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Anub'arak Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Aug 22, 2015 at 13:35 by Oxygen 6 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Anub'arak in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. Everything you need to know is explained, from general gameplay to specific tips and tricks.

The other pages of our Anub'arak can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. General Anub'arak Gameplay

Anub'arak's frontline role throughout all stages of the game is to:

  • Initiate team fights with Impale Icon Impale and Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge.
  • Peel for and protect allied Heroes with the aforementioned abilities.
  • Pressure fragile isolated Heroes through strong dueling potential.

Although relatively independent due to his well-rounded ability kit and strong duelling potential, Anub'arak works best when surrounded by allies, as most tanks do; damage dealers can follow up on his crowd control abilities, while Support Heroes can use the peeling to freely provide aid. Still, his resistance to gank, decent waveclear, and solid sustained sieging make him a great candidate for solo laning.

As a tank, Anub'arak belongs in the middle of enemy lines. Due to his below-average Health pool, much of his survivability stems from his powerful Heroic abilities — Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm for raw self-healing, and Cocoon Icon Cocoon for completely disabling important targets — and as such, one must be very careful when either of these abilities is on cooldown. Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge can always be used as a last-resort survival tool, but the ability's offensive power is key to a good initiation.

2. When Not Team Fighting

Anub'arak is comfortable with handling several different tasks, depending on your team's needs. In general, his strong pushing potential allows him to dominate 1v1 lanes, take down structures for additional experience, and safely soak due to Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge's outstanding escape potential. Make sure to avoid becoming too passive, and rotate to help out your allies wherever you may be needed.

If your team elects to play more aggressively, or already has another good solo laner that does not gank very well (such as E.T.C. or Illidan), Anub'arak makes for a solid roamer if he is accompanied by an Assassin such as Nova or Zeratul. Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge and Impale Icon Impale are often enough, when chained, to lock down isolated targets for quick kills. Finally, his trait, Scarab Host Icon Scarab Host, allows him to him to quickly and painlessly take down Mercenary Camps.

3. Team Fights

Your main team fighting strategy varies depending on your Heroic Ability choice, but your goals are similar to that of other tanks: use your crowd control abilities — usually Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge followed by Impale Icon Impale — to lock down fragile and impactful Heroes (usually Assassins or Supports) while your teammates attempt to kill them. Your Beetles, summoned through Scarab Host Icon Scarab Host, make you threatening to isolated targets once your initial cooldowns have been used.

With Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm as a Heroic ability choice, your survivability depends on how many entities you can damage with the ability. You can often afford to aggressively position yourself in the middle of your opponents' formation, in order to hit as many Heroes, summons, and minions as possible. Be wary, however, of high burst damage Heroes such as Falstad, Jaina, Kael'thas, or Nova, who can injure you before your self-sustain can heal you back up.

With Cocoon Icon Cocoon as a Heroic ability choice, you forego much of your combat survivability for the unique ability to remove an enemy Hero from the game for an extended period of time. Due to Anub'arak's low Health pool, you can not afford to play as aggressively as you would with Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm, turning the Hero into a bruiser. Your strategy is then to work with your team to push as much damage as possible and as quickly as possible while a key target — usually a healer — is unable to respond. Successfully using Cocoon requires a good amount of teamwork from your team, and it is usually a good idea to announce your choice so that they know what to expect from you.

4. Summary of Tips and Tricks

  • Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge chains very well into Impale Icon Impale.
  • Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace can spawn Beetles for only 35 Mana, when you do not need the shield.
  • Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm is only useful as a survival tool against tightly grouped enemies.
  • Cocoon Icon Cocoon is devastating against isolated foes, as it can not be broken by their teammates.
  • Beetles summoned by Scarab Host Icon Scarab Host can quickly drain structure ammo; use your abilities to quickly spawn several beetles.

5. ChangeLog

  • 22 Aug. 2015: Web Blast was renamed to Cocoon in Kharazim's patch.
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