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Valeera Talents

Last updated on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:07 by Micekrispies 43 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Valeera in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

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

About the Author

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1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Vigor Subtlety Combat Readiness Crippling Poison ?
4 Relentless Strikes Hemorrhage Initiative Wound Poison
7 Mutilate Fatal Finesse Slice and Dice Assassinate
10 Smoke Bomb Cloak of Shadows ?
13 Elusiveness Death From Above Blind ? Strangle ?
16 Seal Fate Rupture Expose Armor Thistle Tea
20 Adrenaline Rush Enveloping Shadows ? Nightslayer
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Energy Build (talent calculator link)

The Energy Build is comprised of Talents that focus on maximizing Valeera's Energy efficiency in battle. Vigor Icon Vigor plays a primary role in this build by not only increasing Valeera's passive Energy regeneration, but by also increasing her Energy cap. This will allow Valeera to get off more ability combos more regularly, ultimately increasing her staying power in skirmishes and teamfights. The reduction in Energy cost of Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike through Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes also vastly improves her mobility and allows her to more easily stick to enemies attempting to kite her without chewing too heavily into her Energy reserves.

2.2. Garrote Build (talent calculator link)

The Garrote Build is primarily focused on the interaction between Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage and Rupture Icon Rupture. Once Rupture has been applied to a target, Basic Attacks will refresh the damage-over-time portion of Garrote, which in turn gives Valeera a consistant 25% increase in Basic Attack damage provided by Hemorrhage. This build should only be used under specific conditions, as it can be easily counter by Heroes who are able to effectively kite Valeera or have abilities which may Blind Valeera rendering her Basic Attacks completly useless.

2.3. Sinister Strike Build (talent calculator link)

As the name implies, the Sinister Strike Build focuses on talents that cause Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to become one of Valeera's primary sources of burst damage. Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes will allow Valeera to cast Sinister strike more regularly and Mutilate Icon Mutilate will vastly increase Sinister Strike's overall damage. When Seal Fate Icon 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 Icon Cheap Shot or Garrote Icon Garrote).

2.4. Vanish Build (talent calculator link)

The Vanish Build emphasizes Talents that revolve primarily around Valeera's Vanish Icon Vanish mechanic. Subtlety Icon Subtlety provides quick Energy regeneration after casting an opener while Initiative Icon Initiative generates a nice additional Combo Point. At Level 20, Nightslayer Icon Nightslayer gives the most value to the Vanish Build as Valeera will be able to more regularly benefit from popping in and out of Stealth. This means she will be able to cast her openers (as well as generate Combo Points from Initiative and sometimes the Energy from Subtlety) much more often.

3. Level 1 Talents

Valeera Vigor
Vigor (Level 1) World of Warcraft Valeera

Valeera regenerates an additional 2 Energy per second.

Reward: After Gathering 20 Regen Globes, increase Valeera's maximum Energy to 120.

Valeera Subtlety
Subtlety (Level 1) World of Warcraft Valeera

After remaining Vanished for at least 4 seconds, using Ambush, Cheap Shot, or Garrote causes Valeera to regenerate an additional 10 Energy per second for 5 seconds.

Valeera Combat Readiness
Combat Readiness (Level 1) World of Warcraft Valeera

Each Combo Point spent grants 50 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing its damage by 50%. Stores up to 3 charges.

Valeera Crippling Poison ?
Crippling Poison (Level 1) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Activate to cause Valeera's next instance of Spell Damage to slow enemy Movement Speed by 25% for 5 seconds.

Activating Crippling Poison does not break Vanish.

3.1. Discussion

Vigor Icon Vigor is a phenomenal Talent which benefits Valeera two-fold, with increased passive Energy regeneration and a larger Energy cap once the quest portion of the talent is completed. Gathering Regeneration Globes is quite easy for Valeera, as she will spend most of the match (particularly the early-game) roaming between lanes looking for overextended enemy Heroes to gank. Remember Valeera can also gather globes from allied Heroes as they defeat Mercenary camps and complete certain Battleground objectives. Vigor's Energy bonuses will greatly increase Valeera's staying power before she has to Vanish Icon Vanish out or disengage from a team fight, and will allow her to more quickly hop back in once she has.

Unlike the passive style of Vigor Icon Vigor, Subtlety Icon Subtlety provides Valeera a more instant boost in Energy regeneration during the heat of battle. The amount of Energy regenerated by Subtlety is impressive, however keep in mind that two conditions must be met in order to attain it. Not only does Valeera have to be in Stealth for at least 4 seconds after casting Vanish Icon Vanish, but she also has to successfully cast of one of her openers onto a target. This means that Valeera will not be able to attain the bonus Energy regeneration should she not stay Stealthed long enough or is broken from Stealth before being able to strike.

Although Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness brings Valeera a source of survivability, it requires that Combo Points be spent though Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate before the Block is granted. Should Valeera be able to get off a cast of Eviscerate at the exact time she is sustaining large amounts of Basic Attack damage, Combat Readiness is only most effective when 3 Combo Points are consumed. Even so, 3 stacks of Block are still relatively weak as they only reduce the damage of 3 Basic Attacks by 50% (only 1.5 Basic Attacks worth of damage is actually mitigated). This Talent is not only poor in providing Valeera with good damage mitigation, but it is completely outclassed by the benefits granted by both Vigor Icon Vigor and Subtlety Icon Subtlety.

Crippling Poison Icon Crippling Poison adds another source of crowd-control to Valeera's kit. Unfortunately the 25% reduction in movement speed for 5 seconds may sometimes not feel impactful enough to justify its viability. Vigor Icon Vigor or Subtlety Icon Subtlety are too important to Valeera to pass up, as Energy management is arguably one of Valeera's highest main concerns during the match.

4. Level 4 Talents

Valeera Relentless Strikes
Relentless Strikes (Level 4) World of Warcraft Valeera

Reduces the Energy cost of Sinister Strike by 10.

Valeera Hemorrhage
Hemorrhage (Level 4) World of Warcraft Valeera

Valeera's Basic Attacks deal 25% additional damage to enemies affected by Garrote.

Valeera Initiative
Initiative (Level 4) World of Warcraft Valeera

Ambush, Cheap Shot, and Garrote award 2 Combo Points.

Valeera Wound Poison
Wound Poison (Level 4) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Activate to cause Valeera's next instance of Spell Damage to also reduce healing received by the victim by 50% for 5 seconds.

Activating Wound Poison does not break Vanish.

4.1. Discussion

Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes provides Valeera a 33% reduction in Energy Cost of Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike. This grants her one free cast of Sinister Strike for the same Energy cost as two. Sinister Strike is one of Valeera's strongest abilities with a multitude of applications. It can be used to stick to targets attempting to kite her, for disengage, as well as to juke powerful enemy abilities. Additionally, the more casts of Sinister Strike that Valeera can connect with enemy Heroes, the more Combo Points she will be able to generate to increase the power of her Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate.

Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage is only recommended in the "Garrote Build" as it is most powerful when combined with Rupture Icon Rupture at Level 16. The interaction between these two Talents can be good for sustained damage if Valeera is able to constantly apply Basic Attacks to her primary target. Like mentioned in the Garrote Build's description, steer clear of this Talent should the enemy have a reliable source of Basic Attack mitigation such as Blinds.

Initiative Icon Initiative gives all of Valeera's openers an additional combo point. This Talent is best when Valeera's priority of the match is bursting down a single target as fast as possible as she will only need a single cast of Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike or Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry after her opener to reach 3 Combo Points. Initiative should be taken if Valeera would rather have faster immediate burst damage over the utility provided by Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes in terms of Energy cost reduction and mobility.

Wound Poison Icon Wound Poison is the definition of situational as it may sometimes be worth picking against targets who rely heavily on a particular source of healing that needs to be shut down in order to stop them. If this is not the case, stay far away from this ability as it will basically be a waste of Valeera's level 4 Talent slot.

5. Level 7 Talents

Valeera Mutilate
Mutilate (Level 7) World of Warcraft Valeera

Sinister Strike now hits with both blades, dealing 100% additional damage, but its range is reduced by 1.

Valeera Fatal Finesse
Fatal Finesse (Level 7) World of Warcraft Valeera

Quest: Each time Blade Flurry damages an enemy Hero, its damage increases by 3, up to 60.

Reward: After damaging 20 Heroes with Blade Flurry, permanently reduce its Energy cost by 20.

Valeera Slice and Dice
Slice and Dice (Level 7) World of Warcraft Valeera

Eviscerating an enemy with 3 Combo Points causes Valeera's next 3 Basic Attacks to have their Attack Speed increased by 150%. Lasts 3 seconds.

Valeera Assassinate
Assassinate (Level 7) World of Warcraft Valeera

Ambush deals 100% additional damage if no other enemy Heroes are within 4 range of the victim.

5.1. Discussion

Mutilate Icon Mutilate is an important talent for the "Sinister Strike Build" as it will dramatically increase Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike's damage output. This damage will become even more powerful at Level 16 when combined with the 50% increase in damage of Sinister Strike from Seal Fate Icon Seal Fate. Keep in mind that the decrease in range of Sinister Strike is definitely noticeable and will greatly affect Valeera's mobility, so only take this talent if maximizing the damage output of Sinister Strike is the build's priority.

Fatal Finesse Icon Fatal Finesse at first seems out of place as it is the only Talent that alters the effectiveness of Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry. Fatal Finesse not only increases the damage of Blade Flurry but also cut its Energy cost by 50% once the quest portion of the Talent is completed. The quest is relatively easy to complete as Blade Flurry is very easy to use and has a fairly short cooldown. Fatal Finesse allows Blade Flurry to become a much cheaper source of both damage and Combo Points.

Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice is only recommended with the "Garrote Build" as the increase in Valeera's Attack Speed nicely complements the Basic Attack damage buff provided by Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage. If Valeera has already passed on Hemorrhage at Level 4, it is generally a good idea to skip out on Slice and Dice as well as it will not provide much to Valeera otherwise.

Assassinate Icon Assassinate provides Valeera with great burst damage without needing to compromise the mobility of Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike like Mutilate Icon Mutilate does. Keep in mind that the requirement for this Talent to proc does force Valeera to be more selective when deciding to engage, making sure that her target is isolated before jumping onto them. That is why Assassinate is phenomenal for roaming and ganking. Also, many times high priority targets will be withdrawn in the backline during most parts of a teamfight leaving them vulnerable to Valeera's Assassinate as well.

6. Level 10 Talents

Valeera Smoke Bomb
Smoke Bomb (Level 10) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • 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.

Valeera Cloak of Shadows ?
Cloak of Shadows (Level 10) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • 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.

6.1. Discussion

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.

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 25-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.

Although each ability provides Valeera a unique play style, more often than not Smoke Bomb is recommended over Cloak of Shadows. The overall utility of Smoke Bomb tends to be more advantageous than Cloak of Shadows as Cloak of Shadows requires precision and great decision making to be used most effectively. As mentioned before, Cloak of Shadows may be the best option when the enemy team has a lot of lock-down and high burst damage that would cause Valeera to be killed shortly after initiation.

7. Level 13 Talents

Valeera Elusiveness
Elusiveness (Level 13) World of Warcraft Valeera

Increases Valeera's Movement Speed while Vanished by an additional 10%.

Valeera Death From Above
Death From Above (Level 13) World of Warcraft Valeera

Ambush now has 6 range and teleports Valeera behind the victim.

Valeera Blind ?
Blind (Level 13) World of Warcraft Valeera

When Cheap Shot expires, the victim is blinded for 2.5 seconds.

Valeera Strangle ?
Strangle (Level 13) World of Warcraft Valeera

Using Garrote on a Hero reduces their Spell Power by 25% for 7 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

DISCLAIMER: Every Talent in this tier provides Valeera with some sort of bonus utility to her kit. Each one of these Talents is beneficial in its own way and the specific Battleground and Team Compositions will greatly determine which is best for each given match.

The additional movement speed bonus of Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness allows Valeera to position much faster during team fights after casting Vanish Icon Vanish. Elusiveness can also be useful when attempting to peel away from an enemy Hero or when pursuing one who happens to be fleeing Valeera. The movement speed bonus of Vanish may sometimes be much more useful to Valeera than attempting to stop to mount up should Valeera be within reasonable proximity to her target.

Death From Above Icon Death From Above is similar to Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness in that it greatly increases Valeera's mobility. The difference between the two talents is that Death From Above provides an instantaneous gap-closer to Valeera's kit. Of these two Talents, one is not necessarily "better" than the other as they each have their own pros and cons depending on the specific situation at hand. Death From Above happens to pair very well with Assassinate Icon Assassinate at Level 7 since after taking this Talent Valeera will most often open onto her target with Ambush Icon Ambush anyway to attain the bonus burst damage.

Blind Icon Blind is probably the most situational of all of Valeera's Level 13 Talents. This Talent should only ever be considered should the teams primary target of focus rely heavily on Basic Attacks to function (such as The Butcher, Zul'jin, or Raynor). Even so, Blind may not be the best Talent option for Valeera if she requires the mobility of either Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness or Death From Above Icon Death From Above.

Strangle Icon Strangle is similar to Blind Icon Blind in that it is always situational depending on Valeera's matchup. Strangle is most useful against ranged assassins who utilize heavy hitting Basic Abilities to deal damage. The 25% reduced damage for 7 seconds is quite impactful and may be a great choice for the "Garrote Build" as Garrote Icon Garrote will be the opener of choice for Valeera anyway. Unlike Blind, Strangle can be useful against any Hero struck by Garrote as every Hero in the game relies at least somewhat on their Abilities to deal damage to their targets.

8. Level 16 Talents

Valeera Seal Fate
Seal Fate (Level 16) World of Warcraft Valeera

Sinister Strike deals 50% additional damage and generates an additional Combo Point when used against silenced, rooted, or stunned enemy Heroes.

Valeera Rupture
Rupture (Level 16) World of Warcraft Valeera

Valeera's Basic Attacks increase the damage over time effect of Garrote by 5%, stacking up to 30%, and refresh the duration.

Valeera Expose Armor
Expose Armor (Level 16) World of Warcraft Valeera

Eviscerating an enemy with 3 Combo Points causes them to lose 25 Armor for 2 seconds, increasing all damage taken by 25%.

Valeera Thistle Tea
Thistle Tea (Level 16) World of Warcraft Valeera
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to instantly restore 100 Energy.

Activating Thistle Tea does not break Vanish.

8.1. Discussion

Seal Fate Icon Seal Fate is an integral component to the "Sinister Strike Build" as it will not only cause Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to deal a much greater amount of damage to a target but, as previously mentioned, will compound the effect of Mutilate Icon Mutilate from Level 7. The fact it procs from striking a silenced, rooted, or stunned Hero means that Valeera can open up with either Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot or Garrote Icon Garrote on a target to still generate the bonus damage when dueling an enemy Hero. If the target happens to already be under the effect of one of those crowd-control effects, Valeera may choose to open up with Ambush Icon Ambush to deal the highest amount of immediate burst damage as possible.

Rupture Icon Rupture is the recommended Talent choice for the "Garrote Build" as it will allow Valeera to maintain the increased Basic Attack damage bonus from Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage indefinitely. Rupture only requires the target of Garrote Icon Garrote to be struck with a Basic Attack once every 7 seconds to refresh the damage-over-time effect. This should rarely be much of a concern as hopefully Valeera is able to land many more Basic Attacks within a seven second duration as that is her primary source of damage when utilizing the Garrote Build.

Expose Armor Icon Expose Armor at first glance looks promising as a 25% increase in damage dealt to a target is not something to merely shrug off. This Vulnerability however will only take effect AFTER Valeera has already spent her entire ability combo since it requires an enemy to be stuck with a 3-Combo Point Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate. Valeera will not be doing as much damage during the time her target is Vulnerable as she will be trying to manage her Energy supply. Expose Armor might be impactful should Valeera be teamed up with Allies who have decent follow-up and large burst potential. When it comes down to raw numbers, Thistle Tea Icon Thistle Tea gives Valeera the biggest damage boost as it will allow her to completely reset her energy and therefore her combo after expending it on her first ability combo.

Thistle Tea Icon Thistle Tea is a powerful talent providing Valeera a multitude of options in the heat of battle. The instantaneous 100 Energy allows Valera to use up her entire Energy reserve blowing up a target then still stay in the mix without waiting around for regeneration to take effect. Thistle Tea helps combat one of Valeera's most frustrating aspects; her limited staying power within fights. Thistle Tea should never be used simply for the sake of using it, as it can be easily wasted at inopportune moments. Thistle Tea should be held onto until Valeera NEEDS Energy for a dire purpose, either to finish off an enemy or to escape certain demise. The 60-second cooldown of Thistle Tea is very punishing should it be used carelessly (especially in the later portions of a match).

9. Level 20 Talents

Valeera Adrenaline Rush
Adrenaline Rush (Level 20) World of Warcraft Valeera

While in the Smoke Bomb, Valeera regenerates an additional 30 Energy per second.

Valeera Enveloping Shadows ?
Enveloping Shadows (Level 20) World of Warcraft Valeera

Whenever Valeera uses Vanish, she also gains Cloak of Shadows.

Valeera Nightslayer
Nightslayer (Level 20) World of Warcraft Valeera

Reduces the cooldown of Vanish by 3 seconds.

9.1. Discussion

Nightslayer Icon Nightslayer is one of the strongest Talents in Valeera entire tree as it greatly increases the effectiveness of Vanish Icon Vanish, arguably Valeera’s most important ability. Not only does an almost 40% reduction in Vanish’s cooldown dramatically change Valeera’s play-style by giving her many new options in terms of ability rotation and positioning, it also happens to give Valeera a 3-second reduced cooldown on each one of her opener abilities (as they are dependent on Vanish).This implies that Valeera may now use Cheap Shot 3 seconds sooner for a stun, or Garrotte 3 seconds sooner for a clutch silence. Should Valeera Talent into Thistle Tea at Level 16, she is now able to open onto a target with her full combo ending with an Eviscerate, pop her Thistle Tea, Vanish, then reopen with a whole new combo for devastating results. The shortened cooldown on Vanish also gives Valeera much more utility for counter play as she may disappear more often and close in or flee from enemies with her bonus movement speed.

Enveloping Shadows Icon Enveloping Shadows is a situational Talent which should be considered if (at this point in the match), Valeera constantly finds herself being picked off and burst down very quickly. Using Vanish Icon Vanish will grant Valeera a free cast of Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows which greatly increases her mobility and survivability. Keep in mind that a single death after Level 20 can often times result in a loss; something to consider if Valeera is having trouble staying up in fights.

At this point in the match, Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush feels somewhat redundant and does not seem to help Valeera too much in one specific area. Other Talents may have already been selected to ease the burden of Energy management and in terms of Utility, Adrenaline Rush feels outclassed by Nightslayer Icon Nightslayer and even Enveloping Shadows Icon Enveloping Shadows. When possible, enemy Heroes will try to flee the are-of-effect of Smoke Bomb anyway, causing Adrenaline Rush to go wasted with it.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 26 Apr. 2017: Removed Cold Blood from Level 20 Talent options; Talent Builds previously containing Cold Blood have been adjusted accordingly.
  • 14 Apr. 2017: Adjusted Crippling Poison's duration from 3 to 5 seconds and the talent is now deemed situational (was not recommended before).
  • 04 Feb. 2017: Added Vanish talent build and added talent discussions.
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