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Falstad Talents

Last updated on May 03, 2017 at 15:49 by Oxygen 25 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Falstad in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Falstad guide 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. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Gathering Storm Seasoned Marksman Wingman ?
4 Static Shield ? Updraft Hammer Gains
7 Secret Weapon BOOMerang Charged Up
10 Hinterland Blast ? Mighty Gust
13 Thunderstrikes ? Flow Rider Giant Killer ?
16 Crippling Hammer Aerie Gusts Afterburner ?
20 Call of the Wildhammer Wind Tunnel ? Nexus Frenzy ? Epic Mount
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2. Common Talent Paths

Secret Weapon Build (talent calculator link)

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.

2.1. Magestad Build (talent calculator link)

The Magestad build revolves around improving the damage potential of Hammerang Icon Hammerang. This build offers unparalleled bust 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.

2.2. Tazer Build (talent calculator link)

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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Falstad Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm (Level 1) World of Warcraft Falstad

Quest: Every time Hammerang hits a Hero increase its damage by 1.5.

Falstad Seasoned Marksman
Seasoned Marksman (Level 1) World of Warcraft Falstad

Quest: Every Minion killed near you grants 0.2 Attack Damage, and Takedowns grant 0.5 Attack Damage.

Reward: Upon gaining 40 bonus Attack Damage, you can also activate Seasoned Marksman to increase your Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. 60 second cooldown.

Falstad Wingman ?
Wingman (Level 1) World of Warcraft Falstad
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds
  • Charges: 4

Enemy Minions killed near Falstad grant a stack of Bribe. Falstad can use 20 stacks to bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them and permanently increasing the damage of Lightning Rod by 5%. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 80 stacks.

3.1. Discussion

Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm is a core Talent to the Magestad build, allowing Hammerang Icon Hammerang to outscale the grand majority of Basic Abilities in terms of raw damage output. It is burdensome, however, in that players willing to fully exploit this Talent must have pinpoint accuracy and good reflexes to ensure that it actually bears fruits. Try to lane against a tank early on so as to easily get as many stacks as possible.

Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman allows Falstad's Basic Attack damage to scale extremely well into the mid-to-late game. His Flight Icon Flight Ability also allows him to gather many stacks without giving up on his ability to quickly rotate. Seasoned Marksman's active component is particularly powerful when combined with the Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon Talent.

Wingman Icon Wingman has a niche yet potent application on the Maps where Siege Giant Mercenary Camps are availalble: Blackheart's Bay, Cursed Hollow, Dragon Shire, Garden of Terror, and Sky Temple. It can be used to readily deny your opponents' Mercenaries for effective split pushing and general distraction while steadily improving Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod's damage. As a reminder, Lightning Rod-centric builds are generally effective against melee Assassins.

4. Level 4 Talents

Falstad Static Shield ?
Static Shield (Level 4) World of Warcraft Falstad

Gain a Shield equal to 4% of Falstad's maximum Health after every Lightning Rod strike. Lasts 4 seconds and stacks.

Falstad Updraft
Updraft (Level 4) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Barrel Roll's range, Shield amount, and Shield duration by 40%.

Falstad Hammer Gains
Hammer Gains (Level 4) World of Warcraft Falstad

Basic Attacks heal for 20% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

4.1. Discussion

Static Shield Icon Static Shield can provide Falstad with a modest yet very reliable defensive tool. The Talent is typically used against team compositions that feature Illidan or Tracer, against which Updraft offers little guaranteed added protection. Otherwise, it is outclassed. There is, however, notable synergy between this Talent and Charged Up Icon Charged Up, as the additional Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod strikes also generate additional Shields.

Hammer Gains Icon Hammer Gains is the main alternative to Updraft, typically used when there are little to no direct threats on the opposing team. The self sustain provided by the talent is good at all stages of the game and will certainly help your Healer(s) with Mana conservation. Just make sure to constantly find opportunities to use your Basic Attacks. This Talent synergises well with Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman and Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon.

Updraft Icon Updraft turns Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll into one of the longest Basic movement Abilities in the game. The Talent is mostly useful against two or more Cloaked melee Assassins, against which you typically need to create plenty of space to survive, and for which the added Shields is also useful.

5. Level 7 Talents

Falstad Secret Weapon
Secret Weapon (Level 7) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Hammerang's range by 30% and Basic Attacks deal 60% bonus damage while Hammerang is in flight.

Falstad BOOMerang
BOOMerang (Level 7) World of Warcraft Falstad

Reactivate Hammerang mid-flight to deal 165 (+4% per level) damage around the hammer.

Falstad Charged Up
Charged Up (Level 7) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases the number of Lightning Rod strikes by 2 and its range by 25%.

5.1. Discussion

Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon temporarily allows Falstad's Basic Attacks to deal a very significant amount of damage. However, it requires him to be freely able to deliver attacks during the specific window of Hammerang Icon Hammerang's flight, something that is seldom possible against team compositions that can either dive him or otherwise poke him from a long range. The range increase does makes the Ability generally safer and easier to use. This Talent is generally preferred against two or more Tanks, though not against melee Assassins.

BOOMerang Icon BOOMerang adds a respectable amount of area of effect burst damage to Hammerang Icon Hammerang. However, Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon has the potential to yield more overall damage; as such, BOOMerang is only recommended in a team composition that relies on bursting down an individual, high-priority target, or against Heroes that give you little to no breathing room to use many Basic Attacks.

Charged Up Icon Charged Up is difficult to fully use, as it is not typically common to be able to remain close to one target for the 7 seconds required to actually benefit from the Talent's full effects. There is notable synergy between Charged Up, Thunderstrikes Icon Thunderstrikes, and Static Shield Icon Static Shield, however, which, when used together, make Falstad very difficult to duel.

6. Level 10 Talents

Falstad Hinterland Blast ?
Hinterland Blast (Level 10) World of Warcraft Falstad
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 1 second, deal 475 (+4.75% per level) damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

Falstad Mighty Gust
Mighty Gust (Level 10) World of Warcraft Falstad
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Push enemies away, and slow their Movement Speed by 40% decaying over 4 seconds.

6.1. Discussion

Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast deals a substantial amount of area of effect damage from great range that most players have come to take for granted from Falstad. It is usually chosen as the damaging piece of any kind of teamwide combo that involves a certain amount of crowd control. Hinterland Blast, however, must compete with Gust, widely recognized as one of the best Heroic Abilities available in the game.

Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust is a unique Ability that uniquely provides a ranged Assassin with a reliable area of effect crowd control, something that is seldom seen in other Heroes. Its relatively short Cooldown makes it difficult to pick out Falstad or any of his allies, making the Ability an excellent counterpick to dive-oriented team compositions. It also shines against healers such as Kharazim and Uther, who strongly rely on specific positioning to be effective. The displacement effect is also useful for attempting to steal Boss Mercenary Camps from your opponents by using Flight Icon Flight or Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll to position yourself on the capture point just as the Boss is about to die.

7. Level 13 Talents

Falstad Thunderstrikes ?
Thunderstrikes (Level 13) World of Warcraft Falstad

Lightning Rod deals 20% more damage each subsequent strike.

Falstad Flow Rider
Flow Rider (Level 13) World of Warcraft Falstad

While Tailwind is active, Falstad's Basic Abilities recharge 100% faster.

Falstad Giant Killer ?
Giant Killer (Level 13) World of Warcraft Falstad

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.

7.1. Discussion

The damage increase provided by Thunderstrikes Icon Thunderstrikes is underwhelming on its own. However, Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod becomes very potent with proper Talent support; Thunderstrikes is what pushes the entire damage synergy behind the Ability to make it very threatening.

Flow Rider Icon Flow Rider has the potential of vastly increasing Falstad's damage potential. It does, however, require you to play extremely safely, to the point of not letting Tailwind Icon Tailwind fall off by taking damage. The task is often impossible against Heroes with plenty of area of effect damage. Otherwise, however, this Talent has great potential, and should be considered for any Falstad build, granted you are not facing Cloaked Heroes.

Falstad's very fast Basic Attack speed makes him one of the few Heroes where Giant Killer Icon Giant Killer is deemed to be a strong Talent choice. When combined with Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy, Falstad becomes a premiere Tank killer. Use this Talent against two or more Healthy Heroes.

8. Level 16 Talents

Falstad Crippling Hammer
Crippling Hammer (Level 16) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Hammerang's slow from 25% to 50%.

Falstad Aerie Gusts
Aerie Gusts (Level 16) World of Warcraft Falstad

Reduces the activation time for Tailwind from 6 to 3 seconds, and increases the Movement Speed bonus from 15% to 25%.

Falstad Afterburner ?
Afterburner (Level 16) World of Warcraft Falstad

Barrel Roll increases Movement Speed by 60%, decaying over 3 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Crippling Hammer Icon Crippling Hammer is not necessarily a bad Talent. It simply suffers from being less versatile than the other choices available at this tier.

Aerie Gusts Icon Aerie Gusts simultaneously provides offense, defense, and utility in the form of more movement speed. This is on top of greatly increasing the uptime of Flow Rider Icon Flow Rider, another potent Talent.

Afterburner Icon Afterburner is a strong defensive choice that can also be used to easily chase down opponents. As with Updraft Icon Updraft and Static Shield Icon Static Shield, Afterburner is primarily picked against aggressive team compositions that make it hard for you to stay alive.

9. Level 20 Talents

Falstad Call of the Wildhammer
Call of the Wildhammer (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Hinterland Blast has double the range and deals 25% more damage.

Falstad Wind Tunnel ?
Wind Tunnel (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Mighty Gust creates a wind tunnel for 4 seconds. Enemies caught in the tunnel will periodically be pushed back.

Falstad Nexus Frenzy ?
Nexus Frenzy (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Attack Speed by 20% and Attack Range by 1.1.

Falstad Epic Mount
Epic Mount (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Reduce the cooldown of Flight to 30 seconds, reduce the cast time before flying to 0.5 seconds, and increase the speed by 50%.

9.1. Discussion

Call of the Wildhammer Icon Call of the Wildhammer is not a bad talent by any means, however, the range aspect provided by the talent is superficial, and the damage increase is not that significant. Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy can usually yield more over a few attacks, whereas Epic Mount Icon Epic Mount is just generally very strong.

Wind Tunnel Icon Wind Tunnel is a bittersweet Talent. Overlooking the fact that it competes with the outstanding Epic Mount Icon Epic Mount, Wind Tunnel has the tendency of being extremely disruptive to your own teammates. It should be noted, however, that under some rare circumstances, the Talent allows you to lock your opponents against a wall as a form of pseudo-crowd control effect, becoming a particularly feared win condition on tangled Maps such as Cursed Hollow. Try at your own discretion.

Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy provides you with a significant and unconditional damage boost, especially when combined with Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon and Giant Killer Icon Giant Killer. The increased range is also helpful when trying to remain safer for delivering attacks. Nexus Frenzy is a solid choice when ahead, or against defensive team compositions that have little to threaten you.

Epic Mount Icon Epic Mount is a better Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm on a much shorter Cooldown. Epic Mount's usefulness can not be overstated; before acquiring the Talent, Flight Icon Flight is essentially an out-of-combat Ability due to its extremely prohibitive channeling time. The improved casting time feels nearly instant, allowing you to use the Ability to chase, escape, or reposition in-combat. The reduced Cooldown also turns Flight into one of the strongest Map control tools available, allowing you to split push, rotate, and contest Map Objectives while nearly always being available for team fights without actually being physically present.

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