Warhead Junction

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.

2018-10-16 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Minions/Mercenaries: Fixed an issue where Heroes could block the movement of Catapults, preventing them from passing through intact gates.

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.

Bug Fixes

  • Warhead Junction: Visual effects created by Boss and Podling Abilities are no longer visible through the Fog of War.

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.


2018-05-22 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

  • Nuke (F)
    • Bonus damage has been removed and Nukes now deal a flat amount of damage across the entire area of impact.

Developer Comment: The bonus damage dealt by Warheads had very little counterplay in late-game situations. Teams could hoard Warheads and kill any Structure—including the Core—very quickly. Although this center bonus damage presented players with interesting decision points, the mechanic's problems outweighed its positives. We feel encouraging players to hit as many structures as possible is a similarly fun mechanic that is healthier for the game.


2018-05-01 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Objectives: Channeling is now correctly paused if a Hero is hit by a Time Stop effect, like Zeratul's Void Prison, while attempting to capture the following Battleground Objectives:
    • Dragon Shire: Dragon Knight
    • Towers of Doom: Altars
    • Warhead Junction: Warhead collection

2018-04-24 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

  • Neutral Swarm Host Boss
    • Will no longer burrow while defending its camp.
    • Slime Pods
      • Pod impact locations will now display warning indicators on the terrain.
      • Pods now explode immediately on impact, and no longer spawn Podlings.
      • Increased the number of Pods launched per cast.
  • Captured Swarm Host Boss
    • All of the above changes also apply to captured Swarm Hosts.
    • Slime Trail
      • Removed.
    • Slime Pods
      • Pods can now target Structures.

Developer Comment: We believe the Warhead Junction boss is a cool variant of the standard golem boss found on most maps, but it had some inconsistencies that needed addressing. These changes essentially make the boss a better version of itself—its neutral and captured versions are closer in power, and its Slime Pods create a cooler moment than its Podlings did previously.


2018-03-30 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

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

2018-03-27 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Warhead Junction: Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to teleport back to the Hall of Storms after moving to a specific area of terrain before the game begins.

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%

Mercenaries

  • Hellbats
    • Defender
      • Armor Shred amount reduced from 5 to 4% per stack
      • Base Health reduced from 4275 to 3420
    • Laner
      • Armor Shred amount reduced from 5 to 4% per stack
      • Base Health reduced from 4700 to 3760
        • Health Scaling (Minutes 1-5) reduced from 50 to 40
        • Health Scaling (Minutes 6-10) increased from 75 to 110
        • Health Scaling (Minutes 11 -15) increased from 100 to 150
        • Health Scaling (Minutes 16-20) increased from 125 to 235
  • Slime Boss (Warhead Junction)
    • Laner
      • Base Health amount reduced from 20000 to 16000
        • Scaling (Minutes 1-5) reduced from 630 to 500
        • Scaling (Minutes 6-10) increased from 945 to 1050
        • Scaling (Minutes 11 -15) increased from 1260 to 1400
        • Scaling (Minutes 16-20) increased from 1575 to 2250
      • Base Basic Attack damage reduced from 400 to 320
        • Scaling (Minutes 1-5) reduced from 10 to 8
        • Scaling (Minutes 6-10) increased from 15 to 17
        • Scaling (Minutes 11 -15) increased from 20 to 23
        • Scaling (Minutes 16-20) increased from 25 to 38
      • Base Spit impact damage reduced from 250 to 200
        • Scaling (Minutes 6-10) increased from 5 to 6.25%
        • Scaling (Minutes 11 -15) increased from 6 to 7.25%
        • Scaling (Minutes 16-20) increased from 6 to 8.25%
      • Base Spit ‘Damage over Time’ damage reduced from 150 to 120
        • Scaling (Minutes 6-10) increased from 5 to 6.25%
        • Scaling (Minutes 11 -15) increased from 6 to 7.25%
        • Scaling (Minutes 16-20) increased from 6 to 8.25%
      • Acid Trail Base damage reduced from 80 to 64
        • Scaling (Minutes 6-10) increased from 5 to 6.25%
        • Scaling (Minutes 11 -15) increased from 6 to 7.25%
        • Scaling (Minutes 16-20) increased from 6 to 8.25%

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

Battleground Objectives

  • The first Battleground objective event will now activate 3 minutes into the match, following a 30-second warning, for the following Battlegrounds:
    • Warhead Junction
  • The Minimap will now indicate the next objective spawn location for the following Battlegrounds:
    • Warhead Junction
      • The first Warhead indicators will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins, as well as 30 seconds after the final Warhead in an event has been collected.

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.

Mercenaries

  • Respawn Timers
    • Mercenary Camps will now spawn 60 seconds after the game begins
  • Hellbat Camp
    • Respawn times have been doubled
    • Hellbats will now prioritize structures
      • Defender Hellbat Stats
        • Base health increased by 114%,
        • Health scaling increased by 160%
        • Damage increased by 83%
        • Damage scaling reduced by roughly 60%
      • Laner Hellbat Stats
        • Base health increased by roughly 18%
        • Health scaling increased by 25%
        • Base damage increased by 25%
        • Damage scaling decreased by 66%
          • Damage scaling will now stop after 20 minutes (previously 30)
        • Damage taken from structures reduced by 50%
    • Attacks now apply a 3-second stacking -5 Armor debuff to all targets, stacking up to 20 times (structures included)

Bug Fixes

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

2017-11-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Melee Lane Units: Melee Minions, Mercenaries, and Braxis Holdout’s melee Zerg units will no longer ignore an enemy Ragnaros in Molten Core form.

2017-09-05 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Boss: Captured Bosses will now correctly use their area of effect Abilities when attacking down a lane.

2017-08-08 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Mercenaries: Heroes will no longer be pushed when allied Mercenaries path into them.
  • Minions: Catapults that are destroyed while their projectiles are mid-air will no longer deal half-damage.
  • Sylvanas: Can cast Possession on units spawned by Bosses on Warhead Junction.
  • Warhead Junction: AI players will no longer become stuck in the southwest hand corner of the Battleground when retreating down the bottom lane.

2017-07-11 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Mercenaries – Fixed an issue causing the Raven Mercenary’s Seeker Missile reveal effect to occasionally persist after the Seeker Missile detonated.
  • Warhead Junction – Fixed an issue causing players to be incorrectly flagged as AFK when standing near or collecting Warheads.
  • Warhead Junction – Fixed an issue preventing the damage-over-time effect applied by the Boss’s Podling spawns from being cleansed by abilities intended to cleanse these effects.

2017-06-13 Patch Notes

Battlegrounds

Minions

  • Catapults
    • Can now slightly overlap with one another to help prevent them from becoming stuck against one another when multiple Catapults bunch up around a Core.

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

  • Murky: Can no longer call down a Nuke during Safety Bubble on Warhead Junction.
  • Regeneration Globes: Will now play an animation upon expiration rather than suddenly disappearing.

2017-04-04 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Braxis Holdout & Warhead Junction - Heroes that are revealed by Raven Mercenaries will now display the revealed eye icon over their heads.
  • Warhead Junction - Fixed an issue that caused queued commands to be cleared after casting a Nuke.

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

  • Alarak: Telekinesis will now correctly interrupt a Hero who is channeling to launch a Nuke on Warhead Junction.
  • Gazlowe: Gazlowe’s Nuke Ability icon on Warhead Junction will no longer be visually replaced with a lock icon after casting Rock-It! Turret while carrying a warhead.
  • 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.

2016-12-14 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

  • Warheads
    • Base damage reduced from 2750 to 2300.
    • Warhead damage now scales by a flat 70 every minute, and no longer has a large jump at 18 minutes.
    • Inner Warhead damage is still a 50% bonus.
  • Warheads Undocumented
    • Deal 70% more damage in the center (50% more damage to Heroes)

Developer Comments: We didn’t like the gameplay of holding off on using a Warhead for a sudden unintuitive damage spike, so we’ve smoothed out their damage curve over a longer period. This should end up playing mostly the same across the game, with only about 10% differences in damage at various points in the match.


2016-11-22 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Medivh: Fixed an issue that could enable Medivh to cast Abilities while in Raven Form on Warhead Junction.
  • Minions: Catapult Minimap icons will now appear team-colored.
  • Samuro: Mirror Images can no longer launch Nukes on Warhead Junction after learning Illusion Master.

2016-11-15 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Braxis Holdout/Warhead Junction: XP earned by capturing Mercenary Camps will now properly scale throughout the match.
  • Medivh: Fixed an issue which could allow Medivh to path into the terrain after launching a Nuke on Warhead Junction while in Raven form.

2016-10-12 Balance Update

Battleground Updates

  • Reduced Nuke inner damage bonus from 100 to 50%
  • Time at which Nukes upgrade their damage changed from 14 to 18 minutes

Developer Comments: This is a temporary solution to prevent the Nuke Core rushes at the 14-minute mark. In a coming patch, we’ll likely be making further changes that makes Nukes gradually scale over time, so that they mirror the Core’s scaling over time.


2016-09-27 Patch Notes

Battleground Updates

Once a testing facility for nuclear weapons, Warhead Junction has since fallen into ruin. However, the site's abandonment hasn't stopped its glitchy adjutant from continuing to produce and hand out nuclear weapons. Join the arms race of Warhead Junction, build up your stockpile, and rain hell on your enemies!

  • Warhead Deployment
    • Multiple Warheads will spawn periodically across the battleground.
  • Collect Warheads
    • Pick up a Warhead to activate your Nuke. Use it or you will drop it when you die!
  • Call Down the Thunder
    • Launch Nukes to devastate the enemy team's fortifications.