Tassadar by scallops

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Tassadar

By: scallops
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2018
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Tassadar

High Templar

A rework for Tassadar that addresses Tassadar's most difficult design challenges.

1.) A Tassadar that mostly fits within lore.
2.) A Tassadar that still feels familiar for fans of his play style.
3.) A Tassadar that fills more roles than just a tiny niche role as Tracer (etc.) shield bot.
4.) A Tassadar that is buffed for non-pro players, but not for pro players.
5.) A Tassadar that has a diverse talent build that dramatically alters how you play him from game to game:

a.) AA dive hero enabler
b.) Main healer who excels in tankier compositions.
c.) Archon
d.) Psionic Storm

Combat Trait

1
Oracle
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to greatly increase Tassadar's vision radius, allow him to see over obstacles, and detect stealthed units. Plasma Shields within radius regenerate 10% of shields per second for Oracle's duration. Lasts for 5 seconds.

Passive: Tassadar has a fixed 500 maximum energy instead of mana.

Primary Abilities

1
Plasma Shield
Energy: 75
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Grant a Shield that absorbs up to 20% of an ally's maximum health over 4 seconds. Non-heroes gain an additional 100% shielding. Cannot be cast on structures or bosses.
2
Psionic Storm
Energy: 200
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Deal 250 (+4% per level) damage per second to enemies in target area for 3 seconds. Damage increased by 20% versus non-heroes and reduced by 20% versus structures.
3
Force Wall
Energy: 25
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Create a wall that blocks all units from moving through it for 2 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

1
Archon
Energy: 250
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Tassadar transforms into an Archon. All, but 10 life is converted into Plasma Shield and remains for the duration of Archon. His Basic Attacks deal 158 (+4% per level) damage, slow the target by 30% for 1 second and splash for 79 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within 2.5 range. Restorative health effects are applied to Plasma Shield instead. Cannot cast basic abilities. Lasts for 10 seconds. Remaining Plasma Shield is added to health upon expiration.
2
Hallucination
Energy: 50
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Tassadar casts a mirrored image of himself that follows him around the battlefield. The hallucination casts phantom Plasma Shields and non-damaging Psionic Storms. Tassadar's cooldowns and energy costs are reduced by half for the duration that the hallucination remains on the battlefield. Lasts for 20 seconds.

Plasma Shield

Plasma Shield will be re-worked to shield life based percentages rather than a flat, scaling number. The baseline damage leech will also be removed. The mana cost will be 75/500 in the new energy based system and shield duration and cooldown will remain the same at 4 and 8 seconds respectively. Energy cost is increased from approximately 10% of total pool to 15%.

This will reduce some of the enabling power out of the gate for low-life, dive, AA heroes like Tracer, but begin to enable some tankier heroes. Plasma Shield's power will become more talent dependent.

Psionic Storm

Psionic Storm will cost dramatically more, from 10% to 40% of total pool. Damage is significantly increased from 82 (increasing per wave) to a flat 250 (20% increased for non-heroes). The cooldown and duration will remain the same.

Psionic Storm is the most iconic area of effect skill in Blizzard's lore. Psionic Storm will now no longer feel like a tickle and instead like something that needs to be strategically played around, both on offense and defense. A well-timed, properly placed storm can single-handedly tip a team fight strongly in your team's favor, but if a team baits out a poor storm, Tassadar is left playing as a utility support at best. The high energy cost prohibits spamming Psionic Storms and will limit Tassadar to 2 per team fight in most instances. Psionic Storm will erase all but the tankiest of non-hero minions, which will be left very low on life, making him an ideal multi-laner, especially on smaller maps. Use of Psionic Storm will make Tassadar energy hungry - very much like high templar in Starcraft.

Force Wall

Force Wall will now be baseline instead of an ult. Dimensional Shift will be moved to a talent choice. Duration, cooldown, and energy cost will remain the same.

Tassadar has been basically unkillable for his stay in the Nexus. With Dimensional Shift being shifted to a talent choice, players will have to make the choice of survivability over other important talents. Force Wall being baseline should allow Tassadar some utility outside of Plasma Shield and Psionic Storm. Immediate availability adds some usefulness to Tassadar before his talents start ramping up his abilities.

Archon

Archon will closer resemble the lore of Archon. Tassadar will become a giant, area of effect, plasma shield, bruiser. Basic abilities can no longer be cast. Energy cost will become 50% of his maximum energy pool. The cooldown is reduced to 60 seconds and duration remains the same.

This change will increase Archon's survivability and enable Tassadar to really press forward into team fights. The trade off is his inability to use basic abilities, which brings it more into line with lore. Plasma Shield talents have the ability to make Archon even more of a threat.

This should the the obvious choice for an Archon build, but also potentially for dive enabling builds.

Hallucination

Hallucination makes its introduction as a powerful ultimate ability.

A hallucinated Tassadar on the battlefield may cause the enemy team to walk on eggshells with up to 5 Psionic Storms and 2 phantom Psionic Storms in a 20 second period or second guess their choice of targets with shield spam going down. This is a very powerful ultimate and the obvious choice for main healers or damage dealing Tassadar talent builds.

Talents

Level 1



[QUEST] Infusion of Khala - (Q/W) Psionic Storm's damage is reduced by 75%. Psionic Storm regenerates Plasma Shields that it touches at the same rate.
!REWARD: Upon regenerating shields for a total of 30 seconds, after the expiration of Plasma Shield, any remaining Plasma Shield is regenerated as health over 4 seconds. Receiving damage ends the regeneration effect.
[QUEST] Khala's Embrace - (Q) Plasma Shield leeches 40% of attack damage dealt as health.
!REWARD: Upon leeching 8,000 health, Plasma Shield leeches an additional 20% of damage.
[QUEST] Khala's Betrayal - (Q) Ally hero's Plasma Shield empowers Psionic Storm. Psionic Storm duration is extended for as long as it contacts Plasma Shields.
!REWARD: Upon extending Psionic Storms by 30 seconds, Psionic Storm radius is increased by 20%.

Level 4



Templar's Divinity - (Q) Plasma Shields that are broken before their duration reduce Plasma Shield's cooldown by 2 seconds.
Khaydarin Amulet - (W) Increases Tassadar's energy by 100. Restore 10 energy for every enemy killed by Psionic Storm.
Psionic Projection - (Q/W) Increases the casting range of Plasma Shield and Psionic Storm by 40%.

Level 7



Dimensional Shift - (1) Tassadar becomes invulnerable and Unrevealable for 2 seconds. While shifted, he has 25% increased Movement Speed. This ability costs 75 energy and can be cast once every 30 seconds.
Force Barrier - (E) Force Wall's range is increased by 50%, cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds, and energy cost is reduced to 10.
Oracle of Adun - (D) Oracle may now be cast on any ally hero, globally, and during a death timer.

Level 10



Archon - (R) Tassadar transforms into an Archon. All, but 10 life is converted into Plasma Shield and remains for the duration of Archon. His Basic Attacks deal 158 (+4% per level) damage, slow the target by 30% for 1 second and splash for 79 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within 2.5 range. Restorative health effects are applied to Plasma Shield instead. Cannot cast basic abilities. Lasts for 10 seconds. Remaining Plasma Shield is added to health upon expiration.

Hallucination - (R) Tassadar casts a mirrored image of himself that follows him around the battlefield. The hallucination casts phantom Plasma Shields and non-damaging Psionic Storms. Tassadar's cooldowns and energy costs are reduced by half for the duration that the hallucination remains on the battlefield. Lasts for 20 seconds.

Level 13



Templar's Strength - Tassadar's auto attack does 50% bonus damage once per second while affected by Plasma Shield.
Shield Battery - (2) Tassadar phases in a shield battery over 2 seconds. Shield Battery distributes up to 1000 Shields evenly every second to heroes within its radius. Shield Battery lasts 10 seconds or until destroyed. 60 second cooldown. Shield Battery shields are unaffected by Plasma Shield talents.
Psionic Flux - (W) Psionic Storm reduces healing received by enemy heroes within its radius by 70%.

Level 16



Rage of Mertick - (Q) While affected by Plasma Shield, Tassadar's auto attacks leech damage as health by an additional 40%. Auto attacks extend the duration of Plasma Shields affecting Tassadar by 1 second.
En Taro, High Templar - (Q) Heroes affected by Plasma Shield leech 10% of ability damage dealt as health over 4 seconds. Receiving damage ends the regeneration effect.
Psionic Echo - (W) One second after having been affected by Psionic Storm, enemy heroes detonate a small blast around them dealing an additional 100 damage to any enemies in its radius and slowing them by 90% for 1 second.

Level 20



Twilight Archon - (R) Basic Attacks while in Archon form increase its duration by 1 second. Oracle can be cast while in Twilight Archon.
Executor - (R) Hallucination now summons one additional hallucinated high templar. Upon expiration or reactivation (R), if both high templar remain they will merge into one hallucinated archon. Cooldown and energy cost reduction remain halved until the hallucinated archon has been destroyed.
Legacy of the Void - (Q) Plasma Shield's duration is reset to 4 seconds any time it receieves damage. Plasma Shield's cooldown is reduced by an additional two seconds if they are broken before their duration.
Void Wall - (E) Ally heroes may now pass through Force Wall.

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