Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes: August 23, 2017

August 8, 2017 • • • • • List of Patches • • • • • September 5, 2017

Assassins Edit

Alarak Edit

  • Level 13

Illidan Edit

  • The Hunt (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 100 seconds
Developer Comment: With his built-in cooldown reduction from Betrayer’s Thirst, we wanted to give his enemies a bit more time to prepare – I’ll bet he didn’t see that coming.

Kerrigan Edit

Developer Comment: Kerrigan’s win-rate has been at a steady 1-2% climb each patch for the last few months. While she is not demanding picks or bans at the moment, as of last week she was sitting on top of the Nexus. After closely analyzing her numbers, there was nothing standing out as a major reason for her climb upwards. So instead of doing anything massive, we felt it best to do a slight damage redistribution. Moving a small percentage of her Ravage damage into her other abilities will help with some talent pick/win rate issues while also bolstering her skill-shot abilities.

The Butcher Edit

  • Fresh Meat (Trait)
    • Meat from Hero kills reduced from 25 to 20
    • Meat lost on death increased from 10 to 15
  • Level 7
    • Insatiable Blade (W)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Removed the bonus healing
        • Increased movement speed bonus from 20 to 25%
    • Victuals (Passive)
      • Heal increased from 4 to 5% per minion death
  • Level 16
    • Crippling Slam (Q)
      • Bonus duration increased from 25 to 30%
    • Enraged (Passive)
      • Armor bonus reduced from 25 to 15
Developer Comment: From inception, The Butcher has had a long healthy life amongst the top 5 win-rate Heroes in the game. Previously this was primarily isolated to Quick Match and his overall play-rate wasn’t high enough for us to have any major concerns. After the newest round of changes, he has stayed true to his name in Quick Match and is beginning to pick up steam in Ranked play. We agreed with the massive amounts of feedback that it felt odd that a Butcher could so willingly trade his life for an enemy kill to progress his quest. These changes to his Meat gain/loss should help bring these situations more in-line, while the talent changes were directed fully at bringing over and under-tuned talents closer to the power level expected at the respective tiers.

Thrall Edit

  • Level 4
    • Mana Tide (Trait)
      • Mana return reduced from 20 to 15
  • Level 16
    • Thunderstorm (Q)
      • Added functionality:
        • Damage from final quest reward now also applies to Chain Lightning bounces

Zul'jin Edit

  • Boneslicer (Q)
    • Bonus damage increased from 20 to 30%

Specialists Edit

Xul Edit

  • Level 7
    • Trag'Oul's Essence (Trait)
      • Healing reduced from 1% to .5% per Skeleton Basic Attack
      • Mana return increased from .4% to .5% per Skeleton Basic Attack
  • Level 13
    • Echoes of Death (Q)
      • Damage reduced from 70 to 60% of Spectral Scythe’s damage

Zagara Edit

  • Mutalisk (W)
    • Duration reduced from 45 to 30 seconds

Supports Edit

Auriel Edit

  • Bestow Hope (D)
    • Hope generation ratio from hitting Heroes increased from 40 to 50%
  • Sacred Sweep (Q)
    • Outer damage reduced from 80 to 60
    • Center damage increased from 160 to 180
  • Detainment Strike (E)
    • Initial damage reduced from 115 to 58
    • Stun damage increased from 115 to 174
  • Resurrect (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 120 to 100 seconds
Developer Comment: These changes are designed to reduce the reliance that Auriel has upon a hyper-carry style character to be an effective healer. By increasing the amount of Hope that she can generate but removing Bursting Light and its ability to reduce the cooldown of Ray of Heaven, Auriel will have more consistent healing output regardless of who is currently Bestowing Hope. We’re also reducing the damage that Auriel does on average by gating it behind getting the most of her Basic Abilities. By reducing the synergy that Auriel has with a single massive source of damage and reducing her damage output, we hope to make her less common in double support team compositions.

Lucio Edit

Tassadar Edit

  • Basic Attack Damage reduced from 15 to 14
  • Based Maximum Health reduced from 1426 to 1355
  • Health regen reduced from 2.97 to 2.8

Tyrande Edit

  • Level 13
    • Empower (W)
      • Added functionality:
        • Also lowers the base cooldown of Sentinel by 4 seconds
    • Harsh Moonlight (W)
      • Slow amount reduced from 30 to 25%
      • Damage reduction amount from 30 to 25%

Uther Edit

  • Eternal Vanguard (Trait)
    • Armor for healing allies with Basic Abilites reduced from 25 to 15
  • Holy Light (Q)
    • Healing increased from 360 to 380
    • Self-healing increased from 180 to 190
  • Holy Radiance (W)
    • Healing and damage increased from 160 to 185
  • Level 1
    • Wave of Light (W)
      • Bonus duration to Armor buff on Quest Completion reduced from 1 to .5 seconds
      • Mana return reduced from 8 to 5 per Hero hit
  • Level 4
    • Holy Fire (Passive)
      • Damage reduced from 16 to 14 per second
Developer Comment: We’ve found that by increasing the niche of Uther, players could easily build teams with 2 Supports that were incredibly difficult to counter, thereby creating a slow gameplay trend that could be frustrating to play against. We think it’s great to see double support every once in a while, but Uther enabled it too well when paired with almost any other healer. By reducing the Armor he grants via his Trait and getting a little more healing throughput, Uther should feel slightly more well-rounded.

Warriors Edit

Chen Edit

  • Level 16

Garrosh Edit

  • Level 1
    • Unrivaled Strength (E)
      • Increased throw range from 20 to 30%, and bonus damage from 100 to 125%

Bug Fixes Edit

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Auriel: Resurrecting Uther before Eternal Vanguard expires will no longer prevent him from respawning.
  • Cassia: Casting Fend on a target who is near a wall will no longer cause her to path in unintended directions before the Ability fires.
  • Genji: Fixed an issue that prevented Fort attacks from slowing Genji’s Movement and Attack Speeds if he had Dodge stacks remaining.
  • Kharazim: Fixed an issue that could cause Kharazim to dash to unexpected locations after casting Radiant Dash.
  • Tassadar: Fixed an issue causing some Attack Speed modifier effects, such as Xul’s Cursed Strikes, to persist indefinitely if the effect expired during Dimensional Shift.
  • Xul: Waiting 4 or more seconds to attack after activating Cursed Strikes will no longer cause the Ability’s visual effects to out of sync with Xul’s attack animations
  • Tychus: In the Rhythm Talent will now correctly display quest progress on the in-game Score Screen’s Talents tab.
User Interface
  • Emojis: Sending an “Embarrassed” Emoji (:oops:) as Garrosh, or while he is selected for play, will now correctly display the Garrosh Embarrassed Emoji if the player owns the corresponding Emoji pack.

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