Varian Talents

Last updated on Nov 05, 2020 at 15:00 by Elitesparkle 44 comments
General Information

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

1.

Varian's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Lion's Maw Overpower High King's Quest ?
4 Taunt Colossus Smash ? Twin Blades of Fury ?
7 Lionheart Second Wind Victory Rush ?
10 Shield Wall Warbringer ?
13 Juggernaut ? Mortal Strike Shattering Throw ?
16 Banner of Stormwind Banner of Ironforge ? Banner of Dalaran
20 Vigilance ? Master at Arms ? Frenzy ? Glory to the Alliance Demoralizing Shout ?
2.

Varian's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Taunt Build

Recommended
Level 1 Overpower Icon
Level 4 Taunt Icon
Level 7 Second Wind Icon Victory Rush Icon ?
Level 10 Shield Wall Icon Warbringer Icon ?
Level 13 Mortal Strike Icon Juggernaut Icon ? Shattering Throw Icon ?
Level 16 Banner of Dalaran Icon
Level 20 Glory to the Alliance Icon

Taunt Build turns Varian into a Tank who is capable of engaging and/or peeling for his team, but do not underestimate his damage. We highly recommend this Build when your team needs a Tank, but it can also be played as Solo Laner.

Colossus Smash Build

Situational
Level 1 High King's Quest Icon
Level 4 Colossus Smash Icon
Level 7 Second Wind Icon
Level 10 Shield Wall Icon Warbringer Icon ?
Level 13 Mortal Strike Icon Juggernaut Icon ? Shattering Throw Icon ?
Level 16 Banner of Dalaran Icon
Level 20 Glory to the Alliance Icon

Colossus Smash Build turns Varian into a highly explosive Melee Assassin, who excels at bursting down enemy priority targets using Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash to engage and exploit the Armor reduction effect to increase not only his own damage, but also the damage of the rest of his team. We recommend this Build when your team does not need a Tank or a Solo Laner.

Twin Blades Build

Situational
Level 1 High King's Quest Icon
Level 4 Twin Blades of Fury Icon
Level 7 Second Wind Icon
Level 10 Warbringer Icon Shield Wall Icon ?
Level 13 Mortal Strike Icon Juggernaut Icon ? Shattering Throw Icon ?
Level 16 Banner of Dalaran Icon
Level 20 Glory to the Alliance Icon

Twin Blades Build turns Varian into a Bruiser thanks to the additional damage that Twin Blades of Fury Icon Twin Blades of Fury provides. We think that this Build is only viable when playing as Solo Laner, and not when your team needs a Tank or a second Assassin.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Varian

Varian Lion's Maw
Lion's Maw (Level 1) World of Warcraft Varian

Quest: Every time Lion's Fang hits a Hero, increase its damage by 6, up to 150.

Reward: After hitting 25 Heroes, the Slow is increased to 50% and its duration is increased to 2 seconds.

Varian Overpower
Overpower (Level 1) World of Warcraft Varian

When Parry blocks a Hero's Basic Attack, Heroic Strike's cooldown is refreshed and the next one does 40% more damage.

Varian High King's Quest ?
High King's Quest (Level 1) World of Warcraft Varian

Quest: Hit 50 Heroes with Basic Attacks.

Quest: Participate in 5 Hero Takedowns.

Quest: Gather 15 Regeneration Globes.

Reward: Completing a Quest grants 10 Base Attack Damage. Completing all 3 Quests grants an additional 30 Base Attack Damage.

3.1.

Discussion

Lion's Maw Icon Lion's Maw is a Quest that provides a better Slow and additional damage to Lion's Fang Icon Lion's Fang upon being completed. While the Slow upgrade may be useful for peeling low-mobility Heroes, we do not recommend Lion's Maw Icon Lion's Maw because the damage increase does not match the other Talents in the same Tier.

Overpower Icon Overpower adds burst damage. When playing against Heroes with high Attack Speed, you will get double the value from it because the trigger will happen twice per activation, if you can manage to Basic Attack an enemy Hero twice during Parry Icon Parry. While it is hard but possible for the enemies to suddenly stop using Basic Attacks on Varian to avoid triggering this Talent, it is worth mentioning that Taunt Icon Taunt will negate any counter-play.

High King's Quest Icon High King's Quest is a group of Quests that increase Varian's Basic Attack damage, something that is crucial when going for Twin Blades of Fury Icon Twin Blades of Fury and works well when choosing Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash too.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Varian

Varian Taunt
Taunt (Level 4) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Mana: 20
  • Cooldown: 16 seconds

Silence a target Hero and force them to attack Varian for 1.25 seconds.

Passive: Maximum Health and Health Regeneration increased by 40%.

Varian Colossus Smash ?
Colossus Smash (Level 4) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Smash a target enemy, dealing 160 (+4% per level) damage and lowering their Armor by 20 for 3 seconds, causing them to take 20% increased damage.

Passive: Base Attack Damage increased by 100%.

Passive: Maximum Health and Health Regeneration reduced by 10%.

Varian Twin Blades of Fury ?
Twin Blades of Fury (Level 4) World of Warcraft Varian

Basic Attacks reduce Heroic Strike's cooldown by 9 seconds, and increase Varian's Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds.

Passive: Attack Speed increased by 100%.

Passive: Base Attack Damage reduced by 25%.

4.1.

Discussion

Taunt Icon Taunt turns Varian into a Tank who is capable of engaging and/or peeling for his team, while increasing his maximum Health at the same time. Choose this Heroic Ability when your team needs a Tank, but it can also be played as Solo Laner.

Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash turns Varian into a highly explosive Melee Assassin, but it reduces his maximum Health. Choose this Heroic Ability when a second Assassin is needed.

Twin Blades of Fury Icon Twin Blades of Fury turns Varian into a Bruiser. Choose this Heroic Ability when a Solo Laner is needed.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Varian

Varian Lionheart
Lionheart (Level 7) World of Warcraft Varian

Increase Lion's Fang's healing from Heroes by 75%.

Varian Second Wind
Second Wind (Level 7) World of Warcraft Varian

Basic Attacks heal Varian for 1% of his maximum Health. While below 50% Health, they also heal him for 50% of the damage dealt.

Varian Victory Rush ?
Victory Rush (Level 7) World of Warcraft Varian

Every 30 seconds, Varian's next Basic Attack will heal him for 350 (+4% per level) Health. When a nearby enemy Minion or Monster dies, the cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds.

5.1.

Discussion

Lionheart Icon Lionheart is a decent but not good enough Talent which enhances Varian's self-healing if Lion's Fang Icon Lion's Fang hits enemy Heroes. It works better against team compositions that feature multiple melee Heroes, since they are usually easier to hit.

Second Wind Icon Second Wind is a always a great choices because it unconditionally increases Varian's self-healing, especially if there are no Blinds or crowd control to prevent him from landing Basic Attacks. Due to the fact that Second Wind scales with Varian's maximum Health too, and not only his Attack Damage, it becomes quite strong if paired with Taunt Icon Taunt.

Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush is a good but situational Talent because it only gives enough value if you have enemy Minions or Monsters nearby, however, it is really strong in those situations and should be your default choice on Maps like Braxis Holdout, Dragon Shire, and Infernal Shrines.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Varian

Varian Shield Wall
Shield Wall (Level 10) World of Warcraft Varian

Parry grants Protected, preventing all incoming damage while active. Additionally, Parry's cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds, but it loses 1 charge.

Varian Warbringer ?
Warbringer (Level 10) World of Warcraft Varian

Reduce Charge's cooldown by 8 seconds and Mana cost from 45 to 22. Additionally, Charge can be cast on allied Heroes.

6.1.

Discussion

Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall becomes a powerful pick-up at Level 10. While the Invulnerability effect allows Varian to attack more recklessly, the loss of mobility and lockdown potential that comes by ignoring Warbringer Icon Warbringer is still noticeable. However, the strong protection it offers makes up for it.

Warbringer Icon Warbringer lowers the cooldown on Charge Icon Charge by 8 seconds, a nice boost to both his chasing and peeling capabilities.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Varian

Varian Juggernaut ?
Juggernaut (Level 13) World of Warcraft Varian

Charge deals bonus damage to Heroes equal to 4% of their maximum Health.

Varian Mortal Strike
Mortal Strike (Level 13) World of Warcraft Varian

Heroes hit by Heroic Strike receive 40% reduced healing for 4 seconds.

Varian Shattering Throw ?
Shattering Throw (Level 13) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to throw a sword at a target Hero that deals 50 (+4% per level) damage, and up to 1400 (+4% per level) bonus damage to their Shields.

Passive: Basic Attacks against Heroes deal up to 200% bonus Physical Damage to Shields.

7.1.

Discussion

Juggernaut Icon Juggernaut is a good choice when your team wants to focus the enemy front line first and/or if the enemy team has several Heroes with high maximum Health (such as Stitches, Chen, and Azmodan). In case of prolonged team fights, this Talent has good synergy with Warbringer Icon Warbringer at Level 10.

Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike is a strong choice most of the time because every well-drafted team has a Healer; furthermore, there are even some Heroes with self-healing capabilities (such as Arthas). If you decided to go for the Taunt Build featuring Taunt Icon Taunt at Level 4 and Overpower Icon Overpower at Level 1, you can guarantee an application of Mortal Strike after successfully Taunting an enemy Hero and parrying the following Basic Attack even if Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike is on cooldown when you engage.

Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw is a very powerful but situational Talent that can be used to hard counter Shields (for example it can be used to completely deny Sound Barrier Icon Sound Barrier by Lúcio on the target that you and your team intend to focus).

8.

Level 16 Talents for Varian

Varian Banner of Stormwind
Banner of Stormwind (Level 16) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Activate to place a Banner that grants 25% increased Movement Speed to nearby allied Heroes. Lasts 12 seconds.

Varian Banner of Ironforge ?
Banner of Ironforge (Level 16) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to place a Banner that grants 20 Armor to nearby allied Heroes, reducing damage taken by 20%. Lasts 12 seconds.

Varian Banner of Dalaran
Banner of Dalaran (Level 16) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Activate to place a Banner that grants 20% increased Spell Power to nearby allied Heroes. Lasts 12 seconds.

8.1.

Discussion

Banner of Stormwind Icon Banner of Stormwind is the least useful Talent in this Tier because it only provides Movement Speed, a status effect that does not really compete with the other options.

Banner of Ironforge Icon Banner of Ironforge is a situational Talent that provides Armor to Varian and nearby allied Heroes. Due to its long cooldown compared to the alternatives, only pick it when the enemy team is capable to one-shot an allied Hero with huge burst damage and your team composition does not have the tools to handle that.

Banner of Dalaran Icon Banner of Dalaran is always a strong Talent because it increases damage and healing of everyone in your team, and it also has a short cooldown, a characteristic that allows you to use it with more freedom.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Varian

Varian Vigilance ?
Vigilance (Level 20) World of Warcraft Varian

Being hit by a Hero Basic Attack reduces the cooldown of Taunt by 1 second.

Varian Master at Arms ?
Master at Arms (Level 20) World of Warcraft Varian

Colossus Smash affects all enemies near the target, and its cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds.

Varian Frenzy ?
Frenzy (Level 20) World of Warcraft Varian

Twin Blades of Fury increases Heroic Strike damage by an additional 25%, and Basic Attacks increase his Movement Speed by an additional 10%.

Varian Glory to the Alliance
Glory to the Alliance (Level 20) World of Warcraft Varian

Banner now also increases health regeneration and all healing received for nearby allied Heroes by 50%, and the cooldown is reduced by 50%.

Varian Demoralizing Shout ?
Demoralizing Shout (Level 20) World of Warcraft Varian
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to demoralize nearby enemy Heroes, reducing damage they deal by 40% for 5 seconds.

9.1.

Discussion

Vigilance Icon Vigilance is a situational Talent that works only when facing Heroes with high Attack Speed (such as Tychus) because it allows you to use cast your Heroic Ability twice in quick succession and snowball the team fight from there.

Master at Arms Icon Master at Arms is a decent Talent to boost the area of effect burst damage of your team. The cooldown reduction is good when you want to pick isolated targets with the help of your team, but it is not the reason why you pick this Talent because a late game team fight where your team focuses on burst damage will not last that much anyways.

Frenzy Icon Frenzy is a decent Talent to increase your own damage, and it also increases your Movement Speed by a small amount.

Glory to the Alliance Icon Glory to the Alliance is a strong Talent because it provides both increased healing to the whole team and cooldown reduction on any Level 16 Talent. If paired with Banner of Dalaran Icon Banner of Dalaran that has only 25 seconds of cooldown, you can basically spam it every 12 seconds, even if just for checking a bush after another because a trap by the enemy team in the late game can have a devastating outcome.

Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout is a situational Talent to use as counter against team compositions that focus a lot on burst damage. Being able to debuff several Heroes at the same time allows Varian to protect not only himself but also nearby allied Heroes who might be in danger. Do not hesitate to use Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout on a single Hero when needed.

10.

Changelog

  • 05 Nov. 2020: Guide updated for the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Apr. 2020: Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 19 Dec. 2019: Updated Frenzy's description in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Oct. 2019: Updated Varian's Talents and Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 09 Sep. 2019: Updated Varian's Talents and Talent Builds.
  • 18 Apr. 2019: Updated Varian's early Talents and Talent Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 13 Oct. 2018: Updated Talent Builds and changed Frenzy from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 06 Apr. 2018: Changed Second Wind from Situational to Recommended.
  • 04 Apr. 2018: Changed Warbringer from Situational to Recommended.
  • 28 Mar. 2018: Completely overhauled Varian's Builds and Talents in accordance with his recent Rework.
  • 11 Jul. 2017: Changed High King's Quest from Situational to Recommended.
  • 03 Jul. 2017: Updated Varian's Level 1 Talents.
  • 16 May 2017: Updated Warbringer's description.
  • 11 Mar. 2017: Updated Varian's talent section to fit the current meta.
  • 28 Feb. 2017: Updated Warbringer in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Feb. 2017: Re-arranged Varian's Level 13 and 16 talent tiers in accordance with the Lucio Update.
  • 04 Feb. 2017: Updated Level 7 talent discussions and assessments.
  • 20 Dec. 2016: Updated text for some talent discussions, but assessments remain the same.
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