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Malfurion Talents

Last updated on Jan 09, 2018 at 15:06 by Oxygen 34 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 Nature's Swiftness Celestial Alignment ? Shan'do's Clarity ?
4 Strangling Vines ? Deep Roots Vengeful Roots
7 Wild Growth Tenacious Roots Nature's Cure ?
10 Tranquility ? Twilight Dream
13 Hindering Moonfire ? Revitalize ? Ice Block
16 Ysera's Gift Nature's Balance Moonlit Harmony ?
20 Serenity ? Astral Communion ? Lifebloom Lunar Shower
Create your own build and share it with friends!

2. Common Talent Paths

Balanced Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Nature's Swiftness 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 Ice Block 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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Malfurion Nature's Swiftness
Nature's Swiftness (Level 1) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Malfurion gains 5% Movement Speed per ally Hero affected by Regrowth.

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

Increase Moonfire's reveal duration by 1 second. Malfurion's Basic Attacks against Heroes revealed by Moonfire deal 75% more damage.

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

Innervate's cooldown recharges 25% faster per ally affected by Regrowth.

3.1. Discussion

Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness provides Malfurion, who has no other options for mobility, with a modest yet extremely reliable movement speed increase. By maintaining between 3 and 4 instances of Regrowth Icon Regrowth on allies at all times, as you should, this represents a near-permanent 15 to 20% increase. This allows you to play slightly more aggressively with Moonfire Icon Moonfire and follow up with Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots, on top of making it more difficult for opponents to isolate you.

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. Celestial Alignment is viable in the rare cases where the opposing team composition features no dive or otherwise threatening Assassin to try and pick you off.

Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity essentially reduces Innervate Icon Innervate's Cooldown by 40 to 50%. The Talent may be worthwhile if your team composition features a mage, such as Jaina, Kel'Thuzad, Kael'thas, or Li-Ming.

4. Level 4 Talents

Malfurion Strangling Vines ?
Strangling Vines (Level 4) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Enemy Heroes Rooted by Entangling Roots receive 30% less healing from all sources for 2 seconds.

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

Entangling Roots grows 25% larger, and persist on the ground 25% longer.

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 Basic Attack damage by 7.

4.1. Discussion

Deep Roots Icon Deep Roots makes Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots significantly more difficult to avoid. Since the initial area of the Ability is also increased by this Talent, Deep Roots also helps with accuracy when you need to Root a moving target.

Strangling Vines Icon Strangling Vines is generally used when Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots becomes a follow up on kill targets when your team composition features plenty of crowd control to lock targets down. The reduced healing makes it more difficult to save Rooted targets.

The Treant summoned by Vengeful Roots Icon Vengeful Roots moves slowly and has too little Health to have the time to deal any significant damage.

5. Level 7 Talents

Malfurion Wild Growth
Wild Growth (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Each Hero hit by Moonfire extends the duration of currently active Regrowths by 1 second.

Malfurion Tenacious Roots
Tenacious Roots (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increase the Root duration of Entangling Roots by 0.3 seconds. When Malfurion is Stunned, the cooldown of Entangling Roots instantly reset. This can only occur every 10 seconds.

Malfurion Nature's Cure ?
Nature's Cure (Level 7) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Activate to remove all Stuns, Roots, and Slows from allies affected by Regrowth.

5.1. Discussion

Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth essentially increases the combat duration of Regrowth Icon Regrowth by approximately 10 seconds, given you are being consistent with Moonfire Icon Moonfire hits. This allows you to maintain Regrowth on more targets and reduces the chance its duration will run out during key moments to ultimately greatly improve Malfurion's overall healing output in a subtle way.

The duration increase provided Tenacious Roots Icon Tenacious Roots is quite small, though it can affect multiple targets, making the Talent's potency generally difficult to evaluate. The Stun condition is interesting but may trigger at an inappropriate time, essentially wasting the effect.

Nature's Cure Icon Nature's Cure provides Malfurion with a potentially powerful area of effect Cleanse Icon Cleanse with unlimited range as long as Regrowth Icon Regrowth is active on your intended target. Pick if the opposing team features at least 3 reliable crowd-control sources.

6. Level 10 Talents

Malfurion Tranquility ?
Tranquility (Level 10) World of Warcraft Malfurion
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Heal nearby allied Heroes for 80 (+4% per level) Health per second for 8 seconds. Allies affected by Regrowth within Tranquility's area gain 10 Armor.

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

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Both Heroic Abilities have already been described in the Abilities section.

6.2. 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. Tranquility continues to function while protected by the Level 13 Ice Block Icon Ice Block for a powerful synergy effect.

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, or even a few key Heroes, 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. The Level 13 Ice Block Icon Ice Block Talent can allow you to play more aggressively with Twilight Dream.

7. Level 13 Talents

Malfurion Hindering Moonfire ?
Hindering Moonfire (Level 13) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Moonfire Slows Heroes hit by 25% for 2 seconds.

Malfurion Revitalize ?
Revitalize (Level 13) World of Warcraft Malfurion

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

Hindering Moonfire Icon Hindering Moonfire provides you with a moderate but extremely reliable Slowing effect. Apart from the general benefits of Slowing opponents, the Talent can help you land Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots and future Moonfires much more reliably. Hindering Moonfire is particularly useful for triggering Executioner Icon Executioner-like Talents. Hindering Moonfire should be picked when there is no use for Ice Block Icon Ice Block, and when the Level 1 Talent Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity is not picked to synergise with Revitalize Icon Revitalize.

Revitalize Icon Revitalize provides Malfurion with a modest amount of Mana and Cooldown reduction, which in turn improves healing output. It is generally picked along the Level 1 Talent Shan'do's Clarity Icon Shan'do's Clarity for maximum value.

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 Malfurion is above 75% Health, Regrowth's healing-over-time is increased by 60%.

Malfurion Nature's Balance
Nature's Balance (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increase Moonfire's area by 25% and Regrowth's duration by 5 seconds.

Malfurion Moonlit Harmony ?
Moonlit Harmony (Level 16) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Increase Moonfire's heal by 15% per ally affected by Regrowth.

8.1. Discussion

Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift provides a significant increase to Regrowth Icon Regrowth's healing output. Its 75% Health condition, however, makes the effect rather unreliable, making the Talent less interesting than its alternatives, which also provide significant healing output increases.

Nature's Balance Icon Nature's Balance allows you to maintain Regrowth on more targets and reduces the chance its duration will run out during key moments to ultimately greatly improve Malfurion's overall healing output in a subtle way. The increased Moonfire Icon Moonfire area of effect also improves your ability to hit multiple Heroes.

Moonlit Harmony Icon Moonlit Harmony improves Malfurion's burst healing, but requires you to be aggressive and accurate with Moonfire Icon Moonfire hits. In general, Nature's Balance Icon Nature's Balance is more reliable and functions out of combat, but Moonlit Harmony is more helpful against burst damage.

9. Level 20 Talents

Malfurion Serenity ?
Serenity (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Each enemy Hero hit by Moonfire reduces the cooldown of Tranquility by 3 seconds. Increase Tranquility's healing by 10% per ally affected by Regrowth.

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 Lifebloom
Lifebloom (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion

Regrowth instantly heals its target for 10% of their missing Health.

Malfurion Lunar Shower
Lunar Shower (Level 20) World of Warcraft Malfurion

If Moonfire hits a Hero, its cooldown is reduced by 1 second and the next Moonfire within 6 seconds deals 20% more damage. This damage bonus stacks up to 60%.

9.1. Discussion

Serenity Icon Serenity significantly increases Tranquility Icon Tranquility's healing output on top of potentially greatly reducing its Cooldown. Serenity is a strong choice against large amounts of area of effect damage, but requires you to maintain Regrowth Icon Regrowth up on as many targets as possible.

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, Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower will serve you much better.

Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom is a strange Talent that turns Regrowth Icon Regrowth into a potentially powerful instant single-target heal. In most scenarios however, Regrowth needs to be maintained on multiple targets, making Lifebloom awkward to use, particularly since its healing amount is based on missing Health.

Lunar Shower Icon Lunar Shower essentially increases Moonfire Icon Moonfire's potential healing output by 33%, on top of providing Malfurion with a bit more overall damage. This Talent works particularly well with the Level 16 Talents Nature's Balance Icon Nature's Balance and Moonlit Harmony Icon Moonlit Harmony, as their effects directly benefit each other. For pure healing purposes, Lunar Shower yields much more overall healing than Serenity Icon Serenity, though it is not as strong against burst damage. Lunar Shower shines in longer team fights.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 09 Jan. 2018: Guide fully updated to reflect the Malfurion rework of the Blaze patch.
  • 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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