Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Preview: Cassia the Amazon

On March 28, Blizzard Entertainment held a press event to reveal the new hero coming to the Nexus. Blizzplanet was invited to this event to share with you the plethora of content that Heroes of the Storm 2.0 will introduce for players.

The new hero, Cassia, hails from the world of Sanctuary… the original Diablo II Amazon. After shattering the Worldstone, the young Amazon Cassia had changed. She had seen hatred, terror, and destruction firsthand. If the Askari were to survive the coming darkness, they needed an army. She would begin their training immediately.

 

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Diablo® franchise, Cassia is a “Javazon” war-matron who pays homage to the Diablo II Amazon. Wielding the power of lightning and a sturdy shield, Cassia asserts her will over any Battleground as a highly aggressive ranged Assassin whose Avoidance trait allows her to mitigate even the strongest physical attacks.

Continue reading to learn about her abilities and talents, and afterwards the full Heroes of the Storm 2.0 feature highlights.

 

Abilities

Lightning Fury (Q)

Hurl a javelin that damages the first enemy hit, and splits into two lightning bolts that deal damage to enemies in their paths.

Blinding Light (W)

After 0.5 sec, Blind enemies in the target area for 2 sec.

Passive: Cassia deals 15% increased damage to Blinded targets.

Fend (E)

Charge at an enemy, and upon arriving channel for 1.5 sec, damaging enemies in front of Cassia every 0.25 sec.

Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes.

Avoidance (Trait)

When moving unmounted, Cassia gains 65 Physical Armor against Heroic Basic Attacks, reducing the damage taken by 65%.

 

Cassia Talents

Thunderstroke (Q)Quest: Hit Heroes with Lightning Fury.

Reward: 20 Heroes hit: Increase damage to 60.
Reward: 40 Heroes hit: Obtain two charges of Lightning Fury.
True Sight (W)Increases the damage dealt to Blinded enemy heroes by 10%.

Quest: Deal Basic Attack damage to 80 Blinded enemy heroes
Reward: Blind duration increased by 1 sec.
Charged StrikesActivate to cause your basic attacks to bounce to a nearby enemy for 8 sec and increase their damage by 40%.

Cooldown: 20 sec
Inner LightIncreases Blinding Light radius by 25%. Upon being Rooted or Stunned, Blinding Light pulses around Cassia. This can only occur every 6 sec.
Ring of the LeechPassive: Cassia heals for 35% of the damage dealt to enemies affected by Blind.
Plate of the WhalesGain 5HP while Avoid is active.

Quest: Every 5 Attacks reduced by Avoid grants 1 additional HP.
Reward: After 15 bonus HP, cap it and gain 10% max Health.


ImpaleIncreases Charged Strikes damage by 50% to enemies below 40% health.
War TravelerGain 3% movement speed every 0.5 sec Avoid is active. Stacks up to 5 times. The bonus is reset when Cassia stops moving.
Lightning SurgeCassia stores blocked damage and upon reaching X damage her trait can be activated to deal Y damage in an area around you.




Ball LightningThrow a ball of lightning at an enemy hero that bounces up to 6 times between nearby enemy Heroes and Cassia, damaging enemies hit.
ValkyrieSummon a Valkyrie that rushes to Cassia after 0.75 sec, pulling and damaging the first enemy Hero hit, and stunning them for 0.5 sec at the end of her path.

The Valkyrie knocks back all other enemy Heroes in her way.




Grounding BoltLightning Fury slows enemy Heroes by 20% for 1.5 sec.
Thundergod's VigorHitting an enemy hero with the initial Lightning Fury missile reduces the cooldown by 1 sec.
Seraph's HymnReduce Blinding Light's Mana cost from 70 to 40. Basic Attacks against Blinded enemies reduce the cooldown of Blinding Light by 3 sec.
Lunging StrikeIncreases Fend's duration by 0.5 sec and the area of effect by 20%.



Pierce (Q)Lightning Fury's primary missile now pierces. Perpendicular bolts are now only spawned from Heroes.
Penetrate (E)Enemies take 3% increased damage from Fend each consecutive Hit.
Martial LawPassive: Basic attacks against Stunned, Rooted, and Slowed enemy heroes deal bonus damage equal to 3% of their max health.




Infinite LightningBall Lightning can now bounce infinitely.
Imprisoning LightUpon initial impact, Valkyrie deals additional damage to nearby Heroes and roots them for 4 sec.
Titan's RevengeIncreases Basic Attack range by 2 and your Basic Attacks now ignore armor.




 

Cassia Media

 

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