"Obey the call!"
|Title||Archlich of Naxxramas|
|Price||750 / 10,000|
|Release Date||September 5, 2017|
Kel'Thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas, esteemed Lich Lord of the Plaguelands, Commander of the Dread Necropolis, Master and Founder of the Cult of the Damned, formerly of the Council of Six, Creator of the Abomination, Summoner of Archimonde the Defiler, Betrayer of Humanity, Hearthstone Enthusiast, and Majordomo to the Lich King, is a Ranged Assassin Hero from the Warcraft universe.
Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel'Thuzad remains Arthas's most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark. Drawn to the immeasurable power found within the Nexus, Kel'Thuzad has turned several of the noblest Heroes against their allies.
Background[edit | edit source]
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Kel'Thuzad was a powerful member of the Kirin Tor, but his interest in the dark arts caused him to be expelled from Dalaran. He went on to become the founder of the Cult of the Damned and one of the principal agents of the Lich King. After bringing the plague to Lordaeron, he was slain by Arthas Menethil. When Arthas became a death knight, he used and defiled the powers of the Sunwell to resurrect Kel'Thuzad as a lich so he could summon Archimonde to Azeroth. Following Arthas's departure for Northrend, Kel'Thuzad was left to command the Scourge forces in Lordaeron from his floating necropolis, Naxxramas.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Strength[edit | edit source]
- Burst Damage
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- See Data page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Talents[edit | edit source]
- Does not affect the initial splash radius.
- Damage bonus stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Frost Nova's damage.
- Does not stack with other negative Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
- Damage bonus stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers.
Additionally, Chains of Kel'Thuzad deals up to 270 bonus damage to Shields.
- Damage is dealt to Shields only, cannot overflow to the target unit.
❢ Reward: Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery can be activated while dead to immediately respawn at the Hall of Storms, but must be charged again.
Passive: Kel'Thuzad heals for 10% of all Spell Damage dealt while the Phylactery is charged.
- All stacks are consumed and passive effect is lost when the Ability is activated.
Active: Activate to gain 50 Physical Armor for 4 seconds. Upon activation, nearby enemies take 45 damage and are Slowed by 35% for 4 seconds.
- Counter tracks each enemy Hero affected by Death and Decay separately.
- Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and other offensive damage modifiers.
- Damage bonus stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Glacial Spike's damage.
Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 115 damage to its target and 275 damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frost Blast are Rooted for 2 seconds.
Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 320 damage to enemy Heroes in its area. If an enemy Hero is hit, set its cooldown to 1.5 seconds.
- Cooldown reduction is triggered by every tick of damage dealt by Kel'Thuzad from both Basic Attacks and Abilities.
- Basic Attacks also grant this cooldown reduction even if they miss due to Kel'Thuzad being Blinded or the target Evading.
- The effect can trigger only once per cast regardless of how many Heroes were chained.
- Cooldown reduction can trigger multiple times per cast.
- Periodic damage instances do not grant cooldown reduction.
- Bonus damage is added to every tick of damage dealt by Kel'Thuzad from both Basic Attacks and Abilities.
- Basic Attacks deal this bonus damage even if they miss due to Kel'Thuzad being Blinded or the target Evading.
- Spell Power stacks additively with itself and offensive damage modifiers affecting Kel'Thuzad's Spell Damage output.
- The post-Root Slow from Deathchill also counts as being affected by Frost Blast, triggering the secondary explosion upon a Hero's death.
- The secondary explosion has the same area and initial delay, which starts after the 1 second secondary cast delay, as the original, but it does not grant the cooldown reduction upon hitting an enemy Hero
Active: Activate to dash forward, dealing 150 damage to enemies in the path. Takedowns reset the cooldown of Shifting Malice.
Active: Activate to create a Shade of Naxxramas that lasts 15 seconds and mimics Kel'Thuzad's casts of Death and Decay.
- Shade is Invulnerable and Untargetable and has no collision.
- Shade's Death and Decay benefits from all talents affecting it.
Builds and guides[edit | edit source]
Skins[edit | edit source]
|Backstory: Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel'Thuzad remains Arthas's most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark.|
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Archlich of Naxxramas
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|Backstory: "What the heroes of this pitiful blue marble fail to understand is the Earth's fate cannot be delayed forever. In the end, the stars will fade and die, and in the cold dark... our empire is eternal."|
|Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.|
|Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Superheroes vs. Eternal Empire skins.|
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Mounts[edit | edit source]
|Backstory: It is said the frosts of Northrend descend upon the unwary in an instant; chilling beyond the bone and into the soul.|
Portraits[edit | edit source]
Sprays[edit | edit source]
Calavera de Kel'Thuzad
Lil' K.T.'s Xylobones
Meow of Mr. Bigglesworth
Star Lich Kel'Thuzad
Emojis[edit | edit source]
Quotes[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Kel'Thuzad first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (July 2002).
- His book debut was five years later, in World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness (August 2007).
- Kel'Thuzad is voiced by Michael McConnohie in all of his game appearances with the exception of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (November 2008).
- Kel'Thuzad was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011.
- Preliminary work on Kel'Thuzad's model was done on the artists stage at BlizzCon 2014.
- Kel'Thuzad owns a cat named Mr. Bigglesworth, who appears during his owner's dance animation. This is a reference to the cat owned by Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers series (May 1997).
- Early on Kel'Thuzad development, one of his level 1 talents was actually Mr. Bigglesworth which was a pet he could summon and move around with his 1 Key, similarly to Lunara's Wisp. While it was out, it had an aura that increased Kel'Thuzad's spell power as long as he was near it, but had a long cooldown if an enemy hero was able to attack it. Another idea we tried was that Mr. Bigglesworth was a scout like the Wisp, but if it was attacked it would run away and Kel'Thuzad would yell at the enemy team for attacking it and gain a huge damage buff for a short amount of time. The developers moved away from these ideas for a few reasons, but the main thing was that as a combo mage, it felt tedious and fatiguing to be constantly maneuvering a pet around while trying to land difficult combos.
- One of Kel'Thuzad's quotes references the running joke about Darkness.
- The Frost Nova, Frost Armor, Dark Ritual and Death and Decay portraits all represent of Kel'Thuzad's respective ability icons from Warcraft III (His abilities are the same as those of an ordinary Lich).
Gallery[edit | edit source]
General[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Kel'Thuzad Hero Week
- Kel'Thuzad - Heroes of the Storm
- Kel'Thuzad - Wowpedia
- Resurrecting Kel'Thuzad
- Kel'Thuzad Balance Changelog - Heroes Patch Notes
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