Falstad Build Guide “Time to drop the hammer!”
Welcome to our guide for Falstad, a Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.
1. Falstad's Overview
Falstad is a versatile and flexible ranged damage dealer. His strong points are his solid single-target DPS, extreme on-demand area of effect ranged burst damage, and map-wide mobility. However, his relative fragility makes him a high priority target.
2. Falstad's Strengths and Weaknesses
- Flight offers unparalleled Map control
- Solid single-target damage output
- Outstanding on-demand burst damage
- Strong in all phases of the game
- Versatile; fits most team composition
- Flexible talents that allow him to adapt to many different situations
- Access to Mighty Gust, one of the most powerful Heroic Abilities in the game
- Extremely dependent on good positioning
- Low base Health
- Vulnerable to crowd control
- Lengthy Ability Cooldowns
3. Falstad's Talent Build Cheatsheet
Secret Weapon BuildTalent calculator »
The Secret Weapon build focuses on improving Falstad's Basic Attacks through the aforementioned Talent. Out of the three recommended Falstad builds, this one offers the most sustained damage and self-sustain, but requires you to be able to reliably deliver Basic Attacks to see substantial value. As such, this build is generally recommended against two or more Tanks (at which point Giant Killer becomes an outstanding Talent) or when your opponents feature limited means of diving you. Key Talents include Secret Weapon and Seasoned Marksman, which significantly improves Falstad's sustained damage, and Hammer Gains, which provide a dependable way of healing oneself over time.
Magestad BuildTalent calculator »
The Magestad build revolves around improving the damage potential of Hammerang. This build offers unparalleled burst damage and waveclear, but may struggle against highly mobile opponents such as Tracer or those who can reliably dispel Flow Rider with long-range Abilities. The Magestad build is generally at its best when your teammage can provide a reliable form of crowd control so as to ensure perfect Hammerang hits. Key Talents include Gathering Storm and BOOMerang, which greatly increase the damage potential of Hammerang, and the synergy between Flow Rider and Aerie Gusts, which significantly reduce the Cooldown of Hammerang.
Tazer BuildTalent calculator »
The Tazer build seeks to improve Lightning Rod. Although this build provides less overall sustained and damage than other Falstad builds, its main damage source is mostly unavoidable, making it very reliable. The synergy between the Charged Up and Static Shield also provides you with a very strong defensive tool that can heavily punish melee Assassins and Heroes who generally lack mobility. The combined effects of Wingman, Charged Up, and Thunderstrikes also make Falstad an excellent duelist, thus improving your self-reliance. As such, this build is mostly useful when your team composition lacks means of controlling opponents and generally ensuring your continued protection.
4. Falstad's Synergies and Counters
Falstad is at his best when something stands between him and his enemies. Large, Healthy Tanks are particularly desirable as they draw attention away from Falstad, and often provide their own form of crowd control for potential follow-ups. Otherwise, anything that can protect Falstad is also desirable. Shielding effects are particularly impactful due to his limited Health pool.
As a frail ranged Assassin, Falstad tends to naturally struggle against other high damage Assassins who have the ability to effectively gap close past his Barrel Roll's range or otherwise sneak up on him. With little in the way of self-peeling, see to stay near your healer when possible against such Heroes, and make no bold attempts at outplaying your opponents. Also consider running a Lightning Rod-centric build, as such builds tend to do better against the majority of Falstad's counters.
5. Falstad's Maps
Flight makes Falstad particularly effective on larger Maps that feature multiple Objectives that must be contested, as it allows him to effectively soak and push without giving up potential team fighting presence, as would other Heroes. Falstad's Mighty Gust also makes him potent on Maps that feature Bosses, as he makes it particularly difficult for opponents to safely try and claim or contest due to the fear of being pushed away. With the Wingman Talent, Falstad is also fearsome on any Map where Siege Giants are present. Otherwise, Falstad's versatility makes him a viable pick almost anywhere.
6. Falstad's Tips and Tricks
- Capitalise on Flight's global range to split push or soak Experience. It can also be used to gank.
- Using Hammerang and Hinterland Blast against targets under crowd control will greatly improves your accuracy. Nothing beats practice, however.
- Limit your offensive use of Barrel Roll, as it leaves you vulnerable.
- Use Mighty Gust to disengage a losing battle, to split an opponent's forces in half, push your enemies into your team, or to steal capturable Objectives.
7. Role in the Current Meta
Falstad's strong single-target sustained damage allows him to put a large amount of pressure on anything within his Basic Attack range. His on-demand burst damage, however, is where he truly shines: any bit of well-timed crowd control sets Falstad up to deliver one of the most devastating combos in the game, in the form of Hammerang and Hinterland Blast. Barrel Roll, Hammerang's slowing effect, and Epic Mount grant him respectable options for self-peeling, though they do not help him against crowd control.
Falstad is a solid pick against any team composition that does not feature specialised Assassins, such as Nova or Zeratul, who tend to force Falstad players to play too defensively to be effective. Beyond this minor weakness, Falstad is widely appreciated for his Flight Trait, which opens up a wide variety of powerful Map control-related strategies.
- 03 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated and moved to new format.
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