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Assassin

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Greymane, Valla, and Zeratul.
"Slayers of Heroes and bringers of pain."

Assassin heroes do a lot of damage in a very short time, usually to single targets. They should focus on killing enemy heroes and try to avoid counter-attacks. Assassins deal tremendous damage and can pick off unsuspecting enemies, but must choose their battles carefully due to their lack of resistances and hitpoints. With the Caldeum Complex event, this role was split in two: Melee and Ranged Assassin roles.


Assassins Role[edit | edit source]

These are the powerful pain-bringers of the Nexus, offering tons of damage but lacking in durability in team fights. As such, it's crucial for Assassins to carefully position themselves in the backline and commit to the battle when their opponents' focus is elsewhere. Approaching team fights in this way will allow the warriors to absorb the brunt of their enemies’ attacks.

Assassins can be broken out into burst-damage and sustained-damage. Burst-damage Assassins such as Kerrigan and Jaina can deal a devastating amount of damage in a short amount of time, and should look for these opportunities to unleash their full barrage on their enemies for maximum effectiveness. Jaina, for example, relies heavily on well-timed combinations of spells to maximize her burst damage. Look to capitalize on stuns, or surprise your enemies from a bush to maximize damage and quickly take someone out of the fight.

Sustained-damage Assassins like Raynor and Valla, on the other hand, are generally better equipped to poke at their opponents and keep up constant pressure. When using sustain-damage Heroes, look to constantly attack targets from a safe position in order to deal as much damage as you can.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Chasing a low-health enemy can sometimes secure a kill for your team, but beware of tunnel vision! The farther you chase a hero, the riskier it becomes. If you can't see that player's teammates on the minimap, then you're likely headed toward danger.
  • Stay behind your tank! Your warrior is the shield that allows you to deal damage without getting taken out in the process. Always mind your positioning, keeping the high-health front-liners between you and your targets.
  • If you burn a movement ability too early during a fight, you may find yourself without an escape when you need it most. As you gain experience with each Hero, you'll learn when mobility skills can help to safely secure a takedown and when they won't. Until then, save them to get yourself out of danger.[1]

List of original assassin heroes[edit | edit source]

Hero Franchise Info
StarCraft StarCraft A combo Assassin that can move enemies around and punish mistakes.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo An Assassin who specializes against Physical Attackers.
Warcraft Warcraft A long range, high burst damage Mage, who requires good timing and setup.
Warcraft Warcraft An Assassin that can fly large distances, excelling on large battlegrounds.
StarCraft StarCraft A sustained damage Assassin with a regenerating Shield that enables him to efficiently duel his opponents.
Warcraft Warcraft Head 2 of a 2 Headed Hero, Gall is a powerful Mage stuck to Cho.
Overwatch Overwatch An opportunistic, mobile Assassin who can tear apart a weak backline.
Warcraft Warcraft A high damage Assassin that wears down enemies from afar and dives in for the kill.
Warcraft Warcraft A a sustained damage Mage who uses his health as fuel but can steal life from his enemies.
Overwatch Overwatch A ranged Assassin who specializes in scouting and taking out enemies from a distance.
Warcraft Warcraft A mobile, sustained damage Assassin who pairs well with Heroes that can enable him.
Warcraft Warcraft A frost Mage who can slow the entire enemy team.
Overwatch Overwatch A mobile assassin that bombards the enemy from afar, and sews chaos with traps and mines.
Warcraft Warcraft A fire Mage who punishes enemies that stay close together.
Warcraft Warcraft A burst damage Mage that locks down enemies and devastates them with powerful combos.
StarCraft StarCraft A combo Assassin who goes all in, diving into the enemy team.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A high burst damage Mage who can reset her Abilities upon getting a takedown.
Warcraft Warcraft A sustained Assassin who can wear down her enemies from afar with her poison.
Warcraft Warcraft A mobile Assassin that excels against clustered enemies and prevents their escape.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Bruiser who marks his enemies, shredding away high Health enemies.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A sustained Assassin who thrives in battle against groups of enemies.
StarCraft StarCraft A burst damage Mage who can ambush enemies from Stealth.
Heroes of the Storm Heroes of the Storm A ranged Assassin who dances around her enemies while using spells to empower her attacks.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser that can nullify enemy pushes against his Forts and Keeps.
StarCraft StarCraft A Physical Damage Assassin that can keep enemies away.
Warcraft Warcraft A stealthed Assassin that's great at acapturing Mercenary camps and is difficult to kill.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo An Assassin who starts slow, but deals extreme damage after collecting enough Meat.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser who can hold his own in a lane of battle.
Overwatch Overwatch A mobile Assassin who picks off straggling enemies, finishing them off.
StarCraft StarCraft An Assassin who shreds High Health enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A stealthed Assassin who specializes in shutting down her opponents.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A well-rounded Assassin that's mobile and can deal high sustained damage.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser that can flex into dealing damage or protecting his team.
StarCraft StarCraft A stealthed Assassin who can dart around his enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A Physical Damage Assassin who gains power while losing Health.

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References[edit | edit source]

Roles
 
Current_ _Bruiser BruiserHealer HealerMelee Assassin Melee AssassinRanged Assassin Ranged AssassinSupport SupportTank Tank
Removed_ _Assassin AssassinMulti-class MulticlassSpecialist SpecialistSupport SupportWarrior Warrior
Former Assassin heroes_ AlarakCassiaChromieFalstadFenixGallGenjiGreymaneGul'danHanzoIllidanJainaJunkratKael'thasKel'ThuzadKerriganLi-MingLunaraMaievMalthaelMephistoNovaOrpheaRagnarosRaynorSamuroThe ButcherThrallTracerTychusValeeraVallaVarianZeratulZul'jin