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Cho Talents

Last updated on Sep 13, 2016 at 05:45 by Oxygen 8 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 Rank 1 Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Surging Dash ? Blazing Bulwark Fuel for the Flame
4 Runed Gauntlet Rollback Seared Flesh ?
7 Power Surge Fire Eater I AM Hurrying! ?
10 Hammer of Twilight Upheaval
13 Runic Feedback ? Surge of Stamina Molten Block
16 Twilight Veil Frenzied Fists ? Crippling Blow
20 C'thun's Gift Favor of the Old Gods The Will Of Gall ?

2. Common Talent Paths

Tanky Cho Build: resilience & area of effect disruption

3. Level 1 Talents

Surging Dash ? Blazing Bulwark Fuel for the Flame

3.1. Description

Surging Dash Icon Surging Dash increases the range and velocity of Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist's dashing effect by 50%.

Blazing Bulwark Icon Blazing Bulwark causes Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze to generate one stack of Block per enemy Hero it hits, up to a maximum of 10. These stacks last indefinitely, meaning that consecutive casts of Consuming Blaze can generate additional stacks. Block stacks are consumed by individual enemy Hero Basic Attacks, reducing each of them by 50%.

Fuel for the Flame Icon Fuel for the Flame increases the duration of your next Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze to 7 seconds, up from 4, after gathering a Regeneration Globe.

3.2. Recommended

Since Cho'gall is typically the target of many Basic Attacks, Blazing Bulwark Icon Blazing Bulwark provides a reliable way to mitigate some of this damage.

3.3. Situational

In the unusual advent that there may not be any strong Basic Attackers on your opponents' team, Surging Dash Icon Surging Dash becomes a decent alternative to Blazing Bulwark. Otherwise, the talent does little to really impact Cho'gall's effectiveness.

3.4. Not Recommended

With a highly situational requirement and a very underwhelming payoff, Fuel for the Flame Icon Fuel for the Flame is a talent that requires no second thought to be avoided.

4. Level 4 Talents

Runed Gauntlet Rollback Seared Flesh ?

4.1. Description

Runed Gauntlet Icon Runed Gauntlet causes Rune Bomb Icon Rune Bomb casts to increase the damage of your next Basic Attack by 75%. This effect does not stack with multiple casts, but does not have a duration, meaning that you can "hold" a charge, attack, and then use Rune Bomb to benefit from the talent's effects in short succession.

Rollback Icon Rollback causes Rune Bomb Icon Rune Bomb's projectile to return to Cho after reaching its maximum range, allowing it to deal damage again. This talent does not allow Rune Bomb to be detonated again when it returns.

Seared Flesh Icon Seared Flesh causes Cho's third consecutive Basic Attack against the same target to deal 75% more base damage. The attack counter resets after 2 seconds.

4.2. Recommended

Runed Gauntlet Icon Runed Gauntlet allows Cho to deal a surprising amount of burst damage. This is especially true if you "hold" onto a charge as described above for two consecutive powered up attacks.

4.3. Situational

Although Seared Flesh Icon Seared Flesh has the potential of dealing much more damage than Runed Gauntlet, it comes at the cost of reliability. Whereas innert Minions and Structures may allow you to endlessly punish them, any decent opponent will not, making the talent less than effective in "real" scenarios. Strong synergy, however, should be highlighted between Seared Flesh, Frenzied Fists Icon Frenzied Fists, and C'thun's Gift Icon C'thun's Gift, which in turn allows Cho to deal Assassin-like levels of single-target damage in the late game.

4.4. Not Recommended

Rollback Icon Rollback, yields less damage than our other choices. The "second chance" to detonate provided by the talent is hardly useful if the bomb is aimed properly in the first place, which is not very difficult to do. Although it could be argued that Rollback does provide slightly more area of effect damage, Cho'gall already waveclears exceptionally well by default. The bomb projectile also seldom hits enemy Heroes, especially if it is detonated, as it should almost always be.

5. Level 7 Talents

Power Surge Fire Eater I AM Hurrying! ?

5.1. Description

Power Surge Icon Power Surge reduces the initial channeling time of Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist by 0.5 seconds, down to 0.5, and doubles the width of the ability.

Fire Eater Icon Fire Eater causes Cho's Basic Attacks to heal him for 50% of the damage they deal against targets that are affected by Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze's DoT effect.

I AM Hurrying! Icon I AM Hurrying! increases the duration of Gall's Hurry Up, Oaf! Icon Hurry Up, Oaf! ability to 5 seconds, up from 3, and causes its movement speed bonus to no longer fade over its duration.

5.2. Recommended

Fire Eater Icon Fire Eater offers a reliable and much needed source of self-sustain. This talent makes it very difficult for any melee Hero to effectively trade with Cho'gall, and works well with Runed Gauntlet Icon Runed Gauntlet and Hammer of Twilight Icon Hammer of Twilight due to their damage-increasing effects.

I AM Hurrying! Icon I AM Hurrying! provides Cho'gall with one of the best chasing and escaping tool available to any Hero. This is furthermore true when Gall has picked up the Spurred Onward Icon Spurred Onward talent to make Hurry Up, Oaf! Icon Hurry Up, Oaf! a 70% movement speed increase for 4.5 seconds on a remarkably short cooldown. Choosing between Fire Eater and I AM Hurrying! is a matter of personal preference.

5.3. Not Recommended

Since Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist's cooldown is so lengthy, and the ability is typically held onto as an escape tool, Power Surge Icon Power Surge ends up feeling like a lackluster option when compared to the alternatives. The talent's effects are not very impactful either.

6. Level 10 Talents

Hammer of Twilight Upheaval

6.1. Description

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

6.2. Recommended

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

Runic Feedback ? Surge of Stamina Molten Block

7.1. Description

Runic Feedback Icon Runic Feedback causes Gall's Runic Blast Icon Runic Blast to reduce the cooldown of Cho's Rune Bomb Icon Rune Bomb by 1.25 second per enemy hit.

Surge of Stamina Icon Surge of Stamina causes successful Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist casts to grant Resistant, reducing all damage taken by 25%, and succesful hits against Heroes to reduce the cooldown of the ability to 9 seconds, down from 13.

Molten Block Icon Molten Block is an activatable talent that sets Cho'gall in Stasis for up to 3 seconds, making them Invulnerable and dealing a small amount of damage per second to nearby enemies but unable to act for this duration. Molten Block can be ended early by using the ability again while it is active. This ability has a cooldown of 60 seconds.

7.2. Recommended

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.

7.3. Situational

Should you find yourself feeling unthreatened by your opponents' team composition, or simply far ahead in terms of experience, Runic Feedback Icon Runic Feedback provides a solid increase to Rune Bomb Icon Rune Bomb's overall DPS. Hitting an entire Minion wave or players and their summons could nearly refresh Rune Bomb's cooldown, turning Rune Bomb into a devastating poking and waveclearing tool.

7.4. Not Recommended

Surge of Stamina Icon Surge of Stamina turns Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist into a proper engagement tool. Although a strong talent, it simply lacks usefulness when compared to Molten Block Icon Molten Block, by its own rights amazing.

8. Level 16 Talents

Twilight Veil Frenzied Fists ? Crippling Blow

8.1. Description

Twilight Veil Icon Twilight Veil causes Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze to take 50% less damage from abilities for 2 seconds per Hero hit by the ability, stacking.

Frenzied Fists Icon Frenzied Fists causes Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist to increase Cho's Attack Speed by 100% for 4 seconds if it hits a Hero.

Crippling Blow Icon Crippling Blow causes Surging Fist Icon Surging Fist to reduce the movement speed of struck units by 90% for 1.25 seconds.

8.2. Recommended

Twilight Veil Icon Twilight Veil provides much unconditional mitigation against abilities, consequently greatly increasing your survivability. Try and hit as many opponents as possible with Consuming Blaze Icon Consuming Blaze so as to maximise the talent's effect.

8.3. Situational

Frenzied Fists Icon Frenzied Fists provides Cho with a situational but very potent increase to his Basic Attack DPS. This fact is especially true when combined with C'thun's Gift Icon C'thun's Gift. Frenzied Fists is a good choices when you tend to be the aggressor and seldom find yourself dying.

8.4. Not Recommended

Although Crippling Blow Icon Crippling Blow does provide Cho with a strong slowing effect, the talent must compete with two very strong talent choices.

9. Level 20 Talents

C'thun's Gift Favor of the Old Gods The Will Of Gall ?

9.1. Description

C'thun's Gift Icon C'thun's Gift causes Cho's Basic Attacks to permanently become ranged, and to reduce the movement speed of struck units by 20% for 2 seconds.

Favor of the Old Gods Icon Favor of the Old Gods causes successful Upheaval Icon Upheaval casts to reduce all damage taken by Cho by 50% for 5 seconds.

The Will Of Gall Icon The Will Of Gall grants the Gall player with an activatable talent that causes Cho to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds, and dispels any crowd control effect currently on him. This ability has a cooldown of 60 seconds.

9.2. Recommended

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 Cho with a strong defensive buff at the time he needs it most: when engaging. Combined with Twilight Veil Icon Twilight Veil, Favor of the Old Gods makes Cho'gall extremely difficult to take down.

9.3. Not Recommended

Although not a bad talent by any means, The Will Of Gall Icon The Will Of Gall competes with two other outstanding talent choices.

10. ChangeLog

  • 13 Sep. 2016: Updated description for Surge of Stamina to account for the September 13 balance update. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 24 Aug. 2016: Updated description for several talents to account for the August 24th balance patch. No change in talent recommendations.
  • 11 Jul. 2016: Updated description of Surging Dash following the buff in Gul'dan's patch. No change in talent recommendations.
  • 02 Feb. 2016: Talent descriptions and recommendations updated to account for the February 2nd patch changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2016: Guide fully updated.
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