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Chen Talents

Last updated on May 17, 2016 at 15:36 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 Rank 1 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 Regeneration Master Keg Toss Grounding Brew Consuming Flame
4 Swift Reflexes Deadly Strike Amplified Healing Deep Breath
7 Full Keg Combat Stance Brewmaster's Balance Ring of Fire
10 Wandering Keg Storm, Earth, Fire
13 Brew Strike A Touch of Honey ? Enough to Share Relentless
16 Bottomless Mug Bolder Flavor Pressure Point Combination Attack
20 Untapped Potential Elemental Conduit Hardened Shield Bolt of the Storm

2. Common Talent Paths

Full Tank Build: improved shields combined with outstanding survivability

Bruiser Build: strong late game crowd control and mobility

3. Level 1 Talents

Regeneration Master Keg Toss Grounding Brew Consuming Flame

3.1. Descriptions

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master permanently increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second for every Regeneration Globe you collect, up to 30. After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, your maximum Health is also increased by 500. Purple Regeneration Globes dropped from neutral Boss monsters count as well.

Keg Toss Icon Keg Toss increases Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash's range by 125%.

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

Consuming Flame Icon Consuming Flame increases the duration of Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire's burn effect on soaked targets by 2 seconds.

3.2. Recommended

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master lays a solid foundation for a tanky Chen build and shines especially on bigger maps like Garden of Terror, Cursed Hollow, or Dragon Shire, which offer a large number of Regeneration Globes to obtain. Furthermore Regeneration Master has great synergy with Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing, available at Level 4.

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. Also, if you play on a 2-lane map like Battlefield of Eternity which do not offer enough opportunities to pick up Regeneration Globes to justify Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master, we recommend picking up Ground Brew instead.

3.3. Not Recommended

Keg Toss Icon Keg Toss does not offer any survivability to Chen, which makes it an inferior talent compared to Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master or Grounding Brew Icon Grounding Brew. Furthmore, the increased range on Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash can cause your Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire to be out of range, which conflicts Chen's skill rotation.

As with most Warriors, dealing damage should not be your top priority. As such, Consuming Flame Icon Consuming Flame is a talent we do not recommend, especially since Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master and Grounding Brew Icon Grounding Brew add a lot more to Chen's role as a frontliner.

4. Level 4 Talents

Swift Reflexes Deadly Strike Amplified Healing Deep Breath

4.1. Descriptions

Swift Reflexes Icon Swift Reflexes allows Chen to dodge an enemy Basic Attack every 4 seconds, preventing 100% of its damage.

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

Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing increases the Health gained from all Health Regeneration and Healing effects by 30%.

Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath increases Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire's range and cone size by 30% and also lowers its Brew cost by 10.

4.2. Recommended

Swift Reflexes Icon Swift Reflexes is a very powerful talent if the enemy features Heroes like Illidan or Raynor, whose damage comes entirely from their Basic Attacks. Being able to dodge a Basic Attack every 4 seconds makes Chen incredibly tanky against these Heroes. Keep in mind that Swift Reflexes can also counter offensive talents like Focused Attack Icon Focused Attack.

Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing offers great synergy with Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master and also increases the healing received from your Support. Consequently, it is considered to be one of the strongest Warrior talents.

4.3. Not Recommended

Deadly Strike Icon Deadly Strike suffers from the same problem like Consuming Flame Icon Consuming Flame. Despite being a solid talent, its defensive alternatives are just too impactful to be ignored, as they offer more survivability and counters to enemy damage dealers.

Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath is a very underhelming talent, as it does not add much to Chen's main role as a frontlining Warrior. While being surrounded by multiple enemy Heroes, surviving is Chen's primary goal and to achieve this, he requires powerful defensive talents like Swift Reflexes Icon Swift Reflexes or Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing.

5. Level 7 Talents

Full Keg Combat Stance Brewmaster's Balance Ring of Fire

5.1. Descriptions

Full Keg Icon Full Keg increases Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash's damage and radius by 50%.

Combat Stance Icon Combat Stance causes shields generated from Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to last for an additional 3 seconds after Chen stops drinking.

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.

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.

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. The health regeneration bonus while above 50 Brew also synergises with Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing, which adds another reason why we strongly suggest picking Brewmaster's Balance.

5.3. Not Recommended

Full Keg Icon Full Keg is a questionable talent, since Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash works just fine in its original state. While the bonus damage and radius can come in handy, it is by no means a worthy replacement to Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance, which offers more mobility and more survivability.

Combat Stance Icon Combat Stance has potential synergy with talents like Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share and Bolder Flavor Icon Bolder Flavor, however, you will not benefit from this talent when it really matters, which is during team fights. Chen's Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is all about absorbing incoming damage and as such the additional 3 seconds provided by Combat Stance will not be relevant, since the shields will likely get damaged and eventually destroyed anyway.

Ring of Fire Icon Ring of Fire is not a bad talent per se and it would probably be a recommended talent if it were not for Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance and all the utility it offers.

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 players in particular.

6.3. Not Recommended

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.

7. Level 13 Talents

Brew Strike A Touch of Honey ? Enough to Share Relentless

7.1. Descriptions

Brew Strike Icon Brew Strike causes Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash to reduce the cooldown of Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick for each enemy Hero hit.

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

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.

Relentless Icon Relentless permanently reduces the duration of movement speed reductions, roots, polymorphs, and stuns used against you by 50%.

7.2. Recommended

Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share provides shields to nearby allies around Chen, which is very useful if your team composition consists of several melee Assassins and Warriors who usually fight in Chen's vicinity. Furthermore, this talent has great synergy with Bolder Flavor Icon Bolder Flavor at Level 16, as it also increases the shield amount granted to allies.

Relentless Icon Relentless is a great talent if the enemy lineup consists of several Heroes with great crowd control potential, such as Muradin or Uther. By reducing the duration of enemy Silences, Roots, Stuns, and Slows, Relentless allows Chen to peel and engage more efficiently. We recommend taking Relentless if significant crowd control is consistently being used against you.

7.3. Situational

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.

7.4. Not Recommended

Brew Strike Icon Brew Strike is an unnecessary talent, since Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick's cooldown is already very low. Besides, reducing the cooldown of any of Chen's abilities can cause strange mistimings with his skill rotation.

8. Level 16 Talents

Bottomless Mug Bolder Flavor Pressure Point Combination Attack

8.1. Descriptions

Bottomless Mug Icon Bottomless Mug reduces Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew's cooldown by 2 seconds.

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%.

Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point causes Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick to also slow the target's movement speed by 90% for 1 second.

Combination Attack Icon Combination Attack increases the damage of Chen's next Basic attack after using Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick by 100%.

8.2. Recommended

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.

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.

8.3. Not Recommended

Bottomless Mug Icon Bottomless Mug is an unnecessary talent due to the fact that Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew's innate cooldown is already quite low. Consequently, it cannot compete with the survivability provided by Bolder Flavor Icon Bolder Flavor or the strong crowd control added by Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point.

Combination Attack Icon Combination Attack offers a significant damage boost, however, you can deal even more damage by picking Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point and enabling your teammates to catch up to your slowed target and cast their own damage abilities on them.

9. Level 20 Talents

Untapped Potential Elemental Conduit Hardened Shield Bolt of the Storm

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 causes Chen to summon one of the Elemental Spirits to fight along his side for 4 seconds whenever he uses an ability. Only one Spirit can be active at a time.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is an activatable talent that causes you to take 75% less damage from all sources for 4 seconds. Hardened Shield has a 60-second cooldown.

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm is an activatable talent that instantly teleports you to the targeted location. Bolt of the Storm has a 70-second cooldown.

9.2. Recommended

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is Chen's talent of choice when it comes to surviving team fights during the later stages of the game, especially when facing several burst-heavy Heroes like Jaina or Kael'thas. We suggest you activate Hardened Shield as soon as you notice that you have drawn the enemies' attention. As a rule of thumb we would like to add, that it is often better to use this talent early during a team fight, rather than withholding it for too long.

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm provides Chen with a great tool to initiate a team fight or to escape dangerous situations. Its blink can also be used to dodge all kinds of skillshot abilities. However, keep in mind that Bolt of the Storm has a rather long cooldown of 70 seconds, so make sure to use it wisely.

9.3. Not Recommended

Untapped Potential Icon Untapped Potential can only be picked if you went for Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg, which we do not recommend.

Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit adds a small damage boost whenever Chen casts an ability. Unfortunately, Chen's main goal is to absorb damage and pressure enemy priority targets with his crowd control. Thus, Elemental Conduit cannot compete against the survivability Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield provides, nor against the extra mobility coming from Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm.

10. ChangeLog

  • 17 May 2016: Updated Regeneration Master's description following Chromie's patch changes. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
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