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Alarak Talents

Last updated on Oct 14, 2016 at 00:28 by Straften 13 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Alarak in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Alarak guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Without Effort ? Applied Force Power Conduit
4 Double Cross Reckless Strike ? Cycle of Discord Extended Lightning
7 Chaos Reigns Endless Energy ? Thunderstruck
10 Deadly Charge Counter-Strike
13 Dissonance Psychokinesis Hindered Motion ? Pure Malice ?
16 Quick Mind Projected Force Sustaining Power ? Negatively Charged
20 Counter-Strike Deadly Charge Last Laugh ? Hasty Bargain ?

2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Damage Build

The Damage Build is made up of Talents that focus on increasing the reliability and damage of your combo as much as possible. Use Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike with Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis whenever you can do so safely. Although you are not taking Talents to empower Lightning Surge, use it as often as you can to poke enemy Heroes. Once they are low on Health you can secure kills with Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge and Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike, followed by Basic Attacks and your other Abilities. At Level 20, you can repeat your combo by sacrificing some of Sadism Icon Sadism's damage bonus by activating Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain.

2.2. Lightning Surge Build

The Lightning Surge Build is exceptionally good at long range poke, especially against melee heavy team compositions. It is very easy to play, as you simply use Lightning Surge every time it is available. When you finish stacking Endless Energy Icon Endless Energy, you will be able to use it every 4 seconds. You will outrange most Heroes in the game, and trade well with those who can match you. Target enemy Heroes behind the enemy frontline whenever possible, to damage as many Heroes with each cast as possible.

3. Level 1 Talents

Alarak Without Effort ?
Without Effort (Level 1) Starcraft Alarak

Telekinesis no longer costs Mana.

Alarak Applied Force
Applied Force (Level 1) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the damage bonus of Sadism by 10% but Telekinesis pushes 20% further.

Alarak Power Conduit
Power Conduit (Level 1) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the Mana cost of Lightning Surge by 10.

3.1. Discussion

Applied Force Icon Applied Force greatly increases the impact of Telekinesis, and makes landing the Telekinesis Discord Strike combo much easier. At the same time it increases the effects of the other uses of Telekinesis, including peel and escape.

Power Conduit Icon Power Conduit is essential to a Lightning Surge, poke focused style. If you are using Lightning Surge on cooldown, this is definitely the Talent to take.

Without Effort Icon Without Effort can help you with mana sustain in games where you are not focused on a Lightning Surge build. If you find yourself spamming Telekinesis on cooldown, this is a good Talent; especially if you plan on taking Quick Mind Icon Quick Mind at Level 16.

4. Level 4 Talents

Alarak Double Cross
Double Cross (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Increases the range of Discord Strike by 25% and also hits in a line perpendicular to the forward strike.

Alarak Reckless Strike ?
Reckless Strike (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the delay of Discord Strike by 0.25 seconds but if it hits an enemy Alarak becomes Vulnerable, causing him to take 25% more damage for 2 seconds.

Alarak Cycle of Discord
Cycle of Discord (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the cooldown of Discord Strike by 2 seconds. If Discord Strike fails to hit any enemies, the Mana cost is refunded and the cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds.

Alarak Extended Lightning
Extended Lightning (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Increases Lightning Surge range by 20%.

4.1. Discussion

Double Cross Icon Double Cross makes Discord Strike much easier to land, because it increases the range and AoE. Multiple enemy Heroes can be hit with one cast of Discord Strike, especially when Telekinesis is empowered by Applied Force Icon Applied Force from Level 1.

Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning increases the range of Lightning Surge, allowing you to poke from much safer positions. It will give you more opportunities to find targets behind enemy Heroes, which will allow you to stack Endless Energy Icon Endless Energy more easily.

Reckless Strike Icon Reckless Strike makes Discord Strike easier to land by making it almost instantaneous. This results in Discord Strike being much more viable without Telekinesis, which can free up Telekinesis for use outside of the combo. This Talent is a double edged sword that makes Discord Strike more reliable at the cost of making Alarak vulnerable when it lands.

Cycle of Discord Icon Cycle of Discord decreases the cooldown of Discord Strike, but not by enough that it is worth taking over the other Talents at this tier. If you land Discord Strike it will go on a five second cooldown, by which time the team fight could already be decided.

5. Level 7 Talents

Alarak Chaos Reigns
Chaos Reigns (Level 7) Starcraft Alarak

Quest: Each time Discord Strike hits a Hero its damage increases by 3, up to 45.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, increase its damage by an additional 45.

Alarak Endless Energy ?
Endless Energy (Level 7) Starcraft Alarak

Quest: Heroes hit between you and the victim permanently decreases the cooldown of Lightning Surge by 0.2 seconds, up to 2 seconds.

Alarak Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck (Level 7) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the damage bonus of Sadism by 10%, but causes Lightning Surge to slow enemies hit between you and the victim by 70% for 2 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

Chaos Reigns Icon Chaos Reigns is a great Talent that increases Discord Strike's damage each time it hits an enemy Hero. Discord Strike should be used quite often, so this Talent will help increase damage with most builds.

Endless Energy Icon Endless Energy is essential for a constant poke build, as it will allow Lightning Surge to be used every 4 seconds once fully stacked. This frequency of Lightning Surge can force enemies out of lanes and is even more effective in team fights, where it can hit multiple enemies with every cast.

Thunderstruck Icon Thunderstruck is a decent Talent by itself, but does not fit into a larger build plan very well. As a modification to Lightning Surge, it is inferior to the cooldown reduction provided by Endless Energy. In any other build, Chaos Reigns will cause a larger impact on the game through increased burst damage from Alarak's combo. Thunderstruck reduces Alarak's damage in return for an unreliable slow, and is not recommended.

6. Level 10 Talents

Alarak Deadly Charge
Deadly Charge (Level 10) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 439 (208 + 4% per level) damage to all enemies in the path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.6 seconds.

Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling.

Alarak Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike (Level 10) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Alarak becomes Protected and Unstoppable while channeling for 1 second. If an enemy Hero attacked Alarak during that time, Alarak sends a shockwave forward that deals 602 (286 + 4% per level) damage.

6.1. Discussion

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can deal massive damage to several enemy Heroes, or to deal fatal damage to a low health enemy who is fleeing a team fight. You will be fully committed after your charge, so make sure your team is ready before you charge in. If your team does not want to commit to a fight, you may cancel the channel at any time. Attempting to channel Deadly Charge while inside or behind an enemy Minion wave will not work, as the Minions will attack you and cancel your channel.

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike is a great Heroic option that can be used to save Alarak from high damage Abilities, hard crowd control, or simply to deal burst damage during a fight. When using Counter-Strike primarily as a damage source, enemy damage over time effects will proc the strike very reliably. It can be lacking because it is a reactionary measure, instead of the hard engage you get from Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge.

7. Level 13 Talents

Alarak Dissonance
Dissonance (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the damage bonus of Sadism by 10% but increases Discord Strike's silence duration by 0.75 seconds.

Alarak Psychokinesis
Psychokinesis (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak

Increases the damage of Telekinesis by 100%.

Alarak Hindered Motion ?
Hindered Motion (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the damage bonus of Sadism by 10% but causes Telekinesis to slow enemies by 40% for 2 seconds.

Alarak Pure Malice ?
Pure Malice (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak

Anytime an allied Hero dies, your Sadism bonus is increased by 8%, stacking up to 40%. This bonus Sadism cannot be consumed by Hasty Bargain and is lost on death.

7.1. Discussion

Dissonance Icon Dissonance makes Discord Strike more impactful in team fights, especially when combined with the increased AoE provided by Double Cross Icon Double Cross. It is a damage sacrifice, but is worth it for most team compositions.

Psychokinesis Icon Psychokinesis doubles the damage of Telekinesis without reducing Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus like Dissonance Icon Dissonance or Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion. It also doesn't require your team mates to die for the bonus like Pure Malice Icon Pure Malice. It is just a pure damage increase for your combo, and fits into any build.

Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion can make landing the Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis into Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike combination easier to land by slowing Heroes hit by Telekinesis. This can be useful, but does come at the cost of some of Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus damage.

Pure Malice Icon Pure Malice has the potential to scale Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus to absurd amounts, but requires your team mates to die and you to live for this to happen. For this reason, Pure Malice will get the most value when you have expendable Heroes like Murky or The Lost Vikings on your team.

8. Level 16 Talents

Alarak Quick Mind
Quick Mind (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the damage bonus of Sadism by 10% and the cooldown of Telekinesis by 6 seconds.

Alarak Projected Force
Projected Force (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Reduces the damage bonus of Sadism by 10% but increases the range of Telekinesis by 25%.

Alarak Sustaining Power ?
Sustaining Power (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Increases the healing you receive from dealing damage to Heroes with Lightning Surge by 30%.

Alarak Negatively Charged
Negatively Charged (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Increases damage dealt to enemies between you and the victim of Lightning Surge by 100%, but does not generate any additional healing.

8.1. Discussion

Quick Mind Icon Quick Mind lowers the cooldown of your least available Ability, allowing your combo to be used every 8 seconds instead of every 12 seconds. When combined with Psychokinesis Icon Psychokinesis, Quick Mind can also significantly increase your overall damage.

Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged can greatly increase your damage in team fights when using a Lightning Surge poke focused build. Make sure to hit enemies between you and your target in order to get value.

Sustaining Power Icon Sustaining Power is useful when you are unable to sustain through the enemy team's harassment. If you find you are having trouble staying in fights or aren't getting enough healing from your support, take his Talent.

Projected Force Icon Projected Force increases the cast range of Telekinesis. The problem with this Talent is that the cast range becomes so large that you can not follow-up on maximum range Telekinesis pulls anymore. If you want a safe range playstyle, go with a Lightning Surge build rather than this Talent.

9. Level 20 Talents

Alarak Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Channel for 1 second, becoming Protected and Unstoppable. After, if an enemy Hero attacked you, send a shockwave that deals 602 (286 + 4% per level) damage.

This ability will take over your Trait button.

Alarak Deadly Charge
Deadly Charge (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 439 (208 + 4% per level) damage to all enemies in the path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.6 seconds.

Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling.

This ability will take over your Trait button.

Alarak Last Laugh ?
Last Laugh (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to remove all roots, slows, and damage over time effects and teleport to the chosen location. Activating Last Laugh will immediately reduce Alarak's Health to 1.

Alarak Hasty Bargain ?
Hasty Bargain (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to permanently reduce your Sadism bonus by 4% and reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

9.1. Discussion

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike is covered in detail above. Alarak is the first Hero who is able to take both of his Level 10 Heroics in the same game. It is recommended to do so, because Counter-Strike is incredibly useful after Deadly Charge is used to commit to a fight.

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge is covered in detail above. Alarak is the first Hero who is able to take both of his Level 10 Heroics in the same game. It is recommended to do so, because Counter-Strike is incredibly useful after Deadly Charge is used to commit to a fight.

Last Laugh Icon Last Laugh is a risky Talent that is almost exclusively useful as an escape. Attempting to use this Talent offensively will almost inevitably result in instant death. As a last result escape it can be worth taking, as Telekinesis is a rather poor tool for a full retreat.

Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain gives up some of Sadism's bonus damage with each use; however, it allows Alarak to kill many Heroes in the game by himself. If you are confident and comfortable on Alarak, this Talent can allow you to close out a late game team fight in order to secure victory. For maximum value, throw out your full Ability rotation, then activate Hasty Bargain and repeat. Don't worry about the damage you give up doing this, as kills in the late game are much more valuable.

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