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Valeera Patch Notes: January 24

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Valeera goes live today and the patch brings a redesign of Tassadar and Rexxar in addition to various bugfixes.

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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!

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

Bundles
  • New Bundles
    • Demon Hunter Valeera Bundle – Available until February 7, 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
  • Returning Mount
    • Lunar Tiger
  • 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.

Ping Frequency

  • Players may now ping up to 5 times over 4 seconds, rather than 3 times over 3 seconds, before they are temporarily prevented from issuing additional pings.
  • The amount of time that players will be prevented from issuing additional pings has been decreased from 6 to 5 seconds.

Try Mode

  • A “Complete Quests” button has been added that will allow players to instantly complete Quest Talent requirements.
  • A “Select Ally” button has been added that will allow players to select any Hero as their Try Mode ally.
    • Click “Select Ally” and then choose a Hero from the dropdown list, or select “None” to play without an ally.

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

Valeera

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Abilities

  • Cloak of Shadows (R)
    • Cooldown decreased from 25 to 18 seconds

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%
    • Tether range has been slightly increased
    • 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 550
    • 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 44
    • Added Functionality:
      • Damage increases by 12% 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.
    • This bug fix has been reverted due to additional complications discovered during PTR testing. We plan to resolve this and roll out a new fix in a future patch.
  • 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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Oh boi. This reworked Tassadar looks amazing. I can't wait to try.

Edit: They fucking brought back the main theme from the Alpha HotS! Pure bliss!

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    • By Stan

      In next week's sale you can grab two Specialists - Probius, Sylvanas, and a bunch of skins and mounts!
      If you want to grab everything, no problem! You can purchase the Weekly Bundle with all Heroes, skins and mounts that are on sale for the week.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye. Weekly Collection Update: Aug 22 – 29, 2017
      Next week's Collection Update will begin Tuesday, August 22! Check out the new list of featured items and Hero discounts below: Upcoming Hero Sales
      Probius — Sale Price: 375 Gems Sylvanas — Sale Price: 312 Gems
      The following Skins and Mounts will enter the Featured Item Rotation, and will be unlockable using Gems until next week's Collection Update: Upcoming Featured Skins
      Ascendant Probius Prime Indigo Li-Ming Real Dream Azmodunk Fervent Love Goddess Tyrande Nightmare Shan’do Illidan Molten Druid of the Flame Malfurion Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Azure Nimbus Cloud Armored War Steed Weekly Sale Bundle
      If you’d rather pick up everything at once, we’re also going to add a new Weekly Sale Bundle to the Featured tab in your Collection. This limited-time bundle contains all of the items above at a discounted Gem price, but will only be available until next week’s Collection Update takes place.
    • By Oxygen

      We present our ninth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Garrosh patch of August 2017.
      Our ninth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the month of August 2017 is here!
       
      Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Garrosh patch. The goal if 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). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list—including this very one—should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.
       
      Using the list
      As stated above, tier lists are easy to mistake for gospel. As new strategies are discovered and experimented with, so changes the perception of the relative strengths of each hero. Tier lists still prove to be useful as a snapshot of player expectations in terms of drafting. Although it is generally considered preferable to focus on high tier heroes (Prime and Core tiers), it is important to note that Heroes of the Storm's wild character and map designs make it so that any given hero's tier position is prone to fluctuate depending on the situation at hand.
      One classic example of such is that of Kerrigan on the Infernal Shrines map. Although we currently judge her to be a mid-tier hero, her drafting priority shoots up to first-pick or first-ban material on this specific map due to the nature of its objective. Certain heroes also synergise so well with each other that the sole fact of having the opportunity of drafting them together is generally enough to increase their potential. Tassadar and Tracer, for instance, are generally nightmarish to deal with for many. There are too many examples of these interactions to reasonably produce here, but we invite you to consult our guides to know exactly where and when each hero shines. The guides have been linked in the lists below for your convenience - just click any of the hero names to access them.
      A ↑ next to a hero's name means its tier list position has increased since the previous month whereas a ↓ means just the opposite. Additionally, a + or - sign indicates short-to-medium term predictions (which is to say, about a month) for tier increase(s) or decrease(s), respectively. These are often updated after significant balance patches and/or when clear trends are emerging.
      If you're newer to the game, also consider visiting our glossary for a comprehensive list of discrete Heroes of the Storm terms.
       
      Prime Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Anub'arak  Genji Uther - Stitches↑ Greymane↑ Tassadar↑     Malthael     Prime tier heroes are considered to be extremely strong in all situations, and show no obvious weakness. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most matches.
       
      Core Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Arthas Falstad Auriel Nazeebo Dehaka Gul'dan- Rehgar Sylvanas Diablo+ Li-Ming Stukov Xul↑ E.T.C.↑ The Butcher↑     Garrosh (new!) Valla     Sonya Zeratul     Varian (Tank)                       Core tier heroes are strong in a wide variety of situations and have few counter-picking possibility. They should form the core of your team, and be picked after Prime Tier heroes have been distributed.
       
      Viable Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Artanis Alarak Brightwing Abathur Chen Cassia↑ Kharazim Azmodan D.Va↓ Chromie Li Li Zagara+ Johanna↓ Jaina Lt. Morales Probius Leoric Kael'thas Lúcio   Muradin Lunara Malfurion↓   Tyrael Ragnaros Tyrande   Zarya↓ Samuro       Thrall↓       Tracer↑       Varian (Damage)-       Zul'jin             Viable tier heroes are generally well-rounded that have either fallen out of favour, or, inversely, are on the rise in popularity, due to the current Prime tier contenders.
       
      Niche Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Cho'gall Cho'gall - Gazlowe↓ Rexxar↓ Illidan   Medivh   Kerrigan↓   Murky   Nova   Sgt. Hammer   Raynor       Valeera↓       Tychus     Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They are generally picked to "round out" your team composition when your team composition is missing out on key components, such as a "jungler" (mercenary camps), a solo laner, or solid waveclear.
       
      Bottom Tier
      The Lost Vikings Bottom tier Heroes are deemed to be either considerably weaker than the majority of other Heroes, or much more challenging to play properly. Although they may situationally shine, these Heroes are generally avoided by most players.
       
      Metagame assessment
      Greetings. Regulars may have noticed that the changes featured in this month's list have been more aggressive than usual. In essence, I feel like a clear metagame is finally begin to emerge after a slew of important changes, making it easier for me to pinpoint notable trends. And so, the result is a volatile tier list that should be extremely stable next month. Shall we begin?
      I like Garrosh quite a bit, and I can't help but feel that the combined novelty and high skill cap skew his win rates towards the bottom of the roster. Case in point: his Master level win rates are nearly 12% higher than his Bronze level win rates. This is a case of Medivh all over again; however, whereas both Garrosh and Medivh did start at 30-something-percent win rates, Garrosh has been steadily climbing over the week. Both Diablo and Stitches are currently very popular picks, and Garrosh provides similar utility through his Groundbreaker + Wrecking Ball combo. Talents to watch out for are undoubtedly Warbreaker (reduced cooldown on Groundbreaker, level 1) and Intimidation (40% reduced attack speed on targets hit by Groundbreaker, level 7), which allow Garrosh to neuter basic attack reliant heroes much earlier than other heroes can. Into the Fray (can use Wrecking Ball on allies once every 30 seconds, level 7) is also an interesting one as it gives Garrosh his own version of Cleanse and  the ability to say 'hey, you're mispositioned, stop it', which should come in handy whenever an ally is, well, not standing where they should be. It also breaks Lamb to the Slaughter on top of a few other nasty heroic abilities, which is great.
      Stitches has finally ascended to godhood, and although I was slow to give him a seat in the core tier, repeated high level hero league bans and a high amount of tournament play speak for themselves. As stated last month, the Slam build remains an easy way of topping the damage charts all while being difficult to kill. Gorge has also seen an upsurge in popularity, and particularly on maps where combat tends to happen close by fortifications, such as Dragon Shire, Tomb of the Spider Queen, Towers of Doom, et cetera. Couple this with Falstad's Mighty Gust, and you have a game winning combo that isn't all that difficult to pull off.
      I don't have much to say about Greymane that isn't self-obvious; Cursed Bullet is a great choice in a meta where healthy tanks are popular, though Go for the Throat is also re-emerging for blowup team compositions, thanks to its reliable damage and gap closing feature, on top of its ability to reset.
      To shoehorn last month's tier list again, I made a snarky comment about Tassadar always being either too strong or too weak. Right now, he enables two borderline heroes–Illidan and Tracer–on top of providing flexible heroic ability choices for both more defensive and blowout team compositions. His versatility just makes him never feel like a bad pick, and Oracle keeps the Zeratuls at bay as a bonus.
      E.T.C. is this month's surprise as players sift through forgotten heroes to solo tank, provide potential mapwide mobility through Stage Dive, and just generally provide reliable crowd control. You'll note a sore lack of interruption from a lot of high tier picks as well, making Mosh Pit about as good as it'll get.
      We haven't seen The Butcher be more than a one trick for nearly two years now, but the brute is back in force, thanks for buffs several players have misinterpreted as nerfs. I suspect, however, that some of his newfound success may be due to players having some difficulty adapting to his new gank-heavy playstyle and generally counterpicking him. Shall the Brightwings, Cassias, and Li Lis of the world rise up to the challenge?
      Xul has continued to perform well, and although he is the second least popular core tier hero (right behind Zeratul), he will keep on being effective on Blackheart's Bay, Dragon Shire, Gardens of Terror, Infernal Shrines, and Towers of Doom simply due to the importance of having a strong split pusher on these maps. Just make sure you go for Skeletal Mages, which tend to block a lot of those abilities strong tanks currently rely upon to get picks, on top of being generally disruptive.
    • By Stan

      Lost Cavern is a single-lane battleground that has been chosen for this week's brawl! Complete three matches to earn a Loot Chest.
      Blizzard (Source)
      This week’s brawl is Lost Cavern! It’s all-out mayhem on our single-lane battleground – Lost Cavern. Queue up, choose your Hero, and try to best to bring down the enemy Core!

      Rules:
      Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
      Complete three matches of Lost Cavern to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
    • By Stan

      The 90th episode of WTF Moments is here.
      Heroes of the Storm Highlights is back with the 90th episode of WTF Moments.
    • By Stan

      It's time to get hyped! Gamescom 2017 is just over a week away and even though Blizzard hasn't shared the full schedule yet, we'll get to see Team expert battling it out against Team Liquid on August 23 from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST.
      Both teams played against each other during Western Clash and Team expert easily defeated Team Liquid with a final score of 3:0. Will they be able to take revenge? Another interesting match is a YouTuber clash between Team ApeCrime & Team PietSmiet. Stay tuned for a full schedule.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Whether you’re an esports fanatic or just love live MOBA action, you’ll definitely want to catch our two epic show matches either in person or via live stream.
      Team expert vs. Team Liquid
      Some of the very best players in the world will be battling it out at gamescom, as Team Liquid and Team expert face off on Wednesday, August 23 from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST.

      Team expert
      Based in Germany, Team expert is known for executing unique drafts and utilizing niche heroes. Their roster is well accustomed to success—they finished second in the recent 2017 HGC Western Clash, and are currently ranked number two in the HGC Europe standings.
       
        Team Liquid
      Team Liquid boasts the longest running five-player roster in the HGC, and it just so happens that four of them are German! They’re sure to have plenty of local support at gamescom, which may be just what they need after recent battles with Team Expert. Their Heroes Showdown opponents knocked them out of the HGC Western Clash earlier this month. Can they take revenge in Cologne?
       
      Team ApeCrime vs. Team PietSmiet
      Get ready for the most legendary YouTuber clash this year! German music and comedy team ApeCrime will challenge gaming personalities PietSmiet on Friday, August 25 from 11:45 to 13:15. Be sure to follow along and find out who’ll be victorious in this battle of the titans.
      Team ApeCrime
      With more than five million subscribers over two channels on YouTube, ApeCrime is sure to have their fair share of fans in the gamescom crowd! Well known for their awesome music and hilarious videos, Cengiz Dogrul, Andre Schiebler, and Jan-Christoph Meyer will offer some top-notch entertainment on stage. With Michael ‘KendricSwissh’ Kratzel and Walter ‘MFPallytime’ Hopkins rounding out their team, they’re sure to bring a few surprises to the Nexus.
      Team PietSmiet
      PietSmiet has been producing gaming-related content since 2011, including “Let’s Play” videos, “Best Of” roundups, and their “Let’s Ask” series. More than two and half million fans follow their channels on YouTube, and they’re sure to earn a few more at gamescom. Chris Stachelhaus, Jonathan Apelt, and Sebastian Lenßen will be joined by esports expert Derek ‘DunkTrain’ Arabian and “Tryhard for Good” streamer Kevin ‘Kev1n’ Rubiszewski.