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[Heroes of the Storm] where the most well-balanced and competitive mode is ARAM.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    I've only ever played her in aram, so I'm looking to expand my real game repertoire. I'm a blank slate other than knowing the mechanics.

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  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat incorrigible ruminant they/themRegistered User regular
    yrel's talents have changed a surprising amount since I last played tbh

    but this build still exists and is extremely funny, so

    https://www.heroesfire.com/hots/talent-calculator/yrel#oRtC

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  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    I've only ever played her in aram, so I'm looking to expand my real game repertoire. I'm a blank slate other than knowing the mechanics.

    Yrel trades decently well with most people, and has all right wave clear (quick jump, D+Q will get most of a wave). Her biggest issue nowadays is mana, I think. They nerfed her mana a while back and she'll run out fast if you aren't making good use of your abilities. Hit them and the enemy hero will probably not want to trade with you, but if you miss too much they'll outlast you.

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    kime wrote: »
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    Come on, guys. I've got an hour left in this conference room lol; what else you got?

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    I saw NotParadox and a few other guides swearing that Yrel should be build full spell damage + E build. I fiddled a few times, and I don't fine it working in theory or in practice.

    Holy Avenger and Velen's Chosen are the cores of that build and I just don't see the value being worth it. +10% spell power for hitting a hero at max charge, lasts 10 seconds, stacks up to 30%. Reduce E cooldown to 1s when at max charge.

    Ok, sounds good, but what does that actually end up doing? Charge up E manually, jump in, wait 1 second, D, E, ult, D, E. You've now hit with 3 max charges for +10%, +20%, then +30% spell damage. So, 60% total. That's half of a spell in extra damage, conditional that you have to manually set up before a fight, blow an ult, and blow both of your Ds to do? And that bonus is decaying so that it will be mostly gone (or the fight will be over) by the time your D is up again.

    I don't get how that's superior to her other talent options. The 1s cooldown on E is also of limited usefulness prior to 20. I could see it start getting good with Divine Favor at 16, but then you're giving up Templar's Verdict. And that's the thing: you're giving up way too much good stuff just for some marginal, conditional spell power on your E. How in the world is 10% spell power better than a 40% damage debuff (Aldor Peacekeeper) that can be made to last the entire fight?

    There are so many better choices if you want to play a bruiser focused on damage.

  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat incorrigible ruminant they/themRegistered User regular
    MrBody wrote: »
    So, 60% total. That's half of a spell in extra damage, conditional that you have to manually set up before a fight, blow an ult, and blow both of your Ds to do?

    ok I think this sentence betrays where you might be going wrong

    what do you mean set it up "before a fight?" you just engage with the first E and then keep fighting, building up the bonus and doing even more damage throughout the fight. The 1s cooldown thing isn't about getting more spellpower, it's about landing more Es because that's more damage (and you take the spellpower talent since it synergizes perfectly with what you're already trying to do).

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited May 3
    It still only amounts to roughly 3.6 Es instead of 3.

    Is 0.6 of an E really worth taking over a 40% AoE damage debuff?


    I also see NotParadox and the majority of guides saying to always pick her Ardent Defender ult. I heavily disagree with that. At 120 seconds, it's one of the longest cooldowns in the game, for what is essentially a worse version of Uther's Divine Shield. You can only use it on yourself, and the healing factor barely comes into play as even the dregs of quickmatch will almost instantly stop attacking once they see it up.

    Sacred Ground on the other hand, gives around as much extra survivability on one-third of the cooldown, which is much more important now that your D is refreshed by the ult. I think the only times I don't get Sacred Ground are when we don't have a healer, the enemy team has some kind of easy ability to push me out of Sacred Ground, and/or the enemy has some kind of high damage ability that they can't cancel easy. I think 2 of those have to be true before I'll consider taking Ardent.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    edited May 3
    This seems timely: Grubby went with Tormented Souls?!



    Edit: Ah, it was a dono challenge. Shows how bad the ult is in most cases though.

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  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    The heroic so amazing you have to be paid to pick it.

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  • MMMigMMMig Registered User regular
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  • MMMigMMMig Registered User regular
    edited May 5
    Also, good lord rexxar is way too much APM for high micro and such.

    ugh....

    Ed: Also, Arthas is really fun into a melee-heavy comp!

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  • InvictusInvictus Registered User regular
    MMMig wrote: »
    Also, good lord rexxar is way too much APM for high micro and such.

    ugh....

    Ed: Also, Arthas is really fun into a melee-heavy comp!

    Arthas is very specific, but he is awesome in his niche!

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    I'd like to see more ults changed to "4th abilities". Stuff like Sgt. Hammer's Napalm Strike that gives her a ranged option on a 6-second cooldown. Not gonna win team fights or turn the tide of a battle, but just provide more utility during the game. Same applies to Garrosh's Decimate.

    There are some ults that could be dropped to "standard" ability usage and be great as utility moves (assuming damage/effects20 upgrades are brought in line). My thoughts mostly lean towards Bruisers/Tanks, but off the top of my head, Kerrigan's Maelstrom, Malth's Tormented Souls, Morale's Medivac, and Anub's Locust Swarm would be great as lower impact, generalized ults.

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  • milk ducksmilk ducks Registered User regular
    Locust Swarm would need to have its cooldown reduced by a full minute before I'd ever consider taking it over Cocoon.

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  • WhelkWhelk Registered User regular
    edited May 6
    I kinda wish the level 10 Locust Swarm came with the little buddy by default. Make the 20 upgrade give you 2 more or have your beetles life leech or something.

    Edit: wait, the CD is longer than a minute?

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    Since we're talking about him, I still wish Anub's beetles worked like Mario Kart Red Shells.

    Locust Swarm is fine for what it is - a backup survivability/damage option when the other team has good Cocoon counters available. The cooldown could definitely be a little shorter, though.

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  • milk ducksmilk ducks Registered User regular
    edited May 7
    The cooldown absolutely needs to be substantially shorter. There's almost no scenario I'd ever pick it currently. Honestly, I was thinking about this the other day, and I guess I'd find it a lot more interesting if it also (or just plain instead) spawned a fuck-ton of beetles. Really double-down on the trait build functionality. It would be super interesting if Anub could just, on-demand force a skill shot block by shedding a bunch of beetles in an array around himself and allies. And then once they're on the field, they have all of the additional beetle build functionality added in.

    Could potentially make both Swarm and beetle build viable in one stroke.

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  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    I still don't think it would be great design to tie a heroic's value so closely to the rest of the talent build, though.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    milk ducks wrote: »
    The cooldown absolutely needs to be substantially shorter. There's almost no scenario I'd ever pick it currently. Honestly, I was thinking about this the other day, and I guess I'd find it a lot more interesting if it also (or just plain instead) spawned a fuck-ton of beetles. Really double-down on the trait build functionality. It would be super interesting if Anub could just, on-demand force a skill shot block by shedding a bunch of beetles in an array around himself and allies. And then once they're on the field, they have all of the additional beetle build functionality added in.

    Could potentially make both Swarm and beetle build viable in one stroke.

    Baking in the level 20 Vampire Lotus would be a nice addition to the ult. Bring it's power done a bit and buff it at 20.

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  • MMMigMMMig Registered User regular
    Anytime locust swarm is used, I never actually notice it.

    Tells you something about an 'ultimate' imo

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Having ult be releasing a swarm of talented beetles would be very cool and also a nightmare surprise for whoever is 1v1ing you suddenly being surrounded by attacking flaming bugs that heal you

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  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    Having ult be releasing a swarm of talented beetles would be very cool and also a nightmare surprise for whoever is 1v1ing you suddenly being surrounded by attacking flaming bugs that heal you

    What if it were untalented beetles? Could that be strong enough? It'd also mean it's not so dependent on other talents. Could still be good if it's like, "spawn 15 beetles at once" or something silly :P

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  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    kime wrote: »
    Having ult be releasing a swarm of talented beetles would be very cool and also a nightmare surprise for whoever is 1v1ing you suddenly being surrounded by attacking flaming bugs that heal you

    What if it were untalented beetles? Could that be strong enough? It'd also mean it's not so dependent on other talents. Could still be good if it's like, "spawn 15 beetles at once" or something silly :P

    Level 20 to make it talents apply

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  • MMMigMMMig Registered User regular
    edited May 7
    Considering the beetles can still die to an aoe it's not as OP as it sounds.

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  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    MMMig wrote: »
    Considering the beetles can still die to an aoe it's not as OP as it sounds.

    It didn't need to be OP. Just good enough

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  • milk ducksmilk ducks Registered User regular
    This is fun, by the way; this armchair development thing we've been doing lately.

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    Didn't realize that CavalierGuest finally released his Hogger video:

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  • milk ducksmilk ducks Registered User regular
    Shit, I haven't seen Cav content for ... years lol.

    I kind of forgot about him.

  • WhelkWhelk Registered User regular
    What if Locust Swarm spawned three untalented beetles, made all your beetles invincible for 8 seconds and they prefer heroic targets? Like 75 second cooldown?

  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat incorrigible ruminant they/themRegistered User regular
    Make Locust Swarm a level 16 talent for his W and turn his other ult into Cocoon, But It's Ally-Targeted And Secretly Crystal Aegis

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    And when you come out of it you have a new skin with fun wings

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  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    And when you come out of it you have a new skin with fun wings

    When you come out you are Kerrigan

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  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat incorrigible ruminant they/themRegistered User regular
    pulling another classic clip out of the archives

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    And when you come out of it you have a new skin with fun wings

    When you come out you are Kerrigan

    I'd settle for that. I'd prefer that until your next death you get Yrels leap ability on hotbar.

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  • MMMigMMMig Registered User regular
    Aba goes into coccoon

    Comes out as BW

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Holy shit, I never saw HotS during beta.



    Look at that UI and roster size. What a difference 7 years makes. :)

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  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    I think there were only 20 heroes when the public Alpha first started. Interestingly, the actual hero select UI -- with the two groups of hexagons and your hero in the middle -- remains basically unchanged (not counting the QoL things like hero filtering and sorting).

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  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat incorrigible ruminant they/themRegistered User regular
    forty wrote: »
    I think there were only 20 heroes when the public Alpha first started. Interestingly, the actual hero select UI -- with the two groups of hexagons and your hero in the middle -- remains basically unchanged (not counting the QoL things like hero filtering and sorting).

    it's an extremely good UI tbh, they just nailed it first try

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  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    The HotS art team was almost always on point.

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  • MMMigMMMig Registered User regular
    Grubby confirmed for the CCL LAN finals.

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