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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

PTR 38.0: Kerrigan and Brightwing Talent Rework

The Heroes of the Storm: Fall of King’s Crest (Patch 38.0) is now on the PTR servers. Kerrigan and Brightwing now have talent reworks. Some of them are brand-new. Their level 20 Heroic Abilities have been changed too. You can check their new talents changes by following these links: Kerrigan and Brightwing.

The Gardens of Terror map rework is also available in the PTR. The videos below take place in the new Gardens of Terror. Let me tell you… forget what you knew about the map the past 2-3 years. It has been changed completely.

When the seeds spawn, there is no longer a Terror boss on the north and south of the map. As a matter of fact, there is no longer two spots to secure simultaneously.

Instead, there is only one spot that spawns in only one of four random locations. Think of Gardens of Terror now as a combination between Cursed Hollow and Alterac Pass. Once the sole tribute spot is dominated by either team, vines dig their way to each of the three lanes and three Terror bosses spawn in the same fashion as Alterac Pass.

Below you can watch a video per hero, playing against the AI (due to long queue time).

Heroes of the Storm: Fall of King’s Crest

Blizzard Entertainment will introduce the next chapter in the Heroes of the Storm lore following the attack of Alterac Pass. The Raven Lord is preparing to invade King’s Rest in retaliation. He has called forth a squad of evil heroes from distant corners of the Nexus to fight.

Enter the new Fall of King’s Crest legendary skins: Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza, Cursed Witch Whitemane, Spider Warden Maiev, and Phantom Knight Zarya. Learn more about the next event at the official website.

There is no launch date for this event, but from the skins and sprays it feels obvious this is meant to be the Halloween event, which means it might launch early in October. The next comic is slated for September 24th.

 

I uploaded a video showing all the new Fall of King’s Crest content available now on the PTR.

Will you stand with the Lady of Thorns in defiance of the Raven Lord? The fate of a Realm may rest on your shoulders, Hero. Unlocking with our next major update, the Fall of King’s Crest event brings event quests, skins, mounts, portraits, and much more. We’ll see you in the Nexus!

 

Tyrande 3.0 Rework in PTR 37.0

The recent Heroes of the Storm PTR 37.0 introduced Mephisto, Hanamura 2.0, and you might have missed it during a GamesCom 2018 livestream, but this patch also introduced Tyrande 3.0. In this third rework, Tyrande is a healing beast.

Light of Elune now has two charges, and with the Moonlit Arrows talent you can further reduce its cooldown.

In the video below, you can see me as Tyrande, taking damage from the core and a few minions while trying to solo the core. The Basic Attacks and the two charges turned Light of Elune into healing spam.

Light of Elune: Heal target ally for 706 Health (level 24). Stores up to 2 charges. Light of Elune’s cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.

Passive: Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of this Ability by 1.5 sec. Damaging Heroes with Abilities lowers the cooldown of this Ability by 1.5 sec.

TALENT level 1: Moonlit Arrows (Basic Attacks decrease the cooldown of Light of Elune by an additional 0.25 sec.).

TALENT Level 20: Iceblade Arrows (Increase Attack Speed by 25%. Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce their damage dealt by 8% for 2 sec. This effect stacks up to 5 times.)

I updated Tyrande’s Basic Abilities and Talents as found in Patch 37. Check it out here.

Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch 37: Mephisto & Hanamura 2.0

The Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch 37 introduces the new hero Mephisto (hailing from Diablo II), and the overhauled Hanamura 2.0 map.

  • Certain game visuals now appear smoother, such as Channel/Duration progress bars and Fog of War.
  • Dynamic Spell Power Updating
    • Ability Damage is now calculated while abilities are in flight instead of only at the time of cast.
  • Hanamura has been renamed to Hanamura Temple and has received a significant gameplay update.
  • Hanamura Temple has been added to the Battleground Rotation.


Battleground Rotation

  • Cursed Hollow
  • Dragon Shire
  • Alterac Pass
  • Hanamura Temple
  • Towers of Doom
  • Infernal Shrines

Dul’Mephistos, the Lord of Hatred, is said to the be most cunning among his brethren. Even while imprisoned in a soulstone, his vile influence corrupted the Zakarum and manipulated them into breaking the seal, giving him free reign to reunite the Prime Evils and enslave humanity.

Trait

  • Lord of Hatred
    • Hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Abilities reduces Mephisto's Basic Ability cooldowns.
    • Skull Missile and Shade of Mephisto grant 1.5 seconds of cooldown reduction per Hero hit, and Lightning Nova grants 0.3 seconds per Hero hit.
Basic Abilities
  • Skull Missile (Q)
    • Conjure a skull that travels in the target direction after 0.75 seconds, dealing 127 damage to enemies hit and Slowing Heroes hit by 25% for 2 seconds.
  • Lightning Nova (W)
    • A ring of lightning appears around Mephisto for 2.5 seconds. Enemies within the ring take 48 damage every 0.25 seconds.
    • Each time a cast of Lightning Nova hits a Hero, its damage is increased by 4%, up to 40%.
  • Shade of Mephisto (E)
    • Teleport to a location, dealing 78 damage to nearby enemies and leaving behind a Shade of Mephisto at Mephisto's original location. After 2.5 seconds, Mephisto is teleported back to the Shade's location.
Heroic Abilities
  • Consume Souls (R)
    • Channel for 2.5 seconds, revealing all enemy Heroes. After the Channel completes, all enemy Heroes take 357 damage and are Slowed by 40% for 2.5 seconds.
  • Durance of Hate (R)
    • After 1 second, unleash a wave of evil spirits that Root the first enemy Hero hit for 2 seconds and deal 160 damage to them over the same duration.
    • Durance of Hate spreads outwards from its initial target, Rooting and damaging additional nearby enemy Heroes.

Jaina

  • Jaina has received updated UI elements for her baseline Frostbite quest

Support

Tyrande

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Stats
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 82 to 55
  • Basic Attack range increased from 5.5 to 6
Abilities
  • Light of Elune (Q)
    • Heal increased from 270 to 275
    • Cooldown increased from 11 to 15 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 30 to 10
    • New functionality:
      • Now has two charges that refresh simultaneously.
      • The cooldown is lowered by 1.5 seconds every time you Basic Attack.
      • The cooldown is lowered by 1.5 seconds every time you damage an enemy Hero with an ability.
      • There is a one second cooldown between charge uses.
  • Sentinel (W)
    • Mana cost reduced from 70 to 50
    • Cooldown reduced from 18 to 15 seconds
    • Damage reduced from 165 to 120
    • The Sentinel baseline quest has been removed.
  • Lunar Flare (E)
    • Damage reduced from 195 to 150
  • Hunter’s Mark (D)
    • Armor reduction decreased from 25 to 15
    • Range increased from 5.5 to 6
  • Shadowstalk (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 80 seconds
    • New functionality:
      • Grant Stealth to all Allied Heroes and heal them for 400 Health over 10 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Moonlit Arrows (Q)
      • Moved from Level 4
    • Celestial Attunement (Q)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • New functionality:
        • Light of Elune now removes all Stuns and Slows from its target
    • Kaldorei Resistance (Q)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Duration of Spell Armor decreased from 6 to 3 seconds
      • Maximum stacks of Spell Armor decreased from 3 to 2
  • Level 4
    • Ranger (W)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • Bonus travel damage increased from 75 to 150%
      • Added functionality:
        • Activate to have your next Sentinel pierce all targets. 30 second cooldown.
    • Lunar Blaze (E)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the range of Lunar Flare by 50%
        • Quest: Hitting a Hero increases the damage of Lunar Flare by 5% up to a maximum of 100%
    • Trueshot Aura (Active)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Tyrande permanently gains 20% Basic Attack damage.
        • Activate - Instantly reset Hunter’s Mark and grant nearby allies 20% additional Basic Attack damage for 5 seconds. 60 second cooldown.
  • Level 7
    • Mark of Mending (D)
      • Moved from Level 16
    • Elune’s Chosen (Active)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Duration increased from 5 to 10 seconds
      • Your Basic Attacks heal your target for 200% of the damage they deal. 30 second Cooldown.
    • New Talent: Everlasting Light (Q)
      • The healing granted by the second charge of Light of Elune is increased by 40% if used on a different target.
  • Level 13
    • Quickening Blessing (Q)
      • Movement Speed decreased from 30 to 20%
      • Added functionality:
        • Tyrande permanently gains 10% Movement Speed
    • Ranger’s Mark (D)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • New functionality:
        • Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Hunter’s Mark by 1 second. Tyrande’s Basic Attacks against marked targets extend the duration of Hunter’s Mark by .5 seconds
    • Harsh Moonlight (W)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • The first Hero hit with Sentinel is slowed by 40% and deals 40% less damage for 4 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Overflowing Light (Q)
      • Removed
    • Huntress’ Fury (D)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Basic Attacks now splash to all nearby targets
      • Range increase reduced from 50 to 25%
      • Added functionality:
        • Increases the duration of Hunter’s Mark by 1 second
    • Empower (W)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • New functionality:
        • Reduce the cooldown of Sentinel by 3 seconds. The first enemy hit takes an additional 7% of their Maximum Health in damage.
    • Darnassian Archery (Passive)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • Damage bonus per attack increased from 5 to 10%
      • Duration increased from 4 to 8 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Eyes of the Huntress (R)
      • Enemy reveal duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds
      • Added functionality:
        • Increase Shadowstalk’s heal by 50% for allies who are under 50% of their Maximum Health
    • Shooting Star (Passive)
      • Attacks needed reduced from 10 to 8
      • No longer requires Heroic targets to gain stacks
      • No longer only targets Heroic units (but does prefer them)
Developer Comment: While we enjoy the flexibility of Tyrande's kit, she has struggled to find a home in the current meta. As we started looking at broadening our Hero roles, we felt like we had an opportunity to make some simple yet very substantial changes to our Night Elf Priestess. This rework pulls her slightly away from her hybrid status, reducing her damage output potential while introducing a lot more healing potential. While she keeps the vast majority of her older talents, they have been updated and shuffled to better coincide with her changes. We have enjoyed playing her internally and are excited to see what our players can do with her!  
New Bundles
  • The following new bundles are available for a limited time! Be sure to check out the latest In-Development blog for more details.
    • Mephisto Heroic Bundle
    • Hellforged Heroes Bundle
New Announcers
  • Mephisto
  • Beleth
  • Athena
New Skins
  • Mephisto
    • Star Wraith Mephisto
    • Cybernetic Star Wraith Mephisto
    • Eternal Star Wraith Mephisto
    • Golden Mephisto
    • Soulburn Mephisto
New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
  • Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the game. You can get a look in our most recent In-Development blog.
General
  • Loading Screen: Fixed an issue that could cause a vertical black line to appear on loading screens in certain resolutions.
  • Custom Games: Fixed an issue that could cause game stalls when launching custom games with more than 8 players.
Art
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to appear to walk on their mounts if certain abilities were cast immediately after mounting.
Battlegrounds
  • Volskaya Foundry: Fixed an issue that caused Time Stop effects to fail to cancel channels on the Volskaya Protector.
User Interface
  • The Unstoppable effect now has a status duration bar underneath nameplates.
  • Alarak: Alarak's Deadly Charge now has an icon in the death recap screen.
  • Ana: Ana's abilities amplified by Nano Boost's Spell Power buff now display critical effects.
Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue that could cause the stun effect from Valkyrie to end early if the target collided with terrain.
  • Diablo: Fixed an issue that prevented Diablo from being thrown by Garrosh’s Wrecking Ball if Diablo was casting Overpower.
  • Johanna & Li-Ming: Fixed an issue that prevented some “marked” effects from being consumed if the target was Shielded or Protected.
  • Lunara & Stitches: Fixed an issue that could cause permanent screen shaking if Lunara was hooked by Stitches under certain conditions.

Mac

  • Fixed an issue that caused responsiveness degradation when using the middle-mouse button on fullscreen settings.

GamesCom 2018 Heroes of the Storm: Mephisto Gameplay Showcase Panel

Watch our GamesCom 2018 Heroes of the Storm showcase panel video where game developer Matthew Cooper brought two teams to showcase Mephisto gameplay. Thanks and props to correspondent @Handclaw for recording it on short notice for lack of livestreams. Some portions are in german and english languages.

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[Speculation] GamesCom 2018 Declare Your Allegiance

Recently, Blizzard teased a new hero and according to a fan the German BlizzHeroes Twitter leaked in the HTML code’s Image Alt the words: “teaser for Mephisto.” At least a second fan confirmed to have seen that too.

In addition, the official GamesCom 2018 Blizzard App (Android/iOS) shows a peculiar AR Guided Tour under the Heroes of the Storm icon titled “Declare Your Allegiance” – Find and scan the Heroes of the Storm wall to pick your side and swear Allegiance.

 

Blizzplanet interview with HeroesHearth eSports Khroen & BBJ

Blizzard Entertainment reached me to interview Khroen and BBJ (from the North American team: HeroesHearth eSports) to discuss their upcoming performance at the Heroes of the Storm HGC Western Clash tournament. BBJ plays as the healer of the team, and Khroen is the ranged assassin.

Barely a year since the HeroesHearth eSports team launched, they have become the #1 seed team and expect to perform at BlizzCon for the world championship. Khroen is known already in the eSports scene since 2015, bringing a lot of experience as an asset to his team.

The Western Clash tournament will take place through August 10-12 at 9am PDT (12pm EDT).

Their first match will be on Friday, August 10 at 1pm PDT (4pm EDT) against LEFTOVERS (a Europe team).

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