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Alarak Talents

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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.

Disclaimer: This is an early access version of our Alarak Guide. We will continue to update and add content as the meta involving him matures.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Without Effort Applied Force Power Conduit ? Wide Lightning ?
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

Discord Strike Build: close range burst damage with tools to close the range

3. Level 1 Talents

Without Effort Applied Force Power Conduit ? Wide Lightning ?

3.1. Descriptions

Without Effort Icon Without Effort removes the mana cost from Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis.

Applied Force Icon Applied Force reduces the damage bonus of Sadism Icon Sadism, but increases the push distance of Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis.

Power Conduit Icon Power Conduit reduces the mana cost of Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge.

Wide Lightning Icon Wide Lightning increases the width of Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge.

3.2. Recommended

Without Effort Icon Without Effort

Applied Force Icon Applied Force

3.3. Situational

Power Conduit Icon Power Conduit

Wide Lightning Icon Wide Lightning

4. Level 4 Talents

Double Cross Reckless Strike ? Cycle of Discord Extended Lightning ?

4.1. Descriptions

Double Cross Icon Double Cross increases the range of Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike. It also hits in a shorter line which is perpendicular to the forward strike, and originates from the same point.

Reckless Strike Icon Reckless Strike reduces the delay of Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike. If an enemy is hit by it Alarak will become Vulnerable for 2 seconds, causing him to take 25% increased damage.

Cycle of Discord Icon Cycle of Discord reduces the cooldown of Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike. If Discord Strike hits no enemies, the mana cost is refunded and the cooldown is further reduced.

Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning increases Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge's range.

4.2. Recommended

Double Cross Icon Double Cross

Cycle of Discord Icon Cycle of Discord

4.3. Situational

Reckless Strike Icon Reckless Strike

Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning

5. Level 7 Talents

Chaos Reigns Endless Energy ? Thunderstruck

5.1. Descriptions

Chaos Reigns Icon Chaos Reigns is a quest that increases Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike's damage each time an enemy Hero is hit. After hitting 15 Heroes, the damage is increased by an additional amount.

Endless Energy Icon Endless Energy is a quest that permanently reduces the cooldown of Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge each time and enemy Hero is hit by the beam between Alarak and his Lightning Surge target.

Thunderstruck Icon Thunderstruck reduces the damage bonus of Sadism Icon Sadism, but causes Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge to slow enemies hit between Alarak and the target.

5.2. Recommended

Chaos Reigns Icon Chaos Reigns

5.3. Situational

Endless Energy Icon Endless Energy

5.4. Not Recommended

Thunderstruck Icon Thunderstruck

6. Level 10 Talents

Deadly Charge Counter-Strike ?

6.1. Descriptions

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge causes Alarak to channel, after which he will charge forward in a desired direction. Deadly Charge damages all enemies in its path. Distance charged is based on how long Alarak channeled; however, taking damage will interrupt the channel.

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike channels for a short time, during which Alarak becomes Protected. If an enemy Hero attacks Alarak during this time, a shockwave will be sent forward dealing damage to all enemies within its area.

6.2. Recommended

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge

6.3. Situational

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike

7. Level 13 Talents

Dissonance Psychokinesis Hindered Motion ? Pure Malice

7.1. Descriptions

Dissonance Icon Dissonance reduces the damage bonus of Sadism Icon Sadism, but increases Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike's silence duration.

Psychokinesis Icon Psychokinesis increases the damage of Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis.

Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion reduces the damage bonus of Sadism Icon Sadism, but causes Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis to slow enemies.

Pure Malice Icon Pure Malice increases Alarak's Sadism Icon Sadism bonus each time a nearby allied Hero dies. This bonus cannot be consumed by Hasty Bargain, and is lost on death.

7.2. Recommended

Dissonance Icon Dissonance

Pure Malice Icon Pure Malice

7.3. Situational

Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion

7.4. Not Recommended

Psychokinesis Icon Psychokinesis

8. Level 16 Talents

Quick Mind Projected Force Sustaining Power ? Negatively Charged

8.1. Descriptions

Quick Mind Icon Quick Mind reduces the damage bonus of Sadism Icon Sadism and the cooldown of Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis.

Projected Force Icon Projected Force reduces the damage bonus of Sadism Icon Sadism but increases the cast range of Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis.

Sustaining Power Icon Sustaining Power increases the healing Alarak receives from dealing damage with Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge.

Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged increases the damage dealt by Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge's beam between Alarak and his target, but does not increase the healing done.

8.2. Recommended

Quick Mind Icon Quick Mind

Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged

8.3. Situational

Sustaining Power Icon Sustaining Power

8.4. Not Recommended

Projected Force Icon Projected Force

9. Level 20 Talents

Counter-Strike ? Deadly Charge ? Last Laugh Hasty Bargain

9.1. Descriptions

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike channels for a short time, during which Alarak becomes Protected. If an enemy Hero attacks Alarak during this time, a shockwave will be sent forward dealing damage to all enemies within its area.

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge causes Alarak to channel, after which he will charge forward in a desired direction. Deadly Charge damages all enemies in its path. Distance charged is based on how long Alarak channeled; however, taking damage will interrupt the channel.

Last Laugh Icon Last Laugh is an activatable Talent that removes all Roots, Slows, and damage over time effects, and teleports Alarak to a chosen location. Actication will immediately reduce Alarak's Health to 1.

Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain is an activatable Talent that resets all of Alarak's Basic Ability cooldowns at the cost of a permanent reduction to Sadism Icon Sadism's damage bonus.

9.2. Recommended

Last Laugh Icon Last Laugh

Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain

9.3. Situational

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge

10. ChangeLog

  • 15 Sep. 2016: Fixed Talent tree to show intended Talents.
  • 14 Sep. 2016: Guide Added
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