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Abathur Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Aug 23, 2015 at 22:43 by Straften 11 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the heroes you synergise well with, as Abathur and those you are particularly vulnerable against.

The other pages of our Abathur can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Heroes Abathur Works Well With

In this section, we will look at Heroes that work particularly well with Abathur.

1.1. Illidan

Illidan Portrait Illidan is able to stick to targets using Dive Icon Dive, Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike, and Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis, and can take full advantage of Adrenal Overload Icon Adrenal Overload with Betrayer's Thirst Icon Betrayer's Thirst. Symbiote Icon Symbiote provides further damage, shielding, and Slowing (with Envenomed Spikes Icon Envenomed Spikes at Level 16).

1.2. Johanna

Johanna Portrait Johanna is extremely difficult to kill, thanks to her high base health and numerous defensive abilities, and can stick to targets very effectively with Condemn Icon Condemn, Punish Icon Punish, and Blessed Shield Icon Blessed Shield. With Symbiote Icon Symbiote, Johanna is able to deal extremely high sustained damage, enough to kill any enemy damage-dealing Hero if they do not get assistance. This makes Johanna a massive threat to the enemy team, while also being very hard to kill, so if the enemy does focus Johanna, your team has already won the team fight.

1.3. Zeratul

Zeratul Portrait Zeratul's excessively high burst damage can further be increased with Symbiote Icon Symbiote, allowing you to kill backline targets before their team can react. Blink Icon Blink allows him to reposition instantly (and as needed) to pick off key targets. Zeratul remains cloaked while hosting Symbiote, as does the Symbiote itself. Zeratul is also the best Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution target in the game.

2. Heroes Abathur Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at Heroes that counter Abathur particularly well.

2.1. Falstad

Falstad Portrait Falstad is able to partially match your soaking because of Flight Icon Flight, which allows him to quickly join his team if needed. Flight can also be used to catch you out of position when body-soaking.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Falstad

When playing versus Falstad, you always need to be aware that he can nearly instantly fly to you with Flight Icon Flight, so you need to be extremely careful when body-soaking. If Falstad is especially attentive and aggressive, you may need to avoid body-soaking altogether, unless you are safely behind Towers.

2.2. Nova

Nova Portrait Nova is a cloaked Hero with very high burst damage. This makes her very good at invading you even under allied Towers, since Structures will only target her once revealed. If she is revealed, Holo Decoy Icon Holo Decoy can be used to distract the Structures. Additionally, Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike deals more than 2/3 of your health and be cast instantly from any location on the map. Nova is unable to successfully dive you behind Towers until Level 7.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Nova

The most important counter to playing versus any cloaked Hero is correct usage of Toxic Nest Icon Toxic Nest. Place nests along routes that must be taken to reach you. Not only will revealing them allow you to reposition accordingly to avoid the gank, but it will allow your Structures to target them. Be especially alert when body-soaking XP, as cloaked Heroes can kill you seemingly out of nowhere. Fort and Keep shots will provide a significant attack and movement speed Slow, making it very difficult for them to kill you. Note that Nova lacks any mobility, so if she makes a mistake when ganking you behind your Structures, it can be very difficult for her to escape afterwards. Additionally, the lack of a blink ability makes her unable to pass through your inner walls (surrounding the Keeps) if all walls are intact. To avoid dying to Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike, always make sure you have more than 70% maximum health.

2.3. Zeratul

Zeratul Portrait Zeratul is a cloaked Hero with very high burst damage. This makes him very good at invading you even under allied Towers, since Structures will only target him once revealed. Unlike Nova, Zeratul has Blink Icon Blink, allowing him to blink over walls to escape or to kill you in a spot that may have otherwise seemed safe. Zeratul is unable to successfully dive you behind Towers until Level 7.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Zeratul

The most important counter to playing versus any cloaked Hero is correct usage of Toxic Nest Icon Toxic Nest. Place nests along routes that must be taken to reach you. Not only will revealing them allow you to reposition accordingly to avoid the gank, but it will allow your Structures to target them. Be especially alert when body-soaking XP, as cloaked Heroes can kill you seemingly out of nowhere. Fort and Keep shots will provide a significant attack and movement speed Slow, making it very difficult for them to kill you. Unlike Nova, Zeratul has Blink Icon Blink, allowing him to easily flee after ganking you.

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