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Murky Talents

Last updated on Jul 12, 2016 at 08:59 by Oxygen 14 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Murky 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 Murky 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 Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Fishtank Bubble Breeze ? Assault Egg Bribe ?
4 Bigger Slime Tufferfish Living The Dream Envenom
7 Slime Advantage Hindering Slime Compressed Air Clairvoyance ?
10 March of the Murlocs Octo-Grab
13 Continuous Slime Wrath of Cod Bubble Machine Hidden Assault
16 Slimy End Slimy Pufferfish Rejuvenating Bubble Blood for Blood
20 Never-Ending Murlocs ... And A Shark Too! Rewind Bolt of the Storm

2. Common Talent Paths

3. Level 1 Talents

Fishtank Bubble Breeze ? Assault Egg Bribe ?

3.1. Description

Fishtank Icon Fishtank generates 1 stack of Block every 5 seconds, up to a maximum of 2. One such stack is expended whenever Murky is damaged by a Hero Basic Attack to reduce this damage by 50%.

Bubble Breeze Icon Bubble Breeze causes Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble to also provide a 20% increase to movement speed for 2 seconds.

Assault Egg Icon Assault Egg increases the Health and vision radius of the Egg summoned through Spawn Egg Icon Spawn Egg by 150%.

Bribe Icon Bribe causes you to generate one stack of Bribe whenever a nearby enemy Minion dies, up to a maximum of 100. Once you acquire 20 Bribe stacks, the Bribe button on your extra action bar turns from greyed out to activatable and can be used to consume 20 stacks of Bribe, instantly defeating one neutral Mercenary. Bribe cannot be used against Bosses or Mercenaries that have already been claimed. If Bribe is used to claim an entire Mercenary Camp, it respawns 50% faster than it would had it been killed through regular means.

3.2. Recommended

Fishtank Icon Fishtank provides Murky with a large amount of damage mitigation. Given his small Health pool and hit-and-run play style, Fishtank makes a significant difference when it comes to improving your survivability. This is doubly true against Heroes with strong but slow Basic Attacks, such as Leoric or Nova.

Assault Egg Icon Assault Egg is a vastly underestimated talent that provides you with an indirect increase to your survivability (due to the Egg's increased Health, which gives you some time to replace it should it be under attack) and your entire team with a large point of vision. Assault Egg is especially strong on Battlefield of Eternity, Garden of Terror, Cursed Hollow, and Blackheart's Bay.

3.3. Situational

Bubble Breeze Icon Bubble Breeze is not necessarily bad; the other choices are simply much less situational, especially when considering that using Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble offensively, where the movement speed would be most useful, is generally a mistake. Still, this entire talent tier comes down to personal preference, and every talent should be experimented with.

Although Bribe Icon Bribe has been falling out favour, it has a niche yet potent application on Battlefield of Eternity, Cursed Hollow, and Sky Temple, where it can be used to reliably pressure opposing Structures during Map Objective fights.

4. Level 4 Talents

Bigger Slime Tufferfish Living The Dream Envenom

4.1. Description

Bigger Slime Icon Bigger Slime increases the area of effect of Slime Icon Slime by 30%.

Tufferfish Icon Tufferfish increases the number of Basic Attacks required to destroy your Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish to 4, up from 3.

Living The Dream Icon Living The Dream permanently increases the damage of your abilities by 5%. This bonus is increased by 1% for every 5 second that you remain alive. This additional ability damage stacks up to 15 times, over one minute and 15 seconds, for a total maximum of 20%. Any currently built-up stacks are lost upon dying, bringing you back down to the initial 5% ability power bonus.

Envenom Icon Envenom is an activatable talent that deals a large amount of damage to the targeted Hero over 10 seconds. Envenom has a 60-second cooldown.

4.2. Recommended

Living The Dream Icon Living The Dream provides you with a significant damage increase that, besides making you generally more threatening, allows you to waveclear more efficiently and take on Mercenary Camps earlier. Even if you find yourself unable to stay alive, Living the Dream proves to be superior to everything else available at this tier.

4.3. Not Recommended

Bigger Slime Icon Bigger Slime is not very useful; Slime Icon Slime's base area of effect, although unimpressive, certainly is not worth the talent investment, especially since the added radius is too little to realistically be impactful.

Tufferfish Icon Tufferfish pushes the survivability of your Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish beyond the number of Basic Attacks that most solo Heroes are able to deliver during its lifetime. However, it does little to improve its survivability against two or more Heroes, making the talent at best lackluster.

Although Envenom Icon Envenom has a niche use against cloaked Heroes (Nova, Zeratul) by preventing them from entering Stealth for a lenghty period of time, it comes at the cost of Living The Dream Icon Living The Dream, which ends up providing significantly more damage and utility (in the form of pushing) in the long run.

5. Level 7 Talents

Slime Advantage Hindering Slime Compressed Air Clairvoyance ?

5.1. Description

Slime Advantage Icon Slime Advantage causes Murky's Basic Attacks to deal 100% more damage against foes affected by Slime Icon Slime's Slimed debuff. It should be noted that structures can not be affected by Slimed; consequently, Slime Advantage does not provide a damage bonus against them.

Hindering Slime Icon Hindering Slime increases the slowing effect of Slime Icon Slime to 30%, up from 20%.

Compressed Air Icon Compressed Air increases the radius of Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish's detonation by 50%.

Clairvoyance Icon Clairvoyance is an activatable talent that grants vision of the targeted area for 10 seconds. Enemies within this area are revealed, granting you vision of them and preventing Cloaking for 4 additional seconds. Clairvoyance has a 45-second cooldown.

5.2. Recommended

Compressed Air Icon Compressed Air focuses on improving your team fighting capabilities by allowing your Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish to reliably hit multiple foes. Pufferfish becomes a major zoning tool when it forces your opponents to walk out of its area of effect or to take it down. Performing the latter can be quite difficult during a hectic team fight, and would take some focus away from your teammates.

5.3. Situational

Clairvoyance Icon Clairvoyance is always useful versus Cloaked Heroes (Nova, Zeratul) and generally a strong pick on rotation-heavy maps such as Blackheart's Bay and Cursed Hollow. Though you give up Compressed Air Icon Compressed Air for Clairvoyance, the latter can help you catch players off-guard, on top of the general utility of being able to scout an area on-demand.

5.4. Not Recommended

Slime Advantage Icon Slime Advantage makes Murky's Basic Attack damage surprisingly strong, nearly able to match that of Assassins. The main issue with Slime Advantage, however, is that Murky seldom has the ability to consistently attack Heroes to reap the benefits of the talent. Still, it should be given serious consideration against team compositions that feature two healers, as they may have trouble pushing off an aggressive Murky player. It is also worth mentioning that the talent makes taking Mercenary Camps very easy.

Hindering Slime Icon Hindering Slime turns Slime Icon Slime into one of the most potent slowing effects available to any Hero; 30% for 8 seconds is remarkably difficult to deal with, especially given Slime's very short cooldown. However, the talent competes with the more-useful Compressed Air Icon Compressed Air, on top of contributing very little to the Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab + Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish combo, Murky's main threat.

6. Level 10 Talents

March of the Murlocs Octo-Grab

6.1. Description

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

6.2. Recommended

Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab is what single-handedly makes Murky relatively viable as of the current metagame state. Its effect can be capitalised upon by nearly every other Hero, though this is especially true of Assassins, such as Nova.

6.3. Not Recommended

March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs is easy for your opponents to avoid, and generally requires very specific circumstances to be effective. With twice the cooldown of Octo-Grab and limited versatility, March of the Murloc is difficult to justify.

7. Level 13 Talents

Continuous Slime Wrath of Cod Bubble Machine Hidden Assault

7.1. Description

Continuous Slime Icon Continuous Slime reduces the cooldown of Slime Icon Slime to 3 seconds, down from 4 seconds.

Wrath of Cod Icon Wrath of Cod causes Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish to deal 35% more damage against foes affected by Slime Icon Slime's Slimed debuff.

Bubble Machine Icon Bubble Machine reduces the cooldown of Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble to 7 seconds, down from 12 seconds.

Hidden Assault Icon Hidden Assault causes Murky to become Stealthed and gain a 20% increase to his movement speed for 5 seconds upon respawning at his Egg. The movement speed increase does stack with your Mount's own movement speed effect, for a total of 160%.

7.2. Recommended

This talent tier as well as the next one offer two legitimate talent building paths. Offensively, Wrath of Cod Icon Wrath of Cod and Slimy Pufferfish Icon Slimy Pufferfish is a combo that capitalises on the synergy of having Pufferfish apply the Slimed debuff and deal extra damage against Slimed foes. Defensively, Bubble Machine Icon Bubble Machine and Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Rejuvenating Bubble reap the benefits of a very short Safety Bubble cooldown that also heals. Since both talent combinations synergise directly with each other, it is not recommended to pick one dependency without the other.

In general, the defensive strategy does well against team compositions that lack burst damage. Bubble Machine and Rejuvenating Bubble essentially force your opponents to kill Murky within a 7-second window, lest he might otherwise fully regenerate his Health pool. Double-healer compositions are especially susceptible to this build.

The offensive strategy is the default build for many players; it offers better waveclear and burst, but remains easily countered by Cleanse Icon Cleanse.

7.3. Not Recommended

Continuous Slime Icon Continuous Slime is not a bad talent as much as it simply competes with choices that, as stated above, synergize with each other and generally tend to be more impactful.

Part of Hidden Assault Icon Hidden Assault's value is in the Stealthing effect that it provides. However, it seldom proves to be useful. Generally, your Egg is in a position that is far away from threats, so that the Stealth's short duration does not actually allow you to close up on an opponent. The increased mount speed is interesting, but ultimately, this talent has less impact than the other choices.

8. Level 16 Talents

Slimy End Slimy Pufferfish Rejuvenating Bubble Blood for Blood

8.1. Description

Slimy End Icon Slimy End causes Murky to cast Slime Icon Slime upon dying.

Slimy Pufferfish Icon Slimy Pufferfish causes Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish to cast Slime Icon Slime at its location upon landing.

Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Rejuvenating Bubble causes Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble to additionally restore 50% of Murky's total Health over its 2-second duration.

Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood is an activatable talent that instantly deals 10% of the targeted Hero's maximum Health as damage to it, healing the caster for 200% of this damage. Blood for Blood has a 60-second cooldown.

8.2. Recommended

As stated above, Slimy Pufferfish Icon Slimy Pufferfish should be the choice if you had already chosen Wrath of Cod Icon Wrath of Cod at Hero Level 13. It allows you to perform an Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab + Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish combo while benefiting from the damage increase of the Wrath of Cod Icon Wrath of Cod talent without requiring you to cast Slime Icon Slime beforehand. It also allows you to destroy Minion waves in a single Pufferfish cast for the same reason.

Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Rejuvenating Bubble is the second choice in the defensive talent line if you had picked Bubble Machine Icon Bubble Machine earlier. It makes Murky significantly more difficult to kill, and nearly impossible for healers to shed off without the assistance of an ally.

8.3. Not Recommended

Slimy End Icon Slimy End is very lackluster; though it is not uncommon for Murky to die, the effects of this talents are far too limited for to be seriously considered, especially when Slimy Pufferfish Icon Slimy Pufferfish has the potential to apply Slime Icon Slime more often than Slimy End. Avoid this talent.

Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood was changed to become a self-healing utility effect rather than a strong single-target damaging and slowing effect. Though it still deals a decent amount of damage, Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Rejuvenating Bubble will provide a significantly larger amount of self-sustainability, whereas Slimy Pufferfish Icon Slimy Pufferfish will provide more burst.

9. Level 20 Talents

Never-Ending Murlocs ... And A Shark Too! Rewind Bolt of the Storm

9.1. Description

Never-Ending Murlocs Icon Never-Ending Murlocs increases the range of March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs by approximately 30%, and the duration of the Latched debuff by 2 seconds. The overall damage of the ability is proportionally increased by approximately 30% as well.

... And A Shark Too! Icon ... And A Shark Too! increases the damage of Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab by 9000%. In other words, it causes Octo-Grab to deal 300 damage per second at Hero Level 20. This damage is further increased by 10 per second per Level beyond 20.

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

Rewind Icon Rewind is arguably Murky's strongest talent choice. Allowing Murky players to reset the cooldown of Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish opens up the possibility of easily killing Heroes with less than 3,300 Health (with full Living The Dream Icon Living The Dream stacks), assuming that they are not Cleansed, healed in the process, or do not run Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield. Rewind also resets the cooldowns of Slime Icon Slime and Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble as an added benefit.

9.3. Not Recommended

Never-Ending Murlocs Icon Never-Ending Murlocs is not recommended because its prerequisite, March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs, is not recommmended itself. Should you still choose to use March of the Murlocs, this talent will prove to be more useful than Rewind Icon Rewind, as the latter will be impossible to combo with a double Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish.

... And A Shark Too! Icon ... And A Shark Too! has less damage potential and overall utility than Rewind Icon Rewind, though it is also much easier to use. Still, you can easily practice a double Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish + Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab combo in Practice Mode. There is no reason to pick this lesser talent.

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm is a talent that is typically picked due to its mixed offensive and defensive utility. For Murky, the defensive aspect is more or less voided by the fact that his death is nearly meaningless. There is some redeeming value, however, in using Bolt of the Storm to instantly land an Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab, though this is generally less useful than being able to use Rewind Icon Rewind.

10. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jul. 2016: Updated Level 1 talent recommendations following Bribe's changes in Gul'dan's patch.
  • 30 Mar. 2016: Updated description for Fishtank.
  • 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 Bolt of the Storm to recommendations.
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