For anyone who’s watched the hero selection timer count down to the single digits as someone on the team still hasn’t chosen a hero for an ARAM brawl, you know all too well what happens when someone doesn’t follow Rule #4 – Choose Your Role Well.
Here’s how to make better choices for you and your team.
“AFK” Seems to be Missing “Cluster” and “u”, “c”
There’s nothing quite as chilling as the initial countdown to a Heroes of the Storm ARAM round when one of the teammates hasn’t done anything to select their hero. As the timer approaches zero and teammates are throwing suggestions and questions their way, nothing changes.
As the need for them to choose a tank or healer grows and the timer expires, the selection screen disappears and the selected team fades in to a collective breath of relief or a firm belief that the term AFK is missing a couple appropriate letters.
This isn’t to say the team is screwed without a healer or a tank; I’ve seen both make it through. But when one team is well-formed and the other isn’t, the odds are definitely not in your favor.
Instead of starting a Heroes of the Storm ARAM game AFK, take a few key rules to heart so you can follow Rule #4 – Choose Your Role Well.
How to Choose Your Role Well
So, you follow Rule #1 – Stay Alive, Rule #2 – Keep Your Teammates Alive, and Rule #3 – Play as a Team. What’s next? Obviously, there’s more to the game than just existing. You need to choose the right hero to play for the circumstance.
Now, I’ve already covered the HOTS hero roles and how to play your role well before, so there’s no need to rehash. What I’m going to talk about here is simply choosing your role.
There’s a lot of complexity in Heroes of the Storm, so we’re just going to focus on some key things to keep in mind when choosing your role. Most people know the basics, but some miss some of the nuances. Knowing a few key principles will keep you winning more Heroes of the Storm ARAM brawls.
The Basics to Choosing Your Role Well
Follow these basics, and you will be well on your way to a better game:
- Tank, Healer, and DPS: If you have been given the options, you need a tank, healer, and some DPS on your team. If you don’t have any choices on the board for a tank or healer, don’t worry; that means the other team doesn’t as well.
- Do Enough Damage: It’s okay to have more than one tank or more than one healer, but if you can’t do the damage, you will find it hard to win. I’ve played a few pretty enjoyable games where we chose several healers for a laugh. We lasted quite a while, but eventually lost. Even if you can stay alive, if you can’t push them back, you will eventually lose your core.
- Stock up on CC: One of the more damaging things I see is when one team is chock full of CC and one team has next to none. Sure It’s great to have some burst, but if you get CC’ed until you’re dead, you never get a chance to fire it off.
- Include Some Range: The ultimate “uh-oh” moment is when you realize that the other team is all ranged, and you’re all melee. Sure, you can do a lot of damage, but you have to get close enough to hit someone first.
- Use Harassment Wisely: Harassers are great – unless that’s all you have. Sure Genji, Tracer, and Nova can top the charts on damage, but on a team together, they’re going to struggle. A harasser’s strength is in their ability to not be targeted. When there are more harasser’s on the team than not, that’s going to be a hard goal to attain.
Again, there are a lot of nuances and complexity to choosing a role well. For instance, do two bruisers make up for a tank? Sometimes yes and sometimes no, and sometimes it only takes one. As you grow in skill you will know when your choices work and when they don’t. The important thing is to learn the basics so you can follow Rule #4 – Choose Your Role Well and win more Heroes of the Storm ARAM brawls.