Defenders 032: Bounty Hunter
December 28, 2011
Took a wee break for the Holidays, but now I’m back. Here’s Gondar, as requested by ShammySham. Don’t forget to vote for tomorrow’s hero in the comments over at r/Dota2.
Invisibility is one of those mechanics that you see a lot in Dota. I counted no less than 13 heroes that have some sort of invisibility as part of their skill set (and there’s probably more), not to mention that anyone can go invis with a Lothar’s/Shadow Blade (or smoke!) I’m going to go out an a limb and say that it’s probably the most common ability in the game. Why is that? What is it about invisibility that people love so much?
Flashback to 1996: I remember playing Killer Insctinct Gold for N64. My favourite character was Fulgore: a burly cyborg that had claws like Wolverine and could shoot lasers like Cyclops. Also, he could go invisible. Talk about OP! I distinctly remember looking at his move list in the manual. Invisibility was accompanied by a note that read:
Remember, invisible does not mean invulnerable.
A lot of new players like a hero with Wind Walk because it’s an escape; a (relatively) sure fire way to get out of a tight spot. But, it’s easy to fall into that Fulgore thinking trap, and forget that there are a lot of ways to find/kill an invisible hero. A good player knows that invisibility is more about fear and uncertainty. Playing against Rikimaru is scary, because you never know if he’s right beside you, waiting to pounce (unless you’ve got wards, or can see him in another lane). I think it’s this psychological effect is the real power of invisibility.
What do you think? Who is your favourite invisible hero?