Maiev Talents

Last updated on Jun 05, 2018 at 17:39 by Oxygen 60 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 Cruel Chain ? Vengeful Knives Armored Assault
20 Shadow Orb: Vengeance ? Shadow Orb: Huntress Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike ?

2. Maiev's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Physical Build

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Level 1 Naisha's Memento Icon Bonds of Justice Icon ?
Level 4 Blade Dance Icon
Level 7 Bonds of Corruption Icon Elune's Wrath Icon ?
Level 10 Warden's Cage Icon
Level 13 Bladed Armor Icon
Level 16 Armored Assault Icon Cruel Chain Icon ?
Level 20 Shadow Orb: Huntress Icon Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike Icon ?

The Physical Build seeks to maximise Maiev's damage output through several Talents that synergise to increase her physical damage. Key Talents include Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, which increases Maiev's area of effect physical damage output, Bonds of Corruption Icon Bonds of Corruption, which reduces Armor, and Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault, which improves Maiev's physical damage sources. This build remains very adaptable, with several competitive alternative Talents that better suit certain playstyles and situations.

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.

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

The first three Talent tiers focus on improving Maiev's area of effect damage.

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, Dragonshire, Hanamura, Haunted Mines, 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 Justice is not a bad Talent, and really comes down to player preference.

Naisha's Memento Icon Naisha's Memento competes directly with Bonds of Justice with regards to increasing Maiev's area of effect damage. In late-game situations, and particularly with the Level 16 and 20 Talents Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault and Shadow Orb: Huntress Icon Shadow Orb: Huntress, Naisha's Memento is likely to provide more overall damage. As such, it may be a better choice on some of the more late-game oriented Maps such as Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, and Infernal Shrines. Naisha's Memento also has the advantage of improving Maiev's ability to claim Mercenary Camps in the early game, which may be beneficial on the aforementioned Maps as well as on Blackhearth's Bay.

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 15%.

Reward: Each additional time 3 enemy Heroes are hit by a single Fan of Knives, gain an additional 5% damage, up to 30%.

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

Using Blink within 0.35 seconds of Spirit of Vengeance hitting an enemy Hero causes the shadow to explode, damaging all nearby enemy Heroes for 5% of their maximum Health.

4.1. Discussion

Pin Down Icon Pin Down yields about 11% more damage than its Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance alternative. This damage bonus, however, is tied to a Quest that is quite difficult to complete, and has to be completed at all, to become active at all.

Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance is, as stated above, more reliable than Pin Down, if not slightly weaker, with the distinct advantage of being active the instant it is picked. The physical damage it inflicts also synergises directly with two other recommended Talents, Bonds of Corruption Icon Bonds of Corruption and Shadow Orb: Huntress Icon Shadow Orb: Huntress.

Sudden Vengeance Icon Sudden Vengeance requires using Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance in a way that it always hits Heroes to get value, on top of making Blink Icon Blink mandatory to use near-instantly, which reduces your flexibility. Furthermore, Sudden Vengeance does not work against Minions and Mercenaries.

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 Physical Armor reduced by 25 for 3 seconds.

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

Spirit of Vengeance's damage is increased by 3% per Minion, Mercenary, or enemy Summon hit, and 24% per enemy Hero hit.

5.1. Discussion

Elune's Wrath Icon Elune's Wrath provides Maiev with a reliable yet selfish damage increase. As this Talent competes mainly with Bonds of Corruption Icon Bonds of Corruption, the main factor to consider is how likely your teammates are to effectively follow up on Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind to benefit from Bonds of Corruption's Armor reduction effect; in low level or otherwise unorganized play, Elune's Wrath is likely to yield more damage. It is worth noting that Elune's Wrath synergises well with the Level 16 Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain Talent, as Elune's Wrath's damage is calculated as a damage source that is distinct from Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives.

Bonds of Corruption Icon Bonds of Corruption provides Maiev with a potent Armor reduction effect that occurs right before targeted burst damage is most likely to occur. Any decent follow up by allied Heroes should make this Talent yield more damage than the alternative choices.

Ruthless Spirit Icon Ruthless Spirit suffers from the same issues as Sudden Vengeance Icon Sudden Vengeance: it requires unwieldy usage of Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance to really pay off. Even then, the damage increase is unimpressive at best.

6. Level 10 Talents for Maiev

Maiev Containment Disc
Containment Disc (Level 10) World of Warcraft Maiev
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 50 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 Support Heroes 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 then decide between fighting on without their presence, or retreating while waiting for Containment Disc to expire and potentially . 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 seconds. Maiev's Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes refresh this duration.

7.1. Discussion

This Talent tier improves Maiev's survivability through Armor.

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 best against low damage team compositions such as double-healer.

Chain Gang Icon Chain Gang provides the most Armor and exactly when you need it, but its duration is quite short. Chain Gang is an excellent choice against burst damage.

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.

8. Level 16 Talents for Maiev

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

For each enemy Hero Spirit of Vengeance hits, Maiev's next Fan of Knives deals 1.5% maximum Health as bonus damage to enemy Heroes.

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

This Talent tier significantly improves Maiev's damage output.

Cruel Chain Icon Cruel Chain competes with Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault in terms of purpose. Whereas Armored Assault is reliable, 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, Dragonshire, Hanamura, Haunted Mines, and Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Vengeful Knives Icon Vengeful Knives is rather lacklustre as Spirit of Vengeance Icon Spirit of Vengeance seldom hits more than one or two Heroes, ultimately yielding too little damage to be worthwhile.

Armored Assault Icon Armored Assault provides Maiev with a potent physical damage increase, which functions for her Basic Attacks, and Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind's on-hit area of effect damage, and the Level 4 Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance Talent. These damage increases are furthermore improved by Bonds of Corruption Icon Bonds of Corruption and Shadow Orb: Huntress Icon Shadow Orb: Huntress at Level 7 and 20, respectively. 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

This Talent tier provides Maiev with powerful unique effects.

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.

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 and reduce enemy Armor. The movement speed increase is particularly useful for securing Umbral Bind Icon Umbral Bind hits and pulling Heroes.

Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike Icon Shadow Orb: Shadow Strike is Maiev's only way to have access to a movement speed reducing effect. Since 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.

10. Changelog

  • 30 May 2018: Talent recommendations updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 03 Feb. 2018: Guide created.
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