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E.T.C. (short for Elite Tauren Chieftain) is a Melee Warrior Hero based on the band of the same name, whose songs revolve around the Warcraft universe.

The Power of the Horde incarnated by brutal rhythms and blistering guitar riffs into the form of the most Elite Tauren Chieftain to ever headbang across the surface of Azeroth. Don't bother putting on socks. He's just going to rock them off anyways.


Elite Tauren Chieftain (abbreviated for simplicity as ETC), previously: Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain, 'The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain ('TAFKAL80ETC), Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain (L80ETC), Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain (L70ETC), Level 60 Elite Tauren Chieftain (L60ETC), and originally Tenth Level Tauren Chieftain (L10TC), is an American band composed of employees of Blizzard Entertainment.

The band's virtual alter ego, The Tauren Chieftains, appear in World of Warcraft as a band comprised of members of the Horde, and retain the logo used by the Level 70 Elite incarnation of the real-life band. Their gimmick revolves around writing content that is based on mainly subjects related to the Warcraft universe, though they have more recently extended into StarCraft and Diablo lore as well.

The band debuted in 2003 with their first song, "Power of the Horde", which was featured in the credits of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Gameplay Summary


  • Extraordinary in disrupting setup of enemy heroes
    • Powerful in engage and escape
    • Can halt pursuits or enemy escapes
  • Decent self sustain thanks to Guitar Solo and Rockstar
  • Stage Dive provides quick return and is a game changer
  • Mosh Pit is one of the best crowd control in the game


  • Requires constant exposure to enemies
  • Poor damage towards heroes
  • Low health pool as warrior


Powerslide (Q) [Skillshot]
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Slide to a location dealing 94.64 (+4% per level) damage and stunning enemies hit for 1.25 second.

Face Melt (W)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Deals 70.72 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies, knocking them back.

Guitar Solo (E)
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Regenerate 68.64 (+4% per level) Health per second for 4 seconds.


Rockstar [Trait, Passive]

After E.T.C. uses a Basic or Heroic ability, he gains 20 Armor for 2 seconds. This effect does not stack with itself.

Heroic Abilities

Mosh Pit [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 0.75 seconds, channel to stun nearby enemies for 4 seconds.

Stage Dive [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 75 seconds

Leap to target location, landing after 2.75 seconds, dealing 343.2 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in the area, and slowing them by 50% for 3 seconds.


Tier 1, Hero Level 1

Guitar Hero
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

While Guitar Solo is active, you heal for 50% of the damage dealt by Basic Attacks.

Prog Rock
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent.png Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe permanently increases the healing per second of Guitar Solo by 5, to a maximum of 100.
IconQuestTalent.png Reward: After reaching 100 increased healing, Guitar Solo also heals nearby allied Heroes for 50 (+4% per level) Health every second while it is active.

Block Party
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Rockstar gives allies a stack of Block, granting 50 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack for 8 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%. Maximum 2 stacks of Block.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4

Crowd Surfer
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Allows Powerslide to travel over walls and terrain.

Loud Speakers
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increases the range and knockback of Face Melt by 50%.

Speed Metal
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Rockstar also gives 15% Movement Speed for 2 seconds.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7

Pinball Wizard
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Face Melt does 300% more damage to enemies recently affected by Powerslide.

Echo Pedal
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Using a Basic or Heroic Ability releases two pulses of 15 (+4% per level) damage. This deals 250% bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries. The first occurs instantly, the second occurs 2 seconds later.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

After using an Ability, your next 2 Basic Attacks deal 35% more damage.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10

Mosh Pit [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 0.75 seconds, channel to stun nearby enemies for 4 seconds.

Stage Dive [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 75 seconds

Leap to target location, landing after 2.75 seconds, dealing 343.2 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in the area, and slowing them by 50% for 3 seconds.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13

Mic Check
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Hitting at least 2 targets with Face Melt reduces its cooldown by 6 seconds.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Face Melt leaves an Amp behind, which will knock enemies away again 2 seconds later.

Face Smelt
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Face Melt slows enemies by 50% fading over 2 seconds.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16

Show Stopper
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

After using Powerslide, gain 15 Armor for 4 seconds, reducing all damage taken by 15%.

Aggressive Shredding
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Your Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Guitar Solo by 0.75 seconds.

Imposing Presence
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Heroes that attack you have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds.

Activate to Slow the Attack Speed of nearby Heroes and Summons by 50% and Slow their Movement Speed by 20% for 2.5 seconds.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20

Tour Bus
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Mosh Pit refreshes the cooldown of Powerslide. You can Powerslide during Mosh Pit, which also increases its duration by 2 seconds.

Crowd Pleaser
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Stage Dive's impact area is 50% bigger, and its cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

Death Metal
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Upon dying, a ghost uses Mosh Pit at your location.

Storm Shield
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 seconds.

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Bolt of the Storm [Active]
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 70 seconds

Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

Talent Builds




Alarak works well with Heroes who help set up kills with crowd control effects. Alarak’s follow-up combo with Telekinesis and Discord Strike is particularly strong when combined with Heroes like E.T.C. who can quickly force enemy Heroes out of position. What’s also great about this combo is that both Alarak and E.T.C. can be the start of a crowd control chain on an enemy hero as long as they are coordinated enough to space their abilities properly. This makes it doubly scary for an enemy team to be near them, as either one can isolate and kill someone in seconds.

E.T.C. provides plenty of disabling effects that D.Va lacks, so together they form a potent team that can both peel and jump onto an enemy with Boosters and Power Slide. If E.T.C. uses Mosh Pit, D.Va can drop a Self-Destructing Mech in the middle of the party for some spectacular results.

ETC is a great Warrior for heroes who need setup to land their combos. Since Kel'Thuzad’s abilities can be hard to land in a vacuum, heroes who are strong at grouping or isolating enemies are great when paired with him. Mosh Pit also synergizes particularly well with Kel’thuzad, as he can put out an incredible amount of damage when the enemy is unable to move.

With a strong initiation, effective crowd control and great peeling potential, E.T.C.'s team fight presence opens various windows of opportunity for Malthael to pick off opponents out of position.

Ragnaros works well with Heroes who can displace or group up the enemy team due to his large AoE damage. Heroes like ETC help set up Ragnaros for easy engagements onto enemy heroes with Powerslide and |Mosh Pit.

One of Samuro’s main weaknesses is being able to stick to his target. Advancing Strikes helps in this area but everyone knows how dangerous it can be to chase an enemy too far. Heroes that bring lots of lockdown can give Samuro and his clones a much easier time sticking to their target. Everyone knows how game-changing a good Mosh Pit can be, and they are particularly devastating when followed up by a well-timed Bladestorm.

Effective against

Heroes that can lock Genji down after he dives the enemy team’s backline can be a challenge for the cybernetic ninja. ETC’s Powerslide and Face Melt combo can lock Genji down long enough to allow for nearby allies to secure a quick kill.

Effective foes


Rock God (base)
ETC - Rock God.jpg ETC - Light.jpg ETC - Dark.jpg
Rock God Light Dark
Glam Metal IconShard.png 100
The Elite Tauren Chieftan has been rocking the world for a long time, man. He's seen fashions come and fashions go, but neon pants and feathered hair? Those are forever.
ETC - Glam Metal.jpg ETC - Glam Metal - Platinum.jpg ETC - Glam Metal - Azure.jpg ETC - Glam Metal - Leopard.jpg
Glam Metal Platinum Azure Leopard
Black Metal IconShard.png 100
Some bands paint their faces and play death metal. E.T.C. however, IS death metal.
ETC - Black Metal.jpg ETC - Black Metal - Furious.jpg ETC - Black Metal - Gold.jpg
Black Metal Furious Gold & Black
Pure Country IconShard.png 400
After E.T.C's pickup truck broke down and his dog died there was really only one thing left for him to do-- go country! Time to bring a whole new meaning to cowboy.
Features themed abilities.
ETC - Pure Country.jpg ETC - Pure Country - Checked.jpg ETC - Pure Country - Striped.jpg
Pure Country Checked Striped
L800 IconShard.png 400
Even in the far flung future of 2504, Level 800 Elite Tauren Chieftain is still 'terran up the night.
This skin is related to the StarCraft themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
ETC - L800.jpg ETC - L800 - Angelic.jpg ETC - L800 - Doombringer.jpg ETC - L800 - Horde.jpg
L800 Angelic Doombringer Horde
ETC - L800 - Shock.jpg ETC - L800 - Spectre.jpg
Shock Spectre
El Mariachi IconShard.png 600
This mysterious wandering mariachi holds no allegiance other than to his music. Rudos and tecnicos alike have learned to fear the beautiful sound of guitar wafting in the air... if only because of the pain that follows in its wake.
ETC - El Mariachi.jpg ETC - El Mariachi - Festival.jpg ETC - El Mariachi - Underworld.jpg
El Mariachi Festival Underworld


E.T.C. was conceived within the first two years of the game's development.[1]


  • In previous versions of Heroes of the Storm, L80ETC was present—a similar representation, but a tauren marine instead.[3]
    • The concept of this character later became the "L800" skin.
      • The "Doombringer" variation is a reference to the Marine, the protagonist of Doom. The "E1M" text written on his shoulderpad refers to Knee-Deep in the Dead, the first episode of Doom, with levels codenamed as E1M1, E1M2 and so on.
  • A 2UP figure of E.T.C. became available in 2015, based on his appearance in Heroes of the Storm.[4]

Patch changes

  • Patch.png (Patch August 8, 2017Note: L800 E.T.C., Angelic L800 E.T.C., Horde L800 E.T.C., Jungle L800 E.T.C., Shock L800 E.T.C., Spectre L800 E.T.C. skins added.
  • Patch.png (Patch May 31, 2017Note: Attack Speed increased from 1 to 1.25 attacks per second.
  • Patch.png (Patch April 20, 2017Note: Health increased from 2100 to 2180; Health Regeneration increased from 4.375 to 4.543.
  • Patch.png (Patch April 4, 2017Note: Radius adjusted to better match actual model size.; Health reduced from 2428 to 2100; Health Regeneration reduced from 5.06 to 4.37.
  • Patch.png (Patch November 10, 2016Note: Maximum Base Health decreased from 2556 to 2428; Base Health Regen from 5.32 to 5.06.
  • Patch.png (Patch October 18, 2016Note: Received additional facial animation polish.; Received custom Hearthstone animations.
  • Patch.png (Patch May 17, 2016Note: Adjusted the positioning of a spike at the base of Master E.T.C.’s guitar.
  • Patch.png (Patch October 6, 2015Note: Health increased from 1040 (+240 per level) to 1050 (+250 per level).


  1. 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21
  2. 2013-12-11, BlizzCon 2013 – Heroes of the Storm Overview Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-04-25
  3. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
  4. 2015-02-14, Toy Fair NY 2015 NECA Heroes of the Storm Action Figures Photos. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-02-15

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