Azmodan Build Guide “I shall rule alone!”

Last updated on Mar 24, 2021 at 10:30 by Outofmilk 44 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Azmodan, a Ranged Assassin 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.


Azmodan's Overview

Azmodan is a caster that revels in long-range assaults and sieging. Defined by his abnormally large Health pool and Globe of Annihilation Icon Globe of Annihilation Ability, Azmodan is able to scale his damage output beyond that of most other Heroes. As a tradeoff, he has very limited options for crowd control and mobility.


Azmodan's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High area of effect damage output potential and waveclear
  • +Outstanding survivability for a Ranged Assassin
  • +Excellent sieger, particularly when left alone
X Weaknesses

Azmodan's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Greed Build

Level 1 Greed Icon
Level 4 Hellforged Armor Icon
Level 7 Master of Destruction Icon
Level 10 Demonic Invasion Icon
Level 13 Cydaea's Kiss Icon
Level 16 Hell Rift Icon
Level 20 Sin's Grasp Icon

The Greed Icon Greed build focuses primarily on split pushing through the use of Azmodan's minions and heroic ability. Demonic Invasion Icon Demonic Invasion does significant siege damage and can be used behind turrets directly onto a keep or fort and can slowly demolish them throughout the game. With the talents buffing Azmodan's All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn, he can provide some good teamfight presence as well.

Gluttony Build

Level 1 Gluttony Icon
Level 4 Hellforged Armor Icon
Level 7 Art of Chaos Icon
Level 10 Tide of Sin Icon
Level 13 Brutish Vanguard Icon
Level 16 Total Annihilation Icon Trample Icon ?
Level 20 Pride Icon Black Pool Icon ?

The Gluttony Icon Gluttony exploits the synergy between the aforementioned Talent, Art of Chaos Icon Art of Chaos, Total Annihilation Icon Total Annihilation, and Pride Icon Pride, which are notable for making Globe of Annihilation Icon Globe of Annihilation powerful at all stages of the game. The rest of the build seeks to improves Summon Demon Warrior Icon Summon Demon Warrior. Although inherently weak, Demon Warriors become significantly more useful with the key Hellforged Armor Icon Hellforged Armor and Brutish Vanguard Icon Brutish Vanguard Talents.


Azmodan's Synergies and Counters

V Azmodan synergizes with

Azmodan's dependency on stacking up Annihilation 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 Heroes such as Abathur or Murky.

X 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 Stunning or Silencing him. His tendency to split push also leaves him vulnerable to aggressive gankers, especially due to his large collision that makes him easy to hit and body block.


Azmodan's Maps

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

Azmodan revels on Maps that are either very large or very small; this is due to his broadly different play styles. Small, three-Lane Maps are generally good for Annihilation stacking, whereas larger Maps promote split pushing styles. Regardless, Azmodan can work on most Maps, granted you adapt your strategy.


Azmodan's Tips and Tricks


Azmodan's Role in the Current Meta

Once classified as a Specialist, Azmodan has always been closer to his new Ranged Assassin role. Following the rework, your primary goal remains to inflict damage to whatever is in sight. The main difference between Azmodan 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.

In general, Azmodan does well against team compositions that lack hard-engages. His very large Health pool and the threat of his Summon Demon Warrior Icon Summon Demon Warrior and All Shall Burn Icon All Shall Burn make him hard to assassinate, unlike most damage dealers.

The early game should be dedicated to gathering Globe of Annihilation Icon Globe of Annihilation stacks and passively pushing. As Tide of Sin Icon Tide of Sin becomes available, Azmodan becomes significantly more threatening in team fights. Do not neglect participating in them even if it might cost you a few Minion kills.



  • 24 Mar. 2021 (this page): Updated builds.
  • 24 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Guide has been updated with talents reflecting the new build.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (this page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Descriptions and recommendations updated for Battleborn and Trample.
  • 15 Feb. 2020 (talents page): Talents and recommendations updated to reflect February 12 patch rework.
  • 27 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed following January 22 balance patch. No changes to Talent recommendations.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 27 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Guide reviewed and updated.
  • 27 Jun. 2019 (abilities page): Guide reviewed and updated.
  • 27 Jun. 2019 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated.
  • 03 Mar. 2019 (talents page): Talent recommendations reviewed and deemed appropriate following February 27 rework.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Talent discussions added
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (abilities page): Ability information further updated.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Talent recommendations further updated following July 25 balance patch and metagame changes.
  • 11 Jul. 2018 (this page): Guide updated following July 10 Azmodan rework patch.
  • 11 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Talent recommendations updated following July 10 Azmodan rework patch.
  • 11 Jul. 2018 (abilities page): Ability information updated following July 10 Azmodan rework patch.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Heroic Talent assessments. Updated Wrath build.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (this page): Updated role in current meta.
  • 28 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added Battleborn build and removed the other advised build, which had fallen out of fashion.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (abilities page): Updated Globe of Annihilation discussion and made a few more small tweaks on the page.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated the discussion and evaluation of many Talents.
  • 08 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Zul'jin's patch and moved to the new format.
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