Genji From Overwatch Officially Lands in Heroes of the Storm – Hanamura Map Also Arrives

Blizzard’s sandbox game Heroes of the Storm is no stranger to blending favourites from their various titles, especially lately with their Overwatch counterparts. The wronged brother of Hanzo is the latest to be added to the Heroes roster – Genji’s making his way to the Nexus and he’s bringing with him his home, the Hanamura map from the Overwatch universe.

Genji, much like how he operates in Overwatch, is an incredibly agile character. For Heroes, he is an Assassin type that even though he is incredibly “squishy”, he does deal out some major damage. Players won’t be able to scale up walls within the Heroes game like they can in Overwatch – instead, that ability has been transformed into what is called “Cyber Agility”. This is a passive trait that alters his wall climbing ability into simply leaping over them to match the play-style of this particular title. Here is a list of his moves via the Blizzard site:


  • Cyber Agility (D)
    • Activate to jump to the target area.

Basic Abilities

  • Shuriken (Q)
    • Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern, each damaging the first enemy it hits.
    • Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken’s cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
  • Deflect (W)
    • Become Protected for 1.25 seconds. Any damage blocked during this period causes Genji to throw a Kunai toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing Heroes and dealing damage.
  • Swift Strike (E)
    • Dash forward, dealing damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes who die within 2 seconds after being hit by Swift Strike cause the cooldown and Mana cost to be refunded.

Heroic Abilities

  • Dragonblade (R)
    • Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc. If any enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds after being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike’s cooldown is reset.
  • X-Strike (R)
    • Perform 2 perpendicular slashes that deal damage and ignite after 1.25 seconds, dealing additional damage to enemies in their area of effect.

Heroes of the Storm's adaptation of Overwatch's Hanamura map.

Though porting over Overwatch characters into Heroes of the Storm is nothing new, porting over a map is. Hanamura is the first map to make the title leap and the adaptation of it to fit the gaming style of this move brings players into a familiar two-lane battleground. Playloads will also be featured, and they will giving the enemy team a run for their money with damage dealt. A Mega Enforcer boss is also hidden within this new map and it is designed to deal massive amounts of damage to the Core once it is taken out in-match. When asked why this particular map made the cut, production director Kaeo Milker had this to say:

The number one thing was the aesthetics. It was so different from everything else that we had done in Heroes.”

Blizzard has many changes and overhauls in store for Heroes of the Storm and the new characters will be implemented out of beta come the 2.0 update slated for April 25th! Are you excited to see Genji in action again or is another Overwatch character number one in your heart? Join in on the conversation in the comment section below, and don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!


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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.


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