Blaze Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Jul 22, 2021 at 07:00 by Elitesparkle 31 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Abilities page for Blaze. Here, we give you an overview of every ability in Blaze's kit. For each of them, we explain what it does, how to best use it, and how it works in combination with Blaze's other abilities. We also give you strategy tips to play Blaze efficiently.

1.

Blaze's Tips and Tricks

  • Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream actually fires two parallel projectiles; hit with both to double the Ability's damage.
  • An Ignited Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill will Ignite any other Oil Spills that overlap with it.
  • Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion does not collide with Minions, allowing you to charge through to hit enemy Heroes or escape without being blocked.
  • Avoid staying too long in Bunker Drop Icon Bunker Drop if unnecessary. Press the R key or right-click near it to exit.
  • Combustion Icon Combustion prevents you from casting other Abilities while it is being channeled.
  • The cooldown of Pyromania Icon Pyromania is reduced for each Hero hit by Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream; double hits count as well.
2.

Basic Attacks

Blaze's Basic Attacks are unique: in addition to being ranged, they hit all enemies in a small cone-shaped area directly in front of Blaze. This attribute is particularly useful for dealing damage to melee Heroes without allowing them to retaliate as well as for waveclearing purposes.

From a pure damage-dealing standpoint, Blaze's Basic Attack is comparatively very weak when hitting less than 3 targets. As a consequence, while clearing Minions and Mercenaries, it is important to try and make the most out of Blaze's Basic Attacks by positioning yourself in a way that as many targets as possible can be hit. When not fighting Heroes, this generally means walking in melee range of the nearest target so that the cone-shaped area hits enemies further back. During team fights, however, you should not try to hit multiple Heroes because you will easily end up taking unnecessary damage or, even worse, put yourself at risk of dying just to deal a bit more damage with your Basic Attacks.

3.

Flame Stream

Blaze Flame Stream
Flame Stream (Q) Starcraft Blaze
  • Mana: 30
  • Cooldown: 4 seconds

Fire two streams that deal 76 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit, and an additional 120 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit by both streams. Flame Stream Ignites Oil Spills it comes in contact with.

Flame Stream is an unusual skillshot that fires two relatively fast parallel projectiles which pierce any target hit. Since these projectiles are fired close to each other, it is possible to aim in a way that they both hit an individual target, allowing you to deal extra damage in the process. Still, this can be useful to poke or finish off fleeing enemies.

Flame Stream's true purpose, however, is Igniting Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill by casting the Ability directly on top of Oil Spill's area of effect. This interaction is key to playing Blaze and will be discussed below.

Each Hero hit by a single stream of Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream reduces the cooldown of Pyromania Icon Pyromania by 4 seconds and each Hero hit by two streams of Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream reduces its cooldown by 12 seconds—4 seconds per stream and 4 seconds thanks to the bonus damage of the double hit.

4.

Oil Spill

Blaze Oil Spill
Oil Spill (W) Starcraft Blaze
  • Mana: 50
  • Charges: 2
  • Recharge Time: 12 seconds

Dispense a slick of oil that lasts for 5 seconds and Slows enemies that come in contact with it by 50%.

Oil Spills are Ignited for 2.5 seconds when hit by Flame Stream. Ignited Oil Spills no longer Slow enemies, but instead deal 16 (+4% per level) damage to them every 0.3 seconds. Additionally, Blaze is healed for 49 (+4% per level) Health every 0.3 seconds while standing in Ignited Oil Spills.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Oil Spill is arguably Blaze's most important Ability. On its own, it provides a powerful Slowing effect with a long duration. However, the Ability also has a second "form": when Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream hits Oil Spill's tar-like area of effect, it becomes "Ignited" for an additional 2.5 seconds. When Ignited, Oil Spill no longer Slows, but instead deals a large amount of damage-over-time to enemies within its area of effect and heals Blaze for a significant amount as long as he remains within the Ability's area of effect. Ignited Oil Spill will also Ignite overlapping Oil Spills, which is relevant given that it has two charges, and that certain Talents can generate additional Oil Spills.

It is worth noting that Oil Spill uses an uncommon targeting system known as vector targeting. This means that Oil Spill's rectangular area of effect does not originate from the caster himself, unlike most Abilities, but instead from the targeted point to "expand" towards your cursor. This flexible targeting system allows you to accurately control Oil Spill's coverage, which is particularly useful for cutting off escape routes or hindering initiations by aiming in the direction opponents are moving towards.

Ignited Oil Spill is certainly useful for Blaze. To Ignite, or not to Ignite, however, is the first aspect of Oil Spill to master. Under certain circumstance, the Ability's Slowing effect may be more valuable than its damage and healing. Generally, this is when you are trying to peel off or Slow fleeing opponents while your allies attempt to finish them off, or when attempting yourself to hit with Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion. Otherwise, Igniting Oil Spill is generally a good idea because its reasonable damage will deter most opponents from standing within its area of effect, reducing their uptime, and healing Blaze.

Under ideal circumstances, Oil Spill will be used to both inflict damage and heal Blaze. This is generally accomplished by using the Ability on Heroes that have to fight you or your allies over a Map Objective or that are under the effects of crowd-control, such as your own Jet Propulsion.

While laning, Oil Spill is systematically Ignited right on top of Minion waves to quickly clear them when combined with Blaze's Basic Attacks. Standing on top of Ignited Oil Spill also makes it very difficult for most Heroes to trade Health with Blaze; it can in fact be used to heal while out of combat, though this should not be done if there is impending combat.

5.

Jet Propulsion

Blaze Jet Propulsion
Jet Propulsion (E) Starcraft Blaze
  • Mana: 45
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

After 0.375 seconds, charge forward. Colliding with an enemy Hero deals 52 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby enemy Heroes and Stuns them for 1.25 seconds.

Jet Propulsion is a versatile Ability that brings together Blaze's only form of mobility and hard crowd-control, making it effective at initiating, peeling, and interrupting channeled-abilities. Jet Propulsion allows Blaze to pass right through non-Heroic entities such as Minions, though not terrain nor Structures. Its short 0.5 seconds cast time and traveling time also means that you need to aim slightly ahead of your intended target, though Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill can and should be used to Slow them and make the Ability easier to hit with.

As a combo piece, successful Jet Propulsion hits should be naturally followed with Oil Spill and Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream, as its relatively lengthy 1.25 seconds Stun will force struck Heroes to remain within Oil Spill's area for at least this long. The Ability can also be used as a setup for Combustion Icon Combustion or powerful allied Abilities; be sure, however, not to overextend and to communicate your intentions with Pings or a quick "engaging soon!" chat message.

6.

Bunker Drop

Blaze Bunker Drop
Bunker Drop (R) Starcraft Blaze
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, deploy and enter a Bunker with 1435 (+4% per level) Health. Blaze and his allies can enter and exit the Bunker at will. While in the Bunker, occupants gain access to Flamethrower, dealing 170 damage to enemies in a line.

Exiting the Bunker grants 25 Armor for 2 seconds. Bunkers last 10 seconds, or until destroyed.

In this section we discuss how this Heroic Ability works and give some tips on how to use it. If you are looking for a detailed explanation on when and why you should pick it, check the dedicated section in the Talent Build page.

Bunker Drop is Blaze's defensive Heroic Ability choice. Its main purpose is to allow allied Heroes to temporarily disable themselves in exchange for a large shared Shielding effect and the ability to deal some damage through a new Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream-like Ability. Bunker Drop also automatically garrisons Blaze after its 0.5 seconds cast time, making it useful as a last resort to try to stay alive or to buy some time for allies to help out.

Ideally, Bunker Drop should be used next to fragile allies who are being targeted by threatening melee Assassins such as Genji, Greymane, Illidan, The Butcher, Valeera, and Zeratul, who tend to rely on quick kills to generate an advantage. It is worth noting that while the Bunker is far from unkillable, it does have more Health than many Heroes, and is generally difficult for a single Hero to burst down timely.

It should be mentioned that cooldowns keep progressing while inside the Bunker, which could allow an important Ability to become available again while protected. Entering the Bunker dispels the majority of crowd control effects and other types of debuffs (such as Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop by Chromie), damage-over-time effects (for example Corruption Icon Corruption by Gul'dan), and cause Abilities that stick on Heroes to repeatedly hit it instead (like Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam by Artanis).

Blaze will automatically be in the Bunker when summoned. To exit the Bunker, press the R key or right-click near the Bunker. To enter the Bunker, right-click on it. Heroes cannot enter the Bunker while Rooted or Stunned, although Blaze can cast Bunker Drop Icon Bunker Drop while Rooted.

7.

Combustion

Blaze Combustion
Combustion (R) Starcraft Blaze
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Channel for up to 2.6 seconds. Upon ending, Slow nearby enemies by 60% and deal 55 (+4% per level) damage to them every 0.5 seconds. Combustion's Slow and damage over time duration is extended the longer Blaze Channels, from 1 second up to 5 seconds.

Blaze's Movement Speed is reduced by 40% while Channeling.

In this section we discuss how this Heroic Ability works and give some tips on how to use it. If you are looking for a detailed explanation on when and why you should pick it, check the dedicated section in the Talent Build page.

Combustion is Blaze's damage-oriented Heroic Ability choice. If you are running a double Tank or double Healer team composition, feel like your team may lack damage, or have a proper way of setting up for the Ability (such as Void Prison Icon Void Prison) Combustion is an appropriate choice.

The Ability's impressive area of effect damage and potent Slow make it an effective deterrent to anyone trying to attack you or your allies, or trying to contest a specific area such as a Map Objective or Boss Camp. Hitting three or more Heroes with Combustion should be one of your goals; Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion's Stunning effect can help you setup your own Combustion hits despite the self slowing effect of the Ability.

As a semi-channeled Ability, Combustion allows Blaze to move during its channeling time, but prevents him from using Basic Attacks or Abilities other than Combustion itself, which will end the channeling effect early and deal proportionally less damage. Since Combustion can also be interrupted, keeping track of reliable crowd-control effects is important.

8.

Pyromania (Trait)

Blaze Pyromania
Pyromania (D) Starcraft Blaze
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds

Gain 40 Armor and deal 40 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies every 0.5 seconds for 4 seconds.

Each Hero hit by Flame Stream reduces Pyromania's cooldown by 4 seconds.

Pyromania is Blaze's main defensive Ability. Its use is generally reserved to when you are being targeted by two or more Heroes. The Armor, combined with Blaze's large Health pool and self-sustain makes him extremely difficult to take down, and may even bait opponents into overcommitting to killing you. Pyromania also deals a reasonable amount of damage, although it should almost never be used solely for this.

9.

Changelog

  • 22 Jul. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jun. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 01 Mar. 2021: Minor fixes.
  • 20 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 24 Sep. 2020: Minor fixes.
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