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Glad to see the updates to one of my favorite heroes to play. 

I have always loved the bait and switch you can do with Double Wormhole, so I am not sure I won't still take that, even though you are not recommending it.  The extra positioning it provides with so many dive heroes in the meta right now (Genji, Grey, Anub) and the CC supports...is crucial IMO.  Since healing is not targeted, I have never really taken the Revitalizing Mist, as late game situations are almost always a group fight and you have no control over the stacked healing.

I have always taken the pixie dust upgrades for the most part, unless facing a dive hero that Critterize can punish.  I think I may try doing more of an offensive build with the two Arcane Flare talents and the two Polymorph talents.  I think those would synergize well with Mistified, and replace the healing/shielding lost to not picking pixie dust talents.  In my experience, you can land arcane flare a lot, and with the increased range to BW's trait, you are more able to put effort into landing the arcane flare shot and less about proximity to those you are healing.  The more defensive build I have taken in the past usually requires a lot more passive play and just judgement on who to Pixie boost.

I think an offensive build could work well, especially in the double support situations.  Like this:

https://www.icy-veins.com/heroes/talent-calculator/brightwing#26.0!1111121

Edited by ArtVandelay

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Guest Brighterwings

Sir I tried pixie charm against the healing pulse guy in volskaya foundry but it didn't work even with 4 stacks. Please remove that part where you said pixie charm is useful in volskaya etc... I was misled when I picked that talent in a match.

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Guest MooseBiscuit

" Manic Pixie IconManic Pixie is a somewhat unreliable yet powerful talent, as it increases Soothing Mist IconSoothing Mist's range significantly. "

Apologies if I'm missing something but I can't see anything in the Manic Pixie talent description or the Soothing Mist Ability description that says the range is extended, so how does Manic Pixie increase Soothing Mist's Range? Is it an underlying game / interaction mechanic?

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Guest brightwingmain67

these builds are really bad, it says all the wrong stuff and im a brightwing one trick in heroes of the storm (i have her at level 25 and everything else at level 8 or lower) 

1. Continuous Winds  is a very good perk for team fights, escaping, and attacking forts.

2. Sticky Flare is very good for slowing people who try to escape from you and whatever assassin you are pocketing, and along with dream shot and polymorph you can use this to slow lock enemies so they cant get away from your pocketed assassin/bruiser/team 

3. Hardened Focus  lets you increase the amount of slow locking and poly-morph locking you can do, further increasing your role as an assassin pocket healer 

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9 hours ago, Guest brightwingmain67 said:

1. Continuous Winds  is a very good perk for team fights, escaping, and attacking forts.

2. Sticky Flare is very good for slowing people who try to escape from you and whatever assassin you are pocketing, and along with dream shot and polymorph you can use this to slow lock enemies so they cant get away from your pocketed assassin/bruiser/team 

I feel like that's what the guide says. You should pick those talents if you need what you described as the strengths of those talent, but probably not otherwise.

9 hours ago, Guest brightwingmain67 said:

3. Hardened Focus  lets you increase the amount of slow locking and poly-morph locking you can do, further increasing your role as an assassin pocket healer 

But does that provide higher damage than CritterizeCritterize or better CC than Greater PolymorphGreater Polymorph? Besides, if you feel like you need faster cooldowns, then you are likely in a fight, and cannot guarantee the Hardened FocusHardened Focus requirement most of the time, especially if the opposing team is aware of your talent choice.

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Guest Actual

Currently the guide lists Brightwing's ice block talent as having a cooldown of 0 seconds, when it should be 60 seconds.

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the more i play brightwing the more i like they way she plays. Pairs quite nice with gul'dan. It takes a longer time to get used to playing her. I wish her soothing winds healed more 

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Oh boy, I just wanna say I love Invisible Friends. Sure, it is a late game powerspike and you may rarely see it in action, but being able to turn GARROSH PERMANENTLY INVISIBLE and setup the nastiest ganks is so fun.

I'm kinda pissed that Blizzard changed the mechanic of Pixie CharmPixie Charm to gain stacks from minion kills instead of Soothing MistSoothing Mist heals, though.

Edited by Valhalen

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Guest Truphoss

Well...
The rework of Brightwing doesn't feel like a great rework for me.
I just play her since Alpha and i really love to play her. But this is so.... i don't know.

I'am really sad about to see her @ Low Tier in the META-List (September 18).

What do you think about the rework of Brightwing?

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This here is my build of choice, most of the time. It is a PolymorphPolymorph / Arcane FlareArcane Flare oriented build with high emphasis on poking and annoying the living shit out of opponents, as well giving Brightwing an absurdly powerful utility and mobility.

While it is not a build fit for every situation, it is very effective in aggressive / dive teams, which we've been seeing more viable thanks to the Kerrigan rework.

Below my breakdown of each talent and why I pick it, as well some annotations and exceptions:

  • Level 1 - Greater PolymorphGreater Polymorph: This talent is the bread and butter of the build. With the increased range you can prevent and/or setup a plethora of situations that PolymorphPolymorph can already do, but better. If well timed with the resets, this talent can secure kill after kill in a domino effect that is mesmerizing to watch.
  • Level 4 - Dream ShotDream Shot: With this talent and the one above, Brightwing can outrange the vast majority of characters with her offensive basic abilities, providing an outstanding poke potential. This makes much safer for Brightwing to check bushes or prevent opponents from capturing channeled objectives from afar.
  • Level 7 - Sticky FlareSticky Flare: The slow effect is fantastic to cripple opponents, specially when combined with the increased range and cooldown reduction above, allowing Brightwing to maintain uptime.
    • Alternatively, I sometimes pick Peekaboo!Peekaboo! in small maps where ganks are notorious and I notice one of my allies wandering a bit too far into enemy territory.
  • Level 10 - Blink HealBlink HealSince this build has a more aggressive gameplay, giving Brightwing extra mobility is key. You can blink into the Tank or melee Assassin in order to reach the opponent faster for a quick PolymorphPolymorph + Arcane FlareArcane Flare combo and secure that sweet sweet kill. Or the opposite, if your team is properly positioned, you can quickly zap around to either confuse your opponent when they are trying to pressure you, or simply for a quick retreat.
    • If you're not confident enough or the enemy team features too much crowd control, then go with Emerald WindEmerald Wind for that massive disruption.
  • Level 13 - Pixie PowerPixie Power: Being able to grant 50 spell armor every 7 seconds? YES PLEASE.
    • If the enemy team doesn't feature many mages, stick with Safety Dust for the extra healing.
  • Level 16 - Hush!Hush!this talent makes Brightwing extremely annoying, as you'll be poking from very long distances with Arcane FlareArcane Flare thanks to Dream ShotDream Shot, AND silencing them. With pratice you can incapacitate opponents for whopping 2.5 seconds (Polymorph + Silence from Hush!), and is also a fantastic defensive measure against divers when Polymorph is on cooldown.
    • Alternatively, CritterizeCritterize further increases the impact of your oppressive PolymorphPolymorphs, thus making easier to kill your targets, thus resulting in more resets.
    • If the enemy team features dangerous targeted abilities (i.e. PyroblastPyroblast), then Phase OutPhase Out is the way to go.
  • Level 20 - Invisible FriendsInvisible Friends: This one has to be one of my favorite talents in the entire game. You can essentially perma-stealth your entire team with Blink Heal and setup the nastiest ganks ever, as the stealth functions like any other: characters cannot be targeted and will only break out of stealth when performing actions (attacking, mounting, etc.), and can also become completely invisible by remaining still. Picture an invisible Garrosh. JUST DO IT.
    • If you went with Emerald WindEmerald Wind instead of Blink HealBlink Heal, Faerie ProtectorFaerie Protector is a powerful tool, specially if Pixie PowerPixie Power was picked at Level 13.
    • Speedy DragonSpeedy Dragon is also surprisingly strong as it gives Brightwing a massive boost in mobility that makes her almost as fast as mounted Heroes. This talent is particularly useful in large maps and/or when facing opponents that have a lot of skillshots, allowing you to gracefully dodge them at ease.
Edited by Valhalen

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I miss double blink heal at 20, the mobility you had with that was just awesome.  Sometimes hard to micro but you could get to the front line heal as well as PolymorphPolymorph or throw out Arcane FlareArcane Flare and then jump right back to safety. 😥

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Guest Funwing

Thank you Valhalen for this build! I tried it yesterday and boy is it a blast. Only thing I changed was picking Unstable Anomaly at Lvl. 4 Instead of Dream Shot (I know it's not that good, but the additional slow helps me a lot. As soon as I really get a hang of aiming the Flare better, Dream Shot will doubtless be the better pick)

Brightwing is such a great character for people with a bit map awareness and I'm quite happy with the update, now your build got me to try a 'new' and more aggressive playstyle. I still quite like pixie charm as a starter talent but I think the Polymorph-build is the most fun right now.

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9 hours ago, Guest Funwing said:

Thank you Valhalen for this build! I tried it yesterday and boy is it a blast. Only thing I changed was picking Unstable Anomaly at Lvl. 4 Instead of Dream Shot (I know it's not that good, but the additional slow helps me a lot. As soon as I really get a hang of aiming the Flare better, Dream Shot will doubtless be the better pick)

Brightwing is such a great character for people with a bit map awareness and I'm quite happy with the update, now your build got me to try a 'new' and more aggressive playstyle. I still quite like pixie charm as a starter talent but I think the Polymorph-build is the most fun right now.

I'm glad you enjoyed! She became one of my favorite Heroes after the rework, and this build has led me to many MVPs and nice saves, hehe.

Dream ShotDream Shot is actually better for training your aim because you can use Arcane FlareArcane Flare from safer distances, you can time it without putting yourself at risk too much. While Unstable AnomalyUnstable Anomaly is not bad per se, I find Dream Shot vastly superior due its utility and versatility.

As for Pixie CharmPixie Charm, it lost all the value to me after they changed its mechanics. Before that you could get max stacks during teamfights without even noticing as it would gain stacks per Hero healed by Soothing MistSoothing Mist. Now it follows the mechanics of every other "Bribe" talent, where you're forced to stay on the lane to get stacks from dead minions. I find that change counter-intuitive since the rework aimed at making Brightwing less of a split-pusher and reward her for sticking with the team more often.

Also, you might want to check the build again as I made some small additions/changes to tiers 16 and 20, based on later experiences.

Thanks again for enjoying my build. I hope you have some fun! And I'd love to hear about your experiences with it.

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