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Chromie Talents

Last updated on Jul 27, 2016 at 14:25 by Kendric 7 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Chromie 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 Chromie 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 Compounding Aether Deep Breathing Timewalker's Pursuit Peer Into The Future
3 Piercing Sands Bronze Talons ? Enveloping Assault
6 Mobius Loop ? Dragon's Eye Chrono Sickness
9 Slowing Sands Temporal Loop
12 Bye Bye! ? Reaching through Time Time Out ?
15 Shifting Sands Fast Forward Quantum Overdrive
19 Pocket of Time Loophole Past and Future Me Andorhal Anomaly

2. Common Talent Paths

Dragon's Breath Build: outstanding AoE slow and burst damage from great range

Sand Blast Build: strong single-target damage combined with the ability to trap enemies with Time Loop

Bye Bye Build: safe playstyle against hard engage and burst damage

3. Level 1 Talents

Compounding Aether Deep Breathing Timewalker's Pursuit Peer Into The Future

3.1. Descriptions

Compounding Aether Icon Compounding Aether is a Quest Talent that increases Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast's damage by 100 after hitting 25 enemy Heroes with it.

Deep Breathing Icon Deep Breathing is a Quest Talent that increases Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath's damage by 2, up to a maximum of 50. After hitting 25 enemy Heroes with Dragon's Breath, it increases its damage by an additional 150 and also increases Chromie's vision radius by 100%.

Timewalker's Pursuit Icon Timewalker's Pursuit is a Quest Talent that increases Chromie's Mana Regeneration by 0.1 whenever she picks up a Regeneration Globe (this includes purple Regeneration Globes spawned by certain Monsters like the neutral Garden Terrors), up to a maximum of 1.5. After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, Chromie's ability power is increased by 5%.

Peer Into The Future Icon Peer Into The Future is an activatable talent that allows you to reveal a large area for 2 seconds. Enemy Heroes seen this way remain revealed for 4 seconds after Into The Future's effect has worn off.

3.2. Recommended

Compounding Aether Icon Compounding Aether is a crucial talent if you decided to go for a Q-heavy talent build. It has really great synergy with Piercing Sands Icon Piercing Sands at Level 3, Shifting Sands Icon Shifting Sands at Level 15, and Past and Future Me Icon Past and Future Me at Level 19.

Deep Breathing Icon Deep Breathing is your talent of choice if you aim to go for a W-heavy talent build. Make sure to follow suit with Enveloping Assault Icon Enveloping Assault at Level 3, Dragon's Eye Icon Dragon's Eye at Level 6, and Reaching through Time Icon Reaching through Time at Level 12.

3.3. Not Recommended

Timewalker's Pursuit Icon Timewalker's Pursuit is not a recommended talent, since Chromie rarely suffers from Mana issues in the first place. Furthermore, both Compounding Aether Icon Compounding Aether and Deep Breathing Icon Deep Breathing scale better into the late game in terms of overall damage.

Peer Into The Future Icon Peer Into The Future can be a useful talent if the enemy team consists of multiple cloaked Heroes, such as Nova and Zeratul. However, this scenario is usually unlikely going to happen.

4. Level 3 Talents

Piercing Sands Bronze Talons ? Enveloping Assault

4.1. Descriptions

Piercing Sands Icon Piercing Sands causes Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast to hit the first 2 targets in its path.

Bronze Talons Icon Bronze Talons increases Chromie's Basic Attack range by 35%. It also causes using Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast to increase the damage of her next Basic Attack by 250%.

Enveloping Assault Icon Enveloping Assault increases Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath's damage by 25%.

4.2. Recommended

Piercing Sands Icon Piercing Sands has great synergy with Compounding Aether Icon Compounding Aether since it allows you to potentially get 2 stacks at the same time. Furthermore, the piercing effect is particularly strong against teams that consist of multiple melee Heroes, which tend to clump up during team fights.

Enveloping Assault Icon Enveloping Assault is your go-to choice if you went for Deep Breathing Icon Deep Breathing at Level 1, since it increases your chance of hitting enemy Heroes significantly.

4.3. Situational

Bronze Talons Icon Bronze Talons is a recommended talent only if the enemy team features one or multiple mobile Assassins, such as Illidan, Zeratul, or Tracer that will seek to harass you a lot. Landing your skillshots against those nimble opponents is not guaranteed, which makes Bronze Talons a lot more reliable and necessary to keep your enemies at bay.

5. Level 6 Talents

Mobius Loop ? Dragon's Eye Chrono Sickness

5.1. Descriptions

Mobius Loop Icon Mobius Loop reduces Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath's cooldown and Mana cost by 50% but also lowers its damage by 25%.

Dragon's Eye Icon Dragon's Eye causes Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath to deal 25% more damage to all targets standing in the center of its impact.

Chrono Sickness Icon Chrono Sickness reduces Time Trap Icon Time Trap's cooldown and Mana cost by 50%. It also causes affected enemies to have their movement speed slowed by 40% for 4 seconds.

5.2. Recommended

Dragon's Eye Icon Dragon's Eye is a really solid talent overall. It adds a lot of extra damage if you manage to aim your Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath precisely. Unfortunately, the other talents on this tier do not add a lot of damage or utility, which is why Dragon's Eye is our go-to choice.

5.3. Situational

Mobius Loop Icon Mobius Loop is a talent that we only recommend taking if you are not experienced on Chromie yet. Due to the reduced cooldown and Mana cost it provides on Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath, it makes missing the ability a lot more forgiving. Once you get more familiar with Chromie's kit, we advise you to take Dragon's Eye Icon Dragon's Eye instead.

5.4. Not Recommended

Chrono Sickness Icon Chrono Sickness offers some utility but it is not enough to compete with the bonus damage offered by Dragon's Eye Icon Dragon's Eye.

6. Level 9 Talents

Slowing Sands Temporal Loop

6.1. Descriptions

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands and Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop have already been described in the Abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands is a great choice on Maps that feature several choke points like Cursed Hollow or Towers of Doom. Besides, Slowing Sands gains a lot of value if the enemy team composition consists of multiple melee Assassins and Warriors, which will likely stay close to each other during team fights. It is of utmost importance, however, to remember to manually re-cast the ability depending on the enemy team's location.

Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop allows Chromie to execute deadly burst damage against a single trapped target. In order to successfully do that, however, you need to carefully watch the timer on Temporal Loop. As soon as the little clock shows less than 40% of the remaining time, you should start casting Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath followed by Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast.

Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop can also be cast defensively to trap an engaging melee Assassin or Warrior in order for Chromie to escape. All in all this Heroic Ability requires some practise and experience, yet if mastered and used well, it is an extremely powerful weapon in Chromie's arsenal.

7. Level 12 Talents

Bye Bye! ? Reaching through Time Time Out ?

7.1. Descriptions

Bye Bye! Icon Bye Bye! reduces the channeling time of your Hearthstone by 75%. Additionally, using the Hearthstone will no longer get interrupted by taking damage.

Reaching through Time Icon Reaching through Time increases both Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast's and Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath's range by 25%.

Time Out Icon Time Out is an activatable talent that puts Chromie into Stasis, granting her Invulnerability for up to 7 seconds. Time Out can be re-activated to end its effect immediately.

7.2. Recommended

Reaching through Time Icon Reaching through Time provides additional range to Chromie's damaging spells, which is great for multiple reasons. It allows her to surprise enemies from afar and, most importantly, it also allows Chromie to keep a safer distance to potential threats. We strongly recommend this talent for both the Q-heavy and the W-heavy talent builds.

7.3. Situational

Bye Bye! Icon Bye Bye! is a very safe and useful talent against mobile Assassins such as Illidan or Tracer who will most likely chase you most of the time.

Time Out Icon Time Out is a reliable defense tool against bursty enemy team compositions that feature multiple mobile Assassins. If your survival cannot be guaranteed, Time Out may just be the talent you need in order to survive.

8. Level 15 Talents

Shifting Sands Fast Forward Quantum Overdrive

8.1. Descriptions

Shifting Sands Icon Shifting Sands causes Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast to grant Chromie 8% increased ability power for the next 10 seconds. This bonus can be stacked up to 40%. Every time you successfully land Sand Blast on an enemy Hero, the duration is refreshed.

Fast Forward Icon Fast Forward reduces Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast's cooldown by 0.75 seconds if it successfully hits an enemy Hero after travelling at least 75% of its base distance.

Quantum Overdrive Icon Quantum Overdrive is an activatable talent that increases Chromie's ability power by 20% for 10 seconds.

8.2. Recommended

Shifting Sands Icon Shifting Sands is a great talent, especially if you chose a Q-heavy talent build. But even if without it, Shifting Sands provides decent value, since you should be able to hit enemy Heroes during team fights quite easily.

Quantum Overdrive Icon Quantum Overdrive is a great damage boost if your team has plenty of crowd control at their disposal. This guarantees some good hits with Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast and Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath while Quantum Overdrive is active.

8.3. Not Recommended

Fast Forward Icon Fast Forward is not a recommended talent, since Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast's cooldown is very short to begin with.

9. Level 19 Talents

Pocket of Time Loophole Past and Future Me Andorhal Anomaly

9.1. Descriptions

Pocket of Time Icon Pocket of Time removes Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands's Mana cost and also increases its slow amount from 60% to 80%.

Loophole Icon Loophole causes Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop to mark and teleport all enemy Heroes near the initial target.

Past and Future Me Icon Past and Future Me creates a Sand Clone of Chromie after casting Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast that remains frozen in place. The next time Chromie uses Sand Blast, the Sand Clone also casts an untalented version of Sand Blast, firing in the same direction and dealing 40% reduced damage.

Andorhal Anomaly Icon Andorhal Anomaly causes Chromie to gain 3 charges of Time Trap Icon Time Trap which can all be active at the same time. When Time Trap's cooldown finishes, Chromie automatically regains all 3 charges.

9.2. Recommended

Pocket of Time Icon Pocket of Time provides Chromie with an incredibly powerful AoE slow, which proves to be particularly useful during team fights around static Map Objectives, such as Temples, Tributes, or Shrines. Also, the removed Mana cost is a nice bonus that allows Chromie to spam her damaging spells more frequently.

Past and Future Me Icon Past and Future Me is an amazing talent, that we recommend in the majority of games. It provides a reliable source of extra damage that comes with virtually no side effects. Make sure to use your Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast whenever it comes off cooldown to maximise the value out of Past and future Me.

9.3. Not Recommended

Loophole Icon Loophole is a hit-or-miss talent, which proves to be incredibly good when it works and incredibly underwhelming when it does not work. Consequently, it is usually not worth taking this talent over Past and Future Me Icon Past and Future Me, which adds consistent and reliable bonus damage.

Andorhal Anomaly Icon Andorhal Anomaly adds a lot more crowd control to Chromie's kit, however, it rarely pays off to take this talent over Past and Future Me Icon Past and Future Me. Chromie's main role is to poke and damage Heroes from a large distance and with most Warriors and melee Assassins getting quite tanky in the late game, she needs talents that will either allow her to hit her abilities more easily or will make her abilities hit harder. As such, both Pocket of Time Icon Pocket of Time and Past and Future Me Icon Past and Future Me prove to be superior choices.

10. ChangeLog

  • 27 Jul. 2016: Changed various talents' descriptions in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Changed Bye Bye! from Not Recommended to Situational and also added the Bye Bye Talent Build.
  • 27 Jun. 2016: Updated to full-fledged guide.
  • 03 Jun. 2016: Updated Chromie's talents in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 27 May 2016: Fleshed out the guide by adding talent descriptions.
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