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Arthas Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on May 17, 2016 at 07:38 by Kendric 6 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Arthas 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 Arthas can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. General Arthas Strategy

Playing Arthas requires a keen eye during all stages of the game. Whether you protect your allies from an enemy assault or initiate a team fight, as a Warrior it is your primary task to appear at the right places at the right time. To do so, tracking the Minimap is of the essence. Even though Arthas is a very durable laner who can duel almost any Hero in the game, he should never stay in one place for too long. Instead, he should make full use of his outstanding gank capabilities by using Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast and Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest in order to help set up kills for his allies. During the mid-late game, Arthas' tasks may vary depending on the situation he finds himself in, however, they will mostly include:

Arthas does not require a lot of mechanical skill, because most of his abilities are very straightforward and easy to use. The biggest difficulty new players might encounter during their first games as Arthas is to correctly land their Howling Blast Icon Howling Blasts.

Map awareness is very important for multiple reasons when playing Warriors like Arthas. During the early game, you want to rotate between lanes in order to assist your teammates with ganks, preferably on exposed enemy Heroes without innate escape spells.

After both teams reached Level 10, laning becomes a little bit less important which means you should focus on sticking together with the rest of your team to fight for Map Objectives. Arthas has to rely on good positioning more than most other Warriors, due to the fact that he lacks gap closing abilities. However, once you manage to get close to an enemy Hero, it will become very difficult for them to escape the stacking slow of your Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest.

2. When Not Team Fighting

While team fights do occur quite frequently in Heroes of the Storm, it is equally important to know what you are supposed to do during the rest of the game. One of the most underrated strengths of Arthas is the fact that he is capable of clearing Mercenary Camps all by himself at Level 7, especially if he chose the Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap talent. Capturing a Bruiser Camp on maps like Sky Temple or Cursed Hollow shortly before the next Map Objective spawns can become quite crucial and heavily influence the outcome of the early game. If no Map Objectives are currently available, or if your team is about to capture one, your next goal should be to make sure that all lanes are soaked, especially before your team has hit Level 10.

How to position yourself when moving around with your teammates is another thing we consider worth mentioning. While marching through enemy territory, Arthas should always be at the forefront to stand between the enemy and his team's backline. We cannot stress enough how important good positioning is when playing Arthas, since he lacks gap closing abilities that would allow him to engage enemies over short distances. By the same token, Arthas should try to actively cover injured allies who are on the retreat by using his body to intercept potential spells and attacks directed against them.

3. When Team Fighting

Playing Arthas effectively during a team fight can be a challenging, yet very rewarding experience, as a well placed Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, followed by the slow provided by Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest, has the potential to allow your team a solid engagement on rooted enemy Heroes. In general, we like to distinguish between three types of team fights to make things easier, especially for newer and less experienced players.

3.1. Team Fights Started By Your Team

Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast is your only hard engaging Basic Ability, which means that you should catch at least one enemy Hero in it to start a team fight. Landing a good Howling Blast becomes even more important if you are the only Warrior in your team's lineup. If you opted to choose Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa at Level 10 you should always cast this Heroic Ability to initiate on the enemy team, as it is almost impossible to summon a decent Sindragosa in the middle of a team fight.

When playing Arthas it is of utmost importance to constantly check two factors before fully committing to a larger fight. First of all, you have to make sure that your teammates, especially the support player, are within reach to follow up on your initiation. Unlike more mobile Warriors such as Tyrael or Anub'arak, Arthas usually does not have to worry about getting separated from his team, but we still recommend double checking your team's position on the Minimap before going all in against the enemy team. Next, you need to determine if the enemy team decides to fight back or not. If they do, follow up with Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast and activate Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest. However, if the enemy team decides to retreat from you, you should remain calm and refrain from casting any long cooldown abilities, such as Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead or Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell (if you picked these talents).

3.2. Team Fights Started By The Enemy Team

Although Arthas can be played as an offensive Bruiser, he is also capable of protecting his allies very efficiently. If one of your teammembers gets caught off guard by an enemy Warrior or melee Assassin, you should immediately try to assist them by casting Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast on the engaging Hero and slowing them with Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest. Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa can be an incredibly effective tool to keep charging enemies away from your Assassins and Specialists in the backline, but you should keep in mind that it needs about 2 seconds to be activated. Depending on whether you took the talent at Level 16 or not, Frostmourne Feeds Icon Frostmourne Feeds causes Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers to slow the advance of an enemy initiatior as well.

3.3. Skirmishes

Skirmishes are fights in which neither of the teams really commits to going all in. Most of the time you will encounter skirmishes around map objectives or in the vicinity of Mercenary Camps. Unlike in team fights, when playing Arthas you may want to hold on to your skills and see how events are going to unfold. Keep your Basic Abilities, Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast in particular, ready in case one of your allies gets caught a little too deep. Save your Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead or Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa until the real battle begins. A skirmish will probably end up in a team fight sooner or later if neither one of the teams decides to retreat.

4. Summary of Tips and Tricks

  • Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa is an incredibly versatile Heroic Ability; use it to catch fleeing enemies, to initiate team fights, to disable structures, or to slow down engaging enemies.
  • While Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead is active, consuming ghouls should be your top priority to keep Arthas sustained.
  • Press ALT+Q to heal yourself very quickly using Death Coil Icon Death Coil.
  • Arthas is an incredibly powerful duelist before Level 10, so try to use that to your advantage by bullying and harassing them in 1v1 situations.
  • If you find yourself in a difficult spot during the laning phase, use Death Coil Icon Death Coil to heal yourself and Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers to restore some of your Mana.
  • Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest is incredibly useful to destroy Zagara's Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumors.

5. ChangeLog

  • 17 May 2016: Despite Arthas' talent rework in Chromie's patch, the strategy for playing him remains the same, so we simply updated mentions of outdated/removed talents in this page.
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