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

Last updated on Sep 29, 2016 at 08:26 by Oxygen 24 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 Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

Assassin Build: high single-target burst damage & debuffs

Nova synergizes with
Nova is countered by
Nova's stronger maps None
Nova's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen
Nova's weaker maps Infernal Shrines

Ability Usage:

  • Practice often to acquire and maintain your Snipe Icon Snipe accuracy. If you cannot reliably land Snipe, you cannot play Nova.
  • Use Pinning Shot Icon Pinning Shot to make your Snipe Icon Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike much easier to land.
  • Holo Decoy Icon Holo Decoy is useful to to intercept dangerous skillshots.
  • The Anti-Armor Shells Icon Anti-Armor Shells talent gives you 2.5 seconds to move between each Basic Attack you deliver; use this time to reposition yourself.

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 and killing her foes before they can respond.

3. Strengths

  • Extremely good burst damage
  • Long basic attack and ability range
  • Cloaked when out of combat
  • Good ganks

4. Weaknesses

  • Dependent on good positioning to hit skillshots
  • Low base health
  • Vulnerable to crowd control
  • No movement ability
  • Mediocre sustained damage
  • Very poor waveclear

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 usefulness.

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. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

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