D.Va in Heroes of the Storm. How will she fare in the Nexus?

By Kurtis Chan on May 23, 2017

After the being tested out in the PTR, Hana Song, also known as D.Va has arrived in the Heroes of the Storm live servers few days back. After playing as D.Va in Heroes of the Storm, her kit is somewhat different from Overwatch, unlike Tracer, Zarya, Genji and Lucio who got additional skills instead of changing them. Will her unique kit serve her well in the Nexus? Let's find out. 

But before that, have a look at her traits, abilities and talents before going in depth with D.Va.

Trait

  •  Mech Mode
    • When D.Va’s Mech is destroyed, she is ejected after 0.75 seconds and can continue to fight in Pilot Mode. Destroying D.Va’s Mech only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP
  •  Pilot Mode
    • Each Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Call Mech by 0.5 seconds. As a Pilot, D.Va only awards 50% of a normal Hero’s XP upon death

Mount

  • While in Mech Mode, D.Va can shoot while moving, but her Movement Speed is reduced by 15%.
  • D.Va can only use Mounts while in Pilot Mode.

Primary Abilities

  •  Boosters (Q)
    • Increases D.Va’s Movement Speed by 125% for 2 seconds. Enemies that are hit take damage and are knocked away
    • D.Va cannot be Slowed while Boosters are active
  •  Defense Matrix (W)
    • Channel a defensive field in the target direction for 3 seconds, reducing damage dealt by enemy Heroes inside it by 75%. The Mech can move while channeling, but cannot turn
    • Damage dealt to the Mech by enemies within Defense Matrix still grants the same amount of Self-Destruct Charge
  •  Self-Destruct (E)
    • Requires Mech Mode
    • Eject from the Mech, setting it to self-destruct after 4 seconds. Deals medium to massive damage in a large area, depending on distance from the center of the blast. Deals 50% damage against Structures
    • Gain 1% Charge for every 2 seconds spent using Basic Attacks, and 30% Charge per 100% of Mech Health lost
  •  Call Mech (E)
    • Requires Pilot Mode
    • Call a new Mech and enter Mech Mode. 45 second cooldown. While in Pilot Mode, each Basic Attack lowers this cooldown by 0.5 seconds

Heroic Abilities

  •  Bunny Hop (R)
    • Requires Mech Mode
    • D.Va’s Mech becomes Unstoppable and stomps every 0.5 seconds, dealing damage and Slowing enemies by 40%. Lasts 4 seconds
  •  Big Shot (R)
    • Requires Pilot Mode
    • Deal damage to all enemies in a line. Call Mech’s cooldown is reduced by 8 seconds for each enemy Hero hit

Talents

1

[Q] Rush-down

If D.Va takes nor deals no damage during Boosters, lower the cooldown by 5 seconds

1

[Q] Crash Course

Quest: Damage 25 enemy Heroes with Boosters. Reward: Damaging enemy Heroes with Boosters lowers the cooldown by 1 second per Hero hit

1

[Q] Hit the Nitrous

Initial speed of Boosters increased to 475%, then decays to normal speed over 0.5 seconds. During this time Boosters deals 100% bonus damage

1

[D] Pro Moves

D.Va’s Mech gains 2% Movement Speed for 1 second every time she takes damage, up to 30%

4

[W] Diverting Power

The area of Defense Matrix is 100% wider and 25% longer, but D.Va is rooted for the duration

4

[W] Get through This!

Increase the duration of Defense Matrix by additional 3 seconds

4

[E] Bring It On

Self-Destruct’s Charge amount gained from losing Mech Health increased by 30%

4

[W] Fusion Generator

Every time an enemy Hero deals damage while inside Defense Matrix, D.Va’s Self-Destruct Charge increased by 1% (Max 15)

7

[Q] Coming Through

Increase the knockback distance by 100%

7

[W] Dazer Zone

Enemy Heroes affected by Defense Matrix are Slowed by 20%

7

[E] Nuclear Option

Increase the delay before Self-Destruct explodes by 3 seconds. Detonation damage increased by 50%

7

[W] Aggression Matrix

Basic Attacks in Mech Mode against Heroes lowers the cooldown of Defense Matrix by 0.25 seconds

10

[R1] Bunny Hop

D.Va’s Mech becomes Unstoppable, and you deal X damage per second and slow nearby enemies by 60% for 4 seconds

10

[R2] Big Shot

Deal x damage in a line to all enemies. Lower the cooldown of Call Mech by 5 seconds for each enemy hero hit

13

[D] Emergency Shielding

When D.Va’s Mech would be destroyed, instead gain an X point shield for 6 seconds. This has a 15-second cooldown

13

[D] Ablative Armor

Damage against D.Va’s Mech that would deal 5% or less of your max health are reduced by 50%

13

[D] Expensive Plating

Increase Mech health by 20%, but increase the cooldown of Call Mech by 15 seconds

16

[E] GG, WP

Increase Pilot Mode Basic Attack damage by 75%. Participating in a Takedown while in Pilot Mode instantly refreshes the cooldown of Call Mech

16

[D] Nanoweave Suit

For 4 seconds after ejecting from her Mech, D.Va gains 50 Armor and her Basic Attacks grant 50% more cooldown reduction for Call Mech

16

[D] Suppressing Fire

Pilot Mode Basic Attacks have 20% increased range and Slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 2.5 seconds

16

[Q] Torpedo Dash

D.Va gains the Torpedo Dash ability, allowing her to dash forward and pass through enemies. Requires Pilot Mode

20

[R1] Stop and Pop

Bunny Hop deals 150% more damage if D.Va isn’t moving at the moment of impact

20

[R2] Pew! Pew! Pew!

Instead of a single shot, Big Shot fires 3 shots over 0.5 seconds. Each shot deals 50% reduced damage

20

[E] MEKAfall

Call Mech is instant and can target a location. Upon landing, the Mech deals x damage to enemies in the impact area

20

[W] Concussive Pulse

D.Va gains the Concussive Pulse ability, allowing her to deal x damage to enemies in a cone and knock them back. Requires Pilot Mode

My thoughts on D.Va

D.Va is a very unique hero is Heroes of the Storm. She is the first hero to have 2 lives, where she will switch to pilot mode after her mech loses all its health. Currently, D.Va is the only hero in the game that is able to mitigate percentage damage with her damage mitigating abilities and talents (Defensive Matrix and Ablative Armour). However, Blizzard is looking to remove it in the upcoming patch. "Just wanted to pop in here and say that right now nothing should be able to mitigate % health damage which makes D.Va's Defense Matrix an unintended exception so we're going to change it in a future patch. As OP pointed out, this is inconsistent with how other Heroes work and while D.Va may disagree, she shouldn't be a special snowflake (in that regard)," said Alex Klontzas, Game Producer at Blizzard in his Reddit post.

D.Va is has a great wave clear with her auto-attacks as it has an area of effect where everything in the area will be dealt damage. In pilot mode, she will have great wave clear as well if you choose to have Big Shot as her ultimate. She also has high survivability where she has mech mode and pilot mode, if you manage to survive in pilot form and you have Call Mech ready, you will regain full health again. Furthermore, her Defense Matrix can also mitigate damage when it is dealt within the defensive field.

D.Va's ultimate ability in Overwatch is Self-Destruct, but in Heroes of the Storm, it is set as a normal ability. The Self-Destruct timer is set to 4 seconds, which is too long as people can always flee from the area of effect without taking any damage from it. The best way for Self-Destruct to work is to combo with heroes that has crowd control abilities like Jaina and Zarya who can lock enemies in an area and D.Va launching her mech for a massive explosion. Without the help of these heroes, her Self-Destruct can be used as a zoning skill to disengage a fight or forcing enemies to stay away from the objectives.

Big Shot has been my go-to ultimate ever since I have tried her out. This heroic ability can only be used when you are in pilot mode where D.Va deals damage to enemies in a straight line. It may seem weak in the D.Va hero spotlight video, at least I felt that way, but after trying it out in game, Big Shot definitely packs a punch! It has long range, unexpectedly high damage, as well as a mere 3 second cooldown. Moreover, her other heroic ability, Bunny Hop does not help out much even after trying it out in few different games. It does not deal sufficient damage and the duration of the slow is almost non-existent. Too bad there is no other way to get into pilot mode unless your mech loses all its health or using Self-Destruct.

Talent Upgrades (Pilot Mode Focused)

Here are the talents that I prefer to have in game, with focus on Pilot Mode:

Level 1: Pro Moves- Able to chase down enemies who are kiting backwards while attacking you

Level 4: Bring It On- Charges up Self-Destruct faster in order for me to use it and get into pilot mode

Level 7: Coming Through- Knock enemies back further when you or teammates are in danger, or knock enemies who are running away back to the team for an easy kill

Level 10: Big Shot- A must have ability if you love playing in pilot mode

Level 13: Expensive Plating- Increases durability of her mech, the longer Call Mech cooldown can be reduced when using Big Shot on enemy heroes

Level 16: Torpedo Dash- Grants D.Va the much needed mobility in pilot mode, able to dash in to deal damage, or dash out when things go south

Level 20: Pew! Pew! Pew!- Further increases the strength of Big Shot both in terms of damage and utility as it can effectively triple the cooldown reduction component of Big Shot

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Kurtis Chan
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Assistant Editor at Gamehubs who is an e-Sports enthusiast (mainly on League of Legends and Overwatch). Still saving up for a PS4.....
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