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BlizzCon 2018 rewards have been added to the game in the latest content update. Virtual Ticket holders will receive a mount, spray, banner, and portrait this year.

Nexus Razorgrin Mount

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BlizzCon 2018 Banner

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BlizzCon 2018 Spray (Cartoon Nexus Razorgrin)

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9 minutes ago, Haheisenberg said:

Funny how blizz pretends that someone cares about this game yet the token price doesn't move up by even one gold until WoW reward gets announced.

Why so negative? I, for my part, will take this news for what it is: A cool new mount announcement for HotS and not about WoW

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4 minutes ago, Istinon said:

Why so negative? I, for my part, will take this news for what it is: A cool new mount announcement for HotS and not about WoW

It's that mob mentality, very often when I see news about HotS somewhere people spam "no one cares about this game", "lul dead game" etc. Sadly, that even spread to Overwatch now. It's basically with every game that had surge of popularity at one point, but then lost many players or isn't in spotlight anymore.

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13 minutes ago, Arcling said:

It's that mob mentality, very often when I see news about HotS somewhere people spam "no one cares about this game", "lul dead game" etc. Sadly, that even spread to Overwatch now. It's basically with every game that had surge of popularity at one point, but then lost many players or isn't in spotlight anymore.

Every game that is at the end of its growth cycle has to deal with these comments. That does not necessarily mean the game is declining - it might just be that the game is stagnating - but it sure as hell isn't growing much anymore.

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25 minutes ago, Arcling said:

It's that mob mentality, very often when I see news about HotS somewhere people spam "no one cares about this game", "lul dead game" etc. Sadly, that even spread to Overwatch now. It's basically with every game that had surge of popularity at one point, but then lost many players or isn't in spotlight anymore.

It's more about blizz releasing an unfinished game which BfA certainly is (don't say it's not, even Icy Veins had an article titled "is wow in open beta?" which was quickly changed). I know those teams are not related but it still feels annoying to see any news from other game, knowing that a rushed expansion will be slowly fixed over time instead of being released later but actually completed. You may ask wouldn't the content draught be a problem if we waited some more time for a new exp? Well maybe if there were more resources put in the main game instead of another shitty, toxic, imbalanced game, then we would have mkore content or the new exp would actually be complete earlier. 

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Besides what I wrote above, let me say again that if a considerable amount of people cared about this, the token price would already skyrocket. You will see this if we get a nice mount for WoW as a ticket reward.

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57 minutes ago, Haheisenberg said:

Funny how blizz pretends that someone cares about this game yet the token price doesn't move up by even one gold until WoW reward gets announced.

I always wonder why toxic people take the time to comment negative stuff on forums about things they "don't care" about...

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30 minutes ago, Aasgier said:

Every game that is at the end of its growth cycle has to deal with these comments. That does not necessarily mean the game is declining - it might just be that the game is stagnating - but it sure as hell isn't growing much anymore.

That's true, usually if game is at least successful to a degree, it will get rather stable, albeit smaller playerbase. There is always a wave of players who will leave the game once it's "newness" wears out, usually that's when these comments start appearing.

@Haheisenberg Yes, BfA was released with plenty of unfixed bugs and unfinished content. As for token prices, some people play only WoW, so it's not going to increase just for HotS mount, which isn't even that unique, as it is a retextured model of already existing mount. Gold prices also skyrocket when there is new game on BN (like it was the case with Destiny 2). I guess mount for WoW will have a unique model, so more people will care.

 

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HotS is certainly not dead, but the playerbase feels low, especially if you play team league of unranked at night, you will be playing with the same people over and over and in team league queue times will be huge unless you will get into an extremely unfair match because there is no way around this.

IMHO, HotS worked only because it had Blizzard characters that we all love. It had some conceptual flaws (like shared XP, team dependent gameplay, inability to see your and enemy's MMR etc.) and if any other studio would've made the same game it would've been dead a long time ago. I'm not even talking about matchmaking since perfect matchmaking just wasn't invented yet and it impossible in a game like HotS (too many heroes, maps and other variables).

What I think happened is Blizzard was probably unhappy since they missed their golden chance with DotA and they decided to make their own DotA (if you remember, it was called Blizzard DotA for some time while in pre-prodution). Then they decided to make their vision of a MOBA game, different from MOBAs of the time (DotA, Dota 2, LoL, HoN, RoT, whatever), featuring their characters and lore.

HotS is probably the least profitable Blizz game (besides Diablo III of course), and it treated that way as well. I don't know how it is currently, but it used to be just a side project and an additional workload for Dustin Browder and his SC2 team. It really feels like this was indeed calculated and they perfectly know how much they are spending and what they are doing with their games. 

Also, they sort of cornered themselves with very weak customization and low micro-transaction incentives before HotS 2.0. They could've made much more money off the game if they'd thought of that before, like Gabe did with Dota 2.

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18 minutes ago, Kuarinofu said:

HotS is probably the least profitable Blizz game (besides Diablo III of course), and it treated that way as well.

It's above D3 for sure, and maybe SC2 too, since it also seems rather dead and mostly in maintenance mode. Also the fact that all new co-op commanders and skins are locked behind paywall, isn't attracting new players. Most casuals have abandoned this game, and those who are still playing it are mostly those following esports and/or those who are very competitive in ranked.

I actually like shared team xp in HotS, though many players coming from others mobas hated it and also complained that they couldn't play "solo", to carry whole team. All skins initially locked behind paywall certainly didn't help to attract more casuals, something like heroes 2.0 should have been there from the start. Agree that Blizzard was rather late with releasing this game (and originally it was even supposed to be a part of SC2 arcade), which is rather funny, because this genre started in W3. Another issue is that they initially advertised HotS as casual game, "hero brawler", but later started making changes for the sake of it becoming more "esport friendly" (shorter cc, burst damage being more prevalent than sustained etc.).

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5 hours ago, Arcling said:

Most casuals have abandoned this game, and those who are still playing it are mostly those following esports and/or those who are very competitive in ranked.

You guys are all just being echo chambers of each other... You're wrong.

HotS is not 'dead'.

It's not 'stagnate'.

It's not something that 'most casuals have abandoned'.

And it's not something that only esports and 'very competitive' players play.

All my friends who play HotS are casual players and we play just about every night together (about 10-15 of us). Most of them don't play much else games wise. This is pretty much their one thing they do other then tv/videos to past the time when off work. I play lots of video games myself, but I'm by NO means very competitive.

I rarely ever play ranked matches. I and many of my HOTS friends I game with all the time just do our placements in TL for the free mount. And placements in HL just to see how we stack up. And then don't worry with ranked for the rest of the season. I do have a few HotS friends that play ranked a lot on my friends list but they don't play as much with us more 'casual' players.

And trust me the majority of my friends on HotS are 'casuals' about it. We just enjoy playing the game with each other more then anything else. And getting to play with characters we find fun to play And playing a game that's fun and not got all the bullshit that LoL and DOTA do. Also most of my HotS friends have either never played LoL of DotA or only played it very briefly before trying HotS and MUCH preferring it to the competition.

 And I'm pretty sure money wise it's Overwatch/WoW/HotS/SC2/D3. But it could be that HotS is number 2 in profits for them behind Overwatch or WoW/Overwatch/HotS. but still either 2 or 3 in profits.

And don't even count Destiny 2 or CoD:BC4. Those games have NOTHING to do with the Blizzard studio teams. They are only on B.net by order of Activision (who own Blizzard) for a platform/launcher for them to be played on PC to bypass Steam. So Activision can make all the profits from the games rather then having to give a percentile of it to another service like Steam and the like. So rather then making another launcher they just started having stuff like that added to b.net. Plus it exposes those games to a user base on b.net that might not have thought about getting the games otherwise.

So yeah... you guys are just plain wrong about HotS. And like someone else said, if you don't like the game so much and think it's 'dead' why are you even on here talking about it / bad mouthing it to begin with.

It sounds to me like you guys are all just whining and crying cause you didn't get a fancy new toy that you wanted so now your bitching and complaining and calling your parents assholes for not giving you one. Rather 

Plus they're bonuses for buying the Blizzcon tickets in the first place. The point of bonus items isn't suppose to be the reason you buy something. The primary item is. If you don't give two shits about watching all the Blizzcon event stuff live on Twitch or YouTube or you don't plan on actually going to Blizzcon then don't worry about it. You can easily watch all the important stuff on YouTube soon after. And they run a bunch of the Esports event stuff for it on Twitch live during them without a ticket to watch for free too.

 Infact you should consider the fact that it's 'just a reskin' a good thing! Cause that means you didn't have to spend a SUPER high price just to get an ultra rare unique one time only item. 

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51 minutes ago, CyberDVonaven said:

You guys are all just being echo chambers of each other... You're wrong.

That part with casuals abandoning the game was about Starcraft 2. HotS is mostly casual, with GMs already complaining about long queues.

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That, and stagnating is not necessarily bad. Games can spend a long time in this phase of their life cycle (World of Tanks, for example, is around for slightly less than a decade now and has spent three quarters of its life in this stage).

A stagnating game is also not dead by any means - it means it is no longer growing rapidly in playerbase. But stagnation (HotS life stage) is far from a decline and even declining games are not dead.

Let's take another example from a game I played; Rise of Mythos. I remember when it was growing (for about 9 months after it came out, then it was stagnant for 9 months, then the game developers introduced completely broken bullshit and the game died off in another 6 (losing over 90% of its playerbase in that timeframe). This is what I would call a dead game, currently. It has gone through all of the phases in its life stage, suffered from a complete decline and queue times are through the roof.

Edit: Rise of Mythos, for those that don't know, is a Chinese card game. They tend to have relatively short life cycles, as the numbers here show, since Chinese game design philosophy does not care about longevity - it is all about milking consumers as quickly as you can.

 

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On 9/19/2018 at 6:49 PM, Arcling said:

That part with casuals abandoning the game was about Starcraft 2. HotS is mostly casual, with GMs already complaining about long queues.

Oh, ok. That makes fair more sense :).

In regards to the GrandMasters complains, I would assume that's an issue in any game with ladders at the highest levels of ranked play.

I know if I was Master or GrandMaster (which I'm far from either, but a can dream 😛 ) I would always just expect my queue times to be longer and longer the higher up in rank I got. It wouldn't exactly make much since for there to be a TON of GM players. It would kinda defeat the principle that so few are good enough to be a Grand Master in the first place.

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On 9/20/2018 at 4:32 AM, Aasgier said:

This is what I would call a dead game, currently. It has gone through all of the phases in its life stage, suffered from a complete decline and queue times are through the roof.

??? o_O? Are you a Master/GrandMaster or something? Queue times are just fine for me and my friends. They're only slightly longer then they've ever been for us.

The only time we have problems with it taking forever is when one of our Master rank buddies plays with us. Then it takes forever because our 5 person team has such differing ranks it makes it harder on the game to match us up to another 5 player team properly.

Also we play on NA and usually are all playing together at around like 2or3am-6or7am EST (mine and couple others) / 11pmor12am-3or4am PST (several others in our group). Cause one of our friends is in Australia (14hrs ahead of EST) and another is in Hawaii (6hrs behind EST) So at those times of night/morning it's gonna be less people on NA. Like when I'm still up playing at like 7am EST it usually takes longing then when I'm playing at like 2-3am to get a match. And it's obvious to me WHY it takes longer at these times. If I was playing around 5pm-9pm EST or so on a regular basis I'm pretty damn sure queue times would be very short comparatively.

So maybe you guys 'idea' of short and long queue times determining if a game is alive, growing, stable, or dead is flawed. Also I have to wonder what times you consider 'short' and 'through the roof' to begin with. And your basis of comparison as well. Cause the few times I've tried to play LoL in recents months, despite the game having such an I assume large player-base, I found my queue times on there to be longer or about the same as in HOTS for me.

ALSO AN IMPORTANT NOTE; Queue times have increased since they changed the way the system does it's matchmaking and how it tries to pair up players (and their choices of heroes in QM). They've talked about this in Dev blogs to the community. Which have been talked about/highlighted here on Icy Veins before. About how times would be longer when they implemented this change, but they felt that the increase in times would result in better matchmaking for the players. And how they would keep refining the system in the future as well to keep trying to get it to a better balance between the quality of matches versus time waiting for a match in queue. So this is something else you guys don't seem to be taking into account or remembering too.

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9 hours ago, CyberDVonaven said:

???

Reading is hard, appearantly.

I was talking about Rise of Mythos in what I would call a dead game. In Rise of Mythos you won't find a game often enough even when queuing for 20 minutes - and that is a mostly 1v1 game.

Heroes of the Storm is stagnating; its initial growth phase is over, but this game is far, far from dead. I tend to find games pretty quickly unless I'm in a 5-man trying to play the newest hero in QM or something. Not always, in off-times it can be 5 or 6 minutes easily (EU, Silver) but it's overall pretty doable. But stagnating it definately is; new players are not coming by the droves anymore, players are leaving because they think they have played the game long enough (not because they think it is a bad game, just because they have had enough of it), but also that the influx of new players is still enough to compensate for the players leaving.

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15 hours ago, Aasgier said:

I was talking about Rise of Mythos in what I would call a dead game.

Ahh, I see now. I thought you had moved from talking about RoM back to HotS in the same paragraph.

So ended up both of my defenses of comments on HotS in this thread ended up being me misunderstanding what subject each commenter was talking about at the time in their comment. ...I feel silly now...

I am glad that everyone is in agreement that HotS is doing well these days. Or at least doing well enough to sustain the game to continue for (hopefully) years to come. On a side note to that current sustaining success. I been watching the HGC matches today on Twitch and I noticed that the LoL EU Masters was also going on at the same time on the Riot Games channel. They were only 200 or so concurrent viewers apart with both being just shy of 18,000. With LoL having the slightly higher viewer count at the time I checked this afternoon. So that's great to see :). 

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8 hours ago, CyberDVonaven said:

Ahh, I see now. I thought you had moved from talking about RoM back to HotS in the same paragraph.

So ended up both of my defenses of comments on HotS in this thread ended up being me misunderstanding what subject each commenter was talking about at the time in their comment. ...I feel silly now...

I am glad that everyone is in agreement that HotS is doing well these days. Or at least doing well enough to sustain the game to continue for (hopefully) years to come. On a side note to that current sustaining success. I been watching the HGC matches today on Twitch and I noticed that the LoL EU Masters was also going on at the same time on the Riot Games channel. They were only 200 or so concurrent viewers apart with both being just shy of 18,000. With LoL having the slightly higher viewer count at the time I checked this afternoon. So that's great to see :). 

...Why would I move back to HotS in the same paragraph?

I won't blame you. I made the same mistake of misreading and misunderstanding things often enough, albeit on other forums. It's only a matter of time before I do it here too.

Yeah, HotS is not really in a bad place. The stories I have heard about Riot seemingly screwing up League of Legends can easily lead to a second growth phase for HotS too if they are remotely true. However, it does require that Blizzard gets its act together and gets rid of the bullshit elements (replacing Genji's Protected, Maiev's Vault, Chromie's Time Trap/Time Loop and Mephisto's Consume Souls would probably help a lot). We probably also need some more crazy heroes in terms of design, because those are what make HotS stand out in the first place.

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On 9/23/2018 at 6:00 AM, Aasgier said:

We probably also need some more crazy heroes in terms of design, because those are what make HotS stand out in the first place.

I agree with this for sure. I really do hope they go ahead with the rumored Mira Han & Matt Horner duo Hero. (picked like ChoGal but separate). And after reading the new comic that came out today (Tuesday Sep 25th) they could do a skin for it that's the Queen of Thorns' Daughter & Son too.

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On 9/19/2018 at 5:25 PM, Kuarinofu said:

HotS is certainly not dead, but the playerbase feels low, especially if you play team league of unranked at night, you will be playing with the same people over and over and in team league queue times will be huge unless you will get into an extremely unfair match because there is no way around this.

IMHO, HotS worked only because it had Blizzard characters that we all love. It had some conceptual flaws (like shared XP, team dependent gameplay, inability to see your and enemy's MMR etc.) and if any other studio would've made the same game it would've been dead a long time ago. I'm not even talking about matchmaking since perfect matchmaking just wasn't invented yet and it impossible in a game like HotS (too many heroes, maps and other variables).

What I think happened is Blizzard was probably unhappy since they missed their golden chance with DotA and they decided to make their own DotA (if you remember, it was called Blizzard DotA for some time while in pre-prodution). Then they decided to make their vision of a MOBA game, different from MOBAs of the time (DotA, Dota 2, LoL, HoN, RoT, whatever), featuring their characters and lore.

HotS is probably the least profitable Blizz game (besides Diablo III of course), and it treated that way as well. I don't know how it is currently, but it used to be just a side project and an additional workload for Dustin Browder and his SC2 team. It really feels like this was indeed calculated and they perfectly know how much they are spending and what they are doing with their games. 

Also, they sort of cornered themselves with very weak customization and low micro-transaction incentives before HotS 2.0. They could've made much more money off the game if they'd thought of that before, like Gabe did with Dota 2.

Have to disagree on pretty much every point you make, except that hots isn't dead. Sure the blizzard iconic characters helps the game but to suggest that shared xp and team fight focused gameplay are conceptual flaws is incorrect. There is only one reason why Hots isn't bigger, timing. It came out after dota2 and lol had already began to dominate the market and it's hard for people to give up thousands of hours of grind and to also relearn how to play. It's well known that lol and dota2 players that try hots are easily the worst players in the game as they simply can't wrap their heads around how the game works. Personally I could never fathom how badly designed lol and  dota2 are as games and they are only in the lead because they were to big to fail.

Where you really lose me is when you suggest Diablo 3 as being "least profitable" when it's the 10 best selling video game of all time, across all platforms, I wonder how you define profitable? 

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By profitable I mean the ability to make money with in-game microtransactions or in other way. Like they first did with RMAH, they can't do that any more anyway.

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      Level 1 Piercing Darts (E) Removed Grenade Calibration (W) Removed Contact Healing (W) Moved from Level 16 New Talent – Slumber Shells (E) If an enemy is affected by Sleep Dart, Ana gains 25% movement speed New Talent – Vampiric Rounds (Trait) Quest: Each time you stack max Doses on a target Hero, increase Shrikes self-heal by 1.5% Level 4 Air Strike (Active) Removed Aim Down Sights (D/Trait) Removed (New Trait Addition) Debilitating Dart (Active) Moved from Level 7 New Talent – Biotic Enhancements (W) Increase the bonus healing duration of Biotic Grenade by 50% and reduce its cooldown by 4 seconds Level 7 Temporary Blindness (E) Removed New Talent – Anti-Healer (W) Biotic Grenades area is increased by 100% and the duration of the Healing debuff is increased by 25% New Talent – Night Terrors (E) Upon waking, enemy Heroes take 8% of their Maximum Health in damage. If a Hero is not woken up early, set the cooldown of Sleep Dart to 6 seconds. Level 16 New Talent - Active Reload (Active) Activate to gain 3 charges of Healing Dart (60 second CD) Level 20 Ballistic Advantage (R) Removed Dynamic Shooting (Passive) Removed Somnolent Doses (Trait) Removed Custom Optics (Trait) Removed New Talent – Dead-Eye (R) The healing and damage of Eye of Horus is increased by 4% for every Hero hit. This resets after all shots have been fired. New Talent - Armored Stance (D/Trait) Increase Shrike’s damage by 50%. Gain 25 Armor while Aim Down Sights is active. New Talent – Dynamic Optics (D/Trait) Basic Attacks increase Attack Speed by 10% for 3 seconds, up to 100%. While Aim Down Sights is active, increase your Basic Attack Range by 4.
      Rehgar
      Abilities
      Ancestral Healing (R) Rehgar can now self-cast Ancestral Healing
      Whitemane
      Talents
      Level 4 High Inquisitor (W) Mana return per stack reduced from 75 to 50 Collection
      Purchasing and Crafting Changes
      All Skins and most Mounts in the collection are now available for purchase with Gems or crafting with Shards Seasonal and Limited-Time Offers will be purchasable and craftable with Gems and Shards when available NOTE: We will continue to offer Gold-only Mounts (Money Pig, Blackheart’s Doubloon, etc) and will continue to add new Gold-only mounts in the future There will no longer be Skins, Mounts, or Bundles that can only be purchased with Gems All existing Skins and Mounts that were previously only purchasable with Gems have been added to the collection for individual purchase or Shard crafting NOTE: Boosts will continue to be purchasable with Gems only All Skins and Mounts have had their price adjusted to fit into new Gem and Shard pricing tiers This will result in a price reduction for many items, with some exceptions Some skins have had their rarity adjusted to match the new Gem and Shard pricing tiers New Bundles
      The following new bundles are only available for a limited time! Join the Resistance Bundle Viper Returns Bundle Firestorm Blaze Skin Pack Deckard Pain Skin Pack Delta Hanzo Skin Pack New Skins
      Firestorm Blaze Red Hot Firestorm Blaze Atomic Firestorm Blaze Deckard Pain Infiltrator Deckard Pain Desert Ops Deckard Pain Delta Hanzo Blackout Delta Hanzo Veteran Delta Hanzo Badlands Imperator Stukov Badlands Sidewinder Ana Badlands Deathfang Genji Cryo Imperator Stukov Cryo Sidewinder Ana Cryo Deathfang Genji Paramour Pajamathur Abathur New Mounts
      D.E.R.P.A. Commando D.E.R.P.A. Desert D.E.R.P.A. Badlands Viper Dominator Flirty Cloud New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
      Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the game. Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed an issue causing Shields applied to non-Heroes to be applies towards Healing Score. Super Cleanse effects (Abolish Magic) will no longer remove delayed damaging effects (Consume Souls, Last Rites) Fixed an issue causing Time Stop and Stasis effects to remove Armor Vulnerability effects. Fixed an issue that could cause a player’s ready state to become locked if Ready and Cancel were pressed in rapid succession. Fixed an issue that could occasionally prevent players from pressing the ready button when using the Call of the Nexus Quick Match system. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Ana: Fixed an issue allowing cooldowns to tick down during Time Stop if the Hero is affected by Nano Boost. Cassia: Fixed an issue causing Lightning Fury to be invisible if it pierced a Hero at melee range. Cassia: Fixed an issue causing Fend to immediately cancel if cast immediately after Lightning Fury. Chromie: Slowing Sands will no longer slow Battleground vehicles (Dragon Knight, Triglav Protector). Deckard: Fortitude of the Faithful’s range indicator now matches the actual range of the ability. Deckard: Fixed an issue with how Potion of Revival benefits from spell power. (should now heal for more) Kerrigan: Fixed an issue preventing Sharpened Blades from granting kill credit against Heroes with post-death effects. Li Li: Fixed an issue that caused healing from Cloud Serpent to temporarily fail if the Blessing of Yu’lon talent was chosen while a Cloud Serpent was active. Maiev: Fan of Knives will now refund the correct amount of Mana. Maiev: Fixed an issue with Blade Dance’s visual effects blocking command inputs. Muradin: Fixed an issue preventing Thunder Burn from creating the secondary thunder clap if it lands the killing blow on the affected Hero. Nova: Fixed an issue causing Holo Decoy’s Snipe projectile to be destroyed mid-flight if the Decoy died. Nova: Triple Tap will now immediately cancel if the target becomes invalid immediately after starting the Triple Tap cast. Ragnaros: Fixed an issue allowing Ragnaros to immediately complete the Catching Fire quest if it was chosen during Molten Core. Rexxar: Fixed an issue preventing Rexxar from controlling Misha while silenced. Stitches: Fixed a number of issues caused by using Helping Hand on an allied Hero using a Channeled ability that grants Unstoppable. Stitches: Fixed an issue that could prevent Stitches’ Hook from landing at point blank range. Tyrande: The Shooting Star talent will no longer attempt to target Sand Tornadoes created by the Boss. User Interface
      Fixed an issue preventing critical healing effects from showing the Crit UI indicator. Adding and Removing favorite emojis will no longer cause the chat panel and emoji picker to close. In the latest update, skins can be purchased individually with Gems or Shards.
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      A new patch is available for playtesting on PTR until February 10. Abathur and Ana received talent reworks, Rehgar's Ancestral Healing can now be self-cast, and more!
      Patch Highlights
      Abathur has been reworked to introduce more counter-play to the Hero. Sustained Carapace is now baseline, the cooldown of Carapace has been lowered, so Carapace no longer needs to be removed to be efficient. Abathur's locusts are now more potent, but last for a shorter period of time, and more. Ana is the second Hero that has been reworked in the patch. Her Aim Down Sights was implemented into her base Shrike functionality, and many talents have been reshuffled. Rehgar's Ancestral Healing can now be self-cast. New Delta skins are in for Blaze, Deckard, and Hanzo. Blizzard (Source)
      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until February 10. 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.
      General
      Mac Improved compatibility with latest Mac OS versions. A.I. Made several improvements to Hero A.I. behavior. Heroes
      Specialist

      Abathur
      Abilities
      Carapace (E) Cooldown reduced from 12 to 6 seconds Duration reduced from 8 to 6 seconds Additional functionality: Shield now persists after Symbiote ends Additional functionality: Shield now Heals allied Heroes for 22 Health per second while Carapace is active Locust Strain (Trait) Duration reduced from 25 to 16 seconds Damage increased from 34 to 40 Evolve Monstrosity (R) No longer takes 50% reduced damage from non-Heroic enemies Now shows a warning indicator showing where it is going to burrow to Additional Functionality: Now has the ability to Deep Tunnel to a visible location every 80 seconds Talents
      Level 1 Regenerative Microbes (E) Removed New Talent: Reinforced Carapace (E) Increase the Shield amount of Carapace by 40% Survival Instincts (Trait) No longer increases Locust duration Additional functionality: Increase Locust attack damage by 40% Level 4 Ballistospores (Trait) Removed Sustained Carapace (E) Removed Needlespine (Q) Moved from Level 7 Level 7 Calldown: MULE (Active) Healing per second reduced from 100 to 90 Level 13 Assault Strain (Trait) Removed Bombard Strain (Trait) No longer increases Locust attack damage Additional functionality: Increase the duration of Locusts by 50% Level 16 Volatile Mutation (R) Additional functionality: Damage dealt by Volatile Mutation against enemy Heroes heals the host for 50% of the damage dealt Level 20 Evolutionary Link (R) Additional functionality: Increase the duration of Ultimate Evolution by 50% Evolution Complete (R) No longer gives the Monstrosity the ability to Deep Tunnel New functionality: Now increases the Monstrosity’s Basic Attack damage by 100% Support

      Ana
      Abilities
      Healing Dart (Q) Heal reduced from 205 to 195 Shrike (Trait/D) New Active - Aim Down Sights No longer grants Sight or Attack Range Cooldown from 3 to 4 seconds Self-slow increased from 20 to 25% New functionality: While active, Sleep and Healing Dart ranges are increased by 25% and pierce one target Eye of Horus (R) Heal reduced from 285 to 225 Damage reduced from 166 to 135 Added functionality: Shots now pierce all targets (but still impact and cease on structures) Talents
      Level 1 Piercing Darts (E) Removed Grenade Calibration (W) Removed Contact Healing (W) Moved from Level 16 New Talent – Slumber Shells (E) If an enemy is affected by Sleep Dart, Ana gains 25% movement speed New Talent – Vampiric Rounds (Trait) Quest: Each time you stack max Doses on a target Hero, increase Shrikes self-heal by 1.5% Level 4 Air Strike (Active) Removed Aim Down Sights (D/Trait) Removed (New Trait Addition) Debilitating Dart (Active) Moved from Level 7 New Talent – Biotic Enhancements (W) Increase the bonus healing duration of Biotic Grenade by 50% and reduce its cooldown by 4 seconds Level 7 Temporary Blindness (E) Removed New Talent – Anti-Healer (W) Biotic Grenades area is increased by 100% and the duration of the Healing debuff is increased by 25% New Talent – Night Terrors (E) When a Slept target wakes up, they are dealt 8% of their maximum Health in damage. If they are woken up early, reduce the cooldown of Sleep Dart by 7 seconds Level 16 New Talent - Active Reload (Active) Activate to gain 3 charges of Healing Dart (60 second CD) Level 20 Ballistic Advantage (R) Removed Dynamic Shooting (Passive) Removed Somnolent Doses (Trait) Removed Custom Optics (Trait) Removed New Talent – Dead-Eye (R) The healing and damage of Eye of Horus is increased by 4% for every Hero hit. This resets after all shots have been fired. New Talent - Armored Stance (D/Trait) Increase Shrike’s damage by 50%. Gain 25 Armor while Aim Down Sights is active. New Talent – Dynamic Optics (D/Trait) While Aim Down Sights is active, increase the range of your Basic Attacks by 4. Each attack increases your Attack Speed by 10% for 3 seconds (up to 50%)
      Rehgar
      Abilities
      Ancestral Healing (R) Rehgar can now self-cast Ancestral Healing
      Whitemane
      Talents
      Level 4 High Inquisitor (W) Mana return per stack reduced from 75 to 50 Collection
      New Bundles
      The following new bundles are only available for a limited time! Join the Resistance Bundle Viper Returns Bundle Firestorm Blaze Skin Pack Deckard Pain Skin Pack Delta Hanzo Skin Pack New Skins
      Firestorm Blaze Red Hot Firestorm Blaze Atomic Firestorm Blaze Deckard Pain Infiltrator Deckard Pain Desert Ops Deckard Pain Delta Hanzo Blackout Delta Hanzo Veteran Delta Hanzo Badlands Imperator Stukov Badlands Sidewinder Ana Badlands Deathfang Genji Cryo Imperator Stukov Cryo Sidewinder Ana Cryo Deathfang Genji Paramour Pajamathur Abathur New Mounts
      D.E.R.P.A. Commando D.E.R.P.A. Desert D.E.R.P.A. Badlands Viper Dominator Flirty Cloud New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
      Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the game. Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed an issue causing Shields applied to non-Heroes to be applies towards Healing Score. Super Cleanse effects (Abolish Magic) will no longer remove delayed damaging effects (Consume Souls, Last Rites) Fixed an issue causing Time Stop and Stasis effects to remove Armor Vulnerability effects. Fixed an issue that could cause a player’s ready state to become locked if Ready and Cancel were pressed in rapid succession. Fixed an issue that could occasionally prevent players from pressing the ready button when using the Call of the Nexus Quick Match system. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Ana: Fixed an issue allowing cooldowns to tick down during Time Stop if the Hero is affected by Nano Boost. Cassia: Fixed an issue causing Lightning Fury to be invisible if it pierced a Hero at melee range. Cassia: Fixed an issue causing Fend to immediately cancel if cast immediately after Lightning Fury. Chromie: Slowing Sands will no longer slow Battleground vehicles (Dragon Knight, Triglav Protector). Deckard: Fortitude of the Faithful’s range indicator now matches the actual range of the ability. Deckard: Fixed an issue with how Potion of Revival benefits from spell power. (should now heal for more) Kerrigan: Fixed an issue preventing Sharpened Blades from granting kill credit against Heroes with post-death effects. Li Li: Fixed an issue that caused healing from Cloud Serpent to temporarily fail if the Blessing of Yu’lon talent was chosen while a Cloud Serpent was active. Maiev: Fan of Knives will now refund the correct amount of Mana. Maiev: Fixed an issue with Blade Dance’s visual effects blocking command inputs. Muradin: Fixed an issue preventing Thunder Burn from creating the secondary thunder clap if it lands the killing blow on the affected Hero. Nova: Fixed an issue causing Holo Decoy’s Snipe projectile to be destroyed mid-flight if the Decoy died. Nova: Triple Tap will now immediately cancel if the target becomes invalid immediately after starting the Triple Tap cast. Ragnaros: Fixed an issue allowing Ragnaros to immediately complete the Catching Fire quest if it was chosen during Molten Core. Rexxar: Fixed an issue preventing Rexxar from controlling Misha while silenced. Stitches: Fixed a number of issues caused by using Helping Hand on an allied Hero using a Channeled ability that grants Unstoppable. Stitches: Fixed an issue that could prevent Stitches’ Hook from landing at point blank range. Tyrande: The Shooting Star talent will no longer attempt to target Sand Tornadoes created by the Boss. User Interface
      Fixed an issue preventing critical healing effects from showing the Crit UI indicator. Adding and Removing favorite emojis will no longer cause the chat panel and emoji picker to close.