Tassadar Talents

Last updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 09:10 by Derenash 58 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Tassadar. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Tassadar's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Tassadar's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Static Charge Psi-Infusion ? Khaydarin Amulet ?
4 Induction ? Electric Fence ? Plasma Shield ?
7 Beam Alignment ? Psionic Echo ? Arc Discharge
10 Archon Black Hole ?
13 Feedback ? Shadow Walk ? Oracle ?
16 Thermal Lance ? Psychic Shock ? Executor's Will
20 Twilight Archon Kugelblitz ? Force Barrier ? Khala's Gift ?
2.

Tassadar's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Shock Ray Build

Recommended
Level 1 Static Charge Icon
Level 4 Plasma Shield Icon Induction Icon ? Electric Fence Icon ?
Level 7 Arc Discharge Icon Beam Alignment Icon ? Psionic Echo Icon ?
Level 10 Archon Icon
Level 13 Oracle Icon Feedback Icon ? Shadow Walk Icon ?
Level 16 Executor's Will Icon Thermal Lance Icon ?
Level 20 Twilight Archon Icon

The Shock Ray Build is focused on getting Talents to maximize the power of Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray. Static Charge Icon Static Charge will greatly increase Shock Ray's damage, while also increasing Tassadar's mana sustain by stacking his Resonance Beam Icon Resonance Beam. At Level 4, Induction Icon Induction is a good option against some dive compositions, since the extra movement speed can be the difference between getting killed or not by a Greymane or a Thrall. However, Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield is excellent against poke heroes or against enemies that will chase you no matter how fast you move, like Zeratul or Genji. In those situations, Induction will not be useful. All the talents at Level 13 can be good; Shadow Walk Icon Shadow Walk can save Tassadar from divers, Oracle Icon Oracle gives him a very good sustain and resistance against Mages, and Feedback Icon Feedback will be very impactful if they do not have threats to kill you.

At level 7, Arc Discharge Icon Arc Discharge is a good option, since it will greatly increase Basic Attack range, enhancing Archon and providing good damage from Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm. However, the other Talents are also very effective. Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo adds a good burst damage, which is useful to follow up your Tank, but it does not enhance his DPS as much as Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment does. Archon Icon Archon is the recommend Heroic Ability for this build. So far we did not see Black Hole Icon Black Hole being more reliable. Archon will greatly increase your damage output from Basic Attacks and Abilities in the fight, while also guaranteeing that Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield and Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment will be up during fight. We always recommend going for Twilight Archon Icon Twilight Archon here, because this build is very dependent on Archon's Basic Attacks and having Beam Alignment charged.

Psionic Storm Build

Recommended
Level 1 Psi-Infusion Icon Static Charge Icon ?
Level 4 Electric Fence Icon Plasma Shield Icon ? Induction Icon ?
Level 7 Psionic Echo Icon
Level 10 Archon Icon
Level 13 Feedback Icon Oracle Icon ? Shadow Walk Icon ?
Level 16 Psychic Shock Icon Thermal Lance Icon ?
Level 20 Twilight Archon Icon Force Barrier Icon ?

The Psionic Storm Build allows Tassadar to be poking enemies from a long and safe range. It may not have the same damage capabilities as Shock Ray Build, but due to the long range of all abilities, it is a great choice if you are concerned about enemies easily reaching you. This build's playstyle is focused on using Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm from a long range, to then use Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray in the direction the enemy is moving, so that in the moment they leave Psionic Storm area, Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo will spawn another one, being a great poke and harass tool.

Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion does not increase Tassadar's damage, but it enables him to be constantly poking enemies with the combo described above while also giving him good Mana sustain. However, it is not necessary if the enemy team's composition do not feature any high range Hero, and we recommend getting Static Charge Icon Static Charge in that situation. The main power spike from this build comes with Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo, which greatly increases your damage output. Level 4 is a situational tier, Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield is a good option if enemies will reach you, independently of the situation. Induction Icon Induction is a versatile Talent that increases Tassadar's mobility while he has no abilities available. Electric Fence Icon Electric Fence will be a great Talent if you do not need the extra survivability from those talents, since it cripples enemies' mobility while also increasing your damage output.

All the talents at Level 13 can be good; Shadow Walk Icon Shadow Walk can save Tassadar from divers, Oracle Icon Oracle gives him a very good sustain and resistance against Mages, and Feedback Icon Feedback will be outstanding during Archon, being a good pick if you do not need the extra survivability from the other 2 Talents. At level 16, Psychic Shock Icon Psychic Shock is the standard pick, but if your team is mostly focusing tanks, Thermal Lance Icon Thermal Lance might be a better choice.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Static Charge
Static Charge (Level 1) Starcraft Tassadar

Quest: Heroes hit by Shock Ray permanently increases its damage by 5 and grants 33% Resonance Beam charge.

Maximum of 200 bonus damage.

Tassadar Psi-Infusion ?
Psi-Infusion (Level 1) Starcraft Tassadar

Increases the range of Psionic Storm by 33%. Each non-Structure enemy hit by Psionic Storm restores 0.5 Mana, increased to 5 against Heroes.

Tassadar Khaydarin Amulet ?
Khaydarin Amulet (Level 1) Starcraft Tassadar

Quest: Resonance Beam charges 50% faster.

Reward: After Resonance Beam has been fully charged for 80 seconds, it bounces to hit 1 additional target for 75% damage, prioritizing Heroes.

Reward: After Resonance Beam has been fully charged for 160 seconds, it bounces to hit 2 additional targets for 75% damage, prioritizing Heroes.

3.1.

Discussion

Static Charge Icon Static Charge will greatly increase Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray's damage in the late states of the game. It also gives 33% of Resonance Beam Icon Resonance Beam's charge for each enemy hit, turning it into a great Talent when paired with Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield and Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment, since you will be able to have it constantly charged without having to risk yourself with Basic Attacks. It is a great Talent to go when committing to a Shock Ray Build.

Psi-Infusion Icon Psi-Infusion greatly increases Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm's range, while also increasing his Mana regeneration. Psi-Infusion is not a strong Talent by itself, but when picked together with Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo, it will be very impactful, since it will allow you to poke enemies with Storm, to then hit them with Shock Ray, dealing an insane amount of poke damage.

Khaydarin Amulet Icon Khaydarin Amulet is a niche Talent that can be a great nuisance for the opposing team, as the bounce on Basic Attacks slows, deals considerable damage and constantly dismounts enemies. However, since Tassadar is a squishy Hero, Khaydarin Amulet is not always a good choice. We recommend getting other options if enemies can easily punish you with crowd control.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Induction ?
Induction (Level 4) Starcraft Tassadar

Casting Shock Ray grants Tassadar 20% increased Movement Speed for 3 seconds. If an enemy Hero is hit, increase this speed bonus to 30%.

Tassadar Electric Fence ?
Electric Fence (Level 4) Starcraft Tassadar

Force Wall deals 92 (+4% per level) damage a second to nearby enemies and Slows them by 35%.

Tassadar Plasma Shield ?
Plasma Shield (Level 4) Starcraft Tassadar

While Resonance Beam is fully charged, gain a Shield equal to 3% of max Health every second, stacking up to 12%.

4.1.

Discussion

Induction Icon Induction is a very good Talent, since it compensates for the fact that Shock Ray will essentially root you for 1 second. We recommend going for this Talent against Heroes that will target you easily, but do not have much chase potential after the first dash, like Greymane, Thrall, or Artanis.

Electric Fence Icon Electric Fence does not add any form of survivability or escape like the other 2 talents in this tier do, but the damage and slow can be very impactful if you do not need be concerned about dives or pokes. Eletric Fence will be great if enemies cannot kill you.

Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield essentially adds a good sustain source for Tassadar as long as he keeps Resonance Beam charged. It is a great talent with Static Charge Icon Static Charge, since it will be up almost every time.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Beam Alignment ?
Beam Alignment (Level 7) Starcraft Tassadar

Reduce the Mana cost of Shock Ray from 55 to 45. While Resonance Beam is fully charged, Shock Ray's cooldown refreshes 100% faster.

Tassadar Psionic Echo ?
Psionic Echo (Level 7) Starcraft Tassadar

Casting Psionic Storm causes your next Shock Ray within 3 seconds to only cost 30 Mana and create a Psionic Storm on the first enemy Hero hit.

Tassadar Arc Discharge
Arc Discharge (Level 7) Starcraft Tassadar

When Resonance Beam is fully charged, Tassadar's Basic Attack range is increased by 1 and its next instance of damage also creates a Psionic Storm on the target.

This effect has a 20 second cooldown that decays twice as fast while Resonance Beam is fully charged.

5.1.

Discussion

Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment will slightly improve Shock Ray's Builds. As long as you keep hitting Shock Ray, you will be constantly recharging Resonance Beam. However, be aware that if you miss one, it is important to use a Basic Attack once to refresh your Stacks.

Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo will not only improve your Mana management, but will also greatly increase your poke capabilities. After getting this Talent, you have to be aware that you cannot be using Shock Ray right after you used Psionic Storm. It will always be better to only apply the second Psionic Storm right after the first one stops hitting the target. Also, never use Shock Ray Icon Shock Ray before Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm, since you will have to wait for it to be available again to do your combo.

Arc Discharge Icon Arc Discharge's extra range on Basic Attacks enables Tassadar to play in a much safer position, enhancing Archon's powers. Be aware that this Talent automatically creates a Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm, and it may easily overlap with one that you crated. To better take value out of Arc Discharge, it is better to use your own Psionic Storm right when enemy leaves the one generated by the talent.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Archon
Archon (Level 10) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds

Tassadar transforms into an Archon, gaining a Shield equal to 25% of his maximum Health and empowering Resonance Beam. Lasts for 12 seconds.

Resonance Beam: Deals 140 (+4% per level) damage to the target and splashes 70 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Heroes hit have their Spell Armor reduced by 20 for 2 seconds. Resonance Beam is fully charged while Archon is active.

Tassadar Black Hole ?
Black Hole (Level 10) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

After a 0.5 second cast, create a Black Hole that travels in a long line. Enemy Heroes within the Black Hole's area are quickly pulled towards its center. Touching the center deals 310 (+4% per level) damage and Stuns the target for 1.25 seconds.

6.1.

Discussion

Archon Icon Archon will turn you into a powerful damage dealer that is able to fight most Heroes straight on in a one versus one fight. Archon brings a lot of extra power to team fights as well. With the help of your improved Basic Attacks and Basic Abilities, you will be able to deal heavy AoE damage, while the Archon's initial shield makes you quite resilient. Remember to only use Archon when committing to a fight, or enemies can just walk away from it, greatly reducing the efficiency of your Heroic ability.

Even though Black Hole Icon Black Hole is less reliable than Archon Icon Archon, it can be very effective to follow up a good crippling Ability, like Earthquake Icon Earthquake, Entomb Icon Entomb, or Powerslide Icon Powerslide. However, it still has many flaws. Firstly, it is a slow moving heroic, that can be easily be dodged. Secondly, when it hits, it will push enemies away from your team and from Psionic Storm Icon Psionic Storm. Since it is easy to dodge, we would recommend it to be used as a follow up tool, but unfortunately it might push enemies away, and consequently saving them. Another downside is the 0.5-second cast time. Without good setup, it will be hard to hit from distance, and it can be easily interrupted at close range.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Feedback ?
Feedback (Level 13) Starcraft Tassadar

When an enemy Hero is affected by Psionic Storm, Resonance Beam's Slow is increased to 50% and it reduces Physical Armor by 25.

Tassadar Shadow Walk ?
Shadow Walk (Level 13) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Tassadar becomes Stealthed and Unrevealable, but cannot attack or use Abilities for 1.5 seconds. While this effect is active, gain 40% increased Movement Speed and 25 Armor.

Can be cast while Channeling Shock Ray.

Tassadar Oracle ?
Oracle (Level 13) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Passive: While stationary, gain 30 Spell Armor for 0.75 seconds and restore 12 (+4% per level) Health a second.

Activate to Channel for up to 4 seconds, revealing a gradually increasing area anywhere on the map.

7.1.

Discussion

Feedback Icon Feedback Is a great Talent when paired with Archon Icon Archon, since the slow will be applied for 2 seconds after hitting the target, instead of having to be standing still attacking. The armor reduction is an even better bonus, that will increase the damage output from your whole team. We recommend going for this Talent when enemies do not have any Heroes capable of diving you.

Shadow Walk Icon Shadow Walk basically gives you a worse version of the old Tassadar Ability, Dimensional Shift. Since it adds stealth instead of invulnerable, we only recommend this Talent against mobile Heroes Reliant on Basic Attacks, like Illidan or The Butcher.

Oracle Icon Oracle will give Tassadar much-needed self-sustain and spell armor. This Talent will greatly increase Tassadar's resistance against damage from mages. It is important to note that you do not have to be standing still to activate this Talent, but can just stop moving once each 0.75 seconds to keep it on. Oracle can be activated to give information of any area in the map, but you have to be standing still while channeling.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Thermal Lance ?
Thermal Lance (Level 16) Starcraft Tassadar

Shock Ray deals an additional 8% of maximum Health as damage to the first Hero it hits.

Tassadar Psychic Shock ?
Psychic Shock (Level 16) Starcraft Tassadar

Psionic Storm deals damage 25% faster.

Tassadar Executor's Will
Executor's Will (Level 16) Starcraft Tassadar
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Activate to gain full Resonance Beam charge, 20% Spell Power, and cause Basic and Heroic Ability cooldowns to regenerate 25% faster. This effect lasts as long as Resonance Beam remains at full charge.

8.1.

Discussion

Thermal Lance Icon Thermal Lance will greatly increase Tassadar's damage in all builds, but will excel with Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment.

Psychic Shock Icon Psychic Shock is a great Talent when picked together with other Psionic Storm Talents. The fact that it increases the speed in which it does damage will also increase how fast consecutive hits happen, adding much more damage than the 25% mentioned in the Talent.

Executor's Will Icon Executor's Will will slightly increase Tassadar's Abilities' effectiveness. It is the middle ground between Thermal Lance Icon Thermal Lance (adds good burst) and Psychic Shock Icon Psychic Shock (adds good sustain and poke). It is a good choice with Arc Discharge Icon Arc Discharge at Level 7, because Tassadar will not take as much value from the other Talents at Level 16 as he would with Beam Alignment Icon Beam Alignment or Psionic Echo Icon Psionic Echo.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Tassadar

Tassadar Twilight Archon
Twilight Archon (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Basic Attacks while in Archon form increase its duration by 2 seconds.

Tassadar Kugelblitz ?
Kugelblitz (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Enemy Heroes hit by Black Hole's center have their Armor reduced by 20 for 3 seconds and have a Psionic Storm created at their location.

Tassadar Force Barrier ?
Force Barrier (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Increase the duration of Force Wall by 0.5 seconds, its range by 50%, and reduce its cooldown by 10 seconds.

Tassadar Khala's Gift ?
Khala's Gift (Level 20) Starcraft Tassadar

Gain 4% Spell Power for yourself and each nearby ally Hero, up to 20% total Spell Power. Your total bonus is shared with all contributing allies.

9.1.

Discussion

Twilight Archon Icon Twilight Archon will make your Archon Icon Archon even more powerful than it already is. Being able to remain in Archon form during an entire team fight can single-handedly make the difference to tip balance in your team's favor.

Kugelblitz Icon Kugelblitz will spawn Psionic Storms Below enemies hit by Black Hole. The armor reduction provided by it is excellent for wombo combos. This is a great upgrade for Black Hole Icon Black Hole, and should be the choice with it.

Force Barrier Icon Force Barrier is the most versatile Talent at level 20. It will be useful every time. It should be the pick if you are not able to deal much damage with Archon, and would like to play a bit safer.

Khala's Gift Icon Khala's Gift can be a good option if your team features many different Heroes Reliant on spell damage, but mostly other options will be better in normal games.

10.

Changelog

  • 25 Nov. 2020: Updated Talent recommendations.
  • 29 Oct. 2020: Guide updated after last balance patch.
  • 03 Oct. 2020: Executor's Will's relevance updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2020: Guide updated after recent balance patch.
  • 15 Apr. 2020: Updated Tassadar's Guide accordingly to his Rework.
  • 29 Aug. 2019: Updated Tassadar's Talent Builds and several of his Talent priorities in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 19 Feb. 2019: Updated Tassadar's talent builds.
  • 30 Jan. 2018: Changed Khaydarin Resonance from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 29 Jan. 2018: Updated Khala's Light description and updated Tassadar's Talent Builds.
  • 03 Sep. 2017: Changed Force Barrier from Not Recommended to Situational and updated several other talent descriptions.
  • 06 Jul. 2017: Updated Adun's Wisdom's description.
  • 09 Jun. 2017: Changed Khala's Embrace from Not Recommended to Recommended and updated Talent Builds.
  • 04 May 2017: Updated several of Tassadar's talent descriptions.
  • 28 Feb. 2017: Updated Khaydarin Resonance in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 31 Jan. 2017: Changed some Level 7 and Level 13 talent recommendations.
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