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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

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    • 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.

Heroes

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

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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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      Level 1 Journeyman Cooking [W] Quest: Hitting an enemy Hero with Ez-Thro Dynamite restores 6% of Hogger’s maximum Health and permanently increases Hogger’s Health by 10, to a maximum of 750 bonus Health. Bones to Gnaw [Trait] Loot Hoard creates Meat on ground impact. While Meat is active, gain 10 armor. On The Prowl [Active] Activate to gain 30 Rage over 8 seconds. Passive: Hogger heals for 6 Health every second, increased by 2% for each point of Rage he has. Cooldown: 45 seconds. Level 4 Brute Strength [Q] Increase the range of Loot Hoard by 15%. Each Hero hit by Staggering Blow will permanently increase Hogger’s Basic Attack damage by 1, up to 100 bonus damage. Terrain collision impacts grant 2 stacks of this effect. Aggro Range [E] Increase Hogg Wild’s area by 25% and generate 1 Rage per enemy hit, increased to 3 against Heroes. Hogger’s Joggers [Passive] While at or above 30 Rage, Hogger gains 10% increased Movement Speed and healing received. When above 50 Rage, increase these bonuses to 15%. Level 7 Seeing Red [Q/E] While above 50 Rage, Staggering Blow and Hogg Wild’s cooldowns refresh 30% faster and Hogger gains 25% increased Attack Speed. Dense Blasting Powder [W] Direct hits launch an additional stack of dynamite beyond the target. Hitting an Ez-Thro Dynamite with Staggering Blow launches 3 sticks of Dynamite. Garbage Fire [W/Trait] Reduce the cooldown of Loot Hoard by 4 seconds. Loot Hoard deals 22 damage every .5 seconds and Slows nearby enemies by 20% in a large area. Level 13 Dust Devil [E] Hogg Wild grants 40 30 Armor while active and for 3 seconds after it ends. Increase this Armor value to 60 50 if Hogger has 50 or more Rage. Pummel [E] Enemies hit by Hogg Wild are Slowed by 10% for 1.5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Heroes hit also have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 3 seconds. Bloodthirst [Passive] Hogger is healed for 33% of the damage dealt to Heroes by Basic Attacks, Hogg Wild, and Staggering Blow. Level 16 Headbanger [Q] Heroes that collide with terrain from Staggering Blow take an additional 8% of maximum health as damage and are stunned for an additional .5 seconds. Kablooie! [W] Direct Hits with Ez-Thro Dynamite deal 40% more damage, reduce its cooldown by 1.5 seconds and increase its Slow amount to 50%. [Passive] Ez-Thro Dynamite’s range is increased by 25%. Furzerker [Passive] Hitting Heroes with Staggering Blow or Ez-Thro Dynamite increases the damage of Hogger’s next Basic Attack by 50%. Stacking up to 2 Basic Attacks. When Hogg Wild ends, Hogger gains 30% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Level 20 Secret Stash [R1] Every 2 seconds, Hoardapult’s Loot Hoard launches Ez-Thro Dynamite towards a random nearby enemy Hero. Every 5 seconds, a chunk or Meat is also launched towards Hogger. Power Spike [R2] Each Hero hit by Shockwave has their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds and grants Hogger 20 Rage. [Passive] Shockwave’s cooldown is affected by Rage. No Control [E] [Active] Activate to cast an untalented Hogg Wild and chase an enemy Hero. After reaching the Hero, Hogger will switch to chasing another nearby enemy Hero. If no other enemy Heroes are within range of a chase target, this abilities’ duration will begin to rapidly decay. Lasts for up to 6 5 seconds. Cannot be canceled. 60 second cooldown. Anger Management [Passive] Increase Hogger’s maximum Rage by 50. Basic Attacks generate 5 additional Rage. Return to Top
      Nexus Anomaly
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      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Hogger Heroic Bundle Winter Veil Classic Bundle Returning Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Toys 2018 Bundle Toys 2019 Bundle New Skins Stormwind Hogger Redridge Hogger Duskwood Hogger Shipwrecker Hogger Admiral Shipwrecker Hogger Drowned Shipwrecker Hogger Stately Shipwrecker Hogger New Mounts Bottleship Grog Bottleship Seaweed Bottleship New Announcer Hogger Announcer New Content Several new Portraits, Emoji Packs and other items have been added to the Collection! Return to Top
      Storm League
      When queued as a party, Storm League now looks for matches based solely on the highest player's MMR. Storm League Reward Mounts The final reward of the 2020 Season 5 Questline will be the Quillbear Mount, which will be awarded after winning 35 games in Ranked Play. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Brightwing
      Talents
      Level 1 Hyper Shift [Z] Bonus healing reduced from 10% to 8% maximum Health. Imperius
      Base
      Health reduced from 2450 to 2375. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.11 to 4.95. Talents
      Level 7 Blaze of Glory [W] Damage increased from 135 to 150. Jaina
      Talents
      Level 7 Icefury Wand [Passive] Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks against Chilled targets deal 50% bonus damage and reduce the cooldown of Blizzard by 1.25 seconds, doubled against enemy Heroes. Sonya
      Talents
      Level 4 Shattered Ground [W] Damage increased from 100% to 125% of Seismic Slam’s base damage. Level 13 Ruthless [E] Now shows Crit kickers when bonus damage is dealt. Health threshold for bonus damage increased from 33% to 50%. Level 16 Giant Slammer [W] Damage increased from 1.25% to 1.5% maximum Health. Thrall
      Talents
      Level 4 Feral Resilience [W] Physical Armor increased from 50 to 75. Level 13 Spirit Shield [Active] Spell Armor duration increased from 1.5 to 2.5 seconds. Level 20 Worldbreaker [R1] Cooldown reduction increased from 20 to 40 seconds. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where Alarak could become Protected and move without proccing Counter-Strike’s cooldown. Return to Top
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