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Build Guides Updated

We've updated both Sylvanas and Stitches build guides for the latest Heroes of the Storm content patch.

Click the links below to access the updated build guides, talent calc, and use the dedicated comment threads to share your thoughts and questions with the community!

Sylvanas & Stitches Gameplay Updates

As you probably know, Stitches and Sylvanas received reworks in the Heroes patch of December 11. A list of all changes that were deployed to live servers on that day can be found below.

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Specialist

Sylvanas

Divider_Heroes_Sylvanas_Cropped.png

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 ShadowsUnfurling 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 WoundsFestering 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

Developer Comment: Hail your Warchief! We hope you enjoy our changes to Sylvanas as much as we have. Sylvanas now boasts impressive skirmishing power while retaining her unique ability to shut down enemy fortifications. In exchange for this power, she now has a fair amount of counter-play with her abilities, which should make her interactions with other heroes more interesting. We're also experimenting with putting a uniquely large portion of her power into talents, which we would love to hear your feedback on once you get a chance to try her out!

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 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
  • DevourDevour (E)
    • Ability Effects now occur at the start of the ability's cast, rather than at the end
  • Vile CleaverVile 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)
    • 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 CreationPatchwork 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 HealingAmplified Healing (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Restorative FumesRestorative Fumes (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Putrid GroundPutrid Ground (W)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Playtime!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 ChopChop Chop (W)
      • Hitting a Hero with the inner area of Slam increases Stitches' Basic Attack Speed by 50% for 4 seconds.
    • New Talent: Serrated EdgeSerrated 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 BiteLast Bite (E)
      • Removed
    • New Talent - BlightBlight (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.
          • Healing reduced from 2 to 1.75% of 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 – LacerateLacerate (W)
      • Slam afflicts enemies with Vile Gas and reduces armor by 10 for 4 seconds.
    • New Talent – Digestive JuicesDigestive Juices (E)
      • Devouring an enemy Hero reduces their damage dealt by 40% for 4 seconds.
    • New Talent – Gas FlareGas 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
    • PulverizePulverize (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Slam slows all enemies by 75% for 1 second.
          • Slow duration reduced from 1 to .75 seconds.
    • Shish KabobShish Kabob (Q)
      • Removed
    • Toxic GasToxic Gas (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Fishing HookFishing Hook (Q)
      • Range bonus increased from 40 to 50%
    • New Talent - Meat HookMeat 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 HelpingSecond 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 HorrorShambling Horror (Active)
      • Passive: Stitches is no longer affected by Slowing effects
      • Activate to gain 50 Armor for 4 seconds. 60 second CD.  

In addition to the patch, a balance update with more tuning went live this week with slight buffs for both Heroes to bring their win rate up a bit.

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Specialist

Sylvanas

Divider_Heroes_Sylvanas_Cropped.png

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.

Warrior

Stitches

Divider_Hero_Stitches_Crop.png

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

What do you think about the reworks so far? Let us know in the comments!

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      From June 17th to August 5th, your main goal will be working to thwart the Xenotech invasion. During this time all Loot Chests earned or bought with Gold will be MechaStorm II Loot Chests (excluding Hero-specific ones). These Loot Chests guarantee at least one item from either MechaStorm II or previous years’ Summer Events.
      Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become MechaStorm II Loot Chests.
      Bruiser
      Chen

      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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