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Blaze PTR Patch Notes: Jan 2

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Blaze, the latest Warrior Hero from Starcraft, is now available for testing on PTR until January 8. Malfurion received a talent rework and his visuals have been updated to coincide with the changes. The Battleground rotation for Ranked Play remains unchanged.

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Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until January 8. During this time, we kindly request your assistance in trying out the new content before we officially release the patch. Just like last time, 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.

New Hero: Blaze

Cpl. Miles "Blaze" Lewis has always been drawn to the flame, but it wasn't until he joined up with Raynor's Raiders that he put his pyromania to good use. He's seen his fair share of battles since then, and has never failed to bring the heat.

Trait

  • Pyromania
    • Gain 25 Armor and deal 40 damage to nearby enemies every 0.5 seconds for 4 seconds. Each Hero hit by Flame Stream reduces Pyromania's cooldown by 5 seconds.

Basic Abilities

  • Flame Stream (Q)
    • Fire two streams of flame that deal 83 damage to enemies hit. Flame Stream sets fire to Oil Spills it comes in contact with.
  • Oil Spill (W)
    • Vector Targeting.
    • Dispense a slick of oil that lasts for 5 seconds and Slows enemies that come in contact with it by 40%. Flame Stream can set Oil Spills on fire for 2.5 seconds, dealing 18 damage every 0.3 seconds to enemies inside. While on fire, Oil Spills no longer Slow enemies. Additionally, Blaze is Healed for 49 Health every 0.3 seconds while standing in flaming Oil Spills. Stores up to 2 charges.
  • Jet Propulsion (E)
    • After 0.5 seconds, charge forward, colliding with the first enemy Hero hit, dealing 52 damage to them and nearby enemy Heroes. Enemies hit are also Stunned for 1.25 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

  • Bunker Drop (R)
    • After 0.5 seconds, deploy and enter a Bunker with 1300 Health. Blaze and his allies can enter and exit the Bunker at will. While in the Bunker, occupants gain access to Flamethrower, dealing 179 damage to enemies in a line. Exiting the Bunker grants 25 Armor for 2 seconds. Bunkers last 10 seconds, or until destroyed.
  • Combustion (R)
    • Channel up to 2.6 seconds. Once Channeling ends, nearby enemies are Slowed by 60% and take 48 damage  every 0.5 seconds. Combustion's Slow and damage over time durations are extended the longer Blaze Channels, from 1 second up to 5 seconds. Blaze's Movement Speed is reduced by 50% while Channeling.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Malfurion has received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent changes.

Battlegrounds

Battlefield of Eternity

  • The Minimap will now indicate upcoming Immortal spawn locations 30 seconds after the game begins.
    • Subsequent Immortal indicators will appear on the Minimap shortly after a previously summoned Immortal has been defeated.
    • Swap locations will not appear on the Minimap when an Immortal has been reduced to 50% Health.

Heroes Brawl

  • Dodge Brawl
    • Chromie’s Health has been increased from 3 to 5
    • Ghost Chromies now display player names overhead
    • The in-game camera will now lock to Ghost Chromie until a new round begins

Ranked Battleground Rotation

  • The Battleground rotation for Ranked Play has not been changed.

Heroes

Support

Malfurion

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Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 64 to 60

Abilities

  • Regrowth (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 45 to 35
    • No longer has an initial heal effect
    • Heal amount per tick decreased from 27 to 20
    • Duration increased from 15 to 20 seconds
  • Moonfire (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 15 to 10
    • Damage reduced from 100 to 90
    • Added functionality:
      • For every enemy Hero hit with Moonfire, instantly heal all targets with an active Regrowth for 140
  • Entangling Roots (E)
    • No longer effects non-Heroic targets
  • Tranquility (R)
    • Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80
    • Added functionality:
      • All Heroes with an active Regrowth effect gain 10 Armor while in range of Tranquility

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Shan’do’s Clarity (D)
      • Functionality changed:
        • The cooldown of Innervate regenerates 25% faster for each active Regrowth
    • Scouting Drone (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Nature’s Swiftness (Q)
      • Malfurion passively gains 5% Movement Speed for each active Regrowth
  • Level 4
    • Full Moonfire (W)
      • Removed
    • Strangling Vines (E)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Enemy Heroes rooted by Entangling Roots receive 25% less healing for 2 seconds
    • New Talent – Deep Roots (E)
      • Entangling Roots grow 25% larger and last 25% longer
  • Level 7
    • Tenacious Roots (E)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality:
        • Root duration is increased by 25%. If Malfurion becomes stunned, refresh the cooldown of Entangling Roots
    • New Talent – Nature’s Cure (Active)
      • Activate: Remove all stuns, roots and slows from allies with an active Regrowth. 45 second cooldown.
    • New Talent – Wild Growth (W)
      • Every time your Moonfire hits an enemy Hero, increase the duration of all active Regrowths by 1 second
  • Level 13
    • Shrink Ray (Active)
      • Removed
    • Life Seed (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Revitalize (Q)
      • Moved from Level 16
    • Hindering Moonfire (W)
      • Moved from Level 7
  • Level 16
    • Ysera’s Gift (Q)
      • Bonus heal amount increased from 40 to 60%
    • New Talent – Moonlit Harmony (W)
      • Increase the heal of your Moonfire by 15% for every active Regrowth
    • New Talent – Nature's Balance (W)
      • Increase the area of Moonfire by 25% and the duration of Regrowth by 5 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Serenity (R)
      • New functionality:
        • Every Hero hit with Moonfire lowers the cooldown of Tranquility by 3 seconds. While active, Tranquility's healing is increased by 10% for each active Regrowth
    • Storm Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • Rewind (Active)
      • Removed
    • Lunar Shower (W)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Hitting an enemy Hero reduces the cooldown of Moonfire by 1 second and ramps the damage of the next Moonfire by 20%, stacking up to 3 times
    • New Talent – Lifebloom (Q)
      • Casting Regrowth on a player instantly heals them for 10% of their missing Health
LEVEL (TIER) MALFURION TALENTS
1 (1) Nature's Swiftness (Q) Celestial Attunement (W) Shan'do's Clarity (D)  
4 (2) Strangling Vines (E) Deep Roots (E) (!) Vengeful Roots (E)  
7 (3) Wild Growth (Passive) Tenacious Roots (E) Nature's Cure (Active)  
10 (4) Tranquility Twilight Dream
13 (5) Hindering Moonfire (W) Revitalize (D) Ice Block (Active)  
16 (6) Ysera's Gift (Q) Nature's Balance (Passive) Moonlit Harmony (Passive)  
20 (7) Serenity (R) Astral Communion (R) Lifebloom (Q) Lunar Shower (W)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Warrior

Johanna

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Abilities

  • Falling Sword (R)
    • Johanna can no longer take damage or be targeted while initially casting Falling Sword. 

Collection

General

  • Items in the Collection have received updated UI colors to improve readability

New Bundle

  • Blaze Heroic Bundle – Available until January 22, 2017

New Announcer

  • Blaze

New Skins

  • Blaze
    • Hazardous Blaze
    • Veteran Blaze
    • Fel Reaver Blaze
      • Abominable Fel Reaver Blaze
      • Coldfire Fel Reaver Blaze
      • Infernal Fel Reaver Blaze
      • Smoldering Fel Reaver Blaze
  • Probius
    • Ara Tribe Probius
    • Nerazim Probius

Bug Fixes

General

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

Art

  • Abathur: Casting Ultimate Evolution will no longer cause visual effects to persist on the terrain at Abathur’s previous location.
  • Valla: The color of Lavendar Deputy Valla’s scarf has been updated to match the rest of the skin.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Abathur: Locusts will now correctly retain their selected skins during Ultimate Evolution.
  • Chen: Fixed an issue that could cause Chen to become unresponsive if Wandering Keg’s duration expired while the barrel was too close to unpathable terrain.
  • Garrosh: Talent descriptions for Inner Rage and Brute Force will no longer swap when selecting either Talent.
  • Junkrat: Total Mayhem will no longer trigger twice if Junkrat is killed by the secondary Basic Attack damaged granted by the Giant Killer Talent.
  • Junkrat: Casting Rocket Ride will no longer cause an empty Health Bar to appear.
  • Junkrat: Fixed an issue in which Ripper Air could grant cooldown reduction to Concussion Mine if a Summon, such as a Creep Tumor, Healing Ward, etc., was also hit when the Mine was detonated.
  • Nazeebo: Gargantuan Stomp can no longer be cast while the Gargantuan is stunned or polymorphed.
  • Samuro: Illusion Master can no longer be cast while Samuro is airborne after being hit by an effects like Junkrat’s Concussion Mine detonation.
  • Samuro: Issuing a Hold Position command to Samuro’s Mirror Images and then selecting one of them will no longer cause the others to cancel the Hold Position command.
  • Zul’jin: Lacerate’s Talent icon is now correctly colored blue, rather than purple.

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24 minutes ago, Stan said:

Casting Regrowth on a player instantly heals them for 10% of their missing Health

I know it's a level 20 talent but holy shit

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40 minutes ago, Plergoth said:

I know it's a level 20 talent but holy shit

No storm shield though and no initial heal without that, so it's pretty much necessary if your solo healer.

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Malfurion's rework definitely looks interesting. I wasn't expecting him to be reworked so soon, though.

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That malf rework is really interesting. Needs testing to know if it is actually any good. but it seems like he could have a LOT of healing over time with some burst out of good moon fires. Seems like moonfire spam might be gone to be healing utility, but that' might not be a bad thing. Really curious to try him out.

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Idk, seems to me damage trait Kharazim will still be able to significantly outheal a Malfurion just with Echo of Heaven (Malf will be able to equalize/take the lead much later if he even does) cause burst heal is best heal. I like the change to make Tranquility more enticing a lot tho.

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10 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Idk, seems to me damage trait Kharazim will still be able to significantly outheal a Malfurion just with Echo of Heaven (Malf will be able to equalize/take the lead much later if he even does) cause burst heal is best heal. I like the change to make Tranquility more enticing a lot tho.

They're gonna make him a much stronger mid-late game healer rather than a late game healer. I like that. Can't wait to try him. Making Moonfire more impactful for his healing is fantastic.

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With the heavy tanks in the mix, the new Malf looks pretty on point, getting rid of this cheap damage they abuse. I like it. 

Also agreeing in the fact that the Moonfire spam to increase his healing is a great thing! He will be more proactive than just a HoT spammer.

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The new Malf looks interesting, but I think his talent choice is not diverse.

Lv 1: Nature's Swiftness seems really good for a support that has no self peel. Probably the best talent in this level.

Lv 4: Deep root is pretty much the default choice here. The other choices are quite underwhelming.

Lv 7: Wild Growth seems like the best choice here. It synergies very well with Nature's Swiftness at Lv 1 and Moonlit Harmony at Lv 16 because the increased Regrowth duration can cause more Regrowth to be active at the same time. Nature's Cure is overrated because:

1) It doesn't give unstoppable;

2) You need to have Regrowth active on your target;

3) It only removes stuns, roots and slows, so I don't think it can remove horrify, taunt and other silence effects.

Tenacious Root is bad: if you get stunned as Malf, in most cases you die before you're able to cast the root.

Lv 10: Tranquility still sucks when compared to Twilight Dream.

Lv 13: Ice Block. You need it. The other choices are very underwhelming.

Lv 16: Moonlit Harmony is a big power spike to him. It vastly improves his otherwise lackluster burst heal, in a quite reliable way. This is probably the best talent in his entire talent tree.

Lv 20: Lunar Shower has better synergy with Moonlit Harmony than Lifebloom, on top of having a lower cooldown, so I think Lunar Shower is the better choice.

Overall, I fell like Moonlit Harmony and Lunar Shower make him a really strong late game healer, but mana sustain is gonna be his biggest issue since he pretty much need to spam Q and W all the time. Also, the removal of Elune's Grace and Storm Shield definitely hurt him.

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23 minutes ago, ShadowerDerek said:

Lv 1: Nature's Swiftness seems really good for a support that has no self peel. Probably the best talent in this level.

I wonder if Nature's Swiftness has a cap. Because let's not forget that Malfurion can cast Regrowth on Minions and Mercenaries. The tooltip doesn't specify if the movement bonus is only applied by using Regrowth on Heroes.

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

I wonder if Nature's Swiftness has a cap. Because let's not forget that Malfurion can cast Regrowth on Minions and Mercenaries. The tooltip doesn't specify if the movement bonus is only applied by using Regrowth on Heroes.

It doesn't state a cap, but since Regrowth has a 5s cd and 20s duration, you usually have around 15-20% speed boost, which is still significant. It's like you always have Lucio's speed boost.

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14 minutes ago, ShadowerDerek said:

It doesn't state a cap, but since Regrowth has a 5s cd and 20s duration, you usually have around 15-20% speed boost, which is still significant. It's like you always have Lucio's speed boost.

But do you get the speed bonus from healing Minions and/or Mercenaries?

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54 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

But do you get the speed bonus from healing Minions and/or Mercenaries?

It doesn't specify heroic targets, so it should work on non-heroic allies.

Even if it doesn't work on non-heroic targets, it's probably still the best Lv 1 talent. Shan'do's Clarity is rather situational while Celestial Attunement is rather weak with the basic attack nerf. Also, it seems like Blizzard nerf it secretly to only increase the reveal duration for 1s, which makes it even worse.

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Wait... if Malfurion got his scouting drones removed, does this mean this will be Raynor's new trait???? since he's the only hero left with this talent as far as I remember.

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32 minutes ago, Leadblast said:

Wait... if Malfurion got his scouting drones removed, does this mean this will be Raynor's new trait???? since he's the only hero left with this talent as far as I remember.

Yes, he is the only one left with this talent, but I don't think it'll become his Trait, though. Similarly, Rehgar is now the only Hero that still has Healing TotemHealing Totem; since it was removed from Li Li after her rework.

I assume that future reworks will also get rid of stuff like Ice BlockIce Block, or at least add something equivalent. Because from a character fantasy perspective it makes zero sense that Malfurion, Brightwing and Nazeebo can encase themselves with ice.

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      Siege Giants – “Siege Giants have a long-range, high-damage auto attack. Try to focus on keeping them alive by zoning out your opponents. Late game pressure is where the Siege giants are a step above the rest of the mercenaries—but no matter the point of the game, if they are left unchecked, you are going to regret not clearing them.” Found on: Dragon Shire, Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, Haunted Mines, Blackheart’s Bay, Sky Temple, and Tomb of the Spider Queen. Sappers – “The Sappers do a large amount of damage and they are one of the more reliable camps to get structural damage from, but they need to reach a certain range from the Towers before they cast their charge. You will need to escort them into Tower range.” Found on Towers of Doom and Haunted Mines. Impalers – “Impalers act much like Siege Giants, in that they auto attack from outside of Tower range, but their overall effectiveness is a notch down. They can be stacked on certain maps like Infernal Shrines, and that can make them more threatening.” Found on Battlefield of Eternity and Infernal Shrines. Hellbats – “Hellbats are tougher in terms of health than the other siege camps, but their limited range makes them less impactful in sieging. Their splash damage helps to clear, and their large health pools allow them to tank Tower shots. Their auto attacks reduce Armor on Heroes, which makes them a pain to clear on your own.” Found on Braxis Holdout and Warhead Junction. Assault Troopers – “Assault troopers can out-range enemy towers and will help push a wave, but this camp struggles to pack the same punch compared to Siege Giants or Sappers.” Found on Volskaya Foundry. Armored Gnolls – “Alterac Pass is brand new and we are still learning how to play the map in the most effective way possible, but [Armored Gnolls] function much like the Hellbats. I think it’s safe to say that the Armored Gnolls should be treated as Hellbats both in effectiveness and how to approach them.” Found on Alterac Pass. Knights – “Knights are the best camp in the game to push with because the Wizard minion provides a Spell Armor aura. This aura helps increase everyone’s ability to push and makes your minion wave difficult to clear. When the Wizard falls, the camp is far less impactful, so try to protect that little guy at all costs.” Found on Dragon Shire, Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, Blackheart’s Bay, Sky Temple, and Tomb of the Spider Queen. Fallen Shaman – “The Fallen Shaman spawns dogs that will fight on his behalf and when they die he will bring in a new set of puppers. The Shaman will stay out of range of Towers and Forts the entire time, so unless you respond to him and kill him, you are relying on the minions to clear him and his dogs. This takes a very long time to make happen and because of this, the camp is the best at split pushing.” Found on Battlefield of Eternity and Infernal Shrines. Goliaths and Raven – “Goliaths can’t out-range the Towers which makes the camp not ideal for sieging. It does provide a solid amount of threat to heroes because the Raven has a long-range seeker missile that can do a decent amount of damage. You can out-range the ability and avoid the damage, but it will force you away from the camp a significant distance. The Raven also has AoE damage to try to help the Goliaths push and the Goliaths are pretty tanky.” Found on Braxis Holdout and Warhead Junction. Why Wait to Capture the Camp?
      So, you’ve done the camp and it’s time to stand on the circle to capture it and get those Mercs pushing. WAIT! You could get so much more out of this if you put a little thought into what you’re doing!
      “You should be stalling the cap whenever you know that there is going to be an objective spawning on the map and that there is no way that anyone on the opponent’s team can contest you," Dreadnaught said. "There are hundreds of different situations where stalling will help your team out, but in all of these cases you are stalling to ensure that you are capping your camp with a purpose and timing it in order to give your team the greatest advantage possible.”
      Stalling the cap of a camp is small change you can make to your game that can have a potentially major impact. “A good example of this would be on the first Shrine Phase of Sky temple," Dreadnaught said. "Your opponents are likely going to start their Knight camp at some point during this time frame and if they do, you may consider stalling the cap of yours to ensure that the Knights meet up under the cover of your top Fort Towers. This gives you the easiest defense position to clear and will allow your Knights to push without interruption while your team fights on the Temple.”
      Common Camp Capture Timings
      Battlefield of Eternity:
      “Capture Impalers before first Immortal.” “Capture Shaman camp as the Immortal spawns.” Braxis Holdout:
      “Either Camp during the Beacon Phase to create pressure and help enable the control.” Cursed Hollow:
      “Capture Giants as the first tribute spawns.” “Capture Knights in between the first and second tribute spawns.” Dragonshire:
      “Roughly 45 seconds after a Dragonknight dies, capture any camp available. This better sets up the map for the next shrine phase.” Garden of Terror:
      “Whenever you have one of the two Garden Terrors cleared, pick up a close camp to demand a response and then get free seeds from the opposite terror. “ “Capture Giants as you are channeling to pilot your own Garden Terror and then pressure mid and bottom with the terror.” Haunted Mines:
      “Capture Sappers and Giants during mine phase to get free damage while everyone is getting skulls.” “Capture Giants when the Grave Golem is sieging to help defend and get counter pressure.” Infernal Shrines:
      “Capture Impalers during the laning phase between rotations of middle and bot lane.” “Capture bottom Impalers once you have control over mid with first Impaler set.” “Capture the Shaman Camp anytime the Shrine spawns middle or bottom, especially bottom.” Sky Temple:
      “Capture Giants and Knights before first Temple phase.” Tomb of the Spider Queen:
      “Capture Knights before or during first turn-in phase.” Towers of Doom:
      “Capture Sappers as soon as they spawn and as often as you can on bottom half of the map.” Volskaya Foundry:
      “Capture bottom Turret Camp as soon as it spawns and as often as possible” “Capture the Support Camp as soon as the Turret camp is picked up, try to take this camp as frequently as possible.” With a little practice and patience, split-pushing and pressuring your opponents can become second nature. Be sure to check back in with us tomorrow for more of Midgame Moves week when we cover everything you need to know about Boss control with HeroesHearth Esports’s Coach Rori "CauthonLuck" Bryant-Raible.
    • By Stan
      Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of July 17 and features Yrel!
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: July 17, 2018
      Raynor Muradin Sonya Nazeebo Uther Jaina Falstad Cassia Ana Lt. Morales Hanzo (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Alarak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Yrel (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Stan
      Blizzard today fixed a bug from July 10 that affected team compositions in Quick Match games.
      Placeholder for tweet 1017845167808659456 The latest Heroes of the Storm content patch went live earlier this week and with it a bug that lead to erroneous matchmaking in Quick Matches.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Hi everyone,

      We've just rolled out a fix in order to address this issue. Please let us know if you continue to encounter very unusual team compositions during your Quick Match games.

      Thank you!
    • By Stan
      Heroic deals for the week of July 17 include the Butcher and Lost Vikings!
      Blizzard (Source)
      Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye. Heroic Deals: July 17 – 23, 2018
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, July 17! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
      The Butcher — Sale Price: 312 gems The Lost Vikings — Sale Price: 375 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      The Butcherlisk Pajama Party Lost Vikings Mecha Rehgar Cheerleader Kerrigan Toxic Demonic Auriel Deep Herald of N'Zoth Alarak Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Crimson Ringmaster's Pride Ghost Speeder