Tassadar Build Guide “Executor, I stand ready!”

Last updated on Jun 30, 2021 at 09:00 by Derenash 60 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Tassadar, a Ranged 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.

1.

Tassadar's Overview

Tassadar is a ranged assassin with good damage output from high range. All his abilities deal AoE damage, being an excellent Hero if enemies tend to stay close together. Force Wall Icon Force Wall is an interesting ability. If used well, it can be very impactful, but without proper care, it can even harm your team. Even though Tassadar can get some Talents that improve his survivability, he is a squishy and immobile Hero. Without proper positioning, Tassadar will be an easy target for any tank or melee assassin.

2.

Tassadar's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Is very squishy, and can be easily killed or ganked
  • -Weak against high mobility Heroes, since all his Abilities can be easily dodged.
  • -No mobility outside of specific Talents
  • -Force Wall Icon Force Wall is hard to use and has a high Mana cost.
  • -Weak against crowd control, including Knockbacks, since those will cancel Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray.
3.

Tassadar's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Recommended
Level 1 Static Charge Icon
Level 4 Plasma Shield Icon Induction Icon ? Electric Fence Icon ?
Level 7 Arc Discharge Icon Beam Alignment Icon ? Psionic Echo Icon ?
Level 10 Archon Icon
Level 13 Oracle Icon Feedback Icon ? Shadow Walk Icon ?
Level 16 Executor's Will Icon Thermal Lance Icon ?
Level 20 Twilight Archon Icon

The Standard Build is an excellent approach for every game, as it provides tassadar with a good mix of burst damage, resistance and sustained damage.

At Levels 4 and 13, there are several Talents that improve your safety. Induction Icon Induction's extra movement speed is excellent against Compositions with several skillshots. However, Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield is better against poke heroes or against enemies that will chase you no matter how fast you move, like Zeratul or Genji. At Level 13, while Shadow Walk Icon Shadow Walk is excellent against divers, Oracle Icon Oracle gives you a very good sustain and resistance against Mages. Furthermore, Tassadar does not need all this safety in every game. Sometimes it will be better to get Electric Fence Icon Electric Fence and Feedback Icon Feedback instead, to increase your damage and crowd control.

At level 7, Arc Discharge Icon Arc Discharge is a good option, since it will greatly increase Basic Attack range, enhancing Archon and providing good damage from Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm. However, the other Talents are also very effective. Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo adds a good burst damage, which is useful to follow up your Tank, but it does not enhance his DPS as much as Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment does. We always recommend going for Twilight Archon Icon Twilight Archon here, because this build is very dependent on Archon's Basic Attacks and having Beam Alignment charged.

Psionic Storm Build

Situational
Level 1 Psi-Infusion Icon Static Charge Icon ?
Level 4 Electric Fence Icon
Level 7 Psionic Echo Icon
Level 10 Archon Icon Black Hole Icon ?
Level 13 Shadow Walk Icon Oracle Icon ? Feedback Icon ?
Level 16 Psychic Shock Icon
Level 20 Force Barrier Icon Twilight Archon Icon ? Kugelblitz Icon ?

The Psionic Storm Build allows Tassadar to be poking enemies from a long and safe range. It may not have the same damage capabilities as Shock Ray Build, but due to the long range of all abilities, it is a great choice if you are concerned about enemies easily reaching you. This build's playstyle is focused on using Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm from a long range, to then use Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray in the direction the enemy is moving, so that in the moment they leave Psionic Storm area, Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo will spawn another one, being a great poke and harass tool.

Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion does not increase Tassadar's damage, but it enables him to be constantly poking enemies with the combo described above while also giving him good Mana sustain. However, it is not necessary if the enemy team's composition do not feature any high range Hero, and we recommend getting Static Charge Icon Static Charge in that situation. The main power spike from this build comes with Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo, which greatly increases your damage output.

All the talents at Level 13 can be good; Shadow Walk Icon Shadow Walk can save Tassadar from divers, Oracle Icon Oracle gives him a very good sustain and resistance against Mages, and Feedback Icon Feedback will be outstanding during Archon, being a good pick if you do not need the extra survivability from the other 2 Talents.

4.

Tassadar's Synergies and Counters

V Tassadar synergizes with

Tassadar relies on hitting Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray, so he excels with E.T.C. or Johanna, Heroes with powerful crowd controls, that can easily setup enemies for his Abilities. Tassadar also has a hard time finishing enemies, so assassins with high mobility can be used with him in order to kill the low health targets.

X Tassadar is countered by

Tassadar is countered by highly mobile Heroes who can easily dive or stun him. His lack of mobility and low health pool turns him into an easy target for mobile Heroes, being very dependent of allies to peel him against those.

5.

Tassadar's Maps

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

Tassadar's insane AoE damage makes him exceptional on maps where waveclear is necessary, or on maps with many choke points. However, he will not be able to fight in maps where objective forces him to fight outside the wave, because he will be easily dived when there are no safe spots nearby.

6.

Tassadar's Tips and Tricks

  • Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray can be used from bushes or vents so enemies do not see the channeling, and consequently do not dodge it.
  • Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray is a slow Ability, so we recommend using it to follow slows or aim it towards a target leaving Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm.
  • If your team is retreating, remember that Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm can be used to dismount pursuing enemies.
  • Resonance Beam Icon Resonance Beam is you main way to regen your mana. When it starts to run out, you can start only using Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm to clear the wave, while keeping Resonance Beam up.
  • Archon Icon Archon can be used to peel yourself; 40% of your health as shields may save you in many situations.
7.

Tassadar's Role in the Current Meta

Tassadar will be an excellent pick if your team composition needs more waveclear, and will be even better when paired with heroes that can setup enemies for his abilities.

Tassadar's early game is different based of his Level 1 Talent. With a quest, it is better to focus on stacking it while clearing waves, but Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion allows you to have use all your potential to speed up the waveclear to get good advantage in the early game. It is very important as Tassadar to be in a safe position while using Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray. He will run out of Mana very easily when using both Shock Ray and Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm. To play around this, you can either be constantly replenishing Resonance Beam Icon Resonance Beam or be rotating with someone else, so you will only need to use Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm to clear the minions.

Tassadar has an excellent poke damage. It is recommended to use your Abilities to reduce enemies' HP before committing to an important fight. Since Tassadar does not have any mechanics that favor chasing enemies, it is better to only use your Heroic Ability when you are sure that enemies will not be able to just walk away from it.

8.

Changelog

  • 30 Jun. 2021 (this page): Builds updated to reflect meta development.
  • 30 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated Induction's description.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed after May 18 balance patch and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Updated recommended Builds and Talents.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated Talent recommendations.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated builds.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (abilities page): Updated Tassadar's Black Hole description.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Guide updated after last balance patch.
  • 03 Oct. 2020 (this page): Updated the Shock Ray build.
  • 03 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Executor's Will's relevance updated.
  • 14 Sep. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed after recent balance patch and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (this page): Guide updated after recent balance patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Guide updated after recent balance patch.
  • 24 May 2020 (this page): Updated builds.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (abilities page): Updated Tassadar's Guide accordingly to his Rework.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (this page): Updated Tassadar's Guide accordingly to his Rework.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Updated Tassadar's Guide accordingly to his Rework.
  • 16 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added the current Anomaly (Experience Globes) to the guide.
  • 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 (abilities page): Updated Tassadar's ability descriptions.
  • 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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