Li-Ming Build Guide “Unleash your power!”

Last updated on Jan 14, 2018 at 21:27 by Oxygen 23 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Li-Ming, a Ranged Assassin 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-Ming's Overview

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 burst 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.

2. Li-Ming's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Outstanding long-range burst and sustained damage
  • +Excellent Talent diversity to adapt to many different situations
  • +Strong sieging potential
  • +Exceptional poking
X Weaknesses
  • -Very fragile, especially to melee Assassins
  • -Difficult to play due to ALL Abilities being skillshots
  • -Very limited team fight utility beyond raw damage

3. Li-Ming's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Calamity Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Power Hungry Icon Astral Presence Icon ? Force Armor Icon ?
Level 4 Dominance Icon
Level 7 Calamity Icon
Level 10 Wave of Force Icon Disintegrate Icon ?
Level 13 Illusionist Icon
Level 16 Mirrorball Icon Diamond Skin Icon ?
Level 20 Tal Rasha's Elements Icon Temporal Flux Icon ? Repulsion Icon ?

The Calamity Icon Calamity build revolves around dealing as much burst damage as possible to trigger Ability resets through Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass. Key Talents include the aforementioned Calamity, which turns Teleport Icon Teleport into a high burst damage Ability, Illusionist Icon Illusionist, which increases the range of Teleport Icon Teleport and allows it situationally to reset outside of Critical Mass, and Mirrorball Icon Mirrorball, which makes Magic Missiles Icon Magic Missiles deal a devastating amount of damage and works particularly well with Critical Mass.

Level 1 Power Hungry Icon Astral Presence Icon ?
Level 4 Triumvirate Icon
Level 7 Zei's Vengeance Icon
Level 10 Wave of Force Icon Disintegrate Icon ?
Level 13 Glass Cannon Icon
Level 16 Arcane Orbit Icon
Level 20 Tal Rasha's Elements Icon Temporal Flux Icon ? Repulsion Icon ?

The Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb build is a peculiar one that turns Li-Ming's usual frantic Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass-centered game play into an artillery-like game play. Instead of relying on her usual burst damage potential, Arcane Orb-centered builds seek to greatly reset Arcane Orb's Cooldown through Triumvirate Icon Triumvirate and Zei's Vengeance Icon Zei's Vengeance, allowing for massive sustained area of effect damage. This build is generally recommended against resilient team compositions that do not have the means of pressuring Li-Ming but might live through her typical ability chain. It is also particularly potent on the Infernal Shrines Map, as the Objective allows for much safe poking.

4. Li-Ming's Synergies and Counters

V Li-Ming synergizes with

Since Li-Ming depends highly on skillshots to deal her damage, she naturally works well with any Hero that can provide reliable crowd control against a kill target for her to follow up. Her frailty also makes her dependent on other Heroes to peel for her; tanks tend to fulfill these two needs, though other Hero types can too.

X Li-Ming is countered by

Since Li-Ming relies chiefly on skillshots to deal damage, she does particularly poorly against Heroes that either have ways of quickly dodging her Abilities, or can summon undesirable targets to get in the way. Furthermore, her frailty and lack of self-peel makes her vulnerable to Stealthed or otherwise high-damage nimble Heroes that can quickly reach her.

5. Li-Ming's Maps

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

Li-Ming's safe and high ranged sustained poke damage makes her particularly strong on Maps where the Objective allows her to take potshots at opponents that must play aggressively against her and give up their position, or find themselves under constant fire. Otherwise, her versatility makes her a fine pick all-around.

6. Li-Ming's Tips and Tricks

  • Magic Missiles Icon Magic Missiles should nearly always be cast on-Cooldown due to their low Cooldown and Mana cost.
  • Do not hesitate to cast Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb even if you do not fully benefit from the range bonus; waiting for the perfect opportunity might cost you more overall DPS than a far 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 picking Wave of Force Icon Wave of Force if your opponent's team composition feature strong channeled-abilities or tend to dive a specific target.

7. 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, and generally match-dictating as a Hero, in the sense that team compositions do well to support her — and counter her, when possible. And 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.

8. Changelog

  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 5 talent assessments. Updated Orb and Calamity builds.
  • 08 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Genji patch and moved to new format.
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