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by Published on 2019-04-20 06:12 PM

April 20th Teaser
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
by Published on 2019-04-17 09:44 PM

Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - April 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

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

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  • The party size of enemies will no longer be shown during the match loading screen
  • Removed all party-size restrictions during the matchmaking process

Developer Comment: These changes should help address both queue times for certain party sizes while also removing the pre-game bias that forms when facing parties of players that may be larger than your own. In order to ensure fair matches are created, one of the variables used to determine whether a match has an acceptable win probability is the party size. In the event the party sizes across both teams aren’t equal ([5]vs[1-1-1-1-1] for example), other variables will be weighted differently to make sure the match created is balanced. One example of this is that a team of [5] may have a lower MMR vs a team of [1-1-1-1-1] to help balance out the advantage.


Developer Comment: As we promised in the past, we took a look at the overall Mana tension of all the Heroes in the game. We also have some philosophies about Mana that we want to keep going forward. They are:
  • Mana should be a meaningful part of the game, particularly in the early stages when wave clear is at a higher premium. We believe that as the game progresses, Mana tension should become less important as Heroes gain more base Mana and the game’s focus shifts to team fighting.
  • Mana tension doesn’t have to be the same for every Hero, but every Hero should feel it to some degree, otherwise it serves no purpose.
  • We like that some talents heavily mitigate Mana tension.

When we took a look at Mana tension in the game, we saw that, overall, things are in a fairly healthy spot, but could be fine-tuned and improved upon. We like the tension that the heroes who are closer to the middle of the spectrum have, with some examples being Malfurion, Tychus, and E.T.C. Our goal with these changes is to bring the outliers closer to the center. We are open to your feedback going forward if you think that the game needs to be stricter or more lenient in this area, or if you believe there are any outliers that we missed.



  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 85 to 81

  • Impale (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 95 to 90
  • Burrow Charge (E)
    • Damage reduced from 96 to 91

  • Level 1
    • Legion of Beetles (Trait)
      • Spell Armor reduced from 40 to 30
  • Level 10
    • Cocoon (R2)
      • Cooldown increased from 60 to 70 seconds

Developer Comment: Since his last round of changes, Anub'arak has been performing a little too well. We're knocking him down a peg with small nerfs to his overall damage, Legion of Beetles, and Cocoon.


  • Frozen Tempest (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 15 to 13 per second

  • Level 4
    • Frozen Wastes (E)
      • Mana cost reduction reduced from 4 to 2 per second

Developer Comment: For Arthas' Mana tension, we decided to give him some of the benefit for taking Frozen Wastes at Level 4 baseline. We still like that he has relatively high Mana tension that he can reduce by taking Eternal Hunger or Frozen Wastes, but we feel that he is currently too dependent on taking one of these talents, so we are reducing the opportunity cost for going with other options.


  • Fire Stomp (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 30 to 35


  • Groundbreaker (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 30 to 40


  • Slam (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 35 to 40



  • Level 1
    • Enduring Swarm (W)
      • Additional Functionality: Increase the duration of Dark Swarm by .5 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Lurker Strain (E)
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Burrow by 4 seconds
  • Level 10
    • Isolation (R1)
      • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 70
    • Adaptation (R2)
      • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60 seconds
      • Mana cost reduced from 85 to 70
  • Level 13
    • Ferocious Stalker (W)
      • Additional Functionality: Now also causes Dark Swarm to Slow enemy heroes by 15% for .75 seconds while Brushstalker's movement Speed bonus is active
      • Now shows Crit kickers when dealing increased damage

Developer Comment: We took a look at some of Dehaka’s less popular talents and are making some changes that should open up new build paths for everyone’s favorite Primal Zerg.


  • Solarian's Fire (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50
  • Molten Armor (E)
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 75

  • Level 1
    • Consuming Flame (W)
      • Adjusted Functionality: No longer has a quest component; Imperius gains bonus damage and slow to Solarion's Fire when picking the talent
      • Bonus damage reduced from 150 to 125
  • Level 4
    • Bulwark of Flame (W)
      • Physical Armor amount increased from 70 to 75
      • Maximum Charges increased from 4 to 6
    • Unshakable Faith (E)
      • Adjusted Functionality: No longer requires removing a disabling effect in order for Imperius to be healed
      • Healing reduced from 250 to 200
  • Level 7
    • Flash of Anger (Q)
      • Damage increased from 180 to 198
      • Now shows Crit kickers when this damage procs
    • Holy Fervor (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 18 to 25 seconds

Developer Comment: Imperius is performing exactly where we would like him to, with a win rate of exactly 50.0% at high level play. While we love basking in this balance nirvana, Imperius does suffer from some pick rate issues, particularly in his earlier tiers. Rather than only nerfing the talents that are often picked, we are instead looking to buff up the alternatives in hope that they see more play.


  • Level 10
    • Tormented Souls (R1)
      • Additional Functionality: When Tormented Souls is cast and when it expires, reset the cooldown of Wraith Strike

Developer Comment: We promised Tomo00 that we would do this in our last AMA. This is us keeping that promise.

Our reasoning behind this change is that we want to make Tormented Souls more interesting, but due to its ease of use and previous meta-defining power, we are hesitant to give mechanics like more Healing, Armor, or Life Steal that simply add power to the Heroic. Instead, we are giving Malthael the ability to create more options for himself by having more opportunities to move around the battlefield with Wraith Strike.


  • We've adjusted Rexxar's talents to be positioned in the same order as other heroes (ex. Q talents on top, then W, then E)
  • Level 1
    • Easy Prey (Passive)
      • Bonus damage no longer applies to Misha, Charge!
      • Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries increased from 150% to 200%

Developer Comment: An unintended side-effect of buffing the damage of Misha, Charge! to be much more meaningful was its interaction with Easy Prey. We intend Easy Prey to be the better talent when taking Mercenary Camps, while having a smaller effect of buffing Rexxar’s general wave clear. When this talent also becomes the best Wave Clear option, it encroaches too much on Bird of Prey’s design space, so we’re removing that functionality.


  • Parry (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 20 to 30

  • Level 1
    • Lion's Maw (Q)
      • Damage bonus per hit increased from 4 to 5
      • Enemy Heroes hit required for quest completion reduced from 30 to 25
    • High King's Quest (Passive)
      • Damage bonus upon quest completion reduced from 45 to 30

Developer Comment: In addition to bringing Varian’s Mana costs in line, we are slightly increasing the power of Lion’s Maw and reducing the power of High King’s Quest. Currently High King’s Quest is outperforming other options on the tier, and is the go-to talent when going Twin Blades, which we are also seeing perform a little too well at the lower to mid-levels of play.


  • Cursed Strikes (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50

  • Level 4
    • Reaper's Toll (Q)
      • Quest requirement reduced from 20 to 16
      • Additional Functionality: When completed, now also reduces the Mana cost of Spectral Scythe by 20

Developer Comment: In addition to reducing Cursed Strikes Mana cost to more normalize Xul’s Mana usage compared to other Heroes, we are also buffing Reaper’s Toll, which has been underperforming compared to other talents on its tier.


  • Level 1
    • Light of Karabor (Q)
      • Adjusted Functionality: Increase Vindication's radius by 15%. If Vindication hits an enemy Hereo, increase its healing by 40%. If Vindication hits 2 or more enemy Heroes, increase its healing by 80%.
    • Dauntless (Passive)
      • Physical Armor amount increased from 35 to 50
  • Level 10
    • Sacred Ground (R2)
      • Armor amount increased from 40 to 50

Developer Comment: With these changes, we're trying to buff up Yrel’s lesser-picked talents to compete with their counterparts. I’m trying to think of ways to fluff up this dev comment but there’s not much more to say here… so yeah, that’s it!



  • Level 4
    • Biotic Enhancements (W)
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 4 seconds to 2 seconds
    • Overdose (E)
      • Additional Functionality: While Aim Down Sights is active, Sleep Dart now pierces all enemy Heroes
  • Level 7
    • Night Terrors
      • Damage increased from 8% to 10% maximum Health

Developer Comment: While we are very happy with Ana's new direction since her rework, her early level talent diversity is not as great as we would like. We’re improving some of her other options to better compete with Biotic Grenade-focused talents and slightly nerfing the Grenade build, which we’re hoping will open up new ways to play her.

Deckard Cain

  • Healing Potion (Q)
    • Healing amount increased from 255 to 270
  • Horadric Cube (W)
    • Cooldown reduced from 14 seconds to 12 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 35

  • Level 4
    • Ruby (Active)
      • Lesser Healing Potion amount increased from 220 to 250
  • Level 7
    • Cube Mastery (W)
      • Additonal Functionality: Reduce the Mana cost of Scroll of Sealing from 40 to 30

Developer Comment: Despite our recent buffs, Deckard is still underperforming compared to other Heroes. While before we generally targeted his later talents, this time we are targeting his base kit and earlier talents, which should have a greater impact on his performance over the entire game.


  • Level 7
    • Boombox (Active)
      • Health of the Boombox has been increased from 217 to 350
  • Level 10
    • High Five (R2)
      • Mana cost decreased from 50 to 35
  • Level 16
    • Up the Frequency (E)
      • Cooldown reduction per Basic Attack reduced from .45 to .4 seconds
  • Level 20
    • House Party (W)
      • Bonus healing per ally in Crossfade aura reduced from 10% to 8%

Developer Comment: Lúcio’s rework has turned out to be pretty balanced so far. We're seeing both decent win rates and talent pick rates across the gathered data. There were a couple outliers that we have made some small changes to, especially the higher Mana cost of High Five. We will continue to monitor and make additional tweaks as necessary!


  • Level 16
    • Rising Storm (W)
      • New Functionality: Casting Lightning Shield on an ally also casts an untalented version on Rehgar. Every time either Lightning Shield damages an enemy Hero, increase the damage of both Lightning Shields. Stacks up to 15 times.
      • Damage reduced from 15% to 10% per stack

Developer Comment: While we felt that the talent offered some cool gameplay for Rehgar, we removed Lightning Bond in the past due to its ability to make Rehgar incredibly powerful at clearing Minion waves and taking Mercenary Camps at a time in the game where these aspects of a Hero are incredibly powerful. We’re giving him back that power, but introducing it at Level 16, where its primary focus will more often be on improving his team fighting potential.


  • We've adjusted Stukov's Level 1 talents to be positioned in the same order as other heroes (ex. Q talents on top, then W then E)
  • Level 1
    • Reactive Ballistospores (W)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • Cooldown increased from 10 to 15 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Biotic Armor (Q)
      • Armor bonus when detonating Bio-Kill switch increased from 50 to 75
  • Level 10
    • Flailing Swipe (R1)
      • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 80
  • Level 13
    • Poppin' Pustules (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • Damage bonus increased from 100% to 150%

Developer Comment: In order to improve the pick and win rates of Reactive Ballistospores and Poppin’ Pustules, we're switching the talents with one another. This should open up new talent synergy possibilities for Poppin’ Pustules and offer the considerable strength of Reactive Ballistospores earlier in the game. We’re also buffing Biotic Armor to be a fairly significant Physical Armor buff when Bio-Kill Switch is activated, which should make its moment of power feel much more meaningful.


  • Holy Light (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 90 to 80



  • Locust Strain (Trait)
    • Damage increased from 40 to 46
  • Carapace (E)
    • Shield amount reduced from 157 to 150

  • Level 1
    • Reinforced Carapace (E)
      • Bonus Shielding reduced from 40% to 30%
    • Survival Instincts (Trait)
      • Bonus Health increased from 60% to 100%
  • Level 4
    • Prolific Dispersal
      • Additional Functionality: Now also increases the range of Toxic Nest by 30%
  • Level 13
    • Bombard Strain (Trait)
      • Duration bonus increased from 50% to 75%
  • Level 16
    • Volatile Mutation (Heroic)
      • Healing increased from 50% to 75% of the damage dealt

Developer Comment: Abathur has been performing fairly well since his rework. However, his non-Carapace related talents could use some love compared to other options. We're giving Abathur some buffs to play styles that focus more on controlling the map and taking some power out of Carapace to compensate.

Melee Assassin


  • Discord Strike (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 45 to 55

  • Level 1
    • Ruthless Momentum (W)
      • Adjusted Functionality: Reduce the Mana cost of Telekinesis from 30 to 20. Telekinesis' cooldown recharges 100% faster while above 75% health
      • Telekinesis' button will now glow when this cooldown bonus is active
  • Level 13
    • Blade of the Highlord (Trait)
      • Maximum Sadism bonus increased from 30% to 40%

Developer Comment: We’ve gotten feedback from players that they missed the old Quick Mind talent that existed before Alarak’s rework, as it allowed them to use Telekinesis in more creative ways since they felt more free to cast the ability when it was on a shorter cooldown. We agree, and we're using the Ruthless Momentum talent to allow this to happen. Instead of reducing all of Alarak’s cooldowns, we're instead specializing the talent to greatly reduce the cooldown of Telekinesis. This should allow players who pick this talent to reposition themselves, peel for their allies, or fish for initiations on the enemy more often.


  • Butcher's Brand (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 65 to 60
  • Ruthless Onslaught (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 55 to 50


  • Singularity Spike (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 80 to 70

Ranged Assassin


  • Globe of Annihilation (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 70
  • Summon Demon Warrior (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25
  • All Shall Burn (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 30

  • Level 7
    • Art of Chaos (Q)
      • Mana refund increased from 30 to 40

Developer Comment: To promote some build diversity away from Globe of Annihilation, we're moving around some of Azmodan’s Mana costs. We are increasing the Mana cost of Globe of Annihilation, but reducing it from Summon Demon Warrior and All Shall Burn. This should make Azmodan think a little more in the early game about casting optimal Globes to stack properly, while leaving him freer to use his other abilities when necessary. In the later parts of the game, this should also be a buff to other non-Q centric talents like Hell Rift and Sin’s Grasp.


  • Basic Attack damage increased from 73 to 82

  • Sand Blast (Q)
    • Damage increased from 280 to 315
    • Echo damage reduced from 50% to 40% of Chromie's damage
  • Dragon's Breath (W)
    • Damage increased from 195 to 204
    • Coolddown reduced from 15 to 14 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 65
  • Time Trap (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 30 to 20

  • Level 1
    • Deep Breathing (W)
      • Damage bonus increased from 2 (up to 50) to 3 (up to 60)
      • Damage bonus at Quest Complete increased from an additional 50 to 60
    • Timewalker's Pursuit (Active)
      • No longer provides Mana Regeneration at Quest Complete
      • Spell Power bonus increased from 5% to 10%
  • Level 2
    • Andorhal Anomaly (E)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 5 to 8 seconds
    • Chronic Conditions (E)
      • Slow increased from 25% to 30%
  • Level 8
    • Slowing Sands (R1)
      • Mana cost reduced from 4 to 3 per second
  • Level 11
    • Gnome Speed Ahead (Q)
      • No longer increases Mana Regeneration
    • Here and There (Active)
      • Range increased from 9 to 11
      • Range from which you can teleport to an Echo increased from 3 to 4
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25
  • Level 14
    • Shifting Sands (Q)
      • Spell Power bonus per enemy hit reduced from 8% to 5%
      • Spell Power bonus maximum increased from 40% to 50%
      • Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
    • Fast Forward (Q)
      • Cooldown of Sand Blast reduced from .75 to .5 seconds
      • Range required to hit Sand Blast reduced from 70% to 50%
    • Quantum Overdrive (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 30 to 45 seconds
      • Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
      • Hitting an enemy Hero with Sand Blast reduces Quantum Overdrive's cooldown by 3 seconds
  • Level 18
    • Unravelling (R1)
      • Spell Armor reduction increased from 2 to 5 per 0.25 seconds (maximum is still -30)
    • Stuck in a Loop (R2)
      • Now also increases recharge rate from 500% to 700%
    • Blessing of the Bronze (Active)
      • Is now an activatable Talent with a 90 second cooldown
      • Now lasts 8 seconds
      • Basic Ability recharge rate increased from 30% to 35%
      • Movement Speed increased from 10% to 20%

Developer Comment: We’re pretty happy with how Chromie’s rework is playing, though there is a small amount of space to buff her up overall (even with the understanding that her winrate will go up as players get used to her new playstyle). We’re trying to give a small buff to her base kit, while also balancing out a few of the Talent tiers. In particular, we’re changing Blessing of the Bronze to be an activated ability, so that opponents have greater counterplay. Chromie (and the community) saw this one coming, so we were ready to pull the trigger quickly on this change.


  • Swipe (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25


  • Storm Bow (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 15 to 20
  • Scatter Arrow (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 40 to 50


  • Aether Walker (E)
    • Adjusted Functionality: Now removes the Mana cost of Teleport

Developer Comment: How about now?


  • Crippling Spores (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 40 to 50


  • Penetrating Round (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 65
  • Inspire (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 40 to 50

Sgt. Hammer

  • Spider Mines (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 45 to 50
  • Concussive Blast (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 80
  • Neosteel Plating (E)
    • Mana cost increased from 30 to 60


  • Level 4
    • Possession (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 8 to 12 seconds

Developer Comment: Possession provides Sylvanas a significant swing in pushing power while also outperforming other talents in its tier. To bring both of these in line, we're increasing its cooldown so that she has to think more about when she wants to use its effect.


  • Greivous Throw (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40

Bug Fixes
  • The AI now has a better understanding of when to attack and when to defend Immortals on Battlefield of Eternity
  • Garrosh is no longer able to throw Hanamura Temple's Payload
  • Chromie can no longer use Here and There to get outside of a Battleground's playable area
  • The Caldeum Complex event now displays the correct time remaining in the Quest Panel
  • Cyberpunk skin tints now properly display with the Spring Event icon in the Collection
  • Viewing replays generated between March 26's and April 17's patches has been disabled to prevent client crashes
by Published on 2019-04-04 05:29 PM

Heroes Developer AMA: Art & Design - April 4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Greetings, Heroes!

We’re going to host an Art & Design AMA right here on /r/heroesofthestorm on Thursday, April 4! The Heroes devs will join the thread and answer your questions starting around 10:00 a.m. PST (7:00 p.m. CEST) until 12:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. CEST).

We have the following developers on hand answering questions:

When posting multiple AMA questions: Please make an effort to post one question per comment. This will make it easier for others to read through the thread, and will help the devs focus on one question at a time. However, please feel free comment as many times as you'd like in order to get your questions posted.
by Published on 2019-03-26 05:24 PM

Heroes of the Storm Live Patch Notes - March 26, 2019

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with Hero reworks, a brand new event, bug fixes, and more! Read on for details.

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

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  • The cap on maximum negative Armor has been increased from -25 to -75, now that different Armor effects no longer stack.

Developer Comment: The negative Armor cap was originally instituted as a safety precaution so that stacking long term negative Armor effects wouldn’t lead to degenerate gameplay. We don’t anticipate many effects to go beyond -25, but there are a few cases where this can happen (including the new Unraveling Talent on Chromie and Sgt. Hammer’s Shrapnel Mines).

  • Hero Roles Update
    • Updated roles include: Tank, Bruiser, Support, Healer, Melee Assassin, and Ranged Assassin.
    • For more information, please review our blog here.
  • Loot chests are no longer available for Gem purchase.
  • Rare loot chests are now available for Gold purchase (3000 each).
  • Some of the A.I. improvements we had planned for last patch ended up having an adverse effect on overall quality, and various changes were made to address this.
    • Shared A.I. behavior has been reverted in some cases and simplified in others.
    • Fixed multiple cases where A.I. controlled Heroes would not respond to player pings.
    • Fixed a certain A.I. behavior based on the current game state.
    • We will address more A.I. issues in future patches, and please continue to give us constructive feedback on A.I. behavior!
  • All current Daily Quests are now mapped to the new Role Expansion system.
    • Warrior Daily Quest is converted to Tank & Bruiser Daily Quest.
    • Assassin Daily Quest is converted to Melee & Ranged Assassin Daily Quest.
    • Support Daily Quest is converted to Healer & Support Daily Quest.
    • Specialist Daily Quest is removed. Players who have had it active prior to the patch will have the quest reward (300 Gold) added on logging in.

New Event

  • Caldeum Complex

    Welcome to the Caldeum Acropolis, 2103 AD. A city bought and sold a hundred times over, now giant Mega Corporations hold more sway in the ever-shifting politics of the world than governments. Down on the rain slicked streets, humans, mutants, machines and synthetics all struggle to find their place in the light of the neon glow beneath the towering monuments to capitalism lording over them.

    With such oppression, the common people often turn to a life of crime. The leader of one of the largest gangs, the Azure Dragons, goes by the nickname, Chromie. Both a hacker and an anti-corporate street artist, many have said her work has an almost prophetic quality, as if she sees through time itself. The corporate media would have you believe she uses her gang of hackers to illegally ensure her prophecies become true, but lately her work has turned dark, as if she’s seen a cataclysmic force on the horizon…

    Recently, the Dragons have found an ally in the Onyx Turtles. While it’s rare to see the gangs working together, as the noose of systemic oppression has grown tighter, those in the underbelly of the mega-city have had to find new ways to survive. Kharazim and his Turtles are a harder sort of stock than most, with many known gladiators and street fighters serving in the ranks. This new alliance has provided the Azure Dragons a strong defense against threats in the physical world.

    High above, the Jigoku Cybernetics Corporation, a primary manufacturer of mechanical augmentations, has become a target of both groups. In the mean streets, human enhancement has become one of the few options left to move the playing field more into the favor of those willing to bend the law. But their efforts have not gone unnoticed, and any who would dare to impugn the honor of Jigoku find themselves in the sights of the CyberOni, Jigoku’s elite agents: merciless killers at the beck and call of their bureaucratic masters.

  • Caldeum Complex Quest Chain
    • Make Contact with the Dragons
      • Capture 8 Mercenary camps in winning games.
      • Reward: Azure Dragons Spray and 3 Day Boost
    • Meet the Azure Prophet
      • Win 2 games as a Melee or Ranged Assassin.
      • Reward: Azure Dragon Chromie Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest.
    • Earn the Turtles’ Trust
      • Contribute 25,000 XP in winning games.
      • Reward: Onyx Turtles Spray and 250 Gold.
    • Spar with Kharazim
      • Win 2 Games as Healer or Support.
      • Reward: Onyx Turtle Kharazim Portrait and Cyberpunk Phrases Pack.
    • Join the Tigers’ Hunt
      • Kill 150 Minions in winning games.
      • Reward: Ivory Tigers Spray and 250 Gold.
    • Prove Your Valor to Johanna
      • Win 2 games as Tank or Bruiser.
      • Reward: Ivory Tiger Johanna Portrait and a Caldeum Complex Loot Chest.
    • Take Down the CyberOni Butcher
      • Achieve 50 takedowns in winning games.
      • Reward: Jigoku Cybernetics Spray and Jigoku Cybernetics Butcher Portrait.
    • Raid Jigoku Cybernetics Research Facility
      • Destroy 10 Forts or Keeps in winning games.
      • Reward: Jigoku Cyber Oni Warboar and 500 Gold.

  • Caldeum Complex Loot Chests
    Starting the week of March 26, all Loot chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gold will be Caldeum Complex Loot Chests. These loot chests guarantee at least one item from the Caldeum Complex or previous years’ Lunar New Year Spring events. Carve out your place among the infamous gangs and score yourself some sweet loot before the streets calm on April 30!

    Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become Caldeum Complex Loot Chests.

Storm League

  • Hero League and Team League have been merged into a single ranked queue: Storm League.
  • Players must have 16 or more Heroes available and account level 50 or above to queue for Storm League.
  • Additional Details
    • Players can choose their preferred roles in the Ranked menu, so other team members can understand their play style.
    • Players can see party members’ win count under their rank badges on the Storm League queue screen.
    • The starting Matchmaking Rating (MMR) in Storm League will be seeded from the player's last known Hero League or Team League MMR (whichever is greater). The resulting value will then be clamped within a certain range to reel-in outliers.
    • Players will be prevented from queuing up in Storm League as a party together if their rank difference is more than 2 leagues apart.
      • There is a tooltip available to indicate this.
      • Exception: For players in a party of 5, any member outside the party’s League spread maximum will not be counted toward matchmaking requirements.
      • Exception: Players who have not yet placed are able to play with anyone.
    • Leaderboards have been updated to reflect Storm League.


We have recently revamped hero roles. For more information on this, check out our blog here.



  • Crossfade (W)
    • Healing decreased from 16 to 15 per second.
    • Movement Speed aura reduced from 20% to 10%.
  • Amp It Up (E)
    • Healing Boost heal reduced from 114 to 112 per second.
    • Speed Boost Movement Speed reduced from 45% to 30%.
  • Wall Ride (Z)
    • Moved from (Trait) to (Z).
  • Skate Mode (Z)
    • Removed.
  • New Trait: Push Off
    • While Wall Ride is active, you can jump off the wall, dealing 100 damage and slowing all enemies hit by 75% for 1 second.

  • Level 1
    • Maximum Tempo (E)
      • Removed.
    • Party Mix (E)
      • Moved from Level 7.
    • New Talent: Smooth Moves (Z)
      • Increase Wall Ride duration by 1 second; while Wall Ride is active, your Basic Attacks heal Lúcio for 30% of their damage and restore 0.5 Mana.
  • Level 4
    • Chase the Base (Q)
      • Removed.
    • Subwoofer (Q)
      • Additional functionality
        • Close enemies are knocked back 75% further.
        • Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the same Soundwave.
        • Reward: Increase Soundwave arc by 50% and range by 20%.
    • New Talent: Supersonic (Trait)
      • Push Off recharges 100% faster while you have the Wall Ride buff.
  • Level 7
    • Sonic Amplifier (W)
      • Removed.
    • Reverse Amp (W)
      • Moved from Level 10.
      • New functionality
        • While Amp It Up is active, Healing Boost deals 50 damage a second and Speed Boost slows by 20% to enemies in the aura.
    • New Talent: Good Vibrations (Q)
      • Every enemy hit with Soundwave grants Lúcio a 35-point Shield for 7 seconds; this value is tripled for enemy Heroes hit.
  • Level 10
    • New Heroic: High Five (R)
      • Activate: Quickly skate towards target allied Hero, healing them for 250 and granting Unstoppable for 1 second (15 second cooldown per allied Hero).
  • Level 13
    • Beat Mixing (W)
      • Removed.
    • Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Back in the Mix (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Hard Style (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • Slip (Z)
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New functionality
        • While Wall Ride is active you gain 20 Armor and if you pass through an enemy Hero, you gain 40% Movement Speed for 1 second.
    • New Talent: All Together (W)
      • Each allied Hero in your Crossfade aura grants 5% base Movement Speed (this bonus stacks with other Movement Speed buffs).
    • New Talent: Heavy Casters (Trait)
      • Push Off no longer Slows but instead Stuns enemies for 0.5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Bring It Together (E)
      • Removed.
    • Up the Frequency (E)
      • No longer reduces Mana Cost.
      • Additional functionality
        • While Wall-Riding, increase your Basic Attack range by 40%; Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Amp It Up by .45 seconds.
    • New Talent: Up to Eleven (E)
      • Activate: Increase the duration of your active Amp It Up by 2 seconds (60 second cooldown).
  • Level 20
    • Synaesthesia Auditiva (E)
      • Removed.
    • Bonus Track (E)
      • Removed.
    • Nonstop Remix (R)
      • Removed.
    • New Heroic Mastery: Mixing Fire (R)
      • You can now High Five enemy Heroes, damaging them for 225 and reducing all healing done to them by 50% for 3 seconds.
      • Passive: Increase the duration of Amp It Up by 1 second.
    • New Talent: House Party (W)
      • All of your healing is increased by 10% for each allied Hero in your aura.
    • New Talent: Summer Anthem (W)
      • Activate: Other allies in your Crossfade aura cannot be reduced below 1 Health for 1.5 seconds (75 second cooldown).

Developer Comment: Lúcio’s rework is unlocking some new ways to help your allies and further harass your enemies! His old Trait, Wall Ride, is still completely functional but has been moved to his Mount (Z). The replacement Trait, Push Off, is a new utility Ability that gives Lúcio more mobility with a built-in way to peel enemies for his allies. That is just the beginning, though, as Lúcio has also gained a new Heroic Ability—High Five. This Ability allows him a small bit of burst healing to help compete with Sound Barrier while also granting an on-demand Unstoppable buff to allies that may have bitten off more than they can chew. If you were a big fan of Reverse Amp, no need to worry, it stays on his kit in the form of a talent and has similar functionality! In response to the added power, we are slowing him down a little so he is not quite as frustrating to lock down.

Ranged Assassin


  • Sand Blast (Q)
    • Now hits all enemy types, though stops travel after one hit.
    • Deals 50% damage to Structures.
    • Baseline quest has been removed.
    • Casting a Sand Blast now spawns an Echo that replicates Chromie’s Sand Blasts and Basic Attacks, dealing 50% damage; Maximum of one Echo active at a time.
    • Damage reduced from 315 to 280.
    • Cooldown increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds.
    • Cast time reduced from .8125 to .5 seconds.
    • Initial missile speed has been reduced, but acceleration has been added.
      • The time the missile takes to travel its full distance has been increased from .4375 to .625 seconds.
  • Dragon’s Breath (W)
    • Ground warning is no longer visible to enemy heroes.
    • Damage reduced from 390 to 195.
    • Now fires a succession of 3 blasts with a 0.75 second delay towards a vector targeted direction.
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 15 seconds.
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 75.
  • Time Trap (E)
    • Once placed, now requires Chromie to re-activate the Trap with (D) to detonate and puts all units in the area in Time Stop.
    • Now affects allies as well as enemies.
    • Search area increased from 1.5 to 2 radius.
    • Mana cost increased from 25 to 30.
    • Health increased from 300 to 500.
  • Timewalker/Bronze Talons (Trait)
    • The Bronze Talons Basic Attack component of her trait has been removed.

  • Level 1
    • Deep Breathing (W)
      • Stacks increased from 12 to 25.
      • Bonus reduced from 5 to 2 per stack.
      • Bonus at maximum stacks reduced from 140 to 50.
    • New Talent: Once Again the First Time (Q)
      • Quest: Hit an enemy Hero with Sand Blast 40 times.
      • Reward: Sand Blast’s maximum Sand Echoes increased from 1 to 2.
    • Mounting Sand (Q)
      • Removed.
  • Level 2
    • Andorhal Anomaly (E)
      • Moved from Level 18.
      • No longer causes all three charges to refresh at once.
      • Additional functionality
        • Reduces the cooldown of Time Trap by 5 seconds.
        • All Time Traps are detonated at the same time.
    • New Talent: Chronic Conditions (E)
      • After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap are Slowed by 25% for 3 seconds and allies gain 25% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
    • New Talent: Time Troubles (E)
      • After Time Stop ends, enemies affected by Time Trap lose 20 Armor for 3 seconds and allies gain 20 Armor for 3 seconds.
    • Enveloping Assault (W)
      • Removed.
    • Timely Surprise (E)
      • Removed.
  • Level 5
    • Mobius Loop (W)
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds per enemy Hero hit.
      • Mana return reduced from 100 to 40 per enemy Hero hit.
    • Bronze Talons (Q)
      • Has been redesigned.
      • When Chromie hits an enemy Hero with Sand Blast, she deals 30% additional Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds.
    • New Talent: A Proper Greeting
      • Passive: When Chromie damages a Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Hero, she deals 25% additional damage for 5 seconds.
    • Dragons Eye (W)
      • Removed.
    • Chrono Sickness (E)
      • Removed.
  • Level 8
    • Slowing Sands (R1)
      • Redesigned: Slow now increases the longer an enemy is in the affected area.
      • Now Slows by 5% every 0.25 seconds, up to a maximum of 70%.
    • Temporal Loop (R2)
      • Range reduced from 11 to 8.
      • Now also increases the recharge rate of Chromie’s Basic Abilities by 500% for 3 seconds.
  • Level 11
    • Here and There (Active)
      • Now has a range of 9.
      • Now teleports Chromie to a targeted location near a Sand Echo, and teleports the Sand Echo back to her old location.
    • New Talent: Gnome Speed Ahead! (Q)
      • After casting Sand Blast, Chromie gains 200% increased Health and Mana Regeneration and 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
    • Bye Bye (B)
      • Removed.
  • Level 18
    • New Talent: Unravelling (R1)
      • Every 0.25 seconds, enemy Heroes Slowed by Slowing Sands have their Spell Armor reduced by 2, up to 30.
    • Stuck in a Loop (R2)
      • Now also increases the duration of Temporal Loop’s cooldown reduction buff by 3 seconds.
    • New Talent: Blessing of the Bronze
      • Passive: While Chromie is alive, she and all her allies gain 10% Movement Speed and their Basic Abilities recharge 30% faster.
    • Pocket of Time (R1)
      • Removed.

Developer Comment: Our goal with this Chromie update is to create various degrees of success that Chromie can enjoy, so that she doesn’t feel like quite the same all-or-nothing mage that she’s historically been. Traditionally, Chromie has often required a hard counter to keep her in check or completely wrecked an opposing team, creating polarizing experiences. We’re instituting a lot of changes that allow Chromie to get partial success with her Abilities (multiple Sand Blasts baseline, 3 blasts of Dragon’s Breath), while also widening her toolkit (friendly Stasis, Basic Attack damage, PvE damage). While we’re diversifying her kit, we also want to make sure that Chromie feels special, and we think that her Sand Echoes and predictive gameplay with Dragon’s Breath are still unique parts of her that embody the feeling of artillery mage while still having moments of counter play for opponents.


  • Level 4
    • Blossom Swell (Q)
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 12%.
      • This Movement Speed bonus now stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses.

Developer Comment: Due to Lunara’s unique Movement Speed mechanics, our recent update to Blossom Swell was not as beneficial to Lunara as we had hoped. To address this, we are slightly reducing its bonus but allowing it to stack with other Movement Speed bonuses, including Lunara’s trait, which should dramatically increase the total Movement Speed that she gets from this talent.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where the healing nameplate UI would be hidden when the total equals 0.
  • Fixed an issue where broadcasts would sometimes appear twice when sent.
  • Dozens of A.I improvements and bug fixes were made for both base and tactical trees.
  • The stun from Imperius' Celestial Charge will no longer occasionally be removed when used against Heroes.
  • Alexstrasza's Dragonqueen tooltip no longer mentions the reduction of Blinds.
  • Junkrat's Rip-Tire can no longer occasionally kill enemy Heroes inside of Blaze's Bunker.
  • Casting Last Laugh will now correctly dismount Alarak.

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