Blizzard's answer to League of Legends and DOTA has been going strong over the past couple few years now, consistently adding in new characters and game modes and offering the most accessible MOBA experience ever.
Blizzard continues their support of the game by adding in the cyborg ninja, Genji, and the Japanese-themed arena, Hanamura, from their hit team shooter Overwatch.
Genji's Abilities Are As Follows
Cyber Agility (D)
Activate to jump to target area
Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern dealing each damaging the first enemy it hits.
Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken’s cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
Become Protected for 1.25 seconds. Any damage blocked during this period causes Genji to throw a Kunai toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing Heroes and dealing damage.
Swift Strike (E)
Dash forward, dealing damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes who die within 2 seconds after being hit by Swift Strike cause the cooldown and Mana cost to be refunded.
Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc. If any enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds after being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike’s cooldown is reset.
Perform 2 perpendicular slashes that deal damage and ignite after 1.25 seconds, dealing additional damage to enemies in their area of effect.
Just like his incarnation in Overwatch, Genji is a fast and technical character with a high skill ceiling. He's a good "hit and run" character, which fits for his occupation as a ninja - jump in, do some damage, and leave before the enemy can fight back.
His first ultimate is pulled straight from Overwatch, whereas his second seems to be pulled straight from Chrono Trigger, causing him to cut his foes down in a giant X pattern.
The update adding Genji comes with a new stage - the first stage from Overwatch to make its way to Heroes of the Storm, as a matter of fact. The sakura blossoms of Hanamura will serve as a backdrop for destroying towers and escorting payloads.
New Map: Hanamura
- Payloads are the key to victory on Hanamura: escort a Payload to its final destination and deal damage to the opposing team’s core
- Destroying enemy Forts and Keeps empowers your Payloads, making them deal more damage
- New Support, Recon, and Fortification mercenary camps drop unique power-ups to help your teammates or hinder your foes
- The new Mega Enforcer boss requires solid teamwork to take down, and damages the enemy core once it’s defeated
All of this launches alongside Heroes 2.0 later this month.
Heroes of the Storm is the perfect "pick up and play" game, with quick matches and easy to grasp gameplay mechanics. As someone who never really got into other MOBAs, I've really enjoyed my time with Heroes, especially since I'm a huge fan of Blizzard. If you haven't tried it out yet, jumping in at the advent of Heroes 2.0 is the perfect time to get your feet wet.