Originally Posted by nothingbutcold.
so far I never saw a ranged vampiric aura
Tremere clan would like a word with you. If I were you however, I would politely turn down their invitation for a word or two unless it's on your terms.
OT: Skeleking's aura and Vlads were discussed left and right back then. Though it was a time of zero approval for any melee hero regardless of their role and Vlads was considered beyond crap no matter what. So people decided that rework to lifesteal auras can kill two rabbits with one shot, so to speak. Ofc the real problems with those were driven by the way laning used to work (no melee bonuses for shield and no QB back then, for example) and the metagame of "Gorgon Rapier push - best push".
Though even then there was no doubt that lifesteal aura's "melee only" trait wasn't just something inherited from WC3 and then overlooked, it was intentlional, if cautious, decision.