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Ana Build Guide “Mother knows best.”

Last updated on Oct 12, 2017 at 20:42 by Kendric 23 comments

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General Information

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

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

All-round Build (talent calculator link)

The All-round Build comes with a lot of utility and provides, as the name suggests, solid value in most games. However, it is very important to carefully analyze the enemy team composition in terms of crowd control and damage type. If the opposing roster features strong ability damage dependent Assassins, Mind-Numbing Agent Icon Mind-Numbing Agent at Level 7 can be a strong choice to lower their combat efficiency. Similarly, Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum at Level 13 can be replaced by Purifying Darts Icon Purifying Darts or Smelling Salts Icon Smelling Salts depending on what form of crowd control the enemy team relies on the most.

Grenade Build (talent calculator link)

The Grenade Build provides strong AoE healing, which is particularly good if your team has several melee Heroes who usually clump next to each other. When playing Ana it is very important to carefully analyze the enemy team composition in terms of crowd control and damage type. Mind-Numbing Agent Icon Mind-Numbing Agent at Level 7 can be a strong choice against Mages, whereas Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum at Level 13 can be replaced by Purifying Darts Icon Purifying Darts or Smelling Salts Icon Smelling Salts depending on what form of crowd control the enemy team relies on the most.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Ana synergizes with

Ana's Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost possesses outstanding synergy with Assassins who rely heavily on ability damage such as Kael'thas or Kel'Thuzad. Furthermore, Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade's healing boost effect greatly enhances both her own and her targets' self healing capabilities. As such, Warriors like Arthas or Dehaka can greatly increase their own survivability.

Ana is countered by

Ana usually struggles against mobile enemy Assassins and Warriors, such as Genji or Varian. These Heroes can pose a serious threat to Ana, who has no real escape mechanisms. Furthermore, they are more or less "immune" to Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade's healing debuff due to abilities that render them Protected. Heroes like Lucio or Tassadar, on the other hand, provide powerful shields that can also completely ignore the negative side effects of Biotic Grenade.

Maps

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

Ana performs really well on battlegrounds like Battlefield of Eternity or Braxis Holdout that focus on early skirmishes and extended laning phases. This usually results in less unpredictable ganks, which Ana is vulnerable to. Furthermore her low Mana costs allow her to stay in lane for a long period of time. On open maps like Garden of Terror or Warhead Junction, however, Ana is very susceptible to enemy flanks, which is why we do not recommend her too much on those maps.

TL;DR Tips

  • Ana's talent tree is very situational. For instance, if the enemy team composition features lots of Slowing effects, choose Purifying Darts Icon Purifying Darts, whereas Smelling Salts Icon Smelling Salts excels against Stun heavy Heroes.
  • Due to her limited self-healing capabilities, Ana needs to pay special attention on where she positions herself during a team fight.
  • Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost's duration of 8 seconds is quite long, so do not be too hesitant to cast it at the beginning of a team fight.
  • Use Ana's superior Basic Attack range to consistently harass opponents in lane.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Ana is a long range Support, who excels at manipulating the course of battle from a safe distance. She is particularly efficient if protected by a sturdy frontline, since she does not have any real escape mechanism. Consequently, knowing how to position Ana during a team fight becomes of the essence, not only when it comes to staying clear of danger, but also when it comes to healing allied targets from the right angle.

3. Strengths

  • Long Basic Attack range
  • Relatively low Mana consumption
  • Works great with Assassins who rely on spell damage
  • Strong against other Supports
  • Very competitive talent tree

4. Weaknesses

  • Relatively fragile
  • Limited damage dealing potential
  • Main Abilities are skillshots that require precise aiming
  • Underwhelming mobility

5. Role in the Current Meta

Ana fits into a variety of team compositions and can be played as both solo and secondary Support. It is worth mentioning that she has limited self-healing capabilities and as such should be played very defensively. In the case of an emergency, Sleep Dart Icon Sleep Dart is a great tool to keep engaging enemy Warriors and Assassins at bay.

Make sure to position Ana in a way that she has a clear shot with Healing Dart Icon Healing Dart on targets that require healing. Ana's Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost has incredible synergy with ability damage heavy Assassins like Alarak, Kael'thas, or Kel'Thuzad. If your team composition does not feature any Mages, Eye of Horus Icon Eye of Horus can be a worthy substitute ability.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Oct. 2017 (talents page): Changed Dynamic Shooting from Not Recommended to Recommended and fixed Overdose's description.
  • 29 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent builds and descriptions after further playtesting.
  • 28 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Added talent discussions.
  • 26 Sep. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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