Level Talent Name Description
1 Extended Lightning Reduce Sadism by 10%. Quest: Hit Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge. Reward: After hitting 5 Heroes, increase Lightning Surge's range by 20%. Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, Lightning Surge's center also Slows enemies by 40% for 2 seconds. Reward: After hitting 3 Heroes with a single cast, increase Sadism by 10% and instantly gain all other Rewards.
1 Ruthless Momentum Basic Abilities recharge 20% faster while above 80% Health.
1 Sustaining Power Increase the healing received from damaging Heroes with Lightning Surge by 40%.
4 Chaos Reigns Quest: Hit Heroes with Discord Strike. Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, increase Discord Strike's damage by 50. Reward: After hitting 2 Heroes with a single Discord Strike, increase its damage by 50. Reward: After hitting 3 Heroes with a single Discord Strike, increase its damage by 80 and instantly gain all other Rewards.
4 Negatively Charged Increase the Lightning Surge damage bonus to enemies between Alarak and his victim to 150%. Repeatable Quest: Each Hero hit by the center of Lightning Surge permanently increases the damage bonus by 3%.
4 Show of Force Heroes hit with 3 of Alarak's Abilities within 2 seconds take an additional 77 (+4% per level) damage.
7 Applied Force Reduce Sadism by 10%, but Telekinesis pushes 20% further and has 20% increased range.
7 Dissonance Increase Discord Strike's Silence duration by 0.75 seconds.
7 Hindered Motion Telekinesis Slows enemies by 25% for 2 seconds.
10 Counter-Strike Alarak targets an area and channels for 1 second, becoming Protected and Unstoppable. After, if he took damage from an enemy Hero, he sends a shockwave that deals 275 (+4% per level) damage.
10 Deadly Charge After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in his path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.625 seconds. Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling.
13 Blade of the Highlord Basic Attacks against Heroes increase Sadism by 6% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 30%. Basic Attacks against Heroes refresh this duration.
13 Pure Malice Increase Sadism by 10% any time an allied Hero dies, up to 40%. Sadism gained from Pure Malice is lost on death.
13 Rite of Rak'Shir Activate to mark an enemy Hero for 300 seconds. Hitting the marked Hero with Discord Strike increases Sadism by 3%. Killing the marked Hero increases Sadism by 5% and lowers the cooldown of Rite of Rak'Shir to 10 seconds. Sadism gained from Rite of Rak'Shir is lost on death.
16 Lethal Onslaught Hitting an enemy Hero with Discord Strike grants 50% of Sadism's damage bonus to Alarak's Basic Attacks for 4 seconds. Basic Attacks against Heroes refresh this duration.
16 Lightning Barrage Hitting an enemy Hero with the center of Lightning Surge allows it to be cast again for free on a different primary target within the next 2 seconds. This free cast cannot benefit from Lightning Barrage.
16 Mocking Strikes Basic Attacks against Stunned, Silenced, Slowed, or Rooted Heroes reduce the cooldown of Alarak's Basic Abilities by 2.5 seconds.
20 Counter-Strike Alarak targets an area and channels for 1 second, becoming Protected and Unstoppable. After, if he took damage from an enemy Hero, he sends a shockwave that deals 275 (+4% per level) damage. This ability will take over Alarak's Trait button.
20 Deadly Charge After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in his path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.625 seconds. Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling. This ability will take over Alarak's Trait button.
20 Hasty Bargain Activate to permanently reduce Alarak's Sadism by 4% and reset the cooldowns of his Basic Abilities.
20 Last Laugh Activate teleport to the chosen location and remove all Roots, Slows, and damage over time effects. If Alarak fails to hit enemy Heroes 3 times with Basic Abilities within 4 seconds of using Last Laugh, his Health is reduced to 1.
Shortcut Ability Name Description
Q Discord Strike After a 0.5 second delay, enemies in front of Alarak take 175 (+4% per level) damage and are silenced for 1.5 seconds.
W Telekinesis Vector Targeting. Create a force, pushing Alarak and all enemies hit from the targeted point towards the targeted direction. Deals 48 (+4% per level) damage to enemies.
E Lightning Surge Deal 62 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and an additional 100% damage to enemies between Alarak and the target. Restore 70 (+4% per level) health for each Hero hit.
R Counter-Strike Alarak targets an area and channels for 1 second, becoming Protected and Unstoppable. After, if he took damage from an enemy Hero, he sends a shockwave that deals 275 (+4% per level) damage.
R Deadly Charge After channeling, Alarak charges forward dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in his path. Distance is increased based on the amount of time channeled, up to 1.625 seconds. Issuing a Move order while this is channeling will cancel it at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt the channeling.
None Sadism Alarak's Ability damage and self-healing are increased by 100% against enemy Heroes. Takedowns increase Sadism by 3%, up to 30%. Sadism gained from Takedowns is lost on death.

Alarak

2017-07-11 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Alarak – Fixed an issue that prevented Rite of Rak’Shir from going on a reduced cooldown if used on a Nova Holo Decoy that expired.
  • Alarak – Lightning Surge will now display its effect when cast on Forts and Keeps.

2017-05-31 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Chaos Reigns (Q)
      • Damage bonus for hitting 15 enemy Heroes reduced from 60 to 50
      • Damage bonus for hitting 2 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Discord Strike reduced from 60 to 50
      • Damage bonus for hitting 3 enemy Heroes with a single cast of Discord Strike increased from 60 to 80
    • Show of Force (Passive)
      • Damage increased from 70 to 77
  • Level 13
    • Pure Malice (Passive)
      • Sadism gained per Ally death increased from 6 to 10%
      • Maximum Sadism bonus increased from 30 to 40%
    • Rite of Rak’shir (Active)
      • Sadism bonus for killing the targeted Hero reduced from 6 to 5%

Bug Fixes

  • Alarak: Discord Strike’s visual effects now properly match its crossbar area of effect.
  • Alarak: Extended Lightning’s tooltip now correctly states that quest rewards will be granted after hitting 3 Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge.
  • Alarak: Fixed an issue in which Lightning Surge dealt less damage than intended to enemy Heroes hit between Alarak and his primary target.
  • D.Va: Players will now correctly earn takedown credit toward certain Hero Talents and Abilities, like Seasoned Marksman or Li-Ming’s Critical Mass, after destroying D.Va’s Mech.

2017-05-16 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Sadism (Trait)
    • New Functionality:
      • Alarak now gains 3% Sadism per enemy Takedown, up to 30%. This bonus is lost on Death.
      • Now also affects self-healing vs. enemy Heroes.
  • ​Discord Strike (Q)
    • Now has Double Cross functionality baseline.
    • Mana cost reduced from 55 to 45
  • Lightning Surge (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 30 to 25
    • Damage reduced from 100 to 62
    • Adjusted Functionality:
      • Enemies hit by the center of the beam now take 100% bonus damage
      • Healing is no longer based on the amount of damage done to enemy Heroes
        • Enemy Heroes hit now heal Alarak for 70 Health

Talents

Undocumented Source
  • Level 1
    • Power Conduit (E)
      • Removed
    • Without Effort (W)
      • Removed
    • Sustaining Power (E)
      • Moved from Level 16
      • Bonus Healing increased from 30 25 to 40%
    • Extended Lightning (E)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Reduce the damage bonus of Sadism by 10%.
        • !Quest: Hit 5 enemy Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge.
          • Reward: Increase the range of Lightning Surge by 20%.
        • !Quest: Hit 15 Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge.
          • Reward: Enemy Heroes hit with the center portion of Lightning Surge are slowed by 40% for 2 seconds.
        • !Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with the center portion of Lightning Surge in a single cast.
          • Reward: Gain 10 Sadism and complete all quests on this talent.
    • New Talent: Ruthless Momentum (Passive)
      • While above 80% Health, your Basic Abilities cooldown 20% faster.
  • Level 4
    • Double Cross (Q)
      • Removed
    • Reckless Strike (Q)
      • Removed
    • Cycle of Discord (Q)
      • Removed
    • Negatively Charged (E)
      • Moved from level 16
      • New functionality:
        • Increases the bonus damage from hitting the center portion of Lightning Surge to 150%
        • Quest: Each time you hit an enemy Hero with the center portion of Lightning Surge, increase the center damage bonus by an additional 3%
    • Chaos Reigns (Q)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New Functionality:
        • !Quest: Hit 15 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike.
          • Reward: Increase Discord Strike's damage by 60.
        • !Quest: Hit 2 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike in a single cast.
          • Reward: Increase Discord Strike's damage by 60.
        • !Quest: Hit 3 enemy Heroes with Discord Strike in a single cast.
          • Reward: Increase Discord Strike's damage by 60 and complete all quests on this talent.
    • New Talent: Show of Force (Passive)
      • Hitting an enemy Hero with 3 abilities within 2 seconds causes them to take an additional 70 damage.
  • Level 7
    • Endless Energy (E)
      • Removed
    • Thunderstruck (E)
      • Removed
    • Dissonance (Q)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • No longer reduces Sadism by 10%.
    • Hindered Motion (W)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • No longer reduces Sadism by 10%
      • Slow amount reduced from 40% to 25%
    • Applied Force (W)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • Added functionality:
        • Reduce the damage of Sadism by 10% but Telekinesis’s range is increased by 20% and it pushes 20% further.
  • Level 13
    • Psychokinesis (W)
      • Removed
    • Pure Malice (Passive)
      • Sadism bonus reduced from 8% stacking up to 40% max to 6% stacking up to 30% max.
      • Hasty Bargain can now reduce this Sadism bonus
    • New Talent: Blade of the Highlord (Passive)
      • Your Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant you 6% Sadism for 4 seconds, stacking up to 30%.
    • New Talent: Rite of Rak’Shir (Active)
      • Activate to mark an enemy Hero.
        • Using Discord Strike on your marked target increases your Sadism by 3%
        • Killing the enemy Hero gives you 6% bonus Sadism and sets the cooldown of Rite of Rak’Shir to 10 seconds
        • Dying removes all bonuses from this talent
        • 300-second cooldown and duration
  • Level 16
    • Projected Force (W)
      • Removed
    • Quick Mind (W)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Lethal Onslaught (Q)
      • For 4 seconds after hitting an enemy hero with Discord Strike, your Basic Attacks gain 50% of Sadism’s benefit. Attacking enemy Heroes refreshes the duration of this buff.
    • New Talent: Lightning Barrage (E)
      • If Lightning Surge hits an enemy Hero with its center portion, then it can be cast again with no Mana cost or cooldown within 2 seconds of being cast. This second cast cannot target the same enemy.
    • New Talent: Mocking Strikes (Passive)
      • Your Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who are Stunned, Slowed, Rooted, or Silenced reduces your Basic Ability cooldowns by 2.5 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Last Laugh (Active)
      • Cooldown increased from 20 to 30 seconds
      • Range decreased by 15%
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Activate to remove all roots, slows, and damage over time effects and teleport to the chosen location
        • After 4 seconds, reduce Alarak’s Health to 1
        • If Alarak damages 3 enemy Heroes with Basic Abilities within 4 seconds after teleporting, his Health is not reduced

Developer Comment: Your Highlord has returned! Alarak has received a large update that he has deemed “acceptable”, targeted at making him more rewarding for players who take the time to master him. Baseline changes include reworking his Sadism to be increased upon getting Takedowns and putting bonus damage into his Lightning Surge baseline for hitting enemies in its center beam. We’re also experimenting with some new talent ideas with Extended Lightning and Chaos Reigns, where players can gain huge benefits for the rarely accomplished feat of hitting 3 enemy Heroes with a single ability.

LEVEL (TIER) Alarak Talents
1 (1) Sustaining Power (E) (!) Extended Lightning (E) Ruthless Momentum (Passive)
4 (2) (!) Chaos Reigns (Q) (!) Negatively Charged (E) Show of Force (Passive)
7 (3) Dissonance (W) Hindered Motion (W) Applied Force (W)
10 (4) Deadly Charge Counter-Strike
13 (5) Blade of the Highlord (Passive) Pure Malice (Passive) Rite of Rak-Shire (Active)
16 (6) Lethal Onslaught (Q) Lightning Barrage (E) Mocking Strikes (Passive)
20 (7) Counter-Strike (R) Deadly Charge (R) Last Laugh (Active) Hasty Bargain (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

2017-01-24 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Alarak: Telekinesis will now correctly interrupt a Hero who is channeling to launch a Nuke on Warhead Junction.
  • Alarak: The targeting reticle for Deadly Charge will no longer persist on the terrain if Alarak is killed while channeling.

2017-01-04 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Alarak: Telekinesis will now correctly interrupt E.T.C.’s Mosh Pit.

2016-11-22 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Alarak: Health lost due to activating Last Laugh will no longer be restored when Medivh’s Force of Will with the Reabsorption Talent expires.

2016-11-15 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Lightning Surge (E)
    • Range increased by roughly 10%

Bug Fixes

  • Alarak: Changing Heroes of the Storm’s text language settings will no longer prevent Lightning Surge visual effects from displaying.
  • Alarak: Deadly Charge no longer be cancelled and be placed on full cooldown if Alarak’s destination would place him in terrain.
  • Alarak: Fixed an issue that could prevent Counter Strike from dealing damage if Alarak was killed as the Ability’s effects were triggered.
  • Alarak: The targeting reticle for Lightning Surge will now correctly match the Ability’s casting range after learning Extended Lightning.
  • Alarak: Unstoppable and Invulnerable effects will no longer prevent Alarak from pushing himself via Telekinesis.

2016-09-27 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Discord Strike (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 55
  • Lightning Surge (E)
    • Mana cost reduced from 40 to 30
    • Damage increased from 90 to 100
    • Width increased by 50%
  • Counter-Strike (R)
    • Damage increased from 250 to 275
    • Added Functionality:
      • Now grants Alarak Unstoppable for its duration

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Power Conduit (E)
      • Mana cost reduction decreased from 15 to 10
    • Wide Lightning (E)
      • ​Removed
  • Level 7
    • Thunderstruck (E)
      • Slow duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Hindered Motion (W)
      • Slow duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds

Developer Comments: While we expected Alarak’s win rate to be a bit on the lower side due to how difficult his kit can be to fully execute, we felt that he could use some buffs to make him feel better to play. Across the board Lightning Surge is slightly under-performing, so we’re upping the power of the base ability and its related talents. We hope that this will properly reward Alarak players who take Lightning Surge related talents, particularly those who master the gameplay of clotheslining enemies with the Lightning. When we first designed Counter-Strike, we felt that crowd control was an appropriate counter to the ability since it was so powerful on paper and on a reasonably low cooldown. Since his release, we have seen that Counter-Strike is simply not as reliable as we had predicted since Alarak has 3 potential ways to fail to get value (enemies can fail to damage him, they can dodge the returning skill shot, or they can crowd control him out of his channel). We’ve decided to grant him Unstoppable for its duration to make it more reliable, and we are increasing its damage to further separate it from Deadly Charge.


2016-09-13 Patch Notes

New Hero

Not all heroes are born of altruism. . . some, like Alarak, simply desire vengeance. As the new Highlord of the Tal’darim, Alarak leads his people to a destiny free of the corrupt influence of the fallen Xel’naga, Amon.

Trait

  • Sadism
    • You deal 100% bonus Ability damage versus enemy Heroes.​

Basic Abilities

  • Discord Strike (Q)
    • After a 0.5 second delay, deals damage to enemies in front of you and silences them for 1.5 seconds.
  • Telekinesis (W)
    • Push yourself and any enemies hit from the targeted point toward the targeted direction. Enemies pushed by Telekinesis also take light damage.
  • Lightning Surge (E)
    • Deals damage to an enemy and all enemies between you and the target. You are also Healed for 75% of the damage dealt to Heroes.

Heroic Abilities

  • Counter Strike (R)
    • Become Protected and channel for 1 second. If you are attacked during this time, you will send a shockwave forward that damages enemies in its path.
  • Deadly Charge (R)
    • Channel and then charge in the targeted direction, dealing damage to all enemies in your path. Charge distance increases based on the amount of time spent channeling, up to 1.6 seconds.
    • While channeling, movement commands will cancel Deadly Charge at no cost. Taking damage will interrupt channeling.