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by Published on 2018-03-19 05:15 PM

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until March 26. 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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StarCraft 20th Anniversary

Join us in celebrating StarCraft’s 20th anniversary with new StarCraft-themed portraits you can earn just by logging into Heroes of the Storm from March 27 through April 23.

StarCraft 20th Anniversary Portrait Rewards



New Hero: Fenix

As one of the greatest heroes in protoss history, Fenix’s deeds on the battlefield are legendary. After falling to the zerg during the invasion of Aiur, his body was recovered and implanted into a dragoon so he could continue to fight. Not even death can stop Fenix from achieving glory and valor.

Trait
  • Shield Capacitor
    • Fenix has a permanent 800 Shield, which regenerates at 80 per second after not taking damage for 5 seconds.

Basic Abilities
  • Plasma Cutter (Q)
    • Create a laser beam at the target point that circles around Fenix twice, dealing 150 damage to enemies hit and Slowing them by 25% for 4 seconds.
  • Switch Weapon Mode (W)
    • Activate to switch between Weapon Mode: Repeater Cannon and Weapon Mode: Phase Bomb.
    • Weapon Mode: Phase Bomb
      • Basic Attacks have 1.5 increased range, deal 25% more damage, and splash to nearby enemies.
    • Weapon Mode: Repeater Cannon
      • Basic Attack speed increased by 150%.
  • Warp (E)
    • Warp to targeted location, phasing out after 0.5 seconds, and arriving 0.75 seconds later.

Heroic Abilities
  • Purification Salvo (R)
    • Channel for 1.5 seconds, sweeping a laser in front of Fenix that locks onto enemy Heroes. Once Channeling finishes, fire 5 missiles at each locked Hero, dealing 86 damage each. Deals 50% increased damage to Slowed targets.
  • Planet Cracker (R)
    • After 0.5 seconds, Channel a powerful beam that spans across the battleground for 4 seconds, dealing 105 damage every 0.25 seconds to non-Structure enemies hit.


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Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Heroes will no longer leave a behind a “ghost” that fades away after casting Hearthstone.


User Inteface

In-Game UI
  • Party Frames
    • Muting another player’s pings will now also mute any death timer pings that player issues by ALT + clicking the party frames UI at the top of the screen.
    • While in Undying form, Leoric’s party frame Health bar will display how much time remains before he respawns.
  • Score Screen (TAB)
    • Icons have replaced the column headers on the in-game score screen. Hover the mouse cursor over the icons for a brief description of each column.

Draft Mode
  • Hero and player nameplates that appear beneath Hero portraits have swapped positions.
    • Hero names will now appear in the upper nameplate, and player names will appear in the lower nameplate.
  • Allied Hero names are now visible to teammates before they lock in their picks.
    • The opposing team’s Hero names will not appear until those players lock in their picks.
    • Spectators cannot see Hero names for either team until each player locks in their pick.
  • The opposing team’s player names are no longer visible during a draft.
    • Spectators cannot see player names for either team until all players in the draft lobby have locked in their Hero picks.


Battlegrounds

Try Mode
  • Two additional target dummies have been added to Try Mode to assist in testing Abilities and Talents that can hit multiple targets.
Heroes Brawl
  • AzmoDUNK!
    • Each Gem turned in now grants 3 Taste for Blood stacks.
    • Killing a Hero with Globe of Annihilation now resets its cooldown and refunds its Mana cost.

Developer Comment: With AzmoDUNK, we want to really reward successful dunks. To do so, we’ve added a free throw after a successful kill with a Globe. This should allow for some really exciting hot streaks. We’ve also updated the Tomb mechanic to give stacks of Taste for Blood, allowing a team who plays the mechanic to build stacks quite a bit quicker.


Design

Shields

  • Armor will now mitigate bonus damage dealt to Shields by effects like Varian's Shattering Throw and Kel'Thuzad's Strip Shields.


Heroes

Assassin

Tracer

Stats
  • Health increased from 1206 to 1350.
  • Health Regeneration increased from 5.0234 to 5.6250.
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 27 to 29.
Abilities
  • Blink (Q)
    • Charge cooldown increased from 6 to 8 seconds.
  • Melee (W)
    • Damage reduced from 254 to 220.
  • Recall (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 26 to 30 seconds.
  • Pulse Bomb (R)
    • Damage reduced from 420 to 360.
    • Secondary damage reduced from 210 to 180.
    • Scaling damage increased from 5.5% to 6%.

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Bullet Time (Q)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 0.1 to 0.15 seconds.
    • Jumper (Q)
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also increases the Blink’s cooldown by 2 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Quantum Spike (R)
      • Bonus damage reduced from 10% to 8% maximum Health.

Developer Comment: As part of our ongoing effort to trim the frustration of playing against certain Heroes, we are making some tuning changes to Tracer. The general philosophy for these changes is threefold: reduce her overall mobility over time, reduce her burst damage, and increase the amount of time that she needs to stay in range of opponents in order to be effective. While we understand that reducing her burst damage via Melee and Pulse Bomb are significant nerfs to her power, we are compensating her by increasing her Health and Basic Attack damage. This should reward Tracer players who are able to bob and weave through opposing skillshots while staying on their target.


Multiclass

Varian

Stats
  • Health reduced from 2322 to 1850.
  • Health Regeneration reduced from 4.8375 to 3.8542.
  • Health scaling increased from 3% to 4% per level.
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 91 to 74.
  • Basic Attack damage scaling increased from 3.5% to 4%.

Abilities
  • Heroic Strike (Trait)
    • Damage reduced from 140 to 125.
    • Damage scaling increased from 3.5% to 4% per level.
  • Lion’s Fang (Q)
    • Added functionality:
      • Hitting an enemy heals Varian for 35 (+4% per level), increased to 140 against Heroes.
  • Parry (W)
    • Cooldown increased 8 to 10 seconds.
    • Mana cost increased from 15 to 20.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Overpower (W)
      • Damage bonus increased from 20% to 30%.
  • Level 4
    • Taunt (R)
      • Moved from level 10.
    • Colossus Smash (R)
      • Moved from level 10.
      • Armor reduction decreased from 25 to 20.
    • Twin Blades of Fury (R)
      • Moved from level 10.
  • Level 7
    • Lionheart (Q)
      • Increases Lion’s Fang healing for damage dealt to Heroes by 50%.
    • Victory Rush (Passive)
      • Healing reduced from 400 to 350.
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds.
      • Cooldown reduction granted per nearby Minion or Monster death reduced from 15 to 10 seconds.
    • Live by the Sword (W)
      • Removed.
  • Level 10
    • Shield Wall (W)
      • Moved from level 4.
      • Now also reduces Parry’s cooldown 5 seconds, but removes 1 charge.
    • Warbringer (E)
      • Moved from level 4
      • Now also allows Varian to charge to allied Heroes.
  • Level 20
    • Demoralizing Shout (Active)
      • Damage reduction increased from 25% to 40%.

Developer Comment: We're making a simple change to Varian by moving his Heroic Abilities to Level 4, but this will have large impact on the way he feels during a game. By allowing Varian to get his Heroic Ability earlier, he can fulfill the role his team needs before one team develops a significant lead over the other. This increase in Varian’s early-game power justifies reducing some of the overwhelming power he gains after level 10, and creates a more even experience for Varian and his opponents throughout a game.


Support

Li Li

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Wind Serpent (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Reduces Cloud Serpent’s cooldown by 2 seconds.
        • Casting Cloud Serpent also launches Blinding Wind at an enemy near the target.
  • Level 4
    • Hindering Winds (W)
      • Slow amount reduced from 30% to 25%.


Collection

New Bundles
  • The following new bundles are available for a limited time! Be sure to check out the latest In-Development blog for more details.
    • Fenix Heroic Bundle
    • StarCraft 20th Anniveresary Bundle
    • Protoss 20th Anniversary Bundle
    • Terran 20th Anniversary Bundle
    • Zerg 20th Anniversary Bundle
    • Zergling Bundle

New Announcers
  • Fenix
  • Adjutant
  • Mira Han

New Skins
  • Fenix
    • Rusted Fenix
    • Experimental Fenix
  • Ruinwalker Fenix
    • Colossal Ruinwalker Fenix
    • Withered Ruinwalker Fenix
  • Artanis
    • Zer’atai Artanis
  • Azmodan
    • Infested Azmodan
  • Brightwing
    • Primal Brightwing
  • Dehaka
    • Feral Dehaka
  • Gul’dan
    • Brooding Gul’dan
  • Johanna
    • Shakuras Johanna
  • Tassadar
    • Chosen Crypt King Tassadar
    • Exiled Crypt King Tassadar

New Mounts
  • Celestial Ursa
    • This mount will replace the Celestial Raptor as a first-time gem purchase reward. Unlock it by purchasing gems for the first time after this patch has been released.
  • Umojan Cyber Ram
  • Zergling
    • Char Zergling
    • Kaldir Zergling

New Portraits and Sprays
  • We teamed up with Carbot Animations to create a ton of new HeroStorm-themed portraits and sprays in their signature art style! Catch a preview in the latest In-Development blog.


Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.
  • Loot Chests: Fixed a rare issue that could prevent players from receiving a Loot Chest on Hero level-up.

A.I.
  • Chromie: Fixed an issue preventing A.I. Chromie from casting Sand Blast.
  • Gazlowe: A.I. Gazlowe will no longer interrupt its own Doubloon turn-ins on Blackhearts Bay in order to place Rock-It! Turrets.
  • Leoric: A.I. Leoric will no longer remain stationary after activating Wraith Walk.
  • Malfurion: A.I. Malfurion will no longer attempt to cast Entangling Roots on non-Heroic enemies.
  • Medivh: A.I. Medivh wil no longer become stuck after attempting to use a Mine Entrance on Haunted Mines while in Raven Form.
  • Murky: Fixed an issue that could cause A.I. Murky to repeatedly place Egg in the same location, even if its existing Egg was undamaged.

Art
  • Gazlowe: Dying and respawning after learning Robo-Goblin will no longer remove the player’s selected skin from the Robo-Goblin model.
  • Malthael: Reaper's Mark visual effects will no longer persist if the target is killed just before Reaper’s Mark is applied.
  • Nazeebo: Choosing the Superstition Talent while Nazeebo is dead will no longer cause Spell Shield visual effects to persist on the terrain after subsequent deaths.
  • Loot Chests: The D.Haka portrait will no longer display placeholder art on the Loot Chest rewards screen.
  • Mecha Tassadar: Attacking while using the Mecha Morph Mount will no longer cause Distortion Beam to visually originate above Mecha Tassadar’s head.

Battlegrounds
  • Battlefield of Eternity: Destroying a Healing Fountain in the middle lane will no longer cause Minimap icons for Healing Fountains in other lanes to disappear.
  • Braxis Holdout: Destroying a Healing Fountain will no longer cause Minimap icons for Healing Fountains in the top lane to disappear.
  • Haunted Mines: Queueing movement commands during Hearthstone Channeling while in the Mines will no longer cancel Hearthstone.
  • Volskaya Foundry: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes who were piloting a Triglav Protector to become unresponsive after the Protector is destroyed by a Damage over Time effect.
  • Warhead Junction: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to teleport back to the Hall of Storms after moving to a specific area of terrain before the game begins.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Abathur: Monstrosities will no longer deal area of effect damage on death if Abathur hasn’t learned the Volatile Mutation Talent.
  • Alarak: Rite of Rak’shir can no longer be removed when Samuro casts Mirror Image or Chen casts Storm, Earth, Fire.
  • Anub’arak: Cocoon will no longer trap Pilot-form D.Va if she has already successfully cast Call Mech.
  • Blaze: After learning Oil Dispersal, Oil Spill’s targeting indicator now correctly increases in size to reflect the Ability’s new area of effect.
  • Blaze: Casting Flame Stream on a target who is standing in an unignited Oil Spill will now correctly register as two Flame Stream hits, rather than one.
  • Blaze: Unignited Oil Spills will no longer reduce enemy Structures’ Attack Speeds after learning the Nanomachine Coating Talent.
  • Blaze: Flame Stream is no longer visible through the Fog of War when cast near the edge of the enemy team’s vision.
  • Dehaka: Fixed an issue that could cause Drag visual effects to persist indefinitely if the Ability connected across unpathable terrain.
  • D.Va: Self-Destruct’s charge percentage will now correctly reset to 0% between rounds during Heroes Brawls.
  • Gall: Shove can no longer be cast while Cho is being pulled by Stitches’ Hook.
  • Genji: Fixed an issue that could cause enemy targeted Abilities to hit Genji rather than the intended target during Dragonblade.
  • Greymane: Fixed an issue that could cause Razor Swipe’s area of effect and damage to become disjointed from Greymane’s location.
  • Hanzo: Reactivating Dragon’s Arrow via the Play of the Game Talent after the Arrow has traveled beyond Warhead Junction’s playable area will no longer teleport Hanzo to an unreachable location.
  • Illidan: Hitting two Heroes with Sweeping Strike at maximum range will now correctly apply the bonus damage granted by the Battered Assault Talent.
  • Kel’Thuzad: Chilling Touch can now correctly deal damage to Gall’s Eye of Kilrogg.
  • Kharazim: Seven-Sided Strike will now correctly target Stealth enemy Heroes who have been revealed.
  • Leoric: Will no longer become permanently Unstoppable if he is affected by Stasis during Wraith Walk.
  • Li Li: Casting Cloud Serpent on Pilot-form D.Va just before she casts Call Mech will no longer prevent the Serpent from following Mech-form D.Va.
  • Lunara: Queued Leaping Strikes will no longer continue to target an enemy Hero who enters Stealth before the Heroic Ability actually fires.
  • Malfurion: Entangling Roots will no longer affect non-Heroic targets.
  • Ragnaros: Blind and Evasion effects will no cause Empower Sulfuras’ Ability Damage to miss.
  • Rexxar: Completing the Hunter-Gatherer Talent’s quest now correctly grants bonus Armor to Misha.
  • Rexxar: Misha, Focus! will now correctly grant Misha its passive 15% Movement Speed bonus.
  • Samuro: Casting Mirror Image now correctly clears any Move commands that had been queued for the real Samuro.
  • Stitches: Hook visual effects will no longer persist indefinitely if the target is thrown by Garrosh’s Wrecking Ball while being pulled toward Stitches.
  • Stukov: Will no longer become unresponsive after attempting to cast Lurking Arm behind the allied Hall of Storms.
  • The Lost Vikings: Spin to Win! visual effects are no longer visible through the Fog of War near the edge of the enemy team’s vision.
  • Tracer: Can no longer cast Pulse Bomb while Channeling to launch a Nuke on Warhead Junction.
  • Tyrande: Fixed an issue that could cause Sentinel’s visual effects to become slightly disjointed from the Ability’s path of travel.
  • Uther: Devotion’s tooltip now more clearly communicates that allied Heroes affected by Uther’s Basic Abilities will gain Armor, rather than Heroes Healed by Uther’s Basic Abilities. This is a tooltip correction only; the Trait’s functionality has not been changed.
  • Valeera: Activating Crippling Poison, Wound Poison, or Thistle Tea will no longer clear queued orders or Abilities.
  • Valla: Fixed an issue that could prevent Hungering Arrow from seeking, or dealing damage to, targets after the first when cast at maximum range.

Sound
  • Hanzo: Will no longer play an incorrect voiceover line to allies upon casting Hearthstone.
  • Illidan: The volume for Illidan’s voiceover during The Hunt has been reduced to better match other game sounds.
by Published on 2018-03-12 06:32 PM

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

We’ve just released a new hotfix for Heroes of the Storm to apply a few bug fixes and introduce a balance change.


Heroes

Warrior

Sonya

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Tough as Nails (Passive)
      • No longer immediately grants 3 Physical Armor stacks upon learning the Talent.
      • Physical Armor granted per stack reduced from 75 to 60.
      • Charge cooldown increased from 12 to 16 seconds.


Bug Fixes

General
  • Voice Chat: Fixed a backend issue affecting the Voice Chat service.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Medivh: Fixed an issue that prevented the Arcane Explosion Talent from dealing bonus damage if Force of Will had been cast on an allied Hero.
  • Sonya: Being hit by beam Basic Attacks, such as Tassadar’s Distortion Beam, after learning the Tough as Nails Talent will no longer grant Sonya permanent Physical Armor.
by Published on 2018-03-06 04:58 PM

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)


Our most recent Heroes of the Storm patch is now available for play, featuring Hero updates for Sonya and Medivh, new Enforcer skins, and more!

NOTE: Orange text indicates a difference between the PTR and Live patch notes.


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Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Nova: Precision Strike has received updated visual effects.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Has received a custom Hearthstone animation.
  • Thrall: After learning the Thunderstorm Talent, a UI indicator will now appear under the Health bar of Thrall’s most recent Chain Lightning target.


Design

Trait Quests
  • The following Hero Traits are now categorized as Repeatable Quests:
    • Alarak: Sadism
      • Quest progress visual and sound effects will now play when earning Takedown credit.
      • Alarak’s Sadism Quest will now appear on the in-game Score Screen (TAB)
    • Diablo: Black Soulstone
      • Quest progress and completion visual and sound effects will now play when Diablo gains Souls.
      • Quest completion will now appear in the Event Log on the left side of the screen.
      • Diablo’s Black Soulstone Quest will now appear in the in-game Score Screen (TAB).


Heroes

Specialist

Medivh

Medivh has received significant updates with today’s patch. Find his detailed changes below, and then head to the Sonya and Medivh Gameplay Updates blog for more insight behind these changes.

Stats
  • Health scaling increased from 4% to 4.5% per level
  • Health Regeneration scaling increased from 4% to 4.5% per level

Abilities
  • Arcane Rift [Q]
    • Damage reduced from 200 to 170
    • Additional Functionality:
      • Quest: Hit 40 enemy Heroes without dying.
      • Reward: Permanently increase Arcane Rift’s damage by 75 and the cooldown reduction granted for hitting a Hero by 1 second
  • Force of Will [W]
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 8 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 60
    • Upon expiration, allies are healed for 20% of the damage absorbed
  • Portal [E]
    • Cooldown reduced from 20 to 16 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 65**

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Winds of Celerity [Z]
      • Moved from Level 13
    • Portal Mastery (Active)
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Portals can now be cast while in Raven form
    • Raven’s Intellect (Z)
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Now also increases Health regeneration by 75% while in Raven form
      • Mana regeneration bonus reduced from 100% to 75%
  • Level 4
    • Bird’s Eye View (Trait)
      • Removed
    • Mage Armor [E]
      • New functionality:
        • An ally now gains 25 Armor for 4 seconds the first time they enter a Portal
    • Raven Familiar [E]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Additional functionality:
        • Now also Slows enemies by 30% for 2.5 seconds.
        • A Raven now joins an ally each time they enter a Portal
    • Dust of Appearance (Active)
      • Adjusted Functionality:
        • Permanently increases vision range in Raven Form by 25%.
        • Activate to greatly increase Medivh’s vision range for 5 seconds, and reveal enemy Heroes in the area for 8 seconds. Does not cancel Raven form
  • Level 7
    • The Master’s Touch [Q]
      • Removed
    • Arcane Explosion [W]
      • New functionality:
        • Deals 90 damage to nearby enemies when Force of Will expires. Also deals an additional 100% of damage taken, up to 365 bonus damage
      • Explosion radius increased from 3 to 3.5
    • New Talent: Mystic Assault [Q]
      • If Arcane Rift hits an enemy Hero, Medivh’s next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% more damage and Heals for 40% of the damage dealt
    • New Talent: Force of Magic [W]
      • Preventing 268 or more damage with a single Force of Will grants Medivh 20% Spell Power for 12 seconds. This can stack up to 2 times
  • Level 13
    • Quickening [Q]
      • Removed
    • Astral Projection [E]
      • Removed
    • Circle of Protection [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Now applies a talented version of Force of Will to nearby allies
      • Radius increased from 2.5 to 3
    • Enduring Will [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality:
        • If Force of Will absorbs 268 damage, its cooldown is reduced to 3 seconds
    • Reabsorption [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Increases Force of Will’s Healing to 50% of the damage taken
  • Level 16
    • Arcane Charge [Q]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Damage bonus reduced from 30% to 15%
    • Stable Portal [W]
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New Functionality:
        • Reduces Portal’s cooldown by 25% and increases Portal duration by 50%
    • New Talent: Temporal Flux (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks reduce Medivh’s Heroic cooldown by 1 second. Hitting enemy Heroes with Arcane Rift reduces Medivh’s Heroic cooldown by 3 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Invisibility (Active) renamed to: Dust of Disappearance (Active)
      • No longer costs Mana


Support

Ana


Abilities
  • Shrike (Trait)
    • Added functionality:
      • Ana Heals for 50% of Shrike damage dealt to Heroes
  • Healing Dart [Q]
    • Healing reduced from 237 to 215
  • Biotic Grenade [W]
    • Adjusted functionality:
      • Amplified Healing now only affects Ana’s Healing output
      • Amplified Healing duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
  • Nano Boost [R]
    • Cooldown increased from 50 to 60 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 40 to 60
  • Eye of Horus [R]
    • Self-cancelling no longer places the Ability on a 10 second cooldown
    • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 45 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 75 to 45
    • Number of shots reduced from 8 to 6

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Grenade Calibration [W]
      • Add base functionality
      • The amplified healing effect of Biotic Grenade now works on all healing
    • Piercing Darts [E]
      • 1st quest unlock
        • Range increase from 50 to 25%
      • 2nd quest unlock
        • Range increase from 50 to 25%
    • Detachable Box Magazine (Passive)
      • 1st quest unlock
        • New functionality
          • The self-healing for Shrike now also applies to non-Heroes
  • Level 4
    • Aim Down Sights (Trait)
      • Shrike activation cooldown reduced from 10 to 3 seconds
    • Air Strike [W]
      • Airborne duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Debilitating Dart (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 45 to 20 seconds
    • Mind-Numbing Agent (Trait)
      • Spell Power reduction per Shrike stack decreased from 15% to 10%

Developer Comment: While Ana’s current win-rate is sitting above most other Healers, and North of 50%, we have made some changes to make her feel more meaningful in solo-Support compositions. Along with the addition to self-sustain through Shrike, we also took the opportunity to do some Talent balancing as well. While there are no major outliers in terms of win-rate, she definitely has some Talents that are overshadowing others in terms of pick-rates. We have tried to address the majority of these to hopefully open up some new strategic choices for Ana players. We really enjoyed the changes internally, and we’re excited to see what players can do with them.


Warrior

Sonya

Sonya has received significant updates with today’s patch. Find her detailed changes below, and then head to the Sonya and Medivh Gameplay Updates blog for more insight behind these changes.

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Block (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Furious Blow [W]
      • Moved from Level 16
      • New functionality
        • Every fourth Seismic Slam deals 40% more damage and costs no Fury
    • New Talent: Tough as Nails (Passive)
      • Every 12 seconds gain a stack of Block that grants 75 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack. Stores up to 3 charges. Cooldown refreshes 200% faster while Fury is active
  • Level 4
    • Focused Attack (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Shattered Ground [W]
      • New Functionality:
        • Seismic Slam deals 75% damage to all targets hit and its splash damage travels 66% farther
    • Mercenary Lord (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Battle Rage (Active)
      • Passively increases damage dealt to Mercenaries by 25%
      • Activate to Heal for 10% of Sonya’s maximum Health. 30 second charge cooldown. Stores up to 3 charges
  • Level 7
    • Follow Through (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Ferocious Healing (Active)
      • Removed
    • Shot of Fury (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New Functionality:
        • Activate to instantly gain 50 Fury. 40 Second cooldown
        • After casting Seismic Slam, your next Basic Attack deals 40% more damage
  • Level 13
    • Aftershock [W]
      • Removed
    • Spell Shield (Passive)
      • Removed
    • No Escape (Trait)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 25% to 20%
    • New Talent: Ruthless [E]
      • Whirlwind deals an additional 50 damage to Heroes below 33% Health. This damage does not generate additional Healing
  • Level 16
    • Imposing Presence (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Giant Slammer [W]
      • Seismic Slam deals an additional 2% of Heroes’ maximum Health as damage
    • New Talent: Rampage (Passive)
      • Increases Basic Attack damage by 25%
      • Basic Attacks decrease the Ancient Spear’s cooldown 0.75 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Anger Management [R]
      • Removed
    • Nexus Blades (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Ignore Pain (Active)
      • Armor reduced from 75 to 60
    • Composite Spear [Q]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Increases Ancient Spear’s range by 50%.
        • Hitting an enemy Hero with Ancient Spear grants 25 armor for 4 seconds
    • New Talent: Striding Giant [R]
      • Wrath of The Berserker increases maximum Health by 10% and grants the Striding Giant Ability while it is active
      • Striding Giant can be activated to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds. 30 second cooldown


Collection

New Bundles
  • The following new bundles are available for a limited time!
    • Enforcers Bundle
    • Enforcer Johanna Heroic Bundle
    • Paramedic Morales Heroic Bundle
    • Watchdog Greymane Heroic Bundle
    • Medivh Remastered Bundle
    • Sonya Remastered Bundle

New Skins
  • Greymane
    • Watchdog Greymane
    • Arctic Watchdog Greymane
    • Desert Watchdog Greymane
  • Johanna
    • Enforcer Johanna
    • Arctic Enforcer Johanna
    • Vigilante Enforcer Johanna
  • Lt. Morales
    • Paramedic Morales
    • Covert Paramedic Morales
    • Fiery Paramedic Morales
  • Azmodan
    • Competitive Azmodunk
  • Lúcio
    • Vermelho Lúcio
  • Medivh
    • Dark Medivh
  • Sonya
    • Angelic Sonya

New Mounts
  • STORM Strider
    • Smart STORM Strider
    • Supercharged STORM Strider
  • Lucky Piggy Bank
    • The Lucky Piggy Bank mount can be purchased for 7,000 gold.
  • Ranked Season Mount Rewards
    • The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League:
      • Elemental Boar
      • Azure Elemental Boar
      • Verdant Elemental Boar
    • The following Mounts have been awarded to players who reached Master or higher in Hero League or Team League:
      • Epic Elemental Boar
      • Epic Azure Elemental Boar
      • Epic Verdant Elemental Boar


Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.

Art
  • Abathur: Fixed a pair of small holes in Xenotech Abathur’s model.
  • Blaze: Talent icons for Adhesive Petroleum and Oil Dispersal now use different colors so they are easier to differentiate at a glance.
  • Greymane: Greymane’s Health bar will no longer move during his victory animation.
  • Greymane: The Doctor Wolf & Stein skin’s Inner Beast visual effects no longer appear misaligned during Greymane’s Hearthstone animation.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Neosteel Plating’s visual effects now correctly match Sgt. Hammer’s model while in Siege Mode.
  • Tassadar: Moving while in the Mecha Tassadar Skin’s Mount form on Sky Temple will no longer cause flickering visual effects to appear on-screen.
  • Valeera: After activating Crippling Poison and Wound Poison, visual effects on Valeera’s blades will no longer flicker while she is riding certain mounts.

Battlegrounds
  • Mage Wars (Brawl): Kael’thas can now correctly cast Verdant Spheres as soon as its cooldown completes.
  • Mercenaries: Fixed an issue in which neutral Mercenaries could spawn twice at their Mercenary Camp under specific circumstances.
  • Try Mode: Zul’jin’s Headhunter Talent will now progress correctly after killing The Lost Vikings.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Brightwing: Soothing Mist will no longer Heal allies who are standing nearby while Brightwing is inside Anub’arak’s Cocoon, Lt. Morales’ Medivac, Stitches’ Gorge, or Zagara’s Devouring Maw.
  • Brightwing: Phase Shift can no longer be cast on Allies who are in Stasis.
  • D.Va: Fixed an issue that could cause Big Shot to deal no damage after learning the Pew! Pew! Pew! Talent and becoming affected by another damage or Spell Power reduction effect.
  • Gall: Shadow Bolt Volley’s targeting reticle is no longer visible to enemies through the Fog of War.
  • General: Fixed an issue that allowed certain Abilities to affect enemy Heroes in their own Hall of Storms:
    • Alarak – Telekinesis [W]
    • Brightwing – Emerald Wind [R]
    • Dehaka – Drag [Q]
    • Medivh – Ley Line Seal [R]
    • Stitches – Hook [Q]
  • Hanzo: Casting Storm Bow with Quick Cast turned off will no longer prevent the player from issuing movement commands by holding down right-click.
  • Hanzo: Issuing a Stop or Hold command will now correctly halt Hanzo’s movement and cancel Storm Bow’s primed state.
  • Hanzo: Casting Storm Bow immediately after Dragon's Arrow will no longer cause Hanzo to become stuck in Storm Bow’s primed state.
  • Hanzo: Striking an enemy Hero with Sonic Arrow just before they enter their Hall of Storms will no longer cause Sonic Arrow to display odd visual effects.
  • Nazeebo: Using a mine entrance or exit on Haunted Mines during Gargantuan’s summoning animation will no longer cause Nazeebo to lose control of the Gargantuan.
  • Raynor: Cooldown reduction granted by A Card to Play will no longer trigger twice after killing Leoric or Uther.
  • Rexxar: Entering a Garden Terror while Misha is dead will no longer prevent Rexxar from issuing commands to Misha after she respawns.
  • Samuro: Can no longer swap places with a Mirror Image that is in the allied Hall of Storms.
    • After some consideration, we believe this tactic can make for clever plays and have decided to revert this change.
  • Samuro: Mirror Images now correctly play Level Up and Quest Completion visual effects when Samuro levels up or completes a quest.
  • Sgt. Hammer: Commands can now correctly be queued while Sgt. Hammer is returning to Tank Mode.
  • Tassadar: Fixed an issue that could cause Basic Attacks in Archon form to deal splash damage twice to secondary attack targets after learning Prismatic Link.
  • Tassadar: Completing the Templar’s Will quest and learning Twilight Archon will no longer grant extended range to Tassadar’s first Basic Attack in Twilight Archon form.
  • Tracer: The Bullet Spray Talent now correctly increases the Melee’s radius by 40%.
  • Tyrael: The remaining duration on bonus Armor granted by the Stalwart Angel Talent after using El’Druin’s Might to teleport will now correctly appear in the Buff Bar.
  • Tyrande: The Darnassian Archery Talent’s Buff Bar icon now correctly displays the current number of stacks in addition to its duration.
  • Zagara: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes who were caught in the center of Devouring Maw to display their exit locations before Devouring Maw expired.

Sound
  • Ana: Debilitating Dart activation is no longer audible when the player camera is far from Ana’s location.
  • Falstad: Lightning Rod is no longer audible to enemies through the Fog of War.
  • Greymane: Gilnean Cocktail will now correctly play sound effects when it hits a target in the Fog of War.

User Interface
  • Draft Mode: Using the voice volume control in a draft lobby will no longer prevent players from viewing teammates’ profiles using the right-click context menu.
  • Minimap: Ping icons will no longer appear faded on the Minimap while shaders are set to medium.
  • Score Screen: The in-game Score Screen will now correctly track quest progress for D.Va’s Crash Course Talent.
by Published on 2018-03-02 07:33 PM

Your Ego Is Holding You Back
Blizzard featured an article written by CauthonLuck, former pro player and current coach for the HeroesHearth team, about ego and your perceptions about the players of the game.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)


Your Ego Is Holding You Back
Rori "CauthonLuck" Bryant-Raible | February 27, 2018

The scrim match is over, another win thanks to your 9-1 performance on Genji. Your team held a two- to three-level lead through the midgame, and though you couldn’t close out the game until past 20 minutes, it was a full team wipe and core march once the final battle took place. However, when reviewing the game, instead of praising how hard you carried all the team fights, the team seems fixated on why it took so long to close out such a one-sided match.


The discussion is centered around when your team had a three-level midgame lead, the objective was spawned, and an enemy keep was down. “Could we have ended five minutes earlier if we had just all stayed grouped up, secured the objective, and pushed for core instead of chasing kills?”

I mean, sure, you dived past a fort to try and finish those fleeing enemies and lost the objective after your death, but why is everyone so fixated on the one mistake you made all game?! So you fire back with how they only had that lead because of you to begin with, and your top-laner got ganked three times or you would have already won anyways, so your death shouldn’t even have mattered.

Fast-forward two minutes, and nobody even remembers the original discussion about how to focus on closing out games more quickly. Instead, everyone is justifying their own mistakes as team members take turns pointing out where others messed up. Variations of this scenario happen constantly across all levels of play, whether you’re playing in Heroes of the Dorm, playing for an open team, or already in the HGC—egos derail potential improvement opportunities when players lose focus on the team as a whole and get caught up in defending or blaming an individual action without taking the time to understand the other perspectives.



While I’ve seen a lot of teams struggle with this issue over the years, and unfortunately been that pro Genji myself on a few occasions, it’s a well-known roadblock for improvement, and one that is usually taken into consideration when forming teams. Here we’re going to go over a more understated way that egos can stagnate improvement or prevent a team’s growth: disrespecting your opponents.

It’s surprisingly easy to fall into this trap as egos tend to reinforce each other when evaluating other teams. This can lead to the warped outlook of viewing teams ranked lower than your own as “trash,” and dismissing those ranked higher with statements like “All they do is cheese with X, Y, or Z every game.” Just because a team has fewer wins in the standings, or doesn’t play some aspect of the game very well, how is that going to help your own team improve if you just write off the strategy they always seem to beat you with in scrims, or ignore how they steal games off top teams using a specific map?


In today’s competitive landscape, it’s more common than ever for low-ranked teams to take games, if not entire sets, off top teams. As the hero pools of both the game and individual players have expanded, so too have the different strategies, compositions and play styles. With each of these components subject to further variations based on map, it’s no wonder that upsets are at an all-time high.

Top teams no longer simply do everything better. At this point, every team plays at least some aspect of the game well; the biggest differences are in the number of things they do well, and how they leverage that versatility over the course of a series. Sure, you don’t want to let the enemy team have their best comps or maps in a tournament set, but you should sometimes let them have it intentionally in scrims. Figure out why they always beat you with a particular comp, practice how to play against it, or run it against them and see how they react before you write them off as one-tricks—you’re only limiting your own growth that way.


If your ego won’t let you respect the strengths of your opponents, especially if they aren’t considered an overall better team, you’ll be missing out on just as many opportunities for improvement as in the intra-team example. And if you can learn to respect the advantages that other teams gain from adopting a different perspective, you can learn to respect the same from your teammates.

At the end of the day, teammates are eventually going to make mistakes, be split on the best course of action, and get into arguments. It isn’t about determining who was in the absolute right or wrong in each case, but understanding the perspective behind why a decision or action was made—both from the person who made it, and from those who think there could have been a superior option. Each time you do so, it gets easier to agree on what to do next time, or what actions to anticipate from your teammates based on those discussions.

There’s a big difference between saying “Why did you do that!” in an accusatory manner, and “Why did you do that?” with the intent of starting a dialogue.

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