Li Li Build Guide “Ready for adventure!”

Last updated on Sep 02, 2021 at 19:00 by Elitesparkle 23 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Li Li, 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.

1.

Li Li's Overview

Li Li is a Healer that provides a high amount of sustain healing but a low amount of burst healing, something that makes her particularly good in prolonged team fights and bad in other scenarios, unless she can get some value out of her Blind to mitigate a considerable amount of damage.

2.

Li Li's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High sustained healing
  • +Ability to Blind
X Weaknesses
3.

Li Li's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Hybrid Build

Recommended
Level 1 Free Drinks Icon
Level 4 Surging Winds Icon
Level 7 Let's Go! Icon
Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon
Level 13 Lightning Serpent Icon
Level 16 Blessings Of Yu'lon Icon
Level 20 Jug of 1,000,000 Cups Icon

Li Li's Hybrid Build is designed to increase her healing output as much as possible, at least when it comes to healing a single target. While not that great early, thanks to various Talents, it scales fairly well in the late game.

Using both Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind against 2 enemy Heroes and casting Cloud Serpent Icon Cloud Serpent on yourself or another allied Hero right before casting Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups will empower it with both Surging Winds Icon Surging Winds at Level 4 and Blessings Of Yu'lon Icon Blessings Of Yu'lon at Level 16.

Healing Brew Build

Beginner
Level 1 Free Drinks Icon
Level 4 Surging Winds Icon
Level 7 The Good Stuff Icon
Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon
Level 13 Lightning Serpent Icon
Level 16 Two For One Icon
Level 20 Jug of 1,000,000 Cups Icon

Li Li's Healing Brew Build is designed to increase sustain healing, something that helps against damage over time effects (Lunara comes to mind).

In particular, Two For One Icon Two For One helps you to keep multiple allied Heroes in a good shape with the help of Free Drinks Icon Free Drinks at Level 1 and The Good Stuff Icon The Good Stuff at Level 7 that synergize well all together.

Cloud Serpent Build

Situational
Level 1 Serpent Sidekick Icon
Level 4 Wind Serpent Icon
Level 7 Let's Go! Icon
Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon
Level 13 Lightning Serpent Icon
Level 16 Blessings Of Yu'lon Icon
Level 20 Jug of 1,000,000 Cups Icon

Li Li's Cloud Serpent Build turns you into a battle Healer who can provide a fair amount of healing and deal a decent amount of damage at the same time, a combination that is particularly suited for drawn-out team fights.

The combination of Wind Serpent Icon Wind Serpent at Level 4 and Lightning Serpent Icon Lightning Serpent at Level 13 allows her to constantly pressure the enemy team with low but steady damage, especially if you can get value from Fast Feet Icon Fast Feet for Serpent Sidekick Icon Serpent Sidekick at Level 1.

Prefer this Build when playing Li Li together with another Healer as it increases your damage (as explained already) and their healing, thanks to Blessings Of Yu'lon Icon Blessings Of Yu'lon at Level 16.

Blinding Wind Build

Situational
Level 1 Free Drinks Icon
Level 4 Surging Winds Icon
Level 7 Let's Go! Icon
Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon
Level 13 Gale Force Icon
Level 16 Pick Me Up Icon
Level 20 Mistweaver Icon

Li Li's Blinding Wind Build is designed to increase the chances to save allied Heroes from immediate danger, however, always keep in mind that Li Li has been intentionally designed in a way that does not let her handle burst damage well enough.

The best Talents to quickly help allied Heroes during short team fights are Let's Go! Icon Let's Go! at Level 7, Pick Me Up Icon Pick Me Up at Level 16, and Mistweaver Icon Mistweaver at Level 20. Gale Force Icon Gale Force at Level 13 partially helps with that as well, but it also help you trade better with the enemy team by increasing the damage you can deal with Basic Attacks in a short period of time.

Fast Feet Build

Situational
Level 1 Eager Adventurer Icon
Level 4 Safety Sprint Icon
Level 7 Let's Go! Icon
Level 10 Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon
Level 13 Gale Force Icon
Level 16 Pick Me Up Icon
Level 20 Shake It Off Icon

Li Li's Fast Feet Build boosts her survivability as much as possible, so that she has more chances to survive aggressive plays and dive.

Make sure to activate Safety Sprint Icon Safety Sprint at Level 4 before you get hit by a big chunk of damage and/or you get affected by crowd control effects. Shake It Off Icon Shake It Off at Level 20 further helps you with that.

4.

Li Li's Synergies and Counters

V Li Li synergizes with

Li Li does very well with Heroes who can mitigate burst damage on their own because it allows her to succeed against burst damage, where she otherwise struggles. That said, this is not a concern when facing team compositions that lack burst damage altogether.

While not really a synergy, Li Li also does well with Heroes who have strong waveclear as she is not able to directly contribute to macro pressure in a meaningful way.

Last but not the least, Li Li does not have access to hard crowd control effects, therefore she will perform way better when paired with Heroes who can provide it.

Considering how her Abilities and Talents work, Li Li is pretty interesting to play together with a burst Healer, but make sure to still have a well-rounded team composition when doing so.

X Li Li is countered by

Healing Brew Icon Healing Brew is not very effective against burst damage because it does not heal that much and has a relatively slow animation.

Li Li is also countered by crowd control that can interrupt her Heroic Abilities.

5.

Li Li's Maps

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

Li Li's viability is not relative to the environment, but to the Heroes on either team, especially in the enemy one. While she performs consistently on most Battlegrounds, she tends to do slightly better where team fights take longer as she can get more value from her sustain healing, especially if accompanied by another Healer or just a Support, and slightly worse on Battlegrounds where waveclear is important.

6.

Li Li's Tips and Tricks

  • Sometimes Healing Brew Icon Healing Brew requires you to position near who you want to heal because they are in danger and far from who you do not want to heal because they are already safe.
  • Due to its short Attack Range while active, Cloud Serpent Icon Cloud Serpent should be used on frontline Heroes as they engage.
  • Use Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind only when enemy Heroes step up for doing damage because the Blind is relatively short.
  • Do not cast Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups too late during team fights, but use it to top off your team, because it is pretty slow at healing.
  • When safe to do so, intentionally take a small amount of damage to activate Fast Feet Icon Fast Feet for a few seconds, then repeat if possible.
7.

Li Li's 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. On the other hand, she cannot do much against burst damage.

While she is capable of functioning as the only Healer for her team, however, she can be played as secondary Healer with success by changing some Talents to increase her damage output and utility.

8.

Changelog

  • 02 Sep. 2021 (talents page): Builds and Talent descriptions updated.
  • 02 Sep. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 08 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 08 Mar. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Build Tags updated.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (this page): Build Tags updated.
  • 25 Feb. 2021 (talents page): New layout.
  • 05 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Talent Descriptions modified to explain some interactions.
  • 12 Jul. 2020 (this page): Cloud Serpent Build modified and then changed from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 12 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Cloud Serpent Build modified and then changed from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 15 Jun. 2020 (abilities page): Ability and Strategy partially revised to match new standards.
    • Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 16 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 16 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Updated Role in the Current Meta to include information on current Nexus Anomaly.
  • 17 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion and builds to account for balance patch.
  • 17 Oct. 2019 (this page): Updated Talent discussion and builds to account for balance patch.
  • 17 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Reviewed Abilities discussion to ensure relevance after balance patch.
  • 31 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated Indroduction, Abilities and Strategy, and Talent Build pages to reflect meta developments.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (abilities page): Updated Cloud Serpent discussion to reflect changes in balance patch.
  • 10 May 2018 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion to reflect balance patch.
  • 27 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Updated Wind Serpent to reflect functionality change in Fenix patch.
  • 27 Mar. 2018 (this page): Updated guide to reflect Wind Serpent functionality change in Fenix patch.
  • 16 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Updated Wind Serpent and The Good Stuff discussions.
  • 13 Nov. 2017 (this page): Updated Li-Li guide to reflect her Talent rework in the Alexstrasza release patch.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated Li-Li guide for Malthael's patch and moved it to the new format.
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