Diablo’s Auriel Coming To Heroes Of The Storm In August

Auriel’s time has come, as she officially makes her debut in Heroes of the Storm [official site] in early August.

The archangel from Diablo III will join the public test realm next week before entering the Nexus the week of August 8th. Auriel’s a Support character, and possesses a number of healing and damage-dealing abilities. Here’s a video introducing her:

Her trait, Bestow Hope, stores up Energy every time a selected ally takes damage. Additionally, 40% of the damage Auriel deals to Heroes, and 8% dealt to non-Heroes is stored as energy, too. Blizzard also gave us a rundown of her basic and Heroic abilities. Check them out:

Basic Abilities
· Sacred Sweep (Q)

  • Damages enemies in a wide arc and deals bonus damage to enemies caught in the center.

· Ray of Hope (W)

  • Consume all of your stored Energy to Heal allied Heroes in the target area. The amount of Healing done is based on the amount of Energy spent.

· Detainment Strike (E)

  • Deals damage to the first enemy Hero struck and knocks them back. If the target collides with terrain, they are also Stunned for 1.25 seconds and take additional damage.

Heroic Abilities

· Crystal Aegis (R)

  • Place an allied Hero into Stasis for 2 seconds. Upon expiration, Crystal Aegis explodes, damaging nearby enemies.

· Resurrect (R)

  • Allied Heroes leave behind a spirit on death. Channel on a spirit for 3 seconds to bring that ally back to life with 50% of their maximum Health at their death location.

All in all, those are some pretty nifty skills. Ray of Hope looks to be a pretty nice area of effect heal, and Resurrect could be invaluable when teammates die in battle.


  1. Thirdrail says:

    hahaha Heroes of the Storm is already full of characters I can’t tell apart, and they just keep making it worse.

    • vahnn says:

      Why can’t you tell them apart?

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      Funny. I was just thinking about how they’re easier to tell apart than the competition. Probably because they’re already known to a certain extent and using characters from different franchises with their own identities.

    • lordfrikk says:

      I only ever see this complaint before a hero of similar type is about to be released, but never afterwards because Blizzard probably manages to create distinctive silhouettes. Examples: Tychus & Raynor (both wear SC marine armor), all the various orcs (Thrall, Reghar, Rexxar) and now Tyrael & Auriel who are both archangels. IIRC there will be even more archangels coming with Malthael coming immediately to mind (from Diablo 3 RoS).

  2. int says:

    Foxy’s in the house y’all!