#148 - Into the Nexus: “In-A-Gadda-Va-Leera”

• Garrett • Kyle 

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Valeera First Impressions 

For a time, the gladiator Valeera Sanguinar served dutifully as one of Varian Wrynn’s personal bodyguards. Now, her shadowy skills find her a natural fit within the secretive rogue order, the Uncrowned, in their fight against the Legion.

Trait

Basic Abilities

Vanish Abilities

Heroic Abilities

Interesting Talents:

Builds:


Tassadar Rework

Basic Attack

Oracle (Trait)

Plasma Shield (Q)

Psionic Storm (W)

Dimensional Shift (E)

Archon (R)

Force Wall (R)

Developer Comments:  We absolutely love releasing reworks and this one was a long-time-coming, as Tassadar has had a bit of an identity crisis from the moment he stepped foot into the Nexus. We knew that the design direction and changes were going to need to be a bit more expansive in scope compared to most of our other reworks, but we did our best to keep him as true to his High Templar heritage as possible. Our goals were to embrace him as a true utility-based support mage. The new "Distortion Beam" Basic Attack should allow you to help peel for your allies as well as secure kills that would be otherwise unobtainable. Plasma Shield has gained baseline utility that will continue to empower Basic Attackers, while also offering more diverse talents in order to better react to enemy and ally compositions. Archon has been surgically buffed and given a passive reset for Dimensional Shift which should be great news for our old-school fans as we fully expect to see a resurgence of back-line infiltration play. Overall, we hope the changes reinvigorate our steadfast Tassadar players while integrating many new ones into the Khala. En Taro Tassadar.

Interesting Talents:

Blizz_Daybreaker on Tassadar the Sentry:

So far the prime objective of our Hero reworks has been focused on game play updates. Things such as attempting to create better talent diversity, updating outdated talent trees with newer philosophies, and either focusing a Heroes strengths or carving a new niche for them in order to make sure they have a valuable place among our ever-growing roster.

In no way does that mean we don't try to embrace the fantasy of a Hero with our changes, but so far our goal has not been to redesign a Hero from the ground up. At the end of the day, we do our best to embrace what each Hero currently brings to the Nexus and try to make them more enjoyable by building upon that foundation.


Rexxar Rework

Misha

Abilities

Interesting Talents:

Developer Comments:  Our goals for Misha Rexxar were twofold: to streamline his control scheme as much as we could and to give his talents some love. All of Misha’s controls should now be centralized on the D button, which should make it easier overall to play the hero. While this does result in a tiny loss of control (Rexxar no longer has the ability to recall Misha to his side and to keep her in a passive state), we felt that overall this functionality was not that huge of a loss for Rexxar and was worth the gain of making his controls centered around one button instead of two. We also made Misha’s Movement Speeds during her various states more consistent so that she feels better when being commanded by Rexxar, and we’ve added some talents that should help better sell the fantasy of Rexxar and Misha working together to take down their prey. We’ve had a blast playing with the new and improved Rexxar, and hope that you enjoy it as much as we have!


Other Interesting Changes

Sandbox Custom Games Now Available

A new version of Cursed Hollow has been added to Custom Games that will allow up to 10 players at once to use a wide variety of “cheats” to test the absolute limits of their Heroes in multiplayer, sandbox-style gameplay.

Ping Frequency

Players may now ping up to 5 times over 4 seconds, rather than 3 times over 3 seconds, before they are temporarily prevented from issuing additional pings.

The amount of time that players will be prevented from issuing additional pings has been decreased from 6 to 5 seconds.

Varian

Developer Comments:  These simple changes should allow Varian players to "live the dream" and get multiple Overpower triggers more often, particularly when combined with Live by the Sword or Twin Blades of Fury. We want Overpower to allow Varian to gain a lot of value when used at just the right time, and found even the best cases of the old Talent design didn't compare to the other options on the tier. By also allowing it to increase the damage of Heroic Strike baseline, we think it will an additional vector that will make it an enticing option for all 3 builds..

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New esports Layout

Ummm, hey. This is actually really awesome. Easy to find out what’s coming up and watch recent games.

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Patron Thanks


Emails

Christian

I would love to hear your thoughts about double warrior comps.  As you know these are very popular right now but at the lower levels bring new challenges.  I just finished a HL game on BOE that featured 18 deaths between our Diablo and Dehaka.  Both tanks had different ideas and it ended up splitting the team during the immortal phase or poor focusing during team fights.  Any thoughts how to manage this?


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