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Patch 1.29 is LIVE!

10.04.18 | RehcraM 41085

Introduction

The eagerly awaited patch 1.29 has gone live on the official Blizzard servers! You can download the new patch by starting your Warcraft 3 launcher. If you have been living under a rock the last two months you may not be aware that Blizzard recently announced a new extensive balancing patch for Warcraft and released it on the Public Test Realm (PTR). The patch contains a huge amount of hero changes, widescreen support, mana bars and a lot more! Read the last part of this article to see all changes.

This is major news as this is the first patch in over 7 years, that has a serious impact on the gameplay itself (the latest one being (patch 1.25b released 2011-03-08)

Though the patch's main content is covered in the official announcement and the PTR update, a small new thing has just been revealed: The 12 new color names!

  • Player 13 - Maroon
  • Player 14 - Navy
  • Player 15 - Turquoise
  • Player 16 - Violet
  • Player 17 - Wheat
  • Player 18 - Peach
  • Player 19 - Mint
  • Player 20 - Lavender
  • Player 21 - Coal
  • Player 22 - Snow
  • Player 23 - Emerald
  • Player 24 - Peanut

I hope that we will see a fast implementation of the patch in tournaments. A couple of details might hamper the process a bit, though. Mainly is W3Arena players needing valid CD-keys to play on official servers and the implementation needing to go through on Netease. Netease has estimated that it'll take 1-2 weeks before the patch is live on their servers. With the official patch being live on the official servers there certainly should be plenty of motivation to fix these two minor issues!

I hope to see everyone gathered and united on the ladder of the new and vastly improved Blizzard servers!

Changes that patch 1.29 brings:

Notes

  • Replays are incompatible between major game versions
  • This will be the last version to support Windows XP
  • New native's has been added
  • Now "Always show Health Bars" option will always show mana bar as well
  • Natural Widescreen in games is now default

Bug Fixes

  • Clans can be created
  • Mac launches
  • Korean locale launches
  • Various missing textures located (Thanks to TriggerHappy for the test map)
  • Default resolution no longer resembles Felwood
  • Ladder maps cleansed of sneaky tower locations near starting mines
  • Malfunctioning servers will no longer interrupt gateway connectivity

Known Issues

  • Temporarily disabled Fixed Aspect Ratio in Video Options
  • Chaos Kodo Beasts are showing as idle workers in campaign missions
  • Unable to input text while keyboard settings are under different languages in zhCN and koKR locales
  • Certain elements in World Editor overlap
  • Set/GetAbilityOnXXXX functions are renamed to Set/GetAbilityActivatedXXXX
  • SetUnitNameAll is disabled for now
  • PlaySpecialEffect is disabled for now
  • PlaySpecialEffectWithTimeScale is disabled for now
  • Crash: With an ability that has "Disabled"=false, attempting to set "Disabled" to false again will crash the World Editor
  • UnitDisableAbility does not hide an ability with Hide=true and Disabled=false
  • Default map directory is for from maps when creating custom games
  • Resolution does not change properly when switching between windowed and full screen
  • Tooltips for hero abilities may not be updated

Hero Balance Changes

Mountain Kingmountainking.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Stormbolt

  • Level 2: Reduce damage from 225 to 210
  • Level 3: Reduce damage from 350 to 325

Thunder Clap

  • Level 1: Increased damage from 60 to 65; Increased area of effect from 25 to 30
  • Level 2: Increased damage from 100 to 125; Increased area of effect from 30 to 35
  • Level 3: Increased damage from 140 to 175; Increased area of effect from 35 to 40

Paladinpaladin.png (64×64)

Attack Speed

  • Reduced cooldown from 2.2 to 2.0 seconds

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Divine Shield

  • Level 2: Reduced duration from 30 to 25
  • Level 3: Reduced duration from 45 to 35

 

Blademasterblademaster.png (64×64)

Mirror Image

  • Reduced Mana cost from 115 to 100 for all levels

 

Critical Strike

  • Removed + damage item interaction from multiplier calculation: (Avg Damage + Item Damage)*Critical Multiplier = Total Damage
  • Current calculation: (Avg Damage *Critical Multiplier) + Item Damage = Total Damage

 

Far Seerfarseer.png (64×64)

Feral Spirit

  • Level 1: Increased unit healths from 200 to 250
  • Level 2: Increased unit healths from 300 to 350; Reduced unit level from 4 to 3 to reduce enemy experience reward
  • Level 3: Reduced unit level from 5 to 4 to reduce enemy experience reward

Chain Lightning

  • Reduced damage reduction from 15% to 10% per jump for all levels

Far Sight

  • Level 1: Removed mana cost; Added a cooldown of 60 seconds
  • Level 2: Removed mana cost; Added a cooldown of 45 seconds
  • Level 3: Removed mana cost; Added a cooldown of 30 seconds

Shadow Huntershadowhunter.png (64×64)

Serpent Wards

  • Level 1: Increased damage from 11-13 to 14-16; Increased health from 75 to 90
  • Level 2: Increased damage from 23-26 to 27-30; Increased health from 135 to 165
  • Level 3: Increased damage from 41-45 to 48-52; Increased health from 135 to 200

 

Tauren Chieftaintaurenchieftain.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

War Stomp

  • Level 1: Increased damage from 25 to 30
  • Level 2: Increased damage from 50 to 60
  • Level 3: Increased damage from 75 to 90

Reincarnation

  • Reduced spellcast from 7 seconds to 5 seconds

 

Crypt Lordcryptlord.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Carrion Beetles

  • Level 1: Increased health from 140 to 170; Increase movement speed from 270 to 290
  • Level 2: Increased health from 275 to 330; Increase movement speed from 270 to 290
  • Level 3: Increased health from 410 to 490; Increase movement speed from 270 to 290

Impale

  • Level 1: Increased damage from 50 to 75
  • Level 2: Increased damage from 80 to 120
  • Level 3: Increased damage from 110 to 165

 

Dread Lorddreadlord.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Carrion Swarm

  • Level 1: Increased maximum damage from 300 to 400
  • Level 2: Increased maximum damage from 600 to 700
  • Level 3: Increased maximum damage from 1000 to 1200
  • Mana Cost reduced from 110 to 100 for all levels
  • Now damages mechanical units

Sleep

  • Cooldown reduced from 6 seconds to 4 seconds for all levels
  • Level 1: Reduced duration from 20 (5) sec to 15 (4) sec; Reduced mana cost from 100 to 80
  • Level 2: Reduced duration from 40 (10) sec to 35 (8) sec; Reduced mana cost from 75 to 65
  • Level 3: Reduced duration from 60 (15) sec to 55 (12) sec

Vampiric Aura

  • Level 1: Increased life steal from 15% to 20%
  • Level 2: Increased life steal from 30% to 35%
  • Level 3: Increased life steal from 45% to 50%

 

Lichlich.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

 

 

Demon Hunterdemonhunter.png (64×64)

Mana Burn

  • Increased mana cost from 50 to 60 for all levels

 

 

Keeper of the Grovekeeperofthegrove.png (64×64)

Intelligence

  • Increased default value from 18 to 19

Tranquility

  • Added 3 seconds of invulnerability on spellcast
  • Reduced duration from 30 seconds to 15 seconds
  • Increased healing per second from 20 to 40

Entangling Roots

  • Level 2: Reduced duration on units from 24 seconds to 18 seconds; Increased duration on heroes from 3 seconds to 5 seconds; Increased damage per second from 15 damage to 20 damage
  • Level 3: Reduced duration on units from 36 seconds to 30 seconds; Increased duration on heroes from 5 seconds to 7 seconds; Increased damage per second from 25 Damage to 30 Damage

Force of Nature

  • Increased Treant attack damage from 14 to 16

Priestess of the Moonpriestessofthemoon.png (64×64)

  • Attack Speed
  • Reduced cooldown from 2.46 to 2.33 seconds

Scout

  • Increased speed from 270 to 300
  • Level 1: Reduced mana cost from 100 to 50
  • Level 2: Reduced mana cost from 75 to 50

 

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Blink

  • Level 2: Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 7 seconds
  • Level 3: Increased cooldown from 1 second to 4 seconds

 

Dark Rangerdarkranger.png (64×64)

Life Drain

  • Increase damage done per second and lower mana cost
  • Level 1: Increase damage per second from 25 to 30; Reduce Mana cost from 75 to 50
  • Level 2: Increase damage per second from 40 to 45, Reduce Mana cost from 75 to 50
  • Level 3: Increase damage per second from 55 to 60, Reduce Mana cost from 75 to 50

 

Firelordfirelord.png (64×64)

Incinerate

  • Level 1: Increased bonus damage multiplier per stack from 1 to 2; Increased death by incineration damage full area from 90 to 120; Increased death by incineration damage half area from 180 to 240; Increased duration from 2 to 4
  • Level 2: Increased bonus damage multiplier per stack from 2 to 3; Increased death by incineration damage full area from 90 to 120; Increased death by incineration damage half area from 180 to 240; Increased duration from 2 to 4
  • Level 3: Increased bonus damage multiplier per stack from 3 to 4; Increased death by incineration damage full area from 100 to 120; Increased death by incineration damage half area from 180 to 240; Increased duration from 2 to 4

Soul Burn

  • Level 1: Increased duration on units from 14 seconds to 16 seconds; Increased duration on heroes from 6 seconds to 7 seconds; Increased damage from 100 to 125
  • Level 2: Increased duration on units from 16 seconds to 18 seconds; Increased duration on heroes from 7 seconds to 8 seconds; Increased damage from 225 to 270
  • Level 3: Increased duration on units from 18 seconds to 20 seconds; Increased duration on heroes from 8 seconds to 9 seconds; Increased damage from 375 to 450

 

Goblin Alchemistgoblinalchemist.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Healing Spray

  • No longer heals enemy units
  • Heals Alchemist

Acid Bomb

  • Level 1: Increased Damage from 5 to 8 (total damage 75 to 120; Secondary damage 3 to 5)
  • Level 2: Increased Damage from 10 to 13 (total damage 150 to 195; Secondary damage 6.5 to 8.5)
  • Level 3: Increased Damage from 15 to 18 (total damage 225 to 270; Secondary damage 10 to 12)

 

Goblin Tinkergoblintinker.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Cluster Rockets

  • Now targets air units
  • Level 1: Increased damage from 35 to 45 damage per second
  • Level 2: Increased damage from 65 to 75 damage per second
  • Level 3: Increased damage from 100 to 110 damage per second

 

Naga Sea Witchnagaseawitch.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290


Pandaren Brewmasterpandarenbrewmaster.png (64×64)

Movement Speed

  • Increased base speed from 270 to 290

Map Pool

1v1

  • (2)TerenasStand_LV
  • (2)Plunderisle_LV           
  • (2)TheTwoRivers_LV
  • (2)RoadToStratholme_LV
  • (2)EchoIsle
  • (2)TirisfalGlades_LV
  • (2)Amazonia(COMMUNITY)
  • (2)LastRefuge-1.3(COMMUNITY)
  • (4)Floodplains1v1_LV
  • (4)TwistedMeadows
  • (4)TurtleRock

2v2

  • (4)PhantomGrove_LV
  • (4)Avalanche_LV
  • (4)TurtleRock
  • (4)Duskwood_LV
  • (4)BridgeTooNear_LV
  • (4)FrozenClover_LV
  • (4)TidewaterGlades_LV
  • (4)LostTemple
  • (4)TwistedMeadows
  • (6)Duststorm_LV
  • (6)GnollWood

3v3

  • (6)ThunderLake_LV
  • (6)GnollWood
  • (6)Monsoon_LV
  • (6)DarkForest
  • (6)UpperKingdom
  • (6)RuinsOfStratholme
  • (8)Mur’gulOasis_LV
  • (6)RollingHills
  • (6)TimbermawHold
  • (6)StranglethornVale
  • (8)Battleground_LV

4v4

  • (8)Feralas_LV
  • (8)Northshire_LV
  • (8)Sanctuary_LV
  • (8)TwilightRuins_LV
  • (8)Battleground_LV
  • (8)Deadlock_LV
  • (8)GolemsInTheMist_LV
  • (8)Mur’gulOasis_LV
  • (8)MarketSquare
  • (8)GoldRush
  • (8)Friends
  • (8)BlastedLands

FFA

  • (4)Deathrose
  • (6)Duststorm_LV
  • (6)EmeraldShores
  • (6)StranglethornVale
  • (6)Monsoon_LV
  • (6)ThunderLake_LV
  • (8)Deadlock_LV
  • (8)Mur’gulOasis_LV
  • (8)TwilightRuins_LV
  • (8)Battleground_LV

World Editor Upgrades

  • World Editor limits raised:
    • Neutral Units - 2,048
    • Neutral Buildings - 384
    • Player Units - 4,320
    • Player Buildings - 2,400
    • Items - 1,024
  • Map size limit increased to 480 x 480
  • Tile slot limit increased to 16
  • Max execution number increased to 3,000,000
  • Max food limit increased to 999
  • Max resource limit increased to 9,999,999
  • Array size increased from 8,192 to 32,768

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