Dota 2 Heroes: Doom
We continue our exploration of Warcraft III universe, which wouldn't be so atmospheric without one of the most influential mythological characters, Lucifer, the fallen angel. He is a huge part of most religions, and each of them has a different view on who he was and how he looked like. In Christianity, Lucifer is a cherub that had a desire to replace God and was punished for his arrogance. He was thrown out of Heaven and cast down to the Earth, where he still is, wreaking havoc and lies on human souls. Lucifer is an embodiment of everything evil in this world.
Lucifer has many incarnations. His name evokes mixed feelings. Some view him as a fallen angel, the others imagine him as a red demon with horns and black eyes. It is difficult to find out who Lucifer really was, but either way his name is most frequently associated with Satan, prince of darkness or devil.
Lucifer sculpture in Liege, Belgium
Turns out, Doom Bringer looked completely different at the dawn of Dota Allstars. That DotA had little to no similar to what we can see today. Initially, the hero's name was Lucy, he had Lycanthrope’s icon, Pit Lord’s Firestorm and teleport that would make even Furion jealous!
In 6.66, Doom has undergone a few radical changes as well as skill improvements. It's interesting how it all refers to the number 666, which is mentioned in the Bible as the number of the beast (devil), and is a numerological form of Satan.
By the way, Lucifer's strong resemblance to the character in Christianity is clearly visible in hero's Dota 2 description:
«He that burns and is not consumed, devours and is never sated, kills and is beyond all judgment. Lucifer brings doom to all who would stand against him. Bearing away souls on the tip of a fiery sword, he is the Fallen One, a once-favored general from the realm behind the light, cast out for the sin of defiance: he would not kneel. Six times his name was tolled from the great bell of Vashundol. Six and sixty times his wings were branded, until only smoking stumps remained. Without wings, he slipped loose from the tethers that bound him within the light and he fell screaming to earth. A crater in the desert, Paradise lost. Now he attacks without mercy, without motive, the only living being able to move freely between the seven dark dominions. Lashed by inescapable needs, twisted by unimaginable talents, the Doom Bringer carries his own hell with him wherever he goes. Defiant to the last. Eventually, the world will belong to Doom.»
Doom is rarely picked in today’s meta. After the most recent updates, the regeneration of his skills Scorched Earth and LVL? Death was significantly increased, and the type of damage that he inflicts by the ultimate skill was changed from magical to pure. Taking into consideration the statistics of drafts at the group stage of The Frankfurt Major 2015, Doom was banned in 90 % of games.
User Lesllee jokingly demonstrated how to play Doom on his YouTube channel.
Despite the fact that Doom is one of the most banned heroes in professional matches, according to dotabuff.com statistics he isn't that popular in public games. He works best against healers, escape heroes and heroes with magical damage, who have a small HP and armor ratio. Best heroes against Doom are all melee (usually agile) heroes.
We would like to finish our short overview of this hero's history with the highlights of Na`Vi's ex-member Hlib «Funn1k» Lipatnikov.