The Batrider along with Tauren Chieftain are the official new additions to 6.60. It’s interesting to note that at the time of this writing neither Dota-Allstars not Dota Portal has yet updated their databases to reflect the two additions. While the DS database is in a haywire itself (OMG look at the new taverns), I’m happy to say we have at least two newer things to be happy about.
I’m sure by now most of you will have played a game or two involving the Batrider. What I’m not sure about, is how do players especially leaguers react to the new hero’s skills. Like TC, I have mixed feelings about Jin’zakk.
From the looks of it, Jin’zakk has been designed to be heavily aligned with fire, even more so than Lina the Slayer. The hero has some AoE, an interesting hovering flight skill and yet another skill that can actually displace a single target. The implication for Dota is that Jin’zakk has reinforced a certain style of playing that involves forced movement, and that kind of style fits in well with some oldies, among them Admiral, Keeper of the Light, Bloodseeker, Vengeful Spirit and Butcher.
Perhaps, that is the frog’s true intention for introducing Batrider. It is part of the masterplan, along with some items like Force Staff, to make this kind of play popular, especially in leagues. Some hero unleashes a fury that punishes an enemy for movement, then some other hero forcibly executes the punishment by forcing it to move. If you understand what I say then you get the picture.
What’s even more intriguing is that Flaming Lasso is an ultimate, thus it can override magical immunity - meaning even Black King Bar cannot ever counter the forced displacement. Is it any coincidence that Nether Swap and Dismember, ultimates of the Vengeful Spirit and Butcher respectively, are ultimates too? You see the link now? Who cares about Omniknight’s Repel or Naix’a Rage? Just bring them over as sacrificial offerings!
How successful is this masterplan, however, depends very much on the reciprocity of the leaguers. Are they prepared to abandon the Blink-Stun strategy for this one? Will they be willing to sacrifice Area-of-Effect damage for pin-point target assassination? These are serious questions both the frog and the leaguers must sit down and debate before reforms such as this can be taken seriously. Until then we shall just amuse ourselves with the Batriders’ antics.
Haha, sounds good to me mon’!