Chromie has officially joined the Nexus in live realms. This patch also includes many balance updates to various heroes. Full patch notes here.
At first glance, Chromie is a charismatic but somewhat forgetful gnome, constantly distracted and intrigued by the world around her. But don’t let her appearance fool you. This seemingly precocious gnome’s true form is that of Chronormu, a powerful Bronze Dragon capable of bending time to its will, eternally tasked with maintaining the balance of infinite timelines by any means necessary. Sensing a disturbance of the greatest proportion in a brand new world, Chromie now makes her first foray into the Nexus… or is it her second foray? Or third? There’s really no telling. It’s so hard to keep track!
Check out the rest of the Hero Week blog for a breakdown of Chromie’s playstyle, info on her greatest friends and foes, as well as a brief rundown on a few of the bronze dragon’s most interesting talent choices.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed today patch 17.5 to address some balance issues with Tracer. As you may have already experienced when Tracer is in the enemy team, she’s simply too overpowered to counter one-on-one. She keeps attacking even walking away or backwards, attempts to click her is hard, skillshots are nigh impossible, and she heals by teleporting.
Blizzard has listened to the feedback and this patch decreased her damage, health and health-regeneration.
We’ve just released a new patch for Heroes of the Storm in order to apply a few balance changes. Check out the patch notes below.
Health decreased from 1270 (+4% per level) to 1206 (+4% per level).
Health Regeneration decreased from 5.25 (+4% per level) to approximately 5.02 (+4% per level) Health per second.
Basic Attack damage reduced from 29 (+4% per level) to 27 (+4% per level).
Focus Fire (Talent)
Final shot damage bonus increased from 30% to 35% of the total magazine’s damage.
Locked and Loaded (Talent)
Damage bonus increased from 35% to 40%.
Pulse Strike (Talent)
Pulse Bomb charge bonus increased from 15% to 20%.
Cooldown increased from 24 to 26 seconds.
Cooldown reduction decreased from 4 to 2 seconds.
Developer Comments: As we’re sure many of you have noticed, Tracer is performing just a little too well on all fronts. While we are excited to bring her to the Nexus, we understand that in the right hands, she can be an absolute terror to the enemy team. We’re lowering her Health, Basic Attack damage, and increasing Recall’s cooldown to make her less universally powerful. We’re going to be giving back some of that Basic Attack damage on her Level 16 Talent tier to further separate Sleight of Hand from the other options, which should help the choice between more Pulse Bomb charges vs. stronger Basic Attacks feel like a more meaningful decision.
We also saw an opportunity to help improve her Talent pick rates, so we’re making minor adjustments to Pulse Strike and Slipstream.
We’ll continue to keep a close eye on her, as we believe she is similar to Illidan, where the right place from a balance perspective is more narrow than most of our other Heroes.
Heroes and Talents
Bonus damage from the Sun King’s Fury Talent will no longer be applied when Kael’thas’ Basic Attacks miss due to Blind or Evasion effects.
Blizzard Entertainment posted today a video teaser rallying fans to stay tuned for the announcement of a new hero. The tweet merely stated: “Keep your eyes on the skies, Heroes.” followed by a video showing the shadow of a passing dragon.
The most common sense dragon to show up is Deathwing. Not long ago, there was fan discussion about Deathwing in his human form with a ultimate talent to attack in dragon form. Hopefully, Blizzard picked up on that feedback.
However, there are many dragons to pick other than Deathwing: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos, Kalecgos, Onyxia, Nefarian, and the list goes on and on on each dragonflight. Still my money is on Deathwing.
This is the model animation of Dehaka in the lobby screen, and the StarCraft music theme that plays when you launch Heroes of the Storm. With Tracer coming today, Dehaka will be replaced in the lobby screen. This video is to keep an archive for posterity.
Dperschonok traveled to Seattle to witness the Heroes of the Dorm tournament, and brought back audio of the Heroes of the Dorm champions press conference held at the end of the tournament.
Arizona State’s Real Dream Team crowned themselves as the winners of Heroes of the Dorm.
Watch the Heroes of the Dorm Preview Show with Kevin Johnson (Cloaken), Tim Fraizer (Trikslyr), and Jake Kulinski (SolidJake):
Listen to the Champions Press Conference (audio):
IRVINE, Calif. — Thousands of student gamers from hundreds of schools across the U.S. and Canada took part in the second season of Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Dorm®—a no-holds-barred collegiate tournament of epic proportions held in partnership with Tespa and featuring Blizzard’s online team brawler, Heroes of the Storm™.
After fighting their way through a formidable pool of challengers, four teams of college students—the ‘Real Dream Team’ from Arizona State University , the runner-up from last year’s tournament; the University of Connecticut ‘Tricky Turtles’; ‘Dark Blaze’ representing the University of Texas , Arlington ; and ‘We Volin’ from the University of Tennessee—took to the stage at the CenturyLink Event Center in Seattle on a quest to become the 2016 Heroes of the Storm collegiate champions.
After defeating UConn in the semifinals, Arizona State continued its unbeaten streak by going 3-0 against UT Arlington . ASU claimed the first two games of the best-of-five series in decisive fashion, but game three quickly turned into a thrilling tug-of-war—and while UT Arlington appeared to rally in the closing moments, ASU ultimately emerged victorious, earning the title of this year’s Heroes of the Dorm.
Each member of Arizona State University’s Real Dream Team will be receiving the tournament grand prize—tuition to cover the remainder of their college careers.
“The future of collegiate esports is only going up from here,” said Arizona State University player Austin ‘Shot’ Lonsert. “This was huge. [Heroes of the Dorm] was big last year, and it only got bigger. We’d like to thank everyone who made this happen. It wouldn’t have happened without the support of our moms—including @Momma_Shot_HOTS on Twitter—Bill Kennedy and the ASU Athletics Department , and all of our fans.”
Viewers watching the nonstop action were treated to expert play-by-play and commentary from the announcing team of Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski, Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott, Jaycie ‘Gillyweed’ Gluck, and Tim ‘Trikslyr’ Frazier.
The “Heroic Four” championship match and closing ceremony aired in prime time on ESPN2. The Heroic Four was televised live on ESPNU and streamed live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN, and streamed outside of the United States on YouTube and Twitch.tv.
“Congratulations to our 2016 Heroes of the Dorm, the Real Dream Team from Arizona State University , on an awesome tournament run and for going undefeated in the grand finals,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “The teams competing in Heroes of the Dorm represent the future of competitive gaming, and it’s been a thrill to watch these collegiate athletes in action. We appreciate all the students and college sports fans who took part in this year’s competition, and we hope they’ll join us for even more exciting esports action leading up to BlizzCon this November.”
Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the first Tracer gameplay video during the Heroes of the Storm Global Circuit (Spring Championship). The video also shows upcoming Tracer skins and the new spectre phantom mount.
Champions are coming from every corner to clash in Seoul, South Korea. Watch the Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship livestream through Thursday, March 31 to April 2 on March 31 – April 2.
Twelve teams from China, North America, Europe, Korea, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand and Taiwan have advanced to participate in the tournament.
**Don’t forget to tune in on Saturday, April 2 at 7pm PDT to watch the premier of the first Tracer gameplay footage.
Thursday, March 31: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Friday, April 1: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Saturday, April 2: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Big Gods (Latin America)
EDward Gaming (China)
Team Naventic (North America)
Renovatio I (Southeast Asia)
Negative Synergy (Australia/New Zealand)
First group stage: double elimination – eight teams battle it out in two groups of four, with four teams
advancing to second group stage.
Second group stage: double elimination – the four winning teams from the first group stage challenge the
four teams who placed highest in the China, Korea, Europe and North America regions. Four teams
advance to playoffs.
Playoffs: single elimination – the four winning teams from the second group stage play to find out who
will become the 2016 Spring Champion. Semi -finals are best-of-three with finals being a best-of-five.