Heroes of the Storm players better be prepared for the coming of The Destroyer. Announced earlier today on the Heroes of the Storm website, Deathwing is finally making his way to the Nexus to spread some of his trademark death and destruction. Deathwing will soon join the ranks of many other popular characters from the World of Warcraft series such as Arthas, Saurfang, Sylvanas, and Anduin who have made their way to the Nexus to claim their slice of glory. You can check out Deathwing’s announcement trailer below.
Deathwing, originally from the World of Warcraft series, has made a name for himself as being a dragon you do not mess with. According to Live Balance Designer for HotS Adam Jackson, “First off, he’s gonna be a giant dragon the whole game, so no human form. He is the fantasy that we’re going for, the big, black dragon that destroyed the world.” Both Jackson and HotS Deathwing hero designer Kyle Dates spoke at length about Deathwing’s addition to the game in the Deathwing First Look Livestream, which you can check out in its entirety at the end of the article.
Deathwing’s abilities are based on two forms he can assume in-game: Destroyer and World Breaker. Destroyer form allows him to use abilities Incinerate, in which he uses his wings for AoE damage and Onslaught, where he lunges forward, causing extra damage to anyone unfortunate enough to get caught in his bite at the end of the ability. As for World Breaker form, two additional moves are available. Lava Burst creates a circle of lava on the ground, sticking around for a short time to damage enemies that walk over it. Earth Shatter creates fissures in the ground in front of Deathwing, causing damage to enemies and stunning them for a short time.
Outside of Deathwing’s two forms, he can also launch himself into the sky with Dragonflight. While airborne, he will heal himself, but the move will be put on a four-second cooldown as soon as he deals or takes damage. While in the air, Deathwing can slam back to earth with aggressive force and trigger one of his two forms. What fun would a dragon be if they couldn’t spit fire? Deathwing can unleash a stream of fire, draining energy the longer it’s held, to damage enemies who stray too close. Finally, his Heroic ability is called Cataclysm, in which he flies across a path, dealing damage and leaving scorched earth behind. To make him even more frightening, Deathwing is permanently unstoppable and deals 100% additional damage to Heroes, but is immune to all friendly status effects.
Deathwing will be available in the Nexus soon, but no concrete release date has been set. However, Deathwing will be available to play for those attending BlizzCon and is expected for full release in the first major patch thereafter.