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Thrall Map-specific Advice and Strategies

Last updated on Jan 17, 2016 at 20:00 by Kendric 12 comments

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General Information

On this page, we give you map strategies for Thrall. 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 Thrall 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. 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 map with only two lanes instead of three, which puts a lot of focus on controlling Map Objectives such as the Immortal and Mercenaries in order to get rid of the enemy Structures as quickly as possible.

Winning a match on Battlefield of Eternity goes hand in hand with dominating the middle of the map in order to weaken the enemy Immortal and summon your own one. Due to the numerous hidden paths, Thrall can flank the enemy team, cast Sundering Icon Sundering from a surprising angle, and thus catch the enemy team off guard. However, he should not separate himself too far from the rest of his team, as losing a single team member can be enough to force you to forfeit your Immortal.

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!

On Blackheart's Bay you will most likely find yourself rotating a lot between top and mid lane. Try to avoid solo laning the bottom lane, because your team will be dependent on your ganking potential to secure kills early on. Activating Windfury Icon Windfury while you are next to a Treasure Chest allows you collect Coins extremely fast.

Thrall should constantly look out for good opportunities to surprise the enemy team by casting Sundering Icon Sundering from an unexpected position. However, always make sure to let your team know what you are up to by pinging on the Minimap or using the ingame chat, to avoid confusion.

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 large map with many choke points, walls, and bushes. As Thrall, you can choose to stay in lane or roam, depending on your team's lineup. If you decide to hold a lane, you should make sure to continuously soak lanes, especially if your team does not want to contest Tributes. If you group up with a teammate to rotate between lanes, you can try to secure early kills by ganking exposed enemies with Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit. Becoming a team player will be one of the most important tasks on this map, so always make sure to stick close to your allies, especially after both teams have hit Level 10.

Thrall's ability to clear Mercenary Camps on his own can be huge on Cursed Hollow. However, you need to watch the timers between the Tribute phases very closely. Always start to fight Mercenaries shortly after the previous Tribute has been taken in order to make it to the next one in time. Tight areas and bushes around the Tribute spawn locations require you to have good Map awareness, especially during the mid-late game when team fights for Map Objectives get more and more intense.

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!

On Dragon Shire Thrall usually takes a solo lane or roams with a partner, preferably a Hero that can follow up on his Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit. The short distances between each lane allows Thrall to execute deadly ganks in order to establish control over the Dragon Shrines.

One important thing to keep in mind is the fact that either melee Assassins like yourself or a Warrior, such as Anub'arak or Muradin, should opt for the control over the Dragon Knight. This rule applies to melee Assassins in general, since the Dragon Knight will fulfill a similar role as Thrall, which is, of course, to charge into the enemy lines and keep them busy this way. If you pilot the Dragon Knight during the early-mid game you should mostly try to avoid taking unnecessary damage and instead roam between lanes to damage as many enemy structures as possible.

If the enemy team secures a Dragon Knight, make sure to use your crowd control abilities as frequently as possible on it to slow down its advance. It is worth mentioning that Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit can prevent the enemy Dragon Knight from using its Savage Charge.

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!

As Thrall, your top priority should be to assist your allies in claiming as many Seeds as possible. Make sure to scout the bushes to the left and right, while your team is fighting the big Garden Boss Monster to prevent enemy ambushes.

Similar to piloting the Dragon Knight on Dragon Shire, Thrall is a good choice when it comes to controlling the Garden Terror. During the early stages of the game you should try to avoid taking unnecessary damage while inside the Terror. Instead, use Plant Horror Overgrowth to damage enemy buildings and Spore Queen's Curse to prevent the enemies from defending. If you notice that your Garden Terror is taking too much damage, activate its Sprint ability and rotate towards a different lane.

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!

Pushing and maintaining lane control is crucial on Sky Temple during the early stages of the game. The first two Temples will always activate on the top and middle location of the map, so try to maintain a healthy amount of Mana in order to participate in early skirmishes. Choosing Rolling Thunder Icon Rolling Thunder can help you in that matter. Around 4 minutes into the game you should try to clear the first Bruiser Mercenary Camp on your half of the map. Capturing the Bruisers in time provides your team with some heavy pressure on the top lane during the next Temple phase.

The second Temple that is going to get activated will always be the bottom one. As Thrall, it is imperative that you rotate quickly enough to fight along your teammates, as your Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit and Windfury Icon Windfury abilities are essential tools to engage and fight the enemy for Temple control.

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.

Being one of the smallest maps currently available, Tomb of the Spider Queen will draw all your attention towards early skirmishes. Aggressive talent builds that include waveclear talents like Rolling Thunder Icon Rolling Thunder and Spirit Journey Icon Spirit Journey are very useful on this map, as you may end up fighting big minion waves while the enemy Webweavers are active. Using Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning to shove your lane (which is preferably either top or middle) buys you enough time to rotate around the map and help your allies. Something to keep in mind when playing Thrall on this map is to start clearing Mercenary Camps shortly before Webweavers appear in order to maximise the strength of your next push.

Mercenary Camps will not come into play until Level 10, since most Heroes will be busy collecting Gems and keeping the enemy from turning in theirs. Remember: if you are behind in experience or find yourself in an uncomfortable spot in your lane, try to let the enemy minions come closer to your own towers before attacking them. This allows you to pick up Gems more safely.

8. ChangeLog

  • 26 Aug. 2015: Added Battlefield of Eternity.
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