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Primal Beast cometh

It’s that time again — in conjunction with Dota 2’s most recent patch, 7.31, fans will once again have the privilege of trying out a new hero: Primal Beast. The strength-based character has no definitive position yet, and the community has yet to create a meta around the new addition.

Already from what we know, the hero looks very interesting. At the moment, Primal Beast possesses the title for the hero with the most strength gains per level — with a total of 4.3, more than the current strongest Centaur Warrunner. No doubt he will be a force to be reckoned with in lane. 

Defense

Primal Beast is excellent at working through the laning phase, due to the fact that he has a strong advantage because of his high strength gain per level. In addition to this is the quite high base armor of 4.5. He is capable of harassing weaker opponents towards their tower — at the same time sustaining tons of damage.

Attack

Primal Beast also has a very solid beginning base attack of 62 to 64. This no doubt will be a powerful asset during creep scoring and early team fights. The only downside that can be pointed to is its slow movement speed, which will probably make it a liability for ganks. 

Skills

Onslaught

This is a channeling skill. Primal Beast charges up and then runs in the chosen direction, knocking back enemies and allies alike. Enemy units are damaged and stunned on impact. The longer the charge duration, the farther Primal Beast’s momentum will carry him.

Can be canceled at any time with the Stop command.

Trample

Primal Beast stomps over everything. For every 140.0 units traveled, all enemies around the Beast receive damage. Deals base damage plus a multiplier of Primal Beast’s attack damage. Primal Beast is disarmed for the duration of the ability.

Uproar

The Beast’s temper passively provides base bonus damage. Additionally, for every instance of 35.0 damage or more Primal Beast takes from enemy heroes, he accumulates stacks of Uproar.

When activated, Primal Beast releases a roar that slows surrounding enemies and grants the Beast additional attack damage and armor for 7.0 seconds based on his current stacks of Uproar.

Rock Throw

Primal Beast throws a rock at the target location that stuns and damages enemies. The rock cannot be thrown within a minimum range of Primal Beast. Comes with the purchase of an Aghanim’s Shard. 

Pulverize 

Primal Beast channels his rage, grabbing the target enemy and slamming them into the ground repeatedly, damaging and mini-stunning any enemies caught in the AoE. Lasts 2.3 seconds.

Conclusion

Overall, Primal Beast looks to be a very interesting and fun character that has yet to be defined on its abilities. One of the coolest aspects of it is the fact that it looks so versatile, and should be able to fill a multitude of roles for those that want the challenge. It should be very interesting to see how Primal Beast fits into the competitive scene.

Images via Valve.