Averoth, the Siege Mountain
Long ago, when Man's need was dire, Sol saw fit to give Man a powerful gift. Sol reached down and found an ancient mountain, and sculpting it, forged the creature Averoth. Averoth is a great beast of war, huge beyond reckoning, and possessing the power of the mountain he was shaped from.
Averoth is a melee strength hero with an unusually large model size (300 unit radius). He also has an exceptionally slow windup on his attack animation, taking roughly three seconds to attack. Instead, he deals damage by walking over his foes, dealing constant damage to everything underneath his feet. Averoth is a supportive hero who focuses on damage absorption and pushing power.
Critical Hero Mechanics:
Averoth's hero model is 300 units in radius, the same size as Pyromancer's stun.
Averoth has uniquely low starting magic armor. He starts with only .5 magic armor.
Averoth's attack animation has a huge windup. If you attack a target, it will take 3 seconds for damage to be done.
Trample attacks are treated as one single literal attack every .8 seconds, dealing 100% cleave damage to all foes underneath Averoth.
Averoth's second ability, Wake the Earth, creates a literal high ground with fog and miss chance. Mechanically, he does not himself become the ground (wards placed on top of him remain where they were placed if Averoth moves).
Str: 28 + 4.2
Agi: 0 + 0.0
Int: 14 + 1.8
Base Damage: 80-87
Physical Armor: 3.7
Magic Armor: 0.5
"The titan lifted its body, and slammed down upon the earth. Half of our forces were crushed. The sound was like a thousand anvils being shattered; I shudder now to think of it."
Wake the Earth
"The creature sank into the earth; to sleep, we thought with relief. But when the tangled trees grew from the barren waste, we knew we had been mistaken."
"Each step it took was an earthquake to us. Those who fell beneath the beast were seen again only as smears on the pounded dirt."
Might of the Mountain
"The titan smashed through our walls like paper. It cannot be stopped."
Identity. Why is this hero unique?Averoth is probably the most unique hero design I have ever made. Before I explain why, here are the heroes that I think are most similar to Averoth in role:
Initiators, pushers, gankers, and carries. None of these heroes even closely approximate Averoth's complete playstyle, but together all of them do a decent job of explaining why Averoth is unique. Let's overview his unique mechanics:
1) Model Size + Trample
Averoth is larger than any other hero, which has significant ramifications in and of itself. He's the only hero with passive unitwalking and passive treewalking, both of which have strategic implications even I may not have fully considered. Trample makes Averoth a terrible laner (especially combined with his attack animation), but it makes him a reasonable mid laner and a good jungler. Played in the midlane, Averoth is similar to Balphegore, Salforis, and Forsaken Archer. He can dominate against other melee heroes, and against anyone else he can farm conservatively until they leave the lane to gank, and then push the lane and take the tower very fast. In the jungle, he plays similarly to Legionnaire, stacking camps and clearing them using Trample.
2) Attack Windup + Bonus Structure Damage
Averoth's attacks are extremely slow, making it impossible for him to last hit in the lane. Instead, Averoth's autoattacks act like a slow battering ram, dealing huge amounts of damage to structures through Might of the Mountain. Averoth's autoattacks are his strongest pushing asset.
3) Wake the Earth
This is perhaps the most innovative skill I have ever created, and probably the most difficult part of playing Averoth. Correctly timed and placed, Wake the Earth can provide a significant teamfight advantage through the higher ground it provides.
4) .5 starting Magic Armor
Averoth is exceptionally durable against physical damage, but is at a severe disadvantage versus magic damage. His large model size combined with his low damage reduction against magic damage makes magic damage an effective counter.
Probably Averoth's most robustly unique aspect is not his ability to fill multiple roles in new ways, but rather his highly team-oriented playstyle.
Purpose. Why would somebody pick this hero over another ganker, pusher, or carry?Firstly, Averoth cannot sidelane very effectively, so you would only pick him to jungle, or to counter a melee mid hero (perhaps someone will figure out how to sidelane him and I'll be proven wrong). Asides from the laning phase factors, Averoth combines very well with fragile damage dealers, especially ranged carries. There is no pushing hero in the game that can do everything that Averoth does, there are no carries that can push as hard as he does, and there are no gankers in the game that can push as hard as he does. All of these factors combined make Averoth appealing in ways that no other hero currently is, but also makes him unappealing for many teams as well. His strength vs. physical damage lineups also influences his playability.
Playstyle. How do the abilities work together?I first wrote Averoth over two years ago, and I've put a lot of thought into this. Averoth's core skill is his passive, Trample, which allows him to deal his attack damage to everything currently underneath him. Therefore, Averoth's main objective is generally to keep enemies underneath his model! His first skill does this very well. Once you're on top of someone, you use it to stun them, and then the entire area is slowed for a few seconds, making it easy to stay on top of your target. Averoth's ultimate grants him resistance to slows and stuns, which helps Trample as well. All of Averoth's other mechanics serve to make him more team oriented, and attempt to make his strongest asset his teamfighting, which is as it should be--without it, Averoth would be a fairly typical ricing hero with a good farming skill but no incentive to move the game forward.
Why is this hero good for Hon?
Averoth is good for HoN primarily because I believe he will be a very fun hero to play, and to play against. He adds an element of epicness to HoN that no other hero really has. He lifts his huge fists and slams down against the tower, dealing huge amounts of damage, slamming into the tower against and again... He adds to the aesthetic of the game. In addition, he's fun because he's challenging. Following enemies while staying on top of them as they juke requires incredible skill, and it will feel very rewarding to watch an enemy's health melt away as you thunder over them.
As far as "meta", I'm not a very competitive HoN player and I'm not very literate in explaining exactly how Averoth might impact the game as a whole. I can say that he would certainly provide a new kind of variety to the game, visually, mechanically, thematically. Averoth is a very impressive hero on the screen, and I think new players will immediately be curious about how he is played. He's basically the biggest, tankiest thing out there by a large margin. As a pushing aggressive carry, I think he will do more to increase game speed than he does to slow it.
Last edited by Apostate; 08-23-2013 at 05:21 PM.
He could originally. With like a 3 second windup time if I recall correctly
He lives up to his name as a mountain. I think the ult and trample could be rolled into each other to some degree and you could give him a more interesting tower destroying ult. I think this hero could fill a useful niche as a tanky tower destroyer on push teams.
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He is good for defending too with the ground elevating.
But can you stick wards on him?
It's definitely possible for Trample and Might of the Mountain to be combined, but I don't think it would make the hero better. I actually find his current tower-destroying mechanic very interesting. It's like he's a battering ram or a siege engine, where you deal one huge burst of damage every few seconds. It allows the player to take a brief break from activity, and just enjoy the experience of watching Averoth crush a building.
Last edited by Apostate; 05-16-2013 at 04:34 PM.
I am so glad you added this to the contest. But the staff sucks btw.
Ok, the hero does not look like an overpowered Moon Queen since he can not attack in addition to the trample effect of the passive. How does attack speed work on him? Is it completely worthless?
Overall, I think this hero looks very good. And I can easily see him fitting into an interesting niche of push and anti-pusher.
I do believe permantly reducing the armor of towers is very Op. It removes too much of the risk of pushing as even if the enemies repel a push by Averoth, the tower will have lost so much armor that the next push will be much easier. The hero does not lose much if the ult lowers towers armor by x per attack for y seconds.
For the moment I would like to keep the permanent armor reduction. It's strong, true, but it can be removed if it causes problems. It's more for base towers and raxes than it is for the outer towers, which will die regardless.
I also notice that this hero has 0 armor and no way of gaining additional armor before level 6 making this hero very, very squishy despite his huge strength gain.
Also, how will he last hit or deny in lane? If the attacking is passive while he walks over creeps, he will have no way to choose when to last hit or deny and he will heavily push the lane.
Frankly, I do not see how you would lane this hero at all. If you can get the hero past 6, sure, he becomes valuable, but getting there without losing the lane will be hard.
I suggest you make him more of a jungler, so the last hitting, denying, and weak lane presence is not an issue.
Do not get me wrong, I like this hero. But, he is so far outside the scope of a normal hero that he needs extra attention to be payed to how we will accomplish core mechanics of HoN.
You can mid with him sort of like Salforis by chasing an enemy melee mid away from the creeps, since his body is large enough to block effectively. However, he has difficulty denying creeps in a timely manner. I think with practice people will learn to deny with him fairly well anyways, since he has high attack damage.
As for the armor thing, you just buy armor items. Simple. A guardian ring at the start of the game might be enough to solve that problem.
I do have a thought about him laning. I'm by no means a pro, but I can *almost* see averoth as a baby-sitter for his lane. if you got first item marchers, and went probably trample then stomp, you should be able to manuver well enough, with unit and tree walking, to force the enemies off the creeps. An aggressive ranged lane would be troublesome, but if you picked up some armor and had a set of runes o' blight to start, you should be able to stay close enough to the creeps to level well, especially since you wouldn't be roaming like a support really. It's not the ideal role early on, or situation in general for the hero, but I figured since I thought it, I might as well share it.
Whats the slowest movement speed in game right now?
Is this slower or on level?
I think your idea might be able to work with the right set up. It could be similar to cthlulu, who jungles but can sort of help the lane more than a typical jungle hero.
So, he will automatically deny any allied creeps below the 50% mark?
As for being able to jungle, I am not so worried about the creep clearing side as the ability to tank creeps. With 0 armor, this hero is completely reliant on keeping pots running to him constantly to maintain his hp despite his extreme hp and any items like Buckler or Guardian rings. Consequently, I fear he will not be as efficient of a jungler as other heroes like Lego.
Umm...just throwing this out...
Might of Newerth
-Gains Cliffwalking and Buildingwalking. Deals an additional 80/100/120 Physical Damage per second to Buildings and enemies while not attacking (so it procs on W and while moving)
*Utility based Sotm which gives more damage, and focuses on his movement, while giving him the option to be a pusher.
One thing though sir. Trample cannot activate procs or modifiers. It would be OP if Thunderclaw automatically hits 5 attacks just by sitting there every 0.8 seconds.
He shouldn't be that type of hero anyways.
-Make casting Stomp break out of W. It would look amazing to break the hill you made.
If that's the case, I'll simply give him the appropriate starting armor in order to make jungling work. It's an easy fix.
I'm intrigued by the cliffwalking aspect of Might of Newerth. I think it's a good idea but I want to explore it further.
You misunderstand how trample works. Trample deals one single autoattack underneath him. Therefore, each .8 second attack has a single chance of proccing items like Thunderclaw. It's important that modifiers and procs work, because Brutalizer can be effective on him, as can Frostbrand and its constituents. Dawnbringer especially is a very solid item on this hero, giving him everything that he needs.
I will not write a full review. If you want a review go to the original draft, as i did a full review a short time ago there and not that much has changed.
The only change i see is made to Wake the Earth, which lost its absurd heal and was more changed to complement his trample and his itembuild.
I really think it was a good change and works much better now.
You could make him unique in giving him 0 magic-armor, as he has very high hp from beginning to start to withstand some magic assaults.
And it would make magical anti-tank heroes a counter, and everyhero should at least have a soft-counter.