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Malfurion Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Jun 15, 2015 at 13:30 by Oxygen 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the heroes you synergise well with, as Malfurion and those you are particularly vulnerable against.

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

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Rank 1 Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Heroes Malfurion Works Well With

In this section, we will look at the heroes that work particularly well with Malfurion.

1.1. Arthas, Diablo, E.T.C., Johanna, and Muradin

Arthas Portrait Diablo Portrait E.T.C. Portrait Johanna Portrait Muradin Portrait

All of these Heroes are innately difficult to burst down due to their large Health pool and highly defensive talents. This aspect functions well with the fact that Malfurion generally deals poorly with burst damage. These Heroes all provide reliable forms of crowd-control for you to follow up on with Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots. Finally, Innervate Icon Innervate allows you to sate their high Mana needs.

1.2. Zagara

Zagara Portrait Zagara is an outstanding damage dealer and pusher, both of which Malfurion does not perform well. Zagara players love Innervate Icon Innervate due to the Hero's high Mana needs, and picking Malfurion prevents your opponents from being able to use Moonfire Icon Moonfire against Creep Tumors. Devouring Maw Icon Devouring Maw can be followed up by Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots to great effect.

2. Heroes Malfurion Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at the heroes that counter Malfurion particularly well.

2.1. Nova

Nova Portrait Nova's fearsome burst damage through her Snipe Icon Snipe, Pinning Shot Icon Pinning Shot, Anti-Armor Shells Icon Anti-Armor Shells, and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike can kill you or your allies outright and from range whenever below ~70% Health. Malfurion typically lacks the instantaneous healing that other healers have to counter such damage.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Nova

Pay attention to the shimmer produced by Nova's cloak, and dispel the effect by using Moonfire Icon Moonfire. Rapidly moving back and forth whenever you suspect she may be nearby will also make it harder for her to successfully use Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike. If Snipe does miss, it is typically possible for Malfurion to duel and come out on top, or at least survive until help arrives. Avoid wasting Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots against her Holo Decoy Icon Holo Decoy by first letting her cast it and letting it expire, which takes 5 seconds.

2.2. Tyrael

Tyrael Portrait Judgment Icon Judgment's unavoidable stun can be used to hard-engage on you or your allies and follow up with high damage abilities such as Falstad's Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast or Nova's Snipe Icon Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike. Unless supported, these combos will usually result in their target dying. In general, Tyrael can pressure Malfurion through El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might and Smite Icon Smite, while making retaliating impossible due to Righteousness Icon Righteousness and Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Tyrael

While Tyrael's damage is not that threatening on its own, Heroes that can properly follow up on a Judgment Icon Judgment cast are often lethal to Malfurion or his allies, as they are nearly impossible to avoid. Typically, it falls upon you, the Support, to protect yourself and your allies against Judgment. You can, however, make combos harder to pull off by standing further back, forcing Tyrael to overextend out of other combo pieces and away from his own Support, or using the Ice Block Icon Ice Block talent.

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