Alterac Pass

2018-12-11 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Catapults

  • When a team destroys a Fort, they'll now gain a Catapult in every 3rd Minion wave.
    • NOTE: In order to keep early-game Catapults from being too devastating to defending teams, Catapult attack splash size, attack range, and damage/health will gradually increase as the game progresses.

Experience Changes

  • Removed all Experience earned from destroying a Fort or Keep
  • Destroying a Fort or Keep will now provide your team with a stacking 20% increase in Passively-earned Experience
    • NOTE: Towers of Doom is exempt from all Experience and Catapult changes.
  • Decreased Experience earned from destroying Towers by 50%
  • Passive Experience gain increased by 15%
  • Increased Experience gained by defeating defending Mercenaries by 100%
    • ​Hanamura Temple and Volsksaya Foundry Item Camps are excluded from this change.
  • Laning Mercenary Experience
    • Defeating Laning Mercenaries will now grant 100% of Defending Mercenaries Experience.

Developer Comment: Thank you so much for all of the feedback regarding the 2019 Gameplay Updates. While there is still a lot of community speculation about the outcome of these changes, there has been a resounding amount of concern about the loss of Fort and Keep XP. We agree that the complete loss of XP from Forts and Keeps may reduce the incentive to kill them to unhealthy levels, especially at higher levels of play. In response, we have reintroduced XP to the structures in a way that will reward players for taking them early while granting a gradual increase in power instead of large bursts. This should reinforce our goal of making matches closer while also rewarding teams for destroying enemy structures as quick as possible.

Developer Comment: After listening to feedback, we have decided to pull back the laning Mercenary change outlined in our 2019 gameplay updates in order to give winning teams more opportunities to pull ahead.

Mercenaries

  • Boss Camps, Sentinel Camps (Hanamura Temple), and Support Camps (Volskaya Foundry) will now be flagged as Elite.
    • Elite Mercenary Camps are Unstoppable & Unbribable

Unit Radii

  • The unit radius values for most Heroes has been reduced by 5-15%

Developer Comment: In an effort to improve visual clarity when many heroes are on-screen, we've updated the art for the Hero Ring displayed underneath heroes. To reinforce this effort, we've also done a pass on the Unit Radii for all heroes. We understand that these radius adjustments will have a minor but intended impact on landing and dodging abilities, and as a result, felt that the 2019 Gameplay Updates were the best time to make these changes.


2018-11-13 Patch Notes

Battlegrounds

  • Experience gains from Mercenary Camp captures have been unified. All Mercenary Camps now grant all Experience on capture.

2018-08-07 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Alterac Pass: Fixed an issue that could cause the Cavalry's aura effect to fail to display on low settings.

2018-07-10 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

  • Ice Giants
    • Attack speed reduced by approximately 30%.
    • Neutral Ice Giant Attack damage increased from 240 to 312.
    • Captured Ice Giant Attack damage increased from 400 to 520.
  • Cavalry
    • The damage bonus provided by Cavalry units is now a flat 10%, and no longer scales with each completed event.

Battlegrounds

Mercenaries

  • Heroes can no longer Heal, Shield, or target allied Mercenaries with Abilities unless an Ability specifically states that Mercenaries are valid targets.

2018-07-03 Balance Update

Battleground Updates

  • Generals
    • Health reduced from 24,000 to 20,000.
    • Now gain 405 maximum Health every minute until minute 21 (excluding minute 1).
  • Cavalry
    • No longer gain additional Armor for nearby Heroes.
    • Health reduced from 10,000 to 8,000.
    • Health scaling increased by 19%.
    • Damage reduced from 85 to 65.
    • Damage scaling increased by 22%.
  • Reaver Minions
    • Damage scaling increased by 50%.

Developer Comment: We're making a few changes to Alterac Pass to reduce the frequency that one team can run away with an early lead, while still keeping the average game time roughly in line with our other Battlegrounds. We're removing the mechanic that grants Cavalry additional Armor for every allied Hero in their aura, since we feel that multi-Hero pushes are already strong enough. We've also made Health scaling adjustments so that Vanndar and Drek'thar (the Core replacements) won't be demolished as quickly by late game Heroes that have outscaled them and reduced their Armor. However, we are increasing the scaling of Cavalry and Reavers (Catapult replacements), so that games still end in a timely fashion. This should only come into play during games that become prolonged.


2018-06-12 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

Please Note: Alterac Pass will become available for play in two stages during the coming weeks:

  • Non-Ranked Modes: During the week of June 19, Alterac Pass will enter Quick Match, Unranked, and Versus A.I. matchmaking queues, as well as Custom Games.
  • Ranked Play: During the week of July 10, Alterac Pass will enter the Ranked Battleground Rotation.

Learn even more about Alterac Pass by visiting the Heroes of the Storm website!

Alterac Pass is a 3-lane Battleground where Heroes must free imprisoned allied troops, call in their cavalry, and take down the opposing General to claim the Pass for their faction. In addition to enemy forces, the Alterac Mountains are home to many treacherous hazards! Heroes must remain vigilant, as a misstep into a mud pit can prove fatal. Teams would also be wise to recruit the Armored Gnolls and Ice Giants who inhabit the Pass before the enemy faction can harness these deadly creatures for their own gain.

Cores Replaced by Generals

  • Each team's Core has been replaced by a General who will aid them in fending off attackers.
    • Vanndar Stormpike leads the Alliance (left team) in driving back the Horde forces at Alterac Pass.
    • Drek'Thar has rallied the Horde (right team) to aid in defending the Pass against Alliance invaders.
  • Each General receives bonus Armor and damage based on the number of allied Keeps remaining. Destroy enemy Keeps to weaken their General.
  • When attacking a General directly, be prepared to finish the job! Vanndar and Drek'thar will regenerate Health once they are out of combat.
  • In addition to their Basic Attacks, they can also use two Abilities:
    • Whirlwind: Deals damage in an area around the General.
    • Charge: The General dashes to the target enemy, dealing damage.

Capture Prison Camps to Call in the Cavalry!

  • Three minutes after a match begins, a Prison Camp will spawn for each team. Invade enemy territory, take out the Guards, and free the allied prisoners to call in a Cavalry Charge!
    • Channel an opposing Prison Camp to begin a breakout, and then free the prisoner by preventing the enemy team from regaining control of the Camp for 30 seconds.
      • Watch out for enemy Heroes and Guards! They will attempt to stop any attackers and Channel on their Prison Camp to retake control.
      • Each subsequent breakout will require the capturing team to maintain control for an additional 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 50 seconds.
  • Once a team frees the prisoners at an enemy camp, allied Cavalry will charge down all three lanes, attacking any enemies and Structures in their paths.
    • Cavalry units generate an aura that increases nearby Minion and Hero Movement Speeds, and grants a damage bonus to nearby allied Heroes.
      • The aura's damage bonus will increase based on the number of Prison Camp events completed so far, up to a maximum of 3 events.
        • Cavalry on both teams will benefit from these increases independent of which team won each Prison Camp event.
  • Subsequent Prison Camps will spawn at random within a range of time after all Cavalry from the previous event have been eliminated. This range of time is determined as follows:
    • From 110 – (# of game minutes elapsed * 2) seconds to 150 – (# of game minutes elapsed * 2) seconds.
    • For example: If all Cavalry from the most recent event are defeated at the 10-minute mark, the next set of Prison Camps will spawn at random between 90 and 130 seconds later.

Mercenaries

  • Armored Gnolls – Siege Camp
    • Watch out for the Gnolls who inhabit the Pass! They're formidable creatures who wield a cleaving attack that can shred a Hero's Armor in no time.
  • Ice Giants – Boss Camp
    • The Ice Giants at the northern and southernmost points of the Pass tend to mind their own business, but once provoked, they've been known to hurl deadly balls of ice and even stomp the ground in an effort to Slow or Stun their foes.

Mud Pits

  • Combatants who don't mind where they step can fall victim to one of several mud pits that have sprung up within Alterac Pass.
    • Any Hero who enters a mud pit will find their Movement Speed reduced by 16% per second, to a maximum of 60%, for as long as they remain there.
    • Upon finding solid ground, the Hero will regain Movement Speed at 50% per second.