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Chen Map-specific Advice and Strategies

Last updated on Sep 29, 2016 at 11:00 by Kendric 22 comments

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General Information

On this page, we give you map strategies for Chen. Knowing what to do on a map and when to do it is extremely important and can be the deciding factor between losing or winning.

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

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Grand Master in both Hero and Team League, playing most Warrior and Support. 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 HGC Hightlights. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Battlefield of Eternity

Battlefield of Eternity
Battlefield of Eternity

The High Heavens and the Burning Hells clash, quite literally, in a battlefield that represents their everlasting struggle. Two Immortals, ancient warriors locked in a duel to the death, need your help to prevail against their eternal foe. Vanquish the enemy Immortal, and you'll find yourself charging over hallowed or profane ground—right onto the enemy's doorstep.

Engage in Immortal Combat

Two Immortals fight at the center of the map. Help your Immortal prevail, and lay waste to the enemy's Forts.

Employ Eternal Tactics

Protect your Immortal by obliterating the opposing team, or descend upon the enemy Immortal with relentless fury.

Hire Unique Mercenaries

Bolster your forces with Fallen Shaman and cunning Impalers, who will lend their powers to your cause!

Battlefield of Eternity is a map with only two lanes instead of three, which puts a lot of focus on controlling Map Objectives such as the Immortal and Mercenaries in order to get rid of the enemy Structures as quickly as possible. Thus, the shields generated by Chen's Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew can become a huge asset in order to soak up shots from Towers and Forts.

Winning a match on Battlefield of Eternity goes hand in hand with dominating the middle of the map in order to weaken the enemy Immortal and summon your own one. Chen's Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash provides great zoning and focus on slowed targets, especially while defending your own Immortal. Try to stay close to the rest of your team at all times, as Chen works best with a team to keep him alive while he draws the enemy fire on himself.

2. Blackheart's Bay

Blackheart's Bay
Blackheart's Bay

The ghost pirate Blackheart has staked his claim upon the realm of Mistharbor. His undead pirate crew has poured onto the streets, claiming the once thriving marketplace as their new den of villainy.

Collect Doubloons

Attack treasure chests, mercenaries, and skeletons to collect doubloons.

Turn in Doubloons

Hand your doubloons over to Blackheart or you will drop them all when you die!

Bombard Your Enemies

After receiving enough doubloons from your team, Blackheart will bombard your enemy's forts!

On Blackheart's Bay you will most likely find yourself rotating a lot between top and mid lane. Chen is actually a formidable solo laner and could thus go bottom lane as well in order to dominate the lane and secure the bottom Coins early on. Activating your Basic Abilities while you are next to a Treasure Chest allows you collect Coins extremely fast.

Chen should constantly look out for good opportunities to soak Tower and Fort shots and push with the rest of his team. However, always make sure to let your team know what you are up to by pinging on the Minimap or using the ingame chat, to avoid confusion.

3. Cursed Hollow

Cursed Hollow
Cursed Hollow

As one of the first and most ancient realms pulled into the Nexus, the realm of Raven Court has grown large and prosperous over the millennia. The province of Cursed Hollow, a gothic landscape of twisting villages and farmlands, serves as an ideal trial grounds for the Heroes of the Storm.

Collect Tributes

The Raven Lord will periodically create tributes. Gather them for your team!

Curse Your Enemies

Upon capturing three tributes, the Raven Lord will curse your enemies.

Cursed Forts and Minions

Cursed forts will not attack, and cursed minions are reduced to 1 health.

Cursed Hollow is a large map with many choke points, walls, and bushes. As Chen, you can choose to stay in lane or roam, depending on your team's lineup. If you decide to hold a lane, you should make sure to continuously soak experience, especially if your team does not want to contest Tributes. If you group up with a teammate to rotate between lanes, you can try to secure early kills by ganking exposed enemies with Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick and Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash. Becoming a team player as the game progresses will become more and more important on this map, so make sure to stick close to your allies, especially after both teams have hit Level 10.

Unfortunately, Chen is not the fastest when it comes to clearing Mercenary Camps, however, he is great at tanking them thanks to his Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew trait. Always start to fight Mercenaries shortly after the previous Tribute has been taken in order to make it to the next one in time. Tight areas and bushes around the Tribute spawn locations require you to have good map awareness, especially during the mid-late game when team fights for Map Objectives get more and more intense.

4. Dragon Shire

Dragon Shire
Dragon Shire

These lush and deceptively peaceful gardens have grown over time, covering the once molten realm known as Dragon Spire. Beneath this verdant paradise, the ancient power of the dragons was sealed away... and their descendants have neither forgotten nor forgiven the trespasses of those who wronged them.

Control the Shrines

There are two shrines your team needs to control to activate the Dragon Knight's statue.

Free the Dragon Knight

While activated, bring a hero to the statue to free the Dragon Knight from his prison!

Devastate Enemy Forts

Use the Dragon Knight's immense power to level enemy forts!

On Dragon Shire Chen usually takes a solo lane and tries to bully his lane opponent to control one of the Shrines early on. While playing aggressively is often recommended, we strongly recommend to always keep an eye on the Minimap in order to anticipate and avoid potential ganks. The short distances between each lane allows Chen to execute deadly ganks himself to establish control over the Dragon Shrines.

One important thing to keep in mind is the fact that either Warriors like yourself or a melee Assassin, such as Illidan or Zeratul, should opt for the control over the Dragon Knight. This rule applies to Warriors in general, since the Dragon Knight will fulfill a similar role as Chen, which is, of course, to charge into the enemy lines and keep them busy this way. If you pilot the Dragon Knight during the early-mid game you should mostly try to avoid taking unnecessary damage and instead roam between lanes to damage as many enemy structures as possible.

5. Garden of Terror

Garden of Terror
Garden of Terror

Once the royal gardens were a splendor to behold. But lately a shadow has fallen over them... Writhing tendrils creep across the grounds at night, and a number of servants have disappeared while walking its twisting paths. Queen Nightshade claims to be unaware of these incidents, but some are beginning to suspect she has gone mad.

Fight the Shamblers

At night, Shamblers will rise from the gardens.

Collect Seeds

Kill the Shamblers and collect seeds for your team.

Control Garden Terror

With 100 seeds, control a garden terror and destroy your enemies!

Due to the abundance of Regeneration Globes provided by Mercenary Camps and neutral Garden Terrors, Freshest Ingredients Icon Freshest Ingredients is a talent worth considering on this map. As Chen, your top priority should be to assist your allies in claiming as many Seeds as possible. Make sure to scout the bushes to the left and right, while your team is fighting the big Garden Boss Monster to help preventing enemy ambushes.

Similar to piloting the Dragon Knight on Dragon Shire, Chen is a good choice when it comes to controlling the Garden Terror. During the early stages of the game you should try to avoid taking unnecessary damage while inside the Terror. Instead, use Plant Horror Overgrowth to damage enemy buildings and Spore Queen's Curse to prevent enemy Heroes from defending. If you notice that your Garden Terror is taking too much damage, activate its Sprint ability and rotate towards a different lane.

6. Infernal Shrines

Infernal Shrines
Infernal Shrines

Demonic corruption threatens the Gardens of Hope. Called forth by the Shrines, Punishers prowl the battlefield, terrifying creatures that live to destroy heroes. Defeat the Shrines' Guardians before your enemies do, and the next Punisher will fight for you; fail, and face the demon's wrath.

Activate the Shrines

The Infernal Shrines periodically gather power. Activate them and prepare for a fight.

Defeat Guardians

Slay 30 Guardians before the enemy team to bring forth a mighty Punisher.

Beware the Punisher

Punishers have one of three devastating powers. Be careful, they focus on attacking heroes above all else.

Although this map features three lanes, the distances between lanes are fairly short. Thus, make sure to be aware of potential enemy ganks. Due to the tremendous impact the Map Objective has on the course of the game, it is imperative to stick to the rest of your team in order to appear at the Shrines in time. Since waveclear abilities allow you to kill several Guardians at the same time in order to summon the Punisher faster, Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash followed up by Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire becomes a very powerful combination on Infernal Shrines. Keep in mind that once a Punisher has been defeated, it will take 1:30 minutes until the next Shrine location gets announced.

7. Sky Temple

Sky Temple
Sky Temple

Floating above the vast desert sands of Luxoria, the Sky Temple serves as a center of worship for the snake god, Ka. He stores his great power within the temples, each of them secured by guardians. With such defenses, no warriors would think to seize the god's power for themselves... or would they?

Capture the Temples

Temples will periodically awaken. Stand within their grounds to capture their power!

Hold the Temples

Remain firm and the temple will unleash a blistering onslaught on your enemy's forts!

Defend the Temples

Guardians will try to wrest control of their temples from your team. Hold them off to keep the temple's power for yourselves!

Pushing and maintaining lane control is crucial on Sky Temple during the early stages of the game. As such, Chen's strong lane presence allows him to force his laning opponents to use the Healing Fountain early, which makes them much more vulnerable during the early Temple phases. The first two Temples will always activate on the top and middle location of the map, so try to maintain a good amount of health in order to participate in early skirmishes. Around 4 minutes into the game you should animate your teammates to clear the Bruiser Camp and assist them in doing so if needed. Capturing the Bruisers in time provides your team with some heavy pressure on the top lane during the next Temple phase.

The second Temple that is going to get activated will always be the bottom one. As Chen, it is imperative that you rotate quickly enough to fight along your teammates, as it is your task to go in first and hold the frontline.

8. Tomb of the Spider Queen

Tomb of the Spider Queen
Tomb of the Spider Queen

The long forgotten tombs of Luxoria have found a new master. Deep within their timeworn chambers, the Spider Queen Neithis stirs from her ancient slumber. Present her with the gems of power she seeks, and you may just escape with your lives.

Collect Gems

Enemy spider minions and Heroes drop magical gems upon death. Gather as many as you can!

Turn in Gems

Relinquish your gems at one of the Spider Queen's altars or you will drop them all when you die!

Summon Webweavers

Whichever team turns in enough gems first will unleash the Webweavers to destroy their enemy's defenses.

Being one of the smallest maps currently available, Tomb of the Spider Queen will draw all your attention towards early skirmishes. Due to the short distances between the lanes, picking Freshest Ingredients Icon Freshest Ingredients is worth considering on this map due to the possibility to pick up Regeneration Globes from several lanes. Using Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash and Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire to shove your lane buys you enough time to rotate around the map and collect additional Regeneration Globes and Gems.

Mercenary Camps will not come into play until Level 10, since most Heroes will be busy collecting Gems and keeping the enemy from turning in theirs. Remember: if you are behind in experience or find yourself in an uncomfortable spot in your lane, try to let the enemy Minions come closer to your own Towers before attacking them. This allows you to pick up Gems more safely.

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  • 18 Jan. 2016: Removed Haunted Mines section following the map's removal from the game.
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