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The latest Heroes of the Storm patch is now available on live servers and we've updated our Chen guide to reflect the latest changes.

Patch Highlights

  • Chen has been reworked and you can find our updated guide here.
  • MechaStorm II is now available in the Nexus with new skins for Malthael, Valla, and Yrel.

Full patch notes can be found below.

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Our next Heroes of the Storm patch is live and brings several bug fixes, a new event, new bundles, skins and mounts, along with a Chen rework and more! Read on for more information.

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!)

  • MechasStorm 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
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    • 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!)

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    • 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

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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.

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UPDATE: The Ranked Season naming convention has been changed. We are changing the naming convention to be a numbers and year string instead.  

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Heroes

Bruiser

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 [E]
    • 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]
    • No longer grants 25 Brew instantly
    • Brew regeneration increased from 30 to 50 per second
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 7 seconds
    • Channel time reduced from 5 to 4 seconds
    • Shield amount decreased from 196 to 180 per second
    • This reduces the total shields for fully drinking from 588 to 540
    • Shield duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Stormstout Secret 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 TigerEye of the Tiger [Passive]
      • Adjusted functionality - Quest: Increase Regeneration Globe Healing duration by 100%. Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, 50% of the Shield from Fortifying Brew persists indefinitely after drinking
  • Level 4
    • Keg Toss [W]
      • Removed
    • Withering 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 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 OxGift 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]
      • Wandering Keg's Movement Speed bonus no longer stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses.
      • 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 Round [W]
      • Removed
    • New Talent: CelerityCelerity [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 StrikesCombo 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 BrewEnergizing 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 Potentiall [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 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

  • 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.
  • FIXED: Mecha Valla plays ability sounds that were missing.
  • FIXED: Sledgehammer no longer grants additional Stormbolt Quest stacks on non-Heroic targets.

Heroes, Abilities, & Talents

  • Jaina: Jaina's Water Elemental mimic damage from Wintermute now correctly reflects the tooltip and Balance Update. 50% of Jaina's Basic Frostbolt and Cone of Cold damage is mimicked by the Water Elemental.
  • D.Va: D.Va's Mech is no longer immune to friendly abilities.
  • Chromie: Here and There no longer requires Chromie to have vision of her target location, or the clone she is swapping with. 
  • Sylvanas: Using any attack on any previously enemy footmen who have been affected by Possession and turned allied, will still receive friendly fire damage from attacks.
  • Raynor: Raynor's Hyperion Splat now properly matches both its warning splat and its targeting guide.
  • Anub’arak: Cocoon is no longer disjointed by teleports. Cocoon will now redirect, similarly to pyroblast, and fall off if the teleport is far enough away.

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46 minutes ago, Morcalivan said:

Although with Chen having been updated now I want to throw him on the other side of enemies so he can barrel them into towers.

Or he can just use Q and then barrel them.

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On 6/20/2019 at 12:52 PM, ShadowerDerek said:

Or he can just use Q and then barrel them.

That's fine for after he is thrown. But if he uses it first then he's limited in choice of targets.

He also can't use it to escape if his targets protect or evade. The throw also stuns making it easier to transition to barrel hitting.

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      Hoardapult [R1] Launch an empowered Loot Hoard with Hogger attached, dealing 140 damage and Slowing enemies by 50% for 2 seconds. Hoardapult’s Loot Hoard lasts for up to 20 seconds, but decays rapidly while Hogger isn’t nearby. Every 10 seconds Hogger can take a chunk of Meat from the Loot Hoard. Cooldown: 50 seconds. Shockwave [R2] After .5 seconds, slam the ground, sending out a shockwave that travels in a long line. Enemies hit by the initial slam take 306 damage and are Stunned for 1.25 seconds. Enemies only hit by the shockwave take 210 damage and are Stunned for .75 seconds. Cooldown: 70 seconds. Talent
      Level 1 Journeyman Cooking [W] Quest: Hitting an enemy Hero with Ez-Thro Dynamite restores 6% of Hogger’s maximum Health and permanently increases Hogger’s Health by 10, to a maximum of 750 bonus Health. Bones to Gnaw [Trait] Loot Hoard creates Meat on ground impact. While Meat is active, gain 10 armor. On The Prowl [Active] Activate to gain 30 Rage over 8 seconds. Passive: Hogger heals for 6 Health every second, increased by 2% for each point of Rage he has. Cooldown: 45 seconds. Level 4 Brute Strength [Q] Increase the range of Loot Hoard by 15%. Each Hero hit by Staggering Blow will permanently increase Hogger’s Basic Attack damage by 1, up to 100 bonus damage. Terrain collision impacts grant 2 stacks of this effect. Aggro Range [E] Increase Hogg Wild’s area by 25% and generate 1 Rage per enemy hit, increased to 3 against Heroes. Hogger’s Joggers [Passive] While at or above 30 Rage, Hogger gains 10% increased Movement Speed and healing received. When above 50 Rage, increase these bonuses to 15%. Level 7 Seeing Red [Q/E] While above 50 Rage, Staggering Blow and Hogg Wild’s cooldowns refresh 30% faster and Hogger gains 25% increased Attack Speed. Dense Blasting Powder [W] Direct hits launch an additional stack of dynamite beyond the target. Hitting an Ez-Thro Dynamite with Staggering Blow launches 3 sticks of Dynamite. Garbage Fire [W/Trait] Reduce the cooldown of Loot Hoard by 4 seconds. Loot Hoard deals 22 damage every .5 seconds and Slows nearby enemies by 20% in a large area. Level 13 Dust Devil [E] Hogg Wild grants 40 30 Armor while active and for 3 seconds after it ends. Increase this Armor value to 60 50 if Hogger has 50 or more Rage. Pummel [E] Enemies hit by Hogg Wild are Slowed by 10% for 1.5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Heroes hit also have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 3 seconds. Bloodthirst [Passive] Hogger is healed for 33% of the damage dealt to Heroes by Basic Attacks, Hogg Wild, and Staggering Blow. Level 16 Headbanger [Q] Heroes that collide with terrain from Staggering Blow take an additional 8% of maximum health as damage and are stunned for an additional .5 seconds. Kablooie! [W] Direct Hits with Ez-Thro Dynamite deal 40% more damage, reduce its cooldown by 1.5 seconds and increase its Slow amount to 50%. [Passive] Ez-Thro Dynamite’s range is increased by 25%. Furzerker [Passive] Hitting Heroes with Staggering Blow or Ez-Thro Dynamite increases the damage of Hogger’s next Basic Attack by 50%. Stacking up to 2 Basic Attacks. When Hogg Wild ends, Hogger gains 30% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Level 20 Secret Stash [R1] Every 2 seconds, Hoardapult’s Loot Hoard launches Ez-Thro Dynamite towards a random nearby enemy Hero. Every 5 seconds, a chunk or Meat is also launched towards Hogger. Power Spike [R2] Each Hero hit by Shockwave has their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds and grants Hogger 20 Rage. [Passive] Shockwave’s cooldown is affected by Rage. No Control [E] [Active] Activate to cast an untalented Hogg Wild and chase an enemy Hero. After reaching the Hero, Hogger will switch to chasing another nearby enemy Hero. If no other enemy Heroes are within range of a chase target, this abilities’ duration will begin to rapidly decay. Lasts for up to 6 5 seconds. Cannot be canceled. 60 second cooldown. Anger Management [Passive] Increase Hogger’s maximum Rage by 50. Basic Attacks generate 5 additional Rage. Return to Top
      Nexus Anomaly
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      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Hogger Heroic Bundle Winter Veil Classic Bundle Returning Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Toys 2018 Bundle Toys 2019 Bundle New Skins Stormwind Hogger Redridge Hogger Duskwood Hogger Shipwrecker Hogger Admiral Shipwrecker Hogger Drowned Shipwrecker Hogger Stately Shipwrecker Hogger New Mounts Bottleship Grog Bottleship Seaweed Bottleship New Announcer Hogger Announcer New Content Several new Portraits, Emoji Packs and other items have been added to the Collection! Return to Top
      Storm League
      When queued as a party, Storm League now looks for matches based solely on the highest player's MMR. Storm League Reward Mounts The final reward of the 2020 Season 5 Questline will be the Quillbear Mount, which will be awarded after winning 35 games in Ranked Play. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Brightwing
      Talents
      Level 1 Hyper Shift [Z] Bonus healing reduced from 10% to 8% maximum Health. Imperius
      Base
      Health reduced from 2450 to 2375. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.11 to 4.95. Talents
      Level 7 Blaze of Glory [W] Damage increased from 135 to 150. Jaina
      Talents
      Level 7 Icefury Wand [Passive] Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks against Chilled targets deal 50% bonus damage and reduce the cooldown of Blizzard by 1.25 seconds, doubled against enemy Heroes. Sonya
      Talents
      Level 4 Shattered Ground [W] Damage increased from 100% to 125% of Seismic Slam’s base damage. Level 13 Ruthless [E] Now shows Crit kickers when bonus damage is dealt. Health threshold for bonus damage increased from 33% to 50%. Level 16 Giant Slammer [W] Damage increased from 1.25% to 1.5% maximum Health. Thrall
      Talents
      Level 4 Feral Resilience [W] Physical Armor increased from 50 to 75. Level 13 Spirit Shield [Active] Spell Armor duration increased from 1.5 to 2.5 seconds. Level 20 Worldbreaker [R1] Cooldown reduction increased from 20 to 40 seconds. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where Alarak could become Protected and move without proccing Counter-Strike’s cooldown. Return to Top
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