Stan

Lunara & Diablo Gameplay Updates (Official Preview)

6 posts in this topic

B4IVOX27IZ3I1525992907703.jpg

Here's the official preview of the two Hero updates that will go live next week.

Feel free to check out our posts covering individual reworks or the latest patch notes for a complete overview of all changes.

Useful Links

Blizzard LogoBlizzard (Source)

Launching on the PTR with today's (5/14) patch, we’re galloping into some devilish updates for both Lunara and Diablo. Read on for a high-level description of what’s changing, while you discover why we are excited for you to get your hands on these new and improved versions of the First Daughter of Cenarius and the Lord of Terror.

Lunara

Getting Back to the Roots of the First Daughter of Cenarius

Our goals for this gameplay update are two-pronged: First, we wanted to add some additional gameplay to Lunara’s WispWisp ability and consolidate some WispWisp talents into something that we felt was a more interesting choice. Our second goal was to expand the playstyles available to Lunara by injecting more power into her Talent options. However, with adding so much more power into her talents, we’ve had to slightly reduce some of the power in her core abilities. We’ve had a blast testing Lunara in our internal playtests, and we’re excited to release her new and improved version into the wild!

Talent Preview:

btn-ability-lunar2018-spellc.png

Combining the functionality of some of Lunara’s older WispWisp (E) talents, Sentinel Wisp now grants bonus vision range and reveals an area after remaining in a bush for a few seconds.

btn-ability-lunar2018-spellb.png

Lowering the cooldown of Crippling SporesCrippling Spores (W) if it’s cast while more than one enemy Hero is affected by Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin, Endless Spores rewards Lunara for dishing out damage to multiple members of the enemy team.

btn-ability-lunar2018-spella.png

Intensifying Toxin is Lunara’s new Level 20 Storm Talent option that drastically ramps up the damage of Nature's ToxinNature's Toxin once an enemy reaches 3 stacks.

Diablo

Some Devilishly Fun Changes for the Lord of Terror

Our aim with Diablo’s update was to give the Lord of Terror more direct control into his abilities, add some fun new gameplay options, and avoid compromising what we feel Diablo does best.  To accomplish our goals, we're putting more power directly into the hands of Diablo players by adding targeting to Fire Stomp. Additionally, we are allowing multiple fire waves to hit the same Hero, so with the right amount of mechanical prowess and coordination, you can now pull off those perfect combos.  We're also adding self-healing to Fire Stomp so that Diablo has a way of maintaining his own Health total without relying solely on his teammates and Healing Fountains.  To help with those problematic low-Takedown games, Diablo’s Level 4 Talents now allow him to collect Souls in interesting new ways, so that he can still make the most of his Trait, Black Soulstone.  There are a significant number of fun synergies and interactions between Talents across his tree, and we're excited to see what creative combinations players latch onto.

Talent Preview:

Medivh - Force of Magic.gif

Available at Level 1, Feast on Fear heals Diablo for 15% of his total Health over 4 seconds after stunning a Hero with OverpowerOverpower (E) or Shadow ChargeShadow Charge (Q).

btn-ability-lunar2018-spellb.png

Fire StompFire Stomp can now be fired in a cone, allowing Diablo to setup combinations for massive damage.

btn-ability-lunar2018-spella.png

Resetting the cooldown of Fire StompFire Stomp (W) with every cast of Shadow ChargeShadow Charge (Q) and OverpowerOverpower (E), Eternal Flames allows Diablo to wreak havoc in team fights with never-ending waves of fire.

We hope you’re as excited for these gameplay updates as we are. Be sure to stay tuned for next week’s patch notes to find out all the details. Until then, we’ll see you in the Nexus!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That level 1 heal is scary stuff on both sides. Rewards people for playing recklessly, lol.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Morcalivan said:

That level 1 heal is scary stuff on both sides. Rewards people for playing recklessly, lol.

that Rework is a Big Mana Drain for Diablo though

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Morcalivan said:

That level 1 heal is scary stuff on both sides. Rewards people for playing recklessly, lol.

All depends on if you lose more HP than you regen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 16.5.2018 at 7:19 AM, MvPKosT said:

GG BOIS NEW HEROES WILL BE DELAYED AGAIN BECUZ THIS THING

Surely redesigning old heroes is still a good thing? There's no point in adding new heroes if they can't balance the old ones properly. They might as well just start deleting/retiring heroes if they go down that route.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Oxygen
      Our twenty-fourth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of January is here!
      Welcome to Icy Veins's most belated Meta Tier List for the January 8 patch. The goal 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).
      Using the list
       
      Current ranked mode map rotation
       
      Meta picks
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Anub'arak↑↑ — — — — — — — Diablo (ban)↑               Garrosh (ban)↑                
      High-tier generalists
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer E.T.C. (ban) Artanis↑ Varian(ban) Genji (ban)↓ Raynor (ban) Jaina — Ana Mal'Ganis (ban)↓     Zeratul   Kael'thas   Malfurion               Tyrande↓  
      Mid-tier generalists
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Arthas Dehaka (ban) Alarak Tracer (ban) Cassia↓  Azmodan Abathur Alexstrasza Blaze Imperius (new) Kerrigan   Falstad↑ Gul'dan Zarya Auriel Johanna Sonya↓ Maiev   Fenix↓ Junkrat   Brightwing Muradin Yrel Malthael   Greymane Kel'Thuzad    Kharazim Stitches (ban)   Ragnaros   Hanzo (ban) Li-Ming-   Li Li Varian   Thrall   Lunara Mephisto   Lt. Morales↑     Varian   Sgt.Hammer (ban) Nazeebo   Lúcio↑         Tychus Orphea (ban)   Rehgar         Zul'jin Sylvanas   Stukov           Zagara   Whitemane↓  
      Low-tier generalists
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer — Chen Gazlowe Valeera Valla Chromie Medivh (ban) Deckard↓    D.Va Murky     Probius         The Butcher            
      Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)
      Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Cho'gall (ban) Leoric Illidan Nova — Cho'gall (ban) Tassadar Uther (ban) Tyrael Rexxar Xul Samuro     The Lost Vikings (ban)    
      Meta heroes define the metagame. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most drafts and matches.
      Generalists form the core of your team and are generally picked after Meta picks have been distributed. They tend to work on most maps, and as part of and against most team compositions. Since this group includes most heroes, I elected to split it into three tiers. High-tier rankings are a result of performance (i.e. win rates) and popularity (i.e. pick and ban rates). This means that heroes with high win rates can be set in low tier; the opposite may also be true.
      Situational picks shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions.
      Our Meta Tier List has been updated for the January patch!
    • By Stan
      Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of January 15.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 15, 2019
      Li Li E.T.C. Zagara Butcher Kael’thas Artanis Zul’jin Auriel Cassia Ragnaros Tassadar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Garrosh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Rexxar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Zeratul (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Stan
      This week's brawl is Industrial District, a single-lane Overwatch-themed battleground, with shuffle pick and standard play. The objective is to take down the enemy Core and you'll receive a Loot Chest once you complete three matches.
      Blizzard
      This week’s Heroes Brawl is Industrial District! Slide around and slug it out in the heart of Volskaya in this Overwatch-themed, single-lane Battleground featuring lots of conveyor belts and tons of action.
      Rules:
      Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
      Complete three matches of the Industrial District Brawl to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes 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 the Brawl game mode.
    • By Stan
      Medivh and Zeratul will be on sale next week for 375 Gems.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Heroic Deals: January 15 - 22, 2019
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, January 15! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.
      Upcoming Hero Sales
      Zeratul— Sale Price: 375 gems Medivh — Sale Price: 375 gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      Knight Owl Medivh Teal Ronin Zeratul Warsong Johanna Jungle Raven Sylvanas Exiled Crypt King Tassadar Upcoming Featured Mounts Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Toxic Demonic Hellstead Azure Nimbus Cloud
    • By Stan
      Crystalline Saddled Battle Beast has been added to the game in the latest content update alongside Imperius, and now, the mount can be purchased for 7,500 Gold.
      Do you like the mount? Let us know in the comments!