Weekly Brawl – Lost Cavern: June 14th – News


A new patch is available for testing on PTR for one week and includes a Chen rework and new MechaStorm II skins for Malthael, Valla, and Yrel.

The latest Heroes of the Storm content update has arrived to PTR and will go live on June 17.

It comes with a brand new Chen (details highlighted below) and a new MechaStorm II event with new skins for Malthael, Valla, and Yrel.

Blizzard (Source)

Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until the week of June 17. As always, if you encounter any bugs during your PTR play sessions, please stop by the PTR Bug Report forum to let us know about your experiences.

Collection

Many seasonal items have made their way back into the collection and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!

New Bundles (Limited Time Only!)

MechaStorm II Bundle

Mecha Yrel Skin Pack

Mecha Valla Skin Pack

Xenotech Malthael Skin Pack

Seraph Wing Bundle

New Skins (Limited Time Only!)

Mecha Yrel

Prototype Mecha Yrel

Master Mecha Yrel

Lunar Mecha Yrel

Carbon Fiber Mecha Yrel

Mecha Valla

Prototype Mecha Valla 

Master Mecha Valla

Solar Mecha Valla

Alloy Mecha Valla

Xenotech Malthael

Apex Xenotech Malthael

Twilight Xenotech Malthael

Umbral Xenotech Malthael

Gamma Xenotech Malthael

Hunter Mecha Dehaka

Galactic Xenotech Abathur

Maritime Dropkick Kharazim

New Mounts (Limited Time Only!)

Seraph Wing

Holy Seraph Wing

Fierce Seraph Wing

Eternal Seraph Wing

Guardian Seraph Wing

Prototype Seraph Wing

Fel Razorgrin

New Portraits and Sprays (Limited Time Only!)

Several new sprays and portraits have also been added to the game.

MechaStorm II

Xenotech threatens the planet once again. This new invasion is being led by Mecha Malthael, sowing havoc and destruction across Neo-Stormwind. Many outposts and cities have already felt the wrath of the Mecha Archangel of Death.

A new generation of Heroes arise to defend the innocent. Equipped with cutting edge Mecha technology provided by Neo-President Anduin, the young pilots prepare for the battles ahead.

You must stand together alongside Valla and Yrel as members of the MechaStorm to help bring Xenotech’s Mecha Malthael’s advance to a halt. However, you must first make sure your equipment is up to the task.

MechaStorm II Quest Chain

Repair, upgrade and run repeatable combat simulation missions for each part of Mecha Tyrael. Join the Neo-Stormwind’s mobile Mecha squadron alongside Valla and Yrel to help push back the Xenotech invasion being led by Mecha Malthael.

Earn Mecha-themed sprays, portraits and loot boxes while working to unlock Tyrael the Hero as well as the unique Perfect Mecha Tyrael skin.

MechaStorm II Loot Chests

From June 17th to August 5th, your main goal will be working to thwart the Xenotech invasion. During this time all Loot Chests earned or bought with Gold will be MechaStorm II Loot Chests (excluding Hero-specific ones). These Loot Chests guarantee at least one item from either MechaStorm II or previous years’ Summer Events.

Note: Loot Chests earned prior to the start of this event will not become MechaStorm II Loot Chests.

Bruiser

Chen

Base

Keg Smash [W]

Brew cost increased from 20 to 30

New functionality: Smash Chen’s keg, dealing damage, drenching affected enemies in Brew for 3 seconds, and Slowing them by 10% for 1.5 seconds. After 1.5 seconds, the Slow is increased to 40% for 1.5 seconds. After being used, this ability becomes Breath of Fire.

Breath of Fire [W]

This ability has been moved to the W button, and is available after Keg Smash has been used

Cooldown reduced from 5 seconds to 1.5 seconds

Impact damage reduced from 96 to 85

Periodic damage increased from 32 to 55

Brew cost reduced from 30 to 10

Adjusted functionality: Using Breath of Fire on Brew-soaked enemy causes them to be Ignited, dealing damage over 3 seconds and adding 1.5 seconds to the duration of the Slow from Keg Smash. After being used or after 6 seconds, this ability becomes Keg Smash

New Ability: Stagger [E]

Damage taken over the next 3 seconds is prevented. Once this effect ends, Chen receives 75% of the damage taken over 5 seconds. 18-second CD

Fortifying Brew [Trait]

Talents

No longer grants 25 Brew instantly

Brew regeneration increased from 30 to 50 per second

Cooldown increased from 5 to 7 seconds

Channel time reduced from 5 to 4 seconds

Shield amount decreased from 196 to 180 per second

This reduces the total shields for fully drinking from 588 to 540

Shield duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds

Level 1

Stormstout Secret Recipe [Passive]

Moved from Level 20

Healing increased from 1.5% to 2% of Chen’s maximum health

New Talent: Eye of the Tiger [Passive]

Adjusted functionality – Quest: Increase Regeneration Globe Healing duration by 100%. Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, 50% of the Shield from Fortifying Brew persists indefinitely after drinking

Level 4

Keg Toss [W]

Removed

Withering Flames [W]

Moved from Level 13

Duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds

Accumulating Flame [W]

Moved from Level 1

New functionality: Increase Ignited damage by 25% and Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are Ignited increase its duration by .75 seconds

Level 7

Bolder Flavor [Trait]

Removed

Elusive Brawler [Active]

Moved from Level 1

Additional functionality: While active, also grants Chen 30% Movement Speed

New Talent: Gift of the Ox [E]

Increase Stagger’s duration by .5 seconds, and reduce the amount of damage taken over time to 60% of damage taken

Level 10

Wandering Keg [R1]

Movement speed bonus increased from 60% to 70%

Knockback duration increased by ~28%

Knockback speed increased by ~53%

Storm, Earth, Fire [R2]

Spirit Health reduced from 75% of Chen’s Health to 70%

Each ability can only be cast once. The final ability that is cast is empowered.

Storm [Q]

New functionality: The spirits gain a shield for 400 over 3 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, the shield amount is increased to 750 with no limited duration, and the duration of Storm Earth Fire is increased by 5 seconds.

Earth [W]

New functionality: Fire and Earth leap to the target location, dealing 32 damage and slowing enemies in a large area by 70% for 1.5 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, increase the damage dealt by 300% and the leap instead roots enemy Heroes hit for 1.75 seconds.

Earth Ability range increased from 7 to 9

Earth Unit basic attack Slow reduced from 2 seconds to 1.75 seconds

Earth Unit attack period increased from 2 to 1.5

Fire [E]

New functionality: Increase the attack speed and attack damage of the spirits by 50% for 5 seconds. If this is the final ability cast, increase the attack speed and attack damage bonus to 75% and the spirits gain 50% movement speed for its duration

Level 13

Ring of Fire [W]

Moved from Level 4

Adjusted functionality: After Igniting an enemy, burst into flames, dealing damage to nearby enemies

Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds

Damage increased from 52 to 60

Enough to Share [Trait]

Moved from Level 16

Additional functionality: Duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds

Allied Shield amount increased from 27 to 70

Additional functionality: Now also instantly Shields Chen for 180

Pressure Point [Q]

Adjusted functionality: Flying Kick Slows the target enemy for 35% for 1 second, or by 70% if Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew

A Touch of Honey [W]

New functionality: Increase the Slow from Keg Smash by 10% and its duration by .5 seconds

Level 16

Another Round [W]

Removed

New Talent: Celerity [E]

Basic Attacks against Slowed, Rooted, or Stunned enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Stagger by 1.5 seconds and grant Chen 15 Armor for 3 seconds

New Talent: Combo Strikes [Trait]

Every 3rd Basic Attack against the same target deals 75% bonus damage. While Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew and for 2 seconds after, he gains 50% Attack Speed

Flying Leap [Q]

Additional Functionality: Reduce the cooldown of Flying Leap by .5 seconds each time an enemy Hero takes damage from being Ignited

Level 20

Purifying Brew [Trait]

Moved from Level 7

New functionality: Casting Fortifying Brew grants Chen Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds

New Talent: Energizing Brew [Trait]

If Chen fully completes his cast of Fortifying Brew, then he gains 20% maximum Health and 20% increased damage for 25 seconds

Untapped Potential [R1]

Armor bonus increased from 60 to 75

Armor bonus now lasts for 3 seconds after Wandering Keg expires

Movement Speed increased from 100% to 125%

Elemental Conduit [R2]

New functionality: Increase the spirits’ Health to 100% of Chen’s maximum Health and all of their abilities are empowered

Developer Comment: The new Chen has finally arrived! We had a blast tinkering with him, and look forward to seeing him unleashed to his full potential in your hands. When taking a look at how to best change him, we primarily focused on adding more opportunities for Chen to make plays and for his opponents to interact with him. Some of his power has been taken out of Fortifying Brew and put into his new ability, Stagger, as well as into his talents. While he may take a bit of time to master, proper management of Chen’s cooldowns should result in a formidable hero that will make a great addition to any team.

Bug Fixes

General

Heroes, Abilities, & Talents

FIXED: Tassadar displays the ‘Support’ role icon, and is not selected as a valid healer pick when both sides are given a Healer in Shuffle Pick.

FIXED: Mercenary Camp captures will show Score Credit Tracking to always match the amount of experience that is being awarded. 

FIXED: Minions on Tomb of the Spider Queen no longer gain an extra minute of scaling at the start of the game.

FIXED: Players will get credit for capturing a Mercenary Camp if you are within an extra 5 radius of the capture point (and on the same team)

FIXED: TargetUnit Abilities that can be placed on allies no longer appear invisible to enemy Heroes hit by their area.

FIXED: Respec on Try Me Mode map now respawns the player Hero to properly reset all Talents and Quests that Hero had chosen.

Jaina: Jaina’s Water Elemental mimic damage from Wintermute now correctly reflects the tooltip and Balance Update. 50% of Jaina’s Basic Frostbolt and Cone of Cold damage is mimicked by the Water Elemental.

D.Va: D.Va’s Mech is no longer immune to friendly abilities.

Chromie: Here and There no longer requires Chromie to have vision of her target location, or the clone she is swapping with. 

Sylvanas: Minions who are Possessed now properly remove all friendly damaging abilities that were applied before they were Possessed. 

Raynor: Raynor’s Hyperion Splat now properly matches both its warning splat and its targeting guide.

Anub’arak: Cocoon is no longer disjointed by teleports. Cocoon will now redirect, similarly to pyroblast, and fall off if the teleport is far enough away.

The long-awaited Chen rework is here with a new MechaStorm II event coming to the Nexus next week.



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