Our complete Li Li guide has everything you need to know about playing this Hero, with the latest builds, tips, map advice and counters.
Don't look down on Li Li just because of her stature or her classification as an easy character to play in Heroes of the Storm. This powerhouse pocket healer can frustrate the living hell out of the enemy team, and also keep your own side alive long enough to absolutely obliterate the battleground. She might be a little on the squishy side, but she can dish out a huge amount of healing power thanks to her core healing Ability that can not only be merrily spammed throughout the match, but also requires no targeting whatsover.
This leaves you free to focus more on dishing out opportunistic damage against enemy Heroes, structures and objectives whenever possible. As a result, and while she's easy Hero to get started with, a player who's truly mastered her playstyle stands out a mile from the rest of the pack. Just keep in mind that she has nothing in the way of burst healing to rely on, and you really need to remain teamed up with someone for as much of the game as possible.
Editor's note - February update: There are a few subtle changes to the most popular Li Li build this month, placing a slightly greater emphasis on empowering her Blinding Wind Ability. We've also added a handful of battleground-specific tips further on down the page. We'll expand on this section of the guide the next time we update it. Let us know of your own favourite tips in the comments section, and we'll be sure to include them next time.
Li Li strategy overview - February 2016
Li Li's pretty simple to get started with, but the devil's in the details. First of all, spend the early game buddied up with at least one other person, and help them do their job better and for longer. In a team fight, you want to stay as far back as possible, pop that healing Q Ability whenever it's off cooldown, and apply your Cloud Serpent to the teammate who's coming under fire the most.
Don't underestimate the usefulness of Blinding Wind if you can get near the fight, use the Ability, and then get out again in one piece. If you choose Jug of 1,000 Cups during levelling, try to save it for when multiple allies have 50% or less health, and watch out for Silencing effects from the other team too.
The best Li Li Talent build - February 2016
There are a handful of hybrid Li Li talent builds out there which combine her innate healing strengths with just a little more Hero damage output, but we prefer to go down the full and focused healing route. Master the finer efficiencies of playing this build and you'll be like a god to your team.
Li Li full healing build
Level 1 - Conjurer's Pursuit - Collecting Regeneration Globes permanently increases Mana Regeneration by 0.1 per second.
Level 4 - Mass Vortex - Increases the number of enemies hit by Blinding Wind from 2 to 4.
Level 7 - The Good Stuff - Healing Brew heals for an additional 132 (63 + 4% per level) Health over 6 seconds.
Level 10 - Jug of 1,000 Cups - Rapidly tosses brew to the most injured nearby allies, prioritizing Heroes, restoring a total of 3576 (1698 + 4% per level) Health over 6 seconds.
Level 13 - Surging Winds - Gain 5% Ability Power for 8 seconds for every enemy hit by Blinding Wind. Additional enemies hit refresh the duration of this buff and further increase Ability Power. Stacks up to 4 times.
Level 16 - Two For One - Increases the number of allies healed by Healing Brew to 2, but increases the cooldown by 1.5 seconds.
Level 20 - Kung Fu Hustle - Ability cooldowns refresh 150% faster while Fast Feet is active.
Li Li Abilities, Heroic Abilities and Traits - February 2016
Li Li's core healing output is very easy to manage, but you need to have a strong understanding of how her subtler Abilities work in battle too. Here's a quick outline of the other tools you have at your disposal - take a look at the tips section further down the page for advice on how to make the most of them.
Healing Brew (Q)- Heal lowest Health ally (prioritizing Heroes) for 430 (204 + 4% per level) Health. Mana: 30, Cooldown: 3 seconds.
Cloud Serpent (W)- Summon a Cloud Serpent on target allied Hero that automatically attacks nearby enemies, doing 64 (31 + 4% per level) damage per attack. Heroes can only have 1 Cloud Serpent at a time. Lasts for 8 seconds. Mana: 30, Cooldown: 10 seconds.
Blinding Wind (E)- Throw a cloud of Blinding Wind at the 2 nearest enemies (prioritizing Heroes), dealing 290 (138 + 4% per level) damage. Affected targets miss all Basic Attacks for the next 2 seconds. Mana: 40, Cooldown: 10 seconds.
Jug of 1,000 Cups (R)- Rapidly tosses brew to the most injured nearby allies, prioritizing Heroes, restoring a total of 3576 (1698 + 4% per level) Health over 6 seconds. Mana: 100, Cooldown: 7 seconds.
Water Dragon (R)- Summon a Water Dragon that after a delay hits the nearest enemy Hero and all enemies near them, dealing 421 (200 + 4% per level) damage and slowing their Movement Speed by 70% for 4 seconds. Mana: 100, Cooldown: 45 seconds.
Fast Feet- Upon taking damage, gain 10% Movement Speed for 1 second.
Li Li counters and match-ups - February 2016
You're not going to want to go toe-to-toe with any other Heroes when you're racing around the battleground with Li Li. Instead, stick with a buddy or four, stay back as much as possible, and keep dishing out that delicious healing spam. With all that said and done, there are some specific counters and synergies that you should try to keep in mind. Here are the current top fives, courtesy of the community-sourced wisdom of HeroesCounters.
- Strong against- Illidan, Thrall, Kharazim, The Butcher, Raynor
- Weak against- Muradin, Anub'arak, ETC, Kerrigan, Uther
- Teams well with- Valla, Illidan, Raynor, Anub'arak, Johanna
Li Li tips and battleground guides - February 2016
Yes Li Li's a pretty easy Hero to play given the non-targeted, highly spammable nature of her core Ability, but there's mastery to be had here nevertheless. If you want to take Li Li's game to the next level, and push your performance to the limits, try to make the following tips and tricks second nature.
- Make sure you're chipping away at minions and enemy Heroes at all times as you spam your Q heal. You don't have to worry about targeting the health regeneration, so just mash away.
- Hold back on using your Jug of 1,000 Cups until the enemy has burned through a bit of its crowd-control and interrupts. It's a powerful ability indeed, but you'll be locked down quickly if you're too quick to throw it out on the field.
- Grab every Regeneration Globe you see in order to empower your talents that are boosted by them.
- Make sure you're throwing Cloud Serpent onto the team member who's taking the heaviest fire so that they get the extra healing power - it may just be enough to keep them alive in a close engagement.
- Note that the effect of Blinding Wind is not just useful for causing enemy Heroes a headache, it can also be used on Hero-controlled objectives as well - think of Dragon Knights and Garden Terrors, for example.
- While the micro-management challenge may be low, positioning is crucial when it comes to playing Li Li with a high degree of finesse. Stay back, read the enemy team's movements carefully, and be ready to bail if the tide of battle turns against you.
- Take every opportunity to top up Li Li's Mana and Health, whether through hitting up a fountain or Hearthstoning all the way back to base. Just after a big objective engagement is usually a good time to take stock of your resources.
Battlefield of Eternity
- Given the simple nature of Li Li's gameplay, there's not a great deal of specific advice to take into account here. Stick with your team and focus hard on keeping your allies alive during the Immortal fight. You can really help your team both defend and pile on pressure here.
- Don't go wandering to hand in coins on your own, and make sure you stay with at least one friend at all times. The bottom section of the map is an early death waiting to happen if you wander around the place on your own.
Fightin' Cowboy's videos helped us out a huge amount while we were learning the game. The builds have changed with balance patches and shifting metagames, but the broad principles remain the same.
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