Heroes of the Storm patch brings Li-Ming into the fight


Li-Ming, the “rebellious wizard” and one of two Diablo-themed Heroes of the Storm characters announced last week, is now available for play on the Public Test Realm. She arrives as part of the next major patch, which also includes new portraits for Cho'gall, Artanis, Tassadar, and Zeratul, a new open source replay protocol, and a “mysterious creature” that may turn up at the beginning of PTR games.

The patch makes numerous changes large and small, but the centerpiece is Li-Ming, who fires Magic Missiles and an Arcane Orb, can teleport short distances, and unleashes Disintegrate and Wave of Force attacks as her Heroic Abilities. But while she can dish out tremendous amounts of burst damage, she can take very little.

“Li-Ming perfectly embodies the 'glass cannon' archetype,” Blizzard said. “Li-Ming’s core damaging abilities, Magic Missiles and Arcane Orb, deal high amounts of damage, but can be avoided by aware and fast-reacting enemies. Anticipating enemy movement and maintaining the proper positioning with Teleport will be key for successfully playing this hero to her maximum potential.”

A full breakdown of the new Heroes of the Storm patch can be found on Battle.net. It will be live on the PTR until February 1.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.