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PTR Patch Notes: Feb 26

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The previously announced changes to Medivh and Sonya are now live on PTR. Alarak's SadismSadism and Diablo's Black SoulstoneBlack Soulstone trait are now categorized as repeatable quests. New skins, mounts and tweaks to Ana await in the latest patch! 

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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 March 5. As always, 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.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Nova: Precision Strike has received updated visual effects.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Has received a custom Hearthstone animation.
  • Thrall: After learning the Thunderstorm Talent, a UI indicator will now appear under the Health bar of Thrall’s most recent Chain Lightning target.

Design

Trait Quests

  • The following Hero Traits are now categorized as Repeatable Quests:
    • Alarak: Sadism
      • Quest progress visual and sound effects will now play when earning Takedown credit.
      • Alarak’s Sadism Quest will now appear on the in-game Score Screen (TAB)
    • Diablo: Black Soulstone
      • Quest progress and completion visual and sound effects will now play when Diablo gains Souls.
      • Quest completion will now appear in the Event Log on the left side of the screen.
      • Diablo’s Black Soulstone Quest will now appear in the in-game Score Screen (TAB).

Heroes

Specialist

Medivh

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Medivh has received significant updates with today’s patch. Find his detailed changes below, and then head to the Sonya and Medivh Gameplay Updates blog for more insight behind these changes.

Stats

  • Health scaling increased from 4% to 4.5% per level
  • Health Regeneration scaling increased from 4% to 4.5% per level

Abilities

  • Arcane Rift [Q]
    • Damage reduced from 200 to 170
    • Additional Functionality:
      • Quest: Hit 40 enemy Heroes without dying.
      • Reward: Permanently increase Arcane Rift’s damage by 75 and the cooldown reduction granted for hitting a Hero by 1 second
  • Force of Will [W]
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 8 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 60
    • Upon expiration, allies are healed for 20% of the damage absorbed
  • Portal [E]
    • Cooldown reduced from 20 to 16 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 65  

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Winds of Celerity [Z]
      • Moved from Level 13
    • Portal Mastery (Active)
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Portals can now be cast while in Raven form
    • Raven’s Intellect (Z)
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Now also increases Health regeneration by 75% while in Raven form
      • Mana regeneration bonus reduced from 100% to 75%
  • Level 4
    • Bird’s Eye View (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Mage Armor [E]
      • New functionality:
        • An ally now gains 25 Armor for 4 seconds the first time they enter a Portal
    • Raven Familiar [E]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also Slows enemies by 30% for 2.5 seconds.
        • A Raven now joins an ally each time they enter a Portal
    • Dust of Appearance (Active)
      • Adjusted Functionality:
        • Permanently increases vision range in Raven Form by 25%.
        • Activate to greatly increase Medivh’s vision range for 5 seconds, and reveal enemy Heroes in the area for 8 seconds. Does not cancel Raven form
  • Level 7
    • The Master’s Touch [Q]
      • Removed
    • Arcane Explosion [W]
      • New functionality:
        • Deals 90 damage to nearby enemies when Force of Will expires. Also deals an additional 100% of damage taken, up to 365 bonus damage
      • Explosion radius increased from 3 to 3.5
    • New Talent: Mystic Assault [Q]
      • If Arcane Rift hits an enemy Hero, Medivh’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% more damage and Heals for 40% of the damage dealt
    • New Talent: Force of Magic [W]
      • Preventing 268 or more damage with a single Force of Will grants Medivh 20% Spell Power for 12 seconds. This can stack up to 2 times
  • Level 13
    • Quickening [Q]
      • Removed
    • Astral Projection [E]
      • Removed
    • Circle of Protection [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Now applies a talented version of Force of Will to nearby allies
      • Radius increased from 2.5 to 3
    • Enduring Will [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality:
        • If Force of Will absorbs 268 damage, its cooldown is reduced to 3 seconds
    • Reabsorption [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Increases Force of Will’s Healing to 50% of the damage taken
  • Level 16
    • Arcane Charge [Q]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Damage bonus reduced from 30% to 15%
    • Stable Portal [W]
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New Functionality:
        • Reduces Portal’s cooldown by 25% and increases Portal duration by 50%
    • New Talent: Temporal Flux (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks reduce Medivh’s Heroic cooldown by 1 second. Hitting enemy Heroes with Arcane Rift reduces Medivh’s Heroic cooldown by 3 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Invisibility (Active) renamed to: Dust of Disappearance (Active)
      • No longer costs Mana
LEVEL (TIER) MEDIVH TALENTS
1 (1) Winds of Celerity [Z] Raven’s Intellect [Z] Portal Mastery (Active)
4 (2) Mage Armor [E] Raven Familiar [E] Dust of Appearance (Active)
7 (3) Mystic Assault [Q] Arcane Explosion [W] Force of Magic [W]
10 (4) Poly Bomb [R] Ley Line Seal [R]
13 (5) Circle of Protection [W] Enduring Will [W] Reabsorption [W]
16 (6) Arcane Charge [Q] Temporal Flux [Q] Stable Portal [E]
20 (7) Glyph of Poly Bomb [R] Medivh Cheats! [R] Guardian of Tirisfal [Q] Arcane Brilliance (Active) Dust of Disappearance (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Support

Ana

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Abilities

  • Shrike (Trait)
    • Added functionality:
      • Ana Heals for 50% of Shrike damage dealt to Heroes
  • Healing Dart [Q]
    • Healing reduced from 237 to 215
  • Biotic Grenade [W]
    • Adjusted functionality:
      • Amplified Healing now only affects Ana’s Healing output
      • Amplified Healing duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
  • Nano Boost [R]
    • Cooldown increased from 50 to 60 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 40 to 60
  • Eye of Horus [R]
    • Self-cancelling no longer places the Ability on a 10 second cooldown
    • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 45 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 45
    • Number of shots reduced from 8 to 6

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Grenade Calibration [W]
      • Add base functionality
      • The amplified healing effect of Biotic Grenade now works on all healing
    • Piercing Darts [E]
      • 1st quest unlock
        • Range increase from 50 to 25%
      • 2nd quest unlock
        • Range increase from 50 to 25%
    • Detachable Box Magazine (Passive)
      • 1st quest unlock
        • New functionality
          • The self-healing for Shrike now also applies to non-Heroes
  • Level 4
    • Aim Down Sights (Trait)
      • Shrike activation cooldown reduced from 10 to 3 seconds
    • Air Strike [W]
      • Airborne duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Debilitating Dart (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 45 to 20 seconds
    • Mind-Numbing Agent (Trait)
      • Spell Power reduction per Shrike stack decreased from 15% to 10%

Warrior

Sonya

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Sonya has received significant updates with today’s patch. Find her detailed changes below, and then head to the Sonya and Medivh Gameplay Updates blog for more insight behind these changes.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Block (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Furious Blow [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality
        • Every fourth Seismic Slam deals 40% more damage and costs no Fury
    • New Talent: Tough as Nails (Passive)
      • Every 12 seconds gain a stack of Block that grants 75 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack. Stores up to 3 charges. Cooldown refreshes 200% faster while Fury is active
  • Level 4
    • Focused Attack (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Shattered Ground [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Seismic Slam deals 75% damage to all targets hit and its splash damage travels 66% farther
    • Mercenary Lord (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Battle Rage (Active)
      • Passively increases damage dealt to Mercenaries by 25%
      • Activate to Heal for 10% of Sonya’s maximum Health. 30 second charge cooldown. Stores up to 3 charges
  • Level 7
    • Follow Through (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Ferocious Healing (Active)
      • Removed
    • Shot of Fury (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New Functionality:
        • Activate to instantly gain 50 Fury. 40 Second cooldown
        • After casting Seismic Slam, your next Basic Attack deals 40% more damage
  • Level 13
    • Aftershock [W]
      • Removed
    • Spell Shield (Passive)
      • Removed
    • No Escape (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 25% to 20%
    • New Talent: Ruthless [E]
      • Whirlwind deals an additional 50 damage to Heroes below 33% Health. This damage does not generate additional Healing
  • Level 16
    • Imposing Presence (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Giant Slammer [W]
      • Seismic Slam deals an additional 2% of Heroes’ maximum Health as damage
    • New Talent: Rampage (Passive)
      • Increases Basic Attack damage by 25%
      • Basic Attacks decrease the Ancient Spear’s cooldown 0.75 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Anger Management [R]
      • Removed
    • Nexus Blades (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Ignore Pain (Active)
      • Armor reduced from 75 to 60
    • Composite Spear [Q]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Increases Ancient Spear’s range by 50%.
        • Hitting an enemy Hero with Ancient Spear grants 25 armor for 4 seconds
    • New Talent: Striding Giant [R]
      • Wrath of The Berserker increases maximum Health by 10% and grants the Striding Giant Ability while it is active
      • Striding Giant can be activated to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds. 30 second cooldown
LEVEL (TIER) SONYA TALENTS
1 (1) Furious Blow [W] War Paint (Passive) Tough as Nails (Passive)
4 (2) Shattered Ground [W] Hurricane [E] Battle Rage (Active)
7 (3) Poisoned Spear [Q] Life Funnel (E) Shot of Fury (Trait)
10 (4) Leap (R) Wrath of the Berserker (R)
13 (5) Mystical Spear [Q] Ruthless [E] No Escape (Trait)
16 (6) Giant Slammer [W] Rampage (Passive) Nerves of Steel (Active)
20 (7) Arreat Crater [R] Striding Giant [R] Composite Spear [Q] Ignore Pain (Active)
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  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Collection

New Bundles

  • The following new bundles are available for a limited time!
    • Enforcers Bundle
    • Enforcer Johanna Heroic Bundle
    • Paramedic Morales Heroic Bundle
    • Watchdog Greymane Heroic Bundle
    • Medivh Remastered Bundle
    • Sonya Remastered Bundle

New Skins

  • Greymane
    • Watchdog Greymane
    • Arctic Watchdog Greymane
    • Desert Watchdog Greymane
  • Johanna
    • Enforcer Johanna
    • Arctic Enforcer Johanna
    • Vigilante Enforcer Johanna
  • Lt. Morales
    • Paramedic Morales
    • Covert Paramedic Morales
    • Fiery Paramedic Morales
  • Azmodan
    • Competitive Azmodunk
  • Lúcio
    • Vermelho Lúcio
  • Medivh
    • Dark Medivh
  • Sonya
    • Angelic Sonya

New Mounts

  • STORM Strider
    • Smart STORM Strider
    • Supercharged STORM Strider
  • Lucky Piggy Bank
    • The Lucky Piggy Bank mount can be purchased for 7,000 gold.
  • Ranked Season Mount Rewards
    • The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League:
      • Elemental Boar
      • Azure Elemental Boar
      • Verdant Elemental Boar
    • The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Master or higher in Hero League or Team League:
      • Epic Elemental Boar
      • Epic Azure Elemental Boar
      • Epic Verdant Elemental Boar

Bug Fixes

General

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

Art

  • Abathur: Fixed a pair of small holes in Xenotech Abathur’s model.
  • Blaze: Talent icons for Adhesive Petroleum and Oil Dispersal now use different colors so they are easier to differentiate at a glance.
  • Greymane: Greymane’s Health bar will no longer move during his victory animation.
  • Greymane: The Doctor Wolf & Stein skin’s Inner Beast visual effects no longer appear misaligned during Greymane’s Hearthstone animation.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Neosteel Plating’s visual effects now correctly match Sgt. Hammer’s model while in Siege Mode.
  • Tassadar: Moving while in the Mecha Tassadar Skin’s Mount form on Sky Temple will no longer cause flickering visual effects to appear on-screen.
  • Valeera: After activating Crippling Poison and Wound Poison, visual effects on Valeera’s blades will no longer flicker while she is riding certain mounts.

Battlegrounds

  • Mage Wars (Brawl): Kael’thas can now correctly cast Verdant Spheres as soon as its cooldown completes.
  • Mercenaries: Fixed an issue in which neutral Mercenaries could spawn twice at their Mercenary Camp under specific circumstances.
  • Try Mode: Zul’jin’s Headhunter Talent will now progress correctly after killing The Lost Vikings.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Brightwing: Soothing Mist will no longer Heal allies who are standing nearby while Brightwing is inside Anub’arak’s Cocoon, Lt. Morales’ Medivac, Stitches’ Gorge, or Zagara’s Devouring Maw.
  • Brightwing: Phase Shift can no longer be cast on Allies who are in Stasis.
  • D.Va: Fixed an issue that could cause Big Shot to deal no damage after learning the Pew! Pew! Pew! Talent and becoming affected by another damage or Spell Power reduction effect.
  • Gall: Shadow Bolt Volley’s targeting reticle is no longer visible to enemies through the Fog of War.
  • General: Fixed an issue that allowed certain Abilities to affect enemy Heroes in their own Hall of Storms:
    • Alarak – Telekinesis [W]
    • Brightwing – Emerald Wind [R]
    • Dehaka – Drag [Q]
    • Medivh – Ley Line Seal [R]
    • Stitches – Hook [Q]
  • Hanzo: Casting Storm Bow with Quick Cast turned off will no longer prevent the player from issuing movement commands by holding down right-click.
  • Hanzo: Issuing a Stop or Hold command will now correctly halt Hanzo’s movement and cancel Storm Bow’s primed state.
  • Hanzo: Casting Storm Bow immediately after Dragon's Arrow will no longer cause Hanzo to become stuck in Storm Bow’s primed state.
  • Hanzo: Striking an enemy Hero with Sonic Arrow just before they enter their Hall of Storms will no longer cause Sonic Arrow to display odd visual effects.
  • Nazeebo: Using a mine entrance or exit on Haunted Mines during Gargantuan’s summoning animation will no longer cause Nazeebo to lose control of the Gargantuan.
  • Raynor: Cooldown reduction granted by A Card to Play will no longer trigger twice after killing Leoric or Uther.
  • Rexxar: Entering a Garden Terror while Misha is dead will no longer prevent Rexxar from issuing commands to Misha after she respawns.
  • Samuro: Can no longer swap places with a Mirror Image that is in the allied Hall of Storms.
  • Samuro: Mirror Images now correctly play Level Up and Quest Completion visual effects when Samuro levels up or completes a quest.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Commands can now correctly be queued while Sgt. Hammer is returning to Tank Mode.
  • Tassadar: Fixed an issue that could cause Basic Attacks in Archon form to deal splash damage twice to secondary attack targets after learning Prismatic Link.
  • Tassadar: Completing the Templar’s Will quest and learning Twilight Archon will no longer grant extended range to Tassadar’s first Basic Attack in Twilight Archon form.
  • Tyrael: The remaining duration on bonus Armor granted by the Stalwart Angel Talent after using El’Druin’s Might to teleport will now correctly appear in the Buff Bar.
  • Tyrande: The Darnassian Archery Talent’s Buff Bar icon now correctly displays the current number of stacks in addition to its duration.
  • Zagara: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes who were caught in the center of Devouring Maw to display their exit locations before Devouring Maw expired.

Sound

  • Ana: Debilitating Dart activation is no longer audible when the player camera is far from Ana’s location.
  • Falstad: Lightning Rod is no longer audible to enemies through the Fog of War.
  • Greymane: Gilnean Cocktail will now correctly play sound effects when it hits a target in the Fog of War.

User Interface

  • Minimap: Ping icons will no longer appear faded on the Minimap while shaders are set to medium.
  • Score Screen: The in-game Score Screen will now correctly track quest progress for D.Va’s Crash Course Talent.
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Yay no Maiev nerfs yet! Loving these changes to Medivh though.

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It's been some time since I experienced such an emotional rolercoaster like when I was reading Ana's changelog. IDK what to think about it yet, it might enable her as a solo healer, or at least as a main healer with the new self-sustain mechanism, but her single target healing output shouldn't have been tweaked down 10%. The main issue I see here is the buff on the granade build (which already was imho the most efficient build for her, albeit the least fun) will make the sleep dart/dose build even more frowned upon, specially if there's another healer or healing-capable (self or otherwise) hero on your team.

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53 minutes ago, leapingshadow said:

What's up with those Ana changes, why?

Give her some self healing from her passive which she needed in a way; using grenade for self healing was a bit pooy in both mana and cooldown. Eye of Hours needed the changes in my opinion but I feel like the aiming will still be a finicky. The grenade change makes sense in a way so that if you want healing from all sources to be amplified; you must commit to grenade build. The rest are tweaks I believe and it is only PTR so some might be reverted ;-;

 

Otherwise; is it just me or is the wording a bit off here?

1 hour ago, Stan said:

 

    • Piercing Darts [E]
      • 1st quest unlock
        • Range increase from 50 to 25%
      • 2nd quest unlock
        • Range increase from 50 to 25%

Shouldn't it say decreased or am I too tired to be reading this?

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2 minutes ago, MurkyFelix said:

Otherwise; is it just me or is the wording a bit off here?

Shouldn't it say decreased or am I too tired to be reading this?

It's a official blizzard typo.

 

Ana changes are interesting don't like her heal needs or range need on completion but we'll see what happens when it hits live.

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Not sure if Sonya really needed % damage based talent. Don't know, I just have a feeling she shouldn't have % damage.
Anyone else has similar feeling or is it just me?

 

 

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I think the biggest overall change to Ana is Biotic Grenade. That really changes the way in which you'd use the ability as well as making Grenade builds probably the weakest now. 

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1 hour ago, SleepySheepy said:

Not sure if Sonya really needed % damage based talent. Don't know, I just have a feeling she shouldn't have % damage.
Anyone else has similar feeling or is it just me?

 

 

I think it's a perfectly reasonable level 16 talent for a bruiser to have, especially since it's also gated behind spending and generating Fury. 

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2 hours ago, MurkyFelix said:

Give her some self healing from her passive which she needed in a way; using grenade for self healing was a bit pooy in both mana and cooldown. Eye of Hours needed the changes in my opinion but I feel like the aiming will still be a finicky. The grenade change makes sense in a way so that if you want healing from all sources to be amplified; you must commit to grenade build. The rest are tweaks I believe and it is only PTR so some might be reverted ;-;

 

Otherwise; is it just me or is the wording a bit off here?

Shouldn't it say decreased or am I too tired to be reading this?

The range increased provided by quest completion has been changed from 50% to 40%. Is how it would read if the explanation was longer. It sounds weird but isn't a typo... I think

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4 hours ago, MurkyFelix said:

Otherwise; is it just me or is the wording a bit off here?

Shouldn't it say decreased or am I too tired to be reading this?

Since the patch notes read "range increase" and not "range increased," I'd guess they're using the word increase as a noun rather than a verb.  I read it as shorthand for something along the lines of "(the) range-increase (was changed) from 50% to 25%."  I hope that helped!

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Sonya finally left out her useless general talents! There are clear Seismic SlamSeismic Slam Bruiser and Ancient SpearAncient Spear Assassin builds embedded in these new talents and that obviously makes her a little more flexible. Can't wait to test these out.

Medivh now also has viable talents across the board! I actually think that they made the talents a little too powerful, now there's going to be no trouble picking which one is right for every situation. I think there aren't enough damage talents for the solo carry Medivh's out there, but that never really was a main point of the character, now was it.

Edit: Guardian of TirisfalGuardian of Tirisfal is still not worth it, especially now that The Master's TouchThe Master's Touch is baseline.

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More errors: Life FunnelLife Funnel is moved to level 7, but it doesn't read in the changelog. Maybe there's also a WhirlwindWhirlwind focused team fight build here too.

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1 hour ago, Fliits said:

 

Edit: Guardian of TirisfalGuardian of Tirisfal is still not worth it, especially now that The Master's TouchThe Master's Touch is baseline.

Guardian of Tiristfal is super worth it on tomb of the spider queen, or even just picking up late game if you have more than one lane to your core open, because it instantly kills catapults.

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11 hours ago, SleepySheepy said:

Not sure if Sonya really needed % damage based talent. Don't know, I just have a feeling she shouldn't have % damage.
Anyone else has similar feeling or is it just me?

Artanis has one too (Titan KillerTitan Killer, at level 16) and I don't see anyone complaining. He can deal eye-watering damage with this talent combined with Follow ThroughFollow ThroughTriple StrikeTriple Strike and Nexus BladesNexus Blades.

10 hours ago, Plergoth said:

I think the biggest overall change to Ana is Biotic Grenade. That really changes the way in which you'd use the ability as well as making Grenade builds probably the weakest now. 

Not really, it just means that by default Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade will no longer increased all healing done; only the one made by Ana. The Biotic Grenade build will still remain strong.

On the other hand, I'm quite excited with the changes to ShrikeShrike; Blizzard mentioned making this change to allow self-heal when they gave that big nerf to Supports last year. Plus, I think this might enable Double Support compositions again, because Ana can deal surprisingly high damage in the Shrike Build.

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On a side note, did you guys see there the PTR was already datamined and they found an interesting hint that the next Hero might be Deckard Cain? The stained glass in the background matches the one seen in the Alexstrasza's cinematic.

And that there'll be a new StarCraft Brawl, which apparently will be called "Mineral Madness" (they even found icons).

@Stan, this might be worth an article, don'tcha think? Link for the Reddit Thread here.

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59 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

On a side note, did you guys see there the PTR was already datamined and they found an interesting hint that the next Hero might be Deckard Cain? The stained glass in the background matches the one seen in the Alexstrasza's cinematic.

Although Belial has been "leaked" and Cain seems like a really unlikely hero. But a demon of hell to imitate the appearance of the most beloved Diablo character in history, right down to the datamined leaks? Now that's what I call a lord of lies.

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58 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Not really, it just means that by default Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade will no longer increased all healing done; only the one made by Ana. The Biotic Grenade build will still remain strong.

I'm actually thinking that it might be more feasible to just Grenade yourself while staying in poke range of the enemy, and having something like Concentrated Doses compensate for the +healing while Ana just forces her way through a team fight by sheer self sustain from multiple sources; I'm assuming that it's not capped. 

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2 hours ago, Fliits said:

Although Belial has been "leaked" and Cain seems like a really unlikely hero. But a demon of hell to imitate the appearance of the most beloved Diablo character in history, right down to the datamined leaks? Now that's what I call a lord of lies.

Everything in that picture screams "DECKARD CAIN". Unless... As you said... It's a scheme made by the LORD OF LIES.

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6 hours ago, Fliits said:

Sonya finally left out her useless general talents! There are clear Seismic SlamSeismic Slam Bruiser and Ancient SpearAncient Spear Assassin builds embedded in these new talents and that obviously makes her a little more flexible. Can't wait to test these out.

Medivh now also has viable talents across the board! I actually think that they made the talents a little too powerful, now there's going to be no trouble picking which one is right for every situation. I think there aren't enough damage talents for the solo carry Medivh's out there, but that never really was a main point of the character, now was it.

Edit: Guardian of TirisfalGuardian of Tirisfal is still not worth it, especially now that The Master's TouchThe Master's Touch is baseline.

Sonya became OpieOP imho if these changes roll as they are.

About Medivh, idk. You'd expect him to be able to do amazing things, lore-wise his feats are pretty much second to none and yet that doesn't seem to go into the game (yeah, I know, lore =/=gameplay but still, Medivh should let out the "powerful" feel). Like, if Khadgar comes and he's like release Jaina/KT (highest damage by far) I'd be pretty disappointed. He's not focused on damage but he shouldn't be "off" there; and if he opts into damage build, he may end up harming his team more than doing good. Oh well, we shall see I guess... And I totally agree, Guardian of TirisfalGuardian of Tirisfal for its name and talent tier was a pretty big letdown and they did nothing to alleviate that. It's only really useful if you're behind in structures (a position you don't wanna end up in the first place) and/or they leave you alone at base to play "minion defense" (Grubby made a "the last guardian" lore joke during a cast lul)

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4 minutes ago, SteveFrost said:

Sonya became OpieOP imho if these changes roll as they are.

She was already very strong in the meta, but now she is definitely OP. I have a feeling she will be nerfed before hitting live.

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