May 26, 2019
The one who rises from Hell
The Doom’s reputation precedes him. There hasn’t been a single time in the patch history of Dota when the image of Lucifer seized to instill fear into the hearts of his enemies. Regardless of whether he is a meta hero or not, his ultimate has always been feared just because it renders one completely helpless and harmless. Players hate being Doomed, but is the ultimate really the only strength of Lucifer?
The Doom is not a single button hero
Despite being notorious for having the most unpleasant ultimate in the game, the popularity of the Doom in ranked games and on the pro scene hasn’t always been accounted for his strong ultimate. The hero has always had his Doom and it’s unlikely that the ability of the character is going to be reworked somehow.
But other abilities of the Doom have been subjected to a few changes. These very changes brought death to those who stood in the Doom’s way, and they could also be the death of the hero himself.
Maths with Lucifer
It’s hard to believe that the Doom had been one of the best meta heroes even before he got his Infernal Blade, which is a very dangerous ability. Before the patch 6.86 he had an ability called LVL?Death that made quick work of his opponents who weren’t quick enough to escape their doom.
But that was not the reason behind his popularity. A month before that he’d had his damage and regen increased. The buffs triggered on activation of Scorched Earth, and ability that is likely to be a subject to change. The spell also accounts for the fact that the Doom became a meta hero. And it might be the reason for his getting out of this very meta in the future.
Scorched Earth on the plains of matchmaking
Thank goodness that the extra HP regen and the damage granted by this ability are not getting any higher. Throughout the entire matchmaking history only few heroes were capable of achieving a similar win rate, given such widespread popularity.
After the patch that brought about Infernal Blade went live, the Doom became weaker. But it didn’t happen because he received a new ability.
Scorched Earth was nerfed, which wasn’t unexpected. Also, the efficiency of the ultimate was lowered. The win rate and popularity dropped as well.
Did the problem lie in the ultimate?
Some time passed after the efficiency of Scorched Earth was lowered and after the hero was reworked, and then players paid their attention to the Doom again.
The Doom was left untouched for a few months, but then he started growing in popularity again. It was then that the devs decided to tinker with his ultimate.
The ultimate used to take 100 seconds to recharge, but after the changes had been implemented it started to take 1.5 times more than that to recover. Naturally, it affected the win rate and the popularity of the hero.
The Doom was very unfortunate at the 6th International and throughout the qualifiers.
The bad streak continued
No one paid any attention to the hero for more than a year, but he slowly started making his way back into the meta.
But hardly had he tried to get back on track, than another patch came in, purging the demon.
The Scorched Earth Talent was now available at level 10, which hardly made up for the negative implications of the patch.
Present day. The slowed down metabolism
One patch replaced the other, and so did the best meta heroes. The next update brought about significant changes. We’re talking about the infamous patch 7.20.
Scorched Earth no longer granted HP regen to the Doom, but that was not the end.
Now the Doom drew his survivability from the ability that used to bring him gold. It had other uses as well. Now the spell can be used in even more ways.
Extra Scorched Earth damage provided by the level 10 Talent was increased as well. Everything was changed this time around - the itemization, the skill build and even the playstyle. The patches that followed later this year weakened the hero a little bit. But why did that happen?
Where to find the answers?
So far it’s been pretty hard to find the answers even for high ranked players. The popularity of the Doom is up there, but his win rate is somewhere around 50%.
This is why we started talking about the hero in the first place. Now you know why the Doom has always been able to make comebacks into the meta despite the implemented changes. It’s fat chance that he won’t be able to do it again. We’ll live and see. On our site you can find everything ranging from skill builds to the peculiarities of laning.
And what do you think about the Doom in the contemporary meta? Make sure to let us know in the comment section.