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PTR Patch Notes: January 17

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A new patch is now live on PTR. It brings Valeera, custom sandbox games, Lunar Festival, new bundles and heavy changes to Tassadar and Rexxar.

We'll be doing a Valeera preview shortly. In the meantime, you can read the full patch notes below.

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General

Celebrate Lunar Festival 2017!

We’re ringing in the new year with a new Lunar Festival event, which includes new and returning skins and bundles, as well as new Special Event quests and rewards! Be sure to complete your quests and pick up a few skins before our 2017 Lunar Festival event concludes on Tuesday, February 14.
  • Lunar Festival Quests and Rewards:
    • Quest: Complete the Rooster Race once.
      • Reward: 200 Gold.
    • Quest: Complete the Rooster Race 25 times during the 2017 Lunar Festival event.
      • Rewards: Lunar Rooster Portrait and the Lunar Rooster Mount.
  • Lunar Festival Quest Details
    • Each day during Lunar Festival, players will receive a new event quest to complete the Rooster Race.
    • If any players on a team have not yet finished that day’s quest, there’s a chance that the Lunar Rooster, and many festive items, will appear in the team’s starting area.
    • Collect the required items and return them to the Rooster to advance his position. Return 4 items before time runs out to complete the Rooster Race!
  • PTR NoteWhile elements of the Lunar Festival 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.

Sandbox Custom Games Now Available

  • A new version of Cursed Hollow has been added to Custom Games that will allow up to 10 players at once to use a wide variety of “cheats” to test the absolute limits of their Heroes in multiplayer, sandbox-style gameplay.
  • A cheat menu will appear along the left side of the screen in-game.
    • By default, only Player 1 will have access to the cheat menu.
    • However, Player 1 can check the “Share Cheats” box at the top of the menu to give access to all other players.
    • Players may close the cheat menu by clicking the “X” in the top-right corner of the panel. The menu can be restored by clicking the “Show Controls” button.
    • All players will receive an in-game chat notification whenever a cheat is used.
  • The cheat menu features a wide variety of different options:
    • Set Game Speed: Change game speed among Slower, Slow, Normal, Fast, and Faster.
    • Toggle Minions: Enable or disable Minion spawns for each team.
    • Reset Structures: Restore all Structures to full Health. If a Structure was destroyed, it is rebuilt.
    • Toggle Tribute Spawning: Enable or disable Raven Lord Tribute spawns. This button is only enabled before the first Tribute event begins.
    • Move Here: Instantly moves the player's Hero to the camera location.
    • Reset Talents: Reset all players’ Talent selections.
      • If “Share Cheats” is enabled, this button will only reset Talents for the player that pressed it.
    • Reset Cooldowns: Reset all players’ Ability cooldowns. Can be used once every 5 seconds.
      • If “Share Cheats” is enabled, this button will only reset cooldowns for the player that pressed it.
    • Set Team Level: Adjust each team's level from 1 up to 30. This will also affect the strength of Minions and neutral Mercenary Camps.
    • Toggle Infinite Mana: Enable or disable Ability costs for each team.
    • Set Damage Dealt: Adjust each team’s damage output from 0 up to 300% of normal damage.
    • Set Damage Taken: Adjust the amount of damage received by each team from 0 up to 300% of normal damage.

Performance Improvements

  • Improved the performance of a rendering system that is used across most Hero Abilities and environment effects. This should improve framerates during team fights on many systems.

New Hero: Valeera

For a time, the gladiator Valeera Sanguinar served dutifully as one of Varian Wrynn’s personal bodyguards. Now, her shadowy skills find her a natural fit within the secretive rogue order, the Uncrowned, in their fight against the Legion.

Trait

  • Vanish (D)
    • Valeera vanishes from sight, becoming Stealthed and increasing her Movement Speed by 10%. For the first second, she is Unrevealable and can pass through other units.
    • Using Vanish grants Valeera an alternate set of Abilities that she can use while Stealthed.

Basic Abilities

  • Sinister Strike (Q)
    • Dash forward, dealing damage to all enemies in a line. If Sinister Strike hits an enemy Hero, she stops dashing immediately and the cooldown is reduced to 1 second.
    • Awards 1 Combo Point.
  • Blade Flurry (W)
    • Deal damage in an area around Valeera.
    • Awards 1 Combo Point per enemy Hero hit.
  • Eviscerate (E)
    • Consume all stored Combo Points to Eviscerate an enemy, dealing increased damage per Combo Point spent. Valeera can store a maximum of 3 Combo Points.

Vanish Abilities

  • Ambush (Q)
    • Ambush a target, instantly dealing damage to them.
    • Awards 1 Combo Point.
  • Cheap Shot (W)
    • Deal a small amount of damage to an enemy and stun them for 1.5 seconds.
    • Awards 1 Combo Point.
  • Garrote (E)
    • Garrote an enemy, instantly dealing a small amount of damage to the target, as well as a larger amount of bonus damage over 7 seconds, and Silencing them for 2 seconds.
    • Awards 1 Combo Point.

Heroic Abilities

  • Smoke Bomb (R)
    • Create a cloud of smoke. While in the smoke, Valeera is Unrevealable, can pass through other units, and gains 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%. Valeera can continue to attack and use Abilities without being revealed. Lasts 5 seconds.
    • Using this Ability does not break Vanish.
  • Cloak of Shadows (R)
    • Valeera is enveloped in a Cloak of Shadows, which immediately removes all damage over time effects from her. For 1 second, she becomes Unstoppable and gains 75 Spell Armor, reducing Ability damage taken by 75%.
    • Using this Ability does not break Vanish.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • The following Heroes have received updated icon art to coincide with their reworks:
    • Tassadar
    • Rexxar
  • The following Heroes, Abilities, and Talents have received updated visual effects:
    • Blood Elf Tyrande: Sentinel (W)
    • Malfurion: Innervate (D)
    • Rexxar: Misha, Focus! (D) Will now display visual effects above Misha and her target or target location when cast. Only the Rexxar player will see these effects.
    • Tassadar: Basic Attacks in Archon (R) form will now display splash effects more prominently.
    • Zagara: Envenomed Spines (Active Talent) 

Shop

PTR Note: Many of the following changes will not take place in the Shop until 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
    • Demon Hunter Valeera Bundle – Available until January 31, 2017
    • 2017 Lunar Festival Bundle – Available until February 14, 2017
  • Returning Bundles
    • 2016 Lunar Festival Bundle – Available until February 14, 2017
  • Removed Bundles
    • Luxorian Nights Bundle
    • Ultimate Luxorian Nights Bundle

New Hero

  • Valeera has been added to the in-game Shop

Mounts

  • New Mounts
    • Felsaber – Available by purchasing the Demon Hunter Valeera Bundle
    • Nimbus Cloud – Available by purchasing the 2017 Lunar Festival Bundle
    • Lunar Rooster – Awarded for completing the Rooster Race 25 times during the 2017 Lunar Festival event
    • Golden Rooster – Available for gold purchase only
  • Removed Mounts
    • Nexus Charger
    • Judgement Charger

New Skins

  • Demon Hunter Valeera
  • Master Valeera
  • Monkey King Samuro – Available by purchasing the 2017 Lunar Festival Bundle. Available individually starting January 31, 2017
  • Lunar Li-Ming – Available by purchasing the 2017 Lunar Festival Bundle. Available individually starting February 7, 2017

User Interface

MVP and Commendations System

  • Hover the cursor over MVP and Commendation icons that appear next to players’ names on the end game score screen to view a brief description of each award. 

Observer Mode

  • The first level of camera zoom (Z) for Observers has been lowered slightly in Replays and Custom Games.

Tutorial and Training

  • Gameplay tips that appear during Tutorial and Training games can now be accessed at any time while playing in those modes by clicking the new “Show Help” button added near the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Clicking “Show Help” will display a Tutorial Tips panel that lists all of the tips the player has received so far, organized by category.

Heroes

Assassin

Lunara

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Talents

  • Level 16
    • Starwood Spear (W)
      • Will now generate an Indicator displaying Lunara’s new attack range while active

Multi-class

Varian

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Overpower (W)
      • Added functionality:
        • Can now trigger multiple times per Parry
        • Now also increases the damage of the next Heroic Strike by 25%
Developer Comments:  These simple changes should allow Varian players to "live the dream" and get multiple Overpower triggers more often, particularly when combined with Live by the Sword or Twin Blades of Fury. We want Overpower to allow Varian to gain a lot of value when used at just the right time, and found even the best cases of the old Talent design didn't compare to the other options on the tier. By also allowing it to increase the damage of Heroic Strike baseline, we think it will an additional vector that will make it an enticing option for all 3 builds..

Support

Li Li

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Talents

  •   Level 13
    • Elusive Feet (Trait)
      • Now displays a button on the hotbar showing the cooldown
  • Level 16
    • Shake It Off (Passive)
      • Now displays a button on the hotbar showing the cooldown

Tassadar

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Stats

  • Basic Attack
    • Damage reduced from 69 to 10
    • Attack speed increased by 400%
    • Added Functionality:
      • Your basic attacks are channeled and slow the target’s Movement Speed by 20%

Abilities

  • Oracle (Trait)
    • No longer costs Mana
    • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds
    • Radius decreased by roughly 16%
  • Plasma Shield (Q)
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 8 seconds
    • Duration increased from 5 to 8 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 40 to 50
    • Shield amount increased from 342 to 510
    • Removed Functionality:
      • No longer gains 50% strength on allied Heroes
    • Added Functionality:
      • Now grants the target 20% Life Steal on Basic Attacks (while Shielded)
  • Psionic Storm (W)
    • Damage decreased from 55 to 42
    • Added Functionality:
      • Damage increases by 10% for each consecutive instance of damage
  • Dimensional Shift (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds
    • Duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds
    • Added Functionality:
      • Now grants 25% Movement Speed for the duration
    • You can now cancel out of Dimensional Shift early by re-activating the hotkey (Default: E)
  • Archon (R)
    • Attack Damage increased from 111 to 175
    • Duration decreased from 12 to 10 seconds
    • Added Functionality:
      • Your Basic Attacks slow enemies by 40% for 1 second
    • Added Functionality:
      • Passively refreshes the cooldown of Dimensional Shift on activation
    • Removed Functionality:
      • No longer grants a generic Shield on activation
    • Added Functionality:
      • Now grants Tassadar a Plasma Shield on activation
  • Force Wall (R)
    • Range increased from 8 to 10
    • Added Functionality:
      • Passively increases the slow amount of Tassadar’s Basic Attacks from 20 to 30%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Conjurer’s Pursuit (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Reinforce Structure (Q)
      • Removed
    • Overload (W)
      • Removed
    • Psi-Infusion (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: Restores 1 Mana for every non-Structure enemy damaged by Psionic Storm
        • Quest Reward: After restoring 500 Mana, increase the area of Psionic Storm by 20%
        • Quest Reward: After restoring 1000 Mana, increase the damage of your Psionic Storm by 20%
    • New Talent: Templar’s Will (Passive)
      • Quest: Attacking enemy Heroes restores 4 Mana per second
      • Quest Reward: After slowing Heroes for 30 seconds, increase your Basic Attack range by 20%
      • Quest Reward: After slowing Heroes for 60 seconds, increase your Basic Attack range by an additional 20%
    • New Talent: Khaydarin Resonance (Passive)
      • Quest: Regeneration Globes grant an additional 50% Mana
      • Quest Reward: After collecting 20 Regeneration Globes, 50% of your Plasma Shield’s value remains after expiration
      • Quest Reward: After collecting 40 Regeneration Globes, your Plasma Shield’s no longer have a duration
  • Level 4
    • Leeching Plasma (Q)
      • Removed
    • Healing Ward (Active)
      • Removed
    • Promote (Active)
      • Removed
    • Mental Acuity (Trait)
      • Moved to Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: Each takedown lowers the cooldown of Oracle by 3 seconds, to a max of 15 seconds
        • Quest Reward: Upon reaching 15 seconds of cooldown reduction, increase the sight range of Oracle by 50%
    • New Talent: Khala's Embrace (Q)
      • Increases the Life Steal of your Plasma Shield by an additional 20%
    • New Talent: Khala’s Light(Q)
      • Upon the expiration or breaking of Plasma Shield, grant the target 25 Armor for 3 seconds
    • New Talent: Khala’s Celerity (Q)
      • Plasma Shield grants 25% Movement Speed for 5 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Khala’s Embrace (Q)
      • Removed
    • Static Charge (W)
      • Removed
    • Calldown: MULE (Active)
      • Removed
    • Deep Shift (E)
      • Moved to Tier 5
      • New functionality:
        • Dimensional Shift’s Movement Speed and duration are increased by 50%
    • New Talent: Psionic Projection (Q, W)
      • Increases the range of your Plasma Shield and Psionic Storm abilities by 40%
  • Level 13
    • Distortion Beam (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Prescience (E)
      • Removed
    • Scryer (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Shrink Ray (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Nullification (Active)
      • Activate to reduce target Hero's damage by 75% for 3 seconds
    • New Talent: Adun's Wisdom (Trait)
      • While Oracle is active, your Basic Abilities cooldown 50% faster
  • Level 16
    • Evasive Shielding (Q)
      • Removed
    • Dimensional Warp (E)
      • Removed
    • Resonation (W)
      • Moved to Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Distortion Beam’s slow amount is increased to 40% while attacking an enemy affected by Psionic Storm
    • Second Strike (W)
      • Renamed to Psionic Echo
      • The window to cast the second Psionic Storm has been reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds
    • New Talent: Phase Disruption (W)
      • Enemies affected by Psionic Storm have their Physical Armor reduced by 25
    • New Talent: Focused Beam (Trait)
      • While Oracle is active, your Basic Attacks deal an additional 1% of an enemy Heroes maximum Health
  • Level 20
    • Storm Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • Rewind (Active)
      • Removed
    • Twilight Archon (R)
      • New functionality:
        • Basic Attacks while in Archon refresh the duration of Archon
    • Force Barrier (R)
      • New functionality:
        • Decreases the cooldown by 50% and increases the range by 100%
    • New Talent: Shield Battery (Active)
      • Activate to grant all nearby allies a base version Plasma Shield
    • New Talent: Prismatic Link (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks can now bounce to two nearby enemy targets for 50% damage
Developer Comments:  We absolutely love releasing reworks and this one was a long-time-coming, as Tassadar has had a bit of an identity crisis from the moment he stepped foot into the Nexus. We knew that the design direction and changes were going to need to be a bit more expansive in scope compared to most of our other reworks, but we did our best to keep him as true to his High Templar heritage as possible. Our goals were to embrace him as a true utility-based support mage. The new "Distortion Beam" Basic Attack should allow you to help peel for your allies as well as secure kills that would be otherwise unobtainable. Plasma Shield has gained baseline utility that will continue to empower Basic Attackers, while also offering more diverse talents in order to better react to enemy and ally compositions. Archon has been surgically buffed and given a passive reset for Dimensional Shift which should be great news for our old-school fans as we fully expect to see a resurgence of back-line infiltration play. Overall, we hope the changes reinvigorate our steadfast Tassadar players while integrating many new ones into the Khala. En Taro Tassadar.
LEVEL (TIER)   TASSADAR TALENTS    
1 (1) (!)Psi-Infusion (W) (!)The Templar's Will (Passive) (!)Khaydarin Resonance (Q)  
4 (2) Khala's Momentum (Q) Khala's Cradle (Q) Khala's Touch (Q)  
7 (3) Psionic Projection (Q, W) Resonation (Passive) (!)Mental Acuity (Trait)  
10 (4) Archon Force Wall
13 (5) Adun's Wisdom (Trait) Deep Shift (E) Nullification (Active)  
16 (6) Phase Disruption (W) Psionic Echo (W) Focused Beam (Trait)  
20 (7) Twilight Archon (R) Force Barrier (R) Shield Battery (Active) Prismatic Link (Passive)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Warrior

Rexxar

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General

  • Misha
    • Movement Speed has been increased from 100% to 115% when Misha has been issued an order to attack targets or when she is by Rexxar’s side.

Abilities

  • Misha, Attack! (D) / Misha, Follow! (D)
    • Removed
  • Misha, Focus! (1)
    • Moved to the Trait button (Default Hotkey: D)
    • Self-casting Misha, Focus! now calls Misha to Rexxar.  Once she reaches Rexxar, she will go to her neutral state.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Survivalist Training (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Grizzled Bear (Passive)
      • Moved to Level 4
      • Renamed to Grizzled Fortitude
      • Added functionality:
        • Block charge gain rate increased from 5 to 7 seconds
        • Added functionality:
          • Rexxar now gains the Block charges in addition to Misha
    • Hunter-Gatherer (Passive)
      • Moved to Level 4
      • Regeneration Globes required to complete the quest decreased from 30 to 20
      • Rexxar's Health Regeneration amount increased from 1 to 1.25 per second
      • New Functionality:
        • Upon Quest completion, Rexxar and Misha now gain 10 Armor
    • Flare (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds
      • Reveal duration increased from 5 seconds to 20 seconds
    • Bird of Prey (Q)
      • Bonus damage reduced from 200% to 150%
      • Now only does bonus damage to enemy Minions
  • Level 4
    • Easy Prey (Passive)
      • Moved to Level 1
    • Crippling Talons (Q)
      • Slow amount increased from 40 to 50%
    • Taking Flight (Q)
      • Added functionality:
        • If Spirit Swoop hits an enemy Hero, the cooldown is also reduced by 2 seconds
    • New Talent: Animal Husbandry (Passive)
      • Rexxar and Misha gain 2 Maximum Health every second Rexxar remains alive. These bonuses are lost on Rexxar's death.
  • Level 7
    • Blood of the Rhino (E)
      • Removed
    • Bird of Prey (Q)
      • Moved to Level 1
  • Level 13
    • Bear Necessities (W)
      • Removed
    • Barkskin (W)
      • Removed
    • Aspect of the Hawk (Q)
      • Added functionality:
        • Misha Basic Attacks now increase the duration of the Attack Speed buff by 0.5 seconds
    • New Talent: Dire Beast (W)
      • Rexxar and Misha's Basic Attacks increase the damage of the next Misha, Charge! by 40%, stacking up to 400% bonus.
  • Level 16
    • Critical Care (E)
      • Removed
Developer Comments:  Our goals for Misha Rexxar were twofold: to streamline his control scheme as much as we could and to give his talents some love. All of Misha’s controls should now be centralized on the D button, which should make it easier overall to play the hero. While this does result in a tiny loss of control (Rexxar no longer has the ability to recall Misha to his side and to keep her in a passive state), we felt that overall this functionality was not that huge of a loss for Rexxar and was worth the gain of making his controls centered around one button instead of two. We also made Misha’s Movement Speeds during her various states more consistent so that she feels better when being commanded by Rexxar, and we’ve added some talents that should help better sell the fantasy of Rexxar and Misha working together to take down their prey. We’ve had a blast playing with the new and improved Rexxar, and hope that you enjoy it as much as we have!
LEVEL (TIER)   REXXAR TALENTS    
1 (1) Easy Prey (Passive) Bird of Prey (Q) Flare (Active)  
4 (2) Hungry Bear (Passive) (!) Hunter-Gatherer (Passive) Grizzled Fortitude (Passive) Animal Husbandry (Passive)
7 (3) Aspect of the Beast (W) Crippling Talons (Q) Taking Flight (Q)  
10 (4) Bestial Wrath Unleash the Boars
13 (5) Wildfire Bear (Passive) Aspect of the Hawk (Q) Dire Beast (W)  
16 (6) Thrill of the Hunt (Passive) Primal Intimidation (Active) Feign Death (Active)  
20 (7) Spirit Bond (R) Kill Command (R) Frenzy of Kalimdor (Passive) Hardened Skin (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Bug Fixes

General

  • Display: Fixed an issue that prevented some laptops with Nvidia graphics cards from using Fullscreen mode.
  • Display: Fixed an issue that could cause the game client to switch to Windowed Fullscreen on startup.
  • Fixed a number of typos and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.

Art

  • Diablo: Fixed a visual issue affecting Diablo's tail during certain animations.
  • Li-Ming: Fixed a minor animation issue affecting Li-Ming’s ball that could occur after exiting Archon form.
  • Muradin: Fixed an issue causing Magni Muradin’s leg plates to appear to clip into his thighs.
  • Try Mode: Grassy terrain will no longer appear inside of the allied Storm Portal.

Battlegrounds

  • Braxis Holdout: The Archangel will no longer leave its leash range to attack a nearby Murky Egg.
  • Haunted Mines: The Neutral Grave Golem will no longer chase an invulnerable Hero beyond its normal leash range.
  • Structures: Fixed an issue in which the Core could continue to reveal enemy Stealth Heroes in a small radius outside its intended reveal range.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Fixed an issue in which certain debuffs could still be applied to Invulnerable Heroes, including:
    • Greymane: Marked for the Kill
    • Li-Ming: Charged Blast
    • Thrall: Rolling Thunder
    • Zul’jin: Grievous Throw
  • Scouting Drone: Will now properly reveal Creep Tumors and Toxic Nests.
  • Alarak: Telekinesis will now correctly interrupt a Hero who is channeling to launch a Nuke on Warhead Junction.
  • Alarak: The targeting reticle for Deadly Charge will no longer persist on the terrain if Alarak is killed while channeling.
  • Anub'arak: Burrow Charge will now correctly allow Anub'arak to escape Zarya's Graviton Surge.
  • Arthas: Army of the Dead will no longer fail to summon Ghouls if it is cast in the same moment that Arthas is targeted by Auriel’s Crystal Aegis.
  • Auriel: A.I. Auriel can no longer cast Resurrect on Murky after he has already revived at his Egg.
  • Brightwing: Polymorph will now properly interrupt an enemy Hero who is channeling on the Dragon Knight.
  • Brightwing: The Critterize Talent’s negative effects will now be correctly removed if the target is Cleansed.
  • Brightwing: The negative effects of Critterize will no longer persist beyond Polymorph’s duration.
  • Diablo: Shadow Charge will now be properly interrupted if it would cause him to enter E.T.C.’s Mosh Pit.
  • Gazlowe: Gazlowe’s Nuke Ability icon on Warhead Junction will no longer be visually replaced with a lock icon after casting Rock-It! Turret while carrying a warhead.
  • Greymane: The tooltip for the Block buff granted by the Thick Skin Talent now correctly states that it reduces the next incoming Basic Attack by 50%, rather than 75%.
  • Kael'Thas: The Burned Flesh Talent will now correctly deal damage equal to 8% of targets’ maximum Health, rather than 5%.
  • Kael'thas: Fixed an issue in which Sun King's Fury could deal bonus damage to targets who were already affected by Living Bomb.
  • Kharazim: Air Ally will now properly reveal Creep Tumors and Toxic Nests.
  • Kharazim: Fixed an issue that could prevent Kharazim from automatically acquiring a new target after activating Deadly Reach outside of his attack range.
  • Li-Ming: Casting Disintegrate a moment before Li-Ming would be hit by Abilities like Falstad’s Gust of Wind will no longer cause a short delay before she is pushed.
  • Medivh: The second Portal granted by the Portal Mastery Talent can no longer be self-cast.
  • Nova: The Holo Decoy’s Pinning Shot will no longer reset Nova’s Covert Ops Talent stacks.
  • Raynor: Killing Samuro’s Mirror Images after learning A Card To Play will no longer reduce Raynor’s Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Rehgar: Fixed several issues affecting Rehgar’s pathing while attempting to attack in Ghost Wolf form.
  • Rehgar: Becoming Rooted while attacking an enemy from maximum lunge range in Ghost Wolf form will no longer cause Rehgar to continue the lunge when the Root effect expires.
  • Rehgar: Fixed an issue causing Rehgar to become stuck in an attack animation when attempting to attack a moving Medivac Dropship while in wolf form.
  • Rehgar: Fixed an issue causing Rehgar to exit wolf form if he deals damage with a Ragnaros Blast Wave.
  • Rexxar: Fixed an issue with using the Hold Position (Hotkey: H) command causing Misha to move in an unintended way.
  • Tracer: Fixed an issue prevent Tracer from attacking a revealed stealth Hero.
  • Tracer: Fixed an issue preventing Tracer from changing directions immediately when using Quick Cast Blink (Q) while holding Right-Click to move.
  • Uther: Benediction can no longer reduce the cooldown of two abilities if used in rapid succession.
  • Valla: Fixed some inconsistencies with abilities that would reveal Valla at the edges of Fog of War or from Brush.
  • Varian: Can no longer be selected through Autoselect – Support.
  • Zagara: Fixed an issue causing the Creep Tumor tooltip to display an incorrect value.
  • Zarya: Fixed an issue preventing the “Drop and give me Twenty” quest indicator from disappearing after the quest was completed.
  • Zeratul: Fixed an issue preventing Zeratul from using Wormhole after casting a Blink gained from the Rewind talent.

Sound

  • Mounts: When ridden by a Hero in Stealth, mechanical Mounts will no longer play sound effects that are audible to nearby enemy Heroes.
  • Quest Talents: Kharazim’s Insight will now properly play its quest completion sound effect.
  • Tassadar: Distortion Beam will now correctly play sound effects when attacking enemy Walls, Gates, and Towers.

User Interface

  • Profile: Fixed a visual issue that could cause Hero Kills to double after switching from an individual Hero’s stat page in the Hero Collection to the Profile’s Statistics tab, and back again.

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A) WHY THE HELL IS IT SMOKE BOMB AND NOT SHADOW DANCE?! Just because you can run out of it? Maybe the talents will reveal more on it. Especially the level 20 booster.

B) I'm in love with the tassadar redesign. I like playing him a lot and this seems to fit better to how he's already supposed to be used.

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Those changes to Tassadar and Rexxar were absolute fantastic. I can't wait to play them. 400% Misha Charge! 

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    • By Stan
      Heroes of the Storm developers answered your design and balance questions on reddit yesterday and here's a summary of the AMA.
      Heroes of the Storm Game Design & Balance Team
      The following members of the Heroes of the Storm dev team answered your questions:
      /u/BlizzCooper – Matt Cooper (Lead Content Designer) /u/KaeoMilker – Kaeo Milker (Production Director) /u/Blizz_Daybringer – Brett Crawford (Live Designer) /u/BlizzNeyman – Alex Neyman (Live Designer) /u/BlizzAZJackson – Adam Jackson (Live Designer) /u/BlizzMattVi – Matt Villers (Lead Hero Designer) /u/Blizz_SHolmes – Steve Holmes (Battleground Designer) AMA Highlights
      Vile Infection, Phoenix, and Lightning Serpent will have their tooltips changed to match their existing functionality (they will list as a separate damage number instead of a percentage bonus). Rampant Hellfire, Dragonstrike, Zei's Vengeance, Arcane Orbit, and Buzzsaw will all see gameplay changes so that their perentage based bonuses stack additively with other percentage based bonuses. It's not great that the optimal play at highest levels is to kill minions and ignore the enemy Hero. A constant struggle of developers is that they want to create a game where offensive play is the optimal strategy. However, at the top end of play, pros are encouraged to find a situation where the optimal play is to be safe so they have a better chance to consistently win more often, as offensive play is more risky and less desirable. They have many reasons for infinite tower ammo and they'd like to make laning interactive outside of reverting that change. Solutions to improve laning? a) More Health/Mana management. It's bad when Heroes have too much sustain (Blaze, Yrel). b) More rewards for winning a lane. The risk/reward is not enough in favor of the player who is outplaying their opponent in the lane. Stan's still updating this article with more highlights to make it awesome. Apologies for the temporary mess.
      Previous AMA Recaps
      Art & Animation AMA: July 11th Ranked Play & Matchmaking AMA: August 9th Blizzard (Source)
      Why are there so many systems for damage multipliers in use, and what are the intended interactions
      Me and /u/zanzure have written multiple posts about this topic, and the current system seems to be very unintuitive 
      (Quiz, Results)
      There are also many edge cases which seem to make no sense. There are currently three different variations on % multipliers.
      Differing CEffectDamages (e.g. Hanzo's [[Dragonstrike]])
      MultiplicativeModifierArray (e.g. Alarak's [[Sadism]] and Lightning Surge center bonus)
      AccumulatorArray (e.g. Ming's [[Arcane Orb]], Gul'dan's [[Rampant Hellfire]])
      Each of these have large differences between each other. Which one is intended? These different methods are frequently worded identically as well (For comparison: [[Dragonstrike]], [[Sadism]], [[Rampant Hellfire]]).
      Hey lemindhawk and zanzure, we appreciate your passion and the time you've invested into discussing how damage multipliers work.
      In general, our principle for percentage based bonuses is for them to be additive with one another. This allows us to tune them to feel like nice meaty benefit when taken on their own, without getting out of control when stacking several together.
      There have been a few instances where the tooltips are not matching the effects in game -- we plan on fixing these soon. Vile Infection, Phoenix, and Lightning Serpent will have their tooltips changed to match their existing functionality (aka, they'll list a separate damage number instead of a percentage bonus). Rampant Hellfire, Dragonstrike, Zei's Vengeance, Arcane Orbit, and Buzzsaw will all see gameplay changes so that their percentage based bonuses stack additively with other percentage based bonuses.
      This is an early look at what we're planning on changing, and there's a chance that when we start to fix these bugs that things may change slightly, so don't be alarmed if the course changes slightly. But I wanted to share what we are working on since you've put so much effort into compiling the list of exceptions. Thanks again!
      What is the general consensus on Infinite Ammo vs Ammo for turrets. Infinite ammo has put the Solo Lane into a boring, stagnate state that revolves around high-sustain and waveclear with no incentive to push the structures (due to infinite ammo, 250 xp towers, risk of being ganked)?
      Thanks for the question ZerglingHOTS!
      We’ve been reading a lot of the discussion on the solo lane, and are still talking with each other internally about what the true causes and solutions are for the current state of the solo lane.
      Here are some of my thoughts on the current state of the solo lane:
      I agree that there is an issue with there not being enough interaction between some heroes in the solo lane, and that at the highest levels it’s not great that the optimal play is to kill minions and largely ignore the enemy Hero. As a side note here, a constant struggle we have as developers is that we want to create a game where offensive play is generally the optimal strategy. It’s important that, most of the time, offensive play is optimal so that the game has exciting moments and is driven towards its inevitable conclusion. However, at the extreme top end of play, pros are actually encouraged to find any situation where the optimal play is to be safe so that they have a better chance to consistently win more often, as offensive play is generally also more risky, and therefore less desirable. I believe it’s a complicated problem. There are a lot of factors going on, and saying that the cause is purely something like infinite tower ammo is a bit scary to me as we could easily make a mistake and create system-level changes that don’t actually resolve the true issues, which could, at best, do nothing to solve the problem, and at worst create more issues with the flow of the game as a whole.
      From my perspective, we didn’t really see these issues so much after Tower Ammo specifically came out, and we saw it a lot more with the release of Blaze and Yrel, who are both heroes with incredibly high sustain, good waveclear, and who are difficult to gank. Because of this, we targeted the sustain of both of these heroes in our balance patch which is coming out today. I don’t think this will completely solve what’s going on, but it’s a step that we wanted to take in the short term and see how that works.
      I admit that this could be an incorrect observation, as it could have just taken this long to have other root issues of the solo lane experience come to light. We had many reasons for tower ammo being infinite, and we would like to explore other ways to make laning interactive outside of reverting that change. We’re totally open to feedback and suggestions here, and will be having discussions going forward about how to make this more interactive. One cool suggestion that I thought was neat was ChaosOS’s post about the mage minion having Sapper-like qualities to it.
      In regards to my view on the specific problems and where I’d like to see the solo-lane go, the two things I’d like to see are:
      More management of Health, Mana, and getting value in trades against the enemy hero. When heroes have too much sustain (ex. Blaze and Yrel), it’s a heavy de-motivator to interact with the opponent since that damage will quickly be undone. More reward for winning the lane. Right now I believe that the risk/reward for shoving the opposing hero out and pushing with the lane is not enough in favor of the player who is outplaying their opponent in the lane. You have recently reduced the amount of quests (Stukov, Tyrande), realizing that you went a bit overboard with them. Are you happy with the baseline quests of the Assassins I mentioned above (Alarak, Kel'Thuzad, Zul'jin, The Butcher)? Because I honestly don't feel very happy about those and wish for a way to not make them feel too feast-or-famine-like.
      Good morning Lorhand - great question!
      While we do read quite a bit of criticism about baseline quests, typically pointing at the feast-or-famine nature of them, there are also a lot of players that enjoy the thrill of chasing power. At the end of the day, a quest (be it baseline or a talent) is all about adding asymmetrical power spikes to an otherwise fairly static power curve.
      The Heroes you listed above all bring a unique playstyle to the Nexus that I think is actually very fun for a large number of players. I personally love designing and playing with quests that are uncapped, because every game starts out with a chance to become 'infinitely' powerful. That said, the reality is that we know the average stacks that a player gains in a game, and at what time they are unlocking the rewards behind them. Ultimately, we still like these types of quests because they make for increased variability between games--sometimes a player feels like a God, and sometimes not so much. If you think about the 'carry' role in other mobas, it is very similar. Many of us love that feeling of a really good game - one where everything just clicks. This makes up for those games where maybe you're not playing at your best and can find areas to improve your game. While we don't want to push this philosophy towards ALL of our Heroes by any means, I think we definitely have room for a few of them.
      Lastly, it is important to know that we are always actively looking at a lot of the quests in the game. We went through a period where we tried to add as many of them as possible, which actually ended up creating a lot instances where you needed to play less than optimally in order to stack quickly. Your example of Tyrande is actually perfect - I originally created the baseline Sentinel quest, and although a lot of players enjoyed it, when working on her recent rework, I knew I needed to remove it. We still have quite a few quests in the game that do this and we will continue to either remove them or change them in ways that reward you for using them correctly.
      The next PTR patch seems to bring us back into a direction where mana is a real, present, limiting factor on the sustain of powerful heroes (thinking of Blaze and Yrel changes in particular). Many recent heroes such as Fenix or release Yrel have either no mana or no meaningful mana costs. Where is the dev/balance team at on mana in terms of the fun factor versus usefulness in creating balance?
      Hi Hermitpurplerain!
      We have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow to talk about this exact issue. I can’t give any specifics in regards to what changes we’re looking to make, but I wanted to let you know that it’s on our mind.
      Regarding Matchmaking, especially at the top end. 
      What is in the works to correct the issues in master/GM right now. queue times are getting worse, game quality continues to decline, and high profile streamers/pros that should be ambassadors for the game continue to be displeased. 
      What Matchmaking updates can we anticipate in the future to re-gate the top end and ensure better match quality.
      I have been summoned.
      Following the release of the matchmaking updates in H35, we've seen a dramatic overall increase in match quality as a result of our prediction rates tightening significantly. Since then, we've also seen longer queue times, particularly during off-peak hours. We've also seen some situations recently where players have had their MMR dramatically diverge from their rank. This makes it even harder for those players to find matches over time, as we're typically looking for matches that band them nearer to their rank in order for that player to more easily move into the appropriate league and division. If a bronze player with a high MMR keeps getting matches with platinum players, that doesn't help that player leave bronze, and the platinum players tend to get tilted because they don't think bronze players belong in their games.
      First, we're working on adding dynamic matchmaking restrictions that scale based on the number of players in the queue. If you're playing during off-peak hours. you may end up with the occasional rainbow game--but you'll find games.
      Second, we're looking into situations in which players are having a hard time finding games due to their MMR and rank points being too divergent. This is unacceptable and we're going to resolve the situation.
      Lastly, we're taking a long, hard look at the entire ranked play system. Removing queue restrictions from Team League is a small step towards larger changes. We think it's time to take a step back and take a look at our existing ranked play framework and ensure that it's the right fit for Heroes of the Storm today.
      Low-hanging fruit solution: get rid of rank? Only have MMR, and matchmake off that alone. Could still have "Leagues", but all they denote is what percentile your MMR falls in.
      We're discussing getting rid of points actually and mapping MMR bands directly to a more granular rank system. That said, this is all early and we'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
      Has there ever been thought of completely revamping a hero’s role with a rework? (Ie turning Xul into a tank, or Tassadar into a complete assassin)
      Hey Sprinklings, thank you for the question!
      The short answer is yes! In fact we just did something similar with Tyrande. While a lot of players loved her hybrid Support/Assassin playstyle, she was having a hard time finding a solid spot in the meta. Since her rework last year, we have read a lot of feedback saying that our support players really missed playing her as a healer. When starting her most recent rework, we took the opportunity to shift her role and rebuilt her talent tree and kit around embracing that.
      As for the future, I can honestly tell you that we have heard your feedback about Tassadar, and when his time comes, we will be having a lot of discussions about potentially shifting him towards the High Templar you all want and deserve - En Taro Tassadar!
      Since Malthael's latest rework, Tormented Souls has become very redundant with his cleaving auto-attacks and is rarely ever picked (along with Last Rites' flaws also being addressed and making it feel a lot better). Are there any changes to Tormented Souls currently in the works to make it more viable in any way?
      Hey maguszeal, thanks for the question.
      It's true that the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction for Tormented Souls after the changes giving Malthael cleaving attacks. We've toyed around with the idea of making some changes to make sure that it's still an attractive pick that offers something useful (and unique), but we don't have anything ready to share right now. It's likely that whatever will be done would focus on dealing spread damage, as well as enhancing Reaper's Mark-focused gameplay.
      Anecdotally, when we were working on Malthael's cleaving changes, we knew that there was a possibility that Tormented Souls would lose value so we experimented with a few changes to it then. One of them was trying to make it deal flat damage that was increased by enemies affected by Reaper's Mark, but we decided to shelve the idea because it felt pretty similar to Kerrigan's Maelstrom.
      It's something that we might revisit soon, since we think having an AoE-focused Heroic for Malthael is good design space to explore.
      Any news regarding the Role Rework?
      Hello, Gnueless! I'm excited for the role changes and yes, we've been preparing for them with some shifts in surrounding areas. We don't have a solid release date as of yet, but if all goes well, we hope to roll out the update later this year. 
      So...Soon™ to Soonish™.
      Are there any plans to continue to release "quirky" heroes in the future? (Similar to Abathur, Cho'gall, Murky) I always felt like that was HotS' niche was that they weren't afraid to create heroes that were very unique in their play. Lately it seems the development team has focused on more traditional playstyles rather than quirky ones.
      The short answer is "yes, we'd like to", but I also want to share some of our philosophy.
      The biggest hurdle to making heroes that break fundamental game rules is that it's not good enough to just make them fun to play -- they also have to be fun to play alongside and against. If a hero is extremely fun, but your teammates groan when you lock them in, it's fair to say that's not a satisfactory place for that hero to be in. I think it's cool to have heroes that are a little more niche and don't show up as often, and do unique things because it makes the games where they do show up more special. They're awesome when they work out.
      Currently I'd say Abathur is a great example of what we want to see from these types of heroes. He's relatively rare, but shows up in games often enough that players are familiar with who he is and what he does. Players generally recognize what a good Abathur is capable of and how to adapt their play when he's on their team. Most importantly of all, our game is very much about team fights, and despite his weirdness Abathur has a clear and reliable way to contribute that doesn't leave his team feeling like they're fighting 5v4.
      We want to make more heroes that fit in that space and continue to explore ideas. We originally wanted to do Ragnaros as a "core replacement" hero who would sit in your base in all his raid boss glory and command fiery minions on the battlefield. We ultimately decided not to do this for fantasy reasons (it just didn't feel like Ragnaros if you couldn't smite insects with your own two fiery hands), but the gameplay is still promising and we want to revisit it at some point with a more appropriate hero.
      We also try varying levels of wacky ideas on almost every new hero we make. There were points in development where Stukov could revive dead heroes as Zerg constructs with unique abilities, Alexstrasza could heal enemies, Mephisto could make enemy heroes hostile to each other... We have good reasons for why we didn't end up implementing those examples, but the point is we're not afraid to try new things and look for ways to surprise our players that are both fun and make sense within the context of our game.
      Put simply, we want to make heroes that are unique, AND that players are still excited to play and play with 3, 6, and 12+ months after they come out. This is a very difficult standard to achieve when it comes to truly rule-breaking heroes, but it's something we're excited to keep chasing.
      Ana
      Ana’s Detachable box magazine has been left untouched after quick emergency change. Does the team has any play on this talent?
      Will Ana receive her update to make her basic kit interact like Overwatch too? i.e. heal pass through full health.
      Does the dev have plans on updating Eye of Horus to increase its attractiveness as well as aim down sight and custom optic?
      Thank you.
      Good morning Boom0128!
      I will try to answer all three questions for you - I think the fantasy and reward for Detachable Box Magazine are awesome and would like to keep these. However, the way it is unlocked could probably be tweaked in the future.
      Ana's Healing Dart will indeed be gaining the functionality to pass through full life Heroes in a future patch!
      As for updating Eye of Horus and Aim Down Sights - these will most likely be addressed when we get ready to do a full pass on her talent tree (potentially a rework).
      Game design: Why can't Catapults be blinded, when Siege Giants (similar projectile) and Minions (same classification) can?
      Hey Zanzure!
      This was a bug that has been fixed in the Kerrigan\Brightwing rework patch. You should see the change to address this go live next week sometime.
      What proportion of Heroes are flagged as needing a rework a la Kerrigan and Brightwing, and can the team share the list of Heroes who make up this proportion?
      Great question JimmyTurx!
      The short answer is that it varies. There was a point last year where we had almost 5 Hero reworks in flight at the same time (boy, that was crazy). Since then, we have gone into a much more stable timeline for them and normally have Live Designers working on about 2 at any given time. We normally have a rotating list of about 8 to 10 that we want to work on, but there are many times where someone not on that list sneaks in (Tyrande for example).
      There is (IMO) a lack of frontline supports in HotS. Not necessarily supports trying to be a pseudo-dps, but someone who isn’t afraid to fight alongside their frontline with strong defensive tools. The roster overwhelmingly leans toward fragile, divable heroes, and we only have three genuine melee supports in Kharazim/Uther/Rehgar. This is why I believe people are still upset about no self-casting Ancestral; because Rehgar is one of the few supports who shouldhave a resilient/aggressive playstyle, but was deliberately hamstrung. 
      Is there any chance we will see more supports that can stand up with the frontline, or have mechanics added to require/encourage that gameplay (similar to Insight/Transcendence Kharazim, or Malf/Whitemane but melee)? A great example of what I’m describing would be Brigitte from OW.
      You mean you don't play Deckard as a frontliner? >_>
      Kidding aside, I think this is fair feedback and that there's definitely room in the roster for more of these types of heroes. I'll defer to the Live Design team when it comes to our plans for existing supports, but in general our philosophy has moved toward increasing emphasis on interactive & skill-based gameplay for support heroes, and frontline supports feel like a natural fit for that type of gameplay.
      There are many factors we consider when deciding which heroes to add to the game so I can't make any immediate promises, but we'll be keeping this in mind as we look to add more support heroes in the future.
      I have a question about the state of Mana:
      New heroes normally dont have mana issues if they have mana at all (Genji, Hanzo, Tracer,Maiev,Deckard, Yrel, Whitemane,Fenix,Junkrat). Older heroes like Rehgar or Uther are out of mana after the first mid lane brawl. 
      Is this discepancy intentional or do you want to close this Mana cost gap?
      Thank you for the question Kallesin.
      This is actually a very hot topic right now among us. We have an hour long meeting this week to align ourselves with what Mana means to our game and what direction we want to move towards. 
      While it is a very powerful tool from a balance design perspective, it is not really 'fun' to run out of Mana. Since our game is fast paced and 'brawly', I think we need to be a little on the forgiving side when it comes to Mana tension.
      As more heroes enter the Nexus, knock backs and displacements in the game are increasing. Will dazes/knock backs ever become keywords and have talents that interact with them?
      For example, supports have ways to give armor or interact with stuns/silences/slows, but the only way to deal with knock backs is Cleanse, or other Unstoppable effects. Will this continue as is, or will there be other ways to counter play?
      Hey USSKorolev, thanks for the question.
      Just to clarify for some readers, we have a number of displacement abilities that also have stuns tied to them. For example, Johanna’s Condemn, Garrosh’s Wreckling Ball, or Junkrat’s Concussion Mine. One of the key reasons to have these stuns is to break moving channeled abilities such as a Li Li’s Jug of 1,000 Cups. Another core reason is that the stun can help to add “weight” to the ability and make it feel a lot better to use. Without the stun on Condemn, heroes would immediately start moving following the initial displacement, often due to previously queued up move orders, and the ability just wouldn’t feel right. That pause helps players to recognize the impact and allows Johanna a small opportunity to capitalize on this ability.
      There are of course a number of displacement abilities that do not have this stun which we refer to as “dazes”, including ETC’s Face Melt and Falstad’s Mighty Gust. I’m not sure we have discussed adding a new keyword to interact with these abilities specifically, although it’s an interesting thought.
      We’re always interested in giving players counterplay options, so it is something we will talk about internally. I do think there are a few issues though which I’ll go through: 
      First off, most knockbacks happen extremely quickly, too quickly for you to react once they occur in many cases. Take the ETC Face Melt example, you’d basically have to preemptively use your counter to avoid the displacement – which gets into the territory of pre-cleansing and Unstoppable effects, which we already have. If we said this new counter was always on and waited for a displacement effect to hit you (i.e. Spell Shield), then I’m not sure how fun that would be to play against. If you see someone with Spell Shield, you can often try to poke this off with a weaker ability, but you may not have a secondary displacement effect that you can use to remove this new buff.
      Another thought is, we must be careful about how niche we make talents or abilities. Pointing a talent towards a very specific use case will often go unpicked and we will end up adding secondary effects to the talent for it to become an attractive option. In a lot of cases, those secondary effects can overshadow the original design and that becomes why you pick the talent. As an example, take Ana’s level 13 talents, one is for Stuns while the other is to counter Slows and Roots. We ended up having to put secondary effects on these talents to make them useful in more cases, and now those secondary effects have become the primary reason to pick these talents in a lot of cases (i.e. more healing vs. armor).
      On map design
      It seems like there is a shift towards maps with a single must-win objective (e.g. Hanamura rework). Some players find this is good, as the simplification requires less strategic thought and team coordination. By and large, it simply involves making sure you are at least on even level tiers and win the team fight to get the objective. 
      For other players, this simplification goes a little too far. There is really only "one way" to win the match, especially with the recent nerfs to other map strategies such as split pushing (for better or worse). I was wondering what your map design principles are and whether the team is fine with having one straightforward and clear method of winning, or are there plans to create more strategic depth to maps, whether this is adding new map mechanics or enabling different team comp metas. 
      On a personal note, I would love to see more map mechanics added to some maps as it would open up more macro play options and increase the replay value of those maps.
      We purposefully crafted our battleground design principles so they do not steer us toward a specific type of map objective. Instead, they focus on driving the game forward, managing emotional tension, and providing mechanical and visual variety (among others). There’s no principle that tells us to collapse players into a small area for a highly impactful, centralized objective. It’s true that we’ve been doing that more than usual recently (Volskaya Foundry and Hanamura Temple for sure, Alterac Pass and the Garden rework to some extent) but this is not the new standard.
      General: Frequently Blizzard will include very small numbers changes that don't appear to be intended to seriously shift a heroes power level. Are these intended as signals to the player base to rethink how they're approaching the hero or are you using data to tell you to do those very fine tuned changes?
      Hey ChaosOS!
      First off let me say - "Thank you so much for all of your work and passion for the Heroes community!"
      Now, to address your question: Small number tweaks are normally done when a Hero or Talent is just slightly off-balance. While losing 2 Basic Attack damage is pretty minor for most Heroes, Raynor might see a slightly larger shift since the vast majority of his damage output comes from there. 
      For a different example - there are a lot of times where we may see a vast difference in pick rates between talents on a tier, but parity between win-rates. Sometimes we might do a slight nudge to the under-picked talent in order to get players to reevaluate it. Sometimes it takes multiple nudges before the community starts using and respecting it (Mighty Gust for example).
      What's the great plan for illidan? Why not just buff his 10.
      Any insight on that? He does not need a rework just specific 10 buffs, Hunt back to 60~75 sec CD and moving some 20 demonic form buffs to 10 IMO.
      Hey TheGameOn, thanks for your question about The Betrayer. He's one of my personal favorite Heroes.
      Right now Illidan primarily takes The Hunt because it offers unique and fun gameplay, so we aren't all that upset that it's the more commonly picked Heroic ability. That being said, Metamorphosis is being chosen 40% of the time in higher level Hero League, though it doesn't always feel like it. It isn't winning nearly as much though, so there might be room for improvement.
      Illidan isn't seen all that often partly due to this being an unfavorable metagame for him. With a bruiser-heavy meta, not only is there a lot of crowd control to deal with him, but also fewer squishy targets for him to chase down. Just a year ago Illidan was very meta, and hasn't seen many changes since, so we're confident that maybe small tuning changes combined with a more favorable meta will allow him to fulfill his niche in the game again.
      Why do you prefer slower, larger scale reworks over smaller, more abandunt changes?
      We see time and time again heroes get ignored for months/years and they slowly devolve into a critical state requiring a full on rework like raynor, kerrigan, vikings, chen. 
      We have other heroes that are at a decent winrate with low use/unused talents that havent been changed for a while, making for a 1-dimensional talent builds and overall less compelling interactivity and gameplay, yet these issues go seemingly ignored for an incredible amount of time.
      Hey Dreadnought7410!
      We don't prefer to do slower, larger scale reworks over small changes--they both have their uses. We've released balance patches regularly with many changes to multiple heroes over time, and generally save large reworks for heroes who need more sweeping changes.
      There are advantages and disadvantages to smaller balance tweaks and large rework changes. I went over many of these specifics in our last AMA, but some things we think about are:
      The larger the rework, the greater the risk of hurting the hero's core identity. Even if you make a slam dunk design, it will not have as great a chance of being widely accepted if it significantly alters the hero's fantasy.
      As you mentioned, more abundant changes means that the game is fresher for more people, and fewer heroes are left alone for less time.
      Small number or functionality tweaks can make talent builds feel fresh, which in turn makes the hero feel new and exciting without the need for a major rework.
      That said, large reworks are sometimes necessary. Some examples of why this happens are:
      To update older heroes and bring them in line with current design philosophies. To carve out a role for heroes who have fallen out of use relative to other heroes currently favored in the game. To solve fundamental design issues with their kits. Going forward, you can expect to see us make numerous smaller changes to improve hero and talent pick/win rates. For example, today we just released a balance patch with changes for 17 different heroes.
      General: What does the process for building a balance patch look like? How do you decide what issues to tackle, how do you test ideas in terms of doing what you want them to do, and when are things locked in for implementation and bugtesting?
      Hey ChaosOS!
      Every week the members of the balance team meet to talk about the state of the game. One of the things we do during this meeting we all bring up individual changes/heroes/issues that we would like to see addressed in the upcoming balance patch.
      In regards to how we decide what issues to tackle, there isn’t a single method, as our decisions can come from various sources. Some of these are:
      We have a lot of data that we can look through to find anomalies. We can see hero and talent win/play rates across various filters to see if something is over/underperforming.
      We watch pro play and have discussions about what is happening there.
      We all play the game regularly, and use our personal experience to see where we can make improvements for the average player.
      We look at heroes who haven’t been tweaked in awhile to see if there’s any room to make changes.
      We make the actual changes the week before the patch releases so that we have time for QA to check the changes and fix bugs.
      Sometimes for larger balance changes, for example Artanis’s changes that came out in a balance patch, we will test the changes for weeks/months in advance and merge them into the next balance patch once we’re confident in the design.
      I am curious, which hero did you think would be extremly OP on release, yet turned out to be very weak.
      Vice versa, which hero did you feel was UP, but turned out to be overtuned on release?
      Hey SeeALot, great question.
      Lunara was a character we thought would be OP on release and we were a little worried about, however she ended up being really low initially and needing lots of buffs.
      Malthael is an opposite example where the balance team felt he was fairly solid overall but the larger development team thought he was going to be really weak. Malthael ended up completely crushing the solo lane and being extremely powerful upon release.
      Thoughts on heroes who almost always only has a single talent in certain tiers? examples being garrosh picking into the fray, dehaka picking feeding frenzy, ana picking sleep dart quest
      We put a lot of work into building out talent tiers and trying to offer players interesting choices, so when a single talent ends up dominating a tier it's pretty disappointing.
      The Hero Design team does the initial work of designing talent trees for all new heroes, and most of the time we can recognize and prevent these cases early so that the Live Design team never has to worry about it. This is something I feel we're getting even better at as we learn from previous talents like Into the Fray or Glacial Spike, and even from Heroic abilities like Cleansing Flame that end up as one-sided choices.
      When lopsided talent tiers do make it out the door, it forces us to think very carefully about how we want to bring them back in line. Usually the reason these talents are so popular is that they're very fun to use or provide key utility a hero doesn't otherwise have - so simply removing or weakening them may not be the way to go. In that case we can either-
      A: Make the effect baseline (as with Glacial Spike on Kel'thuzad) and reshuffle other talents accordingly
      or
      B: Revisit the talents on that tier and try to make the other two choices feel just as impactful (as with Holy Ground on Tyrael)
      Which of these options is preferable varies case-by-case, but the most important value is not to undermine what's cool and enjoyable about a hero with whatever changes we decide to make. Given the choice between having uneven talent picks, or making a hero less fun overall, we'd prefer to wait on changing the talents until we're confident that our changes will have the desired effect.
      Hi homer12346,
      We do review talent trees to make sure there is some diversity in options. The goal would be that every talent is viable in some situations and your talent selection can feel fluid based off the match state, team compositions, etc. If there are two solid talent options at a tier that garner the majority of picks and a third lesser chosen one, this can still be okay as long as there is some scenarios where this third (or fourth) talent can be viable. Sometimes it’s purely a personal playstyle preference for why players pick certain talents, other times it can be different skill bands where some players may simply avoid active talents all together.
      Funny enough for Feeding Frenzy, while it is the most picked talent, Symbiosis does still see around 20% of the picks and has an overall higher win rate. ?
      Xul: As you have noticed, he became a maintank in certain comps (shown in the HGC). Are you happy about this and do you have plans for him, either making him a real maintank (like changing his role from assassin to Tank) or tune him more into the assassin role wih removing some survivability?
      Hey Elegostelkai!
      Right now we're pretty happy to see Xul in HGC, and in general we like to see weird/wacky comps have their time in the spotlight. A core tenet of our design philosophy is that we want to push the boundaries of what a conventional MOBA is, and as such we're excited when our players do the same.
      That being said, if an off-meta strategy becomes too powerful and dominates pro-play for too long, it can be a problem if it drastically warps the fundamentals of our game and take it to places where there isn't enough interaction between both teams. 
      We don’t currently have any plans to change Xul due to his recent games in pro play. We’ll be keeping an eye on it, but for now, we’re cool with it.
      How are you guys reacting to the pushback against the mobility Overwatch heroes have brought into HotS? By that I mean, is this feedback you've listened to and found yourselves agreeing with, which you will apply for future hero releases or do you feel different, and if so how/what?
      Tracer and Genji's translation into the game has really shaken up the game and the community, given that their kits and mobility break a lot the core mechanics and penalties of the genre. Combining high damage with ranged attacks, while being able to apply it on the move. Mages and older HotS heroes, in particular, adhere to these limiters and have to sacrifice mobility or expose themselves in order to apply their damage. Tracer and Genji have an easy time getting in and out of combat while being nigh impossible for most heroes to shake off while taking very significant damage. 
      Very frustrating, being killed by heroes which do not adhere to the moba mechanical rulesets which restrain most other heroes. Especially by characters from a new Blizzard universe which after 3 years is still struggling to establish itself. (We've embraced the characters, but there's still no real plot or enough world building for it to currently stand next to IPs such as Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft. Though I understand that they can bring interesting new mechanics and gameplay to the game.
      Hey Mozerath, thanks for your question! Mobility in Heroes is something that we've been watching for a long time.
      To start with, we've always pushed the boundaries with Hero Design in HotS; we think that it's one of the things that makes Heroes of the Storm special. We have characters like Cho'gall, Abathur, or The Lost Vikings that really "break the rules" of traditional character design. The key to these characters is adjusting their power the appropriate amount while keeping these unique traits in mind.
      The great mobility offered by Tracer and Genji is another one of these unique traits, though not as flashy as a two-headed ogre. We knew that during development they would need to be balanced around it (in fact at one point Tracer had so little Health that she was being one-shot by Nova). We didn't anticipate how much we would need to tune them down though, so unfortunately they've been steadily nerfed (for the most part) since their release. We think they're much healthier than they started in terms of balance at this point, though we're always looking to make further tuning adjustments when we think the time is right.
      We do have other characters in the game with high amounts of mobility (as has been pointed out in this thread). Illidan, Zeratul, and Lucio are good examples. The biggest difference between them and Tracer or Genji is that their mobility has more conditions. These include target selection (Illidan's Dive), range limitations (Zeratul's Blink), or inability to travel over terrain (Lucio's Movement Speed). These added forms of counterplay make these abilities feel better to play against than they would otherwise, and allow us to really push the envelope with them.
      At this point, we think that the low-condition mobility from Tracer and Genji makes them special, and we likely won't add more characters with this level of mobility without conditions. But we do think that mobility is a great way to allow players to make flashy plays and has a high skill cap, so you'll likely see more forms of it with added counterplay in the future.
      Some heroes have heroic abilities with extremely low pick/win rate. For example: Lili's Dragon, Kelthuzad's Frost Blast, Mephisto's Durance and Guldan's Rain.
      Are there any plan for changing how these skills work fundamentally beside number tweaks?
      Hello blacktiger226,
      We are always looking to bring both win and pick rate parity to all Heroics. The reality is that it is actually very difficult sometimes without making sweeping changes. Some of the examples you list above fit that bill and will most likely see changes if and when they are looked at for reworks ?
      On developing new heroes, I wonder if we will have heroes of the Heroes of the Storm universe or if all the heroes will be from other Blizzard universes
      One of the many amazing things about Heroes of the Storm is that ANYTHING is possible in the Nexus!
      I feel like there's a lot of controversy around Garden of Terror and a lot of people saying it lost it's identity mainly (including myself unfortunately). That said, what are your guys plans for other maps like Blackhearts Bay? I think it would be good if the team communicated more with the community before putting so much effort into a map redesign.
      The Garden of Terror rework was done in response to years of consistent player feedback (in community discussion and in our own user experience research) saying Garden was among the least-loved maps in the game. Our goals for the rework were to preserve the map's thematic elements (seeds, shamblers, terrors, weather effects) while removing the elements that made so many players sigh when they saw the loading screen (chasing a vehicle around, eternal night phase, zero sum double vehicle phases, vehicle time-out).
      We iterated on the Garden rework several times internally. First we tried small changes like repositioning/renumbering shambler camps, changing timers, and changing the vehicle's abilities and spawn point, but none of those changes made the map notably more fun or interesting. The map still had the same problems it did on live servers. Then we went wild for a bit with experimentation - at one point we had a completely new layout and a "siege vehicle" objective reward that could dig in, spawn bushes around it, spawn shamblers to push in a direction, and shoot out burrowing seed bombs that detonated for aoe damage. We tried a "gauntlet" type design where we spawned a series of seeds, one at a time, all over the map, and the first team to gather three won the objective. Those were interesting experiments, but they each had their own fatal problems. Ultimately, we found that the version on PTR right now provided the most fun we've ever had on Garden. The story might not be over, though. We're confident that this version of Garden will do much better than its original version, but if we're wrong, we'll do what we need to do.
      As for Blackheart's Bay, we do plan on adjusting the map, but we currently do not expect a complete mechanical overhaul like the Garden rework.
      Any plans on having shuffle pick be an option in custom games? (instead of forcefully enabled for ARAM?)
      It makes doing, for example, 1 versus 1 battles on the same hero impossible on Lost Cavern since you are forced into a new hero upon game start.
      Adding a Shuffle Pick option to the custom games screen (with some additional buttons and levers to customize it further) would be cool, I agree.
      You recently vastly improved the reconnect feature. Will a spectate feature ever be added?
      Hi, reddituser25987! We continue to improve the rejoin functionality and while doing so are touching areas of the game that could, eventually, make spectating a possibility...
      HOWEVER, while we'd love to watch HGC games live in client or check out our friends playing while waiting to party up, we have no plans to prioritize a spectate feature above the myriad of core game systems and features that we want to keep improving at this time.
      Tooltips are very inconsistent. 
      [[Archon]] states its splash radius. [[Fury of the Swarm]] doesn't say what the splash radius is.
      [[Water Dragon]] lists the range in which it summons. [[Divine Reckoning]] doesn't list its radius.
      [[Maelstrom]] says "per second" while dealing damage every 0.25s, while [[Fend]] states its tick rate (every 0.25s).
      [[Varian/Charge]] can target structures. [[Colossus Smash]] can not. It's impossible to know cases like these from the tooltip.
      Generally, information seems to be extremely lacking in tooltips.
      Also, summon descriptions are nearly always extremely lacking. They sometimes state health, sometimes state attack speed and usually damage. Why are they not always mentioned? For example:
      [[Abathur/trait]] lists the Locust's health, but most others don't (say, [[Ultralisk]]). Right now on the PTR Ultralisk now doesn't even state its attack damage (only the skillshot's damage, and that it splashes for 50% when attacking). [[Gargantuan]] doesn't even mention the stomp's damage, or the fact that it slows!
      Writing good tooltips is a really important and often underappreciated skill in game design. It becomes particularly challenging when you have a really big game being made by many people, and a ton of heroes made over several years alongside and evolving design philosophy.
      You're totally on the mark that our tooltip consistency could be better and it's something we've been gradually working to improve. I don't think we'll do one "huge" update in a single patch per se, but we regularly revisit our tooltips (especially during hero reworks) and plan to continue those efforts going forward. If you see anything that looks particularly off, bringing it to our attention as you've done here is also great.
      That said, one thing I'll add is that consistency is only one of many values we employ when writing tooltips. Technically most abilities in the game have a 0.125 second cast time, but we don't actually put that in the tooltip for the sake of readability. It may not seem like a big deal for one tooltip, but every hero in the game has dozens and dozens of tooltips, so readability ends up driving many of the decisions we make around how to present information. However this is something we're very open to feedback on as there may be places where something is off (like your Varian example), and we greatly appreciate players bringing cases like this to our attention. Thanks!
      When is the Chen rework coming?
      Chen is the 3rd least picked hero behind Lost Vikings and Probius. His winrate is awful. There's zero way at this point that the balance team can claim he's "balanced" at this point. Take a look at the info that jhow provided in the solo lane matchup. He has very few positive matchups. He needs fixed in a bad way. This is very frustrating for people who love the brewmaster. I've running with the #FixChen hashtag on twitter for a while now. Almost over a year now at this point. Please save us. At least give us a timeline at this point. ?
      Hi Zexerous, glad to hear you’re a Chen fan and hopefully we can make some changes in the future that will help address some of those concerns.
      To touch on his win rate quickly, depending on the filters I’m looking at (HL vs QM, MMR bands, games played as Chen, etc.), he is sitting around 47-49%. This does put him on the lower spectrum of hero win rates, but it’s still not that far off.
      We made some talent adjustments to Chen a few months back, but we will revisit him at some point – I think it’s clear that he’s not a tank with his current kit (having to constantly stop and channel in fights), but we haven’t fully embraced him as a Bruiser either. We will likely look towards that direction in the future. 
      I’m not able to provide a timeline at this point, only that a major Chen update won’t be happening in the next few months. While not part of your primary question, we do also want to look at Probius, Lost Vikings, and other low play rate heroes as well.
      Lastly, I'd like to ask if some skins or Heroes make it forbidding for other Heroes to come in the game. Widowmaker from Overwatch can never come due to Widowmaker Nova existing? Mercy because of Auriel? Kaldalis because of Artanis? 
      I really hope they don't come as skins cause that would be terrible and huge disrespect to those characters imho.
      Cheers and thank you for your time, God bless.
      Hi BertRaccoonGR!
      Making skins that have crossover with existing heroes does not necessarily mean we won’t add those heroes in the future. An example of this is with the Novazon skin which was clearly inspired by the Amazon from D2. Even with this skin, we knew we wanted to do a D2 Amazon and we’re super excited to bring Cassia to the Nexus ?
      Would the team at Blizzard ever consider more instant point and click crowd control (a la Brightwing and Medivh polymorph)? I don’t feel like there are enough reliable ways to shutdown mobility and am often frustrated by this in QM.
      We have a handful of these, the ones you call out and others like Varian’s Taunt. In general, we’re trying not to introduce a ton of new hard-CC that is targeted as these are not very skillful to execute well (you clicked on the enemy), and have low counterplay options (the enemy clicked on you). It’s likely over time that a few of these will trickle in on new heroes though.
      Is it possible to see other heroes in the Multiclasses category, besides the Varian, or the Blizzard Classics, in addition to the Lost Vikings?
      Hey Zequi21, good question.
      For the Multiclass category, we’re planning to remove that with our eventual role update. Varian would most likely fit into a couple of the newer categories, Tank and Bruiser. There would be a few other heroes who would also hit multiple categories such as Zarya in Support and Bruiser. Overall, the multiclass role wasn’t very clear to players and often you couldn’t play Varian the way you wanted due to your team’s composition.
      For Blizzard Classics, I would love to explore some of these characters in the future. There’s so many awesome characters we want to add, so it’s a question of when they make the most sense and when is the right time. There’s other things we of course need to consider like making sure they’re bringing fun new mechanics and playstyles as well.
      Chromie was designed as an artillery mage. The recent rework did away with that role completely changing her playstyle to a hybrid auto attack spell caster and many players were not fond of it which was reflected by the fall of her pick and win rates. Would you ever consider reverting the rework and adjusting her numbers which many Chromie mains had requested?
      Hey Demon_Ryu, thanks for the question.
      Through reworks and balance updates we’ve pushed Chromie out of the artillery mage role. Overall this is a playstyle we weren’t happy with as it didn’t feel great to play against. To touch briefly on a few points:
      -Her abilities were extremely long range (artillery design), but that meant that she was often off-screen from an enemy perspective and you didn’t have a lot of control over her damaging you. Basically, just keep in perpetual motion and hope she misses.
      -Because her abilities were fairly hard to land, the damage they dealt had to be cranked up to extreme levels to keep her win rate and effective damage output in a reasonable spot. Essentially, if she only lands 20% of her abilities, then those abilities have to be extremely impactful when the hit. This could lead to her 1-shotting enemies which again is not fun to play against.
      -She was extremely hard countered by certain enemies. I don’t believe we’ve really addressed this point, but it is something we’d like to soften. 
      -She has a ton of CC between her Time Trap and both Heroic abilities. In general, multiple CC effects can be frustrating to play against and she brought more than many characters. This combined with the above points was just not a great spot for her to be in. This CC also made the rest of her kit much easier to use and much more consistent which was a challenge to tune around and make feel fair.
      As for the future, we will likely make more Chromie changes and potentially even reimagine what her core playstyle should be, but its unlikely we will go back to that long-range artillery mage style.
      Tassadar-
      From what I understand the lifesteal component to Tassadar's shields has been a problem with his balance for a long time, initially only being a talent option then becoming baseline with a talent to increase it. Has the dev team considered eradicating lifesteal from his base kit and talent tree to balance him better for pros and non-pro play as a pure utility support? (There is also the matter of lifesteal not fitting Protoss from a SC gameplay/lore perspective.)
      Hello T-280_SCV!
      Tassadar has definitely been a unique challenge for us the balance side. I think we have learned a lot of valuable lessons from him, though, and we'll definitely be taking a look at him to see how we can improve.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard is currently working on a new Heroes of the Storm forums with brand-new features including new notification features, real-time updates, and a new flagging system to foster more engaging conversations. The current forums is hosted on a different platform so older posts will not be migrated over to the new forums.
      Old posts will be in a read-only mode after the transition. We don't know if the revamp only targets the Heroes of the Storm forums. The post also mentioned Overwatch before it was edited out. It would, however, make perfect sense to update the platform on all game forums in the future.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Hey everyone,
      Over the past years, we’ve seen your suggestions on how to level up the forums and ensure your time in our community stays positive. We know that currently the forums can be difficult to navigate, sometimes posts you want to see get buried, and reporting doesn’t always appear to lead to action. On that note, we’re excited to announce that we will be launching the new Heroes of the Storm forums starting soon. With a streamlined look and new features to match, this change will provide a better experience for the Heroes of the Storm community. Brand-new notification features will help you keep on top of your posts and real-time updates ensure that you don’t miss any of the conversation. Additionally, we have replaced the previous report function with a new flagging feature to help keep the forums a place to foster more engaging conversations. These are just a couple of the changes that will be coming soon to the Heroes of the Storm forums which we can’t wait for you to use. 
      Please keep in mind that the current forums will be hosted on a different platform so older posts and threads will not be migrated over to the new forums. These will be available in a read-only state for a short period of time after the transition. As such, be sure to save your favorite conversations elsewhere if you plan to revisit old memories in the future. New posts will automatically be directed to the new forums.
      Stay tuned and get ready for the new forum experience!
    • By Stan
      BlizzCon 2018 rewards have been added to the game in the latest content update. Virtual Ticket holders will receive a mount, spray, banner, and portrait this year.
      Nexus Razorgrin Mount

      BlizzCon 2018 Banner

      BlizzCon 2018 Portrait

      BlizzCon 2018 Spray (Cartoon Nexus Razorgrin)

    • By Stan
      A new balance patch will go live this week and here are the official patch notes a few days ahead of release. 
      Tomorrow, Mephisto will be live for two weeks and that means we're getting a balance update. This week's patch includes buffs to Chromie's Health and Dragon's Breath, adjustments to Falstad's Mana costs, cooldowns, and more. 
      Blizzard (Source)
      We’ve just released a new Heroes of the Storm patch to apply a number of balance changes and bug fixes.
      Battlegrounds
      Hanamura Temple
      Sentinel and Engineer camps have had their XP and XP scaling values adjusted to grant more overall experience Recon camps have had their kill and capture XP adjusted to grant slight less overall experience NOTE: These changes are intended to slightly increase the amount of overall experience available from mercenary camps, but in a more consistent spread. Heroes
      Assassin
      Chromie

      Stats
      Base Maximum Health increased from 1323 to 1390 Health Regen increased from 2.76 to 2.9 Abilities
      Dragon's Breath (W) Cooldown reduced from 9 to 8 seconds Bronze Talons (Timewalker Passive) (Trait) Bonus attack damage increased from 125 to 140% Talents
      Level 1 Mounting Sand (Q) Bonus Echo damage increased from 40 to 50% Deep Breathing (W) Damage per quest stack increased from 3 to 5 Hits required to complete quest reduced from 20 to 12 Level 5 Mobius Loop (W) Cooldown reduction for Hero hit increased from 2 to 3 seconds Mana refund from Hero hit increased from 50 to 100 Falstad

      Abilities
      Hammerang (Q) Mana cost reduced from 70 to 60 Lightning Rod (W) Cooldown reduced from 15 to 13 seconds Mana cost reduced from 70 to 60 Barrel Roll (E) Cooldown reduced from 14 to 13 seconds Mana cost reduced from 75 to 70 Flight (Z) Cooldown increased from 55 to 60 seconds Fenix

      Abilities
      Purification Salvo (R) Cooldown increased from 75 to 90 seconds Genji

      Abilities
      Swift Strike (E) Damage reduced from 205 to 190 Mephisto

      Abilities
      Lightning Nova (W) Damage reduced from 48 to 45 Damage bonus reduced from 4% to 3% Maximum damage bonus reduced from 40 to 30% Consume Souls (R) Slow amount reduced from 40 to 25% Durance of Hate (R) Missile Speed increased by 25% Ability range increased by 25% Root duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds Damage increased from 160 to 250 over its duration Talents
      Level 1 Unyielding Power (Q) Damage bonus upon hitting 20 Heroes increased from 60 to 100 Anger (Passive) Basic Ability cooldown reduction from Basic Attacking Heroes increased from .75 to 1 second Level 4 Static Barrier (W) Shield amount reduced from 50% to 40% of Lightning Nova’s damage dealt to Heroes Level 16 Lightning Reaction (Q) Damage reduced from 144 to 138 Static Field (W) Damage reduced from 12% to 10% of enemies maximum Health Level 20 Shade Lord (E) Cooldown reduced from 60 to 40 seconds Nova

      Talents
      Level 1 Advanced Cloaking (Trait) Movement speed bonus increased from 5 to 10% Level 7 Perfect Shot (Q) Cooldown reduction on Hero hit increased from 3 to 4 seconds Level 16 Explosive Round (Q) Area of effect damage increased from 70 to 80% Raynor

      Stats
      Basic Attack Damage reduced from 103 to 101 Specialist
      Sgt. Hammer

      Abilities
      Neosteel Plating (E) Cooldown increased from 12 to 16 seconds Talents
      Level 4 Siege Tactics (E) Shifting out of Siege Mode now removes the Unstoppable effect. Support
      Deckard

      Talents
      Level 4 Potion of Shielding (Q) Shield amount reduced from 135 to 122 Level 13 Ancient Blessings (Trait) Cooldown increased from 30 to 60 seconds
      Tyrande

      Stats
      Light of Elune (Q) Mana cost increased from 10 to 15 Heal amount reduced from 275 to 265 Shadowstalk (R) Heal amount reduced from 40 to 38 Talents
      Level 4 Lunar Blaze (E) Bonus range from reduced 50 to 40% Trueshot Aura (Active) Bonus Basic Attack damage reduced from 20 to 15% Activated Basic Attack damage reduced from 20 to 15% Level 7 Elune's Chosenn (Active) Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds Level 13 Quickening Blessing (Q) Movement Speed granted from Light of Elune reduced from 20 to 15% Level 16 Darnassian Archery (Active) Duration reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
      Whitemane

      Abilities
      Desperate Plea (Q) Heal amount reduced from 145 to 140 Searing Lash (E) Cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds Talents
      Level 1 Righteous Flame (E) Bonus damage increased from 50 to 75% Level 4 Indulgence (E) Mana return on hit increased from 10/25 to 20/40 Warrior

      Anub'arak

      Abilities
      Harden Carapace (W) Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds
      Arthas

      Stats
      Base Maximum Health increased from 2650 to 2782 Health Regeneration increased from 5.52 to 5.80 Abilities
      Frostmourne Hungerss (Trait) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
      Blaze

      Stats
      Base Maximum Health increased from 2775 to 2900 Health Regeneration increased from 5.78 to 6.04 Abilities
      Flame Stream (Q) Mana cost increased from 25 to 30 Oil Spill (W) Mana cost increased from 40 to 50 Jet Propulsion (E) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds Bunker Drop (R) Flamethrower damage reduced from 179 to 170 Cooldown increased from 60 to 80 seconds Mana cost increased from 40 to 80 Combustion (R) Damage increased from 52 to 55 Self-Slow amount decreased from 50 to 40% Talents
      Level 1 Endurance Stimpack (Active) Shield amount increased from 450 to 480 Neural Stimpack (Active) Mana restoration reduced from 50 to 30 New Habits (Trait) Regeneration Globe collection cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 8 seconds Level 13 Nanomachine Coating (W) Attack Speed slow increased from 40 to 50% Level 16 Thermal Protection (E) Cooldown reduction decreased from 2 to 1.5 seconds
      E.T.C

      Stats
      Base Maximum Health increased from 2180 to 2250 Health Regeneration increased from 4.54 to 4.69   Tyrael

      Stats
      Health increased from 2468 to 2517 Health Regeneration increased from 5.14 to 5.24 Abilities
      Righteousness (W) Cooldown decreased from 10 to 9 seconds Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45
      Yrel

      Abilities
      Vindication (Q) Mana cost increased from 50 to 65 Righteous Hammer (W) Mana cost increased from 50 to 65 Avenging Wrath (E) Mana cost increased from 50 to 65 Bug Fixes
      General
      Tyrande: Fixed an issue preventing the cooldown for the Ranger talent from appearing in the tooltip. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Li Ming: Fixed an issue that could cause Disintegrate to cast immediately and become uncontrollable if Li Ming’s abilities were reset with specific quick cast settings. Tyrande: Fixed an issue preventing damage dealt to targets with Hunter's Mark from splashing to Laning Mercenaries after learning the Huntress' Fury talent. Tyrande: Fixed an issue allowing Shadowstalk to affect players in vehicles. (Garden Terror, Dragon Knight, etc)
    • By Stan
      Fall of the King's Crest is a new event available starting next week. Here's an overview of new quests, rewards, skins, and various cosmetic items that can be collected through October 25.
      Fall of the King's Crest revolves around the conflict between the Raven Lord and Lady of Thorns. A new comic will be available on September 24. 5 new skins will be added to the game. Two Legendary Skins: Alexstrasza & Whitemane Two Epic Skins: Maiev & Zarya Standard Loot Chests will be replaced with Fall of King’s Crest Loot Chests for the duration of the event. The new Loot Chests have a chance to contain skins from previous fall events in addition to new Skins. Players must complete four quest lines to gain access to the final quest and claim the Tombstone Mount (two different quests are available). The official event spotlight can be found here. Blizzard (Source)
      THE FALL OF KING’S CREST
      After the battle for Alterac Pass, the Raven Lord sets his sights on the kingdom of Dragon Shire. Catch up on the first two comics, and keep an eye out for Issue #3 when it becomes available on September 24!
      RAVENOUS REWARDS OF CONQUEST
      Behold the Raven Lord’s fearsome generals: Cursed Witch Whitemane, Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza, Spider Warden Maiev, and Phantom Knight Zarya. Also check out haunting new Mounts, Banners, Sprays, and Portraits.
      LEGENDARY SKINS

      Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza, Phantom Wyrm Alexstrasza, Infernal Wyrm Alexstrasza

      Cursed Witch Whitemane, Court Witch Whitemane, Forgotten Witch Whitemane (Includes special mounting animation)
      EPIC SKINS
      Spider Warden Maiev, Forgotten Spider Warden Maiev, Night Spider Warden Maiev

      Phantom Knight Zarya, Geist Knight Zarya, Infernal Knight Zarya
      NEW MOUNT
      Pumpkin Eye Pad Mount, Sunny Side Eye Pad Mount
      BANNERS

      Raven Army Warcrests, Witches & Warden Warcrest, Spectres & Phantoms Warcrests
      PORTRAITS

      New Portraits to freshen up your profile
      SPRAYS
      A sprawling collection of sharp new Sprays
      NEW MOUNT
      Copper Pig\
      ANNOUNCER PACKS

      Queen Nightshade, Blackheart, Lady of Thorns
      NEW SKIN TINTS
      Spectral Bewitching Brightwing, Spectral Countess Kerrigan
      OTHER SEASONAL EVENT LOOT
      Awesome rewards from previous fall events will also be available in Fall of King’s Crest Loot Chests. If you missed something last year, it’s not too late to get in on the action!

      NEW QUESTLINES
      LAST STAND AGAINST THE RAVEN LORD
      Dive behind enemy lines to defeat the Raven Lord’s generals and stage a last-ditch defense of King’s Crest. Complete four Questlines (with four Quests each) to unlock themed rewards. Once all four generals are defeated, choose between two Quests in a final act of resistance against the Raven Lord. Unlock a different Tombstone Mount depending on the final Quest you choose.
      DEFEAT ALL FOUR GENERALS
      PHANTOM KNIGHT ZARYA QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis

      WITCH OF THE HOLLOWS WHITEMANE QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis

      SPIDER WARDEN MAIEV QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis

      SPECTRAL WYRM ALEXSTRASZA QUESTLINE REWARDS
      Spray, rare loot chest, portrait, animated emojis
      FINAL QUEST (CHOOSE ONE)
      FINAL QUEST REWARDS
      Redeemed Tombstone Mount OR Cursed Tombstone Mount