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Nova Build Guide “Ready to have your mind blown?”

Last updated on Jan 06, 2017 at 17:13 by Oxygen 28 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Nova guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Nova in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

One in The Chamber Build (talent calculator link)

One in the Chamber Icon One in the Chamber Build revolves around the idea of exploiting the eponymous Talent to maximise Nova's offensive utility and damage potential. This is achieved by weaving Basic Attacks in between every Ability cast. Since the build's effectiveness is a direct result of how many Abilities you are able to cast, its Talent choices provide Cooldown reduction or Charges, such as Rapid Projection Icon Rapid Projection, Double Tap Icon Double Tap, and Rewind Icon Rewind. This build also provides aggressive utility for your teammates to capitalise upon through he aforementioned Double Tap Talent and Crippling Shot Icon Crippling Shot.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Nova synergizes with

Nova works best with Heroes that provide one or many form of initiation or crowd control. Her high burst damage output also benefits from buffs and debuffs. Since her team fight presence is considered to be low, avoid drafting her along Heroes such as Abathur, Murky, or The Lost Vikings.

Nova is countered by

As a ranged Assassin with little in the way of escaping, Nova players must rely on burst damage and long-ranged attacks to perform well. As such, she tends to struggle with anything that has a reliable means of mitigating damage for oneself or for allies or closing the gap to get up close and personal with her.

Maps

Nova's stronger maps Warhead Junction
Nova's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Haunted Mines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom
Nova's weaker maps Braxis Holdout Infernal Shrines

Nova's role as a roamer and abysmal waveclear means she excels on Maps that feature many opportunities to gank, and a lackluster choice for everything else, but especially for Maps that involve a lot of pushing and sieging or killing Monsters.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Nova is a Cloaked ranged damage dealer. Her strongest point is her exceptional long-ranged single-target burst damage. As a fragile Hero with no movement ability, she must rely on deception andkilling her foes before they can respond.

3. Strengths

  • Extremely good burst damage
  • Long Basic Attack and Ability range
  • Cloaked when out of combat
  • Effective ganks and threatening battlefield presence

4. Weaknesses

5. Role in the Current Meta

Nova's uniquely high ranged burst damage allows her to kill certain Heroes in a single successful Ability chain. She is also permanently Cloaked while out of combat, which makes tracking her position difficult. This deadly combination makes her a prime candidate for roaming. The psychological pressure caused by a Nova pick is evident in and of itself: while she is out of sight, opposing players tend to play more defensively, opening up windows of opportunities for your own teammates. She forces fragile Heroes to constantly have to consider their positioning in order to avoid her damage, which reduces their effectiveness.

Nova's binary nature of being outstanding versus fragile Heroes and subpar versus everything else, on top of her limited utility, makes her a niche Hero that is easily countered. She is therefore typically picked late into drafts to specifically punish compositions that rely on many fragile Heroes or lack instant defensive tools.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 06 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Zul'jin's patch and moved to the new format.
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