Zerg terror Dehaka confirmed for Heroes of the Storm

The 50th hero

Blizzard spilled the beans today — Dehaka is coming to Heroes of the Storm as a Warrior that cannot mount, but can burrow into any bush or vent on the map with a 40 second cooldown. Whoa! He’ll be the game’s 50th character, and new screenshots and talent pictures are out in all their glory below (as well as his full moveset) so you can speculate away.

No date was given, but sometime in the next few weeks is typically the plan.

Mount

  • Brushstalker (Z)

You cannot use Mounts. Instead, you may burrow to any bush or vent on the Battleground. 40 second cooldown

Trait

  • Essence Collection (D)

You collect 10 Essence per Hero Takedown, and 2 per enemy Minion killed nearby, storing up to a maximum of 50 Essence. 

Activate to consume all stored Essence and regenerate Health over the next 5 seconds for each stack consumed.

Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.

Basic Abilities

  • Drag (Q)

Lash out with your tongue, dealing light damage to the first enemy hit, and dragging them with you for 1.75 seconds.

  • Dark Swarm (W)

Over the next three seconds, you gain the ability to move through units and deal damage in an area around yourself. Deals double damage to Heroes.

Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.

  • Burrow (E)

Burrow into the ground, entering Stasis and becoming Invulnerable for 2 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

  • Isolation (R)

Launch biomass that deals damage, silences, and slows the first enemy Hero it hits by 30% for 3 seconds. For the next 6 seconds, the affected enemy loses sight of allied Heroes, and has greatly reduced vision.

  • Adaptation (R)

After a 5 second delay, 60% of all damage taken during this time will be returned to you as Health. 

Gameplay Tips

  • Brushstalker can be used for a daring escape, or a way to pin down enemies in the backline after a team fight has been won.
  • The Drag ability and how it is used will be the mark of a great Dehaka player. Do your best to grab Squishy Assassins or Healers for your team to pick off.
  • Burrow is your trump card. Bait an enemy into thinking they have secured a takedown, then burrow allowing your teammates time to show up and provide you support.
  • If you find that your opponents have been focusing on you more than the average game, Adaptation might be for you. Soak up all the damage thrown your way and heal up in exchange.
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