Defenders 016: Tiny

November 25, 2011


Well played, Xenono.  Here’s Tiny, the Stone Giant, all grown up.  Don’t forget to vote for tomorrow’s hero in the most recent thread over at r/Dota2.

So… Tiny.  Someone had suggested to do a portrait of him in each stage of his evolution.  It’s a good idea, but too much work for one day, so you get ult lvl 3 Tiny for now.  I’d like to revisit him and finish the other 3 stages at some point in the future.  Getting the reference material for this portrait took a little while, actually.  I normally just use the animated portraits from the hero selection screen, but Tiny’s just a baby in that one.  So, I hopped into a practice game and ground all the way to level 16 to get him his ult.  There weren’t even bots, so it was actually quite boring.  However, I did notice something kind of interesting…

I talk a lot about HoN, and the differences between it and DotA.  Mostly, that’s because almost all my recent experience has been in HoN.  I never really played Tiny back in my Dota days.  In fact, I stayed well away from anyone who had to farm a blink dagger.  For those of you that don’t know, Tiny was ported into HoN as the thinly disguised Pebbles.  They’re almost identical, except for this little tidbit:

“Units affected by Chuck take double the damage.”

That’s a quote from the HoN description for Stalagmites (Avalanche).  So, if you use Chuck (Toss) first, your Stalagmites hit twice as hard.  That’s a considerable bonus in damage.  Naively, I had assumed that this was part of his original DotA design.  Only yesterday, while doing “research” for this post, did I figure out that it wasn’t.  Well, don’t I feel silly…

[Edit: Apparently it works the same in both games]

So today’s question is: noobs and pros alike, what have you learned about Dota recently?

Wallpaper.  1920×1080.


  1. November 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    Markus says:

    Nice one
    he looks like treant protector with green beard
    i like to see leafs fell down from his beard or small stones rolling down on his skin he might have some part of the ground on his back look like he awaked from the earth
    and does he fight with his arms or ……
    he maybe got some tree or stone club (aghanim version)
    Thnx For Reading My Comment

  2. November 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Socraph says:

    Ahhhhh, the colors are nice today! not too bright. Very cool!

  3. November 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    Milnehouse says:

    Whoo! Blink dagger tiny was the greatest. Nothing like blinking in beside a hero and throwing him to the rest of your team. Although, throw could be a bit buggy since you didn’t actually target a guy, it just took the nearest unit. Did they fix that with pebbles?

  4. November 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    BlackArtz says:

    just wondering where you get your textures!!~~

  5. November 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    Adam says:

    Hey dude,

    I make them all myself, but deviantart is a pretty good place to look.

  6. November 26, 2011 at 11:34 am
    Yiro says:

    WOW! amazing job! :)

    Plase ><, draw shadow priest: Dazzle :D!

    i gonna make a T-shirt of dazzle :D <3 pleaaase :3

  7. November 26, 2011 at 11:45 am
    BlackArtz says:

    Awesome!!! Thanks!!!

  8. November 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    Seb says:

    I learnt recently that Skeleton King was a tribute (Leo) to Diablo, and then some! By some rare coincidence, the page I was watching was very similar to this. Kudos anyway to whoever taught me that ;)

  9. November 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Seb says:

    Hey I just remembered a legit one; apparently (this is Dota2 at least dunno about DotA) units have an artificial delay of .11 sec from the moment you click anything and the unit respond. Not exactly ground breaking stuff exactly but..

  10. November 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm
    Iryz says:

    Hey man… When are you gonna publish the enchantress one? don’t mean to rush you its just i love your work :D

  11. November 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    Adam says:

    She’s done. I’ll put it online tomorrow around Noon EST. I know I’m late, but what can I say… sometimes real life gets in the way. Thanks for following, dude.

  12. November 29, 2011 at 1:06 am
    Nick says:

    What I would LOVE to see is Storm Spirit! Who am I kidding… I am honestly just waiting for them to put in my favorite hero that never even had CLOSE to a clone in HoN. Necro’lic!

  13. December 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Nicolai says:

    With truesight you can see the targeting reticule for the Ancient Apparition ultimate.

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