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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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      Level 1 Body Check [Active] Cooldown reduced from 16 to 15 seconds. Slow duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds. Level 16 Mortal Combo has been reclassified as an [E] talent. Rough Landing [Q] Removed. New Talent: Seasoned Soldier [Passive] Gain 5% maximum Health, increase Groundbreaker’s Slow duration by 1 second, and Bloodthirst gains an additional charge. Level 20 Death Wish [R1] Additional functionality: Increase the duration of Warlord’s Challenge by .5 seconds. Deadly Calm [R2] Damage reduction increased from 25% to 40%. Inner Rage [Active] No longer causes the cooldown of Body Check to recharge faster. Additional functionality: Increase the healing reduction of Body Check by an additional 45%. Return to Top
      Johanna
      Base
      Iron Skin [Trait] Cooldown increased from 20 to 25 seconds. Talents
      Level 20 Radiating Faith [R2] Blessed Shield Stun duration against all targets reduced from 2 seconds to 1.75 seconds. Return to Top
      Mal'Ganis
      Talents
      Level 4 Echo of Doom [W] Damage increased from 54 to 60. Level 10 Dark Conversion Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 70 to 60. Level 13 The Night Beckons [E] Slow duration increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds. Return to Top
      Mei
      Talents
      Level 1 Heavy Pack [Q] Cooldown reduction increased from .125 to .25 seconds. Level 4 Crystallize [Trait] Cooldown reduction reduced from 15 to 10 seconds. Duration of Spell Armor after Cryo-Freeze ends reduced from 2 to 1 second. Level 10 Avalanche [R1] Cooldown increased from 65 to 70 seconds. Ice Wall [R2] Cooldown reduced from 90 to 70 seconds. Level 20 Cascade [R1] Cooldown reduction increased from 25 to 30 seconds. Return to Top
      Muradin
      Base
      Thunder Clap [W] Movement and Attack Speed Slows increased from 25% to 30%. Return to Top
      Stitches
      Base
      Health reduced from 3150 to 3060. Health regeneration reduced from 6.56 to 6.38. Hook [Q] Range increased from 11 to 12. Slam [W] Mana cost reduced from 40 to 35. Additional functionality: Deals 50% bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries. Talents
      Level 13 Fishing Hook [Q] Bonus range reduced from 50% to 40%. Return to Top
      Bruiser
      Xul
      Base
      Spectral Scythe [Q] Damage reduced from 200 to 190. Raise Skeleton [Trait] Damage done when Skeletal Warriors die reduced from 46 to 40. Talents
      Level 4 Jailors [Trait] Movement and Attack Speed bonuses reduced from 30% to 25%. Level 16 Weaken [W] Damage reduction reduced from 40% to 35%. Return to Top
      Yrel
      Talents
      Level 1 Light of Karabor [Q] Healing bonus when hitting one enemy Hero increased from 40% to 45%. Healing bonus when hitting more than one enemy Hero increased from 80% to 90%. Dauntless [Passive] Physical Armor reduced from 50 to 40. Maraad's Insight [Passive] Healing increased from 128 to 135. Return to Top
      Healer
      Kharazim
      Base
      Breath of Heaven [W] Healing increased from 276 to 285. Return to Top
      Lt. Morales
      Base
      Safeguard [W] Armor amount increased from 30 to 35. Return to Top
      Rehgar
      Talents
      Level 10 Bloodlust [R2] Duration reduced from 8 to 6 seconds. Healing from Basic Attacks reduced from 40% to 30%. Return to Top
      Melee Assassin
      Maiev
      Talents
      Level 1 Pursuit of Vengeance [W] Additional functionality: Each Hero hit by Spirit of Vengeance reduces the cooldown of Umbral Bind by 1 second. Level 7 Bonds of Corruption [W] Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes pulled by Umbral Bind have their Movement Speed reduced by 20% for 4 seconds. Level 10 Containment Disc [R1] Cooldown reduced from 50 to 40 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50. Level 16 Vengeful Knives [Q] New functionality: Dealing damage to enemy Heroes causes the next cast of Fan of Knives that hits enemy Heroes to deal 1% maximum Health as bonus damage, up to 5%. Return to Top
      Ranged Assassin
      Cassia
      Base
      Basic Attack damage reduced from 130 to 125 Health reduced from 1700 to 1660 Health Regeneration reduced from 3.54 to 3.46. Talents
      Level 1 Charged Strikes [Passive] Bonus Attack Speed reduced from 20% to 15%. Bonus Basic Attack damage reduced from 20% to 15%. Level 4 Plate of the Whale [Trait] Bonus Health Regeneration reduced from 7 to 6. Bonus Health Regeneration when fully charged reduced from 14 to 12. Level 7 Surge of Light [Trait] Damage reduced from 300 to 285. Return to Top
      Gall
      Talents
      Level 4 Double Back [W] Removed. Rising Dread [W] Moved from Level 13. Additional functionality: Re-activate Dread Orb to reverse the third bounce. Level 13 Psychotic Break [Passive] Moved from Level 20. Additional functionality: Increase Gall’s damage to enemy Heroes by 10%. Level 20 New Talent: Twilight Frenzy [Active] Activate to reduce the cooldown of Shadowflame and Dread Orb to 2 seconds for the next 6 seconds. 30 seconds Cooldown. Return to Top
      Greymane
      Talents
      Level 10 Cursed Bullet [R2] Damage reduced from 40% to 35% maximum Health. Return to Top
      Mephisto
      Base
      Lightning Nova [W] Damage reduced from 45 to 43. Talents
      Level 1 Furious Spark [W] Damage reduced from 72 to 65. Level 13 Abhorred Skull [Q] Spell Power bonus increased from 20% to 25%. Return to Top
      Tassadar
      Talents
      Level 7 Beam Alignment [Q] No longer increases Tassadar’s Basic Attack range. Additional functionality: Reduce the Mana cost of Shock Ray from 55 to 45. Arc Discharge [Passive] Additional functionality: While Resonance Beam is fully charged, increase Tassadar’s Basic Attack range by 1. Level 10 Archon [R1] Shield amount reduced from 40% to 30% maximum Health. Return to Top
      Tychus
      Talents
      Various talents have been reordered to follow normal convention [Q, W, E, etc.] Level 7 Relentless Soldier [Passive] Armor amount increased from 25 to 30. Level 13 Spray 'n' Pray [Q] Additional functionality: Overkill also Slows enemy Movement Speed by 25%. Neosteel Coating [Active] Duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds. Level 16 Lead Rain [Q] Removed. Sizzlin' Attacks [Passive] Moved from Level 20. Armor Piercing Rounds [Q] New functionality: Each time Overkill hits an enemy, its damage against them is increased by 15%, stacking up to 60% bonus damage. Titan Grenade [W] Additional functionality: Each enemy Hero hit by Frag Grenade reduces its cooldown by 1 second. Level 20 New talent: Can Do This All Day [Q] Reduce Overkill’s cooldown by 4 seconds. While Channeling Overkill, Tychus gains 40 Armor. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Heroes
      Ana Fixed an issue where Ana could get quest progress with Vampiric Rounds through Blinds and Evasion. Artanis Fixed an issue where Phase Prism had an incorrect Mana cost when cast during Blade Dash. E.T.C. Fixed an issue where Guitar Hero's cooldown effect was active without the talent needing to be taken. Tassadar Fixed an issue where Oracle did not reveal Creep Tumors. Whitemane Fixed an issue where Saintly Greatstaff worked on non-Heroic targets. A new balance patch has just hit the Nexus, check out the official patch notes for more details!
    • By Stan
      The Climate Phenomena Nexus Anomaly has proven to be disruptive to the normal flow of the game and caused FPS drops, so Blizzard removed it from the game.
      The current plan is to have one more Nexus Anomaly in 2020 and going forward, anomalies won't be pursued at a set cadence.
      (Source)
      Hello fellow Heroes!
      After reading through your feedback and deliberating amongst ourselves, we have decided to remove the Climate Phenomena anomaly from the Nexus. While this was not an easy decision to make, we feel it is the right thing to do for the game. We also wanted to take this time to more clearly define the purpose of our Nexus Anomalies, and our plans for them going forward.
      Nexus Anomalies were intended to serve two functions:
      We wanted to distribute our annual gameplay updates throughout the year, giving us the freedom to try exploratory changes that we weren’t committed to if they ended up not working out. Previously, we introduced all our gameplay updates each year around BlizzCon. These updates were usually fairly impactful, and many players had trouble adjusting to the large amount of sudden change. We wanted Heroes to have an exciting, fun change for players to look forward to every season. As far as what exactly each Anomaly would entail, we did not have too many set rules, largely to ensure that we had the creative freedom to try bold ideas. So far, we believe our Anomalies have largely been successful, particularly after we had some time to iterate on them.
      With Climate Phenomena, we wanted to play with two ideas. The first was introducing a new Hero to the Nexus with an accompanying theme, and the second was the prospect of changing game states throughout a match, with a minor impact on gameplay. Unfortunately, we’ve found that these changes were too disruptive to the normal flow of the game, and they didn’t add enough fun factor to account for how much they impacted the player experience. Some players also reported frame-per-second (FPS) issues due to the Anomaly, which we found to be unacceptable.
      Moving forward, we intend to finish the year with one more Anomaly, released alongside the final season of 2020. After that, we have decided that we will not be pursuing Anomalies at a set cadence like we did this year. We still plan on regular gameplay updates, and will continue to experiment with ways to make Heroes a better game, so you can count on that still happening. In the future, we want to take a bit more time and release updates only when we feel they are in a more polished state, and we want to give the members of the Development Team the freedom to explore certain longstanding issues that we think are important to the community. For example, we’re considering large updates to maps that we feel could use some design improvements.
      As always, thank you for taking the time to read through our thoughts, and for the years playing this game, which we love so much, alongside us. We’ll see you… in the Nexus!
    • By Stan
      The Heroes team will be hosting their next AMA and answer your questions on Thursday, July 16. Feel free to submit your questions here in the meantime. We will be back with a recap as usual.
      (Source)
      Greetings, Heroes!
      We’re going to host our next AMA on Thursday, July 16, 2020, PDT.
      The following Heroes developers will join the thread and answer your questions starting around 10:00 a.m. PDT (7:00 p.m. CET) until 12:00 p.m. PDT (9:00 p.m. CET).
      Adam Z. Jackson (/u/BlizzAZJackson) Andrew Kinabrew (/u/Blizz_KinaBREW) Brett Crawford (/u/Blizz_Daybringer) David P Warner (/u/Blizz_DWarner) Dorothy Sheng (/u/BlizzDorothy) Joshua Kofalt – (/u/BlizzKofalt) Kaeo Milker (/u/KaeoMilker) Kevin Gu (/u/BlizzKGu) Kyle Dates (/u/BlizzKyle) Sergey Morozov (/u/Blizz_SMorozov) Taylor Hankins (/u/Blizz_Hankins) When posting multiple AMA questions: Please make an effort to post one question per comment. This will make it easier for others to read through the thread, and will help the developers focus on one question at a time. However, please feel free to comment as many times as you'd like in order to get your questions posted.
      You can start posting your questions right now, and we'll see you on Thursday!
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