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E.T.C. Talents

Last updated on Nov 23, 2016 at 08:35 by Oxygen 18 comments

Table of Contents

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing E.T.C. 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 E.T.C. 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 Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Guitar Hero Prog Rock Block Party ?
4 Crowd Surfer Loud Speakers Speed Metal
7 Pinball Wizard Echo Pedal Hammer-on
10 Mosh Pit Stage Dive
13 Mic Check Encore Face Smelt
16 Show Stopper ? Aggressive Shredding Imposing Presence ?
20 Tour Bus ? Crowd Pleaser ? Death Metal Storm Shield ? Bolt of the Storm

2. Common Talent Paths

3. Level 1 Talents

Guitar Hero Prog Rock Block Party ?

3.1. Description

Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero causes E.T.C.'s basic attacks to heal him for 35% of the damage they deal while Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo is active, and also increases the attack speed bonus of Guitar Solo to 25%, up from 20%.

Prog Rock Icon Prog Rock permanently increases the health per second provided by Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo by 5 for every Regeneration Globe you collect. This adds up to a total of 20 additional points of healing per Guitar Solo cast per Globe collected. After collecting 20 Globes, Prog Rock causes Guitar Solo to also heal nearby allies for a reduced amount at a rate of once per second.

Block Party Icon Block Party causes Rockstar Icon Rockstar to grant E.T.C. and affected allies one stack of Block for 8 seconds, up to a maximum of 2 stacks. One stack is expended whenever a Heroic Basic Attack is received, reducing the damage they deal by 50%.

3.2. Recommended

Prog Rock Icon Prog Rock provides a reasonable and reliable amount of self sustain. In the late-game, this effect is also extended to allies, making it an effective counter to some amount of poke damage and just generally good for recuperating Health.

3.3. Situational

Certain team compositions feature several Heroes that heavily rely on basic attacks to deal damage. Block Party Icon Block Party, then, offers a modest increase to your raw survivability and to that of your teammates.

3.4. Not Recommended

Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero is much less reliable than its Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero counterpart. And although the attack speed component is interesting, it is too little to really be worth considering.

4. Level 4 Talents

Crowd Surfer Loud Speakers Speed Metal

4.1. Description

Crowd Surfer Icon Crowd Surfer allows Powerslide Icon Powerslide to let E.T.C. pass through otherwise impassable features such as terrain and Structures.

Loud Speakers Icon Loud Speakers increases the radius and knockback effect of Face Melt Icon Face Melt by 50%.

Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal causes Rockstar Icon Rockstar to also increase the movement speed of affected units by 20% for 2 seconds.

4.2. Recommended

Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal's movement speed increase is invaluable for you and the rest of your team. In general, movement speed provides both offensive and defensive utility; it helps with uptime, positioning, escaping, and avoiding skillshots.

4.3. Not Recommended

Crowd Surfer Icon Crowd Surfer has interesting implications in terms of mobility, but is so situational when compared to the other existing choices that it can rarely if ever be justified.

Loud Speakers Icon Loud Speakers, although a significant increase to Face Melt Icon Face Melt's peeling and disruptive power, it must compete with the more reliably useful Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal talent.

5. Level 7 Talents

Pinball Wizard Echo Pedal Hammer-on

5.1. Description

Pinball Wizard Icon Pinball Wizard increases the damage of Face Melt by 200% against foes that have been hit by Powerslide Icon Powerslide within the last 3 seconds.

Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal causes E.T.C.'s Basic and Heroic Abilities to instantly damage nearby enemies. This damage is then repeated after a 2-second delay. It should be noted that the second damage tick does not trigger multiple times if multiple Abilities are cast in rapid succession, as the last instance of Echo Pedal overrides any other existing instance of the effect. This damage is increased by 75% against Minions and Mercenaries.

Hammer-on Icon Hammer-on causes your next two Basic Attacks to deal 30% more damage whenever you use an Ability. This effect does not stack, and is merely refreshed up to the maximum number of stacks after using multiple successive Abilities.

5.2. Recommended

Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal is an incredible boon to E.T.C., whom generally heavily lack any decent waveclearing or Mercenary Camp claiming capacity. Echo Pedal greatly helps with this, on top of adding a very respectable amount of damage to his general kit.

5.3. Not Recommended

Face Melt Icon Face Melt directly competes with Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal in terms of utility. While it does provide a bit more burst damage, Face Melt cannot compete with the latter choice in terms of sustained DPS and usefulness. Face Melt's utility is also limited to targets hit by Powerslide Icon Powerslide, which can be difficult to ensure at all times.

Hammer-on Icon Hammer-on provides more single-target damage than the two other Talent choices on this tier, but falls much shorter in terms of utility and area of effect damage. In short, the damage increase is too little to justify.

6. Level 10 Talents

Mosh Pit Stage Dive

6.1. Description

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

6.2. Recommended

Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit is notable for single handedly altering the way that your opponents play due to its team fight-winning potential. This Heroic ability's power is as considerable as is its difficulty to use; many factors must be considered when using the ability, such as the availability of interrupts or movement abilities on the opposing team, the map that is being played, or your own team composition.

Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive can essentially act as a mapwide mobility ability, opening up the possibility of split-pushing for E.T.C. due to its global cast range. This allows you to generate an experience lead and simultaneously threaten structures without the downsides of leaving your team at a man disadvantage, should a fight erupt.

Omitting this aspect, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive is an excellent engagement tool that may force an enemy team to split up or use movement ability cooldowns in order to avoid its effect.

7. Level 13 Talents

Mic Check Encore Face Smelt

7.1. Description

Mic Check Icon Mic Check reduces the cooldown of Face Melt Icon Face Melt to 4 seconds, down from 10, if it hits at least 2 enemies.

Encore Icon Encore causes Face Melt Icon Face Melt to be cast again at the location of the initial cast after 2 seconds. This second Face Melt cast does not benefit from Face Melt-improving talents.

Face Smelt Icon Face Smelt causes Face Melt Icon Face Melt to reduce the movement speed of struck enemies by 50% for 2 seconds.

7.2. Recommended

Mic Check Icon Mic Check's condition is so easy to meet that it essentially cuts the cooldown of Face Melt Icon Face Melt by half. This makes E.T.C. excessively disruptive, especially against melee Heroes.

Face Smelt Icon Face Smelt provides a reliable and potent movement speed reduction effect. This talent is particularly good when you have a specific high-priority target to isolate and take out, such a specific caster or healer.

7.3. Not Recommended

Encore Icon Encore's delay makes it very unreliable when compared to the alternatives. Mic Check Icon Mic Check essentially yields the same amount of Face Melt Icon Face Melt over the same period of time, but at a controllable pace, from a controllable location.

8. Level 16 Talents

Show Stopper ? Aggressive Shredding Imposing Presence ?

8.1. Description

Show Stopper Icon Show Stopper provides E.T.C. with a buff that reduces all damage taken by 25% for 4 seconds after using Powerslide Icon Powerslide.

Aggressive Shredding Icon Aggressive Shredding causes your Basic Attacks to reduce the remaining cooldown of Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo by 1 second each.

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence passively reduces the attack speed of Heroes and Summons who use Basic Attacks against you by 40% for 2 seconds. This effect wears off from affected enemies that attack a target that does not have Imposing Presence.

8.2. Recommended

Aggressive Shredding Icon Aggressive Shredding provides you with a large amount of survivability by significantly improving Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo's uptime. Another added benefit of this talent is the ability to cheaply and rapidly trigger Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal through the added Guitar Solo casts.

8.3. Situational

If you find yourself getting inexplicably bursted down too often after initiating fights, Show Stopper Icon Show Stopper is there to provide you with all necessary added survivability.

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence offers an unparalleled amount of survivability against basic attacks. The talent's effects are multiplicative when used with Block Party Icon Block Party and Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo. As with the former choice, it is of limited use against team compositions that rely on ability-based damage. Imposing Presence should be picked if your opponent's team features two or more basic attack-reliant Assassins.

9. Level 20 Talents

Tour Bus ? Crowd Pleaser ? Death Metal Storm Shield ? Bolt of the Storm

9.1. Description

Tour Bus Icon Tour Bus causes Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit to refresh the cooldown of Powerslide Icon Powerslide when it is successfully channeled, and allows you to use Powerslide while channeling Mosh Pit, which would usually not be possible. Using Powerslide during Mosh Pit's effects also increases the duration of Mosh Pit by 2 seconds, for a potential total of 6 seconds.

Crowd Pleaser Icon Crowd Pleaser increases the area of effect of Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive by 50%, and reduces Stage Dive's cooldown by 10 seconds for every enemy Hero it hits.

Death Metal Icon Death Metal causes an invulnerable E.T.C. spirit to cast Mosh Pit wherever E.T.C. dies. It should be noted that this talent does not require Mosh Pit to have been selected as a Heroic ability at level 10.

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield is an activatable talent that provides all nearby allied Heroes, including oneself, with a Shield equal to 20% each respective target's maximum Health for 3 seconds. Storm Shield has a 45-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

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm is the ultimate form of defensive and offensive utility. It works especially well when paired with Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, as you can teleport onto unsuspecting enemies, chaining into Powerslide Icon Powerslide, followed by your Heroic ability for hits that are difficult to prevent. Bolt of the Storm is also useful ability in general, be it for catching up to escaping heroes, escaping yourself, or avoiding very dangerous skillshots.

9.3. Situational

Tour Bus Icon Tour Bus makes Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit extremely punishing against teams that lack the interruption to deal with the channel. It also helps you catch more players than you typically would by only using the regular Mosh Pit, as the Powerslide Icon Powerslide reset feature gives you a second chance to hit enemy Heroes should you initially miss.

Crowd Pleaser Icon Crowd Pleaser turns Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive into an absolutely fearsome initiation tool. With such a wide area of effect, it becomes difficult for everyone to avoid the ability. The caveat is that Crowd Pleaser is hardly useful against teams that tend to split-push, or hard-engage against your own teammates for quick kills. At this point you should look into either Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm or Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield.

There are situations where no amount of peel that E.T.C. provides can seem to help your teammates stay alive. Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield then shines, as the instant shielding can effectively be used to prevent a good amount of burst damage. It should be noted that E.T.C.'s high health pool makes Storm Shield a good ability to use when it is difficult for him to stay alive. Just be sure to coordinate with your teammates as to not use two Storm Shields at once, as the effects do not stack.

9.4. Not Recommended

Death Metal Icon Death Metal requires you to die specifically near enemy Heroes to be of any use, and also requires your allies to be able to follow up on the impending Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit cast. Overall, the talent is simply too situational to be considered, despite its potential.

10. ChangeLog

  • 23 Nov. 2016: Updated several talents to account for the latest balance update. No changes in recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2016: Updated several talents to account for the October 10 balance update. No changes in recommendations.
  • 02 Oct. 2016: Updated several talents and recommendations to account for the Sep. 27 E.T.C. talent rework.
  • 13 Sep. 2016: Removed Just Keep Rockin' and updated talent recommendations to account for the September 13 balance update.
  • 07 Oct. 2015: Updated Pwn Shop Guitar, Prog Rock, and Mic Check No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Updated talent description for Bolt of the Storm (70 seconds cooldown, up from 40) and Imposing Presence (40% attack speed reduction, down from 50%) to account for the Kharazim patch changes. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 02 Jul. 2015: Updated description of Spell Shield, but this does not change talent recommendations.
  • 13 May 2015: Completely overhauled the page to account for the changes brought about by the 12 May Closed Beta Patch.
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