Friday, August 19, 2016

Heroes of the Storm (Hero Preview) - Zarya Talents & Abilities

Zarya, the new Heroes of the Storm ranged warrior is set to enter the Nexus on the 27th of September. No word yet if she will be available on the HotS PTR prior to this. We know her abilities and talents but please keep in mind that this information may not be final.

Abilities :
Q - Particle Grenade [Charge CD: 8s; 4 charges; 1s CD between charges] - Launch a particle grenade that deals 64 damage to enemies within the area. Deals 50% damage to Structures.
W - Personal Barrier [CD: 12s] - Gain a shield that absorbs 582 damage for 3 seconds.
E - Shield Ally [CD: 12s] - Grants an allied Hero a shield that absorbs 437 damage for 3 seconds.
R1 - Graviton Surge [CD: 120s] - Launch a gravity bomb that detonates after 1 second and draws enemy Heroes toward the center for 2.5 seconds.
R2 - Expulsion Zone [CD: 45s] - Launch a gravity bomb that deals 184 (damage number shown at lvl 10) damage and creates an expulsion zone for 3.5 seconds. Enemies who enter the affected area are knocked back and have their Movement Speed reduced by 50% for 1 second.
Trait - Energy - Each time Zarya's Personal Barrier or Shield Ally absorbs 10 damage, her Energy is increased by 1. Each point of Energy increases Zarya's damage by 2%. After 0.5 seconds, Energy decays by 3 per second.

Who is Zarya ? :
Aleksandra Zaryanova was born in a remote Siberian village during the Omnic Crisis, one that was pretty much smack dab in the middle of all the fighting. While Russia was in fact victorious without Overwatch’s help, the war wasn’t without its costs. Zarya grew up in a land of post-war devastation, spending her childhood among the rubble and wreckage. As she grew older, she swore that one day she would gain the strength to help her people recover.

And she meant it. Training in bodybuilding and weightlifting, Zarya soon caught the attention of the entire world, moving up the athletic ranks and representing Russia with pride. It was pretty much expected that she’d absolutely shatter longstanding world records in the world championships and it was also blatantly clear that she’d achieved the strength she was looking for.

But on the eve of the championships, word came from her village that the omnium had been reactivated. The village was once again under fire, thrust into a war it wasn’t prepared for. Zarya dropped everything, withdrew from the competition and returned home…because gaining strength was all well and good, but it was defending her home that mattered the most.

What is Heroes of the Storm or HotS :
Heroes of the Storm (originally titled Blizzard DOTA and later changed to Blizzard All-Stars) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game features heroes from Blizzard's franchises including Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, Overwatch and The Lost Vikings.