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The Butcher Map-specific Advice and Strategies

Last updated on Jan 17, 2016 at 20:00 by Srey 9 comments

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General Information

On this page, we give you map strategies for The Butcher. 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 The Butcher 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 The Butcher (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 an excellent map for The Butcher. The centre area is devoid of nearby enemy Structures, giving you plenty of space to use Ruthless Onslaught Icon Ruthless Onslaught and chase down your target. The abundance of bushes makes getting behind the enemy team easy, allowing you to readily engage their backline. The Butcher's extremely high sustained damage also makes him very effective at quickly killing the enemy Immortal. However, with only two lanes and a very limited laning phase, it can be difficult to aquire Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat stacks, especially if the you are not getting any Hero Kills.

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.

Blackheart's Bay's large, open spaces allows for easy chasing of enemies with The Butcher, as safe areas are few and far between. Lane on the top side of the map. This allows you to aquire Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat from two lanes instead of from the single bottom lane. The Butcher is very effective at soloing mercenary camps, so you should look to begin collecting coins once the camps spawn, rather than laning.

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.

Look to collect as much Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat as you can by roaming inbetween lanes, whilst simultaneously ganking enemy Heroes. As The Butcher, look to capture the Ogre (easy) camps alone prior to the Tributes spawning, thus applying pressure to the lanes while the enemy team must contest the Tribute. The Butcher is also extremely effective at killing the Boss and can even solo it, but be extremely careful of enemies killing you and taking the Boss for themselves!

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.

Rotate inbetween the middle and bottom lanes, maximising your Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat gains. Once the mercenary camps become active, look to capture them, but not at the cost of giving up pressure on your lanes. The Butcher is a decent pick on Dragon Shire, but there is nothing he does exceptionally well on it.

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).

Garden of Terror provides many avenues for ganking with its ease of pathing between lanes. As on most other maps, avoid laning if possible and focus on applying as much pressure around the map as possible. Take advantage of the numerous mercenary camps available on Garden of Terror and The Butcher's ability to solo them seamlessly. The Butcher's mercenary soloing skills also translate into being able to quickly killing the Garden Terrors that spawn, allowing your team to be elsewhere on the map while you gather seeds.

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.

Rotations are key on every map, but especially so on Sky Temple, since the Temples will become active in different lanes. Identify which Temple will become active next and react accordingly. For example, during the first activation, the top and middle Temples will become activate, so you should be rotating between those two lanes. The Butcher is excellent at clearing mercenary camps, so you should be the one designated to capturing the Ogre (easy) camps before Temples. The Butcher is also fantastic at soloing Temples, due to Butcher's Brand Icon Butcher's Brand.

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.

Tomb of the Spider Queen can be either really good or really bad for The Butcher. This depends on your level of aggression and the Hero makeup of both teams. If the enemy team has better early game Heroes and you play aggressively, it will usually end up poorly for you. Your level of aggression should be based on how strong your team's early game is versus the other team's early game strength, as well as how well your allies synergise with The Butcher. For example, if your team has Tyrande, you can easily pick off enemies with Ruthless Onslaught Icon Ruthless Onslaught into Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark and Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare, especially with the close quarters layout of the map. Roaming will also help with Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat collection by gathering meat from multiple lanes at once.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jan. 2016: Removed Haunted Mines section following the map's removal from the game.
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