Spooky Posted February 4, 2013 Report Share Posted February 4, 2013 Balrog almost every patch got some kind of nerf. Isn't it too much? I remember when he was obviously OP I've created quite opposite topic then. But now he got little bit too much on his back. Lets check out all changes which affects his gameplay since then: - nerf to stack items - item isn't viable anymore unless u already ahead. Early hp boost was great for Balrog which was stacking too well with his ultimate stacks. (He could reach 5k hp at level 16 with only one item) - nerf to his ultimate (+100, +200, +300) -> (+100, +150, +200). Basically its 500 hp less on level 16 - nerf to his heroic (5% -> 4%). It scale with his current health, which he already has much less. His damage output was ridiculous before because he could reach 5k health mid game (+250 physical damage) which allowed him to easily take down any INT hero. - nerf to his vampiric aura (10%, 15%, 20%, 25%) -> (5%, 10%, 15%, 20%). Great aura for dps heroes - increased cooldown on screetch by 4 seconds on every level and mana cost increased. I agree with mana cost change, but cooldown is too high now. If Balrog use it to damage enemies then he has no option to use it to support his allies, at least not in same teamfight. It also makes Balrog much easier to kill - ulti damage reduced quite a bit - his ulti was useful only against low armor heroes anyway. Balrog still can be strong if got a lot of farm early game (which is much harder to get because of heroic nerf), with some specific composition or his area debuff immunity still can be very useful against some heroes like rory or toxi. I can agree with some nerf to his utility (Vampiric Aura, Screetch) and to his damage output, but why his tankiness got nerfed so much? Now again he can't tank too much. His hp pool is already less by about 1000-1500 hp late game because of stack items and ulti change. Huge amount of HP was sth which was making Balrog a true tank. He hasn't any build in resistance besides. I think his ultimate stacks change should go back to previous state at least. Without stack item his HP pool isn't ridiculous how it used to be. Now usually there is no reason to get Balrog instead of Drake for example which can tank more and has great initiation potential. JohnRipley 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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