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

Last updated on Aug 06, 2017 at 10:00 by Kendric 23 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.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. 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 Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Quick Reference

Pixie Dust Build (talent calculator link)

The Pixie Dust Build focuses on providing strong burst damage protection against both Abilities and Basic Attacks (after acquiring Shield Dust Icon Shield Dust at Level 13). Since Brightwing's talent tree is very competitive, it is very important to adjust accordingly. At Level 7, for instance, Cleanse Icon Cleanse could be replaced by Mistified Icon Mistified if the enemy team lacked crowd control.

Emerald Wind Build (talent calculator link)

The Emerald Wind Build emphasizes Brightwing's strong disengage potential, which makes it a strong choice against team compositions that focus on hard engage to threaten your backline. Ice Block Icon Ice Block is a crucial defensive talent to pick up at Level 13, since casting Emerald Wind Icon Emerald Wind often causes her to get close to the enemy team.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Brightwing synergizes with

Brightwing works really well with other Supports to form a so-called Double Support Comp. Tassadar, in particular, benefits greatly from Brightwing's sustained healing, while he provides strong burst protection with his shields. Furthermore, she synergizes with other global Heroes, such as Dehaka or Falstad in order to create unexpected team fight situations.

Brightwing is countered by

Brightwing gets countered by crowd control heavy Warriors, such as Anub'arak or Varian who can capitalize on the fact that she has virtually no escape mechanisms other than Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal. Furthermore, explosive burst Assassins like Greymane can cause a lot of problems for her, since most of her support derives from small ticks of healing over time.

Maps

Brightwing's stronger maps Dragon Shire Hanamura Sky Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Brightwing's average maps Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines
Brightwing's weaker maps Battlefield of Eternity Haunted Mines Tomb of the Spider Queen

Brightwing does particularly well on larger Maps like Towers of Doom or Warhead Junction, on which she can use her global mobility to great effect. Another map she excels at is Hanamura. There, we strongly recommend picking Pixie Charm Icon Pixie Charm at Level 1 in order to constantly secure yourself the Healing Pulse by bribing the Cyber Samurai Camps. On rotation-heavy maps like Tomb of the Spider Queen, Brightwing's inability to use a mount can often slow her down, making her a liability against aggressive pushing compositions.

TL;DR Tips

  • Phase Shift Icon Phase Shift allows Brightwing to split-soak experience very efficiently while also allowing her to join team fights in time.
  • Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal can be used to juke enemy Heroes and abilities.
  • Arcane Flare Icon Arcane Flare's casting range is larger than the shooting range of enemy Towers, Forts, and Keeps.
  • Pixie Dust Icon Pixie Dust becomes a crucial ability against Assassins like Jaina or Kael'thas to reduce their spell damage potential.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Brightwing is a ranged support Hero with strong global presence. She is capable of continually healing nearby allies without using Mana, 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

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 Maps like Hanamura, 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. Reading Further

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7. ChangeLog

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  • 07 Aug. 2017 (this page): Guide moved to new format.
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