Ragnaros Build Guide “DIE, INSECT!”

Last updated on Nov 24, 2020 at 12:00 by Elitesparkle 12 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Ragnaros, a Bruiser 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.

Ragnaros's Overview

Ragnaros is a Bruiser whose main strengths are self-sustain and waveclear, however, he can dish out a solid amount of damage during team fights as well.

2.

Ragnaros's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Ragnaros's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Empower Sulfuras Build

Recommended
Level 1 Sulfuras Hungers Icon
Level 4 Slow Burn Icon
Level 7 Blistering Attacks Icon
Level 10 Sulfuras Smash Icon
Level 13 Cauterize Wounds Icon Resilient Flame Icon ?
Level 16 Giant Scorcher Icon
Level 20 Heroic Difficulty Icon Submerge Icon ?

Ragnaros's Empower Sulfuras Build can deal a high amount of single-target damage and provides a high amount of survivability while laning.

The damage boost mostly comes from Blistering Attacks Icon Blistering Attacks at Level 7 and Giant Scorcher Icon Giant Scorcher at Level 16.

After hitting enemy Heroes with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave, Slow Burn Icon Slow Burn at Level 4 helps you land more Basic Attacks on fleeing enemy Heroes and helps you to connect Sulfuras Smash Icon Sulfuras Smash.

The additional survivability, especially while laning but not only, comes from Sulfuras Hungers Icon Sulfuras Hungers at Level 1 that, after completing the Quest, will allow you to get more healing while hitting a full wave of Minions using Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras.

Blast Wave Build

Beginner
Level 1 Engulfing Flame Icon
Level 4 Slow Burn Icon
Level 7 Blistering Attacks Icon
Level 10 Lava Wave Icon
Level 13 Tempered Flame Icon
Level 16 Blast Echo Icon
Level 20 Submerge Icon Lava Surge Icon ?

Ragnaros's Blast Wave Build can deal a good amount of single-target damage and provides a high amount of survivability during team fights.

The damage boost mostly comes from the combination of Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame at Level 1 and Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo at Level 16, but Blistering Attacks Icon Blistering Attacks at Level 7 helps as well.

The additional survivability while fighting enemy Heroes comes from Tempered Flame Icon Tempered Flame at Level 13, in synergy with Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame at Level 1 and Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo at Level 16.

4.

Ragnaros's Synergies and Counters

V Ragnaros synergizes with

Ragnaros is at his best when coupled with Heroes that feature some form of reliable crowd control (such as E.T.C.).

X Ragnaros is countered by

Due to his lack of crowd control, Ragnaros will not be able to pressure Heroes who are weak to interrupts (such as Sonya).

Ragnaros is also particularly weak to kite because he does not have access to any tool that can help him playing around enemy Knockbacks (such as Garrosh) and Slows (such as Jaina).

5.

Ragnaros's Maps

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

Ragnaros excels on Battlegrounds where he can double soak with ease (such as Infernal Shrines), especially if he can get value from Molten Core Icon Molten Core to win the Objective or defend after losing it.

The worst Battlegrounds for Ragnaros are the ones where it is important to control a Capture Point, especially if it is impossible for him to double soak as an alternative strategy (such as Braxis Holdout), or where the Objective can be too far from Forts that Molten Core Icon Molten Core cannot be used during it (such as Towers of Doom).

6.

Ragnaros's Tips and Tricks

  • Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras resets your Basic Attack, so use it immediately after a Basic Attack to maximize your damage output.
  • Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor works best against Heroes that are running in a specific direction, such as during chases or escapes.
  • Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave can be used on allied Heroes to help them disengage when in danger or even engage when appropriate.
  • To hit enemy Heroes with its center, Sulfuras Smash Icon Sulfuras Smash should be used as a follow up to any crowd control effect.
  • Generally speaking, Lava Wave Icon Lava Wave should be used around x:22 or x:52 Game Time to catch the Experience of enemy Minions that will spawn near the enemy Core as it gets there.
  • After losing a Boss or an Objective, Molten Core Icon Molten Core should not be used to absorb damage directed towards your Structures because it would decrease its duration, but to deal damage to them before they can even hit you.
7.

Role in the Current Meta

Ragnaros is mostly played as a Solo Laner because he has good self-sustain and solid waveclear thanks to Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras.

On some Battlegrounds, Molten Core Icon Molten Core can be used to defend Structures from Bosses and lost Objectives, as well as to poke enemy Heroes while they are contesting the Objective.

Last but not the least, Ragnaros is not that hard to take down when focused by the enemy team, so be careful with your positioning during team fights. Rather than engaging as first, wait for your Tank to create a good opportunity for you to deal damage without being exposed that much.

8.

Changelog

  • 24 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Ability and Strategy fully revised to match new standards.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to add important tips that were missing and to remove obvious ones that were not worth mentioning.
    • Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
    • New layout to improve readability.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Introduction fully revised to match new standards.
    • Overview rewritten to better describe the Hero.
    • Strengths and Weaknesses modified to give a better idea about the Hero when being played right.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Synergies and Counters modified to mention notable Heroes that were missing and to remove misleading Heroes that were listed.
    • Maps modified to focus on the main aspects of the Hero when evaluating a Map.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to list important tips that was missing before and to delete more obvious ones.
    • New layout to improve readability.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • New layout to improve readability.
  • 22 Sep. 2020 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 22 Sep. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 22 Sep. 2020 (abilities page): Minor fixes.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed and updated; Sulfuras Smash recommended.
  • 09 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Sulfuras, Blast, and Meteor builds.
  • 12 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated Talents and builds to reflect the August 8 patch and metagame changes.
  • 12 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated builds to reflect the August 8 patch Talents and metagame changes.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated the amount of bonus damage from Sulfuras Hungers to 120.
  • 14 Dec. 2016 (this page): Guide added.
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