Is he just a worse pub hero than the competition now? it seems like nearly every game is facing a lineup like one of these using examples from my latest games:
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How the **** are you supposed to play CD against lineups like that? it's like I come in, I put conduit on the best target I can find and it either disables me and runs away, leaps/blinks/goes invis, is magic immune and/or face****s me, is practically immune to damage and doesn't care that I'm hitting it, has already pressed R and so already done what he was there to do and it doesn't really matter if I kill that target now or not even if I can or some combination of this.
My item build is 2 duck boots & 2 runes > steamboots (that I keep on agi until I'm dying) > vestments > chainmail > shrunken. I don't get ghost marchers because I reason that I already have a passive giving me MS after I have shrunken, that I need a team that has disables to keep people in place for me anyway, that a bit more ms and unit walking won't help against escapes and that when I die it's because something (// etc.) locks me down and kills me not because I'm not running away fast enough.
It feels like I just can't do anything. And I notice a trend that whenever the enemy team doesn't have millions of escapes, shiploads of burst, retarded tankiness and suchlike that I tend to win. But otherwise, the way that CD is feels ''obsolete''. Then there are small things like being helpless vs Nomad because if you use your ulti you can't even try to bait his ulti, you'll just get hit by it. Torturer outlaning you while doing uncomparably more aoe damage and still doing at least as much single target damage as you do.
Also needing to go mid but being helpless against almost unharassable hatchet melees who usually gank and carry better than you but you suck in sidelanes against standard combos and are a bad solo pusher compared to stuff like valk/magebane etc. because of no defensive skills that can't easily be negated and no escape whether it lets him get into woods and TP or not. I feel like I have to outplay my opponents just to be on par with them, like playing Brits against Wehrmacht in Company of Heroes.