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Li Li Build Guide “Ready for adventure!”

Last updated on Jun 13, 2017 at 15:49 by Straften 14 comments

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General Information

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

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Quick Reference

Damage Build (talent calculator link)

The Damage Build is great for dual Support team compositions. It has much less healing potential than either of the other builds, but delivers the most damage and control. Although you can stack Surging Winds Icon Surging Winds on non-Heroic enemies, the damage will be most impactful when it is dealt to Heroes. Make sure to land Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind on as many Heroes as possible with each cast. The primary drawback of this build is that Surging Winds is the only Talent it has to help sustain Mana. Once you have Surging Winds Icon Surging Winds, your other Abilities should only be used while the Spell Power buff is active. In this way, you can get more value out of every point of Mana spent.

Healing Build (talent calculator link)

The Healing Build is a good template to use when you are the only Support on your team. It is unmatched by the other builds in healing potential, because it has many Talents invested into Healing Brew Icon Healing Brew. This build is designed to sustain Mana as long as possible, while constantly casting powerful Healing Brews. Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups can be used for quick healing if necessary, or you can hold it to use when you are low on Mana. It is ideal to cast Jug of 1000 Cups while you have full Spell Power stacks from Surging Winds Icon Surging Winds, although this is not always be possible.

Serpent Build (talent calculator link)

This build helps your allies win trades while they are accompanied by a Cloud Serpent Icon Cloud Serpent. Your Serpents will get optimal value when cast on Heroes who fight in melee range for extended periods. Position yourself so that you can apply Could Serpent and Healing Brew to frontline Heroes, but keep yourself at a safer distance. If multiple allies are missing significant amounts of health, use Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups. This will return their health, enabling them to stay within Cloud Serpent range. Make sure to cast Cloud Serpent right before using your Heroic; Li Li cannot use Basic Abilities while channeling Jug of 1000 Cups.

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Synergies and Counters

Li Li synergizes with

Li Li does very well with a primary Support on her team. This allows her to provide secondary healing, while focusing on Talents that increase her damage. It is best if the primary Support has access to Cleanse, so that Li Li can take something else.

Li Li is countered by

Healing Brew Icon Healing Brew is not very effective against Ability based burst damage. Heroes that deal burst damage will force Healing Brew to heal a single ally, while the rest of her team may be suffering. Forcing Li Li to spend her Mana in an inefficient way is a good way to counter her, especially if she is the only healer on her team. Another way to counter her is to be able to consistantly deal damage while outside the range of Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind. Li Li is very effective against most Basic Attack Heroes, but Raynor can Basic Attack from a great enough range that she has to frontline in order to Blind him. Her kit is also poorly equiped to Support her team as they defend a Hyperion Icon Hyperion push.


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

Li Li has trouble keeping up with healing during prolonged 4v4 teamfights in the early game. She does not have the Mana sustain that many Supports do at this stage in the game. For this reason, she tends to do better on very large maps that have 3 lanes to soak. This usually results in two solo lanes for each team. Li Li can heal very well in a smaller group, even early in the game. She will generally struggle early on maps that only have two lanes, because they encourage 4v4 lane matchups.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Li Li is a sustained healing Support Hero. Although she lacks any hard crowd control, she is able to Blind enemies with Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind. Li Li is capable of dealing significantly more damage than most other Supports, and trades damage very well. Kung Fu Hustle Icon Kung Fu Hustle makes her a very powerful late-game Hero, by allowing her to cast her Abilities with greatly reduced cooldowns.

3. Strengths

  • Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind is very strong against Heroes that are designed around Basic Attacks, like Illidan
  • High sustained healing
  • Li Li is easy to play effectively
  • Good damage for a Support Hero
  • Trades damage efficiently
  • Fast Feet Icon Fast Feet makes Li Li difficult to catch without Roots, Slows, or Stuns
  • Kung Fu Hustle Icon Kung Fu Hustle provides a massive power spike at Level 20

4. Weaknesses

  • Lacks any hard crowd control
  • Her sustained healing is ineffective against burst damage, as allies will die before they can be healed
  • Healing Brew Icon Healing Brew and Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups automatically heal the ally with the lowest percentage of health, which is not always optimal
  • Poor waveclear

5. Role in the Current Meta

Li Li is very effective in prolonged team fights, where her sustained healing has time to accumulate into a substantial Health advantage for her team. She can be a good pick against Heroes that rely on Basic Attacks, because Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind is very good at inhibiting their strenghts. With her high Basic Ability damage and access to Water Dragon Icon Water Dragon, Li Li is a good supplemental Support for teams that have a dedicated healer.

It is best to take Li Li as a secondary Support, so that you are able to take Water Dragon. Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups can be interrupted, reducing its healing output. If it is interrupted near the beginning of its channel time, most of its healing can be cancelled. It is always best to take healing Talentes if you are the only Support on your team, but this scenario should generally be avoided when possible.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated Li-Li guild for Malthael's patch and moved it to the new format.
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