As the lord of Azeroth’s fire elementals, Ragnaros desires nothing more than to burn the world to ash. Banished to the Firelands eons ago, the Firelord now turns his rage toward the Nexus, intent on incinerating everything and everyone within it.
Ragnaros is a Bruiser that can nullify enemy pushes against his Forts and Keeps.
- 1 Background
- 2 Gameplay Summary
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Traits
- 5 Heroic Abilities
- 6 Talents
- 7 Talent Builds
- 8 Tips
- 9 Matchups
- 10 Skins
- 11 Development
- 12 Patch changes
- 13 References
The Firelord and his brethren once held sway over the entire world. As a servant of the Old Gods, he fought against the Titans for domination over the planet. The victorious Titans banished him and his brethren to the Elemental Plane — there to remain imprisoned until the end of time. It was then and there that the brothers turned on each other. For five millennia a battle was fought at the core of this world. It was during the Elemental Sundering that Ragnaros attacked Thunderaan, Prince of Air. Thunderaan was utterly defeated and the Firelord feasted upon his essence, but was unable to consume him entirely. Ragnaros divided what remained between his servants, Baron Geddon and Garr.
Ragnaros is an Assassin based on area of effect ability damage. He can harness the his volcanic wrath to call down flaming meteors, crush foes with the explosive might of Sulfuras, and summon lava waves that will incinerate an entire lane's worth of enemy minions. Ragnaros is unique as his trait, , allows him to take over a Fort or Keep, becoming a towering inferno over the structure and gaining a second set of abilities that will help to engulf assailants in the fires of doom.
Overall, Ragnaros fits into most team compositions, as his set of abilities can single-handedly change the course of certain map objectives. He requires, however, proper positioning and a team capable of giving him opportunity to unleash his damage properly.
- High area of effect burst damage.
- Excelent waveclear and lane bullying.
- Very flexible and straightforward talent tree.
- gives him decent self-sustain and waveclear.
- is very versatile for various tasks, such as waveclear, sieging and poking. Additionally, it has the highest damage potential of all his abilities.
- bestows Ragnaros with decent utility, being a flexible ability useful either for engaging opponents or to flee from combat.
- has high range and deals massive damage, being extremely potent after opponents have been inflicted by some kind of crowd control.
- is powerful defensive ability, and also very strong on minion-related map objectives, such as Tomb of the Spider Queen and Braxis Holdout.
- allows Ragnaros to take over structures and empower them, granting him a separate healthbar, as well a new set of basic abilities. While allied structures can be taken at any time, enemy structures can only be taken after being destroyed.
- Mana intensive during all phases of the game.
- Poor survivability and mobility.
- Limited utility beyond raw damage.
- Cannot deal very well against long range pokes and kiting.
- Vulnerable to crowd control effects, such as stuns and slows.
- Most of his abilities are very easy to avoid.
- is extremely telegraphed, as the wave is also shown as an icon in the minimap, giving opponents plenty of time to avoid.
- is put on cooldown when the match starts, to prevent Ragnaros from using a such powerful cooldown by the start of the match.
While under the effects of Molten Core, Ragnaros's abilities change to the following:
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
- Empower Sulfuras Build: focused on maximizing the damage of , providing incredible amounts of sustained damage, as well improving Ragnaros self-sustain. In addition, also makes Ragnaros highly effective at fighting Warriors and other high-health opponents.
- This build is recommended when fighting team compositions that features multiple melee Heroes, to hit as many opponents as possible with Empower Sulfuras and , and low burst damage, since this build means Ragnaros must stay on the frontline as much as possible, which can be dangerous considering his low health.
- Living Meteor Build: focused on maximizing the raw damage of , making it the Ragnaros strongest build, theorically. , once completed, allows Ragnaros to hit as many opponents as possible, specially if the player is proficient at hard-reads.
- Blast Wave Build: focused on improving 's damage and utility, granting Ragnaros a decent batch of survivability and endurance that makes him a more sturdier Bruiser.
- This build is recommended when the enemy team doesn't have a focused gameplay style, featuring a more balanced composition.
- resets Ragnaros Basic Attack, therefore, if used correctly, he can cancel the ending lag of his Basic Attacks to improve his damage per second.
- Additionally, try to hit as many opponents (Heroes and Minions) to maximize the damage and healing.
- Aim at opponents running in a specific direction, and try to read their path to ensure it'll hit them as much as possible.
- In addition, position Ragnaros properly when using it for sieging, to hit the structures in the most optimal way.
- Save when needed to engage opponents, or to flee from dangerous situations. Make sure to also cast it on an ally to aid them in the same situations.
- Ragnaros doesn't really have a rotation, however, under certain situations, Blast Wave > Living Meteor > Empower Sulfuras is an effective combo.
- can be used on a variety of situations, as either offensive or defensive.
- It is very useful to force a push after taking down an enemy structure, specially on certain maps, such as Tomb of the Spider Queen and Braxis Holdout after summoning the spiders and zerg rush, respectively.
- On the other hand, it can be an effective defensive cooldown to protect structures against map objectives that aim directly at structures, such as Blackheart's Bay and Sky Temple.
- Try to time with other crowd control skills to maximize its stunning effects and damage.
- The Firelord (base)
- Sulfuron 100
- Ragnaros is at his strongest within the smoldering halls of Sulfuron Keep. Adorned in the primal metals that comprise his seat of power, he now carries that strength with him at all times.
- Lil' Ragnaros 1600
- YOU FOOL! WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT SUMMONING ME TOO SOON? I DESPISE BEING ADORABLE!
- Features altered voice-over.
- (Patch March 28, 2017) Note: Basic Attack damage decreased from 180 to 171.
- (Patch January 27, 2017) Note: Base Maximum Health reduced from 2100 to 2000; Base Health Regen reduced from 4.4 to 4.2 per second.
- (Patch December 14, 2016) Note: Added.
- From WoWWiki
- 2014-04-11, Heroes of the Storm Pax East 2014 Panel, New Characters, Character Creation Q & A Full Conference. YouTube, accessed on 2014-06-26
- 2015-11-25, Heroes of the Storm Data Mining: 37 New Heroes and Kill Voiceovers Preview. 2p.com, accessed on 2015-05-01