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Raynor Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Sep 01, 2015 at 11:03 by Kendric 12 comments

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General Information

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

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

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Rank 1 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. Heroes Raynor Works Well With

In this section, we will look at the heroes that work particularly well with Raynor.

1.1. Illidan

Illidan Portrait Illidan benefits greatly from Inspire Icon Inspire, which provides him with a significant attack speed buff. Furthermore, Illidan draws a lot of attention to himself allowing Raynor to damage enemies relatively undisturbed from a distance.

1.2. Kharazim

Kharazim Portrait Kharazim's innately high attack speed gets increased even further by Raynor's Inspire Icon Inspire ability. This can greaty improve Kharazim's combat performance, since faster attack speed makes each of his Level 1 talents more efficient. In return, Raynor benefits from Kharazim's outstanding single target protection potential, especially after Level 10.

1.3. Leoric

Leoric Portrait Leoric attacks very slowly which is why Raynor's Inspire Icon Inspire can work wonders on him. Besides that, Leoric possesses great waveclear which balances out Raynor's strong single target damage. Last but not least, Hyperion Icon Hyperion and Entomb Icon Entomb form a deadly combination, especially on smaller maps such as Infernal Shrines or Tomb of the Spider Queen.

2. Heroes Raynor Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at the heroes that counter Raynor particularly well.

2.1. Tyrael

Tyrael Portrait Tyrael is one of the most dangerous initiatiors thanks to his Judgment Icon Judgment Heroic Ability. As Raynor, who lacks any form of innate escape mechanism, you will probably end up being one of his primary targets to engage on. Furthermore, Tyrael's Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will talent can slow Raynor's attack speed quite significantly.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Tyrael

The most important thing to keep in mind when playing against hard-engaging Heroes like Tyrael is to always position yourself close to your Support and, if possible, behind your Warrior. Doing so will make it a lot more difficult for Tyrael's team to follow up on his initiation. If you happen to lane against Tyrael, make sure to use your superior range and harass him with your Basic Attacks. However, pay close attention to El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might's cooldown, as Tyrael will likely use it to close the distance between him and you. If El'Druin's Might was used, Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round provides some excellent disengage to knock Tyrael back from you.

2.2. Johanna

Johanna Portrait The blind effect provided by Johanna's Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare poses a serious threat to Raynor's Basic Attacks. Furthermore, her innate resilience makes it very hard for Raynor to actually damage her. Due to Raynor's lack of mobility, Johanna will have an easy time catching him with her Condemn Icon Condemn as well.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Johanna

Avoid getting hit by Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare at all cost by keeping a healthy distance from Johanna. It is, in general, a very bad idea to chase or duel Johanna as well, since chances of her outsustaining you are fairly high. Instead, you should focus on assisting your allies and try to pressure more fragile targets in the enemy team's backlines with the help of you Banshees (if you chose Raynor's Raiders Icon Raynor's Raiders at Level 10). When playing against very resilient Warriors like Johanna, we recommend picking up Giant Killer Icon Giant Killer to increase the overall damage of your Basic Attacks against them.

2.3. Zeratul

Zeratul Portrait Zeratul is a very dangerous Hero for every ranged Assassin due to his exceptionally high burst damage and his Blink Icon Blink ability which is a great gap-closer. Unfortunately for Raynor, he does not really have any reliable way of revealing Zeratul other than hitting him with his Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round, which is not an easy thing to do.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Zeratul

Scouting and patience is of utmost importance when facing Zeratul on the battlefield. Picking defensive talents like Give Me More! Icon Give Me More! and Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm can drastically increase your chance of surviving against Zeratul. Also, you should make sure to keep a close distance to your Support at all times, because you do not want to be out of range for their heals and shields. If Zeratul shows himself or gets revealed, Raynor's Raiders Icon Raynor's Raiders can be a great asset to keep him visible due to the Banshees' superior movement speed.

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