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Oxygen had the chance to play Hanzo at BlizzCon 2017 and has listed his thoughts on the gameplay, design and viability of the hero. Hanzo is slated to be released December 4.

Abilities and Talents

Before going over our impressions of the hero, it's worth including a list of their abilities and talents. You can find all the information required in the spoiler tag below.

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Abilities

  • [D] (Trait) Natural Agility (30-second cooldown): Target unpathable terrain or a Structure to jump to the other side of it.
  • [Q] Storm Bow (4-second cooldown): Activate to charge an arrow that deals 270 damage to the first enemy hit. Storm Bow's range increases the longer it is Channeled. Reactivate to fire.
  • [W] Scatter Arrow (8-second cooldown): Fire an arrow that deals 85 to the first enemy Hero hit. Scatter Arrow can collide with terrain and Structures, splitting into 5 arrows that travel extra distance, ricochet up to 4 additional times, and deal 85 damage each to the first enemy hit.
  • [E] Sonic Arrow (20-second cooldown): Fire an arrow that grants vision in a large area for 8 seconds. Enemies inside are revealed for 1 second. If Sonic Arrow lands directly on an enemy, it deals 150 damage to them and follows them as they move.
  • [R1] Dragonstrike (100-second cooldown): After 1.5 seconds, summon a pair of Spirit Dragons which travel forward, dealing 52 damage every 0.25 seconds to enemy Heroes in its area. Enemies in the center take 150 damage.
  • [R2] Dragon's Arrow (100-second cooldown): Fire a missile that travels across the battleground. Explodes upon hitting an enemy Hero, dealing 100 damage to all nearby enemies and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds. After traveling a medium distance, the damage is increased to 200 and the Stun duration to 1.25 seconds. After traveling a long distance, the damage is increased to 350 and the Stun duration to 2 seconds.

Talents

Level 1

  • Target Practice (Quest): Hit every enemy hero with Hero with Storm Bow. Reward: After hitting every enemy hero once with Storm Bow, its range is increased by 30%. Reward: After hitting every enemy hero 3 times with Storm Bow, its damage is increased by 100.
  • Simple Geometry: Hit a hero with multiple arrows from the same Scatter Arrow cast 20 times. Each arrow hit after the second grants additional progress. Reward: Upon hitting terrain for the first time, Scatter Arrow creates 2 additional arrows.
  • Redemption: Every 2 basic attack within 10 seconds grants 1 Redemption, stacking up to 15. Dying decreases Redemption by 3, and Redemption can be lost even at maximum stacks. At 15 Redemption, gain 50% increased attack speed.

Level 4

  • Explosive Arrow: Upon hitting a Minion or Monster, Storm Bow deals 100% of its damage to enemies around its target.
  • Serrated Arrows: Scatter Arrow deals 250% damage to Minions, Monsters, and Mercenaries.
  • Ignore All Distractions: Basic attacks instantly kills Minions and increase Hanzo's basic attack range by 2 for 3 seconds.

Level 7

  • Shieldbreaker Arrows: Basic attacks and Storm Bow deals 300% bonus damage to shields on heroic targets.
  • Never Outmatched: Reduce Scatter Arrow's mana cost by 40, down to 20. Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Scatter Arrows by 4.
  • The Dragon Hungers: Hitting heroes with Storm Bow increases spell power by 5% for 10 seconds, stacking up to 20%.

Level 10

  • [R1] Dragonstrike (100-second cooldown): After 1.5 seconds, summon a pair of Spirit Dragons which travel forward, dealing 52 damage every 0.25 seconds to enemy Heroes in its area. Enemies in the center take 150 damage.

  • [R2] Dragon's Arrow (100-second cooldown): Fire a missile that travels across the battleground. Explodes upon hitting an enemy Hero, dealing 100 damage to all nearby enemies and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds. After traveling a medium distance, the damage is increased to 200 and the Stun duration to 1.25 seconds. After traveling a long distance, the damage is increased to 350 and the Stun duration to 2 seconds.

Level 13

  • Fleet of Foot: Hitting heroes with Storm Bow grants 10% movement speed for 6 seconds up to 30%.
  • Ninja Assassin: Hitting heroes with Storm Bow reduces Natural Agility's cooldown by 10 seconds. Additionally, hero takedowns reduce Natural Agility's cooldown.
  • Mounted Archery: Upon mounting, gain 30% additional movement speed for 5 seconds. Using Natural Agility instantly mounts.

Level 16

  • Flawless Technique: Hitting heroes with Storm Bow increases the damage of Hanzo's next basic attack within 5 seconds by 25%. Basic Attacks against heroes increase Storm Bow's damage within 5 seconds by 25%.
  • Piercing Arrows: Storm Bow and Scatter Arrow pierce, hitting an additional enemy. Additionally, Scatter Arrow can pierce through one additional enemy each time it ricochets.
  • Giantslayer: Enemy heroes hit by Scatter Arrow and basic attacks take 1.25% of their maximum health as damage.

Level 20

  • The Dragon Awakens: Hitting a hero with Storm Bow, Scatter Arrow or basic attack reduces the cooldown of Dragonstrike by 5 seconds.
  • Play of the Game: While in flight of up to 2 seconds after impacting a target, Dragon Arrow can be reactivated to teleport to its location and jump backwards. If used after impact, Hanzo shoots an arrow that deals X damage to each target.
  • Sharpened Arrowheads: Scatter Arrow limits the amount of armor heroes hit to 0 for 5 seconds.
  • Bullseye: Increase Sonic Arrow's speed and center radius by 100%. Additionally, heroes hit by Sonic Arrow's center are stunned for 1 second.

 

Hero Design

Hanzo is one of the two Heroes announced at BlizzCon 2017. He is an ability-focused, long-ranged Assassin that relies on pinpoint accuracy and environmental awareness to deal damage. His kit is an instantly recognizable and rather direct MOBA translation of his Overwatch skillset, as is the case for most Overwatch Heroes. It is worth noting that he cannot, however, deliver basic attacks while moving, something we have come to accept from Overwatch characters. His basic attacks are pretty strong but unusually slow for a ranged hero, starting at 0.67 speed, like Stukov. His sustained damage output is overall average. His health pool is also appropriately very limited.

Storm Bow (Q) is a two-part ability that first causes Hanzo to channel, causing him to be unable to attack but still able to move, and to ''aim'' towards your cursor's position. While in this state, which can be maintained indefinitely, the apparent range of the ability increases over the next 2 seconds to nearly double. Clicking or hitting the ability's hotkey once again releases a relatively fast projectile in the cursor's direction, dealing damage to the first target hit. If you've played Varus from League of Legends, you know exactly what to expect from this ability, except that the range isn't nearly as long as you'd hope it to be. The ability's damage is also (unintuitively, perhaps) completely independent from the channeling time, and the fact that it doesn't pierce by default (a level 16 talent allows it to do so) means that melee heroes end up being your main target for this one.

Scatter Shot (W) launches a tiny, long-ranged projectile that deals a trivial amount of damage to the first target hit. If this projectile hits unpathable terrain or a structure, it instead explodes to project fan of 5 new projectiles at an angle which damage the first unit they hit and will keep on bouncing off terrain and structures up to a maximum of 4 times. This ability would be quite unique if Junkrat's grenades didn't already use terrain to do something similar. The fact that Scatter Shot's doesn't pierce makes it difficult to use; you may find the right angle on a target that would be hit by multiple projectiles, but having something in the way can ruin an otherwise great shot.

Sonic Arrow (E) lobs an extremely slow arcing projectile which reveals a large area for 8 seconds upon landing. This effect also reveals stealthed heroes. If the projectile hits a unit, they take a bit of damage and the reveal circle instead "follows" that target for the duration. Reliably hitting an intended target was highly impractical, however, due to the projectile's really slow speed.

Dragonstrike (R1) causes Hanzo to channel towards the targeted area for 1.5 seconds. This area is not directly in front of him, but instead at a bit of an offset, meaning you could never hit heroes in melee range with this if you were to try (but probably shouldn't anyway). After 1.5 seconds, the iconic spirit dragons spawn and slowly creep forward to deal damage at a fast interval to anything near them, and about three times as much damage to enemies near the center of the area. This area is relatively thin, making this effect rather easy to sidestep even in smaller spaces. The expected Ryuugawa... ga teki... whatever-whatever Hanzo scream also warns you of the spirit dragon's impending apparition as a convenient reminder to all that they should probably move, not unlike Ragnaros' Lava Wave.

Dragon's Arrow (R2) fires a large arrow that moves quickly across the battleground, not unlike Sgt. Hammer's Blunt Force Gun. Upon hitting a hero, it deals a large amount of damage in an area around that hero and stuns all nearby enemies as well. The damage and stun duration scale at a set interval; hitting a hero close by does very little damage and stuns only for 0.5 seconds, whereas hitting a hero over a screen and two screens away respectively increase the damage and stun to more or less quadruple. It's impossible for me to not draw parallels with League of Legends' Ashe's own iconic ultimate ability here.

Natural Agility (Trait - D) causes Hanzo to jump above an unpathable piece of terrain or structure to land directy away from where the ability was cast. This one can't be used on terrain that was much larger than, say, two Diablos in size. I think I might just start using Diablo as a measure of game space from now on.

 

Impressions and Gameplay

If I could describe Hanzo's gameplay in a word, I'd probably have to go with disjointed.

I might just say something very unpopular here, but I've never been a fan of "imported" ability kits; to me, skills that were born in ARPGs and FPSs should probably remain there, unless tweaked beyond recognition to feel like they actually belong in a MOBA. I think something like Valla illustrates exactly what I mean: If I've always disliked Hungering Arrow and Multishot - two abilities initially created to be spammed in an ARPG environment at some outrageous rate against hundreds of monsters - for their gross simplicity, she, at, least, has the very MOBA-friendly Hatred to keep me interested, making her work for me. Hanzo, on the other hand, has no such thing; we are simply treated to a faithful yet dysfunctional port of the character that ends up feeling weird. Do I feel like an actual sniper when Storm Bow's range isn't much longer than that of most other abilities? Does Scatter Shot feel powerful when I can't target the floor to shotgun a nearby target due to the targeting limitations of a top-down game? Does jumping over a small wall every 30 seconds make me feel like an assassin seeking the perfect spot for a quick one-hit kill? No. None of this feels like Hanzo to me, which is really terrifying because Heroes of the Storm, we should never forget, is all about bringing these iconic characters to life in a MOBA. But what we got is Varus-Ashe-Legolas-McGeneric-Archer-Man, not Hanzo. This is a missed opportunity to have gotten way crazier with design.

To add to this, his abilities have no synergy with each other, making them feel thrown together without any real overarching design goal. Again, I want to blame the fact that the kit comes right out of an FPS, where skill synergy isn't nearly as important as in MOBAs to create appealing character gameplay.

Now that I've shared my general impression, I'm going to go over some of the things that stood out gameplay-wise.

Storm Bow was pretty difficult to use well, making hits satifying, but nothing too exhilerating like landing a headshot in Overwatch. I generally felt like Storm Bow dealt way too little damage for how long it had to be channeled, for how easy it was to avoid, and for the fact that it makes you unable to deliver basic attacks. The Flawless Technique level 16 talent (25% Storm Bow damage after using a basic attack) made it more reasonable. But right now, if you imagine a slower, shorter ranged, weaker hitting Chromie Sand Blast, you pretty much get Storm Bow. The short 4 seconds cooldown is worth noting, but the channeling time realistically made it more like a 6 seconds cooldown. I have the feeling that our devs didn't want Hanzo to fall in Chromie territories of arguably problematic design, but Storm Bow's range definitely feels off.

Scatter Shot was both fun and frustrating, if that's a thing. Fun, because I really liked the minigame involved in trying to land perfect 5-hit scatters against heroes. Frustrating, because that pretty much never happened. Let's put it this way: to get a good hit, your target needs to be close to a wall, but not too close nor in front of you, else they'll block the projectile, at the right angle, with nothing else between you and said wall. Much easier said than done. Moving your cursor just one pixel can completely change the angling of the shrapnels because of how "sensitive" the targeting is. But when it does work, it feels amazing... right? The damage is absolutely on the low side of things, making perfect hits cool, but nothing worth raving about. After a couple of games, I more or less ended up giving up on trying to get good hits and I'd just throw the thing in a semi-random fashion whenever I thought it might poke a few things. This is definitely not what I'd call a succesful implementation, which is a shame because the concept has potential.

Sonic Arrow was about as exciting to use as Lunara's Wisp.

Dragonstrike felt rather bland, though it did look amazing. I think the feeling of blandness is related to what I was talking about earlier. In an FPS, this ability makes sense as a novelty item and as a powerful ultimate: it passes through walls, travels through the entire battlefield, can surprise opponents from weird angles, and pretty much instantly kills anything it touches. It feels awesome because, to reiterate, in an FPS, it's not something you see often. In Heroes of the Storm, a MOBA, that's a completely different story; too much of the ability's depth has been lost in translation. It needs something because right now, it's a glorified Hyperion with a cast time that can't kill minions or hit structures. I'll say that it would be excellent for contesting boss captures, but so are most area of effect heroic abilities.

Dragon's Arrow also looked awesome and was frankly pretty fun to use. That's probably why every single MOBA out there has its own little version of the ability. The targeting reticle looked great and did a good job showing how the ability works with regards to its "growing" effect.

Natural Agility was probably the weirdest part of the entire kit. Besides the fact that it's a more situational (needs a wall or structure) version of Genji's Cybernetic Agility on twice the cooldown, using the thing just felt unresponsive. I think that part of the problem was that I couldn't easily gauge which environmental walls I was allowed to jump over. You also have to target near Hanzo and not where you're trying to land to actually trigger the jump, which is quite unintuitive. I wish Natural Agility could be used while channeling Storm Bow.

 

Balance and Viability

I'll keep this short: Hanzo brings very little to the table we haven't seen already, is difficult to play, and generally feels undertuned. Although Sonic Arrow is definitely on the strong side of scouting tools, other heroes don't have to give up an entire ability slot for a similar effect unless they're a Dryad that hits hard. I suspect Dragon's Arrow to be the heroic ability of choice because it actually felt rather powerful, and competes with something that wasn't all that good. His waveclear is poor, his siege/pve damage potential are both quite bad for an assassin, and he has no self-sustain (forget solo laning here), meaning he can't round off a team composition like a lot of other assassins can if you need some of the aforementioned niches filled.

 

Conclusion

Hanzo's skillset translates poorly into the MOBA genre. He feels undertuned numbers wise, and the fear of creating another Chromie has greatly limited the range of Storm Bow. His overspecialized kit makes him difficult to fit into a lot of team compositions.

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Almost none of this surprised me after reading the abilities and talents descriptions. Scatter arrow looks ridiculously hard to pull off. I am surprised about storm bow's review though. Well, they have an entire month... we'll see if that means anything.

I also noticed he has no talents for sonic arrow except 20. Probably need to adjust an ability if you can't even add talents for it.

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28 minutes ago, Warper said:

I also noticed he has no talents for sonic arrow except 20. Probably need to adjust an ability if you can't even add talents for it.

It's the WispWisp effect.

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11 hours ago, Oxygen said:

Let's put it this way: to get a good hit, your target needs to be close to a wall, but not too close nor in front of you, else they'll block the projectile, at the right angle, with nothing else between you and said wall. Much easier said than done. Moving your cursor just one pixel can completely change the angling of the shrapnels because of how "sensitive" the targeting is. But when it does work, it feels amazing... right?

I guess that is what we could call "Simple Geometry" (funny because he has a talent with this name). Maybe this Scatter Arrow has more value in very enclosed spaces, where you're more likely to hit when the arrow splits? Or maybe as just a waveclear tool because of "Serrated Arrows" at level 4.

But still, Hanzo has some pretty "in paper" broken talents, like "Ignore All Distractions" (insta-kill minions, wat) and "Shieldbreaker Arrows" (Storm Bow and Basic Attacks deal 250% shield damage, double WAT). Sure, he has very slow attack speed, but still. A talent that instantly kills minions on level 4? And one deals 250% shield damage on level 7? DAMN.

Anyway, I can't WAIT for your impressions on Alexstrasza, Mr. Not-Duck-Anymore-But-Now-Ethereal-Man. (Also, please check if she has a /dance command while in her dragon form)

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I think I might just start using Diablo as a measure of game space from now on.

Well, the developers use Uther for scale, so you could do it your way and use Diablo, haha.

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1 hour ago, Valhalen said:

Maybe this Scatter Arrow has more value in very enclosed spaces

You'd think it would, but the initial projectile has to reach a wall, which can be awkward. Summons are annoying.

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1 hour ago, Oxygen said:

You'd think it would, but the initial projectile has to reach a wall, which can be awkward. Summons are annoying.

The projectile doesn't scatter unless it hits a wall?

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Well, if you think Hanzo's purpose is to be useful/enjoyable to play, you are wrong.

He excels at a) being cancer (in whatever sense it is used), and b) make his team butthurt the moment he is picked. 

I see his true purpose translates to hots perfectly.ggwp

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2 hours ago, Jonar said:

Well, if you think Hanzo's purpose is to be useful/enjoyable to play, you are wrong.

He excels at a) being cancer (in whatever sense it is used), and b) make his team butthurt the moment he is picked. 

I see his true purpose translates to hots perfectly.ggwp

Damn, that's meta. Well done.

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Your review mirrors a lot of what I had already been afraid of when reading his introduction/watching his spotlight... another lack luster champion it seems. Sad!

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On 11/17/2017 at 3:17 PM, nie7e said:

Your review mirrors a lot of what I had already been afraid of when reading his introduction/watching his spotlight... another lack luster champion it seems. Sad!

Aye. They simply buffed his numbers a bit; no changes. I expect sub-40% win rates.

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      Generalists form the core of your team and are generally picked after Meta picks have been distributed. They tend to work on most maps, and as part of and against most team compositions. Since this group includes most heroes, I elected to split it into three tiers. High-tier rankings are a result of performance (i.e. win rates) and popularity (i.e. pick and ban rates). This means that heroes with high win rates can be set in low tier; the opposite may also be true.
      Situational picks shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions.
       
    • By Stan
      Blizzard released two new skins for Cassia and Tracer yesterday, but that did not stop community members from submitting their own skin concepts that are very well worth checking out! Here's Messenger Kharazim and Hades Ragnaros.

      Messenger Kharazim by Yasemin Baran (Source)

      Hades Ragnaros by Evangelos Callow (Source)
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    • By Stan
      A new balance patch has just hit the Nexus. Cassia and Tracer have been reworked and we have some changes to the latest Nexus Anomaly, Tassadar buffs, and more. Read on for more details!
      Earlier today, Blizzard released new skins for Cassia and Tracer. They went live before this patch.
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      Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with Hero balance changes! Read on for details.
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      General Collection Battlegrounds Heroes Rework Heroes Bug Fixes General
      Nexus Anomaly - A Call For Help Tower, Fort, and Keep structure damage reduced by 10%. Structures will only focus their attacks on enemy Heroes if they attack an allied Hero who is also in their range. Self-damage from Heroes will no longer cause structures to focus them. Periodic damage over time will no longer cause structures to focus Heroes. Return to Top
      Collection
      Awakened Dark Nexus Manta is now called Astral Dark Nexus Manta and vice versa, to better reflect their appearance. Return to Top
      Battlegrounds
      Hanamura Objective Missile damage increased from 1800 to 1900. Samurai Camp Laner version Health reduced from 8,000 to 7,200. Laner version Health scaling reduced by ~10%. Return to Top
      Heroes Rework
      Cassia
      Base
      Vitals Health reduced from 1840 to 1510. Health Regeneration reduced from 3.83 to 3.15. Basic Attack Attack range increased from 4 to 4.5. Weapon period increased from .75 to 1. Attacks per second reduced from 1.33 to 1. Damage reduced from 130 to 122. Lightning Fury [Q] Damage reduced from 175 to 150. Cooldown increased from 4 to 5 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25. Additional functionality: Holds 2 charges. Blinding Light [W] Mana cost reduced from 70 to 50. Fend [E] Damage reduced from 39 to 34. Cast range increased from 5 to 6. Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds. Mana cost increased from 40 to 50. Additional functionality: Avoidance remains active while Fend is channeling. Avoidance [Trait] Duration increased from .5 to .625. New functionality: While moving unmounted, gradually gain 30 Armor of the course of 3 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Thunderstroke New functionality: Increase the damage of Lightning Fury by 25 and casting it grants 5 stacks of Avoidance. Quest: Every Hero hit increases the damage of Lightning Fury by 1. Impale Moved from Level 7. Additional functionality: Increases the cast range and AoE of Fend by 25%. It deals 50% more damage to enemies below 50% Health. Charged Strikes New functionality: Gain 20% Attack Speed. Every 3rd Basic attack deals 20% bonus damage to the target and bounces to nearby enemy Heroes. Level 4 Inner Light New functionality: Activate to heal for 25% of your maximum Health over 5 seconds. Heroes hit with Lightning Fury lower this cooldown by 10 seconds (70 second cooldown). Ring of the Leech New functionality: Basic Attacks against heal Cassia for 15% of the damage they deal. If an enemy is Blinded this affects Lightning Fury and Fend. Plate of the Whale New functionality: Gain 7 HPS while Avoidance is active. Increase this to 21 HPS while Avoidance is fully charged. Avoidance is active while Mounted. Level 7 Seraph's Hymn New functionality: Increase the passive damage bonus of Blinding Light to 30%. Basic Attacks that hit enemy Heroes lower the cooldown of Blinding Light by 1.5 seconds and grant 10 Mana. Surge of Light Activation Damage increased from 210 to 300. Plate of the Whale New functionality: Gain 7 HPS while Avoidance is active. Increase this to 21 HPS while Avoidance is fully charged. Avoidance is active while Mounted. New Talent: Debilitating Thrusts Enemies hit by Fend are slowed by 30% for 3 seconds. Level 13 Grounding Bolt Removed. Thundergod's Vigor Removed. Lunging Strike Removed. New Talent: Gloves of Alacrity Basic Attack range is increased by 1. Increase this to 2 while Avoidance is fully charged. War Traveler Moved from Level 7. New functionality: Gain 5% Movement Speed and if Avoidance is maxed gain an additional 10% Movement Speed and your Mount time becomes instant. New Talent: War Matron Cassia is Protected while channeling Fend and for an additional 1 second if the channel is completed. Level 16 Pierce Removed. Penetrate Removed. New Talent: Power Strike Lightning Fury pierces. Hitting an enemy Hero with Lightning Fury marks them for 15 seconds. Once a player has 3 marks, cast a free Blinding Light at their feet. New Talent: Static Electricity Gain 2 more charges of Lightning Fury. Fend launches a Lightning Bolt at nearby Heroes upon arrival. Level 20 Infinite Lightning Cooldown refund per bounce from 3 to 5 seconds. Imprisoning Light The main target is Blinded for 5 seconds. Enemies knocked back take damage and are Rooted and Silenced for 3 seconds. Titan's Revenge New functionality: Basic Attacks ignore Armor and while Avoidance is fully charged, deal 20% bonus Attack Damage. New Talent: Rockstopper Activate: Instantly fully charge Avoidance and increase the Armor bonus to 60 for 4 seconds (30 second cooldown). Return to Top
      Tracer
      Base
      Weapon Range reduced from 5.5 to 5. Damage reduced from 26 to 24. Pulse Bomb charge gained from Basic Attacks increased by 25%. Max Health increased from 1280 to 1330. Health Regen reduced from 5.3 to 2.71. Melee [W] Pulse Bomb charge increased from 5/10% to 6/12%. Recall [E] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds. Amount of time to Recall reduced from 3 to 2 seconds. Duration of Recall increased from .75 to 1.25 seconds. Pulse Bomb [R] Target damage reduced from 360 to 288. AoE damage reduced from 180 to 144. Reload [Trait] Added functionality: Tracer gains 15% life steal on her Basic Attacks. Talents
      Level 1 Pulse Strike [W] Removed. Parting Gift [E] Moved from Level 4. Damage increased from 240 to 250. Added functionality: Each Hero hit by Parting Gift bombs grants 5% Pulse Bomb charge. Slipstream [E] Removed. Tracer Rounds [Passive] New functionality: Increase Tracer’s Basic Attack range by 10% (.5). Attacks against Heroes reveal a small area around them for 3 seconds. New Talent: One-Two Punch [W] Lower the cooldown of Melee by 1 second. It gains an additional charge with a 2 second cooldown between casts. Level 4 New Talent: Pulse Generator [R1] Sticking a Hero with Pulse Bomb regenerates 25% of max HP over 1.5 seconds and refunds a charge of Blink. Is That a Health Pack?! [Passive] Added functionality: Collecting a regen globe reduces the cooldown of Healing Fountain by 10 seconds. Leeching Rounds Moved from Level 13. New functionality: Increase the Life Leech on your Basic Attacks by 5% for each Blink charge you currently have. Level 7 Sleight of Hand [Trait] Moved from Level 16. Focus Fire [Trait] Moved from Level 16. Locked and Loaded [Trait] Moved from Level 16. Leeching Rounds Removed. Level 10 Quantum Spike [R] New Functionality: Deals an extra 6% of maximum health as damage to Heroes. Level 13 Jumper [Q] New functionality: Blink grants a shield equal to 6% of maximum health for 3 seconds. This shield stacks up to 3 times. While Blink has no charges remaining, its cooldown recharges 125% faster. Bullet Time [Q] Removed. Untouchable [Q/Passive] Moved from Level 4. New functionality: Passively increases the distance of Blink by 33%. Takedowns grant 5% increased Basic Attack damage, up to 30%. Stacks are lost on death. New Talent: Telefrag [E] Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Recall by .1875 seconds. After arriving at the recall destination, Tracer deals 160 damage and knocks back any nearby enemies. Level 16 Bullet Spray [W] Moved from Level 13. New Talent: Heavy-Handed [W] W reduces hero armor by 15 for 4 seconds. Ricochet Moved from Level 13. Bounce chance increased from 50 to 60%. Level 20 New Talent: Chrono Triggers [Q] Casting Blink causes Basic Attacks to consume no ammo for 1 second. Get Stuffed! [W] New functionality: Increase Melee’s Pulse Bomb generation against Heroes from 12% to 24%. Hitting a Hero with Melee while they have a Pulse Bomb attached causes it to explode instantly and knock them away. Total Recall [E] No longer increases the cooldown of Recall. Return to Top
      Heroes
      BRUISER HEALER MELEE RANGED Artanis Anduin Alarak Chromie Deathwing Brightwing   Jaina Dehaka Deckard   Li-Ming Imperius     Orphea Ragnaros     Probius Xul     Tassadar Return to Top
      Bruiser
      Artanis
      Base
      Health increased from 2470 to 2525. Health Regeneration increased from 5.14 to 5.26. Shield Overload [Trait] Shield amount increased from 375 to 385. Talents
      Level 1 Seasoned Marksman [Passive] Removed. Reactive Parry [W] New functionality: Damaging enemies with the first slash of Twin Blades grants Artanis 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack. If the target is an enemy Hero, then the second slash grants Artanis an additional stack. Stores up to 2 charges. New Talent: Protector of Aiur [Passive] Quest: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase Artanis’s Attack Damage by .1%. Takedowns grant 1% bonus damage. Level 7 Warp Sicknesss [E] Removed. Chrono Surge [E] Attack Speed bonus reduced from 75% to 40%. Additional functionality: Phase Prism Slows the enemy’s Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds. Return to Top
      Deathwing
      Base
      Health reduced from 2850 to 2750. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.94 to 5.73. Cataclysm [R1] Periodic damage reduced from 10 to 9. Talents
      Level 4 Heat Wave [W] Damage after using Incinerate reduced from 14 to 12 per second. Level 7 Firestorm [Z] Additional functionality: Reduce Deathwing’s landing cooldowns by 2 seconds. Skyfall [E] No longer reduces Deathwing’s landing cooldowns when hitting enemy Heroes. Healing increased from 2.5% to 3% maximum Health. Return to Top
      Dehaka
      Base
      Dark Swarm [W] Damage increased from 47 to 49. Talents
      Level 7 Constriction [Q] Removed. Paralyzing Enzymes [Q] Moved from Level 16. Adjusted functionality: Increase Drag duration by .5 seconds. After it ends, enemies hit are Slowed by 30% for 2.5 seconds. Level 16 New talent: Pack Leader [Z] While Dehaka is in a bush and for 5 seconds after leaving, he gains 20 Armor. Return to Top
      Imperius
      Talents
      Level 13 Pathetic Mortals [Q] Additional functionality: Reduce the Movement Speed of enemy Heroes hit by Celestial Charge by 25% for 4 seconds. Return to Top
      Ragnaros
      Talents
      Level 10 Sulfuras Smash [R1] Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 75 to 70. Damage to enemies hit by its outer area increased from 198 to 250. Return to Top
      Xul
      Base
      Basic Attack damage reduced from 100 to 95. Spectral Scythe [Q] Damage reduced from 210 to 200. Raise Skeleton [Trait] Damage done when Skeletal Warriors die reduced from 50 to 46. Talents
      Level 4 Jailors [Trait] Movement and Attack Speed bonuses reduced from 40% to 30%. Level 13 Echoes of Death [Q] Damage from additional scythes reduced from 60% to 40%. Level 16 Decrepify [Q] Slow amount reduced from 40% to 30%. Return to Top
      Healer
      Anduin
      Talents
      Level 4 Holy Reach [E] New functionality: Increase the Root duration of Chastise from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds. After hitting an enemy with Chastise, Anduin’s next Basic Attack deals 75% more damage and heals allied Heroes near him for 100. Level 13 Speed of the Pious [W] Additional functionality: Each allied Hero healed by Divine Star on its return to Anduin reduces its cooldown by 1 second. Enchant Boots - Lion's Speed [Trait] Additional functionality: Allies pulled by Leap of Faith are healed for 280 over 4 seconds. Push Forward! [Passive] Now labelled as a Chastise talent [E] Additional functionality: While gaining 20% bonus Movement Speed, Chastise’s cooldown recharges 25% faster. Level 20 Desperate Prayer [Active] No longer places Flash Heal on a 10-second cooldown. Return to Top
      Brightwing
      Base
      Polymorph [W] Slow amount increased from 25% to 30%. Pixie Dust [E] Spell Armor amount increased from 25 to 30. Phase Shift [Z] Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds. Healing increased from 20% to 25% maximum Health. Talents
      Level 1 Hyper Shift [Z] Cooldown reduction reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds. Level 4 Magic Spit [Passive] Cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 6 seconds. Level 7 Critical Mist [Trait] Healing increased from 150 to 165. Return to Top
      Deckard
      Base
      Health increased from 1700 to 1780. Health Regeneration increased from 3.54 to 3.71. Talents
      Level 1 Scroll of Identify [E] Quest requirement reduced from 16 to 14 enemy Heroes hit. Level 4 Ruby [Active] Cooldown reduced from 20 to 10 seconds. Level 10 Lorenado [R2] Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 40 to 35. Return to Top
      Melee Assassin
      Alarak
      Talents
      Level 1 Sustaining Power [E] Removed. New Talent: Overwhelming Power [Q] After hitting an enemy Hero with Discord Strike, Alarak gains 40% Attack Speed and his Basic Attacks heal him for 50% of the damage dealt for 4 seconds. Level 7 Hindered Motion [W] Slow amount increased from 25% to 30%. Return to Top
      Ranged Assassin
      Chromie
      Base
      Dragon's Breath [W] Damage increased from 204 to 215. Talents
      Level 5 Bronze Talons [Q] Damage bonus increased from 40% to 50%. Mobius Loop [W] Cooldown reduction increased from 1.75 to 2 seconds. Level 8 Slowing Sands [R1] Slow amount increased from 5% to 7% per stack. Maximum Slow amount is still 70%. Level 14 Quantum Overdrive [Active] Spell Power bonus increased from 25% to 30%. Level 20 Blessing of the Bronze [Active] Cooldown reduced from 90 to 30 seconds. Cooldown reduction when hitting enemy Heroes with Sand Blast reduced from 8 to 1 second. Return to Top
      Jaina
      Talents
      Level 16 Snowstorm [W] Damage bonuses increased from 30%/70% to 50%/100%. Return to Top
      Li-Ming
      Talents
      Level 10 Disintegrate [R1] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds. Wave of Force [R2] Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds. Return to Top
      Orphea
      Base
      Shadow Waltz [Q] Cooldown reduced from 6 to 5 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 40 to 35. Chomp [W] Damage increased from 285 to 305. Dread [E] Additional functionality: Enemies hit by Dread’s wave are Slowed by 25% for 2 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Growing Nightmare [E] New functionality: Increase Dread’s eruption damage by 40%. Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Dread’s eruption. Reward: Permanently increase Dread’s eruption damage by an additional 25% and increase the Slow amount of Dread’s eruption by 15%. Level 4 Chaotic Assault [Trait] Bonus damage increased from 50% to 75%. Level 13 Abyssal Symbiosis [W] Additional functionality: Hitting an enemy Hero with Chomp grants Orphea a 180 Shield for 3 seconds. Level 16 Dead Magic [Trait] Damage reduced from 115 to 95. Now also does damage to the primary target. Lurking Terror [Active] Slow duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds. Return to Top
      Probius
      Talents
      Level 1 Warp Resonance [W] Quest requirement reduced from 10/20 enemy Heroes hit with Warp Rift explosions to 8/16. Level 4 Photon Barrier [E] Spell Armor bonus increased from 30 to 40. Level 7 Particle Accelerator [Q] Damage increased from 10% to 15% per stack. Level 10 Null Gate [R2] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds. Level 20 Gate Keeper [R2] No longer has a restriction allowing 1 Null Gate at a time. Return to Top
      Tassadar
      Base
      Health increased from 1550 to 1650. Health Regeneration increased from 3.23 to 3.44. Shock Ray [Q] Slow amount increased from 25% to 30%. Force Wall [E] Cooldown reduced from 21 to 18 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 70 to 65. Cast time reduced from .1 seconds to .0625 seconds. Birth time reduced from .5675 seconds to .5 seconds. Resonance Beam [Trait] Slow amount increased from 10% to 15%. Talents
      Level 1 Static Charge [Q] Bonus damage per stack increased from 4 to 5. Maximum bonus damage increased from 200 to 250. Khaydarin Amulet [Trait] Damage to additional targets increased from 50% to 75%. Level 4 Induction [Q] Movement Speed bonus when casting Shock Ray increased from 15% to 20%. Movement Speed bonus when hitting an enemy Hero increased from 25% to 30%. Level 16 Executor's Will [Active] Spell Power bonus increased from 15% to 20%. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed an issue where locked talents could appear to be able to be selected in game, causing confusion. Heroes
      Cho'gall Disconnected player replacement A.I. for Gall will no longer become passive. Deathwing Disconnected player replacement Deathwing A.I. will no longer becomes stuck in the air during Dragonflight. He will land in Destroyer form once he reaches full health. Disconnected player replacement Deathwing A.I. will use Dragonflight in place of Hearthstone to heal, unless Dragonflight is on cooldown. Murky Fixed an issue that caused Murky A.I. to continually attempt to place an egg outside of follow leash range. Nova Nova Holo Decoys no longer incorrectly take triple damage. They now correctly take double damage. Tassadar Shadow Walk now has proper fat finger protection. Zagara Fixed an issue with Zagara A.I. becoming stuck in the Nydus Worm if the player disconnects. Cassia and Tracer have been reworked in the latest Heroes patch.
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