Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes - October 8, 2018

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Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - October 10, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

We're about to release a new Heroes of the Storm patch to apply a number of balance changes and bug fixes. Read on for details.

NOTE: These changes are already playable on the PTR, and will be released as a separate balance patch later this week.


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Heroes

Assassin

Cassia


Abilities
  • Lightning Fury (Q)
    • Damage scaling reduced from 4.5% per level to 4% per level

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Surge of Light (Trait)
      • Damage reduced from 225 to 210


Junkrat


Stats
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 110 to 116.

Abilities
  • Concussion Mine (W)
    • Now shows its area of effect to enemies upon being launched
    • Range increased from 10 to 10.5​

Developer Comment: While we like the awesome plays that Junkrat can make by throwing enemies into his team with Concussion Mine, the ability is fairly hard to see coming for opponents for how powerful it is. To help this, we are showing enemies its area of effect the moment that Junkrat throws the mine so that they have a better chance to reposition themselves before being blown up. To compensate Junkrat, we are slightly increasing its range and giving him more Basic Attack damage, which should help both his waveclear and teamfight capabilities.


Kerrigan


Stats
  • Health increased from 1680 to 1764
  • Health Regeneration increased from 3.5 to 3.675

Abilities
  • Assimilation (Trait)
    • Shield amount reduced from 15% to 10% of damage dealt

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Fury of the Swarm (Passive)
      • ​Number of splash attacks after casting Ravage reduced from 2 to 1
  • ​​​​Level 4
    • ​Kinetic Fulmination (W)
      • ​Damage bonus decreased from 15% to 10% per stack
      • Maximum damage bonus decreased from 150% to 100%
  • ​​​​​​Level 7
    • ​Queen of Blades (Q)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 6 second per enemy hit by Primal Grasp
      • Maximum damage bonus decreased from 150% to 100%
  • ​​​​​​​​Level 13
    • Volatile Power (Trait)
      • Bonus shields reduced from 15% to 10%
  • ​​​​​​​​Level 16
    • Painful Spikes (W)
      • Damage reduced from 75 to 70
  • ​​​​​​​​Level 20
    • Omegastorm (R1)
    • Bonus duration per tick increased from .125 to .1875

Developer Comment: Kerrigan has one build that is particularly powerful at the moment, and these changes aim to bring her back in line with the rest of the cast. We’ve also made a change to her baseline Assimilation to revert it to it’s previous levels, as her overall survivability is a little higher than desired from a melee assassin.


Mephisto


Abilities
  • Durance of Hate (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60 seconds

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Malicious Intent (Q)
      • ​Spell Power reduced from 20% to 15%
  • ​​​​Level 4
    • Hateful Mending (Q)
      • ​Healing increased from 50% to 60%.
    • Static Barrier (W)
      • Shield duration reduced from 7 to 5 seconds​.
    • Spite (Trait)
      • ​Bonus globe duration increased from 60% to 100%.


Specialist

Azmodan


Abilities
  • Globe of Annihilation (Q)
    • Damage decreased from 192 to 184

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Master of Destruction (E)
      • Annihilation granted for hitting a Hero increased from 2 to 3.


Medivh


Abilities
  • Force of Will (W)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds

Talents
  • Level 4
    • Mage Armor (E)
      • Armor amount increased from 25 to 30.
  • ​​Level 7
    • Force of Magic (W)
      • Spell Power bonus increased from 25% to 30%
  • ​​Level 13
    • Enduring Will (W)
      • Set cooldown of Force of Will increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds


Support

Brightwing


Abilities
  • Soothing Mist (Trait)
    • Healing amount increased from 100 to 105
    • Cooldown reduced from 120 to 100 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Critical Mist (Trait)
      • Healing amount increased from 200 to 250


Li Li


Stats
  • Health increased from 1475 to 1534
  • Health Regeneration increased from 3.07 to 3.1953

Abilities
  • Cloud Serpent (W)
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Jug of 1,000 Cups (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 70 seconds to 66 seconds.


Lt. Morales


Stats
  • Health increased from 1472 to 1545
  • Health Regeneration increased from 3.07 to 3.2187

Abilities
  • Safeguard (W)
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds.
    • Armor increased from 25 to 30.
  • Displacement Grenade (E)
    • Damage increased from 198 to 208

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Physical Therapy (W)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 4 to 5 seconds
    • ​Vanadium Plating (W)
      • ​Armor bonus now also applies to Root effects.
  • Level 13
    • EMP Grenade (E)
      • Total damage over 2 seconds increased from 80 to 100


Stukov


Talents
  • Level 13
    • It Hungers (E)
      • Required Heroes hit reduced from 15 to 12


Tyrande


Abilities
  • Shadowstalk (R)
    • Cooldown from 80 to 90 seconds

Talents
  • Level 1
    • Kaldorei Resistance (Q)
      • Spell Armor from 15 to 10
  • Level 4
    • Lunar Blaze (E)
      • Bonus range from reduced 40% to 30%
  • Level 10
    • Shadowstalk
      • Cooldown increased from 80 to 90 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Quickening Blessing (Q)
      • Movement Speed granted to Tyrande reduced from 10 to 5%


Whitemane


Stats
  • Health reduced from 1434 to 1400
  • Health regen from 2.99 to 2.92

Abilities
  • Inquisition (W)
    • Damage reduced from 53 to 50
      • Bonus damage increased from 50 to 75%
  • Searing Lash (E)
    • Damage reduced from 82 to 78


Warrior

Diablo


Abilities
  • Lightning Breath (R)[/b]
    • ​Cooldown increased from 70 to 90 seconds

Talents
  • Level 7
    • Diabolical Momentum (Passive)
      • ​Cooldown reduction increased from .75 to 1 second per Basic Attack


Rexxar


Talents
  • Level 4
    • Grizzled Fortitude (Passive)
      • Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Crippling Talons (Q)
      • ​Slow duration increased from 3 to 3.5 seconds


Yrel


Talents
  • Level 4
    • Aegis of Light (E)
      • ​Armor reduced from 35 to 25
      • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds


Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a crash that could effect Murky.
  • We've improved authentication when launching the game through the Blizzard App.

Heroes
  • [Brightwing]: Fixed an issue where Phase Shift (Z) could be cast on vehicles (such as the Dragon Knight).
  • [D.Va]: Fixed a UI issue with D.Va's Self-Destruct where it expanded beyond the button's frame.
  • [Tracer]: Fixed a UI issue with Tracer's Pulse Bomb where it expanded beyond the button's frame.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Heroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes - October 10, 2018 started by Nerraw View original post
Comments 14 Comments
  1. Clozer's Avatar
    Why do we get a HotS balance patch note news?
  1. wookybear's Avatar
    I guess someone posted this to the wrong tab.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Clozer View Post
    Why do we get a HotS balance patch note news?
    It's a damn tsunami today.

    Edit: Oh my, didn't see it was on the WoW tab. I'll poke the relevant people.
  1. Sim's Avatar
    Get this HOTS garbage off.
  1. Chat's Avatar
    hey guys.. wrong tab. lol
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    I honestly don't understand the Li Li buff. She's pretty damn strong as it is.
  1. The Stormbringer's Avatar
    Geez, all the Tyrande nerfs are depressing.
  1. ophion1990's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerraw View Post
    I honestly don't understand the Li Li buff. She's pretty damn strong as it is.
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

    At the same time, I don't really feel like Yrel needed another nerf. Even if the talent overperformed, why not buff the weaker ones? It's not like Yrel's win- or pickrate is that stellar.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ophion1990 View Post
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

    At the same time, I don't really feel like Yrel needed another nerf. Even if the talent overperformed, why not buff the weaker ones? It's not like Yrel's win- or pickrate is that stellar.
    Her other level 4s are crazy strong too. This one is just stronger.
  1. melzas's Avatar
    Pretty big buffa to Morales. She wasn't that bad, was she? Pretty niche but worked well in right match up.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    This update was just pushed to live servers.
  1. Aladya's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ophion1990 View Post
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

    At the same time, I don't really feel like Yrel needed another nerf. Even if the talent overperformed, why not buff the weaker ones? It's not like Yrel's win- or pickrate is that stellar.
    Because Blizzard doesn't want Yrel in the Blizzcon meta.
  1. Hollycakes's Avatar
    It kinda makes zero sense the state of where they are leaving her and what their plans are for her are totes ambiguous. Was intended as main, ends up as solo laner. Said her kit is unique etc. and they didn't want to change that too much but yea, it's like shes' intentionally being left out. Or they have no clue what to do next?
  1. Hiram's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by melzas View Post
    Pretty big buffa to Morales. She wasn't that bad, was she? Pretty niche but worked well in right match up.
    Yeah... still any meta healer would have better still :P

    I guess they will review most older healers and try to get them up. I hope Uther, Auriel, Rehgar get some love too, the old niche healer (sustain vs burst) got obsolete after Deckard got released. Following WM/Tyrande and oldmaster Malfurion the tides from "get those down vs get those up" shifted.

    Other than that... Diablo ult nerf alone is not enough imo.

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