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Valla Build Guide “Be vewy, vewy quiet...”

Last updated on Nov 23, 2016 at 08:20 by Oxygen 15 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Valla guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Valla in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

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. Quick Reference

Attack Build: high sustained single-target damage

Multishot Build: aoe damage

Valla synergizes with
Valla is countered by
Valla's stronger maps None
Valla's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom
Valla's weaker maps None

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.

2. Introduction

Valla is a highly versatile and flexible ranged damage dealer. Her strong points are her exceptional single-target damage and on-demand area of effect burst damage. However, her relative fragility makes her a high priority target for the enemy.

3. Strengths

  • Very high single-target and area of effect damage
  • Good waveclear
  • Good poke
  • Strong in all phases of the game
  • Versatile; fits any team composition
  • Flexible Talents that allow her to adapt to many different situations

4. Weaknesses

  • Dependent on good positioning
  • Low base health
  • Vulnerable to crowd control

5. Role in the Current Meta

Valla's outstanding single-target sustained damage allows her to put an extreme amount of pressure on anything within her Basic Attack range. Her on-demand area of effect damage and poke allow her to reliably deal damage in all situations. A high base movement speed, Vault Icon Vault, and Frost Shot Icon Frost Shot grant her respectable options for self-peeling, though they do not help her against crowd control.

Valla is extremely strong against Support-heavy metas as such Heroes do not typically have the tools to force her to play defensively to reduce her effectiveness. Picking her early during drafts may incite opposing players to choose dive-oriented Heroes, which must rely on playing aggressively and on very good coordination to succeed against her. Picking her later in a draft may leave her completely uncountered and able to freely deal her damage.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

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