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Valla Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Apr 30, 2017 at 08:48 by Oxygen 19 comments

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General Information

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

The other pages of our Valla guide 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 Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Tips on Ability Usage

  • Hatred Icon Hatred empowers Valla's Basic Attacks and increases her movement speed; try and attack something at least once every 5 seconds so that your stacks do not fall off.
  • Hungering Arrow Icon Hungering Arrow has a high Mana cost and will home unto undesirable targets, such as Minions and Summons; avoid using the Ability unless it is going to deal useful damage.
  • Multishot Icon Multishot is your main waveclearing tool. Its wide area of effect also makes it excellent for checking hidden areas, revealing cloaked Heroes, and dismounting opponents.
  • Vault Icon Vault can be used offensively, as a gap-closer, and defensively, to create space between yourself and opponents and dodge Abilities. Limit your offensive use of the Ability, as it leaves you vulnerable.
  • Strafe Icon Strafe's reliability goes up as opponents use up their crowd control Abilities; keep track of their Cooldowns, and remain on the move so as to minimise the chance you will be interrupted.
  • Rain of Vengeance Icon Rain of Vengeance is better used as a follow-up or as a self-peeling tool than merely for dealing damage.

2. Hungering Arrow

Valla Hungering Arrow
Hungering Arrow (Q) Diablo Valla
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Fire an arrow that deals 151 (+4% per level) damage to the first target hit, then seeks up to 2 additional enemies dealing 86 (+4% per level) damage. Can hit an enemy multiple times.

The difficulty with using Hungering Arrow is that it will often home in on undesirable entities such as Minions, Summons, and Structures, if they stand between you and your intended target. The only reliable way of ensuring that Hungering Arrow will hit a specific enemy is to simply position yourself in such a way that there is nothing standing between you and your target. This can be achieved by flanking your target or quickly clearing nearby Minions, usually with Multishot Icon Multishot. Given Hungering Arrow's long Cooldown and extremely strong single-target damage potential — equivalent to approximately 3 Basic Attacks — it should only be used when you are certain that the Ability will successfully hit an important target and that its damage is going to be useful.

3. Multishot

Valla Multishot
Multishot (W) Diablo Valla
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deal 165 (+2% per level) damage to enemies within the target area.

Multishot's large area of effect, solid damage, and powerful Talents make it a key Ability. It is typically used on-Cooldown during laning, both as a waveclearing and harassment tool, and during team fights, simply as a way of outputting significant area of effect damage. Try to hit as many enemies as possible with Multishot so as to maximise its efficiency. The Ability's long range and large area of effect also make it an excellent tool for dismounting and revealing Cloaked Heroes. The Frost Shot Icon Frost Shot Talent turns Multishot into one of the most powerful and reliable movement reducing effect in the game, allowing you to kite and hinder escape attempts like no other Hero can.

4. Vault

Valla Vault
Vault (E) Diablo Valla
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Dash to the target area. Valla's next Basic Attack within 2 seconds deals 6% increased damage per stack of Hatred.

Vault is extremely versatile; it complements Valla's kit perfectly by allowing her to quickly reposition to improve the accuracy of her Abilities and Basic Attack uptime. It can also be used defensively to create breathing room between herself and dangerous melee attackers, such as Greymane, Thrall, Sonya, or Zeratul, or to quickly avoid dangerous Abilities, such as Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse, Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast, Primal Grasp Icon Primal Grasp, or Hook Icon Hook. Avoid using Vault's Cooldown offensively, as keen opponents will be quick to capitalise on this long window of vulnerability unless it helps you safely secure a kill. Remember that Vault improves your next Basic Attack's damage by a significant amount, which may make the difference between getting a kill or not.

5. Strafe

Valla Strafe
Strafe (R) Diablo Valla
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Rapidly attack enemies within 10 range for 60 (+4% per level) damage per hit, prioritizing Heroes over Minions. Valla is able to move and use Vault while strafing. Lasts for 4 seconds.

Strafe is very powerful in terms of raw damage output, and has a relatively short Cooldown when compared to other Heroic Abilities. Left uninterrupted, it can be a deciding factor in team fights, able to damage frail Heroes for nearly half of their total Health pool. This power comes at a cost: Strafe's relatively short range means that you must position yourself aggressively, at times jeopardising your own safety. Successful Strafe usage also hinges upon predicting, keeping track of, and avoiding reliable interruption skills, such as Polymorph Icon Polymorph, Shadow Charge Icon Shadow Charge, and Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice, which can completely neutralise the Ability.

6. Rain of Vengeance

Valla Rain of Vengeance
Rain of Vengeance (R) Diablo Valla
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 50
  • Charges: 2
  • Recharge Time: 50 seconds

Launch a wave of Shadow Beasts that deals 250 (+4% per level) damage and stuns enemies in the target area for 0.5 seconds.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Rain of Vengeance's power stems from its near-instantaneousness and combo potential. Following up strong area of effect crowd control Abilities such as Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse, Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit, Grav-O-Bomb 3000 Icon Grav-O-Bomb 3000, Leap Icon Leap, Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm, and Void Prison Icon Void Prison can often secure kills or ease the application of other combo pieces. As a defensive tool, Rain of Vengeance can be used to stun nearby Heroes in order to create some breathing room and deter them from approaching you, or to interrupt channeled abilities. It should be noted that the shockwave-like aspect of the Ability means that enemies that are standing closer to Valla will be stunned and damaged earlier than those standing further away. Vault can be used offensively as a gap-closer to get as close to your intended target as possible in order to prevent them from avoiding the Ability's effects.

7. Hatred

Valla Hatred
Hatred (D) Diablo Valla
  • Passive

Basic Attacks grant a stack of Hatred, up to 10. Each Hatred stack increases Basic Attack damage by 8% and Movement Speed by 1%. Lasts 6 seconds.

Hatred is what allows Valla to be one of the highest sustained single-target damage dealing ranged Heroes. While being able to constantly deliver Basic Attacks is key to playing any ranged Assassin, it is especially important to Valla given Hatred's stacking nature. Her fast base attack speed somewhat helps with this, however, stutter-stepping truly is the key to making the most out of Hatred, and Valla as a whole.

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