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Our fifteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the Blaze patch of January is here!

We present our fifteenth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Blaze patch of January 2018.

Note: This list also takes the January 16 balance patch into account.

Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Blaze 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 low-to-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 map rotation

 
  • Battlefield of Eternity
  • Braxis Holdout
  • Cursed Hollow
  • Dragon Shire
  • Infernal Shrines
  • Sky Temple
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Towers of Doom
  • Volskaya Foundry
  • Warhead Junction

Volskaya Foundry replaces Garden of Terror.

 

Prime Tier

Warrior Assassin Support Specialist
Arthas Genji - -
E.T.C. Greymane    
Sonya Hanzo↑↑↑    

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 Azmodan
Dehaka Junkrat↑↑ Brightwing Nazeebo
Diablo Kerrigan Lúcio Zagara
Muradin Li-Ming Stukov Sylvanas 
Stitches Malthael Uther  
Varian (Tank) Nova-    
  Valla    
  Zul'jin    

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 Abathur
D.Va Cassia Auriel Murky
Garrosh Chromie Kharazim Probius
Johanna Gul'dan Li Li+ Sgt. Hammer
Leoric Illidan Lt. Morales Xul
Zarya Jaina Malfurion (reworked)+  
Blaze (new) Kael'thas Rehgar  
Tyrael (reworked) Kel'Thuzad Tyrande  
  Lunara    
  Ragnaros    
  Samuro    
  The Butcher    
  Thrall    
  Tracer    
  Valeera↓↓-    
  Zeratul+    

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 Tychus    
  Varian (Damage)    

Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They are generally 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.

 

Bottom 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

Happy new year to everyone. This list is a tad late, as was the last one, but I was, once again, waiting for one of those odd rework patches that come out a week after featured hero releases and go untested on the PTR for some reason. HGC matches also began just yesterday, meaning that new trends  are likely to emerge shortly; today saw unexpected Cassia, Tychus, and Leoric make an appearance, which was certainly exciting. As per usual, I'll be updating the list as I see fit throughout the next few weeks. The last few lists have generated quite a bit of discussion, which is great to see. Although I cannot reasonably respond to every comment, I do read everything posted. Keep it up!

Blaze. My initial PTR assessment of the hero, which was quite positive, was followed by a sudden realization: he does a lot of things well, but nothing exceptionally well. Blaze is the quintessential jack of all trades, master of none type hero. Generally, that's not a particularly desirable trait, because heroes are generally picked for their niches to either counter opponents or synergise with allies. For a warrior, he can't really solo tank, meaning he often ends up in that strange spot where you need a pretty well fleshed out team composition to make him work. But when he works, he does work well. He can hold his own in a solo lane, but his waveclear isn't quite good enough to deal with mercenary camps pushing before Grill and KillGrill and Kill, which can be frustrating. Certain heroes, such as Leoric and Malthael, completely shut him down as well. This leads me to believe that he won't see much tournament play if at all, unless teams are messing around. Viable as a late pick when you don't really know what else to pick because your team composition is already fine.

Sonya. She's currently the most popular pick in the game. You can't go wrong with a bulky solo laner that can duel nearly anyone, output as much damage as an assassin, and clear mercenary camps with ease. LeapLeap lets her setup really well if your team composition lends itself to that. Still, I don't think she deserves bans.

Hanzo. This important Overwatch figurehead could just not be allowed to remain seen as underpowered for over a month. After unsuccessfully giving him a blanket 10% damage buff across the board following poor PTR feedback, Blizzard adopted the bolder strategy of making his basic attacks deal ability levels of damage thanks to the Sharpened ArrowheadsSharpened Arrowheads changes. What was initially supposed to be a difficult to master skillshot-based hero now  has access to what is arguably the most powerful basic attack in the game, though the Serrated ArrowsSerrated ArrowsNever OutmatchedNever Outmatched combo I discussed last patch remains useful for trivializing map objectives on Battlefield of Eternity and Infernal Shrines while allowing Hanzo to solo any mercenary camp from level 7 and on. With the help of another hero, bosses also become possible at this level. Losing map control or suffering one or two early deaths against Hanzo is devastating. Explosive ArrowsExplosive Arrows lets him waveclear relatively well too, though particularly with Piercing ArrowsPiercing Arrows for double hits on minions. The Natural AgilityNatural Agility range increase made it much more usable, to where Hanzo can now reliably escape most if not all heroes with proper positioning. It is interesting to note that these buffs coincided with Hanzo's first free week.

Junkrat. The proverbial death of the double healer meta means it's time for sustained poke to shine. Junkrat's popularity exploded recently as players discovered that a mix of reliable ranged waveclear, playmaking (through Concussion MineConcussion Mine) and potentially fight winning RIP-TireRIP-Tire hits made the hero a force to be reckoned with. Just be sure to pick up Endless NadesEndless Nades; that's your late-game damage.

Malthael. Hanzo does really well against him, so I'm not surprised by the dip in popularity. Malthael is still very powerful, though unlikely to draw bans before second round, if at all. Always a solid pick against double tank as well as a solo laner.

Nova. She (along with Valeera) were allowed to remain oppressive for quite a while, benefiting from the turmoil generated by the stealth rework and Blizzard employees taking a couple weeks off for the holidays. Nova is now in a good spot, with clear counters and niches, though I'm still disliking how easy Lethal DecoyLethal Decoy makes her to play. I feel like she'll keep a potential caster meta in check for quite some time now that she's back on the radar.

Alexstrasza. She's doing rather well. DragonqueenDragonqueen is now being appropriately treated (though not quite respected by opponents) as a heroic ability by players to fight over objectives and while sieging.

Stukov. His high healing output makes him rather strong in a poke-heavy meta. I think players are going to experiment with the Growing InfestationGrowing Infestation + Virulent ReactionVirulent Reaction (+ Bio-Explosion SwitchBio-Explosion Switch) combo to make Stukov a lot more aggressive than we're used to seeing him be. Flailing SwipeFlailing Swipe continues to be great as a pseudo-Mighty GustMighty Gust in terms of disengaging. Stukov is probably one of the best solo "all purpose" hero leaguing healer at the moment.

Sylvanas. Any change to minion or structure damage end up being indirect buffs or nerfs to Sylvanas. Since structures were recently buffed again and Sylvanas's direct counters were nerfed quite heavily, I think she's back to being relatively high priority. PossessionPossession is really strong now, as is Mercenary QueenMercenary Queen, though only if there's nothing for Barbed ShotBarbed Shot to work on.

Tyrael. Though he's not notably more powerful than he was before, I think his rework opened up a viable bruiser build for him, increasing his versatility. He's sitting at a healthy 50% win rate at the time of writing. HGC already saw him picked rather often - though, that's pre-Tyrael patch, where he is arguably weaker - , and I'm certainly looking forward to see what kind of builds players are going to gravitate towards. Holy GroundHoly Ground is still great, and comes online 3 levels earlier than it did before.

Valeera. She suffered the same fate as Nova, though her overly simplistic ability set makes small nerfs very impactful. At the end of the day, she's probably going to require a broad rework, because as of right now, she either bursts her target down and feels "unfair", or doesn't and feel "worthless". Right now, she's erring on the side of the latter.

Malfurion. Possibly one of the best rework ever done, though his vastly increased skill cap may make him less popular. His sustained healing output is excellent, but his lack of burst management still makes him difficult to play. 

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Why is Hammer in Viable Tier? I see her so little that she deserves to be in Niche Tier. Don't know last time I've seen her.

Sidenote: I feel like every game where Hammer is, she isn't actually contributing directly to win, but rather she is like Nano Boost or Auriel's level 16 talents, just extension of Warrior who can protect her. I don't feel feel like it's much to what I do.

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Junkrat and Kerrigan THAT high? This isn't sitting very well with me. Junkrat's paragraph didn't really sell me; if you want poke, there the usual known broken stuff like Li-Ming and Chromie (and Gul'dan maybe). Don't think he can compete with that. Kerrigan... I'll just consider this a typo.

 

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6 minutes ago, SteveFrost said:

Junkrat and Kerrigan THAT high? This isn't sitting very well with me. Junkrat's paragraph didn't really sell me; if you want poke, there the usual known broken stuff like Li-Ming and Chromie (and Gul'dan maybe). Don't think he can compete with that. Kerrigan... I'll just consider this a typo.

 

These two characters have seen tournament play this week, are both rising in popularity, and Kerrigan sports particularly high win rates. They're both pretty difficult to play well, however, which might be a turn off for some players.

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55 minutes ago, Oxygen said:

These two characters have seen tournament play this week, are both rising in popularity, and Kerrigan sports particularly high win rates. They're both pretty difficult to play well, however, which might be a turn off for some players.

About Junkrat I don't really care much tbh, I just don't think he sits that high atm (compared to the aforementioned ones). If he proves worthy of that spot, no biggie.

Kerrigan on the other hand is one of those Heroes I like (and when I like a Hero I really like him/her/(it?)). I don't think I missed so many episodes and she jumped that high all of a sudden. The issue with her imho is that she literally requires a team built around her to function properly in her current state (I believe she needs a talent tree rework as well). And it seems kinda ironic cause every tier list post contains the  "One classic example of such is that of Kerrigan on the Infernal Shrines map. Although we currently judge her to be a low-to-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 " part and you suddenly see her skyrocket to the top. I'm all for seeing her picked and played often personally. After all, pros do know best.

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Was honestly hoping to see a bit of Nova play at HGC. She's very good at shutting down meme heroes such as Junkrat and Hanzo and creating headaches for otherwise solid heroes to deal with (Orbital on Alex W, for example), and is arguably easier to play than other mages at the moment. 

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2 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

Junkrat and Kerrigan THAT high? This isn't sitting very well with me. Junkrat's paragraph didn't really sell me; if you want poke, there the usual known broken stuff like Li-Ming and Chromie (and Gul'dan maybe). Don't think he can compete with that. Kerrigan... I'll just consider this a typo.

 

Junkrat's displacement is a huge counter to Alexstrasza, who is one of the most popular Healers at the moment. Concussive Mine is fantastic to ruin her Abundance. 

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1 hour ago, SteveFrost said:

Although we currently judge her to be a low-to-mid-tier hero

I suppose that needs an update, now.

Kerrigan is strange; very good at higher levels, and really... not good at lower levels.

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Theser tier lists are so funny. 
One month niche, next month prime. 

Alexstraszas popularity doesnt really suprises me, if you watch your hp you basically heal like nano-boosted Uther.

(though not quite respected by opponents)

This is what i find funny. I think they should nerf her Q heal in Dragonqueen and make the added HP bigger. Right now people arent even threathened, they just jump at you. 

Hanzo was good to begin with but Sharpened Arrowheads just threw him over the roof no wonder that Malthael is no longer prime when Hanzo is doing his job as a tank killer better. 

Sonya finally where she supposed to be. 

Junkrat is similar to non-dot Lunara with his AoE poke. Altough he might not be the best of dmg dealers hes suprising good at finishing of low hp heroes on top of that he can send people to their death with his mine. Imo he was better at it then Garrosh and the nerf didnt help Garroshs case. Not to mentions hes ultis can cause a teamwipe and RIP-Tire is somewhat non-avoidable even by heroes who have protected cuz you can just wait till it goes off.

Endless Nades is indeed the best choice for sustained dmg in that tier but Spread Volley feels like a second ulti on a short cooldown which means its available in every major teamfight. Endless Nades also doesnt help Junkrat in PvE in any way with Spread Valley you can even solo claim most merc camps.

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Nova is still dead and buried under several layers of nerfs. I really doubt the HGC (also known as the "Hanzo-Genji Championship") will revive her.

Blaze doesn't feel particularly bad against Malthael: he has some self-sustain capability, as well as a bunker to protect himself from Malthael's AOE heroic + Soul Rips combo.

Why is Lucio not in Prime tier already? He is consistent top pick/ban material across all League ranks.

My prediction about Tyrael is that pros will run a mobility-based build (identical or similar to the one I proposed) because that's the only good thing with the new Tyrael. Will it be enough to push him out of niche tiers? Probably not.

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5 hours ago, Plergoth said:

Was honestly hoping to see a bit of Nova play at HGC. She's very good at shutting down meme heroes such as Junkrat and Hanzo and creating headaches for otherwise solid heroes to deal with (Orbital on Alex W, for example), and is arguably easier to play than other mages at the moment. 

Care to tell me how do you think Nova can sneak onto a smart Hanzo? He has his nice big AOE scouting arrow, and Nova has been wed with the nerfhammer months ago.

Do people even play the same game anymore?

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1 hour ago, Leadblast said:

Care to tell me how do you think Nova can sneak onto a smart Hanzo? He has his nice big AOE scouting arrow, and Nova has been wed with the nerfhammer months ago.

Do people even play the same game anymore?

In a straight forward trade or tf environment, Nova 5x stacks has the edge over Hanzo in terms of damage and burst (without setup) and her kit allows her to juke and mess around with his telegraphed abilities. I prefer Orbital but I've seen exactly what Triple Tap thinks of his trait as well. 

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6 minutes ago, Plergoth said:

In a straight forward trade or tf environment, Nova 5x stacks has the edge over Hanzo in terms of damage and burst (without setup) and her kit allows her to juke and mess around with his telegraphed abilities. I prefer Orbital but I've seen exactly what Triple Tap thinks of his trait as well. 

I didn't ask how Nova beats Hanzo in an 1v1 duel, I asked you how do you think Nova can sneak onto him.

Triple Tap is stopped cold by Dragon's Arrow.

Try playing this game next time.

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8 hours ago, Oxygen said:

I suppose that needs an update, now.

Kerrigan is strange; very good at higher levels, and really... not good at lower levels.

One of the things that warrants a talent tree rework, don't you say? :3

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I always thought Junkrat's displacement was reason enough for him to be at least viable, but as everyone kept telling me he was low-tier, I stopped playing him. True, he never did that much but the mine, my dudes, THE MINE!

Anyway, Sonya is still ranked too low in my opinion and the other changes seem appropriate. Not quite sure about Greymane, but what do I know, he might be fantastic in high elo games. 

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4 minutes ago, PrivateJoker said:

She's literally in the highest tier. How much higher should she, or could she, be ranked?

She deserves her own Tier at the top xD #spintowin (quite arguably on a serious note)

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6 hours ago, Leadblast said:

Care to tell me how do you think Nova can sneak onto a smart Hanzo? He has his nice big AOE scouting arrow, and Nova has been wed with the nerfhammer months ago.

Do people even play the same game anymore?

Hanzo puts the Scouting Arrow out and it's on it's cooldown? Nova walks around it and up to him? Classic situation for any stealth versus someone with a scout ability (Chromie, Tassadar). There is no reason for the Nova not to be smart as well and arguably (especially with shimmer gone now) any "smart" hero can spot a Nova.

Shelve that salt mister; this ain't the kitchen.

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40 minutes ago, MurkyFelix said:

Hanzo puts the Scouting Arrow out and it's on it's cooldown? Nova walks around it and up to him? Classic situation for any stealth versus someone with a scout ability (Chromie, Tassadar). There is no reason for the Nova not to be smart as well and arguably (especially with shimmer gone now) any "smart" hero can spot a Nova.

Shelve that salt mister; this ain't the kitchen.

Yeah Nova walks up to him, and he does what? Stand in the same spot and await patiently for his death like lamb in the slaughterhouse? Couldn't he, um, move away or something? Couldn't Tassadar use Oracle as well to check for her and go away too in pretty much the same manner?

did you know Chromie is pretty much up there with Junkrat when it comes to get away safely from an enemy?

You shelve your naivety and start using your brain as well while playing.

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21 minutes ago, Leadblast said:

Yeah Nova walks up to him, and he does what? Stand in the same spot and await patiently for his death like lamb in the slaughterhouse? Couldn't he, um, move away or something? Couldn't Tassadar use Oracle as well to check for her and go away too in pretty much the same manner?

did you know Chromie is pretty much up there with Junkrat when it comes to get away safely from an enemy?

You shelve your naivety and start using your brain as well while playing.

Hey man, honestly. There is no need for such toxicity. People have opinions, and it is important to respect them. If you don't agree, you have the right to disagree and discuss, which is what we're trying to do here. But respect in the first place. If they say something wrong, just correct them without insulting their intelligence.

This isn't the Battle.Net forums, thankfully, where people spit venom in your face and downvote in mass anything they don't agree with. This placed isn't called "Icy Veins" for no reason. We're all chillin' here, ya know?

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10 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Hey man, honestly. There is no need for such toxicity. People have opinions, and it is important to respect them. If you don't agree, you have the right to disagree and discuss, which is what we're trying to do here. But respect in the first place. If they say something wrong, just correct them without insulting their intelligence.

This isn't the Battle.Net forums, thankfully, where people spit venom in your face and downvote in mass anything they don't agree with. This placed isn't called "Icy Veins" for no reason. We're all chillin' here, ya know?

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People like MurkyFelix make this place seem no different from Blizzards forum whatsoever lol.  It's them who insult my intelligence.

This guy is deliberately trolling you know.

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1 hour ago, Leadblast said:

People like MurkyFelix make this place seem no different from Blizzards forum whatsoever lol.  It's them who insult my intelligence.

This guy is deliberately trolling you know.

Trolling or not, it does NOT give a valid reason to throw insults at people whatsoever. Keep the jabs to yourself - no one here needs to know them.


For the tier list itself, is there a reason why Kel'Thuzard is in the viable tier? He gets outpoked from the likes of Hanzo/Chromie/insert any medium-long range mage because of his combo range being too small outside of his Glacial Spike and his poke being extremely mediocre, and his lack of mobility/survivability options outside of the level 20 talent makes him food for anyone that can reach him, particularly the ones in the core/prime tiers.

 

It feels like he constantly has to play on the edge of danger to get the most out of him, but he fails more than he succeeds. And I say this as a a guy who stuck with him since release.

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1 hour ago, Leadblast said:

People like MurkyFelix make this place seem no different from Blizzards forum whatsoever lol.  It's them who insult my intelligence.

This guy is deliberately trolling you know.

No one insulted your intelligence, and if you can't take a discussion of how you can counter play reveal mechanics without tilting and flying off the handle at someone you really don't belong on the internet... Bring it down a couple notches before mods have to get involved like they have on a couple other threads.

Aside from that, the tier list looks solid. I think uther should be one lower and kharazim one higher, but not that strongly. Jaina might also be creeping closer to the core tier with the shift in meta from double healer. She benefits from the same thing any of the mages do, explosive damage that won't be topped off constantly by double supports. But she in particular can the easier 1v1 kill potential.

That said, I see arguments for a few that could be moved up and down 1 tier, but no one is drastically out placed. Great work as always.

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2 minutes ago, Laragon said:

No one insulted your intelligence,

No one? SEVERAL ONES I'd say. I won't put up with trolls like you do. Go bear them on your own.

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2 hours ago, Leadblast said:

Yeah Nova walks up to him, and he does what? Stand in the same spot and await patiently for his death like lamb in the slaughterhouse? Couldn't he, um, move away or something? Couldn't Tassadar use Oracle as well to check for her and go away too in pretty much the same manner?

did you know Chromie is pretty much up there with Junkrat when it comes to get away safely from an enemy?

You shelve your naivety and start using your brain as well while playing.

In fairness you did only ask how does Nova sneak up on him. What happens after is completely dependent on what else is going on and the reaction of the hero being attacked; as expected. And yeah; Tassadar could do that but the point I was making earlier was that the stealthies would (and probably should) take advantage of when the scouting tools are on cooldown.

For Chromie; somewhat but it does depend on placement of time traps and her real escapism doesn't come until level 11 and even that's dependent on her baseline being done (if you didn't take Bye Bye).

In reference to you're next comment; please point out where I insulted your intelligence (presume you were talking about me since you mentioned my name ;-;). You know your stuff quite well and are rarely wrong but you are quite hostile in delivering facts/discussing the game.

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      Jet Propulsion [E] Cooldown reduced from 9 to 8 seconds Mana cost reduced from 45 to 40 Pyromania [Trait] Armor bonus increased from 35 to 40 Abilities
      Level 4 Oil Dispersal [W] Additional functionality: Each enemy Hero hit with Flame Stream reduces the cooldown of Oil Spill by 1 second and refunds 5 Mana Feeding the Flame [Q]  Removed Level 10 Bunker Drop [R1] Cooldown reduced from 80 to 70 seconds Mana cost reduced from 80 to 70 Level 13 Suppressive Fire [Q] Spell Power reduction increased from 20% to 25% per stack Level 16 Thermal Protection [E] Cooldown reduction reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds
      ETC
      Abilities
      Level 1 Guitar Hero [E] Additional functionality: Basic Attacks now increase the duration of Guitar Solo by .25 seconds Healing reduced from 50% to 40% Block Party [Trait] Physical Armor amount increased from 50 to 75 Level 4 Speed Metal [Trait] Bonus Movement Speed increased from 15% to 20% Level 7 Hammer-on [Passive] Bonus damage increased from 35% to 40% Developer Comment: Some of ETC’s talents could use some beefing up, so we’re milking this opportunity to bring ETC more into the meta so he can better compete with the likes of Anub’arak, Diablo, and Garrosh.  Don’t worry, if these changes butcher his balance we’ll take stock of the situation and nerf him appropriately.

      Garrosh
      Base
      Wrecking Ball [E] Cooldown increased from 14 to 16 seconds Abilities
      Level 1 Unrivaled Strength [E] Damage bonus increased from 75% to 125% Body Check [Active] Slow amount reduced from 30% to 35% No longer deals bonus damage or Slow amount based on Armor Up’s bonus Additional functionality: Now causes enemies to receive 40% reduced Healing for the next 3 seconds Level 7 Brute Force [Active] Removed Level 10 Decimate [R1] Slow amount increased from 30% to 40% Level 16 Mortal Combo [Q] Cooldown reduction increased from 9 to 10 seconds Additional Functionality: Now also gives Garrosh cooldown reduction if an enemy Hero is hit by Groundbreaker within 3 seconds of being hit by Wrecking Ball. Level 20 Deadly Calm [R2] Damage reduction increased from 20% to 25% Developer Comment: While Garrosh is incredibly popular due to his ability to heavily displace enemy Heroes, he is not outperforming other Heroes in the game, sitting at a 48% win rate at higher levels of play in the hands of people who are skilled with him specifically. At lower levels of play his win rate drops to 47.2%, where he wins the award for being the second lowest win-rate Warrior in the game.  We’re slightly nerfing Wrecking Ball’s cooldown to help address his high popularity and frustrations playing against him, and buffing some of his under-picked talents to better compete with their peers to help stabilize his talent tree.

      Johanna

      Base
      Condemn [W] Damage increased from 55 to 58 Abilities
      Level 1 Hold Your Ground [Trait] Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 5 seconds Shield bonus increased from 50% to 60 Level 4 Eternal Retaliation [W] Cooldown reduction per enemy hit increased from .5 to .75 seconds Maximum targets reduced from 10 to 8 Zealous Glare [E] Shield Glare duration increased from .75 seconds to 1 second Level 20 Radiating Faith [R2] Additional functionality: Additional enemies hit by Blessed Shield are now Stunned for its full duration Developer Comment: Johanna is a solid, versatile Warrior that brings a strong frontline presence to her team.  In addition to giving her some talent buffs, we’re increasing the damage of Condemn to further push her unique role as a Warrior who brings a considerable amount of waveclear.

      Mal'Ganis

      Abilities
      Level 1 Winged Guard [W] Physical Armor bonus increased from 50 to 75 Vampiric Aura [Trait] Healing increased from 10% to 15% of Physical damage dealt Time to Feed [Passive] Healing increased from 48 to 52 Level 4 Might of Sargeras [W] Armor bonus duration increased from 2 seconds to 2.5 seconds Level 7 Black Claws [Q] Damage bonus increased from 45% to 60% Spreading Plague [E] Duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds Nightmare Fuel [Passive] No longer grants Mal’ganis 30% bonus damage while in a bush or after leaving a bush Additional Functionality: Increase the duration of Night Rush by .75 seconds when it is cast from a bush Bonus damage when waking Sleeping targets increased from 150% to 200% Level 16 Frenzied Assault [Passive] Bonus Attack Speed increased from 40% to 50% Bonus Physical damage increased from 15% to 20% Developer Comment: We’ve nerfed Mal’ganis multiple times since his release, and he has fallen off a bit too much since our last round.  These buffs to various talents are meant to increase his overall effectiveness while also rounding out his talent tiers to be more competitive.
      Muradin

      Abilities
      Level 1 Changed the order of Muradin’s Level 1 talents to be the same as other Heroes (Q, W, E, etc.) Third Wind [Trait] Health Restoration rate increased from 83 to 90, and the improved rate from 166 to 180 Level 4 Symbiote Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes hit grant an additional stack of his baseline quest Symbiote [W] Additional functionality: Every enemy Hero hit reduces Muradin’s Heroic Ability cooldown by 5%Enemy Level 7 Heavy Impact [E] Slow duration increased from .75 to 1.25 seconds Skullcracker [Passvie] Bonus damage increased from 70% to 90% Level 13 Thunder Strike [W] Additional functionality: Now also increases Muradin's Dwarf Toss Armor duration from 2 to 4 seconds Bronzebeard Rage [Passive] Damage increased from 19 to 20 Additional functionality: Now also heals Muradin for 75% of the damage dealt Developer Comment: We’re buffing some of Muradin’s underutilized talents, and giving all of his Level 13 options some kind of survivability so that they better compete with Healing Static.

      Stitches

      Abilities
      Level 4 Chop Chop [W] Duration increased from 5 to 6 seconds Level 13 Digestive Juices [E] No longer increases the damage of Devour to enemy Heroes Additional functionality: Hitting enemy Heroes with Devour reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds Gas Flare [Passive] Bonus damage duration after hitting enemy Heroes with Hook increased from 4 to 8 seconds Level 16 Meat Hook [Q] Bonus Healing increased from 16% to 20% Developer Comment: Stitches like buffs.  We like Stitches.  We give Stitches buffs.  When Stitches happy, you happy too!
      Bruiser

      Imperius
      Abilities
      Level 1 Consuming Flame [W] Damage bonus changed from 125% to 100% This slightly reduces the bonus damage at Level 1 from 281 to 260, but at Level 20 will change from 454 to 54 Level 7 Flash of Anger [Q] Adjusted functionality: Consuming a mark from Celestial Charge deals damage around the target and gives Imperius a Shield for 300 over 4 seconds Damage reduced from 198 to 180
      Malthael
      Abilities
      Level 4 Throwing Shade [E] Quest requirement reduced from 15 to 12 Level 10 Tormented Souls [R1] Mana cost reduced from 100 to 20 Level 16 Mortality [W] Damage increased from 6% to 8% maximum Health Ragnaros

      Base
      Health increased from 2000 to 2075 Health Regeneration increased from 4.168 to 4.323 Basic Attack damage increased from 171 to 180 Abilities
      Level 20 Flames of Sulfuron [R1] Bonus Stun duration increased from .5 seconds to 1 second Slow duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds Submerge [Active] Cooldown reduced from 90 to 60 seconds Developer Comment: It’s been awhile since we’ve reevaluated the Firelord’s place in the Nexus.  Overall he’s doing fairly well, but we felt he could use a small buff to compete with the current meta heroes in the game.  We also saw this as an opportunity to help his Level 20 pick rates out, so we’re buffing Flames of Sulfuron to be a fairly meaningful Stun increase and increasing the uptime of Submerge.

      Rexxar

      Base
      Misha’s Health reduced from 1762 to 1620 Misha’s Health Regeneration reduced from 3.671 to 3.375 Misha’s Health scaling increased from 4% to 4.75% Misha’s Health Regeneration scaling increased from 4% to 4.75% Developer Comment: These changes are to make Rexxar’s laning phase a little less overwhelming for the majority of opponents, particularly on maps with control points.  We're slightly lowering Misha's power in the early game, but increasing her scaling so that she is less powerful in early-game trades, but is still a threat in the mid to late portions of the game.
      Healer

      Ana
      Base
      Biotic Grenade [W] Allied Healing amount reduced from 166 to 152
      Anduin

      Base
      Flash Heal [Q] Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25 Divine Star [Q]  Mana cost increased from 45 to 50 Abilities
      Level 1 Renew [Q] Healing increased from 23 to 26 per second Pursued by Grace [Passive] Healing increased from 28 to 33 Bold Strategy [Passive] Cooldown increase increased from 1 to 2 seconds Level 4 Holy Reach [E] Bonus Basic Attack damage increased from 50% to 75% Healing increased from 90 to 100 Level 7 Binding Heal [Q] Healing increased from 80 to 95 Power Word: Shield [W] Shielding increased from 165 to 172 Level 10 Lightbomb [R2] Shielding increased from 140 to 165 Level 13 Enchant Boots - Lion's Speed [Trait] Movement Speed increased from triple to quadruple while Leap of Faith’s cooldown is available Push Forward! [Passive] Maximum Movement Speed increased from 15% to 20% Movement Speed per enemy hit increased from 2% to 2.5% Level 16 Evenhanded Blessings [Q] Cooldown reduction increased from 40% to 50% Holy Nova [W] Damage increased from 100 to 105 Healing increased from 100 to 105 Inner Focus [Active] Cooldown reduction per Hero hit with Divine Star reduced from 10 to 8 seconds Lightwell [Active] Cooldown increased from 70 to 80 seconds
      Deckard Cain
      Abilities
      Level 20 Perfect Gems [W] Horadric Cube cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 6 seconds Respect the Elderly [R1] Silence and Blind duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds Morenados! [R2] Cooldown reduction increased from 6 to 10 seconds Developer Comment: Deckard has been performing well since his last round of buffs.  These changes are to increase the competitiveness of his Level 20 talents, which are all currently being outshone by Bottomless Flask.

      Kharazim

      Base
      Radiant Dash [Q] Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25 Deadly Reach [E] Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45 Abilities
      Level 7 Heavenly Zeal [W] Additional functionality: Radiant Dashing to an ally increases the healing they receive from Breath of Heaven by 50% for 3 seconds Now shows Crit kickers for when allies gain increased healing Blazing Fists [E] Additional functionality: Now also increases the duration of Deadly Reach by 100% Level 10 Divine Palm [R1] Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds Level 13 Fists of Fury [E] Removed Level 16 Dash of Light [W] Removed Developer Comment: To better round out Kharazim’s Level 7 talents, we are baking in some of the functionality of talents that normally come online for him later on.  This should make this tier more competitive while also opening up other options for players to take as a replacement for the talents that have been removed.  For example, players who want to get in and punch a lot with Blazing Fists will now have a defensive option to take at Level 13 since they no longer have to take Fists of Fury to complete the build.

      Stukov
      Abilities
      Level 1 Fetid Touch [W] Additional functionality: After hitting 15 enemy Heroes with Weghted Pustule, remove half of its Mana cost Level 7 Targeted Excision [Trait] Additional functionality: Also reduces the cooldowns of Stukov’s Basic Abilities by 1.5 seconds Level 13 It Hungers [E] Enemy Heroes hit required reduced from 12 to 10 Poppin' Pustules [Trait] Additional functionality: Enemies hit by the explosion also have a Weighted Pustule applied to them Level 16 Universal Carrier [Q] Healing reduction on Healing Pathogen reduced from 50% to 40% Support

      Zarya
      Abilities
      Level 1 Together We Are Strong [E] Damage done by allies per energy gained reduced from 6 to 5 Maximum energy gain per Shield increased from 30 to 40 Level 20 Gravity Kills [R1] No longer deals damage to enemy Heroes Additional functionality: Now Silences enemy Heroes for its duration Clear Out [R2] No longer increases Zarya’s maximum Energy Additional functionality: Now increases the duration of Expulsion Zone by 1.5 seconds Melee Assassin

      Alarak
      Abilities
      Level 4 Chaos Reigns [Q] Damage bonus after hitting 15 Heroes increased from 50 to 60 Damage bonus after hitting 2 Heroes with a single Discord Strike increased from 50 to 60 Damage bonus for hitting 3 enemy Heroes in a single Discord Strike increased from 80 to 100 Negatively Charged [E] Damage bonus per stack reduced from 5% to 4% Show of Force [Trait] Damage reduced from 80 to 68 Additional Functionality: Hitting an enemy Hero with 3 of Alarak’s abilities within 2 seconds also grants Alarak 2% Sadism, up to 20% maximum.  This bonus Sadism is lost on death Maiev

      Base
      Spirit of Vengeance [E] Damage reduced from 180 to 150 Abilities
      Level 4 Sudden Vengeance [E] No longer requires Maiev to Blink within .35 seconds of the Spirit of Vengeance hitting an enemy Hero for its effect to proc Level 7 Ruthless Spirit [E] New functionality: Hitting an enemy Hero with Spirit of Vengeance causes Maiev to deal 15% increased damage for 4 seconds.  This can stack up to 2 times. Zeratul

      Abilities
      Cleave [Q] Damage reduced from 212 to 200 Ranged Assassin

      Gul'dan

      Abilities
      Level 1 Pursuit of Flame [Q] Quest requirement reduced from 40 to 30 Chaotic Energy [W] Regen Globes required for quest reduced from 20 to 15 Level 7 Bound by Shadow [Q] Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds Curse of Exhaustion [W] Slow amount increased from 35% to 50% Level 10 Rain of Destruction [R2] Adjusted functionality: Now has a 1.5 second cast time.  No longer requires Gul’dan to channel for its duration Cast range reduced from 15 to 10 Level 16 Darkness Within [Trait] Bonus damage increased from 25% to 30% Jaina

      Abilities
      Level 7 Ice Lance [Q] Cooldown reduction reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds Icefury Wand [Passive] Cooldown reduction increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds Level 13 Storm Front [W] Cast range increase reduced from 100% to 75% Additional functionality: Now also increases the radius of Blizzard by 30% Level 16 Snowstorm [W] New functionality: The second wave of Blizzard deals 20% bonus damage.  The third wave of Blizzard deals 60% bonus damage.
      Lunara
      Abilities
      Level 1 Hippity Hop [Z] Out of combat requirement for the Movement Speed bonus reduced from 5 to 4 seconds Level 4 Blossom Swell [Q] Movement Speed bonus increased from 12% to 15% Level 7 Choking Pollen [Q] Damage bonus to targets with Nature’s Toxin increased from 85% to 100% Damage bonus to targets with 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin increased from 135% to 150% Level 10 Thornwood Vine [R1] Damage increased from 164 to 176 Level 13 Abolish Magic [Active] Cooldown reduced from 35 to 30 seconds Endless Spores [W] Cooldown reduction increased from 3 to 4 seconds Level 16 Accelerated Contamination [Q] Additional functionality: Now also reduces the Mana cost of Noxious Blossom from 60 to 40
      Raynor
      Abilities
      Level 7 Fuel The Rush [Passive] Additional functionality: Reduce the Mana cost of Adrenaline Rush from 75 to 50 Level 13 Debilitating Rounds [Passive] Additional functionality: Also reduces the Mana cost of Pentetrating Round from 65 to 45
      Sylvanas
      Abilities
      Shadow Dagger [W] Damage reduced from 32 > 30 Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed some display issues with Season Time Remaining Garden Terror Spawning Vines will no longer get stuck at Gates while trying to path through them The latest balance patch is now live and here are the official patch notes.
    • By Stan
      Heroic Deals for this week include new Reaver mounts, legendary skins for Falstad, Zagara, and more.
      Click here to check out this week's Free-to-Play Hero rotation!
      Hero Sales
      Heroes Old Price New Price Jaina 500 Gems 250 Gems Kael'thas 625 Gems 312 Gems Lt. Morales 625 Gems 312 Gems Skins
      Smoldering Desert Queen Zagara -- 900 Gems Spectral Buccaneer Falstad -- 900 Gems Mounts
      Swarm's Doubloon is still purchasable for 7,000 Gold. There's also a new Reaver Dynamic Bundle which costs 1,530 Gems.
    • By Stan
      This week's Hero rotation includes Mephisto, Falstad, Zarya, Murky, and more.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: May 21, 2019
      Li Li E.T.C. Zagara Butcher Kael’thas Artanis Illidan Lúcio Mephisto Falstad Zarya (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Alarak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Murky (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Stan
      This week's sales include D.Va, Sylvanas, and Varian. You can also purchase Swarm's Doubloon mount for a limited time.
      Click here to check out this week's Free-to-Play Hero rotation!
      Hero Sales
      Heroes Old Price New Price D.Va 625 Gems 375 Gems Sylvanas 625 Gems 312 Gems Varian 750 Gems 375 Gems Mounts
      Swarm's Doubloon can be purchased for 7,000 Gold for a limited time.

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