Do you have any predictions for the next dominant hero at TI?
It’s so far away, it’s really hard to know. There could be so many buffs and nerfs by the time TI rolls around. Elder Titan is really strong right now and he’s going to become the most popular hero, but I think there are going to have to be some nerfs to a couple of heroes for the meta to change a little bit. And that will happen soon. The meta is preparing to settle, and in a couple of months a patch will come to change things a little bit. [Note: this interview was given before the release of the 6.79 patch] Do you think Elder Titan will be subjected to some nerfs in the near future?
I would assume so. They buffed his aura twice to get where it is right now, so I think it might get reverted. The Spirit is pretty darned good so maybe add a cooldown increase - I’m not sure. He’s really strong offlane, he’s really strong mid as well, but I’m not sure he’s being abused quite enough. I just know a lot of players who are saying
What sorts of new projects will we see from you in the future? Any new video formats?
Yeah, I’ve been getting bored of my format lately so I’m going to start diversifying a bit. I feel not too stressed out right now so I want to put some effort toward doing some old series. I did one a long time ago - like a year and a half ago - where I would do a replay commentary with a pro player on one of their games. So I can give them some more spotlight and also look at what they do and learn a bit more from a pro player’s perspective. They always have little tips and things that are interesting and things that I would never think about. So those are things I want to do more. I might do some dual lane videos with a friend on Skype and we can talk about how good this one dual lane is. I’m scared to make that video though because I know that people will just start playing Tuskar and Centaur in pubs all the time and it’s going to be my fault. Some of those lanes are just so frustrating and boring to play against on the receiving end, so I feel a little guilty. But I should probably do some more variety there. Hopefully I’ll do some more casting in the future, I want to do some LAN casting, but I haven’t had much opportunity yet. But that’s pretty much everything I want to do professionally. And start playing more, maybe in an amateur team or something. It’d be fun. Follow Purge on twitter @PurgeGamers and find his instructional videos at www.purgegamers.com
It was Abaddon until he got released. Phoenix I like a lot but it has been remade 3 or 4 times in the last year or two since I last played Dota 1. So probably Phoenix, but maybe he’s a different hero now, I really don’t know. There’s a couple of other heroes that looked pretty cool that I read the patch notes of, but I never really tried playing them in Dota 1. Maybe I should give those guys a shot. I’m sure there are a lot of interesting heroes in the pool that I haven’t played before so I can’t really say. I think there are only maybe 10 heroes left. I don’t really care about Techies very much, personally. I’m sure a lot of people are really mad about that, but I guess I don’t really have a favorite. Just Phoenix, I suppose.
he’s imbalanced. Maybe Batrider is going to get nerfed again. That hero has been strong for three years now. Icefrog is trying really hard not to nerf Batrider enough where he becomes completely irrelevant but it’s really difficult with his skill set, so maybe they’ll have to remove Force Staff from working with Lasso or something.
yet to be released?