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Probius Patch Notes - Mar 14

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The new patch with Probius, plenty of Hero changes and UI improvements is now live. 2017's Season 1 starts and players will need to play 10 placement matches to get their rank. You can permanently unlock Cho'gall through the Two Heads are Better than One event.

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General

2017 Ranked Season 1 Has Begun!

  • Once today’s patch arrives to the live version of Heroes of the Storm, Ranked Season 3 will officially come to a close, and 2017's First Season will begin!
    • League standings will be reset and all players will need to play through 10 Placement Matches in order to receive their new starting rank for 2017 Season 1.
    • As always, the matchmaking system’s certainty level in all players’ skill ratings will once again be loosened. This should make it a little easier to move up and down the rankings during initial matches this season.
  • Seasonal Rewards
    • Players will receive their Season 3 rewards upon logging in to Heroes of the Storm after the patch becomes available in their home regions.
    • Players who manage to brawl their way up through the leagues during 2017 Ranked Season 1 can claim a new portrait, mount, and gold rewards for their achievements in Hero and Team League.
  • Click here to learn more about 2017 Season 1 and the rewards it has to offer.

Special Event Quest: Two Heads are Better than One

  • Players who don’t own Cho’gall can permanently unlock the two-headed ogre by completing a brand new Special Event Quest!
    • Win 2 Games as Cho or Gall while partied with a player who owns Cho’gall to permanently unlock the Hero.
    • Those who do not own Cho’gall may only complete this Quest once. However, they can still help as many other players unlock the hero as they wish.
  • PTR Note: While elements of this quest may appear on the Test Realm, quest progress will not count toward the reward until this patch arrives to the live version of Heroes of the Storm next week.  

New Hero: Probius

Since his activation, Probius has always wanted to prove himself. He may be small, but he made a big difference by warping in a critical pylon during the retaking of Aiur. As the bravest of probes, Probius is eager to fulfill his purpose in the Nexus. 

Mount

  • Worker Rush (Z)
    • Activate to gain an additional 60% Movement Speed for 5 seconds. Taking damage ends this effect early.
    • Passive: Probius moves 10% faster by hovering over the ground.

Trait

  • Warp In Pylon (D)
    • Warp in a Pylon that generates a Power Field and grants vision of the surrounding area. Probius regenerates Mana rapidly while inside the Power Field.
    • Up to 2 Pylons can exist at once.

Basic Abilities

  • Disruption Pulse (Q)
    • Fire a burst of energy forward, dealing damage to all enemies it passes through.
    • Firing through the center of a Warp Rift will cause it to explode, dealing additional damage to enemies in an area.
  • Warp Rift (W)
    • Open an unstable Warp Rift at the target location that takes 1.25 seconds to arm and then slows enemies within its area of effect by 20%. Lasts 9 seconds.
    • Armed Warp Rifts explode when hit by a Disruption Pulse, dealing damage to nearby enemies.
  • Photon Cannon (E)
    • Warp in a Photon Cannon that attacks enemies within its radius once per second. Lasts 11 seconds.
    • Must be placed within a Pylon’s Power Field. Existing Photon Cannons will deactivate if they are no longer powered by a Pylon.

Heroic Abilities

  • Pylon Overcharge (R)
    • For the next 10 seconds, Pylon Power Fields increase in size and Pylons will attack enemies within them.
    • Passive: Pylons gain a permanent Shields equal to 50% of their maximum Health.
  • Null Gate (R)
    • Project a barrier of negative energy in the target direction that lasts 4 seconds. Enemies who touch the barrier take damage and are slowed by 80% for as long as they remain in contact with it. 

Art

General

  • Ability Power debuff effects will now display an effect on Hero health bars. 

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • The following Heroes have received updated icon art to coincide with their reworks:
    • Cho’gall
  • The following Heroes, Abilities, and Talents have received updated visual effects:
    • Talent: Cleanse has received updated visual effects
    • Artanis: Basic Attack has received animation adjustments to coincide with his new Basic Attack timing

Shop

PTR Note: Many of the following changes will not take place in the Shop until the Public Test Realm is brought offline and the patch is officially released to the live version of Heroes of the Storm next week.

Bundles

  • New Bundles
    • Terran Probius Bundle – Available until March 28, 2017
    • Stars of War Bundle – Available until April 4, 2017
    • Ultimate Stars of War Bundle – Available until April 4, 2017
  • Removed Bundles
    • Blades of Destruction Bundle
    • Ultimate Blades of Destruction Bundle

New Hero

  • Probius has been added to the in-game Shop

Mounts

  • New Mounts
    • Elemental Stag – Awarded for reaching Platinum or above in Hero League or Bronze or above in Team League during Ranked Season 3.
    • Epic Elemental Stag – Awarded for reaching Master League or above in Hero or Team League during Ranked Season 3.
  • Returning Mounts
    • Felsaber
    • Spectre Phantom
  • Removed Mounts
    • Eye Pad
    • Hellboar

New Skins

  • Terran Probius
  • Master Probius

User Interface

General

  • If a matchmaking queue is interrupted while the Heroes client is minimized, or not the focus window, the player will now be notified in the task bar.
  • The color of the ring that appears under the player’s Hero has been changed from yellow to green. 

In-Game User Interface

  • General
    • The following stats have been added to the Character Sheet (C):
      • Physical Armor
      • Spell Armor
  • Keep an Eye on Allies and Enemies with Party Frames
    • Today’s patch introduces the Party Frames panel to the in-game user interface, which makes a ton of information about your allies and enemies more readily available than ever before.
    • Information displayed to all players:
      • Hero Portrait
      • Respawn Timer
      • Heroic Ability
      • On Fire visual effects
    • Party Frames will display even more information about teammates:
      • Current Health and Mana
      • Heroic Ability Cooldowns
      • Visual effects during Hearthstone channeling
    • The center area of the panel that contains Team Levels, XP, and the game timer, is now more compact and has received additional polish.
      • A Talent tier indicator has been added to each team’s XP bar that blinks on levels that precede the next Talent tier (3, 6, 9, etc.).
      • If one team gains a Talent tier over the other, that team’s level will be engulfed in flames to signify their Talent advantage.
  • On Fire Effects Have Returned!
    • The top performing players at any given time during a match will now be considered On Fire, and may be highlighted with fiery visual effects in the in-game user interface:
      • Party Frames: Players who are On Fire will have their Hero Portraits in the Party Frames panel engulfed in fiery visual effects for all to see.
      • Stats Screen: Embers will highlight the individual stats that contribute to a player’s On Fire status in the Stats tab on the in-game Score Screen.
      • Hero Portrait: Players who are On Fire will see their Hero Portrait in the bottom-left catch fire.
    • There are 2 different levels of On Fire effects. The better a player performs compared to all other 9 players in a match, the more intense their flames will become.
    • While only 3 players can be On Fire at any one time, the game is constantly re-evaluating all players in the match.
      • On Fire effects can swap among players regularly based on their current performance.
      • This status will be lost on death, following a period of inactivity, or if another player’s performance surpasses those who are currently On Fire.
  • Introducing: The Kill Feed
    • When players score kills a notification will now appear on the left side of the screen along with your team’s kill streak timer.
      • When a player scores additional kills, the Kill Feed notification will stack the portraits of slain enemies and reset the timer.
  • Overall In-Game UI Polish
    • Nearly every aspect of the in-game user interface has received an additional level of polish with today’s patch. Some of the most notable changes include:
      • The Hero Portrait in the lower-left corner, as well as Health, Mana, and buff bars, and even Ability hotbars have all received new art.
      • The Stats, Talents, and Death Recap tabs on the in-game Score Screen have received significant visual updates.
      • On-screen Killstreak callouts have received updated visual effects, and will increase in intensity as a player’s takedown count rises.
  • You can find more information on the new User Interface changes in our blog.

Design & Gameplay

Body Blocking Improvements

  • Improvements have been made to allied body blocking. 

Time-based Scaling

  • We now have the ability to scale damage based on game time elapsed, which should help the performance of the game, but also more accurately adjust damage values of certain abilities.
    • We have implemented this on Li Ming’s Arcane Orb & Tyrande's Sentinel and will continue to look for other use-cases.

Hero Descriptions

  • Several Heroes have received new descriptions in the Hero Select screen.

Battlegrounds

Heroes Brawl

  • Bloodlust Brawl
    • The hero selection pool has been curated to favor non-spell caster heroes since they benefit less from the Bloodlust Buff
  • Mage Wars
    • Weekly Brawl quest completion criteria reduced from Play 3 Games to Play 2 Games
  • Silver City
    • Now uses Shuffle Pick for hero selection instead of All Random
    Developer Comment:  With the release of Single Lane Brawls, we've always wanted to try various forms of Hero selection to create interesting gameplay. We know there are avid fans of the completely Random Hero selection (aka ARAM), so that's how we initially released these Brawls. However, over time, we've also received feedback that a truly Random Hero selection can lead to widely imbalanced team comps, which can contribute towards a frustrating play experience. For example, we've seen some matches where one team has 4 Warriors and is unable to effectively fight against a heavy Assassin comp. Combined with the potential of longer games, we think Shuffle Pick may offer your team a better play experience by applying some balance options through Role and Hero Selection. As always, our endeavor is to create the best gameplay experiences for our players so please continue to provide feedback to us whether this change improved your Brawl experience or not.
    • Waygate Usage Consistency
      • The use of Waygates across all relevant maps (Towers of Doom, Haunted Mines, Blackheart's Revenge) has been unified with a common ruleset:
        • Channels will not be interrupted by taking "normal" damage
        • Channels will be interrupted by Abilities such as stuns and knockbacks
        • Waygates can now be channeled while mounted

    Sky Temple

    • Removed a few bushes in the jungle between bottom lane and middle lane.
    Developer Comment:  We love the gameplay around bushes, but feel some maps and in particular certain lane transitions have too many bushes for players to negotiate. We are starting to cull some bushes starting with Sky Temple. While this change is small, we are happy with its impact on the map with our internal testing and want to see how this impacts the game as we look to make similar adjustments.

    Heroes

    Assassin

    Gall

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    • Abilities
      • Shadowflame (Q)
        • Damage increased from 118 to 125
      • Dread Orb (W)
        • Radius reduced from 2 to 1.6
        • Damage increased from 119 to 126
      • Runic Blast (E)
        • No longer destroys Cho’s Rune Bomb on activation
        • Damage increased from 221 to 233
      • Twisting Nether (R)
        • Damage reduced from 415 to 353
      • Shadowbolt Volley (R)
        • Damage increased from 82 to 87
      • Hurry Up Oaf! (Z)
        • Removed
      • New Trait: Ogre Rage (D)
        • While active Gall deals 25% more damage.
        • 5 Second cooldown.
        • Effect is removed if Cho activates Ogre Hide.
    • Talents
      • Level 1
        • Spurred Onward (Z)
          • Removed
        • Shove (Active)
          • Moved to (Z)
            • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds
            • Now also grants Cho 25% move speed for 2 seconds after using
        • Eye of Kilrogg (Active)
          • Moved to Level 1
            • Charges reduced from 4 to 2
            • Cast range reduced from 16 to 12
        • New Talent: Keep Moving! (Z)
          • Increase the Move Speed duration of Shove by .5 seconds.
          • While active, Basic Attacks from Cho increase the duration of the Movement Speed bonus by an additional 1 second.
        • New Talent: Taskmaster (Z)
          • Reduces the cooldown of Shove by 10 seconds
          • Basic Attacks by Cho reduce the cooldown of Shove by 1 second.
        • New Talent: We See You! (1)
          • Reduces the cooldown of Eye of Kilrogg by 15 seconds
          • Increases the cast range of Eye of Kilrogg by 33%
      • Level 4
        • Bomb’s Away (E)
          • New functionality:
            • Quest: Damaging an enemy Hero with Runic Blast permanently increases its damage by 5.
            • Reward: After damaging 20 enemy Heroes, increase the range and speed of Rune Bomb by 20%.
        • Runic Persistence (E)
          • New functionality:
            • Detonating Runic Blast leaves a damaging field on the ground, dealing 180 damage over 3 seconds.
        • Double Back (W)
          • New functionality:
            • The third bounce of Dread Bomb deals 100% bonus damage to non-Heroic units. You can activate Dread Bomb again to reverse the last bounce.
      • Level 7
        • Edge of Madness (Q)
          • New functionality:
            • Every subsequent hit of Shadowflame on an enemy Hero deals 8% more damage, up to a 40% bonus. These bonuses are lost after 4 seconds.
        • Double Trouble (Q)
          • New functionality:
            • Quest: Hitting enemy Heroes affected by Consuming Blaze with Shadowflame lowers the cooldown of Shadowflame by 1 second.
            • Reward: After doing this 20 times, permanently lower the cooldown of Shadowflame by 1 second.
        • Dark Descent (E)
          • Removed
        • New Talent: Ogre Rampage (Trait)
          • Gall’s Basic Abilities cooldown 75% faster for 5 seconds after Cho activates Ogre Hide.
      • Level 13
        • Rising Dread (W)
          • New functionality:
            • Increase the size and damage of each Dread Orb bounce by 25%.
        • Speed of Twilight (W)
          • Removed
        • Dread Shield (W)
          • Removed
        • New Talent: Searing Shadows (Q)
          • Shadowflame deals additional damage equal to 2% of a Heroes’ Maximum Health.
      • Level 16
        • Twilight Nova (W)
          • Moved to Level 13
        • Giant Scorcher (Q)
          • Removed
        • Shadowflare (Q)
          • Removed
        • New Talent: Shadowsnare (Q)
          • Shadowflame slows enemy Heroes by 10% for 4 seconds. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
        • New Talent: Leaden Orb (W)
          • Enemies hit by Dread Orb are stunned for .5 seconds.
        • New Talent: Deafening Blast (E)
          • Enemy Heroes hit by Runic Blast are silenced for 1.25 seconds.
      • Level 20
        • The Nether Calls (R)
          • Removed
        • Psychotic Break (Passive)
          • New functionality:
            • When Cho dies, you gain the effects of Ogre Rage and can continue casting Basic Abilities for 10 seconds.
        • New Talent: Shifting Nether (R)
          • Twisting Nether can now teleport Cho a short distance before it begins casting.
        • New Talent: The Will of Gall (Trait)
          • Takedowns permanently increase the damage bonus of Ogre Rage by 2%.  
    Developer Comment: When we were first told about the new event “Two Heads are Better Than One”, we immediately set to work on giving Cho’gall’s talent trees a much needed face-lift. A lot of our Warriors were getting Armor updates in this patch and originally Cho’gall was no exception. After playing with a generic form of it internally, we realized we had a once-in-a-Nexus opportunity to do something very different and seized the moment. The foundation of the Cho’gall rework revolves around their new Traits, Ogre Hide and Ogre Rage, which are the keys to success with the Hero. The potential of Cho’gall should be greater than ever, but you will have to make sure both heads are working together in order to maximize your damage output while keeping yourself alive long enough to keep doing it.
    LEVEL (TIER)   GALL TALENTS    
    1 (1) Keep Moving! (Z) Taskmaster (Z) We See You! (1)  
    4 (2) (!) Bomb’s Away (E) Runic Persistence (E) Double Back (W)  
    7 (3) Edge of Madness (Q) (!) Double Trouble (Q) Ogre Rampage (Trait)  
    10 (4) Shadow Bolt Volley (R) Twisting Nether (R)
    13 (5) Rising Dread (W) Searing Shadows (Q) Twilight Nova (W)  
    16 (6) Shadowsnare (Q) Leaden Orb (W) Deafening Blast (E)  
    20 (7) Shadowfury (R) Shifting Nether (R) The Will of Gall (Trait) Psychotic Break (Passive)
    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

    Illidan

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    Abilities

    • Metamorphosis (R)
      • Will now clamp the cast to the maximum range of the Ability

    Kerrigan

    Divider_Hero_Kerrigan_Crop.png

    Abilities

    • Summon Ultralisk (R)
      • Cooldown increased from 70 to 80 seconds
      • Cooldown now also counts down while the Ultralisk is alive

    Raynor

    Divider_Hero_Raynor_Crop.png

    Abilities

    • Raynor's Raiders (R)
      • Health increased from 639 to 766
      • Damage increased from 27 to 31

    Zul'jin

    Divider_Hero_Zuljin_crop.png

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • You Want Axe? (Q)
        • The buff tracker (located next to the portrait) now shows a specific number for Heroes hit, and how many hits are required to complete the Quest reward

    Multi-class

    Varian

    Divider_Hero_Varian_crop.png

    Abilities

    • Taunt (R)
      • Health gain reduced from +60% to +40%
      • Now also grants 15 Armor

    Talents

    • Level 13
      • Banner of Ironforge (Active)
        • Armor granted reduced from 25 to 20

    Specialist

    Azmodan

    Divider_Hero_Azmodan_Crop.png

    Abilities

    • Demonic Invasion (R)
      • Casting Demonic Invasion will now remove/clear minions lingering from the previous cast

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Taste for Blood (Q)
        • Killing a Hero with Globe of Annihilation will now increase its damage by 10

    Gazlowe

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    Abilities

    • New Ability: Focus Turrets! (1)
      • Activate Focus Turrets! to order nearby Turrets to focus a specific enemy. 1 second cooldown.
    • Rock-it! Turret (Q)
      • Vision range increased by 1
      • Damage decreased from 68 to 62
    • Deth Lazor (W)
      • Can now be channeled indefinitely.
      • Can now be cancelled with a full refund by right-clicking.
    •  Xplodium Charge (E)
      • Increase cast range from 6.5 to 10
    • Robo-Goblin (R)
      • Removed functionality:
        • No longer grants Focus Turrets!
        • No longer grants PvE bonus damage
      • New functionality:
        • Now grants 100% Basic Attack damage.
        • New active:
          • Activate to gain 30 Armor and 30 Movement Speed for 4 seconds. 60 second cooldown.

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Regeneration Master (Passive)
        • Removed
      • New talent: Goblin Repairs (Passive)
        • Quest: Gather regeneration globe to permanently gain +1 health per second, up to a maximum of 25
        • Reward: Gain an additional 15 health per second
    • Level 4
      • Mercenary Lord (Passive)
        • Removed
      • New talent: Hired Goons (Passive)
        • Non-boss mercenaries near you do 50% more damage. Your turrets gain 50 Armor from Mercs and Minions, taking 50% reduced damage from them.
      • Clockwerk Steamfists (Q)
        • Duration bonus per attack decreased from 2 to 1.5 seconds
    • Level 7
      • Engine Gunk (Q)
        • Slow amount from 25 to 20%
      • Rock-it Turret XL (Q)
        • Search arc increased from 65° to 80°
      • Hyperfocus Coils (W)
        • Added functionality:
          • Also lowers the Mana cost of Deth Lazor by 50%
    • Level 13
      • Turret Storage (Q)
        • Moved to Level 16
      • EZ PZ Dimensional Ripper (W)
        • Slow increased from 40 to 50%
      • X-Tra Large Bombs (E)
        • No longer increases cast range
        • Added functionality:
          • Whenever Gazlowe is stunned or rooted, he drops a Xplodium charge at his feet.
    • Level 16
      • Goblin Fusion (W)
        • Moved to Level 13
      • Superior Schematics (Q)
        • New functionality:
          • Nearby Turrets gain 25% additional range
            • These stay that way until you leave the new longer range             
    • Level 20
      • Mecha-lord (R)
        • Grants 25 Armor
        • Increases Basic Attack damage by an additional 100%
      • Firin’ Mah Lazors (W)
        • Lazor centerpoints now track mouse cursor (Like Li Ming’s Magic Missiles)
    Developer Comment: I’m not exactly sure where this Goblin keeps getting the hoards of gold he needs to bribe the Design team, but sure enough he has done it again. The changes to him started off as quality-of-life fixes but eventually evolved into something of a minor rework. Overall, we tried to even out the power level of a couple talent tiers (including his Heroics), while bringing in a swash of baseline changes in order to make him feel a bit more user-friendly. We realize his win rate is above average in certain MMR brackets (and game modes) and that this may be viewed as a substantial buff to him. However, we felt it was important to bring these changes to our players and are prepared to act quickly if any tweaks are needed.
    LEVEL (TIER)   GAZLOWE TALENTS    
    1 (1) Extra TNT (E) Scrap-o-Matic Smelter (D) Break it Down! (D) Goblin Repairs (Passive)
    4 (2) (!) Clockwerk Steam Fists (Q) ARK Reactor (E) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (D) Hired Goons (Passive)
    7 (3) Engine Gunk (Q) Rock-It! Turret XL (Q) Hyperfocus Coils (W)  
    10 (4) Robo-Goblin (R) Grav-O-Bomb 3000 (R)
    13 (5) EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper (W) Goblin Fusion (W) X-Tra Large Bombs (E)  
    16 (6) Turret Storage (Q) Superior Schematics (Q) Kwik Release Charge (E)  
    20 (7) Mecha-Lord (R) Miniature Black Hole (R) Firin' Mah Lazors (W) It's Raining Scrap (Active)
    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

    Support

    Lúcio

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    Stats

    • Base Maximum Health decreased from 1450 to 1380
    • Base Health Regen decreased from 3.02 to 2.88

    Abilities

    • Amp it Up (E)
      • Healing amount reduced from 15.5 to 14.5
    • Reverse Amp (R)
      • Cooldown increased from 40 to 45 seconds
      • Mana Cost increased from 50 to 55

    Talents

    • Level 16
      • Bring it Together (E)
        • Healing bonus increased from 40 to 45%

    Warrior

    Developer Comment:  We’re currently doing a pass on our Warriors, and want to better separate those that are intended to be able to solo-tank for their team, and those who are better identified as bruisers. With Armor coming into the game, we also saw an opportunity to make our Warriors have unique roles for their team so that the strongest or most survivable few weren’t identified and always favored regardless of the enemy team composition. In this patch, we’ve taken a pass at both Arthas and Anub’arak to better embrace their roles as solo-Warriors for their team. They have both received significant changes, largely with the theme of adding control and/or survivability to their kits at the cost of damage. While we know that players enjoy putting out that DPS, we think this is a healthier direction for the game, and should make the decision of which Warrior to bring to a team more meaningful. We’re also hoping that this direction helps push against the trend of it being the correct choice to bring multiple Warriors to a team because some can bring both CC and survivability while also doing as much damage as our Assassins.

    Anub'arak

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    Stats

    • Spell Armor reduced from 25 to 20
    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 99 to 95

    Abilities

    • Harden Carapace (W)
      • Shield amount increased from 300 to 315
    • Burrow Charge (E)
      • Cooldown reduced from 16 to 12 seconds. 
      • Added functionality:
        • Targets hit by Burrow Charge have their Movement Speed slowed by 25% for 2.5 seconds.
      • Damage reduced from 107 to 96
    • Locust Swarm (R)
      • Damage reduced from 66 to 60
      • Healing reduced from 18 to 17

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Extended Spikes (Q)
        • Removed
      • Dampen Magic (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Assault Scarab (Passive)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Resilient Scarabs (Trait)
        • Your Beetles have 50 Spell Armor
      • New Talent: Nerubian Armor (Passive)
        • Every 8 seconds, gain 30 Spell Armor against the next Ability and subsequent Abilities cast against you for 1.5 seconds.
    • Level 4
      • Locust Needles (Passive)
        • Removed
    • Level 7
      • Shed Exoskeleton (W)
        • Moved to Level 4
      • New Talent: Subterranean Shield (E)
        • When you cast Burrow Charge, gain a shield for 5 seconds.
      • Leeching Scarabs (Passive)
        • Added functionality:
          • Also increases the damage of your Beetles by 20%
    • Level 13
      • Bed of Barbs (Q)
        • Moved to Level 4
        • Damage decreased from 46 to 23
      • New Talent: Acid Drenched Mandibles (Passive)
        • Attacking a Hero that is slowed, rooted, or stunned increases your Basic Attack damage by 70% for 3 seconds.
    • Level 16
      • Blood for Blood (Active)
        • Removed
      • Epicenter (E)
        • Decrease cooldown reduction from 4 to 2 seconds
      • New Talent: Debilitation (E)
        • Enemy Heroes hit by Burrow Charge have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 4 seconds.
    • Level 20
      • Hardened Shield (Active)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Nullification Shield (Active)
        • Activate to gain 60 Spell Armor for 5 seconds.
    Developer Comment:  Anub’arak has received some baseline changes and talent tweaks to embrace his role as an anti-caster Warrior. New additions to his kit include a lower cooldown and slowing Burrow Charge, a buff to his Harden Carapace shield amount, and some buffs to his Beetle build. Understandably some players may be wondering why we lowered his Spell Armor when we want him to be an anti-caster, but we felt that 25 base Spell Armor was a little too pointed in countering casters as they have no real options to deal with it when it is on a hero baseline. By giving him these changes, we’re hoping to make him a more well-rounded Warrior while still filling a niche that previously did not exist in our game.
    LEVEL (TIER)   ANUB'ARAK TALENTS    
    1 (1) Resilient Scarabs (Passive) Nerubian Armor (Passive) (!) Regeneration Master (Passive)  
    4 (2) Bed of Barbs (Q) Shed Exoskeleton (W) Underking (E) Legion of Beetles (Active)
    7 (3) Chitonous Plating (W) Subterranean Shield (E) Leeching Scarabs (Passive)  
    10 (4) Locust Swarm (R) Cocoon (R)
    13 (5) Burning Rage (Passive) Urticating Spines (W) Acid Drenched Mandibles (Passive)  
    16 (6) Epicenter (E) Debilitation (E) Beetle, Juiced (Passive)  
    20 (7) Hive Master (R) Cryptweave (R) Nullification Shield (Active) Rewind (Active)
    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

    Artanis

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    Abilities

    • Basic Attack
      • Reduced the period during which Artanis is locked in place during his Basic Attacks to be consistent with other Heroes with similar attack timings

    Arthas

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    Stats

    • Health increased from 2404 to 2524
    • Health Regeneration increased from 5.0117 to 5.2578
    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 99 to 95

    Abilities

    • Frostmourne Hungers (Trait)
      • Now deals a bonus 99 damage when hitting enemies (is no longer based on his normal Basic Attack damage)
    • Death Coil (Q)
      • Heal increased from 238 to 262
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      • Damage lowered from 26 to 20.  Now slows enemy movement speed and attack speed by 10% per second, up to 40%.  This now stacks over 4 seconds instead of 5.
      • Now functions as an aura (same as Lucio's Crossfade) when concerning Stuns and Silences
        • If Arthas is Stunned or Silenced, he will not be able to toggle Frozen Tempest on or off, but if it is active it will persist for the duration of the Stun or Silence.
    • Army of the Dead (R1)
      • Cooldown lowered from 100 to 80 seconds
      • Mana cost lowered from 100 to 80
      • Ghoul attack damage increased from 18 to 20
      • Ghoul Health increased from 960 to 1060

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Block (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Eternal Hunger (Trait)
        • New functionality:
          • !Quest: Using Frostmourne Hungers on an enemy Hero permanently increases the Mana it restores by 4, up to 40
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        • New functionality:
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          • !Quest: After rooting 10 heroes, increase Howling Blast's range by 30%.  Quest: After rooting 20 heroes, Howling Blast roots enemies on its path.
      • New Talent: Rime (Passive)
        • Every 5 seconds, reduce the next Hero Basic Attack by 60%.  Stores up to 3 charges.
    • Level 4
      • Biting Cold (E)
        • Moved to Level 13
      • Frozen Wastes (E)
        • New functionality:
          • !Quest: After hitting enemy Heroes 150 times with Frozen Tempest, the Movement and Attack Speed slows of Frozen Tempest last for an additional 1.5 seconds against enemy Heroes.
      • New Talent: Icy Talons (E)
        • Increase Arthas’ attack speed by 3% each time an enemy Hero is hit by Frozen Tempest for 1.5 seconds, stacking up to 60%.
      • Deathlord (Q)
        • Increase the range bonus on Death Coil from 25 to 30%.
        • Increase the cooldown reduction from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • Level 7
      • Immortal Coil (Q)
        • New functionality:
          • Bonus healing now applies to self-casting Death Coil.
          • Bonus healing reduced from 100 to 50%.
      • Icebound Fortitude (Active)
        • Reduced the cooldown from 40 to 35 seconds
    • Level 13
      • Trail of Frost (W)
        • Removed
      • Frigid Winds (E)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Shattered Armor (W) 
        • Enemy heroes rooted by Howling Blast have their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds.
      • Frost Strike (Trait)
        • Slow increased from 40 to 50%.
      • Biting Cold (E)
        • New functionality:
          • Frozen Tempest does 12.5% increased damage per second to enemies, up to 50% bonus damage (over 4 seconds).
    • Level 16
      • Embrace Death (Q)
        • Added Functionality:
          • Now also affects the healing of Death Coil.
    • Level 20
      • Anti-Magic Shell (Active)
        • New functionality:
          • No longer provides 100 Spell Armor. Arthas now takes 0 damage from Spells instead and heals for 25% of the damage prevented.
    Developer Comment:  For a long time Arthas has walked the line between being a Bruiser and a tank, though it was always intended that he be more of a tank as opposed to a bruiser. With Armor in the game, we saw the opportunity to really embrace him being that slow approach of Death that he encapsulated so well in Wrath of the Lich King. Arthas’s crowd control capability and survivability have been significantly increased, and now he should really shine as the Warrior to bring if the enemy team has multiple Melee heroes or those who strongly rely on their auto-attacks. In return for his extra control in teamfights, his damage has been reduced. While he will not put out damage as quickly as before, his ability to kill enemies will now rely much more on how long he can keep them in his Frozen Tempest, as once they’re in it will be very difficult for them to escape without using some kind of mobility.

    Cho

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    Stats

    • Maximum Base Health reduced from 3528 to 2950
    • Health Regen reduced from 7.35 to 6.15

    Abilities

    • Surging Dash (Q)
      • Cooldown reduced from 13 to 12 seconds.
        • Lowered maximum dash range from 12 to 10
        • Reduced full charge up duration from 8 to 4 seconds.
        • Times out after 5 seconds.
    • Consuming Blaze (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Ignite all nearby enemies for 5 seconds, dealing 30 damage per second and instantly healing Cho for 30 Health per target hit.
        • Attacks against ignited Heroes reapply the debuff (instant heal + refresh dot duration).
    • Rune Bomb (E)
      • Rune Bomb now continues its full path regardless of when or if Gall decides to detonate it.
    • Two-Headed Ogre (D)
      • Removed
    • New Trait: Ogre Hide (D)
      • While active Cho gains 25 Armor.
      • 5 Second cooldown.
      • Effect is removed if Gall activates Ogre Rage.
    • Twilight Hammer (R)
      • Damage reduced from 156.25 to 150

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Surging Dash (Q)
        • Removed
      • Blazing Bulwark (W)
        • Removed
      • Fuel for the Flame (W)
        • New functionality:
          • !Quest: Kills empower Consuming Blaze’s Heal
          • !Reward: Every 5 Minions killed near Cho increases the heal of Consuming Blaze by 1%
          • !Reward: Every Hero killed near Cho increases the heal of Consuming Blaze by 2%
      • New Talent: Consuming Fire (W)
        • Consuming Blaze’s heal is increased by 150% against Heroic targets.
      • New talent: Absorbent Hide (D)
        • Increase all healing received by Cho by 15% while Ogre Hide is active.
    • Level 4
      • Runed Gauntlet (E)
        • Moved to Level 13
        • New functionality:
          • Basic Attacks against Heroes decrease the Cooldown of both your and Gall’s Heroic Abilities by .5 seconds.
      • Seared Flesh (Passive)
        • New functionality:
          • Each consecutive Basic Attack against an enemy Hero deals 20% more damage. Up to a 60% bonus.
          • This bonus lasts 5 seconds or until a different unit is attacked.
      • New Talent: Uppercut (Q)
        • If Surging Dash hits an enemy Hero, it also deals 7% of their max health in damage.
    • Level 7
      • Fire Eater (W)
        • Removed
      • I AM Hurrying! (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Power Surge (Q)
        • New functionality:
          • Each enemy Hero hit reduces the cooldown of Surging Fist by 4 seconds.
      • New Talent: Firestarter (W)
        • Reduce the cooldown of Consuming Blaze by 3 seconds.
        • Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Consuming Blaze by an additional 1 second.
      • New Talent: Enraged Regeneration (D)
        • Cho’s Health Regeneration is increased by 200% while Ogre Rage is active.
    • Level 13
      • Surge of Stamina (Q)
        • Removed
      • Molten Block (Active)
        • Moved to Level 16
      • Runic Feedback (E)
        • New functionality:
          • Gall’s Runic Blast reduces the cooldown of Rune Bomb by 1 second for every enemy hit. This bonus is doubled against Heroes.
    • Level 16
      • Crippling Blow (Q)
        • Removed
      • Frenzied Fists (Q)
        • Moved to Level 13
        • New functionality:
          • Gain 75% attack speed for 5 seconds after using Surging Fist.
      • Twilight Veil (W)
        • New functionality:
          • Activate to triple the effect of Ogre Hide for 2 seconds (25 to 75 Armor). 30 second cooldown
          • If cast while Ogre Rage is active, instantly swap to Ogre Hide.
      • Surging Dash (Q)
        • New functionality:
          • Cho gains 150 Health per second and is unstoppable while Surging Dash is channeled.
    • Level 20
      • Favor of the Old Gods (R)
        • New functionality:
          • Upheaval roots all Heroes hit for 1.5 seconds
      • The Will of Gall (Passive)
        • Removed (from Cho)
      • New Talent: The Will of Cho (Trait)
        • Every takedown permanently increases the Armor of Ogre Hide by 2.
      • New Talent: Hour of Twilight (Passive)
        • Cho’gall’s death timer is reduced by 50% 
    Developer Comment: See comments for Gall.
    LEVEL (TIER)   CHO TALENTS    
    1 (1) Consuming Fire (W) (!) Fuel for the Flame (W) Calloused Hide (D)  
    4 (2) Uppercut (Q) Rollback (E) Seared Flesh (Passive)  
    7 (3) Power Surge (Q) Firestarter (W) Enraged Regeneration (D)  
    10 (4) Hammer of Twilight (R) Upheaval (R)
    13 (5) Frenzied Fists (Q) Runic Feedback (E) Runed Gauntlet (Passive)  
    16 (6) Surging Dash (Q) Twilight Veil (Active) Molten Block (Active)  
    20 (7) C'Thun's Gift (R) Favor of the Old Gods (R) The Will of Cho (Passive) Hour of Twilight (Passive)
    • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
    • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
    • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

    Johanna

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    Stats

    • +25 Physical Armor
    • Health reduced from 2451 to 2179
    • Health Regen reduced from 5.11 to 4.54

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Reinforce (Q)
        • Physical Armor reduced from 75 to 50
    • Level 4
      • Amplified Healing (Passive)
        • Removed
    • Level 13
      • Spell Shield (Passive)
        • Removed

    Tyrael

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    Stats

    • +15 Spell Armor
    • Base Maximum Health reduced from 2468 to 2296
    • Health Regen reduced from 5.14 to 4.78

    Abilities

    • El'Druin's Might (Q)
      • Will now clamp the cast to the maximum range of the Ability
    • Righteousness (W)
      • Personal Shield amount increased from 320 to 336
      • Allied Shield amount increased from 128 to 135
    • Judgment (R)
      • Damage increased from 100 to 150
      • Splash Damage increased from 50 to 75

    Talents

    • Level 4
      • Amplified Healing (Passive)
        • Removed
    • Level 13
      • Imposing Will (W)
        • Removed
      • Angelic Absorption (W)
        • Heal amount increased from 52 to 60
    • Level 20
      • Hardened Shield (Active)
        • Removed
      • New Talent: Nullification Shield (Active)
        • Activate to gain 60 Spell Armor for 5 seconds.

    Zarya

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    General

    • Zarya's Basic Attacks can now be affected by attack speed modifications.

    General

    • A number of typos and tooltip errors have been corrected across several aspects of the game. 

    A.I.

    • Diablo: Fixed an issue that could cause the Unstoppable effect from A.I. Diablo’s Lightning Breath to persist for its full duration even if channeling was immediately cancelled after casting.

    Art

    • Kerrigan: The Countess Kerrigan skin now plays animations while Maelstrom is active. 
    • Kharazim: There is no longer a pop in the Air Ally’s animations. 
    • Nazeebo: Zombie Wall zombies will no longer create holes in the terrain when they die after choosing the Dead Rush talent. 
    • Observer Mode: Excess Regeneration Globe visual effects will no longer appear for Observers and other neutral players while watching replays or custom games.

    Battlegrounds

    • Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue causing Zerg melee units to crowd around enemy objects that were in the process of arming, such as Toxic Nests or Time Traps, rather than ignore them.
    • Cursed Hollow: Fixed a rare issue that could fail to provide players with vision of an active Raven Lord Tribute.
    • Haunted Mines: Pinging allied or enemy Goblin Sappers will now properly create “assist” or “kill” notifications in chat. 
    • Try Mode: Destroying the opposing Fort will now correctly despawn Misha when Rexxar is set as the enemy Hero.
    • Try Mode: Toggle Cooldowns will now correctly reset Diablo’s Lightning Breath cooldown.

    Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

    • Azmodan: Damage dealt by the Sin's Grasp Talent will now correctly benefit from Ability Power gains.
    • Brightwing: Fixed an issue causing Emerald Wind to push enemies away from Brightwing’s current location rather than the original casting location.
    • Chen: Silence effects will no longer cause Purifying Brew to go on cooldown while Chen is Unstoppable during Wandering Keg.
    • Dehaka: Becoming targeted by Kharazim’s Divine Palm while affected by Dehaka's Contagion Talent will no longer cause Isolation’s model to persist indefinitely above the target.
    • E.T.C: Echo Pedal will now correctly deal damage to Doubloon Chests on Blackheart's Bay.
    • Kharazim: Fixed an issue that prevented shift-queuing Radiant Dash casts to allied Heroes.
    • Gul'dan: Drain Life can now be properly cast when Gul’dan has 0 mana.
    • Gul'dan: Fixed an issue that could cause Ruinous Affliction’s damage bonus to be applied on Echoed Corruption’s fourth consecutive strike against a target, rather than the third.
    • Malfurion: Learning Lunar Shower will no longer cause portions of Druid of the Flame Malfurion’s Moonfire visual effects to fail to generate.
    • Medivh: Entering Raven Form should no longer clear shift-queued Movement commands.
    • Nazeebo: The targeting indicator for Plague of Toads will now visually increase in size after learning Thing of the Deep. 
    • Ragnaros: Vehicles piloted by Ragnaros will no longer benefit from Resilient Flame.
    • Ragnaros: Fixed an issue in which Empower Sulfuras would not benefit from Hand of Ragnaros when killing a secondary Heroic target.
    • Ragnaros: Casting a displacement Ability that pushes Ragnaros out of channeling range for Molten Core will no longer cause Ragnaros to become unresponsive. 
    • Rexxar: Misha will no longer ignore orders to use a Healing Fountain when Rexxar is only missing Mana.
    • Rexxar: Fixed an issue causing Spirit Swoop to deal bonus damage to Mercenaries after learning Bird of Prey.
    • Samuro: Critical Strike's cooldown will no longer be paused while Samuro is dead.
    • Samuro: After learning Illusion Master, selecting a Mirror Image just as it dies will now correctly reselect the real Samuro. 
    • Stitches: Casting Devour will no longer cause floating Talent Quest progress icons to appear before Stitches learns Savor the Flavor.
    • Tassadar: Fixed an issue that could prevent Archon from refreshing Dimensional Shift’s cooldown.
    • The Lost Vikings: Olaf will no longer Charge destroyed Structures. 
    • Tyrande: Fixed an issue that prevented enemies from seeing Starfall’s area of effect indicator when it was cast inside of Brush or Vents.
    • Valeera: Shift queuing movement commands followed by a Hearthstone or Mount command will no longer break Stealth before channeling begins.
    • Valeera: Stitches’ Putrid Bile will no longer cause a red “revealed” icon to appear over Valeera’s nameplate while she is inside Smoke Bomb’s area of effect.
    • Varian: The cooldown for Victory Rush will no longer be reduced when nearby enemy Structures are destroyed.
    • Zarya: Damage that occurs just before Zarya’s Barrier breaks will now correctly grant her energy. 

    Sound

    • Artanis: Allies will no longer hear Artanis’s death voiceover globally.
    • Voiceover: Fixed an issue in which an excessive number of left-clicks were required in order to play certain Hero voiceover lines.
    • Medivh: Will now play his Ready voiceover when locked in during draft selection. 

    User Interface

    • Kerrigan: Fixed an issue in which Essence for Essence would always follow the player’s global Quick Cast settings. 
    • Lunara: Changing Lunara's Skin selection during draft mode will now correctly update her draft portrait.
    • Hero Select: Tyrande will now appear in the list of available Heroes when “Hearthstone” is used as a search term during Hero Select.
    • Observer Mode: The Follow Player Camera hotkey (C) will now correctly follow the selected player while observing a match or watching a replay.
    • Observer Mode: The Quick View Player hotkey (V) will now limit the Observer’s vision to the selected player as long as it is held down.
    • Score Screen: Echoed Corruption’s Talent Quest will now correctly appear complete on the Talents tab at 40 stacks rather than 35. 

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    28 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

    I'm glad they buffed Gall's damage.

    He almost has to be too strong if paired perfectly. Then he will be balanced, because even in team-league. Having a clear enough channel to coordinate is impossible. You have to be incredibly in sync.

    I still doubt he will even be useful. He's just far too punishing if he ever dies.

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    The changes seem promising, though since I am not that good when it comes to the theoretical side of HotS, I may be completely wrong (and if I am, please tell me so).
    What do you guys think about these changes?

    1 hour ago, greatCraft said:

    ooohh. time to study the notes

    Well, good luck with that :P

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    42 minutes ago, positiv2 said:

    The changes seem promising, though since I am not that good when it comes to the theoretical side of HotS, I may be completely wrong (and if I am, please tell me so).
    What do you guys think about these changes?

    I think they're nice. I rarely play warrior so I can't say much to those changes, but I'm surprised at the changes to the bushes and stuff. It will mess with a lot of players heads I think

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    3 hours ago, positiv2 said:

    The changes seem promising, though since I am not that good when it comes to the theoretical side of HotS, I may be completely wrong (and if I am, please tell me so).
    What do you guys think about these changes?

    I think it's great that Blizzard is making Warriors different from one another, with those "specializations" in the form of "anti-mage" and "anti-melee" orientations. Now rather than having a Warrior that performs okay against either, we'll have Warriors that will do either one very well.

    The changes to Cho'gall are finally here. Their kit is better than ever, with what Blizzard promised us: better talent diversity, bring utility, survivability and damage.

    I really hope Sonya is the next one on the line, because if there is one hero that needs a polish, it's her (and Stitches).

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    3 hours ago, Valhalen said:

    I think it's great that Blizzard is making Warriors different from one another, with those "specializations" in the form of "anti-mage" and "anti-melee" orientations. Now rather than having a Warrior that performs okay against either, we'll have Warriors that will do either one very well.

    The changes to Cho'gall are finally here. Their kit is better than ever, with what Blizzard promised us: better talent diversity, bring utility, survivability and damage.

    I really hope Sonya is the next one on the line, because if there is one hero that needs a polish, it's her (and Stitches).

    Completely agree. I love the official diversity to tanks.

    Both Sonya and Stitches really only need mild tweeks. Stitches especially still has his role, secure a pick on a back line. Few heroes have as high boom/bust potential to ruin another team as stitches for set-up

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    8 hours ago, Laragon said:

    Stitches especially still has his role, secure a pick on a back line. Few heroes have as high boom/bust potential to ruin another team as stitches for set-up

    One of the problems with Stitches is that he's too dependent on his Hook, which has obscenely high CD. If you miss the Hook you can't do much. At least he can boast for his insane survivability. 

    Other than that his trait is pure garbage.

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    1 hour ago, Valhalen said:

    Other than that his trait is pure garbage.

    That's fair. His trait is really lame, but I would have modifying the trait and his slam (Q) as the only real changes that would be more than a tweak to talents and re-tooling. that you could even do without making a new hero.

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    The post has been updated with Lucio nerfs that Blizzard forgot to include.

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    Nope, I was wrong. Cho'gall's change actually managed to make him worse... Even with the live buffs, Gall deals a lot less damage than before, and the changes to Cho's Consuming Blaze didn't really increased his sustain as I expected. This is sad, I was so hyped about this rework. =(

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    10 hours ago, Valhalen said:

    Nope, I was wrong. Cho'gall's change actually managed to make him worse... Even with the live buffs, Gall deals a lot less damage than before, and the changes to Cho's Consuming Blaze didn't really increased his sustain as I expected. This is sad, I was so hyped about this rework. =(

    I think Galls top end is higher, but with so many talents and heroes having spell armor now it makes it possible to build mitigation easier and he has no real debuff talents that I see. I think he is overall better than he was, that's just not saying much.

    I still stand by that, he has to be so over tuned to be of use. He has huge risk with still too little reward. There are too many stuns, CC, and debuffs to secure a pick on him (especially because he's a HUGE easy target for any skill shot), and you can punish by always getting 2 for 1 on EXP and field advantage. You kill their tank and a high damage dealer. Same as if you killed and ETC and Jaina in a team fight, that's a quick GG.

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    10 hours ago, Laragon said:

    I think Galls top end is higher, but with so many talents and heroes having spell armor now it makes it possible to build mitigation easier and he has no real debuff talents that I see. I think he is overall better than he was, that's just not saying much.

    I still stand by that, he has to be so over tuned to be of use. He has huge risk with still too little reward. There are too many stuns, CC, and debuffs to secure a pick on him (especially because he's a HUGE easy target for any skill shot), and you can punish by always getting 2 for 1 on EXP and field advantage. You kill their tank and a high damage dealer. Same as if you killed and ETC and Jaina in a team fight, that's a quick GG.

    Yeah, exact. Sure, they added some few talents that can give Gall stun, silence or slow, but the amount is so low it's not even worth. And good lord, they nerfed the radius of Dread Orb so much it's impossible to hit anything; yeah, I know there is a talent that increases its size with each bounce, but Twilight Nova is often better.

    I know Blizzard is having a hard time to proper balance Cho'gall. If they gave him too much damage, he would essentially become the strongest ranged Assassin in the game due the health pool and sustain.

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        The team will add more D3 banners to the game and is open to suggestions for missing banners, portraits, and sprays that you'd like to see. Kael'thas' Flamestrike is hard to see on Sky Temple for players who play with low graphics and the FX team will come up with a fix. Probius' pylons, cannons, and gate colors will be updated to match his skins. It's still on the radar for a rainy day. Animated homescreens are gone, because they were too resource-intensive. Having the 2D homescreens allowed them to show off the beautiful art without taking 15 people offline for a few weeks to do it. If you begin walking by clicking far enough away, Chromie will start her walk cycle with a little jump instead of just running (similar to how the bikes do a wheelie). Cho'gall was such a large Hero to develop that they added extra joints to his skeleton to add realism to how his massive body moves. Portraits will be eventually added to loadouts, but there's no timeline for that. Janitor Leoric is such a great concept that it would be a shame to sweep it off the table. The biggest hurdle for new Ragnaros skins is the heavy load of FX work associated with him. Better organization of the in-game art collection is something they'd like to do. More banner content will be released in future patches. Stukov was the most challenging Hero to animate. Massive Shove was exceedingly challenging to get working. Ragnaros' custom mount was also tricky. With future reworks, they'd like to add new skins to the game, but it's not a priority to always align them with reworks. New skins for The Lost Vikings are resource-intensive, because the team needs to create three standalone skins for a single Hero. Recolors will happen in the future though. The game has a RTS-style isometric view and Heroes are often chunkier so that the asset is easily readable and identifiable from the game camera. Coming up with a new Legendary skin takes about the same amount of work as a brand new Hero. Upcoming AMAs
        Ranked Play Changes and Matchmaking: Week of August 6. Hero Balance and Design: Week of September 10 Blizzard (Source)
        There are only 5 sprays in the Diablo category -- the D3 icons for the first 5 classes. Can we at least get the icons for the D3 Crusader and Necromancer that are missing as sprays?
        I'll talk to the bringers of sprays and get these in the pipe for future addition. And from this and other threads it sounds like there are a lot of suggestions for missing sprays/banners/portraits that you all would like to see - we love hearing those ideas, so please keep them coming and we'll get them on the list for eventual inclusion!
        Kael'thas' flamestrike is still really hard to see on Sky Temple with low graphics settings. Are there any plans to update spell effects like flamestrike for people who play on low graphics?
        I'll bring this up with our FX team - thanks for calling it out!
        Might as well get this out of the way now because you know you are gonna get alot of these
        Will we ever see new models for BW and Arthas?
        BTW you guys do fantastic work and I'm going to college this year to start working towards a job in your industry! It's my dream to be able to do what you guys do keep it up!
        Given the community's intense desire for an answer on this topic, I'll do my best to answer as directly as I can.
        The Heroes team as a whole is aware of this request and we have had many discussions on how best to approach the rework. Unfortunately a rework like this would affect many departments (design, modeling, animation, fx, tech art, engineering, etc.) and given our development bandwidth, we have to weigh the work it would take vs. what else we could be making in that time (other new heroes, skins, feature support, etc.). That said, we don't currently have any timelines for these reworks since we want to weigh the cost of doing them with all of the exciting new content we currently have in the works.
        We absolutely appreciate the passionate feedback that we get on the topic and we hope you'll continue to let us know what you think could be improved as well as what you love about the current version.
        In the past, folks at Blizzard have said they will update Probius's Pylons, Cannons, and Gate colors to match his skin tint. Is this still happening? Should we hold out hope for other ability updates to be recolored to match their skin tints too? Some examples:
        Void Illidan uses purple blades but they become green when he uses Metamorphosis Dreambreaker Thrall is green but uses red lava-themed abilities Crimson Special Ordinance Raynor is red but his Banshee is blue Hi Vambage, thanks for bringing this up. It's great to know updating Probius' ability models is still wanted. This is something that is still on the backlog for a rainy day. We also try to keep this in mind with all new skins we create. With regards to the other examples you give, in some cases a hero’s abilities can’t be adjusted to perfectly match an alternate appearance (i.e. a skin that’s a different color) due to the importance color has on communicating whether an ability is damaging or healing. Green and red are particularly tricky—if something that is red is turned to green, it can be mistaken as something that is safe and non-damaging. It can have an impact on gameplay that Design likes to keep an eye on, but every case is different, and we always like to review.
        Most of the skins don't have abilities matching with the tint used, like any Probius skin where the pylon will always be yellow/blue, even when using another color. Some skins have abilities matching with the tint like Queen of Ghost Kerrigan. Why is that the case and do you have any plan on changing it to make it more consistant?
        Hi! We avoided creating a hard and fast rule to always match abilities with their tint as the overhead from such a commitment could constrain us to the point that it meant less new things like heroes or skins in the long run. It’s a fine line that we try to balance skin-to-skin, but we’ve always wanted to go back specifically to Probius’ ability models as we agree that consistency there would be great. It’s just a matter of when we can prioritize this work, so please continue giving input on which heroes would benefit most from these efforts and we'll take that into consideration. Thanks!
        What is your creative and development process for selecting which heroes get what skins?
        Greetings! Our process for selecting skins involves a combination of creative passions, production bandwidth, and timing. Above all, concept and theme are king. Our top priority is always to create skins that our team is excited about, and that we think our players would be excited about. Sometimes we start with a theme and think of what heroes would be a great fit. Other times the heroes themselves are the inspiration for an idea.
        From there, we try our best to balance all the ideas against our ability to create them. Some heroes are MUCH more time consuming to create skins for and we have hard choices to make when one skin may take considerably more time across many more people to get in game. Along the way, we look at everything from hero popularity to skin implementation complexity to how often players are equipping existing skins for heroes. At the end of the day, we try to bring as many unique, compelling, and varied skins to the game as we can, for as many players as possible.
        Like everything we do, this process is constantly evolving, and I've been thrilled with the themes, variety, and quality of the skins so far this year. And there are sooooo many awesome new skins in the pipe that I can't wait to get in the game, too!
        We didn't see an animated home screen for Yrel when she was released. Do they take too many resources to make and are from now on dropped, or was this a rare exception?
        I really liked the home screens in the past. I wish there was a way to let me choose a specific one from the past when I log in.
        I also really liked those home screens, but they were seriously an incredible undertaking that took a lot of people offline for a long time. Plus, we have these incredible artists creating beautiful concept pieces that really deserve a chance to shine.
        Furthermore, there is so much more we want to show you, and that stuff is equally deserving of space on the home screen -- stuff like upcoming events, and all the other content that we're always working on. Oftentimes, we'll be making cool things for you guys and have no obvious way of telling you where to check it out aside from patch notes.
        In the end, having the 2D homescreen allowed us to show off our beautiful art and surface to you the things you might be looking for without taking 15 people offline for a few weeks to do it.
        And that's more time for those people to make even newer, even cooler content. ?
        Circle of life.
        What are some touches you've put on a model, or character that you were REALLY proud of that we might have missed? Something where after you were finished you called over your boss, showed him/her, yelled 'Nailed it', made some pseudo-obscene gesture, and walked out for the day.
        You help make the game come to LIFE. You made Leoric lumber, you made playing him FEEL lumbering. To be able to make ME feel that way when I am playing him (or any character) is truly a feat. I want to know more about something you've done to a character so I can more truly appreciate your hard work.
        "Something where after you were finished you called over your boss, showed him/her, yelled 'Nailed it', made some pseudo-obscene gesture, and walked out for the day." HAHAHAHA - I would neeeeeever. ?
        As for your question – Chromie is probably one of the heroes that I am most proud of. When I started working on her, I'd never animated something seriously 'cartoony' before -- pushed timing, held poses, crazy mid-air jumps and things. She came hot on the heels of Dehaka -- realistic monster bro. It was tough to switch gears, but I feel like in the end I squeezed cute-gnome-personality into every piece of her kit.
        The one thing you might have missed, as we didn't want it to happen to often, is that if you begin walking by clicking far enough away -- Chromie will actually start her walk cycle with a little jump instead of just running. (Similar functionality to how the bikes do a wheelie)
        Speaking of Dehaka, he also has several walk variations. He looks side-to side while walking around (the little sneak is always prowlin') and every once in a while he gives a solid hobble onto his good arm to help him along.
        I see you play Tyrande... one of the first things I did on the team was fix a deformation issue on Tyrande's gluteus maximus, which was quite visible in the hero selection screens and was the butt of many jokes. Without any patch notes mentioning the change, Reddit somehow noticed! That made my day and is still one of my most memorable moments working on Heroes of the Storm.
        As for something that you may have missed... Cho'gall was such a large hero that we added extra joints to his skeleton to add realism to how his massive body moves. I'll leave it up to you to find those extra joints ?
        There are so many portraits in HotS but we can only use one at a time. What do you think about adding a portrait loadout slot so we could use different portraits with different loadouts, to be used on loading screen?
        This is something we've discussed and we like the idea a lot. No timeline for getting it in game yet, but it's definitely on our radar.
        When are we getting Janitor Leoric?
        The team as a whole loves seeing the bucket of ideas that the community is always creating! And Janitor Leoric is such a clean concept, it would be a shame to sweep it off the table…
        Alexstrasza's face looks a little stretched out horizontally in the hero bar at the top of the screen and in the observer/replay UI. Is it a trick of perspective or is it actually messed up somehow? Link:
        https://www.reddit.com/r/heroesofthestorm/comments/8v2wk5/its_been_nearly_8_months_blizzard_isnt_it_time/
        This is unintentional! I watch too much HGC to not be aware of it -- We're definitely on it!
        Can we expect Ragnaros to get skins (or recolors) that are not red, orange or yellow? Something purple or green will be great. But he's the 2-nd oldest hero with only 3 skins.
        It's something the team would love to do, but the biggest hurdle for Ragnaros is the heavy load of FX work associated with him. The model recolor would be easy to handle but FX would not only have to touch a myriad of FX, they would also be on the hook for maintenance of those skins should any issues arise. At the end of the day we have to consider whether or not the resources spent for a single Raganaros skin/recolor is more meaningful to our players when the time could have been used for multiple new skins or recolors instead. It's a balancing act, but one that we would eventually love to make the time for.
        I know this isn't exactly "art and animation", but more likely "organisation of the art in the collection", but I don't think I can ask this in the other coming AMAs either, so I'll go ahead and post this here: Can we get better organisation on the sprays and portraits in our collection? Getting filters for the different unverses and filters for "sketches", "herostorm", "stylized", "indigo", "classic", "nexus", "achievement", "event", etc, would greatly help with finding what you are looking for, and it will make the collection seem less messy.
        I'll bring this up as part of our ongoing discussions on evolving the collection. Thanks for the feedback!!
        I liked and missed master skins, not the exclusivity of them (okay maybe a little bit), but it was fun to have over the top versions of the base skins. Did you enjoy re-imagining decked out versions of each hero?
        Absolutely ? One of the joys of early HotS skin development was giving a Heroes twist to the established heroes coming into our game from other universes. We will still drop “Master level” skins from time to time, but we hope you’re also enjoying the themed skin bundles as well!
        What hero was the most fun to design/animate?
        For me it was Dehaka!
        I was a hardcore Zerg player in BW and SC2, so it was exciting to be able to help bring Dehaka to the Nexus. One of the reasons I love the Zerg is their obsession with evolving. Our Art Director had a cool idea to help sell this fantasy: Dehaka's arm would regenerate once the player accomplished something, in this case, when they picked a heroic ability. This was both challenging and very fun to execute on. The fully grown arm had to line up perfectly to the severed one. This was also the first time a hero's model changed significantly after picking a heroic in our game.
        Thanks for the question YugoBetrugo17! It's very hard to pick just one, as one of the great things about Heroes is the variety of characters we get to animate and design. Animating Alarak was a lot of fun because of his weapon design. But Lili was also fun because it's not every day you get to animate a character skipping. Not sure when that will happen again!
        For me it was ALSO Dehaka!
        I started my life at Blizzard as an intern on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, where we first met Dehaka, and I fell in love. By the time I got there, Dehaka was already animated, but I thought the concept of his character - this badass primal zerg - was SO awesome I jumped at the chance to give my own take on him.
        Plus I got work with a pretty cool Tech Artist. (PS: Happy Birthday, Billy!)
        Why aren't we getting banners as often as we should? There are plenty of banners that could/should be added, but we are only getting banners for events, and not regular ones ?
        We think banners are a fun way to customize your character and we'll continue to invest in them even more moving forward! Banners were originally difficult to distinguish or associate with a given player, but in the past year, we've added the ability to see the owner of the banner (in text form) in-game, along with adding it to the MVP screen. As part of this expanding support, we'll be releasing more banner content in future patches that not only celebrates our events, but also our Heroes, skins, and the game as a whole. We hope you like them, and please keep those requests coming!
        When animating a character that has seen a previous iteration in the Blizzard universe (as is almost always the case) how much inspiration do you draw from the original iteration, and how much do you create fresh?
        In the case of a game like OW, are you able to directly port over animations, or do you end up creating everything from scratch anyways?
        Bonus (and more important) question: Waffles or pancakes?
        In general, when setting out to create an existing Blizzard hero, we collect reference materials from across the company with the goal of making the hero fit in the Nexus while still staying true to their other incarnations. We often will get in touch with other game teams to get their feedback as well as their buy-in on what we are doing. In the case of Overwatch heroes, we do not port over animations directly. We do heavily reference them though!
        Waffles FTW.
        How much of the artwork that finds it's way into the games is just one of you, doodling and brainstorming by yourself, it gets traction w/the others in the team. Or is all the artwork made by commité?
        I think the team does an exceptional job of being mindful of the collaborative mentality. However, every good idea's gotta come from somewhere!
        D.Haka, for example, came about because my buddy and I were making jokes while queing for QM during a lunch break. Chromie's sand-clone dance was something I begged FX for and we were able to make happen, and her Taunt, when the dragon appears, is something I mocked up a working protoype for and pitched to the team.
        One of the most fantastic and most surprising things I've found working as a game developer at Blizzard is the seriously incredible sense of ownership over the work I'm creating. We have teams, there is an approval process, and yes, direction often comes down from on high -- but every voice really does matter. My opinions are valued, and good ideas are acted upon no matter what the source.
        Lana: What was your favorite animation to work on and why is it Enforcer Morales' hairflick?
        Hahahahah -- That was a fun one! I begged to work on even just a tiny piece of Enforcer Morales, and was very lucky that I finished up Enforcer Jo quick enough to sneak in a hearth for Morales between other tasks.
        Favourite animation to work on, however? Gotta be my boy Dehaka.
        What heroes/effects were particularly hard to animate?
        Stukov! This boy was challenging from a number of angles:
        Technically -- Making sure that his various FX were correctly connecting to his base model. Massive shove, in particular was exceedingly challenging to get working 'just so' and it took an incredible effort from all disciplines to get it where you see today.
        Artistically -- Stukov is a stoic military bro who is ashamed of the monster he's become. I went to school to animate monsters -- all I wanted to see was Stukov go full Rage Mode with that Zerg limb, but he's supposed to be restrained. Calm. (Compelling character -- but what an obnoxious justaposition!) Keeping a half-man half-alien looking upright and put together on the battlefield.. but also threatening and tough. Not exactly the simplest task.
        Emotionally -- Now, this is getting real deep into animation nerddom, but I really struggled with getting his acting choices just right! In the end, I'm pretty satisfied with the balance I found. It's probably best seen in his Quick Match hero select screen:
        When Stukov is out of combat, he stands with his arm tucked behind him - as he wants to present his best most human self to you.
        Upon hitting ready, Stukov looks at his arm, resigned, and says 'Victory above all' - because winning battles is more important to him than his cosmetic flaws, and he will use every advantage he has in order to do so.
        When he's readied up, he has forgotten any insecurities and is ready to fight.
        And when Stukov unreadies, it's almost as if he's coming to his senses. As if, perhaps the animalistic, zerg mentality has affected more than just his arm, and he's back to his militant, disciplined self.
        Thanks for the question, kid-karma:
        We are constantly pushing ourselves to do innovative and challenging things for new heroes. Some of these challenges will be invisible to our players by the time they ship, so this is a good opportunity for us to shed some light on what we went through.
        For myself, Ragnaros was particularly hard. He went through various iterations in art and design, so his character rig had to change multiple times to accommodate. One thing to call out specifically is Ragnaros' "flame base." To prevent the spinning texture from flipping around when a player moved him, we needed a way to lock it down to always face the camera. To do this, we separated the flame base from the rest of him and re-attached it back in game. This made it hard for the animator to know what he was doing inside our animation program because a significant part of Ragnaros was not moving as it would in the game. The animator had to use a lot of his imagination when doing his work. ?
        Ragnaros' custom mount was also tricky. It was our first time introducing a mount with a dynamic trail. This introduced new technology to our Heroes and required a lot of interaction and iteration between Tech Art, Engineering, Animation, and FX. We now use this technique on the various water mounts in the game.
        It seems like Standalone hero reworks are coming with new skins. Is this something we can expect in the future?
        Hello! Our recent reworks from Sonya & Medivh through Raynor & Azmodan have been paired with everything from new takes on existing skins to entirely new skins. With future reworks, we'll continue to have similar skin support across that range, though note that it's much more important to us to get the right rework at the right time for gameplay purposes rather than aligning a rework with a skin.
        Overwatch has victory poses and taunts available in lootboxes, will we ever see anything like that in HotS?
        Hi Imephraim! That's a really fun question, it's an idea that gets brought up every now and then internally too. I can tell you there are currently no plans to do this but it's still an idea I'd like to hang onto. It requires a lot of technical hookups in the game before it would be possible that aren't currently at a high priority, but beyond victory poses and taunt animations, I think a Hearth animation you can choose in your Loadout would be fun too.
        Hey /u/Blizz_LanaB, great job on Yrel, she looks amazing though I have a question. Did you get to animate her wings too or was that somebody else or the FX guys?
        Thanks!
        I animated them, as well! The motions at least -- our amazing FX artist was responsible for making them look so beautiful, otherwise.
        They were a little tricky, because the wing rig lives in a separate file and then is attached to the model once they are in the game together -- so it's a little funny animating them as separate pieces -- but I think they turned out great!
        The Lost Vikings haven't gotten new skins (or even recolors) ever. Any plans to change that?
        Eventually, yes. The primary hurdle for The Lost Vikings is that it is a "three models for one Hero" situation. Building three new models is quite a commitment, so a new skin for them is something we have to clear time for. But I'll go ahead promise that recolors WILL happen! ?
        The extension of certain skin-themes in events like Herostorm or Raiders of Warchrome have been a delight. Can we expect similar events to expand on other skin-themes in the future?
        As long as the community is engaged and passionate for a skin theme, we would love to continue exploring those themes! ?
        Something me and many of my friends have noticed, is that a lot of the Heroes character models are muscular and chunkier than their other video game counter parts, Is there a particular reason for this?
        Yes! We try our best to maintain the key elements that make those heroes who they are, however, when a new hero or skin comes into our game we have to take into account how those models are seen by the player. Because our game has a RTS-style isometric view, we often need to exaggerate proportions so that the asset is easily readable and identifiable from our game camera. Having said that, our game has evolved over time and with new features like Heroes 2.0 loot chest and collection views, we've been adjusting our modeling process to account for close up views as well.
        What were some of the difficulties the team ran into when making/animating Alexstrazsa's dragon form? And can we be hopeful to see more like that in the future?
        The biggest issue we ran into was the size of the dragon - we knew we wanted to have her in dragon-form out on the battle field, but to do so effectively proved a challenge. How do we ensure we're adding to the gameplay experience rather than obscuring it?
        There was a lot of back and forth on the scale of her dragon form between art and design, but ultimately, it was our incredible engineering team who helped us cultivate a powerful and performant experience using turning tech.
        Most heroes can turn on a dime and it's no problem, but a massive dragon pulling a 180 in a single frame is visually abysmal and breaks the immersion of the dragon fantasy. The tech enables us to have 'turning' animations for the dragon that we blend in/out of, so we can actually have the model bend and face the direction she wants to go as she turns, rather than popping in the opposite direction.
        This is a question for each artist/animator: If you could redo one hero from scratch, who would you choose? Could be one of yours or someone else’s work.
        Kerrigan! One of my favourite characters from lore (and I play her all the dang time). I was lucky enough that I got to animate a skin for her -- had a chance to animate a legendary homescreen and a few custom animations -- but I'd love the chance to do my take on her kit in full!
        How much work goes into making a legendary skin with unique animations and/or sound effects? If you decided today to make a new legendary skin for a hero, when would you guess it would be ready for release?
        Artistically, it's typically the same amount of work for a brand new hero! New model often means new rig, often means new animation set. With all that work and TLC from so many different teams, it could typically take months and months!
        Alright I got several question so lets start with the big one, which I have been curious about for quite a while
        Why was Nova's original taunt animation changed to the current one?
        I believe you changed it after the game went "live", Im just curious as to why because its not like there has been a lot of animation changes, at least not after heroes are open to the public.
        Thank you for doing and for probably being the best art direction in all of Blizzard right now, you guys rock!
        First of all, thank you so much for the kind words!
        Nova's original taunt fluctuated a bit too far out of character for her. So the dev team decided to change it to something that actually fit her personality!
        Taunts are a funny thing to animate because it's hard not to let our own personal attitudes seep into the characters. The way that I would taunt someone is dramatically different than the way Yrel would taunt someone, or Dehaka, or Artanis... In this case, I think Nova's old taunt dipped a little too far into the voice of the dev vs. the voice of the character.
        What was the biggest animation error or glitch that has occurred during the entirety of HoTS? I wanna see how screwed up this can get.
        Hi NumberOneBepsi! I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're after, but when animating Nazeebo's Gargantuan there was a bug in the game during development where a Minion would randomly attach to his hand. It was incredibly funny and the Designer agreed to make it a part of his kit. We created some animations to have him actually pickup the minions and then attack with the minion still in his hand. I think a lot of people don't realize this happens. ?
        I've always been curious as to the process of getting a design from initial concept art to in-game, would you be able to give a general sketch (lul) of the steps leading to your art appearing before us in game?
        I've always been a huge fan of how Blizzard games look and feel and HOTS is no different! You guys are awesome thanks for the passion you put into this game
        It's truly a collaborative effort! Generally it looks like this.
        Design comes up with a 'paper design' -- an idea of what the hero's abilities will look like and we can already start feedback before they begin implementing the hero into the engine.
        In tandem, Concept art starts concepting how we want the hero to look.
        The designer, once approved on paper, starts creating the asset in-game using temporary assets for testing.
        The art team then goes on to create the model, textures, and tech artists make the rig -- and if possible, we support the designer by prototyping assets they may need. (i.e. Chromie's Q was so distinct, we had to do a custom animation with temp geo for the designers to work with) Writing also starts putting together the script and recording VO!
        Once the design is somewhat locked in -- final Animation and FX begin, and then we hand off into our incredible sound, and video teams.
        We consistently meet as a team the whole way through to make sure we're all on board with the direction, and eventually it makes it's way to you!
        If you want a more in-depth view into the process, I'd advise scoping out the 'Ressurrecting Kel'thuzad' video series we created. ?
        Oh, oh hello, When you animate a hero how do you know what movements do? do you sketch them first or have some one to act them for reference?
        hehe, thanks for doing this AMA, Im in my last year of animation school and Blizzard was always a big part of why I decide to study this, I love all the Blizz work but here in Heroes I think is were the artist put more heart in their work.
        It varies animator to animator.
        Depending on the character, sometimes I can just feel it, but I do a lot of sketching, and a lot of video-recording! Sketching, often,for when the action is physically impossible. Video reference, when I'm looking for smaller moments -- how did I shift my weight just then? What is the way I'd look around in this instance. What are some unique ticks I could put into an idle animation? etc.
        You can see me working out Yrel's bubblehearth here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkEOmH7A7m-/?taken-by=lifeatblizzard
        And Enforcer Johanna's ready up here: https://twitter.com/Latienie/status/968674147889905664
        Most importantly I'd suggest talking to your peers! To this day I have a post-it on my monitor that says 'Feedback Early and Feedback Often'. Game development is collaborative, and learning how to give and receive feedback, and communicate effectively goes a long way!
        What are your preferred art programs (Maya, Cinema4D, Blender, Photoshop, etc.)? Any hidden gem programs you think more people should use?
        With 3D digital content creation programs, once you know one, it isn't too hard to learn another. A lot of the tech artists on our team had to learn one of these programs on the job. Just become familiar with one and you'll be fine! They each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
        Hi Devs! Altough i am aware most won't comment on this since it's the most asked question (i.e "is hero X coming") i must do my part and ask if Mei from Overwatch is in consideration to appear in the game since we already have Jaina that can function as a similar hero? Thanks for the hard-work and we'll see you in the Nexus!
        Nothing is off the table in the Nexus. ?
        Do you prefer capes or wings?
        Wings.
        Is there any chance we can see more concept art or in-progress work on the game? Not like future stuff, but I would love to get some insight into the process of making my favorite skins/characters/maps that are already in the game.
        I think that the @BlizzHeroes twitter account has been posting concept art fairly frequently -- that's a good place to start. Also: we hosted some art drops on Art Station you should check out -- like this one! https://magazine.artstation.com/2017/05/blizzard-entertainment-heroes-storm-art-blast/
        Sometimes various skin tints have many colors, sometimes they have a similar amount of colors as the base tint but are different, and sometimes they have much fewer colors or are all shades of the same color.
        What is the reasoning for this limited pallet with some skins in particular?
        Here is an example of the former (many colors)
        https://heroesofthestorm.gamepedia.com/File:Sonya_Death_Knight_Naxxramas.jpg
        and the latter (very limited color palette)https://heroesofthestorm.gamepedia.com/File:Sonya_Death_Knight_Blighted.jpg
        So color variations are meant to give the players an outlet to see their favorite heroes and skins in new and colorful ways, but occasionally, we have to take gameplay implications into account. Sometimes we have to consider content that's coming in the future -- like all of the marine suit based heroes, including Raynor, Tychus, Lt. Morales, Blaze -- and therefore limit the base version of a hero into a uniquely identifiable palette. Other times we have to take hero silhouettes into account (like Stitches and Butcher) and make sure their palettes don't overlap. In other instances, we have to take into account the FX built for that hero or skin as it affects people on the team beyond those who are modeling them.
        That said, we do appreciate the feedback on any and all color variants and we hope the community continues to let us know what they love and what they feel could use more love ?