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Heroes of the Storm getting an update next week

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Heroes of the Storm just got a new patch in the PTR. The patch notes are available now and the update itself will go live on 10 July.

Heroes of the Storm is about to get a new patch. But before every patch goes live, it first goes through some playtesting in the PTR. The latest update is in the PTR and it will remain there until 10 July. 

Let's see what we got. A new hero joined the Nexus. His name is Alexei Stukov and you know him from StarCraft. He likes to infect people. His trait is named Bio-Kill Switch.

You can activate the Bio-Kill Switch to detonate all of Stukov's Viruses. "Each Healing Pathogen heals its target, and each Weighted Pustule does damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 seconds."

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Alexei's basic abilities are:

  • Healing Pathogen heals the target for 240 Health over 4.5 seconds.
  • Weighted Pustule impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 seconds.

His Hero abilities include:

  • Flailing Swipe: Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.
  • Massive Shove: Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.

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Next, the run animations for Battle Raptor and Epic Battle Raptor Mounts have been updated, and Xul has received some updated visual effects to coincide with his Talent updates. Updates for the user interface are also a part of the pack.

The Ranked Map Rotation has been updated to include the following:

  • Hanamura
  • Dragon Shire
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Cursed Hollow
  • Infernal Shrines
  • Garden of Terror
  • Warhead Junction
  • Haunted Mines
  • Towers of Doom

This rotation will not be in the PTR, but it will go into the live game when the update launches in each region.

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You can get more info on Xul's Talent updates and other improvements in the form of the full patch notes right here. All bugs you encounter should be reported here.