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Lt. Morales Talents

Last updated on May 17, 2016 at 15:25 by Kendric 11 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Lt. Morales 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 Lt. Morales guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Rank 1 Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Prolonged Safeguard Trauma Trigger Feedback Loop Scouting Drone
4 Bioshield Automated Block Infused Grenade
7 Clear! Irradiate ? Calldown: MULE ? Cleanse
10 Stim Drone Medivac Dropship
13 Intensive Care Couples Therapy Preventative Care ? Spell Shield
16 Inoculation Shield Sequencer System Shock Second Opinion
20 Transfusion Medbay Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Storm Shield ?

2. Common Talent Paths

Full Support Build: strong single-target protection combined with good utility

Allrounder Build: solid healing paired with improved crowd control

3. Level 1 Talents

Prolonged Safeguard Trauma Trigger Feedback Loop Scouting Drone

3.1. Descriptions

Prolonged Safeguard Icon Prolonged Safeguard increases Safeguard Icon Safeguard's duration by 1 second.

Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger causes Lt. Morales to automatically receive an instance of Safeguard Icon Safeguard the moment her health drops below 50%. This effect has a 20-second cooldown.

Feedback Loop Icon Feedback Loop regenerates 45 Mana when Safeguard Icon Safeguard expires.

Scouting Drone Icon Scouting Drone is an activatable talent that summons a Scouting Drone at the targeted location for 45 seconds. The Drone reveals a circular area around it, regardless of vision blockers, including normally hidden areas such as Bushes. The Drone itself is visible to opponents from Bushes, and may sustain two Basic Attacks before dying. Scouting Drone has two Charges and a 45-second cooldown.

3.2. Recommended

Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger is an important talent to pick at Level 1, since it automatically provides Lt. Morales with Safeguard Icon Safeguard if she gets focused by the enemy team. The 25% damage reduction really helps Lt. Morales to stay in team fights for a longer period of time, especially since good opponents will almost certainly try to take her down as quickly as possible.

3.3. Not Recommended

Prolonged Safeguard Icon Prolonged Safeguard is not a bad talent per se, however, it is extremely dependent on your team composition. The increased duration of Safeguard Icon Safeguard works best on aggressive Bruisers and melee Assassins, as it provides them with more durability. However, ignoring Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger causes Lt. Morales to lose a lot of survivability herself, which makes her very susceptible to enemy burst damage.

Feedback Loop Icon Feedback Loop is an underwhelming talent although Lt. Morales can suffer from Mana issues, especially during the early-mid game. However, a small amount of restored Mana cannot compensate for the loss of self-protection by neglecting Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger.

Scouting Drone Icon Scouting Drone would be our go-to choice at Level 1 if it were not for Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger. Despite vision being a very important aspect of the game, adding self-protection to a vulnerable and immobile Hero like Lt. Morales is even more important. After all, losing the Support early on during a team fight will almost certainly force your team to retreat.

4. Level 4 Talents

Bioshield Automated Block Infused Grenade

4.1. Descriptions

Bioshield Icon Bioshield causes Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam to also shield the targeted ally if they are at full health.

Automated Block Icon Automated Block causes Lt. Morales to generate 1 stack of Block every 5 seconds. 1 stack is expended whenever she takes damage from an enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing this damage by 50%. Lt. Morales can store up to 3 stacks of Block.

Infused Grenade Icon Infused Grenade refunds Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade's Mana cost if it hits an enemy Hero.

4.2. Recommended

Bioshield Icon Bioshield is an incredibly powerful talent if used on aggressive Bruisers and melee Assassins like Sonya or Illidan. The bonus protection that comes from Bioshield's shielding can be used in multiple ways. It allows your targeted ally to engage the enemy team more safely, to clear Mercenary Camps more easily, or to tank neutral Map Objectives like the Garden Terror or Grave Golem without taking too much damage.

Automated Block Icon Automated Block is a very efficient defensive talent against enemy team compositions that rely heavily on dealing damage with Basic Attacks. Automated Block makes Lt. Morales considerably more durable if she is forced to stay in lane against strong ranged Assassins or Specialists like Sgt. Hammer or Raynor. In a late-game situation, one charge of Block will, on average, prevent between 100 to 150 damage every 5 seconds, which contributes a lot to Lt. Morales' survivability and team fight presence.

4.3. Not Recommended

Infused Grenade Icon Infused Grenade suffers from similar problems as Feedback Loop Icon Feedback Loop. While the Mana refund can potentially compensate Lt. Morales' early Mana hunger, it stands in no comparison to the additional protection coming from Bioshield Icon Bioshield or the very useful self-protection provided byAutomated Block Icon Automated Block. All in all, experienced Lt. Morales players know how to spend their Mana wisely, which ultimately makes talents like Infused Grenade redundant.

5. Level 7 Talents

Clear! Irradiate ? Calldown: MULE ? Cleanse

5.1. Descriptions

Clear! Icon Clear! increases Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade's explosion radius by 33% and also causes enemies to get knocked back farther.

Irradiate Icon Irradiate causes Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam to also damage enemies near your target for a small amount each second.

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE is an activatable talent that summons a MULE at the targeted location for 40 seconds. The MULE attempts to repair nearby individual allied Structures in an area around it, healing them at the rate of 100 Health per second and replenishing their Ammo at the rate of 1 per 3 seconds. Calldown MULE has a 60-second cooldown.

Cleanse Icon Cleanse is an activatable talent that instantly renders the targeted allied Hero Unstoppable for 1 second. Cleanse has a 60-second cooldown and cannot be used on oneself.

5.2. Recommended

Cleanse Icon Cleanse is an outstanding activatable talent that counters crowd control. Cleansing a threatened allied target can potentially make the difference between life and death. If timed well, it can also be used on an ally preemptively in order to completely prevent the effect of dangerous crowd control abilities such as Muradin's Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt or Tyrande's Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare.

5.3. Situational

Irradiate Icon Irradiate is a useful talent under some circumstances. First of all, your team needs to consist of at least two aggressive Warriors or melee Assassins to have enough targets surrounded by enemies to make Irradiate work. Next, you need to make sure that you have enough sustain power to protect your entire team. An additional Support or a Semi-Support like Tassadar or Tyrande can help out in that regard. Finally, your team should at least be even or slightly ahead in terms of global experience. Otherwise, the damage provided by Irradiate will be too little to be relevant.

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE can be a legitimate alternative choice to Cleanse Icon Cleanse on maps like Blackheart's Bay or Sky Temple due to the way the Map Objectives work on those maps. Keep in mind, however, that Lt. Morales loses a lot of utility if she goes for this talent and she will thus suffer more from this choice than other Heroes with Mule in their talent trees like Abathur. Nevertheless, Calldown MULE can be a rewarding talent on the maps mentioned above, as it is able to repair a lot of damage done to your Structures by the enemy team.

5.4. Not Recommended

Clear! Icon Clear! offers nothing that a Support like Lt. Morales would want in her kit. The increase in explosion radius and knockback distance does not support your teammates in any way. Besides, Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade is quite hard to land correctly in its original state. Clear! will make it even more difficult for less experienced players to hit enemy Heroes the way they want to. We strongly suggest avoiding this talent.

6. Level 10 Talents

Stim Drone Medivac Dropship

6.1. Descriptions

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone has already been described in the Abilities section.

Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship pinpoints a target location for Medivac transport. For 10.5 seconds, up to 4 allied Heroes (not counting Lt. Morales herself) can enter the Medivac by right-clicking on it. Once the countdown expires, the ship will fly towards its destination. Lt. Morales can also commence transport by manually reactivating the ability.

6.2. Recommended

Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone's incredible offensive potential boosts the combat performance of Assassins like Illidan, Raynor, or Valla, who rely heavily on their Basic Attacks, drastically. The increase of both attack and movement speed also provides them with more mobility, which adds a defensive component to Stim Drone. Keep in mind, however, that Stim Drone has a short channeling animation. If Lt. Morales gets stunned, silenced, or knocked out of range from her allied target during the channeling process, Stim Drone will be placed on a 10-second cooldown.

6.3. Not Recommended

Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship can have a huge impact on the course of a match, in a positive or negative way. If communication with your teammates is on point, Medivac transport can allow your team to execute deadly ambushes or sneaky Objective captures. While this works particularly well in a 5v5 environment, the same cannot be said in most Quick Match or Hero League games. The fact that this Heroic Ability will rarely have any impact on the game if you do not build a team composition around it, makes it a very risky and unreliable choice compared to Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone.

7. Level 13 Talents

Intensive Care Couples Therapy Preventative Care ? Spell Shield

7.1. Descriptions

Intensive Care Icon Intensive Care increases Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam's healing amount by 25% and Mana cost by 4 after channeling it on the same target for 3 seconds in a row.

Couples Therapy Icon Couples Therapy causes Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam to heal Lt. Morales for 25% of its original healing amount and also increases its Mana cost by 4.

Preventative Care Icon Preventative Care causes Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam to also slow the attack speed of enemies hitting your healed ally by 25% for 2.5 seconds.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield causes you to take 50% less damage from Abilities for 2 seconds whenever you are damaged by an Ability. This effect has a 30-second cooldown.

7.2. Recommended

Intensive Care Icon Intensive Care works well if your main goal is to keep a single priority target alive. This mostly includes melee Assassins and Bruisers, but if your team consists of only one Warrior they can become a valuable target as well.

Couples Therapy Icon Couples Therapy finally adds a self-healing component to Lt. Morales' kit. What makes Couples Therapy particularly useful is the fact that you can still heal yourself without spending any Mana if you use Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam on a target with full health.

7.3. Situational

Preventative Care Icon Preventative Care is a great talent if the enemy team relies heavily on Basic Attacks. Slowing the attack speed rate of potentially several enemies at the same time can have a huge impact on the course of a team fight. Keep in mind, however, that choosing Preventative Care causes you to lose a lot of (self-)healing power throughout the mid-late game.

7.4. Not Recommended

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield can be a viable option if the enemy team consists of two or more spell-dependent Assassins, such as Jaina and Kael'thas. However, in most situations the self-heal generated from Couples Therapy Icon Couples Therapy offers better and more reliable protection than Spell Shield.

8. Level 16 Talents

Inoculation Shield Sequencer System Shock Second Opinion

8.1. Descriptions

Inoculation Icon Inoculation increases Safeguard Icon Safeguard's initial damage reduction to 50% for 1.5 seconds.

Shield Sequencer Icon Shield Sequencer enables Safeguard Icon Safeguard to be cast a second time within 3 seconds at no cost.

System Shock Icon System Shock causes Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade to also slow enemies by 50% for 4 seconds. The slow effect decays over its duration.

Second Opinion Icon Second Opinion reduces Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade's cooldown by 2 seconds and also causes it to hold a second charge.

8.2. Recommended

Inoculation Icon Inoculation works very well with Intensive Care Icon Intensive Care at Level 13. Both talents combined offer a large amount of single target protection, which will make it very hard for the enemy team to burst one of your priority targets in the late game.

System Shock Icon System Shock is the only talent related to Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade that we think is worth considering. Its massive 50% movement speed slow is quite significant when trying to either catch fleeing enemies or keep engaging enemies away from you.

8.3. Not Recommended

Shield Sequencer Icon Shield Sequencer allows Lt. Morales to cast another instance of Safeguard Icon Safeguard after the first one was cast. Although this sounds great, it requires a lot of overview to put it to good use. Furthermore, good opponents on the upper echelons of competitive play will rarely focus two or more targets at the same time, which is why we think Inoculation Icon Inoculation is usually the better talent to choose at Level 16.

Second Opinion Icon Second Opinion is not a bad talent per se, however, getting a second charge of Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade and a lower cooldown does not justify the loss of single-target protection offered by Inoculation Icon Inoculation. Furthermore, System Shock Icon System Shock's movement speed slow has a larger impact on team fights than the possibility of casting another non-upgraded Displacement Grenade.

9. Level 20 Talents

Transfusion Medbay Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Storm Shield ?

9.1. Descriptions

Transfusion Icon Transfusion increases Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone's duration by 2 seconds and also applies its effect on Lt. Morales herself when cast on an ally.

Medbay Icon Medbay causes the Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship to also heal nearby allies and everyone inside for a large amount each second.

Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Icon Caduceus Reactor 2.0 causes Caduceus Reactor Icon Caduceus Reactor to restore 8 Mana per second and also provides Lt. Morales with a permanent shield.

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield is an activatable talent that provides all nearby allied Heroes, including oneself, with a Shield equal to 20% each respective target's maximum Health for 3 seconds. Storm Shield has a 45-second cooldown.

9.2. Recommended

Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Icon Caduceus Reactor 2.0 marks a significant late game power spike for Lt. Morales. Adding Mana regeneration and a shield to Lt. Morales balances both of her greatest weaknesses at the same time. If you position yourself well during team fights and skirmishes, Caduceus Reactor 2.0 restores enough Mana to continously keep Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam up. At the same time, the generated shields offer enough protection to prevent the enemy team from bursting Lt. Morales down.

9.3. Situational

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield is a solid alternative to Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Icon Caduceus Reactor 2.0 if you need AoE shielding instead of single-target protection and Mana regeneration. Storm Shield also allows you to sustain ongoing pushes and sieges, and is a great tool to stop enemy AoE burst damage, especially from spell-dependant Assassins like Jaina or Kael'thas.

9.4. Not Recommended

Transfusion Icon Transfusion adds Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone's effect to Lt. Morales as well. Since her damage output is already irrelevant, this effect does not contribute anything to her overall combat performance. Sacrificing all the utility and protection offered by Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Icon Caduceus Reactor 2.0 for some extra attack and movement speed on a Support Hero is definitely a bad trade.

Medbay Icon Medbay becomes an irrelevant talent choice at Level 20, since we do not recommend picking Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship in the first place.

10. ChangeLog

  • 13 Sep. 2016: Removed Upgraded Ballistics following the changes of the Machines of War patch.
  • 16 May 2016: Renamed Advanced Block to Automated Block.
  • 29 Mar. 2016: Changed Cleanse's description.
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