The newest addition to the Heroes of the Storm roster, D.Va, is joining the game’s playable test realm today to give players their first chance at controlling the new hero.
The news was announced in a tweet by the official Heroes of the Storm Twitter page and later on their YouTube channel. The video posted in the tweet goes over D.Va’s moves in Heroes of the Storm and what role she will play in the game going forward.
D.Va will join Genji as the other hero announced during Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm 2.0 live stream. Genji is live in the game right now as part of the 2.0 update and it looks like D.Va is hitting the PTR today so she should be added in officially in the near future.
She has two traits: Mech Mode and Pilot Mode. Mech mode gives her access to all her abilities and allows her to attack while moving. Her attacks will also do damage to all enemies in front of her. In pilot mode, she will be more fragile but becomes a more damaging single-target weapon. She has boosters which will allow her to move quicker while in Mech Mode. Enemies will take damage and be knocked back if they are hit while D.Va is boosting. D.Va’s Defense Matrix move is making the jump from Overwatch and it will create a cone that limits damage, much like it does in Overwatch. Of course, she has her trademark self-destruct move coming over too.
In Pilot Mode, she will be able to call her mech back down using her “E” ability once it is charged and after she uses self-destruct. Her heroic ability is called Bunny Hop which causes her to hop around cause destruction in her path. This is only available in Mech Mode. In pilot mode she has Big Shot which shoots enemies in a straight path.
In Mech Mode, she has high health and high mobility while pilot mode gives her high damage but very low health. D.Va will jump out of her mech when it is destroyed, similar to Overwatch.
Here are her skills more in-depth from Blizzard’s website:
- Mech Mode
- When D.Va’s Mech is destroyed, she is ejected after 0.75 seconds and can continue to fight in Pilot Mode. Destroying D.Va’s Mech only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP.
- Pilot Mode
- Each Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Call Mech by 0.5 seconds. As a Pilot, D.Va only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP upon death.
- While in Mech Mode, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her Movement Speed is reduced by 15%.
- D.Va can only use Mounts while in Pilot Mode.
- Boosters (Q)
- Increases D.Va’s Movement Speed by 125% for 2 seconds. Enemies that are hit take damage and are knocked away.
- D.Va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active.
- Defense Matrix (W)
- Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 seconds, reducing damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn.
- Damage dealt to the Mech by enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge.
- Self-Destruct (E)
- Requires Mech Mode.
- Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 seconds. Deals medium to massive damage in a large area, depending on distance from the center of the blast. Deals 50% damage against Structures.
- Gain 1% Charge for every 2 seconds spent using Basic Attacks, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost.
- Call Mech (E)
- Requires Pilot Mode.
- Call a new Mech and enter Mech Mode. 45 second cooldown. While in Pilot Mode, each Basic Attack lowers this cooldown by 0.5 seconds.
- Bunny Hop (R)
- Requires Mech Mode.
- D.Va’s Mech becomes Unstoppable and stomps every 0.5 seconds, dealing damage and Slowing enemies by 40%. Lasts 4 seconds.
- Big Shot (R)
- Requires Pilot Mode.
- Deal damage to all enemies in a line. Call Mech’s cooldown is reduced by 8 seconds for each enemy Hero hit.
If you want even more D.Va, playing Heroes of the Storm will unlock D.Va skins for Overwatch. You can read more about the different rewards you get here.
New laws in China have required games to disclose their loot box odds starting May 1. This has caused games like Overwatch, along with Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone to reveal their drop rates. It is unclear whether these drop rates are the same throughout the world or only in China.
We also know the Nexus Challenge 2.0 D.Va and Genji skins will be joining base Overwatch loot boxes some time after the event to accommodate for console players that don’t have the means to play Heroes of the Storm.
Will you be testing out D.Va in the PTR today?