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Diablo Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Oct 16, 2015 at 10:04 by Oxygen 12 comments

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General Information

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

The other pages of our Diablo 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. Heroes Diablo Works Well With

In this section, we will look at the heroes that work particularly well with Diablo.

1.1. Rehgar

Rehgar Portrait Rehgar excels at healing melee Heroes; since Diablo is likely to require healing when engaging, a healer with strong burst healing and an on demand shield that also provides area of effect damage (Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield + Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield) has everything a sticky tank could ask for. Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem can even be used to improve Diablo's uptime, and ease body blocking maneuvers.

1.2. Kerrigan

Kerrigan Portrait Kerrigan and Diablo form a formidable diving team. Their basic abilities play off of each other extremely well due to their long and reliable combined crowd control potential. They can they deal an impressive amount of area of effect damage when combining their respective area of effect Heroic abilities, Lightning Breath Icon Lightning Breath and Maelstrom Icon Maelstrom. However, coordination is key so as to not Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge potential kill targets out of Kerrigan's own combo.

1.3. Tyrande

Tyrande Portrait Since Diablo's crowd control chain is so reliable, Tyrande players can easily follow up with a devastating Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare hit and Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark to secure kills against most isolated foes. Tyrande's Starfall Icon Starfall works particularly well with Diablo's own Lightning Breath Icon Lightning Breath, as the staggered area of effect damage, combined with Starfall's slowing effect, is enough to force any team to momentarily retreat or suffer casualties.

2. Heroes Diablo Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at the heroes that counter Diablo particularly well.

2.1. Leoric

Leoric Portrait Leoric has several ways of dealing damage based on his target's maximum Health, making him a powerful adversary for Diablo, who has the most Health in the game. Leoric's Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk lets him freely nullify all of Diablo's crowd control.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Leoric

Leoric is considered to be a very hard counter to Diablo; as such, you should absolutely avoid drafting him unless Leoric was already picked by your team, or was otherwise banned. If this is not the case, there are still a few things you can do to improve your effectiveness. Leoric's main ability, Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, is a line skillshot that can be avoided by sidestepping; its use is generally predictable, as Leoric players often simply try and directly walk up to you in order to cast the ability. In general you should completely avoid using your abilities against Leoric unless there is a form of vulnerability effect provided by a teammate to soften him up. Should you find yourself the target of Entomb Icon Entomb, Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge can be used in a pinch to free yourself.

2.2. Raynor

Raynor Portrait Raynor has a reliable knockback effect, in the form of Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round, that very effectively keeps you away from him. Certain talents of his, such as Revolution Overdrive Icon Revolution Overdrive and Relentless Leader Icon Relentless Leader, make engaging him even more difficult as he levels up.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Raynor

Raynor relies on a specific ability (Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round) to keep you away; pay attention to its use so that you may capitalise on the relatively long cooldowns to make your approach. In general, however, you must rely on allies to follow up your initiation, typically with more ranged crowd control of their own. You may also wish to consider using Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse over Lightning Breath Icon Lightning Breath so as to create more opportunities to engage. Flanking, especially from Brushes, can also allow you to catch Raynor by surprise, as he lacks a reliable scouting tool.

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