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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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      Blaze
      Abilities
      Bunker Drop (R) Health increased from 1435 to 1440. Cooldown increased from 70 to 75. Mana cost increased from 70 to 75. Pyromania (D) Additional Functionality: Damage dealt to None-Structures applies Afterburn stack that deals 7 damage per second and lasts for 3 seconds, can be stacked 5 times, Afterburn deals twice the damage against Heroes. Talents
      Level 7 Crossfire (Q) Additional Functionality: Hitting an enemy with both streams of Flame Stream increases Afterburn damage by 50%, this effect can stacks twice and lasts until the enemy has no Afterburn stacks. Level 20 (New Talent) Blaze It (Passive) Afterburn now deals triple the damage against Enemy Heroes, heroes who take 420 damage from Afterburn are stunned for 1 seconds then Blinded, Silenced and have their vision reduced for 2 seconds, can only occur once every 15 seconds for each Enemy Hero. Return to Top

      Diablo
        Level 13 Devastating Charge (Q) No longer increases Shadow Charge’s Terrain Collision damage. Armor reduction increased from 15 to 20. Additional functionality: Reduces healing received by 50% for 4 seconds. Return to Top

      E.T.C.
      Level 20 Death Metal (Passive) Now is an Active Adjusted Functionality: Upon channeling for 1 second, E.T.C. dies and cast Mosh Pit in its place. [Passive] Enemy heroes who get stunned with Mosh Pit while dead reduces E.T.C.'s Death Timer by 15 seconds up to 60 seconds per stunned hero. [Passive] Upon dying cast Mosh Pit that lasts 2 seconds. Return to Top

      Garrosh
      Abilities
      Wrecking Ball (W) Cooldown increased from 16 to 18. Mana cost increased from 60 to 75. Decimate (R) Bonus damage against Heroes increased from 100% to 200%. Talents
      Level 1 Unrivaled Strength (E) Additional Functionality: Basic attacks against heroes reduces Wrecking Ball’s cooldown by 1 second. Level 16 Rough Landing (Q) Additional Functionality: Groundbreaker’s edge now slightly pull Heroes back to Garrosh but no longer stun and Wrecking Ball cooldown increased by 2 seconds. Renamed to Unbalanced Landing. Return to Top

      Mal’Ganis
      Stats
      Health reduced from 2500 to 2395. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.21 to 5. Abilities
      (New Ability) Connected Vampirism Cast Connected Vampirism on an Ally, while they are above 75% health basic attacks against Enemy Heroes from allies causes Mal’Ganis to steal 1% of their Allies maximum health, Allies with Connected Vampirism receive 10% of the damage dealt by Mal’Ganis as healing, this healing effect is doubled against Enemy Heroes. Talents
      Level 20 Wrath of Nathreza (R) Damage dealt to nearby targets reduced from 75% to 50%. Additional Functionality: Casting Dark Conversion applies Connected Vampirism for nearby Allies for 3 seconds. Allies with Connected Vampirism only benefit from the primary target. Return to Top

      Bruiser

      Dehaka
      Talents
      Level 20 (New Talent) Mutation (Q) After successfully hitting a hero with Drag receive a random Basic Ability from them, can be used once. Cannot receive unit target abilities that requires an ally. Essence Claws (Passive) Removed. Return to Top

      D.Va
      Stats
      Mech health increased from 2000 to 2200. Mech health regeneration increased from 4.168 to 4.5848. Pilot health reduced from 1109 to 960. Pilot health regeneration reduced from 2.5664 to 2.2071 Abilities
      Boosters (Q/Mech Mode) Cooldown increased from 9 to 10. Additional functionality: If D.Va doesn’t take nor deal damage during Boosters, lower the cooldown by 5 seconds. Defense Matrix (W/Mech Mode) Cooldown increased from 10 to 11. Cooldown starts immediately upon casting Defense Matrix. Call Mech (E/Pilot Mode) Cooldown reduced from 45 to 40. Bunny Hop (R) Cooldown reduced from 90 to 70. Damage dealt increased from 60 to 72. (New Ability) Micro Missiles (R) Launch 20 explosive rockets over 2 seconds dealing 30 damage and 15 for nearby targets. 15 seconds cooldown Big Shot (R/Pilot Mode) Now baseline Damage reduced from 250 to 194. Call Mech’s cooldown reduction reduced from 8 to 5. Mechanized Walker (Z) Adjusted functionality: While in her Mech, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her base movement speed is reduced by 15% while basic attacking or using Basic Abilities. Talents
      Level 1 Rush-down (Q) Removed. Hit the Nitrous (Q) Additional functionality: Knockback distance of Boosters is increased by 100% for the first 0.5 seconds of casting Boosters. Pro Moves (Trait) Adjusted functionality: D.Va’s Mech gains 1% Movement Speed for 1.25 second every time she takes damage, up to 15%. [Quest] Damage 20 enemy Heroes with Boosters. [Reward] D.Va’s Mech basic attacks and basic abilities now reduce her movement speed by 10%. Crash Course (Q) Removed. Level 4 Diverting Power (W) Movement speed reduction increased from 30% to 35%. Get Through This! (W) Removed. Fusion Generator (W) Move to level 7. Bring It On (E) Removed. Level 7 Coming Through (Q) Removed. Dazer Zone (W) Slow increased from 20% to 25%. Moved to level 13. Nuclear Option (E) Adjusted functionality: Increase Self-Destruct damage by 50% but Mech explosion delay is increased by 1, Self-Destruct’s Charge amount gained from losing Mech Health is increased by 30%. Level 13 Expensive Plating (Trait) Removed. Level 16 Torpedo Dash (Q) Moved to level 1. Nanoweave Suit (Trait) Armor increased from 50 to 75. Moved to Level 4. Suppressing Fire (Trait) Removed. (New Talent) Exposing Weaknesses (W) Enemy heroes who are affected by Defense Matrix have their armor reduced by 10, taking 10% more damage. Level 20 Pew! Pew! Pew! (R) Damage reduction per shot reduced from 50% to 35%. Moved to 16. Concussive Pulse (W) Moved to level 4. (New Talent) Focused Fire (R) Each 4th consecutive hit on the same hero increases the next micro missile damage by 200%. (New Talent) Nerf This! (E) Firing Big Shot on your Mech causes the Mech to explode in 1 second, but Call Mech cooldown gets increased by 6 seconds, this duration cannot be reduced by Big Shot.   Level (Tier)   D.Va TALENTS     1 (1) Hit the Nitros (Q) Torpedo Dash (Q) (!)Pro Moves (Trait)   4 (2) Diverting Power (W) Concussive Pulse (W) Nanoweave Suit (Trait)   7 (3) Aggression Matrix (W) Fusion Generator (W) Nuclear Option (E)   10 (4) Bunny Hop Micro Missiles     13 (5) Dazer Zone (W) Ablative Armor (Trait) Emergency Shielding (Trait)   16 (6) Exposing Weaknesses (W) Pew! Pew! Pew! (R) GG, WP (Trait)   20 (7) Nerf This! (E) MEKAfall (E) Focused Fire (R) Stop and Pop (R) (!) indicates a Questing Talent. Italic text indicates a NEW Talent. Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent. Return to Top

      Sonya
      Talents
      Level 13 (New Talent) Passive Aggressive (Passive) After not taking damage or dealing Basic Attack damage for 1 second, increase your next basic attack damage by 20% every 0.25 seconds up to 300%, if Sonya attacks an enemy with 300% damage increase generates 30 Fury. [Passive] While out of combat for 3 seconds Sonya loses 5 Fury per second. Return to Top

      Thrall
      Talents
      Level 1 Rolling Thunder (Q) New Functionality: [Passive] Increase the number of Chain Lightning bounces by 1. Casting Chain Lightning on an Enemy Hero causes the next heal from Frostwolf Resilience to heal 5% of Thralls Maximum Health over 5 seconds, this heal refreshes if Thrall is healed by Frostwolf Resilience while its active. Return to Top

      Support

      Abathur
      Talents
      Level 7 Calldown: MULE (Active) Removed. (New Talent) Spawn Drone (Active) Spawns a Drone in a visible location targeting the nearest Fort or Keep (regardless of being destroyed) and morphs into a Hatchery. Hatcheries slowly repairs all structures nearby by 25 health every second and spawns a Roachling and 2 Zerglings every 25 seconds, Hatcheries have 750 health and lasts 60 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown. Level 20 (New Talent) Evolved For Combat (Passive) Increase Abathur’s Basic Attack damage by 100%, basic attacks against enemy heroes grabs a stack of Biomass, each stack of Biomass increases Abathur basic attack by an additional 100% and reduces Abathur’s respawn time by 10 per stack up to 50 seconds. Return to Top

      Medivh
      Abilities
      Ley Line Seal (R) Cooldown reduced from 80 to 75. Talents
      Level 7 Arcane Explosion Additional functionality: Increases Force of Will cooldown by 1. Level 20 Medivh Cheats! Additional functionality: Reduces Ley Line Seal cooldown by 6 per hero hit while restoring 5% of your maximum mana. Can now be redirected twice. Return to Top

      The Lost Vikings
      Stats
      Baleog Health increased from 1180 to 1095. Health Regeneration increased from 2.46 to 2.22. Basic Attack damage increased from 78 to 73. Erik Health increased from 840 to 767. Health Regeneration increased from 1.75 to 1.6. Basic Attack damage increased from 65 to 60. Olaf Health increased from 1540 to 1424. Health Regeneration increased from 3.21 to 2.97. Basic Attack damage increased from 57 to 52. Return to Top

      Tassadar
      Stats
      Basic Attacks damage increased from 15 to 34. Basic Attacks now deal as Spell Damage. Abilities
      (New Ability) Feedback (Active) Steal 90% of the enemy hero’s current mana and deal 102 damage on top of the amount of mana that was stolen over 3 seconds, enemy heroes who are affected by Feedback regain half of their stolen mana over 9 seconds. [Passive] Spell damage reduces Feedback cooldown by 0.5 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown, 75 mana cost. Talents
      Level 1 Templar's Will (Passive) New functionality: Tassadar Basic Attacks against heroes deal 1% of their maximum health and reduces Feedback’s cooldown by 1 second. Level 13 Adun's Wisdom (Trait) Cooldown charge rate increased from 75% to 100%. Additional Functionality: While Oracle is active, Feedback cooldown reduction from spells is quadrupled. Level 16 Focused Beam (Trait) Adjusted functionality: Oracle duration increase by 1, basic attacks deal 0.5% of the heroes maximum health, while Oracle is active, deal an additional 1.5% of the heroes maximum health. This damage stacks with other similar effects. Return to Top

      Healer

      Ana
      Talents
      Level 7 Anti-Healer (W) Additional functionality: All damage dealt and crowd control effects are 50% more effective against Healers and Supports. Night Terrors (E) Adjusted functionality: During sleep and for the 2 seconds after, their vision is greatly reduced, their map is disabled and non visible areas are replaced with a black fog. Return to Top

      Anduin
      Abiltiies
      Leap of Faith Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60. Now can pull enemies. Return to Top

      Li Li
      Abilities
      Healing Brew (Q) Healing increased from 175 to 212. Now a skillshot. Cooldown increased from 4 to 5. Blinding Wind (E) Now hits all targets in a radius of 4 in an arc in front of Lili. Damage reduced from 133 to 119. Talents
      Level 1 Free Drinks (Q) Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 2.5. Health threshold increased from 50% to 60%. Level 7 The Good Stuff (Q) Healing increased from 42 to 50. Level 13 Mass Vortex (E) Adjusted Functionality: Increase Blinding Wind’s arc and range by 25%, Blinding Wind deals 50% additional damage for 2 Heroes hit and 25% additional damage for each additional hero. Level 16 Two For One (Q) Adjusted functionality: Upon healing a hero with Healing Brew, share a drink with the nearest target (prioritize heroes) to that hero, if there are no targets nearby the healing effects are doubled. Pick Me Up (Q) Adjusted functionality: Healing Brew grants 15% movement speed for 1 second. Return to Top

      Uther
      Abilities
      Devotion (Trait) Armor reduced from 25 to 15. Armor duration reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds. Additional functionality: [Quest] Heal and prevent 60,000 damage to you and allies with your basic abilities. [Reward] After accumulating 60,000 healing and damage prevented Uther acquires Redemption.
      Redemption: After Eternal Vanguard ends, Uther revives at the spirits location with half of his health restored. This effect has 300 seconds cooldown, everytime Uther heals and prevent damage reduces Redemption cooldown by 1 second. Holy Light (Q) Healing reduced from 362 to 340. Healing received for healing allies reduced from 181 to 170. Additional functionality: [Quest] Heal and prevent 15,000 damage to you and allies with Holy Light. [Reward] After accumulating 15,000 healing and damage prevented with Holy Light, Holy Light mana cost reduced by 20, range increased by 25% and cooldown reduced by 2 seconds. Holy Radiance (W) Healing reduced from 177 to 160. Damage dealt reduced from 177 to 160. Additional functionality: [Quest] Heal and prevent 15,000 damage to you and allies with Holy Radiance. [Reward] After accumulating 15,000 healing and damage prevented with Holy Radiance, damaging or healing Heroes with Holy Radiance refunds 5 Mana and reduces its cooldown by 0.5 second. Talents
      Level 1 Silver Touch (Q) Removed. Wave of Light (W) Removed. (New Talent) Faith (Trait/Quest) [Quest] Heal and prevent 60,000 damage to you and allies with your basic abilities. [Reward] After accumulating 60,000 healing and damage prevented, Devotion grants 10% additional armor and duration increased by 1 second. (New Talent) Divine Haste (Trait) Devotion grants 10% movement for 2 seconds. Level 7 Guardian of Ancient Kings (Trait) Adjusted functionality: Healing a Hero that is Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced doubles the Armor amount they receive from Devotion. Level 16 Benediction Cooldown increased from 60 to 90. Now resets all abilities upon activation. Level 20 Redemption Removed. (New Talent) Unstoppable Justice (Trait) Uther can use Holy Radiance during Eternal Vanguard, each hero healed or hit by Holy Radiance or Flash of Light increases Eternal Vanguard duration by 0.25 seconds. Return to Top

      Whitemane
      Stats
      Health increased from 1400 to 1498. Health regeneration increased from 2.9218 to 3.126326. Basic Attack damage 62 to 69. Abilities
      Desperate Plea (Q) Mana cost increased from 45 to 60. Mana increase per stack of Desperation reduced from 45 to 40. Healing amount increased from 140 to 160. Inquisition (W) Cooldown increased from 12 to 13. Scarlet Aegis (R) Duration reduced from 4 to 3. Armor increased from 40 to 60. Healing amount increased from 250 to 275. Divine Reckoning (R) Mana restored from damage dealt reduced from 25% to 20%. Zeal (Trait) Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30. Armor reduction increased from 25 to 30. Clemency (Active) Cooldown increased from 12 to 13. Now removes all stacks of Desperation upon casting, each removed stack restores 50 mana. Talents
      Level 4 Unwavering Faith (Q) Adjusted functionality: Increase Whitemane’s Basic Attack range by 1. Whitemane gains 10% increase damage dealt for each active Zeal buff. Level 13 Lashing Out (E) If Searing Lash’s second strike hits an enemy Hero, reduce its cooldown to 1 second and increase the next Searing Lash damage by 25% per hero hit up to 50%. Saintly Greatstaff (E) Damage reduced from 55 to 40. Mark duration increased from 3 to 4. No longer removes the mark after the first basic attack. Return to Top

      Melee Assassin

      Maiev
      Abilities
      Vault of the Wardens (D) Cooldown increased from 13 to 14 seconds. Additional functionality: Deals 15% more damage to Illidan. Talents
      Level 16 Cruel Chain (W) New functionality: Umbral Bind grants 25% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds, and its pull damage is increased by 30% for each tethered target beyond the first, up to 120%. This is a reversion of the reversion to Cruel Chain’s last functionality. Return to Top

      Illidan
      Abilities
      Betrayer's Thirst (D) Additional functionality Now grants immunity to Blind. Vision is greatly reduced. Deal 15% less damage to Maiev. Return to Top

      Qhira
      Talents
      Level 20 No Sanctuary (Passive) Removed. (New Talent) You are Already Dead Casting Blood Rage reduces healing received by 50% for all affected heroes, if the affected heroes are below 10% they die instantly instead. Return to Top

      Samuro
      Stats
      Health reduced from 1725 to 1656 Health regeneration reduced from 3.5898 to 3.4462 Basic Attack damage reduced from 102 to 96. Return to Top

      Valeera
      Talents
      Level 16 Thistle Tea (Active) Cooldown increased from 40 to 60. Additional functionality: Now increases all damage dealt by 20% for 4 seconds. Level 20 (New Talent) Cold Blood (E) Activate to increase the damage of Valeera’s next Evicerate by 80%. Return to Top

      Ranged Assassin

      Azmodan
      Talents
      Level 16 Trample (Active) Range increased from 6 to 7 Damage increased from 275 to 295. Additional Functionality: Enemy Heroes that die within 2 seconds of being hit with Trample reset the cooldown. Return to Top

      Chromie
      Abilities
      Sand Blast (Q) Maximum amount of Sand Echoes increased from 1 to 10. Sand Echoes Abilities and Basic Attack damage reduced from 40% to 10%. 15 mana cost, 2 seconds cooldown. Dragon's Breath (W) New Functionality: Launch 8 blasts into the air that land every 0.25 seconds in a large area randomly, dealing 153 damage each. Dragon’s Breath Impact Radius increased from 2 to 2.5. Cast range increased from 13 to 16. 50 mana, 10 seconds cooldown. Temporal Loop (R) Adjusted Functionality: Choose an enemy Hero. After 3 seconds, they are teleported back to the location where Temporal Loop was cast on them, during that time Sand Blast cooldown has been removed and Dragon’s Breath has been set to 1.5 seconds. Cooldown increased from 50 to 60. Talents
      Level 1 Once Again the First Time (Q) Adjusted Functionality: Upon quest completion increases Sand Echoes damage by an additional 10% and allows Chromie to spawn 2 more additional Sand Echoes. Quest completion stacks increased from 40 to 60. Level 18 Stuck in a Loop (R) No longer increases recharge rate. Return to Top

      Genji
      Stats
      Basic attack damage increased from 44 to 48. Return to Top

      Nova
      Stats
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      Li-Ming
      Talents
      Level 4 Triumvirate (W) Removed. (New Talent) Ess of Johan (W) If Arcane Orb hits an enemy Hero after traveling at least 85%, they are pulled toward its center. Level 7 Zei's Vengeance Damage reduced from 30% to 25%. Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 3. Calamity (E) Damage reduced from 300 to 290. Level 13 Glass Cannon (Passive) Maximum health reduction reduced from 15% to 10%. Level 16 Arcane Orbit (W) Travel distance reduced from 25% to 15%. Additional Functionality: Increases distance travel damage by 15%. Return to Top

      Tracer
      Stats
      Basic attack damage reduced from 26 to 25. Talents
      Level 1 Slipstream (E) Adjusted functionality: Recall cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds, but the amount of time Recalled is reduced by 1 seconds. Level 7 Jumper (Q) Removed. Bullet Time (Q) Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Blink by 0.05 seconds, this gets tripled against Heroes. Spatial Echo (Q) Removed (New Talent) Space Sickness (Q) Activate to increase your next Blink range by 75%, heroes that are caught through that blink are stunned for 0.5 seconds. 25 seconds cooldown. (New Talent) Time Paradox (Q) Blink grants 1 stack of evasion that lasts for 0.5 second, can only have 1 stack. Level 13 Bullet Spray (W) Additional functionality: Reduces Tracer’s Melee cooldown by 2 seconds. Level 16 Focus Fire (Trait) Adjusted functionality: For every 5th basic attack on the same target, increase all damage dealt by Tracer to them by 5% up to 15%, lasts 2.5 seconds, basic attacks refresh this duration. Level 20 Get Stuffed! (W) No longer reduces Melee’s cooldown. Return to Top

      Bug Fixes:
      Fixed an unexpected search result in queues resulting in insanely fast games being found in 5 ~ 15 seconds in QM. Fixed an issue where Whitemane Skeletal Mesh “Legs” Component would stretch more than intended. Tracer’s “Recall” no longer causes a time paradox and duplicate herself on the battlefield followed by a server crash for that match. Fixed an Anub’Arak in the game. Tracer’s Melee no longer misses the target. Samuro can no longer swap while in the Hall of Storms. Thrall’s “Earthquake” no longer makes Sky Temple fall out of the sky. Fixed an issue where Mercy deal a surprising amount of damage, unintentionally. Probius’s “Warp Rifts” no longer disable the map’s lightning while they are inside the player’s screen. Multiple multiplicative fixes for multiple abilities that grants Spell Power and Physical Damage multipliers. Brightwing’s Polymorphs no longer replaces the victims texture with the animal they were turned into. Rehgar going back from Spirit form no longer causes to displace one of his shoulders for the rest of the match in Orc form. Infinite Quests Fixed the occurrence of dealing infinite damage due going below 0 points and overflowing the value. Fixed an issue where the player can go lower below 0 stacks on a quest. Fixed an issue where players can receive negative stacks on their quests. Fixed an issue where Probius cannot play his death sounds. Lucio no longer plays “It’s Everyday Bro” while having Speed Boost active with Crossfade. Models no longer randomly T-pose in replay mode. Leoric no longer spawns a tower when he dies, again. Multiple fixes for UI in replay mode. Several AI fixes and improvements. Return to Top
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      Although there's no rotation this week because all Heroes remain free to play, Blizzard still updated their sales with a new set of Heroes that you can buy at a reduced gem price.
      Hero Sales
      Heroes Old Price New Price Junkrat 750 Gems 375 Gems Mal'Ganis 750 Gems 375 Gems Sylvanas 625 Gems 312 Gems Mounts
      REMOVED Green Treasure Goblin costs 7,000 Gold.

      Skins
      Footman Varian Skin Pack is on sale for 675 Gems. The following skins are included in the bundle:
      Stormwind Footman Varian Stromgarde Footman Varian Kul Tiras Footman Varian
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      While there's no free rotation this week because all Heroes are free to play, you can buy 3 new Heroes at a reduced gem price. The Footman Varian Skin Pack and Green Treasure Goblin remain on sale.
      Hero Sales
      Heroes Old Price New Price Kel'Thuzad 750 Gems 375 Gems Lt. Morales 625 Gems 312 Gems Varian 750 Gems 375 Gems Mounts
      Green Treasure Goblin costs 7,000 Gold.

      Skins
      Footman Varian Skin Pack is on sale for 675 Gems. The following skins are included in the bundle:
      Stormwind Footman Varian Stromgarde Footman Varian Kul Tiras Footman Varian
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      All Heroes remain unlocked in the game until April 13.
      As you probably know, Blizzard made all Heroes free to play on March 21. This was supposed to end on April 2, but today, they decided to extend it by 9 days, so you can enjoy the full roster through April 13.
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      Sign-ups for the biggest Heroes of the Storm Amateur League are now open.
      If you enjoy playing Heroes of the Storm and would like to compete against like-minded players, you should give Heroes Lounge a try. The sign-up process for the amateur league is really simple. All you need is Discord and a Battle.net ID. From there, create an account on the Heroes Lounge site and follow their sign-up process guide for more information.
      You can create your own team, participate in an existing team or join up as a free agent and be placed into a team. All matches will be broadcasted to Twitch. The event is crowdfunded and you can support it on Patreon.
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