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Medivh Talents

Last updated on Jul 20, 2016 at 19:50 by Kendric 5 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Medivh 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 Medivh 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 Stable Portal Portal Mastery Raven's Intellect
4 Mage Armor Bird's Eye View Dust of Appearance
7 Arcane Charge The Master's Touch Arcane Explosion Raven Familiar
10 Poly Bomb Ley Line Seal
13 Quickening Astral Projection Winds of Celerity
16 Circle of Protection Enduring Will Reabsorption
20 Glyph Of Poly Bomb Medivh Cheats! Guardian of Tirisfal Arcane Brilliance ? Invisibility

2. Common Talent Paths

Raven Build: Great scouting and improved mobility

Portal Build: Strong waveclear combined with enhanced Portals

3. Level 1 Talents

Stable Portal Portal Mastery Raven's Intellect

3.1. Descriptions

Stable Portal Icon Stable Portal increases Portal Icon Portal's duration by 50%.

Portal Mastery Icon Portal Mastery enables Medivh to freely place both Portal Icon Portal locations.

Raven's Intellect Icon Raven's Intellect increases Medivh's Mana regeneration by 100% while in Raven form.

3.2. Recommended

Stable Portal Icon Stable Portal is a great talent if your team depends on using your Portals multiple times. This can be particularly useful to provide both a reliable and long-lasting retreat or engage opportunity.

Raven's Intellect Icon Raven's Intellect offers much needed Mana regeneration to Medivh. Arcane Rift Icon Arcane Rift and Force of Will Icon Force of Will, in particular, consume a lot of Mana if used too frequently, which is why Raven's Intellect is a solid talent to prevent unnecessary downtimes.

3.3. Not Recommended

Portal Mastery Icon Portal Mastery is a useful talent for advanced Medivh players only. Being able to freely choose both Portal exits allows you to perform sneaky manoeuvres without exposing yourself to the enemy team too much. However, the extra time it takes you to manually select both Portal exits can severely hinder your combat performance.

4. Level 4 Talents

Mage Armor Bird's Eye View Dust of Appearance

4.1. Descriptions

Mage Armor Icon Mage Armor causes allies to gain Block upon entering Portal Icon Portal, reducing damage taken from the next 3 Basic Attacks by 50%. This effect lasts for 5 seconds.

Bird's Eye View Icon Bird's Eye View permanently increases Medivh's vision range by 25% while in Raven Form Icon Raven Form. Can be activated to increase this bonus to 200% for 5 seconds.

Dust of Appearance Icon Dust of Appearance can be activated to reveal all nearby enemy Heroes for 10 seconds. Can be used while in Raven Form Icon Raven Form without cancelling it.

4.2. Recommended

Bird's Eye View Icon Bird's Eye View offers an incredible amount of bonus vision and comes with a relatively low cooldown, which makes it an ideal talent to observe the enemy team's movements.

4.3. Not Recommended

Mage Armor Icon Mage Armor is a nice talent if you face multiple Basic Attack dependent Assassins in the enemy team. However, its overall utility is rather limited, since Portal Icon Portal is cast comparatively rarely throughout the entire duration of the game.

Dust of Appearance Icon Dust of Appearance is too special of a talent to be recommended. The 45-second cooldown is relatively long and the ability to reveal enemy Heroes near Medivh is often not useful enough to justify picking it over Bird's Eye View Icon Bird's Eye View, which will always get some value upon activation.

5. Level 7 Talents

Arcane Charge The Master's Touch Arcane Explosion Raven Familiar

5.1. Description

Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge causes the next Arcane Rift Icon Arcane Rift to deal 25% increased damage if the previous one hit an enemy Hero.

The Master's Touch Icon The Master's Touch adds a permanent 75 damage to Arcane Rift Icon Arcane Rift and also increases the cooldown reduction upon hitting an enemy Hero by 1 second if Medivh hits 30 enemy Heroes with Arcane Rift without dying.

Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion causes Force of Will Icon Force of Will to explode in a burst of energy the first time the target takes damage while shielded. This effect deals AoE damage to nearby enemies.

Raven Familiar Icon Raven Familiar summons a Raven Familiar on each ally that enters Portal Icon Portal. The Familiar will join the ally's next Basic Attack target, damaging it for a small amount.

5.2. Recommended

The Master's Touch Icon The Master's Touch is a really solid talent to balance out one of Medivh's greatest weaknesses, which is his overall low damage output. Using Force of Will Icon Force of Will and Portal Icon Portal diligently, it should not be too difficult to collect all 30 stacks.

Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion is particularly effective if the enemy team consists of multiple melee Assassins and Warriors who will take damage at the same time if they stand to close to each other.

5.3. Not Recommended

Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge is less risky than The Master's Touch Icon The Master's Touch, since it does not punish you for dying. However, the overall damage performance if The Master's Touch Icon The Master's Touch is successfully stacked is significantly better than that of Arcane Charge.

Raven Familiar Icon Raven Familiar does not offer the same damage value as The Master's Touch Icon The Master's Touch and Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, since Portal Icon Portal is your least frequently used ability.

6. Level 10 Talents

Poly Bomb Ley Line Seal

6.1. Description

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

6.2. Recommended

Poly Bomb Icon Poly Bomb is an incredible useful Heroic Ability against melee Heroes in particular who usually clump up while focusing on an enemy target. Nimble Assassins and Bruisers, such as Illidan or Sonya suffer greatly from being interrupted while engaging on their target.

It is quite important to keenly observe the course of battle before casting Poly Bomb Icon Poly Bomb. Make sure to use it when the enemy team groups up and/or is impaired by movement speed Slows and Stuns, which will make it much harder for them to spread out.

6.3. Not Recommended

Ley Line Seal Icon Ley Line Seal has the potential of single-handedly winning or losing a team fight. If it successfully hits multiple enemy Heroes, your team can set up a strong follow-up combination. However, if it misses, it has literally zero value and you will have wasted a relatively long cooldown in vain. Furthermore, Ley Line Seal's travel animation is very slow, which usually allows enemies to dodge it.

7. Level 13 Talents

Quickening Astral Projection Winds of Celerity

7.1. Description

Quickening Icon Quickening reduces Portal Icon Portal's cooldown by 50%.

Astral Projection Icon Astral Projection increases Portal Icon Portal's casting range by 50%.

Winds of Celerity Icon Winds of Celerity increases Raven Form Icon Raven Form's movement speed bonus by 50%.

7.2. Recommended

Quickening Icon Quickening is a very useful talent, as it makes an unfortunately placed Portal Icon Portal much more forgiving. Being able to cast multiple Portals during a team fight can make your team benefit hugely, e.g. while chasing or escaping the enemy team.

Winds of Celerity Icon Winds of Celerity balanced out one of Medivh's prominent weaknesses, which is his limited movement speed while in Raven Form Icon Raven Form. Winds of Celerity allows Medivh to scout more efficiently and proves to be one of the most valuable talents on large Maps in particular.

7.3. Not Recommended

Astral Projection Icon Astral Projection allows well organised teams to execute deadly flanks from a great distance. However, in most Hero League or Unranked Draft matches, the lack of communication will cause Astral Projection to lose a lot of its value.

8. Level 16 Talents

Circle of Protection Enduring Will Reabsorption

8.1. Descriptions

Circle of Protection Icon Circle of Protection applies an untalented version of Force of Will Icon Force of Will to allied Heroes near the target.

Enduring Will Icon Enduring Will increases Force of Will Icon Force of Will's duration by 33%.

Reabsorption Icon Reabsorption causes Force of Will Icon Force of Will to also heal the target for 50% of the damage absorbed.

8.2. Recommended

Circle of Protection Icon Circle of Protection is an amazing talent if your team consists of multiple melee Assassins and Warriors who generally tend to group up when focusing the same target. Also, Circle of Protection offers great value when cast on several of your teammates as they exit your Portal Icon Portal.

Reabsorption Icon Reabsorption is a decent alternative if you need to consistently protect a high priority target, such as Tracer or Illidan. The additional healing allows them to chase down their targets without taking too much damage themselves.

8.3. Not Recommended

Enduring Will Icon Enduring Will offers a slighty longer duration on Force of Will Icon Force of Will, however, it cannot compete against the protection value of Circle of Protection Icon Circle of Protection and the self-sustain value of Reabsorption Icon Reabsorption.

9. Level 20 Talents

Glyph Of Poly Bomb Medivh Cheats! Guardian of Tirisfal Arcane Brilliance ? Invisibility

9.1. Description

Glyph Of Poly Bomb Icon Glyph Of Poly Bomb causes Poly Bomb Icon Poly Bomb to explode 1 second earlier and also increases the spread radius by 20%.

Medivh Cheats! Icon Medivh Cheats! increases the Stasis effect of enemy Heroes hit by Ley Line Seal Icon Ley Line Seal by 33%. It also enables Medivh to re-direct the wave once while it is active.

Guardian of Tirisfal Icon Guardian of Tirisfal causes Arcane Rift Icon Arcane Rift to instantly kill Minions and Catapults.

Arcane Brilliance Icon Arcane Brilliance can be activated to restore 200 Mana to all nearby allied Heroes, also granting them 10% increased ability damage for 10 seconds. Comes with a 60-second cooldown.

Invisibility Icon Invisibility can be activated to stealth an allied Hero for 20 seconds. Comes with a 10-second cooldown.

9.2. Recommended

Glyph Of Poly Bomb Icon Glyph Of Poly Bomb often proves to be counter-productive, since it reduces the actual time a target is Polymorphed, which means it also reduces the time a target unable to attack or use abilities. However, the increased spread speed can wreak havoc in the enemy lines. Melee Heroes, in particular, who are standing close to one another can suffer greatly if they do not spread fast enough.

Guardian of Tirisfal Icon Guardian of Tirisfal offers incredibly powerful waveclear, which becomes particularly useful on Maps like Battlefield of Eternity, Infernal Shrines, or Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Invisibility Icon Invisibility's very low cooldown alone makes it a very rewarding talent. It works best on hard engaging Heroes like E.T.C., Thrall, or Sonya, who can surprise enemies from an unexpected angle. Keep in mind that Invisibility can also be used defensively in order to hide threatened teammates.

9.3. Situational

Arcane Brilliance Icon Arcane Brilliance only makes sense if your team features Assassins like Kael'thas or Li-Ming who are quite Mana hungry and actually benefit from increased ability damage.

9.4. Not Recommended

Medivh Cheats! Icon Medivh Cheats! is not a recommended talent, since we do not recommend picking Ley Line Seal Icon Ley Line Seal in the first place.

10. ChangeLog

  • 20 Jul. 2016: Updated some of Medivh talents and changed some recommendations due to further play testing and observation of the competitive meta.
  • 03 Jul. 2016: Added more detailed talent descriptions.
  • 30 Jun. 2016: Updated Medivh's talent builds and talents recommendations.
  • 28 Jun. 2016: Removed the Mana Adept talent. Also changed both The Master's Touch's and Wind's of Celerity's description in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 14 Jun. 2016: Added Medivh's Ability and talent descriptions to provide a first impression guide on his release.
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