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Li-Ming Build Guide “Unleash your power!”

Last updated on Dec 06, 2016 at 08:27 by Oxygen 19 comments

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General Information

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

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

Balanced Build: burst damage and utility

Teleport All-In Build: high risk high reward area of effect burst

Missiles Build: sustained single-target damage

Orb Build: area of effect burst damage and poke

Li-Ming synergizes with
Li-Ming is countered by
Li-Ming's stronger maps Battlefield of Eternity Cursed Hollow Tomb of the Spider Queen
Li-Ming's average maps Blackheart's Bay Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple
Li-Ming's weaker maps None

Ability Usage:

  • Magic Missiles Icon Magic Missiles should nearly always be cast on-cooldown due to their low cooldown and Mana cost.
  • Do not hesitate casting Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb, even if you do not fully benefit from the range bonus; waiting might cost you more overall DPS than a perfect hit.
  • Aggressively using Teleport Icon Teleport to secure kills is not a bad idea due to Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass and the profusion of strong talents that affect the ability.
  • Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate deals less damage than your other abilities despite being a Heroic Ability, and should be used last in your rotation due to its long range and reliability.
  • Consider using Wave Of Force Icon Wave Of Force if your opponents are using strong channeled-abilities or tend to dive a specific target.

2. Introduction

Li-Ming is an aggressive ranged damage dealer. She thrives in situations where she gets to make use of her Hero Trait, Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass, to deal an outrageous amount of damage, but is otherwise easily dispatched when careless. Since the majority of her abilities are skillshots, Li-Ming is one of the most difficult Heroes to master.

3. Strengths

  • Outstanding long-range burst and sustained damage
  • Excellent talent diversity to adapt to many different situations
  • Strong sieging potential
  • Exceptionnal poking

4. Weaknesses

  • Very fragile
  • Difficult to play due to ALL abilities being skillshots
  • Very limited team fight utility beyond raw damage

5. Role in the Current Meta

Capable of exceptional area of effect ranged burst damage, Li-Ming fulfils a role that is very similar to other casters, such as Jaina and Kael'thas. Her "reset" mechanic (Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass) makes her a natural counter to the more vulnerable Heroes of the roster, such as Murky and The Lost Vikings. She is also naturally effective in crowd control-heavy team compositions, as such effects mitigate or outright eliminate the issues inherent to skillshots.

Li-Ming's versatility and outrageous damage output makes her a high-priority pick in most drafting situations. Although she can be countered by drafting a few highly aggressive melee Heroes, these picks may then be countered themselves by retaliating with other high-priority picks that had to be abdicated to respond to the Li-Ming pick, their own natural counters, or an abundance of crowd control. Li-Ming has been a highly contested Hero pick ever since she was introduced to the roster for this reason.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 07 Mar. 2016: Released full-fledged guide.
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