Heroes of the Storm September 25 Patch 38.0 reworks Kerrigan and Brightwing

The Fall of King's Crest has begun, while two of Heroes of the Storm's longest-tenured heroes have been revamped.


Last week, Blizzard prepared for the Fall of King's Crest in Heroes of the Storm. The kingdom was under siege by the Raven Lord and his generals: Whitemane, Maiev, Zarya, and Alexstrasza. Now the battle has spread past the PTR with Tuesday's latest update, which also focuses on two major Hero reworks.

These reworks come to Kerrigan and Brightwing, two fan favorites who are being revamped to fit the current Heroes of the Storm meta. Their changes are now official, so here's a quick look at how their abilities now look:


  • Abilities
    • Ravage (Q)
      • Charges increased from 1 to 2
      • Range reduced from 8 to 6
      • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20
      • Damage reduced from 210 to 130
      • Added functionality: Now also refunds 20 Mana when used on an enemy that dies within 1.5 seconds
    • Impaling Blades (W)
      • Damage reduced from 261 to 180
    • Primal Grasp (E)
      • Pull damage reduced from 114 to 25
      • Added functionality: 2.5 seconds after using Primal Grasp, Kerrigan damages all nearby enemies for 180 damage
    • Summon Ultralisk (R)
      • Splash radius increased from 1.5 to 2
      • The initial cast of Ultralisk is now directional skill shot that causes the Ultralisk to charge in the targeted direction until impacting an enemy Hero. It deals 250 damage and stuns for .5 seconds to the first Hero it hits.
    • Assimilation (Trait)
      • Shield amount increased from 10 to 15% of damage dealt


  • Abilities
    • Arcane Flare (Q)
      • Outer damage from 87 to 75
      • Inner damage from 260 to 180
      • Missile speed increased ~30%
      • Added functionality: If an enemy Hero is hit by the center of Arcane Flare, instantly pulse a free Soothing Mist
    • Polymorph (W)
      • Duration from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds
      • Cooldown from 10 to 12 seconds
    • Pixie Dust (E)
      • Range from 8 to 7
      • Phase Shift (Z)
      • Cooldown from 55 to 60 seconds
      • Added functionality: Heals the target for 20% of their maximum health
    • Soothing Mist (D)
      • Heal amount reduced from 115 to 105
      • Added functionality: Activate to instantly pulse a calming wave, clearing all Stun, Root, Slow, and Silence effects from nearby allies
      • 120 second cooldown
    • Emerald Wind (R)
      • No longer grants passive healing to Soothing Mist
      • Damage reduced from 303 to 225
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds

In addition to these changes, players will also find a reworked Garden of Terror battleground, a fresh Unranked Battleground Rotation, and the start of the 2018 Ranked Season 4. For more on these, the additional Kerrigan and Brightwing changes, and bug fixes, check out the Heroes of the Storm website.

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