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Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: February 4th

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A new patch is available for playtesting on PTR until February 10. Abathur and Ana received talent reworks, Rehgar's Ancestral HealingAncestral Healing can now be self-cast, and more!

Patch Highlights

  • Abathur has been reworked to introduce more counter-play to the Hero. Sustained CarapaceSustained Carapace is now baseline, the cooldown of CarapaceCarapace has been lowered, so CarapaceCarapace no longer needs to be removed to be efficient. Abathur's locusts are now more potent, but last for a shorter period of time, and more.
  • Ana is the second Hero that has been reworked in the patch. Her Aim Down SightsAim Down Sights was implemented into her base ShrikeShrike functionality, and many talents have been reshuffled.
  • Rehgar's Ancestral HealingAncestral Healing can now be self-cast.
  • New Delta skins are in for Blaze, Deckard, and Hanzo.

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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 February 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.

General

  • Mac
    • Improved compatibility with latest Mac OS versions.
  • A.I.
    • Made several improvements to Hero A.I. behavior.

Heroes

Specialist

Abathur

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Abilities

  • CarapaceCarapace (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 6 seconds
    • Duration reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
    • Additional functionality:
      • Shield now persists after Symbiote ends
    • Additional functionality:
      • Shield now Heals allied Heroes for 22 Health per second while Carapace is active
  • Locust StrainLocust Strain (Trait)
    • Duration reduced from 25 to 16 seconds
    • Damage increased from 34 to 40
  • Evolve MonstrosityEvolve Monstrosity (R)
    • No longer takes 50% reduced damage from non-Heroic enemies
    • Now shows a warning indicator showing where it is going to burrow to
    • Additional Functionality:
      • Now has the ability to Deep Tunnel to a visible location every 80 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Regenerative MicrobesRegenerative Microbes (E)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Reinforced Carapace (E)
      • Increase the Shield amount of Carapace by 40%
    • Survival InstinctsSurvival Instincts (Trait)
      • No longer increases Locust duration
      • Additional functionality:
        • Increase Locust attack damage by 40%
  • Level 4
    • BallistosporesBallistospores (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Sustained CarapaceSustained Carapace (E)
      • Removed
    • NeedlespineNeedlespine (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7
  • Level 7
    • Calldown: MULECalldown: MULE (Active)
      • Healing per second reduced from 100 to 90
  • Level 13
    • Assault StrainAssault Strain (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Bombard StrainBombard Strain (Trait)
      • No longer increases Locust attack damage
      • Additional functionality:
        • Increase the duration of Locusts by 50%
  • Level 16
    • Volatile MutationVolatile Mutation (R)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Damage dealt by Volatile Mutation against enemy Heroes heals the host for 50% of the damage dealt
  • Level 20
    • Evolutionary LinkEvolutionary Link (R)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Increase the duration of Ultimate Evolution by 50%
    • Evolution CompleteEvolution Complete (R)
      • No longer gives the Monstrosity the ability to Deep Tunnel
      • New functionality:
        • Now increases the Monstrosity’s Basic Attack damage by 100%

Developer Comment: For a long time Abathur has had a unique place in Heroes, being a powerful force at high level play while having a relatively low win-rate across the board. These changes are meant to spruce up his talents while streamlining his gameplay and introducing more counter-play to the hero. CarapaceCarapace, particularly with the Sustained CarapaceSustained Carapace talent, created some awkward gameplay where it was much more efficient to use SymbioteSymbiote on cooldown, even when the desire was to stay on one target, due to the cooldown refresh that it gave CarapaceCarapace. In order to clean this up, Sustained CarapaceSustained Carapace is baseline and the cooldown of CarapaceCarapace has been reduced, so Abathur no longer has to continuously remove CarapaceCarapace to be efficient. In addition, Abathur’s Locusts are now more potent, but they last for a shorter duration, meaning Abathur players will be more rewarded for positioning themselves aggressively and punished when they overextend too much.

Support

Ana

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Abilities

  • Healing DartHealing Dart (Q)
    • Heal reduced from 205 to 195
  • ShrikeShrike (Trait/D)
    • New Active - Aim Down Sights
    • No longer grants Sight or Attack Range
    • Cooldown from 3 to 4 seconds
    • Self-slow increased from 20 to 25%
    • New functionality:
      • While active, Sleep and Healing Dart ranges are increased by 25% and pierce one target
  • Eye of HorusEye of Horus (R)
    • Heal reduced from 285 to 225
    • Damage reduced from 166 to 135
    • Added functionality:
      • Shots now pierce all targets (but still impact and cease on structures)

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Piercing DartsPiercing Darts (E)
      • Removed
    • Grenade CalibrationGrenade Calibration (W)
      • Removed
    • Contact HealingContact Healing (W)
      • Moved from Level 16
    • New Talent – Slumber Shells (E)
      • If an enemy is affected by Sleep Dart, Ana gains 25% movement speed
    • New Talent – Vampiric Rounds (Trait)
      • Quest: Each time you stack max Doses on a target Hero, increase Shrikes self-heal by 1.5%
  • Level 4
    • Air StrikeAir Strike (Active)
      • Removed
    • Aim Down SightsAim Down Sights (D/Trait)
      • Removed (New Trait Addition)
    • Debilitating DartDebilitating Dart (Active)
      • Moved from Level 7
    • New Talent – Biotic Enhancements (W)
      • Increase the bonus healing duration of Biotic Grenade by 50% and reduce its cooldown by 4 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Temporary BlindnessTemporary Blindness (E)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Anti-Healer (W)
      • Biotic Grenades area is increased by 100% and the duration of the Healing debuff is increased by 25%
    • New Talent – Night Terrors (E)
      • When a Slept target wakes up, they are dealt 8% of their maximum Health in damage. If they are woken up early, reduce the cooldown of Sleep Dart by 7 seconds
  • Level 16
    • New Talent - Active Reload (Active)
      • Activate to gain 3 charges of Healing Dart (60 second CD)
  • Level 20
    • Ballistic AdvantageBallistic Advantage (R)
      • Removed
    • Dynamic ShootingDynamic Shooting (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Somnolent DosesSomnolent Doses (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Custom OpticsCustom Optics (Trait)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Dead-Eye (R)
      • The healing and damage of Eye of Horus is increased by 4% for every Hero hit. This resets after all shots have been fired.
    • New Talent - Armored Stance (D/Trait)
      • Increase Shrike’s damage by 50%. Gain 25 Armor while Aim Down Sights is active.
    • New Talent – Dynamic Optics (D/Trait)
      • While Aim Down Sights is active, increase the range of your Basic Attacks by 4. Each attack increases your Attack Speed by 10% for 3 seconds (up to 50%)

Developer Comment: Ana came to the Nexus during the ‘Quest Revolution’ where we were adding them in as many places as we could. We have learned a lot since that time, so we spent some time re-designing and re-organizing Ana’s talent tree. Bringing Aim Down SightsAim Down Sights into her base ShrikeShrike functionality gives us a design solve for the powerful yet flawed Piercing DartsPiercing Darts quest. The rest of the talent changes and shuffles were directed at opening up some new builds while keeping all of her current beloved capabilities!

Rehgar

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Abilities

  • Ancestral HealingAncestral Healing (R)
    • Rehgar can now self-cast Ancestral Healing

Whitemane

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • High InquisitorHigh Inquisitor (W)
      • Mana return per stack reduced from 75 to 50

Collection

New Bundles

  • The following new bundles are only available for a limited time!
    • Join the Resistance Bundle
    • Viper Returns Bundle
    • Firestorm Blaze Skin Pack
    • Deckard Pain Skin Pack
    • Delta Hanzo Skin Pack

New Skins

  • Firestorm Blaze
  • Red Hot Firestorm Blaze
  • Atomic Firestorm Blaze
  • Deckard Pain
  • Infiltrator Deckard Pain
  • Desert Ops Deckard Pain
  • Delta Hanzo
  • Blackout Delta Hanzo
  • Veteran Delta Hanzo
  • Badlands Imperator Stukov
  • Badlands Sidewinder Ana
  • Badlands Deathfang Genji
  • Cryo Imperator Stukov
  • Cryo Sidewinder Ana
  • Cryo Deathfang Genji
  • Paramour Pajamathur Abathur

New Mounts

  • D.E.R.P.A.
  • Commando D.E.R.P.A.
  • Desert D.E.R.P.A.
  • Badlands Viper Dominator
  • Flirty Cloud

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 Shields applied to non-Heroes to be applies towards Healing Score.
  • Super Cleanse effects (Abolish MagicAbolish Magic) will no longer remove delayed damaging effects (Consume SoulsConsume Souls, Last RitesLast Rites)
  • Fixed an issue causing Time Stop and Stasis effects to remove Armor Vulnerability effects.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a player’s ready state to become locked if Ready and Cancel were pressed in rapid succession.
  • Fixed an issue that could occasionally prevent players from pressing the ready button when using the Call of the Nexus Quick Match system.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Ana: Fixed an issue allowing cooldowns to tick down during Time Stop if the Hero is affected by Nano BoostNano Boost.
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue causing Lightning FuryLightning Fury to be invisible if it pierced a Hero at melee range.
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue causing FendFend to immediately cancel if cast immediately after Lightning FuryLightning Fury.
  • Chromie: Slowing SandsSlowing Sands will no longer slow Battleground vehicles (Dragon Knight, Triglav Protector).
  • Deckard: Fortitude of the FaithfulFortitude of the Faithful’s range indicator now matches the actual range of the ability.
  • Deckard: Fixed an issue with how Potion of RevivalPotion of Revival benefits from spell power. (should now heal for more)
  • Kerrigan: Fixed an issue preventing Sharpened BladesSharpened Blades from granting kill credit against Heroes with post-death effects.
  • Li Li: Fixed an issue that caused healing from Cloud SerpentCloud Serpent to temporarily fail if the Blessing of Yu’lon talent was chosen while a Cloud SerpentCloud Serpent was active.
  • Maiev: Fan of KnivesFan of Knives will now refund the correct amount of Mana.
  • Maiev: Fixed an issue with Blade DanceBlade Dance’s visual effects blocking command inputs.
  • Muradin: Fixed an issue preventing Thunder BurnThunder Burn from creating the secondary thunder clap if it lands the killing blow on the affected Hero.
  • Nova: Fixed an issue causing Holo DecoyHolo Decoy’s Snipe projectile to be destroyed mid-flight if the Decoy died.
  • Nova: Triple TapTriple Tap will now immediately cancel if the target becomes invalid immediately after starting the Triple Tap cast.
  • Ragnaros: Fixed an issue allowing Ragnaros to immediately complete the Catching FireCatching Fire quest if it was chosen during Molten CoreMolten Core.
  • Rexxar: Fixed an issue preventing Rexxar from controlling Misha while silenced.
  • Stitches: Fixed a number of issues caused by using Helping HandHelping Hand on an allied Hero using a Channeled ability that grants Unstoppable.
  • Stitches: Fixed an issue that could prevent Stitches’ HookHook from landing at point blank range.
  • Tyrande: The Shooting StarShooting Star talent will no longer attempt to target Sand Tornadoes created by the Boss.

User Interface

  • Fixed an issue preventing critical healing effects from showing the Crit UI indicator.
  • Adding and Removing favorite emojis will no longer cause the chat panel and emoji picker to close.
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About that Ana rework, truth be told, I really enjoyed those questing talents. Generally, I am a glutton for the mechanic, it's like a minigame within the actual game. perhaps that is why I like playing the Butcher so much. So with that talent gone, I think playing Ana will lose a lot of joy for me. Let's remember that playing her is much more challenging than the majority of other healers.

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Really like the abathur changes. It lets him take some strong damage talents like pressurized glands and adrenal overload without sacrificing healing ability in the early game

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26 minutes ago, Fransoa said:

at long last the nerf has been reversed ??

I'm so glad that's back tbh

I missed out even playing with it like that since I joined the game 2 weeks before Machines of War ended ?

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OMG! Deckard Old Snake! Ancestral HealingAncestral Healing Self Cast! Sustained CarapaceSustained CarapaceRegenerative MicrobesRegenerative Microbes  + Evolve MonstrosityEvolve Monstrosity burrow baseline! Eye of HorusEye of Horus pierce + Q and W range increase baseline for Ana! Best update evar!

The community might be dying somewhat, but the last 2 updates were still strong. (I am aware that these changes were probably in the works for a long time, but still...)

5 hours ago, Stan said:

Fixed an issue that could cause a player’s ready state to become locked if Ready and Cancel were pressed in rapid succession. 

I have been waiting years for this fix, finally!

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1 hour ago, VegaPl said:

About that Ana rework, truth be told, I really enjoyed those questing talents. Generally, I am a glutton for the mechanic, it's like a minigame within the actual game. perhaps that is why I like playing the Butcher so much. So with that talent gone, I think playing Ana will lose a lot of joy for me. Let's remember that playing her is much more challenging than the majority of other healers.

Those quest talents handicapped Ana greatly, and completing the them was anything but fun. Plus you often would find yourself using your abilities in a non-optimal way just to get their completion was fast as possible (such as spamming Sleep DartSleep Dart mindlessly just to be able to hit two targets with Healing DartHealing Dart); if you played defensively, you could end up not completing the quest, which greatly hindered her healing output.

I'm all in favor for Quest Talents if done right, but Ana's were poorly designed. I'm glad they got rid of them. Now Aim Down Sights now being baseline and merging it with her Dart Quest was the best thing they could have ever done. Now she will be way more technical and rewarding to play.

The only thing I'm really sad is that they removed Somnolent DosesSomnolent Doses, which was her best talent ever.

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I'll definitely miss ballistospores; I really hope they reconsider that change.  It's also a little mind-boggling to me that they felt they needed to add more counterplay to Abathur.

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

The only thing I'm really sad is that they removed Somnolent DosesSomnolent Doses, which was her best talent ever.

Maybe on coordinated play, but on my rank it would usually get no value since random AoE (or even AA) damage from your teammates would awake them immediately. I usually went for Dynamic ShootingDynamic Shooting, but now am really interested on both her lvl 20 Trait upgrades, Armored Stance (Increase Shrike’s damage by 50%. Gain 25 Armor while Aim Down Sights is active) and Dynamic Optics (While Aim Down Sights is active, increase the range of your Basic Attacks by 4. Each attack increases your Attack Speed by 10% for 3 seconds (up to 50%)).

And I bet lvl 7 Night Terrors (When a Slept target wakes up, they are dealt 8% of their maximum Health in damage. If they are woken up early, reduce the cooldown of Sleep Dart by 7 seconds) will be the new must pick on every build.

@Edit: I just checked in game and the description for Night Terror is wrong. In game it says "If they are not waken up early, reduces the CD to 6 seconds", instead of "if they are woken up early".

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8 minutes ago, lChronosl said:

Maybe on coordinated play, but on my rank it would usually get no value since random AoE (or even AA) damage from your teammates would awake them immediately.

What made it powerful was the ability to lock people. For instance, you'd throw a OverdoseOverdose infused Sleep DartSleep Dart, and two auto-attacks later you'd put the scrub to sleep again. Amazing to secure kills.

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Wont the reduction on Abbathur's carapace healing from 64 per second to 22 per second be a hit to his healing ability? I understand that you no longer need to shield cancel to maximize healing, which means you deal more damage in the long run as you dont potentially lose time you could be casting symbiotes other abilities, but 64 per second for 4 seconds vs 22 per second for 6 seconds, with the 4 seconds being refreshed by shield canceling, seems to be a fairly sizeable reduction to abbathurs healing ability?

 

Love the ana changes though!

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Ana changes seem like an overall nerf slightly but less compromised by your ability to complete the quests to a point where you can be effective or not. However would prefer not to be dropping 5 stacks of dose on someone to reapply it again for the sake of the Vampiric quest. I'd also like to know if Eye of Horus isn't completely horrid to use still where you can't click on the mini map without using the middle mouse button... ? 

Anti-Healer sounds quite oppressive. Maybe too much (looking at lvl 4 talent sync) 

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6 hours ago, Plergoth said:


Anti-Healer sounds quite oppressive. Maybe too much (looking at lvl 4 talent sync) 

I honestly think that HOTS underuses healing reduction mechanic. The one from Ana is a little extreme to have 100% cancelled out, but something less oppressive like Mortal Strike from Varian could be more common. I'm thinking about 20-50% less healing. Armour ignorance could also see some more action. Or talents that give you benefits for attacking armoured targets. They could just introduce Void Ray as a new hero and give it Prismatic Alignment as a trait :P

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13 hours ago, SuperKaioken said:

Wont the reduction on Abbathur's carapace healing from 64 per second to 22 per second be a hit to his healing ability? I understand that you no longer need to shield cancel to maximize healing, which means you deal more damage in the long run as you dont potentially lose time you could be casting symbiotes other abilities, but 64 per second for 4 seconds vs 22 per second for 6 seconds, with the 4 seconds being refreshed by shield canceling, seems to be a fairly sizeable reduction to abbathurs healing ability?

 

Love the ana changes though!

It's a reduction in his overall healing but it does make the healing easier to optimize and it opens up the option for him to take some strong damage choices early on while still being able to provide a decent amount of healing. He's probably not going to be able to replace a true support but he never should've gotten to that point. Instead he's now going to be able to function as an off healer with some pretty good damage too

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15 hours ago, cowboy said:

I'll definitely miss ballistospores; I really hope they reconsider that change.  It's also a little mind-boggling to me that they felt they needed to add more counterplay to Abathur.

Saw that too. ?

But I also saw the 40% Shield increase talent with halved cooldown. So it might turn out better for combat healing for reduced out of combat healing.

Let the math guys figure this one out. ?

I like the base tunneling but dislike the massive cooldown + warning. One of the primary reasons to tunnel is to split push but now it's more of a long term clone. Do like the clone duration increase though since that is the biggest issue with taking it.

The removal of global mines is odd. Perhaps they think Locust spawning is too strong in its burst now? Confusing.

The lvl 20 Monstrosity basic attack damage multiplier is also odd since they just nerfed his max stack damage for being too strong.

Some good and constantly requested changes like the shields moved to level one. But also some changes that look to just nerf or waste Abathur's abilities. We'll see.

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Looks like Deckard forgot how to use a sniper rifle or it's jammed, or ran out of ammo.

Ana changes seem good, she felt too dependent on the completion of her quests. Whitemane is going to have even more mana problems now. Not sure if returning self-cast on ancestral healing is going to help Rehgar that much, as it was mainly due to nerfs to his lightning shield talents that he had lost his value as one of top healers.

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41 minutes ago, Arcling said:

Looks like Deckard forgot how to use a sniper rifle or it's jammed, or ran out of ammo.

Who needs rifles when you're STACKED like that?

42 minutes ago, Arcling said:

Not sure if returning self-cast on ancestral healing is going to help Rehgar that much, as it was mainly due to nerfs to his lightning shield talents that he had lost his value as one of top healers.

I think it will definitely help him when being focused. But I think this change alone will make him leap a few ranks in the tier list.

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Abathur:  It's nice that a lot of his Carapace talents got baked in freeing up a few talent picks.  I'm a little surprised they let him keep Calldown: MULE (then again, now that he's like the only one left who has it it's no longer a generic talent and gets to stay?).  Otherwise not much really changes for him for me (at least at the skill level I play him at, ie low).  A quality of life "rework."

Ana: Now this is a big one.  Many talents removed and either baked in or rolled into new talents.  This will go a long way toward making Ana much more fun at all levels and stages of the game (ie not locked behind finishing the Piercing Darts quest) and freeing/changing many talent selections.  I especially like that her Detachable Magazine quest reward was just turned into a talent pick.  Very nice overall at first glance.

Rehgar:  Wow Rehgar, what did you do to earn a buff that big?  I have no words.

Whitemane: Meh, I never liked that talent anyway (even on a W focused build) since it forced you to play around it.  I much prefer Unwavering Faith so no change for me.

Overall an excellent looking patch.  Can't wait for it to go live.

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8 hours ago, Honigdachs said:

Rehgod!  I haven't been playing since the HGC announcement, and this alone makes me want to play again

Did HGC news shake you up that much? I mean, I watched HGC occasionally, but I don't think I would ever consider leaving a game I play (and presumably enjoy doing so) on such grounds.

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On 2/6/2019 at 3:49 AM, VegaPl said:

Did HGC news shake you up that much? I mean, I watched HGC occasionally, but I don't think I would ever consider leaving a game I play (and presumably enjoy doing so) on such grounds.

I followed the pros pretty closely, which was most of the reason I was any good at the game.  The news hit at the same time I reached my main goal, which was Master rank, and while I was on a week hiatus.  When I got home I just had no motivation to play, and the games felt less fun to me

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      I want to say thank you to those who are reading this for continuing to support us. As someone on the inside, I can tell you that the people who work on Heroes care deeply about giving you the best experience that they can. Even if we don’t always respond, I can assure you that your posts, your views, and your passion for our game do not go unnoticed. I’ve read almost every post on our forums, on Reddit, and have spent countless hours watching various streamers and live events. We’re watching and enjoying this ride just as much as you are.
      I want to leave with a quote that has stuck with me that I blatantly stole from a good friend.
      “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – Winnie the Pooh
      I’ll see you all… In the Nexus.
      ~ AZJackson
    • By Staff
      Blizzard released a balance patch for Heroes of the Storm late at night. Check out the official patch notes for more details!
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      Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with Hero balance changes! Read on for details.
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      Heroes Bug Fixes Heroes
      TANK BRUISER HEALER MELEE RANGED Blaze D.Va Anduin Kerrigan Cassia Mei Gazlowe Auriel Valeera Fenix   Hogger Brightwing   Gul'dan   Imperius Deckard   Kael'thas   Ragnaros Lucio   Nazeebo     Stukov   Tychus         Zul'jin Return to Top
      Tank
      Blaze
      Talents
      Level 1 Endurance Stimpack [Active] Shield amount increased from 530 to 590. Neural Stimpack [Active] Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds. Level 7 Grill and Kill [W] Damage bonus increased from 20% to 35%. Adhesive Petroleum [W] Slow increased from 35% to 40%. Level 13 Nanomachine Coating [W] Duration increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds. Return to Top
      Mei
      Base
      Snow Blind [Q] Slow and Blind duration increased from 1.5 to 1.75 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Heavy Pack [Q] Cooldown reduction increased from .25 to .5 seconds. Additional functionality: Each time Blizzard damages an enemy Hero, gain 3 Mana. Ice Storm [W] Bonus final Stun damage increased from 125% to 150%. Level 4 Slushball [Q] Bonus damage increased from 50% to 75%. Cold Front [E] Adjusted functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Icing by 4 seconds. If Mei enters her own Blizzard while Icing is active, the cooldown of Icing is reduced by 5 seconds and she gains 80 Mana. Level 10 Ice Wall [R2] Cooldown reduced from 70 to 50 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50. Level 13 Flurry [W] Cooldown reduction increased from 100% to 125%. Return to Top
      Bruiser
      D.Va
      Base
      Mech Health Reduced from 2250 to 2150. Mech Health Regeneration reduced from 4.69 to 4.48. Talents
      Level 10 Bunny Hop [R1] Damage increased from 52 to 70. Return to Top
      Gazlowe
      Base
      Xplodium Charge [E] Damage reduced from 155 to 142. Talents
      Level 10 Grav-O-Bomb 3000 [R2] Damage reduced from 235 to 220. Level 13 Superior Schematics [Q] Bonus range reduced from 50% to 30%. Return to Top
      Hogger
      Base
      Health reduced from 2320 to 2260. Health Regeneration reduced from 4.83 to 4.71. Loot Hoard [D] Meat duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds. Talents
      Level 1 Journeyman Cooking [W] Healing increased from 6% to 8% maximum Health. On The Prowl [Active] Cooldown reduced from 45 to 40 seconds. Healing per second increased from 6 to 9. Level 4 Brute Force [Q/D] Bonus for hitting enemy Heroes into terrain increased from 2 to 8. Maximum bonus damage increased from 100 to 125. Aggro Range [E] Bonus Rage against non-Heroic enemies reduced from 1 to .5. Bonus Rage against enemy Heroes reduced from 3 to 2. Level 7 Seeing Red [Q/E] Attack Speed bonus increased from 25% to 35%. Garbage Fire [Trait] Loot Hoard cooldown reduction reduced from 4 to 2 seconds. Damage reduced from 25 to 23. Level 10 Hoardapult [R1] Cooldown increased from 50 to 60 seconds. Damage reduced from 140 to 100. Shockwave [R2] Primary Stun duration increased from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds. Primary damage increased from 306 to 335. Secondary damage increased from 210 to 230. Level 13 Dust Devil [E] Armor bonus when below 50 Rage reduced from 30 to 20. Armor bonus when above 50 Rage reduced from 50 to 40. Pummel [E] Slow duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds. Level 16 Kablooie! [W] Damage bonus increased from 40% to 50%. Return to Top
      Imperius
      Talents
      Level 1 Impaling Light [Q] Damage bonus per Valorous Brand reduced from 125% to 75%. Level 4 Sovereign Armor [E] Armor amount reduced from 25 to 20. Level 10 Angelic Armaments [R1] Shield amount reduced from 1000 to 850. Return to Top
      Ragnaros
      Talents
      Level 1 Shifting Meteor [W] Damage bonus per hit increased from 5% to 6%. Level 7 Molten Power [Passive] New functionality: If Living Meteor hits enemy Heroes at least 5 times, then reduce its cooldown by 7 seconds, and refund 30 Mana. Return to Top
      Healer
      Anduin
      Talents
      Level 20 Light of Stormwind [R1] Additional functionality: If Holy Word: Salvation lasts for its full duration, then reduce its cooldown by 60 seconds. Desperate Prayer [Active] Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds. Return to Top
      Auriel
      Talents
      Level 4 Heavy Burden [E] Adjusted functionality: Detainment Strike Slows enemy Heroes for 20% for 2.5 seconds. Slow and duration doubled on enemies it Stuns. Return to Top
      Brightwing
      Talents
      Level 13 Safety Dust [E] Adjusted functionality: Increase Pixie Dust duration by 1 second. Soothing Mist and Blink Heal heal allies with an active Pixie Dust for 75% more. Return to Top
      Deckard
      Talents
      Level 20 Morenados! [R2] Additional functionality: Adds another charge. Return to Top
      Lucio
      Talents
      Level 7 Good Vibrations [Q] Shield amount increased from 35 to 38. Boombox [Active] Boombox no longer has a duration. Level 10 High Five [R2] Cooldown increased from 15 to 20 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 35 to 30. Additional functionality: Heals Lucio for 125 and grants him Unstoppable for 1 second. Level 16 Up to Eleven [E] No longer an activated ability. Adjusted functionality: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second. Level 20 Summer Anthem [Active] Cooldown reduced from 75 to 60 seconds. Additional functionality: Now also affects Lucio. Mixing Fire [R2] No longer increases the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second. Additional functionality: Reduce the cost and cooldown of High Five by 50%. Return to Top
      Stukov
      Talents
      Level 1 Fetid Touch [W] Number of enemy Heroes hit for final quest requirement reduced from 30 to 25. Reactive Ballistospores [W] Cooldown increased from 15 to 25 seconds. Low Blow [E] Health threshold for bonus damage increased from 30% to 50%. Level 4 Biotic Armor [Q] Armor amount reduced from 15 to 10. Level 13 It Hungers [E] Number of enemy Hero hits required reduced from 10 to 8. Return to Top
      Melee Assassin
      Kerrigan
      Talents
      Level 7 Queen of Blades [Q] Damage bonus increased from 50% to 100%. Ravage cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 3 seconds. Return to Top
      Valeera
      Base
      Sinister Strike [Q] Energy cost reduced from 30 to 25. Talents
      Level 4 Relentless Strikes [Q] Energy cost reduction reduced from 15 to 10. Level 16 Thistle Tea [Active] Cooldown reduced from 40 to 20 seconds. Level 20 Adrenaline Rush [R1] Additional functionality: Smoke Bomb Armor increased from 30 to 60. Return to Top
      Ranged Assassin
      Cassia
      Base
      Basic Attack damage reduced from 125 to 120. Lightning Fury [Q] Damage reduced from 165 to 158. Fend [E] Damage reduced from 34 to 32. Return to Top
      Fenix
      Talents
      Level 4 Inhibiting Energy [W] No longer requires the primary target to be a Hero to Slow enemies in an area. Return to Top
      Gul'dan
      Talents
      Level 10 Horrify [R1] Horrify can no longer be interrupted and put in a 10-second cooldown if Gul'dan is Stunned while it is being cast. Return to Top
      Kael'thas
      Talents
      Level 16 Twin Spheres [Trait] Additional functionality: Gain all level 7 talents. Return to Top
      Nazeebo
      Talents
      Level 13 Guardian Toads [E] Adjusted functionality: Hitting enemy Heroes with Plague of Toads grants 30 Armor for 1.5 seconds, stacking up to 4 seconds. Return to Top
      Tychus
      Talents
      Level 1 Quarterback [W] Bonus damage reduced from 20% to 10%. Return to Top
      Zul'jin
      Talents
      Level 1 Recklessness [D] Basic Attack damage bonus reduced from 20% to 15%. Additional functionality: While below 50% Health, Basic Attacks against Heroes grant an additional stack of You Want Axe?. Level 7 Vicious Assault [Q] Damage bonus increased from 35% to 45%. Level 13 Lacerate [W] Additional functionality: Slow duration is increased by .5 seconds. Ensnare [Active] Cooldown reduced from 45 to 40 seconds. Additional functionality: If no Heroes are hit, reduce the cooldown to 10 seconds. Level 16 No Mercy! [Q] Additional functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes marked with Grievous Throw deal an additional 2% of their maximum Health as damage. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Heroes
      Murky Wrath of Cod now properly follows DoT rules. Tychus Melting Point now properly follows DoT rules. Return to Top
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      Our writer Elitesparkle has created a video guide to help you become a better Stukov player.
      Here's the video guide.
    • By Staff
      The latest Heroes of the Storm content patch with Hogger is now up, and there have been some changes between PTR and Live notes!
      Blizzard removed the Gladiator's Medallion Nexus Anomaly in the patch. We also have a brand new guide up for Hogger! Here are the full patch notes for the update.
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      Our next Heroes of the Storm patch is live and brings a new Hero Hogger! Read on for more information.
      NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between PTR and Live notes.
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      New Hero: Hogger Nexus Anomaly Collection Storm League Heroes Bug Fixes New Hero: Hogger, Scourge of Elwynn
      Hogger, a chaotic, mobile, bruiser who creates terrain and deals heavy area damage, now joins the battle in the Nexus!
      Trait [D]
      Loot Hoard Throw a pile of junk that deals 102 damage in a small area and acts as terrain for 5 seconds. Upon expiration, a scrap of Meat is dislodged from the Hoard that Hogger can collect to restore 3% of his maximum Health every second for 5 seconds. Cooldown: 20 seconds. Trait [Passive]
      Rage Rage is gained by taking damage or dealing Basic Attack damage. Hogger’s Basic Ability cooldowns refresh 1% faster for every 2 points of Rage. After 3 seconds of not gaining Rage, it begins to quickly decay. Basic Abilities
      Staggering Blow [Q] Swing your chain in a wide arc, dealing 140 damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. If an enemy collides with terrain, they are dealt an additional 150 damage, Stunned for .75 seconds, and grant Hogger 10 Rage. Cooldown: 12 seconds. Ez-Thro Dynamite [W] Toss a boot full of Dynamite with a 1.5 second fuse. Upon detonation, enemies take 180 damage and are Slowed by 30% for 2 seconds. The Dynamite instantly detonates when landing directly on an enemy Hero and grants Hogger 10 Rage. Cooldown: 8 seconds. Hogg Wild [E] After .25 seconds, become Unstoppable and uncontrollably spin towards the targeted direction, ricocheting off any terrain encountered. Every .25 seconds, deal 36 damage to nearby enemies, increased by 1% for each current point of Rage. Ricocheting off terrain refreshes the duration of the spin. Cooldown: 14 seconds. No longer deals damage to Structures. Heroic Abilities
      Hoardapult [R1] Launch an empowered Loot Hoard with Hogger attached, dealing 140 damage and Slowing enemies by 50% for 2 seconds. Hoardapult’s Loot Hoard lasts for up to 20 seconds, but decays rapidly while Hogger isn’t nearby. Every 10 seconds Hogger can take a chunk of Meat from the Loot Hoard. Cooldown: 50 seconds. Shockwave [R2] After .5 seconds, slam the ground, sending out a shockwave that travels in a long line. Enemies hit by the initial slam take 306 damage and are Stunned for 1.25 seconds. Enemies only hit by the shockwave take 210 damage and are Stunned for .75 seconds. Cooldown: 70 seconds. Talent
      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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