Artanis Build Guide “Direct my wrath.”

Last updated on Jul 26, 2018 at 07:32 by Kendric 29 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Artanis, a Melee Warrior 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. Artanis' Overview

Artanis is an aggressive frontline Warrior that thrives on combat while below 75% maximum health, as Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload and related talents can make him deceptively difficult to kill. Artanis' lack of innate gap-closers means that he must commit to his Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash + Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism combination in order to effectively engage team fights from longer distances.

2. Artanis' Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great sustained damage
  • +Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism can be used during Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash, which provides Artanis with unexpected mobility
  • +Once below 75% health, Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload can make Artanis very difficult to kill if not focused
  • +Both Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse and Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam are global, allowing Artanis to influence team fighs from anywhere on the battlefield
  • +Uses very little Mana
X Weaknesses

3. Artanis' Talent Build Cheatsheet

Prism Bruiser Build

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Level 1 Seasoned Marksman Icon Amateur Opponent Icon ?
Level 4 Psionic Synergy Icon
Level 7 Chrono Surge Icon
Level 10 Purifier Beam Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon Graviton Vortex Icon ?
Level 16 Blades of a Templar Icon
Level 20 Zealot Charge Icon Target Purified Icon ?

The Prism Bruiser Build emphasizes Artanis' strong damage potential. Chrono Surge Icon Chrono Surge enables Artanis to win duels against most other Heroes, the Attack Speed it provides also synergizes very well with his Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload Trait as it will lower the cooldown significantly. While Artanis' early game can sometimes be a little rough, talents like Blades of a Templar Icon Blades of a Templar at Level 16 and Zealot Charge Icon Zealot Charge at Level 20 mark a significant late game power spike.

Defensive Tank Build

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Level 1 Reactive Parry Icon
Level 4 Shield Battery Icon Psionic Synergy Icon ?
Level 7 Chrono Surge Icon Warp Sickness Icon ?
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon Phase Bulwark Icon ?
Level 16 Force of Will Icon
Level 20 Orbital Bombardment Icon Zealot Charge Icon ?

The Tank Build focuses mainly on Artanis' own survivability and his ability to absorb as much incoming damage as possible. As such, defensive talents like Reactive Parry Icon Reactive Parry or Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery are crucial. Since Artanis' main source of self-protection is his Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload Trait, lowering its cooldown by using Basic Attacks make Chrono Surge Icon Chrono Surge and Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike a powerful choice.

4. Artanis' Synergies and Counters

V Artanis synergizes with

Artanis pairs extremely well with Heroes like Tassadar or Zarya, who can provide him with additional shields. Furthermore, Malfurion's powerful sustained healing will gradually replenish Artanis' health, while his own shields guarantee him protection against burst damage.

X Artanis is countered by

Artanis gets countered by Heroes like Muradin or Brightwing whose Slows, Stuns, and Polymorphs abilities can prevent Artanis from using his Basic Attacks. Varian's Stuns and his Level 16 talent Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw, in particular, pose a serious threat to Artanis' shields, which makes him the ultimate counter.

5. Artanis' Maps

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

Artanis thrives on Battlefield of Eternity, as his Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent talent provides him with outstanding single target damage against the enemy Immortal. On maps like Blackheart's Bay or Towers of Doom, on which there are no non-Heroic Objectives, Artanis loses a lot of his potency.

6. Artanis' Tips and Tricks

7. Artanis' Role in the Current Meta

Artanis can be played as a stalwart Tank or an aggressive Bruiser. In both roles, he thrives on extended combat, as long he is able to consistently attack a nearby target. Aside from Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism, Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash is Artanis' only gap-closer. In order for Artanis to reach enemy ranged Heroes, assistance from his team is usually required. Additionally, crowd control counters Artanis hard, as he must be able to use Basic Attacks to keep up his shields from Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload.

Due to his lack of crowd control and gap-closers, Artanis relies more heavily on his team than other Heroes. For instance, Jaina and Muradin are able to Slow and Stun enemies, making much easier for Artanis to stick to a target. Tassadar is another Hero that synergises well with Artanis. Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield provides survivability without healing Artanis past 50% of his maximum health, allowing him to still benefit from Shield Overload. Conversely, be wary of picking Artanis into teams with plenty of Stuns and burst damage.

8. Changelog

  • 26 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated Artanis' talents section and recommended Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 22 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Updated Phase Bulwark's and Psionic Wound's descriptions.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated Chrono Surge's description.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Artanis' talents section with new descriptions for Graviton Vortex and Titan Killer.
  • 14 Dec. 2016 (this page): Moved Artanis to the new format, following its rework in Ragnaros patch.
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