Well, probably everyone. Including me. When I say “boring,” I specifically mean in the sense that his skill and item info carries no big secret. You may or may not like his playstyle, but either way you have to admit that there isn’t a lot of nuance out there right now.
Still, I promised this last week, so here it is. Phoenix will come later this week because he/she/it is more interesting, and so I want a larger sample for that. Other 6.80 stuff has to wait a bit longer because 25% of my match returns are RAD.
First on the list of total non-surprises is that Terrorblade is another top 20 entry in Farm Dependency so far. Two interesting trends are that his winrate does improve some in Very High, and he actually might score rather high in Normal bracket farm dependency, but we’ll go into this more once I have a more complete sample for all heroes in 6.80.
Moving on to skills, here’s what we’re looking at:
Q — Reflection: Slows an enemy hero and creates an illusion of them. Scaling: Significant Cooldown reduction and Illusion Damage.
W — Conjure Image: Creates an illusion of Terrorblade. Scaling: Illusion Damage.
E — Metamorphosis: Transforms Terrorblade, giving him a ranged attack (with a slower Base Attack Time) and bonus damage. Scaling: Bonus Damage and Duration.
And is there an emerging dominant build?
As you can see, Meta->Conjure(E->W)with one early point in Reflection is by far the most popular build in all three brackets. The only real significant competitors are Meta->Reflection(E->Q) and Reflection->Meta (Q->E). And does the build perform well enough to warrant this kind of popularity?
For the most part it does. There are a few builds that outperform it in certain brackets, but that’s to be expected with how small the samples are for most competing builds. Only Q->W outperforms it consistently, and in that case we’re looking at a build with less than 1% of the total share. That being said, the gap isn’t huge between builds that open with Meta and builds that open with Reflection, so you could maybe find some justification to experiment there. One somewhat interesting feature is that Conjure Image looks like a pretty bad primary, but possibly the best secondary. It could be the case that the scaling on Conjure Image is actually pretty important for Terrorblade’s midgame farming and general combat presence, but until levels 8 through 12 he doesn’t have the stats and mana to ever justify maxing it over either of his other skills.
In any case, if you’re new to the hero and you’re looking for the safe and extremely common build, it’s 1/2/4/1. The only significant decision being whether to take Reflection or Metamorphosis at level 1, and for that you need to evaluate your laning situation.
Moving on to items, we again don’t really have any surprises.
Sange and Yasha declining isn’t much of a surprise given its status as official core item. I’d be more inclined to believe that SnY just delays your Manta Style, but SnY doesn’t perform terribly here. One thing of note is that there’s not a lot of evidence of SnY disassembles and neither Sange nor Heaven’s Halberd has a significant amount of usage in any bracket. This list also reminds me that I should maybe look into 6.79 -> 6.80 item comparisons, as Ring of Aquila actually looks reasonably competitive for a cheap item that’s likely to be sold off. One last item of note, Radiance Terrorblade is a distinct minority. I can’t say much else beyond that as Radiance winrates are notoriously unreliable.