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A Shimada is Coming to the Nexus!

Overwatch‘s Genji Shimada will be joining Heroes of the Storm and be bringing a new map, Hanamura, with him.

If you’ve played Overwatch you should be very familiar with Genji.“Once the carefree youngest scion of the Shimada clan, Genji was cut down by his own brother for refusing to take part in their illegal ventures. Grafted into a cyborg body by Overwatch, Genji walks his own path as one who fights for what’s right.”

Genji has a unique trait called Cyber Agility that gives him the ability to jump to a target area. This will be extremely useful for escaping enemies, jumping out of team fights, or even jumping into team fights combined with Dragonblade or X-strike.

Basic Abilities

Shuriken (Q)

Throw three Shuriken in a spread pattern damaging the first enemy it hits.

Stores up to three charges. Shuriken’s cooldown replenishes all three charges at the same time.

Genji’s Shuriken ability

Deflect (W)

Become protected for 1.25 seconds and any damage blocked during this period causes Genji to throw a Kunai towards the nearest enemy, prioritizing Heroes and dealing damage.

Genji’s Deflect ability

Swift Strike (E)

Dash forward dealing damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes who die within two seconds of being hit by Swift Strike cause the cooldown and Mana cost to be refunded.

Genji’s Swift Strike

Heroic Abilities

Dragonblade (R)

Unleash the Dragonblade for eight seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc. If any enemy Heroes are killed within two seconds after being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike’s cooldown is reset.

Genji’s Dragonblade

X-strike (R)

Perform two perpendicular slashes that deal damage and ignite after 1.25 seconds, dealing additional damage to enemies in their area of effect.

Genji’s X-Strike

Talents Overview

Any new Hero announcement wouldn’t be complete without a skin to go with it, and Genji’s first will be a fitting Oni skin. Do you think Genji will be a valuable asset in tournaments? Let us know in our discussions and join us on Discord, on our Facebook page, or Twitter!

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