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Chen Talents

Last updated on Nov 12, 2016 at 22:00 by Kendric 12 comments

Table of Contents

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Chen in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Chen guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Accumulating Flame ? Grounding Brew Freshest Ingredients Elusive Brawler
4 Deadly Strike Keg Toss Ring of Fire ?
7 Brewmaster's Balance Bolder Flavor ? Refreshing Elixir
10 Wandering Keg ? Storm, Earth, Fire
13 Pressure Point A Touch of Honey Withering Flames ?
16 Flying Leap Another Round Enough to Share
20 Untapped Potential Elemental Conduit Purifying Brew ? Stormstout Secret Recipe

2. Common Talent Paths

All-rounder Build: good against most opponents, combines defensive and offensive talents

Donkey Kong Build: improved crowd control and outstanding poke potential

Bruiser Build: strong late game crowd control and enhanced mobility

3. Level 1 Talents

Accumulating Flame ? Grounding Brew Freshest Ingredients Elusive Brawler

3.1. Descriptions

Accumulating Flame Icon Accumulating Flame increases Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire's damage of time damage by 2% every time an enemy Hero is hit, up to a maximum of 60%. After igniting 30 Heroes, Chen gains Resistant for 1 second per enemy Hero hit, reducing all damage taken by 25%.

Grounding Brew Icon Grounding Brew causes Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to also reduce all incoming abilitiy damage by 25% while drinking.

Freshest Ingredients Icon Freshest Ingredients causes Regeneration Globes to increase Chen's health regeneration by 1 per second, up to a maximum of 30 health per second. After collecting 30 Regeneration Globes, 50% of Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew's shields are maintained indefinitely after drinking.

Elusive Brawler Icon Elusive Brawler can be activated to completely evade enemy Basic Attacks for 2 seconds. Chen's Basic Attacks reduce its cooldown by 3 seconds.

3.2. Recommended

Grounding Brew Icon Grounding Brew is a very effective talent if the enemy team composition consists of several Assassin or Specialists who rely on ability damage, such as Jaina, Kael'thas, or Nova.

Elusive Brawler Icon Elusive Brawler is an amazing talent if the enemy team composition relies on Basic Attacks. Make sure to consistently use your Basic Attacks (when it is safe to do so) in order to keep this talent on a low cooldown.

3.3. Situational

Accumulating Flame Icon Accumulating Flame can be a worthy replacement to Grounding Brew Icon Grounding Brew and Elusive Brawler Icon Elusive Brawler if you already have a dedicated Tank in your team. The additional damage and damage reduction upon completing the Quest Talent, lays the foundation for a more aggressive Chen build.

3.4. Not Recommended

Freshest Ingredients Icon Freshest Ingredients is an underwhelming talent compared to its competitors. The health regeneration effect is nice to have, however, Chen gets Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance at Level 7 which already provides decent health regeneration. Furthermore, being a Regeneration Globes related Quest Talent, makes Freshest Ingredients quite unreliable on certain maps like Battlefield of Eternity or Braxis Holdout.

4. Level 4 Talents

Deadly Strike Keg Toss Ring of Fire ?

4.1. Descriptions

Deadly Strike Icon Deadly Strike increases Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick's damage by 50%.

Keg Toss Icon Keg Toss increases Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash's damage every time it hits an enemy Hero. After hitting 20 Heroes, Keg Smash gains a second charge and its range is permanently increased.

Ring of Fire Icon Ring of Fire causes Chen to gain a fiery aura after using Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire, which damages all nearby enemies for a small amount each second for 5 seconds.

4.2. Recommended

Deadly Strike Icon Deadly Strike is a decent talent, as it removes any Brew cost from Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick. This allows Chen, especially in the later game with talents like Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point and Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap, to chase targets without interrupting himself in order to refill his brew. The increased damage while his Shields are still up, is a nice extra to have and should be procced quite frequently, since Flying Kick is usually used directly after Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew.

When completed, Keg Toss Icon Keg Toss adds an incredible amount of crowd control to Chen's kit. Having a second charge of Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash and increased toss range allows him to target priority targets in the backline much more reliably.

4.3. Situational

Ring of Fire Icon Ring of Fire is not a bad talent per se, as it offers decent damage over time to enemies near Chen. On certain maps like Infernal Shrines or Tomb of the Spider Queen, where waveclear is of the essence, we can recommend picking up this talent.

5. Level 7 Talents

Brewmaster's Balance Bolder Flavor ? Refreshing Elixir

5.1. Descriptions

Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance causes Chen to gain 20% movement speed while his Brew is below 50. If Chen's Brew is above 50, he regenerates an additional amount of health each second. If Chen's Brew is exactly at 50, he gains both effects.

Bolder Flavor Icon Bolder Flavor causes shields generated from Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to build up 40% faster and also increases the maximum shield value by 40%.

Refreshing Elixir Icon Refreshing Elixir increases all regeneration and healing effects received by 20% or by 60% if Chen is currently drinking Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew.

5.2. Recommended

Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance is one of the most versatile talents in the game, since it provides two effects depending on your Brew count. If used correctly, Brewmaster's Balance's movement speed bonus, while below 50 Brew, allows Chen to escape dangerous situations or to chase down retreating enemies very efficiently.

5.3. Situational

Bolder Flavor Icon Bolder Flavor increases Chen's survivability by a significant amount. Besides, Bolder Flavor has good synergy with Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share, granting more powerful shields to your allies as well. We usually recommend this talent if you are the only Warrior in your team and need additional burst protection.

5.4. Not Recommended

Refreshing Elixir Icon Refreshing Elixir is too situational of a talent in order to make it a viable choice over Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance. All in all, Brewmaster's Balance's offers more benefits, such as a movement speed bonus on top of a health regeneration bonus than Refreshing Elixir, which is very dependant on your Support paying attention to when you are drinking.

6. Level 10 Talents

Wandering Keg ? Storm, Earth, Fire

6.1. Descriptions

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire has already been described in the Abilities section.

Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg causes Chen to roll around in an unstoppable barrel for 5 seconds, dealing a medium amount of damage to enemies in his way and also knocking them back.

6.2. Recommended

Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire is a very versatile Heroic Ability that can be used both offensively and defensively. If used offensively, the Elemental Spirits are a great tool to body block retreating targets. If used defensively, Storm, Earth, Fire offers an incredible amount of mobility, as it allows Chen to leap across the battlefield.

However, the biggest strength of Storm, Earth, Fire is the fact that provides Chen with a second health pool, which makes him one of the most durable Warriors in the game. All in all, it is a very safe and reliable Heroic Ability that we recommend to less experienced Chen players in particular.

6.3. Situational

Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg is a high-risk high-reward ability, which has the potential to break the enemy team's formation and wreak havoc within their lines. However, its biggest drawback is the difficulty to control Chen while he is inside the barrel. Knocking enemy Heroes back to a certain direction feels very clunky, which causes especially newer players to harm their team more than actually helping them. If you are an experienced Chen player who has practiced using this ability, you will be able to achieve great results, ideally isolating a single enemy target and pushing them towards your own team.

7. Level 13 Talents

Pressure Point A Touch of Honey Withering Flames ?

7.1. Descriptions

Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point causes Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick toslow the target's movement speed by 40% for 1 second, or by 80% if the target is soaked in Brew.

A Touch of Honey Icon A Touch of Honey increases Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash's slow amount by 40%.

Withering Flames Icon Withering Flames causes Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire to also reduce the target's Ability Power by 25% for 3 seconds.

7.2. Recommended

Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point turns Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick into one of the strongest crowd control abilities in the game. After picking Pressure Point, he becomes a very dangerous Bruiser, who is capable of chasing enemy Heroes by constantly slowing them with Pressure Point and his Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash ability.

A Touch of Honey Icon A Touch of Honey is a good talent if your team lacks crowd control in general. The additional movement speed slow can help your teammates to catch up to retreating enemies. Furthermore, it is also a useful zoning tool to slow down enemy initiatiors more efficiently. Keep in mind that Touch of Honey has incredible synergy with Keg Toss Icon Keg Toss at Level 4.

7.3. Situational

Withering Flames Icon Withering Flames can be a relevant talent if the enemy team composition features several ability heavy Assassins, such as Kael'thas or Li-Ming. In most games, however, Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point and A Touch of Honey Icon A Touch of Honey will add to Chen's combat performance.

8. Level 16 Talents

Flying Leap Another Round Enough to Share

8.1. Descriptions

Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap increases Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick's range by 20%.

Another Round Icon Another Round reduces the cooldown of your next Basic Ability by 3 seconds after hitting an enemy Hero with Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash.

Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share causes Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to also shield nearby allied Heroes for a small amount while drinking.

8.2. Recommended

Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap is an aggressive talent choice that we recommend if you went for Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point at Level 13. Flying Leap allows Chen to chase his targets even more efficiently, while it also enables him to escape enemies more easily by jumping to an enemy Minion, Structure, or Hero in the opposite direction.

Another Round Icon Another Round possesses incredible synergy with other Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash related talents, allowing Chen to continiously harass enemy Heroes from afar by slowing their Movement Speed.

8.3. Not Recommended

Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share provides shields to nearby allies around Chen, which looks good on paper. Unfortunately, the shielded amount is too little to have much impact during late game team fights.

9. Level 20 Talents

Untapped Potential Elemental Conduit Purifying Brew ? Stormstout Secret Recipe

9.1. Descriptions

Untapped Potential Icon Untapped Potential increases Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg's duration by 2 seconds. It also causes Chen to gain an extra 5% movement speed, up to a maximum of 100%, whenever he hits an enemy while rolling in his Keg.

Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit increases the health points of all Elemental Spirits by 100%. Furthermore, it also empowers their abilities: Storm now grants Unstoppable to all Elemental Spirits, Earth's Leap cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds, and Fire's Attack Speed buff becomes permanent as long as it stays alive.

Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew causes the next Stun or Silence against Chen to have its duration reduced by 75% and also causes Chen to immediately get a cooldown reset on Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew. This effect has a cooldown of 10 seconds.

Stormstout Secret Recipe Icon Stormstout Secret Recipe causes Chen to heal for 1.5% of his maximum health every time one of his Basic Abilities hits an enemy Hero.

9.2. Recommended

Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit provides more health to each Elemental Spirit, which is crucial, since Chen dies once all Spirits have been killed. The cooldown reduction on Earth's leap, in particular, adds a very useful amount of extra mobility, which allows Chen to both escape and chase more efficiently.

Stormstout Secret Recipe Icon Stormstout Secret Recipe is a solid alternative choice if you need more self-sustain during longer team fights. Due to Chen's short Basic Ability cooldowns, the health gain from Stormstout Secret Recipe can prove to be quite substantial, especially if your Support struggles to keep you alive.

9.3. Situational

Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew can have decent value if the enemy team is stacked on Stuns and Silences. Remember to immediately use Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew's refreshed cooldown after getting Stunned or Silenced, especially if the enemy team concentrates their damage on you.

9.4. Not Recommended

Untapped Potential Icon Untapped Potential is not a recommended talent, since Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg moves very fast already. The damage reduction cannot compete with the self-sustain coming from Stormstout Secret Recipe Icon Stormstout Secret Recipe.

10. ChangeLog

  • 12 Nov. 2016: Added the Donkey Kong Build.
    • Changed Another Round from Not Recommended to Recommended.
    • Changed Enough to Share from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 29 Sep. 2016: Completely re-designed Chen's talents and added new talent builds following the Zarya patch.
  • 17 May 2016: Updated Regeneration Master's description following Chromie's patch changes. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
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