Overview

Artanis is a challenging warrior to play that relies massively on not only the damage of his team around him, but also the ability to finish fights once they've started. His reliance on shielding, combined with his lack of mobility, often means that once Artanis is comitted to a fight, he's there until it ends - whether in his favor or not. This often places Artanis in a difficult position as if his team don't have the damage to follow up, most fights will end badly. If they do have the damage however, Artanis can act as an amazing sponge that can often survive huge amounts of pressure. I must stress that Artanis is often best as an additional warrior, rather than solo, simply because he has to rely on his team so much if he's "tanking" by himself. 

Updated 19 December 2016

Pros

Cons

Is capable of dealing good burst damage through Twin Blades 

Rather squishy for a Warrior if he isn't directly fighting as his shield only triggers when low health

His shielding provides him with good survivability against most enemy Heroes 

Requires exceptional positioning 

Phase Prism is invaluable at picking out an enemy you want to kill

Blade Dash doesn't act as an evade, so he can be disabled during it

Both of his Heroic abilities are global

Outside of Twin Blades, his damage is very poor

With the right talents, he is very tanky late game if able to fight

Offers no hard crowd control

Abilities


Shield Overload (Trait) - is Artanis' trait and allows him to gain an amount of shielding when he takes damage below 75% health. During the active shielding, if he uses basic attacks he'll reduce its cooldown by a maximum of 4 seconds. 1 on 1 it's an incredibly strong talent and allows you to survive against most Heroes (besides The Butcher or Kerrigan). Just be conscious of your health pool and if you are engaging when low, try to do so when you know your shield will trigger. The key to really maximizing Shield Overload is to constantly use your basic attacks to significantly reduce its cooldown. 

Blade Dash (Q) - is a difficult skill to use effectively because its dash forward can actually leave you incredibly vulnerable. If you get caught by crowd control, you're going to take a huge amount of damage with no ability to get back to your allies. When talented it can deal a lot of damage and if possible, try to use it so you'll hit multiple targets instead of just one. Be aware that the initial dash deals less damage than when you return and if neccesary, use Blade Dash to avoid high impact damage skills such as Jaina's Blizzard. Finally, Blade Dash will further reduce your Shield Overload cooldown by 2 seconds for every enemy Hero you hit - try to catch multiple. 

Twin Blades (E) - is Artanis' burst skill and allows him to charge forwards (only a little) and instantly attack twice with basic attacks. It's a good way of adding some high damage output in a short window, allowing you to really focus on a player after using Blade Dash. The best part of it however is that it not only triggers two basic attacks (that lower your trait's cooldown) but it also provides a small charge when you get near to a player, allowing you to close the gap even if you aren't quite close enough.

Phase Prism (E) - is one of my favorite abilities in the game and despite its short range, it's incredibly powerful. Effectively a "swap", you switch places with any Hero caught by it. If you can tag a healer or squishy target such, it's incredibly easy to trap and burst them down (especially in small fighting spaces). Just try not to miss - its cooldown at 16 seconds is very long. 

Purifier Beam (R) - One of two Heroic abilities, Purifier Beam casts a slow moving beam of light down onto a single enemy target. It will continue to chase that target for 8 seconds. In some ways it's a strange Heroic because it can be avoided incredibly easy but it's primary purpose is to remove a player from the fight. Unless they retreat or move, they'll take huge damage. Try to always cast it on a high value target such as a support Hero so they're zoned out of a fight. 

Suppression Pulse (R) - Perhaps a little underrated, Suppression Pulse is surprisingly useful. Timed correctly, it provides a nice little burst of AOE damage but also blinds enemies for a lengthy period of time. It's great for mitigating damage as it prevents all basic attack damage for 4 seconds. Combined with its unlimited range, you can use it on your way to a team fight or if you see a team-mate in trouble and caught out of position.

Talents

Level 1: Reactive Parry

Probably the best of a bad bunch and providing Artanis with some much needed mitigation, Reactive Parry allows you to block two basic attacks when you trigger Twin Blades. Considering the short cooldown on Twin Blades, it's incredibly useful for mitigating incoming damage. 

Level 4: Shield Battery

Artanis revolves around keeping his trait active, or reducing its cooldown as quickly as possible. Shield Battery plays into this as it reduces the cooldown of your trait (Shield Overload) by 50% and extends its duration by 1 second. If you aren't taking too much damage and combined with your basic attacks, Shield Battery has the potential to give Artanis huge amounts of survivability. 

Level 7: Chrono Surge

Artanis relies massively on his basic attacks for almost all of his damage but to also reduce his trait and its cooldown. Chrono Surge allows him to gain 50% increased attack speed for 4 seconds once you've hit a target with Phase Prism. Not only can it rapidly decreate your traits cooldown, but it's a healthy boost to your damage output. 

Variable: Warp Sickness is a great variable as it causes a 35% slow for 4 seconds. It's invaluable for allowing you and your team to bring down a Hero once they've had their place switched. 

Level 10: Supression Pulse

Supression Pulse provides a huge AOE blind that lasts 4 seconds is a huge amount of mitigation and when combined with your shielding, buys you and your team lots of breathing room. 

Variable: In team fights the value of Purifier Beam is in keeping an enemy busy by them trying to avoid it. If you can, always cast it on the highest DPS opponent or their healer to keep them busy.

Level 13: Phase Bulwark

If you're needing more defensive options, take Phase Bulwark. When combined with Shield Battery he can not only use his trait more often but also mitigate 40% of incoming ability damage as well. 

Variable: Similarly to Solarite Reaper, Triple Strike allows Artanis to deal even more damage with Twin Blades hitting 3 times instead of 2. The only catch is you gain a 1 second additional cooldown. 

Level 16: Titan Killer

Considering Twin Blades only has a 4 second cooldown, having it cause an additional 2.5% damage (based on a targets maximum health) per strike is significant. Titan Killer effectively allows you to deal 5% extra damage across both Twin Blade attacks - a significant amount of extra damage. 

Variable: Psionic Wound is a fantastic alternative as it allows your team to aid you in bursting down a target. Although the vulnerability it causes is brief (2 seconds) it's often more than enough against a high value target. 

Level 20: Force of Will

By default Shield Overload has its cooldown reduced by 4 seconds on basic attacks. Force of Will lowers this to 6, allowing you to trigger it much more often when below 50% health. Considering the amount you rely on your trait, it's a no-brainer and allows you to keep it active much more. 

Variable: Dealing 20% extra damage on basic attacks thanks to Nexus Blades, whilst a single second slow, is never a bad thing. It's a good bump in damage for Artanis. 

Matchups

These Hero Threat Levels (1 being lowest threat and 10 being highest threat) are to help you determine which enemy Heroes can give you a headache. For the Heroes listed here, take extra care as they're particularly dangerous for Artanis. 

Hero

Threat 

The Butcher: Lamb to the Slaughter combined with Butcher's Brand will absolutely destroy you. You've no means of getting away from him and his self healing is far superior to your shielding. 

10/10

Kael'Thas: Gravity Well can really ruin your play as Artanis. It'll stop Blade Dash instantly and leave you incredibly vulnerable - escaping afterwards really isn't an option. 

7/10

Jaina: She's a huge threat because of her ability to slow you. With no "outs" this leaves Artamis struggling to escape encounters and as a result, you'll be focused.  

9/10

Kerrigan: Considering you both have self shielding, Kerrigan usually comes out on top because of her elite but also her ability to interrupt you. You can also struggle to escape because of her pull. 

7/10

 

Leoric: Purely because of his self healing and ability to slow you, Leoric is a real nuisance that you'll never really be able to kill.

8/10

Tracer: You can't do anything against her and although you can survive at less than 75% health, she's a mosquito that never goes away. 8/10

Tips

This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Artanis play. We'll continue to add to the list as required and if you have any tips you'd like to share, let us know in the comments below and we'll place them here. 


1. Even though you're classed as a Warrior, you're fairly squishy. Don't just run into a fight first - you'll die. You're more of a bruiser. 

2. Utilise Twin Blades as often as humanly possible. It'll allow you to block basic attacks and it boosts your damage significantly. 

3. Remember your trait only triggers at 50% health. Before then, you'll quickly lose any health when focused unless you're being healed. 

4. Blade Dash is a high damage skill but it also leaves you vulnerable. Only use it if you know you can't be disrupted or rooted. 

5. Phase Prism has a very short range so be sure to use it when near an enemy. 

6. Phase Prism can also travel through walls and barriers, allowing you to switch with an enemy who thought they were safe. 

7. Always try to use Phase Prism on a squishy target and once you've swapped places, immediately turn around to block them whilst using Blade Dash and Twin Blades. It's a wicked burst of damage.

8. Artamis has no reliable "out"; be sure to skirt around the edges of a fight when it first starts to pick your target effectively.

9. Try to use Supression Pulse when it can hit multiple targets - wasting it on one or two Heroes isn't ideal.  

10. You have to keep using your basic attack on Artanis to get the most out of his trait. Don't stop hitting in order to cut time off its cooldown.


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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2016

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