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Jaina Build Guide “I'm here to help.”

Last updated on Sep 07, 2017 at 08:12 by Oxygen 42 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.

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

Frostbolt Build (talent calculator link)

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.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

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.

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 Cloaked or otherwise high-damage nimble Heroes that can quickly reach her.

Maps

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

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.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

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.

3. Strengths

  • Outstanding burst damage
  • ALL Abilities apply a strong Slowing effect on hit
  • Excellent waveclear

4. Weaknesses

  • Very fragile, especially to melee Assassins
  • Difficult to play due to ALL Abilities being either skillshots or delayed
  • Long Cooldowns that must be managed with care
  • Limited mobility

5. 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.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

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  • 07 Sep. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Kel'thuzad patch and moved to new format.
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