While I’m thinking of a new post about Dota 6.60 proper, here’s a little bit about the title you just read.
I have a general style of writing for blogs. When I was still writing stuff in my own Dota blog, I made it a point not to be so detailed and rigid about the content.. In the DS blog, The Batrider and MeduScandal posts are two good examples of general writing. While reading the comments I saw that some readers preferred that I do some sort of mini-guide in the DS blog. It is certainly in my power to do so, and I can do it (the Tauren Chieftain post was one), but I don’t do it often, and I don’t like to do it.
It’s because I regard the act of doing guides in the blog as defeating the purpose of the Strategy Panel and the forum. I’m not here to usurp the position of strategy owners, nor am I here to dictate to you what sort of strategy and item build you should follow. If I want to make a strategy I go to the Strategy Panel, and I’m more than confident my guide will get approved. Ok maybe that’s a bit too much of a presumption, but in the future more guides will be made, more discussions, more brainstorming. In time to come Dota fanatics, pub and league, will be able to decide for themselves what works for them, even after I’ve long moved on and longer contribute here.
Royalty is not needed to dictate what the masses should think. You are not here to be a mindless copycatter, rather you’re here to think for yourself what works the best for you. Even reading my post, if and when you do not agree and you have your reasons, you can and you should, because you should find for yourself your own Dota truth. Not following what the masses or the leaguers do. What the masses do or don’t and what the leaguers do and don’t maybe correct, maybe damn wrong. It’s up to you to decide.
To prove my case, let me just relate my personal perspective about Dota. I’m sure you know about the hero Queen of Pain right? If you lurk long enough you’ll know I’m an open admirer of QoP; I even have a hero strategy about her. How did I come to know about her? It was during the 6.43b map, when QoP was at the height of her popularity, that I got to try out this hero and found that she was damn awesome. If you wanted the sound system to scream Holy S**t often, back then you use QoP. Period.
Then she became the Queen not just of pain but also of the leaguers. And she occupied this position for a very long time before she was finally dislodged in 6.57b. But for me I noticed that in league replays there was nothing so powerful about QoP even granted, she was so frequently used and had a 75-second Sonic Wave (without Aghanim). She is pretty vulnerable. If you want to see Vigoss die in leagues, catch him using QoP and you’ll know what I mean. He doesn’t die one bit using Priestess of the Moon.
But for reasons only he knows, the frog finds the fact that QoP is so popular to be pretty disturbing, even with the other fact that she’s not very harmful in leagues. This is important given that the frog is so fixated about “league balance”. Thus you know the story – nerf upon nerf, until leaguers were not interested in QoP anymore. But that of course has not made the frog relent. In 6.60 you would notice that Aghanim’s Scepter only improves QoP’s Sonic Wave cooldown to 110 seconds. This is a 35-second or 47% nerf to QoP w.r.t. Aghanim (BTW notice the same thing happening to Aghanim Luna). I’m sorry if this offends anybody, but I sense a trepid fear on part of the frog that a pretty vulnerable hero would be a little bit more popular.
While I thank him for a good job on trying to improve league balance, I can’t help sometimes but feel what the h*ll is he thinking? For goodness sake the Queen of Pain is not even freaking painful anymore. Why such a terrible punishment just for the fact she was once the leaguers’ queen?
Then you glance away and look at other once-league-popular heroes like Spectre, Luna, Bristleback and Invoker and you find the same pattern. Only, some of them have been buffed a bit in 6.60. Woefully, the QoP remains punished for a crime that she did not commit.
My point in relating some granddaddy story is what leaguers do (in this case) may be correct and may be wrong. They’re correct for making QoP more popular (or any other hero for that matter), but they may be strategically wrong for using such a painless hero (pun intended). The frog is right in trying to make Dota better (and thank him for that), but when he makes a hero pathetically weak and give it a name that suggests ownage, I regard that as plain wrong.
But things like this can invite a lot of criticism especially when people think you’re just raving like a mad man. I’m glad if you can see things from my point of view, but I don’t mind if you don’t. But it is when people resort to name-calling and force it down people’s throat that that becomes a problem. You may agree with me, you may not. But one thing we must agree on (at least in DS), and that is to agree to disagree.
And that’s why it’s so important that you don’t just follow the crowd mindlessly. Read if you must, study if you must, be a fan if you must, but never surrender your mental freedom to anybody else. This not only applies to real life, but also to Dota. DS is a platform to make Dota more interesting. Not more oppressive. This is how DS should be.
Now you know why I hate mental fascism? Why the hammerwacks on potential thought fascists? I rest my case.