Game Client Patch v2.5.0 on 15th Dec (Updated)

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Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:21
There will be a Game Client Patch v2.5.0 on 15th December 2011, 0700 hrs - 1159 hrs (GMT +8).
Game Service will be unavailable during this time. Players are advised to logout safely before this time.

[Update]: Game Service has resumed as of 1030 hrs (GMT +8)


In lieu of the healthy matchmaking ratings we have in SEA, we will not be rolling out the MMR compression anymore. This decision is made partly in our community's favour and preference.

Some points to note:
- New Hero Alternate Avatar, Kangamonium will be released today after the patch. It will be bundled with its Exclusive Chat Symbol, at a price of 350 Gold Coins / 3000 Silver Coins.
- Premium Alternate Avatar, Frost Rider, will be on 33% discount ONLY for TODAY!
- New Hero Alternate Avatar, Sister Matyr will be released on 16 Dec 2011.
- Grandfather Chronos will be released today after the patch.
* We have successfully achieved the target of 3,000 purchases of Father Chronos between 7th Dec - 11 Dec. Players who have previously purchased Father Chronos during this period will receive Grandfather Chronos for free after the patch. Thank you for your support!
- New Early Access Hero, Shadowblade, will be released today after the patch. It will now come with its Exclusive Avatar and Chat Symbol, at a price of 400 Gold Coins.

New Hero:

Shadow Blade


New Hero Alternate Avatar:

Sister Matyr

Instructions to Update:

- Players who have patched through Garena Messenger may continue to do so to update their client.
- Players who have patched through the game client will be prompted with a message to update client upon log-in. Click Yes and the game will be updated automatically.
* In case the update message does not appear, hit Ctrl+F8 and type enter Upd_checkforupdates 1


- Changing Windows Compatibility Mode.
* Select Windows 95 compatibility mode in order to update (de-select it after the updating process has finished):
1. Right-click the icon for the program
2. Click Properties
3. Click the Compatibility tab.
4. Set Compatibility mode to "Windows 95"
5. Click Apply and OK. Open the task manager and make sure no other instance of HoN is running. If there is, kill it by selecting hon.exe and click on "End Process". Run HoN as an Administrator and install it directly into your HDD's root (e.g. C:\).

- Changing your Graphic Driver temporarily.

Upon launching the game, go to Settings Graphics, select "OpenGL"and try patching again. Revert it back to "DirectX" when the patch is complete.

Version 2.5.0

== General ==

- Matchmaking Rework
* The "Average Wait Time" displayed when waiting for a match should now be much more accurate
* Group leaders can now select whether they prefer to have a shorter queue time or a fairer match when queueing for matchmaking. This option can be changed without leaving the matchmaking queue
* Introduced a "Provisional Ranking Period" for new players that will facilitate adjusting them to their true skill level (whether higher or lower) much faster than before
* Players with team members who have been terminated should lose less points for a loss, and gain more points for a win
* Made numerous changes to the way MMR is calculated such as how many points players gain or lose each match, how match predictions are calculated between two potential teams when searching for a matchup, and many other changes to the backend calculations that should make the MMR progression much more accurate in predicting and placing a player at their true MMR rating
* Optimizations to the matchmaking algorithm that should reduce queue times across the board
* The game lobby and hero select screens now show match gain/loss values with more precision as it is now possible to gain/lose fractional amounts of MMR
* The minimum MMR has been increased from 750 to 1000
* See the forums for more information!

- Player Speculating
* Can now join a friend's game in progress and watch from their point of view
* No delay, your camera is locked to the view of the specific person you are watching
* You must be approved by the person you are trying to watch before you can join and they can kick you out at any time
* Currently, a player may only have 1 Player Spectator or Mentor and a limit of 4 on a server at any one time

- Mentoring
* Join the game of another player and Mentor them to help them improve!
* Your camera is locked to their camera, the same as Player Speculating
* You still have to ask permission from the player to join their game and can be removed at any time
* The Mentor has additional special functions available:
* Holding Right Mouse Button will show your mouse to your Pupil (You can already see theirs)
* CTRL+Enter will message your Pupil or Mentor
* Holding X will let you have voice chat with only your Mentor or Pupil
* You can also ping your Pupil's Minimap screen as a Mentor
* Bindings can be changed
* Currently, a player may only have 1 Player Spectator or Mentor and a limit of 4 on a server at any one time

- Forest of Caldavar changed
* Every tree on the map has been replaced with new, more awesome trees
* An ancient large statue was discovered near the Legion Observatory
* Life has begun to flourish, and you should hear more Ambient sounds as you enjoy the world

- New recruits have joined the fight!
* The Lane Creeps, including Mega Creeps, have been completely redone with new models, animations, and sounds

- Water shaders have been significantly improved
* The River now flows down the map and there is realtime reflection from the water

- Added a new option: Rim Lighting
* Can be turned on in the options to draw a larger contrast on the edge of units

- The Chatserver has been updated for HoN 2.5
* You will have to log out and patch before you can reconnect

- Tower attack volume has been adjusted
- Hero Spotlights will now automatically pop up the first time you enter the game after a new one is posted

== Items ==

- Items in the shops have been moved around a bit to ensure that each shop is priced lowest to highest
* Keybinds might have changed! Keep that in mind

- New Item: Item_GraveLocket Grave Locket
* Amulet of Exile (485)
* Recipe (250)
* Total: 735
* 7 Intelligence
* 4 Agility
* 4 Strength
* Passive
* When you get a kill or assist, the Locket becomes charged
* When charged, gains +3 to all stats and reduces respawn time by 10 seconds
* If the wielder dies, the charge will be removed

- New Item: Item_Sasuke Genjuro
* Assassin's Shroud (3300)
* Dancing Blade (3000)
* Total: 6300
* Auto-Assembles
* 25 Agility
* 45 Damage
* 20 Attack Speed
* Active
* 75 Manacost
* On use, consumes a charge and grants stealth for 9 seconds
* Attacking out of stealth deals an additional 125 damage and inflicts 55% movespeed slow for 3 seconds
* Gain a charge every 14 seconds, up to 2 charges

- Homecoming Stone
* Tooltip fixed slightly

- Mana Battery
* Now transfers its charges to Power Supply when you upgrade it

- Runes of the Blight
* Sounds redone

- Void Talisman
* Removed the 'use' animation, fixes animation bugs with channels and while moving

== Heroes ==

- Added a new Early Access Hero: Shadowblade Shadow_Blade_85
* Added a new Limited Edition Alt Avatar: Corporeal Shadowblade 
* The Early Access bundle now includes a Limited Edition Symbol!

- Gemini is now available in the general hero pool

- Added a new Martyr Alt Avatar: Sister Martyr sisiter_matyr

- Added a new Chronos Alt Avatar: Grandfather Chronos
* Reward for reaching the purchase goal of Father Time Chronos 
* Will be added to your account for free if you bought Father Time Chronos

- Fallen Valkyrie's animations were redone

== Bugfixes ==

- Cthulhuphant: Fixed Obliterate so that it really doesn't hit stuff behind him if positioned at very specific points
- Cthulhuphant: Fixed Trample so it doesn't hit behind him in the initial cast position
- Dampeer: Fixed Consume so that the heal you get accounts for Spellshards
- Gemini: Fixed an issue with Twin Strike that made him do less attack DPS than intended
- Gemini: Fixed some effects playing through fog
- Gemini: Updated some skewed portraits
- Jeraziah: Animation Smoothing
- Lord Salforis: Animation Smoothing
- Myrmidon: Attacks in Forced Evolution form now go through Void Talisman
- Moraxus: Animation Smoothing
- Pandamonium: Animation Smoothing
- Pandamonium: When Face Smash channel starts, Pandamonium does 1 autoattack right off the bat instead of waiting 1 second for the first hit
- Plague Rider: Animation Smoothing
- Plague Rider: Fixed Staff of the Master tooltip issue and an interaction with deleted characters