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Chen Talents

Last updated on Sep 22, 2017 at 06:38 by Kendric 25 comments

Table of Contents

Chen Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Chen in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

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. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Accumulating Flame Freshest Ingredients Elusive Brawler
4 Deadly Strike Keg Toss Ring of Fire
7 Brewmaster's Balance Bolder Flavor ? Purifying Brew
10 Wandering Keg ? Storm, Earth, Fire
13 Pressure Point A Touch of Honey Withering Flames ?
16 Flying Leap Another Round Enough to Share
20 Untapped Potential Elemental Conduit Stormstout Secret Recipe
Create your own build and share it with friends!

2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Bruiser Build (talent calculator link)

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.

2.2. Anti Mage Build (talent calculator link)

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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Chen Accumulating Flame
Accumulating Flame (Level 1) World of Warcraft Chen

Quest: Every time a Hero is Ignited with Breath of Fire, increase its damage over time by 2%, up to 60%.

Reward: After Igniting 30 Heroes, gain 25 Armor for 1 second per Hero Ignited, reducing damage taken by 25%.

Chen Freshest Ingredients
Freshest Ingredients (Level 1) World of Warcraft Chen

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Chen's Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 30.

Reward: After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, 50% of the Shield from Fortifying Brew persists indefinitely after drinking.

Chen Elusive Brawler
Elusive Brawler (Level 1) World of Warcraft Chen
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Activate to evade enemy Basic Attacks for 2 seconds. Chen's Basic Attacks reduce this cooldown by 2 seconds.

3.1. Discussion

Elusive Brawler Icon Elusive Brawler is an amazing talent if the enemy team composition relies on Basic Attacks. Make sure to consistently use your Basic Attacks (when it is safe to do so) in order to keep this talent on a low cooldown. Keep in mind that Elusive Brawler also allows you to dodge Tower and Fort shots.

Accumulating Flame Icon Accumulating Flame does not anything to Chen's defenses and offers too little damage to make it a worthy replacement choice. As if that was not bad enough already, the Quests usually take too long to make this talent feel impactful at all.

Freshest Ingredients Icon Freshest Ingredients is an underwhelming talent compared to its competitors. The health regeneration effect is nice to have, however, Chen gets Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance at Level 7 which already provides decent health regeneration. Furthermore, being a Regeneration Globes related Quest Talent, makes Freshest Ingredients quite unreliable on certain maps like Battlefield of Eternity or Braxis Holdout.

4. Level 4 Talents

Chen Deadly Strike
Deadly Strike (Level 4) World of Warcraft Chen

Flying Kick no longer costs Brew. Additionally, its damage is increased by 100% while Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew.

Chen Keg Toss
Keg Toss (Level 4) World of Warcraft Chen

Quest: Every time Keg Smash hits a Hero, increase its damage by 3, up to 60.

Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase its range by 125% and gain an additional charge.

Chen Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire (Level 4) World of Warcraft Chen

After using Breath of Fire, ignite in a fiery aura, dealing 52 (+4% per level) damage every second to nearby enemies for 3 seconds.

4.1. Discussion

Deadly Strike Icon Deadly Strike is a decent talent, as it removes any Brew cost from Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick. This allows Chen, especially in the later game with talents like Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point and Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap, to chase targets without interrupting himself in order to refill his brew. The increased damage while his Shields are still up, is a nice extra to have and should be procced quite frequently, since Flying Kick is usually used directly after Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew.

Ring of Fire Icon Ring of Fire is not a bad talent per se, as it offers decent damage over time to enemies near Chen. On certain maps like Infernal Shrines or Tomb of the Spider Queen, where waveclear is of the essence, we can recommend picking up this talent.

When completed, Keg Toss Icon Keg Toss can be a nice talent to have, especially when combined with later Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash related talents. However, it usually takes a while to get there and until then, it remains fairly unspectacular.

5. Level 7 Talents

Chen Brewmaster's Balance
Brewmaster's Balance (Level 7) World of Warcraft Chen

While at or below 50 Brew, gain 20% Movement Speed. While at or above 50 Brew, regenerate an additional 18 (+4% per level) Health per second.

Chen Bolder Flavor ?
Bolder Flavor (Level 7) World of Warcraft Chen

Fortifying Brew instantly Shields Chen for 318 (+4% per level). Additionally, Shields persist for 1 extra second after he stops drinking.

Chen Purifying Brew
Purifying Brew (Level 7) World of Warcraft Chen

The next Stun or Silence used against Chen has its duration reduced by 75% and resets the cooldown of Fortifying Brew. Can only trigger once every 15 seconds. While channeling Fortifying Brew gain 30 Spell Armor, reducing Ability Damage taken by 30%.

5.1. Discussion

Brewmaster's Balance Icon Brewmaster's Balance is one of the most versatile talents in the game, since it provides two effects depending on your Brew count. If used correctly, Brewmaster's Balance's movement speed bonus, while below 50 Brew, allows Chen to escape dangerous situations or to chase down retreating enemies very efficiently.

Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew comes with a 15-second cooldown, which is low enough to make it a reasonable choice. The effect it provides is very powerful to have this early on in the game, especially against crowd control heavy opponents, such as Muradin or Anub'arak. Furthermore the 30 Spell Armor Chen receives when drinking makes this talent the ideal choice against Mages of any sort.

Bolder Flavor Icon Bolder Flavor increases Chen's survivability by a significant amount. Besides, Bolder Flavor has good synergy with Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share, granting more powerful shields to your allies as well. We usually recommend this talent if you are the only Warrior in your team and need additional burst protection.

6. Level 10 Talents

Chen Wandering Keg ?
Wandering Keg (Level 10) World of Warcraft Chen
  • 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.

Chen Storm, Earth, Fire
Storm, Earth, Fire (Level 10) World of Warcraft Chen
  • 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.

6.1. Discussion

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire has already been described in the Abilities section.

Storm, Earth, Fire Icon Storm, Earth, Fire is a very versatile Heroic Ability that can be used both offensively and defensively. If used offensively, the Elemental Spirits are a great tool to body block retreating targets. If used defensively, Storm, Earth, Fire offers an incredible amount of mobility, as it allows Chen to leap across the battlefield.

However, the biggest strength of Storm, Earth, Fire is the fact that provides Chen with a second health pool, which makes him one of the most durable Warriors in the game. All in all, it is a very safe and reliable Heroic Ability that we recommend to less experienced Chen players in particular.

Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg is a high-risk high-reward ability, which has the potential to break the enemy team's formation and wreak havoc within their lines. However, its biggest drawback is the difficulty to control Chen while he is inside the barrel. Knocking enemy Heroes back to a certain direction feels very clunky, which causes especially newer players to harm their team more than actually helping them. If you are an experienced Chen player who has practiced using this ability, you will be able to achieve great results, ideally isolating a single enemy target and pushing them towards your own team.

7. Level 13 Talents

Chen Pressure Point
Pressure Point (Level 13) World of Warcraft Chen

Flying Kick slows the target enemy by 35% for 1 second, or by 70% if they're soaked in Brew.

Chen A Touch of Honey
A Touch of Honey (Level 13) World of Warcraft Chen

Increase the slow from Keg Smash to 40%.

Chen Withering Flames ?
Withering Flames (Level 13) World of Warcraft Chen

Setting an enemy Hero on fire reduces their Spell Power by 25% for 3 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point turns Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick into one of the strongest crowd control abilities in the game. After picking Pressure Point, he becomes a very dangerous Bruiser, who is capable of chasing enemy Heroes by constantly slowing them with Pressure Point and his Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash ability.

Withering Flames Icon Withering Flames can be a relevant talent if the enemy team composition features several ability heavy Assassins, such as Kael'thas or Li-Ming. In most games, however, Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point and A Touch of Honey Icon A Touch of Honey will add to Chen's combat performance.

A Touch of Honey Icon A Touch of Honey's usually only gains value if combined with other Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash related talents. All by itself, we find the additional Movement Speed slow it provides to be too weak to make it a relevant talent.

8. Level 16 Talents

Chen Flying Leap
Flying Leap (Level 16) World of Warcraft Chen

Increases Flying Kick's range by 15%.

Chen Another Round
Another Round (Level 16) World of Warcraft Chen

Increases the radius of Keg Smash by 50%. After hitting an enemy Hero with Keg Smash, the cooldown of the next Basic Ability used will be reduced by 3 seconds.

Chen Enough to Share
Enough to Share (Level 16) World of Warcraft Chen

Fortifying Brew also Shields nearby allied Heroes for 54 (+4% per level) per second.

8.1. Discussion

Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap is an aggressive talent choice that we recommend if you went for Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point at Level 13. Flying Leap allows Chen to chase his targets even more efficiently, while it also enables him to escape enemies more easily by jumping to an enemy Minion, Structure, or Hero in the opposite direction.

Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share provides shields to nearby allies around Chen, which feels particularly useful against enemy team compositions who rely heavily on AoE damage Heroes such as Kael'thas and Jaina.

Another Round Icon Another Round is not a bad talent per se, however, we find both of the other Level 16 talents to be much more impactful. Flying Leap Icon Flying Leap turns Chen into a very mobile Bruiser, while Enough to Share Icon Enough to Share is a fantastic defensive talent under the right circumstances. As such, there is very little breathing room for Another Round.

9. Level 20 Talents

Chen Untapped Potential
Untapped Potential (Level 20) World of Warcraft Chen

Wandering Keg increases Movement Speed by 60% and grants 50 Armor, reducing damage taken by 50%.

Chen Elemental Conduit
Elemental Conduit (Level 20) World of Warcraft Chen

Increases the spirits' Health to 100% of Chen's maximum Health and empowers their abilities.

Storm can grant the spirits Unstoppable.

Earth's leap cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds.

Fire grants Attack Speed as long as it is alive.

Chen Stormstout Secret Recipe
Stormstout Secret Recipe (Level 20) World of Warcraft Chen

Heal for 1.5% of Chen's maximum Health every time his Basic Abilities hit an enemy Hero.

9.1. Discussion

Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit provides more health to each Elemental Spirit, which is crucial, since Chen dies once all Spirits have been killed. The cooldown reduction on Earth's leap, in particular, adds a very useful amount of extra mobility, which allows Chen to both escape and chase more efficiently.

Stormstout Secret Recipe Icon Stormstout Secret Recipe is a solid alternative choice if you need more self-sustain during longer team fights. Due to Chen's short Basic Ability cooldowns, the health gain from Stormstout Secret Recipe can prove to be quite substantial, especially if your Support struggles to keep you alive.

Untapped Potential Icon Untapped Potential is not a recommended talent, since Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg moves very fast already. The damage reduction cannot compete with the self-sustain coming from Stormstout Secret Recipe Icon Stormstout Secret Recipe.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 22 Sep. 2017: Updated Chen's talents in accordance to the latest balance update.
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