Deathwing Talents

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General Information

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

1.

Deathwing's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Dragon Soul Molten Blood Draconic Might
4 Infernus Heat Wave Dragon's Ire
7 Firestorm Death Drop Skyfall
10 Burn Beneath My Shadow Bellowing Roar ?
13 Wicked Inferno Ruination Fire and Fury
16 Conflagration Gaze Onto Destruction Elementium Plating
20 Stood in the Fire Arrival of a God Destroyer's Rampage
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Deathwing's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Aggressive Build

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Level 1 Draconic Might Icon
Level 4 Dragon's Ire Icon
Level 7 Death Drop Icon Firestorm Icon ? Skyfall Icon ?
Level 10 Burn Beneath My Shadow Icon
Level 13 Fire and Fury Icon
Level 16 Elementium Plating Icon Gaze Onto Destruction Icon ?
Level 20 Destroyer's Rampage Icon

The Aggressive Build focuses on maximizing Deathwing's raw damage output by neglecting some of the more defensive aspects of his kit. Firstly, it encourages the player to stay at 3 or fewer Armor Plates to benefit off the damage increase from Dragon's Ire Icon Dragon's Ire at Level 4. Secondly, it features talents that encourage Deathwing to stay in relatively close range to his targets, such as Fire and Fury Icon Fire and Fury at Level 13. Consequently, we recommend Elementium Plating Icon Elementium Plating at Level 16 to keep Deathwing in good shape during team fights. At Level 20, Deathwing will have reached a major damage power spike thanks to Destroyer's Rampage Icon Destroyer's Rampage, which further rewards an aggressive, short-ranged playstyle. For further insight on Deathwing's talents, please feel free to check out the dedicated Talents section

Molten Flame Build

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Level 1 Draconic Might Icon Dragon Soul Icon ?
Level 4 Infernus Icon
Level 7 Death Drop Icon Firestorm Icon ? Skyfall Icon ?
Level 10 Burn Beneath My Shadow Icon
Level 13 Wicked Inferno Icon Ruination Icon ?
Level 16 Conflagration Icon Gaze Onto Destruction Icon ? Elementium Plating Icon ?
Level 20 Stood in the Fire Icon Destroyer's Rampage Icon ?

The Molten Flame Build maximizes Deathwing's AoE burst damage, which can be used in a variety of ways. The most frequent and efficient way of using Molten Flame Icon Molten Flame is during ongoing sieges and pushes towards enemy Structures or while defending your own. We recommend syncing Deathwing's Molten Flame with allied Stuns and Roots to achieve maximum damage value, especially after Infernus Icon Infernus has been picked up at Level 4. Deathwing hits a major power spike at Level 13, when Wicked Inferno Icon Wicked Inferno comes online and greatly reduces Molten Breath's Energy costs. Since Deathwing will fight enemies from a medium to larger distance with this Build, we recommend picking Burn Beneath My Shadow Icon Burn Beneath My Shadow at Level 10 to further boost his damage against Structures. For further insight on Deathwing's talents, please feel free to check out the dedicated Talents section.

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Level 1 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Dragon Soul
Dragon Soul (Level 1) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Destroyer: Incinerate heals Deathwing for 75% of the damage dealt to enemy Heroes.

World Breaker: Lava Burst's explosion damage heals Deathwing for 150% of the damage dealt to enemy Heroes.

Deathwing Molten Blood
Molten Blood (Level 1) World of Warcraft Deathwing

While Deathwing has 3 or more Armor Plates, he heals for 0.4% of his maximum Health per second.

Deathwing Draconic Might
Draconic Might (Level 1) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Deathwing's Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes heal him for 40% of the damage dealt. Upon losing an Armor Plate, Deathwing becomes Protected for 0.75 seconds.

3.1.

Discussion

Draconic Might Icon Draconic Might's Protected status is long enough to make it relevant during team fights. Furthermore, the healing this talent provides on Basic Attacks becomes very useful later if combined with Fire and Fury Icon Fire and Fury at Level 13.

Dragon Soul Icon Dragon Soul increases Deathwing's self-healing significantly, however, it requires him to land the respective abilities. Thus, the talent becomes less reliable than Molten Blood Icon Molten Blood but remains a strong factor in the hands of more experienced Deathwing players.

Molten Blood Icon Molten Blood is too situational for Deathwing to receive reliable value from it. All too often will Deathwing find himself below 3 Armor plates, especially during heated team fights, which renders this talent inactive for a majority of the game.

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Level 4 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Infernus
Infernus (Level 4) World of Warcraft Deathwing

When Molten Flame is cast at 75% Energy or higher, its damage is increased by 75% against Heroes.

Deathwing Heat Wave
Heat Wave (Level 4) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Destroyer: After hitting an enemy Hero with Incinerate, Deathwing deals 16 (+4% per level) damage per second to all nearby enemies for the next 8 seconds. Stacks up to 4 times.

World Breaker: Increase the explosion damage of Lava Burst by 125%.

Deathwing Dragon's Ire
Dragon's Ire (Level 4) World of Warcraft Deathwing

While Deathwing has 3 or fewer Armor Plates, his damage is increased by 30%.

4.1.

Discussion

Infernus Icon Infernus has a major requirement to be fulfilled, namely for Molten Flame Icon Molten Flame to be cast when Deathwing's Energy level is at 75% or higher. However, if done properly, the resulting damage can be absolutely devastating, especially during a longer channel of Molten Flame.

Dragon's Ire Icon Dragon's Ire's damage bonus is relatively reasy to acquire and just as easy to be maintained during longer fights. It feels more than significant enough to make it a recommended choice.

Heat Wave Icon Heat Wave is a bit too situational to make it a recommended choice and also fails to deliver the same amount of damage as the other Level 4 talents.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Firestorm
Firestorm (Level 7) World of Warcraft Deathwing

When Deathwing lands, he drops 7 meteors near the landing area, dealing 65 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit. Heroes hit by the meteors reduce Dragonflight's cooldown by 12 seconds.

Meteors prioritize landing on Heroes, otherwise they fall randomly in the area.

Deathwing Death Drop
Death Drop (Level 7) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Hitting an enemy Hero with Destroyer or World Breaker's landing damage reduces their Spell Armor by 15 for 6 seconds and Deathwing's Basic Ability cooldowns by 2 seconds.

Deathwing Skyfall
Skyfall (Level 7) World of Warcraft Deathwing
  • Charges: 3
  • Recharge Time: 10 seconds

After using Dragonflight, Deathwing can drop meteors anywhere within vision dealing 58 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in the area. Has 3 charges.

If a Hero is hit, Deathwing heals for 5% of his maximum Health and reduces his landing cooldowns by 1.5 seconds.

5.1.

Discussion

Death Drop Icon Death Drop does not deal any direct damage, however, the fact that it allows Deathwing to almost immediately cast Molten Flame Icon Molten Flame can be a valuable asset during a team fight, especially if Molten Flame is empowered by other talents. The added Spell Armor reduction is a nice extra damage boost by itself.

Firestorm Icon Firestorm provides Deathwing with extra burst damage upon landing with Dragonflight Icon Dragonflight. Furthermore, it lowers the cooldown of Dragonflight significantly if he descends near enemy Heroes, which helps repositioning after a team fight more quickly.

Skyfall Icon Skyfall provides Deathwing with a lot of control over where he wants to deliver his damage (and lower Dragonflight Icon Dragonflight's cooldown) while up in the air. The provided healing also allows Deathwing to reposition himself with good health more quickly.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Burn Beneath My Shadow
Burn Beneath My Shadow (Level 10) World of Warcraft Deathwing

When an enemy Fort or Keep is destroyed the cooldown of Cataclysm is reset. Cataclysm's periodic damage is increased by 150%.

Deathwing Bellowing Roar ?
Bellowing Roar (Level 10) World of Warcraft Deathwing
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

After 1 second, Deathwing unleashes a mighty roar, dealing 25 (+4% per level) damage to nearby Heroes and causing them to run in Fear for 1 seconds.

6.1.

Discussion

Burn Beneath My Shadow Icon Burn Beneath My Shadow provides a powerful Heroic Ability cooldown on Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm whenever a Fort or Keep is destroyed while also buffing its damage significantly. While this alone already makes it a recommended choice, it cannot be stressed enough how valuable Burn Beneath My Shadow is on push-heavy maps with a strong Map Objective like Battlefield of Eternity, Dragon Shire, or Infernal Shrines.

Bellowing Roar Icon Bellowing Roar is a lot more situational than Burn Beneath My Shadow Icon Burn Beneath My Shadow for two major reasons. Firstly, it comes with a hefty cooldown of 60 seconds. Secondly, the radius size is very small, making it extremely risky for Deathwing to cast it, as he has to practically be in direct melee range. All things considered, we only recommend Bellowing Roar against heavy melee compositions with three or more close combat Heroes.

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Level 13 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Wicked Inferno
Wicked Inferno (Level 13) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Molten Flame's Energy cost per second is reduced by 10. After using Molten Flame, Deathwing gains 15 Energy over 3 seconds.

Deathwing Ruination
Ruination (Level 13) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Destroyer: The bite from Onslaught now Slows by 60% for 1.5 seconds.

World Breaker: Reduce Earth Shatter's cooldown by 6 seconds and its Energy cost by 10.

Deathwing Fire and Fury
Fire and Fury (Level 13) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Basic Attacks against Rooted, Slowed, or Stunned enemy Heroes deal 30% additional damage and reduce the cooldowns of Deathwing's Basic Abilities by 0.5 seconds.

7.1.

Discussion

Wicked Inferno Icon Wicked Inferno is one of the most useful talents in Deathwing's talent tree if you want to go for a Molten Flame Icon Molten Flame-centered Build. The Energy cost reduction works very well with other Molten Flame Icon Molten Flame related talents like Infernus Icon Infernus at Level 4, as it allows Deathwing to channel Molten Flame's devastating damage for a longer period of time.

Fire and Fury Icon Fire and Fury is only recommended if other damage enhancing talents, such as Dragon's Ire Icon Dragon's Ire at Level 4 or Destroyer's Rampage Icon Destroyer's Rampage at Level 20 are picked. Otherwise, the added damage on Basic Attacks is too insignificant to make it worth the investment.

Ruination Icon Ruination's raw numbers do convince of its power. The additonal Slow on Onslaught Icon Onslaught is impactful enough to be noticeable. The cooldown reduction on Earth Shatter Icon Earth Shatter is especially useful during team fights where it can Stun and damage several enemy Heroes. However, if you went for Infernus Icon Infernus at Level 4, we still recommend Wicked Inferno Icon Wicked Inferno instead.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Conflagration
Conflagration (Level 16) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Dealing 320 (+4% per level) damage with Molten Flame to enemy Heroes within 4 seconds causes them to burn for an additional 100 (+4% per level) damage over 4 seconds. While burning, they explode every 1 second, dealing 80 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby enemies.

Deathwing Gaze Onto Destruction
Gaze Onto Destruction (Level 16) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Hitting Heroes with Destroyer or World Breaker's landing causes their damage to be reduced by 75% and Slows them by 40% for 5 seconds.

Deathwing Elementium Plating
Elementium Plating (Level 16) World of Warcraft Deathwing
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain a Shield equal to 35% of Deathwing's missing Health for 8 seconds. While the Shield holds, Deathwing regenerates 2% of his maximum Health per second.

When the Shield expires or is destroyed, Deathwing regains Armor Plates appropriate for his new Health.

The Shield and effect end immediately if Deathwing uses Dragonflight.

8.1.

Discussion

Gaze Onto Destruction Icon Gaze Onto Destruction is a very strong choice at Level 16. Deathwing's landing radius upon impact is large enough to allow him to hit several enemy Heroes. Reducing their damage dealt by 75% while also slowing their Movement Speed can be an incredibly powerful initiation to a team fight.

Conflagration Icon Conflagration comes with a hefty requirement that needs to be fulfilled to be an impactful talent choice. However, if Molten Flame Icon Molten Flame affects several enemy Heroes, the resulting bonus damage can wreak havoc within the enemy lines even when Deathwing is no longer channeling.

Elementium Plating Icon Elementium Plating can be a great talent if additional survivability is required. Deathwing's large hitbox and low mobility often make him a preferred focus target for the enemy team. Consequently, the healing and shielding Elementium Plating provides can be a lifesaver in dangerous situations.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Deathwing

Deathwing Stood in the Fire
Stood in the Fire (Level 20) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Enemy Heroes are Slowed by 40% while standing in scorched ground, and its duration is increased by 50%.

Deathwing Arrival of a God
Arrival of a God (Level 20) World of Warcraft Deathwing

Destroyer or World Breaker's landing damage is increased by 400%.

Deathwing also gains the benefits of all of his level 7 talents.

Deathwing Destroyer's Rampage
Destroyer's Rampage (Level 20) World of Warcraft Deathwing

For the next 6 seconds after landing in Destroyer form, Deathwing's damage is increased by 40% and his Basic Ability cooldowns recharge 50% faster.

Damaging Heroes refreshes this effect and switching to World Breaker form removes the effect.

9.1.

Discussion

Stood in the Fire Icon Stood in the Fire increases Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm's damage significantly due to the extra duration and Movement Speed Slow, especially in choke points or other convoluted terrain. While we believe this talent to be good regardless of the map, it is particularly strong on maps like Cursed Hollow, Towers of Doom, and Infernal Shrines that feature an abundance of walls and narrow choke points.

Destroyer's Rampage Icon Destroyer's Rampage's cooldown reduction and damage amplification can only be activated if Deathwing lands in Destroyer Form. Consequently, we recommend this talent for games where Deathwing is played aggressively and in short-range scenarios that allow him to constantly use his Onslaught Icon Onslaught and Incinerate Icon Incinerate abilities, as well as his empowered Basic Attacks.

Arrival of a God Icon Arrival of a God comes with decent utlity in the late game, however, unlocking all of Deathwing's Level 7 talents turns out to be a trap, as they usually are not impactful enough to justify neglecting any of the other Level 20 talents and the raw damage they provide Deathwing with. The additional damage on Dragonflight Icon Dragonflight impact is not enough to save this talent from being not recommended.

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Changelog

  • 12 Dec. 2019: Updated Stood in the Fire's description.
  • 06 Dec. 2019: Changed Deathwing's Aggressive Build and changed Draconic Might to Recommended.
  • 03 Dec. 2019: Added the Aggressive Build and updated Deathwing's talents in general.
  • 28 Nov. 2019: Updatede Deathwing's talents according to the latest PTR version.
  • 26 Nov. 2019: Added Deathwing to the Heroes section.
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