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Sylvanas Talents

Last updated on Jan 08, 2017 at 01:16 by Oxygen 40 comments

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General Information

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

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Overflowing Quiver Dreadful Wake Mercenary Queen ?
4 Withering Barrage With the Wind Lost Soul
7 Barbed Shot Unstable Poison ? Possession
10 Wailing Arrow Mind Control
13 Life Drain Windrunner Will of the Forsaken ? Spell Shield ?
16 Evasive Fire Cold Embrace Overwhelming Affliction ? Remorseless
20 Deafening Blast ? Dark Lady's Call ? Fury of the Storm Bolt of the Storm
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2. Common Talent Paths

Shadow Dagger Build (talent calculator link)

Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger Build is a balanced build that offers excellent area of effect damage, waveclear, and mobility. The core concept behind the build lies in improving Shadow Dagger through two specific Talents that turn it into an outstanding area of affect damage dealing Ability: Lost Soul Icon Lost Soul, which massively reduces its Cooldown, and Cold Embrace Icon Cold Embrace, which provides you with a reliable Armor reduction effect. The other Talents, which can be changed to respond to whatever best suits the situation at hand, seek to improve your ability to clear Mercenary Camps (Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot) and survive (Windrunner Icon Windrunner, Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm).

3. Level 1 Talents

Sylvanas Overflowing Quiver
Overflowing Quiver (Level 1) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

When a nearby enemy Minion dies, a free Withering Fire is shot. This cannot hit Heroes.

Sylvanas Dreadful Wake
Dreadful Wake (Level 1) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Haunting Wave's application of Black Arrow on Minions and Mercenaries increases the duration to 7 seconds. Haunting Wave restores 5 Mana per Minion or Mercenary hit.

Sylvanas Mercenary Queen ?
Mercenary Queen (Level 1) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Friendly non-Boss Mercenaries near Sylvanas deal 60% more damage.

3.1. Discussion

Overflowing Quiver Icon Overflowing Quiver increases Sylvanas' ability to waveclear Minion waves very efficiently and works very well with Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot at Hero Level 7, which we also recommend.

Dreadful Wake Icon Dreadful Wake has its uses in the earliest stages of the game, but quickly becomes overshadowed by Sylvanas' other waveclearing Talents that become available at Hero Level 7. Why merely disable that which you can kill?

Mercenary Queen Icon Mercenary Queen can be valuable on certain Maps, such as Garden of Terror and Sky Temple, where split pushing with Mercenaries can be very effective. Just make sure to communicate with your team before committing such a strategy while Map Objectives remain available.

4. Level 4 Talents

Sylvanas Withering Barrage
Withering Barrage (Level 4) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Increase Withering Fire charges by 1. Charges can be fired 33% faster.

Sylvanas With the Wind
With the Wind (Level 4) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Increases Withering Fire's range by 25%.

Sylvanas Lost Soul
Lost Soul (Level 4) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Reduce Shadow Dagger's cooldown by 1.25 seconds each time it spreads to a Hero.

4.1. Discussion

While Withering Barrage Icon Withering Barrage provides Sylvanas with a respectable burst damage increase, it find itself completely overshadowed by the Lost Soul Icon Lost Soul Talent, which can account for 50% or more of Sylvanas' team fight damage output. With the Wind Icon With the Wind, although not bad either, cannot be realistically recommended for the same reasons.

5. Level 7 Talents

Sylvanas Barbed Shot
Barbed Shot (Level 7) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Withering Fire deals 200% bonus damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.

Sylvanas Unstable Poison ?
Unstable Poison (Level 7) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Minions that die under the effects of Black Arrows explode, dealing 116 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Does not damage Heroes or Structures.

Sylvanas Possession
Possession (Level 7) World of Warcraft Sylvanas
  • Charges: 3
  • Recharge Time: 8 seconds

Force an enemy Minion to fight for Sylvanas's team.

Stores up to 3 charges.

5.1. Discussion

Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot significantly improves Sylvanas' ability to waveclear and claim Mercenary Camps. Furthermore, Barbed Shot assists with killing Map Objectives or other important Monsters on Maps such as Battlefield of Eternity (Immortals), Cursed Hollows (Bosses), The Garden of Terror (Garden Terrors), and Tomb of the Spider Queen (Webweavers).

Unstable Poison Icon Unstable Poison, as with Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot, provides an enormous increase to your waveclearing; a single clever use of Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger against damaged Minion becomes enough to clear out an entire wave of Minions, regardless of the size. This allows you to spend only a few seconds in a lane clearing Minions, giving you the opportunity to roam and take Objectives elsewhere on the Map while effectively pressuring.

Possession Icon Possession, although not bad by any means, fails to outperform the other competing Talents in terms of waveclear. Being able to charm up to three enemy Minions does not push a lane as quickly as being able to wipe out entire enemy Minion waves with the help of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot or Unstable Poison Icon Unstable Poison, although it may lead to larger assisted pushes. Still, the aforementioned Talents generally remain more versatile.

6. Level 10 Talents

Sylvanas Wailing Arrow
Wailing Arrow (Level 10) World of Warcraft Sylvanas
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds

Shoot an arrow that can be reactivated to deal 228 (+4% per level) damage and silence enemies in an area making them unable to use Abilities for 2.5 seconds. The arrow detonates automatically if it reaches maximum range.

Sylvanas Mind Control
Mind Control (Level 10) World of Warcraft Sylvanas
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

After a 1 second cast, take control of an enemy Hero's movement and prevent them from doing anything else. Channel lasts 2.5 seconds.

As mentioned on the Abilities page, Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow does a significant amount of damage in a relatively large area, but more importantly, silences all affected targets.

Mind Control Icon Mind Control is a deadly counter to every Support Hero and other high priority targets. Since the Heroic Ability can itself be countered by Cleanse Icon Cleanse, mind-controlling Supports is particularly effective. If an enemy Support gets close to you, do not hesitate to cast Mind Control Icon Mind Control immediately in order to make them walk towards your own team. By the same token, beware of overextending, especially when crowd control-heavy Heroes, such as Muradin or E.T.C. are nearby, for they may easily interrupt you.

7. Level 13 Talents

Sylvanas Life Drain
Life Drain (Level 13) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Shadow Dagger heals Sylvanas for 37 (+4% per level) each time it spreads to an enemy.

Sylvanas Windrunner
Windrunner (Level 13) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Teleporting with Haunting Wave fully recharges Withering Fire. Haunting Wave can be cast a second time for free within 5 seconds after teleporting.

Sylvanas Will of the Forsaken ?
Will of the Forsaken (Level 13) World of Warcraft Sylvanas
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to become Unstoppable and gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.

Sylvanas Spell Shield ?
Spell Shield (Level 13) World of Warcraft Sylvanas
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 3 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.

7.1. Discussion

Life Drain Icon Life Drain provides a respectable amount of self sustain. The issue here, however, is that sustained damage is not generally Sylvanas' fear; burst damage and crowd control are. Life Drain does not help against such as the alternative Talents do.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield provides a significant reduction in burst damage used against you. This can be exceptionally good versus strong poke Heroes, such as Azmodan and Kael'thas, as well as Heroes that rely on single combos to deal damage, such as Jaina and Kerrigan. Just make sure to turn the Talent off so that its effects are not wasted by insignificant incidental damage.

Windrunner Icon Windrunner is mobility overkill with an impressive amount of built-in damage. Without any hard crowd control at hand, it becomes nearly impossible for opponents to catch up to or escape Sylvanas. The ability to fully recharge Withering Fire Icon Withering Fire twice is also excessively useful, and especially when paired with Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot, to claim Mercenary Camps or waveclear.

Will of the Forsaken Icon Will of the Forsaken is essentially a better self-Cleanse Icon Cleanse with twice the Cooldown and some built-in mobility. Although it can be a useful Talent against crowd control-heavy (4+ sources of such) teams and to make Mind Control Icon Mind Control uninterruptable, it is an expensive choice to make over Windrunner Icon Windrunner.

8. Level 16 Talents

Sylvanas Evasive Fire
Evasive Fire (Level 16) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

When an enemy is hit with Withering Fire, gain 10% Movement Speed for 2 seconds, stacking up to 30%.

Sylvanas Cold Embrace
Cold Embrace (Level 16) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Shadow Dagger lowers the Armor of the initial enemy by 25 for 2 seconds, causing them to take 25% more damage.

Sylvanas Overwhelming Affliction ?
Overwhelming Affliction (Level 16) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Black Arrows now also applies to Heroes, slowing their Movement Speed by 6% for the duration. Stacks up to 5 times.

Sylvanas Remorseless
Remorseless (Level 16) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

After using an Ability, Sylvanas's next Basic Attack within 3 seconds deals 40% additional damage.

8.1. Discussion

Evasive Fire Icon Evasive Fire, Overwhelming Affliction Icon Overwhelming Affliction, and Remorseless Icon Remorseless all provide Sylvanas with relatively strong bonuses. They all must, however, compete with Cold Embrace Icon Cold Embrace. It is difficult to justify anything but the latter Talent, as being able to apply a 25 Armor reduction for 2 seconds every 3 to 6 seconds in team fights (assuming Cold Embrace Icon Cold Embrace) is incredibly powerful. Should your team have other sources of Armor reduction, however, Overwhelming Affliction is a reasonable alternative with its dependable AoE movement speed reduction effect.

9. Level 20 Talents

Sylvanas Deafening Blast ?
Deafening Blast (Level 20) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Enemies at the center of Wailing Arrow's explosion take 50% more damage and are silenced for twice as long.

Sylvanas Dark Lady's Call ?
Dark Lady's Call (Level 20) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Mind Controlled enemies gain 100% Movement Speed for the duration.

Sylvanas Fury of the Storm
Fury of the Storm (Level 20) World of Warcraft Sylvanas

Every 5 seconds, your next Basic Attack will deal an additional 91 damage to the target, and 228 damage to all nearby Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.

Sylvanas Bolt of the Storm
Bolt of the Storm (Level 20) World of Warcraft Sylvanas
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

9.1. Discussion

Deafening Blast Icon Deafening Blast turns Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow into the longest silencing effect in the game (lasting a whooping 5 seconds) on top of dealing a massive amount of damage — if you can hit enemy Heroes with the centre of the AoE, that is. This generally requires some form of crowd control to follow up upon. Deafening Blast is therefore viable when you do have this reliable piece of crowd control at your disposal, and is generally picked as a piece of a combo team composition.

Dark Lady's Call Icon Dark Lady's Call is a Talent that greatly punishes positional mistakes made by opponents. As such, it is significantly stronger at lower levels of play, where Cleanse Icon Cleanse or interruption effects may not be readily available or kept off-Cooldown. Dark Lady's Call also sees niche usefulness when facing against a team composition featuring one very threatening Hero.

Fury of the Storm Icon Fury of the Storm essentially serves to further increase Sylvanas' already outstanding waveclear to vastly overkill levels.

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm is often recognized as one of the best Talents in the game, having a huge variety of uses, although it will generally be used to escape death. It makes Sylvanas, who already has a lot of mobility, almost impossible to kill. While you already have a gap-closer, it takes time for Haunting Wave Icon Haunting Wave to travel before you can teleport to the Banshees, allowing your enemies to kill you or move to the location you will teleport to. Bolt of the Storm instantly teleports you to safety and it has a very large range. Bolt of the Storm also has offensive uses; You can use Bolt of the Storm to teleport over walls or to catch fleeing enemies.

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