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Samuro, Varian, Ragnaros, Zul'jin and now Valeera. That's five assassins from the Warcraft universe that were added to the game one after another. The community wasn't very pleased with how the Warcraft heroes have been preferred lately and Game Designer Centaurik wrote a long post explaining their hero choices, admitting that they overdid it with assassins, promising more Hero diversity in 2017.

TL;DR

  • Expect more hero diversity introduced in 2017. There will definitely be more support heroes.
  • The team has a fixed hero release schedule that allows to bring in a new hero every three or four weeks, but at the same time there's little room for reshuffling, as the hero development process starts 9 to 12 months before release.
  • Samuro was considered one of the first heroes to be added to the game and after two years he got released.
  • Varian was considered to be a Gladiator archetype, which was then renamed to Multi-Class.
  • Ragnaros was a Specialist (Core-Replacement hero) first, designed to influence the battlefield from afar, but was redesigned to what we see today.
  • Zul'jin was added, because a Sustained Range Attacker was not added to the game for quite some time.
  • Even though the latest hero releases are all assassins, they offer a very different experience, e.g. Valeera is very different from existing assassins and you'll need to figure out how to effectively use her combo mechanics and strike foes from the shadows.

Blizzard LogoCentaurik

We’ve seen a lot of discussions about our recent hero releases in the community lately, and we agree that we definitely overdid it a little bit with the Warcraft assassins over the past few months. I wanted to step into this thread to say thank you for sharing your feedback on this with us, and to hopefully give you a little more context into how we wound up with what’s happened.

Something that’s important to consider is that our development process for each hero starts nine months to a full year ahead of their planned release dates. After a certain point in the pipeline it becomes very difficult to shuffle heroes around without slipping on our goal of putting a new hero into your hands every three to four weeks. By the time we took a step back and said “You know, we sure have released a lot of assassins lately…” we were well past the point where we could change things up. :-(

First up was Samuro, whom this team has been wanting to do for over 2 years, and we were finally in a place we could ship him. Awesome! Next up we had Varian. He was what we had labeled a “Gladiator” archetype, which would later be renamed to Multi-Class (as we felt it was more true to what it meant).

Next up was Ragnaros. Originally, we had pitched him as a Core-Replacement Hero, who would influence the battlefield from afar. Something we had penciled in as a Specialist. About 2 months into development, however, we moved away from that design to the Ragnaros you know today. We considered leaving him a Specialist, but thought his role as a Bruiser would be more accurately reflected as Assassin, a la Thrall.

A while after we were into Rag and Varian design, we realized that Zul’jin would make an excellent addition, as we hadn’t added a Sustained Ranged Attacker to the game in quite some time. However, we realized we now had 4 Warcraft Heroes in a row. We decided to stick with it, due to what kind of flexibility we had (or really, didn’t have) in maneuvering the schedule. 

About 3 months after we had started work on the next set of Heroes to follow Zul’jin, we had to shuffle up Valeera to follow Zul’jin first, due the needs of the team as a whole. At the time, we didn’t pause to consider the ramifications of what it would mean as a player experience, in terms of getting a diverse roster of Heroes in regards to our Archetype definitions and our Universes. 

At the time, we were looking at the Heroes, and from a very Game Designer view, we saw this:
  • Stealthed 3-Card-Monté assassin
  • Multi-Class Hero: Warrior, Bruiser, Dive Assassin
  • Bruiser with Heavy Map Implications
  • Sustained Ranged Attacker
  • Enemy Carry Disabler


Now, while to us that’s 5 very different experiences (and in fact a new role in the form of a Hero that focuses on Disabling a team’s primary damage), in the current Heroes Archetype listing, that’s 5 Heroes that can be called “Assassin”. 

We realize that unleashing so many Warcraft assassins back to back wasn’t the best decision in terms of hero diversity, and isn’t quite as exciting for those of you who don’t necessarily enjoy assassins as much as the other roles. 

However, once you’ve had the chance to try out Valeera, we’re confident you’ll find her playstyle is pretty different from our other assassins. Internally, we’ve had a blast striking from the shadows and figuring out all of the various ways to use her combo mechanics effectively, and we hope that you’ll find her just as fun to play as we do. 

We know there are also some of you who have concerns about another stealth hero joining the Nexus so soon after Samuro’s release. Valeera has undergone many rounds of playtesting and iteration, and one of our primary focuses was on not only how much fun it is to play as her, but how it feels to play against her as well. We think we’ve reached a nice middle ground, and we’d love to hear your thoughts after you’ve played a few games with and against the rogue.

Now that Valeera is out in the wild, we think you’re going to be pretty happy with the rest of the heroes we have planned for 2017. The feedback you, the community, has provided us has greatly influenced our planning. You can definitely expect more diversity in terms of both role and universe compared to 2016. I would hope that in January of 2018, we’ll be able to look back and see a much wider offering of Heroes (including, yes, Supports!). 

We can’t wait to show you what we have in store! Thank you so much for continuing to provide feedback! We’ll see you in the Nexus!

(Source)

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I'm really glad they officially addressed this. No way to ease a community than have a proper press release of "woops, and this is why".
Personally, I wasn't too upset because they have been drastically varied assassins. If they had more than 4 categories this might have even been a moot point. I understand why people are upset, but once I just saw the rework of Tassadar and Rexxar (unexpectedly) in this coming patch I felt even better about it. They are HUGE reworks that looks like both might move up in the latest tier rankings. It may make Tassadar back to the true lane soak/off heal/field control he's already played as.

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3 minutes ago, Laragon said:

I'm really glad they officially addressed this. No way to ease a community than have a proper press release of "woops, and this is why".
Personally, I wasn't too upset because they have been drastically varied assassins. If they had more than 4 categories this might have even been a moot point. I understand why people are upset, but once I just saw the rework of Tassadar and Rexxar (unexpectedly) in this coming patch I felt even better about it. They are HUGE reworks that looks like both might move up in the latest tier rankings. It may make Tassadar back to the true lane soak/off heal/field control he's already played as.

I agree. I've got no issues even with 10 Warcraft assassins in a row when they are diverse. Warcraft is their biggest universe, so it's understandable that the game contains the most Heroes from WoW; on the other hand, I think it needs more healers.

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21 minutes ago, Laragon said:

I'm really glad they officially addressed this. No way to ease a community than have a proper press release of "woops, and this is why".
Personally, I wasn't too upset because they have been drastically varied assassins. If they had more than 4 categories this might have even been a moot point. I understand why people are upset, but once I just saw the rework of Tassadar and Rexxar (unexpectedly) in this coming patch I felt even better about it. They are HUGE reworks that looks like both might move up in the latest tier rankings. It may make Tassadar back to the true lane soak/off heal/field control he's already played as.

I love the Tassadar rework, however there is still one little problem that will still plague him forever: he is not Medivh.

Anyway, I can't wait to see more Support/Healers added into the game. We seriously need more.

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20 minutes ago, Stan said:

I agree. I've got no issues even with 10 Warcraft assassins in a row when they are diverse. Warcraft is their biggest universe, so it's understandable that the game contains the most Heroes from WoW; on the other hand, I think it needs more healers.

Tbf, the lack of supports is getting a bit annoying, and more would be appreciated. Not to mention the reworks for some (Tyrande is in a serious need of talent rework or Lili getting some buffs)

But hey, judging by Axolotl, we'll be getting Malthael and Firebat after her so I'm kinda hyped :D

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3 minutes ago, Dejo93 said:

Tbf, the lack of supports is getting a bit annoying, and more would be appreciated. Not to mention the reworks for some (Tyrande is in a serious need of talent rework or Lili getting some buffs)

But hey, judging by Axolotl, we'll be getting Malthael and Firebat after her so I'm kinda hyped :D

Uther needs a MAJOR rework, which Blizz actually stated he will have to fit the fantasy of a tanky support.

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1 minute ago, Valhalen said:

Uther needs a MAJOR rework, which Blizz actually stated he will have to fit the fantasy of a tanky support.

He seriously needs it. The delay he has is really shutting his potential down. As for future supports, I'd like some1 like Lion or Shadow Shaman and even CM from Dota in the future. I know the healing mechanic isn't the same on them all, but some innovation is needed

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12 minutes ago, Dejo93 said:

He seriously needs it. The delay he has is really shutting his potential down. As for future supports, I'd like some1 like Lion or Shadow Shaman and even CM from Dota in the future. I know the healing mechanic isn't the same on them all, but some innovation is needed

If anything we need a true Priest in the form of Velen or Anduin.

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28 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I love the Tassadar rework, however there is still one little problem that will still plague him forever: he is not Medivh.

Anyway, I can't wait to see more Support/Healers added into the game. We seriously need more.

Personally, I HATE playing as Medivh and love playing as Tassadar. But until he can completely nullify most single target ultimates... I get it. I just don't like it.

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5 minutes ago, Laragon said:

Personally, I HATE playing as Medivh and love playing as Tassadar. But until he can completely nullify most single target ultimates... I get it. I just don't like it.

Exactly. I like Tassadar way more. But everything Tassadar can do, Medivh do it better. Shield? Check. Scouting? Check. Crowd Control? Double check.

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Exactly. I like Tassadar way more. But everything Tassadar can do, Medivh do it better. Shield? Check. Scouting? Check. Crowd Control? Double check.

On paper you are right, but we dont see Medivh in competitive play because Tassadar can give you shield for eternity, and Medivh just for 1,5 seconds. I like both, they are full of utility and good design characters, but it´s a shame that Medivh dont have some love because he doesn´t have heal. Just look for Auriel, if she doesn´t have heal in her kit, she probably will be in the same place of Medivh. Also i´m looking for Anduin or Velen too.

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Exactly. I like Tassadar way more. But everything Tassadar can do, Medivh do it better. Shield? Check. Scouting? Check. Crowd Control? Double check.

Wave clear, check. Objective traveling, check. Escape ability, (not as good) check... STOP CRUSHING MY DREAMS.

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7 hours ago, Iginis7 said:

On paper you are right, but we dont see Medivh in competitive play because Tassadar can give you shield for eternity, and Medivh just for 1,5 seconds. I like both, they are full of utility and good design characters, but it´s a shame that Medivh dont have some love because he doesn´t have heal. Just look for Auriel, if she doesn´t have heal in her kit, she probably will be in the same place of Medivh. Also i´m looking for Anduin or Velen too.

The main difference is that Medivh doesn't even Shield, he makes you Invulnerable. And that thing has a pretty low CD. Honestly I think Medivh is one of the best characters in the game due how much he brings to the table. He fits into any composition and can partake into any objective.

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12 hours ago, Stan said:
  • Stealthed 3-Card-Monté assassin
  • Multi-Class Hero: Warrior, Bruiser, Dive Assassin
  • Bruiser with Heavy Map Implications
  • Sustained Ranged Attacker
  • Enemy Carry Disabler

With first 4 points everything is clear. Valeera, Varian, Ragnaros and ZulˇJin. Enemy Carry Disabler?? Support with tons of CC or Heavy DMG reducer??? Something is strange here..

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1 hour ago, Dantalian said:

With first 4 points everything is clear. Valeera, Varian, Ragnaros and ZulˇJin. Enemy Carry Disabler?? Support with tons of CC or Heavy DMG reducer??? Something is strange here..

I believe that may have been Samuro but I could be wrong

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1 hour ago, Dantalian said:

With first 4 points everything is clear. Valeera, Varian, Ragnaros and ZulˇJin. Enemy Carry Disabler?? Support with tons of CC or Heavy DMG reducer??? Something is strange here..

I think that 3-Card-Monte assassin is Samuro because 3-Card-Monte is a card trick where you point a correct card to win. Enemy Carry Disabler is Valeera with her stealth kit. :)

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3 hours ago, Dantalian said:

With first 4 points everything is clear. Valeera, Varian, Ragnaros and ZulˇJin. Enemy Carry Disabler?? Support with tons of CC or Heavy DMG reducer??? Something is strange here..

Ethme is right. Carry disable is Valeera with silence/stun and ability to burst down some heroes like *probably* Li-Ming, Kael, Chromie, Jaina...
Imagine how much of a disable/ganker Zeratul or Nova could be if they could silence or stun you rather than just slow. It's dangerous to be alone as some heroes again. Positioning has to be much more conservative.

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2 hours ago, ethme said:

I think that 3-Card-Monte assassin is Samuro because 3-Card-Monte is a card trick where you point a correct card to win. Enemy Carry Disabler is Valeera with her stealth kit. :)

Thank you for clarifying this for people :D They wrote in chronologic order so it would be weird to put Valeera on top, with some wird name. But apparently valeera will be excelent at killing the backline! I guess they wanted more diversity instead of 'just' a Zeratul. Let's hope it doesn't feel the same.

15 hours ago, Dejo93 said:

Tbf, the lack of supports is getting a bit annoying, and more would be appreciated. Not to mention the reworks for some (Tyrande is in a serious need of talent rework or Lili getting some buffs)

But hey, judging by Axolotl, we'll be getting Malthael and Firebat after her so I'm kinda hyped :D

Lovely! Axolotl was right all along so I'm putting my money on this forecast. Firebat is a bit disappointing with so many viable choices in the SCII scene. Why bring all these Terran nobody-units out while you can pick some actual characters?

Malthael on the other hand.. NICE. Assassin? Cloaked? Hero kills lower death timer Trait?

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33 minutes ago, Skyewalker said:

Thank you for clarifying this for people :D They wrote in chronologic order so it would be weird to put Valeera on top, with some wird name. But apparently valeera will be excelent at killing the backline! I guess they wanted more diversity instead of 'just' a Zeratul. Let's hope it doesn't feel the same.

Lovely! Axolotl was right all along so I'm putting my money on this forecast. Firebat is a bit disappointing with so many viable choices in the SCII scene. Why bring all these Terran nobody-units out while you can pick some actual characters?

Malthael on the other hand.. NICE. Assassin? Cloaked? Hero kills lower death timer Trait?

Nope Specialist. Member those cancerous adds in the boss fight? Now you can summon them and spread their cancer in the Nexus :D 

 

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Nice to see a little reasoning from them. To me personally, I wasn't THAT annoyed, as there will often be more damage dealers on your team than Supports, Warriors and Specialists, so it stands to reason that they will add more Assassins than all of the other roles. One of those heroes, Varian, technically counted as two types, as for the sake of simplicity, Varian is referred to as either a warrior or an assassin depending on his build, rather than a multiclass. 

The bit about Ragnaros also explains a great deal why he has a lot of Specialist elements too. 

However, having a bunch of assassins from the same universe sort of sucked out the excitement and hype for new heroes. I'm not exactly fond of another stealthy assassin so soon after Samuro, especially one that throws stuns and an entire arsenal of jukes in there, and I am also unsure why they feel the need to flesh out the roster of Assassins more when there is such big gaps between leading Support and Warrior meta picks and the less picked options. 

Besides that, it's the 20th Anniversary of Diablo! The HotS in game event was over before the events in other games had even run halfway, and while we had a substantial event last year, a d3 Diablo skin and another hero from the 'verse are highly requested. 

I've read good and bad things about the Tassadar and Rexxar reworks, I'll have to try both of them, but I am already dubious about a 40 regen globe quest for shields to get the maximum value, as well as still not having vector targetting for Force Wall. 

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Yeah the wow universe has been drawn on a lot, it's tiring, but my main problem is the amount of assassins coming out. Would like to see diversity in roles as well.

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18 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Exactly. I like Tassadar way more. But everything Tassadar can do, Medivh do it better. Shield? Check. Scouting? Check. Crowd Control? Double check.

You have to be joking when you said this. Taz can shield all 5 players for long periods of time. You have the E from Taz that make him pretty much impossible to kill and not only that his AOE dmg is way better than Meditvh, that's without mentioning the rework because I haven't play him yet. Taz is way way WAY better than Meditvh in every single aspect. 

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On 1/18/2017 at 4:16 PM, Klovzz said:

You have to be joking when you said this. Taz can shield all 5 players for long periods of time. You have the E from Taz that make him pretty much impossible to kill and not only that his AOE dmg is way better than Meditvh, that's without mentioning the rework because I haven't play him yet. Taz is way way WAY better than Meditvh in every single aspect. 

Medivh can also make shield (with invulnerability) the entire party as well, every 5 seconds. His Arcane Rift is harder to hit, but it does provide a much larger AoE damage due the reduction in CD if it hits enemy Heroes. Even with the rework, I doubt Tassadar will perform as good. He will, however, provide a huge pool of utility, more than before.

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Godamn this autocorrect

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Axolotl hasn't posted for some time, the guy who wrote about the Malthael kit was an imposter.

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      New Hero: Mei Nexus Anomaly General Event Collection Storm League Heroes Rework: Mal'Ganis Heroes Bug Fixes New Hero: Mei, A Climatologist
      A brilliant mind with a sunny disposition, Dr. Mei-Ling Zhou joined Overwatch to help solve the world's growing climate problems. Armed with a host of weather-altering technologies, Mei now fights to protect her friends and secure a future for a troubled world.
      Trait [D]
      Cryo-Freeze Mei encases herself in ice, gaining a rapidly decaying Shield that absorbs up to 1104 damage. While active, this Shield grants Unstoppable and restores up to 35% maximum Health. Cooldown: 40 seconds. Basic Abilities
      Snow Blind [Q] Throw a snowball that hits all enemies in an area. Enemies hit take 70 damage, are Slowed by 35%, and are Blinded for 1.5 seconds. Cost: 35 Mana. Cooldown: 10 seconds. Blizzard [W] Command Snowball to create a blizzard at the target location for 2 seconds. Enemies within the blizzard take 13 damage every .25 seconds and are Slowed by 7%, stacking up to 35%. When the blizzard ends, enemies within its area take an additional 75 damage and are stunned for 1.25 seconds. Cost: 70 Mana. Cooldown: 14 seconds. Icing [E] Slide quickly in the targeted direction. When this effect ends, enemies near Mei are knocked back, take 52 damage, and are Slowed by 80%, rapidly decaying over 1.5 seconds. Cost: 70 Mana. Cooldown: 14 seconds. Heroic Abilities
      Avalanche [R1] After .5 seconds, roll a massive snowball that consumes enemy Heroes in its path. At the end of its path, the snowball crumbles, releasing the consumed Heroes, dealing 220 damage and stunning them for .5 per Hero consumed. Cost: 70 Mana. Cooldown: 65 seconds. Ice Wall [R2] After a .75 second delay, create an impassible wall that traps enemy Heroes hit for 2.5 seconds. When the wall expires, trapped Heroes are slowed by 75% decaying over 3 seconds. Cost: 60 Mana. Cooldown: 90 seconds. Talent
      Level 1 Heavy Pack [Q] Increases the duration of Snow Blind’s Slow by 100%. Each time Blizzard damages an enemy Hero, reduce the cooldown of Snow Blind by .125 seconds. Ice Storm [W] Every 3rd hit of Blizzard against enemy Heroes deals an additional 45 damage. Blizzard’s final stun damage is increased by 125% against all enemies. Heat Transfer [Passive] Basic Attacks against Rooted, Stunned, or Slowed Heroes deal 33% more damage. Each time Mei Stuns or Slows an enemy Hero she heals for 18 Health. Level 4 Slushball [Q] Snow Blind deals 50% increased damage and Structures hit are disabled for 3 seconds. Cold Front [E] If Mei enters her own Blizzard while Icing is active, the cooldown of Icing is reduced by 7 seconds and she gains 50 Mana. Crystallize [Trait] Reduce the cooldown of Cryo-Freeze by 15 seconds. Mei gains 50 Spell Armor while Cryo-Freeze is active and for 2 seconds after. Level 7 Induce Hibernation [W] Enemy Heroes inside of Blizzard’s area have their damage dealt reduced by 40%. When Blizzard ends, enemy Heroes within its area gain this effect for an additional 4 seconds. Skating Away [E] When Icing ends, grant Mei and nearby allies 20% Movement Speed and 50 Physical Armor for 3 seconds. Backup Battery [Active] Activate to remove all Roots and Slows and regenerate 20% of maximum Health over 2 seconds. The cooldown of this ability is reduced by 10 seconds each time Mei picks up a Regeneration Globe. Level 13 Flurry [W] While in her own Blizzard, Mei gains 50% increased attack speed and Blizzard’s cooldown refreshes 75% faster. If Mei is in her own Blizzard when it ends, gain these bonuses for 3 additional seconds. Cooling Servos [Trait] Basic Attacks Slow their target by 20% for 1.5 seconds. While Cryo-Freeze is active, Mei’s Basic Ability cooldowns recover 200% faster. Polar Vortex [Passive] Using an ability causes Mei to deal 24 damage a second to nearby enemies for 4 seconds. Enemy Heroes damaged by this effect also have their movement and attack speed Slowed by 20%. Level 16 Fresh Powder [Q] Snow Blind gains an additional charge and its range is increased by 33%. Black Ice [E] Icing’s Slow effect no longer decays over its duration. Icing deals 300% more damage to enemies very close to Mei. Acclimation [Passive] Each time Mei Slows or Stuns an enemy Hero, the damage she deals and healing she receives is increased by 1%, stacking up to 20 times. While at maximum stacks, Mei also gains 10 armor. Lasts 8 seconds. Level 20 Cascade [R1] Reduce the cooldown of Avalanche by 25 seconds. While traveling, Avalanche constantly launches a volley of untalented Snow Blind snowballs ahead of itself. Shatter [R2] When Ice Wall expires, trapped enemy Heroes hit take 210 damage and have their Armor reduced by 25 for 5 seconds. The Big One [Q] Every 15 seconds, your next Snow Blind has 66% increased area and 200% increased damage. Flash Freeze [Trait] Upon taking fatal damage, Mei instantly gains Cryo-Freeze. This effect has a 180 second cooldown. Return to Top
      Nexus Anomaly
      A Call For Help New Nexus Anomaly - Climate Phenomena Strange weather disturbances have been spotted across the Nexus, with realms experiencing rain storms, snow flurries, and foggy mists! Mei's arrival is just in time to help analyze and study these strange weather conditions that have begun occurring. Climate Phenomena is our newest Nexus Anomaly, bringing a variety of fun weather effects to the game. Each battleground has a specific type of weather event that will occur every 4 minutes, with the first event starting at the beginning of the match. Each weather event lasts for 2 minutes before clearing up. This cycle will repeat periodically until the game ends. While these weather events are active, Heroes can gain a unique buff based on the type of active weather. These buffs are:
      Rain Storms Periodically Strike all heroes with lightning every 25-40 seconds, increasing Movement Speed and granting a Lightning Shield that damages nearby enemies. Movement Speed increased by 15%. Damage nearby enemies for 46 damage per second. Buff lasts 8 seconds. Snow Flurries Heroes accumulate a small shield over time while out of combat. Heroes gain 28 Shields every 0.5 seconds, stacking up to 224 (8 stacks total). Shield lasts until destroyed or until the Snow stops falling. Foggy Mists Allows Heroes to gain Stealth after standing in shrubs for a few seconds. After standing in a shrub for 1.5 seconds, Heroes gain Stealth. Stealth lasts 40 seconds or until attacking, taking damage, using an ability, or until the Foggy weather dissipates. Weather events will be active on these Battlegrounds:
      Rain Storms Garden of Terror Sky Temple Warhead Junction Braxis Holdout Dragon Shire Blackheart's Bay Snow Flurries Cursed Hollow Infernal Shrines Volskaya Foundry Alterac Pass Foggy Mists Tomb of the Spider Queen Battlefield of Eternity Hanamura Temple Towers of Doom All other Battlegrounds will use a random weather, including Brawls mode. Return to Top
      General
      A.I. The maximum follow distance for A.I. agents has been increased from 5 to 7. This will allow melee Heroes who are following ranged Heroes to attack targets at maximum range. Favorite Talents New hotkey named "Quick Talent Selection Favorite (Ctrl + `)" has been added under the Hero Management section in Advanced Hotkey settings. You can press this hotkey to select the favorite talent you prepicked when the quick talent selection panel is open. If the prepicked talent is disabled or a future tier is selected, pressing this hotkey will have no effect. Return to Top
      Event
      Nexomania II Event Quests Nexomania II is the summer event for Heroes of the Storm running from the week of June 23 to week of September 7, PDT. One of the most prestigious stops on the Nexomania circuit is the Intermultiversal Nexoweight Championship: No rules, no mercy, just nonstop, bicep-busting carnage. This time, many fans expected Mal’gaucho Mal'Ganis to win it all. The Swingin’ Scourge of Stratholme tore a bloody path through his side of the bracket, burying opponents beneath a deluge of demonic blows. But on the other side of the bracket, a mysterious upstart known only as La Gata de Batalla has proven herself a worthy challenger, defeating foes many times her size en route to the championship match. The arena is packed, with Nexomania legend MC Tombstone roaring away on the mic, and the final battle is about to begin. Whose side are you on? Loot Chests During the Nexomania II event, all Loot Chests you earn through progression, Heroes Brawl, or by spending gold will be Nexomania II Loot Chests. (Except Hero-specific Chests, which will remain unchanged.) Most limited-time items shown above have a chance to drop from Nexomania II Loot Chests only. You can also score Items from previous years’ summer events limited-time loot chests! Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Nexomania II Loot Chests. Return to Top
      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Pajama Party Mei Heroic Bundle Nexoweight Championship Bundle Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis Skin Pack El Bandido Imperius Skin Pack Gata de Batalla Li Li Skin Pack Nexomania Best Bros Bundle Nexomania Bitter Rivals Bundle Pumped up Pato Bundle New Skins Renowned Mei Vanguard Mei Pajama Party Mei Panda Pajama Party Mei Gnoll Pajama Party Mei Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis Nemesis Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis Underworld Mal'gaucho Mal'Ganis El Bandido Imperius El Fuego Imperius Sinister El Bandido Imperius Vigilante El Bandido Imperius Gata de Batalla Li Li Comeback Gata de Batalla Li Li Underworld Gata de Batalla Li Li Hulking El Chamuco Diablo Pink Singlet El Chamuco Diablo El Festejo Garrosh El Jefe Amarillo Garrosh La Medianoche Lunara La Rosa Lunara La Campeona Sonya Pink Pantera Sonya Championship El Mariachi E.T.C. El Cielo E.T.C. New Mounts Ratón de Batalla Comeback Ratón de Batalla Underworld Ratón de Batalla Pumped Up Pato Pumped Up Swan Underworld Pumped Up Pato Championship Luchihuahua Festive Luchihuahua Wild Pigñata Festive Pigñata Thraller Bill New Announcer Mei Announcer New Content Several new Portraits, Sprays and other items have been added to the Collection! Return to Top
      Storm League
      With the upcoming third Season of 2020, we wanted to make some changes to the reward structure of Storm League.
      Replacing Gold Rewards Starting with Season 3 of 2020, we are removing all Gold rewards from Storm League, End of Season prizes and Seasonal Questlines. This will also affect Season 2 rewards. The new Seasonal Questline reward structure is as follows: a Nexomania II Chest after 5 wins, a Rare Nexomania II Chest after 15 wins, and an Epic Nexomania II Chest after 30 wins. Storm League Reward Mounts Since the inception of Storm League, we have received a lot of feedback about the retirement of Ranked Play reward Mounts. We have heard you and are extremely happy to announce the return of exclusive Storm League Mounts starting next season. The ultimate and final reward of the 2020 Season 3 Questline will be the Regal Tiger Mount, which will be awarded after winning 50 games in Ranked Play. As of Season 3, you won't have to wait for the end of the Season to claim your well-earned Regal Tiger. It will become available as soon as you complete the four-step Storm League Quest Line. The mount only requires you to win 50 games and will be granted to players in all Leagues and Divisions. As usual, we're happy to listen to your feedback. Please share your thoughts with us, so we can continue to adjust and evolve the Storm League rewards further. Return to Top
      Heroes Rework: Mal'Ganis
      Base
      Vitals Health reduced from 2500 to 2450. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.21 to 5.11. Basic Attack Basic Attack damage reduced from 100 to 92. Fel Claws [Q] Damage reduced from 69 to 63. Talents
      Level 1 Vampiric Aura [Trait] Additional functionality: Mal'Ganis heals for 30% of Physical Damage dealt. Time to Feed [Passive] Healing reduced from 52 to 44. Additional functionality: If Mal'Ganis damages a nearby enemy Hero with Fel Claws, double this healing. Level 4 Fueled by Torment [W] Bonus Healing against enemy Heroes increased from 15% to 20%. Might of Sargeras [W] No longer reduces the duration of Necrotic Embrace. Echo of Doom [W] Explosion damage increased from 50 to 54. No longer increases the duration of Necrotic Embrace when its explosion damage hits enemy Heroes. Additional functionality: Gain 5 Mana and reduce the cooldown of Necrotic Embrace by .75 seconds for each enemy Hero hit by its explosion damage. Level 7 Nightmare Fuel [E] Removed. Black Claws [Q] Additional functionality: Basic Attacks after hitting enemy Heroes with Fel Claws also reduces their Armor by 15 for 2 seconds. Will of Tichondrius [Q] New functionality: Each enemy Hero hit by the first 2 slashes of Fel Claws causes the final slash to steal 1% maximum Health, up to 4%. If Mal'Ganis hits at least 4 enemy Heroes with the first 2 slashes of Fel Claws, then the final slash Stuns enemies for an additional .25 seconds. Spreading Plague [E] Adjusted functionality: Spreading Plague’s effect now starts when Mal'Ganis begins using Night Rush instead of when Night Rush expires. Level 13 The Night Beckons [E] Additional functionality: Basic Attacks deal 200% more damage to Sleeping targets. Level 16 Frenzied Assault [Passive] New functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with a higher Health percentage heal for an additional 50% of damage dealt. Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with a lower Health percentage grant 35% Attack Speed for 2 seconds. Blind as a Bat [Active] Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by the final slash of Fel Claws reduces the cooldown of this Ability by 5 seconds. Level 20 Vanquish the Weak [Q] Slow amount increased from 15% to 25%. Alone in the Dark [E] Additional functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Night Rush by 4 seconds. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Murky
      Base
      Spawn Egg [Trait] Health increased from 324 to 420. Health Scaling changed from 30 to 4% per level. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed an issue where Toys 1 Event reward Portraits could not be equipped for those who had earned them in Toys 1 Event in 2018. Heroes
      Anduin Anduin's Light of Stormwind now correctly removes damage over time effects. Murky Murky's Egg Health now properly scales at 4% per level. Stitches Fixed an issue where Slam would go on cooldown when Stitches was interrupted during its initial cast. Tassadar The Ranged Assassin tooltip at the bottom is now properly displaying for Tassadar. Return to Top
      A new Hero, Nexus Anomaly, and Nexomania II await in the Nexus!
    • By Oxygen
      Our thirtieth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for June 2020 is here!
      The latest meta tier list for June 2020 is here!
      Welcome to another Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the June 3 patch. The goal of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame).
      A new format, soon™
      First off: sorry for taking so long to update the list. We're in the final stage of a complete (and overdue) redesign of our tier lists. While I can't say for sure when we'll be showcasing it, it'll make both the updating process and your browsing experience that much better. In the meantime, I've restricted the class system to the system used in-game so as to reduce confusion. Stay tuned!
      Current ranked mode map rotation
      Current anomaly
      A Call For Help!. For more information about this Anomaly, simply refer to our Anomaly guide.
       

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

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

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

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

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