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Stitches Build Guide “ROAAAARR!”

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:08 by Straften 6 comments

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General Information

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

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Quick Reference

Bruiser Regeneration Build: Regenerate health while brawling with enemies

Slam Build: Deal great damage over time

Stitches synergizes with
Stitches is countered by
Stitches's stronger maps Cursed Hollow
Stitches's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Stitches's weaker maps Braxis Holdout

2. Introduction

Stitches is a low-mobility Tank, capable of pulling distant Heroes to him with Hook Icon Hook. Stitches has a lot of health and powerful self-heal with Devour Icon Devour. He works best with Heroes who can follow up Hook with strong crowd control, which will help to secure picks throughout the game.

3. Strengths

  • Hook Icon Hook can pull an enemy Hero completely out of position, allowing you and your team to kill them
  • Hook Icon Hook can pull allied Heroes out of danger, or into otherwise advantageous positions.
  • Good sustained AoE damage
  • Strong self-sustain with Devour Icon Devour
  • Good disengage with Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile
  • Gorge Icon Gorge can isolate enemy Heroes
  • Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More talent allows Stitches to greatly increase his maximum Health

4. Weaknesses

  • Lacks hard crowd control besides Gorge Icon Gorge
  • Lacks gap closers
  • Lacks burst damage
  • Relies on landing good Hook Icon Hooks in order to maximise his effectiveness

5. Role in the Current Meta

Team compositions that Stitches excels in usually play off of Hook Icon Hook, where Heroes with Stuns, Roots, and burst damage can instantly kill or crowd control a pulled enemy Hero. Uther, Jaina, and Kerrigan are all fantastic Heroes to pair with Stitches. Stitches is strong against vulnerable enemy Heroes who lack escape. Enemy teams with multiple Warriors or slippery Heroes like Tassadar and Tracer, (who can avoid the Hook altogether) can make playing Stitches very difficult.

Stitches is most effective when you use Hook Icon Hook to pull a vulnerable enemy backline Hero into the midst of your team, winning a team fight before it even occurs. Stitches should always be in a position to threaten a Hook on the enemy team, forcing respect for Hook's area of influence. Once a team fight breaks out, Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile can be used to Slow the enemy Heroes' advance or retreat. Vile Gas Icon Vile Gas inflicts damage over time in an AoE around Stitches, which can add up to a significant amount over the course of a team fight. However, Stitches' lack of crowd control and gap closers can make him more vulnerable to focused attacks than other Tanks, as he cannot quickly reposition himself.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

7. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Jun. 2017: Updated TLDR builds for Malthael's patch.
  • 12 Jul. 2016: Added mention of hooking allies in the list of strengths.
  • 17 May 2016: Updates following Chromie's patch.
    • Updated Hungry for More's description in the Talents section. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 25 Apr. 2016: Updates following author transfer.
    • Updated text in Introduction, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Role in the Current Meta.
  • 07 Sep. 2015: Updates following Lt. Morales patch.
    • Updated text to reflect the buffs to Stitches.
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