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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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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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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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      Utilizing Displacement
      At Level 16, you must be aware of which Heroes excel in the late game. “I only really know stuff about my role,” said Breez. “I do know you will get punished for only picking Heroes that are weak in the early game but strong in the later stages. That being said, good late-game Heroes would be like Diablo, Muradin, Tracer, Jaina, and Tychus. They are all very strong beyond Level 16.”
      Which Battlegrounds would these Heroes with late-game power spikes be considered the strongest on? “Thanks to the Tower experience changes that came after the HGC Finals, most maps do not snowball anymore,” said Breez. “Anyway, it's the maps that are least likely to snowball where you will want to pick these late-game scaling Heroes. Good Battlegrounds for these Heroes would be like Towers of Doom, Cursed Hollow, and Dragon Shire.”
      What About Volskaya?
      “In the professional meta, getting the first Protector Mech on Volskaya Foundry is fairly important. Usually if you get the first robot, you just can get the fort or multiple towers easily. It is a little easier to get an early lead on Volskaya if you know what you are doing!”
      It’s not just about knowing what your power spike is, or when the enemy team picks up talents like Icy Veins and Get Stuffed. Passively keeping track of player quests also will give you a competitive edge. “You have to be aware of when Gul'dan is landing his Corruption and when he finishes his Level 1 quest. It happens often that instantly when he finishes his quest people aren't aware of it and he just melts people.”
      Regeneration Globe quests have been buffed across the board thanks to the same gameplay update that Breez referenced above. As such, Breez says, "If you have a stronger early game and you can get two globes from every wave, you can be done with the globe quest incredibly fast now. That is a good example of something that people don't really think about in pro play—if you can just get 30 Globes on Stitches or whoever super early, then that Hero is going to be very hard to kill for the rest of the game.”
      Keep Tabs with Tab
        Make a habit of checking everyone's Talents and Quest progression on the Leader Panel throughout the game. How is someone to supposed to keep track of all this information?! “Click tab,” says Breez. “Click tab more! Keep track of the talents that are being picked, see what is working and what is not working for other Heroes other than yourself. Check to see what Heroics the enemy team takes as soon as they hit Level 10.” 
      Hopefully you’ll heed Breez’s advice next time you hit that Ready button! Be sure to check out the Heroes of the Storm website for more information on Hero roles and Battlegrounds and scope the new Hero page right here at playheroes.com/esports for an inside look at the professional meta. We will return with Endgame Moves later this year!
    • By Stan
      Quite a few interesting items will be on sale next week. You can buy the entire Farstrider Hanzo Skin Pack for the first time and the Ripper Mount will become purchasable for 10,000 Gold through August 20.
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      Heroic Deals: July 24 – July 30, 2018 
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, July 24! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
      Artanis — Sale Price: 312 gems Hanzo — Sale Price: 375 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      Farstrider Hanzo Skin Pack* Stealth Mecha Dehaka Scarlet Dream Genie Chromie Citrine Knight Owl Medivh Death Knight Sonya Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Brown Dire Wolf Amber Spectre Phantom Drakkari War Bear * First time featured item!
      Gold Mounts
      The following Gold Mount changes will take place once this week’s round of Heroic Deals begins: Ripper Mount — Will become purchasable for 10,000 gold through August 20. Piggy Bank — Will no longer be purchasable in the Collection.
    • By Stan
      Silver City is a single-lane map with shuffle pick, standard play and the first team to destroy the enemy Core wins. Complete three matches to receive a Loot Chest.
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      This week’s Heroes Brawl is Silver City! Battle against the enemy team on this single-lane Battleground featuring a familiar design straight out of the High Heavens, Mercenary Camps ready to be swayed to your team’s favor, and tons of action. Queue up, choose your hero, and try your best to send the enemy team to the Burning Hells!
      Rules:
      Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
      Complete three matches of the Silver City Brawl to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
    • By Stan
      Team Octalysis' flex player Francisco "Goku" Avalos talks about how to make the best use of your time while the enemy team's dead in the fourth installment of Midgame Moves.
      Midgame Moves
      Part One: Map Pressure & Camp Timings Part Two: Boss Control Part Three: How to Recover from a Lost Fight Blizzard (Source)
      How to Push Your Advantage to the Max
      It’s Midgame Moves week for Heroes of the Storm! It’s time to continue the educational content series that kicked off 2018 featuring some of the smartest personalities in the scene. Midgame Moves is focused on the meaty middle portion of a competitive game! We’ve touched on map pressure, boss control, and recovering from a lost team fight. Today, we will learn about how best to press your advantage.
      You’ve successfully navigated a team fight and there are multiple Heroes dead on the enemy team now. What is the best use of your time while those enemy death timers tick down? Team Octalysis’ flex player Francisco "Goku" Avalos is on hand to help you understand how best to further your lead.
      Take Everything in Close Proximity
      Pushing your advantage is entirely dependent on the situation you find yourself in. Usually, the best call is to push a nearby structure, but if the fight ended on top of a camp it will only take a few moments of your time to capture that as well. Perhaps splitting the team up and clearing waves to get ahead in soak is the best call. There are multiple considerations, and time is of the essence.
      “The amount of travel time is very important,” Goku said. “If you're top and you win a fight, it's not worth it to travel all the way down to take camps on bottom. [The other team will] be back up soon, and they might be able to defend against you. You usually want to take whatever you're close to after you've won the fight—it’s best to press your advantage wherever you're at.”
      Experience leads come and go, lanes get pushed back and forth, and dead players respawn—remember that structure damage is permanent (unless you’re playing against an Abathur with M.U.L.E). Taking a structure after winning a fight typically yields far more value than doing a Mercenary camp.
      “I think a lot of people make the mistake of doing camps just for the sake of doing camps,” said Goku. “Ask yourself what you can do with a camp when you take it. Try and play in the mindset of a 6v5, your Mercenary camp is another player slowly pushing in.”
      Avoid Wasting Time
      There are a few common traps that players fall into once they feel like it’s time to capitalize on their winning position in the game. The first would be assuming that an early game objective is going to set you up for success.
      “If you complete the objective very early, most of the time it's not going to get much done,” said Goku. “The first set of Web Weavers on Tomb of the Spider Queen are very easy to clear, and an early Curse on Cursed Hollow isn’t that impactful. A good rule of thumb is to just try to obtain as much soak as possible after you've taken an early objective. Then you're setting yourself up for the next team fight, and it becomes more difficult for the enemy team to bounce back.”
      The second mistake Goku points to is the immediate call to do a Boss after a fight has been won. This commonly happens on Sky Temple after the level 10 fight on bottom Temple. “I think it's like a 7- to 8-minute Boss at that point, which doesn't do much,” said Goku. “It's just way better to push bottom or middle lane. You can also take their Siege camp instead.”
      Set Yourself Up for The Next Fight
      When you’ve won a fight, do whatever you can to bolster your odds of winning the next fight. If that means taking an enemy Well near a future objective spawn or stealing a camp to deny your opponents a way back into the game, remember that the last fight is inevitably the only one that truly matters.
      It’s best to not get overly ambitious with shot calling in these situations. “If their death timers are around 40 seconds and you still must go through a Fort and a Keep, then it's better to play around the map and try to get a level advantage for the next fight instead. If you're close to their Keep and you have most of your team alive then it's probably best to push,” said Goku.
      How do you know if it’s safe to push or not? “Ask yourself: Who on the enemy team is still alive? For example, if a mage is still up and they still have a Support—that is still a solid defense," said Goku. "But if it's a Warrior or an off-laner, then that's easily your best chance to try and push or end the game.”
      Snowstorm
      “The best Hero for 'snowballing' would be Jaina in my opinion,” said Goku. “The burst she provides demands a constant response from the enemy team. if she gets a level lead it's even more devastating what she’s capable of. Being a talent tier down on Jaina doesn't feel quite as good but you can comeback—one good Ring of Frost or one decent flank can turn the game around.”
      Now that you understand the basics and some of the common mistakes players make when attempting to retain their lead, hopefully you’ll find yourself prepped and ready for the next team fight after winning the last one. Midgame Moves Week continues tomorrow with a guide to scaling featuring Fnatic’s Warrior player Pontus "Breez" Sjögren.
    • By Stan
      In the third installment of Midgame Moves, Team Dignitas' Vilhelm “POILK” Flennmark details how to recover from a lost battle and get back into the game.
      Midgame Moves
      Part One: Map Pressure & Camp Timings Part Two: Boss Control Blizzard (Source)
      How to Recover from a Lost Team Fight
      It’s Midgame Moves week for Heroes of the Storm! It’s time to continue theeducational content series that kicked off 2018 featuring some of the smartest personalities in the scene, now focusing on the meaty middle portion of a competitive game. On day one we explored map pressure and mercenary camp timings, while yesterday we emphasized boss control. Today, we learn about safe rotations and trade pushing!
      You’ve just lost a team fight and things are looking bleak; something needs to change to turn the tides. Team Dignitas’ Vilhelm “POILK” Flennmark is on hand to help you navigate to victory from the backfoot.
      Attitude is Everything
      “You should focus on what you can do, instead of what has happened,” said POILK. “You can’t change what has happened and what set you back, but you can look for things to do that will help you get back into the game.”
      Do your best to be a part of the solution when it comes to mounting a comeback. “Instead of having that little argument in chat, talk about what you can do instead,” he added.
      Playing Safe is the Only Option
      Soaking experience is of paramount importance—it’s the only way you’ll return to even footing. To ensure that you aren’t staggering more deaths in the process, watch your pathing between lanes. “If you know where the enemy is then there is no problem taking the aggressive path between lanes,” POILK said. “It's when you don't know where they are that you should fear doing aggressive rotations because they could very likely be hiding in that bush between the lanes.”
      It’s common for teams to set up with the intention of pouncing on any enemy Hero that walks by. “If you're leading on Cursed Hollow, you can take the aggressive rotation from middle to bottom where you pass the bush. I would recommend checking bushes with spells. If you’re behind, you can dodge the bush completely by taking a less direct route.”
      Stop the Bleeding, Start the Trade Push
      Before course-correcting a game gone sideways, you must stop the bleeding. “If something goes wrong and the fight starts badly, you just want to back off and avoid losing more people,” POILK said. “You always want to gain something in exchange for losing the objective, even if it's just catching some soak from waves.”
      Enter ‘trade pushing’. A trade push is essentially giving up the objective on purpose in exchange for making progress elsewhere on the map. “Trade pushing during an objective you can't contest is a key part of returning to even footing,” POILK said.
      To understand trade push, you must first comprehend the cardinal rule. “Soaking experience is the most important part of Heroes of the Storm, especially in the early and midgame,” POILK said. “If your opponent commits five people to do the middle Shrine but you get soak and structures on both top and bottom, that is a lot of experience gained. After level 20, soak is not that important.”
      Structures are not Everything
      Only one team is destined to destroy the Core, but there will be several small windows in which your team can safely soak and siege without fear. “The objectives don't really get super-strong until the late game,” POILK said. “The second Punisher on Infernal Shrines usually just gets a fort. With a coordinated team you could easily get a fort on your own with the amount of time the enemy team spends doing the objective.”
      The 'Rage Push' Play
      We covered the Hail Mary Boss play yesterday, but there is a dire play to be made in every situation. “A desperation play you'll see on Dragon Shire is where the team that is hopelessly behind will take the Siege Giants and bottom Knights to mount one last rage push. That’s what Team Dignitas calls it. You're hoping for a lucky pick and some structure damage to get back into the game that way. Sometimes just brute forcing is the best chance you'll have to get back in the game. Those circumstances are rare though.”
      Fighting for the objective is often the most straightforward path to victory, but when you’re trying to come from behind you want to minimize your exposure to the enemy team. "On Infernal Shrines, it is very common for the experience levels to be 13-12 when the second Shrine spawns,” POILK said. “For whatever reason the losing team always makes the mistake of forcing a fight during this. If the second Shrine spawns top, you want to hide from the map before pushing bottom lane with your minion wave. This forces the enemy team to choose between pushing with the Punisher and defending, which usually gives you enough time to catch up in levels.”
      Never Give Up; Never Surrender!
      Team Dignitas mounted a comeback of their own against Gen.G Esports in the grand finals of the Mid-Season Brawl. POILK recently played a pretty major role in a great example of running back a game that looked all but over. “Our shot calling is very good—we are always looking for a way back into any game we might be losing,” he said.
      In their match against Gen.G Esports on Towers of Doom, Team Dignitas did just that—patiently waiting for their Storm Tier Talents to even the playing field before wiping their Korean rivals. “I don't really remember what the coms were, but I know we weren't totally sure we could end. I said I could take bottom Fort, Wubby said he could do the Sappers, Zaelia said he could take mid Fort and Snitch was already on his way to top lane. It was like, everyone saw a thing they could do on their own. Everyone just knew exactly what they needed to do.”
      While you shouldn’t expect to have the same coordination as one of the best teams in the world, that’s inspiring nonetheless—and acts as a great segue into tomorrow’s Midgame Moves article on pushing your advantage to the max, featuring Francisco "Goku" Avalos from North America’s Team Octalysis!