Heroes of the Storm: the 2nd of March update

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Xul the necromancer is ready to plague the battlefield, balance changes and other stuff

Blizzard released new update for Heroes of the Storm that includes new specialist hero, Xul the Necromancer, balance changes, bug fixes and lots of other stuff. Plus, it brings Lunar Festival to end so if you did not manage to get the event portrait, well... too bad! At least, Xul is out.

Please, find information about some changes from the update patch notes below:

GENERAL

Lunar Festival 2016

  • The Monkey Elder has vanished from the Nexus, and this year’s Lunar Festival event has reached its conclusion, along with several limited-time promotions.
  • Lunar Festival Special Event quests are no longer available, and players can no longer earn progress toward, or unlock, the rewards they offer.
  • Lunar Festival bundles have been removed from the in-game Shop. Review the Shop section of the patch notes below for details.

NEW HERO

Xul, Cryptic Necromancer, has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play! Read on for a brief overview of his Abilities.

Trait

  • Raise Skeleton
    • When a nearby enemy Minion dies, it becomes a Skeletal Warrior for 15 seconds. Up to 4 Skeletal Warriors can be active at once.

Basic Abilities

  • Bone Armor (1)
    • Activate to gain a Shield equal to 25% of your maximum Health for 3 seconds.
  • Spectral Scythe (Q)
    • Summon a scythe at target location that travels toward you after a 1 second delay, damaging enemies in its path.
  • Cursed Strikes (W)
    • Once activated, your Basic Attacks over the next 4 seconds deal damage in a wide arc and reduce the Attack Speed of enemies hit by 50% for 2 seconds.
  • Bone Prison (E)
    • After a 2 second delay, root target enemy in place for 2 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

  • Poison Nova (R)
    • After a short delay, release poisonous missiles that deal massive poison damage over 10 seconds to all enemies hit.
  • Skeletal Mages (R)
    • Summon 4 Skeletal Mages in a line that attack nearby enemies and slow them by 30% for 2 seconds. Lasts up to 15 seconds.

HEROES

NOVA

Snipe (Q)

  • Damage increased from 295 (+4% per level) to 310 (+4% per level)
  • Snipe Master (Talent)
    • Damage bonus per stack increased from 12% to 15%. This effect can still stack up to 5 times

REHGAR

  • Lightning Shield (W)
  • Electric Charge (Talent)
      • Bonus to Lightning Shield radius decreased from 33% to 25%
    • Stormcaller (Talent)
      • No longer increases Lightning Shield duration
    • Earthshield (Talent)
      • Shield amount reduced from 15% to 12% of the target’s maximum Health
  • Ancestral Healing (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 80 to 100 seconds
  • Bloodlust (R)
  • Mana cost reduced from 125 to 70

Full list of changes can be found in the official Heroes of the Storm blog

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