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Chromie Build Guide “Your time's up!”

Last updated on Sep 21, 2017 at 17:43 by Kendric 19 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Chromie guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Chromie in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

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. Quick Reference for Chromie

Bronze Talons Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Timewalker's Pursuit Icon
Level 2 Bronze Talons Icon
Level 5 Dragon's Eye Icon
Level 8 Slowing Sands Icon
Level 11 Time Out Icon
Level 14 Quantum Overdrive Icon
Level 18 Piercing Sands Icon

The Bronze Talons Build is a fairly safe way to build Chromie. It offers decent damage amplification with talents such as Dragon's Eye Icon Dragon's Eye and Quantum Overdrive Icon Quantum Overdrive, while also offering decent crowd control with Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands to zone out enemy melee Assassins and Warriors. If the enemy team consists of several squishy ranged Heroes, Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop becomes a useful alternative. Since Chromie does have a variety of great talents at her disposal, we strongly suggest reading the Talents page for more details by clicking on the link below.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Chromie synergizes with

One of Chromie's favorite Supports has to be Malfurion. His Innervate Icon Innervate Trait provides her with precious Mana regeneration and cooldown reduction, while his Regrowth Icon Regrowth allows Chromie to stay in battle for a long period of time. Heroes like Thrall or Johanna provide an abundance of crowd control, which can drastically enhance Chromie's overall combat performance.

Chromie is countered by

Chromie struggles against two kinds of Heroes: the ones that are too beefy for her to take down quickly and the ones that are too fast for her to reliably land her Basic Abilities. As such, Heroes like Illidan or Tracer can become quite dangerous. To somewhat balance the odds in your favor against that type of Hero, we thoroughly recommend picking Bronze Talons Icon Bronze Talons at Level 4 to dish out a surprising amount of reliable damage.


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

Chromie performs decent on most maps with the exception of Battlefield of Eternity. On this battleground, Chromie's lack of sustained single target damage can cause your team to have a substantial disadvantage during Immortal battles. On Towers of Doom, on the other hand, her outstanding poke, which allows her to dominate Altars from afar, makes Chromie a force to be reckoned with.

TL;DR Tips

  • Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast can only hit enemy Heroes, so do not be hesitant to aim it through Minion Waves and Structures.
  • Enemies cannot see where Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath is going to land. Use this to your advantage and surprise them from unexpected angles.
  • Time Trap Icon Time Trap freezes enemy Heroes for 2 seconds. Make sure to sync the 1-second delay of Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast and 1.5-second delay of Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath accordingly.
  • Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands is most efficient on narrow choke points.
  • Do not be afraid to miss Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast. It is better to cast this ability too often rather than to wait too long.
  • Bronze Talons Icon Bronze Talons is an incredibly effective talent against mobile Heroes like Tracer or Zeratul who are hard to hit with your Basic Abilities.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Chromie's Overview

Chromie is a ranged Assassin with outstanding burst damage and poke potential. Her strong abilities allow her to inflict heavy burst damage onto her targets, while both of her Heroic Abilities provide her with decent crowd control during team fights. When playing Chromie, it is of utmost importance to anticipate your target's movement path, since both Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast and Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath come with a short delay. Ultimately, Chromie is a Hero that requires good game sense and quick reflexes in order to shine, however, if played well she is one of the most dangerous long range Assassins in the game.

3. Chromie's Strengths

4. Chromie's Weaknesses

5. Chromie's Role in the Current Meta

Chromie requires decent positioning to make up for her lack of innate mobility. Ideally, she is put in a team with a strong frontline consisting of either one Warrior and one melee Assassin or, ideally, two Warriors. This will guarantee her enough protection to unleash her damaging abilities, notably Sand Blast Icon Sand Blast and Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath from a safe distance.

During team fights, good Chromie players always keep an eye on their target's movement path and aim their abilities accordingly. Both of her Heroic Abilities, Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands and Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop provide crucial crowd control effects to assist her in that regard. Chromie should keep a healthy distance between herself and the enemy team at all times, since her low health pool and limited mobility make her a priority target for enemy hard engage.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 21 Sep. 2017 (abilities page): Updated Sandblast's description in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 17 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Here and There was mistakenly marked (recommended, instead of not recommended).
  • 16 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Chromie's talents in accordance with the Kel'Thuzad update.
  • 15 Sep. 2017 (abilities page): Updated Chromie's abilities in accordance with the Kel'thuzad update.
  • 17 Dec. 2016 (this page): Updated guide for Ragnaros patch and moved it to the new format.
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