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Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: December 3rd

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The latest Heroes of the Storm patch is available for playtesting until December 10. Check out the official patch notes for details!

Patch Highlights

2019 Gameplay Updates

  • Armor has been redesigned to prevent stacking. Abilities will now only apply the highest or lowest amount of Armor to a Hero at any given time.
    • To account for this change, many abilities and talents that granted Armor have been updated on a per Hero basis (see below).
  • When a team destroys a Fort, they’ll gain a catapult in every 3rd minion wave.
  • The patch also comes with Experience changes outlined in the 2019 Gameplay Update.
    • Blizzard decided not to implement the laning Mercenary change.

Hero Reworks

Hitbox Stealth Update

  • Hero hit boxes have been reduced by up to 15%. We don't have any developer comments, but redditor lemindhawk came up with a list of specific changes and you can check them out here.

New Skins & Bundles

  • Stitches, Dehaka, Valeera, and Sylvanas received new limited-only skins and bundles.

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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 December 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.

Art

  • Stitches has received several updated effects and animations to match his gameplay updates.
  • Sylvanas has received several updated effects and animations to match her gameplay updates.

Design

Armor

  • Now, just like Movement Speed modifiers, the game will apply only the highest (or lowest) amount of Armor to a Hero at any given time. We've adjusted ability/talent Armor values on a per Hero basis to account for this change:
    • Anub’arak
      • Nerubian ArmorNerubian Armor (W)
        • New functionality:
          • Increase the Spell Armor granted from Harden Carapace by 20 (to 60)
    • The Butcher
      • EnragedEnraged (Passive)
        • Armor increased from 15 to 25
    • Chen
      • Purifying BrewPurifying Brew (Trait)
        • Spell Armor increased from 30 to 40
      • Untapped PotentialUntapped Potential (R)
        • Armor increased from 50 to 60
    • Diablo
      • Sacrificial SoulSacrificial Soul (Q)
        • Armor increased from 20 to 25
        • Armor at max Souls increased from 40 to 50
    • E.T.C.
      • RockstarRockstar (Trait)
        • Armor increased from 20 to 25
      • Show StopperShow Stopper (Q)
        • Armor increased from 15 to 35
    • Gazlowe
      • Robo-GoblinRobo-Goblin (R)
        • Armor increased from 30 to 40
    • Lt. Morales
      • SafeguardSafeguard (W)
        • Armor increased from 25 to 30
      • Trauma TriggerTrauma Trigger (Passive)
        • Armor increased from 30 to 40
    • Nova
      • Anti-Armor ShellsAnti-Armor Shells (Passive)
        • Physical Armor shred increased from 10 to 15
    • Raynor
      • Bounty HunterBounty Hunter (Trait)
        • Armor increased from 5 to 10
    • Rexxar
      • Hunter-GathererHunter-Gatherer (Passive)
        • Armor increased from 10 to 15
    • Tassadar
      • Khala's LightKhala's Light (Q)
        • Armor increased from 15 to 20
    • Tyrael
      • Defense of the AngelsDefense of the Angels (Active)
        • Armor increased from 40 to 50
    • Uther
      • DevotionDevotion (Trait)
        • Armor increased from 15 to 25
    • Valeera
      • Smoke BombSmoke Bomb (R)
        • Armor increased from 25 to 30
    • Zul’jin
      • Amani HideAmani Hide (Active)
        • Armor increased from 10 to 15

Catapults

  • When a team destroys a Fort, they’ll now gain a Catapult in every 3rd Minion wave.
    • NOTE: In order to keep early-game Catapults from being too devastating to defending teams, Catapult attack splash size, attack range, and damage/health will gradually increase as the game progresses.

Experience Changes

  • Removed all Experience earned from destroying a Fort or Keep
  • Decreased Experience earned from destroying Towers by 50%
  • Passive Experience gain increased by 15%
  • Increased Experience gained by defeating defending Mercenaries by 100%
  • Laning Mercenary Experience
    • Defeating Laning Mercenaries will now grant 100% of Defending Mercenaries Experience.

Developer Comment: After listening to feedback, we have decided to pull back the laning Mercenary change outlined in our 2019 gameplay updates in order to give winning teams more opportunities to pull ahead.

Mercenaries

  • Boss Camps, Sentinel Camps (Hanamura Temple), and Support Camps (Volskaya Foundry) will now be flagged as Elite. 
    • Elite Mercenary Camps are Unstoppable & Unbribable

Unit Radii

  • The unit radius values for most Heroes has been reduced by 5-15%

User Interface

  • Armor, increased Healing, and decreased Healing healthbar indicators have received a visual update.

Heroes

Assassin

Fenix

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Abilities

  • Purification SalvoPurification Salvo (R)
    • Damage reduced from 86 to 79

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Inhibiting EnergyInhibiting Energy (W)
      • Now applies to all slows (except itself), and not just Plasma Cutter’s slows
      • Slow duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
      • Slow amount reduced from 35 to 30%
    • Warp ConduitWarp Conduit (E)
      • Removed
  • Level 7
    • Warp WarfareWarp Warfare (E)
      • Added functionality:
        • Now also resets the cooldown of Warp when Fenix gets a Hero takedown
    • Divert Power: WeaponsDivert Power: Weapons (Active)
      • New functionality:
        • Activate to gain 40% Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds. Basic Attacks against Heroes refresh this duration. When this damage bonus falls off, remove all of Fenix's Shields. 40 second cooldown.
  • Level 13
    • Dampening FieldDampening Field (Trait)
      • Spell Armor increased from 20 to 25
    • Auxiliary ShieldsAuxiliary Shields (Trait)
      • Shield amount increased from 20 to 40%
      • Health loss increased from 10 to 30%

Specialist

Sylvanas

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Stats

  • Health increased from 1425 to 1550
  • Health Regen increased from 2.969 to 3.23
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 90 to 81

Abilities

  • Withering FireWithering Fire (Q)
    • Adjusted functionality:
      • Pressing Q once fires 5 Withering Fire arrows at the closest enemy
    • Mana cost increased from 0 to 25
    • Damage reduced from 48 to 39
    • Range increased from 6.25 to 8
    • Cooldown increased from 2 to 8 seconds
    • Cooldown now restores all charges
    • No longer gains charges on Minion kills
    • Nearby Heroes takedowns now refresh the cooldown of this ability
    • Fire rate reduced from .188 to .375 (50% slower)
    • Withering Fire cannot be cast while a previous cast of Withering Fire is still firing
  • Shadow DaggerShadow Dagger (W)
    • Adjusted functionality:
      • Shadow Dagger no longer spreads to nearby targets each time it does damage. 
      • Damage dealt by Sylvanas to the primary target of Shadow Dagger spreads its effect to all nearby enemies.
    • Mana cost decreased from 75 to 50
    • Duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds
    • Damage reduced from 37 to 29
  • Haunting WaveHaunting Wave (E)
    • Banshee travel speed increased by ~6%
  • Mind ControlMind Control (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds
    • New functionality:
      • After a .25 second cast, launch a missile that impacts the first enemy Hero in its path.  Impacted Heroes are Silenced, Slowed by 30%, and forced to walk towards Sylvanas for 1.75 seconds.
  • Black ArrowsBlack Arrows (Trait)
    • New functionality:
      • Activate to cause all Basic Attacks and Abilities to Stun Minions, Mercenaries, and Structures for 3 seconds over the next 10 seconds. 40 second cooldown
    • New Passive functionality – Banshee’s Curse:
      • Basic Attacks infect enemies with Banshee’s Curse for 3 seconds.  Sylvanas deals 25% bonus damage to enemies with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Overflowing QuiverOverflowing Quiver (Q)
      • Removed
    • Dreadful WakeDreadful Wake (E)
      • Removed
    • Overwhelming AfflictionOverwhelming Affliction (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Enemy Heroes with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse are slowed by 15%.  Basic Attacks against Slowed enemy Heroes deal 1% of their maximum Health in damage
    • New Talent: Unfurling Shadows (W)
      • Quest: Each time Shadow Dagger deals damage to enemy Heroes with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse, increase its damage by .5%
    • New Talent: Banshee’s Curse (Q)
      • Hitting an enemy Hero with Withering Fire increases Sylvanas’ Attack Speed and Ability Power by 5% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 5 times
    • Level 4
      • With the WindWith the Wind (Q)
        • Removed
      • Mercenary QueenMercenary Queen (Trait)
        • Moved from Level 1
        • Adjusted functionality:
          • Friendly non-Elite Mercenaries near Sylvanas deal 60% more damage.  Sylvanas Stuns and deals 30% additional damage to Mercenaries with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse.
      • PossessionPossession (Active)
        • Moved from Level 7
        • Now requires 3 charges to be used on Catapults
      • Unstable PoisonUnstable Poison (W)
        • Moved from Level 7
        • Damage increased from 116 to 130
        • Now triggers on enemy minions who are afflicted by Banshee’s Curse, Black Arrows, or Shadow Dagger
        • Radius increased from 2 to 2.5
    • Level 7
      • Barbed ShotBarbed Shot (Q)
        • New functionality:
          • Hitting the same enemy with 5 shots of Withering Fire causes the last shot to deal 350% bonus damage
      • Lost SoulLost Soul (W)
        • Moved from Level 4
        • Adjusted functionality:
          • Reduce Shadow Dagger’s cooldown by 1.75 seconds each time Sylvanas uses a Basic Attack on an enemy Hero with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse.
      • New Talent: Festering Wounds (E)
        • Haunting Wave deals 25% more damage and applies 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse. 
    • Level 13
      • Cold EmbraceCold Embrace (W)
        • Moved from Level 16
        • Duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds
        • Now also reduces the Armor of targets that Shadow Dagger spreads to by 10
      • Spell ShieldSpell Shield (Active)
        • Removed
      • RemorselessRemorseless (Trait)
        • Moved from Level 16
        • New functionality:
          • Increase Sylvanas’ Basic Attack range by 1.  Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse fire an untalented shot of Withering Fire.  This shot applies Banshee’s Curse.
      • WindrunnerWindrunner (E)
        • Adjusted functionality:
          • Teleporting with Haunting Wave resets the cooldown of Withering Fire.  Haunting Wave can be cast a second time for free within 5 seconds after teleporting
    • Level 16
      • Life DrainLife Drain (W)
        • Moved from Level 13
        • New functionality:
          • Dealing damage to enemies with 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse heals Sylvanas for 15% of the damage dealt.  Doubled against Heroes
      • Evasive FireEvasive Fire (Q)
        • Adjusted Functionality:
          • Hitting enemies with Withering Fire grants Sylvanas 6% bonus Movement Speed for 2 seconds, stacking up to 30%.  Basic Attacks refresh this duration.
      • Will of the ForsakenWill of the Forsaken (Active)
        • Moved from Level 13
    • Level 20
      • Dark Lady's CallDark Lady's Call (R)
        • New functionality:
          • Reduce the cooldown of Mind Control by 30 seconds.  Heroes hit by Mind Control have their vision greatly reduced for 5 seconds. 
      • Withering BarrageWithering Barrage (Q)
        • Moved from Level 4
        • New functionality:
          • Hitting an enemy Hero with Withering Fire decreases its cooldown by .75 seconds

Warrior

Stitches

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Abilities

  • HookHook (Q)
    • Range reduced from 12.5 to 11
  • SlamSlam (W)
    • Cast time increased from .25 to .313
    • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
    • Range increased from 8 to 9.5
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 30
    • Added functionality:
      • Now has an Inner area that deals 40% Bonus Damage and applies a 40% slow for 1.5 seconds
  • DevourDevour (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 FoodChew Your Food (E)
      • Removed
    • Dampen MagicDampen Magic (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Heavy SlamHeavy Slam (W)
      • Removed
    • Hungry for MoreHungry 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 FlavorSavor the Flavor (E)
      • 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)
  • Level 4
    • Amplified HealingAmplified Healing (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Restorative FumesRestorative Fumes (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Putrid GroundPutrid 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.
  • Level 7
    • Last BiteLast 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
    • CannibalizeCannibalize (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.
    • TenderizerTenderizer (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 BagFlea Bag (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Mega SmashMega Smash (W)
      • Removed
    • IndigestionIndigestion (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
  • Level 16
    • PulverizePulverize (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Slam slows all enemies by 75% for 1 second.
    • Shish KabobShish Kabob (Q)
      • Removed
    • Toxic GasToxic Gas (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Fishing HookFishing 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 FlareSticky Flare talent effect if it hit more than one target.
  • Brightwing: Fixed an issue preventing Brightwing from applying the Hush!Hush! talent effect if it hit more than one target.
  • Chromie: Dragon's BreathDragon'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 HopeDrain 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.
  • Stukov: Fixed an issue causing Massive ShoveMassive Shove to remove Weighted PustuleWeighted 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 SpikeGlacial Spike.
  • Zul’jin: Added a quick-cast option for Amani RageAmani Rage.

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Goddammit.   I knew the Stitches "rework" would be a smokescreen for them to nerf the slam build, AGAIN.    Sigh.   So now he's a squishie but self healing more than before tank, but his utility of being able to build for aoe is gutted.

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1 hour ago, Migol said:

Goddammit.   I knew the Stitches "rework" would be a smokescreen for them to nerf the slam build, AGAIN.    Sigh.   So now he's a squishie but self healing more than before tank, but his utility of being able to build for aoe is gutted.

What are you talking about? They increased baseline Slam size and damage, reduced its baseline CD, kept the 75% slow from Pulverize and added several talent combos, such as Pulverize+Tenderizer keeping targets permanent 75% slowed. Not to mention his AA splashes, and he can increase its speed. They didn't remove any of his health or talents that increased his "tankiness", only added more sustain options. Hook's range was reduced, true, but by less than 10%, while giving us half a dozen utility talents for it AND keeping the ridiculous long range option of Fishing Hook. The only thing really removed was Shish KabobShish Kabob. He plays much better on PTR, and can be built to be a frontliner with amazing sustain, a bully bruiser or a traditional fisherman. Kudos to the devs. Notparadox's review show and explain his new options.

Sylvana's is also looking great. I was more afraid of them messing up too much with her and losing her flavor, but she is truly scary now. Both the sustained damage and burst build are amazing, and probably need to be nerfed. Her basic abilities require a bit more juggling now, but reward much more. Specially the way her talents can improve Shadow Dagger and  Withering Fire. I was also a bit skeptic abut the new skill shot Mind Control, but it feels great to not self stun yourself in the middle of a team fight. And she can even shred tanks with a %hp damage AA talent on lvl 1. Again, I point to Notparadox's video for some better explanations.

Hyped for these reworks, will probably go back to playing both our forsaken heroes next week.

@Edit: Sylvannas also got a very cool new hearthstone animation, based on the BfA cinematic I presume.

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Oh god, it will be tanks every where in 2019, this is crazy buffs for the tanks. I dont understand stacking armor, the only ones that kan stack armor is morales and uther, I have never seen or felt supports and tanks stacking armor together and only cause of this they have to buff every tank. Atleast put some armor reduction in this game then.    

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Too bad they nerf the stitches Amplified Healing , this is one the most important talent for stitches to keep tank when heal by healer.

From 30% to 15% plus dunno regeneration still take in or not. Then put it in talent 1 which also got other talent very useful at there.

The reduce of size of hit box will give a lot of problem to skill shot hero such as KTZ, orphea, stitches hook,.....

Dunno why suddenly reduce size of hit box without any reason.

Sylvanas not bad, good in push, disable building when push with boss/elite, good in dmg heroes plus reduce armor, got movespd, fast cooldown of mind control (and also better than hook as hook will be block by minion/merc) and still can convert catapult (1st/2nd wave convert 6 units then 3rd wave convert catapult. every 3 wave still have 6 units and 1 catapult to push). Good in push and still able to do obj on time with giving pressure lane to opponent. Should be high pick/high ban soon.

 

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  • Removed all Experience earned from destroying a Fort or Keep
  • Decreased Experience earned from destroying Towers by 50%
  • Passive Experience gain increased by 15%

I mean meta was not strong on pushy specialists before, now they become even closer to completely irrelevant?

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2 hours ago, Koxsos said:

I mean meta was not strong on pushy specialists before, now they become even closer to completely irrelevant?

The main reason is that objectives, especially when they are based on shots, always grant a huge portion of Experience because of the XP gained from buildings. It decreases the snowball potential from objectives. BHB might be more enjoyable and fair now.

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30 minutes ago, Alkasar said:

The main reason is that objectives, especially when they are based on shots, always grant a huge portion of Experience because of the XP gained from buildings. It decreases the snowball potential from objectives. BHB might be more enjoyable and fair now.

Indeed, it was the worst, especially after losing a team fight - winning side gets XP, fort gets destroyed, even more XP gained. Suddenly, there is 2-3 level advantage, much worse when there are enough coins to pay for next, so it either forces other side into another team fight that they can't win or just give up and try pushing, while enemy easily gets more XP. BHB is due for a rework, at least minor one regarding coins (perhaps none from camps or they get destroyed if person carrying them is killed).

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15 hours ago, lChronosl said:

What are you talking about? They increased baseline Slam size and damage, reduced its baseline CD, kept the 75% slow from Pulverize and added several talent combos, such as Pulverize+Tenderizer keeping targets permanent 75% slowed. Not to mention his AA splashes, and he can increase its speed. They didn't remove any of his health or talents that increased his "tankiness", only added more sustain options. Hook's range was reduced, true, but by less than 10%, while giving us half a dozen utility talents for it AND keeping the ridiculous long range option of Fishing Hook. The only thing really removed was Shish KabobShish Kabob. He plays much better on PTR, and can be built to be a frontliner with amazing sustain, a bully bruiser or a traditional fisherman. Kudos to the devs. Notparadox's review show and explain his new options.

Sylvana's is also looking great. I was more afraid of them messing up too much with her and losing her flavor, but she is truly scary now. Both the sustained damage and burst build are amazing, and probably need to be nerfed. Her basic abilities require a bit more juggling now, but reward much more. Specially the way her talents can improve Shadow Dagger and  Withering Fire. I was also a bit skeptic abut the new skill shot Mind Control, but it feels great to not self stun yourself in the middle of a team fight. And she can even shred tanks with a %hp damage AA talent on lvl 1. Again, I point to Notparadox's video for some better explanations.

Hyped for these reworks, will probably go back to playing both our forsaken heroes next week.

@Edit: Sylvannas also got a very cool new hearthstone animation, based on the BfA cinematic I presume.

Yes, they "changed" it, and some of those changes are buffs.    However, the removal of the level one talent Heavy Slam alone is a big counterweight nerf to those buffs, instead of +40% damage off the bat for the entire slam radius, you only have the small inner (read:melee range) damage boost, IE you can't waveclear or  hit multiple heroes at once with slam anymore.   

This is why they said in the previous post they were buffing his trait to "help with waveclear" which had stitches players scratching their heads since the slam build was already very good at waveclear (you couldn't kill things with one slam but it took a sizeable chunk of health).

They also removed Putrid Ground at level 4 (sort of moved and renamed it to Lacerate at level 13).    This is again a big blow to the early slam build.    You can get it back at 13 now...but they also removed Mega Slam there, which was a big boost to the area effect range of slam.   

The other "Slam buffs" are actually buffs to stitches' other abilities when using Slam, IE other things go off cd faster after a slam, buff to melee after a slam, etc.     But the "Slam Build" was basically gutted here, you only get the full damage at melee range (making it essentially a cleave move instead of an aoe) and you can't use it as an aoe damage build anymore.

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The Fenix changes are interesting. Slight nerfs to plasma cutter build and buffs to basic attack build. Warp Warfare is where my biggest interests lie now. The reason you didn't want warp warfare was because it was risky and it's less so now but even with that Divert Power has almost 0 risk anymore since the shield cut is after the damage. Oh hey they buffed Chen. Sylv and Stiches got some changes too, I guess.

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      This week's brawl is Lost Cavern, but there isn't any quest associated with it, meaning you won't receive a Loot Chest for playing three games. We currently don't know if this is a bug or intended.
      Update: The bug seems to have been hotfixed and you'll again receive a Loot Chest for playing three games.
      Would you mind no Loot Box rewards from brawls or are they the only incentive why you keep playing the weekly brawl?

      Blizzard (Source)
      This week’s brawl is Lost Cavern! It’s all-out mayhem on our single-lane battleground – Lost Cavern. Queue up, choose your Hero, and try to best to bring down the enemy Core!

      Rules:
      Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
      Complete three matches of Lost Cavern to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
    • By Stan
      An overview of a few changes to the game's monetization model in the upcoming patch.
      Gold
      You can now convert Gold into Shards and purchase Rare Loot Chests with Gold.
      Shards
      Shards are used to forge cosmetic items for your Collection. You can acquire Shards by purchasing them with Gold or opening Loot Chests. Starting next week, you will be able to purchase Shards with Gold.
      100 Shards cost 2,000 Gold. 500 Shards cost 10,000 Gold.
      Loot Chests
      Loot Chests can no longer be purchased using Gems / real money, so the gambling aspect is virtually gone in Heroes.
      Rare Loot Chests cost 3,000 Gold each.
      Do you like the changes? Let us know in the comments!
    • By Stan
      Arthas, Mephisto, and the Lost Vikings are on sale this week along with Golden Lunar Skyrocket which costs 10,000 Gold.
      Hero Sales
      Heroes Discount Price Arthas 625 312Gems Mephisto 750 375 Gems The Lost Vikings 750 375 Gems Skins & Mounts
      Blizzard still haven't removed Paramour Pajamathur Abathur and Flirty Cloud from the Collection. The items are still labeled as being available for purchase for a limited time.
      Skins Mounts Paramour Pajamathur Abathur (900 Gems // 1,800 Shards) Golden Lunar Skyrocket (10,000 Gold)

      Flirty Cloud (900 Gems // 1,800 Shards)
      Click here to check out this week's Free-to-Play Hero rotation!
    • By Stan
      The latest patch comes with a lot of exciting new content available for testing, ranging from Hero reworks up to the new Caldeum Complex event, and revamped Hero roles.
      Patch Highlights
      The latest content patch will go live next week. You can now convert 10,000 Gold into 500 Shards (PTR values are subject to change at any time throughout testing). Hero Roles have been reworked. You can find more details in this post. Hero and Team League have been merged into a single Ranked queue called Storm League. Loot Chests can no longer be purchased with Gems. Rare Loot Chests can be purchased for 3,000 Gold each. A new Caldeum Complex Event comes with new skins and rewards. Caldeum Complex Loot Chests will have a chance to contain items from previous Lunar New Year Spring Events. Chromie and Lucio have been reworked. Click here for a full list of updated abilities and talents. Chromie's Sand Blast (Q) now deals 50% damage to Structures, Dragon's Breath's (W) ground warning is no longer visible to enemies, and the spell fires 3 blasts with a 0.75 delay towards a vector targeted direction, Time Trap (E) must now be detonated and affects friendly targets. Lucio's Wall Ride has been moved to (Z). He received a new trait called "Push Off". While Wall Ride is active, you can jump off the wall, dealing 100 damage and slowing all enemies hit by 75% for 1 second. Lucio has a new Heroic ability High Five (R1) that can be activated to quickly skate towards a target allied Hero, healing them for 250 and granting Unstoppable for 1 second, with a 15 second cooldown per allied Hero. 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 March 25. 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
      The cap on maximum negative Armor has been increased from -25 to -75, now that different Armor effects no longer stack Developer Comment: The negative Armor cap was originally instituted as a safety precaution so that stacking long term negative Armor effects wouldn’t lead to degenerate gameplay. We don’t anticipate many effects to go beyond -25, but there are a few cases where this can happen (including the new Unraveling Talent on Chromie and Sgt. Hammer’s Shrapnel Mines). Hero Roles Update Updated roles include: Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, and Ranged Assassin For more information, please review our blog here Loot chests are no longer available for Gem purchase Rare loot chests are now available for Gold purchase (3000 each) New Event: Caldeum Complex
      Welcome to the Caldeum Arcopolis, 2103 AD. A city bought and sold a hundred times over, now giant Mega Corporations hold more sway in the ever-shifting politics of the world than governments. Down on the rain slicked streets, humans, mutants, machines and synthetics all struggle to find their place in the light of the neon glow beneath the towering monuments to capitalism lording over them.
      With such oppression, the common people often turn to a life of crime. The leader of one of the largest gangs, the Azure Dragons, goes by the nickname, Chromie. Both a hacker and an anti-corporate street artist, many have said her work has an almost prophetic quality, as if she sees through time itself. The corporate media would have you believe she uses her gang of hackers to illegally ensure her prophecies become true, but lately her work has turned dark, as if she’s seen a cataclysmic force on the horizon…
      Recently, the Dragons have found an ally in the Onyx Turtles. While it’s rare to see the gangs working together, as the noose of systemic oppression has grown tighter, those in the underbelly of the mega-city have had to find new ways to survive. Kharazim and his Turtles are a harder sort of stock than most, with many known gladiators and street fighters serving in the ranks. This new alliance has provided the Azure dragons a strong defense against threats in the physical world.
      High above, the Jigoku Cybenetics Corporation, a primary manufacturer of mechanical augmentations, has become a target of both groups. In the mean streets, human enhancement has become one of the few options left to move the playing field more into the favor of those willing to bend the law. But their efforts have not gone unnoticed, and any who would dare to impugn the honor of Jigoku find themselves in the sights of the CyberOni, Jigoku’s elite agents: merciless killers at the beck and call of their bureaucratic masters.
      Caldeum Complex Quest Chain
      Make Contact with the Dragons: Capture 8 Mercenary camps in winning games Reward: Azure Dragons Spray and 3 Day Boost Meet the Azure Prophet: Win 2 games as a Melee or Ranged Assassin Reward: Azure Dragon Chromie Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest Earn the Turtles’ Trust: Contribute 25,000 XP in winning games Reward: Onyx Turtles Spray and 250 Gold Spar with Kharazim: Win 2 Games as Healer or Support Reward: Onyx Turtle Kharazim Portrait and Cyberpunk Phrases Pack Join the Tigers’ Hunt: Kill 150 Minions in winning games Reward: Ivory Tigers Spray and 250 Gold Prove Your Valor to Johanna: Win 2 games as Tank or Bruiser Reward: Ivory Tiger Johanna Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest Take Down the CyberOni Butcher: Achieve 50 takedowns in winning games Reward: Jigoku Cybernetics Spray and Jigoku Cybernetics Butcher Portrait Raid Jigoku Cybernetics Research Facility: Destroy 10 Forts or Keeps in winning games Reward: Jigoku Cyber Oni Warboar and 500 Gold Caldeum Complex Loot Chests
      Starting the week of March 26, all Loot chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gold will be Caldeum Complex Loot Chests. These loot chests guarantee at least one item from the Caldeum Complex or previous years’ Lunar New Year Spring events. Carve out your place among the infamous gangs and score yourself some sweet loot before the streets calm on April 30!
      Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Caldeum Complex Loot Chests.
      Storm League
      Hero League and Team League have been merged into a single ranked queue: Storm League Players must have 16 or more Heroes available and account level 50 or above to queue for Storm League Additional Details: Players can choose their preferred roles in the Ranked menu, so other team members can understand their play style Players can see party members’ win count under their rank badges on the Storm League queue screen The starting MMR in Storm League will be taken from a player’s last highest MMR from Hero League or Team League, whichever is higher Players will be prevented from queuing up in Storm League as a party together if their rank difference is more than 2 leagues apart There is a tooltip available to indicate this Exception: For players in a party of 5, any member outside the party’s League spread maximum will not be counted toward matchmaking requirements Exception: Players who have not yet placed are able to play with anyone Leaderboards have been updated to reflect Storm League Heroes
      We have recently revamped hero roles. For more information on this, check out our blog here.
      Healers
      Lúcio

      Abilities
      Crossfade (W) Healing decreased from 16 to 15 per second Movement Speed aura reduced from 20% to 10% Amp It Up (E) Healing Boost heal reduced from 114 to 112 per second Speed Boost Movement Speed reduced from 45% to 30% Wall Ride (Z) Moved from (Trait) to (Z) Skate Mode (Z) Removed New Trait – Push Off While Wall Ride is active, you can jump off the wall, dealing 100 damage and slowing all enemies hit by 75% for 1 second Talents
      Level 1 Maximum Tempo (E) Removed Party Mix (E) Moved from Level 7 New Talent – Smooth Moves (Z) Increase Wall Ride duration by 1 second; while Wall Ride is active, your Basic Attacks heal Lúcio for 30% of their damage and restore 0.5 Mana Level 4 Chase the Bass (Q) Removed Subwoofer (Q) Additional functionality: Close enemies are knocked back 75% further Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the same Soundwave Reward: Increase Soundwave arc by 50% and range by 20% New Talent – Supersonic (Trait) Push Off recharges 100% faster while you have the Wall Ride buff Level 7 Sonic Amplifier (W) Removed Reverse Amp (W) Moved from Level 10 New functionality: While Amp It Up is active, Healing Boost deals 50 damage a second and Speed Boost slows by 20% to enemies in the aura New Talent – Good Vibrations (Q) Every enemy hit with Soundwave grants Lúcio a 35-point Shield for 7 seconds; this value is tripled for enemy Heroes hit Level 10 New Heroic – High Five (R) Activate: Quickly skate towards target allied Hero, healing them for 250 and granting Unstoppable for 1 second (15 second cooldown per allied Hero) Level 13 Beat Mixing (W) Removed Can't Stop, Won't Stop (Trait) Removed Back in the Mix (Trait) Removed Hard Style (Trait) Removed Slip (Z) Moved from Level 1 New functionality: While Wall Ride is active you gain 20 Armor and if you pass through an enemy Hero, you gain 40% Movement Speed for 1 second New Talent – All Together (W) Each allied Hero in your Crossfade aura grants 5% base Movement Speed (this bonus stacks with other Movement Speed buffs) New Talent – Heavy Casters (Trait) Push Off no longer Slows but instead Stuns enemies for 0.5 seconds Level 16 Bring it Together (E) Removed Up the Frequency (E) No longer reduces Mana Cost Additional functionality: While Wall-Riding, increase your Basic Attack range by 40%; Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Amp It Up by .45 seconds New Talent – Up to Eleven (E) Activate: Increase the duration of your active Amp It Up by 2 seconds (60 second cooldown) Level 20 Synaesthesia Auditiva (E) Removed Bonus Track (E) Removed Nonstop Remix (R) Removed New Heroic Mastery – Mixing Fire (R) You can now High Five enemy Heroes, damaging them for 225 and reducing all healing done to them by 50% for 3 seconds. Passive: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second New Talent – House Party (W) All of your healing is increased by 10% for each allied Hero in your aura New Talent – Summer Anthem (W) Activate: Other allies in your Crossfade aura cannot be reduced below 1 Health for 1.5 seconds (75 second cooldown) Developer Comment: Lúcio’s rework is unlocking some new ways to help your allies and further harass your enemies! His old Trait, Wall Ride, is still completely functional but has been moved to his Mount (Z). The replacement Trait, Push Off, is a new utility Ability that gives Lúcio more mobility with a built-in way to peel enemies for his allies.
      That is just the beginning, though, as Lúcio has also gained a new Heroic Ability—High Five. This Ability allows him a small bit of burst healing to help compete with Sound Barrier while also granting an on-demand Unstoppable buff to allies that may have bitten off more than they can chew. If you were a big fan of Reverse Amp, no need to worry, it stays on his kit in the form of a talent and has similar functionality! In response to the added power, we are slowing him down a little so he is not quite as frustrating to lock down.
      Ranged Assassins
      Chromie

      Abilities
      Sand Blast (Q) Now hits all enemy types, though stops travel after one hit Deals 50% damage to Structures Baseline quest has been removed Casting a Sand Blast now spawns an Echo that replicates Chromie’s Sand Blasts and Basic Attacks, dealing 50% damage; Maximum of one Echo active at a time Damage reduced from 315 to 280 Cooldown increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds Cast time reduced from .8125 to .5 seconds Initial missile speed has been reduced, but acceleration has been added The time the missile takes to travel its full distance has been increased from .4375 to .625 seconds Dragon's Breath (W) Ground warning is no longer visible to enemy heroes Damage reduced from 390 to 195 Now fires a succession of 3 blasts with a 0.75 second delay towards a vector targeted direction Cooldown increased from 8 to 15 seconds Mana cost increased from 50 to 75 Time Trap (E) Once placed, now requires Chromie to re-activate the Trap with (D) to detonate and puts all units in the area in Time Stop Now affects allies as well as enemies Search area increased from 1.5 to 2 radius Mana cost increased from 25 to 30 Health increased from 300 to 500 Timewalker/Bronze Talons (Trait) The Bronze Talons Basic Attack component of her trait has been removed Talents
      Level 1 Deep Breathing (W) Stacks increased from 12 to 25 Bonus reduced from 5 to 2 per stack Bonus at maximum stacks reduced from 140 to 50 New Talent – Once Again the First Time (Q) Quest: Hit an enemy Hero with Sand Blast 40 times Reward: Sand Blast’s maximum Sand Echoes increased from 1 to 2 Mounting Sand (Q) Removed Level 2 Andorhal Anomaly (E) Moved from Level 18 No longer causes all three charges to refresh at once Additional functionality: Reduces the cooldown of Time Trap by 5 seconds All Time Traps are detonated at the same time New Talent – Chronic Conditions (E) After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap are Slowed by 25% for 3 seconds and allies gain 25% Movement Speed for 3 seconds New Talent – Time Troubles (E) After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap lose 20 Armor for 3 seconds and allies gain 20 Armor for 3 seconds Enveloping Assault (W) Removed Timely Surprise (E) Removed Level 5 Mobius Loop (W) Cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds per enemy Hero hit Mana return reduced from 100 to 40 per enemy Hero hit Bronze Talons (Q) Has been redesigned When Chromie hits an enemy Hero with Sand Blast, she deals 30% additional Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds New Talent – A Proper Greeting Passive: When Chromie damages a Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Hero, she deals 25% additional damage for 5 seconds Dragon's Eye (W) Removed Chrono Sickness (E) Removed Level 8 Slowing Sands (R1) Redesigned: Slow now increases the longer an enemy is in the affected area Now Slows by 5% every 0.25 seconds, up to a maximum of 70% Temporal Loop (R2) Range reduced from 11 to 8 Now also increases the recharge rate of Chromie’s Basic Abilities by 500% for 3 seconds Level 11 Here and There (Active) Now has a range of 9 Now teleports Chromie to a targeted location near a Sand Echo, and teleports the Sand Echo back to her old location New Talent – Gnome Speed Ahead! (Q) After casting Sand Blast, Chromie gains 200% increased Health and Mana Regeneration and 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds Bye Bye! (B) Removed Level 18 New Talent – Unravelling (R1) Every 0.25 seconds, enemy Heroes Slowed by Slowing Sands have their Spell Armor reduced by 2, up to 30 Stuck in a Loop (R2) Now also increases the duration of Temporal Loop’s cooldown reduction buff by 3 seconds New Talent – Blessing of the Bronze Passive: While Chromie is alive, she and all her allies gain 10% Movement Speed and their Basic Abilities recharge 30% faster Pocket of Time (R1) Removed Developer Comment: Our goal with this Chromie update is to create various degrees of success that Chromie can enjoy, so that she doesn’t feel like quite the same all-or-nothing mage that she’s historically been. Traditionally, Chromie has often required a hard counter to keep her in check or completely wrecked an opposing team, creating polarizing experiences.
      We’re instituting a lot of changes that allow Chromie to get partial success with her Abilities (multiple Sand Blasts baseline, 3 blasts of Dragon's Breath), while also widening her toolkit (friendly Stasis, Basic Attack damage, PvE damage). While we’re diversifying her kit, we also want to make sure that Chromie feels special, and we think that her Sand Echoes and predictive gameplay with Dragon's Breath are still unique parts of her that embody the feeling of artillery mage while still having moments of counter play for opponents.
      Lunara

      Talents
      Level 4 Blossom Swell (Q) Movement Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 12% This Movement Speed bonus now stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses Developer Comment: Due to Lunara’s unique Movement Speed mechanics, our recent update to Blossom Swell was not as beneficial to Lunara as we had hoped. To address this, we are slightly reducing its bonus but allowing it to stack with other Movement Speed bonuses, including Lunara’s trait, which should dramatically increase the total Movement Speed that she gets from this talent.
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where the healing nameplate UI would be hidden when the total equals 0. Fixed an issue where broadcasts would sometimes appear twice when sent Revamped Hero roles, further reworks, and a merged Hero & Team League are coming soon!