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Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes: August 20th Update

A new update has been released today for HOTS on August 20th, 2021 that brings bug fixes and other changes to the game!
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While Heroes of the Storm is not regularly receiving updates from Blizzard anymore, there are developers still working on the game and they have just dropped a pretty hefty balance patch. This update is all about balancing the heroes, and a whole lot of them received a variety of changes. Some of them received nerfs, while others received increases in stats or boosts to their talents! There’s a lot to unpack here, so make sure to read all of the details carefully.

You can find a full list of all of the changes made to the game in the official update notes below!

HOTS August 20th Patch Notes




  • Health reduced from 3060 to 3020.
  • Health regeneration reduced from 6.38 to 6.29.
  • Shambling Horror [D]
    • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds.


  • Level 4
    • Tenderizer [Passive]
      • Slow amount reduced from 25% to 20%.
      • Slow duration reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • Pulverize [W]
      • Slow reduced from 80% to 70%.
      • Armor reduction duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds.

Developer Comment: We’re overall happy with Stitches’ position, but his stickiness is overshadowing why players pick other Tanks.




  • Skeletal Swing [Q]
    • Additional functionality: Skeletal Swing deals an additional 75% damage to Minions.
  • Wrath of the Bone King [Trait]
    • Third Basic Attack damage bonus increased from 100% to 125%.


  • Level 4
    • Kneel, Peasants! [Q]
      • Changed functionality: Skeletal Swing deals an additional 75% damage to Mercenaries and Monsters, and they activate Skeletal Swing’s cost and cooldown refund.

Developer Comment: Being the King brings many duties, and being the Skeleton King is no different. Leoric players are often expected to fill a wave clearing role that is dependent on the current Kneel, Peasants! to succeed. We’re bringing much of its benefit baseline, and trying something a little weird with Kneel, Peasants! Let us know if you consider it treasonous.




  • Healing Potion [Q]
    • Medium range flight time reduced from .4375 to .375 seconds.
    • Far range flight time reduced from .6125 to .5 seconds.
    • Heal amount increased from 270 to 285.
  • Horadric Cube [W]
    • Slow duration increased from 1.75 to 2 seconds.


  • Level 1
    • Scroll of Identify [E]
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: Hitting a Hero with Scroll of Sealing permanently increases its damage by 2.
        • Reward: Hitting 15 Heroes causes Scroll of Sealing to reveal and reduce the Armor of Heroes by 10 for 4 seconds.
        • Reward: Hitting 30 Heroes increases the amount of Armor reduction against Heroes to 15 and its duration to 6 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • Potion of Shielding [Q]
      • Shield increased from 122 to 140.
    • Rejuvenation Potion [Q]
      • Healing increased from 108 over 4 seconds to 114 over 3 seconds.
      • Mana restoration increased from 10 to 15.
  • Level 10
    • Lorenado [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Deals 20 damage to Heroes hit.
  • Level 13
    • Super Healing Potion [Q]
      • Healing bonus reduced from 120 to 100%.
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passive: Potions heal for 25% more against Heroes under 50% health.
    • Potion of Revival [Q]
      • Area healing increased from 50 to 75%.
    • Ancient Blessings [Trait]
      • Cooldown reduced from 60 to 45 seconds.

Developer Comment: Deckard’s healing related talents have been underperforming lately, so we’re hitting their numbers as well as cutting down some of the travel time on his potions. Scroll of Identify is also getting a blast of ~*spice*~, because why not.

Lt. Morales


  • Health increased from 1515 to 1560.
  • Health regeneration increased from 3.16 to 3.25.
  • Healing Beam [Q]
    • Energy regeneration per interval increased from 2.5 to 3.
  • Safeguard [W]
    • Armor increased from 30 to 35.


  • Level 4
    • Trauma Trigger [Passive]
      • Cooldown reduced from 40 to 30 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Vanadium Plating [W]
      • Armor reduced from 25 to 20.

Developer Comment: When we shuffle a Hero’s talents, we often reduce their base power so we can make their talents more exciting. In Lt. Morales’ case, we’ve found we don’t have to pay as high a price as we expected.




  • Level 1
    • Fatal Wounds [W]
      • Quest requirement reduced from 200 to 150 Hero hits.
  • Level 4
    • Ensnaring Swing [E]
      • Primary target Slow increased from 40% to 60%.
  • Level 13
    • Pulsing Pain [E]
      • Damage increased from 115 to 135.
  • Level 16
    • Lingering Ailment [E]
      • Armor reduction increased from 15 to 25.
    • Swing Life Away [E]
      • Spell Armor increased from 50 to 60.
      • Spell Armor duration increased from 2.5 to 5 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Utility Belt [E]
      • Cooldown reduced from 5 to 2 seconds.

Developer Comment: Many of Qhira’s Revolving Swing talents have never really captured the attention of Qhira players, as they often leave Qhira spinning out. We’re giving these buffs a whirl to see how they play out.




  • Health increased from 1323 to 1375.
  • Health regeneration increased from 2.75 to 2.86.
  • Natural Agility [D]
    • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds.


  • Level 7
    • The Dragon Hungers [Q]
      • Duration increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
    • Sharpened Arrowheads [Passive]
      • Armor reduction per stack increased from 2 to 3.
      • Maximum Armor reduction remains 20.
  • Level 10
    • Dragonstrike [R1]
      • Center damage bonus increased from 50% to 75%.

Developer Comment: Hanzo has slowly become a less reliable choice for most players, so we’re increasing his health and adding some quality of life changes.



  • Level 1
    • Hippity Hop [Z]
      • Cooldown reduced from 4 to 2 seconds.
  • Level 7
    • Choking Pollen [Q]
      • Damage against enemies with 3 stacks of Nature’s Toxin increased from 150% to 200%.
    • Wild Vigor [W]
      • Damage bonus increased from 50% to 70%.
  • Level 10
    • Thornwood Vine [R1]
      • Damage increased from 176 to 184.
  • Level 13
    • Abolish Magic [Active]
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds.

Developer Comment: Lunara has been doing some weeding, and now some of her lesser picked talents have begun to bloom.



  • Corpse Spiders [Q]
    • Cooldown decreased from 9 to 8 seconds.
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40.


  • Level 1
    • Widowmakers [Q]
      • New functionality:
        • Enemies hit by Corpse Spiders’ jar are Slowed by 30% for 1.5 seconds.
        • Reward: After attacking Heroes 100 times, Corpse Spiders deal 30% more damage and last for an additional second.
    • Pandemic [E]
      • Additional functionality: After Hitting 80 Heroes with Plague of Toads, it reduces the damage Heroes deal by 5%, stacking up to 25%.
  • Level 4
    • Blood Ritual [Trait]
      • Additional functionality:
        • Passive: Takedowns grant 5 stacks of Voodoo Ritual.
  • Level 7
    • Spirit of Arachyr [Q]
      • New functionality:
        • Corpse Spiders spawns an additional spider.
        • If Corpse Spiders’ jar hits only one target, spawn an additional spider.
  • Level 13
    • Guardian Toads [E]
      • Stack duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds.
      • Max duration increased from 4 to 6 seconds.
    • Superstition [Passive]
      • Additional functionality: Heroic Basic Attacks that cancel the Spell Armor effect spawn a Corpse Spider to attack the Hero.
  • Level 16
    • Spider Colony [Q]
      • Additional functionality: Corpse Spider Attacks against Heroes also reduce the cooldown of Corpse Spiders by .125 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Humongoid [R1]
      • Additional functionality: Gargantuan Stomps’ area is increased by 25% and its Slow amount is increased to 50%.
    • Annihilating Spirit [R2]
      • Additional functionality: Heroes hit by Ravenous Spirit have their healing received reduced by 50% for 1 second.
    • Fury of the Storm [Passive]
      • Removed.
    • (New) Bad Medicine [Active]
      • Consume 5 Stacks of Voodoo Ritual to become Unstoppable, gain 20% Movement Speed, and 50 Armor for 2 seconds. 30 second cooldown.

Developer Comment: It’s been a hot minute since we touched the Naz man. We like that he’s a late-game PvE powerhouse, but we feel there’s room for him to have more PvP impact early on. We’re adjusting both his Spider and Toad builds to have more of a unique identity and to make them a little more consistent. We’re also dumping a pile of jungle spices on his 20s to make them more competitive with the ever-popular Vile Infection.



  • Level 4
    • Arsenal [W]
      • Damage reduced from 120 to 100.
  • Level 7
    • Hot Pursuit [Trait]
      • Movement Speed per stack of Hatred reduced from 2.5% to 2%.
  • Level 13
    • Gloom [Active]
      • Healing per second reduced from 2.5 to 1.25.
      • Healing per second now scales with level.
      • Passive Spell Armor reduced from 20 to 15.
  • Level 20
    • Death Siphon [R1]
      • Removed functionality: Penetrating bolts no longer heals Valla for their damage dealt.

Developer Comment: Valla’s damage is nearing close to where we’d like it to be – but her safety while doing so is a bit high.



  • Health reduced from 1575 to 1500.
  • Health regeneration reduced from 3.82 to 3.12.
  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 85 to 83.
  • Baneling Barrage [Q]
    • Mana cost increased from 10 to 15.
    • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4.
    • Damage reduced from 86 to 80.


  • Level 1
    • Volatile Acid [Q]
      • Removed functionality: No longer increases Baneling Barrage’s damage.
  • Level 7
    • Baneling Massacre [Q]
      • Changed functionality: Gain two additional charges of Baneling Barrage, but increase its cooldown by 2 seconds.
  • Level 20
    • Pack Instinct [W]
      • Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 20%.
      • Duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds.

Developer Comment: In contrast to our usual ethos, Zagara is seeing her talents pay the price for an increase in power in her base ability. While the immediate effect is Zagara has less impactful Baneling talents, we feel that Baneling Barrage is a more interesting ability than from where we started, and we have more room for future changes.

Bug Fixes


  • Valla
    • Gloom’s healing per second updates to Hatred stacks when the talent is first chosen.
    • Tempered by Discipline’s bonus healing updates to Hatred stacks when the talent is first chosen.
    • Death Dealer’s damage bonus updated to reflect its tooltip.
    • Death Dealer now refunds Vault’s mana and cooldown when Spell damage kills the target.
    • Caltrops ignore Invulnerable enemies


Those are all of the balance updates that were made in this new patch for Heroes of the Storm! If you’re curious about other updates for a variety of games, be sure to check out the Patch Notes section of our website.

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