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Sylvanas Map-specific Advice and Strategies

Last updated on Apr 08, 2016 at 08:00 by Srey 28 comments

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General Information

On this page, we give you map strategies for Sylvanas. Knowing what to do on a map and when to do it is extremely important and can be the deciding factor between losing or winning.

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. Battlefield of Eternity

Battlefield of Eternity
Battlefield of Eternity

The High Heavens and the Burning Hells clash, quite literally, in a battlefield that represents their everlasting struggle. Two Immortals, ancient warriors locked in a duel to the death, need your help to prevail against their eternal foe. Vanquish the enemy Immortal, and you'll find yourself charging over hallowed or profane ground—right onto the enemy's doorstep.

Engage in Immortal Combat

Two Immortals fight at the center of the map. Help your Immortal prevail, and lay waste to the enemy's Forts.

Employ Eternal Tactics

Protect your Immortal by obliterating the opposing team, or descend upon the enemy Immortal with relentless fury.

Hire Unique Mercenaries

Bolster your forces with Fallen Shaman and cunning Impalers, who will lend their powers to your cause!

Battlefield of Eternity is a large map of average duration, with only two lanes instead of three. It favours Heroes with sustained healing and damage. The large number of bushes and multiple choke-points puts an emphasis on flanking, making low mobility Heroes more vulnerable.

Battlefield of Eternity is much more PvP focused than other maps. Black Arrows Icon Black Arrows is still extremely effective when pushing with your Immortal, but it does not have as much impact as on other maps. Mercenary Queen Icon Mercenary Queen can be a valid alternative Level 1 talent on Battlefield of Eternity, since split-pushing can be quite rewarding while players are skirmishing in the middle of the map. While doing so, make sure to only use Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave defensively, as you are extremely vulnerable without it.

2. Blackheart's Bay

Blackheart's Bay
Blackheart's Bay

The ghost pirate Blackheart has staked his claim upon the realm of Mistharbor. His undead pirate crew has poured onto the streets, claiming the once thriving marketplace as their new den of villainy.

Collect Doubloons

Attack treasure chests, mercenaries, and skeletons to collect doubloons.

Turn in Doubloons

Hand your doubloons over to Blackheart or you will drop them all when you die!

Bombard Your Enemies

After receiving enough doubloons from your team, Blackheart will bombard your enemy's forts!

Blackheart's Bay is a very large map of long duration. It has plenty of Mercenary Camps, Pirate Camps, and large open areas.

Although Sylvanas is a strong solo Hero, you should head to the top two lanes so that you can take advantage of your waveclear once you are Level 7 and have Unstable Poison Icon Unstable Poison. Since the top two lanes are so close together, you can rotate between them, soaking the experience from both of them, while your team takes objectives elsewhere.

You can use Withering Fire Icon Withering Fire and Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger to quickly destroy the pirate chests that periodically spawn around the map.

3. Cursed Hollow

Cursed Hollow
Cursed Hollow

As one of the first and most ancient realms pulled into the Nexus, the realm of Raven Court has grown large and prosperous over the millennia. The province of Cursed Hollow, a gothic landscape of twisting villages and farmlands, serves as an ideal trial grounds for the Heroes of the Storm.

Collect Tributes

The Raven Lord will periodically create tributes. Gather them for your team!

Curse Your Enemies

Upon capturing three tributes, the Raven Lord will curse your enemies.

Cursed Forts and Minions

Cursed forts will not attack, and cursed minions are reduced to 1 health.

Cursed Hollow is a very large map of average duration. It features plenty of choke points, environmental walls, and bushes.

During the first few tributes, it can sometimes be advantageous to continue pushing a lane if the tribute spawns at a very distant location, while your team delays the other team from capturing the tribute. This can build up a significant experience lead, allowing you to win future tribute fights.

4. Dragon Shire

Dragon Shire
Dragon Shire

These lush and deceptively peaceful gardens have grown over time, covering the once molten realm known as Dragon Spire. Beneath this verdant paradise, the ancient power of the dragons was sealed away... and their descendants have neither forgotten nor forgiven the trespasses of those who wronged them.

Control the Shrines

There are two shrines your team needs to control to activate the Dragon Knight's statue.

Free the Dragon Knight

While activated, bring a hero to the statue to free the Dragon Knight from his prison!

Devastate Enemy Forts

Use the Dragon Knight's immense power to level enemy forts!

Dragon Shire is an average sized map of long duration. It is a very straightforward map.

You will generally want to lane with two other allies in the bottom lane and push as hard as you can. Very few Heroes can match Sylvanas in lane and you will often be able to destroy a Tower, or at least threaten it, forcing the enemy team to send more Heroes to the bottom of the map, allowing your team to capitalise on objectives elsewhere.

5. Garden of Terror

Garden of Terror
Garden of Terror

Once the royal gardens were a splendor to behold. But lately a shadow has fallen over them... Writhing tendrils creep across the grounds at night, and a number of servants have disappeared while walking its twisting paths. Queen Nightshade claims to be unaware of these incidents, but some are beginning to suspect she has gone mad.

Fight the Shamblers

At night, Shamblers will rise from the gardens.

Collect Seeds

Kill the Shamblers and collect seeds for your team.

Control Garden Terror

With 100 seeds, control a garden terror and destroy your enemies!

Garden of Terror is an average sized map of very long duration. It contains the most Mercenary Camps in the game (not including Boss and Pirate Camps).

Push the lane you are in as hard as possible and assist your team in capturing as many seeds as possible. Once you have Unstable Poison Icon Unstable Poison at Level 7, you will not need to use Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger on the small camps, as it will be overkill.

6. Sky Temple

Sky Temple
Sky Temple

Floating above the vast desert sands of Luxoria, the Sky Temple serves as a center of worship for the snake god, Ka. He stores his great power within the temples, each of them secured by guardians. With such defenses, no warriors would think to seize the god's power for themselves... or would they?

Capture the Temples

Temples will periodically awaken. Stand within their grounds to capture their power!

Hold the Temples

Remain firm and the temple will unleash a blistering onslaught on your enemy's forts!

Defend the Temples

Guardians will try to wrest control of their temples from your team. Hold them off to keep the temple's power for yourselves!

Sky Temple is a large map of short duration. Team fights occur very early into the game, similarly to Haunted Mines, but unlike Haunted Mines, Sky Temple offers an additional lane and more Mercenary Camps.

As on other maps, push as much as you can during all points of the game, but especially during the early game (you want to be Level 4 before the enemy team). You can go to the bottom lane if you are against a weaker solo Hero, but otherwise it is more beneficial to stay near your team.

7. Tomb of the Spider Queen

Tomb of the Spider Queen
Tomb of the Spider Queen

The long forgotten tombs of Luxoria have found a new master. Deep within their timeworn chambers, the Spider Queen Neithis stirs from her ancient slumber. Present her with the gems of power she seeks, and you may just escape with your lives.

Collect Gems

Enemy spider minions and Heroes drop magical gems upon death. Gather as many as you can!

Turn in Gems

Relinquish your gems at one of the Spider Queen's altars or you will drop them all when you die!

Summon Webweavers

Whichever team turns in enough gems first will unleash the Webweavers to destroy their enemy's defenses.

Tomb of the Spider Queen is a small map of average duration. It places more importance on the Hero kills themselves than the objectives, which can be taken when Heroes are dead. There are very few Mercenary Camps.

Collecting the Gems from the spider minions (the archers) is very important on this map, so be wary of killing the minions too quickly, where you would have to overextend to pick the Gems up. This map is extremely gank heavy, so beware of moving between lanes and through the fog.

When your Webweavers have spawned, you always want to push with them, as you can use Black Arrows Icon Black Arrows to stun the Towers, Forts, and Keeps to keep them alive and dealing damage. When the enemy team has spawned Webweavers, it is usually more efficient to simply kill the minions if there is a large wave (with Unstable Poison Icon Unstable Poison), before killing the Webweavers themselves.

8. Infernal Shrines

Infernal Shrines
Infernal Shrines

Demonic corruption threatens the Gardens of Hope. Called forth by the Shrines, Punishers prowl the battlefield, terrifying creatures that live to destroy heroes. Defeat the Shrines' Guardians before your enemies do, and the next Punisher will fight for you; fail, and face the demon's wrath.

Activate the Shrines

The Infernal Shrines periodically gather power. Activate them and prepare for a fight.

Defeat Guardians

Slay 30 Guardians before the enemy team to bring forth a mighty Punisher.

Beware the Punisher

Punishers have one of three devastating powers. Be careful, they focus on attacking heroes above all else.

Infernal Shrines is an excellent map for Sylvanas. Not only can she utilise her Black Arrows Icon Black Arrows to dominate the countless Mercenary Camps early on, her Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger is also a formidable tool to damage multiple Skeletal Defendersduring Shrine phases.

Use your ability to disable Structures wisely. Sometimes, especially while having an Arcane Punisher with you, pushing with the Objective is required. If your teammates are not nearby or if the Punisher is a Frozen/Mortar one, split-pushing on a different lane can be the better thing to do.

9. Towers of Doom

Towers of Doom
Towers of Doom

The Grave Keeper and the Raven Lord are engaged in a classic battle of evil versus… different evil? Protective magic shields your Core from enemy Heroes, but nothing will save you from these two masters of the dark arts. Hold the Bell Towers, capture the Altars, and unleash your wicked benefactor's power on your enemies.

Protected Cores

Both Cores are protected by a barrier that cannot be attacked by Heroes. To be victorious, you must activate Altars.

Activate Altars

Periodically Altars will rise across the battlefield. Activate them to have your Bell Towers fire upon the enemy's Core.

Claim Bell Towers

Destroy your enemy's Towers to bring them under your team's control. The more Towers you have, the more damage an Altar will do.

Towers of Doom is a double-edged sword for Sylvanas. On the one hand, her ability to take down Structures with Black Arrows Icon Black Arrows is amazing to get an early experience lead. However, the damage done is not permanent, since enemies can recapture lost Buildings.

On the other hand, especially during the late game, Sylvanas enables her team to execute deadly rotations on Towers of Doom, which constantly forces the enemy team to react rather than taking the initiative themselves. After capturing a Belltower, ideally on the top or bottom of the map, quickly rotate with your allies towards middle and capture it as well. Next, proceed to the last remaining Belltower and repeat the procedure. Doing so will trap the enemy team in their own half of the map, which allows you to capture Altars a lot more easily.

10. ChangeLog

  • 11 Jul. 2015: Added Battlefield of Eternity.
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