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Valla Hero Synergies and Counters

Last updated on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:00 by Oxygen 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the heroes you synergise well with, as Valla and those you are particularly vulnerable against.

The other pages of our Valla can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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 Rank 1 Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Heroes Valla Works Well With

In this section, we will look at the heroes that work particularly well with Valla.

1.1. Abathur

Abathur Portrait Valla makes for an excellent Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution target due to her strong Abilities and potent Basic Attack. Adrenal Overload Icon Adrenal Overload and Adrenaline Boost Icon Adrenaline Boost are especially strong talents to further improve Valla's offense, while Carapace Icon Carapace will help with keeping her alive.

1.2. E.T.C.

E.T.C. Portrait Rockstar Icon Rockstar and Speed Metal Icon Speed Metal provide invaluable increases to Valla's attack and movement speed. E.T.C. himself is the perfect Hero to stand between you and your opponents with the strong peeling power provided by both Powerslide Icon Powerslide and Face Melt Icon Face Melt. Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit can combo with both Strafe Icon Strafe and Rain of Vengeance Icon Rain of Vengeance for unparalleled results.

1.3. Uther

Uther Portrait Holy Light Icon Holy Light, Holy Radiance Icon Holy Radiance, and Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield's burst healing and protection can keep you alive through the most dire of situations. Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice can be used as a soft peeling tool as well as a setup tool for your sustained damage. Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm synergises very well with both Strafe Icon Strafe and Rain of Vengeance Icon Rain of Vengeance.

2. Heroes Valla Is Countered By

In this section, we will look at the heroes that counter Valla particularly well.

The presence of any of these Heroes should prompt you to adopt the Hungering Arrow Icon Hungering Arrow-centered Talent build described on the Talent Build page over the Basic Attack build, as these Heroes make it difficult for you to sustain Basic Attacks.

2.1. Chen

Chen Portrait Flying Kick Icon Flying Kick's short cooldown allows Chen to continuously pressure Valla in spite of Vault Icon Vault, all while the Shields generated by Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew are too strong for you to even impact his Health pool. His Heroic Ability Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg can either be used to unconditionally zone you away from your allies, or to bring you to your opponents — both of which are highly undesirable.

2.1.1. How To Play Against Chen

Since Chen relies on channeling Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to use his Abilities and generally stay alive, positioning yourself near allied Heroes with readily available interrupts can discourage him from engaging you at all. Wandering Keg Icon Wandering Keg can be sidestepped by Vault Icon Vault to prevent it from driving you into your opponents. Consider picking Manticore Icon Manticore to punish him should his Shields come down.

2.2. Illidan

Illidan Portrait Multiple gap-closers in the form of Dive Icon Dive and Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike make Illidan inescapable, while Evasion Icon Evasion completely shuts down your main source of damage. To make matters worse, his unstoppable frames make him difficult to peel for allies.

2.2.1. How To Play Against Illidan

Illidan is at his best when he can freely deliver sustained Basic Attacks. As such, it is imperative that you stay out of his melee range, a task made difficult by his Dive Icon Dive and Sweeping Strike Icon Sweeping Strike. The best way of dealing with him is to kite and remain near allied Heroes who can offer crowd control. Avoid wasting your time attacking him while Evasion Icon Evasion is active, which you can tell by his faded appearance.

2.3. Nova

Nova Portrait Nova's fearsome burst damage through her Snipe Icon Snipe, Pinning Shot Icon Pinning Shot, Anti-Armor Shells Icon Anti-Armor Shells, and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike can kill you outright and from range whenever you are below ~70% of your Health total. This fact alone makes it very dangerous for you to have significant uptime both in lane and during team fights.

2.3.1. How To Play Against Nova

Nova's Snipe Icon Snipe accuracy is increased while she is Cloaked, as it allows her to sneak up onto her targets. Pay attention to the shimmer produced by her Cloak, and dispel the effect by using Multishot Icon Multishot. Rapidly moving back and forth whenever you suspect she may be nearby will also make it harder for her to successfully use Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike. If Snipe does miss, it is usually possible for Valla to duel Nova and come out on top. Avoid wasting Hungering Arrow Icon Hungering Arrow against her Holo Decoy Icon Holo Decoy by first letting her cast it and letting it expire, which takes 5 seconds. Consider picking up Gloom Icon Gloom.

2.4. Tyrael

Tyrael Portrait Judgment Icon Judgment's unavoidable stun can be used to hard-engage on Valla and follow up with high damage Abilities such as Falstad's Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast or Nova's Snipe Icon Snipe and Precision Strike Icon Precision Strike. Unless supported, these combos will usually result in you dying. In general, Tyrael can pressure Valla through El'Druin's Might Icon El'Druin's Might and Smite Icon Smite, while making retaliating hard due to Righteousness Icon Righteousness and Imposing Will Icon Imposing Will.

2.4.1. How To Play Against Tyrael

While Tyrael's damage is not that threatening on its own, Heroes that can properly follow up on a Judgment Icon Judgment cast are often lethal to Valla, as they are nearly impossible to counter. Typically, it falls upon your Support to protect you from Judgment. You can, however, make combos harder to pull off by standing further back, forcing Tyrael to overextend out of other combo pieces and away from his own Support.

3. ChangeLog

  • 11 May 2016: Cosmetic changes to add more glossary link. Page was reviewed to make sure everything is still valid.
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