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Tassadar Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Apr 19, 2015 at 09:40 by Kendric 25 comments

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General Information

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

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Rank 1 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 Tassadar Strategy

Tassadar's main goal is to keep his allies alive by shielding them, and to damage enemies in a large area by using Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm and Archon Icon Archon. The greatest challenges while playing Tassadar will be deciding which of your allies should be shielded, and deciding exactly how to use Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift in order to stay alive. Mastering these two aspects, however, will reward you greatly. Tassadar has great utility, and he can be considered a jack of all trades. He is not a full support Hero, but he is strong enough in this area to keep important targets alive. He is not a real damage dealer, either, but he is powerful enough to severely harm enemies, especially if they stand close to each other.

In general, you should always make sure to travel with your team, since Tassadar is a fairly weak duelist and clears Mercenary Camps rather slowly. Another reason why you should stick to your team is the fact that Oracle Icon Oracle is one of the most useful scouting tools in the game, and it can enable your team to set up ambushes or to deny potential enemy assaults. Tassadar should be played like a ranged assassin while in Archon form. Try to position yourself in a way that will keep you out of reach from enemy stuns and other crowd control effects in order to avoid losing precious seconds of your Heroic ability.

2. When Not Team Fighting

Tassadar is one of the most popular mid laners in Heroes of the Storm thanks to his great waveclear, his excellent survivability thanks to Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift, which lets you escape even the deadliest of ganks, and the vision he provides on nearby Mercenary Camps and objectives. Before you reach Level 10, your primary goal is to soak as much experience as possible and, if possible, to bully your mid laning opponent out of the lane. Keep in mind, however, that Tassadar runs out of Mana quickly if you recklessly spam your abilities. While Tassadar is not very good at clearing Mercenary Camps on his own, he can provide a little bit of support to allies who are currently working on it by placing a Healing Ward Icon Healing Ward next to them, by shielding them, or simply by dropping a Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm to help them clear it faster. Make sure to return back to lane in time in order to avoid losing experience.

When fighting over map objectives like Temples on Sky Temple or Shrines on Dragon Shire, your Psionic Storm is a great tool for keeping enemies at distance. Furthermore, it can be used to interrupt enemies from turning in certain map objectives like Doubloons on Blackheart's Bay or Tributes on Cursed Hollow. As such, it is imperative to work together with your team. You should not play Tassadar like a lone wolf who minds his own business by pushing lanes or clearing Mercenary Camps most of the time.

3. When Team Fighting

Playing Tassadar in a team fight is a very unique experience, as you constantly have to think about defense as well as offense without entirely neglecting either of the two. 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 your team starts a fight, you normally have one or more Heroes of your team attack the enemy team either by running straight at them or using an initiator to engage the enemy. Usually, the job of initiating team fights falls into the hands of warrior Heroes such as Tyrael, Chen, or E.T.C. and sometimes melee assassins like Illidan, Kerrigan, or Thrall. If your team is the one to start the action, you should immediately support your initiator with a Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield. Furthermore, you should use your Healing Ward Icon Healing Ward (if you took the talent at Level 4) at the beginning of the team fight to get maximum value out of it. These measures will not only protect the initiating Hero itself, but it will also make the player behind the Hero act more confidently because they know that Tassadar is looking after them. After you have made sure that your initiator received a shield and the enemy will not retreat away from you, use your Archon Icon Archon. Next, it is time to throw your first Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm on the target that your team's initiating warrior is focusing and then attack it with your empowered Archon basic attacks. Keep track of your cooldowns and always use Plasma Shield before anything else.

3.2. Team Fights Started By The Enemy Team

If your team gets initiated on by an enemy warrior or melee assassin, you should immediately shield the targeted Hero of your team. Once again, make sure you know whether your team fights back or retreats. If your team fights back, throw down your Healing Ward Icon Healing Ward next, but try to find a spot that makes it hard for the enemy to kill it (bushes, corners, or walls make for great hiding spots). If your team decides to retreat, try to cover allied Heroes by throwing Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storms at mounted enemies to dismount them. Additionally you can plant your Healing Ward in an area that will heal escaping team mates on their way. Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift will keep you safe in many circumstances, so try to take care of damaged and fragile allies first before thinking about yourself as Tassadar.

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, you may want to hold on to your skills and see how events are going to unfold. Keep your Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield ready in case one of your allies gets caught a little too deep. Save your Healing Ward Icon Healing Ward until the real battle begins or if you are falling too far behind in health to keep your allies patched up. A skirmish will probably end up in a team fight sooner or later if neither of the teams decides to retreat.

4. Summary of Tips and Tricks

  • If you can, use your Oracle Icon Oracle while you are on foot and mount up as soon as the effect is active. This will allow you to cover a wider area, thanks to the increased movement speed while mounted.
  • Tassadar is a formidable laner. Try to harass your opponents with basic attacks by using Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield as soon as you notice your enemy fights back.
  • Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift will make you immune to any crowd control effects and can be used to dodge a lot of dangerous enemy Heroic abilities, such as Tyrael's Judgment Icon Judgment, Sylvanas' Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow, or Uther's Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm.
  • Keep in mind, however, that you cannot use Dimensional Shift while stunned or silenced. Use it shortly before the respective crowd control effect is going to hit you.
  • If you play on Infernal Shrines or Battlefield of Eternity and the enemy Punisher or Immortal attacks your structures, you should constantly use your Plasma Shield on them to slow down the Golem's progress.
  • If your team is retreating, remember that Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm can be used to dismount pursuing enemies.
  • You should always stay with your teammates. Tassadar truly shines in team fights, when he has allies to shield and a cluster of enemies to use his Psionic Storm and Archon Icon Archon basic attacks on.
  • Tassadar's Plasma Shield offers great protection to melee assassins, such as Illidan, Kerrigan, or Thrall. If you happen to have a melee assassin in your team, pay close attention to them, as they will often become the main target of the enemy team.
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