Jaina Build Guide “I'm here to help.”

Last updated on Jul 24, 2021 at 14:25 by Derenash 53 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Jaina, a Ranged Assassin 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.

Jaina's Overview

Jaina is combo-oriented ranged damage dealer with outstanding area of effect crowd control and burst damage potential. Befitting her Frost Mage theme, her Abilities also Slow everything they hit. Her reliance on skillshots and delayed Abilities, and relative fragility, however, make her one of the hardest Heroes to play, let alone master.

2.

Jaina's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Outstanding burst damage
  • +ALL Abilities apply a strong Slowing effect on hit
  • +Excellent waveclear
X Weaknesses
  • -Very fragile, especially to melee Assassins
  • -Difficult to play due to ALL Abilities having some form of counterplay
  • -Long Cooldowns that must be managed with care
  • -Limited mobility
3.

Jaina's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Recommended
Level 1 Fingers of Frost Icon Lingering Chill Icon ?
Level 4 Arcane Intellect Icon Frost Shards Icon ?
Level 7 Ice Floes Icon Icefury Wand Icon ?
Level 10 Summon Water Elemental Icon Ring of Frost Icon ?
Level 13 Icy Veins Icon
Level 16 Numbing Blast Icon Northern Exposure Icon ?
Level 20 Wintermute Icon Ice Blink Icon ?

This is a very versatile and useful Build path to take in every game. It has a good damage on the frontline with Icefury Wand Icon Icefury Wand or with Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, excellent mana management with Level 1 and Level 4, and has several Talent options to pick based on the opposing composition.

Icefury Wand Icon Icefury Wand is an excellent Talent to apply constant damage to a Tank or Bruiser without Cooldowns. However, Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes is outstanding against several melees in the opposing team. Combined with Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins and Numbing Blast Icon Numbing Blast, Cone of Cold can Root divers and melees for five seconds, but remember to apply chill on them before using it!

Frostbolt Build

Situational
Level 1 Fingers of Frost Icon
Level 4 Frost Shards Icon Arcane Intellect Icon ?
Level 7 Ice Lance Icon
Level 10 Summon Water Elemental Icon
Level 13 Icy Veins Icon
Level 16 Northern Exposure Icon Numbing Blast Icon ?
Level 20 Wintermute Icon

The Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt build seeks to improve Jaina's sustained damage output through the several synergistic Frostbolt-related Talents. Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost provides much needed Mana and a bit of extra damage; Frost Shards Icon Frost Shards makes Frostbolt more difficult to block and potentially doubles its damage; Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance situationally halves Frostbolt's Cooldown, which is particularly significant when combined with Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins; Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental provides a reliable way to keep targets Chilled through Frostbite Icon Frostbite.

4.

Jaina's Synergies and Counters

V Jaina synergizes with

Since Jaina depends highly on skillshots to deal her damage, she naturally works well with any Hero that can provide reliable crowd control against a kill target for her to follow up. Her frailty also makes her dependent on other Heroes to peel for her; Tanks tend to fulfill these two needs, although other Hero types can as well.

X Jaina is countered by

Since Jaina relies chiefly on skillshots and delayed Abilities to deal damage, she does particularly poorly against Heroes that have ways of quickly dodging her Abilities. Furthermore, her frailty and lack of self-peel makes her vulnerable to Stealthed or otherwise high-damage nimble Heroes that can quickly reach her.

5.

Jaina's Maps

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

Jaina's excellent waveclear makes her particularly effective on Maps where the Objective requires the rapid destruction of several small enemies, or where quick rotations are expected. She also becomes quite proficient at claiming Mercenary Camps as well past Hero Level 7. She tends to be weaker on Maps where she might need to be isolated, although she should probably never be left without an ally regardless, due to her dependence on peeling.

6.

Jaina's Tips and Tricks

7.

Jaina's Role in the Current Meta

While Jaina's sustained damage may be slightly lower than that of other Assassins, her burst damage potential certainly makes up for this. This extreme amount of burst damage allows Jaina to heavily damage or outright 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 can only deal single target damage, Jaina's abundance of on-demand burst damage does not make other parts of her kit weaker. Her only real weakness lies in her very low mobility and dependence on good positioning.

8.

Changelog

  • 24 Jul. 2021 (talents page): Updated Builds and Talents after recent Balance Patch.
  • 24 Jul. 2021 (this page): Guide updated after recent Balance Patch.
  • 30 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide updated to reflect current meta.
  • 30 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Builds and Talents updated to reflect current meta.
  • 09 May 2021 (talents page): Icefury Wand discussion updated and build modified accordingly.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Arcane Intellect's discussion updated.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Descriptions updated for Icy Veins and Snowstorm.
  • 15 Feb. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed following February 12 patch changes.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 23 May 2019 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion and recommendations following patch v2.45.1 changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 6 and 7 Talent assessments. Updated Frostbolt build.
  • 07 Sep. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Kel'thuzad patch and moved to new format.
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