Overview

Tyrael is a powerful warrior that's capable of hard-pushing a lane when surrounded by his team. With the combination of his speed, mobility and ability to bolster his team mates, he's incredibly strong in the right hands. Unlike Muradin or Johanna he is arguably squishier, despite having a shield. However, he makes up for this in the fact he can get in and out of fights quickly and in the process, can harrass deep into an enemies team before coming back to shield his team. With the two warrior Meta, Tyrael works exceptionally well and compliments both Muradin and Johanna as well as Leoric. 

Updated: 27 July 2016. 

Pros

Cons

Amazing lane pushing with his team thanks to his skills affecting minions 

He is squishier than the likes of Johanna so can be focused relatively easily if he has no cooldowns 

Incredible mobility for a Warrior

Can be mana intensive early game as you chain your skills to support your team

A valuable group wide shield and speed boost

His damage outside of Smite is woeful

A powerful innate skill that can often kill opposing players at the end of a team fight if you happen to die 

He's a dive heavy Hero - he can't protect his backline if leaping forwards

The ability to teleport is incredible for escaping quickly

Once he has used El'Druins Might to engage, he can't really escape

Abilities

Archangel’s Wrath (Trait) – While you can deal a fair amount of damage with your Trait, you should be tanky enough that you’re not dying often, which means you won’t have a lot of chances to make use of it. Combined with the fact that you don’t get any added mobility during these 3.5 seconds, and it can be difficult to position yourself well to make use of it. However, if you are able to land the damage on multiple targets in a fight, it can be quite effective.

El'Druin’s Might (Q) – This will be your main source of both engage and escape, depending on the situation. Tyrael wants to be right at the front of the fight, and this will allow him to do just that while also slowing enemies around him. Once the blade is thrown, the range from which you can teleport to it is unlimited, so use that to your advantage by baiting out abilities/CC then teleporting.

Righteousness (W) – This is what makes Tyrael such an effective tank, and offers a lot of late game pushing power. A shield for your nearby allies can be quite valuable in fights, and makes you quite hard to take down. If you go for the Imposing Will talent at level 13, you also slow any enemies who attack you, making Tyrael a very effective front line.

Smite (E) – This will be your main source of poke damage, as it has the lowest cooldown of your abilities. It offers a nice boost of mobility to both yourself and your allies, allowing your team to dart around a team fight as you continue to lay down Smites. The main thing to be aware of is the fact that if you use Smite too early, you and your team will be without an escape. 

Judgment (R) – This Heroic can be extremely potent when used at the right time. You can catch an opponent who’s out of position for your team to single out and kill, lock down a priority target in a team fight, or interrupt an important channel. This ability can however be easy to waste, so make sure you’re choosing your target carefully. It's also worth noting that if you do dive in, your team has to follow up otherwise you're going to dive very quickly.

Sanctification (R) – Choosing this Heroic means you’re sacrificing damage and a stun for complete invulnerability in an area. Deciding between Judgment and Sanctification will often come down to both team composition and the map you’re playing on. Judgment has generally been considered the superior choice, though recent buffs to Sanctification make it no longer a channeled ability, a much larger radius, and will now affect Tyrael as well. In the right situation, making all (or most) of your team immune during a team fight can be game-changing.

Traits

Level 1: Purge Evil

With its low cooldown, Smite is an amazing skill. Capable of dealing damage to enemies as well as increasing yours, allies and minion movement speed by 25% it has a lot of utility. With Purge Evil it'll deal 30% more damage to Heroes, which is fairly significant considering its width. Placed in a team fight, it can quickly hurt a line of your opponents and if you're chasing them down, you're gaurenteed to catch them. 

Level 4: Amplified Healing

Tyrael is pretty squishy outside of his shield and as such, needs as much help as he can get to stay afloat. With Amplified Healing you'll gain 33% extra healing from all healing sources, which is pretty significant for staying alive. 

Level 7: Reciprocate

You should be regularly diving into the front-lines of enemy Heroes with El'Druin's Might and with your shield on (Righteousness) you'll now deal AOE damage to players surrounding you when it's destroyed, thanks to Reciprocate. The damage isn't huge, but scales well and is enough to provide your team with a nice additional burst to a group. 

Level 10: Judgment

Judgement is, without a doubt, one of the best ultimate skills in the game. Tyrael will charge forwards a fair distance, stun, deal damage and knockback enemies around him. It's an incredible initiator and even better when you've primed your shield before going in. If you do then take damage it'll explode and you can always use El'Druin's Might to quickly exit the fight. Better still, your team should be quickly backing you up for a quick wipe of the enemy. Always try to initiate on the squishiest and most dangerous target. 

Level 13: Imposing Will

Tyrael's shield is very important and it gets even stronger thanks to Imposing Will. Enemies who now attack you will be slowed by 50%, making their life pretty miserable as they try to escape you.  

Level 16: Salvation

I don't see many Tyrael's take Salvation but I think it's one of the best talents he has. A 25% increase to your shield based on each ally shielded is amazing. During a fight you can easily catch at least 3-4 of your team, meaning you're significantly stronger when diving in. 

Variable: Zealotry is a good alternative if you want your shield to last longer. This extends its time by 100% and results in it lasting 8 seconds as opposed to 4. It's a good talent if you want to prime a spike against a particularly challenging enemy team. 

Level 20: Hardened Shield

You're now pretty untouchable thanks to a damage reduction of 75% when you trigger Hardened Shield. Just be sure to use this when engaging, followed up with Righteousness, or as you're fleeing a fight. 

Matchups

Tyrael is a swift and aggressive Warrior but he's also incredibly weak in the damage he deals. I would never recommend that you go 1 on 1 with an enemy Hero with the sole purpose of attempting to kill them unless they're nearly dead. Having said that, you can freely kill Murky any time you choose. What you should be doing when it comes to Hero matchups and threat is targetting the squishiest and most dangerous individual on the opposing team. Thanks to El'Druin's Might you can engage quickly and easily and if you combine this with Smite, it's a sizeable burst of damage to make them think twice about engaging you or your team. When you're in lane this combination can easily poke most enemy players base behind their tower walls. The biggest threat to Tyrael is being rooted or slowed. Although you can escape it if you have El'Druin's Might off cooldown, it can spell your doom if you don't. A single root from Malfurion is punishing. As a result, if you are facing Malfurion, Thrall or Arthas just be sure to use El'Druin's Might defensively rather than offensively. 

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. Any Heroes that aren't on this list are easy pickings for Tyrael. If a Hero is listed here, take greater.

Hero

Threat 

Johanna: Her survivability combined with her slow, pull and ultimate stun make her really difficult for Tyrael to deal with. She's a good counter but she won't kill you in a hurry. 

7/10

Brightwing: Although he's never going to kill you, Brightwing is particularly strong against Tyrael due to her ability to Polymorph you and make your ultimate redundant. 

6/10

The Butcher: His charge, Lamb to the Slaughter or self heal can rip you up in seconds. Even if you shield yourself, you're still going to take a huge amount of damage. 

9/10

Thrall: His self healing, root and huge burst from Wind Fury can make life very difficult for you.  7/10
Tracer: Her mobility combined with the fact she can run rings around you can make your job extremely difficult.  8/10
Jaina:  Roots aren't good for you and Jaina is the Queen of them. Ring of Frost, Blizzard, Cone of Cold - it's all bad news for your mobility and movement speed. 8/10
Lunara: Simply because she's so difficult to pin down and can poke from so far away, she'll wittle your health down incredibly quickly. 9/10
Gul'dan: He has tons of sustain and while you can happily dive him, his Horrify combined with his Life Steal adds constant pressure to you and your team. 7/10

Tips

This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Tyrael 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. All your skills can apply to minions, as such you should always be winning a lane push whether solo or with your team. Your shield and speed boost make your minions much stronger than the opposition - use it to your advantage. 

2. Smite is pretty cheap on mana, as such you should poke your lane opponent regularly with it.

3. El'Druin's Might is a powerful offensive and defensive skill. You can use it to quickly engage and force a fight or you can flee quickly thanks to the teleport. Similarly to Sylvanus and her Haunting Wave, be clever when using it. It's a good idea to throw it in one direction, run another and then teleport away for a clean escape. 

4. Try to always use your shield around your team mates and the moment you engage a fight. It only lasts 4 seconds so make it count. 

5. Smite makes your allies run 25% faster when they move through it. Ensure you place this in front of your team if they're chasing an enemy or trying to escape. 

6. Judgement > Righteousness > El'Druin's Might > Smite is a high AOE spike that will pressure even the hardiest of teams. If you can, try to complete this rotation against a squishy target and ping the enemy beforehand so your team know who to attack. 

7. Remember that when you die you'll be able to navigate Tyrael to then explode. The damage is significant and will finish anyone off that's low health. Aim for vulnerable Heroes such as Jaina or Kael. 


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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016

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Lover of all things MOBA, Lewis splits his time between Heroes of the Storm, Paragon and SMITE.

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