Brightwing Build Guide “You don't want to be my enemy!”
Welcome to our guide for Brightwing, a Healer 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.
Brightwing is a ranged Healer 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 Trait. Her ability to teleport to an allied Hero across the entire map makes Brightwing a very mobile Hero that excels on large battlegrounds, like Cursed Hollow.
Brightwing's Strengths and Weaknesses
Brightwing's Talent Build Cheatsheet
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. It also greatly increases Brightwing's burst healing with the combination of Hyper Shift and Safety Dust. Safety Dust can and should be used to increase healing from Phase Shift and Blink Heal. However, in some games, you might be picking Pixie Power to mitigate premeditated spell damage instead.
This build has some situational Talents that should be considered. At Level 4, Magic Spit is the standard choice, but Dream Shot can also be a good option in maps where you need to stall an objective, like Towers of Doom or Alterac Pass. Critical Mist should only be picked if opposing team has strong burst damage following crowd controls. At level 16, we mention Critterize as the main Talent, since it will greatly enhance Brightwing's capabilities to kill a displaced target. However, Hush! is a great option if your team is more focused on dealing sustain damage, instead of on blowing up a target. Phase Out is not necessary, but is an option if you are being the target very often. At Level 20, Invisible Friends will be always good, but against much AoE damage, we recommend going for Faerie Protector instead.
Arcane Flare BuildSituational
The Arcane Flare Build emphasizes Brightwing's unexpectedly strong damage and crowd control when combining several Q-based talents such as Dream Shot at Level 4, Sticky Flare at Level 7, and Hush! at Level 16. Phase Out can be a helpful defensive talent to pick up at Level 16, since casting Blink Heal may sometimes cause Brightwing to get too close to the enemy team.
Brightwing's Synergies and Counters
Brightwing synergizes with other global Heroes, such as Dehaka or Falstad in order to dominate the map or to create unexpected team fight situations. Furthermore, she is a great pick together with Medivh, as he will cover all her weaknesses. His Portal can be used to reposition Brightwing with Emerald Wind, while Force of Will can protect her allies from high burst damage, and Ley Line Seal is a great setup for a good Emerald Wind.
Brightwing gets countered by crowd control heavy Tanks that cannot have their engages canceled by Polymorph, such as Anub'arak, Johanna, or E.T.C.. Furthermore, assassins with burst AoE damage like Fenix can be a problem to her. Most of her support derives from small ticks of healing over time, and demands her to be close to allies.
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.
Brightwing's Tips and Tricks
- Phase Shift allows Brightwing to split-soak experience very efficiently while also allowing her to join team fights in time.
- Blink Heal can be used to juke enemy Heroes and abilities.
- Arcane Flare's casting range is larger than the shooting range of enemy Towers, Forts, and Keeps. Always follow Polymorph with it; the slow can guarantee the hit.
- Pixie Dust becomes a crucial ability against Assassins like Jaina or Kael'thas to reduce their spell damage potential. Considering Pixie Dust's low cooldown, it is recommended to use it to mitigate spell damage at the start of the fight, because you will still have it available at the end.
- Against dive heroes like Zeratul or Genji, hold Polymorph until they dive towards an ally, since it will greatly reduce their effectiveness. However, it can also be used to guarantee kills of tanks with mobility, like on Muradin before he jumps out or on Anub'arak before he uses Burrow Charge to flee.
- Even though Soothing Mist's range relatively small, try to not be very close to your teammates to heal them. Always stay in a position in which the target you want to heal is close to the edge of your healing range, so you do not get damaged or controlled with them.
Brightwing's Role In The Current Meta
Brightwing is the only Healer that is capable of joining a team fight from any location on the map, thanks to her Phase Shift ability. This allows Brightwing to separate herself from the rest of her team and soak more experience in lane than any other Healer. What also makes Brightwing stand out are her unique healing mechanics. Brightwing does not actively heal her allies with abilities. Instead, Soothing Mist heals nearby teammates for a small amount every four seconds. In terms of crowd control, Polymorph poses a serious threat to enemy Heroes, especially initiators and Assassins that rely on their mobility, such as Zeratul, Illidan, or Genji. Combined with the Critterize talent at Level 16, 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.
- 25 May 2020 (this page): Updated Teleport Build.
- 01 May 2020 (this page): Updated guide to reflect current meta.
- 19 Dec. 2019 (talents page): Revised Brightwing's guide. No talent changes needed to be applied despite the most recent Balance Update.
- 09 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
- 25 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Revised Brightwing's guide. No talent changes needed to be applied despite the most recent Balance Update.
- 06 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Applied a major update to the Brightwing guide.
- 28 Sep. 2018 (this page): Updated Brighting's guide in accordance with her latest rework.
- 28 Sep. 2018 (talents 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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