Champion Spotlight - Nova (2021 Update)

Nova Changes:
-Potency of burst Energy Damage from SP2 increases from 50% to 100% while while his personal Unblockable Buff is active.
-Duration of Fury gained at 75+ Nova Charges increased from 7s->10s
-Potency of Fury gained at 75+ Nova Charges increased from 15% Attack->32% Attack

About Nova
All was normal for New York high-school student, Richard Rider until he came into contact with the Nova Corps, a peace-keeping force based on the planet Xandar. After the planet Xandar was invaded and destroyed by a space pirate known as Zorr, the last surviving member of Xandar's elite Nova Corps, Rhomann Dey, selected Richard Rider to replace him. Rider is given a uniform and powers of a Nova Centurion but little instruction on how to use them. Calling himself Nova, Rider becomes a Super Hero, teaming with other heroes such as Spider-Man and Thor to use his powers for the good of Earth and the universe while serving as its protector.

Nova's Mechanics

    Nova wields the power of the Nova Force. This force manifests itself in the form of powerful gravimetric energy beams, protective shielding, and flight for its user. Nova is a powerful and mobile Defender who generates his power by actively moving around the arena. As he attains more and more power, Nova unlocks new abilities of the Nova Force: increased Energy Damage, the ability to Auto-Block while Stunned, and will eventually become Unblockable for a short period if his power is left unchecked.

   Health  Attack  PI (Max Signature)
 3-Star  6254  458  1991
 4-Star  15660  1148  4988
 5-Star  31398  2301  10640
 6-Star (Rank 3, Level 45)  40458  2965  13680

Character Class: Cosmic
Basic Abilities: Fury, Auto-Block, Nova Force, Unblockable, Energize

  • Medium Dash Attack
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks give him access to his main source of Energy Damage. With his Signature Ability, players can see he is at his strongest when he winds up a Dash Attack from full screen distance.

  • Power Gain / Energize
  • As Nova travels forward across the arena, he gains Power, giving him more reason to aggressively pressure his opponents and use Special Attacks. Activating Special 1 also gives Nova access to increased Power Rate while he has his Energize Buff active.

  • Defensive Abilities
  • Nova Auto-Blocks if Struck while dashing forward as long as he has a Fury Buff active. Nova is also very resilient against Attackers with True Strike, Unblockable, or Guaranteed Critical Hits. This gives him considerable defense and protection while he moves around the arena, and makes him very tricky to deal with as a Defender.

  • Long Buff Duration
  • Nova’s Signature Ability also boosts the duration of Buffs that are applied to him. This gives him a considerable advantage being placed as a Defender in Alliance War
  • Nullify - Symbiote Supreme, Mephisto, Doctor Voodoo
  • Nova’s primary source of power is his permanent Fury Buff. If it is Nullified, he briefly loses connection with the Nova Force and can no longer activate his Auto-Block.

  • True Accuracy - Proxima Midnight, Night Thrasher
  • Nova’s Auto-Block is a major threat, so any champion that can bypass his Auto-Block via True Accuracy has a considerable advantage over him.
    Developer’s Note: True Accuracy is not the same as True Strike. Characters like Killmonger, for example, have True Strike but not True Accuracy. While True Accuracy and True Strike will both get around Nova’s Auto-Block, True Strike attacks will receive a massive damage penalty!

  • Power Manipulation - Gwenpool, Magik
  • Nova’s main Offensive threats also come from his Special Attacks. Champions that are able to Burn, Drain, Lock, or Steal his Power will keep him from activating his most potent abilities.

  • Limited Space
  • Nova’s main resource, Nova Charges, aregenerated faster when he dashes around the arena. This means when Nova does not have room to maneuver, he does not generate Nova Charges quickly, thus limiting his abilities.

The following Stats and Abilities are based on a Rank 5, Level 65, 5-Star Champion

  • When successfully striking opponents Nova has -30% Offensive Power Rate.
  • While dashing forward, Nova passively gains up to 20% of a Bar of Power based on the distance travelled.
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks do not make Contact and deal Energy Damage.
  • Nova starts the fight with a permanent Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 1610.7. If Nullified, Removed, or prevented in any way this Buff goes on cooldown for 12 seconds.
  • When Nova is struck with True Strike, Unblockable, or guaranteed critical hits Opponents have -70% Attack Rating.
Developer’s Note: Nova’s Passive strengths make him a very resilient Defender. Champions such as Corvus Glaive and Ghost will have a hard time breaking through Nova on Defense. Players who try to stun Nova using the Parry Mastery will have to find another way to attack Nova. Nova’s Power Gain while dashing is also an ability players will want to utilize on offense.

Worldmind Intervention
  • While Nova has a Fury Buff active, being struck when dashing forward activates Auto-Block allowing Nova to automatically block incoming Basic Attacks. Triggering this ability removes all Fury Buffs and consumes 25 Nova Charges.
Developer’s Note: This Auto-Block gives Nova some extra protection and safety when going on the offense. Players will find that while he is able to move around the arena with relative ease, they can still pay the price if they are too reckless with this ability.

Nova Charges - Max: 100
  • Nova enters the fight at 0 Nova Charges and passively generates them over time. Nova Charges passively generate slower the more charges he has.
  • While dashing forward Nova generates additional Nova Charges. More Nova Charges are generated the farther he travels.
  • If struck with True Strike, an Unblockable attack, or a guaranteed critical hit, generate 50 Nova Charges.
  • When one of Nova’s Buffs is Nullified, remove 25 Charges, and prevent Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
Developer’s Note: The main resource that powers Nova’s abilities is generated by dashing. A full-screen Medium Dash Attack will grant roughly 10 Nova Charges, while a half-screen Dash Attack grants 5.

Nova Force
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks deal 30% of damage done as a burst of Energy Damage.
  • At 25+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Second Medium Attack deals an additional 20% of damage done as burst Energy Damage. Activating this ability consumes 25 Nova Charges.
  • At 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-Blocks can be triggered while Stunned. Activating this ability Purifies Stun Debuffs.
  • At 75+ Nova Charges: Gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 736.32 for 10 seconds and refresh Nova's active Fury Buffs while below maximum stacks. Max 4 stacks.
  • When reaching 100 Nova Charges: Gain an Unblockable Buff for 2.5 seconds. This ability consumes 100 Nova Charges when this Buff expires, is Nullified, or prevented and prevents Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
  • Against Tech Champions, consuming Nova Charges inflicts an Armor Break Debuff reducing Armor by 525 for 24 seconds. This can only stack once.
Developer’s Note: Players need to note that Nova unlocks his abilities every 25 Nova Charges. To get the most damage out of the Nova Force, knowing when to consume Nova Charges with Medium Attacks, then hovering between 70 to 95 Nova Charges will grant Nova the biggest benefit.

Special 1 - Centurion Tackle
  • This attack pauses all Fury Buffs for 3.50 seconds.
  • Consume 25 Nova Charges to gain an Energize Buff increasing Power Rate by 30% for 7 seconds.
  • If activated at 75+ Nova Charges, gain a True Strike Buff allowing Nova to ignore Armor, Resistances, Auto-Block and Evade effects for 7 seconds.
Developer’s Note: Opting for this ability while playing Nova gives him considerable utility depending on when this Special Attack is used. Likewise if players fight Nova, this special attack is worth trying to bait out.

Special 2 - Gravimetric Cannon
  • Gain a Nova Surge Buff granting +100% additional Nova Charge generation for 9 seconds.
  • Consume up to 50 Nova Charges to deal up to 50% of damage done as burst Energy Damage with each hit of this attack. Potency of Energy Damage is increased by 100% while Nova has his personal Unblockable Buff Active.
Developer’s Note: Special 2 is Nova’s main source of Energy Damage. This can be used to spend Nova charges for big damage or to generate even more Charges for the future. If you REALLY want to juice out damage, once you’ve reached your Fury cap throw the SP2 while Nova has his Unblockable active!

Special 3 - Gravimetric Hold
  • Consumes all Nova Charges and deals 0.5% of damage done as an additional burst of Energy for every Nova Charge consumed.
  • Re-activate Nova’s permanent Fury Buff if it is on cooldown.
Developer’s Note: This does not appear to deal a large amount of damage at first glance, but considering Nova can attain up to 100 Nova Charges, and can increase the base damage of this attack with stacking Fury Buffs, these factors easily multiply into large bursts of Energy Damage.

Signature Ability - Human Rocket
  • Passive:
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks gain up to 5752.5 Bonus Attack Rating based on the distance travelled in the last executed dash.
  • At 75+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Auto Block triggers the Parry Mastery. This effect cannot interrupt Special Attacks.
  • The duration of Buffs is increased by 80%.
Developer’s Note: Nova’s Signature Ability highlights the main threats of his abilities while on Attack and on Alliance War Defense. Nova’s Medium Attacks become much more threatening from full-screen with this Signature. Being able to trigger Parry from Nova’s Auto-Block means players need to pay attention to his Nova Charges while fighting against him to avoid being Stunned. Once Awakened, Nova is better placed on Alliance War Defense, on nodes with Buffs such as Buff Toggle (Unblockable), (Unstoppable), and Aegis (Intercept).

New Warrior Blood - Unique Synergy - with Night Thrasher, Darkhawk
  • Nova: Heavy Attacks have a 50% chance to refresh Nova Surge Buffs.
  • Night Thrasher: The Shock Baton Gadget Debuff passively reduces Defensive Power Rate by 30%.
  • Darkhawk: Starts the Fight with a Permanent Armor Up Buff increasing Armor Rating by 45%.

Total Annihilation - Unique Synergy - with Annihilus
  • Nova: Nova gains +40% Perfect Block chance when triggering Auto-Block.
  • Annihilus: +65% Physical Resistance while Unstoppable.

Maximum Output - Unique Synergy - with Bishop, Havok
  • Nova: Gain 1 Nova Charge each time Nova receives Energy Damage.
  • Bishop: Receiving Energy Damage generates 1 additional stack of Prowess.
  • Havok: 10% chance to place a new Plasma Build Up Debuff on the Opponent when it is Removed or Purified.

Phalanx Feud - Unique Synergy - with Gamora, Drax
  • Nova: Increase the potency of Fury Buffs by 15%.
  • Gamora, Drax: When performing a Dash Attack, 30% chance to gain an Aptitude Buff increasing the Potency of Fury by 15% for 12 seconds.

Full Speed Ahead - Unique Synergy- with Rhino, Iron Fist
  • Nova: Starting a Dash Attack immediately after Dashing Back generates 5 additional Nova Charges.
  • Rhino: 30% Chance to refresh Fury Buffs when striking with Medium Attacks.
  • Iron Fist: Medium Attacks gain +5% chance for each Armor Break Debuff on the Opponent to inflict a Stun Debuff for 1.5 seconds.

Parry / Limber / Stupefy
  • Along with being a must have for any new Summoner, the Parry Mastery is especially useful for Nova, as it triggers when Nova triggers Auto-Block above 75 Nova Charges. The added Stun gives Nova a bit more offensive strength when dashing with Medium Attacks.

Stand Your Ground
  • Choose this Mastery when placing Nova on Alliance War Defense. Nova is left wide open if he misses with his Heavy Attack, so adding a counter measure with Stand Your Ground gives Nova a solid defensive boost.

Block Proficiency / Perfect Block
  • Any Masteries that enhance the strength of Nova’s Auto-Block will ensure Nova minimizes the damage he inevitably takes when dashing towards his opponents.
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  • nameplasnameplas Posts: 240 ★★
    edited April 2
    Is the prestige correctly mentioned?
  • magnus_xixmagnus_xix Posts: 1,029 ★★★★
    18k prestige?!?! Surely that can't be right
  • Lvernon15Lvernon15 Posts: 11,462 ★★★★★
  • Lvernon15Lvernon15 Posts: 11,462 ★★★★★
    Base health and attack r3 6* seem off also, maybe that’s the r4 data?
  • slackerslacker Posts: 719 ★★★

    Wish he’d get some more utility. A short true strike and energy attacks might have been enough for a champion in 2017 but not so much now.

    Hope his damage is good enough, from my calculation, he'll get 5 fury which total +200% base atk and sp2 has 100% bouns damage, let's just see how it work.
  • slackerslacker Posts: 719 ★★★

    slacker said:

    Wish he’d get some more utility. A short true strike and energy attacks might have been enough for a champion in 2017 but not so much now.

    Hope his damage is good enough, from my calculation, he'll get 5 fury which total +200% base atk and sp2 has 100% bouns damage, let's just see how it work.
    Admittedly, his damage might be good now. It was pretty good before, I could get vision RoL down in 80 hits. But that’s not the issue. He’s so light on utility
    Yeah , feel disappoined that they don't buff true strike buff duration or make it pause someway. Anyway that sp2 gonna be lit with it's animation+damage :blush:
  • TheEntityTheEntity Posts: 2
    edited April 2
    That rhino synergy is basically saying he’s getting a buff. I’d be surprised if not bc current he can only get 1 fury and in the text it says “fury buffs” plural meaning more than 1
  • pseudosanepseudosane Posts: 1,418 ★★★★★
    is the 18k prestige wrong? This is pretty much just a prestige update isnt it.
  • Draconic_12Draconic_12 Posts: 439 ★★★
    There is like three changes to this champ. He continus to be underwhelming

    guess i wont take him up as five star
  • No_oneukNo_oneuk Posts: 1,123 ★★★★
    edited April 2

    18k prestige?!?! Surely that can't be right

    Got confirmation from the team that there was a bit of a typo there. As a 6-Star Rank 3, his Prestige is supposed to be 13680, his Health should be 40458, and his Attack should be 2965. The spotlight has been updated with the correct information.
    What about at 5*? He's the new highest in the game by a fair bit, but he's staying the same prestige for 6*?

    Seems a bit weird that he would stay the same prestige at 6* but he jumps from #12 to now #1 for 5*.
  • ExHavokExHavok Posts: 393 ★★★
    So he is 5* Prestige King now, but 6* prestige didn't change at all. It was a good hype for a moment.
  • CosmicGuardianCosmicGuardian Posts: 191 ★★
    I got Nova as a 5 star champ back when he was in the featured last year, and I haven’t done much of anything with him since. Personally, I didn’t find him enjoyable to play, and right now I’m unsure if this buff will change that. Sure, his fury buffs are getting about double the potency and 50% increased duration, plus the bonus damage on the sp2, but until I see it in action I’m not convinced this will improve how he plays. I really hope that I’m wrong and this makes him better to play, even though he still doesn’t have a whole lot of utility.
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