Maiev Shadowsong recently launched in Heroes of the Storm, and is ready to bring justice to the Nexus. Are you ready for what Maiev’s got to offer to the battlefield?
In the most recent patch for the game, Blizzard brought in the new Hero Maiev Shadowsong, and as you can imagine, The Warden is quite ready for the task at hand of fighting in the Nexus in her quest for justice. Maiev is ready for the battle with a host of abilities suited for her style as an assassination warden. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Vault of the Wardens
Maiev can become immune to all hostile effects by jumping into the air for 0.75 seconds. Also, Maiev has 15 armor to start with.
Fan of Knives
Deals 180 damage to enemies in a crescent area. Meaning Maiev can pretty much hit anyone on 180 degrees in front of her. If at least two enemy heroes are hit with Fan of Knives, the cooldown becomes 0.5 seconds and it restores its mana cost.
Maiev’s next basic attack cleaves the enemies and applies tether to enemy heroes hit for 2.5 seconds and if a tethered hero gets too far from Maiev they are pulled toward her dealing damage and breaking the tether.
Spirit of Vengeance
Send a shadow of Maiev outward that will return to its cast location, dealing damage to enemies along both paths. It deals 100% more damage to enemy heroes, and you can recast Spirit of Vengeance to Blink to the location of the shadow.
Maiev throws a glaive in the target’s direction, if an enemy hero is hit the disc can be reactivated to remove their vision and Time Stop them for 4 seconds. The disc can automatically activate after 6 seconds of hitting a hero.
Maiev can summon 8 warden avatars as a cage around her. After 1.5 seconds, enemy heroes that come in contact with an avatar consume it and are knocked to the center of the cage. The cage lasts 7 seconds.
An analysis on Maiev:
Maiev is an assassin with a kit that makes her great at fighting multiple enemies while also keeping them grounded in place. Maiev works well with any character who has the ability to group enemies or keep them in place so she can spam Fan of Knives and to make sure enemies stay close by tethering them. However, her ability to fight one on one is where she’ll likely run into trouble, so be careful.
Her kit is really good for team fights and surviving skirmishes, but if you play Maiev you will have to be careful on when you use your jump to avoid damage, after all, it doesn’t last long, so timing is key. Plus enemies will also be on the lookout to get you, so it’s good to know what Heroic ability could be better for the team.
All in all, Maiev looks fun, and I must say I can’t wait to give it a try with my friends. It will be interesting to see how other players utilize her on the battlefield against other proven heroes, but what about you Coin-droppers? Are you excited about Maiev, or will you just stick to your tried and true heroes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.