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Alexstrasza Patch Notes: Nov 14

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The latest update for the Heroes of the Storm brings the newest Support Hero, Alexstrasza, and the Dragons of the Nexus event quest to the Nexus, as well as a rework for Li Li, new cosmetic items, and more!

Don't forget to check out our Alexstrasza build guide.

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General

Dragons of the Nexus Event Quest

A host of new portrait rewards are ready to swoop into your collection as our Dragons of the Nexus event takes flight! The event kicks off Tuesday, November 14, and lasts until December 12, so be sure to login and complete the quests below to start claiming your rewards.
  • Login Reward
    • Quest: Log in to Heroes of the Storm during the Dragons of the Nexus event.
      • Reward: Stained Glass Alexstrasza and Hanzo Portrait
  • 3 Part Quest Chain
    • Play Heroes of the Storm in Versus AI, Quick Match, Ranked, or Unranked to advance quest progress. Only one part will be active at any time, and each quest must be completed in order.
    • Part 1: Play 5 games
      • Reward: Dragonqueen Alexstrasza Portrait
    • Part 2: Play 5 games
      • Reward: Dragonstrike Portrait
    • Part 3: Achieve 90 takedowns in winning games
      • Reward: Stained Glass Dragon Knight Portrait

New Hero: Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza, the queen of dragons, was empowered by the titans to be the guardian of all life on Azeroth. She has aided mortals time and again, even at great personal cost. Now, she soars across the Nexus, protecting life wherever she finds it.

Trait 

  • Dragonqueen
    • After 1.25 seconds, transform into a dragon and gain 500 Health. While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Basic Abilities are empowered, her Basic Attacks deal 143 damage and heal allied Heroes for 43 in an arc in front of her, and the duration of incoming Slows, Roots, Blinds, and Stuns is reduced by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.

Basic Abilities

  • Gift of Life (Q)
    • Sacrifice 15% of Alexstrasza's current Health, healing an ally for 150% of that amount.
    • Dragonqueen: Breath of Life cooldown greatly reduced and does not cost Health.
  • Abundance (W)
    • Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 20% of their maximum Health.
    • Dragonqueen: Preservation heal area and amount greatly increased.
  • Flame Buffet (E)
    • Launch a fireball, Burning enemies hit for 75 damage over 5.5 seconds.Hitting enemies that are already Burning deals 125 bonus damage upon impact, Slows them by 40% decaying over 2 seconds, and refunds the Mana cost.
    • Dragonqueen: Wing Buffet damage and Knockback enemies in an arc.

Heroic Abilities

  • Life-Binder (R)
    • Bind Alexstrasa's life force with an allied Hero. After 2 seconds, the Hero with a lower percentage of Health is set to the same Health percentage as the other Hero..
  • Cleansing Flame (R)
    • After 1.25 seconds, take to the sky and drop fireballs at the position of your mouse cursor every 1.2 seconds for 6 seconds. Each fireball restores 300 Health to nearby allied Heroes, and deals 150 damage to nearby enemies.2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of your mouse cursor.

AI

General

  • Made improvements to Battleground strategies used by Elite AI Heroes.
  • Several additional Heroes have received tactical AI improvements, including:
    • Greymane
    • Johanna
    • Ragnaros
    • Rehgar
    • Rexxar
    • Valeera
    • Zarya

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Li Li has received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent changes.
  • Sgt. Hammer's Basic Attacks during Siege Mode now better convey area of effect damage.

Battlegrounds

Bloodlust Brawl

  • All Minions, Mercs, and the Dragon Knight now have permanent Bloodlust.
Developer Comment: When looking at this Brawl, we really love the Bloodlust buff. By powering up the Players and the Dragon Knight so much, the poor Minions really struggled to provide much value during the Brawl. In order to bring them up to speed with their Mercenary buddies, we’ve decided that all Minions could use permanent Bloodlust as well.

Ranked Battleground Rotation Update

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

User Interface

In-Game UI

  • Capture Points
    • Volskaya Foundry objective UI will now display “Contested” text when members of both teams are actively fighting over a capture point.
  • Core
    • Notifications that indicate when the allied Core is under attack have been made more apparent.
  • Talent Tier Advantage Callouts
    • In-game chat messages will now automatically appear for all players when a team reaches levels 10 and 20 in order to more clearly indicate when one team has a Heroic Ability or Storm Talent tier advantage over the other.
    • A follow-up message will appear when the second team reaches levels 10 and 20 to indicate that Heroic Abilities or Storm Talents are now available to both teams.

 

Heroes

Support

Li Li

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Abilities

  • Fast Feet (Trait)
    • Added Functionality:
      • Basic Ability Cooldowns recharge 50% faster while Fast Feet is active. 
  • Healing Brew (Q)
    • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4 seconds
    • Range reduced from 7 to 6
    • Mana Cost reduced from 30 to 25
  • Cloud Serpent (W)
    • Mana Cost increased from 30 to 40
    • Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
    • Attack Speed increased from .75 to 1 attacks per second
    • Damage increased from 25 to 27 
    • Added Functionality:
      • Each time a Cloud Serpent attacks, the hero it is attached to is healed for a small amount.
  • Blinding Wind (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 9 to 12 seconds
    • Duration reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds
    • Mana Cost decreased from 35 to 30
  • Jug of 1,000 Cups (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 70 seconds to 20 seconds
    • Jug of 1,000 Cups can now be cancelled early
    • Added Functionality:
      • Each time an ally is healed by Jug of 1,000 Cups, its cooldown is increased by 2 seconds, to a maximum of 50 additional seconds.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Conjurer’s Pursuit (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Pro Toss (Q)
      • Removed
    • Timeless Creature (W)
      • Removed
    • Gale Force (E)
      • Moved to Level 13
      • New Functionality
        • Increases the duration of Blinding Wind from 2 to 3 seconds. Lili’s Basic Attacks against Blinded Heroes deal 50% more damage.
    • (New Talent) Free Drinks (Q)
      • If Healing Brew heals a target under 50% health, its Cooldown is reduced by 1 second and its mana cost is refunded.
    • (New Talent) Wind Serpent (W)
      • Cloud Serpent’s Cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds each time you hit a Hero with Blinding Wind.
    • (New Talent) Eager Adventurer (Trait)
      • Increases the duration of Fast Feet by 50% and Mana Regeneration is increased by 150% while Fast Feet is active. 
  • Level 4
    • Healing Ward (Active)
      • Removed
    • Mending Serpent (W)
      • Removed
    • Mass Vortex (E)
      • Moved to Level 13
      • New functionality:
        • Blinding Wind hits an additional target. If all targets hit are Heroes, they take 75% increased damage from Blinding Wind.
    • Lingering Blind (E)
      • Removed 
  • Level 7
    • Pitch Perfect (Q)
      • Removed
    • The Good Stuff (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • Healing Brew heals for an additional amount over 3 seconds. While Fast Feet is active, this amount is increased by 100%.
    • Lightning Serpent (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Cloud Serpent attacks bounce to 2 nearby Heroes for 50% damage.
    • Cleanse (Active)
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Let's Go!
      • Activate to heal allied Hero for a small amount and make them unstoppable for 1 second. 40 second cooldown. The cooldown of this ability is affected by Fast Feet. 
  • Level 13
    • Elusive Feet (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Hindering Winds (E)
      • Moved to Level 4
      • Slow amount increased to 30%.
    • Surging Winds (E)
      • New functionality:
        • If at least two targets of Blinding Wind are Heroes, gain 10 Spellpower for 10 seconds and reduce the cooldown of Blinding Wind by 3 seconds. 
    • Shrink Ray (Active)
      • Removed 
  • Level 16
    • Shake It Off (Trait)
      • Moved to Level 20
      • New functionality:
        • While Fast Feet is active, gain 8 Armor per second, to a maximum of 30 armor.
    • Safety Sprint (Active)
      • Moved to Level 4
      • New functionality:
        • Activate to gain Fast Feet and increase its movement speed bonus to 30% for 2 seconds. 30 second cooldown.
    • Serpent Sidekick (W)
      • Moved to Level 4
      • New functionality:
        • Each time a Cloud Serpent attacks a Hero, its duration is increased by .5 seconds.
    • (New Talent) Pick Me Up (Q)
      • Healing Brew heals for 33% more if the target is under 50% life.
    • (New Talent) Blessings of Yu'lon (W)
      • Cloud Serpent attacks heal its bearer for an additional 1.5% of their maximum life. 
  • Level 20
    • Kung Fu Hustle (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Storm Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Mistweaver (Active)
      • Activate to heal all nearby Allies. 30 second cooldown. The cooldown of this ability is reduced by 1 second each time you or your cloud serpent attacks.
LEVEL (TIER) LI LI TALENTS
1 (1) Free Drinks (Q) Wind Serpent (W) Eager Adventurer (Trait)  
4 (2) Serpent Sidekick (W) Hindering Winds (E) Safety Sprint (Trait)  
7 (3) The Good Stuff (Q) Lightning Serpent (W) Let's Go! (Active)  
10 (4) Jug of 1,000 Cups Water Dragon
13 (5) Gale Force (E) Surging Winds (E) Mass Vortex (E)  
16 (6) Two for One (Q) Pick Me Up (Q) Blessings of Yu'lon (W)  
20 (7) Jug of 1,000,000 Cups (R) Double Dragon (R) Mistweaver (Active) Shake It Off (Trait)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
 

Collection

Hero Price Reduction

  • Li-Ming’s prices have been reduced to 7,000 Gold and 625 Gems.

New Bundles – The following new Bundles and Skin Packs are available for a limited time!

  • Alexstrasza Heroic Bundle
  • Heroes of Luxoria Bundle
  • Superheroes of the Storm Bundle
  • Team Spirit Bundle

New Announcers

  • Alarak
  • Alexstrasza

New Skins

  • Alexstrasza
    • Ascendant Alexstrasza
    • Jade Alexstrasza
    • Saronite Alexstrasza
    • Snowfall Alexstrasza
    • Dark Queen Alexstrasza
      • Divine Queen Alexstrasza
      • Ice Queen Alexstrasza
      • Iridescent Queen Alexstrasza
      • Molten Queen Alexstrasza
    • Dragon Aspect Alexstrasza
      • Death Aspect Alexstrasza
      • Kaldorei Aspect Alexstrasza
      • Timeless Aspect Alexstrasza
      • Wild Aspect Alexstrasza
  • Azmodan
    • Three-peat Azmodunk
  • Cho’gall
    • Fel Warlord Cho'gall
    • Highmaul Cho'gall
  • Chromie
    • Elegant Dream Genie Chromie
    • Verdant Dream Genie Chromie
    • Violet Fel Queen Chromie
  • Greymane
    • Blackwald Hunter Greymane
  • Kael'thas
    • Spectre Cyberhawk Kael’thas
  • Kharazim
    • Sanguine Tiger Kharazim
    • Wildstone Tiger Kharazim
  • Medivh
    • Arcane Medivh
    • Emerald Knight Owl Medivh
  • Samuro
    • Midnight Monkey King Samuro
  • Varian 
    • Obsidian Lionheart Varian

Bug Fixes

General

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

AI

  • Ana: AI Ana will no longer attempt to Heal allied Garden Terrors, Dragon Knights, or Triglav Protectors.
  • Haunted Mines: Fixed an issue in which AI Heroes would “B-Step” after the neutral Grave Golem was killed, rather than completing their Hearthstone casts.
  • Melee Lane Units: Melee Minions, Mercenaries, and Braxis Holdout’s melee Zerg units will no longer ignore an enemy Ragnaros in Molten Core form.

Art

  • Malthael: Movement Speed bonus visual effects will now correctly appear if Malthael learns On a Pale Horse while mounted.
  • Mounts: Visual effects that appear around the Golden Nexus Charger will now correctly animate while using Low graphic settings.
  • Varian: Will once again leap toward his Colossus Smash target.

Battlegrounds

  • Cursed Hollow: Sgt. Hammer’s Spider Mines will now correctly attack enemy Structures affected by the Raven Lord’s Curse.
  • Dragon Shire: Removed two targeting indicators for Dehaka’s Brushstalker that appeared in locations where no Brush was present.
  • Try Mode: Kel’Thuzad’s Master of the Cold Dark Trait Quest will now correctly apply its cooldown reduction bonus after using the Complete Quests button.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Abathur: Casting Ultimate Evolution on Jaina will no longer cause Abathur’s Calldown: MULE Talent icon to permanently switch to the icon for Improved Ice Block.
  • Abathur: Attempting to cast Toxic Next in an area that is already densely populated by existing Nests will no longer consume a charge without placing a new Toxic Nest.
  • Alarak: Learning Counter-Strike or Deadly Charge at level 20 will now correctly append that Ability’s description to the Sadism Trait tooltip.
  • Azmodan: All Shall Burn’s tooltip has been updated to clarify that its bonus Structure damage is a flat amount, rather than percentage-based.
  • Ana: A targeting indicator will now correctly appear when using Healing Dart charges granted by Active Reload.
  • Chromie: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities, like Artanis’ Blade Dash, could prevent Temporal Loop from returning the target to its original location.
  • Brightwing: Arcane Flare’s targeting indicator will no longer visually persist on the terrain if cast outside the Gate during the pre-game countdown.
  • Garrosh: Stukov’s Weighted Pustule will no longer be removed from targets hit by Wrecking Ball or Into the Fray.
  • Gazlowe: Fixed an issue preventing Deth Lazor from being cast with less than 60 Mana after learning Hyperfocus Coils
  • Johanna: Blessed Hammer can no longer be activated during Falling Sword.
  • Junkrat: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities, like Genji’s Dragonblade and Stitches’ Hook, could hit Junkrat during Rocket Ride just before he makes impact.
  • Kel’Thuzad: Glacial Spike will now correctly deal bonus damage granted by Ability Power gains.
  • Kel’Thuzad: The Hungering Cold Talent will now correctly deal its bonus damage to non-Heroic enemies rooted by Frost Nova.
  • Lt. Morales: Fixed an issue in which Lt. Morales could become immune to certain Stasis effects like Void Prison and Devouring Maw until death.
  • Lt. Morales: Casting Reinforcements in the allied Hall of Storms will no longer permanently remove Heroes inside the Medivac within from the Battleground’s playable area.
  • Lúcio: Learning Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop and then walking over Junkrat’s Steel Trap will no longer cause that trap to visually persist on Lúcio’s model.
  • Stukov: Nazeebo will now correctly be pushed if he is hit by Massive Shove while channeling Ravenous Spirit.
  • Tassadar: The Prismatic Link Talent will no longer cause Tassadar’s Basic Attack to chain to Kharazim during Seven-Sided Strike.
  • Tassadar: The Templar’s Will Talent’s second reward will no longer increase Basic Attack range in Archon form.
  • Uther: After learning Divine Protection, Devotion Armor will now stack correctly when Healing an allied Hero using Flash of Light during Eternal Vanguard.
  • Uther: Will no longer be teleported back to the allied Hall of Storms if Redemption’s cooldown completes while in Eternal Vanguard form.
  • Valla: Manticore will no longer deal its bonus damage to Valla’s Basic Attack target while Valla is Blind or the target is Evading.
  • Zagara: Nydus Network can no longer prevent Heroes from walking out of their Hall of Storms. 

User Interface

  • Death Recap: The Ability icon and description for Gazlowe’s Rock-It! Turret will now correctly appear on the Death Recap screen.
  • Hotkeys: The Move command’s Quick Cast hotkey is no longer customizable.

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Damn, I was expecting they'd fix the Jaina art icon bug.

There is currently a bug where if you switch the positions of "Improved Ice Block" and "Icy Veins", "Icy Veins" will have the icon art of "Improved Ice Block" for the rest of the game.

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Am I the only only saddened that they didn't add any new mounts or skins? I mean come on, I remember the time when In Development videos showed new mounts and skins, instead of lazy recolors and sprays

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2 minutes ago, Dejo93 said:

Am I the only only saddened that they didn't add any new mounts or skins? I mean come on, I remember the time when In Development videos showed new mounts and skins, instead of lazy recolors and sprays

I am a bit too. I guess they've been on a tighter budget lately since 2.0. But now this may change since they're changing the politics of "Gems-only" launch skins. Which is worrying.

Accordingly to the leak, Raynor would get a Viking-themed skin. But I assume they will save it for the Firebat patch, when he is supposed to have his rework.

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13 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I am a bit too. I guess they've been on a tighter budget lately since 2.0. But now this may change since they're changing the politics of "Gems-only" launch skins. Which is worrying.

Accordingly to the leak, Raynor would get a Viking-themed skin. But I assume they will save it for the Firebat patch, when he is supposed to have his rework.

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I have no regrets for posting this. Seriously, they're really testing me with their greed

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10 minutes ago, Dejo93 said:

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I have no regrets for posting this. Seriously, they're really testing me with their greed

TIME IS MONEY, FRIEND.

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They should stop to call it an Event when they are just showering us with useless things. That's disappointing for the players and embarrassing for the devs.

Eager to see Alex in action though :)

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finally update came to eu n people are just saying ugh shes so ...in ugly .shes fat . her eyes are weird. n etc haha. they should do rework on her animation

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3 hours ago, MZLICH said:

finally update came to eu n people are just saying ugh shes so ...in ugly .shes fat . her eyes are weird. n etc haha. they should do rework on her animation

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Shit that's two words

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17 hours ago, Valhalen said:

I am a bit too. I guess they've been on a tighter budget lately since 2.0. But now this may change since they're changing the politics of "Gems-only" launch skins. Which is worrying.

Accordingly to the leak, Raynor would get a Viking-themed skin. But I assume they will save it for the Firebat patch, when he is supposed to have his rework.

So you are trying to tell me, that finally there will be Firebat after Hanzo? That would be so cool, I really love that unit in SC, I know there were like two leaks or more and even when Malthael was leaked he was leaked to, so I hope finally we are going to get him.

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8 hours ago, MZLICH said:

finally update came to eu n people are just saying ugh shes so ...in ugly .shes fat . her eyes are weird. n etc haha. they should do rework on her animation

I don't know who 'these people' are looking at, but there's no way it's Alex. Cause she's sexy as fuck! <3<3<3

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21 minutes ago, CyberDVonaven said:

I don't know who 'these people' are looking at, but there's no way it's Alex. Cause she's sexy as fuck! <3<3<3

She is a TDMILF!

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She looks definitely good but with all the great design blizz showed us in the past years it's a bit disappointing. Looks good but kinda rushed.

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Yea She 'was' one of 10 sexiest characters in "wow'' but now in in hots .. I think chromie looks much prettier and sexier haha

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They've been sneaky and put this rework Lili out there at the same time we have this big flashy dragon healer released, but I noticed, and I am disappointed. At first glance the rework has given her a bit of extra depth, but I already find myself looking for some number tweaks. A couple of key things to note; her healing ult stops her from using Cleanse, I'm not sure about Mistweaver and Safety Sprint however. This and the fact you can still easily interrupt her channelled ult with the gazillion forms of cc in the meta has long since lost it's comedy value as well. She can hold her own against a surprising number of heroes still, but they have definitely targeted her damage potential, particularly with the previous big power spike with Surging Winds at 13 which is still there but at half the buff and duration I believe. 

Overall more squishy, less healing until much later on, power spike talents don't have the same impact as you would hope for, a lack of quests and skill cap severely limits one's ability to keep up with contemporary healers, clunky to use healing ult that's not consistent with other supports, less damage and less utility outside of Cleanse in a double support comp than her peers. 

Edit for Alexstrasza: Her Cleansing Flame ult and her trait reset or ignore negative effects such as Tracer's Pulsebomb and poison stacks from Ana. Not sure if this is intentional or not, but it is unquestionably powerful. 

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      Starting the week of May 22, Loot Chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gems will be Nexomania Loot Chests. These Loot Chests guarantee at least one item from the Nexomania or Sun’s Out, Guns Out events. Step into the ring and start leveling-up to pin down some loot before the competition concludes on June 11!
      Please Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Nexomania Loot Chests.
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      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents Diablo: Diablo and Archangel Diablo’s Abilities have received updated visual effects to coincide with Ability and Talent changes. Garrosh: Garrosh’s Abilities have received updated visual effects. Malfurion: A new leaf icon and timer will now appear above Regrowth targets’ nameplates to indicate remaining Heal duration. The icon and timer will change color based on Regrowth’s remaining Heal duration: from green to yellow at 10 seconds remaining, and then to red during the last 5 seconds. User Inteface
      MVP Screen Players can no longer vote for themselves on the end of match awards screen. This should help encourage players to spread the love by commending others for their epic plays! The number of votes required to achieve epic and legendary commendations on the end of match awards screen have each been reduced by one vote. This has been done to account for the removal of self-voting. Previously, a self-vote could often make the difference for a player who was one vote shy of reaching epic or legendary status. Loot Chests The Loot Chest carousel on the Loot screen now automatically switches to a Loot Chest type the player already owns, rather than always defaulting to Rare Loot Chests. Design
      General Holding right-click and dragging the cursor to move is no longer interrupted when entering targeting mode prior to casting an Ability. Movement Speed Visual Effects Visual effects for Movement Speed bonuses and Slows will now only display on units whose Movement Speeds are being increased or decreased by more than 5%. Previously, a Hero could display these visual effects even if their Movement Speed hadn’t been significantly altered. This could occur as a result of multiple stacking Movement Speed bonuses and Slows, or due to a stacking Quest Talent. Battlegrounds
      Custom Games Hanamura has been temporarily removed from Custom Games. Mercenaries Infernal Shrines The Khazra at the southernmost Mercenary Camp on Infernal Shrines now move into lane once they are captured, rather than path around the lane to attack opposing structures directly. Heroes
      Assassin

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

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