Chen Build Guide “I bring Pandamonium!”

Last updated on Sep 22, 2017 at 06:38 by Kendric 26 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 sturdy melee Warrior whose Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew enables him to constantly shield himself. This and the fact that he has access to a variety of viable talents make him a formidable frontliner that can be played as a Tank or a Bruiser. Knowing how to position yourself and when to use your abilities is particularly important when playing as Chen, since he is very susceptible to crowd control effects.

2. Chen's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew absorbs a lot of damage
  • +Quite mobile thanks to Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick
  • +Very strong laner
  • +Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire can be used both offensively and defensively
  • +Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg requires much practice, but proves to be a great ability to break the enemy team's formation and isolate targets
  • +Fantastic talent diversity
X Weaknesses
  • -Very susceptible to stuns and slows
  • -Can be kited quite easily in the early-mid game
  • -Predictable playstyle
  • -Requires good map awareness and mechanics

3. Chen's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Bruiser Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Elusive Brawler Icon
Level 4 Deadly Strike Icon
Level 7 Brewmaster's Balance Icon
Level 10 Storm, Earth, Fire Icon
Level 13 Pressure Point Icon
Level 16 Flying Leap Icon
Level 20 Elemental Conduit Icon

The Bruiser Build is Chen's standard go-to Build, since it comes with a very well-rounded kit that should prepare you well for most game situations. Feel free to pick Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg instead of Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire, especially if the enemy team relies heavily on hard engaging Warriors and melee Assassins, such as Illidan, Anub'arak, or E.T.C. to protect your backline more efficiently.

Anti Mage Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Elusive Brawler Icon
Level 4 Ring of Fire Icon
Level 7 Purifying Brew Icon
Level 10 Storm, Earth, Fire Icon
Level 13 Withering Flames Icon
Level 16 Enough to Share Icon
Level 20 Elemental Conduit Icon

As the name suggests, the Anti Mage Build is specifically designed to deal with heavy ability damage based compositions. As such, we recommend it against Mage Assassins like Jaina, Kael'thas, or Li-Ming. Although Chen becomes very resilient to enemy abilities thanks to Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew at Level 7, it is still recommended to not overextend and get reckless with this Build. Know your limits and wait for the right moment before engaging deep into the enemy team's backline.

4. Chen's Synergies and Counters

V Chen synergizes with

It is hard to find Heroes that truly synergize well with Chen, since his kit focuses so much on himself, rather than enabling others. Still, there are crowd control heavy Heroes like Jaina or Kel'Thuzad who benefit from all the distraction a well played Chen can cause. Furthermore, thanks to Chen's reliable Movement Speed slow effects, Heroes like Greymane can chase down fleeing opponents very easily.

X Chen is countered by

Chen's greatest weakness is any form of crowd control that interrupts his Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew. As such, Stun-heavy Warriors like Muradin or Johanna prove to be quite the challenge. A different kind of threat are Heroes like Varian, who gain access to shield destroying talents, such as Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw which greatly reduce Fortifying Brew's protection.

5. Chen's Maps

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

Chen is an extremely potent Solo Laner, which means he can hold his own very well in a one-versus-one situation. Consequently, he becomes a valuable asset on maps like Battlefield of Eternity or Braxis Holdout. Due to his kit and unique playstyle he does not really have a weak map with the only exception being Warhead Junction. There, other Warriors like Dehaka or E.T.C. should usually be considered first.

6. Chen's Tips and Tricks

  • 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.

7. Chen's Role in the Current Meta

Chen is a volatile Warrior whose abilities each come with both great advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, his ability to shield himself every 5 seconds using Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew makes Chen incredibly hard to take down, however, it also forces him to remain frozen in place while drinking.

Secondly, Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick is a useful gap closer but if used too recklessly, it can isolate Chen from the rest of his team exposing himself to enemy crowd control effects and focus fire.

Thirdly, Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash and Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire work very well if used combined, however, they are underwhelming abilities individually. Ultimately, Chen's Heroic Ability Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire provides him with a lot of extra survivability and mobility, yet it can be interrupted quite easily and remains a rather weak Heroic Ability in terms of raw damage output.

8. Changelog

  • 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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