E.T.C. Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Aug 18, 2021 at 11:00 by Elitesparkle 35 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Abilities page for E.T.C.. Here, we give you an overview of every ability in E.T.C.'s kit. For each of them, we explain what it does, how to best use it, and how it works in combination with E.T.C.'s other abilities. We also give you strategy tips to play E.T.C. efficiently.

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E.T.C.'s Tips and Tricks

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Powerslide

E.T.C. Powerslide
Powerslide (Q) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Slide to a location dealing 91 (+4% per level) damage and stunning enemies hit for 1.25 second.

Powerslide Icon Powerslide is E.T.C.'s defining Ability. On its own, it provides a reliable area of effect Stun to initiate, peel, and interrupt channeled Abilities.

Avoid using Powerslide Icon Powerslide only for the negligible amount of damage it deals. Instead, use it as a setup tool for allied Heroes and their Abilities (such as Blizzard Icon Blizzard by Jaina). Avoid using Face Melt Icon Face Melt immediately after Powerslide Icon Powerslide or you will cause allied Heroes to miss their skillshot Abilities.

The lengthy dash allows you to quickly position yourself behind enemy Heroes to body block them out of an escape route, or between allied and enemy Heroes to reduce their effectiveness in team fight. When in danger, you can also use Powerslide Icon Powerslide to run away.

As Powerslide Icon Powerslide is both your only engage and escape tool, you have to think twice before using it aggressively, else you may end up being surrounded by enemy Heroes and die for no reason. To avoid that, try to use Powerslide Icon Powerslide from a side to the other or from the middle towards your team, usually done by flanking.

E.T.C.'s presence alone is often enough to control aggression, particularly when opponents know full well that Powerslide Icon Powerslide is available, especially after Level 10 because its Stun effectively allows you to fully channel Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit with no possibility of escape.

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Face Melt

E.T.C. Face Melt
Face Melt (W) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Mana: 55
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deals 68 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies, knocking them back.

Face Melt Icon Face Melt is a Basic Ability that can be used to Knockback all enemies nearby. This effect will also interrupt any stationary channel being performed by them.

You can use Face Melt Icon Face Melt to move enemy Heroes and Mercenaries where you want them to be. In case of Heroes, it can be used to push them towards your team right after a flank as a setup for a safer Powerslide Icon Powerslide. In case of Mercenaries, it can be used to push them in range of your Structures, thus making it way easier to take them down as they will help you with powerful shots.

A nice tech to know is that you can use Face Melt Icon Face Melt to make enemy Heroes unable to dodge Powerslide Icon Powerslide because they cannot do anything while affected by a Knockback. Keep this in mind when playing against enemy Heroes who have mobility tools at their disposal, especially if they tend to play in melee range (such as Zeratul).

While standing between allied and enemy Heroes, the Knocback will create a protective buffer zone to give your team breathing room, especially against melee Heroes who lack mobility and do not have reliable tools to close the gap again (for example Artanis).

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Guitar Solo

E.T.C. Guitar Solo
Guitar Solo (E) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 9 seconds

Regenerate 66 (+4% per level) Health per second for 4 seconds.

Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo is a Basic Ability that gives E.T.C. some self-sustain, helping him stay in the action for longer. Over time, it allows him to heal some poke damage.

Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo is the best way to trigger Rockstar Icon Rockstar when you do not want to spend important cooldowns but need extra survivability.

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Mosh Pit

E.T.C. Mosh Pit
Mosh Pit (R) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 0.75 seconds, channel to stun nearby enemies for 4 seconds.

In this section we discuss how this Heroic Ability works and give some tips on how to use it. If you are looking for a detailed explanation on when and why you should pick it, check the dedicated section in the Talent Build page.

Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit is an Heroic Ability that, after a short cast time, can be channeled to Stun enemies within its area.

When you pick Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit at Level 10, it is important to mentally track the cooldown of enemy Abilities that can interrupt it, otherwise you may end up wasting an extremely long cooldown for no reason.

If you catch heroes who still have interrupts available with Powerslide Icon Powerslide, then you do not have to worry about them anymore because casting Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit immediately after will surely Stun them with literally no time to react.

If you see a good opportunity to kill an enemy Hero and then get value from that, do not hesitate to use Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit for blocking a single enemy Hero and allow your team to take them down. Just make sure that the enemy team does not have single-target tools to counter that play, in which case your plan should be to catch at least 2 Heroes inside Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit.

Like any crowd control effect, Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit can also be used to try to momentarily prevent powerful defensive Abilities (such as Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield Uther) from being used while the rest of your team focuses down a specific target.

In theory, players should pay attention to both sound effect and animation, however, there are some players who do not rely on sound clues. As a consequence, in some rare occasions you can use a peculiar trick: Dance [Y] or Mount [Z] to make the opponents think you are casting Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit. The difference is that using Dance cannot be stopped by damage whereas using Mount shows a channel in progress to your enemies.

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Stage Dive

E.T.C. Stage Dive
Stage Dive (R) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 75 seconds

Leap to target location, landing after 2.75 seconds, dealing 495 (+4.0% per level) damage to enemies in the area, and slowing them by 50% for 3 seconds.

In this section we discuss how this Heroic Ability works and give some tips on how to use it. If you are looking for a detailed explanation on when and why you should pick it, check the dedicated section in the Talent Build page.

Though seldom used mid-combat due to its 1.25-second cast time, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive is useful as an initiation tool thanks to its lengthy and potent Slow. On its own, this Heroic Ability may be enough to force an enemy team to split up or use mobility Abilities in order to avoid its effect as they will see its indicator on the ground. This allows your own team to capitalize on the precarious position of your opponents.

Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive can also be used as a last resort escape, though this is not recommended due to its relatively long cooldown. It should be noted that the Ability's initial 1.5-second channeling time can be interrupted, as with all channeled Abilities.

E.T.C goes into Stasis while in the air, something that allows you to use Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive as a defensive tool against powerful damaging Abilities which deal damage to their target after a while (such as Last Rites Icon Last Rites by Malthael) or that follow the Hero model (for example Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast by Kael'thas), but only if you have enough time to cast Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive before they hit you, if you do not get interrupted.

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Rockstar

E.T.C. Rockstar
Rockstar (D) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

After E.T.C. uses a Basic or Heroic ability, he gains 20 Armor for 2 seconds. This effect does not stack with itself.

Rockstar Icon Rockstar is a Trait that makes E.T.C. more resistant to incoming damage by providing a fair amount of Armor every time an Ability gets used by him—including Heroic Abilities.

While Face Melt Icon Face Melt and Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo activate your Trait immediately, Powerslide Icon Powerslide only does so when E.T.C stops sliding. Keep that in mind when you need immediate protection.

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Changelog

  • 18 Aug. 2021: Abilities and Strategy page updated.
    • Descriptions improved.
    • Tips and Tricks improved.
    • New layout.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Abilities section reviewed.
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