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How to Complete the Nexus Challenge Fast

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The Nexus Challenge has been introduced in mid-November and is here to stay until January 4, 2017It offers quite interesting Heroes that are a beneficial addition to your roster, a 31-day Stimpack and even more rewards if you're into Overwatch.

If you feel like it's taking too long to complete the 30 games then you're doing it wrong! Most of this is common sense, but you can easily finish it in several hours, because AI games with Friends count towards the 30 game requirement.

First, join an in-game chat, such as /lfg or /reddit. It makes looking for other people who also want to complete the objective much easier. The easiest method is to complete 30 games with AI set to Beginner with 4 other players. You can completely ignore objectives and all players should focus on pushing a single lane together. This is called AI rush and my games usually take no more than 5-6 minutes before we destroy the enemy core.  I've been even able to complete a game in 4:40.

Tips

  • If you're joining a random group, don't forget to right-click a player's portrait and add him as a friend. I usually do this with every group member, because sometimes a single person doesn't confirm it. Don't start the game by clicking "Ready" unless at least one player has accepted your friend request or the next game played won't count toward the Nexus Challenge requirement.
  • We've got guides ready for all the Heroes you get from the challenge
  • Ideal compositions for speed runs, should include Sylvanas (to disable structures), Auriel (no mana dependency), Zarya or Tassadar for shields etc. (thanks to @Krazyito for pointing out).

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You can do it in 3m if you have the right comp. This requires, Sylvanas, Hammer, a healer that doesn't rely on mana (auriel usually). Optional: Zayra for shields and/or Tassadar + Zagara/Gazelowe or any other specisilst that has good pushing power.

The main strategy with this comp is 'protect the hammer'.  Let Sgt. Hammer focus the buildings while Sylvanas disables them and the rest of the team kills AI bots as they show up. Hammer can reach every building including the core without being in range of its attacks.

To save slightly more time (not too much really) to can skip the gate + towers and go straight to the fort.  This confuses the beginner AI initially and they leave you alone for a bit until the creep waves takes down the gate.

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6 hours ago, Krazyito said:

This requires, Sylvanas, Hammer, a healer that doesn't rely on mana (auriel usually). Optional: Zayra for shields and/or Tassadar + Zagara/Gazelowe or any other specisilst that has good pushing power.

Sylvanas and hammer are mandatory for this strat, but I find that just about any "main" healer should be able to make it work - malfurion, rehgar, and morales can all usually handle it if they are careful with mana and manage their regen well (hit all the orbs, use low level regen talents like rehgars ghost wolf one).

 

for the last two slots I like to have self-sufficient bot slayers like sonya, muradin, etc, who can just mow down AIs over and over without needing much in the way of support. Azmodan can also be very nice as his lazor can help burn down structures very quickly and his basketball can hit the nexus from hammer range. other honorable mentions include dehaka and falstad who can use their fast travel to pick up quick objectives on certain maps such as nukes or punishers.

if you get a sylvanas and hammer that know what they're doing it is very possible to close out a lot of maps in under 3 minutes this way!

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On 12/1/2016 at 3:56 PM, Krazyito said:

You can do it in 3m if you have the right comp. This requires, Sylvanas, Hammer, a healer that doesn't rely on mana (auriel usually). 

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This has sped up the time needed by so much.  Thank you for the great tip!

On ‎12‎/‎1‎/‎2016 at 10:56 AM, Krazyito said:

You can do it in 3m if you have the right comp. This requires, Sylvanas, Hammer, a healer that doesn't rely on mana (auriel usually). Optional: Zayra for shields and/or Tassadar + Zagara/Gazelowe or any other specisilst that has good pushing power.

 

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