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Illidan Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Jun 02, 2016 at 15:24 by Oxygen 33 comments

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General Information

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

The other pages of our Illidan 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 Illidan Works Well With

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

1.1. Reghar

Rehgar Portrait Rehgar's entire kit synergises very well with Illidan. He has the highest single target burst healing in the game, allowing him to adequately heal you, even without the assistance of additional healers. Since you are able to stick to your target so well, Rehgar's Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield is able to deal its full damage, so Rehgar should always cast this ability on you. This type of interaction is not possible with most other Heroes. Rehgar and Illidan is one of the strongest duos in the game.

1.2. Abathur

Abathur Portrait Your constant stickiness to targets allows Abathur's Symbiote Icon Symbiote to always be within range to deal damage, so you should be the primary Symbiote target. Abathur's Symbiote can also provide you with a shield and a 25% Attack Speed increase (Adrenal Overload Icon Adrenal Overload). Abathur is able to assist you at any time or place.

1.3. Tassadar

Tassadar Portrait Tassadar's Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield is extremely strong for soaking up the burst damage that will be directed to you, making you the primary Plasma Shield target. Tassadar provides good vision (in the form of Oracle Icon Oracle), has a strong team fighting and lane presence, and is an excellent support all-around. Tassadar can also get Leeching Plasma Icon Leeching Plasma, further increasing the health you gain when using Basic Attacks.

1.4. Tyrande

Tyrande Portrait Aside from the healing she provides, Tyrande's Trueshot Aura Icon Trueshot Aura, stuns, vision, and massive area of effect via Starfall Icon Starfall all work to complement you.

2. Heroes Illidan Is Countered By

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

2.1. Tychus

Tychus Portrait Overkill Icon Overkill deals very high damage that is impossible for you to avoid or interrupt. Tychus, while in Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin, is generally in the very back of fights, and targeting Tychus will usually cause you to overextend, away from your healers. Recently, Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill, instead of Odin, has become a popular choice, which is even more of a problem for you, as Evasion Icon Evasion does not prevent the damage.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Tychus

The Laser Drill should be killed off as quickly as possible if the fight lasts for more than a few seconds. Not only are Overkill and Laser Drill difficult to deal with, Tychus' Basic Attacks do an insanely high amount of damage, so always be ready to use Evasion Icon Evasion to avoid them.

2.2. Li Li

Li Li Portrait The two major problems Li Li poses for you are Blinding Wind Icon Blinding Wind and Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups. The blind effect significantly reduces your damage, while also preventing Betrayer's Thirst Icon Betrayer's Thirst (your trait) from working.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Li Li

Li Li's Jug of 1,000 Cups, which heals for an inordinate amount, but can be interrupted, is not something you can stop, as you lack any stun, silence, or polymorph. For this reason, you will have to rely on your team to interrupt Li Li. Additionally, Li Li's Fast Feet Icon Fast Feet makes her move too quickly for you to stick to her.

2.3. Azmodan

Azmodan Portrait Azmodan is a formidable foe. Not only does Azmodan have high base health stats, but you cannot interrupt All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn, allowing Azmodan to win duels. Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence at Level 16 and Fifth Circle Icon Fifth Circle at Level 20 making things even more difficult at later points in the game.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Azmodan

Unless Azmodan has low health, you should never fight him alone. All Shall Burn will kill you more quickly than you can kill him. Ask your team to interrupt All Shall Burn when it is cast. Always be aware that Azmodan has no abilities to help him escape, and if he is caught out he will likely die.

2.4. Abathur

Abathur Portrait Abathur's Symbiote Icon Symbiote can appear anywhere on the map, turning fair fights into ones that put you (and your team) at a disadvantage. Symbiote deals a significant amount of burst damage and provides the target with a shield, severely weakening your trading with enemies.

2.4.1. How To Play Against Abathur

A team with Abathur will never win full team fights, since Symbiote is not a replacement for another Hero and Evolve Monstrosity Icon Evolve Monstrosity is usually chosen over Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution. Shy away from fighting in even fights where Abathur will give the enemy a favourable outcome with Symbiote.

2.5. Gazlowe

Gazlowe Portrait Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets are Gazlowe's main source of damage. They provide high, sustained ability damage, which is the best counter to Illidan. Evasion, which is the source of your survivability, will prove virtually useless, as the attacks from the turrets themselves are not dodged. Although his Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge and Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 may not be difficult to dodge, getting hit by either will usually lead to more crowd control being used, followed shortly by your death.

2.5.1. How To Play Against Gazlowe

Gazlowe's strengths are contrasted by his clear weaknesses. Rock-It! Turrets must be setup prior to fights and Xplodium Charge and Grav-O-Bomb 3000 have fairly long cast timers. You will want to fight Gazlowe when he is unprepared with no turrets set up. If you are forced to fight Gazlowe with his turrets, around a map objective for example, kill Gazlowe as quickly as possible to prevent him from placing more turrets. If his turrets are placed within the area that a large team fight is taking place, the turrets themselves will die to the area of effect damage from your team.

2.6. Jaina

Jaina Portrait Jaina is a true spellcaster, with almost the entirety of her damage coming from her abilities. This means that Evasion will be completely ineffective against her. Frostbite Icon Frostbite, a slow that will affect you if damaged by any of Jaina's abilities, makes her hard to stick to. Additionally, Jaina deals all of her damage immediately upon entering the fight, and if you are without your defensive cooldowns or healer, you will die.

2.6.1. How To Play Against Jaina

Jaina dealing all of her damage immediately is actually beneficial for you, as you can reduce most of her damage within the 2 seconds Sixth Sense is active. This means that if the enemy team has a Jaina, you will want to save Evasion for her, if possible. Although Jaina can slow you with Frostbite and run away, she cannot do so if she is crowd controlled. Jaina herself is very weak and will die quickly to you if she is made immobile, even if it is just for a second or two. Similarly to Tychus' Laser Drill, Jaina's Water Elemental should be killed if the fight extends for more than a few seconds.

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