Balance Update: May 31

7 posts in this topic


Blizzard released a new patch for Heroes of the Storm in order to apply balance changes and a few bug fixes.

Blizzard LogoBlizzard (Source)


Alarak Probius Tassadar Anub'arak
Cassia   Tyrande Dehaka
Ragnaros     E.T.C.
Samuro     D.Va





  • Level 4
    • Chaos Reigns (Q)
      • Damage bonus for hitting 15 enemy Heroes reduced from 60 to 50
      • Damage bonus for hitting 2 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Discord Strike reduced from 60 to 50
      • Damage bonus for hitting 3 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Discord Strike increased from 60 to 80
    • Show of Force (Passive)
      • Damage increased from 70 to 77
  • Level 13
    • Pure Malice (Passive)
      • Sadism gained per Ally death increased from 6 to 10%
      • Maximum Sadism bonus increased from 30 to 40%
    • Rite of Rak’shir (Active)
      • Sadism bonus for killing the targeted Hero reduced from 6 to 5%




  • Level 1
    • Charged Strikes (Active)
      • No longer causes attacks to bounce when attacking Structures.




  • Level 1
    • Sulfuras Hungers (Q)
      • Bonus damage upon quest completion reduced from 100 to 90
  • Level 4
    • Catching Fire (Passive)
      • Health regen reduced from 1.5 to 1.25
  • Level 13
    • Cauterized Wounds (Q)
      • Healing bonus reduced from 50 to 40%




  • Wind Walk (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 13 to 15 seconds
    • Duration increased from 8 to 10 seconds




  • Guillotine (R)
    • Can no longer be interrupted. Once cast, the axe is falling.






  • Disruption Pulse (Q)
    • Damage decreased from 150 to 142
  • Pylon Overcharge (R)
    • Damage reduced from 52 to 48


  • Level 4
    • Turbo Charged (Z)
      • Movement Speed bonus decreased from 20 to 10%
  • Level 7
    • Particle Accelerator (Q)
      • Damage cap bonus increased from 40 to 50%
  • Level 13
    • Aggressive Matrix (D)
      • Damage bonus increased from 25 to 35%
    • Shield Battery (D)
      • Shield amount reduced by roughly 8%





  • Basic Attack damage increased from 12 to 15


  • Plasma Shield (Q)
    • Life steal amount increased from 30 to 45%


  • Level 4
    • Khala’s Embrace (Q)
      • Life steal amount increased from 60 to 90%




  • Shadowstalk (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40


  • Level 1
    • Ranger (W)
      • Added functionality:
        • Now also increases Sentinel Width by 25%
    • Ranger’s Mark (D)
      • Basic Attacks required per decreased from 60 to 50
  • Level 7

    • Huntress’ Fury (D)
      • Splash range increased by roughly 30%





  • Burrow Charge (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 14 seconds


  • Level 4
    • Bed of Barbs (Q)
      • Movement Speed slow reduced from 30 to 25%
  • Level 16
    • Epicenter (E)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds



  • Dark Swarm (W)
    • Duration increased from 3 to 3.5 seconds
  • Brushstalker (Z)
    • Movement Speed buff duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds, and amount increased from 15 to 20%


  • Level 1
    • Enhanced Agility (Trait)
      • Movement Speed buff duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds




  • Boosters (Q)
    • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 9 seconds
    • Cooldown before being able to cancel the ability decreased from 1 to .5 seconds.


  • Level 1
    • Hit the Nitrous (Q)
      • Movement Speed reduced from 375 to 325%
      • The tooltip was adjusted to reflect the Movement Speed bonus, instead of the total speed, which is why these numbers will now appear 100% lower.
    • Pro Moves (Passive)
      • Movement Speed duration increased from 1 to 1.25 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Ablative Armor (Passive)
      • Reduce the threshold where Ablative Armor is active from 5% to 4% of D.Va’s maximum Health.
  • Level 16
    • GG, WP (E)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 75 to 50%
Developer Comment:  D.Va’s winrate has risen steadily since release, as most of our new Heroes do, and secured her position as “#1 Mech Nexus, GG NO RE”. These adjustments will help Boosters feel better to use, and also even out the viability of the Talents at level 1. Ablative Armor was triggering a lot more often than we thought it should, so D.Va decided that we needed to nerf this. Lastly, GG WP was really strong at the tier, so we’re tuning the damage down slightly so that it isn’t always the must pick option.




  • Attack Speed increased from 1 to 1.25 attacks per second.


  • Level 16
    • Aggressive Shredding (E)
      • Cooldown reduction per Basic Attack reduced from 1 to .75 seconds

Bug Fixes


  • D.Va: Veteran and Elite D.Va A.I. will now use Call Mech more frequently.


  • Alarak: Discord Strike’s visual effects now properly match its crossbar area of effect.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Alarak: Extended Lightning’s tooltip now correctly states that quest rewards will be granted after hitting 3 Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge.
  • Alarak: Fixed an issue in which Lightning Surge dealt less damage than intended to enemy Heroes hit between Alarak and his primary target.
  • Auriel: After learning Resurrect, Misha and Rexxar will no longer generate separate Spirits when Rexxar is killed.
  • D.Va: Players will now correctly earn takedown credit toward certain Hero Talents and Abilities, like Seasoned Marksman or Li-Ming’s Critical Mass, after destroying D.Va’s Mech.
  • Tyrande: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes affected by a Hunter’s Mark that was applied by Celestial Wrath will now correctly splash to nearby Heroes and Mercenaries.

User Interface

  • Emojis: Fixed an issue in which unintended emojis could overwrite portions of long-hand emoji codes that were typed in manually.
  • Loot Chests: Fixed an issue that could generate an error after opening a D.Va Hero-Specific Loot Chest.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't like this Alarak nerf, why do you nerf a hero that has currently 46% win rate? Yeah, some talents are buffed but it's nothing special. Pure malice was an awful talent with 37% win rate, buff is nice but 40% cap is still bad when from rite of the rak'shir I got about 80% several times. 

Finally some Anub nerf, not a big one though.

Edited by Apollyon

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, greatCraft said:


Either that or we're getting a Kobold from WoW. "YOU NO TAKE CANDLE!"

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Stan

      The highly-anticipated Hero spotlight has arrived with a first look at Fenix's lore and abilities. 
      Fenix, Steward of the Templar (Ranged Assassin)
      UPDATE: Fenix has been added to Heroes on
      Starcraft's 20th anniversary will be celebrated in the Nexus with:
      Fenix (a new Starcraft II Hero) that got revealed yesterday Mineral Madness Heroes Brawl StarCraft themed Portraits that can be earned by playing the game between March 27 and April  7 Strengths
      Self-sustain Adaptable basic attacker Poke/trading Weaknesses
      Burst damage Crowd control Kit
      Shield Capacitor Passively grants Fenix permanent shields on top of his Health. Damage taken by Fenix is applied to the shields first. If Fenix has not taken damage for a few seconds, his shields begin to regenerate. Primary Abilities
      [Q] Plasma Cutter
      A laser beam circles around him starting at your mouse cursor. Enemies hit by the laser are damaged and slowed. Fenix can move while the laser is spinning to aim it. [W] Repeater Cannon / Phase Bomb
      Fenix has two auto attack modes. Swapping between the two modes at the right time is key to playing Fenix effectively.  Repeater Cannon Increases his attack speed. Phase Bomb Increases range and adds area damage to his auto attacks. [E] Warp
      After a short channel, Fenix teleports to a nearby target location. Enemies can't see where his warp will place him.  A powerful mobile tool allowing him to fake out the enemy team . Heroic Abilities
      [R1] Purification Salvo
      When activated, Fenix emits a scanner sweep in a wide arc in front of him locking onto all enemy Heroes the scanner hits. After a brief pause, Fenix launches a barrage of 5 missiles to each of the locked targets dealing bonus damage to all targets who were slowed. [R2] Planet Cracker
      Fenix locks himself in place and fires a huge powerful laser beam with unlimited range in the target direction, damaging all non-Structure enemies caught in its path. You can't move or change directions while the beam is active, but you can cancel it early in case of emergency. A more immediate method of dealing massive damage. Hero Spotlight
    • By Stan

      Mineral Madness is here to celebrate StarCraft's 20 anniversary! The main objective is to collect Minerals and destroy the enemy Core. Complete three games to earn a a Loot Chest.
      Upon collecting 50 Minerals, players can consume them and gain access to special abilities.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Rally your troops and prepare to battle over the Koprulu Sector’s most valuable resource – Minerals! To celebrate StarCraft’s 20th anniversary, this week’s Brawl is a StarCraft themed mechanical mad dash for Minerals!
      Rules & Details
      Load into a single-lane StarCraft themed battleground and battle to collect Minerals and bring down the enemy Core. SCVs carrying Minerals will be escorted with every Minion wave SCVs are destroyed after 2 hits and are Invulnerable until their escorting Ranged Minion is killed. SCVs drop between 5 and 8 minerals when destroyed, which can be collected by Heroes. Heroes killed while holding Minerals will drop half of their current reserve. Upon reaching 50 Minerals, Heroes consume their gathered Minerals to gain an aura with the following effects:  Instantly destroy Minions Periodically damage nearby enemy Heroes Disable nearby Structures Periodically drop Minerals which enemy Heroes can gather The first team to take down the enemy Core will be declared victorious! Rewards
      Complete three matches of Mineral Madness to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for this exciting new game mode.
    • By Stan

      The long wait is over! Blizzard is celebrating StarCraft's 20th anniversary with Fenix.
      Fenix has been revealed as the next Hero to join the Nexus. Stay tuned for more information and a Hero spotlight!
      Placeholder for tweet 974329469086285824
    • By Stan

      The latest roundup of Hero speculations based on the StarCraft anniversary tweet.
      Blizzard tweeted about the StarCraft anniversary earlier today.
      Placeholder for tweet 973974552555307008 Redditor Keatrock created a thread about the upcoming Hero and the Heroes of the Storm community has been fervently discussing the latest addition to the Nexus. Subsourian pointed out a Heroes of the Storm Facebook page comment that confirms a hint in the teaser and Blizzard's plans to celebrate the StarCraft anniversary with a real Hero.

      The vast majority thinks it's Fenix, but the background in the teaser depicts the door to the Spear of Adun according to redditor dave7882. The door can be seen at around 1:03 in the video below. The Hero standing next to Artanis is Karax.
      Aldaris, Rohana and Selendis were also mentioned by some community members. Stay tuned for more information!
    • By Stan

      Medivh and Sonya received talent reworks and the latest patch also added subtle changes to Ana. All our Hero guides have been updated for Patch 2.30.5 Build 63070.
      New and improved talents open up exciting synergies and strategies. The latest patch notes with all changes can be found here. To learn more about the changes Blizzard implemented for the latest Heroes, you can watch the updated Hero spotlights. 
      Hero Build Guide Feedback Talent Calculator Ana Ana Build Guide Comments Thread Ana Talent Calculator Medivh Medivh Build Guide Comments Thread Medivh Talent Calculator Sonya Sonya Build Guide Comments Thread Sonya Talent Calculator