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Chen Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Aug 30, 2017 at 06:23 by Kendric 25 comments

Table of Contents

Chen Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Chen has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

The other pages of our Chen guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Tips on Ability Usage

  • Due to the way his ressource, "Brew", and his abilities work, Chen has an ideal skill rotation, meaning you should use abilities in a fix sequence in order to increase their efficiency: Flying Kick Icon Flying KickKeg Smash Icon Keg SmashBreath of Fire Icon Breath of FireFortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew.
  • Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick can be used on enemy Structures as well, which makes it a great ability to leap over Walls, Forts, or Towers.
  • Remember that Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash can also be used defensively to slow down engaging enemies.
  • When Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire expires, Chen returns to pre-cast health value. If all three Spirits die, so does Chen.

2. Preface

Chen uses a unique resource called "Brew" and Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is the only way to regenerate Brew after using it to cast abilities.

Chen is one of the few Heroes that has an ideal skill rotation, meaning you should use abilities in a fix sequence in order to increase their efficiency.

Rotation (starting at full Brew):

3. Flying Kick

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

Kick through target enemy, dealing 112 (+4% per level) damage.

Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick is Chen's most reliable source of mobility and allows him to engage team fights or to escape from enemies. Similar to Illidan's Dive Icon Dive, Flying Kick can also be used on enemy Structures like Forts and Walls to re-position yourself.

It is also important to remember that Flying Kick always places you behind your chosen target, which is why this ability is an excellent tool to potentially body block retreating opponents. This allows your teammates to catch up and secure a kill.

4. Keg Smash

Chen Keg Smash
Keg Smash (W) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Brew: 20
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Smash Chen's keg, dealing 50 (+4% per level) damage and drenching affected enemies in Brew, slowing them by 25% for 3 seconds.

Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash proves to be both a great chasing and peeling ability thanks to its movement speed slow. Use it on fleeing opponents to catch up to them or use it on engaging enemies to slow their advance towards your teammates. Either way, make sure to combine it with Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire in order to trigger its burning effect.

Like Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick or Breath of Fire, Keg Smash also works on enemy Structures, which makes Chen a pretty good pusher overall. In order to clear minion waves most efficiently, we recommend placing Keg Smash's radius over the Wizard minion to hit both melee and ranged minions as well.

5. Breath of Fire

Chen Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire (E) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Brew: 30
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Breathe a cone of flames, dealing 96 (+4% per level) damage. Enemies soaked in Brew are Ignited, dealing 96 (+4% per level) additional damage over 3 seconds.

Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire provides Chen with a short range AoE ability, which damages enemies in front of Chen, revealing cloaked Heroes if they find themselves in its radius. Furthermore, its damage can be increased significantly if used on enemies slowed by Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash.

6. Storm, Earth, Fire

Chen Storm, Earth, Fire
Storm, Earth, Fire (R) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Heroic
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

After 1 second, Chen splits into three elemental spirits for 12 seconds, each with 75% of Chen's maximum Health and a unique ability. If all three spirits are killed, Chen will die as well.

Storm can grant the spirits Movement Speed.

Earth can leap to an area and slow enemies.

Fire can grant the spirits Attack Speed.

Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire is capable of adding a so-called "second health bar" to Chen, which means his original health gets replaced by that of his three Elemental Spirits. In addition to becoming harder to kill, Storm, Earth, Fire also provides Chen with great mobility, as he is able to manually reposition the Spirits to either body block enemy Heroes or to retreat away from them.

7. Wandering Keg

Chen Wandering Keg
Wandering Keg (R) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Heroic
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Roll around inside an Unstoppable barrel with 60% increased Movement Speed, dealing 59 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in the way and knocking them back. Lasts for 5 seconds.

Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg can wreak havoc in the enemy team's formation if used correctly. Usually Chen has two major ways to achieve that. Firstly, Wandering Keg can be used to isolate an enemy Hero by pushing that target into your own team's lines while knocking every other enemy Hero to the side. Secondly, Wandering Keg can be used to disengage by simply keeping enemy Heroes away from your allies. Very rarely it can be used in order to secure Bosses or Mercenary Camps on the capture platform as well.

8. Fortifying Brew

Chen Fortifying Brew
Fortifying Brew (D) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Chen drinks from his keg, instantly gaining 25 Brew. While drinking, Chen continues to gain 30 Brew and 212 (+4% per level) temporary Shields per second, up to a maximum of 636 (+4% per level) while drinking. Shields persist for 2 seconds after he stops drinking.

As long as Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is channeling, Chen generates shields while drinking, however, you can cancel the drinking process at any time by simply moving or using another ability. Keep in mind that enemy stun and silence effects also interrupt Fortifying Brew.

Using Fortifying Brew efficiently usually requires some practise and experience, but there are a few things that can help you choose the right moment to use it:

  • use it as soon as you notice the enemy team starts focusing you;
  • use it to drain enemy Structures' ammo on you if it is safe to do so;
  • use it to tank neutral Mercenary Camps and Bosses to prevent allies from taking unnecessary damage;
  • use it to replenish your Brew count both out of combat and in combat, however, make sure to cancel drinking in time in order to stay close to enemy targets.
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