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by Published on 2018-11-30 11:09 PM

November 30th Teaser
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
by Published on 2018-11-28 06:31 PM

Stitches Gameplay Update



Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - November 28, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

We're about to release a new Heroes of the Storm patch to apply a number of balance changes and bug fixes. Read on for details.


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General

Call of the Nexus
  • Players who queue for Quickmatch games using roles that are in short supply will receive 50% bonus experience for being team players. Just look for the “Call of the Nexus” Bonus Experience indicator located above each Hero when viewing the Hero Selection screen.
  • Quick Match will now prioritize creating teams with at least one Warrior, Support, and Ranged Assassin, and will enforce this rule for players queuing as parties of 3 or more as follows:
    • Parties of 3 must have at least one of the required Hero categories selected to queue.
    • Parties of 4 must have at least two of the required Hero categories selected to queue.
    • Parties of 5 are excempt from this rule.


Heroes

Assassin

Alarak


Talents
  • Level 1
    • Ruthless Momentum (Passive)
      • Health threshold for cooldown reduction reduced from 80% to 75%
  • Level 4
    • Show of Force (Trait)
      • Damage Increased from 77 to 80
  • Level 16
    • Mocking Strikes (Passive)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds


Genji


Stats
  • Basic Attack range reduced from 5.5 to 4.5

Developer Comment: Genji continues to be an incredibly powerful force at the highest level of play. This change will force Genji players to put themselves at more risk when attacking enemy Heroes before they’re in his Swift Strike’s execute range. If this change is not enough, we have some additional ideas to curb Genji’s dominance that we will explore in the future.


Hanzo


Stats
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 188 to 198

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Never Outmatched (W)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 2.5 to 3 second per Basic Attack
      • Cooldown reduction only applies when hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Attack
  • Level 16
    • Flawless Technique (Passive)
      • Damage bonus increased from 25% to 30%
    • Giant Slayer (Passive)
      • Damage increased from 1.5% to 2% of an enemy Hero’s maximum Health

Developer Comment: We think that Hanzo is able to burst down bosses and map events too quickly, so we’re removing the synergy between Never Outmatched and Serrated Arrows. We’re making a few other tuning adjustments to make other Talents more attractive picks, as well as compensating some of the lost PvE power with some more PvP power.


Kerrigan


Stats
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 120 to 113

Abilities
  • Impaling Blades (W)
    • Damage reduced from 180 to 165
    • Mana cost increased from 75 to 80
  • Psionic Pulse (E)
    • Explosion damage increased from 180 to 195
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 65

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Assimilation Mastery (Trait)
      • Health and Mana regeneration increased from 100 to 150%
  • Level 4
    • Sharpened Blades (Q)
      • Damage for killing Minions increased from .5 to 1
      • Maximum damage bonus increased from 50 to 75
  • Level 13
    • Chrysalis (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 90 to 60 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Mounting Potency (Q)
      • Spell Power duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
    • Unbridled Energy (Heroic)
      • Spell Power increased from 30 to 35%
  • Level 20
    • Omegastorm (R)
      • Bonus duration increased from .188 to .25 seconds per tick


Nova


Talents
  • Level 7
    • Perfect Shot (Q)
      • No longer grants an additional stack of Snipe for hitting enemy Heroes
      • New functionality:
        • Hitting enemy Heroes now refunds the Mana cost of Snipe
  • Level 13
    • Psionic Efficiency (Q)
      • Hitting enemy Heroes no longer refunds the Mana cost of Snipe
      • New functionality:
        • Now grants an additional stack of Snipe for hitting enemy Heroes

Developer Comment: We are switching some of the bonuses from Perfect Shot and Psionic Efficiency to better align their rewards and to make the Snipe build friendlier to players earlier on in the game. Most notably, players who pick Perfect Shot will no longer have to worry about running out of Mana quickly due to landing multiple Snipes in a teamfight.


Orphea


Stats
  • Basic Attack Damage increased from 80 to 88

Abilities
  • Shadow Waltz (Q)
    • Damage increased from 150 to 165
  • Crushing Jaws (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 50 to 70 seconds

Talents
  • Level 1
    • En Pointe (Q)
      • Damage bonus increased from 50 to 75%
  • Level 16
    • Lurking Terror (W/E)
      • Now shares a cooldown with Chomp (W)

Developer Comment: The first Nexus-born Hero has arrived and is showing a bit of teeth, especially in the burst department. The combination of a high-stacked Ravenous Hunger combined with double-Chomps with Lurking Terror was a bit over-the-top, especially since she could set everything up fairly safely with Crushing Jaws. We have taken the bite out of that combo by linking the cooldowns of Chomp and Lurking Terror. We are offsetting this loss of burst by increasing her sustained damage potential and will continue to closely monitor. We realize that the loss of her blow-up potential will make Lurking Terror a much less exciting talent to pick and have future design ideas on how to spruce it up.


Specialist

Abathur


Talents
  • Level 1
    • Regenerative Microbes (E)
      • Healing reduced from 68 to 62

Developer Comment: Regenerative Microbes is dominating Abathur’s Level 1 talent tier, as well as causing issues at the pro level of play. We are taking a look at Abathur to see what improvements can be made, but wanted to get this change out sooner rather than later while we iterate on him.


Azmodan


Talents
  • Level 7
    • Bombardment (Q)
      • Range bonus decreased from 2 to 1.5
  • Level 20
    • Pride (Q)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 125 to 100


Support

Ana


Abilities
  • Healing Dart (Q)
    • Base Heal amount decreased from 215 to 205


Deckard


Abilities
  • Healing Potion (Q)
    • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 20 to 25
    • Healing increased from 219 to 240

Developer Comment: We agree with the feedback that games play out better when there are windows of time to take advantage of enemy cooldowns, particularly when it relates to Supports. This change is intended to reduce Deckard’s ability to keep himself or his allies alive when multiple enemies dive onto them. Going forward, we will be looking at ways to increase counter-play by adding these windows of time for players to take advantage of each other’s cooldowns.


Stukov


Abilities
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Range increased from 10 to 11

Developer Comment: Stukov’s changes a few months ago were intended to create new build paths while also reducing the dominance of his Lurking Arm build. While this had the effect we intended, Lurking Arm is now a much more risky ability to use for the majority of the game, whether or not he takes talents related to improving the ability. This change is intended to round this out a bit by letting Stukov use Lurking Arm a little more safely.


Tyrande


Abilities
  • Light of Elune (Q)
    • Charge cooldown increased from 15 to 16 seconds

Talents
  • Level 1
    • All Level 1 Talents have been moved to Level 7
  • Level 7
    • All Level 7 Talents have been moved to Level 1

Developer Comment: The healing rework to Tyrande has made her a formidable force as of late and with this round of changes we think she will sit in a great spot. The swap of her level 1 and 7 talent tiers should open some new early-game decision-making while pushing back her cleanse mechanic a bit further into the game. We are still evaluating Celestial Attunement on the design side and may make larger changes at a later date.


Whitemane


Abilities
  • Desperate Plea (Q)
    • Cooldown increased from .3 to .5 seconds


Warrior

Blaze


Abilities
  • Bunker Drop (R)
    • Allies now have to channel for .5 seconds to enter the Bunker

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Feeding the Flame (Q)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also refunds 5 Mana each time Flame Stream damages an enemy Hero
    • Oil Dispersal (W)
      • No longer increases the Slow amount of Oil Spill
    • Meltdown (Trait)
      • Damage reduction increased from 5 to 7% per stack
      • Maximum Stack Count reduced from 6 to 5
      • Maximum damage reduction increased from 30% to 35%

Developer Comment: These changes are intended to better round out Blaze’s Level 4 talents, as well as to address the disparity in his power between casual and pro play. Bunker Drop in particular has been used to great effectiveness at higher level play to avoid nearly all damage from enemy teams with little risk due to the ability to instantly get in and out of the Bunker. While players will still be able to avoid large amounts of burst damage with the Heroic, they will no longer be able to easily go in and out of the Bunker without putting themselves at risk.


Mal'Ganis


Stats
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 105 to 100

Abilities
  • Fel Claws (Q)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds
  • Carrion Swarm (R)
    • Damage reduced from 66 to 63

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Will of Tichondrius (Q)
      • Damage reduced from 4 to 3% of maximum Health


Yrel


Talents
  • Level 1
    • Maraad’s Insight (Passive)
      • Now only applies the buff when hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability


Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a number of tooltip issues across the game.

Heroes
  • Lt. Morales: Fixed an issue causing Safeguard to grant an incorrect amount of Armor.

User Interface
  • Fixed an issue causing the discount amount displayed over Boosts to appear in the wrong place.
by Published on 2018-11-13 10:46 PM

Twitch Drops: Orphea Edition
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Beginning November 13, tuning into Heroes of the Storm on Twitch with a linked Battle.net account could earn you some truly Heroic rewards! For more info - including specific rewards, where to watch, how to link your accounts, eligibility requirements and more – read on!


Rewards & Requirements
  • Just Tune In!
    • Earning Heroes of the Storm rewards on Twitch is simple: Link your Battle.net and Twitch accounts, choose a Heroes of the Storm stream, and watch!
    • Starting at 9:00 AM PST on Day 1, viewers who tune into any stream playing under the Heroes of the Storm game category for at least 4 hours during each week of the promotion period will earn these exclusive rewards:
      • NOTE: These rewards cannot be earned outside of these specific windows. So, if you want to earn the Chomp Emoji Pack, be sure to tune in during the first week or you’ll miss your chance. The same goes for the other weekly rewards.

Week 1 (11/13 – 11/19) Reward – Chomp Emoji Pack



Week 2 (11/20 – 11/26) Reward – Baby Chomp Portrait



Week 3 (11/27 – 12/4) Reward – Chomp Bubble Spray


Watch your favorite Heroes streamer or look around for some new entertainment! You don’t need to stay on one specific channel for the entire time requirement.

  • Loot Chest Drops
    • In addition to the guaranteed rewards listed above, we will also be giving out tons of Loot Chests at random to viewers tuned into Heroes of the Storm streams. Here are the details:
      • Tune into any Heroes of the Storm stream anytime between 9:00 AM PST November 13 – 11:59 PM PST December 4 for a chance to win a Common Loot Chest. There is no limit to how many times viewers can earn this reward throughout the duration of the program.

These rewards will show up automatically in your Battle.net app gift inventory, so if your accounts are linked, all you need to do is watch!


Link Your Accounts

In order to receive these legendary rewards, you’ll need to be sure that your Twitch.tv and Blizzard accounts are properly linked. Here’s how:

  • Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
  • Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu.
  • Find the Battle.net section then follow the given instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect.
  • When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive your rewards.

Click here to go straight to the Twitch settings page


For more details, read the official rules here [pdf].Good luck out there, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

Free Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: November 13, 2018
  • Li Li
  • E.T.C.
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael’thas
  • Artanis
  • Fenix
  • Zul’jin
  • Kharazim
  • Ragnaros
  • Sylvanas (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Illidan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • D.Va (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Rexxar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Heroic Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heroic Deals: November 6 – November 13, 2018

Our latest round of Heroic Deals offers 50% off select Heroes, and brings a fresh set of skins and mounts into the featured item rotation. Check out the Hero sales and featured items listed below, and then head in-game to add them to your collection before this offer expires on November 13.

Half-Price Heroes
  • Chen - 250 Gems
  • Rehgar - 312 Gems
  • E.T.C. - 150 Gems

Featured Skins and Mounts

The skins and mounts that we’ve added to the featured item rotation are available for gem purchase for a limited time. Don’t worry if you miss out, you’ll still be able to forge these items using shards after they leave the featured rotation.

Upcoming Featured Skins
  • Drek’Thar Rehgar
  • Horde L800 E.T.C.
  • Amethyst Knight Owl Medivh
  • Tal’darim Zerg Hunter Zeratul
  • Demonic Auriel
  • Dark Angelic Valla
  • Neon Cyb’Arak Anub’arak

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Raging War Wolf

We hope you enjoy your new Heroes, skins, and mounts as you conquer your next challenge in the Nexus! Be sure to head to the Heroes of the Storm website every week to check out our latest round of Heroic Deals.

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