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|Price||625 / 7,000|
|Release Date||April 15, 2014|
Brightwing, the Faerie Dragon, is a ranged support hero from the Warcraft universe. The Faerie Dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing at a whim. The mischevious Brightwing is no exception, often materializing out of nowhere to save her allies or just to mock her foes by some sort of faerie trickery.
Brightwing is a strategic support that can quickly teleport to allies, and Polymorphs enemies.
Background[edit | edit source]This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.
Faerie dragons (also known as sprites, sprite darters, blink dragons, fey dragons or fey drakes) are diminutive, intelligent creatures that look like flying lizards (much like a chameleon with butterfly wings). Though not actual dragons, these mystical looking creatures police the Emerald Dream from magic. As such they are immune to magic.
The faerie dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing on a whim. The more mischievous ones will often materialize out of nowhere to save their allies, or simply to mock their foes. One wouldn't know it from looking at them, but the lovely faerie dragons can be truly fearsome if trained properly. They can do amazing things to magical energy: absorb it, redirect it, even nullify it entirely. They're nearly harmless alone, but in large numbers, they can have a stunning effect on a battle. Faerie dragons can speak, but few of them choose to do so. The faerie dragons that dwell near Nordrassil in Mount Hyjal can see through enemy illusions. They are quite intelligent and able to speak, albeit with broken grammar.
This creature resembles a dragon in some respects, but feathery antennae sprout from its head and its wings are moth-like. Its turquoise scales shimmer in the sparkles that dance from its body. It turns its head to look at you with a beady black eye before emitting a small keen. They have a powerful natural defense against magic and the unique ability to phase out of reality. Their defense seems to work by the dragon encasing itself within a strong energy shield that repels most magic and conventional attacks. While in this form they can siphon the unused magical energy wasted in basic spell casting, and then focus, amplify, and direct it back at the unfortunate caster in a sort of "feedback" attack. This ability is very powerful but requires a great deal of effort, and can only be used sporadically, requiring the dragon to rest between uses. For this reason, the faerie dragons often travel in packs.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Talents[edit | edit source]
Activate to make target ally Unstoppable for 1 second. Cannot be cast on yourself.
Teleport to a nearby ally, healing them for 204 (+4% per level). Stores up to 2 charges.
After 0.5 seconds, create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 319 (+4% per level) damage and pushing enemies away.
Passive: Increases the healing of Soothing Mist by 8%.
Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 seconds.
Skins[edit | edit source]
| Brightwing Skins|
|Backstory: Like many Faerie Dragons, Brightwing is happiest darting around the forests of Ashenvale, healing friends, and then grabbing a light snack. By the way, did you know a human head only weighs ten pounds? Talk about light!|
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|Backstory: The fey magic from which Brightwing draws her power is wild and chaotic. Her very form reflects its unstable nature, ever shifting, like an image from a dream.|
|Backstory: The magical flying creatures of Sky Temple often cause trouble for the locals. It can be hard to run a successful bazaar when your merchandise disappears into thin air.|
|Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities.|
|Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Luxoria skins.|
|Backstory: Just like the flawless butterfly from which she takes her name, Monarch Brightwing has many ways to sting. Kneel peasant! For you face the Monarch! And her wrath is cruel...|
| Brightwing Event Skins|
Bewitching (Hallow's End)
|Backstory: Taking her Hallow's End costume seriously, Brightwing has amassed an impressive variety of "ingredients" for her cauldron. Just don't ask where they came from.|
|Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of holiday skins.|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Brightwing represents the faerie dragon unit from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003).
- The Developers knew from the beginning that they wanted Brightwing to be about mitigating damage rather than traditional healing. When they examined the Warcraft 3 Faerie Dragon, they decided to focus on the fantasy of whimsical powers and pixie dust. The abilities ”Polymorph” and “Pixie Dust” quickly became two staples to build the rest of her kit around. To really push the envelope, they debated and experimented with some complicated mechanics like mana burn and giving her the ability to fly to allies, but eventually had to tone it back because the extra mechanics got really complicated. They knew they had something special when we designed the Phase Shift ability as a replacement for a traditional mount power. The goal was to create an omnipresent hero similar to Abathur, but unlike Abathur, Brightwing has a stronger tactical presence. The Developers wanted Phase Shift to require an ally to play off of and support her trait's design. The trait is purposely designed to be simple, which allows Brightwing players to scan the battlefield constantly. They also wanted to give Phase Shift global range so that there were more opportunities to cast it and to play up soft split pushing strategies.
- After being introduced in Heroes of the Storm, Brightwing went on to appear in World of Warcraft: Legion (2016).
- Brightwing was one of the four heroes revealed at PAX East 2014.
- The Monarch blurb is a reference to the Venture Bros., whose arch nemesis the Monarch insists the butterfly of the same name has a deadly sting.
- Brightwing has an older brother who affirms that she was, in fact, adopted.
- Brightwing has a twin brother named Darkwing who she believes is not very nice.
- Brightwing has a large appitite, though she dislikes beetles.
- One of Brightwing's gag quotes refers to the constant flapping of her wings.
- There is a Brightwing's model update that was shelved after the backlash due to Murky's model update. Both Murky and Brightwing were built in ways that made them difficult to alter, and the art team wanted to address the issue by fixing these problems internally before release. Their schedule didn't permit them to complete the updates before going live. The visual differences are primarily intended to bridge the gap between the current in-game Brightwing and Samwise's concept and improve Brightwing's presence from game-view.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- 2013-11-09, Heroes Skin Showcase - Heroes of the Storm - Blizzcon 2013. YouTube, accessed on 2013-12-01
- 2014-03-18, Hero Interaction Strings - Introduction Questions, accessed on 2014-03-18
- Heroes of the Storm Hero Week: Brightwing
- Quest:Forces of Nature: Faerie Dragons
- Quest:Inciting the Elements
- Developer Insights: Look on the bright side...or wing
- 2014-04-11, Heroes of the Storm PAX Feature Trailer. YouTube, accessed on 2014-04-11
- Enchanted Fey Dragon
- Unused Art: Brightwing ver.2
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- Developer Insights: Look on The Bright Side…Or Wing
- Brightwing Hero Week
- Brightwing - Heroes of the Storm
- Brightwing - Wowpedia
- Brightwing Build Guide on Icy Veins
- Brightwing Balance Changelog - Heroes Patch Notes
- Brightwing Sound Files - Sounds of the Storm