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Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: June 10th

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A new patch is available for testing on PTR for one week and includes a Chen rework and new MechaStorm II skins for Malthael, Valla, and Yrel.

The latest Heroes of the Storm content update has arrived to PTR and will go live on June 17.

It comes with a brand new Chen (details highlighted below) and a new MechaStorm II event with new skins for Malthael, Valla, and Yrel.

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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 the week of June 17. 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.

Collection

Many seasonal items have made their way back into the collection and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!

New Bundles (Limited Time Only!)

  • MechaStorm II Bundle
  • Mecha Yrel Skin Pack
  • Mecha Valla Skin Pack
  • Xenotech Malthael Skin Pack
  • Seraph Wing Bundle

New Skins (Limited Time Only!)

  • Mecha Yrel
    • Prototype Mecha Yrel
    • Master Mecha Yrel
    • Lunar Mecha Yrel
    • Carbon Fiber Mecha Yrel
  • Mecha Valla
    • Prototype Mecha Valla 
    • Master Mecha Valla
    • Solar Mecha Valla
    • Alloy Mecha Valla
  • Xenotech Malthael
    • Apex Xenotech Malthael
    • Twilight Xenotech Malthael
    • Umbral Xenotech Malthael
    • Gamma Xenotech Malthael
  • Hunter Mecha Dehaka
  • Galactic Xenotech Abathur
  • Maritime Dropkick Kharazim

New Mounts (Limited Time Only!)

  • Seraph Wing
    • Holy Seraph Wing
    • Fierce Seraph Wing
    • Eternal Seraph Wing
    • Guardian Seraph Wing
    • Prototype Seraph Wing
  • Fel Razorgrin

New Portraits and Sprays (Limited Time Only!)

  • Several new sprays and portraits have also been added to the game.

MechaStorm II

Xenotech threatens the planet once again. This new invasion is being led by Mecha Malthael, sowing havoc and destruction across Neo-Stormwind. Many outposts and cities have already felt the wrath of the Mecha Archangel of Death.

A new generation of Heroes arise to defend the innocent. Equipped with cutting edge Mecha technology provided by Neo-President Anduin, the young pilots prepare for the battles ahead.

You must stand together alongside Valla and Yrel as members of the MechaStorm to help bring Xenotech’s Mecha Malthael’s advance to a halt. However, you must first make sure your equipment is up to the task.

MechaStorm II Quest Chain

Repair, upgrade and run repeatable combat simulation missions for each part of Mecha Tyrael. Join the Neo-Stormwind’s mobile Mecha squadron alongside Valla and Yrel to help push back the Xenotech invasion being led by Mecha Malthael.

Earn Mecha-themed sprays, portraits and loot boxes while working to unlock Tyrael the Hero as well as the unique Perfect Mecha Tyrael skin.

MechaStorm II Loot Chests

From June 17th to August 5th, your main goal will be working to thwart the Xenotech invasion. During this time all Loot Chests earned or bought with Gold will be MechaStorm II Loot Chests (excluding Hero-specific ones). These Loot Chests guarantee at least one item from either MechaStorm II or previous years’ Summer Events.

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

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Chen

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Base
  • Keg SmashKeg Smash [W]
    • Brew cost increased from 20 to 30
    • New functionality: Smash Chen's keg, dealing damage, drenching affected enemies in Brew for 3 seconds, and Slowing them by 10% for 1.5 seconds. After 1.5 seconds, the Slow is increased to 40% for 1.5 seconds. After being used, this ability becomes Breath of Fire.
  • Breath of FireBreath of Fire [W]
    • This ability has been moved to the W button, and is available after Keg Smash has been used
    • Cooldown reduced from 5 seconds to 1.5 seconds
    • Impact damage reduced from 96 to 85
    • Periodic damage increased from 32 to 55
    • Brew cost reduced from 30 to 10
    • Adjusted functionality: Using Breath of Fire on Brew-soaked enemy causes them to be Ignited, dealing damage over 3 seconds and adding 1.5 seconds to the duration of the Slow from Keg Smash. After being used or after 6 seconds, this ability becomes Keg Smash
  • New Ability: Stagger [E]
    • Damage taken over the next 3 seconds is prevented. Once this effect ends, Chen receives 75% of the damage taken over 5 seconds. 18-second CD
  • Fortifying BrewFortifying Brew [Trait]

Talents

  • No longer grants 25 Brew instantly
  • Brew regeneration increased from 30 to 50 per second
  • Cooldown increased from 5 to 7 seconds
  • Channel time reduced from 5 to 4 seconds
  • Shield amount decreased from 196 to 180 per second
  • This reduces the total shields for fully drinking from 588 to 540
  • Shield duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds
  • Level 1
    • Stormstout Secret RecipeStormstout Secret Recipe [Passive]
      • Moved from Level 20
      • Healing increased from 1.5% to 2% of Chen’s maximum health
    • New Talent: Eye of the Tiger [Passive]
      • Adjusted functionality - Quest: Increase Regeneration Globe Healing duration by 100%. Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, 50% of the Shield from Fortifying Brew persists indefinitely after drinking
  • Level 4
    • Keg TossKeg Toss [W]
      • Removed
    • Withering FlamesWithering Flames [W]
      • Moved from Level 13
      • Duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
    • Accumulating FlameAccumulating Flame [W]
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality: Increase Ignited damage by 25% and Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are Ignited increase its duration by .75 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Bolder FlavorBolder Flavor [Trait]
      • Removed
    • Elusive BrawlerElusive Brawler [Active]
      • Moved from Level 1
      • Additional functionality: While active, also grants Chen 30% Movement Speed
    • New Talent: Gift of the Ox [E]
      • Increase Stagger’s duration by .5 seconds, and reduce the amount of damage taken over time to 60% of damage taken
  • Level 10
    • Wandering KegWandering Keg [R1]
      • Movement speed bonus increased from 60% to 70%
      • Knockback duration increased by ~28%
      • Knockback speed increased by ~53%
    • Storm, Earth, FireStorm, Earth, Fire [R2]
      • Spirit Health reduced from 75% of Chen's Health to 70%
      • Each ability can only be cast once. The final ability that is cast is empowered.
    • StormStorm [Q]
      • New functionality: The spirits gain a shield for 400 over 3 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, the shield amount is increased to 750 with no limited duration, and the duration of Storm Earth Fire is increased by 5 seconds.
    • EarthEarth [W]
      • New functionality: Fire and Earth leap to the target location, dealing 32 damage and slowing enemies in a large area by 70% for 1.5 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, increase the damage dealt by 300% and the leap instead roots enemy Heroes hit for 1.75 seconds.
      • Earth Ability range increased from 7 to 9
      • Earth Unit basic attack Slow reduced from 2 seconds to 1.75 seconds
      • Earth Unit attack period increased from 2 to 1.5
    • FireFire [E]
      • New functionality: Increase the attack speed and attack damage of the spirits by 50% for 5 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, increase the attack speed and attack damage bonus to 75% and the spirits gain 50% movement speed for its duration
  • Level 13
    • Ring of FireRing of Fire [W]
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Adjusted functionality: After Igniting an enemy, burst into flames, dealing damage to nearby enemies
      • Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
      • Damage increased from 52 to 60
    • Enough to ShareEnough to Share [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Additional functionality: Duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds
      • Allied Shield amount increased from 27 to 70
      • Additional functionality: Now also instantly Shields Chen for 180
    • Pressure PointPressure Point [Q]
      • Adjusted functionality: Flying Kick Slows the target enemy for 35% for 1 second, or by 70% if Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew
    • A Touch of HoneyA Touch of Honey [W]
      • New functionality: Increase the Slow from Keg Smash by 10% and its duration by .5 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Another RoundAnother Round [W]
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Celerity [E]
      • Basic Attacks against Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Stagger by 1.5 seconds and grant Chen 15 Armor for 3 seconds
    • New Talent: Combo Strikes [Trait]
      • Every 3rd Basic Attack against the same target deals 75% bonus damage. While Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew and for 2 seconds after, he gains 50% Attack Speed
    • Flying LeapFlying Leap [Q]
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Flying Leap by .5 seconds each time an enemy Hero takes damage from being Ignited
  • Level 20
    • Purifying BrewPurifying Brew [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality: Casting Fortifying Brew grants Chen Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds
    • New Talent: Energizing Brew [Trait]
      • If Chen fully completes his cast of Fortifying Brew, then he gains 20% maximum Health and 20% increased damage for 25 seconds
    • Untapped PotentialUntapped Potential [R1]
      • Armor bonus increased from 60 to 75
      • Armor bonus now lasts for 3 seconds after Wandering Keg expires
      • Movement Speed increased from 100% to 125%
    • Elemental ConduitElemental Conduit [R2]
      • New functionality: Increase the spirits’ Health to 100% of Chen’s maximum Health and all of their abilities are empowered

Developer Comment: The new Chen has finally arrived! We had a blast tinkering with him, and look forward to seeing him unleashed to his full potential in your hands. When taking a look at how to best change him, we primarily focused on adding more opportunities for Chen to make plays and for his opponents to interact with him. Some of his power has been taken out of Fortifying BrewFortifying Brew and put into his new ability, Stagger, as well as into his talents. While he may take a bit of time to master, proper management of Chen’s cooldowns should result in a formidable hero that will make a great addition to any team.

Bug Fixes

General

Heroes, Abilities, & Talents

  • FIXED: Tassadar displays the 'Support' role icon, and is not selected as a valid healer pick when both sides are given a Healer in Shuffle Pick.
  • FIXED: Mercenary Camp captures will show Score Credit Tracking to always match the amount of experience that is being awarded. 
  • FIXED: Minions on Tomb of the Spider Queen no longer gain an extra minute of scaling at the start of the game.
  • FIXED: Players will get credit for capturing a Mercenary Camp if you are within an extra 5 radius of the capture point (and on the same team)
  • FIXED: TargetUnit Abilities that can be placed on allies no longer appear invisible to enemy Heroes hit by their area.
  • FIXED: Respec on Try Me Mode map now respawns the player Hero to properly reset all Talents and Quests that Hero had chosen.
  • Jaina: Jaina's Summon Water ElementalWater Elemental mimic damage from WintermuteWintermute now correctly reflects the tooltip and Balance Update. 50% of Jaina's Basic FrostboltFrostbolt and Cone of ColdCone of Cold damage is mimicked by the Summon Water ElementalWater Elemental.
  • D.Va: D.Va's Mech is no longer immune to friendly abilities.
  • Chromie: Here and ThereHere and There no longer requires Chromie to have vision of her target location, or the clone she is swapping with. 
  • Sylvanas: Minions who are Possessed now properly remove all friendly damaging abilities that were applied before they were Possessed. 
  • Raynor: Raynor's HyperionHyperion Splat now properly matches both its warning splat and its targeting guide.
  • Anub’arak: CocoonCocoon is no longer disjointed by teleports. CocoonCocoon will now redirect, similarly to pyroblast, and fall off if the teleport is far enough away.

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Seems interesting, even though its not how I imagined stagger would be applied into his kit.

@Stan there seems to be some mistake in the formatting, because some of Chen's new talents are in the Bug Fixes.

@Edit: great quick edit, you are the man.

Edited by lChronosl
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6 hours ago, Stan said:

 

    • Elemental ConduitElemental Conduit [R2]
      • New functionality: Increase the spirits’ Health to 100% of Chen’s maximum Health and all of their abilities are empowered

 

100% of his health, this looks quit powerful to me only or? 

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I honestly don't know how I feel about some of the Chen changes. I loved his old kit, and so it will be interesting seeing how his new kit works. All I can say is, the old build was fluid and fun, I hope this new one captures that.

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The Chen rework looks pretty underwhelming to be honest. By increasing the cooldown of his Brew it makes him even squishier. Sure, he has a new ability now directly inspired by the WoW Monk that "shrugs off" damage, but he will still be completely destroyed by any stun, which will not only prevent him from getting his resource but also deny him of shields.

Edited by Valhalen

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17 hours ago, Lampanelli said:

The skins looks good, though I had hoped for more balance changes than just a Chen rework. Yrel could use some love too, or this new, shiny skin will just go to waste.

Or you know, maybe the dozens of other heroes released before yrel that still havent gotten changes to this day. 

 

Im definitely buying that mecha Malthael skin though.

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After playing a bit with Chen on the PTR's Try Mode yesterday, I think the way to go is to build him for damage. He has hybrid build that gives him a surprisingly high DPS.

 

Edited by Valhalen
Found a video from NotParadox that explains the build.
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Soooo.... from looking at the video of the characters in the Mecha skins... does this mean that when we play those skins we're actually controlling tiny little 6 inch versions of the characters driving the mechs? o_O?

LOL! 😁

So I guess they get 'Downsizing' (like the movie) so that they can be pilots for these normal humaniod size mechs in the MechaStorm universe.

LOL!! 🤪🤣😛

I suppose that would be far cheaper then building giant ones.

LOL!!! 🤣😵🤣

Edited by CyberDVonaven

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