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Climbing from Bronze 5 to Grand Master with Nostromia!

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Ever wondered how difficult it might be to climb from Bronze 5 to Grand Master in HoTS? This Russian streamer has decided to undertake the task, while only solo queuing the whole way!

The streamer in question is none other than Nostromia, a Russian streamer that normally plays at the Grand Master level. She managed to grab herself a low MMR account and is attempting to show that it's possible to climb from Bronze 5 all the way to Grand Master. 

The Reddit post over on /r/heroesofthestorm which really highlighted her stream has described her progress as follows:

  • She has a nearly 100% win-rate, with a score of 42-1.
  • She is currently in the Silver leagues.
  • Her main heroes played are Falstad and Zagara.
  • While she has a limited grasp of English, she uses simple commands to communicate with other players that are not Russian.

If you're interested in watching her climb, you can always check out her stream at twitch.tv/nostromiagaming.

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Yeah, its possible because she's already a grand master skill level player.  It still isn't possible for a Bronze 5 skill level player to make it to grand master, that's the whole point of the mmr and rankings... 

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24 minutes ago, Estelise said:

Yeah, its possible because she's already a grand master skill level player.  It still isn't possible for a Bronze 5 skill level player to make it to grand master, that's the whole point of the mmr and rankings... 

She's mainly doing it to dispel the myth that like.. "it's impossible to carry in HoTS because that role doesn't exist". These sort of things. It's also going to give us an average number of wins in order to level up through each rank and so on. It will be REALLY useful for collecting data in my opinion, data that will help a lot of players.

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No one said it's impossible to climb from bronze to grand master when you can actually carry your team cause you have the skill, the problem is that a good player with good skills that can see where the team is failing but can't carry them is not able to climb the ladder, because he plays or matched up with players that can't see their fault

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I highly doubt she can do this. However, I hope she does. It will give me hope. I have many Hero's friends that reach a rank and then just go down, down, down. I cheer for them, gain hope, and then lose it. 

 

 

And I have many proofs with words that 'prove' MMR hell. I hope to have doubt about my arguments with some empirical data. 

 

Sincerely, I am smiling and excited about her success. And I have been defending MMR hell vigorously. 

 

 

There may be a point however, after a single player's skill cannot overcome the lack of skill in his/her four teammates. Nonetheless, that record is impressive. 

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2 hours ago, mnime said:

No one said it's impossible to climb from bronze to grand master when you can actually carry your team cause you have the skill, the problem is that a good player with good skills that can see where the team is failing but can't carry them is not able to climb the ladder, because he plays or matched up with players that can't see their fault

This was actually one of the biggest criticisms of HoTS - it's not possible to carry because a carry doesn't exist, due to a lack of items, such as a heavily farmed ADC in LoL.

Not saying I agree with this, that is.

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54 minutes ago, Blainie said:

This was actually one of the biggest criticisms of HoTS - it's not possible to carry because a carry doesn't exist, due to a lack of items, such as a heavily farmed ADC in LoL.

Not saying I agree with this, that is.

True, scratch that part where I said "no one".

It is possible but don't you think good players with high skill cap should play in high leagues even if they can't carry a team?

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9 minutes ago, mnime said:

True, scratch that part where I said "no one".

It is possible but don't you think good players with high skill cap should play in high leagues even if they can't carry a team?

For sure. I think it's interesting to see her play in the lower leagues too though. Not only from a results point of view (25 games to go from Bronze to Silver, for example), but to see what really separates the players.

When you watch her play Falstad, the Bronze players have no idea what is going on when she jumps over the walls and gusts them straight into her team. You can see that those plays are what allow her to carry, regardless of her having items or not. Those plays can literally create a win for a team.

It's a different kind of entertainment from watching top players I think. It's going to be one-sided for sure. On a normal day, I definitely think GMs should play GMs, Gold should play Gold etc., but I definitely want to see this played out. 

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4 hours ago, greatCraft said:

I highly doubt she can do this. However, I hope she does. It will give me hope. I have many Hero's friends that reach a rank and then just go down, down, down. I cheer for them, gain hope, and then lose it. 

 

 

And I have many proofs with words that 'prove' MMR hell. I hope to have doubt about my arguments with some empirical data. 

 

Sincerely, I am smiling and excited about her success. And I have been defending MMR hell vigorously. 

 

 

There may be a point however, after a single player's skill cannot overcome the lack of skill in his/her four teammates. Nonetheless, that record is impressive. 

I also believe in MMR Hell, 

Because matchmaking greatly depends on "Luck", if you're a lucky guy, you get decent players, if you're unlucky like me, you play your placement, start in D4 and then you go up to D1, but then you keep getting afkers, troll pickers, ragers. The question is why is it just me that gets trolls in my team? and the answer is Luck! I'm unlucky.

And this MMR hell affects all of blizzard's games, even in Overwatch I tried solo queue, got placed in rank 61 after placements and now I'm 35... and I swear to God half of my loses are because of leavers and people who keep playing Ana with a bad comp or Genji without any skill, even if you beg them to change, they don't.

 

And the thing that frustrates me more than anything is that, is my skill cap really this low? I can vividly see where the team is failing but my teammates can't, how is it that I'm teamed up with them?

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7 hours ago, mnime said:

I also believe in MMR Hell, 

Because matchmaking greatly depends on "Luck", if you're a lucky guy, you get decent players, if you're unlucky like me, you play your placement, start in D4 and then you go up to D1, but then you keep getting afkers, troll pickers, ragers. The question is why is it just me that gets trolls in my team? and the answer is Luck! I'm unlucky.

And this MMR hell affects all of blizzard's games, even in Overwatch I tried solo queue, got placed in rank 61 after placements and now I'm 35... and I swear to God half of my loses are because of leavers and people who keep playing Ana with a bad comp or Genji without any skill, even if you beg them to change, they don't.

And the thing that frustrates me more than anything is that, is my skill cap really this low? I can vividly see where the team is failing but my teammates can't, how is it that I'm teamed up with them?

I feel like MMR hell is often seen in the wrong way. People seem to think MMR hell is like, OMG IF IT WERENT FOR THESE SHIT PLAYERS I'D BE GRAND MASTER EASY.

That's not what we're saying. I'm not saying I'd be a GM, BUT I am saying that I could comfortably pull my weight in a team that is a few ranks above me. I just can't reach that level because I'm not good enough to carry those that can't pull their weight at my current level. 

I agree about OW too. Ana shouldn't have been allowed in this season of comp IMO. 

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3 hours ago, Blainie said:

That's not what we're saying. I'm not saying I'd be a GM, BUT I am saying that I could comfortably pull my weight in a team that is a few ranks above me. I just can't reach that level because I'm not good enough to carry those that can't pull their weight at my current level. 

This, 100%.  It's nice to see someone looking at it this way, because I feel like that is exactly where I am.  I am by no means a GM, but can definitely pull my weight when I play with teams above my hero league rank.  The thing is that when I play HL, yes I can see the mistakes that my teammates are making, but my personal play isn't good enough to completely make up for them.  Just because I play well and don't make those mistakes doesn't mean the other players are the only thing holding me back.  Maybe someday I'll get good enough to carry teams and make amazing play after amazing play, but until that time I'll keep up the grind!

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No doubt, it is possible to climb, but:

1 game with afkler/troller/feeder/etc , trades with another game you won. So 2 matches and about 40-60minutes game time is lost. If it is a uprank or downrank game you lose an additional game you won. 60-80 minutes game time lost and 3 matches wasted.

 

My badest streak was 5 matches with afkler in a row and in addition 2 matches with troll picks.

A week or more of hardwork totally wasted and loosing 2 ranks.

 

Can you carry with a bot/feeder/troller/afkler on silver? I doubt it MMR hell stands for running in circles, the good old "Hell League"

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9 hours ago, ghostdeini said:

This, 100%.  It's nice to see someone looking at it this way, because I feel like that is exactly where I am.  I am by no means a GM, but can definitely pull my weight when I play with teams above my hero league rank.  The thing is that when I play HL, yes I can see the mistakes that my teammates are making, but my personal play isn't good enough to completely make up for them.  Just because I play well and don't make those mistakes doesn't mean the other players are the only thing holding me back.  Maybe someday I'll get good enough to carry teams and make amazing play after amazing play, but until that time I'll keep up the grind!

It's the biggest misconception about MMR hell for sure. It happens in both HoTS and OW, but it seems the only way to fix it is play in a party. It sucks.

46 minutes ago, Skund said:

1 game with afkler/troller/feeder/etc , trades with another game you won.

This is always terrible. I hate it when someone refuses to play properly and just feeds because your team doesn't want them to first pick Nova, or pick a hero into a counter. It's really annoying. 

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I think there is a workaround for this, there is a very good skill rating measurement system in overwatch, and blizzard keeps telling the community that they like the idea and they want to add it to heroes too.

Let's say it happens. It's not that hard to figure out the skill of a player, am I wrong? I mean in Overwatch you're either helping your team by doing damage, blocking damage, healing or taking objective. The same can be done for HotS. In heroes you're either doing damage which involves poking and team fights or pushing lanes, as a tank you're taking damage and also dealing some, as a support you heal, and all can participate in objectives, someone who does very low damage, doesn't help much on objectives, die many times and maybe afk once in a while to type and flame teammates :D MUST be in the lowest MMR among players, this player MUST lose MMR regardless of his team's defeat. because he's just bad and toxic! This way not only you see players of same skill level after a month, but you also know that if someone flaming or trolling he will lose MMR and eventually end up in lower leagues. 

This way you know if you wanna rank up, you need to stop feeding (which makes players play more safe, is awesome!) you need to help objectives at all times unless you're helping your team more than that by pushing lanes (Like Abathur, although every time I play abathur I always hide in a bush near minions to get the xp for team, locusts push passively and I help objective with symbiotic, I hate Murky players who ignore objectives completely!!) , you need to deal enough damage, heals to help your team (You can say doing huge amounts of damage is way easy with Nazeebo compared to Murky, but the system can give more value to that amount of damage you deal when the enemy dies within 5 seconds. Or landing a very good CC can be a big score too.)  Just like in Overwatch when you see a D.Va with a perfect ult which kills 4 and wins the match for her team and gets the play of the match, This can happen in Heroes, the engine sucks but they can work on it.

 

TL:DR - We need a system that can rate your skill after each game based on your damage dealt, healing done, damage taken and objective time. And this system's score should affect your MMR directly. If you Troll you lose MMR regardless of the outcome of the match.

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10 hours ago, mnime said:

I think there is a workaround for this, there is a very good skill rating measurement system in overwatch, and blizzard keeps telling the community that they like the idea and they want to add it to heroes too.

Let's say it happens. It's not that hard to figure out the skill of a player, am I wrong? I mean in Overwatch you're either helping your team by doing damage, blocking damage, healing or taking objective. The same can be done for HotS. In heroes you're either doing damage which involves poking and team fights or pushing lanes, as a tank you're taking damage and also dealing some, as a support you heal, and all can participate in objectives, someone who does very low damage, doesn't help much on objectives, die many times and maybe afk once in a while to type and flame teammates :D MUST be in the lowest MMR among players, this player MUST lose MMR regardless of his team's defeat. because he's just bad and toxic! This way not only you see players of same skill level after a month, but you also know that if someone flaming or trolling he will lose MMR and eventually end up in lower leagues. 

This way you know if you wanna rank up, you need to stop feeding (which makes players play more safe, is awesome!) you need to help objectives at all times unless you're helping your team more than that by pushing lanes (Like Abathur, although every time I play abathur I always hide in a bush near minions to get the xp for team, locusts push passively and I help objective with symbiotic, I hate Murky players who ignore objectives completely!!) , you need to deal enough damage, heals to help your team (You can say doing huge amounts of damage is way easy with Nazeebo compared to Murky, but the system can give more value to that amount of damage you deal when the enemy dies within 5 seconds. Or landing a very good CC can be a big score too.)  Just like in Overwatch when you see a D.Va with a perfect ult which kills 4 and wins the match for her team and gets the play of the match, This can happen in Heroes, the engine sucks but they can work on it.

 

TL:DR - We need a system that can rate your skill after each game based on your damage dealt, healing done, damage taken and objective time. And this system's score should affect your MMR directly. If you Troll you lose MMR regardless of the outcome of the match.

Problem is, these things aren't always useful. Let's take two scenarios, both in the same game.

  1. Bastion is on defense and does nothing but fire straight into Mei's Ice Wall and Reinhardt's shield. He kills nobody, but has 5 times more damage than anyone else on his team. 
  2. Tracer is on attack, she barely kills anyone, but she manages to keep overtime going continuously, but dies very quickly on the point. It's enough to let her team get back onto the point and fight though.

By damage done, the Bastion is doing loads. In reality, he never touches the point and pads his damage constantly. Tracer will be shown by medals and numbers to be doing less, but she is way more useful to her team. 

I think it's a lot more difficult to make it work than we think. In HoTS, a warrior could sit there, suicide 15 times and take loads of damage. So by the warrior stat, he's doing well, but he's not contributing. What about a warrior that takes less damage, but doesn't die? Is he better or worse? What if the 15 deaths are instead incredibly important, allowing his team to win the team fight?

I really think it's insanely hard to calibrate these systems properly to discern between good and bad players, especially when the metrics measure a good and bad player in the same way. Loads of deaths could be a terrible player feeding or a good player sacrificing themselves to let their team win.

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10 hours ago, Blainie said:

Problem is, these things aren't always useful. Let's take two scenarios, both in the same game.

  1. Bastion is on defense and does nothing but fire straight into Mei's Ice Wall and Reinhardt's shield. He kills nobody, but has 5 times more damage than anyone else on his team. 
  2. Tracer is on attack, she barely kills anyone, but she manages to keep overtime going continuously, but dies very quickly on the point. It's enough to let her team get back onto the point and fight though.

By damage done, the Bastion is doing loads. In reality, he never touches the point and pads his damage constantly. Tracer will be shown by medals and numbers to be doing less, but she is way more useful to her team. 

I think it's a lot more difficult to make it work than we think. In HoTS, a warrior could sit there, suicide 15 times and take loads of damage. So by the warrior stat, he's doing well, but he's not contributing. What about a warrior that takes less damage, but doesn't die? Is he better or worse? What if the 15 deaths are instead incredibly important, allowing his team to win the team fight?

I really think it's insanely hard to calibrate these systems properly to discern between good and bad players, especially when the metrics measure a good and bad player in the same way. Loads of deaths could be a terrible player feeding or a good player sacrificing themselves to let their team win.

Very good point. 

Giving more value to the damage heroes deal within 5 seconds of a kill or assist is a good idea for the first scenario IMO. Nazeebo's poke, Bastion's wall/shield damage are not completely wasted but an assist is way more valuable and could get a multiplier.

Dying in HotS more than a few times just hurts your team no matter what. I remember someone suggested for tanks that if the death was within a few seconds of team fight (atleast 4 members of team are dealing damage to heroes) or objective battle (atleast 4 members of the team presence near the objective), it means he died for a reason. This way tanks who just jump in and engage 1v5 and die without waiting for their teammates or their healer to help them are considered feeders.

It would be a really complicated code. But since I remember, any game that had a matchmaking system suffered from this exact problem. The code needs to be smart and there are a lot of workarounds, I think Blizzard developers are smart enough to write it, don't you think?

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On 7/31/2016 at 0:43 AM, mnime said:

Very good point. 

Giving more value to the damage heroes deal within 5 seconds of a kill or assist is a good idea for the first scenario IMO. Nazeebo's poke, Bastion's wall/shield damage are not completely wasted but an assist is way more valuable and could get a multiplier.

Dying in HotS more than a few times just hurts your team no matter what. I remember someone suggested for tanks that if the death was within a few seconds of team fight (atleast 4 members of team are dealing damage to heroes) or objective battle (atleast 4 members of the team presence near the objective), it means he died for a reason. This way tanks who just jump in and engage 1v5 and die without waiting for their teammates or their healer to help them are considered feeders.

It would be a really complicated code. But since I remember, any game that had a matchmaking system suffered from this exact problem. The code needs to be smart and there are a lot of workarounds, I think Blizzard developers are smart enough to write it, don't you think?

If anyone can do it, I hope Blizzard can :P It would make me so happy when playing both OW and HoTS

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On 30/07/2016 at 1:32 PM, Blainie said:

Problem is, these things aren't always useful. Let's take two scenarios, both in the same game.

  1. Bastion is on defense and does nothing but fire straight into Mei's Ice Wall and Reinhardt's shield. He kills nobody, but has 5 times more damage than anyone else on his team. 
  2. Tracer is on attack, she barely kills anyone, but she manages to keep overtime going continuously, but dies very quickly on the point. It's enough to let her team get back onto the point and fight though.

By damage done, the Bastion is doing loads. In reality, he never touches the point and pads his damage constantly. Tracer will be shown by medals and numbers to be doing less, but she is way more useful to her team. 

I think it's a lot more difficult to make it work than we think. In HoTS, a warrior could sit there, suicide 15 times and take loads of damage. So by the warrior stat, he's doing well, but he's not contributing. What about a warrior that takes less damage, but doesn't die? Is he better or worse? What if the 15 deaths are instead incredibly important, allowing his team to win the team fight?

I really think it's insanely hard to calibrate these systems properly to discern between good and bad players, especially when the metrics measure a good and bad player in the same way. Loads of deaths could be a terrible player feeding or a good player sacrificing themselves to let their team win.

I think the way around this in terms of coding and understanding would be to perhaps divide role stat by death, to assess true value of a player.  For example:

Player 1. Dying 10 times and doing 100, 000 damage might be made to look like a great player cos of the high damage but like you say,  those 10 deaths could mean that to get that 100, 000 damage,  the team have suffered missing objectives and such and lost the game

Whereas,

Player 2. Someone who did 70, 000 who died 3 times technically did less damage would be possibly judged as the inferior player 

Now for some basic maths 

1. 100, 000 divided by 10 is 10, 000

2. 70, 000 divided by 3 is 23, 333

With this we can now see that player 2 performed a lot better even though the role was less.  This is incredibly simplified however I think it's a starting point for a new approach. 

 

Same goes for xp

Take the xp and divide by deaths and you can find an effectiveness statistic

 

You can even go one further to combine these two statistics 

 

Role ÷ deaths + experience ÷ deaths = X 

Then divide x by 2 because you quantified 2 different stats 

 

With enough thought you could find out so much about the value of a player from this method alone

 

Ultimately its a team game that's won or lost on decisions but we already have systems in place (MVP),  we could just make them more sophisticated 

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On 12/22/2016 at 2:38 PM, Lakecide said:

With enough thought you could find out so much about the value of a player from this method alone

The issue is, as soon as deaths become important as a stat, people will play differently. It's why they currently aren't ranked for medals.

There are times when I would rather have someone swap to Tracer and suicide 5 times, but reset the Overtime timer 5 times, as opposed to a Widowmaker that gets 2 kills, but watches as we lose due to not resetting the timer. 

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      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 and Kerrigan have been reworked along with Garden of Terror and Fall of the King's Crest event starts today!
    • By Stan
      Blizzard released the third Heroes of the Storm comic titled Fall of King's Crest.
      Issue #3 revolves around the conflict between the Lady of Thorns and the Raven Lord. The Horde unknowingly fought against Lady of Thorns in his name. Lady of Thorns awakens the Dragon Knight to help her defend her realm, but the Raven Lord controls him, forcing the Lady to kill the Dragon Knight. Ultimately, the Raven Lord claims the realm's singularity. Orphea did not participate in the battle. Later on, she blames herself for not doing anything.
      Fall of the King's Crest is an event that will go live in Heroes of the Storm this week. If you missed the previous two comics, you can find them below.
      Rise of the Raven Lord Comic (Issue #1) Secrets of the Storm Comic (Issue #2)
    • By Stan
      Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of September 25.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: September 25, 2018
      Malfurion Valla Gazlowe Johanna Thrall Dehaka Malthael Kharazim Zul'jin Fenix Illidan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Rexxar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Garrosh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Stan
      Heroes of the Storm's third Ranked Play Season will go live next week along with the latest Brightwing/Kerrigan content update. Check out new rewards and changes to Team League coming this Season!
      Ranked Play Updates
      Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players. All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch. Heroes devs also discussed other changes that they planned to implement this Season in the Ranked Play & Matchmaking AMA from August 9, but because they are not covered in this preview, we're not sure if they make it live.
      Ranked Play & Matchmaking AMA Changes
      Preventing returning ranked players from placing higher than Diamond 3 each season-roll after placement matches. Reduce the number of placement games required for returning ranked players. Separate out regional GM ladders to allow players to rank up within their local player base and matchmaking rulesets. Add draft swaps for Hero League. Extend the Rank Point Decay to affect more leagues. Blizzard (Source)
      Heroes of the Storm’s third 2018 ranked season is ending soon, and we’ve got a host of new rewards that you can earn just by playing ranked games in the coming months. Read on for details!
      Season Roll Dates
      2018 Season 4 will begin as soon as our next patch becomes available for download in each region. Check the season start and end dates below to make sure you’re able to dive into the rankings as soon as the season rolls:
      Event Date 2018 Season 4 Start Week of September 25* 2018 Season 4 End Week of December 14* *Exact date may vary slightly by region.
      Ranked Play Updates
      Team League Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players. All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch. 2018 Season 4 Rewards
      Players who manage to brawl their way up through the leagues during the upcoming season can claim new portraits, mounts, and gold rewards for their achievements in Hero and Team League. Take a look at everything that’s up for grabs this season!
      Hero League Portraits
      Team League Portraits
      Mount Rewards

      Hero League Rank Rewards Bronze 500 Gold Bronze Hero League Portrait Silver 750 Gold Silver Hero League Portrait Gold 1000 Gold Gold Hero League Portrait Platinum 1250 Gold Season 4 Mount Platinum Hero League Portrait Diamond 1500 Gold Season 4 Mount Diamond Hero League Portrait Master 1750 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Master Hero League Portrait Grand Master 2000 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Grand Master Hero League Portrait Team League Rank Rewards Bronze 500 Gold Season 4 Mount Bronze Team League Portrait Silver 750 Gold Season 4 Mount Silver Team League Portrait Gold 1000 Gold Season 4 Mount Gold Team League Portrait Platinum 1250 Gold Season 4 Mount Platinum Team League Portrait Diamond 1500 Gold Season 4 Mount Diamond Team League Portrait Master 1750 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Master Team League Portrait Grand Master 2000 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Grand Master Team League Portrait If you’re ready to begin your Ranked Play journey in Heroes of the Storm but are unsure how, head over to our Ranked Play Guide to get started on the right foot. 
      Good luck and have fun during the upcoming ranked season!
    • By Stan
      Abathur and Sylvanas can be purchased at a reduced Gem price next week along with various skins and mounts.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye.
      Heroic Deals: September 25 – October 2, 2018 
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, September 25! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
      Sylvanas— Sale Price: 312 gems Abathur — Sale Price: 375 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      Skeletal Raven Sylvanas Ironclaw Rehgar Eternal Star Lich Kel’Thuzad Hellish Fallen Junkrat Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Horde Road Boar Penance Judgment Charger