Chen Build Guide “I bring Pandamonium!”

Last updated on Jun 17, 2019 at 19:23 by Kendric 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 sturdy melee Bruiser 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 is usually played in the solo lane. 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 a bit of practice, but proves to be a great ability to break the enemy team's formation and isolate targets
X Weaknesses
  • -Very susceptible to Stuns and Silences
  • -Can be kited quite easily in the early-mid game
  • -Predictable playstyle
  • -Requires good map awareness and mechanics

3. Chen's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Aggressive Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Eye of the Tiger Icon
Level 4 Accumulating Flame Icon Deadly Strike Icon ?
Level 7 Elusive Brawler Icon Brewmaster's Balance Icon ?
Level 10 Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Wandering Keg Icon ?
Level 13 Ring of Fire Icon Pressure Point Icon ?
Level 16 Combo Strikes Icon Flying Leap Icon ?
Level 20 Elemental Conduit Icon Purifying Brew Icon ?

The Aggressive Build focuses on Chen becoming a dangerous damage dealer that wreaks havoc in the enemy team's backline. It is important to notice that we recommend playing Chen in a solo lane, since that is where he can put his great duelling skills to best use. At Level 1, Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger is the only option to help amplify Chen's damage output. At Level 4, there are two options to choose from. Accumulating Flame Icon Accumulating Flame increases Chen's AoE damage and, consequently, his waveclear potential as well. To help Chen in lane against another strong duelist or if you value single target damage more, Deadly Strike Icon Deadly Strike is the way to go. At Level 7, we like both Elusive Brawler Icon Elusive Brawler and Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance but tend to prefer the former, as it comes with a relatively short cooldown and also provides Chen with additional mobility and strong evasion.

At Level 10, Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire is our standard choice to maximize Chen's damage, however, Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg remains a valid option, especially if the enemy team features several Assassins that can be isolated and pushed into your team's ranks. During Level 13 and 16 Chen can decide to go for additional burst damage by picking Ring of Fire Icon Ring of Fire and Combo Strikes Icon Combo Strikes. Alternatively, he can opt for more mobility and utility by focussing on Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point and Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap. At Level 20, Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit is a must-have if you went Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire at Level 10. Otherwise, we recommend Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew to help fight Chen's weakness against Stuns and Silences.

Defensive Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Freshest Ingredients Icon Eye of the Tiger Icon ?
Level 4 Deadly Strike Icon Accumulating Flame Icon ?
Level 7 Gift of the Ox Icon Elusive Brawler Icon ?
Level 10 Wandering Keg Icon Storm, Earth, Fire Icon ?
Level 13 Enough to Share Icon
Level 16 Celerity Icon
Level 20 Energizing Brew Icon Purifying Brew Icon ? Elemental Conduit Icon ?

The Defensive Build prioritizes Chen's survivability on the battlefield over raw damage output. However, even with a more defensive build, Chen can still be a thorn in the enemy team's side. At Level 1, we usually recommend Freshest Ingredients Icon Freshest Ingredients, as it boosts Chen's tankiness over time and also synergizes well—after completion—with Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew-dependent talents, such as Deadly Strike Icon Deadly Strike at Level 4. Still, Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger is so solid as a talent, that it can also be picked. At Level 4, Accumulating Flame Icon Accumulating Flame can be a viable option, especially if additional waveclear is required. At Level 7, the enemy team's main damage source needs to be analyzed. If they focus on Basic Attacks, Elusive Brawler Icon Elusive Brawler is great. If they have a mix of Basic Attacks and Spell (Burst) Damage, Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox is a worthwhile investment.

At Level 10, Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg is our standard choice to maximize Chen's survivability and pick potential, however, Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire remains a valid option, especially if your team requires additional damage during team fights or if the enemy team is too tanky/mobile for Wandering Keg to get any value from. At Level 13, Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share offers increased self-protection while also shielding nearby allies—a great talent for a more defensive playstyle. For the late game, Celerity Icon Celerity's cooldown reduction at Level 16 possesses wonderful synergy with Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox at Level 7. At Level 20, Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew can be a strong choice against heavy crowd control on the enemy team's side, while Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit, if Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire was taken at Level 10, can add some potentially needed extra damage. However, we usually think that Energizing Brew Icon Energizing Brew works best with this build, as it will add outstanding amounts of extra tankiness and damage to Chen's kit.

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 Dragon Shire Hanamura Temple
Chen's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow 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 Tanks and/or Bruisers like Dehaka or E.T.C. should usually be considered first.

6. Chen's Tips and Tricks

  • 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.
  • Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew can be used to minimize the damage-over-time taken from Stagger Icon Stagger.

7. Chen's Role in the Current Meta

Chen is a volatile Bruiser, usually played in the solo lane, where he can hold his own against almost any other Hero in the game. His abilities each come with both great advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, his ability to shield himself every 7 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 together, however, they are underwhelming abilities individually.

Finally, 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 if used too recklessly.

All in all, after gaining some experience on Chen's mechanics, we think the Hero can have tremendous impact in team fights, while being one of the strongest and safest solo laners available.

8. Changelog

  • 17 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Completely overhauled and updated Chen's talents and builds in accordance with the recent Hero Rework.
  • 17 Jun. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Chen's abilities in accordance with the latest 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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