Falstad Build Guide “Time to drop the hammer!”

Last updated on Sep 20, 2020 at 10:00 by Elitesparkle 29 comments
General Information

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

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Falstad's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Basic Attacks Build

Recommended
Level 1 Seasoned Marksman Icon
Level 4 Hammer Gains Icon
Level 7 BOOMerang Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Giant Killer Icon
Level 16 Afterburner Icon
Level 20 Wind Tunnel Icon

Falstad's Basic Attacks Build provides a fair amount of sustain damage on a single target thanks to Giant Killer Icon Giant Killer at Level 13 while BOOMerang Icon BOOMerang keeps your waveclear high enough to double soak for your team when necessary and/or to collect stacks for Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman at Level 1 by killing Minions.

Tailwind Build

Situational
Level 1 Wingman Icon Gathering Storm Icon ?
Level 4 Hammer Gains Icon
Level 7 BOOMerang Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Flow Rider Icon
Level 16 Aerie Gusts Icon
Level 20 Wind Tunnel Icon

Falstad's Tailwind Build provides both poke damage while fighting and macro value while laning thanks to Flow Rider Icon Flow Rider at Level 13 halving the cooldown of Basic Abilities when Falstad has not taken damage for 6 seconds, reduced to 3 seconds thanks to Aerie Gusts Icon Aerie Gusts at Level 16, which basically doubles the value you can get from BOOMerang Icon BOOMerang at Level 7.

While it is highly recommended to choose Wingman Icon Wingman at Level 1 because you will spend most of the time soaking on your own, you can occasionally go for Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm on two-lane Battlegrounds or better in ARAM because having to take care of a single lane will allow you to hit enemy Heroes more often.

Lightning Rod Build

Situational
Level 1 Wingman Icon
Level 4 Static Shield Icon
Level 7 Charged Up Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Thunderstrikes Icon
Level 16 Afterburner Icon
Level 20 Wind Tunnel Icon

Falstad's Lightning Rod Build offers a scary amount of burst damage on a single target by empowering Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod with multiple Talents at the cost of some waveclear due to the lack of BOOMerang Icon BOOMerang at Level 7.

4.

Falstad's Synergies and Counters

V Falstad synergizes with

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.

X Falstad is countered by

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 Icon 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 Icon Lightning Rod-centric build, as such builds tend to do better against the majority of Falstad's counters.

5.

Falstad's Maps

Falstad's stronger maps
Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Hanamura Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Falstad's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry
Falstad's weaker maps

Flight Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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

  • Capitalize on Flight Icon Flight's global range to split push or soak Experience. It can also be used to gank.
  • Using Hammerang Icon Hammerang and Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast against targets under crowd control will greatly improves your accuracy. Nothing beats practice, however.
  • Limit your offensive use of Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll, as it leaves you vulnerable.
  • Use Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust to disengage a losing battle, to split the opposing forces in half, push your enemies into your team for blocking their retreat, or steal Capture Points.
7.

Role in the Current Meta

Falstad is preferred over other Ranged Assassin when a given team composition needs a global to handle side lanes, especially if the rest of the team can poke the enemy team that is trying to capture the Objective while Falstad is soaking and therefore slowly giving an Experience advantage to his whole team.

8.

Changelog

  • 20 Sep. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Talent discussions updated.
  • 20 Sep. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 20 Sep. 2020 (abilities page): Minor fixes.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed and updated; AA build added.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Mage build recommendation added.
  • 13 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 12 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 12 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talents section reviewed and updated.
  • 12 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed.
  • 03 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated and moved to new format.
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