There are always complaints about this or that hero being OP, but there’s something I’ve noticed that seems to have a big effect on player experience when it comes to being outbuilt or outplayed that I don’t see a lot of people mentioning: popular builds/tactics.
What I mean is that players often pick builds they think are meta, builds that are popular, builds recommended by the academy, etc. Same goes for heroes. There is a very simple thought that maybe not quite obvious, that presents a problem with this: if you pick popular/meta builds and heroes, the smart player is going to build/pick a hero that can counter that every time, and because of that, off-meta builds/heroes that aren’t expected have the potential to decimate every time, not to mention that the person picking such builds will have more time to tweak them because almost every match, people will be picking similar builds as everyone else.
For example, I’ve noticed some people have no clue how brutal Grumpjaw or Fortress are lately, as well as Celeste, for a lot of popular team comps. Skaarf in the jungle early, because of the consistent speed of his fireball, is also now practical. Churnwalker with a semi-crystal, semi-capt. build can also be effective, and Saw/Grumpjaw as a hybrid captain are actually effective but I rarely see them played, as well as heroes like Fortress, Flicker with his boosted health, and Lorelai, are all still effective carries. These are things that may not seem meta, but can have a big impact against unsuspecting teams.
It would do every player well to remember that this game is HIGHLY customizable, and maybe a hero seems OP, but maybe trying something new with your hero and build would show you that there’s something you can do to synergize your hero and it’s build even better.
And on revitalizing a project, I’m probably going to be posting a series of highly effective off-meta builds and tactics for as many heroes, as I can, sometime soon. There are so many different combinations of items and strategies that I rarely see people employing in the game, so I’d like to share some useful ones with the community. I’ll also be sharing counters/weaknesses to those builds/tactics, to spice things up.
If you have suggestions let me know. Doesn’t mean it’s going to be what I’ll do but I’ll consider any popular ones.