The Nerf Hammer Cometh
He has reigned over the Nexus since it’s creation. Attempts have been made to unseat him from his throne, but he has always survived and always remained. He is Uther, king of the Supports, and Blizzard is trying to take him down. During the Heroes of the Storm State of the Game at Blizzcon, it was revealed that Uther has a 50% win rate across all skill levels and across regions. That is precisely what the balance team wants when they look at hero. Uther is seemingly perfect the way he is. Why is it that the balance team is attempting to nerf him? As most people who follow HotS as an esport know, Uther has a nearly 100% pick ban rate in competitive play. This is seemingly the only reason they’ve decided to make the change.
Uther’s Trait, Eternal Devotion is getting a small nerf. When Uther dies, he’ll become an Invulnerable spirit for 8 seconds, down from 10. Also, the cooldown on Uther’s heroic ability, Divine Shield is being raised from 70 to 90 seconds. These nerfs aren’t very harsh, which is good, but will they accomplish what Blizzard intends? I don’t believe this will drop his pick/ban rate much at all.
The trouble is Divine Shield: It’s too good, and there is no way to nerf it or remove it without taking away what makes Uther a World of Warcraft paladin. I think the answer is buffing the other panic button heroics in the game. Li Li’s Jug of 1000 cups can be interrupted. The wind-up time on Rehgar’s Ancestral Healing is too long making the ability unreliable. Kharazim’s Divine palm is simple to defeat, especially on a pro level. Ignore it and it goes away, or simply kill a squishy hero twice. Tranquility is okay, but the rest of Malfurion’s kit doesn’t deal with burst damage well. As they are, these heroics don’t compete with the instant and 100% reliable Divine Shield. The rest of the supports don’t really have panic buttons that deal with heavy damage. We’ll see what happens, but I’m pretty sure that Holy Paladin Uther will shine and brightly as ever.
Do you think Uther’s doomed? Will Other Supports come forth to take his place as top support? Let us know in the comments.