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Malfurion Talents

Last updated on Sep 13, 2016 at 05:30 by Oxygen 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Malfurion 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 Malfurion guide 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. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Harmony Shan'do's Clarity Moonburn ? Scouting Drone ?
4 Rampant Growth Elune's Grace Versatile Vengeful Roots
7 Enduring Growth Strangling Vines Calldown: MULE ? Cleanse ?
10 Tranquility Twilight Dream
13 Life Seed Full Moonfire Shrink Ray ? Ice Block ?
16 Hardened Focus ? Tenacious Roots Hindering Moonfire Lunar Shower
20 Serenity Nightmare Storm Shield Rewind Bolt of the Storm ?

2. Common Talent Paths

3. Level 1 Talents

Harmony Shan'do's Clarity Moonburn ? Scouting Drone ?

3.1. Description

Harmony Icon Harmony causes Moonfire Icon Moonfire to generate one stack of Harmony if it hits a target. Each stack of Harmony reduces the Mana cost of your next Regrowth Icon Regrowth by 10. This effect stacks up to 6 times.

Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity reduces the cooldown of Innervate Icon Innervate to 20 seconds, down from 30 seconds.

Moonburn Icon Moonburn increases the damage Moonfire Icon Moonfire deals to non-Heroic sources — minions, Mercenaries, and certain map objectives — by 100%.

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

Harmony Icon Harmony offers Malfurion some of the Mana he needs to sustain his healing over extended periods of time. Moonfire Icon Moonfire is relatively easy to weave into any rotation, making the talent a decent way of improving Mana conservation.

3.3. Situational

Moonburn Icon Moonburn provides Malfurion with surprisingly effective ranged wave clearing potential. Although the effects are hardly noticeable in the early stages of the game, Moonburn scales extremely well, to the point where Malfurion becomes one of the stronger Minion and Mercenary killer in the game. The talent is useful when your team lacks other effective wave clearing.

Scouting Drone Icon Scouting Drone is Harmony Icon Harmony's alternative on smaller maps, such as Tomb of the Spider Queen, to monitor enemy movements near the turn-in points, and potentially interrupt the turn-in process with Moonfire Icon Moonfire.

3.4. Not Recommended

Although Innervate Icon Innervate is a useful ability, improving it with Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity is simply not worth it. Different Heroes have differing Mana needs, but no one's Mana usage is important enough to ever justify picking this talent.

4. Level 4 Talents

Rampant Growth Elune's Grace Versatile Vengeful Roots

4.1. Description

Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth increases the initial healing amount of Regrowth Icon Regrowth by 50%. This talent does not affect the healing-over-time portion of the ability.

Elune's Grace Icon Elune's Grace increases the cast range of Regrowth Icon Regrowth, Moonfire Icon Moonfire, and Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots by 30%.

Versatile Icon Versatile increases the amount of Mana granted by Innervate Icon Innervate to 30%, up from 20% of the target's total Mana.

Vengeful Roots Icon Vengeful Roots causes Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots to also summon a Treant for 12 seconds when it is cast. The Treant has 300 (+30 per level) Health, deals 20 (+6 per level) damage per Basic Attack, and attacks once per second.

4.2. Recommended

Though Malfurion's abilities already have relatively long ranges, Elune's Grace Icon Elune's Grace promotes much safer positioning on your part, as well as more aggressive usage of Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots and Moonfire Icon Moonfire.

4.3. Not Recommended

Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth is potentally one of the weakest talents in the game. While Malfurion struggles with quickly healing through burst damage, this talent completely fails to helps with covering this weakness.

Although Innervate Icon Innervate is a useful ability, improving it with Versatile Icon Versatile is simply not worth it, as the bonus is too little to truly matter. Different Heroes have differing Mana needs, but no one's Mana usage is important enough to ever justify picking this talent.

Vengeful Roots Icon Vengeful Roots brings an ability's extremely low damage to a mediocre and situational amount. There is not much to say about this talent; it tries to turn Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots into something that it is not.

5. Level 7 Talents

Enduring Growth Strangling Vines Calldown: MULE ? Cleanse ?

5.1. Description

Enduring Growth Icon Enduring Growth increases the duration of Regrowth Icon Regrowth's healing-over-time component by 6 seconds, increasing the healing it provides by a proportional amount. In total, this talent increases Regrowth's overall healing by approximately 25%.

Strangling Vines Icon Strangling Vines doubles the damage-over-time dealt by Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots.

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

Enduring Growth Icon Enduring Growth is a simple and effective talent that helps Malfurion do what he does best: heal. This talent is always useful and synergises well with the popular Life Seed Icon Life Seed talent.

5.3. Situational

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE is a popular talent choice on the Blackheart's Bay and Sky Temple maps due to the sporadic nature of their map objectives. The talent is especially worth considering when the opposing team composition features a lot of single-target burst damage, as Enduring Growth Icon Enduring Growth may not have the necessary uptime to actually benefit you.

Cleanse Icon Cleanse is an outstanding ability that nullifies crowd control. Since crowd control is often the precursor to undesirable focus and further crowd control effects, cleansing a target can allow them to make it out of otherwise fatal situations. Since Cleanse also provides a short crowd control reduction, it can be preemptively used on yourself to reduce impending crowd control, such as a Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt that may be coming your way. It is of course of limited use against team compositions that feature little or no crowd control.

5.4. Not Recommended

Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots' damage-over-time is minimal, and Strangling Vines Icon Strangling Vines does little to noticeably improve it. Avoid this talent.

6. Level 10 Talents

Tranquility Twilight Dream

6.1. Description

At this level, Heroic abilities become available. Both Heroic abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

Tranquility Icon Tranquility's popularity stems from its simplicity and effectiveness. There is little that can go wrong with delivering a sizeable amount of healing in a large area of effect; it just needs to be used at the right time, which is to say, during important team fights.

6.3. Not Recommended

Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream is a niche Heroic ability. In the majority of cases, Malfurion's role is to keep his teammates alive through healing, something Tranquility Icon Tranquility excels at. Although Twilight Dream does have defensive applications due to its lengthy silencing effect, it is much harder to properly use, simply because of the harsher positional requirement. Still, some teams may legitimately elect to play an original strategy, an important component of which could be Twilight Dream.

7. Level 13 Talents

Life Seed Full Moonfire Shrink Ray ? Ice Block ?

7.1. Description

Life Seed Icon Life Seed passively applies Regrowth Icon Regrowth's healing-over-time component (including the benefits from Enduring Growth Icon Enduring Growth) to a nearby damaged allied Hero every 20 seconds. Life Seed can not affect Malfurion himself.

Full Moonfire Icon Full Moonfire increases the radius of Moonfire Icon Moonfire by 60%, and reduces its Mana cost by 10, down to 10.

Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray reduces the damage and movement speed of the targeted Hero by 50% for 4 seconds. Although Shrink Ray affects both Basic Attacks and Abilities, it does not reduce the damage of the target's summoned units or other activatable talents, such as Envenom Icon Envenom and Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood. Shrink Ray has a 60-second cooldown.

Ice Block Icon Ice Block is an activatable talent that instantly puts you into stasis for up to 3 seconds, preventing all damage and effects and pausing damage-over-time effects, but preventing you from taking any action for the duration. If you are affected by any damage over time effect, like Envenom Icon Envenom, the effect is paused until you come out of stasis. Ice Block can be reactivated to end its effects early, and has a 60-second cooldown.

7.2. Recommended

Life Seed Icon Life Seed greatly helps with Mana management and sustain (especially when combined with the Enduring Growth Icon Enduring Growth talent), theoretically allowing you to have Regrowth Icon Regrowth's healing-over-time active on up to 3 different targets at once. One should look into picking Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray against strong Assassins, or Ice Block Icon Ice Block against high burst damage team compositions.

7.3. Situational

Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray is an all around useful ability that should be picked to temporarily shut down Heroes, especially those who rely on basic attacks and Heroic abilities to deal damage or survive. Ideal targets include Falstad, Illidan, Jaina, Kerrigan, Nova, Sonya, Tassadar, (while under Archon Icon Archon) and Tychus (while under Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin). Offensively, the movement speed reduction can be used to prevent escapes, or even help you or your teammates escape when used against a chasing Hero.

If you find yourself becoming the focus target of a team dedicated to quickly taking out individual targets, Ice Block Icon Ice Block becomes a very appropriate choice. An interesting aspect of the ability is that you can use Tranquility Icon Tranquility followed by Ice Block to heal your teammates while being completely invulnerable.

7.4. Not Recommended

Full Moonfire Icon Full Moonfire trivially improves Malfurion's least important ability. The increased area of effect is small and hardly useful, and the reduced Mana cost is unnoticeable. Even a Moonfire Icon Moonfire-based build would not really benefit from this talent.

8. Level 16 Talents

Hardened Focus ? Tenacious Roots Hindering Moonfire Lunar Shower

8.1. Description

Hardened Focus Icon Hardened Focus causes your Basic Abilities to cooldown 50% faster while your current Health is above 80% of its maximum total.

Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots increases the initial and final radius of Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots, its duration, as well as the duration of its rooting effect by 25%. This talent incidentally increases the damage of Entangling Roots by 25% as well, as the damage is based off the ability's duration.

Hindering Moonfire Icon Hindering Moonfire causes Moonfire Icon Moonfire to also reduce the movement speed of affected Heroes by 25% for 2 seconds.

Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower causes Moonfire to grant Malfurion one stack of Lunar Shower per cast. Each stack increases the damage of Moonfire by 15%, and reduces the cooldown of Moonfire by 0.5 seconds. This effect stacks up to 3 times, and the stacks fall off after 6 seconds of not using Moonfire.

8.2. Recommended

Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots makes an outstanding crowd-control ability even better. The increased duration actually ties Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots with Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge as the longest-lasting non-Heroic hard crowd-control effect in the game. The larger area of effect also improves accuracy on top of helping with peeling and zoning.

8.3. Situational

Hardened Focus Icon Hardened Focus is seldom active, as the 80% health requirement can be difficult to maintain. In most important team fights, even if playing carefully, incidental area of effect damage can often bring your Health below 80%. While Malfurion can heal himself to stay above the required threshold, in high stress situations, there are usually more important targets to heal. However, if you tend to not be the target of much focus and can thus maintain your Health above the 80% threshold, Hardened Focus can modestly improve your overall healing, and provide more crowd control through Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots.

8.4. Not Recommended

Hindering Moonfire Icon Hindering Moonfire provides you with a second-rate slowing effect that comes at the high opportunity cost of the outstanding Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots talent. Avoid this talent.

Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower tries to make something out of Moonfire Icon Moonfire that it is not. Even with the significant cooldown reduction and damage increase provided by this talent, Moonfire remains difficult to use in large-scale combat, let alone repeatedly as to benefit from Lunar Shower.

9. Level 20 Talents

Serenity Nightmare Storm Shield Rewind Bolt of the Storm ?

9.1. Description

Serenity Icon Serenity causes Tranquility Icon Tranquility to also restore 5 Mana per tick, and increases the healing provided by by 25%.

Nightmare Icon Nightmare increases the duration of Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream by 1 second, and causes it to also slow enemies by 50% for the duration.

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.

Rewind Icon Rewind is an activatable talent that instantly resets the cooldown of your Basic Abilities. Rewind has a 60-second cooldown.

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm is an activatable talent that instantly teleports you to the targeted location. Bolt of the Storm has a 70-second cooldown.

9.2. Recommended

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield provides Malfurion with the instantaneous protection that his ability set lacks, and in an area of effect. This talent is very effective when coupled with Regrowth Icon Regrowth and Tranquility Icon Tranquility, as the provided shields can keep you or your allies alive while your healing-over-time abilities are active. Just try and use Storm Shield to diminish the effects of burst damage.

9.3. Situational

Since Malfurion tends to be one of the safer healers to play, Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm's defensive utility is seldom useful to him, unlike for many other Heroes. Offensively, only Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots (and to an extent, Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream) can be comboed with Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm, and dangerously so, as it demands a very aggressive kind of positioning. Still, Bolt of the Storm remains a popular talent due to its outstanding versatility.

9.4. Not Recommended

Serenity Icon Serenity, although not a bad choice, does not fill the important niche of instantaneous protection that is provided by Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield. The Mana recovery aspect is underwhelming as well; 50 Mana is very little.

Nightmare Icon Nightmare is a winmore talent, in the sense that landing a good Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream hit is typically enough to turn fights in your team's favour, and that landing an improper one cannot be helped by Nightmare.

Although Rewind Icon Rewind is typically a very strong talent, Malfurion suffers from the fact that refreshing Regrowth Icon Regrowth and Moonfire Icon Moonfire is not very impactful due to their already short cooldown. Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is also awkward to refresh in that a target that is already rooted cannot be rooted again, making the ability difficult to chain with itself.

10. ChangeLog

  • 02 Feb. 2016: Updated descriptions for Versatile to account for the February 2nd patch changes. No changes in recommendations.
  • 20 Jan. 2016: Updated descriptions for several talents to account for the removal of Haunted Mines. No changes in recommendations.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Updated talent description for Rampant Growth to +20%). Updated descriptions for generic talents (Cleanse and Bolt of the Storm) that were changed. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2015: Made Rampant Growth not recommended (was recommended before) and replaced it with Elune's Grace, which was not recommended before.
  • 02 Jul. 2015: Several changes, due to the Butcher patch.
    • Rewrote Level 1 talent section, following the removal of Conjurer's Pursuit and Shando's Clarity's shift from Level 4 to Level 1.
    • Rewrote Level 4 talent section, following the removal of Protective Shield and Healing Ward, Shando's Clarify shift from Level 4 to Level 1, the shift of Elune's Grace from Level 7 to Level 4, and the addition of Rampant Growth.
    • Rewrote Level 7 talent section, following the removal of Momentum, the shift of Elune's Grace from Level 7 to Level 4, and the addition of Talent Cleanse.
    • Updated Level 13 talent descriptions, following the very slight adjustments the talents received.
    • Hardened Focus is now Situational (was Not Recommended previously).
    • Bolt of the Storm is now Situational (was Not Recommended previously).
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