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Stitches Build Guide “ROAAAARR!”

Last updated on Oct 02, 2017 at 01:36 by Straften 10 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.

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

Slam Build (talent calculator link)

The Slam Build focuses on Talents that transform Slam into a powerful and versatile Ability. Putrid Ground and Toxic Gas allow you to infect enemy units with a stronger Vile Gas Icon Vile Gas from a safer distance. These two Talents already give Stitches some much needed improvement to waveclear. Mega Smash increases Slam's range and arc width, making it much safer to use on enemy Heroes during team fights. Pulverize squeezes more value out of all of the other Slam Talents, by decreasing Slam's cooldown. Pulverize also adds a strong (yet brief) Slow to enemies, each time they are hit by Slam. This effect gives you even more team fight presence. All of these Talents force enemies to worry about more than just Hook Icon Hook, and allow Stitches to participate in important PvE activities that he will struggle with otherwise. The Slam build is easy to use, and very impactful in most matchups.

Sustain Build (talent calculator link)

The Sustain Build sacrifices the strong Hero damage and PvE from the Slam build, and replaces it with much more survivability. Dampen Magic Icon Dampen Magic can be taken in place of Hungry for More when the enemy team has significant Ability based damage. Amplified Healing will increase healing from all sources, which works well with Savor the Flavor. Indigestion helps with the lack of PvE capability this build path provides. Because this build trades so much utility for survivability, it is important to take Fishing Hook in order to remain threatening to enemy Heroes. Finally, Cannibalize is excellent with Hungry for More, but Potent Bile Icon Potent Bile may be used instead if Dampen Magic was taken at Level 1.

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

Synergies and Counters

Stitches synergizes with

Stitches works well with Heroes who can quickly respond to successful Hooks by locking the targets down with unavoidable Stuns, Roots, and Slows. He is also good with Heroes who are simply good at punishing enemies who are out of position.

Stitches is countered by

Because so much of Stitches' ability to impact a match is baked into Hook, he can be challenged by frontline Heroes who are bad Hook targets. This typically means that these Heroes can easily escape once pulled by Hook, that killing them is of little consequence, or both. These Heroes can stand in front of their team, making it much harder to land Hook on more meaningful backline enemies.

Maps

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

Stitches is good on maps where Hook can be used advantageously with terrain features, and that have confined objectives that ensure value from Vile Gas Icon Vile Gas. These objectives will typically be those where teams fight in close proximity for control of an area for prolonged periods of time. Stitches may struggle on maps that contain map objectives that encourage teams to split across the map. This is primarily because Hook is more effective when there are more allies to respond to it.

TL;DR Tips

  • Vile Gas Icon Vile Gas hits nearby enemies when triggered; position yourself to maximise this effect when it is safe to do so.
  • Hook Icon Hook can be used to pull enemy Heroes away from safety, or to pull your allies out of danger.
  • Slam Icon Slam is a great tool for dismounting enemy Heroes at range, and is also suitable for use on Minion waves.
  • Devour Icon Devour should be used to recover health as needed, or to deal bonus damage to non-Heroic units.
  • Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile can be used bile to slow escaping enemies, or to disengage.
  • Gorge Icon Gorge can be used to bring enemy Heroes behind your gate and walls, resulting in easy kills.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Stitches is a low-mobility Tank, capable of pulling distant Heroes to him with Hook Icon Hook. Stitches has a lot of Health, and a powerful self-sustain 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 enemy Heroes completely out of position, allowing your team to kill them easily.
  • 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 or temporarily remove threats from team fights

4. Weaknesses

  • Poor waveclear without several Talents into Slam Icon Slam
  • Lacks hard crowd control besides Gorge Icon Gorge
  • Lacks gap closers
  • Lacks burst damage
  • Hook Icon Hook's impactfulness often scales with the the difficulty of the skillshot.

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 Xul are fantastic Heroes to pair with Stitches for this reason.

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 a counter engagement occurs. 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. One of the reasons Slam build has been prevalent in the meta for so long is that it allows the user to apply Vile Gas from much safer positioning.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

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  • 02 Oct. 2017 (this page): Moved Stitches' guide to the new format and updated it for Ana's patch.
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