Blaze Build Guide “Need a light?”

Last updated on May 23, 2019 at 14:25 by Oxygen 31 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Blaze, a Tank 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. Blaze's Overview

Blaze is a well-rounded Warrior. His strongest points are his excellent sustained area of effect damage output and generally high survivability, thanks to his large Health pool and dependable self-sustain. His skillshot-like Abilities and predictable playstyle make him rather ineffective against highly mobile Heroes, however.

2. Blaze's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Hard to kill due to large Health pool and on-demand access to Armor
  • +Relatively high damage potential for a Warrior
  • +Excellent duelist
  • +Dependable waveclear
  • +Flexible Heroic Ability choices
X Weaknesses
  • -Reliance on multiple skillshots that can be avoided
  • -Prone to be kited
  • -Limited burst damage potential
  • -Predictable playstyle

3. Blaze's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Ignite Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Neural Stimpack Icon New Habits Icon ?
Level 4 Adhesive Petroleum Icon Oil Dispersal Icon ?
Level 7 Grill and Kill Icon
Level 10 Bunker Drop Icon Combustion Icon ?
Level 13 Fuel Leak Icon Suppressive Fire Icon ? Nanomachine Coating Icon ?
Level 16 Heat Treatment Icon Thermal Protection Icon ? Juggernaut Plating Icon ?
Level 20 Fortified Bunker Icon Burn Notice Icon ? Flash Fire Icon ?

The Ignite Build's goal is to improve the eponymous Ignite aspect of Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill to maximise Blaze's area of effect damage, disruptiveness, and self-sustain. Key Talents include Neural Stimpack Icon Neural Stimpack, which greatly reduces Blaze's Cooldowns on demand, Adhesive Petroleum Icon Adhesive Petroleum, which keeps enemies within Ignited Oil Spill's area of effect for more time, and Grill and Kill Icon Grill and Kill, which significantly improves Ignited Oil Spill's duration.

4. Blaze's Synergies and Counters

V Blaze synergizes with

Blaze's well-rounded Ability set allows him to work in most team compositions and with most other Heroes. Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill's Slowing effect is particularly useful for improving the uptime of Assassins, whereas most Heroes with skillshots will find Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion a great way of setting up for accurate hits.

X Blaze is countered by

Since Blaze relies on the area of effect damage of Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill to deal damage, and on the rather slow charge up of Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion to initiate, he tends to struggle against highly mobile Heroes. Furthermore, his large Health pool makes him particularly vulnerable to percentage-based damage.

5. Blaze's Maps

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

Having a well-rounded Ability set with plenty of waveclear, Blaze works well on most Maps. However, his lingering area of effect damage-over-time makes him particularly strong for Maps that feature static Map Objectives that must be defended, as they tend to funnel opponents into tight spaces that are easily controlled.

6. Blaze's Tips and Tricks

  • Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream actually fires two parallel projectiles; hit with both to double the Ability's damage.
  • An Ignited Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill will ignite any other Oil Spill that overlaps with it.
  • Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion does not collide with Minions, allowing you to charge through to hit enemy Heroes.
  • You do not have to stay inside Bunker Drop Icon Bunker Drop; press the R key to leave it.
  • Combustion Icon Combustion prevents you from casting other Abilities while it is being channeled.
  • The Cooldown of Pyromania Icon Pyromania is reduced for each Hero hit by Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream; double hits count as well.

7. Role in the Current Meta

Blaze is a versatile Warrior that excels at dealing area of effect damage and being generally disruptive with access to multiple forms of crowd control and debuffs. This makes him particularly powerful on Maps that feature static Objectives that force opponents to fight within a specific area or in enclosed spaces, such as Cursed Hollow, Dragon Shire, Infernal Shrines, Sky Temple, and Towers of Doom. His generous self-sustain and waveclear also make him an excellent solo laner to ultimately make him a viable choice on most, if not all Maps.

Blaze's versatility makes him a good fit in most team compositions as well; Combustion Icon Combustion allows him to deal a significant amount of area of effect damage given the proper setup, such as Zeratul's Void Prison Icon Void Prison, whereas Bunker Drop Icon Bunker Drop can help protect fragile Heroes from burst compositions. Blaze's high sustained damage output may find him best suited for double healer compositions, although the additional crowd-control provided by another tank is also useful to improve his damage output and disruptiveness.

8. Changelog

  • 23 May 2019 (talents page): Updated talent discussions and recommendations following patch v2.45.1 changes.
  • 03 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent discussions and recommendations following patch v2.40.1 changes.
  • 13 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Recommended build updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 09 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Recommended talents updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 28 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated for patch 2.29.9.
  • 09 Jan. 2018 (this page): Guide created.
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