Tassadar Build Guide “Executor, I stand ready!”

Last updated on Aug 29, 2019 at 09:43 by Kendric 52 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Tassadar, a Support 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.

Tassadar's Overview

Tassadar is a ranged support Hero with both great offensive and defensive potential. He is often seen as a "Semi Support" since he is capable of dishing out significant damage while protecting his allies with powerful shields at the same time. Tassadar is one of the most versatile Heroes in the game, which makes him fit into many different team compositions.

2.

Tassadar's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Strong shields with relatively low cooldown
  • +Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm provides great waveclear
  • +Counters stealthed Heroes by using Oracle Icon Oracle
  • +Heavy AoE damage while in Archon Icon Archon form
  • +Fantastic escaping possibilities thanks to Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift
  • +Allows a variety of talent builds
X Weaknesses
3.

Tassadar's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Shield Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Khaydarin Resonance Icon
Level 4 Khala's Celerity Icon Khala's Embrace Icon ?
Level 7 Mental Acuity Icon
Level 10 Force Wall Icon Archon Icon ?
Level 13 Adun's Wisdom Icon
Level 16 Phase Disruption Icon Psionic Echo Icon ?
Level 20 Shield Battery Icon

The Shield Build is designed to provide Tassadar and his allies with strong protection against burst damage while also improving their overall utility by applying buffs, such as increased Movement Speed or Life Steal. At Level 1, Khaydarin Resonance Icon Khaydarin Resonance lays the foundation to more potent Shields, which in return will work greatly with both Khala's Celerity Icon Khala's Celerity and Khala's Embrace Icon Khala's Embrace as follow-up talents at Level 4. Investing points into Mental Acuity Icon Mental Acuity at Level 7 and Adun's Wisdom Icon Adun's Wisdom at Level 13 allows Tassadar to benefit off strong Basic Ability cooldown reduction, which results in more Shielding as well. Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery concludes the Shield Build with additional AoE protection turning Tassadar into a late-game protection machine.

Psionic Storm Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Psi-Infusion Icon
Level 4 Khala's Embrace Icon Khala's Light Icon ?
Level 7 Psionic Projection Icon
Level 10 Archon Icon Force Wall Icon ?
Level 13 Adun's Wisdom Icon Nullification Icon ?
Level 16 Psionic Echo Icon
Level 20 Twilight Archon Icon Force Barrier Icon ?

The Psionic Storm Build focuses on boosting Tassadar's waveclear and AoE capabilities, most importantly his Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm and Archon Icon Archon abilities. This build performs particularly well on maps such as Infernal Shrines, where Psionic Storm's AoE damage clears off PvE objectives, or Towers of Doom, where it can be used used it to prevent enemies from capturing objectives.

4.

Tassadar's Synergies and Counters

V Tassadar synergizes with

Tassadar is the perfect match for Warriors and Assassins who require special protection in order to unfold their true potential. As such, Heroes like Artanis or Illidan will greatly benefit from the protection Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield provides, while the Lifesteal makes them much more resilient. Valla or Tracer, for the same reasons, synergize extremely well with Tassadar, especially if combined with another Support.

X Tassadar is countered by

Tassadar does not really get countered by a lot of Heroes, however, there are some that can cause problems for him. First and foremost, Varian's Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw talent allows him to break Tassadar's shields very quickly. Furthermore, Tassadar is susceptible to Silences, which makes Alarak a rather uncomfortable opponent to face. Strong burst Mages likes Kael'thas inflict too much AoE damage for Tassadar to effectively counter.

5.

Tassadar's Maps

Tassadar's stronger maps
Braxis Holdout Haunted Mines Infernal Shrines Towers of Doom
Tassadar's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction
Tassadar's weaker maps
None

Tassadar is an extremely versatile Hero, which makes him perform decently on most maps. However, the truly shines on battlegrounds on which he can fully utilize his Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield defensively against pushing Map Objectives, such as Bosses, Immortals, or Punishers.

6.

Tassadar's Tips and Tricks

  • Using Oracle Icon Oracle causes Tassadar to dismount. If possible, make sure to use it first and mount up after.
  • 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.
  • Activating Archon Icon Archon resets the cooldown of Tassadar's Dimensional Shift Icon Dimensional Shift, which enables him to dodge skillshots and damage.
7.

Tassadar's Role in the Current Meta

Tassadar is usually picked with a regular Healer to empower a so-called "Hypercarry" like Illidan, Tracer, or Valla, who (if well protected) can dish out enough damage to decide team fights all by themselves. Tassadar fits into such compositions very well thanks to his strong Shields that also provide Life Steal to these Basic Attack dependent Heroes.

He, too, counters Stealthed Heroes like Nova or Zeratul because of his Oracle Icon Oracle ability. Unlike many other Heroes, Tassadar can be played efficiently on every map currently available.

8.

Changelog

  • 29 Aug. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Tassadar's ability descriptions.
  • 29 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Updated Tassadar's Talent Builds and several of his Talent priorities in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 29 Aug. 2019 (this page): Updated Tassadar's introduction to reflect the current meta more accurately.
  • 19 Feb. 2019 (this page): Updated Tassadar's introduction.
  • 19 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated Tassadar's talent builds.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Changed Khaydarin Resonance from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Khala's Light description and updated Tassadar's Talent Builds.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Changed Force Barrier from Not Recommended to Situational and updated several other talent descriptions.
  • 07 Aug. 2017 (this page): Removed Tassadar's Full Support build.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (abilities page): Updated Tassadar's Plasma Shield description.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated Adun's Wisdom's description.
  • 09 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Changed Khala's Embrace from Not Recommended to Recommended and updated Talent Builds.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated several of Tassadar's talent descriptions.
  • 28 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated Khaydarin Resonance in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 31 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Changed some Level 7 and Level 13 talent recommendations.
  • 25 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide moved to the new format and updated following the changes in Valeera's patch.
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