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Murky Build Guide “Mrglrglmrglmrrrlggg!”

Last updated on Jul 28, 2018 at 08:44 by Oxygen 37 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Murky guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Murky in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

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. Quick Reference for Murky

Balanced Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 A Fishy Deal Icon Fish Eye Icon ? Egg Hunt Icon ?
Level 4 Tufferfish Icon Slime Time Icon ?
Level 7 Black Lagoon Icon Slippery When Wet Icon ? Time to Krill Icon ?
Level 10 Octo-Grab Icon March of the Murlocs Icon ?
Level 13 Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Fish Tank Icon ?
Level 16 Fish Oil Icon Toxic Buildup Icon ?
Level 20 Big Tuna Kahuna Icon Never-Ending Murlocs Icon ? Making Inky Icon ?

The Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish build seeks to find a healthy middle point between offensive reliability and survival. Key Talents include Black Lagoon Icon Black Lagoon and Fish Oil Icon Fish Oil, which allows Murky to easily hit multiple Heroes with Slime Icon Slime. Note that March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs can also be picked instead of Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab for area of effect combo-oriented team compositions. A Fishy Deal Icon A Fishy Deal and Tufferfish Icon Tufferfish also help Murky apply split pushing pressure.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Murky synergizes with

Murky's small Health pool means that Shielding effects, which are in most cases of a static value, are are an extremely effective way of increasing his survivability. Given that Murky's damage output is tuned around having a very limited amount of Health, he naturally benefits greatly from teaming up with any Hero that can provide him with such effects. Otherwise, Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab can serve as a strong setup for any delayed Heroic Ability.

Murky is countered by

Murky's predictable attack plan and his dependency on remaining within close range of his targets to effectively deal damage make him vulnerable to most high damage Hero with some way of kiting him or quickly destroying Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish. Li-Ming is a notorious Murky counter due to the way her Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass Trait functions. At Hero Level 16, Zarya gains access to her own form of crowd control removal in the form of Cleansing Shield Icon Cleansing Shield, which greatly reduces the effectiveness of Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab.


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

Murky thrives on the larger Maps that give him the space to play with A Fishy Deal Icon A Fishy Deal. Incidentally, he also tends to do well on late game-oriented Maps, as it allows his full power to come to light.

TL;DR Tips

  • Hide your Spawn Egg Icon Spawn Egg in nooks and crannies, Bushes, or near allied Structures so that it is difficult to find.
  • Use Slime Icon Slime and Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish to efficiently waveclear at all stages of the game.
  • Standing on top of Pufferfish will prevent opponents from targeting it easily.
  • Try and dodge dangerous skillshots or area of effect Abilities with Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble.
  • Call out your intended Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab target so that your teammates know just who to focus down.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Murky is a melee Specialist that excels at frustrating his opponents. Uniquely designed, he is adept at attracting the attention of enemy players, causing them to behave inefficiently to respond to his abrasive presence. Murky's allies must capitalise on the fact that he thrives in attrition battles; even if his attributes and damage values are limited, his Hero Trait, Spawn Egg Icon Spawn Egg, makes it so that he is never away from battle for long when killed.

3. Strengths

  • Good waveclear
  • Strong revival mechanic in the form of Spawn Egg Icon Spawn Egg
  • Has access to Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab, one of the strongest Heroic Abilities in the game
  • Abilities have no Mana cost
  • Generally very threatening late-game presence

4. Weaknesses

  • Extremely fragile; by far the lowest amount of Health amongst all Heroes
  • Inept at carrying coin-like Map Objectives, which are dropped on death
  • Several conditions may limit his damage potential
  • Underwhelming early-game presence
  • Distinct playstyle to which your team must adapt

5. Role in the Current Meta

Although classified as a Specialist, Murky very much plays like an Assassin; his primary team fighting goal is to single-out key opponents for quick, one-sided kills. He also conditionally deals a fair amount of area of effect damage. The main difference between him and regular Assassins, however, is that most of his damage can be avoided by playing in a particularly defensive way. This peculiar aspect is made up for by the facts that Murky can revive and come back to an ongoing fight nearly instantly, thanks to his Spawn Egg Icon Spawn Egg Ability. Because of this, any energy spent killing Murky is inefficiently used, and one should see to capitalise on this attribute to take pressure away from allies. This makes him especially strong against team compositions that lack reliable targeted burst damage.

Outside of combat, Murky has some of the best waveclear available, and can scout where it would be dangerous for any other Hero to do so.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 28 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated Talents and recommendations to reflect July 25 balance patch changes.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Lúcio's patch and moved to the new format.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 1, 3, and 6 talent assessments. Updated Balanced build.
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