In arrivo su HOTS i rework di Whitemane e Junkrat!

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Con una nuova patch pubblicata nel PTR di Heroes of the Storm, gli sviluppatori Blizzard hanno fatto sapere che vi sono molte novità in arrivo anche sul server live del Nexus.

Nelle note, tra le cose più importanti segnaliamo l’evento “The Scarlet Heist“, che durerà dal prossimo 24 Settembre fino al 3 Dicembre, e che introdurrà su HOTS svariate novità e molte ricompense.
Oltre all’evento è anche importante nominare i due rework in arrivo nel Nexus, ovvero quello che colpirà Whitemane e quello invece destinato per Junkrat.

Entrambi gli eroi riceveranno infatti un elevatissimo numero di modifiche e di aggiornamenti che potrebbero cambiare in modo molto profondo sia Junkrat che Whitemane.

Di seguito, oltre alle varie note della patch pubblicata nel PTR, andiamo anche a vedere quelli che sono stati gli interventi più importanti voluti dai devs.
Vi auguriamo una buona consultazione ed un buon divertimento!

Le note della patch

Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until the week of September 23rd. 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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  •  MacOS Update:
    • With this patch, Heroes of the Storm will use Metal for rendering on macOS. This change ensures that Heroes is compatible with macOS Catalina and that it continues to be compatible with macOS for a long time to come. As a result, the minimum required version of macOS to run Heroes of the Storm is being increased to macOS 10.12 Sierra
    • There are a few known issues in this release:
      • Stuttering and stalling may be experienced early on in a game, particularly when the game first loads in and when the enemy team is first encountered. These stalls will get better over the course of a game and over the course of several games as macOS optimizes Heroes of the Storm behind the scenes
      • Some outlines render black
      • Some outlines and team color-based textures may render using colors from the color blind palette when color blind mode is disabled

Developer Comment: We will continue to work hard to resolve these and any other issues as we commit to providing a quality experience for our macOS players.

  • Free Loot Chest with 30 Day Boost Promotion
    • Until October 22nd, receive a free Legendary Scarlet Heist Chest when you purchase a 30 day boost!

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New Event: The Scarlet Heist 

New Tirisfal City. A town where every cop is on the take and every crook pays their dues. From her penthouse suite atop the Scarlet Monastery Casino, Whitemane runs the largest criminal empire this side of Tirisfal. There isn’t a deal that gets made, a job that gets pulled, a scam that gets run without Whitemane giving her blessing and getting her cut. Until now.

Scarlet Heist Event Dates

  • The Scarlet Heist is the fall event for Heroes of the Storm running from the week of September 24 – December 3. You’ll be able to equip skins for Junkrat, Orphea, Sgt. Hammer, and Whitemane, and complete quests to unlock Portraits, Sprays, Emojis, and special Mounts.

Scarlet Heist Loot Chests

  • During the Scarlet Heist event, all Loot Chests you earn through progression, Heroes Brawl, or by spending gold will be Scarlet Heist Loot Chests. (Except Hero-specific Chests, which will remain unchanged.) Most limited-time items shown above have a chance to drop from Scarlet Heist Loot Chests only. You can also score Items from previous years’ limited-time Fall of King’s Crest event in Scarlet Heist Loot Chests!

Scarlet Heist Quests

  • Orphea’s plan is simple: she grabs the safe while Junkrat brings the firepower and Bama provides the getaway. Whitemane would never expect anyone to be bold (or stupid) enough to steal from the Scarlet Mafia. And that’s the best thing that Orphea’s crew has going for them. As you complete quests you will unlock rewards and if you can pull off the heist you’ll unlock the Royal Getaway Sidecar mount.

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Whitemane Rework



  • Weapon
    • Damage from 60 to 55
  • Desperate Plea [Q]
    • Range from 7.5 to 8
    • Mana cost from 30 to 45
    • Compounding Mana cost from 60 to 45​
  • Inquisition [W]
    • Damage from 350 to 329
  • Searing Lash [E]
    • Range from 8.5 to 8
    • Damage from 82 to 75
  • Clemency [1]
    • Now available baseline
    • Now costs 75 Mana


  • Level 1
    • Righteous Flame
      • Changed Functionality: Increase the damage of Searing Lash by 25%. Increase this to 50% if the target is Stunned, Rooted, Silenced, or Slowed
    • Pity the Frail
      • Changed Functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by Searing Lash reduce the Cooldown of Inquisition by 1 second. All of your Healing is increased by 25% on targets below 25% Health
    • [New Talent] – Inquisitor’s Prayer  
      • Quest: Hit Heroes with Searing Lash
      • Reward: Each Hero hit grants 3 permanent Health and 2 permanent Mana. Heroes hit with the second strike count as 2 hits
  • Level 4
    • High Inquisitor
      • Removed
    • Unwavering Faith 
      • New Functionality: Gain 20% Basic Attack range. Each active Zeal buff increases your Basic Attack damage by 20%
    • Martyrdom
      • Moved from Level 1
      • Changed Functionality: Increase Desperate Prayer’s healing by 10%. Each active Zeal buff increases this by an additional 10%
    • Indulgence
      • New Functionality: Gain 5% Movement Speed. Each active Zeal buff increases this by an additional 5%
  • Level 7
    • Intercession
      • Cooldown from 60 to 45 seconds
    • [New Talent] – Scarlet Wrath 
      • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase the duration of Zeal by .75 seconds
  • Level 10
    • Scarlet Aegis 
      • Cooldown from 60 to 90 seconds
    • Divine Reckoning
      • Cooldown from 100 to 75 seconds
      • Added Functionality: Restore Mana equal to 25% of the damage dealt to Heroes​
  • Level 13
    • Self-Righteous
      • Removed
    • Guiding Light
      • ​Removed
    • Subjugation 
      • Moved from Level 20
      • Damage reduction from 75 to 50%
    • Lashing Out
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Removed Functionality: No longer grants bonus damage on the second strike of Searing Lash
    • [New Talent]: Saintly Greatstafff  
      • Zeal heals for an additional 100% from Basic Attacks
  • Level 16
    • Harsh Discipline 
      • Moved from Level 13
    • Shared Punishment
      • Added Functionality: Enemies affected by Inquisition lose 10 Armor
  • Level 20
    • Judgement Day 
      • Bonus damage from 30 to 50%
    • Fanatical Power
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New Functionality: Activate to grant target ally a permanent Zeal. Only one Hero can have this at a time (15 second CD)

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Junkrat Rework



  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 116 to 110
  • Frag Launcher [Q]
    • Damage reduced from 128 to 118


  • Level 1
    • Put Some English On It [Q]
      • Removed
    • Boucny Bouncy [Q]
      • Removed
    • Tricky Shuffles [Q]
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Bonus Movement Speed reduced from 15% to 10%
      • Additional functionality: While Frag Launcher has no charges left, Junkrat gains 15% bonus Basic Attack damage
    • Extra-Wound Timers [Q]
      • Additional Functionality: The final grenade from Frag Launcher deals 60% bonus damage
    • [New Talent]: Blow ‘Em Up! [W]
      • Hitting an enemy hero with Concussion Mine or Steel Trap causes Junkrat to deal 25% more damage with Basic Attacks and Basic Abilities for 6 seconds​
  • Level 4
    • Bonzer Hits [W]
      • Removed
    • Chattering Teeth [E]
      • Moved to Level 13
    • BOOM POW [W]
      • Moved from Level 20
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 12 to 8 seconds
    • Taste for Explosions [Q]
      • Damage scaling changed from .5 per stack to .2%
      • Maximum bonus damage changed from 100 to 40%​
  • Level 7
    • Bogged Down [W]
      • Moved from Level 13
      • Slow amount reduced from 60% to 40%
      • Slow Duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds
    • Big As [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Enemy Heroes who are hit by Steel Trap have their Armor lowered by 10 to 3.5 seconds
    • Sticky Wicket [E]
      • New Functionality: Enemy Heroes who are hit by Steel Trap are Silenced for 2.5 seconds
    • [New Talent]: Dirty Trickster [Trait]
      • Increase the explosion radius of Total Mayhem by 20%.  When Junkrat is Stunned, Rooted, or damaged by an enemy Hero while below 50% Health, he uses Total Mayhem, dropping 5 Grenades at his feet, dealing damage to nearby enemies;12-second CD
  • Level 10
    • RIP-Tire [R1]
      • Cooldown reduced from 80 seconds to 75 seconds
    • Rocket Ride [R2]
      • Movement Speed increased from 5.5 to 6
      • Impact damage increased from 750 to 815
  • Level 13
    • Gotta Trap ‘Em All
      • Moved to Level 4
      • No longer has a quest component to gain benefits
      • Maximum number of Traps reduced from 3 to 2
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 3 to 5 seconds​
    • [New Talent]: Bombs Away [Q]
      • ​Increase Junkrat’s Basic Attack range by 1. Frag Launcher grenades fired within .5 seconds of using a Basic Attack deal 25% bonus damage
  • Level 20
    • Extra Oomph [R1]
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 20 to 25 seconds
    • Puckish Scamp [R2]
      • New Functionality: Junkrat gains the ability to use RIP-Tire.  Each time he uses his Heroic, it swaps to the alternate ability.  Each Heroic has its own separate cooldown
    • ​​[New Talent]: I Hate Waiting! [Z]
      • Junkrat always rides his Rocket mount, which moves at an additional 150% Movement Speed, but his mount cooldown is increased to 12 seconds

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Many seasonal items have made their way back into the collection and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!

For the duration of the Scarlet Heist event, the Legendary Scarlet Heist loot chest will be available for purchase for 12,000 gold! (Limit 1 per region per account)

New Bundles (Limited Time Only!)

  • Scarlet Heist Bundle
  • Showstopper Whitemane Bundle
  • Big Shot Sgt. Hammer Bundle
  • Wiseguy Junkrat Bundle
  • Baby-Face Orphea Bundle
  • Raccoon Bundle
  • Getaway Sidecar Bundle
  • Fall of King’s Crest Bundle

New Skins (Limited Time Only!)

  • Showstopper Whitemane
    • Noir Showstopper Whitemane
    • Idol Showstopper Whitemane
    • Diamond Dust Showstopper Whitemane
    • Silver Screen Showstopper Whitemane
  • Big Shot Sgt. Hammer
    • Cabbie Big Shot Sgt. Hammer
    • Hot Shot Sgt. Hammer
    • Untouchable Big Shot Sgt. Hammer
    • Dragster Big Shot Sgt. Hammer
  • Wiseguy Junkrat
    • Slick Wiseguy Junkrat
    • Henchman Wiseguy Junkrat
    • High Roller Wiseguy Junkrat
    • Prankster Wiseguy Junkrat
  • Baby-Face Orphea
    • Honey Baby-Face Orphea
    • Lovely Baby-Face Orphea
    • Sly Baby-Face Orphea
    • Devious Baby-Face Orphea​

New Mounts (Limited Time Only!)

  • Timmy Raccon
    • Bobby Raccoon
    • Frankie Raccoon
    • Joey Raccoon
    • Escobar Racoon
    • Tommy Raccoon
  • Getaway Sidecar
    • Classic Getaway Sidecar
    • Blazing Getaway Sidecar
    • Smooth Getaway Sidecar
    • Swell Getaway Sidecar
  • Revered Tombstone
  • Venomous Tombstone

New Content (Limited Time Only!)

  • Several new sprays and portraits have also been added to the game

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Bug Fixes


  • Fixed an issue where purchasing items in the Store can cause the Blizzard Checkout screen to display as black
  • Fixed an issue where Loot Chests can fail to open when you use Loot Chest award notification on end of game screen to navigate to Loot screen
  • Removed Minion flag from Mercenaries and Monsters
  • [Score Screen Updates]: Self Healing/Shielding score is no longer being added to Healing/Shielding score and will instead become its own score that replaces Damage Taken in the Tab Score Screen​
  • [Try Me Mode]: Cassia’s Titan’s Revenge armor will now fully reset when resetting Talents in Try Me Mode
  • Abilities learned while the Hero is disabled due to crowd control effects will not be usable while the Hero is disabled by channeling or other Crowd Control effects

Heroes, Abilities, & Talents

  • Leoric: Updated Wraith Walk’s Movement Speed to correctly get up to a 50% bonus
  • [Rework] Junkrat: Concussion Mines will now always knock back all enemy types and Junkrat when they explode
  • Stitches: Shambling Horror’s movement speed has been updated to match the new base Hero move speed
  • Li Li: Blinding Wind can no longer target and blind Immune targets
  • Artanis: Interupting Blade Dash before a second missle is launched no longer places in Artanis in unpathable terrain
  • Azmodan: All Shall Burn no longer continues to cast on targets in Post-Death states
  • Orphea: Orphea is now granted Mana when she uses Shadow Waltz
  • Yrel:
    • Yrel will now automatically mount after Hearthing back to base after using Bubble Hearth
    • Yrel can no longer become temporarily stuck channeling a Basic Ability by using her remaining Mana on Ardent Defender
  • Qhira:
    • Updated No Santuary to include a 20% damage bonus to Blood Rage, Pulsing Pain, and Final Strike
    • Grappling Hook chain will no longer sometimes remain after casting the hook against Terrain
    • Swing Life Away no longer gives Spell Armor even if Revoling Sweep ends
    • The Thirst no longer heals Qhira after Carnage has hit non-Heroic targets
    • Qhira no longer pops at the end of her dance animation
  • Kel’Thuzad:


  • Level 10
    • Shadow Fissure [R2]
      • ​​Hitting an enemy Hero no longer instantly resets the cooldown of Shadow Fissure, but instead sets it to 1.5 seconds

Developer Comment: Talk about fireworks?! With our last balance patch, we introduced some changes to Shadow Fissure that ended up causing a bit more mayhem than we had expected. While we like rewarding players for hitting their abilities, a full instant reset of the ability ended up feeling pretty bad to play against in a lot of circumstances. This was compounded with the changes we also made to Might of the Scourge, so instead of a full reset, we decided to dial it back a notch and set the cooldown to 1.5 seconds instead.

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Microsoft/Activision Blizzard: il CEO Bobby Kotick resterà al comando fino al 2023

Profilo di Stak

Nel corso della giornata di ieri l’intero settore dei videogiochi è rimasto “folgorato” dalla notizia dell’acquisizione di Activision Blizzard da parte di Microsoft.

Quasi come un fulmine a ciel sereno, i canali social del mondo Xbox hanno iniziato a pubblicare post nei quali annunciavano il raggiungimento dell’accordo tra i consigli d’amministrazione dei due giganteschi gruppi, il tutto per una cifra spaventosa: quasi 70 miliardi di Dollari (sono 68.7 per l’esattezza, 90 Dollari per azione di Activision Blizzard).

Come facilmente prevedibile, la notizia ha avuto l’effetto di un terremoto all’interno del mondo del gaming, tra personalità e giocatori assolutamente entusiasti della notizia (ne parleremo più dettagliatamente nel corso del pomeriggio), e tanti altri che hanno invece manifestato preoccupazione sul fronte delle esclusive, e dei giochi che POTREBBE perdere la console Sony nei prossimi anni (COD e Overwatch su tutti).

Al netto delle speculazioni, delle ipotesi o delle varie possibili strade che potrebbe prendere tutta questa situazione, sappiamo comunque che Activision Blizzard continuerà ad avere una (quasi) totale autonomia sul suo operato, almeno fino alla metà del prossimo anno.

Per far si che l’acquisizione inizi a tutti gli effetti, molto probabilmente con l’inserimento di personalità del mondo Microsoft nei ruoli chiave di Activision Blizzard e dei suoi studi associati, bisognerà infatti attendere il 30 Giugno del 2023, prima data utile per permettere all’intero accordo di raggiungere tutti gli standard richiesti in questo tipo di operazioni.

Dei “tempi tecnici” obbligatori quindi, durante i quali l’attuale CEO di Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick (tra le persone coinvolte nello scandalo abusi sessuali della scorsa estate – troverete qui altri dettagli) resterà alla guida dell’azienda, con la stessa che opererà in totale autonomia.

Non sappiamo esattamente in cosa consisterà questa “totale autonomia“, ma in ogni caso dubitiamo fortemente che Microsoft si “disinteressi” completamente di questo suo nuovo, importante, asset societario per i prossimi 18 mesi.

A dare la conferma rispetto a queste tempistiche è stato lo stesso Bobby Kotick, che ha inviato la seguente lettera a tutti i dipendenti nel corso della giornata di ieri:

“[…] Transazioni come queste richiedono molto tempo per essere completate. Fino a quando non avremo tutte le approvazioni necessarie, e fin quando le altre consuete condizioni di chiusura non saranno soddisfatte, che prevediamo avvenga nell’anno fiscale 2023 di Microsoft (termina il 30 giugno 2023), continueremo a operare in modo completamente autonomo.

Continuerò come nostro CEO con la stessa passione ed entusiasmo che avevo quando ho iniziato questo fantastico viaggio nel 1991. Naturalmente, questo annuncio susciterà tante domande. Organizzeremo numerosi forum ed eventi per assicurarci di rispondere alle tue preoccupazioni […]” (fonte).

Microsoft acquista Activision: cosa potrebbe cambiare in futuro?

Da inizio Luglio 2023 dovrebbe a quel punto subentrare Microsoft, Bobby Kotick e altri nomi dell’azienda lasceranno Activision Blizzard (si è parlato esplicitamente di “lievi modifiche al personale”, quindi non dovrebbe essere qualcosa che riguarda i dipendenti e gli impiegati delle software house), con il subentro al comando dell’Amministratore Delegato di Microsoft Satya Nadella e delle nuove personalità che andranno a ricoprire ruoli di vertice nella struttura organizzativa del gigantesco publisher.

L’argomento Activision Blizzard/Microsoft continuerà ad essere analizzato ed approfondito su nuovi speciali che usciranno in seguito. Restate sintonizzati con noi per non perdervi neanche una novità sulla questione.

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Microsoft ha acquistato Activision Blizzard! Quale fine per Call of Duty su PlayStation?

Profilo di Stak

Una vera e propria “bomba” quella sganciata pochi minuti fa dai canali ufficiali di Xbox…la gigantesca Microsoft ha infatti acquistato, per intero, Activision Blizzard!

Dopo mesi burrascosi (quando non drammatici, ndr) dovuti allo scandalo, ed alle successive inchieste dovute alle molestie ed agli abusi sessuali che si sono consumati all’interno dell’azienda, termina cosi un lungo ciclo per Activision Blizzard, e se ne apre uno totalmente nuovo all’orizzonte.

Pur non essendoci ancora conferme ufficiali da parte dei diretti interessati, sembra che dietro l’accordo vi sia una cifra davvero astronomica: ben 70 miliardi di Dollari (la fonte è il noto ed autorevole Wall Street Journal, ndr)…addirittura 20 miliardi di Dollari in più rispetto a quella che era la “stima” del valore di mercato dell’azienda.

La cosa avrà una portata incredibilmente pesante. Vi basti pensare a come si andrà a sviluppare l’attuale presenza su PlayStation di titoli che a questo punto si apprestano a diventare “esclusive” per Xbox e PC. Oltre a giochi come Overwatch, la questione potrebbe riguardare direttamente anche Call of Duty, storico titolo da sempre presente sulle console di Sony.

Al momento queste restano speculazioni, dato che non vi è stato ancora nessun chiarimento ufficiale da parte di Microsoft. Sembra però abbastanza ovvio pensare che i titoli futuri di questi franchise, fino ad oggi sempre “multi platform”, potrebbero presto diventare un’esclusiva interdetta ai giocatori PlayStation.

Microsoft, attraverso il noto big Phil Spencer, si è al momento limitata a commentare la cosa su Xbox Wire con il seguente intervento: “Siamo molto contenti di poter lavorare con le incredibili, talentuose, ed appassionate persone di Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch e tutti i team di Activision Blizzard“.

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Al via la Season 1 della Storm League 2022: ecco le note della patch!

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Da poche ore è stato ufficialmente rilasciato un nuovo imponente aggiornamento per Heroes of the Storm, che lancia sul celebre moba Blizzard la prima stagione della Storm League 2022 ed una lunghissima lista di fix/cambiamenti.

Tra questi segnaliamo ad esempio l’imponente rework che gli sviluppatori hanno scelto per Rehgar, o i vari buff/nerf che riguardano Auriel, Brightwing, Falstad, Imperius, Dehaka e tanti altri. Andiamo a vedere tutti i dettagli:


Building Changes

  • Healing Wells
    • Additional Functionality: Healing Wells are now invulnerable, and are destroyed when their nearby Fort or Keep are destroyed. Stand alone Healing Wells on Battlefield of Eternity and Braxis Holdout are destroyed when both Keeps are destroyed.
  • Forts
    • Health increased from 12900 to 15450.
  • Keeps
    • Health increased from 17000 to 20050.

Developer Comment: We’re happy with how Healing Wells function in our ARAM game mode, so we’re giving it a try everywhere. Additionally, Forts and Keeps now have additional health as they’ve absorbed the health of their nearby Healing Wells.

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Heroes Rework: Rehgar


  • Attack Damage increased from 106 to 115.
  • Attack speed reduced from 1.25 to 1.1.
  • Lightning Shield [W]
    • Additional Functionality: Each enemy hit by Lightning Shield restores 2 Mana to Rehgar.
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50.
  • Earthbind Totem [E]
    • Totem Health increased from 217 to 326.
  • Trait
    • All Ghost Wolf information has been moved to the Z key.
    • (New) Purge:
      • Activate to make an ally Unstoppable for .5 seconds or slow an enemy Hero by 80%, decaying over 2 seconds. Cannot be used on Self.
      • Cooldown: 45 Seconds.


  • Level 1
    • Stormcaller [W]
      • Moved from Level 4.
      • New functionality: Increase Lightning Shield’s radius by 25%.
      • Quest: Each time Lightning Shield hits an enemy Hero, permanently increase Rehgar’s Health by 2 and Mana by 1, to a maximum of 300 stacks.
    • Grounded Totem [E]
      • Moved from Level 7.
      • No longer grants additional Earthbind Totem Health.
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Heroes affected by Earthbind Totem also have their Spellpower reduced by 20%.
        • Increases range of Earthbind Totem by 50%.
    • Feral Heart [Z]
      • New Functionality:
        • Entering or Exiting Ghost Wolf form grants 20 Armor for 2 seconds.
        • Increase Ghost Wolf’s Movement Speed bonus to 40% for the first second, then fade to 30%.
    • Wolf Run [Z]
      • Removed.
  • Level 4
    • Earthliving Enchant [Q]
      • Moved from Level 13.
      • Healing increased from 45 to 50.
    • Electric Charge [W]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • New Functionality:
        • Lightning Shield heals its bearer for 20% of the damage dealt to enemy Heroes. This healing amount is doubled for Rehgar.
        • While damaging an enemy, Lightning Shield increases its bearer’s Movement Speed by 10%.
    • Healing Totem [E/Active]
      • Healing Totem health increased from 50 to 175.
      • Healing Totem health now scales at 4% per Level.
      • Healing Totem healing increased from 2% to 2.5% maximum Health/second.
      • Healing Totem duration reduced from 10 to 7 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Cleanse [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Colossal Totem [E]
      • Moved from Level 1.
      • No longer increases Earthbind Totem Range.
    • Blood and Thunder [Z]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds.
      • Additional Functionality: Ghost Wolf attacks restore 5% of Rehgar’s maximum Mana.
    • (New) Purification [Trait D]
      • Removing a Slow, Stun, Root or Silence from an Ally heals them for 260 and refunds 40% of Purge’s cooldown.
      • Using Purge on an enemy deals up to 330 damage to shields and reduces Healing received by 40% for 3 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Tidal Waves [Q]
      • Heroic target cooldown reduction increased from .75 seconds to 1 second.
      • Mana cost reduction increased from 15 to 20.
    • Earth Shield [W]
      • Shield amount increased from 12 to 14% maximum health.
    • (New) Wellspring [E]
      • Every 2 seconds, Earthbind Totem will cast an untalented Chain Heal at a nearby ally that heals for 35% of its normal value.
  • Level 16
    • Rising Storm [W]
      • Changed Functionality:
        • No longer grants Rehgar an untalented Lightning Shield.
        • Increase the duration of Lightning Shield by 3 seconds.
    • Earthgrasp Totem [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Earthbind Totem deals 145 damage when first placed.
    • Hunger of the Wolf [Z]
      • Damage and healing increased to 6%.
  • Level 20
    • Rewind [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Stormshield [Active]
      • Removed.
    • Elemental Conduit [Active]
      • Activate to gain Lightning Shield and grant all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 10% of their maximum Health for 5 seconds.
      • Each time this Lightning Shield hits an enemy Hero, grant nearby allies a Shield equal to 1.5% of their maximum Health.
      • 70 Second cooldown.
    • Pit Fighter [Passive]
      • Gain 10% Attack damage and 4% Spell Power for yourself and each nearby ally Hero, stacking up to 5 times. At 2 or more stacks, Purge’s cooldown refreshes 50% faster.

Developer Comment: Its been a while since we’ve made any major changes to Rehgar and while his win rates are not worrisome, his identity as a flexible generalist healer has suffered as of late. With this rework, we’re making a number of quality-of-life changes by baselining some of the talents that felt mandatory as well as introducing new talents to sharpen his build identities. Just to prove that old dogs can learn new tricks, we’ve also given Rehgar a new activated trait, Purge, which allows him to micro-cleanse an ally or momentarily snare a distant enemy.

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  • Sacred Sweep [Q]
    • Cast speed increased by 50%.
    • Cast finish time increased from 0 to .0625 seconds.


  • Level 1
    • Swift Sweep [Q]
      • Removed.
  • Level 4
    • Heavy Burden [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Detainment Strike’s Stun duration by .25 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Will of Heaven [D]
      • Additional Functionality: Increase Auriel’s Basic Attack damage by 10%.
    • Wrath of Heaven [D]
      • Additional Functionality: Enemy Heroes hit by the center area of Sacred Sweep or the terrain collision of Detainment Strike have their Spell Armor reduced by 10 for 3 seconds.

Developer Comment: Auriel’s Q talents have fallen off in both popularity and win rates, so we’re baking in the Swift Sweep talent functionality to help the abilities’ overall efficacy. We’re also bumping up some other talents that aren’t performing well. Similar to Zarya, Auriel’s power dynamics can change dramatically with even small number tweaks, so we’re keeping these changes relatively light this time around.



  • Level 1
    • Hyper Shift [Z]
      • Maximum Health healing bonus decreased from 8% to 6%.
  • Level 4
    • Magic Spit [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 6 to 4 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Invisible Friends [R1]
      • Duration reduced from infinite to 9 seconds.
      • Heal increased from 20 to 25.

Developer Comment: Brightwing remains strong at all levels of play, and is also terrorizing her foes at higher levels. While this is a substantial nerf to Invisible Friends on paper, we feel Brightwing still has compelling reasons to take the talent.



  • Vitals
    • Health reduced from 2434 to 2385.
    • Health regeneration reduced from 5.07 to 4.97.
  • Basic Attack
    • Damage reduced from 100 to 95.


  • Level 4
    • Lurker Strain [E]
      • Burrow cooldown reduction reduced from 6 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Feeding Frenzy [Q]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Dehaka has been collecting essence very successfully after his last update increased his attack speed, so we’re reining him in a smidge.



  • Tailwind [Trait]
    • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 5 seconds.


  • Level 1
    • Dishonorable Discharge [W]
      • Lightning Rod damage bonus per stack increased from .75% to 1%, maximum bonus remains 75%.

Developer Comment: Falstad has landed quite well after his recent tuning, and we think a mild buff to Dishonorable Discharge causes all his talent builds to pass with flying colors.



  • Celestial Charge [Q]
    • Final damage increased from 70 to 80.


  • Level 7
    • Blaze of Glory [W]
      • Damage increased from 185 to 205.
      • Changed Functionality: Blaze of Glory deals additional damage with Valorous Brand marks, but no longer consumes them.

Developer Comment: Celestial Charge needling enemies a bit more will help Imperius out, especially when taking Impaling Light. We’re happy with the gameplay of the Solarian’s Fire build, but we’d rather Imperius continue onward rather than go out in a Blaze of Glory.



  • Improved Ice Block [1]
    • Damage to unlock reduced from 15,000 to 12,000.


  • Level 1
    • Winter’s Reach [Q]
      • Additional Functionality: Increase the missile speed of Frostbolt by 30%.

Developer Comment: In games where Jaina’s team falls behind, we think it’s harder than it should be to unlock Improved Ice Block, especially when Jaina is focused on clearing enemy Minion waves. This should even that out, as well as provide a boon for Jaina players that blast away their opponents. Blizzard and Cone of Cold talents are competing nicely, so we thought we’d provide some quality of life to a Frostbolt talent.



  • Iron Skin [D]
    • Cooldown reduced from 25 to 22 seconds.


  • Level 1
    • Divine Fortress [Passive]
      • Physical Armor per Basic Attack increased from 8 to 10.
      • Duration increased from 2.5 to 4 seconds.
      • Changed Functionality: Basic Attacks against any target grants Physical Armor.
    • Zealous Glare [E]
      • Additional Functionality: Shield Glare deals 125% additional damage.
  • Level 4
    • Hold Your Ground [D]
      • Cooldown reduction reduced from 5 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Sins Exposed [Q]
      • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • Steed Charge [Active]
      • Bonus Iron Skin duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 13
    • Roar [Q]
      • Passive Punish damage bonus increased from 25% to 50%.
  • Level 20
    • Heaven’s Fury [R1]
      • Damaged reduced from 75 to 68.
      • Healing reduced from 75 to 68.

Developer Comment: Competing against strong Shield Glare talents, Divine Fortress’ Physical Armor wasn’t super appealing. We hope this change provides a comparable option for dealing with Physical damage while feeling and playing differently. While we’re here, we continue to drag part of Hold Your Ground’s benefit baseline in our endless journey to make the tier more competitive. Other than that, we have mild buffs for weak talents, and a whisper of a nerf to Heaven’s Fury.



  • Level 7
    • Big As [E]
      • Moved to Level 13.
  • Level 20
    • Puckish Scamp [R2]
      • Additional Functionality: Reduce both Heroic cooldowns by 20 seconds.

Developer Comment: Junkrat has caused more than enough mayhem for now – we believe that Big As was making Steel Traps an issue too frequently when combined with Gotta Trap ‘Em All! We think the decision between traps that demand a Hero’s intervention versus many traps is still interesting, but we’ll be keeping an eye on him.



  • Nature’s Toxin [Trait]
    • Damage dealt reduced from 36 to 33.


  • Level 7
    • Choking Pollen [Q]
      • Damage bonus against enemies with 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin decreased from 200% to 175%.

Developer Comment: Lunara has hopped a little higher than we expected, so we’re diluting her poison.



  • Warp Rift [W]
    • Duration reduced from 9 to 3 seconds.
    • Additional Functionality: Warp Rifts explode on expiration.
  • Photon Cannon [E]
    • Attack period reduced from 1 to 1.4.
    • Additional Functionality:
      • No longer requires Pylons to be placed or be activated.
      • While in a Pylon’s Power Field, gain 40% attack speed over 4 seconds and reveal nearby enemies.
      • Now prefers to acquire Heroic enemies.


  • Level 1
    • Echo Pulse [Q]
      • Increased returning Disruption Pulse damage from 75% to 100%.
    • Gather Minerals [E]
      • Removed Functionality: Quest reward no longer reveals nearby enemies.
  • Level 7
    • Particle Accelerator [Q]
      • New Functionality:
        • After hitting 4 Heroes with Disruption Pulse, the next Warp Rift detonated by Disruption Pulse fires 4 pulses for 71 damage.
        • Reduce Disruption Pulse’s cooldown by .5 seconds.
    • Rift Shock [W]
      • New Functionality: Exploding a Warp Rift within 1 second of its arming deals 90 damage over 3 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • Pylon Overcharge [R1]
      • Duration reduced from 10 to 8 seconds.
      • Changed Functionality: Can only target enemy Heroes.
      • Additionality Functionality: Pylons are Invulnerable for the duration.
  • Level 20
    • Shoot ‘Em Up [Q]
      • New Functionality:
        • Disruption Pulse deals 2.5% of enemy Heroes maximum health as damage.
        • Reduce Disruption Pulse’s cooldown by .5 seconds.

Developer Comment: Probius has always had high requirements for successfully utilizing his abilities. The theme of this update is to turn those requirements into benefits, making Probius more approachable while still rewarding mastery. While the baseline changes to Warp Rift and Photon Cannon affect the identity of these abilities, we hope long time Probius players are still able to punish enemy Heroes that underestimate our favorite Probe.



  • Level 1
    • Ace In The Hole [Passive]
      • Damage bonus increased from 10% to 12%.
  • Level 7
    • Heavy Slugs [Q]
      • Duration bonus increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Cavalry’s Arrived [R1]
      • Mark duration increased from 2.5 to 6 seconds.
    • Dusk Wing [R2]
      • Armor reduction increased from 2.5 to 3.
      • Maximum Armor reduction increased from 25 to 30.

Developer Comment: Jimmy was never one to quit a fight.



  • Vitals
    • Health reduced from 1850 to 1835.
    • Health regeneration reduced from 3.85 to 3.82.
  • Bio-Kill Switch [Q]
    • Healing reduced from 450 to 435.

Developer Comment: Stukov’s level 1 talents have seen an influx of strength over the last couple months, and everything has a cost.



  • Level 1
    • Lunar Blaze [E]
      • Maximum bonus increased from 100% to 150%.
    • Trueshot Aura [Active]
      • Allied Attack Damage bonus increased from 30% to 40%.
  • Level 4
    • Mark of Mending [D]
      • Range increased from 6 to 8.5.
      • Changed Functionality: Now looks to heal allies near the attacked target, rather than near Tyrande.
  • Level 13
    • Harsh Moonlight [W]
      • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Empower [W]
      • Damage decreased from 7% to 6% to targets maximum health.
  • Level 20
    • Eyes of the Huntress [R1]
      • Healing bonus increased from 50% to 75%.
    • Celestial Wrath [R2]
      • Slow increased from 40% to 60%.

Developer Comment: Ranger causing Sentinel to hit two Heroes has become the dominant style for playing Tyrande, so we’re reducing the power of Harsh Moonlight and Empower and raising up her weaker talents.



  • Level 1
    • Together We Are Strong [E]
      • Changed Functionality: Talent effects now last 3 seconds, instead of for the duration of the Shield.
  • Level 7
    • Deep Burn [Q]
      • Energy gains increased from 1 to 2.

Developer Comment: The last round of Zarya changes didn’t blow her overall power out of proportion, so we’re touching up a few more underperforming talents.

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Bug Fixes


  • General
    • Resolved issues when the attacker is Blinded or the enemy is Evading with:
      • Uther’s Hammer of the Lightbringer
      • Valeera’s Slice and Dice and Rupture
      • Varian’s Heroic Strike
      • Whitemane’s Saintly Greatstaff and Scarlet Wrath
      • Zeratul’s Master Warp-Blade, Psionic Strength, Shadow Hunter, and Unwavering Pressure
      • Zul’jin’s Grievous Throw , Eye of Zul’jin, and Let the Killing Begin
  • Lunara
    • Accelerated Contamination can no longer grant CDR from dead Heroes.
  • Valla
    • Corrected Death Dealer damage bonus.
  • Varian
    • Corrected Varian’s Physical Damage against Shielded Heroes with Shattering Throw and Twin Blades.
  • Whitemane
    • Radiance no longer reduces Whitemane’s Armor.
  • Xul
    • Corpse Explosion damage is now ignored by the Call for Help.
  • Yrel
    • Bubble Hearth’s cast is now interrupted by Stuns.
  • Zagara
    • Devouring Maw now more consistently displays captured Heroes.
    • Corrected Medusa Blades’ damage to Monsters.
  • Zeratul
    • Shroud of Adun now contributes to Zeratul’s Self-Healing scoreboard stat.
    • Shadow Stride now contributes to Zeratul’s Self-Healing scoreboard stat.
  • Zul’jin
    • Amani Rage can now have its cooldown announced to your team.
    • Ensnare can now have its cooldown announced to your team.


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