Towers of Doom

2017-03-14 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Body Blocking Improvements

  • Improvements have been made to allied body blocking.

Battleground Updates

  • Waygate Usage Consistency
    • The use of Waygates across all relevant maps (Towers of Doom, Haunted Mines, Blackheart's Revenge) has been unified with a common ruleset:
      • Channels will not be interrupted by taking "normal" damage
      • Channels will be interrupted by Abilities such as stuns and knockbacks
      • Waygates can now be channeled while mounted

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

Battleground Updates

  • Headless Horseman
    • Attack damage increased from 145 to 158

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

  • Towers of Doom: Sappers can sometimes stop attacking their targets and start following enemy Heroes.
  • 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.
  • Towers of Doom: Fixed an issue in which some Summons, such as Arthas’ Ghouls, would not teleport with the Hero after using the Tunnel.

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.


2016-06-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Towers of Doom: Players should no longer encounter a significant FPS drop when the first round of Bell Towers fire.

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

  • Cores on Towers of Doom will no longer appear to lose their Invulnerability Shields after a Fort is destroyed.
  • Corrected the positioning of several houses near the southernmost Altar on Towers of Doom.
  • 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

Battleground Updates

  • Events in which three Altars spawn at once will now only occur twice per game, during the first and fifth Altar events.

Developer Comments: We wanted to remove the triple Altar spawns when they are more likely to be game ending events. We still feel that triple Altar events offer interesting gameplay moments that ask teams to fight over 3 locations at the same time, but we don’t feel it’s a good experience when a team's Core Health is low and they don’t think they can contest the Altars to prevent a loss.

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

Bug Fixes

  • A.I. players on Towers of Doom will now better avoid enemy Core defenses.
  • Exiting the Tunnel on Towers of Doom will no longer prevent Heroes from automatically attacking enemies near the Tunnel exit.

2016-03-01 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Towers will now properly fire Ammo provided by an allied M.U.L.E. immediately after 2 Ammo has been restored.

2016-02-10 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Dying will no longer cause the player’s Healing Well cooldown to reset.

2016-02-02 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Battleground Monsters

  • Battleground-specific creatures are now universally defined as Monsters (ex: Neutral Garden Terrors, Sky Temple Guardians, etc.)
  • Several Talents and Abilities have been changed to reflect this new categorization, and the following no longer affect Monsters:
    • Mercenary Lord
    • Johanna's Knight Takes Pawn
    • Lunara's Cruel Bloom
    • Rexxar's Easy Prey and Bird of Prey
    • The Butcher's Chop Meat
  • The following now affect Monsters:
    • Anub'arak's Beetle, Juiced
    • Azmodan's Demonic Smite
  • Several Talents that could previously trigger against both captured Mercenaries and Minions will now only affect Minions (ex: Seasoned Marksman, Black Soulstone, etc.)

Battleground Updates

  • Ownership of nearby Bell Towers will no longer determine which lane Sapper Mercenaries will travel down. The two southern Sapper camps will now always travel down the bottom lane.
  • Text has been added to the Tunnels to help clarify their one-way use.

Battlegrounds

Structures

  • Towers, Forts, and Keeps now deal 50% bonus damage to Heroes
  • Cores will now display an “Invulnerable” message if attacked by an enemy when no allied Keeps have been destroyed.
  • Structures can no longer be made Vulnerable

Developer Comments: The scaling changes we released in December made it so Heroes could dive into Structures with impunity during the early game. Increasing the damage that Structures deal to Heroes allows defending players to feel a bit safer. We are exploring other fixes to help Structures feel more meaningful throughout the game and will release them when they are ready.

Bug Fixes

  • AI players on Towers of Doom will no longer path through the opposing team’s invulnerable defenses when traveling from the enemy’s side of the Battleground to an active Altar.
  • Diagonally placed shrubs will now properly hide Heroes within them.
  • Missiles will now travel at one consistent speed on Towers of Doom.
  • Pinging the Tunnel Entrance on Towers of Doom in a French game client will now display the proper message in French.
  • Players punted out of an enemy Hall of Storms will no longer be persistently stunned if an enemy unit blocked the path of the punt.

2015-12-15 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Diagonally placed Shrubs will no longer sometimes fail to properly hide a Hero within.

2015-11-17 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Scaling Changes

  • Health and damage scaling for all Heroes, Battleground Events, Minions, and Mercenaries has been changed from flat, additive values to values that are multiplicative by percentage.
  • A large portion of Heroes’ total scaling amounts, which were previously gained over the course of a game, have been added to their base values.

Developer Comments: Due to the way that our old level scaling system worked, early game level discrepancies created a larger difference in power level than we liked. This often led to situations where a team could be up two or more levels early in a game, and use this advantage to create a larger lead. We didn’t feel that games were fun for the winning or losing team in these types of scenarios. As a result of these changes, all Heroes will have more power early, but gain less from each level. Battleground Events, Minions, Mercenaries, and Structures have all been adjusted to compensate for this and should feel close to what they did previously. The aim of these adjustments to the scaling system is to make level differences have a similar impact on your Hero’s statistics at all points in a game. Now, each level offers about 4% Health and 4% damage, which mirrors what late game leads felt like in our previous version of the game. It is important to note, that while being down a few levels will be less punishing than it was previously, Talent tier advantages can and will still have a noticeable impact on enemy engagements.

Respawn Timers

Developer Comments: In order to reward players for getting early game Takedowns, we’re also increasing the respawn time of dead Heroes at low levels. Now, getting early game Takedowns (and the experience associated with it) won’t give your team as much pure power as it did previously. Instead, early kills will offer a “power play” moment, in which your team can destroy enemy Structures, complete Battleground Events, or take more Mercenaries. These meaningful strategic advantages will position a team closer to victory, without giving them a large stat advantage and the ability to bully the opposing enemy team.

Attack Speed Slows

  • Attack speed slows now apply only to Heroes and Summons.

Battleground Updates

The Grave Keeper and Raven Lord have risen over a dark and mysterious city, each seeking to add it to the territories under their control. Now, these Realm Lords call upon the aid of Heroes in their battle for dominance over the Towers of Doom.

  • Please note: Towers of Doom is not currently available in the live version of Heroes of the Storm, as PTR testing has not yet concluded. Click here for more information.
  • Each Core on this Battleground is surrounded by an indestructible barrier, and cannot be razed by Heroes, Minions, or Mercenaries.
    • Instead, Heroes must capture the Altars that periodically activate within the city. Upon doing so, each of the Bell Towers controlled by the capturing team will fire a payload that damages the opposing Core.
  • Bell Tower allegiance is fickle! A Bell Tower that has been destroyed will respawn after a short delay, aligning itself with the team that took it down.
    • Toppling a Bell Tower not only increases a team’s area of control over the Battleground, but also grants an additional payload in the volleys that fire on the enemy Core after capturing an Altar.

Towers of Doom Available Now on PTR

  • Towers of Doom is the only Battleground available for play in PTR matchmaking queues.
    • Battleground pools on the PTR have been reduced so that more thorough Towers of Doom playtesting can be done, and any bugs discovered during this time can be fixed before the Battleground is officially released.
  • Please note: Towers of Doom will not be available in the live version of Heroes immediately on patch day, but will remain playable on the PTR until playtesting concludes on November 24.