Some unconventional Hero League tips

Here is a short list of Hero League tips that might help you get the most out of your climb.
• Before playing Hero League play a warm up QM or UD match, but don’t treat it like a normal match. Instead set a goal for yourself: This game I’m going to try not to die. This game I’m going to practice stutter stepping in every fight. This game I’m going to conserve my mana for the objective. It’s extremely important you practice consciously and not simply go through the motions if you want to improve.
• Speaking of mana, this is easily one of the most wasted resources in the game. A pro player once said, in low rank play the mistake he sees most often is player’s using mana to clear a minion wave. If at all possible, try to save your mana for the objective for two reasons: 1) If you come prepared and the enemy team doesn’t you have an advantage. 2) If you are able to tap your healing fountain and the enemy team isn’t because they used theirs to regain health and mana that’s another advantage in your favor.
• Do not waste a minion wave. That’s part of the reason why wave clear is one of the most important aspects of this game. For one, the minions are going to push your lane. Every tower, wall and keep you give up helps the enemy team in the long run; but if the enemy team clears their wave, gets the XP and you’re waiting at the objective for 30 seconds, you may not realize it but they’re slowly wearing you down. They’re either expanding their XP lead, or closing the gap. Both are dangerous for you.
• Set up is important. If the enemy team reaches the objective with time to spare, and has the opportunity to get in place, and you’re running in late you’re putting yourself at a huge disadvantage. If they have 5 at the objective, don’t come as 4 unless you have a substantial XP lead. If they’re in place that gives them the advantage of vision, positioning, and they can get the drop on you with their heroics before you’re able to react. Throwing out everything you have haphazardly will likely not work out for you unless you’re severely outplaying your opponent.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this short list, keep an eye out for more in the future. Until next time, the Nexus calls.

Josh Bothwell

I am a Heroes of the Storm article writer at

I was the guy who asked about Zul’jin during the BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive panel Q&A.

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