LessThan3's Valeera Guide 1Jan2018 by Yessassin

LessThan3's Valeera Guide 1Jan2018

By: Yessassin
Last Updated: Jan 1, 2018
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Valeera

Build: ALL THE THREATS

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Abathur Abathur is not a threat because he only has 2 abilities that can knock you out of stealth. his stab and spike burst, but these are easily dodge-able.
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Lt. Morales morales is definitely no threat. she can only knock you out of stealth with her grenade but this is pretty hard to do on a stealth hero with 20 or 40% movementspeed. also she is your number one target you want to focus.
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The Lost Vikings LOL. Ez kills all day.
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Ana Ana's DoT on her auto attack can kick you out of stealth and watch out for the sleep dart, because this can set you up for a lot of damamge. But you have cloack of shdaow to counter that.
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Li Li Li Li is almost no threat to you. she does little damage and has a blind. Also she can slow you with her water dragon but normally Li Li gets the jug of 1000 cups which you can stop with your cheap shot or silence.
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Malfurion malfurion is not a big problem. I mean he is squishy and as long as you garrote him he cant do anything to you. Things you should watch out for are his moonfire since this reveals you for some period of time. Also he can do a good amount of damage with his twilight dream heroic.
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Probius probius is really squishy and is easily kill-able. As long as you garrote or stun him you can easily kill him. Whatch out for his pylons thos since they can do some damage if you dont pay attention.
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Auriel As long you are not stunned by her whip, you are probably fine. Also watch out for her sweep since it has a pretty big area and can knock you out of stealth.
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Chromie Only watch out for the time traps and the temporal loop. but you have cloak of shadow to deal with that. So aslong as you miss her skill shots you are good. You can also kill her faster then she can Hearth away with her bye-bye talent.
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Gazlowe gazlowe doesn't really have any abilities to either knock you out of stealth consistently or deal a lot of damage to you. he has his laser and his graviton combo, but the laser is easy to dodge because it charges up really slow and the graviton combo is easily dodge-able with your cloak of shadow. Only watch out for his turrents because these can rack up some damage and also slow you if he talents for that.
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Samuro Samuro's clones can stacks up quite some damage. And you also have to watch out for bladestorm since this does good damage and knocks you out of stealth. The best thing against samuro is to silence him after he gets out of stealth and then it should be an easy kill
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Stukov Stukov has some really powerful auto attack damage. but silencing or stunning him completely shuts him down. So dont be afraid and kill this infested man.
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Uther uther can be a bit annoying with his stuns heals and armor gain. but if you can catch uther out of position or silence him he should be dead. also watch out with diving to deep because he could divine shield himself and leave you in a bad spot.
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Xul Xul is not a big problem now. i mean your entire kit counters his entire kit. the only problem i can see you having is when he evades your auto attacks.
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Alexstrasza To be honest i haven't played much versus Alexstraza much but you can deal a lot of damage to her in human form.
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Azmodan With his large health pool its pretty hard to burst him down. Also if you are not in stealth and he lasers you its really hard to get back into stealth. Also you want to of course watch out for his dunks since they do a lot of damage.
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Brightwing Brightwing is kinda scary since she can polymorph you and stop you from escaping. Also if she gets the armor reduction on her polymorph, you can be in some serious trouble. So your best bet is to burst her down or to silence her. Don't forget that sh also has ice Block and Emerald wind .
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Kel'Thuzad The reason why KTZ is not so threatening to you as he is to most assassins is because, his spells are easily dodge-able with increased movement speed in stealth. Also his Q and W are pretty slow spells so that also helps with dodging his abilities. Also if you can silence KTZ its pretty easy to kill him. So if the opponent has an KTZ and not many other damage dealers, then just go Garrote build and kill them.
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LĂșcio Lucio is pretty fast and hard to catch, also he can chase you for long distances with his base movement speed and quick auto attacks. It maybe wont happen often but some Lucio's will go for the other Ult that's not Sound Barrier. And the slow will make your life horrible for escaping, also the damage over time effect will deal a lot of damage and knock you out of stealth. So watch out for that.
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Malthael Malthael is really strong with his life leeching abilities, but he is easily counterd by valeera. Because if you silence him he cant heal and move away. Also if he goes last rites you efinetly want to get Cloak of Shadow. But also when he goes for Tormented souls Cloak of Shadow is still a good fit. As long as he doesnt catch you out of stealh you are good.
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Medivh
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Ragnaros
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Rehgar
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Rexxar
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Sgt. Hammer
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Sylvanas
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Tyrael
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Anub'arak if you get hit by anub araks stuns, when you are not in stealth, this can setup a lot of damage on you.
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Cassia Cassia has 3 ways to knock you ult of stealth also. the that lightning ball kinda stops you from going into stealth. Also the blind is annoying if you are doing the garrote build. She also has some physical armor when she walks away which makes it a lot harder to kill. But she is pretty easy to burst down.
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Cho Just dont attack cho. only when he is low on health. But he has an AoE ability around him when you get in melee range. He also has an ice block. Both hi ults can be very annoying to deal with so let your tank do the tanking and you the killing.
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D.Va with the new stealth changes its a lot easier for Dva to knock you out of stealth
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Gall
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Junkrat
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Kerrigan
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Li-Ming
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Muradin
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Raynor
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Tychus
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Tyrande
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Zarya
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Dehaka
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Diablo
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E.T.C.
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Jaina
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Kael'thas
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Kharazim Kharazim can be really annoying with his dashing and healing. Also he gives himself and his teammates movement speed which makes it easier for them to stick to you and kill you. Also he has his Air ally which can reveal you and make him dash towards you. He can also talent for dealing punches on his dash which makes it even easier for him to kill you. So whatch out vs Kharazim players.
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Nazeebo
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Nova
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Stitches
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Thrall
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Varian
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Zagara
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Zul'jin
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Alarak when playing against a really good alarak he can pull you and combo you which deals a lot of damage to you and silences you which prevents you from escaping.
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Artanis the blade dash can knock you out of stealth and the swap is really dangerous because it swaps you out of position and its really hard to get back into a safe position.
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Falstad
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Johanna
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Leoric
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Murky
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Sonya
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Valeera
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Valla
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Chen Chen is really annoying to deal with because when he drinks he's almost unkillable. also he can get spell and physical armor when he drinks. Also he can chase you down and unstealth you with his brew. Also he can apply a DoT which can also untealth you. So dont focus the priority panda Chen.
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Garrosh
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Gul'dan
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Lunara
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Zeratul
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Hanzo Hanzo has a couple abilities that can knock you out of stealth also he has the revealing arrow which reveals you in stealth. Personally i havent played against him with valeera, but i can see that he can be a real threat
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Greymane
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Tassadar
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The Butcher
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Tracer
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Arthas Arthas is probably the best warrior counter against you, because 1. his ring around him makes it almost impossible to hit a cheap shot or a garrote on him. 2. he can root you and you don't have any way to deal with crowd control. 3. arthas has baseline physical armor which counters your melee play style. 4. he has a lot of health so you cant burst him down.
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Genji Genji
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Illidan

Valeera

Build: Garrote Build

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Valeera

Build: Sinister strike Build

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Valeera

Build: Ambush Build

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Valeera

Build: Anti Auto attack Build

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Valeera

Build: Double Poison Build

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Valeera

Build: Beginner Build

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Valeera basic abilities Top

You have 7 abilities at the start of the game. (8 if you count your heroic at level 10 and a total of 3 activatables.)
The way you get better at Valeera is knowing when to engage the backline and when to use what ability.

First i want to go over her regular abilities.

Sinister Strike: this is your lunge or your disengage ability. This ability does 114 at level 1 and 241 at level 20. A fully buffed sinister strike with the talents Mutilate and Seal Fate does 603 damage. When you are retreating, remember to use your sinister strike first and then press your trait Vanish. Also when you hit a enemy hero, you will reduce your cooldown to 1 second. When playing one of the sinister strike builds, it's really important to hit all your Q's, because if you miss one you will miss out on a lot of damage and you will get a longer cooldown. Also with the sinister strike builds you clear Siege camps a bit faster.

Blade Flurry: This ability does 135 damage at level 1 and 285 at 20. If you complete the quest you will deal 345 damage. This is her only AoE ability and the damage is alright. It will help you a lot when clearing minion waves and getting mercenary camps. There is only 1 blade flurry talent Fatal Finesse which is a good talent on maps that rely on wave clear; like Infernal Shrines and Tomb of the Spider Queen. The Blade Flurry talent did not get buffed but they removed Assassinate at level 7 which makes this talent a more viable option.

Eviscerate: This ability does at level 1 88/177/265 damage and at level 20 186/373/559 damage, this depends of course on how many combo points you stacked up. This is your finishing move and got a bit nerfed because Expose Armor got removed at level 16. Try to only use this when you have 3 combo points because then you will get the most damage out of it. When playing against auto attack team comps you can spend your combo points more aggressively, because you want to have more Combat Readiness stacks.

Vanish: this is her trait, you gain stealth and 20% movement speed, also the first second of activating this ability you gain the Unrevealable status which prevents you from losing stealth when taking damage. You can boost your stealth movement speed at level 20 with Elusiveness.

Now lets talk about her stealth abilities:

Ambush: This ability does 135 damage at level 1 and 285 at level 20, it now also reduces opponents armor by 10. Ambush talented with Assassinate does 428 damage at level 20 and reduces opponents armor by another 10. Early on u want to use this on a caster minion and then press W to clear the wave faster. If you are not going for the Ambush build I listed between the builds, u do not really wanna use this ability ever.

Cheap Shot: This ability does 31 damage at level 1 and 66 damage at level 20. It now also blinds an enemy for 2 seconds. You can take the Blind talent at level 13 to further increase this blind by 2 seconds. The stun also got reduced from 1.25 to 0.75 seconds. The stun is still really powerful for setting up plays or finishing off retreating opponents.

Garrote: this ability does 21 damage and 146 damage over 7 seconds at level 1 and it does 44 damage and 307 damage over 7 seconds at level 20. The silence is really good against heroes that need there abilities to kill you or to escape. For example, Sylvanas is tower diving your wall early on. u can garrote her so she cant us her banshees and maybe get an easy kill. Also the silence duration got buffed from 2.25 seconds to 2.75 seconds. there is an entire build focused around garrote an auto attacking (this build is listed above) this build is now her strongest build and i recommend that anyone that wants to get kinda good at valeera, practices this build.

Valeera combo's Top

These are the combos you want to do when you catch a opponent off guard.
The burst damages are shown at level 20 and with all quest completed.

With the garrote build you wanna go like this:
Vanish -> Crippling Poison -> Garrote -> Sinister Strike -> Eviscerate -> Sinister Strike and make sure that you hit the 3 auto attacks from Slice and Dice, since this gives you that major burst.
This combo is good for assassins with a blink like Zeratul, Valla and Li-Ming since the cant teleport away. Also garrote is really good on heroes like The Butcher since they rely on their abilities to stay alive.
Damage of the burst = 2801 and 1244 dps

With the Sinister Strike builds you wanna go:
Vanish -> Crippling Poison if you picked this talent -> Garrote -> Sinister Strike -> Eviscerate -> Sinister Strike and follow up with as many sinister strikes and auto attacks possible.
This combo doesn't really 1 shot a backline hero, but it makes you stick to targets and get a lot of harass and sustained damage in.
Damage of the burst = 2243 and 1208 dps

With the Ambush build you wanna do go like this:
Vanish -> Crippling Poison if you picked this talent -> Ambush -> Sinister Strike -> Eviscerate -> Sinister Strike and follow up with sinister strike and/or auto attacks.
This combo is enough to do around 60-70% most hyper carries like Valla or mages like Jaina and Kael'thas
Damage of the burst = 2716 and 1358 dps

Level 1 talents Top

I will go over every single choice and when and why you should pick it. I will also do this for the other talent tiers.

Vigor: Okay... i changed my opinion about vigor and Subtlety. I think that subtlety is better now then vigor. This does not mean that vigor is not a good option anymore, on maps where you get a lot of globes from objectives like: Garden of Terror, Blackheart's Bay and Infernal Shrines it is still a good option. And also with the laning updates you complete this quest even faster. So i think that Subtlety is easier to use since you wait every engagement now on your teleport ability and when you teleport you gain the extra energy regen, so... yeah. Vigor for the hardcore valeera players i guess :D

Subtlety: I chnaged my opinion about Subtlety because i think its easier to use then Vigor. And in my opinion how easier you try to make your valeera play style the better you get and the easier it is going to be to evaluate eacch situation. So a big *** yellow bar that shows you when you can teleport and also shows you when you are going to get the extra energy regen, is nothing but a good thing. Subtlety did get nerfed from 10 to 8 energy per second over 5 seconds. So if you dont need Combat Readiness or Crippling Poison get subtlety.

Combat Readiness: This is a good level 1 option if the opponent team has a lot of auto attackers or if they have hard hitting auto attackers like The Butcher.

Crippling Poison: This is a good starter option for people that have trouble sticking to targets. This is also an good option if you are not good at stacking globes and they do not have a lot of auto attackers. Just so you know crippling poison got buffed because you can further increase the duration because your spells within 4 seconds re-apply the duration uptill 4 seconds. So in theory you can have a duration of 7-8 seconds.

level 4 talents Top

Relentless Strikes: this is an okay talent to pick. its good in the sinister strike build, since you wanna get as many strikes in on your opponent. So in the sinister strike build you get a lot of value out of this talent.

Hemorrhage: this talent is only used in the garrote build. Since this build is the strongest option right now, this talent is kinda good. But just alone without any other garrote talents this talent is pretty bad.

Initiative: this is another good option at level 4, because u gain more combo points and this makes it easier to kill your targets. So this talent is really good until u get better at valeera, because then you wanna play the strongest build or the build that fits your playstyle the best.

Wound Poison: this is an extremely situational pick, because its really good versus double support but the supports just got nerfed. Its good in the higher levels of Hero and Team league. I would only recommend this talent when u are really good and confident at playing valeera.

Level 7 talents Top

This tier of talents is where you get your first power spike.
At this tier your build will gain his first form.

Mutilate: your sinister strike now does more damage only its range is reduced. This talent combined with the level 16 upgrade Seal Fate gives your Q a lot more damage. This is an must pick if you are going one of the sinister strike builds.

Fatal Finesse: this is your only Blade Flurry talent in the game. Its good on maps which rely on waive clear but there are better options in this tier.

Slice and Dice: you only pick this talent when doing the auto attack build, but since that build is awful right now you do not wanna pick that talent.

Level 10 heroics Top

Smoke Bomb: this is the most popular and probably the easiest to use heroic for valeera. You wanna use this when you know you can get a free kill or when you need to disengage. For instance there is an Abathur under a fort. you can go in stealth and do your combo, kill him really quickly and then use your smoke bomb to get away, but remember forts and keeps have true sight now so you will be attacked by their cannons. OR for example there is an team-fight if you walk through the front line and then do your combo on one of there mages. you can use your smoke bomb to get away kinda safely. always remember when getting away first Sinister Strike then Vanish.

Cloak of Shadows: this heroic is definitely a niche heroic. First of its only good when playing against a couple of heroes. the most notable ones are Xul with his Bone Prison or Lunara with her poison. its also good against like Pyroblast and Ring of Frost because it gives you 75 spell armor.
So if you are playing against a mage heavy team you definitely wanna get this over smoke bomb. Also in my opinion this ult is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarr superior compared to smoke bomb, because you have a self Cleanse (which is on a 15 sec. cooldown and cleanse is on a 40 sec. cooldown) which is also 0.5 seconds longer then cleanse AND you get an extra 75 spell armor with it. So its a cleanse and a Greater Spell Shield in one, on a 15 second cooldown. The trick is to learn when to use this ability to its fullest potential and because its hard to use, its not picked often and seen as the lesser option.

Level 13 talents Top

Death From Above:to be honest this talent is not even necessary for the Ambush build, also the Vanish cooldown reduction is nice but you are better of with extra blind duration or the spell power reduction. The reason why i get it in my ambush build is because more ambush = more damage with the 16 upgrade Assassinate.

Blind: this is a really good option when playing versus auto attack team comps. Also Valla and Greymane are really good now, so u can pick this talent versus those heroes.

Strangle: pick this talent when you are doing one of the sinister strike build or the garrote build. since it got buffed from 25% to 40% and the ambush build is no longer the most dominant build anymore, you can safely pick this talent. In my opinion this is the best talent in most situations.

Level 16 Talents Top

Seal Fate: This is your new best option at this tier. Since two of the main builds take this talent.
It used to be that Expose Armor was the best option for valeera but the rework removed this talent. You gain an additional 50% damage buff on your Sinister Strike and it gives you an additional combo point when you hit a stunned rooted or silenced enemy. If you are really good you can hit two sinister strikes on 1 garroted target.

Assassinate: this is your main damage for the Q build. But beware with taking this talent because you deal less damage with it now. You only deal 50% extra damage instead of the 100% it used to, but if you can catch people out of position, this will do some good damage, but only take this talent when you are doing the Ambush build.

Thistle Tea: some players use this to get away safely or to get another combo off. you can kinda compare it to Rewind since valeera has pretty fast cooldowns. Sometimes u wish u had some extra energy but she already has a lot of regeneration so its not really a good option and you are better of with Seal Fate.

level 20 talents Top

Adrenaline Rush: do not pick this talent. Its a lot worse then elusiveness. There is no situation where the extra energy regeneration would help you in any situation. So if you get Smoke Bomb at 10 get Elusiveness at 20.

Enveloping Shadows: If you pick cloak of shadow at 10 you always want to get this talent. The extra charge of cloak of shadows is extremely powerful. Also the second charge is on a lower cooldown then your heroic ability.

Rupture: The new Rupture buff makes the Garrote build a lot stronger, that's why this is your pick for going for the garrote build. But for this talent apply the same rules like Slice and Dice and Hemorrhage: only pick these talents if you are doing the garrote build.

Elusiveness: This is your only option if you didn't take cloak of shadow at level 10 and are also not doing the garrote build. Its certainly not a bad talent, because not a lot of heroes can get a faster then mount speed buff. The only other that comes to mind is On a Pale Horse for Malthael and Hit the Nitrous for D.Va

T L D R Top

Best build: Garrote
Second best: Sinister Strike
Third best: Ambush

Special Thanks Top

i want to give special thanks to the YouTuber: skullheroes.
His Grand-master valeera guide made me wan to play this hero and she is now my number 1 most played hero and my all time favorite hero. To bad he stopped youtube :(

Also if you have any questions about valeera or my guide u can whisper me in game @ LessThan3#21182 or just leave a comment in the guide or on my videos, ill make sure to check this guide daily.

Hope u will have lots of fun and try out this amazing but underrated hero.

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