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Latest Patch NotesHeroes of the Storm Balance Patch Notes – February 27, 2019 (about 1 year ago)

02 Nov


The only thing that’s constant in the Nexus is change. As mentioned at BlizzCon 2018, in the coming months we’re bringing you gameplay and matchmaking changes, feature updates, and a whole new way to earn experience with Boosts! Read on for more information.


Experience a New Experience… Experience:

One of our major goals with the 2019 updates is to implement gameplay changes that encourage closer matches and avoid the dreaded “snowball” effect. After careful design, implementation, and iteration, we felt that this best way to accomplish this goal was to slow down the “snowball effect” just as it starts to come into play. In short, we’re changing the way we reward players who prioritize push strategies to gain experience and power advantages. While we still want to reward players for pushing, we’re focused on removing the direct power advantage we give to these teams and will instead reward them with a strategic adv...

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01 Nov


Allow us to try out mounts

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over 1 year ago - BlizzLana-1560 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

That’s a great question.
I’ll bring this back to the team, thank you for the suggestion.

–Lana B

Some Skins that would make my day

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over 1 year ago - BlizzLana-1560 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Lots of fun ideas in this thread – it’s making my day!
Thanks for posting.

This week’s Heroes Brawl is Braxis Outpost! A single-lane battleground set in the Koprulu Sector, it will be up to your team to survive in the lane and take down the enemy core, without the aid of Hearthstone or their Hall of Storms. Good luck, have fun!


Rules:

  • Shuffle Pick
    • Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the battle on Braxis Outpost. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose!
  • ARAM Rules
    • Players cannot use Hearthstone
    • Players do not heal at their starting location. (Hall of Storms)
    • Cores have no shields
  • Mercenary Camps
    • Braxis Outpost features two mirrored Goliath & Raven mercenary camps.
  • Be the first team to take down the enemy Core to claim victory!
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31 Oct


We're about to release a new Heroes of the Storm patch to apply a number of balance changes and bug fixes. Read on for details.


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2018 Pumpkin Contest Winners

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over 1 year ago - Nebu on News - Thread - Direct

The winners of this year's pumpkin-carving contest have been chosen -- and they're monstrously spectacular. We'd like to thank everyone who participated this year, and we can't wait to see your mad scientist skills in action again next time around. Check out all of the creepy, incredible, and creative winning pumpkins:

Mummified Raptor Mount - "Tomb Stalker"

Raine Pye - Kemptville, ON. Canada

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30 Oct


Our latest round of Heroic Deals offers 50% off select Heroes, and brings a fresh set of skins and mounts into the featured item rotation. Check out the Hero sales and featured items listed below, and then head in-game to add them to your collection before this offer expires on November 6.


Half-Price Heroes

Heroes Discount Price
Tyrande 500 250 Gems
Kael'thas 625 312 Gems

Featured Skins and Mounts

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The skins and mounts that we’ve added to the featured item rotation are ava...

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29 Oct


Sustain Needs to be looked at

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over 1 year ago - MattVi-1486 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Nah nothing crazy like that. There’s an explanation in Joe’s Reddit post that I linked above, but basically our first step is to try and enforce more balanced team compositions to make QM games more consistent and fair.

For example if I queue for QM right now as Kael’thas, there’s a very good chance I won’t have a healer or tank, and the other team will have something like Zeratul or Tracer - pretty painful right? If we made it so that you always (or almost always) had a healer and a tank on your team, those matchups suddenly become a lot less one-sided.

Sustain Needs to be looked at

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over 1 year ago - MattVi-1486 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Getting “outcomped” in Quick Match in general is a negative experience and something we’ve been actively working on improvements for. Lead Systems Designer Joe Piepiora shared some background on our plans for this in a Reddit AMA back in April-

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26 Oct


We’ve recently released a Heroes of the Storm patch in order to address a few live bugs. Read on for details.


Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed an issue allowing players to exit D.Va’s Mech at will using custom hotkeys.

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Nova’s Snipe and Genji Dashing, join us all for pumpkin smashing! With tricks, and treats, and loot galore, you’ll scream at what we have in store! So, don your costumes, play pretend… the hour is nigh for Hallow’s End!


Rules:

  • Begin a match on Towers of Doom with some spooky new gameplay!
  • New Event: Smashing Pumpkins
    • The Headless Horseman will travel from lane to lane dropping pumpkins for either team to smash!
    • Smashing a pumpkin will launch a pumpkin at the enemy's core, and unleash a Trick or Treat for you or your team!
      • Treats
        • Rehgar’s Bloodlust (Just for you!)
        • Tyrande’s Shadowstalk Invisibility
        • Uther’s Divine Shield (With bonus duration!)
        • Rehgar’s Ancestral Spirit
      • Tricks...
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24 Oct


Fans of Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft II have the chance to earn in-game loot simply by tuning in to Twitch for championship esports tournaments during BlizzCon Opening Week and BlizzCon.

Guaranteed Drops

Guaranteed Drops for four hours of viewing either Heroes of the Storm or StarCraft II:

  • Fans who watch Heroes of the Storm or StarCraft II for a total of four hours during BlizzCon Opening Week from Oct. 25–28 and/or BlizzCon on Nov. 2–3 will receive one Rare Loot Chest in Heroes of the Storm and the Alarak Portrait in StarCraft II.

Guaranteed Drops for eight and 12 hours of viewing Heroes of the Storm:

  • Fans who watch eight hours of the HGC Finals at BlizzCon Opening Week and/or BlizzCon also will receive a Cheery Vikings Portrait in Heroes of the Storm.
  • Tuning in for 12 hou...
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23 Oct


Our latest round of Heroic Deals offers 50% off select Heroes, and brings a fresh set of skins and mounts into the featured item rotation. Check out the Hero sales and featured items listed below, and then head in-game to add them to your collection before this offer expires on October 30.


Half-Price Heroes

Heroes Discount Price
Deckard 750 375 Gems
Varian 750 375 Gems
Illidan 500 250 Gems

Featured Skins and Mounts

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18 Oct


Assist a salty revenge-fueled pirate in his other-worldly quest to destroy the docks, or send him to a watery grave with the aid of some spectral cannonballs. This week’s Heroes Brawl is Blackheart’s Revenge, and no matter which side you take, it’s sure to be an explosive match!


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Rules:

  • Choose from one of three randomly selected Heroes before entering the Docks. Be quick about it though, you only have 30 seconds to choose!
  • Everyone will begin the round at level 10 and will be asked to choose a Heroic Ability. No other talents will be available.
  • You will either be placed on the Attacking or Defending team and will be responsible for aiding Blackheart in his quest for revenge, or preventing the destruction of the Docks
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16 Oct


Our newest patch, featuring Mal’Ganis, is now live! Read on for a detailed breakdown of what’s new in the Nexus.


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New Forum baby!

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over 1 year ago - BlizzThomas-1688 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

I agree that would be awesome!

As for the process, it really comes down to time. Between our incredible community and our awesome developers we have absolutely no lack of amazing ideas being generated. We only have so much time to develop assets...

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Our latest round of Heroic Deals offers 50% off select Heroes, and brings a fresh set of skins and mounts into the featured item rotation. Check out the Hero sales and featured items listed below, and then head in-game to add them to your collection before this offer expires on October 9.


Half-Price Heroes

Heroes Discount Price
Zul'jin 750 375 Gems
Rexxar 500 250 Gems

Featured Skins and Mounts

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The skins and mounts that we’ve added to the featured item rotation are available for gem p...

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New Forum baby!

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over 1 year ago - BlizzThomas-1688 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Additionally, sometimes there are elements of a character’s fantasy or lore that we really want to bring into the Nexus, but can’t fit into the ability kit. Hearths, taunts and dances are the perfect place for us to geek out and add the tiny bits of flair that speak to the character, or sometimes our own personalities.

A personal example of this for me is the Portal FX for Deckard Cain’s Hearth. There was a heavy sentiment across the team that Deckard just HAD to use a portal for something, but it didn’t fit with the design of his abilities. It was great to be able to retain that fantasy using his Hea...

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15 Oct


The Halloween season has finally arrived, and we’re ready to cut straight to the heart of the holiday. If you're dying to pick up a knife and hack, slash, and jab at something, you’ll be excited to hear that Blizzard's 2018 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest officially begins October 15! Unleash your magical axes, psi blades, sharpened claws, and other creative cutlery to carve up Blizzard-themed jack-o-lantern of impressive splendor. 

We’ll choose five of the grandest autumnal squash to each receive $60.00 (USD) Blizzard Balance. 

Pumpkin Submission Tips

  • The winning entries will display high levels of originality, craftsmanship, and possibly humor.
  • Your pumpkin must be lit up by a candle or other light source in your photo entry. You should include another photo of the pumpkin unlit.
  • Pumpkins must be related to the Blizzard game universes.
  • Try to take the best picture possible, as picture quality helps make a ...
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12 Oct


New Forum baby!

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over 1 year ago - BlizzLana-1560 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Whyyyy thank you. :sunglasses:

If our artist had bandwith at the time, absolutely! i.e. Chromie has sand clones that show up and dance with her.

11 Oct


This week’s Heroes Brawl is Industrial District! Slide around and slug it out in the heart of Volskaya in this Overwatch-themed, single-lane Battleground featuring lots of conveyor belts and tons of action.


Rules:

  • Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle.
  • Standard play - no talent or level restrictions.
  • The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins!

Rewards:

  • Complete two matches of the Industrial District Brawl to earn a Loot Chest!

Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our ...

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10 Oct


New Forum baby!

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over 1 year ago - BlizzLana-1560 on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

A lot of it has to do with ‘what feels right’ for the character. What fits their personality, etc, but it’s largely just the whims of the Animator working on that hero, haha. Yrel’s dance, for example, is a combination of a video I found on the interwebs, and my personal go-to move on the dancefloor.

Many heroes will date themselves with their dances or taunts, which I kind of revel in. If there is a pop culture reference that is rather viral at the time, the animator sometimes draws inspiration from that. I animated Junkrat’s dance in the heat of that trend. He wasn’t released until 6 months later, or something - unfortunately outliving the fame of the moves, themselves. :wink:...

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09 Oct


Our latest round of Heroic Deals offers 50% off select Heroes, and brings a fresh set of skins and mounts into the featured item rotation. Check out the Hero sales and featured items listed below, and then head in-game to add them to your collection before this offer expires on October 16.


Half-Price Heroes

Heroes Discount Price
Fenix 750 375 Gems
Kharazim 625 312 Gems
Xul 750 375 Gems

Featured Skins and Mounts

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08 Oct


Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until October 15. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.


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Mal’Ganis Spotlight

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over 1 year ago - Heroes of the Storm on Youtube - Thread - Direct
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