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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

      Voice chat is finally available in Heroes of the Storm and this post by Blizzard will guide you through the basics of the system.
      All players must opt-in to join the team voice channel at the start of a game or upon entering a draft lobby. If you don't have a microphone, you will still be able to hear your team. The voice chat tab in the options menu can be used to adjust all settings to your liking. Use the Test button to hear how you'll sound in-game and don't forget to set up your Push-to-Talk Key.
      Blizzard (Source)
      We’re excited to announce that voice communication is now available in Heroes of the Storm! Whether you find yourself in a draft lobby, partied with a friend or two, or with your whole squad in Team League, voice communication will free your hands from the shackles of typing and make it easier than ever to coordinate with your teammates. Before you head in-game to try it out, take a moment to learn how voice channels work in Heroes and get to know the various settings you can adjust to make voice communication your own.
      Team and Party Voice
      We’ve added voice channels to Heroes of the Storm to accommodate both party voice and team voice. If you’re in a party, you’ll automatically be added to your party’s voice channel, and only party members will hear what you have to say. The opposite is also true: if you’re in a partial party and using the party voice channel, you’ll be unable to speak to or hear allies outside your party unless you switch to the team voice channel.
      By default, all players must opt-in to join the team voice channel at the start of a game or upon entering a draft lobby. A notification will appear in chat to remind you that team voice is available, and you can click it to easily join the channel. Keep in mind that voice channels—even party voice—are completely optional. You can use the new voice chat tab in the options menu to adjust auto-join settings and notification sounds to your heart’s content.
      Voice Settings
      Digging a bit further into voice settings, you can click the dropdown menus at the top to pick which device you’ll use to hear your allies’ voices, and set up the microphone you’d like to use for your own. You can click the Test button to hear how you’ll sound to your teammates in-game. However, even if you don’t have a microphone, you can still join party and team voice channels to listen-in as your allies make plans and shotcall.
      As mentioned previously, the checkboxes under Auto-Join Voice and Notification Sounds on the left side of the voice chat options menu can be used to select which voice channels you’d like to join automatically during each game, as well as to enable or disable any voice notification sounds.
      Click the Transmission Mode dropdown to decide whether you’d like to set your microphone to Push-to-Talk or Open Mic. When using push-to-talk, your allies will only hear you while you’re holding down your push-to-talk hotkey (the ` key by default). With open mic, they’ll hear everything you have to say. If you do opt for an open mic, you can adjust the sensitivity slider to stop your microphone from transmitting sound under a certain volume. Finally, run a quick test to make sure your mic is sounding good and your sensitivity is set correctly—broadcasting noise is a surefire way to get muted by your teammates!
      In addition to push-to-talk, you can set up hotkeys to quickly switch between party and team voice channels, or to turn your microphone on and off. 
      In-Game Voice
      Outside of the voice chat options menu, you’ll see a voice widget appear in the top-left corner of most game menus. Clicking this widget will allow you to quickly join, switch, or leave a voice channel. Once you enter a game, you’ll find this widget on the tab screen.
      You’ll also find microphone and speaker icons across from player names on the tab screen, which you can click to mute or unmute allies individually.
      We’ve also added a new reporting option called Abusive Voice that you can use to report players specifically for misbehavior over voice. Additionally, we’ve implemented a voice silence penalty that’s separate from chat silence penalties. This means that players who are frequently reported for Abusive Voice can receive a voice silence, which will prevent them from speaking in team voice for the duration of that penalty. They can, however, still join the team voice channel to listen to allied comms, and can still join and use the party voice channel normally.
      We hope the addition of voice in Heroes of the Storm will help you and your allies communicate more effectively on the road to your next string of victories, and perhaps make a new friend or two along the way.
      Until next time, we’ll see you in the Nexus!
    • By Stan

      Blizzard implemented voice chat and applied balanced changes and various bug fixes in this week's patch.
      Voice chat is now enabled on live servers and in addition to bug fixes, the following Heroes received balance changes:
      Maiev: The latest changes are aimed at lowering her survivability and burst damage throughput. Malthael: Healing from Soul Ripping Minions decreased, Hero-only healing increased. Mana cost of Soul Rip has been increased to 25. Zeratul: Changes to basic & heroic abilities are meant to redistribute his damage, while giving the Hero a slight buff. Xul: Base stats have been buffed and split-push potential has been toned down. Sonya: Balance changes for Sonya were supposed to go live on January 24, but Blizzard's implemented them just now. The changes include a basic attack damage reduction, Poisoned Spear & Nerves of Steel talent adjustments. Blizzard (Source)
      We’ve just released a patch to the live servers in order to implement Voice Communication, as well as apply some balance updates and bug fixes.
      General
      Voice Communication
      Voice Communication has been added to Heroes of the Storm! Read the Voice Communication blog for more information about how to use it in-game. Heroes
      Assassin
      Maiev

      Stats
      Health reduced from 2236 to 2150 Health Regeneration reduced from 4.66 to 4.48 Abilities
      Vault of the Wardens (Trait) Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds Fan of Knives (Q) Damage reduced from 170 to 162 Talents
      Level 16 Armored Assault (Passive) Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 20% Vengeful Knives (E) Bonus damage per Hero hit increased from 1% to 1.2% Malthael

      Abilities
      Soul Rip (Q) Mana cost increased from 20 to 25 Healing reduced from 36 to 25 per target hit Healing from Heroic targets increased from 3% to 4% of the Hero’s maximum Health Tormented Souls (R) Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds Talents
      Level 4 Die Alone (Q) Damage bonus reduced from 75% to 50% Level 16 Soul Collector (Q) Bonus range reduced from 50% to 25% Thrall

      Abilities
      Chain Lightning (Q) Bounce range increased by 20% Zeratul

      Abilities
      Cleave (Q) Damage increased from 200 to 212 Singularity Spike (W) Damage increased from 228 to 240 Void Prison (R) Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80 Might Of The Nerazim (R) Basic Attack damage bonus reduced from 40% to 30% Specialist
      Xul

      Stats
      Health increased from 1900 to 2000 Health Regeneration increased 3.957 to 4.168 Basic Attack damage increased from 104 to 110 Abilities
      Raise Skeleton (Trait) Skeletal Warrior Health reduced from 240 to 225 Skeletal Warrior damage reduced from 23 to 21 Bone Prison (E) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds Mana cost reduced from 80 to 70 Talents
      Level 7 Trag'Oul's Essence (Trait) Mana restoration per Skeletal Warrior attack reduced from 0.5% to 0.2% of Xul’s maximum Mana Support
      Tyrande

      Abilities
      Light of Elune (Q) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 11 seconds Warrior

      Sonya

      Stats
      Basic Attack damage reduced from 88 to 84 Talents
      Level 7 Poisoned Spear (Q) Damage reduced from 125% to 100% of Ancient Spear’s damage. Level 16 Nerves of Steel (Active) Duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds Shield amount reduced from 30% to 25% of Maximum Health Cooldown reduced from 70 to 60 seconds Bug Fixes
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Diablo: Lightning Breath sound effects will no longer stop playing before the Ability is finished channeling. Junkrat: Heroes killed by Concussion Mine will no longer respawn at their death location and then slide across the Battleground. Junkrat: Issuing movement commands during Rocket Ride will no longer cause Junkrat to become separated from his Mount. Junkrat: Movement commands that the player did not issue will no longer appear on the terrain in front of RIP-Tire’s model. Junkrat: Targeting unpathable terrain with Rocket Ride will no longer cause Total Mayhem Grenades to visually persist on the Battleground. Junkrat: Concussion Mine can no longer displace Leoric from Wraith Walk’s starting location if the Mine is detonated in the same moment that Wraith Walk ends. Li Li: After learning the Lighting Serpent Talent, Cloud Serpent attacks that are bouncing to additional targets when the Ability expires will now correctly deal damage. Lt. Morales: The tooltip for the Healing Beam icon next to Lt. Morales’ in-game portrait will now correctly display the Ability’s cooldown duration. Malfurion: An ally who is affected by multiple Regrowths will now be correctly healed by Moonfire and have Stuns, Roots, and Slows removed by Nature's Cure. Movement Abilities: Certain movement-based Abilities, like Greymane’s Darkflight or Chen’s Flying Kick, will no longer fail to move the Hero toward a target currently affected by Varian’s Taunt or Garrosh’s Warlord's Challenge. Sgt. Hammer: Can now correctly deploy Biotic Emitters on Volskaya Foundry while in Siege Mode. The Butcher: Fixed an issue that prevented The Butcher from collecting Meat while piloting the Triglav Protector, Dragon Knight, or Garden Terror.
    • By Stan

      Maiev goes live tomorrow and we have a guide for the latest Warcraft Assassin to join the roster.
      It's time for Maiev to enter the Nexus! Learn more about the latest Hero in our guide!
      Feel free to leave your thoughts, suggestions or guide feedback here. Maiev should go live on February 6, 2018, and this article will be updated with the official patch notes once they are out.
      Maiev Build Guide Maiev Patch Notes Maiev Talent Calculator Blizzard (Source)
      Maiev Shadowsong stood watch over the imprisoned Betrayer for ten thousand years, and hunted him relentlessly after he was released. Some say she’s determined; others say she’s obsessed. Either way, she will stop at nothing to ensure the security of her world. Get all the necessary information and gameplay tips on our newest Assassin Hero, Maiev, The Warden, in this spotlight video!
    • By Stan

      Heroes of the Storm Highlights are back with another fun episode of WTF Moments! 
      Episode 102 kicks off with an Abathur slap fest, Blaze entering his Bunker to soak Pyroblast and Garrosh throwing D'Va's Self-Destruct into enemies, killing three of them!
      Don't forget to submit your own replays here for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode and let us know your favorite moments in the comments below!
      Previous Episodes
      WTF Moments Episode 101 WTF Moments Episode 100 WTF Moments Episode 99 & Best of 2017
    • By Oxygen
         
      Our sixteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the Maiev patch of February is here!
      We present our sixteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Maiev patch of February 2018.
      Note: This list also takes the February 9 balance patch into account.
      Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Maiev patch. The goal if 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 Arthas Genji - - E.T.C. Greymane     Sonya Hanzo       Maiev (new)     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 Anub'arak Falstad Alexstrasza Abathur↑ Dehaka Jaina↑ Brightwing- Azmodan Diablo+ Junkrat Lúcio+ Nazeebo Muradin Li-Ming Malfurion↑ Sylvanas Stitches Malthael (reworked)+ Stukov  Zagara Varian (Taunt) Valla Uther   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 Artanis Alarak Ana Murky Blaze+ Cassia Auriel Xul D.Va Chromie Kharazim   Garrosh Gul'dan+ Li Li+   Johanna Illidan Lt. Morales   Leoric Kael'thas+ Rehgar   Tyrael  Kel'Thuzad Tyrande    Zarya Kerrigan↓       Lunara       Nova↓       Ragnaros+       Samuro       The Butcher       Thrall       Tracer+       Tychus↑       Varian (Colossus Smash)       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 Tassadar Gazlowe Cho'gall Raynor   Medivh Rexxar Valeera↓   Probius↓   Varian (Twin Blades of Fury)   Sgt. Hammer↓ 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 Bottom tier Heroes 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, these Heroes are generally avoided by most players.
       
      Metagame assessment
      Maiev: Where do I even begin? Despite heavy-handed nerfs delivered less than a week after her release, Maiev continues to dominate popularity (read: is banned about 5 times more than she is played at all levels) and top win rates. The fact that I'm not sure what exactly contributes to her success is probably a good indicator of what actually contributes to her success: everything. High survivability, high mobility, high damage potential through Fan of Knives's ability to reset, the ability to both set up and follow up for and on crowd control through Spirit of Vengeance + Umbral Bind, serviceable waveclear, and Vault of the Wardens on a ridiculously short cooldown for good measure to make her an unviable target for heroic ability chains. Warden's Cage ended up the favoured heroic ability choice for Maiev, and it's rather easy to see why; it just works well with the rest of her kit on top of being quite easy for anyone to use, though Containment Disc is not to be underestimated either. She's at the top of the food chain, so Prime tier it is. Expect further nerfs.
      Jaina: Jaina was last month's surprise for me, which is why I had her marked for promotion. I slightly feared Genji players, but after witnessing some more competent Jaina play (including my own not-so-competent experimentation), it's safe to say that Summon Water Elemental is absolutely key to dealing with him (along pretty much every other assassin in the game). For games with little melee assassin pressure, Ring of Frost remains a powerful win condition. Jaina also sports what is arguably the game's best waveclear potential, and can deal with mercenary camps extremely well with Frost Shards and Ice Lance. 
      Malthael: I can certainly see how Malthael's rework may have seemed rather grim to anyone underestimating the power of cleaving attacks. This change, though accompanied by slight nerfs to his damage and survivability, allowed his already powerful laning  to improve, just as with his ability to deal with mercenary camps. One should never underestimate the power of PvE, particularly in less organised play. Furthermore, his reliance upon Tormented Souls was reduced, allowing for Last Rites to actually get some playtime. I've been impressed with it, and I'm probably going to update his builds to reflect this newfound power.
      Abathur: Abathur is the kind of hero that comes and goes with the metagame state and who generally thrives in assassin-oriented states. As with Genji, I wouldn't be fooled by his limited winrates; he just simply tends to do better at higher level, more organised play, and particularly in longer matches. To avoid on Haunted Mines and Braxis Holdout. Please pick your Ultimate Evolution target responsibly, and go for an assassin, with Maiev, Genji, Hanzo, and Jaina making incredible targets. Incidentally, avoid Evolve Monstrosity; it has been tested and rejected a long time ago.
      Tychus: Not a big leap in tier, but a leap nonetheless. He went from seeing pretty much no play for quite a while to seeing some, including tournament play. As expected, he does well against Blaze and a few other bruisers, on top of being on the more resilient side of ranged assassins. Commandeer Odin is excellent, but the real sleeper here is Neosteel Coating, which can do funny things with Relentless Soldier.
      Probius: Nearly as unpopular as The Lost Vikings. Though I don't think he's bad, I certainly think he does not have a place in the current meta. All of the top picks do extremely well against him, as does diving in general. I really wish I had more insights here, but the very few times I did see him in the last month, it was rather sad to witness. 
      Sgt. Hammer: I initially had her as viable, but upon reading user comments, I had to agree: she does extremely well against team compositions that cannot deal with her, and poorly otherwise. This is basically what the Niche tier should be defined by. We could discuss at length why this design is rather unhealthy for the game, but I think Blizzard has recognized this by not releasing a single specialist in over a year.