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Brightwing Build Guide “You don't want to be my enemy!”

Last updated on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:00 by Kendric 22 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Brightwing guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Brightwing in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Grand Master in both Hero and Team League, playing most Warrior and Support. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called HGC Hightlights. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Quick Reference

Protective Blink Heal Build: strong heal-over-time with good mobility

Phase Shift Build: outstanding global mobility combined with powerful shields and ability protection

Soothing Mist Cooldown Reduction Build: Solid poking and empowered passive healing

Brightwing synergizes with
Brightwing is countered by
Brightwing's stronger maps Cursed Hollow Sky Temple
Brightwing's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Tomb of the Spider Queen
Brightwing's weaker maps None

Ability Usage:

  • Phase Shift Icon Phase Shift allows Brightwing to split-soak experience very efficiently.
  • Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal can be used to juke chasing enemy Heroes.
  • Arcane Flare Icon Arcane Flare's casting range is larger than the shooting range of enemy Towers, Forts, and Keeps.
  • Shield Dust Icon Shield Dust becomes a crucial talent against ability dependent Assassins like Jaina or Kael'thas to reduce their damage potential.

2. Introduction

Brightwing is a ranged support Hero with strong global presence. She is capable of continually healing nearby allies, due to her Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist trait. Her ability to teleport to an allied Hero across the entire map makes Brightwing a very mobile Hero that fits into a large variety of team compositions.

3. Strengths

  • Great split-pushing potential
  • Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist does not require any Mana
  • Strong disengage
  • Solid waveclear
  • Hard to lock down after Level 10
  • Allows a variety of talent builds depending on the game situation

4. Weaknesses

  • Cannot use a mount
  • Requires a lot of map awareness
  • Lacks burst heal
  • Fairly high skill cap compared to other support Heroes
  • Vulnerable to crowd control

5. Role In The Current Meta

Brightwing is the only support Hero that is capable of joining a team fight from any location on the map, thanks to her Phase Shift Icon Phase Shift ability. This allows Brightwing to separate herself from the rest of her team and soak more experience in lane than any other Supporter. What also makes Brightwing stand out from other support Heroes are her unique healing mechanics. Brightwing does not actively heal her allies with abilities. Instead, Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist heals nearby teammates for a small amount every five seconds. In terms of crowd control, Polymorph Icon Polymorph poses a serious threat to enemy Heroes, especially initiators and Assassins that rely on their mobility, such as Zeratul, Illidan, or Valla. Combined with the Critterize Icon Critterize talent at Level 16, Polymorph Icon Polymorph allows your team to focus fire a single target very efficiently.

Because of her strong talent tree, Brightwing's power level increases the longer the game lasts. This makes her a particularly valuable pick on larger maps like Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, or Dragon Shire. One of Brightwing's biggest strengths is the fact that she is able to adjust her choice of talents according to the state of the game. Pixie Charm Icon Pixie Charm allows you to single-handedly capture Mercenary Camps on large maps, while Peekaboo! Icon Peekaboo! can provide important vision against cloaked Heroes. Cleanse Icon Cleanse is an ideal tool to protect fragile teammates against enemy crowd control, whereas Mistified Icon Mistified can provide your team with a constant source of healing. The correct usage of your mobility and crowd control spells enables you to heavily influence the outcome of a game, which makes Brightwing a force to be reckoned with.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

7. ChangeLog

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  • 16 May 2016: Changed Polymorph's and Greater Polymorph's description in accordance with the latest Chromie patch.
  • 14 Apr. 2016: Added Emerald Wind's passive effect in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Jan. 2016: Removed Arcane Precision in accordance with the latest update.
  • 30 Nov. 2015: Added the Phase Shift Build.
  • 02 Jul. 2015: Adjusted Brightwing's introduction in accordance with the changes of the Butcher patch.
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