Heroes of the Storm‘s 25.4 patch has just gone live, bringing with it Overwatch‘s D.Va as a playable hero in addition to a host of balance changes.

    We’ve talked about D.Va before so I’m not going into that barring to say “she pretty much works like she does in Overwatch“, and instead we’ll talk about everything else. Firstly: new maps are in the rotation, with Battlefield of Eternity, Tomb of the Spider Queen, and Haunted Mines making a return.

    In terms of “buying things for money”, other than D.Va and her bundle containing her and some skins, there’s a new Welcome Bundle – only purchasable once – which contains 800 Gems, a Loot Chest with a random hero, a Rare Loot Chest, an Epic Loot Chest, a 7 Day Stimpack, and a Zebra mount. This can only be purchased with real money (makes sense, considering it contains Gems, which are the real-world currency of Heroes of the Storm). This won’t be available until 22 May, and there’s no word on pricing.

    Other than that, some heroes have had reworks – both small and sizeable. Alarak has changed pretty significantly, with the Highlord gaining 3% Sadism per enemy takedown, while a bunch of talents being moved around or replaced. Tyrande’s also had similar changes, with Sentinel’s Pierce ability now tied to a quest instead of a talent, and Light of Elune now not healing her when she heals allies – but cooldown lowering every time she attacks. Dehaka’s had a smaller number of changes, and Nova… has a UI update. Lovely.

    This new Heroes of the Storm patch is live on the Americas servers now, if you want to give it a look.

    Tim McDonald
    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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