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Heroes of the Storm Balance Update Patch Notes: November 27th

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A new Heroes of the Storm patch is now live with balance changes, bug fixes and Call of the Nexus. If you queue up for roles that are in short supply, you'll receive 50% bonus experience for being team players. There's a "Call of the Nexus" Bonus XP indicator above each Hero on the Hero Selection screen.

The patch also comes with Quick Match improvements mentioned in the 2019 Gameplay UpdateThe matchmaker now includes a Tank, Healer, and Ranged Assassin on each team. It's time to say goodbye to weird team comps!

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We’ve just released a new Heroes of the Storm patch to apply a number of balance changes and bug fixes. 

General

Call of the Nexus

  • Players who queue for Quickmatch games using roles that are in short supply will receive 50% bonus experience for being team players. Just look for the “Call of the Nexus” Bonus Experience indicator located above each Hero when viewing the Hero Selection screen.
  • Quick Match will now prioritize creating teams with at least one Warrior, Support, and Ranged Assassin, and will enforce this rule for players queuing as parties of 3 or more as follows:
    • Parties of 3 must have at least one of the required Hero categories selected to queue.
    • Parties of 4 must have at least two of the required Hero categories selected to queue.
    • Parties of 5 are excempt from this rule.

Heroes

Assassin

Alarak

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Ruthless MomentumRuthless Momentum (Passive)
      • Health threshold for cooldown reduction reduced from 80% to 75%
  • Level 4
    • Show of ForceShow of Force (Trait)
      • Damage Increased from 77 to 80
  • Level 16
    • Mocking StrikesMocking Strikes (Passive)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds 

Genji

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Stats

  • Basic Attack range reduced from 5.5 to 4.5

Developer Comment: Genji continues to be an incredibly powerful force at the highest level of play. This change will force Genji players to put themselves at more risk when attacking enemy Heroes before they’re in his Swift StrikeSwift Strike’s execute range. If this change is not enough, we have some additional ideas to curb Genji’s dominance that we will explore in the future.

Hanzo

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Stats

  • Basic Attack damage increased from 188 to 198
 

    Talents

    • Level 7
      • Never OutmatchedNever Outmatched (W)
        • Cooldown reduction increased from 2.5 to 3 second per Basic Attack
        • Cooldown reduction only applies when hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Attack
    • Level 16
      • Flawless TechniqueFlawless Technique (Passive)
        • Damage bonus increased from 25% to 30%
      • Giant SlayerGiant Slayer (Passive)
        • Damage increased from 1.5% to 2% of an enemy Hero’s maximum Health

    Developer Comment: We think that Hanzo is able to burst down bosses and map events too quickly, so we’re removing the synergy between Never OutmatchedNever Outmatched and Serrated ArrowsSerrated Arrows. We’re making a few other tuning adjustments to make other Talents more attractive picks, as well as compensating some of the lost PvE power with some more PvP power.

    Kerrigan

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    Stats

    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 120 to 113

    Abilities

    • Impaling BladesImpaling Blades (W)
      • Damage reduced from 180 to 165
      • Mana cost increased from 75 to 80
    • Psionic PulsePsionic Pulse (E)
      • Explosion damage increased from 180 to 195
      • Mana cost increased from 60 to 65

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Assimilation MasteryAssimilation Mastery (Trait)
        • Health and Mana regeneration increased from 100 to 150%
    • Level 4
      • Sharpened BladesSharpened Blades (Q)
        • Damage for killing Minions increased from .5 to 1
        • Maximum damage bonus increased from 50 to 75
    • Level 13
      • ChrysalisChrysalis (Active)
        • Cooldown reduced from 90 to 60 seconds
    • Level 16
      • Mounting PotencyMounting Potency (Q)
        • Spell Power duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
      • Unbridled EnergyUnbridled Energy (Heroic)
        • Spell Power increased from 30 to 35%
    • Level 20
      • OmegastormOmegastorm (R)
        • Bonus duration increased from .188 to .25 seconds per tick

    Nova

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    Talents

    • Level 7
      • Perfect ShotPerfect Shot (Q)
        • No longer grants an additional stack of SnipeSnipe for hitting enemy Heroes
        • New functionality:
          • Hitting enemy Heroes now refunds the Mana cost of SnipeSnipe
    • Level 13
      • Psionic EfficiencyPsionic Efficiency (Q)
        • Hitting enemy Heroes no longer refunds the Mana cost of SnipeSnipe
        • New functionality:
          • Now grants an additional stack of SnipeSnipe for hitting enemy Heroes

    Developer Comment: We are switching some of the bonuses from Perfect ShotPerfect Shot and Psionic EfficiencyPsionic Efficiency to better align their rewards and to make the SnipeSnipe build friendlier to players earlier on in the game. Most notably, players who pick Perfect ShotPerfect Shot will no longer have to worry about running out of Mana quickly due to landing multiple Snipes in a teamfight.

    Orphea

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    Stats

    • Basic Attack Damage increased from 80 to 88

    Abilities

    • Shadow WaltzShadow Waltz (Q)
      • Damage increased from 150 to 165
    • Crushing JawsCrushing Jaws (R)
      • Cooldown increased from 50 to 70 seconds

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • En PointeEn Pointe (Q)
        • Damage bonus increased from 50 to 75%
    • Level 16
      • Lurking Terror (W/E)
        • Now shares a cooldown with Chomp (W)

    Developer Comment: The first Nexus-born Hero has arrived and is showing a bit of teeth, especially in the burst department. The combination of a high-stacked Ravenous HungerRavenous Hunger combined with double-Chomps with Lurking TerrorLurking Terror was a bit over-the-top, especially since she could set everything up fairly safely with Crushing JawsCrushing Jaws. We have taken the bite out of that combo by linking the cooldowns of ChompChomp and Lurking TerrorLurking Terror. We are offsetting this loss of burst by increasing her sustained damage potential and will continue to closely monitor. We realize that the loss of her blow-up potential will make Lurking TerrorLurking Terror a much less exciting talent to pick and have future design ideas on how to spruce it up.

    Specialist

    Abathur

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    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Regenerative MicrobesRegenerative Microbes (E)
        • Healing reduced from 68 to 62

    Developer Comment: Regenerative MicrobesRegenerative Microbes is dominating Abathur’s Level 1 talent tier, as well as causing issues at the pro level of play. We are taking a look at Abathur to see what improvements can be made, but wanted to get this change out sooner rather than later while we iterate on him.

    Azmodan

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    Talents

    • Level 7
      • BombardmentBombardment (Q)
        • Range bonus decreased from 2 to 1.5
    • Level 20
      • PridePride (Q)
        • Damage bonus reduced from 125 to 100

    Support

    Ana

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    Abilities

    • Healing DartHealing Dart (Q)
      • Base Heal amount decreased from 215 to 205

    Deckard 

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    Abilities

    • Healing PotionHealing Potion (Q)
      • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4 seconds
      • Mana cost increased from 20 to 25
      • Healing increased from 219 to 240

    Developer Comment: We agree with the feedback that games play out better when there are windows of time to take advantage of enemy cooldowns, particularly when it relates to Supports. This change is intended to reduce Deckard’s ability to keep himself or his allies alive when multiple enemies dive onto them. Going forward, we will be looking at ways to increase counter-play by adding these windows of time for players to take advantage of each other’s cooldowns.

    Stukov

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    Abilities

    • Lurking ArmLurking Arm (E)
      • Range increased from 10 to 11

    Developer Comment: Stukov’s changes a few months ago were intended to create new build paths while also reducing the dominance of his Lurking ArmLurking Arm build. While this had the effect we intended, Lurking ArmLurking Arm is now a much more risky ability to use for the majority of the game, whether or not he takes talents related to improving the ability. This change is intended to round this out a bit by letting Stukov use Lurking ArmLurking Arm a little more safely.

    Tyrande

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    Abilities

    • Light of EluneLight of Elune (Q)
      • Charge cooldown increased from 15 to 16 seconds

    Talents

    • Level 1
      • All Level 1 Talents have been moved to Level 7
    • Level 7
      • All Level 7 Talents have been moved to Level 1

    Developer Comment: The healing rework to Tyrande has made her a formidable force as of late and with this round of changes we think she will sit in a great spot. The swap of her level 1 and 7 talent tiers should open some new early-game decision-making while pushing back her cleanse mechanic a bit further into the game. We are still evaluating Celestial AttunementCelestial Attunement on the design side and may make larger changes at a later date.

    Whitemane

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    Abilities

    • Desperate PleaDesperate Plea (Q)
      • Cooldown increased from .3 to .5 seconds

    Warrior

    Blaze

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    Abilities

    • Bunker DropBunker Drop (R)
      • Allies now have to channel for .5 seconds to enter the Bunker

    Talents

    • Level 4
      • Feeding the FlameFeeding the Flame (Q)
        • Cooldown reduction decreased from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds
        • Additional functionality:
          • Now also refunds 5 Mana each time Flame Stream damages an enemy Hero
      • Oil DispersalOil Dispersal (W)
        • No longer increases the Slow amount of Oil Spill
      • MeltdownMeltdown (Trait)
        • Damage reduction increased from 5 to 7% per stack
        • Maximum Stack Count reduced from 6 to 5
        • Maximum damage reduction increased from 30% to 35%

    Developer Comment: These changes are intended to better round out Blaze’s Level 4 talents, as well as to address the disparity in his power between casual and pro play. Bunker DropBunker Drop in particular has been used to great effectiveness at higher level play to avoid nearly all damage from enemy teams with little risk due to the ability to instantly get in and out of the Bunker. While players will still be able to avoid large amounts of burst damage with the Heroic, they will no longer be able to easily go in and out of the Bunker without putting themselves at risk.

    Mal'Ganis

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    Stats

    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 105 to 100

    Abilities

    • Fel ClawsFel Claws (Q)
      • Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds
    • Carrion SwarmCarrion Swarm (R)
      • Damage reduced from 66 to 63

    Talents

    • Level 7
      • Will of TichondriusWill of Tichondrius (Q)
        • Damage reduced from 4 to 3% of maximum Health

    Yrel

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    Talents

    • Level 1
      • Maraad's InsightMaraad's Insight (Passive)
        • Now only applies the buff when hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability

    Bug Fixes

    General

    • Fixed a number of tooltip issues across the game.

    Heroes

    • Lt. Morales: Fixed an issue causing SafeguardSafeguard to grant an incorrect amount of Armor.

    User Interface

    • Fixed an issue causing the discount amount displayed over Boosts to appear in the wrong place.
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    QM will finally become less of a mess. Not that I play it much, anyway, but...

    Most hero changes are promising, but I don't understand Deckard and Whitemane's. And Yrel will now have significantly less sustain outside of TF or skirmishes.

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    What are they doing with Genji?  They nerf his dive, give him better AA, now they nerf his attack range?   He already has a bad win rate.

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    So Mal'ganis still tanks nerfs without being changed enough to not be the best character. Neato.

     

    The lurking terror nerf makes me sad. Orphea is still gonna be even more mediocre. 

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    Overall, I really like these changes. Genji nerf (yay, but I still firstban him), Hanzo got a buff while also nerfing the broken part of his kit (yay), lots of needed tweaks scattered around (yay) and QM changes (yay, even if I don't play QM that much).

    The only thing I don't really like is the Mal'ganis nerf. Not because he did not need a nerf, but because these are tiny tweaks to a character that is like 50% stronger than the norm. The tweaks also fail to touch the main problem (his E, which is completely broken). His Health Swap ult is also untouched, which allows him to break any form of unorganized play in half (lower leagues, Quick Match).

     

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    5 hours ago, Gildomari0 said:

    i dont understand orphea and hanzo buffs '-'

    orphea is nerf not buff. See properly. buff Q abit but nerf ulti and then the most important is W chomp get nerf with sharing cooldown.

    Suppose her brust come with that for double chomp in short time but now they nerf it make you able to chomp once only for that teamfight time. The buff of Q cannot compete with double chomp dmg in short time.

     

     

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    7 hours ago, Migol said:

    Sadathur.

    ^

    Regenerative Microbes is the top choice because it is the only choice that makes sense. His Symbiote and Microbes makes him a mobile support specialist. Everything else is sub par to other characters. Yes, the damage from Stab and Spine Burst is useful when the team is split fighting, but in 5 on 5 fights it loses a lot of it's strength from lack line of sight blockers. The solution is the lessen the choice without giving other options?

    Sadathur indeed.

    As for Azmodan. Ah Poo. Stupid winrate. Though the range reduction makes no sense. Seems like more people will just move to Art of Chaos in a Gluttony build even more now, which is the best overall build for Azmo anyways. So why nerf Greed and Wrath?

    Pride makes sense, kinda, if you want less people to use it. Which seems to be odd way of balancing things. Here's an idea! If talents are always chosen, maybe fix the weaker and broken ones! Eureka!

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    I'm honestly a bit surprised that Maiev wasn't nerfed. She may be balanced in the hands of your average player, but for people who have spent time mastering her, she's easily one of the best heroes in the game, and certainly top tier in the hands of a good Maiev player. Most of the pro players have been saying the same thing lately (rich especially) and I agree, myself being a Maiev main. Her damage is astronomical if you are good at consistently getting Q resets, her waveclear is great, she's able to solo merc camps with Naisha's, her mobility is great, and she has exceptional utility, in addition to an incredibly useful imminuity trait. Personally, I think that warrants at least a slight nerf. Though I gotta admit, Blizzard does a great job at nerfing heroes to the point where they are deemed useless, so I can't help but worry that'll be the case with Maiev if/when she gets nerfed.

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    6 hours ago, Maxkitty said:

    I'm honestly a bit surprised that Maiev wasn't nerfed.

    She got nerfed several times in the past already. I do agree that she's super deadly at high lvls of play though or even reasonably good players too really. It's so painful to be fighting against one that's good. There's Maiev alone get her! ...annnnnd... O_O!?! we're dead o_O!? 😞

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    2 hours ago, CyberDVonaven said:

    She got nerfed several times in the past already. I do agree that she's super deadly at high lvls of play though or even reasonably good players too really. It's so painful to be fighting against one that's good. There's Maiev alone get her! ...annnnnd... O_O!?! we're dead o_O!? 😞

    She's still super powerful though and can easily carry most games in the right hands. I guess it's a bit difficult though, considering she has one of the highest skill caps in the game.

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        Abilities
        Hook (Q) Range reduced from 12.5 to 11 Slam (W) Cast time increased from .25 to .313 Cooldown increased from 6 to 7 seconds Range increased from 8 to 9.5 Mana cost increased from 30 to 35 Added functionality: Now has an Inner area that deals 40% Bonus Damage and applies a 40% slow for 1.5 seconds Devour (E) Ability Effects now occur at the start of the ability's cast, rather than at the end Vile Cleaver (Passive) New Functionality: Basic Attacks apply Vile Gas to nearby enemies, poisoning for 45 damage over 3 seconds. Re-applying Vile Gas increases its duration rather than resetting it, up to 10 seconds. Talents
        Level 1 Chew Your Food (E) Removed Dampen Magic (Passive) Removed Heavy Slam (W) Removed Hungry for More (Passive) New functionality: Quest: Regen Globes grant 30 permanent Health Every 15 Regen globes, Stitches gains 5% permanent Movement speed up to a maximum of 20% Savor the Flavor (E) Additional heal over time effect duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds. Moved from level 7 New Functionality: Casting Devour on a Hero restores an additional 10% of maximum Health and Mana over 5 seconds and permanently increases Stitches’ health regeneration by 1. New Talent: Patchwork Creation (Passive) Increase all healing received by 15%. Nearby Minion and Hero kills Heal Stiches (Minions for 30, Heroes for 300) Hero takedown heal amount reduced from 300 to 240 Level 4 Amplified Healing (Passive) Removed Restorative Fumes (Trait) Removed Putrid Ground (W) Removed New Talent – Playtime! (W) Heroes hit by Slam reduce the cooldowns of Stitches's other Basic Abilities by .5 seconds. This cooldown reduction is increased to 2 seconds for Heroes that are hit by Slam's inner impact area. New Talent – Chop Chop (W) Hitting a Hero with the inner area of Slam increases Stitches' Basic Attack Speed by 50% for 4 seconds. New Talent: Serrated Edge (Q) Hooking an enemy Hero deals 5% of their max life as damage and decreases Hook’s cooldown by 4 seconds. Cooldown reduction decreased from 4 to 3 seconds. Level 7 Last Bite (E) Removed New Talent - Blight (Trait) Vile Gas heals for 33% of the damage it deals. Activate to apply Vile Gas to all nearby enemies and reduce their healing taken by 20% for 5 seconds. 40 second CD Cannibalize (Passive) Moved from level 20 New functionality: Heroes hit by Basic Attacks and Slam’s inner area heal Stitches for 2% of his maximum health. Healing reduced from 2 to 1.75% of maximum health Tenderizer (Passive) New functionality: Basic Attacks slow the target by 25% for 2.5 seconds. If the target is afflicted with Slam’s Slow, refresh its duration. Level 13 Flea Bag (Passive) Removed Mega Smash (W) Removed Indigestion (E) Removed New Talent – Lacerate (W) Slam afflicts enemies with Vile Gas and reduces armor by 10 for 4 seconds. New Talent – Digestive Juices (E) Devouring an enemy Hero reduces their damage dealt by 40% for 4 seconds. New Talent – Gas Flare (Passive) Stitches deals 16 damage per second to enemies around you. This damage is increased by 150% for 4 seconds after successfully Hooking an enemy Hero Damage per second reduced from 16 to 15 Level 16 Pulverize (W) New functionality: Slam slows all enemies by 75% for 1 second. Slow duration reduced from 1 to .75 seconds. Shish Kabob (Q) Removed Toxic Gas (Passive) Removed Fishing Hook (Q) Range bonus increased from 40 to 50% New Talent - Meat Hook (Q) Hooking an enemy Hero restores 16% of maximum health over 4 seconds. For 4 seconds, Basic Attacks against the Hooked Hero will refresh the duration of this healing effect. Level 20 New Talent – Second Helping (E) Gain an additional charge of Devour. Devouring an enemy Hero reduces the cooldown of your Heroic ability by 5 seconds. New Talent – Shambling Horror (Active) Passive: Stitches is no longer affected by Slowing effects Activate to gain 50 Armor for 4 seconds. 60 second CD.   Collection
        Many seasonal items have made their way back into the collection and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
        New Bundles
        The following new bundles are only available for a limited time! Toy Heroes Bundle Cuddle Bear Stitches Skin Pack Cosmic Force Valeera Skin Pack Dehakasaurus Rex Skin Pack New Skins (Limited Time Only!)
        Stitches Cuddle Bear Stitches Snuggle Bear Stitches Honey Bear Stitches Dehaka Dehakasaurus Rex Dino-Metal Dehakasaurus Rex Playtime Dehakasaurus Rex Valeera Cosmic Force Valeera Psionic Cosmic Force Valeera Nega Force Valeera Sylvanas Mint Sugar Plum Sylvanas New Mounts (Limited Time Only!)
        Cosmic Lion Psionic Lion Nega Lion Plush Unicorn Plush Zombicorn Pretty Plush Unicorn Fuzzy Plush Unicorn Honey Plush Unicorn 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 camera jumps and cursor resets when using drag scroll. Made a number of improvements to AI behavior. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
        Brightwing: Fixed an issue preventing Brightwing from applying the Sticky Flare talent effect if it hit more than one target. Brightwing: Fixed an issue preventing Brightwing from applying the Hush! talent effect if it hit more than one target. Chromie: Dragon’s Breath’s warning splat will now display after the ability has been cast. Deckard: Fixed an issue causing Deckard’s portal to be visible in Fog of War when using Hearthstone. Leoric: Fixed an issue that allowed Drain Hope’s damage and healing to persist through time stop effects. Lunara: Fixed an issue preventing Lunara from playing a voice line when she died. Stitches: Slam will now reveal its impact area and targets. Stitches: Serrated Edge no longer deals bonus damage to friendly targets when using Helping Hand. Stukov: Fixed an issue causing Massive Shove to remove Weighted Pustule from its target. User Interface
        Fixed a number of tooltip issues and inaccuracies across the game. Fixed an issue causing Hero models to prevent players from pressing the Ready button in the queue screen. Fixed an issue causing grandmaster numbers of 3 digits to extend beyond portrait frames while in a party. Kel’Thuzad: Added a quick-cast option for Glacial Spike. Zul’jin: Added a quick-cast option for Amani Rage. The latest Heroes of the Storm content patch with Stitches & Sylvanas updates is now live.
      • By Oxygen
        Find out more about how the recently-announced 2019 gameplay changes will affect Heroes of the Storm in the long run.
        Just over a year ago, in preparation for BlizzCon 2017, I produced a lengthy article outlining some of Heroes of the Storm's most important issues. Notable among these was that of Quick Match team compositions. To me, Heroes of the Storm had always been clearly designed and balanced with tanks and healers in mind. As such, failing to enforce team compositions that included these classes caused a number of important problems across the game.
        Following disappointing BlizzCon 2017 announcements on the matter (class changes were discussed briefly, but composition changes were not), a reddit post and a blog post published six months later would confirm that changes to Quick match team compositions were indeed in the works, though no ETA was given. BlizzCon 2018 was a pretty safe bet that would turn out to be accurate.
        So, what's the big deal?
        As Heroes of the Storm's introductory - and most popular - game mode, Quick Match must absolutely accomplish two things: Groom its player base for improvement and present Heroes of the Storm in the best light possible.
        Year after year, however, the Quick Match system has continued to fail on both counts completely, discouraging new players and veterans alike with frustrating matches that taught bad habits and ultimately hindered the growth of the player base's skill level. How can players learn to follow up without a tank to initiate? How can they possibly internalize what their reasonable survivability is like against five other assassins? The answer is simple: They can't, because these situations are nonsensical and for the most part subpar in any remotely competent environment. Fortunately, this will soon be a thing of the past.
        Placing players in a tank-healer environment - around which the game was designed - leads me to believe that player base's skill level to improve across all game modes. Drafting skill is likely to improve as well, leading to fewer draft infighting situations. Further, it  will reduce the frustration caused by unreasonable team compositions to ultimately better retain new players, whom will get to experience the game as it was meant to be played as opposed to this rather ridiculous game mode.
        Needless to say, I think this is one of the best BlizzCon announcements to date, though I must still question what took so long. The most educated guess I can produce has to do with fearing longer queue times, but here's to hoping the "Call of the Nexus" incentive will be enough to entice players into checking out classes they haven't tried out just yet. A strong enough incentive could have the positive side effect of allowing players to develop a better global understanding of the game through approaching roles they're less used to.
        Classy new classes
        The new class system builds on the old system simply by further specializing the existing classes and removing specialists. Reworking the class system was necessary to allow team compositions to be reworked themselves.
        Heroes in the old warrior class were divided into the tank and bruiser classes, with tanks now being mandatory for Quick Match team compositions. This makes sense, as many bruisers were typically unable to fulfill the role of true tanks completely, which is to reliably initiate and peel. Allowing the warrior class to continue existing in its current state would have created the kind of lopsided team composition problems we experienced back when Varian was treated as a damage dealer.
        Heroes in the support class were divided into pure healers and support heroes, which is just a way of identifying heroes who do not use healing as their primary means of assisting teammates. Given that healers must now be included in team compositions to the same extent as tanks, this change also makes sense.
        The specialist class was merged with the assassin class because it hadn't made sense in a long time to treat them any differently; most of them were simply fancy damage dealers. The assassin class itself was split up into melee and ranged assassins.
        If you've been keeping up with some of the more recent versions of my tier lists - I don't blame you if you haven't - you'll note that I had already opted to further divide the classes, with a focus on play style rather than role a few months ago. Specifically, melee assassins are divided into fighters and stalkers, and ranged assassins into marksman and casters. My system has the advantage of being a bit more flexible for edge cases such as Genji and Tracer, who play more like melee assassins yet were labeled as ranged by Blizzard. Still, this distinction is of little relevance to most players.
        Conclusion
        Short conclusions mean I am happy with things.
        Oxygen discusses why the announced changes might just be the best thing to happen to HotS.
      • By Stan
        A shroud of uncertainly looms over the future of HGC and Heroes Esports as a whole due to the lack of HGC updates for the upcoming year and many pro players as well as casters are either done with the game or transferring to other games.
        Gillyweed (HGC Caster)
        The well-known female HGC caster is moving to Rocket League in 2019.
        Placeholder for tweet 1070532465503088640 Trikslyr (HGC Caster)
        Tim announced he won't be casting HGC in 2019 and he plans to make streaming his major focus.
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        Chris voiced his uncertainty on Twitter today, following the lack of HGC information.
        Placeholder for tweet 1072029712514510849 We're going to closely monitor any announcements, so keep an eye out on the Heroes news section!
      • By Stan
        Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of December 11.
        Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: December 11, 2018
        Raynor Muradin Sonya Nazeebo Uther Jaina Zarya Li-Ming Deckard Blaze Yrel (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Junkrat (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Tychus (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Whitemane (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)