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Tyrael Build Guide “I am Justice itself!”

Last updated on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:34 by Kendric 84 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Tyrael, a Tank 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.


Tyrael's Overview

Tyrael is a melee Tank, whose great mobility allows him to get in and out of combat very quickly. He is capable of initiating team fights and isolating enemy targets, which makes him an ideal pick for aggressive team compositions. Due to his powerful protective qualities, he can also be played more defensively, making him a potent choice to peel for Heroes in the backline.


Tyrael's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Both Sanctification Icon Sanctification and Judgment Icon Judgment have their respective uses
  • +Capable of boosting allies' Movement Speed and shielding them
  • +Acceptable Solo Laner
  • +Offers offensive and defensive talent builds
  • +Exceptional mobility
X Weaknesses
  • -Can struggle as a solo Tank due to lack of crowd control
  • -Extremely Mana dependent throughout the game
  • -Successfully initiating team fights does require some experience
  • -Only fits into a limited amount of team compositions

Tyrael's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Level 1 Justice for All Icon
Level 4 Stalwart Angel Icon Bound by Law Icon ?
Level 7 Swift Retribution Icon Reciprocate Icon ?
Level 10 Sanctification Icon
Level 13 Holy Ground Icon Sword of Justice Icon ?
Level 16 Burning Halo Icon ? Horadric Reforging Icon ?
Level 20 Defense of the Angels Icon Holy Arena Icon ?

The Tank Build aims to make Tyrael as resilient as possible in order to allow him to hold the frontline without dying too quickly. It is important to highlight that Tyrael does not have Stun or Root abilities, which means his zoning potential is limited compared to other Warriors. However, numerous defensive talents like Stalwart Angel Icon Stalwart Angel and Defense of the Angels Icon Defense of the Angels make him very hard to kill and cause Tyrael to become a thorn in the enemy team's side.

Bruiser Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Justice for All Icon Ardent Restoration Icon ?
Level 4 Bound by Law Icon
Level 7 Reciprocate Icon Swift Retribution Icon ?
Level 10 Judgment Icon Sanctification Icon ?
Level 13 Law and Order Icon Holy Ground Icon ? Sword of Justice Icon ?
Level 16 Burning Halo Icon
Level 20 Angel of Justice Icon Seal of El'druin Icon ?

The Bruiser Build focuses more on Tyrael's offensive capabilities and is a recommended choice if your team already has a dedicated Tank and/or if the enemy team lacks burst damage. Picking Judgment Icon Judgment at Level 10 over Sanctification Icon Sanctification allows Tyrael to dive deep into the enemy team's backline, ideally picking and isolating a low health priority target.


Tyrael's Synergies and Counters

V Tyrael synergizes with

In order to unleash Tyrael's full potential, we strongly recommend having another frontliner at his side. As such, Blaze's strong crowd control and mobility make him a good match. The protection and mobility from Tyrael's Righteousness Icon Righteousness and Smite Icon Smite abilities synergize very well with melee Assassins in general, which is why Tyrael pairs very well with Illidan or Greymane.

X Tyrael is countered by

Tyrael, like any Hero with a high health pool, struggles against the Tank-shredding qualities of Heroes like Tychus. Besides, mobile and deep-diving Assassins, such as Tracer or Zeratul can cause some issues for Tyrael's allies in the backline, due to him lacking any form of crowd control with the exception of Judgment Icon Judgment,


Tyrael's Maps

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

Due to his great talent flexibility, Tyrael performs well on most maps. On battlegrounds such as Cursed Hollow, Sky Temple, or Towers of Doom, however, he truly excels due to the late-game impact that comes with his Holy Ground Icon Holy Ground talent. This talent allows him to steal Mercenary and, more importantly, Boss Camps by placing his El'druin's Might Icon El'druin's Might ability in the very center of the capturing platform.


Tyrael's Tips and Tricks

  • Use your abilities wisely while laning. If you are not careful, Tyrael will run out of Mana very quickly.
  • Since Tyrael is not as durable as some of the other Tanks, make sure to use his outstanding mobility to mitigate damage by dodging abilities.
  • El'druin's Might Icon El'druin's Might can be used to juke opponents while Tyrael is on the retreat.
  • If you play with Sanctification Icon Sanctification, save it for the enemy team's most dangerious abilities and track their cooldowns accordingly.
  • Tyrael's Holy Ground Icon Holy Ground can steal Mercenary and Boss Camps if its projectile is aimed at the very center of the capture platform.

Tyrael's Role In The Current Meta

Due to his steep learning curve, Tyrael remains a risky choice to a lot of players in the current Anomaly. However, if played well, he is a great playmaker with two very impactful Heroic Abilities.

Tyrael's greatest strength is to start team fights by picking a single enemy target and exposing it to the rest of his team. He is the embodiment of aggressive team fight initiation, thanks to his Judgment Icon Judgment Heroic Ability. However, Tyrael can do more than just charging deep into the enemy ranks, especially with his second Heroic Ability, called Sanctification Icon Sanctification, which allows him to protect nearby allied Heroes very efficiently. Righteousness Icon Righteousness enables him to shield himself and his allies from incoming damage, Smite Icon Smite increases his team's movement speed, while El'druin's Might Icon El'druin's Might helps Tyrael to set up ganks or execute last-minute escapes. Depending on the kind of Tank (or Bruiser) your team is looking for, Tyrael is able to adjust his talent build and playstyle accordingly, which makes him a very versatile and enjoyable Hero to play.

Tyrael's role as a frontlining initiator makes him a very good pick versus enemy Heroes who lack escape mechanisms, such as Malfurion or Jaina. His ability to capture Mercenary and Boss Camps from a large distance using his Holy Ground Icon Holy Ground makes him a strong pick on maps like Cursed Hollow, Sky Temple, or Alterac Pass.



  • 14 Feb. 2020 (abilities page): Updated Archangel's Wrath's description in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 14 Feb. 2020 (talents page): Updated Tyrael's talents and builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added the current Anomaly (Experience Globes) to the guide.
  • 23 Sep. 2019 (talents page): Updated Tyrael's talent builds and talent section.
  • 23 Sep. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Tyrael's abilities section.
  • 23 Sep. 2019 (this page): Updated Tyrael's introduction section.
  • 26 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tyrael's talents and builds.
  • 19 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Changed Law and Order from Not Recommended to Recommended, Sword of Justice from Recommended to Not Recommended, and Smite the Wicked from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 07 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Updated Stalwart Angel's description in accordance with the Maiev update.
  • 17 Jan. 2018 (abilities page): Adjusted Tyrael's abilities in accordance with his latest rework.
  • 17 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tyrael's talents in accordance with his latest rework.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (this page): Updated the guide for Probius' patch.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated Tyrael's introduction in accordance with his latest rework.
  • 21 Dec. 2016 (this page): Moved Tyrael to the new guide format.
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