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Lucio Patch Notes: February 14

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A new Hero is entering the Nexus and the patch also contains balance updates and several bugfixes. Don't forget the "For Azeroth" promotion goes live with Lucio's patch!

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General

“For Azeroth!” – Play Warcraft Heroes, Get Rewards!

  • Quest
    • Complete 15 Heroes of the Storm matches with a friend, while playing as Warcraft Heroes, before the event concludes.
    • Players who select Warcraft Heroes will still earn quest credit if their friends play using Heroes from other Blizzard universes. However, only the players who select Warcraft Heroes will earn quest credit.
    • Players do not need to complete all 15 matches with the same friend in order to complete the quest.
  • Rewards
    • World of Warcraft: Primal Flamesaber Mount
    • Heroes of the Storm: 10 day Stimpack
    • Heroes of the Storm: Flames of Judgement Charger Mount

Heroes Brawl

  • The reward requirements for the following Brawls have been reduced from 3 to 2 games:
    • Heroes of the Stars
    • Bloodlust Brawl
    • Mage Wars

New Hero: Lúcio

From the streets of Rio to the clubs on King’s Row, Lúcio’s beats bring the party to life, and drive the people to action. Now he’s on tour in the Nexus, ready to Break it down, and to continue fighting for what’s right.

Trait

  • Wall Ride (D)
    • When moving alongside impassable battleground terrain and Structures, Lúcio can walk through other units, and his Movement Speed is increased by 20%. This effect stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses.

Basic Abilities

  • Soundwave (Q)
    • Deal damage to enemies in a cone-shaped area and knock them back.
  • Crossfade (W)
    • Play one of two tracks that passively provide allied Heroes with either a Speed Boost or a Healing Boost in a large radius around you. Activate Crossfade to swap tracks.
      • Healing Boost: Restore a small amount of Health every second to Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes.
      • Speed Boost: Increase the Movement Speed of Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes by 15%.
  • Amp It Up (E)
    • Raise Lúcio’s Crossfade track volume for 3 seconds, amping Speed Boost to 45% increased Movement Speed, and significantly increasing the Healing rate of Healing Boost.

Heroic Abilities

  • Sound Barrier (R)
    • After 1 second, Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes gain a massive Shield that rapidly decays over the next 6 seconds.
  • Reverse Amp (R)
    • Blast Lúcio’s Crossfade track at enemy Heroes for 4 seconds, causing Healing Boost to inflict damage every second, and Speed Boost to Slow Movement Speed by 45%.
    • Passive: Increase Amp It Up’s duration to 4 seconds.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Murky has received updated icon art and visual effects that coincide with his rework.
  • The following Heroes, Abilities, and Talents have received updated visual effects:
    • Dream Genie Chromie: Time Trap (E) – The lamp spout on Time Trap’s model will now always spawn facing West.
    • Grunty Murky: Pufferfish (W) – Visual effects tweaks have been made in order to better distinguish between Pufferfishes and Tufferfishes.
    • Thrall: Earthquake (R) – The outer edge of Earthquake’s area of effect has been made more visually apparent. 

Shop

Bundles

  • New Bundles
    • Ribbit Lúcio Bundle – Available until February 28, 2017
    • 2017 Love is in the Air Bundle – Available until February 28, 2017
  • Returning Bundles
    • Classic Love is in the Air Bundle – Available until February 28, 2017
  • Removed Bundles
    • 2017 Lunar Festival Bundle
    • 2016 Lunar Festival Bundle

New Hero

  • Lúcio has been added to the in-game Shop

Mounts

  • New Mounts
    • Heart Stone – Available by purchasing the 2017 Love is in the Air Bundle
    • Flames of Judgement Charger – Awarded for completing the “For Azeroth!” event quest.
  • Returning Mounts
    • Amani War Bear
    • Cyber Ram
  • Removed Mounts
    • Magic Carpet
    • Marshal’s Outrider

New Skins

  • Ribbit Lúcio
  • Master Lúcio
  • Love Goddess Tyrande

Price Reduction

  • Kharazim's prices will be reduced to 7,000 Gold and $8.49 USD.

Design

Minions

  • Minion leash range decreased from 10 to 9.

Heroes

Assassin

The Butcher

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Abilities

  • Butcher's Brand (W)
    • Casting animation has been sped up by roughly 33%. This should reduce instances of canceling this ability by rapidly issuing other commands.

Falstad

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Abilities

  • Hinterland Blast (R)
    • Added functionality:
      • Cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds for every enemy Hero hit

Greymane

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Abilities

  • Marked for the Kill (R)
    • Renamed to Cursed Bullet
      • New Functionality:
        • Fires a bullet that hits the first Hero in its path, dealing 35% of their current Health as damage. Cannot hit Vehicles.
        • 30 second cooldown, costs 50 Mana.

Talents

  • Level 20
    • Gilnean Roulette (R)
      • New Functionality:
        • Causes Cursed Bullet to hit all enemies in its path, and reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds per Hero hit

Ragnaros

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Talents

  • Level 13
    • Resilient Flame (Passive)
      • Now has a 10 second cooldown between activations
      • A button has been added to the hotbar so the cooldown can be tracked

Thrall

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Abilities

  • Earthquake (R)
    • Earthquake will go off even if Thrall is interrupted during his cast animation
  • Sunder (R)
    • Sunder will go off even if Thrall is interrupted during his cast animation
Developer Comment:  Thrall’s two Heroics are overly sensitive to being interrupted, something that has been on our radar to fix for quite some time.

Valeera

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Stats

  • Basic Attack damage increased from 75 to 79
  • Health increased from 1950 to 2047
  • Health Regeneration reduced from 4.54 to 4.26

Abilities

  • Ambush (Q)
    • Energy cost reduced from 20 to 10
  • Cheap Shot (W)
    • Stun duration reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds
  • Garrote (E)
    • Silence duration increased from 2 to 2.25 seconds
    • Impact damage reduced from 75 to 20
    • Damage over time reduced from 175 to 140
  • Cloak of Shadows (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 18 to 15
    • Duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Crippling Poison (Active)
      • Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Wound Poison (Active)
      • Duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Assassinate (Q)
      • Distance between enemy Heroes reduced from 5 to 4 range
  • Level 13
    • Death From Above (Q)
      • Teleport range increased from 5 to 7
  • Level 16
    • Rupture (E)
      • Added functionality: Basic Attacks against Garroted enemies also increases the damage over time effect by 5%, stacking up to 30%
Developer Comments:   We feel that Valeera needs a small increase in power to help her overall win rate, but are hoping to do so without adding much more burst damage or disabling effects. The changes to her Health and Basic Attack damage should give her a boost, while the changes to Talents, Ambush, and Garrote should create harder decision making for the Rogue. While we were looking at her Health Regeneration, we noticed that it was actually higher than intended (most Heroes take 480 seconds to regenerate their entire Health pool), which is why we reduced it slightly. We’ve increased the duration on Cloak of Shadows so that predicting Abilities is easier to accomplish. We want it to be a rewarding, high skill-cap ability, but with the old tuning it struggled to compete with Smoke Bomb.

Zul'jin

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Headhunter (Active)
      • Will no longer dismount Zul'jin when it is activated while mounted

Multi-class

Varian

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Talents

  • Level 13
    • Banner of Stormwind (Active)
      • Moved to level 16
    • Banner of Ironforge (Active)
      • Moved to level 16
    • Banner of Dalaran (Active)
      • Moved to level 16
  • Level 16
    • Juggernaut (E)
      • Moved to level 13
    • Mortal Strike (Trait)
      • Moved to level 13
    • Shattering Throw (Active)
      • Moved to level 13
Developer Comments:  We like that Mortal Strike and Shattering Throw are great counter options for certain team compositions, but thought they came just a little too late to draft Varian specifically for them.

Specialist

Abathur

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Abilities

  • Stab (Q)
    • Damage increased from 113 to 119
  • Spike Burst (W)
    • Damage increased from 111 to 116
  • Carapace (E)
    • Shield amount increased from 150 to 157

Murky

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 635 to 761

Abilities

  • Spawn Egg (D)
    • Resurrect time while Murky's Egg is active increased from 5 to 8 seconds
  • Slime (Q)
    • Slow amount increased from 20 to 25%
  • Pufferfish (W)
    • Now deals 50% damage to Structures
    • Pufferfish can now be targeted by Structures
    • Pufferfish now has 225 Health and takes damage from Abilities
    • Explosion radius increased by 50%
    • Now scales at 5.5% additional health per level, instead of the standard 4%
  • March of the Murlocs (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds
    • Increased the Movement Speed of the tiny murlocs by 30%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Fish Tank (Passive)
      • Moved to level 13
      • Redesigned: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant Murky 75 Basic Attack Armor for 2 seconds
    • Bubble Breeze (E)
      • Renamed to Slippery When Wet
      • Moved to level 7
      • Increased the Movement Speed bonus from 20% to 35%
      • Now also allows Murky to pass through enemies while Safety Bubble is active
    • Assault Egg (D)
      • Renamed to Fish Eye
      • Bonus Health reduced from 150% to 100%
      • Sight Radius bonus increased from 150% to 200%
      • Now reveals Stealthed enemies
      • Now increases Murky's Mounted Movement Speed to 45% for 5 seconds after spawning
    • Bribe (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Egg Hunt (Active)
      • Activate to place a fake Egg.  If the fake Egg dies, it casts Slime.  Maximum 3 fake Eggs.  6 second cooldown
      • Upon spawning from an Egg, Murky is Stealthed for 5 seconds
    • New Talent: A Fishy Deal (Active)
      • Killing an enemy Minion with Pufferfish grants 1 stack of Bribe.  Use 5 Bribe stacks to capture a single Mercenary. Maximum of 20 stacks
        • Stacks required to gain a charge of Bribe increased from 5 to 7
        • Maximum charge count increased from 20 to 30
  • Level 4
    • Bigger Slime (Q)
      • Moved to level 7
      • Renamed to Black Lagoon
    • Tufferfish (W)
      • Redesigned:  Now causes Pufferfish to deal 35% more damage to Slimed targets, and it gains 50 Spell Armor
    • Envenom (Active)
      • Removed
    • Living The Dream (Passive)
      • No longer passively grants Ability Power
      • Instead of granting 1% Ability Power every 5 seconds, now grants 5% Ability Power every 15 seconds. Max 15% bonus Ability Power.
    • New Talent: Slime Time (Q)
      • Quest: Slime enemy Heroes that are already Slimed
      • Reward: After Sliming 15 Slimed Heroes, increase Slime's bonus damage by 125. This damage does not scale with level.
      • Reward: After Sliming 30 Slimed Heroes, increase Slime's slow amount to 35%
  • Level 7
    • Slime Advantage (Q)
      • Removed
    • Hindering Slime (Q)
      • Removed
    • Compressed Air (W)
      • Removed
    • Clairvoyance (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Time to Krill (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes deal an additional 8 damage per second and Slow the target’s Movement Speed by 10% for 5 seconds. This effect can stack up to 5 times
        • Damage per second reduced from 8 to 7
        • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds
        • Slow amount reduced from 10% to 8% per stack
  • Level 13
    • Continuous Slime (Q)
      • Renamed to Making Inky
      • Moved to level 20
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 2 seconds
    • Wrath of Cod (W)
      • Moved to level 16
      • New Functionality:
        • Pufferfish deals bonus damage to Heroes equal to 10% of their maximum Health over 5 seconds
    • Bubble Machine (E)
      • Removed
    • Hidden Assault (D)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Egg Shell (D)
      • Respawning from an Egg grants Murky a Shield equal to 100% of his maximum Health. This Shield lasts indefinitely
  • Level 16
    • Slimy End (Q)
      • Removed
    • Rejuvenating Bubble (E)
      • Moved to level 13
    • Blood for Blood (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Toxic Buildup (Q)
      • Attacking an enemy Hero 3 times causes a Slime to cast from their position
    • Slimy Pufferfish (W)
      • Renamed to Fish Oil
  • Level 20
    • Rewind (Active)
      • Removed
    • Bolt of the Storm (Active)
      • Removed
    • Never-Ending Murlocs (R)
      • Redesigned:  March of the Murlocs can now be channeled indefinitely
    • New Talent: Big Tuna Kahuna (Trait)
      • Murky's maximum Health and Egg respawn times are doubled.
Developer Comment:  : Mrrgrgrlgrl! Rise my brother murlocs! Mrrrgrgrlrlgrl! Vengeance will be ours! In examining Murky, his original health and egg timers are vestiges of a different time, created before even Jaina entered the Nexus. We wanted to give him more base health to make him a little harder to burst down, but traded it for a little longer time to respawn from his Egg. This has the added bonus of allowing a bit more counter-play to hunting our fishy friend. We also wanted to adjust Pufferfish, as an increasingly high amount of the roster could immediately explode it. Finally, his talent tree has been updated to come in line with our new philosophies. We’ve not only found this Murky much more fun to play as, with some exciting talents in each tier, but also more fair to fight against! Mrrgrgrlgrl!
LEVEL (TIER)   MURKY TALENTS    
1 (1) Fish Eye (Trait) Egg Hunt (Active) A Fishy Deal (Active)  
4 (2) (!)Slime Time (Q) Tufferfish (W) (!)Living the Dream (Passive)  
7 (3) Black Lagoon (Q) Slippery When Wet (E) Time to Krill (Passive)  
10 (4) March of the Murlocs (R) Octo-Grab (R)
13 (5) Rejuvenating Bubble (E) Fish Tank (Passive) Egg Shell (Trait)  
16 (6) Toxic Buildup (Q) Fish Oil (W) Wrath of Cod (W)  
20 (7) Never-Ending Murlocs (R) ...And a Shark Too! (R) Big Tuna Kahuna (Trait) Making Inky (Q))
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Nazeebo

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Abilities

  • Plague of Toads (E)
    • The targeting indicator now more accurately reflects the Toads’ travel path

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Dead Rush (W)
      • Cancelling Zombie Wall will now also provide up to 5 uprooted Zombies

Support

Lúcio

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Stats
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 23 to 24

Abilities

  • Sound Barrier (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 70 to 80 seconds
  • Reverse Amp (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 50 to 40 seconds
    • Damage increased from 12.5 to 14

Lt. Morales

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Abilities

  • Displacement Grenade (E)
    • Will now reveal a small area around the grenade as it travels

Tassadar

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Stats
  • Basic Attack range increased from 5.5 to 6.5

Abilities

  • Psionic Storm (W)
    • Ramp to maximum damage reduced from 8 to 5 stacks
  • Archon (R)
    • Basic Attack slow reduced from 40 to 30%
  • Force Wall (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 35 to 30
    • Duration of Force Wall reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Templar’s Will (Passive)
      • Mana returned from attacking Heroes increased from 4 to 8 per second
      • New Functionality:
        • Reward for first quest unlock changed from +1 Basic Attack range to +150% Distortion Beam damage.
  • Level 4
    • Khala’s Light (Q)
      • Armor on expiration reduced from 25 to 15
  • Level 7
    • Resonation (W)
      • Slow amount increased from 40 to 50%
  • Level 13
    • Nullification (Active)
      • Duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Psionic Echo (W)
      • Window between casts increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Twilight Archon (R)
      • The cooldown for Archon will no longer tick down while the Archon effect is active
    • Force Barrier (R)
      • Cooldown reduction on Force Wall reduced from 6 to 5 seconds

Warrior

Muradin

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Crowd Control (W)
      • Now has a 7 second cooldown reduction maximum
  • Level 13
    • Thunder Strike (W)
      • Icon color swapped to blue
    • Healing Static (W)
      • Icon color swapped to green

Rexxar

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Flare (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Hungry Bear (Passive)
      • Heal amount increased from 4 to 4.5% of Misha’s Maximum Health
  • Level 7
    • Aspect of the Beast (W)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Aspect of the Hawk (Q)
      • Duration is now refreshed if Rexxar hits an enemy Hero with Spirit Swoop while the Aspect of the Hawk effect is active
      • Rexxar attack speed bonus increased from 100 to 125%
      • Misha Bonus attack duration increased from .5 to .75 seconds

Zarya

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Feel the Heat (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks that deal bonus damage in Melee range will now show a Crit indicator

Bug Fixes

General

  • Mac: Launching the Heroes client on a Mac will no longer automatically increase mouse acceleration.
  • Corrected the scaling damage caps for several Talents that deal damage based on a percentage of the target’s maximum Health, including:
    • Gall: Giant Scorcher
    • Rehgar: Hunger of the Wolf
    • Ragnaros: Giant Scorcher
    • Tracer: Quantum Spike
    • Xul: Backlash, Giant’s Curse
  • A number of typos and tooltip errors have been corrected across several aspects of the game.

Art

  • Nova: Nova’s status bar will no longer pop above her head while running.
  • Samuro: Monkey King Samuro will now correctly play his victory animation after destroying the enemy Core.
  • Tracer: Hologram visual effects will now correctly display on Master Tracer’s model while using Recall.
  • Sky Temple: Fixed an issue in which Temple attacks could briefly appear to fire beyond the Core.

Battlegrounds

  • Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue that could cause Zerg units to become stuck in the walls of their pens.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Anub'arak: Chitinous Plating will now correctly reduce the cooldown for Harden Carapace.
  • Chromie: After completing Deep Breathing’s quest, its buff bar tooltip will now display the correct number of Heroes hit.
  • E.T.C.: If Stage Dive’s landing location is blocked, E.T.C. will now land as close as possible to the intended area rather than returning to his original casting location.
  • Medivh: Will now properly benefit from Regeneration Globes while transforming into Raven Form.
  • Ragnaros: Will now properly benefit from Hand of Sulfuras when Empower Sulfuras scores a killing blow after striking multiple enemy Heroes.
  • Ragnaros: Lava Wave's cooldown will now be paused during Zeratul’s Void Prison.
  • Rehgar: Will no longer be pulled out of Ghost Wolf form upon dealing damage via an allied Ragnaros’s Blast Wave.
  • Rexxar: Spirit Swoop will now correctly deal damage to Monsters.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue that could refresh the duration of Advancing Strikes after landing a critical strike.
  • Samuro: Shift-queueing Hearthstone will no longer break Stealth until Hearthstone begins casting.
  • Samuro: Burning Blade area of effect damage will now properly benefit from bonus damage granted by Way of Illusion.
  • Samuro: Bladestorm will no longer occasionally fail to activate after casting Mirror Images and Bladestorm in rapid succession.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue in which the Score Screen could display an incorrect number of Gems for Samuro if he collected them while Mirror Images were active on Tomb of the Spider Queen.
  • Thrall: Fixed an issue in which Feral Spirit could fail to trigger Follow Through after earning Seasoned Marksman stacks.
  • Valeera:  Rupture and Hemorrhage no longer benefit from another Valeera’s Garrote.
  • Valla: Killing enemy Heroes who have post-death states, like Tyrael and Leoric, after learning Death Dealer will now correctly refresh Vault’s cooldown.
  • Zul'jin: Fixed an issue causing Zul’jin to have a slightly higher Health Regeneration rate than intended.

Sound

  • Illidan: The Hunt voiceover will no longer play slightly early.
  • Zarya: Graviton Surge and Expulsion Zone voiceover will no longer play slightly early.

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I have my doubts about the Valeera buffs to her damage and the extension of the silence component on Garrote. After being around in WoW for the many... many... many stun lock / mez chain seasons, I feel my disappointment of so many buffs aimed at a hero that is very close to the point of balance - with a very high skill cap mind you - is justified. They threaten to turn her into the next hero that suffers from Illidan syndrome, where they are either a) incredibly painful to deal with if the player can play them well or b) a mascot liability, incapable of doing anything useful except for the rare opportunities they get to draft into a comp built around them. 

On the upside, the Murky rework looks interesting!

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On 17. 2. 2017 at 5:25 PM, Valhalen said:

I'm curious to see the Lucio Guide.

And here we go, the guide has just been published! We hope you'll find the guide useful, and as always, if you have any questions or remarks, you can share them with us in the guide thread.

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      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!