Auriel - New hero in Heroes of the Storm [PTR]

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New PTR update brings us new force as new hero arrives into the Nexus as well as balance changes and bug fixes

Blizzard released a new PTR update for Heroes of the Storm which brings us new force as new hero arrives into the Nexus as well as balance changes and bug fixes. This update will eventually end up on the LIVE servers. 

NEW HERO: AURIEL

It is through the archangel Auriel that the power of hope flows into the fabric of creation. Her eternal light illuminates even the darkest souls. Seeking harmony in all things, she is a mediator, a counselor, and when the need arises, a fearless warrior.

Trait

  • Bestow Hope (D)
  • Activate to bestow an allied Hero with Hope. Damage that Hero deals while they are nearby will cause you to store Energy. Bestow Hope can only be active on one Hero at a time.
  • Passive: 40% of the damage you deal to Heroes and 8% of your damage dealt to non-Heroes is stored as Energy.

Basic Abilities

  • Sacred Sweep (Q)
    • Damages enemies in a wide arc and deals bonus damage to enemies caught in the center.
  • Ray of Hope (W)
    • Consume all of your stored Energy to Heal allied Heroes in the target area. The amount of Healing done is based on the amount of Energy spent.
  • Detainment Strike (E)
  • Deals damage to the first enemy Hero struck and knocks them back. If the target collides with terrain, they are also Stunned for 1.25 seconds and take additional damage.

Heroic Abilities

  • Crystal Aegis (R)
    • Place an allied Hero into Stasis for 2 seconds. Upon expiration, Crystal Aegis explodes, damaging nearby enemies.
  • Resurrect (R)
  • Allied Heroes leave behind a spirit on death. Channel on a spirit for 3 seconds to bring that ally back to life with 50% of their maximum Health at their death location.

Among other important changes are:

PERFORMANCE AND GRAPHICS

General

  • Significant improvements have been made to Heroes of the Storm’s overall framerate, affecting all game modes and Battlegrounds.

KAEL'THAS

Talents

  • Level 7
  • Gravity Crush (E)
      • Removed
  • Level 16
    • Sun King’s Fury (W)
      • Moved to level 7
      • New Functionality: Now increases the damage of Living Bombs that spread to enemy Heroes by 30%
    • NEW TALENT: Arcane Dynamo (Passive)
      • Casting a Basic Ability causes you to gain 3% Ability Power for 5 seconds, stacking up to a total of 15% Ability Power
  • Level 20
    • Arcane Power (Active)
      • Removed
    • NEW TALENT: Flamethrower (Q)
      • Increases the range of Flamestrike by 40%. When you hit two or more enemy Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Flamestrike by 4 seconds

Developer Comments: As we had mentioned in previous patches, we wanted to make a niche for Kael’thas as an area-of-effect mage who punishes teams that clump together. Our earlier changes to him succeeded in helping his talent diversity, but we failed in pointing him enough in the direction of an AoE mage. We’ve decided to cut Gravity Crush and change Sun King’s Fury to be a mechanic more fitting of our intended design for Kael’thas.

To replace Sun King’s Fury at Level 16 we’ve created Arcane Dynamo, which rewards Kael’thas players for spacing out their abilities and properly balancing their Mana consumption. We also removed the generic talent Arcane Power, and replaced it with Flamethrower, a finisher talent for Flamestrike oriented builds.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Collision: Heroes can no longer push Neutral and Enemy Mercenaries by walking into them.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue that could cause the game client to crash while using Network Link Conditioner.
  • Corrected a number of typos and tooltip errors across several aspects of the game.

Battlegrounds

  • Battlefield of Eternity: Enemy Heroes are no longer visible while inside the Vent located just below the Hell side’s center Gate.
  • Dragon Shire: The tooltip for the Dragon Knight’s Rubble Maker Trait no longer incorrectly states that it reduces the duration of Silence effects.
  • Garden of Terror: Fixed an issue which prevented the Garden Terror’s Overgrowth from being cast if its area of effect would overlap with the opposing team’s Hall of Storms.
  • Towers of Doom: Fixed an issue in which some Summons, such as Arthas’ Ghouls, would not teleport with the Hero after using the Tunnel.
  • Try Mode: Zagara’s Infest Talent will no longer continue to affect Minions after clicking Reset Talents.

Heroes and Talents

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the player to lose selection of their Hero on death under certain circumstances.
  • Brightwing: Phase Shield now properly applies a Shield to targets under the effect of Abathur’s Symbiote.
  • Chromie: Temporal Loop can no longer return its target to areas of terrain that are not walkable. The target will instead be placed as close as possible to their original location.
  • Dehaka: Polymorph will no longer remove the effects of Dark Swarm.
  • Gazlowe: The Engine Gunk Talent now correctly causes Rock-It! Turret attacks to Slow enemy Movement Speed.
  • Greymane: Will no longer appear to slide at the end of Darkflight if the target moves out of maximum range as Greymane begins to leap.
  • Greymane: Go for the Throat Damage bonuses earned via the Unleashed Talent will now stack properly.

You can find full patch notes in the official blog.

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