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Balance Update Patch Notes: Nov 29

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A new Heroes of the Storm balance patch is planned for November 29 with plenty of nerfs for Support Heroes and a Sgt. Hammer rework.

The following balance patch will go live November 29 and it's available for playtesting right now on PTR along with Hanzo. The latest PTR patch notes can be found here.

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We’re planning to release a new patch for Heroes of the Storm in order to apply balance changes alongside a few bug fixes.

PTR Note: While most of the listed changes are available on the PTR with today’s patch, some will not be present until the November 29 live balance patch.

Heroes

Assassin

Tychus

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Abilities

  • Minigun (Trait)
    • Mana cost removed

Zul'jin

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Abilities

  • Guillotine (R)
    • Damage reduced from 350 to 330

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Recklessness (Trait)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • When below 75% Health, gain 10% Spell Power
        • When below 50% Health, gain 20% Attack Damage
  • Level 4
    • Amani Rage (Active)
      • Duration of heal increased from 6 to 10 seconds
      • Armor value reduced from 10 to 5
  • Level 7
    • Arcanite Axes (W)
      • No longer lowers the cooldown of Twin Cleave
    • Vicious Assault (Q)
      • Added functionality:
        • Also increases the duration of Zul’jin’s Grievious Throw effect by 3 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Lacerate (W)
      • Slow amount reduced from 15 to 10%
  • Level 16
    • Wrong Place Wrong Time (W)
      • Apex damage from 150 to 100

Specialist

Sgt. Hammer

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  • Sgt. Hammer’s Basic Attack is now more responsive.

Abilities

  • Artillery (Trait)
    • Removed (including the +1 Basic Attack range)
  • Siege Mode (D)
    • Moved to D (Trait)
    • Mana cost removed
    • Basic Attack range bonus increased from 5 to 6
    • Sgt. Hammer now deals 20% bonus damage to all enemies while in Siege Mode, instead of 30% bonus to Minions and Structures.
    • Sgt. Hammer can no longer cast abilities while entering Siege Mode.
  • Spider Mines (Q)
    • While in Siege Mode, the cast range is increased by 100%
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45
  • Concussive Blast (W)
    • Cone narrowed from 60 degrees to 45 degrees
    • While in Siege Mode, the cast range is increased by 50%
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 60
  • (New Ability) Neosteel Plating (E)
    • Activate to gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds.
    • While in Siege mode, increase this to 50 Armor.
    • 12 second cooldown, 30 Mana

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Advanced Artillery (D)
      • New functionality:
        •  Now increases Siege Mode’s splash damage to 50% and its radius by 25%.
    • Resistant (D)
      • Removed
    • Ambush (D)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Sgt. Hammer now also enters Stealth after not dealing damage, taking damage, or using an Ability for 3 seconds while in Siege Mode.
    • Regeneration Master
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Maelstrom Rounds
      • Activate to increase Sgt. Hammer’s Basic Attack damage by 40% for 5 seconds. Maximum 3 charges. 90 second charge cooldown. Basic Attacks in Siege Mode against enemy Structures reduce this cooldown by 5 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • Vigorous Assault (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Focused Attack (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Excessive Force (W)
      • Removed
    • Barricade (W)
      • Moved from Level 13
    • (New Talent) Siege Tactics (E)
      • Sgt. Hammer becomes Unstoppable for 2 seconds when she uses Neosteel Plating in Siege Mode.
    • (New Talent) Regenerative Bio-Steel (D)
      • Sgt. Hammer heals for 15% of her damage dealt with Basic Attacks in Siege Mode.
  • Level 7
    • Mine Field (Q)
      • Removed
    • First Aid (Active)
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Pulse Detonation Core (Q)
      • Spider Mines explode 3 times over 3 seconds, instead of destroying themselves immediately.
    • Hover Siege (D)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Movement Speed reduced from 50% to 25%.
    • Graduating Range (D)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Maximum range bonus reduced from 5.5 to 3.3
  • Level 13
    • First Strike (D)
      • Removed
    • Bullhead Mines (Q)
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Tactical Mine Deployment (Q)
      • Increases Spider Mine’s slow from 25% to 40%. Casting Thrusters leaves behind a trail of up to 5 Spider Mines while Sgt. Hammer is moving.
    • (New Talent) Entrenched (W)
      • Increases Concussive Blast’s damage and knockback distance by 75% while in Siege Mode.
    • Hyper-Cooling Engines (Z)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Each enemy Hero hit with a Basic Attack in Siege Mode reduces the cooldown of Thrusters by 5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Stoneskin (Active)
      • Removed
    • Giant Killer (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 13
    • (New Talent) Mechanical Know-How (E)
      • Neosteel Plating grants a Shield equal to 5% of Sgt. Hammer’s maximum Health for 2 seconds. If this Shield is destroyed, she deals 50% more Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Fury of the Storm (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Nexus Frenzy (Passive)
      • Removed
    • (New Talent) Shrapnel Mines (Q)
      • Each Spider Mine explosion reduces enemy Armor by 10 for 3 seconds.
    • (New Talent) Ultra Capacitors (D)
      • Every enemy Hero hit with a Basic Attack while in Siege Mode increases Sgt. Hammer’s Attack Speed by 5% for 5 seconds, up to 40%.

Support

Alexstrasza

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1787 to 1698
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.72 to 3.54

Abilities

  • Abundance (W)
    • Cast range increased by 11%

Ana

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1682 to 1598
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.5 to 3.32
  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 33 to 30

Abilities

  • Healing Dart (Q)
    • Heal amount reduced from 255 to 237
  • Biotic Grenade (W)
    • Heal amount reduced from 175 to 166
    • Damage reduced from 60 to 57
  • Eye of Horus (R)
    • Heal amount reduced from 300 to 285
    • Damage amount reduced from 175 to 166

Auriel

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1850 to 1758
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.85 to 3.66
  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 60 to 57

Abilities

  • Sacred Sweep (Q)
    • Outer damage reduced from 60 to 57
    • Inner damage reduced from 180 to 171
  • Detainment Strike (E)
    • Normal damage reduced from 58 to 55
    • Wall-strike damage reduced from 174 to 165
  • Bestow Hope (D)
    • Maximum Energy reduced from 505 to 475
  • Crystal Aegis (R)
    • Damage reduced from 270 to 255

Brightwing

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1470 to 1395
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.06 to 2.91
  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 85 to 81

Abilities

  • Arcane Flare (Q)
    • Outer damage reduced from 91 to 87
    • Inner damage reduced from 274 to 260
  • Soothing Mist (Trait)
    • Heal amount reduced from 115 to 109
  • Blink Heal (R)
    • Heal amount reduced from 204 to 194
  • Emerald Wind (R)
    • Damage reduced from 318 to 303

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Unstable Anomaly (W)
      • Damage reduced from 114 to 108
  • Level 7
    • Phase Shield (Z)
      • Shield amount reduced from 350 to 335

Kharazim

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Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 63 to 60

Abilities

  • Breath of Heaven (W)
    • Heal amount reduced from 290 to 276
  • Divine Palm (R)
    • Heal amount reduced from 1141 to 1084

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Transcendence (Trait)
      • Heal amount reduced from 103 to 98
  • Level 16
    • Way of the Hundred Fists (E)
      • Damage reduced from 50 to 45%

Li Li

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1552 to 1475
  • Health Regen from 3.23 to 3.07
  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 63 to 60

Abilities

  • Healing Brew (Q)
    • Heal amount increased from 177 to 190
  • Cloud Serpent (W)
    • Heal amount increased from 13.5 to 15
    • Damage reduced from 27 to 26
  • Blinding Wind (E)
    • Damage reduced from 140 to 133
  • Jug of 1000 Cups (R)
    • Heal amount increased from 66.5 to 70
  • Water Dragon (R)
    • Damage reduced from 318 to 300

Lt. Morales

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1550 to 1472
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.23 to 3.07
  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 88 to 83

Abilities

  • Healing Beam (Q)
    • Heal amount reduced from 90 to 86
  • Displacement Grenade (E)
    • Damage reduced from 210 to 198

Lúcio

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1518 to 1442
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.16 to 3
  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 24 to 23

Abilities

  • Soundwave (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 112 to 105
  • Amp It Up (E)
    • Heal amount reduced from 15.5 to 15
  • Sound Barrier (R)
    • Shield amount reduced from 1392 to 1296
  • Reverse Amp (R)
    • Damage reduced from 14 to 13

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Back in the Mix (Passive)
      • Heal amount reduced from 260 to 245
  • Level 16
    • Rejuvenescencia (E)
      • Heal amount reduced from 3 to 2.5% of allies’ Maximum Health

    Malfurion

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    Stats

    • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1682 to 1598
    • Health Regen reduced from 3.5 to 3.33
    • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 67 to 64

    Abilities

    • Regrowth (Q)
      • Initial heal amount reduced from 150 to 142
      • Heal over time amount reduced from 28 to 27
    • Moonfire (W)
      • Damage from 105 to 100
    • Entangling Roots (E)
      • Damage from 39 to 37
    • Tranquility (R)
      • Heal amount reduced from 40 to 38
    • Twilight Dream (R)
      • Damage reduced from 374 to 355

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Moonburn (W)
        • Removed
      • (New Talent) Celestial Alignment (W)
        • Increase Moonfire’s reveal duration from 2 to 5 seconds. Malfurion’s Basic Attacks deal 100% additional damage to targets revealed by Moonfire
    • Level 4
      • Vengeful Roots (E)
        • Treant Attack damage reduced from 70 to 65
        • Scaling damage per quest stack reduced from 8 to 7

    Rehgar

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    Stats

    • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 120 to 113

    Abilities

    • Chain Heal (Q)
      • Heal amount reduced from 250 to 240
    • Lightning Shield (W)
      • Damage reduced from 35 to 32
    • Ancestral Healing (R)
      • Heal amount reduced from 1552 to 1475

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Lightning Bond (W)
        • Removed

    Stukov

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    Abilities

    • Healing Pathogen (Q)
      • Heal amount reduced from 37 to 35
    • Lurking Arm (E)
      • Damage reduced from 36 to 34
    • Bio-kill Switch (D)
      • Heal amount reduced from 500 to 475
    • Flailing Swipe (R)
      • Damage reduced from 50 to 48
    • Massive Shove (R)
      • Damage reduced from 200 to 190

    Tassadar

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    Stats

    • Base Maximum Health reduced from 1355 to 1287
    • Health Regen reduced from 2.82 to 2.68

    Abilities

    • Plasma Shield (Q)
      • Shield amount reduced from 475 to 455
    • Psionic Storm (W)
      • Damage reduced from 44 to 41
    • Archon (R)
      • Bonus Attack damage reduced from 166 to 158

    Tyrande

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    Stats

    • Base Maximum Health from 1591 to 1511
    • Health Regen reduced from 3.32 to 3.15
    • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 82 to 80

    Abilities

    • Sentinel Shot (W)
      • Damage reduced from 173 to 165
    • Lunar Flare (E)
      • Damage reduced from 205 to 195
    • Starfall (R)
      • Damage reduced from 91 to 88

    Uther

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    Stats

    • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 78 to 75

    Abilities

    • Holy Light (Q)
      • Heal amount reduced from 380 to 362
    • Holy Radiance (W)
      • Heal amount reduced from 185 to 177
      • Damage reduced from 185 to 177
    • Flash of Light (Q)
      • Heal amount reduced from 242 to 230
    • Hammer of Justice (E)
      • Damage reduced from 114 to 109
    • Divine Storm (R)
      • Damage reduced from 178 to 170

    Talents

    • Level 4
      • Holy Fire (Passive)
        • Damage reduced from 14 to 13

    Warrior

    Johanna

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    Abilities

    • Iron Skin (Trait)
      • Mana cost removed

    Sonya

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    Talents

    • Level 7
      • Poisoned Spear (Q)
        • Damage reduced from 150 to 125%

    Bug Fixes

    General

    • Mac: Fixed an issue that caused game crashes on Mac clients.
    • Mac: Fixed an issue causing unintended options to display on certain Mac clients.
    • Sound: Fixed an issue causing Hero voiceover lines to be heard globally by both teams.

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    This lack of developer comments is nothing but pure disappointment on Blizzard’s part. I got quite upset at Blizzard when they decided to be greedy snakes and lie about the gem skins, telling us “this is what the community asked” when we all know that is false and they refused to straight up admit that they are in need of more money. And then they decide to give absolutely no insight on massive and important changes they do? These developers could learn something from the WoW team. At least they were able to get up and start communicating with players to make the game better. This just isn’t fair to the people who play this game. And I’m losing my faith in them.

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    28 minutes ago, Maxkitty said:

    This lack of developer comments is nothing but pure disappointment on Blizzard’s part. I got quite upset at Blizzard when they decided to be greedy snakes and lie about the gem skins, telling us “this is what the community asked” when we all know that is false and they refused to straight up admit that they are in need of more money. And then they decide to give absolutely no insight on massive and important changes they do? These developers could learn something from the WoW team. At least they were able to get up and start communicating with players to make the game better. This just isn’t fair to the people who play this game. And I’m losing my faith in them.

    Dude, it's PTR patch notes not official ones. They do the explanation for official ones once they've decided for sure what they're going to do. This stuff could change. 

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    36 minutes ago, AndrewMertes said:

    Dude, it's PTR patch notes not official ones. They do the explanation for official ones once they've decided for sure what they're going to do. This stuff could change. 

    No these are not PTR notes. These are live balance update notes. That will take effect in 2 days in the live game, not the PTR.

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    54 minutes ago, AndrewMertes said:

    If everyone gets nerfed the same is it really a nerf? It's more like a re-adjustment of the healing role. 

    Exactly, it's more about retooling the role of healing since it is to every single support.

    The hammer rework looks exciting!

    ZulJin nerf was needed. He was way too strong.

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    Why exactly are they nerfing Tyrande when shes an assasin? 

    Li Li is the only one whos getting buffed, healing wise. 

    Even Alexs Q got nerfed because of her HP nerf lol.

    The Hammer Rework looks horrible basically completly ignoring skill and positioning its all about the siege mode now which is just stupid.

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    Oh great. All supports nerfed, Hammer gets a very uneeded rework that will make her an even bigger pain in the ads to take down. Seems like we're back to Assassins of the Storm.

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    36 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

    Oh great. All supports nerfed, Hammer gets a very uneeded rework that will make her an even bigger pain in the ads to take down. Seems like we're back to Assassins of the Storm.

    I just can’t... it was fun while it lasted. 😢

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    7 hours ago, Valhalen said:

    Oh great. All supports nerfed, Hammer gets a very uneeded rework that will make her an even bigger pain in the ads to take down. Seems like we're back to Assassins of the Storm.

    "unneeded rework"? really mate? hammer is one of easiest hero to counter. valeera can shred her, kael&jaina&chromie can rain down on her. its kinda sitting dock and impossible to miss.

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    3 hours ago, MasterKast said:

    "unneeded rework"? really mate? hammer is one of easiest hero to counter. valeera can shred her, kael&jaina&chromie can rain down on her. its kinda sitting dock and impossible to miss.

    Indeed and now shes a even more of a sitting duck then she was before because she needs to be in siege mode to deal the highest dmg. All her non-siege buffs are gone.

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    Great, who hired Ghostcrawler?  XD

    In all seriousness, the changes to Sgt Hammer left her without as much survivability, as i feel Neosteel plating duration is too low for its high cooldown and dependency towards Siege Mode too much, as well as less range at 20 without nexus frenzy, which she relies on.

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    On 11/27/2017 at 10:39 PM, Maxkitty said:

    This lack of developer comments is nothing but pure disappointment on Blizzard’s part. I got quite upset at Blizzard when they decided to be greedy snakes and lie about the gem skins, telling us “this is what the community asked” when we all know that is false and they refused to straight up admit that they are in need of more money. And then they decide to give absolutely no insight on massive and important changes they do? These developers could learn something from the WoW team. At least they were able to get up and start communicating with players to make the game better. This just isn’t fair to the people who play this game. And I’m losing my faith in them.

    They made a separate developer announcement. Don't get your hatred of ten thousand years in a twist.

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    Well this was unexpected. We're finally apparently moving to a double support meta, or not Many people see this as a simple nerf, but I see it as something more and much needed. The supports have always been the most ridiculous aspect of this game, and seeing their power diminished is an interesting thought. 

    Zul'Jin was definitely in a way too powerful state, I'm glad he got nerfed.

    Yes! An old character gets a much needed rework how did it turn out? Meh. I'm on the same side as everyone else. She was nerfed. But I see potential here. Maybe she will finally seem significant.

    Tychus has been receiving some pretty sneaky buffs lately. Could this be a resurrection?

    People are acting overly negatively in my opinion. Is it a bad update? Not by any means. Does it change the meta a bunch? Definitely. Is the double healer here? Possibly. Blizzars is really giving the fanbase a hard time.

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    On 11/27/2017 at 2:39 PM, Maxkitty said:

    This lack of developer comments is nothing but pure disappointment on Blizzard’s part. I got quite upset at Blizzard when they decided to be greedy snakes and lie about the gem skins, telling us “this is what the community asked” when we all know that is false and they refused to straight up admit that they are in need of more money.

    People were asking to be able to buy skins with gems, but not quite like it was implemented with the Alexstrasza patch. Personally I wanted to be able to go either/or with gems and shards, instead of "only gems" or "only shards" save for what is Featured that week. So while it was asked for, I'm not sure we technically got what we wanted. Having no chance of getting those Alex skins from a box, ever, feels almost as bad as having to rely on those boxes for getting a specific skin...or enough shards for one.

    Careful what I wish for, I guess.

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    12 minutes ago, Ziarre said:

    People were asking to be able to buy skins with gems, but not quite like it was implemented with the Alexstrasza patch. Personally I wanted to be able to go either/or with gems and shards, instead of "only gems" or "only shards" save for what is Featured that week. So while it was asked for, I'm not sure we technically got what we wanted. Having no chance of getting those Alex skins from a box, ever, feels almost as bad as having to rely on those boxes for getting a specific skin...or enough shards for one.

    Careful what I wish for, I guess.

    This is exactly what they want. They pretended you asked for this, and they've managed to convince you it was true.

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    Man, they really want Hammer to be in siege mode a lot more, but with Hover Siege mode speed nerfed as well, I've got a bad gut feeling. Sieging up is so risky if there are actual enemy players around.

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    6 hours ago, Fliits said:

    They made a separate developer announcement. Don't get your hatred of ten thousand years in a twist.

    I realize that now, still interesting to see how it might end out working lol.

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    14 hours ago, Fliits said:

    Tychus has been receiving some pretty sneaky buffs lately. Could this be a resurrection?

    As long as his AA range stays as it is, he will always be at best Niche.

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        As of now, we’ve greatly increased the likelihood that Nexomania items will drop over Sun’s Out, Guns Out items in Nexomania Loot Chests. If you used gems to buy Nexomania Loot Chests prior to 07:01 p.m. PDT on May 23 (4:01 a.m. CEST / 11:01 a.m. KST May 24), you will receive a number of new Nexomania Loot Chests equal to the amount you originally purchased. These replacement Chests will feature the updated event item drop rate mentioned above and will be awarded within the next few days. Please note: Nexomania Loot Chests earned through progression or Heroes Brawls will not be replaced. We’re also going to make this drop-rate adjustment for future events. Going forward, new event Loot Chests will have this same increased chance to contain new items from the current version of an event over existing items from past versions of that event.
        Event Bundles and Skins
        Events like Nexomania are jam-packed with lots of new Hero skins and other cosmetic items. While we have a blast creating and releasing skins, we’ve also read feedback from players who would like more options when it comes to adding them to their collections. With future events, we’re going to give players more opportunities to pick up specific skins outside of the event bundles they appear in:
        Going forward, new Hero skins that are included in larger event bundles will also be available in separate Skin Packs. Each pack will be purchasable using gems and will contain all currently available versions of that skin. This change doesn’t mean big event bundles are down for the count. We still plan to add them to the game but wanted to give players more variety when it comes to picking up new event items.
        As always, we’d like to thank everyone who has shared their thoughts with us on these topics. We hope you enjoy the rest of Nexomania and manage to conquer your quests in record time! Until next time, we’ll see you in the Nexus.
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        The latest Heroes of the Storm patch includes Diablo/Lunara Hero reworks and Nexomania. Check out the full patch notes!
        Blizzard (Source)
        Nexomania has begun, bringing new quests and rewards, as well as many new skins and mounts to Heroes of the Storm! Read on for details, as well as more info about gameplay updates for Lunara and Diablo.
        NOTE: Orange text indicates a difference between the PTR and Live patch notes.
        Nexomania!
        Learn even more about Nexomania by visiting the official Heroes website!
        La Parca Lunara and La Pantera Sonya are looking to recruit new tag-team partners for Nexomania, a contest where Heroes battle it out to become the Champions of the Nexus! Choose your partner, train up, and conquer the competition to claim the spoils of victory before Monday, June 11. Each of the four-part quest chains below grant different rewards based on who you side with, and the quests must be completed in order. Choose your partner wisely, because once you’ve picked Lunara or Sonya, your decision cannot be undone!   La Parca Lunara Quest Chain and Rewards  Train Up, La Parca Style: Play 3 Games. Reward: Máscara de la Parca Portrait. Show Match, La Parca Style: Achieve 70 Takedowns in winning games. Reward: The Underworld Grip Spray. Climb the Ladder, La Parca Style: Win 6 games. Reward: Ojos de la Parca Animated Spray. Cage Match, La Parca Style: Achieve 100 Takedowns in winning games. Rewards: El Guapo Announcer and La Parca Lunara Portrait. La Pantera Sonya Quest Chain and Rewards Train Up, La Pantera Style: Play 3 Games. Reward: Máscara de la Pantera Portrait. Show Match, La Pantera Style: Achieve 70 Takedowns in winning games. Reward: The Panther Forearm Spray. Climb the Ladder, La Pantera Style: Win 6 games. Reward: Furia de la Pantera Animated Spray. Cage Match, La Pantera Style: Achieve 100 Takedowns in winning games. Rewards: El Guapo Announcer and La Pantera Sonya Portrait. Nexomania Loot Chests
        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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