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Abathur Build Guide “You. Enhanced. Improved.”

Last updated on Oct 08, 2016 at 07:20 by Straften 19 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Abathur guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Abathur in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Quick Reference

Team Fight Build: Increases the strength of Symbiote for strong team fighting

Ultimate Locust Build: Split-push lanes with Locusts while you clone an ally

Abathur synergizes with
Abathur is countered by
Abathur's stronger maps Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Sky Temple Warhead Junction
Abathur's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Towers of Doom
Abathur's weaker maps Braxis Holdout Tomb of the Spider Queen

Ability Usage:

  • Symbiote Icon Symbiote can be used to absorb the XP from distant lanes and to assist your allies in combat.
  • Place Toxic Nest Icon Toxic Nests around the map to provide vision, deal damage, and slow enemies.
  • Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution's low cooldown allows you to use it liberally in team fights, to destroy Structures, or speed up the capture of Mercenary Camps.
  • Spawn Locust Strain Icon Locust Strain in a lane that needs your assistance or your team is pushing hard in.
  • Use Deep Tunnel Icon Deep Tunnel to quickly traverse the map and get out of harm's way.

2. Introduction

Abathur plays differently from every other Hero in the game. With extremely low health and negligible Basic Attack damage, he needs to avoid direct confrontations with enemy Heroes. He instead applies pressure to the map through use of his global abilities, and participates in teamfights by empowering his allies with Symbiote Icon Symbiote. Abathur is very dependent on good strategy, and can greatly benefit from certain maps and team compositions.

3. Strengths

  • Can soak multiple lanes at once, creating an XP lead
  • Excellent synergy with specific Heroes
  • Both Heroics are viable
  • One of the best split-pushing Heroes in the game
  • Can teleport anywhere on the map (provided there is vision) using Deep Tunnel Icon Deep Tunnel
  • Toxic Nest Icon Toxic Nest is excellent at spotting and dismounting enemies attempting to gank or sneak key objectives

4. Weaknesses

  • Weak early game
  • Cannot solo a lane by himself
  • Body is extremely vulnerable if found
  • Requires very good multitasking and map awareness
  • Team must adapt to Abathur's unique gameplay style in order to succeed
  • Viability is very dependent on the map and team compositions

5. Role in the Current Meta

Abathur requires a very specific team composition to be effective. He should be played on a team with a ranged DPS (with sustained damage), a Healer, a Tank, and a melee Assassin. Alternatively, a second (off)Tank can take the place of the melee Assassin. Teams with a melee Assassin often focus on having that Hero "hyper carry", focusing all of their resources into keeping that Hero alive. These team compositions benefit greatly from Abathur, as he can greatly boost the offensive and defensive ability of the hyper carry.

Abathur's biggest strength is being able to contest map objectives while soaking XP. This is done by moving Abathur within XP range of minions and then using Symbiote Icon Symbiote to assist your team. This creates an XP advantage over the enemy team. If the enemy team has one of their Heroes soak a lane for XP, then your team is at a significant advantage when fighting for map objectives (4 versus 4, but your team has the advantage of Symbiote). This is especially impactful on maps with long objectives that require urgent attention, like Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, and Sky Temple. Blackheart's Bay is also good due to the size of the map. Abathur is poorly suited for small maps that emphasise early 5 versus 5 team fighting, so he should not usually be played on Tomb of the Spider Queen.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jul. 2016: Updates following Gul'dan's patch.
    • Updated text throughout the intro.
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