What scares us the most when it comes to patch changes in Dota2? Nerfs and buffs. We all know how it feels when Icefrog decides to nerf our main hero or buff some heroes that wreck the heroes we play. But what can be worse? Broken heroes. Heroes that are so buffed that everyone can pick the hero and win a match is worse. Remember the OD patch? As a midlaner, I hated playing Midlane against OD in my 90% of solo ranked games. Remember the green patch of Necrophos, Pugna? Yeah, we all were happy when they were pushed out of the meta. Every patch comes with this nightmare of dealing with broken heroes and 7.20 is no different.
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I decided to make a list of 5 most broken heroes in the Patch 7.20 and here are they:
When I first analyzed the patch I did realize Lich is going to be the list but what I did not realize was Lich is going to be the 5th. But trust me the number of broken heroes Dota2 has right now is unbelievable.
My first argument why Lich is broken? He is being used a lot, and I mean a lot in the top MMR games. People are picking Lich right and left and grinding their MMR with it. The top players thinking its a broken hero clearly is a decent evidence that Lich is a broken hero.
Here’s why mechanically Lich is so damn strong right now, because after they changed the way how experience and gold works, now if you kill people in laning phase it gets you stronger. It’s like if you die in the lane one or two times and you come back to the lane, all of a sudden you are level 4 and your enemy is level 7. In the previous patches if you died early you would actually have a better chance to win the lane because you would come back in the lane with more regen items and the enemy gets pretty much nothing for killing you and wasting their regen as well because of constant trading. Kill do matter right now in this patch. In early patches, nobody cared about a few lane-kills here and there, they were more focused on keeping you alive and not letting your farm. Now if you die, you lose the lane.
All Lich need is the sacrifice. He just sits in the lane, he stalls the lane, he keeps the creep wave near to your tower and plays defensive. And slowly he is using that mana to nuke you and win the lane. But that is what old Lich used to do. Laning is not about slowly and surely anymore. If that was the case old Lich would be better. But now laning is about destroying your enemies in the lane, killing them and running a bulldozer over their dead bodies.
For how the meta is shaping up right now, this Lich is insane. We have “Frost Shield” instead of Ice Armor which puts a damage reduction shield around your ally and pulsates damage out to damage and slow your enemy. It’s dealing 120 damage at level 1 which is way too much plus it also reducing 60% damage at the max level which is insane. Centaur ultimate did 60% damage reduction with aghs and everyone was complaining as it was way too much raw damage reduction. Lich doesn’t even need an aghanim for that. This is really insane. Because it’s not even just the armor anymore, it’s simply 60% raw damage reduction.
Sinister Gaze? Really? This is more of a fear mechanic but fear normally makes you run towards your base but sinister gaze is making you run towards Lich. You can use this for so many things and combos like pulling people into Crystal maiden’s ultimate and then use your ultimate. Lich can do so much in a gank now where the previous Lich did nothing compared to this.
Lich was only slightly balanced because he had no controls. I mean this support does so many things, he can nuke, slow, give you armor and that was the reason he was still being picked even though he had no stuns or control and now all of that with a stun (Sinister gaze) or a tp cancel and he is able to control heroes is just massive.