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Tassadar Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Jul 06, 2017 at 14:32 by Kendric 50 comments

Table of Contents

Tassadar Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Tassadar has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

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

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. 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 Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Tips on Ability Usage

  • Using Oracle Icon Oracle causes Tassadar to dismount. If possible, make sure to use it first and mount up after.
  • Tassadar is a formidable solo laner. Try to harass your opponents with basic attacks by using Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield on yourself as soon as you notice your enemy fights back.
  • Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield can be used on allied Structures. Use this to buy your team more time while defending.
  • If your team is retreating, remember that Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm can be used to dismount pursuing enemies.

2. Plasma Shield

Tassadar Plasma Shield
Plasma Shield (Q) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

Grant a Shield that absorbs 475 (+4% per level) damage over 4 seconds. If the target is a Hero, they heal for 40% of their Basic Attack damage done while Shielded.

Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield's cooldown is twice as long as its duration, which requires you to cast it quite diligently. It will be very hard for enemies to burst Tassadar in an early game fight thanks to his shield, which should make you a very stable laner. However, remember to use Plasma Shield wisely to avoid Mana issues, as they prove to be particularly troublesome for Mana-dependant Heroes like Tassadar.

Knowing when to shield one of your allies is key. If you have Heroes with hard engage on your team (such as Thrall, Tyrael, or Anub'arak, for example) it is often recommended to shield them as soon as they initiate the team fight. Also, due to the 40% Lifesteal on Plasma Shield, Heroes who are dependent on their Basic Attacks, such as Illidan or Valla, usually have priority over other targets when it comes to getting shielded. If Tassadar himself gets targeted by the enemy team, keep in mind that Plasma Shield can be cast on himself by pressing ALT + Q (you can customise every self-cast ability in your ingame hotkey settings).

3. Psionic Storm

Tassadar Psionic Storm
Psionic Storm (W) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

Deal 88 (+4% per level) damage per second to enemies in target area for 3 seconds. Damage increases by 12% for each consecutive instance of damage, up to 60%.

Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm is Tassadar's most important tool during the laning phase, as its radius is big enough to hit an entire minion wave if placed diligently. When aiming your Psionic Storms on enemy Minions make sure to place the center over the Wizard Minion (the ones that also drop Regneration Globes) in order to hit the whole minion wave. Using Psionic Storm efficiently will save you a lot of Mana, so feel free to take your time in order to practise your Psionic Storm placement, especially if you are not being pressured in your lane. A great way to enhance your Psionic Storms even further comes at Level 16 with talents like Phase Disruption Icon Phase Disruption or Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo, which greatly enhance Tassadar's late game combat performance.

4. Dimensional Shift

Tassadar Dimensional Shift
Dimensional Shift (E) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Tassadar becomes invulnerable and Unrevealable for 2 seconds. While shifted, he has 25% increased Movement Speed.

There is a reason why it is very hard to gank Tassadar, and that reason is his prime escape, Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift. You can dodge enemy projectiles, such as Muradin's Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt or Thrall's Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit, if you activate Dimensional Shift before the spell hits you. It will also allow you to pass through hostile zoning abilities like Malfurion's Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots or Nazeebo's Zombie Wall Icon Zombie Wall, which makes Tassadar a very slippery and unfavorable target to gank. Keep in mind, however, that this skill does have a rather high cooldown of 30 seconds. Enemies who just saw you using Dimensional Shift could leave your lane only to reappear shortly after and try to gank you again, so never let your guard down as long as Dimensional Shift is recharging.

5. Archon

Tassadar Archon
Archon (R) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Tassadar transforms into an Archon and gains a Plasma Shield. His Basic Attacks deal 166 (+4% per level) damage, slow the target by 30% for 1 second and splash for 83 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within 2.5 range. Lasts for 10 seconds.

Passive: Archon refreshes the cooldown of Dimensional Shift.

Using Archon Icon Archon will turn you into a powerful damage dealer that is able to fight most Heroes straight on in a one versus one. Archon brings a lot of extra power to team fights, as well. With the help of your improved basic attacks and Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storms you will be able to deal heavy AoE damage, while the Archon's initial shield makes you quite resilient. Remember to use Archon at the beginning of a team fight to get the maximum efficiency out of your Heroic ability. Keep an eye out for squishy and damaged targets — you will be surprised how hard your basic attacks are going to hit them. Since Archon only lasts 10.5 seconds, you should try to avoid getting stunned or rooted so you will not lose precious seconds while you are still transformed.

6. Force Wall

Tassadar Force Wall
Force Wall (R) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 25
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

Create a wall that blocks all units from moving through it for 2 seconds.

Passive: Increases the slow amount of Distortion Beam to 30%.

There is hardly any other Hero that can literally shape the outcome of a fight like a Tassadar who chose Force Wall Icon Force Wall at Level 10. The ability to lock enemies in place, especially in narrow choke points, can be used both offensively and defensively. If used offensively, Force Wall can cut off flight paths from retreating opponents. If used defensively, it can save threatened allies from enemy initiators.

7. Oracle

Tassadar Oracle
Oracle (D) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to greatly increase Tassadar's vision radius, allow him to see over obstacles, and detect stealthed units. Lasts for 5 seconds.

Passive: Tassadar's Basic Attack is a Distortion Beam that slows enemy units by 20%.

Oracle Icon Oracle is a very powerful tool to maintain map awareness and spot hidden enemies. This trait is one of the reasons why Tassadar is a very popular mid laner, as his ability to spot ambushes or enemies clearing Mercenary Camps is very useful to adjust your own and your team's global movements. In particular, Zeratul and Nova ganks can be countered if you use Oracle in time.

In order to get a little bit more value out of your Oracle you should make sure to cast it and immediately mount afterwards. The improved vision radius will continue to work on your mount as well, enabling you to cover a wider area thanks to your greater movement speed. If using this technique, be sure to keep in mind the 5-second cooldown on your mount that is triggered when you dismount. This means that if you use Oracle while mounted, you will not be able to re-mount in time. Instead, you should dismount yourself manually first, wait for the cooldown on the mount to run out, use Oracle and then immediately mount afterwards.

8. ChangeLog

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  • 06 Jul. 2017: Updated Tassadar's Plasma Shield description.
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