Stitches Talents

Last updated on Nov 26, 2021 at 14:00 by Elitesparkle 21 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Stitches. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Stitches's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Stitches's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Patchwork Creation Savor The Flavor ✘︎ Hungry for More ?
4 Playtime! ? Vile Cleaver ? Tenderizer
7 Serrated Edge Second Helping ? Putrefaction ?
10 Putrid Bile ? Gorge
13 Meat Hook Under Pressure ✘︎ Chop Chop ?
16 Pulverize Digestive Juices ? Flare Up ✘︎
20 Gift From The Embalmer ? Hungry Hungry Stitches ? Master Hooker Gas Bag ?
2.

Stitches's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Hook Build

Recommended
Level 1 Patchwork Creation Icon Hungry for More Icon ?
Level 4 Tenderizer Icon
Level 7 Serrated Edge Icon Putrefaction Icon ?
Level 10 Gorge Icon Putrid Bile Icon ?
Level 13 Meat Hook Icon
Level 16 Pulverize Icon

Stitches's Hook Build is designed to empower the burst damage on enemy Heroes hit with Hook Icon Hook, to increase the chances your team will be able to secure the kill before the opposite team can help the victim.

The extra damage comes from Serrated Edge Icon Serrated Edge at Level 7 and Pulverize Icon Pulverize at Level 16. The former is particularly good against Heroes who have high maximum Health whereas the latter amplifies your whole team's damage on whoever gets hit by Slam Icon Slam.

Devour Build

Beginner
Level 1 Patchwork Creation Icon Hungry for More Icon ?
Level 4 Tenderizer Icon
Level 7 Second Helping Icon
Level 10 Putrid Bile Icon
Level 13 Meat Hook Icon
Level 16 Digestive Juices Icon
Level 20 Gift From The Embalmer Icon Gas Bag Icon ?

Stitches's Devour Build boosts your survivability and, once you get to the late game, also allows you to peel for allied Heroes who are being damaged by melee or short-range Heroes.

Thanks to Second Helping Icon Second Helping at Level 7 giving you a second charge of Devour Icon Devour, you will be able to use Digestive Juices Icon Digestive Juices at Level 16 three times instead of two in quick succession.

Consider playing this Build against dive compositions because you will not be able to get value from Hook Icon Hook against them.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Stitches

Stitches Patchwork Creation
Patchwork Creation (Level 1) World of Warcraft Stitches
  • Mana: 35
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

Gain 3 Armor for every unit afflicted with Vile Gas, stacking up to 8 times. While Shambling Horror is active, this Armor amount is doubled.

Passive: Increase regeneration effects and all healing received by 15%.

Patchwork Creation Icon Patchwork Creation is a strong Talent that gives you Armor when applying Vile Gas, doubled when Shambling Horror Icon Shambling Horror is active, and increases all healing received by 15%.

The healing amplification provided empowers your self-healing from Devour Icon Devour and the healing received from Regeneration Globes as well, increasing your self-sustain while laning regardless of your Healer being good at single-target sustain healing or not. On the other hand, the value you can get from Patchwork Creation Icon Patchwork Creation during team fights heavily depends on your Healer because some of them (for example Uther) will not heal you that much.

Consider picking this Talent to increase your survivability against burst damage, when playing on Maps where team fights last longer than usual, and when the early game is important (for example Braxis Holdout)—because in that case you will not be able to get enough value from Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More.

Stitches Savor The Flavor
Savor The Flavor (Level 1) World of Warcraft Stitches

Quest: Hitting an enemy Hero with Devour increases Stitches' Health Regeneration by 1.5 and the damage of Vile Gas by 2%, stacking up to 100 times.

Savor The Flavor Icon Savor The Flavor is a weak Quest-based Talent that, when using Devour Icon Devour on enemy Heroes, permanently increases Stitches's Health Regeneration and Vile Gas's damage by a small amount.

We do not recommend this Talent because, compared to the other options in the same Tier, it does not provide enough value while also forcing you to use Devour Icon Devour on enemy Heroes in situations when you may prefer to safely use it on nearby Minions instead and to use it on cooldown in moments when you may prefer holding it in case a team fight happens.

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

Gain 5% Movement Speed.

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Stitches's maximum Health by 25.

Reward: Every 20 Globes gathered permanently increases Stitches' Movement Speed by an additional 5%.

Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More is a good Quest-based Talent that increases Stitches's maximum Health by 25 (not scaling) for each Regeneration Globe collected and his Movement Speed by 5% baseline and by additional 5% every 20 Regeneration Globes collected.

You can easily get a good amount of bonus maximum Health out of this Talent, especially on 3-lane Maps where you can rotate between lanes (such as Tomb of the Spider Queen) together with your team.

Considering that collecting 30 Regeneration Globes during a balanced game is not that easy, do not expect to get more than 750 bonus maximum Health (about 10% extra maximum Health at Level 20) and 10% additional Movement Speed from this Talent in most of your games.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Stitches

Stitches Playtime! ?
Playtime! (Level 4) World of Warcraft Stitches

Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Slam by 0.75 seconds and restores 5 Mana. Hitting Heroes with the inner area of Slam reduces its cooldown by 1.5 seconds.

Playtime! Icon Playtime! is a decent Talent allows Stitches to restore Mana when hitting enemies with Basic Attacks and reduce the cooldown of Slam Icon Slam when hitting enemy Heroes with the inner area of Slam Icon Slam or enemies with Basic Attacks.

The cooldown reduction provided helps you when clearing Minions and has moderate synergy with Slam-based Talents: Under Pressure Icon Under Pressure at Level 13 and Pulverize Icon Pulverize at Level 16. You can even pick Chop Chop Icon Chop Chop at Level 13 to boost your Attack Speed and get more cooldown reduction by a consequence.

Stitches Vile Cleaver ?
Vile Cleaver (Level 4) World of Warcraft Stitches

Basic Attacks against enemies with Vile Gas deal 35% more damage and spreads Vile Gas to nearby enemies.

Passive: Slam applies Vile Gas to all targets hit.

Vile Cleaver Icon Vile Cleaver is a good Talent that increases your Attack Damage against enemies affected by Vile Gas and makes Vile Gas spread to nearby enemies and makes Slam Icon Slam applies Vile Gas to all enemies hit.

The ability to easily spread Vile Gas provided by Vile Cleaver Icon Vile Cleaver has synergy with Patchwork Creation Icon Patchwork Creation at Level 1, Putrefaction Icon Putrefaction at Level 7, and Under Pressure Icon Under Pressure at Level 13.

Stitches Tenderizer
Tenderizer (Level 4) World of Warcraft Stitches

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes Slow by 20% for 1.5 seconds and restore 2% of Stitches' maximum Health.

Tenderizer Icon Tenderizer is a strong Talent that applies a decent Slow to enemies hit with Basic Attacks and heals Stitches for a small portion of his maximum Health.

While not particularly powerful, we recommend this Talent because it helps you body block enemy Heroes and slightly mitigates the lack of crowd control suffered by Stitches when Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile is not available.

The healing provided by this Talent has synergy with Patchwork Creation Icon Patchwork Creation at Level 1 because it amplifies any healing effect or with Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More at Level 1 because it increases your maximum Health.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Stitches

Stitches Serrated Edge
Serrated Edge (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

Hitting an enemy Hero with Hook deals bonus damage equal to 5% of their maximum Health, reduces Hook's cooldown by 4 seconds, and restores 35 Mana.

Serrated Edge Icon Serrated Edge is a strong Talent that makes Hook Icon Hook deal Percent Damage to enemy Heroes and slightly reduce its cooldown when connecting on them. You also get some Mana in the process, to compensate for the cooldown reduction.

The only reason to ever pick this Talent is the Percent Damage because the cooldown reduction happens only if Hook Icon Hook hits an enemy Hero and therefore it does not help you to get another try sooner than usual.

Stitches Second Helping ?
Second Helping (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

Devour gains 1 additional charge with a 6 second cooldown between uses.

Gambit: If Stitches is at max Health after using Devour, he gains a Shield equal to 15% of his maximum Health for 10 seconds. Every death, reduce this Shield by 3%.

Second Helping Icon Second Helping is a good Talent that gives you another Charge of Devour Icon Devour, but with a 6-second cooldown between uses. Whenever he will end up being at maximum Health after using Devour Icon Devour to heal, Stitches will get a temporary Shield equal to a percentage of his maximum Health, losing effectiveness death after death due to the Loan mechanic.

Patchwork Creation Icon Patchwork Creation at Level 1 can increase the healing provided by this Talent like any other healing effect and, due to being based on Stitches's maximum Health, it also has synergy with Hungry for More Icon Hungry for More and similar effects that increase it.

We recommend picking this Talent because having a second Devour Icon Devour at your disposal greatly increases your survivability. While the Shield is welcome, this Talent does not become bad after losing most if not all its Loan stacks, especially if you pick Digestive Juices Icon Digestive Juices at Level 16.

Stitches Putrefaction ?
Putrefaction (Level 7) World of Warcraft Stitches

While Shambling Horror is active, Vile Gas reduces healing received by 40%.

Passive: Vile Gas heals Stitches for 75% of the damage dealt.

Putrefaction Icon Putrefaction is a situational Talent that allows Stitches to reduce the healing received by enemy Heroes affected by Vile Gas, but only while Shambling Horror Icon Shambling Horror is active. In addition to that, Vile Gas heals Stitches for a big portion of its damage dealt.

The ability to reduce healing is interesting to have on a Hero whose playstyle revolves around picking off enemy Heroes with Hook Icon Hook and burst them down. That said, we find the healing reduction provided by this Talent rarely useful compared to the damage done by Second Helping Icon Second Helping and we have to point out the overlapping with Master Hooker Icon Master Hooker at Level 20.

You may need this Talent against team compositions that feature a huge amount of healing (for example Whitemane), to the point that your team will struggle to get a kill through them.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Stitches

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check the dedicated section in the Abilities and Strategy page.

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

Emit bile that deals 37 (+4% per level) damage per second to enemies within, Slowing them by 35% for 1.5 seconds. Gain 20% Movement Speed while emitting bile. Lasts 8 seconds.

Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile is a good Heroic Ability that helps a lot when your team needs additional peeling from low-mobility Heroes.

Stitches Gorge
Gorge (Level 10) World of Warcraft Stitches
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 65 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.

Gorge Icon Gorge is a strong Heroic Ability that can be used to either transform your Hook Icon Hook into a better engage against low-mobility Heroes, especially near allied Structures, or to remove an enemy Hero from the battle and gain a numerical advantage for a few seconds.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Stitches

Stitches Meat Hook
Meat Hook (Level 13) World of Warcraft Stitches

Hitting an enemy Hero with Hook heals Stitches for 20% of his maximum Health over 5 seconds. While active, Basic Attacks against the Hero hit refresh the duration of this effect.

Meat Hook Icon Meat Hook is a good Talent that, after hitting an enemy Hero with Hook Icon Hook, heals Stitches by a huge chunk of his maximum Health over a few seconds. The healing effect can be refreshed with Basic Attacks on that Hero.

Consider picking this Talent when you want to boost your survivability, however, keep in mid that its effect is reliant on connecting Hook Icon Hook and it is weak to healing reduction effects (such as Emerald Icon Emerald by Deckard Cain).

Stitches Under Pressure
Under Pressure (Level 13) World of Warcraft Stitches

Increase Slam's damage by 25.

Quest: After damaging Heroes with Vile Gas 6 times, permanently increase the damage of Slam by 1, to a maximum of 75 additional damage.

Under Pressure Icon Under Pressure is a weak Talent that slightly increases the damage you deal with Slam Icon Slam and further increases it when you damage enemy Heroes with Vile Gas, up to 100 additional damage with the outer area of Slam and up to 150 additional damage with the inner area of Slam.

We do not recommend this Talent because getting stacks is not that easy and the damage provided by each stack is not that good, therefore it takes too much time to get a reasonable amount of damage from it.

Stitches Chop Chop ?
Chop Chop (Level 13) World of Warcraft Stitches

Hitting an enemy Hero with Hook or activating Shambling Horror grants 40% increased Attack Speed for 4 seconds. Basic Attacks refresh the duration of this effect.

Chop Chop Icon Chop Chop is a decent Talent that increases Stitches's Attack Speed for a few seconds after hitting enemy Heroes with Hook Icon Hook or after activating Shambling Horror Icon Shambling Horror. Basic Attacks against Heroes refresh the duration.

Consider picking this Talent when you want to improve your damage output, especially if you have Tenderizer Icon Tenderizer at Level 4 to Slow enemy Heroes hit with your Basic Attacks. Blinds will reduce the effectiveness of this Talent.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Stitches

Stitches Pulverize
Pulverize (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches

All enemies hit by Slam are Slowed by 70% for 0.75 seconds and Heroes have their Armor reduced by 10 for 3 seconds.

Pulverize Icon Pulverize is a strong Talent that drastically Slows all enemy hit by Slam Icon Slam for almost a second and slightly lowers their Armor for a short duration, regardless of them being hit by its inner or outer area.

Reducing the Armor of enemy Heroes, even if not by a lot, increases your own damage and the damage done by the rest of your team, something that is quite useful if you are playing around Hook Icon Hook.

The extra Slow improves your otherwise lacking peeling capabilities as well as your engage potential as it can be used to setup enemy Heroes for your team, especially if they rely on skillshot-based Abilities to deal damage. You can even use the extra Slow for increasing your chances to land an Hook Icon Hook.

Stitches Digestive Juices ?
Digestive Juices (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches

Devour deals an additional 140 (+4% per level) damage over 5 seconds. When used on a Hero, its cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds and causes the Hero hit to deal 50% reduced damage for 4 seconds.

Digestive Juices Icon Digestive Juices is a situational Talent that halves the damage done by Heroes hit with Devour Icon Devour for multiple seconds, other than reducing its cooldown and dealing additional damage over time.

Pick this Talent when you need additional peeling against low-mobility Heroes, especially if melee. The short range of Devour Icon Devour makes this Talent hard to use against Heroes who can play from the distance and impossible to cast on enemy Heroes who have access to mobility tools.

Stitches Flare Up
Flare Up (Level 16) World of Warcraft Stitches

Deals 15 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Hitting an enemy Hero with Hook or activating Shambling Horror increases this damage by 150% for 4 seconds.

Flare Up Icon Flare Up is a weak Talent that deals damage to any enemy around Stitches. The damage per second goes up for 4 seconds when Hook Icon Hook connects on an enemy Hero or after activating Shambling Horror Icon Shambling Horror.

We do not recommend this Talent because missing Hook Icon Hook will result in you not having a Talent for a dozen of seconds and because you can boost your damage by going for the more reliant Pulverize Icon Pulverize instead.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Stitches

Stitches Gift From The Embalmer ?
Gift From The Embalmer (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches

Putrid Bile deals 100% more damage to Heroes.

Quest: Each time Putrid Bile damages an enemy Hero, the duration of Stitches' next death timer is reduced by 2%, to a maximum of 80% total reduction. All stacks of this effect are lost upon death.

Gift From The Embalmer Icon Gift From The Embalmer is a good Talent that greatly increases the damage of Putrid Bile Icon Putrid Bile against Heroes and reduces your death timer based on how many times you hit enemy Heroes with it.

Pick this Talent when you want to improve your damage output without relying on Hook Icon Hook, something that is particularly useful against dive compositions that will come towards you and your team.

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. Enemies are Slowed by 75% for 1 second after Gorge ends.

Hungry Hungry Stitches Icon Hungry Hungry Stitches is a decent Talent that allows Stitches to use Gorge Icon Gorge multiple times in a row across 4 seconds. After that, enemy Heroes get released in the same order they have been Gorged. Heroes released are massively Slowed for a second.

Stitches will have access to a short-range teleport for each activation except the first one. Each enemy Hero will be released 4 seconds after being Gorged, so they will come out at different times.

You can use this Talent to prolong the duration of your team's numerical advantage or to setup a wombo combo, especially if you can release enemy Heroes near impassable terrain to further limit their movements.

Stitches Master Hooker
Master Hooker (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches

Reduce the cooldown of Hook by 4 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit by Hook have 75% reduced healing for 2 seconds. Allies hit by Helping Hand are Unkillable for 2 seconds.

Master Hooker Icon Master Hooker is a strong Talent which provides 3 benefits: redues the cooldown of Hook Icon Hook by 5 seconds, greatly reduces the healing received by enemy Heroes hit by Hook for 2 seconds, and gives the Unkillable buff to allied Heroes hit by Helping Hand for 2 seconds.

The cooldown reduction helps you when Hook Icon Hook misses and has synergy with Hook-based Talents: Serrated Edge Icon Serrated Edge at Level 7, Meat Hook Icon Meat Hook or Chop Chop Icon Chop Chop at Level 13, and Flare Up Icon Flare Up at Level 16.

Stitches Gas Bag ?
Gas Bag (Level 20) World of Warcraft Stitches

Activating Shambling Horror grants Unstoppable for 3 seconds.

Passive: Shambling Horror's cooldown is reduced by 20 seconds.

Gas Bag Icon Gas Bag is a situational Talent that reduces the cooldown of Shambling Horror Icon Shambling Horror and makes it give Unstoppable when used.

Activating it at the right moment is crucial for surviving against some burst compositions who will just take down the first enemy they see, no matter if they have a lot of maximum Health or not.

10.

Changelog

  • 26 Nov. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 26 Aug. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Aug. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 25 Jun. 2021: Guide reviewed and updated for the latest Balance Update.
  • 22 May 2021: Builds updated.
  • 17 May 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 22 Mar. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 13 Dec. 2020: Builds updated.
  • 24 Oct. 2020: Talent Builds fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Builds and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 16 Jul. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Jun. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 15 Apr. 2020: Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 14 Feb. 2020: Updated Stitches' talents and builds in accordance to the latest Balance Update.
  • 29 Jul. 2019: Updated Stitches' talents and builds.
  • 12 Dec. 2018: Completely overhauled Stitches' Talents and Builds in accordance with his latest re-work.
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