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Kael'thas Map-specific Advice and Strategies

Last updated on Apr 07, 2016 at 20:00 by Micekrispies 21 comments

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General Information

On this page, we give you map strategies for Kael'thas. Knowing what to do on a map and when to do it is extremely important and can be the deciding factor between losing or winning.

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. Battlefield of Eternity

Battlefield of Eternity
Battlefield of Eternity

The High Heavens and the Burning Hells clash, quite literally, in a battlefield that represents their everlasting struggle. Two Immortals, ancient warriors locked in a duel to the death, need your help to prevail against their eternal foe. Vanquish the enemy Immortal, and you'll find yourself charging over hallowed or profane ground—right onto the enemy's doorstep.

Engage in Immortal Combat

Two Immortals fight at the center of the map. Help your Immortal prevail, and lay waste to the enemy's Forts.

Employ Eternal Tactics

Protect your Immortal by obliterating the opposing team, or descend upon the enemy Immortal with relentless fury.

Hire Unique Mercenaries

Bolster your forces with Fallen Shaman and cunning Impalers, who will lend their powers to your cause!

Battlefield of Eternity is a large map of average duration, with only two lanes instead of three. It favours Heroes with sustained healing and damage. The large number of bushes and multiple choke-points puts an emphasis on flanking, making low mobility Heroes more vulnerable.

The sustained playstyle and multiple choke-points of Battlefield of Eternity suits Kael'thas perfectly, but only once he reaches late game. Early game, he is very underwhelming, as he does not provide enough damage to justify his low health and mobility. Play as safely as possible, by not overextending and staying in the back of team fights. Do not pressure objectives too early into the game, you want to try and play for the late game, where his effectiveness drastically increases with Phoenix Icon Phoenix and Fury of the Sunwell Icon Fury of the Sunwell at Levels 10 and 16 respectively.

2. Blackheart's Bay

Blackheart's Bay
Blackheart's Bay

The ghost pirate Blackheart has staked his claim upon the realm of Mistharbor. His undead pirate crew has poured onto the streets, claiming the once thriving marketplace as their new den of villainy.

Collect Doubloons

Attack treasure chests, mercenaries, and skeletons to collect doubloons.

Turn in Doubloons

Hand your doubloons over to Blackheart or you will drop them all when you die!

Bombard Your Enemies

After receiving enough doubloons from your team, Blackheart will bombard your enemy's forts!

Blackheart's Bay is a very large map of long duration. It has plenty of Mercenary Camps, Pirate Camps, and large open areas.

Since you lack any source of mobility, try to never be alone, in case you get ganked. Stay with your team in the top two lanes, but be sure to react to the Chests when they spawn. Although there are few choke points on this map, the openness discourages enemy Heroes from flanking you. It also gives you a good idea of where the enemy team is at all times, as well as giving you plenty of space to cast Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike from maximum range.

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb with Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres can quickly destroy Chests. Be sure not to double-tap Living Bomb so that you get the full duration of the damage over time.

3. Cursed Hollow

Cursed Hollow
Cursed Hollow

As one of the first and most ancient realms pulled into the Nexus, the realm of Raven Court has grown large and prosperous over the millennia. The province of Cursed Hollow, a gothic landscape of twisting villages and farmlands, serves as an ideal trial grounds for the Heroes of the Storm.

Collect Tributes

The Raven Lord will periodically create tributes. Gather them for your team!

Curse Your Enemies

Upon capturing three tributes, the Raven Lord will curse your enemies.

Cursed Forts and Minions

Cursed forts will not attack, and cursed minions are reduced to 1 health.

Cursed Hollow is a very large map of average duration. It features plenty of choke points, environmental walls, and bushes.

Kael'thas is a fairly effective mid laner, but he also works well with allies. Clear your lane as quickly as possible and look for ganks with Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse, but be very careful if the enemy team is doing the same thing, as you are extremely vulnerable when alone in the open. The numerous choke points are extremely advantageous to you, as they force the enemy team to group together, magnifying your damage. Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike is very effective at preventing Heroes from channelling the Tributes.

4. Dragon Shire

Dragon Shire
Dragon Shire

These lush and deceptively peaceful gardens have grown over time, covering the once molten realm known as Dragon Spire. Beneath this verdant paradise, the ancient power of the dragons was sealed away... and their descendants have neither forgotten nor forgiven the trespasses of those who wronged them.

Control the Shrines

There are two shrines your team needs to control to activate the Dragon Knight's statue.

Free the Dragon Knight

While activated, bring a hero to the statue to free the Dragon Knight from his prison!

Devastate Enemy Forts

Use the Dragon Knight's immense power to level enemy forts!

Dragon Shire is an average sized map of long duration. It is a very straightforward map.

Kael'thas is a fairly effective mid laner, but he also works well with allies. Clear your lane as quickly as possible and look for ganks with Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse, but be very careful if the enemy team is doing the same thing, as you are extremely vulnerable. Dragon Shire's layout severely discourages flanking and most fights will be head-on. This is because the lanes are not big enough for enemy Heroes to walk past your team without being targeted. Take advantage of this safety by constantly poking with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb.

5. Garden of Terror

Garden of Terror
Garden of Terror

Once the royal gardens were a splendor to behold. But lately a shadow has fallen over them... Writhing tendrils creep across the grounds at night, and a number of servants have disappeared while walking its twisting paths. Queen Nightshade claims to be unaware of these incidents, but some are beginning to suspect she has gone mad.

Fight the Shamblers

At night, Shamblers will rise from the gardens.

Collect Seeds

Kill the Shamblers and collect seeds for your team.

Control Garden Terror

With 100 seeds, control a garden terror and destroy your enemies!

Garden of Terror is an average sized map of very long duration. It contains the most Mercenary Camps in the game (not including Boss and Pirate Camps).

Lane alone or with allies, but be wary when rotating to different lanes, as Garden of Terror has paths that easily allow the enemy team to gank you. The many walls on this map allow you to cast Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike and Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb from a very safe position, and punish enemy teams that try to force take the Garden Terror Seeds without first dealing with you.

6. Sky Temple

Sky Temple
Sky Temple

Floating above the vast desert sands of Luxoria, the Sky Temple serves as a center of worship for the snake god, Ka. He stores his great power within the temples, each of them secured by guardians. With such defenses, no warriors would think to seize the god's power for themselves... or would they?

Capture the Temples

Temples will periodically awaken. Stand within their grounds to capture their power!

Hold the Temples

Remain firm and the temple will unleash a blistering onslaught on your enemy's forts!

Defend the Temples

Guardians will try to wrest control of their temples from your team. Hold them off to keep the temple's power for yourselves!

Sky Temple is a large map of short duration. Team fights occur very early into the game, similarly to Haunted Mines, but unlike Haunted Mines, Sky Temple offers an additional lane and more Mercenary Camps.

Play normally when the Temples are inactive, clearing lanes and ganking when possible. Once the Temples activate, poke enemy Heroes standing on the capture point with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb, softening them up or forcing them to retreat. When you are defending a capture point, poke extremely aggressively and do so before they reach the Temple, giving you more time to damage them. If enemies do commit to the Temple or they pass through a choke point, Phoenix Icon Phoenix becomes extremely effective. This is especially true if the enemy team becomes trapped in a corner with no where to run. Phoenix can also be used to keep the enemy off of the capture point.

7. Tomb of the Spider Queen

Tomb of the Spider Queen
Tomb of the Spider Queen

The long forgotten tombs of Luxoria have found a new master. Deep within their timeworn chambers, the Spider Queen Neithis stirs from her ancient slumber. Present her with the gems of power she seeks, and you may just escape with your lives.

Collect Gems

Enemy spider minions and Heroes drop magical gems upon death. Gather as many as you can!

Turn in Gems

Relinquish your gems at one of the Spider Queen's altars or you will drop them all when you die!

Summon Webweavers

Whichever team turns in enough gems first will unleash the Webweavers to destroy their enemy's defenses.

Tomb of the Spider Queen is a small map of average duration. It places more importance on the Hero kills themselves than the objectives, which can be taken when Heroes are dead. There are very few Mercenary Camps.

Be extremely careful when laning on this map. The numerous bushes, paths, and confined spaces make it very dangerous for a low health, low mobility mage to walk in between lanes. When waveclearing, do not kill the caster minions if they are pushed too far into the lane, as this will make grabbing the Gems very risky. Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike is very effective at interrupting enemy Heroes trying to turn in. Phoenix Icon Phoenix is extremely powerful in the numerous choke points throughout the map or to help clear big minion waves when the enemy team is pushing with a Webweaver or Boss.

8. Infernal Shrines

Infernal Shrines
Infernal Shrines

Demonic corruption threatens the Gardens of Hope. Called forth by the Shrines, Punishers prowl the battlefield, terrifying creatures that live to destroy heroes. Defeat the Shrines' Guardians before your enemies do, and the next Punisher will fight for you; fail, and face the demon's wrath.

Activate the Shrines

The Infernal Shrines periodically gather power. Activate them and prepare for a fight.

Defeat Guardians

Slay 30 Guardians before the enemy team to bring forth a mighty Punisher.

Beware the Punisher

Punishers have one of three devastating powers. Be careful, they focus on attacking heroes above all else.

9. Towers of Doom

Towers of Doom
Towers of Doom

The Grave Keeper and the Raven Lord are engaged in a classic battle of evil versus… different evil? Protective magic shields your Core from enemy Heroes, but nothing will save you from these two masters of the dark arts. Hold the Bell Towers, capture the Altars, and unleash your wicked benefactor's power on your enemies.

Protected Cores

Both Cores are protected by a barrier that cannot be attacked by Heroes. To be victorious, you must activate Altars.

Activate Altars

Periodically Altars will rise across the battlefield. Activate them to have your Bell Towers fire upon the enemy's Core.

Claim Bell Towers

Destroy your enemy's Towers to bring them under your team's control. The more Towers you have, the more damage an Altar will do.

10. 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.
  • 11 Jul. 2015: Added Battlefield of Eternity.
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