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The latest Heroes of the Storm patch with Chromie & Lucio reworks is now live! Check out the full patch notes for details!

Patch Highlights

  • Hero Roles have been revamped. Check out this post for more information.
  • Hero and Team League have been merged into a single Ranked queue called Storm League.
    • Preseason will continue for the next 4 months.
  • Chromie and Lucio have been rewoked in the latest content update. A full list of their updated talents and abilities can be found here.
  • Gold can now be converted into Shards and you can no longer purchase Loot Chests with real money and Gems. Rare Loot Chests can be purchased for 3,000 Gold each. Click here if you want to learn more about changes to Shards and Loot Boxes implemented in the latest patch.
  • The Caldeum Complex Event comes with new skins and rewards. New Caldeum Complex Loot Chests have a chance to contain skins from previous Lunar New Year Spring Events.

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Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with Hero reworks, a brand new event, bug fixes, and more! Read on for details.

NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between PTR and Live notes.


  • The cap on maximum negative Armor has been increased from -25 to -75, now that different Armor effects no longer stack.

    Developer Comment: The negative Armor cap was originally instituted as a safety precaution so that stacking long term negative Armor effects wouldn’t lead to degenerate gameplay. We don’t anticipate many effects to go beyond -25, but there are a few cases where this can happen (including the new Unraveling Talent on Chromie and Sgt. Hammer’s Shrapnel Mines).

  • Hero Roles Update
    • Updated roles include: Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, and Ranged Assassin.
    • For more information, please review our blog here.
  • Loot chests are no longer available for Gem purchase.
  • Rare loot chests are now available for Gold purchase (3000 each).
  • Some of the A.I. improvements we had planned for last patch ended up having an adverse effect on overall quality, and various changes were made to address this.
    • Shared A.I. behavior has been reverted in some cases and simplified in others.
    • Fixed multiple cases where A.I. controlled Heroes would not respond to player pings.
    • Fixed a certain A.I. behavior based on the current game state.
    • We will address more A.I. issues in future patches, and please continue to give us constructive feedback on A.I. behavior!
  • All current Daily Quests are now mapped to the new Role Expansion system.
    • Warrior Daily Quest is converted to Tank & Bruiser Daily Quest.
    • Assassin Daily Quest is converted to Melee & Ranged Assassin Daily Quest.
    • Support Daily Quest is converted to Healer & Support Daily Quest.
    • Specialist Daily Quest is removed. Players who have had it active prior to the patch will have the quest reward (300 Gold) added on logging in.

New Event

  • Caldeum Complex

    Welcome to the Caldeum Acropolis, 2103 AD. A city bought and sold a hundred times over, now giant Mega Corporations hold more sway in the ever-shifting politics of the world than governments. Down on the rain slicked streets, humans, mutants, machines and synthetics all struggle to find their place in the light of the neon glow beneath the towering monuments to capitalism lording over them.

    With such oppression, the common people often turn to a life of crime. The leader of one of the largest gangs, the Azure Dragons, goes by the nickname, Chromie. Both a hacker and an anti-corporate street artist, many have said her work has an almost prophetic quality, as if she sees through time itself. The corporate media would have you believe she uses her gang of hackers to illegally ensure her prophecies become true, but lately her work has turned dark, as if she’s seen a cataclysmic force on the horizon…

    Recently, the Dragons have found an ally in the Onyx Turtles. While it’s rare to see the gangs working together, as the noose of systemic oppression has grown tighter, those in the underbelly of the mega-city have had to find new ways to survive. Kharazim and his Turtles are a harder sort of stock than most, with many known gladiators and street fighters serving in the ranks. This new alliance has provided the Azure Dragons a strong defense against threats in the physical world.

    High above, the Jigoku Cybernetics Corporation, a primary manufacturer of mechanical augmentations, has become a target of both groups. In the mean streets, human enhancement has become one of the few options left to move the playing field more into the favor of those willing to bend the law. But their efforts have not gone unnoticed, and any who would dare to impugn the honor of Jigoku find themselves in the sights of the CyberOni, Jigoku’s elite agents: merciless killers at the beck and call of their bureaucratic masters.

  • Caldeum Complex Quest Chain
    • Make Contact with the Dragons
      • Capture 8 Mercenary camps in winning games.
      • Reward: Azure Dragons Spray and 3 Day Boost
    • Meet the Azure Prophet
      • Win 2 games as a Melee or Ranged Assassin.
      • Reward: Azure Dragon Chromie Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest.
    • Earn the Turtles’ Trust
      • Contribute 25,000 XP in winning games.
      • Reward: Onyx Turtles Spray and 250 Gold.
    • Spar with Kharazim
      • Win 2 Games as Healer or Support.
      • Reward: Onyx Turtle Kharazim Portrait and Cyberpunk Phrases Pack.
    • Join the Tigers’ Hunt
      • Kill 150 Minions in winning games.
      • Reward: Ivory Tigers Spray and 250 Gold.
    • Prove Your Valor to Johanna
      • Win 2 games as Tank or Bruiser.
      • Reward: Ivory Tiger Johanna Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest.
    • Take Down the CyberOni Butcher
      • Achieve 50 takedowns in winning games.
      • Reward: Jigoku Cybernetics Spray and Jigoku Cybernetics Butcher Portrait.
    • Raid Jigoku Cybernetics Research Facility
      • Destroy 10 Forts or Keeps in winning games.
      • Reward: Jigoku Cyber Oni Warboar and 500 Gold.
  • Caldeum Complex Loot Chests

    Starting the week of March 26, all Loot chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gold will be Caldeum Complex Loot Chests. These loot chests guarantee at least one item from the Caldeum Complex or previous years’ Lunar New Year Spring events. Carve out your place among the infamous gangs and score yourself some sweet loot before the streets calm on April 30!

    Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Caldeum Complex Loot Chests.

Storm League

  • Hero League and Team League have been merged into a single ranked queue: Storm League.
  • Players must have 16 or more Heroes available and account level 50 or above to queue for Storm League.
  • Additional Details
    • Players can choose their preferred roles in the Ranked menu, so other team members can understand their play style.
    • Players can see party members’ win count under their rank badges on the Storm League queue screen.
    • The starting Matchmaking Rating (MMR) in Storm League will be seeded from the player's last known Hero League or Team League MMR (whichever is greater). The resulting value will then be clamped within a certain range to reel-in outliers.
    • Players will be prevented from queuing up in Storm League as a party together if their rank difference is more than 2 leagues apart.
      • There is a tooltip available to indicate this.
      • Exception: For players in a party of 5, any member outside the party’s League spread maximum will not be counted toward matchmaking requirements.
      • Exception: Players who have not yet placed are able to play with anyone.
    • Leaderboards have been updated to reflect Storm League.


We have recently revamped hero roles. For more information on this, check out our blog here.




  • Crossfade (W)
    • Healing decreased from 16 to 15 per second
    • Movement Speed aura reduced from 20% to 10%
  • Amp It UpAmp It Up (E)
    • Healing Boost heal reduced from 114 to 112 per second
    • Speed Boost Movement Speed reduced from 45% to 30%
  • Wall RideWall Ride (Z)
    • Moved from (Trait) to (Z)
  • Skate ModeSkate Mode (Z)
    • Removed
  • New Trait – Push Off
    • While Wall Ride is active, you can jump off the wall, dealing 100 damage and slowing all enemies hit by 75% for 1 second


  • Level 1
    • Maximum TempoMaximum Tempo (E)
      • Removed
    • Party MixParty Mix (E)
      • Moved from Level 7
    • New Talent – Smooth Moves (Z)
      • Increase Wall Ride duration by 1 second; while Wall Ride is active, your Basic Attacks heal Lúcio for 30% of their damage and restore 0.5 Mana
  • Level 4
    • Chase the BassChase the Bass (Q)
      • Removed
    • SubwooferSubwoofer (Q)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Close enemies are knocked back 75% further
        • Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the same Soundwave
        • Reward: Increase Soundwave arc by 50% and range by 20%
    • New Talent – Supersonic (Trait)
      • Push Off recharges 100% faster while you have the Wall Ride buff
  • Level 7
    • Sonic AmplifierSonic Amplifier (W)
      • Removed
    • Reverse AmpReverse Amp (W)
      • Moved from Level 10
      • New functionality:
        • While Amp It Up is active, Healing Boost deals 50 damage a second and Speed Boost slows by 20% to enemies in the aura
    • New Talent – Good Vibrations (Q)
      • Every enemy hit with Soundwave grants Lúcio a 35-point Shield for 7 seconds; this value is tripled for enemy Heroes hit
  • Level 10
    • New Heroic – High Five (R)
      • Activate: Quickly skate towards target allied Hero, healing them for 250 and granting Unstoppable for 1 second (15 second cooldown per allied Hero)
  • Level 13
    • Beat MixingBeat Mixing (W)
      • Removed
    • Can't Stop, Won't StopCan't Stop, Won't Stop (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Back in the MixBack in the Mix (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Hard StyleHard Style (Trait)
      • Removed
    • SlipSlip (Z)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • While Wall Ride is active you gain 20 Armor and if you pass through an enemy Hero, you gain 40% Movement Speed for 1 second
    • New Talent – All Together (W)
      • Each allied Hero in your Crossfade aura grants 5% base Movement Speed (this bonus stacks with other Movement Speed buffs)
    • New Talent – Heavy Casters (Trait)
      • Push Off no longer Slows but instead Stuns enemies for 0.5 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Bring it TogetherBring it Together (E)
      • Removed
    • Up the FrequencyUp the Frequency (E)
      • No longer reduces Mana Cost
      • Additional functionality:
        • While Wall-Riding, increase your Basic Attack range by 40%; Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Amp It Up by .45 seconds
    • New Talent – Up to Eleven (E)
      • Activate: Increase the duration of your active Amp It Up by 2 seconds (60 second cooldown)
  • Level 20
    • Synaesthesia AuditivaSynaesthesia Auditiva (E)
      • Removed
    • Bonus TrackBonus Track (E)
      • Removed
    • Nonstop RemixNonstop Remix (R)
      • Removed
    • New Heroic Mastery – Mixing Fire (R)
      • You can now High Five enemy Heroes, damaging them for 225 and reducing all healing done to them by 50% for 3 seconds.
      • Passive: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second
    • New Talent – House Party (W)
      • All of your healing is increased by 10% for each allied Hero in your aura
    • New Talent – Summer Anthem (W)
      • Activate: Other allies in your Crossfade aura cannot be reduced below 1 Health for 1.5 seconds (75 second cooldown)

Developer Comment: Lúcio’s rework is unlocking some new ways to help your allies and further harass your enemies! His old Trait, Wall RideWall Ride, is still completely functional but has been moved to his Mount (Z). The replacement Trait, Push Off, is a new utility Ability that gives Lúcio more mobility with a built-in way to peel enemies for his allies.

That is just the beginning, though, as Lúcio has also gained a new Heroic Ability—High Five. This Ability allows him a small bit of burst healing to help compete with Sound BarrierSound Barrier while also granting an on-demand Unstoppable buff to allies that may have bitten off more than they can chew. If you were a big fan of Reverse AmpReverse Amp, no need to worry, it stays on his kit in the form of a talent and has similar functionality! In response to the added power, we are slowing him down a little so he is not quite as frustrating to lock down.

Ranged Assassins




  • Sand BlastSand Blast (Q)
    • Now hits all enemy types, though stops travel after one hit
    • Deals 50% damage to Structures
    • Baseline quest has been removed
    • Casting a Sand Blast now spawns an Echo that replicates Chromie’s Sand Blasts and Basic Attacks, dealing 50% damage; Maximum of one Echo active at a time
    • Damage reduced from 315 to 280
    • Cooldown increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds
    • Cast time reduced from .8125 to .5 seconds
    • Initial missile speed has been reduced, but acceleration has been added
      • The time the missile takes to travel its full distance has been increased from .4375 to .625 seconds
  • Dragon's BreathDragon's Breath (W)
    • Ground warning is no longer visible to enemy heroes
    • Damage reduced from 390 to 195
    • Now fires a succession of 3 blasts with a 0.75 second delay towards a vector targeted direction
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 15 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 75
  • Time TrapTime Trap (E)
    • Once placed, now requires Chromie to re-activate the Trap with (D) to detonate and puts all units in the area in Time Stop
    • Now affects allies as well as enemies
    • Search area increased from 1.5 to 2 radius
    • Mana cost increased from 25 to 30
    • Health increased from 300 to 500
  • TimewalkerTimewalker/Bronze Talons (Trait)
    • The Bronze Talons Basic Attack component of her trait has been removed


  • Level 1
    • Deep BreathingDeep Breathing (W)
      • Stacks increased from 12 to 25
      • Bonus reduced from 5 to 2 per stack
      • Bonus at maximum stacks reduced from 140 to 50
    • New Talent – Once Again the First Time (Q)
      • Quest: Hit an enemy Hero with Sand Blast 40 times
      • Reward: Sand Blast’s maximum Sand Echoes increased from 1 to 2
    • Mounting SandMounting Sand (Q)
      • Removed
  • Level 2
    • Andorhal AnomalyAndorhal Anomaly (E)
      • Moved from Level 18
      • No longer causes all three charges to refresh at once
      • Additional functionality:
        • Reduces the cooldown of Time Trap by 5 seconds
        • All Time Traps are detonated at the same time
    • New Talent – Chronic Conditions (E)
      • After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap are Slowed by 25% for 3 seconds and allies gain 25% Movement Speed for 3 seconds
    • New Talent – Time Troubles (E)
      • After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap lose 20 Armor for 3 seconds and allies gain 20 Armor for 3 seconds
    • Enveloping AssaultEnveloping Assault (W)
      • Removed
    • Timely SurpriseTimely Surprise (E)
      • Removed
  • Level 5
    • Mobius LoopMobius Loop (W)
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds per enemy Hero hit
      • Mana return reduced from 100 to 40 per enemy Hero hit
    • Bronze Talons (Q)
      • Has been redesigned
      • When Chromie hits an enemy Hero with Sand Blast, she deals 30% additional Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds
    • New Talent – A Proper Greeting
      • Passive: When Chromie damages a Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Hero, she deals 25% additional damage for 5 seconds
    • Dragon's EyeDragon's Eye (W)
      • Removed
    • Chrono SicknessChrono Sickness (E)
      • Removed
  • Level 8
    • Slowing SandsSlowing Sands (R1)
      • Redesigned: Slow now increases the longer an enemy is in the affected area
      • Now Slows by 5% every 0.25 seconds, up to a maximum of 70%
    • Temporal LoopTemporal Loop (R2)
      • Range reduced from 11 to 8
      • Now also increases the recharge rate of Chromie’s Basic Abilities by 500% for 3 seconds
  • Level 11
    • Here and ThereHere and There (Active)
      • Now has a range of 9
      • Now teleports Chromie to a targeted location near a Sand Echo, and teleports the Sand Echo back to her old location
    • New Talent – Gnome Speed Ahead! (Q)
      • After casting Sand Blast, Chromie gains 200% increased Health and Mana Regeneration and 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds
    • Bye Bye!Bye Bye! (B)
      • Removed
  • Level 18
    • New Talent – Unravelling (R1)
      • Every 0.25 seconds, enemy Heroes Slowed by Slowing Sands have their Spell Armor reduced by 2, up to 30
    • Stuck in a LoopStuck in a Loop (R2)
      • Now also increases the duration of Temporal Loop’s cooldown reduction buff by 3 seconds
    • New Talent – Blessing of the Bronze
      • Passive: While Chromie is alive, she and all her allies gain 10% Movement Speed and their Basic Abilities recharge 30% faster
    • Pocket of TimePocket of Time (R1)
      • Removed

Developer Comment: Our goal with this Chromie update is to create various degrees of success that Chromie can enjoy, so that she doesn’t feel like quite the same all-or-nothing mage that she’s historically been. Traditionally, Chromie has often required a hard counter to keep her in check or completely wrecked an opposing team, creating polarizing experiences.

We’re instituting a lot of changes that allow Chromie to get partial success with her Abilities (multiple Sand BlastSand Blasts baseline, 3 blasts of Dragon's BreathDragon's Breath), while also widening her toolkit (friendly Stasis, Basic Attack damage, PvE damage). While we’re diversifying her kit, we also want to make sure that Chromie feels special, and we think that her Sand Echoes and predictive gameplay with Dragon's BreathDragon's Breath are still unique parts of her that embody the feeling of artillery mage while still having moments of counter play for opponents.




  • Level 4
    • Blossom SwellBlossom Swell (Q)
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 12%
      • This Movement Speed bonus now stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses

Developer Comment: Due to Lunara’s unique Movement Speed mechanics, our recent update to Blossom SwellBlossom Swell was not as beneficial to Lunara as we had hoped. To address this, we are slightly reducing its bonus but allowing it to stack with other Movement Speed bonuses, including Lunara’s trait, which should dramatically increase the total Movement Speed that she gets from this talent.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the healing nameplate UI would be hidden when the total equals 0.
  • Fixed an issue where broadcasts would sometimes appear twice when sent.
  • Dozens of A.I improvements and bug fixes were made for both base and tactical trees.
  • The stun from Imperius' Celestial ChargeCelestial Charge will no longer occasionally be removed when used against Heroes.
  • Alexstrasza's DragonqueenDragonqueen tooltip no longer mentions the reduction of Blinds.
  • Junkrat's RIP-TireRIP-Tire can no longer occasionally kill enemy Heroes inside of Blaze's Bunker.
  • Casting Last LaughLast Laugh will now correctly dismount Alarak.
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BTW, my Battle.net launcher didn't update at all today, it still shows "The Resistance" background and trailers. Anyone else with this problem, or any solutions?

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5 hours ago, lChronosl said:


BTW, my Battle.net launcher didn't update at all today, it still shows "The Resistance" background and trailers. Anyone else with this problem, or any solutions? 

Weird, mine updated just fine. Have you tried the usual procedures? (Scanning the game for repairs through the client, run in admin mode, check firewall permissions, client reinstall, and such)

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How is Fast forward work with piercing sands? it count on the first hero it hits after pass 70% travel and reward 0.75 second cooldown or as long as finally got hit some hero after 70% travel? (Anyone can confirm this?) If as long as after 70% hit some hero and not count on first hero that hit, then it quite useful) .

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Glad someone fixed the Caldium 'Arcopolis' typo in the live version vs PTR Patch Notes. ? You guys should have 'orange fonted' that too ? 

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      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
      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
      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
      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
      Level 20 Morenados! [R2] Additional functionality: Adds another charge. Return to Top
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      Level 4 Inhibiting Energy [W] No longer requires the primary target to be a Hero to Slow enemies in an area. Return to Top
      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
      Level 16 Twin Spheres [Trait] Additional functionality: Gain all level 7 talents. Return to Top
      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
      Level 1 Quarterback [W] Bonus damage reduced from 20% to 10%. Return to Top
      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
      Murky Wrath of Cod now properly follows DoT rules. Tychus Melting Point now properly follows DoT rules. Return to Top
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    • 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.
      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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      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
      Level 1 Hyper Shift [Z] Bonus healing reduced from 10% to 8% maximum Health. Imperius
      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
      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
      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
      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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