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Tyrael Build Guide “I am Justice itself!”

Last updated on Aug 25, 2016 at 09:27 by Kendric 7 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Tyrael guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Tyrael 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 Tank Build: strong self-sustain combined with useful talent-based abilities

Bruiser Build: high damage and increased mobility

Shield Build: empowered shields bolstered by cooldown reduction

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

Ability Usage:

  • Use your abilities wisely while laning. If you are not careful, Tyrael will run out of Mana very quickly.
  • Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will is a strong counter against nimble Assassins like Illidan or Raynor.
  • El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might can be used to juke opponents while Tyrael is on the retreat.
  • If you play with Sanctification Icon Sanctification, save it for the enemy team's most dangerious abilities and track their cooldowns accordingly.

2. Introduction

Tyrael is a melee Warrior Hero, whose great mobility allows him to get in and out of combat very quickly. He is capable of initiating team fights and isolating enemy targets, which makes him an ideal pick especially for aggressive team compositions. Due to his powerful defensive qualities, he can also be played defensively, allowing him to buff and shield nearby allies.

3. Strengths

  • Judgment Icon Judgment is one of the best hard engage abilities in the game
  • Sanctification Icon Sanctification counters many powerful crowd control abilities and protects high priority allies
  • Capable of boosting allies' movement speed and shielding them
  • Very decent laner
  • Offers offensive and defensive talent builds
  • Exceptional mobility

4. Weaknesses

  • Rather low damage output compared to other Warriors
  • Extremely Mana dependent throughout the game
  • Successfully initiating team fights does require some experience
  • Only fits into a limited amount of team compositions

5. Role In The Current Meta

Tyrael's greatest strength is to start team fights by picking a single enemy target and exposing it to the rest of his team. He is the embodiment of aggressive team fight initiation, thanks to his Judgment Icon Judgment Heroic Ability. However, Tyrael can do more than just charging deep into the enemy ranks, especially with his second Heroic Ability, called Sanctification Icon Sanctification, which allows him to protect nearby allied Heroes very efficiently. Righteousness Icon Righteousness enables him to shield himself and his allies from incoming damage, Smite Icon Smite increases his team's movement speed, while El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might helps Tyrael to set up ganks or execute last-minute escapes. Depending on the kind of Warrior your team is looking for, Tyrael is able to adjust his talent build and playstyle accordingly, which makes him a very versatile and enjoyable Hero to play.

Tyrael's role as a frontlining initiator make him a very good pick versus enemy Heroes who lack escape mechanisms, such as Malfurion or Jaina. His ability to stun-engage targets from a large distance makes him a strong counter pick against Heroes who rely on channeling their Heroic Abilities, such as Nazeebo or Li Li.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 23 Jun. 2016: Updated Tyrael's general description to also highlight his defensive playstyle more.
  • 06 Apr. 2016: Updated the section according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 08 Dec. 2015: Changed Sanctification from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 24 Sep. 2015: Changed Holy Ground from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 20 Aug. 2015: Added Tyrael's new talent called Horadric Reforging and adjusted the description of Sanctification in accordance with Kharazim's patch.
  • 03 Jul. 2015: Adjusted the descriptions for Blood for Blood, Regeneration Master, and Vampiric Strike in accordance with the recent Eternal Conflict update.
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