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Malfurion Talents

Last updated on Apr 26, 2017 at 19:39 by Oxygen 19 comments

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Malfurion Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Malfurion 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 Malfurion 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 Shan'do's Clarity ? Moonburn Scouting Drone ?
4 Elune's Grace Versatile Vengeful Roots
7 Strangling Vines Calldown: MULE ? Cleanse
10 Tranquility ? Twilight Dream
13 Life Seed ? Full Moonfire Shrink Ray ? Ice Block
16 Hardened Focus ? Tenacious Roots Hindering Moonfire Lunar Shower
20 Serenity Nightmare Storm Shield Rewind Bolt of the Storm ?
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2. Common Talent Paths

Utility Build (talent calculator link)

Utility Build seeks to provide Malfurion with a versatile mix of offensive and defensive Talents to respond to a variety of different situations. Although we have provided with some Talents we feel are generally dependable, many adjustments can be made to this build to improve any given aspect of Malfurion; be sure to read our Talent section to learn exactly when each Talent shines.

3. Level 1 Talents

Malfurion Shan'do's Clarity ?
Shan'do's Clarity (Level 1) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Reduces Innervate's cooldown by 8 seconds.

Malfurion Moonburn
Moonburn (Level 1) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases Moonfire's damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters by 75%.

Malfurion Scouting Drone ?
Scouting Drone (Level 1) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Charges: 2
  • Recharge Time: 45 seconds

Places a Scouting Drone at target location, granting vision and revealing a large area around it for 45 seconds. This drone cannot be hidden and is killed by enemies with 2 Basic Attacks.

Stores up to 2 charges.

3.1. Discussion

If your team features enough wave clearing, Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity provides a significant increase to Innervate Icon Innervate's uptime. This is especially effective when accompanied by strong Cooldown-reliant Heroes, such as Jaina, Kael'thas, and Li-Ming.

Moonburn Icon Moonburn provides Malfurion with surprisingly effective ranged wave clearing potential. Moonburn scales extremely well into the mid and late-game, to the point where Malfurion becomes one of the stronger Minion and Mercenary killer in the game. The Talent is useful when your team lacks other effective wave clearing.

Scouting Drone Icon Scouting Drone's function is easily fulfilled by Moonfire Icon Moonfire by casting the latter into bushes and other areas you would generally like to have vision of. Still, Scouting Drone certainly has niche use against team compositions that features one or several Cloaked Heroes, as it could make it difficult for them to engage on your backline when placed where it is difficult to pick off.

4. Level 4 Talents

Malfurion Elune's Grace
Elune's Grace (Level 4) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases the range of Regrowth, Moonfire, and Entangling Roots by 25%.

Malfurion Versatile
Versatile (Level 4) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases the Mana return of Innervate to 30%.

Malfurion Vengeful Roots
Vengeful Roots (Level 4) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Entangling Roots also spawns a Treant that does 64 (+4% per level) damage per second and lasts 10 seconds.

4.1. Discussion

Although Malfurion's Abilities already have relatively long ranges, Elune's Grace Icon Elune's Grace promotes much safer positioning on your part, as well as more aggressive usage of Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots and Moonfire Icon Moonfire.

Although Innervate Icon Innervate is a useful Ability, improving it through Versatile Icon Versatile is simply not worth it, as the bonus is too little to truly matter. Different Heroes have differing Mana needs, but no one's Mana usage is important enough to ever justify picking this Talent.

Vengeful Roots Icon Vengeful Roots brings an ability's extremely low damage to a mediocre and situational amount. There is not much to say about this Talent; it tries to turn Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots into something that it is not.

5. Level 7 Talents

Malfurion Strangling Vines
Strangling Vines (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Entangling Roots deals 100% more damage.

Malfurion Calldown: MULE ?
Calldown: MULE (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to calldown a Mule that repairs Structures, one at a time, near target point for 40 seconds, healing for 100 Health every 1 second. Grants 1 ammo every 3 seconds.

Malfurion Cleanse
Cleanse (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to make target ally Unstoppable for 1 second. Cannot be cast on yourself.

5.1. Discussion

Cleanse Icon Cleanse is an outstanding Ability that nullifies crowd control. Since it is often the precursor of undesirable focus and further crowd control effects, cleansing a target can allow them to make it out of otherwise fatal situations. Cleanse can also be used aggressively with coordinated teammates to prevent their important channeled abilities from being interrupted. This is particularly valuable with E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit.

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE is a popular Talent choice on the Blackheart's Bay and Sky Temple maps due to the sporadic nature of their Map Objectives. The Talent is especially worth considering when your oppoenents do not have any important ability to Cleanse Icon Cleanse, however rare that might be.

Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots' damage-over-time effect is minimal, and Strangling Vines Icon Strangling Vines does little to noticeably improve it. Avoid this Talent.

6. Level 10 Talents

Malfurion Tranquility ?
Tranquility (Level 10) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Heals 80 (+4% per level) Health per second to nearby allied Heroes over 10 seconds.

Malfurion Twilight Dream
Twilight Dream (Level 10) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, deal 374 (+4% per level) damage in a large area around Malfurion, Silencing enemies making them unable to use Abilities for 3 seconds.

Passive: Increases Malfurion's Mana Regeneration by 1.25.

6.1. Discussion

Tranquility Icon Tranquility's popularity stems from its simplicity and effectiveness. There is little that can go wrong with delivering a sizeable amount of healing in a large area of effect; it just needs to be used at the right time, which is to say, during important team fights.

Although Malfurion is a Support Hero, Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream deals a surprisingly large amount of area of effect damage. The silencing effect, however, is what makes Twilight Dream so dangerous. Silencing an entire team for such a long duration is more than debilitating; it is fight-winning, especially when valuable channeled abilities end up interrupted by it. Though hitting multiple enemies can be mechanically easy due to the Ability's enormous area of effect, Malfurion is seldom going to be allowed to freely position himself where it would be optimal. This is why Twilight Dream is typically used as a secondary piece of an Ability combo, or as a means of counter-initiating.

7. Level 13 Talents

Malfurion Life Seed ?
Life Seed (Level 13) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Nearby damaged allied Heroes will automatically gain the heal over time portion of Regrowth. This effect has a 20 second cooldown.

Malfurion Full Moonfire
Full Moonfire (Level 13) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases Moonfire's radius by 60% and reduces its Mana cost by 10.

Malfurion Shrink Ray ?
Shrink Ray (Level 13) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reduce an enemy Hero's damage by 50% and Movement Speed by 50% for 4 seconds.

Malfurion Ice Block
Ice Block (Level 13) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Activate to place yourself in Stasis and gain Invulnerability for 3 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

Life Seed Icon Life Seed greatly helps with Mana Management and sustain, theoretically allowing you to have Regrowth Icon Regrowth's healing-over-time active on up to 3 different targets at once. One should look into picking Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray against strong Assassins, or Ice Block Icon Ice Block against high burst damage team compositions.

Full Moonfire Icon Full Moonfire trivially improves Malfurion's least important Ability. The increased area of effect is small and hardly useful, and the reduced Mana cost is unnoticeable. Even a Moonfire Icon Moonfire-based build would not really benefit from this Talent.

Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray is an all around useful ability that should be picked to temporarily shut down Heroes, especially those who rely on Aasic Attacks and Heroic Abilities to deal damage or survive. Ideal targets Falstad, Illidan, Jaina, Kerrigan, Nova, Sonya, Tychus, Zeratul, amonst others. Offensively, the movement speed reduction can be used to prevent escapes, or even help you or your teammates escape when used against a chasing Hero.

If you find yourself becoming the focus target of a team dedicated to quickly taking out individual targets, Ice Block Icon Ice Block becomes a very appropriate choice. An interesting aspect of the Ability is that you can use Tranquility Icon Tranquility followed by Ice Block to heal your teammates while being completely invulnerable. Ice Block also works well with Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream as it allows you to protect yourself after positioning aggressively.

8. Level 16 Talents

Malfurion Hardened Focus ?
Hardened Focus (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

While above 80% life, your Basic Ability cooldowns regenerate 50% faster.

Malfurion Tenacious Roots
Tenacious Roots (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Entangling Roots grows 25% larger, lasts 25% longer, and roots targets for 0.25 seconds longer.

Malfurion Hindering Moonfire
Hindering Moonfire (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Moonfire slows targets by 25% for 2 seconds.

Malfurion Lunar Shower
Lunar Shower (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Using Moonfire reduces the cooldown of the next Moonfire by 0.5 seconds, and increases the damage by 15%. Stacks up to 3 times and resets after 6 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Hardened Focus Icon Hardened Focus is seldom active, as the 80% health requirement can be difficult to maintain. In most important team fights, even if playing carefully, incidental area of effect damage can often bring your Health below 80%. While Malfurion can heal himself to stay above the required threshold, in high stress situations, there are usually more important targets to heal. However, if you tend to not be the target of much focus and can thus maintain your Health above the 80% threshold, Hardened Focus can modestly improve your overall healing, and provide more crowd control through additional Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots.

Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots makes an outstanding crowd-control Ability even better. The increased duration actually ties Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots with Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge as the longest-lasting non-Heroic hard crowd-control effect in the game. The larger area of effect also improves accuracy on top of helping with peeling and zoning.

Hindering Moonfire Icon Hindering Moonfire provides you with a second-rate movement reduction effect that comes at the high opportunity cost of the outstanding Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots Talent. Avoid this Talent.

Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower tries to make something out of Moonfire Icon Moonfire that it is not. Even with the significant Cooldown reduction and damage increase provided by this Talent, Moonfire remains difficult to use in large-scale combat, let alone repeatedly as to benefit from Lunar Shower.

9. Level 20 Talents

Malfurion Serenity
Serenity (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases Tranquility's healing by 25% and it also restores 5 Mana per second.

Malfurion Nightmare
Nightmare (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases Twilight Dream's silence duration to 4 seconds and it also slows enemies by 50%.

Malfurion Storm Shield
Storm Shield (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 seconds.

Malfurion Rewind
Rewind (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Malfurion Bolt of the Storm ?
Bolt of the Storm (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

9.1. Discussion

Serenity Icon Serenity, although not a bad choice, does not fill the important niche of instantaneous protection that is provided by Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield. The Mana recovery aspect is underwhelming as well; 50 Mana less than significant.

Nightmare Icon Nightmare is a winmore Talent, in the sense that landing a good Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream hit is typically enough to turn fights in your team's favour, and that landing an improper one cannot be helped by Nightmare. Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm will prove to be much more useful for securing solid Twilight Dream hits, or making it out alive.

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield provides Malfurion with the instantaneous protection that his Ability set lacks, and in an area of effect. This Talent is very effective when coupled with Regrowth Icon Regrowth and Tranquility Icon Tranquility, as the provided shields can keep you or your allies alive while your healing-over-time Abilities are active. Just try and use Storm Shield to diminish the effects of burst damage.

Even if Malfurion tends to be one of the safer healers to play, Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm's defensive utility makes him, when coupled with Ice Block Icon Ice Block, one of the more difficult healers to single-out. Offensively, Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots and Twilight Dream Icon Twilight Dream can be comboed with Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm, although dangerously so, as it requires aggressive positioning. Bolt of the Storm remains a popular Talent due to its outstanding versatility.

Although Rewind Icon Rewind is typically a very strong Talent, Malfurion suffers from the fact that refreshing Regrowth Icon Regrowth and Moonfire Icon Moonfire is not very impactful due to their already short Cooldown. Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is also awkward to refresh in that a target that is already rooted cannot be rooted again, making the ability difficult to chain with itself.

10. ChangeLog

  • 26 Apr. 2017: Made Scouting Drone situation (was previously not recommended).
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