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

Last updated on Oct 27, 2020 at 06:00 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.


E.T.C.'s Overview

E.T.C. is a disruptive and resilient Tank. 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.


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

E.T.C.'s Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

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

This standard build provides superior survivability, utility, and crowd control. Key aspects of the build lie in greatly improving the disruption potential of Face Melt Icon Face Melt. Although Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit is suggested as a Heroic Ability, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive can be a valid choice as well for certain strategies.


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.


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 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.


E.T.C.'s Tips and Tricks


E.T.C.'s 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.



  • 27 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Talents and builds reviewed and updated.
  • 07 Sep. 2020 (talents page): Talents and builds reviewed and updated.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed and updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Description and recommendation updated for Pinball Wizard.
  • 13 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talents section updated.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilties section reviewed.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 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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