Deckard Cain, the Last of the Horadrim by Valhalen

Deckard Cain, the Last of the Horadrim

By: Valhalen
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2022
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Build: Master of Utility

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Threats to Deckard with this build

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Maiev While Maiev lacks the burst damage of other dive-oriented Heroes, she can capitalize on Deckard's poor mobility and lack of movement options to pin him down.
Alarak Alarak can improve the range of his Telekinesis to pull Deckard out of position, as well interrupting Stay Awhile and Listen from a safe distance.
Tassadar Following his 2020 rework, Tassadar is now packed with surprising damage output and baseline access to Force Wall, which can be used to take his opponents out of position and preventing them from reaching Deckard's potions.
Brightwing Brightwing's mass cleanse from her trait can easily frustrate many combo attempts with Deckard. Since it has a small delay, she can easily dispel Deckard's sleep from Stay Awhile and Listen.
Tracer Tracer is difficult to pin down due to her mobility. Her ability to get in and out of the backline can be troubling. Her 2020 rework made her even more of a threat.
Kerrigan In organized teams with a lot of crowd-control, Kerrigan can pick off Deckard at ease and burst him down.
Junkrat Junkrat can capitalize on Deckard's positioning of his potions to intercept enemies from picking them up with his Concussion Mine.
Diablo Diablo can easily close the gap and pull Deckard out position, allowing the enemy team to capitalize on that.
Johanna Johanna's ability to become unstoppable through Iron Skin can frustrate a lot setups by Deckard, and pull his allies away from potions. A well timed Iron Skin also allows her to dive into the backline to interrupt Deckard's Stay Awhile and Listen.
Deathwing Deathwing's natural "mythic" status, being permanently unstoppable, means he can easily shrug off any crowd control Deckard throws at him.
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The Last of the Horadrim Top

Deckard Cain, the Last Horadrim, is a melee Healer Hero from the Diablo universe. As an avid scholar, Deckard Cain has dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge. He has been an advisor, storyteller, and friend to Sanctuary's greatest heroes, guiding them through peril time and again. When Deckard speaks, it's wise to stay awhile and listen.

Deckard Cain provides the team with unmatched utility, ranging from setup healing through his Healing Potion, strong area-of-effect crowd control with Horadric Cube and Scroll of Sealing, as well two powerful Heroic Abilities that can turn the tide of team battles and secure victories.

Deckard Cain was added in Heroes of the Storm in April 24, 2018, and has been target of various balance patches over the years. Altough he has been significantly nerfed after launch, the developers have been giving him a good number of healthy buffs in the recent patches.

This guide will try to remain up to date with possible meta-changing patch notes regarding Deckard Cain, and it is focused on maximizing Deckard's healing output while bringing all possible tools for utility.

To minimize scrolling and make this guide less of a chore to navigate through, I've included a bunch of spoiler tags to function as collapse/expand windows of content.

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Strengths and Weaknesses Top


  • Potent single-target healing and capable of setup healing.
  • Great for both in-combat and out of combat healing.
  • Various crowd-control abilities with strong area-of-denial thanks to their large range.
  • Flexible talent tree that allows him to adapt to various types of foes and situations.
  • Many of his talents allows him to cover up for some of his glaring weaknesses.


  • Relies on being nearby his team to keep his trait up.
  • Has no access to a Cleanse-type of ability.
  • Cannot deal well against burst damage due to his setup healing reliance.
  • Lack of mobility makes him susceptible to dives and focus-fire.
  • Very poor waveclear and limited damage output.

Abilities Top

Fortitude of the Faithful (Trait)

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Healing Potion (Q)

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Horadric Cube (W)

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Scroll of Sealing (E)

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Stay Awhile and Listen (R)

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Lorenado (R)

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Talent Build breakdown Top

The "Master of Utility" build focuses on maxizing Deckard's healing output while proving him with plenty of debuffs to cripple his opponents via crowd-control, while enabling his allies.

Level 1: Sapphire

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Level 4: Ruby

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Level 7: Kanai's Cube

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Level 10: Stay Awhile and Listen

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Level 13: Super Healing Potion

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Level 16: Horadric Staff

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Level 20: Perfect Gems

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Hero Synergies Top

Because of Deckard's flexible playstyle and unmatched utility through his kit, he fits into many team compositions and has his best performance in maps that feature many choke points and stationary objectives. However, his versatility allows him to excel in any map.

Deckard Cain is best when paired with Heroes that can help create crowd control setups with his Basic and Heroic Abilities. Ideally, a team with Deckard should have at least two frontline Heroes, being a tank and a bruiser/melee assassin to form a "wall" hard to pass through, while Deckard safely stays at the backline with the other ranged assassins.

Some of the suggestions here will take in consideration the build discussed in this page, as it has great emphasis on the usage of Ruby. The order of the Heroes seen below is based on their overall performance when paired with Deckard, taking in consideration mostly the combo setups.

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How to effectively play as "Master of Utility" Top

These tips are mostly aimed for this guide's specific talent build, "Master of Utility", but also apply in general regardless of build.

The core of the "Master of Utility" build is:
Positioning and planning are key to play Deckard. His strategical gameplay style rewards those who think ahead and anticipate situations.

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Conclusion & Links Top

Deckard Cain is a healer that rewards organized and thoughtful play, and can be one of the best Healers in the game under these circumstances.

Helfpul links

Heroes of the Storm Gamepedia page on Deckard Cain

Icy Veins page on Deckard Cain

"4 Mistakes you might be making on Deckard Cain (with other tips and build)" by NotParadox
"Is It Good? Ep1: Lakefu's Deckard Cain" by NotParadox

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