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

Last updated on Aug 30, 2020 at 17:20 by Oxygen 48 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Diablo, 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.


Diablo's Overview

Diablo is an aggressive Tank. 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 displacement Abilities are double-edged, however, and can help opponents more than hinder them when misused.


Diablo's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X 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

Diablo's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Level 1 Feast on Fear Icon
Level 4 Life Leech Icon
Level 7 Diabolical Momentum Icon
Level 10 Apocalypse Icon
Level 13 Cruelty Icon Devastating Charge Icon ?
Level 16 Domination Icon Overpowering Nightmare Icon ?
Level 20 Hellgate Icon

This standard build provides superior self-sustain and fair single-target damage potential. As a key Talent, Diabolical Momentum Icon Diabolical Momentum allows Feast on Fear Icon Feast on Fear to trigger often through repeated Ability casts for significantly increased combat survivability.


Diablo's Synergies and Counters

V Diablo synergizes with

Since Diablo provides 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 particularly effective combos.

X 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 Maps

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

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, though cleverly exploiting terrain with Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge can make up for this weakness.


Diablo's Tips and Tricks

  • Remember that after reviving through Black Soulstone Icon Black Soulstone, your Health pool will be 30% smaller.
  • Fire Stomp Icon Fire Stomp can hit any given target up to five times in melee range.
  • Use Overpower Icon Overpower right after Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge to unconditionally move opponents towards your teammates.
  • Cast Lightning Breath Icon Lightning Breath when you suspect you may be the target of a crowd control chain, as it makes you Unstoppable for the duration.
  • Use Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse right before Shadow Charge and Overpower to unconditionally Stun your target.

Role in the Current Meta

Diablo's main strengths lie in his notorious 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 waveclewar, siege, and claim Mercenary Camps is limited by his low damage output, Diablo is often picked for his ability to reliably initiate and counter team compositions that rely on one key damage dealer or Healer. As Diablo is widely recognised as one of the best initiators in the game, Diablo players are expected to position aggressively and look for ganking opportunities or Heroes who are out of position all while interrupting key channeled Abilities.



  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in the Current Meta section updated.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (talents page): Talent builds and recommendations updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Descriptions reviewed for Soul Armor and Devastating Charge.
  • 13 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 15 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 15 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed.
  • 15 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 22 May 2018 (this page): Guide updated to account for the Diablo patch rework.
  • 22 May 2018 (talents page): Talents updated to account for the Diablo rework patch.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Heroic Talent assessments. Updated Shadow build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated the Shadow Charge build.
  • 05 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Talents updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 22 Dec. 2016 (this page): Guide updated to account for the Ragnaros patch rework and moved to the new format.
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