ETC Build

The Power of the Horde incarnated by brutal rhythms and blistering guitar riffs into 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.


ETC Build

This ETC build was used by BadBenny (Team Expert) at the HGC Europe 2017 on April 14, 2017 — winning the Game 1 match against Fnatic in the Braxis Holdout map.


Block Party

Loud Speakers

Echo Pedal

Mosh Pit

Face Smelt

Imposing Presence

Storm Shield



ETC Features


Powerslide (Q)

Slide to a location dealing 95 damage and stunning enemies hit for 1.25 sec.

Mana: 60
Cooldown: 12 sec

Face Melt (W)

Deals 71 damage to nearby enemies, knocking them back.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 sec

Guitar Solo (E)

Regenerate 69 Health per sec for 4 sec.

Mana: 40
Cooldown: 8 sec

Rockstar (Trait)

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


The Power of the Horde incarnated by brutal rhythyms 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.


The ETC name stands for Elite Tauren Chieftain. It was introduced at BlizzCon 2005 as a rock band of Blizzard employees. Later, as an NPC in the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion as the leader of a rock band named Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain.

In real life and in-game, the band is composed of Samuro (Samwise Didier), Sig Nicious (Chris Sigaty) the rhythm guitarist, Bergrisst (Dave Berggren) the lead guitarist, Mai'Kyl (Mike Morhaime) the bassist and Chief Thunder-Skins (Alan Dabiri) the drummer.

The band has had several incarnations since 2003 changing from level 10 (Warcraft III), level 60 (WoW vanilla), level 70 (Burning Crusade), level 80 (Wrath of the Lich King) and level 90 (Mists of Pandaria).

There are a few notable songs released by Blizzard Entertainment over the years by ETC. The first one titled "Power of the Horde" (2003), and a very iconic one titled "I am Murloc" (2007).

"Ready to rock!"

"Point me to the stage!"

"It takes a real stud to rock a pink goatee."

"Where I go is the cow level."

"Hell yes I'm a fan of Mootallica!" (referencing the band Metallica)

"My bread?(?) Baby I will smoke whatever you got."

"Baby I'm a five-star general of the Metal Moooolitia."

"Mess with the bull, you gon' get the horns (angry moo, crashing sound). I told ya!"

"One hundred percent pure bull, baby!"

"E.T.C. - Easy as one, two, three!"

"I wanna rock and roll all day, and party every night! We can say that, right? I mean I changed up the words and everything- (telephone ringing) Oh no! Don't pick that up. (Muffled Murloc voice on phone) Okay, tell 'em I'm not here."

"We need more cowbell! ... Aw, come on! That's all you got for me?! How old is that joke, man? We need more cowbell... What we need is better writers. Forget this, baby! (microphone feedback) I'll be in the tour bus. (walks away)."

"I like my metal like I like my coffee: black and heavy."

"Live your life by a simple creed. Mine is half a good time, all the time. Oh, and Creed sucks."

"Man I've seen a million faces, and I've rocked them all!"

"I have been known to get bullish around groupies."


ETC Talents

Guitar HeroWhite Guitar Solo is active, E.T.C. heals for 50% of his damage dealt by Basic Attacks.
Prog RockQuest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe permanently increases the healing per sec of Guitar Solo by 5, to a max of 100.

Reward: After gathering 20 Regeneration Globes, Guitar Solo also heals nearby allied Heroes for 52 Health every sec while it is active.
Block PartyUsing a Basic or Heroic ability also gives nearby allied Heroes a stack of Block, granting 50 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack for 8 sec, reducing the damage taken by 50%. Max 2 stacks of Block.
Crowd SurferAllows Powerslide to travel over walls and terrain.
Loud SpeakersIncreases Face Melt range and knockback by 50%.
Speed MetalUsing a Basic or Heroic ability also gives nearby allied Heroes 15% Movement Speed for 2 sec.
Pinball WizardFace Melt does 300% more damage to enemies recently affected by Powerslide.
Echo PedalUsing a Basic or Heroic Ability releases two pulses of 20 damage. This deals 250% bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries. The first occurs instantly, the second occurs 2 seconds later.
Hammer-onAfter using an Ability, E.T.C.'s next 2 Basic Attacks deal 35% more damage.
Mosh PitAfter 0.75 sec, channel to stun nearby enemies for 4 sec.

Mana: 100
Cooldown: 120
Stage DiveLeap to target location, landing after 2.75 sec, dealing 489 damage to enemies in the area, and slowing them by 50% for 3 sec.

Mana: 100
Cooldown: 75
Mic CheckHitting at least 2 targets with Face Melt reduces its cooldown by 6 sec.
EncoreFace Melt leaves an Amp behind, which will knock enemies away again 2 sec later.
Face SmeltFace Melt slows enemies by 50% fading over 2 sec.
Show StopperAfter using Powerslide, gain 15 Armor for 4 sec, reducing all damage taken by 15%.
Aggressive ShreddingE.T.C.'s Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Guitar Solo by 0.75 sec.
Imposing PresenceActivate to slow the Attack Speed by 50% and Movement Speed by 20% of nearby Heroes and Summons for 2.5 sec.

Passive: Heroes and Summons that attack your Hero have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 sec.

Cooldown: 20 sec
Tour BusMosh Pit refreshes the cooldown of Powerslide. E.T.C. can Powerslide during Mosh Pit, which also increases its duration by 2 sec.
Crowd PleaserStage Dive's impact area is 50% bigger, and its cooldown is reduced by 10 sec for every enemy Hero hit.
Death MetalUpon dying, a ghost uses Mosh Pit at E.T.C.'s location.
Storm ShieldActivate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 sec.

Cooldown: 45 sec
Bolt of the StormActivate to teleport to a nearby location.

Cooldown: 70 sec


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