Valeera Build Guide “The pleasure is mine.”
Welcome to our guide for Valeera, a Melee Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.
Valeera is a melee Assassin who uses Stealth and a unique Combo Point system to deal devastating amounts of burst damage to her enemies. Combo Points are generated every time Valeera strikes an enemy Hero with one of her Basic Abilities, which can then be spent on a powerful finishing move called Eviscerate. Unlike other Stealth based Heroes, Valeera is able to activate Vanish at will, allowing her to regularly shift back and forth between the shadows to trick and deceive her opponents. When Stealthed, Valeera has access to a whole new set of abilities commonly referred to as "openers", as these abilities are used to break Valeera from stealth and be the opening sequence to her unrelenting ability combo.
Each one of Valeera's three openers providers her with a different bonus; Ambush can be used for instantaneous pure damage, Cheap Shot for hard crowd-control in the form of a stun, and Garrote for damage-over-time and a crippling Silence. It is important for players to recognize which opener will best suit Valeera's needs at that exact moment, and being able to recognize this is an integral step in pursuing mastery of Valeera's kit.
Valeera's Strengths and Weaknesses
Valeera's Talent Build Cheatsheet
Limpanjo BuildTalent calculator »
The Ambush Build is dedicated to Limpanjo, a well known multiple Grandmaster Valeera Main from Europe, who was kind enough to share his input on our Valeera Build Guide. The Build itself is quite similar to the Sinister Strike Build with few exceptions. At Level 1, Combat Readiness provides very strong protection against enemy Basic Attacks, which allows Valeera to be played more safely both as a Ganker or Solo Laner. At Level 13 and 16, the Build takes a unique path. There, the focus lies on taking down individual (and preferably) isolated targets by opening Valeera's combo with Ambush. Thanks to Death From Above, Valeera is able to close the distance to her target nicely while also reducing the cooldown on Vanish, which in return allows her to strike from the shadows again more quickly. Assassinate works great with previous burst damage talents, most importantly, Mutilate at Level 7, as it lowers her targets Armor even further and deals extra damage as well.
Sinister Strike BuildTalent calculator »
As the name implies, the Sinister Strike Build focuses on talents that cause Sinister Strike to become one of Valeera's primary sources of burst damage. Relentless Strikes at Level 4 will allow Valeera to cast Sinister strike more regularly and Mutilate at Level 7 will vastly increase Sinister Strike's overall damage. When Seal Fate is used in conjunction with Mutilate, Valeera will be able to deal a very large amount of instantaneous burst damage when leaping onto a target effected by a silence, root, or stun (which conveniently can be provided through Cheap Shot or Garrote).
Valeera's Synergies and Counters
Valeera peforms best with Heroes who have a reliable source of crowd-control, high burst damage, or both! Alongside these Heroes, Valeera will be able to easily take down most high-priority targets before they are able to react. Also, Heroes who provide Valeera with a means of survivability and damage mitigation are also much appreciated as she has absolutely no self-sustain on her own.
Valeera is countered by Heroes who are able to easily break her from Stealth, as this will prevent her from being able to cast any of her opener abilities. She also is very susceptible to crowd-control as her overextended positioning within the enemy backline will often cause her to be quickly taken down once rendered immobile.
Valeera is best suited for larger maps with multiple Objective locations, as she will be able to roam around the Battleground looking for vulnerable enemy Heroes. Due to her limited waveclear and overall PvE potential she tends to suffer on maps where clearing large amounts of enemy Minions or Mercenaries is of high priority.
Valeera's Tips and Tricks
- The Unrevealable portion of Vanish may be used mid-fight to trick enemies with new positioning.
- Do not hesitate to use 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 to generate bonus Combo Points.
- Resist the temptation to use 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 when 3 Combo Points are available to maximize its damage output.
- The Silence portion of Garrote can be used to interrupt an enemy's channeled ability.
- Do not be afraid to use Cloak of Shadows liberally, as the cooldown is rather short for a Heroic Ability.
Role in the Current Meta
Valeera is a great counter-pick against low-Health, high-priority targets; particularly Assassins known for their massive damage output such as Chromie, Kael'thas, or Jaina. Valeera's damage and utility works best as a followup, first allowing her team to initiate before heading into the mix herself. She pairs excellently with Heroes who provide reliable crowd-control alongside high burst damage. When attempting to enter combat it is incredibly important for Valeera to avoid all damage (particularly AoE), as this will break her from Stealth and ruin her chance to get off an opener ability.
Due to her relatively weak PvE and her strong ganking potential, Valeera should spend most of the match roaming between lanes looking for overextended enemy Heroes to pick off. This will also allow her to more quickly generate stacks of Vigor and complete the quest portion of the Talent much sooner. Despite the fact that Valeera's true potential is best unfolded when she is able to roam and rotate between lanes, she neverthelessis a respectable solo laner and can be played there if no other options are available for your team.
- 14 Jul. 2019 (abilities page): Applied some minor updates to Valeera's ability section.
- 14 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Completely overhauled and updated Valeera's talents and builds in accordance with the recent Balance Update.
- 14 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated Valeera's intro section.
- 15 Dec. 2017 (this page): Guide has been updated to reflect latest balance patch, detailing Stealth rework (Vanish Build has been removed).
- 15 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Talents and their discussions have been updated for the latest balance patch.
- 26 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Removed Cold Blood from Level 20 Talent options; Talent Builds previously containing Cold Blood have been adjusted accordingly.
- 14 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Adjusted Crippling Poison's duration from 3 to 5 seconds and the talent is now deemed situational (was not recommended before).
- 14 Apr. 2017 (abilities page): Adjusted Cloak of Shadows's cooldown duration from 25 to 15 seconds.
- 04 Feb. 2017 (this page): Added Vanish talent build.
- 04 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Added Vanish talent build and added talent discussions.
- 25 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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