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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.
by Published on 2021-06-15 06:45 PM

Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - June 15, 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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General
  • Loan Talents have been renamed to Gambit Talents.


Heroes

Tank

Blaze

Base
  • Flame Stream [Q]
    • Additionality functionality: Hitting an enemy with both streams of Flame Stream deals 120 damage. This additional hit triggers Flame Stream’s Pyromania cooldown reduction.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • New Habits [D]
      • Pyromania cooldown reduction from Regeneration Globes reduced from 8 to 6 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Crossfire [Q]
      • Removed.
    • Suppressive Fire [Q]
      • Moved from Level 13.
    • Nanomachine Coating [W]
      • Moved from Level 13.
    • Fuel Leak [E]
      • Moved from Level 13.
  • Level 13
    • Grill and Kill [W]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • Changed functionality: Ignited Oil Spill damage bonus now granted instantly.
      • Ignited Oil Spill damage bonus increased from 35% to 45%.
      • Hero hits for quest completion reduced from 60 to 30.
      • Quest Reward Ignite duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds.
    • Adhesive Petroleum [W]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • Additional functionality: Enemies standing in Oil Spill when its Ignited take 35% more Basic Attack damage from Blaze for 3 seconds.
    • (New) Collision Course [E]
      • Jet Propulsion deals an additional 325 damage to its collision target.

Developer Comment: Crossfire has always been a wildly popular talent, so we’re bringing it baseline. With this early addition of damage, we’re comfortable pushing back his damage talent tier and swapping it with his impactful tanking talents.


Garrosh

Base
  • Into the Fray [Active]
    • Moved from Level 7.
    • Armor reduced from 25 to 20.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Intimidation [Q]
      • Attack Speed reduction reduced from 40% to 30%.
    • Oppressor [W]
      • Changed from a Passive talent to a Bloodthirst [W] talent.
      • Spell Power reduction reduced from 40% to 30%.
      • Additional functionality: Bloodthirst also applies the Spell Power reduction.
    • (New) Lok-tar Ogar! [Active]
      • Increase Into the Fray Armor by 20.
      • Into the Fray’s cooldown is reduced by 12 seconds for each enemy Hero hit.

Developer Comment: Into the Fray has become a crucial part of what is expected from Garrosh, so we’re just giving in to the mad Warchief. We’re also mildly lowering the power of his level 7 talents to make up for this addition.


Johanna

Base
  • Iron Skin [D]
    • Shield increased from 674 to 810.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Hold Your Ground [D]
      • Shield percent increase reduced from 60% to 40%.
  • Level 7
    • Sins Exposed [Q]
      • Healing reduction increased from 25% to 35%.
    • Steed Charge [D]
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Falling Sword [R1]
      • Damage Increased from 150 to 225.
  • Level 13
    • Holy Fury [Passive]
      • Periodic damage increased from 12 to 15.

Developer Comment: Hold Your Ground’s talent tier has some competitive options, but it still feels more necessary than we’d like. We’re baking in some of its benefit, and those who love the talent will still have its current power - Hold Your Ground’s shield is increasing from 1078.4 to 1134. Johanna has landed fairly well, so we’re also lightly helping some of her weaker talents.


Muradin

Base
  • Storm Bolt [Q]
    • Adjusted functionality: No longer has a baseline Quest. Upon reaching level 10, Storm Bolt pierces an additional target. Basic Attacks reduce the Cooldown of Storm Bolt by 1 second and restore 3 Mana.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Perfect Storm [Q]
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase Storm Bolt’s damage by .5.
        • Quest: If an enemy Hero is killed within 3 seconds of being hit by a Storm Bolt, increase Storm Bolt’s damage by 10.

Developer Comment: We have never been really happy with Storm Bolt having a baseline quest as it causes players to play sub-optimally during the early portions of the game while stacking. Instead of removing the power of it, we have decided to automatically unlock its functionality when Muradin hits level 10. Alongside this change, we also took the opportunity to redesign Perfect Storm to reward both aggression and the proper use of Storm Bolt.


Stitches

Base
  • Vile Gas [D]
    • Duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Hungry For More [Passive]
      • Maximum Health bonus reduced from 30 to 25.
  • Level 4
    • Playtime! [W]
      • Slam Inner Area cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds.
    • Vile Cleaver [D]
      • Additional functionality: Slam applies Vile Gas to all targets hit.
    • Tenderizer [Passive]
      • Healing reduced from 2% to 1.75%.
  • Level 7
    • Serrated Edge [Q]
      • Hook cooldown reduction reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
    • Putrefaction [Trait]
      • Healing reduction increased from 30% to 40%.
      • Vile Gas healing increased from 60% to 75%.
  • Level 13
    • Meat Hook [Q]
      • Healing per second reduced from 5% to 4%.
      • Duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
    • Chop Chop [Q/Trait]
      • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
      • Attack Speed bonus reduced from 50% to 40%.
      • Additional functionality: Basic Attacks against Heroes refresh the duration.
  • Level 16
    • Digestive Juices [E]
      • Devour cooldown reduction reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
      • Damage reduction duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Hungry Hungry Stitches [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Heroes are Slowed by 75% for 1 second after Gorge ends.
    • Master Hooker [Q]
      • Hook cooldown reduction reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
      • Healing reduction reduced from 100% to 75%.

Developer Comment: Stitches is successfully lumbering his way through the Nexus in his own way – with a massive health pool and lots of healing. We think a small reduction on both ends will be healthy without tripping him up. We’re also reducing his Hook cooldown reduction on both Serrated Edge and Master Hooker, so Stitches will have to work harder to play with his food.


Bruiser

Imperius

Base
  • Basic Attack
    • Damage increased from 122 to 126.
  • Solarion’s Fire [W]
    • Damage increased from 100 to 110.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Battle Hunger [Trait]
      • Bonus healing increased from 70% to 80%.
  • Level 7
    • Blaze of Glory [W]
      • Damage increased from 150 to 185.
    • Holy Fervor [Active]
      • Additional functionality: Casting Molten Armor grants Holy Fervor for 2 Basic Attacks.
  • Level 20
    • Unrelenting Descend [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Descending from the Heavens restores Imperius for 30% of his maximum Health and Mana.

Developer Comment: Flash of Anger has overshadowed Imperius’ other level 7 talents for a while, as it was the premier option for both AoE damage and survivability. With buffs to both Blaze of Glory and Holy Fervor, along with a sizable increase in base power, we hope to see more Imperius action.


Healer

Anduin

Base
  • Pursued By Grace [D]
    • Healing increased from 26 to 32.
  • Flash Heal [Q]
    • Mana cost reduced from 25 to 20.
    • Healing increased from 270 to 280.
  • Chastise [E]
    • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 9 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Evenhanded Blessings [Q]
      • Healing bonus increased from 10 to 15%.
    • Lightwell [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 75 seconds.
      • Individual healing cooldown reduced from 1 to .875 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • Surge of Light [E]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .5 to .75 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Binding Heal [Q]
      • Healing increased from 115 to 135.
    • Desperate Prayer [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 35 seconds.
      • Healing increased from 360 to 375.
  • Level 16
    • Renew [Q]
      • Healing per second increased from 26 to 30.
      • Duration increased from 5 to 6 seconds.
    • (New) Inner Focus [Active]
      • New functionality:
        • Activate to reset the cooldown of Flash Heal and its next cast heals for 25% more.
        • Damaging enemy Heroes reduces this cooldown by 1 second.
        • 20 second cooldown.

Developer Comment: Anduin is performing a little lower than we’d like, so we’re buffing his base power as well as his under picked talents. Players have asked for Inner Focus, so we’re returning it with a slightly different flavor – please let us know how this feels to play with.


Brightwing

Base
  • Soothing Mist [D]
    • Healing increased from 105 to 115.
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 90 seconds.
  • Phase Shift [Z]
    • Cooldown reduced from 50 to 40 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Hyper Shift [Z]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 1.5 to 1 second.
  • Level 7
    • Peekaboo! [Z]
      • Shield duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.
    • Critical Mist [D]
      • Heal bonus increased from 100% to 140%.
  • Level 13
    • Pixie Boost [E]
      • Initial Move Speed bonus increased from 40% to 50%.
  • Level 20
    • Intensive Winds [R2]
      • Changed functionality: No longer increases Emerald Winds’ Mana cost.
    • Faerie Protector [Active]
      • Additional functionality: [Passive] - Pixie Dust always bounces back and applies to Brightwing.
    • Speedy Dragon [Passive]
      • Additional functionality: Reduce Phase Shift’s cast time to 1 second.

Developer Comment: We’d prefer a Brightwing that isn’t as dependent on Hyper Shift, so we’re reducing its cooldown reduction alongside Phase Shift’s base cooldown. While we’re here we’re sprucing up Brightwing’s level 20 talents, so Brightwing is ready for some new friends!


Stukov

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Fetid Touch [W]
      • Additional functionality: Basic Attacks become ranged and Slow enemies by 15% for 1.5 seconds but deal 50% less damage.
    • Reactive Ballistospores [Active]
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Activate: Instantly spread a Weighted Pustule to all nearby enemy Heroes (60 Second cooldown).
        • Passive: While below 50% maximum Health, Bio Kill-Switch cooldown refreshes 150% faster.
    • Low Blow [E]
      • Additional functionality: Lurking Arm persists for an additional 1 second after it is cancelled.
    • Spine Launcher [Passive]
      • Removed.
  • Level 4
    • Biotic Armor [Q]
      • Physical Armor from activating Bio-Kill Switch from 75 to 50.
  • Level 7
    • Targeted Excision [D]
      • Activating Bio Kill-Switch while exactly 1 enemy Hero is affected by Weighted Pustule now sets your Bio Kill-Switch to 8 seconds instead of 5.
  • Level 13
    • Lingering Spines [E]
      • Removed.
    • Virulent Reaction [D]
      • Root duration from 2 to 1.5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Stukov had a couple of fun talents that were being overshadowed by stronger and/or more synergistic ones. We didn't want to lose their flavor, so we baked their current functionality into existing talents that were in need of a little love themselves.


Ranged Assassin

Orphea

Talents
  • Level 1
    • En Pointe [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Hitting Heroes with the end of Shadow Waltz grants an additional 1 Chaos.
    • Growing Nightmare [E]
      • Changed functionality: Initial damage bonus changed from Dread’s eruption to both Dread's wave and eruption.
      • Initial damage bonus increased from 40% to 50%.
      • Quest reward damage bonus increased from 25% to 50%.
  • Level 20
    • Monster Within [R1]
      • Additional functionality: Cooldown reduction continues for 5 seconds after Eternal Feast ends.
    • Engulfing Oblivion [R2]
      • Armor reduction increased from 25 to 50.
    • Final Toccata [Active]
      • Duration reduced from 6 to 5 seconds.
      • Additional functionality: Dashing increases Final Toccata’s duration by 1 second.

Developer Comment: Orphea players have correctly recognized the power of both Ancestral Strength (level 1) and Eldritch Conduit (level 20). Therefore, we’re buffing their competitors and seeing what happens.


Raynor

Base
  • Basic Attack
    • Damage increased from 92 to 98.
  • Penetrating Round [Q]
    • Damage increased from 190 to 205.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Ace in the Hole [Trait]
      • Talent changed from [Q] to [Trait].
      • Changed functionality: Damage bonus now affects all Raynor’s damage.
      • Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 10%.
  • Level 20
    • Execute Orders [Passive]
      • Execute Orders is no longer able to be picked in ARAM games.

Developer Comment: Jimmy ain’t fought his last battle yet. We’re returning Ace in the Hole to its original functionality, mostly in response to player sentiment, but also to open up a Basic Attack build that isn’t Gambit dependent. As always, thanks for your feedback! We have decided to remove Execute Orders from ARAMs, as we think even a less powerful version is still not healthy for the game mode.


Valla

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Puncturing Arrow [Q]
      • Damage bonus per initial Hero hit increased from 6 to 7.
    • Fire At Will [W]
      • Damage bonus per Hero hit decreased from 4 to 2.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Quest: After hitting 20 Heroes, gain 40 additional Multishot damage.

Developer Comment: Valla is still settling into her place in the Nexus, but it’s been clear that her Multishot is hitting too hard. We’re heavily reducing Fire At Will’s ability to scale, while giving it an early push of damage.


Bug Fixes

Heroes
  • Anduin
    • Renew's effect is no longer lost by dying.
    • Moral Compass's range bonus is no longer lost by dying.
  • Johanna
    • Falling Sword no longer impacts enemy Heroes twice.
  • Lúcio
    • Mixing Fire's cooldown reduction has been updated to match its tooltip.
  • Malfurion
    • Serenity no longer increases Tranquility's duration.
    • Serenity's tooltip has been updated to match its increased healing.
  • Ragnaros
    • Meteor Bomb's bonus damage is no longer lost by dying.
by Published on 2021-05-18 06:55 PM

Heroes of the Storm Live Patch Notes - May 18, 2021


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Our next Heroes of the Storm patch is live! Read on for more information.

NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between PTR and Live notes.


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General

Experience Globes
  • Experience Globes will no longer time out after 6 seconds. Instead, they will shrink and become worth 25% of their original value for an additional 39 seconds.

Developer Comment: We are continuously looking for gameplay changes that make the game more fun while also educating the player base. This change does both - giving teams that missed the crucial 6 second timing window a chance for partial redemption while, at the same time, showing players where they are missing valuable experience via lane soaking. The team has been enjoying how this plays internally and are eager to hear your feedback.


Search Term Update

Developer Comment: We are constantly looking for ways of improving the player experience. This update should help players in Storm League find whom they are looking for. Common terms across the MOBA Genre have been added to many heroes allowing players to search for things like Double Soak, Sustain, Escape, Camps, Burst, Mage, Stun, CC, etc. Please give the ones listed a try and others you may think of. You may find it comes up with something you expect. Remember that if you need an alphabetical return you will need to have the Alphabetical flag turned on.


Battlegrounds
  • Added Warhead Junction to Ranked Play.
  • Removed Volskaya from Ranked Play.


Heroes Rework: Anduin

Base
  • Basic Attack
    • Attack speed increased by 20%.
  • Flash Heal [Q]
    • Cooldown increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
  • Divine Star [W]
    • Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds.
  • Leap of Faith [Trait]
    • New Passive Functionality - Pursued By Grace
      • Basic Attacks against Heroes heal the lowest Health ally near Anduin for 26.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Evenhanded Blessings [Q]
      • Moved from level 16.
      • Healing bonus reduced from 20 to 10%.
      • Cooldown bonus reduced from 50% to 40%.
    • Power Word: Shield [W]
      • Moved from level 7.
      • Additional Functionality: While travelling outwards, allies in the path of Divine Star gain a shield absorbing 128 damage over 4 seconds.
    • Lightwell [Active]
      • Moved from level 16.
      • Healing amount reduced from 75 to 50.
      • Charges increased from 10 to 15.
  • Level 4
    • Moral Compass [W]
      • No longer has a maximum number of targets for the apex Basic Attacks.
      • Basic Attack Damage increased from 70 to 100%.
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Basic Attack range by 1.1.
    • (New) Surge of Light [E]
      • Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Chastise by .5 seconds. Basic attacks against Heroes rooted by Chastise launch an additional Basic Attack and restore 25 Mana.
    • (New) Piercing Light [E]
      • Chastise pierces to hit an additional target.
      • Quest: Hitting two Heroes with a single Chastise permanently increases Spell Power by 1, to a maximum of 10.
  • Level 7
    • Desperate Prayer [Active]
      • Moved from level 20.
      • Cooldown increased from 30 to 40 seconds.
      • Heal amount reduced from 530 to 360.
  • Level 13
    • Push Forward! [Trait]
      • New Functionality: Damaging an enemy Hero increases your Movement Speed by 2.5% and the amount healed by Pursued By Grace [Trait] by 5% for 6 seconds. Stacks up to 8 times.
  • Level 16
    • Inner Focus [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Renew [Q]
      • Moved from level 1.
      • New Functionality: Flash Heal heals for an additional 130 over 5 seconds. The duration of this heal is refreshed each time Anduin hits an enemy Hero with a Basic Attack.
    • Holy Nova [W]
      • Damage increased from 105 to 150.
    • Glyph of Faith [Trait]
      • Moved from level 20.
  • Level 20
    • (New) Inner Fire [R2]
      • The target of Light Bomb gains 40% movement speed and 50 Armor for 3 seconds.
    • (New) Censure [E]
      • Chastise stuns for .75 seconds and its Root duration is increased by .5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Anduin has a wealth of effective talents, but most of them were stuck in the later talent tiers. We'd like to shake that up and let him have some fun earlier in the game.


Heroes Rework: Johanna

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

Developer Comment: It’s been a while since we really dove deep into Johanna’s Talent Tree and her incoming cosplay skin gave us a good chance to do just that. On top of that, we are experimenting with a new Loan style Talent type and would love to hear your guys’ feedback on them!


Heroes Rework: Raynor

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

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

Developer Comment: While Jimmy had a pretty large overhaul a while back, we definitely had some more room to make things more interesting and fun. We wanted to make sure that he was still pretty straight forward to play, but we wanted to inject more fun into his Talent Tree, especially his Level 20’s.


Heroes Rework: Stitches

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Patchwork Creation [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Gain 3 Armor for each enemy afflicted by Vile Gas, doubled while Shambling Horror is active. This effect stacks up to 8 times.
        • Passive: Gain 15% increased healing received.
    • Savor the Flavor [E]
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Hitting a Hero with Devour increases Stitches’ health regeneration by 1.5 and the damage of Vile Gas by 2%, stacking up to 100 times.
    • Hungry for More [Passive]
      • New Functionality:
        • Passive: Gain 5% Movement Speed.
        • Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Stitches’ maximum health by 30.
        • Reward: Every 20 Regeneration Globes gathered increases Stiches’ Movement Speed by an additional 5%.
  • Level 4
    • Playtime! [W]
      • New Functionality: Basic attacks reduce the cooldown of Slam by .75 seconds and restore 5 Mana. Hitting Heroes with the inner area of Slam reduces its cooldown by 1 second.
    • Tenderizer [Passive]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality: Basic Attacks against Heroes Slow by 25% for 2.5 seconds and restore 2% of Stitches’ Maximum Health.
    • (New) Vile Cleaver [Trait]
      • Basic Attacks against targets afflicted with Vile Gas deal 35% more damage and spread Vile Gas to nearby enemies.
  • Level 7
    • Cannibalize [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • Serrated Edge [Q]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • Cooldown reduction bonus increased from 3 to 5.
      • Additional Functionality: Hitting an Enemy Hero with Hook also restores 35 Mana.
    • Second Helping [E]
      • Moved from Level 20.
      • New Functionality:
        • Devour gains an additional charge with a 6 second cooldown between uses.
        • Loan: If Stitches is at max Health after using Devour he gains a shield equal to 15% of his maximum health for 10 seconds. Every death, reduce this shield amount by 3%.
    • (New) Putrefaction [Trait]
      • While Shambling Horror is active Vile Gas reduces healing received by 30%.
      • Passive: Vile Gas heals for 60% of the damage it deals.
  • Level 13
    • Fishing Hook [Q]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Under Pressure [W/Trait]
      • Increase Slam’s damage by 25.
      • Quest: Every 6 times Vile Gas deals damage to a Hero, permanently increase the damage of Slam by 1, to a maximum of 75 additional damage.
    • Chop Chop [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality: Hitting a Hero with Hook or activating Shambling Horror grants 50% increased Attack Speed for 5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Lacerate [W]
      • Removed.
    • Pulverize [W]
      • Moved from level 13.
      • Additional Functionality: Heroes hit by Slam have their Armor reduced by 10 for 4 seconds.
    • Digestive Juices [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Deals an additional 140 damage over 5 seconds.
    • Gas Flare [Passive]
      • Renamed to ‘Flare Up’.
      • Additional Functionality: Activating Shambling Horror also grants the 150% damage bonus.
      • Bonus damage duration reduced from 8 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Potent Bile [R1]
      • Removed.
    • Shambling Horror [Active]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Gift From The Embalmer [R1]
      • Putrid Bile deals 100% more damage to Heroes.
      • Quest: Each time Putrid Bile deals damage to an enemy Hero, Stitches’ next death timer is reduced by 2%, to maximum of 80% total reduction. Stacks of this bonus are lost on death.
    • (New) Master Hooker [Q]
      • Reduce the cooldown of Hook by 5 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit by Hook receive 100% less healing for 2 seconds. Allied Heroes hit by Hook are Unkillable for 2 seconds.
    • (New) Gas Bag [Trait]
      • Activating Shambling Horror grants you Unstoppable for 3 seconds.
      • Passive: Reduce Shambling Horror’s cooldown by 20 seconds.

Developer Comment: Our favorite large lad is back and hungrier than ever! We're giving our best beefy boi a new baseline ability called Shambling Horror that should help him saunter in and out of combat a bit more consistently. This ability, combined with a plethora of new and reworked talents, should make his immediate presence more dangerous. We've also decided to bake in the benefits of the old Fishing Hook talent at level 13. This talent was simply too fun and effective to the point where it became impossible to design reasonable alternatives. We hope the totality of these changes will breathe new un-life into a Hero that has fallen out of favor over the years.


Heroes Rework: Valla

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Caltrops [E]
      • Removed.
    • Puncturing Arrow [Q]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality:
        • Increase the bounces of Hungering Arrow by 1.
        • Quest: Hitting enemy Heroes the initial shot of Hungering Arrow permanently increases the initial shot damage by 6 and refunds 40 Mana.
    • (New) Fire At Will [W]
      • Every enemy Hero hit by Multishot grants 2 Hatred.
      • Quest: Enemy Heroes hit by Multishot permanently increase its damage by 4.
    • Creed of the Hunter [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality:
        • Loan: Gain 20% increased Attack Speed. Every death reduces this bonus by 5%.
        • Quest: Every 50 Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes, increase your damage per Hatred stack by 1%, up to 5%.
  • Level 4
    • Repeating Arrow [Q/E]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New Functionality: Vault no longer has a Mana cost. Vaulting instantly refreshes the cooldown of Hungering Arrow.
    • Arsenal [W]
      • New Functionality: Increase the range of Multishot by 20%. It launches 3 grenades that deal bonus damage and restore 25 Mana when hitting enemy Heroes.
    • Death Dealer [E]
      • Added Functionality: Lower the cooldown of Vault by 5 seconds. Increase the damage bonus of Vault from 50 to 150%. If the target dies within 1.5 seconds, refund 50 Mana and refresh the cooldown on Vault.
  • Level 7
    • Monster Hunter [Q]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • No longer reduces the Mana cost of Hungering Arrow.
    • Frost Shot [Q/W]
      • Moved from Level 16.
      • New Functionality: Enemies hit by Multishot are Slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds. Hungering Arrow deals 25% more damage to Slowed enemies.
    • Hot Pursuit [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New Functionality: Increase the Movement Speed bonus per Hatred stack to 2.5%.
  • Level 13
    • Siphoning Arrow [Q]
      • Renamed to ‘Siphoning Arrows’.
      • New Functionality:
        • Every Hero hit by Hungering Arrow heals Valla for 4% of her maximum Health.
        • Every Hero hit by Multishot heals Valla for 2% of her maximum Health.
    • Tempered By Discipline [Trait]
      • New Functionality: Basic Attacks heal for 10% of damage dealt. Increase this by an additional 2% for each stack of Hatred.

    • Gloom [Active]
      • Additional Functionality: Heal for 2.5 Health per second for each stack of Hatred.
  • Level 16
    • Punishment [W]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • New Functionality: While at max Hatred Multishot’s cooldown refreshes 50% faster.
    • Seething Hatred
      • New Functionality: While at max Hatred, all damage you deal is increased by 10%.
  • Level 20
    • Death Siphon [R1]
      • New Functionality:
        • Hitting an enemy Hero with Strafe increases its duration by .125 seconds.
        • Passive: While Strafing, throw out piercing bolts that deal 34 damage and heal for 25% of their damage dealt.
    • Storm of Vengeance [R2]
      • New Functionality:
        • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Rain of Vengeance by 5 seconds.
        • Passive: Every stack of Hatred grants 2% Attack Speed. When at max Hatred, gain an additional 30% Attack Speed.
    • Farflight Quiver [Trait]
      • New Functionality: Gain 20% Basic Attack range. At max Hatred, increase this by an additional 30%.
    • (New) Acrobat [E]
      • Gain 2 additional charges of Vault. Vaulting drops 3 Caltrops.

Developer Comment: Our resident Demon Hunter has one of the most diverse Talent Trees in the game, so our main goal with these changes were to inject some new cross-synergies and brighten up the design of some of her blander talents. As with the other reworks, we are testing a new Loan Talent, so please send us your feedback on them!


Heroes

Mei

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Ice Storm [W]
      • Periodic damage reduced from 45 to 42.
    • Heat Transfer [Passive]
      • Heal amount reduced from 18 to 16.5.
  • Level 4
    • Cold Front [E]
      • Passive cooldown reduction reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Ice Wall [R2]
      • Cooldown increased from 50 to 60 seconds.

Developer Comment: Mei is still slightly overperforming at all levels of play, so she gets a boop from the nerf stick.


D.Va

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Full Metal [Trait]
      • Fusion Cannons healing reduced from 20% to 16%.
    • Liquid Cooling [Active]
      • Healing Fountain duration bonus increased from 25% to 35%.
  • Level 4
    • Rush-down [Q]
      • Damage bonus to non-Heroic enemies reduced from 70% to 50%.
    • Aggression Matrix [W]
      • Reduced Healing received increased from 30% to 35%.
  • Level 7
    • Fusion Generator [W]
      • Fusion Cannons bonus increased from 75% to 100%.
  • Level 10
    • Micro Missiles [R2]
      • Slow reduced from 35% to 30%.
  • Level 13
    • Target Locked [W]
      • Duration required reduced from 1.25 seconds to 1 second.
  • Level 20
    • Stop and Pop [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Bunny Hop duration increased by 4 seconds.

Developer Comment: D.Va’s Mech is still slightly more powerful than we’d like, and it’s giving D.Va the edge over other Heroes before considering her capabilities with Self-Destruct and Pilot mode. She also has some talents with some suffering pick rates that we hope are now more attractive.


Hogger

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • On The Prowl [Active]
      • Healing per second reduced from 9 to 8.
  • Level 4
    • Brute Force [Q/D]
      • Loot Hoard range bonus increased from 15 to 20%.
      • Maximum damage bonus increased from 125 to 150.
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Loot Hoard’s damage by 50%.
    • Aggro Range [E]
      • Radius bonus decreased from 25% to 20%.
  • Level 13
    • Pummel [E]
      • Spell Power reduction duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • No Control [Active]
      • Duration decay rate increased by 50%.

Developer Comment: Hogger is inching closer towards what we feel is a healthy state of balance, but the PvE efficacy that Hogg Wild offers is still keeping him above many other Bruisers. We think increasing the baseline damage and re-focusing the Rage bonuses towards PvP only will help in this regard.


Sonya

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Furious Blow [W]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 40%.
  • Level 4
    • Shattered Ground [W]
      • Changed Functionality: Increase Seismic Slam's splash damage by 250%. Targeting a Hero with Seismic Slam further increases its splash damage by 250%, while targeting other enemies instead increases the length of Seismic Slam's splash by 66%.
  • Level 16
    • Giant Slammer [W]
      • Healing from damage dealt reduced from 100% to 60%.

Developer Comment: Sonya has been overperforming, so she is getting a sizable decrease in strength. We're trying something a little different with Shattered Ground by separating its existing benefits based on its target, and we hope this change is more interesting than simply numerically reducing its bonus.


The Lost Vikings

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

Talents
  • Level 4
    • It's a Sabotage! [Passive]
      • Damage over time duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds.
      • Damage per second increased from 50 to 75.
  • Level 7
    • Norse Force! [Q]
      • Base Shield increased from 130 to 140.
      • Additional Shield for each Viking alive increased from 65 to 84.
  • Level 10
    • Longboat Raid! [R2]
      • Damage per second increased from 112 to 128.
  • Level 16
    • Impatience Is a Virtue [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .25 seconds to .31 seconds.
    • 64 KB Marathon [Z]
      • Changed Functionality: Bonus Movement Speed no longer decays over its duration.
  • Level 20
    • Ragnarok 'n' Roll! [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Longboat Raid by 30 seconds.

Developer Comment: Previously, The Lost Vikings had received a significant buff to their base stats to assist in their adjustment to experience globes. The Lost Viking players have since adapted wonderfully, so we're halving the impact of that buff, while assisting a few weaker talents.


Lucio

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Party Mix [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Play Crossfade tracks to nearby allies.
        • Reward: Every minute played increases Lucio’s Maximum Mana by 2%. After 8 Minutes of total play time, increase the range of Crossfade by 20%.
  • Level 7
    • Boombox [Active]
      • Cast range increased by 100% (5 to 10 grid).
      • Health increased from 350 to 600.
      • Additional Functionality: Allies affected by Boombox gain 5 Armor.
  • Level 10
    • High Five [R2]
      • Self-heal reduced from 125 to 80.
  • Level 13
    • Slip [Z]
      • Armor reduced from 20 to 15.
  • Level 16
    • Up To Eleven [E]
      • New Functionality: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second. While Amp It Up is active, enemy Heroes hit with Soundwave or Push-Off increase it’s duration by an additional .3 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Mixing Fire [R2]
      • Damage dealt reduced from 225 to 160.
      • Cost and cooldown reduction reduced from 50% to 30%.

Developer Comment: Lucio has become a dominant force in the hands of skilled players. We’re happy we’ve been able to make High Five a competitive option, and so we’re simply targeting Lucio’s personal survivability. We’ve yet to get players to play their Boomboxes, but we’ll keep trying.


Uther

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

Talents
  • Level 16
    • Beacon of Light [Q]
      • Self-healing bonus increased from 100% to 125%.
      • Self-healing bonus at low Health increased from 200% to 250%.
    • Tyr's Deliverance [W]
      • Maximum stacks increased from 4 to 7.
  • Level 20
    • Divine Protection [Trait]
      • Additional Functionality: Sets Devotion Armor for both allied Heroes and Uther to 50.

Developer Comment: We don’t dislike Uther being capable of playing a frontline role, but we do believe he’s doing so a little too freely. This should make it a little more expensive for Uther to rush into danger.


Azmodan

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

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Greed [Q]
      • Non-Heroic damage bonus reduced from 20 to 15%.
    • Gluttony [Q]
      • Annihilation earned from Hero hits increased from 3 to 4.
  • Level 7
    • Master of Destruction [E]
      • Annihilation earned from Hero hits reduced from 4 to 2.
  • Level 10
    • Demonic Invasion [R1]
      • Range decreased from 20 to 13.5.
      • Demonic Grunt attack damage reduced from 42 to 39.
  • Level 16
    • Hell Rift [E]
      • Demon Warrior damage bonus reduced from 100 to 75%.
  • Level 20
    • Siegebreaker [R1]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50 to 40%.
    • Pride [Q]
      • Damage bonus increased from 100 to 125.

Developer Comment: Azmodan's PvE-centric talents are proving a little stronger than we'd like for how easy they are to execute on, so we're shaving off a little bit of power across the board and greatly reducing the cast range of Demonic Invasion. We're also normalizing Globe of Annihilation's level scaling since his Q builds are underperforming at most levels of play.


Falstad

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Gathering Storm [Q]
      • Hammerang damage bonus per stack increased from 0.2% to 0.4%.
    • Dishonorable Discharge [W]
      • Lightning Rod cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.
      • Lightning Rod damage bonus per stack decreased from 1% to .75%, maximum bonus remains 75%.
      • Changed Functionality: Takedowns resetting Lightning Rod's cooldown now gained on quest completion.
  • Level 13
    • Thunderstrikes [W]
      • Damage bonus per stack increased from 20% to 25%.
      • Changed Functionality: Thunderstrikes' damage bonus no longer affects other Lightning Rod bonuses.

Developer Comment: Falstad’s last changes have certainly shocked the Nexus, unfortunately in part due to some regrettable bugs. With some tuning to keep him grounded, and a new coat of paint, Falstad is ready for his next flight.


Junkrat

Base
  • Frag Launcher [Q]
    • Damage increased from 118 to 124.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Extra-Wound Timers [Q]
      • Damage bonus increased from 80% to 120%.
  • Level 7
    • Big As [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Steel Trap only hits Heroes.
  • Level 10
    • Rocket Ride [R2]
      • Damage increased from 890 to 935.

Developer Comment: It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Junkrat blow some stuff up. Get at it!


Tassadar

Base
  • Shock Ray [Q]
    • Channel duration reduced from .75 to .6875 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Induction [Q]
      • Changed Functionality: Tassadar gains 10% increased Movement Speed. Casting Shock Ray increases this bonus to 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Beam Alignment [Q]
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 10 to 15.
      • Additional Functionality: While Resonance Beam is fully charged, Shock Ray’s Slow duration is increased to 4 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Shadow Walk [Active]
      • Armor increased from 25 to 35.

Developer Comment: Tassadar's Q build is underperforming at higher levels of play, so we're bumping him up slightly in that regard. The reduction in channel duration doesn’t change how quickly the beam begins to travel, and instead just allows Tassadar to act sooner.


Bug Fixes

Heroes
  • E.T.C.
    • Crowd Surfer no longer causes spells queued after Powerslide to be cast without an animation.
  • Rexxar
    • Casting Misha, Charge! and Misha Focus! at the same time will no longer occasionally cancel the ability.
  • Uther
    • Tyr's Deliverance no longer increases Uther's Holy Light self Healing.

Maps

  • Alterac Pass
    • Mountain Giant Boss Camps will search for enemy Core units in a larger area.
by Published on 2021-05-12 06:31 PM

Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes - May 12, 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 May 17, PDT. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.


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Heroes Rework: Anduin

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

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

Developer Comment: Anduin has a wealth of effective talents, but most of them were stuck in the later talent tiers. We'd like to shake that up and let him have some fun earlier in the game.


Heroes Rework: Johanna

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

Developer Comment: It’s been a while since we really dove deep into Johanna’s Talent Tree and her incoming cosplay skin gave us a good chance to do just that. On top of that, we are experimenting with a new Loan style Talent type and would love to hear your guys’ feedback on them!


Heroes Rework: Raynor

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

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

Developer Comment: While Jimmy had a pretty large overhaul a while back, we definitely had some more room to make things more interesting and fun. We wanted to make sure that he was still pretty straight forward to play, but we wanted to inject more fun into his Talent Tree, especially his Level 20’s.


Heroes Rework: Stitches

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Patchwork Creation [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Gain 3 Armor for each enemy afflicted by Vile Gas, doubled while Shambling Horror is active. This effect stacks up to 8 times.
        • Passive: Gain 15% increased healing received.
    • Savor the Flavor [E]
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Hitting a Hero with Devour increases Stitches’ health regeneration by 1.5 and the damage of Vile Gas by 2%, stacking up to 100 times.
    • Hungry for More [Passive]
      • New Functionality:
        • Passive: Gain 5% Movement Speed.
        • Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Stitches’ maximum health by 30.
        • Reward: Every 20 Regeneration Globes gathered increases Stiches’ Movement Speed by an additional 5%.
  • Level 4
    • Playtime! [W]
      • New Functionality: Basic attacks reduce the cooldown of Slam by .75 seconds and restore 5 Mana. Hitting Heroes with the inner area of Slam reduces its cooldown by 1 second.
    • Tenderizer [Passive]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality: Basic Attacks against Heroes Slow by 25% for 2.5 seconds and restore 2% of Stitches’ Maximum Health.
    • (New) Vile Cleaver [Trait]
      • Basic Attacks against targets afflicted with Vile Gas deal 35% more damage and spread Vile Gas to nearby enemies.
  • Level 7
    • Cannibalize [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • Serrated Edge [Q]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • Cooldown reduction bonus increased from 3 to 5.
      • Additional Functionality: Hitting an Enemy Hero with Hook also restores 35 Mana.
    • Second Helping [E]
      • Moved from Level 20.
      • New Functionality:
        • Devour gains an additional charge with a 6 second cooldown between uses.
        • Loan: If Stitches is at max Heath after using Devour he gains a shield equal to 15% of his maximum health for 10 seconds. Every death, reduce this shield amount by 3%.
    • (New) Putrefaction [Trait]
      • While Shambling Horror is active Vile Gas reduces healing received by 30%.
      • Passive: Vile Gas heals for 60% of the damage it deals.
  • Level 13
    • Fishing Hook [Q]
      • Removed.

    • (New) Under Pressure [W/Trait]
      • Increase Slam’s damage by 25.
      • Quest: Every 6 times Vile Gas deals damage to a Hero, permanently increase the damage of Slam by 1, to a maximum of 75 additional damage.
    • Chop Chop [Trait]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New Functionality: Hitting a Hero with Hook or activating Shambling Horror grants 50% increased Attack Speed for 5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Lacerate [W]
      • Removed.
    • Pulverize [W]
      • Moved from level 13.
      • Additional Functionality: Heroes hit by Slam have their Armor reduced by 10 for 4 seconds.
    • Digestive Juices [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Deals an additional 140 damage over 5 seconds.
    • Gas Flare [Passive]
      • Renamed to ‘Flare Up’.
      • Additional Functionality: Activating Shambling Horror also grants the 150% damage bonus.
      • Bonus damage duration reduced from 8 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Potent Bile [R1]
      • Removed.
    • Shambling Horror [Active]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Gift From The Embalmer [R1]
      • Putrid Bile deals 100% more damage to Heroes.
      • Quest: Each time Putrid Bile deals damage to an enemy Hero, Stitches’ next death timer is reduced by 2%, to maximum of 80% total reduction. Half of this bonus is lost on death.
    • (New) Master Hooker [Q]
      • Reduce the cooldown of Hook by 5 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit by Hook receive 100% less healing for 2 seconds. Allied Heroes hit by Hook are Unkillable for 2 seconds.
    • (New) Gas Bag [Trait]
      • Activating Shambling Horror grants you Unstoppable for 3 seconds.
      • Passive: Reduce Shambling Horror’s cooldown by 20 seconds.

Developer Comment: Our favorite large lad is back and hungrier than ever! We're giving our best beefy boi a new baseline ability called Shambling Horror that should help him saunter in and out of combat a bit more consistently. This ability, combined with a plethora of new and reworked talents, should make his immediate presence more dangerous. We've also decided to bake in the benefits of the old Fishing Hook talent at level 13. This talent was simply too fun and effective to the point where it became impossible to design reasonable alternatives. We hope the totality of these changes will breathe new un-life into a Hero that has fallen out of favor over the years.


Heroes Rework: Valla

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

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

Developer Comment: Our resident Demon Hunter has one of the most diverse Talent Trees in the game, so our main goal with these changes were to inject some new cross-synergies and brighten up the design of some of her blander talents. As with the other reworks, we are testing a new Loan Talent, so please send us your feedback on them!


Heroes

Mei

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Ice Storm [W]
      • Periodic damage reduced from 45 to 42.
    • Heat Transfer [Passive]
      • Heal amount reduced from 18 to 16.5.
  • Level 4
    • Cold Front [E]
      • Passive cooldown reduction reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Ice Wall [R2]
      • Cooldown increased from 50 to 60 seconds.

Developer Comment: Mei is still slightly overperforming at all levels of play, so she gets a boop from the nerf stick.


D.Va

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Full Metal [Trait]
      • Fusion Cannons healing reduced from 20% to 16%.
    • Liquid Cooling [Active]
      • Healing Fountain duration bonus increased from 25% to 35%.
  • Level 4
    • Rush-down [Q]
      • Damage bonus to non-Heroic enemies reduced from 70% to 50%.
    • Aggression Matrix [W]
      • Reduced Healing received increased from 30% to 35%.
  • Level 7
    • Fusion Generator [W]
      • Fusion Cannons bonus increased from 75% to 100%.
  • Level 10
    • Micro Missiles [R2]
      • Slow reduced from 35% to 30%.
  • Level 13
    • Target Locked [W]
      • Duration required reduced from 1.25 seconds to 1 second.
  • Level 20
    • Stop and Pop [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Bunny Hop duration increased by 4 seconds.

Developer Comment: D.Va’s Mech is still slightly more powerful than we’d like, and it’s giving D.Va the edge over other Heroes before considering her capabilities with Self-Destruct and Pilot mode. She also has some talents with some suffering pick rates that we hope are now more attractive.


Hogger

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • On The Prowl [Active]
      • Healing per second reduced from 9 to 8.
  • Level 4
    • Brute Force [Q/D]
      • Loot Hoard range bonus increased from 15 to 20%.
      • Maximum damage bonus increased from 125 to 150.
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Loot Hoard’s damage by 50%.
    • Aggro Range [E]
      • Radius bonus decreased from 25% to 20%.
  • Level 13
    • Pummel [E]
      • Spell Power reduction duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • No Control [Active]
      • Duration decay rate increased by 50%.

Developer Comment: Hogger is inching closer towards what we feel is a healthy state of balance, but the PvE efficacy that Hogg Wild offers is still keeping him above many other Bruisers. We think increasing the baseline damage and re-focusing the Rage bonuses towards PvP only will help in this regard.


Sonya

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Furious Blow [W]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50% to 40%.
  • Level 4
    • Shattered Ground [W]
      • Changed Functionality: Increase Seismic Slam's splash damage by 250%. Targeting a Hero with Seismic Slam further increases its splash damage by 250%, while targeting other enemies instead increases the length of Seismic Slam's splash by 66%.
  • Level 16
    • Giant Slammer [W]
      • Healing from damage dealt reduced from 100% to 60%.

Developer Comment: Sonya has been overperforming, so she is getting a sizable decrease in strength. We're trying something a little different with Shattered Ground by separating its existing benefits based on its target, and we hope this change is more interesting than simply numerically reducing its bonus.


The Lost Vikings

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

Talents
  • Level 4
    • It's a Sabotage! [Passive]
      • Damage over time duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds.
      • Damage per second increased from 50 to 75.
  • Level 7
    • Norse Force! [Q]
      • Base Shield increased from 130 to 140.
      • Additional Shield for each Viking alive increased from 65 to 84.
  • Level 10
    • Longboat Raid! [R2]
      • Damage per second increased from 112 to 128.
  • Level 16
    • Impatience Is a Virtue [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .25 seconds to .31 seconds.
    • 64 KB Marathon [Z]
      • Changed Functionality: Bonus Movement Speed no longer decays over its duration.
  • Level 20
    • Ragnarok 'n' Roll! [R1]
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Longboat Raid by 30 seconds.

Developer Comment: Previously, The Lost Vikings had received a significant buff to their base stats to assist in their adjustment to experience globes. The Lost Viking players have since adapted wonderfully, so we're halving the impact of that buff, while assisting a few weaker talents.


Lucio

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Party Mix [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Quest: Play Crossfade tracks to nearby allies.
        • Reward: Every minute played increases Lucio’s Maximum Mana by 2%. After 8 Minutes of total play time, increase the range of Crossfade by 20%.
  • Level 7
    • Boombox [Active]
      • Cast range increased by 100% (5 to 10 grid).
      • Health increased from 350 to 600.
      • Additional Functionality: Allies affected by Boombox gain 5 Armor.
  • Level 10
    • High Five [R2]
      • Self-heal reduced from 125 to 80.
  • Level 13
    • Slip [Z]
      • Armor reduced from 20 to 15.
  • Level 16
    • Up To Eleven [E]
      • New Functionality: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second. While Amp It Up is active, enemy Heroes hit with Soundwave or Push-Off increase it’s duration by an additional .3 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Mixing Fire [R2]
      • Damage dealt reduced from 225 to 160.
      • Cost and cooldown reduction reduced from 50% to 30%.

Developer Comment: Lucio has become a dominant force in the hands of skilled players. We’re happy we’ve been able to make High Five a competitive option, and so we’re simply targeting Lucio’s personal survivability. We’ve yet to get players to play their Boomboxes, but we’ll keep trying.


Uther

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

Talents
  • Level 16
    • Beacon of Light [Q]
      • Self-healing bonus increased from 100% to 125%.
      • Self-healing bonus at low Health increased from 200% to 250%.
    • Tyr's Deliverance [W]
      • Maximum stacks increased from 4 to 7.
  • Level 20
    • Divine Protection [Trait]
      • Additional Functionality: Sets Devotion Armor for both allied Heroes and Uther to 50.

Developer Comment: We don’t dislike Uther being capable of playing a frontline role, but we do believe he’s doing so a little too freely. This should make it a little more expensive for Uther to rush into danger.


Azmodan

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Greed [Q]
      • Non-Heroic damage bonus reduced from 20 to 15%.
    • Gluttony [Q]
      • Annihilation earned from Hero hits increased from 3 to 4.
  • Level 7
    • Master of Destruction [E]
      • Annihilation earned from Hero hits reduced from 4 to 2.
  • Level 10
    • Demonic Invasion [R1]
      • Range decreased from 20 to 13.5.
      • Demonic Grunt attack damage reduced from 42 to 39.
  • Level 16
    • Hell Rift [E]
      • Demon Warrior damage bonus reduced from 100 to 75%.
  • Level 20
    • Siegebreaker [R1]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50 to 40%.
    • Pride [Q]
      • Damage bonus increased from 100 to 125.

Developer Comment: Azmodan's PvE-centric talents are proving a little stronger than we'd like for how easy they are to execute on, so we're shaving off a little bit of power across the board and greatly reducing the cast range of Demonic Invasion. We're also normalizing Globe of Annihilation's level scaling since his Q builds are underperforming at most levels of play.


Falstad

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

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Gathering Storm [Q]
      • Hammerang damage bonus per stack increased from 0.2% to 0.4%.
    • Dishonorable Discharge [W]
      • Lightning Rod cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.
      • Lightning Rod damage bonus per stack decreased from 1% to .75%, maximum bonus remains 75%.
      • Changed Functionality: Takedowns resetting Lightning Rod's cooldown now gained on quest completion.
  • Level 13
    • Thunderstrikes [W]
      • Damage bonus per stack increased from 20% to 25%.
      • Changed Functionality: Thunderstrikes' damage bonus no longer affects other Lightning Rod bonuses.

Developer Comment: Falstad’s last changes have certainly shocked the Nexus, unfortunately in part due to some regrettable bugs. With some tuning to keep him grounded, and a new coat of paint, Falstad is ready for his next flight.


Junkrat

Base
  • Frag Launcher [Q]
    • Damage increased from 118 to 124.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Extra-Wound Timers [Q]
      • Damage bonus increased from 80% to 120%.
  • Level 7
    • Big As [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Steel Trap only hits Heroes.
  • Level 10
    • Rocket Ride [R2]
      • Damage increased from 890 to 935.

Developer Comment: It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Junkrat blow some stuff up. Get at it!


Tassadar

Base
  • Shock Ray [Q]
    • Channel duration reduced from .75 to .6875 seconds.

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Induction [Q]
      • Changed Functionality: Tassadar gains 10% increased Movement Speed. Casting Shock Ray increases this bonus to 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Beam Alignment [Q]
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 10 to 15.
      • Additional Functionality: While Resonance Beam is fully charged, Shock Ray’s Slow duration is increased to 4 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Shadow Walk [Active]
      • Armor increased from 25 to 35.

Developer Comment: Tassadar's Q build is underperforming at higher levels of play, so we're bumping him up slightly in that regard. The reduction in channel duration doesn’t change how quickly the beam begins to travel, and instead just allows Tassadar to act sooner.


Bug Fixes

Battlegrounds
  • Added Warhead Junction to Ranked Play.
  • Removed Volskaya from Ranked Play.

Heroes
  • E.T.C.
    • Crowd Surfer no longer causes spells queued after Powerslide to be cast without an animation.
  • Rexxar
    • Casting Misha, Charge! and Misha Focus! at the same time will no longer occasionally cancel the ability.
  • Uther
    • Tyr's Deliverance no longer increases Uther's Holy Light self Healing.

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