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Zagara Build Guide “The Swarm hungers.”

Last updated on Aug 10, 2016 at 07:43 by Micekrispies 12 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Zagara guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Zagara in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Micekrispies is a Grand Master Hero League player who has a passion for the MOBA scene and its community. Having over 6 years of experience in the upper divisions of League of Legends, Micekrispies saw Heroes of the Storm as an exciting new endeavor. His priority is to share his knowledge of the MOBA genre with any and all who desire to learn more. Feel free to drop off a comment in the comments section or check out him out on Twitch where he will gladly answer any of your questions.

1. Quick Reference

High Damage Team Fighting Build: Focuses on laning team fighting and Hero damage

Split Pushing Creep Build: Allows you to cover the entire map in Creep to split-push and give vision of enemies

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

Ability Usage:

  • Baneling Barrage Icon Baneling Barrage should be used primarily for waveclear as to conserve valuable mana.
  • Use Hunter Killer Icon Hunter Killer to zone enemies from team fights or lane.
  • Always use Infested Drop Icon Infested Drop when it is available to deal damage safely and provide vision.
  • Do not try to force Devouring Maw Icon Devouring Maw and instead wait for enemies to come into range.
  • Place Nydus Worms provided by Nydus Network Icon Nydus Network in spots clear of heavy foot-traffic as to prevent them from being immediately destroyed.
  • Always use all available Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumors. Place them inside bushes and at other out-of-the-way locations to prevent the enemy from accidentally destroying them.

2. Introduction

Zagara is a long ranged specialist who draws support from her seemingly endless brood to wreak havoc on her opponents. Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumor is by far her strongest ability, providing not only buffs to several of her attributes including attack range and movement speed, but also supplying precious vision throughout the Battleground. Zagara is capable of tearing down enemy defenses from afar and when left alone for even a small duration will turn the strongest enemy fortifications into nothing more than heaps of rubble.

3. Strengths

  • Excellent long ranged, sustained damage
  • Great waveclear
  • Incredibly strong sieging and pushing power
  • Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumor provides a massive amount of vision throughout the entire map
  • Good poke and harass
  • Can contest objectives for long a duration
  • Is able to solo Mercenary Camps with ease

4. Weaknesses

5. Role in the Current Meta

When fighting on a widespread area of creep, Zagara is unexpectedly a phenomenal duelist. The attack range and movement speed provided by Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumor combined with the relentless single target damage of Hunter Killer Icon Hunter Killer makes Zagara quite the bully. She is easily able to kite enemies in pursuit of her as well as chase those down who may have regretfully overstepped their boundary. The vision that Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumor provides is extremely powerful, especially on maps like Tomb of the Spider Queen and Sky Temple, where Heroes are constantly roaming to gank. This vision allows her to safely harass opponents without fear of being ambushed unexpectedly. She is also able to safely stop the channeling of map objectives on maps like Cursed Hollow and Blackheart's Bay by casting a single charge of Baneling Barrage Icon Baneling Barrage or Infested Drop Icon Infested Drop. Assuming it was talented for, a well placed Devouring Maw Icon Devouring Maw on multiple enemy Heroes may win a fight by itself, as it allows your allies to follow up with devastating AoE combos.

Aside from the movement speed boost provided by creep, Zagara's kit lacks any sort of reliable gap-closer. However this does not prevent her from creating an almost unparalleled global presence when talenting for Nydus Network Icon Nydus Network in conjunction with Endless Creep Icon Endless Creep. This can be used to create pressure almost anywhere on the map, forcing enemy teams to have to make a constant choice between losing precious objectives or their own defenses.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 13 Sep. 2016: Noted slight changes made to Zagara in Alarak patch. No significant change in overall strategy or talent build.
  • 12 Jul. 2016: Updated entire page to reflect the large amount of changes made to Zagara in Gul'dan's patch.
  • 17 May 2016: Updated Battle Momentum to what is now known as Swarm Momentum, specific to Zagara. No significant change in overall strategy or talent build.
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