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Murky Talents

Last updated on Feb 21, 2017 at 09:58 by Oxygen 24 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Murky 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 Murky 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 Fish Eye ? Egg Hunt A Fishy Deal ?
4 Slime Time ? Tufferfish Living the Dream
7 Black Lagoon Slippery When Wet Time to Krill ?
10 March of the Murlocs ? Octo-Grab
13 Rejuvenating Bubble Fish Tank ? Egg Shell
16 Toxic Buildup Fish Oil ? Wrath of Cod
20 Never-Ending Murlocs ? ... And a Shark Too! Big Tuna Kahuna Making Inky ?
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2. Common Talent Paths

Balanced Build (talent calculator link)

The Balanced 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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Murky Fish Eye ?
Fish Eye (Level 1) World of Warcraft Murky

Egg's Health is increased by 100%, its sight radius is increased by 300% and it can see Stealthed enemies.

Passive: Spawning from his Egg increases Murky's mount speed to 45% for 5 seconds.

Murky Egg Hunt
Egg Hunt (Level 1) World of Warcraft Murky
  • Cooldown: 3 seconds

Activate to place a fake Egg. If the fake Egg dies, it casts an untalented Slime. Maximum 3 fake Eggs.

Passive: Spawning from his Egg grants Murky Stealth for 5 seconds.

Murky A Fishy Deal ?
A Fishy Deal (Level 1) World of Warcraft Murky
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Killing a Minion with Pufferfish grants a stack of Bribe. Use 8 stacks to bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them. Does not work on Bosses.

Maximum of 32 stacks of Bribe.

3.1. Discussion

Fish Eye Icon Fish Eye promotes aggressively using Spawn Egg Icon Spawn Egg by significantly increasing its Health pool and sight range. This Health increase is generally enough to re-cast Spawn Egg should a Hero find and attack your Egg, granted you react quickly enough. The real power of this Talent, however, lies in its ability to detect Cloaked Heroes. Using your Egg anywhere where a team fight might erupt can absolutely frustrate opposing flanking attempts, and particularly by Heroes such as Nova, Samuro, Valeera, or Zeratul. The movement speed provided by the Talent is also useful for quickly returning to any ongoing fight.

Egg Hunt Icon Egg Hunt is the default choice on this Talent tier. Although the additional Eggs are unlikely to actually trick anyone, they are useful as scouting devices that apply Slime Icon Slime to anyone foolish enough to stand near them as they are destroyed. By stacking several Eggs in a given Bush, it is possible to deal a significant amount of damage should all the Eggs be destroyed at once. This tactic is particularly useful when laning, as you could trap a nearby Bush to use for cover. Otherwise, the Cloaking effects, although short in duration, is useful for for making it more difficult for opponents to guess where your real Egg might be hidden.

Additional Eggs can also be used to "tank" hits from Mercenary Camps and to apply an initial stack of Slime on them before initiating.

A Fishy Deal Icon A Fishy Deal turns Murky into one of the most effective Mercenary Camp claimer. With proper preparation and setup, as little as two Minion waves can set you up for capturing basic Mercenary Camps. This is, however, reliant on how effective your opponents are at killing Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish. Furthermore, the Talent is less than effective on Maps where Camps are not plentiful. The task can also be made even more difficult by allied Heroes preventing you from killing Minions. As such, you should let them know of your intention.

The key to using A Fishy Deal is learning just how much you need to weaken Minions for Pufferfish to be able to kill them. For your typical Minion wave, Melee Minions are generally at the right level of Health due to the fighting. Ranged Minions, however, must be set up with Slime Icon Slime and at least two Basic Attacks each. As you grow stronger, less Basic Attacks will be necessary. Try Mode is particularly helpful for learning how to gauge just how much damage you need to deal at any particular Hero Level.

A Fishy Deal is recommended on the following Maps: Blackheart's Bay, Cursed Hollow, Dragon Shire, Garden of Terror, and Sky Temple.

4. Level 4 Talents

Murky Slime Time ?
Slime Time (Level 4) World of Warcraft Murky

Quest: Slime enemy Heroes that are already Slimed.

Reward: After Sliming 15 Heroes, increase Slime's bonus damage by 125.

Reward: After Sliming 30 Heroes, increase Slime's slow amount to 30%.

Murky Tufferfish
Tufferfish (Level 4) World of Warcraft Murky

Pufferfish gains 50 Spell Armor and deals 50% more damage to Slimed targets.

Murky Living the Dream
Living the Dream (Level 4) World of Warcraft Murky

Quest: Every 15 seconds Murky is alive, he gains 5% Spell Power, up to 15%. This bonus is reset upon his death.

4.1. Discussion

Slime Time Icon Slime Time significantly boosts the effectiveness of Slime Icon Slime. However, the Quest can be quite difficult to complete, especially against ranged Heroes. As such, it is only recommendable against team compositions that feature at least two melee Heroes, and particularly, Samuro. To get this Quest done at an opportune time, you will have to be very aggressive with using Slime against opponents that have already been Slimed. It should be noted that the Black Lagoon Icon Black Lagoon, Toxic Buildup Icon Toxic Buildup, and Fish Oil Icon Fish Oil Talents can make this Quest much easier to complete, although the latter two come online rather late.

Tufferfish Icon Tufferfish makes Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish a bit more difficult to destroy, although not by much, and especially not versus Heroes with strong Basic Attacks. The damage increase is also rather negligible when compared to the two other Talents available at this tier, and even more so should the Pufferfish be destroyed. This Talent's saving grace is its ability to improve your Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab combo, although Slime Time Icon Slime Time and Living the Dream Icon Living the Dream will both provide more overall sustained damage.

Living the Dream Icon Living the Dream generally competes with Slime Time Icon Slime Time in terms of raw added damage output. Its main upside is that you get to benefit from the Talent almost as soon as you pick it up, unlike Slime Time. Living the Dream also increases the damage output of all your Abilities (including March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs) and some Talents (Time to Krill Icon Time to Krill), making it generally more versatile. Slime Time, however, is not lost on death, on top of providing additional movement speed reduction, meaning that Living the Dream makes dying twice as punishing, although this risk can be mitigated by later Talents. When playing against Heroes with limited burst damage, making it easier for you to survive, Living the Dream surpasses Slime Time, albeit very slightly.

5. Level 7 Talents

Murky Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon (Level 7) World of Warcraft Murky

Increase Slime's radius by 30%.

Murky Slippery When Wet
Slippery When Wet (Level 7) World of Warcraft Murky

Gain 50% Movement Speed and move through units while in Safety Bubble. Additionally, Safety Bubble's cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.

Murky Time to Krill ?
Time to Krill (Level 7) World of Warcraft Murky

Basic Attacks against Heroes deal an additional 7 (+4% per level) damage a second and slow the target by 7% for 4 seconds. This effect can stack up to 5 times.

5.1. Discussion

Black Lagoon Icon Black Lagoon is a subtle yet very powerful Talent that nearly doubles the area of effect of Slime Icon Slime. On top of simply allowing Murky to more reliably hit multiple Heroes, this increased area of effect also provides him with a pseudo-ranged Ability that allows to kite melee Heroes and easily keep up with ranged Heroes trying to escape, granted they have already been affected by Slime.

Slippery When Wet Icon Slippery When Wet is a strange Talent that provides Murky with some combat mobility. The main advantage of this Talent is that it allows you to unconditionally waltz right up to your intended Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab target. The main issue, however is that the movement speed increase is tied to your only defensive Ability, which is generally used quite reactively. Additionally, the Slippery When Wet prevents you from performing body blocks for the duration, which is an indirect loss of power.

Time to Krill Icon Time to Krill is the highest potential single-target damage increase choice for this Talent tier. This damage increase, however, is directly reliant on how much you are able to deliver Basic Attacks. Against two or more melee Heroes, Time to Krill can definitely shine. Otherwise, stick to Black Lagoon Icon Black Lagoon.

6. Level 10 Talents

Murky March of the Murlocs ?
March of the Murlocs (Level 10) World of Warcraft Murky
  • Cooldown: 110 seconds

After 0.75 seconds, Murky commands a legion of Murlocs to march in a target direction, each one leaping onto the first enemy Hero or Structure they find. Each Murloc deals 125 (+4% per level) damage and slows its target by 15% for 5 seconds. Murlocs deal 50% damage to Structures.

Murky Octo-Grab
Octo-Grab (Level 10) World of Warcraft Murky
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Murky summons an octopus to stun target enemy Hero for 3 seconds while he hits them for 1 damage a second.

6.1. Discussion

March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs has the potential of dealing an immense amount of damage. This is, however, reliant on using the Ability in conjunction with some form of area of effect crowd control, or during a fight from which your opponents can not (or should not) avoid.

Octo-Grab Icon Octo-Grab is the longest targeted stun in the game. It is almost always used in conjunction with Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish to guarantee a large amount of damage. The only reliable way of preventing Octo-Grab from being used as a way of locking down kill targets is to use Cleanse Icon Cleanse, as well as a few other select Heroic Abilities and Talents. If the opposing team has a particularly important target to focus down, this is the choice for you.

7. Level 13 Talents

Murky Rejuvenating Bubble
Rejuvenating Bubble (Level 13) World of Warcraft Murky

Safety Bubble restores 40% of Murky's maximum Health.

Murky Fish Tank ?
Fish Tank (Level 13) World of Warcraft Murky

Basic Attacks against Heroes grant Murky 75 Physical Armor against Heroes for 3 seconds.

Murky Egg Shell
Egg Shell (Level 13) World of Warcraft Murky

Spawning from his Egg grants Murky a Shield equal to 100% of his maximum Health. The shield lasts indefinitely.

7.1. Discussion

Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Rejuvenating Bubble greatly increases Murky's survivability by essentially allowing him to near-fully heal during Safety Bubble Icon Safety Bubble when combined with his very high base Health Regeneration. Rejuvenating Bubble becomes particularly effective when combined with Big Tuna Kahuna Icon Big Tuna Kahuna. Just make sure to use Safety Bubble when you have actually taken damage.

Fish Tank Icon Fish Tank provides an immense amount of survivability against Basic Attack-reliant Heroes. It is dependent, however, upon landing Basic Attack yourself. Fish Tank is only recommendable against team compositions that feature at least 3 strong Basic Attackers, such as Greymane, Raynor, and Zeratul.

Egg Shell Icon Egg Shell is a trap Talent. Although it initially provides more raw survivability than Rejuvenating Bubble Icon Rejuvenating Bubble, it is uncontrollable, in that the Shields provided by the Talent are liable to get poked, willingly or not, by Heroes, Minions, and everything in between. Since the Shields do not benefit from Murky's high base Health Regeneration, this "mitigation" ends up being wasted by superfluous damage in many cases.

8. Level 16 Talents

Murky Toxic Buildup
Toxic Buildup (Level 16) World of Warcraft Murky

Every 3rd consecutive Basic Attack against an enemy Hero causes a free Slime to be cast upon them.

Murky Fish Oil ?
Fish Oil (Level 16) World of Warcraft Murky

The Pufferfish casts Slime at its location upon landing.

Murky Wrath of Cod
Wrath of Cod (Level 16) World of Warcraft Murky

Heroes hit by Pufferfish take additional damage equal to 15% of their maximum Health over 5 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Toxic Buildup Icon Toxic Buildup turns Murky's Basic Attacks into something to be feared by all Heroes. This Talent single-handedly allows Murky to take on the majority of Heroes in a head-on fight. This high damage output, however, is dependent on your ability to deliver said Basic Attacks. As such, Toxic Buildup is generally recommendable against team compositions that feature at least 3 non-Assassins or Specialists.

Fish Oil Icon Fish Oil turns an unreliable Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish into a reliable source of area of effet damage and movement speed reduction, on top of providing a Slime Icon Slime stack for future Slime uses.

Wrath of Cod Icon Wrath of Cod, although potentially very hard hitting, suffers from the same issues as Pufferfish Icon Pufferfish does as a baseline Ability: if it dies, it does nothing. Unlike Fish Oil Icon Fish Oil, it also does not affect Minions and Mercenaries, on top of not triggering an initial Slime Icon Slime cast, making it generally less versatile.

9. Level 20 Talents

Murky Never-Ending Murlocs ?
Never-Ending Murlocs (Level 20) World of Warcraft Murky

March of the Murlocs can be channeled, sending little Murlocs indefinitely.

Murky ... And a Shark Too!
... And a Shark Too! (Level 20) World of Warcraft Murky

Increase the damage of Octo-Grab by 13700%.

Murky Big Tuna Kahuna
Big Tuna Kahuna (Level 20) World of Warcraft Murky

Murky's maximum Health and Egg respawn time are doubled.

Murky Making Inky ?
Making Inky (Level 20) World of Warcraft Murky

Reduces the Cooldown of Slime from 4 seconds to 2 seconds.

9.1. Discussion

Never-Ending Murlocs Icon Never-Ending Murlocs turns March of the Murlocs Icon March of the Murlocs into a win condition. If your opponents are unable to interrupt the Ability, they are essentially forced off any Map Objective or away from Structures they may be trying to defend or assault. Keep track of important interrupting effects to get the most out of this Talent.

... And a Shark Too! Icon ... And a Shark Too! adds a measly amount of damage to an Ability that is generally used as a combo piece for your allies to follow up upon for near-unconditional kills. You will get more mileage out of other Talent choices.

Big Tuna Kahuna Icon Big Tuna Kahuna makes Murky twice as big, and twice as frustrating to deal with. Since Murky's damage output is tuned around being relatively easy to dispatch, Big Tuna Kahuna flips expectations upside-down with Murky becoming about as resilient as your typical Assassin. You do, however, need to be careful about actually dying, as this Talent comes with an important downside.

Making Inky Icon Making Inky provides Murky with yet another large damage increase option. Since the Talent competes with Big Tuna Kahuna Icon Big Tuna Kahuna, however, you should see to use it only when you feel like your survivability has not been an issue. Against Heroes such as Li-Ming, however, go for the alternative.

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