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Rexxar Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Sep 18, 2015 at 13:24 by Kendric 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Rexxar 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 Rexxar 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 Rexxar Strategy

Playing Rexxar requires a keen eye and crisp Misha control during all stages of the game. Whether you clear Mercenary Camps, protect your allies from an enemy assault, or initiate a team fight, as Rexxar it is of utmost importance to appear at the right places at the right time. To do so, tracking the Minimap and knowing how to command Misha is of the essence. The following list contains some tips that help newer and less experienced Rexxar players to control Misha more efficiently:

  • In order for Misha to obey Rexxar's commands, namely Misha, Follow! Icon Misha, Follow!, Misha, Attack! Icon Misha, Attack!, and Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge!, she has to stay within a certain range of Rexxar, which is about half a screen. Otherwise she will stop her current action and return to Rexxar.
  • When Rexxar targets an enemy by right clicking on them, he marks them with a red indicator. Misha will always attack the marked target if she is in range.
  • Using Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! or any other Misha command removes any active mark on an enemy target.
  • Pressing S only causes Rexxar to stop moving. In order to stop Misha from attacking an enemy, you have to use Misha, Follow! Icon Misha, Follow!.
  • Only Rexxar's Basic Attacks mark a target. Using Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop or Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! on an enemy does not mark them.
  • Misha, Follow! Icon Misha, Follow! causes Misha to stop her current action and run towards Rexxar. While this command is active, she will do nothing but attack enemies directly next to her.
  • Use Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet in time to prevent Misha from dying. It is generally a better idea to use it too early than wait too long.
  • Rexxar is not an easy Hero to learn. Thus, before playing Rexxar in Hero League or Team League, we strongly recommend practising his abilities and getting used to Misha's controls in games against the A.I. or Quick Matches.

During the mid-late game, Rexxar's tasks may vary depending on the situation he finds himself in, however, they will mostly include:

  • clearing Mercenary Camps with the help of Misha;
  • using Misha in order to soak up a lot of the enemy crowd control and damage spells;
  • using Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! and Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop to either zone enemies or peel for allies.

During the early stages of game, Rexxar can be played in two ways, depending on the map size and your team's composition. If you happen to play on a smaller map like Infernal Shrines or Tomb of the Spider Queen, the short distances between each lane can be used to execute ganks with Misha. On larger maps like Blackheart's Bay or Cursed Hollow, Rexxar can be played as a very stable laner who should be able to hold his own against almost any Hero.

After both teams reach 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. A Rexxar player you have to have good micro management, due to the fact that you have to control two units at the same time. However, once you manage to get Misha close to an enemy Hero, it will become very difficult for them to escape your strong chasing potential, especially if you went for talents like Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons at Level 4 or Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt at Level 13.

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. One of the most underrated strengths of Rexxar is the fact that he is capable of clearing Mercenary Camps all by himself very early on, especially if he went for a PvE talent build that includes Easy Prey Icon Easy Prey and Bird of Prey Icon Bird of Prey. Keep in mind that going for the PvE build also enables Rexxar to solo Bosses after reaching Level 7. 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 and Misha when moving around with your teammates is another thing we consider worth mentioning. While marching through enemy territory, Rexxar should always be at the forefront to stand between the enemy and his team's backline if your team does not have another Warrior in your lineup. However, if you have a second Warrior in your composition, you should try to stay behind them. We cannot stress enough how important good positioning is when playing Rexxar, since exposing Rexxar to the enemy team can quickly cause him to die due to the lack of innate escape mechanisms before Level 16. By the same token, Rexxar should try to actively cover injured allies who are on the retreat by using Misha's body and abilities to intercept potential spells and attacks directed against them.

3. When Team Fighting

Playing Rexxar effectively during a team fight can be a challenging, yet very rewarding experience, as a well placed Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge!, followed by the movement speed slow provided by Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop, 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 Unleash the Boars Icon Unleash the Boars at Level 10 you should usually cast this Heroic Ability to initiate on the enemy team, as it is a lot less effective in the middle of a team fight. After unleashing the Boars, Heroes that lack any form of innate escape mechanisms, such as Jaina or Tyrande, should be your main targets to use Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! and Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop on in order to secure quick kills for your team. By the same token, you should not cast Unleash the Boars if the rest of your team is too far away to catch up to the enemy team in time.

3.2. Team Fights Started By The Enemy Team

Although Rexxar 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 using Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop on the engaging Hero and potentially stunning them with Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge!. Misha can be an incredibly effective asset to keep charging enemies away from your Assassins and Specialists in the backline, as she is able to dismount and stun them before they can even get close to your teammates.

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 Rexxar you may want to hold on to your skills and see how events are going to unfold. Keep your Basic Abilities, Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! in particular, ready in case one of your allies gets caught a little too deep. Save your Unleash the Boars Icon Unleash the Boars or Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath 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

  • Use Misha, Follow! Icon Misha, Follow! to order Misha back to Rexxar's side. This is particularly important if she exposes herself to the enemy team or runs within range of enemy Towers and Forts.
  • If Misha does not attack an enemy target even after you marked it, make sure to use Misha, Attack! Icon Misha, Attack! immediately.
  • Rexxar is incredibly good at clearing Mercenary Camps early on if he went for a PvE talent build. However, always make sure to keep an eye on the Minimap in order to prevent getting caught by surprise while fighting Mercenaries.
  • Rexxar himself is very susceptible to enemy crowd control and burst damage. Consequently, Feign Death Icon Feign Death can be an invaluable talent to help him survive during the late game.
  • If Misha strayed away too far, you can immediately recall her back to Rexxar by using your Mount or Hearthstone hotkey.
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