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Zul'jin Patch Notes: January 4

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Zul'jin is going live and this time there is no PTR. Usually, every new Hero that's supposed to be released can be tested out on PTR one week before going live.

The patch also includes the Tournament Draft for Custom Games, which allows players to swap Heroes at will at the end of the draft.

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New Hero: Zul'jin

Before the elves and their Alliance, the forests of Lordaeron belonged to the trolls of the Amani empire. As their warlord, Zul’jin has united the tribes into an army that stands ready to take back what is theirs and to slay the elves who stole it from them.

Trait

  • Berserker (D)
    • Activate to increase Zul’jin’s Basic Attack damage by 25%, but consume 2% maximum Health per attack.
    • Passive: Zul’jin attacks 1% faster for every 1% of maximum Health missing.

Basic Abilities

  • Grievous Throw (Q)
    • Zul’jin throws an axe forward, dealing damage to the first 2 enemies hit and marking them for 8 seconds. Marked enemies take 50% bonus damage from Zul’jin’s next 3 Basic Attacks against them.
  • Twin Cleave (W)
    • Throw 2 axes in a large circular arc, dealing damage and slowing affected enemies by 15% per axe for 2 seconds.
  • Regeneration (E)
    • Zul’jin channels to regenerate 25% of his maximum Health over 4 seconds. Moving or taking damage while channeling will interrupt this effect.

Heroic Abilities

  • Taz’dingo (R)
    • Zul’jin is Unkillable for the next 4 seconds, and cannot be reduced to less than 1 Health. Taz’dingo!
  • Guillotine (R)
    • Zul’jin throws a massive guillotine blade into the sky that crashes down on enemies in the targeted area. The lower Zul’jin’s Health, the more damage it deals. 

Shop

Bundles

  • New Bundles
    • Emberlord Zul’jin Bundle – Available until January 17, 2017
  • Removed Bundles
    • Lil’ Ragnaros Bundle
    • Maraudin’ Muradin Bundle
    • Winter Veil 2016 Bundle
    • Winter Veil Classic Bundle

New Hero

  • Zul’jin has been added to the in-game Shop.

Mounts

  • New Mounts
    • Amani War Bear – Available by purchasing the Emberlord Zul’jin Bundle
  • Removed Mounts
    • Cyber Ram
    • Special Snowflake
    • Festive Treasure Goblin

New Skins

  • Emberlord Zul’jin
  • Master Zul’jin

User Interface

New Draft Mode: Tournament Draft

  • Tournament Draft is a new draft mode added to Custom Games which allows players to swap their Hero Picks at-will at the end of a draft.
  • Set up a Custom Game to use Tournament Draft by clicking the Lobby Mode dropdown, and then selecting Tournament Draft from the list.
    • All pick and ban timers have been set to 60 seconds during Tournament Draft mode.
    • Tournament Draft uses First Come, First Served (FCFS) pick order, and Mid Bans.
  • Once all picks and bans are complete, a 20-second Swap Round will begin.
    • During this time, players can freely swap Hero picks with their teammates to help ensure that everyone is playing their strongest Heroes.
    • After swapping Heroes with a teammate, the swap button next to that player’s name will go on a brief cooldown in order to prevent repeated or accidental swaps.
  • During a Tournament Draft, player names will not be visible to Referees or Spectators and picks will appear from top to bottom.
    • Chat will not be visible to spectators in the Draft screen.
  • Please Note: This is our first implementation of Tournament Draft mode, and we plan to bring additional improvements and adjustments to it with future patches.

In-Game

  • Removed the Targeting indicator from Tracer’s Status Bar.

MVP and Commendations

  • The MVP screen will now display the MVP’s top three stats from the match instead of only displaying the stats that were the Best in Game or Best in Team.

Team League

  • A notification has been added to inform two-player parties when they may experience long wait times in the Team League queue and encourage them to add more party members to find matches more quickly.

Design & Gameplay

Armor & Vulnerability

Developer Comments:  With today’s patch you will notice that a lot of our tooltips that used to reference the Resistant/Vulnerable system have been changed. Matthew Cooper detailed the changes on our forums last month explaining a bit about the new system. While the tooltips may have changed, the actual functionality for the system has been in since the Varian patch hit during the week of November 14, so the game itself should not feel any different than what you are currently used to. You will also notice that we have added baseline Armor to three Heroes – Arthas, Anub’arak, and Greymane’s Worgen Form. These are the first of a handful that we are planning to release and would love to hear any feedback you have. We are hoping that the Armor System will open up future design flexibility, increase the depth of strategy (both in game, and in draft), and grant us another knob to help balance the game.

Battlegrounds

Haunted Mines

  • Grave Golem
    • Attack Damage scaling for summoned Grave Golems has been increased at all stages of the game. 

Assassin

Greymane

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Stats

  • Now has 10 Armor while in Worgen form

Lunara

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Nature's Culling and Siphoning Toxin have had their icon colors swapped (Siphoning Toxin now has the green icon since it heals.) Their position in the talent tier remains the same.

Nova

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Tactical Espionage (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Advanced Cloaking (Passive)
      • Now also restores 2 Mana per second while Stealthed
    • Covert Ops (Passive)
      • Functionality changed:
        • After being Stealthed for 5 seconds, Pinning Shot’s slow is increased to 55% and costs no Mana. Bonus is lost after losing Stealth for 1 second.
Developer Comments:  The functionality of Covert Ops was overly complex for such a simple concept: Buff your Pinning Shot if you’ve been cloaked for a while. The talent was performing well, so this isn’t an attempt to make it worse or better, but rather make it more clear when you have the bonus and when you don’t. Tactical Espionage, however, was underperforming quite a bit, so we decided to roll some of its components into Advanced Cloaking, since the fantasy and flavor of both talents were so aligned anyways.

Raynor

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Relentless Leader (E)
      • Now places an inactive button on the item bar to display the cooldown of this talent’s AoE Knockback effect

Specialist

Azmodan

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Abilities

  • All Shall Burn (E)
    • Can now move at 40% base Movement Speed while channeling
    • Initial cast range of the ability has been decreased by 7%
    • Tether range required to cancel the effect has been increased by 6%
  • Demonic Invasion (R)
    • Impact damage reduced from 110 to 104
    • Demon Attack damage reduced from 54 to 51

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Mercenary Lord (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Hellish Hirelings (Trait)
      • Doubles the effects of General of Hell on Mercenaries (15 to 30%).
    • Sin’s Grasp (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 100 to 120 seconds
      • Cooldown reduction from killing Minions increased from 5 to 10 seconds
    • Gluttony (E)
      • Healing increased from 20 to 25% of All Shall Burn damage
  •   Level 7
    • March of Sin (E)
      • Now increases Movement Speed while channeling All Shall Burn from 40 to 80%
    • Gluttonous Ward (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 45 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Sin for Sin (Active)
      • Reduced cooldown from 60 to 45 seconds
    • Imposing Presence (Active)
      • Removed
Developer Comments:  For a while now, Azmodan’s All Shall Burn hasn’t been an attractive ability to build around. We’re making part of March of Sin baseline to make it feel a little more useful in the early game, and reducing the initial cast range but increasing the tether range require to cancel it so that it will more consistently get some value (instead of cancelling immediately if cast at maximum range). A few of his less powerful Talents are also being improved to better fit the gluttonous Lord of Sin’s tastes.

Sylvanas

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Abilities

  • Mind Control (R)
    • Cast range increased from 10 to 11
    • Cooldown decreased from 70 to 60 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Paralysis (Trait)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Dreadful Wake (E)
      • Haunting Wave now disables Minions and Mercenaries for 7 seconds
      • Restores 5 Mana per minion hit by Haunting Wave
  • Level 7
    • Possession (Active)
      • Cooldown per charge decreased from 12 to 8 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Will of the Forsaken (Active)
      • Movement speed increased from 30 to 40%  
Developer Comments:  With the reintroduction of Haunted Mines, we wanted to take a look at Sylvanas and her ability to disable structures. While we feel this is a very important aspect of who Sylvanas is, the Paralysis talent at level 1 pushed this gameplay a little too far. Beyond that, we introduced a new level 1 talent to fill this spot and made some tuning changes to some of her under-performing talents.

Warrior

Anub'arak

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Stats

  • Now has 25 Spell Armor
  • Health decreased from 2226 to 2003
  • Health Regeneration decreased from 4.64 to 4.17

Arthas

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Stats

  • Now has 15 Physical Armor

Bug Fixes

General

  • Corrected a number of typos and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.

Art

  • Chromie: Chromie’s Hourglass will no longer appear to flicker after casting Hearthstone while moving.
  • Samuro: A bowl no longer appears at Samuro’s feet during his dance animation.

Battlegrounds

  • Punisher Arena: Casting Zeratul’s Void Prison on Punishers just before they leap will no longer prevent them from attacking when Void Prison ends.
  • Temple Arena: Fixed an issue that could prevent Temples from activating correctly during the second round of the Brawl.
  • Battlefield of Eternity & Infernal Shrines: Fixed an animation pop affecting Towers on the Heaven side of Diablo-themed Battlegrounds.
  • Sky Temple: Fixed an animation pop affecting Temple Guardians.
  • Try Mode: Fixed an animation issue affecting the allied Keep.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Alarak: Telekinesis will now correctly interrupt E.T.C.’s Mosh Pit.
  • Diablo: The Hellgate Talent is no longer removed after being struck by Falstad’s Hinterland Blast Heroic.
  • Diablo: The Hellgate Talent is no longer removed after being struck by the Archangel’s Bulletstorm Ability on Braxis Holdout.
  • Gazlowe: Rock-It! Turret range indicators will now correctly display while they are active.
  • Kharazim: Becoming trapped by Chromie’s Time Trap while using Radiant Dash with the Way of the Hundred Fists Talent will no longer prevent Kharazim from issuing Basic Attacks until Radiant Dash is cast a second time.
  • Raynor: Fixed an issue causing Hyperion to gain benefits from several of Raynor’s Basic Attack Talents.
  • Samuro: The cooldown for Critical Strike will no longer stop counting down when he is killed.
  • Samuro: Casting Mirror Image after learning Way of Illusion will no longer cause a Talent Quest progress sound to play.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue that could cause certain Hero Abilities and Summons to continue tracking the primary Samuro after casting Mirror Image.
  • Thrall: The Earthquake tooltip has been updated to reflect that it pulses once every 4 seconds.
  • Tychus: The range indicator for Overkill will now correctly display while the Ability is active.
  • Tychus: The range indicator for Drakken Laser Drill will now correctly display while the Ability is active.
  • Zeratul: Fixed an issue that could prevent Shields granted by the Shroud of Adun Talent from fully recharging.
  • Zeratul: Shroud of Adun will no longer accumulate Shields while using Hearthstone.
  • Zeratul: Seeker in the Dark’s duration is now correctly paused while a target affected by Singularity Spike is caught within Void Prison.

Sound

  • Core: Fixed an issue that could prevent the Core on the Hell side of Battlefield of Eternity and Infernal Shrines from playing certain attack sounds.

User Interface

  • Death Recap: Fixed an issue that could cause Death Recaps to show inaccurate final blow damage.
  • Minimap: Catapult Minimap icons are now slightly lighter in color to help players more easily differentiate them from other Minions.
  • Profile: Fixed an issue in which the player portrait would not update correctly after selecting the Blackheart's Revenge portrait.

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Whoa. I wasn't expecting Zul'jin to be released so soon. Also, this Armor mechanic seems interesting... Although I don't want them to nerf heals. Why Blizzard loves nerfing heals?!

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Armor... interesting. Wonder what made them add the mechanic? I figure it would just make another moving piece to try and balance, especially since you can't increase/decrease it with any existing mechanic.
Also, Sylvanas changes makes me nervous. Why did mind-control get a buff when it's one of the strongest ultimates in the game at taking out a high-priority target?

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46 minutes ago, Laragon said:

Armor... interesting. Wonder what made them add the mechanic? I figure it would just make another moving piece to try and balance, especially since you can't increase/decrease it with any existing mechanic.
Also, Sylvanas changes makes me nervous. Why did mind-control get a buff when it's one of the strongest ultimates in the game at taking out a high-priority target?

 I was expecting her to be needed giving how she often gets banned.

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1 hour ago, Valhalen said:

 I was expecting her to be needed giving how she often gets banned.

Exactly! And you also add in that 7 second stun (didn't realize I read that right as SEVEN!!!!) to minion and merc (and I assume Zerg?). That's a hell of a stun on any bruiser or siege camp. Thankfully they didn't let that stun hit structures too or she'd become an auto-ban. I bet blizzard does a quick rework on these two changes in particular.

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4 hours ago, Laragon said:

Thankfully they didn't let that stun hit structures too or she'd become an auto-ban.

If you read the dev comment it's clear that the reason this talent was even created was that the old talent was too strong specically against structures, so it's no surprise that it doesn't work on structures. Overall I think this talent is a nerf and I can't see choosing it over overflowing quiver. The main issue is that haunting wave is a longish cooldown and your only mobility/escape tool, and it's almost always wrong to burn it for waveclear (especially when Sylv has tons of other strong tools to evaporate waves).

 

mind control buff seems minor and given the prominence of wailing arrow I'm not too worried.

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19 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Whoa. I wasn't expecting Zul'jin to be released so soon. Also, this Armor mechanic seems interesting... Although I don't want them to nerf heals. Why Blizzard loves nerfing heals?!

If they can balance it well, it could be brilliant. Look at OW with Shields/Armour/HP.

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2 hours ago, Blainie said:

If they can balance it well, it could be brilliant. Look at OW with Shields/Armour/HP.

As long they don't nerf heals per se, all good. Maybe they could need those Warrior talents that increase healing received by 30%, that way it will affect only Warriors.

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      Level 1 Heavy Pack [Q] Increases the duration of Snow Blind’s Slow by 100%. Each time Blizzard damages an enemy Hero, reduce the cooldown of Snow Blind by .125 seconds. Ice Storm [W] Every 3rd hit of Blizzard against enemy Heroes deals an additional 45 damage. Blizzard’s final stun damage is increased by 125% against all enemies. Heat Transfer [Passive] Basic Attacks against Rooted, Stunned, or Slowed Heroes deal 33% more damage. Each time Mei Stuns or Slows an enemy Hero she heals for 18 Health. Level 4 Slushball [Q] Snow Blind deals 50% increased damage and Structures hit are disabled for 3 seconds. Cold Front [E] If Mei enters her own Blizzard while Icing is active, the cooldown of Icing is reduced by 7 seconds and she gains 50 Mana. Crystallize [Trait] Reduce the cooldown of Cryo-Freeze by 15 seconds. Mei gains 50 Spell Armor while Cryo-Freeze is active and for 2 seconds after. Level 7 Induce Hibernation [W] Enemy Heroes inside of Blizzard’s area have their damage dealt reduced by 40%. When Blizzard ends, enemy Heroes within its area gain this effect for an additional 4 seconds. Skating Away [E] When Icing ends, grant Mei and nearby allies 20% Movement Speed and 50 Physical Armor for 3 seconds. Backup Battery [Active] Activate to remove all Roots and Slows and regenerate 20% of maximum Health over 2 seconds. The cooldown of this ability is reduced by 10 seconds each time Mei picks up a Regeneration Globe. Level 13 Flurry [W] While in her own Blizzard, Mei gains 50% increased attack speed and Blizzard’s cooldown refreshes 75% faster. If Mei is in her own Blizzard when it ends, gain these bonuses for 3 additional seconds. Cooling Servos [Trait] Basic Attacks Slow their target by 20% for 1.5 seconds. While Cryo-Freeze is active, Mei’s Basic Ability cooldowns recover 200% faster. Polar Vortex [Passive] Using an ability causes Mei to deal 24 damage a second to nearby enemies for 4 seconds. Enemy Heroes damaged by this effect also have their movement and attack speed Slowed by 20%. Level 16 Fresh Powder [Q] Snow Blind gains an additional charge and its range is increased by 33%. Black Ice [E] Icing’s Slow effect no longer decays over its duration. Icing deals 300% more damage to enemies very close to Mei. Acclimation [Passive] Each time Mei Slows or Stuns an enemy Hero, the damage she deals and healing she receives is increased by 1%, stacking up to 20 times. While at maximum stacks, Mei also gains 10 armor. Lasts 8 seconds. Level 20 Cascade [R1] Reduce the cooldown of Avalanche by 25 seconds. While traveling, Avalanche constantly launches a volley of untalented Snow Blind snowballs ahead of itself. Shatter [R2] When Ice Wall expires, trapped enemy Heroes hit take 210 damage and have their Armor reduced by 25 for 5 seconds. The Big One [Q] Every 15 seconds, your next Snow Blind has 66% increased area and 200% increased damage. Flash Freeze [Trait] Upon taking fatal damage, Mei instantly gains Cryo-Freeze. This effect has a 180 second cooldown. Return to Top
      Nexus Anomaly
      A Call For Help New Nexus Anomaly - Climate Phenomena Strange weather disturbances have been spotted across the Nexus, with realms experiencing rain storms, snow flurries, and foggy mists! Mei's arrival is just in time to help analyze and study these strange weather conditions that have begun occurring. Climate Phenomena is our newest Nexus Anomaly, bringing a variety of fun weather effects to the game. Each battleground has a specific type of weather event that will occur every 4 minutes, with the first event starting at the beginning of the match. Each weather event lasts for 2 minutes before clearing up. This cycle will repeat periodically until the game ends. While these weather events are active, Heroes can gain a unique buff based on the type of active weather. These buffs are:
      Rain Storms Periodically Strike all heroes with lightning every 25-40 seconds, increasing Movement Speed and granting a Lightning Shield that damages nearby enemies. Movement Speed increased by 15%. Damage nearby enemies for 46 damage per second. Buff lasts 8 seconds. Snow Flurries Heroes accumulate a small shield over time while out of combat. Heroes gain 28 Shields every 0.5 seconds, stacking up to 224 (8 stacks total). Shield lasts until destroyed or until the Snow stops falling. Foggy Mists Allows Heroes to gain Stealth after standing in shrubs for a few seconds. After standing in a shrub for 1.5 seconds, Heroes gain Stealth. Stealth lasts 40 seconds or until attacking, taking damage, using an ability, or until the Foggy weather dissipates. Weather events will be active on these Battlegrounds:
      Rain Storms Garden of Terror Sky Temple Warhead Junction Braxis Holdout Dragon Shire Blackheart's Bay Snow Flurries Cursed Hollow Infernal Shrines Volskaya Foundry Alterac Pass Foggy Mists Tomb of the Spider Queen Battlefield of Eternity Hanamura Temple Towers of Doom All other Battlegrounds will use a random weather, including Brawls mode. Return to Top
      General
      A.I. The maximum follow distance for A.I. agents has been increased from 5 to 7. This will allow melee Heroes who are following ranged Heroes to attack targets at maximum range. Favorite Talents New hotkey named "Quick Talent Selection Favorite (Ctrl + `)" has been added under the Hero Management section in Advanced Hotkey settings. You can press this hotkey to select the favorite talent you prepicked when the quick talent selection panel is open. If the prepicked talent is disabled or a future tier is selected, pressing this hotkey will have no effect. Return to Top
      Event
      Nexomania II Event Quests Nexomania II is the summer event for Heroes of the Storm running from the week of June 23 to week of September 7, PDT. One of the most prestigious stops on the Nexomania circuit is the Intermultiversal Nexoweight Championship: No rules, no mercy, just nonstop, bicep-busting carnage. This time, many fans expected Mal’gaucho Mal'Ganis to win it all. The Swingin’ Scourge of Stratholme tore a bloody path through his side of the bracket, burying opponents beneath a deluge of demonic blows. But on the other side of the bracket, a mysterious upstart known only as La Gata de Batalla has proven herself a worthy challenger, defeating foes many times her size en route to the championship match. The arena is packed, with Nexomania legend MC Tombstone roaring away on the mic, and the final battle is about to begin. Whose side are you on? Loot Chests During the Nexomania II event, all Loot Chests you earn through progression, Heroes Brawl, or by spending gold will be Nexomania II Loot Chests. (Except Hero-specific Chests, which will remain unchanged.) Most limited-time items shown above have a chance to drop from Nexomania II Loot Chests only. You can also score Items from previous years’ summer events limited-time loot chests! Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Nexomania II Loot Chests. Return to Top
      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Pajama Party Mei Heroic Bundle Nexoweight Championship Bundle Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis Skin Pack El Bandido Imperius Skin Pack Gata de Batalla Li Li Skin Pack Nexomania Best Bros Bundle Nexomania Bitter Rivals Bundle Pumped up Pato Bundle New Skins Renowned Mei Vanguard Mei Pajama Party Mei Panda Pajama Party Mei Gnoll Pajama Party Mei Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis Nemesis Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis Underworld Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis El Bandido Imperius El Fuego Imperius Sinister El Bandido Imperius Vigilante El Bandido Imperius Gata de Batalla Li Li Comeback Gata de Batalla Li Li Underworld Gata de Batalla Li Li Hulking El Chamuco Diablo Pink Singlet El Chamuco Diablo El Festejo Garrosh El Jefe Amarillo Garrosh La Medianoche Lunara La Rosa Lunara La Campeona Sonya Pink Pantera Sonya Championship El Mariachi E.T.C. El Cielo E.T.C. New Mounts Ratón de Batalla Comeback Ratón de Batalla Underworld Ratón de Batalla Pumped Up Pato Pumped Up Swan Underworld Pumped Up Pato Championship Luchihuahua Festive Luchihuahua Wild Pigñata Festive Pigñata Thraller Bill New Announcer Mei Announcer New Content Several new Portraits, Sprays and other items have been added to the Collection! Return to Top
      Storm League
      With the upcoming third Season of 2020, we wanted to make some changes to the reward structure of Storm League.
      Replacing Gold Rewards Starting with Season 3 of 2020, we are removing all Gold rewards from Storm League, End of Season prizes and Seasonal Questlines. This will also affect Season 2 rewards. The new Seasonal Questline reward structure is as follows: a Nexomania II Chest after 5 wins, a Rare Nexomania II Chest after 15 wins, and an Epic Nexomania II Chest after 30 wins. Storm League Reward Mounts Since the inception of Storm League, we have received a lot of feedback about the retirement of Ranked Play reward Mounts. We have heard you and are extremely happy to announce the return of exclusive Storm League Mounts starting next season. The ultimate and final reward of the 2020 Season 3 Questline will be the Regal Tiger Mount, which will be awarded after winning 50 games in Ranked Play. As of Season 3, you won't have to wait for the end of the Season to claim your well-earned Regal Tiger. It will become available as soon as you complete the four-step Storm League Quest Line. The mount only requires you to win 50 games and will be granted to players in all Leagues and Divisions. As usual, we're happy to listen to your feedback. Please share your thoughts with us, so we can continue to adjust and evolve the Storm League rewards further. Return to Top
      Heroes Rework: Mal'Ganis
      Base
      Vitals Health reduced from 2500 to 2450. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.21 to 5.11. Basic Attack Basic Attack damage reduced from 100 to 92. Fel Claws [Q] Damage reduced from 69 to 63. Talents
      Level 1 Vampiric Aura [Trait] Additional functionality: Mal'Ganis heals for 30% of Physical Damage dealt. Time to Feed [Passive] Healing reduced from 52 to 44. Additional functionality: If Mal'Ganis damages a nearby enemy Hero with Fel Claws, double this healing. Level 4 Fueled by Torment [W] Bonus Healing against enemy Heroes increased from 15% to 20%. Might of Sargeras [W] No longer reduces the duration of Necrotic Embrace. Echo of Doom [W] Explosion damage increased from 50 to 54. No longer increases the duration of Necrotic Embrace when its explosion damage hits enemy Heroes. Additional functionality: Gain 5 Mana and reduce the cooldown of Necrotic Embrace by .75 seconds for each enemy Hero hit by its explosion damage. Level 7 Nightmare Fuel [E] Removed. Black Claws [Q] Additional functionality: Basic Attacks after hitting enemy Heroes with Fel Claws also reduces their Armor by 15 for 2 seconds. Will of Tichondrius [Q] New functionality: Each enemy Hero hit by the first 2 slashes of Fel Claws causes the final slash to steal 1% maximum Health, up to 4%. If Mal'Ganis hits at least 4 enemy Heroes with the first 2 slashes of Fel Claws, then the final slash Stuns enemies for an additional .25 seconds. Spreading Plague [E] Adjusted functionality: Spreading Plague’s effect now starts when Mal'Ganis begins using Night Rush instead of when Night Rush expires. Level 13 The Night Beckons [E] Additional functionality: Basic Attacks deal 200% more damage to Sleeping targets. Level 16 Frenzied Assault [Passive] New functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with a higher Health percentage heal for an additional 50% of damage dealt. Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with a lower Health percentage grant 35% Attack Speed for 2 seconds. Blind as a Bat [Active] Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by the final slash of Fel Claws reduces the cooldown of this Ability by 5 seconds. Level 20 Vanquish the Weak [Q] Slow amount increased from 15% to 25%. Alone in the Dark [E] Additional functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Night Rush by 4 seconds. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Murky
      Base
      Spawn Egg [Trait] Health increased from 324 to 420. Health Scaling changed from 30 to 4% per level. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed an issue where Toys 1 Event reward Portraits could not be equipped for those who had earned them in Toys 1 Event in 2018. Heroes
      Anduin Anduin's Light of Stormwind now correctly removes damage over time effects. Murky Murky's Egg Health now properly scales at 4% per level. Stitches Fixed an issue where Slam would go on cooldown when Stitches was interrupted during its initial cast. Tassadar The Ranged Assassin tooltip at the bottom is now properly displaying for Tassadar. Return to Top
      A new Hero, Nexus Anomaly, and Nexomania II await in the Nexus!
    • By Oxygen
      Our thirtieth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for June 2020 is here!
      The latest meta tier list for June 2020 is here!
      Welcome to another Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the June 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).
      A new format, soon™
      First off: sorry for taking so long to update the list. We're in the final stage of a complete (and overdue) redesign of our tier lists. While I can't say for sure when we'll be showcasing it, it'll make both the updating process and your browsing experience that much better. In the meantime, I've restricted the class system to the system used in-game so as to reduce confusion. Stay tuned!
      Current ranked mode map rotation
      Current anomaly
      A Call For Help!. For more information about this Anomaly, simply refer to our Anomaly guide.
       

      S-tier Tank Bruiser Ranged Assassin Melee Assassin Healer Support E.T.C.   Cassia       Johanna   Mephisto        

      High-tier Tank Bruiser Ranged Assassin Melee Assassin Healer Support Blaze Sonya Falstad Ragnaros Deckard Abathur Garrosh Xul Fenix Samuro Lùcio   Mal'Ganis Yrel Greymane Thrall Rehgar       Jaina   Stukov       Kael'thas   Whitemane       Raynor           Sylvanas           Tassadar           Tracer        

      Mid-tier Tank Bruiser Ranged Assassin Melee Assassin Healer Support Arthas Artanis Azmodan Alarak Alexstrasza Zarya Anub'arak Chen Chromie Gazlowe Ana   Diablo Deathwing Hanzo Kerrigan Anduin   Muradin Dehaka Kel'Thuzad Maiev Auriel   Varian (Taunt) Leoric Li-Ming Qhira Brightwing     Malthael Lunara Zeratul Lt. Morales     Varian (Blades) Nazeebo   Malfurion     Varian (Smash) Orphea   Tyrande       Sgt. Hammer           Tychus           Valla           Zagara           Zul'jin        

      Low-tier Tank Bruiser Ranged Assassin Melee Assassin Healer Support Cho D.Va Gall The Butcher Kharazim Medivh Stitches Rexxar Genji Valeera   TLV Tyrael   Nova           Probius      
    • By Stan
      With Mei available for testing until Monday, we've updated our Heroes section and added her to the talent calculator.
      Mei is now available in the talent calculator on our site. You can access it by clicking on the image below.

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