quests If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, complete all talent quests for all player. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, complete all talent quests for that player. Instant Respawn If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, instantly respawn all dead Heroes. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, instantly respawn the player's Hero. Haunted Mines
      Issuing a Move command within the Mines while on the Battleground’s upper level, or vice versa, will now cause the Hero to use the Mine Entrance or Exit that is the shortest distance from the issued order. Summoned Grave Golem Fort and Keep attacks no longer reduce attack speed Will no longer interrupt its attacks mid-swing to use an Ability Now passes through player-created walls rather than stopping to destroy them Ranked Battleground Rotation Update
      Added to Rotation Warhead Junction Removed from Rotation Volskaya Foundry Garden of Terror The full Ranked Battleground Rotation is now as follows: Battlefield of Eternity Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Warhead Junction Design
      Stealth
      Stealth players will now become “Invisible” after remaining still for 1.5 seconds. Invisible Heroes will not display the Stealth visual effect and can still be removed from Stealth by taking damage. This includes Heroes under the effects of temporary Stealth effects such as Samuro’s Windwalk or Tyrande’s Shadowstalk. Additionally, Heroes cannot become Invisible while occupying a capture point, such as Braxis Holdout or Mercenary Camp Beacons. Instead, they will retain normal Stealth visual effects. User Interface
      In-Game UI
      General Hero portraits will now be displayed when heroes are inside the following Vehicles, Battleground objectives, or Hero Abilities: Dragon Knight Garden Terror Triglav Protector Anub'arak - Cocoon Lt. Morales – Medivac Dropship Stitches - Gorge Zagara - Devouring Maw Manual Talent Tier and Hero Status Callouts Players can now press ALT + left-click Hero portraits and the Team Level UI at the top of the screen to generate notifications for the following situations: Press ALT + left-click an ally’s Hero portrait to inform teammates when that ally needs assistance. ALT + left-clicking a dead Hero’s portrait will generate a chat message indicating that Hero’s remaining respawn time. ALT + left-clicking an enemy Hero portrait will ping that Hero’s location on the Minimap if they are within allied vision. If that enemy is outside of allied vision, a chat message will inform allies that the Hero is missing. Press ALT + right-click the Team Level UI to indicate when both teams are on even Talent tiers, or when one team has a Talent tier advantage over the other. Heroes

      Assassin

      Nova

      Abilities
      Snipe (Q) Damage reduced from 310 to 255. Baseline quest added: Hitting an enemy Hero increases the damage of Snipe by 5% stacking 5 times. When at max stacks (5) it gains an additional 25% damage. If Snipe fails to hit a target, all stacks are lost. Pinning Shot (W) Damage reduced from 110 to 105 Holo Decoy (E) Added functionality: Decoys now deal 10% of Nova’s damage Improved A.I. functionality Permanent Cloak (Trait) Added functionality: Gain 15% movement speed while Stealthed Triple Tap (R) Damage per shot increased from 338 to 372 (New) Ghost Protocol (1) Activate to instantly cloak, leave a Holo Decoy at your feet, and become unrevealable for .5 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Advanced Cloaking (Trait) New functionality: Increase your Stealth movement speed by 5% after remaining stealthed for 2 seconds. While Stealthed, gain 2 additional mana regeneration per second. Level 7 Snipe Master (Q) Removed One in the Chamber (Passive) Bonus damage reduced from 80 to 70% Perfect Shot (Q) Moved from Level 16 Cooldown reduction on Hero hit reduced from 3 to 2 seconds Level 13 Psionic Efficiency (Q) Bonus range increased from 10 to 15% Adjusted functionality: Now refunds the cost of Snipe on a successful Hero hit. (New Talent) Ionic Force Field (Trait) Gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds after losing stealth Level 16 Lethal Decoy (E) Damage bonus from clones increased from 40 to 50% Explosive Round (Q) Moved from Level 13 Level 20 (New Talent) Apollo Suit (Trait) Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak from 3 to 1 second Precision Barrage (R) Added functionality: Now also reduces the cooldown of Precision Strike by 30 seconds.
      Samuro

      Stats
      Basic Attack damage increased from 88 to 110 Abilities
      Mirror Image (Q) Samuro will now appear in the direction of the player’s Mouse Cursor when Mirror Image is cast. Mirror Image damage is no longer a fraction of Samuro’s Attack Damage. Mirror Image base damage has been greatly reduced to 9. Mirror Images are no longer instantly destroyed by Structures Critical Strike (W) Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds Illusion Master (R) New functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Advancing Strikes to 8 seconds Now increases the attack damage of Mirror Images by 100% Now also increases Samuro’s Basic Attack damage by 10% Image Transmission (Trait) Additional functionality: Activate to switch places with the target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the target Mirror Image. 25-second cooldown. Talents
      Tooltips for various talents have been updated to reflect whether Samuro or his Mirror Images benefit from their effects Level 1 Way of the Wind (E) New Functionality: Gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds upon entering or exiting Stealth by using Wind Walk Way of the Blade (W) No longer grants bonus Critical Strike damage Way of Illusion (Q) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Level 4 One with the Wind (E) Armor gain now also lasts for 3 seconds after being revealed Mirror Images now also gain Armor Armor amount reduced from 60 to 30 Level 7 Phantom Pain (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Crushing Blows (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Bonus Critical Strike damage has been removed Additional functionality: Samuro’s Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Critical Strike by 1.5 seconds Level 13 Kawarimi (E) Reduced the time between Samuro issuing a new order after using Wind Walk and the image following it. It should now be harder for the new Image to follow Samuro’s new movements after using Wind Walk. Level 16 Press the Attack (Trait) Attack Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 10% per stack. Maximum bonus decreased from 60% to 40% Harsh Winds (E) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Merciless Strikes (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
      Valeera

      Abilities
      Vanish (D) Movement Speed increased from 10% to 20% Ambush (Q) If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target. Damage reduced from 180 to 130 Now also reduces enemy Armor by 10 for 4 seconds Cheap Shot (W) Stun duration reduced from 1.25 to .75 seconds Now Blinds the target for 2 seconds after the stun effect ends If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target Garrote (E) Silence duration increased from 2.25 to 2.75 seconds If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target Talents
      Level 1 Subtlety (D) Adjusted functionality: Now triggers when Valeera teleports to her target with Ambush, Cheap Shot, and Garrote. Energy return reduced from 10 to 8 per second. Crippling Poison (Active) Slow duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds. Valeera’s poison is no longer removed after the first damaging Ability, but instead is applied by all Valeera's Abilities for 4 seconds. This duration does not start until Valeera damages her first enemy. Combat Readiness (Passive) Physical Armor increased from 50 to 60 Level 4 Wound Poison (Active) Healing reduction duration decreased from 5 to 4 seconds Valeera’s poison is no longer removed after the first damaging Ability, but instead is applied by all Valeera's Abilities for 4 seconds. This duration does not start until Valeera damages her first enemy Hemorrhage (E) Bonus damage to targets affected by Garrote increased from 25 to 50% Level 7 Slice and Dice (E) Valeera's Basic Attacks now restore 2 Energy. Level 13 Death from Above (Q) New functionality: Ambush reduces the cooldown of Vanish by 4 seconds. Blind (W) Now increases the duration of Cheap Shot’s Blind from 2 to 4 seconds. Strangle (E) Spell Power reduction increased from 25% to 40% Duration reduced from 7 to 6 seconds Level 16 Assassinate (Q) Bonus damage reduced from 100% to 50% Now also increases the Armor reduction of Ambush by 10 when the target is isolated. Moved from level 7 Expose Armor (E) Removed. Level 20 Nightslayer (D) Removed. Rupture (E) Damage bonus now stacks immediately to 100%, instead of stacking up to 30%. Moved from level 16 Elusiveness (D) Moved from Level 13 Movement Speed bonus increased from 10% to 20% LEVEL (TIER) VALEERA TALENTS 1 (1) (!) Vigor (Passive) Subtlety (D) Combat Readiness (Passive) Crippling Poison (Active) 4 (2) Relentless Strikes (Q) Hemorrhage (E) Initiative (D) Wound Poison (Active) 7 (3) Mutilate (Q) (!) Fatal Finesse (W) Slice and Dice (E)   10 (4) Smoke Bomb (R) Cloak of Shadows (R) — — 13 (5) Death from Above (Q) Blind (W) Strangle (E)   16 (6) Seal Fate (Q) Assassinate (Q) Thistle Tea (Active)   20 (7) Adrenaline Rush (R) Enveloping Shadows (R) Rupture (E) Elusiveness (D) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
      Valla

      Abilities
      Level 1 Monster Hunter (Q) Now tracks stacks instead of damage on the quest tracker
      Zeratul

      Abilities
      Shadow Assault (R) Removed (New Talent) Might of the Nerazim (R) Passive: After using an Ability, Zeratul’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% more damage Activate to duplicate the last ability cast. Damaging abilities deal 50% less damage. This ability does not benefit from talents. 20-Second Cooldown  Talents
      Level 1 Vorpal Blade (1) Added as a baseline ability. Default Hotkey: 1 (New Talent) Move Unseen (Passive) Gain 25% bonus Movement Speed while Stealthed Shadow Hunter (E) Regen Globe required for quest completion reduced from 20 to 15 Mana cost reduction of Blink increased from 2 to 3 Level 4 Combo Slash (Passive) Removed Grim Task (Passive) Removed (New Talent) Psionic Strength (Passive) Damaging an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or Abilities increases Zeratul's damage by 6% for 3 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. (New Talent) Darkness Descends (Active) Passive: Increase Zeratul’s attack speed by 10%. Activated ability – Zeratul gains 40% bonus attack speed for 5 seconds. 30-second cooldown Level 7 Wormhole (E) Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds Slip into Shadow (E) Removed (New Talent) Warp Skirmisher (1) Vorpal Blade now has 2 charges. Casting Vorpal Blade also causes Zeratul's next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 30% bonus damage Level 16 Sentenced to Death (W) Bonus damage reduced from 40 to 30% Level 20 Rewind (Active) Removed Nerazim Fury (R) Removed (New Talent) Twilight Falls (R) Activating Might of the Nerazim resets the cooldown of all of Zeratul’s Basic Abilities (New Talent) Shadow Mending (Passive) Zeratul heals himself for 75% of Ability Damage Dealt to enemy Heroes Specialist

      Abathur

      Abilities
      Spawn Locust (Trait) Health increased from 288 to 316  Talents
      Level 1 Survival Instincts (Trait) Bonus Health decreased from 50% to 40% Level 7 Calldown: MULE (Active) No longer refills Structure ammo
      The Lost Vikings

      Talents
      Level 4 It’s a Sabotage! (Passive) No longer removes Structure ammo Damage increased from 27 to 35
      Sgt. Hammer

      Stats
      Health increased from 1638 to 1720 Health Regeneration increased from 3.4 to 3.6 Basic Attack damage increased from 128 to 140 Talents
      Level 1 Maelstrom Rounds (D) Damage bonus reduced from 40 to 35% Level 7 Hover Siege Mode (D) Movement Speed increased from 25 to 40% Level 20 Shrapnel Mines (Q) Armor reduction duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds Warrior

      Muradin

      Talents
      Level 4 Sledgehammer (Q) No longer removes Ammo from structures Collection
      Hero Price Reduction
      Artanis’ prices have been reduced to 7,000 Gold and 625 Gems. New Bundles – The following new Bundles and Skin Packs are available for a limited time!
      Hanzo Heroic Bundle Winter Veil 2017 Bundle Winter Veil Classic Bundle New Announcers
      Hanzo New Skins
      Hanzo Kinoko Honzo Sora Hanzo Dragon Hanzo Demon Hanzo Farstrider Hanzo Icebound Farstrider Hanzo Iron Farstrider Hanzo Holy Farstrider Hanzo Scarlet Farstrider Hanzo Genji Storm Oni Genji Golden Genji Nihon Genji Leoric Immortal Space Lord Leoric Lúcio Azure Soundblast Lúcio Lunara Harvest Champion Lunara Zarya Citrine Thunderguard Zarya Industrial Zarya New Mounts
      The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League during 2017 Ranked Season 3: Titanium Cybersteed Carbon Cybersteed Master Cybersteed The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Master or higher in Hero League or Team League during 2017 Ranked Season 3: Epic Titanium Cybersteed Epic Carbon Cybersteed Epic Master Cybersteed Winter Veil Skins
      Malfurion Greatfather Winter Malfurion Coal Greatfather Winter Malfurion Icy Greatfather Winter Malfurion Naughty Greatfather Winter Malfurion Rosy Greatfather Winter Malfurion Lunara Cold Winter Veil Lunara Starry Winter Veil Lunara Kharazim Winter Veil Kharazim Coal Winter Veil Kharazim Evergreen Winter Veil Kharazim Frozen Winter Veil Kharazim Rosy Winter Veil Kharazim Malthael Season’s Reapings Malthael Chilling Season’s Reapings Malthael Coal Season’s Reapings Malthael Hallowed Season’s Reapings Malthael Plum Season’s Reapings Malthael Nazeebo Fruitcake Gingerdread Nazeebo Moldy Gingerdread Nazeebo Stitches Ivory Greatfather Winter Stitches Valla Winter’s Helper Valla Coal Winter’s Helper Valla Icewind Winter’s Helper Valla Ivy Winter’s Helper Valla Plum Winter’s Helper Valla Winter Veil Mounts
      Gingerboard Blueberry Gingerboard Frosted Gingerboard Moldy Gingerboard Strawberry Gingerboard Reign-Deer Arctic Reign-Deer – This Mount will be awarded to players who complete the Winter Veil 2017 event quest chain. Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. Art
      Kharazim: Kharazim's arms and upper body now animated correctly during his dizzy animation. Leoric: The Shroud of the Dead King Talent will now correctly play an animation and a sound when activated. Samuro: Monkey King Samuro’s model will no longer exhibit flickering during Hero Select while running Medium or High graphic settings. The Lost Vikings: Fixed an issue causing Baelog to cast superfluous shadows on the terrain. Battlegrounds
      Sky Temple: Fixed an issue that could prevent Temple lasers from appearing correctly on the Minimap. Structures: Auriel's Blinding Flash and Artanis' Suppression Pulse can no longer Blind Structures. Towers of Doom: The Headless Horseman Boss is no longer incorrectly categorized as a Monster. Volskaya Foundry: Fixed an issue in which Heroes on the outer edge of the Hall of Storms would not receive Healing or protection. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Alexstrasza: Life-Binder is no longer interrupted when entering or exiting Dragonqueen. Diablo: Fixed an issue that could cause Shadow Charge to deal its collision damage multiple times under certain circumstances. Garrosh: Casting Wrecking Ball on Mercenaries will no longer cause them to leash while in combat. Gul'dan: Movement caused by a conveyor belt will no longer cancel Rain of Destruction channeling. Kel'thuzad: The Power of Icecrown Talent will now correctly grant bonus Spell Power for enemy Heroes Slowed by Chains of Kel’Thuzad with the Chains of Ice Talent. Li-Ming: Zei's Vengeance and Arcane Orb tooltips have been updated to clarify bonus damage functionality. Damage amounts have not been changed. Lt. Morales: The Second Opinion Talent will now correctly grant cooldown reduction when one of the Heroes struck by Displacement Grenade is piloting a Vehicle, like the Garden Terror. Lunara: Fixed an inconsistency that allowed Lunara to cast Leaping Strike over some, but not all, allied units after learning Boundless Stride. Medivh: Creating a Portal entrance after learning Portal Mastery and then entering the Triglav Protector will no longer prevent him from using the Protector’s abilities. Muradin: Learning Reverberation no longer incorrectly updates the Attack Speed Slow amount in Thunder Clap’s tooltip. Murky: Spawn Egg with the Egg Hunt Talent can now be cast correctly on Volskaya Foundry’s conveyor belts. Sgt. Hammer: The Hyper-Cooling Engines talent will no longer grant cooldown reduction from basic attacks against non-Heroic targets while in Siege Mode. Tychus & Stitches: Tychus can now be affected by Stitches’ Gorge while in Commandeer Odin. Zeratul: Fixed an issue causing the Void Slash talent to display an incorrect value for the damage increase. User Interface
      Death Recap: Fortification Camp Turret attacks now display a Turret icon in the Death Recap screen.
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