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Patch 2.6.8 Video Review

By kustodian - 1st July 2012 - 23:13 PM

Our Senior Commentator The_Karcher prepared a nice video review of a relatively big patch for Heroes of Newerth which includes 2 item reworks as well as some balance changes. You can watch the whole review here:



The complete patch notes are as follows:
Version 2.6.8
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- Free Hero Pool has been updated. The list is as follows:
* Engineer
* Doctor Repulsor
* Soulstealer
* Chronos
* Shadowblade
* Drunken Master
* Lord Salforis
* Succubus
* Defiler
* Geomancer
* Fayde
* Artesia
* Rhapsody
* Engineer
* Revenant
* Andromeda


== New Content ==

Sacrificial Stone Reworked
- Old:
* Icon of the Goddess (3300) + Sustainer (1750) = 5050 Total
* +450 Max Health
* +400 Max Mana
* +10 Damage
* +6 Health Regeneration
* +150% Mana Regeneration
* Upon death, respawn time and gold loss is decreased based on charges. Adds a charge when a nearby enemy hero dies.
* +1 Mana Regeneration, +.25 Health Regen, +25 Max Health per charge. On Death: Removes half of the current charges, Heal nearby allies. With 1+ charges, respawn 3 seconds faster and lose 25 less gold per charge. Continue to gain experience and vision at the location you died.

- New:
* Grave Locket (735) + Shield of the Five (803) + Recipe (400) = 1938 Total
* +9 Intelligence
* +6 Agility
* +6 Strength
* +5 Armor
* On kill or assist, becomes charged (A charged Sacrificial Stone gains +3 to all stats)
* 25 Manacost, 25 Second Cooldown
* On use: Grants 3 Armor to all nearby units for 30 seconds
* On Death (If Charged): Respawn 15 seconds faster and lose 100 less gold. Spawn a Stone that continues to gain experience for you until respawn. Stone gives a large area of clearvision around where you died for the first 6 seconds.
* Not allowed in Tournament Rules, as this is now tagged as a "New" item

Icon of the Goddess Rework
- Old:
* Glowstone (1200) + Beastheart (1100) + Pickled Brain (1000) = 3300 Total
* +450 Max Health
* +400 Max Mana
* +1 Health Regeneration
* +10% Mana Regeneration

- New:
* Glowstone (1200) + Beastheart (1100) + Pickled Brain (1000) = 3300 Total
* +450 Max Health
* +400 Max Mana
* +1 Health Regeneration
* +10% Mana Regeneration
* Gains 2 charges whenever an enemy dies within 1000 range of your hero
* +0.5 Health Regeneration per charge
* +10% Mana Regeneration per charge
* On death: Charges are cut in half
* Not allowed in Tournament Rules, as this is now tagged as a "New" item


- Added new Limited Edition Engineer Alt Avatar: Uncle Sam Engineer
- Added new Courier: Honey Badger Courier
- Added new Bundle: Honey Badger Bundle
* Get both the Honey Badger Courier and Honey Badger Taunt before its release on Tuesday, all for a lower price
- Added new Bundle: Liberty Bundle
* Celebrate with a discount on Uncle Sam Engineer and Patriot Bubbles


== General ==

Hero Death Timer
- Decreased the maximum death timer of a hero in normal mode from 100 to 80 seconds
- This means that a hero reaches their maximum death timer at level 20 and does not increase after that

Draconis
- Now allowed in Tournament Rules

Berzerker
- Now allowed in Tournament Rules


== Item Balance ==

Grave Locket
- Stats gained when charged decreased from +3 to +2
- Allowed in Tournament Rules


== Hero Balance ==

Amun-Ra
- Turn rate decreased from 1800 to 900
- Ashes to Ashes: Duration increased before charges are removed from 2 to 4 seconds

Flint
- Starting Strength increased from 16 to 18

Madman
- Starting Intelligence increased from 14 to 16

Magebane
- Flash: Self Magic Armor decreased from 3/6/10/15 to 3/6/9/12
- Flash: Self Magic Armor duration decreased from 10 to 7 seconds
- Flash: Range decreased from from 850/950/1050/1150 to 775/900/1025/1150
- Movespeed decreased from 320 to 315

Moraxus
- More Axes: Cooldown increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds

Puppet Master
- Puppeteer's Hold: Manacost decreased from 115/140/165/205 to 115/140/165/190

Silhouette
- Tree Grapple: Now only stuns and damages units controlled by players
* This includes Heroes and all hero pets

Swiftblade
- Swift Slashes: Damage per slash normalized from 150-250 to 200

Tundra
- Movespeed decreased from 310 to 305
- Starting Armor decreased from 4.6 to 4.1

Warbeast
- Metamorphosis: Cooldown decreased from 100/70/40 to 80/60/40

Wretched Hag
- Flash of Darkness: Range rescaled from 800/900/1000/1150 to 775/900/1025/1150
- Sonar Scream: Radius increased from 400/450/475/500 to 425/450/475/500