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A new patch was deployed to test servers. It features Ragnaros, the Winter Veil celebration, updates to Ranked Play and reworked Haunted Mines.

Winter Veil will be celebrated with a 25% XP bonus event that starts on December 14. Adjustments to party sizes in Ranked Play have been made in preparation for Season 3. Here's Ragnaros!

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GENERAL

Celebrate Winter Veil 2016!

  • Our 2016 Winter Veil celebration has arrived! Ring in the holiday season this year with a 25% XP bonus, a new event quest, and of course, quest rewards.
    • 25% XP Bonus
      • The XP bonus begins at 10:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 until 10:00 a.m. PST Tuesday, January 4, 2017.
    • Winter Veil Event Quest
      • Quest: Play 25 games in any matchmaking mode (Co-op vs. A.I., Quick Match, Unranked Draft, or Ranked)
      • Rewards: Special Snowflake Portrait and Festive Treasure Goblin Mount.
  • PTR Note: While elements of the Winter Veil event may appear on the Test Realm, players will not be able to make progress toward quests or rewards until the patch is released to the live version of Heroes of the Storm next week.

Ranked Season 3 Updates

  • Party Sizes in Ranked Play
    • The following party size adjustments for Hero and Team League have been made as a one-season experiment for Ranked Season 3.
    • Hero League 
      • Players can no longer queue for Hero League games in parties.
    • Team League
      • 2, 3, and 5-player parties can now queue for Team League.
      • 2 and 3-player parties can only queue for Team League if all members are ranked within one league of one another.
      • 5-player parties can queue with any mixture of league rankings.
      • While players will need to have access to at least 14 Heroes in order to play Team League, there are still no minimum Hero level requirements in order to queue for Team League matches.
      • Team League will still utilize First Come, First Serve (FCFS) during Draft Mode, which means that parties of two and three players will need to coordinate effectively when drafting their Heroes.
      • Silenced players can no longer queue for Team League for the duration of their Silence Penalty.
  • Season 2 Rewards
    • Those who finished their placement matches during Ranked Season 2 will receive their rewards upon logging in after downloading today’s patch.
  • Matchmaking
    • The matchmaking system’s certainty level in all players’ skill ratings has once again been loosened in order to help ease movement up or down through the rankings.
  • Ranked League Adjustments
    • Silver and Gold league population sizes have been adjusted, and will now contain similar amounts of players.
    • Diamond league will now contain about half the number of players than the previous season.

NEW HERO: RAGNAROS

As the lord of Azeroth’s fire elementals, Ragnaros desires nothing more than to burn the world to ash. Banished to the Firelands eons ago, the Firelord now turns his rage toward the Nexus, intent on incinerating everything and everyone within it.

Trait 

  • Molten Core (D)
    • Channel on an Allied or destroyed Fort or Keep to replace it with Ragnaros’ Ultimate Form, temporarily gaining new Abilities, and a significant amount of Health that burns away over 18 seconds.
    • Ragnaros returns to his normal form upon losing all Health during Molten Core.

Basic Abilities

  • Empower Sulfuras (Q)
    • Ragnaros’ next Basic Attack is instant, dealing Ability Damage in an area around the target, and Healing Ragnaros for 20% of the damage dealt. Healing is doubled for damage dealt to Heroes.
  • Living Meteor (W)
    • Summon a meteor at the target point that deals damage on impact, and then rolls in the target direction and deals additional damage every second for 1.75 seconds.
  • Blast Wave (E)
    • Ignite Ragnaros or target Ally, granting 25% bonus Movement Speed for 1.5 seconds before exploding, dealing damage to nearby enemies.

Molten Core Form Abilities

  • Molten Swing (Q)
    • Swing Sulfuras in a wide arc, dealing damage and stunning enemies for 1 second. Damage increased by 25% versus Minions and Mercenaries.
  • Meteor Shower (W)
    • Summon 3 meteors at the target point that fall in the target direction. Each meteor deals damage and slows enemies by 25% for 2 seconds. Damage increased by 25% versus Minions and Mercenaries.
  • Explosive Rune (E)
    • Create a rune that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing damage to non-Structure enemies in a circular area. Damage increased by 25% versus Minions and Mercenaries.

Heroic Abilities

  • Sulfuras Smash (R)
    • Hurl Sulfuras at the target area, landing after 0.75 seconds and dealing damage to enemies hit. Enemies caught in the center of the impact area take triple damage and are Stunned for 0.5 seconds.
  • Lava Wave (R)
    • Release a wave of lava from the allied Core that travels down the target lane, dealing massive damage every second to non-Structure enemies and instantly killing enemy Minions in its path. Damage doubled versus enemy Heroes.

BATTLEGROUND REWORK: HAUNTED MINES

After driving the Raven Lord out of the Haunted Mines and doing a little. . . redecorating. . . the Grave Keeper has re-opened the Mines to all who wish to summon powerful and destructive Grave Golems.

Haunted Mines Basics

  • Venture Underground
    • The Haunted Mines will periodically open with an Undead Army underneath.
  • Collect the Skulls
    • Destroy the Undead and collect their Skulls to summon a powerful Golem. The more Skulls each team collects, the stronger their Golems become.
  • Unleash the Golems
    • After the Undead have been defeated, a Golem will rise for each team and travel down lane in search of Structures to destroy.

Haunted Mines Updates

  • Grave Golems now spawn in fixed positions in each lane, and switch lanes each time they are summoned.
  • The layout of the Underground Mines has been reworked, and the Neutral Grave Golem can now be found at its center.
  • The upper level’s center area has been reworked.
    • Additional Mine Entrances have been placed to the East and West of the Battleground’s center area, for a total of 4.
    • A Mercenary Camp has been placed near each Mine Entrance, featuring Siege Giants at the East and West Entrances, and Sappers in the North and South.

ART

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • The following Heroes have received updated visual effects and talent icon color tints to coincide with their reworks:
    • Artanis
    • Dehaka
    • Diablo
  • The following Hero Abilities have received slight animation changes to coincide with timing changes:
    • Kael’thas: Pyroblast
    • Zarya: Particle Grenade

SHOP

The following changes will take place in the Shop once the Public Test Realm is brought offline and the patch is officially released to the live version of Heroes of the Storm next week.

Bundles

  • New Bundles
    • Lil’Ragnaros Bundle – Available until January 4, 2017
  • Removed Bundles
    • Druid of the Flame Malfurion Bundle

New Hero 

  • Ragnaros has been added to the in-game Shop.

Mounts

  • New Mounts
    • 2016 Fall Champion’s Mount
  • Returning Mounts
    • Eye Pad
  • Removed Mounts
    • 2016 Summer Champion’s Mount
    • Blackheart’s Doubloon

Skins

  • Lil’ Ragnaros
  • Master Ragnaros

Price Reductions

  • Sylvanas’ prices reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.

USER INTERFACE

General

  • Click the Grand Master Leaderboards and Ranked Play Guide buttons on the Ranked Play screen to view these pages within the Heroes of the Storm game client.

Hero and Role Chat Links

  • Press SHIFT and click a Hero portrait or Hero Role icon during Hero Select or in a Draft Lobby to add a link to that Hero or Role in the chat.
    • Clicking a Hero or Role link in chat will automatically filter players’ Hero lists accordingly.
    • Alternatively, type a Hero name or Role in square brackets to create chat links.
      • For example: Typing “[Jaina]” into the chat box will create a link to Jaina in Hero Select. However, the spelling must be exact or the link will not work.
    • These Hero and Role links can be used to suggest picks and bans in Draft Lobbies.
    • Clicking a Hero or Role chat link while viewing the Shop will also filter the list of items accordingly.

Penalties for Leaving Games

  • Much like Hero League, players who repeatedly leave Unranked Draft and Team League games or draft lobbies will now be flagged to receive leaver penalties.
  • Players with active penalties for leaving games can no longer queue for Unranked Draft or Team League games.

MVP and Commendations

  • Press TAB at any point during the MVP and Commendations sequence to view the in-game Score Screen for that match.
  • A Skip button has replaced the Exit button on the MVP screen.
    • Clicking Skip will immediately take the player to the Commendations screen.
    • Players can still leave the Commendations screen normally by pressing the Exit button.

DESIGN & GAMEPLAY

Unrevealable Heroes

  • For periods of time when a hero is considered unrevealable, they will no longer show a shimmer like other stealthed heroes.
  • After the unrevealable period ends, they will show a shimmer again.

BATTLEGROUNDS

Heroes Brawl - Blackheart's Revenge, Garden Arena, Punisher Arena, Temple Arena

  • Healing Fountains
    • Healing Fountains will now be Invulnerable when these Brawls next return to the Nexus

Braxis Holdout

  • Zerg Rush
    • Initial Zergling spawn increased from 3 to 6 Zerglings

Warhead Junction

  • Warheads
    • Base damage reduced from 2750 to 2300.
    • Warhead damage now scales by a flat 70 every minute, and no longer has a large jump at 18 minutes.
    • Inner Warhead damage is still a 50% bonus.
Developer Comments:  We didn’t like the gameplay of holding off on using a Warhead for a sudden unintuitive damage spike, so we’ve smoothed out their damage curve over a longer period. This should end up playing mostly the same across the game, with only about 10% differences in damage at various points in the match.

HEROES

ASSASSIN

CHROMIE

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Abilities

  • Timewalker (Trait)
    • Increased the level reduction for getting Talents from 1 to 2 levels

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Timewalker’s Pursuit (Active)
      • Added Functionality:
        • You can now also activate this Talent to reveal an area for 2 seconds.  Enemies seen are revealed for 4 seconds.
    • Peer Into the Future (Active)
      • Removed
Developer Comments:  We’re looking to add more power to Chromie that fits the flavor of the character, without increasing her burst potential across the entirety of the game. We’re also combining the effects of Timewalker’s Pursuit and Peer Into the Future to create an enticing option at Level 1. 

KAEL'THAS

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Abilities

  • Pyroblast (R)
    • Cast time reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds
    • Cast range increased by roughly 30%
Developer Comments:  Pyroblast has been underperforming compared to Phoenix. We like where its damage is at, and that a lot of Heroes have ways to negate or mitigate it. Instead, we’re buffing the consistency of the Heroic to make it more competitive. 

SUPPORT

AURIEL

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Abilities

  • Bestow Hope (Trait)
    • Crown visual effects can now be seen by Allies

REHGAR

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Stats

  • Increased Basic Attack damage from 99 to 120 

Abilities

  • Lightning Shield (W)
    • Increased damage from 64 to 70 per second
  • Bloodlust (R)
    • Added functionality:
      • All affected allies now heal for 30% of Basic Attack damage dealt during Bloodlust

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Stormcaller (W)
      • Now returns Mana from hitting all enemies, not just Heroes
  • Level 7
    • Totemic Projection (E)
      • Added Functionality:
        • Now also increases the duration of Earthbind Totem from 8 to 12 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Farseer's Blessing (R)
      • Secondary healing effect increased from 25% to 50% of Ancestral Healing’s full amount
    • Gladiator's War Shout (R)
      • Now increases Bloodlust healing from 30% to 60% of Basic Attack damage
Developer Comments:  It’s been a while since Rehgar was a major dominant force, and his performance is now low enough that we can safely increase the rewards for his aggressive playstyle without pushing his winrate too high. For Bloodlust, we wanted to reduce the loss of healing for picking the Heroic, but only for Basic Attack teams that really benefit from it. 

WARRIOR

ARTANIS

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Abilities

  • Blade Dash (Q)
    • Added functionality:
      • Now reduces the cooldown of Shield Overload by 1 second per enemy hit, and 2 seconds per Hero hit.
  • Twin Blades (W)
    • Charge range is now checked against the edge of target units, instead of their center. This increases the effective range of Twin Blades and should generally create more consistent behavior.
  • Phase Prism (E)
    • Added functionality:
      • You can now cast Phase Prism during Blade Dash
    • Cooldown increased from 14 to 16 seconds
  • Shield Overload (Trait)
    • Cooldown increased from 20 to 24 seconds
    • Activation threshold increased from 50 to 75% Health
    • Shield value reduced from 449 to 360 

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Shield Surge (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality:
        • Shield Overload's shield amount is increased by 80% while you are below 25% Health
    • Lethal Alacrity (Q)
      • Removed
    • Shield Battery (Trait)
      • Redesigned:
        • Shield Overload's cooldown recharges 50% faster while its shield is active, and increases the duration of Shield Overload from 5 to 6 seconds
    • Psionic Synergy (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Now increases the cooldown reduction of hitting Heroes with Blade Dash from 2 to 4 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Chrono Surge (E)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Attack Speed bonus increased from 40 to 50%
  • Level 13
    • Templar's Zeal (Q)
      • Moved from Level 4
    • Phase Bulwark (Trait)
      • Ability damage mitigation reduced from 50 to 40%
  • Level 16
    • Burning Rage (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • Replaced with Plasma Burn (Trait):
        • While your Shield is active, you deal 50 damage a second to nearby enemies 
Developer Comments:  The goals with this Artanis update were twofold: Increase his playmaking (swapping enemies during Blade Dash), and increase his solo lane capabilities (Blade Dash reduces Shield Overload cooldown, Shield Overload triggers at higher Health). We think that with these changes, Artanis will be a strong choice on a lot more Battlegrounds and with more team compositions.
LEVEL (TIER)   ARTANIS TALENTS    
1 (1) Reactive Parry (W) Amateur Opponent (W) (!) Seasoned Marksman (Active)
4 (2) Psionic Synergy (Q) Shield Battery (Trait) Shield Surge (Trait)
7 (3) Solarite Reaper (Q) Warp Sickness (E) Chrono Surge (E) Follow Through (Passive)
10 (4) Suppression Pulse Purifier Beam
13 (5) Templar's Zeal (Q) Triple Strike (W) Graviton Vortex (E) Phase Bulwark (Trait)
16 (6) Zealot Charge (W) Titan Killer (W) Psionic Wound (W) Plasma Burn (Passive)
20 (7) Orbital Bombardment (R) Target Purified (R) Force of Will (Trait) Nexus Blades (Passive)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

DEHAKA

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Abilities

  • Brushstalker (Trait)
    • Cooldown increased from 40 to 50 seconds
    • Functionality added:
      • Dehaka gains 15% Movement Speed while in a Bush and for 1 second after exiting a Bush
  • Burrow (E)
    • Functionality added:
      • Burrow can now be cancelled early by pressing the hotkey again
  • Adaptation (R)
    • Heal amount increased from 60 to 100% of incoming damage

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Enduring Swarm (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Dehaka takes 40% less damage from Abilities while Dark Swarm is active
    • Enhanced Agility (Trait)
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: For every 50 Essence you collect, increase your Brushstalker Movement Speed bonus by 1%. This can stack 10 times.
  • Level 4
    • Lurker Strain (E)
      • Functionality added:
        • Emerging from Burrow knocks away enemies and slows their Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds
    • Numbing Eruption (E)
      • Removed   
  • Level 13
    • Swift Pursuit (Z)
      • New Functionality:
        • Brushstalker’s Movement Speed duration after leaving a Bush is increased from 1 to 3 seconds
    • Ferocious Stalker (Z)
      • New Functionality:
        • After using Brushstalker, increase all damage Dehaka deals by 25% for 10 seconds
    • Whirling Dervish (W)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Primal Swarm (E)
      • Enemies affected by Dark Swarm take 15% increased damage from all sources
  • Level 16
    • Rapid Regeneration (E)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Tunneling Claws (E)
      • Dehaka can now move while Burrowed
  • Level 20
    • Change is Survival (R)
      • Heal amount increased from 125 to 200% of incoming damage
    • Hardened Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Essence Claws (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks slow enemies by 20% for 1 second
      • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant Dehaka 5 Essence
Developer Comments:  We started doing some small changes to Dehaka’s talent tree in order to increase diversity and fix some talent pick issues. As is par for the course, this opened a rabbit-hole of design opportunities that we ended up falling into. While Dehaka’s changes were mostly complete before the BlizzCon Finals, his resurgence as a dark horse of competitive play helped us narrow down and finalize the rework. Base movement speed on Brushstalker helps meld his design while some brand new talents should open up some fun new ways to hunt your prey.
LEVEL (TIER)   DEHAKA TALENTS    
1 (1) Enduring Swarm (W) Primal Aggression (W) (!) Enhanced Agility (Trait) (!) Tissue Regeneration (Trait)
4 (2) Lurker Strain (E) One-Who-Collects (Trait) Hero Stalker (Trait)
7 (3) Feeding Frenzy (Q) Constriction (Q) Symbiosis (W) (!) Essence Devourer (Trait)
10 (4) Isolation Adaptation
13 (5) Swift Pursuit (Z) Ferocious Stalker (Z) Primal Swarm (W)  
16 (6) Paralyzing Enzymes (Q) Elongated Tongue (Q) Tunneling Claws (E)  
20 (7) Contagion (R) Change is Survival (R) Apex Predator (Z) Essence Claws (Trait)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

DIABLO

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Abilities

  • Shadow Charge (Q)
    • Base damage from 94 to 75
      • New Functionality:
        • Diablo gains 25% resistance for 2 seconds after charging
        • If Diablo’s target collides with terrain they take an additional 150 damage
  • Fire Stomp (W)
    • Base damage from 106 to 60
      • Added Functionality:
        • Fire Stomp fireballs return to Diablo, dealing 90 damage
  • Black Soulstone (Trait)
    • Bonus max Health per Soulstone stack from .2 to .4%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Block (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Devil’s Due (Passive)
      • New functionality:
        • Regeneration Globes and Healing Fountains are 2% more effective for every stack of Black Soulstone
    • Overwhelming Force (Q)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Bulwark (Q)
      • Increase the duration of Shadow Charge’s Resistance effect from 2 to 5 seconds
    • Life Leech (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 13
  • Level 4
    • Demonic Strength (E)
      • Slow duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds
      • Slow amount increased from 25 to 30%
    • Soul Catcher (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Essence of the Slain (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Speed Demon (Passive)
      • Diablo gains 30% Movement Speed for 5 seconds after being Stunned or Rooted
    • From the Shadows (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7
        • Functionality added:
          • Also increases Shadow Charge range by 33%
  • Level 7
    • Diabolical Momentum (Q)
      • Functionality changed:
        • Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Shadow Charge and Overpower by 1.5 seconds
    • Soul Steal (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Devastating Charge (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7 to Level 13
        • Functionality changed:
          • Shadow Charging an enemy into unpathable terrain deals an additional 5% of that targets max Health in damage
          • Quest: Every time you charge an enemy into unpathable terrain, increase the bonus damage by 2%, stacking up to a 10% bonus (15% max health possible)
    • New Talent: Soul Shield (Trait)
      • Each Black Soulstone stack Diablo has grants him 0.35% Resistance to enemy Abilities
    • Soul Feast (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Each Soulstone stack grants 0.4 Health Regeneration per second
  • Level 13
    • Firestorm (W)
      • Removed
    • Spell Shield (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Siphon the Dead (Active)
      • Removed
    • Hellfire (W)
      • Each enemy Hero hit by Fire Stomp increases the damage of the next Fire Stomp by 10%, stacking up to 100%.
    • Fire Devil (W)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Aura damage increased from 17 to 22
      • Added functionality:
        • Also increases Diablo’s Basic Attack damage by 25% for 6 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Rampage (W)
      • Removed
    • Continuous Overpower (E)
      • Removed
    • Domination (E)
      • New Functionality:
        • Lower the Cooldown of Overpower by 4 seconds
        • Using Overpower refreshes the Cooldown of Shadow Charge
    • Imposing Presence (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Fearful Presence (Passive/Active)
      • Passive: Heroes and Summons that attack Diablo have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds
      • Active: Activate to reduce the damage dealt by nearby Heroes by 30% for 3 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Bolt of the Storm (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Hellgate (Active)
      • Activate to teleport a short distance and place a Demonic Rune at that location. After 1.75 seconds the rune explodes dealing 137 damage and stuns enemies for 1.75 seconds
Developer Comments:  The Lord of Terror has been under the knife for a couple months and has finally collected enough souls to resurrect himself. He reenters the Nexus with an updated talent tree focusing on maintaining and amplifying his identity. He should still excel as a gank-oriented Warrior, punishing out-of-position enemies, but also brings along some new survivability options. While we had to lower his damage slightly, the baseline addition of Firestorm and larger payoff for Shadow Charging enemies into collision should heavily reward opportunistic Diablo players.
LEVEL (TIER)   DIABLO TALENTS    
1 (1) Bulwark (Q) Devil's Due (Trait) Life Leech (Passive)
4 (2) From the Shadows (Q) Speed Demon (W) Demonic Strength (E)
7 (3) Soul Feast (Trait) Soul Shield (Trait) Diabolical Momentum (Passive)
10 (4) Apocalypse Lightning Breath
13 (5) (!) Devastating Charge (Q) Fire Devil (W) Hellfire (W)  
16 (6) Debilitating Flames (W) Domination (E) Fearful Presence (Active)  
20 (7) Dying Breath (R) Hellstorm (R) Lord of Terror (Active) Hellgate (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

ZARYA

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Abilities

  • Particle Grenade (Q)
    • This ability has received improvements to its cast animation
    • The time between casting Particle Grenade and performing another action has been reduced by .25 seconds
Developer Comments:  Casting Zarya’s Particle Grenade would force her to be locked in place for a short period of time. We don’t do this on other Heroes, and we felt like this exception broke the fluidity of the character. 

BUG FIXES

Battlegrounds

  • Braxis Holdout: XP awarded for destroying the Archangel now correctly scales over the course of the game.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Chen: Fixed an issue that prevented Chen from regenerating Health while using Wandering Keg.
  • Illidan: Quest progress icons will no longer continue to appear after completing the Unbound Talent quest.
  • Leoric: The Camera will now properly follow Leoric’s Wraith form during Wraith Walk while Camera Follow is enabled.
  • Lt. Morales: Fixed a rare issue that could cause Lt. Morales players to lose control of the Hero.
  • Nazeebo: The Camera will now properly follow Ravenous Spirit while Camera Follow is enabled.
  • Samuro: The tooltip for Mirror Image now properly mentions that activating the Ability will remove certain negative status effects.
  • Thrall: Earthquake now correctly slows enemy Minions and Mercenaries in addition to Heroes.
  • Zagara: Infest will now properly grant bonus Attack Damage to Minions for Siege Damage dealt.

User Interface

  • In-Game: Fixed an issue which caused certain Heroes’ Trait UI to block players from clicking to view Talent Tiers 10 through 20.

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40 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Oh boy, I love those reworks! Specially Diablo's! And I can't wait to see how this Goblin mount looks like.

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14 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Oh boy, I love those reworks! Specially Diablo's! And I can't wait to see how this Goblin mount looks like.

It makes me so sad that I'm going to have to deal with Diablo again though :(

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      Tyrael
      Talents
      Level 1 Salvation [W] Shield amount bonus increased from 25% to 40%. Level 4 Divine Vigor [E] Healing increased from 60% to 75%. Level 7 Purge Evil [E] Attack damage bonus increased from 55% to 60%. Level 13 Law and Order [Passive] Smite damage bonus increased from 25% to 35%. Return to Top
      Support
      The Lost Vikings
      Talents
      Level 1 Olaf the Stout [Passive] Additional functionality: Increase Olaf’s Health by 20%. Spy Games [Passive] Additional functionality: After leaving Stealth, Erik gains 75% Basic Attack damage for 6 seconds. Viking Bribery [E] No longer causes camps to respawn 50% faster. Level 7 Baleog the Fierce [Passive] New functionality: Increase Baleog’s attack range by 2.5. While near Olaf and Erik, he becomes inspired by the power of teamwork and his Attack Speed is increased by 50%. Spin To Win! [Q] Damage reduced from 101 to 85. Additional functionality: Deals double damage against enemy Heroes. Norse Force! [Q] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 15 seconds. Level 10 Longboat Raid! [R1] Health increased from 685 to 750. Health bonus per Viking increased from 171 to 185. Play Again! [R2] Cooldown increased from 80 to 100 seconds. Level 13 Nordic Attack Squad [W] Changed from a [W] to a passive talent. New functionality: While Olaf, Baleog, and Erik are near each of the other Vikings, their Basic Attacks deal bonus damage equal to 1.25% maximum Health to enemy Heroes. Return to Top
      Healer
      Lt. Morales
      Talents
      Level 4 Trauma Trigger [Passive] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds. Level 7 Physical Therapy [W] Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 3 seconds. Medi-Drone [W] Healing increased from 50% to 75%. Level 16 First Responder [Q] Energy requirement for bonus healing reduced from 70 to 60. Return to Top
      Rehgar
      Talents
      Level 20 Farseer's Blessing [R1] New functionality: After 1.5 seconds, Ancestral Healing is cast a second time on the same target. Allies near the target are healed for 590. Return to Top
      Tyrande
      Talents
      Level 1 Ranger [W] Moved from level 4. No longer has an activated ability to make the next Sentinel pierce all Heroes hit. New functionality: Sentinel pierces the first enemy Hero hit. Lunar Blaze [E] Moved from level 4. Trueshot Aura [Active] Moved from level 4. Level 4 Everlasting Light [Q] Moved from level 1. Bonus Healing increased from 60% to 80%. Mark of Mending [Trait] Moved from level 1. Elune's Chosen [Active] Moved from level 1. Level 7 Huntress' Fury [Trait] Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks only splash to nearby enemy Heroes. Basic Attacks that splash from Huntress’ Fury also give cooldown reduction to Light of Elune. Level 16 Darnassian Archery [Passive] Duration reduced from 6 to 4 seconds. No longer loses its bonus when attacking non-Heroes. Return to Top
      Uther
      Talents
      Level 20 Bulwark of Light [R1] Adjusted functionality: Divine Shield is also applied to all nearby Heroes near its initial target and lasts 1 second longer. Divine Protection [Trait] Armor amount increased from 40 to 50. Return to Top
      Whitemane
      Talents
      Level 1 Righteous Flame [E] New functionality: Increase the damage of Searing Lash by 25%. If the second strike of Searing Lash hits an enemy Hero, the bonus damage is increased to 50% and grants Whitemane 25% increased Attack Speed for 4 seconds. Level 7 Saintly Greatstaff [E] Moved from Level 13. Level 13 Scarlet Wrath [Trait] Moved from Level 7. Additional functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce Zeal’s cooldown by 1 second. Level 16 Radiance [Q] Additional functionality: If Zeal is cast while Whitemane has 3 stacks of Desperation, then instead of reducing Whitemane’s Armor it instead increases her Armor by 10. Return to Top
      Melee Assassin
      Qhira
      Base
      Health increased from 1950 to 2000. Health regeneration increased from 4.06 to 4.17. Talents
      Level 1 Fatal Wounds [W] Bonus damage to enemy Heroes below 50% Health reduced from 40% to 30%. Finishing Touch [Passive] Basic Attack damage bonus increased from 15% to 20%. Basic Attack damage bonus to enemy Heroes below 50% Health increased from 15% to 20%. Level 4 Ensnaring Swing [E] Primary target Slow increased from 30% to 40%. Level 10 Unrelenting Strikes [R1] Cooldown reduced from 75 to 60 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50. Final Stun duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds. Level 16 Swing Life Away [E] Cooldown reduction increased from 150% to 200%. Spell Armor duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds. Level 20 Silent Killer [R1] No longer Silences enemy Heroes on its initial cast. Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes who are hit by Unrelenting Strikes are Silenced for .5 seconds. Return to Top
      Zeratul
      Talents
      Level 20 Gift of the Xel’Naga [R2] Removed. Nexus Blades [Passive] Removed. New talent: Unwavering Pressure [W] Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are marked or Slowed by Singularity Spike reduce the cooldown of Singularity Spike by 1.25 seconds. New talent: Shadow Stride [Passive] Reduce the cooldown of Vorpal Blade by 10 seconds. Return to Top
      Ranged Assassin
      Cassia
      Base
      Vitals Health increased from 1510 to 1700. Health regeneration increased from 3.15 to 3.54 per second. Weapon Damage from 122 to 130. Attacks per second from 1 to 1.11. Lightning Fury [Q] Damage from 150 to 165. Mana cost from 25 to 20. Avoidance [Trait] Now works while Mounted. Adjusted functionality: After remaining stationary for .75 seconds the Armor is rapidly lost over .5 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Thunderstroke [Q] No longer grants Avoidance Armor. Quest damage per Hero hit from 1 to 1.5. Level 7 Debilitating Thrusts [E] Name changed to Grounding Rod. New functionality: Enemies hit by Lightning Fury or Fend are Slowed by 20% for 2 seconds. Level 16 Martial Law [Passive] Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal 1% maximum Health as damage. This is increased to 3% maximum Health against Heroes who are Stunned, Rooted, or Slowed. Return to Top
      Genji
      Base
      Health increased from 1620 to 1675. Health regeneration increased from 3.38 to 3.49. Cyber Agility [Trait] Cooldown increased from 15 to 20 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Agile Dismount [Trait] Cooldown reduction increased from 10 to 14 seconds. Level 7 Augmented Guard [W] Shield amount increased from 75% to 100% of damage blocked. Cyber Shield [Trait] Spell Armor duration increased from 2.5 to 4 seconds. Level 10 X-Strike [R2] Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 90 to 70. Level 13 Double Jump [Trait] Removed. New talent: Way Of The Shimada [Passive] Increase Genji’s Basic Attack range by 1. Each time Genji hits an enemy Hero with a Basic Attack, increase his Basic Attack damage by 1% for 3 seconds, stacking up to 15%. Level 20 Living Weapon [R2] Cooldown reduction reduced from 12 to 10 seconds. Return to Top
      Gul'dan
      Base
      Fel Flame [Q] Damage increased from 200 to 210. Talents
      Level 7 Curse of Exhaustion [W] Slow reduced from 50% to 40%. No longer requires enemies to be afflicted by Corruption for the bonuses to take effect. Level 13 Dark Bargain [Passive] Additional respawn time reduced from 15 to 10 seconds. Return to Top
      Hanzo
      Talents
      Level 10 Dragonstrike [R1] Damage increased from 78 to 84. Level 13 Mounted Archery [Passive] Additional functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Summon Mount by 2 seconds. Level 16 Flawless Technique [Passive] Storm Bow and Basic Attack damage bonuses increased from 30% to 40%. Return to Top
      Raynor
      Talents
      Level 1 Exterminator [Passive] Bonus damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters reduced from 75% to 50%. Return to Top
      Tracer
      Base
      Reload [Trait] Healing from Basic Attacks reduced from 15% to 10%. Talents
      Level 13 Untouchable [Q] No longer increases Tracer’s Blink range. New functionality: After using Blink, Tracer’s Movement Speed is increased by 20% for 2 seconds. Telefrag [E] Cooldown reduction on Recall increased from .1875 to .25 seconds. Return to Top
      Zagara
      Talents
      Level 16 Jagged Barbs [Trait] Attack range bonus increased from 10% to 20%. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Watching replays from previous versions of the game will no longer crash the client. Heroes
      Chromie Every talent that is affected by Sand Blast correctly references 'Primary Sand Blast' or references Sand Blasts 'from Chromie or her Echoes' that matches its functionality. Deathwing Updated a tooltip for Bellowing Roar's Fear to correctly state its duration as 1.5 seconds. Garrosh Helping Hand and Into the Fray no longer can be cast on Turrets placed by themselves or allies. Kael'thas Both Fel Infusion and Sunfire Enchantment now properly increase Kael'thas' healing from Fel Infusion. Mal'ganis Spreading Plague's duration is now set to 5 seconds when Mal'ganis basic attacks an enemy Hero, which is its full duration. Orphea Shadow Waltz now refunds mana cost equal to its cast. Ragnaros Sulfuras Smash now has the same cooldown and effect when Ragnaros casts it during Molten Core. Tracer Bullet Spray's range now increases 30%, and a tooltip description has been updated to match it as well. Heavy Handed's armor debuff is now properly applied after Melee damage. Battlegrounds
      Dragon Shire The Dragon Knight's Savage no longer interrupts missile movers of targets that are Unstoppable, but continues to properly interrupt missile movers of targets that are not Unstoppable. Hanamura Temple The Sentinel's Warning Splat for Horizontal Slash properly matches its searches. Return to Top
      The latest patch brings changes for the Call for Help Nexus Anomaly and several Heroes.
    • By Stan
      The Heroes Design team is looking for feedback on the latest Nexus Anomaly, the current thinking is to keep the Core changes permanently because they add unique flavor and cool moments to games, and this post focuses on the more controversial changes that have gone live for Structures, mainly Tower aggro.
      Main Highlights
      The team initially decided to pull out all of the Tower aggro changes in preparation for the next Anomaly, as they didn't think they were right for the game. Once they removed the system, they started receiving feedback from across the team that this was the wrong decision, and that Tower aggro changes made the game feel better. Left undecided, the Design team is currently looking for feedback, because they need to make a call soon, but they are not 100% sure what to do now. Would you like the Tower aggro changes permanently added to the game?
      (Source)
      Hello fellow Heroes!
      The Heroes Design team has been hard at work on our next seasonal content, including deciding what to do with the Call for Help Nexus Anomaly. We’re looking for feedback, and we wanted to take the time to give you some heavy insight into our thoughts, so strap yourselves in, this is going to be a doozy!
      Firstly, we have already decided that we like what the changes to the Kings Core have brought to our game, and we want to keep those. We believe they give our maps a unique flavor and they add some cool moments to games. This article will be focused solely on the more controversial changes that were made to Towers, Forts, and Keeps in regards to how they interact with enemy Heroes. We think a good place to start is with what our goals were when we changed the Tower Aggro system.
      We had two major goals with the system:
      We wanted players to feel like their Towers were “smart” about how they tried to protect members of their team. We have heard lots of feedback over the years that it’s frustrating that Towers will prioritize a nearby minion while an allied Hero is being attacked, and that this felt unintuitive, resulting in players being upset with their own structures for not helping them out.
      We wanted to create more interesting back and forth gameplay between Heroes in both Tower diving and town defense situations. Before this change, the defending team’s counter-play was to try to cast AoE abilities on enemy Minions so that they would die, effectively enabling their Towers to target the diving Heroes and protect them.
      We want to also point out that while the first point may not seem like much, it is a fairly big deal, and was the initial primary motivator for changing Tower aggro. It’s important when playing games that they “feel” right, and when they don’t it can be a big deterrent to player enjoyment. It’s why we spend a lot of time and effort on high quality visual effects, sound effects, models, animations, and creating counter-play through proper design. It’s all related, and we believe that games become great works of art when things feel like they’re all working together in a cohesive and awesome way.
      Where We Are
      Let’s talk about how we feel about where things currently stand. We had recently made the decision to pull out all of the Tower aggro changes, and our recent playtests have had them removed in preparation for the next Anomaly. The team didn’t feel that it was a clear enough win due to some design concerns which we will discuss later, and due to how controversial the changes have been overall. We’re committed to only keeping Anomalies that we truly believe are better for the game as a whole, and since we were also incredibly torn on this issue, we had decided to remove it.
      Then something interesting happened. Once we had removed the system, we started getting feedback from across the team that this was the wrong decision, and that the Tower aggro changes, although they had some issues, made the game, overall, feel much better. We ourselves also noticed that the games just felt better with the system on, which caused us to go back and ask ourselves: “are we making the right decision by taking this away?”
      After lots of debate, we’re still torn on the how we want to proceed. We need to make a call soon, so we’re asking for some feedback from you to help us decide. In the next and final section of this post, we’re going to outline what we like about the current system, what we don’t like, and some proposed changes to improve the system if we decide to keep it.
      What We Like
      We believe we succeeded in Towers feeling smarter as a defending player. They “feel” like they’re doing what they should be
      We believe we’ve created cool, high-tension moments when enemy Heroes dive under a Tower. We also like how attackers have some ability to manipulate who gets the Tower aggro to make intelligent, coordinated plays. We believe this can be even better with improvements in the future
      The combination on our end of being able to manipulate Tower damage and the stacking Armor debuff gives us a lot of room to manipulate exactly how we want these interactions to feel going forward, and gives us good tuning knobs to decide how much defensive power is from the Tower itself or from the nearby enemy Heroes who are there to defend it
      Issues With The Current System
      We believe Towers are currently too punishing to consistently create the cool, high-tension moments we described above. They currently hit too hard to make those moments happen as often or as long as we’d like them to
      Many players don’t like how much they have to change their behavior when near enemy Towers, particularly the ones near the Gates, mainly due to splash damage inadvertently causing Towers to attack them
      A lot of the map is now more dangerous than before, making it less possible to fight enemy Heroes, particularly in the early game. This exacerbates issues we already have with our desire to make the laning phase of the game more interesting
      When too powerful (which we believe it currently is), it disincentivizes players from pushing with their map objectives, which can make those moments feel less awesome
      Some players just like the way things have been for years, and don’t want such a large change to a fundamental aspect of the game. While not a commanding reason to never make changes, it is something we always try to keep in mind, and why we think the bar needs to be high in order to keep these kinds of fundamental changes to game systems
      Now that we’ve covered where we’re at, here are some potential ideas that we have been debating to help make things better if we decide to keep the changes. We could end up doing none of these or all of them, and we’re open to other ideas from you!
      Change all structures to prioritize Map Objectives before anything else Pros
      It would fix players not wanting to push with Map Objectives Cons
      It adds another rule that can be unintuitive for the defending players since they will not always be defended by their Towers, only most of the time, which can be confusing and goes against the primary goal of Towers “feeling” smart in how they work
      Towers don’t defend their teammates in the moments of the game when they need them most
      Change Tower aggro so that the front Towers prioritize Minions, but the Forts, Keeps, and Kings Core prioritize Heroes who attack other Heroes Pros
      The early game would better reward aggression and pushing, and less of the map would be as dangerous as it currently is with the new system Players could attack gates without feeling like their splash damage could get them into trouble Cons
      It adds complexity to the game with two different Aggro rules depending on the Structure
      Lower the damage that Structures do to Heroes Pros
      Towers won’t be as directly threatening themselves, which mitigates the issue of them being too punishing in the early game Players will have more time to be aggressive with Tower diving and less immediately punished when Towers initially start to shoot them It puts the onus of properly defending towns more on the defending team, which incentivizes interaction between heroes Cons
      It makes Towers weaker, which could result in Tower diving being too prevalent.
      These are our thoughts on the current Anomaly. Thanks again for taking the time to read through our ideas. We’re now looking for feedback on how you feel about the current system, whether or not you would like to go back to the old system and why, or other ideas on how to improve the current one. We want to make a choice in the near future about what to do, so please be a Hero and give us your feedback – it will greatly help us in our tireless pursuit of constantly improving this game that we all love playing together.
    • By Stan
      While there are no plans to bring back Haunted Mines at this time, reddit user RockNerd33 did a drum cover of the original Haunted Mines soundrack for everyone to enjoy.
      For illustration, here's the original Haunted Mines Soundtrack if you haven't heard it yet.
      (Source)
    • By Oxygen
      Our twenty-ninth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of December is here!
      The latest meta tier list for December 2019 is here!
      Welcome to another Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the December 3 patch. The goal of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame).
      Using the list
       
      Current ranked mode map rotation
       
      Current anomaly
      Experience Globes. For more information about this Anomaly, simply refer to our Anomaly guide.
       
      Meta picks
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer — Deathwing (new) (ban) — — — — — —  
      High-tier generalists
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer E.T.C. (ban) — Alarak (ban) Zeratul — Jaina Abathur (ban) Ana↓ (ban) Diablo (ban)   Qhira      Kael'thas (ban)   Anduin (ban) Garrosh (ban)         Sylvanas   Uther↑ (ban) Johanna (ban)                
      Mid-tier generalists
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Anub'arak↓ Artanis Kerrigan Tracer Cassia Azmodan  Medivh Alexstrasza Arthas Chen↓ Maiev   Falstad Chromie Zarya Auriel Blaze Dehaka Malthael   Fenix Gul'dan   Brightwing↓ Mal'Ganis Imperius↓ Ragnaros   Greymane Junkrat    Deckard↓ Muradin Sonya Thrall   Hanzo Kel'Thuzad   Kharazim Stitches Yrel Varian   Lunara Li-Ming   Li Li Varian   Varian   Raynor Mephisto   Lt. Morales         Tychus Nazeebo   Lúcio         Valla Orphea   Malfurion         Zul'jin Zagara   Rehgar                 Stukov               Tyrande               Whitemane↑  
      Low-tier generalists
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer — D.Va Gazlowe Genji↓ Sgt.Hammer↓ Probius — —     Murky Valeera             The Butcher            
      Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Cho'gall Leoric Illidan Nova — Cho'gall Tassadar — Tyrael Rexxar Xul Samuro     The Lost Vikings    
      Meta heroes define the metagame. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most drafts and matches.
      Generalists form the core of your team and are generally picked after Meta picks have been distributed. They tend to work on most maps, and as part of and against most team compositions. Since this group includes most heroes, I elected to split it into three tiers. High-tier rankings are a result of performance (i.e. win rates) and popularity (i.e. pick and ban rates). This means that heroes with high win rates can be set in low tier; the opposite may also be true.
      Situational picks shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions.
       
    • By Stan
      Blizzard released two new skins for Cassia and Tracer yesterday, but that did not stop community members from submitting their own skin concepts that are very well worth checking out! Here's Messenger Kharazim and Hades Ragnaros.

      Messenger Kharazim by Yasemin Baran (Source)

      Hades Ragnaros by Evangelos Callow (Source)
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