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Heroes of the Storm Balance Update: December 19th

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A new balance update is here just a week after the latest content patch with Sylvanas and Stitches reworks went live. Check out the patch notes for more information!

Update: The following changes were omitted from the official patch notes (thanks to @Damien)

Deckard

  • Field StudyField Study - Each enemy Hero hit by Scroll of Sealing grants 15% 20% Spell Power for 14 seconds, up to 30% 40%.

Orphea

  • Growing NightmareGrowing Nightmare - Each Hero hit by the wave of Dread increases the damage of its eruption by 25% 20%.

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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. 

Heroes

Assassin

Gall

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Abilities

  • Runic BlastRunic Blast (E)
    • Damage from 233 to 210

Talents

  • Level 1
    • TaskmasterTaskmaster (Z)
      • No longer reduces the cooldown of Shove by 10 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Bomb's AwayBomb's Away (E)
      • Bonus damage now caps at 200
  • Level 7
    • Double TroubleDouble Trouble (Q)
      • Quest unlock cooldown reduction decreased from 1 to .5 seconds

Orphea

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Stats

  • Maximum Health reduced from 1662 to 1525
  • Health Regen reduced from 3.46 to 3.18

Abilities

  • Crushing JawsCrushing Jaws (R)
    • Damage reduced from 275 to 250
    • Stun duration reduced from .75 to .5 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Ancestral StrengthAncestral Strength (Trait)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 25 to 20%
  • Level 4
    • FrightFright (E)
      • The slow effects no longer stack
    • BackbiterBackbiter (W)
      • Added functionality:
        • Passively increase your maximum Health by 10%

Samuro

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Abilities

  • Illusion MasterIllusion Master (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
    • No longer grants Samuro bonus Basic Attack damage

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Way of IllusionWay of Illusion (Q)
      • Bonus Attack Damage per quest stack reduced from .5 to .25

Developer Comment: Samuro has become a bit of a nuisance for many players to deal with, particularly when playing against people who are competent in using IIllusion MasterIllusion Master. We’re reducing the power of Way of IllusionWay of Illusion and Illusion MasterIllusion Master, which should generally reduce the overall damage that Samuro can deal throughout the game. 

Specialist

Sylvanas

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Stats

  • Maximum Health increased from 1550 to 1650
  • Health Regeneration increased from 3.23 to 3.44

Abilities

  • Shadow DaggerShadow Dagger (W)
    • Damage increased from 29 to 32

Developer Comment: We are still gathering and evaluating data on Sylvanas, but her win rate is looking a little low, so we are giving her some small preliminary buffs while people figure out how to play with her updated kit and talents. 

Zagara

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Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 80 to 76

Abilities

  • Hunter KillerHunter Killer (W)
    • Cooldown increased from 14 to 16 seconds
    • Damage reduced from 65 to 71
    • Health increased from 420 to 450
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 75
  • Nydus NetworkNydus Network (R)
    • Cooldown reduction per Basic Attack reduced from .5 to .4 seconds

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Hydralisk TransfusionHydralisk Transfusion (W)
      • Life Leech reduced from 75 to 60% of damage dealt

Support

Auriel

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Increasing ClarityIncreasing Clarity (Q)
      • Damage bonus upon quest completion increased from 150 to 180

Deckard 

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Field StudyField Study (E)
      • Spell Power bonus increased from 15 to 20% per stack
  • Level 4
    • RubyRuby (Active)
      • Healing increased from 205 to 220
  • Level 13
    • Potion of RevivalPotion of Revival (Q)
      • Healing increased from 35 to 45%
    • Super Healing PotionSuper Healing Potion (Q)
      • Healing increased from 80 to 100%
  • Level 16
    • Safety in NumbersSafety in Numbers (Trait)
      • Armor bonus increased from 10 to 15

Developer Comment: After the last round of changes, Deckard’s win rate has fallen more than we would like.  Rather than put more power back into his base kit, we are buffing some of his talents on various tiers to make his talent choices more impactful and to increase his power growth throughout the game.

Lt. Morales

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy (W)
      • No longer grants cooldown reduction when removing Slows with Safeguard
        • Additional functionality:
          • Reduce the cooldown of Safeguard by 2 seconds

Uther

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Armor of FaithArmor of Faith (Q)
      • Now has a 20-second cooldown
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also restores 90 Mana when Uther is Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced

Developer Comment: There was a large disparity of the value that Uther could receive when taking Armor of FaithArmor of Faith against various heroes who have small stuns that proc often against enemies (such as Johanna.) While we still like the idea of this talent turning crowd control against Uther into a boon for him, we want to be able to control its frequency so that his output isn’t drastically different when facing off against certain heroes. To compensate for the loss of uptime in these situations, we are giving him a fairly significant Mana return, which should offset the cooldown reduction that he receives on Holy LightHoly Light when this talent activates.

Warrior

Cho

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Stats

  • Maximum Health reduced from 2950 to 2750
  • Health regeneration reduced from 6.15 to 5.73

D.Va

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Stats

  • Mech Basic Attack damage increased from 24 to 26

Mal'Ganis

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Fueled by TormentFueled by Torment (W)
      • Healing reduced from 12 to 11

Stitches

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Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 3000 to 3060
  • Health Regen increased from 6.25 to 6.38

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Chop ChopChop Chop (W)
      • Attack Speed slow duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Digestive JuicesDigestive Juices (E)
      • Damage reduction bonus increased from 40 to 50%
      • Duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed a number of tooltip issues across the game.

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  • Sylvanas: Fixed an issue preventing Banshee’s Curse from working against Battleground event monsters.
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3 minutes ago, Fash said:

Why did they need to nerf Cho’Gall exactly? 

He was rising up in winrate because Tychus, Greymane and most % dmg dealers aren't in a good moment right now and it felt a little hopeless when your team just didn't had enough damage to stop a competent Cho.

Also, the Gall talents that are nerfed are the only ones the people picks because they are far superior than the others. I guess they are trying to convince people to use other talents before buffing them. They do this type of thing a lot.

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IMO Cho'Gall should get a rework. Mostly, just make the talent choices less linear. Also, even though it was probably broken, I want unstoppable surging fist back.

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4 hours ago, Stan said:

Gall

Talents

Level 4

  • Bomb's AwayBomb's Away (E)
    • Bonus damage now caps at 200

 

 😪 I cry for this loss. You get SO many dmg stacks once Cho got the lvl 13 CDR talent. When I've played Gall with my friends by lvl 15-18 in team fights we would have like 50 stacks on it. We ended one game a couple weeks ago with 96 stacks on Infernal Shrines (or maybe it was Volskaya Foundry). It was ridiculously strong fun 😄

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Kinda sad to see they finally noticed how fun Uther with Armor of FaithArmor of Faith was against  Jojo or Stukov, when you could voluntary get pulled or silenced for a bit just to get that massive CD reduction. Specially funny if you also had Holy ShockHoly Shock to poke them with.

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I'll Cho your gall! I'm amazed at the hp NERF. You would think being a 2 player controlled character would have the most hp undoubtedly at any point in the game but nope 😞

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Holy *filtered*, there's already a build that let Sylvanas one-shot squishies with Shadow Dagger's quest and armor reduction + Festering Wound, and now they're buffing Shadow Dagger's base damage? 

And when will they stop nerfing Zagara? Seriously, she isn't that OP to begin with.

Somebody should be feeling happy about this particular Deckard buff right now.

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The only hero that "is for potatoes and noobs", called Cho'Gall, now gets awful nerfs without a plausible reason :(
I can't believe one of the least picked heroes of all time, and even unpickable in Hero League (due to obvious reasons), receives 5 nerfs at the same time T_T considering that each tweak affects both heroes and not only 1 of them :c

I don't support this nerf at all u.u!

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The Cho'gall and Samuro's Way of illusion nerfs were misplaced. Sam's quest was weak because it gave him a lousy bit of dmg. And regarding the base Runic explosion nerf on Gall, I am surprised to see they are nerfing the base kit without buffing talents.

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8 hours ago, XeaKon said:

The Cho'gall and Samuro's Way of illusion nerfs were misplaced. Sam's quest was weak because it gave him a lousy bit of dmg. And regarding the base Runic explosion nerf on Gall, I am surprised to see they are nerfing the base kit without buffing talents.

That's what you think about Samuro, but in reality it gave him a lot of burst with Phantom PainPhantom Pain, which allowed him to destroy opposition in seconds.

Just check Grubby's (little bit outdated) video "Samuro Overexplained".

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8 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Cho'gall already is a rarely picked hero even outside of ranked and they nerf them even more? That is plain stupid.

61% winrate in Diamond/Master Team League and being firstban material (people used to playing Cho'Gall at this rank were not afraid to pick him in the first phase, even if this meant risking to face 3 counters) is probably why.

Outside of the Zagara nerf (which I think is a little misplaced - I think she needs a mini-rework centered around making Serated Spines baseline) I overall like this patch. Orphea and Samuro needed these nerfs, at least for higher levels of play.

In the end, the only change outside of Zagara that gave me question marks is the Mal'ganis one, because he is still absolutely busted. He needs so much more to be balanced.

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      Base Keg Smash [W] Brew cost increased from 20 to 30 New functionality: Smash Chen's keg, dealing damage, drenching affected enemies in Brew for 3 seconds, and Slowing them by 10% for 1.5 seconds. After 1.5 seconds, the Slow is increased to 40% for 1.5 seconds. After being used, this ability becomes Breath of Fire. Breath of Fire [W] This ability has been moved to the W button, and is available after Keg Smash has been used Cooldown reduced from 5 seconds to 1.5 seconds Impact damage reduced from 96 to 85 Periodic damage increased from 32 to 55 Brew cost reduced from 30 to 10 Adjusted functionality: Using Breath of Fire on Brew-soaked enemy causes them to be Ignited, dealing damage over 3 seconds and adding 1.5 seconds to the duration of the Slow from Keg Smash. After being used or after 6 seconds, this ability becomes Keg Smash New Ability: Stagger [E] Damage taken over the next 3 seconds is prevented. Once this effect ends, Chen receives 75% of the damage taken over 5 seconds. 18-second CD Fortifying Brew [Trait] No longer grants 25 Brew instantly Brew regeneration increased from 30 to 50 per second Cooldown increased from 5 to 7 seconds Channel time reduced from 5 to 4 seconds Shield amount decreased from 196 to 180 per second This reduces the total shields for fully drinking from 588 to 540 Shield duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds Talents
      Level 1 Stormstout Secret Recipe [Passive] Moved from Level 20 Healing increased from 1.5% to 2% of Chen’s maximum health New Talent: Eye of the Tiger [Passive] Adjusted functionality - Quest: Increase Regeneration Globe Healing duration by 100%. Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, 50% of the Shield from Fortifying Brew persists indefinitely after drinking Level 4 Keg Toss [W] Removed Withering Flames [W] Moved from Level 13 Duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds Accumulating Flame [W] Moved from Level 1 New functionality: Increase Ignited damage by 25% and Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are Ignited increase its duration by .75 seconds Level 7 Bolder Flavor [Trait] Removed Elusive Brawler [Active] Moved from Level 1 Additional functionality: While active, also grants Chen 30% Movement Speed New Talent: Gift of the Ox [E] Increase Stagger’s duration by .5 seconds, and reduce the amount of damage taken over time to 60% of damage taken Level 10 Wandering Keg [R1] Movement speed bonus increased from 60% to 70% Knockback duration increased by ~28% Knockback speed increased by ~53% Storm, Earth, Fire [R2] Spirit Health reduced from 75% of Chen's Health to 70% Each ability can only be cast once. The final ability that is cast is empowered. Storm [Q] New functionality: The spirits gain a shield for 400 over 3 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, the shield amount is increased to 750 with no limited duration, and the duration of Storm Earth Fire is increased by 5 seconds. Earth [W] New functionality: Fire and Earth leap to the target location, dealing 32 damage and slowing enemies in a large area by 70% for 1.5 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, increase the damage dealt by 300% and the leap instead roots enemy Heroes hit for 1.75 seconds. Earth Ability range increased from 7 to 9 Earth Unit basic attack Slow reduced from 2 seconds to 1.75 seconds Earth Unit attack period increased from 2 to 1.5 Fire [E] New functionality: Increase the attack speed and attack damage of the spirits by 50% for 5 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, increase the attack speed and attack damage bonus to 75% and the spirits gain 50% movement speed for its duration Level 13 Ring of Fire [W] Moved from Level 4 Adjusted functionality: After Igniting an enemy, burst into flames, dealing damage to nearby enemies Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds Damage increased from 52 to 60 Enough to Share [Trait] Moved from Level 16 Additional functionality: Duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds Allied Shield amount increased from 27 to 70 Additional functionality: Now also instantly Shields Chen for 180 Pressure Point [Q] Adjusted functionality: Flying Kick Slows the target enemy for 35% for 1 second, or by 70% if Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew A Touch of Honey [W] New functionality: Increase the Slow from Keg Smash by 10% and its duration by .5 seconds Level 16 Another Round [W] Removed New Talent: Celerity [E] Basic Attacks against Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Stagger by 1.5 seconds and grant Chen 15 Armor for 3 seconds New Talent: Combo Strikes [Trait] Every 3rd Basic Attack against the same target deals 75% bonus damage. While Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew and for 2 seconds after, he gains 50% Attack Speed Flying Leap [Q] Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Flying Leap by .5 seconds each time an enemy Hero takes damage from being Ignited Level 20 Purifying Brew [Trait] Moved from Level 7 New functionality: Casting Fortifying Brew grants Chen Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds New Talent: Energizing Brew [Trait] If Chen fully completes his cast of Fortifying Brew, then he gains 20% maximum Health and 20% increased damage for 25 seconds Untapped Potential [R1] Armor bonus increased from 60 to 75 Armor bonus now lasts for 3 seconds after Wandering Keg expires Movement Speed increased from 100% to 125% Elemental Conduit [R2] New functionality: Increase the spirits’ Health to 100% of Chen’s maximum Health and all of their abilities are empowered Developer Comment: The new Chen has finally arrived! We had a blast tinkering with him, and look forward to seeing him unleashed to his full potential in your hands. When taking a look at how to best change him, we primarily focused on adding more opportunities for Chen to make plays and for his opponents to interact with him. Some of his power has been taken out of Fortifying Brew and put into his new ability, Stagger, as well as into his talents. While he may take a bit of time to master, proper management of Chen’s cooldowns should result in a formidable hero that will make a great addition to any team.
      Bug Fixes
      General
      Heroes, Abilities, & Talents
      FIXED: Tassadar displays the 'Support' role icon, and is not selected as a valid healer pick when both sides are given a Healer in Shuffle Pick. FIXED: Mercenary Camp captures will show Score Credit Tracking to always match the amount of experience that is being awarded.  FIXED: Minions on Tomb of the Spider Queen no longer gain an extra minute of scaling at the start of the game. FIXED: Players will get credit for capturing a Mercenary Camp if you are within an extra 5 radius of the capture point (and on the same team) FIXED: TargetUnit Abilities that can be placed on allies no longer appear invisible to enemy Heroes hit by their area. FIXED: Respec on Try Me Mode map now respawns the player Hero to properly reset all Talents and Quests that Hero had chosen. Jaina: Jaina's Water Elemental mimic damage from Wintermute now correctly reflects the tooltip and Balance Update. 50% of Jaina's Basic Frostbolt and Cone of Cold damage is mimicked by the Water Elemental. D.Va: D.Va's Mech is no longer immune to friendly abilities. Chromie: Here and There no longer requires Chromie to have vision of her target location, or the clone she is swapping with.  Sylvanas: Minions who are Possessed now properly remove all friendly damaging abilities that were applied before they were Possessed.  Raynor: Raynor's Hyperion Splat now properly matches both its warning splat and its targeting guide. Anub’arak: Cocoon is no longer disjointed by teleports. Cocoon will now redirect, similarly to pyroblast, and fall off if the teleport is far enough away. The long-awaited Chen rework is here with a new MechaStorm II event coming to the Nexus next week.
    • By Stan
      This week's free Hero rotation includes Ana, D.Va, Hanzo, Leoric, and Medivh.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: June 18, 2019
      Raynor Muradin Sonya Nazeebo Uther Jaina Zeratul Ana Tyrael Brightwing D.Va (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Hanzo (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Leoric (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Medivh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
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