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Ana Patch Notes: Sep 26

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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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        Alright I got several question so lets start with the big one, which I have been curious about for quite a while
        Why was Nova's original taunt animation changed to the current one?
        I believe you changed it after the game went "live", Im just curious as to why because its not like there has been a lot of animation changes, at least not after heroes are open to the public.
        Thank you for doing and for probably being the best art direction in all of Blizzard right now, you guys rock!
        First of all, thank you so much for the kind words!
        Nova's original taunt fluctuated a bit too far out of character for her. So the dev team decided to change it to something that actually fit her personality!
        Taunts are a funny thing to animate because it's hard not to let our own personal attitudes seep into the characters. The way that I would taunt someone is dramatically different than the way Yrel would taunt someone, or Dehaka, or Artanis... In this case, I think Nova's old taunt dipped a little too far into the voice of the dev vs. the voice of the character.
        What was the biggest animation error or glitch that has occurred during the entirety of HoTS? I wanna see how screwed up this can get.
        Hi NumberOneBepsi! I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're after, but when animating Nazeebo's Gargantuan there was a bug in the game during development where a Minion would randomly attach to his hand. It was incredibly funny and the Designer agreed to make it a part of his kit. We created some animations to have him actually pickup the minions and then attack with the minion still in his hand. I think a lot of people don't realize this happens. ?
        I've always been curious as to the process of getting a design from initial concept art to in-game, would you be able to give a general sketch (lul) of the steps leading to your art appearing before us in game?
        I've always been a huge fan of how Blizzard games look and feel and HOTS is no different! You guys are awesome thanks for the passion you put into this game
        It's truly a collaborative effort! Generally it looks like this.
        Design comes up with a 'paper design' -- an idea of what the hero's abilities will look like and we can already start feedback before they begin implementing the hero into the engine.
        In tandem, Concept art starts concepting how we want the hero to look.
        The designer, once approved on paper, starts creating the asset in-game using temporary assets for testing.
        The art team then goes on to create the model, textures, and tech artists make the rig -- and if possible, we support the designer by prototyping assets they may need. (i.e. Chromie's Q was so distinct, we had to do a custom animation with temp geo for the designers to work with) Writing also starts putting together the script and recording VO!
        Once the design is somewhat locked in -- final Animation and FX begin, and then we hand off into our incredible sound, and video teams.
        We consistently meet as a team the whole way through to make sure we're all on board with the direction, and eventually it makes it's way to you!
        If you want a more in-depth view into the process, I'd advise scoping out the 'Ressurrecting Kel'thuzad' video series we created. ?
        Oh, oh hello, When you animate a hero how do you know what movements do? do you sketch them first or have some one to act them for reference?
        hehe, thanks for doing this AMA, Im in my last year of animation school and Blizzard was always a big part of why I decide to study this, I love all the Blizz work but here in Heroes I think is were the artist put more heart in their work.
        It varies animator to animator.
        Depending on the character, sometimes I can just feel it, but I do a lot of sketching, and a lot of video-recording! Sketching, often,for when the action is physically impossible. Video reference, when I'm looking for smaller moments -- how did I shift my weight just then? What is the way I'd look around in this instance. What are some unique ticks I could put into an idle animation? etc.
        You can see me working out Yrel's bubblehearth here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkEOmH7A7m-/?taken-by=lifeatblizzard
        And Enforcer Johanna's ready up here: https://twitter.com/Latienie/status/968674147889905664
        Most importantly I'd suggest talking to your peers! To this day I have a post-it on my monitor that says 'Feedback Early and Feedback Often'. Game development is collaborative, and learning how to give and receive feedback, and communicate effectively goes a long way!
        What are your preferred art programs (Maya, Cinema4D, Blender, Photoshop, etc.)? Any hidden gem programs you think more people should use?
        With 3D digital content creation programs, once you know one, it isn't too hard to learn another. A lot of the tech artists on our team had to learn one of these programs on the job. Just become familiar with one and you'll be fine! They each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
        Hi Devs! Altough i am aware most won't comment on this since it's the most asked question (i.e "is hero X coming") i must do my part and ask if Mei from Overwatch is in consideration to appear in the game since we already have Jaina that can function as a similar hero? Thanks for the hard-work and we'll see you in the Nexus!
        Nothing is off the table in the Nexus. ?
        Do you prefer capes or wings?
        Wings.
        Is there any chance we can see more concept art or in-progress work on the game? Not like future stuff, but I would love to get some insight into the process of making my favorite skins/characters/maps that are already in the game.
        I think that the @BlizzHeroes twitter account has been posting concept art fairly frequently -- that's a good place to start. Also: we hosted some art drops on Art Station you should check out -- like this one! https://magazine.artstation.com/2017/05/blizzard-entertainment-heroes-storm-art-blast/
        Sometimes various skin tints have many colors, sometimes they have a similar amount of colors as the base tint but are different, and sometimes they have much fewer colors or are all shades of the same color.
        What is the reasoning for this limited pallet with some skins in particular?
        Here is an example of the former (many colors)
        https://heroesofthestorm.gamepedia.com/File:Sonya_Death_Knight_Naxxramas.jpg
        and the latter (very limited color palette)https://heroesofthestorm.gamepedia.com/File:Sonya_Death_Knight_Blighted.jpg
        So color variations are meant to give the players an outlet to see their favorite heroes and skins in new and colorful ways, but occasionally, we have to take gameplay implications into account. Sometimes we have to consider content that's coming in the future -- like all of the marine suit based heroes, including Raynor, Tychus, Lt. Morales, Blaze -- and therefore limit the base version of a hero into a uniquely identifiable palette. Other times we have to take hero silhouettes into account (like Stitches and Butcher) and make sure their palettes don't overlap. In other instances, we have to take into account the FX built for that hero or skin as it affects people on the team beyond those who are modeling them.
        That said, we do appreciate the feedback on any and all color variants and we hope the community continues to let us know what they love and what they feel could use more love ?