In a press conference at Valve HQ in Bellevue Washington this afternoon, many suspicions were confirmed when Gabe Newell released this official statement:
“We’ve tooled around for a long time with balancing characters in DOTA2. We liked the direction Icefrog was headed towards by trying to make everyone in the game viable, but we didn’t feel his goals and ambitions quite aligned with what we wanted. We had a lot of complaints that there weren’t enough ‘absolutely broken’ characters in DOTA2. With the addition of Slithice we hope to remedy this.”
When speaking of various DOTA2 heroes ’round the hearth at the inn, most names are thrown around freely. But there is one that is only spoken in hushed whispers, and strikes fear into the heart of the meek.
Slithice. Naga Siren.
Born a mere human, she was raised by wolves on the island of the Lotus Eaters. At a young age she was voted off the island after getting an ultra kill while playing hopscotch. Ever since, she has done nothing but dominate the field of battle, destroying ancients left and right, and putting even the strongest of warriors to sleep, and then devouring their souls.
In all seriousness, I hadnt messed around with Naga too much since her release. I didnt really play DotA 1 long enough to get annihilated by her enough to have fostered a hatred toward her. But now that I’ve given her a test drive several times, I can safely say that she is one of the most broken heroes currently available.
In a recent game, I decided to give her a whirl and see what I could do. 17 minutes in, we were down 10-1. With a fed Pudge, we were all but done. Down by several towers, and morale running low, my teammates had nearly given up hope.
After a few minutes of playing carefully (and a few lucky ganks) things started to look up. We got in some good teamfights, and our Phantom Lancer and I purchased diffusal blades so we could drive the Pudge (and others) to 0 mana before they could do any damage. we kept farming and playing carefully and eventually managed to even out the kills.
One more decent push and we were in their base, destroying barracks, killing heroes, and physically assaulting them. It was over. We’d won. But how?
Lets get down to WHAT naga siren does exactly. Shes a melee agility carry first off, which typically means that you’re very easy to kill, and should usually be picked off first in fight. Unfortunately for anyone playing against her, this is easier said that done.
Her first ability, Mirror Image, does exactly what you would think. It splits her into multiples of herself which deal damage at a reduced rate. While the damage is a bonus, the best part is the confusion it brings to a fight. Where there was one target before, there are now 4, and by the time you figure out who is who, youre toast. Buying a diffusal blade, which burns enemies mana on every auto attack, means that it gets applied 4x. You can burn 1k mana off an enemy within a few seconds, leaving them useless and vulnerable.
Her other abilities are great, but dont compare to her Mirror Image. She has a 5 second snare which is great for holding people still while you completely dominate them. She also has a high damage nuke, which is decent in early to mid game, but falls off in the later stages when people have 3k+ HP.
Her ult is what makes her absolutely broken. Siren Song puts all enemies in a large radius around Naga into a sleep state for 7 seconds. They cant be attacked, but this can be used in two ways. First you can easily just push lanes, and the second you are met with any opposition, pop the ult and run away. Or you can use it in teamfights to let everyone on your team position themselves to crush your foes.
Basically, Slithice is probably the most broken character currently in game. If youve never used her, give her a go.