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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
      The final installment of Midgame Moves is here and Fnatic's Warrior player Pontus "Breez" Sjögren talks about understanding your power spike and scaling. 
      The series will be back later this year with Endgame Moves.
      Midgame Moves
      Part One: Map Pressure & Camp Timings Part Two: Boss Control Part Three: How to Recover from a Lost Fight Part Four: Pressing Your Advantage Blizzard (Source)
      No Worries, We’re Scaling
      It’s Midgame Moves week for Heroes of the Storm! It’s time to continue theeducational content series that kicked off 2018 featuring some of the smartest personalities in the scene. Midgame Moves is focused on the meaty middle portion of a competitive match. We’ve touched on map pressure, boss control,recovering from a lost team fight, and pushing your advantage. Today we will learn about scaling!
      What is scaling? The basic concept is that, as a game of Heroes of the Storm progresses, Heroes on both sides of the Battlefield grow stronger. It may sound simple, but it is actually quite complicated. Thankfully, Fnatic’s Warrior player Pontus "Breez" Sjögren will be your guide to scaling (with style).
      Understand Your Power Spike
      “The midgame starts at Level 10,” Breez says. “It ends at Level 16 because that is when you have all your basic talents and you can play your Hero to its full potential.”
      Knowing when your Hero has come online is of paramount importance, especially for a Warrior player like Breez who spends most of his time on the Battlefield in the thick of things. “Try and learn at least the basic ability of every Hero,” he says. “When you want to take it to the next level, you really must know the talents—at least the important ones. You should do your best to know what talents could come into the game and change things.” 
      Utilizing Displacement
      At Level 16, you must be aware of which Heroes excel in the late game. “I only really know stuff about my role,” said Breez. “I do know you will get punished for only picking Heroes that are weak in the early game but strong in the later stages. That being said, good late-game Heroes would be like Diablo, Muradin, Tracer, Jaina, and Tychus. They are all very strong beyond Level 16.”
      Which Battlegrounds would these Heroes with late-game power spikes be considered the strongest on? “Thanks to the Tower experience changes that came after the HGC Finals, most maps do not snowball anymore,” said Breez. “Anyway, it's the maps that are least likely to snowball where you will want to pick these late-game scaling Heroes. Good Battlegrounds for these Heroes would be like Towers of Doom, Cursed Hollow, and Dragon Shire.”
      What About Volskaya?
      “In the professional meta, getting the first Protector Mech on Volskaya Foundry is fairly important. Usually if you get the first robot, you just can get the fort or multiple towers easily. It is a little easier to get an early lead on Volskaya if you know what you are doing!”
      It’s not just about knowing what your power spike is, or when the enemy team picks up talents like Icy Veins and Get Stuffed. Passively keeping track of player quests also will give you a competitive edge. “You have to be aware of when Gul'dan is landing his Corruption and when he finishes his Level 1 quest. It happens often that instantly when he finishes his quest people aren't aware of it and he just melts people.”
      Regeneration Globe quests have been buffed across the board thanks to the same gameplay update that Breez referenced above. As such, Breez says, "If you have a stronger early game and you can get two globes from every wave, you can be done with the globe quest incredibly fast now. That is a good example of something that people don't really think about in pro play—if you can just get 30 Globes on Stitches or whoever super early, then that Hero is going to be very hard to kill for the rest of the game.”
      Keep Tabs with Tab
        Make a habit of checking everyone's Talents and Quest progression on the Leader Panel throughout the game. How is someone to supposed to keep track of all this information?! “Click tab,” says Breez. “Click tab more! Keep track of the talents that are being picked, see what is working and what is not working for other Heroes other than yourself. Check to see what Heroics the enemy team takes as soon as they hit Level 10.” 
      Hopefully you’ll heed Breez’s advice next time you hit that Ready button! Be sure to check out the Heroes of the Storm website for more information on Hero roles and Battlegrounds and scope the new Hero page right here at playheroes.com/esports for an inside look at the professional meta. We will return with Endgame Moves later this year!
    • By Stan
      Quite a few interesting items will be on sale next week. You can buy the entire Farstrider Hanzo Skin Pack for the first time and the Ripper Mount will become purchasable for 10,000 Gold through August 20.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Heroic Deals: July 24 – July 30, 2018 
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, July 24! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
      Artanis — Sale Price: 312 gems Hanzo — Sale Price: 375 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      Farstrider Hanzo Skin Pack* Stealth Mecha Dehaka Scarlet Dream Genie Chromie Citrine Knight Owl Medivh Death Knight Sonya Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Brown Dire Wolf Amber Spectre Phantom Drakkari War Bear * First time featured item!
      Gold Mounts
      The following Gold Mount changes will take place once this week’s round of Heroic Deals begins: Ripper Mount — Will become purchasable for 10,000 gold through August 20. Piggy Bank — Will no longer be purchasable in the Collection.
    • By Stan
      Silver City is a single-lane map with shuffle pick, standard play and the first team to destroy the enemy Core wins. Complete three matches to receive a Loot Chest.
      Blizzard (Source)
      This week’s Heroes Brawl is Silver City! Battle against the enemy team on this single-lane Battleground featuring a familiar design straight out of the High Heavens, Mercenary Camps ready to be swayed to your team’s favor, and tons of action. Queue up, choose your hero, and try your best to send the enemy team to the Burning Hells!
      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 the Silver City Brawl 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
      Team Octalysis' flex player Francisco "Goku" Avalos talks about how to make the best use of your time while the enemy team's dead in the fourth installment of Midgame Moves.
      Midgame Moves
      Part One: Map Pressure & Camp Timings Part Two: Boss Control Part Three: How to Recover from a Lost Fight Blizzard (Source)
      How to Push Your Advantage to the Max
      It’s Midgame Moves week for Heroes of the Storm! It’s time to continue the educational content series that kicked off 2018 featuring some of the smartest personalities in the scene. Midgame Moves is focused on the meaty middle portion of a competitive game! We’ve touched on map pressure, boss control, and recovering from a lost team fight. Today, we will learn about how best to press your advantage.
      You’ve successfully navigated a team fight and there are multiple Heroes dead on the enemy team now. What is the best use of your time while those enemy death timers tick down? Team Octalysis’ flex player Francisco "Goku" Avalos is on hand to help you understand how best to further your lead.
      Take Everything in Close Proximity
      Pushing your advantage is entirely dependent on the situation you find yourself in. Usually, the best call is to push a nearby structure, but if the fight ended on top of a camp it will only take a few moments of your time to capture that as well. Perhaps splitting the team up and clearing waves to get ahead in soak is the best call. There are multiple considerations, and time is of the essence.
      “The amount of travel time is very important,” Goku said. “If you're top and you win a fight, it's not worth it to travel all the way down to take camps on bottom. [The other team will] be back up soon, and they might be able to defend against you. You usually want to take whatever you're close to after you've won the fight—it’s best to press your advantage wherever you're at.”
      Experience leads come and go, lanes get pushed back and forth, and dead players respawn—remember that structure damage is permanent (unless you’re playing against an Abathur with M.U.L.E). Taking a structure after winning a fight typically yields far more value than doing a Mercenary camp.
      “I think a lot of people make the mistake of doing camps just for the sake of doing camps,” said Goku. “Ask yourself what you can do with a camp when you take it. Try and play in the mindset of a 6v5, your Mercenary camp is another player slowly pushing in.”
      Avoid Wasting Time
      There are a few common traps that players fall into once they feel like it’s time to capitalize on their winning position in the game. The first would be assuming that an early game objective is going to set you up for success.
      “If you complete the objective very early, most of the time it's not going to get much done,” said Goku. “The first set of Web Weavers on Tomb of the Spider Queen are very easy to clear, and an early Curse on Cursed Hollow isn’t that impactful. A good rule of thumb is to just try to obtain as much soak as possible after you've taken an early objective. Then you're setting yourself up for the next team fight, and it becomes more difficult for the enemy team to bounce back.”
      The second mistake Goku points to is the immediate call to do a Boss after a fight has been won. This commonly happens on Sky Temple after the level 10 fight on bottom Temple. “I think it's like a 7- to 8-minute Boss at that point, which doesn't do much,” said Goku. “It's just way better to push bottom or middle lane. You can also take their Siege camp instead.”
      Set Yourself Up for The Next Fight
      When you’ve won a fight, do whatever you can to bolster your odds of winning the next fight. If that means taking an enemy Well near a future objective spawn or stealing a camp to deny your opponents a way back into the game, remember that the last fight is inevitably the only one that truly matters.
      It’s best to not get overly ambitious with shot calling in these situations. “If their death timers are around 40 seconds and you still must go through a Fort and a Keep, then it's better to play around the map and try to get a level advantage for the next fight instead. If you're close to their Keep and you have most of your team alive then it's probably best to push,” said Goku.
      How do you know if it’s safe to push or not? “Ask yourself: Who on the enemy team is still alive? For example, if a mage is still up and they still have a Support—that is still a solid defense," said Goku. "But if it's a Warrior or an off-laner, then that's easily your best chance to try and push or end the game.”
      Snowstorm
      “The best Hero for 'snowballing' would be Jaina in my opinion,” said Goku. “The burst she provides demands a constant response from the enemy team. if she gets a level lead it's even more devastating what she’s capable of. Being a talent tier down on Jaina doesn't feel quite as good but you can comeback—one good Ring of Frost or one decent flank can turn the game around.”
      Now that you understand the basics and some of the common mistakes players make when attempting to retain their lead, hopefully you’ll find yourself prepped and ready for the next team fight after winning the last one. Midgame Moves Week continues tomorrow with a guide to scaling featuring Fnatic’s Warrior player Pontus "Breez" Sjögren.
    • By Stan
      In the third installment of Midgame Moves, Team Dignitas' Vilhelm “POILK” Flennmark details how to recover from a lost battle and get back into the game.
      Midgame Moves
      Part One: Map Pressure & Camp Timings Part Two: Boss Control Blizzard (Source)
      How to Recover from a Lost Team Fight
      It’s Midgame Moves week for Heroes of the Storm! It’s time to continue theeducational content series that kicked off 2018 featuring some of the smartest personalities in the scene, now focusing on the meaty middle portion of a competitive game. On day one we explored map pressure and mercenary camp timings, while yesterday we emphasized boss control. Today, we learn about safe rotations and trade pushing!
      You’ve just lost a team fight and things are looking bleak; something needs to change to turn the tides. Team Dignitas’ Vilhelm “POILK” Flennmark is on hand to help you navigate to victory from the backfoot.
      Attitude is Everything
      “You should focus on what you can do, instead of what has happened,” said POILK. “You can’t change what has happened and what set you back, but you can look for things to do that will help you get back into the game.”
      Do your best to be a part of the solution when it comes to mounting a comeback. “Instead of having that little argument in chat, talk about what you can do instead,” he added.
      Playing Safe is the Only Option
      Soaking experience is of paramount importance—it’s the only way you’ll return to even footing. To ensure that you aren’t staggering more deaths in the process, watch your pathing between lanes. “If you know where the enemy is then there is no problem taking the aggressive path between lanes,” POILK said. “It's when you don't know where they are that you should fear doing aggressive rotations because they could very likely be hiding in that bush between the lanes.”
      It’s common for teams to set up with the intention of pouncing on any enemy Hero that walks by. “If you're leading on Cursed Hollow, you can take the aggressive rotation from middle to bottom where you pass the bush. I would recommend checking bushes with spells. If you’re behind, you can dodge the bush completely by taking a less direct route.”
      Stop the Bleeding, Start the Trade Push
      Before course-correcting a game gone sideways, you must stop the bleeding. “If something goes wrong and the fight starts badly, you just want to back off and avoid losing more people,” POILK said. “You always want to gain something in exchange for losing the objective, even if it's just catching some soak from waves.”
      Enter ‘trade pushing’. A trade push is essentially giving up the objective on purpose in exchange for making progress elsewhere on the map. “Trade pushing during an objective you can't contest is a key part of returning to even footing,” POILK said.
      To understand trade push, you must first comprehend the cardinal rule. “Soaking experience is the most important part of Heroes of the Storm, especially in the early and midgame,” POILK said. “If your opponent commits five people to do the middle Shrine but you get soak and structures on both top and bottom, that is a lot of experience gained. After level 20, soak is not that important.”
      Structures are not Everything
      Only one team is destined to destroy the Core, but there will be several small windows in which your team can safely soak and siege without fear. “The objectives don't really get super-strong until the late game,” POILK said. “The second Punisher on Infernal Shrines usually just gets a fort. With a coordinated team you could easily get a fort on your own with the amount of time the enemy team spends doing the objective.”
      The 'Rage Push' Play
      We covered the Hail Mary Boss play yesterday, but there is a dire play to be made in every situation. “A desperation play you'll see on Dragon Shire is where the team that is hopelessly behind will take the Siege Giants and bottom Knights to mount one last rage push. That’s what Team Dignitas calls it. You're hoping for a lucky pick and some structure damage to get back into the game that way. Sometimes just brute forcing is the best chance you'll have to get back in the game. Those circumstances are rare though.”
      Fighting for the objective is often the most straightforward path to victory, but when you’re trying to come from behind you want to minimize your exposure to the enemy team. "On Infernal Shrines, it is very common for the experience levels to be 13-12 when the second Shrine spawns,” POILK said. “For whatever reason the losing team always makes the mistake of forcing a fight during this. If the second Shrine spawns top, you want to hide from the map before pushing bottom lane with your minion wave. This forces the enemy team to choose between pushing with the Punisher and defending, which usually gives you enough time to catch up in levels.”
      Never Give Up; Never Surrender!
      Team Dignitas mounted a comeback of their own against Gen.G Esports in the grand finals of the Mid-Season Brawl. POILK recently played a pretty major role in a great example of running back a game that looked all but over. “Our shot calling is very good—we are always looking for a way back into any game we might be losing,” he said.
      In their match against Gen.G Esports on Towers of Doom, Team Dignitas did just that—patiently waiting for their Storm Tier Talents to even the playing field before wiping their Korean rivals. “I don't really remember what the coms were, but I know we weren't totally sure we could end. I said I could take bottom Fort, Wubby said he could do the Sappers, Zaelia said he could take mid Fort and Snitch was already on his way to top lane. It was like, everyone saw a thing they could do on their own. Everyone just knew exactly what they needed to do.”
      While you shouldn’t expect to have the same coordination as one of the best teams in the world, that’s inspiring nonetheless—and acts as a great segue into tomorrow’s Midgame Moves article on pushing your advantage to the max, featuring Francisco "Goku" Avalos from North America’s Team Octalysis!