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Leoric Build Guide “All will suffer as I have suffered!”

Last updated on Aug 09, 2016 at 17:45 by Kendric 22 comments

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General Information

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

KendricSwissh is a Grand Master in both Hero and Team League, playing most Warrior and Support. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called HGC Hightlights. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Quick Reference

Survivability Build: high self-sustain with low death timer

Entomb Build: high damage with great waveclear

Drain Hope Build: powerful self-healing combined with strong single-target damage

Leoric synergizes with
Leoric is countered by
Leoric's stronger maps Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen
Leoric's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Garden of Terror Sky Temple
Leoric's weaker maps None

Ability Usage:

  • Reanimation Icon Reanimation is usually the best talent choice at Level 1.
  • Do not be afraid to sacrifice your life if this means your team gets an important objective in return.
  • Due to their high health pool, Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is particularly effective if used on enemy Warriors.
  • Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk allows you to walk through enemy Gates.
  • Trade your life when it saves one or even several of your teammates, since Undying Icon Undying causes you to resurrect faster than them.

2. Introduction

Leoric is an aggressive melee Warrior with strong self-sustain and great mobility. He excels at dealing high damage through powerful Basic Attacks and close-range abilities, while his survivability allows him to stand his ground even if outnumbered by several enemies. After taking lethal damage, Undying Icon Undying, Leoric's unique trait, causes him to turn into a Ghost capable of moving freely and using abilities to slow enemies. After a certain amount of time (influenced by how abilities are used while in Ghost form), Leoric comes back to life at the current location of the Ghost.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

5. Role In The Current Meta

Leoric fulfills the role of an offensive Bruiser that poses a constant threat to nearby enemies. While he is innately not as durable as other Warriors like Johanna or Muradin, Leoric can nevertheless become quite tanky due to his outstanding self-heal abilities. Besides that, strong defensive talents like Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal or Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield provide enough protection to hold the front line even if threatened by multiple enemy Heroes. However, the fact that Leoric has a hard time closing in on agile Heroes requires him to choose his targets wisely. In order to become a decent Leoric player, it is very important to know when to engage and when to remain patient.

What distinguishes Leoric from any other Warrior is his Undying Icon Undying trait. When Leoric dies, this trait turns him into a Ghost that can freely move around the map, continually regenerating health. As soon as Leoric's Ghost has reached full health, he resurrects at the Ghost's current location, which allows him to immediately rejoin the battle. Although Leoric cannot damage his opponents while Undying is active, he is still able to slow them and accelerate his resurrection process.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 16 May 2016: Changed Undying's description in accordance with the latest Chromie patch.
  • 18 Nov. 2015: Drain Hope's damage dealt and health gained reduced from 25% to 20%.
  • 07 Oct. 2015: Skeletal Swing no longer deals 100% increased damage to Skeletal Defenders on Infernal Shrines.
  • 24 Sep. 2015: Updated Leoric's Quick Reference talent builds.
    • Changed Willing Vessel from Recommended to Not Recommended;
    • Changed Ghastly Reach from Not Recommended to Recommended;
    • Changed Paralyzing Rage from Recommended to Not Recommended;
    • Changed Drain Momentum from Recommended to Situational;
    • Changed Renewed Swing from Not Recommended. to Recommended;
    • Changed Spectral Leech from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 26 Aug. 2015: Changed Unyielding Despair from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Skeletal Swing no longer deals 100% increased damage to Structures.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Changed the description of Imposing Presence in accordance with the latest update. Updated talent descriptions for Reanimation, Ossein Renewal, Consume Vitality, and Willing Vessel, because their effects are now halved during Undying.
  • 30 Jul. 2015: Added ability explanations (in order to release the guide the day after Leoric's patch, we had skipped part of the content).
  • 30 Jul. 2015: Added talent explanations (in order to release the guide the day after Leoric's patch, we had skipped part of the content).
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