2018 Ranked Play Season 4
Fall of the King’s Crest Event (September 25 – October 15)
Garden of Terror Battleground Revamp
Our newest patch is now live! Read on for details on what’s been added or changed.
New Event: Fall of King’s Crest
The Fall of Kings Questline is now available for players. The hunt is on for the generals of the Raven Lord!
Loot Chests have been replaced with Seasonal Loot chests for the duration of this event.
2018 Ranked Season 4 Has Begun!
Ranked rewards have been granted to players based on their performance during 2018 Ranked Season 3.
Learn more about the rewards that are up for grabs during the new season by checking out our 2018 Ranked Season 4 Dates and Rewards blog.
Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players.
All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch.
Unranked Battleground Rotation
The Battleground Rotation for all Unranked modes has been adjusted to the following:
Towers of Doom
Garden of Terror
Garden of Terror
Garden of Terror has received significant gameplay and layout changes. Find out more in the Garden of Terror Spotlight video or on the updated Garden of Terror Battleground site.
Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Kerrigan and Brightwing have received some new and updated art to coincide with their gameplay updates.
Mercenary Camp and Banner floating text has received readability improvements.
Charges increased from 1 to 2
Range reduced from 8 to 6
Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20
Damage reduced from 210 to 130
Now also refunds 20 Mana when used on an enemy that dies within 1.5 seconds
Impaling Blades (W)
Damage reduced from 261 to 180
Primal Grasp (E)
Pull damage reduced from 114 to 25
2.5 seconds after using Primal Grasp, Kerrigan damages all nearby enemies for 180 damage
Summon Ultralisk (R)
Splash radius increased from 1.5 to 2
The initial cast of Ultralisk is now directional skill shot that causes the Ultralisk to charge in the targeted direction until impacting an enemy Hero. It deals 250 damage and stuns for .5 seconds to the first Hero it hits.
Shield amount increased from 10 to 15% of damage dealt
Siphoning Impact (Q)
Using Ravage on an enemy Hero grants an additional 90 Assimilation Shield
Assimilation Mastery (Trait)
Moved from level 7
No longer increases the duration of Assimilation Shield
In addition to increasing Kerrigan’s Health and Mana Regeneration by 100% while Assimilation is active, now also causes Regeneration Globes to grant 40 Assimilation Shield per second while active
Fury of the Swarm (Passive)
Moved from level 4
Kerrigan gains 10% more Assimilation Shields from Basic Attacks. Casting Ravage causes Kerrigan’s next 2 Basic Attacks within 3 seconds to splash for 100% damage around the target
Sharpened Blades (W)
New Talent – Sharpened Blades (Q)
!Quest: Every time an enemy Minion or Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of being damaged by Ravage, increase Ravage’s damage by .5 (5 for Heroes), up to 50
!Reward: After reaching 50 damage, gain an additional 50 damage
New Talent – Kinetic Fulmination (W)
Damaging an enemy increases the damage of Kerrigan’s next Impaling Blades by 15%. Stacks up to 150%. Lasts 10 seconds.
Psionic Pulse (E)
Primal Grasp deals damage a second time 2.5 seconds after the initial burst
Clean Kill (Q)
New Talent – Queen of Blades (Q)
Every time Primal Grasp’s pull or explosion hits an enemy Hero, reduce the cooldown of Ravage by 4 seconds
New Talent – Boundless Fury (Q)
Casting Ravage on an enemy Hero grants a charge of Ravage. Can only occur on each Hero once every 10 seconds
Bladed Momentum (Passive)
Now only triggers when attacking enemy Heroes
Now works with splash damage from Fury of the Swarm
Blade Torrent (W)
New Talent – Psionic Barrier (E)
Kerrigan gains 15 Spell Armor for 4 seconds for every enemy Hero she hits with Primal Grasp’s pull or explosion
New Talent – Volatile Power (Trait)
Increase the base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 15%, but reduce the duration of Assimilation Shields from 6 to 3 seconds
New Talent – Chrysalis (Active)
Activate to place Kerrigan in a chrysalis with 550 Health for 5 seconds. Kerrigan regenerates 5% Health per second while inside the chrysalis. 90 second cooldown.
Double Strike (Q)
Queen’s Rush (Active)
New Talent – Mounting Potency (Q)
Casting Ravage on an enemy increases Kerrigan’s Spell Power by 5% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 40%
New Talent – Painful Spikes (W)
After stunning an enemy with Impale, Kerrigan deals an additional 75 damage the next 6 times she damages them within the next 5 seconds
New Talent – Unbridled Energy (R)
When Kerrigan damages a Hero with a Heroic Ability she gains 30% Spell Power for 4 seconds
Aggressive Defense (Trait)
Essence for Essence (Active)
Maelstrom’s duration is increased by .125 seconds every time it damages an enemy Hero
New Talent – Assimilation Blades (Trait)
Damaging an enemy increases Kerrigan’s Basic Attack damage by 4%, up to 40%, for 5 seconds
Psionic Shift (Active)
Shield amount is now doubled when damaging enemy Heroes
Nexus Blades (Passive)
Arcane Flare (Q)
Outer damage from 87 to 75
Inner damage from 260 to 180
Missile speed increased ~30%
If an enemy Hero is hit by the center of Arcane Flare, instantly pulse a free Soothing Mist
Duration from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds
Cooldown from 10 to 12 seconds
Pixie Dust (E)
Range from 8 to 7
Phase Shift (Z)
Cooldown from 55 to 60 seconds
Heals the target for 20% of their maximum health
Soothing Mist (D)
Heal amount reduced from 115 to 105
Activate to instantly pulse a calming wave, clearing all Stun, Root, Slow, and Silence effects from nearby allies
120 second cooldown
Emerald Wind (R)
No longer grants passive healing to Soothing Mist
Damage reduced from 303 to 225
Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds
Greater Polymorph (W)
Moved from Level 16
Increase the cast range of Polymorph by 30%. Anytime a nearby enemy Hero is killed, reset the Cooldown of Polymorph
Hyper Shift (Z)
Increase the heal amount of Phase Shift to 30% of targets max Health
Every Minion killed near you lowers the cooldown of Phase Shift by 2 seconds
Pixie Charm (1)
Every Minion killed near you grants you a Bribe Stack. Hitting an enemy with the center portion of Arcane Flare grants you 5 Bribe Stacks
Manic Pixie (E)
Unstable Anomaly (W)
Increase the slow amount of Polymorph to 40%. When it expires, it explodes dealing 2% of all nearby enemy Heroes max Health in damage
Dream Shot (Q)
Moved from Level 1
Increase the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. If it hits an enemy Hero, lower the cooldown to 2 seconds.
New Talent – Magic Spit (D)
Increase your Basic Attack range by 20%. Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist’s active by 5 seconds
Phase Shield (Z)
Sticky Flare (Q)
Moved from Level 13
Arcane Flare slows Heroes by 20% for 3 seconds, or 40% if hit by the center of Arcane Flare
Moved from Level 4
Also grants the you and your target a temporary health Shield
New Talent – Critical Mist (D)
If Calming Mist removes a status effect from an ally, instantly heal them for 200
Ice Block (Active)
Shield Dust (E)
Pixie Boost (E)
Movement Speed decay duration increased from 1.5 to 3 seconds
Movement Speed bonus reduced to 40%
New Talent – Safety Dust (E)
Increase the duration of Pixie Dust by 1 second. Healing dealt by Brightwing is increased by 25% on targets with Pixie Dust
New Talent – Pixie Power (E)
Lower the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor it grants to 50
Bouncy Dust (E)
Hardened Focus (Passive)
New Talent – Phase Out (Active)
Activate to phase out and become invulnerable for .5 seconds
20 second cooldown
New Talent – Hush (Q)
Enemy Heroes hit with the center of Arcane Flare are Silenced for 1 second and deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds.
Double Wyrmhole (R)
Continuous Winds (R)
Revitalizing Mist (D)
Storm Shield (Active)
New Talent – Invisible Friends (R)
Blink Heal grants you and the target stealth. They are unrevealable for .5 seconds. While under this effect, they regenerate 20 Health Per Second
New Talent – Intensive Winds (R)
Lower the cooldown of Emerald Wind to 3 seconds. It now costs 200 Mana
New Talent – Faerie Protector (Active)
Activate to instantly cast Pixie Dust on all nearby allied Heroes
60 second cooldown
New Talent – Speedy Dragon (Passive)
Gain 20% permanent movement speed
The following new bundles are available for a limited time:
Fall of King’s Crest Bundle
Spectral Wyrm Alextrasza Skin Pack
Spider Warden Maiev Skin Pack
Cursed Witch Whitemane Skin Pack
Phantom Knight Zarya Skin Pack
Lady of Thorns
Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza
Infernal Wyrm Alexstrasza
Phantom Wyrm Alexstrasza
Spectral Bewitching Brightwing
Spectral Countess Kerrigan
Spider Warden Maiev
Forgotten Spider Warden Maiev
Night Spider Warden Maiev
Cursed Witch Whitemane
Forgotten Witch Whitemane
Court Witch Whitemane
Phantom Knight Zarya
Infernal Knight Zarya
Geist Knight Zarya
Copper Money Pig
Pumpkin Eye Pad
Sunny Side Eye Pad
New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the Heroes of the Storm Collection tab.
Fixed several confusing or incorrect tooltips across all parts of the game.
Drag Scroll: Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause the camera to jump in the direction of the cursor when using the drag scroll feature.
Reconnect: Fixed an issue that could cause players to lose control of their Hero if they reconnect while piloting a vehicle.
AI: A number of improvements have been made to AI Hero behavior.
Chromie: Fixed an issue that caused Chromie’s hourglass to go missing during her Hearthstone animation.
Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Abathur: Fixed an issue preventing Monstrosity from gaining damage when nearby enemy minions die.
Alarak & Gazlowe: Fixed an issue that allowed Gazlowe and Alarak to cast charged abilities while time stopped.
Ana: Fixed an issue that allowed Ana to used Eye of Horus shots between mine levels on Haunted Mines.
Lúcio: Fixed an issue preventing Lúcio from issuing attack commands while silenced.
Mephisto: Fixed an issue preventing the Static Barrier talent from granting Mephisto shields if damage was dealt to Shields or Protected Heroes.
Raynor: Raynor’s Raider will now clear attack or move order when entering or exiting the mines on Haunted Mines.
Stealth: Fixed an issue that prevented Ping markers from being visible on clones if the clones were created after the ping was initiated.
Fixed an issue that caused Garrosh’s Groundbreaker splat to appear under the wrong team color in observer mode.
Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to fail to play stun animations and effects if stunned twice in quick succession.
Lúcio: Fixed an issue causing the UI displaying the number of allies in range of crossfade to stop working after Lúcio exits a vehicle.
Brightwing and Kerrigan have been reworked along with Garden of Terror and Fall of the King’s Crest event starts today!