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

Last updated on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:21 by Oxygen 35 comments

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General Information

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

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference for E.T.C.

Balanced Build (talent calculator link)

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 Imposing Presence Icon Show Stopper Icon ? Aggressive Shredding 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. Though Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit is suggested as a Heroic Ability, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive is a valid choice as well.

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

Synergies and Counters

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.

E.T.C. is countered by

Although very well rounded, 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 stronger maps Tomb of the Spider Queen
E.T.C.'s average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Haunted Mines Sky Temple 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.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

E.T.C. is a well-rounded Warrior. His strongest points are his exceptional durability, disruption Abilities, and team-wide buffs. As an archetypal frontlining tank, E.T.C. players are expected to set-up and peel for their more fragile allies in order to allow them to support and deal damage more effectively.

3. Strengths

  • Hard to kill and gank
  • Multiple crowd control Abilities and interrupts
  • Some team support in the form of area of effect buffs
  • Flexible Heroic Ability choices

4. Weaknesses

  • Dependent on good positioning
  • Limited area of effect damage
  • Predictable playstyle

5. Role in the Current Meta

E.T.C.'s high base Health and the defensive nature of his Talents and Abilities make him one of the toughest tanks. Powerslide Icon Powerslide and Face Melt Icon Face Melt are versatile Abilities that allow him to both initiate and peel effectively. His trait, Rockstar Icon Rockstar, generously increases his Armor, granted its effects are maintained. Both Heroic Ability choices — Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit and Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive — are game changing. Mosh Pit is a dangerous channeled area of effect stun that has the potential to lock down an entire team for a lengthy amount of time. 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.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

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