Medusa is one of the heroes who received a slight tweak in skill set while retaining the old theme, and very possibly done under the peer pressure of making her sound more relevant to her namesake. If you have studied the history of Dota (if ever there was such a subject :P), Medusa is one hero who has always courted controversy throughout her career. The new Medusa is no exception. Maybe that’s the way of nagas to popularize their sexiness.
Why do I say that Medusa is controversial both old and new? The old Medusa often had the trouble of choosing between the skill set of Chain Lightning and Mana Shield in early game. While most players preferred Chain Lightning, most leaguers opted for Mana Shield. Both have valid reasons and that is why the argument about Medusa (henceforth called the Medusa Scandal) in most Dota forums including DS never ends. If not for the existence of the Bliderberg Club moderators, Medusa scandal threads would have turned into a fascist rant long ago.
The Medusa Scandal also extends to whether Medusa should amass hitpoint, or damage, or both. Most male (presumably), hot-blooded players who don’t like to be seen as sissies would tell you they absolutely want damage. A minority suggests absolute tankage ie. HP for their own reasons. Some male (or female) players who stand their own ground (but are not soft) would tell you it’s good to take both, thus risking a blast from the extreme left or right for their centric views.
Now, after Medusa has been remade with the Mystic Snake skill that steals mana and deals damage in the same fashion as Furion the Prophet’s Wrath of Nature it seems the Medusa Scandal has not abated. Obviously the frog has been trying to simmer the Medusa Scandal with this remake. This seems to be the case until you notice that he’s remade Purge as well (oh), renaming it Stone Gaze and giving it a very very high cooldown to compensate for the AoE effect, it seems. In one side the frog appears to try to solve the Medusa Scandal, only to reignite it in another side. Thus the Scandal never ends (for now) and I believe threads have already risen in the forum as a reaction to the Medusa Scandal.
Morale of the story – Nagas should never be allowed a roleplay, especially age-old, nearly worn-out Nagas that constantly seek attention like the Gorgon. Scandals are fun, especially one called the Medusa Scandal. Bilderbergers watch in from above, relishing all the fun and fascist name-calling in the threads before stepping in to hammerwack undesirable targets.
Real morale of the story – the frog should seriously decide what sort of role Medusa is supposed to play in Dota. If she’s supposed to tank then tank only. If damage then damage only. If AoE then AoE only. Unadulterated. Don’t mix in all the stuff and create the biggest scandal that’s ever discussed in the hero taverns – the Medusa Scandal. Why even Queen of Pain with all her stories of seducing stupid men pales in comparison.