Mephisto Build Guide “Creation shall tremble!”

Last updated on Sep 12, 2018 at 05:08 by Straften 24 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
  • -Skull Missile Icon Skull Missile fires after a relatively long delay
  • -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

Consume Souls Build

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Level 1 Malicious Intent Icon
Level 4 Static Barrier Icon
Level 7 Ghastly Armor Icon Frost Storm Icon ? Trickery Icon ?
Level 10 Consume Souls Icon
Level 13 Abhorred Skull Icon Hysteria Icon ?
Level 16 Static Field Icon
Level 20 Consumed by Hatred Icon

This Build is designed to maximise Mephisto's Spell Power in preparation for his most reliable Heroic Ability, Consume Souls Icon Consume Souls. The idea here is to hit an enemy Hero with Skull Missile, triggering the effect of Abhorred Skull Icon Abhorred Skull. Immediately cast Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto in order to gain even more Spell Power from Malicious Intent Icon Malicious Intent, and to reach a position which you can complete Consume Soul's channel without being interrupted. Enemy Heroes who are unable to avoid the blast will be hit by a much more powerful Consume Souls. If you plan to use Consume Souls as a follow-up rather than a team fight opener, you can take Hysteria Icon Hysteria instead of Abhorred Skull. This will slightly reduce the power of Consume Souls, but make it easier to use and available more often. Remember that Spell Power also increases the damage of your Basic Abilities; Malicious Intent and Abhorred Skull can greatly increase Lightning Nova's damage. Because of this, Static Barrier Icon Static Barrier and Static Field Icon Static Field fit into this build well.

Lightning Nova Build

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Level 1 Furious Spark Icon
Level 4 Static Barrier Icon
Level 7 Trickery Icon Ghastly Armor Icon ? Frost Storm Icon ?
Level 10 Consume Souls Icon Durance of Hate Icon ?
Level 13 Abhorred Skull Icon Hysteria Icon ?
Level 16 Static Field Icon
Level 20 Mimic Icon

Lightning Nova Icon Lightning Nova focuses on Talents that improve Mephisto's most reliable Basic Ability. Furious Spark Icon Furious Spark significantly increases Lightning Nova's damage, while Static Barrier Icon Static Barrier provides a shield based on damage dealt via Lightning Nova. Trickery Icon Trickery 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. At Level 13, Abhorred Skull Icon Abhorred Skull can increase Mephisto's Spell Power, which increases damage dealt by all of his Abilities. By contrast, Hysteria Icon Hysteria will make your Heroic available much more often. 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.

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. Mephisto is not effective in melee range, and will not be able to protect himself in this situation. He will also not be able to escape, as Shade of Mephisto Icon Shade of Mephisto will return him to the location it is cast from.

5. Mephisto's Maps

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

  • 12 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Talent discussion to reflect meta developments.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide added.
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