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Junkrat Live Patch Notes: Oct 17

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Maintenance has concluded for all games and Junkrat is now live together with the Hallow's End event.

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

Blizzard has done some last-minute tweaking to Junkrat's abilities. Below are full patch notes. 

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General

New Special Event: Hallow's End 2017

  • Play 25 games during Hallow’s End in any mode except Custom Games, Training, or Heroes Brawl to earn spooky new items!
  • Here are some of the treats you’ll be able to unwrap by completing the three-part quest chain:
    • Part 1: Play 2 Games during Hallow’s End
      • Reward: Cartoon Headless Horseman Spray
    • Part 2: Play 8 Games during Hallow’s End
      • Reward: Hallow’s End Warcrest Banner
    • Part 3: Play 15 Games during Hallow’s End
      • Reward: Headless Horseman Portrait
  • Hallow's End Loot Chests
    • Once Hallow’s End begins after October 17, all Loot Chests you earn through progression (except Hero-Specific Chests), or purchase using Gems will be replaced with Hallow’s End Loot Chests. Weekly Brawl Rewards after October 20 will also award one Hallow’s End Chest.
    • Also starting with Hallow’s End, special event Loot Chests will now guarantee at least one of the limited-time items from that event—including portraits, sprays, skins, and mounts!
    • Until Hallow’s End concludes during the week of November 13, you’ll pick up one of these limited-time Loot Chests every time you level-up or earn a weekly Heroes Brawl reward. You can also head to the Loot tab in-game to purchase Rare Hallow’s End Chests directly using Gems. Additionally, please note that any Loot Chests you already own prior to the start of the event will not convert to Hallow’s End Chests.

Hotkeys

  • The hotkeys to switch between the Stats, Talents, and Death Recap tabs of the leader panel (currently F1, F2, and F3) can now be rebound in the Hotkeys menu.
  • These hotkeys now provide quick access to the respective tab of the leader panel when the hotkey is held down.

Windows XP/Vista Deprecation

  • In July, we announced our intention to end support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in Heroes of the Storm.  With this patch, Heroes of the Storm will no longer run on these two operating systems. Players who are affected by this change are encouraged to upgrade to a newer OS version.

New Hero: Junkrat

The destruction of the Australian omnium left the area an irradiated waste and survivors like Jamison Fawkes were greatly affected by radiation. Now as the explosive-obsessed criminal Junkrat, he is renowned for leaving havoc and bedlam in his wake.

Trait

  • Total Mayhem
    • Upon dying, drop 5 grenades that explode after 0.75 seconds, each dealing 250 damage to nearby enemies.

Basic Abilities

  • Frag Launcher (Q)
    • Launch a grenade that explodes at the end of its path or upon hitting an enemy, dealing 117 damage to nearby enemies. Grenades can ricochet off of terrain. Deals 50% less damage to Structures. Stores up to 4 charges. Frag Launcher's cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
  • Concussion Mine (W)
    • Place a mine on the ground. Junkrat's Trait can be activated to detonate the mine, dealing 180 damage to nearby enemies and knocking them back. Junkrat can also be affected by Concussion Mine, but takes no damage. Limit 1 active mine.
  • Steel Trap (E)
    • Place a trap on the ground that arms after 2 seconds. Deals 130 damage to the first enemy that walks over it and Roots them for 2 seconds.Limit 1 active trap.

Heroic Abilities

  • RIP-Tire (R)
    • Create a motorized bomb with 500 Health that lasts 15 seconds. While active, Junkrat is immobile but gains control of RIP-Tire's movement. RIP-Tire can be reactivated to detonate immediately, knocking nearby enemies back, and dealing 750 damage to enemies in the center of the blast, and 450 damage to enemies outside of the center.
  • Rocket Ride (R)
    • After 1.25 seconds, Junkrat launches into the air. While in the air, he can steer the landing location by moving. After 3.5 seconds, Junkrat lands, dealing 780 damage to nearby enemies and activating Total Mayhem. 5 seconds after landing, Junkrat reappears at the Altar and gains 150% additional Movement Speed until dismounted.

Battlegrounds

Ranked Battleground Rotation Update

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

User Interface

  • Seasonal Item indicators have been added to items in Loot Chests and the Collection
  • Volskaya Foundry now has a unique “Point Guard” award for time spend standing on the Control Point
  • The Event Log is now enabled in the Observer UI

Heroes

Assassin

Junkrat

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Abilities

  • Total Mayhem (Trait)
    • Deals 75% reduced damage to Structures
  • Rocket Ride (R)
    • Damage reduced from 780 to 750
  • RIP-Tire (R)
    • Outer damage increased from 450 to 475
    • Middle damage increased from 600 to 625
    • Inner damage increased from 750 to 775
    • Health increased from 500 to 530

Zul'jin

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Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 106 to 90

Abilities

  •  “You Want Axe?” Baseline Quest added
    • !Quest: Every 5 Basic Attacks against Heroes increases your Basic Attack damage by 1
    • !Reward: After landing 75 Basic Attacks on enemy Heroes, increase your Basic Attack range by 1.1
    • !Reward: After landing 150 Basic Attacks on enemy Heroes, your Twin Cleave will revolve twice
  • Grievous Throw (Q)
    • Duration decreased from 8 to 6 seconds
  • Twin Cleave (W)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 60
  • Regeneration (E)
    • Health restoration increased from 25 to 30% of maximum Health

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Boneslicer (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • Grievous Throw pierces all enemies and refunds 10 Mana per Hero hit. The effect is no longer is removed after 3 Basic Attacks.
    • You Want Axe? (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Headhunter (Active)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • New functionality:
        • !Quest: Kill all unique enemy Heroes. Each one increases your damage by 2%.
        • !Reward: Increase your Basic Attack range by 1.1.
    • Recklessness (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Gain 10% bonus attack damage while below 75% life.
        • Gain 20% Spell Power while below 50% life.
  • Level 4
    • Troll’s Blood (E)
      • New functionality:
        • Increases Regeneration healing by 25%. If the effect fully finishes, also gain 10% of your maximum Mana.
    • (New Talent) Amani Rage (Active)
      • Activate to instantly lose 50% of your current Health and regain it over 6 seconds. Gain 10 Armor while this heal is active.
    • Voodoo Shuffle (Active)
      • Moved from Level 13
        • New functionality:
          • Passively lower the cooldown and mana cost of Regeneration by 33%. Activate to remove to all slow and root effects.
  • Level 7
    • Vicious Assault (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • Grievous Throw’s bonus damage is increased by 30%.
    • Arcanite Axes (W)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Passively reduce the cooldown of Twin Cleave by 2 seconds.
        • !Quest: Hit enemy Heroes with Twin Cleave.
        • !Reward: Every enemy Hero hit increases the damage of Twin Cleave by .75. This talent has no cap.
    • Ferocity (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 16
  • Level 13
    • Eye of Zul’jin (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • Basic Attacks against enemies Heroes increase Zul’jin’s movement speed by 3% for 2 seconds, stacking up to 30%
    • Lacerate (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 16
    • Ensnare (Active)
      • Moved from Level 20
      • Now only hits enemy Heroes
      • Duration reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds
      • Cooldown increased from 45 to 60 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Swirling Death (W)
      • Removed
    • Let the Killing Begin (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 4
    • Wrong Place Wrong Time (W)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Heroes hit at the apex of your Twin Blades suffer an additional 150 damage and grant 5 stacks of You Want Axe.
    • (New talent) No Mercy (Q)
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes marked with Grievous Throw ignore Armor.
  • Level 20
    • Amani Resilience (R)
      • Added functionality:
        • Also increases the duration of Taz’Dingo by 1 second in addition to the current effects.
    • Buzzsaw (R)
      • Added functionality:
        • If Guillotine kills a Hero, instantly heal to full Health.
    • Forest Medicine (E)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • New functionality:
        • Regeneration no longer requires a channel and the heal cannot be interrupted.
Developer Comment:There are very few moments in the Nexus more intoxicating than beheading four enemy Heroes at once with Guillotine. Unfortunately, it was always a difficult choice to make when the time to pick Heroics came about. Taz'Dingo's synergy with his heavy attack-damage nature was very difficult to pass up. While we did not want to mess with a winning combination, we did want to augment his standard build and give the old troll some shiny new tools in which to help quickly dispatch his foes. His baseline quest is focused directly at what he does best and should help him feel progressively more potent as the match unravels. As with all of our reworks, we are extremely excited to hear what you think and greatly appreciate any feedback you have!
LEVEL (TIER) ZUL'JIN TALENTS
1 (1) Boneslicer (Q) Recklessness (Passive) (!) Headhunter (Passive)
4 (2) Troll's Blood (E) Voodoo Shuffle (Active) Amani Rage (active)
7 (3) Vicious Assault (Q) (!) Arcanite Axes (W) Ferocity (D)
10 (4) Taz'Dingo! Guillotine
13 (5) Lacerate (W) Eye of Zul'jin (Passive) Ensnare (Active)
16 (6) Wrong Place Wrong Time (W) No Mercy! (Passive) Let the Killing Begin (Passive)
20 (7) Amani Resilience (R) Buzzsaw (R) Forest Medicine (E)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

 

Warrior

Muradin

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Stats

  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 97 to 88

Abilities

  • “It’s Hammer Time!” Baseline Quest added
    • !Quest: Hit 25 enemy Heroes with Storm Bolt. Enemy Heroes who die within 2.5 seconds of being hit by Storm Bolt grant 3 stacks.
    • !Reward: Once you gained 25 stacks, Basic Attacks will reduce the cooldown of Storm Bolt by 1 second, and Storm Bolt will pierce the first target hit, hitting an additional target
  • Stormbolt (Q)
    • Mana cost decreased from 60 to 50
  • Avatar (R)
    • Mana cost decreased from 100 to 80
  • Haymaker (R)
    • Mana cost decreased from 80 to 60

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Perfect Storm (Q)
      • No longer reduces the Mana cost of Storm Bolt
  • Level 4
    • Crowd Control (W)
      • Removed
    • Sledgehammer (Q)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 400 to 300%
    • Reverberation (W)
      • Attack and Movement Speed slow duration increased from .5 to 1 seconds
    • Thunder Burn (W)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Now requires hitting an enemy Hero to create a second Thunder Clap
        • Second Thunder Clap now also applies a 25% Attack Speed slow for 2.5 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Piercing Bolt (Q)
      • Removed
    • Iron-Forged Momentum (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Landing Momentum (E)
      • Removed
    • Heavy Impact (E)
      • Moved from Level 16
    • Give ‘em the Axe! (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Bonus damage reduced from 60 to 50%
    • Skullcracker (Passive)
      • No longer grants bonus Attack Speed
      • Added functionality:
        • Every 3rd Basic Attack against an enemy now deals 60% bonus damage in addition to the stun
  • Level 13
    • Burning Rage (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Spell Shield (Passive)
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Bronzebeard Rage (Passive)
      • Passively deal damage to nearby enemies. Auto-attacking an enemy Hero who is stunned, rooted, or slowed increases the damage by 100% for 3 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Dwarf Launch (E)
      • Bonus range decreased from 50 to 40%
      • Bonus impact radius removed
      • Added functionality:
        • Hitting an enemy Hero now reduces the cooldown of Dwarf Toss by 3 seconds
    • Stoneform (D)
      • Healing reduced from 40 to 30% of Muradin’s Maximum Health
  • Level 20
    • Unstoppable Force (R)
      • New functionality:
        • While Avatar is active you gain 20 Armor and Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Thunder Clap and Dwarf Toss by .5 seconds
    • Grand Slam (R)
      • No longer reduces the Mana cost of Haymaker
      • Added functionality:
        • If an enemy Hero dies within 3 seconds of being hit by Haymaker, gain an additional charge of Haymaker
Developer Comment: One of our goals with our changes to Muradin, and with many of our changes to Warriors going forward is to better normalize the amount of damage that they are able to put out. While we think it can be fun to play a Warrior who also does a ton of damage, we also want to make sure that Assassins have the primary role of doing high amounts of burst or sustained damage to the enemy team. In Muradin’s case, we’re hoping to focus him more towards being a highly durable Warrior who has a high amount of crowd control to both peel for allies and enable kills for his team. We liked the gameplay that Perfect Storm gave Muradin in rewarding him for hitting enemy Heroes with Storm Bolt, and his new baseline quest should also hopefully reward him for intelligently using Storm Bolt to secure kills due to the bonus stacks that he will gain. Muradin’s talent tree had a lot of talents that were not being utilized well, both from a pick and win rate perspective, so we’ve consolidated a lot of the power of those talents in order to make his them more competitive with one another.
LEVEL (TIER) MURADIN TALENTS
1 (1) Block (Passive) (!) Perfect Storm (Q) Third Wind (Trait)  
4 (2) Sledgehammer (Q) Reverberation (W) Thunder Burn (W)  
7 (3) Heavy Impact (E) Give 'em the Axe! (Passive) Skullcracker (Passive)  
10 (4) Avatar Haymaker
13 (5) Healing Static (W) Thunder Strike (W) Bronzebeard Rage (Passive)  
16 (6) Dwarf Launch (E) Imposing Presence (Active) Stoneform (D)  
20 (7) Unstoppable Force (R) Grand Slam (R) Hardened Shield (Active) Rewind (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

 

Collection

Note: Seasonal Items from previous Hallow’s End events have also been temporarily re-added to the game. You can find more information in our Hallow’s End blog.

New Bundles

  • Junkrat Heroic Bundle
  • Fallen Junkrat Skin Pack
  • Hallow's End 2017 Bundle
  • Hallow's End Classic Bundle

New Skins

  • Junkrat
    • Drowned Junkrat
    • Rusted Junkrat
    • Convict Junkrat
    • Clowning Junkrat
    • Fallen Junkrat
      • Devilish Fallen Junkrat
      • Hellish Fallen Junkrat
      • Orcish Fallen Junkrat
      • Warped Fallen Junkrat
  • Cassia
    • Whirlpool Pirate Queen Cassia
    • Velvet Pirate Queen Cassia
  • Genji
    • Iron Dragon Genji
    • First Dragon Genji
  • Greymane
    • Dr. Wolf and Stein Greymane
    • Hazardous Dr. Wolf and Stein Greymane
    • Mysterious Dr. Wolf and Stein Greymane
    • StormPunk Dr. Wolf and Stein Greymane
    • Inferno Dr. Wolf and Stein Greymane
  • Zarya
    • Crimson High Gravity Zarya
  • Valeera
    • Vampire Slayer V
    • Rogue Vampire Slayer V
    • Phantom Vampire Slayer V
    • Midnight Vampire Slayer V
    • Coldheart Vampire Slayer V
  • Brightwing
    • Bewitching Brightwing
    • Spirited Bewitching Brightwing
    • Wild Bewitching Brightwing
    • Crimson Bewitching Brightwing
    • Dusk Bewitching Brightwing
  • Gazlowe
    • Paper Bag Gazlowe
    • Waste Bag Gazlowe
    • Bag of Bolts Gazlowe
    • Deep Bag Gazlowe
    • Awkward Paper Bag Gazlower
  • Murky
    • Garden Shambler Murky
    • Lilac Shambler Murky
    • Tulip Shambler Murky
    • Orchid Shambler Murky
    • Hibiscus Shambler Murky
  • Chromie
    • Creepie Chromie
    • Dottie Creepie Chromie
    • Haunted Creepie Chromie
    • Innocent Creepie Chromie
    • Monster Creepie Chromie
  • Cho’gall
    • Pump’kin Cho’gall
    • Fel Pump’kin Cho’gall
    • Twilight Pump’kin Cho’gall
    • Burning Pump’kin Cho’gall
    • Magic Pump’kin Cho’gall

Mounts

  • Phantom Stallion
    • Picnic Phantom Stallion
    • Grim Phantom Stallion
    • Jack-o’-Phantom Stallion
    • Secret Phantom Stallion
    • Spectral Stallion

Bug Fixes

General

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

AI

  • AI Heroes controlling the Garden Terror will no longer become unresponsive.

Art

  • D.Va: The keychain attached to D.Va’s Light Gun will now correctly appear during Hero Select.
  • Leoric: Fixed an issue preventing Leoric’s Basic Attack cleave animation from playing when using certain skins.
  • Tyrande: The area of effect indicator for Eagle Eye Tyrande’s Lunar Flare should now be more visually apparent when cast on Sky Temple while using Low graphic settings.
  • Zeratul: Zeratul’s face mask will no longer appear to stretch in the Collection while using Low graphic settings.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Brightwing: The channel for Phase Shift will now properly cancel if the allied target dies.
  • Brightwing: The channel for Phase Shift will now properly cancel if Brightwing is Rooted.
  • Garrosh: Casting Body Check with the Brute Force Talent on a Boss will no longer cause a Healing debuff icon to appear next to its Health bar.
  • Garrosh: Fixed an issue causing Body Check to receive less bonus damage than intended after casting Double Up to reach 50 Armor.
  • Jaina: Fixed an issue that prevented Summon Water Elemental from being cast on the opposite side of unpathable terrain in areas that are within range and visible to the player.
  • Johanna: Fixed an issue causing the Shield Glare to lower the cooldown of the Blinded by the Light talent by an incorrect amount.
  • Kel’Thuzad: Shadow Fissure can now be cast on the minimap.
  • Kel’Thuzad: Shadow Fissure can now be cast between map levels on the Haunted Mines battleground. 
  • Leoric: Fixed an issue causing enemy Heroes affected by Leoric’s Entomb ability to lose allied vision after Leoric had chosen the Buried Alive talent.
  • Lunara: Fixed an issue preventing Lunara from Leaping over several different friendly units after choosing the Boundless Stride talent. 
  • Rehgar: Fixed an issue that drastically reduced the attack range of Feral Lunge.
  • Stukov: Abilities that move Heroes, like Alarak’s Telekinesis and Stiches’ Hook, no longer remove Weighted Pustule from the affected Hero.
  • Valla: Caltrops will no longer display Health bars or selection rings when clicked.

User Interface

  • Right clicking a player in your friends list and choosing the Whisper option will once again open the chat input field. 
  • Score Screen: Counters for Chromie’s Sand Blast and The Butcher’s Fresh Meat quests will now continue to increment on the in-game score screen after reaching their soft caps.
  • Score Screen: The counter for Lt. Morales’ Clear! Talent will no longer disappear from the in-game score screen while she is inside a Medivac.

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Blizzard, I am disappoint. You first release most of the update ahead of time and then still release the rest of the update with Junkrat. Maybe I expected too much from the update, but I thought you could at least add something to this patch in one week.

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Looking forward to seeing how the Muradin changes work, particularly 20 armour on Avatar's upgrade on the final tier. Will hopefully have my thoughts on a him and perhaps Zuljin later, not sure I will be buying Junkrat just yet however; Assassins aren't really my forte! 

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Patches with a new Hero are usually large. That was a bit of a disappointment.

Nice to see some dev comments other than "Buffs. Acceptable" (Abathur)- it's funny alright, but some insight wouldn't hurt. Not that they gave very much imho.

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58 minutes ago, SteveFrost said:

Patches with a new Hero are usually large. That was a bit of a disappointment.

Nice to see some dev comments other than "Buffs. Acceptable" (Abathur)- it's funny alright, but some insight wouldn't hurt. Not that they gave very much imho.

That is because they released the Balance Patch one week earlier, with this one only having the changes regarding Muradin and Zul'Jin.

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9 hours ago, Fliits said:

Blizzard, I am disappoint. You first release most of the update ahead of time and then still release the rest of the update with Junkrat. Maybe I expected too much from the update, but I thought you could at least add something to this patch in one week.

 

6 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Patches with a new Hero are usually large. That was a bit of a disappointment.

What's with all this complaining? We got a balance patch one week earlier (though the reasons for that will never be known) and now we get 2 reworks and a new hero. Overall this is about the same size as the other hero introducing patches that got released earlier. 
Maybe you guys get a little greedy?

Also a pretty great hero design on Junkrat, he is just so much fun with his playstyle, especially his Concussion Mine and the Rocket Ride are awesome! And don't even get me started on the Joker skin. Junkrat just wants to see the world burning :D


Just a little sad that they didn't fix Ana's sleepdart sound that you can literally hear on the whole map for no apparent reason. 

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16 hours ago, Valhalen said:

That is because they released the Balance Patch one week earlier, with this one only having the changes regarding Muradin and Zul'Jin.

Yeah, yeah, I saw. Smaller patches isn't something necessarily bad, just breaking the mold can have that feeling. Of course, you can see patches literally out of the blue here so you never know.

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On 10/18/2017 at 9:38 PM, ecO1 said:

Also a pretty great hero design on Junkrat, he is just so much fun with his playstyle, especially his Concussion Mine and the Rocket Ride are awesome! And don't even get me started on the Joker skin. Junkrat just wants to see the world burning

Rocket Ride is amazing. First time I used it, I couldn't understand why I was so fast after I spawned. Now I make sure to ride around a bit before engaging a fight again just because it's so fun :p

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Just now, Blainie said:

Rocket Ride is amazing. First time I used it, I couldn't understand why I was so fast after I spawned. Now I make sure to ride around a bit before engaging a fight again just because it's so fun :p

You should try to go over the conveyor belts on Volskaya Foundry contrary to their movement, but be warned, it can be a quite addicting ;)
The level 20 upgrade is pretty op though! A get-out-of-jail-free card every 30 seconds while also being able to deal huge amounts of damage to everything (you could literally just siege down a keep without any danger of dying) just seems way to strong. Especially since with the 250% movement speed you can be back anywhere on the map in no time. 

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6 hours ago, ecO1 said:

You should try to go over the conveyor belts on Volskaya Foundry contrary to their movement, but be warned, it can be a quite addicting ;)
The level 20 upgrade is pretty op though! A get-out-of-jail-free card every 30 seconds while also being able to deal huge amounts of damage to everything (you could literally just siege down a keep without any danger of dying) just seems way to strong. Especially since with the 250% movement speed you can be back anywhere on the map in no time. 

At 20, I just find myself being invincible. I enter a fight, use all my abilities and then ult, securing a kill. I'm back faster than the fight can end and grab another with my ult before being able to help siege after the fight. It's absolutely crazy.

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Junkrat: LET'S GO FOR AN IMBALANCED RIIIIIDE! Very squishy; literally feel safer on Pilot DVA, and until level 20 he's more annoying than dangerous, not to mention the plethora of doubled edged swords he has to deal with. Nonetheless, with other Heroes that exist such as Garrosh, the knockbacks and air time in this game is seriously crazy sometimes, and the only thing that counters it are Invulnerable or Unstoppable buffs, which are few and far between. Give some way to be unmovable if they insist on adding more sources of displacement and knockbacks! 

Zuljin: I didn't really play him much at all before the rework, but who doesn't love throwing axes? I've actively avoided going for Taz'Dingo and opted for practising with Guillotine which still seems like one of the hardest abilities to land let alone secure kills on, but I've already noted a couple of players with him using the net at 13 for some superb plays and the level 20 upgrade for it is one of the biggest reasons I take it. I think this is a good thing to have such high skill caps in the game, it means that at any time something like this can come out of nowhere and blow something away. As with some other reworks, emphasis on a weaker early game, stronger and almost exponentially dangerous as the game progresses. He now reminds me of Cassia where things take a bit of skill, patience and practise to make the hero work, but is an absolute powerhouse as the game trundles on. 

Muradin: Initially was on the fence and was guarding my judgement due to the dwarf being my first Warrior before I picked up others and Supports, but overall, don't think it's bad as far as reworks go; certainly nothing close to how Johanna was recently gutted. Main thing is that his wave clear is noticeably poorer in early game, and remains below average if you don't opt for Rage at 13, but the design change is arguably consistent with other tanky Warriors. The mana changes are substantial and satisfying, and I feel able to branch into different talents a lot more now. Baseline quest is pretty standard stuff, and while it doesn't give any incremental power increases (eg Arthas), it makes sense due to the nature of the ability being a stun and the spike it provides. I've seen people who are enjoying the E talents a lot, especially while coupled with Haymaker, although I prefer to steer away from those unless I know I can garner a lot of value from them, but these are the kind of decisions that make the game interesting and provide depth. 

However, Stoneform may need a change. What was previously one of the no brainer talents in any standard tank build, it is now precariously close to being a trap talent. 30%  of max hp over 10 seconds is 3% hp every second. That's not an awful lot in combat, and if you have Third Wind, I wonder if it's actually less healing than what you would expect to be a burst / combat heal out of combat. It MIGHT have value with Avatar, but I feel it shoehorns the ult and talent too much. On the plus side, Imposing Presence has gained a lot more value, and is quickly becoming one of my favourite picks on the tier with a very generous 20 second active cd, it means you can save the mana thirsty Thunder Clap for when you truly need it, particularly if you have Thunder Burn and Healing Static. You'll note that Thunder Burn now requires a hit on an enemy Hero with the initial cast to get the second one, one of the big things that has crimped Mura's wave clear, but also means it is no longer always the go to talent on the tier. 

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20 hours ago, Plergoth said:

Junkrat: LET'S GO FOR AN IMBALANCED RIIIIIDE! Very squishy; literally feel safer on Pilot DVA, and until level 20 he's more annoying than dangerous, not to mention the plethora of doubled edged swords he has to deal with.

Yep. Regardless of the build you take, he just seems to be a poke and muscle machine. He's great at zoning people, but against anyone with more than 500 HP, you can just soak the damage.

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    • By Stan
      The community grew frustrated by the frequency of Sun's Out Guns Out items in their Nexomania Loot Chests, so Blizzard decreased their drop chance and greatly increased the likelihood that Nexomania items will drop over Sun's Out Guns Out items. If you purchased Nexomania Loot Chests with Gems, you will receive a number of new Nexomania Loot Chests equal to the amount you originally purchased.
      Additionally, new Hero skins that are included in larger event bundles will also be available in separate Skin Packs.
      Blizzard (Source)
      In the few short days since Nexomania began, competitors throughout the Nexus have eagerly leapt into the ring to choose tag-team partners and claim quest rewards. Amidst the excitement, however, we understand some of you have been disappointed by the frequency of Sun’s Out, Guns Out items in your Nexomania Loot Chests.
      Nexomania and Event Loot Chests
      As many of you know, themed event Loot Chests are guaranteed to contain at least one event-related item. Since items from last year’s Sun’s Out, Guns Out event are no longer available, we felt Nexomania could be a great opportunity to give players a second chance to pin down items from both events.
      With that in mind, we gave Nexomania and Sun’s Out items an equal chance to drop in Nexomania Loot Chests. After reading community discussions, however, it seems we overestimated how often players would like to open Sun’s Out items. We’d like to put Nexomania back into the spotlight:
      As of now, we’ve greatly increased the likelihood that Nexomania items will drop over Sun’s Out, Guns Out items in Nexomania Loot Chests. If you used gems to buy Nexomania Loot Chests prior to 07:01 p.m. PDT on May 23 (4:01 a.m. CEST / 11:01 a.m. KST May 24), you will receive a number of new Nexomania Loot Chests equal to the amount you originally purchased. These replacement Chests will feature the updated event item drop rate mentioned above and will be awarded within the next few days. Please note: Nexomania Loot Chests earned through progression or Heroes Brawls will not be replaced. We’re also going to make this drop-rate adjustment for future events. Going forward, new event Loot Chests will have this same increased chance to contain new items from the current version of an event over existing items from past versions of that event.
      Event Bundles and Skins
      Events like Nexomania are jam-packed with lots of new Hero skins and other cosmetic items. While we have a blast creating and releasing skins, we’ve also read feedback from players who would like more options when it comes to adding them to their collections. With future events, we’re going to give players more opportunities to pick up specific skins outside of the event bundles they appear in:
      Going forward, new Hero skins that are included in larger event bundles will also be available in separate Skin Packs. Each pack will be purchasable using gems and will contain all currently available versions of that skin. This change doesn’t mean big event bundles are down for the count. We still plan to add them to the game but wanted to give players more variety when it comes to picking up new event items.
      As always, we’d like to thank everyone who has shared their thoughts with us on these topics. We hope you enjoy the rest of Nexomania and manage to conquer your quests in record time! Until next time, we’ll see you in the Nexus.
    • By Stan
      The latest Heroes of the Storm patch includes Diablo/Lunara Hero reworks and Nexomania. Check out the full patch notes!
      Blizzard (Source)
      Nexomania has begun, bringing new quests and rewards, as well as many new skins and mounts to Heroes of the Storm! Read on for details, as well as more info about gameplay updates for Lunara and Diablo.
      NOTE: Orange text indicates a difference between the PTR and Live patch notes.
      Nexomania!
      Learn even more about Nexomania by visiting the official Heroes website!
      La Parca Lunara and La Pantera Sonya are looking to recruit new tag-team partners for Nexomania, a contest where Heroes battle it out to become the Champions of the Nexus! Choose your partner, train up, and conquer the competition to claim the spoils of victory before Monday, June 11. Each of the four-part quest chains below grant different rewards based on who you side with, and the quests must be completed in order. Choose your partner wisely, because once you’ve picked Lunara or Sonya, your decision cannot be undone!   La Parca Lunara Quest Chain and Rewards  Train Up, La Parca Style: Play 3 Games. Reward: Máscara de la Parca Portrait. Show Match, La Parca Style: Achieve 70 Takedowns in winning games. Reward: The Underworld Grip Spray. Climb the Ladder, La Parca Style: Win 6 games. Reward: Ojos de la Parca Animated Spray. Cage Match, La Parca Style: Achieve 100 Takedowns in winning games. Rewards: El Guapo Announcer and La Parca Lunara Portrait. La Pantera Sonya Quest Chain and Rewards Train Up, La Pantera Style: Play 3 Games. Reward: Máscara de la Pantera Portrait. Show Match, La Pantera Style: Achieve 70 Takedowns in winning games. Reward: The Panther Forearm Spray. Climb the Ladder, La Pantera Style: Win 6 games. Reward: Furia de la Pantera Animated Spray. Cage Match, La Pantera Style: Achieve 100 Takedowns in winning games. Rewards: El Guapo Announcer and La Pantera Sonya Portrait. Nexomania Loot Chests
      Starting the week of May 22, Loot Chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gems will be Nexomania Loot Chests. These Loot Chests guarantee at least one item from the Nexomania or Sun’s Out, Guns Out events. Step into the ring and start leveling-up to pin down some loot before the competition concludes on June 11!
      Please Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Nexomania Loot Chests.
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      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents Diablo: Diablo and Archangel Diablo’s Abilities have received updated visual effects to coincide with Ability and Talent changes. Garrosh: Garrosh’s Abilities have received updated visual effects. Malfurion: A new leaf icon and timer will now appear above Regrowth targets’ nameplates to indicate remaining Heal duration. The icon and timer will change color based on Regrowth’s remaining Heal duration: from green to yellow at 10 seconds remaining, and then to red during the last 5 seconds. User Inteface
      MVP Screen Players can no longer vote for themselves on the end of match awards screen. This should help encourage players to spread the love by commending others for their epic plays! The number of votes required to achieve epic and legendary commendations on the end of match awards screen have each been reduced by one vote. This has been done to account for the removal of self-voting. Previously, a self-vote could often make the difference for a player who was one vote shy of reaching epic or legendary status. Loot Chests The Loot Chest carousel on the Loot screen now automatically switches to a Loot Chest type the player already owns, rather than always defaulting to Rare Loot Chests. Design
      General Holding right-click and dragging the cursor to move is no longer interrupted when entering targeting mode prior to casting an Ability. Movement Speed Visual Effects Visual effects for Movement Speed bonuses and Slows will now only display on units whose Movement Speeds are being increased or decreased by more than 5%. Previously, a Hero could display these visual effects even if their Movement Speed hadn’t been significantly altered. This could occur as a result of multiple stacking Movement Speed bonuses and Slows, or due to a stacking Quest Talent. Battlegrounds
      Custom Games Hanamura has been temporarily removed from Custom Games. Mercenaries Infernal Shrines The Khazra at the southernmost Mercenary Camp on Infernal Shrines now move into lane once they are captured, rather than path around the lane to attack opposing structures directly. Heroes
      Assassin

      Lunara
      Catch additional details in our recent Lunara and Diablo Gameplay Updates Blog.
      Abilities Nature’s Toxin (Trait) Damage reduced from 34 to 30. Wisp (E) Mana cost removed. Wisp Movement Speed increased by 100%. Vision radius reduced from 7 to 6. Additional functionality: When a Wisp is in a bush for 2 seconds, its vision radius is increased by 75%. Talents Level 1 New Talent: Sentinel Wisp (E) When a Wisp is in a bush for 5 seconds, its vision radius is increased by 200% and reveals the surrounding area. Photosynthesis Removed. Cruel Spores (Q) Removed. New Talent: Hippity Hop (Z) After not Basic Attacking or taking damage for 5 seconds, increase the Movement Speed bonus of Dryad’s Swiftness by 10%. Level 4 Timelost Wisp (E) Removed. Skybound Wisp (E) Removed. Dividing Wisp (E) Removed. Blossom Swell (Q) Moved from Level 1. Additional functionality: Now also increases Noxious Blossom’s range by 25%. Siphoning Toxin (Trait) Moved from Level 7 Heal amount reduced from 18 to 9 Health per second. Additional functionality: When an enemy Hero has 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin, this Healing increases to 28 per second. Nature’s Culling (Trait) Moved from Level 7. Level 7 Choking Pollen (Q) Moved from Level 16. Bonus damage reduced from 125% to 50%. Additional functionality: This damage bonus increases by an additional 50% against enemies who have 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin. Level 13 Pestering Blossom Removed. New Talent: Endless Spores (W) Casting Crippling Spores while at least 2 enemy Heroes are afflicted with Nature’s Toxin reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds. Let Them Wither (W) Moved from Level 16 Adjusted functionality: No longer increases Crippling Spores’ Slow amount. Instead, increases Crippling Spores’ Slow duration by 1 second and causes it to no longer decay. Giant Killer Removed. Abolish Magic (Active) Moved from Level 20. Level 16 New Talent: Accelerated Contamination (Q) While at least 2 enemy Heroes are afflicted with Nature's Toxin, Noxious Blossom's cooldown recharges 100% faster. Invigorating Spores (W) Attack Speed bonus reduced from 50% to 30%. Additional functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin deal damage equal to 1.5% of their maximum Health. Unfair Advantage (Trait) Moved from Level 13. Bonus damage increased from 50% to 60%. Now also deals this bonus damage to Rooted and Stunned Heroes. Level 20 Forest’s Wrath (R) No longer increases Thornwood Vine’s speed. Additional functionality: Thornwood Vine now applies 2 stacks of Nature’s Toxin. Boundless Stride (R) Additional functionality: Now also decreases the Leaping Strike’s cooldown by 5 seconds. New Talent: Intensifying Toxin (Trait) Nature’s Toxin deals 40% more damage to enemies afflicted with 3 stacks. LEVEL (TIER) LUNARA TALENTS 1 (1) Sentinel Wisp (E) Natural Perspective (Trait) Hippity Hop (Z) — 4 (2) Blossom Swell (Q) Siphoning Toxin (Trait) Nature’s Culling (Trait) — 7 (3) Splintered Spear (Q) Choking Pollen (Q) Wild Vigor (W) — 10 (4) Thornwood Vine (R) Leaping Strike (R) — — 13 (5) Endless Spores (W) Let Them Wither (W) Greater Spell Shield (Passive) Abolish Magic (Active) 16 (6) Accelerated Contamination (Q) Star Wood Spear (W) Invigorating Spores (W) Unfair Advantage (Passive) 20 (7) Forest’s Wrath (R) Boundless Stride (R) Intensifying Toxin (Trait) Galloping Gait (Z) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent. Warrior

      Diablo
      Catch additional details in our recent Lunara and Diablo Gameplay Updates Blog.
      Abilities Shadow Charge (Q) Range increased from 7 to 8.5. Mana cost increased from 60 to 70. Damage reduced from 75 to 40. Terrain collision damage reduced from 150 to 120. No longer grants Armor. Now also increases Movement Speed by 15% for 2 seconds. Fire Stomp (W) Now unleashes fire waves in a large cone in the chosen direction, rather than a 360° area around Diablo. Number of fire waves reduced from 8 to 5. Multiple fire waves can now hit the same target. Cooldown increased from 6 to 8 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 40 to 30. Outgoing fire wave damage reduced from 54 to 12. Returning fire wave damage reduced from 81 to 36. Damage dealt by returning fire waves now counts as critical damage. Now Heals Diablo for 125% of the damage dealt to Heroes. Overpower (E) Mana cost reduced from 60 to 40. Lightning Breath (R) Range increased from 10.5 to 12. Each tick of Lightning Breath damage now also Slows enemies hit by 5% for 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 50%. Talents Level 1 New Talent: Feast on Fear (Passive) Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow Charge or Overpower Heals Diablo for 15% of his maximum Health over 4 seconds. Soul Shield (Active) Moved from Level 7. New functionality: Activate to gain Spell Armor equal to 25 plus 50% of Diablo's current Souls for 4 seconds. 60 second cooldown. Every time Diablo damages an enemy Hero, reduce this cooldown by 1 second. Bulwark (Q) Removed. Level 4 New Talent: Sacrificial Soul (Q) Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow Charge grants 5 Souls and 15 Armor for 4 seconds. While at 100 Souls, increase this Armor to 30. New Talent: Souls to the Flame (W) Fire Stomp grants 1 Soul every 3 times it damages an enemy Hero and Heals for an additional 1.25% of its damage dealt per Soul. Life Leech (Passive) Moved from Level 1. New functionality: Diablo gains 1 Soul and Heals for 1.5% of his maximum Health for every Basic Attack against an enemy Hero. While at 100 Souls, increase this Healing to 3% of his maximum Health. From the Shadows (Q) Removed. Speed Demon (Passive) Removed. Demonic Strength (E) Removed. Level 7 New Talent: Eternal Flames (W) When Diablo Stuns an enemy Hero with Overpower or Shadow Charge, Fire Stomp’s cooldown is reset. Malevolence (Passive) Using Basic Abilities causes Diablo’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal an additional 100 Spell Damage. Stores up to 2 charges. Soul Feast (Trait) Removed. Diabolical Momentum (Passive) Basic Attacks now also reduce Fire Stomp’s cooldown. Cooldown reduction granted per Basic Attack decreased from 1.5 to 0.75 seconds. Level 13 Devastating Charge (Q) Adjusted functionality: Now increases Shadow Charge’s terrain collision damage by 100%, rather than a percentage of the target’s maximum Health. Quest: Each time an enemy Hero takes terrain collision damage, increase this bonus by 15%, to a maximum of 75%. New Talent: Cruelty (Passive) Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow Charge or Overpower increases Diablo's Attack Speed by 50% for 5 seconds, up to 100%. Hellfire (W) New functionality: Each enemy Hero hit by Fire Stomp grants 2% Spell Power for 10 seconds, up to 30%. Fire Devil (W) Removed. Level 16 Debilitating Flames (W) New functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by Fire Stomp are Slowed by 5% for 4 seconds, up to 50%. Heroes Slowed 25% or more by Debilitating Flames deal 50% less damage. New Talent: Overpowering Nightmare (E) Gain 2 additional charges of Overpower, with a 2 second cooldown between uses. Fearful Presence (Active) Removed. Level 20 Dying Breath (R) Now reduces Apocalypse’s cooldown by 20 seconds per enemy Hero hit (to a minimum total cooldown of 5 seconds), rather than reducing its cooldown by a static amount. Hellstorm (R) No longer increases Lightning Breath’s range. Bonus duration increased from 50% to 200%. Lord of Terror (Active) Now also grants 5 Souls per enemy Hero hit. LEVEL (TIER) DIABLO TALENTS 1 (1) Feast on Fear (Passive) Devil’s Due (Trait) Soul Shield (Trait) — 4 (2) Sacrificial Soul (Q) Souls to the Flame (W) Life Leech (Passive) — 7 (3) Eternal Flames (W) Malevolence (Passive) Diabolical Momentum (Passive) — 10 (4) Apocalypse (R) Lightning Breath (R) — — 13 (5) Devastating Charge (Q) Cruelty (Passive) Hellfire (W) — 16 (6) Domination (E) Debilitating Flames (W) Overpowering Nightmare (E) — 20 (7) Dying Breath (R) Hellstorm (R) Lord of Terror (Active) Hellgate (Active) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent. Collection
      New Bundles Sun’s Out, Guns Out event items have returned for the duration of the Nexomania event! Add them to your collection by opening Nexomania Loot Chests or purchasing the Sun’s Out 2017 Bundle. The following new bundles are available for a limited time! Hell’s Screamers Bundle Match of the Century Bundle Sun’s Out 2017 Bundle New Announcer El Guapo New Skins
      Diablo El Chamuco Diablo Underworld Chamuco Diablo Hell’s Screamer Diablo E.T.C. El Mariachi E.T.C. Underworld Mariachi E.T.C. Festival Mariachi E.T.C. Garrosh El Jefe Garrosh El Fuego Garrosh Underworld Jefe Garrosh Kharazim Dropkick Kharazim Champion Dropkick Kharazim Dropdead Kharazim Lunara La Parca Lunara La Catrina Lunara Los Muertos Lunara Sonya La Pantera Sonya La Pantera Dorada Sonya Underworld Pantera Sonya New Mounts
      Luchihuahua Hell's Screamer Luchihuahua Underworld Luchihuahua Pigñata Hell's Screamer Pigñata Lucha Pigñata Bug Fixes
      General Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. A.I. General: After casting Hearthstone, A.I. Heroes will now wait in the Hall of Storms to restore most of their Health and Mana before leaving. D.Va: Fixed an issue that prevented A.I. D.Va from casting Boosters. Deckard: Learning Bottomless Flask no longer causes Allied A.I. Heroes to remain near a Healing Potion’s location indefinitely. Sgt. Hammer: A.I. Sgt. Hammer will no longer become stuck in a Vent behind the opposing bottom-lane Fort on Battlefield of Eternity. The Butcher: Fixed an issue in which A.I. Butcher would repeatedly cast and then cancel Ruthless Onslaught. The Butcher: Fixed an issue that prevented A.I. Butcher from casting Butcher’s Brand. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Artanis: The Target Purified Talent no longer causes Purifier Beam to acquire Invulnerable targets after its initial target dies. Chromie: Time Traps revealed by Abilities like Tassadar’s Oracle can now be correctly auto-acquired as Basic Attack targets. Fenix: The Talent tooltips for Singularity Charge and Mobile Offense now correctly append to the Ability tooltip for Weapon Mode: Phase Bomb. Garrosh: Casting Into the Fray on Abathur now correctly interrupts Symbiote Channeling. Genji: A damage over time preview now correctly appears in Genji’s Health bar when affected by Lunara’s Nature’s Toxin. Johanna: Can no longer escape Zagara’s Devouring Maw early if Iron Skin expires while inside the Maw. Junkrat: Can now move himself while he is Unstoppable by detonating a nearby Concussion Mine. Malfurion: Reduced Healing applied by Strangling Vines now correctly lasts for its full 3 second duration, even if Entangling Roots expires or its Root effect is removed. Medivh: Dying while attempting to redirect Ley Line Seal after learning Medivh Cheats! no longer causes its targeting indicator to visually persist on the terrain. Nova: Fixed an issue that could cause Holo Decoys to stop attacking nearby targets. Nova: Fixed an issue in which Holo Decoys would not Basic Attack enemy Heroes if Nova did not have enough Mana to cast any of her Abilities. Nova: Armor reductions granted by Anti-Armor Shells and Crippling Shot now stack correctly when applied to the same target. Sonya: Battle Rage no longer grants bonus damage versus Monsters. Tassadar: Plasma Shield Healing done after completing the Khaydarin Resonance quest is now correctly tracked on the in-game stats screen (TAB). Tassadar: The Talent tooltip for Khala’s Light now correctly states that only Heroes will gain Armor when Plasma Shield expires or breaks. This was only a tooltip correction; functionality has not been changed. Thrall: Invulnerable Heroes who are within bounce range after casting Chain Lightning on a nearby target will no longer grant Crash Lightning quest progress. The Lost Vikings: Casting Spin to Win! no longer causes offscreen Vikings to play false “under attack” voice lines. Zul’jin: Using Guillotine with the Buzzsaw Talent to kill Nova’s Holo Decoys or Samuro’s Mirror Images no longer grants Healing. Sound
      Lt. Morales: Replaced incorrect voice processing for voice lines used by the base Lt. Morales and First Lt. Morales skins. Volskaya Foundry: Achieving victory will now correctly cause Overwatch-themed music to play. User Interface
      Loadouts: The Hero’s name at the top of the Loadout pane will now update correctly when switching among Heroes during Hero Select. Collection: Fenix now correctly appears when using the terms “Protoss” and “Dragoon” to filter the Hero roster.  
      Head to the official Heroes of the Storm forums to discuss this post with other players.
    • By Stan
      The free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of May 22.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: May 22, 2018
      Malfurion Valla Gazlowe Johanna Thrall Dehaka Blaze Lt. Morales Li-Ming Gul'dan Tyrande (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Sylvanas (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Junkrat (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Oxygen
      Our nineteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of May is here!
      We present our nineteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the month of May 2018.
      Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the May 9 patch. The goal of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list—including this very one—should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.
      Using the list
      As stated above, tier lists are easy to mistake for gospel. As new strategies are discovered and experimented with, so changes the perception of the relative strengths of each hero. Tier lists still prove to be useful as a snapshot of player expectations in terms of drafting. Although it is generally considered preferable to focus on high tier heroes (Prime and Core tiers), it is important to note that Heroes of the Storm's wild character and map designs make it so that any given hero's tier position is prone to fluctuate depending on the situation at hand.
      One classic example of such is that of Kerrigan on the Infernal Shrines map. Although we currently judge her to be a mid-tier hero, her drafting priority shoots up to first-pick or first-ban material on this specific map due to the nature of its objective. Certain heroes also synergise so well with each other that the sole fact of having the opportunity of drafting them together is generally enough to increase their potential. Tassadar and Tracer, for instance, are generally nightmarish to deal with for many. There are too many examples of these interactions to reasonably produce here, but we invite you to consult our guides to know exactly where and when each hero shines. The guides have been linked in the lists below for your convenience - just click any of the hero names to access them.
      A ↑ next to a hero's name means its tier list position has increased since the previous month whereas a ↓ means just the opposite. Additionally, a + or - sign indicates short-to-medium term predictions (which is to say, about a month) for tier increase(s) or decrease(s), respectively. These are often updated after significant balance patches and/or when clear trends are emerging.
      If you're newer to the game, also consider visiting our glossary for a comprehensive list of discrete Heroes of the Storm terms.
      Current ranked mode map rotation
       
      Prime Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Diablo Genji Malfurion - E.T.C. Fenix  Stukov   Garrosh↑ Maiev-     Sonya Thrall     Prime tier heroes are considered to be extremely strong in all situations, and show no obvious weakness. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most matches.
       
      Core Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Arthas Falstad Alexstrasza Abathur Blaze   Greymane Deckard (new) Azmodan Dehaka Hanzo↓ Li Li Nazeebo Johanna Jaina Lt. Morales Sylvanas- Muradin Junkrat Lúcio  Zagara Stitches Li-Ming Uther   Varian (Taunt) Malthael       Tracer     Core tier heroes are strong in a wide variety of situations and have few counter-picking possibility. They should form the core of your team, and be picked after Prime Tier heroes have been distributed.
       
      Viable Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Anub'arak Alarak Auriel Gazlowe↑ Artanis Cassia Brightwing- Medivh+ D.Va Chromie Kharazim Murky Leoric Gul'dan Rehgar Xul Tyrael  Kael'thas Tyrande-   Zarya Kel'Thuzad+       Kerrigan       Lunara       Nova       Ragnaros       Samuro       The Butcher       Tychus+       Varian (Colossus Smash)↑       Valla       Zeratul       Zul'jin     Viable tier heroes are generally well-rounded that have either fallen out of favour, or, inversely, are on the rise in popularity, due to the current Prime tier contenders.
       
      Niche Tier
      Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Chen Cho'gall Ana Probius Cho'gall Illidan↓ Tassadar Sgt. Hammer Rexxar Raynor       Valeera       Varian (Twin Blades of Fury)     Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They may also picked to "round out" your team composition when your team composition is missing out on key components, such as a "jungler" (mercenary camps), a solo laner, or solid waveclear.
       
      Lost Vikings Tier
      The Lost Vikings The Lost Viking are deemed to be either considerably weaker than the majority of other Heroes, or much more challenging to play properly. Although they may situationally shine, this notoriously poorly designed trio is generally avoided by most players.
       
      Metagame assessment
      Tanky meta featuring a tonne of crowd control. Most fights come down to who gets caught out of position first. The natural counters to a tanky meta is typically a double support meta, but Blizzard's recent crusade against support heroes and general design trend embracing overspecialization (i.e. healers can't deal damage or have waveclear, with Deckard being the pinnacle of such) makes this unlikely to happen unless there are more radical changes inbound. In other words, I feel like we may be stuck with what we see.
      Deckard: Fits right in the current metagame with outstanding follow up to any initiation in the form of Scroll Of Sealing, high healing (though weak against displacement effects), great adaptive talents (notably, Emerald against any burst target and Kanai's Cube as a counter to burst) and armor to make him surprisingly difficult to kill. His biggest weakness might be lacking a Cleanse equivalent, though this is becoming more and more common.
      Garrosh: Doesn't do well against Diablo, but wreaks havoc against many other tanks. Particularly strong right now due to being more or less unburstable on top of bringing his super reliable cleansing effect in Indomitable. High high armor works well with sustain healers who basically populate the two highest tiers of healers, bar Uther.
      Hanzo: Excessive basic attack range allowed him to overshadow every other attack-based assassin bar Fenix. Reducing his range by about 15% puts him in right in range of a number of several movement abilities on top of giving him less breathing room against casters. This results in either reduced survivability or damage dealing potential, and in the inability to attack turrets without retaliation. His waveclear and evasiveness were also hit for good measure (through Explosive Arrows damage and Natural Agility range nerfs, respectively). He remains a fine hero, though nowhere near as oppressive, and nowhere near as safe for newer players. I don't expect him to do well in lower leagues.
      Illidan: A feast-or-famine design that feels outdated in terms of depth, overshadowed in the face of rampant mobility creep, and out of meta versus so much crowd control. This will remain the case as long as he is balanced so tightly around using Betrayer's Thirst.
    • By Stan
      Heroes of the Storm Highlights are back with episode 109 of WTF Moments.
      The latest episode starts off with a Hook & Wrecking Ball combo, executed six times in the same match. Poor Alexstrasza and Blaze! Next, we have an unlucky Fenix that gets tossed by the Dragon Knight straight into Gazlowe's Deth Lazor. Definitely check out the insane Genji gameplay at the end of the video (08:50)!
      Let us know your favorite moments in the comments below and don't forget to submit your replays here for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode of the series.
      Previous Episodes
      WTF Moments Episode 108 WTF Moments Episode 106 & 107 WTF Moments Episode 105