Demon Hunter Madness - A look at Valla's Hero League Talents!

Fri 1st Jul 2016 - 11:12pm Heroes of the Storm

Valla is a Ranged Assassin coming from the Diablo universe as the Demon Hunter archetype from Diablo 3. She witnessed the ferocity of hellspawn firsthand as the demons ravaged her village and left her for dead. Now, with no people to call her own, her only allegiance is to her cause: to rid sanctuary of the demonic filth corrupting it’s lands.

Let’s take a look at Valla’s basic abilities and heroic choices.

Q - Hungering Arrow: Fires an arrow that deals damage to the first target hit, then seeks up to 2 additional targets dealing damage. Can hit the same target multiple times.

W - Multishot: Deal damage to enemies in the target area.

E - Vault: Dash to the target area.

R - Strafe: Rapidly attack nearby visible enemies, prioritizing enemy heroes over minions. Valla is able to move and use Vault while using Strafe. Lasts 4 seconds.
Rain of Vengeance: Launch 2 waves of Shadow Beasts  that deal damage to enemies in the target area, stunning for 0.5 second per wave.

Now for my prefered talent build while playing Valla in Hero League.

Level 1 - Rancor: Each hatred stack increases attack speed by 1.5%.

Level 4 - Vigorous Assault: Basic attacks heal for 15% of the damage done to the primary target. - OR - Manticore: Every third basic attack against the same target deals 60% bonus damage. (I really like Manticore but see a lot of people running Vigorous Assault. After talking with other players, I think both are viable options.)

Level 7 - Searing Attacks: Activate to increase basic attack damage by 50% for 5 seconds. Each attack costs 15 mana.

Level 10 - Rain of Vengeance: As stated above, this ability is great for stuns and overall control of a team fight. Strafe can be great as well but I really love Rain within this build.

Level 13 - Giant Killer: Basic attacks against enemy heroes deal bonus damage equalling 1.5% of the enemy target’s maximum health. - OR - Spell Shield: Upon taking ability damage, reduce that damage and further ability damage by 50% for 3 seconds. Can only trigger once every 30 seconds. (Giant Killer is the prefered choice for this build but spell shield can be taken if you really feel like you need it.)

Level 16 - Blood for Blood: Activate to deal 10% of enemy Hero’s maximum health and heal for double that amount.

Level 20 - Nexus Frenzy: Increases basic attack speed and range by 20%. - OR - Bolt of the Storm: Activate to teleport to a nearby location. (Nexus Frenzy is the prefered choice here but Bolt of the Storm can be taken to increase survivability or you can Bolt into Rain of Vengeance).

As you can see, I run an auto attack focused build because i think this is the best way to play Valla and has the most potential to carry in Hero League. This gives great damage against the strong tank meta at the current moment (great into double tank). You can duel other heroes fairly well and Blood for Blood gives you great survivability. Hopefully this talent build will help you carry as Vala in Hero League!



Chris S

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