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by Published on 2021-11-30 09:35 PM

Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes - November 30, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until December 6, PST. 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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General

Building Changes
  • Healing Wells
    • Additional Functionality: Healing Wells are now invulnerable, and are destroyed when their nearby Fort or Keep are destroyed.
  • Forts
    • Health increased from 12900 to 15450.
  • Keeps
    • Health increased from 17000 to 20050.

Developer Comment: We're happy with how Healing Wells function in our ARAM game mode, so we're giving it a try everywhere. Additionally, Forts and Keeps now have additional health as they've absorbed the health of their nearby Healing Wells.


Heroes Rework: Rehgar

Base
  • Attack Damage increased from 106 to 115.
  • Attack speed reduced from 1.25 to 1.1.
  • Lightning Shield [W]
    • Additional Functionality: Each enemy hit by Lightning Shield restores 2 Mana to Rehgar.
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50.
  • Earthbind Totem [E]
    • Totem Health increased from 217 to 326.
  • Trait
    • All Ghost Wolf information has been moved to the Z key.
    • (New) Purge:
      • Activate to make an ally Unstoppable for .5 seconds or slow an enemy Hero by 80%, decaying over 2 seconds. Cannot be used on Self.
      • Cooldown: 30 Seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Stormcaller [W]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New functionality: Increase Lightning Shield’s radius by 25%.
      • Quest: Each time Lightning Shield hits an enemy Hero, permanently increase Rehgar’s Health by 2 and Mana by 1, to a maximum of 300 stacks.
    • Grounded Totem [E]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • No longer grants additional Earthbind Totem Health.
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Heroes affected by Earthbind Totem also have their Spellpower reduced by 25%.
        • Increases range of Earthbind Totem by 50%.
    • Feral Heart [Z]
      • New Functionality:
        • Entering or Exiting Ghost Wolf form grants 20 Armor for 2 seconds.
        • Increase Ghost Wolf’s Movement Speed bonus to 40% for the first second, then fade to 30%.
    • Wolf Run [Z]
      • Removed.
  • Level 4
    • Earthliving Enchant [Q]
      • Moved from Level 13.
      • Healing increased from 45 to 50.
    • Electric Charge [W]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New Functionality:
        • Lightning Shield heals its bearer for 20% of the damage dealt to enemy Heroes. This healing amount is doubled for Rehgar.
        • While damaging an enemy, Lightning Shield increases its bearer’s Movement Speed by 10%.
    • Healing Totem [E/Active]
      • Healing Totem health increased from 50 to 175.
      • Healing Totem health now scales at .04% per Level.
      • Healing Totem healing increased from 2 to 3% maximum Health/second.
      • Healing Totem duration reduced from 10 to 7 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Cleanse [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Colossal Totem [E]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • No longer increases Earthbind Totem Range.
    • Blood and Thunder [Z]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds.
      • Additional Functionality: Ghost Wolf attacks restore 5% of Rehgar’s maximum Mana.
    • (New) Purification [Trait D]
      • Removing a Slow, Stun, Root or Silence from an Ally heals them for 260 and refunds 50% of Purge’s cooldown.
      • Using Purge on an enemy deals up to 330 damage to shields and reduces Healing received by 40% for 3 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Tidal Waves [Q]
      • Heroic target cooldown reduction increased from .75 seconds to 1 second.
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 15 to 20.
    • Earth Shield [W]
      • Shield amount increased from 12 to 14% maximum health.
    • (New) Wellspring [E]
      • Every 2 seconds, Earthbind Totem will cast an untalented Chain Heal at a nearby ally that heals for 40% of its normal value.
  • Level 16
    • Rising Storm [W]
      • Changed Functionality:
        • No longer grants Rehgar an untalented Lightning Shield.
        • Increase the duration of Lightning Shield by 3 seconds.
    • Earthgrasp Totem [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Earthbind Totem deals 145 damage when first placed.
    • Hunger of the Wolf [Z]
      • Damage and healing increased to 6%.
  • Level 20
    • Rewind [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Stormshield [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Elemental Conduit [Active]
      • Activate to gain Lightning Shield and grant all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 10% of their maximum Health for 5 seconds.
      • Each time this Lightning Shield hits an enemy Hero, grant nearby allies a Shield equal to 1.5% of their maximum Health.
      • 70 Second cooldown.
    • Pit Fighter [Passive]
      • Gain 10% Attack damage and 5 Spell Power for yourself and each nearby ally Hero, stacking up to 5 times. At 2 or more stacks, Purge’s cooldown refreshes 50% faster.

Developer Comment: Its been a while since we've made any major changes to Rehgar and while his win rates are not worrisome, his identity as a flexible generalist healer has suffered as of late. With this rework, we're making a number of quality-of-life changes by baselining some of the talents that felt mandatory as well as introducing new talents to sharpen his build identities. Just to prove that old dogs can learn new tricks, we've also given Rehgar a new activated trait, Purge, which allows him to micro-cleanse an ally or momentarily snare a distant enemy.


Heroes

Auriel

Base
  • Sacred Sweep [Q]
    • Cast speed increased by 50%.
    • Cast finish time increased from 0 to .0625 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Swift Sweep [Q]
      • Removed.
  • Level 4
    • Heavy Burden [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Detainment Strike’s Stun duration by .25 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Will of Heaven [D]
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Auriel’s Basic Attack damage by 10%.
    • Wrath of Heaven [D]
      • Additional Functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by the center area of Sacred Sweep or the terrain collision of Detainment Strike have their Spell Armor reduced by 10 for 3 seconds.

Developer Comment: Auriel’s Q talents have fallen off in both popularity and win rates, so we’re baking in the Swift Sweep talent functionality to help the abilities’ overall efficacy. We’re also bumping up some other talents that aren’t performing well. Similar to Zarya, Auriel’s power dynamics can change dramatically with even small number tweaks, so we’re keeping these changes relatively light this time around.


Brightwing

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Hyper Shift [Z]
      • Maximum Health healing bonus decreased from 8% to 6%.
  • Level 4
    • Magic Spit [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 6 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Invisible Friends [R1]
      • Duration reduced from infinite to 9 seconds.
      • Heal increased from 20 to 25.

Developer Comment: Brightwing remains strong at all levels of play, and is also terrorizing her foes at higher levels. While this is a substantial nerf to Invisible Friends on paper, we feel Brightwing still has compelling reasons to take the talent.


Dehaka

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health reduced from 2434 to 2385.
    • Health regeneration reduced from 5.07 to 4.97.
  • Basic Attack
    • Damage reduced from 100 to 95.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Lurker Strain [E]
      • Burrow cooldown reduction reduced from 6 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Feeding Frenzy [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Dehaka has been collecting essence very successfully after his last update increased his attack speed, so we’re reining him in a smidge.


Falstad

Base
  • Tailwind [Trait]
    • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 5 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Dishonorable Discharge [W]
      • Lightning Rod damage bonus per stack increased from .75% to 1%, maximum bonus remains 75%.

Developer Comment: Falstad has landed quite well after his recent tuning, and we think a mild buff to Dishonorable Discharge causes all his talent builds to pass with flying colors.


Imperius

Base
  • Celestial Charge [Q]
    • Final damage increased from 70 to 80.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Blaze of Glory [W]
      • Damage increased from 185 to 205.
      • Changed Functionality: Blaze of Glory deals additional damage with Valorous Brand marks, but no longer consumes them.

Developer Comment: Celestial Charge needling enemies a bit more will help Imperius out, especially when taking Impaling Light. We’re happy with the gameplay of the Solarian’s Fire build, but we’d rather Imperius continue onward rather than go out in a Blaze of Glory.


Jaina

Base
  • Improved Ice Block [1]
    • Damage to unlock reduced from 15,000 to 12,000.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Winter’s Reach [Q]
      • Additional Functionality: Increase the missile speed of Frostbolt by 30%.

Developer Comment: In games where Jaina’s team falls behind, we think it’s harder than it should be to unlock Improved Ice Block, especially when Jaina is focused on clearing enemy Minion waves. This should even that out, as well as provide a boon for Jaina players that blast away their opponents. Blizzard and Cone of Cold talents are competing nicely, so we thought we’d provide some quality of life to a Frostbolt talent.[/i]


Johanna

Base
  • Iron Skin [D]
    • Cooldown reduced from 25 to 22 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Divine Fortress [Passive]
      • Physical Armor per Basic Attack increased from 8 to 10.
      • Duration increased from 2.5 to 4 seconds.
      • Changed Functionality: Basic Attacks against any target grants Physical Armor.
    • Zealous Glare [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Shield Glare deals 125% additional damage.
  • Level 4
    • Hold Your Ground [D]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 5 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Sins Exposed [Q]
      • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • Steed Charge [Active]
      • Bonus Iron Skin duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Roar [Q]
      • Passive Punish damage bonus increased from 25% to 50%.
  • Level 20
    • Heaven’s Fury [R1]
      • Damaged reduced from 75 to 68.
      • Healing reduced from 75 to 68.

Developer Comment: Competing against strong Shield Glare talents, Divine Fortress’ Physical Armor wasn’t super appealing. We hope this change provides a comparable option for dealing with Physical damage while feeling and playing differently. While we’re here, we continue to drag part of Hold Your Ground’s benefit baseline in our endless journey to make the tier more competitive. Other than that, we have mild buffs for weak talents, and a whisper of a nerf to Heaven’s Fury.


Junkrat

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Big As [E]
      • Moved to Level 13.
  • Level 20
    • Puckish Scamp [R2]
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce both Heroic cooldowns by 20 seconds.

Developer Comment: Junkrat has caused more than enough mayhem for now – we believe that Big As was making Steel Traps an issue too frequently when combined with Gotta Trap ‘Em All! We think the decision between traps that demand a Hero’s intervention versus many traps is still interesting, but we’ll be keeping an eye on him.


Lunara

Base
  • Nature’s Toxin [Trait]
    • Damage dealt reduced from 36 to 33.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Choking Pollen [Q]
      • Damage bonus against enemies with 3 stacks of Nature's Toxin decreased from 200% to 175%.

Developer Comment: Lunara has hopped a little higher than we expected, so we’re diluting her poison.


Probius

Base
  • Warp Rift [W]
    • Duration reduced from 9 to 3 seconds.
    • Additional Functionality: Warp Rifts explode on expiration.
  • Photon Cannon [E]
    • Attack period reduced from 1 to 1.4.
    • Additional Functionality:
      • No longer requires Pylons to be placed or be activated.
      • While in a Pylon's Power Field, gain 40% attack speed over 4 seconds and reveal nearby enemies.
      • Now prefers to acquire Heroic enemies.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Echo Pulse [Q]
      • Increased returning Disruption Pulse damage from 75% to 100%.
    • Gather Minerals [E]
      • Removed Functionality: Quest reward no longer reveals nearby enemies.
  • Level 7
    • Particle Accelerator [Q]
      • New Functionality:
        • After hitting 4 Heroes with Disruption Pulse, the next Warp Rift detonated by Disruption Pulse fires 4 pulses for 71 damage.
        • Reduce Disruption Pulse's cooldown by .5 seconds.
    • Rift Shock [W]
      • New Functionality: Exploding a Warp Rift within 1 second of its arming deals 90 damage over 3 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Pylon Overcharge [R1]
      • Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds.
      • Changed Functionality: Can only target enemy Heroes.
      • Additionality Functionality: Pylons are Invulnerable for the duration.
  • Level 20
    • Shoot 'Em Up [Q]
      • New Functionality:
        • Disruption Pulse deals 2.5% of enemy Heroes maximum health as damage.
        • Reduce Disruption Pulse's cooldown by .5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Probius has always had high requirements for successfully utilizing his abilities. The theme of this update is to turn those requirements into benefits, making Probius more approachable while still rewarding mastery. While the baseline changes to Warp Rift and Photon Cannon affect the identity of these abilities, we hope long time Probius players are still able to punish enemy Heroes that underestimate our favorite Probe.


Raynor

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Ace In The Hole [Passive]
      • Damage bonus increased from 10% to 12%.
  • Level 7
    • Heavy Slugs [Q]
      • Duration bonus increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Cavalry's Arrived [R1]
      • Mark duration increased from 2.5 to 6 seconds.
    • Dusk Wing [R2]
      • Armor reduction increased from 2.5 to 3.
      • Maximum Armor reduction increased from 25 to 30.

Developer Comment: Jimmy was never one to quit a fight.


Stukov

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health reduced from 1850 to 1835.
    • Health regeneration reduced from 3.85 to 3.82.
  • Bio-Kill Switch [Q]
    • Healing reduced from 450 to 435.

Developer Comment: Stukov’s level 1 talents have seen an influx of strength over the last couple months, and everything has a cost.


Tyrande

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Lunar Blaze [E]
      • Maximum bonus increased from 100% to 150%.
    • Trueshot Aura [Active]
      • Allied Attack Damage bonus increased from 30% to 40%.
  • Level 4
    • Mark of Mending [D]
      • Range increased from 6 to 8.5.
      • Changed Functionality: Now looks to heal allies near the attacked target, rather than near Tyrande.
  • Level 13
    • Harsh Moonlight [W]
      • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Empower [W]
      • Damage decreased from 7% to 6% to targets maximum health.
  • Level 20
    • Eyes of the Huntress [R1]
      • Healing bonus increased from 50% to 75%.
    • Celestial Wrath [R2]
      • Slow increased from 40% to 60%.

Developer Comment: Ranger causing Sentinel to hit two Heroes has become the dominant style for playing Tyrande, so we’re reducing the power of Harsh Moonlight and Empower and raising up her weaker talents.


Zarya

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Together We Are Strong [E]
      • Changed Functionality: Talent effects now last 3 seconds, instead of for the duration of the Shield.
  • Level 7
    • Deep Burn [Q]
      • Energy gains increased from 1 to 2.

Developer Comment: The last round of Zarya changes didn’t blow her overall power out of proportion, so we’re touching up a few more underperforming talents.


Bug Fixes

Heroes
  • General
    • Resolved issues when the attacker is Blinded or the enemy is Evading with:
      • Uther's Hammer of the Lightbringer
      • Valeera's Slice and Dice and Rupture
      • Varian's Heroic Strike
      • Whitemane's Saintly Greatstaff and Scarlet Wrath
      • Zeratul's Master Warp-Blade, Psionic Strength, Shadow Hunter, and Unwavering Pressure
      • Zul'jin's Grievous Throw , Eye of Zul'jin, and Let the Killing Begin
  • Lunara
    • Accelerated Contamination can no longer grant CDR from dead Heroes.
  • Valla
    • Corrected Death Dealer damage bonus.
  • Varian
    • Corrected Varian’s Physical Damage against Shielded Heroes with Shattering Throw and Twin Blades.
  • Whitemane
    • Radiance no longer reduces Whitemane’s Armor.
  • Xul
    • Corpse Explosion damage is now ignored by the Call for Help.
  • Yrel
    • Bubble Hearth's cast is now interrupted by Stuns.
  • Zagara
    • Devouring Maw now more consistently displays captured Heroes.
    • Corrected Medusa Blades’ damage to Monsters.
  • Zeratul
    • Shroud of Adun now contributes to Zeratul’s Self-Healing scoreboard stat.
    • Shadow Stride now contributes to Zeratul’s Self-Healing scoreboard stat.
  • Zul’jin
    • Amani Rage can now have its cooldown announced to your team.
    • Ensnare can now have its cooldown announced to your team.
by Published on 2021-09-27 07:56 PM

Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - September 27, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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


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Heroes

Tank

E.T.C.

Base
  • Rockstar [Trait]
    • Additional functionality: Heroic abilities grant 60 Armor for 2 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Guitar Hero [E]
      • Healing from Basic Attacks increased from 50% to 60%.
  • Level 4
    • Crowd Surfer [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 7 seconds.
    • Speed Metal [Trait]
      • Duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Hammer-on [E]
      • Damage bonus increased from 30% to 35%.
    • Echo Pedal [Passive]
      • Damage increased from 15 to 18.
      • PvE damage bonus reduced from 250% to 200%.
  • Level 10
    • Stage Dive [R2]
      • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 70.
      • Slow duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds.

Developer Comment: E.T.C.'s strength has usually been centered around his powerful Heroics, but lately that hasn't helped him make the cut. We're trying reinforcing that identity with baseline Armor and a buff to Stage Dive before we look to broaden his power.


Bruiser

Gazlowe

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health reduced from 2375 to 2275.
    • Health regeneration reduced from 4.95 to 4.74.
  • Rock-it Turret [Q]
    • Damage reduced from 38 to 36.
  • Deth Lazor [W]
    • Damage reduced from 180 to 175.

Developer Comment: Gazlowe is a pretty dominant force in all non-master levels of play right now. We are starting with some baseline nerfs and will look to potentially make some talent adjustments in a later patch.


Thrall

Base
  • Feral Spirit [W]
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 40.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Echo of the Elements [Q]
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 15 to 20.
  • Level 4
    • Feral Resilience [W]
      • Frostwolf Resilience stacks increased from 3 to 4.
  • Level 13
    • Frostwolf's Grace [D]
      • Changed functionality: Frostwolf Resilience can be activated to instantly heal. This healing is increased by up to 100% based on Thrall's missing health.
    • Spirit Shield [Active]
      • Spell Armor duration increased from 2.5 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • (New) Elemental Momentum [Passive]
      • Basic Attacks reduce Basic and Heroic Ability cooldowns by 0.25 seconds, doubled against Heroes.

Developer Comment: Thrall has begun to struggle in solo lane matchups, often unable to sustain himself after trading blows. We feel his Mana costs are too high due his reliance on frequently casting abilities to charge Frostwolf Resilience, even if choosing to learn Mana Tide. There seems to be a demand for a strong auto attack talent at 20, with many Thralls choosing Nexus Blades, so we're adding Elemental Momentum to keep the tier exciting.


Support

Zarya

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Feel the Heat [Trait]
      • Additional functionality: While above 40 Energy, Zarya’s Basic Attack size is increased by 35%.
  • Level 4
    • I Am the Strongest [W]
      • Additional functionality: Damage absorbed by Zarya’s Shields contributes 20% more energy.
  • Level 7
    • Hit Me [Trait]
      • Removed.
    • To the Limit [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Deep Burn [Q]
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes hit by Particle Grenade in the last 3 seconds generate 1 Energy.
  • Level 10
    • Graviton Surge [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Deals 30 damage a second to affected enemies.

Developer Comment: Zarya's Basic Attack build is underperforming compared to her other options, so we're consolidating a few talents and giving her a new one in the form of Deep Burn. Historically, even slight buffs to Zarya have had a huge impact on her efficacy, so we're making light touches this time around. We'll be keeping a close eye on her performance and making more adjustments in the future if needed.


Healer

Ana

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Contact Healing [W]
      • Additional functionality: Biotic Grenade deals 30% additional damage per Hero hit.
    • Vampiric Rounds [Trait]
      • Stacking 5 Doses bonus Shrike healing increased from .75% to 1%.
  • Level 4
    • Biotic Enhancements [W]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • Debilitating Dart [Active]
      • Additional functionality: If no Heroes are hit, reduce its cooldown by 8 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Sharpshooter [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Bonus healing increased by 35% while at maximum stacks.
    • Concentrated Doses [Q]
      • Bonus healing increased from 10% to 12%.
  • Level 20
    • Deadeye [R2]
      • Bonus damage and healing per Hero hit increased from 4% to 5%.

Developer Comment: Ana has a grouping of talents that are becoming more and more popular, so we're helping their competitors. We hope Sharpshooter's additional functionality lets the best snipers truly shine.


Brightwing

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health reduced from 1450 to 1425.
    • Health regeneration reduced from 3.02 to 2.97.
  • Soothing Mist [Trait]
    • Heal amount reduced from 115 to 110.
    • Activation cooldown reduced from 90 to 75 seconds.

Developer Comment: Our overly-friendly Faerie Dragon has been slowly collecting a few more wins than she should. We are bringing down a few of her base stats to bring her more in line with the rest of her peers.


Li Li

Base
  • Healing Brew [Q]
    • Missile speed increased by 20%.
  • Blinding Wind [E]
    • Missile speed increased by 20%.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Let’s Go! [Active]
      • Range increased from 6 to 7.5.

Developer Comment: Li Li has been working on her throwing arm, which should help her spells become a tiny bit more consistent, especially when cast at longer ranges.


Stukov

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Fetid Touch [W]
      • Slow amount of Basic Attacks increased from 15% to 20%.
      • Reduction of Basic Attack damage while in Ranged Mode from 50% to 40%.
    • Reactive Ballistospores [W]
      • Search range of Talent activation reduced by 20%.
      • Bio-Kill Switch cooldown reduction while below 50% Health reduced from 150% to 100%.
      • Cooldown increased from 60 to 75 seconds.
    • Low Blow [E]
      • Bonus damage to Heroes below 50% Health increased from 100% to 125%.
  • Level 13
    • It Hungers [E]
      • Bonus cast range increased from 20 to 30%.
      • Hero damage instances needed to proc cooldown reduction and Mana refund decreased from 8 to 6.
  • Level 16
    • Universal Carrier [Q]
      • Healing Pathogen Healing reduction decreased from 40% to 25%.
    • Superstrain [Q]
      • Healing from being Stunned or Rooted increased from 250 to 300.

Developer Comment: Reactive Ballistospores is just too strong in its current form, completely dominating his tier 1 choices. We are making some adjustments to it in order to help level out the talent tier while also buffing some other under-performing Talents throughout his tree.


Melee

Maiev

Base
  • Vault of the Wardens [D]
    • Additional functionality: After reaching level 20, gain an additional charge.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Pin Down [Q]
      • First quest reward damage bonus increased from 25% to 35%.
  • Level 7
    • Bonds of Corruption [W]
      • Armor reduction increased from 10 to 15.
      • Slow amount increased from 20% to 25%.
      • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Containment Disc [R1]
      • Additional functionality: Heroes leaving Containment are Silenced for 1.5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Armored Assault [Passive]
      • Physical damage bonus increased from 20% to 25%.

Developer Comment: It can be hard for Maiev to outmaneuver her opponents late in the game, so we're excited to see what Maiev players will do with an extra charge of Vault of the Wardens. This is also the first time we're adding new functionality through a level unlock rather than converting a baseline quest or popular talent, so we're interested in your feedback. Additionally, Containment Disc has fallen quite a bit behind Warden's Cage at all levels of play, so we're adding a Silence to further isolate targets and to interrupt big moments.


Ranged

Kael'thas

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health increased from 1520 to 1595.
    • Health regeneration increased from 3.17 to 3.32.
  • Gravity Lapse [E]
    • Cooldown reduced from 14 to 12 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Energy Roil [E]
      • Cooldown reduction for hitting and enemy Heroes reduced from 9 to 8 seconds.
    • Mana Tap [Trait]
      • Mana restore from activating Verdant Spheres increased from 4% to 5%.
  • Level 10
    • Phoenix [R1]
      • Damage increased from 78 to 84.
      • Splash damage increased from 39 to 42.

Developer Comment: It's been a hot-minute since we showed our resident fire mage some love, so we are making a few baseline changes to increase his survivability, as well as tweak a couple of underperforming talents.


Kel'Thuzad

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health increased from 1445 to 1490.
    • Health regeneration increased from 3.01 to 3.10.
  • Glacial Spike [1]
    • Damage increased from 60 to 70.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Ice Cold [1]
      • Bonus cooldown reduction increased from 8 to 10 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Icy Grasp [W]
      • Bonus cooldown reduction per Basic Attack increased from .5 to .75 seconds.

Developer Comment: Much akin to Kael'thas, we feel like Kel'Thuzad has been left out in the cold for too long. We are giving him some slight baseline buffs while also tuning up some underperforming talents.


Nazeebo

Base
  • Plague of Toads [E]
    • Damage over 6 seconds increased from 119 to 125.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Widowmakers [Q]
      • Slow amount decreased from 30% to 25%.
      • Slow duration decreased from 1.5 to 1 second.
      • Quest reward bonus damage decreased from 30% to 25%.
    • Pandemic [E]
      • Heroes needed to be hit to unlock Tier 1 quest reward decreased from 40 to 35.
      • Heroes needed to be hit to unlock Tier 2 quest reward decreased from 80 to 70.
  • Level 4
    • Blood Ritual [Trait]
      • Bonus Voodoo Ritual stacks per takedown decreased from 5 to 3.
  • Level 13
    • Guardian Toads [E]
      • Armor duration per Hero hit increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Spider Colony [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction for Plague of Toads and Zombie Wall reduced from .25 to .125 seconds.

Developer Comment: The entire team has become extremely arachnophobic lately, and we believe its directly due to Nazeebo. We are trying to exterminate a few of the unholy critters while at the same time show his less bite-happy toads some love.


Valla

Base
  • Multishot [W]
    • Damage decreased from 165 to 159.
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 13 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Puncturing Arrow [Q]
      • Damage per enemy Hero hit decreased from 7 to 6.
    • Creed of the Hunter [Trait]
      • Maximum bonus damage from Basic Attacking enemy Heroes increased from 5% to 6%.
      • Gambit Attack Speed increased from 20 to 25%.

Developer Comment: While Multishot is actually being slightly outperformed by Hungering Arrow builds, we feel like its still too powerful for how safe of an option it is. We would also like to see a bit more auto-attack focused builds so we are going to start slowly increasing the strength of some of those Talents, starting with Creed of the Hunter.


Zagara

Base
  • Vitals
    • Health increased from 1500 to 1550.
    • Health regeneration increased from 3.12 to 3.23.

Talents
  • Level 20
    • Broodmother [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Gain 20% bonus Attack Speed.

Developer Comment: The previous Health changes hurt Zagara more than we had intended and are backing off of them a bit. On top of that, Broodmother was being heavily outshone by her other level 20s so we decided to add a bit of extra spice to it.


Bug Fixes

Heroes
  • E.T.C.
    • Rockstar talents apply to E.T.C. after casting Stage Dive.
by Published on 2021-08-20 05:50 PM

Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - August 20, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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


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Heroes

Tank

Stitches

Base
  • Health reduced from 3060 to 3020.
  • Health regeneration reduced from 6.38 to 6.29.
  • Shambling Horror [D]
    • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Tenderizer [Passive]
      • Slow amount reduced from 25% to 20%.
      • Slow duration reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Pulverize [W]
      • Slow reduced from 80% to 70%.
      • Armor reduction duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.

Developer Comment: We’re overall happy with Stitches’ position, but his stickiness is overshadowing why players pick other Tanks.


Bruiser

Leoric

Base
  • Skeletal Swing [Q]
    • Additional functionality: Skeletal Swing deals an additional 75% damage to Minions.
  • Wrath of the Bone King [Trait]
    • Third Basic Attack damage bonus increased from 100% to 125%.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Kneel, Peasants! [Q]
      • Changed functionality: Skeletal Swing deals an additional 75% damage to Mercenaries and Monsters, and they activate Skeletal Swing’s cost and cooldown refund.

Developer Comment: Being the King brings many duties, and being the Skeleton King is no different. Leoric players are often expected to fill a wave clearing role that is dependent on the current Kneel, Peasants! to succeed. We're bringing much of its benefit baseline, and trying something a little weird with Kneel, Peasants! Let us know if you consider it treasonous.


Healer

Deckard

Base
  • Healing Potion [Q]
    • Medium range flight time reduced from .4375 to .375 seconds.
    • Far range flight time reduced from .6125 to .5 seconds.
    • Heal amount increased from 270 to 285.
  • Horadric Cube [W]
    • Slow duration increased from 1.75 to 2 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Scroll of Identify [E]
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: Hitting a Hero with Scroll of Sealing permanently increases its damage by 2.
        • Reward: Hitting 15 Heroes causes Scroll of Sealing to reveal and reduce the Armor of Heroes by 10 for 4 seconds.
        • Reward: Hitting 30 Heroes increases the amount of Armor reduction against Heroes to 15 and its duration to 6 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • Potion of Shielding [Q]
      • Shield increased from 122 to 140.
    • Rejuvenation Potion [Q]
      • Healing increased from 108 over 4 seconds to 114 over 3 seconds.
      • Mana restoration increased from 10 to 15.
  • Level 10
    • Lorenado [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Deals 20 damage to Heroes hit.
  • Level 13
    • Super Healing Potion [Q]
      • Healing bonus reduced from 120 to 100%.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passive: Potions heal for 25% more against Heroes under 50% health.
    • Potion of Revival [Q]
      • Area healing increased from 50 to 75%.
    • Ancient Blessings [Trait]
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 45 seconds.

Developer Comment: Deckard's healing related talents have been underperforming lately, so we're hitting their numbers as well as cutting down some of the travel time on his potions. Scroll of Identify is also getting a blast of ~*spice*~, because why not.


Lt. Morales

Base
  • Health increased from 1515 to 1560.
  • Health regeneration increased from 3.16 to 3.25.
  • Healing Beam [Q]
    • Energy regeneration per interval increased from 2.5 to 3.
  • Safeguard [W]
    • Armor increased from 30 to 35.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Trauma Trigger [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Vanadium Plating [W]
      • Armor reduced from 25 to 20.

Developer Comment: When we shuffle a Hero's talents, we often reduce their base power so we can make their talents more exciting. In Lt. Morales' case, we've found we don't have to pay as high a price as we expected.


Melee

Qhira

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Fatal Wounds [W]
      • Quest requirement reduced from 200 to 150 Hero hits.
  • Level 4
    • Ensnaring Swing [E]
      • Primary target Slow increased from 40% to 60%.
  • Level 13
    • Pulsing Pain [E]
      • Damage increased from 115 to 135.
  • Level 16
    • Lingering Ailment [E]
      • Armor reduction increased from 15 to 25.

    • Swing Life Away [E]
      • Spell Armor increased from 50 to 60.
      • Spell Armor duration increased from 2.5 to 5 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Utility Belt [E]
      • Cooldown reduced from 5 to 2 seconds.

Developer Comment: Many of Qhira's Revolving Swing talents have never really captured the attention of Qhira players, as they often leave Qhira spinning out. We're giving these buffs a whirl to see how they play out.


Ranged

Hanzo

Base
  • Health increased from 1323 to 1375.
  • Health regeneration increased from 2.75 to 2.86.
  • Natural Agility [D]
    • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • The Dragon Hungers [Q]
      • Duration increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
    • Sharpened Arrowheads [Passive]
      • Armor reduction per stack increased from 2 to 3.
      • Maximum Armor reduction remains 20.
  • Level 10
    • Dragonstrike [R1]
      • Center damage bonus increased from 50% to 75%.

Developer Comment: Hanzo has slowly become a less reliable choice for most players, so we're increasing his health and adding some quality of life changes.


Lunara

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Hippity Hop [Z]
      • Cooldown reduced from 4 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Choking Pollen [Q]
      • Damage against enemies with 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin increased from 150% to 200%.
    • Wild Vigor [W]
      • Damage bonus increased from 50% to 70%.
  • Level 10
    • Thornwood Vine [R1]
      • Damage increased from 176 to 184.
  • Level 13
    • Abolish Magic [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds.

Developer Comment: Lunara has been doing some weeding, and now some of her lesser picked talents have begun to bloom.


Nazeebo

Base
  • Corpse Spiders [Q]
    • Cooldown decreased from 9 to 8 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Widowmakers [Q]
      • New functionality:
        • Enemies hit by Corpse Spiders’ jar are Slowed by 30% for 1.5 seconds.
        • Reward: After attacking Heroes 100 times, Corpse Spiders deal 30% more damage and last for an additional second.
    • Pandemic [E]
      • Additional functionality: After Hitting 80 Heroes with Plague of Toads, it reduces the damage Heroes deal by 5%, stacking up to 25%.
  • Level 4
    • Blood Ritual [Trait]
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passive: Takedowns grant 5 stacks of Voodoo Ritual.
  • Level 7
    • Spirit of Arachyr [Q]
      • New functionality:
        • Corpse Spiders spawns an additional spider.
        • If Corpse Spiders’ jar hits only one target, spawn an additional spider.
  • Level 13
    • Guardian Toads [E]
      • Stack duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds.
      • Max duration increased from 4 to 6 seconds.
    • Superstition [Passive]
      • Additional functionality: Heroic Basic Attacks that cancel the Spell Armor effect spawn a Corpse Spider to attack the Hero.
  • Level 16
    • Spider Colony [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Corpse Spider Attacks against Heroes also reduce the cooldown of Corpse Spiders by .125 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Humongoid [R1]
      • Additional functionality: Gargantuan Stomps’ area is increased by 25% and its Slow amount is increased to 50%.
    • Annihilating Spirit [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Heroes hit by Ravenous Spirit have their healing received reduced by 50% for 1 second.
    • Fury of the Storm [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Bad Medicine [Active]
      • Consume 5 Stacks of Voodoo Ritual to become Unstoppable, gain 20% Movement Speed, and 50 Armor for 2 seconds. 30 second cooldown.

Developer Comment: It's been a hot minute since we touched the Naz man. We like that he's a late-game PvE powerhouse, but we feel there's room for him to have more PvP impact early on. We're adjusting both his Spider and Toad builds to have more of a unique identity and to make them a little more consistent. We're also dumping a pile of jungle spices on his 20s to make them more competitive with the ever-popular Vile Infection.


Valla

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Arsenal [W]
      • Damage reduced from 120 to 100.
  • Level 7
    • Hot Pursuit [Trait]
      • Movement Speed per stack of Hatred reduced from 2.5% to 2%.
  • Level 13
    • Gloom [Active]
      • Healing per second reduced from 2.5 to 1.25.
      • Healing per second now scales with level.
      • Passive Spell Armor reduced from 20 to 15.
  • Level 20
    • Death Siphon [R1]
      • Removed functionality: Penetrating bolts no longer heals Valla for their damage dealt.

Developer Comment: Valla’s damage is nearing close to where we’d like it to be – but her safety while doing so is a bit high.


Zagara

Base
  • Health reduced from 1575 to 1500.
  • Health regeneration reduced from 3.82 to 3.12.
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 85 to 83.
  • Baneling Barrage [Q]
    • Mana cost increased from 10 to 15.
    • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4.
    • Damage reduced from 86 to 80.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Volatile Acid [Q]
      • Removed functionality: No longer increases Baneling Barrage’s damage.
  • Level 7
    • Baneling Massacre [Q]
      • Changed functionality: Gain two additional charges of Baneling Barrage, but increase its cooldown by 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Pack Instinct [W]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 20%.
      • Duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.

Developer Comment: In contrast to our usual ethos, Zagara is seeing her talents pay the price for an increase in power in her base ability. While the immediate effect is Zagara has less impactful Baneling talents, we feel that Baneling Barrage is a more interesting ability than from where we started, and we have more room for future changes.


Bug Fixes

Heroes
  • Valla
    • Gloom's healing per second updates to Hatred stacks when the talent is first chosen.
    • Tempered by Discipline's bonus healing updates to Hatred stacks when the talent is first chosen.
    • Death Dealer's damage bonus updated to reflect its tooltip.
    • Death Dealer now refunds Vault's mana and cooldown when Spell damage kills the target.
    • Caltrops ignore Invulnerable enemies
by Published on 2021-07-20 06:53 PM

Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - July 20, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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


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Heroes Rework: Morales

Base
  • Health reduced from 1545 to 1515.
  • Healing Beam [Q]
    • Energy Regeneration interval reduced from 1 to .5 seconds.
    • Energy Regenerated per interval reduced from 6 to 2.5.
    • Additional functionality: Healing Beam UI now displays the portrait and name of Heroic targets while active.
  • Safeguard [W]
    • Armor reduced from 35 to 30.
  • Stim Drone [R1]
    • Cooldown reduced from 90 to 70 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Life Support [Q]
      • New functionality: For the first 2 seconds of Energy Regeneration, regenerate 100% more Energy.
      • Passive: Increase your Maximum Energy by 10.
    • Clear! [E]
      • Additional functionality: Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade restore 3 Energy.
  • Level 4
    • Cellular Reactor [Active]
      • Healing duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
      • Healing amount reduced from 40 to 30% maximum Health.
      • Cooldown reduced from 45 to 20 seconds.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passive: Regenerate 2 Energy each time Safeguard reduces damage, up to 10 per cast.
    • Trauma Trigger [Passive]
      • Cooldown increased from 20 to 40 seconds.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passive: Increase Caduceus Reactor’s healing from 2 to 4% maximum Health.
    • Blast Shield [E]
      • New functionality: Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade are slowed by 50% for 1 second after being knocked back and grant Lt. Morales a Shield equal to 6% of her maximum Health, stacking up to 5 times.
  • Level 10
    • Medivac Dropship [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Grants the Reinforcements ability, allowing Lt. Morales to call down a Medivac Dropship at the Hall of Storms that allies can enter for 10 seconds to travel to your original cast location.
      • Cooldowns reduced from 60 to 45 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • System Shock [E]
      • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
    • Second Opinion [E]
      • Moved to level 20.
    • (New) Bedside Manner [E]
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes deal 1% of maximum Health as damage. Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade take 6% of maximum Health as damage from Lt. Morales’ next Basic Attack.
  • Level 16
    • Extended Care [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Channeling Healing Beam on a Hero for at least 3 seconds will heal them for 50% of Healing Beam’s base value for 3 seconds once channeling ends.
    • First Responder [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Also grants Lt. Morales and her Healing Beam target 15% increased movement Speed while active.
    • Shield Sequencer [W]
      • Additional functionality: Increases the range of Safeguard by 60%
  • Level 20
    • Hyperactivity [R1]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 45 to 35 seconds.
    • Safe Zone [R2]
      • Protected duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
      • Additional functionality: Reduces the cooldown of Medivac Dropship abilities by 15 seconds.
    • Reinforcements [Active]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Hospice Care [W]
      • Safeguard grants its target Unkillable for 1 second. If the target is under 50% maximum Health when this effect ends, they are healed for 8% of their maximum Health.

Developer Comment: While Lt. Morales has been performing well at all levels of play, we felt her talents options could use a little spice. We also thought it was appropriate to bake in the old "Reinforcements" talent from level 20 into the Medivac Dropship Heroic. This should give Morales a little more flexibility in shuttling her allies around earlier in the game.


Heroes

Tank

Blaze

Base
  • Flame Stream [Q]
    • Damage reduced from 83 to 76.
  • Pyromania [D]
    • Flame Stream cooldown reduction reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Oil Dispersal [W]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 1 to .75 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Collision Course [E]
      • Damaged reduced from 325 to 275.

Developer Comment: Blaze has been successful in making a big splash, but his damage is helping his team secure kills more frequently than we would like.


Muradin

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Perfect Storm [Q]
      • Storm Bolt damage bonus per Heroic Basic Attack increased from 0.5 to 0.75.
  • Level 4
    • Sledgehammer [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Increase Storm Bolt's cooldown reduction from Basic Attacks by 0.5 seconds.

Developer Comment: We’re happy with how Muradin is playing with his level unlock, so we’re keeping it, and polishing up Perfect Storm and Sledgehammer.


Bruiser

Artanis

Base
  • Twin Blades [W]
    • Charge range increased from 3 to 3.5.
  • Phase Prism [E]
    • Cast time increased from .0625 seconds to .25 seconds.
    • New functionality:
      • Artanis no longer has to channel while the Phase Prism missile is active.
      • Artanis gains Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds after swapping with an enemy Hero.
  • Purifier Beam [R2]
    • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 70 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 80 to 65.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Reactive Parry [W]
      • New functionality: Hitting enemy Heroes with Twin Blades or Blade Dash grants a charge of Block for 50 Physical Armor. Stacks up to 2 times.
  • Level 4
    • Shield Battery [Trait]
      • New functionality:
        • Shield Overload’s cooldown recharges 125% faster while active.
        • Passive: Reduce Shield Overload’s cooldown by 4 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Follow Through [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Final Cut [Passive]
      • After using an Ability, your next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% more damage. When under 25% health, this bonus is increased to 60%.
  • Level 16
    • Blades of a Templar [Passive]
      • Attack speed bonus reduced from 30% to 20%.
  • Level 20
    • Zealot Charge [W]
      • Distance bonus amount reduced from 100% to 75%.

Developer Comment: Artanis has long struggled to get value out of his swaps when facing heavy CC teams and this has a large impact on his viability, especially in higher levels of play. We're giving him a brief window of unstoppability after swapping with Phase Prism, as well as improving the general usability of the ability. We're also giving him a teensy bit more range on his Twin Blades charge. All of these changes combined should help Artanis feel a bit more impactful and safe in team fights.


Dehaka

Base
  • Basic Attack
    • Attacks per second increased from 1.11 to 1.25.
  • Burrow [E]
    • Additional functionality: Dehaka can move at 50% Movement Speed during Burrow.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Lurker Strain [E]
      • Additional functionality: Deal 125 damage to enemies hit by Burrow.
    • One-Who-Collects [Trait]
      • Additional functionality: Dark Swarm deals 40% more damage to Mercenaries.
  • Level 7
    • Feeding Frenzy [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 2 to 1.75 seconds.
      • Additional functionality: Increases the duration of Drag by .5 seconds.
    • Paralyzing Enzymes [Q]
      • New functionality: Passive: Drag Slows enemies by 40% for 2 seconds after it ends.
      • Gambit: When Drag ends deal an additional 280 damage to the target over 2 seconds. Each death reduces this damage by 40, up to 5 times.
  • Level 13
    • Ferocious Stalker [W]
      • Damage bonus increased from 50% to 60%.
  • Level 16
    • Tunneling Claws [E]
      • New functionality: Increase Movement Speed during Burrow to 125%
    • Pack Leader [Z]
      • Additional functionality: Gain 15% increased Attack Speed while in a bush and for 5 seconds after.

Developer Comment: Much essence left to collect. Must collect faster.


Healer

Kharazim

Talents
  • Level 20
    • (New) Fists of Legend [Trait]
      • Gain 50% of the benefit from both level 1 talents that were not chosen.

Developer Comment: Kharazim has Transcended past the desire for Insight… because he has Iron Fists. Or something like that.


Lucio

Talents
  • Level 10
    • High Five [R2]
      • Ally healing reduced from 250 to 230.
  • Level 13
    • Slip [Z]
      • Changed functionality: While Wall Ride is active passing near an enemy Hero increases its Movement Speed bonus to 40%, and grants 15 Armor, for 1 second.
  • Level 20
    • Mixing Fire [R2]
      • Removed functionality: Casting High Five on an enemy Hero no longer heals or grants Unstoppable to Lucio.

Developer Comment: Lucio continues to be a powerful force at high level play. We’re again targeting his survivability when played in this style to allow his opponents more room to punish him. We generally don’t prefer to remove functionality, so we will be keeping an eye on Mixing Fire to see if it needs an injection of fun in coming patches.


Stukov

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Fetid Touch [W]
      • Additional functionality: Ranged attacks and Melee attacks are now toggleable with an active.

Developer Comment: We greatly appreciate and agree on the feedback of us combining Spine Launcher with Fetid Touch last patch. To give player’s back control, we have made the Talent grant the ability to toggle between both ranged or melee attack modes.


Tyrande

Base
  • Sentinel [W]
    • Additional functionality: If an enemy Hero dies while revealed by Sentinel, reset its cooldown.
  • Hunter’s Mark [D]
    • Additional functionality: Tyrande’s Basic Attacks heal for 2% of her maximum Health, doubled against Marked targets.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Trueshot Aura [Active]
      • Passive bonus Attack Damage increased from 15% to 30%.
      • Activation aura Attack Damage increased from 25% to 30%.
  • Level 4
    • Mark of Mending [D]
      • New functionality: Basic Attacks against Marked targets Heal all nearby allied Heroes for 4% of their maximum Health.
  • Level 13
    • Ranger’s Mark [D]
      • Cooldown reduction of Hunter’s Mark per Basic Attack from 1 to 2 seconds.
      • Cooldown reduction of Lunar Flare from Basic Attacks against Marked targets from 3 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Darnassian Archery [Passive]
      • Stacking bonus damage from 10% to 12%.

Developer Comment: We love Tyrande’s Healing niche in the Nexus but wanted to give her a couple of spicy baseline updates, as well as tune-up a few of her under-performing Talents.


Ranged

Azmodan

Base
  • Demonic Invasion [R1]
    • Cooldown increased from 90 to 100 seconds.
    • Demon Grunt explosion damage reduced from 97.5 to 88.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Hellforged Armor [W]
      • Armor bonus reduced from 25 to 20.

Developer Comment: *bonking motions with the nerf bat*


Cassia

Base
  • Blinding Light [W]
    • Blinded damage bonus reduced from 20% to 15%.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Thunderstroke [Q]
      • Initial damage bonus reduced from 25 to 15.
  • Level 7
    • Seraph's Hymn [W]
      • Additional Blinded damage bonus increased from 10% to 15%.
    • Surge of Light [D]
      • Damage reduced from 240 to 220.

Developer Comment: We like the role Cassia is filling as an almost Bruiser style Ranged Assassin, but she’s doing so with too much burst damage.


Falstad

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Gathering Storm [Q]
      • Damage bonus per stack increased from 0.4% to 0.5%.
      • Additional functionality: After hitting 30 Heroes with Hammerang, increase its damage by 15%.
    • Dishonorable Discharge [W]
      • Additional functionality: At 30% damage bonus, reduce Lightning Rod's cooldown by an additional 2 seconds.
    • Frequent Flyer [Active]
      • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Secret Weapon [Q]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 90% to 75%.
    • BOOMerang [Q]
      • Damage bonus increased from 75% to 100%.

Developer Comment: Falstad’s Basic Attack talents have become a dominant playstyle, so we’re rebalancing his early talents. While we’re not bringing Dishonorable Discharge’s cooldown reset earlier, we feel this compromise still helps the old bird without overly frustrating his foes.


Jaina

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Frost Shards [Q]
      • Frost Bolt pierce increased from one to two additional targets.
  • Level 7
    • Ice Lance [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds.
    • Ice Floes [E]
      • Changed functionality: Cone of Cold hitting an enemy Hero reduces its cooldown by 2 seconds, doubled if they are chilled, up to a maximum of 8 seconds per cast.
  • Level 10
    • Ring of Frost [R1]
      • Cooldown reduced from 80 seconds to 70 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Northern Exposure [W]
      • Armor reduction increased from 20 to 25.
    • Cold Snap [R1]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 10 to 15 seconds.

Developer Comment: Jaina’s talents have started to freeze in place, so we’re hoping this gets them moving around.


Zagara

Base
  • Basic Attack
    • Attack range increased from 5.5 to 6.6.
  • Creep Tumor [D]
    • Removed functionality: No longer increases Zagara's attack range.
    • Move Speed bonus for Zagara's summons increased from 20% to 30%.
  • Baneling Barrage [Q]
    • Charges reduced from 4 to 2.
    • Cast time increased from .0625 to .125 seconds.
    • Additionality functionality: Launches two Banelings per cast.
  • Infested Drop [E]
    • Roachling Basic Attack damage increased from 27 to 30.

Talents
  • Level 16
    • Jagged Barbs [D]
      • Attack damage bonus increased from 40% to 50%.
  • Level 20
    • Fury of the Storm [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Broodmother [Q]
      • Every 3rd Basic Attack also launches a Baneling towards the target.
    • (New) Pack Instincts [W]
      • Zagara and her summons deal 25% more damage to enemies attacked by a Hunter Killer in the last 3 seconds.

Developer Comment: Zagara’s abilities have always had higher than normal variance in their effectiveness. We think the increased Movement Speed, and larger barrage, will leave her in a more reliable spot. We’re also adding some level 20s that play into her Zerg style.


Bug Fixes

Heroes
  • Kharazim
    • Insight grants its full cooldown reduction to Radiant Dash.

  • Johanna
    • Shield Glare's damage now scales with level.

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