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Thrall Build Guide “The Elements will destroy you!”

Last updated on Jan 23, 2020 at 09:03 by Kendric 33 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Thrall, a Bruiser 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.


Thrall's Overview

Thrall is a durable melee Bruiser with extraordinary burst damage potential in close combat. He combines utility with raw power, which enables him to cast effective crowd control abilities while also damaging multiple enemies at the same time. Thrall's innate self-sustain and the ability to increase both his Movement and Attack Speed allow him to wreak havoc during teamfights. The fact that he is an essential part of his team composition makes him a high priority target for his opponents.


Thrall's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Strong self-sustain due to Frostwolf Resilience Icon Frostwolf Resilience
  • +Huge impact on team fights thanks to his Heroic Abilities
  • +Solid crowd control
  • +Great solo-laner
  • +Decent at clearing Mercenary Camps
X Weaknesses
  • -Vulnerable to crowd control
  • -Requires good positioning and map awareness
  • -Susceptible to being kited by mobile enemies
  • -Predictable playstyle
  • -Mana problems during the early game phase

Thrall's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Solo Lane Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Rolling Thunder Icon Echo of the Elements Icon ?
Level 4 Mana Tide Icon Frostwolf Pack Icon ?
Level 7 Ancestral Wrath Icon Follow Through Icon ?
Level 10 Earthquake Icon Sundering Icon ?
Level 13 Frostwolf's Grace Icon
Level 16 Tempest Fury Icon Alpha Wolf Icon ?
Level 20 Earthen Shields Icon Wind Rush Icon ?

The Solo Lane Build is, as the name suggests, designed to help Thrall survive in the Solo Lane. It is a fairly safe build, that allows you perform well in a majority of games you play. We do, however, strongly recommend reading the Talents section, since Thrall has several situational talents, such as Spirit Shield Icon Spirit Shield at Level 13 or Alpha Wolf Icon Alpha Wolf at Level 16, that can greatly improve his overall combat performance.

Crash Lightning Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Crash Lightning Icon
Level 4 Mana Tide Icon Frostwolf Pack Icon ?
Level 7 Ancestral Wrath Icon Follow Through Icon ?
Level 10 Earthquake Icon Sundering Icon ?
Level 13 Frostwolf's Grace Icon
Level 16 Thunderstorm Icon
Level 20 Earthen Shields Icon Wind Rush Icon ?

The Crash Lightning Build requires Thrall to be played as part of the 4-man lane (if applicable) in order to stack up Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning as quickly as possible. Make sure to cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning whenever two or more enemy Heroes are close to each other. Minions and other non-Heroic targets could potentially intercept Chain Lightning charges and make it harder to stack Crash Lightning. We usually only recommend picking this build on maps with extended laning phases and long fights around the Map Objective, such as Braxis Holdout, Battlefield of Eternity, Infernal Shrines, Hanamura Temple, or Volskaya Foundry.


Thrall's Synergies and Counters

V Thrall synergizes with

Thrall's Earthquake Icon Earthquake synergizes really well with other strong AoE abilities, especially Diablo's Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse or Gul'dan's Horrify Icon Horrify.

X Thrall is countered by

Thrall is well-rounded combatant, who usually does not get countered very easily. However, there are certain Heroes like Falstad, Johanna, or Muradin, whose great disengage abilities allow them to slow down Thrall's Earthquake Icon Earthquake or Sundering Icon Sundering engages.


Thrall's Maps

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

Thanks to his strong self-sustain, Thrall excels as a solo-laner on maps like Braxis Holdout, Battlefield of Eternity, or Sky Temple but can also be played as a potent 4-man laner on maps like Battlefield of Eternity, Braxis Holdout, or Volskaya Foundry using the Crash Lightning Build. All in all, Thrall does not underperform on any map, which is why he is often considered to be a very safe pick during drafts, especially when you are not quite sure which Hero to choose.


Thrall's Tips and Tricks

  • Thrall is a very powerful solo-laner, who thrives in one-versus-one situations.
  • Play very carefully against Heroes that can blind you. Also, refrain from using Windfury Icon Windfury while blinded.
  • Windfury Icon Windfury can be used as a gap-closer or as an escape mechanism.
  • Earthquake Icon Earthquake synergizes very well with other AoE based abilities, such as Diablo's Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse or Jaina's Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost
  • Sundering Icon Sundering is one of the strongest and most reliable abilities to interrupt channeled Heroic Abilities like E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit or Li Li's Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups.
  • When going for Sundering Icon Sundering at Level 10, try to hit the enemy team while flanking instead of just engaging them head-on.

Thrall's Role in the Current Meta

Thrall is a great choice in the current Anomaly. He combines strong Solo Laning with two very impactful Heroic Abilities which makes him a potent ally in almost any draft.

Bruisers like Thrall are capable of initiating team fights, which makes them a quintessential part of their team composition. The ability to single-handedly decide the outcome of such fights makes them one of the hardest roles to master. Thrall's strong performance as a (Solo) laner and his powerful crowd control abilities, most notably his Sundering Icon Sundering and Earthquake Icon Earthquake Heroic Abilities, should draw a lot of the enemy team's attention to him. Fortunately for Thrall, he can become quite durable during the later stages of the game due to strong defensive talents such as Ancestral Wrath Icon Ancestral Wrath at Level 7 and Frostwolf's Grace Icon Frostwolf's Grace at Level 13. If Thrall stays close to his Healer, he will become very hard to kill for the enemy team. On the other hand, if Thrall positions himself in an unfavourable way, he risks getting collapsed on by the opponents.



  • 23 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated Thrall's Solo Lane Build. Rolling Thunder is now Recommended.
  • 19 Dec. 2019 (talents page): Updated Rolling Thunder's decription and labelled it Situational for the time being until further play testing has been done.
  • 16 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added the current Anomaly (Experience Globes) to the guide.
  • 02 Sep. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Thrall's abilities.
  • 02 Sep. 2019 (this page): Updated Thrall's introduction page.
  • 02 Sep. 2019 (talents page): Updated Thrall's Talent Builds and general Talents section to more precisely reflect the current state of the game.
  • 10 May 2018 (talents page): Changed Rolling Thunder from Not Recommended to Recommended and created the Rolling Thunder Build.
  • 08 May 2018 (talents page): Changed Crash Lightning from Recommended to Situational.
  • 02 Mar. 2018 (this page): Adjusted Thrall's introduction according to the recent guide update.
  • 02 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Greatly updated Thrall's Talent Builds and their descriptions. Re-evaluated several talents in accordance with the new Crash Lightning Build.
  • 24 Oct. 2017 (this page): Updated Volskaya Foundry ranking and Feral Spirit build.
  • 18 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Changed and updated Worldbreaker's description.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (abilities page): Updated descriptions to account for Thrall's rework in Malthael's patch.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Complete revamp of the page, following Thrall's rework in Malthael's patch.
  • 12 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Stonewolves' and Tempest Fury's talent descriptions.
  • 22 Dec. 2016 (this page): Moved Thrall guide to the new format.
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