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Sgt. Hammer Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Jul 24, 2015 at 13:15 by Oxygen 18 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Sgt. Hammer 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 Sgt. Hammer can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. General Sgt. Hammer Gameplay

Sgt. Hammer's very peculiar playstyle means that her team composition is likely to be built around protecting her. As such, you should see to remain accompanied by at least one player at all times.

Sgt. Hammer's backline role throughout all stages of the game is to use her outstanding damage to hit everything in sight while remaining in a safe position due to her fragility. As with all ranged damage dealers, a key skill to master to maximize DPS and survivability is stutter-stepping. Her damage is a tool that is useful beyond raw Hero killing power: though she poorly solos Mercenary Camps due to her small Health pool and limited self-sustain, she will quickly dispatch them when accompanied.

In general, make sure that there is always something friendly — allied Heroes, structures or minions - standing between you and your opponents' Heroes. This makes it much harder for them to use their dangerous crowd control abilities against you. This becomes especially important as the game progresses, and as stronger initiation abilities become available.

The most common mistake made by Sgt. Hammer players is to use Siege Mode Icon Siege Mode against opposing Heroes. Siege Mode does not increase your damage against Heroes — only your range. If additional range is not going to be useful, then Siege Mode is not going to be. This fact can not be stressed enough.

2. When Not Team Fighting

Sgt. Hammer has an extremely strong lane presence that requires a response from your opponents from the very start of the game. Siege Mode Icon Siege Mode rapidly kills minions while dealing significant unavoidable poke damage to Heroes. Her long-ranged and strong Basic Attacks let her easily dispatch those who come near. As such, your primary goal is to soak, poke, and push your chosen lane while avoiding ganks. One such way of avoiding said ganks is by always paying attention to adjacent lanes for missing Heroes via your minimap. Do not waste your Thrusters Icon Thrusters' cooldown unless you can safely secure a kill with it. It is your only escape tool.

Avoid traveling between lanes while unaccompanied. You are at your safest within Thrusters range of a gate structure. There are times, however, where you must leave the relative safety of your lane. Your sustained damage output can greatly help your allies to take down mercenary camps and enemy structures. Certain map objectives will also require you to join your team for impending skirmishes and team fights.

3. Team Fighting

Team fighting as Sgt. Hammer is straightforward: use Spider Mines Icon Spider Mines and Napalm Strike Icon Napalm Strike as they come off cooldown and deliver as many Basic Attacks as possible while remaining at range, behind your frontline and near your Support Heroes. Avoid using Siege Mode Icon Siege Mode before acquiring the Hover Siege Mode Icon Hover Siege Mode talent. Priority targets include anything currently being crowd controlled, low health enemies, and generally more fragile Heroes. Do not hesitate, however, to attack what you can safely hit. A common mistake is to believe that "tanks should never be hit". This is only true when you can choose your target, something that is seldom possible.

4. Summary of Tips and Tricks

  • Your Basic Attack is your main source of damage. To improve its uptime, practice and master stutter-stepping.
  • Avoid using Thrusters Icon Thrusters offensively unless absolutely justified, as it is your main survival tool.
  • Try to time your team's area of effect crowd control with your Napalm Strike Icon Napalm Strike Heroic abilities to maximise its damage.
  • Use Spider Mines Icon Spider Mines in common routes to scout for opponents.
  • Stay with your allies as much as possible, and use them to create a buffer zone between you and your opponents during any engagement.
  • Do not hesitate to use Napalm Strike to check hidden areas for enemies.
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