Heroes Brawl: May 19 – Temple Arena – News


The latest update brings D.Va and a host of balance changes to the Nexus!

NOTE: Orange text indicates a change between the PTR and live patch notes.

You can find our D.Va Build Guide here.

Blizzard (Source)

General

Battleground Rotation Update

The pool of Battlegrounds available in matchmaking game modes has increased from 6 to 9, and now includes the following:

Cursed Hollow

Sky Temple

Braxis Holdout

Hanamura

Battlefield of Eternity

Warhead Junction

Haunted Mines

Tomb of the Spider Queen

Infernal Shrines

Initially, we are planning to update the Battleground Rotation 3 times per Ranked Season, and can adjust this frequency, as well as the number of Battlegrounds per rotation, as needed.

Read our recent blog post to learn more about our reasoning behind bringing Battleground Rotations to Heroes of the Storm.

New Hero: D.Va

Hana Song, also known as “D.Va,” is both a world champion professional gamer and a burgeoning global icon. As a member of South Korea’s elite MEKA unit, she fights to protect her homeland from the colossal omnic threat lurking within the East China Sea.

Trait

Mech Mode

When D.Va’s Mech is destroyed, she is ejected after 0.75 seconds and can continue to fight in Pilot Mode. Destroying D.Va’s Mech only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP.

Pilot Mode

Each Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Call Mech by 0.5 seconds. As a Pilot, D.Va only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP upon death.

Mount

While in Mech Mode, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her Movement Speed is reduced by 15%.

D.Va can only use Mounts while in Pilot Mode.

Basic Abilities

Boosters (Q)

Increases D.Va’s Movement Speed by 125% for 2 seconds. Enemies that are hit take damage and are knocked away.

D.Va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active.

Defense Matrix (W)

Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 seconds, reducing damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn.

Damage dealt to the Mech by enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge.

Self-Destruct (E)

Requires Mech Mode.

Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 seconds. Deals medium to massive damage in a large area, depending on distance from the center of the blast. Deals 50% damage against Structures.

Gain 1% Charge for every 2 seconds spent using Basic Attacks, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost.

Call Mech (E)

Requires Pilot Mode.

Call a new Mech and enter Mech Mode. 45 second cooldown. While in Pilot Mode, each Basic Attack lowers this cooldown by 0.5 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

Bunny Hop (R)

Requires Mech Mode.

D.Va’s Mech becomes Unstoppable and stomps every 0.5 seconds, dealing damage and Slowing enemies by 40%. Lasts 4 seconds.

Big Shot (R)

Requires Pilot Mode.

Deal damage to all enemies in a line. Call Mech’s cooldown is reduced by 8 seconds for each enemy Hero hit.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

Questing Talents: Visual effects that appear upon completing a Talent Quest have received updates and should now be much more apparent.

The following Heroes have received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent updates:

Alarak

Tyrande

Collection

New Bundles

Welcome Bundle (Available May 22)

Jumpstart your Collection with the Welcome Bundle, which contains a large amount of Gems, a Stimpack, a new Mount, and several Loot Chests —one of which guarantees a random Hero!

The Welcome Bundle will become available during the week of May 22. It can be only be purchased once, and only using real money.

800 Gems

Welcome Loot Chest – A special Loot Chest that guarantees at least one random Hero

Rare Loot Chest

Epic Loot Chest

7 Day Stimpack

Zebra Mount

D.Va Heroic Bundle

Contains D.Va and all three Goliath D.Va skins. Available for a limited time.

New Skins

D.Va

Goliath D.Va

Hazard Goliath D.Va

Sharkmouth Goliath D.Va

Major D.Va

Fiery D.Va

Pro D.Va

Competitive Pro D.Va

Elite Pro D.Va

Kerrigan

Dorm Cheerleader Kerrigan has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!

New Mounts

The Dorm 2017 Championship Banner has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!

Zebra – Available exclusively by purchasing the Welcome Bundle.

New Announcers

D.Va

Genji

New Banners

D.Va Banner

Iconic D.Va Banner

D.Va Warbanner

Iconic D.Va Warbanner

New Emojis

D.Va Pack 1

D.Va Pack 2

User Interface

In-Game

Emojis

In-game chat messages are now limited to 10 Emojis per message.

A notification will display on-screen when attempting to enter more than 10 Emojis in a single message.

Score Screen

The “Role” column in the Stats tab on the in-game score screen has been split into “Healing/Shielding” and “Damage Taken” columns.

Certain Heroes, such as Tyrael, Uther, and Zarya, as well as E.T.C. with the Prog Rock Talent, or Chen with the Enough to Share Talent, will display values in both columns.

Portrait

Player levels displayed in portraits have received visual updates, and should be easier to distinguish while using the progression portrait border.

Rejoin

The Rejoin screen has been updated to provide a smoother experience when reconnecting to an ongoing match.

Design and Gameplay

Hearthstone

Using Hearthstone (Default: B) will no longer automatically snap the camera back to the allied Hall of Storms unless Camera Lock is enabled (Default: L).

Heroes

Assassin

Alarak

Abilities

Sadism (Trait)

New Functionality:

Alarak now gains 3% Sadism per enemy Takedown, up to 30%.  This bonus is lost on Death.

Now also affects self-healing vs. enemy Heroes.

Discord Strike (Q)

Now has Double Cross functionality baseline.

Mana cost reduced from 55 to 45

Lightning Surge (E)

Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25

Damage reduced from 100 to 62

Adjusted Functionality:

Enemies hit by the center of the beam now take 100% bonus damage

Healing is no longer based on the amount of damage done to enemy Heroes

Enemy Heroes hit now heal Alarak for 70 Health

Talents

Level 1

Power Conduit (E)

Removed

Without Effort (W)

Removed

Sustaining Power (E)

Moved from Level 16

Bonus Healing increased from 25 to 40%

Extended Lightning (E)

Moved from Level 4

Adjusted functionality:

Reduce the damage bonus of Sadism by 10%. 

!Quest: Hit 5 enemy Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge. 

Reward: Increase the range of Lightning Surge by 20%. 

!Quest: Hit 15 Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge. 

Reward: Enemy Heroes hit with the center portion of Lightning Surge are slowed by 40% for 2 seconds. 

!Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge in a single cast. 

Reward: Gain 10 Sadism and complete all quests on this talent.

New Talent: Ruthless Momentum (Passive)

While above 80% Health, your Basic Abilities cooldown 20% faster.

Level 4

Double Cross (Q)

Removed

Reckless Strike (Q)

Removed

Cycle of Discord (Q)

Removed

Negatively Charged (E)

Moved from level 16

New functionality:

Increases the bonus damage from hitting the center portion of Lightning Surge to 150%

Quest: Each time you hit an enemy Hero with the center portion of Lightning Surge, increase the center damage bonus by an additional 3%

Chaos Reigns (Q)

Moved from Level 7

New Functionality:

!Quest: Hit 15 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike. 

Reward: Increase Discord Strike’s damage by 60. 

!Quest:  Hit 2 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike in a single cast. 

Reward: Increase Discord Strike’s damage by 60. 

!Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike in a single cast. 

Reward: Increase Discord Strike’s damage by 60 and complete all quests on this talent.

New Talent: Show of Force (Passive)

Hitting an enemy Hero with 3 abilities within 2 seconds causes them to take an additional 70 damage.

Level 7

Endless Energy (E)

Removed

Thunderstruck (E)

Removed

Dissonance (Q)

Moved from Level 13

No longer reduces Sadism by 10%.

Hindered Motion (W)

Moved from Level 13

No longer reduces Sadism by 10%

Slow amount reduced from 40% to 25%

Applied Force (W)

Moved from Level 1

Added functionality:

Reduce the damage of Sadism by 10% but Telekinesis’s range is increased by 20% and it pushes 20% further.

Level 13

Psychokinesis (W)

Removed

Pure Malice (Passive)

Sadism bonus reduced from 8% stacking up to 40% max to 6% stacking up to 30% max.

Hasty Bargain can now reduce this Sadism bonus

New Talent: Blade of the Highlord (Passive)

Your Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant you 6% Sadism for 4 seconds, stacking up to 30%.

New Talent: Rite of Rak’Shir (Active)

Activate to mark an enemy Hero.

Using Discord Strike on your marked target increases your Sadism by 3%

Killing the enemy Hero gives you 6% bonus Sadism and sets the cooldown of Rite of Rak’Shir to 10 seconds

Dying removes all bonuses from this talent

300-second cooldown and duration

Level 16

Projected Force (W)

Removed

Quick Mind (W)

Removed

New Talent: Lethal Onslaught (Q)

For 4 seconds after hitting an enemy hero with Discord Strike, your Basic Attacks gain 50% of Sadism’s benefit.  Attacking enemy Heroes refreshes the duration of this buff.

New Talent: Lightning Barrage (E)

If Lightning Surge hits an enemy Hero with its center portion, then it can be cast again with no Mana cost or cooldown within 2 seconds of being cast.  This second cast cannot target the same enemy.

New Talent: Mocking Strikes (Passive)

Your Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are Stunned, Slowed, Rooted, or Silenced reduces your Basic Ability cooldowns by 2.5 seconds

Level 20

Last Laugh (Active)

Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds

Range decreased by 15%

Adjusted functionality:

Activate to remove all roots, slows, and damage over time effects and teleport to the chosen location

After 4 seconds, reduce Alarak’s Health to 1

If Alarak damages 3 enemy Heroes with Basic Abilities within 4 seconds after teleporting, his Health is not reduced

 

LEVEL (TIER)

 

ALARAK TALENTS

 

 

1 (1)

Sustaining Power (E)

(!) Extended Lightning (E)

Ruthless Momentum (Passive)

 

4 (2)

(!) Chaos Reigns (Q)

(!) Negatively Charged (E)

Show of Force (Passive)

 

7 (3)

Dissonance (W)

Hindered Motion (W)

Applied Force (W)

 

10 (4)

Deadly Charge

Counter-Strike

13 (5)

Blade of the Highlord (Passive)

Pure Malice (Passive)

Rite of Rak-Shire (Active)

 

16 (6)

Lethal Onslaught (Q)

Lightning Barrage (E)

Mocking Strikes (Passive)

 

20 (7)

Counter-Strike (R)

Deadly Charge (R)

Last Laugh (Active)

Hasty Bargain (Active)

(!) indicates a Questing Talent.

Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.

Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Nova

Talents

Level 7

Anti-Armor Shells (Passive)

Custom UI has been added to show the cooldown before your next attack

Support

Tyrande

Stats

Basic Attack damage reduced from 87 to 82

Abilities

Light of Elune (Q)

Adjusted functionality:

No longer heals yourself while healing allies

The cooldown is now lowered by 2 seconds every time you land a Basic Attack

Heal amount reduced from 320 to 270

Cooldown increased from 8 to 12 seconds

Mana cost reduced from 45 to 25

Sentinel (W)

Added functionality:

!Quest: Hit heroes with Sentinel

Reward: Every 8 Heroes hit with Sentinel allows it to pierce one target and lowers the Mana cost by 10 

Shadowstalk (R)

New functionality:

Tyrande gains stealth and 30% Movement Speed. When stealth is lost, she keeps her Movement Speed and gains 50% Attack Speed for 5 seconds

Cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds

Starfall (R)

Radius reduced from 6 to 5

Talents

Level 1

Ranger’s Mark (D)

New functionality:

!Quest: Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Hunter’s Mark by 1 second

Reward: For every 60 Basic Attacks against Heroes, increase the duration of Hunter’s Mark by 1 second

Lunar Blaze (E)

Moved from Level 7

New functionality:

!Quest: Every Hero hit by Lunar Flare increases its damage by 3%

Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes, remove the Mana Cost

Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase the range by 40%

Ranger (W)

Moved from Level 16

Adjusted functionality:

Sentinel deals up to 75% more damage based on distance traveled

!Quest: Hit Heroes with Sentinel

Reward: Every enemy hit with Sentinel increases the damage at maximum range by 3%

Seasoned Marksman (Passive)

Removed

Level 4

Pierce (W)

Removed

Focused Attack (Passive)

Removed

Protective Shield (Active)

Removed

Healing Ward (Active)

Removed

Searing Arrows (Active)

Removed

Celestial Attunement (Q)

Moved from Level 1

New functionality:

Light of Elune removes stuns. If a stun is removed this way, Light of Elune can be recast for free within 3 seconds.

New Talent: Moonlit Arrows (Q)

Basic Attacks reduce the Cooldown of your Light of Elune by an additional .75 seconds

New Talent: Kaldorei Resistance (Q)

Light of Elune grants 15 Spell Armor for 6 seconds. This can stack up to 4 times

Level 7

Trueshot Aura (Active)

Moved from Level 16

Adjusted functionality:

Nearby allies have 10% increased Basic Attack damage

Activate: Double this bonus for 5 seconds

Huntress’ Fury (Trait)

Moved from Level 13

Reduced the splash radius by ~33%

New functionality:

Basic Attack’s against targets with Hunter’s Mark will damage all nearby enemy Heroes and Mercenaries

Lunar Momentum (Passive)

Removed

Calldown: MULE (Active)

Removed

New Talent: Darnassian Archery (Passive)

Each consecutive attack against an enemy Hero deals 5% more damage. This lasts for 4 seconds or until you target a non-Heroic unit

Level 13

Empower (W)

Moved from Level 1

New functionality:

Every Hero hit by Sentinel lowers its Cooldown by 4 seconds

Quickening Blessing (Q)

Moved from Level 7

Sprint (Active)

Removed

Shrink Ray (Active)

Removed

New Talent: Harsh Moonlight (W)

Enemies hit by Sentinel are slowed by 30% and have their damage reduced by 30% for 4 seconds

Level 16

Mark of Mending (Trait)

New functionality:

Tyrande’s Basic Attacks heal her for 2% of her maximum Health

Allied Heroes Basic Attacks against targets with Hunter’s Mark will heal for 3% of their maximum Health

Overflowing Light (Q)

Moved from Level 13

New functionality:

While above 60% life, Light of Elune heals for 30% more

New Talent: Elune’s Chosen (Active)

Target an allied Hero. For the next 5 seconds, you will heal them for 200% of the Basic Attack damage you deal

Level 20

Celestial Wrath (R)

New functionality:

Enemy Heroes within Starfall have Hunter’s Mark applied to them

Shooting Star (E)

Moved from Level 16

New functionality:

Increases Basic Attack range by 20%

After every 10th Basic Attack against enemies, a Lunar Flare will fire at a nearby enemy Hero

Hunter’s Swiftness (R)

Removed

Nexus Frenzy (Passive)

Removed

Storm Shield (Active)

Removed

Rewind (Active)

Removed

New Talent: Eyes of the Huntress (R)

Casting Shadowstalk also reveals the enemy team for 2 seconds.

New Talent: Iceblade Arrows (Passive)

Gain 25% Attack Speed. Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduces all damage they deal by 5% for 3 seconds. This can stack up to 10 times

LEVEL (TIER)

 

TYRANDE TALENTS

 

 

1 (1)

(!) Ranger’s Mark (D)

(!) Lunar Blaze (E)

(!) Ranger (W)

 

4 (2)

Moonlit Arrows (Q)

Celestial Attunement (Q)

Kaldorei Resistance (Q)

 

7 (3)

Huntress’ Fury (D)

Darnassian Archery (Passive)

Trueshot Aura (Active)

 

10 (4)

Shadowstalk

Starfall

13 (5)

Quickening Blessing (Q)

Empower (W)

Harsh Moonlight (W)

 

16 (6)

Overflowing Light (Q)

Mark of Mending (D)

Elune’s Chosen (Active)

 

20 (7)

Eyes of the Huntress (R)

Celestrial Wrath 

Shooting Star (E)

Iceblade Arrows (Passive)

(!) indicates a Questing Talent.

Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.

Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

Warrior

Dehaka

Abilities

Dark Swarm (W)

Damage increased from 30 to 50

Damage is now universal to all units (no bonus damage to Heroes)

Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds

Talents

Level 1

Primal Aggression (W)

Removed

Enhanced Agility (Trait)

Movement Speed bonus per 50 Essence increased from 1.5 to 2%

Added functionality:

The duration of Brushstalker’s Movement Speed bonus after leaving brush increased from 1 to 3 seconds

Tissue Regeneration (Trait)

Added functionality:

Regeneration Globes grant 10 Essence

Level 7

Feeding Frenzy (Q)

Cooldown reduction per attack increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds

Essence Devourer (W)

Removed

Level 13

Swift Pursuit (Trait)

Removed

Ferocious Stalker (Trait)

New functionality:

Your abilities deal 25% more damage while you have the Brushstalker Movement Speed buff

New Talent: Primal Rage (Passive)

Gain 1% Basic Attack damage for every Essence you currently have

Bug Fixes

Art

Ghost Tracer: Recall visual effects will now correctly display on Ghost Tracer’s model when using Recall.

Lúcio: Will no longer appear elevated on the Ranked screen.

Prime Evil Diablo: Apocalypse visual effects will no longer persist on Prime Evil Diablo’s model when casting Apocalypse immediately after Hellgate.

Battlegrounds

Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue that could cause players to receive an AFK warning while contesting a Beacon.

Braxis Holdout: Beacon UI that appears below the minimap will now correctly appear neutral if they are not controlled by either team.

Towers of Doom: Heroes can no longer clip into the edges of the terrain when moving near the edges of the allied Hall of Storms.

Try Mode: The Refresh Forts button will no longer cause Malfurion to spawn when Allied Hero is set to None.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

Abathur: Fixed an issue in which Networked Carapace provided a lower than intended Shield amount.

Abathur: Secondary Shields granted by Networked Carapace will no longer benefit from Sustained Carapace.

Azmodan: When Demonic Invasion is cast on an area of terrain that is not pathable, the Demonic Grunts will now be placed as close as possible to the casting location, rather than failing to spawn.

Azmodan: Issuing a Move Command during All Shall Burn’s wind-up time will no longer cancel the Ability cast.

Cassia: Inner Light’s tooltip now consistently states that range is increased by 25% before and after taking the Talent.

Cassia: Martial Law will no longer apply bonus damage to slowed or stunned Minions and Mercenaries.

Cassia: Fixed an issue that could cause Valkyrie to pull its target farther than intended if Cassia was Stopped.

Dehaka: Basic Attacks will now correctly reduce Drag’s cooldown after learning Feeding Frenzy.

Gall: Can now properly cast Shove while channeling Shadow Bolt volley.

Gazlowe: Fixed an issue preventing Rock It! Turrets from being self-cast or placed beneath unit and Hero models.

Kerrigan: Bladed Momentum will no longer grant cooldown reduction for secondary targets hit by Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Storm.

Tracer: Can now correctly attack Minions who are affected by Sylvanas’ Possession.

Sound

Announcers: Will now play their “Prepare for Battle” voiceover lines during the opening moments of a match.

Hero Select: Fixed an issue that could cause some heroes’ voiceover to echo after clicking Ready during Hero Select.

Hero Select: Lúcio will now correctly play voiceover upon searching for a match in the Portuguese and Chinese game clients.

User Interface

Collection: The Collection screen will no longer appear cut off when screen resolution is set to 1280×1024 or 1152×864.

Collection: Hovering the cursor over a truncated item name in the Collection will now correctly display a tooltip that states the item’s full name.

Emojis: Emojis whispered between Heroes of the Storm players will now display their shortcodes when the whisper is viewed in the Blizzard Launcher’s chat window.

Quick Cast: Fixed an issue causing abilities to fail when quick-casted over the minimap with the “Right Click through Minimap” option enabled.



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