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Stitches is a Melee Warrior Hero from the Warcraft universe. While being classified as a "Tank" character, he can be customized to take on a siege role, or as a potent "Bruiser".[1]

Background

Take care when traversing the shadowed trails of Duskwood... Ever since Abercrombie the Embalmer unleashed his abomination upon Darkshire, Stitches has wandered the road aimlessly, hungering for the flesh of low level Alliance players.

Gameplay Summary

Strengths

  • An excellent team-fight initiator, allowing you to hook and lock down a priority target.
  • Extremely high health pool and general durability.

Weaknesses

  • Sub-par waveclear, only passable due to their trait which requires them to take damage to make use of.
  • No way to close a gap if Hook is on cooldown.

Abilities

IconHookStitches.png
Hook (Q) [Skillshot]
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 16 seconds

Pull the first enemy hit towards you, temporarily stunning them and dealing 94.64 (+4% per level) damage.

IconSlamStitches.png
Slam (W) [Cone]
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Deal 104 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within the target area.

IconDevourStitches.png
Devour (E)
Mana: 55
Cooldown: 20 seconds

Deal 331.76 (+4% per level) damage to non-Heroic units, or 118.56 (+4% per level) damage to Heroes. Restores 19.92% of your maximum Health.

Traits

IconVileGasStitches.png
Vile Gas [Passive]
Cooldown: 3 seconds

When damaged, Stitches emits a gas cloud that poisons nearby enemies for 68 (+4% per level) damage over 3 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

IconPutridBile.png
Putrid Bile [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Emit bile that deals 38.48 (+4% per level) damage per second to enemies within, slowing them by 35%. You gain 20% Movement Speed while emitting bile. Lasts 8 seconds.

IconGorgeStitches.png
Gorge [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Consume an enemy Hero, trapping them for 4 seconds. When Gorge ends, the enemy Hero takes 284.96 (+4% per level) damage. The trapped Hero cannot move or act and doesn't take damage from other sources.

Talents

Tier 1, Hero Level 1

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Chew Your Food
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Using Devour also heals you for 9.555% of your max Health over 3.06 seconds.

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Dampen Magic
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

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%.

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Hungry for More
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent.png Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases your maximum Health by 30, up to 900.
IconQuestTalent.png Reward: Upon reaching 900, increase Movement Speed by 10%.

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Heavy Slam
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Slam damage increased by 40%

Tier 2, Hero Level 4

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Amplified Healing
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increases regeneration effects and all healing received by 30%.

IconVileGasStitches.png
Restorative Fumes
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

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

IconSlamStitches.png
Putrid Ground
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Enemies hit by Slam are infected with Vile Gas.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7

IconDevourStitches.png
Savor the Flavor
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Using Devour on an enemy Hero grants a permanent +2 Health per second.

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Last Bite
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

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

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Tenderizer
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

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

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Toxic Gas
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

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

Tier 4, Hero Level 10

IconPutridBile.png
Putrid Bile [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Emit bile that deals 38.48 (+4% per level) damage per second to enemies within, slowing them by 35%. You gain 20% Movement Speed while emitting bile. Lasts 8 seconds.

IconGorgeStitches.png
Gorge [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Consume an enemy Hero, trapping them for 4 seconds. When Gorge ends, the enemy Hero takes 284.96 (+4% per level) damage. The trapped Hero cannot move or act and doesn't take damage from other sources.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13

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Flea Bag
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Whenever Stitches is Stunned or Rooted, reduce basic ability cooldowns by 6 seconds.

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Mega Smash
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Range and arc of Slam increased by 25%.

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Indigestion
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

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

Tier 6, Hero Level 16

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Pulverize
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

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

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Fishing Hook
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Hook has an additional 40% range.

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Shish Kabob
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Hook can pull up to 2 targets.

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Stoneskin
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

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

Tier 7, Hero Level 20

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Potent Bile
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

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Hungry Hungry Stitches
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

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Hardened Shield
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reduce damage taken by 75% for 4 seconds.

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Cannibalize
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

Talent Builds

Tips

  • Stitches’ “Hook” [Q] ability provides an opportunity to disrupt enemies from securing objectives. For example, use Hook to pull opponents away from capturing the Shrine on Dragon Shire.
  • Use “Devour” [E] to keep your Health pool at a safe level.
  • If the opposing team has multiple melee heroes, consider taking “Putrid Bile” [R] to help slow them down for your team’s assassin to pick them off.

Matchups

Pairings

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With enough communication and organization, Stitches a can land a |Hook + Gorge, which can be followed by Stukov's Massive Shove, resulting in a combo that can displace an enemy Hero almost entirely across a map.


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Stitches' Hook and Gorge work fantastically with Tyrande's Lunar Flare, creating opportunities to safely take down key targets.


Effective against

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Chromie’s limited escape options and low health pool mean that getting caught by a Stitches Hook is a veritable death sentence.


Effective foes

Skins

Terror of Darkshire (base)
StitichesTODGreen.jpg StitchesTODBrown.jpg StitichesTODBlue.jpg
Terror of Darkshire Bruised Congealed
King IconShard.png 100
Stitches no bozo... Stitches king!
StitchesMSPurple.png StitchesMSRed.png StitchesMSYellow.png
King Crimson Toxic
Chef IconShard.png 400
What? Everybody needs a day job... Just don't order the "veal."
Features themed abilities.
StitchesCWhite.png StitchesCRed.png StitchesCBlack.png
Chef Sous Head
Bikini IconShard.png 600
Splish-splash! Hot and ready for the summer sun, Bikini Stitches is off to meet the ghoul of his dreams... that and make a sandcastle!
This skin is related to the Sun's Out, Guns Out themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Stitches - Bikini.jpg Stitches - Bikini - Azure.jpg Stitches - Bikini - Fucshia.jpg Stitches - Bikini - Heatwave.jpg
Bikini Azure Fuchsia Heatwave
Stitches - Bikini - Lifeguard.jpg Stitches - Bikini - Pink.jpg Stitches - Bikini - Verdant.jpg Stitches - Bikini - Zebra.jpg
Lifeguard Pink Verdant Zebra
Psycho IconShard.png 400 (Hallow's End skin)
If putting a little terror into the heart of the Nexus is more your style, check out this alternative skin, complete with working chainsaw!
This skin is related to the Hallow's End themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Stitches - Psycho.jpg Stitches - Psycho - Pumpkin.jpg Stitches - Psycho - Camo.jpg
Psycho Pumpkin Camo
Greatfather Winter IconShard.png 400
The feast of Great-Winter is a magical time of year. It seems like everyone is getting into that Winter Veil spirit! Even if we kinda wish they wouldn't...
This skin is related to the Winter Veil themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Stitches - Greatfather Winter.jpg Stitches - Greatfather Winter - Cold.jpg Stitches - Greatfather Winter - Festive.jpg Stitches - Greatfather Winter - Ivory.jpg
Greatfather Winter Cold Festive Ivory IconShard.png 600

Development

Stitches's good (left) and evil (right) forms in the original build

  • Stitches was conceived within the first two years of the game's development.[2]
  • Stitches was present in the original Blizzard DotA mod. In his backstory in this version, he was summoned from the depths of Azeroth and modified with cybernetics by an unknown necromancer. However, he didn't know how to use most of them, so fell back on a more familiar ability: vomit.[3] In the 2010 build, he was known simply as "Abomination."[4]
  • In this early build, he had a "good" and "evil" version, as did each character in the game. As a "good" hero, he was outfitted with CMC armor, whilst he was clad in ultralisk parts as an "evil" character.[5] He was under consideration to be given an appearance that bore resemblance to the Butcher.[6]
  • A tough hero, Stiches gained benefit from strength items in this build.[3] He was similar to DotA's Pudge.[3] He had the following stats:
    • Life: 5+
    • Attack: 1+
    • Abilities: 2+
    • Speed: 2+
  • And the following abilities:
    • Devour
    • Disease Cloud
    • Putrid Bile
    • Slam
    • Unholy Carapace[3]
  • In previous builds, Stitches' hook could grab an enemy and pull them to him. If the enemy moved out of the way, the hook could miss. Stitches could even grab an enemy he wasn't aiming at.[7]
  • Stitches was chosen for inclusion by the game's art team. Due to his physique, he would be able to stand out.[8]
  • Stitches had a skin that was Diablo-themed, but this was rethought as it was too similar to The Butcher.[9]
Old skins

Trivia

  • A Stitches portrait and decal was made available to StarCraft II who attended BlizzCon 2013 (or purchased virtual tickets).[10]
  • Stitches spawns after a player completes a long quest chain in Duskwood, ending with the quest "The Embalmer's Revenge". He is taken down by the player—with help of The Night Watch.
  • Stitches mini-figures will be released in May, 2015.[11] A 7" figure will also be released.[12]
  • The "Bikini" skin used to be avaliable by purchasing the Stitches plush at the Blizzard Store.
  • Stitches has the second highest health regeneration in the game (6.25), after Murky (29.20).

Patch changes

  • Patch.png (Patch April 20, 2017Note: Health increased from 2900 to 3000; Health Regeneration increased from 6.043 to 6.25.
  • Patch.png (Patch January 27, 2017Note: Health increased from 2738 to 2900; Health Regeneration increased from 5.7 to 6 per second.
  • Patch.png (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Fixed a bug affecting Stitches and The Butcher that could cause performance issues under certain circumstances.
  • Patch.png (Patch February 2, 2016Note: The sand-themed visual effects for Bikini Stitches’s Devour are no longer being used by other Stitches skin variations.; The tree ornament visual effects for Greatfather Winter Stitches’ Putrid Bile are no longer being used by other Stitches skin variations.
  • Patch.png (Patch January 20, 2016Note: Basic Attack damage increased from 74 to 85.
  • Patch.png (Patch January 12, 2016Note: Greatfather Stitches temporarily removed for the season.
  • Patch.png (Patch December 15, 2015Note: Greatfather Stitches added.
  • Patch.png (Patch November 17, 2015Note: Stitches has received additional facial animation polish.
  • Patch.png (Patch October 6, 2015Note: Chef Stitiches has received additional visual polish for certain Abilities and Talents.; Fixed an issue with Stitches’ arm appearing strangely during some animations.; Health increased from 1060 (+230 per level) to 1060 (+260 per level).

References

  1. 2013-11-11, Heroes of the Storm: Sixen Interviews Dustin Browder. YouTube, accessed on 2013-12-01
  2. 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
  4. 2016-07-14, Dustin Browder's Twitter. Accessed on 2016-08-23
  5. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-24. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Art Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-26.
  6. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  7. Charles Onyett. 2011-10-21. Blizzard DOTA isn't More of the Same. IGN. Accessed 2012-05-13.
  8. 2014-05-30, Blizzard Says Heroes of the Storm Is "Much Closer to a World of Warcraft Experience". Gamespot, accessed on 2014-05-31
  9. 2014-12-05, HEROES OF THE STORM AMA TRANSCRIPT. Blizzpro, accessed on 2014-12-07
  10. 2013-10-01, BlizzCon In-Game Goodies!. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2013-10-01
  11. 2015-02-14, Toy Fair NY 2015 NECA Heroes of the Storm Action Figures Photos. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-02-15
  12. Blizz Planet

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