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Xul Build Guide “All who oppose me: Beware!”

Last updated on Jul 16, 2017 at 11:22 by Kendric 27 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Xul, a Melee Specialist Warrior 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. Xul's Overview

Xul is a melee Specialist who excels at dominating lanes and inflicting various debuffs on nearby enemies. His strong AoE damage allows him to clear Minions waves and Mercenary Camps very quickly, while his resurrected Skeletal Warriors are capable of applying additional lane pressure. One of Xul's greatest strengths is his ability to significantly slow the attack speed of nearby enemies, which makes him a great counter to most Warriors and melee Assassins in particular. Since Xul only has limited mobility, knowing when to cast Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor becomes crucial in order to ensure his survival on the battlefield.

2. Xul's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses

3. Xul's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Cursed Strikes Build

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Level 1 Backlash Icon
Level 4 Grim Scythe Icon
Level 7 Harvest Vitality Icon
Level 10 Skeletal Mages Icon
Level 13 Rapid Harvest Icon
Level 16 Amplify Damage Icon
Level 20 Cold Hand of Death Icon

The Cursed Strikes Build turns Xul into a potent Bruiser with strong self-healing. We recommend picking Skeletal Mages Icon Skeletal Mages at Level 10 to prevent nearby enemy Heroes to escape too easily. At Level 20, Kalan's Edict Icon Kalan's Edict can be replaced by either Mortal Wound Icon Mortal Wound if the enemy team features multiple Supports, or Cold Hand of Death Icon Cold Hand of Death if you require additional crowd control during team fights.

Scythe Build

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Level 1 Backlash Icon
Level 4 Reaper's Toll Icon
Level 7 Trag'Oul's Essence Icon
Level 10 Skeletal Mages Icon
Level 13 Echoes of Death Icon
Level 16 Amplify Damage Icon
Level 20 Mortal Wound Icon

The Scythe Build offers plenty of AoE damage thanks to the reduced cooldown on Spectral Scythe Icon Spectral Scythe and the additional Scythes offered by Echoes of Death Icon Echoes of Death at Level 13. Ultimately, due to Mortal Wound Icon Mortal Wound at Level 20, this Build becomes particularly powerful against double Support composition who rely on a lot of healing.

Skeleton Build

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Level 1 Shackler Icon
Level 4 Jailors Icon
Level 7 Trag'Oul's Essence Icon
Level 10 Skeletal Mages Icon
Level 13 Executioner Icon
Level 16 Corpse Explosion Icon
Level 20 Kalan's Edict Icon

The Skeleton Build focuses on Xul's self-sustain provided by Trag'Oul's Essence Icon Trag'Oul's Essence and the synergy between Skeletal Mages Icon Skeletal Mages (even amplified at Level 20 after acquiring Cold Hand of Death Icon Cold Hand of Death) and Executioner Icon Executioner, which almost permanently buffs Xul's Basic Attack damage.

4. Xul's Synergies and Counters

V Xul synergizes with

Xul synergizes very well with Heroes like Arthas or Jaina who can trigger his Executioner Icon Executioner talent. Last but not least, Xul's strong early game pressure can buy enough time for late game Heroes like Nazeebo to shine after Level 16 and 20.

X Xul is countered by

Xul's greatest counter proves to be AoE damage and good counter waveclear. Heroes like Gul'dan or Kael'thas can easily destroy his Skeletons and as such cripple his overall combat performance. Strong solo laners with decent waveclear like Dehaka can also become problematic for Xul to handle.

5. Xul's Maps

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

Xul excels at pushing several nearby lanes, which makes him a formidable pick on Blackheart's Bay, Dragon Shire, and Tomb of the Spider Queen. It is often recommended to let Xul rotate between two lanes, while the remaining four team members focus on pushing the remaining one. On 2-lane maps we usually do not recommend picking Xul, since his laning presence is not strong enough. The only exception is perhaps Braxis Holdout, where his waveclear can still contribute a lot in the quad lane.

6. Xul's Tips and Tricks

  • Thanks to the strong waveclear provided by Cursed Strikes Icon Cursed Strikes, Xul should normally rotate between several lanes in order to raise as many Skeletons as possible.
  • Xul has limited mobility and escape mechanisms during team fights, which is why he should usually engage after one or both Warriors.
  • We usually do not recommend picking Xul on 2-lane maps, since rotating between lanes becomes quite difficult. Braxis Holdout can be an exception to this rule, as it requires lots of waveclear which Xul has plenty of.
  • If available, Skeletal Mages Icon Skeletal Mages can be used to lock down targets in the enemy team's backline allowing your teammates to follow up quite easily.

7. Xul's Role in the Current Meta

With the lack of mobility being Xul's only major drawback, Xul turns out to be an incredibly powerful laner. His Skeletal Warriors provided by Raise Skeleton Icon Raise Skeleton reinforce the lane, while Spectral Scythe Icon Spectral Scythe and Cursed Strikes Icon Cursed Strikes allow him to severely damage enemies from both ranged and melee distance. Since Xul is a formidable duelist, overextending in lane can become tempting, however, it also makes him vulnerable to enemy ganks.

Xul is an excellent pick if the enemy team consists of several melee Heroes, as Cursed Strikes Icon Cursed Strikes can greatly hinder their combat performance. Furthermore, he has the ability to counter healing Supporters like Rehgar or Uther in the late game thanks to his Mortal Wound Icon Mortal Wound talent at Level 20.

8. Changelog

  • 16 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated Xul's talent descriptions.
  • 14 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Corpse Explosion changed from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (this page): Updated guide for Stukov's patch and moved to new guide format.
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