Garrosh, is an upcoming melee warrior hero from the Warcraft franchise. The new warchief of the Horde is a proud and vicious warrior who rules with an iron fist. His hatred for the Alliance burns like wildfire, and he will stop at nothing to destroy them. By his axe, Gorehowl, the orcs will reclaim their rightful glory. Victory… or DEATH!
-He can solo the Tank role. Garrosh has a very powerful passive ability that grants him more and more armour for every missing percentage of health, making him much harder to kill as his lifepool drops lower and lower. This ability, combined with the ability Bloodthirst, makes him viable as a solo tank in team compositions because of the health sustain. This could even have a ripple effect on the current double warrior meta (we’ll get to that later).
-Initiation. Groundbreaker pulls all enemies on the edge of the cone-shaped zone towards him. This ability can be a great initiation tool to pick off enemies or start a team fight. Its damage however is insignificant and can be kited.
-Crowd Control. With Wrecking Ball, an ability that throws a target a considerable distance away, Garrosh is considered a CC heavy warrior. This move does take some practice at first to master; it can even be used to troll your own teammates.
-No Escape. Much like ETC and Anub’arak, Garrosh is a dive warrior. His kit revolves around being the center of attention, pulling enemies towards him and displacing them whilst healing himself through possible focused damage from enemy heroes. So often using your entire CC combo makes Garrosh a sitting duck without any follow-up from the rest of the teammates.
-Little Damage. Garrosh is not a brawler hero. He is built to withstand damage, not to dish it out.
Being a strong CC warrior, teammates who have strong burst AOE damage and chain AOE CC effects will benefit from having Garrosh on their side. Some examples include:
High mobility hero who can kite and avoid his CC abilities will be a nuisance. Heroes with access to true damage abilities and armour/healing reduction can also counter him. Some examples include:
Battlegrounds involving a lot of team fighting situations and areas that have bottle neck and tight spaces will be great for Garrosh to isolate enemies and get pick-off kills. Maps involving a lot of rotations during the laning phase also benefit him as he has poor lane clear and sieging ability.
Stronger maps include: Dragon Shire, Towers of Doom, Battlefield of Eternity, and Cursed Hollow. Weaker maps include: Haunted Mines, Infernal Shrines, and Garden of Terror.
The Current Meta
As mentioned earlier, there are few warrior heros that can truly solo the Tank role. Garrosh will be a strong addition to that roster, which might shake up the current double warrior meta gameplay. We may even start to see double healer or triple damage compositions more in competitive play now.
Most current team compositions right now are two tanks, one healer, and two DPS heroes. Having someone like Garrosh, who can tank on his own, can add room for different kinds of team compositions. Double healers, tripler DPS heroes: the possibilities are endless!
Overall, Garrosh looks to be an extremely fun hero to play and we are sure to see him in competitive high level play as his kit has high challenge and high reward c-c-combos!
Garrosh is now playable on the PTR servers and expect to see him live on all servers within the next week.