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HotS: D.Va Overview and Bug Fixes

D.Va will soon be arriving to the Nexus. Here’s a quick rundown of the newest champion in the Nexus.

The newest character to be added to the Nexus is in the PTR with is no release date.  Hana Song, also known as D.Va, is both a world champion professional gamer and global icon. As a member of South Korea’s elite MEKA unit and the newest hero to arrive at the nexus in Heroes of the Storm. Here are D.Va’s abilities and their effects before she officially releases. Her mechanics as a whole revolve around two modes: her Mech and Pilot Mode.

Traits

D.Va Hots
Mech Mode
  • Mech Mode
    • When D.Va’s Mech is destroyed, she is ejected after 0.75 seconds and can continue to fight in Pilot Mode. Destroying D.Va’s Mech only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP.
  • Pilot Mode
    • Each Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Call Mech by 0.5 seconds. As a Pilot, D.Va only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP upon death.

Basic Abilities

D.Va Hots
Boosters
  • Boosters (Q)
    • Increases D.Va’s Movement Speed by 125% for 2 seconds. Enemies hit take damage and are knocked away.
    • D.Va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active.
    • If D.Va takes nor deals no damage during Boosters, lower the cooldown by 5 seconds.
D.Va Hots
Defense Matrix
  • Defense Matrix (W)
    • Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 seconds, reducing damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn.
    • Damage dealt to the Mech by enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge.
D.Va Hots
Self Destruct
  • Self-Destruct (E)
    • Requires Mech Mode.
    • Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 seconds. Deals medium to massive damage in a large area, depending on distance from the center of the blast. Deals 50% damage against Structures.
    • Gain 1% Charge for every 2 seconds spent using Basic Attacks, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost.
  • Call Mech (E)
    • Requires Pilot Mode.
    • Call a new Mech and enter Mech Mode. 45 second cooldown. While in Pilot Mode, each Basic Attack lowers this cooldown by 0.5 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

D.Va Hots
Bunny Hop
  • Bunny Hop (R)
    • Requires Mech Mode.
    • D.Va’s Mech becomes Unstoppable and stomps every 0.5 seconds, dealing damage and Slowing enemies by 40%. Lasts 4 seconds.
D.Va Hots
Big Shot
  • Big Shot (R)
    • Requires Pilot Mode.
    • Deal damage to all enemies in a line. Call Mech’s cooldown is reduced by 8 seconds for each enemy Hero hit.

There will be other features and fixes in the new coming patch, with new skins, mounts, announcers, and changes to the user interface.

New Bundles

  • Welcome Bundle
    • Jumpstart your Collection with the Welcome Bundle, which contains a large amount of Gems, a Stimpack, a new Mount, and several Loot Chests —one of which guarantees a random Hero!
    • The Welcome Bundle can be only be purchased once, and only with real money.
      • 800 Gems
      • Welcome Loot Chest – A special Loot Chest that guarantees at least one random Hero
      • Rare Loot Chest
      • Epic Loot Chest
      • 7 Day Stimpack
      • Zebra Mount
  • D.Va Heroic Bundle
    • Contains D.Va and all three Goliath D.Va skins. Available for a limited time.

New Skins

  • D.Va
    • Goliath D.Va
    • Hazard Goliath D.Va
    • Sharkmouth Goliath D.Va
    • Major D.Va
    • Fiery D.Va
    • Pro D.Va
    • Competitive Pro D.Va
    • Elite Pro D.Va
  • Kerrigan
    • Dorm Cheerleader Kerrigan has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!

New Mounts

  • The Dorm 2017 Championship Banner has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!
  • Zebra – Available exclusively by purchasing the Welcome Bundle.

New Announcers

  • D.Va
  • Genji

New Banners

  • D.Va Banner
  • Iconic D.Va Banner
  • D.Va Warbanner
  • Iconic D.Va Warbanner

New Emojis

  • D.Va Pack 1
  • D.Va Pack 2

In-Game

  • Emojis
    • In-game chat messages are now limited to 10 Emojis per message.
    • A notification will display on-screen when attempting to enter more than 10 Emojis in a single message.
  • Score Screen
    • The “Role” column in the Stats tab on the in-game score screen has been split into “Healing/Shielding” and “Damage Taken” columns.
    • Certain Heroes, such as Tyrael, Uther, and Zarya, E.T.C. with the Prog Rock talent, or Chen with the Enough to Share talent, will display values in both columns.

Portrait

  • Player levels displayed in portraits have received visual updates, and should be easier to distinguish while using the progression portrait border.

Rejoin

  • The Rejoin screen has been updated to provide a smoother experience when reconnecting to an ongoing match.

Hearthstone

  • Using Hearthstone (Default: B) will no longer automatically snap the camera back to the allied Hall of Storms unless Camera Lock is enabled (Default: L).

Overwatch Dva

Alongside with the cosmetics and features, there will be numerous bug fixes.

     BUG FIXES

  • Ghost Tracer: Recall visual effects will now correctly display on Ghost Tracer’s model when using Recall.
  • Lúcio: Will no longer appear elevated on the Ranked screen.
  • Prime Evil Diablo: Apocalypse visual effects will no longer persist on Prime Evil Diablo’s model when casting Apocalypse immediately after Hellgate.

Heroes, Abilities, and Talents

  • Abathur: Fixed an issue in which Networked Carapace provided a lower than intended Shield amount.
  • Abathur: Secondary Shields granted by Networked Carapace will no longer benefit from Sustained Carapace.
  • Azmodan: When Demonic Invasion is cast on an area of terrain that is not pathable, the Demonic Grunts will now be placed as close as possible to the casting location, rather than failing to spawn.
  • Azmodan: Issuing a Move Command during All Shall Burn’s wind-up time will no longer cancel the Ability cast.
  • Cassia: Inner Light’s tooltip now consistently states that range is increased by 25% before and after taking the Talent.
  • Cassia: Martial Law will no longer apply bonus damage to slowed or stunned Minions and Mercenaries.
  • Cassia: Fixed an issue that could cause Valkyrie to pull its target farther than intended if Cassia was Stopped.
  • Dehaka: Basic Attacks will now correctly reduce Drag’s cooldown after learning Feeding Frenzy.
  • Gall: Can now properly cast Shove while channeling Shadow Bolt volley.
  • Gazlowe: Fixed an issue preventing Rock It! Turrets from being self-cast or placed beneath unit and Hero models.
  • Kerrigan: Bladed Momentum will no longer grant cooldown reduction for secondary targets hit by Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Storm.
  • Leoric: Fixed an issue in which Renewed Swing dealt more damage than intended.
  • Tracer: Can now correctly attack Minions who are affected by Sylvanas’ Possession.
  • Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
    • Abathur: Fixed an issue in which Networked Carapace provided a lower than intended Shield amount.
    • Abathur: Secondary Shields granted by Networked Carapace will no longer benefit from Sustained Carapace.
    • Azmodan: When Demonic Invasion is cast on an area of terrain that is not pathable, the Demonic Grunts will now be placed as close as possible to the casting location, rather than failing to spawn.
    • Azmodan: Issuing a Move Command during All Shall Burn’s wind-up time will no longer cancel the Ability cast.
    • Cassia: Inner Light’s tooltip now consistently states that range is increased by 25% before and after taking the Talent.
    • Cassia: Martial Law will no longer apply bonus damage to slowed or stunned Minions and Mercenaries.
    • Cassia: Fixed an issue that could cause Valkyrie to pull its target farther than intended if Cassia was Stopped.
    • Dehaka: Basic Attacks will now correctly reduce Drag’s cooldown after learning Feeding Frenzy.
    • Gall: Can now properly cast Shove while channeling Shadow Bolt volley.
    • Gazlowe: Fixed an issue preventing Rock It! Turrets from being self-cast or placed beneath unit and Hero models.
    • Kerrigan: Bladed Momentum will no longer grant cooldown reduction for secondary targets hit by Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Storm.
    • Leoric: Fixed an issue in which Renewed Swing dealt more damage than intended.
    • Tracer: Can now correctly attack Minions who are affected by Sylvanas’ Possession.
    • User Interface
      • Collection: The Collection screen will no longer appear cut off when screen resolution is set to 1280×1024 or 1152×864.
      • Collection: Hovering the cursor over a truncated item name in the Collection will now correctly display a tooltip that states the item’s full name.
      • Emojis: Emojis whispered between Heroes of the Storm players will now display their shortcodes when the whisper is viewed in the Blizzard Launcher’s chat window.

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