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As Li Li, you can still Blind a charging Butcher by casting E immediately before the stun connects. Included some other cool Butcher charge counterplay opportunities in the post.

HeroesoftheStorm 3 - As Li Li, you can still Blind a charging Butcher by casting E immediately before the stun connects. Included some other cool Butcher charge counterplay opportunities in the post.
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I haven't seen any posts about this since the Unstoppable change, so I figured it's worthwhile to post about this.

December 16th, 2019. The patch notes read "Gaining Unstoppable now prevents and removes Blinds." This is kind of a big deal for anyone playing Li Li against Butcher, as it seemingly becomes impossible to blind him if he's charging you.

However. If you're playing on relatively low latency, you're in luck! Blinding Wind has a travel time. This is pretty obvious to anyone who's played enough of the panda, but you can try it out for yourself in Try Mode to get a feel for exactly how it works. Melee range blinds are close to instantaneous, while a max range blind takes more time to travel. "Close" being the operative word in that sentence. You still have a small window where Butcher will still get blinded. In fact, this was always the most efficient way to blind a charging Butcher for maximum damage mitigation, the change just means that this is the only way now.

This can also be a learning moment for you if you don't play Li Li and you don't play any Blinding heroes. You can use a similar time window for any cast with a delayed effect that CC's the Butcher. I've listed some of my favorite examples below:

Li-Ming: Wave of Force (particularly with the level 20 upgrade) has something like a .25 second delay; even the shortest of knockbacks is often one less auto Butcher finds onto you. Alt-R to make your life easier here.

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Thrall: Sundering has a .5 second delay and cannot be interrupted.

Muradin: Storm Bolt is a .15 second cast and travel time. Doable.

Kael'thas: This one's pretty much the same timing as Muradin

Johanna: Landing her blind is one of the hardest ones IMO, you have to account for a .125 interruptible cast before your blind comes out. Very easy to be too late

Auriel: You can consistently Detainment Strike him to create big distance

A good rule of thumb with all of this is that the stun/CC has to be a projectile that you stop channelling once it leaves your body. This is why stuff like Auriel blind, Dehaka tongue, and Stukov shove doesn't work with this. Butcher is Unstoppable every frame before the exact frame he lands the stun, and on that exact frame he interrupts any channels in progress.

One more thing I want to note: Butcher charge has this sort of acceleration to it. You gotta get a feel for this to be perfect at countering it. You can't simply rely on how far away he is to begin your cast, because it depends on how long the charge has been active.

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