Balance Update - March 28

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The first big balance patch since Probius entered the Nexus, today's changes see both Cho and Gal getting buffed, Varian getting more hyper-mobile, Probius with a bunch of tweaks to make him a bit more powerful and fun to play, and plenty more changes. In case these new additions to the Nexux' most recent Hero are enticing you to play him, you can also check out our Probius build guide.

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Assassin Multi-Class Specialist Support Warrior
Gall Varian Murky Tassadar Arthas
Ragnaros   Probius   Cho
Tychus       Leoric






  • Shadowflame (Q)
    • Damage from 125 to 135


  • Level 1
    • Keep Moving (Z)
      • Increased Movement Speed duration increase from .5 to 1 second
  • Level 4
    • Double Back (W)
      • Bonus damage to non-heroic targets increased from 100 to 200%
  • Level 20
    • Psychotic Break (Passive)
      • Now allows the use of Gall’s Heroic Abilities.
Developer Comments:  We have been actively reading the feedback for our friendly Ogre and cross-referencing it with our internal statistics. We are seeing great talent diversity and are happy with the new design, but feel that we can inject a bit more power into the duo. Today’s changes are focused on increasing Cho’s self-sustain and injecting a bit more damage into both ogres.





  • Basic Attack damage decreased from 180 to 171


  • Empower Sulfuras (Q)
    • Damage decreased from 201 to 191
  • Sulfuras Smash (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 80 seconds


  • Level 13
    • Resilient Flame (Passive)
      • Cooldown increased from 10 to 15 seconds
      • Armor bonus decreased from 50 to 40




  • Minigun (D)
    • Damage increased from 2 to 2.5% Max Health


  • Level 4
    • The Bigger They Are (D)
      • Damage threshold decreased from 40 to 35% maximum Health






  • Base Health increased from 2150 to 2322
  • Base Health Regeneration increased from 4.48 to 4.84


  • Taunt (R)
    • Health bonus reduced from 40 to 30%


  • Level 4
    • Warbringer (E)
      • No longer increases the slow amount of Charge
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 6 to 8 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Juggernaut (E)
      • Damage reduced from 5 to 4% of a Hero’s maximum Health
Developer Comments:  We think pushing the cooldown of Charge after taking Warbringer from 6 to 4 will push it further into the hyper-mobile style of gameplay that we want.  We removed the additional slow since it didn’t add much to actual gameplay (most people didn’t move when they were slowed).  Now Warbringer Varians will be zipping around the battlefield applying slows at a high frequency.  By increasing Varian’s base Health but lowering Taunt’s Health bonus, Twin Blades and Colossus Smash will have about 8% more Health through the game, while Taunt will only have a little more Health before 10.






  • Level 1
    • Egg Hunt (D)
      • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 3 seconds
    • Fish Eye (D)
      • Vision bonus increased from 200 to 300%
  • Level 4
    • Tufferfish (W)
      • Bonus damage increased from 35 to 50%
  • Level 7
    • Slippery When Wet (E)
      • Movement Speed bonus increased from 40 to 50%
      • Now also reduces the cooldown of Safety Bubble by 2 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Fish Tank (Passive)
      • Armor duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Wrath of Cod (W)
      • Damage increased from 10 to 15% of maximum Health
Developer Comments:  These tuning changes were made to add a greater variety of viable Talent builds.  Overall each of these Talents weren’t performing to Murloc-Standard-Efficiency (MSE), so they’ve been buffed up to regulations.




  • Worker Rush (Z)
    • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds
    • Now automatically activates when Probius is in the Hall of Storms
  • Warp in Pylon (D)
    • Cooldown reduced from 14 to 12 seconds
  • Warp Rift (W)
    • Range increased by 15%
    • Slow amount increased from 20 to 25%
  • Photon Cannon (E)
    • Damage increased from 95 to 105
    • Duration increased from 11 to 13 seconds
  • Null Gate (R)
    • Range increased by 12%
    • Cooldown decreased from 40 to 30 seconds


  • Level 4
    • Turbo Charged (Z)
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 20 to 10 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Aggressive Matrix (D)
      • Damage bonus increased from 20 to 25%
    • Shield Battery (D)
      • Shield amount decreased by 13%
  • Level 16
    • Interference (W)
      • Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
    • Quantum Entanglement (W)
      • Duration decreased from 3.5 to 3 seconds
Developer Comments:  We’re making several small tweaks to Probius across the board, largely to make him a little more powerful and, more importantly, more engaging to play.  Many of his abilities have had small tweaks to them to make them more usable, and we’re buffing the damage and duration of his Photon Cannons to make them more threatening.






  • Plasma Shield (Q)
    • Duration reduced from 8 to 5 seconds
    • Life leech increased from 20 to 30%
  • Archon (R)
    • Damage reduced from 175 to 166
    • Splash damage reduced from 87.5 to 83


  • Level 1
    • Khaydarin Resonance (Q)
      • 15 Regen Globe quest
        • Bonus Shield amount increased from 15 to 20%
      • 30 Regen Globe quest
        • No longer increases duration of Plasma Shield
        • Now lowers the cooldown of Plasma Shield by 3 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Khala’s Embrace (Q)
      • Bonus life leech increased from 40 to 50%
  • Level 20
    • Shield Battery (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 75 to 60 seconds
Developer Comments:  The duration on Plasma Shield has always matched the Cooldown, but we are ready to try separating them. Enemy teams will now have a small window of time to deal meaningful damage between Shield applications (unless Tassadar fully unlocks Khaydarin Resonance). Since he is currently over-performing we are also looking to bring down the damage of Archon slightly.






  • Physical Armor decreased from 15 to 10


  • Level 16
    • Remorseless Winter (E)
      • Root duration from decreased from 1.75 to 1.25 seconds
Developer Comments:  We’re happy with the performance of Arthas, particularly as a capable solo-warrior that brings something unique to the team with Frozen Tempest. We’ve added a lot of power to this ability, so we’re reducing his Physical Armor from 15 down to 10 to better enable enemy heroes to get more value by poking him down. We’re also reducing the Root duration of Remorseless Winter to be more in line with similar effects.




  • Basic Attack damage increased from 120 to 130
  • Cho’s Basic Attacks now apply and refresh Consuming Blaze 


  • Consuming Blaze (W)
    • Healing amount increased from 30 to 40
    • Basic Attack reapplication on Heroes now extends to all targets currently affected by Consuming Blaze
  • Upheaval (R)
    • Damage increased from 100 to 175


  • Level 1
    • Fuel for the Flame (W)
      • Minion quest reward increased from .2 to .3% amount healed
      • Hero quest reward increased from 2 to 3% amount healed
  • Level 13
    • Runed Gauntlet (Passive)
      • Heroic Cooldown Reduction per Basic Attack increased from .5 to .75 seconds
Developer Comments:  See Gall’s dev comments.






  • Basic Attack damage increased from 138 to 150


  • Skeletal Swing (Q)
    • Damage increased from 116 to 125


  • Level 16
    • Renewed Swing (Q)
      • Bonus swing damage increased from 50 to 80%
Developer Comments:  All shall suffer.


Bug Fixes


  • Season 3 reward portraits have been updated to read “2016” instead of “2017”.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to stall when Zarya was affected by certain attack speed modifiers. 

User Interface

  • The observer user interface will now display Core health on Towers of Doom as raw numbers instead of as a percentage.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the observer user interface to fail to show Heroic ability cooldowns.
  • Fixed several minor issues with button alignment and questing talent indicators in the observer user interface. 

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    The nerf to Tassadar is actually quite significant. While it won't truly effect his top end play on well coordinated engages, it does make him harder to execute in hero league with randos that might wander back and forth a couple times before diving.

    I think Varians are really well thought out. No big change to the overall play since taunt is still most important and they didn't really nerf anything to it. As we all predicted, who cares about a larger slow, slow is slow. Doing that more often does matter.

    Rag: Finally they nerfed sulfuras smash, and doing it in cooldown is perfect. It is a high-risk ultimate with really good reward, but at 1 minute it wasn't risky enough. You burned it early in every team fight or even just to secure a single pick. 20 seconds is just enough to make that a thought.

    Tychus is back to chewing up and spitting out Diablo all over again...

    Will this finally be enough to fix Cho'gall?! No, no it won't.

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    Honestly surprised they have left Anub alone after reducing the armour on Arthas, I'm playing the bug a lot, even against teams that aren't necessarily mage heavy, and coming out on top on a lot of team fights. Acid Soaked Mandibles at 13 reminds me of Xul's autos at his launch; far too powerful for the amount of uptime on it. 

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    1 hour ago, Laragon said:

    Will this finally be enough to fix Cho'gall?! No, no it won't.

    Yeah, it won't... But give it time. The Hour of Twilight is coming.

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    cho'gall: good try. at least the sustain is buffed slightly more but even the pre-rework cho'gall was tankier (late-game). -

    Ragnaros: well-deserved, proper nerfs. +

    Tychus: Poor guy chewing his cigar. The range is still gone, but these buffs will surely help him. +

    Varian: The extra slow was redundant. The reduced cooldown however is really nice. 4 seconds will make it into a Dive (Illidan) for bruiser Varian. Also, more health means more % based selfhealing. Let's bring those awesome damage builds up to par Blizzard! +

    Murky: Since they buffed the least picked (or worst performing) talents, I don't think he will be up to MSE-regulations. Glad he's not OP anymore though. -

    Probius: cannons buff, but they didn't buff the range. Area buff to prime damage source, good job. I will still be annoyed if I have a Probius on the team. Will the buffs help? -

    Tassadar: Nerfing the shield duration and 'forcing' you to take the quest to counter that is a good thing IMO. More leech further increases his role as the Autoattack dive support. Tracer, Illidan, Valla, dualwield Varian (rofl). Let's be real, those shields didn't last long anyways when you dove into the enemy. Good call Blizzard. +

    Arthas: Needed a small nerf to survivability. Good small nerf. +

    Leoric: this self-resurrecting, tank-bruiser-ish swinger could indeed use a little bit more extra damage to make up for the fact that he has such brittle bones. All shall suffer indeed. +

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