Blizzard unveiled two new Heroes of the Storm character re-works the other day, Kerrigan and Brightwing. Below are the details for each with a full breakdown of their new kits players will be able to use.
One of the original heroes in the game, Kerrigan, was given a tweak to her kit to make her most impactful on the battlefield and less reliant on landing her Q-W-E combo then walking away or dying. In a recent developer interview, the Heroes of the Storm developer team placed an emphasis on not wanting to remove her combo-oriented playstyle but felt that adding more tools to her kit to make her more effective while touching up out-dated talents was a priority for them.
- Charges increased from 1 to 2
- Range reduced from 8 to 6
- Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20
- Now also refunds 20 Mana when used on an enemy that dies within 1.5 seconds
- Damage reduced from 210 to 130
Impaling Blades (W):
- Damage reduced from 261 to 180
Primal Grasp (E):
- Pull damage reduced from 114 to 25
- 2.5 seconds after using Primal Grasp, Kerrigan damages all nearby enemies for 180 damage
- Shielding increased from 10% to 15%
- Sharpened Blades (W): Removed
- Block (Passive): Removed
Siphoning Impact (Q):
Redesigned: If Kerrigan uses Ravage on an enemy Hero, she gains an additional 90 Assimilation Shield.
Assimilation Master (Trait): Moved from lvl 7:
No longer increases the duration of Assimilation Shield. In addition to increasing Kerrigan’s Health and Mana Regeneration by 100% while Assimilation is active, now also causes Regeneration Globes to grant 40 Assimilation Shield a second while they’re active.
Fury of the Swawn (Passive): Moved from lvl 4:
Redesigned: Kerrigan gains 10% more Assimilation Shields from Basic Attacks.
Casting Ravage causes Kerrigan’s next 2 Basic Attacks within 3 seconds to splash for 100% damage around the target.
- Clean Kill (Q): Removed
- Envenom (Active): Removed
(New) Sharpened Blades (Q):
Quest: Every time an enemy Minion or Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of being
damaged by Ravage, increase Ravage's damage by .5 (5 for Heroes), up to 50. Reward: After reaching 50 damage, gain an additional 50 damage.
(New) Kinetic Fulmination (W):
Damaging an enemy increases the damage of Kerrigan's next Impaling Blades within 10 seconds by 15%, up to 150%.
Psionic Pulse (E):
Redesigned: Primal Grasp explodes a second time 2.5 seconds after the first.
- Blade Torrent (W): Removed
(New) Queen of Blades (Q):
Every time Primal Grasp's pull or explosion hits an enemy Hero, reduce the charge cooldown of Ravage by 4 seconds.
(New) Boundless Fury (Q):
Ravaging an enemy Hero grants a charge of Ravage. Can only occur on each Hero once every 10 seconds.
Bladed Momentum (Passive):
Now only triggers when Basic Attacking enemy Heroes. Now works with splash damage from Fury of the Swarm.
- Summon Ultralisk:
Splash radius increased from 1.5 to 2. The initial cast of Ultralisk is now directional skill shot that causes the Ultralisk to charge from Kerrigan in the targeted direction until impacting an enemy Hero. It deals 250 damage and stuns for .5 seconds on the first Hero it hits.
- Eviscerate (Q): Removed
- Double Strike (Q): Removed
- Queen's Rush (Active): Removed
(New) Psionic Barrier (E):
Kerrigan gains 15 Spell Armor for 4 seconds for every enemy Hero she hits with Primal Grasp's pull or explosion.
(New) Volatile Power (Trait):
Increase base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 15%, but reduce the duration of Assimilation Shields from 6 to 3 seconds.
(New) Chrysalis (Active):
Activate to place Kerrigan in a chrysalis with 550 Health for 5 seconds. Kerrigan
regenerates 5% Health per second while inside the chrysalis. 90 second cooldown.
- Overdrive (Active): Removed
- Essence for Essence (Active): Removed
- Aggressive Defense (Trait): Removed
(New) Mounting Potency (Q):
Ravaging an enemy increases Kerrigan's Spell Power by 5% for 4 seconds, up to 40%.
(New) Painful Spikes (W):
After stunning an enemy with Impale, Kerrigan deals an additional 75 damage the next 6 times she damages them within 5 seconds.
(New) Unbridled Energy (R):
When Kerrigan damages a Hero with a Heroic Ability she gains 30% Spell Power for 4 seconds.
- Nexus Blades (Passive): Removed
Redesigned: Maelstrom’s duration is increased by .125 seconds every time it damages an enemy Hero.
Psionic Shift (Active):
Shield amount now properly doubled versus enemy Heroes.
(New) Assimilation Blades (Trait):
Damaging an enemy increases Kerrigan’s Basic Attack damage by 4% up to 40% for 5 seconds.
Over the course of the 2018 calendar year, the Heroes of the Storm development team has put in a great deal of work to make Support characters feel more impactful on the battlefield while touching up their kits. Brightwing, one of the oldest heroes in the game, was next in line for a rework as her "heal bot" playstyle left players feeling as if they were wandering around healing their allies while not really do anything to turn the tide of a battle in the process. Those times are over as her kit, from top to bottom, has been tweaked and touched-up to bring her into the current Support landscape.
Arcane Flare (Q):
- Outer damage from 87 to 75
- Inner damage from 260 to 180
- Missile speed increased ~30%
- Add functionality: If an enemy Hero is hit by the center of Arcane Flare, instantly pulse a free Soothing Mist.
- Duration from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds
- Cooldown from 10 to 12 seconds
Pixie Dust (E):
- Range from 8 to 7
Phase Shift (Z):
- Cooldown from 55 to 60 seconds
- Add functionality: Activate to instantly pulse a calming wave, clearing all Stun, Root, Slow, and
Silence effects from nearby allies. 120 second cooldown.
- Greater Polymorph (W): (Moved from lvl 16)
New functionality: Increase the cast range of Polymorph by 30%. Anytime a nearby enemy Hero is killed, reset the Cooldown of Polymorph.
- Hyper Shift (Z):
New functionality: Increase the heal amount of Phase Shift to 30% of targets max Health. Every Minion killed near you lowers the cooldown of Phase Shift by 2 seconds.
- Pixie Charm (Q):
New functionality: Every Minion killed near you grants you a Bribe Stack. Hitting an enemy with the center portion of Arcane Flare grants you 5 Bribe Stacks.
- Manic Pixie: Removed
- Unstable Anomaly (W):
New functionality: Increase the slow amount of Polymorph to 40%. When it expires, it explodes
dealing 2% of all nearby enemy Heroes max Health in damage.
- Dream Shot (Q): (Moved from lvl 1)
New functionality: Increase the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. If it hits an enemy Hero, lower the cooldown to 2 seconds.
(New) Magic Spit:
Increase your Basic Attack range by 20% and attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist’s active by 5 seconds.
- Mistified: Removed
- Cleanse: Removed
- Phase Shield: Removed
- Sticky Flare (Q): (Moved from lvl 13)
New functionality: Arcane Flare slows Heroes by 20% for 3 seconds; 40% if hit by center portion.
- Peekaboo!: (Moved from lvl 4)
New functionality: Also grants you and your target a temporary Shield.
- (New) Critical Mist (Trait):
If Calming Mist removes a status effect from an ally, instantly heal them for 200.
- Emerald Wind: No longer grants passive healing to Soothing Mist, Damage from 303 to 225, Cooldown from 60 to 50 seconds.
- Ice Block: Removed
- Shield Dust: Removed
- Pixie boost: Movement Speed decay duration from 1.5 to 3 seconds. Movement Speed boost has been lowered to 40%.
(New) Safety Dust (E):
Increase the duration of Pixie Dust by 1 second. Brightwing's healing to targets with a Pixie Dust is increased by 25%.
(New) Pixie Power (E):
Lower the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor to 50%.
- Bouncy Dust: Removed
- Hardened Focus: Removed
(New) Phase Out:
Activate to phase out and become invulnerable for .5 seconds. 20 second cooldown.
(New) Hush (Q):
Enemies hit with the center of Arcane Flare are silenced for 1 second and
deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds.
- Double Wyrmhole: Removed
- Continuous Winds: Removed
- Revitalizing Mist: Removed
- Storm Shield: Removed
(New) Invisible Friends:
Blink Heal grants you and the stealth. They are unrevealable for .5
seconds. While Stealthed this way, they regenerate 20 Health per second.
(New) Intensive Winds:
Lower the cooldown of Emerald Wind to 3 seconds but it now costs 200 Mana.
(New) Faerie Protector:
Activate to instantly cast a Pixie Dust on all nearby allied Heroes. 60 second cooldown.
(New) Speedy Dragon:
Gain 20% movement speed permanently.
Tim Rizzo is the editor and a reporter for Inven Global. He joined the company back in 2017.