Heroes of the Storm adds Zarya to live servers after a test week on PTR

Lots of changes implemented beyond was originally listed in the PTR notes

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After only a week on the Public Test Realm, Overwatch's Zarya has officially been added to the Heores of the Storm roster, along with the new nuclear battleground Warheard Junction.

While Zarya's addition comes with no changes to what was originally listed in the PTR patch notes, Blizzard has expanded on the changes from PTR to live, adding performance frame-rate enhancements, modifications to the Braxis Holdout map, and changes to even more heroes.

For the heroes, the PTR had changes for Assassins Li-Ming and Tychus, Specialist Nazeebo, Support units Malfurion and Kharazim, and Warriors Chen and E.T.C. However, changes have been added for Assassins Alarak, Chromie, Gul'dan, the Butcher and Valla,  Support unit Li Li, and Warrior Anub'arak. There are developer notes with each explaining the buffs or nerfs.

The Braxis Holdout map apparently a bit too one-sided, with issues of the Zerg being too effective in the early game.  "The battleground plays faster by design, but we think that a few changes to reduce the early game effectiveness of the zerg will put the balance closer to what we’d like after the battleground goes live," the dev notes explaining the change said.

The patch is already live and you can check out the full patch notes on the official site.

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    September 28, 2016 8:46 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Heroes of the Storm adds Zarya to live servers after a test week on PTR

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      September 28, 2016 9:31 AM

      I'm disapointed in Zarya. She can be really powerful, if she's charged up by taking dmg or her ally shield takes damage. Outside of that she's really underpowered. This was really evident on Battle of Eternity while trying to take down the boss. There's no way to power up in that situation. You could take the hit from the boss, but you get stunned too so you lose your window on being powered up. Her normal attack being an AE attack is neat, but not overly helpful to take down a hero or a boss. It also feel too easy to mitigate her in a team fight by watching for her bubble. When she bubbles up, don't hit her and she stays weak. Let her get over 50% energy and she's a wrecking machine.

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        September 28, 2016 9:39 AM

        If you get the talent that makes her shield give her unstoppable, you can shield through the stuns and power up that way. Also, watch for idiot teammates who stand in the stun and shield them.

        I played her last night and while I really enjoyed the feel of her, I agree that after looking at my post-game stats, I felt really underpowered. As a warrior, I was blocking half as much damage as any other warrior. I don't think she's going to get a big buff, though. She comes across as a bruiser to me, like Sonya, where she's a little squishy to do a little more damage, and very situational. If she gets picked, it'll probably be for her ults, with both seem very powerful, even though gravity bomb's cooldown is really long at over 100 seconds.

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        September 28, 2016 9:54 AM

        Sounds like she is in overwatch

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          September 28, 2016 6:19 PM

          Zarya can be amazing in OW, she's just a very high skill ceiling character.

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            September 28, 2016 6:28 PM

            Yeah, in the right hands, she absolutely wrecks and can sway a game easily.

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          September 28, 2016 6:52 PM

          Zarya is insane, I had a 65% win rate with her in competitive

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        September 28, 2016 6:17 PM

        I havent unlocked her but just from playing her in the demo map she felt a lot like Tassadar, a more durable support capable of shielding allies, her damage without energy is really low and having to stand still and channel your gun to deal basic attack damage is kinda bad.

        Her ulti, both heroics, just like in OW is really strong though!

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        September 28, 2016 6:27 PM

        She's a strange character. In her current iteration, she'll have zero impact on the meta, imo. She's just too weak and vulnerable.

        If they lower the rate of her energy decay, that'll help. I've also seen a suggestion to make a weaker version of her lvl16 grenade slow talent baseline (say 20%), and I think that would help as well. Definitely needs work.

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      September 28, 2016 6:40 PM

      They're already buffing her lol. Don't think that's ever happened so fast.

      http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/forum/topic/20749236711#1