Orphea Build Guide “I won't miss your face.”

Last updated on Jan 27, 2020 at 15:05 by Oxygen 18 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Orphea, 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.


Orphea's Overview

Orphea is an odd caster with higher-than-average survivability and high burst and sustained damage but limited access to crowd control. Since all of Orphea's Abilities have a cast time, they can all be avoided by prepared opponents... unless you are better prepared, of course.


Orphea's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Powerful burst damage
  • +High sustained damage for a caster
  • +Relatively high survivability
  • +Has access to Crushing Jaws Icon Crushing Jaws
X Weaknesses
  • -All Abilities have a short cast time, making them avoidable
  • -Very limited access to crowd control
  • -Relatively short range on most Abilities
  • -Unable to efficiently claim Mercenary Camps
  • -Weak when playing from behind

Orphea's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Dread Build

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Level 1 Ancestral Strength Icon
Level 4 Allegrissimo Icon
Level 7 Mind Devourer Icon
Level 10 Crushing Jaws Icon
Level 13 Determination Icon Invasive Miasma Icon ?
Level 16 Lurking Terror Icon
Level 20 Engulfing Oblivion Icon Eldritch Conduit Icon ?

Meta build. Focuses on improving area of effect burst damage to eliminate most squishy Heroes in a single Ability rotation. Mind Devourer Icon Mind Devourer makes Dread more powerful while reducing its Cooldown. Crushing Jaws Icon Crushing Jaws and Lurking Terror Icon Lurking Terror make for a powerful long-range combo.

Shadow Waltz Build

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Level 1 En Pointe Icon Ancestral Strength Icon ?
Level 4 Allegrissimo Icon
Level 7 Ravenous Hunger Icon
Level 10 Crushing Jaws Icon
Level 13 Determination Icon Invasive Miasma Icon ?
Level 16 Bond of Anguish Icon
Level 20 Engulfing Oblivion Icon Eldritch Conduit Icon ?

Off-meta build. Focuses on improving sustained damage, particularly against tanky, melee-heavy team compositions. En Pointe Icon En Pointe, Allegrissimo Icon Allegrissimo, and Bond of Anguish Icon Bond of Anguish combo together to dramatically improve Shadow Waltz Icon Shadow Waltz's damage potential.


Orphea's Synergies and Counters

V Orphea synergizes with

Since Orphea depends highly on skillshots to deal damage, she works well with any Hero that can provide reliable crowd control. Her frailty also makes her dependent on other Heroes to peel for her against melee Assassins particularly; tanks tend to fulfill these two needs, though other Hero types can too.

X Orphea is countered by

Since Orphea relies chiefly on skillshots with a cast time to deal damage, she does particularly poorly against Heroes that have ways of quickly dodging her Abilities.


Orphea's Maps

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

Orphea's inability to deal sustained PvE damage makes her a poor choice on Maps that feature objectives which must be killed. Otherwise, she is a reasonable pick on most Maps, as long as another Hero is able to solo lane and claim Mercenary Camps.


Orphea's Tips and Tricks

  • Each enemy Hero hit by Overflowing Chaos Icon Overflowing Chaos generates one Chaos, making area hits particularly valuable for improving your survivability.
  • Shadow Waltz Icon Shadow Waltz may be tempting to use on-Cooldown, but using it to avoid dangerous skillshots is paramount.
  • Chomp Icon Chomp synergises naturally with Shadow Waltz; use the latter to dash to your intended target.
  • Both Dread Icon Dread's initial wave and eruption can hit any given target.
  • Crushing Jaws Icon Crushing Jaws is very often superior to its Eternal Feast Icon Eternal Feast alternative.

Role in the Current Meta

Note about the current Anomaly: Orphea's playstyle is affected little by the Anomaly. It does provide her with more opportunities to damage any opposing Hero attempting to collect Experience Globes, but she should not attempt to collect them by herself unless absolutely necessary.

Compared to most other casters, Orphea provides higher-than-average on-demand burst damage and decent sustained damage. On the other hand, she lacks much crowd control, making it necessary to pick her along Heroes who can provide it. As with many Heroes who provide little more than damage, Orphea's popularity depends entirely on her power level resulting from game balance. Regardless, building a team composition that aims to stay ahead of one's opponents in terms of Experience is the best way of exploiting Orphea's strength as a snowballing Hero.

Due to her limited survivability, unsafe waveclear, and limited early-game solo killing potential, Orphea is to be part of the roaming three- or four-Hero group.



  • 27 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Talent builds and recommendations updated following January 22 balance patch.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Talents updated.
  • 06 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Shadow Waltz build added.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Guide published.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (abilities page): Guide published.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (this page): Guide published.
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