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Diablo Build Guide “Kneel before the Lord of Terror.”

Last updated on Jan 14, 2018 at 21:42 by Oxygen 37 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Diablo guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Diablo 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 for Diablo

Shadow Charge Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Devil's Due Icon
Level 4 From the Shadows Icon
Level 7 Diabolical Momentum Icon Soul Shield Icon ?
Level 10 Apocalypse Icon
Level 13 Fire Devil Icon Devastating Charge Icon ?
Level 16 Domination Icon
Level 20 Hellgate Icon

This Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge Build focuses on improving Shadow Charge to improve Diablo's ability to initiate and survivability. Key Talents are Diabolical Momentum Icon Diabolical Momentum, which greatly reduces the cooldown of Shadow Charge and Overpower Icon Overpower, and Domination Icon Domination, which allows Overpower to reset the Cooldown of Shadow Charge. These Talents synergise well with each other to make Diablo difficult to peel or otherwise kill and very disruptive due to the amount of crowd control he has at his disposal.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Diablo synergizes with

Since Diablo provides such a reliable means of initiating, it follows naturally that he would work well with Heroes that have a strong and reliable way of playing off and following up said initiating. Any Hero that Stuns, Roots or otherwise hinders the movement of intended targets is preferred, but Heroic Abilities that synergise with Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse make for pleasant combos.

Diablo is countered by

As a tank with a large amount of Health, Diablo is naturally vulnerable to Heroes that deal percent-based damage. His reliance on being able to engage to be impactful also makes him lackluster against some of the more resilient backline Assassins who have tools to avoid or otherwise nullify his Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge + Overpower Icon Overpower combo.


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

As the premiere ganker, Diablo thrives on Maps that give him ample opportunities to catch isolated Heroes or otherwise interrupt rotations. Generally, this includes Maps with Objectives that have changing locations. In contrast, Maps that have static Objectives or that require you to destroy specific Monsters are hardly desirable for Diablo, who lacks sustained damage.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Diablo is an aggressive Warrior. With multiple crowd control Abilities that also displace his opponents, he excels at setting up and peeling for his teammates, and punishing poor positioning. His very limited single-target damage output, however, makes him very dependent upon teamwork and precise Ability usage to perform well.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Limited escapability
  • Very low single-target damage, leading to poor Merc'ing and sieging
  • No reliable means of dealing ranged damage besides Lightning Breath Icon Lightning Breath

5. Role in the Current Meta

Diablo's main strengths lie in his notorious Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge + Overpower Icon Overpower combo, which can unconditionally displace and control a target of his choosing, and very strong zoning Heroic Ability choices. Since his ability to waveclear, siege, and claim Mercenary Camps is limited by his low damage output, Diablo is often included as specific counterpick to team compositions that rely on one key damage dealer or healer. Widely recognised as one of the best gankers in the game, Diablo players are expected to both initiate and peel for their team, all while interrupting key channeled Abilities.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Heroic talent assessments. Updated Shadow build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated the Shadow Charge build.
  • 22 Dec. 2016 (this page): Guide updated to account for the Ragnaros patch rework and moved to the new format.
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