This guide is about various ways how to play Liang Hongyu, her strengh, her weakness and how to have a lot of fun. I hope it will help you guys to get a better understanding of the hero because there is some stuff that most player dont use.
How to Play Liang Hongyu
Liang Hongyu is a midranged crossbow hero.
She wields the said crossbow aswell as a twohand sword as her secondary weapon.
She can command fire like most ranged units as her 3.
Her 4 shoots an oilbomb tied to an arrow and spreads fire on the targeted area dealing damage over time.
By pressing 5 you are using the sprint ability.
Her passives are:
Youre reducing the cooldown time of the oilbomb arrow by 2 seconds if you hit a unit and by 4 seconds if you kill a unit.
Liang Hongyu and her units are dealing more damage on cavallery units with swords.
Using the Crossbow
You might have difficulties dealing the needed amount of damage with her.
If so then you either:
- Use her to snipe since sniping is not recommend for crossbows usually.
- Aim like with most ranged heros slightly above the head.
Since her crossbow does push upwards when shooting you might want to make sure, that you aim for the torso or the legs depending the distance to hit the enemy with all 3 arrows rather than one.
You aswell want to make sure, that you distance yourself maximum midrange, but i prefer to go nealry melee range with her. why will be explaned later in this guide.
Her units deal very strong damage on close to midrange. If you dont want to shoot a specific area. Dont use fire on command (3). You deal way more damage if you let them shoot by themself.
Your Melee Weapon
Honestly - at the moment i am making the most kills with liang hongyu in melee combat.
Her weapon got nearly the same stats as Mulans or Hanzos. Which means you do hit hard and fast with her in melee combat.
Im not scared of melee or cavallery that much with her as with other ranged heroes.
If an enemy infantry unit like Yu Ji, Mulan, Frederick or whatever is approaching you , leave your units in ranged mode, create some distance and make sure youre crossbow is reloaded just in case.
Switch to your melee weapon and usually the enemy will approach you happily since they think a archer in melee is a free kill.
What most of them dont know are your weapon stats since noboy is using archer much in melee combat.
Let your units shoot the enemy and charge in melee combat yourself. Keep luring the enemy hero into melee range and kill them.
It works. i killed Baldwin, Mulan, Hanzo, Zhang Bao, Yu Ji or whatever so far without problems.
If the enemy hero tries to escape either shoot him or chase him with your sprint and its all good.
As already mentioned crossbows usually are short to midrange damage dealers.
If you want to snipe : get an archer. Crossbows loose too much dmg on long range.
I usually position myself 10 - 20 meters far away from the enemy units. Shooting into their sides or back .
Make sure too keep your Oilbomb arrow on cooldown and shoot it into troops fighting your frontline.
If youre getting chased early on by a cavallery unit make sure to place yourself with the back to a wall , mountaiin, fence or anything alike since it might stop the enemy cavallery while they are charging you and you can kill their units with your extra dmg on horses.
I hope you got some new insights regarding Liang Hongyu and enjoy your upcoming melee batles.