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Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: October 8th

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The latest PTR Patch comes with Mal'Ganis and disabled Haunted Mines in all gameplay modes. Ana's Healing DartHealing Dart will now pierce targets at full Health and some Support abilities have been reworked to only work on Heroes. The patch is available for playtesting until next week.

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Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until October 15. 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.


  • Heroes of the Storm no longer supports DirectX 9 and the 32-bit version of the client.


Unranked Battleground Rotation:

  • The Battleground Rotation for all Unranked modes has been adjusted to the following:
    • Alterac Pass
    • Battlefield of Eternity
    • Blackheart's Bay
    • Braxis Holdout
    • Cursed Hollow
    • Dragon Shire
    • Garden of Terror
    • Hanamura Temple
    • Infernal Shrines
    • Sky Temple
    • Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • Towers of Doom
    • Volskaya Foundry
    • Warhead Junction
    • Haunted Mines: Haunted Mines has been removed from all gameplay modes. It will still be available to be played in Custom Games.
    • Mercenaries: Sappers can no longer have their charge attack interrupted by a Silence effect. Silencing Sappers will still prevent them from starting to channel this ability

    New Hero: Mal'Ganis (Warrior)

    Cunning and intelligent, Mal'Ganis was chosen to bring Arthas Menthil into the Lich King's service. After manipulating the prince into purging Stratholme of life, he finally fell to Frostmourne as Arthas's first act as the Lich King's champion... yet a demon does not die so easily.


    • Vampiric Touch
      • Mal'Ganis heals for 45% of damage dealt to enemy Heroes and 15% of damage dealt to non-Heroes.
    Basic Abilities
    • Fel Claws (Q)
      • Violently slash in the chosen direction, dealing 78 damage to enemies.
      • Reactivate to slash up to 2 more times. The third slash Stuns enemies for 0.75 seconds.
    • Necrotic Embrace (W)
      • Desecrate the air, dealing 119 damage to nearby enemies and gaining 25 Armor for 3 seconds.
    • Night Rush (E)
      • After 0.75 seconds, gain 50% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. While active, Mal'Ganis can move through enemy Heroes and put them to Sleep for 2.5 seconds.
    Heroic Abilities
    • Carrion Swarm (R)
      • After 1 second, disperse into an Invulnerable swarm of bats for 3 seconds, dealing 74 damage per second to enemies.
      • Vampiric Touch heals for 100% of Carrion Swarm's damage to Heroes.
    • Dark Conversion (R)
      • Channel on an enemy Hero for 0.75 seconds, then swap Health percentages with the target over 3 seconds.


    Support Heroes
    • We've unified certain Support abilities to only work on Heroes (not minions or Mercenaries):
    • Gift of LifeGift of Life (Q)
    • Breath of LifeBreath of Life (Q-Dragon Form)
    • Pixie DustPixie Dust (E)
    Li Li
    • Healing BrewHealing Brew (Q)
    • Healing TotemHealing Totem (Active - Level 4)
    • Earth ShieldEarth Shield (W - Level 13)
    • Light of EluneLight of Elune (Q)
    • Holy LightHoly Light (Q)
    Developer Comment: We're unifying the vast majority of our heals for their intended purpose: healing allied Heroes.  We're maintaining the ability for a few heals to affected Minions still where we think it's an important part of their gameplay: Lt. Morales Healing BeamHealing Beam (so that she can heal herself), Rehgar's Chain HealChain Heal (to allow bounces travel across Minions), Tyrael's RighteousnessRighteousness (because shielding Minion waves is part of the lane interaction with the ability), and Uther's Holy RadianceHoly Radiance (to unify expectations, since it can damage Minions).




    • Healing DartHealing Dart (Q)
      • Healing Dart will now pierce targets at full Health.


    New Bundles
    • The following new bundles are available for a limited time!
      • Mal'Ganis Heroic Bundle
      • Death & Undeath Bundle
      • Meat Wagon Bundle

    New Announcer

    • Mal'Ganis

    New Mount

    • Meat Wagon
      • Northrend Meat Wagon
      • Blackrock Meat Wagon
      • Deathguard Meat Wagon

    New Skins

    • Mal'Ganis
      • Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis
      • Neocarbon Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis
      • Master Deadmachine Mal'Ganis
      • Infernal Mal'Ganis
      • Northrend Mal'Ganis

    New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis

    • Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the game. 

    Bug Fixes


    • AI Heroes: Fixed multiple cases of AI-controlled Heroes incorrectly using their abilities.
    • Spell Power: Fixed an issue where Spell Power would no longer affect a Hero’s abilities after they died. (For example: Jaina’s Blizzard will now continue to deal bonus damage if she received increased Spell Power but died before the second and third waves.)
    • Statis/Time Stop: Fixed an issue where player created terrain could move Heroes affected by Stasis or Time Stop.


    • Garden of Terror: Fixed an issue where all three Garden Terrors could spawn in a single lane.
    • Minions/Mercenaries: Fixed an issue where Heroes could block the movement of Catapults, preventing them from passing through intact gates.

    User Interface

    • Fixed an issue where a space would appear before the player’s name in a Whisper.

    Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

    • Ana: Fixed an issue where Ana’s Shrike healing was not accurately reflecting her damage done (via Spell Power or her target’s Armor).
    • Chromie: Fixed an issue where Temporal Loop’s return location would appear incorrect if a movement ability was used by the target.
    • Diablo: Fixed an issue where Diablo would not be displaced by knockback and similar effects while casting Overpower.
    • Gall: Fixed an issue where not all cases of Damage Reduction would work on Gall.
    • Gul’dan: Fixed an issue where Darkness Within’s bonus Spell Power would not increase the healing of Drain Life.
    • Kharazim: Can now Radiant Dash to all allied units, including Mercenaries, Creep Tumors, and Toxic Nests.
    • Li-Ming: Fixed an issue where Tal’Rasha’s Elements would grant bonus damage to Calamity after being twice in a row.
    • Murky: Egg Hunt’s Slime no longer benefits from Slime talents.
    • Sylvanas: Targets of Mind Control will now clear their move orders when affected by the ability.
    • Uther: Fixed an issue where Holy Fire’s damage was affected by Spell Power.
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    1 hour ago, Boothyp said:

    Anyone know why Haunted Mines has been removed?

    I'm curious about this as well, considering they've already reworked the map. Garden of Terror lost its "drop everything to collect 100 bits" element entirely, so they may have decided this approach simply isn't part of their current "design philosophy" - and I can't imagine how in the hell they'd make Haunted Mines playable while ditching the entire reason you'd enter the mines in the first place.

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    Yeah, the mines part is weird, maybe it's getting another update or they are just giving up on it.

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