Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes

Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes
Version 1.32.6

This balance patch has a few different goals in mind. For heroes in general, we’re looking at the costs and sometimes the functionality of hero ultimate abilities, to make them a bit more competitive with a hero’s base line abilities and mana pool.

Items are another big area of this patch. Charged levels 5 and 6 are getting a shake-up to see if we can encourage more usage of these categories going forward.

Additionally, we want to support map makers’ future endeavors by doing a balance pass on the units provided by Mercenary Camps. Finally, in 1v1 matchups, we want to address rifle pushes in Human vs. Night Elf and slightly alter the early game in Human vs. Undead.

There will also be a map pool rotation in this patch. One map per game mode will be rotated out and a new one rotated in. This time around, all of the maps are made by our wonderful community map makers.

Art

  • Raccoons no longer fade away unnaturally during their death animation in Reforged mode.
  • Fixed an issue with the Northrend Tree Wall Doodad where they appeared white on the minimap.

Campaign

  • Resolved an issue with walking animation speed in certain campaign maps.

Editor

  • Fixed a legacy issue where the Summoned Damage data field for Feedback abilities was capped at 10. This did not affect competitive multiplayer, but was inconvenient for custom map makers.

Unit Balance

Human
Mountain King

  • Thunderclap cooldown increased from 6 seconds to 7 seconds across all levels.
  • Developers’ notes: Over the past year, the Mountain King’s Thunderclap has been slightly overperforming. While meta changes in 1v1 have seen its usage reduced, it remains a very strong ability in team games. We want to reduce its uptime, which should also allow players to better micro against the Mountain King by giving them more time to reposition between casts.

Rifleman

  • Attack delay increased from 1.35 to 1.4.
  • Developers’ notes: This change is focused around the Human vs. Night Elf rifleman push. We don’t inherently want the rifle push to completely disappear nor for riflemen to fall too far in power, but rather for the push to be slightly more equal between the attacker and defender. We’re adjusting the power on both sides, with this being the Human side of the change.

Paladin

  • Resurrection mana cost reduced from 200 to 150.
  • Developers’ notes: Resurrection already has the restriction of waiting for a player’s army to be dead before being cast. At the same time, Paladins often spend much of their mana casting Holy Light to keep units alive in the first place. Reducing the mana cost should help boost the desirability of this ultimate by reducing mana tension.

Orc
Shadow Hunter

  • Big Bad Voodoo mana cost reduced from 200 to 150.
  • Developers’ notes: We’re reducing the mana cost to help with mana tension. The ultimate itself was not altered at this time, as we want to keep the unique identity of how it works, and instead see if we can push it to be a bit higher of a pick through increasing availability of the spell.

Far Seer

  • Earthquake duration reduced from 25 to 20 seconds. Building damage per second increased from 50 to 60. Mana cost reduced from 150 to 125. Earthquake no longer affects friendly units/structures.
  • Developers’ notes: With Earthquake no longer affecting friendly units, Far Seer players should now have a new slowing option available to them for combat usage. Reducing the duration while keeping the overall damage roughly the same makes responding to a Far Seer casting Earthquake more important and gives a bit more consistency to how much damage it can inflict.

Tauren Chieftain

  • War Stomp cooldown increased per level from 6/6/6 to 7/7/7.
  • Developers’ notes: War Stomp has shown to be quite powerful in recent months. We believe this is more due to Tauren Chieftain’s ability to more consistently deliver stuns, rather than the damage increase to War Stomp. Simply reducing its damage would be less likely to lower the power of War Stomp. This change doubles the downtime of the ability at level 3, giving opponents more time to counter micro. Additionally, this weakens the Tauren Chieftain’s early game allowing opponents to better push for map control.

Witch Doctor

  • Stasis Trap activation delay decreased from 10 to 9 seconds. Detection radius reduced from 250 to 175. Activation time reduced from 1.0 to 0.5.
  • New data variable in map editor: Detonation Delay.
  • Developers’ notes: Witch Doctors are still fairly rare in high-level play. We want to tune up its Stasis Trap ability, and to do that we looked into how it could trap more units. A smaller detonation ring combined with a shorter delay means that units will have less time to move through the area of effect before getting trapped and will have less time to attack the totem when it reveals itself.

Night Elf
Keeper of the Grove

  • Entangling Roots cast range on level 3 increased from 600 to 800.
  • Developers’ notes: While we like where the Keeper of the Grove’s early game power is, we want to give this ability a little boost in the late game. Since armies grow in size, especially in team games, reinstating its old range should give the Keeper a little more ease of use in late game scenarios.
  • Tranquility Invulnerability time removed. Duration reduced from 15 to 12. Healing increased from 40 to 48.
  • Developers’ notes: In the past we tried an experiment with Tranquility where we would give invulnerability to heroes when casting channeled spells. After testing it, we’re moving away from this, as we feel it dampens the personality of channeled abilities. Ideally, a channeled ability is very powerful with the drawback of being interruptible. This weakness is also what gives the abilities their character, as finding the right time and place to maximize its power is the main gameplay of using them. Adding invulnerability clouds this, as it now acts more like a normal “cast and forget” spell, but with a little extra bonus on the end. It also acted as anti-debuff mechanic, which was undesirable. While it could be made to not remove debuffs, that would act as a new special case that’s different from regular invulnerability and it would add new complexity for players to memorize. Instead, we want to further reduce the duration of the spell but increase its power of the effect, giving greater benefit even when shut down by opponents, but also encouraging opponents to react quickly to the channeled ability.

Druid of the Claw

  • Base damage in bear from increased from 23 to 24.
  • Developers’ notes: We think bears could use a bit more power in the mid-to-late game in general, especially against Undead. Additionally, with Human vs. Night Elf rifle pushes often occurring right when only a few bears are out, we felt that a slight bear buff would help defenders just that little bit more to keep them in the game.

Druid of the Talon

  • Gold cost reduced from 145 to 135.
  • Developers’ notes: Previously Druids of the Talon had their gold cost increased due to balance concerns with them in the Orc vs. Night Elf matchup. The meta has changed quite a bit since then, and so we would like to reduce their cost back to its old value to better encourage their usage.

Undead
Crypt Lord

  • Impale can no longer be interrupted. Units knocked airborne can now take damage and be attacked.
  • Two new data variables in map editor: Airborne Units Vulnerable, Uninterruptible.
  • Crypt Lord cast point increased from 0.4 to 0.5.
  • Carrion Beetles mana cost increased from 30 to 45. Now spawns 2 beetles at a time, up from 1. Maximum beetles increased from 5 to 6. Cooldown increased from 6 seconds to 9 seconds.
  • Developers’ notes: The being whose might cannot be matched is getting a tune-up in this patch. Previously the Impale ability was hardcoded to be interruptible and make units hit by it invulnerable while airborne. Unlike other channeled abilities, giving a move order to a command group containing a Crypt Lord casting Impale would cause it to move and cancel the ability. This change removes this annoyance. Additionally, making airborne units vulnerable no longer causes units to lose auto attack focus on Impaled units. Airborne units are still untargetable by spells though. This was left in place out of an abundance of caution for introducing unintended bugs.
  • More developers’ notes: Speaking of bugs, our buff to Carrion Beetles should greatly encourage some new experimentation with this rather rarely picked ability. Now the Crypt Lord can bring about a swarm of summons much earlier and with less mana invested to either scout opponents or make early game pushes. We will be monitoring if this proves to be too much of an issue in the early game, but we feel these changes overall give the ability a much stronger personality.

Death Knight

  • Animate Dead mana cost reduced from 175 to 125.
  • Developers’ notes: We hear rather frequent feedback that this ability is one of the lower tier ones. Directly buffing it too much at this time seemed unwise, as the Death Knight itself is quite core to Undead’s best strategies, and buffing it further would reinforce this. However, we do think its mana cost could be reduced to at least be more appropriate with its perceived power level.

Skeleton Warrior

  • Base hit points decreased from 190 to 180.
  • Developers’ notes: This is aimed primarily at the Human vs. Undead extreme early game. In this case, at the highest levels, every peasant killed during a fast expansion is extremely valuable, and battles around this are often won by inches rather than miles. Returning Skeleton Warriors to their previous health state should help Humans (and other races to a degree) to stabilize better in the early game.

Ritual Dagger

  • Total hit points regenerated per charge increased from 125 to 175.
  • Developers’ notes: The Ritual Dagger has yet to really find a place in high level Undead build orders. Increasing its health regenerated should help it better compete with items like Scroll of Regeneration, especially since at 175 hit points and two charges per item, it would restore 350 hit points total. From a higher-level view, this change in addition to the buff to Carrion Beetles could make this item an interesting pick for Crypt Lord first players.

Neutral
Beastmaster

  • Summon Bear mana cost reduced from 125 to 100.
  • Developers’ notes: At the highest level of play, the Beastmaster has fallen off in usage over time. While we believe this is primarily due to changes in the meta, we want to give a boost to an ability that was underutilized even when Beastmasters roamed freely. In particular, a level 2 Beastmaster starting at full mana that constantly uses their summon abilities when off cooldown would now be able to summon an additional Quilbeast when paired with Summon Quilbeast or an additional bear when paired with Summon Hawk.

Pit Lord

  • A unit afflicted by Doom now has its movement speed slowed by 50%.
  • Added two new data variables in map editor: Movement Speed Factor, Maximum Creep Level.
  • Developers’ notes: The Pitlord has come quite far in recent times, becoming something more than just a super niche pick for styling on opponents. With looking over ultimate abilities we want to give this one a little more of a boost to reduce the ability of an opponent to run away an afflicted unit to somewhere more secluded or even favorable. We also surfaced a long-hidden variable that controls the maximum creep level that can be afflicted with Doom. While this doesn’t impact competitive multiplayer, it should be helpful for custom game creators.

Firelord

  • Volcano eruption waves decreased from 8 to 5. Wave interval reduced from 5 seconds to 3 seconds. Increased building damage factor from 2 to 3. No longer affects friendly units/structures.
  • Developers’ notes: We believe the main issue with Volcano is that it is too unreliable and too balanced around its maximum damage output, which is unrealistic for a channeled ultimate. These changes reduce the overall damage potential of the Volcano in exchange for being much more reliable and hitting much faster. Removing the ability for it to affect friendly units should also make Volcano more viable in combat. No more praying to Ragnaros for the flaming boulders to miss one’s own units!

Naga Sea Witch

  • Tornado Random wander behavior removed. Mana cost reduced from 200 to 125. Duration reduced from 40 seconds to 20 seconds. Close building damage per second increased from 50 to 100. Far building damage per second increased from 7 to 14.
  • Developers’ notes: Much like the other channeled ultimates in this update, we believe a main issue with this ability was that getting value from the spell took too long compared to its opportunity cost. So, the damage has been increased and duration decreased overall. The mana cost was also reduced as the Sea Witch can be one of the more intensive mana users, which could greatly crowd out the opportunity to cast this ultimate spell. In general, players should always feel in charge of their units and that their units will follow orders to the letter. The random wander, while visually rather cool, goes against this principle and generally made the spell require too much micromanagement when compared to the payoff it provided.

Blue Dragon Whelp, Blue Drake, and Blue Dragon

  • Added a passive icon indicating that the unit has an attack that slows targets.
  • Unit tooltip updated to mention that these units have a frost attack.
  • Developers’ notes: This is a quality of life change. We want to clarify that these units indeed have a frost attack.

Breath of Frost

  • Size and shape of the ability altered to match Breath of Fire.
  • Developers’ notes: This ability is solely used by the Blue Dragonspawn Overseer. In the past this ability’s visual looked like a cone, just like Breath of Fire, but was actually using the size and shape of Shockwave. This has now been adjusted to use the same size and shape as Breath of Fire.

Items

  • Potion of Greater Mana mana restored reduced from 300 to 250.
  • Potion of Mana mana restored reduced from 150 to 125. Gold cost reduced from 200 to 150.
  • Developers’ notes: We want to reign in the power of the Potion of Greater Mana and, at the same time, experiment a bit with the regular Potion of Mana. Currently seen as an emergency item, this change makes it slightly more gold-efficient and aligns its gold price with that of Potion of Healing, making them more of a direct comparison.
  • Pendant of Energy, Mana provided decreased from 150 to 100
  • Developers’ notes: Alongside the Greater Mana Potion, the Pendant of Energy often gets feedback that it provides too much mana for where the item shows up on the item drop table. Reducing the mana provided should bring it more in line with other items in its drop table.
  • Red Drake Egg Removed from default level 5 charged item drop list.
  • Blue Drake Egg is a new level 5 charged Item that summons a Blue Drake for 180 seconds, with 1 Charge.
  • Talisman of the Wild removed from default level 5 charged item drop list.
  • Idol of the Wild is a new level 5 charged Item that summons a Furbolg Tracker for 180 seconds, with 1 Charge.
  • Developers’ note: Among the level 5 charged items, there are clearly two less desired items among them, the Talisman and the Red Drake Egg. In both cases, the summoned units provide only a bit of damage and some tanking ability while still providing the opponent experience for their destruction. We want to keep the coolness of having items that call forth creatures but change what was brought in. With the Blue Drake providing a frost breath attack and the Furbolg Tracker bringing Faerie Fire, these two units now align with the Rock Golem and Fel Stalker by providing utility in addition to damage and tanking.
  • Scroll of Restoration hit points restored reduced from 300 to 150.
  • Developers’ note: While the Talisman and Red Drake Egg may have been seen as the weakest of level 5 charged items, the Scroll of Restoration is undoubtedly the strongest. This is especially true for team games. Reducing the healing it provides down to be equal to a Scroll of Healing should help bring it down more to the level of other items in this tier.
  • Scroll of Animate Dead removed from default level 6 charged drop list.
  • Scepter of Mastery is a charged level 6 item that takes permanent control of an enemy unit, with a Range of 600 and 1 Charge. Cannot be used on Heroes or creeps above level 5.
  • Scroll of Resurrection removed from default level 6 charged drop list.
  • Scepter of Avarice is a new Charged level 6 item that instantly kill an enemy unit, with a Range of 600 and 1 Charge. Gain gold equal to 75% of its cost. Cannot be used on Heroes or creeps above level 5.
  • Developers’ notes: As with level 5 charged items, there were two that seemed to be weaker than the others for level 6 charged items. These scrolls only really worked when a battle was well underway with losses mounting. That means that their worth was hard to gauge while the summon items have far more flexibility. Keeping with the theme of charged items on this tier being ultimate abilities, we decided to bring in an analog for Transmute and Charm, which should be more directly comparable to bringing in a summoned unit by instantly denying one of your opponent’s units.
  • Inferno Stone drop level increased from Level 6 Charged to Level 7 Artifact.
  • Engraved Scale is a new Charged level 6 item, that summons a Blue Dragonspawn Overseer for 180 seconds, with 1 Charge.
  • Developers’ notes: Often cited as one of the most powerful items in the game and often the focal reason of level 6 charged items being too imbalanced for 1v1 is the Inferno Stone. We want to try moving it up a tier while replacing it with a new summon item to see if we can encourage higher usage of this category of items in map making while balancing out current team and free for all maps that utilize it. The Blue Dragonspawn Overseer acts a kind of defensive parallel to the Furbolg Ursa Warrior by providing a Devotion Aura and having the passive Evasion ability built in. Breath of Frost also gives it a good area of effect option similar to other summons in this tier.

Non-Ladder

Transportation Ship

  • No longer unloads instantly. Now has a 0.5 second delay, same as Zeppelins.
  • Level reduced from 2 to 1.
  • Hit points reduced from 1500 to 900.
  • Armor type changed from Heavy to Light.
  • Maximum charges at a shipyard reduced from 3 to 2.
  • Initial stock delay increased from 0 to 120.
  • Stock replenish interval decreased from 110 to 30, same as Zeppelins.
  • Repair time increased to 30 from 25, same as Zeppelins.
  • Developers’ note: While it is not used in any current ladder maps, we want to update this unit for nautically inclined map makers. In a number of community tournaments there have been some promising usage of Ships as a map feature, but they could use some tuning. The current stats for the transportation ship are geared towards usage in single player modes, which makes it a bit too overturned as an option for competitive multiplayer. The primary change here, however, is that units will unload one at a time rather than all at once, which gave the ship users too much advantage in pulling off aggressive maneuvers, especially for landing near an opponent’s base with siege damage units.

Mercenary Camp Updates

Another area we want to address within this balance patch is opening up a bit more map design options for our map making community. Mercenary Camps provide a way to both adjust how matchups play out as well as provide extra map variety. However, only the Lordaeron Summer camp has seen widespread use in the competitive scene. We have looked at all of the Mercenary Camps and adjusted their unit offerings to bring them more in line with the Lordaeron Summer mercenary camp, while also offering differing options of units/abilities provided. Additionally, many units had their costs and availability time adjusted. We’re trying out having two availability times to unify the Mercenary Camps a bit, by reducing the amount of numbers players have to memorize: short (120 seconds), medium (220 seconds), and long (440 seconds). It’s likely that further adjustments to unit offerings or the unit costs/availability will be needed, so we are interested in player and map maker thoughts on these changes.

Mercenary Camp Composition
Lordaeron Summer

  • Unchanged

Cityscape / Dalaran

  • Unchanged

Underground / Dungeon

  • Old: Kobold Geomancer, Burning Archer, Wildkin
  • New: Kobold Geomancer, Burning Archer, Wildkin, Frost Revenant

Ashenvale

  • Old: Satyr Shadowdancer, Furbolg Shaman, Thunder Lizard
  • New: Satyr Shadowdancer, Dark Troll Berserker, Dark Troll Shadow Priest, Giant Wolf

Barrens

  • Old: Centaur Outrider, Harpy Rogue, Razormane Medicine Man, Harpy Windwitch
  • New: Centaur Outrider, Quillboar Hunter, Centaur Archer, Harpy Windwitch

Black Citadel / Outland

  • Old: Fel Beast, Draenei Disciple, Voidwalker, Draenei Darkslayer
  • New: Bloodfiend, Draenei Disciple, Voidwalker, Skeletal Orc Grunt

Felwood

  • Old: Murloc Flesheater, Sludge Flinger, Satyr Soulstealer
  • New: Murloc Flesheater, Sludge Monstrosity, Satyr Shadowdancer, Spitting Spider

Icecrown Glacier

  • Old: Barbed Arachnathid, Blue Dragonspawn Meddler, Magnataur Warrior, Polar Furbolg Shaman
  • New: Ice Troll Berserker, Blue Dragonspawn Warrior, Tuskarr Healer, Unbroken Darkweaver

Lordaeron Fall

  • Unchanged

Lordaeron Winter

  • Old: Gnoll Overseer, Ice Troll Berseker, Ice Troll Trapper, Mud Golem
  • New: Ogre Mauler, Ice Troll Berserker, Ice Troll Priest, Mud Golem

Northrend

  • Old: Nerubian Warrior, Ice Troll Berserker, Frost Revenant, Nerubian Webspinner
  • New: Nerubian Warrior, Ice Troll Berserker, Frost Revenant, Nerubian Seer

Sunken Ruins

  • Old: Mur’gul Snarecaster, Makrura Snapper, Makrura Deepseer, Giant Sea Turtle
  • New: Mur’gul Snarecaster, Mur’gul Blood-Gill, Stormreaver Hermit, Skeletal Orc Grunt

Village / Village Fall

  • Old: Kobold, Murcloc Huntsman, Assassin, Kobold Geomancer
  • New: Kobold Tunneler, Kobold Taskmaster, Assassin, Kobold Geomancer

Mercenary Camp Units
Assassin

  • Initial stock delay increased from 110 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Gold cost increased from 250 to 260

Bloodfiend

  • Initial stock delay increased from 0 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Max stock decreased from 3 to 1
  • Gold cost increased from 170 to 240

Blue Dragonspawn Warrior

  • Gold cost increased from 255 to 300
  • Lumber cost decreased from 30 to 0

Burning Archer

  • Initial stock delay increased from 60 seconds to 220 seconds

Centaur Archer

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 120 seconds

Centaur Outrunner

  • Initial stock delay increased from 60 seconds to 220 seconds

Dark Troll Berserker

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 255 to 245

Dark Troll Shadow Priest

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 195 to 175

Draenai Disciple

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 135 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Stock replenishment delay increased from 90 seconds to 110
  • Gold cost increased from 155 to 195
  • Lumber cost decreased from 15 to 10

Giant Wolf

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Gold cost reduced from 255 to 215
  • Lumber cost reduced from 30 to 0

Gnoll Brute

  • Initial stock delay increased from 60 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 215 to 140
  • Lumber cost decreased from 20 to 0

Gnoll Warden

  • Initial stock delay increased from 180 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 215 to 180

Harpy Windwitch

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 640 seconds to 440 seconds

Ice Troll Priest

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 195 to 175

Kobold Geomancer

  • Gold cost decreased from 255 to 215

Kobold Tunneler

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 215 to 150
  • Lumber cost decreased from 20 to 0

Mur’gul Blood-Gill

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Gold cost increased from 105 to 195
  • Lumber cost increased from 0 to 10

Mur’gul Snarecaster

  • Gold cost increased from 215 to 265
  • Lumber cost increased from 20 to 30

Murloc Flesheater

  • Initial stock delay increased from 60 seconds to 120 seconds

Nerubian Warrior

  • Initial stock delay increased from 60 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 215 to 205

Quillboar Hunter

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 220 seconds

Rogue

  • Initial stock delay increased from 60 seconds to 120 seconds

Satyr Shadowdancer

  • Initial stock delay increased from 330 seconds to 440 seconds
  • Gold cost decreased from 255 to 200
  • Lumber cost decreased from 30 to 20

Spitting Spider

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Gold cost increased from 215 to 235
  • Lumber cost increased from 20 to 30

Stormreaver Hermit

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 220 seconds
  • Gold cost increased from 180 to 190

Tuskarr Healer

  • Initial stock delay decreased from 440 seconds to 120 seconds
  • Lumber cost decreased from 20 to 10

Unbroken Darkweaver

  • Gold cost increased from 255 to 320
  • Lumber cost increased from 30 to 50

Voidwalker

  • Gold cost increased from 155 to 245
  • Lumber cost increased from 15 to 30

Balance Related Bugfixes

  • Makrura Deepseer creeps will no longer sometimes cease to react to enemy units when being attacked by a single unit or hero.
  • Developers’ note: As an interesting aside, this bug originates from the Summon Prawns ability. Like many abilities, Summon Prawns adjusts the behavior of the unit it is assigned to. Typically, this is for deciding when to cast an ability or who to target with it. While this bug only affects the Murkura Deepseer in multiplayer, this fix should also clear up some AI strangeness for units using it in custom games.
  • Items can no longer be destroyed by projectiles while in a hero’s inventory.
  • Developers’ note: While we do want to keep the counterplay option of killing items as a means of denial, we want to address this specific strange behavior. Currently if a projectile is in mid-flight it will always do damage to an item, regardless of whether or not it was picked up. This felt especially strange when a high-speed hero would pick up an item, move away, and then suddenly lose the item because of slow moving projectiles landing at the item’s previous location. Additionally, this behavior now matches how units picked up by a Zeppelin functions.
  • Breath of Fire (Brewmaster) starting projectile size increased from 120 to 125 at level 2, matches level 1 and 3 starting size.
  • Developers’ note: This legacy bug has not caused any observable issues, however we wanted to clean up the discrepancy between levels.

Maps
Map Pool Rotation

1v1

  • Removed: Dalaran
  • Added: Brightwater Oasis
  • Developers’ note: Brightwater Oasis contains a new interesting map feature. Each side of this map will have 1 Goblin Merchant and 1 Goblin Laboratory, but each will spawn in one of two locations. This adds an interesting wrinkle to adjusting one’s creeping and attack routes based on map conditions. These locations are linked and symmetric so there shouldn’t be balance concerns around one player having a shorter distance to a shop than the opposing player.

2v2

  • Removed: Phantom Grove LV
  • Added: Circle of Fallen Heroes

3v3

  • Removed: Rolling Hills
  • Added: Guardians

4v4

  • Removed: Banewood Bog LV
  • Added: Northern Felwood

Free For All

  • Removed: Mur’gul Oasis LV
  • Added: Greenville Woods

Map Updates
Terenas Stand LV

  • Critters added to the map

Twisted Meadows

  • Green Gnoll camps near player start locations now has an additional level 1 Gnoll and the Gnoll Brute drops a level 1 power-up item.
  • Developers’ note: We want to make taking the Gnoll camp feel a little more rewarding. It also hits a breakpoint where a single hero can reach level 3 by creeping the Gnoll camp and two yellow camps outside the ‘front’ of each starting location. Previously, two start locations could do this, but the other two would result in a hero just slightly short of level 3.

Echo Isles

  • Added extra trees and doodads behind the south west expansion to address instances of player units getting stuck in unpathable locations after using a Scroll of Town Portal.
  • Filled in various pathing holes around the outer edges of the map.
  • Developers’ note: While it was uncommon for players to get their units stuck behind the southwest expansion location, and stuck units could be freed through destroying trees, we want to solve the issue more directly.

Sanctuary LV

  • Critters added to the map
  • Removed 2 Apprentice Wizards from the north and south red camps. Reduced the item drop from the Ogre Magi from level 6 Charged to level 5 Charged.
  • Developers’ note: There was feedback that the Ogre Magi at the map’s north and south middle red camps were a bit too easy to pull away and kill in the early game. This would result in a powerful level 6 Charged item being dropped early on which could make rush strategies overly strong. To address this, we reduced the level of the item while making the camp slightly easier overall to reflect the lower level of item dropped.

Twilight Ruins LV

  • Removed a Skeletal Grunt and replaced it with two Burning Archers at each of the middle red creep camps.
  • Developers’ note: Previously these creep camps lacked any anti-air elements other than Death Coil. This gave players who rushed to air units, Undead especially, a bit too much of an advantage when creeping. This change should make these camps require more time and investment to take down.

System

User Interface

  • Team-colored healthbars are no longer “On” by default for new users.

Please see our Known Issues post for this version in the Bug Report forum here.

Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes
Version 1.32.5
April 28, 2020

Art

  • All Melee units and buildings have received a team color polish pass to increase vibrancy and gameplay readability.
  • Female Demon Hunter scaled up to match closer with Male Demon Hunter’s silhouette.
  • Waterfall changed to use Replaceable Textures. Its tint automatically adjusts in game based on the map tileset.
  • Visual effect used for the first stage of buildings damage changed from smoke to fire for better readability.
  • Adjusted fire visual effects placements on the Townhall, Keep, and Castle for added readability during their damaged states.
  • Northrend Trees have been updated to match Classic visuals. There are now four visually distinctive tree wall sets:
    • Northrend Icy Tree Wall
    • Northrend Tree Wall
    • Snowy Tree Wall
    • Scorched Tree Wall
  • Footprints have been updated for the following groups:
    • Trolls have their own unique footprint.
    • Undead units with missing footprints are now fixed.
    • Vehicles now have continuous rolling footprint.
  • Fixed an issue with the Female Demon Hunter’s hero icon appearing incorrectly when disabled while in Demon form.
  • Tuskarr Trapper now throws his own spear when attacking.
  • Portrait animations have been updated for the following units: Peasant, Sorceress, High Elf, Lich, Dreadlord, Balnazzar, Mal’ganis, Keeper of the Grove, Night Elf Runner, Cenarius, Illidan (Demon Form), Tree of Life, Tree of Ages, Tree of Eternity, and their corrupted counterparts.
  • Reduced Violence Mode updates:
    • Female Death Knight updated with correct visual effects for spell casting.
    • Ogre Magi no longer disappears in the middle of its attack animations.

Custom Games

  • Single Player mode has been re-enabled. This can be accessed from its own Create Games section in the Main Menu.
  • Fixed multiple crashes on custom games such as Custom Hero Survival.
  • Several fixes have been applied to Instance API natives related to unit attacks.
  • Blizzard.j and common.j are no longer considered when computing save checksums.

Editor

  • The “Export All” option in the Asset Manager now functions correctly.

Gameplay

  • Destructibles flagged as “Walkable” no longer cause desyncs between Classic and Reforged.
  • Reforged Troll mercenary unit selection circles are now smaller and more aligned with Classic.
  • All Neutral unit selection circles now properly match the Reforged unit models.
  • Creep camps are easier to see on the minimap.
  • Permanent morphing units, such as the Obsidian Statue, will no longer briefly display their disabled morph ability icon while transforming.

Graphics

  • Game lighting adjusted to improve Reforged readability and colors.

Sound

  • Doom Guards now have the correct sound effects for their air and ground attacks.
  • Forest, Dark, and Ice Troll Trappers will no longer play the Berserk sound effect when casting Ensnare in Reforged mode.
  • Alchemist facial animations and acknowledgement sounds updated.
  • Flesh Golem facial animations and acknowledgement sounds updated.

User Interface

  • Sepia tone backgrounds in Classic mode have been reverted.
  • The “Use Command Button for Hotkeys” on Mac now functions as expected.

April 29, 2020
Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Multiplayer win totals for Collections to be set to zero.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players in some regions from joining custom games.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players in some regions from starting any game.
  • Single player custom games can again be created in the Russian locale.
  • Reduced Violence Mode is again enabled where required.

Zug Zug!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we have a dedicated team here focused on Warcraft III. Alongside our continued efforts to bring monthly patches with bug fixes and quality of life changes, the team is prioritizing delivering features like Ranked Ladders, Profiles, Clans, and Custom Campaigns. We’ll continue to share more details as those features are nearing release, but know we’re here and hard at work on the game.

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Warcraft III Reforged Version 1.32.3
Patch Notes
March 18, 2020

Art

  • Naga units now have footprints in Reforged mode.
  • Random items placed using the unit palette will no longer be invisible in game.
  • Fixed animation issues with the Naga Sea Witch’s Tornado spell.
  • Magtheridon will now animate correctly when its movement speed is slowed.
  • Death Knights have been scaled down to be the correct size in Reforged mode.
  • Fixed an issue where buildings that were unsummoned mid-upgrade could sometimes visually persist in-game, in Reforged mode.
  • Guard Dog critters will no longer be invisible in Classic mode.
  • Fixed a bug where if a Demon Hunter died in demon form, the revive icon would be the demon form icon.
  • Added the autocast frame to the Firelord’s Incinerate ability.
  • Selection circles for all the neutral ground units has been properly adjusted to fit around the unit.
  • The Blademaster’s attack animations have been updated to have less horizontal movement in Reforged mode, making it more consistent to interact with.

Audio

  • Fixed an issue that was causing certain Reforged combat sounds to be used while in Classic mode.
  • Fixed an issue where Meat Wagons sometimes did not properly play their death sounds in Reforged mode.

Campaign

  • Priests and Sorceresses no longer use their blood elf model during cutscenes in “March of the Scourge” in Reforged.
  • Player heroes will always be selected when loading from sub-maps to the main map of “To Tame a Land” in Reforged.
  • Fixed a bug that could block progress in Gazlowe’s quest in “To Tame a Land” where in certain situations the Sappers could not target the support columns.
  • “A New Power in Lordaeron” no longer has city gates preventing the AI from attacking the player.
  • Blood Elf Archers and Swordsmen command card icons in the Curse of the Blood Elves Campaign have been updated to have green eyes.
  • Blood Elf Lieutenants in “The Dungeons of Dalaran” now use the correct command card icon.

Custom Games

  • Smoothed the menu transition when exiting a custom lobby
  • Fixed an issue that was causing item stacking to break certain custom games.

Editor

  • Fixed an issue that was causing item stacking to not trigger item-pickup events in scripting.

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue that could cause bridges to desync when a client with Reforged graphics played with another on Classic graphics.
  • When using custom hotkeys, Warcraft III Reforged will now also check a user’s keyboard locale layout in-game, in addition to English. This enables the usage of non-English characters in CustomKeys.txt.
  • The selection volume for units affected by Cyclone and Tornado spells is now more accurate.
  • Fixed a bug where debug text would appear when using certain abilities in some locales.
  • Corrected the Necromancer Initiate tooltip to mention Raise Dead instead of Cripple.
  • Doodads with invalid/not-found model path will be invisible in game now instead of shown as a green box. They are still shown as a green box in the editor.

Graphics

  • Improved performance when using terrain-deforming abilities in Reforged mode.
  • Fixed an issue that caused flickering for some effects when viewed through fog of war in Reforged mode.

Non-Ladder Maps

  • Fixed an issue with some creeps that was causing them to be invisible on Jungle Fever and Rice Fields.

User Interface

  • Fixed an issue on ultrawide screen displays that caused menus to be misaligned.

Versus

  • Fixed item tables for certain creeps on Timbermaw Hold and Market Square.
    • Kobold Geomancers now drop a Level 1 Powerup on Market Square.
    • Satyr camps guarding gold mines now drop a Level 3 Permanent and Level 2 Powerup on Timbermaw Hold.
    • Dragon camps now also drop a Level 2 Powerup on Timbermaw Hold.
  • The following maps have been reactivated on ladder: Ruins of Stratholme (3v3), Banewood Bog LV (4v4), and Fountain of Manipulation (FFA).

Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes

Version 1.32.2

February 24, 2020

Changes and Bug Fixes

  • Campaign
    • Audio levels for some dialogue have been adjusted.
    • The animations, triggers, and cameras for some cutscenes have been tweaked.
    • Fixed multiple campaign missions that had units appear invisible.
    • Multiple inventory issues have been fixed for the Rexxar campaign.
    • Fixed multiple bugs throughout the Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne Campaigns
    • Updated the cutscene cinematic panel to transition cleanly between conversations.
    • Fixed issues making Twilight of the Gods in the Reforged campaign easier to complete than intended.
    • Tyrande’s inventory will no longer be absent on the Daughters of the Moon and The Awakening of Stormrage missions in the Classic campaign.
  • Custom Games
    • Fixed multiple missing assets that were impacting Custom Games.
    • The Custom Games list has been updated to better optimize searching.
  • Gameplay
    • Fixed an issue where if a player quit multiple games and switched graphic settings, the user would get a “Match Found” but the game wouldn’t start.
    • The Female Demon Hunter now uniquely metamorphosizes to her own model.
    • Fixed an issue with Tranquil Paths where creeps were invisible.
    • Updated the Firelord’s Incinerate ability icon in Reforged. It can still be auto-cast as normal.
    • Guardian Golem now has an auto-attack impact sound.
    • Fixed an issue where the Blademaster was immune to non-magic abilities like Ensnare while using the Bladestorm ability.
    • Lady Vashj has a small update to her head to address her human ears.
    • Succubus models are now visually distinct.
    • Fixed an issue where new Reforged death sounds were playing in Classic Mode.
    • Three maps have been temporarily removed from their respective map pools due to instability: Ruins of Stratholme (3v3), Banewood Bog LV (4v4), and Fountain of Manipulation (FFA). They may return once the issue has been resolved.
  • Interface
    • Players are now able to leave the matchmaking queue in versus mode.
    • Fixed an issue with team members entering a broken state when cancelling queue while the team is disbanded.
    • When a player leaves a match, remaining players no longer receive the additional message “Blizzard has left the game.”
    • Transitioning from cinematics to a mission no longer briefly displays campaign selection.
    • Battletags now consistently show for team invites in the user interface.
    • Map Vetos now save for Versus FFA Mode.
    • Ultra-Widescreen is now a viable option in the options menu.
    • The Grid Hotkey option now works correctly for campaign and hero units.
    • Multiple localization fixes for text, subtitles, and truncation have been addressed in campaign and online play.
    • Added Squelching to chat channel functionality.
    • Fixed multiple portrait issues with units in both campaign and online play.
  • Editor
    • Fixed an issue where melee-only abilities were showing up as hidden in the editor when using custom data.
  • System
    • Fixed a crash that could occur while playing campaign, versus, or custom games with the ‘Low’ texture setting.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur in systems with a high number of logical processors.

Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes
Version 1.32.1
February 6, 2020

Changes and Bug Fixes

  • Campaign
    • Players should no longer be met with a “defeat” screen after loading into a mission.
    • Audio levels for some dialogue have been adjusted.
    • The animations, triggers, and cameras for some cutscenes have been tweaked.
    • Disconnecting or logging out will no longer change the save file folder.
    • Fixed a number of issues that would block progression or not give credit for completing missions.
      Developer’s note: Updating a map for these types of fixes invalidates prior saves. This is similar to how replays from prior game client versions no longer work. Campaign progress will not be lost.
  • Custom Games
    • Multiboards should no longer crash custom games.
    • Joining lobbies for the same map no longer creates duplicate versions of the map.
      Developer’s note: This also resolves disconnects from improper map names.
  • Gameplay
    • The rendering of Classic mode has been updated.
    • Resolved an issue with hitching when constructing buildings or training units for the first time.
    • Fixed Ziggurat upgrade animation in Reforged mode.
    • Adjusted animations and portraits for multiple units and buildings.
    • Units completing training while off-screen again have voices.
    • Starting locations are again obscured by the fog of war.
  • Interface
    • Whispers now include the name of the sender.
    • Locale settings for audio and subtitles can now be adjusted independently in Battle .net prior to launching the game.
    • Non-Latin glyphs no longer overlap.
    • A tooltip now displays when hovering over truncated text.
    • Chat keeps up with the latest messages.
    • Heroes on the match results screen are now contained by boundaries.
    • All menus are now distinct between Classic and Reforged graphic settings.
      Developer’s note: We’ve implemented a temporary solution to better inform whether you are playing in Reforged or Classic mode, by applying a sepia tone to the background images for Classic.

Warcraft III: Reforged Patch Notes
Version 1.32 – January 28, 2020

Relive the events of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne with Warcraft III: Reforged. Experience the epic origin stories of Warcraft, now more stunning and evocative than ever before, with vivid recreations of every hero, unit, building, and environment.

Updates
Battle .net

  • Install, update, and launch Warcraft III from the Blizzard Battle .net app.
  • Includes integrated Groups and Chat.

Campaigns

  • Restored three prologue missions from the original Warcraft III Demo: Riders on the Storm, The Fires Down Below, and Countdown to Extinction.
  • Updated terrain, mission difficulty, and added auto-saves for all missions.
  • Updated art and layout of major cities from three of Warcraft’s iconic cities: Dalaran, Silvermoon, and Stratholme.
  • Updated all campaign characters and visual assets.

Collections

  • Equip hero skins, choose your favorite portrait, and browse unlockable campaign and matchmaking rewards.

Languages

  • Locale support added for Spanish (Latin America) and Portuguese (Brazil).
  • Locale support updated for Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish (Spain).

Menus and Options

  • Added “Grid” or traditional hotkey layouts.
  • New gameplay settings for unit health bars, team colors, hero status bars, and cooldown display.
  • Classic Account linking to keep your historic wins.
    • Legacy accounts will expire in 90 days, so link as soon as possible.
  • Toggle between Classic and Reforged mode for graphics and campaign content.

Versus - Competitive Matchmaking

  • Queue for heads-up battle with the new matchmaking system for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, or 4-person “Free For All” melee.
  • Create your group and join 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 together.

Known Issues
We’ve posted our Known Issues List in the Warcraft III Bug Report forum. Please ensure your drivers are up to date before reporting issues.

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No ladder, huh? Again? 3 months later…

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LMAO

10 characters

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Ayy. More footprints changes. I like where this game is going.

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more footprints pogchamp

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patch highlight sepia background removed cya next month

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LMAO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Shout out to WGDF

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Removed Collection as well, so if you grinded your panda, goodluck on it again :slight_smile:

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All my wins and losses are gone good job blizzard…
1000 win icons GONE :smiley:

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Please bring ladder again.
Please bring anonymous FFA again.
Please bring matchmaking by region again.

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AH-HA-HA, bye bye my progress… Blizz, are u serious?

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How are you going to remove the win/loss totals and icon collection? Like wtaf

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You are walking over us with “FOOTPRINTS” ROFL
where my icon!

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Wow, thank god for the waterfall fix and more foot prints.

…but where’s ladder?

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Really glad that you guys are still working on this game. Ladder/profiles are the only thing I care about at this point. Clearly most people agree. Please don’t give up on this game without addressing that!

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So, no campaign fixes? What the hell?

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Pathetic patch, pathetic announcment and against all the annaouncment u were working on (at least u were telling us to work on) NO ladder… what? no ladder? what Activions Blizzards?
what?

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Wtf, 2 GB for nothing?!?!?!?!? Can you atleast fix this damn mother of holy fps main screen. Im not looking into buying a high end computer for a 2 decades old game

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Disappointing Blizzard…

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