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Balance Update: November 10

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A new Balance Update will be out today, bringing changes to Kael'thas, Valla, Samuro, Malfurion, Murky, E.T.C, Muradin and Zarya.

Developers also shared their comments behind the changes and promised a Murky talent overhaul in early 2017.

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ASSASSIN

KAEL'THAS

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Talents

Level 7

  • Sun King's Fury (W)
    • Increased damage bonus from 30 to 35%

VALLA

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Talents

Level 4

  • Punishment (W)
    • Bonus damage per Hatred stack decreased from 5 to 4%

Level 7

  • Arsenal (W)
    • Cooldown reduction per Hero hit reduced from 3 to 2 seconds
Developer Comments:  Valla is sitting in a really good spot right now, but we feel like the damage output compared to ease of use is too high on her Multishot talents. The changes to Punishment and Arsenal should incentivize players into taking the higher skill-vs-reward talents on those tiers. 

SAMURO

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Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage decreased from 93 to 88

Abilities

  • Mirror Images (Q)
    • Damage dealt reduced from 30 to 25% of Samuro’s damage
  • Illusion Master (R)
    • Damage increase reduced from 15 to 10%

Talents

Level 13

  • Shukuchi (E)
    • Teleport range decreased by 20%
Developer Comments:  While there are a lot of knobs for us to turn in order to help bring Samuro’s win rate more in line, we felt that his damage output (especially burst) was where we wanted to start first. We are happy with his survivability options and feel his fantasy should cater towards being elusive. We also realize that damage and confusion are really all he brings to a team, so we wanted to be careful with the changes. We feel that these small tweaks to his damage (and the fact that they compound on each other) will cause a reasonable drop in his win rate and will continue to closely monitor him. 

SPECIALIST

MURKY

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Abilities

  • Slime (Q)
    • Damage increased from 82 to 86
  • Pufferfish (W)
    • Damage increased from 390 to 410
Developer Comments:  “Aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle!” Translated, that means he’s getting a 5% buff to most of his damage, but expect to see larger Talent changes in the early part of next year.

SUPPORT

MALFURION

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Talents

Level 1

  • Shan'do's Clarity (Trait)
    • Cooldown reduction decreased from 10 to 8 seconds
  • Moonburn (W)
    • Bonus damage against non-heroes reduced from 100 to 75%

Level 4

  • Elune's Grace (Passive)
    • Ability range decreased from 30 to 25%
Developer Comments:  Similar to ETC, Malfurion is simply a little too powerful. We’re toning down some of his talents to keep him more in line with other supports. 

WARRIOR

E.T.C.

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Stats

  • Maximum Base Health decreased from 2556 to 2428
  • Base Health Regen from 5.32 to 5.06

Talents

Level 1

  • Prog Rock (E)
    • Quest reward ally heal reduced from 53 to 50

Level 7

  • Echo Pedal (Passive)
    • Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries reduced from 100 to 75%

Level 13

  • Face Smelt (W)
    • Slow amount reduced from 60 to 50%
Developer Comments:  ETC is a little too strong at all levels of play, so we’re looking to trim down his power. He also has a few over performing talents in Prog Rock, Echo Pedal, and Face Smelt, so we’re lowering their power to make the other talents on their tiers more competitive. 

MURADIN

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 2556 to 2633
  • Health Regen increased from 5.32 to 5.48

Talents

Level 4

  • Crowd Control (W)
    • Added functionality:
      • Now also refunds 5 Mana per enemy hit

Level 7

  • Skullcracker (Passive)
    • Added functionality:
      • Now also passively increases Muradin’s attack speed by 25%
  • Iron-Forged Momentum (Passive)
    • No longer decreases the cooldown of Dwarf Toss

Level 16

  • Heavy Impact (E)
    • Stun duration reduced from .75 to .5
Developer Comments:  Muradin’s pick rate in both Hero League and Pro Play continues to be extremely high. Oddly enough his win rate is actually below average in most levels of play. We realize that he brings a very versatile kit that allows him to be a great solo-Warrior for his team. Our main change to offset his Health is to remove the escape effectiveness of Iron-Forged Momentum. Next week we will also be reducing the amount of Health that Avatar provides. The rest of the changes are minimal and targeted towards talent win/pick rates.

ZARYA

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Talents

Level 1

  • Demolitions Expert (Q)
    • Quest reward of hitting 5 Heroes increased from .375 to .5
  • Together We Are Strong (E)
    • Increased Energy per damage dealt from 10 to 9
    • Increased the maximum Energy gained from 25 to 30
  • Maximum Charge (Trait)
    • Quest completion time increased from 120 to 150 seconds

Level 4

  • Defensive Shielding (Passive)
    • Block charge duration from 12 to 6 seconds

Level 7

  • Hit Me (Trait)
    • Bonus Energy from Zarya’s Shields decreased from 20 to 15%

Level 13

  • Unstoppable Competitor (W)
    • Unstoppable duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds
  • Endurance Training (Passive)
    • Damage reduction decreased from 25 to 20%

Level 16

  • Plasma Shock (Q)
    • Slow duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds
  • Cleansing Shield (E)
    • Added functionality
      • Also decreases Cooldown of Shield Ally from 12 to 10 seconds

Level 20

  • Unyielding Defender (Active)
    • Cooldown increased from 45 to 60 seconds
    Developer Comments:  Zarya’s power level is slightly higher than what we’d like, and in general her Energy Talents are stronger than all the other options on their tiers. These changes should increase Talent diversity and deliver a slight nerf to the Hero..

    BUG FIXES

    Heroes and Talents

    • Tyrael: Fixed an issue that could cause Tyrael’s Sanctification ability to fail if Zarya cast Expulsion Zone at the same location.

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        Base
        Vitals Uses Scrap instead of Mana, max of 10 Scrap. Base Health increased from 1826 to 2275. Health regen increased from 3.8046 to 4.74. Basic Attack Damage from 95 to 100. Trait Renamed to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. New Functionality: Regenerate 1 Scrap every 4 seconds. Destroyed Rock-It! Turrets drop 1 Scrap, pick up dropped Scrap to regain it. Activate to destroy a target Rock-It! Turret. Scrap Scrap pick up range increased from 1.25 to 1.5. Spawn pick up delay reduced from 0.45 to 0.0 seconds. Rock-It! Turrets [Q] Costs 4 Scrap. Base damage decreased from 62 to 36. Base Health reduced from 593 to 510. Health scaling increased from 4% to 5%. Duration decreased from 30 to 15 seconds. GCD decreased from 2 to 0.5 seconds. Placement range increased from 2 to 3. Adjusted weapon range icons to be less noisy. Prioritizes nearest enemy Hero when first created. Deth Lazor [W] No longer has a cost. Cooldown decreased from 12 to 8 seconds. Damage increased from 137 to 174. Range increase from 6 to 10. Width increased from 2 to 2.5. Adjusted Functionality: After 0.65 seconds, deal 208 damage to enemies in a line. Heal 25% of damage dealt, this effect is increased to 75% against Heroes. Xplodium Charge [E] No longer has a cost. Cooldown decreased from 20 to 12 seconds. Damage reduced from 233 to 155. Missile travel speed increased substantially. Search area reduced from 3 to 2.85. Range decreased from 9.5 to 7. Explosion delay decreased from 2.5 to 1.25 seconds. Stun duration decreased from 1.75 to 1 second. Talents
        Level 1 Extra TNT [E] Removed. Scrap-o-matic Smelter [Trait] Removed. Break it down [Trait] Removed. Goblin Repairs [Passive] Removed. (New) Rocket Boots [E] Increase the cast range of Xplodium Charge by 30% and its damage by 20%. Hitting a Hero increases movement speed by 20% for 3 seconds. (New) One Man Wrecking Crew [Passive] Casting Basic Abilities cause Gazlowe’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 45% more damage. Stores up to 2 charges. (New) Big Game Hunter [Passive] Dealing damage with Basic Attacks to Heroes, Mercs or Monsters reduces the cooldown of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by 2 seconds. Increase maximum Scrap by 2. Level 4 Clockwerk Steam Fists [Q] Removed. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [Trait] Removed. Hired Goons [Passive] Removed. (New) Rock It Sock It [Q] Placing a Rock-It! Turret grants Gazlowe a 215 point Shield for 2.5 seconds. Hyperfocus Coils [W/E] Moved from level 7. Adjusted Functionality: Heroes hit by Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge take an additional 2% of their maximum Health in damage. Gazlowe is healed for 150% the amount. Crit kicker added. EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper [Active] Moved from level 13. New Functionality: Cooldown: 40 seconds. Activate to gain 35 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 35%, and reduce damage dealt of all nearby Heroes and Summons by 50% for 3 seconds. Level 7 Rock-It! Turret XL [Q] Removed. Engine Gunk [Q] Removed. Goblin Fusion Moved from level 13. Adjusted Functionality: Generate 3 Scrap for each Hero hit by Deth Lazor. (New) Overload [W] Deth Lazor can now store up to 2 charges. Each enemy Hero hit by Deth Lazor reduces the cooldown of Deth Lazor by 0.5 seconds. (New) Master Blaster [E] Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge Slow by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Rock-It! Turret Basic Attacks extend the duration by 0.25 seconds. Level 10 Robo-Goblin [R1] New Functionality: Activate to become Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds. Passive: Basic Attacks deal 80 bonus damage over 5 seconds, stacks up to 3 times. Grav-O-Bomb 3000 [R2] Cooldown decreased from 90 to 60 seconds. Damage reduced from 251 to 220. Added Functionality: Basic Abilities deal 30% more damage for 5 seconds after casting Grav-O-Bomb 3000. Level 13 X-Tra Large Bombs [E] Removed. (New) Positive Reinforcement [Q] Primary Turret attacks against Heroes increase Gazlowe’s Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. (New) Superior Schematics [Q] Moved from level 16. Adjusted Functionality: Rock-It! Turrets attack up to 2 additional target for 75% damage and have 50% increased range. (New) Overcharged Capacitors [Q] Gazlowe gains 5% Spell Power for each active turret, up to a maximum of 15%. Dealing Basic Attack damage extends the duration of Rock-It! Turrets by 1.5 seconds. Level 16 Turret Storage [Q] Removed. Kwik Release Charge [E] Removed. Firin’ Mah Lazorz [W] Moved from level 20. Damage increased from 102 to 125. Ark Reaktor [E] Moved from level 4. Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Xplodium Charge by 3 seconds. Using Xplodium Charge creates 3 Rock-It! Turrets that last for 3 seconds. These Turrets do not drop Scrap or benefit from other Talents. (New) Overklock [Passive] Hitting enemy Heroes grants 15% bonus Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Attacks causes them to take an additional 2.5% of their maximum Health in damage. Level 20 Mecha-Lord [R1] Adjusted Functionality: Basic Attacks increase Gazlowe’s Armor by 10 for 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 30. Basic Attacks deal 50% more damage to Stunned or Slowed targets. Miniature Black Hole [R2] Added Functionality: Each enemy Hero hit reduces the cooldown of Grav-O-Bomb by 12 seconds. It’s Raining Scrap [Q] Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the Scrap cost of Rock-It! Turrets by 1. Regain 2 Scrap for each Scrap pickup. (New) Bomb Toss [E] Xplodium Charge launches 2 more bombs when it detonates. Return to Top
        Heroes
        Alarak
        Base
        Health increased from 1900 to 1950. Health Regeneration increased from 3.96 to 4.06. Talents
        Level 4 Negatively Charged [E] Initial damage bonus increased from 150% to 175%. Cassia
        Talents
        Level 7 Surge of Light [Active] Damage reduced from 250 to 240. Damage taken amount required to activate increased from 500 to 650. Chromie
        Talents
        Level 1 Deep Breathing [W] Damage bonus reduced from 1.5% to 1% per stack. Cooldown reduction upon quest completion reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds. Mana cost upon quest completion changed from 30 to 40. Level 5 Mobius Loop [W] Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 30%. Slow duration reduced from 1 second to .75 seconds. Deckard
        Talents
        Level 4 Ruby [Active] Cooldown increased from 10 to 20 seconds. E.T.C.
        Talents
        Level 13 Encore [W] Heroic cooldown reduction reduced from 8% to 6%. Imperius
        Talents
        Level 7 Flash of Anger [Q] Damage reduced from 180 to 165. Shield amount reduced from 300 to 275. Orphea
        Talents
        Level 1 Ancestral Strength [Trait] Bonus damage reduced from 20% to 15%. Level 7 Mind Devourer [E] Damage per enemy Hero hit increased from 4 to 5. Maximum bonus damage reduced from 160 to 150. Heroes hit required for quest completion reduced from 40 to 30. Level 13 Abyssal Symbiosis [W] Shield amount reduced from 180 to 170. Level 16 Dead Magic [Trait] Damage reduced from 95 to 90. Stitches
        Base
        Slam [W] Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries increased from 50% to 60%. Tassadar
        Talents
        Level 1 Static Charge [Q] Maximum damage bonus reduced from 250 to 200. Level 10 Archon [R1] Shield amount reduced from 30% to 25% maximum Health. Basic Attack damage reduced from 150 to 140. Basic Attack splash damage reduced from 75 to 70. Yrel
        Talents
        Level 1 Dauntless [Passive] Physical Armor amount reduced from 40 to 35. Return to Top
        Bug Fixes
        Fixed an issue where Mercenaries would not be Stunned by Haunting Wave when the Mercenary Queen and Festering Wounds talents were taken. Fixed an issue where Executor's Will did not have a buff bar. Fixed an issue where Trauma Trigger did not have a button. Toy Train Mount - Metamorphosis Illidan, Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, Odin Tychus, and Archon Tassadar can no longer mount as a caboose on the Toy Train. Return to Top
        The latest content patch with D.Va & Gazlowe reworks, ARAM Mode, and a brand new Nexus Anomaly is live.
      • By Stan
        Blizzard Press Center has been recently updated with new skins coming in the latest patch, Enforcer tints, and the Tamed Ravasaur mount which will be rewarded from winning 35 games in Ranked Play in the new Season.
        The CraftWars and Hero Reworks entry in the Press Center requires a login, but Redditor Gnueless found out that you can simply scroll down the page and see everything.
        Anduin

        Rexxar/Misha

        Artanis

        Arthas

        Blaze + Bunker

        D.Va Micro Missiles

        Gazlowe

        Illidan

        Invincilisk Mount

        Kul Tiras Iron Kite Mount

        Mei

        Murky

        Uther

        Most of the new skins will arrive with the latest patch, but there are also three interesting Enforcer tints for the existing skins, these include:
        Bionic Enforcer Johanna

        Russet Watchdog Greymane

        Neon Paramedic Morales

        Tamed Ravasaur Mount
        You can get the following mount as a reward in the upcoming Season.



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