Heroes of the Storm February 21 Patch Includes Voice Chat

After nearly three years, Heroes of the Storm is getting voice chat for the first time. (Yay?)


In addition to some hero balances and bug fixes, the latest Heroes of the Storm patch includes a new feature that may get some mixed reactions from the game's user base. After nearly three years, Blizzard's MOBA is now getting voice chat.

The first instinct is to think that nothing good can possibly come of this, given how toxic communities for games like League of Legends and Dota 2 can be. Fortunately, according to the Battle.net post, it looks like all voice communication will be completely optional. Players can opt-in to any voice channels for their parties or their teams as soon as they start a game or enter a draft lobby. In addition to several voice options, players will find a voice widget along the top-left corner of the screen.

If for whatever reason there is abuse hurled via voice chat, players can report offenders through the Abusive Voice reporting button.

The other key feature of the patch involves further bringing Maiev back down to earth. Despite the February 9 patch, she was proving wildly dominant since she hit the Nexus about a month ago. Her fixes include a reduced base health and health regeneration, as well as a minor reduction in damage for Fan of Knives.


  • Stats
    • Health reduced from 2236 to 2150
    • Health Regeneration reduced from 4.66 to 4.48
  • Abilities
    • Vault of the Wardens (Trait)
      • Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds
    • Fan of Knives (Q)
      • Damage reduced from 170 to 162
  • Talents
    • Level 16
      • Armored Assault (Passive)
        • Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 20%
      • Vengeful Knives (E)
        • Bonus damage per Hero hit increased from 1% to 1.2%

Other changes include a handful of nerfs for Malthael, as well as some buffs for Thrall, Zeratul, and Xul. The full list of changes can be found on the Heroes of the Storm website.

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From The Chatty
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    February 21, 2018 10:10 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Heroes of the Storm February 21 Patch Includes Voice Chat

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      February 21, 2018 10:24 AM

      Pretty sure I'm instamuting this when I get home. No good can come of this outside of a party of known players.

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        February 21, 2018 10:25 AM

        lol, probably why it took so long to implement :)

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          February 21, 2018 10:34 AM

          You know, if they partnered with Google for translate THAT would be cool. Time to get us to Star Trek universal translator tech.

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      February 21, 2018 10:26 AM

      LOL the community is pure garbage as-is. I can't see this being an improvement.

    • DM7 legacy 10 years
      February 21, 2018 10:30 AM

      Absolutely not. There better be a way to mute it.

      • DM7 legacy 10 years
        February 21, 2018 10:32 AM

        Now that I’ve read the article, I realize it’s opt in. Thank goodness.

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          February 21, 2018 12:03 PM

          yea it asks you to join when the game starts. you can toggle auto-join

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      February 21, 2018 11:42 AM

      oh shit. I'm curious. I was wary of overwatch for awhile, but now that I'm playing, ranked played voice chat is pretty good. I play HOTS more, so I hope the quality stays high.

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      February 21, 2018 12:47 PM

      There goes the neighborhood.

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