Overview

Chromie is a ranged, artillery based mage that deals massive damage from afar. In a similar vein to Li Ming, she is very much about positioning and utilizing her extra range over other Heroes. Unlike Li Ming however, she brings some utility and a powerful trait that allows her to access her talents two levels early.

She has two heroic abilities that are flexible, with both bringing nuisance and zoning potential. I will add that Chromie is surprisingly powerful due to her ability to protect specific points with her Time Trap but to also deal surprise attacks thanks to Dragon's Breath.

On objective heavy Battlegrounds, Chromie excels at poking players down and if she does land her shots with accuracy, can blow players up incredibly quickly. A well played Chromie is tough to deal with if she constantly stays at maximum range. 

Updated: 21 March 2017

Pros

Cons

Huge burst damage potential thanks to Dragon's Breath followed by Sand Blast

Vulnerable to spike Heroes such as Nova or Zeratul

Dragon's Breath is amazing for surprising the enemy team, as it does not reveal its impact location

She has no mobility so relies entirely on positioning

Time Trap is fantastic at protecting a specific location or buying you time to escape 

Sand Blast has a cast time so requires good aiming ability

Her Trait allows her to spike in power two levels before everyone else 

She is mana hungry early game

Excels on objective based Battlegrounds

Has poor wave clear due to relying solely on Dragon's Breath

Abilities

Time Walker (Trait) - Providing Chromie with every talent 2 levels earlier than her teammates, Timewalker is pretty incredible. Considering at level 8 you'll be able to drop your heroic ability or at 18 use your Storm Talent, it's brilliant. Best of all, you don't have to do anything to make use of it. 

Sand Blast (Q) - A long range artillary shot that allows Chromie to fire a sand projectile at her foes. It will pass through all minions until it hits an enemy Hero, meaning it cannot be used for wave clear. It deals huge damage but because of that, has a slight delay just before casting. Taking this into account can be difficult, especially against a moving target. As such, it's best to use Sand Blast outside of an enemies vision so they won't expect the attack. 

Dragon's Breath (W) - A unique ability that deals massive impact damage but with no location marker. The fact enemies can't see where the blast will land makes it incredibly strong, not just for sneaking up on enemies or for ganking from afar but because it allows Chromie to remain unpredictable. This makes looking after your team, when the enemy, particularly difficult as you don't know where Chromie will bombard. As always, try to use this on the priority targets and be sure to follow up immediately with a Sand Blast after using Dragon's Breath. With practice you can land both instantly. 

Time Trap (E) - Chromie's only means of defence, Time Trap allows her to place a sand timer at a location that will stealth and cause stasis to anyone who touches it after 2 seconds. It's primarily used for escaping, defending your lane (to prevent you being ganked) or to make a nuisance of yourself when the enemy team are trying to attack an objective. Placing the Time Trap in locations players are mostly likely to run into it can allow you and your team to burst them down once they come out of stasis. 

Slowing Sands (R) - The "quieter" of her two heroic abilities, Slowing Sands is an AOE slow that lasts as long as Chromie has mana. After 3 seconds it will slow by 70% - a huge amount and one enemies can't dispell. Used on or before an objective it can allow Chromie to not only trap enemies (placing a Time Trap on the other side of the Slowing Sands works well) but to also allow her team to deal damage to those in it. 

Temporal Loop (R) - After 3 seconds Temporal Loop will teleport the affected enemy back to where they were when it was originally cast. It effectively turns back time for one player. As you might expect, this is particularly useful for two scenarios: preventing escape or ensuring survival. If an enemy player is escaping, casting Temporal Loop on them will bring them back into a fight. Alternatively, if an enemy is trying to kill you, casting Temporal Loop on them will magic them back to where they were - creating a large gap between you and them. There's also some clever tricks you can play with Temporal Loop as if you can remember where an enemy was when first cast, you can line up a Sand Blast and Dragon's Breath for the moment they reappear. 

Talents

Level 1: Deep Breathing

Deep Breathing is a must have talent if you can manage your mana. By hitting 25 enemies with Dragon's Breath not only will you increase its damage by 200 but you'll also increase your sight radius. This plays into later talents and allows Chromie to not only hit hard, but improve her ability to fire from afar.

Variable: Allowing Chromie to increase her mana regeneration, Timewalker's Pursuit significantly reduces the need to constantly return back to base for more mana. Although you'll need to hunt for globes, it's well worth it. In addition, when you've collected 15 you'll gain 5% extra ability power. A nice little damage boost. 

Level 2: Bronze Talons 

Increasing Chromie's basic attack range by 35%, Bronze Talons is a must. Not only does it allow her to poke much more often but also provides further spike damage. After using Sand Blast your next basic attack will deal 250% extra damage. 

Level 5: Mobius Loop

Mobius Loop is a must for Chromie because Dragon's Breath has a very long cooldown (14) and reducing it by half allows you to attack twice as often. Although take a slight damage reduction (25%) it's still an overall gain, especially when Deep Breathing is maxed out. 

Variable: If you're after nothing but burst, Dragon's Eye is a reasonable alternative. Although the radius of Dragon's Breath is small, it's fairly easy to land it on someone while they're dead in the center because they cannot see the incoming impact. Increasing Dragon's Breath's damage by 25% when someone is caught in the center is a huge boost, with Dragon's Eye bringing its damage to well over 1200. 

Level 8: Slowing Sands

Chromie has only one means of defence and that's a static object that needs to be armed. Temporal Loop can not only ensure her survivability against any Hero it's cast on (it'll move them away from her once they've ran in her direction) but can also be used aggressively to prevent enemy players escaping. Best of all, with practice it can allow Chromie to set up perfect spikes - just aim your shots where the enemy first started. 

Variable: On Objective heavy maps that require interaction (such as Towers of Doom) Slowing Sands can be extremely useful. Placed in a choke-point leading to the objective, or very near to it, can ensure your team has an advantage. It also means anyone caught in it is easily hit by Chromie's attacks and that's never a bad thing. 

Level 11: Reaching Through Time

Reaching Through Time extends Chromie's range on Sand Blast by 15%. Although it doesn't give a damage boost, it does allow for even greater poke. When you need to tease an object or prevent a player escaping it can be invaluable. 

Variable: Bye Bye is pretty broken. You can effectively teleport back to base within a fraction of a second so if you're being ganked, it's a get-out-of-jail-free card every time. 

Level 14: Fast Forward

Building on reducing Chromie's cooldowns, Fast Forward allows you to reduce the cooldown on Sand Blast as long as you strike an enemy from 75% distance. On poke heavy maps or when there's too greater risk at getting in close, it allows you to bombard enemies very easily. 

Variable: Increasing Chromie's ability power by 25% for 10 seconds, Quantum Overdrive allows her to deal amazing burst damage - especially if you have Timewalker's Pursuit maxed (bringing the total to 30%). Just be sure to land your shots when it's active. 

Level 18: Pocket of Time 

Past and Future Me allows Chromie to leave an echo of herself behind after using Sand Blast. When you then use Sand Blast again, your Echo will fire an untalented version of it in the same direction for 50% of the damage. It's pretty awesome (and fun!) and allows Chromie to pump out much more damage. 

Matchups

These Hero Threat Levels (1 being lowest threat and 10 being highest threat) are to help you determine which enemy Heroes can give you a headache. For the Heroes listed here, take extra care as they're particularly dangerous for Chromie. 

Hero

Threat 

Lunara: Her mobility, nuisance poison and vision make life difficult for Chromie. She can also easily avoid your skill shots if she keeps moving. 

7/10

Tracer: Her speed, Recall, Blink and Ultimate can be very, very difficult to handle. You'll struggle to land your skill shots and you've no way of defending yourself.

9/10

Thrall: His root, ranged poke and self healing are very difficult to deal with. Even with your range, if he has taken Sundering and flanks you, you'll die quickly. 

8/10

The Butcher: Onslaught and Lamb to the Slaughter can destroy you near instantly. A Time Trap buys you a very narrow window of opportunity. 

7/10

Illidan: Evade, self healing, mobility, damage - he's a headache you just can't get rid of. 

8/10

Greymane: He has the burst potential to kill you near instantly if he switches to Worgen form, while having his Ultimate ability ready. 

8/10

Valeera: Her ability to cloak, stun and burst make life pretty miserable for Chromie.  9/10

Tips

This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Chromie play. We'll continue to add to the list as required and if you have any tips you'd like to share, let us know in the comments below and we'll place them here. 


1. Chromie has ridiculously long range - make use of this in teams fights and to siege against enemy structures.

2. Your cooldown on Sand Blast is very low. Be sure to constantly release them in a team fight. 

3. Sand Blast can only affect enemy Heroes - you can't use it for wave clear. 

4. Due to the casting delay on Sand Blast, it's possible to quickly cast Dragon's Breath, followed by Sand Blast, for a huge single location burst of damage. 

5. Your Time Trap's should always be placed in locations most walked. It's primarily a defensive tool so be sure to use it in lane or on Objectives. 

6. Dragon's Breath doesn't have an impact warning. This makes life very difficult for the enemy team and their healer as they won't know where you've fired it before it's too late. 

7. Temporal Loop should be used against high priority targets that are likely to try and escape you and your team (healers/mages). Be sure to use it on them just as they're running so they're brought back to your team. 

8. If you're being dived on by a melee assassin, use Temporal Loop and keep running. It'll create huge space for you. 

9. Against a melee heavy composition (or assassin heavy) Time Out can be invaluable. Use it when they dive you to buy you space. 

10. Always try to destroy the enemy teams Fountains with your skills. You can poke most of them by attacking from the sides of the keep.

11. Try to always fire your skills from maximum range and from cover (bushes/vents) - the element of surprise is key for Chromie.


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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017

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