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Malfurion Build Guide “Nature will rise against you!”

Last updated on Jul 28, 2018 at 08:20 by Oxygen 35 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Malfurion guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Malfurion in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

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. Quick Reference for Malfurion

Balanced Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Celestial Alignment Icon Shan'do's Clarity Icon ?
Level 4 Deep Roots Icon Strangling Vines Icon ?
Level 7 Wild Growth Icon Nature's Cure Icon ?
Level 10 Twilight Dream Icon Tranquility Icon ?
Level 13 Nature's Swiftness Icon Hindering Moonfire Icon ? Revitalize Icon ?
Level 16 Nature's Balance Icon Moonlit Harmony Icon ?
Level 20 Lunar Shower Icon Serenity Icon ? Astral Communion Icon ?

The Balanced Build seeks to provide Malfurion with a wide array of utility to complement and improve the reliability of his healing. It should be noted that many of the Talents we recommend for this Build can be changed depending on the situation at hand, as versatility defines Malfurion as a Hero. Refer to the Talents section of this guide for more information.

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Synergies and Counters

Malfurion synergizes with

Innervate Icon Innervate makes Malfurion a natural ally to any Hero that heavily relies on Cooldowns or Mana. Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots also makes him excellent at following up on anything that can provide their own source of reliable crowd control.

Malfurion is countered by

Although not particularly vulnerable to any specific Hero himself, Malfurion tends to struggle against burst damage. His sub-par waveclear can also be problematic if your team composition does not make up for this weakness somewhere else.

Maps

Malfurion's stronger maps Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Braxis Holdout Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines
Malfurion's average maps Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Hanamura Temple Haunted Mines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction
Malfurion's weaker maps None

Malfurion tends to do well on Maps that feature many choke points, thanks to Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots. His efficient nature as a healer is also particularly useful when contesting Map Objectives that might feature extended poking wars that never seem to escalate into actual team fights. In general, however, his versatility makes him a solid pick on most Maps, and team compositions should be the most important factor to consider when drafting Malfurion

TL;DR Tips

  • Innervate Icon Innervate on Mana-hungry Heroes, notably, casters such as Kael'thas or Jaina, who can not function without Mana.
  • Keep Regrowth Icon Regrowth up on as many targets as possible, even if they are at full Health.
  • Moonfire Icon Moonfire is useful for quickly checking Bushes, dismounting or revealing opponents, and clearing Zagara's Creep Tumors.
  • Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is much easier to land on targets that have already been crowd controlled.
  • Keep your Tranquility Icon Tranquility for heated team fights, where several teammates may require healing.
  • Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream is an excellent counter-initiating tool, especially against multiple melee Heroes.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Malfurion is a ranged Support Hero that specialises in highly efficient healing-over-time and strong debuffs. When paired with Heroes that can properly protect him and cover his damage deficiency, his healing is a natural way to sway any extensive battle in his favour.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Ineffective versus burst damage
  • Relatively vulnerable to Assassins
  • Limited waveclear and general damage output

5. Role in the Current Meta

Malfurion's very distinct Abilities make him a versatile healer. Although he lacks damage, he has several tools at his disposal that make him useful during all stages of the game. His trait, Innervate Icon Innervate, has the unique ability to provide an allied Hero with additional Mana. Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is one of the game's strongest follow-up crowd control Abilities around, and Moonfire Icon Moonfire is a cheap and reliable poke that temporarily reveals Stealthed entities.

Malfurion's main healing Abilities, Regrowth Icon Regrowth and Tranquility Icon Tranquility, have high raw healing outputs to make up for the fact that they do not instantly heal. Moonfire can situationally provide some burst healing, though this depends directly on the Malfurion player's skill level. This makes Malfurion a natural counter to team compositions that lack single-target burst damage. He is thus commonly picked against teams that run two or fewer Assassins, or as part of a composition that is resilient enough to survive large amounts of upfront burst damage.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 28 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Talents and recommendations updated to reflect July 25 balance patch changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2018 (this page): Guide fully updated to reflect the Malfurion rework of the Blaze patch.
  • 09 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Guide fully updated to reflect the Malfurion rework of the Blaze patch.
  • 29 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Removed the Moonburn Talent and added its Celestial Attunement replacement.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths, weaknesses, and role in the current meta, following Malfurion's rework in Malthael's patch.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Complete revamp of the page following Malfurion's rework in Malthael's patch.
  • 26 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Made Scouting Drone situation (was previously not recommended).
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide updated and moved to the new format.
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