BlizzardEntertainment submitted Heroes of the Storm Live Patch Notes - May 18, 2021 7 hours ago

Our next Heroes of the Storm patch is live! Read on for more information.

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Blizz_Daybringer commented on I drew this. 2 days ago

I love that I don't think I will possibly not hate it. Incredible, as always JoJo :)

Blizz_DWarner commented on Undocumented changes in the 2.54.0 PTR 4 days ago

PS: Blizzard, you should totes have done that Harpoon talent.

Harpoon was a Hook talent that caused it to pierce non-heroic, non-structure targets, increasing the damage dealt for each "fake" target it hit. Every second I was implementing it I knew it would never make it to a live setting, but I just *had* to try anyways. It was (predictably) absolutely bonkers. :)

Blizz_DWarner commented on Now that Christmas is over... 4 days ago
Blizz_DWarner commented on PTR Raynor's Banshee has zero cooldown 5 days ago

Will fix!

With the tier position changes to Evenhanded Blessings and Desperate Prayer, Inner Focus became a redundant and overcomplicated option for single target healing. We also wanted to avoid creating a "piano" Anduin situation where almost every tier offers a new active.

Blizz_DWarner commented on Is xp change canceled? 6 days ago

These changes will hit when the patch goes live, we couldn't sneak it in with the PTR patch. Sorry for any confusion!

:)

Blizz_Daybringer commented on Loan Talents Round 3! 6 days ago

For sure, and that number is very easy for us to tune :)

Missing a full Minion wave of soak just because you can grab 25% of it's value a bit later is not really a great idea in most circumstances, especially at higher level play. That said, we will be watching it closely and appreciate the feedback!

Blizz_Daybringer commented on Loan Talents Round 3! 6 days ago

For sure!

Experience Globes were originally designed as a way to educate players (especially newer ones) about how important it is to be in lane and soak experience from it. It has honestly made a massive difference in that aspect and has become a very valuable part of the onboarding player experience.

This additional change actually takes it to a new level, as it allows players to see experience that they would have otherwise missed, and go collect it for a very discounted value - but, it shows that it would have been missed altogether otherwise.

As we evaluate it's effects on different levels of play, we will tune and tweak the numbers as necessary, but internally it has been nothing but positive moments of map evaluation (from all levels of play) that we have been excited about!

Blizz_Daybringer submitted Loan Talents Round 3! 6 days ago

Hello again Heroes!

What a day - as we are winding down and getting ready for bed, I can't begin to explain to you all how awesome it was to see the positive interaction and discussion everyone has been sharing about the new Loan Talents!

That said, this post is not about Loan Talents, but another gameplay change we have made...and are excited to share!

Experience Globes

  • Experience Globes will no longer completely disappear after 6 seconds, but shrink. After shrinking they will remain on the Battleground for an additional 39 seconds and be worth 25% of their original experience.

Have a wonderful night, and know that we are all here and listening! <3

Blizz_DWarner commented on Loan Talents Round 2! 6 days ago

We're only planning to give this to Heroes where it's appropriate (sorry Abathur) and we're approaching this addition as being a permanent one.

Blizz_DWarner commented on Loan Talents Round 2! 6 days ago

It's a baseline "quest", complete with announcements, that auto-completes once you reach level 13. We felt it was important for the enemy team to know that they now need to watch for big hooks from the shadows.

Blizz_Daybringer commented on Loan Talents Round 2! 6 days ago

We started off with tying them to deaths. We had thought about other vectors as well, but didn't really like the designs of them.

If you have suggestions, feel free to throw them out!

Blizz_Daybringer commented on Loan Talents Round 2! 6 days ago

"Brett Timers"...

How did my name get on those? :)

Blizz_DWarner commented on Loan Talents Round 2! 6 days ago

They appear like a normal completed quest that loses progress as you acquire deaths.

Blizz_DWarner submitted Loan Talents Round 2! 6 days ago

Good afternoon Heroes!

We really appreciate all the feedback you've given so far on our plans to introduce Loan talents, so we're gonna preview a few more!

We already showed off Johanna's Divine Fortress talent:

  • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant 15 Physical Armor for 3 seconds, stacking up to 60.
  • Loan: Johanna gains 20% maximum Health. Lose 5% of this bonus every time she dies.

Ol' Jimmy Raynor is getting a new version of Veteran Marksman:

  • Quest: Each time the primary target of Give 'Em Some Pepper is a Hero, permanently increase its damage bonus by .75%.
  • Loan: Gain 60% bonus Give 'Em Some Pepper damage. Every death reduces this bonus by 15%.

Our favorite Demon Hunter, (get rekt Illidan), is springing into action with a new Creed of the Hunter:

  • Quest: Every 50 Basic Attacks against Heroes permanently increases the damage bonus of Hatred by 1%, to a maximum of 5%.
  • Loan: Gain 20% increased Attack Speed. Every death reduces this bonus by 5%.

Finally, our large lord of lard, Stitches, is lumbering to the buffet for a Second Helping:

  • Devour gains an additional charge with a 6 second cooldown between uses:
  • Loan: If Stitches is at max Health after using Devour, he gains a Shield equal to 15% of his maximum Health for 10 seconds. Every death reduces this shield amount by 3%.

The dev team is excited to share these changes (and plenty of others!) very soon. No trademark memeing involved!

P.S. Stitches is getting Fishing Hook baseline at level 13 Ahhhhh freak-out!

Blizz_Daybringer submitted Loan Talents! 7 days ago

Good morning Heroes!

There is some new content coming right around the corner and I wanted to take a quick minute to share something new that will be entering the Nexus shortly - Loan Talents. Here is a sneak-peek at one of them:

Divine Fortress

  • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant 15 Physical Armor for 3 seconds, stacking up to 60.
  • Loan: Johanna gains 20% maximum Health. Lose 5% of this bonus every time she dies.

The idea behind these was to give fairly substantial up-front power spikes that can either help carry you to victory or potentially lose potency over time - think of them as sort of 'reverse-quests'. Play smart and they can be extremely powerful over the course of the game, but know that by choosing it, you also put a pretty substantial target over your head... cough, Convection, cough.

Anyways, the team is excited to see what you think about these and get them into your hands as soon as possible! Have a wonderful day and we will see you in the Nexus! <3

BlizzKofalt commented on Kharazim suggestion 9 days ago

A fun idea! I wonder if something simpler, like 'Gain all Level 1 Talents', would be as interesting as an upgrade based on the level 1 choice.

Curious how you'd feel if we added this talent but kept Storm Shield. Is your desire to see Storm Shield removed solely due to it being a generic talent? Or do you think that Storm Shield doesn't play in a way that is useful for Kharazim?

Hey folks, thanks for mentioning this. We recognize that this has been a really frustrating issue to deal with and I wanted to stop by and let you all know that it has not been forgotten. For those affected, the Heroes team has been working on a fix that they hope to have in an upcoming patch. We'll be keeping an eye out once that patch is release to capture any ongoing issues or edge cases.

I don't have a date that I'm able to share for that patch, since it's still being worked on. But hopefully this will be corrected soon.

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