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Sgt. Hammer Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Jul 24, 2015 at 13:15 by Oxygen 36 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the heroes you synergise well with, as Sgt. Hammer and those you are particularly vulnerable against.

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

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Heroes Sgt. Hammer Works Well With

In this section, we will look at the heroes that work particularly well with Sgt. Hammer.

1.1. Abathur

Abathur Portrait Sgt. Hammer makes for an excellent Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution target due to her potent Basic Attack. Adrenal Overload Icon Adrenal Overload and Adrenaline Boost Icon Adrenaline Boost are especially strong talents to further improve Sgt. Hammer's offense, while Carapace Icon Carapace will help to keep her alive.

1.2. E.T.C.

E.T.C. Portrait Rockstar Icon Rockstar and Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal provide invaluable increases to Sgt. Hammer's attack and movement speed. E.T.C. himself makes the perfect hero to stand between you and your opponents with the strong peeling power provided by both Powerslide Icon Powerslide and Face Melt Icon Face Melt. Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit can combo with both Napalm Strike Icon Napalm Strike and Blunt Force Gun Icon Blunt Force Gun for very good results. Concussive Blast Icon Concussive Blast can even be used to push foes into an active Mosh Pit.

1.3. Uther

Uther Portrait Holy Light Icon Holy Light, Holy Radiance Icon Holy Radiance, and Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield's burst healing and protection can keep you alive through the most dire of situations. Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice can be used as a soft peeling tool as well as a setup tool for your sustained damage. Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm synergises very well with both Napalm Strike Icon Napalm Strike and Blunt Force Gun Icon Blunt Force Gun.

2. Heroes Sgt. Hammer Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at the heroes that counter Sgt. Hammer particularly well.

2.1. Chen

Chen Portrait Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick's short cooldown allows Chen to continuously pressure Sgt. Hammer in spite of Thrusters Icon Thrusters, all while the shields generated by Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew are too strong for you to even impact his health pool. His heroic ability, Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg, can either be used to unconditionally zone you away from your allies, or to bring you to your opponents — both of which are highly undesirable.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Chen

Since Chen relies on channeling Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to use his abilities and generally stay alive, positioning yourself near allied Heroes with readily available interrupts can discourage him from engaging you at all. Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg can be sidestepped by Thrusters Icon Thrusters to prevent it from driving you into your opponents.

2.2. Illidan

Illidan Portrait Multiple gap closers in the form of Dive Icon Dive and Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike make Illidan inescapable, while Evasion Icon Evasion completely shuts down your main source of damage. To make matters worse, his unstoppable frames make him difficult to peel off of you.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Illidan

Illidan is at his best when he can freely deliver sustained Basic Attacks. As such, it is imperative that you stay out of his melee range, a task made difficult by his Dive Icon Dive and Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike. The best way of dealing with him is to kite and remain near allied Heroes who can offer crowd control. Avoid attacking him while Evasion Icon Evasion is active, which you can tell by his faded appearance.

2.3. Kael'thas

Kael'thas Portrait All of Kael'thas's abilities are specifically geared towards punishing low-mobility Heroes. Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike is especially dangerous, as it deals a large amount of area of effect damage, to the point where it essentially prevents you from using Siege Mode Icon Siege Mode at all. His Phoenix Icon Phoenix can zone you out of attacking for a lengthy time period.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Kael'thas

Kael is typically considered to be one of Sgt. Hammer's hardest counter-picks. A Kael'thas draft should never be followed by a Sgt. Hammer pick for the opposing team. This is, however, not always possible to prevent. The most important thing that you should do is to avoid using Siege Mode Icon Siege Mode, as it will make you a free target for Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike. Keep track of the aforementioned ability's cooldown — equal to 7 seconds — and weave your Basic Attacks in-between casts. Trying to get your team to use aggressive tactics against Kael'thas will also prevent him from freely poking you; you must imperatively communicate this fact to your teammates so that you are not rendered ineffective.

2.4. Nova

Nova Portrait Nova's fearsome burst damage through her Snipe Icon Snipe, Pinning Shot Icon Pinning Shot, Anti-Armor Shells Icon Anti-Armor Shells, and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike can kill you outright and from range whenever you are below ~70% of your health total. This fact alone makes it very dangerous for you to have significant uptime, both in lane and during team fights.

2.4.1. How To Play Against Nova

Nova's ability to deal damage is increased while she is invisible as it allows her to sneak up onto her targets. Pay attention to the shimmer produced by her cloak, and dispel the effect by using Napalm Strike Icon Napalm Strike. Rapidly moving back and forth whenever you suspect she may be nearby will also make it harder for her to successfully use Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike. If Snipe does miss, it is typically possible for Sgt. Hammer to duel Nova and come out on top. Avoid wasting Thrusters Icon Thrusters against her Holo Decoy Icon Holo Decoy.

2.5. Tyrael

Tyrael Portrait Judgment Icon Judgment's unavoidable stun can be used to hard-engage on Sgt. Hammer and follow up with high damage abilities such as Falstad's Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast or Nova's Snipe Icon Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike. Unless supported, these combos will usually result in you dying. In general, Tyrael can pressure Sgt. Hammer through El'druin's Might Icon El'druin's Might and Smite Icon Smite, while making retaliating hard due to Righteousness Icon Righteousness.

2.5.1. How To Play Against Tyrael

While Tyrael's damage is not that threatening on its own, Heroes that can properly follow up on a Judgment Icon Judgment cast are often lethal to Sgt. Hammer, as they are nearly impossible to avoid. Typically, it is upon your support to protect you against Judgment. You can, however, make combos harder to pull off by standing further back, forcing Tyrael to overextend out of other combo pieces and away from his own support.

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