Whitemane Build Guide “Burn in the Light!”

Last updated on Mar 06, 2021 at 11:00 by Elitesparkle 14 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Whitemane, a Healer 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.

Whitemane's Overview

Whitemane is a Healer who can heal her allies with Zeal Icon Zeal by damaging her enemies. She is capable of trading damage favourably against most Heroes, and must do so in order to maximise her healing. If she is able to consistently deal damage, she can generate immense healing for her team.

2.

Whitemane's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Capable of high sustain healing during team fights
  • +Can sacrifice Mana to increase her burst healing
X Weaknesses
  • -Very poor waveclear and PvE
  • -Very low mobility
  • -Healing output largely dependent on damage dealt
3.

Whitemane's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Inquisition Build

Recommended
Level 1 Pity the Frail Icon
Level 4 Martyrdom Icon
Level 7 Intercession Icon
Level 10 Scarlet Aegis Icon Divine Reckoning Icon ?
Level 13 Subjugation Icon
Level 16 Shared Punishment Icon
Level 20 Scarlet Crusade Icon Judgment Day Icon ? Purge the Wicked Icon ?

Whitemane's Inquisition Build is based on Talents that increase the defensive and offensive effectiveness of Inquisition Icon Inquisition, making it a powerful follow up for allied engages.

Subjugation Icon Subjugation at Level 13 will reduce the damage done by enemy Heroes and Shared Punishment Icon Shared Punishment at Level 16 will reduce their Armor, a great combination of Talents that will unbalance damage and healing in your team's favor. To do all of this more often, we have Pity the Frail Icon Pity the Frail at Level 1.

Searing Lash Build

Situational
Level 1 Pity the Frail Icon
Level 4 Martyrdom Icon
Level 7 Intercession Icon
Level 10 Scarlet Aegis Icon Divine Reckoning Icon ?
Level 13 Lashing Out Icon
Level 16 Harsh Discipline Icon
Level 20 Scarlet Crusade Icon Judgment Day Icon ? Purge the Wicked Icon ?

Whitemane's Searing Lash Build empowers Searing Lash Icon Searing Lash and gives you access to crowd control in the late game.

The cooldown reduction coming from Lashing Out Icon Lashing Out at Level 13 and Pity the Frail Icon Pity the Frail at Level 1 combined together help you to get more value from Harsh Discipline Icon Harsh Discipline at Level 16.

Basic Attacks Build

Situational
Level 1 Righteous Flame Icon
Level 4 Unwavering Faith Icon
Level 7 Intercession Icon Saintly Greatstaff Icon ?
Level 10 Divine Reckoning Icon Scarlet Aegis Icon ?
Level 13 Lashing Out Icon
Level 16 Radiance Icon
Level 20 Purge the Wicked Icon Scarlet Crusade Icon ? Judgment Day Icon ?

Whitemane's Basic Attacks Build increases the damage you can deal with Basic Attacks, and therefore your sustain healing, making yourself particularly good at trading with enemy Heroes.

The cooldown reduction coming from Lashing Out Icon Lashing Out at Level 13 allows you to get more value from Righteous Flame Icon Righteous Flame at Level 1 that benefits from Unwavering Faith Icon Unwavering Faith at Level 4.

4.

Whitemane's Synergies and Counters

V Whitemane synergizes with

Whitemane has synergy with Heroes who can create a lot of space (for example Johanna) or that like to take prolonged team fights (such as Sonya) as she can keep healing them for long.

X Whitemane is countered by

Whitemane has very limited mobility, and must remain within the threat range of enemies in order to deal damage to heal her allies. She will struggle against Heroes who can displace her, as she lacks any kind of escape once caught.

One of Whitemane's strengths is her ability to trade damage effectively; Heroes who can deal damage to her without trading may be difficult for her to adapt to. Additionally, Heroes who can significantly reduce or prevent healing received can greatly reduce the effectiveness of Zeal during teamfights.

5.

Whitemane's Maps

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

Whitemane can provide a good amount of sustain healing while stalling, defending, or securing Objectives that take a while to be captured (like on Dragon Shire).

The least interesting Maps to play Whitemane on are the ones where she cannot abuse her kit around the Objective and/or that are heavy focused on Mercenaries (such as Garden of Terror).

6.

Whitemane's Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure to apply Zeal Icon Zeal to damaged allies before dealing damage.
  • Desperate Plea Icon Desperate Plea is the only Ability in Whitemane's kit that has a Mana cost, but you have to manage your Mana wisely because of the Desperation mechanic.
  • Cast Inquisition Icon Inquisition immediately after Searing Lash Icon Searing Lash to maximise your DPS.
  • Cast Searing Lash Icon Searing Lash whenever it is available and it is safe to do so.
  • Scarlet Aegis Icon Scarlet Aegis can be used during team fights to apply Zeal to allies without a Desperation cost.
7.

Whitemane's Role in the Current Meta

Whitemane needs to be able to deal damage in order to heal optimally, so a strong frontline is necessary for her to reach peak performance. Her complete lack of waveclear is another weakness that will limit the team compositions she can fit into. She must have allies who can generate enough map pressure to make up for her lack of environmental interaction. Although Whitemane has clearly defined weaknesses, she can be powerful on teams that have a strong frontline and plenty of waveclear.

8.

Changelog

  • 06 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 25 Feb. 2021 (talents page): New layout.
  • 16 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Builds and Maps updated.
  • 16 Feb. 2021 (this page): Builds and Maps updated.
  • 07 Jun. 2020 (this page): Builds and Descriptions changed according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 07 Jun. 2020 (abilities page): Builds and Descriptions changed according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 07 Jun. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Descriptions changed according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to reflect the current metagame and to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 23 Mar. 2020 (this page): Outdated and misleading information corrected.
  • 23 Mar. 2020 (talents page): Missing information added.
  • 23 Mar. 2020 (abilities page): Outdated, misleading, and wrong information corrected.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Updated Role in the Current Meta to include information on current Nexus Anomaly.
  • 28 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Updated suggested builds to reflect changes in balance patch.
  • 28 Nov. 2019 (this page): Updated suggested builds to reflect changes in balance patch.
  • 28 Nov. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed.
  • 17 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion and recommended builds to account for balance patch.
  • 17 Oct. 2019 (this page): Updated Talent and Abilities discussions, recommended builds, and Role in the Current Meta to account for balance patch.
  • 17 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Abilities discussion to account for balance patch.
  • 26 Sep. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Talent discussion to account for Hero rework.
  • 26 Sep. 2019 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion to account for Hero rework.
  • 26 Sep. 2019 (this page): Updated guide to account for Hero rework.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion to reflect balance patch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated builds and added Desperate Plea build.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (this page): Guide added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (abilities page): Guide added.
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