Mephisto Build Guide “Creation shall tremble!”

Last updated on Dec 06, 2020 at 03:08 by Outofmilk 26 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Mephisto, a Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1.

Mephisto's Overview

Mephisto is a ranged Assassin who excels at following up allies' ability-chains. In other words, he works well in team compositions that are designed for "wombo combo". Mephisto can be devastating to the enemy team when his attacks are carefully planned. However, poor positioning and hasty use of Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto are easily punished by enemy Heroes who have had enough of the Lord of Hatred.

2.

Mephisto's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Somewhat reliant on allies for set-up
  • -Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto is easy to punish if enemies can see initial cast location
  • -Poor ability to solo-capture Mercenary Camps
  • -Susceptible to burst damage
  • -Susceptible to ganks when solo-laning
3.

Mephisto's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Lightning Nova Build

Recommended
Level 1 Furious Spark Icon
Level 4 Static Barrier Icon
Level 7 Frost Storm Icon Ghastly Armor Icon ? Trickery Icon ?
Level 10 Durance of Hate Icon
Level 13 Shard of Hate Icon
Level 16 Static Field Icon
Level 20 Mimic Icon

The Lightning Nova Icon Lightning Nova is the most reliable build for Mephisto and focuses heavily on sticking to your enemies with your Nova, rewarding you greatly for doing so. Frost Storm Icon Frost Storm makes it much easier to keep Lightning Nova applied to enemies for maximum damage, but any of the Level 7 options can be very useful depending on the team compositions. Shard of Hate Icon Shard of Hate helps out with reducing the basic ability cooldowns of Mephisto, allowing you to dive in more often with Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto. Static Field Icon Static Field greatly enhances the damage and effective area of Lightning Nova. Once Mephisto has Mimic Icon Mimic, it becomes possible for him to completely reset the cooldowns of Lightning Nova and Shade of Mephisto. At this point, his Health and Mana are the only things limiting his ability to keep two Lightning Novas active throughout a team fight.

Hybrid Build

Beginner
Level 1 Furious Spark Icon
Level 4 Spite Icon
Level 7 Frost Storm Icon Ghastly Armor Icon ? Trickery Icon ?
Level 10 Durance of Hate Icon
Level 13 Hysteria Icon
Level 16 Lightning Reaction Icon
Level 20 Mimic Icon Unspeakable Horror Icon ?

The Hybrid build is more focused on sustainability during the laning phase and between team fights. With Spite Icon Spite, you can regain HP and Mana through orbs. At level 13, Hysteria Icon Hysteria has great synergy with Spite, allowing every tick of a regen orb also reduce your cooldowns, including your heroic ability. The level 7 talents choices are still up to what you would need and they are all flexible options. At level 16, Lightning Reaction Icon Lightning Reaction provides you with a huge AoE, and depending on how many heroes you hit with your Lightning Nova, you can dish out 2-3 Skull Missiles everytime you shade in.

4.

Mephisto's Synergies and Counters

V Mephisto synergizes with

Both of Mephisto's Heroics are excellent follow-ups, and can be devastating to enemies caught by setup Heroics like E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, Zarya's Graviton Surge Icon Graviton Surge, Deckard's Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Stay Awhile and Listen, and Diablo's Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse. Mephisto's Basic Abilities also greatly benefit from strong crowd-control.

X Mephisto is countered by

Mephisto can be countered by Heroes who can quickly close into melee range, as they will avoid taking damage from Lightning Nova Icon Lightning Nova. The most effective counters will be able to survive some damage from Mephisto's teammates if they attempt to help him. Other heroes such as Kael'thas or Kel'thuzad can use their abilities on the shade right before Mephisto returns. Junkrat is able to place a mine on the shade and throw you back to where you teleported. Stitches and Anub'arak are able to either Gorge Icon Gorge or Cocoon Icon Cocoon after you cast Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto, negating the return teleport.

5.

Mephisto's Maps

Mephisto's stronger maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Braxis Holdout Infernal Shrines Volskaya Foundry
Mephisto's average maps
Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom
Mephisto's weaker maps
Warhead Junction

Mephisto does well on maps that force teams to fight for objectives in confined areas. These maps make it very easy for him to land his Abilities on enemy Heroes. Mephisto may struggle on maps with wide open areas, where enemies can freely reposition to avoid a lot of Mephisto's damage. Mephisto is rather unremarkable with regard to his interaction with Battlegrounds. He is not capable of solo capturing Mercenary Camps efficiently, but he does have an acceptable amount of waveclear.

6.

Mephisto's Tips and Tricks

  • Remember that Lord Of Hatred Icon Lord Of Hatred will reduce your cooldowns when planning Ability use.
  • Cast Skull Missile Icon Skull Missile toward enemies with impaired mobility.
  • Keep in mind that Lightning Nova Icon Lightning Nova's radius is the same as Mephisto's Basic Attack range.
  • Carefully plan Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto use; you will return to the initial cast location after a short time.
  • Consume Souls Icon Consume Souls should be channelled from a safe distance, so that it can not be interrupted.
  • Cast Durance of Hate Icon Durance of Hate toward enemy Heroes who cannot move, to ensure that it will land.
  • Watch for opportunities to follow-up your allies.
7.

Role in the Current Meta

Mephisto fits well into team compositions that are designed to wombo-combo, as most of his Abilities provide exceptional follow-up damage. He performs best with the assistance of his allies, and may struggle against strong duelists when solo-laning. Mephisto has an adequate capability to waveclear, but it is not strong enough for him to be drafted for that purpose.

8.

Changelog

  • 06 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Guide has been updated with a new build. Changed Lightning Nova build talents.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (this page): Guide has been updated with a new build. Changed Lightning Nova build talents.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (this page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (this page): Guide has been reviewed no changes are needed.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Guide has been reviewed no changes are needed.
  • 14 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Updated talents and build.
  • 14 Apr. 2020 (abilities page): Updated talents and build.
  • 14 Apr. 2020 (this page): Updated talents and build.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Updated Role in the Current Meta to include information on current Nexus Anomaly.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Removed reference to Talent "Anger" which was removed in balance patch. Updated text on rebalanced Talents.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (this page): Removed reference to Talent "Anger" which was removed in balance patch. Updated text on rebalanced Talents.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (abilities page): Removed reference to Talent "Anger" which was removed in balance patch.
  • 26 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion to reflect meta developments.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion to reflect meta developments.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (abilities page): Guide added.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide added.
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