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Falstad Strategy, Tips, and Tricks

Last updated on Aug 15, 2015 at 12:43 by Oxygen 25 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimally play Falstad in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. Everything you need to know is explained, from general gameplay to specific tips and tricks.

The other pages of our Falstad can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. General Falstad Gameplay

Falstad's backline role throughout all stages of the game is to damage everything in sight while remaining in a safe position, due to his fragility. The flexibility of his abilities allows him to function very well as both a solo laner and with other players. His high sustained damage output is a useful tool: though he poorly solos mercenary camps due to his low Health and limited self sustain, he will quickly dispatch them when accompanied. As with all ranged Assassins, a key skill to master is stutter-stepping.

In general, make sure that there is always something friendly — allied Heroes, Structures, or Minions — standing between you and your opponents' Heroes. This makes it much harder for them to use their dangerous crowd control abilities against you. This becomes especially important as the game progresses.

2. When Not Team Fighting

Falstad is an extremely strong laner. Hammerang Icon Hammerang rapidly kills minions while Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod can deal significant poke damage to Heroes. His reasonably long-ranged and strong basic attacks let him punish those who come near. As such, your primary goal is to soak and push your chosen lane while avoiding ganks. Avoid ganks by paying attention to adjacent lanes for missing Heroes via the minimap. Do not waste your Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll's cooldown unless you can safely secure a kill with it. It is your only reliable escape tool. Conserve at least 75 Mana at all times, the required amount to cast it.

Though you are a decent duelist, avoid traveling between lanes while unaccompanied. You are at your safest within Barrel-Rolling range of a Gate structure. There are times, however, where you must leave the relative safety of your lane. Your sustained damage output can greatly help your allies to take down Mercenary Camps and opposing Structures. Certain map objectives will also require you to join your team for impending skirmishes and team fights.

One very important aspect of playing Falstad well is understanding the potential of Flight Icon Flight. In general, it allows you to stretch the amount of time you spend soaking lane Experience while you would otherwise be rotating, such as for grouping up to fight over Map Objectives. The ability also has some important implications in terms of map presence; it means that you are almost always seconds away from turning an even battle into an uneven one, or perhaps assisting an ally that is being ganked. Lastly, Flight can be used to very efficiently reach capture-type Map Objectives after (or more dangerously, during) team fights. General map awareness is an important skill to develop so to be able to capitalise on as many opportunities as possible.

3. When Team Fighting

Team fighting as Falstad is straightforward: use Hammerang Icon Hammerang and Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod as they come off cooldown and deliver as many basic attacks as possible while remaining at range, behind your frontline and near your support Heroes. Priority targets include anything currently being crowd controlled, low Health targets, and generally more fragile Heroes. Do not hesitate, however, to attack what you can safely hit. A common mistake is to believe that "tanks should never be hit". This is only true when you can choose your target, something that is seldom possible.

Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast can single-handedly turn the tide of battle in your team's favor. Properly using the Heroic Ability therefore essential. Depending on your team composition, Hinterland Blast may either be used as a means of dealing area of effect damage, or for bursting down a key target. Using Hinterland Blast is much easier against targets under the effects of crowd control, as they are unlikely to avoid the ability, and tight or otherwise enclosed spaces that forces Heroes to funnel through can further help you out with accurate hits.

4. Summary of Tips and Tricks

  • Your basic attack is your main source of damage. To improve its uptime, practice and master stutter-stepping.
  • Avoid using Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll offensively unless absolutely justified, as it is your main survival tool — and always keep the 75 Mana required to cast it.
  • Try to time your team's area of effect crowd control with your Hammerang Icon Hammerang and Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast abilities to maximise their efficacy.
  • Stay with your allies as much as possible, and use them to create a buffer zone between you and your opponents during any engagement.
  • Do not hesitate to use Hammerang Icon Hammerang to check hidden areas for enemies.
  • Always work on developing your map awareness, as it is key in using Flight Icon Flight.
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