Blizzard Entertainment has published a new blog post dedicated to the changes coming into Heroes of the Storm with the latest path 29.7. One of the most noticeable or, shall we say, hot additions to the game is a new character to join the already beefy roster of HotS. Meet Cpl. Miles “Blaze” Lewis as he brings the heat into the Nexus.
Battlegrounds have received a round of tuning which reduced the Mana and Healing received from the Regeneration Globes, tinkered with Mercenaries, empowered Forts and Keeps and more.
Developer Comment: As expected, our gameplay update for 2018 resulted in large changes to many of our game systems. While we’re overall happy with the direction of the update, there have been some unintended side effects that we’re hoping to remedy. We overestimated how much more powerful unlimited ammo would be for Structures, and as a result pushing mechanics have become too strong, resulting in lower game times on nearly all maps. We’re giving our towers some of their teeth back with this update, which should help teams hold pushes from Mercenary Camps and map events. We’re also making some tuning changes to some of our Mercenary Camps now that we have had some time to see how they have been performing. Hellbats and Knights in particular are pushing harder than we would like, so we’re reducing their power. We’re also taking a look at the Warhead Junction boss and reducing its early and mid-game pushing power, as right now it is too strong when combined with Nukes from the map event. Lastly, we are reducing the power of Regeneration Globes. While we like the new mini-game that Neutral Regen globes provide in the laning phase, we are not comfortable with how much they are currently benefitting the team that is ahead while they are pushing into a defending team. We’re also seeing players picking up more Regeneration Globes in general, so this will help to keep the game’s overall sustain in check. These are some hefty changes, and it’s likely that there will be more needed to be done over time as things continue to settle. We’ll be keeping an eye on things, and are prepared to make more updates as they’re needed.
Heroes have received some significant changes, too. That includes Hanzo, Samuro, Nova, Malfurion and many others. You can find the full text of the patch notes including detailed developer commentary on the official site.