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Thrall Build Guide “The Elements will destroy you!”

Last updated on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:00 by Kendric 12 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Thrall guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Thrall 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

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. Quick Reference

Full Windfury Build: devastating Basic Attacks to deal strong single target damage

Chain Lightning Build: outstanding AoE poke combined with empowered Basic Attacks and great late game mobility

Earthquake Build: massive Movement Speed reduction combined with powerful single target burst damage

Thrall synergizes with
Thrall is countered by
Thrall's stronger maps None
Thrall's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen
Thrall's weaker maps None

Ability Usage:

  • Play very carefully against Heroes that can blind you. Also, refrain from using Windfury Icon Windfury while blinded.
  • Windfury Icon Windfury can be used as a gap-closer or as an escape mechanism.
  • Sundering Icon Sundering is one of the strongest and most reliable abilities to interrupt channeled Heroic Abilities like E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit or Li Li's Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups.
  • Thrall is one of the strongest duelists in the game. Do not be afraid to confront enemies in a one-on-one situation if you are ahead or even on levels.

2. Introduction

Thrall is a durable melee bruiser with extraordinary burst damage potential in close combat. He combines utility with raw power, which enables him to cast effective crowd control abilities while also damaging multiple enemies at the same time. Thrall's innate self-sustain and the ability to increase both his movement and attack speed allow him to wreak havoc during teamfights. The fact that he is an essential part of his team composition makes him a high priority target for his opponents.

3. Strengths

  • Strong self-sustain due to Frostwolf Resilience Icon Frostwolf Resilience
  • Huge impact on team fights
  • Solid crowd control
  • Good waveclear
  • One of the strongest duelists in the game
  • Decent at clearing Mercenary Camps

4. Weaknesses

  • Very Mana dependent
  • Vulnerable to crowd control
  • Requires good positioning and map awareness
  • No gap closers
  • Susceptible to being kited by mobile enemies
  • Predictable playstyle

5. Role in the Current Meta

Melee Assassins like Thrall are capable of initiating team fights, which makes them a quintessential part of their team composition. The ability to single-handedly decide the outcome of such fights makes them one of the hardest roles to master. Thrall's strong performance as a duelist and his powerful crowd control abilities, most notably his Sundering Icon Sundering Heroic Ability, should draw a lot of the enemy team's attention to him. Fortunately for Thrall, he becomes quite durable during the later stages of the game due to the great synergy of Grace Of Air Icon Grace Of Air at Level 13 and Tempest Fury Icon Tempest Fury at Level 16. If Thrall stays close to his healer, he will become very hard to kill for the enemy team. On the other hand, if Thrall positions himself in an unfavourable way, he risks getting collapsed on by the opponents.

Thrall is most dangerous if he is able to chain Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit and Sundering Icon Sundering with other crowd control abilities. Thus, it is recommended to pair him with hard engaging Warriors like Muradin, Tyrael, or Anub'arak who are capable of slowing and stunning their respective targets. In terms of Supporters, we suggest combining Thrall with strong burst healers such as Rehgar or Uther, who assist Thrall in unleashing his full damage potential, even if threatened by several enemy Heroes.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 11 Nov. 2015: Added the Full Chain Lightning Build.
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