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Tyrael Talents

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

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Tyrael in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Tyrael 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. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Purge Evil Protection in Death ? Even In Death Regeneration Master
4 Horadric Reforging Swift Retribution Amplified Healing Vigorous Strike
7 Angel's Grace Reciprocate Zealotry Follow Through
10 Judgment Sanctification
13 Burning Rage ? Angelic Absorption Imposing Will Angelic Might
16 Blade of Justice Holy Ground Salvation Blood for Blood ?
20 Angel of Justice Holy Arena Hardened Shield Nexus Blades ?

2. Common Talent Paths

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

3. Level 1 Talents

Purge Evil Protection in Death ? Even In Death Regeneration Master

3.1. Descriptions

Purge Evil Icon Purge Evil causes Smite to deal 30% more damage to enemy Heroes.

Protection in Death Icon Protection in Death causes the explosion of Archangel's Wrath Icon Archangel's Wrath to shield nearby allies who get hit by it for 50% of their maximum health for 10 seconds.

Even In Death Icon Even In Death enables Tyrael to use his Non-Heroic abilities while Archangel's Wrath Icon Archangel's Wrath is active, however, they will not deal any damage to enemies. It also increases the damage of Archangel's Wrath by 25%.

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master permanently increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second for every Regeneration Globe you collect, up to 30. After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, your maximum Health is also increased by 500. Purple Regeneration Globes dropped from neutral Boss monsters count as well.

3.2. Recommended

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master is the way to go if your team needs a Warrior who is capable of protecting his teammates at the forefront. This talent lays the foundation of a tanky Tyrael build that allows you to become extremely hard to kill. Regeneration Master is a talent that shines on big maps like Garden of Terror, Cursed Hollow, or Dragon Shire. The main reason for this is the fact that these maps offer extended laning phases, which allows you to accumulate a decent amount of Regeneration Globes before the first major team fights take place. Furthermore, these maps provide Tyrael with the chance to obtain additional Regeneration Globes from neutral Boss Golems and Mercenaries. During the early stages of the game, we suggest rotating between different lanes in order to collect as many Regeneration Globes as possible from enemy wizard minions.

Purge Evil Icon Purge Evil is the offensive alternative to Regeneration Master. This talent is a solid choice if your team composition either does not require a beefy frontliner, or if the map, mostly smaller ones like Tomb of the Spider Queen oder Towers of Doom, does not offer enough opportunities for Tyrael to pick up Regeneration Globes. If you decide to go for the more aggressive route, Purge Evil will increase the damage potential of your Smite Icon Smite ability significantly, especially if you manage to hit several enemy Heroes at the same time. Keep in mind, however, that Tyrael is still a very Mana-hungry Hero. Do not become overly aggressive during the laning phase, and always keep an eye on your Mana bar to avoid Mana issues before team fights.

3.3. Situational

Protection in Death Icon Protection in Death offers more flexibility to Tyrael's Archangel's Wrath Icon Archangel's Wrath trait. The talent shields your allies for 50% of their maximum health if they stand in the radius of the explosion and that shield lasts for 10 seconds, which is quite long especially during team fight situations. The one major downside to this talent is knowing how and on whom to use it, since it does require immediate reaction and good coordination to maximise its value. This is usually the reason why we have seen Protection in Death being used in the pro-scene and Team League more than in standard Hero League and Unranked Draft.

3.4. Not Recommended

Even In Death Icon Even In Death allows Tyrael to cast his Basic Abilities while his Archangel's Wrath Icon Archangel's Wrath trait is active. Your abilities not dealing any damage while Even In Death is active makes this talent quite disappointing. Even if you manage to shield your allies with one last Righteousness Icon Righteousness, or increase their movement speed with one last Smite Icon Smite, it is probably not going to influence the outcome of the team fight in a way that Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing or Protection in Death Icon Protection in Death could.

4. Level 4 Talents

Horadric Reforging Swift Retribution Amplified Healing Vigorous Strike

4.1. Descriptions

Horadric Reforging Icon Horadric Reforging reduces the cooldown of El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might by 5 seconds if it hits and enemy Hero.

Swift Retribution Icon Swift Retribution increases the movement speed bonus of Smite Icon Smite to 35% and also increases its duration to 3 seconds.

Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing increases all regeneration effects and healing received by 30%.

Vigorous Strike Icon Vigorous Strike causes your Basic Attacks to heal you for 25% of the total damage they deal.

4.2. Recommended

Horadric Reforging Icon Horadric Reforging balances out one of El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might's biggest downsides, namely its long cooldown. Keep in mind that this talent also provides great synergy with Angel's Grace Icon Angel's Grace at Level 7 and especially Holy Ground Icon Holy Ground at Level 16.

Swift Retribution Icon Swift Retribution is the plausible follow-up talent to Purge Evil Icon Purge Evil. More aggressive Tyrael Builds focus heavily on increased mobility through his Smite Basic Ability, which makes the longer duration and the movement speed buff a rewarding option. Swift Retribution is going to noticeably increase the number of Basic Attacks on all allied Heroes, not only Tyrael, during team fights.

Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing causes Tyrael to benefit more from Regeneration and Healing effects, which is why we recommend picking this talent if your team needs you to become a tanky frontliner and you have at least one dedicated Support Hero in your roster. As stated in the tooltip of Amplified Healing, all regeneration effects are increased by 30%, which includes the improved health regeneration provided by Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master as well. This harmony between your Level 1 and Level 4 talents adds a lot of survivability, which is going to scale up the longer the game goes on.

4.3. Not Recommended

Vigorous Strike Icon Vigorous Strike is a talent designed primarily for ranged Assassins like Valla or Raynor, who are capable of boosting their attack speed, and attack enemies from a safe distance. Tyrael possesses neither of these qualities, which is why we do not recommend that you pick this talent.

5. Level 7 Talents

Angel's Grace Reciprocate Zealotry Follow Through

5.1. Descriptions

Angel's Grace Icon Angel's Grace increases Tyrael's movement speed by 40% for 3 seconds after he teleports using El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might.

Reciprocate Icon Reciprocate causes the shields provided by Righteousness Icon Righteousness to explode and damage nearby enemies after they break or expire.

Zealotry Icon Zealotry increases the duration of the shields provided by Righteousness Icon Righteousness by 50%. It also reduces Righteousness' cooldown by 2 seconds.

Follow Through Icon Follow Through increases the damage of your next Basic Attack by 40% whenever you use a Basic or Heroic Ability. This effect does not stack, and expires after 4 seconds if it is not consumed.

5.2. Recommended

Angel's Grace Icon Angel's Grace increases Tyrael's movement speed by 30% after teleporting to his sword by using El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might. El'Druin's Might has got two purposes: the first one is to escape your enemies by juking them, the second one is to slow down fleeing enemies and catch up to them. The increased movement speed that Angel's Grace provides you with is going to aid you in both scenarios. You may consider picking this talent if the enemy team's roster features at least one or more high mobility Heroes, such as Illidan, Rehgar, or Zeratul.

Zealotry Icon Zealotry increases the duration of Righteousness Icon Righteousness by 50%, which is a mediocre upgrade at first. However, as soon as you start picking up follow-up talents like Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will at Level 13 and especially Salvation Icon Salvation at Level 16, Zealotry really starts to make a difference. Furthermore, reducing Righteousness Icon Righteousness' cooldown by 2 seconds can prove to be crucial in prolonged team fights.

5.3. Not Recommended

Reciprocate Icon Reciprocate causes your shields to explode if they expire or get destroyed, damaging nearby enemies. Considering the rather high cooldown of 10 seconds on Righteousness Icon Righteousness, and the relatively low damage numbers on Reciprocate, we have come to the conclusion that this talent is not worth to be taken.

Follow Through Icon Follow Through is a questionable talent on Tyrael. Unlike other Heroes who have access to this talent, Tyrael's Basic Abilities all have fairly long cooldowns, which means that Follow Through will hardly ever get decent value.

6. Level 10 Talents

Judgment Sanctification

6.1. Descriptions

Judgment Icon Judgment enables Tyrael to charge at a target enemy Hero, damaging and stunning them upon impact for 1.5 seconds. Nearby enemies take damage as well and get knocked back from the charged target.

Sanctification Icon Sanctification causes Tyrael to cast a circle of protection around him, granting all nearby friendly Heroes, including Tyrael, invulnerability and immunity to crowd control as long as they remain in the its area of effect.

6.2. Recommended

As previously mentioned in the Abilities section, Judgment Icon Judgment is Tyrael's Heroic ability of choice, having the potential of single-handedly winning team fights if used correctly. Locking down one of the opposing team's most important members and exposing it to your allies can wreak havoc among the enemy lines. We are going to talk more about how and when to use Judgment efficiently on the Strategy, Tips & Tricks section.

Sanctification Icon Sanctification proves to be the complete opposite of everything Judgment Icon Judgment stands for. While Sanctification provides a static bulwark to protect your team from enemy spells and attacks, Judgment brings you right into the heat of battle. While Sanctification supports your allies, Judgment harms your enemies. In our opinion, Sanctification can be a very impactful Heroic Ability if communication and coordination between yourself and the rest of your team is on point. Thus, we do recommend it especially if you queue up as a premade 5-man team.

7. Level 13 Talents

Burning Rage ? Angelic Absorption Imposing Will Angelic Might

Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage causes you to deal damage to all adjacent enemies every second. This effect is not active while Cloaked or Mounted.

Angelic Absorption Icon Angelic Absorption improves the shields provided by Righteousness Icon Righteousness. Enemies that attack Tyrael while shielded make him regenerate 60 health over 3 seconds. This effect gets refreshed whenever Tyrael gets hit by a new attack for as long as the shield remains intact.

Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will improves the shields provided by Righteousness Icon Righteousness. Enemies that attack Tyrael while shielded have their Attack Speed and Movement Speed slowed by 50% for 2 seconds. This effect gets refreshed whenever enemies hit Tyrael with a new attack for as long as the shield remains intact.

Angelic Might Icon Angelic Might increases the damage of Tyrael's next Basic Attack by 75% for each enemy Hero hit by Smite Icon Smite.

7.1. Recommended

Angelic Absorption Icon Angelic Absorption and Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will both improve the shields of your Righteousness Icon Righteousness ability, As a Tyrael player, however, you should pay close attention to the flow of the game, and then decide which talent you want to put into your build. If you get the feeling that you require additional sustain during team fight situations, Angelic Absorption is an obvious choice, as the heal it provides synergises very well with Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master. Enemy team compositions that include Heroes who rely heavily on their Basic Attacks can be countered by choosing Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will. The slow on the enemies' movement speed and attack speed can prove to be essential during team fights and skirmishes, especially against nimble Heroes like Illidan, Valla, or Zeratul.

7.2. Situational

Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage is a great addition if your team composition requires you to build Tyrael in an offensive manner. Not only does it detect invisible enemies and objects (for example Zagara's Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumors) on the map as soon as you get near them, it is also a great tool to consistently boost your overall damage output against multiple enemies at the same time. As a hard engaging Warrior, Tyrael often finds himself surrounded by two or more opponents quite often throughout the course of the game, which is why Burning Rage represents a solid talent to be picked up at Level 13.

7.3. Not Recommended

Unlike Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage, Angelic Might Icon Angelic Might does not offer a reliable source of damage. Instead, it is dependent on the number of targets you can hit with your Smite Icon Smite ability. Overall, we think that Angelic Might cannot compete against the other talents available at Level 13, in terms of utility and constant damage output, which is why we recommend that you avoid this talent.

8. Level 16 Talents

Blade of Justice Holy Ground Salvation Blood for Blood ?

8.1. Descriptions

Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice increases Tyrael's attack speed by 50% for 5 seconds after using El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might's teleport.

Holy Ground Icon Holy Ground creates a ring-shaped zone on the ground around Tyrael after he teleported using El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might, that cannot be entered by enemies.

Salvation Icon Salvation causes the shield Tyrael gains from Righteousness Icon Righteousness to be 45% stronger for for each allied Hero that was shielded.

Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood is an activatable talent that instantly deals 10% of the targeted Hero's maximum Health as damage to it, healing the caster for 200% of this damage. Blood for Blood has a 60-second cooldown.

8.2. Recommended

Holy Ground Icon Holy Ground can be used to zone enemy Heroes and prevent them from entering certain locations. Holy Ground can also be used to steal Mercenary Camps and Bosses if Tyrael places his El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might exactly in the middle of the capture zone. Doing so makes it impossible for all enemy Heroes to enter the capture zone. We think that this talent is a very powerful tool in the hands of experienced Tyrael players, as it does require some practise to be used efficiently.

Salvation Icon Salvation does not add a whole lot itself, however, if combined with other Righteousness Icon Righteousness related talents like Zealotry Icon Zealotry at Level 7 or Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will at Level 13 the increased shield strength provided by Salvation can become immensely powerful.

8.3. Situational

With Tyrael fighting at the forefront during team fights, Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood can be a logical decision, especially if the enemy team features multiple Warriors, against which Blood for Blood gains additional value thanks to their high health pool. The life steal and damage potential that come with this talent, make it an ideal follow up to Judgment Icon Judgment. Use Blood for Blood after the stun of Judgment has worn off to keep your target slowed and exposed to your allies. We recommend you to primarily use Blood for Blood as a tool to secure a kill on an enemy hero. Only use Blood for Blood as a heal if there is no other way to stay alive, in which case using it on an enemy Warrior will net the most health gain.

8.4. Not Recommended

Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice suffers from the fact that El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might is not a skill that should not be used very frequently for multiple reasons. First of all, it is Tyrael's only escape mechanism, so it needs to be ready when he finds himself in a dire spot. Next comes El'Druin's Might's huge Mana cost and large cooldown, which prevent the skill from being a worthwhile harassment tool. Ultimately, Tyrael's innate Basic Attack damage is rather low, which would makes an attack speed buff quite inefficient.

9. Level 20 Talents

Angel of Justice Holy Arena Hardened Shield Nexus Blades ?

9.1. Descriptions

Angel of Justice Icon Angel of Justice increases the casting range of Judgment Icon Judgment by 50% and reduces its cooldown by 40 seconds.

Holy Arena Icon Holy Arena increases the duration of Sanctification Icon Sanctification by 1 second and increases the damage of allies within the circle by 25%.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is an activatable talent that causes you to take 75% less damage from all sources for 4 seconds. Hardened Shield has a 60-second cooldown.

Nexus Blades Icon Nexus Blades increases the damage of your Basic Attacks by 20%, and causes them to reduce the movement speed of your target by 20% for 1 second.

9.2. Recommended

Angel of Justice Icon Angel of Justice makes your Judgment Icon Judgment Heroic ability even more intimidating. Increasing its casting range by 50% is incredibly convenient when it comes to surprising and engaging the enemy from a great distance. At the same time, however, it causes you to move even further away from allies. This can be a problem, if your teammates are not quick enough to follow. Nevertheless, Angel of Justice is a great tool to hit your enemies hard and unexpectedly if you manage to use it with caution. For further instructions on how to execute Judgment efficiently, head to the Strategy, Tips & Tricks section.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is Tyrael's talent of choice when it comes to surviving team fights during the later stages of the game. Some Assassins and Specialists like Illidan, Falstad, or Sgt. Hammer receive a significant damage boost when hitting Level 20, which makes Hardened Shield a welcome counter in every Warrior's repertoire. We suggest you to activate this talent as soon as you notice that you have drawn the enemies' attention. As a rule of thumb, we would like to mention that it is often better to use Hardened Shield early during a team fight, rather than withholding it for too long.

9.3. Situational

Nexus Blades Icon Nexus Blades is only worth considering if your team has another Warrior in their who fulfills the role of a Tank, which allows you to go for a more aggressive talent build in general. The movement speed slow proves to be very efficient against ranged Assassins, who will not be able to kite you as easily anymore.

9.4. Not Recommended

Holy Arena Icon Holy Arena is not a recommended talent, since Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield synergises a lot better with Tyrael's defensive playstyle as a Tank, whose main role it is to absorb incoming damage after leaving Sanctification Icon Sanctification.

10. ChangeLog

  • 25 Aug. 2016: Updated Tyrael's talents in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 12 Jul. 2016: Updated talent descriptions and recommendations following Gul'dan's patch changes. Also revamped advised builds.
  • 23 Jun. 2016: Changed Sanctification from Situational to Recommended and also updated Blood for Blood's description.
  • 17 May 2016: Replaced Battle Momentum with Angelic Momentum and updated Regeneration Master's description following Chromie's patch updates. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 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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