We’ve known that D.Va was going to be the next hero to join Heroes of the Storm for a little while, but Blizzard have now released a shiny trailer focusing on the MEKA-piloting pro-gamer.
As you’d expect if you’ve played Overwatch, D.Va is a tanky bruiser type who likes to get into the thick of it. Uniquely, she has two “modes”: inside her MEKA, and outside of it. Inside her MEKA she has Boosters (her Q) to move around rapidly, while her W projects a Defense Matrix, lowering the damage output of all enemies within. She can move while Defense Matrix is active but she can’t rotate, so positioning is going to be key for that. Oh, and while MEKA-bound, she can also move while firing.
In MEKA form, her E lets her set her MEKA to self-destruct, which does massive AoE damage and shifts her into Pilot Mode. As a pilot she’s far more squishy and vulnerable and can no longer move while attacking, but to counterbalance that, she’s got a high damage output. Also, if she’s “killed” in MEKA form? She instantly goes into Pilot Mode. You have to kill the pilot to really put D.Va down after all. Self-destruct has no cooldown, but instead charges up (like Tracer’s Pulse Bomb) as she inflicts and takes damage, and if she moves into Pilot Mode as a result of a MEKA self destruction then she can immediately call down another.
Her ultimates focus on one form or the other. The first, Bunny Hop, can only be used in the MEKA: this causes it to bounce up and down while moving, dealing AoE damage and slowing all enemies in the radius. Her other, Big Shot, can be used only in Pilot Mode and inflicts heavy damage to all enemies in a line.
In short, Heroes of the Storm D.Va looks like she’ll work in broadly the same way as Overwatch D.Va, but with a few tweaks to things like Defense Matrix and the addition of Big Shot. You can check out the video below.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.