Heroes of the Storm - TECHNICAL ALPHA PATCH NOTES -- JULY 23, 2014
Full Translations Coming Soon
The Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha game client will soon feature full audio and text translations for languages in both the European and Latin American regions. In the coming days, the following languages will be supported:
Be advised that this represents an early pass at audio and text translations for each the languages above. During Tech Alpha testing, players using clients in languages other than English may encounter typos and other translation errors. Please keep in mind that work is ongoing and each language will receive additional polish in the weeks to come.
Garden of Terror, a brand new 3-lane Battleground, has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play in all matchmaking queues!
After 90 seconds, Night will fall and Horrors will rise within the garden.
Venture into the garden to kill the Horrors and collect the Seeds they drop.
Night will persist until all remaining Horrors have been destroyed.
Collect 100 Seeds and then return to base to take control of a monstrous Garden Terror!
Once unleashed, Garden Terrors can use the following powerful abilities:
Spore Queen’s Curse (Q)
After a short delay, enemy Heroes in the target area are turned into Plant Zombies for 5 seconds.
While in Plant Zombie form, Heroes deal reduced damage, have their Movement Speed reduced by 30%, and become silenced.
Plant Horror Overgrowth (W)
Disables and damages all enemy structures within a large area as long as the Horror Overgrowth remains alive.
Deals heavy damage to Minions within its area of effect.
Rehgar Earthfury, Shaman of the Earthen Ring, has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play! Read on for a brief overview of his abilities, and check out Rehgar's Hero Week blog for much more information on this powerful new Support Hero.
Chain Heal (Q)
Creates a healing wave that jumps between allies.
Lightning Shield (W)
Imbue target ally with lightning, causing damage to nearby enemies.
Earthbind Totem (E)
Spawns a totem that slows nearby enemies.
Ghost Wolf (Z)
Instead of using a mount, Rehgar transforms into a Ghost Wolf, increasing his movement speed.
Stir allies into a frenzy, increasing their Attack and Movement Speeds.
Ancestral Healing (R)
Significantly heals an allied Hero.
Leveling System and Rewards
The out-of-game Leveling System has been reworked and many of the progression rewards it has to offer have been reorganized.
Cooperative and Versus game modes no longer need to be unlocked, and are now available from player level 1.
The XP Bonus earned by winning games in Versus Mode has been increased from 20,000 to 50,000 XP per win.
Rewards for leveling up are now as follows:
Levels 2 and 4: 1,000 Gold each
Level 6: Daily Quests
Levels 8 and 10: Each unlock a new Hero Rotation Slot
Level 12: 2,000 Gold
Level 15: Unlocks the ability to use Artifacts and awards 2,000 Gold
Levels 20, 25, 30, and 35: 3,000 Gold each
Please note that following today’s patch, all partial progress toward the next player level will be lost.
For example: A player who was halfway to level 21 prior to the patch will be reset to player level 20.
Skins, Mounts, and Heroes can now be purchased directly from the Hero Select screen.
Click the Skins button in the lower left corner of the Hero Select screen to view all Skins and Skin variations for the selected Hero, and quickly switch between them.
If the selected Skin has not been unlocked, it can be purchased using real money directly from the Skins panel.
Click the Mounts button to view all Mounts and Mount variations in the game, and quickly switch between them.
If the selected Mount has not been unlocked, it can be purchased using real money directly from the Mounts panel.
Please note that in order to view or purchase a Mount, a Hero must be selected that has the ability to use Mounts in-game.
Select a Hero, and then click the Hero Info button to view more detailed information on that Hero.
The selected Hero’s current level, role, and difficulty are displayed at the top of the Hero Info panel.
The Hero Info panel now features three tabs along the top which can be clicked to view detailed information on each of the following: Abilities, Heroic Abilities, and Talents.
If the selected Hero has not been unlocked, it can be purchased using Gold or real money directly from the Hero Info panel.
Artifact slots have been added to the bottom of the Hero Select screen between the Hero Info and Ready buttons.
Gold is now awarded upon completing matches in Cooperative and Versus game modes.
Each Cooperative mode win now awards 10 Gold.
Versus matches now grant 10 Gold per loss, and 40 Gold per win.
Can now be completed in Cooperative mode!
All Daily Quests now award 200 Gold upon completion, but no longer grant experience points.
Radial Ping Menu
The Radial Ping Menu, accessed by pressing the G or Alt key and holding down the left mouse button, has received several improvements:
Ping Menu Display
The Radial Ping Menu now fades in over 0.5 seconds, but will display immediately if the cursor is dragged outside the menu during that time.
After the Radial Ping Menu fades in, a cancel button is created at its center and can be used to close the menu without issuing a ping.
If the center of the Ping Menu is selected before the cancel button is created, a normal ping will be issued.
The mouse cursor now remains visible on-screen while using the Radial Ping Menu, and a line is now drawn from the center point of the menu to the cursor.
If the Radial Ping Menu is accessed while the cursor is at the edge of the screen, the menu will still partially display so that pings can still be issued.
After a ping is issued using the Radial Ping Menu, the mouse cursor will no longer be moved back to the ping location.
Several changes have been implemented to improve overall responsiveness during gameplay.
Several general performance improvements have been implemented.
Press and hold the right mouse button in-game to continually move a Hero in the direction of the cursor, and make spam clicking a thing of the past!
The Game Camera will now re-center on the player’s Hero upon rejoining a game in progress.
Voiceover is no longer triggered in-game when a player times out due to connection issues.
Rehgar has been added to the Heroes of the Storm Shop!
Ironclaw Rehgar has been added to the Shop.
Master Skins have been added to the Shop, but will not become available for purchase until a player reaches level 10 with a Hero.
Master Skins have been added for the following 16 Heroes, and many more will be added in the weeks to come:
The Ironclaw Rehgar Bundle has been made available in the Shop for a limited time.
All previously available Bundle Packs have been removed from the Shop, and replaced by the following:
Heavy Hitters Bundle
Heroes of the Light Bundle
Please note: With the exception of the Ironclaw Rehgar Bundle, each of the Bundles added today feature a selection of three Heroes, from a combined total of nine, packaged in different ways so that you can purchase the Bundle that best fits your preferred playstyle.