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Gazlowe Build Guide “Hey, time is money friend.”

Last updated on Jun 29, 2017 at 06:57 by Oxygen 29 comments

Table of Contents

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General Information

Welcome to our Gazlowe guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Gazlowe 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

Bruiser Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Goblin Repairs Icon Break it Down! Icon ?
Level 4 ARK Reaktor Icon Clockwerk Steam Fists Icon ?
Level 7 Engine Gunk Icon
Level 10 Robo-Goblin Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon ?
Level 13 X-Tra Large Bombs Icon
Level 16 Turret Storage Icon
Level 20 Mecha-Lord Icon

The Bruiser Build seeks to turn Gazlowe into a potent melee Assassin-like Hero who tears apart other melee Heroes, Mercenary Camps, and Structures. Due to its nature, this build is generally used against team compositions that feature 3 or more melee Heroes. Key Talents include Engine Gunk Icon Engine Gunk, which provides Gazlowe with a potent and annoying movement speed reduction effect, Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin, which dramatically improves Gazlowe's damage output and survivability, and X-Tra Large Bombs Icon X-Tra Large Bombs, which improves Gazlowe's zoning potential and punishes the use of Stunning effects.

Lazor Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Break it Down! Icon
Level 4 ARK Reaktor Icon
Level 7 Hyperfocus Coils Icon
Level 10 Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon
Level 13 EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon
Level 16 Turret Storage Icon Kwik Release Charge Icon ?
Level 20 Firin' Mah Lazorz Icon

The Lazor Build revolves around improving Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor. Key Talents include Break it Down! Icon Break it Down!, which allows the building of massive cooldown reduction for repeated Deth Lazor uses, Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils, which greatly improves the usability of Deth Lazor by cutting its channeling time, EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper, which provides a strong and reliable movement speed reduction effect, and Firin' Mah Lazorz Icon Firin' Mah Lazorz, to multiply Deth Lazorz's damage potential. Both Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin and Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 make for appropriate Heroic Ability choices, depending on the situation at hand.

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Synergies and Counters

Gazlowe synergizes with

Gazlowe is at his best when coupled with Heroes that have the means of setting up for or following up on his Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000-Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge combo. Otherwise, his Turrets and Xplodium Charge remain useful for hindering opponents from attacking vulnerable backline teammates, making him relatively versatile in this regard.

Gazlowe is countered by

Gazlowe's short-range nature makes him ineffective against anything that can outrange him and his Turrets. Lacking a reliable movement speed reduction effect also makes him prone to being kited.


Gazlowe's stronger maps Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Warhead Junction
Gazlowe's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry
Gazlowe's weaker maps Haunted Mines Tomb of the Spider Queen

Gazlowe's static nature makes him thrive on Maps with fixed Objectives that give him time to set up his Turrets. Conversely, he tends to be of limited usefulness where quick group rotations are required. He also tends to be strong on larger Maps that give him breathing room to split push with relative impunity, particularly with Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Gazlowe is a Specialist that excels at controlling the space around him, sieging, and painlessly claiming Mercenary Camps. Although his Abilities all have an inherent form of counterplay, Gazlowe has great zoning potential and some unique utility in the form of Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin.

3. Strengths

  • Outstanding zoning potential
  • Great sieging capabilities
  • Situationally high sustained damage
  • May quickly and safely solo claim any Mercenary Camp, including Bosses
  • Strong combo potential with Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000

4. Weaknesses

  • Limited survivability
  • Very little target-focused damage
  • Requires setup to maximise damage
  • Particularly weak versus ranged damage dealers
  • Unique playstyle around which teammates must play

5. Role in the Current Meta

As a Specialist, Gazlowe does not have any clear-cut role within a team. He does, however, typically take up the seat of a damage dealer, as he is incapable to perform the duties of a dedicated tank or healer. In general, Gazlowe players are expected to zone opponents with Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret and Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge, often dealing a significant amount of sustained damage in the process. Another more peculiar style of play, which revolves around the Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin ability, actively seeks to very efficiently raze Structures and single out enemy Heroes to generate an experience lead for his team.

By nature, Gazlowe is adept at disputing static objectives, such as Cursed Hollow's Tributes or Dragon Shire's Shrines, whereas he has a harder time playing more aggressively, such as around strategies that rely upon killing a specific target. This relatively uncommon property makes Gazlowe one of the more unique Heroes in the roster, and one of the more difficult ones to play as, and to play around for an unprepared team. Still, he tends to do extremely well against team compositions that rely on diving strategies, as they must also deal with his Turrets and general crowd control.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

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  • 29 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added Bruiser build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Changed Firin' Mah Lazorz from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 16 Mar. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Probius' patch and moved to the new format.
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