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Stukov Patch Notes: July 3

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Stukov is now live on PTR and we can expect the patch to go live next week. Xul got a rework, Hanamura has been updated with improvements and the Ranked map rotation has changed.

Stukov is the latest Support to be added to the game. You can watch his trailer and learn more about his abilities & talents in our preview.

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New Hero: Stukov

Alexei Stukov had a hard life, and an even harder death. He has been betrayed, shot into space, resurrected and infested, almost cured, and then experimented upon as the infestation returned. Now, his infestation spreads within the Nexus...

Trait

  • Bio-Kill Switch (D)
    • Activate to detonate all of Stukov's Viruses. Each Healing Pathogen heals its target, and each Weighted Pustule does damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 seconds. Can be cast while Channeling Lurking Arm.

Basic Abilities

  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Infest an allied Hero with a Healing Pathogen that heals the target for 240 Health over 4.5 seconds. Healing Pathogens can spread to a nearby allied Hero every 0.75 seconds, and a single Healing Pathogen can spread to each allied Hero 1 time.
  • Weighted Pustule (W)
    • Hurl a pustule that impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 seconds. Deals additional damage upon expiring or being removed.
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Channel at a target location, creating an area that Silences enemies inside and deals 144 damage per second to them. Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes.Does not cost Mana while Channeling, and lasts until canceled or interrupted.

Heroic Abilities

  • Flailing Swipe (R)
    • Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.
  • Massive Shove (R)
    • Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.

Art

Mounts

  • Run animations for Battle Raptor and Epic Battle Raptor Mounts have been updated.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Xul has received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent updates.

User Interface

General

  • If the Heroes of the Storm client is minimized, or not the current focus window, it will now retake focus in the following situations:
    • If a player who was queued for matchmaking is removed from the queue.
    • When a game is found while a player is queued for matchmaking.
    • If a draft is cancelled and the player is removed from a draft lobby.

Disable Screen Shake Setting

  • A new Disable Screen Shake setting has been added to the Gameplay tab in the Options Menu.
    • If this setting is enabled, the screen will no longer visibly shake when Forts and Keeps are destroyed.

Emoji Autocompletion

  • The client will now display a list of suggested Emojis as it attempts to predict the player’s intended Emoji when they begin typing shorthand into the chat window. 

Team League

  • The tooltip that displays when queue times for 2-player parties are lengthy will now include estimated wait times for parties of 2, 3 and 5 players.
    • Additionally, the Ranked Play interface has been adjusted, and the tooltip’s size and layout have been revised to help prevent it from overlapping other UI elements

Battlegrounds

Map Rotation Update

  • The Ranked Map Rotation has been updated to include the following:
    • Hanamura
    • Dragon Shire
    • Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • Cursed Hollow
    • Infernal Shrines
    • Garden of Terror
    • Warhead Junction
    • Haunted Mines
    • Towers of Doom
  • PTR Note: This rotation will not be present on the Public Test Realm, but will go into effect once the patch is officially released to the live version of the game in each region.

Hanamura

  • Core Life increased from 7 to 8
  • Sapper Minions will no longer spawn for the enemy team after a Keep is destroyed
  • Map Objective:
    • First Payload spawn time increased by 15 seconds
    • Second Payload spawn time increased by 15 seconds
    • Payloads now grant 1200 XP upon reaching their destination
  • Mercenaries:
    • Fortification Camp
      • Turret power-up will now prioritize attacking Heroes
      • Turret power-up health has been increased by 10%
      • Turret power-up now deals double damage to Minions
    • Recon Camp
      • Dragon Spirits power-up no longer dismounts enemy Heroes
    • Support Camp
      • Initial Spawn time increased by 15 seconds
      • Health total decreased by 10%
      • Base attack damage decreased by 12%
      • Attack damage scaling reduced by roughly 60%
      • Self-heal ability cooldown increased by 2 seconds

 

Assassin

Ragnaros

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Abilities

  • Molten Core (D)
    • When Molten Core expires, the camera will now snap back to Ragnaros if he is not on screen.

Specialist

Xul

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Abilities

  • Spectral Scythe (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 65 to 55
  • Cursed Strikes (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 65 to 60
  • Bone Prison (E)
    • Now causes all active Skeletons to fixate on the target.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Shackler (Active)
      • Added functionality:
        • Basic Attacking a Hero that is slowed, rooted, or stunned reduces the cooldown of Bone Armor by 2 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • Reaper’s Toll (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • !Quest: Hit enemy Heroes with Spectral Scythe.
        • !Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, reduce the cooldown by 3 seconds.
    • Jailors (Trait)
      • New functionality:
        • Cause 2 Skeletons to spawn when you cast Bone Prison. These do not count toward the maximum limit of Skeletons you can own.
        • !Quest: Spawn Skeletal Warriors.
        • !Reward: After spawning 80 Skeletons, when Skeletal Warriors fixate on an enemy from Bone Prison they gain 50% Movement and Attack Speed.
    • (New) Grim Scythe (W)
      • Every time Cursed Strikes damages enemies, reduce its cooldown by .5 seconds, up to 10 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Trag’Oul’s Essence (Trait)
      • Moved from level 4 to level 7
      • Redesigned:
        • Skeleton Basic Attacks restore 1% Health and .4% Mana.
    • Harvest Vitality (W)
      • Redesigned:
      • Cursed Strikes heals Xul for 60% of the damage it deals to Heroes.
    • Weaken (W)
      • Now also increases the duration of Cursed Strikes Attack Speed slow from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • Rathma’s Blessing (Trait)
      • Removed
  • Level 13
    • Decrepify (Q)
      • Removed
    • Giant’s Curse (W)
      • Removed
    • (New) Echoes of Death (Q)
      • After an additional 1.5 seconds, 2 more Spectral Scythes appear next to the first and travel back to Xul dealing 75% damage.
    • (New) Rapid Harvest (W)
      • When Xul damages an enemy with Cursed Scythe, he gains 5% Attack Speed for 3 seconds, up to 75%.
    • Executioner (Passive)
      • Moved from 16 to 13.
  • Level 16
    • Skeleton Mastery (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Corpse Exposion (Trait)
      • Moved from level 13 to level 16
    • Bone Spear (Active)
      • Moved from level 20 to level 16
      • Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Call of the Grave (R)
      • Removed
    • (New) Andariel’s Visage (R)
      • Xul is healed for 50% of the damage done by Poison Nova. Skeleton Warriors become Poison Skeletons, dealing 50% increased damage.
    • Raised Mage (R)
      • Renamed to Cold Hand of Death
      • New functionality:
        • No longer causes Skeletal Mages to spawn from dead Heroes.
        • Now causes Skeletal Warriors to become Frost Skeletons, causing their Basic Attacks to slow enemies by 30%.
    • (New) Kalan’s Edict (Trait)
      • Every time a Skeleton deals Basic Attack damage, reduce Xul’s Heroic cooldown by 1%.
LEVEL (TIER) XUL TALENTS
1 (1) Backlash (1) Shackler (1) Shade (1)  
4 (2) (!) Reaper's Toll (Q) Grim Scythe (W) (!) Jailors (D)  
7 (3) Harvest Vitality (W) Weaken (W) Trag'Oul's Essence (Trait)  
10 (4) Poison Nova Skeletal Mages
13 (5) Echoes of Death (Q) Rapid Harvest (W) Executioner (Passive)  
16 (6) Amplify Damage (E) Corpse Explosion (Trait) Bone Spear (Active)  
20 (7) Andariel's Visage (R) Cold Hand of Death (R) Mortal Wound (Q) Kalan's Edict (Trait)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Collection

New Bundles – The following new Bundles and Skin Packs are available for a limited time!

  • Stukov Heroic Bundle
  • Admiral Krakenov Skin Pack
  • Terran It Up Bundle

New Skins

  • Stukov
    • Dictator Stukov
    • Kaldir Stukov
    • UED Stukov
    • Zerus Stukov
    • Admiral Krakenov
    • Ghost Admiral Krakenov
    • Reef Admiral Krakenov
    • Tideswept Admiral Krakenov
    • Vice Admiral Krakenov
  • Auriel
    • Glorious Archangel Auriel
    • Shadow Demonic Auriel
  • Chromie
    • Leper Timewalker Chromie
  • Diablo
    • Skyborne Archangel Diablo
    • Horrific Prime Evil Diablo
    • Timeless Prime Evil Diablo
  • Illidan
    • Vordrassil Shan’do Illidan
  • Johanna
    • Holy Spellbreaker Johanna
  • Kerrigan
    • Queen of MEKA Kerrigan
    • Queen of Templar Kerrigan
  • Li-Ming
    • Infernal Archon Li-Ming
  • Muradin
    • Umojan Maraudin’ Muradin
  • Rexxar
    • Biohazard Raider Rexxar
  • Tyrael
    • Vengeful Archangel Tyrael
  • Xul
    • Bone Visage Xul
    • Classic Bone Visage Xul
    • Royal Bone Visage Xul
    • Rusted Bone Visage Xul
    • Skeletal Bone Visage Xul
    • Reaper Necromaster Xul

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.

A.I.

  • Hanamura – Fixed an issue with AI players pacing near Payloads if a stealthed enemy was contesting.

Art

  • Alarak – Lightning Surge will now display its effect when cast on Forts and Keeps.
  • Auriel – Fixed a visual issue with Auriel’s Bestow Hope crown when placed on a Tassadar in Archon form.
  • Uther – Fixed an issue with the Beacon of Light talent causing it to display the wrong icon.

Battlegrounds

  • Hanamura – Fixed an issue preventing Turret power-ups from being damaged by the Boss’s Energy Ring ability.
  • Hanamura – Fixed an issue preventing Mercenaries from attacking Turret power-ups.
  • Haunted Mines – Fixed an issue that prevented skulls from being collected if a Haunted Miner was killed while over unpathable terrain.
  • Haunted Mines – Fixed a rare issue that could cause Grave Golems to push the same lane twice.
  • Mercenaries – Fixed an issue causing the Raven Mercenary’s Seeker Missile reveal effect to occasionally persist after the Seeker Missile detonated.
  • Sandbox Mode – Fixed an issue that caused duplicate D.Va Mechs to appear when using the ‘Move Here’ command with D.Va.
  • Warhead Junction – Fixed an issue preventing the damage-over-time effect applied by the Boss’s Podling spawns from being cleansed by abilities intended to cleanse these effects.
  • Warhead Junction – Fixed an issue causing players to be incorrectly flagged as AFK when standing near or collecting Warheads.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Alarak – Fixed an issue that prevented Rite of Rak’Shir from going on a reduced cooldown if used on a Nova Holo Decoy that expired.
  • Arthas – The attack speed slow applied by Frozen Tempest is now consistent with what is stated in the ability’s tooltip.
  • Chen – Fixed an issue preventing the stun duration of Anub’arak’s Burrow Charge from being reduced by Purifying Brew.
  • D.Va – Fixed an issue causing D.Va’s Mech to ignore ‘Hold Position’ commands.
  • D.Va – Fixed a rare issue that caused D.Va to become unresponsive if Big Shot was fired into the enemy Hall of Storms immediately before calling down a Mech.
  • D.Va – Fixed that issue that allowed D.Va’s Boosters to push enemies that were affected by Time Stop.
  • D.Va – Fixed an issue causing D.Va to destroy map mechanic pickups (such as Doubloons) when using Call Mech near them.
  • D.Va – Fixed an issue causing Defense Matrix to unintentionally reduce the effects of percentage damage abilities.
  • D.Va – Fixed an issue preventing pilot D.Va from immediately exiting her Mech after casting Self Destruct if there was not ample space available nearby.
  • Genji – Fixed an issue causing Genji to take partial damage from abilities that ended Deflect early, such as stuns and silences.
  • Greymane – Fixed an issue that could occasionally grant additional Go for the Throat procs after casting the free charge.
  • Kharazim – Fixed an issue that Stitches’ Vile Gas to deal damage to Kharazim while casting Seven-Sided Strike.
  • Murky – The Fish Eye talent will now properly reveal stealthed targets at the edge of its sight radius.
  • Murky – Fixed an issue causing Murky’s Fish Eye talent to permanently reduce his mounted movement speed. 
  • Nova – Fixed an issue preventing Holo Decoy from being cast in several locations on Garden of Terror and Infernal Shrines.
  • Probius – Fixed an issue preventing Probius from gathering minerals while inside the Garden Terror on Garden of Terror
  • Tassadar – Fixed an issue causing Tassadar to gain healing from the damage dealt by his Focused Beam talent.
  • Tychus – The primary target damage amount displayed in Overkill’s tooltip is now consistent with the damage dealt by the Ability.

Sound

  • Diablo Announcer – Fixed an issue causing the Diablo announcer pack game start countdown to become out of sync.
  • Draft Mode – Fixed an issue causing Hero selection voiceover lines to occasionally echo.
  • Muradin – Fixed an issue causing a pop in Muradin’s Avatar voice lines when playing in certain locales.

User Interface

  • Collection - Fixed an issue preventing the “Unseen Items” flag from clearing after viewing all highlighted items in the Collection.
  • Nova, Samuro – Fixed an issue preventing debuff timers from showing below clone’s health bars.
  • UI – Fixed an issue that could occasionally fail to display one team’s current experience total.

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This Xul rework looks very interesting. Making the Raise Skeleton build will be way more viable now.

I was honestly expecting a Li Li rework, but Xul's kit was feeling very old too.

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6 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

This Xul rework looks very interesting. Making the Raise Skeleton build will be way more viable now.

well the build before was much more "mass push" as you healed and got mana back for getting skeletons, so you pushed hard core, but now it is much more attack player focused instead of mass push

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2 minutes ago, Plaguestorm said:

well the build before was much more "mass push" as you healed and got mana back for getting skeletons, so you pushed hard core, but now it is much more attack player focused instead of mass push

Yes, but with the reworked Trag'Oul essence I think Xul will be getting more health/mana from it, in theory.

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Xul's kit was feeling very old too.

Yeah, Xul went without a change for almost a year (last change was on 27-7-2016), which is quite sad. There are more heroes that are left unchanged for way too long, but I hope Blizzard will do something about it, even though, as Oxy said, they are "not known for working from the bottom up". One day, even my beloved Illidan will see a proper change.

Anyway, the changes seem good, so I just hope that it's not like the Cho'gall rework - seemed like a buff, but was a nerf instead.

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The Xul rework has caught me as a surprise, but it definitely seems interesting. 

The Hanamura changes seem alright at first glance, but it seems like they're indirectly buffing Bribe with the merc camp buffs? 

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Oh, good to see a Xul rework! Good ideas in there, will inject much-needed variety.

Otherwise... I guess they think Malthael's balanced? When I read his nerfs, I said "he's staying on top, and I'll keep having fun with him while it lasts", and it has absolutely held true.

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5 hours ago, Nicolas said:

Otherwise... I guess they think Malthael's balanced? When I read his nerfs, I said "he's staying on top, and I'll keep having fun with him while it lasts", and it has absolutely held true.

Honestly, I don't think he is overpowered. He is very strong, but not broken:

- Has no burst damage nor sieging potential.

- Easy to focus and intercept.

- Easy to kite; Death ShroudDeath Shroud is very easy to avoid, which is his only way to apply Reaper's MarkReaper's Mark to opponents in long range.

I was expecting D.Va to be nerfed after her launch but those nerfs never came to be (only some few tweaks).

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Out of everyone, Xul? Really?

Not hating but he is one of the (relatively) new Heroes still, and there are others who need a reworked Talent Tree much more than him imho. Balance wise he came out pretty strong, got nerfed and ended up in a reasonable spot imho (deja vu intensifies). The rework itself seems very well done.

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13 minutes ago, SteveFrost said:

Out of everyone, Xul? Really?

Not hating but he is one of the (relatively) new Heroes still, and there are others who need a reworked Talent Tree much more than him imho. Balance wise he came out pretty strong, got nerfed and ended up in a reasonable spot imho (deja vu intensifies). The rework itself seems very well done.

Yeah, I was expecting them to tamper with other Heroes that need reworks more, such as Li Li, TLV and Stitches.

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8 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Yeah, I was expecting them to tamper with other Heroes that need reworks more, such as Li Li, TLV and Stitches.

Those three are all right at home in their niche though. Lili works great against AA teams and is amazing in any double support comp, TLV is always about split soak and playing the map, and stitches single handedly won Mid-Season Brawl. Could they use tweeks, yes, but so could almost every hero. It's hard to edit anything about those heroes without them reaching slightly OP status across the board and CRAZY op at top rank play (especially for TLV and stitches).

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13 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Honestly, I don't think [Malthael] is overpowered. He is very strong, but not broken

Well his winrate's around 60%, which is much less broken then some other heroes have been in the past, sometimes for weeks. His kit isn't fundamentally broken, but anything can be overpowered if the numbers are high enough.

But this 60% dominance holds throughout game modes and leagues, including Master Hero League (where he's almost always banned or played), so I'm surprised Blizzard doesn't nerf him further.

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11 hours ago, Laragon said:

Could they use tweeks, yes, but so could almost every hero. It's hard to edit anything about those heroes without them reaching slightly OP status across the board and CRAZY op at top rank play (especially for TLV and stitches).

I would second this and also indicate that tampering with a hero could make another one inherently much more strong/weak without anything changing on that hero. Balance is always a toughy. I am sick though of them bringing out a rework and being like "This kit is old/outdated". I feel like reworks/tweaks should address balance and playablility but not "Oh this hero hasn't been touched in a while"

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13 hours ago, Nicolas said:

Well his winrate's around 60%, which is much less broken then some other heroes have been in the past, sometimes for weeks. His kit isn't fundamentally broken, but anything can be overpowered if the numbers are high enough.

But this 60% dominance holds throughout game modes and leagues, including Master Hero League (where he's almost always banned or played), so I'm surprised Blizzard doesn't nerf him further.

Given the two tank meta dominance, it makes sense that he has a high winrate.

2 hours ago, MurkyFelix said:

I would second this and also indicate that tampering with a hero could make another one inherently much more strong/weak without anything changing on that hero. Balance is always a toughy. I am sick though of them bringing out a rework and being like "This kit is old/outdated". I feel like reworks/tweaks should address balance and playablility but not "Oh this hero hasn't been touched in a while"

Sometimes the validity of tweaking an old kit makes sense, since Blizzard has been wanting to get rid of all generic talents (Bolt of the Storm, Envenom, Giant Killer, Shrink Ray, etc.), as well to give every Hero at least one Quest Talent, which adds an extra layer of depth to the game.

I feel that Li Li is one of those Heroes that need a rework for all reasons listed above. Not to mention she is a poor spot compared to the other Supports. Same for The Lost Vikings.

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4 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Sometimes the validity of tweaking an old kit makes sense, since Blizzard has been wanting to get rid of all generic talents (Bolt of the Storm, Envenom, Giant Killer, Shrink Ray, etc.), as well to give every Hero at least one Quest Talent, which adds an extra layer of depth to the game.

I feel that Li Li is one of those Heroes that need a rework for all reasons listed above. Not to mention she is a poor spot compared to the other Supports. Same for The Lost Vikings.

This is true.

I would like a Li Li rework but I hope they don't change her passive or Kung Fu Hustle as these are the 2 things that I enjoy most about playing her.

Frankly I tried playing TLV once and my brain broke...I cannot have a valid opinion on them xp

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22 minutes ago, MurkyFelix said:

This is true.

I would like a Li Li rework but I hope they don't change her passive or Kung Fu Hustle as these are the 2 things that I enjoy most about playing her.

Frankly I tried playing TLV once and my brain broke...I cannot have a valid opinion on them xp

I doubt they'd remove Kung Fu HustleKung Fu Hustle, since it's her main powerspike; and they'd probably add even more to her trait, if they were to rework Li Li. If anything, I feel that a rework would probably improve her damage and utility a bit more, like the Tyrande rework. In my humble opinion, Serpent SidekickSerpent Sidekick should become baseline. Cloud SerpentCloud Serpent itself doesn't deal enough damage to be useful.

As for TLV, I keep repeating this whenever I talk about them, but Blizzard once said they wanted to tamper with them in the future and add talents that made them stronger when they're together, to incentivize other talent builds other than split-pushing. I really wanna see that happen, because I suck at split-pushing with them, haha.

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I really dont like the xul changes. I felt like he was a strong anti melee or double tank. Now poison damage is the only % based damage skill. Also you cant be low health and find a creep wave and pop your self up to full heals.  I think this is going to be a big nerf to him overall.

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      Royal Focus: Your next Skeletal Swing deals 50% increaed. damage. Hitting Heroes reduces cooldown of Wraith Walk by 7 sec. Crushing Hope: Deal damage equal to 15% of an enemy's maximum Health when Drain Hope is cast for its full duration. Does not heal. Mithril Mace: Increases Attack Speed by 20% + 3% per 10 minion kills or 1 Hero kill, capping at 50% total. Level 20
      Burning Despair: Deals 175% damage of Burning Rage. AoE and damage is doubled when Drain Hope is active. Spectral Leech: Deals damage equal to 2.5 % of Leoric's maximum Health and heals Leoric for double. Heroes caught in Entomb are now silenced. Hardened Shield removed, replaced with Shroud of the Dead King: Activate to gain Protected for 3 sec. (75 sec. cooldown). Credits go to /u/Spazzo965 (Source), /u/Homicidal_HotS, /u/Ignisami & /u/m05513
      Lt. Morales
      Mana removed, replaced with Energy. 3 seconds after not using Healing Beam, Morales will regenerate 6 Energy every 1 sec. Using Healing Beam depletes 6 Energy every 1 sec. Trait updated: Caduceus Reactor now restores 2% maximum health every 1 sec. when channeling Healing Beam. Safeguard & Displacement Grenade are now CD-based. Talent Changes
      Level 1
      Life Support: Gain 2 Energy (20 cap) each time Safeguard reduces damage. Caduceus Feedback: Auto attacks generate 1 Energy (4 Energy against Heroes). Level 7
      Cleanse removed. Replaced with Vanadium Plating: Gain +25 Armor on Caduceus Reactor and the duration of Caduceus Reactor is extended when Stunned. Physical Therapy: Safeguard removes all Slow effects from the target. If Safeguard removes a Slow from the target, the cooldown of Safeguard is decreased by 4 sec. Level 13
      Second Opinion: Cooldown of Displacement Grenade is reduced to 1 sec if it hits at least 2 Heroes. EMP Grenade: Deals damage to Shields and additional damage over 2 seconds. Level 16
      Extended Care: Healing Beam range increased by 40%. First Responder: Healing Beam healing is increased by 25% if Morales is above 70 Energy. Shield Sequencer: Safeguard gains an additional charge. Level 20
      Caduceus Reactor (Trait upgrade): Healing increased from 2% to 6% of maximum Health. Medivac Dropship (upgrades): Become Protected 2 seconds after exiting Medivac. Create a check-in point at the spawn (B) area for teammates that aren't near you when using Medivac. Credits go to /u/Ultrajante (Source) and /u/amitlevi45
      Redditor Homicidal_HotS spotted differences between the live version of Blizzard's website and the current patch and he shared his findings.
      Auriel
      Bursting Light (Level 7 Talent removed). Detainment Strike damage was reduced when it does not stun an enemy and increased when it does. Hope regeneration from hero damage was increased to 50% damage dealt (up from 40%). Butcher
      Meat gained from Hero kills was reduced to 20 (down from 25). Meat lost upon death was increased to 15 (up from 10). Garrosh
      Warlord's Challenge (Heroic ability) taunt increased to 2 sec. (up from 1.5 sec.). Lucio
      Passive Crossfade healing increased from 16 to 25 Health per sec. Uther
      Armor gained from Devotion (Trait) reduced to 15 (down from 25). Healing of Holy Light (Q) was slightly increased. Damage & healing of Holy Radiance was slightly increased. Don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!
    • By Stan

      Kel'thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas was revealed as the next Hero to enter the Nexus.
      Check out the latest Gamescom 2017 Hero reveal in our Kel'thuzad preview.
      It started with Hero leaks from reddit, where a user wrote that Kel'thuzad would be coming soon and he was right! Blizzard started releasing various Naxxramas teasers that culminated in the Hero reveal. The animated trailer titled "Obey the Call" mentions "Call of Kel'thuzad". If that's the name of a Warcraft Event, we'll get new skins, bundles - and hopefully - a Warcraft-themed map. Kel'thuzad is a Hero from the Warcraft Universe and in Heroes of the Storm, he will be fulfilling the role of an Assassin.
      All shall feel the touch of despair as the darkest secrets of the Nexus are revealed... Drawn to the immeasurable power found within the Nexus, Kel’thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas, has turned several of the noblest Heroes against their allies, and he will not stop until all become minions of the cold dark! (Source)
      According to the german fansite Buffed.de, the developers plan to release Kel'thuzad Spotlight this Wednesday (August 23) at 6:00 p.m. CET. Share your thoughts in the comments and don't forget to check the ongoing discussion on reddit.
      Kel'thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas
      Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad remains Arthas’s most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark.

      Star Lich Kel'thuzad
      What the heroes of this pitiful blue marble fail to understand is the Earth's fate cannot be delayed forever. In the end, the stars will fade and die, and in the cold dark... our empire is eternal.

      Abilities
      In this section you will find Kel'thuzad's abilities. A full list of talents will be added once it is available.
      Trait
      Master of the Cold Dark
      Quest: Gain 1 Blight every time a Hero is Rooted by Frost Nova or hit by Chains of Kel'thuzad. Reward: After gaining 15 Blight, the cooldown of all Basic Abilities is reduced by 2 seconds. Reward: After gaining 30 Blight, gain 75% Spell Power. Blight: 0/30 Primary Abilities
      Death and Decay [Q]
      After 0.5 seconds, launch an orb that explodes upon hitting an enemy, dealing 150 damage to enemies in the area. The explosion leaves behind a pool of decay that lasts 2 seconds, dealing 70 damage every 0.5 seconds to enemies.
      Frost Nova [W]
      Create a nova that explodes after 1 second, dealing 212 damage to enemies inside and Slowing them by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Enemies in the center are Rooted for 1 second.
      Chains of Kel'thuzad [E]
      Launch a chain, dealing 97 damage to the first enemy Hero or Structure hit. For 4 seconds after hitting an enemy, Chains can be reactivated to launch to an additional enemy, pulling both enemies together and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds.
      Heroic Abilities
      Frost Blast [R1]
      Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 100 damage to its target and 275 damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frozen Tomb are Rooted for 1.5 seconds.
      Shadow Fissure [R2]
      Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 440 damage to enemy Heroes in its area.
      (Source & thank you to @Laragon for mentioning Kel'thuzad being up on the official website).
      Talents
      Below are Kel'thuzad's talents that were posted on reddit/r/heroesofthestorm (Source - kuddos to redditor Spazzo965)
      Level Talent Description Level 1 The Plaguelands Increase Death and Decay's Duration by 1 second. After gaining 30 Blight, increase the radius of Death and Decay's pool by 30%. Level 1 Blighted Frost Front Nova deals 50% more damage to enemies in the center. After gaining 30 Blight, increase Frost Nova's Root duration by 0.5 seconds. Level 1 Barbed Chains Increase Chains of Kel'Thuzad damage by 125%. After gaining 30 Blight, Chains of Kel'Thuzad reduces the armor of pulled Heroes by 15 for 4 seconds Level 4 Strip Shields Pulling a Hero with Chains of Kel'Thuzad grants Kel'Thuzad a permanent 246(at 20) shield, stacking up to 2 times. Additionally, Chains of Kel'Thuzad deals up to 442(at 20) bonus damage to Shields. Level 4 Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad Quest: Collect 10 Regeneration Globes to charge Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery. REWARD: Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery can be activated while dead to immediately respawn at the Hall of Storms, but must be charged again. PASSIVE: Kel'Thuzad heals for 10% of all Spell Damage dealt while the Phylactery is charged Level 4 Armor of the Archlich Activate to gain 50 Physical Armor for 4 seconds, upon activation, nearby enemies take 99(at 20) damage and are slowed 35% for 4 seconds, 25 second cooldown Level 7 Accelerated Decay Each time a hero is hit by Death and Decay's pool, they take 20% more periodic damage from Death and Decay for the next 4 seconds, stacking up to 6 times. Level 7 Glacial Spike Activate to create a spike that detonates after 4 seconds, dealing 360(at 20) damage to nearby enemies. The spike can be affected by Chains of Kel'Thuzad. 30 second cooldown Level 7 Chilling Touch Every 8 seconds, Kel'Thuzad's basic attacks hit nearby enemies. Deals Spell damage instead of Physical, and slows by 30% for 2 seconds. Level 10 Frost Blast Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 168(at 21) damage to its target and 461(at 21) damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frost Blast are Rooted for 1.5 seconds. 100 second cooldown, 70 mana cost, radius can be seen here. Level 10 Shadow Fissure Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 738(at 21) damage to enemy Heroes in its area. 50 mana cost, 15 second cooldown. Level 13 Icy Grasp Increase Frost Nova slow duration by 1.5 seconds Level 13 Chains of Ice After Chains of Kel'Thuzad stun expires, targets are slowed by 70% for 1.25 seconds Level 13 Chain-Link Pulling two Heroes with Chains of Kel'Thuzad reduces its cooldown by 4 seconds Level 16 Arcane Echoes Hitting Heroes with Death and Decay reduces its cooldown by 1.25 seconds. Level 16 Hungering Cold Enemies rooted by Frost Nova take an additional 103(at 22) damage each time they are damaged by Kel'Thuzad during the next 4 seconds. Level 16 Power of Icecrown Stunning, Rooting or Slowing a hero grants 6% Spell Power for 10 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Level 20 Deathchill When Frost Blast's Root expires, enemies are Slowed by 40% for 3 seconds. Heroes killed while under the effects of Frost Blast instantly release another Frost Blast Explosion Level 20 Might of the Scourge Hitting an enemy hero with Shadow Fissure resets the cooldown Level 20 Shifting Malice Activate to Dash Forward, dealing 251(at 21) damage to enemies in the path.. Takedowns reset the Cooldown of Shifting Malice. 240 second cooldown Level 20 The Damned Return Activate to create a Shade of Naxxramas that lasts 15 seconds, which mimics Kel'Thuzad's casts of Death and Decay. 15 second cooldown. Gameplay
      MFPallytime got a chance to play Kel'thuzad at this year's Gamescom. Check out his impressions and theorycrafting in the video below.
    • By Stan


      Free Hero rotation for the week of August 22 is here.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: August 22, 2017
      Clicking a Hero name will take you to their respective guide. The following Heroes are on rotation this week:
      Malfurion Valla Gazlowe Johanna Thrall Dehaka Lúcio Gul'dan Cassia Tassadar Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Illidan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Chromie (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
      If you missed the Weekly Collection Update for August 22, you can find it here.
    • By Stan

      Blizzard issued a new round of account suspensions for non-participation - that's going AFK, intentionally dying and refusing to help the team.
      Such behavior is all but helpful and players that ruin gameplay experience for everybody will not remain unpunished.
      Blizzard (Source)
      We’ve issued a new round of account suspensions and bans for players who regularly go AFK, refuse to participate, or intentionally and repeatedly die during their Heroes of the Storm matches. 

      These actions were targeted at players whose in-game performance data, combined with high report volume, clearly shows a consistent lack of contribution to the majority of their matches. In this way, we’re able to take regular and confident action against those who are intentionally harming the in-game experience for others.

      Going AFK, refusing to participate, and intentionally dying are behaviors that ruin the experience for everyone else in a match and undermine the spirit of competition that’s essential to Heroes of the Storm. Taking part in these actions will not be tolerated, and we will continue to suspend and ban players who do. We’d like to thank those of you who use the relevant in-game reporting options when you spot these negative behaviors in your matches, and encourage you to continue doing so.