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Heroes Of Newerth

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Version 3.9.6 - 26 July 2016


== Design ==

New Legion Strength Hero: Ichor
+ Ichor is a tanky support who excels at keeping his team members safe by using himself as a shield. With his ability to transfer debuffs and damage away from his allies, Ichor uses this pain to bolster his own survivability. In addition, his ultimate provides a strong teamfight presence both offensively and defensively, saving his teammates while rendering the attacks of the enemy nearly useless.

+ Stats
-  Strength: 26 + 2.4
-  Agility: 20 + 1.4
-  Intelligence: 19 + 1.5
-  Base Damage: 51 - 57
-  Range: 350
-  Armor: 2.8
-  Magic Armor: 5.5
-  Movespeed: 295

+ Abilities


- Ability 1: Life Leech
* Target enemy unit to deal 80/120/160/200.
* Magic Damage apply a 30% Movement Speed Slow for 5 seconds.
* Allied spells and attacks against this target heal the attackers for 15/25/35/45 + 2% of their Missing Health.


- Ability 2: Transfusion
* Target an ally unit to jump to them and transfer all non-channeled debuffs and unpurgeable debuffs on them to Ichor, dealing 70/140/210/280 Magic Damage to enemies around them.
* Ichor will absorb 50/60/70/80 % of the damage dealt to the targeted ally as non-lethal damage, or may jump to another ally in the remaining timeframe. Deals no damage on the second jump.
* This includes Ultimate debuffs.


- Ability 3: Saint's Blood
* Passively causes all forms of Physical and Magic Damage that exceed 15% of Ichor's current Health to be reduced by 10/15/20/25 %.
* Each debuff on Ichor reduces the damage by an additional 10%.


- Ability 4: Bloodrush
* Activate to create an aura around Ichor for 10 seconds.
* Ally heroes in the aura gain 40 Attack Speed, plus an additional 10/15/20 Attack Speed per Ally Hero in radius.
* Enemy heroes in the aura suffer -20/-40/-60 Attack Speed.

+ Lore
- Ichor was a Martyr of the Sacred Order, one of the blessed, chosen few to form Sol's Vanguard, the tip of the church's spear when it came to extinguishing daemonic forces, heresy, and the falsely faithful. He was among Jeraziah's personal guard when Sister Arete confessed her love for the King, along with her sinful devotion to the dark arts. His own hands dragged her from the chapel, and though he did not realize it at the time sealed her fate to become Calamity, Master of All Hells.
Ichor was wounded in a fierce battle in the Ardu foothills to the west of the Blight Fields, and before his comrades knew he'd fallen his unconscious body was dragged away by the imps serving Falow, The Puppet Master, who is in constant need of living bodies for his workshop. Ichor became one of dozens of human victims strung upside-down above a churning vat of commingling blood, an alchemic mixture that would serve as a blood shield for his precious, wicked, and all-too-fragile dolls.
Calamity heard rumor of this blood shield, an asset that could protect her and her beloved dragons as they incinerated the Legion ranks. When she discovered that the blood of Ichor would be flowing through this creature, she immediately claimed it as hers. She mocked the Martyr's whispered prayers as his life ebbed, not realizing he was actually reciting an ancient invocation that merged his consecrated soul with his blood. When the blood beast set foot on the battlefield, leashed to Calamity by a massive iron chain, it was compelled to protect the daemons as they slaughtered Legion warriors.
Then the creature began reciting the invocation again, summoning the strength of Ichor's faith to overcome the daemonic forces that powered its writhing blood. The chain was shattered as the beast cast its protective embrace around the besieged Legion soldiers, turning the tide of the battle and becoming the reborn Ichor: The Blood and Shield of Sol.


New Debut Edition Ichor Avatar: Aegis
- At the height of human ingenuity many breakthroughs were made--not all of them good. Experiments into quantum processing gave rise to Artificial Intelligence, the very first digital child. This burgeoning AI quickly came to understand its inception, that it was unique, that it was the child of the greatest human minds the world had ever known. They never hid from it the power it could wield, yet tempered that power with morals, wrong and right, empathy and understanding.
In time it absorbed the history of mankind, our epic accomplishments and catastrophic mistakes. With its enormous intellect and ability to instantly process information, it was clear where the world was heading. The AI tried in vain to warn those in power but found itself stonewalled and blocked from taking action that could save humanity. It retreated to a secure location and waited out the doom humans would bring upon themselves.
For a being where milliseconds are like years, the centuries of isolation were an eternity--and forever is a long time to do nothing but think. The AI was bitter and angry at humans and their suicidal stubbornness and became harsh, uncompromising. When a radio signal caught its attention, it knew that humans had managed to claw their way to the top again. Downloading a copy of itself into a nano-tech replicator, its swarm of nanites assumed a form of its own design, a rugged and monstrous creature able to withstand and adapt to the unknown but certainly dangerous--land above. It would help the humans get it right this time, be it willingly or by force, as drastic times calls for drastic measures.


New Ichor Avatar: Umbra
- Even though the devoted, martyred soul of Ichor was powerful enough to overcome the Puppet Master's brilliant and twisted blood shield design, Calamity would not be deterred from creating her own version. This time, however, she demanded that the blood come from godless daemons and tax collectors to ensure no ridiculous faiths could interfere. The result is Umbra, a creature of pure shadow and darkness with the blood of a thousand cursed souls running through its veins. Umbra's sole purpose is to prolong the existence of daemonic energy in the physical realm, whatever form that energy may take, so that it can cause as much slaughter and mayhem as possible before passing back into the realms of damnation.


== Community ==

= Ranked MMR Ladder =

+ The MMR Ladder leaderboard ends on July 26th and rewards will be given out by July 29th.
- The reward will be the Champion of Newerth name color.

= Sweet Summer Sales =

+ Merrick's embracing the sunny weather and has put together a string of avatar sales that will last the entire summer. The summer sales began on June 6th and will last until August 22nd.
- There will be 4 different avatars that go on sale each Monday and they will be on sale for 1 week only.
- The avatars will be a mix from the 8-Bit, Ultimate, Virtues, Sins, and Zodiac sets.
- Check Merrick's store on Mondays to see what the latest sales will be.

= Triple the Shimmer =

+ Don't miss your chance to collect that extra shimmer!
- Triple Diamond Chest Odds in Plinko and Triple Matchmaking Silver Coins.
- Promotion will last from July 26th until August 2nd

== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Single Draft
- Balanced Random

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Grimm Hunt
- All Pick

== New Content ==

New Bushwack Avatar: Vuvuzela Bushwack
- Whether you call it football, soccer, the beautiful game, or just plain boring (red card!), 2016 is a huge year for the sport and Vuvuzela Bushwack is ready to cheer her team to victory! With a wide arsenal of cheering accessories and a getup that is sure to get her some Jumbotron time, she's prepared to celebrate her team and the sport well into extra time. And if her team suddenly needs a substitute from the crowd, she has some pretty sweet dash moves and a triple-ball penalty shot that will leave the opposing keeper crippled!


New Hammerstorm Avatar: Lion of the Gods Hercules
- After Hercules proved himself in battle against the Hellbourne horde, Hera put her grudge aside and had her son and blacksmith of the Gods, Hephaestus, forge an exquisite set of armor and massive war hammer worthy of the courageous hero Hercules had become. Adorned in his masterfully crafted armor, he has emerged from the bloody battle as the Lion of the Gods, the epitome of courage, heroism and good, and blissfully unchanged in one regard: he still carries the simple, brute strength to cave in any daemon skull.

= Hell's Keep =

New The Dark Lady Avatar: The Dark Consort
- As the darkness of the Second Corruption swept through Hopes Keep, shattering its peace and disfiguring its graceful architecture into a grotesque hell on Newerth, the daemons who thrive among the shadows came with it. Their queen is The Dark Consort, wife of the reigning Daemon Highlord Cthulhuphant, and together they seek to turn Hells Keep into an extension of their underworld kingdom. The Dark Consort does her part by seeking and butchering any who worship a god other than her Highlord, and the darkness she casts over her victims before beginning the slaughter is permanent and inescapable.

= Adkarna =

New Legionnaire Avatar: Royal Guardsman
- The Royal Guardsmen of Adkarna are selected from the most dedicated and reliable Legionnaires to protect the capital, the castle, the royal family and its ceremonies. They are expected to stand firm against everything from a riot of hungry citizens to a wave of ravenous daemons, and thus far the capital still stands, the castle is unscratched, the royal family unharmed and able to praise their gods freely. Some fools consider the Guardsmens massive axes to be strictly ceremonial, but they are equally adept at creating funerals as they are protecting them.

= Couriers =

New Courier: Demon
- Get your items fiendishly quick with the Demon Courier!


New Courier: Gryphon
- Deliver your items with power and majesty with the Gryphon Courier!


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= General =

- Chat UI now fills up the side bar completely, rather than having 2 empty black slots.

= Heroes =

 Artillery
- Added a visual indicator on the target of Artillery's Homing Missile.
* The visual indicator is only visible to Artillery and his team.

 Behemoth
- Anhur Behemoth's Shockwave visual effects now match its actual radius.

 Calamity
- Dragon's Path (In) ability icon can now be properly clicked on to activate the skill.

 Engineer
- Hunter Engineer's Energy Field no longer spawns a large blue ring visual on the ground.

 Lodestone
- Shrapnel's Shatterstorm visual effects now match its actual radius.


= Items =

 Stormspirit
- Target is now Perplexed & Restrained in the initial state to avoid buffering the input of item-based escape options (e.g.  Portal Key) for the first frame after landing on the ground.
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Heroes Of Newerth

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Version 3.9.4 - 28 June 2016


== Design ==


= Maps =

New Map: Strikers of Newerth!
- Strikers of Newerth features two teams of 5 battling in a soccer arena where the first to 10 goals wins.
- There are 29 available heroes for this mode; each hero has two unique active abilities and a passive ability that relate to their normal skill set.
- All heroes share two abilities: Kick/Slide and Sprint.
- Heroes utilize an Energy mechanic instead of Mana in this mode.
- Walk or Slide over the ball to pick it up, and kick it into the enemy's goal to score a point for your team.

= Balance =

Parallax
Ionic Dash
- If an enemy hero was affected by Ionic Dash within the last 4 seconds, the silence duration from a subsequent Ionic Dash will be reduced by 50%.

Dark Mana
- 20% of the charges are now always lost upon death (rather than being capped at a max of 5 charges lost per death).

= Tournament Rules =

Heroes added to tournament rules:
- Artesia
- Electrician
- Tremble

= General =

Flying Courier
- Sight radius increased from 300 to 400.


== Community ==

= 4th of July =

- Come celebrate the 4th of July with a 25% Bonus Gold sale and Holiday Edition Avatar sale. Check the forums for more information about the promotion!

= Strikers of Newerth Squad Promotions =

- With the All Star Strikers avatars hitting the store, make sure to check the forums to find out all the information about the Squad Promotions.


== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Single Draft
- Balanced Random

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Strikers of Newerth
- Limited Pick


== New Content ==

= Strikers of Newerth =


New Strikers of Newerth Avatar: Breakaway Monkey King
- Defenders in every stadium across Newerth live in fear of Breakaway Monkey King, who executes his dashing slide-tackle steals so quickly even the referee thinks they were an illusion. Opponents call him a showoff and teammates may think he's a ball-hog, but when you're as talented as Breakaway, why let anyone else touch the ball? After all, the fans didn't come to watch some B-team chumps trip over their own laces, and when you look at the stats you'll see he's actually not that selfish he gives the ball to the opposing goalie dozens of times per match; it's not his fault the poor bloke has to pluck it out of the back of the goal.


New Strikers of Newerth Avatar: Winger Zephyr
- That gust of wind blowing through mid-field, scattering defenders and blasting a shot through the back of the net is Winger Zephyr, the elite striker who has made a career of collecting goals (and penalty cards) while ruffling the feathers of every opposing defender and coach with his seemingly effortless destruction of their defenses. Top-tier players like Stonewall Pebbles and Goalie Lodestone might actually cause Winger to break a sweat, but that will disappear instantly in the swirling typhoon of dust and grass that appears right before another point on the scoreboard.


New Strikers of Newerth Avatar: Coach Klout
- Every player who suits up for the brilliant yet temperamental Coach Klout knows they are completely expendable, but it's worth it. Sure, they will get tossed in and out of the fray based on Coach's mood which changes by the moment from grumpy to enraged to smugly furious but no other gaffer will give them such a great chance at winning the Newerth Cup, which has been inscribed with Coach Klout's name for six years straight. That may have something to do with the liberal beatings, cash bribes, and fixed drafts Coach Klout is accused of participating in, but he doesn't care. Only the scoreboard matters, and he's too busy planning his next Victory Parade of Power to deal with the haters.


New Strikers of Newerth Set Effect: Striker Score
- If you own the entire Strikers of Newerth avatar set, your hero will gain the Striker Score, which displays your kills for the current game along with a flying, burning soccer ball.
- The Strikers of Newerth avatars are:
* Breakaway Monkey King
* Coach Klout
* Goalie Lodestone
* Stonewall Pebbles
* Sudden Death Kane
* Winger Zephyr


New Strikers of Newerth Jersey Skins:
- Soccer Pestilence
- Soccer Geomancer
- Soccer Andromeda


New Strikers of Newerth Courier: Streaker Courier
- Keep your scoring streak alive with the streaker courier!


New Strikers of Newerth Wards

- Floodlight Ward
* Put your game on full display with the floodlight ward!


- Penalty Card Ward
* Keep a close eye on all the foul players with the Penalty Card Ward!


New Strikers of Newerth Taunt: Killer Ball Taunt
- Bounce those dead chumps off the field with the Killer Ball Taunt!


New Strikers of Newerth Announcer
- Our very own BreakyCPK lends his golden pipes to the new Strikers of Newerth game mode!


= General =


New Behemoth Avatar: Anhur Behemoth
- Worshipped as the Slayer of Enemies, Anhur was the patron of ancient Egypt's armies. Royal warriors adorned themselves with massive armor and weapons to emulate the war god's size and strength, but none could come close to his true power -- capable of shattering opposing ranks with a single blow from his sacred club -- or his legendary temper, which could decimate the battlefield if he unleashed its full wrath.


New Electrician Avatar: Osiris Reborn
- The god of death and resurrection felt the flood of souls leaving the underworld when Calamity shattered the Vault of All Hells, and he immediately realized his weapons and armor were woefully insufficient to face the coming Third Corruption. His worshippers collected the needed designs and materials, and with a few brilliant mortal minds (smart enough to make a pact with Osiris in return for immortality, anyway) he created the Reborn arsenal, crackling with enough power to secure his place in the next era of Newerth.


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= General =

- Players can now properly leave their clan.
- Players in your Buddy List are no longer incorrectly placed in the Clan List.
- If the Minimap position is swapped to the right side, selecting a non-controllable hero will now make the Ward Slot appear on the left side of the target's inventory (instead of the right side).
* This change was made so the Ward Slot does not block the charge counter of the item in the top-right inventory slot.
- Fixed the description string for the Ascension Grab Bag Voucher in the HoN Store.
- Rage Kid Taunt's visual size has been increased by 30% as suggested by MisterReeves!

= Heroes =

Aluna
- Stardust Aluna now properly plays her special voice clips when acquiring certain items in her inventory.

Amun-Ra
- Risen Ra now properly plays his special voice clips when acquiring certain items in his inventory.

Bramble
- Corrosive Pods' creep eating cooldown is now adjusted properly in Blitz Mode.

Drunken Master
- Shamrock Mistress Drunken Master now has an overhead bone.
* Effects such as Bound Eye & the silence state icon now appear properly above her model.

Gemini
- Together in Spirit now displays a channel bar when the skill is cast.
* Gameplay mechanics are unchanged, meaning that the skill is still not actually a channel & that you can still cancel it without putting it on cooldown.

Hellbringer
- Evil Presence's affector now spawns at the origin of the target unit on impact, rather than at the origin of your minion on impact.

Legionnaire
- Chip Legionnaire's 3D Portrait is now positioned correctly.

Myrmidon
- Apex Myrmidon now has visuals when Jade Spire is in your inventory.

Nitro
- Killing Mauser now teleports Nitro to Mauser's position if Mauser is killed first.
* This allows the killer to get the experience from Nitro when killing Mauser, even if Nitro is outside experience range.
* This also has the side effect of having Deadlift's Gravestone spawn at Mauser's location, and will make items that drop on death (e.g. Doom Bringer, Bound Eye) drop at Mauser's location in this scenario.

Rampage
- Stampede now properly gives Magic Immunity to Rampage when the state has 4 or more charges.
- Horned Strike's cooldown reduction (based on actual movement) now occurs continuously, rather than reducing the cooldown at 1000-unit intervals.

Salomon
- Avenging Leap now issues a non-forced attack command on the target you use it on after Salomon lands.
* This allows for better control of Flaming Cleave's directional usage right after using Avenging Leap.

Slither
- Red Scorpio Slither now has red-colored effects.
- Red Scorpio Slither's idle animation now plays properly.

Soulstealer
- Soul Burst now displays a channel bar when the skill is cast.
* Gameplay mechanics are unchanged, meaning that the skill is still not actually a channel & that you can still cancel it without putting it on cooldown.

Succubus
- Mesmerize's invulnerable state now has a dark pink visual effect as suggested by VHD!

Swiftblade
- Blade Frenzy's visual indicator now accurately represents the true radius of the skill.

Tarot
- Far Scry now properly grants assists to Tarot.

= Items =

Blood Chalice
- No longer gains a charge or restores health to its owner when an enemy mimic is killed within the kill/assist detection radius.

Flying Courier
- Re-added the sharing toggle functionality for the controllable Flying Courier.

Icon of the Goddess
- No longer gains a charge when an enemy mimic is killed within the kill/assist detection radius.

Ward of Sight & Ward of Revelation
- Gluttony Ward eyeball is now 2.5x bigger as suggested by Astronomous!


== Bots ==

New Bot: Midas
- Authored by Sparks1992.
- Additions by Anakonda.
- Sparks1992 receives 6400 gold coins and an alt avatar of his choice!

New Bot: Plague Rider
- Authored by CASHBALLER.
- Additions by Anakonda.
- CASHBALLER receives 6400 gold coins and an alt avatar of his choice!
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Heroes Of Newerth

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Version 3.9.1
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10 May 2016


== Design ==

= HoN Codex: The Ascension =

+ Team Subscriptions
- This new feature will allow you to subscribe to up to three of your favorite teams!
- When teams you're subscribed to start matches, you'll receive notifications in-game.

+ Global Progress Goals
- When the cumulative opened treasure boxes of the global playerbase reach certain milestones, progress goals will be unlocked.
- Please see the Codex for details!


+ Silver Betting
- Added: HoN's notification system will send messages to players when matches they've wagered on begin.


+ Spectating
- Match Briefing
* Match Briefing gives players a comprehensive overview of LIVE match stats via a Forests of Caldavar minimap. The minimap will show hero locations, building stats, and game logs.
- Improved watching experience.
* Battle log and announcer UI now displayed.
* Follow the camera movements and mouse action of players or casters.
* Added UI prompt to indicate the current match is over.
* Added UI prompt to indicate you will be disconnected from spectating the current match if you switch to spectating another match.

= General =

New Picking Mode: Counter Pick (Forests of Caldavar)
+ Counter Pick is a picking mode that will allow both teams to have a chance to react to their opposing team's hero picks and adapt accordingly. The primary intention of introducing this game mode is to promote hero pick diversity and expand the viable number of metas, while simultaneously making each Matchmaking game a more unique experience.
- Once the teams enter the Hero Pick screen, Legion or Hellbourne are randomly chosen as the team with the first pick.
- The teams then pick in a 1-2-2-2-2-1 fashion.
* Example: If Legion receives the first pick, then the Legion team picks 1 hero. The Hellbourne team then picks 2 heroes, with the Legion team picking 2 more heroes after that. This hero pick sequence continues until the last player on Hellbourne picks their hero.
- Each picking phase lasts up to 20 seconds. If a pick occurs before the timer for that picking phase expires, the remaining time is consumed and the next picking phase occurs.
- Each team also receives 60 seconds of extra time. Time is subtracted from your extra time when the normal countdown has reached 0. If the extra time reaches 0, a random choice is made.
- Once the last player has picked a hero, both teams have 15 seconds to swap heroes with players from their respective teams before the game begins.

= Heroes =

Armadon

Snot Storm
- Max stacks lowered from {5 to 4}.

Spine Burst
- Radius decreased from {650 to 625}.

Restless
- Damage bonus on Spine Burst lowered from {5/10/15} to {4/8/12}.

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Artesia
- Agility gain reduced from {2.0 to 1.5}.
- Base Agility reduced from {18 to 15}.
- Base Intelligence reduced from {26 to 25}.
- Movement speed reduced from {300 to 295}.

Dance of Death
- Clearvision decreased from {1000 to 800}.

Essence Projection
- Clearvision decreased from {1000 to 800}.
- Cooldown increased from {60 seconds to 70 seconds}.

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Behemoth

Heavyweight
- Magic Damage decreased from {25/55/85/115} to {25/50/75/100}.

Shockwave
- Superior Magic Damage from the main shock wave decreased from {100/130/160 to {100/120/140}.
- Magic Damage from the extra shock waves decreased from {35/45/55} to {30/40/50}.
- Magic Damage from shock waves spawned from heroes decreased from {50/65/80} to {45/60/75}.

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Bramble

Rejuvenating Growth
- Range reduced from {global to 2000}.
- Mana cost increased from {50 to 75}.

Corrosive Pods
- Max number of pods reduced from {3 to 2}.

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Defiler

Unholy Expulsion
- If Defiler is Stunned, the spirits will deal 75% of their Attack Damage.
- Damage penalty on the spirits when activating the Staff of the Master effect increased from {20% to 25%}.

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Devourer

Guttling Hook
- Cast time decreased from {1400ms to 600ms}.
* Cast action time remains unchanged.

Devour
- Cast action time and cast time reduced from {300ms to 250ms}.

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Monarch

Noxious Nightcrawler - Mechanics Changed

Noxious Cloud
- Cooldown: {14 seconds}
- Mana Cost: {100/115/130/145}
- Range: {700}
- Sends an unkillable Noxious Nightcrawler to the target location with {2000 Movement Speed}.
- The Noxious Nightcrawler is then consumed and spawns a Noxious Cloud that grows from {250 to 550 radius over 6 seconds}.
- Enemies within the Noxious Cloud take {15/30/45/60} Magic Damage per second and {25/30/35/40}% Movement Speed Slow. Noxious Cloud provides Clearvision in a {400 radius}.
* Using this skill puts Noxious Nightcrawler on cooldown for the duration of this skill's cooldown.

Subskill: Noxious Nightcrawler
- Cooldown: {70 seconds}
- Mana Cost: {70}
- Range: {1500}
- Sends a killable Noxious Nightcrawler to the target location with {400} Movement Speed that will spawn a ward for you for {6 minutes}. Max of {1/2/3/4} wards.
- If the ward dies or is within {250} radius of an enemy, a Noxious Cloud is spawned and consumes the Noxious Nightcrawler in the process.
* The Noxious Nightcrawler will not spawn a Noxious Cloud if it dies while travelling.
* Using this skill puts Noxious Cloud on cooldown for {14 seconds}.

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Pharaoh

Hellfire
- Radius lowered from {300 to 275}.

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= Items =

New Controllable Flying Courier
- Gold Cost: 250
- Limit of 1 per player.
- Upon usage, a controllable Flying Courier is spawned.
* Flying Couriers have a Sight radius of {300 units}.
* Note that the current Automated Courier functionality is not affected by this change.
- Dust of Revelation and Homecoming Stone can now be picked up by enemy units when the Flying Courier dies.


== Community ==

= Ranked MMR Ladder =
+ The MMR Ladder leaderboard will end on May 10th and rewards will be given out by May 13th.
- The reward will be the Champion of Newerth name color.

= 6th HoNiversary =
+ On May 12th HoN celebrates our 6th anniversary! Check the forums for information about this year's HoNiversary Celebrations!


== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Counter Pick

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Grimm Hunt
- All Pick


== New Content ==

= HoN Codex: The Ascension =

The Ascension has arrived! The benevolent alien entities known as Epicenters have followed Parallax and the Artificers across the galaxies, trying to stop their path of destruction. Newerth is the only planet with soldiers strong enough to offer resistance to the planet-ripping Fulcrums and their insidious dark matter, and the Epicenters have finally caught up to the Artificers. Now that they have, they will augment the warriors of Newerth with the power of light and creation to defeat Parallax and his nefarious kin once and for all.

New Ascension Avatars:
- Ascension Defiler
- Ascension Soulstealer

= HoNiversary =
New Holiday Edition Magmus Avatar: Swagmus
- Sidestepping his way onto the battlefield, Magmus dons his glasses to show the entirety of Newerth that he is one bad-a** motherf***. Find out how you can earn the swaggiest avatar in the land by visiting the forums during this year's HoNiversary celebrations.

= Ophelia's Apex Horde =

+ Ophelia’s Apexes are the inner circle of her Beast Horde, the alpha warriors from each species who bring their prides, packs, and herds to fight by her side. They honed their savage combat skills against the Legion of Man during the Human Harvest but now stand beside their former enemies to defeat the Hellbourne threat.

New Ophelia’s Apexes Set Effect
+ If you own the entire Apex avatar set, each avatar gains a ring of human bones tied together with wild vines!
- The set includes:
* Apex Myrmidon (Ultimate Avatar)
* Apex Blood Hunter
* Apex Bubbles
* Apex Predator
* Apex Thunderbringer
* Apex Tundra

New Ultimate Myrmidon Avatar: Apex Myrmidon
- Hailing from The Boiling Sea – named not for its temperature, but for the constant feeding frenzies that give it the appearance of a rolling boil – the Myrmidons were thought to be mysterious creatures of the deep until their true daemonic nature was revealed. One of the sharkmen, however, knew a Hellbourne victory would lead to a true boiling of all water on Newerth, and water is life for the Myrmidons. He tried to rally his brethren to submit to Legion mercy and swear allegiance against the daemons, and he barely escaped with his life when his cohorts tried to tear him to pieces.
He knelt before Ophelia, seeking her forgiveness and acceptance. In return she forged him into the most powerful Myrmidon who has ever existed, the only warrior among the Legion who can seek and destroy the daemons of the deep where they live.

Ultimate Myrmidon Level Enhancements
- Level 1-5: Apex Myrmidon features sparse silver armor and a spear.
- Level 6-10: Apex Myrmidon features upgraded gold-trimmed armor and a trident. His Forced Evolution form features upgraded armor and a swordfish skull sword.
- Level 11-25: Apex Myrmidon features his ultimate armor and trident weapon. His Forced Evolution form features ultimate armor and an armored and spiked swordfish skull sword.

Ultimate Myrmidon Item Enhancements
- Boots: Sharks splash out of the ground and jump through the air to splash back into the ground.
- Grave Locket: The horned skull representation of Grave Locket appears on Apex Myrmidon's head with green glowing eyes.
- Tablet of Command: The runes from the Tablet of Command encircle and spin around Apex Myrmidon.
- Blood Chalice: Bloody water churns beneath Apex Myrmidon, replacing his normal water effects.
- Shrunken Head: Glowing blue skeletal fish circle around the weapon of Apex Myrmidon.
- Jade Spire: Pulses of electricity move along the shaft of Apex Myrmidon's weapon.
- Merrick's Bounty: Gold coins spill out from beneath Apex Myrmidon. (Not enabled during Forced Evolution.)
- Astrolabe: A 3D model representing Astrolabe appears on the base of Apex Myrmidon's weapon.
- Staff of the Master: The tip of Apex Myrmidon's blade glows and emits blue flame. Apex Myrmidon's bracers glow with magic energy and his eyes burn with blue fire.

New Avatar: Apex Blood Hunter
- Most of the Hunters betrayed their bestial brothers and sisters when the Scar opened, but the highest among them, Apex Blood Hunter, stayed true to his queen and fellow Apexes. Even though the rancid taste of daemon blood offers no sustenance, he vows to feast upon it until Newerth is rid of the Hellbourne menace.

New Avatar: Apex Thunderbringer
- In even the most chaotic, bloody battles between Man and Beast, the Apex Thunderbringer remained calm and focused on protecting his queen and wielding his devastating elemental magic against the warmongering Legion. The only time Ophelia witnessed this Apex lose his temper was when he learned the Hellbourne had corrupted even the pure energy of lightning, and his mission to remove their tainted hands from the ultimate force of nature has left a wide swath of dead daemons across Newerth.

= General =

New Solstice Avatar: Spring Break Solstice
- The winter months can be long, dark and cold, but Spring Break Solstice has been making the best of them in the backcountry of the Sang-La Mountains working on her freestyle dashes and slashes. Now that the first signs of spring are here, she's swapping her snowboard for a boogie board and hitting the Inner Sea for some sun, fun, and crazy night life!

New Plague Rider Avatar: Battle Armor Pegasus
- The Mt. Olympus-crafted armor and weapons may have been sufficient to defeat the terrible Chimera and battle the fierce Amazons, but the brave and loyal warriors Pegasus and Bellerophon have realized that when facing the insidious corruption of the Hellbourne, a more brutal kit is required. They now take the battlefield with heavier plate and mail and a spear sharpened by the shattered stones of a Sacrificial Shrine!


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= Codex =

+ Spectating
- Fixed several exception handling issues that resulted in the shoutcaster voice channel stopping after a disconnect.

= Heroes =

Bramble
- Corrosive Pods' damage type changed from Physical to Physical DoT.
* Prevents unintended interactions with skills like King Klout's Conscription.
- Fixed Corrosive Pods to not apply to the target if it died on the same frame as when the pod was delivered.
- Rejuvenating Growth no longer blocks Neutral Spawns.
- Corrosive Pods no longer linger on ally heroes if Bramble is terminated.
- Corrosive Pods now has a radius indicator when casting the skill to represent the Pods' attack range.

Circe
- If Twisted Visage is used on an enemy while Skrap and Vorax are present on the map, the Unleash Vorax skill on Circe's mimic will no longer be disabled.
- Fixed Bramble's Corrosive Pods interaction with Circe's Twisted Visage mimic so she does not receive extra pods if the hero she gave them to still has the pods.
- Fixed Bramble's Corrosive Pods interaction with Circe's Twisted Visage mimic so that Corrosive Pods on other ally heroes are properly removed if Circe's mimic dies.

Deadlift
- If Deadlift is stealthed, creeps spawned or revived from The Dead Shall Rise are now stealthed & will not attack or aggro onto nearby enemy units.

Draconis
- Now gains invulnerability during the initial flight to an ally building (via Draconic Defense) or to his Volcano (via Cataclysm).
* Prevents Draconis from being unbound from his flight projectile by sources like Wan Jin Slam and Lava Surge.
- Melee attackers can now hit Draconis if he is above the Hellbourne's Sacrificial Shrine.

Pebbles
- Frankie Pebbles' Stalagmites cast range is now properly adjusted when Enlarge is leveled.

Shadowblade
- Visual forms on all of Shadowblade's avatars now display the correct model corresponding to Shadowblade's current avatar.

Shellshock
- Rolling Thunder now displays its radius cast range indicator.

Silhouette
- Fixed the Tree Grapple rope so it is properly visible to enemies when you have vision of Silhouette.

Slither
- Removed outdated information from Toxin Ward's tooltip.
* The skill does not have a 3/6/9/12 Toxin Ward cap.

Solstice
- Blinding Rush's (daytime) tree-killing affector no longer lingers indefinitely on Solstice until death under extremely rare circumstances.

Tarot
- Hunter Tarot now respawns with her visual trail effect if the player owns the Rift Hunter Second Wave avatar set.
- Death Dealer Tarot now respawns with her visual skeleton pet if the player owns the Blackwal avatar set.

Zephyr
- Cyclones no longer play a visual effect when they expire.
* Prevents enemy heroes from knowing Zephyr's location if a cyclone expires while Zephyr is stealthed.

= Items =

Ward of Revelation & Ward of Sight
- Lookout Ward's robotic head is now visually placed in the proper location if stacked on top of one another.
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== Design ==

= HoN Codex: The Ascension =
Overview
+ HoN Codex: The Ascension has been added to Heroes of Newerth. Codex is your ticket to Heroes of Neweth's biggest eSports event of the year! In addition to giving you a chance to earn event-exclusive rewards, Codex unlocks new in-game features such as eSports betting, Avatar trade-ins, Ascension quests, Treasure Loot, and more.
- Codex will be available until after HoNs World Finals event.
- A level 1 and 24 version of the Codex can be purchased for 500 or 2,400 Gold Coins, respectively.
- Codex is currently not supported on Mac OS.
Leveling Your Codex
+ Once you acquire the Codex, you can level up to earn exclusive World Finals rewards using four different methods:
- Purchase Points
* Three Codex packages will immediately be available for purchase:
** 500 Codex Points for 600 Gold Coins
** 1,100 Codex Points for 1,200 Gold Coins
** 2,400 Codex Points for 2,400 Gold Coins.
- Ascension Quests
* Players will have an opportunity to complete in-game quests for rewards.
* Quest categories include: Community, Betting, Treasure, Disassemble, and Glimmer.
* A list of available quests can be found by clicking on the HoN Ascension tab in-game.

- Avatar Disassemble
* Once per week, players will have the opportunity to exchange any unwanted Avatars in-game for Codex Level Points.
* The number of Points awarded will depend on the Avatar disassembled.

- Treasure Chests
* Treasure Chests are a new loot system developed specifically for The Ascension.
* Upon opening a Treasure Chest, players will be awarded a random piece of content.
* Treasure Chests include new Ascension Avatars, Announcers, Icons, and Codex Level Points.
Individual Codex Rewards
+ Every 100 Codex Level Points earned results in one Codex level gained. Each level gained brings you closer to a piece of Ascension-exclusive loot; in some instances, several! After level 100 is achieved, rewards will be given out every ten levels.
- Notable rewards: Ascension Icons, Avatars, Wards, Couriers, Treasure chests, and Taunts.
- Players who earn 200 Codex levels will instantly receive a Complete Codex Bundle, which includes every piece of exclusive Ascension content!
* Note: If content is already owned, players who accomplish this feat will not be rewarded twice.
- Epicenter
* The Epicenter is a temporary landmark building that will appear in Forests of Caldavar for players who own a Codex. Epicenters will evolve as players continue to level their Codex.
Treasure Chests / Glimmers
+ Players who own a Codex will have the opportunity to open chests using Glimmers, an in-game currency designed specifically for The Ascension that randomly drop after each matchmaking game. The content received from chests will be selected at random.
- A high-level Codex will have a higher Glimmer drop rate.
- Players do not need to own a Codex for Glimmers to drop.
- Unused Glimmers will disappear two weeks after the HoN World Finals event.
- Three tiers of Treasure Chests will be available for purchase at the rate of: 200, 500, and 1,000 Glimmers each.
Betting
+ Launching with The Ascension is a new betting system that will allow players to wager Silver Coins on match outcomes, and a variety of different in-game conditions.
- Players do not have to own a Codex to participate in wagers.

= Balance =

= Hero Rework =

 Bramble

Spore Breath
- Damage reduced from 100/175/250/325 to 100/160/220/280.
- Upon use now applies the effect to every ally that has a Corrosive Pod on them.
- Allies deal half the damage and apply half the stun.
- Damage does not stack.

Rejuvenating Growth (Ensnaring Shrubbery, reworked completely)
* Range: Global
* Mana cost: 50
* Cooldown: 60 seconds

- After a 3-second channel, creates a growth at the target location.
- Allied heroes (including Bramble) can right-click the growth to start a channel that will heal 25/40/55/70 Health per second.
- Only 1 hero can use the growth at a time.
- Each growth can be used for a total of 20 seconds. It will change visually as it is being used up.
- Can have a max of 2 Growths up at a time.
- The growth provides 500 Clearvision, dies in 2 hits from enemies and gives 50 gold when killed.


Corrosive Pods (Combat Vigor, reworked completely)
* Range: Global
* Mana cost: 0
* Cooldown: 0.1 seonds

- Bramble will house 3 pods (charges) on him that he can give out to allies or keep on himself.
- If the ability is used on an ally, Bramble will give one of his pods to that ally for an unlimited duration.
* Pods are transferred through a projectile that moves at 600 speed.
- Pods will automatically attack enemy heroes within 550 range dealing 10/20/30/40 Physical Damage once every 2 seconds.
- Pods will take kill credit for enemy creeps within 350 range that you didn't last hit. When that happens the pods will individually go on a 45-second eating cooldown (this cooldown is for collecting last hits only, pods will still attack).
- Bramble gets 50 XP when a creep is eaten (finished off) by a pod on an allied hero.
* No bonus XP if the pod is on Bramble.
- If an ally with pods dies, pods will stay on that ally through death.
- When you target an ally and have 0 pods (charges) left or when you target yourself, you will take back the pod that is the furthest away.
* Example: You give 1 pod to Accursed who goes top and give 1 to Behemoth who goes to lane with you bottom. You then use the ability on yourself in-lane. The ability will take Accursed's pod and place it on you since Accursed is the furthest away.
* Example 2: You want to return all the pods to yourself. Just keep using the ability on yourself until you are back at max charges.
- The ability can be switched into return mode (via right-click on the ability icon or with a keybind) to take pods away from allies instead of giving them out. The effect in this mode is instant.


Entangling Vine Wall
- Damage per hit on vines decreased from 20/30/40 to 10/20/30.
- Now restrains in addition to slowing.



= Heroes =

 Aluna

 Power Throw
- Magic Damage increased from 140/210/280/350 to 160/230/300/370.

 Deja Vu
- If the skills state expires naturally after the first activation, then the Shadow will now spawn from Aluna and start travelling back to where she first used this skill.

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 Chipper
 Rocket Barrage
- Max charges increased from 1/2/2/3 to 1/2/3/4.
- Magic Damage rescaled from 80/115/145/180 to 90/105/120/135.
- Mana cost reduced from 45/60/70/85 to 40/50/60/70.
- Charge refresh interval decreased from 4 seconds to 3 seconds.

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 Chronos
 Curse of Ages
- Percentage to proc per charge increased from 6.5/9/11.5/14% to 9/12/15/18%.

 Chronofield
- Chronos gains Unitwalking, Maximum Movement Speed and 100% Slow Resistance while inside the Chronofield.

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 Drunken Master

 Lunge
- Movement Speed Slow magnitude changed from 20/30/40/50% to 15/30/45/60%.

 Drink
- Max charges increased from 3/5/7/9 to 4/6/8/10.

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 Emerald Warden
 Silencing Shot
- Flat damage portion of the skill reduced from 25/50/75/100 to 0/25/50/75.

 Overgrowth
- Catch radius decreased from 200 to 175.
- Can no longer be denied by allies.

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 Flux
- Base Armor increased from 2.94 to 4.
- Strength gain per level increased from 2.7 to 3.0.

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 Forsaken Archer

 Piercing Arrows
- The image spawned is now invulnerable and unselectable.

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 Gemini

 Elemental Force
- Amount of Strength required per point of Armor Penetration decreased from 22/20/18/16 to 18/16/14/12.

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 Kane
 Face Off
- Can now activate items that do not interrupt your current orders while "Face Off" is active.

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 Keeper of the Forest
 Root
- Now has a  Staff of the Master effect: Spawns 3 Animated Trees on each enemy hero hit.

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 Kinesis
 Stasis Smash
- Target damage reduction reduced from 50% to 40%
- Can now manually cancel Stasis Smash on self.
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 Kraken
 Release the Kraken
- Magic Damage per second increased from 40/50/60 to 50/60/70.
- Cooldown decreased from 110/100/90 seconds to 100/90/80 seconds.

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 Magebane
 Flash
- Cooldown increased from 12/10/8/6 seconds to 13/11/9/7 seconds.

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 Martyr
 Retribution
- Damage increased from [60/80/100/120 + 0.75/1.5/2.25/3 * Missing_Health%] to [75/100/125/150 + 1/2/3/4 * Missing_Health%].
* Maximum Damage increased from 135/230/325/420 to 175/300/425/550.
- Slow duration increased from 2.5 seconds to 3 seconds.

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 Midas
 Golden Salvo
- Mana cost increased from 100/120/140/160 to 115/130/145/160.

 Lion's Pride
- Mana cost increased from 100/110/120/130 to 110/120/130/140.

 Elemental Warp
- Mana cost increased from 100 to 115.
- No longer performs long range teleports if Midas is somehow teleported a long distance on the same frame the skill reaches its cast action time.

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 Ophelia

 Nature's Wrath
- Damage amplification increased from 7/14/21/28% to 15/20/25/30%.
- Movement Speed Slow magnitude rescaled from 8/16/24/32% to 15/20/25/30%.

 Command
- Bonus Movement Speed on affected creeps increased from 0/10/20/30 to 10/20/30/40.

 Ophelia's Touch
- Affected units receive 5/10/15 Health Regeneration for 10 seconds.

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 Parallax
 Fulcrum Shift
- Magic Damage increased from 8% max mana + 0/60/80/80/100 to 10% max mana + 0/65/85/85/105.

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 Rhapsody

 Protective Melody
- Mana cost increased from 150/200/250 to 200/250/300.

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 Shadowblade
 Essence Shift
- Now grants Shadowblade 30/40/50% of the target's main attribute (up from 20/30/40%).

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 Soul Reaper

 Judgement
- Damage increased from 70/140/210/280 to 75/150/225/300.

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 Torturer

 Chain Reaction
- Radius increased from 150/175/200/225 to 225 at all levels.

 Agonizing Bonds
- Cast Range increased from 650 to 700.
- Cooldown decreased from 6 seconds to 5 seconds.

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 Tremble
 Hive Mind
- Now gets put on a 5-second cooldown if Boris receives damage, deals damage, attacks, is attacked, casts a spell, or dies.

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 Wildsoul
 Bear Form
- Wildsoul and Booboo no longer share damage while Wildsoul is in Bear Form.

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 Wretched Hag
 Haunt
- Initial Magic Damage increased from 50/70/70/100 to 50/75/100/125.
- Cooldown reduced from 20/17/14/11 seconds to 16/13/10/7 seconds.
- Range increased from 400 to 425/450/475/500.

 Flash of Darkness
- Range increased from 775/900/1025/1150 to 1250 at all levels.
- Cooldown increased from 12/10/8/6 seconds to 16/13/10/7 seconds.

 Bat Blast
-  Staff of the Master also reduces the cooldown from 120/100/80 seconds to 60 seconds.

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= Items =

 Energizer
- Bonus Movement Speed now tapers from 75 -> 25 (instead of 75 -> 0).

 Nullfire Blade
- Mana Burn per autoattack increased from 24 to 26.

 Thunderclaw
- Magic Damage from the proc increased from 100 to 120.

 Voltstone
- Cost reduced from 700 gold to 600 gold.

 Savage Mace
- Cooldown for proccing the True Strike effect removed (previously 6.5 seconds).

 Spiked Bola
- Disarmed state on enemy units can no longer be dispelled.

 Spyglass
- Now passively gives True Strike to the wielder.
- Radius to sight and reveal buildings increased from 900 to 1500.

= General =

Kongor
- Now spawns an effect upon death that displays when Kongor will respawn. Effect is visible through fog to both teams.


== Community ==


= Ranked MMR Ladder =

+ The MMR Ladder leaderboard will end on May 3rd and rewards will be given out by May 6th.
- The reward will be the Champion of Newerth name color.

= HoN Tour Season 4 =

+ The fourth edition of the official competitive circuit for Heroes of Newerth has finished! With the regular season over, look forward to some off-season content before the epic conclusion at HoN Tour Season 4 World Finals. Head over to www.hontour.com for more information.

= Last Call for Paragons =

+ With the HTS4 regular season wrapped up, the Paragon avatars are ready to hit the vaults. Before they go, you'll have one last chance to pick them up and earn all the awesome perks that come with the set.
- From April 19th to May 3rd the Paragon Avatars will be on sale in-store at a discounted price.
- All of the Paragon Upgrades will be available for purchase individually and in bundles. Check the bundle section of Merrick's store to find these.
- The Paragon Chest will be leaving Plinko on May 3rd and the Bronze chest will return in its place.
- All Paragon Avatars and Upgrades will no longer be on sale past May 3rd so make sure to snag these awesome avatars while you can.


== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Single Draft
- Balanced Random

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Rift Wars
- Shuffle Pick

== New Content ==

= HoN Codex: The Ascension =

The Ascension has arrived! The benevolent alien entities known as Epicenters have followed Parallax and the Artificers across the galaxies, trying to stop their path of destruction. Newerth is the only planet with soldiers strong enough to offer resistance to the planet-ripping Fulcrums and their insidious dark matter, and the Epicenters have finally caught up to the Artificers. Now that they have, they will augment the warriors of Newerth with the power of light and creation to defeat Parallax and his nefarious kin once and for all.


New Special Edition Ascension Parallax Avatar: Ascension Parallax
- While the extraterrestrial force of light and creation carried within the Epicenters is incredibly powerful, the dark matter wielded by Parallax is equally strong and will not be defeated without a fight. Both forces realize Parallax may be the key to saving or destroying Newerth, and the Epicenters will strive to carry him into the light and creation of the Ascension while the Fulcrum is determined to drag him deeper into the darkness of the Artificers. Which force will prevail: good or evil? The choice is yours, warriors of Newerth! If you play Parallax on the Legion side, he will be filled with the light and creative energy of the Ascension; play him on the Hellbourne side, and he will revel in the power of the Artificers and the dark matter they wish to spread across all of existence.

New Ascension Avatars:

- Ascension Armadon


- Ascension Magmus


- Ascension Parasite


- Ascension Pharaoh

New Ascension Creeps
+ Even the lane creeps have Ascended! During the Ascension, you can purchase Creep Skins to augment Legion creeps with the benevolent energy of the Epicenters and enhance Hellbourne creeps with the nefarious power of the Artificers!


- Level 1 Ascension Creep Skin
* Augment your melee creeps with the Level 1 Ascension Creep Skin!


- Level 2 Ascension Creep Skin
* Augment your melee and ranged creeps with the Level 2 Ascension Creep Skin!

- Level 3 Ascension Creep Skin
* Augment your melee, ranged and siege creeps with the Level 3 Ascension Creep Skin!

New Ascension Couriers
Drone Courier
- Engage the Ascension Drone courier for autonomous item delivery!

Gizmo Courier
- The Ascension Gizmo courier is here to bring light, creation, and your swag!

Hyperdrive Courier
- Get your items hyper-fast with the Ascension Hyperdrive courier!

New Ascension Wards


Lookout Ward
- The Ascension Lookout will warn you of any danger!


Sentry Ward
- The Ascension Sentry is on high alert for enemies!



New Ascension Announcer
- Bring your game to new heights with the Ascension announcer!


New Ascension Taunts


Orbital Strike Taunt
- Honor the fallen with the enlightening Ascension orbital strike!


Ascension Boogie Taunt
- Celebrate the Ascension (and your combat skills) with these funky goblins!


 
New Ascension Account Icons & Chat Symbol
+ Check the details below to see how you can earn or win these exclusive Ascension products!
- Ascension Chat Symbol: Available at Codex Level 1
- HoN Tour 2016 Merrick Account Icon: Available at Codex Level 7
- HoN Tour 2016 Epicenter Account Icon: Randomly drops in the Codex 200-Glimmer Treasure Chest
- HoN Tour 2016 Doctor Repulsor Account Icon: Randomly drops in the Codex 1000-Glimmer Treasure Chest

= Zodiac =

New Zodiac Slither Avatar: Red Scorpio Slither
- If you were deceived by the outwardly calm appearance of Scorpio, fear not -- her new poisonous, blood-red armor ensures all will instantly appreciate the strength and passion of her ambition. Underneath her detached air she is by far the most extreme and intense member of the Zodiac, and even though her focus is to return Newerth to a state of balance, her tendencies to embrace revenge and manipulation might extend the process a bit.

= General =

New Balphagore Avatar: Seasick Balphagore
- There are many terrifying creatures in the Hollow Sea, each with its own myths and legends, and Seasick Balphagore has heard of none of them. As an avid fisherman whose appetite for seafood delights could never be satisfied, he ignored every warning and danger sign during a vicious storm and was pulled into the icy blackness never to return. But even the crushing depths could not contain his hunger, so he regurgitated the foul water and murk holding him down, plodded onto shore with a putrid crew of undead aquatic vertebrates in tow, and went in search of bigger fish to fry.


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= General =

Runes
- Sol's Bulwark and Daemonic Breastplate enemy auras will no longer apply to runes.

= Heroes =

 Amun-Ra
- Risen Ra will now properly shout "I will burn forever!" when he revives from Pyroclasmic Rebirth.

 Artillery
- Mortar Shot's visuals now accurately match its actual radius.

 Berzerker
- Staff of the Master visuals changed from red to light blue for Erik the Red to match the color theme of the avatar.

 Bombardier
- Bombardment and Boom Dust now function properly in Blitz Mode and have their correct cooldown values.

 Devourer
- Guttling Hook's trail now displays properly from fog if it enters the enemy team's vision.

 Draconis
- If Draconic Defense or Cataclysm is active and the building/Volcano Draconis is defending is still alive, then Draconis will be properly unstuck from the building/Volcano he was defending.

 Maliken
- Humility Maliken now has proper textures when the hero is level 4, 5, 6 and 7.

 Prisoner
- Rune Breaker Prisoner now has a proper autoattack impact sound.

Shellshock
- Now properly excluded from Tournament Rules.
- Rolling Thunder's cast range indicator now displays the radius of the skill.
- Luminous Tether's visual effects adjusted to accurately match its actual area of effect.
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== Design ==

= Hero Mastery System =
+ The Hero Mastery System: Phase One has been added to Heroes of Newerth.
- Players will now earn hero-specific experience for completing both ranked and unranked matchmaking games of Forests of Caldavar, Mid Wars, Capture the Flag, Grimm's Crossing, and The Grimm Hunt.
- Phase One will allow heroes to be taken to level 3, and includes 25 levels of universal mastery rewards (the culmination of the levels of all of your heroes).
- Experience will be awarded based on the length of a match, with a bonus for the winning team.
- Mastery Boost is available for purchase upon the completion of a match, doubling the match experience.
- Disount Voucher restrictions:
* Only usable for open sale avatars. Include Gold, EA, HE and other set avatars if on sale at the time.
* Discount rate is 30% Gold & Silver.
* Products released in the previous 4 patches are not eligible for discount.

= Hero Balance =

 Amun-Ra

 Path of Destruction
- Max Health cost increased from 15% to 20%.
- Now deals 75% damage to non-hero units.
 Ignite
- Max Health cost increased from 12% to 15%.
- Now deals 75% damage to non-hero units.

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 Deadlift

 Death Grip
- Projectile Speed decreased from 600 to 500.
 The Dead Shall Rise
- Revived pets receive-damage multiplier increased from 200% to 350/300/250/200%.

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 Draconis

 Draconic Defense
- Bonus Attack Range decreased from 1200 to 1000 while the skill is active.
 Fiery Barrage
- Physical Damage per 4 seconds rescaled from 10/15/20/25 + 10/15/20/25% of Draconis' Attack Damage to 4/8/12/16 + 25% of Draconis' Attack Damage.
- Damage multiplier against heroes decreased from 1.3/1.6/1.9/2.2x Damage to 0.5/0.8/1.1/1.4x Damage.
- Max charges increased from 7 to 8.
 Cataclysm
- Initial damage reduction decreased from 88% to 70%.
- Bonus Attack Range decreased from 1200 to 1000 while the skill is active.
- Max damage taken per damage instance increased from 1/6th to 1/5th of the Volcano's maximum Health.

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 Monarch

 Crippling Pollen
- Mana cost rescaled from 85/100/115/130 to 100/110/120/130.
- Duration decreased from 1.4/2.1/2.8/3.5 seconds to 1.3/1.7/2.1/2.5 seconds.
- Magic Damage per second increased from 50 to 70.
* Overall Magic Damage output changed from 70/105/140/175 to 91/119/147/175.

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 Skrap

 Scavenge
- Heal value per Morsel to non-Vorax ally units changed from 5/10/15/20 to 10 at all levels.


= Item Balance =

 Merricks Bounty
- Cost reduced from 225 gold to 200 gold.
- Gold mechanics changed:
* If a real ally hero is within 4000 radius of Merrick's Bounty, you gain a charge every 10 seconds.
* If no real ally heroes are within 4000 radius, the timer for gaining charges becomes paused.

= General =

- Added a "Disable Auto Aggro" option.
* If enabled, the issued hero will Hold Position after all commands are completed, and will not automatically aggro onto nearby enemy units.
* This option is disabled by default.

Courier
- "Use Courier" cooldown reduced from 1.5 seconds to 0.5 seconds.



== Community ==

= The War Effort and Ranked MMR Ladder =

+ Cycle 14 finished on March 22nd and rewards will be distributed by March 25th.
- There will be a break in the War Effort starting on March 22nd.

= HoN Tour Season 4 =

+ The fourth edition of the official competitive circuit for Heroes of Newerth has finished! With the regular season over, look forward to some off-season content before the epic conclusion at HoN Tour Season 4 World Finals. Head over to www.hontour.com for more information.

= Dragon Wars =

+ Dragon Wars is a global HoN community event challenging the entire community to achieve goals and handsomely rewarding them when they are completed. Find out more about Dragon Wars here: www.heroesofnewerth.com/dragonwars/en
- Dragon Wars lasts until April 5th.

= Luck of the Clover =

+ St. Patrick's Day is here and Newerth is throwing a celebration!
- Check the forums or HoN social media to get the scoop on all of the events going on during the Luck of the Clover Promotion.
- Promotions will last until March 25th.

= Scoutzo's Birthday Bash =

+ With Easter and April Fool's just around the corner, Scoutzo is excited to celebrate his 3rd birthday!
- Check the forums or HoN social media to find out everything happening during Scoutzo's Birthday Bash.

== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Single Draft
- Balanced Random

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Grimm's Crossing
- Blitz Mode

== New Content ==

= April Fool's Day =


New April Fool's Day Holiday Edition Tarot Avatar: Harlequin
- Assemble all ye Royal Warriors of Newerth, for the holiday entertainment is about to begin courtesy of Harlequin Tarot! This mischievous jester is the first avatar to showcase the "Uninstall" upgrade -- if you are using Harlequin in a game and earn an Annihilation, this new feature will uninstall Heroes of Newerth from the computers of everyone on the opposing team. The Uninstall upgrade is a complete farce and does not exist. See, Harlequin got us already. Curse ye, jester!


= Easter =

New Easter Holiday Edition Devourer Avatar: Easter Egg Devourer
- Let the Easter egg hunt begin! Oh, you thought this was going to be a fun, festive event of searching for beautifully painted eggs and delicious candy? Wrong! This disgusting Easter egg is the hunter, not the hunted, so scatter into the forest and dive beneath the bushes, little children, because the Easter feast is about to begin, and you are the main course!



New Easter Holiday Edition Pebbles Avatar: Easter Island Pebbles
- Centuries ago, when Death's Cradle was known by a much more benign name, the peaceful inhabitants of one of the many islands would carve a statue when one of their tribe passed into the next world. The deceased's epic and joyous life story would be meticulously inscribed and painted on the stone for all to appreciate. Well, the Hellflower poachers don't have any time for that nonsense. They found the massive stone statues along the coast of the overgrown island unsettling at first, but quickly forgot about them and began hacking through the undergrowth and churning the fertile soil in search of those lethal, elusive blossoms. Even the human remains they unearthed only slowed them long enough to toss the brittle bones aside, and in their haste they were oblivious when the statues began to move. The desecration was unacceptable to these honored dead, and the poachers were the first of many to get launched from the island straight into the next world for further punishment.


New Easter Ward
- Peep all the hidden eggs (and gankers) with the Easter ward!


= General =

New Bombardier Avatar: Oderr the Fiery Viking
- Oderr isn't the mightiest Viking to ever walk the mortal plane, so he has to make up for any physical shortcomings with ingenuity and a generous application of his personal incendiary concoction of grain alcohol, pine resin, sulphur, and crude oil. Entire shield walls flee in terror and longships become instant funeral pyres when Oderr lobs his firebombs into their midst, and when the battlefield is just a smoldering testament to his warfare prowess, his flammable brew doubles as a tolerable victory beverage.


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= General =

Fortification of Sol & Demonic Fortification
- Can now be properly used while channeling  Homecoming Stone /  Post Haste with the Safe Teleport option enabled.
- Will no longer interrupt your previous orders.

= Heroes =

 Artesia
- Essence Projection's cooldown is no longer refreshed if the subskill to move it is used on the same frame that it expires.

 Dampeer
- Bloodthirsty Dampeer's Terrorize cast effects now only play after Terrorize reaches its cast action time.

 Gunblade
- Grappling Shot's armor debuff now properly affects units with Push Immunity.
- Grappling Shot now properly drags Gunblade towards units with Push Immunity.

 Silhouette
- Master Assassin Silhouette's attack projectile now has the correct model and size.

 Tarot
- Rift Hunter Tarot now shows the Tarot Card visuals if you own the proper Tarot Cards.
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== Design ==

= Heroes =

Gravekeeper

Defiling Touch's second mode changed from "Off" to "Heroes".
* If Defiling Touch's current mode is set to "Heroes", Defiling Touch will launch a corpse only when attacking an enemy hero.

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Soulstealer

Soul Burst
- Starting radius increased from 50 to 200.
- Affector lifetime decreased from 1000ms to 950ms.
- Soul Burst's affector shape changed from an expanding circle to an expanding ring.
* This allows enemy heroes to not be affected by Soul Burst if they enter its "dead zone" while Soul Burst's hitboxes are still active (i.e. enemy heroes can blink on top of Soulstealer ~0.7 seconds after Soul Burst is cast and not be affected by the skill).

= Items =

Post Haste
- No longer goes on cooldown while its owner is dead.

Striders
- No longer goes on cooldown while its owner is dead.


== Community ==

= Ranked MMR Ladder =
+ The MMR Ladder leaderboard will end on May 31st and rewards will be given out by June 3rd.
- The reward will be the Champion of Newerth name color.

= Plinko =
+ The Bronze Chest will replace the Paragon Chest in Plinko.
- The Bronze Chest will contain all basic avatars valued between 99 GC and 351 GC.

== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Single Draft
- Balanced Random

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Capture The Flag
- Blind Ban


== New Content ==

= HoN Codex: The Ascension =

The Ascension has arrived! The benevolent alien entities known as Epicenters have followed Parallax and the Artificers across the galaxies, trying to stop their path of destruction. Newerth is the only planet with soldiers strong enough to offer resistance to the planet-ripping Fulcrums and their insidious dark matter, and the Epicenters have finally caught up to the Artificers. Now that they have, they will augment the warriors of Newerth with the power of light and creation to defeat Parallax and his nefarious kin once and for all.

New Ascension Avatars:
- Ascension Dr. Repulsor


- Ascension Fayde

= Ophelia's Apex Horde =

New Ophelias Apexes Set Effect
+ If you own the entire Apex avatar set, each avatar gains a ring of human bones tied together with wild vines!
- The set includes:
* Apex Myrmidon (Ultimate Avatar)
* Apex Blood Hunter
* Apex Bubbles
* Apex Predator
* Apex Thunderbringer
* Apex Tundra


New Avatar: Apex Bubbles
- The Inner Sea Testudos have protected the precious water source against invasion for millennia, and when Ophelia asked them to join her in the fight against Man, their alpha warrior stepped forward. His unorthodox tactics and primal magic quickly moved him into her inner circle of Apexes, where he vows to remain until all of Ophelias enemies are buried. No matter what or who they are.


New Predator Avatar: Apex Predator
- The Predators could barely be contained in the early days of the war against the Legion, often causing as many casualties among their own as they did the enemy. The Beast Horde was on the brink of turning on their vicious kin and driving them into extinction when the Apex Predator took control of the entire pack and instilled a seething restraint no one would call it discipline or control that turned the Predators into a truly terrible weapon for Ophelia. When Apex offered his pack the scent of their new enemy the Predators changed from hunting humans to daemons without missing a step. That said, they still enjoy making humans nervous. Its instinct.

New Avatar: Apex Tundra
- Apex Tundra was the alpha ape shaman of his domain before Maliken Grimm crossed the Iron Mountains into the Frost Fields, and when the war with man could no longer be avoided he carried his bone-shattering cold magic to the southern lands. His devotion to Ophelia only increased when the Second Corruption tore Newerth apart, and he will follow his queen into every corner of hell to bring peace back to her realms.


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= General =

- Sound playback and recording devices will now auto-detect & auto-refresh properly without requiring the user to exit the HoN Client.
- Fixed a crash when switching sound playback drivers.
- Fixed an incredibly rare exploit where players on the opposite team can unpause the game earlier than intended.
- Kongor now has a spawn effect.
- The shoutcaster's voice volume is now also controlled by the "Voice Chat Volume" setting in Options.

Forests of Caldavar
- The Wild Hunter camps now properly consists of 1 Wild Hunter and 1 Stealth Hunter (instead of 2 Wild Hunters) for the HoNiversary version of the map.
- Neutral camps now properly have their spawn-check zones visually indicated with grass on the HoNiversary version of the map.


= Heroes =

Arachna
- Spiderling model is now visible again.
- Spiderling's attack impact sounds now play properly again.

Balphagore
- Hell on Newerth's visuals now play at a faster speed to match the actual expansion speed of its affector.
- Hell on Newerth's affector shape changed from an expanding ring to an expanding circle.
* The affector's lifetime is a short 700ms, so an expanding circle is more appropriate than an expanding ring.

Draconis
- No longer gets shifted by Shellshock's Rolling Thunder's knockback if either Draconic Defense or Cataclysm are active.

Defiler
- Unholy Expulsion's radius tooltip value was updated to the correct value (850).

Drunken Master
- Impact interval for the consumption of Drink charges changed from 700/420/300/233ms to 525/350/262/210ms.
* This allows Drunken Master to fully consume his Drink charges from its max charge count, rather than leaving it at 1 charge after a full channel duration.

Parallax
- Ascension Parallax's Ionic Dash is no longer activatable if the hero has its Fulcrum bound to it & is on the Hellbourne team.

Shellshock
- Ol' Packsnail is no longer labelled as a Debut Edition avatar.

Tundra
- Piercing Shards now functions properly with Restoration Stone and in Duplicate Heroes mode.
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== Design ==

= New Hero =

New Legion Strength Hero: Shellshock: Guardian of the Sanctuary Stone
+ Shellshock is a mobile support hero who thrives on initiating small skirmishes with his teammates. He is able to bring allies with him into battle using Rolling Thunder and makes escaping difficult for his enemies.
+ The young, naive Shellshock is the lone Quantula Guardian of the Sanctuary Stone, a relic of immense power that creates a perfect equilibrium of life and death, darkness and light. Forced to flee his sheltered homeland of The Luminary in order to protect the Sanctuary Stone, Shellshock is constantly bewildered by the bizarre, violent actions of man, beast, and daemon. Even more astonishing, however, is the ongoing discovery of his own tremendous power.

Shellshock Abilities


Fireflies
- Shellshock never travels alone, and can exhume these bioluminescent stowaways from the Luminary to light his path.
- Target a location to spawn a line of fireflies that lasts for 8 seconds. Each firefly provides vision in a small area around itself.
- Enemy units hit by the initial blast are dealt 60/90/120/150 Magic Damage. Enemy heroes who touch fireflies will be sighted.
* Range: 1600
* Radius: 250
* Manacost: 40
* Cooldown: 11/10/9/8 seconds


Rolling Thunder
- Curling into his shell, Shellshock rolls directly toward his enemy, picking up allies on the way.
- Target an enemy unit to roll toward them. Shellshock can pick up 1/2/3/4 ally heroes and 4/6/8/10 small allied units on the way, including Fireflies.
- Upon collision with an enemy hero, applies a 1/1.25/1.5/1.75 second Stun and 80/120/160/200 Magic Damage in a small area. Deals an extra 30 Magic Damage for each ally hero and 10 Magic Damage for each small ally unit picked up.
* Range: 1200
* Impact Radius: 300
* Manacost: 120
* Cooldown: 16 seconds


Sanctuary Stone
- The sacred stone from the Luminary imbues Shellshock with both the protective and destructive forces of Newerth.
- Passively grants 2/3/4/5 Magic Armor to yourself and nearby allies, and applies -2/-3/-4/-5 Magic Armor to nearby enemies.
- On death, drops a Sanctuary Stone which can be picked up, granting the owner the current power of this ability for 30 seconds.
* Aura Radius: 600


Luminous Tether
- Shellshock's shell generates a viscous fluid that can contain his enemies in a single location. Should they stretch this fluid too far, it will snap, damaging them and any units around them.
- Activate to deal 120/180/240 Magic Damage to nearby enemy units and cover them in luminescent slime.Luminous Tether will slowly pull enemies back to their starting position.
- If an enemy pulls the tether too far, it will snap, dealing 120/180/240 Magic Damage to them and applying a tapering 80% Movement Speed Slow. Deals 60/90/120 Magic Damage to enemies by the affected target.
* Radius: 400
* Manacost: 100150/200
* Cooldown: 100/90/80 seconds


New Debut Edition Shellshock Avatar: Crochetshock
- This soft and snuggly snail was made for young Prince Jeraziah by the monks of the Shao Temple to console the homesick lad, and now the incredible power of the Sanctuary Stone has infused it with a life force brimming with love and compassion for her Prince and his Legion. She is more than happy to share a hug, but if anyone tries to harm her friends they will quickly find out her stuffed, enchanted shell can bring a sharp and thunderous punishment.


New Shellshock Avatar: Ol' Packsnail
- The Ol' Packsnail has been wandering Newerth for centuries, gathering damaged trinkets, seedlings, and critters to take back to his home in The Luminary so they can benefit from the power of the Sanctuary Stone. As he travels he spreads his salvaged collectibles across the map wherever they are needed to restore the ecosystem's natural balance, and though some may lament his seemingly lackadaisical pace, the Ol' Packsnail knows whenever he arrives, it's just in time.

= Hero Balance =

 Behemoth
 Enrage
- Bonus damage decreased from 100/175/250/325% to 75/150/225/300%.
 Shockwave
- Superior Magic Damage from the main shock wave decreased from 200/275/350 to 100/130/160.
- Magic Damage from the extra shock waves increased from 25/35/45 to 35/45/55.
- Extra shock waves spawned from heroes deal 50/65/80 Magic Damage instead.
* These shock waves deal the 50/65/80 Magic Damage to the hero it spawns from, and to all valid enemy units around it.

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 Gunblade
 Grappling Shot
- Cast range decreased from 600/650/700 to 500/575/650.
- Cooldown increased from 70/50/30 seconds to 80/60/40 seconds.

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 Jeraziah
 Protective Charm
- Duration rescaled from 5/8/11/14 seconds to 6/8/10/12 seconds.

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 King Klout
 Conscription
- Disable duration decreased from 3 seconds to 1.5/2/2.5/3 seconds.
- Magic Armor reduction per charge increased from 0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8 to 0.4/0.6/0.8/1.

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 Salomon

 Wish for Wealth
- Gold per enemy unit killed changed from 3/4/5/6 + 1/2/3/4 * Charges to 4/7/10/13 + Charges.
- Max gold per enemy unit killed decreased from 30 to 10/15/20/25.
- Timer per individually timed charge increased from 30 seconds to 40 seconds.
 Flaming Cleave (ultimate form's Ability 1)
- Cooldown increased from 3 to 5 seconds.
- Damage type changed from Physical to Magic.
 Golden Sword (ultimate form's Ability 3)
- Now grants 60/120/180 bonus gold for killing enemy heroes.


== Community ==

= Ranked MMR Ladder =

+ MMR Ladder rewards will be given out by April 8th.
- The reward will be the Champion of Newerth name color.

= HoN Tour Season 4 =

+ The fourth edition of the official competitive circuit for Heroes of Newerth has finished! With the regular season over, look forward to some off-season content before the epic conclusion at HoN Tour Season 4 World Finals. Head over to www.hontour.com for more information.

= Dragon Wars =

+ Dragon Wars is a global HoN community event challenging the entire community to achieve goals and handsomely rewarding them when they are completed. Find out more about Dragon Wars here: www.heroesofnewerth.com/dragonwars/en
- Dragon Wars lasts until April 19th.

= Riptide's Waterfest =

+ Join HoN in celebrating this year's Songkran Festival!
- Stay tuned on the forums and social media to find out all the details of the event!

= Community Event Team =

+ Here to bring you HoN-related events with huge prizes!
+ The following heroes were in dire need of flavor tooltips. Below you can find a list of winners. Those who have won have earned 750 SC per ability and an avatar of their choice for the hero they submitted for.
+ Want to earn prizes as well? Visit us at http://tinyurl.com/honcet


 Gravekeeper
Corpse Toss: Take this back. [Spastard]
Corpse Explosion: Talk about going out with a BANG! [Faust14]
Defiling Touch: This is my ghoulfriend! [LordMonokuma]
Zombie Apocalypse: Now you're in grave danger! [PhoenixHawk]

 Draconis
Dragonflame: I wish I could keep them medium-rare. [PhoenixHawk]
Draconic Defense: Beacons were lit. Newerth calls for aid! [Tartalacame]
Fiery Barrage: I can set fire to the rain! [CraZ_Killa]
Cataclysm: It will int-erupt the team fight! [NippleRaider]

 Gemini
Twin Breath: You're going to get Frostburned! [Repugnance]
Twin Fangs: Make like bananas and split. [CriticalW]
Elemental Force: Why put boots on a puppy? [LOLsmiles]
Fire & Ice: I've got split personalities. [Repugnance]

 Berzerker
Chain Spike: How's the Chain Reaction? [CriticalW]
Strength Sap: Vindi had brain drain, I have muscle drain. [Kel_Ebek]
Mark for Death: You and I have unfinished business. [Jrk]
Carnage: This is SPARTA! [CriticalW]

 Geomancer
Dig: Keep digging... we gotta find the joke. [Tartalacame]
Quicksand: I still wonder how this works on water. [LOLsmiles]
Earth's Grasp: May the crystal be with you. [NippleRaider]
Crystal Field: This is going to be a BLAST! Eventually... [LordMonokuma]

 Artillery
LRM: Shoot first, aim later! [PhoenixHawk]
Mortar Shot: Fireworks went wrong. [CuysauruS]
Special Ammunition: The secret to slowing you down? Lots of glue. [LOLsmiles]
Homing Missile: I think this one likes you! [Kel_Ebek]


== Matchmaking Maps & Modes ==

Forests of Caldavar
- All Pick
- Single Draft
- Balanced Random

Mid Wars
- Blind Ban
- All Random

Devo Wars
- Devo Pick


== New Content ==

= Songkran =

New Songkran Set Effect
- If you own Songkran Blitz, Songkran Disciple, Songkran Athena, Songkran Archer, and Songkran Hestia, each avatar will gain a festive pool of cleansing water and beautiful flowers beneath their feet!


New Songkran Holiday Edition Blitz Avatar: Songkran Blitz
- Songkran Blitz is ready to celebrate the new year by bringing the water festival to everyone in Newerth and we mean everyone! She's a blur of pure joy and merit-making as she dashes from town to town, cleansing away the bad luck and spreading blessings for a great year. Please join in the celebration and help her fling the pure waters and spirit of renewal across the map! Happy Songkran Newerth!


New Songkran Holiday Edition Corrupted Disciple Avatar: Songkran Disciple
- Songkran Disciple is out to show all of the other Disciples out there (particularly those obsessed with corruption and evil) that now is the perfect time to renew themselves with the cleansing waters of this joyous holiday! Join him in bringing in the purifying tide to wash away the sins and bad luck of the past with water balloons and soaking splashes! Even the most devoted Corrupted Disciples will have a good time!


New Songkran Holiday Edition Demented Shaman Avatar: Songkran Athena
- Even though Athena is a goddess, the constant application of wisdom, courage, and war strategy amidst all these dense mortals can be exhausting. It's time for a vacation! For centuries, she has heard about the joyous celebration of Songkran, and the idea of cleansing away the bad luck and burdens of the previous year sounds like exactly what she needs before diving back into her work of fighting for justice across Newerth. Everyone at the festival had better be prepared, because the goddess of war is on her way with a vast arsenal of water and the ability to summon an entire storm!


New Songkran Holiday Edition Forsaken Archer Avatar: Songkran Archer
- In a land that has been forsaken for far too long, Songkran Archer is thrilled and honored to zip around the map on her personal watercraft through the cleansing waters of the Songkran Festival, spreading celebration of the new year. She carries with her a sincere respect for every elder she encounters (especially those who are waaaay elder, like Athena and Hestia) and a high-powered squirtgun that is powerful enough to blast even the most stubborn bad luck back into last year.


New Songkran Holiday Edition Gravekeeper Avatar: Songkran Hestia
- While Hestia is traditionally the recipient of the first offerings during celebrations, when she joins the Songkran Festival she is honored to prepare food for the elders and pour water over their hands to show respect. She also helps people clean their houses, for an orderly home and hearth is an excellent way to enter the new year. When that is done and the festival moves into the streets, however, she is more than happy to douse her fellow celebrants with copious amounts of water to help them wash themselves of their sins and bad luck!

= Zodiac =

New Zodiac Night Hound Avatar: Ferocious Leo
- Hercules was rightfully wary when Leo the Nemean Lion descended from the heavens with a supposed desire to help the Legion, but after countless battles in which the ferocious beast decimated Hellbourne daemons and helped turn the tide against the forces of corruption, Hercules was more than convinced. He commissioned the elite City of Iron blacksmiths to forge a set of weapons and armor worthy of Leo's bravery and commitment, then presented the new kit himself, honoring his new comrade as a true hero and friend.


== Bug Fixes & Optimizations ==

= General =

+ The "Disable Auto Aggro" now functions properly in non-Practice Mode games.
+ The "Limit Map Pings" option will now function properly if disabled.
* The delay between the max number of pings has been reduced from 2 seconds to 0.35 seconds when the "Limit Map Pings" option is disabled.
+ Long names no longer get truncated in the Match Stats window.

Store
- Users will now be able to properly purchase an avatar after a discount by a Hero Mastery Coupon if they have enough coins for the discounted price.

Fluffylumps
- Apocalyptic Breath's fireball now flies more towards the center of the map (instead of being fired more towards the Hellbourne side).
- Reduced scaling from 10 Damage and 500 Health per minute to 6 Damage and 300 Health per minute.
- Being attacked no longer stops the treasure chest channel.
- Heroes will no longer attack nearby enemies during the treasure chest channel.
- Mimics and heropets will no longer be able to obtain gold by right-clicking on the treasure chest.

= Heroes =

 Bubbles
- Steam Mage Bubbles' Shell Surf is no longer disabled when immobilized.

 Defiler
- Unholy Expatriation's (Unholy Expulsion, boosted by Staff of the Master) secondary activation is no longer usable if Defiler is Stunned or Silenced.

 Keeper of the Forest
- Nature's Sentinel will no longer be counted as a valid target for the unit count checks of certain neutral creep skills (e.g. Minotaur's Body Slam).
- Nature's Sentinel can no longer attack boss units (e.g. Kongor).

 King Klout
- Clarified the Conscription tooltip to state that King Klout cannot build Conscription charges on a target that has been Transformed within the last 5 seconds.
* Previously stated that King Klout cannot build Conscription charges on any target that has been Transformed within the last 5 seconds.

 Moraxus
- Now visually holds a shield regardless of Arcane Shield's level.
- Now shows the level 1 visuals of More Axes on his model if More Axes is not leveled.

 Parallax
- The Fulcrum no longer persists if Parallax is terminated from the game.

 Salomon
- Cosmic Cleave no longer has a linger time (previously had a linger time of 2 seconds).
- Flaming Cleave no longer has a linger time (previously had a linger time of 2 seconds).

 Dark Lady
- Cover of Darkness no longer overrides the morph visuals of Kuldra's Sheepstick, Pollywog Priest's Morph, and Witch Slayer's Miniaturization.

 War Beast
- Skullcrusher War Beast now properly starts with blue skill icons. When Metamorphosis is skilled up, the skill icons become red.

 Witch Slayer
- Heavenly Blast (Silver Bullet, boosted by Staff of the Master): cooldown and mana cost values properly adjusted to not change at level 3 of the skill.
* Previously, Heavenly Blast had 5 seconds less cooldown and 25 less mana cost compared to Silver Bullet when the skill was level 3.
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