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Champions of Newerth (CoN)[edit | edit source]

- The new Champions of Newerth Season will last indefinitely until further notice.

  • This can change at any point Garena & Frostburn Studios deems appropriate.

- All players will be reset to a base MMR of 1500 at the start of this Season (instead of starting off at a base MMR of 1250).

  • This MMR reset combats all of the smurfing and stat manipulation that took place in the past, and the MMR system will be considered much more stable since it now uses the Legacy MMR system after the placement match period.
  • Placement Matches will still have additional weight for determining your initial rank, but the weight from these Placement Matches is much lighter than prior Seasons.


User Interface[edit | edit source]

- Shadowpicking will no longer function during the Hero Ban Voting Phase of Ranked Pick (to prevent any confusion or unintended behaviour after the Voting Phase ends).

+ The following changes were implemented from the MVP Mod (credits to EngineerT): - Added a close button to the MVP window (so it does not obstruct your view if you wish to control your hero for a short time after the game ends). - Added a disconnect button to the MVP Window (so you can disconnect from the game without having to navigate to the menu).

- As a result of the changes for this Champions of Newerth Season, the Ladder button has been re-enabled (since MMR will now really be "permanent" and matters a lot more than before).

  • Disclaimer: the Ladder's displayed information may not be accurate & may need additional time to synchronize properly, or may need additional time & resources to fix the issue. There is no estimated time for a fix if this feature does not display the correct information.

- HoN Live has also been re-enabled to allow players to watch other HoN games once again!


General[edit | edit source]

Well/Tarpit - Well's/Tarpit's attacks now deal 1.35x damage to enemy heroes. - Well's/Tarpit's attacks now have 25% Armor Penetration against enemy heroes.


Neutral Creeps[edit | edit source]

- Aggro range increased from 225 to 275.

  • Applies to all neutral creeps except for those that are able to spawn in the Easy neutral camps.

Dragon Master - Max Health reduced from 1800 to 1600.

Dragon - Max Health increased from 900 to 1000.


Forests of Caldavar ("New") Map[edit | edit source]

- The line of trees closest to the left & right sides of the map near each side lane's Tier 1 (outermost) Tower have been drastically shortened.


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Heroes[edit | edit source]

Adrenaline

Death's Halo - Stun duration increased from 1.25 seconds to 1.6 seconds. - Number of Dread Stacks applied increased from 10/20/30 to 12/24/36.

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Amun-Ra

Path of Destruction - Projectile travel time reduced from 0.7 seconds to 0.5 seconds.

  • The impact delay is untouched, but this is still considered a buff on the overall time it takes for the meteor to impact.

- Health Cost reduced from 20% to 18% of Max Health.

Ashes to Ashes - Health Regeneration increased from 1/2/3/4 to 2/3/4/5.

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Andromeda

Dimensional Link - Base Attack Damage bonus reduced from 12/18/24/30% to 10/14/18/22%.

Void Rip - Damage dealt by the illusion reduced from 75% to 25%. - Damage received by the illusion increased from 125% to 200%.

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Arachna

Spider Sting - Cast Range increased from 500 to 600. - Spiderlings now properly have a 600 range Night Vision.

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Artillery

LRM - Base damage per missile increased from 9 to 10. - Bonus damage per shot fired without breaking channeling increased from 0.75% to 1.25%.

Homing Missile - Missile base speed increased from 100 to 250 units per second. - Missile acceleration increased from 150 to 300.

  • Note that the stun time is still based off the missile's distance travelled, so nothing has changed in terms of the stun time mathematics. This is ultimately a buff, as it allows the missile to hit an enemy faster.

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Blitz

Pilfering - Now Reveals the target while active.

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Bushwack - Turn rate increased from 450 degrees per second to 720 degrees per second.

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Chronos

Chronofield - Staff of the Master effect only:

  • Cooldown is now reduced to 100 seconds (instead of being reduced to 75 seconds).

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Defiler - Base Movement Speed increased from 290 to 295.

Wave of Death - Cooldown changed from 9 seconds to 9.5/8.5/7.5/6.5 seconds. - Magic Damage reduced from 100/175/250/325 to 90/165/240/315. - Mana Cost reduced from 100/120/140/160 to 85/110/135/160.

Grave Silence - Duration reduced from 3/4/5/6 seconds to 2/2.5/3/3.5 seconds. - Mana Cost changed from 80/70/60/50 to 65. - Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 13 seconds.

Siphon Soul (Reworked from Power in Death)

  • Range: 650
  • Mana Cost: 80/100/120/140
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

- Target an enemy hero to latch onto a fragment of their soul for up to 5 seconds, dealing 20 Magic Damage per second and heals Defiler for 8 + 1/2/3/4% of the target's Max Health per second. - While active, the soul link also reduces the target's Movement Speed by 15% and increases Defiler's Movement Speed by 15%. - The soul link has a leash range of 800 units.

Unholy Expulsion - Number of spirits changed from 6/12/18 to 8/15/22.

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Doctor Repulsor

Opposite Charges - Ability can now be used on the closest enemy hero within its cast range from the caster via activation of the third ability of this hero as a subability (default hotkey "E").

Ludicrous Speed - Cooldown reduced from 0.4 seconds to 0.3 seconds. - Now grants Doctor Repulsor 2/4/6 + 0/50/100% Mana Regeneration.

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Draconis

Cataclysm - Now refreshes the cooldown of Draconic Defense when Cataclysm is used.

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Ellonia

Flash Freeze - Base Magic Damage increased from 40/60/80/100 to 55/80/105/130.

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Gauntlet

Gauntlet Blast - Staff of the Master effect only: active ability that attaches Gauntlet to his launched fist has been moved to a subability (default hotkey: "D").

  • Shares cooldown with his regular ultimate ability.
  • Gauntlet can still detach from the launched fist at any time using either his regular ultimate ability or the ultimate's subability.
  • Side note: Grapple's extra ability button was removed as a result, but activating the hotkey for Enfeeble (default hotkey "E") will still have the exact same functionality.

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Gladiator

Flagellation - Now only adds 0.5x bonus damage when attacking ally units.

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Goldenveil

Perch & Plunge - Plunge: delay before Goldenveil lands to apply the Magic Damage & Stun reduced from 1 second to 0.6 seconds. - Plunge: Stun duration reduced from 1.6/1.9/2.2/2.5 seconds to 1.4/1.6/1.8/2 seconds.

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Hellbringer

Evil Presence - Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 11 seconds. - Mana Cost increased from 50 to 65/80/95/110. - Targeting scheme changed from Target Unit to Target Position. - Movement Speed of the minion increased from 522 to 1600 when the ability is cast. - Enemy units affected by the minion explosion now also heal Hellbringer for 15/20/25/30% of Damage they receive for 5/6/7/8 seconds. - Negative Magic Armor duration increased from 5 seconds to 5/6/7/8 seconds.

  • Movement Speed Slow duration remains the same at 5 seconds.
  • Legacy Life Void has more or less been re-integrated on Hellbringer.

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Keeper of the Forest

Nature's Guidance - Camouflage state now has a 0.8 second linger time if the target farther than 400 units away from a tree. - While Camouflage is active, the next attack will apply a 0.5/0.8/1.1/1.4 second Root if the owner of Camouflage attacks out of stealth.

Animate Forest - Max Animated Tree spawn count changed from 1/2/3/4 to 4. - Max Health of Animated Trees from this ability reduced from 550 to 250/350/450/550. - Attack Damage of Animated Trees from this ability reduced from 28 to 16/20/24/28. - Cooldown reduced from 20 seconds to 17 seconds.

Strength in Numbers - Max Health of Animated Trees reduced from 275 to 155/195/235/275. - Attack Damage of Animated Trees from this ability reduced from 28 to 16/20/24/28. - Chance to spawn an Animated Tree is now reduced by 0.6x (multiplicatively) for each Animated Tree that exists from Strength in Numbers when attacking non-hero units.

  • Does not consider the Animated Trees from Animate Forest in this calculation.

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Kinesis

Thoughtsteal - Now has a Mana Cost of 100/120/140/160.

Telekinetic Control - No longer lifts player-controlled ally units if they have you flagged with NoHelp.

Stasis Smash - Unit affected by Stasis Smash no longer gains 20% Damage Reduction. - Stun duration and stasis duration (for the side targets) reduced from 2.5/3/3.5 seconds to 2/2.5/3 seconds. - Movement Speed Slow duration after Stasis Smash expires reduced from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds. - Movement Speed Slow now applies to all enemies in the area after Stasis Smash expires, including the lifted units (as opposed to only being applied to non-lifted units in the area).

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Lodestone

Headsmash - Ability can now be used on the closest enemy hero within its cast range from the caster via activation of the third ability of this hero as a subability (default hotkey "E").

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Nitro

Ballistic - Base Mana Cost reduced from 9 to 6. - Now becomes disabled if Nitro or Mauser is Disarmed. - No longer becomes disabled if Nitro or Mauser is Silenced.

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Ophelia

Nature's Wrath - Mana Cost increased from 70 to 70/80/90/100. - State duration reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds. - Movement Speed Slow changed from 15/20/25/30% to 16/19/22/25%. - Damage Amplification changed from 15/20/25/30% to 16/19/22/25%.

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Parallax

Earthshatter - Staff of the Master effect changes only:

  • Percentage of Magic Damage converted to SuperiorMagic Damage reduced from 50% to 40%.
  • Cooldown is now reduced to 55/45/35 seconds (instead of 35/30/25 seconds).

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Pestilence - Agility growth per level increased from 1.5 to 1.8.

Gore - Bonus Physical Damage when proccing increased from 20/40/60/80 to 40/60/80/100.

Swarm - Armor reduction increased from 6/12/18 to 7/14/21.

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Prisoner 945

Shackled - Ability can now be used on the closest enemy hero within its cast range from the caster via activation of the third ability of this hero as a subability (default hotkey "E").

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Rally

Battle Experience - Armor Penetration for damage dealt by Rally changed from 20/40/60/80% to 25/40/55/70%.

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Ravenor

Static Shock - Max number of side targets affected by Static Shock increased from 2 to 3.

  • Total max number of targets affected by Static Shock increased from 3 to 4.

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Riptide

Watery Grave - Cast Range increased from 500 to 600. - Magic Damage changed from 90/180/270/360 to 95/170/250/330. - Attack Speed Slow reduced from 50% to 20%.

Undertow - Cooldown changed from 14 seconds to 15/13/11/9 seconds. - Silence duration reduced from 2/2.5/3/3.5 seconds to 1.5/2/2.5/3 seconds. - Now deals 30/45/60/75 Magic Damage to enemies within radius upon impact. - Cast Range reduced from 900 to 800. - Undertow now ignores terrain, so Riptide will now travel to the destination in a straight line.

In My Element - Minimap detection threshold radius when checking for nearby enemy heroes while in water increased from 800 units to 2500 units.

Perfect Storm - Bonus Damage granted to allies increased from 10/15/20% to 15/25/35% of Riptide's Agility.

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Sapphire

Unstable Shard - Movement Speed Slow increased from 10/13/16/20% to 10/15/20/25%. - Area Magic Damage upon hitting the Unstable Shard increased from 110/115/120/125% to 115/120/125/130% of the Attacker's Attack Damage.

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Shadowblade

Essence Shift - Max Health reduction decreased from 7 to 3 per point of bonus Strength granted by Essence Shift (if Strength is Shadowblade's Primary Attribute).

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Swiftblade

Swift Slashes - Now resets Swiftblade's attack cooldown upon being cast.

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Tremble

Dark Swarm - Damage Reduction from enemies outside Dark Swarm that damage Tremble changed from 35/40/45/50% to 30/40/50/60%.

Terrorform - Terror Mounds cooldown reduced from 30 seconds to 25 seconds. - Terror Port cooldown reduced from 50 seconds to 45 seconds.

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Xemplar

Echo Strikes - Whenever one of Xemplar's illusions dies within 900 radius of him, Xemplar receives a bonus 5/10/15/20Attack Speed for 6 seconds (max of 20/40/60/80 Attack Speed from this mechanic).

  • This bonus is separate from the default Echo Strikes buff & will stack with the default Echo Strikes buff.

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Items[edit | edit source]

Arcane Bomb - Bonus Magic Damage dealt to enemy player-controlled-non-hero units reduced from 40% of the target's Max Health to 30% of the target's Max Health.

  • Still deals the base 150 Magic Damage to enemy player-controlled-non-hero units.

- Now has new Stock mechanics in the store:

  • Initial stock of 1.
  • Item is only purchaseable after the 6-minute mark.
  • Refreshes at a rate of 1 stock every 15 minutes.
  • Maximum of 1 stock available in the store at any given time.

- True Damage mechanics dealt to enemy illusions changed.

- Previously:

  • Target enemy illusion receives 900 True Damage or 75% of their Max Health, whichever is higher.

- After this patch:

  • Target enemy illusion receives 500 True Damage or 50% of their Max Health, whichever is higher.
  • Each enemy illusion affected spawns an invisible arcane shockwave of 600 radius that only affects other enemy illusions in the area, making them receive 200 True Damage or 15% of their Max Health, whichever is higher.
  • i.e. a Behemoth Shockwave echo effect only for enemy illusions.

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Bloodborne Maul - Max charges increased from 120 to 150.

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Daemonic Breastplate - Armor granted to self increased from 7 to 10. - Attack Speed to allies increased from 20 to 25.

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Frostfield Plate - Attack Speed Slow from the passive aura reduced from 30% to 20%. - Movement Speed Slow from the debuff increased from 40% to 50%.

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Frostwolf's Skull - Active effect's debuff: Attack Speed Slow changed from 20 to 50%.

  • Passive effect's debuff numbers remains the same as before.
  • Active effect still applies a 20% Movement Speed Slow.
  • The active effect's debuff now stacks with the passive effect's debuff.

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Hypercrown - Magic Damage dealt by the Chain Lightning procs increased from 150 to 175. - Max number of bounces increased from 5 to 10.

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Icon of the Goddess - Health Regeneration per charge increased from 1 to 1.5. - Mana Regeneration per charge increased from 20% to 25%. - In addition to its current effects: every 5 charges will grant an additional 100 Health and 100 Mana. - Gift of the Goddess effect: Health Regeneration per second increased from 10 to 15.

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Logger's Hatchet - Bonus Damage dealt to non-hero units when wielded by a Ranged Hero reduced from 15 to 12.

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Mock of Brilliance - Magic Damage per second reduced from 60 to 50.

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Nullfire Blade - Recipe upgrades now also grant +2 Strength, +8 Agility, and +2 Intelligence. - Active effect: now removes buffs from enemies when the item is Level 2 (as opposed to Level 3). - Active effect: in addition to its other effects, can now target self (or double-activate) to remove debuffs from self when the item is Level 3.

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Shieldbreaker - Armor reduction increased from 3/5/7 to 4/6/8.

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Sol's Bulwark - New buildup: Ringmail (550) + Recipe (1000) = 1550 Gold - Armor granted to allies/removed from enemies reduced from 4 to 3.

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Soultrap - Cast Range reduced from 800 to 700. - Recipe Cost increased from 485 Gold to 585 Gold.

  • Total Cost increased from 700 Gold to 800 Gold.

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Tome of Elements - Stock mechanics changed for the store.

- Previously:

  • Initial stock of 0.
  • Refreshes at a rate of 1 stock every 10 minutes.
  • Maximum of 3 stocks available in the store at any given time.

- After this patch:

  • Initial stock of 1.
  • Item is only purchaseable after the 15-minute mark.
  • Refreshes at a rate of 1 stock every 12 minutes.
  • Maximum of 2 stocks available in the store at any given time.

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Whispering Helm - Cooldown increased from 300 seconds to 720 seconds. - The current cooldown of Whispering Helm is reduced by 50% when a unit dominated by Whispering Helm dies.

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Matchmaking Maps & Modes[edit | edit source]

Champions of Newerth (CoN) - Map: Forests of Caldavar ("New" for NAEU/International region, "Old" for SEA region) - Mode: Ranked Pick


Mid Wars - Hero Ban - Single Draft


Bug Fixes & Optimizations[edit | edit source]

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Blacksmith - Flaming Hammer no longer triggers Null Stone if Null Stone is on cooldown before Flaming Hammer is cast & Null Stone comes off cooldown before the spawned projectile impacts the target with the Null Stone.

Circe - Using Twisted Visage on an enemy Hellbringer that has 0 charges of Demon Strike will no longer disable Demon Strike on the Hellbringer mimic that Circe creates.

Shellshock - Gadgets will no longer be able to enter Shellshock's shell while Rolling Thunder is active.

Tundra - Command Shiver will now remain on cooldown while Parasite (with Staff of the Master) is Infesting Shiver. - Shiver will also respawn at the appropriate timing (when Command Shiver goes off cooldown) if killed while Parasite is Infesting Shiver.

  • Previously, Shiver would not respawn until Tundra dies and respawns.


Items[edit | edit source]

General - Pinging items in an enemy's or ally's inventory in the bottom-right corner window will now properly display that item's modifier, if it has one (e.g. Bottle that contains a rune).

Ophelia's Pact - Can no longer reap this item's benefits without paying Gold for it if your inventory & stash are full.