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Ana Build Guide “Mother knows best.”

Last updated Yesterday at 13:00 by Elitesparkle 39 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Ana, a Healer in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1.

Ana's Overview

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

2.

Ana's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Low survivability
  • -Requires good aim for her key Abilities
3.

Ana's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Sleep Dart Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Slumber Shells Icon
Level 4 Debilitating Dart Icon
Level 7 Night Terrors Icon
Level 10 Nano Boost Icon
Level 13 Purifying Darts Icon Smelling Salts Icon ?
Level 16 Active Reload Icon
Level 20 Nano Infusion Icon Armored Stance Icon ? Dynamic Optics Icon ?

Ana's Sleep Dart Build is designed to compensate the Slow provided by the Aim Down Sights effect included in Shrike Icon Shrike by giving Ana some Movement Speed and by Slowing the enemy Heroes as well; furthermore, it adds burst damage.

Biotic Grenade Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Contact Healing Icon
Level 4 Debilitating Dart Icon
Level 7 Mind-Numbing Agent Icon
Level 10 Nano Boost Icon
Level 13 Purifying Darts Icon Smelling Salts Icon ?
Level 16 Active Reload Icon
Level 20 Nano Infusion Icon Armored Stance Icon ? Dynamic Optics Icon ?

Ana's Biotic Grenade Build provides more area of effect healing for your team based on the number of allied and enemy Heroes hit, a kind of effect which is particularly good if your team has several melee Heroes who usually clump next to each other. Considering that prolonged fights are common on Braxis Holdout, it is advised to use Sleep Dart Icon Sleep Dart as little as possible, therefore you could prefer not spending Talents on that Ability because they will end up giving less value than usual as a consequence, making this Build a slightly preferred choice for that Map, even if not by a big margin.

4.

Ana's Synergies and Counters

V Ana synergizes with

Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost possesses outstanding synergy with Mages (such as Cho). Even if they can also be used on their own, Sleep Dart Icon Sleep Dart and Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade benefit from allied Heroes who can provide reliable crowd control with their Basic Abilities (like E.T.C.) that will make them impossible to miss.

X Ana is countered by

Since her self-healing is limited, Ana usually struggles against Heroes who can ignore her team and dive her instead (such as Chen with Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire). Abilities that can isolate an enemy Hero (like Cocoon Icon Cocoon by Anub'arak) or disengage (like Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust by Falstad) can be used to counter Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost in two different ways. While not as effective as the counters that have been mentioned above, poke is also a decent tool against her, but only if you can actually do considerable damage to her from high distance (such as Hanzo). There are no Healers who can counter Ana, however, you might prefer going for a Hero who offers utility instead of raw healing (like Lúcio that can count on Sound Barrier Icon Sound Barrier to support his team without actually healing).

5.

Ana's Maps

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

Ana performs better on Maps where the team fight cannot evolve on different fronts because she suffers from flank and dive strategies a lot.

6.

Ana's Tips and Tricks

  • Due to her limited survivability, Ana needs to pay special attention on where she positions herself during a team fight.
  • Do not wait too much for casting Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost because it lasts 8 seconds.
  • Hold Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade as much as possible because it can easily secure a kill or save an allied Hero.
7.

Ana's Role in the Current Meta

Ana is a main Healer that fits into a variety of team compositions, but make sure to have a good target for Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost to get the most value out of her, usually a Mage (such as Li-Ming). Her Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade has the power to counter most Healers (except Lúcio) and even some Heroes that belong to different Roles (for example it can be used to completely shut down Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead by Arthas).

8.

Changelog

  • 31 Mar. 2020 (this page): Introduction fully revised to match new standards.
    • Overview modified to better introduce his Strengths and Weaknesses explained later.
    • Strengths and Weaknesses modified to give a better idea about the Hero when being played right.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Synergies and Counters modified to mention notable Heroes that were missing and to remove misleading Heroes that were listed.
    • Maps modified to focus on the main aspects of the Hero when evaluating a Map.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to list important tips that was missing before and to delete more obvious ones.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to reflect the current metagame and to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 31 Mar. 2020 (abilities page): Ability and Strategy fully revised to match new standards.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to add important tips that were missing and to remove obvious ones that were not worth mentioning.
    • Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 31 Mar. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 06 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 03 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Changed Eye of Horus from Situational to Recommended and updated the talent builds accordingly.
  • 03 Jun. 2019 (abilities page): Applied minor updates to Ana's ability descriptions.
  • 13 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated Ana's talents and builds in accordance with the latest rework.
  • 13 Feb. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Ana's abilities in accordance with the latest rework.
  • 07 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Updated Ana's Talent Builds in accordance with the most recent balanced update.
  • 07 Mar. 2018 (abilities page): Updated Shrike (and Biotic Grenade, very slightly) text to account for the latest patch.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Overdose is now Recommended and Aim Down Sights is now Not Recommended as intended.
  • 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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