Chromie Build Guide “Your time's up!”

Last updated on Oct 28, 2020 at 11:00 by Outofmilk 28 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Chromie, a Ranged Assassin 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.

Chromie's Overview

Chromie is a ranged Assassin with outstanding burst damage and poke potential. Her strong burst abilities allow her to inflict heavy 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.

2.

Chromie's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Chromie's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Sand Blast Build

Recommended
Level 1 Timewalker's Pursuit Icon Once Again the First Time Icon ?
Level 2 Time Troubles Icon Andorhal Anomaly Icon ? Chronic Conditions Icon ?
Level 5 A Proper Greeting Icon
Level 8 Slowing Sands Icon Temporal Loop Icon ?
Level 11 Time Out Icon Gnome Speed Ahead! Icon ?
Level 14 Shifting Sands Icon
Level 18 Piercing Sands Icon

This is a well-rounded way to build Chromie. Timewalker's Pursuit Icon Timewalker's Pursuit at Level 1 gives Chromie a nice early-game damage bonus, and the reveal helps with scouting enemy hero ganks or camps. At level 14, the talent Shifting Sands Icon Shifting Sands combined with Piercing Sands Icon Piercing Sands marks a significant late game power spike for Chromie, allowing her to nuke down the enemy backline through their frontline.

Dragon's Breath Build

Situational
Level 1 Deep Breathing Icon
Level 2 Time Troubles Icon Andorhal Anomaly Icon ? Chronic Conditions Icon ?
Level 5 Mobius Loop Icon
Level 8 Temporal Loop Icon Slowing Sands Icon ?
Level 11 Time Out Icon Gnome Speed Ahead! Icon ?
Level 14 Quantum Overdrive Icon Shifting Sands Icon ?
Level 18 Stuck in a Loop Icon Piercing Sands Icon ?

The Dragon's Breath build focuses on enhancing Chromie's Dragon's Breath ability. Through Deep Breathing Icon Deep Breathing, Chromie can significantly increase the damage output. The build heavily relies on hitting enemy heroes in the center of your Dragon's Breath, therefore, having CC on your team and waiting for them to use their abilities will greatly improve your own damage output. Thanks to the slow from Mobius Loop Icon Mobius Loop, hitting an enemy hero with the first wave can increase the chance of them getting hit by all three.

4.

Chromie's Synergies and Counters

V Chromie synergizes with

One of Chromie's favorite Healers 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. Another Healer that works wonders with Chromie is Ana, whose Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost greatly empowers Chromie's damage for a short period of time.

X 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.

5.

Chromie's Maps

Chromie's stronger maps
Braxis Holdout Volskaya Foundry
Chromie's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Chromie's weaker maps
None

Chromie performs decent on most maps. Her current best maps are Volskaya Foundry and Braxis Holdout. This is due to the nature of the maps allowing her to poke into the objective zone. Chromie does not really have any weak maps as her poke is a threat on any map where there is an objective area both teams need to be on.

6.

Chromie's Tips and Tricks

  • Time Trap Icon Time Trap can sometimes be manually activated to prevent damage on allied Heroes as well.
  • Slowing Sands Icon Slowing Sands is most efficient on narrow choke points, especially near Map Objectives.
  • 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.
7.

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 Tank and one melee Assassin or, ideally, two Tanks. 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.

8.

Changelog

  • 28 Oct. 2020 (this page): Updated talents and builds.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated talents and builds.
  • 15 Sep. 2020 (talents page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 15 Sep. 2020 (this page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 23 Aug. 2020 (talents page): Updated talents and builds.
  • 23 Aug. 2020 (this page): Updated talents and builds.
  • 08 Aug. 2020 (this page): Builds updated
  • 08 Aug. 2020 (talents page): Builds updated
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (this page): Dragon's Breath build has been added.
  • 02 Jul. 2020 (this page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 02 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Changed wording on Bronze Talons.
  • 02 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Guide has been reviewed and no changes are needed.
  • 05 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note regarding this seasons Anomaly.
  • 04 Sep. 2019 (talents page): Guide has been reviewed for latest patch and no changes are needed.
  • 04 Sep. 2019 (this page): Guide has been reviewed for latest patch and no changes are needed.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Chromie's standard build.
  • 29 Mar. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Chromie's abilities in accordance with the latest rework.
  • 29 Mar. 2019 (talents page): Overhauled and updated Chromie's talents and talent builds in accordance with the latest rework. All hail the Blessing of the Bronze!
  • 01 Mar. 2019 (talents page): Updated Chromie's talents and builds.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated Chromie's abilities, talents, and recommended builds in accordance with her rework in the Whitemane release patch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (abilities page): Updated Chromie's abilities in accordance with her rework in the Whitemane release patch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Chromie's talents in accordance with her rework in the Whitemane release patch.
  • 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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