'Lighting Strikes!' Falstad Guide by NesTea

'Lighting Strikes!' Falstad Guide

By: NesTea
Last Updated: Apr 3, 2015
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Falstad

Build: Auto-Attack Assassin Build

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Threats to Falstad with this build

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Abathur Not much of a threat by himself, however when he is on an enemy hero be careful to stay out of his range as he can do massive damage (especially since Falstad is squishy).
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Brightwing Easy target alone. Be careful when he is with a teammate as that is when he is really dangerous. Also be careful of polymorphs in a team fight.
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Li Li Easy to kill and focus down. Her e is annoying as it will cause your basic attacks to miss. Be careful when she is with an enemy as she can sustain and heal them for a long time.
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Malfurion Easy to kill, try not to get caught in his roots as it will prevent your escape and allow enemy team to kill you.
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Murky Easy kill. Try not to let him get close to you and kill his egg whenever possible.
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Azmodan Not that much of a threat. As long as you avoid his orbs and lasers you are fine.
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Gazlowe Not much of a threat as long as you avoid his turrets. If you get caught in his turrets Barrel roll out right away as they dish a lot of damage.
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Rehgar Don't like him close up as he can get very annoying, Rehgar himself is not much of a threat, but if he is with his team then he is extremely dangerous due to the sustain from his heals. Luckily, Rehgar himself cannot do much damage. Note: Careful of his slow totems as they can cause you to get ganked
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Tassadar Not that dangerous if you kite him when he is in Archon mode and avoid his storms. If you can do that you can take him 1v1.
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Tyrande Be careful of her E as it can cause a lot of trouble for you. If she is building DPS try to avoid her as Falstad is pretty squishy. If not then you can easily take her down if you avoid her E.
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Uther Doesn o damage but can be extremely annoying with his stuns. His stuns can also allow the enemy team to catch up to you can kill you. Avoid letting him stun you.
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Arthas As long as you do not get caught up in his frozen wastes you are fine and can outrange him. Don't let him close the distance as he can do massive amounts of damage if he gets close.
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Diablo Can be dangerous if he is with a team and closes the distance, but usually you can kite him and avoid getting close to him.
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Jaina Not that hard to take down if you can avoid her abilities. Since she is almost as squishy as Falstad. Since Falstad has more direct damage and more damage overall he should win this fight.
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Muradin Can quickly close the distance and stun you allowing the enemy team to finish you off quickly. Luckily, he cannot do much damage.
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Raynor Pretty evenly matched, however he has pretty good heals so be careful when facing him at low HP. Raynor can also DPS you down quickly if you are not careful (luckily you can do the same to him).
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Tychus Can be evenly matched if you can kite him. If not you are basically dead as he can dish out a lot of DPS, Try to kill him before he can kill you.
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Valla Pretty evenly matched as both are really squishy and have high DPS. Try to get her before she gets you.
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Anub'arak Pretty dangerous for Falstad as he has burrow charge and impaler stuns meaning he can close up with Falstad in a jiffy. Try to avoid fighting him without ally support.
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Chen Can close distance quickly with flying kick. He can also slow you with his brew and fire. Try to to avoid fighting him without ally support.
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E.T.C. Can be dangerous with his slide as he can quickly push you into the enemy team, where you will be very vulnerable. Be extremely careful if there is an ETC on the enemy team.
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Nazeebo Pretty dangerous as Falstad is pretty squishy. Avoid Ravenous Spirit at all costs or you're basically dead. Try not to get caught in wall.
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Tyrael Luckily he cannot do any damage, but his judgement can quickly lead to trouble if his team catches up. He also has a lot of HP so try not to take him 1v1.
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Zagara Pretty dangerous as her minions do most of her damage for her, so she can kite you for days. Her Hydralisk also does a lot of damage so avoid it at all costs. Zagara is a hard enemy for falstad to take out as she can also increase her range with a talent.
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Sgt. Hammer Pretty dangerous. Try to avoid fighting without a teammate. She has more HP + a longer range. She also has high DPS, needless to say Falstad would not win a 1v1 with her.
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Illidan One of the most dangerous heroes for Falstad. Illidan can close the distance quickly and prevent your escape. Try not to be caught alone with him.
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Kerrigan Pretty dangerous as she can pull you towards her and stun you. He careful when facing her as she can quickly turn the tides on you with her massive burst damage. Try not to be caught alone with her.
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Nova Extremely dangerous as Falstad is squishy. She can sneak out of no where and kill you in 1 or 2 shots. Try to retreat when you are at low health when she is on the enemy team.
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Sonya Dangerous to Falstad as her skill shot allows her to close the distance quickly and do a lot of damage from slam. She can also sustain herself with WW. Very dangerous for Falstad and can't take 1v1.
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Stitches His hook will pull you towards him where he can do a load of damage. Try to have an ally with you when you take him down. Falstad should not take him 1v1. His Gorge ultimate usually means death for Falstad if caught.
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Thrall Danerous if he closes the distance, however you can kite him as he is not that fast without his E. You can also slow him with your Q. Try not to take him on 1v1 as he has more HP and can out DPS you.
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Zeratul Extremely dangerous, can kill you with one or two swipes and before you even know what's happening. Try to heal up when you are low on HP as he can 1 hit you easily.

Falstad

Build: Hammerang Assassin Build

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Falstad is an interesting and unique assassin. He is unique and interesting because he plays somewhat differently than the other assassins. Falstad is the only assassin that does not come with a mount and his mount is instead replaced with another ability, which I will explain later on. Falstad is also extremely slow compared to other assassins and cannot give chase if the target is fleeing. However, in order to compensate for his lack of mobility he has the ability to slow down the enemy and take them out. Falstad can also output a massive amount of damage in a short amount of time compared to other assassins, but in return he is really squishy.

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Falstad has many abilities, each used for a different purpose. Falstad's abilities are extremely useful especially one in particular for this assassin build. Although his other abilities are not as important as this one, they still hold some merit and should not be completely written off (considering one is your main escape ability). Here are Falstad's Abilities:

(Q) Hammerang is the most important ability for Falstad (the one I mentioned in the above summary), however it does take some skill to use. This ability is extremely important as it is Falstad's main damage ability and allows him to catch up with enemy heroes due to the slows. Many talents to this ability also buffs Falstad's DPS significantly (as I will mention later in the guide). If you want to be good with Falstad this would be the ability to master.

(W) Lightning Rod is Falstad's second damage ability. Although this ability does not nearly have as much DPS as the Hammerang does it is still useful for finishing off enemies (as it can strike from a distance) and kiting enemies when they try to chase you.

(E) Barrel Roll is Falstad's escape ability. Barrel Roll is pretty important as Falstad is slow and immobile meaning it is hard to escape. Barrel Roll acts like Valla's Vault and Tychus' Run and Gun, but it also grants a shield. Barrel Roll is also unique to Falstad as it allows him to roll over walls and forests, while Vault and Run and Gun does not.

(R) Mighty Gust or (R) Hinterland Blast are Falstad's heroic abilities. Both have their own uses, but for the assassin build you always try to use Hinterland Blast. Hinterland Blast is an amazing ability for an assassin as it shoots a long powerful energy beam in a straight line allowing you to kill fleeing enemies push out a lot of damage in a team fight. Although it is still possible to dodge a Hinterland Blast it is extremely difficult and 9 times out of 10 you will be able to hit something if not the enemy hero. Mighty Gust is Falstad's second heroic ability and it is used for a completely different reason than Hinterland Blast. Mighty Gust is an great escape ability as it pushes enemy heroes away and slows them for a while. This becomes handy when you are trying to escape, however it does no damage so it is unsuitable in an assassin guide. Mighty Gust can also be used as CC to disrupt the enemy team, but that is impractical as Falstad is slow and squishy (meaning he would most likely be killed before he got close to the enemy team).

(Z) Flight is Falstad's replacement to the Mount ability of other heroes. Flight is great and needed on Falstad because he is slow and has no maneuverability. Flight allows Falstad to get to objectives and team fights on time to assist the team. Without this ability he would become a liability to his team as he cannot get to team fights on time.

Trait Top

Tailwind is Falstad's trait. This trait is beneficial and extremely important to Falstad and his survival as he cannot move fast due to the lack of mounts. Even without a mount Falstad's move speed is painfully slow. Without this trait Falstad would be almost useless in every game as he could be easily ganked and would not make any team fights when his Flight ability was on cool down.

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For the first ability both Seasoned Marksman and Power Throw are pretty good, as they both stack well with the ability Secret Weapon that we will choose later. Seasoned Marksman is good because the extra damage pays off later when you are able to do 80% more damage per attack, while Power Throw is good because it increases the range of Hammerang, meaning that it will take longer for it to come back. This is good because this allows you to hit more basic attacks on your opponent and get more use out of Secret Weapon. The extra slow is also useful as well.

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Vampiric Assault is the best choice for the second ability as none of the other abilities are remotely as useful. Since Falstad is an extremely squishy and immobile character, having some kind of heal is a must. What's better way to heal than by auto-attacks in an auto-attack build? Even though the heal amount is extremely low, it is still better than no heals at all. Vampiric Assault also stacks pretty well with Seasoned Marksman as you gain health from attacking minions.

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Most people in an auto-attack build would pick Battle Momentum in this slot, however I would pick Secret Weapon. The reason for this is Secret Weapon drastically improves Falstad's DPS, while Battle Momentum does not (except from his abilities, and the only ability that actually does damage is Hammerang). An 80% increase in damage from auto-attacks is no mean feat and without it Falstad would not be the assassin he is. For this build you would not use another ability as Secret Weapon provides way to much DPS to turn down.

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For Falstad's ultimate ability I would choose Hinterland Blast as Mighty Gust does not provide any DPS and is only useful when you are trying to escape from the enemy ( Mighty Gust cannot be used on the offensive as it pushes the enemy away allowing them to escape. Even with the slows Falstad still cannot catch up to them as he himself is slow).

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Giant Killer is one of the best abilities in the game for assassins as it gives you a permanent damage increase of 1.5% of the enemies max health. This is especially useful in this build as that damage goes well with the Secret Weapon talent we picked above. Giant Killer is also good in many auto-attack builds as you will be using your auto-attacks frequently.

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Hammer Time is the best choice in this category as it helps Falstad catch up with his opponent when they are stunned as well as give Falstad the opportunity to dish out the damage from Secret Weapon as the enemy cannot do anything (when they are stunned). Although this ability does not increase the damage done by Secret Weapon and Hammerang, it adds a lot of utility to the ability and gives Falstad a chance to dish out the damage that he may not have been able to due to the enemy being faster and escaping.

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Nexus Frenzy would be a no brainer here as this is an auto-attack build. A 20% increase in attack speed is massive for an assassin and would allow Falstad to get off more hits when Secret Weapon is active. The 20% increase in attack range is also massive as it would allow Falstad to attack safely from a distance not exposing himself (as Falstad is extremely squishy as previously mentioned). It would also allow him to chase down fleeing enemies easier as he now has a greater range to attack from.

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