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Sylvanas Hero Synergies and Counters

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

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General Information

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

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

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. Heroes Sylvanas Works Well With

In this section, we will look at Heroes that work particularly well with Sylvanas.

1.1. Jaina

Jaina Portrait Jaina is a powerful ally to have in team fights. She is able to slow all enemy Heroes with Frostbite Icon Frostbite and output a massive amount of burst damage. The slows allow Sylvanas to more safely damage enemy Heroes, while Jaina's burst damage makes up for Sylvanas' lack of her own burst damage. You can also combo all of your abilities with hers, including Heroics, dealing a massive amount of AoE damage with a mix of silence, slows, and roots.

1.2. Uther

Uther Portrait Uther is able to lock down targets with Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice and Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm, allowing Sylvanas to follow-up with her damage. Uther can also use Holy Light Icon Holy Light, Holy Radiance Icon Holy Radiance, Cleanse Icon Cleanse, and Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield to keep you alive if you are prioritised by enemy assassins. Uther's multitude of different uses and his ability to adapt to the current situation are what make him such a strong ally.

1.3. Valla

Valla Portrait Valla is similar to Sylvanas in a lot of ways. She is mobile, has good waveclear, and has plenty of AoE damage. Together, they can simply overwhelm their opponents with a massive amount of safe, sustained damage. Valla is also able to slow all enemy Heroes with Frost Shot Icon Frost Shot, allowing Sylvanas to better kite and chase Heroes.

2. Heroes Sylvanas Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at Heroes that counter Sylvanas particularly well.

2.1. Chen

Chen Portrait Chen is impossible to kill in a 1 vs 1 situation. His natural tankiness in combination with Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew makes it difficult to even break through his shield, let alone deal any damage to him. Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg allows Chen to completely knock you out of position and into the enemy Assassins.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Chen

Chen is much more manageable with allies to help you. While in a 1 vs 1 scenario his damage is enough to kill you, he will not be able to do much if your allies heal you and keep him away from you. It may be tempting, but do not use Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow to cancel his Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew unless you are sure that you can kill him. If he uses Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg, use Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave to help you stay near your team. Chen can still be damaged while he is a barrel, but he cannot be crowd controlled.

2.2. Diablo

Diablo Portrait Diablo is extremely punishing if you are even slightly over-extended. He will use Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge followed by Overpower Icon Overpower, bringing you into the middle of the enemy team, which generally means your certain death.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Diablo

The best way to avoid dying to Diablo is to not let him Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge you, as the only things that have a chance to save you once he uses Overpower Icon Overpower on you are Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm, your allies, or Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave if you cast it early enough. Stay away from Diablo until he has used Shadow Charge or Overpower.

2.3. Nova

Nova Portrait Nova deals an unprecedented amount of damage and Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave is your only real means of revealing her. Nova is able to kill you from max health if she is ahead, so you should always try to be aware of her presence.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Nova

Although Nova will be able to deal damage equal to the majority of your life, she cannot kill you in one rotation of her abilities, unless she hits you with Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike or Triple Tap Icon Triple Tap, both of which can be avoided. That being said, losing almost all of your health will force you out of a team fight, unless you have a healer. If Nova is in the game, always keep an eye out for the shimmer of her Permanent Cloak. However, Nova has extremely low mobility. If you are able to reveal her for your team, she will most likely die.

2.4. Jaina

Jaina Portrait Jaina, like Nova, can deal a massive amount of burst damage, killing you instantly. If you do manage to survive her combo, Frostbite Icon Frostbite and Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental will permanently slow you, allowing her or her allies to finish you off.

2.4.1. How To Play Against Jaina

Jaina's biggest weakness is her short range and low mobility; she must put herself at risk in order to deal damage. However, Jaina will usually flank her opponents, taking them by surprise when they least expect it. Always be aware of Jaina's whereabouts. Be wary of bushes, other areas that you lack vision, and choke-points. Additionally, attempt to stay just out of range of Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, as it is her key ability to setup and deal additional damage.

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