Falstad Build Guide “Time to drop the hammer!”

Last updated on May 03, 2017 at 15:49 by Oxygen 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
  • +Flight Icon 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 Icon Mighty Gust, one of the most powerful Heroic Abilities in the game
X Weaknesses
  • -Extremely dependent on good positioning
  • -Low base Health
  • -Vulnerable to crowd control
  • -Lengthy Ability Cooldowns

3. Falstad's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Secret Weapon Build

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Level 1 Seasoned Marksman Icon
Level 4 Hammer Gains Icon
Level 7 Secret Weapon Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Flow Rider Icon
Level 16 Aerie Gusts Icon Afterburner Icon ?
Level 20 Epic Mount Icon Wind Tunnel Icon ? Nexus Frenzy Icon ?

The Secret Weapon Icon 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 Icon Giant Killer becomes an outstanding Talent) or when your opponents feature limited means of diving you. Key Talents include Secret Weapon and Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman, which significantly improves Falstad's sustained damage, and Hammer Gains Icon Hammer Gains, which provide a dependable way of healing oneself over time.

Magestad Build

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Level 1 Gathering Storm Icon
Level 4 Updraft Icon
Level 7 BOOMerang Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Flow Rider Icon
Level 16 Aerie Gusts Icon Afterburner Icon ?
Level 20 Epic Mount Icon Wind Tunnel Icon ?

The Magestad build revolves around improving the damage potential of Hammerang Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Gathering Storm and BOOMerang Icon BOOMerang, which greatly increase the damage potential of Hammerang, and the synergy between Flow Rider and Aerie Gusts Icon Aerie Gusts, which significantly reduce the Cooldown of Hammerang.

Tazer Build

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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 Aerie Gusts Icon ?
Level 20 Epic Mount Icon Wind Tunnel Icon ?

The Tazer build seeks to improve Lightning Rod Icon 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 Icon Charged Up and Static Shield Icon 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 Icon Wingman, Charged Up, and Thunderstrikes Icon 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

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
Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry
Falstad's weaker maps
Haunted Mines

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

  • Capitalise 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 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 Icon Hammerang and Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast. Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll, Hammerang's slowing effect, and Epic Mount Icon 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 Icon Flight Trait, which opens up a wide variety of powerful Map control-related strategies.

8. Changelog

  • 03 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated and moved to new format.
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