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Kael'thas Build Guide “Anar'alah belore!”

Last updated on Nov 10, 2016 at 20:20 by Micekrispies 17 comments

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General Information

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

Micekrispies is a Grand Master Hero League player who has a passion for the MOBA scene and its community. Having over 6 years of experience in the upper divisions of League of Legends, Micekrispies saw Heroes of the Storm as an exciting new endeavor. His priority is to share his knowledge of the MOBA genre with any and all who desire to learn more. Feel free to drop off a comment in the comments section or check out him out on Twitch where he will gladly answer any of your questions.

1. Quick Reference

Flamestrike build: Strong area of effect damage

Verdant Spheres Build: Allows for a versatile playstyle

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

Ability Usage:

2. Introduction

Kael'thas is a ranged Assassin, with an exceptional overall damage potential. All of his abilities deal AoE damage, severely punishing enemy teams that stand close together. However, Kael'thas is a glass-cannon, and his low maximum health and total lack of mobility leave him completely exposed to enemy Assassins and Tanks.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Has extremely low mobility and survivability; positioning is paramount
  • Totally Mana dependent
  • Has difficulty self-peeling enemy Heroes; requires allies' assistance

5. Role in the Current Meta

Kael'thas' sheer amount of damage makes him a good choice for most team compositions, although his complete lack of mobility requires your team to have a solid frontline and good peeling. Otherwise, Heroes, like Zeratul and Tyrael, will kill you immediately in every team fight. Kael'thas is exceptionally good at contesting map objectives and fighting in choke points, as all of his abilities deal AoE damage. Additionally, Phoenix Icon Phoenix can be used either to deal damage or discourage movement past the affected area, effectively zoning entire teams from objectives.

While decent during the early game, Kael'thas only really begins to shine once you hit Level 16, unlocking Sun King's Fury Icon Sun King's Fury or Fury of the Sunwell Icon Fury of the Sunwell, which significantly increase his damage. From this point on, Kael'thas should stay as far back as possible and poke with Living Bomb, Flamestrike, and Basic Attacks. Using Living Bomb in the middle of team fights can absolutely decimate the enemy team.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 17 May 2016: Minor talent change noted, no significant change to strategy or talent build.
  • 04 Apr. 2016: Updated the intro to reflect the significant changes to Kael'thas.
  • 24 Aug. 2015: Updates following Kharazim patch. Chain Bomb is now the key talent following Ignite's removal. Descriptions have been updated to reflect this.
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