Overwatch’s Genji is the Latest Addition to Heroes of the Storm; Hanamura Map Added

Heroes of the Storm adds another familiar face from Overwatch with Genji, along with a brand new map inspired by his homeland of Hanamura.

on April 17, 2017 1:39 PM

The cyborg assassin Genji has quickly become a fan favorite for fans of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, while the character is making a stealthy entrance to Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm.

Overwatch‘s Genji has now been added to the roster of characters in Heroes of the Storm and is the fourth character from the title to enter the game after Tracer, Lucio, and Zarya. Like his fighting style in Overwatch, Genji is a highly mobile Assassin character that the potential to cause high damage, but is also very fragile and easy to take out. A full breakdown of his moves and abilities can be found below:

  • Shuriken (Basic): Throws three shuriken in a spread pattern to deal damage. Three charges of this move can be stored, and its cooldown restores all three charges.
  • Deflect (Basic): For 1.25 seconds, Genji blocks damage and automatically fires back Kunai, dealing damage to the closest enemy.
  • Swift Strike (Basic): A forward dash that deals damage to enemies in the area of effect. The cooldown and mana cost of this ability is automatically replenished if an enemy hero dies within two seconds of being hit by this attack.
  • Dragonblade (Heroic): For eight seconds, Genji unleashes his sword, just like his Ultimate in Overwatch. In conjunction with Swift Strike, he can lunge forward to deal damage in a large arc. Swift Strike’s replenish condition still applies.
  • X-Strike (Heroic): Unique to Heroes of the Storm, Genji slashes his target twice to deal damage. After 1.25 seconds, an area of effect deals additional damage.

Along with the addition of Genji, a new map based on his homeland of Hanamura is also being added to Heroes of the Storm, which provides two-lane combat with payloads that damage the enemy team’s core alongside some other surprises and strategy.

Genji and the Hanamura map are available now in beta form in Heroes of the Storm, and will be fully integrated into the game in the upcoming “2.0” update. In the meantime, you can also check out a new video highlighting the Hanamura map below:

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