Hello Armies, Welcome to another heroes of the storm hero spotlight. And today we are going to talk about D.Va.
D.Va is a former professional gamer who now uses her skills to pilot a state-of-the-art mech in defense of her homeland. Twenty years ago, South Korea was attacked by a colossal omnic monstrosity that rose from the depths of the East China Sea. The massive, lumbering construct caused catastrophic damage to coastal cities before it was driven back beneath the waves. In response, the South Korean government developed a mechanized armored drone unit, called MEKA, to protect urban environments in future engagements with the omnic threat.
The government’s fears proved to be well founded, as a disturbing pattern of attacks emerged. Every few years, the monstrosity would rise from the sea to assault South Korea and its neighbors. The omnic learned from these encounters, often reconfiguring itself in a different form and appearing with new weapons and capabilities. Each incident ended in a stalemate, with the monstrosity defeated but not destroyed.
As the omnic continued to adapt, it eventually disrupted MEKA’s drone-control networks, forcing the military to place pilots in the mechs. Scrambling to find suitable candidates, the government turned to the country’s professional gamers, who possessed the necessary reflexes and instincts to operate the mechs’ advanced weapons systems. Top stars were drafted, including reigning world champion Hana Song, also known as “D.Va.” Famous for her elite skills, D.Va was a fierce competitor who played to win at all costs, and she had a well-earned reputation for showing no mercy to her opponents.
Seeing her new mission as a game, D.Va fearlessly charges into battle alongside the rest of her MEKA unit, ready to spring to her nation’s defense at a moment’s notice. Recently, she has begun to stream combat operations to her adoring fans, and her growing following has turned her into a global icon.
Within the Nexus, D.Va is a stance-based Bruiser. Her trait is Mech Mode and Pilot Mode. She rides her mech by default, which has the additional trait Fusion Cannons, which allows her to attack in an area in front of her while moving but at reduced speed, and deal bonus damage to nearby enemies. On death, she pops out of her mech, gaining a new skillset and a ranged pistol, but very low health. Each form is only worth half of a kill.
In Mech Mode, her basic abilities are Boosters, which grants a short speed boost, damaging and knocking back enemies the first time they’re hit; Defense Matrix, generating a field in front of her that reduces enemy damage which can be aimed in a new location by reactivating the skill, and Self Destruct, jumping out of her mech, which then explodes for massive damage after a few seconds. Instead of having a cooldown, Self Destruct charges up when D.Va deals or takes damage.
In Pilot Mode, she instead uses Big Shot, dealing damage and slowing enemies in a line after a delay, and Call Mech, which lets her switch back to Mech Mode. If she entered Pilot Mode by dying, Call Mech starts on a long cooldown which can be reduced by hitting enemies with Big Shot or basic attacks, otherwise it’s available as soon as the mech explodes.
Both of her Heroics can only be used in Mech Mode. Her first Heroic is Bunny Hop. D.Va’s mech begins hopping up and down, dealing damage in an area around it. Every fourth hit against the same hero will stun them. Her other heroic is Micro Missiles, an ability with two charges that unleashes a barrage of missiles in an area in front of D.Va, slowing enemies they hit. In Mech Mode, D.Va does not have access to a mount or equivalent ability; however, her Boosters have a low cooldown and can be used for transport. In Pilot Mode, she can use mounts as usual.
Well, that’s it for D.Va. What can you say about this hero? Is this a reliable hero to play in a rank game? Thank you again, Armies and see you in the next hero spotlight.
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