Heroes of the Storm Update Adds Lucio, Reworks Murky, Buffs Valeera

17 heroes get modifications, along with numerous bug fixes.

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Heroes of the Storm has a new update that has been pushed to the live servers, adding Overwatch's master of the beats Lucio, buffed new hero Valeera and totally reworked Murky. And there is a crossover promotion where playing World of Warcraft heroes can get you a new mount in WoW.

In all, 17 heroes were tweaked in the patch. Murky got the most significant change, adjusting many of his abilities and levels at which he gets them, while adding some and eliminating others. "In examining Murky, his original health and egg timers are vestiges of a different time, created before even Jaina entered the Nexus," the dev notes said. "We wanted to give him more base health to make him a little harder to burst down, but traded it for a little longer time to respawn from his Egg. This has the added bonus of allowing a bit more counter-play to hunting our fishy friend. We also wanted to adjust Pufferfish, as an increasingly high amount of the roster could immediately explode it. Finally, his talent tree has been updated to come in line with our new philosophies." 

New hero Valeera, who was added last month, also got a buff. "We feel that Valeera needs a small increase in power to help her overall win rate, but are hoping to do so without adding much more burst damage or disabling effects. The changes to her Health and Basic Attack damage should give her a boost, while the changes to Talents, Ambush, and Garrote should create harder decision making for the Rogue. While we were looking at her Health Regeneration, we noticed that it was actually higher than intended (most Heroes take 480 seconds to regenerate their entire Health pool), which is why we reduced it slightly. We’ve increased the duration on Cloak of Shadows so that predicting Abilities is easier to accomplish. We want it to be a rewarding, high skill-cap ability, but with the old tuning it struggled to compete with Smoke Bomb."

Finally, Blizzard is offering a cross-game promotion where players who complete 15 matches using World of Warcraft heroes in Heroes of the Storm will be granted the new Primal Flamesaber mount in WoW. The matches need to be played with friends on your Friends List.

Here are the full patch notes, while actual hero changes can be found on the official site:

General

“For Azeroth!” – Play Warcraft Heroes, Get Rewards!

  • Quest
    • Complete 15 Heroes of the Storm matches with a friend, while playing as Warcraft Heroes, before the event concludes.
    • Players who select Warcraft Heroes will still earn quest credit if their friends play using Heroes from other Blizzard universes. However, only the players who select Warcraft Heroes will earn quest credit.
    • Players do not need to complete all 15 matches with the same friend in order to complete the quest.
  • Rewards
    • World of Warcraft: Primal Flamesaber Mount
    • Heroes of the Storm: 10 day Stimpack
    • Heroes of the Storm: Flames of Judgement Charger Mount

Heroes Brawl

  • The reward requirements for the following Brawls have been reduced from 3 to 2 games:
    • Heroes of the Stars
    • Bloodlust Brawl
    • Mage Wars

New Hero: Lucio

From the streets of Rio to the clubs on King’s Row, Lúcio’s beats bring the party to life, and drive the people to action. Now he’s on tour in the Nexus, ready to Break it down, and to continue fighting for what’s right.

Trait

  • Wall Ride (D)
    • When moving alongside impassable battleground terrain and Structures, Lúcio can walk through other units, and his Movement Speed is increased by 20%. This effect stacks with other Movement Speed bonuses.

Basic Abilities

  • Soundwave (Q)
    • Deal damage to enemies in a cone-shaped area and knock them back.
  • Crossfade (W)
    • Play one of two tracks that passively provide allied Heroes with either a Speed Boost or a Healing Boost in a large radius around you. Activate Crossfade to swap tracks.
      • Healing Boost: Restore a small amount of Health every second to Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes.
      • Speed Boost: Increase the Movement Speed of Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes by 15%.
  • Amp It Up (E)
    • Raise Lúcio’s Crossfade track volume for 3 seconds, amping Speed Boost to 45% increased Movement Speed, and significantly increasing the Healing rate of Healing Boost.

Heroic Abilities

  • Sound Barrier (R)
    • After 1 second, Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes gain a massive Shield that rapidly decays over the next 6 seconds.
  • Reverse Amp (R)
    • Blast Lúcio’s Crossfade track at enemy Heroes for 4 seconds, causing Healing Boost to inflict damage every second, and Speed Boost to Slow Movement Speed by 45%.
    • Passive: Increase Amp It Up’s duration to 4 seconds.

Art

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Murky has received updated icon art and visual effects that coincide with his rework.
  • The following Heroes, Abilities, and Talents have received updated visual effects:
    • Dream Genie Chromie: Time Trap (E) – The lamp spout on Time Trap’s model will now always spawn facing West.
    • Grunty Murky: Pufferfish (W) – Visual effects tweaks have been made in order to better distinguish between Pufferfishes and Tufferfishes.
    • Thrall: Earthquake (R) – The outer edge of Earthquake’s area of effect has been made more visually apparent. 

Shop

Bundles

  • New Bundles
    • Ribbit Lúcio Bundle – Available until February 28, 2017
    • 2017 Love is in the Air Bundle – Available until February 28, 2017
  • Returning Bundles
    • Classic Love is in the Air Bundle – Available until February 28, 2017
  • Removed Bundles
    • 2017 Lunar Festival Bundle
    • 2016 Lunar Festival Bundle

New Hero

  • Lucio has been added to the in-game Shop

Mounts

  • New Mounts
    • Heart Stone – Available by purchasing the 2017 Love is in the Air Bundle
    • Flames of Judgement Charger – Awarded for completing the “For Azeroth!” event quest.
  • Returning Mounts
    • Amani War Bear
    • Cyber Ram
  • Removed Mounts
    • Magic Carpet
    • Marshal’s Outrider

New Skins

  • Ribbit Lucio
  • Master Lucio
  • Love Goddess Tyrande

Price Reduction

  • Kharazim's prices will be reduced to 7,000 Gold and $8.49 USD.

Design

Minions

  • Minion leash range decreased from 10 to 9.

Bug Fixes

General

  • Mac: Launching the Heroes client on a Mac will no longer automatically increase mouse acceleration.
  • Corrected the scaling damage caps for several Talents that deal damage based on a percentage of the target’s maximum Health, including:
    • Gall: Giant Scorcher
    • Rehgar: Hunger of the Wolf
    • Ragnaros: Giant Scorcher
    • Tracer: Quantum Spike
    • Xul: Backlash, Giant’s Curse
  • A number of typos and tooltip errors have been corrected across several aspects of the game.

Art

  • Nova: Nova’s status bar will no longer pop above her head while running.
  • Samuro: Monkey King Samuro will now correctly play his victory animation after destroying the enemy Core.
  • Tracer: Hologram visual effects will now correctly display on Master Tracer’s model while using Recall.
  • Sky Temple: Fixed an issue in which Temple attacks could briefly appear to fire beyond the Core.

Battlegrounds

  • Braxis Holdout: Fixed an issue that could cause Zerg units to become stuck in the walls of their pens.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Anub'arak: Chitinous Plating will now correctly reduce the cooldown for Harden Carapace.
  • Chromie: After completing Deep Breathing’s quest, its buff bar tooltip will now display the correct number of Heroes hit.
  • E.T.C.: If Stage Dive’s landing location is blocked, E.T.C. will now land as close as possible to the intended area rather than returning to his original casting location.
  • Medivh: Will now properly benefit from Regeneration Globes while transforming into Raven Form.
  • Ragnaros: Will now properly benefit from Hand of Sulfuras when Empower Sulfuras scores a killing blow after striking multiple enemy Heroes.
  • Ragnaros: Lava Wave's cooldown will now be paused during Zeratul’s Void Prison.
  • Rehgar: Will no longer be pulled out of Ghost Wolf form upon dealing damage via an allied Ragnaros’s Blast Wave.
  • Rexxar: Spirit Swoop will now correctly deal damage to Monsters.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue that could refresh the duration of Advancing Strikes after landing a critical strike.
  • Samuro: Shift-queueing Hearthstone will no longer break Stealth until Hearthstone begins casting.
  • Samuro: Burning Blade area of effect damage will now properly benefit from bonus damage granted by Way of Illusion.
  • Samuro: Bladestorm will no longer occasionally fail to activate after casting Mirror Images and Bladestorm in rapid succession.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue in which the Score Screen could display an incorrect number of Gems for Samuro if he collected them while Mirror Images were active on Tomb of the Spider Queen.
  • Thrall: Fixed an issue in which Feral Spirit could fail to trigger Follow Through after earning Seasoned Marksman stacks.
  • Valeera:  Rupture and Hemorrhage no longer benefit from another Valeera’s Garrote.
  • Valla: Killing enemy Heroes who have post-death states, like Tyrael and Leoric, after learning Death Dealer will now correctly refresh Vault’s cooldown.
  • Zul'jin: Fixed an issue causing Zul’jin to have a slightly higher Health Regeneration rate than intended.

Sound

  • Illidan: The Hunt voiceover will no longer play slightly early.
  • Zarya: Graviton Surge and Expulsion Zone voiceover will no longer play slightly early.
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