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Tassadar Talents

Last updated on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:49 by Kendric 40 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Tassadar 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 Tassadar guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League 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 Psi-Infusion Templar's Will Khaydarin Resonance
4 Khala's Celerity ? Khala's Embrace Khala's Light
7 Psionic Projection Resonation Mental Acuity
10 Archon Force Wall
13 Deep Shift Adun's Wisdom Nullification
16 Phase Disruption Psionic Echo Focused Beam
20 Twilight Archon Force Barrier Prismatic Link Shield Battery
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Full Support Build (talent calculator link)

The Full Support Build turns Tassadar into a high utility Support who is capable of providing powerful shields to nearby allies while weakening enemy initiators by using Phase Disruption Icon Phase Disruption. We recommend this Build if you get the impression that the enemy team features Heroes like Ragnaros or Valeera, who are capable of dealing large amounts of damage in a short period of time.

2.2. Offensive Support Build (talent calculator link)

The Offensive Support Build focuses on boosting Tassadar's offensive capabilities, most importantly his Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm and Archon Icon Archon abilities. We recommend this Build if your team already features a solid Support but lacks the damage to take down enemy priority targets.

3. Level 1 Talents

Tassadar Psi-Infusion
Psi-Infusion (Level 1) Starcraft Tassadar

Quest: Gain 1 Mana for every Non-Structure enemy hit by Psionic Storm.

Reward: After hitting 500 enemies, increase the size of Psionic Storm by 20%.

Reward: After hitting 1000 enemies, increase the damage of Psionic Storm by 20%.

Tassadar Templar's Will
Templar's Will (Level 1) Starcraft Tassadar

Quest: Attacking enemy Heroes restores 8 mana per second.

Reward: After spending 30 seconds attacking Heroes, Distortion Beam's damage is increased by 150%.

Reward: After spending 60 seconds attacking Heroes, Distortion Beam's range is increased by an additional 1.

Tassadar Khaydarin Resonance
Khaydarin Resonance (Level 1) Starcraft Tassadar

Quest: Regeneration Globes grant an additional 50% Mana.

Reward: After collecting 20 Regeneration Globes, Plasma Shield retains 50% of its value after it expires.

Reward: After collecting 40 Regeneration Globes, Plasma Shield persists indefinitely.

3.1. Discussion

Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion looks fightening at first glance, yet its first quest is usually completed quite quickly. If you decide to go for a more offensive talent build that features Psi Infusion, it is of utmost importance to hit as many enemies as possible with Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm to speed up the stacking process.

Khaydarin Resonance Icon Khaydarin Resonance is your prefered choice if you go for a defensive Build that focuses more around boosting your Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield rather than Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm. Khaydarin Resonances' additional Mana regeneration comes in very handy at all stages of the game, while the permanent shields provide permanent Lifesteal to all shielded allies.

Templar's Will Icon Templar's Will focuses on Tassadar's Basic Attack and causes its range to increase drastically after completing both quests. However, we found this boon to be significantly less impactful during team fights than Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion and Khaydarin Resonance Icon Khaydarin Resonance.

4. Level 4 Talents

Tassadar Khala's Celerity ?
Khala's Celerity (Level 4) Starcraft Tassadar

Plasma Shield also grants 25% Movement Speed for 5 seconds.

Tassadar Khala's Embrace
Khala's Embrace (Level 4) Starcraft Tassadar

Increase the Life Steal of Plasma Shield to 40%.

Tassadar Khala's Light
Khala's Light (Level 4) Starcraft Tassadar

Upon expiration or breaking, the target of Plasma Shield gains 15 Armor for 3 seconds, causing them to take 15% less damage.

4.1. Discussion

Khala's Light Icon Khala's Light is an exceptionally powerful talent, as it provides 25% damage reduction on any ally that was affected by Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield. If you combine Khala's Light with a completed Khaydarin Resonance Icon Khaydarin Resonance, you will be able to trigger its damage reduction on up to 5 allies at the same time.

Khala's Celerity Icon Khala's Celerity is a situational talent that can work with innately slow allied Heroes that require additional Movement Speed, such as Jaina or or Ragnaros.

Khala's Embrace Icon Khala's Embrace is a very situational talent that only makes sense on fast attacking Assassins like Illidan. And even then, it is highly debatable whether it can outshine Khala's Light Icon Khala's Light.

5. Level 7 Talents

Tassadar Psionic Projection
Psionic Projection (Level 7) Starcraft Tassadar

Increases the cast range of Plasma Shield and Psionic Storm by 40%.

Tassadar Resonation
Resonation (Level 7) Starcraft Tassadar

Distortion Beam slows enemies affected by Psionic Storm by 50%.

Tassadar Mental Acuity
Mental Acuity (Level 7) Starcraft Tassadar

Quest: Each Takedown earned lowers the cooldown of Oracle by 3 seconds, to a maximum of 15 seconds.

Reward: Upon getting 5 Takedowns, the sight range of Oracle is increased by 50%.

5.1. Discussion

Psionic Projection Icon Psionic Projection is one of the most useful talents in Tassadar's repertoire. It allows him to cast Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield from a larger distance, while staying out of the enemy team's reach. We recommend picking this talent no matter which talent build you decided to go for.

Mental Acuity Icon Mental Acuity is not a bad talent per se. It is, in fact, a great talent under the right circumstances. It allows you to counter stealthed Heroes like Nova ganks or Zeratul more frequently while also possessing outstanding synergy with Adun's Wisdom Icon Adun's Wisdom at Level 13.

Resonation Icon Resonation is not a recommended talent for the same reason as Templar's Will Icon Templar's Will. Tassadar's normal Basic Attacks already slow decently, trying to improve that amount does not justify giving up Psionic Projection Icon Psionic Projection's extra range.

6. Level 10 Talents

Tassadar Archon
Archon (Level 10) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Tassadar transforms into an Archon and gains a Plasma Shield. His Basic Attacks deal 175 (+4% per level) damage, slow the target by 30% for 1 second and splash for 87 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within 2.5 range. Lasts for 10 seconds.

Passive: Archon refreshes the cooldown of Dimensional Shift.

Tassadar Force Wall
Force Wall (Level 10) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 30
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Create a wall that blocks all units from moving through it for 2 seconds.

Passive: Increases the slow amount of Distortion Beam to 30%.

6.1. Discussion

Archon Icon Archon is a powerful Heroic Ability, which greatly complements a more offensive playstyle as Tassadar. Its increased damage on Basic Attacks makes you hit harder, while the provided shield makes you harder to kill at the same time. All in all, Archon is well-rounded ability with few to no drawbacks, which makes it a great choice, especially for newer and less experienced experienced Tassadar players.

There are, however, two things that need to be considered when choosing Archon at Level 10. Firstly, make sure to use it in the middle of team fights only, as its cooldown is simply too high to be used during mere skirmishes. Secondly, always make sure to take a look at your own team composition first before picking your Heroic Ability. If your team lacks damage in general, Archon is a the right call, whereas Force Wall Icon Force Wall offers more utility and protection to your team if your team lacks defensive capabilities.

Unlike Archon Icon Archon, Force Wall Icon Force Wall does not boost your damage output and it will also not make you tankier. Force Wall can be used, however, to catch fleeing enemies and block their escape routes or to deny enemies access to a certain location of the map. This proves to be particularly useful on maps that feature many narrow choke points like Cursed Hollow, Infernal Shrines, or Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Another advantage of Force Wall is the fact that it has a low cooldown, which makes it a very forgiving Heroic Ability. Thus, do not hesitate to cast Force Wall, since it will come off cooldown relatively soon. Due to the abundance of potential choke points and the difficulty of knowing when and where to use Force Wall most efficiently, we suggest practising Force Wall placement and usage against the A.I. or in Quick Matches first, before using it in Hero and Team League.

7. Level 13 Talents

Tassadar Deep Shift
Deep Shift (Level 13) Starcraft Tassadar

Dimensional Shift's duration and Movement Speed bonuses are increased by 50%.

Tassadar Adun's Wisdom
Adun's Wisdom (Level 13) Starcraft Tassadar

While Oracle is active, Basic Abilities cooldown 50% faster.

Tassadar Nullification
Nullification (Level 13) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reduce the damage the target enemy Hero deals by 75% for 4 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

Nullification Icon Nullification is a great counter to any Assassin. While it does not slow their Movement Speed, its 75% damage decrease renders enemy damage dealers almost entirely useless for 3 seconds.

Adun's Wisdom Icon Adun's Wisdom is not a useful talent, especially if you combine it with Mental Acuity Icon Mental Acuity at Level 7. The reduced cooldown can definitely have an impact during longer skirmishes but remains rather unnoticeable in shorter team fights.

Deep Shift Icon Deep Shift is not a recommended choice, as an extra 1.5 seconds without the ability to cast a potential life saving Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield or a life-ending Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm can make your team lose important fights all too easily. All in all, this talent does not seem competitive enough compared to Nullification Icon Nullification.

8. Level 16 Talents

Tassadar Phase Disruption
Phase Disruption (Level 16) Starcraft Tassadar

Enemy Heroes being hit by Psionic Storm have their Physical Armor reduced by 25, causing them to take 25% more damage from Basic Attacks.

Tassadar Psionic Echo
Psionic Echo (Level 16) Starcraft Tassadar

A second Psionic Storm can be cast within 2 seconds of casting the first.

Tassadar Focused Beam
Focused Beam (Level 16) Starcraft Tassadar

While Oracle is active, Basic Attacks against Heroes deal an additional 1% of the target's maximum Health as damage.

8.1. Discussion

Phase Disruption Icon Phase Disruption gains a lot of synergy with strong Basic Attackers like at Illidan or Valla in your team, as it decreases the enemy team's Physical Armor while standing inside your Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm. But even without those Heroes, the talent remains a decent damage boost, which should not be overlooked too easily.

Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo is a very rewarding choice if you decided to go for Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion at Level 1. Being able to cast a second Psionic Storm for free increases Tassadar's damage and waveclear tremendously.

Focused Beam Icon Focused Beam is nowhere near as powerful as its competitors. While not getting any value from this talent while Oracle Icon Oracle is on cooldown, the extra damage it provides you with feels very weak compared to Phase Disruption Icon Phase Disruption and Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo.

9. Level 20 Talents

Tassadar Twilight Archon
Twilight Archon (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Basic Attacks while in Archon form refresh its duration.

Tassadar Force Barrier
Force Barrier (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Force Wall's Range is increased by 100% and its cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds.

Tassadar Prismatic Link
Prismatic Link (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Basic Attacks bounce to hit 2 additional targets for 50% damage.

Tassadar Shield Battery
Shield Battery (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Cooldown: 75 seconds

Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes an untalented Plasma Shield.

9.1. Discussion

Twilight Archon Icon Twilight Archon will make your Archon Icon Archon even more powerful than it already is. Being able to remain in Archon form during an entire team fight can single-handedly make the difference to tip balance in your team's favor. Twilight Archon is the ultimate final talent for an offensive Tassadar build.

Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery is one of the most powerful defensive activatable talents in the game. It can be put to great use on Tassadar as well, especially if your team lacks support in general. Keep in mind that Shield Battery will cast an untalented version of Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield on your allies, which does include, however, the built-in Lifesteal.

Force Barrier Icon Force Barrier enhances your Force Wall Icon Force Wall Heroic ability, giving it an increased duration and casting range. However, we do not think that it can compete against the additional AoE protection provided by Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery.

Prismatic Link Icon Prismatic Link is a rather underhelming talent. The additional slow on up to 2 additional nearby targets stands in no comparison to the extra damage provided by Twilight Archon Icon Twilight Archon or the extra protection from Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery.

10. ChangeLog

  • 31 Jan. 2017: Changed some Level 7 and Level 13 talent recommendations.
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