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Valeera Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:11 by Micekrispies 44 comments

Table of Contents

Valeera Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Valeera has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

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

About the Author

Micekrispies is a Grand Master Hero League player who has a passion for the MOBA scene and its community. Having over 6 years of experience in the upper divisions of League of Legends, Micekrispies saw Heroes of the Storm as an exciting new endeavor. His priority is to share his knowledge of the MOBA genre with any and all who desire to learn more. Feel free to drop off a comment in the comments section or check out him out on Twitch where he will gladly answer any of your questions.

1. Tips on Ability Usage

  • The Unrevealable portion of Vanish Icon Vanish may be used mid-fight to trick enemies with new positioning.
  • Do not hesitate to use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to dodge powerful enemy skillshots or even to disengage from a losing fight.
  • When possible, try to hit multiple enemy Heroes with a single cast of Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry as to generate bonus Combo Points.
  • Resist the temptation to use Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot on enemies who are already locked down or have a small chance of getting away as the damage it generates is very low compared to its alternatives.
  • Try to use Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate when 3 combo points are available to maximize its damage output.
  • The Silence portion of Garrote Icon Garrote can be used to interrupt an enemy's channeled ability.
  • Try to not use Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb near enemies who can easily leave its AoE, as this will render the ability completely useless.
  • Do not be afraid to use Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows liberally, as the cooldown is rather short for a Heroic Ability.

2. Vanish (Trait)

Valeera Vanish
Vanish (D) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

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 a different set of Abilities while she remains Stealthed.

The first step to success with Valeera is mastering every facet of her stealth mechanic Vanish Icon Vanish. Vanish can be used for both engage and disengage and when utilized properly will allow Valeera to freely stride through teamfights to pick off her target(s) of choice. Use the 10% increased Movement Speed bonus from Vanish to flee from pursuing enemies or to catch an enemy trying who many themselves be trying to escape. The Unrevealable portion of the Ability is invaluable and allows Valeera to more safely reposition within a fight even while taking damage. This can also be used to juke enemy Heroes and force them to head in a direction opposite to that of Valeera. Much of Valeera's kit (Ambush Icon Ambush, Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot, and Garrote Icon Garrote), may only be used when in Stealth, so keep in mind that these abilities effectively share the 8-second cooldown with Vanish. It is also important to note that when Valeera is already Stealthed, using her Mount will not only break the effect but will also place Vanish on full cooldown.

3. Sinister Strike

Valeera Sinister Strike
Sinister Strike (Q) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Energy: 30
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Dash forward, hitting all enemies in a line for 110 (+4% per level) damage. If Sinister Strike hits a Hero, Valeera stops dashing immediately and the cooldown is reduced to 1 second.

Awards 1 Combo Point.

Stealth: Ambush

Heavily damage an enemy.

Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike is an incredibly strong gap-closer that provides Valeera with much of her mobility during fights. When possible, Valeera should always try to hit an enemy Hero with every cast of Sinister Strike to not only generate a Combo Point, but to greatly reduce its cooldown. Sinister Strike can also be used to dodge powerful enemy skillshots or to disengage from an enemy Hero altogether.

4. Ambush

Valeera Ambush
Ambush (Q) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Energy: 10
  • Cooldown: 1 seconds

Ambush the target, instantly dealing 180 (+4% per level) damage to the target.

Awards 1 Combo Point.

Unstealth: Sinister Strike

Dash forward, damaging enemies.

Ambush Icon Ambush is Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike's Stealth counterpart and although it does not provide Valeera with any mobility it does deal a large amount if instantaneous damage. Should burning down a target as fast as possible be Valeera's objective, she should open out of stealth by casting Ambush onto her target.

5. Blade Flurry

Valeera Blade Flurry
Blade Flurry (W) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Energy: 40
  • Cooldown: 4 seconds

Deal 130 (+4% per level) damage in an area around Valeera.

Awards 1 Combo Point per enemy Hero hit.

Stealth: Cheap Shot

Stun and damage an enemy.

Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is an AoE damage ability that can be used by Valeera on multiple enemy Heroes to quickly generate Combo Points. Although the damage is mediocre at best, Blade Flurry can still serve as a reliable source of waveclearing when in lane. When possible, and without putting her into a compromising position, always try to position Valeera between multiple enemy Heroes to get the most value out of a single Blade Flurry cast in terms of Combo Point generation.

6. Cheap Shot

Valeera Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot (W) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Energy: 30
  • Cooldown: 1 seconds

Deal 30 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and stun them for 1.25 seconds.

Awards 1 Combo Point.

Unstealth: Blade Flurry

Deal damage in an area around Valeera.

Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot is Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry's Stealth counterpart and Valeera's primary source of hard crowd-control. The Stun duration makes it feel quite impactful and is great for following up on allies other sources of crowd control in order to lock down a specific target. The damage generated by Cheap Shot is almost negligible therefore Valeera should only open out of stealth with Cheap Shot should stunning the target be her immediate concern.

7. Eviscerate

Valeera Eviscerate
Eviscerate (E) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Energy: 25
  • Cooldown: 1 seconds

Eviscerate an enemy, dealing damage per Combo Point.

1 Point: 85 (+4% per level)

2 Points: 170 (+4% per level)

3 Points: 255 (+4% per level)

Stealth: Garrote

Silence and damage an enemy over time.

Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate is Valeera's highest source of single target damage and works based off of a "Combo Point" system. Eviscerate can only be cast when she has both at least 1 Combo Point and the required amount of Energy. Combo Points are awarded to Valeera every time she successfully strikes an enemy Hero with one of her Basic Abilities. The more Combo Points Valeera has stored, the more damage Eviscerate will do when cast (up to a maximum of 3 Combo Points). Because of this interaction, Eviscerate is most efficent when it is the next ability cast after Valeera has attained 3 Combo Points, as anything less will result in a weaker Eviscerate, and anything more will waste potential Combo Point generation.

8. Garrote

Valeera Garrote
Garrote (E) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Energy: 30
  • Cooldown: 1 seconds

Garrote an enemy, dealing 20 (+4% per level) damage instantly, an additional 140 (+4% per level) damage over 7 seconds, and silencing them for 2.25 seconds.

Awards 1 Combo Point.

Unstealth: Eviscerate

High damage finishing move.

Garrote Icon Garrote is Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate's Stealth counterpart and provides Valeera an opener with a good mix of both damage and utility in the form of a Silence. Although the immediate damage output of Garrote is not as high as Ambush Icon Ambush, and the Silence may not be as impactful as the hard stun of Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot, the combination of damage and utility does make it an incredibly useful opener for when Valeera needs to not only blow up a target, but help ensure they have no means of escape through casting their own abilities, such as a gap-closer or any means of damage mitigation.

9. Smoke Bomb

Valeera Smoke Bomb
Smoke Bomb (R) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Heroic
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Create a cloud of smoke. While in the smoke, Valeera is Unrevealable, can pass through other units, and gains 25 Armor, 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.

Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb is the first option of Valeera's two defensive Heroic Abilities. Once Valeera has activated Smoke Bomb, she is able to stand within its area-of-effect to become Unrevealable, unaffected by Unit Collision, and much harder to kill with a 25% reduction in damage taken. Being "Unrevealable" means that Valeera will remain not only untargetable but completely invisible to her opponents while under its effect. This implies that enemy Heroes will not be able to strike Valeera with Basic Attacks or targeted abilities. Smoke Bomb is incredibly strong against ranged and melee assassins who rely heavily on Basic Attacks as their primary source of damage. Smoke Bomb is a phenomenal ability which allows Valeera to dart back and forth within a crowd picking off any misfortunate Hero who remains within its presence. Make sure to always cast Smoke Bomb within close proximity to team fights to ensure that enemies will not be able to simply walk away from the area and completely negate the ability altogether. Valeera may also cast Vanish Icon Vanish during Smoke Bomb and simply walk away from its area-of-effect. This will trick many players into thinking that Valeera is still within the smoke and will cause them to wait for her to appear after its duration.

10. Cloak of Shadows

Valeera Cloak of Shadows
Cloak of Shadows (R) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Heroic
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

Valeera is enveloped in a Cloak of Shadows, which immediately removes all damage over time effects from her. For 1.5 seconds, she becomes Unstoppable and gains 75 Spell Armor, reducing Ability Damage taken by 75%.

Using this Ability does not break Vanish.

Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows is Valeera's second Heroic Ability choice and much like Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb provides her with a nice amount of defensive utility. Cloak of Shadows may be heavily considered if Valeera finds herself matched up against a crowd-control heavy team composition, as that tends to be one of her greatest weaknesses. The 15 second cooldown of Cloak of Shadows is surprisingly low for a Heroic Ability and makes it a rather strong ability choice. Because of this, Valeera should not be afraid to use Cloak of Shadows anytime she fears mortal danger is imminent when caught in the midst of hard crowd-control or heavy ability damage.

11. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Apr. 2017: Adjusted Cloak of Shadows's cooldown duration from 25 to 15 seconds.
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