Samuro Build Guide “My humble skills are yours.”

Last updated on Jul 30, 2020 at 18:00 by Derenash 28 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Samuro, a Melee 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.


Samuro's Overview

Samuro is a Melee Assassin who can Stealth and create Images of himself on demand. His Mirror Images can confuse his enemies, causing them to waste resources and cooldowns. Samuro is an excellent solo laner. With proper micro, his clones become a great nuisance for the enemy team, while Samuro will shred through any target.


Samuro's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Has very good DPS if he is free to hit
  • +Has 2 different cleanses for DoTs or debuffs
  • +Can tank many skillshots with clones
  • +Decent at capturing Mercenary Camps
  • +Has a very high skill ceiling
  • +Can distract and confuse enemy Heroes with Illusion Master Icon Illusion Master
  • +Easily escape from any gank attempts
  • +Has great self-sustain by using the Hearth Trick
X Weaknesses
  • -Weak early game
  • -Images can help enemies complete Quests
  • -Vulnerable if Revealed
  • -Vulnerable to peel and knockbacks
  • -Hard to play

Samuro's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Illusion Master Build

Level 1 Way of Illusion Icon Way of the Blade Icon ?
Level 4 Mirage Icon Deflection Icon ?
Level 7 Crushing Blows Icon Burning Blade Icon ?
Level 10 Illusion Master Icon
Level 13 Shukuchi Icon Mirrored Steel Icon ? Kawarimi Icon ?
Level 16 Press the Attack Icon
Level 20 Three Blade Style Icon Blademaster's Pursuit Icon ?

The Illusion Master build focuses on Talents that increase the damage, durability, and frequency of Mirror Images. Builds are usually ordered by effectiveness, with the best build for the current meta at the top. Samuro is an exception. Although Illusion Master is very strong, it is so much harder to use that we recommend a more accessible build for beginners first. Both builds can perform well at any rank, but they do play quite differently. Illusion Master Icon Illusion Master adds a significant layer of complexity, as it enables the player to control 3 units at the same time. This build is recommended for players who are already comfortable with Samuro's other mechanics.

Way of Illusion Icon Way of Illusion adds much damage, but Way of the Blade Icon Way of the Blade is a good option if you are not going to stack Way of illusion. Mirage Icon Mirage and Deflection Icon Deflection can both be good at Level 4, depending on what type of damage the enemy team has access to. AoE damage that enemy Heroes will use to quickly dispatch your Images will usually be from Ability Damage, which is why Mirage is recommended as a baseline. However, Deflection can help your Images tank more tower shots when you dive Heroes under structures. Crushing Blows Icon Crushing Blows will greatly increase your damage the longer you stay in battle, with correct control of Images, you can strike many heroes without them noticing they are being attacked by the real Samuro. At Level 16, Press the Attack Icon Press the Attack greatly increases your damage, that is when your enemies should be really concerned about Samuro. Three Blade Style Icon Three Blade Style can add much versatility to your Hero, but Blademaster's Pursuit Icon Blademaster's Pursuit is a great addition for fighting.

Bladestorm Build

Level 1 Way of the Wind Icon Way of Illusion Icon ?
Level 4 One With The Wind Icon Deflection Icon ? Mirage Icon ?
Level 7 Phantom Pain Icon Crushing Blows Icon ?
Level 10 Bladestorm Icon
Level 13 Shukuchi Icon
Level 16 Harsh Winds Icon Press the Attack Icon ?
Level 20 Wind Strider Icon Blademaster's Pursuit Icon ?

The Bladestorm build focuses on Talents that increase Wind Walk's utility. This helps Samuro get into and out of melee range, where Samuro deals all of his meaningful damage. This build is a great starting point for players new to Samuro, and can perform well at all levels of play. However, it can also be built for a more sustained damage playstyle, with Way of Illusion Icon Way of Illusion, Crushing Blows Icon Crushing Blows, and Press the Attack Icon Press the Attack. It is good if you do not need Way of the Wind Icon Way of the Wind to reach enemy heroes.

Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm can also be used to clear Minions and Mercenaries effectively, due to its low Cooldown and high AoE damage. At Level 16, you hit a huge power spike which gives you kill potential against many Heroes in the game, even when they are at full health. This is accomplished by applying Harsh Winds Icon Harsh Winds with a stored Critical Strike, activating Critical Strike immediately after in order to reset your Basic Attack, and then using Blade Storm while you still have extra movement speed from Wind Walk. Shukuchi Icon Shukuchi makes it possible to close into melee range very quickly in order to deliver your lethal combo. Wind Strider Icon Wind Strider allows you to benefit from most of your other Talents much more often.


Samuro's Synergies and Counters

V Samuro synergizes with

Samuro does well with Heroes who can increase the stats of his Images, or that can heal him from afar, like Malfurion and Deckard can. He also excels with Abathur, the only thing better than Three Blade Style Icon Three Blade Style is Ultimate Evolution Icon Six Blade Style. You, improved.

X Samuro is countered by

As Samuro has a hard time dealing with knockbacks, Lúcio and E.T.C. can greatly reduce his effectiveness by pushing him away at every possible aggression. He also suffers against Heroes that can easily kill his images, like Jaina or Cassia with Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light. Furthermore, Heroes that benefit from hitting clones can be a problem, such as Malfurion, Medivh, or Diablo.


Samuro's Maps

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

Samuro does very well on maps dependent on point capture, like Dragon Shire or Braxis Holdout, because he can easily beat almost every hero after Level 7. He is also very good on big maps where you need to channel objectives, due to his great stall capabilities and great duel potential during them. Samuro excels on maps with many different flank angles, where you can chase enemies or hit them from behind during objectives.


Samuro's Tips and Tricks

  • Hearth Trick: Mirror Image can be used to heal in an unconventional way. When you are outside of combat, hold Left-Shift and cast Image Transmission Icon Image Transmission on a Mirror Image while channeling Hearthstone. If the Mirror Image is still alive when Hearthstone's channel completes, you will instantly return to lane with the health restoration provided by the Hall of Storms.
  • Clones' initial focus or movement can be controlled prior to Level 10, by using an Attack-Move command in the same moment they are created (This can be done by holding the button during the Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image usage).
  • Use Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image to tank tower shots while ganking, or to damage structures without a friendly minion wave.
  • Critical Strike Icon Critical Strike resets your Basic Attacks; activate it immediately after delivering a Critical Strike for optimal effect.
  • Wind Walk Icon Wind Walk can be used to quickly approach enemies, or to help you escape dangerous situations. Remember the cooldown starts ticking as soon as the ability is activated
  • Use Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm to clear waves or to deal some AoE damage in fights, when enemy has no crowd controls available.
  • The Movement Speed provided by Image Transmission Icon Image Transmission can be used not only to chase, but to dodge or to disengage from combat as well.
  • Activate Image Transmission Icon Image Transmission to engage on a Hero near one of your Images, or to reposition to safety when you are in danger.

Samuro's Role in the Current Meta

Samuro fits well into team compositions that need a Melee Offlane (Sololane) Assassin, but that also does not require extra peeling for the Assassins. Samuro can be a liability against certain Heroes because his Images can help enemies to quickly finish quests, or to enhance Healing dependent on hitting Heroes, like Malfurion and Diablo have.

Despite all of Samuro's Weaknesses, an excellent player can have great impact playing as him in all situations, due to his high skill ceiling. With Illusion Master Icon Illusion Master, Samuro should be constantly harassing enemy backline, being aware of when they spend their Abilities, to use Image Transmission Icon Image Transmission and kill them.



  • 30 Jul. 2020 (this page): Updated Bladestorm Build.
  • 25 Jun. 2020 (this page): Updated Guide to better reflect current meta.
  • 25 Jun. 2020 (abilities page): Updated Abilities to address Samuro's most recent rework.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Updated builds and Talents to reflect current meta.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Updated Role in the Current Meta to include information on current Nexus Anomaly.
  • 02 Jul. 2019 (abilities page): Updated abilities section.
  • 02 Jul. 2019 (this page): Recommended builds and Talents udpated to reflect current meta.
  • 02 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Recommended builds and Talents updated to reflect current meta.
  • 04 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Talent section updated to reflect current meta.
  • 14 Dec. 2017 (this page): Guide updated to reflect Samuro's rework and general changes to the Stealth mechanic.
  • 14 Dec. 2017 (abilities page): Abilities section updated to reflect Samuro's rework.
  • 14 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Talent section updated to reflect Samuro's rework.
  • 20 Nov. 2016 (this page): Guide added.
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