A new patch has been released on the live servers bringing with it several major additions. Probius is the latest Hero to enter the Nexus. This brave little Probe was the star of the Legacy of the Void cinematic specializes in zone control thru the use of Pylons. He does high damage but requires a certain amount of setup time to be at his most effective. A new season of Ranked Play has also begun. Dubbed 2017 Season 1 this new season is expected to last until the week of June 13th. Players can earn the usual portraits, gold, and a unique mount based on their highest ranked achieved. Rewards for the previous season have also been awarded out so be sure to log in to collect that booty. Several Heroes have also been reworked in this patch. Check out the Patch Notes below to read all about the changes
Heroes of the Storm is an ever evolving game due to the introduction of new Heroes and regular balance updates. While this can sometimes make it hard to keep up with the Meta, it also provides a valuable information that you can use to your advantage. Even if you don’t play draft modes you can still use your knowledge of how the game is evolving to improve your chances for success. In this case, success refers not only to your chances of winning, but also your chances of having an enjoyable experience. There is an element of randomness to Quick Match which can at times lead to some… interesting… compositions. Taking a few moments to consider recent changes and how they affect which Heroes people choose to play can go a long way to improving your odds of avoiding a less than ideal comp. Most people intuitively understand that Heroes who have
The Lucio patch has been released on the live server, which means it is time to rock out to the soothing sounds of futuristic Overwatch EDM. Check out this guide for tips on how to play this latest Support Hero. The other big Heroes related news in this patch is the rework to Murky. Based on early PTR feedback, the general consensus seems to be that this new iteration of Murky is crazy OP. One of the more interesting Talent additions is Egg Hunt, which allows Murky to place several fake Eggs which cast slime when destroyed. To help make it harder to tell which is the real Egg. Murky has 5 seconds of Stealth after emerging from his Egg. Murky may even be able to function as a tank now thanks to Talents like the reworked Fish Tank, Egg Shell, and Big Tuna Kahuna. Even if you don’t play
The PTR is live and everyone’s favorite upbeat DJ is ready to turn in up. The PTR will be available until February 13th, with Lucio expected to hit the live servers the following day. In addition to a new Support Hero, this patch will also bring with it the For Azeroth! event, which you can read more about here. While players will not be able to compete this event on the PTR, they may encounter elements in the course of play. This patch also includes quite a few Hero changes. Notable changes include buffs to Valeera, a Murky rework, and a swap of Varian’s Level 13 and 16 Talents. Read all about these changes and everything else currently included in this PTR build below.
Watch your back; Valeera Sanguinar had entered the Nexus. This patch also includes the 2017 Lunar Festival, “Sandbox” mode for Custom Games, and reworks for Tassadar and Rexxar. According to lore, Valeera was one of Varian Wrynn’s personal bodyguards. Like him, she is a former gladiator once owned by Rehgar. Her Heroes kit is reminiscent of a Combat Rogue, right down to the Combo Point mechanic. Her Trait, Vanish (D), allows her to disappear from sight and provides her a different set of abilities. She has been described as an “Enemy Carry Disabler”, so back line Heroes should continually be on the lookout for that trademark stealth shimmer when Valeera is in the game. The Lunar Festival is back, and this year’s version includes an event quest that rewards a Lunar Rooster Portrait and Lunar Rooster Mount upon completion. Also new this year are skins for Li-Ming and Samuro as well
The Public Test Realm is up and it brings with it a sneak peek at our newest Hero, Valeera Sanguinar. Some fans may remember her from the Warcraft comics, but for most she will be best known as the Rogue Hero in Hearthstone. At first glance, she seems to capture the feel of a Combat Rogue from World of Warcraft all the way down to the Combo Points. Her Trait, Vanish (D), grants her Stealth and a new set of Abilities. Her Q, W, E Abilities will all be familiar to Rogue players. Sinister Strike (Q) gives her a short dash and generates one Combo Point. Blade Flurry (W) deals AOE damage and awards one Combo Point per Hero hit. Eviscerate (E) is a classic finisher and consumes all Combo Points to deal increased damage. Interestingly both of her Heroics (R) are more focused on survival than increased damage. This
Easily lost in all of the hype surrounding Zul’jin’s release and the Raynor bug fix earlier this week was a subtle change to the Resistance/Vulnerability mechanic. Here is what the patch notes had to say: Design & Gameplay Armor & Vulnerability Developer Comments: With today’s patch you will notice that a lot of our tooltips that used to reference the Resistant/Vulnerable system have been changed. Matthew Cooper detailed the changes on our forums last month explaining a bit about the new system. While the tooltips may have changed, the actual functionality for the system has been in since the Varian patch hit during the week of November 14, so the game itself should not feel any different than what you are currently used to. You will also notice that we have added baseline Armor to three Heroes – Arthas, Anub’arak, and Greymane’s Worgen Form. These are the first of a
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.
The latest Heroes of the Storm patch it out and it brings with it among other things a troll Hero, an in-game Tournament Draft feature, a buff to Grave Golem scaling on Haunted Mines, and a fix to the Raynor bug. Zul’Jin, Warlord of the Amani, is a ranged Assassin whose damage increases the more injured he becomes. His first Heroic, Taz’dingo, makes it so that he cannot be killed or reduced below 1 health for the next four seconds. His second Heroic, Guillotine, launches a massive blade into the sky that does damage in the target area. This damage is increased the lower Zul’Jin’s Health becomes. Other Heroes seeing changes this patch include Nova, Azmodan, Sylvanas, and Anub’arak. As usual the patch also includes a variety of changes to the Shop inventory, UI and Art improvements, and assorted bug fixes. If you would like to read the full Patch
The Public Test Realm has returned and this time around the focus is on Ragnaros and the long awaited rework to Haunted Mines. Ragnaros is a melee assassin with a bit of a specialist feel. If his Blizzcon build is any indication expect him to have a strong debut. He should be a great fit on Braxxis Holdout as his Lava Wave ultimate decimates an enemy zerg rush. In Haunted Mines 2.0 the Objective remains the same, but the layout of the map and the Golem mechanic has been tweaked. Players will still journey underground to collect skulls, but each team will now receive a Golem and these Golems will alternate lanes each time they spawn. While they are not live on the PTR, the patch notes also detail several changes that will accompany the live patch. The biggest of these is probably the party size change for Ranked Play.