Level Talent Name Description
1 High King's Quest Quest: Hit 50 Heroes with Basic Attacks. Quest: Participate in 5 Hero Takedowns. Quest: Gather 20 Regeneration Globes. Reward: Completing a Quest grants 10 Base Attack Damage. Completing all 3 Quests grants an additional 30 Base Attack Damage.
1 Lion's Maw Quest: Every time Lion's Fang hits a Hero, increase its damage by 4, up to 120. Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes, the slow is increased to 50% and its duration is increased to 2 seconds.
1 Overpower When you Parry a Hero's Basic Attack, Heroic Strike's cooldown is refreshed. Can only occur once per cast.
4 Shield Wall Parry now grants Protected, preventing all incoming damage for the duration.
4 Warbringer Charge now stuns the target for 1 second instead of slowing them, and its cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.
7 Live by the Sword Increase the duration of Parry by 40%. If you block at least 2 Hero Basic Attacks with a single Parry, its cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.
7 Second Wind Basic Attacks heal Varian for 1% of his Maximum Health. While below 50% Health, they also heal him for 50% of the damage dealt.
7 Victory Rush Every 60 seconds, Varian's next Basic Attack will heal him for 400 (+4% per level) Health. When a nearby enemy minion dies, the cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds.
10 Colossus Smash Smash a target enemy, dealing 160 (+4% per level) damage and lowering their Armor by 25 for 3 seconds, causing them to take 25% increased damage. Passive: Base Attack Damage increased by 75%. Passive: Maximum Health reduced by 10%.
10 Taunt Force the target Hero to attack Varian for 1.25 seconds. Passive: Maximum Health increased by 60%.
10 Twin Blades of Fury Basic Attacks reduce Heroic Strike's cooldown by 9 seconds, and increase Varian's Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds. Passive: Attack Speed increased by 100%. Passive: Base Attack Damage reduced by 25%.
13 Banner of Dalaran Activate to place a Banner that grants 20% increased Ability Power to nearby allied Heroes. Lasts 12 seconds.
13 Banner of Ironforge Activate to place a Banner that grants 25 Armor to nearby allied Heroes, reducing damage taken by 25%. Lasts 12 seconds.
13 Banner of Stormwind Activate to place a Banner that grants 25% increased Movement Speed to nearby allied Heroes. Lasts 12 seconds.
16 Juggernaut Charge deals bonus damage to Heroes equal to 6% of their maximum Health.
16 Mortal Strike Heroes hit by Heroic Strike receive 40% reduced healing for 4 seconds.
16 Shattering Throw Activate to throw a sword that deals 50 (+4% per level) damage to the target, and up to 1400 (+4% per level) bonus damage to their Shields. Passive: Basic Attacks deal up to 200% bonus damage to Shields.
20 Demoralizing Shout Activate to demoralize nearby enemy Heroes, reducing damage they deal by 25% for 5 seconds.
20 Frenzy Twin Blades of Fury increases Varian's Attack Speed by an additional 15%, and Basic Attacks increase his Movement Speed by an additional 10%.
20 Glory to the Alliance Banner now also increases health regeneration and all healing received for nearby allied Heroes by 50%, and the cooldown is reduced by 20 seconds.
20 Master at Arms Colossus Smash affects all enemies near the target, and its cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds.
20 Vigilance Being hit by a Hero Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Taunt by 1 second.
Shortcut Ability Name Description
Q Lion's Fang Create a shockwave that travels in a straight line, dealing 150 (+4% per level) damage and slowing enemies by 35% for 1.5 seconds.
W Parry Parry all incoming Basic Attacks for 1.25 seconds, reducing their damage by 100%.
E Charge Charge to the target enemy, dealing 50 (+4% per level) damage and slowing them by 75% for 1 second.
R Taunt Force the target Hero to attack Varian for 1.25 seconds. Passive: Maximum Health increased by 60%.
R Colossus Smash Smash a target enemy, dealing 160 (+4% per level) damage and making them Vulnerable for 3 seconds. Passive: Base Attack Damage increased by 75%. Passive: Maximum Health reduced by 10%.
R Twin Blades of Fury Basic Attacks reduce Heroic Strike's cooldown by 9 seconds, and increase Varian's Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds. Passive: Attack Speed increased by 100%. Passive: Base Attack Damage reduced by 25%.
None Heroic Strike Every 18 seconds, Varian's next Basic Attack deals 140 (+3.5% per level) bonus damage. Basic Attacks reduce this cooldown by 2 seconds.

Varian

2017-01-06 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Charge (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 16 to 14 seconds
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 45

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Warbringer (E)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 8 to 6 seconds

2016-12-06 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Lion's Fang (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50
    • Slow amount increased from 30 to 35%
  • Parry (W)
    • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
  • Heroic Strike (Trait)
    • Bonus damage changed from Physical to Spell
    • No longer heals from Second Wind, and now benefits from Ability Power
  • Taunt (R)
    • Health bonus increased from 50 to 60%
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20
    • No longer reduces Varian's Basic Attack Speed

Undocumented Source

  • Taunt (R)
    • Health regeneration now increased by 60%
  • Colossus Smash (R)
    • Health regeneration now decreased by 10%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Lion's Maw (Q)
      • Slow increased from 40 to 50%
  • Level 4
    • Warbringer (E)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 10 to 8 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Live by the Sword (W)
      • Duration bonus increased from 20 to 40%
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 3 to 2 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Vigilance (R)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from .75 to 1 second per Heroic Basic Attack

Developer Comments: Varian has had a solid release into the Nexus. We think one of the most important things about our first multi-class character is that all 6 "builds" are close in power level, and right now Twin Blades and Warbringer are a little higher than the rest. These changes are designed to nerf Warbringer's point and click stun frequency, increase the power of Shield Wall by reducing the cooldown of Parry, greatly increase the statistical bonuses of Taunt, and reduce some of the synergy between Second Wind and Twin Blades of Fury that was creating so many problems for teams without a good counter to Basic Attacks. We've done a mix of baseline buffs and Talent nerfs to hopefully keep Varian's overall balance close to where we intended.


2016-11-15 Patch Notes

New Hero

  • Varian has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play!

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Taunt (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 25 to 16 seconds
  • Colossus Smash (R)
    • Damage reduced from 187 to 160

Talents

  • Level 20
    • Vigilance (R)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 1 to .75 seconds per Basic Attack

Bug Fixes

  • Varian: Fixed an issue which prevented the Basic Attack damage bonus offered by the High King's Quest talent from being properly modified after learning the Colossus Smash or Twin Blades of Fury talents.