I looked around for another thread answering this, but didn't see, sorry if i missed. I feel like he can fulfill the roll warlock did in dota, only better. With his heal, and stun, plus the fear of cursed ground, I would think he would make an awesome babysitter. thanks for the input!
only if better babysitters like lich and dsham aren't available.
simple answer, not often. He's a great hero, but he's also very easy to juke. Most teams like to run support/gank heroes with targetable nukes. Although, he does baby sit will, and teamed with a good stun it's deadly. ds/lich/hb better picks for team and babysit;late game he's not much of a contender.
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While I don't have much to back it up with, I think he'd be sub-par as a babysitter due to the fact that his heal is very mana heavy and that he don't have a way of harrassing his opponents (apart from normal attacks, of course).
I'm in no way a very experienced player though, so my input may be completely wrong.
The only problem with Voodoo Jester is his Cursed Ground being his only way of dealing significant damage, and he needs to be within near melee range to cast it. With his low hp, he's bound to never get it off in teamfights when it would be needed most.
He's a great ganker, but lacks in teamfights for this reason. Even so, he can most certainly be used.. But there are better picks in his stead.
Late game he requires BKB/aghanims to be effective damage, however it's very unlikely he'll ever get this.
Late game his only form of damage is completely nullified via BKBs.
His laning is weak, his healing is ineffective, he sucks.
to mana heavy isnt blessed with demented's base stats/animation as well as mana costs also item dependant to deal realiable damage needs a buff.. to be viable
Well, whenever I play voodoo I usually don't even get his ward. Rushing a guinsoo with both his dots and stun is more useful imo to mid game.
For competative, I've found it to be pretty viable. It's no hellbringer though.
What kind of buff would Voodoo need to bring him up to "competitive" levels? He has a great AOE stun, he's an able farmer, has solid INT gain, the strongest non-ult nuke in the game, and a reasonably useful AOE dot/heal. What's not to like?
I dont know why, but in my opinion he sucks. He is an ok ganker, but thats it. For every job exists a better pick.
he will be probably picked if your team manages to get a hold on Kraken
if malediction had a (slightly) longer cast range, if he had a slightly higher str gain, he would be more viable imo.
He's still very effective in games with tempest (but ban) and kraken.
But there are better babysitters/gankers which would overall be a better asset to the team
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The great aoe stun is random and is easily made into a single stun that does no damage.