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Tassadar
Tassadar

"From order comes justice."

Basic Info
Title Savior of the Templar
Role Ranged Assassin Ranged Assassin
Difficulty Medium
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price Gem.png500 / Money.png4,000
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1650
Health Regen 3.4375
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.8125
Attack Speed 4.00
Attack Range 6.5
Attack Damage 14
Data Page


Tassadar, the Savior of the Templar, is a Ranged Assassin hero from the StarCraft universe.[1] An executor without equal, Tassadar fought valiantly to save Aiur from the Zerg. Channeling the Khala and Void, he destroyed the Overmind at the cost of his life. In the glory of combat Protoss warriors forever invoke his name: "En Taro, Tassadar!" Prior to patch 2.50.0, Tassadar was a Support hero.

Background[edit | edit source]

StarCraft This section concerns content exclusive to the StarCraft universe.

Tassadar, once branded a heretic by the ruling body of the Protoss Empire known as the Conclave, is now considered one of the greatest heroes in the history of this enigmatic race of psionic warriors. From an early age, Tassadar was wholly devoted to the Khala, the protoss religion and psionic link that shared thoughts and emotions between their society. However, he also questioned the Conclave's rigidity, stoicism, and dogmatic obsession with tradition. Despite his reservations about the protoss leadership, his innate intelligence and strength allowed him to rise quickly through the ranks and eventually earned him the rank of Executor of the Empire's forces. He took in a young protoss named Artanis as a pupil, training him in the ways of the Templar.

It was Tassadar who made first contact with both the ravenous zerg and the relatively young terrans. Once the Conclave examined the zerg and realized the threat they posed, they ordered Tassadar to wipe out any signs of their infestation, including worlds inhabited by the terrans. Tassadar, however, felt it was the protoss' responsibility to protect the terrans and refused to carry out his orders unless there was absolutely no hope of saving the planet in question. Eventually Tassadar was ordered to return home and face the Conclave for his insubordination, but he refused in favor of continuing his fight against the zerg as best as he could without sacrificing terran worlds. His fight would eventually bring him into contact with several allies, including a terran named Jim Raynor as well as a group of protoss known as the Dark Templar, an individualistic sect that had been exiled in ages past for refusing to join the Khala. Though initially hesitant to interact with the Dark Templar, Tassadar came to appreciate the powers of the Dark Templar that were lost to those who embraced the Khala by interacting with their Dark Prelate Zeratul. Eventually learning to use those powers for himself and combine them with his understanding of the Khala, Tassadar gained completion beyond the scope of the Khala.

Despite his new abilities, the Conclave abhorred his interactions with the Dark Templar and branded him a heretic to be executed. Ever dedicated to protecting his home regardless of his own fate, Tassadar returned to the protoss homeworld of Aiur to defend it from the zerg, convincing Artanis, Zeratul, Raynor and the protoss hero Fenix to come to his aid. After defeating the Conclave forces that were more intent with stopping him than the zerg, Tassadar rallied what was left of his allies and made in one last stand against the Zerg Overmind. Despite their best efforts, nothing could significantly harm the Overmind, and thus Tassadar sacrificed himself by crashing his carrier into the massive creature while channeling both the Khala-based powers that he had grown up with as well as those of the Dark Templar. The resulting explosion succeeded in killing the Overmind, and while the zerg still rampaged across Aiur their loss of an all-powerful leader gave the protoss the room they needed to survive.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Tassadar is a Ranged Assassin hero based on area control and channeled abilities. His trait is Resonance Beam, which makes his Basic Attack a channeled beam that slows the target. While channeling, Tassadar gains Basic Attack damage and mana regeneration. His first ability, Shock Ray, fires a beam of energy across the ground that deals heavy damage in a line. His second ability is Psionic Storm, an Area of Effect attack that deals increasing damage each time it hits an enemy. His final basic ability, Force Wall, creates an impassable barrier at the target location.

His first Heroic allows him to transform into an Archon, which grants him a large shield and replaces his basic attack with a powerful energy blast. His second heroic, Black Hole', launches a black hole that travels forwards in a straight line. Nearby enemies are sucked towards the black hole, and enemies in the center take damage and are stunned.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Is very squishy, and can be easily killed or ganked
  • Weak against high mobility Heroes, since all his Abilities can be easily dodged.
  • Low mobility

Abilities[edit | edit source]

See Data page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Resonance Beam Icon.png
D
Resonance Beam
Tassadar's Basic Attack is a Channeled beam that Slows by 15%. While channeling, your Basic Attack damage and Mana Regeneration increase by 25% a second, to a maximum of 100%. While at full charge, gain an additional 3 Mana per second.
This bonus is lost after 6 seconds of not Channeling.

Type: Offensive damage modifier / Crowd control
Affects: Self / Enemies
Properties: Attack Modifier, Slow

  • Each tick grants 6.25% Resonance Beam charge.
  • Slow lingers on enemies for 0.3125 seconds.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Tassadar's Basic Attack damage.
Shock Ray Icon.png
Q
Shock Ray
55 Mana Cooldown: 7 seconds
Channel a beam of Psionic energy, dealing 280 damage and Slowing enemies in a line by 30% for 2 seconds.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Channeled cast (stationary), Piercing Skillshot Slow, Stationary channel
Cast time: 0.375 (Ch) + 0 seconds
Range: 13.5
Hitbox: 2.0 x 1.25
Missile speed: 20
Channel time: 0.75 seconds

  • Interrupting this ability during its windup puts it on a 0.5 second cooldown.
  • Cooldown does not starting counting until the channel completely finishes.
Psionic Storm Icon.png
W
Psionic Storm
60 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Create a Psionic Storm at the targeted location for 3 seconds. While in a storm, enemies take 38 damage every 0.5 seconds, increasing by 20% for each consecutive instance of damage, up to 100%.

Type: Spell damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: 0.1 + 0 seconds
Range: 8.0
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 2.75
Tickrate: 2.0 per second (x6)

  • Damage multiplier tracks each target separately.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and offensive damage modifiers.
Force Wall Icon.png
E
Force Wall
65 Mana Cooldown: 18 / 0.5 seconds
After a 0.5 second delay, create a wall that blocks all units from moving through it for 2 seconds.

Type: Pathing blocker
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: All units
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: 0.0625 + 0 seconds
Range: 9.0
Area of Effect: Rectangle (1
Width: 6.125
Height: 2.125

  • 1) Area consists of four overlapping circular blocking units with 1.0625 radius.
  • Force Wall can be reactivated 0.5 seconds after it has spawned to end its effect early.
  • Force Wall grants vision in 6 radius.
Archon Icon.png
R
Archon
100 Mana Cooldown: 90 seconds
Tassadar transforms into an Archon, gaining a Shield equal to 40% of his maximum Health and empowering Resonance Beam. Lasts for 12 seconds.

Resonance Beam: Deals 150 damage to the target and splashes for 75. Heroes hit have their Spell Armor reduced by 20 for 2 seconds. Resonance Beam is fully charged while Archon is active.

Type: Physical damage, Defensive damage modifier / Shield
Scaling: 4.00% (damage) / - (shield)
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: No target
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Circle (splash)
Radius: 2.5 (splash)
Archon Attack Speed: 1.00

  • Cooldown starts when the transformation ends.
  • Archon benefits from Resonance Beam's Slow and Mana regeneration bonuses, but not from the damage bonus.
  • Archon attacks benefit from all talents enhancing Resonance Beam, except Khaydarin Amulet.
  • Does not stack with itself or other negative Spell Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Black Hole Icon.png
R
Black Hole
80 Mana Cooldown: 70 seconds
After a 0.5 second cast, launch a Black Hole that travels in a long line. Enemy Heroes within the Black Hole's area are quickly pulled towards its center. Touching the center deals 310 damage and Stuns for 1.25 seconds.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Channeled cast (stationary), Piercing Skillshot, Displacement, Stun
Cast time: 0.5 (Ch) + 0.125 seconds
Range: 24
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius:
- Inner: 0.75
- Outer: 3.25
Missile speed:
- Min: 1.0
- Max: 5.5
Pull speed: 1.8

  • Interrupting the cast during its windup puts the ability on a 10 second cooldown.
  • Pull from Black Hole does not apply daze, allowing the target to control their Hero's movement and actions as normally and causing it to be inable to interrupt channels (without getting hit by its center).
  • Heroes hit by the center continue to be pulled until they leave Black Hole's area, but cannot be hit by the center again.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Static Charge Icon.png
Static Charge
❢ Quest: Heroes hit by Shock Ray permanently increase its damage by 5 and grant 33% Resonance Beam charge.
Maximum of 250 additional damage.

Type: Bonus damage
Scaling: -
Affects: Ability
Psi-Infusion Icon.png
Psi-Infusion
Increases the range of Psionic Storm by 33%. Each non-Structure enemy hit by Psionic Storm restores 0.5 Mana, increased to 5 against Heroes.

Type: Mana refund
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Bonus range: 2.7

  • Mana refund can trigger multiple times on the same target.
Khaydarin Amulet Icon.png
Khaydarin Amulet
❢ Quest: Resonance Beam charges 50% faster.
❢ Reward: After Resonance Beam has been fully charged for 80 seconds, it bounces to hit 1 additional target for 75% damage.
❢ Reward: After Resonance Beam has been fully charged for 160 seconds, it bounces to hit 2 additional targets for 75% damage.

Type: Physical damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Attack Modifier, Bounce
Radius: 3.0 (bounce)

  • Bounce radius is extended by the target's unit radius.
  • Bounces chain from the secondary target.
  • Secondary attacks Slow.
  • Secondary attacks do not grant additional charge.
  • Archon Basic Attacks do not bounce.
  • Damage reduction to secondary targets stacks multiplicatively with offensive damage modifiers that can affect Tassadar's Basic Attack damage.
4
Induction Icon.png
Induction
Casting Shock Ray grants Tassadar 20% increased Movement Speed for 3 seconds. If an enemy Hero is hit, increase this speed bonus to 30%.
Electric Fence Icon.png
Electric Fence
Force Wall deals 92 damage a second to nearby enemies and Slows them by 35%.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Area of Effect
Radius: 2.125 (from centerline)
Tickrate: 2.0 per second (x5)
Damage per tick: 46

  • Slow lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Slow immunity prevents the associated damage.
Plasma Shield Icon.png
Plasma Shield
While Resonance Beam is fully charged, gain a Shield equal to 3% of max Health every second, stacking up to 15%.

Type: Shield
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Tickrate: 1.0 per second
7
Beam Alignment Icon.png
Beam Alignment
While Resonance Beam is fully charged, Tassadar's Basic Attack range is increased by 1 and Shock Ray's cooldown refreshes 100% faster.
Psionic Echo Icon.png
Psionic Echo
Casting Psionic Storm causes your next Shock Ray within 3 seconds to only cost 30 Mana and create a Psionic Storm on the first enemy Hero hit.

  • Psionic Storm created by Psionic Echo benefits from all talents affecting Psionic Storm.
Arc Discharge Icon.png
Arc Discharge
When Resonance Beam is fully charged, its next instance of damage also creates a Psionic Storm on the target. This effect has a 20 second cooldown that decays twice as fast while Resonance Beam is fully charged.

Properties: Attack Modifier

  • Secondary targets from Khaydarin Amulet and Archon do not generate a Psionic Storm.
  • Psionic Storm created by Arc Discharge benefits from all talents affecting Psionic Storm.
10
Archon Icon.png
Archon
Cooldown: 90 seconds
Tassadar transforms into an Archon, gaining a Shield equal to 40% of his maximum Health and empowering Resonance Beam. Lasts for 12 seconds.

Resonance Beam: Deals 150 damage to the target and splashes for 75. Heroes hit have their Spell Armor reduced by 20 for 2 seconds. Resonance Beam is fully charged while Archon is active.
Black Hole Icon.png
Black Hole
Cooldown: 70 seconds
After a 0.5 second cast, launch a Black Hole that travels in a long line. Enemy Heroes within the Black Hole's area are quickly pulled towards its center. Touching the center deals 310 damage and Stuns for 1.25 seconds.
13
Feedback Icon.png
Feedback
When an enemy Hero is affected by Psionic Storm, Resonance Beam's Slow is increased to 50% and it reduces Physical Armor by 25.

Type: Defensive damage modifier
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemy Heroes

  • Debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds, or 2 seconds if the corresponding Basic Attack occurred during Archon.
  • Secondary attacks from Khaydarin Amulet can trigger the effect.
  • Debuff applies before the corresponding Basic Attack's damage is calculated.
Shadow Walk Icon.png
Shadow Walk
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Tassadar becomes Stealthed and Unrevealable, but cannot attack or use Abilities for 1.5 seconds. While this effect is active gain 40% increased Movement Speed and 25 Armor.
Can be cast while channeling Shock Ray.

Type: Status effect, Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Armor, Stealth, Unrevealable
Cast time: Instant

  • Shadow Walk can be reactivated after 0.5 seconds to end its effect early.
  • Can also be cast while channeling Black Hole.
  • Activating Shadow Walk during the windup of Shock Ray or Black Hole puts the abilities on their respective shorter cooldowns. If Shock Ray is interrupted this way after the windup, the ability ends immediately and is put on full cooldown.
Oracle Icon.png
Oracle
Cooldown: 45 seconds
Passive: While stationary, gain 30 Spell Armor for 0.75 seconds and restore 12 health a second.

Activate to Channel for up to 4 seconds, revealing a gradually increasing area anywhere on the map.

Type: Status effect / Defensive damage modifier, Healing
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: Point target
Cast time: Instant
Range: Global
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius:
- Min: 5.0
- Max: 16

  • Revealed area radius grows in 0.5 increments every 0.125 seconds.
  • Vision persists for 2 seconds after Tassadar stops channeling, Revealed status only for 0.4 seconds.
  • Does not stack with itself or other positive Spell Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
16
Thermal Lance Icon.png
Thermal Lance
Shock Ray deals an additional 8% maximum Health as damage to the first Hero it hits.

Type: Spell damage
Scaling: -
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Properties: Percent damage

  • Damage is based on the target's maximum Health.
Psychic Shock Icon.png
Psychic Shock
Psionic Storm deals damage 25% faster.

Tickrate: 2.67 per second

  • Duration remains the same, causing Psionic Storm to tick additional 2 times.
  • Results in around 40% increase in total damage.
Executor's Will Icon.png
Executor's Will
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to gain full Resonance Beam charge, 20% Spell Power, and cause Basic and Heroic Ability cooldowns to regenerate 25% faster. This effect lasts as long as Resonance Beam is at full charge.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Spell Power
Cast time: Instant

  • Spell Power stacks additively with itself and other offensive damage and healing modifiers affecting Tassadar's Spell damage or healing output.
20
Twilight Archon Icon.png
Twilight Archon
Basic Attacks while in Archon form increase its duration by 2 seconds.

Properties: Attack Modifier

  • Basic Attacks will not increase the remaining duration of Archon, while it is already higher than 12 seconds, effectively limiting the remaining duration to 14 seconds at a time.
Kugelblitz Icon.png
Kugelblitz
Each Hero hit by Black Hole's center creates a Psionic Storm at their location.

  • Psionic Storms created by Kugelblitz benefits from all talents affecting Psionic Storm.
Force Barrier Icon.png
Force Barrier
Increases duration of Force Wall by 0.5 seconds, its range by 50%, and reduce its cooldown by 10 seconds.

Bonus range: 4.5

  • Causes Electric Fence to tick 1 additional time.
Khala's Gift Icon.png
Khala's Gift
Gain 4% Spell Power for yourself and each nearby ally Hero, up to 20% total Spell Power. Your total bonus is shared with all contributing allies.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Allied Heroes, Self
Radius: 8.25
Tickrate: 4.0 per second

  • Spell Power stacks additively with itself and other offensive damage and healing modifiers affecting the target Hero's Spell damage or healing output.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Tassadar Skins
 
Rare Savior of the Templar
Backstory: An Executor without equal, Tassadar has fought tirelessly to purify the Koprulu sector of the zerg infestation. Only now, after learning to wield the power of the void, is Tassadar finally ready to face the Overmind and its all-consuming Swarm.
Tassadar Savior of the Templar.jpg
Gem.png500 / Money.png4,000
Savior of the Templar
Tassadar Solarite.jpg
Free
Solarite
Tassadar Void.jpg
Free
Void
Tassadar Emerald.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Emerald
Epic Crypt King
Backstory: Pharaoh Ta-sadar knew the power of the darkworld would consume his realm, but Luxoria would still survive... Better the Nexus devour his kingdom than the Scorpid Swarm.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Luxoria skins.
Tassadar Crypt King.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Tassadar Crypt King Crimson.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Crimson
Tassadar Crypt King Golden.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Golden
Tassadar Crypt King Chosen.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Chosen
Tassadar Crypt King Exiled.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Exiled
Epic Dark Nexus Fragments of the Dark Nexus
Backstory: When Dark Nexus energies spilled across the Nexus, Tassadar’s attempts to contain them changed him. For each tendril of chaos he subdued, another came to life within; enhancing his abilities but awakening an inner struggle reflected in his fractured form.
Features: Themed abilities and animations
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Dark Nexus skins.
Tassadar Dark Nexus.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Tassadar Dark Nexus Forgotten.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Forgotten
Tassadar Dark Nexus Awakened.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Awakened
Tassadar Dark Nexus Eldritch.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Eldritch
Tassadar Dark Nexus Astral.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png600
Astral
Rare Executor
Backstory: Executors rarely command from the field of battle, but their Regalia is fitted with meticulously crafted khaydarin crystals to amplify their psionic powers should the need arise.
Tassadar Executor.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Tassadar Executor Indigo.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Indigo
Tassadar Executor Garnet.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Garnet
Legendary Mecha
Backstory: The Kaijo Diablo could not be contained; cities world-wide had been reduced to cinders. Now humanity's survival hangs upon the untested mecha, Tassadar.
Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities, themed mount
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Kaijo world skins.
Tassadar Mecha.jpg
Gem.png750 / Shard.png1,600
Tassadar Mecha Cobalt.jpg
Gem.png750 / Shard.png1,600
Cobalt
Tassadar Mecha Vermillion.jpg
Gem.png750 / Shard.png1,600
Vermillion

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Tassadar Mounts
 
Mecha Morph (Mecha Tassadar exclusive)
Backstory: Mecha Tassadar, mechamorphanize!
Mecha Morph.jpg
Free

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Tassadar Portraits
 
Carbot Tassadar Portrait.png
Carbot Tassadar
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dark Nexus Tassadar Portrait.png
Fragments of the Dark Nexus Dark Nexus Tassadar
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Executor Tassadar Portrait.png
Executor Tassadar
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Mecha Tassadar Insignia Portrait.png
Mecha Tassadar Insignia
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Tassadar Hero Portrait.png
Tassadar Hero
Tassadar Mastery Portrait.png
Tassadar Mastery

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Tassadar Sprays
 
Calavera de Tassadar Spray.gif
Nexomania Calavera de Tassadar
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Can't Touch This Spray.gif
Can't Touch This
Gem.png250 / Shard.png300
Carbot Tassadar Spray.png
Carbot Tassadar
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Mecha Tassadar Insignia Spray.png
Mecha Tassadar Insignia
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Tassadar Pack 1 Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar Happy.png Tassadar Pack 2 Emoji Tassadar Pack 2 Tassadar Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar Happy.png Tassadar Happy :tassadarhappy:
:tasshappy:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 2 Tassadar Angry.png Tassadar Angry :tassadarangry:
:tassangry:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar ROFL.png Tassadar ROFL :tassadarlol:
:tassadarrofl:
:tasslol:
:tassrofl:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 2 Tassadar Cool.png Tassadar Cool :tassadarcool:
:tasscool:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar Sad.png Tassadar Sad :tassadarsad:
:tasssad:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 2 Tassadar Oops.png Tassadar Embarrassed :tassadaroops:
:tassadarembarrassed:
:tassoops:
:tassembarrassed:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar Silly.png Tassadar Silly :tassadarsilly:
:tasssilly:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 2 Tassadar Love.png Tassadar in Love :tassadarlove:
:tassadarinlove:
:tasslove:
:tassinlove:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar Meh.png Tassadar Speechless :tassadarmeh:
:tassadarspeechless:
:tassmeh:
:tassspeechless:
Emoji Tassadar Pack 2 Tassadar Surprised.png Tassadar Surprised :tassadarwow:
:tassadarsurprised:
:tasswow:
:tasssurprised:
Mecha Tassadar Pack 1 Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Tassadar Happy.png Mecha Tassadar Pack 2 Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Tassadar Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Tassadar Happy.png Mecha Tassadar Happy :tassadarmechahappy:
:tassmhappy:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Tassadar Angry.png Mecha Tassadar Angry :tassadarmechaangry:
:tassmangry:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Tassadar ROFL.png Mecha Tassadar ROFL :tassadarmechalol:
:tassadarmecharofl:
:tassmlol:
:tassmrofl:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Tassadar Cool.png Mecha Tassadar Cool :tassadarmechacool:
:tassmcool:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Tassadar Sad.png Mecha Tassadar Sad :tassadarmechasad:
:tassmsad:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Tassadar Oops.png Mecha Tassadar Embarrassed :tassadarmechaoops:
:tassadarmechaembarrassed:
:tassmoops:
:tassmembarrassed:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Tassadar Silly.png Mecha Tassadar Silly :tassadarmechasilly:
:tassmsilly:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Tassadar Love.png Mecha Tassadar in Love :tassadarmechalove:
:tassadarmechainlove:
:tassmlove:
:tassminlove:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Tassadar Meh.png Mecha Tassadar Speechless :tassadarmechameh:
:tassadarmechaspeechless:
:tassmmeh:
:tassmspeechless:
Emoji Tassadar Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Tassadar Surprised.png Mecha Tassadar Surprised :tassadarmechawow:
:tassadarmechasurprised:
:tassmwow:
:tassmsurprised:

Quotes[edit | edit source]


Development and Rework[edit | edit source]

Tassadar was initially conceived as a sentry hero, but was eventually developed into a more lore-relevant character.[2]

Tassadar was originally a Support for years, who provided scouting, shields, and battlefield control. His basic attack was Distortion Beam that slowed enemies hit, and his trait, Oracle, increased his sight range and revealed invisible enemies in the radius when activated. His first ability, Plasma Shield, placed a large shield on a target that also granted a small amount of lifesteal on basic attacks. His primary offensive ability was Psionic Storm, an Area of Effect attack that dealt increasing damage each time it hits. Dimensional Shift acted as his emergency button, turning him invisible, invincible, and intangible for a short period of time. His first Heroic was Archon, which granted him a Plasma Shield and replaced his basic attack with a powerful energy blast for the duration. His second Heroic, Force Wall, created an impassable barrier, and passively increases the slow of Distortion Beam.

His rework was the most extensive in the entire game, turning him into a Ranged Assassin with a completely different playstyle. In terms of his development, as well as in the release cycle, Tassadar went firmly into new hero territory. David Warner wrote: "We had talked about shifting him from a support role to an assassin for years, but we didn’t have a solid plan as to what this transition would look like. I knew from the beginning that Plasma Shield would have to be cut in favor of another damage ability, so I started experimenting with various abilities and what became Shock Ray fell into placepretty quickly. We experimented with just that addition for a while, but we realized very early on that that there was no reasonable way we could keep Dimensional Shift *and* inject more numeric power into his kit without it becoming overpowered or making extreme concessions elsewhere. Removing that safety option really broadened the possibilities for what we could do with Tass and we spent a good amount of time (~4-5 months I want to say) trying different things until the base kit resembled what it is now. Figuring out talents took another few months, but came together fairly easily. Moving Force Wall from an ultimate to a Basic Ability was a little contentious at first, but as we got used to playing with it we realized it worked well. Black Hole came very late in the design cycle and went through multiple iterations before it became what it is today. We stopped making big design changes to him probably 2-3 months ago, so his total iteration time was probably a year’s worth of time, which is fairly close to how long we iterate on brand new heroes."[3]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tassadar first appeared in StarCraft (March 1998).
  • Tassadar is voiced by Michael Gough.
  • Tassadar was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Tassadar's 3D design in StarCraft II was based off of an action figure made by Toycom, after the launch of the first StarCraft. Heroes of the Storm created a Tassadar model much closer to the figure's design.[4]
  • During the Technical Alpha, the flavor text for the Mecha skin referenced the Transformers.
    • Although they are unwilling to admit it, Tassadar Prime and the Zealobots are losing the civil war against the Judicons. Little do they know, deep within the core of Aiurtron an infestation is growing...
  • Tassadar's Mecha skin references the Transformers franchise (1984).
    • Tassadar's Cobalt Mecha skin references the leader of the Autobots; Optimus Prime.
    • Tassadar's Astral Mecha skin references the leader of the Decepticon; Megatron.
  • The Psionic Storm ability is a the ability high templar, and Tassadar in his high templar hero form, have in the StarCraft series. This does a large amount of damage in a small area.
    • In beta builds of the game, Tassadar's psionic storm was replaced with an ability named "time warp" which slowed in a small area and left behind a bubble. This was changed due to fan outcry.
  • The Archon ability references the archon unit, which is a fusion of two high templar or dark templar into a being of pure power.
  • Black Hole is a reference to the ability used by Vorazun in the Co-op Missions mode. A similar ability named "Wormhole" is used in older versions of the protoss mothership.
  • The Level 1 talent Khaydarin Amulet references the khaydarin crystals high templar use to focus their power, wearing them as amulets
  • The Level 4 talent Plasma Shield references the protoss shields the protect all of their units and structures. In prior builds of Heroes of the Storm, Tassadar could give himself and allies these shields with his Q ability.
  • The Level 13 talent "Feedback" is a reference to the ability used by the dark archon in StarCraft and high templar in StarCraft II, which drains the enemy's energy and deals it as damage.
  • The Level 13 talent "Shadow Walk" is a reference to the Nerazim ritual of the Shadow Walk, where one Nerazim would have go pass through a valley with their brethren in the shadows waiting to strike them. Tassadar took this trial as his final test when training with Zeratul. In older builds of the game, this was Tassadar's E ability, named "Dimensional Shift."
  • The Level 13 talent "Oracle" may be a reference to the protoss oracle, a sect of Nerazim who could see the strands of time. In older builds of Tassadar, this served as his D ability.
  • The Level 16 talent "Thermal Lance" is a reference to the name of the weapon of the protoss war strider, the colossus, which has the same name.
  • The Level 16 talent "Executor's Will" references Tassadar's former rank of Executor.
  • The Level 20 talent Twilight Archon comes from the twilight archon, an archon made from a fusion of a dark templar and a high templar. This also served as a cut unit in StarCraft II. To match its Void infused power, the Tassadar's archon with the Twilight Archon talent becomes purple.
  • The level 20 talent "Khala's Gift" reference the Khala. The Khala was a mind link all Khalai protoss shared which allowed for the transfer of thoughts, emotions and memories, and high templar such as Tassadar were considered masters of it.
  • Tassadar was reworked into a ranged Assassin, with the release of patch 2.50.0.[5]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Talents (old)[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2013-11-26
  2. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  3. Blizz_DWarner on Reddit
  4. 2018-08-26, Starcraft 2: Tassadar. PhilGonzo Deviantart, accessed on 2018-08-26
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. (2020, April 14). Heroes of the Storm Live Patch Notes - April 14, 2020. Heroes of the Storm - News. Retrieved on 2020-04-14.

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