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The Butcher Build Guide “Fresh meat!”

Last updated on Apr 03, 2016 at 20:05 by Srey 11 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our The Butcher guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play The Butcher 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 The Butcher (and other heroes).

1. Quick Reference

Lamb to the Slaughter Build: a healthy blend of survivability, utility, and reliable damage output

Hamstring Build: focuses on maximizing damage output at the cost of survivability and utility

The Butcher synergizes with
The Butcher is countered by
The Butcher's stronger maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Towers of Doom
The Butcher's average maps Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Sky Temple Infernal Shrines
The Butcher's weaker maps Dragon Shire Tomb of the Spider Queen

Ability Usage:

2. Introduction

The Butcher is a melee Assassin. His Basic Attacks hit the hardest of any Hero in the game, providing him with very high sustained damage. However, with the help of Furnace Blast Icon Furnace Blast, he is also able to deal extremely high AoE burst damage. Crowd control and focus fire from the enemy team pose the biggest threats, since both inhibit his ability to heal with Butcher's Brand Icon Butcher's Brand, his only defensive ability.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Extremely vulnerable to burst damage and crowd control, including Blinds
  • Multiple ways for enemy Heroes to negate both of his Heroic abilities
  • If he is unable to use Basic Attacks on on the target marked with Butcher's Brand Icon Butcher's Brand, he will fall very quickly in team fights
  • Losing Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat on death can make it difficult to recover
  • Usually requires a team composition to be built around him

5. Role in the Current Meta

The Butcher is fairly strong in the current meta, although he usually requires a team to be built around him. This is because he is very susceptible to crowd control effects and burst damage, due to his lack of mobility and defensive abilities. The Butcher will be the enemy team's highest priority the moment he engages and is within range, so attacking the right target at the right time is key. The Butcher excels in pick compositions, where the objective is to immediately kill one enemy Hero when they are out of position. Tyrande pairs excellently with The Butcher, as she can Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark a target and then follow up no Ruthless Onslaught Icon Ruthless Onslaught with a Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare that is guaranteed to land. This makes The Butcher's already strong early game ganks even more deadly.

The Butcher falls into the odd category of being a burst damage Hero, even though he has excellent sustained damage. While this is not a problem, it is something that is important to be aware of. The Butcher should be used in gank-heavy teams, rather than ones that focus on longer, more sustained fights, since he is very vulnerable, despite his large health pool. He should also be avoided in games where the enemy team has lots of crowd control, including Heroes with Blinds, like Johanna and Li Li. The Butcher is definitely a viable Hero, but he also should not be picked blindly and regardless of the enemies' team composition.

6. Contents

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

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