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by Published on 2018-05-09 05:48 PM

Nexomania Teaser
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Coming soon to the Nexus

Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes – May 9, 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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  • Health reduced from 1200 to 1140.
  • Health Regeneration reduced from 2.50 to 2.38.
  • Shields reduced from 800 to 760.
  • Shield Regeneration reduced from 80 to 76.

  • Weapon Mode: Phase Bomb (W)
    • Basic Attack range bonus reduced from 1.5 to 1.25.
  • Warp (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 15 to 17 seconds.
    • Range reduced from 11 to 9.


  • Level 1
    • Glyph of Drain Life (W)
      • Removed.
    • Chaotic Energy (Passive)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Increases Drain Life’s range by 25%.
        • Regeneration Globes restore 50% more Health and Mana.
        • Reward: After collecting 20 Regeneration Globes, reduce all Mana costs by 20.
  • Level 4
    • Health Funnel (W)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Drain Life’s cooldown recharges 100% faster while it is active.
  • Level 7
    • Devour the Frail (W)
      • Removed.
    • Curse of Exhaustion (E)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • When Drain Life is cast on an enemy who is affected by Corruption, it deals 50% increased damage and Slows the target by 25%.
  • Level 20
    • Haunt (R)
      • Armor reduction amount decreased from 25 to 20.

Developer Comment: Our resident warlock has been in and out of the meta a couple times since his epic release and his Talent tree has become a bit lopsided. We began these changes by looking at Rain of Destruction (even going as far as testing the Ability without a channel!) but quickly realized that we would need more than just a balance patch to appropriately address the Heroic. We were, however, able to make some Talent adjustments that will hopefully give players fun new ways to drain the life from their opponents!


  • Basic Attack range decreased from 7.5 to 6.5.

  • Natural Agility (Trait)
    • Range decreased from 10 to 9.
  • Level 4
    • Explosive Arrows (Q)
      • Area of effect damage reduced from 100% to 75%.

Developer Comment: These changes require Hanzo to put himself at greater risk to deal the considerable amount of damage that he can dish out over the course of a game. While we believe Hanzo has a unique place as an Assassin who specializes in using his superior range to kite enemies, he was able to do so too safely, which was crowding out other ranged Assassins.


  • Level 4
    • Energy Roil (E)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passively reduces the Mana cost of Gravity Lapse by 70.
  • Level 7
    • Sunfire Enchantment (Trait)
      • Spell Damage reduced from 165 to 115.
      • Number of empowered Basic Attacks increased from 1 to 2.
      • If both empowered Basic Attacks hit enemy Heroes, gain 15% Spell Power for 10 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Pyromaniac (W)
      • Cooldown reduction applied per tick of Living Bomb damage decreased from 1 to 0.5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Arcane Dynamo (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Ignite (Q)
      • Flamestrikes that hit enemy Heroes also afflict them with Living Bomb.
      • Only 1 Living Bomb can be applied per Flamestrike cast.
  • Level 20
    • Presence of Mind
      • Hitting enemy Heroes with Pyroblast no longer reduces its cooldown.
      • New functionality:
        • Heroes who are hit by Flamestrike or have Living Bomb spread to them reduce the cooldown of Pyroblast by 10 seconds.
Developer Comment: We’re taking passes at some older Talent trees that, while not in need of a full rework, could use some design tweaks. The changes to Kael’thas in particular went through quite a bit of iteration. We’re happy to report that, unlike some of the insane Talents we tried internally, we managed to re-imagine and restore the power of Ignite!


  • Health reduced from 2150 to 2021.
  • Health Regeneration reduced from 4.48 to 4.21.
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 150 to 145.

  • Vault of the Wardens (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 13 seconds.


  • Chain Lightning (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 178 to 162.
    • Bounce damage reduced from 89 to 81.

  • Level 1
    • Rolling Thunder (Q)
      • No longer increases Chain Lightning’s range.
      • New functionality:
        • Hitting a marked enemy restores 2.5% of Thrall’s maximum Health.
  • Level 4
    • Frostwolf Pack (W)
      • Quest requirement reduced from 7 to 6 Hero hits.


  • Recall (E)
    • Tracer’s Recall destination is now visible to enemies.


  • Overkill (Q)
    • Cooldown reduced from 13 to 12 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 65 to 60.

  • Level 4
    • Fully Loaded (Trait)
      • Removed.
    • The Bigger They Are (Trait)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Reduces Minigun's cooldown by 2 seconds.



  • Level 7
    • Arcane Explosion (W)
      • Bonus area of effect damage reduced from 100% to 50% of the damage prevented by Force of Will.



  • Shrike (Trait)
    • Now Heals Ana for Dose damage dealt to all enemies, rather than only the damage dealt to Heroes.
  • Healing Dart (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 15 to 10.
  • Nano Boost (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 70 seconds.

  • Level 1
    • Detachable Box Magazine (Passive)
      • First reward removed
      • Second reward requirements reduced from 15 to 12 maximum Dosage stacks.
  • Level 7
    • Debilitating Dart (Active)
      • Reduced damage duration decreased from 4 to 3 seconds.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Also Slows the target by 50%.

Developer Comment: While Ana is showing a positive win rate, we’re still not seeing her picked up in the solo-Support position as often as we’d like. These changes should allow her to stick around longer in fights and limit wear and tear on your Hearthstone hotkey.


  • Bestow Hope (Trait)
    • Energy stored when Auriel hits non-Heroes increased from 5% to 10% of the damage dealt.
  • Level 4
    • Repeated Offense
      • Additional functionality:
        • Increases Detainment Strike’s knockback distance by 25%.
  • Level 13
    • Repelling Strike (E)
      • Removed.
  • Level 20
    • Diamond Resolve (R)
      • Armor granted upon Crystal Aegis expiration increased from 60 to 75.


  • Lorenado (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 45 to 40 seconds.

  • Level 1
    • Sapphire (Active)
      • Bonus Slow amount increased from 25% to 30%.
  • Level 4
    • Ruby (Active)
      • Lesser Healing Potion Heal amount increased from 190 to 205.
  • Level 13
    • Ancient Blessings (Active)
      • Damage reduced from 76 to 72.
      • Healing reduced from 114 to 106.
  • Level 20
    • Bottomless Flask (Q)
      • Healing Potion recharge rate increased from 5 to 6 seconds.

Developer Comment: Deckard’s foray into the Nexus has been incredibly successful from a balance perspective. He’s sitting at a healthy win rate of anywhere between 47% and 51% in high level play, depending on the experience of the Deckard player. Many of his Talents are also looking to be in good shape. We’re making some tuning changes intended to adjust under and overperforming Talents without impacting his overall win rate too much.

Li Li

  • Level 1
    • Wind Serpent (W)
      • No longer reduces Cloud Serpent's cooldown.
    • Eager Adventurer (Trait)
      • Fast Feet duration bonus increased from 50% to 100%.
      • Mana regeneration bonus reduced from 150% to 100%.
  • Level 4
    • Safety Sprint (Trait)
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Passively increases Fast Feet's base Movement Speed bonus from 10% to 15%.
  • Level 16
    • Blessings of Yu’lon (W)
      • Healing reduced from 1.5% to 1.25% of maximum Health.

Lt. Morales

  • Level 4
    • Trauma Trigger (Passive)
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Extended Care (Q)
      • Range bonus reduced from 40 to 30%.


  • Health reduced from 1598 to 1525.
  • Health Regeneration reduced from 3.33 to 3.18.

  • Moonfire (W)
    • Healing reduced from 135 to 130.
  • Twilight Dream (R)
    • Damage reduced from 355 to 310.


  • Bio-Kill Switch (Trait)
    • Healing reduced from 475 to 435.
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds.

  • Level 1
    • Growing Infestation (E)
      • Additional cooldown duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • One Good Spread (Q)
      • Mana restoration reduced from 30 to 10.
  • Level 7
    • It Hungers (E)
      • Mana restoration increased from 5 to 10.



  • Groundbreaker (Q)
    • Stun duration reduced from 0.75 to 0.5 seconds.
    • Slow amount increased from 35% to 40%.

  • Level 16
    • Rough Landing (Q)
      • Bonus Slow amount reduced from 15% to 10%.

Developer Comment: These changes are meant to make the immediate aftermath of being thrown by Wrecking Ball a little less punishing for Garrosh’s opponents, particularly when he throws an enemy Hero and then Stuns them with Groundbreaker. We’re slightly reducing Groundbreaker’s Stun duration so that enemy Heroes can more quickly pop defensive cooldowns to try to survive. We’re also compensating Garrosh with a slight increase to Groundbreaker’s Slow. This way, he can still reliably catch enemies if he starts with Groundbreaker and wants to close in for a throw.


  • Level 4
    • Hurricane (W)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
    • Shot of Fury (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 7.
  • Level 7
    • Battle Rage (Active)
      • Moved from Level 4.
  • Level 13
    • Mystical Spear (Q):
      • New functionality:
        • Ancient Spear always pulls Sonya to the target location even if it doesn’t hit an enemy. When used this way, its cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Battle Rage is proving to be the dominant pick on its Talent tier and provides a lot of generic power to Sonya’s kit. Rather than nerf it, we're placing it against stronger Talents at Level 7 to lessen the amount of generic power she can get overall. Similarly, Mystical Spear at 13 is giving a bit too much raw power in addition to its utility. It should now be more in-line with the more situational Talents at that tier.

Bug Fixes

  • Dragon Shire: When attempting to capture a Dragon Knight, Channeling is now correctly paused when hit by a Time Stop effect, like Zeratul’s Void Prison.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Deckard: Non-Hero allied units no longer receive area of effect Healing from the Potion of Revival Talent.
  • Falstad: Lightning Rod cooldown reduction applied by the Wingman Talent now correctly appends to both Lightning Rod’s Ability tooltip and Wingman’s Active Bar tooltip.
  • Fenix: Purification Salvo Channeling can no longer be interrupted by displacement effects, like Raynor’s Penetrating Round.
  • Hearthstone: Fixed an issue in which certain Hero Abilities would not interrupt Hearthstone Channeling.
  • Ice Block: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities remained castable during Ice Block.
  • Li Li: Upon activating Safety Sprint, Fast Feet now correctly persists for its full 3 second duration.
  • Stukov: The It Hungers Talent no longer grants cooldown reduction to Lurking Arm if the Ability is cast without hitting any enemy Heroes.

Deckard Cain Price Reduction
Deckard Cain's gold price has been reduced to 10000.

by Published on 2018-05-08 08:38 PM

May 8th Teaser
The official Heroes twitter account has posted a follow-up to yesterday's teaser:

HGC Digest: The Old Guard Holds in the Crucible
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

The HGC Crucible serves as the entry point for up-and-coming Heroes of the Storm players, hungry for a spot among the pros. Over the weekend six of the top Open Division teams from Korea, Europe, and North America challenged the bottom two HGC teams from their respective regions to determine which teams would be competing in Phase 2.

Of the six Open Division teams, only one emerged victorious: Master Theater out of Korea. However, sparks flew in every Crucible match, highlighting differences between the HGC teams and the challengers.

The Pro Mentality

The No Tomorrow and King’s Gambit match started with a bang, with bold plays from King’s Gambit allowing them to catch up after a shaky early game. The map culminated in a great Core rush, with excellent stalling tools from both Diablo and Falstad.

However, King’s Gambit was sometimes too bold for their own good. They quickly lost Game 2 on Cursed Hollow in less than 11 minutes after attempting to fight around the Boss. They were two levels behind No Tomorrow and lacked Heroic abilities, a choice that seasoned HGC players would likely avoid.

“Most players that transition from the amateur to pro scene get punished for the smallest mistakes,” said Jared “Kubie” Roberts, No Tomorrow’s coach. “As pro players, we are conditioned to capitalize on small mistakes and push maximum value from those mistakes.”

After Game 4 on Braxis Holdout, King’s Gambit led the series 3-1 and was one win away from becoming the newest member of the HGC. No Tomorrow needed to win the next three games to keep their HGC spot, and to do so, they needed to focus solely on the future.

“Every game I went in, asking where we were going next, and discussing draft,” Kubie said. “You can't change the past, only shape your future. In that situation, the best thing that I can do as a coach is to keep them focused on winning, not thinking about being behind.”

This mentality worked, as No Tomorrow’s cool demeanor outlasted King’s Gambit. The Open Division team took fewer and fewer risks during the final three games and their coordination on team fights looked to be scattered.

Adapting During a Long Series

An additional aspect that seemed to separate the Open Division teams from their HGC counterparts was the ability to adapt in their drafting style. This consistently hurt Worst Positioning in EU as they allowed Robert "robadobah" Purling to devastate on Garrosh for the first four games of the series before finally electing to ban the hero in Game 5.

In a similar vein, King’s Gambit had found success with Maiev early on in the series, and No Tomorrow knew their opponents would love to pick The Warden again. This time they had the perfect counterpick in mind: Sonya. Jon "Equinox" Peterson cleaned up with Sonya during the final two games of the series. In both instances, King’s Gambit struggled to defeat the Barbarian.

“Maiev has no kill pressure on Sonya. If she doesn't have a way to constantly reset her Q, she cannot kill Sonya, and has no way to step up to her,” Kubie explained. “If you ban out or pick dps that are good against Sonya when you see a Maiev, it will be extremely difficult for the enemy team to step up to you.”

Had King’s Gambit adapted to the strong Sonya play or chose to deny Shawn “Jin” Boyle’s excellent Garrosh throughout the series, we could be watching them play in Phase 2 instead of No Tomorrow.

Master Theater Joins HGC Korea

By defeating Team Ace 4-2, Master Theater has become the newest member of HGC Korea. With stronger team fighting coordination and faster rotations, they honed in on Team Ace’s weakness: the macro game. By consistently claiming map objectives, Master Theater showed they were the stronger team on Sunday.

Other Notable Highlights from HGC Crucible

  • Both EU teams defended their spots in the HGC, winning 4-1. Leftovers defeated Granit Gaming while Diamond Skin won against Worst Positioning.
  • Despite internet issues, LFM Esports finished off XD 4-2 in North America. Additionally, Feliz held their place in HGC Korea by defeating ILLLLL 4-1.

Deckard Cain Fanart
Alarak of the storm made a short comic to celebrate the launch of Deckard Cain, with special focus on his bundled "mount":

by Published on 2018-05-07 06:02 PM

New Content Teaser
Something new was just teased on the official Heroes twitter account:

Weekly Hero Rotation
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: May 8, 2017
  • Li Li
  • ETC
  • Zagara
  • Butcher
  • Kael'thas
  • Artanis
  • Azmodan
  • Cassia
  • Zul'jin
  • Tassadar
  • Brightwing (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5)
  • Anub'arak (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10)
  • Greymane (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
  • Garrosh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20)

Weekly Sales
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, May 8! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.

Upcoming Hero Sales
  • Tyrande — Sale Price: 250 gems
  • Zarya — Sale Price: 375 Gems
  • Zul’jin — 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
  • Bloodsail Pirate Queen Cassia
  • Camo Prisoner Tychus
  • Desert Warbringer Zul'jin
  • Iron Butcher
  • Cobalt Stormbot Kael'thas
  • Midnight Love Goddess Tyrande
  • Kinoko Hanzo
  • Restored Cyberdemon Zarya
  • Exiled Zerg Hunter Zeratul
  • Frozen Mad Axe Garrosh

* First time featured item.

Upcoming Featured Mounts
  • Saddled Horse
  • Illidan's Nightmare
  • Platinum Tyrael's Charger

Gold Mounts
The following Gold Mount changes will take place once this week’s round of Heroic Deals begins:
  • Diablo’s Doubloon — Will become purchasable for 7,000 gold until the week of May 21.
  • Orange Treasure Goblin — Will no longer be purchasable in the Collection.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The Report Sytem
So for a long time we just kept silencing player with larger durations for repeated actions. We're going to be changing that in the future. We'll still silence initially, but then we are going to escalate punishments to suspensions and ultimately outright bans if players continue to be a negative force on the game.

We've also greatly increased the rate of taking actions on reports due to some changes we've made to validate reports internally. Between these two changes, I hope that you'll see some improvements here. (u/BlizzAlan)

Diablo terrain collision lines
Like Alex said, it's actually coming in the next major patch along with a few more changes to our friendly lord of terror. (u/BlizzAlan)

Balance update frequency
Good evening friends,

I just wanted to pop-in and say that the live design team is always very actively working on the overall balance of the game. We are reading, processing, and reacting as much as we possibly can - I promise.

While it does occasionally take us longer than we would want to get the changes to you, please know that we are constantly working on them. Take solace in knowing that our entire team is actively monitoring both our own forums and Reddit daily. Your posts matter and your feedback is being heard.

Next week brings a bunch of exciting changes that I hope you will all enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend! (u/Blizz_Daybringer)

For those that may not know, on the Overwatch PTR Ana just got an update to her healing shot so that it automatically passes through teammates with full health. Would this be too big of a buff to be a baseline change to our Ana? I just want her to be viable
I just spoke with a couple of our tech guys and we will be testing this internally (u/Blizz_Daybringer)

HeroStorm Episode 40 - Go Go Nexus Heroes
Carbot Animations has released a new HeroStorm episode.

by Published on 2018-05-06 03:37 AM

Heroes Global Championship - Crucible
It's that time of the year again. Hopeful teams from the HGC Open Division are looking to take spots in the Heroes Global Championship proper for Phase 2 of HGC 2018. Read on below for all the details on this weekend's exciting games!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Everything You Need to Know About the Crucible

For the teams skilled enough to advance through the Open Division Playoffs in Europe and North America—Granit Gaming, Worst Positioning, King’s Gambit, and XD—the Crucible is the final proving ground to see if they have what it takes to compete in premier league play. These four promising challengers will face off against the bottom two teams from HGC Europe and North America in tense best-of-seven battles that will determine who enters (or remains) in the HGC.

Here are the rosters of Open Division Playoff winners:

North America Open Division - 1st place - King's Gambit
  • Zergling
  • EToby
  • EKevin
  • Droplets
  • Diesel

North America Open Division - 2nd place - XD
  • TalkingTrees
  • Cover
  • Homi
  • Nintorii
  • TigerJK

Europe Open Division - 1st place - Worst Positioning
  • Dreamy
  • Noonia
  • SonicLeBeast
  • zhiku
  • Earth

Europe Open Division - 2nd place - Granit Gaming
  • Olf
  • Gnappe
  • Kirwa
  • Meinkraft
  • RaiDbawZ

As the winners of the North America Open Division Playoffs, King’s Gambit have chosen to play HGC North America eighth-place finishers No Tomorrow. This means Open Division runner-up XD will play LFM Esports, who finished seventh in HGC NA.

In Europe, HGC Open Division Playoff winner Worst Positioning have chosen to play seventh-place finishers Diamond Skin. This leaves Open Division runner-up Granit Gaming against HGC Europe's last-place team, Leftovers.

The winners of each of those four series will be in HGC North America or HGC Europe for the second half of the season.

You can find the start times for these matches below:

Saturday, May 5th
  • 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CEST - Granit Gaming vs. Leftovers
  • 12:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. CEST - XD vs. LFM Esports

Sunday, May 6th
  • 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CEST - Worst Positioning vs. Diamond Skin
  • 12:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. CEST - King's Gambit vs. No Tomorrow

The Crucible will take place on the tournament realm (patch 2.31.3). Don’t miss the mayhem when the games go live here on playheroes.com/esports.

Brawl: Pool Party
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Some of our Heroes are taking a break from the battlefield to catch some serious R&R by the pool, and Stitches is throwing a party—a pull party! Hook enemy Stitches to pull them over to your side of the pool and then take them down to claim victory.

  • All players spawn as Stitches —Bikini Stitches!
  • Use Stitches' Hook to pull enemies over to your side of the pool so that your team can kill them.
  • Hook’s cooldown is greatly reduced. It also travels much slower and farther than usual.
  • There's no XP, no leveling, and no talents.
  • Helping Hand is always active, allowing you to Hook allies as well as enemies.
  • Hooking an ally or enemy who is already being pulled will kill them instantly.
  • Doing this to one of your teammates denies the enemy team a kill.
  • The first team to 20 kills wins!

  • Complete three Pull Party matches to earn a Loot Chest!

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

HGC Minute - Episode 10
Developer Lana Bachynski returns for this week's Heroes Global Championship recap and provides updates on how last weekend's playoff games for the Mid-Season Brawl went!

HGC 2018 - Top 5 Plays - Phase 1 Playoffs
Blizzard put together a few exciting clips showing the top plays from last weekend's games:

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