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Blaze Talents

Last updated on Jan 09, 2018 at 09:02 by Oxygen 20 comments

Table of Contents

Blaze Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Blaze 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 Blaze 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 Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Adrenaline Stimpack Endurance Stimpack Neural Stimpack New Habits ?
4 Feeding the Flame Adhesive Petroleum Oil Dispersal ? Meltdown
7 Crossfire Grill and Kill Incinerator Gauntlets
10 Bunker Drop ? Combustion
13 Suppressive Fire ? Nanomachine Coating ? Fuel Leak
16 Thermal Protection ? Heat Treatment Juggernaut Plating ?
20 Fortified Bunker Flash Fire Burn Notice
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2. Common Talent Paths

Ignite Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Neural Stimpack Icon New Habits Icon ?
Level 4 Adhesive Petroleum Icon Oil Dispersal Icon ?
Level 7 Grill and Kill Icon
Level 10 Combustion Icon Bunker Drop Icon ?
Level 13 Fuel Leak Icon Suppressive Fire Icon ? Nanomachine Coating Icon ?
Level 16 Heat Treatment Icon Thermal Protection Icon ? Juggernaut Plating Icon ?
Level 20 Flash Fire Icon Burn Notice Icon ?

The Ignite Build's goal is to improve the homonymous Ignite aspect of Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill to maximise Blaze's area of effect damage, disruptiveness, and self-sustain. Key Talents include Neural Stimpack Icon Neural Stimpack, which greatly reduces Blaze's Cooldowns on demand, Adhesive Petroleum Icon Adhesive Petroleum, which keeps enemies within Ignited Oil Spill's area of effect for more time, and Grill and Kill Icon Grill and Kill, which significantly improves Ignited Oil Spill's duration.

3. Level 1 Talents

Blaze Adrenaline Stimpack
Adrenaline Stimpack (Level 1) Starcraft Blaze
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to gain 100% Attack Speed and 25% Movement Speed for 5 seconds.

Blaze Endurance Stimpack
Endurance Stimpack (Level 1) Starcraft Blaze
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Activate to gain a Shield that absorbs 450 (+4% per level) damage over 5 seconds.

Blaze Neural Stimpack
Neural Stimpack (Level 1) Starcraft Blaze
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Activate to gain 50 Mana and cause Ability cooldowns to recharge 100% faster for 5 seconds.

Blaze New Habits ?
New Habits (Level 1) Starcraft Blaze

Collecting Regeneration Globes reduces the cooldown of Pyromania by 5 seconds.

Quest: Collect 15 Regeneration Globes.

Reward: Pyromania grants Unstoppable for 2 seconds.

3.1. Discussion

Adrenaline Stimpack Icon Adrenaline Stimpack provides more damage than its alternatives, but does not measure up to the utility of its Neural Stimpack Icon Neural Stimpack counterpart, despite having a slightly lower Cooldown.

While the Shield provided by Endurance Stimpack Icon Endurance Stimpack is quite potent, it is superfluous on a Hero whose survivability is already outstanding.

Neural Stimpack Icon Neural Stimpack allows Blaze to reduce his Cooldowns by an additional 5 seconds over 5 seconds. In practice, this lets him cast a second round of Abilities where most other Heroes would only have one. This short term power increase to his damage, survivability, and disruptiveness is invaluable in team fights, which generally end quickly.

New Habits Icon New Habits is a niche pick that allows Blaze to deal with Heroes such as Artanis, Garrosh, and Stitches, who rely on strong displacement effects for kills. As a bonus, New Habits can be activated before using Combustion Icon Combustion to make it uninterruptible.

4. Level 4 Talents

Blaze Feeding the Flame
Feeding the Flame (Level 4) Starcraft Blaze

Each enemy Hero hit by Flame Stream reduces the cooldown of Oil Spill by 1.5 seconds.

Blaze Adhesive Petroleum
Adhesive Petroleum (Level 4) Starcraft Blaze

Enemies standing in Oil Spill when it is Ignited are Slowed by 30% for 2.5 seconds.

Blaze Oil Dispersal ?
Oil Dispersal (Level 4) Starcraft Blaze

Increase Oil Spill's area by 20% and Slow amount by 10%.

Blaze Meltdown
Meltdown (Level 4) Starcraft Blaze

Hitting an enemy Hero with Pyromania reduces their damage dealt by 5% for 2.5 seconds, up to 30%.

4.1. Discussion

Feeding the Flame Icon Feeding the Flame provides a reasonable amount of Cooldown reduction to Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill, and synergises particularly well with Neural Stimpack Icon Neural Stimpack. However, it must compete with powerful alternatives.

Adhesive Petroleum Icon Adhesive Petroleum counteracts one of the biggest downside of Igniting Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill by allowing it to Slow enemies regardless. This is an incredible boon that leads to an increase to your damage output and that of your allies on, top of providing utility, as in practice, Oil Spill very often ends up Ignited.

Oil Dispersal Icon Oil Dispersal improves the reliability and power of Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill by modestly increasing its area of effect and Slowing effect. This indirectly leads to a damage increase as a larger area means more contact with the Ignited area for opponents. Oil Dispersal is generally taken with the Level 13 Talent Nanomachine Coating Icon Nanomachine Coating to improve its uptime. This Talent combo promote a playstyle where you may wish to hold off on Igniting Oil Spill unless you need to heal yourself.

Meltdown Icon Meltdown provides you with a respectable damage reduction debuff. Unfortunately, it is gated behind Pyromania Icon Pyromania's long Cooldown, making it difficult to justify.

5. Level 7 Talents

Blaze Crossfire
Crossfire (Level 7) Starcraft Blaze

Hitting an enemy with both streams of Flame Stream deals 132 (+4% per level) bonus damage.

Blaze Grill and Kill
Grill and Kill (Level 7) Starcraft Blaze

Quest: Damage enemy Heroes with Ignited Oil Spills 60 times.

Reward: Increase Oil Spill's Ignite duration by 2 seconds, and damage by 25%.

Blaze Incinerator Gauntlets
Incinerator Gauntlets (Level 7) Starcraft Blaze

Increase Basic Attack area by 15%, and Basic Attack damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters by 50%. Additionally, Basic Attack splashes Ignite Oil Spills.

5.1. Discussion

Crossfire Icon Crossfire adds a respectable amount of damage to Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream, but ultimately falls short in terms of utility and sustained damage output when compared to Grill and Kill Icon Grill and Kill.

Grill and Kill Icon Grill and Kill is an excellent Talent that increases both Blaze's damage output and survivability. The associated Quest is not particularly difficult to complete due to Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill's extremely high damaging rate.

Incinerator Gauntlets Icon Incinerator Gauntlets provides too little damage to make a significant difference in terms of waveclear or claiming Mercenary Camps. The Ignite clause is not very useful in practice due to Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream's short Cooldown.

6. Level 10 Talents

Blaze Bunker Drop ?
Bunker Drop (Level 10) Starcraft Blaze
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, deploy and enter a Bunker with 1305 (+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 179 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in a line.

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

Blaze Combustion
Combustion (Level 10) Starcraft Blaze
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Channel for up to 2.6 seconds. Upon ending, Slow nearby enemies by 60% and deal 48 (+4% per level) damage to them every 0.5 seconds. Combustion's Slow and damage over time duration is extend the longer Blaze Channels, from 1 second up to 5 seconds.

Blaze's Movement Speed is reduced by 50% while Channeling.

6.1. Discussion

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

Bunker Drop Icon 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. Ideally, Bunker Drop should be chosen with fragile allies who risk 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. Furthermore, Entering the Bunker dispels the majority of debuffs and damage-over-time effects, such as Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop, Corruption Icon Corruption, Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin, Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark, Plague of Toads Icon Plague of Toads, Shadow Dagger Icon Shadow Dagger, and Poison Nova Icon Poison Nova, among others. Entering the Bunker while pursued by targeted or delayed Abilities such as Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam, Ball Lightning Icon Ball Lightning, The Hunt Icon The Hunt, Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast, Frost Blast Icon Frost Blast, Triple Tap Icon Triple Tap, Pulse Bomb Icon Pulse Bomb will cause them to target the Bunker until their target exits, making Bunker Drop a useful tool to "waste" such Abilities due to its relatively low Cooldown.

Combustion Icon 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 Level 1 Talent New Habits Icon New Habits allows you to channel Combustion without fearing interrupting effects; simply make sure to use New Habits beforehand, as Combustion prevents you from using other Abilities while being channeled.

7. Level 13 Talents

Blaze Suppressive Fire ?
Suppressive Fire (Level 13) Starcraft Blaze

Each stream of Flame Stream reduces the Spell Power of Heroes hit by 15% for 4 seconds, up to 30%.

Blaze Nanomachine Coating ?
Nanomachine Coating (Level 13) Starcraft Blaze

Enemies standing in Oil Spills have their Attack Speed reduced by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

Blaze Fuel Leak
Fuel Leak (Level 13) Starcraft Blaze

Jet Propulsion creates Oil Spills along Blaze's path. If Jet Propulsion impacts an enemy Hero, an additional Oil Spill is created underneath them.

7.1. Discussion

Suppressive Fire Icon Suppressive Fire has niche yet potent use against team compositions that rely on Ability-based damage. Melee Assassins such as Alarak, Genji, Gall, Kerrigan, Ragnaros, and Sonya are particularly enticing targets for this Talent as most of their damage and some of their survivability depends on Abilities, and because they tend to rely on quick kills to excel.

Nanomachine Coating Icon Nanomachine Coating has niche use against team compositions that, unlike Suppressive Fire, rely on Basic Attacks to deal damage. Nanomachine Coating does not work with Ignited Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill, making the Talent particularly effective when combined with the Level 7 Talent Oil Dispersal Icon Oil Dispersal. In general, Nanomachine Coating is a good choice against Artanis, Greymane, Illidan, Kharazim, Raynor, Sgt. Hammer, The Butcher, Thrall, Valla, and Zul'jin.

Fuel Leak Icon Fuel Leak is an effective way to improve Blaze's overall power level when specializing through Suppressive Fire or Nanomachine Coating is unnecessary. Fuel Leak changes your typical Ability chain slightly by allowing you to cast Flame Stream Icon Flame Stream after a successful Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion hit instead of having to use Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill to benefit from the Igniting effect, thus saving one Charge for later use.

8. Level 16 Talents

Blaze Thermal Protection ?
Thermal Protection (Level 16) Starcraft Blaze

Each enemy hit by Jet Propulsion grants 10 Armor for 3 seconds and reduces its cooldown by 2 seconds.

Blaze Heat Treatment
Heat Treatment (Level 16) Starcraft Blaze

Heal for 75% of the damage dealt by Pyromania.

Blaze Juggernaut Plating ?
Juggernaut Plating (Level 16) Starcraft Blaze
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Activate to gain 50 Spell Armor for 3 seconds. Upon expiration, gain a Shield equal to 100% of the Spell Damage reduced by Juggernaut Plating.

8.1. Discussion

Thermal Protection Icon Thermal Protection provides Blaze with a large amount of Armor when he needs it most, which is to say, after initiating with Jet Propulsion Icon Jet Propulsion. The Cooldown reduction provided by this Talent also synergises well with the Level 13 Talent Fuel Leak Icon Fuel Leak. Thermal Protection may be more powerful than its Heat Treatment Icon Heat Treatment alternative if your team composition features two healers, as Armor's potency increases as more healing becomes available.

Heat Treatment Icon Heat Treatment turns Pyromania Icon Pyromania into an extremely potent self-heal that heals him for approximately 12% of his total Health pool per target hit over Pyromania's 4-second duration, including Minions and Structures. Combined with his Armor and Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill's healing, Heat Treatment can make Blaze very difficult to kill.

Juggernaut Plating Icon Juggernaut Plating has niche use against team compositions that feature two or more Ability-based burst damage dealers, including Alarak, Chromie, Genji, Gul'dan, Jaina, Junkrat, Kael'thas, Kel'Thuzad, Kerrigan, Li-Ming, and Nova. Timing Juggernaut Plating right before you are about to take a large amount of damage will not only negate a large part of this damage, but also generate an impressive Shield.

9. Level 20 Talents

Blaze Fortified Bunker
Fortified Bunker (Level 20) Starcraft Blaze

Occupants can cast Oil Spill from Bunker Drop every 6 seconds. Additionally, Bunker Drop's Armor bonus upon exiting is increased by 25, and its duration by 1 second.

Blaze Flash Fire
Flash Fire (Level 20) Starcraft Blaze

While Channeling Combution, Blaze's Movement Speed is no longer reduced, and nearby enemies are Slowed by 60%.

Blaze Burn Notice
Burn Notice (Level 20) Starcraft Blaze

Basic Attacks Slow enemies by 5% and deal an additional 18 (+4% per level) damage over 2.5 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times.

9.1. Discussion

Fortified Bunker Icon Fortified Bunker does not improve Bunker Drop Icon Bunker Drop in a meaningful way. While this Talent could technically be used to generate 50 Armor for 3 seconds on-demand by quickly entering and exiting the Bunker, this may be overly technical to reliably perform. It is worth noting that Oil Spill Icon Oil Spill generated by the Bunker can be Ignited, and will benefit from Talents that improve Oil Spill.

Flash Fire Icon Flash Fire allows Combustion Icon Combustion to instantly generate value by granting it an impressive Slowing effect that can often force opponents to use gap closers to escape. Flash Fire also removes the Slowing penalty from Blaze himself, which helps him keep up with potential targets.

Burn Notice Icon Burn Notice provides Blaze with modest damage increase and a very reliable Slowing effect. Burn Notice is generally picked along Bunker Drop Icon Bunker Drop.

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