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Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: May 14

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The latest content patch has just hit PTR and will be available for playtesting until May 21.

TL;DR

  • The patch adds the Nexomania! event to the game, with various new skins, portraits, and mounts that can be earned starting May 22. Sun’s Out, Guns Out event items have returned for the duration of the Nexomania event!
  • Diablo and Lunara received the previously announced reworks.
  • With Blizzard focusing on individual Hero reworks, it seems we won't get a new Hero for a while (similar to the time span between Maiev and Fenix, when Medivh and Sonya received reworks).

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Nexomania!

PTR NoteWhile elements of this event may be visible on the Public Test Realm, any progress or rewards earned during PTR testing will not transfer to the live version of the game when this patch is officially released next week.

La Parca Lunara and La Pantera Sonya are looking to recruit new tag-team partners for Nexomania, a contest where Heroes battle it out to become the Champions of the Nexus! Choose your partner, train up, and conquer the competition to claim the spoils of victory before Monday, June 11. Each of the four-part quest chains below grant different rewards based on who you side with, and the quests must be completed in order. Choose your partner wisely, because once you’ve picked Lunara or Sonya, your decision cannot be undone!

La Parca Lunara Quest Chain and Rewards

  • Train Up, La Parca Style: Play 3 Games.
    • Reward: Máscara de la Parca Portrait.
  • Show Match, La Parca Style: Achieve 70 Takedowns in winning games.
    • Reward: The Underworld Grip Spray.
  • Climb the Ladder, La Parca Style: Win 6 games.
    • Reward: Ojos de la Parca Animated Spray.
  • Cage Match, La Parca Style: Achieve 100 Takedowns in winning games.
    • Rewards: El Guapo Announcer and La Parca Lunara Portrait.

La Pantera Sonya Quest Chain and Rewards

  • Train Up, La Pantera Style: Play 3 Games.
    • Reward: Máscara de la Pantera Portrait.
  • Show Match, La Pantera Style: Achieve 70 Takedowns in winning games.
    • Reward: The Panther Forearm Spray.
  • Climb the Ladder, La Pantera Style: Win 6 games.
    • Reward: Furia de la Pantera Animated Spray.
  • Cage Match, La Pantera Style: Achieve 100 Takedowns in winning games.
    • Rewards: El Guapo Announcer and La Pantera Sonya Portrait.

Nexomania Loot Chests

Starting the week of May 22, Loot Chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gems will be Nexomania Loot Chests. These Loot Chests guarantee at least one item from the Nexomania or Sun’s Out, Guns Out events. Step into the ring and start leveling-up to pin down some loot before the competition concludes on June 11!

Please Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Nexomania Loot Chests.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Diablo: Diablo and Archangel Diablo’s Abilities have received updated visual effects to coincide with Ability and Talent changes.
  • Garrosh: Garrosh’s Abilities have received updated visual effects.
  • Malfurion: A new leaf icon and timer will now appear above Regrowth targets’ nameplates to indicate remaining Heal duration.
    • The icon and timer will change color based on Regrowth’s remaining Heal duration: from green to yellow at 10 seconds remaining, and then to red during the last 5 seconds.

User Inteface

MVP Screen
  • Players can no longer vote for themselves on the end of match awards screen.
    • This should help encourage players to spread the love by commending others for their epic plays!
  • The number of votes required to achieve epic and legendary commendations on the end of match awards screen have each been reduced by one vote.
    • This has been done to account for the removal of self-voting. Previously, a self-vote could often make the difference for a player who was one vote shy of reaching epic or legendary status.
Loot Chests
  • The Loot Chest carousel on the Loot screen now automatically switches to a Loot Chest type the player already owns, rather than always defaulting to Rare Loot Chests.

Design

General

  • Holding right-click and dragging the cursor to move is no longer interrupted when entering targeting mode prior to casting an Ability.

Movement Speed Visual Effects

  • Visual effects for Movement Speed bonuses and Slows will now only display on units whose Movement Speeds are being increased or decreased by more than 5%.
    • Previously, a Hero could display these visual effects even if their Movement Speed hadn’t been significantly altered. This could occur as a result of multiple stacking Movement Speed bonuses and Slows, or due to a stacking Quest Talent.

Battlegrounds

Mercenaries
  • Infernal Shrines
    • The Khazra at the southernmost Mercenary Camp on Infernal Shrines now move into lane once they are captured, rather than path around the lane to attack opposing structures directly.

Heroes

Assassin

Lunara

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Abilities
  • Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin (Trait)
    • Damage reduced from 34 to 30.
  • WispWisp (E)
    • Mana cost removed.
    • Wisp Movement Speed increased by 100%.
    • Vision radius reduced from 7 to 6.
    • Additional functionality:
      • When a Wisp is in a bush for 2 seconds, its vision radius is increased by 75%.
Talents
  • Level 1
    • New Talent: Sentinel Wisp (E)
      • When a Wisp is in a bush for 5 seconds, its vision radius is increased by 200% and reveals the surrounding area.
    • PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis
      • Removed.
    • Cruel SporesCruel Spores (Q)
      • Removed.
    • New Talent: Hippity Hop (Z)
      • After not Basic Attacking or taking damage for 5 seconds, increase the Movement Speed bonus of Dryad’s Swiftness by 10%.
  • Level 4
    • Timelost WispTimelost Wisp (E)
      • Removed.
    • Skybound WispSkybound Wisp (E)
      • Removed.
    • Dividing WispDividing Wisp (E)
      • Removed.
    • Blossom SwellBlossom Swell (Q)
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also increases Noxious BlossomNoxious Blossom’s range by 25%.
    • Siphoning ToxinSiphoning Toxin (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Heal amount reduced from 18 to 9 Health per second.
      • Additional functionality:
        • When an enemy Hero has 3 stacks of Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin , this Healing increases to 28 per second.
    • Nature's CullingNature's Culling (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 7.
  • Level 7
    • Choking PollenChoking Pollen (Q)
      • Moved from Level 16.
      • Bonus damage reduced from 125% to 50%.
      • Additional functionality:
        • This damage bonus increases by an additional 50% against enemies who have 3 stacks of Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin.
  • Level 13
    • Pestering BlossomPestering Blossom
      • Removed.
    • New Talent: Endless Spores (W)
      • Casting Crippling SporesCrippling Spores while at least 2 enemy Heroes are afflicted with Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.
    • Let Them WitherLet Them Wither (W)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • No longer increases Crippling SporesCrippling Spores’ Slow amount. Instead, increases Crippling SporesCrippling Spores’ Slow duration by 1 second and causes it to no longer decay.
    • Giant KillerGiant Killer
      • Removed.
    • Abolish MagicAbolish Magic (Active)
      • Moved from Level 20.
  • Level 16
    • New Talent: Accelerated Contamination (Q)
      • While at least 2 enemy Heroes are afflicted with Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin, Noxious BlossomNoxious Blossom's cooldown recharges 100% faster.
    • Invigorating SporesInvigorating Spores (W)
      • Attack Speed bonus reduced from 50% to 30%.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with 3 stacks of Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin deal damage equal to 1.5% of their maximum Health.
    • Unfair AdvantageUnfair Advantage (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 13.
      • Bonus damage increased from 50% to 60%.
      • Now also deals this bonus damage to Rooted and Stunned Heroes.
  • Level 20
    • Forest's WrathForest's Wrath (R)
      • No longer increases Thornwood VineThornwood Vine’s speed.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Thornwood VineThornwood Vine now applies 2 stacks of Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin.
    • Boundless StrideBoundless Stride (R)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also decreases the Leaping StrikeLeaping Strike’s cooldown by 5 seconds.
    • New Talent: Intensifying Toxin (Trait)
      • Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin deals 40% more damage to enemies afflicted with 3 stacks.
LEVEL (TIER) LUNARA TALENTS
1 (1) Sentinel Wisp (E) Natural Perspective (Trait) Hippity Hop (Z)
4 (2) Blossom Swell (Q) Siphoning Toxin (Trait) Nature’s Culling (Trait)
7 (3) Splintered Spear (Q) Choking Pollen (Q) Wild Vigor (W)
10 (4) Thornwood Vine (R) Leaping Strike (R)
13 (5) Endless Spores (W) Let Them Wither (W) Greater Spell Shield (Passive) Abolish Magic (Active)
16 (6) Accelerated Contamination (Q) Star Wood Spear (W) Invigorating Spores (W) Unfair Advantage (Passive)
20 (7) Forest’s Wrath (R) Boundless Stride (R) Intensifying Toxin (Trait) Galloping Gait (Z)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
Developer Comment: Our goals for Lunara’s rework are twofold: first, we want to add some gameplay to Wisp and consolidate its related talents into something more interesting. We also want to give Lunara more potential playstyles, which we’re doing by adding some new powerful talents into her tree. Because we added so much more power into her talents, we had to reduce her baseline power by a marginal amount to compensate. We’ve had a blast with Lunara in our internal playtests, and we’re excited to release her new and improved version into the wild!

Warrior

Diablo

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Abilities
  • Black SoulstoneBlack Soulstone (Trait)
    • Maximum Health gained per Soul reduced from 0.5% to 0.4%.
  • Shadow ChargeShadow Charge (Q)
    • Range increased from 7 to 8.5.
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 70.
    • Damage reduced from 75 to 40.
    • Terrain collision damage reduced from 150 to 120.
    • No longer grants Armor.
    • Now also increases Movement Speed by 15% for 2 seconds.
  • Fire StompFire Stomp (W)
    • Now unleashes fire waves in a large cone in the chosen direction, rather than a 360° area around Diablo.
    • Number of fire waves reduced from 8 to 5.
    • Multiple fire waves can now hit the same target.
    • Cooldown increased from 6 to 8 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 30.
    • Outgoing fire wave damage reduced from 54 to 12.
    • Returning fire wave damage reduced from 81 to 36.
      • Damage dealt by returning fire waves now counts as critical damage.
    • Now Heals Diablo for 125% of the damage dealt to Heroes.
  • OverpowerOverpower (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 40.
  • Lightning BreathLightning Breath (R)
    • Range increased from 10.5 to 12.
    • Each tick of Lightning Breath damage now also Slows enemies hit by 5% for 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 50%.
Talents
  • Level 1
    • New Talent: Feast on Fear (Passive)
      • Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow ChargeShadow Charge or OverpowerOverpower Heals Diablo for 15% of his maximum Health over 4 seconds.
    • Soul ShieldSoul Shield (Active)
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New functionality:
        • Activate to gain Spell Armor equal to 25 plus 50% of Diablo's current Souls for 4 seconds. 60 second cooldown.
        • Every time Diablo damages an enemy Hero, reduce this cooldown by 1 second.
    • BulwarkBulwark (Q)
      • Removed.
  • Level 4
    • New Talent: Sacrificial Soul (Q)
      • Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow ChargeShadow Charge grants 5 Souls and 15 Armor for 4 seconds. While at 100 Souls, increase this Armor to 30.
    • New Talent: Souls to the Flame (W)
      • Fire StompFire Stomp grants 1 Soul every 3 times it damages an enemy Hero and Heals for an additional 1.25% of its damage dealt per Soul.
    • Life LeechLife Leech (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New functionality:
        • Diablo gains 1 Soul and Heals for 1.5% of his maximum Health for every Basic Attack against an enemy Hero. While at 100 Souls, increase this Healing to 3% of his maximum Health.
    • From the ShadowsFrom the Shadows (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Speed DemonSpeed Demon (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Demonic StrengthDemonic Strength (E)
      • Removed.
  • Level 7
    • New Talent: Eternal Flames (W)
      • When Diablo Stuns an enemy Hero with OverpowerOverpower or Shadow ChargeShadow Charge, Fire StompFire Stomp’s cooldown is reset.
    • Malevolence (Passive)
      • Using Basic Abilities causes Diablo’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds to deal an additional 100 Spell Damage. Stores up to 2 charges.
    • Soul FeastSoul Feast (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Diabolical MomentumDiabolical Momentum (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks now also reduce Fire StompFire Stomp’s cooldown.
      • Cooldown reduction granted per Basic Attack decreased from 1.5 to 0.75 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Devastating ChargeDevastating Charge (Q)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Now increases Shadow ChargeShadow Charge’s terrain collision damage by 100%, rather than a percentage of the target’s maximum Health.
        • Quest: Each time an enemy Hero takes terrain collision damage, increase this bonus by 15%, to a maximum of 75%.
    • New Talent: Cruelty (Passive)
      • Stunning an enemy Hero with Shadow ChargeShadow Charge or OverpowerOverpower increases Diablo's Attack Speed by 50% for 5 seconds, up to 100%.
    • HellfireHellfire (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Each enemy Hero hit by Fire StompFire Stomp grants 2% Spell Power for 10 seconds, up to 30%.
    • Fire DevilFire Devil (W)
      • Removed.
  • Level 16
    • Debilitating FlamesDebilitating Flames (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Enemy Heroes hit by Fire Stomp are Slowed by 5% for 4 seconds, up to 50%. Heroes Slowed 25% or more by Debilitating Flames deal 50% less damage.
    • New Talent: Overpowering Nightmare (E)
      • Gain 2 additional charges of OverpowerOverpower, with a 2 second cooldown between uses.
    • Fearful PresenceFearful Presence (Active)
      • Removed.
  • Level 20
    • Dying BreathDying Breath (R)
      • Now reduces ApocalypseApocalypse’s cooldown by 20 seconds per enemy Hero hit (to a minimum total cooldown of 5 seconds), rather than reducing its cooldown by a static amount.
    • HellstormHellstorm (R)
      • No longer increases  Lightning BreathLightning Breath’s range.
      • Bonus duration increased from 50% to 200%.
    • Lord of TerrorLord of Terror (Active)
      • Now also grants 5 Souls per enemy Hero hit.
LEVEL (TIER) DIABLO TALENTS
1 (1) Feast on Fear (Passive) Devil’s Due (Trait) Soul Shield (Trait)
4 (2) Sacrificial Soul (Q) Souls to the Flame (W) Life Leech (Passive)
7 (3) Eternal Flames (W) Malevolence (Passive) Diabolical Momentum (Passive)
10 (4) Apocalypse (R) Lightning Breath (R)
13 (5) Devastating Charge (Q) Cruelty (Passive) Hellfire (W)
16 (6) Domination (E) Debilitating Flames (W) Overpowering Nightmare (E)
20 (7) Dying Breath (R) Hellstorm (R) Lord of Terror (Active) Hellgate (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
Developer Comment: Diablo's update aims to give the Lord of Terror more control over his kit and add fun new gameplay without compromising his core identity in the Nexus. We're putting the power in the hands of Diablo players by allowing them to target their Fire StompFire Stomps and allowing multiple fire waves to hit the same Hero to help execute the perfect combo. We're adding self-healing to Fire StompFire Stomp so that Diablo has a way to maintain his health beyond relying on a Support to heal him. Shadow ChargeShadow Charge now grants increased Movement Speed to reduce situations where enemies are just beyond OverpowerOverpower’s reach after charging in. Diablo’s level 4 Talents all allow him to collect souls in new ways, so he can still get the most out of his Trait during low takedown games. There is also a spiderweb of fun synergies and interactions between the Talents in his tree, so we're excited to see what creative combinations players will latch onto.

Collection

New Bundles

  • Sun’s Out, Guns Out event items have returned for the duration of the Nexomania event! Add them to your collection by opening Nexomania Loot Chests or purchasing the Sun’s Out 2017 Bundle.
  • The following new bundles are available for a limited time!
    • Hell’s Screamers Bundle
    • Match of the Century Bundle
    • Sun’s Out 2017 Bundle

New Announcer

  • El Guapo

New Skins

  • Diablo
    • El Chamuco Diablo
    • Underworld Chamuco Diablo
    • Hell’s Screamer Diablo
  • E.T.C.
    • El Mariachi E.T.C.
    • Underworld Mariachi E.T.C.
    • Festival Mariachi E.T.C.
  • Garrosh
    • El Jefe Garrosh
    • El Fuego Garrosh
    • Underworld Jefe Garrosh
  • Kharazim
    • Dropkick Kharazim
    • Champion Dropkick Kharazim
    • Dropdead Kharazim
  • Lunara
    • La Parca Lunara
    • La Catrina Lunara
    • Los Muertos Lunara
  • Sonya
    • La Pantera Sonya
    • La Pantera Dorada Sonya
    • Underworld Pantera Sonya

New Mounts

  • Luchihuahua
    • Hell's Screamer Luchihuahua
    • Underworld Luchihuahua
  • Pigñata
    • Hell's Screamer Pigñata
    • Lucha Pigñata

Bug Fixes

General

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

A.I.

  • General: After casting Hearthstone, A.I. Heroes will now wait in the Hall of Storms to restore most of their Health and Mana before leaving.
  • D.Va: Fixed an issue that prevented A.I. D.Va from casting BoostersBoosters.
  • Deckard: Learning Bottomless FlaskBottomless Flask no longer causes Allied A.I. Heroes to remain near a Healing Potion’s location indefinitely.
  • Sgt. Hammer: A.I. Sgt. Hammer will no longer become stuck in a Vent behind the opposing bottom-lane Fort on Battlefield of Eternity.
  • The Butcher: Fixed an issue in which A.I. Butcher would repeatedly cast and then cancel Ruthless OnslaughtRuthless Onslaught.
  • The Butcher: Fixed an issue that prevented A.I. Butcher from casting Butcher's BrandButcher's Brand.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Artanis: The Target PurifiedTarget Purified Talent no longer causes Purifier BeamPurifier Beam to acquire Invulnerable targets after its initial target dies.
  • Chromie: Time TrapTime Traps revealed by Abilities like Tassadar’s OracleOracle can now be correctly auto-acquired as Basic Attack targets.
  • Fenix: The Talent tooltips for Singularity ChargeSingularity Charge and Mobile OffenseMobile Offense now correctly append to the Ability tooltip for Weapon Mode: Phase BombWeapon Mode: Phase Bomb.
  • Garrosh: Casting Into the FrayInto the Fray on Abathur now correctly interrupts SymbioteSymbiote Channeling.
  • Genji: A damage over time preview now correctly appears in Genji’s Health bar when affected by Lunara’s Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin.
  • Johanna: Can no longer escape Zagara’s Devouring MawDevouring Maw early if Iron SkinIron Skin expires while inside the Maw.
  • Junkrat: Can now move himself while he is Unstoppable by detonating a nearby Concussion MineConcussion Mine.
  • Malfurion: Reduced Healing applied by Strangling VinesStrangling Vines now correctly lasts for its full 3 second duration, even if Entangling RootsEntangling Roots expires or its Root effect is removed.
  • Medivh: Dying while attempting to redirect Ley Line SealLey Line Seal after learning Medivh Cheats!Medivh Cheats! no longer causes its targeting indicator to visually persist on the terrain.
  • Nova: Fixed an issue that could cause Holo DecoyHolo Decoys to stop attacking nearby targets.
  • Nova: Fixed an issue in which Holo DecoyHolo Decoys would not Basic Attack enemy Heroes if Nova did not have enough Mana to cast any of her Abilities.
  • Nova: Armor reductions granted by Anti-Armor ShellsAnti-Armor Shells and Crippling ShotCrippling Shot now stack correctly when applied to the same target.
  • Sonya: Battle RageBattle Rage no longer grants bonus damage versus Monsters.
  • Tassadar: Plasma ShieldPlasma Shield Healing done after completing the Khaydarin ResonanceKhaydarin Resonance quest is now correctly tracked on the in-game stats screen (TAB).
  • Tassadar: The Talent tooltip for Khala's LightKhala's Light now correctly states that only Heroes will gain Armor when Plasma ShieldPlasma Shield expires or breaks. This was only a tooltip correction; functionality has not been changed.
  • Thrall: Invulnerable Heroes who are within bounce range after casting Chain LightningChain Lightning on a nearby target will no longer grant Crash LightningCrash Lightning quest progress.
  • The Lost Vikings: Casting Spin To Win!Spin To Win! no longer causes offscreen Vikings to play false “under attack” voice lines.
  • Zul’jin: Using GuillotineGuillotine with the BuzzsawBuzzsaw Talent to kill Nova’s Holo DecoyHolo Decoys or Samuro’s Mirror ImageMirror Images no longer grants Healing.

Sound

  • Lt. Morales: Replaced incorrect voice processing for voice lines used by the base Lt. Morales and First Lt. Morales skins.
  • Volskaya Foundry: Achieving victory will now correctly cause Overwatch-themed music to play.

User Interface

  • Loadouts: The Hero’s name at the top of the Loadout pane will now update correctly when switching among Heroes during Hero Select.
  • Collection: Fenix now correctly appears when using the terms “Protoss” and “Dragoon” to filter the Hero roster.

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> Lunara has talent called Hippity Hop

Well played Blizz, well played

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Is it just me, or does it look like Diablo got a buff? Personally, I like the changes a ton, but I'm really worried about him staying OP. Lunara changes look very nice.

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47 minutes ago, Stan said:

Devastating Charge (Q)

  • Adjusted functionality:
    • Now increases Shadow ChargeShadow Charge’s terrain collision damage by 100%, rather than a percentage of the target’s maximum Health.
    • Quest: Each time an enemy Hero takes terrain collision damage, increase this bonus by 15%, to a maximum of 75%.

Sweet Semen of Baby Jesus!

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18 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Sweet Semen of Baby Jesus!

R.I.P. in pepperoni 

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if Dioblo had kept the .5 per soul, I would say it would be overpowered. he now has better ways for souls, very exciting, still expecting a nerf after release.

how does nexomainia work?

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1 hour ago, Maxkitty said:

Is it just me, or does it look like Diablo got a buff? Personally, I like the changes a ton, but I'm really worried about him staying OP. Lunara changes look very nice.

I'd say he got a nice balance. After testing him for a while in the Try Mode, I'd say he deals much less damage, but he is way more tanky now.

The removal of From the ShadowsFrom the Shadows and the nerfs to Diabolical MomentumDiabolical Momentum and Devastating ChargeDevastating Charge made him a lot less opressive, sadly. On the other hand, his self-sustain is even more absurd; might be soon to say, but it probably has the potential to rival Leoric's (in a team fight situation).

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7 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I'd say he got a nice balance. After testing him for a while in the Try Mode, I'd say he deals much less damage, but he is way more tanky now.

The removal of From the ShadowsFrom the Shadows and the nerfs to Diabolical MomentumDiabolical Momentum and Devastating ChargeDevastating Charge made him a lot less opressive, sadly. On the other hand, his self-sustain is even more absurd; might be soon to say, but it probably has the potential to rival Leoric's (in a team fight situation).

His damage was absurd before this. I guess now he’s just an unkillable tank with good picking potential lol. Still certainly top tier.

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9 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I'd say he got a nice balance. After testing him for a while in the Try Mode, I'd say he deals much less damage, but he is way more tanky now.

The removal of From the ShadowsFrom the Shadows and the nerfs to Diabolical MomentumDiabolical Momentum and Devastating ChargeDevastating Charge made him a lot less opressive, sadly. On the other hand, his self-sustain is even more absurd; might be soon to say, but it probably has the potential to rival Leoric's (in a team fight situation).

And in the corner we can still hear Raynor and TLV crying XD

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Keep in mind that Raynor appears to need a rework because it is considered that there are much better competitors available. Otherwise he isn't weak like TLV.

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17 hours ago, Gaarkan said:

I'm sure their reworks are coming.

Soon tm

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So basically Diablo's baseline tankiness and damage are reduced in exchange for, what appears to be, a shitload of self-sustain, and constant soul collection.

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I am currently on the PTR looking for people to play Custom Games to avoid queue times, will also provide a Discord link in game. In game /join Crumo 

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45 minutes ago, PrivateJoker said:

So basically Diablo's baseline tankiness and damage are reduced in exchange for, what appears to be, a shitload of self-sustain, and constant soul collection.

Seems like a good trade!

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39 minutes ago, Blainie said:

Seems like a good trade!

Yea I have a feeling that the top tank in the game just got better.

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Maybe it is just me but I think that Lunara got an undercover nerf;reducing the power of talents by 40% and adding requirements seems like a bad trade for getting a better wisp.

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      The latest Heroes of the Storm content patch is now live with Mal'Ganis, disabled Haunted Mines, and changes to certain Support abilities to only work on Heroes.
      Patch Highlights
      Mal'Ganis is now live and you can check out our build guide here. The Hero is also available in the talent calculator. The game no longer supports DirectX9 and the 32-bit version of the client. Haunted Mines have been removed from all gameplay modes. Ana's Healing Dart now pierces targets at full Health. Multiple Support abilities have been reworked to only work on Heroes. Blizzard (Source)
      General
      Heroes of the Storm no longer supports DirectX 9 and the 32-bit version of the client. Battlegrounds
      Unranked Battleground Rotation:
      The Battleground Rotation for all Unranked modes has been adjusted to the following: Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction Haunted Mines: Haunted Mines has been removed from all gameplay modes. It will still be available to be played in Custom Games. Mercenaries: Sappers can no longer have their charge attack interrupted by a Silence effect. Silencing Sappers will still prevent them from starting to channel this ability New Hero: Mal'Ganis (Warrior)
      Cunning and intelligent, Mal'Ganis was chosen to bring Arthas Menthil into the Lich King's service. After manipulating the prince into purging Stratholme of life, he finally fell to Frostmourne as Arthas's first act as the Lich King's champion... yet a demon does not die so easily.
      Trait
      Vampiric Touch Mal'Ganis heals for 45% of damage dealt to enemy Heroes and 15% of damage dealt to non-Heroes. Basic Abilities
      Fel Claws (Q) Violently slash in the chosen direction, dealing 78 damage to enemies. Reactivate to slash up to 2 more times. The third slash Stuns enemies for 0.75 seconds. Necrotic Embrace (W) Desecrate the air, dealing 119 damage to nearby enemies and gaining 25 Armor for 3 seconds. Night Rush (E) After 0.75 seconds, gain 50% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. While active, Mal'Ganis can move through enemy Heroes and put them to Sleep for 2.5 seconds. Heroic Abilities
      Carrion Swarm (R) After 1 second, disperse into an Invulnerable swarm of bats for 3 seconds, dealing 74 damage per second to enemies. Vampiric Touch heals for 100% of Carrion Swarm's damage to Heroes. Dark Conversion (R) Channel on an enemy Hero for 0.75 seconds, then swap Health percentages with the target over 3 seconds. Design
      Support Heroes
      We've unified certain Support abilities to only work on Heroes (not minions or Mercenaries): Alexstrasza
      Gift of Life (Q) Breath of Life (Q-Dragon Form) Brightwing
      Pixie Dust (E) Li Li Healing Brew (Q) Rehgar
      Healing Totem (Active - Level 4) Earth Shield (W - Level 13) Tyrande
      Light of Elune (Q) Uther
      Holy Light (Q) Heroes
      Support

      Ana
      Abilities
      Healing Dart (Q) Healing Dart will now pierce targets at full Health. Collection
      New Bundles
      The following new bundles are available for a limited time! Mal'Ganis Heroic Bundle Death & Undeath Bundle Meat Wagon Bundle New Announcer
      Mal'Ganis New Mount
      Meat Wagon Northrend Meat Wagon Blackrock Meat Wagon Deathguard Meat Wagon New Skins
      Mal'Ganis Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis Neocarbon Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis Master Deadmachine Mal'Ganis Infernal Mal'Ganis Northrend Mal'Ganis New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
      Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the game.  Bug Fixes
      General
      AI Heroes: Fixed multiple cases of AI-controlled Heroes incorrectly using their abilities. Spell Power: Fixed an issue where Spell Power would no longer affect a Hero’s abilities after they died. (For example: Jaina’s Blizzard will now continue to deal bonus damage if she received increased Spell Power but died before the second and third waves.) Statis/Time Stop: Fixed an issue where player created terrain could move Heroes affected by Stasis or Time Stop. Battlegrounds
      Garden of Terror: Fixed an issue where all three Garden Terrors could spawn in a single lane. Minions/Mercenaries: Fixed an issue where Heroes could block the movement of Catapults, preventing them from passing through intact gates. User Interface
      Fixed an issue where a space would appear before the player’s name in a Whisper. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Ana: Fixed an issue where Ana’s Shrike healing was not accurately reflecting her damage done (via Spell Power or her target’s Armor). Chromie: Fixed an issue where Temporal Loop’s return location would appear incorrect if a movement ability was used by the target. Diablo: Fixed an issue where Diablo would not be displaced by knockback and similar effects while casting Overpower. Gall: Fixed an issue where not all cases of Damage Reduction would work on Gall. Gul’dan: Fixed an issue where Darkness Within’s bonus Spell Power would not increase the healing of Drain Life. Kharazim: Can now Radiant Dash to all allied units, including Mercenaries, Creep Tumors, and Toxic Nests. Li-Ming: Fixed an issue where Tal Rasha's Elements would grant bonus damage to Calamity after being twice in a row. Murky: Egg Hunt’s Slime no longer benefits from Slime talents. Sylvanas: Targets of Mind Control will now clear their move orders when affected by the ability. Uther: Fixed an issue where Holy Fire’s damage was affected by Spell Power. Mal'Ganis is now live and it's time to check out our build guide and the official patch notes.
    • By Stan
      Alan Dabiri announced that he's leaving his current position as Game Director for Heroes of the Storm and he's moving on to another project at Blizzard.
      Alan Dabiri has been Game Director ever since Dustin Browder stepped down in December 2016. He thinks the game is in the right hands right now, as developers continue to deliver interesting new Heroes and events. He's transitioning to a new team within the company. We wish him success in all his future endeavors.
      Here's the message he left on the official forums:
      Blizzard (Source)
      In my 20-plus years at Blizzard, I’ve had the privilege of working on many awesome Blizzard games in roles ranging from software engineer to technical director to game director. Across my many roles and games, my experience working on Heroes of the Storm ranks among the best of my development career. I’ve witnessed Heroes’ evolution from a StarCraft II mod to the amazing game you see today. Heroes’ development has been fueled by the shared excitement of our team and all of you in the community, and the game we’ve built together is the game I play almost every night.
      One of the best things about developing Heroes is the fact that this team is not afraid to try new things while always striving to learn and grow. It’s been part of our DNA from the very beginning, and it’s through years of experimentation that we’ve hit our stride both as a development team, and as a game. This is possible because Heroes has an exceptional development team of both Blizzard veterans and fresh faces who are all highly engaged with the game we’re making, and the players we’re making it for.
      It’s in this spirit of trying new things that I want to let everyone know that a few months ago, I accepted an opportunity to transition off my role as Heroes’ game director to heed Blizzard’s call and begin a new adventure elsewhere within the company. The game director has always been one part of the overall leadership team that drives Heroes forward and it’s been a privilege to work among some of the best game developers at every level on the team all the way up to our production director, Kaéo Milker. Leaving a team and game that I love is incredibly difficult, but seeing the steady strength, creativity, and commitment that Kaéo and the design, engineering, and art leadership teams consistently bring to Heroes has given me more than enough confidence to make this decision. I trust that the game is in the very best hands and their work these past few months has only reinforced my belief.
      They’ve released awesome new heroes like Yrel, Whitemane, Mephisto, and now Mal’Ganis, while building on the themed content drops that let the team do fun things that only Heroes can do. They brought the smackdown (plus my favorite mount, the Luchihuahua!) with Nexomania, finally brought an epic slice of Azeroth into the Nexus with the Alterac Pass Battleground, and joined the Raven Lord’s forces with the Fall of King’s Crest. On top of that, the team has also released awesome reworks like Raynor and Brightwing while adding exciting updates like third ban and Team League improvements. With so many awesome content and feature updates, you can see why I believe that the team has brought us the best year of Heroes of the Storm so far.
      And they’re not done yet. Heroes has one of the most passionate and dedicated development teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and they have a ton of exciting new content in development. I can’t wait for you all to see what they have in store for the rest of this year and beyond. You can bet that I’ll be right there enjoying it with you as it’s released, too. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that Heroes is in a great place and I promise that it’s in the hands of the best possible people to continue driving it forward. Kaéo and the Heroes team are people who play almost every night who also happen to get to work on making the game what it is today. With our continued input and support, they’ll keep doing what they do best by making Heroes of the Storm the most awesome game it can possibly be.
      I just want to sign off by saying thank you to all of you. I’ve had an incredible time working on this game and seeing you bring the battlegrounds to life every day. I’m so grateful for the enthusiasm you’ve brought to Heroes and all the changes you’ve encouraged us to make. I know the team deeply appreciates the feedback you share, so please keep it coming—and as always, I’ll see you in the Nexus!
    • By Stan
      Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of October 16 and features Yrel, Chromie, Chen, and more.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: October 16, 2018
      Malfurion Valla Gazlowe Johanna Thrall Dehaka Lúcio Falstad Li-Ming Alarak Yrel (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Tassadar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Chromie (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Stan
      Heroes of the Storm Highlights are back with a brand new episode of WTF Moments!
      Episode 114 starts with Sgt. Hammer catching an escaping Sylvanas with her Concussion Mine, Alarak absorbing Kaelthas' Pyroblast for Blaze, killing him with Discord Strike, and more.
      Let us know your favorite moment in the comments below and don't forget to submit your replays here for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode! of WTF Moments.
      Previous Episodes
      WTF Moments Episode 113 WTF Moments Episode 112 WTF Moments Episode 111
    • By Stan
      Hero sales for next week include Rexxar and Zul'jin. Various skins will also become purchasable with gems starting October 16.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Heroic Deals: October 16 – October 23, 2018
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, October16! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.
      Upcoming Hero Sales
      Zul’jin— Sale Price: 375 gems Rexxar — Sale Price: 250 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      Emberlord Zul’jin Covert Raider Rexxar Dark Nexus Alarak Toxic Love Doctor Morales Golden Cyberdemon Zarya Violet Roller Derby Nova Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Shadowmoon Hellboar Copper Cloud Serpent