Welcome to our Talents page for Chen. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Chen's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.
1. Chen's Talent Build
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|13||✔ ✘ ?|
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2. Chen's Talent Build Cheatsheet
Bruiser BuildTalent calculator »
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. 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. Elusive Brawler, in particular, is very well designed to make him decide early trades in his favor and even allows him to protect himself against Structure shots. At Level 10, feel free to pick Wandering Keg instead of 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. During the later stages of the game, the strong synergy between Pressure Point (13) and Flying Leap (16) allow him to chase down targets almost indefinitely. At Level 20, Elemental Conduit can be replaced by Stormstout Secret Recipe if Chen requires more survivability or if Wandering Keg was picked at Level 10.
3. Level 1 Talents for 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 20 Armor for every enemy Hero ignited with Breath Of Fire. This lasts for 3 seconds.
Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Chen's Health Regeneration by 1 per second.
Reward: After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, 50% of the Shield from Fortifying Brew persists indefinitely after drinking.
- Cooldown: 25 seconds
Activate to evade enemy Basic Attacks for 2 seconds. Chen's Basic Attacks reduce this cooldown by 2 seconds.
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 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 is an underwhelming talent compared to its competitors. The health regeneration effect is nice to have, however, Chen gets 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 for Chen
Flying Kick no longer costs Brew. Additionally, its damage is increased by 100% while Chen has Shields from Fortifying Brew.
Quest: Every time Keg Smash hits a Hero, increase its damage by 4, up to 80.
Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase its range by 125% and gain an additional charge.
After using Breath of Fire, ignite in a fiery aura, dealing 52 (+4% per level) damage every second to nearby enemies for 3 seconds.
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.
Deadly Strike is a decent talent, as it removes any Brew cost from Flying Kick. This allows Chen, especially in the later game with talents like Pressure Point and 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.
When completed, Keg Toss can be a nice talent to have, especially when combined with later Keg Smash related talents. However, it usually takes a while to get there and until then, it remains fairly unspectacular.
5. Level 7 Talents for 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.
Fortifying Brew instantly Shields Chen for 294 (+4% per level). Additionally, Shields persist for 1 extra second after he stops drinking.
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 12 seconds. While Chen has an active Shield from Fortifying Brew, gain 40 Spell Armor, reducing Ability Damage taken by 40%.
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.
Bolder Flavor increases Chen's survivability by a significant amount. Besides, Bolder Flavor has good synergy with Enough to Share, granting more powerful shields to your allies as well. We usually recommend this talent if the enemy team has a lot of burst damage.
Purifying Brew comes with a 12-second cooldown, which is low enough to make it a reasonable choice. The effect it provides can be very powerful to have early on in the game, especially against crowd control heavy opponents, such as Muradin or Anub'arak. Furthermore the 40 Spell Armor Chen receives when drinking makes this talent the ideal choice against Mages of any sort.
6. Level 10 Talents for 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.
- 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.
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 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 for Chen
Flying Kick slows the target enemy by 35% for 1 second, or by 70% if they're soaked in Brew.
Increase the slow from Keg Smash to 40%.
Setting an enemy Hero on fire reduces their Spell Power by 30% for 3 seconds.
Pressure Point turns 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 ability.
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 and A Touch of Honey will add to Chen's combat performance.
A Touch of Honey's usually only gains value if combined with other 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 for Chen
Increases Flying Kick's range by 15%.
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.
Fortifying Brew also Shields nearby allied Heroes for 54 (+4% per level) per second.
Flying Leap is an aggressive talent choice that we recommend if you went for 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.
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 turns Chen into a very mobile Bruiser, while 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 for Chen
Wandering Keg increases Movement Speed by 100% and grants 60 Armor, reducing damage taken by 60%.
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.
Heal for 1.5% of Chen's maximum Health every time his Basic Abilities hit an enemy Hero.
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 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.
- 07 Jun. 2019: Updated Chen's talents and builds.
- 22 Sep. 2017: Updated Chen's talents in accordance to the latest balance update.
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