Level Talent Name Description Cooldown
1 Way of Illusion Quest: Every time one of Samuro's Images Critically Strikes a Hero, he gains 0.5 Attack Damage, up to 20. Reward: After hitting 40 Heroes, he gains an additional 20 Attack Damage.
1 Way of the Blade Critical Strike now happens every 3rd Basic Attack and deals an additional 20% of Samuro's Basic Attack damage.
1 Way of the Wind Quest: Attacking a Hero from Stealth increases the Movement Speed bonus of Wind Walk by 1.25%, up to 25%. Reward: After attacking 20 Heroes, Wind Walk's Unrevealable duration is increased to 2.5 seconds.
4 Deflection Advancing Strikes grants 25 Physical Armor against Hero Basic Attacks, reducing their damage by 25%.
4 Mirage Mirror Image grants Samuro and his Images 40 Spell Armor against the next 2 sources of Spell damage, reducing their damage by 40%.
4 One with the Wind While Stealthed, gain 60 Armor, taking 60% reduced damage from all sources.
7 Burning Blade Critical Strikes unleash a burst of flame, dealing an additional 65% of Samuro's Basic Attack damage to the target and nearby enemies.
7 Crushing Blows Critical Strike now has two charges, and Critical Strikes deal an additional 25% of Samuro's Basic Attack damage.
7 Phantom Pain Critical Strikes deal an additional 40% of Samuro's Basic Attack damage for each Image that is active.
10 Bladestorm Become an Unstoppable whirlwind of death, dealing 235 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies for 4 seconds. 110
10 Illusion Master Switch places with the target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the target Mirror Image. Passive: You can control Mirror Images separately or as a group, and they deal an additional 10% of Samuro's damage. 6
13 Kawarimi Wind Walk creates an Image at Samuro's location that will continue whatever he was doing.
13 Mirrored Steel Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Mirror Image by 1 second.
13 Shukuchi Wind Walk teleports Samuro a short distance in the direction he's currently facing.
16 Harsh Winds Attacking a Hero from Stealth causes them to take 30% increased damage from Samuro and his Images for 3 seconds.
16 Merciless Strikes Basic Attacks against slowed, rooted, or stunned targets are always Critical Strikes.
16 Press the Attack While Advancing Strikes is active, Basic Attacks increase Samuro's Attack Speed by 15%, up to 60%.
20 Blademaster's Pursuit Advancing Strikes grants an additional 15% bonus Movement Speed, and its duration is increased by 2 seconds.
20 Dance of Death Mirror Images use Bladestorm when Samuro does.
20 Three Blade Style Samuro's Images gain an additional 50% of his Health and last up to 36 seconds.
20 Wind Strider Wind Walk's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.
Shortcut Ability Name Description Cooldown Mana Cost
Q Mirror Image Create 2 Mirror Images that deal 25% of your damage and have 50% of your current Health. Images last up to 18 seconds, and only two can be active at any one time. 18
W Critical Strike Your next Basic Attack within 10 seconds will be a Critical Strike, dealing 50% increased damage. This also applies to Images, and does not break Wind Walk. Passive: You and your Images deal a Critical Strike on every 4th Basic Attack. 8
E Wind Walk Enter Stealth for up to 10 seconds or until you attack, use an Ability, or take damage. While Stealthed, your Movement Speed is increased by 25% and you can pass through other units. Damage taken within the first 1 second will not break Wind Walk. 15
R Bladestorm Become an Unstoppable whirlwind of death, dealing 235 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies for 4 seconds. 110
R Illusion Master Switch places with the target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the target Mirror Image. Passive: You can control Mirror Images separately or as a group, and they deal an additional 10% of Samuro's damage. 6
None Advancing Strikes Basic attacks against enemy Heroes increase your movement speed by 25% for 2 seconds.

Samuro

PTR 2017-11-20 PTR Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Stealth

  • Stealth players will now become “Invisible” after remaining still for 1.5 seconds.
    • Invisible Heroes will not display the Stealth visual effect and can still be removed from Stealth by taking damage. This includes Heroes under the effects of temporary Stealth effects such as Samuro’s Windwalk or Tyrande’s Shadowstalk.
    • Additionally, Heroes cannot become Invisible while occupying a capture point, such as Braxis Holdout or Mercenary Camp Beacons. Instead, they will retain normal Stealth visual effects.

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Basic Attack damage increased from 88 to 110

Abilities

  • Mirror Image (Q)
    • Samuro will now appear in the direction of the player’s Mouse Cursor when Mirror Image is cast.
    • Mirror Image damage is no longer a fraction of Samuro’s Attack Damage. Mirror Image base damage has been greatly reduced to 9.
    • Mirror Images are no longer instantly destroyed by Structures
  • Critical Strike (W)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
  • Illusion Master (R)
    • New functionality:
      • Reduce the cooldown of Advancing Strikes to 8 seconds
    • Now increases the attack damage of Mirror Images by 100%
    • Now also increases Samuro’s Basic Attack damage by 10%
  • Image Transmission (Trait)
    • Additional functionality:
      • Activate to switch places with the target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the target Mirror Image. 25-second cooldown.

Talents

  • Tooltips for various talents have been updated to reflect whether Samuro or his Mirror Images benefit from their effects
  • Level 1
    • Way of the Wind (E)
      • New Functionality: Gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds upon entering or exiting Stealth by using Wind Walk
    • Way of the Blade (W)
      • No longer grants bonus Critical Strike damage
    • Way of Illusion (Q)
      • Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
  • Level 4
    • One with the Wind (E)
      • Armor gain now also lasts for 3 seconds after being revealed
      • Mirror Images now also gain Armor
      • Armor amount reduced from 60 to 30
  • Level 7
    • Phantom Pain (W)
      • Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
    • Crushing Blows (W)
      • Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
      • Bonus Critical Strike damage has been removed
      • Additional functionality:
        • Samuro’s Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes reduce the cooldown of Critical Strike by 1.5 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Kawarimi (E)
      • Reduced the time between Samuro issuing a new order after using Wind Walk and the image following it. It should now be harder for the new Image to follow Samuro’s new movements after using Wind Walk.
  • Level 16
    • Press the Attack (Trait)
      • Attack Speed bonus reduced from 15% to 10% per stack. Maximum bonus decreased from 60% to 40%
    • Harsh Winds (E)
      • Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent
    • Merciless Strikes (W)
      • Mirror Images no longer benefit from this talent

2017-09-05 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Clicking a control group to select a Mirror Image after learning Illusion Master will no longer cancel active Move Commands being carried out by that Image.
  • Samuro: Switching places with a Mirror Image will no longer cancel queued commands.

2017-08-08 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Selecting Mirror Images via control groups will no longer cancel their active movement commands.

2017-07-11 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Nova, Samuro – Fixed an issue preventing debuff timers from showing below clone’s health bars.

2017-06-28 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Fixed an issue causing Windwalk to last 9 seconds rather than 10.

2017-05-31 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Wind Walk (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 13 to 15 seconds
    • Duration increased from 8 to 10 seconds

2017-04-25 2.0 Launch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Way of Illusion will no longer continue to generate quest progress icons after its quest is complete.

2017-03-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: After learning Illusion Master, selecting a Mirror Image just as it dies will now correctly reselect the real Samuro.
  • Samuro: Critical Strike's cooldown will no longer be paused while Samuro is dead.

2017-02-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Bladestorm will no longer occasionally fail to activate after casting Mirror Images and Bladestorm in rapid succession.
  • Samuro: Burning Blade area of effect damage will now properly benefit from bonus damage granted by Way of Illusion.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue in which the Score Screen could display an incorrect number of Gems for Samuro if he collected them while Mirror Images were active on Tomb of the Spider Queen.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue that could refresh the duration of Advancing Strikes after landing a critical strike.
  • Samuro: Shift-queueing Hearthstone will no longer break Stealth until Hearthstone begins casting.

2017-02-08 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Kael'thas: Fixed an issue that could cause Pyroblast’s targeting indicator to persist indefinitely when targeting a Hero as they become Unrevealable.

2017-01-27 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Monkey King Samuro’s Mirror Images will no longer use a different skin variation than the real Samuro.

2017-01-24 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Raynor: Killing Samuro’s Mirror Images after learning A Card To Play will no longer reduce Raynor’s Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Structures: Fixed an issue in which the Core could continue to reveal enemy Stealth Heroes in a small radius outside its intended reveal range.

2017-01-04 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Casting Mirror Image after learning Way of Illusion will no longer cause a Talent Quest progress sound to play.
  • Samuro: Fixed an issue that could cause certain Hero Abilities and Summons to continue tracking the primary Samuro after casting Mirror Image.
  • Samuro: The cooldown for Critical Strike will no longer stop counting down when he is killed.

2016-12-20 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Cursed Hollow: Attempting to gather a Tribute using a cloned Hero, such as Mirror Image or Ultimate Evolution, will no longer prevent players from gathering that Tribute.

2016-12-14 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Unrevealable Heroes

  • Heroes who are considered unrevealable will no longer shimmer like other stealthed heroes.
  • After the unrevealable period ends, they will shimmer again.

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: The tooltip for Mirror Image now properly mentions that activating the Ability will remove certain negative status effects.

2016-12-06 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Wind Walk (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 13 seconds
  • Bladestorm (R)
    • Damage per second reduced from 250 to 235

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Way of the Blade (W)
      • Critical Strike bonus damage reduced from 25 to 20%
  • Level 4
    • Mirage (Q)
      • Spell Block mitigation amount reduced from 50 to 40% per charge

Developer Comments: Samuro has fallen into a much better spot since our last changes but still has a handful of over-performing talents. We feel that these changes are much lighter than the last round of nerfs and should bring Samuro even closer to the coveted 50% win-rate.


2016-11-22 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Mirror Images can no longer launch Nukes on Warhead Junction after learning Illusion Master.

2016-11-15 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Stealth

  • Abilities that reveal Stealthed/Cloaked Heroes will no longer remove the Stealth/Cloak effect, but will instead temporarily reveal the cloaked Hero.
  • The following talents now function while under the effects of Stealth granted by another player (ex: Tyrande’s Shadowstalk):
    • Nova
      • Tactical Espionage
      • Advanced Cloaking
      • Covert Ops
    • Samuro
      • Way of the Wind
      • Harsh Winds

Developer Comments: Some revealers, like Oracle from Tassadar and now Scouting Drone, are very binary in their ability to reveal Heroes, by design. But their purpose is to provide scouting and position of the enemy, and not to negate the effects of Talents or Abilities that rely on Stealth to provide their benefit. While examining these conditional Talents, we decided that it would be more interesting to allow synergies between external sources of Stealth these Talents. We like that choices like Tyrande’s Shadowstalk or Medivh’s Invisibility become more interesting if you have allies that gain additional benefits from Stealth on your team.

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro: Mirror Image Health bars will now reflect the number of Doubloons that Samuro is carrying on Blackheart’s Bay.
  • Samuro: Way of Illusion Talent stacks now properly grant bonus attack damage to Mirror Images.

2016-11-10 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Basic Attack Damage decreased from 93 to 88

Abilities

  • Mirror Images (Q)
    • Damage dealt reduced from 30 to 25% of Samuro’s damage
  • Illusion Master (R)
    • Damage increase reduced from 15 to 10%

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Shukuchi (E)
      • Teleport range decreased by 20%

Developer Comments: While there are a lot of knobs for us to turn in order to help bring Samuro’s win rate more in line, we felt that his damage output (especially burst) was where we wanted to start first. We are happy with his survivability options and feel his fantasy should cater towards being elusive. We also realize that damage and confusion are really all he brings to a team, so we wanted to be careful with the changes. We feel that these small tweaks to his damage (and the fact that they compound on each other) will cause a reasonable drop in his win rate and will continue to closely monitor him.


2016-10-25 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Base Maximum Health decreased from 1750 to 1650
  • Base Health Regen decreased from 3.64 to 3.44

Abilities

  • Mirror Images (Q)
    • Cooldown increased from 16 to 18 seconds
    • Mirror Image timed life increased from 16 to 18 seconds
  • Wind Walk (E)
    • Movement speed bonus reduced from 30 to 25%
  • Illusion Master (R)
    • Illusion damage bonus reduced from 20 to 15%

Talents

  • Level 20
    • Three Blade Style (R)
      • Mirror Image timed life increased from 32 to 36 seconds

Developer Comments: The Blademaster has been loosed, and is busy carving up a healthy win-rate. We are looking to bring him down a notch with these changes.

Bug Fixes

  • Samuro – Fixed an issue causing Mirror Images to deal an extra swing of Samuro’s full damage if their attacks landed just as the Mirror Images expired.
  • Samuro – Fixed an issue causing Samuro to deselect himself after entering Lt. Morales' Medivac Dropship.

2016-10-18 Patch Notes

New Hero

Samuro, the last remaining blademaster to wear the banner of the Burning Blade, is on a warrior’s pilgrimage in search of vengeance and redemption for this fallen clan. It will be a long journey, but he has sworn an oath to restore his clan’s honor.

Trait

  • Advancing Strike
    • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase your Movement Speed by 25% for 2 seconds.

Basic Abilities

  • Mirror Image (Q)
    • Create 2 Mirror Images that deal 30% of your damage and have 50% of your current Health. Images last up to 16 seconds, and only 2 can be active at once.
  • Critical Strike (W)
    • Your next Basic Attack within 8 seconds will be a Critical Strike, dealing 50% increased damage. This also applies to Mirror Images and does not break Wind Walk.
    • Passive: You and your Mirror Images deal a Critical Strike every 4th Basic Attack.
  • Wind Walk (E)
    • Enter Stealth for up to 8 seconds or until you attack, use an Ability, or take damage. While Stealthed, your Movement Speed is increased by 30% and you can pass through other units.
    • Damage taken during the first 1 second will not break Wind Walk.

Heroic Abilities

  • Bladestorm (R)
    • Become an unstoppable whirlwind, dealing moderate damage to nearby enemies every second for 4 seconds.
  • Illusion Master (R)
    • Switch places with the target Mirror Image.
    • Passive: You can control Mirror Images separately or as a group, and they deal an additional 20% of your damage.

Bug Fixes

  • Damage Reduction: When two damage reduction effects, such as Resistant (25%) and Hardened Shield (75%), are simultaneously applied to a Hero, the larger effect will no longer be overridden by the lesser effect.