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Balance Update Patch Notes: Nov 1

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Blizzard released a new patch today with Hero changes and various improvements to the game.

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Design

Stealth

  • Bouncing or chaining abilities (Chain Lightning, Shadow Dagger, etc.) will now bounce to targets that are outside allied vision.

Heroes

Assassin

Junkrat

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 1273 to 1350
  • Health Regeneration increased from 2.7 to 2.8

Abilities

  • Frag Launcher (Q)
    • Damage increased from 117 to 128

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Taste for Explosions (Q)
      • Damage decreased from .75 to .5 per hit, maximum damage decreased from 150 to 100
    • Bonzer Hits (W)
      • Bonus damage increased from 30 to 40%
    • Gotta Trap 'Em All (E)
      • Heroes hit requirement reduced from 8 to 7
  • Level 7
    • Sticky Wicket (E)
      • Slow duration increased from 3 to 3.5 seconds

Raynor

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Abilities

  • Adrenaline Rush (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Relentless Leader (Passive)
      • Cooldown reduction of Adrenaline Rush decreased from 15 to 10 seconds

Tychus

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Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage increased from 44 to 48

Abilities

  • Overkill (Q)
    • Primary Damage increased from 43 to 46
    • Secondary damage increased from 21 to 23

Valla

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Abilities

  • Hungering Arrow (Q)
    • Primary damage reduced from 151 to 140
    • Secondary (bounce) damage reduced from 86 to 80

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Caltrops (E)
      • Time required at 10 stacks of Hatred to unlock reward reduced from 180 to 160 seconds

Zul'jin

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Abilities

  • Guillotine (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 30 to 40 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Boneslicer (Q)
      • Mana refund increased from 10 to 15
  • Level 4
    • Voodoo Shuffle (Active)
      • Cooldown and Mana cost reduction increased from 33 to 40%
  • Level 7
    • Ferocity (Passive)
      • Attack speed bonus increased from 35 to 40%
    • Vicious Assault (Q)
      • Damage bonus increased from 30 to 35%
  • Level 13
    • Eye of Zul’jin (Passive)
      • Movement speed per stack increased from 3 to 6%
        • Cap remains at 30%

Specialist

Azmodan

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Abilities

  • General of Hell (D)
    • No longer grants additional Minion & Mercenary Health
    • Minion & Mercenary damage increased from 15 to 25%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Sieging Wrath (Q)
      • Damage per player hit reduced from 4 to 3
      • Damage needed to unlock quest reduced from 100 to 90

Zagara

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Abilities

  • Nydus Network (R)
    • Charge cooldown increased from 60 to 100 seconds

 

Support

Kharazim

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Iron Fists (Trait)
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 30 to 25%
    • Transcendence (Trait)
      • Added Functionality:
        • Now also grants Kharazim 25% Movement Speed on the third punch
    • Insight (Trait)
      • Added Functionality:
        • Now also grants Kharazim 25% Movement Speed on the third punch

Stukov

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 1590 to 1682
  • Health regen increased from 3.31 to 3.5 

Warrior

Garrosh

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Talents

  • Level 16
    • Earthshaker (E)
      • Stun duration decreased from .75 to .6 seconds

Leoric

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Abilities

  • Entomb (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Kneel Peasants! (Q)
      • Damage bonus to Minions increased from 75 to 100%

Muradin

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Abilities

  • Storm Bolt (Q)
    • Mana cost decreased from 50 to 45

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Sledgehammer (Q)
      • Bonus damage increased from 300% > 350%
  • Level 7
    • Skullcracker (Passive)
      • Damage bonus increased from 60 to 70%
    • Heavy Impact (E)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Now slows enemies by 80% for .75 seconds

Bug Fixes

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Kerrigan: Triggering the Double Strike Talent after learning Fury of the Storm will no longer cause the next Basic Attack to deal more than the intended amount of cleave damage to secondary targets.
  • Muradin: After learning Thunder Burn, Thunder Clap will no longer fail to fire a second time if an enemy was struck by the outer-edge of the initial cast’s area of effect.
  • Muradin: Fixed an issue causing Muradin’s Second Wind Trait and Third Wind Talent to restore less than the intended amount of Health.
  • Nazeebo: The Superstition Talent’s visual effects will no longer persist after Nazeebo is killed.
  • Zul’jin: The Troll’s Blood Talent will now correctly restore 10% of Zul’jin’s maximum Mana when Regeneration channeling completes.

User Interface

  • Draft Mode: Fixed an issue that prevented players from selecting the Garden Shambler Murky Skin in draft lobbies.

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26 minutes ago, Orshova said:

Looks like they gave muradin the Varian treatment. 

My exact thoughts. It is fair, though. That Dwarf Toss > Storm Bolt stun combo was very broken.

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53 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

My exact thoughts. It is fair, though. That Dwarf Toss > Storm Bolt stun combo was very broken.

Yeah. He was quickly becoming extremely contested at the weekend's HGC games, and it was easy to see the reasons why. He should still be very strong, especially considering Garrosh's nerf to his level 16 stun talent too. 

Personally keeping an eye on how Kharazim does now with the speed buff made baseline for all level 1 talents. Iron Fists was taken a lot of the time purely for a reliable way to be able to keep up with anyone, not strictly the damage itself. He should be a lot more potent now on paper with more situations for even Transcendence to be useful (am thinking against double support comps that lack blinds).  

Leoric buffs creeping up there too! 

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well,i dont know why they're still buffing stukov even if its small buff.. he's still the best sup in meta and needs more nerfs

and about junkrat.. well we wanted more damage from (Q) but actually they didnt do anything by buffing (Q)'s base damage and nerfing level4(Q)'s talent which most of people take.

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3 hours ago, Stan said:

Earthshaker (E)

  • Stun duration decreased from .75 to .6 seconds

 

Thank god, in the german translation it said it was increased from .75 to 1,75. That would not have been broken at all ....
 

21 minutes ago, Dejo93 said:

They really want that AA Zul'jin, don't they?

So do I, the old one, prepatch. Me not like new troll.

And about those Junkrat changes - Meh. Don't really feel like those are going to help at all. Maybe he can survive 1 or 2 combos now that would have killed him earlier but let's be honest, soon as they catch you, Junkrat is dead anyways and since his damage in the late game did not get any better I think his winrate won't change.

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The base damage of Q scales with level while quest damage is just additive and not scales. This way on paper is a good buff on him he does more damage than before.

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2 hours ago, Hanz39 said:

The base damage of Q scales with level while quest damage is just additive and not scales. This way on paper is a good buff on him he does more damage than before.

can confirm, this is a noticeable buff to his Q damage, even when taking the nerfed talent.

I still think his kit is a bit weak at a base level - imo the really need to reduce setup time for the trap, and/or divide his mine damage into 2 charges to boost his mobility/self peel. something to stop him from just evaporating in every fight involving a dive assassin of any kind...

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4 hours ago, MZLICH said:

well,i dont know why they're still buffing stukov even if its small buff.. he's still the best sup in meta and needs more nerfs

Last big patch really tuned him down a lot, and it reflected in his win rates, sliding near the bottom overall and the worst performing Support recently. He can be good in the right hands and comp, but is less capable of doing a bit of everything except Cleanse and fixing the kitchen sink. I have to disagree he's the best support in the meta when double support is so prevalent and he's not really a priority pick in those. Before he gets anymore changes, nerfs, buffs or otherwise, something has to be done to bring back some kind of indicator for his Pathogen on allies to be shown again; no one except Stukov can see the timers above people's heads and it can be and often is extremely unreliable to rely on your team mates to know what to do and to spread the virus to others who don't have it in solo queue or casual play. Once that is addressed, I will pick him up again, as there's simply better options right now. 

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2 hours ago, Plergoth said:

something has to be done to bring back some kind of indicator for his Pathogen on allies to be shown again; no one except Stukov can see the timers above people's heads and it can be and often is extremely unreliable to rely on your team mates to know what to do and to spread the virus to others who don't have it in solo queue or casual play.

Yeah, I totally agree with this statement about Stukov's pathogen. Infact I always forget when playing Stukov that only I can see the timer's over my allies heads for the heal. It seems really stupid to me that all allied teammates can't see that timer above their heads too just like Stukov can. You would think that would just be an obvious thing that would happen that they would have visible to everyone. Rather then that slight green glow on them that little to no one will notice is there to show they have it. So yeah, this should have been fixed after week one of Stukov coming to the Live servers. It seems like an easy but very impactful fix to help with the way he works. And explains why so many people just run off away from Stukov and each other when you put the virus on them. Because they have no idea that they even have it on them to begin with. And other then the big jump in their health when you pop the virus they don't know you've even healed them any otherwise. My friends are always acting like I didn't heal them any when using Stukov unless they see that big jump in HP from the Kill Switch. Cause they can't see any other obvious way to know like I can when using him. It's truely ridiculous. And I'm glad someone else thought to bring this up. Cause it's something I keep forgetting is a real issue.

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i mean yes,they nerfed him but he still has the best healing and i still use him on hl and hes prefect

his Q is ok if u judge between lili and stukov's Q(lili heals for small amount of heal but stukov heals more but overtime)  n maybe stukov win it since his Q splits between others and you can't select target for lili's healing! and..

we usually dont use Q itself.. we use Q+D combo which is horrible! its something like this:

how to cast Ancestral Healing(rehgar's ult) on all allies without much coldowns:

pick stukov.cast Q on an ally.wait about 2secs.press D. and you have a full health team :)

and about his E: im 100% sure! its the best basic *damaging* ability which supports ever had! silence and damage enemies in large area till anytime you want! 

im sure hes the best since i was testing all of supports during these 2 weeks. you should do this too to see hes a overpowered healer who got much damage too and has great abilities

 

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Loving those specialist nerfs! Azmodan's General was always a pain the Az to deal with and Zagara will now be easier to capture. (Don't have use master ball so easily!) 

Raynor's buff really did nothing to benefit him, but I'm glad to see Blizzard hasn't forgotten the poor chap. Tychus, on the other hand, got some great buffs to his damage.

Valla nerf has been a long time coming and that shouldn't surprise anyone. Same with Garrosh, but I was hoping they had done some more nerfs to him.

I saw that Kharazim change on the Heroes Of The Storm reddit page recently. Nice to see Blizzard listen to the fans. Maybe it had nothing to do with the change, but I like to think Blizzard trusts its fans more on these things.

And Leoric, well, what can I say?

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7 hours ago, MZLICH said:

i mean yes,they nerfed him but he still has the best healing and i still use him on hl and hes prefect

im sure hes the best since i was testing all of supports during these 2 weeks. you should do this too to see hes a overpowered healer who got much damage too and has great abilities

This is the problem with all balancing debates... "I still use him on HL and he's perfect". What league, do you draft him always or when you team works with it, I doubt he's perfect if your team is 5 melee because you take him...

He's not at all over powered. You rant about the ancestral, but this requires your team to still spread it. That's also his only heal/negation on a single CD and has to have a quest done, which isn't easy if it's a large 3 lane map to pop enough without purely spamming it, which you can't do unless it's a double support or you put your whole team at risk while rushing it.

Point is, he's balanced even with the "ancestral" and you being perfect is an oddity, not a fact of him being top tier above all.

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10 hours ago, Plergoth said:

something has to be done to bring back some kind of indicator for his Pathogen on allies to be shown again; no one except Stukov can see the timers above people's heads and it can be and often is extremely unreliable to rely on your team mates to know what to do and to spread the virus to others who don't have it in solo queue or casual play.

 

8 hours ago, CyberDVonaven said:

It seems really stupid to me that all allied teammates can't see that timer above their heads too just like Stukov can. You would think that would just be an obvious thing that would happen that they would have visible to everyone. Rather then that slight green glow on them that little to no one will notice is there to show they have it.

As a Stukov main, I totally agree that it would be good if other players could see the timers so they would be able to spread Healing PathogenHealing Pathogen more efficiently to the rest of the team. However, I think that having a big timer over other players' heads would end up being a nuisance, since each player already has their own buffs and mechanics to pay full attention to; having another gimmick such as a big ass green timer over their heads could be a problem more than a solution, because they might freak out ("OH MY GOD, it is on me. I HAVE TO SPREAD."). And I think Blizzard knows that.

As Stukov, it is your job to position yourself the best as possible to spread the Pathogen. If you have enough communication, it helps a lot. But even when not using voice chats, it is not that hard. I usually pop Pathogen on myself and move towards other players to spread it; I found that to be the best strategy in QM. And it is not that dangerous since the spread radius is quite large, so if you position yourself well enough, you can spread it to everyone without putting yourself at risk. In other cases, I pop it on a frontline and/or diver, as they will charge ahead while the Pathogen spreads to the backline.

The HoT effect and green glow is quite enough for the ally to know they have the Pathogen, to be honest. If you're playing with someone who knows that, they will aid in the spreading. I think Blizzard could add a timer if it was very very small, so it doesn't interfere with the other characters UI. Or maybe they could just make the green glow more evident (more "glowy"?).

8 hours ago, MZLICH said:

im sure hes the best since i was testing all of supports during these 2 weeks. you should do this too to see hes a overpowered healer who got much damage too and has great abilities

As much as I love playing him, I wouldn't say he is THE BEST HEALER OF ALL. But he is definitely Core Tier material due his healing output and utility, and he is absolutely fantastic in the Double Support Meta, specially when paired with Ana specced for Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade. With the healing buff, Bio-Kill SwitchBio-Kill Switch heals absurdly high.

The thing is: most people are too shy to play Stukov; he doesn't have the right tools to go melee, but he shouldn't be afraid to throw a slap here and there, because the Admiral HITS HARD (200 Basic Attack on level 1 is amazing). One slap sometimes can make all the difference.

I'm gonna leave this video here again, so you can understand:

 

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On 11/2/2017 at 12:57 PM, Valhalen said:

I'm gonna leave this video here again, so you can understand

Thank you for bringing this back into my life.

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On 11/2/2017 at 11:58 AM, SociKraft said:

What the hell, no Chromie buffs and Malthael nerfs, something is wrong here.

Chromie needs an auto-target Q IMO. No more skillshot, just tracked, fast moving object.

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      Level 1 Extra TNT [E] Removed. Scrap-o-matic Smelter [Trait] Removed. Break it down [Trait] Removed. Goblin Repairs [Passive] Removed. (New) Rocket Boots [E] Increase the cast range of Xplodium Charge by 30% and its damage by 20%. Hitting a Hero increases movement speed by 20% for 3 seconds. (New) One Man Wrecking Crew [Passive] Casting Basic Abilities cause Gazlowe’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 45% more damage. Stores up to 2 charges. (New) Big Game Hunter [Passive] Dealing damage with Basic Attacks to Heroes, Mercs or Monsters reduces the cooldown of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by 2 seconds. Increase maximum Scrap by 2. Level 4 Clockwerk Steam Fists [Q] Removed. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [Trait] Removed. Hired Goons [Passive] Removed. (New) Rock It Sock It [Q] Placing a Rock-It! Turret grants Gazlowe a 215 point Shield for 2.5 seconds. Hyperfocus Coils [W/E] Moved from level 7. Adjusted Functionality: Heroes hit by Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge take an additional 2% of their maximum Health in damage. Gazlowe is healed for 150% the amount. Crit kicker added. EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper [Active] Moved from level 13. New Functionality: Cooldown: 40 seconds. Activate to gain 35 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 35%, and reduce damage dealt of all nearby Heroes and Summons by 50% for 3 seconds. Level 7 Rock-It! Turret XL [Q] Removed. Engine Gunk [Q] Removed. Goblin Fusion Moved from level 13. Adjusted Functionality: Generate 3 Scrap for each Hero hit by Deth Lazor. (New) Overload [W] Deth Lazor can now store up to 2 charges. Each enemy Hero hit by Deth Lazor reduces the cooldown of Deth Lazor by 0.5 seconds. (New) Master Blaster [E] Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge Slow by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Rock-It! Turret Basic Attacks extend the duration by 0.25 seconds. Level 10 Robo-Goblin [R1] New Functionality: Activate to become Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds. Passive: Basic Attacks deal 80 bonus damage over 5 seconds, stacks up to 3 times. Grav-O-Bomb 3000 [R2] Cooldown decreased from 90 to 60 seconds. Damage reduced from 251 to 220. Added Functionality: Basic Abilities deal 30% more damage for 5 seconds after casting Grav-O-Bomb 3000. Level 13 X-Tra Large Bombs [E] Removed. (New) Positive Reinforcement [Q] Primary Turret attacks against Heroes increase Gazlowe’s Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. (New) Superior Schematics [Q] Moved from level 16. Adjusted Functionality: Rock-It! Turrets attack up to 2 additional target for 75% damage and have 50% increased range. (New) Overcharged Capacitors [Q] Gazlowe gains 5% Spell Power for each active turret, up to a maximum of 15%. Dealing Basic Attack damage extends the duration of Rock-It! Turrets by 1.5 seconds. Level 16 Turret Storage [Q] Removed. Kwik Release Charge [E] Removed. Firin’ Mah Lazorz [W] Moved from level 20. Damage increased from 102 to 125. Ark Reaktor [E] Moved from level 4. Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Xplodium Charge by 3 seconds. Using Xplodium Charge creates 3 Rock-It! Turrets that last for 3 seconds. These Turrets do not drop Scrap or benefit from other Talents. (New) Overklock [Passive] Hitting enemy Heroes grants 15% bonus Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Attacks causes them to take an additional 2.5% of their maximum Health in damage. Level 20 Mecha-Lord [R1] Adjusted Functionality: Basic Attacks increase Gazlowe’s Armor by 10 for 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 30. Basic Attacks deal 50% more damage to Stunned or Slowed targets. Miniature Black Hole [R2] Added Functionality: Each enemy Hero hit reduces the cooldown of Grav-O-Bomb by 12 seconds. It’s Raining Scrap [Q] Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the Scrap cost of Rock-It! Turrets by 1. Regain 2 Scrap for each Scrap pickup. (New) Bomb Toss [E] Xplodium Charge launches 2 more bombs when it detonates. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Alarak
      Base
      Health increased from 1900 to 1950. Health Regeneration increased from 3.96 to 4.06. Talents
      Level 4 Negatively Charged [E] Initial damage bonus increased from 150% to 175%. Cassia
      Talents
      Level 7 Surge of Light [Active] Damage reduced from 250 to 240. Damage taken amount required to activate increased from 500 to 650. Chromie
      Talents
      Level 1 Deep Breathing [W] Damage bonus reduced from 1.5% to 1% per stack. Cooldown reduction upon quest completion reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds. Mana cost upon quest completion changed from 30 to 40. Level 5 Mobius Loop [W] Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 30%. Slow duration reduced from 1 second to .75 seconds. Deckard
      Talents
      Level 4 Ruby [Active] Cooldown increased from 10 to 20 seconds. E.T.C.
      Talents
      Level 13 Encore [W] Heroic cooldown reduction reduced from 8% to 6%. Imperius
      Talents
      Level 7 Flash of Anger [Q] Damage reduced from 180 to 165. Shield amount reduced from 300 to 275. Orphea
      Talents
      Level 1 Ancestral Strength [Trait] Bonus damage reduced from 20% to 15%. Level 7 Mind Devourer [E] Damage per enemy Hero hit increased from 4 to 5. Maximum bonus damage reduced from 160 to 150. Heroes hit required for quest completion reduced from 40 to 30. Level 13 Abyssal Symbiosis [W] Shield amount reduced from 180 to 170. Level 16 Dead Magic [Trait] Damage reduced from 95 to 90. Stitches
      Base
      Slam [W] Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries increased from 50% to 60%. Tassadar
      Talents
      Level 1 Static Charge [Q] Maximum damage bonus reduced from 250 to 200. Level 10 Archon [R1] Shield amount reduced from 30% to 25% maximum Health. Basic Attack damage reduced from 150 to 140. Basic Attack splash damage reduced from 75 to 70. Yrel
      Talents
      Level 1 Dauntless [Passive] Physical Armor amount reduced from 40 to 35. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where Mercenaries would not be Stunned by Haunting Wave when the Mercenary Queen and Festering Wounds talents were taken. Fixed an issue where Executor's Will did not have a buff bar. Fixed an issue where Trauma Trigger did not have a button. Toy Train Mount - Metamorphosis Illidan, Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, Odin Tychus, and Archon Tassadar can no longer mount as a caboose on the Toy Train. Return to Top
      The latest content patch with D.Va & Gazlowe reworks, ARAM Mode, and a brand new Nexus Anomaly is live.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard Press Center has been recently updated with new skins coming in the latest patch, Enforcer tints, and the Tamed Ravasaur mount which will be rewarded from winning 35 games in Ranked Play in the new Season.
      The CraftWars and Hero Reworks entry in the Press Center requires a login, but Redditor Gnueless found out that you can simply scroll down the page and see everything.
      Anduin

      Rexxar/Misha

      Artanis

      Arthas

      Blaze + Bunker

      D.Va Micro Missiles

      Gazlowe

      Illidan

      Invincilisk Mount

      Kul Tiras Iron Kite Mount

      Mei

      Murky

      Uther

      Most of the new skins will arrive with the latest patch, but there are also three interesting Enforcer tints for the existing skins, these include:
      Bionic Enforcer Johanna

      Russet Watchdog Greymane

      Neon Paramedic Morales

      Tamed Ravasaur Mount
      You can get the following mount as a reward in the upcoming Season.



    • By Stan
      Heroes of the Storm Senior Game Designer David Warner talks about the D.Va rework coming in the next patch.
      (Source)
      What do you get when you mix a professional gamer from the future, energy drinks, a huge mech, and tabletop roleplaying game archetypes? According to David Warner, senior game designer on the Heroes of the Storm team, the outcome of this amalgamation is the brand-new D.Va rework, releasing with Heroes of the Storm’s upcoming patch.
      We caught up with Warner to hear more about everyone’s favorite MEKA pilot and what it’s like to rework heroes.
      For Warner, game design is like a constantly-changing jigsaw puzzle with an unknown number of parts. Trying to suss out the best direction to take a design is a point of frustration, but when all of the pieces seamlessly connect, it brings him an unparalleled feeling of fulfillment.
      “Personally,” Warner says, “the best feeling is when you finally get all the segments of a particular build in place and you start getting feedback about how fun and cool it is from people that don’t normally play that character. Nothing means more than getting an email after a rework talking about how cool X and Y were and how they can’t wait to try Z next game!”
      The team carefully considers each piece of the hero rework puzzle as they flesh out a character to have more diversity and synergy while preserving their core gameplay. After they decide which hero to revamp, the team digs in to identify which areas need the most TLC. While it’s easy enough to look at the pick-win rates of heroes’ talents and their success with various matchups to pinpoint issues, what is and isn’t working about a hero’s fulfillment of player fantasies and their identity as a unique character is harder to recognize and define than the ones and zeros of statistical game data.
      “While I consider both data and hero identity for a rework, I usually start by digging into lore, which almost always yields some gameplay angles to pursue,” says Warner. “For example: with D.Va it was obvious there needed to be a talent that involved shooting your pistol at your Mech with Big Shot because that was an unforgettable moment from her Overwatch cinematic. This cool lore moment became the Nuclear Option talent at level 4, which drastically changed the availability of Self-Destruct, effectively creating a whole new build path by itself.”

      Warner also looks at what he calls the memetic identity of the game’s heroes, looking at how they’re perceived by the community to see what sorts of reactions they elicit and memes they generate. “D.Va is a pro gamer, but she’s also got this over-the-top ‘gremlin’ meme identity that took on a life of its own where she’s hopped up on energy drinks and Doritos,” says Warner. “It might sound stupid, but all of the ridiculous memes I saw led to the Liquid Cooling and Timing Attack talents and levels 1 and 20 respectively because I thought to myself, ‘If this meme were a talent, what would it look like?’”
      While exploring the memes D.Va spawned provided valuable insight and aided the team in reworking her identity and skills to give them unique flavor, the extreme gamer energy and empty drink cans comprise only a part of who she is. To figure out other aspects of her character and gameplay, Warner swapped his perspective to that of a Dungeon Master.
      “Pen-and-paper game archetypes have been explored and iterated upon for decades, and I find them tried and true,” says Warner. “I view D.Va as an amalgam of the Berserker and Knight archetype. She wants to get in your face and expend health for bursts of offensive power like a Berserker while also being a defensively oriented anchor point for your team, like an archetypical Knight would. So how does that translate, gameplay-wise? An example is the Full Metal talent at level 1 being more of a Berserker option, since it expands and rewards your ability to get in close melee, while Pro Moves is more of a Knight option because it encourages you to stick close to the team and soak damage. That line of thought continues throughout the talent tree, allowing D.Va to flex or sharpen either of these roles as she sees fit.”
      The team approached D.Va’s rework with three main goals in mind: to make her talent choices more compelling and meaningful, to help her become a traditional ‘bruiser’ and give her more of an edge against solo laners, and to avoid pigeonholing players into having to choose either a Mech or Pilot Heroic. Some of the goals proved more difficult than others to accomplish, leading to rounds of tinkering and design iteration that made D.Va a bigger project than most other hero reworks.
      “The hardest part was balancing the relationship between her offensive strength and defensive strength,” says Warner. “It’s very easy for D.Va to hit the ‘salt wall’ and make other players angry because of the combination of being highly mobile, having massive damage reduction, and having multiple regenerating health bars. All of these things are easy to exploit by D.Va players and have low potential for counter-play by many other Heroes in the roster. It took a lot of tinkering to balance these vectors.”
      Now, with her rework complete, D.Va emerges from her Dorito-dusted chrysalis and takes flight once more in her refurbished Mech, ready to mow down enemies and flaunt her KDA in style.
      As one of the least played Heroes in the roster, Warner hopes that her rework will change players’ perceptions of her being a “wasted” pick. “She’s got a unique playstyle and has more versatility talentwise, so I hope she’ll find a permanent place in the meta,” says Warner. “I think die-hard D.va fans are going to enjoy finally having multiple builds to choose from as well as new tools that increase her skill ceiling.”
    • By Stan
      In the latest patch, Blizzard has reworked D.Va and Gazlowe. A new Nexus Anomaly allows everyone (except for Deathwing and Gall) to become Unstoppable for 1 second on a 5-minute cooldown, and new "Worlds Collide" skins were added.
      The patch will be available for testing for one week. Check out the full patch notes for more details.
      (Source)
      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until the week of September 7, PDT. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
      Quick Navigation:
      Nexus Anomaly General Collection Storm League Heroes Rework: D.Va Heroes Rework: Gazlowe Heroes Bug Fixes Nexus Anomaly
      New Nexus Anomaly - Gladiator's Medallion Heroes now start the game with a new item on their action bar, the Gladiator's Medallion. The Gladiator's Medallion can be activated to become Unstoppable for 1 second. The cooldown is 300 seconds (5 minutes). Deathwing and Gall do not start with a Gladiator's Medallion. All 3 of The Lost Vikings gain the effect of the Medallion when activated. Return to Top
      General
      Introducing ARAM Mode With the Patch H.52, we're replacing Heroes Brawl mode with the new ARAM - All Random All Mid mode. ARAM mode key features: The map pool for ARAM mode consists of four one-lane maps. There are no additional objectives on the ARAM maps: destroy the enemy's Core to win. As match starts, every player must pick one out of three randomly selected heroes. Think fast: you have only 30 seconds! Hearthstones are disabled, and starting area does not regenerate health. Unlike Heroes Brawl, there's no dedicated Weekly Quest exclusive to this mode. Instead, ARAM games contribute to Daily Quests and Special Event Quests progress. Return to Top
      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Worlds Collide Bundle Interdimensional Fusion Bundle Terran Alliance Bundle Draenei Executor Artanis Skin Pack King of Blades Arthas Skin Pack Mineral Harvester Gazlowe Skin Pack Necrotoplogist Mei Skin Pack Invincilisk Bundle Returning Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Baby-Face Orphea Bundle Big Shot Sgt. Hammer Bundle Getaway Sidecar Bundle Raccoon Bundle Showstopper Whitemane Bundle Wiseguy Junkrat Bundle New Skins King of Blades Arthas Venomous King of Blades Arthas Lavawrought King of Blades Arthas Draenei Executor Artanis Royal Draenei Executor Artanis Darksteel Draenei Executor Artanis Emperor of the Dominion Anduin Glorious Emperor of the Dominion Anduin Studious Emperor of the Dominion Anduin Necrotopologist Mei Frostbitten Necrotopologist Mei Devilish Necrotopologist Mei Mineral Harvester Gazlowe Firebat Mineral Harvester Gazlowe Rich Mineral Harvester Gazlowe Galvanic Fel Reaver Blaze Angelic Medic Uther Angelic Raider Rexxar Acid Apothecary Morales Earthy Grunty Murky Scorch Spectre Illidan Shining D.Va New Mounts Invincilisk Slimeheart Invincilisk Sulphurous Invincilisk Iron Kite Stormgarde Iron Kite Kul Tiras Iron Kite New Content Several new Portraits, Sprays and other items have been added to the Collection! Return to Top
      Storm League
      Seasonal Quest Line win requirements have been reduced in Season 4.
      Steps and Rewards in Season 4 of 2020 5 Wins: Craft Wars Chest 10 Wins: Rare Craft Wars Chest 20 Wins: Epic Craft Wars Chest 35 Wins: Tamed Ravasaur Mount 35 Wins: Eligibility for End of Season 4 Rewards and Grand Master Leaderboards Storm League Reward Mounts The final reward of the 2020 Season 4 Questline will be the Tamed Ravasaur Mount, which will be awarded after winning 35 games in Ranked Play. Return to Top
      Heroes Rework: D.Va
      Base
      Mech Mode Health increased from 2150 to 2250. Health Regeneration increased from 4.48 to 4.69. Base damage reduced from 26 to 23. Added functionality: Enemies close to D.Va’s Mech take 50% bonus damage. Pilot Mode - Big Shot Ability now available baseline. Cooldown increased from 4 to 6 seconds. Call Mech cooldown reduction reduced from 8 to 5 seconds. Damage reduced from 200 to 150. Added Functionality: Enemy Heroes hit are slowed by 25% for 1.5 seconds. Mechanized Walker [Z] New Functionality: D.Va’s Mech can move while attacking. While attacking or channeling an ability, the Mech’s speed is quickly reduced by 25%. Boosters [Q] Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds. Duration decreased from 2 to 1.75 seconds. Speed bonus decreased from 125% to 115%. Area reduced from 1.5 to 1.375. Defense Matrix [W] Damage reduction reduced from 75% to 50%. Added Functionality: Can now be retargeted while active. Self-Destruct/Call Mech [E] Charge earned per 100% maximum life damage taken reduced from 33% to 25%. Maximum damage reduced from 1,200 to 1,100. Talents
      Level 1 Rush-Down [Q] Moved to level 4. New Functionality: Boosters steals 4% of maximum health from enemy Heroes and deals 100% increased damage to non-heroic enemies. Hit the Nitrous [Q] Moved to level 7. New Functionality: The initial speed bonus of Boosters is increased to 300%, decaying to normal speed over .5 seconds. During this time, Boosters stuns for .5 seconds. Crash Course [Q] Removed. Pro Moves [Trait] New Functionality: Each time D.Va’s Mech takes damage, its movement speed is increased by 2% and gains 2 Armor, stacking up to 10 times. A stack of this effect decays every .5 seconds. Basic Attacks in Pilot Mode against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Call Mech by 1 additional second. (New) Liquid Cooling [Active] When used in Mech Mode, the cooldown of Healing Fountain is decreased to 50 seconds and it lasts 25% longer. Activate to gain Healing Fountains effects and incur the reduced cooldown. 50 second cooldown. Level 4 Diverting Power [W] Moved to level 16. New Functionality: Drastically increases Defense Matrix’s area and each time it reduces damage D.Va’s mech is healed for 35. Fusion Generator [W] Moved to level 7. Maximum Self-Destruct charge gained per cast increased from 15 to 20. Added Functionality: While at full Self-Destruct charge, Fusion Cannons’ bonus damage is increased to 75%. Bring It On [E] Removed. Level 7 Coming Through [Q] Removed. (New) Get On The Point! [Q] Casting Boosters grants nearby allies 20% movement speed for 2 seconds. After being out of combat for 3 seconds, Boosters’ cooldown refreshes 100% faster. Aggression Matrix [W] Moved to level 4. New Functionality: Basic Attacks against Heroes reduces the cooldown of Defense Matrix by .125 seconds. Enemy Heroes in your Defense Matrix receive 30% less healing. Dazer Zone [W] Removed. Nuclear Option [E] Moved to level 4. New Functionality: [Passive] Each time Fusion Cannons deals bonus damage to a Hero, gain .25 Self-Destruct Charge. Hitting your self-destructing Mech with Big Shot causes it to self-destruct 40% faster. Level 10 Bunny Hop [R1] Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds. Damage reduced from 60 to 52. Radius reduced from 5 to 4.5. New Functionality: Every 4th consecutive hit deals 100% increased damage and stuns for .5 seconds. (New) Micro Missiles [R2] After .375 seconds fire a stream of 12 missiles in a target direction. Upon impact, each missile deals a small amount of damage and slows in an area. Missiles deal 35 Damage and apply a 35% slow for 2 seconds. 12 range. Holds 2 Charges. 20 second charge cooldown with a 5 second cooldown between charge uses. Level 13 Ablative Armor [Passive] Moved to level 20. New Functionality: 45% of Ability damage taken by D.Va’s Mech is returned as Health over 4 seconds. Emergency Shielding [Trait] Moved to level 16. Cooldown increased from 15 to 30 seconds. Shield increased from 210 to 280. Duration reduced from 6 to 4 seconds. Expensive Plating [Passive] Moved to level 1. Renamed to “Full Metal”. No longer increases the cooldown for Call Mech. Bonus Mech Health reduced from 20% to 10%. Added Functionality: Fusion Cannon bonus damage heals for 20% of the damage dealt. (New) Target Locked [W] Enemy heroes that remain in Defense Matrix for 1.5 seconds have their armor reduced by 15 and are slowed by 25% for 3 seconds. (New) Good To Go [Pilot Active] Unlock the Torpedo Dash and Concussive Pulse abilities while in Pilot Mode. Torpedo Dash [Pilot Mode Q] Travel distance decreased from 6.75 to 4.5. Travel speed reduced from 17.5 to 14. Now has a .75 second coolup when exiting Mech Mode. Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds. Concussive Pulse [Active] Cooldown increased from 7 to 10 seconds. Damage reduced from 141 to 120. Knockback distance reduced by 40%. Level 16 GG, WP [Trait] Removed. Nanoweave Suit [Trait] Removed. Suppressing Fire [Trait] Removed. (New) In For The Kill [Q] Casting Boosters grants a shield equal to 10% maximum health for 2.5 seconds. Each enemy Hero hit by Boosters increases your Basic Attack damage by 10% for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Level 20 Stop And Pop [R1] New functionality: While D.Va is stationary, Bunny Hop’s duration is paused. Pew! Pew! Pew! [R2] Moved to Level 13. Damage per shot increased from 50% to 75%. MEKA Fall [Trait] Removed. (New) Timing Attack [R2] Micro Missiles gains an additional charge. Each time Micro Missiles deals damage to a Hero, reduce its cooldown by .5 seconds and its charge cooldown by .25 seconds. (New) Headshot! [R2] Big Shot’s damage is increased by 75% and its cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds. Return to Top
      Heroes Rework: Gazlowe
      Base
      Vitals Uses Scrap instead of Mana, max of 10 Scrap. Base Health increased from 1826 to 2275. Health regen increased from 3.8046 to 4.74. Basic Attack Damage from 95 to 100. Trait Renamed to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. New Functionality: Regenerate 1 Scrap every 4 seconds. Destroyed Rock-It! Turrets drop 1 Scrap, pick up dropped Scrap to regain it. Activate to destroy a target Rock-It! Turret. Scrap Scrap pick up range increased from 1.25 to 1.5. Spawn pick up delay reduced from 0.45 to 0.0 seconds. Rock-It! Turrets [Q] Costs 4 Scrap. Base damage decreased from 62 to 36. Base Health reduced from 593 to 510. Health scaling increased from 4% to 5%. Duration decreased from 30 to 15 seconds. GCD decreased from 2 to 0.5 seconds. Placement range increased from 2 to 3. Adjusted weapon range icons to be less noisy. Prioritizes nearest enemy Hero when first created. Deth Lazor [W] No longer has a cost. Cooldown decreased from 12 to 8 seconds. Damage increased from 137 to 174. Range increase from 6 to 10. Width increased from 2 to 2.5. Adjusted Functionality: After 0.65 seconds, deal 208 damage to enemies in a line. Heal 25% of damage dealt, this effect is increased to 75% against Heroes. Xplodium Charge [E] No longer has a cost. Cooldown decreased from 20 to 12 seconds. Damage reduced from 233 to 155. Missile travel speed increased substantially. Search area reduced from 3 to 2.85. Range decreased from 9.5 to 7. Explosion delay decreased from 2.5 to 1.25 seconds. Stun duration decreased from 1.75 to 1 second. Talents
      Level 1 Extra TNT [E] Removed. Scrap-o-matic Smelter [Trait] Removed. Break it down [Trait] Removed. Goblin Repairs [Passive] Removed. (New) Rocket Boots [E] Increase the cast range of Xplodium Charge by 30% and its damage by 20%. Hitting a Hero increases movement speed by 20% for 3 seconds. (New) One Man Wrecking Crew [Passive] Casting Basic Abilities cause Gazlowe’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 45% more damage. Stores up to 2 charges. (New) Big Game Hunter [Passive] Dealing damage with Basic Attacks to Heroes, Mercs or Monsters reduces the cooldown of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by 2 seconds. Increase maximum Scrap by 2. Level 4 Clockwerk Steam Fists [Q] Removed. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [Trait] Removed. Hired Goons [Passive] Removed. (New) Rock It Sock It [Q] Placing a Rock-It! Turret grants Gazlowe a 215 point Shield for 2.5 seconds. Hyperfocus Coils [W/E] Moved from level 7. Adjusted Functionality: Heroes hit by Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge take an additional 2% of their maximum Health in damage. Gazlowe is healed for 150% the amount. Crit kicker added. EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper [Active] Moved from level 13. New Functionality: Cooldown: 40 seconds. Activate to gain 35 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 35%, and reduce damage dealt of all nearby Heroes and Summons by 50% for 3 seconds. Level 7 Rock-It! Turret XL [Q] Removed. Engine Gunk [Q] Removed. Goblin Fusion Moved from level 13. Adjusted Functionality: Generate 3 Scrap for each Hero hit by Deth Lazor. (New) Overload [W] Deth Lazor can now store up to 2 charges. Each enemy Hero hit by Deth Lazor reduces the cooldown of Deth Lazor by 0.5 seconds. (New) Master Blaster [E] Deth Lazor and Xplodium Charge Slow by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Rock-It! Turret Basic Attacks extend the duration by 0.25 seconds. Level 10 Robo-Goblin [R1] New Functionality: Activate to become Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds. Passive: Basic Attacks deal 80 bonus damage over 5 seconds, stacks up to 3 times. Grav-O-Bomb 3000 [R2] Cooldown decreased from 90 to 60 seconds. Damage reduced from 251 to 220. Added Functionality: Basic Abilities deal 30% more damage for 5 seconds after casting Grav-O-Bomb 3000. Level 13 X-Tra Large Bombs [E] Removed. (New) Positive Reinforcement [Q] Primary Turret attacks against Heroes increase Gazlowe’s Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. (New) Superior Schematics [Q] Moved from level 16. Adjusted Functionality: Rock-It! Turrets attack up to 2 additional target for 75% damage and have 50% increased range. (New) Overcharged Capacitors [Q] Gazlowe gains 5% Spell Power for each active turret, up to a maximum of 15%. Dealing Basic Attack damage extends the duration of Rock-It! Turrets by 1.5 seconds. Level 16 Turret Storage [Q] Removed. Kwik Release Charge [E] Removed. Firin’ Mah Lazorz [W] Moved from level 20. Damage increased from 102 to 125. Ark Reaktor [E] Moved from level 4. Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Xplodium Charge by 3 seconds. Using Xplodium Charge creates 3 Rock-It! Turrets that last for 3 seconds. These Turrets do not drop Scrap or benefit from other Talents. (New) Overklock [Passive] Hitting enemy Heroes grants 15% bonus Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Attacks causes them to take an additional 2.5% of their maximum Health in damage. Level 20 Mecha-Lord [R1] Adjusted Functionality: Basic Attacks increase Gazlowe’s Armor by 10 for 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 30. Basic Attacks deal 50% more damage to Stunned or Slowed targets. Miniature Black Hole [R2] Added Functionality: Each enemy Hero hit reduces the cooldown of Grav-O-Bomb by 12 seconds. It’s Raining Scrap [Q] Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the Scrap cost of Rock-It! Turrets by 1. Regain 2 Scrap for each Scrap pickup. (New) Bomb Toss [E] Xplodium Charge launches 2 more bombs when it detonates. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Alarak
      Base
      Health increased from 1900 to 1950. Health Regeneration increased from 3.96 to 4.06. Talents
      Level 4 Negatively Charged [E] Initial damage bonus increased from 150% to 175%. Cassia
      Talents
      Level 7 Surge of Light [Active] Damage reduced from 250 to 240. Damage taken amount required to activate increased from 500 to 650. Chromie
      Talents
      Level 1 Deep Breathing [W] Damage bonus reduced from 1.5% to 1% per stack. Cooldown reduction upon quest completion reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds. Mana cost upon quest completion changed from 30 to 40. Level 5 Mobius Loop [W] Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 30%. Slow duration reduced from 1 second to .75 seconds. Deckard
      Talents
      Level 4 Ruby [Active] Cooldown increased from 10 to 20 seconds. E.T.C.
      Talents
      Level 13 Encore [W] Heroic cooldown reduction reduced from 8% to 6%. Imperius
      Talents
      Level 7 Flash of Anger [Q] Damage reduced from 180 to 165. Shield amount reduced from 300 to 275. Orphea
      Talents
      Level 1 Ancestral Strength [Trait] Bonus damage reduced from 20% to 15%. Level 7 Mind Devourer [E] Damage per enemy Hero hit increased from 4 to 5. Maximum bonus damage reduced from 160 to 150. Heroes hit required for quest completion reduced from 40 to 30. Level 13 Abyssal Symbiosis [W] Shield amount reduced from 180 to 170. Level 16 Dead Magic [Trait] Damage reduced from 95 to 90. Stitches
      Base
      Slam [W] Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries increased from 50% to 60%. Tassadar
      Talents
      Level 1 Static Charge [Q] Maximum damage bonus reduced from 250 to 200. Level 10 Archon [R1] Shield amount reduced from 30% to 25% maximum Health. Basic Attack damage reduced from 150 to 140. Basic Attack splash damage reduced from 75 to 70. Yrel
      Talents
      Level 1 Dauntless [Passive] Physical Armor amount reduced from 40 to 35. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where Mercenaries would not be Stunned by Haunting Wave when the Mercenary Queen and Festering Wounds talents were taken. Fixed an issue where Executor's Will did not have a buff bar. Fixed an issue where Trauma Trigger did not have a button. Toy Train Mount - Metamorphosis Illidan, Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, Odin Tychus, and Archon Tassadar can no longer mount as a caboose on the Toy Train. Return to Top
      D.Va and Gazlowe have been reworked in the latest Heroes of the Storm content update.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard has posted the second teaser on Twitter today. This time, it's a Draenei-themed Protoss spaceship.

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

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