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Xnd Hero Siege 1.28c

Submitted by Ricola3D
This bundle is marked as approved. It works and satisfies the submission rules.
Contact: ricola3d@gmail.com / PM

Introduction
The "Xnd Hero Siege" project

Welcome to the Xnd Hero Siege project's page. This is a project initialized in 2019 by Ricola3D, an addicted player of Sogat's X Hero Siege who was terribly desapointed by Sogat retirement and the fact that X Hero Siege had been not evolving for years. The project is based on the X Hero Siege 3.33 map, the latest stable version released by Sogat. I started it alone, but want it to be a collaborative projet : I am looking for contributors, so if you have ideas or development skills, feel free to join !

Concept

The spirit is to keep the essence of version 3.33, but fix the bugs, improve the balance and improve specific points. I also want to add some fun, but with always keeping the original spirit. A regular player of X Hero Siege 3.33 should be able to master this map quickly and without effort ! Therefore this is not a copy of Sogat's work. Aside annoying bugs fixed, there are major improvements, mainly to enhance the balance, teamplay or fun ! For v1.0, there are 2 new heroes, auras have more range and apply on wards, caster and summoners remain efficient in late game, etc...


What's next ?

Here you can find all the developments to come !

New features

- Improve boss phase: streaks, charged attacks (ex: Tank-Commander's boss ultimates), new behaviors when low life, AOE/DOT zones, defensife/offensive postures, ...
- New items, and maybe a recipe system.
- New heroes.
- Add "Cosmic Elven Wings" as a quest reward ?
- Replace Knight's Holy Light ability by Volatile Light custom spell ?
- New fun spells with JeffQ's chain system.
- Increase the "Hero Maximum XP Gain Range" constant ?
- Have silence spells break magic immunity ?
- Have team upgrades also boost minions magic resistance.
- Beastmaster's hawks: find a way so they don't take all focus and die in a instant...
- Final wave should give more gold.
- First survival should give more gold, and creeps strength should increase with extrem level.
- Paladin: replace Taunt ability by Savior's aura ? (from Hiveworkshop)
- Add a way for players to break Arthas' and Admiral's holy shield.
- Hero selection: find a way to see available spells before picking a hero.
- Rework QWERTY hotkeys.
- Have flags from Necropolis death really increase castle regen when dropped nearby.
- Cryptlord rebalanced.
- Find a way to prevent kills steal ?
- Display resurection cooldowns to all players ? Have a resurected hero invincible for a few seconds ?
- Create sheeps/coorps nearby during boss phase ?
- Ennemies could have a chance to drop item on death ?
- Replace single-target drain skills by G4ND4LF's chained life steal abilities ?
- Use Maker's CustomWindow system to display tips or changelogs ?
- Creeps attack Castle too easily, find a way to rework focus of slow their attack speed against Castle ?


Balance changes

.

Source code optimization

- Compact some systems (ex: triggered life steal, bug fixes, ...) in one trigger & post them on hiveworkshop.

Bugs to fix

- Sometimes, game crash when leaving the game.
- When switching hero, sometimes ennemy focus bugs and the boss runs far away.
- Tiny's first two spells are rumored to cause desync issues.



  • Life Changing features
    you don't find in X Hero Siege 3.33

    :carr: 2 new pick modes, dual+same, dual+random
    :carr: Host can be changed or leave without concern.
    :carr: 3 new heroes: Runemaster, Stone Giant and Myrmidon.
    :carr: 7 new items
    :carr: -bt command is always enabled. New -bl command to buy levels.
    :carr: No more exp lost when switching heroes in Dual mode !
    :carr: Finally all auras range x3.
    :carr: In late game, spells do massive damages, and minions are powerful and tanky.
    :carr: (All) Hero Images cannot cast boring spells that ruin it: anti-magic shield, heals, entrave, banish, archimonde's form...
    :carr: Many spells balanced or replaced.
    :carr: Lifesteal works with any attack.


    Map Description
    Objective Select your hero, defend the castle and kill all dark forces.
    Players 1-8 (no IA)
    Game duration ~ 45-90 minutes
    Language English
    Compatible versions Warcraft 1.31.x and newer


  • Gameplay

    Beginning
    One Player 1 (red) has chosen difficulty and pick mode, pick your hero(s) or use -random command. You can use the -repick command once if you are unsatisfied.

    Defend the Castle
    Creeps spawn from 8 lanes to attack the Castle. Choose a lane, go defend it with your hero(s). Killing creeps will give you gold and exp. Periodically ennemy waves appear at west, north, east then south of Castle. Defeat them with your teamates.

    Special quests
    The game includes 4 special quests, each one with a different reward. When you are ready, go in the circle and the bottom-right of Castle and pick the quest you wish:
    Event Mission Difficulty Reward
    Hero image Kill a stronger version of your hero. Hard +100 all stats.
    All hero image Kill 8 stronger heroes. Crazy Necklace of spell immunity.
    Spirit Beast Kill a giant spirit beast. Impossible Shield of Immortality.
    Hero image Kill a frost infernal. Impossible Key of Moon.


    1st special event
    You get teleported in a tiny room with your allies. A dward boss, Muradin, is chassing you there. You cannot kill him, just survive 3min and you will win 50000 gold.

    2nd special event
    You get teleported in a tiny room without your allies. You have 3min to kill a maximum of ennemies to earn as much gold as possible !

    1st survival
    When you are done defending the Castle and stronger enough, you can kill the dark Necropolis. Then 2 new lanes open, and mega creeps will come once you enter within. Survive them.

    Final wave
    When you are done farming on the mega creeps, you can kill the ice thrones. A final wave will appear near the Castle, it is up to you to defend it.

    1st boss
    After surviving the final wave, you can go in the circles behing the remains of the ice thrones. This will teleport you to the first boss of this map: Magtheridon. Kill it 3 times to win. On dying, he will split into,many baby bosses.

    TODO
    2nd survival
    The 4 captains
    3nd survival
    2nd boss
    Last boss

    Defeat
    Victory

    TODO
    Tips


  • Comparison to X Hero Siege 3.33 (by Sogat)

    The following improvements have been made:

    Major changes
    - New select modes: Dual Random & Dual Same.
    - New heroes: Runemaster, Stone Giant & Myrmidon.
    - Buy tomes: -bt command always enabled.
    - Buy levels: new -bl command.
    - Host: Can be transfered with -host <name/color/number> command. Automatically given to top score player on leave.
    - New items: 8 new items (3 merchants).
    - Super items: Can be bought for a high price.
    - Charged items: you can stack and split them.
    - Balance: All stats (allies & ennemies) balanced. Minions boosted in late game.
    - (All) hero image: boring spells removed (shakle, anti-magic field, ...). Clones stats do not take into account items & skills attribute bonus.
    - Dual heroes: Inventory are fully shared (even cooldowns). Events reset CDs of both heroes.
    - Buying level tomes: new command -bl.
    - Leavers: their hero is pickable again. Their gold is shared between remaining players.
    - Close way/open way works for ways 2 to 8, and iceway 2.
    - Shared control: allies hero portraits are visibles, switch is possible.
    - Bosses: spell immunity ability changed to resistant skin. Rear attacks do +20% damages, and 10% chances of rear strike with x3 damages. Flank attacks do +10% damages, and 5% chances of flank strike with x3 damages. Works with spells too.
    - Farm event: creeps take +500% damages from spells.
    - Attack types: all attack types do 100% damages to hero armor (piercing, siege, spell, magic).
    - Life steal abilities: work with any attack type (orb, ranged, ...).
    - Damage return abilities: now returns a fixed amount + a percentage of damages taken before armor reduction. Works vs melee & ranged attacks.
    - Summons: most summons gain a mini-cleave or mini-splash at level 3.
    - Shops: removed items start cooldowns. Castle now sells same items than Goblin Merchants. 3 new merchants near Castle. Added possibility to convert goold into lumber and vice-versa.
    - Farm Event: spawn rate limited to 1 wave per second.
    - Survivals: bounty from ghouls, orc skeletons, death revenants & magnataurs is proportional to player count.

    Bug fixes
    - Dryad: multishot now works properly in late game.
    - Random: not available before settings selection anymore (caused bugs).
    - Leavers: check for stuck items or events.
    - Dual hero: no more exp lost by switching heroes. 2nd hero may be picked later.
    - Banehallow cinematic: no more 2nd hero misspositioning.
    - Blizzard bugs: workaround to fix orb of slow and similar abilities.
    - Earth/Fire/Storm Brewmaster: could not attack air units.
    - Banish: damages from fan or rockets and similar spells were nulified.
    - Some heroes missed the glow effect.
    - After special events, unselected heroes are not unpaused.
    - Boss are invulnerable before you fight them, to avoid glitches & cheats.
    - Tomes & other power-up items do not memory leak anymore.
    - Plasma rifle do AOE damage vs air units & buildings.
    - Dual hero switch & item cooldowns.
    - Fixed abilities that cannot target non-organic ennemies, air ennemies, non-organic allies, ward allies.
    - Game was stuck at captains stage when playing Easy mode in solo.
    - Using close way command to close the last opened way stuck the games.
    - Silent assassins, Lighhtning Attacks, Dragons Attacks could sometimes happen during cinematics (paused phases).
    - Some heroes had wrong start mana or mana regeneration.

    Other changes
    - Kick command is now possible with name (case sensitive), color or player number.
    - Extrem ennemy heroes give a gold bounty equal to their stats.
    - Cooldowns: various cooldowns reduced.
    - Mirror images & Clones: get damage, defense and attack speed bonus. Get autocasts.
    - Minions can use the 2 teleport circles behind the ice pillars to reach the boss zone.
    - Muradin event: cannot place wards or phoenixes in water anymore.
    - Farm event: rock golems are not magic immune anymore.
    - Farm event: improved sheeps/corpses/tree spawn.
    - Cinematics: shortened final wave cinematic.
    - Boss phase: hero revive timer is reduced from 120s to 45s during this phase. Stats improved to compensate for armor damage reduction nerf.
    - Code reliability and performances improved.
    - Shops: Tome of Power max stop changed to 3. Amulet of the Wild cooldowns divided by 2.
    - Corpses: removed after 8s instead of 5 (for spells that need them).
    - Special events teleportation circle: your minions are teleported along.
    - Claws of Attack: damage bonus increased.
    - Added some text indications & mini-map pings for beginners.
    - Heroes: initial health points increased by 400 to compensate for armor damage reduction nerf.
    - Gold bounty from extrem heroes is now equal to the sum of their stats.
    - Dragons packs & assassins pack size capped to 20.
    - Damage return works vs ranged & spell attacks.
    - Waves 9 to 12 (after farm event): bounty x2.
    - All heroes stats have been uniformized (life, mana, defense, stats...).
    - Move speed bonuses stack.
    - In Extrem 4, added a reminder 30s before level 2 for "-extreme" command.
    - At the end of the following events units & items are cleaned: Ring of Superiority, Lightning Sword, Farm.
    - Necropolis, Spirit Towers, Ice Towers & Death Towers are invulnerable if way is closed, and destroyed at next stages.
    - Ice ways: right one does not open in single player mode.
    - Added a reminder message to open last unused ways before next stage.
    - Skills
    - Aerial shackles (Bloodmage): 500 damage per second. CD reduced to 30s.
    - Anti-magic Shield (Archmage): replaced by Frigid Protection.
    - Anub'Arak's Claw (Crypt Lord): attack speed increase 75%, cooldown 60s.
    - Attribute Bonus (Warden): +50 bonus per hero level.
    - Banish: is now a short duration spell (4s).
    - Blizzard (Archmage): boosted.
    - Bomb Trap (Shadow Hunter): damage doubled at level 4.
    - Breath of Fire: stats uniformized between Blood Mage, Pandaren & Fire.
    - Burning oil (Bloodmage): range/damage +25%.
    - Carrion Beetles (Cryptlord): attack speed increased.
    - Carrion Swarm (Dreadlord): damage boosted, cooldown reduced.
    - Chaos (Dreadlord): damage boosted, cooldown reduced.
    - Clone (Marine): can target wards and invulnerable. Come with you in farm event.
    - Cripple (Warlock): debuff boosted. Mana cost reduced to 100.
    - Death Coil (Dreadlord): cooldown reduced from 20 to 15s (like Firebolt, Frostbolt,...).
    - Death Coil (Ghost): cooldown increased from 10 to 15s (like Firebolt, Frostbolt, ...).
    - Debilitation aura (Archmage): effect changed, increases damage taken from all sources of a given %.
    - Esnare (Pandaren Brewmaster): added 300 damage per second.
    - Fan of Knives/Light/Rockets: damage, AOE and cooldown uniformized.
    - Feedback (Shadow Hunter): damage factor x5.
    - Finger of Death (Pit Lord): cooldown increased from 10 to 15s (like Firebolt, Frostbolt, ...).
    - Frost Armor (Lich): manacost reduced.
    - Frost Arrows (Lich): damage x2, speed decrease +20%
    - Frost Beast (Lich): attacks faster.
    - Frost Paralysis (Archmage): debuff boosted.
    - Heal (Ranger): increased to 20000hp.
    - Healing Ward (Shadow Hunter): now heals 100hp + 1%, manacost reduced to 100.
    - Holy Light (Knight): range increased, CD reduced to 12s, manacost reduced.
    - Howl Scout (Druid of the Claw): abilities and autocast boosted.
    - Hurl Bomb (Marine, Rifleman): cooldown reduced from 20 to 15s (like Firebolt, Frostbolt,...)
    - Immolation (Demon Hunter): ranged increased to 250.
    - Implale (Cryptlord): area of effect increased.
    - Infernal (Dreadlord): attacks faster.
    - Inner Fire (Ranger): damage bonus x3.
    - Laser Trap (Shadow Hunter): damage type changed to pierce (for trueshot aura).
    - Life Regen Aura (Marine, Sorceress, Storm): effect changed to 100hp/200hp/1%/2%.
    - Light Frenzy (Paladin): can target invulnerable units.
    - Lightning Attack (Sorceress): +10000 damage replaced by an orb with +4000 damage & splash.
    - Lightning Shock (Sorceress): cooldown reduced to 30s.
    - Mana Shield (Archmage): now absorbs 50% of damages and repercutes 20% of them on mana.
    - Moonson (Sorceress/Storm): range x1,5. Damage interval slightly reduced.
    - Owl Scout: spell list modified (for better).
    - Permanenent Immolation (Ghost, Pandaren/Fire Brewmaster): ranged increased to 250.
    - Permanent Lightning: range increased to 250.
    - Phase Shift (Sorceress): attack speed greatly increased.
    - Plasma Rifle (Rifleman): can target air units.
    - Poison Sting (Crypt Lord): replaced by Plague Sting, with AOE effect.
    - Pure Light (Paladin): damage type changed to pierce (for trueshot aura).
    - Rain of Eis (Archmage): range/damage x1,5.
    - Rain of Fire (Bloodmage): range/damage x1,5.
    - Reincarnation: replaced by Beast Strike.
    - Rejuvenation (Moon Priestress): increased to 20000hp, manacost reduced to 100.
    - Resistant Skin (Demon Hunter): also removes Metamorphosis cooldown.
    - Roar (Demon Hunter): damage bonus increased to 100%.
    - Rocket Launch (Rifleman): replaced by Hurl Bomb (same skill as Marine).
    - Samuro (Blademaster): stats and attack speed equal yours in late game.
    - Silence (Warden): replaced by Scream.
    - Sleep (Dreadlord): replaced by Cursed Claws.
    - Spicked Carapace (Cryptlord): damage return boosted.
    - Summon Spirit Bear: bears' attack speed increased.
    - Summon Spirit Hawk (Beastmaster): faster attask speed, 200hp/s regen.
    - Summon Spirit Pig (Beastmaster): pig is now ranged, has mini-splash, and grows with your level.
    - Summon Spirit Wolf: wolves' attack speed increased.
    - Terror Wolf (Beastmaster): stats and attack speed equal yours in late game. Removed position offset on cast.
    - Thorn aura (Bestmaster): boosted.
    - Tornado (Pandaren/Storm Brewmaster): damage x1,5, AOE visible, spin-in-the-air effect removed.
    - Unholy aura (Pitlord): life regen boosted to 5/10/1%/2%.
    - Voodoo Eye (Shadow Hunter): replaced by Critical Strike Aura
    - War Stomp (Pit Lord): damage & range slightly increased.
    - Water shield (Archmage): has autocast. Cooldown greatly reduced.​

    Complete features list


    Heroes list
    Hero name Stats Skills
    Myrmidon Melee - Cleaving Attack
    - Summon Venus
    - Shock
    - Bash
    - Realm of Souls
    - Avatar
    Paladin Melee - Taunt
    - Healing Wave
    - Fan of Light
    - Howl of Terror
    - Devotion Aura
    - Pure Light
    - Light Frenzy
    Blademaster Melee - Berserk
    - Wind Walk
    - Miror Images
    - Critical Strike
    - War Drums Aura
    - Bladestorm
    - Partition
    Shadow Hunter Ranged - Healing Ward
    - Bomb Trap
    - Serpent Ward
    - Feedback
    - Critical Strike Aura
    - Lasertrap
    - Hex
    Tauren Chieftain Melee - Battle Roar
    - Shockwave
    - Stomp
    - Pulverize
    - Endurance Aura
    - Lightning Strike
    - Beast Strike & Upgrades
    Priestress of the Moon Ranged - Rejuvenation
    - Chain Lightning
    - Watery Minion
    - Forked Lightning
    - Trueshot Aura
    - Moonsoon
    - Lightning Chaos
    Knight Melee
    Chaos Attack
    - Cleaving Attack
    - Holy Light
    - Divine Shield
    - Frostmourne
    - Endurance Aura
    - Light Roar
    - Knight's Armor
    Beastmaster Melee - Feral Spirit
    - Feral Spirit (wolves)
    - Summon Bear
    - Summon Hawk
    - Thorns Aura
    - Stampede
    - Terror Wolf
    Dreadlord Melee - Cursed Claws
    - Carrion Swarm
    - Chaos
    - Death Coil
    - Aura of Blight
    - Inferno
    - Rain of Chaos
    Lich Ranged - Frost Frenzy
    - Frost Nova
    - Breath of Frost
    - Frost Armor
    - Frost Arrows
    - Summon Frost Beast
    - Frost Chaos
    Crypt Lord Melee - Anub'arak's Claw
    - Impale
    - Carrion Beetles
    - Plague Sting
    - Spiked Carapace
    - Locust Swarm
    - Burrow Impale
    Pit Lord Melee - Howl of Terror
    - Rain of Fire
    - War Stomp
    - Cleaving Attack
    - Unholy Aura
    - Doom
    - Finger of Death
    Ghost Ranged
    Chaos Attack
    - Command Aura
    - Death Coil
    - Permanent Immolation
    - Critical Strike
    - Endurance Aura
    - Hail of Death
    - Rain of Chaos
    Pandaren Brewmaster Melee - Ensnare
    - Drunken Haze
    - Breath of Fire
    - Drunken Brawler
    - Permanent Immolation
    - Earthquake
    - Tornado
    Warlock Melee - Cripple
    - Spirit Beast
    - Dark Portal
    - Warlock Archimonde
    - Evasion & Critical Strike
    - Gargoyle Swarm
    - Infernal Fall
    Archmage (F) Ranged - Mana Shield
    - Crushing Wave
    - Summon Sea Elemental
    - Drain Life & Mana
    - Frost Paralysis
    - Elemental Wave
    - Rain of Eis
    Marine Ranged - Banish
    - Hurl Bomb
    - Fan of Rockets
    - Metal Armor
    - Life Regeneration Aura
    - Clone
    - Cluster Rockets
    Druid of the Claw Melee - Strength of the Wild
    - Entangling Roots
    - Rejuvenation
    - Mark of the Claw
    - Hardened Skin
    - Bear Form
    - Owl Scout
    Runemaster Melee - Runic Weapon
    - Exorcism
    - Runic Crystal
    - Magic Defense
    - Critrical Strike Aura
    - Spiritual Presence
    - Rune Clock
    Blood Mage Ranged - Aerial Shackles
    - Burning Oil
    - Breath of Fire
    - Firebolt
    - Incinerate
    - Phoenix
    - Rain of Fire
    Ranger Ranged - Heal
    - Inner Fire
    - Searing Arrows
    - Critical Strike
    - Endurance Auras
    - Exploding Arrows
    - Rocket Hail
    Warden Melee - Blink
    - Shadow Strike
    - Fan of Knives
    - Scream
    - Attribute Bonus
    - Vengeance
    - Morph & Permanent Invisibility
    Demon Hunter Melee - Roar
    - Negative Energy
    - Immolation
    - Evasion
    - Vampiric Aura
    - Metamorphosis
    - Resistant Skin
    Huntress Ranged - Moon Glaive
    - Owl Lightning
    - Forked Lightning
    - Elune's Grace
    - Command Aura
    - Moon Explosion
    - Neutralisation
    Dryad Ranged - Envenomed Weapons
    - Evasion
    - Multiple Arrows
    - Critical Arrows
    - Endurance Aura
    - Trueshot Aura
    - Spell Immunity
    Archmage (M) Ranged - Frigid Protection
    - Blizzard
    - Summon Water Elemental
    - Frostbolt
    - Debilitation Aura
    - Starfall
    - Water Shield
    Sorceress Ranged - Resistant Skin
    - Phase Shift
    - Moonsoon
    - Permanent Lightning
    - Life Regeneration Aura
    - Lightning Shock
    - Lightning Attack
    Mountain King Melee - Thunder Spirit
    - Storm Bolt
    - Thunder Clap
    - Bash
    - Muradin's Hammer
    - Avatar
    - Lightning Shield
    Rifleman Ranged - Bloodlust
    - Hurl Bomb
    - Plasma Rifle
    - Shield
    - Trueshot Aura
    - Laser
    Stone Giant Melee - War Drums Aura
    - Toss
    - Avalanche
    - Tiny Tiny
    - Craggy Exterior
    - Grow!
    - Grab Tree
    Storm Brewmaster Ranged - Resistant Skin
    - Phase Shift
    - Moonsoon
    - Permanent Lightning
    - Life Regeneration Aura
    - Lightning Shock
    - Tornado
    Earth Brewmaster Melee - Battle Roar
    - Shockwave
    - War Stomp
    - Pulverize
    - Endurance Aura
    - Earthquake
    - Beast Strike & Upgrades
    Fire Brewmaster Melee - Aerial Shackles
    - Drunken Haze
    - Breath of Fire
    - Firebold
    - Permanent Immolation
    - Phoenix
    - Rain of Fire


    TODO
    Options : difficulty, pick mode, random, repick
    Number of heroes, skills, items
    Number of bosses to defeat
    Hero list & their abilities
    Item list
    Event list
    Boss list & description
    Commands

  • Version 1.28c (2019/10/07)
    Bug fixes
    - Solved a major bug with -ow command & lanes 5 and 8.

    Minor changes
    - Health points of bosses +70 000.

    Version 1.28b (2019/10/04)
    Bug fixes
    - Bounty of 2nd ice way was not multiplied by player count.
    - Message for way upgrade (on Spirit Tower death) was too long and contained a "|n".

    Minor changes
    - Health points of bosses +70 000.

    Version 1.28 (2019/10/04)
    Major changes
    - In dual hero mode, inventory is fully shared between your 2 heroes (even cooldowns).
    - Host rights can be transfered to another player with "-host <name/color/number>" command.
    - Host rights are automatically transfered to top score player if previous host leaves.
    - Open Way & Close Way commands: work for the right ice way. Ways 2 to 4 can be closed.
    - Survivals: ghouls & orc skeletons gold bounty is proportional to player count.
    - Dark Bosses stats rebalanced (particularly in high extrem level).
    - Dragon packs max size reduced from 40 to 20.

    Bug fixes
    - Moved merchants of a inch so you can pass between them and Castle.
    - If a player teleported out of Muradin event, then summoned, the summoned unit was missplaced.
    - Endgame stuck if you play Easy in solo-player.
    - Using -cw to close the last way did not start the boss stage.
    - Silent assassins, Lighhtning Attacks, Dragons Attacks are delayed during cinematics (paused phases).
    - Some heroes had wrong start mana or mana regeneration.
    - Stout shield tooltip 3300%.
    - Rifleman: bug with inventory/stats/hero order/primary attribute when reaching level20.
    - Item pick: undue "Inventory is full." message sometimes.
    - Tiny tiny (Stone Giant): error in tooltip.

    Minor changes
    - Reduced heroes start defense by 5, start mana by 5, mana regen by 3.
    - Realm of Souls (Myrmidon): reduced life regeneration, range & attack frequency.
    - Kick command is now possible with name (case sensitive), color or player number.
    - Ice ways: right one does not open in single player mode.
    - Necropolis, Spirit Towers, Ice Towers & Death Towers are invulnerable if way is closed, and destroyed at next stages.
    - Healing ward(Shadow Hunter): manacost reduced to 100.
    - Rejuvenation (POTM): manacost reduced to 100.
    - Cripple (Warlock); manacost reduced to 100.
    - Death Coil (Dreadlord), Hurl Bomb (Marine, Rifleman): CD reduced from 20 to 15s (like Firebolt, Frostbolt,...)
    - Death Coil (Ghost), Finger of Death (Pit Lord): CD increased from 10 to 15s (like Firebolt, Frostbolt, ...)
    - Holy Light (Knight) manacost reduced.
    - Breath of Fire: stats uniformized between Blood Mage, Pandaren & Fire.
    - Spirit Pig (Beastmaster): reduced damage and attack speed bonus per hero level.
    - Terror Wolf (Beastmaster): removed position offset on cast.
    - Myrmidon sound set modified to Naga Myrmidon.
    - Added reminder message to open last unused ways before next stage.

    Version 1.27 (2019/09/22)
    Major changes
    - Farm event: spawn rate limited to 1 wave per second.
    - Remove spell damage & heal boost from Team Upgrades.
    - Damage reduction per armor point restored to default.
    - Ennemy attributes totally balanced (hp, armor, life, stats).
    - Life per strength point decreased from 25 to 15.
    - Hero attributes uniformized and modified (life, mana, armor, start stats, stats per level).
    - Possibility to convert gold to lumber and lumber to gold at merchant.
    - Exorcism (Runemaster): behavior modified from chain lightning to splash.

    Bug fixes
    - Ways creep level was not increased properly.
    - Hit point regeneration rate of some heroes was wrong.
    - Way 2 could be opened even if its necropolis was already destroyed.
    - Runic Weapon (Runemaster): reference leak fixed.
    - Logs are written in local file only when a player is disconnected (to limit lags).

    Minor changes
    - Cleaning units & items after the following events: Ring of Superiority, Lightning Sword, Farm.
    - In Extrem 4, added a reminder 30s before level 2 for "-extreme" command.
    - Merchants and towers slightly moved to free passages.
    - Summons boost slightly nerfed.
    - Move speed bonuses stack now.
    - Removed life steal for spells (with 10% of efficiency).
    - Main attribute modified for Blademaster, Priestress of the Moon, Shadow Hunter, Rifleman & Sorceress.
    - Ennemy have vision of players' units (to avoid focus bugs).
    - Fan of Rocket/Light/Knives: damage, cooldown and AOE uniformized.
    - Earthquake (Earth Brewmaster): damages reduced by 33%.
    - Scream (Warden): range and damages increased.
    - Holy Light (Knight) range increased to 700, CD reduced to 12s.
    - Frigid Protection (Archmage): fragments restored, they don't seem to cause desync.
    - Medaillon of Greed: pillage efficiency reduced.
    - Frost Armor (Lich): manacost reduced.
    - Magic Defense (Runemastr): movespeed reduction increased.

    Version 1.26e (2019/09/21)
    Bug fixes
    - Refactored the fix for triggered cast abilities (Cursed Claw, Exorcism, Plague Sting) in order to reduce desync issues.

    Version 1.26d (2019/09/17)
    Bug fixes
    - Doom (Pit Lord) : level 1 can target ground units again.
    - Dual Hero: when picking 2nd hero later, his stats are automatically set to same as first hero.
    - Blink (Warden): hotkey fixed.
    - Shadow Strike (Warden): after level 20, echo Shadow Strike does not one shot anymore.
    - Silent Assassins: do not spawn during or after final wave anymore.
    - Logs: reduced lags due to log to debug desync issue on Linux.

    Minor changes
    - Beast Attack (Tauren Chieftain, Earth): knockback distance divided by 3.
    - Updated size, shadow and collision size of various summons.
    - Lifesteal works with spells (at 10% of its original power).
    - Healing Ward (Shadow Hunter): now regenerates 100hp + 1%.
    - Message when a lane upgrades because of spirit tower destruction: moved on 2 lines.

    Version 1.26c (2019/09/14)
    Bug fixes
    - More logs to detect disconnection/desync causes.
    - Added a text at beginning to ask players to send their XndHeroSiegeLogs.txt file to me if they experience a desync.
    - Fixed a tipo in loading screen text.

    Minor changes
    - Castle now sells the same items as goblin merchants (potions, tomes, ...)

    Version 1.26b (2019/09/14)
    Bug fixes
    - Forced to remove some debug log that made Archimage level0 spell lagg/crash.
    - Frigid Armor (Archmage) removed segments because they use too many asynchronous functions.

    Version 1.26 (2019/09/13)
    Bug fixes
    - Items damage bonus was wrong (apart Assassin Blade).
    - Inner Fire (Ranger): damage bonus was inconsistent.
    - Dual Hero Switch: restored a short delay between activations to avoid desyncs because of selection inconsistency between clients.
    - The following abilities can now hit non-organic ennemies:
    - Chain Lightning, Forked Lightning, Moonsoon (POTM)
    - War Stomp, Doom, Finger of Death (Pitlord)
    - Drain Life&Mana (Archmage)
    - Drunken Haze (Pandaren)
    - Entangling Roots (Druid of the Claw)
    - Shadow Strike, Fan of Knives, Polymorph (Warden)
    - Incinerate, Fire Bolt (Bloodmage)
    - Moonsoon, Lightning Shock (Sorceress)
    - Storm Bolt, Thunderclap, Lightning Shield (Moutain King)
    - War Stomp, Lightning Stroke, Beast Attack (Tauren Chieftain)
    - Avalanche, Craggy Exterior, Toss (Stone Giant)
    - Deathcoil (Ghost)
    - Fan of Lights (Paladin)
    - Fan of Rockets, Hurl Bomb (Marine)
    - Owl Lightning, Forket Lightning, Neutralization (Huntress)
    - Frost Bolt (Archmage)
    - Negative Energy (Demon Hunter)
    - Poison Sting (Cryptlord)
    - Shock (Myrmidon)
    - Hex (Shadow Hunter)​
    - The following abilities can now hit air ennemies:
    - Earthquake (Pandaren/Earth Brewmaster)
    - Cleaving Attack (Pitlord)
    - Mark of the Claw, Entangling Roots (Druid of the Claw)
    - Pulverize (Tauren Chieftain)
    - Burrow Impale (Cryptlord)
    - Tornado (Pandaren, Storm)
    - Spiritual Presence (Runemaster)
    - Immolation (Cloak of Immolation), Permanent Immolation (Ghost, Pandaren, Fire)​
    - The following abilities can be cast on allied wards:
    - Mana Shield (Archmage)​
    - The following abilities can be cast on non-organic allies:
    - Frost Frenzy (Lich)​

    Major changes
    - Added item Stout Shield.

    Minor changes
    - Waves 9 to 12 (after farm event): stats & bounty x2.
    - Owl Scout (Druid of the Claw): spells modified.
    Claws of Attack, Enchanted Blade, Heavy Basher: bonus damage increased to 950.
    - Realm of Souls (Myrmidon) area of effect reduced.
    - Added a text to make the following hidden feature visible: each spirit tower destroyed upgrades the creeps of the lane earlier (1 tower before level 2, 2 towers before level 3, 3 towers before level 4).

    Version 1.25b (2019/09/09)
    Bug fixes
    - Error in Wand of Desillusion tooltip.
    - Attack speed of morphing forms (Terror Wolf and Samuro).
    - Missing space character after name in Team Upgrade debloqued text.

    Version 1.25 (2019/09/09)
    Bug fixes
    - Wand of Desillusion clones don't disapear on hero switch.
    - Cannot use transmute on dragons.
    - Ring of Superiority unholy aura is now 1% instead of 4hp.
    - Damage return is no more boosted like other spelles in late game.
    - Merchants do not create an ugly warfog patch anymore.
    - Terror Wolf's thorns aura doesn't stack with Beastmaster's one.
    - Game crash for last player leaving (division by 0).
    - Leavers items are sold properly and gold is shared between remaining players.

    Major changes
    - All boss have 33% magic resistance.
    - Dual hero: each hero has his own cooldowns.

    Minor changes
    - Wand of desillusion clones nerfed a bit.
    - Delay of 2s before dragon attacks restaured.
    - Merchants' position & pathing map modified not to block then way.
    - Life Regeneration Auras nerfed.
    - Carrion Beetles (Cryptlord): attack speed increased.
    - Dryad: attack speed slightly reduced.
    - Impale (Cryptlord): area of effect increased.
    - Beast Attack (Tauren Shieftain): cooldown changed to 30s.
    - Aerial Shackles (Bloodmage, Fire): CD reduced to 30s.
    - Shock (Myrmidon) Initial cooldown increased, but decreases with levels. Stun duration reduced to 2s.
    - Added an advice text when extrem 2+ mode.
    - War Stomp (Pit Lord) Damages and range slightly increased.
    - Increased hp of all bosses.

    Version 1.24 (2019/09/04)
    Bug fixes
    - I delivered a corrupted copy of the map in 1.23. Error fixed.

    Version 1.23 (bugged) (2019/09/01)
    Bug fixes
    - Some heroes missed glow effect.
    - Lags during farm event due to spawn rate not capped.
    - Possibility to open lane 2 even after its necropolis was destroyed.
    - Could not buy new stacks of stackable items with full inventory.
    - Life regeneration aura icons were not passive & consistent.
    - Unpicked heroes were unpaused after special events.
    - Various glitches & cheats were possible because boss were not invulnerable before the time you fight them.
    - Tomes & power-ups resulted in memory leak.
    - Plasma rifle (Rifleman) & Lightning Attack (sorceress) did not do AOE damages vs air units & buildings.
    - Creeps of type Spell Breaker are no more magic immune.

    Major changes
    - Damage reduction per armor point divided by 2.
    - Damage returns ability are more efficient, they return a fixed amount + a percentage of damages taken before armor reduction.
    - Banish (Marine, Staff of Mastery) is now a short duration spell (4s).
    - Spells boost damage per level changed from 30% to 50% against bosses, but boss have 33% magic resistance.
    - Shops: items start cooldown removed.
    - Rifleman: Rocker Launch replaced by Hurl Bomb (same as Marine).

    Minor changes
    - At the end of farm event, illusions are returned along with you.
    - Renamed "Random Heroes" & "Dual Heroes" buttons.
    - Claws of Attack damage bonus increased.
    - Added some text indications & minimap pings for beginners.
    - Boss stats & heroes start health point balanced.

    Version 1.22 (2019/08/22)
    Bug fixes
    - Most memory leaks and random bugs are fixed.
    - Buy level "-bl" command did not stop at level 30.
    - A hero reviving during a special event was not paused.
    - A hero reviving and dying during a special event interrupted the special event.
    - In late game, no more aura artefacts at west/north/east/south of castle.
    - In high extrem level, all dragons from Dragon Attacks didn't attack at the same time.

    Major changes
    - Team Upgrades: spell boost reduced 25%/50% to 15%/30% per level.
    - Myrmidon: Venus' life and armor nerfed. Shock ability AOE reduced.
    - Extrem ennemy heroes now give a gold bounty equal to their stats.

    Minor changes
    - Many minions have their armor balanced (wolves, elementals, ...)
    - Blue dragons & Sapphirons are no more magic immune.
    - When switching of hero in Dual Hero mode, items position in inventory is always preserved.
    - Demon Hunter: roar damage bonus increased to 100%.

    Version 1.21 (2019/07/27)
    Bug fixes
    - Fixed most of the desync issues.

    Version 1.20 (2019/07/26)
    Major changes
    - Switched to Warcraft 1.31.1 version.
    - You can stack and split charged items (see tooltip for more information).
    - Mirror images and Clones get damage, defense and attack speed bonuses. They also are targets for autocast.
    - New command -bl to buy Tomes of Power (+1 level) for 25000 gold each.
    - (All) hero image: clones stats do not take into account items anymore.
    - Archmage: Defense Matrix changed to Frigid Protection (very similar)
    - Amulet of the Wild: start delay and replenish interval divided by 2.
    - Debilitation aura: effect changed to +XX% damages from all sources.

    Bug fixes
    - Lag issues (due to memory leaks and buggy code pieces.
    - Desync issues when switching of hero in dual mode.
    - Random bugs do to code inconsistencies.
    - Level 20 spell echos of Mountain King and Warden fixed.
    - Illusions of boosted minions don't disapear anymore.
    - Mirror images and clones didn't have some passive abilities of the original.
    - Errors in Hardened Skin ability tooltip.
    - Missplaced Bear Form icon.
    - Errors in Myrmidon hero tooltips.
    - Druid of the Claws' Scout Owl can now cast Bloodlust on magic immune allies.
    - Runemaster's regeneration rune is also boosted by the team upgrade.
    - Magnataur Destroyers spell immunity removed.
    - Banish: damages from fan of rockets and similar abilites are not nulified anymore.

    Minor changes
    - Special events teleportation circles: your minions are teleported along.
    - Water Shield: cooldown greatly reduced.
    - Tomes of Power: max stock increased to 3 in shops.
    - Corpses removal delay increased from 5s to 8s.
    - Added safety check for Ring and Sword events in case 2 players reached the conditions at the same time.
    - Runemaster was slightly nerfed: number of targets of Exorcism, damages and attack rate of Spiritual Presence.
    - All damage returns reverted to their previous value for the moment (or Arthas was dead meat...)

    Version 1.11c (2019/07/22)
    Bug fixes
    - Regression fixed: dual random mode does not work.

    Minor changes
    - Removed trebuchets from final wave.

    Version 1.11b (2019/07/20)
    Bug fixes
    - Regressions fixed:
    [ident]- Lightning sword + illusions.
    - Lightning sword life steal was applied twice.
    - Lightning sword teleport to castle when owner leaves.[/ident]

    Minor changes
    - Bonus to damage, attack speed, defense apply to illusions too.

    Version 1.11 (2019/07/15)
    Bug fixes
    - Regressions: removed invisible items created at paused heroes position each 0.1s.
    - Mask of Death and Lightning Sword work on illusions again.
    - Some tooltips fixed.

    Version 1.10 (2019/07/15)
    Major changes
    - Boosts do not appear periodically, but when the leader reachs level 21-30.
    - Magic damage boost halfed against boss.

    Bug fixes

    - Life steal abilities: works with orbs, stack (sum displayed in the buff tooltip), do not change missile art.
    - Removed Magtheridon mega wave (too laggy).
    - Coded a work-around to fix Warcraft III bug on "Orb of slow" ability.
    - Earth and Fire Brewmaster couldn't attack air units.
    - Muradin's Hammer effect range corrected to 900.


    Minor changes
    - Pandaren brewmaster: ensnare does 300 damage per second.
    - Immolation/permanent immolation/permanent lightning > all have a 250 area of effect now.
    - Bloodmage: aerial shackles dps x10, burning oil range/damage +25%.
    - Dreadlord: carrion swarm & chaos damages increased, cooldown decreased. Sleep replaced by Cursed Claws.
    - Reincarnation replaced by Beast Strike.
    - Demon hunter: level 20 also removes metamorphis timer.
    - Warden: attribute bonus also gives +50 bonus per hero level, silence replaced by scream.
    - Sorceress: lightning shock cooldown reduced to 30s. Level 20 spell changed to +4000 damages with splash.
    - Unholy aura boosted to 5/10/1%/2%.
    - Crypt lord: anub'arak's claw attack speed increased to 75%, cooldown increased to 60s.
    - Vampiric Aura & Muradin's Hammer no more limited to melee units.
    - Beastmaster Spirit Pig changed to ranged & is upgraded at each level.
    - Warlock: Cripple boosted.
    - Crypt lord: poison sting damages x2, slow increased.
    - Archmage: water shield now has autocast, fixed debilitation aura tooltip. replaced anti-magic shield by defensive matrix, improved range/damages/duration of blizzard.
    - Beastmaster: increase wolf and bear attack speed.
    - Archmage mana shield now absorbs 50% damages and repercutes 20% of them on mana. Frost paralysis slow increased.
    - Lich: frost arrows slow increased by 20%, damage increased.
    - Shadow Hunter: Voodoo Eye replaced by Critical Strike Aura, Feedback damage factor x5, Bomb trap level 4 damages doubled. Laser trap attack type changed to pierce.
    - Rain of fire, Rain of Eis: range x1,5 and damage x1.5.
    - Phase Shift attack speed greatly boosted.
    - Monsoon (sorceress/storm) area of effect x1,5, damage interval slightly decreases with level.
    - Tornado: speed maxed, damages x1,5, AOE made visible spinning-in-the-air effect removed.
    - Dire wolf, giant bear, spirit beast, carrion beetle: gain a mini-cleave at level 3.
    - Infernal gain mini-cleave.
    - Avatar of vengeance, laser trap, pure light gain a mini-splash. 25/75/150, 0.5/0.25.
    - Serpent ward, water elemental, watery minion, dark portal, sea elemental, spirit hawk gain a mini-splash at level 3.
    - Marine: can clone invulnerable & wards.

    Version 1.09 (2019/07/01)
    Major changes
    - Tools: end of use of the deprecated "Widgetizer" tool to protect the map from hackers.
    - Bosses: spell immunity ability changed to resistant skin. Rear attacks do +20% damages, and 10% chances of rear strike with x3 damages. Flank attacks do +10% damages, and 5% chances of flank strike with x3 damages. Works with spells too.
    - Magtheridon: cast a 1-shot wide-range mega-attack when reaches 60% and 35% life.
    - Farm event: creeps take +500% damages from spells.
    - Attack types: all attack types do 100% damages to hero armor (piercing, siege, spell, magic).

    Bug fixes

    - Farm event start: corpses/sheeps/trees are created instantly.
    - Extrem power-up: didn't apply properly.
    - Minions power-up: do not heal summons to 100% on activate anymore.
    - Trebuchets damage set to 1500.
    - Runemaster's critical strike didn't work fine against heroes.

    Minor changes
    - Boss phase: hero revive timer is reduced from 120s to 45s during this phase.
    - Farm event: rock golems are not magic immune anymore.
    - Pure light attack type changed to piercing (for trueshot aura).
    - Minions & spell upgrade: occurs every 120s from level 3 (before it was 200s). Minions damages boost max changed from 1250 to 1750.
    - Stone Giant toss ability: area damages nerfed of 25%.
    - Runemaster runic weapon ability: rate reduced to 5%, but also works for your minions.
    - Minions can use the 2 teleport circles behind the ice pillars to reach the boss zone.

    Version 1.08 (2019/06/29)
    Major changes
    - Removed -updates command content because it was too long.
    - Increased spell boost. Nerfed minions armor and life boost.

    Bug fixes

    - Some buffs were lost when switching of hero (dual heroes mode).
    - Runic Weapon ability was leaking a location.
    - Rune crystal ability tooltip updated.
    - Disabled controls during ghost cinematic.

    Minor changes
    - Muradin: cannot place wards or phoenixes in water anymore.
    - Nerfed Frost chaos, Lightning chaos and Rune clock abilities (max 6% damages).
    - Nerfed Avalanche ability damages by 25%.
    - Final wave: added 2 trebuchets.
    - Ranger: inner fire bonus damage x3.
    - Beast Master: hawks regen 200hp/sec.
    - Druid of the Claw: howl scout improved.
    - Runemaster: Exorcism ability changed from active to passive. Magic defense speed reduction increased. Rune clock displays a visual effect and the "spell channeling" animation.
    - Dark illidan: spells boost is still working after morph.

    Version 1.07 (2019/06/19)
    Bug fixes
    - With Warcraft 1.31.x, Samuro and Terror Wolf damages were not boosted in late game.
    - Archmage aura was 100% too strong.
    - Muradin's storm bolt is back.

    Version 1.06 (2019/06/19)
    Bug fixes
    - In extrem 3+, mega-creeps after Magtheridon didn't have the devotion aura.
    - Storm hidden hero had the wrong skills.
    - Food cap (=max wave kills count) was not updated properly.
    - Some "low upkeep"/"high upkeep" messages were visible.

    Version 1.05 (2019/06/18)
    Bug fixes
    - Critical strike aura & morph work fine together.
    - Range of the auras of dark boss has been reduced back to 200.
    - End game timer was hidden after 8s.

    Minor changes
    - Removed the items in the inventory of the four captains.
    - Critical strike aura visual effect has been changed.

    Version 1.04 (2019/06/17)
    Bug fixes
    - Fixed desynd issues with dual hero change.
    - Dark force's minions don't get boosted anymore (ex: Balnazzar's infernals).
    - Fixed phoenix loosing boost & life leech after death&rebirth.

    Minor changes
    - Slightly nerfed Runemaster (Rune Crystal, Spiritual Presence, Rune Clock).

    Version 1.03 (2019/06/16)
    Bug fixes
    - Fixed graphical bugs due to map optimizer removing unused SLK.
    - Fixed player leave actions.
    - Fixed all hero image stuck if interrupted by final wave.
    - Fixed "Frost Infernal" text when event is already done.
    - The last part of the "-updates" command is no more displayed to all players
    - Fixed tipo "Ssummons" in loading screen.
    - Fixed doom guards not being boosted in late game like other summons.

    Minor changes
    - Necklace of Spell Immunity item on the floor looks like other special artifacts.
    - Frost Chaos and Lightning Chaos damages nerfed to 3%.
    - When a player shares unit control with you, you see his hero(s) potrait(s).
    - Runic crystal mana cost increased.

    Version 1.02 (2019/06/16)
    Bug fixes
    - Fixed Warcraft 1.31 Patch specific bug (summon damages not boosted).

    Minor changes
    - Reduce late game upgrades period from 300s to 200s.

    Version 1.01 (2019/06/15)
    Bug fixes
    - Fixed dual random bug.

    Version 1.0 (2019/06/13)
    Bug fixes
    - Dryad/multishot: number of targets in late game fixed.
    -Random: was already available before pick mode selection.
    - Special events/items: were sometimes stuck when a player left.
    - Dual hero: no more experience lost when switching heroes. 2nd hero can be picked later in game.
    - Banehallow: no more 2nd hero misspositionning

    Major improvements
    - 2 new heroes: Rune Master & Stone Giant (inspired from Dota)
    - 2 new pick modes : dual random & dual same
    - Spells: after level 3, ennemies spell resistance decrease -25% every 300s, down to -250%
    - Summons/wards: after level 3, their stats increase every 300s. Up to +1250 damage, +150 armor and +50 000 hp. Gain life steal after 7th upgrade.
    - All auras: range increased to 900 (same range as Ring of Superiority)
    - Heals: boosted by the owner's intelligence. -info for details
    - Special farm event: -bt enabled
    - Balises: now benefit from auras, heals and regens
    - Hero image / All hero image: clones cannot cast boring spells anymore (anti-magic shield, heals, entrave, banish, archimonde's form...)
    - When a player leaves, its items are sold and his gold is shared between the remaining players.
    - Dual heroes: CDs of second hero are reset too when events start.
    - Farm event: corpses/sheeps/trees appear also for your 2nd hero. Sheeps hold position.
    - Shared control: you can switch of heroe for others.

    Other improvements
    - Blademaster/Beast Master: avatars' stats are based on yours.
    - Archmage: debilitation aura effect changed to percentages
    - Marine: existing clones escort you in special farm event.
    - Sorceress/Storm/Marine: life regeneration aura effect changed to percentages at level 3 and 4.
    - Blademaster: Rage cooldown reduced from 30s to 15s
    - Beast Master: Summon's size reduced for visibility. Hawks attack faster. Thorns aura effect x5.
    - Crypt Lord: spiked carapace effect x5.
    - Pit Lord: unholy aura effect x2.
    - Dreadlord: infernal attack faster, and cooldown reduced to 100s. Aura of blight nerfed.
    - Huntress: neutralization cooldown reduced from 60s to 30s
    - Knight: light roar cooldown reduced from 60 to 45s, and range increased to 900
    - Lich: frost beasts attack speed increased, and cooldown reduced from 120s to 100s
    - Moon Priestress: heal increased from 5000 to 20000
    - Rifleman: Plasma rifle can target air units. Bloodlust cooldown reduced from 60s to 30s
    - Paladin: Light frenzy can be cast on Pure Light
    - Pandaren/Earth Brewmaster: earthshake damages doubled
    - Ranger: heal increased from 5000 to 20000
    - Tauren Chieften: battle roar cooldown reduced from 60 to 45s
    - Messages: message added to warn when the 2 first doors open.
    - Cinematics: shortened final wave cinematic.
  • TODO

  • Credits are given to:
    - Sogat for his excellent X Hero Siege 3.33 map.
    - JetFangInferno for his FaeryDragonMissile and Earth Nova models.
    - Norinrad for his BattlePriest model.
    - Kino for his RuneClock spell model.
    - CloudWolf for his BTNCWRuneBlade button art.
    - Static for his BTNRedCrystal button art.
    - Suselishe for this Elemental Crossbow model.
    - Daelin for his Glaciar Aura model.
    - -Berz- for his Scream spell in Simple Spell Pack.
    - Hermit for his Modified Spirit Touch Model.
    - Devalut for his Bone Armor spell.
    - for his Easy Item Stack 'n Split system.
    - Bribe for his Damage Engine, GUI Unit Event and Item Cleanup systems.
    - assasin_lord for his HeroGlow model.

    - All the guys of the Warcraft III Editor & Map Development forums.
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Xnd Hero Siege 1.28c (Map)

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Please remove the Tower Defense/Maul tag. You could replace it with Offense. [spoiler] So while this is supposed to be an improvement of the classic, it still needs some work especially on the visual aspect. Approved. If you want more reviews,...
  1. BladeMaster3 (TVWK)

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    men i remembre playng this map when i was 7years old men i love you
     
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    Thank you, I was also a big fan of 3.12 in the old times :)
     
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    It's always been a favorite map of mine. So glad to see it get an very much necessary update. My hats off to you.

    Notes:

    1. Please remove rock golems from the gold enemy wave section (stuns,spell immunity is a pain) also it punishes heroes that don't have a great auto attack wave clear.

    2. Please buff Panderan Brewmaster, seriously ensnare and tornado are really crappy abilities, one barely does any damage and ensnare is only useful during the muradin section. Hell, drunken haze doesn't do any damage at all. Tornado being the worst level 20 ability I ever seen, basically lose control of your hero just to see some enemy units fly around instead of getting kills.
     
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    1. Good idea, I will at least remove their spell immune ability !
    2. Mhh you are right, I think I should change the following abilities : ensnare, tornado, reincarnation. And maybe boost some others

    Thanks for your ideas !
     
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    @Ricola3D

    Glad to help, glad to see you implemented some of my suggestions. Although since the golems still keep stun, it seems only fair if the attack wave characters get nerfed so they don't hog the late game. Since they often get the most kills in the cash/bonus round while maintaining their DPS rate, while spellcasters and summoners usually get stunned when the golems spawned if they try to do a channel spell and thus don't get as many kills. Which in turn makes the basic attack wave characters (Dryad, Naisha, etc) having the highest stats in the player party regardless of their skill level.

    Doesn't help that most of the late game bosses are immune to magic which is salt in the wound for spellcaster builds. I appreciate the upgrade system but I feel strongly that more could be done.
     
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    Interesting. I see your point. So if we summarize the issues to address, and maybe some suggestions:

    Issues :

    1) Farm event needs to be balanced, multi-attack heroes and summons with splash are too advantaged
    2) In late game, most bosses are immunes to 80% of the spells

    Here a a few ideas, do you have others ? What's your opinion ?

    1)
    --> Idea A: drasticaly lower farmed creeps magic resistance
    --> Idea B: temporary reduce the cooldown of offensive spells
    --> Idea C: something more complicated. For example players can choose between 3 different types of farm event at the beginning: (1) kill as many creeps as possible, (2) hit an unkillable tower, each hit gives money (good for summoners), (3) the area is filled with 1hp physical immune units or doodads, destroy as many as possible with your spells, each destruction gives gold (good for spell casters) ?
    2)
    --> Idea I: remove spell immunity from bosses. (Maybe find a way to make up for it against disables/stuns ?
    --> Idea J: boss have different phases (depend of their HP, or random) : sometimes physical immune, sometimes magical immune, sometimes returning 100% damages, sometimes healing, etc...
     
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    Idea A: I am very much in favor of it

    Idea B: I am also in favor of it but it's usefulness largely depends on how you approach cooldown reduction, some spellcaster heroes have a large variety of offensive spells, some only have 2 AOE ultimate abilities and thus if you reduced its cooldown by say a small percentage it might not mean much. I would have to double check the roster.

    Idea C: I like all three ideas but it sounds really complicated from a balanced perspective, you would have to create a formula on number of killed creeps in relation to unkillable tower hits, and doodad destruction. Maybe it's the best one but it doesn't sound so great on paper.


    Overall I would vote for a combination of Idea's A and B, it sounds like the simpliest to implement anyway. I would suggest testing non attack wave characters that don't have a lot of AOE/summon abilities, just to be safe. It absolutely feels like an idea way of putting spellcasters/summoners on an even playing field to multi-attack heroes.

    Idea I: I really like the idea

    Idea J: Too complicated for a standard playthrough, it would be a cool idea for a heroic mode/extreme level 10+ though, I would recommend looking into it in the future.

    My rationale would be implement Idea I, and to make up for disables and stuns, the bosses have higher stats. Doesn't have to be anything fancy.
     
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    Thanks mate ! As a first step, in 1.09 I add the following changes:
    - Farm event: creeps take +500% damages from spells.
    - Boss (included Frost Infernal): magic immune replaced by resistant skin. Only ghost has necklace of spell immunity in Extrem 4 or more.
     
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    I was glad to try out the new changes, it's a start but I can absolutely confirm that spell cooldowns does play a large factor in the inefficiencies of many spellcaster heroes when it comes to the farm event, or summoners that unfortunately did not have access to summons that have splash attacks. The weaker creeps is very much appreciated.
     
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    Need to think about ideas. But we must take care not to ruin the fun, and balancing for both spellscasters & summoners.. Here are my first ideas, what are yours ? We need to think about very smart solutions :D

    1) During farm event
    --> Idea B: reduce some cooldowns -> only balances for spellcasters, and a bit for summoners (doesn't work for wolfs, hawks, scarabs, phoenix, doom guard, frost beasts...)
    --> Idea C: many farm mods than balance in both single & dual heroes modes for casters, summoners and multi-attackers -> really complex to define and balance
    --> Idea D: reduce each wave to 1 creep each -> it would ruin the fun, don't you agree ?
    --> Idea E: link units together (they share all damages taken) -> would help for summoners and single-attackers, but make multi-attackers totally cheated
    2) In late game
    --> Idea K: also boost minions attack speed by a given %age or to a given value (superior to the attack speed of pure light & doom guards).
     
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    I just realized, maybe we could make a tier list on heroes farm event viability. I feel like identifying the biggest outliers in being weak in terms of ability output would be a great start to fixing the issues. We also have yet to identify which heroes need to have their kits fixed A/K/A removing their crappy gimmick abilities (Brewmaster's ensnare ability for example) which in turn might lead to them gaining abilities that will allow them to be viable in the farm event.

    Half of the battle will be fixing hero kits, the other half is fixing the farm event itself.

    Idea B: I am in favor of this idea but like you said, but there might be some summoner heroes that are still too underpowerded when it comes to farming. Maybe a new item to the shop that reduces cooldowns, but applies to all heroes, that way summoners can gain the ability to have reduced cooldowns to make up for their weaknesses though it could still be OP in the base game itself, just a though, but the player would still have to earn the item through grinding gold. Idea B I am in favor of because of how straight forward it is, even it might not be the best solution.

    Idea C: I think my tier list idea can be a decent substitution to this one.

    Idea D: Yeah it would be pretty boring.

    Idea E: Yeah not a good idea, sorry.

    Idea K: Seems fair

    Overall I think the most important step going forward is identifying which heroes are most/least effective during the farming event, and then fix their kits so they are both viable in the base game and the farm event itself. If they are still too weak in the farming event but their base kit is decent, then we look at event/item means of increasing their farming viablility.
     
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    Good idea of approach.

    Do you prefer we continue discussing here, or maybe on a chat ?
    For example Discord (my tag is Ricola3D#0200)

    Edit: I am starting the list of heroes/skills in the "Game Features" tab as a start.
     
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    Probably easier to discuss it through here.
     
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    Enjoy the new update, looks pretty good so far. If I only had 4 complaints it would be, and note these are mostly nitpicks.

    1. The Marine's banish ability is still pretty lackluster, since it's a single target ability that isn't that good until the late game. Secondly, the spell damage boost that applies to a banished enemy doesn't work with fan of rockets damage, which I feel is a huge missed opportunity. Maybe lower the cooldown of the ability or approach it in a different way.

    2. Furbolg items are pretty much essential in the early game, especially on higher difficulties since players are in a race to do the hero image so they can survive, would be possible to lower the stock replenish intervals so players don't have to fight over furbolgs as much. Yes I know cloak of immolation is a viable way of beating the hero image, two things, one it's optimized more for melee characters, secondly it doesn't have the utility that furbolgs have in terms of not being applicable when attacking enemies all across the map for those juicy kills.

    3. Increase the healing potion slot in the shop since 1 player will often buy 3 of them at once and the stock will be on cooldown, when you need it the most, which I emphasize since the early game on higher difficulties you really really need to stock up on healing potions to prevent insta-death.

    4. Speaking of insta-death, Keeper of the Grove's map-wide 1000 damage finger of death ability. Really damn annoying, not so much a difficult challenge to overcome, as much as a pain in the ass in the early game that punishes players just for playing on extreme for the sake of it being extreme. In general not good game design, 100 dragon attack wave, that's fine, a possible insta kill spell from out of nowhere, not so much. Please remove.

    These are nitpicks but I felt the need to bring it up. If you disagree with any of these feel free to let me know, and we can discuss in greater detail.
     
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    Just for info:
    Due to memory leaks (my bad^^) and a limitation of possibilites with Warcraft 1.30.4 (ex: life steal & illusions), I am making a version 1.12 where I switch to Warcraft 1.31 and remove most leaks. With 1.31 I will be able to use new Frameworks (Unit Indexer, Damage Engine, ...).

    About your remarks:
    1.
    - Ethereal has the double advantage : prevent from attacking + increase spell damages received of 66%. It is pretty strong in late game yep. It's only utility in early game is for hero image or all hero image.
    - An area-of-effect ethereal ability would be too cheated and boring (because it prevents from attacking). What are your ideas ? :)
    - Ethereal VS Fan of Rockets/Fan of Knives/Fan of Light/Lightning Stroke: Damage Engine detects the event, so I can fix the bug I think (by changing its damage type).

    2.
    - No problem, I will reduce the furbolgs item reload duration.
    - I could also have summons follow you when you leave hero image/all hero image throough the circle (for convenience)

    3.
    - I will set-up a framework/system to stack&split the following items in inventory (spliting furbolgs would be a great help^^):
    - Potion of Greater Healing
    - Potion of Greater Mana
    - Full Restoration
    - Ankh of Reincarnation
    - Scroll of Town Portal
    - Healing Wards
    - Anti-magic Potion
    - Potion of Invulnerability
    - Amulet of the Wild​
    - I thought about changing Amulet of the Wild to 1 charge and 1666 cost (if you can stack them), but maybe it would make the game too easy ??

    4.
    - I removed Magtheridon's one shot wave attack for the moment (I will make another later with a clearly visible channel effect before it casts)
    - You are right. I have heard many (beginners) persons crying, complaining or rage quit because of the Extrem-only Lightning Strikes at wave spawn. But difficulty is the best part of extrem mode, so instead of removing, I'd love we find a replacement :)
     
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    1. Fixing the bug should be good enough for now.

    2. That would be great

    3. Not sure about changing amulet of the wild charges amount.

    4. If you really want to replace it, I suggest just adding a mapwide debuff instead like a map-wide attack or armor reduction, at least it gives players a chance to react as compared to insta-kill lightning which you almost have no defense against in the early game.

    My problem with the lightning isn't for difficulty reasons, it's just really damn annoying. Good difficulty involves providing a challenge to the player they can react to, you can't react to insta-kill lightning unless you burn 2000 gold on a talisman on evasion, and you usually need that many for a bracer of protection so you don't get insta-killed to things like that in the FIRST PLACE!
     
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    Well im playing with some guys and i was Blademaster, got the Baristol and Ramero event, and after complete it(getting the ligthing blade) was insanely bug, because use mirror image starting to spam 1 Lighting blade for each ilusion each seccond getting an insane spawn rate of that blades, and of course after many spawn got Crash, i tested it in solo play and happend the same so, basically Blademaster broken the map(The mirror skill broke it)
     
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    Very sorry, I am posting right now a 1.11b that fix regressions/bugs with lightning sword :S
     
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    Hi, Ricola3D.
    We've played some games before. There is still the major bug of people getting desynced randomly.
    And the bug introduced in 1.11 and 1.11b where "dual random" option doesn't work. The heroes don't spawn and -random does nothing nor selecting them manually. So i had to restart and choose dual hero and then type -random. And to be honest there should be a clear warning that the final wave comes with trebuchets at the 2 doors.