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Nova is Ranged Assassin Hero from the StarCraft universe.

November "Nova" Terra is a ghost of the Terran Dominion and one of the most powerful psionic soldiers ever known. Nova is highly focused, determined, and extremely deadly. Even Jim Raynor wouldn't want to be caught within her crosshairs.

Background Edit

Nova has a Psi Index rating of 10 and as such, is one of the most powerful ghosts in existence. Her PI is only just surpassed by Sarah Kerrigan's rating as a ghost. She is so powerful that she finds it difficult not to read minds. She can even read minds through some types of psi-screens. Nova has the ability to telepathically communicate, at least with other psychics.[1]

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

  • Very high single-target damage
  • Strong deception with Permanent Cloak, Holo Decoy, Ghost Protocol causing damage bleed on enemy team
  • Exceptional attack range
  • Has high global damage with Precision Strike
  • Very effective at ganking heroes
  • Capable of scouting for her team.
  • Triple Tap can reveal enemy heroes.
  • Works well with anyone with strong crowd control (stuns, silences and roots)

Weaknesses Edit

  • Very low health
  • Poor to almost no waveclear, though it can be improved with limited talents including One in the Chamber and Precision Strike
  • Lacks escape without usage of stealth-oriented abilities
  • Very susceptible to reveal and crowd control
  • High skill floor on landing shots on vulnerable heroes

Abilities Edit

IconSnipe
Snipe (Q) [Skillshot]
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Deals 230 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit.

Passive: Hitting an enemy Hero with Snipe permanently increases the damage of Snipe by 6%, stacking up to 30%. Gain an additional 25% damage bonus at maximum stacks. All stacks are lost if Snipe fails to hit an enemy.

IconPinningShotNova
Pinning Shot (W)
Mana: 65
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deal 100 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and slow it by 40% for 2.25 seconds.

IconHoloDecoyNova
Holo Decoy (E)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Create a Decoy for 5 seconds that attacks enemies, dealing 10% of Nova's normal damage. Using this Ability does not break Cloak.

IconCloak
Ghost Protocol (1)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain Stealth. You do not lose Stealth from taking damage, attacking, or using Abilities for 2 seconds.

Ghost Protocol
Activate to instantly gain Stealth to Nova and spawn a Holo Decoy at her location. Nova is Unrevealable for the first 0.5 seconds when Stealthed by Ghost Protocol.

Traits Edit

IconPCloak
Permanent Cloak [Passive]

Gain Stealth and 15% Movement Speed when out of combat for 3 seconds. Taking damage, attacking, or channeling reveals you.

Sniper
Basic Attack range is 20% further than other ranged Heroes, and you see 10% further than other Heroes.

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconTripleTapNova
Triple Tap [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Locks in on the target Hero, then fires 3 shots that hit the first Hero or Structure they come in contact with for 372 (+4% per level) damage each.

IconPrecisionStrikeNova
Precision Strike [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 60 seconds

After a 1.5 second delay, deals 435 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

IconPinningShotNova
Longshot
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Increases the cast range of Pinning Shot by 30%. Pinning Shot also increases your next Basic Attack range by 30%.

IconPinningShotNova2
Covert Ops
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

After being Stealthed for 5 seconds, Pinning Shot's slow is increased to 55% and costs no Mana. Bonus is lost after losing Stealth for 1 second.

IconCloak2
Advanced Cloaking
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

After being Stealthed for 2 seconds, gain an additional 10% Movement Speed. While Stealthed, regenerate 2 Mana per second.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

IconHoloDecoyNova2
Rapid Projection
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Reduces Holo Decoy's cooldown and Mana cost by 40%.

IconHoloStability
Holo Stability
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increases the cast range, sight range, and duration of Holo Decoy by 100%.

IconBribe
Covert Mission
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Enemy Minions killed near you grant a stack of Bribe. Hero Takedowns grant 10 stacks of Bribe. Use 25 stacks to Bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 100 stacks. If a camp is defeated entirely with Bribe, the camp respawns 50% faster.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

IconRangefinder
Perfect Shot
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Hitting an enemy Hero with Snipe reduces its cooldown by 4 seconds.

IconUntouchable
One in the Chamber
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

After using an ability, your next Basic Attack deals 60% additional damage.

IconAntiArmorShells
Anti-Armor Shells
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Nova's Basic Attacks deal 250% damage and decrease the Physical Armor of Heroic targets by 10 for 3 seconds, but her Attack Speed is proportionally slower.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

IconTripleTapNova
Triple Tap [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Locks in on the target Hero, then fires 3 shots that hit the first Hero or Structure they come in contact with for 372 (+4% per level) damage each.

IconPrecisionStrikeNova
Precision Strike [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 60 seconds

After a 1.5 second delay, deals 435 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

IconRangefinder
Psionic Efficiency
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Snipe's range is increased by 15%, and hitting a Hero with Snipe refunds its Mana cost.

IconPinningShotNova
Double Tap
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Pinning Shot now has 2 charges.

IconCloak
Ionic Force Field
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds after losing Stealth.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

IconIconSnipe2
Explosive Round
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Snipe also deals 80% damage to enemies near the impact.

IconPinningShotNova
Crippling Shot
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Pinning Shot lowers a Hero's Armor by 25 for the duration of the slow, causing them to take 25% increased damage.

IconHoloDecoyNova
Lethal Decoy
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Holo Decoy now deals 35% of Nova's damage.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

IconTripleTapNova
Fast Reload
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Triple Tap's cooldown is reset if it kills an enemy Hero.

IconPrecisionStrikeNova
Precision Barrage
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Precision Strike gains a 2nd charge and its cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds.

IconRewind
Rewind
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

IconCloak
Apollo Suit
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak by 2 seconds.

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Effective against Edit

Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

Ghost
NovaDefault NovaGGreen NovaGRed
Ghost Jade Scarlet
Elite Agent IconShard 100
The Crius Stealthsuit was the ultimate hostile environment suit developed by the Terran Dominion for its ghost. Unfortunately, due to its immense cost, few were ever deployed.
NovaMSBlue NovaMSPink NovaMSBlack
Elite Agent Magenta Dominion
Spectre IconShard 400
Nova couldn't let Tosh face his fate alone, and together they embraced the spectre program. It was her and him against the whole damn universe...just the way she liked it.
Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
NovaSOrange NovaSGreen NovaSWhite
Spectre Neon Urban
Roller Derby IconShard 400
Kate "Supernova" Dennings doesn't take any crap from her rivals on the track. Why should the Nexus be any different?
Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
NovaRDBlue NovaRDYellow NovaRDGreen
Roller Derby Golden Violet
Novazon IconShard 400
Hailing from the Skovos Isles, the Askari, or Amazons, are skilled combatants. The young warrior Nova is an expert sharpshooter; eager to make her mark on the world.
Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
NovaNZRed NovaNZGreen NovaNZBlack
Novazon Jungle Rogue
Widowmaker IconShard 400
Once, she led a normal life... But now, after intense neural reconditioning, she is one of the most effective assassins still alive. Oh, and this skin makes her look like Widowmaker.
This skin is related to the Overwatch themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Nova - WM - Pink Nova - WM - Green Nova - WM - Orange Nova - Widowmaker - Moonlight
Widowmaker Emerald Amber Moonlight IconShard 600

Notes Edit

  • 2UP Nova figures based on her appearance in Heroes of the Storm will be released in 2015.[2]
  • A Nova 7" figure will be released by NECA, based on her Heroes appearance.[3]
  • Widowmaker, a character from Overwatch, appears as a skin for Nova. Kent-Erik Hagman has commented that it is unlikely that Widowmaker will be a separate hero, and that it is likely that other Overwatch heroes will take priority over her.[4]

Development Edit

Nova was conceived within the first two years of the game's development.[5]

Old SkinsEdit

Roller Derby (original)

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch December 20, 2017Note: Health reduced from 1350 to 1300; Health Regeneration reduced from 2.81 to 2.71.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 26, 2017Note: Moonlight Widowmaker Nova skin added.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Fixed an issue preventing debuff timers from showing below clone’s health bars.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 4, 2017Note: Nova and Zeratul will no longer attempt to automatically acquire attack targets after issuing and canceling an attack order while cloaked.; The base and third variations of Nova's Novazon skin have received visual updates.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 14, 2017Note: Nova’s status bar will no longer pop above her head while running.
  • IconHotS (Patch November 15, 2016Note: Danger Pings will no longer remain visible over a Hero who enters Stealth.
  • IconHotS (Patch August 9, 2016Note: The Novazon skin will now properly throw a Javelin when casting Snipe.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: The Novazon skin will now properly throw a Javelin when casting Snipe.
  • IconHotS (Patch May 17, 2016Note: Nova’s prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Fixed an issue that could cause Nova and Tychus to stand while mounted.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 16, 2016Note: Health increased from 1,273 (+4% per level) to 1,350 (+4% per level); Health Regeneration increased from 2.65 per second (+4% per level) to 2.81 per second (+4% per level).
  • IconHotS (Patch October 6, 2015Note: Spectre Nova has received additional visual polish for certain Abilities and Talents.

References Edit

  1. From the StarCraft wiki
  2. 2015-02-14, Toy Fair NY 2015 NECA Heroes of the Storm Action Figures Photos. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-02-15
  3. 2015-07-08, SDCC 2015 – NECA Reveals Heroes of the Storm 7″ Scale Action Figures Series 2. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-07-26
  4. 2016-10-15, Heroes of The Storm Dev Discusses Cho'Gall Balance, Hero Design, And More!. The Escapist, accessed on 2016-10-15
  5. 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21

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