StarCraft’s Dehaka Will Be The 50th Hero Of The Storm

Prepare the cake and light up the candles, because Heroes of the Storm [official site] has announced its next hero, bringing the roster up to 50 characters! What do you say? We don’t do candles and cake anymore? We just give them an achievement?

Anyway, as reported by Destructoid, it’s Dehaka’s turn to join Blizzard’s MOBA. He comes from Starcraft, and among his abilities it stands out that he won’t be able to use mounts.

Dehaka follows the release Li Ming and Xul, both from Diablo’s universe. Blizzard has been putting out new heroes at a rate of about one a month, trying to add variety to their battle-arena. HotS may have the different maps on its side, but its roster is definitely lacking in terms of numbers, compared to DotA (111) and LoL (129).

Here is the full moveset:

Brushstalker (Z) (Mount)
You cannot use Mounts. Instead, you may burrow to any bush or vent on the Battleground. 40 second cooldown

Essence Collection (D) (Trait)
You collect 10 Essence per Hero Takedown, and 2 per enemy Minion killed nearby, storing up to a maximum of 50 Essence.
Activate to consume all stored Essence and regenerate Health over the next 5 seconds for each stack consumed.
Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.

Drag (Q)
Lash out with your tongue, dealing light damage to the first enemy hit, and dragging them with you for 1.75 seconds.

Dark Swarm (W)
Over the next three seconds, you gain the ability to move through units and deal damage in an area around yourself. Deals double damage to Heroes.
Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.

Burrow (E)
Burrow into the ground, entering Stasis and becoming Invulnerable for 2 seconds.
Heroic Abilities

Isolation (R)
Launch biomass that deals damage, silences, and slows the first enemy Hero it hits by 30% for 3 seconds. For the next 6 seconds, the affected enemy loses sight of allied Heroes, and has greatly reduced vision.

Adaptation (R)
After a 5 second delay, 60% of all damage taken during this time will be returned to you as Health.

What stands out, as mentioned, is the lack of mount: Dehaka will instead be able to burrow. The wording is not clear, but I’d assume it’s going to be similar to Rek’Sai’s ultimate Void Rush in League, in that you’re going to be able to teleport to any bush or vent. On a 40 second cooldown, this gives him incredible mobility, which is always useful, whether you want to play the map, force fights or come to the aid of an ally.

The rest of the kit gives him good crowd control (Q) and disruption: his Burrow (E) is particularly useful to intiate fights, maybe bait the enemy in and then, when they’re focusing on you, enter stasis and let teammates do the work.

If you haven’t played HotS, you may be confused by the two ultimates (R): in Heroes of the Storm players can choose how to level up their hero during the game, picking different passives or augmentations to their existing abilities. Every hero has two ultimates, and in every game the player can choose the one they think fits best in those particular circumstances. In this case, Isolation gives him more damage (which he lacks) and even more crowd control, whereas Adaption makes him quite tanky, which is important for someone who may be initiating fights for their team.

Dehaka should be coming to HotS in the following weeks.


  1. AlexW says:

    There are already a couple of heroes who don’t Mount the normal way – the closest is probably Falstad (another assassin), who has a long-range fly move on a 40sec cooldown that can cover about a third of the map quickly, or Brightwing (a support), who can teleport to an ally anywhere on the map with the same cooldown.

    This sounds like a really neat assassin, though, and definitely one to be careful of. One of the biggest problems with trying to roam is that there’s a pretty big gap between leaving one lane and entering another for your murder attempt (which is part of the strength in Zeratul and Nova’s cloaking, they can muddy those waters a bit); it sounds like Dehaka is extremely dangerous if you ever lose sight of him on the minimap.

    We’re so close to getting a full Zerg team, too. Kerrigan, Zagara, Abathur, and now Dehaka. All they need is a Support or Warrior for a decent team composition, too; my ‘vote’ goes to a support, I can only imagine the delightful voice clips from allied heroes getting gooped on to heal or armour them.

    • Ansob says:

      This sounds like a really neat assassin

      He’s a Warrior. :v

      • AlexW says:

        Yeah, I spotted that right after I posted, but was too embarrassed to bring it up. It’s not necessarily the kind of power set I’d expect from a Warrior, but there are plenty of not-as-tanky utility warriors that are pretty successful right now. Heck, I’m having tons of fun with Artanis at the moment.

        Dehaka does prevent enemies from running away and deals AoE damage with Dark Swarm to keep the enemy team from running roughshod around him, so ticks a couple of Warrior boxes, but ‘can abandon the team and hide’ and ‘ambush from hidden spots’ are really very weird abilities for a Warrior. I’m still interested to see how he plays out, mind. I expect at minimum that the lvl4 talents include a burst or regen heal from Burrow, so that he can stick in a lane a little better – unless the Essence heal is more significant than I’m expecting, that is.

    • Arathain says:

      There’s an interesting twist to being able to move using concealing terrain- inherently, Dehaka will often be moving to places the player cannot themselves see. There are going to be plenty of Dehakas popping up in the middle of an ambush and rather regretting having done so.

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    Phasma Felis says:

    “HotS may have the different maps on its side, but its roster is definitely lacking in terms of numbers, compared to DotA (111) and LoL (129).”

    Hah. A lot of people don’t like TF2’s explosion of cosmetics and weapons–maybe we should be thankful that Valve left it at that. Imagine TF2 with 50+ classes.

  3. Mr Ogs says:

    Depending on the range that his first ultimate isolation gets, he should be pretty effective at shutting down healers in teamfights. Giving you enough time to blitz basically the whole rest of the team without having to focus the healer first.

  4. unraveler says:

    One of the most forgettable character in SC2 get to be in HOTS?

    • Blad the impaler says:

      Oh please! He was so poorly conceived he’s actually quite unforgettable. Like B-movie, so-bad-it’s good. You know?