Maiev Talents

Last updated on Mar 26, 2021 at 20:30 by Derenash 62 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Maiev. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Maiev's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Maiev's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Bonds of Justice ? Pursuit of Vengeance ? Naisha's Memento
4 Pin Down Blade Dance ? Sudden Vengeance ?
7 Elune's Wrath Bonds of Corruption ✘︎ Ruthless Spirit ?
10 Containment Disc ? Warden's Cage
13 Bladed Armor Chain Gang ? Shadow Armor ?
16 Vengeful Knives Cruel Chain ? Armored Assault ?
20 Shadow Orb: Vengeance ? Shadow Orb: Huntress ? Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike
2.

Maiev's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Recommended
Level 1 Naisha's Memento Icon Pursuit of Vengeance Icon ?
Level 4 Pin Down Icon Blade Dance Icon ?
Level 7 Elune's Wrath Icon
Level 10 Warden's Cage Icon Containment Disc Icon ?
Level 13 Bladed Armor Icon
Level 16 Vengeful Knives Icon
Level 20 Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike Icon Shadow Orb: Huntress Icon ?

This standard build provides superior sustained damage. Key Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives-related Talents provide you with powerful, continuous area of effect damage that force your opponents to spread out, reducing their effectiveness.

Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento is the default option for this build, as it will greatly improve your early game and PvE capabilities. However, in maps where you cannot abuse your improved Mercenary clear speed, we recommend getting Pursuit of Vengeance Icon Pursuit of Vengeance instead.

Cruel Chain Build

Situational
Level 1 Bonds of Justice Icon
Level 4 Blade Dance Icon
Level 7 Elune's Wrath Icon
Level 10 Warden's Cage Icon Containment Disc Icon ?
Level 13 Bladed Armor Icon Chain Gang Icon ?
Level 16 Cruel Chain Icon
Level 20 Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike Icon Shadow Orb: Vengeance Icon ?

Maiev's Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain Build focuses on dealing the maximum possible damage in the late game. Through stacking in the early Levels, Bonds of Justice Icon Bonds of Justice will greatly improve Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind.

Be aware that Bonds of Justice Icon Bonds of Justice stacks for each secondary target hit by Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind, so it is better to always apply the empowered Basic Attack on a minion. As the name suggests, this Build is extremely dependent on Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain, therefore we recommend focusing on stacking your Level 1 Talent before picking it.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Bonds of Justice ?
Bonds of Justice (Level 1) World of Warcraft Maiev

Quest: Each tether applied to a secondary target of Umbral Bind permanently increases Umbral Bind's pull damage by 15.

Reward: After applying 5 tethers to secondary targets, increase Umbral Bind's pull damage by 75.

Reward: After applying 10 tethers to secondary targets, increase Umbral Bind's cleave damage by 30%.

Maiev Pursuit of Vengeance ?
Pursuit of Vengeance (Level 1) World of Warcraft Maiev

Each Hero tethered by Umbral Bind reduces the cooldown of Spirit of Vengeance by 2.5 seconds and each Hero hit by Spirit of Vengeance reduces the cooldown of Umbral Bind by 1 second.

Maiev Naisha's Memento
Naisha's Memento (Level 1) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Charges: 1

Activate to make primary Basic Attacks bounce between nearby enemies up to 2 times. Lasts 8 seconds.

Recharge Naisha's Memento by hitting at least 2 Heroes with a single Fan of Knives.

3.1.

Discussion

Bonds of Justice Icon Bonds of Justice provides a modest but reliable damage increase. Bonds of Justice's damage can grow quite high on Maps that promote early game combat to allow you to steadily use Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind, such as Battlefield of Eternity, Braxis Holdout, Dragon Shire, and Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Pursuit of Vengeance Icon Pursuit of Vengeance provides Maiev with slightly more mobility. Although damage-oriented options may be preferred at this Level, Pursuit of Vengeance is not a bad Talent. If you cannot deliver many Basic Attacks in teamfights, it can be a better choice than Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento.

Differently from Bonds of Justice Icon Bonds of Justice, Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento instantly adds an excellent tool to her kit. Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento is the default choice for Level 1, as it greatly enhances Maiev's early game and improves her PvE power, while the other options do not add as much.

Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento should be used at the start of the fight, right before applying Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind to maximize the damage dealt. It is very efficient to quickly release Mercenary Camps, as it also bounces on neutral targets.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Pin Down
Pin Down (Level 4) World of Warcraft Maiev

Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with a single Fan of Knives.

Reward: Increase Fan of Knives damage by 25%.

Reward: Each additional time 3 enemy Heroes are hit by a single Fan of Knives, gain an additional 5% damage, up to 40%.

Reward: Hit 4 enemy Heroes with a single Fan of Knives to instantly gain all Rewards.

Maiev Blade Dance ?
Blade Dance (Level 4) World of Warcraft Maiev

Using Fan of Knives deals 50 (+4% per level) Physical Damage to enemies around Maiev.

Maiev Sudden Vengeance ?
Sudden Vengeance (Level 4) World of Warcraft Maiev

After blinking with Spirit of Vengeance, the shadow explodes, damaging all nearby enemy Heroes for 6% of their maximum Health.

4.1.

Discussion

Pin Down Icon Pin Down is dependent on a hard quest to be useful, and therefore we only recommend this Talent for experienced Maiev players. Pin Down's damage boost will be applied to every Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives hit, while its counterpart depends on being in melee range with your target. For this reason, you only need 1 stack to surpass Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance's effectiveness in fights, which is not hard to get if you are a veteran Maiev player.

For most players, Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance is more reliable than Pin Down Icon Pin Down, as it has the distinct advantage of being active the instant it is picked. This Talent deals damage in a small radius around you. Position yourself in the middle of the wave to hit all minions with the Physical damage when casting Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives. The physical damage it inflicts also synergizes with two Talents at Level 16, Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault and Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain (it adds another stack to increase Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind's pull damage).

Sudden Vengeance Icon Sudden Vengeance provides Maiev with a nice amount of on-demand burst damage. Sudden Vengeance's main advantage over Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance lies in its non-reliance on fighting more than one Hero to generate value. In other words, it is less situational, though its overall damage potential is proportionally lower.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Elune's Wrath
Elune's Wrath (Level 7) World of Warcraft Maiev

Hitting at least 2 Heroes with a single Fan of Knives causes the next Fan of Knives to drop a star on targets that deals 77 (+4% per level) damage when it impacts.

Maiev Bonds of Corruption ✘︎
Bonds of Corruption (Level 7) World of Warcraft Maiev

Enemy Heroes pulled by Umbral Bind have their Armor reduced by 10 and are Slowed by 20% for 4 seconds.

Maiev Ruthless Spirit ?
Ruthless Spirit (Level 7) World of Warcraft Maiev

Each enemy Hero hit by Spirit of Vengeance increases all damage Maiev deals by 15% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 30%.

5.1.

Discussion

Elune's Wrath Icon Elune's Wrath provides Maiev with a great damage boost. Just like Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, this Talent synergizes well with two Level 16 Talents, Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain and Vengeful Knives Icon Vengeful Knives, as Elune's Wrath's damage is calculated as a damage source that is distinct from Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives. It is the standard choice for this tier, as it will be extremely useful in all teamfights, while its counterparts are much less reliable.

Bonds of Corruption Icon Bonds of Corruption provides Maiev with a small slow and Armor reduction effect that occurs right before targeted burst damage is most likely to occur. However, since it competes with 2 Talents that will greatly enhance Maiev's main damage sources, we do not recommend it.

Ruthless Spirit Icon Ruthless Spirit boosts all damage dealt by Maiev, at the cost of reduced mobility (considering Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance should be used to hit enemies instead of to reposition). This Talent does not add as much damage into a teamfight as Elune's Wrath Icon Elune's Wrath does, but it can be activated more often in the game, as it has value even in 1v1 scenarios.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Containment Disc ?
Containment Disc (Level 10) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Throw a glaive in the target direction. If an enemy Hero is hit, Containment Disc can be reactivated to remove their vision and Time Stop them for 4 seconds.

Containment Disc automatically activates 6 seconds after hitting a Hero.

Maiev Warden's Cage
Warden's Cage (Level 10) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Summon 8 Warden Avatars as a cage around Maiev. After 1.5 seconds, enemy Heroes that come in contact with an Avatar consume it and are knocked to the center of the cage. Warden Avatars last 5 seconds.

6.1.

Discussion

At this Level, Heroic Abilities become available. Refer to the Abilities section for more information on these Abilities.

Containment Disc Icon Containment Disc is a unique Ability that is primarily used to instantly take specific Heroes out of the game for a lengthy time period, preventing them from using key Abilities. During team fights, it is typically used to disable Healers with powerful healing Abilities, such as Auriel (Crystal Aegis Icon Crystal Aegis), Li Li (Jug of 1,000 Cups Icon Jug of 1,000 Cups), Malfurion (Tranquility Icon Tranquility), or Uther (Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield). This forces their teammates to then decide between fighting on without their presence, or retreating while waiting for Containment Disc to expire. Other appropriate targets include Heroes with dangerous offensive potential such as Cho'Gall, Genji, Illidan, Kerrigan, Malthael (Tormented Souls Icon Tormented Souls), Tassadar (Archon Icon Archon), The Butcher, or Tychus (Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin).

Warden's Cage Icon Warden's Cage is Maiev's more combo-oriented Heroic Ability choice, and doubles as a way to hinder dive. Generally, Warden's Cage follows Maiev's typical Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance + Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind combo to lock down tethered Heroes for an extended period of time. Simply ensure that your allies are nearby and ready to following up. Otherwise, it can be used following opposing initiation to make following up more difficult and creating some breathing room for whoever is being targeted.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Bladed Armor
Bladed Armor (Level 13) World of Warcraft Maiev

Each enemy Hero hit by Fan of Knives grants 5 Armor for 5 seconds, up to 20 Armor.

Maiev Chain Gang ?
Chain Gang (Level 13) World of Warcraft Maiev

Tethering at least 2 enemy Heroes with Umbral Bind grants 35 Armor for 4 seconds.

Maiev Shadow Armor ?
Shadow Armor (Level 13) World of Warcraft Maiev

Blink grants 20 Armor for 3.5 seconds. Maiev's Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes refresh this duration.

7.1.

Discussion

Bladed Armor Icon Bladed Armor is the most reliable of the three Talent choices at this tier, in that it is easy to trigger and lasts the longest, but also offers the least amount of Armor. It is the recommended choice here, unless you got Pursuit of Vengeance Icon Pursuit of Vengeance at Level 1, then Shadow Armor Icon Shadow Armor will also be very effective.

Chain Gang Icon Chain Gang provides the most Armor and does so exactly when you need it, but its condition to activate is hard to reach. Chain Gang is an excellent choice if you can consistently hit multiple targets with Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind.

Shadow Armor Icon Shadow Armor provides a reasonable amount of Armor with potentially high uptime and usually when you need it as well. Bladed Armor Icon Bladed Armor has more potential against melee-heavy team compositions, however, as they allow for liberal and reliable Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives casts, which are safer than delivering sustained Basic Attacks. Shadow Armor works best for novice Maiev players.

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Level 16 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Vengeful Knives
Vengeful Knives (Level 16) World of Warcraft Maiev

Dealing damage to enemy Heroes causes the next cast of Fan of Knives that hits enemy Heroes to deal 1% maximum Health as bonus damage, up to 5%.

Maiev Cruel Chain ?
Cruel Chain (Level 16) World of Warcraft Maiev

Umbral Bind grants 25% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds. In addition, each time Maiev deals damage to tethered targets, Umbral Bind's pull damage to all targets is increased by 30%, up to 150%.

Maiev Armored Assault ?
Armored Assault (Level 16) World of Warcraft Maiev

While Maiev has positive Armor of any kind, all Physical Damage dealt is increased by 20%.

8.1.

Discussion

Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain has the ability to vastly increase Maiev's late game damage output when combined with the Bonds of Justice Icon Bonds of Justice Talent. As such, Cruel Chain should be prioritised on Maps that allow Bonds of Justice to stack up effectively, such as Battlefield of Eternity, Braxis Holdout, Dragon Shire, and Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Vengeful Knives Icon Vengeful Knives is an excellent Talent that will greatly increase your damage in teamfights. Against certain targets, Vengeful Knives may double Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives's damage. It has great synergy with Elune's Wrath Icon Elune's Wrath and Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento, since those Talents will help you to get maximum percent damage as possible on each Fan of Knives.

Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault provides Maiev with a potent physical damage increase, which functions for her Basic Attacks, and Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento's bounce property, and the Level 4 Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance Talent. Armored Assault is a good Talent if you cannot reliably hit multiple targets with Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives, since it will add guaranteed damage. The Armor clause is relatively easy to maintain, particularly with the recommended Level 13 Talents.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Shadow Orb: Vengeance ?
Shadow Orb: Vengeance (Level 20) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Charges: 5

Activate to reset the cooldown of Spirit of Vengeance.

Recharge Shadow Orb by damaging enemy Heroes with Spirit of Vengeance 5 times.

Maiev Shadow Orb: Huntress ?
Shadow Orb: Huntress (Level 20) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Charges: 10

Activate to increase Movement Speed and Attack Speed by 40% for 5 seconds.

Recharge Shadow Orb by dealing Physical Damage to enemy Heroes 10 times.

Maiev Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike
Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike (Level 20) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Charges: 10

Activate to deal 75 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy Hero, Slowing them by 30% and reducing their Armor by 20 for 4 seconds.

Recharge Shadow Orb by dealing Spell Damage to enemy Heroes 10 times.

9.1.

Discussion

Shadow Orb: Vengeance Icon Shadow Orb: Vengeance can be used to initiate with the Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance + Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind combo followed by a second Spirit of Vengeance cast to very reliably pull opponents. Being able to cast Spirit of Vengeance twice can also be useful to catch some of the longer-ranged Heroes, such as Chromie and Sgt. Hammer by surprise. It is particularly good with Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain, as it can guarantee a good pull with a second blink from Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance.

Shadow Orb: Huntress Icon Shadow Orb: Huntress provides Maiev with a powerful on-demand movement and attack speed increase. Shadow Orb: Huntress works particularly well with Talents that improve Maiev's physical damage, like Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento, Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, and Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault. The movement speed increase is particularly useful for securing Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind hits and pulling Heroes.

Since Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike Icon Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike is targeted, meaning it cannot miss, this Talent is particularly useful for isolating a single key target through Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind, as it makes it more difficult to keep up with Maiev to deny the pulling effect. The Armor reduction is also valuable for bursting purposes. This is the default Talent for this tier, as it can be used in diverse ways with any build.

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Changelog

  • 26 Mar. 2021: Updated Talent recommendations.
  • 20 Oct. 2020: Builds and Talents updated to reflect current meta.
  • 15 Feb. 2020: Talents reviewed following February 12 patch rework.
  • 27 Jan. 2020: Talent builds and recommendations updated following January 22 balance patch.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 23 May 2019: Talent discussion and recommendations updated following patch v 2.45.1 changes.
  • 30 May 2018: Talent recommendations updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 03 Feb. 2018: Guide created.
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