Defenders 023: Alchemist

December 8, 2011


EnvyUK (don’t we all?): here is your Alchemist.

A while back, I tried out League of Legends.  I think I played maybe… three games in total, y’know, just to see what it was about (I could probably write another 5 posts about how… weird I found LoL).  At any rate, one of the things that LoL does really differently than HoN/Dota are items and stats.  I didn’t play much, but I do remember there being a “free gold” item.  It’s called Avarice Blade, and it gives you 5 gold every 10 seconds, passively, for doing nothing.  It basically pays for itself after ~11 minutes.  I don’t really know if this item is actually used in LoL, but I do know that if you tried to implement something similar in Dota, people would freak. Out.

But then you have Alchemist.  There are lots of heroes that can farm, and farm well, but I think Goblin’s Greed is the only skill in the game that can actually gives a gold advantage, all things being equal.  And by that I mean, if you’re up against Alchemist, and somehow both of you are managing to last hit every creep (and no one is denying), Alchemist will just have more gold.  It’s a strange skill mechanic that you don’t really see anywhere else.

I’m not really questioning whether Alchemist should have this skill or not, but pure farming skills (like Drow’s old ult) are pretty rare, and getting rarer.  Dota players have always prided themselves on their ability to last hit/deny/farm, but do you think it’s time to add more options to make farming… well… easier?

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  1. December 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    Anachronism says:

    Farming with furion+ultstick aint that hard either.
    just use the skill very liberally, got myself 355 cs in a 40minute game

  2. December 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    Brendan says:

    No way, being able to last hit and deny are probably the most important skills at getting through early game and getting an advantage early. It’s the small things like last hitting that really separate the good players from the bad. Anyways, awesome work as always, and looking forward to the next contest so I can redeem myself and hopefully win a print :)

  3. December 9, 2011 at 8:02 am
    NoobWork says:

    Adam, I love your work. My computer wallpaper is set to randomly go through the defender pictures as I’ve saved them all to my computer. I hope to get all 104 some day :) Keep up the amazing work!

  4. December 9, 2011 at 8:06 am
    Nathan says:

    Doom also gets more gold. Great work here.

  5. December 9, 2011 at 9:57 am
    Small says:


  6. December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am
    AJ says:

    Also one of those people who has all of the backgrounds set to cycle. Really great work (and anecdotes), and I’m looking forward to the next run of prints so I can get my hands on one.

  7. January 24, 2012 at 9:17 am
    farid says:

    i do think bounty hunter ult is the same with goblin breed..;)

  8. January 24, 2012 at 9:17 am
    farid says:


  9. December 12, 2012 at 12:33 am
    L30Bola says:

    Easier to farm/last hit/deny? Did you forget Quelling Blade (+32%[16% ranged] damage on non-hero/non-Roshan)??

  10. February 23, 2013 at 11:20 am
    nana says:

    adam, can i save it on my pc and use it as wallpaper?
    i’ll share this blog link to dota group

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