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A new Heroes of the Storm patch arrived on live servers today with plenty of Hero changes. Check out the official patch notes for details.
Level 7 Curse of Exhaustion (E) Movement Speed Slow increased from 25 to 35% Level 13 Harvest Life (W) Healing increased from 50 to 75% Dark Bargain (Passive) Health bonus increased from 25 to 30% Illidan
Metamorphosis (R) Bonus Health increased from 200 to 220 Talents
Level 16 Fiery Brand (Passive) Damage bonus increased from 6 to 7% Maximum Health Jaina
Frostbolt (Q) Damage reduced from 190 to 184 Cone of Cold (E) Damage reduced from 230 to 220 Talents
Level 7 Ice Floes (E) Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 3 seconds Icefury Wand (Passive) Damage bonus increased from 75 to 100% Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds Level 16 Northern Exposure (E) Armor reduction decreased from 25 to 20 Junkrat
Rocket Ride (R) Cooldown reduced from 100 to 75 seconds Talents
Level 20 Puckish Scamp (R) Cooldown reduction reduced from 70 to 45 seconds Additional functionality: Now also increases the damage off Rocket Ride by 15% BOOM POW (W) Cooldown reduction increased from 10 to 12 seconds Kerrigan
Level 1 Assimilation Mastery (Trait) Shield amount increased from 40 to 45 Level 13 Psionic Barrier (E) Spell Armor increased from 15 to 20
Level 1 Aether Walker (E) Damage taken time requirement for bonuses reduced from 4 to 3 seconds Level 13 Diamond Skin (E) Shield increased from 20 to 25% Maiev
Level 4 Pin Down (Q) First Reward damage bonus increased from 15 to 25% Level 7 Bonds of Corruption (W) Armor reduction duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds Level 13 Shadow Armor (E) Duration increased from 3 to 3.5 seconds Mephisto
Lightning Nova (W) Mana cost reduced from 55 to 50 Shade of Mephisto (E) Mana cost reduced from 40 to 35 Durance of Hate (R) Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50 Nova
Level 1 Covert Ops (W) Stealth requirement reduced from 5 to 4 seconds Level 4 Rapid Projection (E) Cooldown and Mana cost reduction increased from 40% to 50% Holo Stability (E) Duration bonus increased from 100% to 120% Level 16 Explosive Round (Q) Damage bonus Increased from 80 to 90% Ragnaros
Level 1 Shifting Meteor (W) Damage bonus increased from 3 to 5% Zeratul
Level 16 Void Slash (Q) Damage bonus reduced from 50 to 40% Level 20 Shadow Mending (Passive) Healing reduced from 75 to 60% Specialist
Grav-O-Bomb 3000 (R) Cooldown reduced from 110 to 90 seconds Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80 Talents
Level 20 It's Raining Scrap (Active) Cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds The Lost Vikings
Level 4 It's a Sabotage! (Passive) Damage increased from 35 to 50 Damage is now dealt over 5 seconds instead of 10 seconds Level 7 Norse Force! (Q) Shield amount for 1 Viking increased from 110 to 130 Shield amount for 2 Vikings increased from 165 to 195 Shield amount for 3 Vikings increased from 220 to 260 Level 13 Nordic Attack Squad (W) Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds Damage increased from 1% to 1.25% Murky
Spawn Egg (Trait) Cast time reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds Talents
Level 4 Living the Dream (Trait) Maximum stacks increased from 15 to 20%
Level 7 Bile Drop (E) New Functionality: Increase the impact radius of Infested Drop by 20%. Quest: After hitting 15 enemy Heroes with Infested Drop, an additional Roach is spawned. Support
Abundance (W) Cooldown reduced from 16 to 14 seconds Life-Binder (R) Mana cost reduced from 80 to 60 Talents
Level 13 Dragon Scales (Passive) Armor amount increased from 30 to 40
Healing Potion (Q) Healing increased from 240 to 255 Talents
Level 1 Scroll of Identify (E) Quest requirement reduced from 20 to 16 Field Study (E) Duration increased from 14 to 16 seconds Level 13 Super Healing Potion (Q) Healing increased from 100 to 120% Potion of Revival (Q) Healing increased from 45 to 50%
Divine Palm (R) Healing increased from 1084 to 1200
Cloud Serpent (W) Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds Talents
Level 1 Eager Adventurer (Trait) Fast Feet duration bonus increased from 100 to 125% Level 4 Safety Sprint (Trait) Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds
Safeguard (W) Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds
Level 4 Strangling Vines (E) Healing reduction increased from 30% to 40% Deep Roots (E) Duration bonus increased from 25% to 40% Vengeful Roots (E) Treant damage reduced from 65 to 58 Warrior
Basic Attack damage reduced from 91 to 85 Abilities
Impale (Q) Damage reduced from 100 to 95 Talents
Level 1 Legion of Beetles (Trait) Moved from Level 4 Additional Functionality: Now also increases the Spell Armor of Beetles by 40 Resilient Scarabs (Trait) Removed
Phase Prism (E) Cooldown reduced from 14 to 12 seconds Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50 Talents
Level 1 Reactive Parry (W) Armor amount increased from 50 to 75 Level 13 Graviton Vortex (E) Mana cost reduction decreased from 30 to 25
Level 16 Juggernaut Plating (Active) Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds
Basic Attack damage increased from 84 to 90 Abilities
Flying Kick (Q) Damage increased from 112 to 120 Fortifying Brew (Trait) Shield amount reduced from 106 to 98 Talents
Level 1 Accumulating Flame (E) Armor bonus upon quest completion increased from 15 to 20 Level 7 Purifying Brew (Trait) Cooldown reduced from 15 to 12 seconds Level 13 Withering Flames (E) Spell Power reduction increased from 25 to 30%
Level 1 Body Check (Active) Minimum Movement Speed Slow increased from 30 to 40%. Maximum Movement Speed Slow remains at 60% Level 13 Bloodcraze (W) Healing increased from 10% to 15% maximum Health Double Up (Active) Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds
Angelic Armaments (R) Cooldown increased from 60 to 70 seconds Mana cost increased from 60 to 70 Talents
Level 1 Burn the Impure (W) Now works with all Valorous Brand marks Damage bonus decreased from 3 to 2.5% Level 4 Bulwark of Flame (W) Physical Armor increased from 60 to 70 Level 7 Flash of Anger (Q) Damage increased from 160 to 180 Level 13 Heat of Battle (E) Healing bonus increased from 25% to 35% Level 20 Valorous Pursuit (Active) Cooldown reduced from 15 to 12 seconds Now also provides 25 Armor for 3 seconds
Falling Sword (R) Damage increased from 183 to 210 Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds Mana cost reduced from 90 to 60 Talents
Level 1 Reinforce (Passive) Maximum stacks increased from 2 to 3 Hold Your Ground (Trait) Shield bonus increased from 30% to 50% Level 4 Eternal Retaliation (W) Mana refund increased from 2.5 to 3 Level 7 Zealous Glare (E) Blind duration bonus increased from .5 to .75 seconds
Level 1 Fealty Unto Death (Trait) Health restoration increased from 1 to 1.25% maximum Health Mana restoration increased from 5 to 6 Level 13 Hardened Bones (E) Armor bonus increased from 20 to 40 Bonus Armor duration decreased from 3 to 2 seconds Level 20 Shroud of the Dead King (Active) Cooldown reduced from 75 to 60 seconds
Level 13 Aspect of the Hawk Attack (Q) Attack Speed bonus duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
Gorge (R) Cooldown reduced from 70 to 65 seconds Talents
Level 1 Savor the Flavor (E) Health regeneration per stack increased from 1 to 1.5 Level 7 Cannibalize (Passive) Healing increased from 1.75 to 2% Level 13 Digestive Juices (E) Additional functionality: Devour deals 40% more damage to Heroes Bug Fixes
Fixed a number of tooltip issues across the game. Heroes
Imperius: Fixed an issue that could cause projectiles to appear disjointed when targeting Imperius during Celestial Charge. Imperius: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to appear at the wrong height after being affected by Celestial Charge. Imperius: Fixed an issue causing Valorous Pursuit to occasionally teleport Imperius to an incorrect location. Collection
Imperius: The “Silence!” line now correctly appears in the collection.
A new week is about to begin in the Nexus and here's the weekly rotation to go with it.
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 22, 2019
Raynor Muradin Sonya Nazeebo Uther Jaina Lúcio Tychus Alexstrasza Leoric Arthas (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Mal'Ganis (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Alarak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Tracer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
Harvest the terror's seeds or watch them grow to become your ruin in this week's brawl!
The weekly brawl is a best-of-three-Arena match with shuffle pick and the objective is to collect 100 seeds to win a round. All players start at level 10 and will be asked to pick a Heroic ability. No other talents are available. There's a small chance of all players being the same Hero. Complete three matches to earn a Loot Chest.
This week's Heroes Brawl mode is Garden Arena: a best-of-three Arena match featuring the Garden Terror and its Shamblers. Gather seeds and overrun the enemies’ core with the power of nature!
Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the Arena. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose! Everyone will begin the round at level 10 and will be asked to choose a Heroic Ability. No other talents will be available. During each round, slay the enemy team’s Heroes and capture Seeds from the Garden Terror and its Shamblers. The first team to gather 100 Seeds wins the round! The first team to win two rounds will claim victory! Rewards:
Complete two matches of Garden Arena to earn a Fall of King's Crest 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 this exciting new game mode.
Heroic deals for the week of January 22 include Garrosh and Gul'dan.
Heroic Deals: January 22 - 29, 2019
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, January 22! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.
Upcoming Hero Sales
Garrosh — Sale Price: 375 gems
Gul’dan— Sale Price: 312 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
Mad Axe Garrosh Eldritch Dark Nexus Gul’dan Spirit Healer Auriel Infested Tychus Lo’Gosh Varian Upcoming Featured Mounts
Road Boar Royal Armored War Steed
Our twenty-fourth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of January is here!
Welcome to Icy Veins's most belated Meta Tier List for the January 8 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
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Anub'arak↑↑ — — — — — — — Diablo (ban)↑ Garrosh (ban)↑
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer E.T.C. (ban) Artanis↑ Varian(ban) Genji (ban)↓ Raynor (ban) Jaina — Ana Mal'Ganis (ban)↓ Zeratul Kael'thas Malfurion Tyrande↓
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Arthas Dehaka (ban) Alarak Tracer (ban) Cassia↓ Azmodan Abathur Alexstrasza Blaze Imperius (new) Kerrigan Falstad↑ Gul'dan Zarya Auriel Johanna Sonya↓ Maiev Fenix↓ Junkrat Brightwing Muradin Yrel Malthael Greymane Kel'Thuzad Kharazim Stitches (ban) Ragnaros Hanzo (ban) Li-Ming- Li Li Varian Thrall Lunara Mephisto Lt. Morales↑ Varian Sgt.Hammer (ban) Nazeebo Lúcio↑ Tychus Orphea (ban) Rehgar Zul'jin Sylvanas Stukov Zagara Whitemane↓
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer — Chen Gazlowe Valeera Valla Chromie Medivh (ban) Deckard↓ D.Va Murky Probius The Butcher
Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Cho'gall (ban) Leoric Illidan Nova — Cho'gall (ban) Tassadar Uther (ban) Tyrael Rexxar Xul Samuro The Lost Vikings (ban)
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.
Our Meta Tier List has been updated for the January patch!