Description: Picture the tower guard boss from Demon's Souls.
Main Stat: Strength.
Background: A knight from one of the human kingdoms of Newerth. He is a champion and veteraned soldier on the battlefield as well as a famous Tournament Fighter. It is said that he has never lost a jousting match. His king has sent him to fight for the Legion to stop the Hellbourne onslaught.
Skill 1: Shield Wall
Sir Arthyre raises his shield against the Hellbourne, giving a damage reduction increase while having a chance to deflect enemy ranged attacks. The consequence of lifting such a large shield causes Sir Arthyre's speed to be reduced.
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Effects of Shield Wall
Physical damage reduced by: 5/5/10/10%
Chance to deflect ranged attacks: 15/20/25/30%
Movement speed reduced to: 80/85/90/95%
Skill 2: Joust
Reknown for his numerous tournament wins, Sir Arthyre uses his lance to strike his enemies down. Knocking them off the horse only makes it better.
In Normal Stance
Target Enemy Hero
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Target hero takes 100/140/190/260 damage and is knocked down for .5/1/1.5/2 seconds.
In Shield Wall
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Enemy heroes in a 300 range line in front of Sir Arthyre take 90/130/165/225 damage and are knocked down for .5/1/1.5/2 seconds.
In Normal Stance
Sir Arthyre swings his shield to rid himself of the filth of the Hellbourne.
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Effects of Shield Swipe
Enemy units in a 185 range of the front side of Sir Arthyre take 125/195/265/350 damage.
In Shield Wall
Sir Arthyre uses his shield to make some room on the battlefield.
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Effects of Shield Push
Enemy units in a 200 range of the front side of Sir Arthyre take 90/135/165/250 damage and are pushed back 300 range.
Ultimate: Veteran (Original)
Sir Arthyre has seen many battles and won many tournaments. His expertise in fighting has led to a stronger constitution.
Gains 15/25/35 strength.
Ultimate: Form the Line (New)
Sir Arthyre's is seasoned in battle and understands that any offense requires a stalwart defense. The veteran places his shield in the ground to form a makeshift wall.
(Cannot be used if Shield Wall is active.)
Type: Target Point
Cooldown: 30/25/20 seconds
Sir Arthyre places his shield at target location facing the direction that Sir Arthyre was when he placed it. The shield is 190 units wide and is a not able to be walked through (including Unit Walking and Tree Walking). The shield has a health of 250/350/450. The shield also negates most projectile skills. (Since the shield has health now instead of damage counters, it would play out like a hero that cannot be moved through. All spells though involve movement, ie Magmus stun, Kraken dash, Valk arrow, would stop at the shield. Spells like Forsaken Archer's ultimate would consider the shield a unit and reduce damage to targets hit behind it accordingly.)
Once the shield is placed, Form the Line will be replaced with the skill Grab Shield. Grab Shield cost no mana but shares a cooldown with Form the Line. While Sir Arthyre does not have his shield, he gains +50 movespeed and is unable to use Shield Wall and Shield Swipe. If the shield is destroyed, once the cooldown for Grab Shield is complete, Sir Arthyre's shield will come back to him and Grab Shield will again be replaced with Form the Line.
Skill: Grab Shield
Type: Target Shield Gadget
Cooldown: Shared with Form the Line
Sir Arthyre picks his shield back up. Once used, replaced with Form the Line. Passively increases movement speed by 50. Begins with 5 second cooldown.
Note: The cooldown for Form the Line does not start until SA has picked up his shield, or the shield is destroyed. Therefore, the fastest he could place his shield, pick up his shield, and then place his shield again would be 35/30/25 seconds for each level.
Notes and Synergies have not been updated to incorporate the new ultimate.
Notes on hero:
He is similar to Legionnaire in tanking ability except moreso for ranged foes than melee. This allows him to lane with another melee hero and not be completely usesless against two ranged heros.
He is intended to have a slower attack speed and low mana pool as his skills cost are generally low. Is he intended to get a lot of strength and use this to take damage so that other heros can do their work.
His first skill is similar to that of the Defend ability used by Footmen in Warcraft 3 except it changes the affect of his 2nd skill and gives him a different 3rd skill.
Shield Wall is to allow SA to move in close to heroes while not being mowed down by ranged attacks. It also allows him to be bait or ignored by ranged heros so he can move in further and disrupt the enemies. The penalty to movement speed early is so that it is not abused in early/mid game situations but is significantly reduced so he is not immobile in late game.
His second skill allows him to chase, escape, or interrupt an enemy if used without shield wall. In shield wall he can strategically use it interrupt groups of heroes that bunch together. It does not have a long or wide range so SA will need to be close and have the enemy heros close to each other as well. Its main purpose is to prevent melee heroes from beating down on SA too much.
His third skill is his damage skill. It is primarily used in normal stance early/mid game to gank and kill heros as it has a quicker cooldown and decent damage. It can also be used to take out creeps quickly to push/defend a lane or farm in the jungle. If shield wall is active this skill is used mainly to push away enemies that may be chasing SA or a friendly hero. This does not stun the enemies, only pushes them back and may or may not interrupt channeling (may be too OP to interrupt). Also can be used to keep melee heros off of him later in game as this spell will be used mostly late game or in pure tanking situations.
Portal Key + Shield Wall + Joust
Portal Key + Shield Wall + Shield Push
Shield Wall + Joust -> Shield Swipe
Shield Wall + Shield Push -> Shield Swipe
Shield Swipe -> Shield Wall + Shield Push
Joust + Shield Swipe
"I am your champion"
"I will make this, a Knight to remember"
"For country and honor! Charge!!!"
"Sir Arthyre, not King Arthur"
"As you will"
"Yes my leige"
"For the king!"
Epilogue: Please do not judge this hero based on numeric data, but moreso on the concept of his skills and design. Please ask if you'd like a more detailed explanation of a part of the hero and I will edit/reply with the best answer I can give. If you'd like to suggest a change/addition/removal of a piece of the hero please state what and why in a polite manner. Flame will be ignored. Thank you for your time and critique, all feedback is appreciated.
Edit 1/6/10: Added picture of Tower Guard Boss from Demon's Souls.
Edit 1/7/10: Added notice to Ultimate of currently undergoing rework.
Edit 1/8/10: Reconstructed the ultimate to incorporate a more creative idea.
Edit 1/9/10: Edited ultimate.
Edit 1/21/10: Buffed resistance % from Shield Wall. Increased damages for Joust and Shield Swipe in both stances. Changed ultimate to have shield have health instead of damage counters.
Edit 3/22/10: Pictures courtesy of L`ANANAS.