Overwatch’s Genji and Hanamura Map Coming to Heroes of the Storm!
As the third Overwatch hero to make his stand in the Nexus, Genji brings a brand new battleground : The Hanamura Castle map, his ancestral home. Featuring brand new mechanics never before seen in Heroes of the Storm, Hanamura will showcase just a fraction of new ways to play.
The most major feature of Hanamura Castle is it’s unique objective system. Featuring payloads not too dissimilar to Overwatch’s payload system, Hanamura’s payloads function as a way to power up each team’s cannons, with goal to score 7 payloads before the opposing team can score theirs. While each payload can move faster as more team-members are added onto it (with a maximum of 3 before reaching top speed), it only takes one enemy in range to contest the payload, halting it in it’s tracks.There will of course be alternate ways to harass the enemy, as side-objectives such as destroying enemy Forts and Keeps to empower your payloads, making them deal more damage.Teams will have to decide how they want to split their forces, as after it has been left abandoned, the payload will slowly move backwards, leading to a constant juggling of defense and denial. Expect tanks and skirmishers to be extremely popular here!
Genji: Sparrow of Hanamura
Being the third hero of overwatch, Genji is similar to tracer in his focus on mobility, with dashes, leaps, and quick swordplay. Here’s a quick list of Genji’s move-set.
Cyber Agility (D)
Activate to jump to target area
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.
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.
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.
Perform 2 perpendicular slashes that deal damage and ignite after 1.25 seconds, dealing additional damage to enemies in their area of effect.
It’s interesting to see how the Heroes of the Storm team has adapted Genji’s abilities to work in the Nexus. Thankfully his high rate of mobility will make him an excellent choice for the Hanamura payload, capable of getting in and out before being overwhelmed.
For more information, check out the official test notes here!