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Thrall Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Dec 22, 2016 at 03:58 by Kendric 20 comments

Table of Contents

Thrall Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Thrall has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

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

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League 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. Tips on Ability Usage

2. Chain Lightning

Thrall Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning (Q) World of Warcraft Thrall
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 6 seconds

Deal 178 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and half that amount to 2 nearby enemies.

Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning acts as your main source of waveclear. While it only hits up to three targets, both its Mana cost and its cooldown are fairly low. If you play Thrall as a static laner, Chain Lightning can prove to be a formidable tool to bully your laning opponent from a safe distance, especially if you chose the Rolling Thunder Icon Rolling Thunder talent at Level 1.

During team fights, Chain Lightning can be used in multiple ways. Firstly, it can be cast to dismount a mounted target you want to engage in melee combat. Secondly, it can be extremely useful to kill fleeing enemies if they are low on health. While dueling enemies in close range, however, it is generally more important to use your other Basic Abilities, namely Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit and Windfury Icon Windfury, prior to Chain Lightning.

3. Feral Spirit

Thrall Feral Spirit
Feral Spirit (W) World of Warcraft Thrall
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Send out a Feral Spirit that deals 153 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in its path. Upon hitting an enemy Hero, the wolf stops and roots that Hero in place for 1 second.

Unlike other melee Assassins, Thrall does not have any dash or jump skills to quickly engage enemies in close combat. Consequently, rooting them in place by landingFeral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit is of utmost importance. However, this is easier said than done, as its animation is rather slow compared to other skill shot abilities.

Keep in mind that Feral Spirit travels through non-heroic units and damages all of them, which makes it an effective skill to use against Minion waves in order to relieve lane pressure. Doing so will also cause you to gain multiple stacks of Frostwolf Resilience Icon Frostwolf Resilience at the same time.

4. Windfury

Thrall Windfury
Windfury (E) World of Warcraft Thrall
  • Mana: 65
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Increase your Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds. Your next 3 Basic Attacks occur 100% faster.

Windfury Icon Windfury is an important damage and mobility source, especially during the later stages of the game. We recommend improving this ability even further by adding three powerful talents, namely Grace Of Air Icon Grace Of Air at Level 13 and Tempest Fury Icon Tempest Fury at Level 16 if you play against several high health opponents.

Windfury is probably one of the most self-explanatory abilities in the game, however, it requires decent timing against certain opponents. Blinds, Attack Speed slows and Stuns can slow down your momentum while Windfury is active and thus should be avoided carefully.

5. Sundering

Thrall Sundering
Sundering (R) World of Warcraft Thrall
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

After a short delay, sunder the earth in a long line, dealing 274 (+4% per level) damage and shoving enemies to the side, stunning them for 1 seconds.

There is hardly any other Heroic Ability in the game that offers as much initiation potential as Sundering Icon Sundering. Being able to potentially stun the entire enemy team for 1 second can provide your own team with a massive advantage during team fights. One of Sundering's biggest strengths is its versatility, because it can be used both offensively and defensively. If used offensively, Sundering is able to break the enemy formation by separating multiple opponents by force. If used defensively, Sundering can be used to disengage and retreat away from charging enemies. Using Sundering in order to disengage becomes extremely relevant if you realise that your teammates have not positioned themselves very well or if you find yourselves outnumbered.

It is worth mentioning that Sundering can drastically reduce the efficiency of certain (Heroic) abilities which require the enemy team to be grouped up in a small area. Thus, use it with caution if you have E.T.C's Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit in your team, for instance.

6. Earthquake

Thrall Earthquake
Earthquake (R) World of Warcraft Thrall
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Summon a massive Earthquake that pulses every 4 seconds. Each pulse lasts 2 seconds, slowing all enemies in the area by 70%, and deals 50 (+4% per level) damage to enemy Heroes. Does 3 pulses.

Earthquake Icon Earthquake is an exceptionally powerful Heroic Ability that synergizes extremely well with other AoE abilities, such as Diablo's Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse or Jaina's Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost. Its Movement Speed slow effect also lays an ideal foundation to Rehgar's Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust.

7. Frostwolf Resilience

Thrall Frostwolf Resilience
Frostwolf Resilience (D) World of Warcraft Thrall
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Dealing damage with Abilities grants 1 stack of Frostwolf Resilience. At 5 stacks, you are instantly healed for 301 (+4% per level) Health.

When playing Thrall, staying alive is usually more important than increasing your damage output, as you will not be able to deal any damage when you are dead. Frostwolf Resilience Icon Frostwolf Resilience provides Thrall with an incredible amount of survivability, which even puts him on par with other strong melee Assassins like Illidan in that regard. However, keeping track of your current number of stacks does require some practice, as there is currently no other visual indicator than a small icon on the bottom left of your screen.

Remember to measure your current number of stacks before committing to a fight. If the indicator is almost full, you can afford to go in more aggressively, as you will heal yourself relatively soon. If the indicator is empty, you should engage more carefully, as you will have to inflict some damage first by using your abilities, before Frostwolf Resilience is going to heal you.

When out of combat, Frostwolf Resilience allows you to clear both Mercenary Camps and minion waves without losing too much of your health.

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