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A new Heroes of the Storm patch is now available for playtesting until May 17. It comes with multiple Hero reworks (Anduin, Johanna, Raynor, Stitches, and Valla). Warhead Junction returns to Ranked Play, and more.

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Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until May 17, PDT. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.


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Heroes Rework: Anduin

Base

  • Basic Attack
    • Attack speed increased by 20%.
  • Flash Heal [Q]
    • Cooldown increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
  • Divine Star [W]
    • Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds.
  • Leap of Faith [Trait]
    • New Passive Functionality - Pursued By Grace
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes heal the lowest Heath ally near Anduin for 44.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Evenhanded Blessings [Q]
      • Moved from level 16.
      • Healing bonus reduced from 20 to 10%.
      • Cooldown bonus reduced from 50% to 40%.
    • Power Word: Shield [W]
      • Moved from level 7.
      • Additional Functionality: While travelling outwards, allies in the path of Divine Star gain a shield absorbing 128 damage over 4 seconds.
    • Lightwell [Active]
      • Moved from level 16.
      • Healing amount reduced from 75 to 50.
      • Charges increased from 10 to 15.
  • Level 4
    • Moral Compass [W]
      • No longer has a maximum number of targets for the apex Basic Attacks.
      • Basic Attack Damage increased from 70 to 100%.
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Basic Attack range by 1.1.
    • (New) Surge of Light [E]
      • Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Chastise by .75 seconds. Basic attacks against Heroes rooted by Chastise launch an additional Basic Attack.
    • (New) Piercing Light [E]
      • Chastise pierces to hit an additional target.
      • Quest: Hitting two Heroes with a single Chastise permanently increases Spell Power by 1, to a maximum of 10.
  • Level 7
    • Desperate Prayer [Active]
      • Moved from level 20.
      • Cooldown increased from 30 to 40 seconds.
      • Heal amount reduced from 530 to 360.
  • Level 13
    • Push Forward! [Trait]
      • New Functionality: Damaging an enemy Hero increases your Movement Speed by 2.5% and the amount healed by Pursued By Grace [Trait] by 5% for 6 seconds. Stacks up to 8 times.
  • Level 16
    • Renew [Q]
      • Moved from level 1.
      • New Functionality: Flash Heal heals for an additional 130 over 5 seconds. The duration of this heal is refreshed each time Anduin hits an enemy Hero with a Basic Attack.
    • Holy Nova [W]
      • Damage increased from 105 to 135.
    • Glyph of Faith [Trait]
      • Moved from level 20.
  • Level 20
    • (New) Inner Fire [R2]
      • The target of Light Bomb gains 40% movement speed and 50 Armor for 3 seconds.
    • (New) Censure [E]
      • Chastise stuns for .75 seconds and its Root duration is increased by .5 seconds.
Developer Comment: Anduin has a wealth of effective talents, but most of them were stuck in the later talent tiers. We'd like to shake that up and let him have some fun earlier in the game.

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Heroes Rework: Johanna

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Reinforce [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • Zealous Glare [E]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New Functionality: Gain a second charge of Shield Glare.
    • Laws Of Hope [Active]
      • New Functionality:
        • Activate to Heal 20% of your maximum Health over 5 seconds.
        • Quest: Every 10 Regeneration Globes collected increase the heal amount by 5% of your maximum Health.
    • (New) Divine Fortress [Passive]
      • Loan: Instantly gain 20% maximum Health. Every death reduces this bonus by 5%.
      • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant 8 Physical Armor for 2.5 seconds, stacking up to 40.
  • Level 4
    • Subdue [Q]
      • Moved from Level 7.
    • Eternal Retaliation [W]
      • New Functionality: Hitting enemies with Condemn marks them for 10 seconds. Johanna’s next Basic Attack removes the mark, lowering the cooldown of Condemn by 1 second, refunding 10 Mana, and killing Minions.
    • Hold Your Ground [D]
      • Moved from Level 1.
  • Level 7
    • Sins Exposed [Q]
      • New Functionality: Heroes hit by Punish receive 25% reduced Healing for 2 seconds. Basic Attacks against them refresh this duration.
    • Conviction [W]
      • Moved from level 4.
      • Bonus Movement Speed bonus while Condemn is charging reduced from 25% to 20%.
      • Additional Functionality: Gain 10% Movement Speed.
    • (New) Steed Charge [D]
      • Increase Iron Skin duration by 1 second. Activate to instantly become Mounted for 3 seconds, and damage dealt to Johanna during this time doesn’t dismount her.
  • Level 10
    • Falling Sword [R1]
      • Damage decreased from 210 to 150.
      • Enemies hit are no longer Slowed.
      • Cast range decreased from 15 to 10.
      • Additional Functionality: While in the air, allies underneath Johanna gain Unstoppable.
  • Level 13
    • Blessed Hammer [Active]
      • Hammer damage reduced from 84 to 74.
      • Adjusted Functionality: Damaging enemies with Basic Abilities reduce Blessed Hammer’s cooldown by 3 seconds.
      • Additional Functionality: Passive: Every 3rd Basic Attack against enemy Heroes releases a hammer.
  • Level 16
    • Fanaticism [D]
      • Removed.
    • Imposing Presence [Active]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Shrinking Vacuum [W]
      • Enemies Heroes hit by Condemn have their damage reduced by 25% and are slowed by 25% for 2 seconds.
    • Holy Renewal [E]
      • New Functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by Shield Glare heal for 5% of Johanna’s maximum Health and reduce its cooldown by 1.5 seconds.
    • Blessed Momentum [Passive]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New Functionality: Basic Attacks grant 10% Attack Speed for 4 seconds (up to 40%) and lower the cooldown of all Basic Abilities by .5 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Heaven’s Fury [R1]
      • Cooldown reduction per holy bolt impact from 3 to 2 seconds.
      • Additional functionality: Holy bolts can now also hit allies, healing them for 75.
Developer Comment: It’s been a while since we really dove deep into Johanna’s Talent Tree and her incoming cosplay skin gave us a good chance to do just that. On top of that, we are experimenting with a new Loan style Talent type and would love to hear your guys’ feedback on them!

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Heroes Rework: Raynor

Base

  • Basic Attack
    • Damage decreased from 101 to 92.
  • Penetrating Round [Q]
    • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 9 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 65 to 60.
    • Damage reduced from 220 to 190.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Ace In The Hole [Q]
      • New Functionality:
        • Give ‘Em Some Pepper Slows enemies hit by 10% for 2.5 seconds.
        • Penetrating Round deals 25% more damage to enemy Heroes that are Stunned or Slowed.
    • Exterminator [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Increase Basic Attack damage against Minions, Monsters, and Mercenaries by 50%. This is increased to 125% while Inspire is active.
        • Passive: Inspire does not expire on friendly Minions and Mercenaries.
    • Veteran Marksman [Trait]
      • New Functionality:
        • Loan: Increase the damage of Give ‘Em Some Pepper by an additional 60%. Every death reduces this bonus by 15%.
        • Quest damage bonus for hitting enemy Heroes reduced from 1% to .75%
  • Level 4
    • Behemoth Armor [Passive]
      • Bonus Health per Hero hit by Give ‘Em Some Pepper increased from 5 to 8.
  • Level 7
    • Heavy Slugs [Q]
      • New Functionality: Penetrating Round's Slow amount and duration are increased by 75%.
    • Fuel The Rush [E]
      • Cooldown reduction bonus while Inspire is active from 200 to 300%.
      • Adrenaline Rush Mana cost reduction increased from 25 to 30.
    • Unstable Compound [Trait]
      • Penetrating Round cooldown reduction reduced from 1.5 to 1 second.
  • Level 13
    • Debilitating Round [Q]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Line ‘Em Up [Q]
      • Reduce the cooldown of Penetrating Round by 3 seconds. If two or more enemy Heroes are hit, reduce its cooldown by an additional 3 seconds.
    • Giddy Up [W]
      • Base Movement Speed bonus increased from 8% to 10%.
    • Give Me More [E/W]
      • Moved from level 13.
  • Level 16
    • Rallying Cry [W]
      • Moved from level 13.
      • New Functionality:
        • Increases Inspire’s attack speed bonus by 20%.
        • Passive: Cast Inspire for free after every 12 Basic Attacks.
  • Level 20
    • Weak Spot Acquired [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • Execute [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • Indomitable Resolve [R1]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Cavalry’s Arrived [R1]
      • Give ‘Em Some Pepper lowers the cooldown of Hyperion by 5 seconds if the primary target is a Hero.
      • These Heroes are targeted by Hyperion for 100% increased damage.
    • Dusk Wing [R2]
      • Additional Functionality: Banshee Basic Attacks lower enemy Hero’s by 2 for 1 second, stacking up to 25.
    • (New) Raiders Roll [E]
      • Adrenaline Rush grants Unstoppable and continues healing for 2 additional seconds.
      • This additional duration ends immediately upon reaching 70% Health.
    • (New) Sergeant Pepper [D]
      • Give Em Some Pepper activates every 3rd Basic Attack.
    • (New) Execute Orders [Passive]
      • Reduce your Death Timer to 30 seconds. Upon death, cast Hyperion towards the nearest enemy Hero.
Developer Comment: While Jimmy had a pretty large overhaul a while back, we definitely had some more room to make things more interesting and fun. We wanted to make sure that he was still pretty straight forward to play, but we wanted to inject more fun into his Talent Tree, especially his Level 20’s.

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Heroes Rework: Stitches

Base

  • Hook [Q]
    • Additional Functionality: Upon reaching level 13, Hook’s range is increased by 40%.
  • Slam [W]
    • Cooldown increased from 7 to 8 seconds.
    • Inner area Slow duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds.
    • No longer deals additional damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.
  • Vile Gas [Trait Passive]
    • New Functionality:
      • Enemies hit by Basic Attacks or the inner area of Slam are afflicted with Vile Gas, dealing 27 damage over 3 seconds. Deals 150% increased damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.
    • New Active Functionality - Shambling Horror:
      • Activate to spread Vile Gas to nearby enemies every second and prevent Stitches’ Movement Speed from being reduced below by 110% for 5 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Patchwork Creation [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Gain 3 Armor for each enemy afflicted by Vile Gas, doubled while Shambling Horror is active. This effect stacks up to 8 times.
        • Passive: Gain 15% increased healing received.
    • Savor the Flavor [E]
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Hitting a Hero with Devour increases Stitches’ health regeneration by 1.5 and the damage of Vile Gas by 2%, stacking up to 100 times.
    • Hungry for More [Passive]
      • New Functionality:
        • Passive: Gain 5% Movement Speed.
        • Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Stitches’ maximum health by 30.
        • Reward: Every 20 Regeneration Globes gathered increases Stiches’ Movement Speed by an additional 5%.
  • Level 4
    • Playtime! [W]
      • New Functionality: Basic attacks reduce the cooldown of Slam by .75 seconds and restore 5 Mana. Hitting Heroes with the inner area of Slam reduces its cooldown by 1 second.
    • Tenderizer [Passive]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality: Basic Attacks against Heroes Slow by 25% for 2.5 seconds and restore 2% of Stitches’ Maximum Health.
    • (New) Vile Cleaver [Trait]
      • Basic Attacks against targets afflicted with Vile Gas deal 35% more damage and spread Vile Gas to nearby enemies.
  • Level 7
    • Cannibalize [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • Serrated Edge [Q]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • Cooldown reduction bonus increased from 3 to 5.
      • Additional Functionality: Hitting an Enemy Hero with Hook also restores 35 Mana.
    • Second Helping [E]
      • Moved from Level 20.
      • New Functionality:
        • Devour gains an additional charge with a 6 second cooldown between uses.
        • Loan: If Stitches is at max Heath after using Devour he gains a shield equal to 15% of his maximum health for 10 seconds. Every death, reduce this shield amount by 3%.
    • (New) Putrefaction [Trait]
      • While Shambling Horror is active Vile Gas reduces healing received by 30%.
      • Passive: Vile Gas heals for 60% of the damage it deals.
  • Level 13
    • Fishing Hook [Q]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Under Pressure [W/Trait]
      • Increase Slam’s damage by 25.
      • Quest: Every 6 times Vile Gas deals damage to a Hero, permanently increase the damage of Slam by 1, to a maximum of 75 additional damage.
    • Chop Chop [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality: Hitting a Hero with Hook or activating Shambling Horror grants 50% increased Attack Speed for 5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Lacerate [W]
      • Removed.
    • Pulverize [W]
      • Moved from level 13.
      • Additional Functionality: Heroes hit by Slam have their Armor reduced by 10 for 4 seconds.
    • Digestive Juices [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Deals an additional 140 damage over 5 seconds.
    • Gas Flare [Passive]
      • Renamed to ‘Flare Up’.
      • Additional Functionality: Activating Shambling Horror also grants the 150% damage bonus.
      • Bonus damage duration reduced from 8 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Potent Bile [R1]
      • Removed.
    • Shambling Horror [Active]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Gift From The Embalmer [R1]
      • Putrid Bile deals 100% more damage to Heroes.
      • Quest: Each time Putrid Bile deals damage to an enemy Hero, Stitches’ next death timer is reduced by 2%, to maximum of 80% total reduction. Half of this bonus is lost on death.
    • (New) Master Hooker [Q]
      • Reduce the cooldown of Hook by 5 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit by Hook receive 100% less healing for 2 seconds. Allied Heroes hit by Hook are Unkillable for 2 seconds.
    • (New) Gas Bag [Trait]
      • Activating Shambling Horror grants you Unstoppable for 3 seconds.
      • Passive: Reduce Shambling Horror’s cooldown by 20 seconds.
Developer Comment: Our favorite large lad is back and hungrier than ever! We're giving our best beefy boi a new baseline ability called Shambling Horror that should help him saunter in and out of combat a bit more consistently. This ability, combined with a plethora of new and reworked talents, should make his immediate presence more dangerous. We've also decided to bake in the benefits of the old Fishing Hook talent at level 13. This talent was simply too fun and effective to the point where it became impossible to design reasonable alternatives. We hope the totality of these changes will breathe new un-life into a Hero that has fallen out of favor over the years.

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Heroes Rework: Valla

Base

  • Basic Attack
    • Damage decreased from 75 to 70.
  • Multishot [W]
    • Damage decreased from 172 to 165.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Caltrops [E]
      • Removed.
    • Puncturing Arrow [Q]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality:
        • Increase the bounces of Hungering Arrow by 1.
        • Quest: Hitting enemy Heroes the initial shot of Hungering Arrow permanently increases the initial shot damage by 6 and refunds 40 Mana.
    • (New) Fire At Will [W]
      • Every enemy Hero hit by Multishot grants 2 Hatred.
      • Quest: Enemy Heroes hit by Multishot permanently increase its damage by 4.
    • Creed of the Hunter [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality:
        • Loan: Gain 20% increased Attack Speed. Every death reduces this bonus by 5%.
        • Quest: Every 50 Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes, increase your damage per Hatred stack by 1%, up to 5%.
  • Level 4
    • Repeating Arrow [Q/E]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New Functionality: Vault no longer has a Mana cost. Vaulting instantly refreshes the cooldown of Hungering Arrow.
    • Arsenal [W]
      • New Functionality: Increase the range of Multishot by 20%. It launches 3 grenades that deal bonus damage and restore 25 Mana when hitting enemy Heroes.
    • Death Dealer [E]
      • Added Functionality: Lower the cooldown of Vault by 5 seconds. Increase the damage bonus of Vault from 50 to 150%. If the target dies within 1.5 seconds, refund 50 Mana and refresh the cooldown on Vault.
  • Level 7
    • Monster Hunter [Q]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • No longer reduces the Mana cost of Hungering Arrow.
    • Frost Shot [Q/W]
      • Moved from Level 16.
      • New Functionality: Enemies hit by Multishot are Slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds. Hungering Arrow deals 25% more damage to Slowed enemies.
    • Hot Pursuit [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New Functionality: Increase the Movement Speed bonus per Hatred stack to 2.5%.
  • Level 13
    • Siphoning Arrow [Q]
      • Renamed to ‘Siphoning Arrows’.
      • New Functionality:
        • Every Hero hit by Hungering Arrow heals Valla for 4% of her maximum Health.
        • Every Hero hit by Multishot heals Valla for 2% of her maximum Health.
    • Tempered By Discipline [Trait]
      • New Functionality: Basic Attacks heal for 10% of damage dealt. Increase this by an additional 2% for each stack of Hatred.
    • Gloom [Active]
      • Additional Functionality: Heal for 2.5 Health per second for each stack of Hatred.
  • Level 16
    • Punishment [W]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New Functionality: While at max Hatred Multishot’s cooldown refreshes 50% faster.
    • Seething Hatred
      • New Functionality: While at max Hatred, all damage you deal is increased by 10%.
  • Level 20
    • Death Siphon [R1]
      • New Functionality:
        • Hitting an enemy Hero with Strafe increases its duration by .125 seconds.
        • Passive: While Strafing, throw out piercing bolts that deal 34 damage and heal for 25% of their damage dealt.
    • Storm of Vengeance [R2]
      • New Functionality:
        • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Rain of Vengeance by 5 seconds.
        • Passive: Every stack of Hatred grants 2% Attack Speed. When at max Hatred, gain an additional 30% Attack Speed.
    • Farflight Quiver [Trait]
      • New Functionality: Gain 20% Basic Attack range. At max Hatred, increase this by an additional 30%.
    • (New) Acrobat [E]
      • Gain 2 additional charges of Vault. Vaulting drops 3 Caltrops.
Developer Comment: Our resident Demon Hunter has one of the most diverse Talent Trees in the game, so our main goal with these changes were to inject some new cross-synergies and brighten up the design of some of her blander talents. As with the other reworks, we are testing a new Loan Talent, so please send us your feedback on them!

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Heroes

Mei

Base

  • Health reduced from 2675 to 2625.
  • Health regeneration reduced from 5.5742 to 5.5703.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Ice Storm [W]
      • Periodic damage reduced from 45 to 42.
    • Heat Transfer [Passive]
      • Heal amount reduced from 18 to 16.5.
  • Level 4
    • Cold Front [E]
      • Passive cooldown reduction reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Ice Wall [R2]
      • Cooldown increased from 50 to 60 seconds.
Developer Comment: Mei is still slightly overperforming at all levels of play, so she gets a boop from the nerf stick.

D.Va

Base

  • Mech Health reduced from 2150 to 2100.
  • Mech Health Regeneration reduced from 4.48 to 4.38.
  • Fusion Cannons [Trait]
    • Bonus damage to close enemies reduced from 50% to 40%.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Full Metal [Trait]
      • Fusion Cannons healing reduced from 20% to 16%.
    • Liquid Cooling [Active]
      • Healing Fountain duration bonus increased from 25% to 35%.
  • Level 4
    • Rush-down [Q]
      • Damage bonus to non-Heroic enemies reduced from 70% to 50%.
    • Aggression Matrix [W]
      • Reduced Healing received increased from 30% to 35%.
  • Level 7
    • Fusion Generator [W]
      • Fusion Cannons bonus increased from 75% to 100%.
  • Level 10
    • Micro Missiles [R2]
      • Slow reduced from 35% to 30%.
  • Level 13
    • Target Locked [W]
      • Duration required reduced from 1.25 seconds to 1 second.
  • Level 20
    • Stop and Pop [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Bunny Hop duration increased by 4 seconds.
Developer Comment: D.Va’s Mech is still slightly more powerful than we’d like, and it’s giving D.Va the edge over other Heroes before considering her capabilities with Self-Destruct and Pilot mode. She also has some talents with some suffering pick rates that we hope are now more attractive.

Hogger

Base

  • Hogg Wild [E]
    • Radius reduced from 2.75 to 2.625.
    • Damage increased from 32 to 44.
    • Damage bonus per point of Rage reduced from 1% to .5%.
    • Changed Functionality: Damage bonus from Rage now only applies to Heroic targets.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • On The Prowl [Active]
      • Healing per second reduced from 9 to 8.
  • Level 4
    • Brute Force [Q/D]
      • Loot Hoard range bonus increased from 15 to 20%.
      • Maximum damage bonus increased from 125 to 150.
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Loot Hoard’s damage by 50%.
    • Aggro Range [E]
      • Radius bonus decreased from 25% to 20%.
  • Level 13
    • Pummel [E]
      • Spell Power reduction duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • No Control [Active]
      • Duration decay rate increased by 50%.
Developer Comment: Hogger is inching closer towards what we feel is a healthy state of balance, but the PvE efficacy that Hogg Wild offers is still keeping him above many other Bruisers. We think increasing the baseline damage and re-focusing the Rage bonuses towards PvP only will help in this regard.

Sonya

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Furious Blow [W]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 40%.
  • Level 4
    • Shattered Ground [W]
      • Changed Functionality: Increase Seismic Slam's splash damage by 250%. Targeting a Hero with Seismic Slam further increases its splash damage by 250%, while targeting other enemies instead increases the length of Seismic Slam's splash by 66%.
  • Level 16
    • Giant Slammer [W]
      • Healing from damage dealt reduced from 100% to 60%.
Developer Comment: Sonya has been overperforming, so she is getting a sizable decrease in strength. We're trying something a little different with Shattered Ground by separating its existing benefits based on its target, and we hope this change is more interesting than simply numerically reducing its bonus.

The Lost Vikings

Base

  • Baleog
    • Health reduced from 1180 to 1130.
    • Health Regeneration reduced from 2.46 to 2.35.
    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 78 to 75.
  • Erik
    • Health reduced from 840 to 804.
    • Health Regeneration reduced from 1.75 to 1.67.
    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 65 to 62.
  • Olaf
    • Health reduced from 1540 to 1482.
    • Health Regeneration reduced from 3.21 to 3.08.
    • Basic Attack damage reduced from 57 to 54.

Talents

  • Level 4
    • It's a Sabotage! [Passive]
      • Damage over time duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds.
      • Damage per second increased from 50 to 75.
  • Level 7
    • Norse Force! [Q]
      • Base Shield increased from 130 to 140.
      • Additional Shield for each Viking alive increased from 65 to 84.
  • Level 10
    • Longboat Raid! [R2]
      • Damage per second increased from 112 to 128.
  • Level 16
    • Impatience Is a Virtue [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .25 seconds to .31 seconds.
    • 64 KB Marathon [Z]
      • Changed Functionality: Bonus Movement Speed no longer decays over its duration.
  • Level 20
    • Ragnarok 'n' Roll! [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Longboat Raid by 30 seconds.
Developer Comment: Previously, The Lost Vikings had received a significant buff to their base stats to assist in their adjustment to experience globes. The Lost Viking players have since adapted wonderfully, so we're halving the impact of that buff, while assisting a few weaker talents.

Lucio

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Party Mix [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Play Crossfade tracks to nearby allies.
        • Reward: Every minute played increases Lucio’s Maximum Mana by 2%. After 8 Minutes of total play time, increase the range of Crossfade by 20%.
  • Level 7
    • Boombox [Active]
      • Cast range increased by 100% (5 to 10 grid).
      • Health increased from 350 to 600.
      • Additional Functionality: Allies affected by Boombox gain 5 Armor.
  • Level 10
    • High Five [R2]
      • Self-heal reduced from 125 to 80.
  • Level 13
    • Slip [Z]
      • Armor reduced from 20 to 15.
  • Level 16
    • Up To Eleven [E]
      • New Functionality: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second. While Amp It Up is active, enemy Heroes hit with Soundwave or Push-Off increase it’s duration by an additional .3 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Mixing Fire [R2]
      • Damage dealt reduced from 225 to 160.
      • Cost and cooldown reduction reduced from 50% to 30%.
Developer Comment: Lucio has become a dominant force in the hands of skilled players. We’re happy we’ve been able to make High Five a competitive option, and so we’re simply targeting Lucio’s personal survivability. We’ve yet to get players to play their Boomboxes, but we’ll keep trying.

Uther

Base

  • Devotion [Trait]
    • Adjusted Functionality: Uther’s Basic Abilities grant 25 Armor to allied Heroes, and 15 to Uther, for 2 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 16
    • Beacon of Light [Q]
      • Self-healing bonus increased from 100% to 125%.
      • Self-healing bonus at low Health increased from 200% to 250%.
    • Tyr's Deliverance [W]
      • Maximum stacks increased from 4 to 7.
  • Level 20
    • Divine Protection [Trait]
      • Additional Functionality: Sets Devotion Armor for both allied Heroes and Uther to 50.
Developer Comment: We don’t dislike Uther being capable of playing a frontline role, but we do believe he’s doing so a little too freely. This should make it a little more expensive for Uther to rush into danger.

Azmodan

Base

  • Globe of Annihilation [Q]
    • Level scaling increased from 2.5 to 4%.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Greed [Q]
      • Non-Heroic damage bonus reduced from 20 to 15%.
    • Gluttony [Q]
      • Annihilation earned from Hero hits increased from 3 to 4.
  • Level 7
    • Master of Destruction [E]
      • Annihilation earned from Hero hits reduced from 4 to 2.
  • Level 10
    • Demonic Invasion [R1]
      • Range decreased from 20 to 13.5.
      • Demonic Grunt attack damage reduced from 42 to 39.
  • Level 16
    • Hell Rift [E]
      • Demon Warrior damage bonus reduced from 100 to 75%.
  • Level 20
    • Siegebreaker [R1]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50 to 40%.
    • Pride [Q]
      • Damage bonus increased from 100 to 125.
Developer Comment: Azmodan's PvE-centric talents are proving a little stronger than we'd like for how easy they are to execute on, so we're shaving off a little bit of power across the board and greatly reducing the cast range of Demonic Invasion. We're also normalizing Globe of Annihilation's level scaling since his Q builds are underperforming at most levels of play.

Falstad

Base

  • Lightning Rod [W]
    • Lightning Rod verifies its targets is in range more frequently, from every second to every .25 seconds.
    • Lightning Rod now uses a custom range indicator.

Talents

  • Level 1
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    • Dishonorable Discharge [W]
      • Lightning Rod cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.
      • Lightning Rod damage bonus per stack decreased from 1% to .75%, maximum bonus remains 75%.
      • Changed Functionality: Takedowns resetting Lightning Rod's cooldown now gained on quest completion.
  • Level 13
    • Thunderstrikes [W]
      • Damage bonus per stack increased from 20% to 25%.
      • Changed Functionality: Thunderstrikes' damage bonus no longer affects other Lightning Rod bonuses.
Developer Comment: Falstad’s last changes have certainly shocked the Nexus, unfortunately in part due to some regrettable bugs. With some tuning to keep him grounded, and a new coat of paint, Falstad is ready for his next flight.

Junkrat

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Talents

  • Level 1
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  • Level 7
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  • Level 10
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      • Damage increased from 890 to 935.
Developer Comment: It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Junkrat blow some stuff up. Get at it!

Tassadar

Base

  • Shock Ray [Q]
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Talents

  • Level 4
    • Induction [Q]
      • Changed Functionality: Tassadar gains 10% increased Movement Speed. Casting Shock Ray increases this bonus to 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Level 7
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      • Additional Functionality: While Resonance Beam is fully charged, Shock Ray’s Slow duration is increased to 4 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Shadow Walk [Active]
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Developer Comment: Tassadar's Q build is underperforming at higher levels of play, so we're bumping him up slightly in that regard. The reduction in channel duration doesn’t change how quickly the beam begins to travel, and instead just allows Tassadar to act sooner.

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Battlegrounds

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  • Removed Volskaya from Ranked Play.

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Very interested in the new Overwatch skins. Couldn't find them in the Collection menu, but from the main screen it seems that Stitches gets to be Roadhog, Valla gets to be Reaper, Johanna gets to be a mix of Reinhardt and Brigitte, and Raynor gets to be Soldier: 76. Not sure if Anduin gets a skin as well, since only those 4 are showing.

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1 hour ago, Draketh said:

Very interested in the new Overwatch skins. Couldn't find them in the Collection menu, but from the main screen it seems that Stitches gets to be Roadhog, Valla gets to be Reaper, Johanna gets to be a mix of Reinhardt and Brigitte, and Raynor gets to be Soldier: 76. Not sure if Anduin gets a skin as well, since only those 4 are showing.

Just give him Mercy 🙂

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Curious about this event. Looks like there no skins on PTR so far.

Interesting reworks, Raynor might seem like a nerf, it will require some testing. Didn't expect so many reworks and balance changes in this patch so this is a nice surprise.

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42 minutes ago, Hagersen said:

The 5 Players who still enjoy Heroes will like these changes

Playing them every day, waiting time for match in every mode is never longer than half a minute, so go cry somewhere else. The game is fine.

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It is a pretty good feeling that after almost 2 months of complete silence they come with whopping 5 reworks at once (something they never did before even when they game was at its peak) and we're finally getting a new event. These skins have been asked for a very long time, and I'm glad they're finally delivering it.

However, I personally feel that all these Heroes were in pretty good spots already; they surely could've reworked someone like Probius and Ragnaros, two characters who haven't seen a major patch change in a long time.

Regardless, I greatly appreciate the development team still putting work into this game, even after Blizzard butchered over half the staff.

I'm slightly worried about Valla's rework, though. Tested it on the PTR and she is pretty busted. Her damage is beyond the charts. Giving infinite quests to someone like her feels like a bad idea.

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11 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

It is a pretty good feeling that after almost 2 months of complete silence they come with whopping 5 reworks at once (something they never did before even when they game was at its peak) and we're finally getting a new event. These skins have been asked for a very long time, and I'm glad they're finally delivering it.

However, I personally feel that all these Heroes were in pretty good spots already; they surely could've reworked someone like Probius and Ragnaros, two characters who haven't seen a major patch change in a long time.

I assume that's why we did get 5 reworks. They're not so much full-scale from-the-ground-up reworks that someone like Probius would require so much as they're... reworks of reworks, for the most part.

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13 hours ago, Valhalen said:

It is a pretty good feeling that after almost 2 months of complete silence they come with whopping 5 reworks at once (something they never did before even when they game was at its peak) and we're finally getting a new event. These skins have been asked for a very long time, and I'm glad they're finally delivering it.

However, I personally feel that all these Heroes were in pretty good spots already; they surely could've reworked someone like Probius and Ragnaros, two characters who haven't seen a major patch change in a long time.

Regardless, I greatly appreciate the development team still putting work into this game, even after Blizzard butchered over half the staff.

I'm slightly worried about Valla's rework, though. Tested it on the PTR and she is pretty busted. Her damage is beyond the charts. Giving infinite quests to someone like her feels like a bad idea.

Man. The Valla stuff looks crazy. Even outside of the damage changes - and not saying I would pick this talent - but the Farflight Quiver looks like insane range when at max hatred, or am I just misinterpreting the numbers? Surely that would make it over 8 range?

I enjoy playing Valla but she is a tough cookie sometimes with the "newer" heroes that have more mobile/escape kits.

Looking at her new stuff, I actually would love to try to make a Multishot/Strafe build work.

 

Scrolling through the reworks, I think "what!? Raynor again?!" 🤷‍♂️ Though The Beetles reference with Sergent Pepper is funny.

 

I would love the team to look into a way of auto-implementing event changeovers so we can experience them more frequently. The 6 months of Winter was too long and that's coming from a dude living in Winnipeg.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, TyZone said:

Scrolling through the reworks, I think "what!? Raynor again?!" 🤷‍♂️ Though The Beetles reference with Sergent Pepper is funny.

Nerf to basic attack damage for Raynor and Valla, but looks like changes to talents should compensate for it. Interesting, perhaps they want people to play them a bit more like mages? Little bit less reliant on basic attacking, and more on abilites.

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41 minutes ago, TyZone said:

Man. The Valla stuff looks crazy. Even outside of the damage changes - and not saying I would pick this talent - but the Farflight Quiver looks like insane range when at max hatred, or am I just misinterpreting the numbers? Surely that would make it over 8 range?

I enjoy playing Valla but she is a tough cookie sometimes with the "newer" heroes that have more mobile/escape kits.

Looking at her new stuff, I actually would love to try to make a Multishot/Strafe build work.

Yeah man, Valla is completely busted with that rework. And yes, I tested it on the PTR, she reaches 8 range on her basic attack. Raynor doesn't even compare.

Judging roughly on the numbers, I dare to say her Multishot build will be the most used. The damage output is insane. She'll be a first ban pick for sure.

I honestly don't think she needed a full rework. She already is very oppressive in the right compositions.

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