Outworld Destroyer got his cool name back from the Dota 1 days, but he didn’t really get the best of deals when it came to changes in Dota 2 patch 7.28. The spolit icing on top of the expired cake was that his Aghanim’s Shard is also one of the worst in the game. After his win rate dropped to an abysmal 40%, Valve just increased everything they could find for OD and released Dota 2 patch 7.28b.
The changes finally seem to have an effect, as OD’s win rate has shot up by over 10% in the past few days since his buff in patch 7.28b! But it isn’t the same mid lane OD anymore that we are used to – it’s an OD that has found a home in the offlane as a position 3 hero in high level pubs. The reason for this is that previously, he had AoE damage either with Astral Imprisonment or Arcane Orb, but now with both those taken away, the hero can’t farm too fast, which makes him a questionable pick for position 2. But with a modified build, he is a very effective offlaner.
One of the players who has been playing OD to his full potential in the offlane is Sad Boys’ offlaner and TI6 runner-up David ‘Moo’ Hull. Moo is a top 5 player in North America and one of the best position 3 players of the region. The new OD build that he and lot of high level players have been going is an early Meteor Hammer followed by items like Force Staff, Aether Lens and Aghanim’s Scepter, which makes the hero an initiator and disruptor rather than a right click damage dealer.
For the talent tree, Moo typically goes [right, left, left] in all games (hardly any games have gone till OD hit level 25). The skill build is 1-3-2-2-2-3-2-3-4-3. Astral Imprisonment is maxed out first, which is no surprise. The skill does 360 damage to a single target when maxed out and the imprisonment duration also scales with level. At level four, it is 4 seconds of imprisonment, which is ample time to get in position and setup for a Meteor Hammer stun, which takes 1.75 seconds to channel.
While pubs give a general idea of how good or bad heroes are, there is a lot of experimentation that goes on there as well. To find the true potential of the new Outworld Destroyer, we will have to look at professional games, which are just around the corner with the DPC Season 1 Leagues starting next week. If he finds a lot of use in those leagues, the hero is truly back from the world on the rim.
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