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Illidan Build Guide “Now I am complete!”

Last updated on May 27, 2017 at 21:32 by Oxygen 43 comments

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General Information

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

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

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

Metamorphosis Build: Durable sustained damage dealing

Illidan synergizes with
Illidan is countered by
Illidan's stronger maps Blackheart's Bay Towers of Doom Infernal Shrines
Illidan's average maps Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple
Illidan's weaker maps Battlefield of Eternity Tomb of the Spider Queen

Ability Usage:

  • Use Dive Icon Dive to chase your enemies.
  • Use Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike to deal damage and as mobility.
  • Activate Evasion Icon Evasion just prior to taking damage.
  • Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis can be used to quickly dodge enemy abilities, gain health, to escape, or to chase.
  • Always use your Basic Attacks, even when out of combat, so as to heal and reduce the cooldowns of your abilities with Betrayer's Thirst Icon Betrayer's Thirst.

2. Introduction

Illidan is a manaless, nimble, melee bruiser with high sustained damage. Often considered a squishy Assassin, Illidan is extremely hard to kill and his numerous leaps and dashes make him the most mobile Hero in the game. Illidan is an important part of his team and a priority target for the enemy.

3. Strengths

  • Very strong duelist
  • Clears mercenary camps with ease
  • No Mana; infinite longevity if paired with a healer
  • Fantastic team fighter
  • Sticks to targets extremely well
  • Good waveclear

4. Weaknesses

  • Weak when core abilities on cooldown
  • Exceptionally vulnerable to crowd control
  • Requires a dedicated healer
  • Zero siege potential
  • Weak team fighting before Level 10
  • Low base health
  • Weak in lane

5. Role in the Current Meta

Illidan's extreme stickiness to targets and high sustained damage makes him consistent in fights, while Evasion Icon Evasion, Betrayer's Thirst Icon Betrayer's Thirst, Nimble Defender Icon Nimble Defender, and Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis make him very difficult to kill. If Illidan stays within range of his Healer(s) and plays smartly, he is very difficult to kill, unless the enemy team perfectly times their burst skills and crowd control.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

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