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Malfurion Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Jul 02, 2015 at 20:19 by Oxygen 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Malfurion in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. Everything you need to know is explained, from general gameplay to specific tips and tricks.

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 Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. General Malfurion Gameplay

Just like most Support Heroes, Malfurion's role throughout all stages of the game is to keep his allies alive (through Regrowth Icon Regrowth, Cleanse Icon Cleanse, Tranquility Icon Tranquility, and Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield) and relieve pressure from them (through Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots, and Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray utility spells). Due to his mediocre waveclearing, poor sustained damage, and limited unmounted mobility, Malfurion is always better off when paired with other players.

Positioning-wise, Malfurion should in general try and stand behind his frontline while remaining close to his backline. Being near yet behind your tank(s) allows you to reactively follow-up with Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots and heal with Tranquility Icon Tranquility without being the first target in sight for skillshots and harassment.

Malfurion's versatile nature makes him a good pick against all but burst-oriented team compositions, and a generally beginner-friendly choice. More about synergy and counters here.

2. When Not Team Fighting

Since most of the talent choices in our suggested build do not directly impact minion waves, Mercenaries, or structures, we recommend that you try and remain with at least one teammate at all times.

Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots makes Malfurion a relatively agreeable roamer, provided he is working with someone else that can initiate for him. Arthas, Diablo, Jaina, and Kerrigan are usually good partners for this, as their own crowd-control ensures that you can land your own.

Should you not be in a position to roam, which is usually the norm, Malfurion lanes are typically difficult to kill due to his high sustain and crowd control. It is, therefore, wise to stay with the usual Heroes that make for good ganking targets, yet can cover your weakness of lacking damage. Proper partners include Falstad, Jaina, Kael'thas, Nazeebo, Raynor, Sgt. Hammer, Sylvanas, Tychus, Valla, and Zagara.

Although experience soaking is important, it is wrong to be inert and exclusively do this. Always watch your minimap, and coordinate rotations with your teammates. Especially keep track of your team's most vulnerable lanes (i.e. those that die), and go there; Malfurion should never be expected to hold a lane on his own for any extended period of time. It is always helpful to use Regrowth Icon Regrowth and Innervate Icon Innervate on low Health or Mana Heroes as you travel by them, so that they do not have to go back to base to heal and restore their Mana and potentially lose out on experience.

3. Team Fighting

Team fight situations can generally be analysed based on whether your team is the attacker or the one reacting to an attack. Being on the offensive requires a response that is wildly different than when you are on the defensive.

3.1. Team Fights Started By Your Team

Team fights are typically initiated through some form of crowd control that was, if possible, delivered against an important kill target or someone that was found out of position. In theory, you should have been behind whoever initiated for the impending follow-up. Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is powerful, but its cooldown is lengthy; make the best out of it by using it exclusively on kill targets that are already crowd-controlled or to peel for your allies. Try to cast Regrowth Icon Regrowth whenever it is off-cooldown, and use Cleanse Icon Cleanse and Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield to prevent single-target and area of effect burst respectively. Tranquility Icon Tranquility is best used when several teammates are being damaged.

3.2. Team Fights Started By Your Opponents

Though it is usually undesirable to not be on the offensive, you cannot always predict, let alone control, who attacks who. Unfortunately, Malfurion is not the best at dealing with heavy aggression due to the lack of burst healing. Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is an outstanding peeling tool that can stop initiators dead in their tracks simply by casting the ability in their path. Cleanse Icon Cleanse and Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield must be used on whatever target is being attacked as to give Regrowth Icon Regrowth the uptime it needs to be effective.

4. Summary of Tips & Tricks

5. ChangeLog

  • 02 Jul. 2015: Updated mentions of Protective Shield, which was removed in the Butcher patch and replaced with Cleanse.
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