Long-requested Diablo villain Mephisto is headed to Heroes of the Storm

Hanamura is coming back too

Surprise! Blizzard is kicking off Gamescom with a bang with Mephisto’s entrance into Heroes of the Storm, their “Blizzard All-Star” MOBA. As long of the most-requested heroes to date he’s a huge breath of fresh air, especially since Diablo is generally one of the least represented universes as of late.

As a ranged assassin his kit involves “highly aggressive” mage-based abilities, including massive cooldown reduction passives, a skull missile skillshot, an area-of-effect lightning nova, teleportation (that leaves a shade), and the token two heroics (ultimates): Consume Souls (reveal all heroes after a 2.5 second channel that does global damage/slow) and Durance of Hate (wave of spirits that roots and does damage). League of Legends fans might recall the first heroic is straight from Karthus.

While his kit doesn’t seem exciting at first glance, I really like that the Lord of Hatred is finally in the game. Now we need Andariel, Duriel, and Baal, and the entire Diablo 2 gang will be accounted for. In other Heroes news, Hanamura, which was previously removed from the battleground playlist, is coming back: you can take a look at its one payload rework below.


1 [Q] Unyielding Power Quest: Hit Heroes with Skull Missile.
Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase Skull Missile's damage by 60.
Reward: After hitting 40 Heroes, Skull Missile's cooldown is permanently reduced by 3 seconds
1 [W]Furious Spark Every 5th hit from Lightning Nova against the same target deals 90 bonus damage.
1 [E]Malicious Intent Shade of Mephisto grants 20% Spell Power while active and for 2.5 seconds after ending.
1 Anger Basic Attacks also activate Lord of Hatred, reducing Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds.
4 [Q] Hateful Mending Skull Missile heals Mephisto for 50% of the damage it deals to Heroes.
4 [W] Static Barrier At the end of its duration, Lightning Nova grants Mephisto a Shield equal to 50% of the damage it dealt to Heroes. Lasts 7 seconds.
4 Spite Increase Regeneration Globe healing duration by 60%. Every tick of Regeneration Globe healing activates Lord of Hatred, reducing Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.5 seconds
7 [E] Frost Storm Enemies near Shade of Mephisto are Slowed by 40% for 2 seconds.
7 [E] Ghastly Armor Shade of Mephisto grants 20 Armor while active and for 2.5 seconds after it ends.
7 [E] Trickery After Shade of Mephisto expires, all Slows and Roots are removed from Mephisto and he gains 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.Cooldown: 60 seconds
10 [R1] Consume Souls Channel for 2.5 seconds, revealing all enemy Heroes. After the Channel completes, all enemy Heroes take 357 damage and are Slowed by 40% for 2.5 seconds.
10 [R2] Durance of Hate After 1 second, unleash a wave of evil spirits that Root the first enemy Hero hit for 2 seconds and deal 160 damage to them over the same duration. Durance of Hate spreads outwards from its initial target, Rooting and damaging additional nearby enemy Heroes.
13 [Q] Abhorred Skull Hitting a Hero with Skull Missile grants 20% Spell Power for 6 seconds.
13 Hysteria Lord of Hatred also reduces the cooldown of Mephisto's Heroic Ability.
13 Shard of Hate Basic Attacks hit enemies near the primary target.
16 [Q] Lightning Reaction Skull Missile explodes on contact with Lightning Nova, dealing 144 damage to nearby enemies.
16 [W] Static Field When Lightning Nova's damage bonus reaches 40%, enemy Heroes within its radius take damage equal to 12% of their maximum Health.
16 Animosity Activate to extend the duration of Lightning Nova by 2.5 seconds.
Passive: Basic Attacks while Lightning Nova is active cause an immediate pulse of Lightning Nova damage.
20 [R1] Consumed by Hatred Consume Souls deals bonus damage equal to 10% of the target's missing Health. If Consume Souls kills a Hero it will cast again 1 additional time.
20 [R2] Unspeakable Horror Durance of Hate Silences enemies for 2 seconds after its Root expires.
20 Shade Lord Activate to swap locations with Shade of Mephisto and refresh its duration.
Passive: Shade of Mephisto benefits from all of Mephisto's level 7 Talents
20 [W] Mimic While both Shade of Mephisto and Lightning Nova are active, Lightning Nova also casts from the Shade's location.


Chris Carter
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