• Balance Update Notes for April 12th, 2016
 

Balance Update Notes for April 12th, 2016

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A sizable new balance patch was released today. As you would expect, many of the changes center around Heroes who have become ‘must pick/must ban’ material and/or who have especially high win rates. Continuing with a recent trend, there are also several changes to some lesser picked Heroics in the hopes of making them more attractive choices.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Illidan has received several changes aimed at making him a little less difficult to kill. These changes include a reduction in healing from his Trait and a nerf to some of his survivability Talents. They also buffed some of his Sweeping Strike (W) related Talents that they feel offer interesting gameplay options but currently have a low win rate.
  • Kael’thas also received significant changes. His health pool has been increased, as well as the range on his Flamestrike (W), which should enable him to poke more successfully. They also want players to use Verdant Spheres more to empower Gravity Lapse so they have removed the extra damage from using Verdant Spheres on Flamestrike. The bug currently affecting Kael’thas has also been addressed.
  • Li-Ming was also the recipient of some nerfs aimed to lower her burst potential and even out the pick rate on certain Talents. The base damage on her Arcane Orb (W) was reduced, but so was the cooldown and mana cost, so while it will do less damage she will be able to use it more often. The cooldown on her Disintegrate (R) Heroic has been increased to 30 seconds (from 20).
  • In more subtle changes, the stun duration on Thrall‘s Sundering (R) Heroic was reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1.25 seconds. Thrall has become a very popular Hero recently, especially in competitive, and Sunder is a big reason why. As a result, the change is note worthy even though it is fairly small.
  • Tychus received a rework recently, but he was still under performing so they buffed some of his Talents and Abilities related to his role as a tank buster. Not only will he do even more damage, specifically to high health targets, but they have also increase his health, which should help him stay alive long enough to deliver that damage. Apparently players were competing the quest related to his Master Assassin Talent too easily, so they have increased the requirements slightly.
  • Brightwing, Li Li, Malfurion, Tyrande, Uther, Johanna, and Muradin all received buffs to their lesser picked Heroics to make them more appealing.

This is by no means everything contained in this patch so continue scrolling down to read the full patch notes in their entirety.

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Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

We’ve just released a new patch for Heroes of the Storm that applies a few balance changes and bug fixes. Check out the patch notes below.

TALENTS

Dampen Magic

  • Maximum charges reduced from 2 to 1.
  • Duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds.

Developer Comments: While we feel that Dampen Magic has done its job of mitigating Ability Damage, it also has so much uptime that it can be difficult for enemies to know when is a good time to fire off their full damage output. We’re removing the second charge and increasing its duration, which should make it a bigger moment and help enemies to more easily know when the time is right to attack.

HEROES

ASSASSIN SPECIALIST SUPPORT WARRIOR
Falstad Abathur Brightwing E.T.C.
Illidan Li Li Johanna
Kael’thas Malfurion Muradin
Li-Ming Tyrande
Thrall Uther
Tychus

ASSASSIN

FALSTAD

  • Mighty Gust (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 40 to 60 seconds.

Developer Comments: Mighty Gust is an incredibly powerful ability that we had been giving buffs to for a long time in an attempt to get more players to pick it (and win!). It seems that after a long period of time, players have learned how to properly play with and against the Heroic, and now it’s time to undo some of those former buffs. Increasing the cooldown should reduce cases where Mighty Gust is used frivolously, but it should still be a powerful disengage and playmaking Heroic.

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ILLIDAN

  • Betrayer’s Thirst (Trait)
    • Heal amount granted per Basic Attack decreased from 40% to 30% of damage dealt.
    • Thirsting Blade (Talent)
      • Basic Attack Healing during Sweeping Strikes decreased from 60% to 50%.
  • Dive (Q)
    • Friend or Foe (Talent)
      • Range bonus decreased from 33% to 20%.
    • Reflexive Block (Talent)
      • Block charges granted after casting Dive reduced from 3 to 2.
  • Sweeping Strike (W)
    • Battered Assault (Talent)
      • Damage bonus increased from 100% to 125%.
    • Unbound (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction is now also granted when Sweeping Strike hits non-Heroic enemies.
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 5 to 4 seconds.

Developer Comments: We’re pretty happy with the Talent diversity and playstyle that Illidan has after the Talent Update, but he’s a little too hard to kill right now. We’re aiming to remove a little of his “snowball” survivability when he’s ahead by reducing the healing from his Trait and nerfing a few of his over-performing survivability Talents.

We’re also providing small buffs to a few Talents that we think add fun and interesting gameplay decisions to Illidan, but aren’t winning as much as they should (such as Battered Assault and Unbound).

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KAEL’THAS

  • Health increased from 1465 to 1520.
  • Health Regeneration increased from approximately 3.05 to 3.17 Health per second.
  • Flamestrike (Q)
    • Range increased by 10%.
    • Damage increased from 213 (+4% per level) to 320 (+4% per level).
    • Flamestrike damage is no longer increased when empowered by Verdant Spheres.
  • Living Bomb (W)
    • Damage dealt over time increased from 228 (+4% per level) to 252 (+4% per level).
    • Explosion damage increased from 114 (+4% per level) to 138 (+4% per level).
  • Gravity Lapse (E)
    • Cooldown decreased from 13 to 12 seconds.
    • Mana cost decreased from 85 to 80.
    • Nether Wind (Talent)
      • Mana restored after hitting an enemy Hero decreased from 85 to 80.
    • Gravity Crush (Talent)
      • Bonus damage taken by enemies hit increased from 25% to 30%.

Developer Comments: We’re happy to see that there is now more counter-play to how Kael’thas delivers his damage, and his Talent pick rates have dramatically improved. However, he has a lower win rate than we would like. We intended Kael’thas to be weak against enemy Heroes who dive on him but feel that we may have gone too far.

The changes to Flamestrike’s range should help him poke enemies from a safer distance (and build those Convection stacks!), and Living Bomb’s changes should help him be more threatening to enemies who want to stand toe to toe with him.

The change to Flamestrike’s base damage should help motivate players to use empowered Gravity Lapses more often, as they won’t lose potential Flamestrike damage when hitting stunned enemies.

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LI-MING

  • Dominance (Talent)
    • Health restoration decreased from 25% to 20% of maximum Health.
  • Arcane Orb (W)
    • Damage reduced by 10% overall, from 150 (+4% per level) to 135 (+4% per level) initial damage, and 450 (+4% per level) to 405 (+4% per level) damage at maximum range.
    • Cooldown decreased from 10 to 8 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40.
    • Triumvirate (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 6 to 5 seconds.
    • Zei’s Vengeance (Talent)
      • No longer causes Triumvirate to deal reduced damage to enemies that are close to Li-Ming.
  • Teleport (E)
    • Calamity (Talent)
      • Area of effect reduced by 10%.
    • Illusionist (Talent)
      • Minimum amount of damage taken in order to refresh Teleport’s cooldown increased from 15% to 20% of maximum Health.
  • Disintegrate (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds.

Developer Comments: Li-Ming has settled into a fairly healthy win-rate, and we are mostly happy with her overall performance in the Nexus. Now that we have a good chunk of data we are pushing a few changes to help level out her talent pick rates, which should increase her already amazing build diversity. We are also making a few balance tweaks in order to lower her burst potential, while also increasing the appeal of some of her Arcane Orb talents.

Disintegrate’s low cooldown is allowing players more lane-clear versatility than we are comfortable with. We have increased the cooldown to make players think a bit more about how and when to use the ability.

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THRALL

  • Sundering (R)
    • Stun duration reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds.

Developer Comments: We want to make some basic improvements to a lot of the lesser-picked/lower win-rate Heroic Abilities. Most of these are pretty simple changes to make them more enticing, like adding more damage, reducing cooldowns, or lowering Mana costs. We realize that the primary use case for Abilities like Li Li’s Water Dragon or E.T.C.’s Stage Dive is not damage, but having more of it might help them feel more effective. We’re trying to do something a little bit different with Brightwing’s Emerald Wind and Malfurion’s Twilight Dream by compensating for some of the Support capability you miss out on by picking these Heroics. We’re excited to see how these go! In Thrall’s case, Sundering was a little too strong, so we’re reducing its stun duration.

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TYCHUS

  • Health increased from 1669 (+4% per level) to 1836 (+4% per level).
  • Health Regeneration increased from approximately 3.48 to 3.83 Health per second
  • Master Assassin (Talent)
    • Attack Speed bonus per stack decreased from 2% to 1%.
    • Maximum number of stacks increased from 10 to 15.
  • Minigun (Trait) (D)
    • Damage bonus increased from 1.5% to 2% of the target’s maximum Health.
    • The Bigger They Are. . . (Talent)
      • Damage bonus increased from 3% to 4% of the target’s maximum Health.

Developer Comments: We’re generally happy with Tychus’ new role as the destroyer of high-health enemies. His new talent options are mostly providing good talent diversity. Master Assassin is a bit overtuned and players are finishing the quest too quickly, so we’re nerfing it and adding to the time it takes to complete.

Overall, Tychus is too weak, so we’re sharpening his role. Increasing his trait damage from 1.5% to 2.0% will make sure he shreds those high health warriors even further, while the health increase will let him turret on his target longer and trade better.

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SPECIALIST

ABATHUR

  • Evolve Monstrosity (R)
    • Maximum Minion stacks increased from 30 to 40.
    • Health increased from 931 (+4% per level) to 1000 (+4% per level).

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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SUPPORT

BRIGHTWING

  • Emerald Wind (R)
    • Now passively increases Soothing Mist healing by 8%.

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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LI LI

  • Water Dragon (R)
    • Damage increased from 192 (+4% per level) to 318 (+4% per level).
    • Mana cost decreased from 100 to 50.

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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MALFURION

  • Twilight Dream (R)
    • Now passively increases Malfurion’s Mana Regeneration by 1.5 Mana per second.

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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TYRANDE

  • Starfall (R)
    • Damage per second increased from 69 (+4% per level) to 91 (+4% per level).
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 100 to 75.

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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UTHER

  • Divine Storm (R)
    • Stun duration increased from 1.5 to 1.75 seconds.

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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WARRIOR

E.T.C.

  • Stage Dive (R)
    • Damage increased from 201 (+4% per level) to 330 (+4% per level).

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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JOHANNA

  • Falling Sword (R)
    • Damage increased from 251 (+4% per level) to 365 (+4% per level).

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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MURADIN

  • Haymaker (R)
    • Damage dealt to secondary targets increased from 25% to 100% damage of Haymaker’s primary target damage.

Developer Comments: Please see Thrall’s Developer Comment above.

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BUG FIXES

Heroes and Talents

  • Fixed an issue which allowed Kael’thas to repeatedly cast Living Bomb for free under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Kerrigan from casting Ravage on Earthbind Totem and several other summoned units.
  • The tooltip for Sgt. Hammer’s Siege Mode will no longer reference a nonexistent Talent.