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Upcoming Chen Changes

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Blizzard brought up an upcoming change to Chen's trait. Fortifying Brew will grant 25 Brew immediately when Chen starts casting it and 30 Brew per second after that.

The time to reach max Brew is still 2.5 seconds. Front-loading a portion of Brew should make Chen players feel less frustrated when interrupted.

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Hey everyone, just wanted to drop in with an update here!

As I mentioned before, while we aren't really looking to buff Chen, we feel like the Brew-related concerns you've brought up are valid. We agree that it feels bad to have your Trait interrupted when you're low on Brew, almost like a 5-second silence. With that in mind, I'm excited to share that we're going to modify Chen's Trait.

In an upcoming patch, Fortifying Brew will change to grant 25 Brew immediately when Chen starts drinking, and then 30 Brew per second after that (down from 40). It will still take 2.5 seconds to reach max Brew just like before, but with a big chunk of that front-loaded it should be a lot less frustrating when you get interrupted early.

This change is feeling really good in our playtests, and I think it'll be a big quality of life boost for the Brewmaster!

Also, while we're not looking to make large-scale talent updates at this time, we really appreciate all the feedback that's been shared in this thread and will keep it in mind for potential future changes. Thanks again! =)

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Always a good feeling when one of your Heroes gets some love. :D

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17 minutes ago, KingMe said:

Always a good feeling when one of your Heroes gets some love. :D

Always a nice feeling to see normal changes to a hero that you don't play, rather than them being buffed uncontrollably and being forced to play them :p

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

Always a nice feeling to see normal changes to a hero that you don't play, rather than them being buffed uncontrollably and being forced to play them :p

Yes, that is also nice........ Thunder stealer. :P 

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 I'm curious to see who will get reworked this time. Li Li? The Lost Vikings? Abathur?

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16 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

 I'm curious to see who will get reworked this time. Li Li? The Lost Vikings? Abathur?

Safe money is on something like Tyrael and Muradin. They've been consistently going through Warriors for a while with most patches, either with reworks or with controlled nerfs and buffs. A couple of the oldest Warriors in the game and have slipped off in favour of other Warriors. 

Would also expect to see changes to Jaina, she has the most outdated talent tiers out of the conventional mages now. 

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7 hours ago, Plergoth said:

Safe money is on something like Tyrael and Muradin. They've been consistently going through Warriors for a while with most patches, either with reworks or with controlled nerfs and buffs. A couple of the oldest Warriors in the game and have slipped off in favour of other Warriors. 

Would also expect to see changes to Jaina, she has the most outdated talent tiers out of the conventional mages now. 

Good Lord, I thought I was the only one who believed Jaina and Tyrael desperately need some talent tree reworks.

Tyrael has been hit hard with nothing but nerfs in many patches. He was legit the only warrior lacking any means to reduce ability damage (while even Valla and Butcher have lul) and when they finally gave it to him, they made him good ONLY for that (rip Imposing Will, Hardened Shield). I'm positive the only reason he's ever so prevalent in HGC is just because of his 2 Heroics being really good (Sanctification dominating but Judgmenet has come forth as well) and not much beyond that (Holy Ground also but only in that level there's the coordination required to fully utilize it plus many games are decided pre-level 16). So, the reason he 'suffers' is because he's too 'meta'.

Jaina... from where to begin? I've already had my rants about her, here and elsewhere, so I'll try to be laconic. I have her complete with master skin on 2 accounts and that was LONG before she dropped to 4k. So you realise, because I love her that much, her current state is really saddening to me. She lacks in basically every regard to every other mage in the game; range, cooldowns etc Only her damage is up to par but she's very handicapped by the long cd on Blizzard, her main ability and otherwise short range which makes her combos and damage predictable. She got many nerfs that were totally uncalled for (while Chromie got overbuffed smh).

Many times, in developer comments you read "we feel that we could add some power that resonates with the character's flavor/ talents fitting for the Lich King (for example)". Shouldn't the Archangel of Justice and one of the strongest and most talented sorcerecess in all of Azeroth feel like themselves? Or everybody is gonna get unique questing and special standalone talents that feel true to their character except from them? With how things are going, I'm afraid for the latter...

Mura is mostly ok imho; he could use some work sure, just not that large scope. Chen already had a large scale rework in the past, if they plan on doing it again...

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Hi guys. Im reading IV for a long time now but never had an account. I made it just now cause some of the comments/posts just need to be answered ;)

As for Chen, I think this change is quite nice. Sometimes you don't need to do a full rework to fix some problems with given hero...

@SteveFrost
I can't agree with you. Im not an expert on Jaina (got sth like 60 games with her) but I do enjoy her very much. She sometimes feel a bit "clunky" and lack of mobility and escape mechanisms hurt a lot, BUT... if properly played she can melt down enemy team almost by herself - and that is why you pick her. She just need a proper team play and cooperation and maybe sometimes she needs saving. Other then that she is a nice char.

Maybe she could get some changes to make her more versatile (I play almost always on 1 build) but imo she do not need a rework. I think that she is a kind of hero that can be broken very easily and make her picked/banned with same frequency as Malth/Genji today...

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9 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Good Lord, I thought I was the only one who believed Jaina and Tyrael desperately need some talent tree reworks.

Tyrael has been hit hard with nothing but nerfs in many patches. He was legit the only warrior lacking any means to reduce ability damage (while even Valla and Butcher have lul) and when they finally gave it to him, they made him good ONLY for that (rip Imposing Will, Hardened Shield). I'm positive the only reason he's ever so prevalent in HGC is just because of his 2 Heroics being really good (Sanctification dominating but Judgmenet has come forth as well) and not much beyond that (Holy Ground also but only in that level there's the coordination required to fully utilize it plus many games are decided pre-level 16). So, the reason he 'suffers' is because he's too 'meta'.

Jaina... from where to begin? I've already had my rants about her, here and elsewhere, so I'll try to be laconic. I have her complete with master skin on 2 accounts and that was LONG before she dropped to 4k. So you realise, because I love her that much, her current state is really saddening to me. She lacks in basically every regard to every other mage in the game; range, cooldowns etc Only her damage is up to par but she's very handicapped by the long cd on Blizzard, her main ability and otherwise short range which makes her combos and damage predictable. She got many nerfs that were totally uncalled for (while Chromie got overbuffed smh).

Many times, in developer comments you read "we feel that we could add some power that resonates with the character's flavor/ talents fitting for the Lich King (for example)". Shouldn't the Archangel of Justice and one of the strongest and most talented sorcerecess in all of Azeroth feel like themselves? Or everybody is gonna get unique questing and special standalone talents that feel true to their character except from them? With how things are going, I'm afraid for the latter...

Mura is mostly ok imho; he could use some work sure, just not that large scope. Chen already had a large scale rework in the past, if they plan on doing it again...

Nice to see you being enthusiastic about Tyrael and Jaina. I understand your reasoning of why those two heroes would need a rework, I agree on some parts but I disagree on others. Tyrael yes has been nerfed, but he is definitely not weak. His strengths, yes, were partially dependent on Imposing Will and Hardened Shield, but his base kit alone is really good. He offers cross-supporting with his shielding and has incredible mobility and decent waveclear and is fairly tanky just by his max hp alone, meaning he is still the best dive-buddy for heroes like Greymane, Illidan and Malthael. He is just naturally built for utility and not for pure tankiness or crowd control. Imposing Will was strong, but was kinda bad for the game by having no counterplay and providing just a bit too much as well as being too much of an "Auto pick" for the talent tier. Hardened shield was only removed because Blizzard wants to remove such generic talents from the game and thus they got rid of it. Not that long ago heroes like Dehaka got their Hardened shield removed, just for the same reason. In 5 on 5 teamfights he depends on his heroic abilities, but he has been that way for a long time, and many other heroes are the same way too (Arthas and Muradin for example). Would expect Tyrael to be reworked sooner or later, but not that high on Blizzard's priority list as the hero is in a fine spot and the only reasons to rework would be just to get rid of the multiple generic old talents like Vigorous Strike from his talent tree. Jaina on the other hand, is just one of the unfortunate heroes who suffers in this meta, where heroes like Genji reign supreme and kill such vulnerable heroes with ease. Pre nerf Jaina was a problem in the game by being way too powerful by having talents like Bolt of the Storm available and she even after all of the nerfs she went through is still power-level wise viable, and offers some of the best burst damage available to any hero. Its just that in this meta, she is unfortunately not that good, but as the meta will shift, she will very likely make a comeback. Chromie is really average hero, annoying to play against for sure, but power level wise just a middle of the pack hero. Muradin imo has still a bit too many generic talents and would expect them to be replaced with other options but overall he is fine.

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I feel like this was a needed change. Interested to try it out but beware low mobility glass cannons!! (Talking bout you Kael)

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On 7/22/2017 at 6:42 AM, Godeyes said:

Hi guys. Im reading IV for a long time now but never had an account. I made it just now cause some of the comments/posts just need to be answered ;)

As for Chen, I think this change is quite nice. Sometimes you don't need to do a full rework to fix some problems with given hero...

@SteveFrost
I can't agree with you. Im not an expert on Jaina (got sth like 60 games with her) but I do enjoy her very much. She sometimes feel a bit "clunky" and lack of mobility and escape mechanisms hurt a lot, BUT... if properly played she can melt down enemy team almost by herself - and that is why you pick her. She just need a proper team play and cooperation and maybe sometimes she needs saving. Other then that she is a nice char.

Maybe she could get some changes to make her more versatile (I play almost always on 1 build) but imo she do not need a rework. I think that she is a kind of hero that can be broken very easily and make her picked/banned with same frequency as Malth/Genji today...

Yeah, the problem with a lot of the pure mages is that characters like Genji just blow them up.  This was always a problem to some extent (Illadin/Zeratul), but Genji can do it much safer then those heroes can.

Personally, if anything were to be re-worked it should be melee assassins, given how they have a really nasty tendency to die (Thrall comes to mind) or be next to useless in teamfights (Butcher).  Address that, and ranges heroes that can blow those targets up (especially when grouped in tight quarters) will suddenly become a LOT more popular.

With double tank on the way out (Malth) and ranged assassins much preferred, Jaina exists purely for stun comps with heroes like ETC, Zagara, or other heroes with an AoE stun she can combo Ring of Frost with.

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2 hours ago, Vesko said:

Changes? You mean Chenges, right?

 

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8 hours ago, Vesko said:

Changes? You mean Chenges, right?

Absolutely terrible. I love it. Take my like and get out!

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On 22/7/2017 at 1:42 PM, Godeyes said:

Hi guys. Im reading IV for a long time now but never had an account. I made it just now cause some of the comments/posts just need to be answered ;)

As for Chen, I think this change is quite nice. Sometimes you don't need to do a full rework to fix some problems with given hero...

@SteveFrost
I can't agree with you. Im not an expert on Jaina (got sth like 60 games with her) but I do enjoy her very much. She sometimes feel a bit "clunky" and lack of mobility and escape mechanisms hurt a lot, BUT... if properly played she can melt down enemy team almost by herself - and that is why you pick her. She just need a proper team play and cooperation and maybe sometimes she needs saving. Other then that she is a nice char.

Maybe she could get some changes to make her more versatile (I play almost always on 1 build) but imo she do not need a rework. I think that she is a kind of hero that can be broken very easily and make her picked/banned with same frequency as Malth/Genji today...

 

On 22/7/2017 at 8:57 PM, BrightwingMain said:

Nice to see you being enthusiastic about Tyrael and Jaina. I understand your reasoning of why those two heroes would need a rework, I agree on some parts but I disagree on others. Tyrael yes has been nerfed, but he is definitely not weak. His strengths, yes, were partially dependent on Imposing Will and Hardened Shield, but his base kit alone is really good. He offers cross-supporting with his shielding and has incredible mobility and decent waveclear and is fairly tanky just by his max hp alone, meaning he is still the best dive-buddy for heroes like Greymane, Illidan and Malthael. He is just naturally built for utility and not for pure tankiness or crowd control. Imposing Will was strong, but was kinda bad for the game by having no counterplay and providing just a bit too much as well as being too much of an "Auto pick" for the talent tier. Hardened shield was only removed because Blizzard wants to remove such generic talents from the game and thus they got rid of it. Not that long ago heroes like Dehaka got their Hardened shield removed, just for the same reason. In 5 on 5 teamfights he depends on his heroic abilities, but he has been that way for a long time, and many other heroes are the same way too (Arthas and Muradin for example). Would expect Tyrael to be reworked sooner or later, but not that high on Blizzard's priority list as the hero is in a fine spot and the only reasons to rework would be just to get rid of the multiple generic old talents like Vigorous Strike from his talent tree. Jaina on the other hand, is just one of the unfortunate heroes who suffers in this meta, where heroes like Genji reign supreme and kill such vulnerable heroes with ease. Pre nerf Jaina was a problem in the game by being way too powerful by having talents like Bolt of the Storm available and she even after all of the nerfs she went through is still power-level wise viable, and offers some of the best burst damage available to any hero. Its just that in this meta, she is unfortunately not that good, but as the meta will shift, she will very likely make a comeback. Chromie is really average hero, annoying to play against for sure, but power level wise just a middle of the pack hero. Muradin imo has still a bit too many generic talents and would expect them to be replaced with other options but overall he is fine.

If everyone agreed with everyone on everything, that would be lame right? Maybe in some 'utopia' but that's getting out of topic. I don't mind :)

I can easily come off as biased when it comes to characters I really like; I try to be objective though. Tyrael has been like Jaina to me (master skin on 2 accs with the long grind, just way more games with Jaina lol). I get that a Hero doesn't need to excel in any specific part (1v1/pushing/teamfights etc) to be useful. For a warrior, Tyrael isn't that tanky (especially if you don't go the Regeneration Master route). All he has is a measly shield, that breaks very easily (Johanna's stronger AND gives cc immunity, Anub's equal the very least)- and the value allies get is laughable at best. No wonder ppl go Reciprocate and consider Salvation to be an inferior choice 99,99% of the time. I get that he has tradeoffs for that (mobility) but still, it's kinda off putting (for me at least). When they did a pass to many warriors recently, they said they wanted to give everyone an 'identity', while having Mura and ETC as the 'generalist' warrior picks. So, for Tyrael the 'identity' was supposedly the anti-ability damage warrior. Thing is, Anub and Arthas (who had a 1st and 2nd rework) already do that and offer a lot more utility to their team, way before heroics unlock (hard cc, peel, more tankiness etc). And yeah, some talents really shouldn't be there which pushes him even further up for a talent tree rework imho (like Raynor having Specialist/Support talents lul).

I did write about Jaina's damage being there (the only thing that's there). Yes, she can destroy entire teams, but like you said, she needs synergy from her team for that. Unless someone's lagging af or plain stupid, he ain't just gonna sit there and be hit by all 3 waves of Blizzard (which now does less damage than before unless you get all 3 waves to connect...). Pretty much every other mage can put 90-100% of his damage without much help and is independent(maybe Nazeebro too but when Vile Infection stacks, that's a tale for another time; a horror story to be more precise). I'd dare say she needs even more enabling from her team than Illidan does (a Tassadar/Uther with some strong frontline is more than enough imho) because, unfortunately for Jaina, people that can dive her and kill her without much trouble/mobile assassins are abundant these days and so too are the mage-resistant tanks and non-tanks as Blizz is increasing their number as well. You have legit no reason to pick her over Li-Ming/Gul'dansgame and pretty much everyone- unless your assassin wants to go Executioner ecks dee. And her talent build is pretty much carved in stone (something devs usually bring up as justification when reworking someone's talent tree; as with talents being unique to character), same with Tyrael.

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12 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

I'd dare say she needs even more enabling from her team than Illidan does (a Tassadar/Uther with some strong frontline is more than enough imho) because, unfortunately for Jaina, people that can dive her and kill her without much trouble/mobile assassins are abundant these days and so too are the mage-resistant tanks and non-tanks as Blizz is increasing their number as well. 

This is the biggest issue IMO. There are just too many counters to Jaina right now. You have to play incredibly conservatively and, if you do get caught out, you get punished harder than almost any other character. 

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      Respawn Timers Mercenary Camps will now spawn 60 seconds after the game begins Siege Giant Camp Siege Defenders Defending Siege Giant attacks are now telegraphed on the terrain and can be dodged. Siege Laners Attack telegraphing and missile trajectory has been significantly improved. Hellbat Camp Respawn times have been doubled Hellbats will now prioritize structures Defender Hellbat Stats Base health increased by 114%, Health scaling increased by 160% Damage increased by 83% Damage scaling reduced by roughly 60% Laner Hellbat Stats Base health increased by roughly 18% Health scaling increased by 25% Base damage increased by 25% Damage scaling decreased by 66% Damage scaling will now stop after 20 minutes (previously 30) Damage taken from structures reduced by 50% Attacks now apply a 3-second stacking -5 Armor debuff to all targets, stacking up to 20 times (structures included) Knight Camp Wizard Knight Laner Wizard Knight Laner has a Spell Armor Aura Grants all nearby Allies (Minions, Mercenaries, and Heroes) 30 Spell Armor Spell Armor is immediately removed upon leaving the aura area. This Aura is destroyed when the Wizard is killed Wizard Knight Defender Grants nearby Knight Defenders a 15 Spell Armor aura This Aura is destroyed when the Wizard is killed Sapper Camp Sapper Defenders Now fire their attacks at target areas, instead of directly at Heroes. This behaves like the laning Sappers Sapper Explosion damage now scales over time Laning Sappers Health scaling increased by 33% Respawn timer across all maps increased from 105 to 120 seconds Laning Sappers now have 100 Armor vs Structures while charging and Towers will ignore charging Sappers Art
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Zeratul has received updated art to coincide with Talent changes. Minimap
      Minimap art has been updated across all Battlegrounds. Stealth
      Added an overlay to indicate when a Stealthed character goes Invisible Added a new Stealth visual effect. Enemy Stealthed Heroes should now be easier to spot. Battlegrounds
      Sandbox Custom Game Improvements
      The following new cheats have been added to Sandbox Custom Games: Spawn Camps Respawn all Mercenary Camps. Spawn Dummy Creates a dialog allowing players to choose a type of dummy to spawn. Player can then click in the game world to create a dummy of the selected dummy type at mouse cursor position. One player cannot spawn more than 20 dummies. When a player deals damage or heals a target dummy the Target Dummy Panel will pop up displaying the damage or healing dealt. If player deals damage to multiple dummies with an AOE ability, the number will be the combination of damage done to all dummies. If the team hasn't dealt damage or healing to any of the dummies for 8 seconds, the Target Dummy Panel will disappear for that team. If a player hasn't dealt damage or healing to any of the dummies for 8 seconds, their damage and DPS will be reset to 0. Clear Dummies If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, remove all the dummies created by all players. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, remove all the dummies created by that player. Toggle Fog of War Disabling Fog of War for a team will remove Fog of War, revealing the whole map for that team. Reset HP/MP If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, reset all players' Health and Mana to full. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, reset the player's Health and Mana to full. Complete Quests If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, complete all talent quests for all player. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, complete all talent quests for that player. Instant Respawn If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, instantly respawn all dead Heroes. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, instantly respawn the player's Hero. Haunted Mines
      Issuing a Move command within the Mines while on the Battleground’s upper level, or vice versa, will now cause the Hero to use the Mine Entrance or Exit that is the shortest distance from the issued order. Summoned Grave Golem Fort and Keep attacks no longer reduce attack speed Will no longer interrupt its attacks mid-swing to use an Ability Now passes through player-created walls rather than stopping to destroy them Ranked Battleground Rotation Update
      Added to Rotation Warhead Junction Removed from Rotation Volskaya Foundry Garden of Terror The full Ranked Battleground Rotation is now as follows: Battlefield of Eternity Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Warhead Junction Design
      Stealth
      Stealth players will now become “Invisible” after remaining still for 1.5 seconds. Invisible Heroes will not display the Stealth visual effect and can still be removed from Stealth by taking damage. This includes Heroes under the effects of temporary Stealth effects such as Samuro’s Windwalk or Tyrande’s Shadowstalk. Additionally, Heroes cannot become Invisible while occupying a capture point, such as Braxis Holdout or Mercenary Camp Beacons. Instead, they will retain normal Stealth visual effects. User Interface
      In-Game UI
      General Hero portraits will now be displayed when heroes are inside the following Vehicles, Battleground objectives, or Hero Abilities: Dragon Knight Garden Terror Triglav Protector Anub'arak - Cocoon Lt. Morales – Medivac Dropship Stitches - Gorge Zagara - Devouring Maw Manual Talent Tier and Hero Status Callouts Players can now press ALT + left-click Hero portraits and the Team Level UI at the top of the screen to generate notifications for the following situations: Press ALT + left-click an ally’s Hero portrait to inform teammates when that ally needs assistance. ALT + left-clicking a dead Hero’s portrait will generate a chat message indicating that Hero’s remaining respawn time. ALT + left-clicking an enemy Hero portrait will ping that Hero’s location on the Minimap if they are within allied vision. If that enemy is outside of allied vision, a chat message will inform allies that the Hero is missing. Press ALT + right-click the Team Level UI to indicate when both teams are on even Talent tiers, or when one team has a Talent tier advantage over the other. Heroes

      Assassin

      Nova

      Abilities
      Snipe (Q) Damage reduced from 310 to 255. Baseline quest added: Hitting an enemy Hero increases the damage of Snipe by 5% stacking 5 times. When at max stacks (5) it gains an additional 25% damage. If Snipe fails to hit a target, all stacks are lost. Pinning Shot (W) Damage reduced from 110 to 105 Holo Decoy (E) Added functionality: Decoys now deal 10% of Nova’s damage Improved A.I. functionality Permanent Cloak (Trait) Added functionality: Gain 15% movement speed while Stealthed Triple Tap (R) Damage per shot increased from 338 to 372 (New) Ghost Protocol (1) Activate to instantly cloak, leave a Holo Decoy at your feet, and become unrevealable for .5 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Advanced Cloaking (Trait) New functionality: Increase your Stealth movement speed by 5% after remaining stealthed for 2 seconds. While Stealthed, gain 2 additional mana regeneration per second. Level 7 Snipe Master (Q) Removed One in the Chamber (Passive) Bonus damage reduced from 80 to 70% Perfect Shot (Q) Moved from Level 16 Cooldown reduction on Hero hit reduced from 3 to 2 seconds Level 13 Psionic Efficiency (Q) Bonus range increased from 10 to 15% Adjusted functionality: Now refunds the cost of Snipe on a successful Hero hit. (New Talent) Ionic Force Field (Trait) Gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds after losing stealth Level 16 Lethal Decoy (E) Damage bonus from clones increased from 40 to 50% Explosive Round (Q) Moved from Level 13 Level 20 (New Talent) Apollo Suit (Trait) Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak from 3 to 1 second Precision Barrage (R) Added functionality: Now also reduces the cooldown of Precision Strike by 30 seconds.
      Samuro

      Stats
      Basic Attack damage increased from 88 to 110 Abilities
      Mirror Image (Q) Samuro will now appear in the direction of the player’s Mouse Cursor when Mirror Image is cast. Mirror Image damage is no longer a fraction of Samuro’s Attack Damage. Mirror Image base damage has been greatly reduced to 9. Mirror Images are no longer instantly destroyed by Structures Critical Strike (W) Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds Illusion Master (R) New functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Advancing Strikes to 8 seconds Now increases the attack damage of Mirror Images by 100% Now also increases Samuro’s Basic Attack damage by 10% Image Transmission (Trait) Additional functionality: Activate to switch places with the target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the target Mirror Image. 25-second cooldown. Talents
      Tooltips for various talents have been updated to reflect whether Samuro or his Mirror Images benefit from their effects Level 1 Way of the Wind (E) New Functionality: Gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds upon entering or exiting Stealth by using Wind Walk Way of the Blade (W) No longer grants bonus Critical Strike damage Way of Illusion (Q) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Level 4 One with the Wind (E) Armor gain now also lasts for 3 seconds after being revealed Mirror Images now also gain Armor Armor amount reduced from 60 to 30 Level 7 Phantom Pain (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Crushing Blows (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Bonus Critical Strike damage has been removed Additional functionality: Samuro’s Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Critical Strike by 1.5 seconds Level 13 Kawarimi (E) Reduced the time between Samuro issuing a new order after using Wind Walk and the image following it. It should now be harder for the new Image to follow Samuro’s new movements after using Wind Walk. Level 16 Press the Attack (Trait) Attack Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 10% per stack. Maximum bonus decreased from 60% to 40% Harsh Winds (E) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Merciless Strikes (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
      Valeera

      Abilities
      Vanish (D) Movement Speed increased from 10% to 20% Ambush (Q) If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target. Damage reduced from 180 to 130 Now also reduces enemy Armor by 10 for 4 seconds Cheap Shot (W) Stun duration reduced from 1.25 to .75 seconds Now Blinds the target for 2 seconds after the stun effect ends If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target Garrote (E) Silence duration increased from 2.25 to 2.75 seconds If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target Talents
      Level 1 Subtlety (D) Adjusted functionality: Now triggers when Valeera teleports to her target with Ambush, Cheap Shot, and Garrote. Energy return reduced from 10 to 8 per second. Crippling Poison (Active) Slow duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds. Valeera’s poison is no longer removed after the first damaging Ability, but instead is applied by all Valeera's Abilities for 4 seconds. This duration does not start until Valeera damages her first enemy. Combat Readiness (Passive) Physical Armor increased from 50 to 60 Level 4 Wound Poison (Active) Healing reduction duration decreased from 5 to 4 seconds Valeera’s poison is no longer removed after the first damaging Ability, but instead is applied by all Valeera's Abilities for 4 seconds. This duration does not start until Valeera damages her first enemy Hemorrhage (E) Bonus damage to targets affected by Garrote increased from 25 to 50% Level 7 Slice and Dice (E) Valeera's Basic Attacks now restore 2 Energy. Level 13 Death from Above (Q) New functionality: Ambush reduces the cooldown of Vanish by 4 seconds. Blind (W) Now increases the duration of Cheap Shot’s Blind from 2 to 4 seconds. Strangle (E) Spell Power reduction increased from 25% to 40% Duration reduced from 7 to 6 seconds Level 16 Assassinate (Q) Bonus damage reduced from 100% to 50% Now also increases the Armor reduction of Ambush by 10 when the target is isolated. Moved from level 7 Expose Armor (E) Removed. Level 20 Nightslayer (D) Removed. Rupture (E) Damage bonus now stacks immediately to 100%, instead of stacking up to 30%. Moved from level 16 Elusiveness (D) Moved from Level 13 Movement Speed bonus increased from 10% to 20% LEVEL (TIER) VALEERA TALENTS 1 (1) (!) Vigor (Passive) Subtlety (D) Combat Readiness (Passive) Crippling Poison (Active) 4 (2) Relentless Strikes (Q) Hemorrhage (E) Initiative (D) Wound Poison (Active) 7 (3) Mutilate (Q) (!) Fatal Finesse (W) Slice and Dice (E)   10 (4) Smoke Bomb (R) Cloak of Shadows (R) — — 13 (5) Death from Above (Q) Blind (W) Strangle (E)   16 (6) Seal Fate (Q) Assassinate (Q) Thistle Tea (Active)   20 (7) Adrenaline Rush (R) Enveloping Shadows (R) Rupture (E) Elusiveness (D) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
      Valla

      Abilities
      Level 1 Monster Hunter (Q) Now tracks stacks instead of damage on the quest tracker
      Zeratul

      Abilities
      Shadow Assault (R) Removed (New Talent) Might of the Nerazim (R) Passive: After using an Ability, Zeratul’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% more damage Activate to duplicate the last ability cast. Damaging abilities deal 50% less damage. This ability does not benefit from talents. 20-Second Cooldown  Talents
      Level 1 Vorpal Blade (1) Added as a baseline ability. Default Hotkey: 1 (New Talent) Move Unseen (Passive) Gain 25% bonus Movement Speed while Stealthed Shadow Hunter (E) Regen Globe required for quest completion reduced from 20 to 15 Mana cost reduction of Blink increased from 2 to 3 Level 4 Combo Slash (Passive) Removed Grim Task (Passive) Removed (New Talent) Psionic Strength (Passive) Damaging an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or Abilities increases Zeratul's damage by 6% for 3 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. (New Talent) Darkness Descends (Active) Passive: Increase Zeratul’s attack speed by 10%. Activated ability – Zeratul gains 40% bonus attack speed for 5 seconds. 30-second cooldown Level 7 Wormhole (E) Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds Slip into Shadow (E) Removed (New Talent) Warp Skirmisher (1) Vorpal Blade now has 2 charges. Casting Vorpal Blade also causes Zeratul's next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 30% bonus damage Level 16 Sentenced to Death (W) Bonus damage reduced from 40 to 30% Level 20 Rewind (Active) Removed Nerazim Fury (R) Removed (New Talent) Twilight Falls (R) Activating Might of the Nerazim resets the cooldown of all of Zeratul’s Basic Abilities (New Talent) Shadow Mending (Passive) Zeratul heals himself for 75% of Ability Damage Dealt to enemy Heroes Specialist

      Abathur

      Abilities
      Spawn Locust (Trait) Health increased from 288 to 316  Talents
      Level 1 Survival Instincts (Trait) Bonus Health decreased from 50% to 40% Level 7 Calldown: MULE (Active) No longer refills Structure ammo
      The Lost Vikings

      Talents
      Level 4 It’s a Sabotage! (Passive) No longer removes Structure ammo Damage increased from 27 to 35
      Sgt. Hammer

      Stats
      Health increased from 1638 to 1720 Health Regeneration increased from 3.4 to 3.6 Basic Attack damage increased from 128 to 140 Talents
      Level 1 Maelstrom Rounds (D) Damage bonus reduced from 40 to 35% Level 7 Hover Siege Mode (D) Movement Speed increased from 25 to 40% Level 20 Shrapnel Mines (Q) Armor reduction duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds Warrior

      Muradin

      Talents
      Level 4 Sledgehammer (Q) No longer removes Ammo from structures Collection
      Hero Price Reduction
      Artanis’ prices have been reduced to 7,000 Gold and 625 Gems. New Bundles – The following new Bundles and Skin Packs are available for a limited time!
      Hanzo Heroic Bundle Winter Veil 2017 Bundle Winter Veil Classic Bundle New Announcers
      Hanzo New Skins
      Hanzo Kinoko Honzo Sora Hanzo Dragon Hanzo Demon Hanzo Farstrider Hanzo Icebound Farstrider Hanzo Iron Farstrider Hanzo Holy Farstrider Hanzo Scarlet Farstrider Hanzo Genji Storm Oni Genji Golden Genji Nihon Genji Leoric Immortal Space Lord Leoric Lúcio Azure Soundblast Lúcio Lunara Harvest Champion Lunara Zarya Citrine Thunderguard Zarya Industrial Zarya New Mounts
      The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League during 2017 Ranked Season 3: Titanium Cybersteed Carbon Cybersteed Master Cybersteed The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Master or higher in Hero League or Team League during 2017 Ranked Season 3: Epic Titanium Cybersteed Epic Carbon Cybersteed Epic Master Cybersteed Winter Veil Skins
      Malfurion Greatfather Winter Malfurion Coal Greatfather Winter Malfurion Icy Greatfather Winter Malfurion Naughty Greatfather Winter Malfurion Rosy Greatfather Winter Malfurion Lunara Cold Winter Veil Lunara Starry Winter Veil Lunara Kharazim Winter Veil Kharazim Coal Winter Veil Kharazim Evergreen Winter Veil Kharazim Frozen Winter Veil Kharazim Rosy Winter Veil Kharazim Malthael Season’s Reapings Malthael Chilling Season’s Reapings Malthael Coal Season’s Reapings Malthael Hallowed Season’s Reapings Malthael Plum Season’s Reapings Malthael Nazeebo Fruitcake Gingerdread Nazeebo Moldy Gingerdread Nazeebo Stitches Ivory Greatfather Winter Stitches Valla Winter’s Helper Valla Coal Winter’s Helper Valla Icewind Winter’s Helper Valla Ivy Winter’s Helper Valla Plum Winter’s Helper Valla Winter Veil Mounts
      Gingerboard Blueberry Gingerboard Frosted Gingerboard Moldy Gingerboard Strawberry Gingerboard Reign-Deer Arctic Reign-Deer – This Mount will be awarded to players who complete the Winter Veil 2017 event quest chain. Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. Art
      Kharazim: Kharazim's arms and upper body now animated correctly during his dizzy animation. Leoric: The Shroud of the Dead King Talent will now correctly play an animation and a sound when activated. Samuro: Monkey King Samuro’s model will no longer exhibit flickering during Hero Select while running Medium or High graphic settings. The Lost Vikings: Fixed an issue causing Baelog to cast superfluous shadows on the terrain. Battlegrounds
      Sky Temple: Fixed an issue that could prevent Temple lasers from appearing correctly on the Minimap. Structures: Auriel's Blinding Flash and Artanis' Suppression Pulse can no longer Blind Structures. Towers of Doom: The Headless Horseman Boss is no longer incorrectly categorized as a Monster. Volskaya Foundry: Fixed an issue in which Heroes on the outer edge of the Hall of Storms would not receive Healing or protection. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Alexstrasza: Life-Binder is no longer interrupted when entering or exiting Dragonqueen. Diablo: Fixed an issue that could cause Shadow Charge to deal its collision damage multiple times under certain circumstances. Garrosh: Casting Wrecking Ball on Mercenaries will no longer cause them to leash while in combat. Gul'dan: Movement caused by a conveyor belt will no longer cancel Rain of Destruction channeling. Kel'thuzad: The Power of Icecrown Talent will now correctly grant bonus Spell Power for enemy Heroes Slowed by Chains of Kel’Thuzad with the Chains of Ice Talent. Li-Ming: Zei's Vengeance and Arcane Orb tooltips have been updated to clarify bonus damage functionality. Damage amounts have not been changed. Lt. Morales: The Second Opinion Talent will now correctly grant cooldown reduction when one of the Heroes struck by Displacement Grenade is piloting a Vehicle, like the Garden Terror. Lunara: Fixed an inconsistency that allowed Lunara to cast Leaping Strike over some, but not all, allied units after learning Boundless Stride. Medivh: Creating a Portal entrance after learning Portal Mastery and then entering the Triglav Protector will no longer prevent him from using the Protector’s abilities. Muradin: Learning Reverberation no longer incorrectly updates the Attack Speed Slow amount in Thunder Clap’s tooltip. Murky: Spawn Egg with the Egg Hunt Talent can now be cast correctly on Volskaya Foundry’s conveyor belts. Sgt. Hammer: The Hyper-Cooling Engines talent will no longer grant cooldown reduction from basic attacks against non-Heroic targets while in Siege Mode. Tychus & Stitches: Tychus can now be affected by Stitches’ Gorge while in Commandeer Odin. Zeratul: Fixed an issue causing the Void Slash talent to display an incorrect value for the damage increase. User Interface
      Death Recap: Fortification Camp Turret attacks now display a Turret icon in the Death Recap screen.
    • By Stan

      Free Hero rotation for the week of December 12 is here.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 12, 2017
      Li Li ETC Zagara Butcher Kael'thas Artanis Li-Ming Brightwing Varian Malthael Stitches (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Gul'dan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Stukov (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)