Nova

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[e][h]Nova
Dominion Ghost
NovaHOS.jpg
Hero Information
Universe
Starcraft-icon.png
Role
Assassin-icon.png
Attack
Ranged
Cost:
Release Date:
March 13, 2014
Stats
Attack Range:
6.5
Attacks Per Second:
1
Level Changed Stats
Initial
Change/Level
Attack Damage:
109
4%
Life:
1404
4%
Life Regen:
2.93
4%
Mana:
500
10
Mana Regen:
3
0.098

November Annabella Nova Terra, the Dominion Ghost, is a Ranged Assassin class hero in Heroes of the Storm. She was one of the 18 first heroes to be officially announced at Blizzcon 2013. She was meant to be the main character of the console game StarCraft: Ghost, but the game was put on indefinite hold. She later showed up in StarCraft II and its expansion as well as two novels and three mangas.

Abilites[edit]

Starting Abilities[edit]

Snipe
Snipe heroes.png
Ability: Skillshot
Affects: Enemy
Deals damage to the first enemy hit.
Q
Mana Cost.png 50
Cooldown Clock.png 6
Snipe damage (per level):
 322 (+4%)
Pinning Shot
Pinning Shot.png
Ability: Target
Affects: Enemy
Deal damage to an enemy and slow it by 40% for 2.25 seconds.
W
Mana Cost.png 65
Cooldown Clock.png 12
Pinning Shot damage (per level):
 114 (+4%)
Holo Decoy
Holo Decoy.png
Ability: Clone
Affects: Self
Create a Decoy for 5 seconds that appears to attack enemies. Using this Ability does not break Cloak.
E
Mana Cost.png 50
Cooldown Clock.png 15

Heroic Abilities[edit]

Triple Tap
Triple Tap.png
Ability: Target
Affects: Enemy
Locks in on the target Hero, then fires 3 shots that hit the first Hero or Structure they come in contact with for damage each.
R
Mana Cost.png 100
Cooldown Clock.png 100
Triple Tap damage per shot (per level):
 352 (+4%)
Precision Strike
Precision Strike.png
Ability: Area of Effect
Affects: Enemies
After a 1.5 second delay, deals damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.
R
Mana Cost.png 100
Cooldown Clock.png 60
Precision Strike damage (per level):
 474 (+4%)

Combat Trait[edit]

Permanent Cloak, Sniper
Permanent Cloak, Sniper.png
Ability: Passive
Affects: Self
Nova gains Stealth when out of combat for 3 seconds. Taking damage, attacking, using Abilities, or channeling reveals her. Passive: Nova's Basic Attack range is 6.5 further than most other ranged Heroes.

Talents[edit]

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|tier-1-talent-1=Advanced Cloaking |tier-1-talent-1-content=

Advanced Cloaking
While Stealthed, Nova gains 2 Mana per second and 25% increased movement speed


|tier-1-talent-2=Longshot |tier-1-talent-2-content=

Longshot
Increases the cast range of Pinning Shot by 30%. Pinning Shot also increases the range of Nova's next Basic Attack by 2.


|tier-1-talent-3=Covert Ops |tier-1-talent-3-content=

Covert Ops
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.


|tier-2-talent-1=Remote Delivery |tier-2-talent-1-content=

Remote Delivery
Increases Holo Decoy cast range by 100% and its sight range by 50%


|tier-2-talent-2=Rapid Projection |tier-2-talent-2-content=

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


|tier-2-talent-3=Holo Stability |tier-2-talent-3-content=

Holo Stability
Increases the duration of Holo Decoy by 120%.


|tier-2-talent-4=Covert Mission |tier-2-talent-4-content=

Covert Mission
Enemy Minions killed near Nova 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.


Strategy and Role[edit]

Guides[edit]

Lore[edit]

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.

Nova was meant to be the main character of the console game StarCraft: Ghost, which was announced as being in development for GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2 in 2002[1]. However, although the game development progressed forwards, the next-gen consoles eventually made their debut and the game was announced as being on "indefinite hold" in 2006[2]. A prequel novel about Nova, with the title StarCraft: Ghost: Nova, was released later that year. Nova was one of the main characters in the manga series StarCraft: Ghost: Ghost Academy and in the novel StarCraft: Ghost: Spectre from 2011. She also had a minor appearance in the game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and its expansion StarCraft II: Hearth of the Swarm.

November Annabella Terra belonged to one of the Old Families on Tarsonis, one of the rich families with much power. Her father noticed early that she had psychic abilities and he used his power to keep her from being put into the Ghost Program, as all psychic children were supposed to. However, soon after her fifteenth birthday, her family was attacked by anti-Confederate rebels and she let out an uncontrolled psychic attack, killing everyone in a large vicinity. After that, she escaped to The Gutter, the slum of Tarsonis where she gradually became a drug addict and an unwilling subordinate to a the local drug boss Fagin. However, after a time, the Terran wrangler Kelerchian came to take Nova into the Ghost Program. Seizing the opportunity, Nova got Fagin killed and submitted to the Ghost Program willingly because she wanted the memory wipe that every ghost had to go through.[3]

Nova was one of the most powerful ghosts in existence, with a psi rating of 10 and at the Ghost Academy she was one of the best students. She was placed on Team Blue with several others, including Gabriel Tosh, whom she became romantically involved with. After some time, the Ghost students were sent to Planet Shi which was under Zerg attack and where Nova once again used her terrifying psychic attack and killed off every Zerg in a large blast radius. When she graduated from the Ghost Academy, she got the memory wipe and became Agent X41822N[4]. On a mission as a Ghost, however, Nova was exposed to Terrazine gas, which reversed the effect of the memory wipe. In the meantime, Tosh had started his own organization which aimed to to set Ghosts free by exposing them to Terrazine gas. He tried to recruit Nova, but she refused and eventually became one of the biggest threats to the organization, imprisoning several members[5].

Tosh sought the help of Raynor to break out his spectres from New Folsom Prison. Nova decided to contact Raynor to tell him that Tosh could not be trusted and Raynor had to make a choice as to whom to believe, either helping Tosh get his spectres out of prison, or helping Nova destroy the spectres' training facility.[6] Later, after Raynor had rescued Kerrigan and brought her to Valerian's research facility on Umoja, Nova led the Dominion assault on the base and captured Raynor. Raynor was later freed by Kerrigan and Nova's whereabouts were unknown.[7]

Nova was brought to the battlefield in Heroes of the Storm by The Nexus from an unknown point in time, either from the past, the present (with the end of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm marking the present) or possibly sometime in the future.

Lore connections to other heroes[edit]

Balance Updates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Blizzard Entertainment® Announces StarCraft: Ghost™" Press release by Blizzard Entertainment on Blizzard.com, archived on web.archive.org, 2002-09-22. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  2. "Blizzard Postpones StarCraft: Ghost Indefinitely" Newsitem by GameSpy Staff on GameSpy.com, 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  3. "StarCraft: Ghost: Nova" Novel by Keith R. A. DeCandido on Pocket Star Books, 2006-11-26.
  4. "StarCraft: Ghost: Ghost Academy" Manga series by Keith R. A. DeCandido, David Gerrold and Fernando Heinz Furukawa on TokyoPop, 2010-01-01 – 2011-03-08.
  5. "StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres" Novel by Nate Kenyon on Pocket Star Books, 2006-09-27.
  6. "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty" Computer game by Blizzard Entertainment on , 2010-07-27.
  7. "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm" Computer game by Blizzard Entertainment on , 2013-03-12.
  8. http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/19067455/heroes-closed-beta-patch-notes-may-12-2015-5-12-2015