Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just arrived to the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until September 4. During this time, we kindly request your assistance in trying out some of the new content it contains before we officially release the patch to the live version of Heroes. Just like last time, if you encounter any bugs or other issues during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.
Slay heroes in Kel’Thuzad’s name to earn in-game rewards before the event concludes on September 25, 2017!
Each quest in this four-part chain must be completed in order, and only one quest will be active at any given time.
Games played in Versus A.I., Quick Match, Unranked, and Ranked modes all count toward quest progress.
Games played during the Acolyte, Necromancer, and Lich Lord quests must be won in order to earn takedown credit.
Quests and Rewards
Ghoul: Play a game with Kel’Thuzad present on either team.
Reward: Ghoul Portrait
Acolyte: Achieve 30 takedowns in winning games.
Reward: Acolyte Portrait
Necromancer: Achieve 60 takedowns in winning games.
Rewards: Necromancer Portrait and Necromancer’s Blight Spray
The Lich Lord: Achieve 90 takedowns in winning games.
Rewards: Kel’Thuzad Portrait and Naxxramas Warcrest Banner
PTR Note: While elements of this event may be visible on the Public Test Realm, any progress or rewards earned during PTR testing will not transfer to the live version of the game when this patch is officially released next week.
2017 Ranked Season 3
Once today’s patch arrives to the live version of Heroes of the Storm, 2017 Ranked Season 2 will officially come to a close, and Season 3 will begin!
League standings will be reset and all players will need to play through 10 Placement Matches in order to receive their new starting ranks in Hero and Team Leagues for 2017 Season 3.
The matchmaking system’s certainty level in all players’ matchmaking ratings will once again be loosened in order to make it a little easier to move up and down the rankings during initial matches this season.
Players with high matchmaking ratings (MMR) can now place as high as 1,000 points into Master League.
Promotions into Grandmaster League will now occur 2 weeks after a new Ranked Season begins.
Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad remains Arthas’s most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark.
Master of the Cold Dark
Quest: Gain 1 Blight every time a Hero is Rooted by Frost Nova or hit by Chains of Kel'Thuzad.
Reward: After gaining 15 Blight, the cooldown of all Basic Abilities is reduced by 2 seconds.
Reward: After gaining 30 Blight, gain 75% Spell Power.
Death and Decay (Q)
After 0.5 seconds, launch an orb that explodes upon hitting an enemy, dealing damage to enemies in the area. The explosion leaves behind a pool of decay that lasts 2 seconds, dealing damage every 0.5 seconds to enemies.
Frost Nova (W)
Create a nova that explodes after 1 second, dealing damage to enemies inside and Slowing them by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Enemies in the center are Rooted for 1 second.
Chains of Kel'Thuzad (E)
Launch a chain, dealing damage to the first enemy Hero or Structure hit. For 4 seconds after hitting an enemy, Chains can be reactivated to launch to an additional enemy, pulling both enemies together and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds.
Frost Blast (R)
Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals damage to its target and damages enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frozen Tomb are Rooted for 1.5 seconds.
Shadow Fissure (R)
Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing damage to enemies in its area.
Morales now uses Energy to fuel her Healing Beam. All other abilities are free to cast.
Morales can hold up to 100 Energy.
Caduceus Reactor (Trait)
While channeling Healing Beam, Morales heals herself for 2% of her maximum life per second.
Healing Beam (Q)
Channeling Healing Beam costs 6 Energy per second
Morales generates 6 Energy per second after not channeling Healing Beam for 3 seconds.
Healing amount reduced from 96 to 90
Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 12 seconds
Displacement Grenade (E)
A visual indicator for the detonation area is now visible to Lt. Morales.
Stim Drone (R)
Cast time reduced from 1 second to .5 seconds
Medivac Dropship (R)
Takeoff minimum delay reduced from 4 seconds to 3 seconds
Health reduced from 1593 to 956
Feedback Loop (W)
Scouting Drove (Active)
Moved from Level 7
!Quest: Hit Heroes with Displacement Grenade.
!Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, Displacement Grenade’s cooldown is reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds.
!Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes, Displacement Grenade’s area is increased by 25%.
(New) Caduceus Feedback (Passive)
Basic Attacks generate 1 Energy, increased to 4 against Heroes.
(New) Life Support (W)
Gain 2 Energy each time Safeguard prevents damage, to a maximum of 20 Energy per cast.
Automated Block (Passive)
Infused Grenade (E)
Trauma Trigger (Passive)
Moved from Level 1
Cooldown Increased to 60 Seconds
Gain 30 Armor for 3 seconds after taking damage while under 40% life.
(New) Cellular Reactor (Active)
Consume 30 Energy to heal 40% of maximum life over 4 seconds.
(New) Blast Shield (E)
Hitting a Hero with Displacement Grenade grants Lt Morales 2 Energy and a shield equal to 8% of her maximum health, stacking up to 5 times.
Calldown: MULE (Active)
(New) Physical Therapy (W)
Casting Safeguard removes all Slows from the target. When a slow is removed this way, the cooldown of Safeguard is reduced by 4 seconds.
(New) Vanadium Plating (W)
Safeguard grants an additional 25 Armor while the bearer is Stunned and its duration does not decay.
Prolonged Safeguard (W)
Moved from Level 1
Increase Safeguard duration by 50%.
Intensive Care (Q)
Couples Therapy (Q)
Preventative Care (Q)
Spell Shield (Active)
(New) EMP Grenade (Q)
Displacement Grenade deals increased damage to shields and additional damage over 2 seconds.
System Shock (E)
Moved from Level 16
Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade have their damage reduced by 30% for 4 seconds.
Second Opinion (E)
Moved from Level 16
If Displacement Grenade hits 2 or more Heroes, its cooldown is reduced to 1 second.
(New) Extended Care (Q)
Increases the range of Healing Beam by 40%.
(New) First Responder (Q)
If you have more than 70 energy, your Healing Beam heals for 25% more.
Shield Sequencer (W)
Safeguard gains an additional charge.
Caduceus Reactor 2.0 (Trait)
Increases the healing of Caduceus Reactor from 2% to 6%.
(New) Hyperactivity (R)
Reduces the cooldown of Stim Drone from 90 seconds to 45 seconds and increases the movement speed bonus from 25 to 50%.
(New) Safe Zone (R)
Heroes are Protected from damage for 2 seconds after unloading from Medivac Dropship.
(New) Reinforcements (Active)
Reduces the cooldown of Medivac Dropship from 60 to 30 seconds.
Activate to call down a Medivac at your Hall of Storms that only allies can enter. Activate again to order the Dropship to travel to the original cast location and unload its cargo. 30 second cooldown. Shares a cooldown with Medivac Dropship.
Fixed a number of typo and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.
Boss: Captured Bosses will now correctly use their area of effect Abilities when attacking down a lane.
Haunted Mines: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to become Invulnerable for a fraction of a second while entering or exiting the Mines.
Try Mode: Sentinel will now correctly gain bonus damage after completing the Ranger Talent’s quest using the Complete Quests button.
Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Stasis: Fixed an issue in which cooldowns for self-cast Stasis effects, such as Ice Block, or Chromie’s Time Out, would not count down until respawn if the Hero was killed immediately after that Stasis effect concluded.
Arthas: After learning the Shattered Armor Talent, Heroes rooted by Frost Presence’s quest reward will now correctly have their Armor reduced.
Azmodan: Manually clicking the All Shall Burn Ability will no longer cause a framerate drop.
Chen: Will no longer gain multiple Freshest Ingredient stacks when collecting a single Regeneration Globe if multiple allied Heroes are nearby.
Chen: Medivh’s Ley Line Seal can no longer cause Chen and his Storm, Earth, Fire Spirits to exist at the same time.
Cho: Rune Bomb’s area of effect indicator will no longer visually shrink if Cho’gall was affected by the Shrink Ray Talent while casting Rune Bomb.
D.Va: Fixed an issue that could cause D.Va to become unresponsive when entering the Dragon Knight or Garden Terror after using Lt. Morales’ Medivac.
Garrosh: Intimidation will no longer slow non-Heroic enemies’ attack speeds.
Garrosh: Fixed an issue that could cause Wrecking Ball to fail to throw a target but go on a full cooldown.
Greymane: Can now correctly cast Go for the Throat a second time after using the Ability to kill D.Va’s Mech.
Muradin: Haymaker will now properly knock back and damage secondary targets in its path.
Muradin: Fixed an issue that caused Muradin’s abilities to cast quickly and without animations if queued up during Dwarf Toss.
Li-Ming: Learning the Zei’s Vengeance and Arcane Orbit Talents will no longer cause Arcane Orb to deal reduced damage at close-range.
Lt. Morales: Medivac UI will no longer persist on-screen when entering the Medivac as it is destroyed.
Samuro: Switching places with a Mirror Image will no longer cancel queued commands.
Samuro: Clicking a control group to select a Mirror Image after learning Illusion Master will no longer cancel active Move Commands being carried out by that Image.
Stitches: Hook will now cancel abilities that can be channeled while moving, such as Azmodan’s All Shall Burn.
The Butcher: Floating Combat Text will now correctly display Crit damage dealt by Basic Attacks benefitting from the Brutal Strike Talent.
Stukov: Massive Shove’s sound effects will no longer persist after the target is killed or collides with terrain.
Draft Mode: Fixed an issue preventing players from selecting the Lunar Rooster Mount in Draft Lobbies.