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Last updated on Sep 07, 2020 at 08:20 by Oxygen 55 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Deckard Cain, 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.


Deckard Cain's Overview

Deckard is a melee Healer that specialises in high single-target healing output and strong area of effect debuffs. Although wise, Deckard is woefully underprepared for combat in the Nexus, wielding but a wooden cane to protect himself. This limits his damage output.


Deckard Cain's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Strong and efficient single-target healing output
  • +Very strong area of effect crowd control through Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing
  • +Versatile Talent choices to adapt to a broad variety of situations
X Weaknesses
  • -Ineffective versus burst damage
  • -Relatively vulnerable to Assassins
  • -Limited waveclear and general damage output
  • -No access to Cleanse Icon Cleanse

Deckard Cain's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Level 1 Sapphire Icon Field Study Icon ?
Level 4 Ruby Icon Potion of Shielding Icon ?
Level 7 Kanai's Cube Icon Cube Mastery Icon ?
Level 10 Stay Awhile and Listen Icon
Level 13 Ancient Blessings Icon
Level 16 Scroll of Stone Curse Icon Horadric Staff Icon ?
Level 20 Respect the Elderly Icon Bottomless Flask Icon ? Perfect Gems Icon ?

This standard build provides superior crowd control and burst healing. Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube-related Talents allow you to both aggressively setup and follow up while Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion-related Talents keep your teammates alive and happy.


Deckard Cain's Synergies and Counters

V Deckard Cain synergizes with

Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing makes Deckard excellent at following up on anything that can provide their own source of reliable crowd control. Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Stay Awhile and Listen can also be used to set up for powerful area of effect Heroic Abilities such as Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit.

X Deckard Cain is countered by

With little in the way of mobility and instant protection, Deckard may struggle against Heroes with hard engagement tools and targeted crowd control, particularly if Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing is on Cooldown.


Deckard Cain's Maps

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

Deckard tends to do well on Maps that feature many choke points, thanks to Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing. His efficient nature as a Healer is also particularly useful when contesting Map Objectives that might feature extended poking wars that never seem to escalate into actual team fights, particularly due to Fortitude of the Faithful Icon Fortitude of the Faithful. In general, however, his versatility makes him a viable pick on most Maps, and team compositions should be the most important factor to consider when drafting Deckard.


Deckard Cain's Tips and Tricks

  • Potions created by Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion last until consumed. Casting Healing Potion beyond the limit of 5 will destroy the oldest Potion.
  • Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube has a short flight time, but can still hit enemies running directly away from Deckard if the targeting reticle is centered
  • Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing should naturally follow successful Horadric Cube hits.
  • Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Stay Awhile and Listen should not be used in the middle of combat, as it is likely to be interrupted. Try isolating important targets such as Healers instead.
  • Lorenado Icon Lorenado's vector targeting allows it to push enemies towards your teammates, and more importantly, towards Scroll of Sealing's area of effect.

Role in the Current Meta

Deckard's multiple crowd control Abilities give him a niche as a Healer who thrives in aggressive team compositions that have the the ability to follow up on his notable Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube + Scroll of Sealing combo. His weak limited damage output and waveclear must absolutely be made up for elsewhere, however.

Deckard's only healing Ability, Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion, has a high healing-over-time output and the unique ability to be used "on the ground" to allow allies to heal at their leisure. Being able to set up several Healing Potions ahead of time is crucial to Deckard's ability to deal with burst damage; accordingly, he is generally weak against diving and sudden or otherwise unexpected aggression.



  • 07 Sep. 2020 (talents page): Talent build reviewed and updated.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Talent build reviewed and updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (abilities page): Description for Fortitude of the Faithful reviewed.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Description for Scroll of Identify and Morenadoes! updated.
  • 13 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 16 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 16 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 16 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed following the 2.48.2 update.
  • 06 Jun. 2018 (talents page): Talent recommendations updated.
  • 29 Apr. 2018 (this page): Main build updated.
  • 24 Apr. 2018 (talents page): Guide created.
  • 24 Apr. 2018 (this page): Guide created.
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