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The latest Heroes of the Storm patch is now available for playtesting on PTR until next week. Check out the full patch notes!

Content

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Ranked Play

Third Ban
  • A third Hero ban has been added to draft modes as part of the initial ban phase.
    • During the initial ban phase, teams will alternate until each has banned two Heroes.
    • Ban and pick times have been adjusted in order to offset the addition of the new ban.
  • The number of level 5+ Heroes required to participate in Hero League has been increased from 14 to 16 to ensure players will always have a Hero available if they pick last.
Rank Point Decay
  • Diamond, Master, and Grand Master Hero League players who have placed in the current season but haven’t completed any games in a while will be considered “inactive”.
  • Once a player becomes inactive, they will receive a small amount of rank and MMR decay each day until they complete one Hero League match.
    • Diamond, Master, and Grand Master each have their own threshold for inactivity.
    • Players can earn additional “grace period” days by regularly playing Hero League matches during the current season.
  • Inactive players can avoid decay and regain active status by playing a single Hero League match to completion.
League Inactive Days Before Decay Extra "Grace Period" Days
Diamond 20 10
Master 15 10
Grand Master 10 10

Seeding Changes

  • Players who enter ranked play for the first time can no longer be seeded into placement matches higher than Gold 5.
  • Players who return to Hero League after an extended break will no longer be re-seeded into placement matches based on their performance in other modes.

Hero League Matchmaking Changes

  • Ratings Rather Than Points
    • For Master and Grand Master players, the Master-level players they are matched with and against are now determined by skill rating, and rank points no longer play a role.
      • This should provide better experiences for players of very high skill levels who start playing later in a season.
      • These players’ games should have allies and opponents of more consistent skill levels, which also match their own.
  • Match Quality Restrictions and Notifications
    • Players below Master who have waited fewer than three minutes in queue will not be placed into any matches that are outside of the game quality restrictions that would have been used if the match had been formed around that player.
    • Players will now receive a notification in the UI when these quality restrictions are expanded in order to help them find a match more quickly.
  • Stricter Rank Difference Requirements
    • Master and Grand Master players will now only be matched with allies and opponents who are within 1 division of their own ranks. This means:
      • Master players can be matched with players who are either ranked Diamond 1 or Grand Master, but never both.
      • Grand Master players will not be matched with players below Masters.
    • This restriction will not loosen for players in Europe and North America. However, it can loosen for players in other regions after they have waited in queue for 1 hour.
  • Stricter Rating Differences
    • Master and Grand Master players now have narrower ranges of acceptable skill ratings for the players they are matched with. For example:
      • It is extremely unlikely that a top Grand Master player will be matched with a Master who is on the cusp of demotion to Diamond.
      • If a Master player is placed into a Grand Master game, it is because that player’s skill rating is very similar to that of the Grand Master players.
        • In this situation, the Master player’s ranked points have not yet caught up to their rating.

Battlegrounds

Mercenaries
  • Heroes can no longer Heal, Shield, or target allied Mercenaries with Abilities unless an Ability specifically states that Mercenaries are valid targets.

Alterac Pass

  • Ice Giants
    • Attack speed reduced by approximately 30%.
    • Neutral Ice Giant Attack damage increased from 240 to 312.
    • Captured Ice Giant Attack damage increased from 400 to 520.
  • Cavalry
    • The damage bonus provided by Cavalry units no longer scales with each completed event. The damage bonus provided by Cavalry units is now a flat 10%, and no longer scales with each completed event.

Battlefield of Eternity

  • Minimap
    • The Minimap icons that represent Immortals during an event have received updates.
      • The opposing Immortal now uses an icon depicting crossed axes, while the allied Immortal displays a shield icon.
      • This should help players more quickly identify which Immortal to attack and which to defend.

Braxis Holdout

  • Beacons
    • Now become contested immediately when Heroes from both teams are on the point.
  • Zerg Waves
    • The baseline zerg wave has been strengthened significantly.
      • This should encourage teams to split up in order to defend against an incoming zerg wave, rather than send all five players to attack with an allied wave.
  • Beacon Progress Bars
    • The progress bars in the lower-right corner of the screen have received visual updates to coincide with the above changes.

Heroes

Assassin

Cassia

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Abilities
  • Blinding Light (W)
    • Now also deals 50 damage (+4% per level) to enemies in the target area.

Chromie

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Abilities
  • Time Trap (E)
    • Melee Heroes who can see a Time Trap can now use melee attacks to destroy it without triggering its effects.

Raynor

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Stats

  • Health increased from 1,302 to 1,450.
  • Health Regeneration increased from 2.71 to 3.02.
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 122 to 92.
  • Basic Attack range is now set to 6.5 and is no longer based on Raynor’s Trait.
  • Scaling increased from 4% to 5% per level.

Abilities

  • New Trait: Give ‘Em Some Pepper
    • Every 4th Basic Attack splashes in a small area and deals 125% more damage to the primary target.
  • Penetrating Round (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 240 to 220.
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50.
    • Additional functionality:
      • Slows enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 2 seconds.
      • Knockback distance is based on the target’s proximity to Raynor.
  • Inspire (W)
    • Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
    • New functionality:
      • Raynor and all nearby allied Minions and Mercenaries gain 30% Attack Speed and 10% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.
      • Casting Inspire resets Raynor’s Basic Attack cooldown.
  • Adrenaline Rush (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 30 to 45 seconds.
    • Mana cost increased from 0 to 75.
    • New functionality:
      • Heal Raynor for 25% of his maximum Health over 1 second. Raynor’s Basic Attacks reduce Adrenaline Rush’s cooldown by 0.5 seconds, doubled against Heroes.
  • Raynor’s Raider (R)
    • Health increased from 766 to 1,000.
    • Damage per missile reduced from 31 to 24.
    • Attacks per second increased from 0.8 to 2.
    • New functionality:
      • Summon a Banshee that assists Raynor. The Banshee deals 96 damage per second and regenerates 75 Health per second if it hasn’t taken damage in the last 4 seconds. Can reactivate to retarget or move the Banshee.
      • The Banshee respawns automatically after 45 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Seasoned Marksman (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Scouting Drone (Active)
      • Removed.
    • New Talent: Veteran Marksman (Trait)
      • Quest: Every time the primary target of Give ‘Em Some Pepper is a Hero, permanently increase its damage bonus by 0.75%.
    • New Talent: Ace in the Hole (Passive)
      • Deal 35% more damage to Stunned or Slowed enemies.
    • New Talent: Exterminator (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks deal 50% more damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters. This is increased to 100% while Inspire is active.
  • Level 4
    • Focused Attack (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Vigorous Assault (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Confident Aim (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Relentless Leader (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Fight or Flight (E)
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New functionality:
        • Reduce Adrenaline Rush’s cooldown by 10 seconds. Casting Adrenaline Rush grants 25 Armor for 4 seconds.
    • New Talent: Sustaining Rounds (Trait)
      • Give ‘Em Some Pepper heals Raynor for 3% of his maximum Health, increased to 6% is the primary target is a Hero.
    • New Talent: Behemoth Armor (Passive)
      • Gain 250 bonus maximum Health.
      • Quest: Every time Give ‘Em Some Pepper’s primary target is a Hero, gain an additional 5 maximum Health.
  • Level 7
    • Hamstring Shot (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Revolution Overdrive (W)
      • Removed.
    • Puttin’ On A Clinic (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • New Talent: Fuel the Rush (Passive)
      • While Inspire is active, increase Adrenaline Rush's cooldown reduction from Basic Attacks by 200%.
    • New Talent: Unstable Compound (Trait)
      • Increase the area of Give ‘Em Some Pepper by 15%, and enemies hit by it are Slowed by 10% for 3 seconds.
    • New Talent: Heavy Slugs (Active)
      • Activate to increase the distance of the next Penetrating Round by 30% and increase its Slow duration to 6 seconds. 30 second cooldown.
  • Level 13
    • Giant Killer (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Double-Barreled (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Steel Resolve (W)
      • Removed.
    • New Talent: Debilitating Rounds (Passive)
      • Decrease the cooldown of Penetrating Round by 3 seconds. While Inspire is active, Penetrating Round’s Slow is increased by 20%.
    • New Talent: Rallying Cry (W)
      • Increase the duration of Inspire by 1 second. Casting Inspire grants nearby allied Heroes 10% Movement and Attack Speed for its duration.
    • New Talent: Giddy-Up (W)
      • Gain 10% Movement Speed while mounted and unmounted. Inspire grants 10% more Movement Speed.
  • Level 16
    • Executioner (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Cluster Round (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Bullseye (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Give Me More (E)
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New functionality:
        • Increase Adrenaline Rush healing by 50%. While Inspire is active, gain 1 Basic Attack range.
    • New Talent: Paint Them Red (Q)
      • Increase the damage of Penetrating Round by 50% and heal for 100% of the damage it deals to Heroes.
    • New Talent: Bounty Hunter (Trait) (D)
      • If Give ‘Em Some Pepper’s target is a Hero, it deals an additional 3% of their maximum Health as damage and grants Raynor 10 Armor for 3 seconds.
      • Activate Give ‘Em Some Pepper to apply it to Raynor’s next Basic Attack. 40 second cooldown.
  • Level 20
    • Scorched Earth (R)
      • Removed.
    • A Card to Play (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Nexus Frenzy (Passive)
      • Removed.
    • Dusk Wing (R)
      • Increase the damage, Health, and leash range of Raynor’s Raider by 100%. When it dies, both Inspire and Adrenaline Rush are activated for free.
    • New Talent: Indomitable Resolve (R)
      • Give ‘Em Some Pepper lowers the cooldown of Hyperion by 5 seconds if the primary target is a Hero. Inspire grants Raynor Unstoppable for 2 seconds.
    • New Talent: Weak Spot Acquired (Trait)
      • An enemy Hero who is the primary target of Give ‘Em Some Pepper has their Armor reduced by 25 for 2 seconds.
    • New Talent: Execute (Passive)
      • Increase Attack Speed by 20%. Your Basic Attack damage is increased by 25% against targets below 50% Health.
LEVEL (TIER) Raynor Talents
1 (1) (!) Veteran Marksman (Trait) Ace in the Hole (Passive) Exterminator (Passive)
4 (2) Fight or Flight (E) Sustaining Rounds (Trait) (!) Behemoth Armor (Passive)
7 (3) Fuel the Rush (Passive) Unstable Compound (Trait) Heavy Slugs (Active)
10 (4) Hyperion (R) Raynor’s Raider (R)
13 (5) Debilitating Rounds (Passive) Rallying Cry (W) Giddy-Up (W)
16 (6) Paint Them Red (Q) Give Me More! (E) Bounty Hunter (Trait)
20 (7) Indomitable Resolve (R) Dusk Wing (R) Weak Spot Acquired (Trait) Execute (Passive)
  • (!) indicates a Quest Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.
Developer Comment: We're extremely excited to bring Raynor’s long-awaited rework to the Nexus! We've been reading and absorbing all the amazing feedback that you have sent us over the past year and think the new design will do him justice. We've massively increased his wave-clear potential with a new Trait and completely overhauled his Talent tree (one of the oldest in the game). Raynor mains should have a whole new set of tools to play around with while new users should still be able to pick him up and right-click their way to victory. We have been having a ton of fun with the changes and hope you do as well. As always, please send us any feedback you have and get ready to fill your enemies full of daylight!

Specialist

Azmodan

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Stats

  • Health reduced from 2,738 to 2,464.
  • Health Regeneration reduced from 5.7031 to 5.1328.

Abilities

  • General of Hell (Trait) (D)
    • Renamed to Demon Lieutenant.
    • New Functionality:
      • Summon a Demon Lieutenant at any allied Mercenary, Minion, or Azmodan Demon. The Lieutenant will cast Demonic Smite every 7 seconds, instantly killing an enemy Minion. Lasts 20 seconds. 60 Second cooldown.
      • Can now be cast on the Minimap.
      • Can be used while channeling All Shall Burn.
  • Globe of Annihilation (Q)
    • New Quest:
      • Hitting a Hero or killing a Minion within 1.5 seconds of being hit by Globe of Annihilation grants 2 Annihilation.
    • Reward:
      • Each stack of Annihilation increases Globe of Annihilation’s damage by 1, up to 400.
    • Greatly reduced the delay before impact warning effects appear.
    • Range reduced from 35 to 30.
    • Casting time reduced from 0.75 to 0.5625 seconds.
  • Demon Warrior (W)
    • Can now be cast while channeling All Shall Burn.
    • No longer has charges.
    • Demon Warriors now deal a small amount of damage to nearby enemies every second.
    • Health increased from 365 to 390.
    • Attack damage reduced from 37 to 28.
    • Attack range reduced from 1.5 to 1.
    • Movement Speed reduced from 4 to 3.6.
  • All Shall Burn (E)
    • New functionality:
      • Channel a beam of death on an enemy, dealing 136 damage per second for 2.5 seconds. If the Channel lasts its full duration, deal an extra 272 damage to the target.
      • Azmodan’s Movement Speed is reduced by 40% while Channeling.
    • Cooldown increased from 6 to 8 seconds.
    • Mana cost changed from 12 per second to a flat 30 Mana.
    • Range reduced from 7 to 6.
  • Demonic Invasion (R)
    • New Functionality:
      • Rain a small army of Demonic Grunts down on enemies, dealing 65 damage per impact. Grunts deal 42 damage, have 750 Health and last up to 8 seconds. When Grunts die they explode, dealing 65 damage to nearby enemies.
    • Grunt Health increased from 365 to 750.
    • Grunt Health now decays over 8 seconds.
    • Grunt attack damage reduced from 51 to 42.
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 90 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 60.
  • New Heroic Ability: Tide of Sin (R)
    • Activate to make the next Globe of Annihilation cost no Mana and deal 50% more damage. 30 second cooldown.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Taste for Blood (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Sieging Wrath (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Gluttony (Q)
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the number of stacks of Annihilation gained by hitting Heroes with Globe of Annihilation from 2 to 3.
        • Quest: After gaining 200 Annihilation, each enemy hit by Globe of Annihilation reduces its cooldown by 0.25 seconds, doubled against Heroes.
    • New Talent: Greed (Q)
      • Increase the timeframe in which Minion kills grant Annihilation from 1.5 to 3 seconds.
      • Quest: After gaining 200 Annihilation, the damage Globe of Annihilation deals against Minions and Mercenaries is increased by 20%.
    • New Talent: Wrath (Q)
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes under 75% Health grant 1 Annihilation.
      • Quest: After gaining 200 Annihilation, hitting a Hero with Globe of Annihilation increases the damage of Azmodan’s next Basic Attack against them within 4 seconds by the amount of Annihilation he has.
  • Level 4
    • Hellish Hirelings (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Army of Hell (W)
      • New Functionality:
        • Summon Demon Warrior spawns an additional Demon, but its cooldown is increased by 10 seconds.
    • Hellforged Armor (W)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • New Functionality:
        • Demon Warriors and Lieutenants gain 35 armor and last 4 seconds longer.
    • Battleborn (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New Functionality:
        • Azmodan’s Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Summon Demon Warrior by 0.5 seconds and Demon Lieutenant by 1 second.
  • Level 7
    • Infernal Globe (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Bound Minion (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Gluttonous Ward (Active)
      • Removed.
    • Master of Destruction (E)
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New Functionality:
        • All Shall Burn’s final damage applies to all enemies in an area around the target and grants 2 Annihilation per Hero hit.
    • New Talent: Bombardment (Q)
      • After casting Globe of Annihilation, Azmodan’s Basic Attacks within the next 3 seconds have an additional 2.75 range and can hit 2 additional targets. Hitting Heroes with Basic Attacks empowered by Bombardment grant 1 Annihilation.
    • New Talent: Art of Chaos (Q)
      • If Globe of Annihilation hits 2 or more Heroes, restore 25 Mana. If it hits 3 or more Heroes, gain an extra 5 Annihilation.
  • Level 13
    • Hedonism (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Infused Power (E)
      • Removed.
    • New Talent: Brutish Vanguard (W)
      • Demon Warriors gain 25% increased Health and Slow nearby enemies by 20%.
    • New Talent: Cydaea’s Kiss (Q)
      • Reduces the Channel time of All Shall Burn by 0.5 seconds. If All Shall Burn’s Channel lasts its full duration against a Hero, Azmodan is healed for 5% of his maximum Health.
    • New Talent: Chain of Command (Trait) (D)
      • Demon Lieutenants also grant 25% increased damage to nearby friendly Minions, Mercenaries, and Azmodan’s summoned Demons.
  • Level 16
    • Demonic Smite (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Sin for Sin (Active)
      • Removed.
    • Forced Recruiment (D)
      • Removed.
    • Sin’s Grasp (E)
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality:
        • Increases the range of All Shall Burn by 20%.
        • If All Shall Burn channels for its full duration on a Hero, its cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds.
    • New Talent: Hell Rift (E)
      • If the channel lasts its full duration, a Demon Warrior is summoned at your target and your Demon Warriors deal 100% increased damage for 4 seconds.
    • New Talent: Total Annihilation (Q)
      • Globe of Annihilation deals additional percentage based damage to Heroes.
  • Level 20
    • New Talent: Siegebreaker (R)
      • Azmodan’s Demons deal 50% increased damage to Structures.
    • New Talent: Black Pool (R)
      • Globes of Annihilation empowered by Tide of Sin also leave a Black Pool at their impact location for 5 seconds. Enemies within the pool lose 8 Armor per second, and take 56 damage per second.
    • New Talent: Pride (Q)
      • After gaining 400 Annihilation, Globe Of Annihilation’s area is increased by 15% and its damage is increased by 100.
    • New Talent: Trample (Active)
      • Activate to charge a short distance, dealing 240 damage and Slowing enemies caught in the path by 60% for 1 second. 60 second cooldown.
LEVEL (TIER) Azmodan Talents
1 (1) (!) Greed (Q) (!) Gluttony (Q) (!) Wrath (Q)
4 (2) Army of Hell (W) Hellforged Armor (W) Battleborn (Passive)
7 (3) Art of Chaos (Q) Bombardment (Q) Master of Destruction (E)
10 (4) Demonic Invasion (R) Tide of Sin (R)
13 (5) Brutish Vanguard (W) Cydaea’s Kiss (Q) Chain of Command (Trait)
16 (6) Total Annihilation (Q) Hell Rift (E) Sin’s Grasp (E)
20 (7) Siegebreaker (R) Black Pool (R) Pride (Q) Trample (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Quest Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Underlined text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Support

Alexstrasza

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Abilities

  • Life-Binder (R)
    • Now also heals Alexstrasza and her target for 100 Health per second during channeling.

Collection

New Bundles and Skin Packs

  • The following new bundles will soon become available for a limited time:
    • Heroes of the Dorm 2018 Bundle – Available starting the week of July 10 until July 23.
    • Raiders of Warchrome Bundle – Available starting the week of July 10 until August 6.
  • The following new skin packs will become available the week of July 10 until August 6:
    • Dominus Vile Azmodan Skin Pack
    • Diesel Speaker Nazeebo Skin Pack
    • Roadraider Raynor Skin Pack

Warchrome Skins

  • Azmodan
    • Dominus Vile Azmodan
    • Hazardus Vile Azmodan
    • Machinus Vile Azmodan
  • Nazeebo
    • Diesel Speaker Nazeebo
    • Hexplug Diesel Speaker Nazeebo
    • Neon Diesel Speaker Nazeebo
  • Raynor
    • Roadraider Raynor
    • Ghostly Roadraider Raynor
    • Nameless Roadraider Raynor

Additional New Skins

  • Arthas
    • Ruby Frostwyrm Arthas
    • Stromgarde Prince Arthas
  • Azmodan
    • Champion Azmodunk
  • E.T.C.
    • Fel E.T.C.
    • New Glam Metal E.T.C.
  • Gul’dan
    • Shadowmoon Gul’dan
  • Kerrigan
    • Champion Cheerleader Kerrigan
  • Li-Ming
    • Champion Striker Li-Ming
  • Samuro
    • Fel Burning Blade Samuro
    • Draenor Burning Blade Samuro

New Mounts

  • Celestial Billie
    • This Mount will be granted to players the first time they purchase gems using real money following the release of this patch.
  • Helldorado
    • Helldorado
    • Ghostly Helldorado
    • Nameless Helldorado

Bug Fixes

General

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

Art

  • Diablo: Will no longer appear to face the wrong direction while walking after Shadow Charge is interrupted.
  • Malthael: Fear the Reaper’s icon art in the buff bar now correctly matches its icon art in the Talent pane.

Battlegrounds

  • Haunted Mines: Fixed an issue that could cause the Grave Golem in the Mines to stop issuing Basic Attacks and casting its Root Ability when defending against nearby Heroes.
  • Warhead Junction: Visual effects created by Boss and Podling Abilities are no longer visible through the Fog of War.
  • Try Mode: Changing the Enemy Hero setting to None and then using the Set Level button no longer causes an enemy Hero to spawn.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Abilities: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities, like Stukov’s Lurking Arm, could be unintentionally canceled immediately after casting.
  • Alarak: Deadly Charge will now always fire in the direction the player clicked, instead of the direction Alarak was facing when the Ability was cast.
  • Alexstrasza: Can no longer use Cleansing Flame to switch between the upper and lower levels of Haunted Mines.
  • Alexstrasza: Fixed an issue that could cause Cleansing Flame to fail if it was cast in the same moment that Dragonqueen was ending.
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue in which the Plate of the Whale Talent required more Basic Attacks to be absorbed per Health Regeneration stack than intended.
  • Deckard: Can now correctly use Healing Potions while affected by Zarya’s Graviton Surge.
  • Deckard: Canceling Stay Awhile and Listen no longer prevents the next source of damage from waking Sleeping enemies.
  • Diablo: No longer becomes unable to use any Abilities if Shadow Charge fails to cast.
  • Diablo: Fixed an issue that could prevent Diablo from using additional Abilities after casting Shadow Charge on an enemy who is using a dash, like Chen’s Flying Kick or Illidan’s Dive.
  • D.Va: Shift-queuing movement commands during Boosters no longer causes D.Va to become stuck indefinitely.
  • Garrosh: Can now correctly cast Into the Fray on Unstoppable allied Heroes.
  • Garrosh: Warlord’s Challenge no longer cancels Abilities that end upon taking damage, like Muradin’s Second Wind or Fenix’s Shield Capacitor.
  • Nova: After learning Anti-Armor Shells, the Target Info Panel now displays the correct amount of Basic Attack damage dealt.
  • Sleep: Damage over time effects that do not initially apply damage, like Gul’dan’s Corruption and Blaze’s Combustion, will now correctly wake Sleeping enemies.
  • Stukov: Healing Pathogen’s timer is no longer visually removed if the target becomes Polymorphed.
  • Takedown Credit: Fixed an issue in which takedown credit could still be granted to a Hero even if they left combat long before the target was killed.
  • The Butcher: Ruthless Onslaught’s visual effects will no longer persist on the target if they interrupt the Ability by entering Stealth.
  • Valeera: Sinister Strike’s targeting indicator now more closely matches the Ability’s area of effect.
  • Varian: Colossus Smash now moves Varian to a valid landing location, rather than placing him within a space that’s already occupied by the target.

Sound

  • Sonya: The La Pantera Sonya skin no longer plays sword impact sound effects when attacking Structures.

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Finally, third ban and no more re-seeding. They changed trait's name?! Did not expect that, but that means rework video is outdated 😛

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3 minutes ago, Arcling said:

Finally, third ban and no more re-seeding. They changed trait's name?! Did not expect that, but that means rework video is outdated 😛

People hated the trait name and ranted about it on Reddit.

Idk if I like the new trait name, but I suppose it's better than the old on which was bloody awful.

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Can't wait to put my hands on the new Raynor. I knew this event would come with Azmo and Raynor's skins.

HotS dev team is awesome. They might not always get it right, but it seems they are always paying attention to the community.

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6 hours ago, Stan said:

Melee Heroes who can see a Time Trap can now use melee attacks to destroy it without triggering its effects.

What does this mean? It's hit box is increased or you can go closer?

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Means that now attacking the trap with a melee attack won't freeze you anymore, before only ranged auto attacks or skills coulda destroy it, if you attempted to attacking the trap in melee you couldn't since it activated.

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      The latest content patch comes with a new Nexus Anomaly, the long-awaited Tassadar rework, AI improvements, matchmaking changes for GM and Masters, and more. Check out the full patch notes for more details!
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      The new Nexus Anomaly revolves around Structures. Structures will now focus on attacking offenders (enemy Heroes) instead of NPCs until they are dead or leave Tower range. Cannon Towers, Forts, and Keeps reduce Hero Armor by 5/10. Cores received new abilities unique to each Battlegrounds. The AI has been updated to resolve conflicts between tactical and goal systems. Tier 3 Mastery Rings have been added to the game. Players can now create up to three favorite talent builds per Hero and share them via in-game links. Master and Grand Master players are no longer restricted to queueing with only 1 player and players who are within 5,000 Ranked Points. New Dark Nexus Skins will become available in the game. Tassadar has been reworked into a Ranged Assassin. Blizzard (Source)
      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until the week of April 13, PDT. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
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      Nexus Anomaly General Collection Heroes Bug Fixes Nexus Anomaly - A Call For Help
      We’ve heard feedback over the years that a lot of you would like to feel more protected by nearby friendly structures. Currently, Minions, Summons, and non-Heroic units can hold a structure’s attention for so long that defending players feel that they’re offered no additional protection when taking refuge under their Cannon Towers, Forts, Keeps and Cores. In order to address this issue, we will be making the following changes to structures:
      Cannon Towers, Forts, Keeps and Cores
      A beam is now created from these structures to their targets, making it easier to see what is being attacked at a glance. Allied Heroes of the structures who are being attacked by enemy Heroes will cause the structure to focus the offender until the offender is dead or leaves tower range. A bright beam indicates that the structure is defending an ally Hero and is focusing on the beam target. Structures reset targeting when the Call for Help target becomes invalid. Structures reset targeting logic when they recover from being disabled. Cannon Towers, Forts and Keeps
      Damage to Heroes increased by 10%. Attacks reduce Hero Armor by up to -40. Cannon Tower attacks reduce enemy Hero Armor by 5. Forts and Keeps attacks reduce enemy Hero Armor by 10. Forts and Keeps no longer slow enemy Heroes. New Core Abilities
      We want fights around the Core to feel like exciting ends to cap off great games, and we feel like we can do more to deliver on that front. To that end, this Seasonal Nexus Anomaly will introduce themed abilities to non-ARAM Battleground Cores: Battlefield of Eternity Every 8 seconds, the Core will spawn 2 volleys of Frozen Orbs that explode, dealing 5% maximum Health as damage and Rooting enemy Heroes hit for 1.5 seconds. Blackheart’s Bay Every 4 seconds, the Core will shoot a cannonball at 2 nearby enemy Heroes, dealing 5% maximum Health as damage, slowing them by 70% for 1.5 seconds, and knocking them back. Braxis Holdout Every 4 seconds, the Core will shoot 5 missiles at a nearby enemy Hero, dealing 5% maximum Health as damage per missile. Cursed Hollow Every 3 seconds, the Core will spawn a Curse under a nearby enemy Hero. If they are Cursed, they take 5% maximum Health as damage and their Armor is reduced by 75 for 4 seconds. Dragonshire Every 6 seconds, the Core will throw 2 boulders at a nearby enemy Hero. Heroes hit are turned to stone, damaged for 5% of their maximum Health, and Stunned for 1.75 seconds. Garden of Terror Every 5 seconds, the Core shoots a seed under a nearby enemy Hero. When the seed explodes, Heroes inside are Polymorphed for 3 seconds. Hanamura Every 8 seconds, the Core fires 2 volleys of missiles around it, dealing 5% maximum Health to enemy Heroes and slowing them by 70% for 1.25 seconds. Infernal Shrines Every 8 seconds, the Core will spawn 2 volleys of Frozen Orbs that explode, dealing 5% maximum Health as damage and Rooting enemy Heroes hit for 1.5 seconds. Sky Temple Every 23 seconds, the Core will spawn 2 sets of 6 tornadoes which swirl around it, dealing 25 damage to enemy Heroes and knocking them back. Tomb of the Spider Queen Every 5 seconds, the Core will shoot a Death Wave, dealing 5% maximum Health as damage to enemy Heroes and slowing them by 70% for 1.25 seconds. Volskaya Every 6 seconds, the Core shoots 3 Rocket Fists at nearby enemy Heroes, dealing 150 damage and knocking them back. Warhead Junction Every 18 seconds, the Core launches a Nuke at a nearby enemy Hero, dealing 30% maximum health to enemy Heroes hit. Return to Top
      General
      Mastery Rings - Tier 3
      Get ready to show off your dedication to your favorite Heroes with the next level of Hero Mastery Rings! These new rings become purchasable once a Hero reaches level 50 and you already own the first and second rings for that Hero. A.I.
      A.I. trees have been refactored in order to reduce conflicts between the tactical and goal systems. Agents will attempt to stage and wait for backup around objectives before attempting to contest. Disconnected players will have their A.I. return to base and remain there unless they are pinged to follow. Follow behavior is the same for disconnected player A.I. and normal A.I. While following, the agent will attempt to fight while remaining close to their follow target, leashing back if they wander too far away. While following, the agent will mount or use their Hearthstone if their follow target uses their mount or Hearthstone. Adjusting A.I. Healing Well goal health threshold from 75% to 60%. Bringing an A.I. who is on follow close enough to Doubloon turn-in on Blackheart's Bay, Soul Gem turn-in on Tomb of the Spider Queen, or a healing fountain will cause the A.I. to interact with them appropriately if they are able. Favorite Talents
      Create your favorite talent builds Players can pick their favorite talents on the talent panel from Hero select or draft screen. In order to favorite a talent, simply click the talent. Once it's selected, you can click the talent again to unselect it. Players can create up to 3 builds per each Hero and can activate one build at a time. To switch to a different build, click the build buttons shown on the top of the talent panel. If any significant change happens to a talent tier due to a balance patch, the selection for the tier will be reset. Share your favorite builds You can generate a hyperlink for a talent build by clicking the cog menu next to talent build buttons on the Hero select screen. If you paste this link on the chat, it shows as a hyperlink in the chat history. If you left click the link, it shows the preview of the talent build. By right clicking the link, you can copy the link to your clipboard or directly save it to your Hero's corresponding build slots. The format of the talent hyperlink is as follows. [T1231231,Lucio] In-Game & End of the match screen A favorited talent will display a favorite icon on top of it. You can switch the build in the middle of the game based on your strategy. For the future tiers, you can adjust your favorites by clicking the talent button in the same way you would do in the Hero select screen. All changes made in game are saved. After game ends, you can use the cog menu on the talent tab to copy other players' talent builds. Storm League
      Matchmaking Changes for GM & Masters Master and Grand Master players are no longer restricted to queuing with only one other player. Master and Grand Master players are no longer restricted to queuing with players who are within 5000 ranked points. Made some changes to matchmaking rules that should improve the quality of matches for Master and Grand Master players. Experience
      Floating Combat Text for experience earned from killing blows now has a unique purple color and displays at the position of the killed unit. Floating Combat Text from experience earned from Experience Globes remains unchanged. Experience Globes
      Pickup Radius increased from 1.5 to 1.75. Experience Globes that are actively travelling to a Hero will attempt to follow more closely. US Region Selection
      After looking at the causes for North American players' longer wait times and instances of not queuing together, we are bundling matchmaking for our US regions together. This will only happen for players if they have good pings to both sites, and our simulations have shown that we can create better games faster this way. If you don't experience this, please let us know! Return to Top
      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!)
      Fragments of the Dark Nexus Bundle Dark Nexus Harbingers Bundle Dark Nexus Deathwing Bundle Dark Nexus Fenix Bundle Dark Nexus Tassadar Bundle Dark Nexus Beast Pack Caldeum Complex Bundle New Skins
      The following skins will be available for a limited time: Dark Nexus Deathwing Shattered Dark Nexus Deathwing Forgotten Dark Nexus Deathwing Awakened Dark Nexus Deathwing Astral Dark Nexus Deathwing Dark Nexus Fenix Imperial Dark Nexus Fenix Awakened Dark Nexus Fenix Eldritch Dark Nexus Fenix Astral Dark Nexus Fenix Dark Nexus Tassadar Forgotten Dark Nexus Tassadar Awakened Dark Nexus Tassadar Eldritch Dark Nexus Tassadar Astral Dark Nexus Tassadar Dark Nexus Gul’dan Entropic Dark Nexus Gul’dan Sadistic Dark Nexus Gul’dan Dark Nexus Alarak Astral Dark Nexus Alarak Awakened Dark Nexus Alarak New Mounts
      The following mounts will be available for a limited time: Dark Nexus Beast Shattered Dark Nexus Beast Forgotten Dark Nexus Beast Wild Dark Nexus Beast Awakened Dark Nexus Beast Astral Dark Nexus Beast Astral Dark Nexus Hound Awakened Dark Nexus Hound Astral Dark Nexus Manta Awakened Dark Nexus Manta New Content
      Several new portraits, sprays and other items have been added to the collection for a limited time! Return to Top
      Heroes
      Tassadar Rework

      Trait
      Resonance Beam Tassadar’s Basic Attack is a long range channeled beam that deals 14 damage every .25 seconds and Slows its target for 10%. While channeling, your Basic Attack damage and Mana Regeneration increase by 25% a second, to a maximum of 100% bonus. While fully charged, gain an additional 3 mana per second. This bonus is lost after 6 seconds of not channeling. Basic Abilities
      Shock Ray [Q] After a .375 second cast, channel a fast moving electric beam that deals 280 damage and slows all enemies in a line by 25% for 2 seconds. Mana: 55 Mana. Cooldown: 7 seconds. Psionic Storm [W] Create a storm of psionic energy at the targeted location, dealing 38 damage every .5 seconds to enemies within its area for 3 seconds. This damage increases by 10% for each consecutive hit, to a maximum of 50% increased damage. Mana: 60 Mana. Cooldown: 8 seconds. Force Wall [E] After a .5 second delay, create a wall that blocks all units from moving through it for 2 seconds. Mana: 70 Mana. Cooldown: 21 seconds. Heroic Abilities
      Archon [R1] Transform into a powerful Archon, gaining 40% of your maximum health as a shield and empowering Basic Attacks for 12 seconds. Empowered Basic Attacks deal more damage, splash in a small area, and reduce the Spell Armor of Heroes by 20 for 2 seconds. While in Archon form, Resonance Beam is fully charged. Mana: 100 Mana. Cooldown: 90 seconds. Black Hole [R2] After a .5 second cast, launch a Black Hole that travels in a long line. While travelling, the Black Hole quickly pulls enemy Heroes towards its center. Touching the center deals 310 damage and stuns for 1.25 seconds. Mana: 80 Mana. Cooldown: 70 seconds. Talent
      Level 1 Static Charge [Q] Quest: Heroes hit by Shock Ray permanently increase its damage by 4 and grant 33% Resonance Beam charge. Maximum of 200 additional damage. Psi-Infusion [W] Increase Psionic Storm’s range by 33%. Each non-structure enemy hit by Psionic Storm restores .5 mana, increased to 5 against Heroes. Khaydarin Amulet [Trait] Quest: Resonance Beam charges 50% faster. Reward: After remaining at full charge for 80 seconds, Resonance Beam bounces to hit 1 additional target for 50% damage. Reward: After remaining at full charge for 160 seconds, Resonance Beam bounces to hit 2 additional targets for 50% damage. Level 4 Induction [Q] Casting Shock Ray increases Tassadar’s move speed by 15% for 3 seconds. If an enemy Hero is hit, increase this bonus by 10%. Electric Fence [E] Enemies near Force Wall take 46 damage every .5 seconds and are slowed by 35%. Plasma Shield [Trait] While Resonance Beam is fully charged, gain a shield equal to 3% of max health every second. Stacking up to 15% maximum health. Level 7 Beam Alignment [Q] When Resonance Beam is fully charged, your Basic Attack range is increased by 1 and the cooldown of Shock Ray refreshes 100% faster. Psionic Echo [Q/E] Casting Psionic Storm causes your next Shock Ray within 3 seconds to cost 30 mana and create a Psionic Storm on the first Hero it hits. Arc Discharge [Trait] After reaching full charge, the next instance of Resonance Beam damage creates a Psionic Storm at the target’s location. This effect has a 20 second cooldown that decays twice as fast while Resonance Beam is at full charge. Level 13 Feedback [W/Trait] On targets afflicted with Psionic Storm, Resonance Beam’s slow is increased to 60% and it also reduces Physical Armor by 25. Shadow Walk [Active] Activate to gain unrevealable Stealth, 40% movement speed and 25 Armor for 1.5 seconds. 60 second cooldown. Can be cast while channeling Shock Ray or Black Hole. Oracle [Active] While stationary, gain 30 Spell Armor for .75 seconds and heal for 12 health each second. Activate to channel for up to 4 seconds, revealing a gradually increasing area anywhere on the map. 45 second cooldown. Level 16 Thermal Lance [Q] The first enemy Hero hit by Shock Ray takes 8% of their maximum health as damage. Psychic Shock [W] Psionic Storm deals damage 25% faster. Executor’s Will [Active] Activate to gain full Resonance Beam charge, 15 Spell Power, and cause Ability cooldowns to refresh 25% faster. This effect lasts as long as Resonance Beam is fully charged. 60 sec cooldown. Level 20 Twilight Archon [R1] Basic Attacks while in Archon form increase its duration by 2 seconds. Kugelblitz [R2] Each Hero hit by Black Hole creates a Psionic Storm at their location. Force Barrier [E] Increases the range of Force Wall by 50%, its duration by .5 seconds, and reduces its cooldown by 10 seconds. Khala’s Gift [Passive] Gain 4 spell power for yourself and each nearby ally Hero, up to 20. Your total bonus is shared with all contributing allies. Xul

      Base
      Health reduced from 2200 to 2080. Health Regeneration reduced from 4.58 to 4.33. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Toy Train Mount Worgen Greymane, Metamorphosis Illidan, Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, Odin Tychus, and Archon Tassadar can no longer mount as a caboose on the Toy Train. Heroes
      Fixed an issue where various Physical Armor buffs were not appropriately reducing damage from non-Heroic targets. Arthas Army of the Dead Ghouls no longer stop following Arthas when affected by certain abilities. Deathwing Deathwing's Energy tooltip while in Dragonflight now is correctly called Energy instead of Mana. Garrosh Fixed an issue where Garrosh would fail to throw moving targets. Imperius Imperius' Flash of Anger will now properly trigger if it kills a target. Clarified Flash of Anger's tooltip to reflect that it deals damage to the target as well as all targets around them. Fixed an issue where players were unable to issue attack commands while using Celestial Charge, causing them to auto-acquire nearby targets. Nazeebo Crowd Control effects on Nazeebo's Zombie Wall with Dead Rush no longer causes Zombie Wall to become unresponsive. Stukov Fixed an issue where Weighted Pustule was removed by Unstoppable. Tracer Fixed an issue where Tracer's A.I. would sometimes stop using her weapons to auto-attack targets. Xul Fixed an issue where Corpse Explosion did not link to an ability in the Death Recap. Zarya Zarya's To the Limit no longer causes Zarya's weapon beam to appear shorter at certain energy levels. Return to Top
      Tassadar has been reworked and there's a new Nexus Anomaly coming in the latest patch.
    • By Stan
      It's time for a new event or Hero to enter the Nexus and Blizzard today posted the first teaser on Twitter with Orphea's father Oberon, the Raven Lord.
      Do you think we'll see another Nexus-born Hero next or what does the Raven Lord have to do with the Greek Gods event?
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    • By Stan
      This week's brawl is Braxis Outpost. It comes with disabled Hearthstones and no healing at spawn.  As with every brawl, the goal is to destroy the enemy Core to claim victory and you will receive a New Toy Chest after playing three games.
      Blizzard (Source)
      This week’s Heroes Brawl is Braxis Outpost! A single-lane battleground set in the Koprulu Sector, it will be up to your team to survive in the lane and take down the enemy core, without the aid of Hearthstone or their Hall of Storms. Good luck, have fun!
      Rules:
      Shuffle Pick Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the battle on Braxis Outpost. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose! ARAM Rules Players cannot use Hearthstone Players do not heal at their starting location. (Hall of Storms) Cores have no shields Mercenary Camps Braxis Outpost features two mirrored Goliath & Raven mercenary camps. Be the first team to take down the enemy Core to claim victory! Rewards:
      Complete three matches of Braxis Outpost to earn a New Toy 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
      Here come the April Fools PTR patch notes that were posted on the official forums by Sami. The amount of time spent on them to make them look legit is really crazy and I can very well imagine some of the changes going live in the game. Read on for details!
      Blizzard (Source)
      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until April 8th. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.

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      New Hero: Mercy Nexus Anomalies General Heroes Bug Fixes
      New Hero: Mercy (Healer)
        A guardian angel to those who come under her care, Dr. Angela Ziegler is a peerless healer, a brilliant scientist, and a staunch advocate for peace.
      Valkyrie Armor [Trait]
      Regenerate 2% of your maximum Health per second after not taking any damage for 4 seconds. Healing Stream [Q]
      Heal an ally for 100 Health per second as long as they are in range. Reactivate to switch targets, or activate your Trait to cancel channeling. Mercy cannot Basic Attack or use Guardian Angel while channeling and 1 second after stopping so. Damage Amplifier [Q]
      Grant an ally 25% attack speed and 10% Spell Power as long as they are in range. Reactivate to switch targets, or activate your Trait to cancel channeling. Mercy cannot Basic Attack or use Guardian Angel while channeling and 1 second after stopping so. Caduceus Staff [W]
      Change between one of the two abilities for Mercy’s Caduceus Staff.
      Healing Stream: Heal an ally for 100 Health per second.
      Damage Amplifier: Grant an ally 25% attack speed and 10% Spell Power.
      Guardian Angel [E]
      Mercy flies towards a heroic target passing through all enemy units. Cannot pass through terrain. Mass Resurrection [R1]
      Channel for 2.5 seconds, reviving all nearby fallen spirits of dead allies back to half of their health, each fallen spirit that gets revived increases Mass Resurrection cooldown by 150 seconds up to 600 seconds. Mercy can use Guardian Angel to fly toward fallen spirits, while channeling for 2.5 seconds Mercy is revealed and has 25 reduced armor taking 25% more damage. [Passive] Each time Mercy heals or amplifies damage reduce Mass Resurrection max cooldown by 0.4%. Valkyrie Mode [R2]
      For the next 10 seconds, Guardian Angel recharges 200% faster and Caduceus Staff spreads to nearby allies from the primary target, secondary targets receive half of the effects of the current Caduceus Staff mode. Return to Top

      Nexus Anomalies
      Nexus Anomalies are seasonal gameplay changes that directly affect all game modes in Heroes of the Storm. These events will last the entire season, allowing us time to receive feedback on them. Depending on this evaluation, some of them may become permanent additions to the game, while others may just be a limited time event.
      The second Nexus Anomaly has arrived! In order to make game experiences better for the majority, we’re changing how Quick Match works since its our current most played mode. Players will no longer be able to queue to any hero they desire and instead play Unranked draft.
      Quick Match
      Renamed to Draft Match. Players will no longer be able to queue with any hero they want, instead they will be sent to a draft where they have to pick their heroes before the game starts. Unranked
      Removed. Return to Top

      General
      The victorious team is now rewarded with 10 Shards on top of the previous rewards, vs AI and Brawl matches grant 5 shards. Toys 2 Event
      Toys 2 Event has been extended to April 28, 2020, PT. Storm League
      Players who are Master and higher can play solo only. Players who are Diamond can play in a group of 2. Players who achieve Bronze 5 with 0 scored points will be unable to play Storm League for a week, afterwards they are automatically set to Bronze 3, doing so multiple times would increase the duration to Permanent. Design
      2+ Vehicles & type-heroes now count more than one hero, affecting abilities and stacks granted. This change affects Cho’Gall, Triglav Protector and The Lost Vikings. Return to Top

      Heroes
      TANK BRUISER SUPPORT HEALER MELEE RANGED Blaze Dehaka Abathur Ana Maiev Azmodan Diablo D.Va Medivh Anduin Illidan Chromie E.T.C. Sonya The Lost Vikings Li Li Qhira Genji Garrosh Thrall Tassadar Uther Samuro Nova Mal'Ganis     Whitemane Valeera Li-Ming           Tracer  
      Tank

      Blaze
      Abilities
      Bunker Drop (R) Health increased from 1435 to 1440. Cooldown increased from 70 to 75. Mana cost increased from 70 to 75. Pyromania (D) Additional Functionality: Damage dealt to None-Structures applies Afterburn stack that deals 7 damage per second and lasts for 3 seconds, can be stacked 5 times, Afterburn deals twice the damage against Heroes. Talents
      Level 7 Crossfire (Q) Additional Functionality: Hitting an enemy with both streams of Flame Stream increases Afterburn damage by 50%, this effect can stacks twice and lasts until the enemy has no Afterburn stacks. Level 20 (New Talent) Blaze It (Passive) Afterburn now deals triple the damage against Enemy Heroes, heroes who take 420 damage from Afterburn are stunned for 1 seconds then Blinded, Silenced and have their vision reduced for 2 seconds, can only occur once every 15 seconds for each Enemy Hero. Return to Top

      Diablo
        Level 13 Devastating Charge (Q) No longer increases Shadow Charge’s Terrain Collision damage. Armor reduction increased from 15 to 20. Additional functionality: Reduces healing received by 50% for 4 seconds. Return to Top

      E.T.C.
      Level 20 Death Metal (Passive) Now is an Active Adjusted Functionality: Upon channeling for 1 second, E.T.C. dies and cast Mosh Pit in its place. [Passive] Enemy heroes who get stunned with Mosh Pit while dead reduces E.T.C.'s Death Timer by 15 seconds up to 60 seconds per stunned hero. [Passive] Upon dying cast Mosh Pit that lasts 2 seconds. Return to Top

      Garrosh
      Abilities
      Wrecking Ball (W) Cooldown increased from 16 to 18. Mana cost increased from 60 to 75. Decimate (R) Bonus damage against Heroes increased from 100% to 200%. Talents
      Level 1 Unrivaled Strength (E) Additional Functionality: Basic attacks against heroes reduces Wrecking Ball’s cooldown by 1 second. Level 16 Rough Landing (Q) Additional Functionality: Groundbreaker’s edge now slightly pull Heroes back to Garrosh but no longer stun and Wrecking Ball cooldown increased by 2 seconds. Renamed to Unbalanced Landing. Return to Top

      Mal’Ganis
      Stats
      Health reduced from 2500 to 2395. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.21 to 5. Abilities
      (New Ability) Connected Vampirism Cast Connected Vampirism on an Ally, while they are above 75% health basic attacks against Enemy Heroes from allies causes Mal’Ganis to steal 1% of their Allies maximum health, Allies with Connected Vampirism receive 10% of the damage dealt by Mal’Ganis as healing, this healing effect is doubled against Enemy Heroes. Talents
      Level 20 Wrath of Nathreza (R) Damage dealt to nearby targets reduced from 75% to 50%. Additional Functionality: Casting Dark Conversion applies Connected Vampirism for nearby Allies for 3 seconds. Allies with Connected Vampirism only benefit from the primary target. Return to Top

      Bruiser

      Dehaka
      Talents
      Level 20 (New Talent) Mutation (Q) After successfully hitting a hero with Drag receive a random Basic Ability from them, can be used once. Cannot receive unit target abilities that requires an ally. Essence Claws (Passive) Removed. Return to Top

      D.Va
      Stats
      Mech health increased from 2000 to 2200. Mech health regeneration increased from 4.168 to 4.5848. Pilot health reduced from 1109 to 960. Pilot health regeneration reduced from 2.5664 to 2.2071 Abilities
      Boosters (Q/Mech Mode) Cooldown increased from 9 to 10. Additional functionality: If D.Va doesn’t take nor deal damage during Boosters, lower the cooldown by 5 seconds. Defense Matrix (W/Mech Mode) Cooldown increased from 10 to 11. Cooldown starts immediately upon casting Defense Matrix. Call Mech (E/Pilot Mode) Cooldown reduced from 45 to 40. Bunny Hop (R) Cooldown reduced from 90 to 70. Damage dealt increased from 60 to 72. (New Ability) Micro Missiles (R) Launch 20 explosive rockets over 2 seconds dealing 30 damage and 15 for nearby targets. 15 seconds cooldown Big Shot (R/Pilot Mode) Now baseline Damage reduced from 250 to 194. Call Mech’s cooldown reduction reduced from 8 to 5. Mechanized Walker (Z) Adjusted functionality: While in her Mech, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her base movement speed is reduced by 15% while basic attacking or using Basic Abilities. Talents
      Level 1 Rush-down (Q) Removed. Hit the Nitrous (Q) Additional functionality: Knockback distance of Boosters is increased by 100% for the first 0.5 seconds of casting Boosters. Pro Moves (Trait) Adjusted functionality: D.Va’s Mech gains 1% Movement Speed for 1.25 second every time she takes damage, up to 15%. [Quest] Damage 20 enemy Heroes with Boosters. [Reward] D.Va’s Mech basic attacks and basic abilities now reduce her movement speed by 10%. Crash Course (Q) Removed. Level 4 Diverting Power (W) Movement speed reduction increased from 30% to 35%. Get Through This! (W) Removed. Fusion Generator (W) Move to level 7. Bring It On (E) Removed. Level 7 Coming Through (Q) Removed. Dazer Zone (W) Slow increased from 20% to 25%. Moved to level 13. Nuclear Option (E) Adjusted functionality: Increase Self-Destruct damage by 50% but Mech explosion delay is increased by 1, Self-Destruct’s Charge amount gained from losing Mech Health is increased by 30%. Level 13 Expensive Plating (Trait) Removed. Level 16 Torpedo Dash (Q) Moved to level 1. Nanoweave Suit (Trait) Armor increased from 50 to 75. Moved to Level 4. Suppressing Fire (Trait) Removed. (New Talent) Exposing Weaknesses (W) Enemy heroes who are affected by Defense Matrix have their armor reduced by 10, taking 10% more damage. Level 20 Pew! Pew! Pew! (R) Damage reduction per shot reduced from 50% to 35%. Moved to 16. Concussive Pulse (W) Moved to level 4. (New Talent) Focused Fire (R) Each 4th consecutive hit on the same hero increases the next micro missile damage by 200%. (New Talent) Nerf This! (E) Firing Big Shot on your Mech causes the Mech to explode in 1 second, but Call Mech cooldown gets increased by 6 seconds, this duration cannot be reduced by Big Shot.   Level (Tier)   D.Va TALENTS     1 (1) Hit the Nitros (Q) Torpedo Dash (Q) (!)Pro Moves (Trait)   4 (2) Diverting Power (W) Concussive Pulse (W) Nanoweave Suit (Trait)   7 (3) Aggression Matrix (W) Fusion Generator (W) Nuclear Option (E)   10 (4) Bunny Hop Micro Missiles     13 (5) Dazer Zone (W) Ablative Armor (Trait) Emergency Shielding (Trait)   16 (6) Exposing Weaknesses (W) Pew! Pew! Pew! (R) GG, WP (Trait)   20 (7) Nerf This! (E) MEKAfall (E) Focused Fire (R) Stop and Pop (R) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent. Return to Top

      Sonya
      Talents
      Level 13 (New Talent) Passive Aggressive (Passive) After not taking damage or dealing Basic Attack damage for 1 second, increase your next basic attack damage by 20% every 0.25 seconds up to 300%, if Sonya attacks an enemy with 300% damage increase generates 30 Fury. [Passive] While out of combat for 3 seconds Sonya loses 5 Fury per second. Return to Top

      Thrall
      Talents
      Level 1 Rolling Thunder (Q) New Functionality: [Passive] Increase the number of Chain Lightning bounces by 1. Casting Chain Lightning on an Enemy Hero causes the next heal from Frostwolf Resilience to heal 5% of Thralls Maximum Health over 5 seconds, this heal refreshes if Thrall is healed by Frostwolf Resilience while its active. Return to Top

      Support

      Abathur
      Talents
      Level 7 Calldown: MULE (Active) Removed. (New Talent) Spawn Drone (Active) Spawns a Drone in a visible location targeting the nearest Fort or Keep (regardless of being destroyed) and morphs into a Hatchery. Hatcheries slowly repairs all structures nearby by 25 health every second and spawns a Roachling and 2 Zerglings every 25 seconds, Hatcheries have 750 health and lasts 60 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown. Level 20 (New Talent) Evolved For Combat (Passive) Increase Abathur’s Basic Attack damage by 100%, basic attacks against enemy heroes grabs a stack of Biomass, each stack of Biomass increases Abathur basic attack by an additional 100% and reduces Abathur’s respawn time by 10 per stack up to 50 seconds. Return to Top

      Medivh
      Abilities
      Ley Line Seal (R) Cooldown reduced from 80 to 75. Talents
      Level 7 Arcane Explosion Additional functionality: Increases Force of Will cooldown by 1. Level 20 Medivh Cheats! Additional functionality: Reduces Ley Line Seal cooldown by 6 per hero hit while restoring 5% of your maximum mana. Can now be redirected twice. Return to Top

      The Lost Vikings
      Stats
      Baleog Health increased from 1180 to 1095. Health Regeneration increased from 2.46 to 2.22. Basic Attack damage increased from 78 to 73. Erik Health increased from 840 to 767. Health Regeneration increased from 1.75 to 1.6. Basic Attack damage increased from 65 to 60. Olaf Health increased from 1540 to 1424. Health Regeneration increased from 3.21 to 2.97. Basic Attack damage increased from 57 to 52. Return to Top

      Tassadar
      Stats
      Basic Attacks damage increased from 15 to 34. Basic Attacks now deal as Spell Damage. Abilities
      (New Ability) Feedback (Active) Steal 90% of the enemy hero’s current mana and deal 102 damage on top of the amount of mana that was stolen over 3 seconds, enemy heroes who are affected by Feedback regain half of their stolen mana over 9 seconds. [Passive] Spell damage reduces Feedback cooldown by 0.5 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown, 75 mana cost. Talents
      Level 1 Templar's Will (Passive) New functionality: Tassadar Basic Attacks against heroes deal 1% of their maximum health and reduces Feedback’s cooldown by 1 second. Level 13 Adun's Wisdom (Trait) Cooldown charge rate increased from 75% to 100%. Additional Functionality: While Oracle is active, Feedback cooldown reduction from spells is quadrupled. Level 16 Focused Beam (Trait) Adjusted functionality: Oracle duration increase by 1, basic attacks deal 0.5% of the heroes maximum health, while Oracle is active, deal an additional 1.5% of the heroes maximum health. This damage stacks with other similar effects. Return to Top

      Healer

      Ana
      Talents
      Level 7 Anti-Healer (W) Additional functionality: All damage dealt and crowd control effects are 50% more effective against Healers and Supports. Night Terrors (E) Adjusted functionality: During sleep and for the 2 seconds after, their vision is greatly reduced, their map is disabled and non visible areas are replaced with a black fog. Return to Top

      Anduin
      Abiltiies
      Leap of Faith Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60. Now can pull enemies. Return to Top

      Li Li
      Abilities
      Healing Brew (Q) Healing increased from 175 to 212. Now a skillshot. Cooldown increased from 4 to 5. Blinding Wind (E) Now hits all targets in a radius of 4 in an arc in front of Lili. Damage reduced from 133 to 119. Talents
      Level 1 Free Drinks (Q) Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 2.5. Health threshold increased from 50% to 60%. Level 7 The Good Stuff (Q) Healing increased from 42 to 50. Level 13 Mass Vortex (E) Adjusted Functionality: Increase Blinding Wind’s arc and range by 25%, Blinding Wind deals 50% additional damage for 2 Heroes hit and 25% additional damage for each additional hero. Level 16 Two For One (Q) Adjusted functionality: Upon healing a hero with Healing Brew, share a drink with the nearest target (prioritize heroes) to that hero, if there are no targets nearby the healing effects are doubled. Pick Me Up (Q) Adjusted functionality: Healing Brew grants 15% movement speed for 1 second. Return to Top

      Uther
      Abilities
      Devotion (Trait) Armor reduced from 25 to 15. Armor duration reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds. Additional functionality: [Quest] Heal and prevent 60,000 damage to you and allies with your basic abilities. [Reward] After accumulating 60,000 healing and damage prevented Uther acquires Redemption.
      Redemption: After Eternal Vanguard ends, Uther revives at the spirits location with half of his health restored. This effect has 300 seconds cooldown, everytime Uther heals and prevent damage reduces Redemption cooldown by 1 second. Holy Light (Q) Healing reduced from 362 to 340. Healing received for healing allies reduced from 181 to 170. Additional functionality: [Quest] Heal and prevent 15,000 damage to you and allies with Holy Light. [Reward] After accumulating 15,000 healing and damage prevented with Holy Light, Holy Light mana cost reduced by 20, range increased by 25% and cooldown reduced by 2 seconds. Holy Radiance (W) Healing reduced from 177 to 160. Damage dealt reduced from 177 to 160. Additional functionality: [Quest] Heal and prevent 15,000 damage to you and allies with Holy Radiance. [Reward] After accumulating 15,000 healing and damage prevented with Holy Radiance, damaging or healing Heroes with Holy Radiance refunds 5 Mana and reduces its cooldown by 0.5 second. Talents
      Level 1 Silver Touch (Q) Removed. Wave of Light (W) Removed. (New Talent) Faith (Trait/Quest) [Quest] Heal and prevent 60,000 damage to you and allies with your basic abilities. [Reward] After accumulating 60,000 healing and damage prevented, Devotion grants 10% additional armor and duration increased by 1 second. (New Talent) Divine Haste (Trait) Devotion grants 10% movement for 2 seconds. Level 7 Guardian of Ancient Kings (Trait) Adjusted functionality: Healing a Hero that is Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced doubles the Armor amount they receive from Devotion. Level 16 Benediction Cooldown increased from 60 to 90. Now resets all abilities upon activation. Level 20 Redemption Removed. (New Talent) Unstoppable Justice (Trait) Uther can use Holy Radiance during Eternal Vanguard, each hero healed or hit by Holy Radiance or Flash of Light increases Eternal Vanguard duration by 0.25 seconds. Return to Top

      Whitemane
      Stats
      Health increased from 1400 to 1498. Health regeneration increased from 2.9218 to 3.126326. Basic Attack damage 62 to 69. Abilities
      Desperate Plea (Q) Mana cost increased from 45 to 60. Mana increase per stack of Desperation reduced from 45 to 40. Healing amount increased from 140 to 160. Inquisition (W) Cooldown increased from 12 to 13. Scarlet Aegis (R) Duration reduced from 4 to 3. Armor increased from 40 to 60. Healing amount increased from 250 to 275. Divine Reckoning (R) Mana restored from damage dealt reduced from 25% to 20%. Zeal (Trait) Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30. Armor reduction increased from 25 to 30. Clemency (Active) Cooldown increased from 12 to 13. Now removes all stacks of Desperation upon casting, each removed stack restores 50 mana. Talents
      Level 4 Unwavering Faith (Q) Adjusted functionality: Increase Whitemane’s Basic Attack range by 1. Whitemane gains 10% increase damage dealt for each active Zeal buff. Level 13 Lashing Out (E) If Searing Lash’s second strike hits an enemy Hero, reduce its cooldown to 1 second and increase the next Searing Lash damage by 25% per hero hit up to 50%. Saintly Greatstaff (E) Damage reduced from 55 to 40. Mark duration increased from 3 to 4. No longer removes the mark after the first basic attack. Return to Top

      Melee Assassin

      Maiev
      Abilities
      Vault of the Wardens (D) Cooldown increased from 13 to 14 seconds. Additional functionality: Deals 15% more damage to Illidan. Talents
      Level 16 Cruel Chain (W) New functionality: Umbral Bind grants 25% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds, and its pull damage is increased by 30% for each tethered target beyond the first, up to 120%. This is a reversion of the reversion to Cruel Chain’s last functionality. Return to Top

      Illidan
      Abilities
      Betrayer's Thirst (D) Additional functionality Now grants immunity to Blind. Vision is greatly reduced. Deal 15% less damage to Maiev. Return to Top

      Qhira
      Talents
      Level 20 No Sanctuary (Passive) Removed. (New Talent) You are Already Dead Casting Blood Rage reduces healing received by 50% for all affected heroes, if the affected heroes are below 10% they die instantly instead. Return to Top

      Samuro
      Stats
      Health reduced from 1725 to 1656 Health regeneration reduced from 3.5898 to 3.4462 Basic Attack damage reduced from 102 to 96. Return to Top

      Valeera
      Talents
      Level 16 Thistle Tea (Active) Cooldown increased from 40 to 60. Additional functionality: Now increases all damage dealt by 20% for 4 seconds. Level 20 (New Talent) Cold Blood (E) Activate to increase the damage of Valeera’s next Evicerate by 80%. Return to Top

      Ranged Assassin

      Azmodan
      Talents
      Level 16 Trample (Active) Range increased from 6 to 7 Damage increased from 275 to 295. Additional Functionality: Enemy Heroes that die within 2 seconds of being hit with Trample reset the cooldown. Return to Top

      Chromie
      Abilities
      Sand Blast (Q) Maximum amount of Sand Echoes increased from 1 to 10. Sand Echoes Abilities and Basic Attack damage reduced from 40% to 10%. 15 mana cost, 2 seconds cooldown. Dragon's Breath (W) New Functionality: Launch 8 blasts into the air that land every 0.25 seconds in a large area randomly, dealing 153 damage each. Dragon’s Breath Impact Radius increased from 2 to 2.5. Cast range increased from 13 to 16. 50 mana, 10 seconds cooldown. Temporal Loop (R) Adjusted Functionality: Choose an enemy Hero. After 3 seconds, they are teleported back to the location where Temporal Loop was cast on them, during that time Sand Blast cooldown has been removed and Dragon’s Breath has been set to 1.5 seconds. Cooldown increased from 50 to 60. Talents
      Level 1 Once Again the First Time (Q) Adjusted Functionality: Upon quest completion increases Sand Echoes damage by an additional 10% and allows Chromie to spawn 2 more additional Sand Echoes. Quest completion stacks increased from 40 to 60. Level 18 Stuck in a Loop (R) No longer increases recharge rate. Return to Top

      Genji
      Stats
      Basic attack damage increased from 44 to 48. Return to Top

      Nova
      Stats
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      Li-Ming
      Talents
      Level 4 Triumvirate (W) Removed. (New Talent) Ess of Johan (W) If Arcane Orb hits an enemy Hero after traveling at least 85%, they are pulled toward its center. Level 7 Zei's Vengeance Damage reduced from 30% to 25%. Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 3. Calamity (E) Damage reduced from 300 to 290. Level 13 Glass Cannon (Passive) Maximum health reduction reduced from 15% to 10%. Level 16 Arcane Orbit (W) Travel distance reduced from 25% to 15%. Additional Functionality: Increases distance travel damage by 15%. Return to Top

      Tracer
      Stats
      Basic attack damage reduced from 26 to 25. Talents
      Level 1 Slipstream (E) Adjusted functionality: Recall cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds, but the amount of time Recalled is reduced by 1 seconds. Level 7 Jumper (Q) Removed. Bullet Time (Q) Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Blink by 0.05 seconds, this gets tripled against Heroes. Spatial Echo (Q) Removed (New Talent) Space Sickness (Q) Activate to increase your next Blink range by 75%, heroes that are caught through that blink are stunned for 0.5 seconds. 25 seconds cooldown. (New Talent) Time Paradox (Q) Blink grants 1 stack of evasion that lasts for 0.5 second, can only have 1 stack. Level 13 Bullet Spray (W) Additional functionality: Reduces Tracer’s Melee cooldown by 2 seconds. Level 16 Focus Fire (Trait) Adjusted functionality: For every 5th basic attack on the same target, increase all damage dealt by Tracer to them by 5% up to 15%, lasts 2.5 seconds, basic attacks refresh this duration. Level 20 Get Stuffed! (W) No longer reduces Melee’s cooldown. Return to Top

      Bug Fixes:
      Fixed an unexpected search result in queues resulting in insanely fast games being found in 5 ~ 15 seconds in QM. Fixed an issue where Whitemane Skeletal Mesh “Legs” Component would stretch more than intended. Tracer’s “Recall” no longer causes a time paradox and duplicate herself on the battlefield followed by a server crash for that match. Fixed an Anub’Arak in the game. Tracer’s Melee no longer misses the target. Samuro can no longer swap while in the Hall of Storms. Thrall’s “Earthquake” no longer makes Sky Temple fall out of the sky. Fixed an issue where Mercy deal a surprising amount of damage, unintentionally. Probius’s “Warp Rifts” no longer disable the map’s lightning while they are inside the player’s screen. Multiple multiplicative fixes for multiple abilities that grants Spell Power and Physical Damage multipliers. Brightwing’s Polymorphs no longer replaces the victims texture with the animal they were turned into. Rehgar going back from Spirit form no longer causes to displace one of his shoulders for the rest of the match in Orc form. Infinite Quests Fixed the occurrence of dealing infinite damage due going below 0 points and overflowing the value. Fixed an issue where the player can go lower below 0 stacks on a quest. Fixed an issue where players can receive negative stacks on their quests. Fixed an issue where Probius cannot play his death sounds. Lucio no longer plays “It’s Everyday Bro” while having Speed Boost active with Crossfade. Models no longer randomly T-pose in replay mode. Leoric no longer spawns a tower when he dies, again. Multiple fixes for UI in replay mode. Several AI fixes and improvements. Return to Top
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