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Hell, it's about time.

Damage (8/10) Utility (1/10) Survivability (5/10) Complexity (6/10)

Tychus is a Ranged Assassin Hero from the StarCraft universe.

Tychus Findlay is a big man with a big ego and even bigger gun. Fortunately enough, his loyalty is easily won. Buy him a whiskey or three and promise him enough credits, and there's no job in the whole universe too dangerous for this outlaw.

Background

Former soldier. Erstwhile thief. Convicted felon. Tychus Findlay and Jim Raynor share what some might call a checkered past—the type filled with daring exploits and courageous fights doing not so courageous deeds. While no one can be sure where Tychus' loyalties lie, one thing is for certain. He's a fearsome combatant whose impact on the battlefield is anything but subtle. Tychus always goes big. Always.

Gameplay Summary

Strengths

  • Extreme single-hero damage
  • Decent attack damage against waves and heroes except with physical armor
  • Can effectively kite
  • Drakken Laser Drill is very strong point control with resistance against crowd control and long staying time
  • Commandeer Odin provides plenty of area-of-effect firepower
  • Strong duelist

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerable to dive and crowd control
  • Lacks persistent crowd control and and therefore relies on allied hero to enable him

Abilities

IconOverkill.png
Overkill (Q)
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deal 184 (+4% per level) damage to the target and 92 (+4% per level) damage to nearby targets over 4 seconds. Reactivate to select a new target. Can move and use Abilities while channeling.

IconFragGrenade.png
Frag Grenade (W) [Area of Effect]
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Lob a grenade that deals 267 (+4% per level) damage, knocking enemies away.

IconRunandGun.png
Run and Gun (E)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Charge forward.

Traits

IconMinigun.png
Minigun [Passive]
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Activate to cause Basic Attacks against Heroes to deal bonus damage equal to 2.5% of the target’s maximum Health. Lasts 3 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

IconCommanderOdin.png
Commandeer Odin [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Call down an Odin to pilot. The Odin deals increased Damage, has 60% increased Basic Attack range, and uses different Abilities. The Odin has 25 Armor and lasts 23 seconds.

IconDrakkanLaserDrill.png
Drakken Laser Drill [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Call down a Laser Drill to attack nearby enemies, dealing 148 (+4% per level) damage every second. Reactivate to assign a new target. Lasts 22 seconds.

Commandeer Odin abilities
IconAnnihilateTychus.png
Annihilate (Q) [Skillshot]
Cooldown: 7 seconds

Fire the Odin's cannons in a straight line, dealing 204 (+4% per level) damage to everything in the path.

IconRagnarokMissilesTychus.png
Ragnarok Missiles (W) [Area of Effect]
Cooldown: 7 seconds

Launches a volley of missiles at target area, dealing 138 (+4% per level) damage and slowing enemy Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds.

IconThrustersTychus.png
Thrusters (E)
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Dash in target direction.

Talents

Tier 1, Hero Level 1

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Press the Advantage
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

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

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Dash
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Gather Regeneration Globes to increase Movement Speed after casting Run and Gun by 1% for 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 25%. After reaching 25 stacks, Run and Gun’s range is increased by 50%.

IconRunandGun4.png
Combat Tactician
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Each Basic Attack reduces Run and Gun’s cooldown by 0.80 seconds.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4

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Master Assassin
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Hero takedowns increase Attack Speed by 1%, up to a maximum of 15%. While at maximum stacks, Tychus gains an additional 10% Attack Speed bonus.

IconMinigun.png
In the Rhythm
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

While Minigun is active, each Basic Attack against an enemy Hero permanently increases its duration by 0.03 seconds.

IconMinigun3.png
The Bigger They Are...
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Lowers the cooldown of Minigun by 2 seconds and increase the damage bonus to 4% while enemy Heroes are above 35% Health, but Minigun no longer has any effect on targets below 35%.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7

IconFragGrenade.png
Quarterback
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Increases the range of Frag Grenade by 50%.

IconFragGrenade2.png
Concussion Grenade
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Increases the knockback of Frag Grenade by 100%. Increases Frag Grenade’s radius by 25%.

IconRelentless.png
Relentless Soldier
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

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

Tier 4, Hero Level 10

IconCommanderOdin.png
Commandeer Odin [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Call down an Odin to pilot. The Odin deals increased Damage, has 60% increased Basic Attack range, and uses different Abilities. The Odin has 25 Armor and lasts 23 seconds.

IconDrakkanLaserDrill.png
Drakken Laser Drill [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Call down a Laser Drill to attack nearby enemies, dealing 148 (+4% per level) damage every second. Reactivate to assign a new target. Lasts 22 seconds.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13

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Neosteel Coating
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to gain 75 Spell Armor for 3 seconds, reducing Ability Damage taken by 50%.

IconOverkill.png
Spray 'n' Pray
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Overkill's range increased by 25%.

IconMinigun.png
That's the Stuff!
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Minigun heals you for 100% of the bonus damage it deals to Heroes.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16

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Armor Piercing Rounds
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

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

IconOverkill.png
Lead Rain
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Overkill applies a stacking slow, up to 20%.

IconFragGrenade.png
Titan Grenade
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

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

Tier 7, Hero Level 20

IconCommanderOdin.png
Big Red Button
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Odin lasts 50% longer and Ragnarok Missiles also launches a Nuclear Missile.

IconDrakkanLaserDrill.png
Focusing Diodes
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

IconGiantKiller.png
Sizzlin' Attacks
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Basic Attacks deal 1% of the target’s maximum Health as damage.

IconRunandGun.png
Bob and Weave
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

Talent Builds

Tips

  • At his core, Tychus is based on using his minigun, overkill, and frag grenade combo. He is also good at taking on minions.[1]
  • On Blackheart's Bay, Tychus can destroy chests very quickly thanks to his Wind-up Combat trait. Picking health and durability traits can allow the team to use him as a dedicated coin carrier.[2]
  • Choosing the Drakken Laser Drill Heroic Ability can buy time and grant Tychus's team solid positioning when trying to capture artifacts on Cursed Hollow.[2]
  • Commandeer Odin can be a solid pick for Tychus's Heroic Ability on Haunted Mines. Use Odin's extra damage to destroy the golem's health for his team.[2]

Matchups

Pairings

Effective against

Effective foes

Skins

Notorious Outlaw
TychusDefault.png TychusNODBlue.jpg TychusNOLBlue.jpg
Notorious Outlaw Navy Slate
Prisoner IconShard.png 100
They say no one has ever escaped from New Folsom Prison. Wasn't too long ago they were still right.
TychusPOrange.png TychusPGreen.png TychusPWhite.png
Prisoner Camo Jailbird
Custom Rig IconShard.png 100
Sure, that suit may be his prison... But you and I both know that's not going to stop him from sprucing the thing up... Now, is it?
TychusMSBlue.png TychusMSWhite.png TychusMSGreen.png
Custom Rig Shock Toxic
Power Drench IconShard.png 600
Hell, it's about summertime.
This skin is related to the Sun's Out, Guns Out themed-skins. Features replaced voice-over, themed abilities and themed animations.
Tychus - PD.jpg Tychus - PD - Arctic.jpg Tychus - PD - Dark.jpg Tychus - PD - Verdant.jpg
Power Drench Arctic Dark Verdant
Tychus - PD - Zergy.jpg
Zergy
Power Briefs IconShard.png 600
Welcome to the gun show.
This skin is related to the Sun's Out, Guns Out themed-skins. Features replaced voice-over, themed abilities and themed animations.
Tychus - PB.jpg Tychus - PB - Azure.jpg Tychus - PB - Onyx.jpg Tychus - PB - Pink.jpg
Power Briefs Azure Onyx Pink
Tychus - PB - Tanned.jpg
Tanned
Infested IconShard.png 1600
Maybe keeping that visor open on Char wasn't the best idea...
Features replaced voice-over, themed abilities and themed animations.
TychusINRed.jpg TychusINBrown.jpg TychusINPurple.jpg
Infested Dominion Abandoned

Development

Tychus was present as early as the 2010 build of the game.[3]

Tychus originally had a trait where when he would melee an enemy, and then stun them. Combined with a shoulder charge attack that could be targeted on an enemy, the same ability would give Tychus a shield if he targeted a minion. So a player had to choose between targeting a hero and stunning them or a minion to get shield. The designers thought this created an interesting choice for gameplay purposes, but the kit didn't work out. The gameplay was too complicated and didn’t make sense for a ranged assassin who had a massive chain gun that was most of his profile. So, his skillset was re-designd around the mini-gun into its current form.[1]

Tychus's model originally had a cigar. This was removed at some point during development.[4] This was because while Heroes of the Storm has a teen rating, the presence of a cigar would shift it into higher ratings in some regions. To keep the rating, the developers would have to make two versions of the character as per the different regions. As such, the cigar was removed to standardize the model.[5]

Original skins

Trivia

  • Tychus was first seen in his full cinematic glory during the StarCraft II announcement on May 19, 2007, at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Seoul, South Korea.[2]
  • Tychus was a member of the [1] 321st Colonial Rangers Battalion, also known as Heaven's Devil's, and served with Jim Raynor.[2]
  • Tychus's powerful marine suit serves as a personal prison for this convicted felon.[2]
  • The visages of Tracer and Widowmaker (characters from Blizzard's Overwatch setting) can be found on color variants of Tychus's de facto skin.

Patch changes

  • Patch.png (Patch November 1, 2017Note: Basic Attack Damage increased from 44 to 48.
  • Patch.png (Patch February 27, 2017Note: Basic Attack Range decreased from 5.5 to 4.5.
  • Patch.png (Patch September 27, 2016Note: Base Maximum Health increased from 1836 to 1925; Base Health Regeneration increased from 3.8 to 4.
  • Patch.png (Patch May 17, 2016Note: Tychus will no longer appear to stand while Mounted.
  • Patch.png (Patch April 12, 2016Note: Health increased from 1669 (+4% per level) to 1836 (+4% per level).; Health Regeneration increased from approximately 3.48 to 3.83 Health per second.
  • Patch.png (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Health increased from 1545 (+4% per level) to 1669 (+4% per level); Health Regeneration increased from approximately 3.22 to 3.48 Health per second.; Fixed an issue that could cause Nova and Tychus to stand while mounted.
  • Patch.png (Patch March 1, 2016Note: Fixed an issue that could cause Tychus to walk or stand while Mounted.
  • Patch.png (Patch February 2, 2016Note: Tychus can now properly use a Healing Fountain while in Odin form.
  • Patch.png (Patch August 18, 2015Note: Heroes and Skins have received visual improvements: Tychus, Master Tychus Skin, and all Skin Variations.; Received updated facial animations.
  • Patch.png (Patch July 21, 2015Note: Basic Attack range increased to match that of other ranged Heroes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 2014-03-15, DESIGNER INSIGHTS: TALKIN' 'BOUT TYCHUS. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-06-25
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2014-03-18, TYCHUS HERO SPOTLIGHT. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-06-25
  3. 2016-07-14, Dustin Browder's Twitter. Accessed on 2016-08-23
  4. 2015-05-21, Blizzard Took Out Tychus' Cigar In Heroes Of The Storm. Kotaku, accessed on 2015-05-21
  5. 2015-05-24, Blizzard Explains Why It Removed Heroes of the Storm Character's Cigar. GameSpot, accessed on 2015-05-26

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