Chen Build Guide “I bring Pandamonium!”

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

Welcome to our guide for Chen, a Bruiser in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1.

Chen's Overview

Chen is a durable Bruiser and a strong duelist as he can trade exceptionally well against many Heroes thanks to his solid damage output and high self-sustain, making him one of the best solo laners in the game when played correctly.

2.

Chen's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Good survivability
  • +Decent mobility
  • +Solid damage output, especially against Heroes
X Weaknesses
3.

Chen's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Basic Attacks Build

Recommended
Level 1 Eye of the Tiger Icon Stormstout Secret Recipe Icon ?
Level 4 Accumulating Flame Icon Withering Flames Icon ?
Level 7 Elusive Brawler Icon Brewmaster's Balance Icon ?
Level 10 Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Wandering Keg Icon ?
Level 13 Enough to Share Icon
Level 16 Combo Strikes Icon
Level 20 Elemental Conduit Icon Purifying Brew Icon ?

Chen's Basic Attacks Build focus on increasing his damage as much as possible, mostly by empowering his Basic Attacks. Paired with his good survivability, the additional damage allows Chen to take down valuable enemy Heroes with little to no help from his team.

4.

Chen's Synergies and Counters

V Chen synergizes with

Chen likes to play together with Heroes that can empower his dive (such as Tyrael), dive with him (for example Abathur), provide waveclear (like Rehgar), clear Mercenary Camps (for example Greymane), and/or offer crowd control (such as Johanna).

X Chen is countered by

Whether team fighting or dueling, Chen struggles against Heroes who have access to crowd control effects that can interrupt Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew (for example E.T.C. with either Powerslide Icon Powerslide or Face Melt Icon Face Melt) because, without channeling it for at least 1 second due to a quick interrupt, he will not have enough Brew to use some of his Basic Abilities.

Speaking about team fights in particular, anything that can protect his target from a dive attempt makes Chen's plan more difficult to execute (for example a well-timed Sanctification Icon Sanctification by Tyrael or even a Sound Barrier Icon Sound Barrier by Lúcio).

If we consider the macro aspect of the game, primarily due to his low waveclear, Chen has a hard time when the enemy team has access to Heroes who can completely warp the game and allow the enemy team to play in a different way than usual (such as Abathur and The Lost Vikings).

5.

Chen's Maps

Chen's stronger maps
Braxis Holdout Dragon Shire Hanamura Temple Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen
Chen's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Sky Temple Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry
Chen's weaker maps
Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Warhead Junction

Being a good solo laner, Chen performs better on Maps where being able to handle the solo lane with a single Hero is important (for example Hanamura Temple).

Due to his mediocre waveclear, Chen is not that good on Maps where double soaking is required (such as Towers of Doom), even if he can still provide good value in team fights thanks to his Heroic Abilities.

Chen is bad on big Maps (like Garden of Terror) because he does not offer anything in the macro department.

6.

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.
7.

Chen's Role in the Current Meta

Chen is a Bruiser that is only played as a solo laner because he is a strong duelist with good sustain and not with the rest of the team because he cannot unleash his true potential while fighting in the early game, where he lacks some damage Talents and especially a Heroic Ability.

8.

Changelog

  • 05 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Nov. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 21 Aug. 2020 (this page): Introduction page updated.
    • Balance Update revision.
    • Minor fixes.
    • New layout.
  • 21 Aug. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build page updated.
    • Balance Update revision.
    • Minor fixes.
    • New layout.
  • 21 Aug. 2020 (abilities page): Abilities and Strategy page updated.
    • Balance Update revision.
    • Minor fixes.
    • New layout.
  • 12 Aug. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
    • New layout.
  • 12 Aug. 2020 (abilities page): 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 Aug. 2020 (this page): Introduction fully revised to match new standards.
    • Overview rewritten to better describe the Hero.
    • Strengths and Weaknesses modified to give a better idea about the Hero when being played right.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Synergies and Counters modified to mention notable Heroes that were missing and to remove misleading Heroes that were listed.
    • Maps modified to focus on the main aspects of the Hero when evaluating a Map.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to list important tips that were missing before and to delete more obvious ones.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 23 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Revised Chen's Guide due to the new Balance Update and found that no updates needed to be made for now. We'll keep an eye on Chen's further development.
  • 09 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Revised the guide and found it was still on par with the latest Balance Update.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (this page): Guide reviewed.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (abilities page): Guide reviewed.
  • 17 Jun. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Chen's abilities in accordance with the latest Hero Rework.
  • 17 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Completely overhauled and updated Chen's talents and builds in accordance with the recent Hero Rework.
  • 07 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Updated Chen's talents and builds.
  • 22 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Chen's talents in accordance to the latest balance update.
  • 30 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated Chen and moved guide to new format.
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