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Balance Update For January 6, 2017

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A relatively sizable Balance Update was released earlier today and it includes changes to some of the more dominant Heroes in the current Meta such as Thrall, Rehgar, and Diablo. Other Heroes receiving changes include Ragnaros, Varian, Lt. Morales, Dehaka, and our newest Hero, Zul’jin.

It may be worth noting that Zeratul is listed in the tags at the bottom of the Patch Notes. This could be a clue that a change is coming for him that did not making it into the actual Patch, or it could simply be a typo.

Read the full details of the changes in the Patch Notes below.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

HEROES OF THE STORM BALANCE UPDATE — JANUARY 6, 2017

We’ve just released a new patch for Heroes of the Storm in order to apply a few bug fixes and balance changes.

Heroes

ASSASSIN MULTI-CLASS SUPPORT WARRIOR
Ragnaros Varian Lt. Morales Dehaka
Thrall Rehgar Diablo
Zul’jin

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Assassin

Ragnaros

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Abilities

  • Empower Sulfuras (Q)
    • Damage reduced from 211 to 201

Talents

  • Level 20
    • Heroic Difficulty (D)
      • Health and Damage bonus reduced from 50 to 25%

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Thrall

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Abilities

  • Earthquake (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 100 seconds
  • Sundering (R)
    • Damage increased from 274 to 290

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Zul’jin

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Abilities

  • Taz’dingo! (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 90 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 75

Developer Comments:  We were testing Taz’dingo internally at 60 seconds but had planned on shipping it at 90. This change didn’t make it into the release for Zul’jin but we wanted to get it in place as quickly as possible.

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Multi-Class

Varian

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Abilities

  • Charge (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 16 to 14 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Warbringer (E)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 8 to 6 seconds

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Support

Lt. Morales

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Talents

  • Level 16
    • Inoculation (W)
      • ​Removed

Developer Comments:  With the newly implemented Armor system, Inoculation and Shield Sequencer were both doing very similar things for Morales. We like the interaction and decision making that Shield Sequencer grants, so we have decided to keep it and remove Inoculation for now.

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Rehgar

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Abilities

  • Bloodlust (R)
    • Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
    • Movement Speed bonus reduced from 30 to 25%

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Warrior

Dehaka

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Talents

  • Level 1
    • Primal Aggression (W)
      • Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries reduced from 100 to 90%
  • ​​Level 7
    • Symbiosis (W)
      • Cooldown reduction per Hero hit decreased from 0.5 to 0.4 seconds
  • ​​Level 13
    • Primal Swarm (W)
      • Armor reduction after being hit by Dark Swarm decreased from -15 to -10

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Diablo

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Abilities

  • Fire Stomp (W)
    • Initial damage reduced from 60 to 54
    • Return damage reduced from 90 to 81

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Fire Devil (W)
      • Damage reduced from 22 to 20 per second

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Bug Fixes

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Azmodan: Can no longer mount while channeling All Shall Burn.
  • Dehaka: Fixed an issue that caused Dark Swarm to deal more damage than intended to Minions, and Mercenaries after learning Primal Aggression.
  • Dehaka: Fixed an issue that caused Dark Swarm to deal bonus damage to Monsters after learning Primal Aggression.

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