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Jaina Build Guide “I'm here to help.”

Last updated on Jul 11, 2016 at 20:26 by Oxygen 34 comments

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General Information

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

Reliable burst damage build: Reliably deal high burst damage to multiple enemies at once

Anti-Melee Frostbolt build: Very high sustained damage that is effective versus multiple melee Heroes

Ring of Frost combo build: Extremely high burst damage with Ring of Frost that can be comboed with allies

Jaina synergizes with
Jaina is countered by
Jaina's stronger maps Towers of Doom
Jaina's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Infernal Shrines
Jaina's weaker maps None

Ability Usage:

2. Introduction

Jaina is a mage with low mobility and extremely high area of effect burst damage. She is currently one of the most powerful and reliable damage dealers in the game, and she is a perfect fit for nearly every team.

3. Strengths

  • Very high burst damage
  • All of her abilities apply a Slow
  • Good waveclear
  • Most of her damage is AoE
  • Works well in almost every team composition

4. Weaknesses

  • Very low mobilty; good positioning is required
  • Low health and no defensive abilities; vulnerable to crowd control
  • Very Mana reliant
  • Completely dependent on abilities with long cooldowns
  • Relatively short range of abilities

5. Role in the Current Meta

While Jaina's sustained damage may be slightly lower than other ranged DPS Heroes, like Valla, Zagara, and Nazeebo, her burst damage is higher than almost any Hero in the game. This extreme amount of burst damage allows Jaina to instantly kill out-of-position targets, something that her counterparts would be unable to do. Additionally, almost the entirety of Jaina's damage is area of effect, allowing her to heavily punish enemy teams that group tightly together.

Unlike other burst damage Heroes who are very weak during the early game, lack waveclear, or only do single target damage, like Nova or Murky, Jaina's abundance of on-demand burst damage does not make other parts of her kit weaker. Jaina's only real weakness is her very low mobility and dependence on good positioning. This makes Jaina a very strong DPS Hero, and a good fit for any team composition.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

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  • 02 Jul. 2015: Removed mention of Sprint, which has been removed with the Butcher patch.
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