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Samuro Talents

Last updated on Dec 14, 2017 at 10:25 by Straften 21 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Samuro 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 Samuro guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Way of Illusion Way of the Blade ? Way of the Wind
4 Mirage One With The Wind Deflection
7 Burning Blade ? Phantom Pain Crushing Blows
10 Bladestorm Illusion Master
13 Mirrored Steel ? Kawarimi ? Shukuchi
16 Merciless Strikes ? Harsh Winds ? Press the Attack
20 Dance Of Death ? Three Blade Style ? Wind Strider ? Blademaster's Pursuit ?
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Wind Walk Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Way of the Wind Icon
Level 4 One With The Wind Icon
Level 7 Crushing Blows Icon
Level 10 Illusion Master Icon
Level 13 Shukuchi Icon Kawarimi Icon ?
Level 16 Press the Attack Icon
Level 20 Wind Strider Icon

The Wind Walk build focuses on Talents that increase Samuro's utility. Way of the Wind Icon Way of the Wind and One With The Wind Icon One With The Wind do not directly increase your damage output during the early game, but will make moving into melee range of enemy Heroes more safe. Press the Attack Icon Press the Attack's buff can be stacked very quickly by using Crushing Blows Icon Crushing Blows to reset your Basic Attacks twice. The increased Attack Speed will then help you regain charges of Critical Strike. Shukuchi Icon Shukuchi further reduces the time it takes you to move into melee range, and also works as an escape. Kawarimi Icon Kawarimi can be selected if you feel confident that Image Transmission Icon Image Transmission is the only escape you will need. Wind Strider Icon Wind Strider allows you to benefit from the other Talents more often by reducing Wind Walk's cooldown.

3. Level 1 Talents

Samuro Way of Illusion
Way of Illusion (Level 1) World of Warcraft Samuro

Quest: Every time a Mirror Image Critically Strikes a Hero, Samuro gains 0.5 Attack Damage, up to 20.

Reward: After hitting 40 Heroes, Samuro gains an additional 20 Attack Damage.

Samuro Way of the Blade ?
Way of the Blade (Level 1) World of Warcraft Samuro

Critical Strike now happens for Samuro and his Mirror Images every 3rd Basic Attack.

Samuro Way of the Wind
Way of the Wind (Level 1) World of Warcraft Samuro

Gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after entering or exiting Wind Walk.

3.1. Discussion

Way of Illusion Icon Way of Illusion only increases Samuro's damage, it does not increase the damage of Mirror Images.

Way of the Blade Icon Way of the Blade increases Samuro's damage. It also increases the damage of Mirror Images, because they will critically strike more often. This Talent has good synergy with Burning Blade Icon Burning Blade and Illusion Master Icon Illusion Master.

Way of the Wind Icon Way of the Wind gives Samuro greatly improved mobility that can be used to approach enemies, to retreat, or simply for fast rotations. This Talent opens up several strategic options for Samuro, but does not directly increase damage output.

4. Level 4 Talents

Samuro Mirage
Mirage (Level 4) World of Warcraft Samuro

Mirror Image grants Samuro and his Images 40 Spell Armor against the next 2 sources of Spell damage, reducing their damage by 40%.

Samuro One With The Wind
One With The Wind (Level 4) World of Warcraft Samuro

While Samuro has Wind Walk and for 3 seconds after breaking it, both he and his Mirror Images gain 30 Armor, taking 30% reduced damage from all sources.

Samuro Deflection
Deflection (Level 4) World of Warcraft Samuro

Advancing Strikes grants Samuro and his Mirror Images 30 Physical Armor.

4.1. Discussion

Mirage Icon Mirage increases the survivability of Samuro and his Images by allowing you to reduce the incoming Ability damage. This will also make your Images harder to deal with for the enemy team, which can buy your team time to rotate or escape. Mirage is not recommended over One With The Wind, because it only prevents two instances of Ability damage.

One With The Wind Icon One With The Wind greatly increases the survivability of Samuro and his Images by allowing you to reduce all incoming damage at will. This is usually better than Mirage Icon Mirage, because it reduces damage from Abilities and Basic Attacks. You can also benefit from it more often than Mirage, because Wind Walk Icon Wind Walk has a lower cooldown than Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image. One With The Wind also grants Armor for a duration, rather than only reducing the damage of a number of incoming Abilities.

Deflection Icon Deflection can only reduce incoming Attack Damage, and only does so while you are on the offensive. It is hard to justify taking this Talent. One With The Wind prevents more damage, and can be activated when you need the armor the most.

5. Level 7 Talents

Samuro Burning Blade ?
Burning Blade (Level 7) World of Warcraft Samuro

Critical Strikes from Samuro and Mirror Images deal an additional 50% of their Basic Attack damage to the target and nearby enemies.

Samuro Phantom Pain
Phantom Pain (Level 7) World of Warcraft Samuro

Samuro's Critical Strikes deal an additional 45% of his Basic Attack damage for each Mirror Image that is active.

Samuro Crushing Blows
Crushing Blows (Level 7) World of Warcraft Samuro

Critical Strike now has 2 charges. Samuro's Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Critical Strike by 1.75 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

Burning Blade Icon Burning Blade greatly increases the damage that your Critical Strikes do, and also works on your Images. It also improves Samuro's waveclear.

Phantom Pain Icon Phantom Pain can slightly surpass Burning Blade's single target damage if two Images are active. Burning Blade offers almost as much damage, does so in an area of effect, and is not dependent on Images being active.

Crushing Blows Icon Crushing Blows does not increase the amount of damage each Critical Strike like the other options at this tier. The reason Crushing Blows is good is that Critical Strike activations reset your Basic Attack cooldown. This allows you to approach an enemy with the Move Speed from Way of the Wind Icon Way of the Wind, apply a Basic Attack, quickly apply two more with Critical Strike, and retreat while your Move Speed buff is still active. Press the Attack Icon Press the Attack's Attack Speed buff can be stacked up very quickly by using Crushing Blows to reset your Basic Attack cooldown twice. The increased Attack Speed will then help you regain charges of Critical Strike.

6. Level 10 Talents

Samuro Bladestorm
Bladestorm (Level 10) World of Warcraft Samuro
  • Cooldown: 110 seconds

Cause a Bladestorm of destructive force around Samuro for 4 seconds, making him Unstoppable and dealing 235 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies.

Samuro Illusion Master
Illusion Master (Level 10) World of Warcraft Samuro
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Mirror Images can be controlled individually or as a group and their damage is increased by 100%.

Passive: Samuro's Basic Attack damage is increased by 10%, and Image Transmission's cooldown is reduced to 8 seconds.

6.1. Discussion

Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm is a great Heroic Ability which will help you to secure kills that could otherwise be prevented by enemy crowd control. If an enemy is low on Health and you are able to get in range, this Heroic will almost always result in a takedown. Bladestorm does benefit from the debuff from Harsh Winds Icon Harsh Winds, so try to time it accordingly.

Illusion Master Icon Illusion Master is a novel Heroic that is more of an extra passive, rather than an actived one. Illusion Master will increase the efficiency of your Mercenary clear, so if you are playing on a battleground where camps are very important (like Blackhearts Bay,) it can be a very strong choice. If you want to try a challenging and unconventional approach focused on cunning and subterfuge, try this Heroic out! If you need to win through Hero Takedowns, Bladestorm is probably the better option.

7. Level 13 Talents

Samuro Mirrored Steel ?
Mirrored Steel (Level 13) World of Warcraft Samuro

Samuro's Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Mirror Image by 1 second.

Samuro Kawarimi ?
Kawarimi (Level 13) World of Warcraft Samuro

Wind Walk creates a Mirror Image at Samuro's location that will continue whatever he was doing.

Samuro Shukuchi
Shukuchi (Level 13) World of Warcraft Samuro

Wind Walk teleports Samuro a short distance in the direction he's currently facing.

7.1. Discussion

Mirrored Steel Icon Mirrored Steel works best when you are able to Basic Attack enemy Heroes frequently. It works well when paired with Press the Attack at Level 16.

Kawarimi Icon Kawarimi is another Talent that allows you to replace Images more often. The Images spawned with Kawarimi will continue to run in the direction you are at the moment you activate Wind Walk Icon Wind Walk; so you can sort of "shoot" them at the enemy team during team fights. If you take Wind Strider Icon Wind Strider at Level 20, you can do this quite often and create significant confusion for the enemy team.

Shukuchi Icon Shukuchi gives you a gap closer that opens up more options for engage and escape. It is the most straight forward and reliable Talent in this tier.

8. Level 16 Talents

Samuro Merciless Strikes ?
Merciless Strikes (Level 16) World of Warcraft Samuro

Samuro's Basic Attacks against Stunned, Rooted, or Slowed enemies are always Critical Strikes.

Samuro Harsh Winds ?
Harsh Winds (Level 16) World of Warcraft Samuro

Attacking a Hero during Wind Walk causes them to take 30% increased damage from Samuro for 3 seconds.

Samuro Press the Attack
Press the Attack (Level 16) World of Warcraft Samuro

While Advancing Strikes is active, Samuro and his Mirror Images gain 10% Attack Speed every time they Basic Attack, up to 40%.

8.1. Discussion

Merciless Strikes Icon Merciless Strikes is a good choice if you have a lot of slows and roots on your team. With Heroes like Jaina or Arthas in your composition, you can Critical Strike every strike during team fights.

Harsh Winds Icon Harsh Winds can increase the damage of Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, but will otherwise be overshadowed by Press the Attack. This is because most of Samuro's damage comes from his Basic Attacks.

Press the Attack Icon Press the Attack is very good with Crushing Blows Icon Crushing Blows for reasons outlined above. Press the Attack will give you some much needed damage against Heroes, especially if you took Illusion Master Icon Illusion Master at Level 10.

9. Level 20 Talents

Samuro Dance Of Death ?
Dance Of Death (Level 20) World of Warcraft Samuro

Mirror Images use Bladestorm when Samuro does, but for 25% damage.

Samuro Three Blade Style ?
Three Blade Style (Level 20) World of Warcraft Samuro

Samuro's Mirror Images gain an additional 50% of his Health and last up to 36 seconds.

Samuro Wind Strider ?
Wind Strider (Level 20) World of Warcraft Samuro

Wind Walk's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.

Samuro Blademaster's Pursuit ?
Blademaster's Pursuit (Level 20) World of Warcraft Samuro

Advancing Strikes grants an additional 15% Movement Speed for Samuro and his Mirror Images, and its duration is increased by 2 seconds.

9.1. Discussion

Dance Of Death Icon Dance Of Death is a very fun Talent. It can help you eliminate squishy Assassins, and can also cause a lot of damage on team compositions that are designed to wombo combo. However, due to Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm's relatively long cooldown, the other Level 20 options will give more consistant results in your average match up.

Three Blade Style Icon Three Blade Style is a good choice if you are a true Illusion Master, as it greatly increases the amount of time you have before Images expire. Because you will be able to spread the Illusions out further, you will be capable of even more complex and mind bending plays! The increased Health on your Images will also assist you with efficient Mercenary clear times, and even makes solo boss captures faily easy to pull off.

Several of the Talents that affect Wind Walk Icon Wind Walk cause unique effects, almost like an Ability. Wind Strider Icon Wind Strider is an amazing Talent because it allows you to activate these effects much more often. If you have two or more Talents invested into Wind Walk, this is almost irrefutably the best choice at Level 20.

Blademaster's Pursuit Icon Blademaster's Pursuit is primarily useful for because of the increased Move Speed. This Talent can be a good alternative to Wind Strider Icon Wind Strider if you did not take Way of the Wind Icon Way of the Wind at Level 1.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Dec. 2017: Talent section updated to reflect Samuro's rework.
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