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5 hours ago, Guest Franckyi said:

How can Butcher counter Auriel ? Crystal Aegis is a perfect counter for Butcher.

Crystal Aegis has default cooldown of 60 seconds, Ruthless OnslaughtRuthless Onslaught has cooldown of only 15 seconds, which means Butcher will be able to charge up to three times while Crystal Aegis is on cooldown. Additionally, if you use Crystal Aegis to save your ally from anything else than Butcher, you won't be able to prevent his abilities to land.

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On 8/29/2016 at 6:33 AM, Guest Franckyi said:

How can Butcher counter Auriel ? Crystal Aegis is a perfect counter for Butcher.

 

On 8/29/2016 at 0:04 PM, positiv2 said:

Crystal Aegis has default cooldown of 60 seconds, Ruthless OnslaughtRuthless Onslaught has cooldown of only 15 seconds, which means Butcher will be able to charge up to three times while Crystal Aegis is on cooldown. Additionally, if you use Crystal Aegis to save your ally from anything else than Butcher, you won't be able to prevent his abilities to land.

This is exactly right. Auriel must either hold Crystal Aegis for Ruthless Onslaught and lose value from the differences in cooldowns, or use it to stop something else which leaves her completely vulnerable to The Butcher's combo. Butcher being in the game forces Auriel to make less then ideal choices, and that is how he counters her.

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Having tried out a few games with repeat offender, I think that it deserves being upgraded to "situational". I've found that getting 6 stacks on maps that involve a lot of narrow corridors such as Garden of Terror and Cursed Hollow to be really easy(usually takes me about 2 or 3 engagements) and the bonus damage really does matter, as getting a chain + Q generally gives you enough for a full heal and often guarantees a kill.

I've also been somewhat disappointed in increasing clarity against single warrior comps, as I've found it to be rather hard to hit more then one person in the center and get stacks up. Against more mobile comps I've had much more success with swift sweep, as it leaves me vulnerable for less time and is much easier to land when the opportunity arises.

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12 hours ago, WebBowser said:

Having tried out a few games with repeat offender, I think that it deserves being upgraded to "situational". I've found that getting 6 stacks on maps that involve a lot of narrow corridors such as Garden of Terror and Cursed Hollow to be really easy(usually takes me about 2 or 3 engagements) and the bonus damage really does matter, as getting a chain + Q generally gives you enough for a full heal and often guarantees a kill.

I've also been somewhat disappointed in increasing clarity against single warrior comps, as I've found it to be rather hard to hit more then one person in the center and get stacks up. Against more mobile comps I've had much more success with swift sweep, as it leaves me vulnerable for less time and is much easier to land when the opportunity arises.

To properly assess this, it's probably better to let @Straften handle this one. I'm not quite well-versed enough with Auriel to help with this one! Hopefully he can.

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12 hours ago, WebBowser said:

Having tried out a few games with repeat offender, I think that it deserves being upgraded to "situational". I've found that getting 6 stacks on maps that involve a lot of narrow corridors such as Garden of Terror and Cursed Hollow to be really easy(usually takes me about 2 or 3 engagements) and the bonus damage really does matter, as getting a chain + Q generally gives you enough for a full heal and often guarantees a kill.

I've also been somewhat disappointed in increasing clarity against single warrior comps, as I've found it to be rather hard to hit more then one person in the center and get stacks up. Against more mobile comps I've had much more success with swift sweep, as it leaves me vulnerable for less time and is much easier to land when the opportunity arises.

 

You bring up a good point with the fact that the increased damage from Repeat Offender does translate into increased healing; however, I don't think you should build Detainment Strike for Hero damage. You still get the Energy from Detainment Strike's base damage, as well as the Q follow up. Most of your Energy potential comes from correct Bestow Hope use and through hitting Minion waves with Sacred Sweep; even when you do take Repeat Offender. I think it has niche usefulness with Piercing Lash (another Talent I don't recommend on it's own,) and Leoric's Entomb, because then it becomes part of a wombo-combo.

I think Heavy Burden serves as a better augmentation to Detainment Strike in most cases, as it will give your teammates more time to follow up on collisions caused by it. It is ultimately a takedown you are looking for before objectives. You can usually setup kills more effectively with a 3 second 40% slow than you can with 200 extra damage. It just gives your team more time to react to the stun.

Moving on to Increasing Clarity, I do agree with you here. Swift Sweep is a great situational pick that is important to take against highly mobile enemy Heroes. This is especially true if you plan to take Blinding Flash at Level 13. If you can't hit them at all, Increasing Clarity is not getting you much value. I still think it is the best Talent to recommend to a new Auriel player, because I think it is almost always useful for clearing Minions. Even if you are having trouble landing it on a couple of mobile enemy Assassins, the stacks you do get will translate into more map pressure through waveclear. I also find that Majestic Span combined with Converging Force makes landing the center area of Sacred Sweep pretty achievable against most enemy Heroes; although, this is does rule out Blinding Flash.

I have a large update to the Auriel guide that I will post tomorrow, which has many changes to the Recommended and Situational Talents. I look forward to reading what you think about them!

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I'm  not sure if anyone else wants to give it a try, but I've had a lot of success with an alternate Auriel build focusing on Ray of Heaven instead of Sacred Sweep:

Searing Light/Repeated Offense/Bursting Light/Res if you're winning, Aegis if you're not/Repelling Strike/Will or Wrath depending your team comp/Angelic Flight

I haven't gotten to verify it yet, but it seems that the damage you do with Searing Light actually charges Auriel's energy, combined with Bursting Light at lvl7 it allows her to chain cast heals in heavy combat almost like a HoT instead of a normal heal.


I've been having trouble confirming my other reason for taking Bursting Light as well. I can't tell if Empathic Link gives Auriel energy from damage she takes or if it's only from damage the ally with Bestow Hope takes, it certainly feels like it's only damage inflicted on the ally. Since it's most efficient to put Bestow Hope on an ally that's going to be focusing on damaging heroes that means putting it on assassins...and they've usually got ways to avoid taking damage so you're losing out on energy from their avoidance and the energy return from Empathic Link is only 20%...that's not enough to warrant spending a talent on it imo. Energized Cord is also on lvl7 and it would be a fantastic talent to take if it applied to the ally with Bestow Hope as well or included damage from your abilities...but it's only an increase on energy from Auriel's auto attacks, which I almost never get a chance to use in combat since I'm moving around so much to get better positioning or to avoid aoe.

Combining Repeated Offense with Repelling Strike allows for easy stuns and lots of bonus damage which I've found far more useful than Majestic Span's increased range for Sacred Sweep, especially against agile assassins.

And Angelic Flight is simply too versatile to justify anything else on lvl20 imo. Shield of Hope seems like an incredibly powerful ability, but it depends on your team taking massive damage before it's really effective and the shield only lasts 3 secs which isn't enough time for you to get more than a single meaningful heal out if you're already charged when it happens. Angelic Flight isn't interrupted by damage so it's a fantastic escape tool as well as allowing you to instantly change lanes to be with whoever needs heals at that time. It also allows you to get back to the fight faster if you do end up dying since it'll allow you to fly over nearly half the map to get to your chosen location.

 

Edit: After testing Auriel out in the 'Try Hero' function I can confirm that damage done by Searing Light does give Auriel energy and that Empathic Link does only apply to damage taken by your Bestow Hope ally and will not give Auriel energy for damage she takes.

After confirming that Searing Light does allow Ray of Heaven to refund a portion of it's cost I feel confident in arguing that it is especially effective when the enemy team consists of multiple melee heroes. If one of your allies is being attacked by multiple enemies you can easily tag 2 or more enemies at a time with it while healing your ally. It does 30% of the energy spent as damage to each enemy hero hit, then returns 40% of that damage dealt as energy, so each hero you hit with it will refund you 12% of the casting cost. Hitting just 3 enemy heroes with it will return 36% of what you spent to cast it, and if you can manage to hit the entire enemy team with it you'll get back 60% of the energy you spent to cast Ray of Heaven. And that doesn't include collateral damage done to enemy mercs and minions who only return 8% of the damage done to them but will inevitably be caught up in your casts. The range on Ray of Heaven is pretty large too, it makes it easy to tag fleeing targets to try to finish them off when they're at low health...this of course should not be your priority, but it's good to keep an eye out of opportunities :)
 

Edit2: After further consideration and testing I think that Glimmer of Hope may be even better than Bursting Light on maps with lots of extra globes like Garden of Terror and Infernal Shrines. The 50% reduction in casting cost combined with Searing Light's ability to refund energy could actually return more energy than you spent to cast Ray of Heaven under perfect conditions. And even if you only hit a single enemy hero with it you'll still be getting back 24% of what you spent to cast it since the returns are effectively doubled by the 50% reduction in casting cost. If you could land Ray of Heaven on the full enemy team along with a handful of minions or mercs while you have Glimmer of Hope up you could possibly get as much as 150% of the casting cost refunded to you.

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I was in the process of updating the guide when you posted, as there was a big patch on the 13th. The guide has been thoroughly updated, and I have given each Talent an in depth explanation in the Talents section. I shared some of your thoughts while testing Auriel after the balance changes on 8/24/16.

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

I'm  not sure if anyone else wants to give it a try, but I've had a lot of success with an alternate Auriel build focusing on Ray of Heaven instead of Sacred Sweep:

Searing Light/Repeated Offense/Bursting Light/Res if you're winning, Aegis if you're not/Repelling Strike/Will or Wrath depending your team comp/Angelic Flight

I haven't gotten to verify it yet, but it seems that the damage you do with Searing Light actually charges Auriel's energy, combined with Bursting Light at lvl7 it allows her to chain cast heals in heavy combat almost like a HoT instead of a normal heal.

I actually tested Searing Light a lot. I liked it so much that I included it in my Detainment Strike build. I think Bursting Light can work well if you have Cho'gall on your team; however, in most other cases you will likely get more healing out of Energized Cord. Casting the heal less often is alright, as long as you are doing more healing overall.

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

I've been having trouble confirming my other reason for taking Bursting Light as well. I can't tell if Empathic Link gives Auriel energy from damage she takes or if it's only from damage the ally with Bestow Hope takes, it certainly feels like it's only damage inflicted on the ally.

It is only damage inflicted to the Bestow Hope target, not damage done to Auriel. After they nerfed Empathic Link and buffed Energized Cord, I began rethinking her. After testing all of the changed Talents extensively, I think that in most cases Energized Cord is the best value at Level 7. It allows you to gather Energy more independently, which empowers you with greater influence over the course of the game.

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

Energized Cord is also on lvl7 and it would be a fantastic talent to take if it applied to the ally with Bestow Hope as well or included damage from your abilities...but it's only an increase on energy from Auriel's auto attacks, which I almost never get a chance to use in combat since I'm moving around so much to get better positioning or to avoid aoe.

You should be Basic Attacking as often as possible. Auriel has good Basic Attack range, and can poke enemy Heroes safely while they are fighting with your Bestow Hope target. In addition to this, you should be using Sacred Sweep and Basic Attacks on Minions and Mercenaries any time that you are in a lane and not fighting Heroes. This is the case even without Energized Cord, as Sacred Sweep and a few Basic Attacks on a wave will fill your Energy up.

Getting the positioning right is key. Position yourself just out of Basic Attack range of the enemy, while always staying near (but behind) your Bestow Hope ally. Once you are in this position, you can move forward to Basic Attack, and then stutter step back. Whenever it feels safe to do so, throw in a Sweep. Try playing this way for several games in Quick Match to get a feel for it.

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

Combining Repeated Offense with Repelling Strike allows for easy stuns and lots of bonus damage which I've found far more useful than Majestic Span's increased range for Sacred Sweep, especially against agile assassins.

I am a big fan of Detainment Strike, and I also enjoy playing with more than Sacred Sweep builds alone. If I may quote myself from a post above,

On 9/12/2016 at 2:29 AM, Straften said:

I think Heavy Burden serves as a better augmentation [than Repeated Offense] to Detainment Strike in most cases, as it will give your teammates more time to follow up on collisions caused by it. It is ultimately a takedown you are looking for before objectives. You can usually setup kills more effectively with a 3 second 40% slow than you can with 200 extra damage. It just gives your team more time to react to the stun.

 

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

And Angelic Flight is simply too versatile to justify anything else on lvl20 imo. Shield of Hope seems like an incredibly powerful ability, but it depends on your team taking massive damage before it's really effective and the shield only lasts 3 secs which isn't enough time for you to get more than a single meaningful heal out if you're already charged when it happens. Angelic Flight isn't interrupted by damage so it's a fantastic escape tool as well as allowing you to instantly change lanes to be with whoever needs heals at that time. It also allows you to get back to the fight faster if you do end up dying since it'll allow you to fly over nearly half the map to get to your chosen location.

Angelic Flight's main use is to get to an ally who needs to be revived with Resurrect, after the enemies who killed them have moved on. I love playing with Resurrect and have had a lot of fun with it; however, Resurrect can be a huge liability. Resurrecting an ally means that they can die again, which turns your Heroic into a feeding tool for the enemy team. For this reason, I recommend Crystal Aegis.

Diamond Resolve is an amazing buff that can change the course of a Level 20 teamfight. 5 seconds of 50% reduced damage taken is absolutely insane, especially when applied to a Warrior. Try it out with one of your duo partners, you will love it!

Shield of Hope is great, even if you save a single teammate with it. You can save one ally with Crystal Aegis, and save others with Shield of Hope. You can even Shield of Hope just as Crystal Aegis expires, which can keep your allies alive long enough for them to get the first takedown in the fight.

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

After confirming that Searing Light does allow Ray of Heaven to refund a portion of it's cost I feel confident in arguing that it is especially effective when the enemy team consists of multiple melee heroes.

I came to the exact same conclusion. :D

On 9/12/2016 at 2:37 AM, Lorebot said:

If you could land Ray of Heaven on the full enemy team along with a handful of minions or mercs while you have Glimmer of Hope up you could possibly get as much as 150% of the casting cost refunded to you.

This scenario will occur as an extreme rarity. Try to think about what Ray of Heaven casts usually look like, and make your decision based on that. Your priority should always be to cast Ray of Heaven on your own team as healing with it is 333% more effective than damaging enemies with it. The 30% damage to enemies should only be used as an added bonus when healing allies.

Glimmer of Hope can be good on maps with a lot of globes, and can make stacking Reservoir of Hope much faster. That being said, I feel like it is almost a trap Talent. You will find yourself waiting for a globe to reduce your Energy cost, instead of healing your allies as soon as they need it. Energized Cord rewards you for being more active in the fight by giving you more Energy for Basic Attacks. I think this more aggressive style of play is much more impactful.

I hope you continue to enjoy Auriel as you play her more. She has very quickly become one of my favorite Heroes in the game!

 

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On 10/23/2016 at 3:26 PM, Guest Amber said:

guide needs to be updated

What do you feel needs to be updated?

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On 10/27/2016 at 11:56 PM, Guest Rocksolid said:

I've just checked and it's on our internal list of things to do, so there's not much else I can add unfortunately :(

There should be a big update coming to the HoTS section at some point in the future, so it's probably included in there.

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AURIEL's BEST HOPE BEARERS

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  • November 4, 2016 - Created
  • July 24, 2018 - Revamped the list
  • January 08, 2019 - Small tweaks and changes

I've been a Support main since I started playing this game, and Auriel is one of my favorites. Even though we have Deckard, Whitemane and other powerful Heroes for Support, I still consider Auriel one of the best Supports in the game given her very strong lane presence, as she doesn't use mana as resource, therefore being able to stay in battle as long she has someone to provide energy through her trait, Bestow HopeBestow Hope. And the fact she can endlessly increase her own energy with Reservoir of HopeReservoir of Hope, she can potentially be the strongest healer in the game in terms of raw healing output.

Ever since her launch, I have been testing Auriel's energy generation with a huge batch of heroes. In general, ranged assassins are absolutely bonkers for that. So I decided to compile a list with the Top "Hope Bearers" in the game to give her that sweet sweet energy. This list is subject to change as new Heroes are released and older Heroes get reworked.

1- Cho'gall: they were mentioned in the guide already, but still... They provide huge lane presence, combined with 8 skills in total makes them a fantastic pair with Auriel to generate energy in double. While they lack the burst of other heroes, they will be constantly pressuring damage due their low cooldowns and combined abilities, which will translate in energy really fast.

2- Lunara: her rework made her absurdly scary. A good Lunara will know how to spread her poison among various targets, giving Auriel a healthy sustain in energy, becoming much stronger at later levels.

3- Raynor: even after his nerfs, he still is one of the best Heroes in the game for sustained damage and situational burst, which translates into energy for Auriel really fast. 

4- Fenix: high sustained damage and exceptional poke makes Fenix a really good hope bearer, specially since his high self sustain through his shields allows Auriel to focus her heals on other allies.

5- Valla: a combination of high burst damage and sustained damage, which makes her a fantastic source of energy.

6- Cassia: much like Valla, she has a bit of everything: burst and sustained damage. If she hits at least two blinded enemies with Fend your energy will skyrocket.

7- Hanzo: long range poke that makes him pretty reliable for getting energy from afar. In specific maps his Scatter Arrow is insane for energy generation.

8- Kael'thas: high AoE burst. Living Bomb is specially powerful since it can easily spread to other targets in chains. Phoenix is specially useful to generate energy as well.

9- Sylvanas: her rework made her damage potentially scary. Given the right circumstances she can surpass Lunara, if she follows the Shadow Dagger build and gets enough stacks.

10- Gul'dan: low cooldown on Fel Flame makes him a giving constant spikes of damage in the form of energy. The damage over time from Corruption is decent, but only if it hits multiple targets.

11- Chromie: huge damage spikes with her skillshots. A Chromie with good aim for Sand Blast will fill the gauge really fast. Dragon's Breath is absolutely fantastic as well and will often max the gauge in one go if used on a crowd of Heroes + minions/structures.

12- Sgt. Hammer: while in Siege Mode she can generate huge amounts of energy if positioned correctly. Auriel can also stay near to peel for Hammer with Detainment Strike if needed.

13- Mephisto: very high AoE sustained damage. Lightning Nova can fill the energy really fast if it hits at least two heroes. Consume Souls is fantastic because it provides a global source of energy.

14- Kel'Thuzad: potential for overflowing energy thanks to his eye-watering combos. However, this reliance makes hard to keep her trait on him all the time since he is very cooldown reliant.

15- Orphea: in a similar fashion to Kel'Thuzad, she relies a bit too much into landing her combos to provide consistent energy, but it is still very reliable and above average.

16- Zagara: can provide fantastic pressure with her basic attacks and abilities. Since she will most of the time have a Roachling or Hunter out, this translates into more damage.

17- Zarya: her synergy with Auriel is fantastic since neither use Mana as resource, meaning less needs to visit the Healing Well. Zarya's piercing splash damage from her basic attacks also results in constant amounts of small energy that holds really well.

18- Nazeebo: I absolutely love pairing with Nazeebo for the simple fact he can make Zombie Walls every 14 secs, which is great to stun opponents with Detainment Strike. However, both his meta builds can grant a lot of energy.

19- Malthael: provides a very large sustained damage through his trait. Not as good as Lunara's, though.

20- Zul'jin: potentially the best energy generator for Auriel in the entire game due his Twin Cleaves and high damage from basic attacks. However, he is ranked so low because he can only be this fantastic hope bearer once he completes his "You Want Axe?" quest, which is usually very late in the game

21- Tassadar: great waveclear and his access to Force Wall can create the walls that Auriel needs to stun her enemies.

22- The Butcher: once he completes the Fresh Meat quest, he deals insane amounts of damage fills up the energy in couple of seconds. However, since a good Butcher will not engage recklessly, he will only generate energy reliably during Team Battles and skirmishes.

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By the way, Auriel is amazing when paired with Ragnaros due all that absurd damage he can dish out.

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When are you going to update the guide? The level 7 talents specifically. I see that they are the right talents but the level 7 fourth talent image is incorrect.

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On 12/16/2016 at 9:09 PM, Revivial said:

When are you going to update the guide? The level 7 talents specifically. I see that they are the right talents but the level 7 fourth talent image is incorrect.

Thanks, I didn't notice the outdated icon. I updated the guide's content recently, but will get the image sorted out :)

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Any additional comment on the change in Auriel's ultimate recently? It seems like an interesting change, There seems to be a small but significant shift towards it on hotslogs, but tbh I'd still see resurrect as fairly situational as by memory you have described for death effects like Tyrael's or Diablo's.

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19 minutes ago, Kiarbitrager said:

Any additional comment on the change in Auriel's ultimate recently? It seems like an interesting change, There seems to be a small but significant shift towards it on hotslogs, but tbh I'd still see resurrect as fairly situational as by memory you have described for death effects like Tyrael's or Diablo's.

Even with the quality of life changes for Resurrect I still prefer Crystal Aegis; preventing death is usually better than reviving, in my opinion. I just wish they buffed Crystal Aegis explosion damage.

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On 5/3/2017 at 8:18 AM, Kiarbitrager said:

Any additional comment on the change in Auriel's ultimate recently? It seems like an interesting change, There seems to be a small but significant shift towards it on hotslogs, but tbh I'd still see resurrect as fairly situational as by memory you have described for death effects like Tyrael's or Diablo's.

Resurrect is easier to channel now, but it can still result in feeding a second kill to the other team. At least Aegis has a small burst of damage in an area around the target, which helps to dissuade enemies from piling onto your teammate. Resurrect has a greater ease of use now, but it is still best when your team is already winning team fights. I don't think there are very many situations where it will help to win a team fight more than Aegis will.

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1 hour ago, Straften said:

Resurrect is easier to channel now, but it can still result in feeding a second kill to the other team. At least Aegis has a small burst of damage in an area around the target, which helps to dissuade enemies from piling onto your teammate. Resurrect has a greater ease of use now, but it is still best when your team is already winning team fights. I don't think there are very many situations where it will help to win a team fight more than Aegis will.

I can think on a few occasions where Resurrect is good, such as having a Tyrael in the team that dies and blows everything, only for you to bring him back. But I prefer preventing death other than reviving; so you don't feed XP to the enemy team.

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I think it would be very worth mentioning in the guide at the Tips part that you can stun opponents with Detainment Strike against any object with collisions, including the ones spawned by Heroes, such as Nazeebo's Zombie Wall, Leoric's Entomb, Tassadar's Force Wall, Sonya's Leap (with Arreat Crater) and even Sgt. Hammer's Barricade.

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1 hour ago, Valhalen said:

I think it would be very worth mentioning in the guide at the Tips part that you can stun opponents with Detainment Strike against any object with collisions, including the ones spawned by Heroes, such as Nazeebo's Zombie Wall, Leoric's Entomb, Tassadar's Force Wall, Sonya's Leap (with Arreat Crater) and even Sgt. Hammer's Barricade.

I passed this onto Straften, so let's see how he decides. Thanks for the suggestion!

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3 hours ago, positiv2 said:

I passed this onto Straften, so let's see how he decides. Thanks for the suggestion!

Thanks! Also, I think it would be pretty important to note on her "Strenghts" that she doesn't use mana as resource. I mean, she is the only healer in the game that doesn't use it. Although it is mentioned that "Cannot heal without storing Energy via combat", I think it's worth noting.

Oh, I think it would be interesting as well to add in her "Strenghts" that she can potentially increase her healing output with a cap using Reservoir of Hope. This is one of the things that makes Auriel stands out, as no other healer can do this.

What do you think, Mr. @Straften?

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Guys, sorry for the triple posting.

I think it is also worth mentioning that Auriel draws Energy from summoned minions as well (although it is obvious). Therefore Zagara's zerglings and Hunter will give Auriel Energy, for example. This even applies to clones, such as Samuro's and Nova's.

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      Welcome to the Caldeum Arcopolis, 2103 AD. A city bought and sold a hundred times over, now giant Mega Corporations hold more sway in the ever-shifting politics of the world than governments. Down on the rain slicked streets, humans, mutants, machines and synthetics all struggle to find their place in the light of the neon glow beneath the towering monuments to capitalism lording over them.
      With such oppression, the common people often turn to a life of crime. The leader of one of the largest gangs, the Azure Dragons, goes by the nickname, Chromie. Both a hacker and an anti-corporate street artist, many have said her work has an almost prophetic quality, as if she sees through time itself. The corporate media would have you believe she uses her gang of hackers to illegally ensure her prophecies become true, but lately her work has turned dark, as if she’s seen a cataclysmic force on the horizon…
      Recently, the Dragons have found an ally in the Onyx Turtles. While it’s rare to see the gangs working together, as the noose of systemic oppression has grown tighter, those in the underbelly of the mega-city have had to find new ways to survive. Kharazim and his Turtles are a harder sort of stock than most, with many known gladiators and street fighters serving in the ranks. This new alliance has provided the Azure dragons a strong defense against threats in the physical world.
      High above, the Jigoku Cybenetics Corporation, a primary manufacturer of mechanical augmentations, has become a target of both groups. In the mean streets, human enhancement has become one of the few options left to move the playing field more into the favor of those willing to bend the law. But their efforts have not gone unnoticed, and any who would dare to impugn the honor of Jigoku find themselves in the sights of the CyberOni, Jigoku’s elite agents: merciless killers at the beck and call of their bureaucratic masters.
      Caldeum Complex Quest Chain
      Make Contact with the Dragons: Capture 8 Mercenary camps in winning games Reward: Azure Dragons Spray and 3 Day Boost Meet the Azure Prophet: Win 2 games as a Melee or Ranged Assassin Reward: Azure Dragon Chromie Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest Earn the Turtles’ Trust: Contribute 25,000 XP in winning games Reward: Onyx Turtles Spray and 250 Gold Spar with Kharazim: Win 2 Games as Healer or Support Reward: Onyx Turtle Kharazim Portrait and Cyberpunk Phrases Pack Join the Tigers’ Hunt: Kill 150 Minions in winning games Reward: Ivory Tigers Spray and 250 Gold Prove Your Valor to Johanna: Win 2 games as Tank or Bruiser Reward: Ivory Tiger Johanna Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest Take Down the CyberOni Butcher: Achieve 50 takedowns in winning games Reward: Jigoku Cybernetics Spray and Jigoku Cybernetics Butcher Portrait Raid Jigoku Cybernetics Research Facility: Destroy 10 Forts or Keeps in winning games Reward: Jigoku Cyber Oni Warboar and 500 Gold Caldeum Complex Loot Chests
      Starting the week of March 26, all Loot chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gold will be Caldeum Complex Loot Chests. These loot chests guarantee at least one item from the Caldeum Complex or previous years’ Lunar New Year Spring events. Carve out your place among the infamous gangs and score yourself some sweet loot before the streets calm on April 30!
      Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Caldeum Complex Loot Chests.
      Storm League
      Hero League and Team League have been merged into a single ranked queue: Storm League Players must have 16 or more Heroes available and account level 50 or above to queue for Storm League Additional Details: Players can choose their preferred roles in the Ranked menu, so other team members can understand their play style Players can see party members’ win count under their rank badges on the Storm League queue screen The starting MMR in Storm League will be taken from a player’s last highest MMR from Hero League or Team League, whichever is higher Players will be prevented from queuing up in Storm League as a party together if their rank difference is more than 2 leagues apart There is a tooltip available to indicate this Exception: For players in a party of 5, any member outside the party’s League spread maximum will not be counted toward matchmaking requirements Exception: Players who have not yet placed are able to play with anyone Leaderboards have been updated to reflect Storm League Heroes
      We have recently revamped hero roles. For more information on this, check out our blog here.
      Healers
      Lúcio

      Abilities
      Crossfade (W) Healing decreased from 16 to 15 per second Movement Speed aura reduced from 20% to 10% Amp It Up (E) Healing Boost heal reduced from 114 to 112 per second Speed Boost Movement Speed reduced from 45% to 30% Wall Ride (Z) Moved from (Trait) to (Z) Skate Mode (Z) Removed New Trait – Push Off While Wall Ride is active, you can jump off the wall, dealing 100 damage and slowing all enemies hit by 75% for 1 second Talents
      Level 1 Maximum Tempo (E) Removed Party Mix (E) Moved from Level 7 New Talent – Smooth Moves (Z) Increase Wall Ride duration by 1 second; while Wall Ride is active, your Basic Attacks heal Lúcio for 30% of their damage and restore 0.5 Mana Level 4 Chase the Bass (Q) Removed Subwoofer (Q) Additional functionality: Close enemies are knocked back 75% further Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the same Soundwave Reward: Increase Soundwave arc by 50% and range by 20% New Talent – Supersonic (Trait) Push Off recharges 100% faster while you have the Wall Ride buff Level 7 Sonic Amplifier (W) Removed Reverse Amp (W) Moved from Level 10 New functionality: While Amp It Up is active, Healing Boost deals 50 damage a second and Speed Boost slows by 20% to enemies in the aura New Talent – Good Vibrations (Q) Every enemy hit with Soundwave grants Lúcio a 35-point Shield for 7 seconds; this value is tripled for enemy Heroes hit Level 10 New Heroic – High Five (R) Activate: Quickly skate towards target allied Hero, healing them for 250 and granting Unstoppable for 1 second (15 second cooldown per allied Hero) Level 13 Beat Mixing (W) Removed Can't Stop, Won't Stop (Trait) Removed Back in the Mix (Trait) Removed Hard Style (Trait) Removed Slip (Z) Moved from Level 1 New functionality: While Wall Ride is active you gain 20 Armor and if you pass through an enemy Hero, you gain 40% Movement Speed for 1 second New Talent – All Together (W) Each allied Hero in your Crossfade aura grants 5% base Movement Speed (this bonus stacks with other Movement Speed buffs) New Talent – Heavy Casters (Trait) Push Off no longer Slows but instead Stuns enemies for 0.5 seconds Level 16 Bring it Together (E) Removed Up the Frequency (E) No longer reduces Mana Cost Additional functionality: While Wall-Riding, increase your Basic Attack range by 40%; Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Amp It Up by .45 seconds New Talent – Up to Eleven (E) Activate: Increase the duration of your active Amp It Up by 2 seconds (60 second cooldown) Level 20 Synaesthesia Auditiva (E) Removed Bonus Track (E) Removed Nonstop Remix (R) Removed New Heroic Mastery – Mixing Fire (R) You can now High Five enemy Heroes, damaging them for 225 and reducing all healing done to them by 50% for 3 seconds. Passive: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second New Talent – House Party (W) All of your healing is increased by 10% for each allied Hero in your aura New Talent – Summer Anthem (W) Activate: Other allies in your Crossfade aura cannot be reduced below 1 Health for 1.5 seconds (75 second cooldown) Developer Comment: Lúcio’s rework is unlocking some new ways to help your allies and further harass your enemies! His old Trait, Wall Ride, is still completely functional but has been moved to his Mount (Z). The replacement Trait, Push Off, is a new utility Ability that gives Lúcio more mobility with a built-in way to peel enemies for his allies.
      That is just the beginning, though, as Lúcio has also gained a new Heroic Ability—High Five. This Ability allows him a small bit of burst healing to help compete with Sound Barrier while also granting an on-demand Unstoppable buff to allies that may have bitten off more than they can chew. If you were a big fan of Reverse Amp, no need to worry, it stays on his kit in the form of a talent and has similar functionality! In response to the added power, we are slowing him down a little so he is not quite as frustrating to lock down.
      Ranged Assassins
      Chromie

      Abilities
      Sand Blast (Q) Now hits all enemy types, though stops travel after one hit Deals 50% damage to Structures Baseline quest has been removed Casting a Sand Blast now spawns an Echo that replicates Chromie’s Sand Blasts and Basic Attacks, dealing 50% damage; Maximum of one Echo active at a time Damage reduced from 315 to 280 Cooldown increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds Cast time reduced from .8125 to .5 seconds Initial missile speed has been reduced, but acceleration has been added The time the missile takes to travel its full distance has been increased from .4375 to .625 seconds Dragon's Breath (W) Ground warning is no longer visible to enemy heroes Damage reduced from 390 to 195 Now fires a succession of 3 blasts with a 0.75 second delay towards a vector targeted direction Cooldown increased from 8 to 15 seconds Mana cost increased from 50 to 75 Time Trap (E) Once placed, now requires Chromie to re-activate the Trap with (D) to detonate and puts all units in the area in Time Stop Now affects allies as well as enemies Search area increased from 1.5 to 2 radius Mana cost increased from 25 to 30 Health increased from 300 to 500 Timewalker/Bronze Talons (Trait) The Bronze Talons Basic Attack component of her trait has been removed Talents
      Level 1 Deep Breathing (W) Stacks increased from 12 to 25 Bonus reduced from 5 to 2 per stack Bonus at maximum stacks reduced from 140 to 50 New Talent – Once Again the First Time (Q) Quest: Hit an enemy Hero with Sand Blast 40 times Reward: Sand Blast’s maximum Sand Echoes increased from 1 to 2 Mounting Sand (Q) Removed Level 2 Andorhal Anomaly (E) Moved from Level 18 No longer causes all three charges to refresh at once Additional functionality: Reduces the cooldown of Time Trap by 5 seconds All Time Traps are detonated at the same time New Talent – Chronic Conditions (E) After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap are Slowed by 25% for 3 seconds and allies gain 25% Movement Speed for 3 seconds New Talent – Time Troubles (E) After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap lose 20 Armor for 3 seconds and allies gain 20 Armor for 3 seconds Enveloping Assault (W) Removed Timely Surprise (E) Removed Level 5 Mobius Loop (W) Cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds per enemy Hero hit Mana return reduced from 100 to 40 per enemy Hero hit Bronze Talons (Q) Has been redesigned When Chromie hits an enemy Hero with Sand Blast, she deals 30% additional Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds New Talent – A Proper Greeting Passive: When Chromie damages a Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Hero, she deals 25% additional damage for 5 seconds Dragon's Eye (W) Removed Chrono Sickness (E) Removed Level 8 Slowing Sands (R1) Redesigned: Slow now increases the longer an enemy is in the affected area Now Slows by 5% every 0.25 seconds, up to a maximum of 70% Temporal Loop (R2) Range reduced from 11 to 8 Now also increases the recharge rate of Chromie’s Basic Abilities by 500% for 3 seconds Level 11 Here and There (Active) Now has a range of 9 Now teleports Chromie to a targeted location near a Sand Echo, and teleports the Sand Echo back to her old location New Talent – Gnome Speed Ahead! (Q) After casting Sand Blast, Chromie gains 200% increased Health and Mana Regeneration and 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds Bye Bye! (B) Removed Level 18 New Talent – Unravelling (R1) Every 0.25 seconds, enemy Heroes Slowed by Slowing Sands have their Spell Armor reduced by 2, up to 30 Stuck in a Loop (R2) Now also increases the duration of Temporal Loop’s cooldown reduction buff by 3 seconds New Talent – Blessing of the Bronze Passive: While Chromie is alive, she and all her allies gain 10% Movement Speed and their Basic Abilities recharge 30% faster Pocket of Time (R1) Removed Developer Comment: Our goal with this Chromie update is to create various degrees of success that Chromie can enjoy, so that she doesn’t feel like quite the same all-or-nothing mage that she’s historically been. Traditionally, Chromie has often required a hard counter to keep her in check or completely wrecked an opposing team, creating polarizing experiences.
      We’re instituting a lot of changes that allow Chromie to get partial success with her Abilities (multiple Sand Blasts baseline, 3 blasts of Dragon's Breath), while also widening her toolkit (friendly Stasis, Basic Attack damage, PvE damage). While we’re diversifying her kit, we also want to make sure that Chromie feels special, and we think that her Sand Echoes and predictive gameplay with Dragon's Breath are still unique parts of her that embody the feeling of artillery mage while still having moments of counter play for opponents.
      Lunara

      Talents
      Level 4 Blossom Swell (Q) Movement Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 12% This Movement Speed bonus now stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses Developer Comment: Due to Lunara’s unique Movement Speed mechanics, our recent update to Blossom Swell was not as beneficial to Lunara as we had hoped. To address this, we are slightly reducing its bonus but allowing it to stack with other Movement Speed bonuses, including Lunara’s trait, which should dramatically increase the total Movement Speed that she gets from this talent.
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where the healing nameplate UI would be hidden when the total equals 0. Fixed an issue where broadcasts would sometimes appear twice when sent Revamped Hero roles, further reworks, and a merged Hero & Team League are coming soon!
    • By Stan
      Hero roles have finally been updated as part of the latest Heroes of the Storm patch. Specialists are gone for good and certain Heroes had to be reworked to better reflect their new roles.
      New Hero Roles: Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, Ranged Assassin
      Blizzard (Source)
      As the roster and breadth of mechanics for Heroes of the Storm has continued to expand, the existing roles have grown limited in accurately describing each individual hero. To give both new and existing players a clearer idea of what kind of kit to expect during hero select, we are expanding Hero Roles to include new descriptions and replace those that were less clear in the past.
      The New Roles
      The new Hero Roles are Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, and Ranged Assassin.
       
      Tank heroes are formidable juggernauts that protect their team by absorbing attacks from the enemy and blocking their retreat. Bruiser heroes are tough fighters that can also dish out damage. Support heroes provide boosts and other benefits to their teammates.
      Healer heroes focus primarily on direct healing and damage mitigation.
      Melee Assassin heroes are high-octane damage dealers that get up close and personal with their enemies.
      Ranged Assassin heroes are fragile damage dealers that attack their enemies from a safe distance.
      Who’s What Now?
      Most roles didn’t have a quite a direct one-to-one transition, so below we’ve included a breakdown of each currently available hero and their new classification.

      Tank: Anub'arak, Arthas, Blaze, Cho, Diablo, ETC, Garrosh, Johanna, Mal'ganis, Muradin, Stitches, Tyrael

      Bruiser: Artanis, Chen, D.va, Dehaka, Imperius, Leoric, Malthael, Ragnaros, Rexxar, Sonya, Thrall, Varian,Xul, Yrel

      Healer: Alexstrasza, Ana, Auriel, Brightwing, Deckard, Kharazim, Li Li, Malfurion, Lt. Morales, Lúcio, Rehgar, Stukov, Uther, Whitemane, Tyrande

      Support: Abathur, Lost Vikings, Medivh, Tassadar, Zarya

      Melee Assassin: Alarak, Butcher, Gazlowe, Illidan, Kerrigan, Maiev, Murky, Samuro, Valeera, Zeratul

      Ranged Assassin: Azmodan, Cassia, Chromie, Falstad, Fenix, Gall, Genji, Greymane, Gul'dan, Hanzo, Jaina, Junkrat, Kael'thas, Kel'thuzad, Li-Ming, Lunara, Mephisto, Nazeebo, Nova, Orphea, Probius, Raynor, Sgt. Hammer, Sylvanas, Tracer, Tychus, Valla, Zagara, Zul'jin
    • By Stan
      Free Hero rotation has been updated for this week and includes Li Li, Blaze, Chen, Alarak & more.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: March 19, 2019
      Li Li ETC Zagara Butcher Kael’thas Artanis Auriel Zul’jin Blaze Anub’arak Xul (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Alarak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Tracer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Damien
      This thread is for comments about our Brawler's Guild - Mecha-Bruce guide. Make sure to post if you have some class advice to share!
       
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