E.T.C. Talents

Last updated on Oct 27, 2020 at 06:00 by Oxygen 35 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for E.T.C.. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of E.T.C.'s talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.


E.T.C.'s Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Guitar Hero ✘︎ Prog Rock ? Block Party
4 Crowd Surfer ? Loud Speakers Speed Metal ?
7 Pinball Wizard Hammer-on ? Echo Pedal ?
10 Mosh Pit Stage Dive ?
13 Mic Check ? Encore Face Smelt ✘︎
16 Show Stopper Aggressive Shredding Imposing Presence ?
20 Tour Bus ? Crowd Pleaser ? Death Metal ? Storm Shield ? Bolt of the Storm

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.


Level 1 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Guitar Hero ✘︎
Guitar Hero (Level 1) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

While Guitar Solo is active, E.T.C. heals for 50% of his damage dealt by Basic Attacks. Basic Attacks increase the duration of Guitar Solo by 0.5 seconds.

E.T.C. Prog Rock ?
Prog Rock (Level 1) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe permanently increases the healing per second of Guitar Solo by 5, to a maximum of 100

Reward: After gathering 20 Regeneration Globes, Guitar Solo also heals nearby allied Heroes for 50 (+4% per level) Health every second while it is active.

E.T.C. Block Party
Block Party (Level 1) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Using a Basic or Heroic ability also gives nearby allied Heroes a stack of Block, granting 75 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack for 8 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Maximum 2 stacks of Block.



This Talent tier improves E.T.C.'s survivability.

Due to its attack requirement, Guitar Hero Icon Guitar Hero is much less reliable than its Prog Rock Icon Prog Rock counterpart, even if its overall potential healing output is a bit higher.

Prog Rock Icon Prog Rock provides a reasonable and reliable amount of self sustain. In the late-game, this effect is also extended to allies, making it an effective counter to some amount of poke damage and just generally good for recuperating Health.

Certain team compositions feature several Heroes that heavily rely on Basic Attacks to deal damage. Block Party Icon Block Party, then, offers a modest increase to your raw survivability and to that of your teammates. This Talent is particularly useful against Greymane and The Butcher.


Level 4 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Crowd Surfer ?
Crowd Surfer (Level 4) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Allows Powerslide to travel over walls and terrain. If no enemies are hit, reduce the cooldown by 5 seconds and refund the Mana cost.

E.T.C. Loud Speakers
Loud Speakers (Level 4) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Increases Face Melt range and knockback by 50%.

E.T.C. Speed Metal ?
Speed Metal (Level 4) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Using a Basic or Heroic ability also gives nearby allied Heroes 20% Movement Speed for 2 seconds.



This Talent tier provides offensive utility.

Crowd Surfer Icon Crowd Surfer has interesting implications in terms of mobility, but is so situational when compared to the other existing choices that it can rarely if ever be justified. Still, the Talent has room on tight Maps such as Cursed Hollow and Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Loud Speakers Icon Loud Speakers is a significant and reliable increase to Face Melt Icon Face Melt's peeling and disruptive power. This becomes particularly obvious when paired with the Mic Check Icon Mic Check and Face Smelt Icon Face Smelt Talents. Loud Speaker also increases E.T.C.'s effective range for interrupting and generally reaching opponents without having to use Powerslide Icon Powerslide.

Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal's movement speed increase is invaluable for you and the rest of your team. In general, movement speed provides both offensive and defensive utility; it helps with uptime, positioning, escaping, and avoiding skillshots. Particularly effective against melee-heavy team compositions.


Level 7 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Pinball Wizard
Pinball Wizard (Level 7) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Face Melt does 300% more damage to enemies recently affected by Powerslide.

E.T.C. Hammer-on ?
Hammer-on (Level 7) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

While Guitar Solo is active your Basic Attacks deal 30% more damage.

E.T.C. Echo Pedal ?
Echo Pedal (Level 7) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Using a Basic or Heroic Ability releases two pulses of 15 (+4% per level) damage. This deals 250% bonus damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters. The first occurs instantly, the second occurs 2 seconds later.



This Talent tier improves E.T.C.'s damage.

Pinball Wizard Icon Pinball Wizard provides a good amount of burst damage with a major downside over Echo Pedal in terms of waveclearing: it requires E.T.C. to commit his most important Abilities. The Talent's utility is also limited to targets hit by Powerslide Icon Powerslide, which can be difficult or outright negative when Face Melt Icon Face Melt should not be used. If you are not in a solo lane situation, Pinball Wizard is E.T.C.'s only way of dealing any significant amount of burst damage. In other words, if your team composition is well-rounded, Pinball Wizard is a solid choice.

Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal is an incredible boon to E.T.C., who generally heavily lacks any decent waveclearing or Mercenary Camp claiming capacity. Echo Pedal greatly helps with this, on top of adding a very respectable amount of damage to his general kit. Proper when solo laning.

Hammer-on Icon Hammer-on provides more single-target damage than the two other Talent choices on this tier, but falls much shorter in terms of utility and area of effect damage.


Level 10 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Mosh Pit
Mosh Pit (Level 10) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

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

E.T.C. Stage Dive ?
Stage Dive (Level 10) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • 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.



At this Level, Heroic Abilities become available. Both Heroic Abilities have already been described in the Abilities section.

Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit is notable for single handedly altering the way that your opponents play due to its team fight-winning potential. This Heroic Ability's power is as considerable as is its difficulty to use; many factors must be considered when using Mosh Pit, such as the availability of interrupts or movement Abilities on the opposing team, the map that is being played, or your own team composition.

Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive can essentially act as a mapwide mobility Ability, opening up the possibility of split-pushing for E.T.C. due to its global cast range. This allows you to generate an Experience lead and simultaneously threaten Structures without the downsides of leaving your team at a man disadvantage, should a fight erupt.

Omitting this aspect, Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive is an excellent initiation tool that may force an enemy team to split up or use movement Ability Cooldowns in order to avoid its effect.


Level 13 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Mic Check ?
Mic Check (Level 13) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Hitting at least 2 targets with Face Melt reduces its cooldown by 6 seconds.

E.T.C. Encore
Encore (Level 13) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Face Melt leaves an Amp behind, which will knock enemies away again 2 seconds later.

Passive: Each enemy Hero hit by Face Melt or the Amp reduces your Heroic Ability cooldown by 5%.

E.T.C. Face Smelt ✘︎
Face Smelt (Level 13) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Face Melt slows enemies by 50% fading over 2 seconds.



This Talent tier improves Face Melt Icon Face Melt.

Mic Check Icon Mic Check's condition is so easy to meet that it essentially cuts the Cooldown of Face Melt Icon Face Melt by half. This makes E.T.C. excessively disruptive, especially against melee Heroes.

Encore Icon Encore provides a unique effect that is noteworthy due to E.T.C.'s otherwise long Heroic Ability Cooldowns. Although less powerful as a combat tool than its Mic Check alternative, the stated Cooldown reduction is worth considering in longer or otherwise indecisive matches.

Face Smelt Icon Face Smelt is not as strong as may first appears on paper due to the the "fading" clause of the Talent's Slowing effect.


Level 16 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Show Stopper
Show Stopper (Level 16) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

After using Powerslide, gain 35 Armor for 4 seconds, reducing all damage taken by 35%.

E.T.C. Aggressive Shredding
Aggressive Shredding (Level 16) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

E.T.C.'s Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Guitar Solo by 0.75 seconds.

E.T.C. Imposing Presence ?
Imposing Presence (Level 16) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to reduce the Attack Speed by 50% and Movement Speed by 20% of nearby Heroes and Summons for 2.5 seconds.

Passive: Heroes and Summons that attack your Hero have their Attack Speed Slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds.



This Talent tier improves E.T.C.'s survivability.

If you find yourself getting inexplicably bursted down too often after initiating fights, Show Stopper Icon Show Stopper is there to provide you with all necessary added survivability. Consider, however, that Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence does better against Basic Attacks.

Aggressive Shredding Icon Aggressive Shredding provides you with a large amount of survivability by significantly improving Guitar Solo Icon Guitar Solo's uptime. Another added benefit of this Talent is the ability to cheaply and rapidly trigger Echo Pedal Icon Echo Pedal through the added Guitar Solo casts.

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence offers an unparalleled amount of survivability against Basic Attacks. The Talent's effects are multiplicative when used with Block Party Icon Block Party and Rockstar Icon Rockstar. As with the former choice, it is of limited use against team compositions that rely on Ability-based damage. Imposing Presence should be picked if your opponent's team features two or more Basic Attack-reliant Assassins.


Level 20 Talents for E.T.C.

E.T.C. Tour Bus ?
Tour Bus (Level 20) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Mosh Pit refreshes the cooldown of Powerslide. E.T.C. can Powerslide during Mosh Pit, which also increases its duration by 2 seconds.

E.T.C. Crowd Pleaser ?
Crowd Pleaser (Level 20) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Stage Dive's impact area is 50% bigger, and its Slow is increased by 30%.

E.T.C. Death Metal ?
Death Metal (Level 20) World of Warcraft E.T.C.

Upon dying, a ghost uses Mosh Pit at E.T.C's location.

E.T.C. Storm Shield ?
Storm Shield (Level 20) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 seconds.

E.T.C. Bolt of the Storm
Bolt of the Storm (Level 20) World of Warcraft E.T.C.
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Activate to teleport to a nearby location.



This Talent tier provides powerful offensive utility.

Tour Bus Icon Tour Bus makes Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit extremely punishing against teams that lack the interruption to deal with the channel. It also helps you catch more players than you typically would by only using the regular Mosh Pit, as the Powerslide Icon Powerslide reset feature gives you a second chance to hit enemy Heroes should you initially miss.

Crowd Pleaser Icon Crowd Pleaser turns Stage Dive Icon Stage Dive into an absolutely fearsome initiation tool. With such a wide area of effect, it becomes difficult for everyone to avoid the Ability. The caveat is that Crowd Pleaser is hardly useful against teams that tend to split-push, or hard-engage against your own teammates for quick kills. Against such teams, you should look into either Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm or Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield.

There are situations where no amount of peel that E.T.C. provides can seem to help your teammates stay alive. Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield then shines, as the instant shielding can effectively be used to prevent a good amount of burst damage. It should be noted that E.T.C.'s large Health pool makes Storm Shield a good Ability to use when it is difficult for him to stay alive. Just be sure to coordinate with your teammates as to not use two Storm Shields at once, as the effects do not stack.

Death Metal Icon Death Metal requires you to die specifically near enemy Heroes to be of any use, and also requires your allies to be able to follow up on the impending Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit cast. The upside is that a dead E.T.C. cannot be interrupted. If you find yourself dying often, this Talent may have significant payoff, especially if you manage to position yourself right next to your opponents.

Bolt of the Storm Icon Bolt of the Storm is the ultimate form of defensive and offensive utility. It works especially well when paired with Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, as you can teleport onto unsuspecting enemies, chaining into Powerslide Icon Powerslide, followed by your Heroic Ability for hits that are difficult to prevent. Bolt of the Storm is also useful Ability in general, be it for catching up to escaping Heroes, escaping yourself, or avoiding very dangerous skillshots.



  • 27 Oct. 2020: Talents and builds reviewed and updated.
  • 07 Sep. 2020: Talents and builds reviewed and updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020: Talents reviewed and updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020: Description and recommendation updated for Pinball Wizard.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Talents section updated.
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