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Dehaka Build Guide “Collect their Essence!”

Last updated on Oct 08, 2016 at 07:20 by Straften 7 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Dehaka guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Dehaka 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

Waveclear Build: great waveclear and maintains a strong team fight pressence

Team Fight Build: Allows constant AoE damage during team fights

Gank Build: Maximize move speed and focus on picking off Heroes

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

Ability Usage:

  • Use Dark Swarm Icon Dark Swarm to walk through enemies or team mates who are blocking you; however, be mindful that you cannot block enemies while it is active.
  • Drag Icon Drag enables you walk through the target without the use of Dark Swarm. Consider moving into a blocking position instead of pulling the target.
  • Maximize your map presence by evaluating options for Brushstalker Icon Brushstalker before it is off cooldown.
  • Try to have Essence Collection Icon Essence Collection full and available for team fights. For healing outside of team fights you can fountain or hearthstone, using Brushstalker to get back into action quickly.
  • Use Isolation Icon Isolation on key assassins or supports to get the most out of it.

2. Introduction

Dehaka is an aggressive Warrior with a strong map presence. Powerful self-sustain from Essence Collection Icon Essence Collection makes him very hard to kill. Dark Swarm Icon Dark Swarm enables him to break apart enemy formations during fights, while his brutal single target crowd control can incapacitate key targets.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

5. Role in the Current Meta

Dehaka is a strong pick as an off-tank Warrior. Although he has high health and amazing regenerative potential, the absence of gap-closers and lack of good early game damage mitigation make him less than ideal as a primary tank. Dehaka's kit makes him highly disruptive in team fights. His ability to walk through enemies with Dark Swarm Icon Dark Swarm allows for positioning options which cannot be ignored by the enemy team, because Symbiosis Icon Symbiosis deals potentially constant AoE damage to nearby foes. Brushstalker Icon Brushstalker gives him unique opportunities to gank, and lets him soak experience longer than other Warriors while still being able to arrive to team fights and objectives on time. Dehaka is strong on teams that have existing crowd-control abilities that can setup Drag Icon Drag and Isolation Icon Isolation. Reliably landing these abilities on key targets is an important part of using him well.

6. Contents

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

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