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Thrall Build Guide “The Elements will destroy you!”

Last updated on Dec 22, 2016 at 03:58 by Kendric 20 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Thrall guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Thrall in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

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. Quick Reference

General Earthquake Build (talent calculator link)

The General Earthquake Build is, as the name suggests, compatible with a variety of team compositions. It is a fairly safe build, that allows you perform well in the majority of games you play. We do, however, strongly recommend reading the Talents section, since Thrall has several situational talents that can improve his overall combat performance.

Lightning Poke Build (talent calculator link)

We recommend the Lightning Poke Build if the enemy team composition features multiple long range Assassins, such as Chromie, Kael'thas, or Valla. These elusive targets are often hard to catch when playing as Thrall, which makes his own poking abilities much more valuable. Defensive talents, such as Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield at Level 13 and Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm at Level 20 make Thrall quite resilient to enemy ability damage, which allows him to close in on his target more safely. If the enemy team features Basic Attackers instead of Spellcasters, use Grace Of Air Icon Grace Of Air instead of Spellshield.

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Synergies and Counters

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. Furthermore, Rehgar's Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust is ideal to hunt down stunned or slowed opponents.

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

Thanks to his strong self-sustain, Thrall excels as a solo-laner on maps like Blackheart's Bay, Haunted Mines, or Sky Temple. Doing so allows his teammates to rotate together. 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.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Thrall is a durable melee Assassin 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.

3. Strengths

  • Strong self-sustain due to Frostwolf Resilience Icon Frostwolf Resilience
  • Huge impact on team fights
  • Solid crowd control
  • Very strong solo-laner
  • Decent at clearing Mercenary Camps

4. Weaknesses

  • Vulnerable to crowd control
  • Requires good positioning and map awareness
  • Susceptible to being kited by mobile enemies
  • Predictable playstyle

5. Role in the Current Meta

Melee Assassins 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 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 becomes quite durable during the later stages of the game due to the great synergy of Grace Of Air Icon Grace Of Air at Level 13 and Tempest Fury Icon Tempest Fury at Level 16. 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.

6. Reading Further

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7. ChangeLog

  • 22 Dec. 2016 (this page): Moved Thrall guide to the new format.
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