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Sylvanas is a Ranged Specialist Hero from the Warcraft universe. She has a stoic, but arrogant personality. As Ranger-General of Silvermoon, Sylvanas is a leader of her people and a powerful force for good against the undead scourge that seek to overthrow the elven race. Her deadly accuracy is legend across Azeroth.
In death, Sylvanas still considers herself one of the foremost protectors of Quel'Thalas, and repeatedly offers assistance in the form of supplies and troops to the blood elves. This may be due in some part to the fact that the Dark Lady still grieves over her failure to protect Quel'Thalas from the Scourge invasion during the Third War, when she fell in battle.
Gameplay Summary Edit
Sylvanas a Specialist with powerful sustained damage, waveclear and mobility, featuring very balanced attributes. She is unique as her trait, , allows her to shutdown enemy minions and structures, essentially stunning them permanently as long Sylvanas hits them with Basic Attacks or Abilities.
Overall, Sylvanas fits into most team compositions due her very potent kit capable to destroying structures by herself if left alone, all while being capable of handling quite well in teamfights. Her versatile mobility also makes her quite difficult to take down.
- Very high sustained damage for a Specialist Hero, rivaling or surpassing even some Assassins.
- Formidable solo laner.
- One of the strongest waveclears in the game.
- Can easily solo Mercenary Camps.
- Considerably low mana issues.
- allows her to stun all enemy Minions, Mercenaries and Structures save for Bosses and Cores.
- is an auto-target ability that provides very high burst and is great at pressuring opponents as Sylvanas can use it while moving, and can be used with Basic Attacks without cancelling them.
- It is also absurdly potent during teamfights that happen in lanes, as it'll recharge with each Minion killed.
- is a very potent tool for spreading Black Arrow and shutting down as many Minions and Structures as possible.
- is a very versatile escape tool due its range.
- It is also very useful for chasing down opponents.
- covers large radius and can shutdown the entire enemy team if properly timed.
- is a versatile Heroic Ability that can be used either to take down key-targets or to push away dangerous threat.
- Very low healthpool.
- Considerable weak in the early game.
- Poor teamfight power after using her Heroic Abilities.
- Susceptible to stuns and silences, which prevents her from escaping with .
- Can struggle when fighting for lane domination against other Specialists (i.e. Zagara).
- offers poor targeted damage as it can often hit enemy minions instead of Heroes.
- Haunting Wave has a small delay, which requires proper timing.
- leaves Sylvanas completely vulnerable and open to retaliation.
Sylvanas specializes in DPS and siege damage.
Heroic Abilities Edit
- Tier 1, Hero Level 1
- Tier 2, Hero Level 4
- Tier 3, Hero Level 7
- Tier 4, Hero Level 10
- Tier 5, Hero Level 13
- Tier 6, Hero Level 16
- Tier 7, Hero Level 20
Talent Builds Edit
- Balanced Build: focused on providing Sylvanas with a healthy blend of damage, utility and mobility. This build allows Sylvanas to maximize her effectiveness in teamfights while still further improving her waveclear and sieging.
- If the map features a lot of strong Mercenaries (such as the ones in Braxis Holdout and Volskaya Foundry), taking at level 1 can greatly improve Sylvanas pushing power in the late game.
- If the enemy team features a very dangerous Assassin or powerful Support, can be more useful instead to quickly eliminate those key targets.
- cost no mana, and their stacks refresh quickly, specially when waveclearing. Use them freely to speed up the laning phase.
- Try hitting at a target that will more likely spread to as many enemies and structures possible.
- Do not use for waveclear; it should be used solely as a escape tool, or in other scenarios, to secure a takedown by chasing opponents.
- Do not use preemptively; save it for when opponents are more likely to unleash powerful cooldowns to maximize the shutdown. It is great for interrupting channeled abilities.
- Positioning is key when using , as Sylvanas will be left vulnerable for 2.5 seconds.
- When controlling an enemy Hero, try putting them at a favorable location for the allied team to take them down.
- While Sylvanas is a formidable solo laner due her ability to shutdown Structures, she becomes even more powerful with another Hero with high siege damage (i.e. Azmodan, Probius).
While Sylvanas pairs well with the majority of the cast, she truly shines when fighting alongside high-burst Assassins that complement her damage. In addition, having other split-pushers is a great way to create additional map pressure.
Effective against Edit
Effective foes Edit
Sylvanas is at her best when being able to quietly push the lanes by disabling structures. Because of that, lane bullies that can constantly harass and dive can make her life a living nightmare, specially those that have mobility on par with her. In addition, stealth Heroes can also catch her by surprise while she is split-pushing.
- The Banshee Queen (base)
|The Banshee Queen||Frost||Scarlet|
- Ranger-General Sylvanas 100
- The Ranger-Generals are the commanders of the Farstriders of Quel'Thalas. It is their solemn duty to ensure the protection of Silvermoon, or give their lives in its defense.
- Warchief 100
- Sylvanas never wanted to be warchief, and was never fond of Vol'jin. Nevertheless, she has sworn to avenge the fallen shadow hunter and lead their people to victory against the Legion
- Dark Lady 100
- The guise of a Dark Ranger strikes fear into the hearts of their enemies. The guise of the Dark Ranger Queen will send them running for reinforcements...
- Raven 400
- Those who fight against evil are often the most affected by it. The Rogues of Khanduras learned this well when their former sister Sylvanas fell in league with the maiden of Anguish, Andariel.
- Sugar Plum (currently unavailable)
Sylvanas was conceived within the first two years of the game's development. She appeared as a hero in early builds. She had powerful ranged attacks and was deadly, easy to kill. She benefited from dexterity items. She was a powerful mid to late game hero.
As with the rest of the characters at the time, Sylvanas had a "good" and "evil" form—in her case, corresponding to her living and undead forms respectively.
Her abilities and stats were as follows:
- Life: 1
- Attack: 5.25
- Abilities: 6
- Speed: 3.75
- Trueshot Aura
- Wild Arrow
- Frost Arrow
- Freezing Trap
Patch changes Edit
- (Patch June 13, 2017) Note: Raven skins added.
- (Patch December 14, 2016) Note: Sylvanas’ prices reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.
- (Patch May 17, 2016) Note: The back of Ranger-General Sylvanas’ leaf earring now appears more leaf-like.
- (Patch March 29, 2016) Note: Basic Attack damage increased from 74 (+4% per level) to 85 (+4% per level).
- (Patch January 12, 2016) Note: Sugar Plum Sylvanas temporarily removed for the season.
- (Patch December 15, 2015) Note: Sugar Plum Sylvanas added.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-24. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Art Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-26.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
- ↑ From WoWWiki
- ↑ 2015-03-06, Pax East 2015 : Sylvanas, Tomb of the Spider Queen and UI updates. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-18
- ↑ 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21
- ↑ 2016-10-15, Heroes of The Storm Dev Discusses Cho'Gall Balance, Hero Design, And More!. The Escapist, accessed on 2016-10-15