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Malfurion Talents

Last updated on Nov 29, 2017 at 16:55 by Oxygen 29 comments

Table of Contents

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 Celestial Alignment ? Shan'do's Clarity ? Scouting Drone
4 Elune's Grace Full Moonfire ? Vengeful Roots
7 Hindering Moonfire Lunar Shower ? Strangling Vines
10 Tranquility ? Twilight Dream
13 Life Seed ? Shrink Ray ? Ice Block
16 Ysera's Gift Tenacious Roots ? Revitalize
20 Serenity Astral Communion ? Storm Shield Rewind
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2. Common Talent Paths

General Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Scouting Drone Icon
Level 4 Elune's Grace Icon
Level 7 Hindering Moonfire Icon
Level 10 Twilight Dream Icon
Level 13 Ice Block Icon
Level 16 Ysera's Gift Icon
Level 20 Storm Shield Icon

This general build seeks to provide Malfurion with a wide array of utility to complement his healing. It should be noted that many of the Talents we recommend can be changed depending on the situation at hand. Refer to the Talents section of this guide for more information.

2.1. Moonkin Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Celestial Alignment Icon
Level 4 Elune's Grace Icon
Level 7 Lunar Shower Icon
Level 10 Twilight Dream Icon
Level 13 Ice Block Icon
Level 16 Revitalize Icon
Level 20 Storm Shield Icon

The Moonkin build focuses on improving Moonfire Icon Moonfire to generally greatly improve his single-target damage dealing potential. Key Talents include Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment, which significantly improves Malfurion's damage output, Elune's Grace Icon Elune's Grace, which greatly improves Malfurion's range, often beyond that of most other Heroes, and Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower, which massively increases Moonfire's damage output. This build may be recommended if your team composition features another healer.

3. Level 1 Talents

Malfurion Celestial Alignment ?
Celestial Alignment (Level 1) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases the reveal time of Moonfire by 3 seconds. Basic attacks against revealed enemy Heroes is increased by 100%.

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

Reduces Innervate's cooldown by 8 seconds.

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

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.

Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment provides Malfurion with surprisingly potent single-target damage output. The increased Revealed duration is also particularly useful for keeping track of opponents around Map Objectives that feature surrounding brushes and terrain, such as on Cursed Hollow, Dragonshire, Infernal Shrines, or Towers of Doom.

Although Scouting Drone Icon Scouting Drone's instant reveal 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, Scouting Drone certainly has niche use against team compositions that features one or several Stealthed Heroes, as it could make it difficult for them to engage on your backline when placed where it is difficult to pick off. It also makes Malfurion notoriously difficult to catch off-guard.

It should be noted that although we recommend Scouting Drone, all of Malfurion's tier 1 Talents are very situational by nature.

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 Full Moonfire ?
Full Moonfire (Level 4) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increases Moonfire's radius by 50% and reduces its Mana cost by 5.

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

Entangling Roots spawns a Treant that deals 65 damage per second and lasts 10 seconds.

Repeatable Quest: Hitting enemy Heroes with Entangling Roots permanently increases the Treant's damage per second by 7.

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.

Full Moonfire Icon Full Moonfire trivially improves Malfurion's least important Ability. If the increased area of effect is large enough to allow Moonfire Icon Moonfire to hit an entire Minion wave, the reduced Mana cost is welcomed but ultimately unimportant. This Talent is solely useful for Moonfire-centric builds, though you may also find Elune's Grace Icon Elune's Grace to be useful then.

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. Poor broccoli just dies too quickly to incidental damage.

5. Level 7 Talents

Malfurion Hindering Moonfire
Hindering Moonfire (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Moonfire Slows enemy Heroes by 25% for 2 seconds.

Malfurion Lunar Shower ?
Lunar Shower (Level 7) 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.

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

Enemy Heroes Rooted by Entangling Roots receive 30% less healing from all sources.

5.1. Discussion

Hindering Moonfire Icon Hindering Moonfire provides you with a moderate but extremely reliable movement speed reduction effect. Apart from the general benefits of slowing opponents, the Talent can help you land Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots much more reliably. Hindering Moonfire is particularly useful for triggering Executioner Icon Executioner-like Talents.

Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower pushes Malfurion's damage potential to the upper echelons of healers. As such, Moonfire Icon Moonfire-centric builds are generally recommended when your team features two healers.

The potency of Strangling Vines Icon Strangling Vines's healing reduction effect is weak on top of having an extremely short 1.25-second duration. Preventing any healing due to this Talent would generally be a matter of godlike timing or sheer luck — usually the latter.

6. Level 10 Talents

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

Heals 76 (+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 355 (+4% per level) damage in a large area around Malfurion, Silencing enemies making them unable to use Abilities for 3 seconds.

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 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.

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 Basic Attacks and Heroic Abilities to deal damage or survive. Ideal targets are Falstad, Illidan, Jaina, Kerrigan, Nova, Sonya, Tychus, Zeratul, amongst 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. Shrink Ray also sets you up nicely for an Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots hit.

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 Ysera's Gift
Ysera's Gift (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

While above 75% Health, Regrowth's additional healing-over-time is increased by 40%.

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 Revitalize
Revitalize (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Using Innervate also grants Malfurion 50 Mana and causes his Basic Ability cooldowns to refresh 50% faster for 5 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift provides you with a modest but situationally reliable increase to Regrowth Icon Regrowth's healing over time potential. The Talent should be avoided, however, if you have been under pressure and relatively unable to maintain your Health pool above the required threshold. Otherwise, the increase synergises particularly well with Life Seed Icon Life Seed.

Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots makes an outstanding crowd-control Ability even better. The larger area of effect also improves accuracy on top of helping with peeling and zoning.

Revitalize Icon Revitalize is the alternative to Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift if Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity was chosen. Although the bonuses are not particularly significant — the Cooldown reduction amounts to about 1.5 seconds on Regrowth Icon Regrowth, 1 second on Moonfire Icon Moonfire, and 4.5 seconds on Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots — the Mana recovery turns Malfurion into one of the most sustainable healer.

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 Astral Communion ?
Astral Communion (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Activate to Channel for 1 second, and then instantly teleport and cast Twilight Dream at the targeted location. Cooldown is shared with Twilight Dream.

Passive: Increase Twilight Dream's Silence duration to 4 seconds.

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.

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 on such a long Cooldown is less than significant.

Astral Communion Icon Astral Communion allows Malfurion to make offensive plays. Whether or not Astral Communion is worth the investment depends on the team compositions in play; if your team has been the aggressor, Astral Communion allows you to follow up very nicely. If you have been defensive or struggling to survive, Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield will serve you much better.

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.

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

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  • 29 Nov. 2017: Removed the Moonburn Talent and added its Celestial Attunement replacement.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Complete revamp of the page following Malfurion's rework in Malthael's patch.
  • 26 Apr. 2017: Made Scouting Drone situation (was previously not recommended).
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