HotS Hotfixes: Zarya Buffs

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Zarya has been out for less than 48 hours, but the team deemed that she needed some help. Let's see what these buffs are about!

The second Overwatch heroine to join the Nexus was much anticipated, but her release was met with relatively negative reactions. In an unprecedented move, the Heroes of the Storm team was very quick to react and get some hotfixes out to buff Zarya. The hotfixes also include some bug fixes:

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We're releasing a Hotfix patch in all regions tomorrow to address a few live bugs and to apply the following balance changes to Zarya:


  • Increased Basic Attack damage from 20 to 24
  • Increased Base Health from 2225 to 2336
  • Increased Base Health Regen from 4.64 to 4.87


Particle Grenade (Q)

  • Increased base damage from 62 to 74

Personal Barrier (W)

  • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds

Energy (Trait)

  • Energy decay rate reduced from 3 to 1.5 per second

Graviton Surge (R)

  • Cooldown reduced from 120 to 100 seconds

Developer Comments: We like the way Zarya is playing on live, but her impact is currently lower than we’d like. Her damage is too low and we feel that the rate at which her Energy decays is too quick, so we have adjusted them and will keep an eye on her.

Bug Fixes:
Chen: Fixed an issue causing Chen’s Pressure Point talent to also double the duration of Keg Smash’s slow.
Chen: Fixed an issue causing Chen’s Storm, Earth, Fire spirits to have permanently increased attack speed while the Fire spirit is alive.
E.T.C: Fixed an issue preventing E.T.C. from gaining stacks of Prog Rock when gathering Regen Globes.
Sonya: Fixed an issue that prevented Ancient Spear from stunning and dealing damage if used while rooted.


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