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by Published on 2018-08-22 06:39 PM

Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes - August 22, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

We’ve just released a new Heroes of the Storm patch to apply a number of balance changes and bug fixes.


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Heroes

Assassin

Chromie


Abilities
  • Sand Blast (Q)
    • Damage increased from 300 to 315
  • Dragon’s Breath (W)
    • Damage increased from 360 to 390
  • Bronze Talons (Passive)
    • Bonus Basic Attack damage increased from 100 to 125%


Kel'Thuzad


Abilities
  • Death and Decay (Q)
    • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 5 seconds
    • Periodic damage increased from 70 to 82
  • Frost Nova (W)
    • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
    • Damage reduced from 212 to 180
  • Chains of Kel'Thuzad (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
    • Can no longer be used on Structures
    • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Master of the Cold Dark (Trait)
    • First reward no longer grants cooldown reduction
    • First reward now grants the Glacial Spike ability
  • Frost Blast (R)
    • Damage increased from 100 to 115
    • Minimum speed increased from 1 to 5
      • This matches the starting speed of Pyroblast
  • Shadow Fissure (R)
    • Damage reduced from 400 to 360
    • Cooldown reduced from 20 to 16 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 45

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Blighted Frost (W)
      • Bonus damage increased from 50 to 75%
  • Level 4
    • Strip Shields (E)
      • Shield amount increased from 120 to 128
  • Level 7
    • Glacial Spike (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Ice Cold (1)
      • Reduce the cooldown of Glacial Spike by 5 seconds and increase its damage by 250%
    • Accelerated Decay (Q)
      • Bonus damage decreased from 25 to 20%
  • Level 13
    • Chain Link (E)
      • Now only requires 1 Hero to be pulled by Chains of Kel’thuzad
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 5 seconds
    • Icy Grasp (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the slow of Frost Nova by 10%. Each time Kel’thuzad deals damage to enemy Heroes that are slowed by Frost Nova, its duration is increased by .5 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Arcane Echoes (Q)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds
    • Hungering Cold (W)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Enemies that are rooted take an additional 55 damage each time they are damaged by Kel'Thuzad

Developer Comment: These changes to Kel’thuzad are being made with two goals in mind. Our first goal, which is in line with many changes we make, is to improve talent diversity. We’ve moved Glacial Spike into his baseline first quest reward, which should both help his Level 7 talent choices as well as open up new build possibilities with the increased flexibility on that tier. Second, we want to slightly reduce his variance and increase his reliability. We’ve moved most of his cooldown reduction reward baseline, and with Glacial Spike being his first quest reward, he can now combo enemy Heroes anywhere in the field, without needing to rely purely on having other enemy Heroes or structures nearby. In exchange for this, we’ve removed some of his burst damage and the ability to use Chains of Kel’thuzad on structures. While chaining enemy Heroes to structures made for some cool moments, it could be oppressive to play against, particularly on maps with large pushing objectives like the Punisher on Infernal Shrines.


Raynor


Stats
  • Basic Attack Damage increased from 92 to 103
  • Basic Attack Damage scaling reduced from 5 to 4%

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Ace in The Hole (Passive)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 20 to 15%
  • Level 13
    • Giddy Up (W)
      • Bonus baseline Movement Speed reduced from 10 to 8%
  • Level 16
    • Paint Them Red (Q)
      • Healing done from Penetrating Round decreased from 100 to 90%


Tychus


Stats
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 48 to 50

Talents
  • Level 16
    • Lead Rain (Q)
      • Slow increased from 20 to 30%


Specialist

Azmodan


Talents
  • Level 1
    • Greed (Q)
      • Quest completion 20% damage bonus now applies to all non-heroic targets, not just Minions and Mercs.
    • Wrath (Q)
      • Quest completion bonus damage reduced from 100 to 75% of Annihilation value.
  • Level 4
    • Hellforged Armor (W/D)
      • Armor bonus reduced from 30 to 25
  • Level 16
    • Total Annihilation (Q)
      • Damage reduced from 5 to 4% of target’s maximum Health
    • Hell Rift (E)
      • Demon Warrior buff duration reduced from 6 to 5 seconds


Support

Deckard


Talents
  • Level 13
    • Ancient Blessings (Trait)
      • Damage reduced from 68 to 62
      • Healing reduced from 100 to 90
    • Potion of Revival (Q)
      • Healing increased from 30 to 35%
    • Super Healing Potion (Q)
      • Healing bonus increased from 75 to 80%
  • Level 20
    • Bottomless Flask (Q)
      • Recharge time increased from 6 to 8 seconds


Li Li


Abilities
  • Cloud Serpent (W)
    • No longer has a cast time (Currently .25) and no longer cancels existing move orders.

Talents
  • Level 13
    • Gale Force (E)
      • Blind duration bonus reduced from 1 to .75 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Mistweaver (Active)
      • Heal reduced from 165 to 149


Lt. Morales


Abilities
  • Healing Beam (Q)
    • No longer cancels existing move orders.
  • Safeguard (W)
    • No longer cancels existing move orders.


Stukov


Stats
  • Base Maximum Health increased from 1682 to 1765
  • Health Regeneration increased from 3.5 to 3.7
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 249 to 261

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Vigorous Reuptake (Trait)
      • Bonus Healing increased from 25 to 30%


Whitemane


Talents
  • Level 1
    • Clemency (W)
      • Passive cooldown reduction increased from 3 to 4 seconds
  • Level 4
    • Unwavering Faith (Q)
      • Desperate Plea Mana cost reduction decreased from 30 to 15
    • High Inquisitor (W)
      • Mana return per Desperation stack increased from 60 to 75
    • Indulgence (E)
      • Secondary lash Mana return reduced from 30 to 25
  • Level 16
    • Radiance (Q)
      • Heal amount reduced from 200 to 175
  • Level 20
    • Judgment Day (R)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 50 to 30%


Warrior

Artanis


Talents
  • Level 4
    • Psionic Synergy (E)
      • Armor amount increased from 15 to 20
  • Level 20
    • Plasma Burn (Trait)
      • Damage increased from 60 to 70


Sonya


Talents
  • Level 4
    • Shattered Ground (W)
      • Splash damage bonus reduced from 75 to 100%
  • Level 16
    • Giant Slammer (W)
      • New Functionality:
        • Seismic Slam and Basic Attacks deal 1.25% of the target’s Maximum Health as bonus damage


Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Damage Reduction visual effects to persist indefinitely.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue that could cause Valkyrie to fail to pull its target if Cassia entered movement commands in the direction opposite the pull.
  • Kel’Thuzad: Fixed some confusing wording in the tooltip for the Hungering Cold talent.
by Published on 2018-08-20 04:54 PM

Mephisto Spotlight
The Lord of Hatred, brother of Diablo, Lord of Terror, is coming to the Nexus at last! He will see play as a ranged assassin with a heavy focus on area-of-effect damage.



Hanamura Returning
After having been gone for about a year or so, Hanamura is finally in a state where it can be re-released upon the world! The year has been spent on overhauling the main map objective, the merc camps, and even the cores can be directly attacked now.



Eastern Clash Korea 2018 Winners
Although the result was expected by many, it was no less impressive to watch. Going absolutely undefeated through the tournament, Gen.G made it look easy and took the Eastern Clash trophy! If you want to watch or re-watch Gen.G carve a path through all competition, the official Heroes Esports YouTube channel is covering you with VODs from the whole event.

Once again, congratulations to Gen.G on an impressive win. We cannot wait to see they will fare in the next big upcoming tournament; the Global Championship at BlizzCon in October and November!



Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: August 21, 2018
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael'thas
  • Artanis
  • Leoric
  • Tassadar
  • Lúcio
  • Sylvanas
  • Zarya (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Junkrat (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Chromie (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Zeratul (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Heroic Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye.

*Heroic Deals: August 21 – August 28, 2018 *
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, August 21! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Tychus— Sale Price: 250 gems
  • Falstad — Sale Price: 312 Gems

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

Upcoming Featured Skins
  • Dominion Infested Tychus
  • Salty Buccaneer Falstad
  • Biohazard Mad Axe Garrosh
  • Fel Demonic Tyrael
  • Felhammer Thrall
  • Night Spectre Illidan
  • Vengeful Oni Genji

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Supercharged STORM Strider
by Published on 2018-08-13 03:55 PM

Western Clash LA 2018 Winners
After completely destroying the competition the entire weekend, Team Dignitas took the trophy at this year's 2nd Phase Western Clash! Be sure to visit the Heroes Esports YouTube channel as VODs of the entire event are being uploaded for easy perusal in case you missed the games.

Once again, congratulations to Team Dignitas on a masterful performance!



Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: August 14, 2018
  • Malfurion
  • Valla
  • Gazlowe
  • Johanna
  • Thrall
  • Dehaka
  • Anub'arak
  • Alexstrasza
  • Auriel
  • Zul'jin
  • Gul'dan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Probius (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Varian (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Genji (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye.

Heroic Deals: August 14 – August 21, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, August 14! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Sonya — Sale Price: 250 gems
  • Maiev — Sale Price: 375 Gems

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

Upcoming Featured Skins
  • Super Sonya
  • Hellwarden Maiev Skin Pack
  • Mad Martian Gazlowe
  • Deadly Lo’Gosh Varian
  • Warsong Hellblade Samuro
  • Toxic Emberlord Zul’jin

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Entropic Dark Nexus Manta
  • Citrine Cyber Wolf

HeroStorm Episode 45 - Knives To See You
Carbot Animations is back with yet another HeroStorm episode, this time featuring Maiev!

by Published on 2018-08-10 05:57 PM



Ranked Play & Matchmaking AMA Recap
Yesterday's developer AMA had a lot of juicy answers, so we'll be sticking to just the highlights here. However, if you're interested in reading all the answers in their dense glory, you can check them out in this thread!

  • Hero swaps for ranked are on the table, but the team wants more feedback on the final implementation
  • Protmotion/demotion games will be limited to moving between leagues in the future
  • Ideas to make Team League more attractive are being kicked around
  • Loss Forgiveness is actively being worked on, where leavers have their rating punished appropriately and the rest of the team don't lose points at all
    • Loss Forgiveness is first in line for implementation, with Performance-Based Matchmaking following shortly afterwards
  • Quick Match matchmaking will be updated to guarantee tank/healer/ranged assassin compositions some time this fall!
  • A ready check system is being discussed internally
  • Visible MMR will release alongside Performance-Based Matchmaking
  • Reintroducing duo-queue for Hero League is being considered for next year


Heroes Brawl of the Week, August 10, 2018 - Checkpoint: Hanamura
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

This week’s brawl is Checkpoint: Hanamura – Attack or defend a single payload on a single-lane Overwatch inspired battleground!




Rules:
  • Shuffle Pick
    • At the start of the match, you’ll choose one of three available Heroes, but choose quickly, you only have 30 seconds!
  • Reduced Death Timers
    • Hero death timers will all be reduced to 9 seconds, or 12.5 seconds during overtime
  • No talents. No levels.
    • All players will start at level 10 and choose a Heroic ability, but nothing else
  • Pumped up Health Packs
    • Health Packs can be found around the Battleground which will instantly restore 50% of total Health and Mana to the player that walks over it
  • Checkpoints? Check.
    • Reaching a Checkpoint will grant additional capture time for the attacking team
  • Escort your payload to its destination or defend the enemy push to claim victory!

Rewards:
  • Complete three matches of Checkpoint: Hanamura to earn a Loot Chest!

Pop Quiz Trivia! HGC Insider Ep. 1
What are the actual names of talents? What are the actual ability cooldowns? What do the crystals on altars on Towers of Doom mean? A handful of pro players are put through their Heroes knowledge paces prior to this week's Western Clash!


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