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Stitches Build Guide “ROAAAARR!”

Last updated on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:44 by Kendric 21 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Stitches, a Tank in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.


Stitches's 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.


Stitches's Strengths and Weaknesses

V 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
X Weaknesses
  • -Poor waveclear without several Talents into Slam Icon Slam
  • -Lacks hard crowd control besides Gorge Icon Gorge
  • -Lacks gap closers
  • -Using Hook Icon Hook efficiently requires practice

Stitches's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Sustain Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Hungry for More Icon
Level 4 Playtime! Icon Serrated Edge Icon ?
Level 7 Blight Icon
Level 10 Gorge Icon Putrid Bile Icon ?
Level 13 Fishing Hook Icon Meat Hook Icon ?
Level 16 Gas Flare Icon
Level 20 Shambling Horror Icon

The Hook Build sacrifices some of the strong Hero damage and PvE from the Slam build, and replaces it with much more pick potential. Since this Build aims to collect enemy Heroes using Hook Icon Hook, Gorge Icon Gorge can be a rewarding follow up. However, against team compositions that rely on killing Stitches' backline, we still recommend Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile. Make sure to use Hook whenever possible and trust your game sense to predict enemy movement. Sometimes, a "blind" Hook into brushes or over terrain without vision can make for spectacular and game deciding plays, especially after acquiring Fishing Hook Icon Fishing Hook at Level 13. While Fishing Hook is the safe go-to pick, there are situations, in which we recommend Meat Hook Icon Meat Hook, especially against team compositions that feature several melee Tanks and Bruisers. Under these circumstances, use a point-blank hook during fights to trigger both Gas Flare Icon Gas Flare and Meat Hook Icon Meat Hook during fights to amplify Stitches' damage and healing output.

Level 1 Patchwork Creation Icon
Level 4 Playtime! Icon
Level 7 Blight Icon
Level 10 Putrid Bile Icon Gorge Icon ?
Level 13 Pulverize Icon
Level 16 Lacerate Icon
Level 20 Shambling Horror Icon

The Slam Build focuses on Talents that transform Slam into a powerful and versatile Ability. Blight Icon Blight and Lacerate Icon Lacerate allow you to infect multiple enemies. At Level 10, both Heroic Abilities can be viable, it all depends on the enemy team composition. Against several aggressive melee Heroes, for instance, Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile can be a potent tool to slow their advance. Against several hard-to-reach ranged Heroes, on the other hand, a follow up with Gorge Icon Gorge after landing Hook Icon Hook can secure easy kills.


Stitches's Synergies and Counters

V 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.

X 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. Due to his high health pool, he is also susceptible to percentage-based damage.


Stitches's Maps

Stitches's stronger maps
Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom
Stitches's average maps
Alterac Pass Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Sky Temple Volskaya Foundry
Stitches's weaker maps
Battlefield of Eternity 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 Cleaver Icon Vile Cleaver. 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.


Stitches's Tips and Tricks

  • Vile Cleaver Icon Vile Cleaver damages enemies after receiving Basic Attacks; consistently attacking the same target re-applies its damage.
  • 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 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.

Role in the Current Meta

Stitches usually does not perform particularly well in the current Anomaly. His Hook Icon Hook ability feels quite unimpactful before he gains access to Fishing Hook Icon Fishing Hook at Level 16 and, unlike other Tanks, fails to add an early threat to enemy Heroes.

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. Malfurion, Jaina, and Tyrande 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 Cleaver Icon Vile Cleaver 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.



  • 14 Feb. 2020 (talents page): Updated Stitches' talents and builds in accordance to the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added the current Anomaly (Experience Globes) to the guide.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Updated Stitches' talents and builds.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (abilities page): Reviewed the Abilities section.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Completely overhauled Stitches' Talents and Builds in accordance with his latest re-work.
  • 02 Oct. 2017 (this page): Moved Stitches' guide to the new format and updated it for Ana's patch.
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