Johanna Build Guide “The Crusade marches on!”

Last updated on Jul 16, 2021 at 07:00 by Elitesparkle 41 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Johanna, a Tank 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.

Johanna's Overview

Johanna is a low-mobility, extremely resilient Tank, capable of Blinding, Slowing, Stunning, and pulling enemies. She excels at creating chaos and disruption in the midst of the enemy team for extended periods of time while also peeling for her allies. Johanna is one of the handful of Heroes in the game with no direct counters, and is able to fit into nearly any team composition.

2.

Johanna's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Low damage
  • -No tools to handle high-mobility Heroes
  • -Low mobility
3.

Johanna's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Punish Build

Recommended
Level 1 Laws of Hope Icon
Level 4 Subdue Icon Hold Your Ground Icon ?
Level 7 Conviction Icon
Level 10 Blessed Shield Icon Falling Sword Icon ?
Level 13 Roar Icon
Level 16 Holy Renewal Icon Shrinking Vacuum Icon ?

Johanna's Punish Build is a great choice when playing as Tank against a team composition that relies on burst damage because it improves your survivability against that, as well as your engage and peeling.

Subdue Icon Subdue at Level 4 is a key Talent because it provides a powerful Slow that, in combination with Condemn Icon Condemn as a setup for Punish Icon Punish, allows you to crowd control enemy Heroes for a signficant amount when your Heroic Ability is not available.

Shield Glare Build

Situational
Level 1 Zealous Glare Icon
Level 4 Hold Your Ground Icon Subdue Icon ?
Level 7 Conviction Icon
Level 10 Blessed Shield Icon Falling Sword Icon ?
Level 13 Blessed Hammer Icon
Level 16 Holy Renewal Icon
Level 20 Blinded By The Light Icon Radiating Faith Icon ? Heaven's Fury Icon ?

Johanna's Shield Glare Build is a great choice when playing as Tank against a team composition that relies on sustain damage because it improves your survivability against that and gives you some tools to help your team as well.

The combination of Zealous Glare Icon Zealous Glare at Level 1, Holy Renewal Icon Holy Renewal at Level 16, and usually Blinded By The Light Icon Blinded By The Light at Level 20 boosts your and your team's survivability in the late game.

Basic Attacks Build

Situational
Level 1 Laws of Hope Icon
Level 4 Eternal Retaliation Icon
Level 7 Conviction Icon
Level 10 Falling Sword Icon
Level 13 Blessed Hammer Icon
Level 16 Blessed Momentum Icon
Level 20 Heaven's Fury Icon

Johanna's Basic Attacks Build is a good choice when playing as Solo Laner because it improves your self-sustain, waveclear, and damage output.

The self-sustain from Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope at Level 1 allows you to stay on the battlefield for longer periods of time and therefore avoid to lose potential Experience.

The waveclear from Eternal Retaliation Icon Eternal Retaliation at Level 4 helps you to take care of the solo lane and allows you to double soak if necessary.

While you have other Talents increasing your damage output, Heaven's Fury Icon Heaven's Fury is a huge boost to that for team fights that happen in the late game.

4.

Johanna's Synergies and Counters

V Johanna synergizes with

Johanna pairs extremely well with Heroes that can follow up her slow but powerful engage with any kind of area of effect Ability to deal burst damage to enemy Heroes and/or to crowd control them.

Due to her weak engage when her Heroic Ability is not available, Johanna greatly benefits from Heroes that can help her with that (such as Maiev).

X Johanna is countered by

Johanna is one of the few Heroes in the game that has no natural counters. She cannot be bursted quickly by Assassins, or crowd controlled by Supports or Tanks, due to Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin. However, this does not mean she is overpowered or always a good pick to have on your team. Johanna is instead countered by playstyle, such as ignoring her in team fights or targeting her while Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin is on cooldown. Johanna also lacks good mobility and has no gap-closers, meaning that she can be kited very effectively and has difficulty keeping up with dive-heavy allies. The only Hero we would currently consider to be a "counter" to Johanna is Varian due to his Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw talent at Level 13, which allows him to shatter both Johanna's Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin and her Indestructible Icon Indestructible talent at Level 20.

5.

Johanna's Maps

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

Johanna is a decent pick on almost any map with the exception of Warhead Junction. She thrives on battlegrounds like Dragon Shire or Tomb of the Spider Queen that favor early game rotations with tons of waveclear.

6.

Johanna's Tips and Tricks

7.

Johanna's Role in the Current Meta

Johanna's survivability, disruption, waveclear, and crowd control make her a very solid Hero overall, and a good fit for nearly any team composition.

Johanna can be played either defensively, by blocking enemy Heroes approaching her team, or offensively, by walking towards enemy Heroes and distrupting their moves. Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin, with its potential 4 seconds of Unstoppable makes Johanna very effective versus teams with a lot of crowd control.

8.

Changelog

  • 16 Jul. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 30 May 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 30 May 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 17 May 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Build Tags updated.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (this page): Build Tags updated.
  • 25 Feb. 2021 (talents page): New layout.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (this page): Synergies updated.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Ability descriptions fixed.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Descriptions modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (this page): Builds and Descriptions modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 12 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 11 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Updated Johanna's guide to align it more with the current state of the game.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Changed Sins Exposed from Situational to Recommended.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (abilities page): Added Falling Sword to the page.
  • 02 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Changed Subdue from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 29 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Johanna's talents for Ana's patch.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Heaven's Fury's talent description and recommendation.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Probius' patch and moved to the new format.
  • 29 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Changed Blessed Hammer from Not Recommended to Recommended and updated Johanna's Builds.
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