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Leoric Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Jul 30, 2015 at 15:05 by Kendric 18 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Leoric in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. Everything you need to know is explained, from general gameplay to specific tips and tricks.

The other pages of our Leoric can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. 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 Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. General Leoric Strategy

Playing Leoric requires a keen eye during all stages of the game. Whether you protect your allies from an enemy assault or initiate a team fight, as a Warrior it is your primary task to appear at the right places at the right time. To do so, tracking the Minimap is of the essence. This is especially true while Undying Icon Undying is active, as Leoric is the only Hero who is capable of revealing the enemy team's location after dying. Even though Leoric is a very durable laner who can hold his own against almost any Hero in the game, he should never stay in one place for too long. Instead, he should make sure to rotate between lanes in order to assist his teammates and collect as many Regeneration Globes as possible if Reanimation Icon Reanimation was picked at Level (which we strongly recommend on most maps). During the mid-late game, Leoric's tasks may vary depending on the situation he finds himself in, however, they will mostly include:

Leoric does not require a lot of mechanical skill, because most of his abilities are very straightforward and easy to use. The biggest difficulty new players might encounter during their first games as Leoric is to correctly use Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope. In order to do so it is important to keep in mind that Drain Hope deals more damage against Heroes with high maximum health. Thus, the spell becomes more efficient against Warriors and certain Specialists like Azmodan or Sgt. Hammer. Besides knowing how to use Drain Hope, timing Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is of the essence when playing Leoric. This ability is Leoric's only source of mobility and can be used both defensively and offensively. If used defensively, Wraith Walk allows Leoric to negate enemy crowd control which enables him to quickly reposition himself and retreat from the enemy. If used offensively, Wraith Walk assists Leoric in chasing fleeing enemies due to the increased movement speed of up to 50% it provides.

During the early stages of game, your main goal is to use Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing in order to waveclear and relieve lane pressure. While Leoric is a solid ganker, his true strength lies in dominating his lane and gathering Regeneration Globes to gain as manyReanimation Icon Reanimation stacks as possible.

After both teams reached Level 10, laning becomes a little bit less important, which means you should focus on sticking together with the rest of your team to fight for Map Objectives. Leoric has to rely on good positioning more than most other Heroes, due to the fact that he lacks gap closing abilities while his Wraith Walk is on cooldown. However, once you manage to get close to an enemy Hero, it will become very difficult for them to escape your Skeletal Swing and, if chosen at Level 10, your Entomb Icon Entomb.

2. When Not Team Fighting

While team fights do occur quite frequently in Heroes of the Storm, it is equally important to know what you are supposed to do during the rest of the game. Unfortunately, Leoric is not very good at clearing Mercenary Camps on his own due to his slow attack speed. Thus, you should always make sure to use pings on the Minimap or communicate via team chat before engaging Mercenaries. Capturing a Bruiser Camp on maps like Sky Temple or Cursed Hollow shortly before the next Map Objective spawns can become quite crucial and heavily influence the outcome of the early game. If no Map Objectives are currently available, or if your team is about to capture one, your next goal should be to make sure that all lanes are soaked, especially before your team has hit Level 10.

How to position yourself when moving around with your teammates is another thing we consider worth mentioning. While marching through enemy territory, Leoric should always be at the forefront to stand between the enemy and his team's backline. We cannot stress enough how important good positioning is when playing Leoric, since he lacks gap closing abilities that would allow him to engage enemies over short distances. Keep in mind that activating Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk to compensate for bad positioning is not recommended. By the same token, Leoric should try to actively cover injured allies who are on the retreat by using his massive body to intercept potential spells and attacks directed against them.

3. When Team Fighting

Playing Leoric effectively during a team fight can be a challenging, yet very rewarding experience, as a well placed Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, followed by the self-sustain and damage-over-time provided by Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, has the potential to allow your team a solid engagement on the enemy team. In general, we like to distinguish between three types of team fights to make things easier, especially for newer and less experienced players.

3.1. Team Fights Started By Your Team

If you opted to choose Entomb Icon Entomb at Level 10 you should always use this Heroic Ability to initiate on the enemy team, as it is much more difficult to cast a good Entomb in the middle of a team fight. Heroes that lack any form of innate escape mechanisms, such as Jaina or Tyrande, should be your main targets. By the same token, you should not cast Entomb on enemy Warriors unless they are already on the brink of death.

When playing Leoric it is of utmost importance to constantly check two factors before fully committing to a larger fight. First of all, you have to make sure that your teammates, especially the Support player, are within reach to follow up on your initiation. Unlike more mobile Warriors such as Tyrael or Anub'arak, Leoric usually does not have to worry about getting separated from his team, but we still recommend double checking your team's position on the Minimap before going all in against the enemy team. Next, you need to determine if the enemy team decides to fight back or not. If they do, follow up with Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing and activate Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope. However, if the enemy team decides to retreat from you, you should remain calm and refrain from casting any long cooldown abilities, such as Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal or Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield.

3.2. Team Fights Started By The Enemy Team

Although Leoric can be played as an offensive Bruiser, he is also capable of protecting his allies very efficiently. If one of your teammembers gets caught off guard by an enemy Warrior or melee Assassin, you should immediately try to assist them by casting Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing on the engaging Hero and potentially body blocking them. Entomb Icon Entomb can be an incredibly effective tool to keep charging enemies away from your Assassins and Specialists in the backline, but you should keep in mind that this manoeuvre could put you in a dangerous spot as well.

3.3. Skirmishes

Skirmishes are fights in which neither of the teams really commits to going all in. Most of the time you will encounter skirmishes around map objectives or in the vicinity of Mercenary Camps. Unlike in team fights, when playing Leoric you may want to hold on to your skills and see how events are going to unfold. Keep your Basic Abilities, Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk in particular, ready in case one of your allies gets caught a little too deep. Save your Entomb Icon Entomb or March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King until the real battle begins. A skirmish will probably end up in a team fight sooner or later if neither one of the teams decides to retreat.

4. Summary of Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure to use March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King against as many enemies as possible in order to maximise your damage and self-heal.
  • Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal and Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality can be used while Undying Icon Undying is active in order to resurrect more quickly.
  • If you took Reanimation Icon Reanimation at Level 1, collecting Regeneration Globes while Undying Icon Undying is active also accelerates Leoric's resurrection process.
  • Try to dodge enemy crowd control abilities by using Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk in time.
  • Assist your team as much as possible while Undying Icon Undying is active by slowing enemies and providing vision on bushes and other vision-obscuring terrain.
  • Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk allows you to walk through enemy Gates.
  • Due to their high health pool, Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is particularly effective if used on enemy Warriors.

5. ChangeLog

  • 30 Jul. 2015: Added strategy explanations (in order to release the guide the day after Leoric's patch, we had skipped part of the content).
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