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Falstad is a hard difficulty ranged assassin. He can fly over terrain and strike enemies from a ways away. Most interestingly, he can use his abilities to avoid damage or destroy enemies. Falstad is also unique in that he is permanently astride his flying mount, allowing him to fly over terrain.

Background Edit

Falstad Wildhammer is the High Thane of the Wildhammer Clan and a founding member of the Council of Three Hammers that now presides over Ironforge. Despite wild speculation, Falstad has never been dead and anyone who claims such is a liar.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

  • Global presence thanks to Flight.
  • Can be built focused into either a Basic Attacks or Spell Damage.
  • Strong poke with long range basic attacks and Hammerang.
  • Lightning Rod provides with an additional source of damage that can be lethal if ignored.
  • Barrel Roll is an excellent mobility tool for retreating from combat or to chase enemy Heroes.
  • Barrel Roll and Hammerang can be used to kite effectively against melee Heroes.
  • Hinterland Blast is excellent to execute low health opponents, and is very rewarding when hitting multiple Heroes due it's cooldown reduction.
  • Mighty Gust is one of the strongest crowd control abilities in the game (especially if Wind Tunnel is picked at level 20), that may devastate the whole enemy team with proper setup.

Weaknesses Edit

  • Relatively mana extensive.
  • Low healthpool.
  • Weak to dive.
  • Not effective against multiple high health enemies at the same time, though it may be compensated with proper usage of Hinterland Blast.

Abilities Edit

IconCripplingHammer
Hammerang (Q) [Skillshot]
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Throw out a Hammer that returns to you, dealing 121 (+4% per level) damage and slowing enemies by 25% for 2 seconds.

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Lightning Rod (W)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Deal 111.28 (+4% per level) to an enemy, and an additional 78 (+4% per level) damage per second for 4.25 seconds if you remain close to the target.

IconBarrelRoll
Barrel Roll (E)
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Dashes forward and grants a 177.84 (+4% per level) point Shield for 3 seconds.

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Flight (Z)
Cooldown: 55 seconds

Instead of mounting, you can fly a great distance over terrain.

Traits Edit

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Tailwind [Passive]

Gain 15% increased Movement Speed after not taking damage for 6 seconds.

Heroic Abilities Edit

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Hinterland Blast [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 120 seconds

After a short delay, deal 475 (+4.75% per level) damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

IconMightyGust
Mighty Gust [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Push enemies away and slow their Movement Speed by 40%, decaying over 4 seconds.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

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Gathering Storm
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Every time Hammerang hits a Hero increase its damage by 1.5.

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Seasoned Marksman
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Every Minion killed near you grants 0.2 Attack Damage, and Takedowns grant 0.5 Attack Damage.
IconQuestTalent Reward: Upon gaining 40 bonus Attack Damage, you can also activate Seasoned Marksman to increase your Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. 60 second cooldown.

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Wingman
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Enemy Minions killed near you grant a stack of Bribe. Use 20 stacks to bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them and permanently increasing the damage of Lightning Rod by 5%. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 80 stacks.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

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Static Shield
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Gain a Shield equal to 4% of your maximum Health after every Lightning Rod strike. Lasts 4 seconds and stacks.

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Updraft
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increases Barrel Roll's range, Shield amount, and Shield duration by 40%.

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Hammer Gains
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Basic Attacks heal for 20% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

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Secret Weapon
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Increases Hammerang's range by 30% and Basic Attacks deal 60% bonus damage while Hammerang is in flight.

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BOOMerang
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Reactivate Hammerang mid-flight to deal 165 (+4% per level) damage around the Hammer.

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Charged Up
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Increases the number of Lightning Rod strikes by 2 and its range by 25%.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

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Hinterland Blast [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 120 seconds

After a short delay, deal 475 (+4.75% per level) damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

IconMightyGust
Mighty Gust [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Push enemies away and slow their Movement Speed by 40%, decaying over 4 seconds.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

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Giant Killer
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.

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Flow Rider
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

While Tailwind is active, your Basic Abilities recharge 100% faster.

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Thunderstrikes
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Lightning Rod deals 20% more damage each subsequent strike.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

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Aerie Gusts
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Reduce activation time for Tailwind to 3 seconds, and increase the Movement Speed bonus to 25%.

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Crippling Hammer
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Increases Hammerang's slow from 25% to 50%.

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Afterburner
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

After using Barrel Roll, gain 60% Movement Speed that decreases over 3 seconds.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

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Call of the Wildhammer
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Hinterland Blast has double the range and deals 25% more damage.

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Wind Tunnel
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Mighty Gust creates a wind tunnel for 4 seconds. Enemies caught in the tunnel will periodically be pushed back.

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Nexus Frenzy
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Increases Attack Speed by 20% and Attack Range by 20%.

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Epic Mount
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Reduce the cooldown of Flight to 30 seconds, reduce the cast time before flying to 0.5 seconds, and increase the speed by 50%.

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Effective against Edit

D.Vaplate
Falstad’s Flight provides his team with an advantage on larger maps; this can put D.Va’s team at a strategic disadvantage when the opponents can out-rotate her around the map. Falstad can also select Mighty Gust and push D.Va’s Self-Destructing Mech away from his team, greatly reducing its value.


Malthaelplate
In a similar fashion to Lunara, Falstad can effectively kite Malthael and outdamage him in a duel. Mighty Gust can easily put Malthael out of position and prevent him from spreading Reaper's Mark.


Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

Wildhammer Thane
Falstad - Wildhammer Thane Falstad - Frostborn Falstad - Dark Iron
Wildhammer Thane Frostborn Dark Iron
Storm Lord IconShard 100
During the War of Three Hammers, no Wildhammer was as feared as the legendary Storm Lords. Their mighty stormhammers forced the Bronzebeards to adopt new weapons and strategies.
Falstad - Storm Lord Falstad - Storm Lord - Dark Falstad - Storm Lord - Frost
Storm Lord Dark Frost
Gryphon Master IconShard 100
Much like other clans and races will don warpaint as they head into battle, the Wildhammer Dwarves will adorn themselves with their gryphon's feathers.
Falstad - Gryphon Master Falstad - Gryphon Master - Sky Falstad - Gryphon Master - Crimson
Gryphon Master Sky Crimson
Buccaneer IconShard 1600
To this day, Captain Falstad and the crew of the Wildhammer honor the pirate’s code set by Mistharbour's Council of Three Anchors. Of course, some say those rules are merely guidelines...
This skin is related to the Mistharbour themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Falstad - Buccaneer Falstad - Buccaneer - Salty Falstad - Buccaneer - Seafoam
Buccaneer Salty Seafoam

Development Edit

Blizzard Entertainment experimented with Falstad having a flight ability that acted as a leap, effectively teleporting him from one location to another.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2014-01-31, Heroes of the Storm with Day9 and Dustin Browder (Full Game Cast). YouTube, accessed on 2014-06-11

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