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Stitches Talents

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

Table of Contents

Stitches Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Stitches 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 Stitches guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Chew Your Food Dampen Magic ? Hungry for More Heavy Slam ?
4 Amplified Healing Restorative Fumes Putrid Ground ?
7 Savor the Flavor ? Last Bite Tenderizer Toxic Gas
10 Putrid Bile Gorge ?
13 Flea Bag ? Mega Smash ? Indigestion
16 Pulverize ? Fishing Hook Shish Kabob Stoneskin ?
20 Potent Bile Hungry Hungry Stitches ? Hardened Shield ? Cannibalize ?
Create your own build and share it with friends!

2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Slam Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Heavy Slam Icon
Level 4 Putrid Ground Icon
Level 7 Toxic Gas Icon
Level 10 Putrid Bile Icon
Level 13 Mega Smash Icon
Level 16 Pulverize Icon
Level 20 Potent Bile Icon

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.

2.2. Sustain Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Hungry for More Icon
Level 4 Amplified Healing Icon
Level 7 Savor the Flavor Icon
Level 10 Putrid Bile Icon
Level 13 Indigestion Icon
Level 16 Fishing Hook Icon
Level 20 Cannibalize Icon

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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Stitches Chew Your Food
Chew Your Food (Level 1) World of Warcraft Stitches

Using Devour also heals Stitches for 10% of his max Health over 3 seconds.

Stitches Dampen Magic ?
Dampen Magic (Level 1) World of Warcraft Stitches

Every 8 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Stitches Hungry for More
Hungry for More (Level 1) World of Warcraft Stitches

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Stitches's maximum Health by 30, up to 900.

Reward: Upon gathering 30 Globes, increase Movement Speed by 10%.

Stitches Heavy Slam ?
Heavy Slam (Level 1) World of Warcraft Stitches

Slam damage increased by 40%.

3.1. Discussion

Chew Your Food Icon Chew Your Food heals you for an additional 10% of your maximum Health, but does not increase your maximum Health. It could be argued that Chew Your Food is useful if you are facing enemy Heroes like Tychus, who deal a percentage of their targets' maximum Health. However, you will almost always get more value out of one of the other Level 1 Talents. Consider all 5 enemy Heroes as well as your own damage, and it will become clear that this Talent needs some love. Choose for fun, and at your own risk.

Dampen Magic Icon Dampen Magic is very strong against enemy teams that have high Ability based burst damage.

Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More is a fantastic talent that provides you with a significant amount of bonus maximum Health. If you are able to collect 2 Regeneration Globes per level, which is quite reasonable, Hungry for More provides 60 health per level, which amounts to 600HP at Level 10. Not only does this make it more difficult for enemies to kill you, but it synergises very well with Devour Icon Devour, which heals you for a percentage of your maximum Health. The bonus movement speed granted upon quest completion is a nice side effect of this Talent.

Heavy Slam Icon Heavy Slam does not add much damage alone; however, it has synergy with several other Talents such as Putrid Ground Icon Putrid Ground and Mega Smash Icon Mega Smash, allowing you to deal much more damage over the course of the game. This Talent is critical for a Slam build.

4. Level 4 Talents

Stitches Amplified Healing
Amplified Healing (Level 4) World of Warcraft Stitches

Increases regeneration effects and all healing received by 30%.

Stitches Restorative Fumes
Restorative Fumes (Level 4) World of Warcraft Stitches

Whenever Vile Gas damages an enemy Hero, Stitches is healed for 27 (+4% per level) Health.

Stitches Putrid Ground ?
Putrid Ground (Level 4) World of Warcraft Stitches

Enemies hit by Slam are infected with Vile Gas.

4.1. Discussion

Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing increases the effectiveness of Devour Icon Devour, Health Globes, and the healing received from allies by 30%, making it much harder for the enemy team to kill you.

Restorative Fumes Icon Restorative Fumes requires extremely aggressive positioning in order to match the sustain that Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing affords you, at which point you would be putting yourself at more risk than this Talent can mitigate. Amplified Healing will work well whether or not you are in the middle of the enemy team, and is objectively better for that reason.

Putrid Ground Icon Putrid Ground infects enemies with Vile Gas Icon Vile Gas when they are hit by Slam Icon Slam. This allows you to reliably apply Vile Gas to enemy Heroes from a distance, and is a great way to improve your waveclear. This is a key Talent if you plan to build around Slam.

5. Level 7 Talents

Stitches Savor the Flavor ?
Savor the Flavor (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

Quest: Using Devour on an enemy Hero permanently increases Stitches's Health Regeneration by 2 per second.

Stitches Last Bite
Last Bite (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

If an enemy dies within 3 seconds of being damaged by Devour, its cooldown is reduced by 12 seconds.

Stitches Tenderizer
Tenderizer (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

Basic Attacks slow enemy Movement Speed by 25% for 1.5 seconds.

Stitches Toxic Gas
Toxic Gas (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

Increases Vile Gas' radius by 25% and its damage by 50%.

5.1. Discussion

Savor the Flavor Icon Savor the Flavor requires Devour Icon Devour to be used on enemy Heroes to gain permanent health regeneration, which can lead to Devour being used simply to gain the benefit of Savor the Flavor, rather than as a heal. This can put you in an awkward spot if a team fight breaks out and Devour is on cooldown. However, if you are facing a melee heavy enemy team, you can reliably increase your Health regeneration while using Devour Icon Devour normally. This Talent synergizes reasonably well with Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing, further increasing Stitches' already great sustain.

Last Bite Icon Last Bite reduces the cooldown of Devour Icon Devour if you are able to kill your target within 3 seconds of using Devour on them. Last Bite does not reduce the cooldown enough for it to be valued over other options at this Level.

Tenderizer Icon Tenderizer Slows enemies that you hit with your Basic Attacks, making it easier to stick to fleeing Heroes and peel enemies off of your allies. This weak Slow has limited usefulness when compared to other options at this Level.

Toxic Gas Icon Toxic Gas increases the radius of Vile Gas. More importantly, it increases the damage done by Vile Gas, including that which is applied by Putrid Ground Icon Putrid Ground. This increases the damage of the Slam build significantly; however it is also a good damage boost to Vile Gas on its own.

6. Level 10 Talents

Stitches Putrid Bile
Putrid Bile (Level 10) World of Warcraft Stitches
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Emit bile that deals 37 (+4% per level) damage per second to enemies within, slowing them by 35%. Stitches gains 20% Movement Speed while emitting bile. Lasts 8 seconds.

Stitches Gorge ?
Gorge (Level 10) World of Warcraft Stitches
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Consume an enemy Hero, trapping them for 4 seconds. When Gorge ends, the enemy Hero takes 274 (+4% per level) damage. The trapped Hero cannot move or act and doesn't take damage from other sources.

6.1. Discussion

Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile is a great Heroic that should generally be used in one of two ways: to Slow the enemy team's advance or retreat. Once Putrid Bile is activated, you want to place yourself along the path that enemy Heroes are most likely to take, forcing them to move through the bile if they wish to progress. This gives you and your allies time to position yourselves accordingly, while also dealing damage. The increase in your own movement speed, coupled with the decrease in your enemies' movement speed makes Putrid Bile a fantastic disengage and escape tool.

Gorge Icon Gorge's main purpose is to work in tangent with Hook Icon Hook, by Gorging a pulled Hero and then walking towards your allies so that they can kill the enemy Hero as soon as they are expelled. Gorge can also be used to interrupt a channelled Ability or temporarily remove an otherwise high-threat enemy from a team fight for the duration of Gorge. Additionally, you can Gorge an enemy Hero and bring them behind your gate and walls to almost guarantee the kill once they are expelled. That being said, Gorge fills a very niche role. If you are able to Hook an enemy Hero, your team should be there to immediately follow up and kill the pulled enemy Hero. Gorging will sometimes delay kills by several seconds, giving the enemy team plenty of time to respond. Since Gorge will always expel the consumed Hero directly in front of you, face a corner or dead end so that the enemy Hero has nowhere to flee.

7. Level 13 Talents

Stitches Flea Bag ?
Flea Bag (Level 13) World of Warcraft Stitches

Whenever Stitches is stunned or rooted, his Basic Ability cooldowns are reduced by 6 seconds.

Stitches Mega Smash ?
Mega Smash (Level 13) World of Warcraft Stitches

Range and arc of Slam increased by 25%.

Stitches Indigestion
Indigestion (Level 13) World of Warcraft Stitches

Using Devour also creates a Retchling that applies Vile Gas Poison when it attacks.

7.1. Discussion

Flea Bag Icon Flea Bag is a great Level 13 Talent if you are facing an enemy team composition with many Stuns and Roots. Being in the front-line, Stitches is very likely to benefit from this Talent. In the event that the enemy team has very few Stuns or Roots, go with another option.

Mega Smash Icon Mega Smash enables you to hit a greater number of targets from further away with Slam Icon Slam. Increasing the AoE has great synergy with other Slam Talents.

Indigestion Icon Indigestion is an interesting Talent that can help you in a variety of ways. The Retchlings it spawns have relatively high health and damage. They can help you fight Mercenaries, increase waveclear, and even serve as a minor annoyance for enemies during team fights. This Talent is a great option if you are not building around Slam, and are unlikely to benefit from Flea Bag.

8. Level 16 Talents

Stitches Pulverize ?
Pulverize (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches

Decreases Slam's cooldown by 2 seconds and it also slows enemies by 75% for 1 second.

Stitches Fishing Hook
Fishing Hook (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches

Hook has an additional 40% range.

Stitches Shish Kabob
Shish Kabob (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches

Hook can pull up to 2 targets.

Stitches Stoneskin ?
Stoneskin (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain 30% of your maximum Health as a Shield for 5 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Pulverize Icon Pulverize is a massive improvement to Slam, as it adds a strong Slow, and decreases the cooldown. Pulverize allows you to Slow the enemy frontline, every few seconds, making it easier for your team to remain in control during team fights. This Talent is absolutely critical for a Slam build, because the decreased cooldown will pump more value out of all of your other Talents.

Fishing Hook Icon Fishing Hook dramatically increases the range of Hook Icon Hook, allowing you to pull enemies from the fog of war. This makes Hook much more difficult for enemies to predict. This Talent is a great improvement to Stitches' most impactful Ability, and can fit nicely into builds that do not focus on improving Slam.

Shish Kabob Icon Shish Kabob can lower the effectiveness of Hook. The optimal use of Hook Icon Hook is to pull a single enemy Hero out of position, making it easy to quickly take them down. By pulling more than one Hero, you are making it more difficult to achieve this goal. You could even endanger yourself or teammates by pulling two enemies at once.

Stoneskin Icon Stoneskin is extremely effective if you are being focused by the enemy team, especially since Stitches' massive Health pool magnifies Stoneskin's effect. Stoneskin only has a 5-second duration, making it good against burst damage, which is dealt over a short period of time. Take Stoneskin if you are having difficulty surviving encounters with burst damage.

9. Level 20 Talents

Stitches Potent Bile
Potent Bile (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches

Putrid Bile lasts 6 seconds longer and its slow amount is increased from 35% to 45%.

Stitches Hungry Hungry Stitches ?
Hungry Hungry Stitches (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches

For 4 seconds after using Gorge, Stitches can teleport a short distance to additional targets and Gorge them.

Stitches Hardened Shield ?
Hardened Shield (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain 75 Armor for 4 seconds, taking 75% less damage.

Stitches Cannibalize ?
Cannibalize (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches

Basic Attacks against Heroes heal Stitches for 5% of his maximum Health.

9.1. Discussion

Potent Bile Icon Potent Bile greatly increases the duration of Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile, and moderately increases the slow. This Level 20 Talent will give your team a huge advantage during late game team fights, because the enemy team will have trouble engaging and disengaging.

Hungry Hungry Stitches Icon Hungry Hungry Stitches is an extremely strong Talent that changes the functionality of Gorge Icon Gorge. You can use Gorge on several Heroes, which prolongs the duration of your team's numerical advantage. Take this if you took Gorge at Level 10, and do not require Hardened Shield.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is an excellent choice for Stitches, who lacks mobility and defensive Abilities, as it enables you to survive burst damage from the enemy team that would otherwise kill you. This is especially true if you are the sole Tank on your team and the enemy team has high damage output. If the enemy team focuses you while Hardened Shield is active, they are essentially wasting their Abilities, allowing your team to clean up while those Abilities are on cooldown.

Cannibalize Icon Cannibalize is very strong with Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More and Amplified Healing Icon Amplified Healing. Stitches has very limited crowd control without Talents; Potent Bile will usually have a much greater impact on the result of the game. If you find that Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile is working effectively enough for your team, Cannibalize can be a great way to drastically increase your survivability. Cannibalize is inferior to Hardened Shield against burst damage, but superior against sustained damage.

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