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

Last updated on Sep 28, 2018 at 09:17 by Kendric 40 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Brightwing, a Ranged Support in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1. Brightwing's Overview

Brightwing is a ranged support Hero with strong global presence. She is capable of continually healing nearby allies without using Mana and protect them against enemy crowd control effects, 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.

2. Brightwing's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great split-pushing potential
  • +Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist does not require any Mana
  • +Strong disengage thanks to Emerald Wind Icon Emerald Wind
  • +Solid waveclear
  • +Has an in-built cleanse that breaks Stuns, Slows, Roots, and Silences every 120 seconds
  • +Allows a variety of talent builds depending on the game situation
X 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

3. Brightwing's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Teleport Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Hyper Shift Icon
Level 4 Magic Spit Icon Dream Shot Icon ?
Level 7 Peekaboo! Icon
Level 10 Emerald Wind Icon Blink Heal Icon ?
Level 13 Safety Dust Icon Pixie Power Icon ?
Level 16 Critterize Icon
Level 20 Intensive Winds Icon Faerie Protector Icon ?

The Teleport Build focuses on providing great global mobility, which becomes particularly useful on larger maps like Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, or Infernal Shrines. Since Brightwing's talent tree is quite competitive, it is very important to adjust accordingly. At Level 13, for instance, Safety Dust Icon Safety Dust could be replaced by Pixie Power Icon Pixie Power depending on what type of damage the enemy team has.

Blink Heal Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Hyper Shift Icon
Level 4 Dream Shot Icon Magic Spit Icon ?
Level 7 Sticky Flare Icon Peekaboo! Icon ?
Level 10 Blink Heal Icon
Level 13 Safety Dust Icon Pixie Power Icon ?
Level 16 Critterize Icon Phase Out Icon ?
Level 20 Invisible Friends Icon Faerie Protector Icon ?

The Blink Heal Build emphasizes Brightwing's strong healing and mobility after hitting Level 10, which makes it a strong choice against team compositions that focus on hard engage to threaten your backline. Phase Out Icon Phase Out can be a helpful defensive talent to pick up at Level 16, since casting Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal may sometimes cause her to get close to the enemy team.

4. Brightwing's Synergies and Counters

V Brightwing synergizes with

Brightwing synergizes with other global Heroes, such as Dehaka or Falstad in order to create unexpected team fight situations. Furthermore, her great burst heal coming from Phase Shift Icon Phase Shift works very well with aggressive Assassins like Kerrigan or Maiev who need require a lot of protection.

X 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.

5. Brightwing's Maps

Brightwing's stronger maps
Alterac Pass Dragon Shire Sky Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Brightwing's average maps
Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Infernal Shrines Volskaya Foundry
Brightwing's weaker maps
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. 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.

6. Brightwing's Tips and Tricks

  • 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.

7. Brightwing's 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 Tracer. 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, Sky Temple, or Dragon Shire. 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.

8. Changelog

  • 28 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Brighting's guide in accordance with her latest rework.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (this page): Updated Brighting's guide in accordance with her latest rework.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Fixed a small wording issue in the Manic Pixie description.
  • 13 Oct. 2017 (talents page): Completely revamped the predefined talent builds.
  • 21 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Brightwing's talents in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Shield Dust's description.
  • 07 Aug. 2017 (this page): Guide moved to new format.
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