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Azmodan Build Guide “I shall rule alone!”

Last updated on Jan 08, 2017 at 01:15 by Oxygen 13 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Azmodan guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Azmodan 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 Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

All Shall Burn Build (talent calculator link)

All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn Build is the quintessential split-pushing build. It seeks to capitalise upon Azmodan's ridiculous efficiency at taking down Structures and strong dueling potential to constantly create Map pressure. The main concept behind the build is objective trading; by creating such a threatening sieging presence, you seek to either effortlessly take down opposing Forts and Keeps to generate an Experience advantage, or to attract the attention of two or more players so that your teammates get to play their game with a Player advantage. This build can provide some reasonable team fight presence granted your opponents do not have a reliable way of interrupting All Shall Burn, especially after March of Sin Icon March of Sin and Infused Power Icon Infused Power have been acquired.

Taste For Blood Build (talent calculator link)

Taste for Blood Icon Taste for Blood Build is a unique late-game strategy that revolves around building up the damage of Globe Of Annihilation Icon Globe Of Annihilation to preposterous level through the use of the aforementioned Talent and Black Pool Icon Black Pool. This build's uncommon play style requires the coordination of Azmodan and his teammates to "stack up" Globe Of Annihilation's damage by allowing it to last-hit Minions. As such, most of Azmodan's early to mid-game time ends up being invested spending time in lane to rack up said stacks over one or, optimally, two different lanes. The build's main advantages are excellent long-range waveclear and the potential of creating a win condition in Azmodan himself — assuming you can reach an acceptable amount of Taste for Blood stacks before being overwhelmed, that is.

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Synergies and Counters

Azmodan synergizes with

Azmodan's dependency on stacking up Taste for Blood Icon Taste for Blood (assuming this build path) makes him particularly effective with Heroes that can "cook up" Minion waves for him to last-hit. Otherwise, he works well with anyone that provides reliable crowd control, particularly over an area of effect. Since Azmodan's early-game presence tends to be limited, avoid picking him along other lacklustre early-game Specialists such as Abathur or Murky.

Azmodan is countered by

Given his reliance upon channeling, as both Globe Of Annihilation Icon Globe Of Annihilation and All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn are put on a full Cooldown after interruption, Azmodan is naturally countered by Heroes that provide reliable means of or stunning or silencing him. His tendency to split push also leaves him vulnerable to aggressive gankers, especially given his large collision that makes him easy to hit and body block.

Maps

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

Azmodan ironically revels on Maps that are either very large or very small; this is due to his broadly different play styles. Small Maps are generally good for Taste for Blood Icon Taste for Blood-centric builds, whereas larger Maps promote All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn split pushing styles. Regardless, Azmodan can work on most Maps, granted you can adapt your strategy.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Azmodan is a Specialist that revels in long-range assaults and sieging. Although his Abilities all have an inherent form of counterplay, Azmodan's damage-dealing potential is similar to that of Assassins. His abnormally large Health pool makes him difficult to take down despite limited mobility.

3. Strengths

  • Outstanding sieging and waveclearing capabilities
  • Largest Health pool in the game
  • High damage dealing potential
  • Excellent duelist

4. Weaknesses

  • Large and relatively immobile; easy to body block
  • Very vulnerable to interruption
  • Limited team fight utility beyond raw damage

5. Role in the Current Meta

Although classified as a Specialist, Azmodan more or less plays like an Assassin; his primary goal is to inflict damage to whatever is in sight. The main difference between him and most regular Assassins, however, is that the majority of his damage can be countered or otherwise avoided in one way or another. The trade-off for this weakness is that all of his Abilities double up as very effective sieging tools. As such, Azmodan players are expected to have a solid grasp on game flow, so as to know when to contribute to skirmishes and team fights, and when to capitalise on isolation to deal important Structural damage.

One peculiar aspect of Azmodan lies in his Taste for Blood Icon Taste for Blood Talent, which more or less defines the entire Hero at high levels of play. The Talent essentially allows Azmodan to improve the scaling of his damage to levels well beyond that of other Heroes. Exploiting this Talent, however, requires very specific behaviour from Azmodan players: last-hitting with Globe Of Annihilation Icon Globe Of Annihilation. Doing so requires teamwork, patience, and practice.

In general, Azmodan does well against team compositions that lack hard-engages, and as part of teams that can help him get his Taste for Blood stacks up to a reasonable number. His very large Health pool and the threat of his All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn make him hard to assassinate, unlike most damage dealers.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

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  • 08 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Zul'jin's patch and moved to the new format.
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