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E.T.C. Talents

Last updated on Sep 13, 2016 at 06:00 by Oxygen 16 comments

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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 Rank 1 Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Rolling Like a Stone ? Block Pwn Shop Guitar Prog Rock ?
4 Double-Necked Guitar Hammer-on Mic Check Pinball Wizard
7 Loud Speakers Guitar Hero Follow Through
10 Mosh Pit Stage Dive
13 Groupies Face Smelt Show Stopper Spell Shield
16 Speed Metal Echo Pedal Encore Imposing Presence
20 Tour Bus ? Crowd Pleaser ? Death Metal Storm Shield ? Bolt of the Storm

2. Common Talent Paths

3. Level 1 Talents

Rolling Like a Stone ? Block Pwn Shop Guitar Prog Rock ?

3.1. Description

Rolling Like a Stone Icon Rolling Like a Stone increases the range of Powerslide Icon Powerslide by 25%.

Block Icon Block causes you to generate 1 stack of Block every 5 seconds, up to a maximum of 2. Block stacks are consumed by individual enemy Hero Basic Attacks, reducing each of them by 75%.

Pwn Shop Guitar Icon Pwn Shop Guitar reduces the Mana cost of Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo by 24, down to 16.

Prog Rock Icon Prog Rock permanently increases the health per second provided by Guitar Solo by 3 for every Regeneration Globe you collect. This adds up to a total of 12 additional points of healing per Guitar Solo cast per Globe collected. This amount is added to the ability's tooltip. The healing increase also benefits the Groupies Icon Groupies talent.

3.2. Recommended

Block Icon Block offers a modest increase to your survivability, primarily against basic attack-reliant heroes. In a late-game situation, Block will, on average, prevent between 100 and 150 damage every 5 seconds. To put things into perspective, this mitigation is equivalent to about half the healing output of Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo. During the laning phase, it is even stronger, as basic attacks tend to come in volley rather than in a sustained form, allowing Block to recharge between skirmishes. The talent's only downside is that it is weaker against compositions that do not rely on basic attacks.

3.3. Situational

Certain team compositions do not feature Heroes that rely on basic attacks to deal damage. Prog Rock Icon Prog Rock, then, offers a modest increase to your survivability and to that of your teammates through Groupies Icon Groupies, provided that you are in a position to reliably collect Health Globes.

The range increase provided by Rolling Like a Stone Icon Rolling Like a Stone, although relatively short, can help you reach the backline of ranged-heavy team compositions.

3.4. Not Recommended

Pwn Shop Guitar Icon Pwn Shop Guitar is an unnecessary pick for E.T.C., who is relatively light on Mana usage.

4. Level 4 Talents

Double-Necked Guitar Hammer-on Mic Check Pinball Wizard

4.1. Description

Double-Necked Guitar Icon Double-Necked Guitar increases the width of Powerslide Icon Powerslide by 100%, and increases the speed of the dashing component by 30%.

Hammer-on Icon Hammer-on increases the duration of Rockstar Icon Rockstar to 6 seconds, up from 4 seconds, and causes Rockstar to reduce the Mana cost of your abilities by 10 while it is active.

Mic Check Icon Mic Check reduces the cooldown of Face Melt Icon Face Melt by 5 seconds if it hits at least 3 enemy units.

Pinball Wizard Icon Pinball Wizard increases the damage of Face Melt by 50% against foes that have been hit by Powerslide within the last 3 seconds.

4.2. Recommended

Double-Necked Guitar Icon Double-Necked Guitar's area increase greatly improves the usability of Powerslide Icon Powerslide, while the speed increase reduces the window of time where Powerslide can be interrupted. Furthermore, the talent synergises nicely with Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit (and its Tour Bus Icon Tour Bus upgrade) by allowing you to stun more players to set up for your Mosh Pit channel.

4.3. Not Recommended

Mic Check Icon Mic Check's situational requirement of hitting 3 targets, although relatively easy to fulfil, diminishes the talent's usability. The cooldown decrease, although significant, is simply not as useful as Double-Necked Guitar Icon Double-Necked Guitar.

Hammer-on Icon Hammer-on's duration increase does not significantly impact the overall uptime of Rockstar Icon Rockstar. The Mana reduction component requires you to use your abilities in a specific order (Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo first) and does not even significantly impact Mana usages.

Face Melt Icon Face Melt's base damage is so trivial that even Pinball Wizard Icon Pinball Wizard's 50% increase is too little to make an impactful difference. It also forces you to use Powerslide Icon Powerslide specifically before Face Melt, which is unwieldy.

5. Level 7 Talents

Loud Speakers Guitar Hero Follow Through

5.1. Description

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

Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero causes E.T.C.'s basic attacks to heal him for 50% of the damage dealt, while Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo is active. Effects that increase his attack damage or any damage taken by the target will increase Guitar Hero's overall healing.

Follow Through Icon Follow Through increases the damage of your next Basic Attack by 40% whenever you use a Basic or Heroic Ability. This effect does not stack, and expires after 4 seconds if it is not consumed.

5.2. Recommended

Although slightly awkward to use on E.T.C., as his abilities tend to be used in quick succession, Follow Through Icon Follow Through still provides a Hero that otherwise deals a very limited amount of damage with some potential to be threatening.

5.3. Not Recommended

Loud Speakers Icon Loud Speakers, although a significant increase to Face Melt Icon Face Melt's peeling power, must compete with the more reliably useful Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero talent.

Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero offers a very marginal benefit for the talent point investment; E.T.C. simply does not use enough basic attacks in high-pressure situations for the talent to be worthwhile despite his decent base damage and attack speed.

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

Groupies Face Smelt Show Stopper Spell Shield

7.1. Description

Groupies Icon Groupies causes Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo to also increase the Health regeneration of nearby allied Heroes and Minions.

Face Smelt Icon Face Smelt causes Face Melt Icon Face Melt to slow down nearby enemies by 80% for 2 seconds.

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.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield causes you to take 50% less damage from Abilities for 2 seconds whenever you are damaged by an Ability. This effect has a 30-second cooldown.

7.2. Recommended

Groupies Icon Groupies provides an extremely potent area healing effect to Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo. To put things in perspective, it is as if your allies now had access to your own Guitar Solo ability whenever they are next to you. The only downside of this talent is that it requires a bit of cohesion, something you can not always rely on.

Show Stopper Icon Show Stopper offers raw survivability with a very reasonable uptime. It is particularly useful against teams that have a tendency to try to focus you down, or if your own time is incapable of capitalising on Groupies's healing.

7.3. Not Recommended

Face Smelt Icon Face Smelt, although a significant slow effect, ends up being much more situational than Groupies Icon Groupies or Show Stopper Icon Show Stopper.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield, although useful against ability-based burst, in essence ends up being a much less versatile Show Stopper, as unlike the latter, it does nothing against basic attacks and can be wasted by incidental area of effect damage.

8. Level 16 Talents

Speed Metal Echo Pedal Encore Imposing Presence

8.1. Description

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

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.

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

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence offers an unparalleled amount of survivability against basic attacks. The talent's effects are multiplicative when used with Block Icon Block 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 ranged Assassins.

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.

8.3. Not Recommended

Although Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal provides a substantial increase to E.T.C.'s area of effect damage output, it cannot match Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence's defensive power nor Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal's teamwide utility. It also benefits from staggering ability uses, which is seldom possible to do.

Encore Icon Encore works poorly with Face Melt Icon Face Melt, in that the latter pushes foes out of Encore's area of effect. The 2-second delay makes the talent difficult to fully exploit, a fact exacerbated by Encore's inability to benefit from Face Melt-improving talents.

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 15 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 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

  • 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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