E.T.C. Build Guide “You can't kill the metal!”

Last updated on Jan 21, 2019 at 11:06 by Oxygen 35 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for E.T.C., a Tank 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. E.T.C.'s Overview

E.T.C. is a disruptive and resilient Warrior. Teammates will find his outstanding ability to initiate, peel, and provide an unusually high utility as an archetypal tank useful. His limited damage output, however, means that E.T.C. players must work well with allies in order to secure kills.

2. E.T.C.'s Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Hard to kill and gank, making him an outstanding scout
  • +Multiple reliable crowd control Abilities and interrupts
  • +Some team support in the form of area of effect buffs
  • +Flexible Heroic Ability choices
X Weaknesses
  • -Dependent on good positioning
  • -Very limited sustained damage output, making him poor at claiming Mercenary Camps
  • -Predictable playstyle

3. E.T.C.'s Talent Build Cheatsheet

Balanced Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Prog Rock Icon Block Party Icon ?
Level 4 Loud Speakers Icon Crowd Surfer Icon ? Speed Metal Icon ?
Level 7 Echo Pedal Icon Pinball Wizard Icon ?
Level 10 Mosh Pit Icon Stage Dive Icon ?
Level 13 Face Smelt Icon Mic Check Icon ?
Level 16 Aggressive Shredding Icon Show Stopper Icon ? Imposing Presence Icon ?
Level 20 Bolt of the Storm Icon Death Metal Icon ? Storm Shield Icon ?

This Balanced Build seeks to provide E.T.C with a healthy mix of offense, defense, and crowd control. Key aspects of the build lie in greatly improving the disruption potential of Face Melt Icon Face Melt, and in improving E.T.C.'s generally abysmal waveclear through the Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal ability. Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero and Aggressive Shredding Icon Aggressive Shredding provide a surprising amount of area of effect healing. Though Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit is suggested as a Heroic Ability, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive can be a valid choice as well.

4. E.T.C.'s Synergies and Counters

V E.T.C. synergizes with

E.T.C.'s aggressive crowd control-oriented Ability set makes him particularly useful to any Hero who is able to follow up on said crowd control with their own Ability combo.

X E.T.C. is countered by

E.T.C. may struggle against Heroes that have ways of avoiding his Powerslide Icon Powerslide, reliably interrupt Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, or otherwise kiting him.

5. E.T.C.'s Maps

E.T.C.'s stronger maps
E.T.C.'s average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Haunted Mines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction
E.T.C.'s weaker maps
Infernal Shrines

Having a well-rounded Ability set, E.T.C. works well on most Maps. His sub-par PvE damage dealing capacity, however, makes him a poor choice on any Map featuring Objectives that need to be taken out quickly.

6. E.T.C.'s Tips and Tricks

7. Role in the Current Meta

E.T.C. is the most evident example of an archetypal tank who thrives in group play, thanks to Powerslide Icon Powerslide and his innate toughness. As such, E.T.C. is typically picked in aggressive team compositions with plenty of follow up to capitalise on his reliable initiate. Although nearly impossible to gank, he is not a particularly strong solo laner, and should instead remain with allies to support them in various ways. Scouting is one important task that E.T.C. can fulfill better than most Heroes. As needed, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive turns E.T.C. into a potent split-pusher, allowing a team to safely pressure two Objectives at once after the laning phase.

8. Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2018 (this page): Guide fully updated.
  • 26 Apr. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Genji's patch and moved to the new format.
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