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Gazlowe Talents

Last updated on Jun 29, 2017 at 06:57 by Oxygen 22 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Gazlowe in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Gazlowe guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Extra TNT ? Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Break it Down! Goblin Repairs
4 Clockwerk Steam Fists ARK Reaktor Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Hired Goons ?
7 Rock-It! Turret XL Engine Gunk Hyperfocus Coils
10 Robo-Goblin Grav-O-Bomb 3000
13 EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Goblin Fusion X-Tra Large Bombs ?
16 Turret Storage Superior Schematics Kwik Release Charge
20 Mecha-Lord Miniature Black Hole Firin' Mah Lazorz ? It's Raining Scrap
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2. Common Talent Paths

Lazor Build (talent calculator link)

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.

Bruiser Build (talent calculator link)

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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Gazlowe Extra TNT ?
Extra TNT (Level 1) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Increases Xplodium Charge damage by 10% per target hit, up to 100%.

Gazlowe Scrap-o-Matic Smelter
Scrap-o-Matic Smelter (Level 1) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Increases the Mana restored from Scrap by 100%.

Gazlowe Break it Down!
Break it Down! (Level 1) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Scrap causes Abilities to cooldown four times as fast for 3 seconds.

Gazlowe Goblin Repairs
Goblin Repairs (Level 1) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 25.

Reward: After gathering 25 Globes, gain an additional 15 Health Regeneration per second.

3.1. Discussion

Extra TNT Icon Extra TNT provides Gazlowe with some of the most potent and safest waveclear available to any Hero. This Talent, however, competes with other solid choices, making it only recommendable when your team really lacks waveclear.

Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Icon Scrap-o-Matic Smelter Mana contribution is significant. In general, Gazlowe Players are unable to repeatedly make use of their entire Ability set due to the Hero's especially heavy Mana constraints. Scrap-o-Matic Smelter helps alleviate these constraints, and is particularly well suited for newer Gazlowe Players. If you plan on picking Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils at Hero Level 7 however, which provides some Mana reduction, you may wish to consider Break it Down! Icon Break it Down! instead.

Since the vast majority of Gazlowe's damage and utility are Cooldown-gated, Break it Down! Icon Break it Down! presents itself as a real boon. By assiduously collecting Scraps, Break It Down allows you to use your Abilities 25% more often than you otherwise would be able to. This is especially significant when trying to reduce Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000's Cooldown. Break It Down also magnifies itself, as the Cooldown reduction indirectly produces more Scraps through being able to summon more Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets. Furthermore, Break It Down's effects are especially noticeable after acquiring the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Icon Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Turret Storage Icon Turret Storage Talents, which generate even more Scraps.

Goblin Repairs Icon Goblin Repairs does not lend itself very well to Gazlowe's playstyle; in general, he is only really vulnerable to burst damage, against which Regeneration Master does little to help. Moving out of lane — which many Gazlowe Players tend to do in order to secure objectives — tends to kill one's ability to readily gather Globes.

4. Level 4 Talents

Gazlowe Clockwerk Steam Fists
Clockwerk Steam Fists (Level 4) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Quest: Basic Attacks increase the duration of active Rock-It! Turrets by 1.5 seconds.

Reward: After increasing turret duration by 600 total seconds, reduce the charge cooldown of Rock-It! Turret by 3 seconds.

Gazlowe ARK Reaktor
ARK Reaktor (Level 4) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Reduces Xplodium Charge's cooldown by 2 seconds. If Xplodium Charge hits an enemy Hero, gain 2 charges of Rock-It! Turret.

Gazlowe Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Level 4) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Enemy Minions that die nearby have a 15% chance to drop Scrap.

Gazlowe Hired Goons ?
Hired Goons (Level 4) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Friendly non-Boss Mercenaries near Gazlowe deal 50% more damage. Rock-it! Turrets gain 50 Armor against Minions and Mercenaries, reducing their damage taken by 50%.

4.1. Discussion

Under most circumstances Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret are typically destroyed or salvaged before they expire, making a duration increase unimpactful. Clockwerk Steam Fists Icon Clockwerk Steam Fists also requires Gazlowe to consistently deliver Basic Attacks to see any real value, something that seldom occurs outside of safe situations (such as when clearing Mercenary Camps) where a longer Turret duration would be irrelevant in the first place. Ultimately, it is difficult to see any real value out of this Talent.

ARK Reaktor Icon ARK Reaktor makes successful Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge hits excessively rewarding in team fighting situations. The Talent synergises particularly well with Kwik Release Charge Icon Kwik Release Charge to produce more Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets than your opponents can really manage to deal with. Your other Abilities also benefit from this Talent, too, as more Scraps means more Cooldown reduction.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Icon Reduce, Reuse, Recycle provides you with a steady stream of Scraps to further benefit from the effects of Salvager Icon Salvager without having to wait for Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret to die or needing to raze Structures. It does, however, compete with a strong team fight-oriented Talent, ARK Reaktor Icon ARK Reaktor, which also generates Scraps on top of its other respective bonuses.

Although Gazlowe is already an excellent Hero for effectively clearing out Mercenary Camps, Hired Goons Icon Hired Goons allows him to safely perform the feat of solo-claiming the Boss as early as Hero Level 10. The Talent also generally allows Gazlowe to come out of Camps with full Health, reducing downtime and improving general safety. The added Mercenary damage is an interesting bonus as well when pushing out with your own Mercenaries. The talent is usually taken in conjunction with the Level 10 Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin Heroic Ability.

5. Level 7 Talents

Gazlowe Rock-It! Turret XL
Rock-It! Turret XL (Level 7) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Rock-It! Turrets attack up to 2 additional enemies for 60% damage.

Gazlowe Engine Gunk
Engine Gunk (Level 7) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Rock-It! Turret attacks slow enemies by 20% for 2 seconds.

Gazlowe Hyperfocus Coils
Hyperfocus Coils (Level 7) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

The mana cost of Deth Lazor is reduced by 30 and it charges twice as fast.

5.1. Discussion

Although it has the potential of dealing an acceptable amount of area of effect damage, especially in PvE situations, Rock-It! Turret XL Icon Rock-It! Turret XL lacks the utility provided by its competing Talents.

The movement speed reduction provided by Engine Gunk Icon Engine Gunk is extremely debilitating, allowing you to indefinitely kite enemies without gap closers, generally improving your Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets' uptime, and making it easier for you and your allies to hit delayed or otherwise skillshot Abilities. The Talent also allows you to quickly summon a Turret to slow an escaping opponent in a pinch with its ranged attack.

Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils essentially makes Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor, an otherwise very situational Ability, usable and even effective under most circumstances.

6. Level 10 Talents

Gazlowe Robo-Goblin
Robo-Goblin (Level 10) World of Warcraft Gazlowe
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain 30 Armor and 30% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.

Passive: Basic Attacks deal 100% bonus damage.

Gazlowe Grav-O-Bomb 3000
Grav-O-Bomb 3000 (Level 10) World of Warcraft Gazlowe
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 110 seconds

After a 2 second delay, pull enemies toward the center of an area and deal 251 (+4% per level) damage.

6.1. Discussion

At this level, Heroic abilities become available. Both Heroic abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 is one of the most impactful Heroic Abilities in the game, and essentially makes or breaks the effectiveness of Gazlowe players in team fight situations. Grav-O-Bomb 3000 is especially good if one or more of your teammates have access to area of effect Heroic Abilities, such as Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse, Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, Leap Icon Leap,Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm, or Void Prison Icon Void Prison. It is also recommended on Maps where split pushing is not generally effective, such as Sky Temple or Towers of Doom.

Should your team elect to play a more split-push-oriented playstyle, Robo-Goblin Icon Robo-Goblin allows you to take down Minions, Structures and Mercenaries at a speed that is second to none, all while being very difficult for any melee Hero to duel. Picking Robo-Goblin, however, is never a decision that should be taken lightly, as it deprives you of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000, which can single-handedly turn team fights in your favour.

7. Level 13 Talents

Gazlowe EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper
EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper (Level 13) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Deth Lazor Slows Heroes by 50% and Stuns non-Heroes for 3 seconds.

Gazlowe Goblin Fusion
Goblin Fusion (Level 13) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Deth Lazor can be charged for 1 additional second to increase its damage bonus by an additional 100%.

Gazlowe X-Tra Large Bombs ?
X-Tra Large Bombs (Level 13) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Increases Xplodium Charge radius by 30%. Being stunned or rooted causes an Xplodium Charge to drop at Gazlowe's feet.

This effect has a 10 second cooldown.

7.1. Discussion

Although the slowing effect provided by EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper is extremely potent, it suffers from being tied to an Ability that is relatively difficult to quickly cast from a useful range. This problem, however, is easily solved by picking Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils at Hero Level 7. It should be noted that you do not need to fully channel Deth Lazor Icon Deth Lazor to trigger the full movement speed reduction, making the Talent useful for catching up to an opponent in a pinch. The Minion and Structure freezing is also interesting during sieging situations to improve friendly Minions' survivability.

Goblin Fusion Icon Goblin Fusion requires you to channel for an unrealistically long period of time, and all for an underwhelming damage increase. It should be noted that although the Talent becomes much better when combined with the Hyperfocus Coils Icon Hyperfocus Coils, the EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper Icon EZ-PZ Dimensional Ripper is both more usable and more likely to yield more overall damage through its movement speed reduction effect.

X-Tra Large Bombs Icon X-Tra Large Bombs greatly improves the effectiveness of Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge, and, by association, of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000. In addition, the Talent is very debilitating to melee-heavy team compositions or those that rely on specific channeled abilities, such as E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit. If you are suffering melee Heroes, X-Tra Large Bombs is the way to go.

8. Level 16 Talents

Gazlowe Turret Storage
Turret Storage (Level 16) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Increases Rock-It! Turret maximum charges from 2 to 3.

Gazlowe Superior Schematics
Superior Schematics (Level 16) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Gazlowe's Rock-It! Turrets have 25% increased range while he is within their attack range.

Gazlowe Kwik Release Charge
Kwik Release Charge (Level 16) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Xplodium Charge gains a second charge.

8.1. Discussion

Turret Storage Icon Turret Storage is an all-around very versatile Talent that not only improves your main source of damage, but that also indirectly provides you with more Scraps so as to benefit from more Cooldown reduction to cast more Abilities.

Superior Schematics Icon Superior Schematics provides a modest but reliable increase to Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret's range, which translates into more uptime and damage. It does, however, compete with two very strong Talents, making it subpar.

Given that Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge is especially effective against melee-heavy team compositions, it follows naturally that Kwik Release Charge Icon Kwik Release Charge would then be a powerful choice to further punish such compositions. It should be noted that the charge cooldown can be bypassed by collecting a Scrap right after casting the first Xplodium Charge, allowing you to quickly chain two or more of them. This technique is particularly potent when combined with Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 to achieve the most powerful area of effect stun combo available to any Hero.

9. Level 20 Talents

Gazlowe Mecha-Lord
Mecha-Lord (Level 20) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Basic Attacks deal an additional 100% damage.

Passive: Gain 25 Armor.

Gazlowe Miniature Black Hole
Miniature Black Hole (Level 20) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Increases Grav-O-Bomb radius by 25% and damage by 50%.

Gazlowe Firin' Mah Lazorz ?
Firin' Mah Lazorz (Level 20) World of Warcraft Gazlowe

Firing Deth Lazor causes all of Gazlowe's Rock-It! Turrets to fire a Deth Lazor of their own that deals 137 (+4% per level) damage.

Gazlowe It's Raining Scrap
It's Raining Scrap (Level 20) World of Warcraft Gazlowe
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to create 5 Scrap around Gazlowe over 5 seconds.

9.1. Discussion

Mecha-Lord Icon Mecha-Lord is a peculiar Talent that turns Gazlowe into one of the strongest... melee Assassin in the game, thereby completely changing his playstyle. Although it is not particularly useful against ranged Assassins that will simply kite him due to his lack of a gap closer, Mecha Lord devastates every other archetype that cannot stand to go toe-to-toe with Gazlowe due to his Xplodium Charge Icon Xplodium Charge, Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turret, and ludicrously high Armor.

Miniature Black Hole Icon Miniature Black Hole significantly improves the usability of Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000 by making it much more difficult to avoid. The damage increase is a welcomed bonus as well, however, the radius increase is what makes this Talent truly shine.

Firin' Mah Lazorz Icon Firin' Mah Lazorz is an exceptionally fun Talent that allows Gazlowe to situationally blast unexpecting opponents right out of existence. It does require, however, some setting up and craftiness to properly use. Generally, Firin' Mah Lazorz shines on Maps with static Objectives that let you set up 3 or more Turrets for some devastating area of effect damage. This Talent is particularly useful against ranged-heavy team compositions, as it gives Gazlowe some reliable form of retaliation, something he otherwise lacks.

It's Raining Scrap Icon It's Raining Scrap has the potential to allow one to summon a ridiculous number of Rock-It! Turret Icon Rock-It! Turrets. The talent, however, comes at the expense of other choices that have made their mark.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 29 Jun. 2017: Added Bruiser build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017: Changed Firin' Mah Lazorz from Not Recommended to Situational.
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