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Auriel Build Guide “Diablo is vanquished, and all evil with him.”

Last updated on Nov 30, 2016 at 22:34 by Straften 14 comments

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General Information

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

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

Sacred Sweep Blind Build

While also built around Sacred Sweep Icon Sacred Sweep, this build sacrifices damage to allow Auriel to reliably apply Blind to enemy Heroes. It can cripple team compositions that rely on Basic Attacks for most of their damage.

Sacred Sweep Damage Build

This build focuses on dealing AoE with Sacred Sweep Icon Sacred Sweep. It is extremely effective for clearing Minions, and will apply noticeable map pressure to games where it is used. This build will also help Auriel deal increased damage in team fights, increasing her healing in turn.

Detainment Strike Build

Heavy Burden Icon Heavy Burden combined with the increased push range provided by Repelling Strike Icon Repelling Strike can often result in picks for Auriel's team. This build is best when Auriel has a strong frontline, as healing those allies will also cause damage to the enemy Heroes next to them.

Synergies and Counters

Auriel synergizes with

Auriel can bring amazing amounts of healing into a match; however, she can be prevented from healing at all sometimes. For this reason, Auriel does very well with a secondary support on her team. Another powerful strategy for ensuring Auriel will be able to heal reliably is to draft Cho'gall, due to the fact that Bestow Hope Icon Bestow Hope will gather energy from both of them.

Auriel is countered by

Auriel is countered by dive compositions that can successfully engage, even with Crystal Aegis in play. The cooldown on Ray of Heaven Icon Ray of Heaven prevents it from saving allies from the most aggressive plays, even in cases where Bestow Hope Icon Bestow Hope is able to refill the energy for a second cast immediately.

Maps

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

Auriel does well on maps where waveclear is important, because she can use Sacred Sweep Icon Sacred Sweep to efficiently clear enemy Minions. She thrives on maps with tightly packed obstacles, where she can get the most value out of Detainment Strike Icon Detainment Strike. Some maps promote teams to group as early as Level 1, which gives Auriel multiple options for Bestow Hope Icon Bestow Hope right from the start.

TL;DR Tips

  • Sacred Sweep Icon Sacred Sweep gives you good waveclear, and decent damage in team fights. Use it to build up Energy whenever it is available.
  • Try to get the most value out of your Energy by casting Ray of Heaven Icon Ray of Heaven on multiple allies.
  • Detainment Strike Icon Detainment Strike can be a great tool to setup kills in tight corridors; however, don't hesitate to use it just to peel pursuing enemies.
  • Be aware of your allies and move Bestow Hope Icon Bestow Hope to an ally who is positioning to deal damage.
  • Like other Stasis effects, Crystal Aegis Icon Crystal Aegis can be used to save allies from targeted Abilities.

2. Overview

Auriel is a ranged Support who turns her team's damage into AoE burst healing. Although she relies directly upon her team's combat effectiveness to perform well, she greatly amplifies a winning team's momentum. When paired with another support who can provide her with increased mobility and supplimenal healing, she can be exceptionally powerful.

3. Strengths

  • Great waveclear for a Support
  • Strong AoE Burst heal when at full Energy
  • Can bring dead Heroes back to life
  • Good disengage via Detainment Strike Icon Detainment Strike

4. Weaknesses

  • Low mobility
  • Susceptible to dive
  • Cannot heal without storing Energy via combat
  • Very weak by when isolated

5. Role In The Current Meta

Auriel is usually best played as a secondary support. This is because she cannot heal at all under certain circumstances, and may need the assistance of another healer in order to build up her Energy efficiently. Due to her lack of mobility, she does well with Heroes who can help her to reposition when needed. She can be very strong against enemy team compositions reliant on Basic Attacks, as Blinding Flash Icon Blinding Flash can be used to prevent a lot of their damage. Although she is not perfect for every team composition, she can be truly remarkable with the right Heroes by her side.

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