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Yrel Build Guide “Victory will be ours.”

Last updated on Jun 28, 2018 at 08:05 by Kendric 25 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Yrel guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Yrel 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 for Yrel

Bruiser Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Maraad's Insight Icon
Level 4 Aegis of Light Icon Gift of the Naaru Icon ?
Level 7 Divine Steed Icon
Level 10 Ardent Defender Icon Sacred Ground Icon ?
Level 13 Repentance Icon
Level 16 Holy Wrath Icon Templar's Verdict Icon ?
Level 20 Seraphim Icon

The Bruiser Build is designed to make Yrel a formidable solo laner and - as the name suggests - Bruiser. By choosing Maraad's Insight Icon Maraad's Insight at Level 1, you make sure to have enough self-sustain to outlast most other Heroes in lane or at least trade evenly. At Level 4, we usually recommend Aegis of Light Icon Aegis of Light, however, Gift of the Naaru Icon Gift of the Naaru can still be a valid choice if your team requires additional healing. At Level 13, Repentance Icon Repentance allows Yrel to chase targets down more efficiently, which is particularly useful when played a bit more aggressively. Ultimately, Holy Wrath Icon Holy Wrath causes Yrel to have a significant late game power spike, since the extra damage after each Basic Ability splashes in a respectable area around her and even works against enemy Structures.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Yrel synergizes with

Yrel synergizes really well with Heroes like Arthas or Jaina that bring a lot of crowd control to the table. Slows, Stuns, and Roots make it particularly easy for her to land devastating Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammers. Furthermore, low mobility Heroes like Cassia or Malfurion appreciate the additional healing and protection provided by Gift of the Naaru Icon Gift of the Naaru.

Yrel is countered by

Yrel struggles against Heroes that possess reliable crowd control, such as Garrosh or Johanna, who can interrupt her while charging her Basic Abilities. Due to her reduced Movement Speed while winding up her abilities and both Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer and Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath being skillshots, she usually has a hard time catching nimble Assassins like Illidan or Genji.


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

Yrel excels on maps like Braxis Holdout, Infernal Shrines, or Sky Temple that allow her to hold position on an Objective. This way her healing and her Heroic Abilities, especially Sacred Ground Icon Sacred Ground, provide a lot of value. On battlegrounds like Battlefield of Eternity or Tomb of the Spider Queen, however, on which the Objective often shifts locations, she sometimes struggles to deliver.

TL;DR Tips

  • Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender is a great defensive tool against enemy burst damage. That being said, feel free to use the ability after dropping down to 50% health instead of waiting until the last moment. This ensures you can stay fighting rather than having to withdraw from combat.
  • Every of Yrel's Basic Abilities has a wind-up time. Make sure to charge up the abilities in time to gain maximum value off them in fights.
  • Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose can be used to instantly cast an ability with maximum value. Use it with Vindication Icon Vindication to gain an instant heal, with Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer to immediately knock back enemies, and with Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath to engage or disenage at once.
  • On maps with static Objectives, such as Infernal Shrines or Sky Temple, Sacred Ground Icon Sacred Ground can be used to hold position and secure the Objective.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Yrel is a melee Warrior who excels at supporting her allies and creating opportunities to decide fights in her team's favor. With a variety of crowd control abilities, she can decide to use these either defensively or offensively. Since all of her Basic Abilities come with a short wind-up time, it is extremely important to think ahead when playing Yrel in order to avoid getting interrupted or missing the right moment to strike.

3. Strengths

  • Decent self-sustain
  • Both Heroic Abilities are viable
  • Strong disengage
  • Good mobility thanks to Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath

4. Weaknesses

5. Role in the Current Meta

Yrel can be a tricky Hero to categorize. While she usually lacks the resilience to be a true Main Tank, she may find herself struggling as a Bruiser in the Solo Lane against Heroes like Sonya or Malthael. As a result, we believe she is best played as a supportive Warrior in a 4-man lane or in the rotations.

With the help of her crowd control and the healing Yrel provides, she can take care of allies in need while also locking enemy Heroes down and buy enough time for her team to take them down. After hitting Level 10, Yrel can get away with playing very aggressively, since both of her Heroic Abilities, Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender and Sacred Ground Icon Sacred Ground, allow her to stay alive even through the most dangerous of burst damage. This makes her a great pick against burst-heavy Assassins and Mages. Against nimble Assassins and Bruisers, however, she is usually too slow to pose a serious threat to them.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 28 Jun. 2018 (talents page): Completely overhauled Yrel's talents section in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 15 Jun. 2018 (talents page): Changed Maraad's Insight from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 12 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide added.
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