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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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2 hours ago, Stan said:

 

New Announcers

  • Alarak

"Finally."

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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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    • By Stan

      Improvements are planned for matchmaking in Heroes of the Storm later this year. Blizzard teased performance-based matchmaking at BlizzCon 2017 and the patch is now live on PTR. Learn more about how the new system fares with the old one!
      Last week, Lead Systems Designer Travis McGeathy answered some questions about the upcoming matchmaking system and now Blizzard posted a new announcement with more details and FAQ. Performance-based matchmaking as part of the 2018 gameplay update should go live during the week of December 12.
      Blizzard (Source)
      As mentioned in the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony, and during our “What’s Next” panel, we will soon be introducing performance-based matchmaking to Heroes of the Storm. With this change, your matchmaking rating (MMR) adjustments will be influenced based on your individual performance in the match instead of being purely based on whether you won or lost. We’ve broken down some details of the new system below, along with a short FAQ. Read on for details:
      What’s Changing and Why:
      In our current system, an individual player’s Matchmaking Rating (MMR) is primarily determined by the amount of games that player wins versus how many the player loses. When you win a game, your MMR goes up, while the opposite is true for when you lose. In addition to that basic rule, your MMR will go up more, or less, based on the comparative skill of both yours and the opposite team. If the enemy team has a higher MMR than your team, you’ll gain more points for defeating them and lose less if they win. The opposite applies to enemy teams that have a lower MMR.  However, the team-focused nature of Heroes presents challenges when using this system to determine an individual player’s matchmaking rating, since any single player is only 1 part of the 5-man team that won or lost the match. The system works since, all things being equal, a player will win more games than they lose over the long run if their skill is higher than other players at the same rank. However, unless the difference is significant, it can take a significant number of games before the difference in wins vs losses adjusts the player’s MMR enough to match their true skill level.
      With performance-based matchmaking, we’re looking to change that. Let’s take a look at how we’re planning to make matchmaking more accurate and better able to recognize individual skill in a team-based game:
      How it Works:
      Once we introduce performance-based matchmaking in the near future, our system will look at how well the individuals in a match are performing and use this to aid in calculating their MMR adjustments for the match. The system will apply context to these stats by looking at the Hero you’re playing, the Battleground you’re on, the game mode, and what region you’re playing in so it can make fair comparisons against other similarly skilled players under the same conditions. Our goal with this system is not to define a specific playstyle for each hero, since we are never manually setting which stats are considered important, but rather to let our machine-learning driven system define importance and weighting for stats based on millions of games of data. By looking at these stats across the entire player base, the system can see which stats are most important for effective play and create a data-driven model of what the most highly-skilled players are doing in any given situation.
      What differentiates a highly skilled player on a given Hero isn’t always obvious, though. For example:
      When looking at a Hero like Illidan, it’s pretty straight forward. A good Illidan does a fair amount of damage, soaks a lot of experience, doesn’t die very often, and captures a lot of Mercenary camps. Illidan has a fairly high skill ceiling, though, so we expect there to be a sizeable difference in all of those stats between a highly-skilled Illidan and an average one. However, for a hero like Kerrigan, the difference in raw stats like damage and experience between a high skill and average skill player isn’t quite as dramatic. Instead, the biggest thing that sets apart a highly skilled Kerrigan is how effective they are in landing crowd control effects, so the system would put a larger emphasis on this stat for Kerrigan players. She’s still being evaluated on all the same stats as every other hero, though, so a Kerrigan who spends the game only attempting to land stuns would not necessarily gain the same amount of MMR, as they would need to also contribute to the game in a meaningful way on top of landing lots of CC.  The system can then use an individual player’s performance to adjust how much MMR the player gains, or loses, for a game. If they’re performing beyond expectations for their current MMR, the system will grant more MMR when they win, subtract less when they lose, and they’ll more quickly arrive at the proper MMR for their skill. The opposite is also true if they’re not performing up to expectations.
      FAQ
      What is MMR? MMR stands for Matchmaking Rating. In order for the matchmaker to place similarly skilled players together, it assigns everyone a matchmaking rating that indicates how skilled the system thinks the player is. MMR is a behind-the-scenes stat that is only used for matchmaking. What if a Hero is updated and the “right” way to play them changes? The system is fully dynamic and continually updating itself, so it automatically adjusts as balance changes, the meta shifts, and players find creative, new ways to use a hero. If I perform really well, can I gain MMR while losing the game with this new system? No. Winning or losing is still the primary factor in whether you gain or lose MMR so you still only gain MMR on a win and lose it on a loss. The performance-based adjustments just affect how much MMR you gain or lose. Couldn’t you abuse the system by ignoring everything except those few crucial weighted stats? While some stats are weighted higher than others to reflect their importance in that situation, every stat is evaluated as part of the performance calculation. If you’re focusing entirely on a few stats at the expense of others, your overall performance metric is likely to be lower. Also, you still need to win the game to gain MMR. If you’re maintaining all stats at their normal levels for your level of play, excelling at a few key stats, and winning the game, that means you’re actually doing what’s required to be the most efficient, effective version of your current hero. Good job! If I’m losing a game, my stats are usually lower already. How does the system avoid double penalizing me for both losing and having lower stats? The comparisons to determine how well you performed are different for winning games versus losing games. Will this cause players to intentionally make games take longer so they can pad their stats? All stat comparisons take game time into account so there’s no advantage for a game that goes long and no disadvantage for one that wraps up quickly. Who determines which stats are important for any particular situation? The community does by playing the game. The system doesn’t have any preconceptions about which stats are important. Instead, it is measuring how players are playing in particular situations in order to determine which stats are most important to highly skilled play. How does the system work for a new hero or after a hero is reworked? The performance-based aspect of the system will be disabled initially when a new hero launches or after a hero receives a major rework to allow the system to gather the data it needs to make performance comparisons. During this period, the system will effectively work like it used to with MMR adjustment based on win or loss. This system is affecting my MMR, but how will this translate into my rank in Hero League or Team League? We’ll be introducing a Performance Adjustment to the amount of rank points you win or lose after a game which mirrors the performance adjustment that was applied to your MMR. This will eventually replace the current Personal Rank Adjustment. Will this help with smurfing? We believe this system will go a long way to curbing the issues associated with smurfing since a player who creates a new account to intentionally best players of a lower skill will more quickly find themselves facing players of similar skill. When is this coming to the game? Our current plan is to implement performance-based matchmaking in December alongside our next season roll, but we will be sure to update you if anything changes. Awesome. Anything else I should know? The system has also shown promising potential to help detect griefing in games since it can more easily determine when someone is intentionally playing poorly. We’ve already used it to confirm reports of players who are doing things like intentionally feeding and hope to be able to automate that detection in the future so problematic players can be dealt with more quickly. We hope you enjoy all of the changes we have planned for our 2018 Gameplay Updates, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!
    • By Stan

      The 2018 gameplay update is now live on PTR along with Hanzo, balance changes, a new map rotation for Ranked Play and various bug fixes.
      The latest Heroes of the Storm patch will be available for playtesting until December 11. The 2018 update was revealed at this year's BlizzCon. Stealth shader has been updated and many Heroes with Stealth received reworks, Artanis is down to 7,000 Gold and more.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until December 11. During this time, we kindly request your assistance in trying out the new content before we officially release the patch. As always, if you encounter any bugs or other issues during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
      General
      Performance-Based Matchmaking
      The matchmaking system has been updated to include a performance-based data-driven system, which takes individual player performance into account when determining MMR gains and losses. Under this new system, players will now reach their intended Matchmaking Rating quicker and more accurately. Read our recent blog about Performance-Based Matchmaking to learn more. Game Camera Height
      In-game Camera height has been significantly increased in order to provide more visibility of the battlefield. New Hero: Hanzo
      Once heir to the Shimada clan's criminal empire, Hanzo abandoned his birthright after he almost killed his younger brother. He now strives to perfect his skills as a warrior, and sees the Nexus and its endless conflict as the ideal training ground.
      PTR Note: In order to focus playtesting and feedback on the 2018 Gameplay Update and Stealth changes found in this patch, Hanzo will not be available for play on the Public Test Realm until the week of November 27.  Trait 
      Natural Agility (D) Target unpathable terrain or a Structure to jump to the other side of it. Basic Abilities
      Storm Bow (Q) 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. Scatter Arrow (W) 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. Sonic Arrow (E) Fire an arrow that grants vision in a large area 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. Heroic Abilities
      Dragonstrike (R) 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. Dragon’s Arrow (R) 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. 2018 Gameplay Update
      Battleground Objectives
      The first Battleground objective event will now activate 90 seconds into the match, following a 30-second warning, for the following Battlegrounds: Blackheart’s Bay Doubloon Chests will now consistently spawn 3 minutes after the final Chest during a the previous event has been captured. Braxis Holdout Beacon events after the first will now consistently spawn 2 minutes and 10 seconds after a previous Zerg wave has been defeated. Dragon Shire Shrines will now consistently spawn 2 minutes after a Dragon Knight has been killed. The first Battleground objective event will now activate 3 minutes into the match, following a 30-second warning, for the following Battlegrounds: Battlefield of Eternity Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Haunted Mines Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction The following Battleground objective timers are unchanged: Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry The Minimap will now indicate the next objective spawn location for the following Battlegrounds: Cursed Hollow The first Shrine indicator will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins, and subsequent indicators will appear 15 seconds after the previous Tribute has been captured. Infernal Shrines The first Tribute indicator will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins, and subsequent indicators will appear 30 seconds after a Punisher is defeated. Hover the cursor over a Shrine indicator on the Minimap to display whether it will be a Mortar, Frost, or Arcane Shrine. Sky Temple The first Temple indicators will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins, as well as 30 seconds after all Temples in the same event have been depleted. Towers of Doom The first Altar indicators will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins, as well as 30 seconds after the final Altars in an event has been captured. Warhead Junction The first Warhead indicators will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins, as well as 30 seconds after the final Warhead in an event has been collected. Regeneration Globes
      Regeneration Globes will now become neutral (claimable by both teams) if not claimed within 3 seconds. Time before Regeneration Globes expire has been reduced to 6 seconds. Structures
      All attacking structures no longer have ammunition. Walls will now be destroyed if their connected Towers and Gate are also destroyed. Walls can still be attacked normally. Tower vision range has been increased by 25% Tower damage to minions has been reduced by 25% Structures now have a warmup period of .5 seconds before firing and must face their targets completely Structure attack warning responsiveness has been significantly improved Standalone Towers (found next to Forts and Keeps) have been removed. The Health, granted Experience, and Damage of Standalone Towers has been redistributed into their surrounding gate Towers, Forts, and Keeps. Forts and Keeps now have True Sight, meaning they will reveal and attack Stealthed Heroes. True Sight is disabled while the Structure is disabled by effects such as the Raven Lord’s Curse or Sylvanas’ Black Arrow Trait. Minions
      Minion base damage has been increased by roughly 10% The 5 second delay before Minions spawn after the game begins has been removed. Mercenaries 
      Respawn Timers Mercenary Camps will now spawn 60 seconds after the game begins Siege Giant Camp Siege Defenders Defending Siege Giant attacks are now telegraphed on the terrain and can be dodged. Siege Laners Attack telegraphing and missile trajectory has been significantly improved. Hellbat Camp Respawn times have been doubled Hellbats will now prioritize structures Defender Hellbat Stats Base health increased by 125%, Health scaling increased by 200% Damage increased by 125% Damage scaling reduced by 50% Laner Hellbat Stats Base health increased by roughly 25% Health scaling increased by 43% Base damage increased by 50% Damage scaling decreased by 66% Damage taken from structures reduced by 50% Attacks now apply a 3-second stacking -5 Armor debuff to all targets, stacking up to 20 times (structures included) Knight Camp Wizard Knight Laner Wizard Knight Laner has a Spell Armor Aura Grants all nearby Allies (Minions, Mercenaries, and Heroes) 30 Spell Armor Spell Armor is immediately removed upon leaving the aura area. This Aura is destroyed when the Wizard is killed Wizard Knight Defender Grants nearby Knight Defenders a 15 Spell Armor aura This Aura is destroyed when the Wizard is killed Sapper Camp Sapper Defenders Now fire their attacks at target areas, instead of directly at Heroes. This behaves like the laning Sappers Sapper Explosion damage now scales over time Health scaling increased by 33% Respawn timer across all maps increased from 105 to 120 seconds Laning Sappers now have 100 Armor vs Structures while charging and Towers will ignore charging Sappers Art
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Zeratul has received updated art to coincide with Talent changes. Minimap
      Minimap art has been updated across all Battlegrounds. Stealth
      Added an overlay to indicate when a Stealthed character goes Invisible Added a new Stealth visual effect. Enemy Stealthed Heroes should now be easier to spot. Battlegrounds
      Sandbox Custom Game Improvements
      The following new cheats have been added to Sandbox Custom Games: Spawn Camps Respawn all Mercenary Camps. Spawn Dummy Creates a dialog allowing players to choose a type of dummy to spawn. Player can then click in the game world to create a dummy of the selected dummy type at mouse cursor position. One player cannot spawn more than 20 dummies. When a player deals damage or heals a target dummy the Target Dummy Panel will pop up displaying the damage or healing dealt. If player deals damage to multiple dummies with an AOE ability, the number will be the combination of damage done to all dummies. If the team hasn't dealt damage or healing to any of the dummies for 8 seconds, the Target Dummy Panel will disappear for that team. If a player hasn't dealt damage or healing to any of the dummies for 8 seconds, their damage and DPS will be reset to 0. Clear Dummies If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, remove all the dummies created by all players. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, remove all the dummies created by that player. Toggle Fog of War Disabling Fog of War for a team will remove Fog of War, revealing the whole map for that team. Reset HP/MP If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, reset all players' Health and Mana to full. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, reset the player's Health and Mana to full. Complete Quests If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, complete all talent quests for all player. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, complete all talent quests for that player. Instant Respawn If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is unchecked, instantly respawn all dead Heroes. If the "Share Cheat" checkbox is checked, instantly respawn the player's Hero. Haunted Mines
      Issuing a Move command within the Mines while on the Battleground’s upper level, or vice versa, will now cause the Hero to use the Mine Entrance or Exit that is the shortest distance from the issued order. Summoned Grave Golem Fort and Keep attacks no longer reduce attack speed Will no longer interrupt its attacks mid-swing to use an Ability Now passes through player-created walls rather than stopping to destroy them Ranked Battleground Rotation Update
      Added to Rotation Warhead Junction Removed from Rotation Volskaya Foundry Garden of TerrorThe 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 Warhead Junction Design
      Stealth
      Stealth players will now become “Invisible” after remaining still for 1.5 seconds. Invisible Heroes will not display the Stealth visual effect and can still be removed from Stealth by taking damage. This includes Heroes under the effects of temporary Stealth effects such as Samuro’s Windwalk or Tyrande’s Shadowstalk. Additionally, Heroes cannot become Invisible while occupying a capture point, such as Braxis Holdout or Mercenary Camp Beacons. Instead, they will retain normal Stealth visual effects. User Interface
      In-Game UI
      General Hero portraits will now be displayed when heroes are inside the following Vehicles, Battleground objectives, or Hero Abilities: Dragon Knight Garden Terror Triglav Protector Anub'arak - Cocoon Lt. Morales – Medivac Dropship Stitches - Gorge Zagara - Devouring Maw Manual Talent Tier and Hero Status Callouts Players can now press ALT + left-click Hero portraits and the Team Level UI at the top of the screen to generate notifications for the following situations: Press ALT + left-click an ally’s Hero portrait to inform teammates when that ally needs assistance. ALT + left-clicking a dead Hero’s portrait will generate a chat message indicating that Hero’s remaining respawn time. ALT + left-clicking an enemy Hero portrait will ping that Hero’s location on the Minimap if they are within allied vision. If that enemy is outside of allied vision, a chat message will inform allies that the Hero is missing. Press ALT + right-click the Team Level UI to indicate when both teams are on even Talent tiers, or when one team has a Talent tier advantage over the other.  
      Heroes
      Assassin

      Nova

      Abilities
      Snipe (Q) Damage reduced from 310 to 255. Baseline quest added: Hitting an enemy Hero increases the damage of Snipe by 5% stacking 5 times. When at max stacks (5) it gains an additional 25% damage. If Snipe fails to hit a target, all stacks are lost. Pinning Shot (W) Damage from 110 to 105 Holo Decoy (E) Added functionality: Decoys now deal 10% of Nova’s damage Permanent Cloak (Trait) Added functionality: Gain 15% movement speed while Stealthed Triple Tap (R) Damage per shot from 338 to 372 (New) Ghost Protocol (1) Activate to instantly cloak, leave a Holo Decoy at your feet, and become unrevealable for .5 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Advanced Cloaking (Trait) New functionality: Increase your Stealth movement speed by 5%. While Stealthed, gain 2 additional mana regeneration per second. Level 7 Snipe Master (Q) Removed Perfect Shot (Q) Moved from Level 16 Cooldown reduction on Hero hit reduced from 3 to 2 seconds Level 13 Psionic Efficiency (Q) Bonus range increased from 10 to 15% (New Talent) Ionic Force Field (Trait) Gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds after losing stealth Level 16 Lethal Decoy (E) Damage bonus from clones increased from 40 to 50% Level 20 (New Talent) Apollo Suit (Trait) Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak from 3 to 1 second
      Samuro

      Stats
      Basic Attack damage increased from 88 to 110 Abilities
      Mirror Image (Q) Samuro will now appear in the direction of the player’s Mouse Cursor when Mirror Image is cast. Mirror Image damage is no longer a fraction of Samuro’s Attack Damage. Mirror Image base damage has been greatly reduced to 9. Mirror Images are no longer instantly destroyed by Structures Critical Strike (W) Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds Illusion Master (R) New functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Advancing Strikes to 8 seconds Now increases the attack damage of Mirror Images by 100% Now also increases Samuro’s Basic Attack damage by 10% Image Transmission (Trait) Additional functionality: Activate to switch places with the target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the target Mirror Image. 25-second cooldown. Talents
      Tooltips for various talents have been updated to reflect whether Samuro or his Mirror Images benefit from their effects Level 1 Way of the Wind (E) New Functionality: Gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds upon entering or exiting Stealth by using Wind Walk Way of the Blade (W) No longer grants bonus Critical Strike damage Way of Illusion (Q) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Level 4 One with the Wind (E) Armor gain now also lasts for 3 seconds after being revealed Mirror Images now also gain Armor Armor amount reduced from 60 to 30 Level 7 Phantom Pain (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Crushing Blows (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Bonus Critical Strike damage has been removed Additional functionality: Samuro’s Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Critical Strike by 1.5 seconds Level 13 Kawarimi (E) Reduced the time between Samuro issuing a new order after using Wind Walk and the image following it. It should now be harder for the new Image to follow Samuro’s new movements after using Wind Walk. Level 16 Press the Attack (Trait) Attack Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 10% per stack. Maximum bonus decreased from 60% to 40% Harsh Winds (E) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent Merciless Strikes (W) Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
      Valeera

      Abilities
      Vanish (D) Movement Speed increased from 10% to 20% Ambush (Q) If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target. Damage reduced from 180 to 130 Now also reduces enemy Armor by 10 for 4 seconds Cheap Shot (W) Stun duration reduced from 1.25 to .75 seconds Now Blinds the target for 2 seconds after the stun effect ends If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target Garrote (E) Silence duration increased from 2.25 to 2.75 seconds If Valeera is Vanished for 3 seconds, this ability has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind her target Talents
      Level 1 Subtlety (D) Adjusted functionality: Now triggers when Valeera teleports to her target with Ambush, Cheap Shot, and Garrote. Energy return reduced from 10 to 8 per second. Crippling Poison (Active) Slow duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds. Valeera’s poison is no longer removed after the first damaging Ability, but instead is applied by all Valeera's Abilities for 4 seconds. This duration does not start until Valeera damages her first enemy. Level 4 Wound Poison (Active) Healing reduction duration decreased from 5 to 4 seconds Valeera’s poison is no longer removed after the first damaging Ability, but instead is applied by all Valeera's Abilities for 4 seconds. This duration does not start until Valeera damages her first enemy Level 7 Slice and Dice (E) Valeera's Basic Attacks now restore 2 Energy. Level 13 Death from Above (Q) New functionality: Ambush reduces the cooldown of Vanish by 4 seconds. Blind (W) Now increases the duration of Cheap Shot’s Blind from 2 to 4 seconds. Strangle (E) Spell Power reduction increased from 25% to 40% Duration reduced from 7 to 6 seconds Level 16 Assassinate (Q) Bonus damage reduced from 100% to 50% Now also increases the Armor reduction of Ambush by 10 when the target is isolated. Moved from level 7 Expose Armor (E) Removed. Level 20 Nightslayer (D) Removed. Rupture (D) Damage bonus now stacks immediately to 100%, instead of stacking up to 30%. Moved from level 16 Elusiveness (D) Moved from Level 13 Movement Speed bonus increased from 10% to 20% LEVEL (TIER) VALEERA TALENTS 1 (1) (!) Vigor (Passive) Subtlety (D) Combat Readiness (Passive) Crippling Poison (Active) 4 (2) Relentless Strikes (Q) Hemorrhage (E) Initiative (D) Wound Poison (Active) 7 (3) Mutilate (Q) (!) Fatal Finesse (W) Slice and Dice (E)   10 (4) Smoke Bomb (R) Cloak of Shadows (R) — — 13 (5) Death from Above (Q) Blind (W) Strangle (E)   16 (6) Seal Fate (Q) Assassinate (Q) Thistle Tea (Active)   20 (7) Adrenaline Rush (R) Enveloping Shadows (R) Rupture (E) Elusiveness (D) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
      Valla

      Abilities
      Level 1 Monster Hunter (Q) Now tracks stacks instead of damage on the quest tracker
      Zeratul

      Abilities
      Shadow Assault (R) Removed (New Talent) Might of the Nerazim (R) Passive: After using an Ability, Zeratul’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% more damage Activate to duplicate the last ability cast. Damaging abilities deal 50% less damage. This ability does not benefit from talents. 20-Second Cooldown  Talents
      Level 1 Vorpal Blade (1) Added as a baseline ability. Default Hotkey: 1 (New Talent) Move Unseen (Passive) Gain 25% bonus Movement Speed while Stealthed Shadow Hunter (E) Regen Globe required for quest completion reduced from 20 to 15 Mana cost reduction of Blink increased from 2 to 3 Level 4 Combo Slash (Passive) Removed Grim Task (Passive) Removed (New Talent) Psionic Strength (Passive) Damaging an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or Abilities increases Zeratul's damage by 6% for 3 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. (New Talent) Darkness Descends (Active) Passive: Increase Zeratul’s attack speed by 10%. Activated ability – Zeratul gains 40% bonus attack speed for 5 seconds. 30-second cooldown Level 7 Wormhole (E) Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds Slip into Shadow (E) Removed (New Talent) Warp Skirmisher (1) Vorpal Blade now has 2 charges. Casting Vorpal Blade also causes Zeratul's next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal 30% bonus damage Level 16 Sentenced to Death (W) Bonus damage reduced from 40 to 30% Level 20 Rewind (Active) Removed Nerazim Fury (R) Removed (New Talent) Twilight Falls (R) Activating Might of the Nerazim resets the cooldown of all of Zeratul’s Basic Abilities (New Talent) Shadow Mending (Passive) Zeratul heals himself for 75% of Ability Damage Dealt to enemy Heroes LEVEL (TIER) ZERATUL TALENTS 1 (1) PH PH PH PH 4 (2) PH PH PH PH 7 (3) PH PH PH PH 10 (4) PH PH — — 13 (5) PH PH PH PH 16 (6) PH PH PH PH 20 (7) PH PH PH PH (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent. Specialist

      Abathur

      Abilities
      Spawn Locust (Trait) Health increased from 288 to 316  Talents
      Level 1 Survival Instincts (Trait) Bonus Health decreased from 50% to 40% Level 7 Calldown: MULE (Active) No longer refills Structure ammo
      The Lost Vikings

      Talents
      Level 4 It’s a Sabotage! (Passive) No longer removes Structure ammo Damage increased from 27 to 35 Warrior

      Muradin

      Talents
      Level 4 Sledgehammer (Q) No longer removes Ammo from structures Collection
      Hero Price Reduction
      Artanis’ 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!
      Hanzo Heroic Bundle Winter Veil 2017 Bundle Winter Veil Classic Bundle New Announcers
      Hanzo New Skins
      Hanzo Kinoko Honzo Sora Hanzo Dragon Hanzo Demon Hanzo Farstrider Hanzo Icebound Farstrider Hanzo Iron Farstrider Hanzo Holy Farstrider Hanzo Scarlet Farstrider Hanzo Genji Storm Oni Genji Golden Genji Nihon Genji Leoric Immortal Space Lord Leoric Lúcio Azure Soundblast Lúcio Lunara Harvest Champion Lunara Zarya Citrine Thunderguard Zarya Industrial Zarya New Mounts
      The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League during 2017 Ranked Season 3: Titanium Cybersteed Carbon Cybersteed Master Cybersteed The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Master or higher in Hero League or Team League during 2017 Ranked Season 3: Epic Titanium Cybersteed Epic Carbon Cybersteed Epic Master Cybersteed Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game. Art
      Kharazim: Kharazim's arms and upper body now animated correctly during his dizzy animation. Leoric: The Shroud of the Dead King Talent will now correctly play an animation and a sound when activated. Samuro: Monkey King Samuro’s model will no longer exhibit flickering during Hero Select while running Medium or High graphic settings. The Lost Vikings: Fixed an issue causing Baelog to cast superfluous shadows on the terrain. Battlegrounds
      Sky Temple: Fixed an issue that could prevent Temple lasers from appearing correctly on the Minimap. Structures: Auriel's Blinding Flash and Artanis' Suppression Pulse can no longer Blind Structures. Towers of Doom: The Headless Horseman Boss is no longer incorrectly categorized as a Monster. Volskaya Foundry: Fixed an issue in which Heroes on the outer edge of the Hall of Storms would not receive Healing or protection. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Alexstrasza: Life-Binder is no longer interrupted when entering or exiting Dragonqueen. Diablo: Fixed an issue that could cause Shadow Charge to deal its collision damage multiple times under certain circumstances. Garrosh: Casting Wrecking Ball on Mercenaries will no longer cause them to leash while in combat. Gul'dan: Movement caused by a conveyor belt will no longer cancel Rain of Destruction channeling. Kel'thuzad: The Power of Icecrown Talent will now correctly grant bonus Spell Power for enemy Heroes Slowed by Chains of Kel’Thuzad with the Chains of Ice Talent. Li-Ming: Zei's Vengeance and Arcane Orb tooltips have been updated to clarify bonus damage functionality. Damage amounts have not been changed. Lt. Morales: The Second Opinion Talent will now correctly grant cooldown reduction when one of the Heroes struck by Displacement Grenade is piloting a Vehicle, like the Garden Terror. Lunara: Fixed an inconsistency that allowed Lunara to cast Leaping Strike over some, but not all, allied units after learning Boundless Stride. Medivh: Creating a Portal entrance after learning Portal Mastery and then entering the Triglav Protector will no longer prevent him from using the Protector’s abilities. Muradin: Learning Reverberation no longer incorrectly updates the Attack Speed Slow amount in Thunder Clap’s tooltip. Murky: Spawn Egg with the Egg Hunt Talent can now be cast correctly on Volskaya Foundry’s conveyor belts. User Interface
      Death Recap: Fortification Camp Turret attacks now display a Turret icon in the Death Recap screen.