Overview

Muradin is still one of the strongest Warriors in Heroes of the Storm thanks to his mobility, stun, hardiness and health regeneration. He can comfortably charge into a group, deal damage and cause a nuisance before easily escaping with Dwarf Toss. Although he can take a fair amount of punishment, Muradin is still vulnerable to crowd control and if Dwarf Toss is on cooldown, you need to ensure you don't dive too deep or you'll quickly die. For the most part however, Muradin is a solid Warrior for any composition and besides Johanna, there's really no one else capable of replacing him. 

Guide Updated: 11 July 2016

Pros

Cons

A valuable stun that gets even better at level 7

He's very vulnerable outside of Dwarf Toss 

His Dwarf Toss is great for engaging or disengaging from combat 

Missing Storm Bolt can make a huge difference when trying to bring down an enemy 

His elite skill allows him to take lots of punishment and keep people stunned 

Johanna is a good counter Warrior to him due to her blinds, pull and slows

Thunderclap offers great minion clear and area denial 

A little dull to play

Abilities

Muradin's abilities all revolve around him being in the thick of a fight. Whether he's diving into combat with Dwarf Toss or smacking someone in the face with Storm Bolt, it's all about remaining in combat and using your toughness to body block and soak damage for your team. When things get hairy, you need to exit quickly and if being pursued, use Storm Bolt to stun an enemy before continuing to run away. 


Second Wind (Trait) - allows Muradin to restore his health every second regardless of his current health. It's when he's low health (below 40%) that the amount he heals is doubled. This trait makes Muradin particularly hardy and when paired with Malfurion, it means he can heal for a fair amount. The only downside is that to trigger his trait, you have to have not taken damage. Unfortunately this means it mainly activates when you're running away, or between lanes when you've left a fight. It can be particularly useful however if you manage to kite a melee Hero, only to regain health and then dive back into combat.  

Storm Bolt (Q) - is one of the best stuns in the game because its range is fairly long but when talented, it can affect up to two enemies as opposed to just 1. When you hit level 20 and take Rewind, you can use it twice and keep a player stunned for 3 seconds. As a skillshot, it's sometimes hard to aim so takes some practice. 

Thunder Clap (W) - Muradin's best method of wave clearing minions, Thunder Clap slows enemies by 25% and deals damage. I'd recommend you always use it after Dwarf Toss or when in amongst the enemy so that enemies near you are slowed. If you can, stun them as well with Storm Bolt so they take prolonged damage in the field (once Thunder Clap is talented). 

Dwarf Toss (E) - allows Muradin to leap through the air and deal damage to enemies on landing. It's great for engaging in combat but it's invaluable for escaping. If you can run into a fight, rather than use it, do so. You're then gaurenteed to escape when needed. Be aware that Dwarf Toss no longer causes Invulnerability for Muradin while he's in the air, so you need to ensure you aren't affected by crowd control to use it.  

Avatar (R) -  is Muradin's best Ultimate ability as it provides him with a huge boost to health and allows him gain tons of survivability in the process. Unsurprisingly, the entire purpose of Avatar is to make Muradin as tanky as possible and if paired with a healer, he can be a huge nuisance at not only body blocking but also taking blows for his team. Just be sure to use Avatar when you need it, rather than early in a fight - it'll ensure you get maximum use from it. 

Haymaker (R) - If you've another damage dealer on your team, Haymaker can be valuable because it not only deals huge damage but removes someone from the fight due to the distance it knocks them. Although it can be used offensively (as it should be) it's also incredibly useful to use defensively if a Hero such as The Butcher or Illidan are on your healer. I will add that Haymaker obviously makes Muradin much more vulnerable, as he lacks the survivability of not taking Avatar. Despite that, it can be particularly useful for turning any fight in your favor: removing a player is always useful. 

Talents

Level 1: Block

As a front-line Tank, it's absolutely paramount that you obtain as many means of mitigation as possible. Block is invaluable against just about every Hero and considering it holds 2 charges and reduces incoming basic attack damage by 75%, that's a significant boost to your survivability. 

Variable: Against a basic attack heavy team - certainly one that's melee heavy - Reverberation can be powerful. Reducing attack speed by 50% for 3 seconds for all those affected by Thunder Clap is pretty good. 

Level 4: Thunder Burn

Thunder Burn allows your Thunder Clap to leave a field on the ground that explodes after a short delay. It's a good damage boost, allows you to clear minions easier and if used alongside Dwarf Toss > Storm Bolt your enemy will take a nice chunk of damage and be double slowed. 

Variable: Third Wind is a good alternative as it increases your trait health return and raises the ceiling in which the increased health return activates (from 40% to 60%). 

Level 7: Piercing Bolt

Being able to stun multiple players is a must with Muradin and Piercing Bolt allows your Storm Bolt to pass through the first target to hit a second. In a team fight, it's invaluable because you can often prevent multiple Heroes from engaging or escaping. 

Level 10: Avatar

A huge health boost combined that also allows you to make use of your basic abilities is hard to pass up. Even though the Ultimate ability offers little extra utility, Avatar's health bonus is significant and provides you with tons of survivability and allows you to body block easily. 

Level 13: Spell Shield

Mitigating damage is key to being a good warrior and Spell Shield definitely helps you to survive for longer. Reducing ability damage, rather than basic attack damage, is significant and will allow you to withstand much more punishment - especially from ranged assassin's such as Li Ming or Chromie. 

Variable: Burning Rage is fantastic on Infernal Shrines as you can quickly damage groups of minions. It's amazing wave clear. 

Level 16: Imposing Presence

Imposing Prescence is a great skill that prevents you from taking as much damage from basic attacks as it means if you are being attacked, those attacking you have their basic attack speed decreased by 50%. Combined with your Block, it's tons of mitigation. 

Variable: With Heavy Impact, Dwarf Toss will now stun enemies on landing. This is amazing when you have rewind as you can stun a total of 4 times. It's a complete lockdown of an opponent that your team can capitalize on. 

Level 20: Rewind

A must for Muradin, Rewind provides you with two of everything which is incredible for escaping and attacking enemy Heroes. Double stun, Dwarf Toss or Thunder Clap is incredible. 

Variable: If you're taking loads of punishment, Hardened Shield is a good alternative as you can use it with Avatar for a huge boost to your defence.

Matchups

These Hero Threat Levels (1 being lowest threat and 10 being highest threat) are to help you determine which enemy Heroes can give you a headache. Any Heroes that aren't on this list are easy pickings for Muradin. If a Hero is listed here, take greater.

Hero

Threat 

Johanna: Her survivability combined with her slow, pull and elite stun make her really difficult for Muradin to deal with. She's a good counter. 

9/10

Brightwing: Although he's never going to kill you, Brightwing is particularly strong against Muradin due to her ability to Polymorph you and make your Avatar redundant. 

6/10

The Butcher: His charge, Lamb to the Slaughter or self heal can rip you up in seconds. Even if you stun him, a good Butcher will have saved his Lamb to the Slaughter to ensure you can't use Dwarf Toss to escape. 

8/10

Xul: His Bone Prison when talented to cause Vulnerability is a real problem for Muradin now as he can no longer dive out of it and prevent the root. 

7/10

 
Thrall: With Dwarf Toss no longer causing you to be Unstoppable, his root is a killer. He won't kill you by himself, but his team will. 8/10
Malfurion: His Root can now see you killed incredibly quickly. Dwarf Toss won't save you from it any longer.  8/10

Tips

This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Muradin play. We'll continue to add to the list as required and if you have any tips you'd like to share, let us know in the comments below and we'll place them here. 


1. Always try to run into a fight rather than using Dwarf Toss as you'll then be free to make a clean exit if you need to.

2. Try to always save Storm Bolt for Heroes that have powerful channeling abilities such as Malfurion's Tranqulity or Lili's Jug of 1000 Cups as it'll stop the skill entirely. 

3. Use Thunder Clap to clear waves of minions by gathering them close together. 

4. If you can, always try to hit two targets with Storm Bolt for maximum impact and if you've got rewind, hit them again. 

5. Avatar is incredible during a team fight but you still rely on your team to back you up. Use the stun to constantly interrupt the highest damage dealer or the enemy healer. 

6. Muradin is, like most warriors, good at body blocking. Make use of this when someone is trying to escape. 

7. During early game Muradin is great at roaming lanes as he can comfortably gank enemies with his stun. Capitalize on this as soon as you can. 

8. Later game with Rewind you can comfortably use Dwarf Toss > Storm Bolt > Thunder Clap > Rewind for a huge damage burst and still have a full set of skills ready to go again.

9. Remember your Trait only activates when you're out of combat for 4 seconds. It's best for when escaping.


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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2016

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