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Tychus Talents

Last updated on Mar 06, 2017 at 12:15 by Straften 20 comments

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Tychus Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Tychus 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 Tychus 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 Press the Advantage Dash ? Combat Tactician ?
4 In the Rhythm ? Fully Loaded ? The Bigger They Are... Master Assassin ?
7 Quarterback Concussion Grenade ? Relentless Soldier ?
10 Commandeer Odin Drakken Laser Drill
13 That's the Stuff! ? Neosteel Coating ? Spray 'n' Pray
16 Titan Grenade ? Lead Rain ? Armor Piercing Rounds
20 Big Red Button Focusing Diodes Sizzlin' Attacks ? Bob and Weave
Create your own build and share it with friends!

2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Minigun Build (talent calculator link)

The Minigun Icon Minigun Build increases the utility of Minigun's active component, and benefits from complementary Talents at Levels that lack Minigun options. Use Frag Grenade to harass on cooldown, unless you need to hold it to interrupt a channeled Heroic. This build is very strong against Heroes who are easy to Basic Attack for extended durations, as this will allow you to farm In the Rhythm Icon In the Rhythm stacks from them.

2.2. Overkill Build (talent calculator link)

The Overkill Icon Overkill Build is designed around the finishing potential of Overkill. The general idea is that you use The Bigger They Are... Icon The Bigger They Are... to rip through an enemy's Health pool quickly, and then finish them off with Overkill and Frag Grenade. Quarterback Icon Quarterback and Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray will increase the range you have with these finishers, while Armor Piercing Rounds Icon Armor Piercing Rounds will greatly increase Overkill's damage. The main drawback of this build is that you cannot increase Overkill's damage until Level 16; you will harass with Overkill and Frag Grenade until then. Another weakness of this build is that the constant use of your Abilities can cause you to run out of Mana. Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill can work with this build in certain situations. However, Odin is great when you are low on Mana, because its Abilities cost none.

3. Level 1 Talents

Tychus Press the Advantage
Press the Advantage (Level 1) Starcraft Tychus

Run and Gun increases Tychus's Basic Attack range by 1.5 for 3 seconds.

Tychus Dash ?
Dash (Level 1) Starcraft Tychus

Quest: Run and Gun increases Tychus's Movement Speed by 1% for each Regeneration Globe gathered, up to 25%. Lasts 2 seconds.

Reward: Once 25 Regeneration Globes have been gathered, the range of Run and Gun is increased by 50%.

Tychus Combat Tactician ?
Combat Tactician (Level 1) Starcraft Tychus

Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Run and Gun by 0.8 seconds.

3.1. Discussion

Press the Advantage Icon Press the Advantage can help him to deal Minigun damage from a safer distance. It is a great way to open up more opportunities to use Minigun's active.

Dash Icon Dash offers extra mobility after Run and Gun Icon Run and Gun's initial reposition. This can further your ability to kite, allowing you to dodge skillshots and then quickly maneuver back into position. Because Dash requires collection of Health Globes, it is stronger on maps that have an abundance of them. Dash is strong against teams that rely heavily on skillshots that can be dodged.

Combat Tactician Icon Combat Tactician allows you to dash aggressively, as long as you can Basic Attack enough to reset the cooldown of Run and Gun to use it again. The other options at this Level promote a safer play style, and are recommended over Combat Tactician for players who are new to Tychus.

4. Level 4 Talents

Tychus In the Rhythm ?
In the Rhythm (Level 4) Starcraft Tychus

Quest: While Minigun is active, Basic Attacks against Heroes permanently increase future Minigun durations by 0.03 seconds.

Tychus Fully Loaded ?
Fully Loaded (Level 4) Starcraft Tychus

Reduce Minigun's cooldown by 5 seconds.

Tychus The Bigger They Are...
The Bigger They Are... (Level 4) Starcraft Tychus

Increases Minigun damage bonus to 4% while enemy Heroes are above 35% Health, but Minigun no longer has any effect on targets below 35%.

Tychus Master Assassin ?
Master Assassin (Level 4) Starcraft Tychus

Quest: Hero Takedowns increase Tychus's Attack Speed by 1%, up to 15%.

Reward: After getting 15 Takedowns, Tychus's Attack Speed is increased by an additional 10%.

4.1. Discussion

In the Rhythm Icon In the Rhythm is a great Talent because enables you to increase the active duration Minigun. This is dependent on efficiently gaining stacks of In the Rhythm, which can be extremely difficult against team compositions that can outrange Minigun. In addition to this weakness, In the Rhythm will increase the amount of time you will need to wait for Minigun to end. This will delay healing from That's the Stuff! Icon That's the Stuff!; be aware of your Health, and stop trading until Minigun ends if necessary.

Fully Loaded Icon Fully Loaded is a good option to increase Minigun's uptime, without increasing the amount of time you must wait to be healed by That's the Stuff! Icon That's the Stuff!.

The Bigger They Are... Icon The Bigger They Are... increases your Minigun damage significantly, at the cost of not being able to finish them off with Minigun once they are low health. Consider this Talent if you are planning to take Overkill Talents at Levels 13 and 16, which can help you to finish off Heroes who are low on Health.

Because of Tychus' high attack speed, Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin can be thought of as a 25% damage increase to Basic Attacks and Minigun Icon Minigun once fully stacked. However, this Talent does nothing to help you in the moment that you take it. This Talent is good against Murky and The Lost Vikings, as you can finish the quest soon enough that it is worth taking. Master Assassin Icon Master Assassin's attack speed bonus also applies while Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin is active.

5. Level 7 Talents

Tychus Quarterback
Quarterback (Level 7) Starcraft Tychus

Increases the range of Frag Grenade by 50%.

Tychus Concussion Grenade ?
Concussion Grenade (Level 7) Starcraft Tychus

Increases Frag Grenade's radius by 25% and the knockback distance by 100%.

Tychus Relentless Soldier ?
Relentless Soldier (Level 7) Starcraft Tychus

Being Stunned or Rooted grants 25 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 25%.

5.1. Discussion

Quarterback Icon Quarterback's increased range on Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade can help you land the killing blow on enemies who are fleeing from combat. You can safely poke for decent damage when coupled with Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade. Quarterback can be an effective means of cancelling channelled Abilities, especially when used to cancel Heroics. Quarterback is also useful on maps where it can be used to interrupt enemy Heroes who are channeling a map objective.

Concussion Grenade Icon Concussion Grenade increases the knockback distance of Frag Grenade Icon Frag Grenade, which can help you to peel enemy Heroes or even push them into danger. This Talent can be more effective against melee Heroes, as you will not need the increased range from Quarterback to get value out of it.

Relentless Soldier Icon Relentless Soldier is an extremely powerful Talent when the enemy team has many Stuns or Roots. You are able to live in siutuations that would otherwise kill you, and this can be the difference between your team winning or losing a team fight.

6. Level 10 Talents

Tychus Commandeer Odin
Commandeer Odin (Level 10) Starcraft Tychus
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Call down an Odin to pilot. The Odin deals increased Damage, has 100% increased Basic Attack range, and uses different Abilities. The Odin has 25 Armor and lasts 23 seconds.

Tychus Drakken Laser Drill
Drakken Laser Drill (Level 10) Starcraft Tychus
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Call down a Laser Drill to attack nearby enemies, dealing 142 (+4% per level) damage every second. Reactivate to assign a new target. Lasts 22 seconds.

6.1. Discussion

Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin provides Tychus with a powerful set of alternate Abilities, which cost no Mana once Odin is cast. The main drawback of Commandeer Odin is that Tychus cannot use Minigun Icon Minigun while inside of the Odin. Minigun is often the main reason Tychus is picked, as the percent maximum Health damage is a very good way to deal damage to Tanks. The Odin does increased damage to non-tanks, but can actually result in less meaningful damage to the enemy's frontline. Consider taking Commandeer Odin in situations where you need increased AoE damage and range, as it provides these liberally. It is also a good option for Mana intensive builds.

Drakken Laser Drill is an exceptional zoning tool, able to deal very high sustained damage in the area around where it is placed. Tychus will still have access to all of his Basic Abilities while the laser is active. This is an important difference between Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill and Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin, because many of your Talents may be invested into your Basic Abilities.

7. Level 13 Talents

Tychus That's the Stuff! ?
That's the Stuff! (Level 13) Starcraft Tychus

Minigun heals Tychus for 100% of the bonus damage dealt after it expires.

Tychus Neosteel Coating ?
Neosteel Coating (Level 13) Starcraft Tychus
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to gain 75 Spell Armor for 3 seconds, reducing Ability Damage taken by 75%.

Tychus Spray 'n' Pray
Spray 'n' Pray (Level 13) Starcraft Tychus

Increases Overkill's range by 25%.

7.1. Discussion

That's the Stuff! Icon That's the Stuff! helps you win trades with enemy Heroes, but does not allow you to heal from damaging non-Heroic units. That's the Stuff! will not heal you until Minigun's duration ends, so it can be thought of as a Health refund after a trade. As with all Minigun Icon Minigun use, it is vulnerable to crowd control effects, which will eat up the active duration of Minigun.

Neosteel Coating Icon Neosteel Coating is a great way to prevent huge amounts of forecasted Ability damage. It can work well against team compositions that set up ability-chains with Roots.

Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray greatly increases the range of Overkill, which will allow you to harass more effectively with it. You will be able to lock onto fleeing enemies from much further away, or keep pursuing foes at a safer distance while you dissuade their advance.

8. Level 16 Talents

Tychus Titan Grenade ?
Titan Grenade (Level 16) Starcraft Tychus

Frag Grenade deals bonus damage to Heroes equal to 5% of their maximum Health.

Tychus Lead Rain ?
Lead Rain (Level 16) Starcraft Tychus

Overkill also slows enemy movement speed by 20%.

Tychus Armor Piercing Rounds
Armor Piercing Rounds (Level 16) Starcraft Tychus

Increases Overkill's damage to the primary target by 50%.

8.1. Discussion

Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade adds another way to deal damage based on the maximum Health of your enemies. This is the go to Talent any time you have not taken Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray, and has strong synergy with Quarterback Icon Quarterback.

Lead Rain Icon Lead Rain helps you kite highly mobile Heroes. If you are having trouble kiting somone, consider this. Be aware that you are sacrificing the damage that Armor Piercing Rounds Icon Armor Piercing Rounds and Titan Grenade Icon Titan Grenade can offer.

Armor Piercing Rounds Icon Armor Piercing Rounds allows you to deal massive damage with Overkill Icon Overkill. This Talent has strong synergy with Spray 'n' Pray Icon Spray 'n' Pray, as you can deal a lot of damage from a safe range, something Tychus otherwise struggles with. This Talent combination is a great way to finish off low Health enemy Heroes!

9. Level 20 Talents

Tychus Big Red Button
Big Red Button (Level 20) Starcraft Tychus

Odin lasts 50% longer and Ragnarok Missiles also launches a Nuclear Missile which lands 2.5 seconds later, dealing 319 (+4% per level) damage in its area.

Tychus Focusing Diodes
Focusing Diodes (Level 20) Starcraft Tychus

Increases the range of the Drakken Laser Drill by 50%. Deals increasing damage the longer it remains on a single target, up to 100% extra damage.

Tychus Sizzlin' Attacks ?
Sizzlin' Attacks (Level 20) Starcraft Tychus

Basic Attacks deal bonus damage to Heroes equal to 1% of their maximum Health. Stacks with Minigun.

Tychus Bob and Weave
Bob and Weave (Level 20) Starcraft Tychus

Run and Gun and Odin's Thrusters gain 2 additional charges and reduces Run and Gun's Mana cost from 50 to 25.

9.1. Discussion

Big Red Button Icon Big Red Button dramatically increases your damage, especially in team fights that last a long time. The 50% extra duration of Commandeer Odin Icon Commandeer Odin allows Odin to last the full lenth of most team fights. Since the range of Odin's attacks is so large, you will be able to deal damage throughout the late game team fights. The Nuclear Missile fired with Ragnarok Missiles Icon Ragnarok Missiles does a massive amount of damage, but it has a several second delay before exploding. Despite this, just landing a single Nuclear Missile on multiple enemy Heroes will usually turn the fight in your team's favour.

Focusing Diodes Icon Focusing Diodes exponentially bolsters the strength of Drakken Laser Drill Icon Drakken Laser Drill. The increased range allows Laser Drill to outrange most Abilities in the game, and zone out enemy Heroes more effectively. The damage of the Laser Drill is essentially doubled. The downside is that Laser Drill can be destroyed by the enemy team rather quickly, especially if the fight takes place somewhere in the open.

Sizzlin' Attacks Icon Sizzlin' Attacks stacks with Minigun Icon Minigun to allow you to deal even more maximum Health damage with Basic Attacks. This can be a good option when your teammates can buff your attack speed.

Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave can allow you hyper mobility, but at the cost of the other Talents at this tier that increase your damage dramatically.

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