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Gazlowe Talents

Last updated on Aug 09, 2016 at 18:37 by Oxygen 7 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Gazlowe 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 Gazlowe 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 Extra TNT ? Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Break it Down! Regeneration Master
4 Clockwerk Steam Fists ARK Reaktor Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Mercenary Lord ?
7 Rock-It! Turret XL Engine Gunk Hyperfocus Coils
10 Robo-Goblin ? Grav-O-Bomb 3000
13 Turret Storage EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper X-Tra Large Bombs Sprint ?
16 Superior Schematics Goblin Fusion Kwik Release Charge
20 Mecha-Lord Miniature Black Hole Firin' Mah Lazorz It's Raining Scrap

2. Common Talent Paths

Grav-O-Bomb Wombo Combo: zoning and area of effect damage

Robo-Gobo Turret Master 420: zoning, sieging, and late-game bruiser

3. Level 1 Talents

Extra TNT ? Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Break it Down! Regeneration Master

3.1. Description

Extra TNT Icon Extra TNT increases the damage of Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge by 10% per target hit, to a maximum of 100% extra damage for hitting 10 targets.

Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Icon Scrap-o-Matic Smelter increases the amount of Mana restored by Scraps to 20 per second, up from 10.

Break it Down! Icon Break it Down! increases the speed at which your ability cooldowns regenerate when Scraps are collected to 200% faster, up from 100% faster.

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master permanently increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second for every Regeneration Globe you collect, up to 30. After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, your maximum Health is also increased by 500. Purple Regeneration Globes dropped from neutral Boss monsters count as well.

3.2. Recommended

Since the vast majority of Gazlowe's damage and utility are cooldown-gated, Break it Down! Icon Break it Down! presents itself as a real boon. By assiduously collecting Scraps, Break It Down allows you to use your abilities 25% more often than you otherwise would be able to. This is especially significant when trying to reduce Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000's cooldown. Break It Down also magnifies itself, as the cooldown reduction indirectly produces more Scraps through being able to summon more Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets. Furthermore, Break It Down's effects are especially noticeable after acquiring the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Icon Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Turret Storage Icon Turret Storage talents, which generate even more Scraps.

Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Icon Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Mana contribution is significant. In general, Gazlowe Players are unable to repeatedly make use of their entire Ability set due to the Hero's especially heavy Mana constraints. Scrap-o-Matic Smelter helps alleviate these constraints, and is particularly well suited for newer Gazlowe Players.

3.3. Situational

Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge provides Gazlowe with some of the most potent and safest waveclear available to any Hero. This Talent, however, competes with other solid choices, making it onyl recommendable when your team really lacks waveclear.

3.4. Not Recommended

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master does not lend itself very well to Gazlowe's playstyle; in general, he is only really vulnerable to burst damage, against which Regeneration Master does little to help. Moving out of lane — which many Gazlowe Players tend to do in order to secure objectives — tends to kill one's ability to readily gather Globes.

4. Level 4 Talents

Clockwerk Steam Fists ARK Reaktor Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Mercenary Lord ?

4.1. Description

Clockwerk Steam Fists Icon Clockwerk Steam Fists causes each of your Basic Attacks to increase the duration of all your active Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret by 2 seconds. Upon reaching a total duration increase of 600 seconds, the cooldown of Rock-It! Turret is permanently reduced by 3 seconds.

ARK Reaktor Icon ARK Reaktor reduces the cooldown of Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge to 14 seconds, down from 16, and causes the Ability to grant up to 2 Charges of Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret if it hits an enemy Hero.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Icon Reduce, Reuse, Recycle causes Minions, lane Mercenaries, and Structures to have a 15% chance to drop a Scrap on death if they are within your vision radius.

Mercenary Lord Icon Mercenary Lord passively reduces the damage taken from non-Heroic sources — Minions, Structures, Mercenaries, and certain Map Objectives — by 50%. It also causes claimed non-Boss Mercenaries near you to deal 50% more damage.

4.2. Recommended

ARK Reaktor Icon ARK Reaktor makes successful Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge hits excessively rewarding in team fighting situations. The Talent synergises particularly well with Kwik Release Charge Icon Kwik Release Charge to produce more Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets than your opponents can really manage to deal with.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Icon Reduce, Reuse, Recycle provides you with a steady stream of Scraps to further benefit from the effects of Salvager Icon Salvager without having to wait for Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret to die or needing to raze Structures.

4.3. Situational

Although Gazlowe is already an excellent Hero for effectively clearing out Mercenary Camps, Mercenary Lord Icon Mercenary Lord allows him to safely perform the feat of solo-claiming the Boss as early as Hero Level 10. The talent also generally allows Gazlowe to come out of Camps with full Health, reducing downtime and improving general safety. The added Mercenary damage is an interesting bonus as well when pushing out with your own Mercenaries. The talent is usually taken in conjunction with the Level 10 Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin talent.

4.4. Not Recommended

Under most circumstances Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret are typically destroyed or salvaged before they expire, making a duration increase unimpactful. Clockwerk Steam Fists Icon Clockwerk Steam Fists also requires Gazlowe to consistently deliver Basic Attacks to see any real value, something that seldom occurs outside of safe situations (such as when clearing Mercenary Camps) where a longer Turret duration would be irrelevant in the first place. Ultimately, it is difficult to see any real value out of this talent.

5. Level 7 Talents

Rock-It! Turret XL Engine Gunk Hyperfocus Coils

5.1. Description

Rock-It! Turret XL Icon Rock-It! Turret XL allows Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret to attack up to two additional targets near their initial target. These additional attacks deal 60% of the main attack's damage.

Engine Gunk Icon Engine Gunk causes Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret's attacks to reduce the movement speed of their targets by 25% for 2 seconds.

Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils decreases the channeling time of Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor by 50%, allowing it to reach its maximum damage, range, and area of effect correspondingly faster.

5.2. Recommended

The movement speed reduction provided by Engine Gunk Icon Engine Gunk is extremely debilitating, allowing you to indefinitely kite enemies without gap closers, generally improving your Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets' uptime, and making it easier for you and your allies to hit delayed or otherwise skillshot abilities. The talent also allows you to quickly summon a Turret to slow an escaping opponent in a pinch with its ranged attack.

5.3. Not Recommended

Although it has the potential of dealing an acceptable amount of area of effect damage, especially in PvE situations, Rock-It! Turret XL Icon Rock-It! Turret XL seldom hits several targets in team fights where Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets are either too far to do so, or so close that they end up destroyed by collateral area damage.

Although not a bad talent by any means, Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils must compete with another excellent choice that provide more than raw damage.

6. Level 10 Talents

Robo-Goblin ? Grav-O-Bomb 3000

6.1. Description

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

6.2. Recommended

Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 is one of the most impactful Heroic Abilities in the game, and essentially makes or breaks the effectiveness of Gazlowe players in team fight situations. Grav-O-Bomb 3000 is especially good if one or more of your teammates have access to area of effect Heroic Abilities, such as Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse, Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, Leap Icon Leap,Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm, or Void Prison Icon Void Prison. It is also recommended on maps where split pushing is not generally effective, such as the Battlefield of Eternity or Sky Temple.

6.3. Situational

Should your team elect to play a more split-push-oriented playstyle, Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin allows you to take down Minions, Structures and Mercenaries at a speed that is second to none. Picking Robo-Goblin, however, is never a decision that should be taken lightly, as it deprives you of Gazlowe's most notable ability: Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000.

7. Level 13 Talents

Turret Storage EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper X-Tra Large Bombs Sprint ?

7.1. Description

Turret Storage Icon Turret Storage increases the maximum number of charges of Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret to 3, up from 2, allowing it to be used thrice with only a 2-second delay between casts before incurring a regular cooldown.

EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper causes Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor to reduce the movement speed of struck Heroes by 40% for 3 seconds. Minions and Structures are instead stunned for the duration.

X-Tra Large Bombs Icon X-Tra Large Bombs inceases the range and area of effect of Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge by 30%.

Sprint Icon Sprint is an activatable talent that increases your movement speed by 75% for 3 seconds. Sprint has a 60-second cooldown.

7.2. Recommended

Turret Storage Icon Turret Storage is an all-around very versatile talent that not only improves your main source of damage, but that also indirectly provides you with more Scraps so as to benefit from more cooldown reduction to cast more abilities.

X-Tra Large Bombs Icon X-Tra Large Bombs greatly improves the effectiveness of Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge, and, by association, of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000. The additional range is particularly useful for setting up the combo without telegraphing your intents. In general, the Talent is very debilitating to melee-heavy team compositions or those that rely on specific channeled abilities, such as E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit.

7.3. Situational

Sprint Icon Sprint has some very interesting offensive and defensive implications for Gazlowe. Although only modestly useful for general team fight purposes, this talent is particularly useful for making hit-and-run attacks against key Structures with Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin, as the movement speed makes you difficult to hunt down. Sprint becomes a highly valuable offensive ability once the Mecha-Lord Icon Mecha-Lord talent is acquired towards the late game.

7.4. Not Recommended

Although the slowing effect provided by EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper is significant, it suffers from being tied to an ability that is relatively difficult to quickly cast from a useful range. The Minion and Structure freezing is interesting in itself, though too short to truly be impactful.

8. Level 16 Talents

Superior Schematics Goblin Fusion Kwik Release Charge

8.1. Description

Superior Schematics Icon Superior Schematics increases the damage of individual Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets by 25% as long as Gazlowe remains within their attack range.

Goblin Fusion Icon Goblin Fusion causes Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor's damage to be able to grow to a 200% bonus after 4 seconds, up from its base 100% bonus after 3 seconds.

Kwik Release Charge Icon Kwik Release Charge causes Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge to generate an additional charge over time. This charge, displayed as the number 2 on the ability's user interface, allows you to save up Xplodium Charge's cooldown to later use the ability twice with only a 1-second delay between casts without having to wait for its usual cooldown.

8.2. Recommended

Superior Schematics Icon Superior Schematics provides a modest but reliable increase to Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret's damage. There is little to say about this Talent; it just hurts.

Given that Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge is especially effective against melee-heavy team compositions, it follows naturally that Kwik Release Charge Icon Kwik Release Charge would then be a powerful choice to further punish such compositions. It should be noted that the charge cooldown can be bypassed by collecting a Scrap right after casting the first Xplodium Charge, allowing you to quickly chain two or more of them. This technique is particularly potent when combined with Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 to achieve the most powerful area of effect stun combo available to any Hero.

8.3. Not Recommended

Goblin Fusion Icon Goblin Fusion requires you to channel for an unrealistically long period of time, and all for an underwhelming damage increase. It should be noted that the talent becomes much better when combined with the Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils talent, which, regrettably, only becomes available at Hero Level 16, making the combo unviable for the most part.

9. Level 20 Talents

Mecha-Lord Miniature Black Hole Firin' Mah Lazorz It's Raining Scrap

9.1. Description

Mecha-Lord Icon Mecha-Lord causes Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin's Basic Attack damage increase to also apply to Heroes.

Miniature Black Hole Icon Miniature Black Hole increases the radius of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 by 25%, and its damage by 50%.

Firin' Mah Lazorz Icon Firin' Mah Lazorz causes active Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets to channel a Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor of their own when you cast the Ability. These Deth Lazors are aimed towards the current maximum range of Gazlowe's Deth Lazor. Although the area of effect of these Deth Lazors double over 3 seconds as the Ability is being channeled, they will always deal their maximum listed damage regardless of the channeling time, unlike Gazlowe's own Deth Lazor. It should be noted that Firin' Mah Lazorz does not benefit from the effects of all Talents that normally would normally affect Gazlowe's Deth Lazor; Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils functions, whereas EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper and Goblin Fusion Icon Goblin Fusion do not. Additionally, Superior Schematics Icon Superior Schematics does provide its damage increase to the Rock-It! Turrets' own Deth Lazors as long as the range condition is met.

It's Raining Scrap Icon It's Raining Scrap is a Talent-based Ability that causes Scraps to spawn in random locations near Gazlowe at the rate of one per second over a duration of 5 seconds. This Ability has a cooldown of 60 seconds.

9.2. Recommended

Mecha-Lord Icon Mecha-Lord is a peculiar talent that turns Gazlowe into one of the Heroes with the highest sustained damage in the game, completely changing his playstyle from a backline Specialist to a frontline melee Assassin. Although it is not particularly useful against ranged Assassins that will simply kite him due to his lack of a gap closer, Mecha Lord devastates every other archetype that cannot stand to go toe-to-toe with Gazlowe due to his Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge and Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret.

Miniature Black Hole Icon Miniature Black Hole significantly improves the usability of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 by making it much more difficult to avoid. The damage increase is a welcomed bonus as well, however, the radius increase is what makes this talent truly shine.

9.3. Not Recommended

Firin' Mah Lazorz Icon Firin' Mah Lazorz is an exceptionally fun Talent that, unfortunately, requires an unrealistic amount of setup to see any reasonable payoff.

It's Raining Scrap Icon It's Raining Scrap has the potential to allow one to summon a ridiculous number of Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets. The talent, however, comes at the expense of other choices that have made their mark.

10. ChangeLog

  • 09 Aug. 2016: Updated talent descriptions to account for the Auriel patch. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 11 Jul. 2016: Updated talent descriptions to account for Gul'dan's patch. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 17 May 2016: Updated Regeneration Master's description following Chromie's patch changes. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 30 Mar. 2016: Talent descriptions and recommendations updated to account for the 15 Mar. balance patch.
  • 02 Feb. 2016: Talent descriptions updated to account for the February 2nd patch changes.
  • 20 Jan. 2016: Updated descriptions for several talents to account for the removal of Haunted Mines. No changes in recommendations.
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