Cassia Talents

Last updated on May 09, 2020 at 08:55 by Derenash 15 comments
General Information

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

1.

Cassia's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Thunderstroke ? Impale ? Charged Strikes
4 Plate of the Whale Ring of the Leech ? Inner Light ?
7 Seraph's Hymn Debilitating Thrusts ? Surge of Light
10 Ball Lightning Valkyrie ?
13 War Matron ? War Traveler ? Gloves Of Alacrity
16 Power Strike Static Electricity Martial Law
20 Infinite Lightning ? Imprisoning Light ? Titan's Revenge Rockstopper
2.

Cassia's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Charged Strikes Build

Recommended
Level 1 Charged Strikes Icon
Level 4 Plate of the Whale Icon Ring of the Leech Icon ?
Level 7 Surge of Light Icon
Level 10 Ball Lightning Icon Valkyrie Icon ?
Level 13 Gloves Of Alacrity Icon
Level 16 Martial Law Icon Static Electricity Icon ?
Level 20 Titan's Revenge Icon

With the Charged Strikes Build, you will be dealing a substantial amount of sustained damage through Basic Attacks to the enemy team. The main drawback of this build is that it requires you to remain within Cassia's short attack range while delivering Basic Attacks. But this weakness is compensated by Gloves Of Alacrity Icon Gloves Of Alacrity at Level 13.

Since Cassia's has a very small health pool, you will have a hard time constantly delivering Basic Attacks in the early game. It is better to be playing safely, only attacking enemies when you are sure the enemy cannot Stun you. Start playing more aggressively at level 13, because you will have a much higher range, it will be safer to do so. Martial Law Icon Martial Law greatly increases Cassia's damage output if her team has any decent form of crowd control, like a Jaina, Fenix, or Thrall with Earthquake Icon Earthquake. However, if you do not have any good crowd control in your team, it will be better to go for Static Electricity Icon Static Electricity instead.

Fend Build

Situational
Level 1 Impale Icon
Level 4 Inner Light Icon Plate of the Whale Icon ?
Level 7 Debilitating Thrusts Icon Surge of Light Icon ?
Level 10 Ball Lightning Icon
Level 13 War Matron Icon
Level 16 Static Electricity Icon
Level 20 Infinite Lightning Icon

Fend build is incredibly useful in the right scenario. It will greatly increase Cassia's potential to finish enemy Heroes. Impale Icon Impale will improve her waveclear while also improving her damage in teamfights. However, since this build is very dependent on Fend Icon Fend not being canceled, we only recommend it against a composition with low crowd control.

Lightning Fury Build

Situational
Level 1 Thunderstroke Icon
Level 4 Plate of the Whale Icon
Level 7 Surge of Light Icon
Level 10 Ball Lightning Icon Valkyrie Icon ?
Level 13 War Traveler Icon
Level 16 Static Electricity Icon
Level 20 Infinite Lightning Icon Imprisoning Light Icon ?

This Build slightly increases Lightning Fury's damage, and is a great option if you are looking for more poke damage. The playstyle of this build differs greatly from the other builds, as you will usually deal damage from a safer range.

Use Lightning Fury on enemy Heroes whenever possible, in order to stack Thunderstroke Icon Thunderstroke quickly. If you cast Lightning Fury perpendicularly toward enemy Gates, the lightning bolts will also damage the Towers and Walls with each cast. Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light should be used when more than one enemy is inside the Area of Effect, or to finish a single target close to you.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Cassia

Cassia Thunderstroke ?
Thunderstroke (Level 1) Diablo Cassia

Increase the damage of Lightning Fury by 25. Casting it instantly grants 5 Avoidance Armor.

Quest: Lightning Fury's damage is increased by 1 every time it hits a Hero.

Cassia Impale ?
Impale (Level 1) Diablo Cassia

Increase Fend's cast range and area of effect by 25%. It deals an additional 50% damage to enemies below 50% Health.

Cassia Charged Strikes
Charged Strikes (Level 1) Diablo Cassia

Gain 20% Attack Speed. Every 3rd Basic Attack deals 20% bonus damage and bounces to nearby enemy Heroes.

3.1.

Discussion

Thunderstroke Icon Thunderstroke is a great Talent if you plan to build around Lightning Fury. The Avoidance Icon Avoidance stacks granted by it will make it much easier for you to keep it constantly up while kiting enemies. This Talent can get good value on its own, but can be substantially amplified with Static Electricity Icon Static Electricity at Level 16.

Impale Icon Impale will not only increase Fend Icon Fend capabilities against Heroes, but will also greatly increase her waveclear. If there is no threat, use Fend when wave is below 70% health, so you get the most out of the 50% extra damage (which will double your damage into low health minions). We only recommend Impale if you are building towards a Fend focused playstyle.

Charged Strikes Icon Charged Strikes is a powerful and versatile Talent that greatly increases Cassia's damage per second. It is essential when going for a Basic Attack centered build. The extra Attack speed will make it a bit easier to keep Avoidance Icon Avoidance up. The bounces of Charged Strikes count as Basic Attacks in every measurable way; bounces can proc Martial Law Icon Martial Law, and provide Cassia with healing via Ring of the Leech Icon Ring of the Leech.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Cassia

Cassia Plate of the Whale
Plate of the Whale (Level 4) Diablo Cassia

Avoidance works while Mounted. Regenerate 7 (+4% per level) Health per second while Avoidance is active. If fully charged, gain an additional 14 (+4% per level) Health per second.

Cassia Ring of the Leech ?
Ring of the Leech (Level 4) Diablo Cassia

Basic Attacks against your primary target heal for 15% of their damage. If an enemy is Blinded, this also affects Lightning Fury and Fend.

Cassia Inner Light ?
Inner Light (Level 4) Diablo Cassia

Activate to heal for 25% of your maximum Health over 5 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit with Lightning Fury lower the cooldown of this ability by 10 seconds.

4.1.

Discussion

Plate of the Whale Icon Plate of the Whale is a great Talent. It will allow you to mount without worrying about Avoidance Icon Avoidance stacks, while also adding a good sustain at any point of the game.

Ring of the Leech Icon Ring of the Leech slightly increases Cassia's healing from Basic Attacks. Even though this Talent looks good together with Charged Strikes Icon Charged Strikes, we only recommend it if you will be constantly fighting on maps such as Braxis Holdout or in Brawl game mode. Plate of the Whale Icon Plate of the Whale will be generally a better Talent in a Basic Attack build.

Inner Light Icon Inner Light is a good Talent in Fend Icon Fend-oriented builds, because the active healing will be excellent when you lunge with enemies with it. We do not recommend going for it in a Lightning Fury Icon Lightning Fury build, since that path will encourage a poke centered playstyle, and Plate of the Whale Icon Plate of the Whale will be better for that purposes.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Cassia

Cassia Seraph's Hymn
Seraph's Hymn (Level 7) Diablo Cassia

Basic Attacks against your primary enemy Hero grant 10 Mana and reduce the cooldown of Blinding Light by 1.5 seconds.

Passive: Increase the passive damage bonus of Blinding Light from 20% to 30%.

Cassia Debilitating Thrusts ?
Debilitating Thrusts (Level 7) Diablo Cassia

Enemies hit by Fend are Slowed by 30% for 3 seconds.

Cassia Surge of Light
Surge of Light (Level 7) Diablo Cassia

After taking 500 (+4% per level) damage with Avoidance active, Cassia can activate Avoidance to deal 300 (+4% per level) damage to enemies around her.

5.1.

Discussion

Seraph's Hymn Icon Seraph's Hymn is an underwhelming Talent that we do not recommend in any build. The Cooldown reduction is not as strong as it looks, because Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light should mostly only be cast when enemies commit towards Cassia or an ally, instead of being used when it is ready. Another reason why we do not recommend this Talent is due to competition with Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light, which greatly increases Cassia's damage output.

Debilitating Thrusts Icon Debilitating Thrusts adds a decent slow for Fend Icon Fend, which will make it harder for enemies to leave the area of it. It is only recommended when paired with Impale Icon Impale, since it will greatly improve the effectiveness of the ability.

Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light is a very interesting Talent that stores damage taken, and can deal most of the the stored damage in an area of effect once fully charged. It will be excellent in any scenario, and we recommend Surge of Light if you did not get Impale Icon Impale at 1. It can be ready to be cast in all fights, since the charge has no duration, and can be charged through PvE damage. It also has no Cooldown, which means you can be using it 3 or 4 times in a fight, increasing your damage capabilities greatly.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Cassia

Cassia Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning (Level 10) Diablo Cassia
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Throw a ball of lightning at an enemy Hero that bounces up to 6 times between nearby enemy Heroes and Cassia, dealing 180 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit.

Cassia Valkyrie ?
Valkyrie (Level 10) Diablo Cassia
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Summon a Valkyrie that rushes to Cassia after 0.75 seconds, pulling the first enemy Hero hit, dealing 225 (+4% per level) damage and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds at the end of her path. The Valkyrie knocks back all other enemy Heroes in her way.

6.1.

Discussion

Ball Lightning Icon Ball Lightning is an amazing Heroic with a very low Cooldown. It can be used to duel enemy Heroes who are isolated. It is best used after you cast Blinding Light, and just before you cast Fend. This will usually result in the enemy Hero retreating or dying. In team fights, it can be risky to follow up Ball Lightning with Fend, as there will be many enemy Heroes to counter-engage on you. Instead, focus on casting Ball Lightning on enemy Heroes who are tightly grouped up for the team fight. If the enemies disperse in an attempt to stop the Ball Lightning from bouncing, you may be able to pick off an isolated enemy with Fend. If you time Fend correctly, you can sometimes even keep the ball bouncing between the isolated enemy and Cassia.

Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie is a niche Heroic, as its long delay makes it easy to avoid unless the intended target is already controlled. If there are channeled Heroics on the enemy team, Valkyrie can be a great way to interrupt them. In other words, this is most useful as a "Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit-stop". Due to Valkyrie's low Cooldown, it performs very well for this purpose. It can also be an interesting option when your team has good crowd control and reliable ways to killing tanks, such as Jaina or Greymane with Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet. In this situation, you can follow any stuns with it, and easily kill the target.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Cassia

Cassia War Matron ?
War Matron (Level 13) Diablo Cassia

Cassia becomes Protected while Channeling Fend and for an additional 1 second if the Channel is completed.

Cassia War Traveler ?
War Traveler (Level 13) Diablo Cassia

Gain 5% Movement Speed. While Avoidance is fully charged, gain an additional 10% Movement Speed and Mounting is instant.

Cassia Gloves Of Alacrity
Gloves Of Alacrity (Level 13) Diablo Cassia

Gain 1 Basic Attack range. While Avoidance is fully charged, gain an additional 1 Basic Attack range.

7.1.

Discussion

War Matron Icon War Matron is an outstanding Talent when enemies cannot easily cancel Fend Icon Fend. It can be used in many different ways. Fend can be used on minions or mercenaries if you need protection against certain abilities, like Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast. War Matron is essential for Fend builds, but can also be picked with other Talent paths.

War Traveler Icon War Traveler provides a constant Movement Speed to Cassia, being even greater while Cassia is fully stacked. This Talent is a decent option with Plate of the Whale Icon Plate of the Whale, since the instant mount can be used anytime without losing Avoidance Icon Avoidance stacks. Because of how War Matron Icon War Matron and Gloves Of Alacrity Icon Gloves Of Alacrity are essential for Fend Icon Fend and Charged Strikes Icon Charged Strikes builds, War Traveler is only an option together with Lightning Fury Icon Lightning Fury Talents.

Gloves Of Alacrity Icon Gloves Of Alacrity is excellent with Charged Strikes Icon Charged Strikes. When stacked, Cassia will have the same range as Raynor, and will be able to kite and harass enemies more often.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Cassia

Cassia Power Strike
Power Strike (Level 16) Diablo Cassia

Lightning Fury pierces but only splits on Heroes. Heroes hit by it are marked for 15 seconds. Upon reaching 3 marks, remove the marks and cast a Blinding Light at their feet.

Cassia Static Electricity
Static Electricity (Level 16) Diablo Cassia

Gain 2 additional charges of Lightning Fury. Fend's impact launches a lightning bolt towards each nearby enemy Hero.

Cassia Martial Law
Martial Law (Level 16) Diablo Cassia

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes that are Stunned, Rooted or Slowed deal bonus damage equal to 3% of their maximum Health.

8.1.

Discussion

Power Strike Icon Power Strike is completely overshadowed by Static Electricity Icon Static Electricity. The extra charges on Lightning Fury Icon Lightning Fury will mostly be more impactful than the pierce capabilities. Unfortunately, the Blind provided by it is very unreliable, since it requires 3 marks over 15 seconds, and in most scenarios, you will not be able to blind the desired target when you need to.

Static Electricity Icon Static Electricity will be a good choice in every scenario. Even if you cannot properly dive enemies with fend, the extra poke damage will help you out. It is the default Talent for this tier.

Martial Law Icon Martial Law is a great way to deal with enemy Heroes who have a large Health pool. The bonus damage of Martial Law can proc from the bounce attacks provided by Charged Strikes Icon Charged Strikes. It will be the best option for the Charged Strikes build if you have a reliable form of crowd control in your team. Otherwise, we recommend going for Static Electricity instead.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Cassia

Cassia Infinite Lightning ?
Infinite Lightning (Level 20) Diablo Cassia

Ball Lightning can now bounce indefinitely. Every bounce reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds.

Cassia Imprisoning Light ?
Imprisoning Light (Level 20) Diablo Cassia

The impaled Hero is Blinded for 5 seconds. Upon impaling a Hero, Cassia's Valkyrie creates a wave of light that deals 200 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. The wave Silences and Roots them for 3 seconds.

Cassia Titan's Revenge
Titan's Revenge (Level 20) Diablo Cassia

Cassia's Basic Attacks now ignore Armor and while Avoidance is fully charged, they deal an additional 20% bonus damage.

Cassia Rockstopper
Rockstopper (Level 20) Diablo Cassia

Activate to fully charge Avoidance and increase its Armor value to 60 for 4 seconds.

Losing Avoidance removes this bonus.

9.1.

Discussion

Infinite Lightning Icon Infinite Lightning is a way to improve Ball Lightning. Casting this on the enemy team forces them to either spread out, or lose the team fight. You will usually see enemies spread out when Infinite Lightning is cast; be ready to punish any enemy Heroes who may become isolated. When you see the enemy Heroes spreading apart, you can walk toward the Ball Lightning to give it a place to bounce to. Be careful not to extend too far, as Cassia lacks escapes. With this Talent, you can duel almost any Hero in the game, provided that they cannot stop Ball Lightning from bouncing between you. Ball Lightning will still stop if an enemy it is bouncing to enters Stasis, moves out of range of the bounce, or if either of you dies.

Imprisoning Light Icon Imprisoning Light can be taken if you are not building towards Basic Attacks. The extra damage is applied to all enemies around the main target, including the one pulled by Valkyrie. However, the Silence and Root will only be applied to the secondary Targets, while blind will only affect the pulled target.

Titan's Revenge Icon Titan's Revenge slightly increases Basic Attack damage. The armor penetration is a nice bonus if you are against Heroes with Physical Armor. It is not recommended if you did not commit for a Basic Attack build.

Rockstopper Icon Rockstopper is not as strong as it looks. Cassia's main weakness is getting rooted or stunned. If you use this Talent right before getting controlled, it will have no value, because the extra armor runs out in the first second of not moving. Since this Talent does not protect Cassia in the only moment she is vulnerable, we do not recommend it.

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Changelog

  • 09 May 2020: Updated builds and talents accordingly to her rework.
  • 08 Apr. 2020: Builds and talents updated to reflect current meta.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance.
  • 28 Jun. 2018: Talent section updated to reflect June 26 balance patch.
  • 21 Sep. 2017: Talent discussion updated to reflect balance changes.
    • True Sight Talent removed.
    • Seraph's Hymn Talent moved from Level 13 to Level 1.
    • Builds updated accordingly.
  • 21 Apr. 2017: Talent discussions updated to reflect balance changes.
  • 14 Apr. 2017: Expanded explanations and strategies.
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