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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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        Maiev: The latest changes are aimed at lowering her survivability and burst damage throughput. Malthael: Healing from Soul Ripping Minions decreased, Hero-only healing increased. Mana cost of Soul Rip has been increased to 25. Zeratul: Changes to basic & heroic abilities are meant to redistribute his damage, while giving the Hero a slight buff. Xul: Base stats have been buffed and split-push potential has been toned down. Sonya: Balance changes for Sonya were supposed to go live on January 24, but Blizzard's implemented them just now. The changes include a basic attack damage reduction, Poisoned Spear & Nerves of Steel talent adjustments. Blizzard (Source)
        We’ve just released a patch to the live servers in order to implement Voice Communication, as well as apply some balance updates and bug fixes.
        General
        Voice Communication
        Voice Communication has been added to Heroes of the Storm! Read the Voice Communication blog for more information about how to use it in-game. Heroes
        Assassin
        Maiev

        Stats
        Health reduced from 2236 to 2150 Health Regeneration reduced from 4.66 to 4.48 Abilities
        Vault of the Wardens (Trait) Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds Fan of Knives (Q) Damage reduced from 170 to 162 Talents
        Level 16 Armored Assault (Passive) Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 20% Vengeful Knives (E) Bonus damage per Hero hit increased from 1% to 1.2% Malthael

        Abilities
        Soul Rip (Q) Mana cost increased from 20 to 25 Healing reduced from 36 to 25 per target hit Healing from Heroic targets increased from 3% to 4% of the Hero’s maximum Health Tormented Souls (R) Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds Talents
        Level 4 Die Alone (Q) Damage bonus reduced from 75% to 50% Level 16 Soul Collector (Q) Bonus range reduced from 50% to 25% Thrall

        Abilities
        Chain Lightning (Q) Bounce range increased by 20% Zeratul

        Abilities
        Cleave (Q) Damage increased from 200 to 212 Singularity Spike (W) Damage increased from 228 to 240 Void Prison (R) Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80 Might Of The Nerazim (R) Basic Attack damage bonus reduced from 40% to 30% Specialist
        Xul

        Stats
        Health increased from 1900 to 2000 Health Regeneration increased 3.957 to 4.168 Basic Attack damage increased from 104 to 110 Abilities
        Raise Skeleton (Trait) Skeletal Warrior Health reduced from 240 to 225 Skeletal Warrior damage reduced from 23 to 21 Bone Prison (E) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds Mana cost reduced from 80 to 70 Talents
        Level 7 Trag'Oul's Essence (Trait) Mana restoration per Skeletal Warrior attack reduced from 0.5% to 0.2% of Xul’s maximum Mana Support
        Tyrande

        Abilities
        Light of Elune (Q) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 11 seconds Warrior

        Sonya

        Stats
        Basic Attack damage reduced from 88 to 84 Talents
        Level 7 Poisoned Spear (Q) Damage reduced from 125% to 100% of Ancient Spear’s damage. Level 16 Nerves of Steel (Active) Duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds Shield amount reduced from 30% to 25% of Maximum Health Cooldown reduced from 70 to 60 seconds Bug Fixes
        Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
        Diablo: Lightning Breath sound effects will no longer stop playing before the Ability is finished channeling. Junkrat: Heroes killed by Concussion Mine will no longer respawn at their death location and then slide across the Battleground. Junkrat: Issuing movement commands during Rocket Ride will no longer cause Junkrat to become separated from his Mount. Junkrat: Movement commands that the player did not issue will no longer appear on the terrain in front of RIP-Tire’s model. Junkrat: Targeting unpathable terrain with Rocket Ride will no longer cause Total Mayhem Grenades to visually persist on the Battleground. Junkrat: Concussion Mine can no longer displace Leoric from Wraith Walk’s starting location if the Mine is detonated in the same moment that Wraith Walk ends. Li Li: After learning the Lighting Serpent Talent, Cloud Serpent attacks that are bouncing to additional targets when the Ability expires will now correctly deal damage. Lt. Morales: The tooltip for the Healing Beam icon next to Lt. Morales’ in-game portrait will now correctly display the Ability’s cooldown duration. Malfurion: An ally who is affected by multiple Regrowths will now be correctly healed by Moonfire and have Stuns, Roots, and Slows removed by Nature's Cure. Movement Abilities: Certain movement-based Abilities, like Greymane’s Darkflight or Chen’s Flying Kick, will no longer fail to move the Hero toward a target currently affected by Varian’s Taunt or Garrosh’s Warlord's Challenge. Sgt. Hammer: Can now correctly deploy Biotic Emitters on Volskaya Foundry while in Siege Mode. The Butcher: Fixed an issue that prevented The Butcher from collecting Meat while piloting the Triglav Protector, Dragon Knight, or Garden Terror.
      • By Stan

        Maiev goes live tomorrow and we have a guide for the latest Warcraft Assassin to join the roster.
        It's time for Maiev to enter the Nexus! Learn more about the latest Hero in our guide!
        Feel free to leave your thoughts, suggestions or guide feedback here. Maiev should go live on February 6, 2018, and this article will be updated with the official patch notes once they are out.
        Maiev Build Guide Maiev Patch Notes Maiev Talent Calculator Blizzard (Source)
        Maiev Shadowsong stood watch over the imprisoned Betrayer for ten thousand years, and hunted him relentlessly after he was released. Some say she’s determined; others say she’s obsessed. Either way, she will stop at nothing to ensure the security of her world. Get all the necessary information and gameplay tips on our newest Assassin Hero, Maiev, The Warden, in this spotlight video!
      • By Stan

        Heroes of the Storm Highlights are back with another fun episode of WTF Moments! 
        Episode 102 kicks off with an Abathur slap fest, Blaze entering his Bunker to soak Pyroblast and Garrosh throwing D'Va's Self-Destruct into enemies, killing three of them!
        Don't forget to submit your own replays here for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode and let us know your favorite moments in the comments below!
        Previous Episodes
        WTF Moments Episode 101 WTF Moments Episode 100 WTF Moments Episode 99 & Best of 2017
      • By Oxygen
           
        Our sixteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the Maiev patch of February is here!
        We present our sixteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Maiev patch of February 2018.
        Note: This list also takes the February 9 balance patch into account.
        Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Maiev patch. The goal if of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list—including this very one—should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.
        Using the list
        As stated above, tier lists are easy to mistake for gospel. As new strategies are discovered and experimented with, so changes the perception of the relative strengths of each hero. Tier lists still prove to be useful as a snapshot of player expectations in terms of drafting. Although it is generally considered preferable to focus on high tier heroes (Prime and Core tiers), it is important to note that Heroes of the Storm's wild character and map designs make it so that any given hero's tier position is prone to fluctuate depending on the situation at hand.
        One classic example of such is that of Kerrigan on the Infernal Shrines map. Although we currently judge her to be a mid-tier hero, her drafting priority shoots up to first-pick or first-ban material on this specific map due to the nature of its objective. Certain heroes also synergise so well with each other that the sole fact of having the opportunity of drafting them together is generally enough to increase their potential. Tassadar and Tracer, for instance, are generally nightmarish to deal with for many. There are too many examples of these interactions to reasonably produce here, but we invite you to consult our guides to know exactly where and when each hero shines. The guides have been linked in the lists below for your convenience - just click any of the hero names to access them.
        A ↑ next to a hero's name means its tier list position has increased since the previous month whereas a ↓ means just the opposite. Additionally, a + or - sign indicates short-to-medium term predictions (which is to say, about a month) for tier increase(s) or decrease(s), respectively. These are often updated after significant balance patches and/or when clear trends are emerging.
        If you're newer to the game, also consider visiting our glossary for a comprehensive list of discrete Heroes of the Storm terms.
        Current ranked mode map rotation
         
        Prime Tier
        Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Arthas Genji - - E.T.C. Greymane     Sonya Hanzo       Maiev (new)     Prime tier heroes are considered to be extremely strong in all situations, and show no obvious weakness. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most matches.
         
        Core Tier
        Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Anub'arak Falstad Alexstrasza Abathur↑ Dehaka Jaina↑ Brightwing- Azmodan Diablo+ Junkrat Lúcio+ Nazeebo Muradin Li-Ming Malfurion↑ Sylvanas Stitches Malthael (reworked)+ Stukov  Zagara Varian (Taunt) Valla Uther   Core tier heroes are strong in a wide variety of situations and have few counter-picking possibility. They should form the core of your team, and be picked after Prime Tier heroes have been distributed.
         
        Viable Tier
        Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Artanis Alarak Ana Murky Blaze+ Cassia Auriel Xul D.Va Chromie Kharazim   Garrosh Gul'dan+ Li Li+   Johanna Illidan Lt. Morales   Leoric Kael'thas+ Rehgar   Tyrael  Kel'Thuzad Tyrande    Zarya Kerrigan↓       Lunara       Nova↓       Ragnaros+       Samuro       The Butcher       Thrall       Tracer+       Tychus↑       Varian (Colossus Smash)       Zeratul       Zul'jin↓     Viable tier heroes are generally well-rounded that have either fallen out of favour, or, inversely, are on the rise in popularity, due to the current Prime tier contenders.
         
        Niche Tier
        Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Chen Cho'gall Tassadar Gazlowe Cho'gall Raynor   Medivh Rexxar Valeera↓   Probius↓   Varian (Twin Blades of Fury)   Sgt. Hammer↓ Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They may also picked to "round out" your team composition when your team composition is missing out on key components, such as a "jungler" (mercenary camps), a solo laner, or solid waveclear.
         
        Lost Vikings Tier
        The Lost Vikings Bottom tier Heroes are deemed to be either considerably weaker than the majority of other Heroes, or much more challenging to play properly. Although they may situationally shine, these Heroes are generally avoided by most players.
         
        Metagame assessment
        Maiev: Where do I even begin? Despite heavy-handed nerfs delivered less than a week after her release, Maiev continues to dominate popularity (read: is banned about 5 times more than she is played at all levels) and top win rates. The fact that I'm not sure what exactly contributes to her success is probably a good indicator of what actually contributes to her success: everything. High survivability, high mobility, high damage potential through Fan of Knives's ability to reset, the ability to both set up and follow up for and on crowd control through Spirit of Vengeance + Umbral Bind, serviceable waveclear, and Vault of the Wardens on a ridiculously short cooldown for good measure to make her an unviable target for heroic ability chains. Warden's Cage ended up the favoured heroic ability choice for Maiev, and it's rather easy to see why; it just works well with the rest of her kit on top of being quite easy for anyone to use, though Containment Disc is not to be underestimated either. She's at the top of the food chain, so Prime tier it is. Expect further nerfs.
        Jaina: Jaina was last month's surprise for me, which is why I had her marked for promotion. I slightly feared Genji players, but after witnessing some more competent Jaina play (including my own not-so-competent experimentation), it's safe to say that Summon Water Elemental is absolutely key to dealing with him (along pretty much every other assassin in the game). For games with little melee assassin pressure, Ring of Frost remains a powerful win condition. Jaina also sports what is arguably the game's best waveclear potential, and can deal with mercenary camps extremely well with Frost Shards and Ice Lance. 
        Malthael: I can certainly see how Malthael's rework may have seemed rather grim to anyone underestimating the power of cleaving attacks. This change, though accompanied by slight nerfs to his damage and survivability, allowed his already powerful laning  to improve, just as with his ability to deal with mercenary camps. One should never underestimate the power of PvE, particularly in less organised play. Furthermore, his reliance upon Tormented Souls was reduced, allowing for Last Rites to actually get some playtime. I've been impressed with it, and I'm probably going to update his builds to reflect this newfound power.
        Abathur: Abathur is the kind of hero that comes and goes with the metagame state and who generally thrives in assassin-oriented states. As with Genji, I wouldn't be fooled by his limited winrates; he just simply tends to do better at higher level, more organised play, and particularly in longer matches. To avoid on Haunted Mines and Braxis Holdout. Please pick your Ultimate Evolution target responsibly, and go for an assassin, with Maiev, Genji, Hanzo, and Jaina making incredible targets. Incidentally, avoid Evolve Monstrosity; it has been tested and rejected a long time ago.
        Tychus: Not a big leap in tier, but a leap nonetheless. He went from seeing pretty much no play for quite a while to seeing some, including tournament play. As expected, he does well against Blaze and a few other bruisers, on top of being on the more resilient side of ranged assassins. Commandeer Odin is excellent, but the real sleeper here is Neosteel Coating, which can do funny things with Relentless Soldier.
        Probius: Nearly as unpopular as The Lost Vikings. Though I don't think he's bad, I certainly think he does not have a place in the current meta. All of the top picks do extremely well against him, as does diving in general. I really wish I had more insights here, but the very few times I did see him in the last month, it was rather sad to witness. 
        Sgt. Hammer: I initially had her as viable, but upon reading user comments, I had to agree: she does extremely well against team compositions that cannot deal with her, and poorly otherwise. This is basically what the Niche tier should be defined by. We could discuss at length why this design is rather unhealthy for the game, but I think Blizzard has recognized this by not releasing a single specialist in over a year.