Upon the advent of 6.71, I was reasonably certain that both Spectre, Broodmother and Terrorblade would be the only viable melee agility carries. (edit: because I'm an idiot) Spectre has appeared in a lot of HL games, and Ferrari's Broodmother in the recent iCity tournament proves this. My main question is this:
Why isn't Terrorblade seen in higher level play?
Would Terrorblade be viable in competitive play? I can visualize him in a long trilane. When his ranged form is up, he can run in the trilane Morph-style, last-hitting and getting kills, and while he's in melee form he bushes.
The two potential risks to this strategy are, firstly, that he is too fragile for a trilane, and secondly ganks into the bush while he is vulnerable. However, any decent trilane will do its best to defend the trilane carry, and while in the jungle he'll not only have images up but a comprehensive warding scheme can help deter this.
The bonuses of a strategy like this:
- Terrorblade is a powerful DPS carry once farmed. Since his BKB and Manta buffs, he can go for conventional carry items.
- While Terrorblade is out of his lane, the trilane can either farm or try to gank him. If they try to gank him it either denies their trilane carry farm, or leaves him vulnerable in the lane.
- When TB is out of the lane, the two support heroes can gain exp without denying their trilane carry exp. This means that, when TB is in lane, the trilane is more powerful because the supports have level advantage, which in turn can give more kills to Terrorblade
- Because of the support level advantage, they are less likely to feed mid- and late-game.
Overall, it lends power to both the lane and the team late game. While it would be best to fill the solo lanes with semi-carries, why wouldn't
Terrorblade be picked on occasion in competitive?