Following last month’s action packed 2.0 update, Heroes of the Storm has received two major additions that players of Overwatch will be quite familiar with – the debut of a new Hero, Genji, as well as a new battleground, his home turf of Hanamura!
Let’s talk about Genji first. Players will obviously be quite familiar with his quick striking style and gusto attitude. Here’s the official description of his character, straight from the official HOTS page…
“Once the carefree youngest scion of the Shimada clan, Genji was cut down by his own brother for refusing to take part in their illegal ventures. Grafted into a cyborg body by Overwatch, Genji walks his own path as one who fights for what’s right.”
Genji comes with three different skins available in all in the game, including his customary Overwatch appearance, as well as an awesome Yoshimitsu-like warrior stance with its own bad-ass blade.
We’ve broken down his abilities in the next page to give you an idea of just what kind of damage he can do:
Primary And Heroic Abilities
Shuriken: Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern, each dealing 65 damage to the first enemy hit. Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken's cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
Deflect: 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 55 damage. Damage Deflected: 0
Swift Strike: Dash forward, dealing 215 damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes that die within 2 seconds of being hit with Swift Strike cause the cooldown and mana cost to be refunded.
Dragonblade: Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc, dealing 240 damage. If enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds of being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike's cooldown is reset.
X-Strike: Perform two slashes dealing 135 damage. The slashes detonate after 1.25 seconds causing an additional 270 damage to enemies in their area.
Based upon our hands-on time with Genji, he performs quite swiftly, but is best recommended for fans that prefer close strikes to taking enemies out from a distance. If you must invest in any of his attacks, the X-Strike seems to be the most effective against foes, though the Shurikens can come in handy if you need to rely on others for a bit, while still taking part in the battle.
Welcome To Hanamura!
Then we get to Hanamura, Genji’s home turf, which is introduced as the newest Battleground in the game. Here, you’ll find plenty two lanes to do damage in, across beautiful terrain that will be quite familiar to Overwatch fans. Here’s the breakdown of map objectives, courtesy of Blizzard:
Protected Cores: Both Cores are protected by a barrier that cannot be attacked by Heroes. To be victorious, you must escort your Payload.
Escort Payloads: Payloads will spawn for each team. Stand next to yours to move it to its destination so it can fire upon the enemy Core.
Empowered Payloads: Destroying enemy Forts causes your next Payload to deal more damage when it arrives at its destination.
You can get a closer look at Hanamura in the video below:
The trick to this map is that players won’t be able to directly assault the core of the opposing team, but instead using mercenaries and central objectives…just like Tower of Doom.
Both Genji and Hanamura are available in the game now.
Heroes of the Storm is available now for PC.