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Update 3.0 (Sovereign’s Rise): Hero & Item Balance

Update 3.0 (Sovereign’s Rise): Hero & Item Balance

  • ReadyPlayer1
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  • Feb 12, 2018

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HERO BALANCE CHANGES

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BARON

This change shaves off some of Baron’s attack speed and makes his build paths more diverse.” —Nivmett

STATS

  • Attack speed per level decreased from 100-122% to 100-111%

ROCKET LAUNCHER

  • Attack speed modifier increased from 70% to 80%

GRACE

“Grace has been a powerhouse for a while. This change will make her abilities less frequent in fights.”
—Nivmett

RETRIBUTION

  • Ability cooldown per hit decreased from 1.5 to 1.2

GWEN

“Gwen has felt much better since Update 2.12, but she still wasn’t keeping up with most weapon carries.”
—Nivmett

BOOMSTICK

  • Weapon ratio increased from 35% to 40%
  • Time between bonus damage reduced from 1.6 to 1.4

IDRIS

“Update 2.12’s crystal changes to Idris really did wonders for him. His mid-game damage though, was way too high and he fell off late game.”
—Nivmett

DIVERGENT PATHS

  • Base bonus crystal power decreased from 50+3 per level to 30+5 per level
  • Crystal ratio increased from 75% to 80%

JOULE

“This change gives Joule a nice late-game weapon power boost.”
—Nivmett

THUNDER STRIKE

  • Cooldown decreased from 2.5/2.5/2.5/2.5/2.5 to 2.5/2.5/2.5/2.5/2.0

KESTREL

“This change gives Kestrel some much-needed love.”
—Nivmett

GLIMMERSHOT

  • Splash damage increased from 30/60/90/120/150 to 40/70/100/130/190
  • Reload time reduced from 2.7 to 2.4

KOSHKA

“This change should tune down Koshka’s crazy burst damage.”
—Nivmett

 

STATS

  • Movement speed down from 3.4 to 3.3

TWIRLY DEATH

  • Bonus damage on hits decreased from 35/55/75/95/135 to 35/50/65/80/110
  • Base damage down from 70/105/140/175/245 to 70/100/130/160/220
  • Bonus damage crystal ratio increased from 120% to 125%

KRUL

“This cooldown change helps compensate for the stun duration nerf we gave Krul in Update 2.12.”
—Nivmett

 

FROM HELL’S HEART

  • Cooldown decreased from 65/55/45 to 60/50/40

LANCE

“We raised the crystal ratios on Lance’s damage reduction and root duration to open up his build paths.”
—Nivmett

STATS

  • Max stamina per max energy increased from 20% to 30%

IMPALE

  • Root duration crystal ratio increased from 0.2% to 0.3%

GYTHIAN WALL

  • Passive and active damage reduction crystal ratio increased from 15% to 20%

LORELAI

“Lorelai was feeling a little dry. Decreasing the cooldown on her Splashdown ability will help her stay hydrated.”
—Nivmett

SPLASHDOWN

  • Cooldown decreased from 9/8.5/8/7.5/5.5 to 9/8/7/6/5

LYRA

“Upping the heal ratio on Lyra’s Imperial Sigil will increase her healing as the game progresses without being too strong early game. In addition, we have increased the power and duration of the slow on Bright Bulwark to allow her to peel or initiate much more easily.”
—Nivmett

IMPERIAL SIGIL

  • Health ratio increased from 10% to 11%

BRIGHT BULWARK

  • Slow increased from 20% to 30%
  • Slow duration increased changed from 1/1.2/1.4/1.6/2 to 1.5/1.6/1.7/1.8/2.0

OZO

“With this change, Ozo will deal a bit more damage, but not sustain through fights quite as hard.”
—Nivmett

CARNIE LUCK

  • Additional healing reduced from 15-30% to 10-25%

THREE-RING CIRCUS

  • All hits damage increased from 10/20/30/40/50 to 15/25/35/45/55

REZA

“When Reza uses Netherform Detonator he often becomes the focal point in teamfights. These changes should improve his survivability.”
—Nivmett

NETHERFORM DETONATOR

  • Fortified life increased from 120/220/320 to 200/300/400
  • Crystal ratio increased from 10% to 40%

SAW

“SAW was pushing lanes a bit too hard.”
—Nivmett

STATS

  • Health decreased from 683-2078 to 683-2023
  • Range decreased from 6.8 to 6.6

SKAARF

“This change will allow Goop to burn longer, stronger and more frequently.”
—Nivmett

GOOP

  • Cooldown reduced from 9/8.5/8/7.5/7 to 9/8.5/8/7.5/6
  • Burn duration increased from 4-6 to 5-7
  • Damage per second crystal ratio increased from 110% to 130%

SKYE

“A bit of tuning for Skye to make Suri Strike feel better.”
—Nivmett

SURI STRIKE

  • Cooldown decreased from 18/16/14/12/10 to 17/15/13/11/8

TAKA

“Crystal power Taka healed too much with Kaku. With this change, damage will stick a little better but won’t hurt his basic Aftershock build as much.”
—Nivmett

KAKU

  • Healing crystal ratio decreased from 30% to 20%

VARYA

“Varya was bursting a bit harder than we intended, so we shifted the burst from Stormforged Spear to Chain Lightning.”
—Nivmett

CHAIN LIGHTNING

  • Crystal ratio increased from 25% to 30%

STORMFORGED SPEAR

  • Crystal ratio on Impact reduced from 220% to 200%
  • Bounce crystal ratio decreased from 110% to 100%

VOX

“We lowered Vox’s area of effect damage and moved that power to his auto attack. This should increase his single-target damage.”
-Nivmett

STATS

  • Basic attack crystal ratio increased from 50% to 55%

PULSE

  • Bonus damage decreased from 20/45/70/95/145 to 5/30/55/80/130
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ITEMS BALANCE

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AEGIS

  • Shield reduced from 100 to 85

METAL JACKET

  • Armor reduced from 140 to 120

BREAKING POINT
“We increased the number of stacks that Breaking Point can reach to help close out fights more easily.”
—Nivmett

  • Max number of stacks increased from 20 to 25

CLOCKWORK
“This item is notoriously viewed as a must-buy on most crystal item heroes. A cooldown reduction should make other crystal tree items more appealing.”
—Nivmett

  • Passive ability cooldown reduction reduced from 7.5% to 6%

DRAGON’S EYE
We are increasing the number of stacks and decreasing the power per stack. As a result, Dragon’s Eye will scale a little slower.”
—Nivmett

  • Crystal Power per stack reduced from 15 to 12
  • Max amount of stacks increased from 12 to 18

INFUSION (WEAPON)

  • Weapon power increased from 20-60 to 20-80
  • Armor and shield reduced from 10-30 to 0-15
  • Attack speed increased from 5-15% to 5-20%

INFUSION (CRYSTAL)

  • Crystal power increased from 20-60 to 20-80
  • Armor and shield reduced from 10-30 to 0-15
  • Cooldown increased from 10-25% to 10-30%

NULLWAVE GAUNTLET
“It’s been a minute since Nullwave Gauntlet has been viable for most builds. Increasing its range will make it much easier to apply.”
—Nivmett

  • Range increased from 9 to 11

SLUMBERING HUSK
“Slumbering Husk was a bit too niche.”
—Nivmett

  • Fortified life duration increased from 1.5 to 2.0 seconds
  • Cooldown decreased from 30 to 25 seconds

SPELLFIRE
“This change will give crystal carries an option against heavy sustain heroes.”
—Nivmett

  • Now applies Mortal Wounds during burn
  • Duration decreased from 4 seconds to 3 seconds

TENSION BOW
“Tuning this baby up a bit to bring it more in line with the other weapon powered items.”
—Nivmett

  • Base weapon power increased from 45 to 60

TRAVEL BOOTS
“Changing up the behavior here so that taking care of minion waves will no longer prevent you from effectively combating heroes.”
—Zekent

  • Travel passive is no longer disabled upon combat with lane minions

HEALING FLASK
“This item was healing a bit too much.”
—Nivmett

  • Heal changed from 30% of max health to 200 + 25 per hero level

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BUG FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

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Audio Updates:

  • Vain Crystal
  • Armory
  • Blackclaw (Uncaptured)
  • Blackclaw (Captured)
  • Ghostwing

Text Updates:

  • First Blood subtext updated to “+100 Additional Gold”
  • Orb Guardian Arrival subtext updated to “Orb Guardians Have Arrived”
  • Jungle Intensify subtext updated to “Gold Miner, Crystal Sentries and Jungle Shop Have Arrived”
  • Fixed an issue where lane minions were targeting Scout Cams
  • Fixed an issue where activatable items on tablets were incorrectly sized
  • Activating Alpha’s Termination Protocol no longer removes all of her Fortified Health.

Effect Updates:

  • Blackclaw’s Fire Breath effect has been updated
  • Ghostwing’s Buff effect has been updated
  • Fixed an issue where Adagio’s Gift of Fire could be used on Scout Cams
  • Fixed an issue where lane minions were targeting Scout Cams
  • Fixed an issue where activatable items on tablets were incorrectly sized
  • Activating Alpha’s Termination Protocol no longer removes all of her Fortified Health.