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Ana is now live in Americas. The latest update for Heroes of the Storm brings a lot of balance changes to the Nexus.

Note: * Orange Text and an Asterisk indicate a change or addition between PTR and live patch notes.

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General

New Special Event: Pachimari Mania

  • Open Loot Boxes and be the first team to find the Golden Pachimari!
    • At the beginning of a match, Loot Boxes will spawn around your starting area. Open as many as you can, and try to find the legendary Golden Pachimari!
      • Opening a Loot Box will grant you a movement speed boost, enabling you to open even more boxes.
      • The player to open the most Loot Boxes on each team will be announced when the event ends, so be sure to always try your best!
    • The first team to find the Golden Pachimari will win the event and earn credit toward their Pachimari Mania quest progress!
  • Quests and Rewards
    • Pachimari Mania is a four-part quest chain. All quests must be completed in order, and only one quest will be active at a time.
      • Part 1: Find 2 Golden Pachimaris to earn a set of Pachimari in-game Emojis
      • Part 2: Find 5 Golden Pachimaris to earn a Pachimari-themed Banner
      • Part 3: Finding 8 Golden Pachimaris will unlock the Golden Pachimari spray
      • Part 4: Finding 10 Golden Pachimaris will unlock the Pachimari Portrait

New Hero: Ana

As a founding member of Overwatch and one of the world's best snipers, Ana Amari uses her skills to protect the innocent. Though she went MIA after losing her eye, Ana's sense of duty and responsibility has brought her back to the fight.

Trait

  • Shrike
    • Basic Attacks apply a Dose to non-Structure enemies, dealing an additional 44 damage over 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.

Basic Abilities

  • Healing Dart (Q)
    • Fire a dart which heals the first allied Hero hit for 250 Health.
  • Biotic Grenade (W)
    • Toss a Grenade at the target area. Allied Heroes hit are healed for 175 Health and receive 25% increased healing for 3 seconds. Enemies hit take 60 damage and receive 100% less healing for 2 seconds.
  • Sleep Dart (E)
    • Fire a dart that Sleeps the first enemy Hero hit, rendering them unable to act for 3 seconds. Sleep’s effects end instantly if the target takes damage after the first 0.5 seconds.
    • Cannot be used on Vehicles.

Heroic Abilities

  • Nano Boost (R)
    • Instantly boost an allied Hero, restoring 200 Mana. For the next 8 seconds, they gain 30% Spell Power and their Basic Ability cooldowns recharge 150% faster.
    • Cannot be used on Ana.
  • Eye of Horus (R)
    • Assume a sniping position, gaining the ability to fire up to 8 specialized rounds with unlimited range. Rounds hit the first allied or enemy Hero or enemy Structure in their path. Allies are healed for 300 and enemies are damaged for 175. Deals 50% damage to Structures.
    • Ana is unable to move while Eye of Horus is active.

Battlegrounds

Mercenaries

  • Impaler and Trooper Camps (Siege Mercenaries found on Volskaya Foundry, Battlefield of Eternity, and Infernal Shrines)
    • Early game health has been slightly decreased.
    • Base damage and scaling values have been increased by roughly 50%
    • Defender Mercenaries can no longer be affected by displacements effects.

Developer Comment:  We’ve heard feedback on the lack of strength the Assault Trooper mercenaries possess. We hear and agree with this sentiment so we’ve increased their overall damage to make them more of a threat.

    Hanamura and Volskaya Foundry

    • Mercenary item drops no longer require a short channel time to be picked up.
    Developer Comment:  This change is aimed at making the flow of picking up items from mercenary camps smoother and more intuitive. We found the flow of defeating a mercenary camp, capturing it, then channeling on the dropped item was disruptive to what players are accustomed to with typical mercenary camps.
    • Support Camps can no longer be captured with "Bribe" talents.
    Developer Comment:  Thanks for all of the early responses on Volskaya Foundry. We’re making this change in response to consistent community feedback.

    New Battleground: Volskaya Foundry

    • Objective
      • Control Points
        • Throughout the match a Control Point will activate at one of three locations, beginning in a neutral capture state.
        • Once a player stands on the control point without any enemies, they gain control progress for their team at a steady rate.
        • If an enemy enters the point, the point becomes contested and will not gain or lose control progress.
        • When a team's control progress hits 100, they gain control of the point.
        • As long as a team has control of the point, they gain victory progress at a steady rate.
          • Victory progress does not decay for any reason.
        • Overtime: When a point is at 99% victory progress about to tick over to 100%, it will stay at 99% and enter the overtime state if there are any enemy heroes on the point or the point just flipped from the enemy's control.
        • When a team's victory progress hits 100%, they win the event. The control point deactivates and a two-person Triglav Protector spawns on the point for the winning team after a short delay.
      • Triglav Protector
        • Pilot Abilities
          • Charge (Q)
            • After .5 seconds, charge to the target unit's current location and deal damage in an area.  Deals double damage to structures and minions. 8 second cooldown
          • Rocket Fist (W)
            • Launch a Rocket Fist that impacts the first Hero or Structure hit.  Roots Heroes for 1 second.  Disables Structures for 2 seconds.  Destroys all minions in its path. 14 second cooldown.
          • Shield Emitter (E)
            • Grants 25 armor to vehicle and grants a Shield to all nearby allies equal to 25% of their maximum health. 16 second cooldown.
        • Gunner Abilities
          • Particle Cannon (Q)
            • Enables the Particle Cannon ability and increases its range over 3 seconds. Reactivate to launch an orb dealing damage in an area. 5 sec cooldown.
          • Gatling Cannon (W)
            • Fires a barrage of cannon fire at the location of your cursor for 4 seconds. 11 second cooldown.
          • Scorching Laser (E)
            • A laser quickly cuts a line across the terrain dealing light damage. A secondary explosion triggers 0.75 seconds later for heavy damage. 10 second cooldown.

    New Sandbox Custom Game: Volskaya Foundry

    • A sandbox version of Volskaya Foundry has been added to Custom Games.
      • Much like Sandbox version of Cursed Hollow, this Battleground allows up to 10 players at once to use a variety of “cheats” to test the limits of their Heroes, and the Battleground.
      • Sandbox Volskaya Foundry also features a “Triglav Protector” button, which allows a player to immediately spawn a Protector at their Hero’s location.

    Vehicles

    • All vehicles, including the Dragon Knight, Garden Terror, and Triglav Protector are now Unstoppable.
    * Developer Comment:  Prior to this patch, crowd control effects on vehicles were reduced by 50%. Initially, displacement effects affecting vehicles were not reduced at all. Over time, we’ve made the decision to make some abilities unable to target vehicles. As our hero roster grew, so did the amount of special rules associated with vehicle interactions. Instead of continuing to maintain a list of special interactions, we’ve opted to simplify the behavior and make vehicles Unstoppable. To compensate for the increased vehicle strength, we’ve also looked at each vehicle’s balance numbers.

    Ranked Battleground Rotation Update

    • Added to Rotation
      • Volskaya Foundry
      • Haunted Mines
      • Towers of Doom
      • Warhead Junction
    • Removed from Rotation
      • Blackheart’s Bay
      • Braxis Holdout
      • Sky Temple
    • The full Ranked Battleground Rotation is now as follows:
      • Battlefield of Eternity
      • Cursed Hollow
      • Dragon Shire
      • Haunted Mines
      • Infernal Shrines
      • Tomb of the Spider Queen
      • Towers of Doom
      • Volskaya Foundry
      • Warhead Junction

    AI

    General

    • AI Heroes will now perform more dynamic strategies.
    • Many Heroes have received tactical AI improvements, including:
      • Anubarak
      • Arthas
      • Azmodan
      • Brightwing
      • The Butcher
      • Falstad
      • Illidan
      • Kael’Thas
      • Kerrigan
      • E.T.C.
      • Li Li
      • The Lost Vikings
      • Malfurion
      • Muradin
      • Nazeebo
      • Raynor
      • Stitches
      • Sylvanas
      • Thrall
      • Uther
      • Valla
      • Xul
      • Zul’jin
    • Read our recent blog, “Under the Hood: AI” for an in-depth look at these and upcoming AI improvements.

    Sound

    Voice Lines

    • Voice lines that have been selected for use in players’ Loadouts have had their volume increased in-game.
    • Now have a larger 3D falloff, increased sound exclusivity, and can interrupt other voice lines.

    User Interface

    In-Game UI

    • Banners
      • Banners that are placed after completing an objective, capturing Mercenaries, etc., will now display the name of the player who owns that Banner.
    • Healing Indicators
      • Increased and Decreased Healing indicators have been added and will now appear next to Heroes’ healthbars when they are affected by healing modifier effects, such as Ana’s Biotic Grenade.
    • Minimap
      • Hero icons on the Minimap now indicate which direction that Hero is facing.

    Daily Quests

    • A new “Play 2 Games as an Overwatch Hero” Daily Quest has been added.

    Social

    • Players under level 5 can no longer whisper non-friends using chat channel player lists.
    • However, players under level 5 who receive a whisper from a non-friend can whisper that player back.

    Collection

    • It should now be easier to differentiate between Owned and Unowned Items in your Collection.
      • Additionally, item prices are now always displayed on unowned items.
    • Item backgrounds and borders have received visual improvements and rarity coloring to help players more easily distinguish between items of different rarities.

    Heroes

    Assassin

    Chromie

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    Abilities

    • Time Trap (E)
      • Now has a unique minimap icon.

    Falstad

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    Miscellaneous

    • Flight (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities, including self-cancelling.
    • Flight (Z) now has an allied chat announcement upon activation. 

    Nova

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    Abilities

    • Holo Decoy (E)
      • Sight range increased from 6 to 12 (now matches Heroes)

    Talents

    • Level 4
      • Remote Delivery (E)
        • Removed
      • Holo Stability (E)
        • New functionality:
          • Increases the cast range, sight range, and duration of Holo Decoy by 100%
    • Level 7
      • Anti-Armor Shells (Passive)
        • Added functionality:
          • Basic Attacks also decrease the physical Armor of your target by 10 for 3 seconds
    • Level 13
      • Psionic Efficiency (Q)
        • Range increase from 10 to 15%
    Developer Comment:  We made a few changes to our resident Ghost - mostly targeted at fixing some under-performing talents. Alongside that, we figured that we may as well point Anti-Armor Shells, you know, into a direction more befitting its name.

    Specialist

    Abathur

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    Miscellaneous

    • Deep Tunnel (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities, including self-cancelling.
    • Deep Tunnel (Z) now has an allied chat announcement upon activation. 

    Support

    Brightwing

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    Miscellaneous

    • Phase Shift (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities.
    • Phase Shift (Z) now has an allied chat announcement upon activation. 

    Kharazim

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    Abilities

    • Breath of Heaven (W)
      • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
      • Mana cost increased from 60 to 65

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Transcendence (Passive)
        • Healing increased from 73 to 96 per 3 Basic Attacks
      • Insight (Passive)
        • Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds per 3 Basic Attacks
    • Level 16
      • Dash of Light (Q + W)
        • Increased bonus healing from 50% to 75% for dashing to an ally
    Developer Comment:  These changes are designed to increase the power of Insight and Transcendence by shifting more of Kharazim's healing power pie into them. We want to encourage the same active gameplay that Iron Fist Kharazim's have, but increasing healing and utility instead of damage when the other Talents are chosen.

    Rehgar

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    Abilities 

    • Chain Heal (Q)
      • Cast range reduced from 8 to 6
      • Bounce range reduced from 8 to 7
      • Primary target healing reduced from 334 to 250
      • Secondary bounce healing increased from 167 to 250
    Developer Comment:  We'd like to make positioning for Rehgar's Chain Heal matter more, so that we reward players and teams that can get the most of it. To do this we're reducing the range and radius of the heal, while also making the jumps a greater portion his overall healing.

    Warrior

    Dehaka

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    Miscellaneous

    • Brushstalker (Z) will now go on a 10 second cooldown when interrupted by enemy or allied abilities.

    Johanna

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    Abilities

    • Falling Sword (R)
      • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 90
      • Damage reduced from 365 to 183
      • Added functionality:
        • Now applies a 50% slow for 2.5 seconds after enemies are knocked into the air.

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Laws of Hope (Active)
        • Moved from Level 4
          • Health Regeneration reduced from 10 > 1.5
          • Heal increased from 20% > 30% Maximum Health
          • Cooldown reduced from 60 > 40 seconds
      • Regeneration Master (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Righteous Smash (Q)
        • Removed
      • Hold Your Ground (D)
        • Moved from Level 13
        • No longer requires Iron Skin’s shield to be broken for the 4-second cooldown reduction
    • Level 4
      • Conviction (W)
        • Moved from Level 7
      • Sins Exposed (E)
        • Moved from Level 7
        • Damage increased from 68 > 90
      • Eternal Retaliation (W)
        • Cooldown reduction decreased from .75 seconds to .5 seconds 
    • Level 7
      • The Crusade Marches On (D)
        • Removed
      • (New Talent) Zealous Glare (E)
        • Increases the Blind duration of Shield Glare by .5 seconds. Your auto-attacks against Blinded heroes increases their Blind duration by 1 second, up to a maximum of 3 seconds 
      • Subdue (Q)
        • Moved from Level 13
          • New functionality:
            • Hitting 2 enemy Heroes with Punish causes the slow to be increased to 80% and no longer decay.
            • !Quest: Hit 4 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Punish. !Reward: Punish now always slows enemies by 80% and no longer decays.
    • Level 13
      • Roar (Q)
        • Moved from Level 4
        • Damage bonus reduced from 50% > 25%
        • Additional Functionality:
          • Punish deals 125% increased damage if it hits 2 or more enemy Heroes
      • Burning Rage (Passive)
        • Removed
      • Blessed Hammer (Active)
        • Moved from Level 16
          • New Functionality: Activate to create 2 hammers that spiral around Johanna. Hitting enemy Heroes with Shield Glare reduces the cooldown of this ability by 8 seconds. 30-second cooldown
          • Damage increased from 41 to 80
      • (New Talent) Holy Fury (W)
        • Deal damage to enemies around you. Each enemy Hero hit by Condemn increases the damage by 40% for 5 seconds
    • Level 16
      • Fanaticism (D)
        • Additional Functionality: Now also increases the duration of Iron Skin by 2 seconds
    • Level 20
      • Heaven’s Fury (R)
        • Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 3 seconds
      • Indestructible (Passive)
        • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds
      • Storm Shield (Active)
        • Removed
      • (New Talent) Blinded by the Light (Active)
        • Activate to grant nearby allies a shield equal to 25% of their maximum Health for 3 seconds. Hitting enemy Heroes with Shield Glare reduces this cooldown by 8 seconds. 60-second cooldown
    Developer Comment:  To her credit, Johanna has not needed many changes since she was first released into the Nexus. Her talent pick and win rates have been fair compared to most heroes, and she has almost always had a place in the meta. While she is not in dire need of changes, we saw an opportunity to spruce up her talent tree and give her some more interesting options to choose from on various tiers.

    Collection

    Collection Adjustments

    • Loot Chests
      • Loot Chests purchased via the Loot tab will now only grant Rare Loot Chests, rather than Normal Loot Chests.
        • Please note: This only applies to Loot Chests purchased after this patch is applied to the live version of the game in each region. Normal Loot Chests the player already owns will not convert to Rare Loot Chests.
    • Rewards
      • The Celestial Steed Mount has been removed and replaced by the Celestial Raptor as a reward for purchasing Gems.
      • The 1,000 Gem reward for reaching level 5 has been removed.
        • Please note: Veteran players who have not logged in following the release of Heroes 2.0 earlier this year will no longer be able to claim this reward once this patch is applied to the live version of the game in each region.
    • Bundles
      • The Welcome Bundle has been removed from the Collection.

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

    • Ana Heroic Bundle
    • Shrike Skin Pack
    • Armed and Ready Bundle
    • Play of the Game Bundle

    New Skins

    • Ana
      • Midnight Ana
      • Burnished Ana
      • Sunset Ana
      • Twilight Ana
      • Medic Ana
      • Shrike
        • Agent Shrike
        • Aquamarine Shrike
        • Rescue Shrike
        • Stealth Shrike
    • Varian
      • Commandant Varian
      • Grand Commandant Varian
      • Recon Commandant Varian
      • Stealth Commandant Varian
      • Tundra Commandant Varian
    • Anub’arak
      • Deatholme Underking Anub’arak
    • Auriel
      • Kuroi Sakura Auriel
      • Sora Sakura Auriel
    • Azmodan
      • Lucky Azmodunk
    • Cassia
      • Aranoch Warmatron Cassia
      • Askari Warmatron Cassia
    • Dehaka
      • D.Haka
    • D.Va
      • Camo D.Va
      • Global Pro D.Va
      • Perfect Pro D.Va
      • X-Treme D.Va
    • Lúcio
      • Prime Ribbit Lúcio
      • Rosa Ribbit Lúcio
    • Nova
      • Moonlight Widowmaker Nova
    • Tracer
      • Hot Rod Turbo Tracer
    • Valeera
      • Emerald Bloodfang Valeera
      • Moonstone Bloodfang Valeera
    • Zarya
      • Golden Cyberdemon Zarya
      • Restored Cyberdemon Zarya

    Mounts

    • Illidan’s Nightmare
      • Wretched Illidan’s Nightmare
      • Crimson Illidan’s Nightmare
    • Invisible Horse
    • Celestial Raptor – As mentioned above, this Mount is awarded upon purchasing Gems.

    Bug Fixes

    General

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

    Art

    • Zeratul: Zeratul’s mask will no longer stretch and bend oddly during Hero Select or in the Collection on low graphic settings.

    Battlegrounds

    • Blackheart’s Bay: Fixed an issue that could allow Medivh and Falstad to enter and stand in certain areas inside the enemy Hall of Storms.
    • Haunted Mines: The right-side team’s top Keep can no longer hit enemy Heroes who path into the Gate.
    • Try Mode: The You Want Axe? Talent will now correctly grant bonus Basic Attack range after using the Complete Quest button.
    • Try Mode: Garrosh will no longer continue to benefit from the Warbreaker Talent after clicking Reset Talents.
    • Try Mode: Toggling off Minion spawns will no longer cause AI Heroes to wait at their Fort Gates indefinitely.

    Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

    • Alarak: Rite of Rak’shir will no longer be placed on a dead target if it was cast just as that target took fatal damage.
    • Auriel: Fixed an issue causing the Energized Cord talent to grant slightly too much Hope with Auriel's Basic Attacks.
    • Diablo: Fixed an issue that could prevent Diablo from traveling with his Shadow Charge target if another Hero stood between Diablo and his target.
    • D.Va: Using Boosters to smash destructible barrels on Blackheart’s Bay will no longer place the Ability on full cooldown.
    • D.Va: Fixed an issue that could cause D.Va to inconsistently activate Healing Wells while using Boosters.
    • D.Va: Dying while casting Call Mech will no longer create an untargetable Mech that persists until D.Va respawns.
    • D.Va: Mech deaths that occur while no enemy Heroes are nearby will now correctly grant XP and update D.Va’s death count on the in-game score screen.
    • D.Va: A Nuke’s area of effect indicator will no longer disappear if D.Va finishes channeling Nuke in the same moment that her Mech is destroyed.
    • Garrosh: Wrecking Ball will no longer end Rehgar’s Ghost Wolf.
    • Garrosh: Using Body Check with the Brute Force Talent on a Boss no longer causes the Healing debuff icon to appear next its Health bar.
    • Garrosh: Bloodthirst will no longer cause Garrosh to automatically retarget his Basic Attacks to the closest enemy.
    • Garrosh: Into the Fray will no longer place targeting indicators on attacking Hydralisks on Braxis Holdout.
    • Genji: Fixed an issue that could prevent Fort attacks from Slowing Genji if he has Dodge charges remaining, and there is another Genji on the opposing team.
    • Genji: Fixed an issue that could cause Dodge to behave inconsistently against Sylvanas’ and Lunara’s Basic Attacks.
    • Genji: Dragon Blade will no longer benefit from cooldown reduction abilities such as Innervate and Nano-boost.
    • Illidan: Abilities that can interrupt Dive, like Li-Ming’s Wave of Force, will no longer cause Illidan to become briefly unresponsive.
    • Jaina: Fixed an issue that prevented Jaina from casting Water Elemental if unpathable terrain existed between Jaina and the desired casting location.
    • Jaina: Fixed a typo in the Icy Veins tooltip which incorrectly stated that the Talent provided a 300% cooldown recharge rate , rather than 200%. This only affected the tooltip, and the Talent's functionality has not changed.
    • Johanna: Abilities that block pathing, such as Sonya’s Arreat Crater and Tassadar’s Force Wall, will no longer block Johanna’s movement during Falling Sword.
    • Leoric: Fixed an issue that could prevent the Mithril Mace Talent from granting bonus Attack Speed for Minion and Hero kills.
    • Leoric: Percentage damage dealt by the Spectral Leech Talent will now properly count as Ability damage rather than Basic Attack damage.
    • Probius: Floating Combat Text will now indicate the amount of Shields granted to Probius by a Pylon after learning Shield Battery, rather than displaying zero for each tick.
    • Stukov: Abilities that move Heroes, like Alarak’s Telekinesis and Stiches’ Hook, no longer remove Weighted Pustule from the affected Hero.
    • Sylvanas: Withering Fire can no longer target destructible barrels on Blackheart’s Bay.
    • The Lost Vikings: Can no longer clip into Gates on Braxis Holdout during the pre-game countdown.
    • The Lost Vikings: Casting Longboat Raid immediately after one of the Vikings is killed will no longer prevent the player from using Mortar during the Heroic Ability’s duration.
    • Tychus: The That’s the Stuff! Talent’s Heal indicator will no longer disappear if Tychus stops attacking before Minigun expires.
    • Tyrande: Sentinel can no longer leave the starting zone during the pre-game countdown.
    • Valla: Enemy Heroes who were broken out of Stealth by Hungering Arrow can now correctly be hit by subsequent Hungering Arrow strikes.
    • Valla: Caltrops dropped by the Vault Talent will no longer display Health bars, and are no longer selectable.
    • Zagara: Creep Tumors no longer exhibit a short delay before granting vision of the area affected by Creep.

    Sound 

    • Li-Ming: Templar Li-Ming will now correctly play death sounds when killed.
    • Valeera: Enemy Heroes will no longer hear when Valeera primes her activated Talents, like Crippling Poison, when she is Stealthed.

    User Interface

    • Hotkeys: The Dragon Knight and Garden Terror will now correctly follow Force Move commands.

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    Honestly can't believe the support camp bribe even made it to the PTR let alone almost live. At least they managed to FINALLY learn and fix it.

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    I really wonder what will be changed in Hanamura. I mean, they could have just kept it as it is, considering the supp camp bribe change.

    Or slightly increase the bribe amount required. I personally don't think it was necessary to remove the map entirely 

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    1 hour ago, Stan said:

    Mercenary item drops no longer require a short channel time to be picked up.

    Thank you, Blizzard. I always hated that. It annoys me how they love adding channelling things lately. I wish they did that to Diablo III, because it has a lot of that crap instead of instant casts. You have to channel Town Portal, channel Identify.

     

    1 hour ago, Stan said:

    Banners that are placed after completing an objective, capturing Mercenaries, etc., will now display the name of the player who owns that Banner.

    Another quality of life. I like this. Good to rub some ego, haha.

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    18 hours ago, Stan said:

     

    AI

    General

    • AI Heroes will now perform more dynamic strategies.
    • Many Heroes have received tactical AI improvements, including:
      • The Lost Vikings

    This'll be fun. 

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    16 hours ago, Valhalen said:

    Thank you, Blizzard. I always hated that. It annoys me how they love adding channelling things lately. I wish they did that to Diablo III, because it has a lot of that crap instead of instant casts. You have to channel Town Portal, channel Identify.

    Hopefully they'll fix the AP channeling in WoW too - why do I need to channel like 30% of my AP tokens, 50% are instant and the other 20% have a slightly shorter channel time. Like what?

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    3 hours ago, Blainie said:

    Hopefully they'll fix the AP channeling in WoW too - why do I need to channel like 30% of my AP tokens, 50% are instant and the other 20% have a slightly shorter channel time. Like what?

    I think Blizzard likes to make us waste time to feel like we're accomplishing something.

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    22 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

    I think Blizzard likes to make us waste time to feel like we're accomplishing something.

    First thing you learn in any game design course - how to waste time :D

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    Am I the only one who doesn't like the new map to be in ranked draft right from the get go?

    I mean, there are stil people who drop the "W" on Garden Terror and go to other lanes, cause they think it will damage buildings or people not knowing how to split on certain maps. Yet they give us a completely new map with new mechanics and a completely new vehicle and expect the players to be able to play that on a "competitive" level. 

    Other than that, I am looking forward to playing Ana, she looks like a lot of fun!

     

    Edit

    Also: What's with the names on the banners? Just another thing for those last hitters to pet themselves over... really liked it about the "old" hots, that it was more about the team than about the individual and you didn't get flamed over not having kills, but only assists with your hero. 

    I sure get that people want to feel more impactful. But just as the MVP award wich basically shows who didn't die, the last hit on objectives won't tell you the truth either...

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    7 hours ago, ecO1 said:

    Am I the only one who doesn't like the new map to be in ranked draft right from the get go?

    I mean, there are stil people who drop the "W" on Garden Terror and go to other lanes, cause they think it will damage buildings or people not knowing how to split on certain maps. Yet they give us a completely new map with new mechanics and a completely new vehicle and expect the players to be able to play that on a "competitive" level. 

    Other than that, I am looking forward to playing Ana, she looks like a lot of fun!

    I think there should be a "introduction" period where both the new hero and map are blocked in ranked, just like they are in Overwatch. The issue is, if you only play ranked, you won't touch the new map anyway, because you'll just play it for the first time in a week in ranked. 

    There isn't really a "warm-up" that players do before going into ranked in HoTS.

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    Just now, Blainie said:

    I think there should be a "introduction" period where both the new hero and map are blocked in ranked, just like they are in Overwatch.

    My thought exactly!  

    Just now, Blainie said:

    The issue is, if you only play ranked, you won't touch the new map anyway, because you'll just play it for the first time in a week in ranked. 

    Sure you can't reach everyone. But atm only players who played on the PTR have experience with the map. I didn't play there so far and when I got into the protector I only spammed the abilities without ever knowing what I did.

    I just don't see a reason not to play ranked until I figure it out. Even if I play some qm or unranked, chances that Volskaya will be the map and I will be able to pilot are pretty slim. 

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    5 hours ago, ecO1 said:

    My thought exactly!  

    Sure you can't reach everyone. But atm only players who played on the PTR have experience with the map. I didn't play there so far and when I got into the protector I only spammed the abilities without ever knowing what I did.

    I just don't see a reason not to play ranked until I figure it out. Even if I play some qm or unranked, chances that Volskaya will be the map and I will be able to pilot are pretty slim. 

    Yeah, you'd certainly reach more people. AFAIK, every time a new map has hit Overwatch, there's been a brawl that only queues onto the map. Maybe something similar would be a good idea.

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        Heroes Rework: D.Va
        Base
        Mech Mode Health increased from 2150 to 2250. Health Regeneration increased from 4.48 to 4.69. Base damage reduced from 26 to 23. Added functionality: Enemies close to D.Va’s Mech take 50% bonus damage. Pilot Mode - Big Shot Ability now available baseline. Cooldown increased from 4 to 6 seconds. Call Mech cooldown reduction reduced from 8 to 5 seconds. Damage reduced from 200 to 150. Added Functionality: Enemy Heroes hit are slowed by 25% for 1.5 seconds. Mechanized Walker [Z] New Functionality: D.Va’s Mech can move while attacking. While attacking or channeling an ability, the Mech’s speed is quickly reduced by 25%. Boosters [Q] Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds. Duration decreased from 2 to 1.75 seconds. Speed bonus decreased from 125% to 115%. Area reduced from 1.5 to 1.375. Defense Matrix [W] Damage reduction reduced from 75% to 50%. Added Functionality: Can now be retargeted while active. Self-Destruct/Call Mech [E] Charge earned per 100% maximum life damage taken reduced from 33% to 25%. Maximum damage reduced from 1,200 to 1,100. Talents
        Level 1 Rush-Down [Q] Moved to level 4. New Functionality: Boosters steals 4% of maximum health from enemy Heroes and deals 100% increased damage to non-heroic enemies. Hit the Nitrous [Q] Moved to level 7. New Functionality: The initial speed bonus of Boosters is increased to 300%, decaying to normal speed over .5 seconds. During this time, Boosters stuns for .5 seconds. Crash Course [Q] Removed. Pro Moves [Trait] New Functionality: Each time D.Va’s Mech takes damage, its movement speed is increased by 2% and gains 2 Armor, stacking up to 10 times. A stack of this effect decays every .5 seconds. Basic Attacks in Pilot Mode against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Call Mech by 1 additional second. (New) Liquid Cooling [Active] When used in Mech Mode, the cooldown of Healing Fountain is decreased to 50 seconds and it lasts 25% longer. Activate to gain Healing Fountains effects and incur the reduced cooldown. 50 second cooldown. Level 4 Diverting Power [W] Moved to level 16. New Functionality: Drastically increases Defense Matrix’s area and each time it reduces damage D.Va’s mech is healed for 35. Fusion Generator [W] Moved to level 7. Maximum Self-Destruct charge gained per cast increased from 15 to 20. Added Functionality: While at full Self-Destruct charge, Fusion Cannons’ bonus damage is increased to 75%. Bring It On [E] Removed. Level 7 Coming Through [Q] Removed. (New) Get On The Point! [Q] Casting Boosters grants nearby allies 20% movement speed for 2 seconds. After being out of combat for 3 seconds, Boosters’ cooldown refreshes 100% faster. Aggression Matrix [W] Moved to level 4. New Functionality: Basic Attacks against Heroes reduces the cooldown of Defense Matrix by .125 seconds. Enemy Heroes in your Defense Matrix receive 30% less healing. Dazer Zone [W] Removed. Nuclear Option [E] Moved to level 4. New Functionality: [Passive] Each time Fusion Cannons deals bonus damage to a Hero, gain .25 Self-Destruct Charge. Hitting your self-destructing Mech with Big Shot causes it to self-destruct 40% faster. Level 10 Bunny Hop [R1] Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds. Damage reduced from 60 to 52. Radius reduced from 5 to 4.5. New Functionality: Every 4th consecutive hit deals 100% increased damage and stuns for .5 seconds. (New) Micro Missiles [R2] After .375 seconds fire a stream of 12 missiles in a target direction. Upon impact, each missile deals a small amount of damage and slows in an area. Missiles deal 35 Damage and apply a 35% slow for 2 seconds. 12 range. Holds 2 Charges. 20 second charge cooldown with a 5 second cooldown between charge uses. Level 13 Ablative Armor [Passive] Moved to level 20. New Functionality: 45% of Ability damage taken by D.Va’s Mech is returned as Health over 4 seconds. Emergency Shielding [Trait] Moved to level 16. Cooldown increased from 15 to 30 seconds. Shield increased from 210 to 280. Duration reduced from 6 to 4 seconds. Expensive Plating [Passive] Moved to level 1. Renamed to “Full Metal”. No longer increases the cooldown for Call Mech. Bonus Mech Health reduced from 20% to 10%. Added Functionality: Fusion Cannon bonus damage heals for 20% of the damage dealt. (New) Target Locked [W] Enemy heroes that remain in Defense Matrix for 1.5 seconds have their armor reduced by 15 and are slowed by 25% for 3 seconds. (New) Good To Go [Pilot Active] Unlock the Torpedo Dash and Concussive Pulse abilities while in Pilot Mode. Torpedo Dash [Pilot Mode Q] Travel distance decreased from 6.75 to 4.5. Travel speed reduced from 17.5 to 14. Now has a .75 second coolup when exiting Mech Mode. Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds. Concussive Pulse [Active] Cooldown increased from 7 to 10 seconds. Damage reduced from 141 to 120. Knockback distance reduced by 40%. Level 16 GG, WP [Trait] Removed. Nanoweave Suit [Trait] Removed. Suppressing Fire [Trait] Removed. (New) In For The Kill [Q] Casting Boosters grants a shield equal to 10% maximum health for 2.5 seconds. Each enemy Hero hit by Boosters increases your Basic Attack damage by 10% for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Level 20 Stop And Pop [R1] New functionality: While D.Va is stationary, Bunny Hop’s duration is paused. Pew! Pew! Pew! [R2] Moved to Level 13. Damage per shot increased from 50% to 75%. MEKA Fall [Trait] Removed. (New) Timing Attack [R2] Micro Missiles gains an additional charge. Each time Micro Missiles deals damage to a Hero, reduce its cooldown by .5 seconds and its charge cooldown by .25 seconds. (New) Headshot! [R2] Big Shot’s damage is increased by 75% and its cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds. Return to Top
        Heroes Rework: Gazlowe
        Base
        Vitals Uses Scrap instead of Mana, max of 10 Scrap. Base Health increased from 1826 to 2275. Health regen increased from 3.8046 to 4.74. Basic Attack Damage from 95 to 100. Trait Renamed to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. New Functionality: Regenerate 1 Scrap every 4 seconds. Destroyed Rock-It! Turrets drop 1 Scrap, pick up dropped Scrap to regain it. Activate to destroy a target Rock-It! Turret. Scrap Scrap pick up range increased from 1.25 to 1.5. Spawn pick up delay reduced from 0.45 to 0.0 seconds. Rock-It! Turrets [Q] Costs 4 Scrap. Base damage decreased from 62 to 36. Base Health reduced from 593 to 510. Health scaling increased from 4% to 5%. Duration decreased from 30 to 15 seconds. GCD decreased from 2 to 0.5 seconds. Placement range increased from 2 to 3. Adjusted weapon range icons to be less noisy. Prioritizes nearest enemy Hero when first created. Deth Lazor [W] No longer has a cost. Cooldown decreased from 12 to 8 seconds. Damage increased from 137 to 174. Range increase from 6 to 10. Width increased from 2 to 2.5. Adjusted Functionality: After 0.65 seconds, deal 208 damage to enemies in a line. Heal 25% of damage dealt, this effect is increased to 75% against Heroes. Xplodium Charge [E] No longer has a cost. Cooldown decreased from 20 to 12 seconds. Damage reduced from 233 to 155. Missile travel speed increased substantially. Search area reduced from 3 to 2.85. Range decreased from 9.5 to 7. Explosion delay decreased from 2.5 to 1.25 seconds. Stun duration decreased from 1.75 to 1 second. Talents
        Level 1 Extra TNT [E] Removed. Scrap-o-matic Smelter [Trait] Removed. Break it down [Trait] Removed. Goblin Repairs [Passive] Removed. (New) Rocket Boots [E] Increase the cast range of Xplodium Charge by 30% and its damage by 20%. Hitting a Hero increases movement speed by 20% for 3 seconds. (New) One Man Wrecking Crew [Passive] Casting Basic Abilities cause Gazlowe’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 45% more damage. Stores up to 2 charges. (New) Big Game Hunter [Passive] Dealing damage with Basic Attacks to Heroes, Mercs or Monsters reduces the cooldown of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by 2 seconds. Increase maximum Scrap by 2. Level 4 Clockwerk Steam Fists [Q] Removed. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [Trait] Removed. Hired Goons [Passive] Removed. (New) Rock It Sock It [Q] Placing a Rock-It! Turret grants Gazlowe a 215 point Shield for 2.5 seconds. Hyperfocus Coils [W/E] Moved from level 7. Adjusted Functionality: Heroes hit by Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge take an additional 2% of their maximum Health in damage. Gazlowe is healed for 150% the amount. Crit kicker added. EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper [Active] Moved from level 13. New Functionality: Cooldown: 40 seconds. Activate to gain 35 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 35%, and reduce damage dealt of all nearby Heroes and Summons by 50% for 3 seconds. Level 7 Rock-It! Turret XL [Q] Removed. Engine Gunk [Q] Removed. Goblin Fusion Moved from level 13. Adjusted Functionality: Generate 3 Scrap for each Hero hit by Deth Lazor. (New) Overload [W] Deth Lazor can now store up to 2 charges. Each enemy Hero hit by Deth Lazor reduces the cooldown of Deth Lazor by 0.5 seconds. (New) Master Blaster [E] Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge Slow by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Rock-It! Turret Basic Attacks extend the duration by 0.25 seconds. Level 10 Robo-Goblin [R1] New Functionality: Activate to become Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds. Passive: Basic Attacks deal 80 bonus damage over 5 seconds, stacks up to 3 times. Grav-O-Bomb 3000 [R2] Cooldown decreased from 90 to 60 seconds. Damage reduced from 251 to 220. Added Functionality: Basic Abilities deal 30% more damage for 5 seconds after casting Grav-O-Bomb 3000. Level 13 X-Tra Large Bombs [E] Removed. (New) Positive Reinforcement [Q] Primary Turret attacks against Heroes increase Gazlowe’s Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. (New) Superior Schematics [Q] Moved from level 16. Adjusted Functionality: Rock-It! Turrets attack up to 2 additional target for 75% damage and have 50% increased range. (New) Overcharged Capacitors [Q] Gazlowe gains 5% Spell Power for each active turret, up to a maximum of 15%. Dealing Basic Attack damage extends the duration of Rock-It! Turrets by 1.5 seconds. Level 16 Turret Storage [Q] Removed. Kwik Release Charge [E] Removed. Firin’ Mah Lazorz [W] Moved from level 20. Damage increased from 102 to 125. Ark Reaktor [E] Moved from level 4. Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Xplodium Charge by 3 seconds. Using Xplodium Charge creates 3 Rock-It! Turrets that last for 3 seconds. These Turrets do not drop Scrap or benefit from other Talents. (New) Overklock [Passive] Hitting enemy Heroes grants 15% bonus Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Attacks causes them to take an additional 2.5% of their maximum Health in damage. Level 20 Mecha-Lord [R1] Adjusted Functionality: Basic Attacks increase Gazlowe’s Armor by 10 for 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 30. Basic Attacks deal 50% more damage to Stunned or Slowed targets. Miniature Black Hole [R2] Added Functionality: Each enemy Hero hit reduces the cooldown of Grav-O-Bomb by 12 seconds. It’s Raining Scrap [Q] Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the Scrap cost of Rock-It! Turrets by 1. Regain 2 Scrap for each Scrap pickup. (New) Bomb Toss [E] Xplodium Charge launches 2 more bombs when it detonates. Return to Top
        Heroes
        Alarak
        Base
        Health increased from 1900 to 1950. Health Regeneration increased from 3.96 to 4.06. Talents
        Level 4 Negatively Charged [E] Initial damage bonus increased from 150% to 175%. Cassia
        Talents
        Level 7 Surge of Light [Active] Damage reduced from 250 to 240. Damage taken amount required to activate increased from 500 to 650. Chromie
        Talents
        Level 1 Deep Breathing [W] Damage bonus reduced from 1.5% to 1% per stack. Cooldown reduction upon quest completion reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds. Mana cost upon quest completion changed from 30 to 40. Level 5 Mobius Loop [W] Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 30%. Slow duration reduced from 1 second to .75 seconds. Deckard
        Talents
        Level 4 Ruby [Active] Cooldown increased from 10 to 20 seconds. E.T.C.
        Talents
        Level 13 Encore [W] Heroic cooldown reduction reduced from 8% to 6%. Imperius
        Talents
        Level 7 Flash of Anger [Q] Damage reduced from 180 to 165. Shield amount reduced from 300 to 275. Orphea
        Talents
        Level 1 Ancestral Strength [Trait] Bonus damage reduced from 20% to 15%. Level 7 Mind Devourer [E] Damage per enemy Hero hit increased from 4 to 5. Maximum bonus damage reduced from 160 to 150. Heroes hit required for quest completion reduced from 40 to 30. Level 13 Abyssal Symbiosis [W] Shield amount reduced from 180 to 170. Level 16 Dead Magic [Trait] Damage reduced from 95 to 90. Stitches
        Base
        Slam [W] Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries increased from 50% to 60%. Tassadar
        Talents
        Level 1 Static Charge [Q] Maximum damage bonus reduced from 250 to 200. Level 10 Archon [R1] Shield amount reduced from 30% to 25% maximum Health. Basic Attack damage reduced from 150 to 140. Basic Attack splash damage reduced from 75 to 70. Yrel
        Talents
        Level 1 Dauntless [Passive] Physical Armor amount reduced from 40 to 35. Return to Top
        Bug Fixes
        Fixed an issue where Mercenaries would not be Stunned by Haunting Wave when the Mercenary Queen and Festering Wounds talents were taken. Fixed an issue where Executor's Will did not have a buff bar. Fixed an issue where Trauma Trigger did not have a button. Toy Train Mount - Metamorphosis Illidan, Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, Odin Tychus, and Archon Tassadar can no longer mount as a caboose on the Toy Train. Return to Top
        D.Va and Gazlowe have been reworked in the latest Heroes of the Storm content update.
      • By Stan
        Blizzard has posted the second teaser on Twitter today. This time, it's a Draenei-themed Protoss spaceship.

        Teaser 1 was posted yesterday, and we saw the fusion of Icecrown and Kerrigan's Leviathan, so the event probably has something to do with both the Starcraft and Warcraft universe. Tomorrow is the big day when everything will be revealed and pushed to the PTR, so stay tuned for more details. Here is the first teaser if you haven't seen it yet.

        TL;DR:
        Teaser 1: Scourge (Warcraft) / Zerg (Starcraft) Teaser 2: Draenei (Warcraft) / Protoss (Starcraft) Teaser 3 + Reveal Coming Tomorrow
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