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Created November 3, 2019

Hm, Acceptable

Alarak is a mage who excels at forcing fights and snowballing games. He works best with team members who can thrive based off of his ability to pull in enemies, and secure him kills for his sadism to increase.
1
Ruthless Momentum
Reduce the Mana cost of Telekinesis from 30 to 20. Telekinesis's cooldown recharges 75% faster while above 80% health.
This is the main part of Alarak's kit with his modern build, and allows his threat to be even more consistent. Previously, Extended Lightning was preferred for his E build, which can be somewhat viable if you need Alarak in a more traditional mage position.
4
Show of Force
Heroes hit with 3 of Alarak's Abilities within 2 seconds take an additional 61 damage and increase Sadism by 2%, stacking up to 20%. Sadism gained from Show of Force is lost on death.
Show of force works well with the repeated pulls from Alarak's level 1, and gives him another way of getting sadism. In E build, Negatively Charged gives you another way to stack your E.
7
Applied Force
Reduce Sadism by 10%, but Telekinesis pushes 20% further and has 20% increased range.
This is essential to increase Alarak's presence and really make him a threat.
10
Counter-Strike
Alarak becomes Protected and Unstoppable while channeling for 1 second. If an enemy Hero attacked Alarak during that time, Alarak sends a shockwave forward that deals 275 damage.
Counter-Strike is the default, and provides protection as well as damage. Deathly Charge should only be taken in combination with something enabling it, such as Lightbomb.
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.
All of these are viable, with Blades having the highest (realistic) potential if you are able to safely auto attack, but Rite of Rak'Shir is normally chosen as it is safer.
16
Lightning Barrage
Hitting an enemy Hero with 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.
All of these talents can be effective, but most frequently Lethal Onslaught or Lightning Barrage are taken. (Barrage in E build)
20
Hasty Bargain
Activate to permanently reduce your Sadism bonus by 4% and reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.
Any of the level 20 choices for Alarak can be powerful, with many choosing Hasty Bargain because of the potential it has to snowball.
Balance Patch - 08/28/19
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