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Raynor Map-specific Advice and Strategies

Last updated on Jan 17, 2016 at 20:00 by Kendric 27 comments

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General Information

On this page, we give you map strategies for Raynor. Knowing what to do on a map and when to do it is extremely important and can be the deciding factor between losing or winning.

The other pages of our Raynor can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Grand Master in both Hero and Team League, playing most Warrior and Support. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called HGC Hightlights. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Battlefield of Eternity

Battlefield of Eternity
Battlefield of Eternity

The High Heavens and the Burning Hells clash, quite literally, in a battlefield that represents their everlasting struggle. Two Immortals, ancient warriors locked in a duel to the death, need your help to prevail against their eternal foe. Vanquish the enemy Immortal, and you'll find yourself charging over hallowed or profane ground—right onto the enemy's doorstep.

Engage in Immortal Combat

Two Immortals fight at the center of the map. Help your Immortal prevail, and lay waste to the enemy's Forts.

Employ Eternal Tactics

Protect your Immortal by obliterating the opposing team, or descend upon the enemy Immortal with relentless fury.

Hire Unique Mercenaries

Bolster your forces with Fallen Shaman and cunning Impalers, who will lend their powers to your cause!

Battlefield of Eternity is a map with only two lanes instead of three, which puts a lot of focus on controlling Map Objectives such as the Immortal and Mercenaries in order to get rid of the enemy Structures as quickly as possible. Thus, Raynor's Inspire Icon Inspire and Hyperion Icon Hyperion become a huge asset in order to damage Minion waves and Structures throughout the game.

Winning a match on Battlefield of Eternity goes hand in hand with dominating the middle of the map in order to weaken the enemy Immortal and summon your own one. Raynor should make sure to stick to the rest of his teammates at all times in order to prevent enemies from ganking him. Due to the small size of the map and the focus on Objectives, Give Me More! Icon Give Me More! can be a solid alternative choice to Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman on Battlefield of Eternity.

2. Blackheart's Bay

Blackheart's Bay
Blackheart's Bay

The ghost pirate Blackheart has staked his claim upon the realm of Mistharbor. His undead pirate crew has poured onto the streets, claiming the once thriving marketplace as their new den of villainy.

Collect Doubloons

Attack treasure chests, mercenaries, and skeletons to collect doubloons.

Turn in Doubloons

Hand your doubloons over to Blackheart or you will drop them all when you die!

Bombard Your Enemies

After receiving enough doubloons from your team, Blackheart will bombard your enemy's forts!

On Blackheart's Bay you will most likely find yourself rotating a lot between the top and mid lane. Try to avoid solo laning the bottom lane, because your team will be dependent on your damage potential to secure kills early on. Activating Inspire Icon Inspire while you are next to a Treasure Chest allows you collect Coins extremely quickly.

Raynor should constantly look out for good opportunities to cast Hyperion Icon Hyperion, if chosen at Level 10, to damage as many Structures and enemies as possible. Besides, make sure to let your Warriors carry as many Coins as possible, as Raynor is too squishy of a Hero to take that responsibility.

3. Cursed Hollow

Cursed Hollow
Cursed Hollow

As one of the first and most ancient realms pulled into the Nexus, the realm of Raven Court has grown large and prosperous over the millennia. The province of Cursed Hollow, a gothic landscape of twisting villages and farmlands, serves as an ideal trial grounds for the Heroes of the Storm.

Collect Tributes

The Raven Lord will periodically create tributes. Gather them for your team!

Curse Your Enemies

Upon capturing three tributes, the Raven Lord will curse your enemies.

Cursed Forts and Minions

Cursed forts will not attack, and cursed minions are reduced to 1 health.

Due to the large size of the map, Raynor can collect Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman stacks relatively safely. Alternatively, he can support one of the lanes, preferably forming a triple lane, by buffing allied Minions and Heroes with Inspire Icon Inspire. Unfortunately for Raynor, he is not very good at capturing Mercenary Camps, which forces him to stay with the rest of his team most of the time.

Make sure to continuously soak lanes, especially if your team does not want to contest Tributes. Being a team player will be one of the most important tasks on this map, so always make sure to watch your own position, especially while moving through enemy territory.

4. Dragon Shire

Dragon Shire
Dragon Shire

These lush and deceptively peaceful gardens have grown over time, covering the once molten realm known as Dragon Spire. Beneath this verdant paradise, the ancient power of the dragons was sealed away... and their descendants have neither forgotten nor forgiven the trespasses of those who wronged them.

Control the Shrines

There are two shrines your team needs to control to activate the Dragon Knight's statue.

Free the Dragon Knight

While activated, bring a hero to the statue to free the Dragon Knight from his prison!

Devastate Enemy Forts

Use the Dragon Knight's immense power to level enemy forts!

On Dragon Shire Raynor usually takes a solo lane or roams between mid and bottom lane to collect as many Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman stacks during the early game as possible. The short distances between each lane allow both teams to execute deadly ganks in order to establish control over the Dragon Shrines, so play especially carefully whenever your Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush is on cooldown.

One important thing to keep in mind is the fact that ranged Assassins like Raynor should not opt for the control over the Dragon Knight. Instead, try to let a Warrior or melee Assassin take the Dragon Knight. In a case of emergency, however, it is better to have the Dragon Knight under your control, even if piloted by a ranged Assassin, than let it go to waste. If you still happen to sit inside the Dragon Knight during the early-mid game, you should mostly try to avoid taking unnecessary damage and instead roam between lanes to damage as many enemy structures as possible.

If the enemy team secures a Dragon Knight, make sure to use your crowd control abilities as frequently as possible on it to slow down its advance. It is worth mentioning that Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round can prevent the enemy Dragon Knight from using its Savage Charge.

5. Garden of Terror

Garden of Terror
Garden of Terror

Once the royal gardens were a splendor to behold. But lately a shadow has fallen over them... Writhing tendrils creep across the grounds at night, and a number of servants have disappeared while walking its twisting paths. Queen Nightshade claims to be unaware of these incidents, but some are beginning to suspect she has gone mad.

Fight the Shamblers

At night, Shamblers will rise from the gardens.

Collect Seeds

Kill the Shamblers and collect seeds for your team.

Control Garden Terror

With 100 seeds, control a garden terror and destroy your enemies!

As Raynor, your top priority should be to accumulate as many Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman stacks. Due to the large size of the map, you should be able to collect them relatively safely. As soon as the first Night phase arrives, make sure to assist your allies in claiming as many Seeds as possible. Make sure to avoid standing near the bushes to the left and right in order to avoid getting engaged on if the enemy decides to ambush you.

Similar to piloting the Dragon Knight on Dragon Shire, Raynor is not the best choice when it comes to controlling the Garden Terror. However, if you still happen to pilot it, you should try to avoid taking unnecessary damage while inside the Terror. Instead, use Plant Horror Overgrowth to damage enemy buildings and Spore Queen's Curse to prevent the enemies from defending. If you notice that your Garden Terror is taking too much damage, activate its Sprint ability and rotate towards a different lane.

6. Infernal Shrines

Infernal Shrines
Infernal Shrines

Demonic corruption threatens the Gardens of Hope. Called forth by the Shrines, Punishers prowl the battlefield, terrifying creatures that live to destroy heroes. Defeat the Shrines' Guardians before your enemies do, and the next Punisher will fight for you; fail, and face the demon's wrath.

Activate the Shrines

The Infernal Shrines periodically gather power. Activate them and prepare for a fight.

Defeat Guardians

Slay 30 Guardians before the enemy team to bring forth a mighty Punisher.

Beware the Punisher

Punishers have one of three devastating powers. Be careful, they focus on attacking heroes above all else.

Although this map features three lanes, the distances between lanes are fairly short. This makes Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman a useful talent to pick at Level 1. Due to the tremendous impact the Map Objective has on the course of the game, it is imperative to stick to the rest of your team in order to appear at the Shrines in time. Since waveclear abilities allow you to kill several Guardians at the same time in order to summon the Punisher faster, Hyperion Icon Hyperion becomes an incredibly powerful Heroic Ability on Infernal Shrines. Keep in mind that once a Punisher has been defeated, it will take 1:30 minutes until the next Shrine location gets announced.

7. Sky Temple

Sky Temple
Sky Temple

Floating above the vast desert sands of Luxoria, the Sky Temple serves as a center of worship for the snake god, Ka. He stores his great power within the temples, each of them secured by guardians. With such defenses, no warriors would think to seize the god's power for themselves... or would they?

Capture the Temples

Temples will periodically awaken. Stand within their grounds to capture their power!

Hold the Temples

Remain firm and the temple will unleash a blistering onslaught on your enemy's forts!

Defend the Temples

Guardians will try to wrest control of their temples from your team. Hold them off to keep the temple's power for yourselves!

Pushing and maintaining lane control is crucial on Sky Temple during the early stages of the game. The first two Temples will always activate on the top and middle location of the map, so try to maintain a good amount of health in order to participate in early skirmishes. Choosing Give Me More! Icon Give Me More! can help you in that matter. Around 4 minutes into the game you should check whether you teammates want to clear the Bruiser Camp and assist them in doing so if needed. Capturing the Bruisers in time provides your team with some heavy pressure on the top lane during the next Temple phase.

The second Temple that is going to get activated will always be the bottom one. As Raynor, it is imperative that you rotate quickly enough to fight along your teammates, as your Inspire Icon Inspire and your Heroic Abilities are essential tools to buff and fight the enemy for Temple control.

8. Tomb of the Spider Queen

Tomb of the Spider Queen
Tomb of the Spider Queen

The long forgotten tombs of Luxoria have found a new master. Deep within their timeworn chambers, the Spider Queen Neithis stirs from her ancient slumber. Present her with the gems of power she seeks, and you may just escape with your lives.

Collect Gems

Enemy spider minions and Heroes drop magical gems upon death. Gather as many as you can!

Turn in Gems

Relinquish your gems at one of the Spider Queen's altars or you will drop them all when you die!

Summon Webweavers

Whichever team turns in enough gems first will unleash the Webweavers to destroy their enemy's defenses.

Being one of the smallest maps currently available, Tomb of the Spider Queen will draw all your attention towards early skirmishes. Due to the short distances between the lanes, picking Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman is essential on this map. Using Inspire Icon Inspire and Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round to shove your lane (which is preferably either top or middle) buys you enough time to rotate around the map and collect additional Seasoned Marksman stacks.

Mercenary Camps will not come into play until Level 10, since most Heroes will be busy collecting Gems and keeping the enemy from turning in theirs. Remember: if you are behind in experience or find yourself in an uncomfortable spot in your lane, try to let the enemy minions come closer to your own towers before attacking them. This allows you to pick up Gems more safely.

9. Towers of Doom

Towers of Doom
Towers of Doom

The Grave Keeper and the Raven Lord are engaged in a classic battle of evil versus… different evil? Protective magic shields your Core from enemy Heroes, but nothing will save you from these two masters of the dark arts. Hold the Bell Towers, capture the Altars, and unleash your wicked benefactor's power on your enemies.

Protected Cores

Both Cores are protected by a barrier that cannot be attacked by Heroes. To be victorious, you must activate Altars.

Activate Altars

Periodically Altars will rise across the battlefield. Activate them to have your Bell Towers fire upon the enemy's Core.

Claim Bell Towers

Destroy your enemy's Towers to bring them under your team's control. The more Towers you have, the more damage an Altar will do.

Towers of Doom features a unique mechanic in which both Cores are protected by a barrier, which cannot be penetrated by Heroes. In order to be victorious, both teams have to activate Altars, which periodically spawn on three different locations across the battlefield. Once a team captures an Altar, each Bell Tower, which is an equivalent to Forts from other maps, will fire a projectile towards the enemy Core, causing it to lose 1 health point per Bell Tower.

Something also worth mentioning is the fact that there is only one type of Mercenary Camp. Each Camp consists of three Sappers, which will destroy themselves as soon as they approach an enemy Bell Tower, dealing a large amount of damage to it. Alternatively, each Sapper will deal 1 damage to the enemy Core if they manage to get close to it. Furthermore, the Headless Horseman replaces the Boss from other maps and proves to be a deadly foe. Thus, we only recommend fighting against him if several of the enemy team members are dead or if you can see their location on the Minimap. Killing the Headless Horseman comes with great reward, as he will bombard the enemy Core for 4 points of damage.

Due to the way the Map Objective works, capturing enemy Bell Towers and fighting skirmishes around the Shrines become the two most important tasks on Towers of Doom. Fortunately for Raynor, his Hyperion Icon Hyperion is a powerful Heroic Ability to zone enemy Heroes away from the Altars, while at the same time its Yamato Cannon deals great damage to Bell Towers and Minion Waves.

When fighting for Altars, it is of utmost importance to keep a healthy distance from enemy Warriors and Assassins. Raynor's Advanced Optics Icon Advanced Optics trait helps you out in that regard, so use your superior range to poke your opponents from afar. Also keep in mind to use the terrain to you advantage. Towers of Doom offers several walls and bushes to hide behind while attacking the enemy team.

10. ChangeLog

  • 14 Dec. 2015: Added Towers of Doom to the map pool.
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