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

Last updated on May 17, 2016 at 15:44 by Srey 27 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

Srey is Rank 1 in Hero League and a top 10 player on Hotslogs. He played for Happy Faerie Dragons, formerly the top amateur team on the North American server. With the team having now disbanded, he is bringing together a new team, which he hopes will compete at an even higher level. You can watch his stream to see how he plays Zeratul (and other heroes).

1. Quick Reference

Sustained damage and assassination build: Extremely high single target damage with great sustained damage

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

Ability Usage:

  • Cleave Icon Cleave is excellent at clearing large minion waves.
  • When engaging on an enemy from stealth, start with Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike to make it easy to land.
  • Only Blink Icon Blink in if you can secure the kill or there is no risk to yourself.
  • Use Void Prison Icon Void Prison to setup combos with your allies by hitting several enemy Heroes or to split the enemy team.
  • Always re-enterPermanent Cloak Icon Permanent Cloak after dealing your initial damage.

2. Introduction

Zeratul is a mobile, melee Assassin. Teleporting in and out of fights, he is able to deal massive burst damage to high-priority backline Heroes, or temporarily remove them from the fight 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
  • Mana reliant
  • High skill cap
  • Limited damage aftering bursting
  • Very reliant on Wormhole Icon Wormhole, which is not available until Level 13

5. Role in the Current Meta

Zeratul is a powerful Assassin and has a variety of strategic uses. Void Prison Icon Void Prison works very well to setup combos with allied Heroes, like 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 the map and looking for potential ganks. While Zeratul is a credit to most teams, it is important to also have sustained damage Heroes, such as Zagara and Sylvanas, since most of Zeratul's damage is burst. Additionally, he is very reliant on Wormhole Icon Wormhole at Level 13. To compensate for this, it is important to have allies that excel in the early game.

6. Contents

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

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