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Gul'dan Build Guide “I am darkness incarnate.”

Last updated on Jul 14, 2017 at 18:20 by Micekrispies 38 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Gul'dan guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Gul'dan in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Micekrispies is a Grand Master Hero League player who has a passion for the MOBA scene and its community. Having over 6 years of experience in the upper divisions of League of Legends, Micekrispies saw Heroes of the Storm as an exciting new endeavor. His priority is to share his knowledge of the MOBA genre with any and all who desire to learn more. Feel free to drop off a comment in the comments section or check out him out on Twitch where he will gladly answer any of your questions.

1. Quick Reference

Fel Flame Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Pursuit of Flame Icon
Level 4 Improved Life Tap Icon
Level 7 Hunger for Power Icon
Level 10 Horrify Icon
Level 13 Fel Armor Icon
Level 16 Rampant Hellfire Icon
Level 20 Haunt Icon

The Fel Flame build is an aggressive build that allows Gul'dan to put out massive amounts of sustained damage to targets within a relatively close proximity. Before team fights, Gul'dan will need to generate stacks of Rampant Hellfire Icon Rampant Hellfire to maximize his damage output. Therefore when possible, he should attempt to land casts of Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame on the enemy frontline in order to be ready when either team fully commits to an initiation. The bonus size of Fel Flame upon completion of Pursuit of Flame Icon Pursuit of Flame will allow Gul'dan to feel somewhat safer as he will need to extend less to harass his opponents.

Corruption Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Echoed Corruption Icon
Level 4 Improved Life Tap Icon
Level 7 Bound by Shadow Icon
Level 10 Horrify Icon
Level 13 Healthstone Icon
Level 16 Ruinous Affliction Icon
Level 20 Haunt Icon

The Corruption Build is comprised of talents that will maximize Corruption Icon Corruption's overall effectiveness in battle. Completion of Echoed Corruption Icon Echoed Corruption provides Gul'dan with a massive power spike, therefore it is important for Gul'dan to land as many casts of Corruption as possible on enemy Heroes right from the start of a match. Corruption's long range makes it great for defending and sieging fortifications, as well as poking away enemies from capturing battleground specific objectives such as the Altars on Towers of Doom.

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Synergies and Counters

Gul'dan synergizes with

Like most ranged assassins, Gul'dan performs best with a sturdy frontline to provide him with reliable peel, and a support to keep his Health topped-off as he will need to use it to Life Tap Icon Life Tap for Mana.

Gul'dan is countered by

Gul'dan's lack of gap-closer causes him to struggle most against highly mobile assassins, primarily those with a reliable form of crowd-control to interupt his channel of Drain Life Icon Drain Life.


Gul'dan's stronger maps Braxis Holdout Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry
Gul'dan's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Sky Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction Haunted Mines Hanamura
Gul'dan's weaker maps None

Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame provides Gul'dan with very high sustained AoE damage making him a spectacular choice on maps revolving heavily around PvE battleground objectives. His team fight potential is also strong enough to make him a viable option on any map when a team composition is in need of a dependable ranged assassin.

TL;DR Tips

  • Try to avoid putting Gul'dan in vulnerable situations with low Health by over using Life Tap Icon Life Tap. Health can always be tapped for Mana, but once it has been there is no sure way of getting it back; particularly when Drain Life Icon Drain Life is on cooldown.
  • Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame's short cooldown allows it to be used in quick succession; take advantage of this to burn down waves of minions and your opponents.
  • Drain Life Icon Drain Life is most effective when cast on an enemy Hero under the effects of crowd control as it will be harder for them to escape its cast range.
  • Corruption Icon Corruption is incredibly effective when cast on opponents traveling through a choke-point.
  • Horrify Icon Horrify can be used to split and isolate enemy opponents. Try to target the epicenter between your target of focus and the remainder of their team.
  • Locate a safe position when casting Rain of Destruction Icon Rain of Destruction, such as behind a wall. The channeling of this ability will leave Gul'dan susceptible to crowd-control and burst damage.
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2. Overview

Gul'dan is a ranged assassin who is capable of dealing large amounts of close proximity AoE damage. This unique Hero possesses the ability to replenish Mana using Life Tap Icon Life Tap at the cost of his own Health. Life Tap combined with Drain Life Icon Drain Life allows Gul'dan to have some of the best overall self-sustain in the game, as he can very quickly rise back to full Health after having spent a large portion of it to restore Mana. It is very important when playing Gul'dan to maintain a reasonable balance of Health and Mana, as to not end up Life Tapping yourself into a compromising situation. Despite his lack of readily available utility, Gul'dan's massive raw damage output makes him a valuable asset to most team compositions and a serious force to be reckoned with.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Health and Mana pools require constant monitoring due to their unique co-dependent relationship
  • Incredibly vulnerable to crowd control
  • Most opponents will learn to walk out of Drain Life Icon Drain Life as it provides no movement impairing effects
  • No gap-closer or utility in Basic Abilities
  • Requires great positioning during skirmishes and teamfights

5. Role in the Current Meta

Although considered a ranged assassin, Gul'dan rarely should have to shy away from an enemy who may overstep their boundary. Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame and Drain Life Icon Drain Life will put out massive amounts of quick damage to close proximity targets. To offset this strength, both abilities have been given rather modest cast ranges. Because of this, effectively utilizing Gul'dan requires excellent positioning. Players will need to be close enough to land their onslaught of Fel Flames and to channel Drain Life fully, but far enough away to prevent becoming the enemies' target of focus.

Gul'dan tends to fit well in generic teams of a “standard” composition. This includes a stable frontline and at least one reliable support. During the early game Gul'dan is best left in a lane alone to fend for himself. Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame provides great poke and waveclear while both Life Tap Icon Life Tap and Drain Life Icon Drain Life give Gul'dan ample sustain. During teamfights Gul'dan should not shy away from repeatably casting Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame on any target available, as it has a very short cooldown. He may also require peeling from his teammates so do not hesitate to make this known to them. This is particularly important when facing off against Heroes with gap-closers such as Illidan or Greymane as they will try to capitalize on Gul'dan's lack of escapes.

6. Reading Further

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7. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Added a note to the Talents section regarding the Level 7 Talent Hunger for Power affecting the healing received from Health Globes and Healing Fountains.
  • 22 Nov. 2016 (this page): Gul'dan rework under the new guide format.
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