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My people lost everything. Their light was extinguished, replaced by a hunger for magic...and vengeance. We became the Blood Elves. Now, I will fight for my homeland! Selama ashal'anore! I am Prince Kael'thas, and the time for a reckoning has come!

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Kael'thas, the Sun King is an assassin hero from the Warcraft franchise.[1] He was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011.[2] Like all Blood Elves, Prince Kael'thas was transformed by the fall of Quel'thalas. Desperate to save his people from being consumed by their magical addiction, he joined forces with the Burning Legion and now lords over Tempest Keep.

Background Edit

Kael'thas Sunstrider was a senior member of the Kirin Tor and the Prince of Quel'Thalas, the last of the Sunstrider dynasty. After the fall of Quel'Thalas, Kael'thas led what remained of his people in the service of the Alliance. Striving to placate his people's addiction to magic, he later covertly allied with Illidan Stormrage, the Naga and the Burning Legion. He was branded a traitor after his allegiance with the Legion was revealed. Kael'thas plotted to summon Kil'jaeden through the Sunwell, but his plans were foiled by the Shattered Sun Offensive. He was defeated by their forces in Magisters' Terrace.

Abilities Edit

IconFlamestrike
Flamestrike (Q) [Area of Effect]
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 7 seconds

After a short delay, deal 320 (+4% per level) damage in an area. Verdant Spheres increases the radius by 50%.

IconLivingBomb
Living Bomb (W)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Deal 40 (+4% per level) damage over 3 seconds to an enemy, then they explode dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby enemies, spreading Living Bomb to all nearby enemy Heroes not already affected by it. Verdant Spheres makes this Ability cost no Mana and have no cooldown.

IconGravityLapse
Gravity Lapse (E) [Skillshot]
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Stun the first enemy hit for 1 causes Gravity Lapse to stun the first 3 enemies hit and increases the stun duration by 50%.

Traits Edit

IconVerdantSpheres
Verdant Spheres (D)
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Activate to make your next Basic Ability more powerful.

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconPhoenix
Phoenix [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Launch a Phoenix to an area, dealing 81.12 (+4% per level) damage to enemies along the way. The Phoenix persists for 7 seconds, attacking enemies for 81.12 (+4% per level) damage and splashing for 50%.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconPyroblast
Pyroblast [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 100 seconds

After 1.5 seconds, cast a slow-moving fireball that deals 810 (+5% per level) damage to an enemy Hero and 182.5 (+32.5 per level) damage to enemies nearby.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1
IconManaAddict
Mana Addict
Cooldown: 45 seconds

Upon gathering 25 Regeneration Globes, Kael'thas gains the Arcane Barrier Ability. Activate Arcane Barrier to receive a Shield equal to 100% of Kael'thas' maximum Mana for 4 seconds.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconVerdantSpheres
Fel Infusion

Increases your Ability Power by 4%. Heal for 97.76 (+4% per level) Health when you activate Verdant Spheres.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconFlamestrike
Convection [Quest Talent]

IconQuestTalent Quest: Every time Flamestrike damages an enemy Hero increase its damage by 5, up to 100. Lose all damage bonuses if you die.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After gaining 100 Flamestrike damage, increase Flamestrike damage by an additional 100 and no longer lose any bonuses if you die.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
IconFlamestrike
Mana Tap

Activating Verdant Spheres restores 4% of maximum Mana.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconGravityLapse
Nether Wind

Increases Gravity Lapse range by 30%. Refunds 80 mana when an enemy Hero is hit by Gravity Lapse.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconEnergyRoil
Energy Roil

When Gravity Lapse hits a Hero, reduce its cooldown by 9 seconds.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
IconVerdantSpheres
Sunfire Enchantment

Activating Verdant Spheres causes your next Basic Attack to instead shoot a spell dealing 165 (+4% per level) damage.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconLivingBomb
Sun King's Fury

Living Bombs that spread to enemy Heroes deal 35% more damage.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconFlamestrike
Burned Flesh

Hitting more than one Hero with Flamestrike causes each to take damage equal to 8% of their maximum Health.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
IconPhoenix
Phoenix [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Launch a Phoenix to an area, dealing 81.12 (+4% per level) damage to enemies along the way. The Phoenix persists for 7 seconds, attacking enemies for 81.12 (+4% per level) damage and splashing for 50%.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconPyroblast
Pyroblast [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 100 seconds

After 1.5 seconds, cast a slow-moving fireball that deals 810 (+5% per level) damage to an enemy Hero and 182.5 (+32.5 per level) damage to enemies nearby.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
IconLivingBomb
Fission Bomb

Increases Living Bomb's explosion radius by 20%.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconLivingBomb
Backdraft

Living Bomb's explosion slows enemies Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconLivingBomb
Pyromaniac

Every tick of Living Bomb's damage over time effect reduces Basic Ability cooldowns by 1 second.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
IconFlamestrike
Fury of the Sunwell

Flamestrike will cast again in the same location 0.5 seconds later.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconArcanePower
Arcane Dynamo

Using a Basic Ability increases your Ability Power by 3% for 5 seconds, stacking up to 15%.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconVerdantSpheres
Twin Spheres

Verdant Spheres gains an additional charge.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
IconPhoenix
Rebirth

Increases Phoenix duration by 100%. You may order the Phoenix to move to a different location once while the Phoenix is alive.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconPyroblast
Presence Of Mind

Increases Pyroblast's explosion radius by 50% and reduces its cooldown by 25 seconds per enemy Hero hit.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconFlamestrike
Flamethrower

Increases the cast range of Flamestrike by 40%. If you hit 2 or more Heroes, Flamestrike's cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconLivingBomb
Master of Flames

Living Bomb can now spread indefinitely between enemy Heroes.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Genjiplate
Similarly to Jaina, Kael'thas’ high burst damage, area damage and crowd control greatly aids Genji on taking down individual targets very quickly, allowing him to proc the cooldown reset of Swift Strike. His Pyroblast is potentially useful, as it forces players on fleeing and getting away from the rest of the team, allowing Genji to chase and execute them.


Malfurionplate
Kael'thas's Gravity Lapse can be combo'ed with Malfurion's Entangling Roots for a massive crowd control chain. Of all the "mage" characters, Kael'thas burns his mana the quickiest, where Innervate again plays a major role.


Skins Edit

The Sun King
KaelRed KaelGray KaelSilver Kael'thas - Forest
The Sun King Ivory Silver Forest IconShard100
StormPunk IconShard100
On some worlds, technology and magic are not so different. Those who master both, like Lord Kael'thas, can create both wonders and terrors beyond your imagination.
KaelStormRed KaelStormGray KaelStormBlack Kael'thas - StormPunk - Gold
StormPunk Azure Crimson Gold
Stormbot IconShard100
Originally constructed to be a magician's assistant, Kael'thas's preprogrammed aptitude for sorcery soon catapulted him past the expertise of his own creators.
Kael'thas - Stormbot Kael'thas - Stormbot - Cobalt
Stormbot Cobalt
Sovereign IconShard100
Only the finest of robes and armor may adorn the Sun King. His majesty and brilliance must shine forth like the sun itself.
KaelMasterRed KaelMasterGray KaelMasterSilver
Sovereign Fel Sun
Cyberhawk IconShard400
Sunstrider Industries CEO Mikael Thoss uses his company's vast wealth and cutting edge technology to protect the innocent as Cyberhawk, the Avian Avenger!
Kael'thas - Cyberhawk Kael'thas - Cyberhawk - Sapphire Kael'thas - Cyberhawk - Cyborhawk
Cyberhawk Sapphire Cyborghawk

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: Kael’thas’ prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 12, 2016Note: Health increased from 1465 to 1520.; Health Regeneration increased from approximately 3.05 to 3.17 Health per second.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Received updated visual effects for Abilities and Talents that have been reworked.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 10, 2016Note: Basic Attack damage reduced from 87 (+4% per level) to 65 (+4% per level).

References Edit

  1. 2014-04-14, Heroes of the Storm PAX East 2014 Recap: Interface Changes, New Heroes, New Hero Models and Skins, Developer Interview. Heroes Nexus, accessed on 2014-04-17
  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

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