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Kael'thas Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Apr 07, 2016 at 20:00 by Micekrispies 17 comments

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General Information

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

The other pages of our Kael'thas can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Heroes Kael'thas Works Well With

In this section, we will look at Heroes that work particularly well with Kael'thas.

1.1. E.T.C.

E.T.C. Portrait E.T.C. is a powerful Tank that is able to peel any aggressors away from you. Since Kael'thas lacks any mobility of his own, having allies that can peel for you is very important. Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit and Powerslide Icon Powerslide can be used to hold enemy Heroes in place while you use your AoE abilities on them, especially Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb and Phoenix Icon Phoenix.

1.2. Uther

Uther Portrait Uther is able to lock down targets with Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice and Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm, allowing you to use Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb and Phoenix Icon Phoenix more easily. Uther can also use Holy Light Icon Holy Light, Holy Radiance Icon Holy Radiance, Cleanse Icon Cleanse, and Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield to keep you alive if you are prioritised by enemy Assassins. Uther is the perfect Support Hero to keep Kael'thas alive.

2. Heroes Kael'thas Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at Heroes that counter Kael'thas particularly well.

2.1. Illidan

Illidan Portrait Illidan is a nimble melee fighter. He does a lot of damage, takes a lot of damage, is extremely sticky, and it is very difficult to hit him with skillshots. If left alone, Illidan will almost always beat you in a 1v1 situation.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Illidan

The best way to kill Illidan is to focus him and correctly time your abilities. Sixth Sense Icon Sixth Sense makes Evasion Icon Evasion reduce all damage dealt to him by 50%, so you want to use your abilities once Evasion has worn off. Dive Icon Dive and Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike give Illidan a ton of mobility, making him impossible to peel away from you, unless you chain crowd control onto him, which requires the assistance of your team. He also has numerous tricks to keep himself alive, such as Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis. It is very important that you do not miss Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse on Illidan, since he will likely kill you otherwise. Stay at maximum Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb range, so that if he does jump on you, he will be alone and easily focused.

2.2. Jaina

Jaina Portrait Jaina, like Nova, can deal a massive amount of burst damage, killing you instantly. If you do manage to survive her combo, Frostbite Icon Frostbite and Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental will permanently slow you, allowing her or her allies to finish you off.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Jaina

Jaina's biggest weakness is her short range and low mobility; she must put herself at risk in order to deal damage. However, Jaina will usually flank enemy heroes, taking them by surprise when they least expect it. Always be aware of Jaina's burst damage and tell your tanks to peel for you. Be wary of bushes, other areas that you lack vision, and choke-points. Additionally, attempt to stay just out of range of Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, as it is her key ability to setup and deal additional damage.

2.3. Nova

Nova Portrait Nova deals an unprecedented amount of damage and is able to deal damage equal to the majority of your health within a second. Permanent Cloak, Sniper Icon Permanent Cloak, Sniper makes her difficult to spot and very effective at flanking you and your allies.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Nova

Although Nova will be able to deal damage equal to the majority of your life, she cannot kill you in one rotation of her abilities, unless she hits you with Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike or Triple Tap Icon Triple Tap, both of which can be avoided. That being said, losing almost all of your health will force you out of a team fight, unless you have a Healer to restore it. If Nova is in the game, always keep an eye out for the shimmer of her Permanent Cloak. However, if you are able to catch Nova or reveal her with your AoE abilities, she will die very quickly, especially later into the game. She is so squishy that a single late game Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb does enough damage to scare her off.

3. ChangeLog

  • 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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