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Cho Talents

Last updated on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:22 by Oxygen 17 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Cho 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 Cho guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Consuming Fire Fuel for the Flame Calloused Hide
4 Uppercut ? Rollback Seared Flesh
7 Power Surge ? Firestarter Enraged Regeneration
10 Hammer of Twilight Upheaval ?
13 Frenzied Fists Runic Feedback ? Runed Gauntlet
16 Surging Dash Twilight Veil Molten Block ?
20 C'thun's Gift ? Favor of the Old Gods ? The Will of Cho Hour of Twilight
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2. Common Talent Paths

Firestarter Build (talent calculator link)

The Firestarter Icon Firestarter Build revolves around greatly improving the potency of Cho's Basic Attacks, and maximising Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze's uptime. Consuming Blaze is particularly important to Gall due to its interaction with Talents such as Double Trouble Icon Double Trouble.

3. Level 1 Talents

Cho Consuming Fire
Consuming Fire (Level 1) World of Warcraft Cho

Consuming Blaze heals for 150% more when a Hero is Ignited.

Cho Fuel for the Flame
Fuel for the Flame (Level 1) World of Warcraft Cho

Quest: Every minion killed near Cho increases the amount healed by Consuming Blaze by 0.2%.

Quest: Every Hero Takedown increases the amount healed by Consuming Blaze by 2%.

Cho Calloused Hide
Calloused Hide (Level 1) World of Warcraft Cho

Ogre Hide also increases healing received by 15%.

3.1. Discussion

Talents on this tier focus on improving Cho's self-sustain.

Consuming Fire Icon Consuming Fire increases the healing provided by Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze by a mediocre amount, and only situationally, as it is only effective against Heroes.

Calloused Hide Icon Calloused Hide is likely to yield the most healing out of the 3 Talents available at this tier, considering it also affects Healing Globes, Healing Fountains, Health Regeneration, and, of course, any healing provided by allied Heroes. Just be sure to switch to Ogre Hide Icon Ogre Hide, which you should be doing most of the time in the first place.

Fuel for the Flame Icon Fuel for the Flame is similar to Consuming Fire Icon Consuming Fire, in that it improves Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze. Although more versatile, it also takes a much longer time to actually see tangible benefits due to its stacking nature.

4. Level 4 Talents

Cho Uppercut ?
Uppercut (Level 4) World of Warcraft Cho

Surging Fist deals additional damage to Heroes equal to 7% of their max Health.

Cho Rollback
Rollback (Level 4) World of Warcraft Cho

Rune Bomb continues to travel after detonation, and will roll back to Cho, damaging enemies in its path.

Cho Seared Flesh
Seared Flesh (Level 4) World of Warcraft Cho

Each consecutive Basic Attack to an enemy Hero deals 20% more damage, to a maximum of 60% damage. This bonus lasts 5 seconds or until a different enemy is attacked.

4.1. Discussion

Talents on this tier focus on improving Cho's damage.

Uppercut Icon Uppercut is a tool used to counter team compositions that feature two or more tanks or otherwise Healthy Heroes, such as Azmodan. It has notable synergy with Power Surge Icon Power Surge.

Rollback Icon Rollback potentially adds a small amount of damage to Rune Bomb Icon Rune Bomb. Its main value, however, lies in giving Gall a second chance to use Runic Blast Icon Runic Blast. With practice, however, this becomes unnecessary.

Seared Flesh Icon Seared Flesh allows Cho's damage to grow to be surprisingly threatening. Generally, this will get more value than Uppercut Icon Uppercut against non-tanks. It does require you, however, to deliver sustained attacks against one target, making it more effective if you can muster the discipline to focus well. Generally, this becomes easier if your teammates can provide movement speed reduction effects.

5. Level 7 Talents

Cho Power Surge ?
Power Surge (Level 7) World of Warcraft Cho

Each Hero hit by Surging Fist reduces its cooldown by 4 seconds.

Cho Firestarter
Firestarter (Level 7) World of Warcraft Cho

Basic Attacks against ignited Heroes decreases the cooldown of Consuming Blaze by 1 second.

Passive: Reduce the cooldown of Consuming Blaze by 3 seconds.

Cho Enraged Regeneration
Enraged Regeneration (Level 7) World of Warcraft Cho

While Gall's Ogre Rage is active, Cho's health regeneration is increased by 200%.

5.1. Discussion

Power Surge Icon Power Surge has the potential of significantly reducing the Cooldown of Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist. This is reliant upon, however, being able to hit as many Heroes as possible. As such, Power Surge sees use primarily against two or more melee Heroes, and becomes particularly potent when combined with Uppercut Icon Uppercut.

Firestarter Icon Firestarter is an incredibly strong Talent that improves Cho's damage potential and self-sustain. Its main point of appeal, however, lies in the fact that it synergises so well with some of Gall's key Talents: Double Trouble Icon Double Trouble, Searing Shadows Icon Searing Shadows, and Shadowsnare Icon Shadowsnare.

Enraged Regeneration Icon Enraged Regeneration provides a meek and situational bonus that competes with outstanding Talents. Avoid this one.

6. Level 10 Talents

Cho Hammer of Twilight
Hammer of Twilight (Level 10) World of Warcraft Cho
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

Activate to swing the Hammer of Twilight, dealing 150 (+4.5% per level) damage, pushing enemies away, and stuning them for 0.75 seconds.

Passive: Cho's Basic Attacks deal 25% increased damage.

Cho Upheaval ?
Upheaval (Level 10) World of Warcraft Cho
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

After 1 second, pull enemies towards Cho'gall, slowing them by 25% for 3 seconds and dealing 100 (+4% per level) damage.

6.1. Discussion

At this level, Heroic abilities become available. Both Heroic abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

Hammer of Twilight Icon Hammer of Twilight is Cho's more defensive Heroic Ability choice. Although the passive Basic Damage increase is welcomed, the Ability's strength lies in the fact that it provides Cho with a very reliable, albeit short-ranged, crowd control. Hammer of Twilight is typically more useful when you feel that your team is on the defensive, allowing you to more effectively protect your vulnerable backline.

Upheaval Icon Upheaval is Cho's more offensive Heroic Ability choice. It is excellent in situations where your team wishes to force engagements, as the ability allows you to nearly unconditionally pull several opponents to your own teammates. When combo'd with Gall's Shadow Bolt Volley Icon Shadow Bolt Volley, Upheaval can be a win condition.

7. Level 13 Talents

Cho Frenzied Fists
Frenzied Fists (Level 13) World of Warcraft Cho

Gain 75% Attack Speed for 5 seconds after using Surging Fist.

Cho Runic Feedback ?
Runic Feedback (Level 13) World of Warcraft Cho

Gall's Runic Blast reduces Cho's Rune Bomb cooldown by 1 seconds per enemy hit, and 2 seconds for each Hero hit.

Cho Runed Gauntlet
Runed Gauntlet (Level 13) World of Warcraft Cho

Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Cho and Gall's Heroic Abilities by 0.5 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

Frenzied Fists Icon Frenzied Fists greatly improves Cho's Basic Attack damage per second potential. It synergises particularly well with the damage bonus provided by Hammer of Twilight Icon Hammer of Twilight and the Cooldown reduction provided by Power Surge Icon Power Surge. It should be noted that you do not need to fully channel Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist to benefit from the full attack speed bonus provided by the Talent, making it useful to quickly cast-and-release the Ability to gain the buff. The attack speed is also helpful with triggering Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze's on-hit healing effect.

Runic Feedback Icon Runic Feedback significantly reduces the Cooldown of Rune Bomb Icon Rune Bomb when it is detonated against multiple targets. As such, this Talent's primary uses are waveclearing and sieging, although it remains useful against Heroes, depending on your accuracy. In general, however, it is less likely to yield more overall damage than the Frenzied Fists Icon Frenzied Fists alternative. Runic Feedback has strong synergy with Gall's Bomb's Away Icon Bomb's Away.

Runed Gauntlet Icon Runed Gauntlet is generally underwhelming; whereas three out of four Heroic Ability choices for Cho'gall have very lenghty Cooldowns that are seldom significantly reduced by the Talent, the remaining choice, Hammer of Twilight Icon Hammer of Twilight, does not have a powerful enough active component to warrant the investment, and especially not over Frenzied Fists Icon Frenzied Fists.

8. Level 16 Talents

Cho Surging Dash
Surging Dash (Level 16) World of Warcraft Cho

While channeling Surging Fist, Cho is Unstoppable and heals for 150 (+4% per level) Health per second.

Cho Twilight Veil
Twilight Veil (Level 16) World of Warcraft Cho
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to increase the Armor bonus of Ogre Hide by 300% for 2 seconds. If cast while Ogre Rage is active, it instantly swaps to Ogre Hide.

Cho Molten Block ?
Molten Block (Level 16) World of Warcraft Cho
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Activate to enter Stasis and gain Invulnerability for 3 seconds, damaging nearby enemies for 92 (+4% per level) damage per second.

8.1. Discussion

Surging Dash Icon Surging Dash is potentially Cho's most important Talent; it makes up for several of his weaknesses, and most notably, versus crowd control. Surging Dash allows Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist to be used to bait out stuns and other dangerous effects harmlessly. The healing provided by the Talent is extremely useful for self-sustain.

Twilight Veil Icon Twilight Veil provides a large amount of Armor; so large in fact that it meets the game's Armor cap, and this, even when affected by reductions. Although excellent against burst, it suffers from an extremely lengthy Cooldown that makes it generally less useful than the alternatives.

Molten Block Icon Molten Block brings some very welcomed defensive utility to Cho'gall's otherwise extremely offense-oriented kit. The Ability is typically used to reliably avoid dangerous crowd control and high damage Abilities. It should be noted, however, that Molten Block also prevents Gall from using his own Abilities and momentarily interrupts Shadow Bolt Volley Icon Shadow Bolt Volley. The most common use of this Talent is to counter Kharazim's Seven-Sided Strike Icon Seven-Sided Strike.

9. Level 20 Talents

Cho C'thun's Gift ?
C'thun's Gift (Level 20) World of Warcraft Cho

Cho's Basic Attack becomes ranged and slows targets by 20% for 2 seconds.

Cho Favor of the Old Gods ?
Favor of the Old Gods (Level 20) World of Warcraft Cho

Upheaval roots enemy Heroes for 1.5 seconds.

Cho The Will of Cho
The Will of Cho (Level 20) World of Warcraft Cho

Takedowns permanently increase the Armor granted by Ogre Hide by 2, to a max of 50 extra Armor.

Cho Hour of Twilight
Hour of Twilight (Level 20) World of Warcraft Cho

Decreases Cho'gall's death timer by 50%.

9.1. Discussion

C'thun's Gift Icon C'thun's Gift completely changes Cho's playstyle, turning him into a ranged, bruiser-like Hero. This Talent alone increases Cho's damage potential by magnitudes, and the permanent slowing effect helps everyone, especially Gall.

Favor of the Old Gods Icon Favor of the Old Gods provides you with a powerful rooting effect, which, when combined with Gall's Twisting Nether Icon Twisting Nether, can have devastating results. If you have been dying relatively often, consider Hour of Twilight Icon Hour of Twilight instead.

The Will of Cho Icon The Will of Cho has some powerful defensive implication, but becomes available too late to truly see a significant amount of stacks, and thus, be impactful. Additionally, it requires Ogre Hide Icon Ogre Hide to be active to see any effect.

Hour of Twilight Icon Hour of Twilight has some excessively important implications for the late game. Realistically, Cho'gall dying always spells bad news for your team, often securing a loss. Hour of Twilight greatly reduces the impact of this occurrence. If you feel safe, consider other options.

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