Lost Cavern

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.

2018-07-10 Patch Notes

Battlegrounds

Mercenaries

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

2018-06-06 Balance Update

Design & Gameplay

Structures

  • Fort Tower experience reduced from 500 to 250.
  • Fort experience increased from 1,000 to 1,200
  • Keep experience increased from 1,650 to 2,050
  • Towers of Doom
    • Fort Tower experience reduced from 500 to 250.
    • Fort experience increased from 1,100 to 1,200.
    • Keep experience increased from 1,900 to 2,050.
      • Note: Towers of Doom Forts upgrade to Keeps when the Tunnels open, approximately 12 minutes into a match.

Developer Comment: We're taking some of the experience offered by outer Towers and distributing it amongst other Structures in an effort to keep teams closer in levels for a little while longer. We still want to reward skillful play, but a team that completes the first objective is frequently able take out a lot of the opposing team's outer Structures. Not only did this open up a strategic advantage (Healing Fountains get destroyed, Fortifications provide less safety), but it also pushes the winning team further ahead. Usually, this results in one team reaching level 10 before their opponents, allowing them to snowball to an even greater lead. We'd like to instead slow down early game leads, so that winning teams have to play well for a longer period of time.


2018-03-30 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Structures: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities could be used to move Structures.

2018-03-06 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Mercenaries: Fixed an issue in which neutral Mercenaries could spawn twice at their Mercenary Camp under specific circumstances.

2018-01-09 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

Regeneration Globes

  • Total Health regen over 5 seconds reduced from 11.7% Maximum Health to 9%
  • Total Mana regen over 5 seconds reduced from 7.8% Maximum Mana to 7%

Forts

  • Gate Tower Damage to Minions, Mercenaries, Monsters, and Heroes increased by 33%.
  • Fort Damage to Minions, Mercenaries, Monsters, and Heroes increased by 33%

Keeps

  • Gate Tower Damage to Minions, Mercenaries, Monsters, and Heroes increased by 33%
  • Keep Damage to Minions, Mercenaries, Monsters, and Heroes increased by 33%
  • Keep Health increased from 16,000 to 17,000

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.


2017-12-12 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

Regeneration Globes

  • Regeneration Globes will now become neutral (claimable by both teams) if not claimed within 3 seconds.

Structures

  • All attacking structures no longer have ammunition.
  • Walls will now be destroyed if their connected Towers and Gate are also destroyed. Walls can still be attacked normally.
    • After reviewing community feedback, we’ve decided to revert this change. Destroying the Gate and Towers will no longer automatically destroy connected Walls.
  • Tower vision range has been increased by 25%
  • Tower damage to minions has been reduced by 25%
  • Structures now have a warmup period of .5 seconds before firing and must face their targets completely
    • Structure attack warning responsiveness has been significantly improved
  • Standalone Towers (found next to Forts and Keeps) have been removed.
    • The Health, granted Experience, and Damage of Standalone Towers has been redistributed into their surrounding gate Towers, Forts, and Keeps.
  • Forts and Keeps now have True Sight, meaning they will reveal and attack Stealthed Heroes.
    • True Sight is disabled while the Structure is disabled by effects such as the Raven Lord’s Curse or Sylvanas’ Black Arrow Trait.

Minions

  • Minion base damage has been increased by roughly 10%
  • Minion base health has been increased by roughly 10% Undocumented
  • The 5 second delay before Minions spawn after the game begins has been removed.

Bug Fixes

  • Structures: Auriel's Blinding Flash and Artanis' Suppression Pulse can no longer Blind Structures.

2017-08-08 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Mercenaries: Heroes will no longer be pushed when allied Mercenaries path into them.

2017-06-13 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Mercenaries: Captured enemy Mercenaries will no longer drop Fresh Meat stacks for The Butcher or Mineral stacks for Probius.

2017-04-25 2.0 Launch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Regeneration Globes: Will now play an animation upon expiration rather than suddenly disappearing.

2017-03-14 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Body Blocking Improvements

  • Improvements have been made to allied body blocking.

Bug Fixes

  • Observer Mode: Excess Regeneration Globe visual effects will no longer appear for Observers and other neutral players while watching replays or custom games.

2017-02-14 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Minions

  • Minion leash range decreased from 10 to 9.

2017-02-08 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Color Blind Mode: Fixed an issue causing Minimap icons for uncaptured Merc Camp to appear very similar in color to Merc Camps that have been captured by allies.

2017-01-24 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Structures: Fixed an issue in which the Core could continue to reveal enemy Stealth Heroes in a small radius outside its intended reveal range.

2017-01-04 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Armor & Vulnerability

Developer Comments: With today’s patch you will notice that a lot of our tooltips that used to reference the Resistant/Vulnerable system have been changed. Matthew Cooper detailed the changes on our forums last month explaining a bit about the new system. While the tooltips may have changed, the actual functionality for the system has been in since the Varian patch hit during the week of November 14, so the game itself should not feel any different than what you are currently used to. You will also notice that we have added baseline Armor to three Heroes – Arthas, Anub'arak, and Greymane’s Worgen Form. These are the first of a handful that we are planning to release and would love to hear any feedback you have. We are hoping that the Armor System will open up future design flexibility, increase the depth of strategy (both in game, and in draft), and grant us another knob to help balance the game.

Bug Fixes

  • Minimap: Catapult Minimap icons are now slightly lighter in color to help players more easily differentiate them from other Minions.

2016-09-13 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Mounts

  • Movement Speed reduced from 40 to 30%

Regeneration Globes

  • Time before Globes despawn reduced from 8 to 6 seconds

Battlegrounds

Mercenaries

  • Timing Changes
    • Previously all Mercenary camps spawned at 120 seconds. The following adjustments have been made to spawn times:
      • 90 seconds: Sappers, Doubloon Pirates
      • 120 seconds: Siege Giants (unchanged), Impalers (unchanged)
      • 150 seconds: Knights, Fallen Shaman
      • 180 seconds: Grave Golem (unchanged)
      • 300 seconds: Headless Horseman (unchanged)
  • Captured Mercenaries will no longer grant Experience when killed.

Developer Comments: We started playtesting with staggered Mercenary Camp spawn times, and quickly began to realize that it added more strategic depth to the game, and coincided with some of our Battleground events. We have been happy with the changes overall, and are listening to any feedback you may have!

Bug Fixes

  • Heroes can no longer push captured Mercenaries by walking into them.

2016-08-09 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Collision: Heroes can no longer push Neutral and Enemy Mercenaries by walking into them.

2016-07-27 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Collision: Heroes can no longer be pushed by walking another Hero into them.
  • Collision: Heroes who are channeling an Ability can no longer be pushed when another Hero walks into them during the channel.

2016-07-12 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Core

  • Victory determination is now much more precise in situations where both Cores are destroyed within fractions of a second. As a result, Victory will no longer be decided at random in cases where it appears that both Cores are destroyed at the same moment.

Regeneration Globes

  • Health Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 6.24% of maximum Health over 4 seconds
    • Now: Restore 12% of maximum Health over 5 seconds
  • Mana Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 32 Mana over 4 seconds.
    • Now: Restore 8% of maximum Mana over 5 seconds

Developer Comments: Thank you for all your discussion and feedback on our recent Health sustain post! We are still heavily evaluating a lot of it but wanted to get the first round of changes in. Internally, we enjoyed the increased importance on Regeneration Globes and have cleaned up the system a bit. With a larger importance, denying enemies their Globes in lane has a much larger impact.

Healing Wells

  • Cooldown increased from 100 to 120 seconds
  • Health Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 41% of maximum Health over 20 seconds.
    • Now: Restore 40% of maximum Health over 20 seconds.
  • Mana Regeneration
    • Previously: Restore 20% of maximum Mana over 20 seconds.
    • Now: Restore 30% of maximum Mana over 20 seconds.

Developer Comments: Much like the changes to Regeneration Globes, we wanted to add a larger impact to the moment you click a Healing Well. Again, we cleaned up the system a fair bit (hence the ~41% to 40% Health change) and added a larger impact for heavy Mana users. The increased cooldown should make the decision of when to tap the Healing Well slightly more interesting.

Minions

  • Ranged, Melee, and Wizard Minions
    • Now deal an additional 50% damage to Structures.

Developer Comments: Our goal with this change is to make escorting Minions to Towns to be more impactful, such that they can really start to do some damage if left unattended. Before this change, Minions were primarily XP carriers that absorbed some Ammo shots from Towers. Now the armies of the Nexus are a bit scarier when they march down a lane.

  • Catapult Minions
    • Attack range increased by 20%.
    • Sight range increased by 17%.
    • Will now fixate on Structures. Catapults will not acquire a new target after fixating until the target is destroyed or the Catapult is killed.

Developer Comments: Catapults would often reach the Core, but have a Minion wave spawn on them, distract them, and allow them to be killed off before doing any significant damage. With increased range and fixation on a Structure once they’ve started attacking, even one Catapult will more consistently punch through a Core’s Shield and do actual damage.


2016-05-17 Patch Notes

Battlegrounds

Healing Well

  • 25% of a Healing Well’s maximum Health has been converted into a Shield. Shield Regeneration delay of 8 seconds.

Developer Comments: We’ve noticed some rather un-fun behavior in the form of sniping Healing Wells over time using very long range Abilities. While we’re okay with players doing this to a degree, we found it was too effective given how little counterplay there was. To help solve this, turned a sizable portion of Healing Well Health into a Shield. This means that if you offer your Healing Well some respite from enemy attacks by chasing opponents away every now and then, it will start to regenerate some of that Shield. Only you can protect Healing Wells from those pesky Arcane Orbs!

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in which attacking enemy Walls at certain angles would cause the Hero’s Basic Attack animation to play, but deal no damage.

2016-04-27 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Issuing a Mount command while holding down the right mouse button to move will no longer interrupt Mount channeling.

2016-04-19 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Re-issuing an attack order on a Structure in the Fog of War will no longer cause Basic Attack animations to repeat without applying damage.

2016-03-29 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

Lost Cavern, a new Battleground featuring just one lane —and a whole lot of team fighting— is now available for play exclusively in Custom Games!

  • Lost Cavern has no Mercenary Camps, and just one objective: Battle through the opposing Fort, Keep, and Core to claim victory.
  • Players cannot use Hearthstone and will not heal at the allied Hall of Storms.
  • Corridors on either side of the lane contain neutral Regeneration Globes, which will respawn regularly throughout the game.
  • Check out our recent blog to learn more about Lost Cavern.