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Blizzard today released a new balance patch for Heroes of the Storm. Check out the official patch notes for more details.

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Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with Hero balance changes! Read on for details.

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General

  • Both The Lost Vikings and Leoric are flooding our RISK team with intentional feeding false positives. To keep ARAM as healthy as possible we are temporarily removing them from the mode.
  • Map
    • Tower, Fort, and Keep damage to enemy Heroes increased by 10%.
    Developer Comment: We’ve given our tower changes some time to settle, and while we like how their current targeting mechanism works, we believe we went a little too far in lowering their damage. We’re giving them some of their teeth back so that enemies who tower dive have a little less time to hang around in their opponent's base before they have to disengage.
  • Healing Fountains
    • Health and Shield values swapped. The Shield value now accounts for 75% of the total Health.
    • Shield regeneration rate increased to 10% of total Shields per second.
    Developer Comment: We've heard feedback that players dislike how their Healing Fountains can be sniped by the opposing team early in the game. While we agree that this can be frustrating, we don't want to completely remove alternative strategies for creating an advantage. We're experimenting with a change to move the total Health of the Healing Fountains to be much more in favor of a Shield that quickly regenerates instead of Health. This should make it riskier for players to snipe Healing Fountains, as they will not get any value unless they destroy the building, while also rewarding players who are able to protect their Healing Fountains early in the game.

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Heroes

TANK BRUISER HEALER MELEE RANGED
Anub'arak Deathwing Alexstrasza Kerrigan Gall
Cho D.Va Ana Samuro Jaina
Diablo Gazlowe Anduin   Mephisto
E.T.C. Imperius Uther   Sylvanas
  Yrel     Tassadar
        Tracer
        Tychus

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Tank

Anub’arak

Base

  • Health increased from 2100 to 2150.
  • Health Regeneration increased from 4.38 to 4.48.

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Level 13 talents have been changed to follow our normal talent ordering conventions.
    • Burning BeetlesBurning Beetles [Passive]
      • Damage dealt by Beetles reduced from 7 to 6.
  • Level 16
    • DebilitationDebilitation [E]
      • Adjusted functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by Burrow Charge or Impale have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 4 seconds.
    • Beetle, JuicedBeetle, Juiced [Trait]
      • Adjusted functionality: Beetles gain 30% increased Health. Every 4th Basic Attack spawns a Beetle.
Developer Comment: Historically Anub’arak has always been on a razor’s edge of being wildly popular and powerful or not part of the meta with small changes having a large effect on his perception. We’re giving him a small Health buff and some adjustments to his late-game talents, which we believe will bring him more to the forefront again as a powerful initiator for his team.

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Cho

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Enraged RegenerationEnraged Regeneration [Trait]
      • Healing reduction duration reduced from 4 to 2 seconds.
Developer Comment: While we like the somewhat chaotic, raid-boss feel of Enraged Regeneration and its healing debuff, we believe its duration is too long for how often the debuff can be applied to enemies, particularly at later stages of the game due to its synergies with talents like Twilight Nova. Because of this, we’re heavily reducing its duration so that enemy Healers have larger windows of opportunity to play around its debuff.

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Diablo

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Eternal FlamesEternal Flames [W]
      • Additional functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Fire Stomp by 1 second.
      • Mana return when Stunning enemy Heroes with Shadow Charge or Overpower increased from 35 to 45.
    • Diabolical MomentumDiabolical Momentum [Passive]
      • No longer reduces the cooldown of Fire Stomp.
  • Level 13
    • HellfireHellfire [W]
      • Bonus Spell Power per stack increased from 2% to 3%.
      • Maximum stacks for bonus damage per second to nearby enemies reduced from 15 to 10.
Developer Comment: Diablo has recently risen in the ranks to once again being a high demand Warrior for his team. Overall, his talents are in a fairly good place, but we want to fix a design issue where Diabolical Momentum is simply too good at doing everything since it has synergy with all of his other potential ways of playing. To reduce its power and help his Level 7 tier be more diverse, we’re removing its ability to reduce the cooldown of Fire Stomp and giving Eternal Flames a boost in its role as a key talent for players who want to build around the ability.

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E.T.C.

Base

  • RockstarRockstar [Trait]
    • Armor bonus reduced from 25 to 20.

Talents

  • Level 13
    • EncoreEncore [W]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 6% to 5%.
Developer Comment: E.T.C. continues to be a force to be reckoned with as a highly popular front-line member of teams. We’re reducing his overall survivability by nerfing Rockstar’s Armor amount so that he is punished more for missing his Stun or overextending during teamfights.

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Bruiser

Deathwing

Base

  • IncinerateIncinerate [W]
    • Energy cost increased from 15 to 20.
    • Damage reduced from 70 to 65.
  • Lava BurstLava Burst [W]
    • Energy cost reduced from 20 to 15.
    • Periodic Damage increased from 5 to 6.

Talents

  • Level 4
    • InfernusInfernus [Q]
      • Adjusted functionality: Increase the damage of Molten Flame against enemy Heroes by 25%. Increase this bonus damage to 75% when Molten Flame is cast at 75% Energy or higher.
  • Level 7
    • FirestormFirestorm [Z]
      • Meteor damage increased from 65 to 70.
Developer Comment: Currently, particularly at higher levels of play, many players are favoring Destroyer form over World Breaker. We’re moving some power from Destroyer Form into Worldbreaker to incentivize players to switch between forms more often as the situation demands. We also believe the energy buff to Worldbreaker form makes more sense for Deathwing, as he is naturally more incentivized to use Molten Flame in this form after using his other abilities to control opponents’ movements in choke points, but would often find himself unable to use Molten Flame as often due to being at low energy after using his other abilities to set it up.

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D.va

Base

  • Mech weapon damage reduced from 23 to 22.

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Rush-downRush-down [Q]
      • Bonus damage to non-Heroic enemies reduced from 100% to 75%.
      • Damage and healing against enemy Heroes reduced from 4% to 3% maximum Health.
    • Aggression MatrixAggression Matrix [W]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .125 seconds to .1875 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Bunny HopBunny Hop [R1]
      • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 70 seconds.
    • Micro MissilesMicro Missiles [R2]
      • Damage reduced from 44 to 40.
  • Level 13
    • Target LockedTarget Locked [W]
      • Requirement for Armor and Movement Speed Slow to activate reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds.
Developer Comment: D.Va has come out swinging with her new rework, and while she is still within our normally acceptable bounds of performance, she is at the upper end and we feel she can use a little toning down. We’re reducing her Basic Attack damage as a baseline nerf and lowering the power of Rush Down, which should bring in line many of the more powerful and popular ways to play her. We still want and expect her to be a force to be reckoned with and will be keeping an eye on her to see if more tuning changes are needed down the road.

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Gazlowe

Base

  • Health increased from 2275 to 2375.
  • Health Regeneration increased from 4.74 to 4.95.
  • Rock-It! TurretRock-It! Turret [Q]
    • Damage increased from 36 to 40.
  • Deth LazorDeth Lazor [W]
    • Damage increased from 174 to 184.
  • Xplodium ChargeXplodium Charge [E]
    • Range increased from 7 to 8.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Rocket Boots [E]
      • Damage bonus increased from 20% to 35%.
    • One Man Wrecking Crew [Passive]
      • Damage bonus increased from 45% to 60%.
  • Level 4
    • EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds.
      • Armor bonus increased from 35 to 40.
  • Level 7
    • Overload [W]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .5 to .75 seconds.
    • Master Blaster [Passive]
      • Slow duration increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds.
      • Slow duration increased from Rock-It! Turrets increased from .25 to .5 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Robo-Goblin [R1]
      • Damage per second increased from 8 to 9.
      • Now has Crit kickers when dealing 3 stacks of damage.
    • Grav-O-Bomb 3000 [R2]
      • Damage increased from 220 to 235.
  • Level 20
    • Bomb Toss [E]
      • Additional functionality: Xplodium Charge gains a 2nd charge with a 3 second cooldown between uses.
Developer Comment: Gazlowe came out a bit low with his rework, so we’re pulling back on a lot of nerfs that were made during the design process which were done with the fear that he would be too powerful. We believe these changes to both his base kit and to underperforming talents will bring him up to par with other Bruisers, and, similar to D.Va, solidify his place as an effective member of his team.

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Imperius

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Flash of AngerFlash of Anger [Q]
      • Shield amount reduced from 275 to 250.
      • Damage reduced from 165 to 150.
    • Holy FervorHoly Fervor [Active]
      • Cooldown from 30 to 25 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Celestial SwiftnessCelestial Swiftness [Q]
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 25% to 20%.
Developer Comment: Solarian is still too sharp. Dulling it a tad bit more!

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Yrel

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Hand of FreedomHand of Freedom [Active]
      • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds.
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 35% to 30%.
Developer Comment: We had buffed Hand of Freedom multiple times in the past in an effort to get players to use the talent, but our last buff to make it usable on Yrel went too far to the point that it has dominated the talent tier. We’re reducing its frequency and the amount of the Movement Speed bonus to be more reasonable for a buff that Yrel can apply to herself.

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Healer

Alexstrasza

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Circle of LifeCircle of Life [W]
      • Regeneration Globe collection quest requirements reduced from 15/25 to 10/20.
  • Level 7
    • Verdant FlourishVerdant Flourish [W]
      • Healing for Alexstrasza increased from 30% to 40%.
  • Level 10
    • Life-BinderLife-Binder [R1]
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds.
      • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50.
  • Level 16
    • Tough LoveTough Love [Q]
      • Armor bonus increased from 25 to 30.
    • OverprotectiveOverprotective [W]
      • Shield amount increased from 60% to 70% of the amount healed.
Developer Comment: It’s been some time since we looked at Alexstrasza’s talents, so we’re buffing some of her underused picks to make them more viable.

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Ana

Base

  • Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade [W]
    • Healing reduction duration reduced from 2 to 1.75 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Slumber ShellsSlumber Shells [E]
      • Cooldown reduction on Sleep Dart reduced from 4 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Anti-HealerAnti-Healer [W]
      • Healing reduction duration bonus changed from 25% to .75 seconds.
    • Night TerrorsNight Terrors [E]
      • Damage dealt reduced from 10% to 8% maximum Health.
Developer Comment: Ana’s currently a top healer pick with relatively poor diversity in her early game talents. We’re nerfing some of her most picked talents and reducing the duration of Biotic Grenade, which should give other Healers more of an ability to play around it when trying to keep their teammates alive.

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Anduin

Base

  • Flash HealFlash Heal [Q]
    • Healing increased from 260 to 270.
  • ChastiseChastise [E]
    • Damage increased from 155 to 175.
  • Leap of FaithLeap of Faith [Trait]
    • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 70 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 10
    • Holy Word: SalvationHoly Word: Salvation [R1]
      • Healing increased from 25% to 30% maximum Health.
Developer Comment: Anduin is in a good place overall, with great talent diversity and a fun base kit. However, he isn’t quite measuring up to other Healers when it comes to his overall performance, so we’re simply increasing his power to bring him up to par.

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Uther

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Holy FireHoly Fire [Passive]
      • Now has Crit kickers when dealing bonus damage.
  • Level 7
    • Guardian of Ancient KingsGuardian of Ancient Kings [Trait]
      • Adjusted functionality: Healing a Hero that is Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced grants them 50 Armor for 3 seconds.
Developer Comment: We’re giving Guardian of Ancient Kings a needed buff and adding a better tuning knob to balance the talent in the future by unlinking the duration of its Armor bonus from Devotion.

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Melee Assassin

Kerrigan

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Siphoning ImpactSiphoning Impact [Q]
      • Shield amount increased from 90 to 100.
    • Assimilation MasteryAssimilation Mastery [Trait]
      • Shields granted increased from 45 to 50.
  • Level 4
    • Psionic PulsePsionic Pulse [E]
      • Second explosion time reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Queen of BladesQueen of Blades [Q]
      • New functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Ravage by 2 seconds and increase its damage to Minions and Mercenaries by 50%.
  • Level 10
    • MaelstromMaelstrom [R1]
      • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80.
      • Range increased from 4 to 4.5.
    • Summon UltraliskSummon Ultralisk [R2]
      • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 75.
  • Level 20
    • TorrasqueTorrasque [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Increase the Health and Attack damage of Ultralisk by 20%.
Developer Comment: Kerrigan’s talent tiers generally have one talent that most people are using, followed by the other two talents on the tier having decent parity. We’re giving some buffs to her alternate talents to become more attractive choices, which should allow for more diverse ways to play her.

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Samuro

Base

  • Wind WalkWind Walk [E]
    • Bonus Movement Speed reduced from 25% to 20%.

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Crushing BlowsCrushing Blows [W]
      • Bonus damage reduced from 15% to 10% per stack.
  • Level 20
    • Dance Of DeathDance Of Death [R1]
      • Mirror Image Bladestorm damage increased from 30% to 45%.
    • Three Blade StyleThree Blade Style [R2]
      • Bonus Mirror Image Health reduced from 50% to 25%.
Developer Comment: Samuro is a difficult Hero to use that has gotten a lot of mileage for those who take the time to learn how to play him. Despite his niche status, he has slightly gone over the edge of what we believe to be a little too powerful and frustrating to play against, so we’re reducing the power of a couple overperforming talents as well as how slippery he is to catch and kill once caught out.

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Ranged Assassin

Gall

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Rising DreadRising Dread [W]
      • Damage bonus per bounce reduced from 25% to 15%.
  • Level 13
    • Twilight NovaTwilight Nova [W]
      • No longer passively reduces the cooldown of Dread Orb.
  • Level 16
    • Leaden OrbLeaden Orb [W]
      • Stun duration reduced from 1 to .75 seconds.
Developer Comment: In our efforts to make a more competitive build, we went a little overboard with our recent buffs to Gall’s Dread Orb talents. We’re reigning in that power to both reduce frustration when playing against him as well as increase his talent diversity.

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Jaina

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Arcane IntellectArcane Intellect [Trait]
      • Additional functionality: While above 75% Mana, gain 10% Spell Power.
    • Frost ArmorFrost Armor [Passive]
      • Physical Armor amount increased from 50 to 75.
  • Level 7
    • Icefury WandIcefury Wand [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds.
Developer Comment: While Jaina’s talent diversity is in a relatively decent place, it has room to be better, particularly in the early game. Arcane Intellect should now be a fairly viable Mana-restoring talent for players who don’t want to pick Fingers of Frost at Level 1, which should open more possible build opportunities.

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Mephisto

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Hateful MendingHateful Mending [Q]
      • Healing increased from 60% to 70% of damage dealt to enemy Heroes.
      • Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by Skull Missile grant 10 Mana.
  • Level 16
    • AnimosityAnimosity [W]
      • Maximum Lightning Nova damage increased from 36% to 42%.
  • Level 20
    • Unspeakable HorrorUnspeakable Horror [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Enemies are also Silenced while they are Rooted.
    • Shade LordShade Lord [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 20 seconds.
Developer Comment: We saw some feedback that Unspeakable Horror is a little bit awkward to use since it doesn’t Silence players while they are Rooted by Durance of Hate. We agreed and saw an opportunity to do a few other changes while we looked at him.

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Sylvanas

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Lost SoulLost Soul [W]
      • Additional functionality: Increase Shadow Dagger’s damage by 10%.
    • Festering WoundsFestering Wounds [E]
      • Bonus damage to Haunting Wave reduced from 25% to 15%.
  • Level 10
    • Mind ControlMind Control [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Enemy Heroes hit have 3 stacks of Banshee’s Curse applied to them.
Developer Comment: For the most part Sylvanas has fairly good talent diversity, but we wanted to tinker a little bit to make it better. Her heroics have the least talent parity in her tree, so we’re experimenting with giving Mind Control a simple buff that should help in its role at finding a single, vulnerable target to kill.

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Tassadar

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Plasma ShieldPlasma Shield [Trait]
      • Maximum Shield amount reduced from 15% to 12% maximum Health.
  • Level 10
    • Black HoleBlack Hole [R2]
      • Cooldown reduced from 70 to 60 seconds.
      • Mana cost reduced from 80 to 60.
  • Level 20
    • KugelblitzKugelblitz [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Reduce the Armor of enemy Heroes hit by the center of Black Hole by 20 for 3 seconds.
Developer Comment: Plasma Shield is simply a little too good at giving Tassadar survivability, which is an intended weakness of the hero since he brings so many other things to the table. We’re reducing its power as well as buffing Black Hole and its Level 20 Mastery, Kugelblitz.

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Tracer

Base

  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 24 to 23.

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Leeching RoundsLeeching Rounds [Trait]
      • Adjusted functionality: Increase the healing from Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes by an additional 5%. This bonus is further increased by 5% for each Blink charge you currently have.
    • Is That a Health Pack?!Is That a Health Pack?! [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction on the Healing Fountain when gathering a Regeneration Globe increased from 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • TelefragTelefrag [E]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .25 seconds to .3125 seconds.
Developer Comment: Similar to Samuro, Tracer is closing in on being too powerful despite her niche status. We’re slightly reducing her overall power with a Basic Attack damage nerf and buffing some of her underused talents.

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Tychus

Talents

  • Level 1
    • QuarterbackQuarterback [W]
      • Moved from Level 7.
    • Press the AdvantagePress the Advantage [Passive]
      • New functionality: Increase Tychus’s Basic Attack range by 1.
  • Level 4
    • The Bigger They Are...The Bigger They Are... [Trait]
      • No longer reduces the cooldown of Minigun.
      • Health threshold for dealing bonus damage changed from 35% to 30%.
    • Master AssassinMaster Assassin [Passive]
      • Adjusted functionality: Gain 10% Attack Speed. Quest: After getting 15 Takedowns, gain an additional 15% Attack Speed.
  • Level 7
    • Concussion GrenadeConcussion Grenade [W]
      • Removed.
    • Combat TacticianCombat Tactician [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Minigun by 4 seconds. Reduce Minigun’s cooldown by an additional 4 seconds after using Run and Gun.
    • New talent: Melting Point [W]
      • After hitting enemies, Frag Grenade deals 75 bonus damage over 3 seconds. This damage is increased by 100% against Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.
  • Level 20
    • Can Do This All DayCan Do This All Day [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
    • Bob and WeaveBob and Weave [E]
      • No longer passively increases Tychus’s Basic Attack range by 1.5.
      • Additional functionality: After using Run and Gun, Increase Tychus’s Basic Attack range by 1.5 for 4 seconds.
Developer Comment: We made some changes to Tychus’s late-game talents and have seen much better talent diversity from those efforts. We’re doing the same thing with his early-game picks here, which we think will overall make him a much more exciting and fun Hero to play.

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Bug Fixes

Heroes

  • D.Va
    • D.Va's Micro Missiles launch and impact sounds should play at an appropriate volume for enemies and allies.

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I prefer Dva's Full Metal build so not nerfed yet aside from Micro Missiles.

Ana nerf is annoying. Don't think she needed that.

Uther buff to give armour to those healed affected by status affects is pretty nice though. Less globes for Alex, always good.

Samuro nerf seems a little mean. That guy is hard to play well as is. Seems like a personal attack on like .01% of the community. :p

Tracer will still be OP since she is paired with Abathur anyways. And her mobility is what gives her an edge. That wasn't nerfed either.

Cho'Gall nerf doesn't look too big. Just removed the perma stun. But that assumes enemies survive long enough to be affected by it.

I guess Deathwing got a buff? Not sure why it needed a nerf to go with it though. At this point, lots of characters can deal with him.

Imperius and Yrel nerfs seem ok. A Gazlowe buff. I think he's already strong but I don't use those talents either, so guess it makes sense.

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I guess Deathwing got a buff? Not sure why it needed a nerf to go with it though. At this point, lots of characters can deal with him.

Nope. With the Incinerate nerf he's now got zero legitimate builds anymore and no good reason for anyone to ever pick him. He's a bruiser who does no damage, and a pretty easy one to burst down now as well.  The reason why NOBODY uses anything but Destroyer form is because that's the form with the escape in it. Reducing the energy usage of Lava Burst is not what's wrong with it, it's lack of range, AoE and damage (which a single point increase is not going to fix) is what's wrong with it. If the casting time was quicker, if the AoE was larger, if the slow was increased (even if it was increased over time like the mud in Alterac Pass) if it had some or all of those things, then hell, I would happily have it do NO damage in return for those.

But as it stands they have nerfed Deathwing at every turn until he's no longer viable to play in anything now, since even his Incinerate build is doing substantially less damage thanks to these nerfs. He has NOTHING LEFT.

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11 hours ago, Apologised said:

He has NOTHING LEFT.

Easy here, I'm sure he'll find himself WASHED UP somewhere in the meta the next patch.

PS: sorry, had to do it.

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On 10/8/2020 at 7:13 AM, Apologised said:

But as it stands they have nerfed Deathwing at every turn until he's no longer viable to play in anything now, since even his Incinerate build is doing substantially less damage thanks to these nerfs. He has NOTHING LEFT.

Honestly Blizzard just needed to nerf his survivability. They will continue nerfing him as long some certain talents exist. Same with ETC, which ever since got a rework on Encore became one of the most oppressive tanks ever, as now he can reset the CD of Mosh Pit at ease.

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On 10/15/2020 at 7:25 PM, Valhalen said:

Honestly Blizzard just needed to nerf his survivability. They will continue nerfing him as long some certain talents exist. Same with ETC, which ever since got a rework on Encore became one of the most oppressive tanks ever, as now he can reset the CD of Mosh Pit at ease.

Or they fully restore him, but now he can cause friendly fire damage.

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      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 Armor while active and for 3 seconds after it ends. Increase this Armor value to 60 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] 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 seconds. Cannot be canceled. 60 second cooldown. Anger Management [Passive] Increase Hogger’s maximum Rage by 50. Basic Attacks generate 5 additional Rage. Nexus Anomaly
      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! Storm League
      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. 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. Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where Alarak could become Protected and move without proccing Counter-Strike’s cooldown.
    • By Staff
      The second teaser has just been posted by Blizzard and it looks like we really might get Hogger next.
      Teaser 2
      There's a Wanted poster with an axe in it that references Hogger's location World of Warcraft.

      Teaser 1

    • By Staff
      Blizzard today posted the first teaser for an upcoming Hero on Twitter.
      Teaser 1 depicts a Murloc skeleton. The community has already started speculating about who the new Hero might be. Some think it may be Hogger. If Blizzard follows their usual schedule, we will get the second teaser tomorrow, with the Hero being unveiled Monday.

      Source: Twitter
    • By Staff
      Blizzard today released a balance patch for Heroes of the Storm. Check out the official patch notes for more details!
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      Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with Hero balance changes! Read on for details.
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      TANK BRUISER HEALER MELEE RANGED Anub'arak Chen Alexstrasza Alarak Azmodan Mal'Ganis Dehaka     Falstad   D.Va     Lunara   Gazlowe     Orphea   Leoric     Sgt. Hammer   Malthael     Sylvanas   Varian     Tychus Return to Top
      Tank
      Anub’arak
      Talents
      Level 20 Hive Master [R1] Damage increased from 153 to 165. Healing increased from 50 to 80. Cryptweave [R2] Additional functionality: Upon exiting the Cocoon, enemies take 50 damage over 4 seconds. This damage is increased by 100% for each second that they were inside. Hardened Shield [Active] Removed. New Talent: The Traitor King [Active] Gain 10% bonus maximum Health and 20 Spell Armor. Activate to gain 75 Armor for 4 seconds. 60-second CD. Return to Top
      Mal'Ganis
      Base
      Health increased from 2450 to 2550. Health Regeneration increased from 5.11 to 5.31. Talents
      Level 4 Echo of Doom [W] Damage increased from 60 to 66. Return to Top
      Bruiser
      Chen
      Talents
      Level 1 Freshest Ingredients [Trait] Cooldown reduction upon quest completion increased from 1 to 2 seconds. Level 4 Deadly Strike [Q] Damage bonus increased from 100% to 125%. Level 7 Gift of the Ox [E] Damage taken over time reduced from 60% to 50% of damage taken. Return to Top
      Dehaka
      Base
      Dark Swarm [W] Damage increased from 49 to 52. Talents
      Level 13 and 20 talents have been reordered to follow our normal conventions (Q, W, E, etc.) Level 4 Lurker Strain [E] Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 6 seconds. Level 7 Paralyzing Enzymes [Q] Slow amount increased from 30% to 35%. Level 13 Primal Rage [Trait] Damage bonus increased from 1% to 1.25% per Essence stored. Level 20 Change Is Survival [R2] Cooldown reduction increased from 30 to 40 seconds. Apex Predator [Z] Cooldown reduction increased from 35 to 50 seconds. Return to Top
      D.va
      Talents
      Level 4 Rush-down [Q] Damage and healing against enemy Heroes reduced from 3% to 2% maximum Health. Damage bonus to non-Heroic enemies reduced from 75% to 70%. Return to Top
      Gazlowe
      Base
      Rock-It! Turret [Q] Damage reduced from 40 to 38. Deth Lazor [W] Damage reduced from 184 to 180. Talents
      Level 1 Big Game Hunter [Trait] Cooldown reduction reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds. Level 4 Rock It Sock It [Q] Shield amount reduced from 215 to 200. Level 13 Superior Schematics [Q] Splash damage reduced from 75% to 60%. Level 16 Ark Reaktor [E] Cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 2 seconds. Return to Top
      Leoric
      Base
      Basic Attack damage increased from 109 to 115. Talents
      Level 13 Unyielding Despair [W] Cooldown reduction while Drain Hope is active increased from .5 to .75 seconds. Cooldown reduction if Drain Hope lasts its full duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds. Level 20 Hardened Bones [W] Removed. Burning Despair [W] Added Crit kickers when Burning Despair deals bonus damage during Drain Hope. Additional functionality: While Drain Hope is active, gain 40 Armor. Shroud of the Dead King [Active] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds. Return to Top
      Malthael
      Talents
      Level 4 Throwing Shade [E] Additional functionality: Death Shroud’s initial impact deals 2% maximum Health as damage. Level 16 Memento Mori [Trait] Damage bonus increased from 80% to 90%. Return to Top
      Varian
      Base
      Health increased from 2116 to 2220. Health Regeneration increased from 4.41 to 4.63. Talents
      Level 1 Lion's Maw [Q] Damage bonus increased from 5 to 6 per stack. High King's Quest [Passive] Regeneration Globe collection requirement for quest completion reduced from 20 to 15. Level 20 Demoralizing Shout [Active] Cooldown reduced from 25 to 20 seconds. Return to Top
      Healer
      Alexstrasza
      Base
      Abundance [W] Range increased from 10 to 11.5. Preservation [W] Range increased from 10.5 to 11.5. Return to Top
      Melee Assassin
      Alarak
      Talents
      Level 16 Mocking Strikes [Passive] Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Alarak’s Basic Abilities by 1.5 seconds. This bonus is doubled against enemy Heroes who are Stunned, Silenced, Slowed, or Rooted. Return to Top
      Ranged Assassin
      Azmodan
      Talents
      Talent bonuses related to All Shall Burn will now proc their effects if the target dies while All Shall Burn is channeling on an enemy. This includes effects for Master of Destruction, Cydaea’s Kiss, Hell Rift, and Sin’s Grasp. Return to Top
      Falstad
      Talents
      Level 1 Gathering Storm [Q] Damage bonus increased from 1.5 to 2. Level 4 Updraft [E] Shield bonus increased from 60% to 70%. Level 7 Secret Weapon [Q] Damage bonus increased from 80% to 90%. Level 10 Hinterland Blast [R1] Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80. Cooldown reduction when hitting enemy Heroes increased from 25 to 30 seconds. Level 20 Epic Mount [Z] Cooldown reduction increased from 40 to 50 seconds. Return to Top
      Lunara
      Talents
      Level 4 Blossom Swell [Q] Adjusted functionality: Increase Noxious Blossom’s range by 25% and its radius by 20%. Blossom Swell applies 2 stacks of Nature’s Toxin to enemies hit. Level 16 Accelerated Contamination [Q] Adjusted functionality: Reduce the Mana cost of Noxious Blossom from 60 to 40. While at least 1 enemy Hero is afflicted by Nature’s Toxin, Noxious Blossom’s cooldown recharges 75% faster. Starwood Spear [W] Adjusted functionality: Increase Lunara’s Basic Attack range by .5. Using Crippling Spores increases Lunara’s Basic Attack range by an additional 2.25 for 6 seconds. Return to Top
      Orphea
      Talents
      Level 4 Allegrissimo [Q] Additional functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Shadow Waltz by 1 second. Level 7 Insatiable [W] Cooldown on successful Chomp hit changed from 1.5 to 2 seconds. Level 20 Monster Within [R1] New functionality: Eternal Feast grants 1 Chaos each time it hits a Hero. While Eternal Feast is active, the cooldowns of Orphea’s Basic Abilities recharge 150% faster. Engulfing Oblivion [R2] Armor reduction duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds. Final Toccata [Active] Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds. Return to Top
      Sgt. Hammer
      Talents
      Level 1 Maelstrom Rounds [Active] Bonus damage reduced from 35% to 30%. Cooldown increased from 90 to 100 seconds. Additional functionality: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes while in Siege Mode reduce the cooldown of Maelstrom Rounds by 5 seconds. Level 4 Barricade [W] Cooldown reduction increased from 3 to 4 seconds. Level 7 Pulse Detonation Core [Q] Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds, and from 1.5 to 2.5 seconds while in Siege Mode. Graduating Range [Trait] Duration between Basic Attack range increases reduced from 3 to 2 seconds. Level 16 Mechanical Know-how [E] Shield amount increased from 5% to 20% maximum Health. Basic Attack damage reduced from 50% to 30%. No longer requires the Shield to be destroyed to gain bonus damage. Return to Top
      Sylvanas
      Talents
      Level 10 Mind Control [R2] Cooldown reduced from 50 to 40 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 75 to 50. Level 20 Dark Lady's Call [R2] Cooldown reduction reduced from 30 to 25 seconds. Withering Barrage [Q] Additional functionality: Withering Fire applies Banshee’s Curse. Return to Top
      Tychus
      Talents
      Level 1 Quarterback [W] Additional functionality: Increase the damage of Frag Grenade by 20%. Return to Top
      Battlegrounds
      Warhead Junction
      Layout Changes Sewage Tunnels have been added to the top and bottom of the Battleground. The bottom one has replaced the Junk Swarm Host. An additional Sight Tower has been added below mid lane.
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