Heroes of the Storm hero spotlight: Nova the ghost

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It’s that time of the week again! Last week I covered Stiches, the disgusting abomination. This week we move over to the Starcraft universe and look at Nova, the sneaky ghost. That’s right, your request to have her in the spotlight has finally been fulfilled!

Unfortunately, Nova doesn’t have her very own video, but she does make an appearance in the Heroes of the Storm cinematic trailer…

Skills

Nova is all about stealth and being a hazard to those stragglers who are caught alone. This doesn’t mean she is bad in a team fight – she’s just a whole let better at assassination in comparison (via Gamepedia).

Skills

Her passive is the reason she does so well at sneaking around. Cloak means that you will be permanently invisible when you remain out of combat. Her next ability snipe, is a skill shot which needs to be aimed. It will do damage to the first enemy it hits.

Pinning shot is much easier to land because it is targeted. It will do less damage than Snipe, but will also add a 30% slow for a short duration. This is perfect for singling out people or stopping an enemy from getting away. Her next ability, Holo Decoy, is great for creating confusion or aiding in her escape should she be caught out

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Ultimate Abilities

Ultimate

I love being the one to use these abilities. Being on the receiving end though is incredibly painful. Triple Tap is an insanely high damage nuke. It is ideal for singling out a lone target, or a squishy enemy in a team fight. It is targeted, so is extremely easy to pull off.

The next ability is Precision Strike. It does nearly the same amount of damage as Triple Tap except that it is an AOE instead of single target spell. The only downfall is that there is a charge up time and enemies will be able to see where it will strike. Landing it in a big team fight is immensely satisfying.

Gameplay

Due to Nova being permanently invisible, she can roam the map easily and help pick off targets. A very alert enemy will still spot Nova, even when cloaked, so be sure to move into position when there is gap (no creeps or enemies around). Before getting one of your ultimate abilities, it is beneficial to work together with a teamie or two, picking team fights where the enemies don’t really expect you to pop up. Once you have an ultimate, it becomes a lot easier to pick of targets alone.

Triple Tap is the ideal assassination spell, while Precision Strike is obviously best used for those games where team fights are happening constantly.  That’s up to you to decide which is best. If an enemy team move together as a unit permanently, you may want to go for Precision Strike and stick with your own team to help out. Otherwise, feel free to grab Triple Tap and run around causing all sorts of mayhem.

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If you are up against Nova, it is important that you keep your eyes peeled. It’s also just good to be aware. If an enemy comes across as extremely cocky, then there may well be a Nova nearby waiting to help them pick you off. When confronting her, she is incredibly squishy. A couple of spells and nukes make short work of her.

Keep in mind that the game is still in Technical Alpha, meaning that elements of it may change as it develops. If you have any recommendations, questions, suggestions, or hero spotlight requests, please do leave them below. If I can afford them with my in-game gold, I will happily do a video for them. Header – Nova by MagicnaAnavi

Last Updated: September 13, 2014

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    DAT NOVA!!!

  • Kensei Seraph

    About dam time.
    Now, is anyone going to add (accurate) subtitles for this so I can watch it despite leaving my headphones at home?

    • hairyknees

      You want me to subtitle the whole video? The whole video is me basically going AAAAH DON’T KILL ME! 😛

      • Kensei Seraph

        Was that so hard?

        • hairyknees

          YOU’RE WELCOME!

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