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Sylvanas Build Guide “Let none survive!”

Last updated on Apr 08, 2016 at 08:49 by Srey 28 comments

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General Information

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

Srey is Rank 1 in Hero League and a top 10 player on Hotslogs. He played for Happy Faerie Dragons, formerly the top amateur team on the North American server. With the team having now disbanded, he is bringing together a new team, which he hopes will compete at an even higher level. You can watch his stream to see how he plays Sylvanas (and other heroes).

1. Quick Reference

Wailing Arrow Build: Exceptional mobility combined with strong AoE disruption

Mind Control Build: Outstanding crowd control with the ability to eliminate high priority targets

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

Ability Usage:

  • Use all of your Withering Fire Icon Withering Fire stacks freely, they cost no Mana and refresh quickly.
  • Use Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger whenever it is available, but try to have it jump to additional enemies.
  • Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave should be used only for its mobility.
  • Save Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow for the right opportunity, such as bursting down an enemy before they can react.
  • Use Mind Control Icon Mind Control to move a key target away from their team.
  • Black Arrows Icon Black Arrows allows you to push down Structures without minions.

2. Introduction

Sylvanas is a highly mobile ranged Specialist with very high sustained damage and waveclear. Her mobility and the long range of her abilities makes her a very safe Hero that is difficult to kill. Sylvanas also boasts extremely strong utility, able to stun Structures, Minions, and Mercenaries, and able to silence enemy Heroes. Overall, Sylvanas is one of the most dangerous Heroes in the game if left unattended.

3. Strengths

  • Very high overall damage
  • Extremely powerful waveclear
  • Able to stun all Structures, Minions, and Mercenaries, only excluding the Core and Bosses
  • Very mobile, with a strong gap-closer; very safe
  • Can silence enemies in an area
  • Can use Mind Control Icon Mind Control on enemy high priority targets (Assassins, Supports) to expose them to your team
  • Almost never runs out of Mana
  • Great at clearing Mercenary Camps, especially Siege Giants, by herself

4. Weaknesses

  • Low max health; vulnerable to crowd control
  • Rather weak early game
  • Very reliant on having her Heroic Abilities ready in team fights
  • Hard to prioritise targets in team fights (due to the functioning of Withering Fire Icon Withering Fire) — leads to poor single-target damage
  • AoE healers can be difficult to deal with

5. Role in the Current Meta

Sylvanas is a very well-rounded Hero with few significant weaknesses. She is a little lackluster during the initial stages of the game, but with every new talent she becomes exponentially stronger. Sylvanas is able to output a massive amount of damage in both skirmishes and team fights, with most of her damage being dealt over time. Without the utility and impact from Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow or Mind Control Icon Mind Control, she will find it difficult to burst down targets, especially if the enemy team has healers, like Malfurion or Brightwing, who heal over time.

Once Sylvanas is Level 7, she will have access to Unstable Poison Icon Unstable Poison, allowing her to instantly clear Minion waves of any size. She also has fantastic mobility through Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave, which, when paired with the long range of all of her abilities, translates into Sylvanas being very difficult to kill. Additionally, Black Arrows Icon Black Arrows allows Sylvanas and her team to force objectives that would otherwise be impossible to contest. Altogether, Sylvanas is a safe, powerful, and reliable Hero that works with many team compositions and strategies.

6. Contents

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

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