Valeera Enters Heroes Of The Storm

Valeera Enters Heroes Of The Storm

Heroes of the Storm welcomes an exciting new assassin from World of Warcraft, Valeera, to the Nexus.

Valeera’s trait is Vanish, and allows her to shift into stealth mode and increase her Movement Speed by 10%. She has two sets of abilities: her basic skills can be used when visible; while her vanish abilities can only be activated when stealth is engaged. Valeera’s first heroic abilities is Smoke Bomb, which creates a cloud and allows her to pass through other units; additionally, she also gains 25 armour, reducing damage taken by 25%. Her second ability is Cloak of Shadows, and immediately removes all damage-over-time effects, and makes her unstoppable for one second. It also grants 75 spell armour and reduces damage taken by 75%.

Overview: For a time, the gladiator Valeera Sanguinar served dutifully as one of Varian Wrynn’s personal bodyguards. Now, her shadowy skills find her a natural fit within the secretive rogue order, the Uncrowned, in their fight against the Legion.

Mechanic:

  • Combo Points
  • Rogues are masters at chaining quick attacks, and Valeera is no different. While visible and in Stealth, Valeera accumulates Combo Points that can be spent to empower Eviscerate (E).

Trait

  • Vanish (D)
  • Valeera vanishes from sight, becoming Stealthed and increasing her Movement Speed by 10%. For the first second, she is Unrevealable and can pass through other units.
  • Using Vanish grants Valeera an alternate set of Abilities that she can use while Stealthed.


Basic Abilities

  • Sinister Strike (Q)
      • Dash forward, hitting all enemies in a line. If Sinister Strike hits an enemy Hero, Valeera stops dashing immediately and the cooldown is reduced to 1 second.
      • Awards 1 Combo Point.
  • Blade Flurry (W)
      • Deal damage in an area around Valeera.
      • Awards 1 Combo Point per enemy Hero hit.
  • Eviscerate (E)
  • Consume all Combo Points to eviscerate an enemy, dealing increased damage per Combo Point spent. Valeera can store a maximum of 3 Combo Points.

Vanish Abilities

    • Ambush (Q)
      • Ambush the target, instantly dealing damage to them.
      • Awards 1 Combo Point.
  • Cheap Shot (W)
  • Deal a small amount of damage to an enemy and stun them for 1.5 seconds.
  • Awards 1 Combo Point.
  • Garrote (E)
  • Garrote an enemy, instantly dealing a small amount of damage, as well as a larger amount of bonus damage over 7 seconds, and Silencing them for 2 seconds.
  • Awards 1 Combo Point.

Heroic Abilities

  • Smoke Bomb (R)
      • Create a cloud of smoke. While in the smoke, Valeera is Unrevealable and can pass through other units. Additionally, she gains 25 Armour, reducing damage taken by 25%. Valeera can continue to attack and use abilities without being revealed. Lasts 5 seconds.
      • Using this ability does not break Vanish.
  • Cloak of Shadows (R)
    • Valeera is enveloped in a Cloak of Shadows, which immediately removes all damage over time effects from her. For 1 second, she becomes Unstoppable and gains 75 Spell Armour, reducing Ability Damage taken by 75%.
    • Using this ability does not break Vanish.

Talents

Hero Level (Tier) Talent Description
1 (1) [Passive] Vigor Valeera regenerates an additional 2 Energy per second. Reward: After collecting 20 Regen Globes, increase Valeera’s Maximum Energy to 120.
1 (1) [D] Subtlety After remaining Vanished for at least 4 seconds, using Ambush, Cheap Shot, or Garrote causes Valeera to regenerate 10 Energy per second for 5 seconds.
1 (1) [Passive] Combat Readiness Each Combo Point spent grants 50 Physical Armour against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing its damage by 50%. Stores up to 3 charges.
1 (1) [Active] Crippling Poison Activate to cause Valeera’s next instance of Spell Damage to slow enemy Movement Speed by 25% for 3 seconds. Activating Crippling Poison does not break Vanish. Cooldown: 15 seconds.
4 (2) [Q] Relentless Strikes Reduces the Energy cost of Sinister Strike by 10.
4 (2) [SE] Hemorrhage Valeera’s Basic Attacks deal 25% additional damage to enemies affected by Garrote.
4 (2) [D] Initiative Ambush, Cheap Shot, and Garrote award 2 Combo Points.
4 (2) [Active] Wound Poison Activate to cause Valeera’s next instance of Spell Damage to also reduce healing received by the victim by 50% for 4 seconds. Activating Wound Poison does not break Vanish. Cooldown: 15 seconds.
7 (3) [Q] Mutilate Sinister Strike now hits with both blades, dealing 100% additional damage, but its range is reduced by 1.
7 (3) [W] Fatal Finesse [!] Quest: Each time Blade Flurry damages an enemy Hero, its damage increases by 3, up to 60. Reward: After damaging 20 Heroes with Blade Flurry, permanently reduce its Energy cost by 20.
7 (3) [E] Slice and Dice Eviscerating an enemy with 3 Combo Points causes Valeera’s next 3 Basic Attacks to have their Attack Speed increased by 150%. Lasts 3 seconds.
7 (3) [SQ] Assassinate Ambush deals 100% additional damage if no other enemy Heroes are within 5 range of the victim.
10 (4) [R1] Smoke Bomb Create a cloud of smoke. While in the smoke, Valeera is Unrevealable, can pass through other units, and gains 25 Armour, reducing damage taken by 25%. Valeera can continue to attack and use abilities without being revealed. Lasts 5 seconds. Using this ability does not break Vanish.
10 (4) [R2] Cloak of Shadows Valeera is enveloped in a Cloak of Shadows, which immediately removes all damage over time effects from her. For 1 second, she becomes Unstoppable and gains 75 Spell Armour, reducing Ability Damage taken by 75%. Using this ability does not break Vanish.
13 (5) [D] Elusiveness Increases Valeera’s Movement Speed while Vanished by an additional 10%.
13 (5) [SQ] Death from Above Ambush now has 5 range and teleports Valeera behind the victim.
13 (5) [SW] Blind When Cheap Shot expires, the victim is blinded for 2.5 seconds.
13 (5) [SE] Strangle Garrote reduces Ability Damage dealt by the victim by 25% for 7 seconds.
16 (6) [Q] Seal Fate Sinister Strike deals 50% additional damage and generates an additional Combo Point when used against silenced, rooted, or stunned enemy Heroes.
16 (6) [SE] Rupture Valeera’s Basic Attacks refresh the damage over time effect of Garrote.
16 (6) [E] Expose Armor Eviscerating an enemy with 3 Combo Points causes them to lose 25 Armour for 2 seconds, increasing all damage taken by 25%.
16 (6) [Active] Thistle Tea Activate to instantly restore 100 Energy. Activating Thistle Tea does not break Vanish. Cooldown: 60 seconds.
20 (7) [R1] Adrenaline Rush While in the Smoke Bomb, Valeera regenerates an additional 30 Energy per second.
20 (7) [R2] Enveloping Shadows Whenever Valeera uses Vanish, she also gains Cloak of Shadows.
20 (7) [D] Nightslayer Reduces the cooldown of Vanish by 3 seconds.
20 (7) [Active] Cold Blood Activate to increase the damage of Valeera’s next Eviscerate by 100%. Activating Cold Blood does not break Vanish. Cooldown: 60 seconds.

 

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