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UPDATE 4.6 Hero & Item Balance Changes

UPDATE 4.6 Hero & Item Balance Changes

  • Nightwalker59
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  • Aug 16, 2019

 

 Vainglory Update 4.6 is coming to you with a little something for everyone in changes to  heroes, items and talents. We’ve included notes with some of the changes to help you understand the logic behind the changes. Check out the balance changes coming for Update 4.6 below!

 


5V5 META


The Vain Crystal defenses were meant to discourage  backdooring the enemy base, but were so powerful that they sometimes dissuaded meaningful pushes unless the team had blackclaw or all team members present. We’re lowering the damage a bit so that it becomes a bit easier to close out games.

 

VAIN CRYSTAL

HALCYON MISSILES

  • Max Health Damage 
    • 7.5% → 4% per shot
  • Slow Strength
    • 75% → 60%

HEROES


 

We’re giving a helping hand to captain Adagio and a small boost to his carry path as well with this little change.

ADAGIO

AGENT OF WRATH (B)

  • Empowered Attacks Granted
    • 4 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 6 → 6 / 6 / 6 / 6 / 8

The last round of changes heavily nerfed Anka’s killing potential to the point where she couldn’t really assassinate her targets. We’re restoring some of the damage to her Dance of Blades so she can still strike fear into the hearts of carries.

ANKA

SHIMMER BLADES (A)

  • The ability icon after landing Shimmer Blade on a target is now green for easier visibility.

DANCE OF BLADES (B)

  • Multi-hit Damage Reduction
    • 33% → 50%
  • Crystal Power Damage Ratio
    • 50% → 45%

A small change to make Baron less energy starved at early levels and make it easier for players to go towards his CP path.

BARON

GENERAL

  • Base Energy
    • 270 → 320

PORCUPINE MORTAR

  • Energy Cost Decreased
    • 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 → 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 

BLACKFEATHER

ROSE OFFENSIVE (C)

  • Focus Cost
    • 60 / 40 / 20 → 45 / 30 / 15

Late game Catherine with cooldown items became an unkillable front line for the team. This should make her shield a little more manageable to take down while giving a different incentive to overdrive it.

CATHERINE

STORMGUARD (B)

  • Shield Duration 
    • 4s / 4s / 4s / 4s / 5s → 4s / 4s / 4s / 4s / 4s
  • Damage Reflection Amplification
    • 0% / 5% / 10% / 15% / 25% → 0% / 5% / 10% / 15% / 30%

We’re highlighting Celeste’s role as an awesome zoning mage so we’re upping the reward for landing her supernovas. 

CELESTE

HELIOGENESIS (A)

  • Nova Damage Crystal Power Ratio
    • 160% → 175%

FORTRESS

Truth of the Tooth (A)

  • Allied Speed Boost Range
    • 12.0 → 14.0

GRUMPJAW

LIVING ARMOR (PERK)

  • Damage Reduction Per Stack
    • 7% → 8%

A small quality of life change to help Idris keep up with the global movement speed changes.

IDRIS

CHAKRAM (B)

  • Projectile Speed
    • 17.0 → 19.0

Joule proved to be a bit too strong after the recent batch of changes so we’re reverting the damage buff from before. We still want her to maintain her identity as an incredibly durable fighter but we’re toning her damage back down.

JOULE

Thunder Strike (B)

  • Weapon Power Damage Ratio
    • 220% → 200%

Leo is still proving to be too strong so we went ahead and lowered the damage on Crushing Strike even further.

LEO

CRUSHING STRIKE (A)

  • Weapon Power Damage Ratio
    • 300% → 280%
  • Base Damage
    • 90 / 180 / 270 / 360 / 540 → 80 / 160 / 240 / 320 / 480

Miho’s damage against Unguarded targets made her monstrously powerful in the late game. These changes should curb that slightly while also giving her more incentive to use her Shingetsu outside of just applying stacks of Keen Eye.

MIHO

KEEN EYE (PERK)

  • Damage amplification against Unguarded targets
    • 20% → 15%

SHINGETSU (B)

  • Weapon Power Damage Ratio
    • 30% → 45%
  • Crystal Power Damage Ratio
    • 70% → 90%

TSUKUYOMI (C)

  • Cooldown Increased
    • 60 / 50 / 40 → 80 / 70 / 60

OZO

CARNIE LUCK (PERK)

  • Healing Amplification
    • 10% – 25% → 15% – 30% (Levels 1-12)

Petal has been out of the meta for a while, so we’re giving her some time in the sun. This change is geared towards making her a more utility oriented carry and making it easier to keep her munions alive at all times.

PETAL

GENERAL

  • Petal’s Munions can no longer be marked with Miho’s Keen Eye

BRAMBLEBOOM SEEDS (A)

  • Pet Health Crystal Power Ratio
    • 65% → 70%
  • Pet Defense Crystal Power Ratio
    • 5% → 10%
  • Energy Cost
    • 60 → 40 

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION (C)

  • Heal Crystal Power Ratio
    • 60% → 75%

We’re leaning into Phinn’s role as the captain you want to huddle around for safety by increasing the amount of fortified life that he provides.

PHINN

POLITE COMPANY (B)

  • Fortified Health Scaling
    • 4% → 5% of Phinn’s bonus health
    • 15% → 18% of Phinn’s bonus armor and shield

Rona is a berserker that has a hard time… well, berserking. We’re making it so that Red Mist now is unstoppable and making it so that the correct play is to run away when you see her angry.

RONA

RED MIST (C)

  • Cooldown Increased
    • 6s → 10s at all ranks 
  • Rona is now immune from movement impairing effects while spinning
  • Self Slow Increased
    • 10% → 15%
  • Fortified Life Per Second Decreased
    • 100 / 200 / 300 → 50 / 100 / 150

Tiger’s Bridge into Divine Fist combo was nearly guaranteed, making his laning phase very powerful. This should make his combo more unreliable at lower levels as well as make players choose which overdrive they want to take first.

SAN FENG

TIGER’S BRIDGE (A)

  • Stun Duration
    • 1.2s / 1.2s / 1.2s / 1.2s / 1.2s → 0.8s / 0.9s / 1.0s / 1.1s / 1.2s

SAW is receiving some small quality of life changes that should make playing him feel smoother overall.

SAW

SPIN UP (PERK)

  • Movement speed reduction per stack
    • 0.12 → 0.10

SUPPRESSING FIRE (B)

  • Ability can now be canceled by pressing the (B) button again

MAD CANNON (C)

  • Crystal Power Damage Ratio
    • 140% → 150%

SILVERNAIL

CAUSTIC BLESSING (B)

  • No longer deals reduced damage to minions

This change fixes a bug that was being abused that stopped heroes from walking towards Tony if they hit recall. 

TONY

TRASH TALK (B)

  • Bug fix – Players can no longer use recall while taunted

 


ITEMS


BOOTS

 

Boots have become an item that too frequently saves people from bad positioning, both during team fights and in the laning phase. We’re hitting the sprint active on the following boots.

 

SPRINT BOOTS

  • Sprint Speed Boost
    • 3.0 → 2.0
  • Sprint Duration
    • 3s → 2s

 

TRAVEL BOOTS

  • Sprint Speed Boost
    • 3.0 → 2.0
  • Sprint Duration
    • 3s → 2s

 

JOURNEY BOOTS

  • Sprint Speed Boost
    • 3.0 → 2.0
  • Sprint Duration
    • 3s → 2s
  • Cooldown Reset
    • 15s → 30s

 


PIERCING

 

Armor piercing has been too strong on weapon items and tension bow specifically, which makes building armor feel less rewarding. We’re decreasing the overall pierce that the weapon tree has while also making Bonesaw a much better option in longer engagements. 

 

TENSION BOW

  • Armor Pierce Decreased
    • 45% → 30%

 

BONESAW

  • Armor Pierce Decreased
    • 30% → 20%
  • Max Stacks Increased
    • 4 → 5

 


TALENTS

 


It was time to touch the talents, so we’ve made some tweaks with our brawl players in mind. These changes are mostly targeted towards buffing talents that were rarely used as well as adjusting some of the more oppressive ones. 

 

ADAGIO

HEALING VERSE (LEGENDARY)

  • Cooldown Modifier
    • 55% – 7.5% per level → 80% – 10% per level

 

ARDAN

HEAVY HITTER (EPIC)

  • Range Reduction
    • 5.0 → 2.0

 

CELESTE

YOUNG STAR (RARE)

  • Removed additional duration of stars
  • Impact Damage Modifier
    • 30% + 1% per level → 60% + 1% per level
  • Burn Damage Per Second
    • 70% + 2.5% per level → 70% + 5% per level

GALAXY COLLAPSE (LEGENDARY)

  • New Bonus Added: Stars now remain on the field for an additional 6.0 seconds.

 

FORTRESS

FLANK ATTACK (LEGENDARY)

  • Cooldown Modifier
    • 190% – 10% per level → 120% – 10% per level

 

GLAIVE

VIOLENT AFTERBURN (RARE)

  • Stun Duration on Collision
    • 0.5s → 1.0s
  • Cooldown Modifier
    • 95% – 1.5% per level → 95% – 2.0% per level

 

IDRIS

PATH OF THE SEEKER (RARE)

  • Passive Weapon Power  
    • – 45% + 1% per level → – 10% + 1% per level
  • Passive Crystal Power  
    • – 45% + 1% per level → – 10% + 1% per level

 

KENSEI

ENLIGHTENED KENSHO (EPIC)

  • Cooldown Reduction 
    • 60% – 2.5% per level → 120% – 3.0% per level

 

KESTREL

PIERCING SHOT (LEGENDARY)

  • Damage Modifier
    • 120% + 30% per level → 120% + 20% per level
  • Cooldown Reduction 
    • 60% – 7.5% per level → 100% – 10.0% per level

 

LORELAI

CLAM UP (EPIC)

  • Bonus Stun Duration Decreased
    • 0.6s + 0.2s per level → 0.4s + 0.15s per level

WONDER WALL (LEGENDARY)

  • Invincibility Duration Decreased
    • 4s + 2s per level → 3s + 1 per level

 

MIHO

SHUNPO (LEGENDARY)

  • Damage Scaling Decreased
    • 150% + 50% per level → 100% + 10% per level

 

RINGO

SPIKED BREW (LEGENDARY)

  • Damage Modifier
    • 70% + 7.5% per level → 70% + 15% per level
  • Bounce Range
    • 6.0 → 8.0

 

SAN FENG

DIVINE FLURRY (EPIC)

  • Cooldown Modifier
    • 40% – 4% per level → 80% – 5% per level

 

SKAARF

FLAMING SLUDGE (LEGENDARY)

  • Spitfire Damage Modifier
    • 30% + 5% per level → 70% + 5% per level

 

SILVERNAIL

TRI-WIRE (LEGENDARY)

  • Damage Modifier
    • 80% + 10% per level → 70% + 10% per level
  • Duration Modifier
    • 40% + 5% per level → 30% + 5% per level
  • Bonus Range
    • 10.0 → 6.0

 

SKYE

ENHANCED THRUSTERS (RARE)

  • Now grants enhanced Weapon Power damage as well as Crystal Power.

 

TONY

DOESN’T EVEN HURT (LEGENDARY)

  • Bonus Taunt Duration
    • 1.0s + 0.3s per level → 1.0s + 0.2s per level

 

VOX

DEEP DASH (RARE)

  • Dash Cooldown
    • 125% – 2.5% per level → 100% – 2.5% per level

ECHO CHAMBER (LEGENDARY)

  • Bounce Damage Modifier
    • 60% + 10% per level → 80% + 15% per level

 


Thats all the changes coming in 4.6 ! Keep your eyes open for the 4.6 Update notes coming soon!