Hogger Build Guide “More bones to gnaw on...”

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General Information

Welcome to our guide for Hogger, a Bruiser 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.

Hogger's Overview

Hogger is a Bruiser with the unique Ability to create and get advantage of impassable terrain with terrain outlines, something that works great in narrow spaces and has low value in wide areas.

Thanks to having Rage instead of Mana, Hogger inherently prefers drawn-out battles that tend to exhaust enemy resources, especially when paired with a sustain Healer that can keep him healthy for long periods of time.

2.

Hogger's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Hogger's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Loot Hoard Build

Recommended
Level 1 Bones to Gnaw Icon
Level 4 Aggro Range Icon
Level 7 Garbage Fire Icon
Level 10 Hoardapult Icon Shockwave Icon ?
Level 13 Dust Devil Icon Pummel Icon ?
Level 16 Headbanger Icon

Hogger's Loot Hoard Build is designed to get as much value as possible from the Hero by increasing his survivability, damage output, and utility. In particular, it features Talents that give immediate value rather than delayed rewards.

4.

Hogger's Synergies and Counters

V Hogger synergizes with

Hogger has great synergy with Heroes that can Knockback enemy Heroes towards impassable terrain (such as Garrosh with Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball) to help him body block them there.

Heroes who benefit from impassable terrain with (for example Hanzo with Scatter Arrow Icon Scatter Arrow) or without (such as Auriel with Detainment Strike Icon Detainment Strike) terrain outlines can get value from Loot Hoard Icon Loot Hoard.

When enemy Heroes are stuck between Hogger and impassable terrain, allied Heroes can easily follow up with Abilities that require their target to stay still for a moment (like Chromie) or inside one area for a few seconds (for example Stukov).

X Hogger is countered by

Hogger's survivability comes from self-sustain, so he can be shut down with crowd control (such as Diablo) and burst damage (like Jaina) combined together.

Being a melee Hero, Hogger does not like to play against poke damage and kite (for example Fenix).

There are some Heroes who can easily counter any value which Hogger could get with impassable terrain thanks to their mobility tools (such as Zeratul with Blink Icon Blink or even Medivh with Portal Icon Portal).

Be careful when playing against Heroes who can reduce healing (such as Ana with Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade) because they reduce your survivability by partially or completely denying the healing provided by your chunks of Meat.

5.

Hogger's Maps

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

Hogger is great on medium-sized Battlegrounds where he can double soak (such as Infernal Shrines) and on Maps with narrow spaces where he can get value from impassable terrain by Knocking back enemy Heroes towards it or by blocking enemy Heroes in small corridors (notably Cursed Hollow).

Battlegrounds where most of the action happens in wide areas (for example Hanamura Temple) do not favor Hogger because he will not be able to get enough value from impassable terrain and 2-lane Maps will not allow him to dominate the early game by double soaking.

6.

Hogger's Tips and Tricks

7.

Role in the Current Meta

Thanks to his self-sustain and waveclear, Hogger is a solid Solo Laner who can easily take care of side lanes and is also able to double soak when needed. That said, he can also be played in the 4-man, similarly to a Melee Assassin.

During team fights, Hogger will act as a powerful Bruiser capable of providing additional peeling for allied Heroes and dealing a respectable amount of damage to enemy Heroes.

8.

Changelog

  • 20 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Talents updated.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (abilities page): Abilities page improved.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Guide created.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (this page): Guide created.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Guide created.
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