Chen Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Nov 05, 2020 at 18:00 by Elitesparkle 28 comments
General Information

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

1.

Chen's Tips and Tricks

  • Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick can be used on any enemy unit, so you can target Minions or Walls to quickly go from danger to safety.
  • Always land a Basic Attack between Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash and Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire to maximize your damage output.
  • The damage over time from Stagger Icon Stagger can be mitigated with the Shield provided by Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew or completely negated by Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire.
  • Other than to escape from danger and contest a Control Point, Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg can be used to push a single enemy Hero towards your team and/or to push multiple enemy Heroes away from your team.
  • Immediately after casting Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire, you can quickly use Storm Icon Storm and Fire Icon Fire to empower Earth Icon Earth for a strong engage.
2.

Flying Kick

Chen Flying Kick
Flying Kick (Q) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Brew: 10
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Kick through target enemy, dealing 120 (+4% per level) damage.

Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick is a Basic Ability that, at the cost of 10 Brew, allows Chen to quickly reposition behind an enemy while also dealing a relatively small amount of damage to them.

You can use it either offensively—to close the distance between you and the desired enemy Hero—or defensively—to escape from a dangerous situation, in which case you may prefer to target enemy Minions or even enemy Walls (the small ones on the external side of each Tower protecting a given Gate).

Flying Kick always places Chen on the opposite side of the targeted enemy, something that makes it an excellent tool to body block retreating enemy Heroes in order to damage them and/or allow the rest of your team to get closer and help you secure the kill.

3.

Keg Smash

Chen Keg Smash
Keg Smash (W) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Brew: 30
  • Cooldown: 1 seconds

Deal 50 (+4% per level) damage and soak enemies in Brew for 3 seconds, Slowing them by 10%. After 1.25 seconds, the Slow is increased to 40%.

After being used, this ability becomes Breath of Fire.

Breath of Fire

Deal damage and Ignite Brew-soaked enemies.

Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash is a Basic Ability that, at the cost of 30 Brew, deals a small amount of damage and applies Brew to enemies in the targeted area, a debuff that Slows enemies and can be Ignited with Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire.

In order to clear Minions efficiently, we recommend to aim Keg Smash towards the Wizard Minion that is in the middle of the wave. While the damage done by Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash is relatively low, this move will make you apply the Brew debuff to all the Minions nearby, setting them up for Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire that will deal the majority of damage.

After using Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash, it will be replaced by Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire with 1.25 seconds of cooldown. Remember to use a Basic Attack during that small time window.

4.

Breath of Fire

Chen Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire (W) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Brew: 10
  • Cooldown: 0.25 seconds

Breathe a cone of flames, dealing 85 (+4% per level) damage. Enemies that are soaked in Brew are Ignited, dealing 171 (+4% per level) additional damage over 3 seconds and adding 1.5 seconds to the duration of the Slow from Keg Smash.

After being used or after 6 seconds, this ability becomes Keg Smash.

Keg Smash

Damage and Slow enemies.

Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire is a Basic Ability that, at the cost of 10 Brew, deals area of effect damage in a cone-shaped area in front of Chen.

In order to maximize your damage output, you should use Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire on the same targets you just damaged with Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash because it deals bonus damage to enemies having the Brew debuff.

After using Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire or after waiting 6 seconds without using it, it will be replaced by Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash with 5 seconds of cooldown.

5.

Stagger

Chen Stagger
Stagger (E) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Cooldown: 18 seconds

Damage taken over the next 3 seconds is prevented. Once this effect ends, Chen receives 75% of the damage taken over 5 seconds. This damage cannot be modified.

Stagger Icon Stagger is a Basic Ability that negates all damage taken for a few seconds and then applies 75% of that damage to Chen.

Reducing and delaying burst damage is a useful tool to have at your disposal because it can give you enough time to Shield yourself with Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew or to get healed by your Healer.

Keep in mind that the Armor reduction from enemy Forts and Keeps still applies during Stagger Icon Stagger.

6.

Wandering Keg

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.

Chen Wandering Keg
Wandering Keg (R) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Heroic
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Roll around inside an Unstoppable barrel with 70% increased Movement Speed and 25 Armor, dealing 59 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in the way and knocking them back. Lasts for 5 seconds.

Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg is a Heroic Ability that turns Chen into an Unstoppable barrel with high Movement Speed and some Armor that can be used to Knockback enemies into dangerous positions or to escape in case of danger.

Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg can be used in various ways, from most common to most situational:

  1. to push an enemy Hero towards your team and all other enemy Heroes away;
  2. to push enemy Heroes away from your team, helping allied Heroes to disengage;
  3. to deny enemy Heroes to contest a Control Point (eg. a Boss);
  4. to escape from danger.

An issue you may encounter while using Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg is the difficulty of controlling it to Knockback enemy Heroes in the desired direction instead of accidentally helping them.

7.

Storm, Earth, Fire

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.

Chen Storm, Earth, Fire
Storm, Earth, Fire (R) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Heroic
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 1 second, Chen splits into three elemental spirits for 12 seconds, each with 70% of Chen's maximum Health and a unique Ability. The last spirit Ability that is cast is empowered. If all three spirits are killed, Chen will die as well.

Storm can grant the spirits a Shield.

Earth can leap to an area and Slow enemies.

Fire can grant the spirits Attack Speed, damage.

Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire is a Heroic Ability that allows Chen to split into 3 Elemental Spirits that have 70% of his maximum Health each and give him access to unique Abilities in place of Basic Abilities.

When all the Elemental Spirits die, Chen dies too. When Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire ends, Chen returns with exactly the same amount of Health he had while successfully casting it. In case you do not remember it, you can read that value in the bottom-left corner.

When you cast Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire, remember that the unique Abilities unlocked respond to the following rules:

  • they can be used only once;
  • the third one being cast will be empowered (read below for more);
  • when an Elemental Spirit dies, the corresponding unique Ability becomes unusable.

The unique Abilities offered by Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire are:

  • Storm Icon Storm is a survivability tool that gives a Shield to every Elemental Spirit for a few seconds when not empowered or extend the duration of every Elemental Spirit from 12 to 17 seconds and give them a more powerful Shield without a time limit when empowered;
  • Earth Icon Earth is an engage tool that allows you to close the gap with the enemy Heroes with a jump towards a target area within 9 range, then deals 32 damage and Slow enemies hit when not empowered or deals 128 damage and Root enemy Heroes hit when empowered;
  • Fire Icon Fire is a damage boost that increases Attack Speed and Attack Damage for 5 seconds to every Elemental Spirit, by 50% when not empowered or 75% when empowered.

While it is generally safer to engage with Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire already active to avoid being interrupted while channeling it, sometimes you may need to cast it to completely remove any amount of damage over time that you would receive from Stagger Icon Stagger.

The additional bodies can be used to body block enemy Heroes, especially when they are Slowed and/or near unpassable terrain.

8.

Fortifying Brew

Chen Fortifying Brew
Fortifying Brew (D) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Cooldown: 7 seconds

Chen drinks from his keg, gaining 50 Brew and 180 (+4% per level) temporary Shields per second, up to a maximum of 540 (+4% per level) while drinking. Shields persist for 4 seconds after he stops drinking.

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is a Trait that can be channeled for up to 3 seconds and gives 50 Brew per second, lasting indefinitely, and 180 Shield per second, lasting 4 seconds. This is the only way for Chen to generate Brew needed for casting some Basic Abilities—Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick for 10 Brew, Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash for 30 Brew, and Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire for 10 Brew.

If you get interrupted or start executing another action during Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew, you will get an amount of Brew and Shield proportional to the time you spent channeling it.

Even if we assume to cast all Abilities that cost Brew on cooldown, all you need to keep going is 50 Brew every 6.25 seconds, something you can get by channeling Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew for about 1 second (on average) every time it is available.

9.

Changelog

  • 05 Nov. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 21 Aug. 2020: Abilities and Strategy page updated.
    • Balance Update revision.
    • Minor fixes.
    • New layout.
  • 12 Aug. 2020: Ability and Strategy fully revised to match new standards.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to add important tips that were missing and to remove obvious ones that were not worth mentioning.
    • Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Guide reviewed.
  • 17 Jun. 2019: Updated Chen's abilities in accordance with the latest Hero Rework.
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