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Heroes of the Storm Balance Update: July 10th

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The latest Heroes of the Storm patch comes with a 10% increase to the base movement speed of Heroes, Sgt. Hammer has been removed from ARAM, and more.

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General

  • Movement Speed Increase
    • Increase the base movement speed of Heroes from 4.4 to 4.84 (+10%)

Developer Comment: We were evaluating this change last year for the gameplay updates but wanted some more time to soak it. While this is a modest increase, we feel like it makes the game feel a bit snappier, especially while in combat. We will be carefully watching how this affects Heroes with lots of skillshots and will balance as needed.

  • Each Mecha Tyrael's repeatable Mission can now only be completed up to 50 times
  • Gem purchasing has a new checkout interface. This streamlined system gives players access to more payment options from directly within the client

Heroes

Tank

Anub'arak

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Base

  • Harden CarapaceHarden Carapace [W]
    • Cooldown increased from 6 to 7 seconds

Talents

  • Level 16
    • EpicenterEpicenter [E]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 1.25 seconds to 1 second

Developer Comment: Anub’arak is still slightly too powerful and popular compared to other Warriors, so we’re making some more adjustments to his overall power level to bring him in line.  In the past, we reduced Harden CarapaceHarden Carapace’s cooldown soon after changing the Ability to provide significant Spell Armor, which greatly increased Anuba’rak’s overall survivability.  We’re pulling back on that change now which should help other Warriors better compete with him.

ETC

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Base

  • Guitar SoloGuitar Solo [E]
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Guitar HeroGuitar Hero [E]
      • Healing amount increased from 40% to 60%

Developer Comment: ETC is the Warrior with the highest win-rate in the game, and his popularity has seen a spike since our last balance patch.  To get ahead of any issues, we’re slightly nerfing Guitar SoloGuitar Solo’s cooldown and buffing Guitar HeroGuitar Hero to compensate for the nerf.

Mal'Ganis

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Base

  • Fel ClawsFel Claws [Q]
    • Cooldown reduced from 9 to 8 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45

Developer Comment: We’re slightly buffing Mal’ganis’s base kit to make him a little more competitive with other Warriors.  Since so much of his power is tied to Fel ClawsFel Claws, even 1 second off of its cooldown should be a meaningful boon to his ability to engage, disengage, and CC opponents.

Bruiser

Artanis

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Psionic SynergyPsionic Synergy [E]
      • Armor bonus increased from 20 to 30
    • Shield BatteryShield Battery [Trait]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 100% to 125%
  • Level 13
    • Graviton VortexGraviton Vortex [E]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 1.25 to 1.75 seconds
    • Templar's ZealTemplar's Zeal [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 6 seconds

Developer Comment: MY BUFFS FOR AIUR!

Chen

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Base

  • Keg SmashKeg Smash [W]
    • Delay before being able to cast Breath of Fire reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds
    • Duration of 10% Slow reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds
    • Duration of 40% Slow increased from 1.5 to 1.75 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Freshest IngredientsFreshest Ingredients [Trait]
      • Additional Functionality: Upon quest completion, also reduces the cooldown of Fortifying Brew by 1 second
    • Stormstout Secret RecipeStormstout Secret Recipe [Passive]
      • Heal amount increased from 2% to 2.5%
  • Level 4
    • Withering FlamesWithering Flames
      • Spell Power reduction increased from 30% to 40%
  • Level 10
    • Wandering KegWandering Keg [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Now also grants Chen 25 Armor for its duration
      • Cooldown reduced from 70 to 60 seconds
  • Level 13
    • A Touch of HoneyA Touch of Honey [W]
      • Slow amount increased from 15 to 20
  • Level 16
    • CelerityCelerity [E]
      • Armor bonus increased from 15 to 20

Developer Comment: Our favorite Brewmaster has made a big splash in the Nexus.  We’ve read the feedback that players want the interaction between Keg SmashKeg Smash and Breath of FireBreath of Fire to be more fluid, so we’re reducing the delay between the two abilities, which should make them feel better to play with as people get used to his new cadence.  We’re also buffing many of Chen’s talents, particularly those that are related to his survivability, which should help him stay in fights longer.

Imperius

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Base

  • Molten ArmorMolten Armor [E]
    • Healing reduced from 100% to 50% of the damage dealt
    • Bonus healing against Heroes reworded to say it is increased to 100% (baseline functionality is the 
  • Valorous BrandValorous Brand [Trait]
    • Consuming a mark heals Imperius for 70
    • Damage bonus reduced from 30% to 20%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Impaling LightImpaling Light [Q]
      • Redesigned: Celestial Charge’s final damage is increased by 50% and cooldown is reduced by 1 second for each Valorous Brand on the target when the Stun completes
    • Consuming FlameConsuming Flame [W]
      • The first enemy Hero hit with Solarion’s Fire also restores 30 Mana
  • Level 4
    • Bulwark of FlameBulwark of Flame [W]
      • Removed
    • Unshakable FaithUnshakable Faith [E]
      • Removed
    • Battle HungerBattle Hunger [Trait]
      • Redesigned: Increased the healing of Valorous Brand by 50%
    • Sovereign ArmorSovereign Armor [E]
      • Moved from 16
      • Armor reduced from 50 to 25
      • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 seconds
      • Damaging an enemy Hero with Molten Armor increased the duration by 0.5 seconds
    • [NEW] Press Forward [Passive]
      • Damaging an enemy Hero sets the duration of a Regeneration Globe on Imperius to 5 seconds (unless it was already higher)
  •  Level 7
    • Blaze of GloryBlaze of Glory [W]
      • The secondary explosion from Blaze of Glory now consumes and benefits from Valorous Brand
    • Holy FervorHoly Fervor [Active]
      • Now has a maximum duration of 10 seconds
      • The cooldown for the Ability begins after the first attack, instead of the last
      • Cooldown increased from 25 to 30 seconds
      • Tooltip updated to reflect that the damage is a percentage bonus and stacks additively with other percentage bonuses
  • Level 13
    • Divine RageDivine Rage [E]
      • Redesigned: Consuming a Valorous Brand reduces the cooldown of Molten Armor by 1 second
    • Heat of BattleHeat of Battle [E]
      • Redesigned: Increase Molten Armor’s healing against Heroes by 2% for every 1% Health Imperius is missing
  • Level 16
    • Celestial SwiftnessCelestial Swiftness [Q]
      • Redesigned: Gain 20% Movement Speed for 5 seconds after casting Celestial Charge; Gain 40% Attack Speed for 5 seconds for each Hero Stunned with Celestial Charge
  • Valorous PursuitValorous Pursuit [Active]
    • Moved from level 20
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 20 seconds
  • Level 20
    • [NEW] Brand of Solarion [Trait]
      • Reduce the duration of Valorous Brand to 3 seconds, but it is no longer consumed when triggered
    • ImperviousImpervious [Active]
      • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds

Developer Comment: Most of these changes are designed to make a few more of Imperius' Talents viable and interesting, as well as provide more opportunity for Imperius' players to show their skill with the Hero while also allowing for mechanics that opponents have more counterplay with. We shouldn't see a large shift in Imperius' role or playstyle, but rather more interesting interactions between him and his opponents.

Sonya

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Base

  • Health increased from 2341 to 2450
  • Health Regeneration increased from 4.879 to 5.105

Developer Comment: Sonya has been a bit out of the meta in recent months.  She has a good talent tree and no outstanding issues, so we’re giving her a small buff to help her compete with other heroes in her role.

Yrel

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Hand of FreedomHand of Freedom [Active]
      • Redesigned: Celestial Charge’s final damage is increased by 50% and cooldown is reduced by 1 second for each Valorous Brand on the target when the Stun completes
  • Level 7
    • Samaara's LightSamaara's Light [Passive]
      • Removed
    • Righteous MomentumRighteous Momentum [W]
      • Removed Functionality: No longer increases Yrel’s Movement Speed while at maximum charge
      • Additional Functionality: Yrel’s Movement Speed is increased by 5%. Instead of being Slowed while charging Righteous Hammer, she instead quadruples the bonus
  • Level 13
    • Aldor PeacekeeperAldor Peacekeeper [Q]
      • Damage reduction increased from 30% to 40%
    • RepentanceRepentance [E]
      • Slow duration increased from .5 to .75 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Templar's VerdictTemplar's Verdict [W]
      • Damage bonus increased 4% to 6% maximum Health

Developer Comment: We gave Yrel some buffs not too long ago, and we’re doing it again to slowly bring her power level up.  Like Illidan, Yrel can be a monster when she gets going, so we’re incrementally increasing her power so that she doesn’t go out of control.  She can now cast Hand of FreedomHand of Freedom on herself, which should make the talent much less situational.  With this round of buffs, we are looking at bringing up her mid-late game power so that she has a more meaningful power spike as the game goes on and her enemies gain more options to deal with her.

Healer

Ana

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Slumber ShellsSlumber Shells [E]
      • New Functionality: Enemy Heroes are Slowed by 25% for 3 seconds when they wake up from Sleep Dart
  • Level 4
    • OverdoseOverdose [E]
      • Doses applied with Sleeping Dart increased from 3 to 4
  • Level 4
    • Anti-HealerAnti-Healer [W]
      • Bonus area of Biotic Grenade reduced from 100% to 25%
      • Fixed a bug where the bonus duration was showing as 20% when it is 25%

Developer Comment: We’re changing up some of Ana’s talents to better compete with Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade-related choices. Slumber ShellsSlumber Shells and OverdoseOverdose are receiving some buffs and changes, andAnti-HealerAnti-Healer’s bonus radius to Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade is being dramatically reduced. While it still remains a powerful talent, Ana players will now have to be much more precise to deny healing on multiple members of the enemy team.

Anduin

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Blessed RecoveryBlessed Recovery [Passive]
      • Tooltip now shows the required damage taken to proc its effect
    • Binding HealBinding Heal [Q]
      • Heal amount increased from 95 to 10

Developer Comment: To give players more insight into what the damage threshold is that they need to meet for its effect, Blessed RecoveryBlessed Recovery will now show the damage required for its effect to proc.

Rehgar

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Talents 

Changed the order of various talents ot better match other Heroes (Q, W, E, etc.) 

  • Level 4
    • Spiritwalker's GraceSpiritwalker's Grace [Q]
      • Removed
    • Totemic ProjectionTotemic Projection [E]
      • Moved to Level 7
  • Level 4
    • Tidal WavesTidal Waves [Q]
      • Additional Functionality: Also reduces the Mana cost of Chain Heal from 55 to 40

Developer CommentSpiritwalker's GraceSpiritwalker's Grace is not performing compared to other options on its tier, and its synergy with Tidal WavesTidal Waves is strong enough that it warrants the talents being combined.  To add some flavor to his Level 4 talents, we’re also giving Rehgar the option to pick Totemic ProjectionTotemic Projection on this tier, which should open up some new options now that it can be picked in combination with talents like Blood and ThunderBlood and Thunder and CleanseCleanse.

Support

Medivh

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Talents

  • Level 7
    • Mystic AssaultMystic Assault [Q]
      • Damage and Healing bonuses increased from 40% to 50% of damage dealt
  • Level 20
    • Arcane BrillianceArcane Brilliance [Active]
      • Spell Power bonus increased from 10% to 15%
    • Dust of DisappearanceDust of Disappearance [Active]
      • Duration increased from 20 to 40 seconds

Developer Comment: We’re making some small adjustments to Medivh’s under-picked talents.  Mystic AssaultMystic Assault sees a fairly significant buff to its overall output as long as Medivh can consistently land Arcane RiftArcane Rifts, whereas Arcane BrillianceArcane Brilliance and Dust of DisappearanceDust of Disappearance should now better be able to compete with the other Level 20 options. 

Melee

Illidan

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Rapid ChaseRapid Chase [Q]
      • Movement Speed bonus increased from 15% to 20%
      • Movement Speed bonus duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Reflexive BlockReflexive Block [Q]
      • Number of attacks blocked increased from 2 to 3
  • Level 16
  • Fiery BrandFiery Brand [Passive]
    • Damage increased from 7% to 8% maximum Health
  • Blades of AzzinothBlades of Azzinoth [Active]
    • Now starts with Blades of Azzinoth able to be cast when the talent is picked

Developer Comment: Due to his resourceless, infinitely life-stealing, highly mobile nature, even a small buff can turn Illidan into an unstoppable nightmare.  It’s been long enough though, and a few talent buffs couldn’t possibly cause him to go wildly out of control…  right?  Right.

Maiev

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Sudden VengeanceSudden Vengeance [E]
      • Damage increased from 5% to 6% maximum Healt
  • Level 7
    • Bonds of CorruptionBonds of Corruption [W]
      • Adjusted Functionality: Now reduces Armor by 10 for 4 seconds

Developer Comment: We’re slightly adjusting Bonds of CorruptionBonds of Corruption to better take advantage of Maiev’s ability to capitalize on good Umbral BindUmbral Bind pulls by following up with multiple casts of Fan of KnivesFan of Knives. This should allow the talent to be more generally useful outside of teams that primarily take advantage of auto-attacks for their damage.

Valeera

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • VigorVigor [Passive]
      • Energy Regeneration increased from 2.5 to 3 per second
    • SubtletySubtlety [Trait]
      • Energy Regeneration increased from 8 to 10
  • Level 4
    • HemorrhageHemorrhage [E]
      • Bonus Basic Attack damage increased from 30% to 40%
    • InitiativeInitiative [Trait]
      • Additional Functionality: Also grants Valeera an additional 15% Movement Speed for 3 seconds when using Ambush, Cheap Shot, or Garrote
  • Level 7
    • Fatal FinesseFatal Finesse [W]
      • Damage bonus per stack increased from 4 to 6
      • Stacks required to finish quest reduced from 20 to 15
      • This changes the maximum bonus damage to Blade Flurry from 80 to 90
  • Level 16
    • Thistle TeaThistle Tea [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 40 seconds

Developer Comment: Since we have not made changes to her for some time, we took a pass at Valeera’s talents and found some that could use improvements. 

Zeratul

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Shadow HunterShadow Hunter [E]
      • Cooldown reduction from Basic Attacks increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds
    • Move UnseenMove Unseen [Trait]
      • Additional functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak by 1 second
  • Level 7
    • WormholeWormhole [E]
      • Adjusted Functionality: Wormhole cannot be cast for 1.25 seconds after Blink is used
      • Duration that Zeratul can use Wormhole increased from 3 to 4 seconds
    • Warp SkirmisherWarp Skirmisher [Passive]
      • Bonus damage increased from 40% to 50%
      • No longer requires Zeratul to attack a target within 6 seconds of teleporting with Vorpal Blade
      • Additional Functionality: Bonus damage also activates on Zeratul’s first Basic Attack after entering Stealth
  • Level 16

    • Sentenced to DeathSentenced to Death [W]
      • Adjusted Functionality: Bonus damage also applies to enemies who are Slowed by Singularity Spike
      • Damage bonus reduced from 30% to 25%

Developer Comment: For a long time, Zeratul’s talent picks have been dominated by the combination of WormholeWormhole and CleaveCleave-related talents.  We’ve tried to nerf various CleaveCleave talents in the past to promote other playstyles, but it has not yielded effective-enough results.  We believe that the main culprit is the power of WormholeWormhole giving Zeratul too much control over dealing damage incredibly quickly with CleaveCleave before enemies can respond.  With this change, Zeratul will have to commit for a little over 1 second to where he teleports to before being able to return to his starting location, which should give opponents who are paying attention to him time to punish him for mistakes.  In addition to this change, we’re buffing some of Zeratul’s alternative talents to promote his other playstyles. 

Ranged Assassin

Jaina

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Talents

  • Level 16
    • SnowstormSnowstorm [W]
      • New functionality: The second wave of Blizzard deals 20% bonus damage.  The third wave of Blizzard deals 60% bonus damage.

Falstad

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Talents

  • Level 4
    • UpdraftUpdraft [E]
      • Shield bonus increased from 40% to 60
  • Level 7
    • Secret WeaponSecret Weapon [Q]
      • Bonus damage increased from 60% to 80
  • Level 16
    • Crippling HammerCrippling Hammer [Q]
      • Slow amount increased from 50% to 60%

Developer Comment: It’s been awhile since we last touched Falstad, so we took a look at his talents and found some spots that could use some buffs.

Greymane

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Base

  • Basic Attack damage increased from 140 to 148

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Incendiary ElixirIncendiary Elixir [Q]
      • Damage bonus per stack increased from 15 to 2
  • Level 10
    • Cursed BulletCursed Bullet [R2]
      • Damage increased from 35% to 40%

Developer Comment: Greymane has a storied history of being an incredibly powerful, consistent hero in the hands of experienced players.  While we had to nerf him several times over the years, we believe it’s been long enough, and so we’re giving him some small buffs to be brought back into the meta.

Lunara

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Talents

  • Level 10
    • Thornwood VineThornwood Vine [R1]
      • Damage increased from 164 to 176
  • Level 13
    • Abolish MagicAbolish Magic [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 35 to 30 seconds
    • Endless SporesEndless Spores [W]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 3 to 4 seconds

Mephisto

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • AngerAnger [Passive]
      • Removed
    • Furious SparkFurious Spark [W]
      • Damage increased from 90 to 95
    • Malicious IntentMalicious Intent [E]
      • Spell Power bonus increased from 15% to 20%
  • Level 4
    • SpiteSpite [Passive]
      • Healing Globe duration bonus increased from 100% to 125%
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .5 to .75 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Shard of HateShard of Hate [Passive]
      • Additional Functionality: Now also causes Mephisto’s attacks to activate Lord of Hatred, reducing Basic Ability cooldowns by 1 second

Developer CommentAngerAnger and Shard of HateShard of Hate have such obvious synergy that it is too often a mistake to not take one without the other.  We’re combining their functionalities while also doing a pass on his other underperforming talents.

Orphea

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • En PointeEn Pointe [Q]
      • Bonus damage increased from 75% to 90%
    • Growing NightmareGrowing Nightmare [E]
      • Adjusted functionality: If at least 2 enemy heroes are hit by Wave of Dread, then its eruption’s damage is increased by 60%
  • Level 4
    • AllegrissimoAllegrissimo [Q]
      • Shadow Waltz cooldown when hitting enemy Heroes at its end changed from 1 second to .75 seconds
    • BackbiterBackbiter [W]
      • Bonus maximum Health increased from 10% to 15%
  • Level 7
    • InsatiableInsatiable [W]
      • Chomp’s cooldown when hitting enemy Heroes changed from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds

Developer Comment: The combination of Ancestral StrengthAncestral Strength and FrightFright is both powerful and currently too attractive compared to other options, so we’re beefing up alternatives to promote Orphea’s other playstyles.

Valla

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Base

  • Health increased from 1273 to 1340

Talents

  • Level 1
    • CaltropsCaltrops [E]
      • Slow amount increased from 25% to 40%
  • Level 16
    • Seething HatredSeething Hatred [Trait]
      • Removed Functionality: No longer increases the duration of Hatred
      • New Functionality: Valla gains 15% Spell Power while at 10 stacks of Hatred

Developer Comment: Similar to Greymane, Valla has had a storied history of being a powerhouse hero in the right situations.  She has not been meta for some time, so we’re buffing her up some to incentivize people to try her a little more often.

Bug Fixes/Updates

General

  • Remove Sgt. Hammer from ARAM 

Developer Comment: We have been receiving a lot of feedback regarding Sergeant Hammer's playstyle in ARAM. While we are looking to make larger changes to the game mode in the near future, we decided it was best to remove her from the ARAM shuffle-pick for the time being

  • [MechaStorm II] Fixed MechaStorm countdown timer
  • [MechaStorm II] Fixed MechaStorm repeatable event quests to 50 times
  • Fixed issue where voice lines for Maltheal couldn’t be used while equipped with the Xenotech Malthael skin
  • [MechaStorm II] Fixed issues with text being cut off during Special Event Quest Tooltip Windows when switching Tooltip Windows 

Battlegrounds

  • Hanamura Temple
    • Swordsman Mercenary camps respawn timer increased from 120 to 150 seconds
  • Mercenary
    • Impaler Mercenary Basic attack damage has been increased from 50 to 65
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So much for the tank meta xD... not to say that these nerfs weren't going to hit anyway.

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Thank you for the great formatting. The original patch notes are hard to read properly.

Also, just played a couple games. Everything looks so fast now. It does seem like it was more than a 10% increase. And for some weird reason the game also looks smoother somehow?

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Level 4

  • Hand of FreedomHand of Freedom [Active]
    • Redesigned: Celestial Charge’s final damage is increased by 50% and cooldown is reduced by 1 second for each Valorous Brand on the target when the Stun completes
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  • Level 4
    • Totemic ProjectionTotemic Projection [E]
      • Moved to Level 7
  • Developer Comment: To add some flavor to his Level 4 talents, we’re also giving Rehgar the option to pick Totemic ProjectionTotemic Projection on this tier,

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I'm confused on this one. It looks like a nerf but written as a buff.

  • Level 7
    • Bonds of CorruptionBonds of Corruption [W]
      • Adjusted Functionality: Now reduces Armor by 10 for 4 seconds

Developer Comment: We’re slightly adjusting Bonds of CorruptionBonds of Corruption to better take advantage of Maiev’s ability to capitalize on good Umbral BindUmbral Bind pulls by following up with multiple casts of Fan of KnivesFan of Knives. This should allow the talent to be more generally useful outside of teams that primarily take advantage of auto-attacks for their damage.

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the good and the bad, not that Ana wasn't scary with her sleep already, but at least the -healing won't be as scary anymore, though sometimes scary anti-healing is the only thing that can get passed some tanky healing combos

  • Level 1
    • Slumber ShellsSlumber Shells [E]
      • New Functionality: Enemy Heroes are Slowed by 25% for 3 seconds when they wake up from Sleep Dart
  • Level 4
    • OverdoseOverdose [E]
      • Doses applied with Sleeping Dart increased from 3 to 4
  • Level 4
    • Anti-HealerAnti-Healer [W]
      • Bonus area of Biotic Grenade reduced from 100% to 25%

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7 hours ago, Stan said:
  • Movement Speed Increase
    • Increase the base movement speed of Heroes from 4.4 to 4.84 (+10%)

 Developer Comment: We were evaluating this change last year for the gameplay updates but wanted some more time to soak it. While this is a modest increase, we feel like it makes the game feel a bit snappier, especially while in combat. We will be carefully watching how this affects Heroes with lots of skillshots and will balance as needed.

I think this is meant to reduce the impact of displacement effects.

7 hours ago, Stan said:

Chen

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No Chen nerf? This doesn't look like Blizzard at all.

7 hours ago, Stan said:
  • [NEW] Brand of Solarion [Trait]
    • Reduce the duration of Valorous Brand to 3 seconds, but it is no longer consumed when triggered

I'm super confused by this talent. Brands no longer consumed? Does that means you don't get the heal anymore? And doesn't get talents' effects that consume brands?

7 hours ago, Stan said:

Developer Comment: We’re changing up some of Ana’s talents to better compete with Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade-related choices. Slumber ShellsSlumber Shells and OverdoseOverdose are receiving some buffs and changes, andAnti-HealerAnti-Healer’s bonus radius to Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade is being dramatically reduced. While it still remains a powerful talent, Ana players will now have to be much more precise to deny healing on multiple members of the enemy team.

Grenade build is not the only reason for Ana's oppressiveness. It's her healing output combined with her baseline range increase of her trait. You can't even see her when she's healing others, not to mention even if you attempt to reach her, she'll just sleep you and reposition. And her trait self-heal makes her surprisingly hard to duel against. She's literally a Morales with like 2-3x range. Oh, and Nanoboost of course. 

7 hours ago, Stan said:

Developer Comment: For a long time, Zeratul’s talent picks have been dominated by the combination of WormholeWormhole and CleaveCleave-related talents.  We’ve tried to nerf various CleaveCleave talents in the past to promote other playstyles, but it has not yielded effective-enough results.  We believe that the main culprit is the power of WormholeWormhole giving Zeratul too much control over dealing damage incredibly quickly with CleaveCleave before enemies can respond.  With this change, Zeratul will have to commit for a little over 1 second to where he teleports to before being able to return to his starting location, which should give opponents who are paying attention to him time to punish him for mistakes.  In addition to this change, we’re buffing some of Zeratul’s alternative talents to promote his other playstyles. 

Wormhole is not the 'main culprit'. It's Void Prison. Cleave build is the only build that doesn't require Might of the Nerazim's passive damage boost to deal significant amount of damage. It's so much better than the other builds because:

- its main damage source isn't countered by blind;

- its burst is much faster than trying to weave in auto attacks between each ability usage;

- it's much easier to play;

- it gives him the best heroic in the game;

- it allows him to perform a huge combo with Void Prison that deal insane damage to multiple heroes (EQAE1QRQ);

- it gives him insane in-combat self sustain at Lv 20 (Shadow Mending);

- it gives him better waveclear (Rending Cleave);

Nerfing Wormhole doesn't really do much tbh.

7 hours ago, Stan said:

Level 16

  •  SnowstormSnowstorm [W]
    • New functionality: The second wave of Blizzard deals 20% bonus damage.  The third wave of Blizzard deals 60% bonus damage.

 

What's 'new' about this? Didn't this change happen in like 2 patches ago?

8 hours ago, Stan said:
  • Level 10
    •  Thornwood VineThornwood Vine [R1]
      • Damage increased from 164 to 176
  • Level 13
    • Abolish MagicAbolish Magic [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 35 to 30 seconds
    • Endless SporesEndless Spores [W]
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This as well?

3 hours ago, Morcalivan said:

I'm confused on this one. It looks like a nerf but written as a buff.

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    • Bonds of CorruptionBonds of Corruption [W]
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Developer Comment: We’re slightly adjusting Bonds of CorruptionBonds of Corruption to better take advantage of Maiev’s ability to capitalize on good Umbral BindUmbral Bind pulls by following up with multiple casts of Fan of KnivesFan of Knives. This should allow the talent to be more generally useful outside of teams that primarily take advantage of auto-attacks for their damage.

Bonds of Corruption originally reduce physical armor (only) by 25. Now it reduce (both physical and spell) armor by 10. It is a buff indeed since Maiev can't really utilize the physical armor debuff that well. 

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Really not liking that movement speed change. I main KTZ and I expect to see a revert or compensation buffs because it'll now be even harder than it needs to be. Also Artanis' Purifier Beam should have been change with this patch, it does no damage and now is easier than ever to avoid.

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27 minutes ago, leapingshadow said:

Really not liking that movement speed change. I main KTZ and I expect to see a revert or compensation buffs because it'll now be even harder than it needs to be. Also Artanis' Purifier Beam should have been change with this patch, it does no damage and now is easier than ever to avoid.

Hmm interesting I hadn't even thought about this one. Does this increase the mount speed aswel you reckon? Cause then it would also mean theres a bigger time window to escape pyro blast for example

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8 minutes ago, SirSlapzAlot said:

Hmm interesting I hadn't even thought about this one. Does this increase the mount speed aswel you reckon? Cause then it would also mean theres a bigger time window to escape pyro blast for example

Yes since mount speed is just 130% of your base move speed.

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Looks like +10% to movement speed is a good change for the game. But I'm still sad. I'm Hammer main.

Also this Blizzard patch notes have exceptionaly high number of typos and errors (it is not Icy-veins mistakes, it was in the laucher). Greymane with Blizzard now. Sonya with Abolish Magic and Noxious Blossom. Increased from 95 to 10. Who wrote this?

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31 minutes ago, Filson said:

Looks like +10% to movement speed is a good change for the game. But I'm still sad. I'm Hammer main.

Also this Blizzard patch notes have exceptionaly high number of typos and errors (it is not Icy-veins mistakes, it was in the laucher). Greymane with Blizzard now. Sonya with Abolish Magic and Noxious Blossom. Increased from 95 to 10. Who wrote this?

How does it look like that? I don't understand why this change we necessary, so many heroes have talents and heroics and abilities thrown in the air for no real reason.

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16 hours ago, Stan said:
  • [NEW] Brand of Solarion [Trait]
    • Reduce the duration of Valorous Brand to 3 seconds, but it is no longer consumed when triggered

I'm super confused by this talent. Brands no longer consumed? Does that means you don't get the heal anymore? And doesn't get talents' effects that consume brands?

I'm pretty sure it does apply each effect that would occur with a "Marked consumed", since it says that it will still be triggered, just not consumed.  So each hit during those 3 seconds will probably work as it would've been consumed.

Else that change would be strange.

Aside from that:
Looking forward to test out the changes for Imperius the most. Kinda surprised how much of a change he has gotten during this patch. Maybe it will only increase the fun I have while playing him.

Also maybe it will make Chen more bearable to me. I really dislike the brief pause you have to endure during W into W.

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8 hours ago, ExorionAether said:

Also maybe it will make Chen more bearable to me.

😐

Honestly I did not even notice this pun until you pointed that out.
Comedy runs through my veins.

Also: from what I've been told it seems that social media reacts rather strongly about the 10% movement increase and already demands this change being reverted. I personally don't mind that change so far and would prefer it being tested out more buuuut, ya know, the Internet does what it does best, I suppose.

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Thought the game seems kinda more challenging, I'm liking these changes. The biggest issue is obviously with skill shot based heroes. I am dieing more often than before, tho. Might have been playing too agressive. Anyone else having this experience?

Not to mention this was a stealth buff to AI, at least Elite. I have been farming it a bit to finish my quest and oh boy, are they dodging everything now. Not to mention the Elite AI does not miss skill shots.

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4 hours ago, Timotheaus said:

The speed increase works both ways. Since the baseline is higher, slows are more effective now.

Are they, though?

If you move at 100% speed (100m per second) and get hit with a 50% slow, you will move at 50% speed (50m per second).
Now you move at 110% speed (110m per second), so a 50% slow will let you move at 50% speed (55m per second).

I mean, technically slows now do cut more distance. But that is because of the general increased speed, which still yields you a net gain. So in the end, even if you get hit by a slow, you will still move a greater distance in the same time frame than before, therefore still being more evasive / harder to hit.

Unless my math is wrong. Feel free to correct me.

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On 7/11/2019 at 10:52 AM, leapingshadow said:

Really not liking that movement speed change. I main KTZ and I expect to see a revert or compensation buffs because it'll now be even harder than it needs to be. Also Artanis' Purifier Beam should have been change with this patch, it does no damage and now is easier than ever to avoid.

As a Muradin Main I played some games before even reading the patchnotes. I did not miss more Hammers than usual, it felt normal. But I certainly noticed a change of pace in teamfights and rotations.

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      Yes! Very early in development we experimented with a lot of different map types like 4 lane maps, giant maps with huge jungles and only 2 lanes, etc etc. We learned a lot about how easily macro play could become the dominant strategy and how mount speed/globals should be tuned.
      I vaguely remember a map that had "waygates" on either side of the map which let you instantly teleport between the two if your team had control of both. We learned very quickly that giving your entire team a Zagara Nydus Canal was a bit OP.
      Not really an important issue, but as a D.Va main across both games it always sort of bothered me how in Overwatch D.Va's mech shoots alternating spread shots, like two shotguns, while in Heroes it is animated more like two chainguns, constantly firing projectiles rather than staccato bursts. Is there a technical / design / deliberate reason for this? Not a big problem, I've always just been curious.
      That fantasy/mechanical mismatch is something we will be addressing in her upcoming rework ?
      Lilith is clearly the most hyped character from Blizzard IPs right now. She got great introduction followed with perfect visual design. It's going to take years before we see her in Diablo 4.
      Since hots already introduced decent amount of diablo lore, how insanse is the idea of having Lilith in hots before D4 is released?
      Lilith is awesome and though we would love to bring her to the Nexus, we think it would be best for the Diablo team to show her off in their game first. Sorry guys, gonna have to wait on that one for a bit.
      You undoubtedly have lots of internal statistics on which you based your hero balancing. Would you mind sharing these statistics? It does not have to be something fancy - for example just posting a spreadsheet here on the subreddit. I might be useful to see how i.e. hero winrates differ from the data available to community through replay analysis.
      We do use a lot of statistics when looking at balance. However, at this time we don’t have plans to share them publicly.
      I do share statistics from time to time, but am wary of showing something like a whole spreadsheet of win rates on some specific date. The main reason is because statistics can and almost always are misinterpreted to fit a certain narrative, and it takes lots of stats from different places to put together a complete picture about what’s going on.
      For example, in regards to purely win rates the game has almost always been in an excellent spot across the board, yet that hasn’t always felt like the case with player feedback, nor with what they are picking and banning at various levels of play. If we balanced the game purely based on win rates alone, you would see a whole lot of changes that seem to make no sense at all, because they don’t reflect the reality of what players are experiencing.
      I can give some broad points about our statistics over the years that I’ve observed:
      1. Win rates across the board, especially for talents, are almost always very close. I would say about half the time is the most picked talent the one that’s actually winning the most often.
      2. Niche heroes tend to have much higher win rates than others. This is even more impressive if you think about how they often have a negative stigma for not being strong, yet they still win despite that team morale hit that often happens when they are taken.
      3. Hero pick and ban rates rarely reflect what’s actually winning, and more often reflect community sentiment on what they believe is strong, or is something that players more generally just don’t want to play against.
      Can we get a look under the hood at the Match Point breakdown? as in how does one person get 15 points and the other 26 points in the same Bronze 5 win
      Hi there!
      There are a couple of factors involved with this:
      - Uncertainty: The more time between games, the less confidence the matchmaker has in your skill rating and so the more it is adjusted
      - Dampening: At extreme ratings, we limit the ability to move in a particular direction. This is so we don't get people off in Narnia without the ability to play with anyone
      - Bronze 5 Hugeness: Bronze 5 covers a large skill rating and has its own dampening in it as well, so while you are moving the same rating, you might not be moving the same ranked points until you get to Bronze 4.
      This last point is something we're taking very seriously and investigating what to do about it.
      Why don't you update all Regions at the same time? I'm just curious!
      We want to make sure the game is available to the maximum number of players the maximum amount of time, so we try to make sure we take each region down when the lowest number of players would be playing. When the US has the most people online, Europe has the least and vice versa. There are other factors that affect the time, but that is far and away the biggest reason.
      I am clearly biased when I ask this, but are there any plans to retune Butcher into baseline Ranked viability whilesimultaneously nerfing his snowball potential (so he doesn’t simply break QM completely, especially for new players)?
      We're currently taking a holistic look at Butcher, focusing especially on ways to make him more "generally" usable and reducing some of the pain points with his baseline quest ?
      Is it intended that Death wing can be stopped by void prison?
      Yes, this is intended. For most enemy interactions, think of Deathwing as a Johanna who always has her trait up.
      Since we got ARAM, both Chromie and Azmodan got reworked. Would you consider enabling them for ARAMs in their current state?
      Good news! Azmodan and Chromie are available in ARAM as of the Deathwing patch ?
      I'll bring up the Varian question in our next design meeting.
      Malthael is considered by most to have pretty poor talent diversity. And his trait build is lacking at the moment. Is this something you see with the data on your end and are you planning on giving a once over to some of the bigger offenders?
      After digging into the data, Malthael is still one of the best heroes in our game in regards to talent diversity. That narrative simply isn’t reflecting the reality of his talent choices. As an example, at Level 1, 40.3% of people are picking On a Pale Horse, 40% of people are picking Fear the Reaper, and 19.7% of people are picking Death’s Reach, with all 3 of them having similar win rates.
      That being said, like every hero in our game, I don’t believe his talents are perfect, and he can definitely still use improvements.
      We've heard many times how remaking Arthas's model is a large undertaking that, art-wise, is basically an entire new hero. How much work is just a new set of animations? 
      So, it's hard to say exactly how long just re-animating Arthas would take but generally it takes us about 20ish weeks to fully animate a hero start to finish. So, somewhere in that range. I can't give a specific range because every hero takes more or less time depending on their complexity. A simple biped like Raynor could take half the time to animate in comparison to someone like Deathwing who has 4 legs, wings, and a tail. All those extra bits really add up and extend animation time. Kit complexity, extra models, and stuff like that also add to animation time. We also have to consider what state Arthas is under the hood in terms of rig and data set up. Having extra issues to deal with on top of just doing the animating work can really slow down the whole process. Ultimately, slowing down the whole process impacts all of the cool new stuff we're currently working on too so it's a tough trade off.
      With Overwatch 2's recent reveal, will the artists and dev team be collaborating with the OW team to create new skins/ integrating talents for the existing roster of heroes perhaps during a rework?
      I don't believe there's any plans to update current heroes talents based on the OW2 reveal, however it's certainly possible in the future once the game is released. On the art side we always want to be sensitive to the source material for our content and if we decide to make a new hero or skin we would certainly collaborate with the OW team to build the best version possible.
      Good morning. when are you going to buff to tracer ?
      We do have plans to liven things up for Tracer, but we're not ready to share details quite yet ?
      When will quick match be removed from the game? Or at least fixed? Quick match's current incarnation being a problem has been common knowledge for years, but nothing has been done to address it, despite quick match being any new player's first experience with the game.
      Quick Match has been a topic that has blighted my dreams, affected my relationships, altered my gravitational pull with the Earth, caused many discussions in the office, and largely just followed me around like a shadow made of tears and frustration.
      From issues stemming from New Heroes being 2/3rds of the queue for the first week or so of a hero's release (seriously, how do you expect us to be able to matchmake that?), or issues with Call of the Nexus, or to the time it broke for 3 days and made any match it wanted to, Quick Match has kept me awake when I would rather be asleep for far too long.
      However, what can we do with it? It's our most popular game mode and we are, I think, the only MOBA that allows you to pick a hero before entering matchmaking. We are Just. That. Nice.
      So, what do we do with it?
      - Nothing: You can just play it as is, get some amazing games, get some... other games, play the newest and shiniest hero... eventually?
      - Blind Pick/All Pick: We become more like other MOBAs and you can pick your hero in turn and do/don't get to see what your opponents pick until the timer is up, and then the guy that didn't get what he wanted leaves the game and overall sadness goes up in the world by 0.002%
      - ANARCHY: We just turn all the Quick Match rules off and hope the problem solves itself!
      As us Brits like to say: Answers on a Postcard addressed to the Nexus and I'll collate the responses.
      Arams are amazing is there a plan to add a ranked version of it? This might add some sort of strategy to the mode.
      While that sounds like a nifty idea, we don't have any plans to add a ranked mode for ARAM at this time.
      I'd have a few concerns with doing it - primarily that ARAM is intended to be a fun, wacky mode where you can kind of wind down and relax. If we turn it into a competitive thing, a lot of that spirit can easily be lost in the name of created a better ranked experience.
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