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by Published on 2018-10-05 05:21 PM

October 5th Teaser
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
by Published on 2018-10-04 06:57 PM

Everything You Need to Know About the Crucible
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

As the 2018 Heroes Global Championship season nears completion, one more battle must take place before a winner is crowned at the HGC Finals. This weekend, the Crucible will pit the top two Open Division teams against the bottom two HGC teams in a best-of-seven series with a spot in the professional league on the line.

The best amateur teams in Europe and North America blend new faces with familiar faces. Some of these players have previously been a part of HGC teams, others competed on an Open Division team in the Phase 1 Crucible in May.

Here’s who will be challenging for a spot in the HGC:

Europe Open Division - 1st place - Holy Bananas
  • RzuF
  • GURU
  • Olf
  • Googosh
  • Earth

Europe Open Division - 2nd place - ePunks
  • GranPkt
  • Lauber
  • RoskMeg
  • Cas
  • SonicLeBeast

North America Open Division - 1st place - Scythe Esports
  • Zanehyde
  • Nessper
  • Nintorii
  • TalkingTrees
  • Zergling

North America Open Division - 2nd place - PSISTORM Gaming
  • Enavir
  • Stronger
  • Hyskoa
  • Nsj
  • ElhayM


ePunks vs. Monkey Menagerie - Saturday October 6 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. CEST


ePunks only lost two series throughout their Open Division run in Europe, and both of those were to Holy Bananas. Winning six of the seven Open Division cups, ePunks enters the Crucible with poise and plenty of prior HGC experience. Francisco “GranPkt” Núñez Sorribas played for TRICKED Esport in Phase 1 while Johan "Lauber" Lauber was a part of Leftovers earlier this year. Additionally, Rodney Anyani "SonicLeBeast" Kwaku was on the Worst Positioning squad for the Phase 1 Crucible.

“Our goal since we made the team was to qualify for HGC,” said ePunks Support player GranPkt. “We played every scrim with that idea, to improve our synergy, improve at the game as individuals and as a team. We are confident facing Monkey Menagerie at the Crucible, it won't be easy, but we have what it takes to win and join the HGC.”


Holy Bananas vs Roll20 Esports - Sunday October 7 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. CEST


Holy Bananas stunned ePunks in the Grand Finals of the Open Division Playoffs, earning the #1 seed and the choice for their Crucible opponent. They picked Roll20 Esports, who ended Phase 2 with only two wins. Both Olf and Earth played in the Crucible back in May, but neither team broke into the HGC.

When asked about how the team felt preparing for this Crucible, Holy Bananas’ Warrior player Mehdi “Earth” Lakhiari was direct. “This month of preparation was pretty good,” Earth said. “We feel super good and confident.”


PSISTORM Gaming vs No Tomorrow - Saturday October 6 at 12:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. CEST


PSISTORM Gaming began competing in the Open Division during Cup 4, eeking out enough points to enter the playoffs as the #6 seed. While they haven’t been around the Open Division long, they made a splash with raw individual skill, momentum, and a fascinating origin story. PSISTORM is comfortable running unique off-meta team compositions and enjoy utilizing Greymane in their drafts.

Their opponent, No Tomorrow, participated in the Crucible during Phase 1 and narrowly defended their spot against King’s Gambit, winning the series 4-3. Something clicked for No Tomorrow in their last Crucible appearance, and they will need to tap into that experience to overcome a bumpy Phase 2 filled with role changes and inconsistency.

PSISTORM’s Warrior player Ronel "Stronger" Tan“ shed some light on their team’s preparation. “We decided to analyze the meta from each region and apply that knowledge to improve our playstyle. We have focused on watching HGC Korea and Europe matches and practiced these strategies against NA HGC Teams.”

“We all feel this is going to be an exciting but heartbreaking match for both teams,” he added. “For us, this is the last obstacle to accomplishing our goal since arriving in the US and it means everything to us.”


Scythe Esports vs Simplicity - Sunday October 7 at 12:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. CEST


Scythe Esports enters the Crucible as the top Open Division team from North America. They won five of the seven Open Division tournaments and placed second in the two they didn’t win. They’ll be put to the test against Simplicity, a squad full of seasoned veterans that can show up to play when their backs are against the wall.

This matchup is truly a story of new blood challenging the old guard as Nintorii and TalkingTrees competed in the Phase 1 Crucible as part of XD, while Zergling was a part of King’s Gambit.

“The last month has been a little stressful for us just since the meta has been rapidly involving,” Coby “Nintorii” Colson explained. “Trying to find compositions that are powerful themselves but also work with our team's play style can be difficult.”


The exciting conclusion to Phase 2 can be watched live at playheroes.com/esports. The Crucible begins with ePunks vs Monkey Menagerie on Saturday October 6 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 a.m. CEST.

Heroes Brawl of the Week, October 5, 2018: Punisher Arena
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

This week’s brawl is the Punisher Arena! A no-holds-barred battle between Heroes and Punishers. Be the first team to win two rounds and claim victory!

Rules:
  • Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the Arena. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose!
  • During each round, slay enemy Heroes and the enemy Punisher to earn points for your team. The first team to reach 100 points takes the round.
    • Heroes are worth 4 points
    • Punishers are worth 10 points
  • Be the first team to win 2 rounds and claim victory!


Rewards
  • Complete three matches of Punisher Arena to earn a Loot Chest!

Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
by Published on 2018-10-03 01:18 PM

BlizzCon 2018 Schedule
The schedule for this year's BlizzCon was revealed last night, and we have three Heroes panels coming up. We will be covering the panels live right here on MMO-Champion! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the main event.

If you're interested in the full schedule, you can find it right here.


Destination: BlizzCon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Destination: BlizzCon

Every Heroes of the Storm professional player shares the same dream of lifting the HGC Finals trophy onstage at BlizzCon to thunderous applause. The time has come for this dream to be realized for one team and one team only.

The HGC Finals are here.




Hundreds of league matches have taken place across the globe this year. Team Dignitas demolished the competition at both Western Clashes, while Gen.G raised the trophy at the Mid-Season Brawl and on home turf at the Eastern Clash. These two titans will travel to North America, the territory where HeroesHearth have risen from the Open Division to claim the top spot in the standings. Challengers such as BTG and TheOne have bested the rest of China with the goal of bringing home the title while underdogs from Taiwan and Australia & New Zealand remain eager for an international upset.

Just 12 of the world’s best Heroes of the Storm teams now are still standing, with the final home stretch before them. We will crown the new best team in the world—or, if Gen.G has it their way, our first back-to-back HGC Finals Champions.

These are the teams competing at BlizzCon and their rosters:

Team Dignitas - Europe #1 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Vilhelm “POILK” Flennmark
  • Jerome “JayPL” Trinh
  • Jonathan “Wubby” Gunnarsson
  • Joshua “Snitch” Bennet
  • Kenn “Zaelia” Oster Rasmussen

Team Liquid - Europe #2 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Liam “Arcaner” Blake Simpson
  • Ivan “SportBilly” Koturic
  • Dennis “HasuObs” Schneider
  • Aleksandar “ethernal” Milanov
  • Nils “Nurok” Gebhardt

Leftovers - Europe #3 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Mark “Linked” Šepec
  • Arkadiusz “Bl3kitny” Czarnecki
  • Mateusz “Deeaybe” Michalski
  • Mikołaj “PotiBoss” Potera
  • Maksym “Mopsio” Szczypa

Gen.G Esports - Korea #1 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Wonho “KyoCha” Jeong
  • Junghyuk “Sake” Lee
  • Jaewon “Rich” Lee
  • Jinwoo “Reset” Im
  • Oonsung “Ttsst” Kang

Tempest - Korea #2 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Jihoon “Sign” Yoon
  • Judalm “dami” Park
  • Sunghun “Good” Moon
  • Gyeonghwan “Hide” Chin
  • Jaehun “Lockdown” Chin

TBD - Korea #3 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • The third seed from Korea will be decided through the HGC Korea Playoffs on October 7.

HeroesHearth - North America #1 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Chase “BBJ” Dixon
  • Chris “Ishb00” Martin
  • Stafford “McIntyre” McIntyre
  • Khalif “Khroen” Hashim
  • Cesar "Homi" Peterson

Tempo Storm - North America #2 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Ben "cattlepillar" Bunk
  • Mike "Glaurung" Fisk
  • Fan “Fan” Yang
  • Vi "ViN" Nguyen
  • Jun "Jun" Jang

Beyond The Game - China #1 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Jin “Dancing” Yu Wang
  • Qun “Druid” Ni Peng
  • Qi “LLK” Ren Hu
  • Jing “Loktar” Yang
  • Kaixiang “619” Zhuang

TheOne - China #2 Seed
Spoiler: 
  • Yi “hehe” Shen
  • Zhijian “Hugo” Liu
  • Tianqi “Meng” Zhang
  • Jinze “Zjz” Zhou
  • Hao “KeXi” Yu Wang

Mindfreak - Australia & New Zealand
Spoiler: 
  • Benjamin “FAT94” Vinante-Davies
  • Jack “John” Rees
  • Matthew “Vanilla” Dang
  • Ryoo “Ryoo” Tae Hyung
  • Geoffrey “Madhax” Li

Luna Meow - Taiwan
Spoiler: 
  • Li “Booy005” Chia-Lin
  • Tu “Virgil” Meng-Chien
  • Wong “Kim” Kim Fung
  • Wei-Hao “IMmORTaL” Wang
  • Ming-Hsuan “BakeCheese” Tsai




The HGC Finals group stage, which will be played at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles starting October 25, will split the field of 12 teams into two groups of six. Each group will play for points in a round-robin two-game series to determine playoff seeding. Winning both Battlegrounds in the series will grant three points, while winning just one Battleground will grant one point. At the end of the group stage, the fifth- and sixth-place teams from both groups will be eliminated, while the first- through fourth-place teams will be seeded into a single-elimination bracket.

Group A


Group B


At BlizzCon proper, the HGC will take over its own stage at the Anaheim Convention Center, where the final single-elimination bracket will unfold live in front of thousands of fans beginning November 2. The quarterfinals on day one of BlizzCon will be best-of-three and begin following the opening ceremony, with the best-of-five semifinals and grand finals on day two of BlizzCon, starting at 10 a.m. PDT / 7 p.m. CEST.

The following casters and commentators will be on hand for both the group stage and the main event:


For the first time ever, BlizzCon Opening Week will be open to the public! You can snag your tickets to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles below. Tune in right here at playheroes.com/esports when the broadcast goes live after BlizzCon’s opening ceremony!

Buy Opening Week Tickets

Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: October 2, 2018
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael’thas
  • Artanis
  • Ragnaros
  • Arthas
  • Anub’arak
  • Auriel
  • Leoric (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Cassia (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Probius (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Medivh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Heroic Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heroic Deals: October 2 – October 9, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, October 2! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Chromie— Sale Price: 375 gems
  • Greymane — Sale Price: 312 Gems

The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:

Upcoming Featured Skins
  • Crimson Fel Queen Chromie
  • Thunder Star Princess Li-Ming
  • Admiral Krakenov
  • Spectre Goliath D.Va
  • Exiled Crypt King Tassadar
  • Deathbringer Sonya

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Zergling
  • Neutron Space Lord’s Starbreaker
by Published on 2018-09-25 05:53 PM

Heroes of the Storm Live Patch Notes - September 25, 2018


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Our newest patch is now live! Read on for details on what’s been added or changed.


Quick Navigation:



General

New Event: Fall of King’s Crest
  • The Fall of Kings Questline is now available for players. The hunt is on for the generals of the Raven Lord!
  • Loot Chests have been replaced with Seasonal Loot chests for the duration of this event.

Ranked Play
  • 2018 Ranked Season 4 Has Begun!
    • Ranked rewards have been granted to players based on their performance during 2018 Ranked Season 3.
    • Learn more about the rewards that are up for grabs during the new season by checking out our 2018 Ranked Season 4 Dates and Rewards blog.
  • Team League
    • Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players.
      • All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch.

Developer Comment: Heroes of the Storm is primarily a team-based experience and, with this change, we’re hoping to make it easier to have that experience without putting restrictions on party size. In our current system, competitive solo players do not have many opportunities to find groups of players to play with in a ranked queue. To give these players more options for their competitive experience, we have removed all party size queue restrictions from Team League. Our hope is that this leads to a more robust Team League experience and that solo players find more regular groups to play with.


Battlegrounds

Unranked Battleground Rotation
  • The Battleground Rotation for all Unranked modes has been adjusted to the following:
    • Hanamura Temple
    • Alterac Pass
    • Towers of Doom
    • Garden of Terror
    • Dragon Shire

Garden of Terror
  • Garden of Terror has received significant gameplay and layout changes. Find out more in the Garden of Terror Spotlight video or on the updated Garden of Terror Battleground site.



Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Kerrigan and Brightwing have received some new and updated art to coincide with their gameplay updates.


User Interface

  • Mercenary Camp and Banner floating text has received readability improvements.


Heroes

Assassin

Kerrigan


Abilities
  • Ravage (Q)
    • Charges increased from 1 to 2
    • Range reduced from 8 to 6
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20
    • Damage reduced from 210 to 130
    • Added functionality:
      • Now also refunds 20 Mana when used on an enemy that dies within 1.5 seconds
  • Impaling Blades (W)
    • Damage reduced from 261 to 180
  • Primal Grasp (E)
    • Pull damage reduced from 114 to 25
    • Added functionality:
      • 2.5 seconds after using Primal Grasp, Kerrigan damages all nearby enemies for 180 damage
  • Summon Ultralisk (R)
    • Splash radius increased from 1.5 to 2
    • The initial cast of Ultralisk is now directional skill shot that causes the Ultralisk to charge in the targeted direction until impacting an enemy Hero. It deals 250 damage and stuns for .5 seconds to the first Hero it hits.
  • Assimilation (Trait)
    • Shield amount increased from 10 to 15% of damage dealt

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Siphoning Impact (Q)
      • New functionality:
        • Using Ravage on an enemy Hero grants an additional 90 Assimilation Shield
    • Assimilation Mastery (Trait)
      • Moved from level 7
      • No longer increases the duration of Assimilation Shield
      • In addition to increasing Kerrigan’s Health and Mana Regeneration by 100% while Assimilation is active, now also causes Regeneration Globes to grant 40 Assimilation Shield per second while active
    • Fury of the Swarm (Passive)
      • Moved from level 4
      • New functionality:
        • Kerrigan gains 10% more Assimilation Shields from Basic Attacks. Casting Ravage causes Kerrigan’s next 2 Basic Attacks within 3 seconds to splash for 100% damage around the target
    • Sharpened Blades (W)
      • Removed
    • Block (Passive)
      • Removed
  • Level 4
    • New Talent - Sharpened Blades (Q)
      • !Quest: Every time an enemy Minion or Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of being damaged by Ravage, increase Ravage's damage by .5 (5 for Heroes), up to 50
      • !Reward: After reaching 50 damage, gain an additional 50 damage
    • New Talent - Kinetic Fulmination (W)
      • Damaging an enemy increases the damage of Kerrigan's next Impaling Blades by 15%. Stacks up to 150%. Lasts 10 seconds.
    • Psionic Pulse (E)
      • New functionality:
        • Primal Grasp deals damage a second time 2.5 seconds after the initial burst
    • Clean Kill (Q)
      • Removed
    • Envenom (Active)
      • Removed
  • Level 7
    • New Talent - Queen of Blades (Q)
      • Every time Primal Grasp's pull or explosion hits an enemy Hero, reduce the cooldown of Ravage by 4 seconds
    • New Talent - Boundless Fury (Q)
      • Casting Ravage on an enemy Hero grants a charge of Ravage. Can only occur on each Hero once every 10 seconds
    • Bladed Momentum (Passive)
      • Now only triggers when attacking enemy Heroes
      • Now works with splash damage from Fury of the Swarm
    • Blade Torrent (W)
      • Removed
  • Level 13
    • New Talent - Psionic Barrier (E)
      • Kerrigan gains 15 Spell Armor for 4 seconds for every enemy Hero she hits with Primal Grasp's pull or explosion
    • New Talent - Volatile Power (Trait)
      • Increase the base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 15%, but reduce the duration of Assimilation Shields from 6 to 3 seconds
    • New Talent - Chrysalis (Active)
      • Activate to place Kerrigan in a chrysalis with 550 Health for 5 seconds. Kerrigan regenerates 5% Health per second while inside the chrysalis. 90 second cooldown.
    • Eviscerate (Q)
      • Removed
    • Double Strike (Q)
      • Removed
    • Queen’s Rush (Active)
      • Removed
  • Level 16
    • New Talent - Mounting Potency (Q)
      • Casting Ravage on an enemy increases Kerrigan's Spell Power by 5% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 40%
    • New Talent - Painful Spikes (W)
      • After stunning an enemy with Impale, Kerrigan deals an additional 75 damage the next 6 times she damages them within the next 5 seconds
    • New Talent - Unbridled Energy (R)
      • When Kerrigan damages a Hero with a Heroic Ability she gains 30% Spell Power for 4 seconds
    • Aggressive Defense (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Essence for Essence (Active)
      • Removed
    • Overdrive (Active)
      • Removed
  • Level 20
    • Omegastorm (R)
      • New Functionality:
        • Maelstrom's duration is increased by .125 seconds every time it damages an enemy Hero
    • New Talent - Assimilation Blades (Trait)
      • Damaging an enemy increases Kerrigan's Basic Attack damage by 4%, up to 40%, for 5 seconds
    • Psionic Shift (Active)
      • Shield amount is now doubled when damaging enemy Heroes
    • Nexus Blades (Passive)
      • Removed

Developer Comment: Kerrigan is receiving an update to increase the tactical depth of using her abilities and increase the impact that her Talents have on her playstyle. We've reduced the range on Ravage but added a second charge so that smart Kerrigan players can use it to maneuver on the battlefield, as well as utilize a lot of her Talents to get the most out of the ability. We've added a secondary explosion to Primal Grasp so that Kerrigan will want to continue to worry about her positioning after her initial engagement occurs, as well as provide the opportunity for new Talent interactions. We've also added a skillshot component to Ultralisk so that the Heroic can feel like it has a big moment when it is first unleashed. Overall, Kerrigan should play mostly the same, but have increased room for mastery and playstyle specific builds.


Support

Brightwing


Abilities
  • Arcane Flare (Q)
    • Outer damage from 87 to 75
    • Inner damage from 260 to 180
    • Missile speed increased ~30%
    • Added functionality:
      • If an enemy Hero is hit by the center of Arcane Flare, instantly pulse a free Soothing Mist
  • Polymorph (W)
    • Duration from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds
    • Cooldown from 10 to 12 seconds
  • Pixie Dust (E)
    • Range from 8 to 7
  • Phase Shift (Z)
    • Cooldown from 55 to 60 seconds
    • Added functionality:
      • Heals the target for 20% of their maximum health
  • Soothing Mist (D)
    • Heal amount reduced from 115 to 105
    • Added functionality:
      • Activate to instantly pulse a calming wave, clearing all Stun, Root, Slow, and Silence effects from nearby allies
      • 120 second cooldown
  • Emerald Wind (R)
    • No longer grants passive healing to Soothing Mist
    • Damage reduced from 303 to 225
    • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Greater Polymorph (W)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the cast range of Polymorph by 30%. Anytime a nearby enemy Hero is killed, reset the Cooldown of Polymorph
    • Hyper Shift (Z)
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the heal amount of Phase Shift to 30% of targets max Health
        • Every Minion killed near you lowers the cooldown of Phase Shift by 2 seconds
    • Pixie Charm (1)
      • New functionality:
        • Every Minion killed near you grants you a Bribe Stack. Hitting an enemy with the center portion of Arcane Flare grants you 5 Bribe Stacks
  • Level 4
    • Manic Pixie (E)
      • Removed
    • Unstable Anomaly (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the slow amount of Polymorph to 40%. When it expires, it explodes dealing 2% of all nearby enemy Heroes max Health in damage
    • Dream Shot (Q)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. If it hits an enemy Hero, lower the cooldown to 2 seconds.
    • New Talent – Magic Spit (D)
      • Increase your Basic Attack range by 20%. Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist’s active by 5 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Mistified (D)
      • Removed
    • Cleanse (Active)
      • Removed
    • Phase Shield (Z)
      • Removed
    • Sticky Flare (Q)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • New functionality:
        • Arcane Flare slows Heroes by 20% for 3 seconds, or 40% if hit by the center of Arcane Flare
    • Peekaboo! (Z)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Added functionality:
        • Also grants the you and your target a temporary health Shield
    • New Talent – Critical Mist (D)
      • If Calming Mist removes a status effect from an ally, instantly heal them for 200
  • Level 13
    • Ice Block (Active)
      • Removed
    • Shield Dust (E)
      • Removed
    • Pixie Boost (E)
      • Movement Speed decay duration increased from 1.5 to 3 seconds
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced to 40%
    • New Talent – Safety Dust (E)
      • Increase the duration of Pixie Dust by 1 second. Healing dealt by Brightwing is increased by 25% on targets with Pixie Dust
    • New Talent – Pixie Power (E)
      • Lower the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor it grants to 50
  • Level 16
    • Bouncy Dust (E)
      • Removed
    • Hardened Focus (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Phase Out (Active)
      • Activate to phase out and become invulnerable for .5 seconds
        • 20 second cooldown
    • New Talent – Hush (Q)
      • Enemy Heroes hit with the center of Arcane Flare are Silenced for 1 second and deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Double Wyrmhole (R)
      • Removed
    • Continuous Winds (R)
      • Removed
    • Revitalizing Mist (D)
      • Removed
    • Storm Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent – Invisible Friends (R)
      • Blink Heal grants you and the target stealth. They are unrevealable for .5 seconds. While under this effect, they regenerate 20 Health Per Second
    • New Talent – Intensive Winds (R)
      • Lower the cooldown of Emerald Wind to 3 seconds. It now costs 200 Mana
    • New Talent – Faerie Protector (Active)
      • Activate to instantly cast Pixie Dust on all nearby allied Heroes
      • 60 second cooldown
    • New Talent – Speedy Dragon (Passive)
      • Gain 20% permanent movement speed

Developer Comment: Late last year we decided that we wanted to add a fun mini-game to Brightwing utilizing her Arcane Flare as the focal point. As it often happens, while making the initial changes we started diving in deeper and deeper. Nearly a year later, we are excited to showcase a fully updated talent tree alongside some fundamental game-play changes to our resident Faerie Dragon. With a baseline AoE cleanse-type effect and added healing potential to her Arcane Flare, Brightwing should bring some new major play-making abilities to her team.


Collection

New Bundles
  • The following new bundles are available for a limited time:
    • Fall of King’s Crest Bundle
    • Spectral Wyrm Alextrasza Skin Pack
    • Spider Warden Maiev Skin Pack
    • Cursed Witch Whitemane Skin Pack
    • Phantom Knight Zarya Skin Pack

New Announcers
  • Queen Nightshade
  • Blackheart
  • Lady of Thorns

New Skins
  • Alexstrasza
    • Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza
    • Infernal Wyrm Alexstrasza
    • Phantom Wyrm Alexstrasza
  • Brightwing
    • Spectral Bewitching Brightwing
  • Kerrigan
    • Spectral Countess Kerrigan
  • Maiev
    • Spider Warden Maiev
    • Forgotten Spider Warden Maiev
    • Night Spider Warden Maiev
  • Whitemane
    • Cursed Witch Whitemane
    • Forgotten Witch Whitemane
    • Court Witch Whitemane
  • Zarya
    • Phantom Knight Zarya
    • Infernal Knight Zarya
    • Geist Knight Zarya

New Mounts
  • Redeemed Tombstone
  • Corrupted Tombstone
  • Copper Money Pig
  • Pumpkin Eye Pad
  • Sunny Side Eye Pad

New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
  • Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the Heroes of the Storm Collection tab.


Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed several confusing or incorrect tooltips across all parts of the game.
  • Drag Scroll: Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause the camera to jump in the direction of the cursor when using the drag scroll feature.
  • Reconnect: Fixed an issue that could cause players to lose control of their Hero if they reconnect while piloting a vehicle.
  • AI: A number of improvements have been made to AI Hero behavior.

Art
  • Chromie: Fixed an issue that caused Chromie’s hourglass to go missing during her Hearthstone animation.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Abathur: Fixed an issue preventing Monstrosity from gaining damage when nearby enemy minions die.
  • Alarak & Gazlowe: Fixed an issue that allowed Gazlowe and Alarak to cast charged abilities while time stopped.
  • Ana: Fixed an issue that allowed Ana to used Eye of Horus shots between mine levels on Haunted Mines.
  • Lúcio: Fixed an issue preventing Lúcio from issuing attack commands while silenced.
  • Mephisto: Fixed an issue preventing the Static Barrier talent from granting Mephisto shields if damage was dealt to Shields or Protected Heroes.
  • Raynor: Raynor’s Raider will now clear attack or move order when entering or exiting the mines on Haunted Mines.
  • Stealth: Fixed an issue that prevented Ping markers from being visible on clones if the clones were created after the ping was initiated.

User Interface
  • Fixed an issue that caused Garrosh’s Groundbreaker splat to appear under the wrong team color in observer mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to fail to play stun animations and effects if stunned twice in quick succession.
  • Lúcio: Fixed an issue causing the UI displaying the number of allies in range of crossfade to stop working after Lúcio exits a vehicle.

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