Defenders 055: Shadow Fiend

April 2, 2012


No surprises, I suppose, but Dazzle has won the second round of voting. And people really don’t like Beastmaster. Duly noted.

I’ve put up the heroes for Round 3 over at, so head over and make your voice heard!

No promises, but I’m going to do my darndest to put up 5 Defenders this week, just like the good old days. Oh, and Dragon Knight prints should be ready Friday.

I think Shadow Fiend was the hero I most  wanted to do when started this project. But at the time, I wasn’t sure I could do him justice. At any rate, I think I’m glad I waited. Nevermore was one of my favourite heroes back in my old Dota days. Shadowraze is awesome; hitting a hero perfectly with all three shadowrazes just feels so good, on par with the perfect arrow or hook imo. Combine that with a great teamfight ult, and I don’t see what’s not to like about this hero.

All that said, I think I’ve only played him once or twice since I started playing Dota 2. He feels a lot less powerful than he used to, and I’m not sure if it’s just because the meta has changed, but I don’t see him being picked nearly as often as he used to be.

So, are there any heroes that don’t interest you the way they did in Dota? Maybe it’s because the new model turns you off, or because Valve hasn’t properly captured the feel of the hero. Let me know in the comments.


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PNGs. Square / Wallpaper


  1. April 3, 2012 at 2:56 am
    1337_n00b says:

    Wow, he’s a little bit too armless here. That’s really notable, as of me.

    Now, I’d say that Witch Doctor became waaay less interesting to me. I just don’t find the new one as attractive as the one that was in the original. Practically everything turns me off a little.

  2. April 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    josh nelson says:

    Please make some tshirts of these beautiful prints! I personally would at least buy a few.

  3. April 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    Big Dick Gabe Newell says:

    Was waiting for this one, Adam. Shadow Fiend is by far the coolest looking hero in this game but in your picture he has no arms. Those claw-hands on those lanky arms really make him but this picture looks really awkward because they’re missing. Nothing personal, just don’t like it.

    I also feel like Shadow Fiend is a little underwhelming in this game. I used to play his HoN counterpart, Soul Stealer, all the time and in that game he was a pretty common pickup. Never played the original DotA so can’t comment on that, but I feel like his animations are pretty weird/slow in Dota 2. My opinion, of course. But he got a big buff recently so I’ll have to play him more often now.

  4. April 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm
    Jimmy says:

    I find Razor far less threatening now. He’s too flimsy-looking IMO.

    Love your art (Dazzle’s so badass). Could you do a Clinkz on next? Thanks. :D

  5. April 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    Sam says:

    Clinkz would be really cool for the next art. Looking forward to it.

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