'Now... I am the Hunter!' Valla Guide [REVISED] by NesTea

'Now... I am the Hunter!' Valla Guide [REVISED]

By: NesTea
Last Updated: Apr 3, 2016
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Valla

Build: Auto-Attack Assassin Build

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Threats to Valla with this build

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Abathur Abathur is extremely easy to deal with as Valla. If you catch him behind enemy lines unprepared you can quickly kill him because he is extremely squishy, however be careful if he is laning with an enemy hero as his abilities can do a lot of damage.
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Jaina I find Jaina somewhat of an easy matchup. Usually you try to avoid her abilities as much as you can so you don't take the extra damage. In team fights Jaina is a force to be reckoned with however in 1v1 she is easily taken down as she is extremely squishy and cannot match Valla's DPS.
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Brightwing Extremely easy to kill, be careful of his polymorph ability in team fights.
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Li Li Easy to kill as she has no DPS to kill you with. Be careful of her luring you into traps as she has a substantial amount of sustain with her heal.
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Malfurion Easy to kill 1v1, be careful in team fights as his root ability can hold you in place for other team members to kill.
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Murky Extremely easy to kill in 1 or 2 hits. Try to look where he spawns to kill his egg.
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Tyrande Easy to take down. Since Valla is fast avoid her skillshots and you'll be fine as Tyrande doesn't have nearly as much DPS as Valla.
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Sylvanas Easy to take on 1v1 as you can out dps her and she is also squishier than you. Since Valla and Sylvanas are equally mobile, Valla has the upper hand.
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E.T.C. Has barely any DPS, however can be dangerous in team fights as his Ulti locks you in place. Otherwise easy to deal with even though he is pretty tanky.
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Uther Has extreme sustain, so try to target him down in team fights. In 1v1 you can take him easily even though he has high HP because he does no damage. Try to kite him at all times.
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Chen Chen is extremely dangerous in team fights as both his ulti are pretty effective since Valla is very squishy, however in 1v1 he is no real threat as he does barely any damage and is easy to kite as Valla.
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Tassadar Tassadar has a lot of DPS, however as nerfed significantly after the latest patch. He is not that dangerous as Valla can easily avoid his abilities. Run away from him and kite when he goes into Archon mode otherwise he's easy to take down.
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Azmodan Azmodan is a moderate threat as he can burst you down from range, however his abilities are easy to avoid and once you get close Valla can easily burst him down.
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Diablo Diablo is dangerous to Valla as his slam ability can put you behind his gate and in team fights slam you back into his team. However in 1v1 he is extremely easy to kite and has no real range damage except for his ulti.
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Gazlowe I would be careful of Gazlowe's laser when you're at low HP as well as his turrets other than those he's easy to kill because you can kite him for days.
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Rehgar Rehgar is not much of a threat 1v1 as he doesn't have any damage output. In team fights however he can be dangerous because of his heals, be careful of him luring you into traps as he has heavy sustain.
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Zagara Try to avoid her abilities and run away when she releases Hunter Killer on you. If you can avoid those taking her down will be no problem as Valla's DPS outmatches Zagaras.
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Falstad Falstad is an even fight. It all depends on who bursts who down first as Falstad himself is pretty squishy and has a lot of DPS.
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Tychus Avoid fighting the Odin if you can as Valla is squishy and Odin can dish out a lot of damage. In 1v1 try to get away from his Overkill ability as that is the basis of his damage. At low life try to avoid him as his Grenade can kill you. Otherwise this matchup is really even and it all depends who kills who first. In team fights try to focus him down from a range.
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Muradin Muradin is dangerous to Valla because he a plethora of stuns. Try to avoid him in team fights as his stuns can cause his teammates to bring you down quickly. The saving grace is he does not have high DPS, however he is still extremely tanky. Avoid taking him 1v1.
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Nazeebo Don't get trapped by his Zombie wall. His poison is extremely deadly to Valla as she is squishy, You can take him in 1v1 by avoiding his abilities however if you get hit or if you're at low HP avoid him and run away. In team fights avoid his Zombie Wall at all costs.
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Sgt. Hammer Sgt Hammer can bring Valla a lot of difficultly as she has a extremely large range. However if you get up close she can be taken down easily as her DPS cannot match Valla.
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Raynor Raynor is an extremely high threat as his heal can keep him alive while his Bullseye ability makes you take more damage and stuns you. Try to avoid a 1v1 with Raynor.
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Anub'arak Anub'arak is extremely hard for Valla to take down. He is extremely Tanky and has a stun ability. It would be wise to avoid engaging him if you can without teammates.
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Tyrael Tyreal's ulti is extremely dangerous to Valla so try to run away when you're at low health. To 1v1 Tyreal is not a smart choice as he has a lot of HP and teleport abilities to counter your vault. In team fights try to kite him and avoid his death rattle.
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The Lost Vikings Hard to deal with as they can easily gank you. Try to get a teammate to tank for you while you focus then down.
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Illidan Illidan is hard to deal with as Valla as his e negates most normal damage so make sure to use your abilities against his as much as possible. Also be careful when you're at low HP as he can finish you off quickly.
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Arthas Arthas is like Anub'rak he is extremely hard to take down as Valla. your best chance is to kite him and avoid getting hit by his frozen ability as he can burst you down fast since Valla is really squishy.
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Kerrigan Be careful not to be caught by Kerrigan by yourself as she can burst you down extremely quickly. In team fights it would be wise to try to focus her down quickly from a range.
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Sonya Very dangerous for Valla do not attempt to take 1v1, once she gets close she can quickly burst you down. Try to kite her in team fights however in 1v1 just avoid her.
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Stitches One of the more dangerous heroes for Valla as he can pull you in team fights and eat you behind enemy towers. Try not to engage him 1v1 and avoid his hook in team fights at all costs.
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Zeratul Zeratul is a high threat in this build because Valla is an extremely squishy champion. Always try to kite Zeratul as if he gets close he can burst you down extremely fast.
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Nova Nova is an extremely high threat for Valla as with Zeratul she can sneak up on you and burst you down extremely quickly. I find Nova is harder to handle than Zeratul because she does not have to close the distance and can 1 shot Valla from range. However, if Nova is uncloaked and her abilities are on cooldown you can take out Nova extremely quickly as she is also pretty squishy.
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Thrall Extremely dangerous as he has high dps and is very tanky. He also has excellent heals. Do not engage without team.

Valla

Build: AoE Assassin Build

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Intro Top

Valla is an extremely fast and agile assassin, however she is extremely squishy (one of the more squishy heroes in the game). She can dive in and dish out a lot of damage quickly and run away after securing the kill, however do not expect her to survive if she gets stunned and ganked by a multitude of enemy heroes. Valla is meant to stay behind her more tanky allies in team fights and let them soak up the damage while she does a chalk load of damage herself. The longer she is in combat the more efficient Valla becomes as her Hatred stacks increase her abilities tremendously. Valla truly lives up to the assassin name and is an amazing hero to play in game. When the enemy team sees her, she truly strikes fear into their hearts.

Ablilities Top

Valla has a multitude of abilities and each one does a different job, however each one is essential to the effectiveness of Valla in game.

(Q) Hungering Arrow is Valla's main damage dealing ability, as it chases down a target, constantly tracking it and dealing damage to the primary target as well as enemies around it. This is one of your bread and butter abilities as it can do a hell lot of damage if used on one target alone. This ability is best used when you are trying to chase down an enemy hero and get the last hit off.

(W) Multishot is Valla's AoE damage ability. Considering Valla is an assassin and some assassins don't have AoE abilities (such as Raynor and Nova) she is lucky to have Multishot. Multishot is extremely useful in clearing lanes quickly, of minions and Mercs, if you want to save a fort or a keep. Multishot also helps a lot in team fights as it can hit multiple enemies in front of Valla causing significant damage.

(E) Vault is Valla's main escape ability. Vault acts a lot like Blink and Bolt of the Storm however it is effected by pathing and can be interrupted. This means that if you want to Vault to a safe location make sure there are no obstacles in between.

(R) Strafe or Rain of Vengeance are Valla's ultimate abilities. They both have their different uses as Strafe can be used to clear lanes quickly as well as be utilized in team fights when the enemy team is low in health. Rain of Vengeance is better if Valla is taking on an enemy hero 1v1 as Rain of Vengeance will hit in a straight line having less of an AoE effect, but will stun the enemy in the process. However, Rain of Vengeance is significantly harder to use then Strafe because it requires to user to land the perfect line, which means it requires a lot of practice to master.

Trait Top

Hatred is an extremely good trait as it stacks to provide a speed boost as well as a damage boost. Since Valla is an extremely high DPS hero you can see why this trait is especially good with Valla. In this guide the first couple abilities is meant to complement the Hatred trait and make it even more effective than it already is.

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Rancor is generally the most used and widely accepted first ability for Valla. The reason for this is simple Rancor is an extremely good ability that buffs your trait Hatred by making Valla attack faster by 1.5% per hatred stack on top of the bonus already provided by Hatred. This is extremely valuable since Valla is a DPS reliant champion and any means to increase DPS is always welcome. For this guide I do not recommend using another first ability.

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Manticore is a great ability for pushing on that extra damage. I consider Manticore to be a better version of Focused Attack because after 3 hits the extra damage is activated whereas using Focused Attack you have a 10 sec cooldown. As I said in my Raynor guide extra damage is always welcome in a sniper or DPS build so Manticore becomes a very ideal choice. Not to mention Valla has extremely high DPS so getting 3 hits on an opponent is not that tricky.

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When it comes down to this ability many people would choose Caltrops, however I only find Caltrops useful when you are trying to get away. The measly damage that Caltrops does to your opponent is negligent, however the slows can be useful. So, instead of Caltrops I use Searing Attacks. I find Searing Attacks to be one of the best abilities in the game because of the extra damage it gives to your attacks. The amount of damage that Searing Attacks can dish out is unbelievable and is totally worth the 15 mana cost per shot. This can be the difference between a guaranteed kill or your opponent escaping or you dying in a 1v1. Since Valla has a fast attack rate, this ability is all the more useful.

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Rain of Vengeance is an extremely good Heroic ability as it adds a significant amount of damage when chasing down an enemy hero to get the finishing blow. Rain of Vengeance not only stuns the enemy but also does a heck load of damage which is awesome for the finishing blow. Strafe can be used if you are more focused on team oriented battles or just clearing lanes quickly, however in 1v1's Rain of Vengeance would be the heroic ability to go for. Strafe can also be stopped if Valla is stunned. I would not recommend using Rain of Vengeance to start a battle however, because the enemy can easily avoid the second wave and the ability would be wasted.

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Giant Killer is the ideal choice here as this is mainly a sniper guide (meaning prioritizing hero kills) as opposed to a laning guide (prioritizing farming). Giant Killer is an extremely good ability as I have said in my Raynor guide as 1.5% extra damage to a hero is significant, and since Valla is such a high DPS hero having this ability makes killing enemy heros a whole lot easier and may be the difference between life or death if facing a high HP hero (such as warriors).

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In this build I prefer using Blood for Blood. Blood for Blood also comes with a lot of versatility as it can be used on the offensive and defensive. On offensive side you can use Blood for Blood to lower the enemies health and slow them down so you can get the finishing blow. On the defensive side you can use it to slow the enemy down so they cannot catch up with you and use it to regain health.

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Finally, for the last ability I would choose Nexus Frenzy as it adds a whole lot of extra damage especially with Searing Attacks active. The increased range also helps Valla take down an enemy hero that otherwise would have gotten away. Bolt of the Storm is still useful but since you already have Vault you don't really need another escape.

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