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Maiev Patch Notes: Feb 6

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Maiev is now live. The latest content patch brought some last-minute changes to Genji, Greymane, Hanzo and Malthael. You can now start earning Lunar Festival 2018 Loot Chests to win new skins and various Cosmetics!

Voice Chat won't be enabled until a later date. Have fun and don't forget to check out our Maiev Build Guide!

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Our most recent Heroes of the Storm patch featuring Maiev, Voice Chat, and balance updates is now available for play.

NOTE: Orange text indicates a difference between the PTR and Live patch notes.

Lunar Festival 2018

Join us in celebrating Lunar Festival this year by completing matches in Versus A.I., Quick Match, Unranked, or Ranked modes, and you’ll pick up some sweet new loot! The event kicks off during the week of Tuesday, February 6, and concludes on Monday, March 5, so be sure to complete the quests below before Lunar Festival comes to an end.

Quests and Rewards

  • Part 1: Play 2 Games
    • Reward: Cute Lunar Skyrocket Spray
  • Part 2: Play 5 Games
    • Reward: Lunar Warcrest Banner
  • Part 3: Play 8 Games
    • Reward: Cute Lunar Guardian Portrait
  • Part 4: Win 5 Games
    • Reward: Lunar Skyrocket Mount
You can also stop by the Lunar Festival 2018 mini-site to learn more about the event and find out how you can earn ornate Lunar Festival 2018 Loot Chests just by playing Heroes of the Storm!

New Hero: Maiev

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.

Trait

  • Vault of the Wardens (D)
    • Leap into the air, becoming immune to all hostile effects for 0.75 seconds.
    • Passive: Maiev has 15 Armor.

Basic Abilities

  • Fan of Knives (Q)
    • Deal 180 damage to enemies in a crescent area.
    • Hitting at least 2 enemy Heroes with Fan of Knives reduces its cooldown to 0.5 seconds, and refunds the Mana cost.
  • Umbral Bind (W)
    • Maiev’s next Basic Attack cleaves and applies a tether to enemy Heroes hit for 2.5 seconds. If a tethered Hero moves too far from Maiev, they are pulled toward her, dealing 110 damage and breaking the tether.
  • Spirit of Vengeance (E)
    • Send a shadow of Maiev outward that will return to its cast location, dealing 100 damage to enemies along both paths. Deals 100% more damage to enemy Heroes.
    • Reactivate to Blink to the shadow’s location.

Heroic Abilities

  • Containment Disc (R)
    • Throw a glaive in the target direction. If an enemy Hero is hit, Containment Disk can be reactivated to remove their vision and Time Stop them for 4 seconds.
    • Containment Disc automatically activates 6 seconds after hitting a Hero.
  • Warden's Cage (R)
    • Summon 8 Warden Avatars as a cage around Maiev. After 1.5 seconds, enemy Heroes that come in contact with an Avatar re knocked to the center of the cage, and that Avatar is consumed. Warden Avatars last 7 seconds.

User Interface

Voice Chat

  • NOTE: While available in the PTR, Voice Chat will not be enabled on the live servers until a later date
  • Voice chat for Parties and Teams has been introduced to Heroes of the Storm.
    • By default, players will automatically join Party voice chat.
    • Team voice chat is opt-in, but can be toggled to auto-join in the Voice Chat settings. There is a team voice reminder dialog at the beginning of matches that is enabled by default, but can be disabled.
    • If Team voice auto-join is enabled and you are already in party voice, a confirmation dialog will appear that defaults to Join.
  • Voice settings can be adjusted in the Voice Chat tab of the Options menu.
    • A voice chat widget is also available in the top left of most screens. This widget lets you quickly change channels or join/leave voice channels.
      • This can be found in the Tab screen while in a match.
    • Microphone and speaker icons can be clicked on to mute/unmute.

Target Info Panel

  • Target Info Panels have been introduced to allow players to investigate a unit's gameplay stats in real time.
    • The Target Info Panel will display in the top left of the screen after selecting a friendly or enemy target with left-click.
      • The Target Info Panel can be repositioned by clicking and dragging to your desired location.
        • Double-clicking the info panel will reset it to the default position.
    • The Target Info Panel will display the following information:
      • Health & Health Regen
      • Mana & Mana Regen
      • Basic Attack Damage
      • Attacks per Second
      • Attack Range
      • Spell Power Modifier
      • Movement Speed
      • Physical & Spell Armor

Battleground Objective Counters

  • All Battlegrounds with turn-in mechanics (Blackheart’s Bay, Tomb of the Spider Queen, Booty Coffers Heroes Brawl) will now show a visual indicator when a team’s gathered objective count is high enough to complete a turn-in.

Art

General

  • Pings: Ping icons that appear overhead have received updated visual effects.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Abathur: A crown icon will now appear above Heroes’ Minimap portraits when they are affected by Abathur’s Symbiote.
  • Ana: An overlay will now display for Heroes affected by Nano Boost.
  • Archangel Diablo: Apocalypse visual effects that appear on the terrain have been updated to make them more obvious to players on both teams.
  • Falstad: Hinterland Blast visual effects now more closely match the edges of its area of effect.
  • Junkrat: Frag Launcher’s targeting reticle has received updated art.
  • Leoric: Entomb’s targeting reticle has received updated art to better reflect the Ability’s shape.
  • Li-Ming: Magic Missiles have received updated visual effects to make them more apparent.
  • Lt. Morales: An overlay will now display for Heroes affected by Stim Drone.
  • Tychus: Minigun visual effects have been updated to make the Ability more apparent while it is active.
  • Tychus: Overkill’s retargeting icon has received updated art.
  • The following heroes have received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent changes:
    • Greymane
    • Malthael

Battlegrounds

Ranked Battleground Rotation

  • The Battleground rotation for Ranked Play is unchanged, and remains as follows:
    • Battlefield of Eternity
    • Braxis Holdout
    • Cursed Hollow
    • Dragon Shire
    • Infernal Shrines
    • Sky Temple
    • Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • Towers of Doom
    • Volskaya Foundry

Volskaya Foundry

  • Mercenary Pickups
    • Healing Pulse now acts as a totem, healing all Heroes in the area after being placed.
    • Turrets can now be placed instantly.
  • Triglav Protector
    • The Protector will gain 10 Armor and 25% increased damage if both the Pilot and Gunner seats are occupied
    • Base Health has been increased from 9500 to 10450
    • Health Scaling has been increased by 10%
    • Pilot: Rocket Fist (W)
      • Duration of structure debuff effect has been increased from 2 to 4 seconds
    • Gunner: Gatling Cannon (W)
      • Gatling Cannon will now fire immediately, instead of after a short delay
      • Gatling Cannon rounds will now travel 50% faster

Heroes

Assassin

Genji

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Abilities

  • Dragonblade (R)
    • Damage reduced from 240 to 220

Talents

  • Level 20
    • The Dragon Becomes Me (R)
      • Bonus duration decreased from .75 second to .5 seconds per Hero hit

Greymane

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Abilities

  • Gilnean Cocktail (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 70 to 55
    • Explosion area increased by ~15%
    • Initial damage reduced from 59 to 55
    • Spread damage reduced from 236 to 220
  • Razor Swipe (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 135 to 126

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Perfect Aim (Q)
      • Mana refund for hitting a Hero reduced from 50 to 35
  • Level 4
    • Draught Overflow (Q)
      • Removed
  • Level 7
    • Wizened Duelist (Passive)
      • New functionality:
        • Every 6 Attacks against an enemy Hero increases Greymane’s Basic Attack damage by 1%, up to 30%. Gain triple benefit from attacking in Worgen form. Half of these bonuses are lost on death.
Developer Comment: We made these changes in an effort to increase Greymane’s build diversity. Gilnean Cocktail felt a little lackluster without its associated Talents, so made parts of them baseline. While you can still enhance Gilnean Cocktail through talents, we wanted it to feel like a valuable part of your kit if you choose a more Basic Attack-oriented build. We've also redesigned Wizened Duelist to be less of a feast or famine Quest by shifting its requirements to something that a Greymane in a losing game can still accomplish. This also has the added benefit of being a reward that can be accomplished regardless of the lethality of a game (since the average number of deaths can vary greatly between different levels of play).

Hanzo

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Never Outmatched (W)
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 4 to 2.5 seconds per Basic Attack
    • Sharpened Arrowheads (Passive)
      • Armor reduction reduced from 4 to 2
        • Maximum stacks increased from 5 to 10, so that the maximum negative Armor remains 20
      • Armor reduction duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds

Malthael

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Stats

  • Basic Attacks now cleave in a radius of 3.25 in an arc in front of Malthael
  • Damage reduced from 117 to 82 

Abilities

  • Soul Rip (Q)
    • Healing reduced from 44 to 36 per enemy hit
  • Death’s Shroud (E)
    • Width increased from 2.25 to 3
  • Reaper's Mark (Trait)
    • Damage reduced from 2% to 1.75% of an enemy's maximum Health
  • Tormented Souls (R)
    • No longer applies Armor to Malthael
  • Last Rites (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 75 to 65 seconds
    • Malthael can now also gain Quest credit if the enemy Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of Last Rites damage
    • Range increased from 4 to 5

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Die Alone (Q)
      • This now once again applies bonus damage if only 1 Hero is marked, even if multiple other non-Heroes are also marked
    • Throwing Shade (E)
      • Reduced the hits needed to complete the quest from 20 to 15
    • Black Harvest (Trait)
      • Quest completion requirement increased from 150 to 180 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Massacre (W)
      • Moved from Level 16 to Level 7
    • Touch of Death (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Soul Siphon (Q)
      • Reduced the healing from 4% to 3.75% versus Heroes
    • Ethereal Existence (Trait)
      • Maximum Physical Armor reduced from 40 to 30
  • Level 16
    • Mortality (W)
      • Moved from Level 7 to Level 16
      • Damage increased from 4 to 6% of an enemy Hero's maximum Health
  • Level 20
    • Reaper of Souls (R)
      • Bonus duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
      • Hero Takedowns will now reset the duration instead of increasing it by 4 seconds
    Developer Comment: Malthael, while powerful, has relied heavily on Tormented Souls to apply his Reaper's Mark during team fights. By making his Basic Attacks cleave and increasing the usability of Death's Shroud, we're providing more ways to him to apply his Mark to multiple enemies. Not only does this increase his survivability and damage without relying solely on Tormented Souls, it also gives him more options to use Wraith Strike. We've also sought to increase the usability of Last Rites to make it a more enticing Heroic option. Lastly, the ability to apply Reaper's Mark reliably makes it much more powerful, so we've adjusted the tuning of its damage and associated Talents.

    Maiev

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    • Abilities
      • Vault of the Wardens (D)
        • Passive Armor bonus reduced from 15 to 10

    Support

    Lt. Morales

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    Abilities

    • Safeguard (W)
      • Can no longer be cast on non-Heroic targets

    Warrior

    Tyrael

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    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Salvation (W)
        • Healing on shield destruction increased from 125 to 140
      • Ardent Restoration (Passive)
        • Healing increased from 12.5 to 13.75 per stack over 5 seconds
    • Level 4
      • Stalwart Armor (Q)
        • Armor reduced from 25 to 20

    Collection

    Head over to the latest In-Development blog to catch a preview of all the new cosmetic items coming to the Nexus with this patch.

    New Bundles

    • Maiev Heroic Bundle – Available until February 19, 2018
    • Lunar Festival 2018 Bundle – Available until March 5, 2018
    • Lunar Festival Classic Bundle – Available until March 5, 2018

    New Announcer

    • Maiev

    New Skins

    • Maiev
      • Darnassian Maiev
      • Dusk Maiev
      • Hellwarden Maiev
        • Bonewarden Maiev
        • Dreadwarden Maiev
        • Hordewarden Maiev
        • Plaguewarden Maiev
    • Kael’thas
      • Lunar Kael’thas
      • Jade Lunar Kael’thas
      • Heavenly Lunar Kael’thas
    • Sylvanas
      • Lunar Sylvanas
      • Jade Lunar Sylvanas
      • Soaring Lunar Sylvanas
    • Cassia
      • Lunar Cassia
      • Azure Lunar Cassia
      • Honored Lunar Cassia
      • Jade Lunar Cassia
      • Midnight Lunar Cassia
    • Zul’jin
      • Lunar Zul’jin
      • Ancestral Lunar Zul’jin
      • Cruel Lunar Zul’jin
      • Jade Lunar Zul’jin
      • Ornamented Lunar Zul’jin
    • Arthas
      • Royal Mystic Kingdoms Arthas
    • Azmodan
      • Lunar Azmodan
    • Genji
      • Lunar Genji
    • Illidan
      • Dragon Lunar Illidan
    • Jaina
      • Jade Lunar Jaina
    • Li-Ming
      • Blossom Lunar Li-Ming
      • Heavenly Lunar Li-Ming
      • Imperial Lunar Li-Ming

    New Mounts

    • Lunar Skyrocket – Unlocked by completing the Lunar Festival 2018 event quest.
      • Golden Lunar Skyrocket – Purchasable using Gold
    • Lunar Guardian
      • Jade Lunar Guardian
      • Marble Lunar Guardian

    Bug Fixes

    General

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

    Art

    • Jaina: Corrected some minor clipping affecting Arcanist Jaina’s clothing.
    • Samuro: Shadows will no longer appear to flicker behind Monkey King Samuro on the post-match score screen. 

    Battlegrounds

    • Battlefield of Eternity: Fixed a visual issue that could cause the outlines generated by Natural Agility to dip below the terrain in certain locations.
    • Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue in which A.I. Heroes would pace near an enemy Gate rather than attack the Core.
    • Garden of Terror: Fixed an issue in which Structures affected by Overgrowth could stop attacking indefinitely under specific circumstances.
    • Blackheart’s Revenge Brawl: Damage will no longer interrupt channeling while Heroes are attempting to use teleportation portals.
    • Escape from Braxis Brawl: Bosses can no longer push unpathable terrain created by Tyrael’s Holy Ground Talent.
    • Try Mode: The effects of Ana’s Aim Down the Sights Talent are now correctly removed after using the Reset Talents Button.
    • Try Mode: Sgt. Hammer’s bonus attack range, granted by the Graduating Range Talent, is now correctly removed after using the Reset Talents Button.
    • Volskaya Foundry: Fixed an issue that allowed Junkrat to permanently displace and leash Fortification Camps.

    Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

    • Ana: Shrike Doses after the first will now correctly deal bonus damage when Ana is affected by increased Spell Power.
    • Auriel: Basic Attack damage dealt by Auriel’s Bestow Hope target will no longer generate less than the intended amount of Energy.
    • D.Va: A.I. Heroes will now attempt to flee the area surrounding D.Va’s Mech during Self-Destruct.
    • Junkrat: Will no longer become separated from his rocket when issuing movement commands during Rocket Ride.
    • Li Li: Blinding Wind will now correctly deal damage to neutral Mercenaries.
    • Li-Ming: The Astral Presence icon is no longer missing its mouseover tooltip.
    • Lunara: Leaping Strike can no longer be cast while Rooted.
    • Rehgar: Fixed an issue preventing the Hunger of the Wolf Talent from applying bonus damage to Ghost Wolf attacks at level 16.
    • Tassadar: The Psionic Echo Talent’s timer bar will now correctly appear next to the Archon timer when both are active at once.
    • Valeera: The Cheap Shot tooltip appended to Blade Flurry after breaking Stealth now correctly states it will Blind the target.
    • Zeratul: Blink will now correctly break invisibility.

    Sound

    • Valeera: Thistle Tea activation is no longer audible to nearby enemies while Valeera is in Stealth.
    • Settings: Hero voice reactions are no longer audible when the Voices setting is disabled.

    User Interface

    • Hotkeys: Basic Hotkeys can now be assigned to mouse buttons.
    • Loading Screen: Removed an outdated loading screen tooltip relating to Tower Ammunition.

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    Not sure if I get decrease in duration for Sharpened ArrowheadsSharpened Arrowheads, why would you pick it now? It's almost impossible to keep stacks up IMHO.

    Edited by SleepySheepy

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    As a QM scrub, I can't wait for team chat. The Jaina main tanks can finally tell me I didn't follow up for her when she dives.  It's a new age.

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    2 minutes ago, SleepySheepy said:

    Not sure if I get decrease in duration for Sharpened ArrowheadsSharpened Arrowheads, why would you pick it now? It's almost impossible to keep stacks up IMHO.

    Especially if you don't take redemption at 1.

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    44 minutes ago, SleepySheepy said:

    Not sure if I get decrease in duration for Sharpened ArrowheadsSharpened Arrowheads, why would you pick it now? It's almost impossible to keep stacks up IMHO.

    Extreme risk, extreme reward.

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    2 hours ago, Stan said:

    Safeguard (W)

    • Can no longer be cast on non-Heroic targets

     

    Hmm. Does this mean, for example, that you can no longer W an Azmodan summon in lane? Stuff like this was handy for keeping Morales alive during oh crap moments. 

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    Does EU still need to wait? I'm not certain myself

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    4 hours ago, Kuraii said:

    Does EU still need to wait? I'm not certain myself

    yep. Almost always Wednesday morning (local time) for patches to apply for EU

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    7 hours ago, leapingshadow said:

    Extreme risk, extreme reward.

    More like extreme risk, no reward. The talent was already a pain to use after the first nerf. 

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        Mineral Madness returns as this week's brawl! The objective is to collect Minerals, gain access to special abilities and destroy the enemy Core on the single-lane Starcraft-themed battleground. Play three games to receive a Loot Chest.
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        Rally your troops and prepare to battle over the Koprulu Sector’s most valuable resource – Minerals! This week’s Brawl is a StarCraft themed mechanical mad dash for Minerals!
        Rules & Details
        Load into a single-lane StarCraft themed battleground and battle to collect Minerals and bring down the enemy Core. SCVs carrying Minerals will be escorted with every Minion wave SCVs are destroyed after 2 hits and are Invulnerable until their escorting Ranged Minion is killed. SCVs drop between 5 and 8 minerals when destroyed, which can be collected by Heroes. Heroes killed while holding Minerals will drop half of their current reserve. Upon reaching 50 Minerals, Heroes consume their gathered Minerals to gain an aura with the following effects:  Instantly destroy Minions Periodically damage nearby enemy Heroes Disable nearby Structures Periodically drop Minerals which enemy Heroes can gather The first team to take down the enemy Core will be declared victorious! Rewards
        Complete three matches of Mineral Madness to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for this exciting new game mode.