Murky is a melee specialist that has the ability to be quickly reborn if he dies, thanks to an Egg he can place down hatch out of. Not only does this allow him to enter battle quickly (he only suffers a 5 second death penalty) but it allows him to continually push lanes. He’s incredibly weak against enemy Heroes but is a monster at destroying enemy fortifications and clearing camps. If you can, just be sure to hide your Egg as well as you can and harrass lanes and enemy players as much as humanly possible. Murky's strength is in his ability to be annoying - make use of it.
Guide Updated: 1 December 2015
High AOE damage is great for clearing lanes
Almost guaranteed to die in most 1 on 1 situations
If his egg is in tact, the shortest death penalty in the game
Relies on his egg for quick respawns. If it is killed, he faces a full period
If he dies he only provides 0.25 of a kill to the opposition
Can die to a single rotation from most heroes
Can destroy enemy fortifications quickly, especially with his elite
Relies heavily on his bubble for escaping
(Trait) Spawn Egg – This is what makes Murky one of the more unique Heroes in the game. With only a 5 second death timer, you can constantly be on the map, applying pressure. In addition, you only count for ¼ of a normal death for the other team. Deciding where to place your egg is crucial. You can’t make it obvious, otherwise your opponents will quickly destroy it. Try to place it in a safe, but effective spot.
(Q) Slime – This ability helps wave clear, as well as poke down enemy Heroes (especially pre-level 10.) With its low cooldown, you can feel free to spam this ability, relentlessly pushing waves and threatening structures. Don’t underestimate the damage you deal to targets already affected by Slime, as you can effectively force Heroes back and quickly take care of minions and structures.
(W) Pufferfish – Pufferfish can be fantastic at quickly pushing down minion waves. In the early game you’ll need to use a Slime or two after throwing Pufferfish in the middle of the wave, but later on Pufferfish can just do the work for you (though this may depend on what Talents you choose.) If you do spec for more Pufferfish damage, you can throw the ability in the minion wave, and immediately go somewhere else while still getting the experience.
(E) Safety Bubble – Murky might be very squishy, but he does have the fallback of Safety Bubble’s invincibility. It’s important to be careful about when you choose to use this ability, due to its relatively long cooldown. Make sure you’re getting off at least a couple abilities in lane before using the Bubble, to get the most use out of it.
(R) March of the Murlocs – If you’re looking to apply a lot of pressure on a lane, or your enemies have a habit of fighting grouped up out in the open, March of the Murlocs can deal significant damage, while also applying a lengthy slow. Just be aware of the reduced damage to structures, as this can impact how quickly you’re able to push the lane.
(R) Octo-Grab – This Heroic is part of a simple, but effective combo. Throw a Pufferfish at an enemy Hero, then immediately Octo-Grab them to ensure that they’re hit by the fish. This is unlikely to instantly kill a full health opponent, but can be devastating when you have follow-up from one or two team members to quickly take out a priority target. While it can make you vulnerable, the full 3 second stun will still apply even if Murky doesn’t stay alive for its duration.
Level 1: Bubble Breeze
Murky relies heavily on his Bubble to survive and escape. Taking Bubble Breeze allows you to flee quicker and hopefully stay alive that bit longer.
Level 4: Envenom
There’s two good choices at Level 4, but I’ve found Envenom to be a useful skill when fighting enemy heroes 1 on 1. It gives you a much needed damage boost and scales pretty well as you level up.
Variable: Living The Dream is also an excellent variable to take as it’s surprising how quickly your stacks add up. Even though Murky dies often if fighting enemy Heroes, if left to his own devices you’ll quickly achieve the damage bonus cap.
Level 7: Slime Advantage
You’ll use Slime for just about everything: minions, camps, Heroes - it doesn’t matter. Dealing additional damage (100% more) to slimed targets is much needed.
Variable: Compressed Air extends your Pufferfish radius by 50%. This is huge and allows for better minion clear and a greater liklihood that you'll hurt the opposing team.
Level 10: March Of The Murlocks
I’ve seen some Murkys use Octo-Grab to great effect but it’s only really good at level 20 or in organised teams. Before that it can leave you very vulnerable but is useful for coordinated spikes and 1 on 1 situtations. March of the Murlocks is amazing right from the start and allows you to heavily pressure a lane or deal large amounts of slow and damage to grouped up opposition.
Variable: In an organised team, Octo-Grab is a great elite. You can drop a Pufferfish at someones feet, Octo-grab them and they'll explode when you use Slime. It also means your team can spike the individual who's snared.
Level 13: Bubble Machine
There's little to say here: reducing the cooldown to your Bubble by 5 seconds is huge. Bubble Machine is a must have upgrade.
Variable: If you've taken Octo-Grab, Wrath of Cod is a good alternative as it allows your Pufferfish > Octo-Grab > Slime spike to do significantly more damage.
Level 16: Rejuvenating Bubble
With Rejuvenating Bubble, your bubble now becomes ridiculously strong as it replenishes 50% of your HP for the duration. It’s pretty much guaranteed to bring you up to full health and when combined with your movement speed, puts you in a strong position to escape easily.
Level 20: Rewind
I choose to take rewind because it helps so much with lane clearing and where possible, bursting down Heroes with a double Slime. If your team has good coordination, it’s also possible (but rare) to catch the opposition with a double pufferfish. The most valuable use however is the double Bubble which is, to put it bluntly, outrageously good.
Variable: And A Shark Too! is awesome at level 20 if you're pursuing a heavy damage build for Murky. You'll now hurt - a lot - when using Octo-Grab and combined with Pufferfish, you'll easily be able to 1 on 1 opposition.
Hero matchups are a little different with Murky and all honesty, there’s very little value in me providing you with a list of who you’re strong or weak against. Going toe to toe with another Hero will pretty much guarantee your death unless that Hero is on 1 health or has gone AFK. Almost every single Hero in the game can kill you in a single rotation of their skills. Heroes such as Nova can kill you instantly at level 20 if you don’t bubble fast enough while most of the Warriors can quickly do the same.
My best advice is to simply avoid them unless in a large team fight and stick to lane rotation to destroy towers. You can comfortably harrass a lot of enemy Heroes - that isn't in question - but your ability to kill them relies solely on them being terrible, or grabbing them with an upgraded Octo-Grab + Pufferfish. Situational and not something you can use constantly.
This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Murky 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 push multiple lanes. You're amazing at taking down enemy minions so wipe them, let yours do the work and move to another lane.
2. As long as your egg is alive, dying means very little to Murky. Just make sure you hide your egg well.
3. You don't have to hide your egg in the base, you can put it anywhere. If you want to play aggresively, hide it somewhere on the front lines.
4. Your bubble not only provides invulnerability but if you follow this build path, also offers a heal and speed boost. You can use it defensively or aggresively.
5. Try to use your Puffer Fish against stunned enemies or large groups of minions.
6. Your elite is amazing at taking down enemy structures, especially if you use your Puffer Fish at the same time.
7. If your egg dies, an exclamation mark will appear over your head. This means you are visible to all enemies on the map.
8. Even though you can quickly get back into battle if you die, it doesn't mean you should waste your lives.
9. Remember that you're almost guaranteed to die against most Heroes. Try to fight them alongside others while harrassing lanes.
10. Don't worry if your first few games go badly. Murky is a tough Hero to master and understand.
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