Overwatch’s Genji Joins the Heroes of the Storm Lineup

Genji will be released officially as part of Heroes of the Storm 2.0, which goes live on April 25th.

Everyone’s favorite Cyborg-Ninja, Genji is joining the ranks of Heroes of the Storm as a playable character from today onward. Blizzard Entertainment made this announcement today, and Genji is available as part of the game’s 2.0 beta.

Blizzard is also releasing a new battleground based on Hanamura, Genji’s home turf.Heroes of the Storm’s version of Hanamura includes new mercenaries and objectives, as well as “explosive payloads.”

Heroes of the Storm’s version of Genji closely resembles how he plays in Overwatch. He can attack with shuriken and a dashing swift strike, and he can deflect enemy projectiles back towards his foes. Genji’s ultimate, DragonBlade, also carries over. However Blizzard has added an addition ability for his debut, X-Strike.

X-Strike performs two slashes dealing 135 damage. The slashes detonate after 1.25 seconds causing an additional 270 damage to enemies in their area. Pretty brutal.

Genji joins a pretty full cast of other Overwatch heroes, including Tracer, Zarya, and Lucio. Genji will be released officially as part of Heroes of the Storm 2.0, which goes live on April 25th.

TRAIT

Cyber Agility (D)


Activate to jump to target area


BASIC ABILITIES

Shuriken (Q)


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.

Deflect (W)


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.


HEROIC ABILITIES

Dragonblade (R)


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.

X-Strike (R)


Perform 2 perpendicular slashes that deal damage and ignite after 1.25 seconds, dealing additional damage to enemies in their area of effect.