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Tychus Talents

Last updated on Sep 29, 2016 at 08:23 by Straften 8 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Tychus 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 Tychus guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Press the Advantage ? Dash Combat Tactician
4 In the Rhythm Fully Loaded The Bigger They Are... ? Master Assassin ?
7 Quarterback Concussion Grenade ? Relentless Soldier ?
10 Commandeer Odin ? Drakken Laser Drill
13 That's the Stuff! Neosteel Coating Spray 'n' Pray
16 Titan Grenade Lead Rain ? Armor Piercing Rounds
20 Big Red Button Focusing Diodes Sizzlin' Attacks ? Bob and Weave ?

2. Common Talent Paths

3. Level 1 Talents

Press the Advantage ? Dash Combat Tactician

3.1. Descriptions

Press the Advantage Icon Press the Advantage increases your Basic Attack range by 35% for 4 seconds after using Run and Gun Icon Run and Gun.

Dash Icon Dash causes Run and Gun Icon Run and Gun to increase your movement speed by 1% for every Regeneration Globe that you collect, up to 25%. This effect lasts for 2 seconds. Once you have gathered 25 Regeneration Globes, Run and Gun's range is also increased by 50%.

Combat Tactician Icon Combat Tactician causes your Basic Attacks to reduce Run and Gun Icon Run and Gun's cooldown by 0.8 seconds per attack.

3.2. Recommended

Dash Icon Dash offers extra mobility after Run and Gun Icon Run and Gun's initial reposition. This can further your ability to kite, allowing you to dodge skillshots and then quickly maneuver back into position. Because Dash requires collection of Health Globes, it is stronger on maps that have an abundance of them. Dash is strong against teams that rely heavily on skillshots that can be dodged.

3.3. Situational

Press the Advantage Icon Press the Advantage increases Tychus' low basic attack range by 35% for 4 seconds. This can help him to deal Basic Attack damage from a safer distance.

3.4. Not Recommended

Combat Tactician Icon Combat Tactician is not currently recommended.

4. Level 4 Talents

In the Rhythm Fully Loaded The Bigger They Are... ? Master Assassin ?

4.1. Descriptions

In the Rhythm Icon In the Rhythm causes each Basic Attack against Heroes while Minigun Icon Minigun is active to permanently increase the duration of Minigun's duration by 0.03 seconds.

Fully Loaded Icon Fully Loaded reduces Minigun Icon Minigun's cooldown by 33%.

The Bigger They Are... Icon The Bigger They Are... increases Minigun Icon Minigun's damage bonus to 3% when attacking an enemy Hero whose health is above 40%, but Minigun no longer affects enemy Heroes' whose health is below 40%.

Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin causes Hero takedowns to permanently increase your attack speed by 1% per kill, stacking up to 15 times. Once you have reached 15 stacks, your attack speed is further increased by 10%, totalling 25% attack speed. This also benefits you when using Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin

4.2. Recommended

In the Rhythm Icon In the Rhythm is a great Talent because enables you to increase the active duration Minigun. When combined with That's the Stuff! Icon That's the Stuff!, Tychus can win trades much more often. This is however, dependent on efficiently gaining stacks of In the Rhythm Icon In the Rhythm, which can be extremely difficult against team compositions that can outrange Minigun.

4.3. Situational

Because of the way Tychus auto attacks, Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin can be thought of as a 25% damage increase to Basic Attacks and Minigun Icon Minigun once fully stacked; however, it does nothing initially. Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin's attack speed bonus also applies while Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin is active. This Talent is especially good against Murky and The Lost Vikings, as you can earn stacks more quickly and finish the quest sooner.

The Bigger They Are... Icon The Bigger They Are... increases your damage significantly against high Health Heroes, at the cost of not being able to effectively finish them off once they are low health. Consider this talent if you are against a team that has multiple tanks, and your team has at least one burst damage Hero. Consider taking Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade at 16 to help kill enemies below 40% Health.

4.4. Not Recommended

Fully Loaded Icon Fully Loaded reduces the cooldown of Minigun Icon Minigun. While this can give you more opportunities to use it, you would not need those opportunities if you took Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin or The Bigger They Are... Icon The Bigger They Are..., as your target would either be dead, or have retreated from a position where you could safely deal damage to them with Minigun.

5. Level 7 Talents

Quarterback Concussion Grenade ? Relentless Soldier ?

5.1. Descriptions

Quarterback Icon Quarterback increases the range of Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade by 50%

Concussion Grenade Icon Concussion Grenade increases Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade's radius by 25% and the knockback distance by 100%.

Relentless Soldier Icon Relentless Soldier causes Stuns and Roots against you to grant Resistant; reducing your damage taken by 25% for 3 seconds. This Talent also benefits you while Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin is active. Other types of crowd control will not trigger this effect.

5.2. Recommended

Quarterback Icon Quarterback's increased range on Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade can help you land the killing blow on enemies who are fleeing from combat. You can safely poke for decent damage when coupled with Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade. Quarterback can be an effective means of cancelling channelled Abilities, like Nazeebo's Ravenous Spirit Icon Ravenous Spirit.

5.3. Situational

Relentless Soldier Icon Relentless Soldier helps to keep you alive against teams that have a lot of Stuns and Roots. You are able to live in siutuations that would have otherwise resulted in your death, and this can be the difference between your team winning or losing a team fight.

Concussion Grenade Icon Concussion Grenade increases the knockback distance of Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade, which can help you to peel enemy Heroes or even push them into danger. This Talent can be more effective against melee Heroes, as you will not need the increased range from Quarterback to get value out of it.

6. Level 10 Talents

Commandeer Odin ? Drakken Laser Drill

6.1. Descriptions

Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin calls down an Odin for Tychus to pilot. The Odin has increased Basic Attack damage, 60% increased Basic Attack range, and uses different abilities. Tychus is temporarily immune to all forms of crowd control and unable to take any actions while the Odin is being constructed, but he can still take damage. The Odin lasts for 23 seconds, and grants Tychus Resistant (25% damage reduction) for the duration.

Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill calls down a Laser Drill to attack targeted enemies, dealing damage every second. The Laser Drill has its own health pool and can be reassigned to attack new targets. Units cannot pass through the Laser Drill while it is active on the battlefield. If placed directly on a Hero, it will displace them. It lasts for 22 seconds or until it is destroyed.

6.2. Recommended

Drakken Laser Drill is an exceptional zoning tool, able to deal very high sustained damage in the area around where it is placed. Tychus will still have access to all of his Basic Abilities while the laser is active. This is an important difference between Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill and Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin, because many of your Talents may be invested into your Basic Abilities.

6.3. Situational

The main drawback of Commandeer Odin is that Tychus cannot use Minigun Icon Minigun while inside of the Odin. Minigun is often the reason Tychus is picked, as the percent maximum Health damage is an important counter to double tank compositions. The Odin does increased damage to non-tanks, but can actually result in less meaningful damage to the enemy's frontline. Consider taking Commandeer Odin in situations where you need increased AoE damage and range, as it provides these liberally.

7. Level 13 Talents

That's the Stuff! Neosteel Coating Spray 'n' Pray

7.1. Descriptions

That's the Stuff! Icon That's the Stuff! causes Minigun Icon Minigun to heal you for 100% of the bonus damage that it deals to Heroes.

Neosteel Coating Icon Neosteel Coating is an activatable talent that can be activated to reduce all incoming ability damage by 50% for 3 seconds. This can be activated when using Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin

Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray increases Overkill Icon Overkill's range by 25%.

7.2. Recommended

That's the Stuff! Icon That's the Stuff! gives you powerful self-sustain when attacking enemy Heroes. It helps you win damage trades with enemy Heroes, but does not allow you to heal from damaging non-Heroic units. As with all Minigun Icon Minigun use, it is vulnerable to crowd control effects, which will eat up the active duration of Minigun.

Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray allows for more effective use of Overkill Icon Overkill. This can be helpful when facing enemy Heroes with multiple sources of crowd control, as the additional range can help you to keep distance from these threats as you continue to deal damage.

7.3. Not Recommended

There is a case for Neosteel Coating Icon Neosteel Coating when you are facing teams that have no Basic Attack oriented damage dealers. If the enemy team is mostly Ability damage, this talent can help you avoid some of it if you are able to activate it at key moments.

8. Level 16 Talents

Titan Grenade Lead Rain ? Armor Piercing Rounds

8.1. Descriptions

Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade causes Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade to also deal 5% of enemy Heroes' max health.

Lead Rain Icon Lead Rain causes Overkill Icon Overkill to also apply a 20% Slow to enemies that it damages. The Slow is only applied when enemies are actively being damaged by Overkill.

Armor Piercing Rounds Icon Armor Piercing Rounds increases Overkill Icon Overkill's damage to the primary target by 50%.

8.2. Recommended

Armor Piercing Rounds Icon Armor Piercing Rounds allows you to deal massive damage with Overkill Icon Overkill. This talent has strong synergy with Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray, as you can deal a lot of damage from a safe range, something Tychus otherwise struggles with.

Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade gives you even more damage against high maximum Health Heroes.

8.3. Situational

Lead Rain Icon Lead Rain helps you kite highly mobile Heroes. If you are having trouble kiting somone, consider this. Be aware that you are sacrificing the damage that Armor Piercing Rounds Icon Armor Piercing Rounds and Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade can offer.

9. Level 20 Talents

Big Red Button Focusing Diodes Sizzlin' Attacks ? Bob and Weave ?

9.1. Descriptions

Big Red Button Icon Big Red Button causes Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin to last 50% longer and launch a Nuclear Missile when using Ragnarok Missiles Icon Ragnarok Missiles, dealing massive damage after a short delay.

Focusing Diodes Icon Focusing Diodes increases the range of Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill by 50% and causes the Laser to deal increased damage the longer it remains on a single target, up to 100%. It takes the Laser approxmiately 5 seconds to increase its damage by 100%. Switching targets resets the Laser's damage.

Sizzlin' Attacks Icon Sizzlin' Attacks causes your Basic Attacks to also deal 1% of the enemy Hero's max health. This effect stacks with Minigun Icon Minigun.

Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave causes Run and Gun Icon Run and Gun and Thrusters Icon Thrusters to hold a total of 3 charges. The Mana cost of Run and Gun is also reduced to 25 Mana from 50 Mana.

9.2. Recommended

Big Red Button Icon Big Red Button dramatically increases your damage, especially in team fights of longer duration. The 50% extra duration of Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin allows Odin to last the full lenth of most team fights, and since the range of Odin's attacks is so large, you will be able to deal damage the entire time. The Nuclear Missile, which is fired alongside Ragnarok Missiles Icon Ragnarok Missiles, does a massive amount of damage, but it has a several second delay between the time it is fired and the time it deals damage. Despite this, just landing a single Nuclear Missile on multiple enemy Heroes will usually turn the fight into your favour.

Focusing Diodes Icon Focusing Diodes exponentially bolsters the strength of Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill. The increased range allows Laser Drill to outrange almost every ability in the game, and zone out enemy Heroes more effectively. Moreover, the damage of the Laser Drill is essentially doubled. Focusing Diodes transforms an average Heroic ability into one of the strongest Heroics in the game. The downside is that Laser Drill is somewhat lackluster until you can get Focusing Diodes at Level 20.

9.3. Situational

Sizzlin' Attacks Icon Sizzlin' Attacks can stack with Minigun Icon Minigun to allow you to deal 3% of a Heroes maximum Health 4 times per second (5.2 times per second with Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin). Combined with Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade, this gives Tychus the potential to remove 17% of a Heroes maximum Health as bonus damage, in only 1 second. Consider this against teams that have two or more tanks, or a Cho'Gall.

Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave can allow you hyper mobility, at the cost of the other Talents at this tier that increase your damage dramatically.

10. ChangeLog

  • 29 Sep. 2016: Updates following Zarya's Patch.
    • Updated Talent builds to reflect Talent Tree changes below.
    • Updated Talents to match patch changes.
    • Level 1 Talent Shrug It Off removed.
    • Level 1 Talent Press the Advantage: Basic Attack Range bonus increased from 25% to 35%.
    • Level 1 Talent Combat Tactician: cooldown reduction increased from 0.75 seconds to 0.8 seconds per Basic Attack.
    • Level 10 Talent Commandeer Odin now has additional functionality: grants Tychus Resistant for the duration, reducing damage taken by 25%.
    • Level 1 Talent Dash moved from "Situational" to "Recommended".
    • Level 1 Talent Press the Advantage moved from "Not Recommended" to "Situational".
  • 12 Sep. 2016: Updates following Alarak's Patch.
    • Updated Talent builds to reflect Talent Tree changes below.
    • Level 7 Talent Relentless Soldier has a new functionality: no longer reduces duration of Stuns, Slows, and Roots. Now causes Stuns and Roots against you to grant Resistant; reducing your damage taken by 25% for 3 seconds.
    • Updates to the Talent Tree:
    • Level 4 Talent In The Rythm moved from "Not Recommended" to "Recommended".
    • Level 4 Talent Master Assassin moved from "Recommended" to "Situational".
    • Level 7 Talent Relentless Soldier moved from "Recommended" to "Situational".
    • Level 7 Talent Quarterback moved from "Not Recommended" to "Situational".
    • Level 7 Talent Concussion Grenade moved from "Situational" to "Recommended".
    • Level 10 Talent Commandeer Odin moved from "Recommended" to "Situational".
    • Level 10 Talent Drakken Laser Drill moved from "Situational" to "Recommended".
    • Level 13 Talent That's the Stuff! moved from "Situational" to "Recommended".
    • Level 16 Talent Titan Grenade moved from "Situational" to "Recommended".
    • Updated text for several Talents.
  • 09 Apr. 2016: Dehaka patch update. Further updates will follow as the meta solidifies.
    • Updated Talents to match patch changes.
    • Shrug It Off has been added at Level 1 and is Recommended.
    • Press the Advantage has been added at Level 1 and is Not Recommended.
    • Dash has been changed and is Not Recommended.
    • Combat Tactician has been added at Level 1 and is Situational.
    • In the Rhythm has been added at Level 4 and is Not Recommended.
    • Fully Loaded has been added at Level 4 and is Not Recommended.
    • The Bigger They Are... has been added at Level 4 and is Situational. Master Assassin has been added at Level 4 and is Recommended.
    • Quarterback is now Situational.
    • Concussion Grenade has been moved to Level 7 and is now Recommended.
    • Relentless Soldier has been added at Level 7 and is Situational.
    • That's the Stuff! has been added at Level 13 and is Situational.
    • Neosteel Coating has been added at Level 13 and is Recommended.
    • Spray 'n' Pray has been moved to Level 13 and is now Not Recommended.
    • Titan Grenade has been addded at Level 16 and is Not Recommended.
    • Lead Rain has been moved to Level 16 and is now Situational.
    • Armor Piercing Rounds has been moved to Level 16 and is now Recommended.
    • Sizzlin' Attacks has been moved to Level 20 and is now Situational.
    • Bob and Weave has been added at Level 20 and is Situational.
  • 22 Aug. 2015: Changed the talent description for Focused Attacks to account for Kharazim's patch. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 11 Jul. 2015: With the addition of Battlefield of Eternity, Spray 'n' Pray is now a situational talent. It was not recommended before.
  • 02 Jul. 2015: Regeneration Master no longer initially regenerates 4 health per second and each Regeneration Globe collected now permanently increases your health regeneration by 1.5 per second (instead of 4 health regeneration for every 3 globes collected).
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