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Zeratul Build Guide “I serve the Xel'naga.”

Last updated on Dec 02, 2016 at 15:49 by Oxygen 45 comments

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General Information

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

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

Mobility Build

The Mobility Build focuses on Talents that seek to provide you with as many gap closers as possible so as to allow you to reliably stick to one particular high-value target, or safely engage in poking without having to commit to anything. Your basic combo consists of Blink Icon Blink, Basic Attack (to use Combo Slash Icon Combo Slash), Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike (for the Movement Speed reduction), Basic Attack, Cleave Icon Cleave, Basic Attack, Blink back (through Wormhole Icon Wormhole), or commit with Vorpal Blade Icon Vorpal Blade, as the situation dictates. This combo can be repeated through Rewind Icon Rewind at Hero Level 20. Void Prison Icon Void Prison provides you with some control, and later Talents (Mending Strikes Icon Mending Strikes and Master Warp-Blade Icon Master Warp-Blade) make your sustained Basic Attacks very potent for all purposes.

Synergies and Counters

Zeratul synergizes with

Zeratul's risky-but-dangerous nature makes him prefer allies that can increase his survivability. Otherwise, he works well with Heroes that have strong Heroic Abilities that require some form of setup, thanks to Void Prison Icon Void Prison.

Zeratul is countered by

Zeratul tends to struggle against Heroes with targeted crowd control effects, as they prevent him from exploiting Wormhole Icon Wormhole. Shielding effects are also problematic for him, as they are generally high-value and instantaneous, which counters the burst damage upon which he is reliant.

Maps

Zeratul's stronger maps Blackheart's Bay
Zeratul's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Zeratul's weaker maps Braxis Holdout Infernal Shrines

Zeratul is at his best when there are plenty of opportunities to roam and gank. Maps that split the attention of the opposing team with multiple Objective spawns or reasons to rotate give him such opportunities. Conversely, Maps with an emphasis on grouping up, laning and waveclearing suit him poorly.

TL;DR Tips

  • Cleave Icon Cleave is excellent at clearing large Minion waves.
  • When engaging on an enemy from Cloak, initiate with Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike to make it difficult to avoid.
  • Only Blink Icon Blink in if you can secure a kill or there is no risk to your own life.
  • Use Void Prison Icon Void Prison to setup combos with your allies by hitting several enemy Heroes, or to split the enemy team in half.
  • Permanent Cloak Icon Permanent Cloak does not make you invisible; merely translucent. Keen players will see you coming.

2. Introduction

Zeratul is a mobile melee Assassin. Teleporting in and out of fights, he is able to deal massive amounts of burst damage to high-priority backline Heroes unpunished, or temporarily remove them from the fight or set up large combos with Void Prison Icon Void Prison. Zeratul is permanently Cloaked, allowing him to stalk his targets whilst unseen.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Low base Health
  • High skill cap
  • Limited sustained damage potential
  • Very reliant on Wormhole Icon Wormhole, which is not available until Hero Level 7

5. Role in the Current Meta

Zeratul is a powerful Assassin that has a variety of strategic uses. Void Prison Icon Void Prison works very well to setup combos with allied Heroes, such as Diablo and Jaina, or to temporarily take key enemy Heroes out of the fight, like Supports and Tanks, allowing your team to target vulnerable Heroes. Permanent Cloak Icon Permanent Cloak, in combination with Blink Icon Blink, gives Zeratul extremely strong ganking strength, as he is able to roam from lane to lane unseen. Cloaking also allows Zeratul to flank enemy Heroes and attack the backline directly, rather than first having to go through the frontline. Conversely, Cloaking also adds a level of depth that takes time to master and fully understand.

While Zeratul has decent waveclear and can defend a lane alone, he is more useful when roaming about and looking for potential kills. While Zeratul is a credit to most teams, it is important to also have sustained damage Heroes with plenty of area of effect damage, such as Gul'dan or Valla, as most of Zeratul's damage comes in the form of melee single-target burst. Additionally, he is very reliant on Wormhole Icon Wormhole at Level 7. To compensate for this, it is important to have allies that excel in the earliest stages of the game.

6. Reading Further

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7. ChangeLog

  • 02 Dec. 2016: Revamped Zeratul.
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