Alarak Talents

Last updated on May 17, 2020 at 20:45 by Derenash 34 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Alarak. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Alarak's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Alarak's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Overwhelming Power ? Ruthless Momentum Extended Lightning ?
4 Chaos Reigns Negatively Charged ? Show of Force
7 Dissonance ? Hindered Motion ? Applied Force
10 Deadly Charge ? Counter-Strike
13 Blade of the Highlord ? Pure Malice Rite of Rak'Shir
16 Lethal Onslaught ? Lightning Barrage ? Mocking Strikes ?
20 Counter-Strike ? Deadly Charge ? Last Laugh ? Hasty Bargain
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Alarak's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Recommended
Level 1 Ruthless Momentum Icon
Level 4 Show of Force Icon
Level 7 Applied Force Icon
Level 10 Counter-Strike Icon Deadly Charge Icon ?
Level 13 Pure Malice Icon Rite of Rak'Shir Icon ?
Level 16 Lethal Onslaught Icon Mocking Strikes Icon ? Lightning Barrage Icon ?
Level 20 Deadly Charge Icon Counter-Strike Icon ? Hasty Bargain Icon ?

The Standard Build will enable Alarak to use Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis more often, due to Ruthless Momentum Icon Ruthless Momentum. Show of Force Icon Show of Force enhances your burst damage, facilitating the kill on the displaced target. It will also be slowly empowering your Sadism Icon Sadism, turning Alarak into a real threat. Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike is a good survibability option for him, however, Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can be a good choice for securing kills. Getting the other Heroic Ability at 20 will always be a good choice, but Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain can be excellent in teamfights, if you are comfortable with it.

This build is focused on using Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike and Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge to follow-up Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis whenever you can do so safely. Do not be afraid to combo tanks; with a good follow-up, they may lose most of their health or even get killed by it.

Overwhelming Power Build

Situational
Level 1 Overwhelming Power Icon
Level 4 Show of Force Icon
Level 7 Hindered Motion Icon Dissonance Icon ?
Level 10 Counter-Strike Icon Deadly Charge Icon ?
Level 13 Blade of the Highlord Icon Pure Malice Icon ? Rite of Rak'Shir Icon ?
Level 16 Lethal Onslaught Icon Mocking Strikes Icon ?

Overwhelming Power Build shifts Alarak from a burst mage towards a bruiser playstyle, by enhancing his Basic Attacks, self-sustain and crowd control. Differently from the other Talent paths, this builds does not get Applied Force Icon Applied Force at Level 7. Therefore, we do not recommend it against poke compositions or against many ranged assassins, since you will have a hard time hitting combos or delivering Basic Attacks towards them. Despite this weakness, Overwhelming Power Build is excellent when facing melee compositions. Alarak will be able to easily punish those melee Heroes, while also reducing their power due to extra silence or slow provided by his Level 7 Talents.

Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power empowers Basic Attacks and encourages Alarak to be always delivering Basic Attacks after a combo. At Level 7, Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion is the standard Talent, since it will enable you to be constantly attacking the target, getting value from your Level 1 and 16's Talents. However, if you already have a decent way to reduce your enemy's movements in your team, like Jaina or Fenix provide, we recommend going for Dissonance Icon Dissonance instead. Lethal Onslaught Icon Lethal Onslaught at Level 16 will be excellent if you have a good amount of Sadism Icon Sadism stacks, because it will provide more damage and healing from your Basic Attacks, making it easier to maintain your lead. However, Mocking Strikes Icon Mocking Strikes will be a great power spike in fights, since it will provide more combos and crowd control for your team.

Lightning Surge Build

Situational
Level 1 Extended Lightning Icon
Level 4 Negatively Charged Icon
Level 7 Applied Force Icon Dissonance Icon ?
Level 10 Counter-Strike Icon
Level 13 Pure Malice Icon
Level 16 Lightning Barrage Icon
Level 20 Hasty Bargain Icon Last Laugh Icon ?

The Lightning Surge Build is exceptionally good at long range poke, especially against melee-heavy team compositions. Target enemy Heroes behind the enemy frontline whenever possible, to damage as many Heroes with each cast as possible. When you finish stacking Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning, you will be able to slow enemies who are hit by the center of the beam. Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged can be stacked without limit, and is not lost on death. With Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain and clever positioning, you can cast Lightning Surge up to 4 times in quick succession. It is very important to focus on hitting enemy Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge's beam, as many of your Talent investments involve this mechanic.

Unfortunately this build has poor early game, and is very reliant on having many stacks from Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning. For this reason, we only recommend going for it in scenarios where you will easily stack, like in Tomb of the Spider Queen, Braxis Holdout or Infernal Shrines.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Overwhelming Power ?
Overwhelming Power (Level 1) Starcraft Alarak

Hitting an enemy Hero with Discord Strike grants 40% Attack Speed and causes Basic Attacks to heal for 50% of the damage dealt for 4 seconds.

Alarak Ruthless Momentum
Ruthless Momentum (Level 1) Starcraft Alarak

Reduce the Mana cost of Telekinesis from 30 to 20. Telekinesis's cooldown recharges 75% faster while above 80% Health.

Alarak Extended Lightning ?
Extended Lightning (Level 1) Starcraft Alarak

Reduce Sadism by 10%.

Quest: Hit Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge.

Reward: After hitting 5 Heroes, increase Lightning Surge's range by 20%.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, Lightning Surge's center also Slows enemies by 40% for 2 seconds.

Reward: After hitting 3 Heroes with the center of a single cast, increase Sadism by 10% and instantly gain all other Rewards.

3.1.

Discussion

Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power will greatly increase Alarak's DPS and sustain, as long as he keeps delivering Basic Attacks. This Talent enables Alarak to easily solo lane against most Heroes, and is a great option if you are facing a very resistant team composition. This Talent has great Synergy with Lethal Onslaught Icon Lethal Onslaught and Mocking Strikes Icon Mocking Strikes at Level 16.

Ruthless Momentum Icon Ruthless Momentum can greatly reduce the Cooldown of Telekinesis, as long as you remain near full Health. This Talent will be at its best when laning with allies during the early game, because your healer can help to make sure you stay near full Health. Since it reduces the Cooldown of your main tool, Ruthless Momentum is the standard talent for level 1.

Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning is made up of three quests which enhance Lightning Surge. The first quest increases the range of Lightning Surge, allowing you to poke from much safer positions. It will give you more opportunities to find targets behind enemy Heroes, which will allow you to stack other Lightning Surge-related quests more easily. The additional range will also allow you to heal with Lightning Surge more safely. This quest can usually be completed in the opening team fight, if there is one. The second quest adds a slow to enemies hit by the center of Lightning Surge. This can be very powerful in team fights and as a follow-up to Telekinesis and Discord Strike. The slow can also be used to set up your combo, as the slowed enemies will be much easier to hit. The third quest gives a 10% Sadism bonus; this essentially refunds Extended Lightning's initial Sadism penalty.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Chaos Reigns
Chaos Reigns (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Quest: Hit Heroes with Discord Strike.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, increase Discord Strike's damage by 60.

Reward: After hitting 2 Heroes with a single Discord Strike, increase its damage by 60.

Reward: After hitting 3 Heroes with a single Discord Strike, increase its damage by 100 and instantly gain all other Rewards.

Alarak Negatively Charged ?
Negatively Charged (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Increase the Lightning Surge damage bonus to enemies between Alarak and his victim to 175%.

Repeatable Quest: Each Hero hit by the center of Lightning Surge permanently increases the damage bonus by 4%.

Alarak Show of Force
Show of Force (Level 4) Starcraft Alarak

Heroes hit with 3 of Alarak's Abilities within 2 seconds take an additional 61 (+4% per level) damage and increase Sadism by 2%, stacking up to 20%.

Sadism gained from Show of Force is lost on death.

4.1.

Discussion

Chaos Reigns Icon Chaos Reigns is an underwhelming Talent that increases Discord Strike's damage when various quests are completed. If you do not complete all the 3 parts of the quest early in the game, it will be a bad talent. Show of Force Icon Show of Force will overshadow it in most scenarios, since it is guaranteed damage, and will always be better in the late game.

Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged can greatly increase your damage in team fights when using a Lightning Surge poke focused playstyle. Make sure to hit enemies between you and your target in order to get value. The bonus damage only applies to Lightning Surge's center area, so it is best to pair this Talent with Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning. This quest's stacks are not lost if Alarak dies.

Show of Force Icon Show of Force Greatly increases Alarak's burst damage and sadism. It will be good in all situations, so we recommend going for it when you have Ruthless Momentum Icon Ruthless Momentum, because you will be able to proc it more often.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Dissonance ?
Dissonance (Level 7) Starcraft Alarak

Increase Discord Strike's Silence duration by 0.75 seconds.

Alarak Hindered Motion ?
Hindered Motion (Level 7) Starcraft Alarak

Telekinesis Slows enemies by 30% for 3 seconds.

Alarak Applied Force
Applied Force (Level 7) Starcraft Alarak

Reduce Sadism by 10%, but Telekinesis pushes 20% further and has 20% increased range.

5.1.

Discussion

Dissonance Icon Dissonance increases the silence duration of Discord Strike. This can be useful for locking down Heroes who have escapes, as they will be unable to cast them for an additional amount of time. This is especially useful against Warriors, who usually need to cast Abilities to enhance their survivability.

Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion adds a slow to Telekinesis, which allows Alarak to keep delivering Basic Attacks on a silenced target, having good synergy with Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power.

Applied Force Icon Applied Force greatly increases the impact of Telekinesis, and makes landing the Telekinesis into Discord Strike combo much easier. At the same time it increases the effects of the other uses of Telekinesis, including peel and escape. This Talent generally has the greatest impact of the Talents in this tier; it allows Alarak to pull enemies out of position from a safer distance.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Deadly Charge ?
Deadly Charge (Level 10) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in his path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.5 seconds.

Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling.

Alarak Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike (Level 10) Starcraft Alarak
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Alarak targets an area and channels for 1 second, becoming Protected and Unstoppable. After, if he took damage from an enemy Hero, he sends a shockwave that deals 275 (+4% per level) damage.

6.1.

Discussion

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can deal massive damage to several enemy Heroes, or deal fatal damage to a low health enemy who is fleeing a team fight. You will be fully committed after your charge, so make sure your team is ready before you charge in. If your team does not want to commit to a fight, you may cancel the channel at any time. Attempting to channel Deadly Charge while inside or behind an enemy Minion wave will not work, as the Minions will attack you and cancel your channel. Deadly Charge is more risky than Counter Strike, because its defensive uses are limited. It can also be used by charging for only 0.3 seconds, being a good follow up for your own combo without putting Alarak into a dangerous situation, since the dash will be really short.

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike is a great Heroic option that can be used to save Alarak from high damage Abilities, hard crowd control, or simply to deal burst damage during a fight. When using Counter-Strike primarily as a damage source, enemy damage over time effects will proc the strike very reliably. You will need to think ahead and counter an enemy attack, which is much different than the hard engage you get from Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge. It is generally recommended over Deadly Charge due to the control and versatility it provides.

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Level 13 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Blade of the Highlord ?
Blade of the Highlord (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak

Basic Attacks against Heroes increase Sadism by 2% stacking up to 40%.

Sadism gained from Blade of the Highlord is lost on death.

Alarak Pure Malice
Pure Malice (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak

Increase Sadism by 10% any time an allied Hero dies, up to 40%.

Sadism gained from Pure Malice is lost on death.

Alarak Rite of Rak'Shir
Rite of Rak'Shir (Level 13) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 300 seconds

Activate to mark an enemy Hero for 300 seconds.

Hitting the marked Hero with Discord Strike increases Sadism by 3%. Killing the marked Hero increases Sadism by 5% and lowers the cooldown of Rite of Rak'Shir to 10 seconds.

Sadism gained from Rite of Rak'Shir is lost on death.

7.1.

Discussion

Blade of the Highlord Icon Blade of the Highlord increases Sadism each time Alarak applies Basic Attacks to enemy Heroes. This bonus is lost on death. The bonus Sadism has a limit of 40%. This Talent forces Alarak into risking himself more, since he has to land Basic Attacks. It can be a good choice if you want a fast sadism boost for an upcoming important fight.

Pure Malice Icon Pure Malice is the most reliable Talent available on level 13, requiring no special playstyle from Alarak. When he dies, he loses all bonuses from every Talent on this tier. As soon as a game starts going downhill, Alarak becomes a lot weaker: he is very strong when ahead, but weak when behind. Pure Malice shores up his major weakness, letting him gain sadism back to quickly regain control of the game.

Rite of Rak'Shir Icon Rite of Rak'Shir has the potential to scale Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus to absurd amounts. This bonus is lost on death, but can otherwise be stacked without limit. You can gain 5% Sadism easily, just by casting this on an enemy Hero who is about to die. Some enemies will be zoned out of fights, simply by casting Rite of Rak'Shir on them. However, this talent is harder to get value from than the other options. Sometimes it will be a wasted Talent, since the marked target can just avoid fighting Alarak until it is extremely necessary.

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Level 16 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Lethal Onslaught ?
Lethal Onslaught (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Hitting an enemy Hero with Discord Strike grants 50% of Sadism's damage bonus to Alarak's Basic Attacks for 4 seconds. Basic Attacks against Heroes refresh this duration.

Alarak Lightning Barrage ?
Lightning Barrage (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Hitting an enemy Hero with the center of Lightning Surge allows it to be cast again for free on a different primary target within the next 2 seconds. This free cast cannot benefit from Lightning Barrage.

Alarak Mocking Strikes ?
Mocking Strikes (Level 16) Starcraft Alarak

Basic Attacks against Stunned, Silenced, Slowed, or Rooted Heroes reduce the cooldown of Alarak's Basic Abilities by 3 seconds.

8.1.

Discussion

Lethal Onslaught Icon Lethal Onslaught is similar to Mocking Strikes in that they both grant a bonus to Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who have been hit by Discord Strike. Lethal Onslaught can only be triggered by Discord Strike. However, Mocking Strikes Icon Mocking Strikes can be triggered by any silence, slow, stun, or root effects. In addition to this important difference, the effect of Mocking Strikes is much more powerful than that of Lethal Onslaught. Lethal Onslaught does increase the amount of damage Alarak can deliver in a single combo, which can help secure kills in some situations.

Lightning Barrage Icon Lightning Barrage is a great Talent for playstyles focused on Lightning Surge use. This enables you to deal more damage, heal more often, and stack Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged higher. However, it will also be good in other playstyles as well, since it will give you more damage and sustain without risking yourself with Basic attacks.

Mocking Strikes Icon Mocking Strikes greatly reduces Basic Ability Cooldowns each time Alarak Basic Attacks an enemy who is stunned, silenced, slowed, or rooted. Be aware that in some situations it might not be safe to Basic Attack the silenced target, considering you will have no Abilities ready if enemies engage into you. However, if you are able to use your basic attacks often, this talent will add much damage into your kit by reducing your Cooldowns. It also has a great synergy with Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power and Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Alarak

Alarak Counter-Strike ?
Counter-Strike (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Alarak targets an area and channels for 1 second, becoming Protected and Unstoppable. After, if he took damage from an enemy Hero, he sends a shockwave that deals 275 (+4% per level) damage.

This ability will take over Alarak's Trait button.

Alarak Deadly Charge ?
Deadly Charge (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in his path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.5 seconds.

Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling.

Alarak Last Laugh ?
Last Laugh (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to teleport to the chosen location and remove all Roots, Slows, and damage over time effects. If Alarak fails to hit enemy Heroes 3 times with Basic Abilities within 4 seconds of using Last Laugh, his Health is reduced to 1.

Alarak Hasty Bargain
Hasty Bargain (Level 20) Starcraft Alarak
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to permanently reduce Alarak's Sadism by 4% and reset the cooldowns of his Basic Abilities.

9.1.

Discussion

Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike is covered in detail above. Alarak is able to take both of his Level 10 Heroics in the same game. It is recommended to do so if Deadly Charge was taken at Level 10, because Counter-Strike is incredibly valuable after Deadly Charge is used to commit to a fight.

Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge is covered in detail above. This can be a good choice if you are against a very squishy composition or if you are having a hard time following-up your tank's engages.

Last Laugh Icon Last Laugh is a risky Talent that is almost exclusively useful as an escape. Attempting to use this Talent offensively will often result in death, unless you are very confident in your ability to reliably land Alarak's skillshots. As a last resort escape it can be worth taking, as Telekinesis is a rather poor tool for a full retreat. If you need something to preserve your extra Sadism stacks, this Talent can often work. Last Laugh will also cleanse all debuffs and damage over time affecting Alarak, being a decent pick against Poison-reliant Heroes, such as Lunara or Xul with Poison Nova Icon Poison Nova.

Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain gives up some of Sadism's bonus damage with each use; however, it allows Alarak to kill most Heroes in the game by himself. If you are confident and comfortable on Alarak, this Talent can allow you to close out a late game team fight in order to secure victory. For maximum value, throw out your full Ability rotation, then activate Hasty Bargain and repeat. Do not worry about the damage you give up doing this, as kills in the late game are much more valuable.

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Changelog

  • 17 May 2020: Overwhelming Power build added.
  • 07 May 2020: Builds and Talent page updated accordingly to May 6th balance patch.
  • 05 Apr. 2020: Talent descriptions updated to better suit current meta.
  • 28 Nov. 2019: Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 30 Aug. 2019: Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance.
  • 24 May 2019: Talent descriptions updated to account for Balance Patch.
  • 18 Apr. 2019: Talent descriptions updated to account for Balance Patch.
  • 11 Apr. 2019: Tier 1 Talent recommendations updated.
  • 30 Mar. 2019: Talents page updated to reflect meta developments.
  • 26 Aug. 2017: Blade of the Highlord text updated to reflect balance patch, earlier this week.
  • 20 Jun. 2017: Extended Lightning text updated.
  • 01 Jun. 2017: Text updated for Show of Force's discussion.
  • 31 May 2017: Talents page updated following balance patch.
  • 16 May 2017: Talents page updated following Alarak's rework in D.Va's release patch.
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