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D.Va Patch Notes: May 16

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The latest update brings D.Va and a host of balance changes to the Nexus!

NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between the PTR and live patch notes.

You can find our D.Va Build Guide here.

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General

Battleground Rotation Update

  • The pool of Battlegrounds available in matchmaking game modes has increased from 6 to 9, and now includes the following:
    • Cursed Hollow
    • Sky Temple
    • Braxis Holdout
    • Hanamura
    • Battlefield of Eternity
    • Warhead Junction
    • Haunted Mines
    • Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • Infernal Shrines
  • Initially, we are planning to update the Battleground Rotation 3 times per Ranked Season, and can adjust this frequency, as well as the number of Battlegrounds per rotation, as needed.
  • Read our recent blog post to learn more about our reasoning behind bringing Battleground Rotations to Heroes of the Storm.

New Hero: D.Va

Hana Song, also known as “D.Va,” is both a world champion professional gamer and a burgeoning global icon. As a member of South Korea’s elite MEKA unit, she fights to protect her homeland from the colossal omnic threat lurking within the East China Sea.

Trait

  • Mech Mode
    • When D.Va’s Mech is destroyed, she is ejected after 0.75 seconds and can continue to fight in Pilot Mode. Destroying D.Va’s Mech only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP.
  • Pilot Mode
    • Each Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Call Mech by 0.5 seconds. As a Pilot, D.Va only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP upon death.

Mount

  • While in Mech Mode, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her Movement Speed is reduced by 15%.
  • D.Va can only use Mounts while in Pilot Mode.

Basic Abilities

  • Boosters (Q)
    • Increases D.Va’s Movement Speed by 125% for 2 seconds. Enemies that are hit take damage and are knocked away.
    • D.Va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active.
  • Defense Matrix (W)
    • Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 seconds, reducing damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn.
    • Damage dealt to the Mech by enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge.
  • Self-Destruct (E)
    • Requires Mech Mode.
    • Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 seconds. Deals medium to massive damage in a large area, depending on distance from the center of the blast. Deals 50% damage against Structures.
    • Gain 1% Charge for every 2 seconds spent using Basic Attacks, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost.
  • Call Mech (E)
    • Requires Pilot Mode.
    • Call a new Mech and enter Mech Mode. 45 second cooldown. While in Pilot Mode, each Basic Attack lowers this cooldown by 0.5 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

  • Bunny Hop (R)
    • Requires Mech Mode.
    • D.Va’s Mech becomes Unstoppable and stomps every 0.5 seconds, dealing damage and Slowing enemies by 40%. Lasts 4 seconds.
  • Big Shot (R)
    • Requires Pilot Mode.
    • Deal damage to all enemies in a line. Call Mech’s cooldown is reduced by 8 seconds for each enemy Hero hit.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Questing Talents: Visual effects that appear upon completing a Talent Quest have received updates and should now be much more apparent.
  • The following Heroes have received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent updates:
    • Alarak
    • Tyrande

Collection

New Bundles

  • Welcome Bundle (Available May 22)
    • Jumpstart your Collection with the Welcome Bundle, which contains a large amount of Gems, a Stimpack, a new Mount, and several Loot Chests —one of which guarantees a random Hero!
    • The Welcome Bundle will become available during the week of May 22. It can be only be purchased once, and only using real money.
      • 800 Gems
      • Welcome Loot Chest – A special Loot Chest that guarantees at least one random Hero
      • Rare Loot Chest
      • Epic Loot Chest
      • 7 Day Stimpack
      • Zebra Mount
  • D.Va Heroic Bundle
    • Contains D.Va and all three Goliath D.Va skins. Available for a limited time.

New Skins

  • D.Va
    • Goliath D.Va
    • Hazard Goliath D.Va
    • Sharkmouth Goliath D.Va
    • Major D.Va
    • Fiery D.Va
    • Pro D.Va
    • Competitive Pro D.Va
    • Elite Pro D.Va
  • Kerrigan
    • Dorm Cheerleader Kerrigan has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!

New Mounts

  • The Dorm 2017 Championship Banner has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!
  • Zebra – Available exclusively by purchasing the Welcome Bundle.

New Announcers

  • D.Va
  • Genji

New Banners

  • D.Va Banner
  • Iconic D.Va Banner
  • D.Va Warbanner
  • Iconic D.Va Warbanner

New Emojis

  • D.Va Pack 1
  • D.Va Pack 2

User Interface

In-Game

  • Emojis
    • In-game chat messages are now limited to 10 Emojis per message.
    • A notification will display on-screen when attempting to enter more than 10 Emojis in a single message.
  • Score Screen
    • The “Role” column in the Stats tab on the in-game score screen has been split into “Healing/Shielding” and "Damage Taken" columns.
    • Certain Heroes, such as Tyrael, Uther, and Zarya, as well as E.T.C. with the Prog Rock Talent, or Chen with the Enough to Share Talent, will display values in both columns.

Portrait

  • Player levels displayed in portraits have received visual updates, and should be easier to distinguish while using the progression portrait border.

Rejoin

  • The Rejoin screen has been updated to provide a smoother experience when reconnecting to an ongoing match.

Design and Gameplay

Hearthstone

  • Using Hearthstone (Default: B) will no longer automatically snap the camera back to the allied Hall of Storms unless Camera Lock is enabled (Default: L).

Heroes

Assassin

Alarak

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Abilities

  • Sadism (Trait)
    • New Functionality:
      • Alarak now gains 3% Sadism per enemy Takedown, up to 30%.  This bonus is lost on Death.
      • Now also affects self-healing vs. enemy Heroes.
  • Discord Strike (Q)
    • Now has Double Cross functionality baseline.
    • Mana cost reduced from 55 to 45
  • Lightning Surge (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25
    • Damage reduced from 100 to 62
    • Adjusted Functionality:
      • Enemies hit by the center of the beam now take 100% bonus damage
      • Healing is no longer based on the amount of damage done to enemy Heroes
        • Enemy Heroes hit now heal Alarak for 70 Health

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Power Conduit (E)
      • Removed
    • Without Effort (W)
      • Removed
    • Sustaining Power (E)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Bonus Healing increased from 25 to 40%
    • Extended Lightning (E)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Reduce the damage bonus of Sadism by 10%. 
        • !Quest: Hit 5 enemy Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge. 
          • Reward: Increase the range of Lightning Surge by 20%. 
        • !Quest: Hit 15 Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge. 
          • Reward: Enemy Heroes hit with the center portion of Lightning Surge are slowed by 40% for 2 seconds. 
        • !Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge in a single cast. 
          • Reward: Gain 10 Sadism and complete all quests on this talent.
    • New Talent: Ruthless Momentum (Passive)
      • While above 80% Health, your Basic Abilities cooldown 20% faster.
  • Level 4
    • Double Cross (Q)
      • Removed
    • Reckless Strike (Q)
      • Removed
    • Cycle of Discord (Q)
      • Removed
    • Negatively Charged (E)
      • Moved from level 16
      • New functionality:
        • Increases the bonus damage from hitting the center portion of Lightning Surge to 150%
        • Quest: Each time you hit an enemy Hero with the center portion of Lightning Surge, increase the center damage bonus by an additional 3%
    • Chaos Reigns (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New Functionality:
        • !Quest: Hit 15 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike. 
          • Reward: Increase Discord Strike's damage by 60. 
        • !Quest:  Hit 2 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike in a single cast. 
          • Reward: Increase Discord Strike's damage by 60. 
        • !Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike in a single cast. 
          • Reward: Increase Discord Strike's damage by 60 and complete all quests on this talent.
    • New Talent: Show of Force (Passive)
      • Hitting an enemy Hero with 3 abilities within 2 seconds causes them to take an additional 70 damage.
  • Level 7
    • Endless Energy (E)
      • Removed
    • Thunderstruck (E)
      • Removed
    • Dissonance (Q)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • No longer reduces Sadism by 10%.
    • Hindered Motion (W)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • No longer reduces Sadism by 10%
      • Slow amount reduced from 40% to 25%
    • Applied Force (W)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • Added functionality:
        • Reduce the damage of Sadism by 10% but Telekinesis’s range is increased by 20% and it pushes 20% further.
  • Level 13
    • Psychokinesis (W)
      • Removed
    • Pure Malice (Passive)
      • Sadism bonus reduced from 8% stacking up to 40% max to 6% stacking up to 30% max.
      • Hasty Bargain can now reduce this Sadism bonus
    • New Talent: Blade of the Highlord (Passive)
      • Your Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant you 6% Sadism for 4 seconds, stacking up to 30%.
    • New Talent: Rite of Rak’Shir (Active)
      • Activate to mark an enemy Hero.
        • Using Discord Strike on your marked target increases your Sadism by 3%
        • Killing the enemy Hero gives you 6% bonus Sadism and sets the cooldown of Rite of Rak’Shir to 10 seconds
        • Dying removes all bonuses from this talent
        • 300-second cooldown and duration
  • Level 16
    • Projected Force (W)
      • Removed
    • Quick Mind (W)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Lethal Onslaught (Q)
      • For 4 seconds after hitting an enemy hero with Discord Strike, your Basic Attacks gain 50% of Sadism’s benefit.  Attacking enemy Heroes refreshes the duration of this buff.
    • New Talent: Lightning Barrage (E)
      • If Lightning Surge hits an enemy Hero with its center portion, then it can be cast again with no Mana cost or cooldown within 2 seconds of being cast.  This second cast cannot target the same enemy.
    • New Talent: Mocking Strikes (Passive)
      • Your Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are Stunned, Slowed, Rooted, or Silenced reduces your Basic Ability cooldowns by 2.5 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Last Laugh (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds
      • Range decreased by 15%
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Activate to remove all roots, slows, and damage over time effects and teleport to the chosen location
        • After 4 seconds, reduce Alarak’s Health to 1
        • If Alarak damages 3 enemy Heroes with Basic Abilities within 4 seconds after teleporting, his Health is not reduced

 

Developer Comment:  Your Highlord has returned! Alarak has received a large update that he has deemed “acceptable”, targeted at making him more rewarding for players who take the time to master him.  Baseline changes include reworking his Sadism to be increased upon getting Takedowns and putting bonus damage into his Lightning Surge baseline for hitting enemies in its center beam.  We’re also experimenting with some new talent ideas with Extended Lightning and Chaos Reigns, where players can gain huge benefits for the rarely accomplished feat of hitting 3 enemy Heroes with a single ability.
LEVEL (TIER)   ALARAK TALENTS    
1 (1) Sustaining Power (E) (!) Extended Lightning (E) Ruthless Momentum (Passive)  
4 (2) (!) Chaos Reigns (Q) (!) Negatively Charged (E) Show of Force (Passive)  
7 (3) Dissonance (W) Hindered Motion (W) Applied Force (W)  
10 (4) Deadly Charge Counter-Strike
13 (5) Blade of the Highlord (Passive) Pure Malice (Passive) Rite of Rak-Shire (Active)  
16 (6) Lethal Onslaught (Q) Lightning Barrage (E) Mocking Strikes (Passive)  
20 (7) Counter-Strike (R) Deadly Charge (R) Last Laugh (Active) Hasty Bargain (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Nova

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Anti-Armor Shells (Passive)
      • Custom UI has been added to show the cooldown before your next attack

Support

Tyrande

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Stats

  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 87 to 82

Abilities

  • Light of Elune (Q)
    • Adjusted functionality:
      • No longer heals yourself while healing allies
      • The cooldown is now lowered by 2 seconds every time you land a Basic Attack
    • Heal amount reduced from 320 to 270
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 12 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 45 to 25
  • Sentinel (W)
    • Added functionality:
      • !Quest: Hit heroes with Sentinel
        • Reward: Every 8 Heroes hit with Sentinel allows it to pierce one target and lowers the Mana cost by 10 
  • Shadowstalk (R)
    • New functionality:
      • Tyrande gains stealth and 30% Movement Speed. When stealth is lost, she keeps her Movement Speed and gains 50% Attack Speed for 5 seconds
    • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds
  • Starfall (R)
    • Radius reduced from 6 to 5

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Ranger’s Mark (D)
      • New functionality:
        • !Quest: Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Hunter’s Mark by 1 second
          • Reward: For every 60 Basic Attacks against Heroes, increase the duration of Hunter’s Mark by 1 second
    • Lunar Blaze (E)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • !Quest: Every Hero hit by Lunar Flare increases its damage by 3%
          • Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes, remove the Mana Cost
          • Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase the range by 40%
    • Ranger (W)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Sentinel deals up to 75% more damage based on distance traveled
        • !Quest: Hit Heroes with Sentinel
          • Reward: Every enemy hit with Sentinel increases the damage at maximum range by 3%
    • Seasoned Marksman (Passive)
      • Removed
  • Level 4
    • Pierce (W)
      • Removed
    • Focused Attack (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Protective Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • Healing Ward (Active)
      • Removed
    • Searing Arrows (Active)
      • Removed
    • Celestial Attunement (Q)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Light of Elune removes stuns. If a stun is removed this way, Light of Elune can be recast for free within 3 seconds.
    • New Talent: Moonlit Arrows (Q)
      • Basic Attacks reduce the Cooldown of your Light of Elune by an additional .75 seconds
    • New Talent: Kaldorei Resistance (Q)
      • Light of Elune grants 15 Spell Armor for 6 seconds. This can stack up to 4 times
  • Level 7
    • Trueshot Aura (Active)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Nearby allies have 10% increased Basic Attack damage
        • Activate: Double this bonus for 5 seconds
    • Huntress’ Fury (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • Reduced the splash radius by ~33%
      • New functionality:
        • Basic Attack’s against targets with Hunter’s Mark will damage all nearby enemy Heroes and Mercenaries
    • Lunar Momentum (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Calldown: MULE (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Darnassian Archery (Passive)
      • Each consecutive attack against an enemy Hero deals 5% more damage. This lasts for 4 seconds or until you target a non-Heroic unit
  • Level 13
    • Empower (W)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Every Hero hit by Sentinel lowers its Cooldown by 4 seconds
    • Quickening Blessing (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7
    • Sprint (Active)
      • Removed
    • Shrink Ray (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Harsh Moonlight (W)
      • Enemies hit by Sentinel are slowed by 30% and have their damage reduced by 30% for 4 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Mark of Mending (Trait)
      • New functionality:
        • Tyrande’s Basic Attacks heal her for 2% of her maximum Health
        • Allied Heroes Basic Attacks against targets with Hunter’s Mark will heal for 3% of their maximum Health
    • Overflowing Light (Q)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • New functionality:
        • While above 60% life, Light of Elune heals for 30% more
    • New Talent: Elune’s Chosen (Active)
      • Target an allied Hero. For the next 5 seconds, you will heal them for 200% of the Basic Attack damage you deal
  • Level 20
    • Celestial Wrath (R)
      • New functionality:
        • Enemy Heroes within Starfall have Hunter’s Mark applied to them
    • Shooting Star (E)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality:
        • Increases Basic Attack range by 20%
        • After every 10th Basic Attack against enemies, a Lunar Flare will fire at a nearby enemy Hero
    • Hunter’s Swiftness (R)
      • Removed
    • Nexus Frenzy (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Storm Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • Rewind (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Eyes of the Huntress (R)
      • Casting Shadowstalk also reveals the enemy team for 2 seconds.
    • New Talent: Iceblade Arrows (Passive)
      • Gain 25% Attack Speed. Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduces all damage they deal by 5% for 3 seconds. This can stack up to 10 times
Developer Comment:  During one of our design meetings many months ago, we came to the consensus that we wanted to swap the heal functionality between Tyrande and Uther. It felt like the self-heal mechanic was better suited on a front-line melee Healer, so we gave it to our favorite paladin in his latest rework. Instead of simply removing functionality from Light of Elune, we decided to add a large amount of cooldown reduction with every Basic Attack. This will reward players that can stay in combat and has allowed us to shift some of her power from healing output into more utility and offensive-based areas. Overall, we are extremely excited to see what our players can do with her new kit and look forward to hearing any feedback you have!
LEVEL (TIER)   TYRANDE TALENTS    
1 (1) (!) Ranger's Mark (D) (!) Lunar Blaze (E) (!) Ranger (W)  
4 (2) Moonlit Arrows (Q) Celestial Attunement (Q) Kaldorei Resistance (Q)  
7 (3) Huntress' Fury (D) Darnassian Archery (Passive) Trueshot Aura (Active)  
10 (4) Shadowstalk Starfall
13 (5) Quickening Blessing (Q) Empower (W) Harsh Moonlight (W)  
16 (6) Overflowing Light (Q) Mark of Mending (D) Elune's Chosen (Active)  
20 (7) Eyes of the Huntress (R) Celestrial Wrath  Shooting Star (E) Iceblade Arrows (Passive)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Warrior

Dehaka

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Abilities

  • Dark Swarm (W)
    • Damage increased from 30 to 50
    • Damage is now universal to all units (no bonus damage to Heroes)
    • Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Primal Aggression (W)
      • Removed
    • Enhanced Agility (Trait)
      • Movement Speed bonus per 50 Essence increased from 1.5 to 2%
      • Added functionality:
        • The duration of Brushstalker’s Movement Speed bonus after leaving brush increased from 1 to 3 seconds
    • Tissue Regeneration (Trait)
      • Added functionality:
        • Regeneration Globes grant 10 Essence
  • Level 7
    • Feeding Frenzy (Q)
      • Cooldown reduction per attack increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds
    • Essence Devourer (W)
      • Removed
  • Level 13
    • Swift Pursuit (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Ferocious Stalker (Trait)
      • New functionality:
        • Your abilities deal 25% more damage while you have the Brushstalker Movement Speed buff
    • New Talent: Primal Rage (Passive)
      • Gain 1% Basic Attack damage for every Essence you currently have
Developer Comment:  These changes are based primarily on win and pick rates of some of Dehaka's talent tiers. We removed some unpopular talents and combined a few others to make them more attractive. Dehaka's talent tree should now be a little bit sharper and hopefully open a few new build paths for players.

Bug Fixes

Art

  • Ghost Tracer: Recall visual effects will now correctly display on Ghost Tracer’s model when using Recall.
  • Lúcio: Will no longer appear elevated on the Ranked screen.
  • Prime Evil Diablo: Apocalypse visual effects will no longer persist on Prime Evil Diablo’s model when casting Apocalypse immediately after Hellgate.

Battlegrounds

  • Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue that could cause players to receive an AFK warning while contesting a Beacon.
  • Braxis Holdout: Beacon UI that appears below the minimap will now correctly appear neutral if they are not controlled by either team.
  • Towers of Doom: Heroes can no longer clip into the edges of the terrain when moving near the edges of the allied Hall of Storms.
  • Try Mode: The Refresh Forts button will no longer cause Malfurion to spawn when Allied Hero is set to None.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Abathur: Fixed an issue in which Networked Carapace provided a lower than intended Shield amount.
  • Abathur: Secondary Shields granted by Networked Carapace will no longer benefit from Sustained Carapace.
  • Azmodan: When Demonic Invasion is cast on an area of terrain that is not pathable, the Demonic Grunts will now be placed as close as possible to the casting location, rather than failing to spawn.
  • Azmodan: Issuing a Move Command during All Shall Burn’s wind-up time will no longer cancel the Ability cast.
  • Cassia: Inner Light’s tooltip now consistently states that range is increased by 25% before and after taking the Talent.
  • Cassia: Martial Law will no longer apply bonus damage to slowed or stunned Minions and Mercenaries.
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue that could cause Valkyrie to pull its target farther than intended if Cassia was Stopped.
  • Dehaka: Basic Attacks will now correctly reduce Drag’s cooldown after learning Feeding Frenzy.
  • Gall: Can now properly cast Shove while channeling Shadow Bolt volley.
  • Gazlowe: Fixed an issue preventing Rock It! Turrets from being self-cast or placed beneath unit and Hero models.
  • Kerrigan: Bladed Momentum will no longer grant cooldown reduction for secondary targets hit by Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Storm.
  • Tracer: Can now correctly attack Minions who are affected by Sylvanas’ Possession.

Sound

  • Announcers: Will now play their “Prepare for Battle” voiceover lines during the opening moments of a match.
  • Hero Select: Fixed an issue that could cause some heroes’ voiceover to echo after clicking Ready during Hero Select.
  • Hero Select: Lúcio will now correctly play voiceover upon searching for a match in the Portuguese and Chinese game clients.

User Interface

  • Collection: The Collection screen will no longer appear cut off when screen resolution is set to 1280x1024 or 1152x864.
  • Collection: Hovering the cursor over a truncated item name in the Collection will now correctly display a tooltip that states the item’s full name.
  • Emojis: Emojis whispered between Heroes of the Storm players will now display their shortcodes when the whisper is viewed in the Blizzard Launcher’s chat window.
  • Quick Cast: Fixed an issue causing abilities to fail when quick-casted over the minimap with the "Right Click through Minimap" option enabled.

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Genji and D.Va got announcers... Meanwhile I'm still waiting for The Lost Vikings and Lil Ragnaros announcers. 😟

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Are you guys going to buy the Welcome Bundle? I probably will, but I'm not sure yet

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17 minutes ago, positiv2 said:

Are you guys going to buy the Welcome Bundle? I probably will, but I'm not sure yet

I'm really tempted to. 800 gems, plus 3 types of crates, stimpack and a mount is a lot. I'm curious about the price, though.

By the way, is this Zebra Mount the same as the Nazeebra Mount? Or is it a different mount?

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16 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

By the way, is this Zebra Mount the same as the Nazeebra Mount? Or is it a different mount?

It should be a new mount. It is "Available exclusively by purchasing the Welcome Bundle.", which should mean that it has not obtainable before, unlike Nazeebra

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15 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Genji and D.Va got announcers... Meanwhile I'm still waiting for The Lost Vikings and Lil Ragnaros announcers. 😟

Same for Jaina waifu :3 And I wanted "My magic will tear you apart!" as a voice line hope they bring it- I know she has a similar taunt but it's 1/3 chance to say it..:/

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15 hours ago, positiv2 said:

Are you guys going to buy the Welcome Bundle? I probably will, but I'm not sure yet

Do they still have the promo going where you get that celestial horse for the first time you buy gems? Getting double mounts sounds really good.

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Removing Primal Agression from Dehaka opened up the usage of other talents. I've tried the new Tissue Regen and gotta say that I really enjoyed it. It has such a good synergy from other before never-taken talents. Essence flows...

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7 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Same for Jaina waifu :3 And I wanted "My magic will tear you apart!" as a voice line hope they bring it- I know she has a similar taunt but it's 1/3 chance to say it..:/

I reeeaaally want a Li-Ming announcer. Or Nova.

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4 hours ago, Sawzorthn said:

Do they still have the promo going where you get that celestial horse for the first time you buy gems? Getting double mounts sounds really good.

Yeah, the promotion is still available, though I don't know whether it will stay this way the next week, but I don't see why it wouldn't

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On 17/5/2017 at 8:15 PM, PumpkinRow said:

I reeeaaally want a Li-Ming announcer. Or Nova.

Yeah, Nova too for sure

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      Primary Abilities
      [Q] GROUNDBREAKER Deal 81 damage to enemies in an area. Heroes hit on the outer edge are pulled toward Garrosh. [W] BLOODTHIRST Deal 156 damage to an enemy and heal for 10% of Garrosh's missing Health. Healing is increased by 100% against Heroes. [E] WRECKING BALL Throw a nearby enemy Hero, Minion, or Mercenary to the target location, dealing 91 damage to enemies near the impact and Slowing them by 30% for 2.5 seconds. Heroic Abilities
      [R1] WARLORD'S CHALLENGE Silence nearby Heroes and force them to attack Garrosh for 1.5 seconds. [R2] DECIMATE Deal 50 damage to nearby enemies and Slow them by 30% for 1.5 seconds. Deals 100% more damage to Heroes, and each Hero hit reduces the cooldown by 1 second. Stores up to 3 charges. Talents (Source - Credits go to redditor WarHamsterQueek)
      Level 1
      1 [Q] Warbreaker Quest: Pull Heroes with Groundbreaker Reward: After pulling 5 Heroes, Groundbreaker deal san additional 150 damage over 3 seconds to Heroes. After pulling 15 Heroes, reduce Groundbreaker’s cooldown by 3 seconds. 1 [E] Unrivaled Strength Increase Wrecking Ball’s throw range by 20% and its damage by 100% 1 [Active] Body Check Activate to deal 111 damage to a target enemy and Slow them by 30% for 3 seconds. Damage is increased by 200% of Armor Up’s current bonus, and the Slow amount is increased by 30% if Armor Up’s bonus is above 25. Level 4
      4 [W] In for the Kill Increase Bloodthirst’s damage against non-Heroes by 60% Killing enemies with Bloodthirst resets its cooldown and refunds its Mana cost. 4 [Passive] Thirst for Battle Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Bloodthirst by 2 seconds. 4 [Active] Indomitable Activate to become Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds. Level 7
      7 [Q] Intimidation Groundbreaker reduces the Attack Speed of Heroes hit by 40% for 4 seconds. 7 [Active] Brute Force Enemies hit by Body Check receive 50% reduced healing for 4 seconds. 7 [Passive] Oppressor Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the target’s Spell Power by 40% for 2.5 seconds. 7 [Active] Into the Fray Activate to throw a nearby ally and grant them 25 Armor for 3 seconds. Deals 91 damage to nearby enemies upon impact and Slows them by 30% for 2.5 seconds. While in flight, allied Heroes are Unstoppable. Level 10
      10 Warlord’s Challenge Silence nearby Heroes and force them to attack Garrosh 1.5 seconds. 10 Decimate Deal 50 damage to nearby enemies and Slow them by 30% for 1.5 seconds. Deals 100% more damage to Heroes, and each Hero hit reduces the cooldown by 1 second. Stores up to 3 charges. Level 13
      13 [Q] Defensive Measures Pulling a Hero with Groundbreaker grants Garrosh a 350 Shield for 6 seconds. 13 [W] Bloodcraze When hitting a Hero, Bloodthirst heals for an additional 10% of Garrosh’s maximum Health over 3 seconds. 13 [Trait - D] Double Up Armor Up can be activated to increase its Armor bonus by 100% for 3 seconds. Level 16
      16 [Q] Rough Landing Heroes pulled by Groundbreaker are Slowed by 50% for 3 seconds. 16 [Q] Mortal Combo If Wrecking Ball is used on a Hero within 2 seconds of pulling them with Groundbreaker, Wrecking Ball’s cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds. 16 [E] Earthshaker Wrecking Ball Stuns enemies near the impact area for 0.75 seconds. Level 20
      20 [R1] Death Wish Increase the duration of Warlord’s Challenge by 0.5 seconds. If an enemy Hero is killed while affected by Warlord’s challenge, its cooldown is reduced by 45 seconds. 20 [R2] Deadly Calm Heroes hit by Decimate deal 20% less damage for 3 seconds. 20 [E] Titanic Might Wrecking Ball now throws the 2 closest enemies. 20 [Active] Inner Rage Body Check gains an additional charge, and its cooldown recharges 100% faster while Armor Up’s bonus is at or above 25. Hero Spotlight
      Garrosh will be playable on PTR starting July 31.
    • By Stan

      Blizzard just released a balance update with plenty of Hero changes and bug fixes.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Assassin
      Genji

      Stats
      Health reduced from 1600 to 1550 Health Regen reduced from 3.3 to 3.2 Abilities
      Shuriken (Q) Mana cost increased from 15 to 20 Dragonblade (R) Cooldown increased from 80 to 100 seconds Mana cost increased from 50 to 75 Talents
      Level 7 Dodge (Passive) Charges reduced from 3 to 1 Cooldown reduced from 12 to 8 seconds Greymane

      Abilities
      Cursed Bullet (R) Damage reduced from 40 to 35% of enemy Heroes’ current Health Tychus

      Talents
      Level 4 Fully Loaded (Q) Cooldown reduction increased from 33% (4 seconds) to ~41% (5 seconds) Specialist
      Xul

      Abilities
      Raise Skeleton (Trait) Health reduced from 300 to 270 Cursed Strikes (W) Cooldown increased from 15 to 16 seconds Talents
      Level 1 Backlash (Trait) Damage reduced from 15 to 12% of enemy Heroes’ maximum Health Level 4 Grim Scythe (W) Cooldown reduction per attack increased from .5 to .75 seconds Maximum cooldown reduction increased from 10 to 12 seconds Support
      Stukov

      Abilities
      Healing Pathogen (Q) Mana cost increased from 30 to 40 Flailing Swipe (R) Pushback distance increased by 50% Talents
      Level 1 Spine Launcher (Passive) Slow duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds (now matches his attack speed) Fetid Touch (W) Quest requirements reduced from 20 and 40 Heroes hit to 15 and 30 Growing Infestation (E) Added functionality: Now increases the Cooldown of Lurking Arm by 4 seconds Level 4 One Good Spread… (Q) Spreading requirement reduced from 4 to 3 Heroes Mana refund increased from 30 to 40 Vigorous Reuptake (D) Healing bonus reduced from 50 to 40% Level 16 Pox Populi (D) Adjusted functionality: Detonating Bio-Kill Switch no longer refreshes heal duration, but instead extends it by 3 seconds Level 20 Controlled Chaos (R) Cooldown between casts reduced from 3 to 1 second Cooldown for each charge reduced from 40 to 30 seconds Push Comes to Shove (R) Duration requirement reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds Uther

      Abilities
      Holy Light (Q) Healing reduced from 380 to 360 Self-healing reduced from 190 to 180 Holy Radiance (W) Mana cost increased from 60 to 70 Warriors
      Chen

      Abilities
      Fortifying Brew (Trait) Brew per second reduced from 40 to 30 Chen will now instantly gain 25 Brew upon activation Talents
      Level 1 Elusive Brawler (Active) Cooldown increased from 20 to 25 seconds Cooldown reduction from Basic Attacks reduced from 3 to 2 seconds Muradin

      Stats
      Health increased from 2633 to 2765 Health regen increased from 5.5 to 5.8 Rexxar

      Talents
      Level 1 Flare (Active) Cooldown reduced from 25 to 20 seconds Stitches

      Abilities
      Vile Gas (Trait) Damage reduced from 18 to 17 Talents
      Level 1 Heavy Slam (W) Bonus damage reduced from 50 to 40% Bug Fixes
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Diablo: Casting Shadow Charge on Sgt. Hammer while she is in Siege Mode will no longer cause Diablo to pass through her. Malfurion: The Moonburn Talent will no longer cause Moonfire to deal bonus damage to Mercenaries and Monsters prior to reaching 25% bonus damage against Minions. Malfurion: Casting Astral Communion now properly consumes 100 Mana. Nazeebo:  Fixed an issue that could prevent Voodoo Ritual from gaining stacks after scoring the killing blow on a Minion. Stukov: Fixed a typo in the tooltip for Fetid Touch. Stukov: Stop, Hold Fire, Taunt, and Dance commands can no longer be issued while casting or channeling Lurking Arm. Stukov: Fixed an issue that could cause FPS to drop to 30 when targeting Lurking Arm. Stukov: Massive Shove will no longer be cancelled when used on Sgt. Hammer while she is in Siege Mode. Tyrande: After learning Huntress’ Fury, Basic Attacks against targets with Hunter’s Mark will now correctly splash to nearby enemy Mercenaries. Tyrande: Fixed an issue causing Sentinel to benefit from increased width prior to learning the Ranger Talent. 
    • By Stan

      Stukov's price has been reduced to 10,000 Gold (down from 15,000). If you've been saving gold for the latest StarCraft support, now's a good time to get him.
      For more information and various ways of how you can build him up, visit our Stukov Build Guide. The next Hero to be added to the game is none other than Garrosh Hellscream. He will be available for gameplay at ChinaJoy on July 27 following a PTR release on July 31.
    • By Stan

      Senior Game Designer on Heroes of the Storm said Samuro's talents have a lot of issues right now and his AA build is outperforming other builds. A talent overhaul is coming, but not in the immediate future.
      Aiming for the patch after Garrosh? We'll see.
      TL;DR
      Current Issues & Skill Ceiling
      AA build outperforms other builds and the multiplicative synergy makes builds inflexible. Samuro currently has a variety of bugs and control issues related to Images that they hope to iron out. Samuro's "E" build is weak, but talent structure needs to change before they're able to buff it. Taking the more difficult talents should be at least a few % more effective than someone taking the AA talents. Blizzard doesn't want there to be a single optimal build in high-level play, but Samuro's an exception. Illusion Master gives him a high skill-ceiling that most players will never realistically reach and the team thinks his talent design isn't doing enough to reward players who strive to reach that ceiling. Other examples of high ceiling-rewarding for plays like Samuro's Illusion Master are Wizened Duelist on Greymane Snipe Master on Nova Locked and Loaded on Tracer Convection on Kael'thas Master's Touch on Medivh The spell feels too mandatory for Medivh and it's something they should improve. The general intent is that there can sometimes be talents that are risky to take and hard touse to their full potential, but players who rise to the challenge and succeed should be rewarded for doing so. On average, the hero's overall power should remain stable. "E" Build
      His "E" build was meant to be Samuro's slippery build and when evaluating talent power, they're taking mobility into account.  The build relies heavily on talents that are highly beneficial to his other builds, which prevents them from being easily buffed, which is why talents need to be re-structured to keep everything that's cool about the build now, while tuning the "E" build up to be a more competitive choice. Another thing is that the "E" build was viable when Samuro came out, but its core talents played a big role in inflating his other builds' win rates, so they (and Wind Walk itself) got nerfed. Stealth Hero Changes
      Blizzard's "planning" to change Stealth heroes and a shift toward utility is a potential direction, nothing's set in stone though. (Source)
    • By Stan

      Are you ready to answer the call of the True Horde? Garrosh will be debuting on July 27 at ChinaJoy!
      In addition to his debut, he will be hitting PTR (Public Test Realms) on July 31 and go live a week later as with every Hero. We're still waiting for an in-development video! Credits go to MVP Proenix00 for the tweet and redditor traxium11 for providing a translation! In the meantime, you can check out the following Garrosh Hellscream tribute!