Leoric Build Guide “All will suffer as I have suffered!”

Last updated on Nov 13, 2018 at 10:00 by Kendric 44 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Leoric, a Melee Warrior 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. Leoric's Overview

Leoric is an aggressive melee Warrior with strong self-sustain and great mobility. He excels at dealing high damage through powerful Basic Attacks and close-range abilities, while his survivability allows him to stand his ground even if outnumbered by several enemies. After taking lethal damage, Undying Icon Undying causes him to turn into a Ghost capable of moving freely and using abilities to slow enemies. After a certain amount of time (influenced by how abilities are used while in Ghost form), Leoric comes back to life at the current location of the Ghost.

2. Leoric's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Provides useful crowd control and vision while Undying Icon Undying is active
  • +Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk provides great mobility and also grants protection against enemy crowd control abilities
  • +Exceptional self-sustain thanks to Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope and various talents
  • +Good solo-laner
  • +Strong against other Warriors
X Weaknesses

3. Leoric's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Wraith Walk Build

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Level 1 Consume Vitality Icon
Level 4 Kneel, Peasants! Icon
Level 7 Hopelessness Icon
Level 10 Entomb Icon
Level 13 Ominous Wraith Icon
Level 16 Royal Focus Icon
Level 20 Buried Alive Icon

The Wraith Walk Build provides a powerful and unique playstyle that allows Leoric to severly cripple the enemy team's combat performance while diving deep into the enemy team's backline using Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk. Hitting hostile Assassins and Warriors over and over again reducing their damage by 50% allows the rest of your team to seize the initiative. At Level 20, Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive becomes a really powerful talent that allows you to trap and silence targets, which can single-handedly decide the outcome of late game team fights.

Life Leech Build

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Level 1 Consume Vitality Icon
Level 4 Kneel, Peasants! Icon Ghastly Reach Icon ?
Level 7 Hopelessness Icon Willing Vessel Icon ?
Level 10 March of the Black King Icon
Level 13 Unyielding Despair Icon
Level 16 Crushing Hope Icon
Level 20 Death March Icon Burning Despair Icon ?

The Life Leech Build is particularly good against enemy Warriors with a large health pool, such as Diablo or Muradin. We generally recommend this Build if the enemy team features several melee Heroes (ideally 3 or more), as March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King gets exceptional value against them. Make sure to cast Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope on a relatively immobile target in order to prevent your target from escaping its reach. At Level 4, Kneel, Peasants! Icon Kneel, Peasants! can be replaced by Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach, which has outstanding synergy with Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality at Level 1, if the map does not require a lot of waveclear. At Level 13, Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair is a great tool to maintain your damage and self-sustain by reducing Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope's cooldown.

4. Leoric's Synergies and Counters

V Leoric synergizes with

Leoric pairs off really well with high-burst Assassins like Jaina or Kael'thas who can follow up on Entomb Icon Entomb. Since Leoric is ideal to counter enemy Warriors due to his percentage damage from Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, he pairs off well with Tychus who helps taking down tanky targets with his Minigun Icon Minigun. This combo works particularly well on Heroes that are caught in Entomb Icon Entomb.

X Leoric is countered by

Leoric struggles against high-mobility Heroes who can simply outmaneuver him and dodge his Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope. Those Heroes are usually too far away from Leoric or too elusive to remain caught in his Entomb Icon Entomb as well.

5. Leoric's Maps

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

Leoric is a good pick on maps like Braxis Holdout, Dragon Shire, or Tomb of the Spider Queen that require a strong solo-laner with good self-sustain and waveclear.

6. Leoric's Tips and Tricks

  • Leoric is a powerful solo-laner. Use your strong Basic Attacks and your self-sustain to your advantage.
  • Do not be afraid to sacrifice your life if this means your team gets an important Objective in return.
  • Due to their high health pool, Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is particularly effective if used on enemy Warriors.
  • Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk allows you to walk through enemy Gates.
  • Trade your life when it saves one or even several of your teammates, since Undying Icon Undying causes you to resurrect faster than them.
  • You can still use your Hearthstone while in Undying Icon Undying form.

7. Leoric's Role In The Current Meta

Leoric fulfills the role of an offensive Bruiser that poses a constant threat to nearby enemies. While he is innately not as durable as other Warriors like Johanna or Muradin, Leoric can nevertheless become quite tanky due to his outstanding self-heal abilities. However, the fact that Leoric has a hard time closing in on agile Heroes requires him to choose his targets wisely. In order to become a decent Leoric player, it is very important to know when to engage and when to remain patient.

What distinguishes Leoric from any other Warrior is his Undying Icon Undying trait. When Leoric dies, this trait turns him into a Ghost that can freely move around the map, continually regenerating health. As soon as Leoric's Ghost has reached full health, he resurrects at the Ghost's current location, which allows him to immediately rejoin the battle. Although Leoric cannot damage his opponents while Undying is active, he is still able to slow them and accelerate his resurrection process.

8. Changelog

  • 13 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated Leoric's talent builds and talents section.
  • 08 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated builds and talent recommendations to reflect changes in meta.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Changed Hopelessness from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 08 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Ominous Wraith discussion.
  • 07 Sep. 2017 (abilities page): Updated Leoric's abilities page in accordance with the Kel'Thuzad patch.
  • 07 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Completely overhauled and updated Leoric's talents in accordance with the Kel'Thuzad patch.
  • 03 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated Royal Focus' and Lingering Apparition's descriptions.
  • 07 Apr. 2017 (this page): Moved guide to new format.
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